Upcoming Meeting Preview
JUNE 13, 1:30 PM
During the months of June, July and August, the chapter conducts “Rap Sessions”. There is no guest speaker, just an open session to focus on your individual needs.
Attendance is strong although some folks have wandered “up north”. At these meetings, most all questions, concerns, successes and disappointments are shared and discussed.
Our Program Coordinator, Kathy Combs, has arranged to have a professional partner, a local audiologist, to assist in the discussion; however, YOUR experiences and questions, covering all facets of coping with hearing loss, are the heart and soul of these summer “rap sessions”.
May 9, 1:30 PM
Our snowbird season is over …. However, hurricane season begins June 1!
Following 2017’s historically destructive fall and summer, scientists are now predicting the upcoming 2018 hurricane season will again be above average.
Sherilynn Burris, Emergency Management Chief at Manatee County Government, will revisit us, this time BEFORE hurricane season. Her responsibilities include coordination with Sarasota, Hillsborough and other adjacent counties as well as statewide coordination for all disasters.
She will discuss preparation for a variety of disasters with information on special services and technology assistance for those of us with hearing loss.
April 11, 1:30 PM
Our presentation in April will be from the Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. (FTRI). Fabiola Sannon, FTRI Specialist, will tell us about FTRI in a discussion entitled, “What FTRI Can Do for You”. Some phones will be demonstrated and the library has approved a separate room for your hands on use of the phones.
FTRI is funded by telephone surcharges and is a statewide nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that administers the Specialized Telecommunication Equipment Distribution Program for citizens of Florida who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf/Blind and Speech Disabled. They are also responsible for the education and promotion of the Florida Relay System.
The HLAA Sarasota/Manatee Chapter meets each month on the second Wednesday at the Sarasota North Library, which has a hearing loop installed and the Chapter provides CART (Communication Access Real-time Captioning), so “hearing” is not stressful at all.
Members and guests are always welcome – no RSVP required!
March 14th at 1:30 PM
Deputy Vince Riva of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office will be our speaker.
His topic will be “Personal Safety Issues and Avoiding Scams“.
Deputy Riva is a 31-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office. He is currently assigned to the Crime Prevention Unit. During his time with the Sheriff’s Office, he has worked in the Patrol Division, Special Investigations Unit, Community Policing and Criminal Investigations Bureau. He is a life-long resident of Sarasota and graduated from Stetson University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He has also earned a Master’s Degree in criminal justice administration from the University of South Florida.
The HLAA Sarasota/Manatee Chapter meets each month on the second Wednesday at the Sarasota North Library, which has a hearing loop installed and the Chapter provides CART (Communication Access Real-time Captioning), so “hearing” is not stressful at all. Refreshments are served before and after the meeting.
Members and guests are always welcome – no RSVP required.
February 14th at 1:30 PM
Tinnitus – The Latest on Research and Treatment will be our Valentine’s Day presentation.
Julie Daugherty, Ph.D., NP-C, Assistant Director of Research for the Ear Research Foundation will be our presenter.
Dr. Daugherty began her nursing career in 1986 working in various areas of critical care before entering the field of otolaryngology in 1997 as Dr. Silverstein’s assistant and the Clinical Director. She received her Ph.D. in nursing science from USF with an emphasis on the relationship between hearing and cognition.
In addition to focus of overseeing the Foundation’s research programs, Julie has a special interest in tinnitus.