The Hobbit (Part 2) on Dec. 21 and other Open Captioned Movies Coming Up During Holidays!

The Hobbit (Part 2) on Dec. 21 and other Open Captioned Movies Coming Up During Holidays!


Happy Holidays to all! The next open-captioned movie (words will be on the movie screen) is “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” THIS Saturday, December 21 at 11:05 AM! The event will be held at the Alamo Drafthouse at 1400 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64105.

Tickets are just $7! You can buy tickets in person or buy tickets online at this link: Select Saturday, Dec. 21 from the dropdown menu, scroll down to find showings for “The Hobbit,” and click on the 11:05am (will say OC underneath it) showing to order tickets.

Don’t forget — The Alamo has a full-service menu, so you can even order lunch to enjoy during the movie if you like! You can also order regular concession items like popcorn, right from your seat! Servers will bring your food to you for the ultimate luxury movie experience!

Additionally, if you can’t make it to the movie this Saturday or just want to go to some more open captioned movies, there are some upcoming open-captioned movies that will be shown during the holidays! At the Crown Center, the Screenland Movie Theater is showing two movies:

December 28, Saturday –  “Saving Mr Banks” @ 1:15 PM

January 4, Saturday – “Secret Life of Walter Mitty” @ 1:30 PM

Bring your friends and family, and pass along the word of these exciting movie events coming up! Hope to see you this Saturday!


Winning Success for Jacob’s Ride On and Off the Field

Jacob Landis, a young college graduate with a cochlear implant, biked across the country beginning April 2013, with his goal to bike to all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums, in support of Jacob’s Ride.   The project is designed to raise money given to hospitals and organizations to distribute to cochlear implant candidates who are pursuing cochlear implant surgery but cannot afford the costs.

The Jacob’s Ride Meet and Greet Tailgate Party was a smashing success on September 2, 2013, Labor Day, just before the Royals played against the Seattle Mariners.  To top it off, the Royals were victorious as they won against the Mariners. Jacob Landis biked into the pre-game event at the Royals Stadium on a sunny, beautiful Labor Day.  Fans in royal blue and white gathered for food, drinks, conversation, and a chance to meet the famed biker raising awareness for those with hearing loss.  Thanks to the hard work of event sponsors, ticket buyers, volunteers and the event organizers, Terri Shirley of Hearing Loss Association of America Kansas City Chapter and Sherri Mansfield of MO Hands and Voices, they did a fantastic job raising over $3,100 for the KC leg of Jacob’s Ride.

Local news station, KMBC 9 News, aired the story of Jacob’s Ride at the pre-game tailgate party.  The link to the site is KMBC Cyclist Crosses U.S. with Message of Hope, Hearing . The news station also interviewed Hearing Loss Association of America Kansas City committee member Denoya Novovesky for the story.  This link gives a video transcript of what was said in the video.  It is not captioned on the screen, but if a viewer clicks the “Show Transcript” link below the video, they can see what has been said throughout the video.

The event was also broadcast on Fox 4, and captioned on the live feed, but was NOT captioned once posted on the website, although ironically, this story is about a young man with hearing loss whose cochlear implant helped him significantly in his hearing ability.  The TV station did not provide equal communication access to viewers with hearing loss who need captions to understand what is being said in the video.  The link to view the news story, which includes Terri’s interview, is FOX4KC Man bikes to 30 baseball parks to raise $1 million for hearing impaired.

Equal access to communication is extremely important.  If the hearing loss community in Kansas City would file a complaint about the latter newscast, the complaints will alert Fox 4 to be aware of the critical importance of captions.  There are 36 million viewers with some degree of hearing loss.   Many are unable to enjoy watching a video with no captions.  To file a complaint, contact news director Tracy Brogdon-Miller at 816-932-9114 or  at  The hope is that taking action will allow the station to see that everyone deserves a chance to understand what is going on in the news, and that includes videos that are uploaded onto the internet!
Jacob accomplished many goals on his adventure, including 10,666 miles!    Even though he was stuck and injured by a truck’s mirror short of 180 miles from the finish line FOX5 Story Jacob Landis Accident, Jacob crossed over his goal by foot to greet his fans at the 30th and final MLB stadium at Miami Marlin’s Park.    He continues to be an inspiration in raising money to reach his $1 million dollar goal.  You can follow Jacob at or Jacob’s Ride on Facebook and help Jacob’s dream come true.

Also, in regard to the lack of equal access to communication for captioning, look for future blog postings on the subject of equal access to communication that can provide information on who to contact when other video materials are not captioned.

