Our meeting for May is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, please click the links below for valuable, timely information provided by the planned speakers from April’s postponed meeting.

“What Every Hard-of-Hearing (HOH) Person Needs to Know Before a Medical Encounter”

This slide presentation features important information for patients with hearing loss and their healthcare providers.

“Guide for Effective Communication in Healthcare”

Please share this 34-page guide now with friends, relatives and neighbors with hearing loss, and forward it to others who may benefit!

Our thanks to Valerie Stafford-Mallis and Flo Innes for these resources.

Although we may not be able to greet one another in person during these challenging days, the HLAA Sarasota/Manatee Chapter is here to assist you. Our primary goal remains to provide the 160,000 or more people in Sarasota and Manatee Counties with the information or support they need.


WEDNESDAYS       JUNE 10*       JULY 8        AUGUST 12*

In-person meetings may not be safe in June, or even July or August. In that event, ZOOM or another platform may be used to facilitate the discussion. Notice will be given on our website, HLAS.ORG, or Facebook at

 * Due to library conflicts, we will meet in June and August (if we meet in person) at the Center for Art and Humanities, 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

          NOTE OUR NEW TIME! 

Lunch will now follow the presentation.

11:00 AM – Announcements/Program

12:30 PM – Optional light lunch ($5) or bring your own 

At our Rap Sessions, participants can ask questions or share their experience with hearing loss. Our President and Peer Mentor, Anne Taylor, and other Chapter members will lead the discussion. Come and share your experience!