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This Week in Bethesda (TWIB) is a weekly report from the HLAA National office. It started years ago as an internal bullet point report to the HLAA Board of Trustees and former Board members. Then, TWIB morphed into a more detailed report that was also shared with Chapter leaders to read at their meetings, cut and paste into their newsletters, or post on chapter and state websites.

By popular demand, we are making TWIB more widely available. TWIB will be posted on hearingloss.org on the homepage under “HLAA Updates.” We will also put it on the State and Chapter Development blog, post it to the Leaders Listserv, and send it via email to the leaders we have on record here.

TWIB is not the only news channel from the national office. Be sure to encourage people to sign up for the free, online HLAA e-NewsIt is published two times monthly with one issue focusing on HLAA advocacy work (“HLAA in Action”) and one on general news. You will also find invaluable news and information in Hearing Loss Magazine (a benefit of joining HLAA) and on hearingloss.org

Please note: There are some occasions where TWIB is not published; for example, holiday periods, HLAA Convention time, and when the Board of Trustees meet.

In the months ahead, we will be looking at all the ways we communicate with our members and what reaches people best. TWIB will certainly be part of the discussion.

Thanks for reading, share TWIB, and have a great weekend.

Hearing Loss Association of America Kansas City Chapter

The Kansas City Chapter is a Public Charity Status non-profit 501(c)(3) providing information, education, support, advocacy and networking for people with hearing loss, their families and friends.

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We Have Dates For You To Save!

Dear Friends,

Mark Your Calendar with These Important HLAA Convention 2016 Dates

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December 4, 2015
Deadline for Call for Papers and HLAA award nominations

January 5, 2016
Deadline for applications for the Marcia Dugan Memorial Scholarship

February 19, 2016
Deadline for application (or nomination) for the Rocky and Ahme Stone Endowment Scholarship

May 31, 2016
Deadline for reservations at the Washington HiltonMake a reservation now.

June 23 – 26, 2016
Welcome to Washington, D.C., where the Hearing Loss Association of America is hosting Convention 2016 and the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH) Congress. See updates as they happen on the Convention page, the HLAA Facebook page, and @HLAA on Twitter. Don’t forget Hearing Loss Magazine as another source for all things Convention.

Hearing Loss Association of America Kansas City Chapter

The Kansas City Chapter is a Public Charity Status non-profit 501(c)(3) providing information, education, support, advocacy and networking for people with hearing loss, their families and friends.

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WEBINAR: Equal Access to Health Care Services for Individuals with Disabilities

October 21, 2015

Guest Speaker: Steven Gordon
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Time: 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Eastern Time

Join us this Wednesday for a free captioned webinar featuring Steven Gordon, who will be presenting Equal Access to Health Care Services for Individuals with Disabilities. This webinar will not be recorded; however, Mr. Gordon’s PowerPoint presentation will be available on the HLAA website.

Steven Gordon is the Coordinator for Civil Rights Enforcement for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and many of his recent cases come under the Department of Justice’s Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative. Through the Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative, the United States Attorney’s Offices have targeted their enforcement efforts on a critical area for individuals with disabilities – access to medical services and facilities. The Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative includes effective communication for people who are deaf or have hearing loss, physical access to medical care for people with mobility disabilities, and equal access to treatment for people who have HIV/AIDS.

Summary
During this presentation, Mr. Gordon will discuss the legal principles under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that are applicable in health care settings, the Department of Justice’s Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative, and recent cases that have settled under this initiative.

How to Join the Webinar
Go to the Webinar Schedule page and click on the Join Webinar button.

Java is no longer a requirement to access our webinar platform, Blackboard Collaborate, but there is a series of steps required for first time attendees; we recommend spending a few minutes well in advance of the webinar making sure you are able to access Collaborate. Should you have any questions, please contact Nancy Macklin, HLAA Director of Events, at nmacklin@hearingloss.org or 301.657.2248 Ext. 106.

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‘The Walk’ 2-D with Open Captions THIS Sunday 12:15 at Alamo Drafthouse

hlaakc The Walk

IMDb rated 7.9 PG | 123 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit recruits a team of people to help him realize his dream: to walk the immense void between the World Trade Center towers.

Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon |

Look for Hassle Free Parking Directions for Alamo: https://drafthouse.com/kansas-city/theater/mainstreet/directions

HR Block free parking only validate after 12pm.  Plan to arrive no sooner than noon to take advantage of the free parking at HR Block.

We strongly suggest you buy tickets online in advance! OC movies often sell out quick! You can buy at the door, but it could be sold out. Rain checks can be applied at the online check-out by entering the bar code.  Rain Checks can be used for any movie even if the rain check was for a regular movie, but you want to buy a ticket for higher price movie.