Jacob’s Ride – Coming to KC Royals Labor Day

Jacob Landis, a young college graduate with a cochlear implant, is biking across the country to all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums, to support the fundraising project called Jacob’s Ride.  He is coming to Kansas City for the Royals game on September 2, Labor Day!  Proceeds will go to hospitals and organizations who will help cover the costs of cochlear implant surgery for candidates who cannot afford to pay for the procedure on their own.  ”Jacob’s Ride” began April 3, 2013, in Annapolis, Maryland, where he biked to the National’s Stadium in Washington D.C. and was there to watch the game, as well as to support his cause.


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The long journey to beginning this project started when Jacob was two years old and began to lose his hearing.  His hearing got progressively worse as he got older, even with the use of hearing aids.  At age ten, Jacob received a cochlear implant, which he feels benefits his life greatly.  Jacob loves baseball, biking, and hearing loss advocacy, and decided to utilize those things to create the project.  Jacob’s Ride has raised over $105,000, and Jacob has biked over 7.500 miles.  The ultimate goal is to raise $1,000,000 by the time “Jacob’s Ride” ends.

For the September 2 Royals game, everyone is encouraged to pre-buy Royals tickets (buy before game day) to Join Jacob at Royals Game  and attend the pre-game meet and greet Tailgate Party to meet Jacob and pick up tickets.   Tickets are discounted at a great cost of just $15 (actual value $33) a ticket specifically in support of Jacob’s Ride event.  Late arrivals can pick up tickets at the will-call booth.  Jacob will be siiting at the honorable Buck O’Neil seat, but will come to the reserved block of seats to visit during the game.  Donations are also accepted on that website where tickets are pre-ordered if you prefer to make a donation.  Please bring your own lawn chairs to watch the news media interviews while enjoying sloppy joes & chips for $5 and water or soda for $1.

Volunteers are welcome to sign up for a 30 minute slot on KC Jacob’s Ride Tailgate Reception Volunteer Sign Up.   Volunteers are needed to help coordinate a photo shoot with Jacob, allow Jacob time to sign autographs and have a chat, and then move on to the next fan in line.  A guest book will also be available for people to write their comments to Jacob at the Meet & Greet area during the Tailgate Reception.

Please join this exciting event and email HomeRunforHearing@gmail.comto learn more information and ask additional questions. Also, to see the PDF of the event, click on 9.2.13-Royals

Lipreading Class begins at DCC in September! Sign up now to join the class!

Do you struggle to make out what others are saying when they are speaking to you, because of your hearing loss?  Have you wondered what that person was saying across the room, but you didn’t hear them?  Do you get frustrated because you can’t understand the words because it comes out unclear?   Have you felt that your lipreading skills are getting rusty?  Then don’t miss the opportunity to become a better lipreader at Lipreading Class!

Lipreading Class, a four-session class, begins September 14 at the Deaf Cultural Center in Olathe. The class will focus on the basics of lipreading, using sight to focus on various sentence structures and words, handouts to complete for the class, and teaching techniques to show family and friends more effective ways to communicate with a person with hearing loss.Shanna Groves, speaker, and author of “Confessions of a Lip Reading Mom,” will be leading the class.Information on the class is below:Location: Deaf Cultural Center – 455 E. Park St., Olathe, KS 66061 (across from Kansas School for the Deaf)

Dates/times class is held: Sept. 14 and 28, Oct. 5 & 12 (2 p.m. – 3 p.m. each class session)

Class Fee: $100

For further information, go to  For additional questions about the class, contact Shanna Groves on her website at!contact.

Open-Captioned Drive-In Movie event a great success! August 30 event coming up

The Boulevard Drive-In Theatre was packed on the evening of July 11, 2013. Cars lined up right next to each other, row upon row of cars, filling the entire parking lot.  People brought out lawn chairs and blankets, and drinks and snacks as they awaited the start of the “Monsters University” movie.  People from all over the Kansas City area gathered to watch an open-captioned movie on the big screen in the beautiful outdoors.  This was the appeal of the movie, where deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing individuals could all enjoy a drive-in movie theatre, with captions included.

Although there are indoor movie theaters that have caught on to the importance of captions to be used during movies, the drive-in theaters have been slower to adapt to new technology. Thanks to The Whole Person and Cinema K.C. partnering to make this event happen, more than 500 people came to watch the open-captioned movie.

Because the event was so successful, a DOUBLE FEATURE open captioned movie at the Boulevard Drive-In Theatre will be held on August 30 at 9 p.m. “Planes” and “The Lone Ranger” are the movies featured. The address for the movie theatre is 1051 Merriam Lane, Kansas City, KS 66103.  Ticket costs are $10 a person to watch two movies for the price of one!  Kids under 11 can go for FREE.

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Below is a link to the Youtube video about the previous event on July 11. Feel free to check out more what this is all about!

Upcoming HLAA Picnic June 8!

Want a fun place to hang out with your friends, enjoy good food, play some games and have a chance to win raffle prizes? Where can you go to learn about TONS of products and services for the hearing loss community in one place? Looking for family-friendly entertainment with fun for both kids and adults?

