Every year, the Hearing Loss Association of America hosts a national convention, and this year, it’s in Portland, Oregon! If you have never been, or if you are on the fence about attending, we wanted to take this opportunity to encourage you to go! At this three-day conference (June 27-30, 2013), you’ll get to choose from a variety of workshops on topics related to hearing loss, meet people with hearing loss from all over the country and visit the Exhibit Hall that showcases various vendors demonstrating their products and services for the deaf and hard of hearing. Several of our members have been to past conventions and come away from the experience with new friends, armed with information about how to advocate for things like captions and accommodations, and with a renewed desire to see our community empowered! For more information about the convention or to register, visit the convention page.
If this is your first time attending an HLAA convention, scholarships are available to help offset the cost of travel, lodging and registration. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is THIS Friday, Feb. 15. Click here for more information about scholarships.
If you are a young adult (age 18-35), check out 100 Portland
on Facebook and the 100 Portland Youtube Channel
(videos are subtitled)! This initiative is making a special effort to welcome more young adults to the national convention. 100 Portland is also seeking ways to help raise money for young adults who would like to attend the convention. Those who are just starting out in their careers, or who have chosen to pursue higher education, often find themselves in a difficult position. They want to connect with others in their age group with hearing loss, learn from each other and network with those in their field – but that can be hard to pay for when you’re just starting out! 100 Portland is a great way to brainstorm with others to find more affordable options for attending the convention and meet new friends who are willing to help split the cost by sharing a room, chipping in with meals and working together to find reliable transportation to and from the convention.
If you would like to make a donation to the 100 Portland fund to help young adults attend the convention, please click on the 100 Portland
attachment. Feel free to print and share. There are plenty of options to donate, so be sure to take a look!
See you in Portland!