Upcoming Meeting Preview

SUMMER RAP SESSIONS

FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2019 (date change)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7 (date change) 

                           Noon to 1:30 PM, North Sarasota Library

Hearing loss – treated or untreated? Hearing aids or cochlear implants? Once each month this summer, the Sarasota/Manatee Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America will conduct FREE mid-day “Rap Sessions” at the North Sarasota Library.

Participants can ask questions or share their experience with hearing loss. Our President and Peer Mentor Anne Taylor will lead the discussion in June & August. Other Chapter officers will take the lead in July.

Come and share your experience!

LUNCH AND LEARN

WITH THE HLAA SARASOTA/MANATEE CHAPTER!

The Chapter will open the room by 11:45 AM and the meeting will begin at noon.

We encourage members to come early, as the Chapter will provide sandwiches, chips and cookies at a charge of $5.

It’s OK to bring your own lunch as well!

UPCOMING CHAPTER MEETING – MAY 8, 2019

“A Life Well-Lived with Hearing Loss”

Henry Kisor is the retired book editor of the Chicago Sun-Times and author of six mystery novels set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1981 and was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 2001. Kisor’s reviews and articles have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and on MSNBC.

Henry, who has lived with profound deafness since the age of three, will give attendees insight into strategies he employed to create a full and successful life – and he will point out how people with any degree of hearing loss can do the same.

UPCOMING CHAPTER MEETING – APRIL 10, 2019

Topic: “Communicate Easier on the Phone – At No Cost”

Don Ladimir, Title IX ADA Specialist, ClearCaptions

ClearCaptions is a FREE phone captioning service that provides near real-time call captions of phone conversations for anyone hard-of-hearing or with any form of hearing loss. You can read real-time written call captions of what callers say on your revolutionary home phone, mobile device, or your computer.

LUNCH AND LEARN

WITH THE HLAA SARASOTA/MANATEE CHAPTER!

The Chapter will open the room by 11:45 AM and the meeting will begin at noon.

We encourage members to come early, as the Chapter will provide sandwiches, chips and cookies at a charge of $5.

It’s OK to bring your own lunch as well!

UPCOMING CHAPTER MEETING – MARCH 13, 2019

Topic: “Cochlear Implants: This is Why”

Virgi Mills, MED, MED-EL

“Why should I consider a cochlear implant?” is a common question from people with hearing loss, and the Sarasota/Manatee Chapter schedules opportunities throughout the year for representatives of three manufacturers of FDA-approved cochlear implants to present new developments. In March, Virgi Mills, MED, a Consumer Engagement Manager for MED-EL, will share information about her company’s approach to cochlear implants and answer your questions.

A certified educator in the state of FL for students with hearing loss, Virgi Mills is also a bilateral MED-EL cochlear implant recipient. One of her passions is encouraging others on their hearing loss journey by providing strategies for self-directed aural rehabilitation. 

LUNCH AND LEARN

WITH THE HLAA SARASOTA/MANATEE CHAPTER!

The Chapter will open the room by 11:45 AM and the meeting will begin at noon.

We encourage members to come early, as the Chapter will provide sandwiches, chips and cookies at a charge of $5.

It’s OK to bring your own lunch as well!

Wednesday, February 13th at Noon

TOPIC: “Ten Communication Strategies to Use When Listening & Talking” 

SPEAKER: Beth Reckord is a member of the HLAA Sarasota/Manatee Chapter Board as well as a member of the AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Beth Reckord is a Speech-Language Pathologist (CCC-SLP) certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). She acquired certification from AG Bell Academy and became a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) and Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist (Cert. AVT). She holds a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Pennsylvania State University. 

Whether you use hearing aids, a cochlear implant or you simply have mild, untreated hearing loss, learning new communication strategies is a great idea. Communication strategies can ameliorate the frustrating or isolating effects of missing out on or misinterpreting conversations and can help you make meaningful connections with others. Beth’s experience and recommendations can be valuable to all who attend. 

LUNCH AND LEARN

WITH THE HLAA SARASOTA/MANATEE CHAPTER!

The Chapter will open the room by 11:45 AM and the meeting will begin at noon.  

We encourage members to come early, as the Chapter will provide sandwiches, chips and cookies at a charge of $5.

It’s OK to bring your own lunch as well!