Visit us at MEI’s Sounds in KC 5K Run/Walk this Saturday!

HLAAKC will host a booth this Saturday at Midwest Ear Institute’s 4th annual 5K Run and Walk. Proceeds raised will benefit Midwest Ear Institute’s “Ears That Hear” Fund, which provides hearing aids to patients who cannot afford them or whose insurance plan does not provide coverage. Prizes will be awarded to fastest Male and Female runner and then to best times in different age groups (under 20, 20-29, 30-39 …to over 60).

It will take place at Shawnee Mission Park Pavillion at Theatre in the Park, 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS 66219 this Saturday, September 22, 2012. Check in for participants starts at 7 a.m., run begins 8 a.m.

Want to participate?  It’s not too late to sign up for the 5K Run/Walk!  You can still sign up here.  Hurry because the online registration will close on Thursday, September 20, 2012. Early packet pick-up is Friday, September 21, 2012.

Almost all of our steering members will be at the event this Saturday either participating in the event or volunteering at the booth. Come stop by to learn more about what HLAA KC does or to say hello!  We look forward to seeing you there!

According to MEI’s website, “Midwest Ear Institute is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life by restoring hearing. We accomplish this by evaluating and treating patients and by our involvement in clinical research projects. Through our work, we relieve the isolation and misunderstanding caused by hearing loss and other ear-related disorders by educating patients, their families, and professionals in the field.”


Sign Language Classes Held at DCC – Register by Sept. 7!

Deaf Cultural Center Begins Sign Language Classes This September

The  Deaf Cultural Center, a museum that showcases the history of Deaf culture, technology, and the history of Kansas School for the Deaf, is starting several sign language classes this September at its location in Olathe, KS, across from the Kansas School for the Deaf.  The Deaf Cultural Center building was completed in 2001, with the museum being finished in 2005. 

Introduction to Sign Language and Continuing Sign Language Courses

Introduction to Sign Language Class and Continuing Sign Language Class are two sign language classes that begin this September 11, 2012 and ends November 1, 2012.  The classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Anyone 14 and older can register – the deadline is September 7.  The class fee is $85 and the ABC course book is required for each class, which is a one-time $55 purchase and can be used for both the beginner and continuing sign language class.

Business Sign Language Courses

Businesses interested in learning sign language for the purpose of communicating with Deaf employees and customers will learn sign language based on their business needs.  If interested, use contact information to find out more.

One on One ASL Courses   

For those who cannot attend the Tuesday or Thursday evening classes due to schedule conflicts, or for those who would like to work on their ASL individually, personalized one-on-one individual classes are offered.  If interested, use contact information to find out more.


For more information, go to the website, or email  The address is 455 E. Park Street, Olathe, KS 66061.  Phone number listing are 913-782-5808 (Voice) and 913-324-5348 (Video Phone).