Please let the Alamo staff know how much you appreciate the theater leading the way in providing OPEN Captioning making Kansas City deaf & hard-of-hearing accessible! HLAA-KC says ‘Thank you – Alamo!’

Please watch for open caption movie event updates at
HLAA – KC Facebook(facebook.com/hlaakc) and Metro KC for Open Caption Movie Fan Club (https://www.facebook.com/groups/373568016102468/?fref=ts).

Hearing Loss Association of America Kansas City Chapter

The Kansas City Chapter is a Public Charity Status non-profit 501(c)(3) providing information, education, support, advocacy and networking for people with hearing loss, their families and friends.

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HLAA-KC Committee Wants You to be a Part of the Action!

Get involved in HLAA-KC by being a volunteer.  We wish to fill the positions below.  Scroll down to find link to full Volunteer Descriptions.  Which positions describes your talents?HLAA_Logo_BOLDofAmerica_Final_Affiliates hlaakc volunteer

CART Assistant (with PC laptop)

We plan to get a PC laptop that is used primarily for presentations so volunteer does not need to use their own laptop.

Membership Chair
Listen Up! Proofreader
Public Relations Chair
Social Media Editor/Webmaster Chair
Social Media Editor/Webmaster Co-Chair
Advocacy Chair
Advocacy Co-Chair
Metro KC for Open Caption Live Theater Chair
Metro KC for Open Caption Live Theater Co-Chair
Graphic Designer Chair
Hospitality Chair
Greeter Chair
Fundraising Chair
Support/Mentor Chair
Senior Outreach Chair
Grant Research Chair
Grant Proposal Writing Chair

Explore the Volunteer Descriptions at https://docs.google.com/…/1733rxh902m3YmHhrq6TTALV4lz…/edit….

Then put your name next to the position(s) you have interest or talents to share by clicking this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084aabad29a20-hlaakc2

which is Sign Up Genius that lists all the positions and the people who have signed up.

Thank you for considering a position with HLAA-KC Chapter!

Hearing Loss Association of America Kansas City Chapter
The Kansas City Chapter is a Public Charity Status non-profit 501(c)(3) providing information, education, support, advocacy and networking for people with hearing loss, their families and friends.
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MO and KS Commissioners for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Presentation/Forum

hlaakc nov 21 mtg logo for fb invite     HLAAKC survey mo ks commissioners

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HLAA-KC Formal Chapter Meeting –
THIS Saturday, November 21, 2015,
1:30-3:30

SPEAKERS:  Opeoluwa Sotonwa, MCDHH and Robert Cooper, KCDHH
Leawood Pioneer Library- 4700 Town Center Dr, Leawood, KS 66211

Facebook Invite:  KS & MO Commissioners DHH Presentation/Forum

This informative meeting is for those with hearing loss, their families, friends, co-workers and Hearing Health Care professionals.  Come find out what (CART)
Communication Access Realtime Translation is (shown in upper left hand corner!  You will not miss a word with CART,   Interpreter service provided as well!   Come share your thoughts, ideas and questions.  Leave with some new friends!   Please take the survey (scroll down) so MO & KS commissioners know what you want to be informed about!   Look forward to seeing you THiS Saturday!

HLAA-KC Chapter is very excited to have both MO & KS Commissioners of Deaf/Hard of Hearing to our next formal chapter meeting in the large meeting room at Leawood Pioneer Library. Meeting begins at 1:30. Interpreter & CART provided 1:30-3.  Interpreter service provided too. Feel free to socialize between 3 and 3:30 as we will be packing up to leave room at 3:30

Opeoluwa Sotonwa, MO Commissioner of Deaf & Hard of Hearing and Robert Cooper, KS Commissioner of Deaf & Hard of Hearing made a list of topics they can either do a presentation or ‘discussion forum’ format (MCDHH & KCDHH taking turns and adding inputs upon the flow).   Join us at this special gathering to listen to both commissioners together to address questions from MO and KS residents!  The commissioners are looking forward to this joint partnership to meet the people they serve – you!

MO/KS D/HH Commissioners are eager to learn from you what you would like to hear and what you would like to discuss.

Please take the following survey to vote your favorite topics!

HLAAKC survey mo ks commissioners     Click on link for survey ——>   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KKGDP82

CART provided by 20/20 Captioning & stenoCART, Inc.
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Come join us for this FREE informational meeting!

