July/August Announcements

We had a wonderful turnout at the July 24th meeting at the KCMO-Plaza Branch Library. A special thank you to KC HLAA Chapter President Dennis Selznick for the interesting presentation on the 2010 HLAA National Convention, held last month in Milwaukee.


Chapter President Dennis Selznick with Wendy Mentzer


Chapter Vice President Alex Vetor (left) with attendees at the July 24th meeting


New Chapter Members Rob and Betty Jefferson of Belton, Missouri

CHAPTER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

* We need Walk4Hearing fundraising volunteers! We are forming an exploratory committee to consider organizing a future Walk4Hearing benefit event in Kansas City. Walk4Hearing is an HLAA-nationally sponsored event to raise funds and awareness for local chapters. These funds allow chapters to pay for services at each meeting, such as transcripts/CART currently provided pro-bono by 20/20 Captioning. The attached transcript will explain more about what CART is. To learn more about Walk4Hearing, visit http://www.hearingloss.org. Contact me (Shanna) if you are interested or want more info about the KC Walk4Hearing Exploratory Committee, sgrovesuss@msn.com.

* Per Dennis — Visit HLAA National’s Advocacy Blog! http://hlaa-advocacy.blogspot.com. There they have several initatives going on:

a) Classroom acoustics – Write to the U.S. Access Board ASAP! Give your feedback on how classroom acoustics need to be modified so that people like YOU can understand better!

b) HR 3101 – a bill on the “Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act” includes accessibility such as no limits on captioning internet videos, TVs smaller than 13″ must include caption decoders, and funds set aside for deaf-blind accessibility.

* We need social ideas! A number of you have expressed an interest in meeting together more often socially. Your ideas and interest will help us in determining how, where, and when we can meet. Please contact me if you would like to serve on the KC HLAA Social Committee.

* Next HLAA Event: Coffee Social – August 21! Join us Saturday, August 21, 10:00am at Black Dog Coffee House, 12815 W. 87th Street Pkwy, Lenexa, KS, for a Chapter Chat and Coffee Social.

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