The answer to all of these is The 5th Annual HLAAKC Picnic – Saturday, June 8, 4pm-8pm – Shawnee Mission Park (7900 Renner Rd., Lenexa, KS 66219), Shelter #8! Visit with vendors and learn about products and services for people with hearing loss! Buy raffle tickets for a chance to win fun prizes! Enjoy a special performance by JJ the Mime! We even have a few surprises for the kids – including a craft table and fun with hula hoops!

Additionally, there will be a free membership drawing at the raffle for non-members who can win a one-year membership to become a NEW members of HLAA!

Those who win Royals tickets will win specifically for the game on Sept. 2, 2013, Labor Day, to sit with Jacob’s Ride group.  Jacob’s Ride is a project started by a young man, Jason, with hearing loss, who is biking to all 30 baseball stadiums in the US to raise money for those who want a cochlear implant but cannot afford it.  More information can be found on

Dinner will be served at 5pm. Meat, chips and drinks will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Please RSVP on our Facebook event page or by emailing us at so that we can make sure there’s enough food for everyone!

Also, we need picnic volunteers to help at the event with setting up, cleaning up, assisting in games, food and the raffle. Email us at to sign up! Someone from the committee will then be in touch with you shortly with further details.

Resource booths will be open from 4pm until 6:30pm.

Coalition for Independence
Cochlear Americas
Deaf Cultural Center
Deaf International
Hamilton Relay
KC Parent Group for Families with Deaf or Hard of Hearing Children
Kansas Association of the Deaf
Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Kansas Telephone Assistance Program (TAP)
Lenexa Sertoma Club
Mission Electronics
Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation
Nexus Interpreting
Sign Language Specialists
Quality Transcription Services
The Whole Person

Here’s a sneak peek into some of the goodies you could win at our raffle:

Signed copy of Confessions of a Lipreading Mom
Dove chocolates
HLAA Membership (ONLY for brand new member)
Starbucks gift card
Chipolte gift card
Free interpreting services
… and more!

We are still accepting donations to the raffle! If you’d like to donate, please email us at Please note you do not have to be present at the picnic to donate to the raffle.

This event is FREE and open to the public, so invite your friends, family and neighbors – here’s a flier to share!

Hosted by the Hearing Loss Association of America Kansas City Chapter and sponsored by:

Associated Audiologists
Associated Audiologists, Inc. has provided comprehensive audiology services since 1985 specializing in diagnostic hearing testing, hearing aids, tinnitus, and vertigo/imbalance.  The practice is best known for dispensing all levels of digital hearing aid technology from a variety of the world’s best manufacturers and fitting hearing aids using the most rigorous protocols customized for each patient.

Founded by industry-leading scientists and engineers, MED-EL provides innovative solutions for those dealing with hearing loss.  By advancing the field of hearing implant technology, MED-EL’s people and products connect individuals around the globe to the rich world of sound. For more information, visit or call 888-MED-EL-CI (633-3524).

Nexus Interpreting
Nexus Interpreting, LLC is owned and operated by interpreters Malonda Hutson and Amanda Wittman. It was founded after 15 years of direct interpreting experience in the Kansas City community. We provide you with the best interpreting services available. All of our interpreters are level 4 or 5 in KS and MO, and most are also nationally certified through RID. We specialize in legal, business, medical and mental health interpreting. 

Sign Language Specialists
Since 2003, Sign Language Specialists has provided community interpreting services across the Kansas City metro and beyond.  Our goal is to provide the most skilled, ethical, and friendly interpreters for our D/deaf community.  Please request us for your next medical, legal, educational, workplace, or any other interpreting need.

Quality Transcription Specialists
Quality Transcription Specialists, LLC (QTS) is based in Grain Valley, MO and provides real time speech-to-text transcription services using TypeWell. A live person listens and types the message, and sends it to a laptop, iPad or smart phone for you to read in real time. We provide services in person in the Kansas City area, and remotely over the internet, anywhere in the world.

Hamilton Relay
Kansas Relay is powered by Hamilton Relay – a national leader in providing high quality relay services that make it possible for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking to communicate over the telephone.  Kansas Relay Services include: TTY, Captioned Telephone (CapTel), Speech-to-Speech, VCO (Voice Carry Over), HCO (Hearing Carry Over), Deaf-Blind Services, Voice and Spanish.  All services are free and available 24-hours a day, every day.  To learn more, contact customer service at 1-866-735-2957 or visit:

Schedule of Events – 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., June 8

4:00 pm – 6:30 pm  – Event begins and vendors open

5:00 pm  – Dinner

5:30 pm  – JJ the Mime

6:30 pm-6:35 pm – Awards presented

6:30 pm-6:45 pm – Last chance to buy raffles, HLAA announcements, Jacob’s Ride information

6:45 pm-7:15 pm – Raffle drawing

8:00 pm – Event ends

LIPREADING CLASS – Class begins May 17

Shanna Groves, author of Confessions of a Lipreading Mom and Lip Reader, who is also a speaker and hearing loss advocate, is hosting an exciting course called Lipreading Class at the Deaf Cultural Center, which will cover the basics of lipreading, lipreading practice activities, communication tips with loved ones, and other information.  The class will be held at the Deaf Cultural Center, located at 455 E. Park Street, Olathe, KS 66061.