Hearing Loss Association of America Kansas City Chapter

The Kansas City Chapter is a Public Charity Status non-profit 501(c)(3) providing information, education, support, advocacy and networking for people with hearing loss, their families and friends.
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MARY POPPINS Live Theater with Open Captions at Trilogy Cultural Arts Centre – Sat. Nov 14th 2-4pm

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12480 Blackbob Road, Olathe, KS 66062  info@@trilogyculturalarts.com  https://www.trilogyculturalarts.org/  Triology Facebook

HLAA-KC Facebook Invite

Reserved seating now on sale.  $12/individual.   $10/group of 20 or more people.  If you ‘go on your own’ ask for seating on right or left sides so you can see the monitor’s open captioning.   

Catherine Pestinger, a former performer at Trilogy, installed OPEN Captioning at this theater for her grandfather who had hearing loss. Her OC project was her initiative for her final Girl Scout Gold Award.  She is an inspiration to HLAA-KC’s Metro KC for OPEN Caption LIVE Theater group.  We welcome her advocacy in our open captioning goals for KC.   Hope to see many here from KC’s deaf and hard of hearing communities and their family and friends!

Mary Poppins is the story of the Banks family who live in a big house in London on Cherry Lane. Things are not going well for the family. The children, Jane and Michael, are out of control and are in need of a new nanny. Jane and Michael have their own ideas about what sort of caretaker the should have, while their parents – and in particular Mr. Banks – are insistent on someone strict for the job. When a mysterious young woman named Mary Poppins appears at their doorstep, the family finds that she is the answer to their prayers, but in the most peculiar way. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael are’t the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “anything can happen if you let it”.

Hearing Loss Association of America Kansas City Chapter

The Kansas City Chapter is a Public Charity Status non-profit 501(c)(3) providing information, education, support, advocacy and networking for people with hearing loss, their families and friends.
hlaakc@gmail.com. | https://hlaakc.com/ | Follow us: WordPress Twitter Facebook
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ANNOUNCEMENT OF FCC SUMMIT ON TELECOMMUNICATION NEEDS OF PEOPLE WITH COGNITIVE DISABILITIES

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

News Media Information 202 / 418-0500

445 12th St., S.W.
Internet: http://www.fcc.gov

Washington, D.C. 20554

TTY: 1-888-835-5322

DA 15-1110

Released: October 1, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT OF FCC SUMMIT ON TELECOMMUNICATION NEEDS OF 

PEOPLE WITH COGNITIVE DISABILITIES

By this Public Notice, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”)
announces a summit on the telecommunication needs of people with cognitive disabilities, sponsored by
the Commission’s Disability Advisory Committee (“DAC” or “Committee”).

SUMMIT DATE, TIME AND AGENDA

The Cognitive Disabilities Summit will take place on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, from 9:00
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, at the FCC’s headquarters, Room TW-C305 (Commission Meeting
Room), 445 12th Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20554. The meeting will be open to the public and
webcast with open captioning at www.fcc.gov/live.

PURPOSE OF THE SUMMIT

The summit will facilitate discussion of the telecommunication needs of people with cognitive
disabilities and effective means of meeting those needs. Panels will include: Communication
Technologies for Independent Living; Emergency Preparedness/Living in the Community; and Ensuring
and Funding Access to Equipment, Training and Broadband. An Expo of vendors and distributors of
assistive technologies will be held during the Summit. The Expo is aimed at familiarizing participants
with available communication technologies to assist individuals with cognitive disabilities.

ACCESSIBILITY AND ACCOMODATIONS

The meeting site is fully accessible to people using wheelchairs or other mobility aids. Sign
language interpreters, open captioning, and assistive listening devices will be provided on site. Other
reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. If making a request
for an accommodation, please include a description of the accommodation you will need and tell us how
to contact you if we need more information. Make your request as early as possible by sending an e-mail
to fcc504@fcc.gov or calling the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice),
202-418-0432 (TTY). Last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill. The
meeting will be webcast with open captioning, at www.fcc.gov/live.


ACCESSIBLE FORMATS

To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print,
electronic files, audio format), please send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer and
Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 

Elaine Gardner, DAC Designated Federal Officer,
Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Disability Rights Office, (202) 418-0581 (voice); email:
Elaine.Gardner@fcc.gov; or Cheryl King, Attorney Advisor, Consumer and Governmental Affairs
Bureau, Disability Rights Office, (202) 418.2284 (voice); email Cheryl.King@fcc.gov
.

Johnson County is updating its Community Health Needs Assessment

Johnson County is updating its Community Health Needs Assessment

To participate in this survey you must be deaf or hard-of-hearing and live in Johnson County.

Results of this survey will help Johnson County assess accessibility of health services within the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Issues will be identified to improve accessibility.

Participation is voluntary and this survey does not have any personal information that will identify you to protect you confidentiality.

This survey will only take a few minutes of your time.

Feel free to share this survey with other members of Johnson County’s deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
Thank you!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PCWDJGL