The class will be held for three Saturdays this summer, on May 17 (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.). June 1 (1 p.m. – 2 p.m.) and June 15 (1 p.m. – 2 p.m.).  The fee is $100 for the class and a maximum of 6 students are accepted.  Please make your payments out to the Deaf Cultural Center by check.  

For more information regarding the class, go to

Redbox Woes

It’s a Friday night and you are in the mood for a movie alone or with friends and family.  You stop at a Redbox and pick out the movies you want, making sure as you read the movie description that captions are provided as stated.

You head home, relax on the couch with your popcorn and soda, and get comfortable as you watch the previews.  As the menu comes on, you go to “Set Up” and you find…..that no captions exist. – all that’s listed is Audio and Commentary, which certainly do not relate  Frustrated, you try to put on the captions from the remote menu, only to have caption settings not work on that either.  

Your next resort is to turn up the volume, and as you do so, the voices become louder, more distorted and certainly not more understandable than before.  You watch for a few minutes, but you can tell you won’t be able to catch most of what is being said in the movie,  Finally, you sigh and take out the movie from the DVD player  Enough is enough. The movie doesn’t have captions even if the movie description mentions captions as included.  Wasted money, wasted time, loss of enjoyment of seeing a movie.  Feeling ripped off and seeing your relaxing movie night go to waste, you return the movie and hope that the next movie won’t have the same problem.

Unfortunately, it is a continuous problem.  Having rented several movies from Redbox with the movie description stating clearly that captioning is provided, I have had to return them later that night simply because they didn’t have the captions on the menu as it said.  This seems to happen with less popularized movies or ones that are not playing in theater “claiming” to have captions for viewers. There is no way to verify that these movies have captions until you actually  rent it, play it and see for yourself.   

If you have a complaint about a movie not having captions as it said in the movie description on Redbox, you can contact the company. – this is the link to contact customer service via internet.  There is also a phone number to call is 1.866.733.2693 (customer service). The hours to call are between 7 am-3 am 7 days a week.  

Perhaps with enough people with hearing loss taking a stand for their rights for captions on Redbox movies, the company will change their policy and be accommodating.  Until that happens, they will never take us seriously and we will continue to experience the woes of uncaptioned movies that claim to be captioned.  

Christmas Week Church Services with ASL, Interpreter, Captioning Services provided

Deaf International Community Church (DICC)

Meets at Center of Grace

520 S. Harrison

Olathe, KS 66061


December 23 – 10 AM

–          Christmas program with ASL poetry, storytelling, and songs

(Service is in ASL with English voice interpreting)

December 24 – 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

–          Christmas Eve service

(Service is in ASL with English voice interpreting)

Olathe Bible Church
13700 W 151st Street
Olathe, KS 66062


December 23 – 10:30 AM

–          Holiday Worship service

(Service is captioned live, with a sign language rendition of “O Holy Night” that includes a band, vocalists, and sign performers)


Northland Deaf Church

101 NE 70th Terr

Gladstone, MO 64118


December 23 – 11:00 AM

–           Christmas Service

(Service is in ASL with English voice interpreting)

Park Hill Baptist Church

7609 NW Highway 9

Kansas City, MO 64152


December 24 – 6:00 PM

–          Christmas Eve Service

(Service has a sign language interpreter provided)

St. Joseph Church

11311 Johnson Drive

Shawnee, KS  66203


December 24 – 6:00 PM

–          Christmas Eve Mass

(Service has sign language interpreter provided)

St. Paul Church

900 S Honeysuckle

Olathe KS  66061


December 25 – 12 AM

–          Christmas Mass

(Service has sign language interpreter provided)

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). 

Enable Talk

There’s a new technology called Enable Talk that could potentially revolutionize the translation of sign language across the world.

At the Microsoft Imagine Cup, an event where students compete to showcase their best technological innovation, a group called QuadSquad placed first in the Software Design category.  .

Enable Talk is a special system which utlilizes gloves to translate sign language into text, which is then converted from text into spoken English.  The battery-powered gloves have sensors that detect what is being signed.  It is connected to a smartphone via a Bluetooth.

The product was tested with sign language users in Ukraine.  Some more links about Enable Talk are below: