Barbara Kelley, HLAA Executive Director Announcement

Dear Chapter Members:
I am pleased to bring you some news!
Our wonderful Valerie Stafford-Mallis, director of chapter development, is entering the well-deserved world of retirement on March 31, 2017. She and her husband, Sam, are retiring from their careers on the same day and are starting their retirement life together in Florida where they live.
My selfish nature says “boo-hiss” because Valerie has brought a strong sense of professionalism and business sense to our chapter department as well as her willingness to assist and train our chapters in many positive ways. We sure do hate to lose her. But, how can we not be happy for her and Sam? Be sure to catch the article in the upcoming March/April issue of Hearing Loss Magazine where Valerie says her goodbyes and gives us some insight into what she will be doing. Congratulations and thank you to Valerie.
Valerie’s last day is March 31, but she and Erin Mirante (see below) will be traveling to the Pacific Northwest (March 4-5) and to St. Louis (March 11)  for chapter development workshops before Valerie retires.
Welcome Erin Mirante!

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Knowing that Valerie was going to retire sometime in 2017-18, we hired Erin to work part-time in chapters and part-time in membership/data. Erin quickly showed a keen interest in chapters, especially as she began to interact with you. Our hope for Erin came true when she said she would LOVE to work with HLAA Chapters full time as our national chapter coordinator.
Erin is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland and has a degree in social work. She has been a volunteer herself throughout her college life (and before) and did an internship with a local adoption agency helping parents navigate the complicated process of adopting a child. Her compassion, warmth and intellect are immediately evident. She also understands what it’s like to be a volunteer and appreciates all of you who volunteer your time and talents for HLAA.
I am pleased to have Erin on staff to support chapters. For those of you going to Convention 2017, Erin is looking forward to meeting all of you. Please join me in welcoming Erin Mirante as the national chapter development coordinator! She is a lovely, young woman and we are all excited to have her and her passion on staff.
Leadership Training at HLAA2017: As always, there will be a room devoted to chapter workshops at the convention. On Wednesday, June 21, there will be a leadership workshop with a renowned presenter who has worked with companies like McDonald’s, Pampered Chef, H&R Block, Ericsson, and more. I wish I could sneak in myself, but I will at the HLAA Board of Trustees Meeting. We are thrilled to bring you this top-notch presentation, sponsored by CaptionCall.
We are all part of one HLAA. Without the national organization, there would be no Walk4Hearing, HLAA state organizations or chapters; and without the “boots on the ground” at the local and state levels, the awareness, mutual support, local/state advocacy, access, and much more, couldn’t happen. Thank you for the work you are all doing across the country.

With appreciation,
Barbara Kelley

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Barbara Kelley
Executive Director

Hearing Loss Association of America

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SHiFT Demonstration Webinars

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GKCBLN will be hosting webinars for job seekers and those who support job seekers, to demonstrate the features of SHiFT and how you can get started.
 
You are invited to attend one of these 45-minute Demos.
January 11, 2017 at 2PM
January 12, 2017 at 10AM
To join via your computer click on the following link.
To join via phone dial;
(515) 739-1030 with access code 481-573-662
SHiFT is a new and unique matching tool to use in your job search.
 
SHiFT only connects you with employers who are looking to specifically hire
talent with disabilities. SHiFT matches skills, abilities and preferences with
businesses looking for those attributes for their open positions.
 
SHiFT is ready when you are. Click here to create your account and get
started: http://shift.gkcbln.org/seeker-signup/

SHiFT is a free service for job seekers so don’t delay. Businesses are starting
to post job openings in SHiFT. When you have a match you will receive an email notification. Please be patient. SHiFT is a new service and businesses are adding
jobs all the time.
Get started today and get working!      
 
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FREE American Sign Language Classes

Want to learn a new skill? Fabulous opportunity to try something new or refresh your memory if you already know the basics. Can’t beat FREE with deaf instructor + certified ASL instructor! Fun and interactive with students. Games and at home YouTube films to help reinforce signs taught in class. If you can’t make it to all the classes, it is okay. No testing.  Register today!

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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.

     

Support captioning & sign our petition!  Kansas: Turn On the TV Captions Now!

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Do You Have Equal Access to Communication at Your House of Worship?

Are you or know someone feeling left out at your church because they are unable to hear during services or at events?   Are you bluffing, pretending you heard to fit in with other family or friends who hear fine?   Do you know people with hearing loss all around the world have the same issue as you?  If you were able to change something so that you could read the presenter’s sermon, would you?    Maybe you would, but do not even know about CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation).  Most are familiar with closed captioning on TV monitor for broad cast programs or newscasts.   CART provides captioning at live theaters on individual devices for one person or a group of people or displayed on a screen or wall to benefit the entire audience.   CART is provided by a stenographer on-site or remotely by listening to the speaker and translates to captions on the devices or screen/wall.

People who have hearing loss can request captioning.   Captioning is beneficial to others who hear fine, but are unable to hear in noisy situations, such as restaurants or gyms.   Captioning also helps those learning English as a second language.   We want to give you a little boost of confidence to provide some details how to ask for captioning for the upcoming holiday church services or special events.    CCAC has put together a nice explanation of what CART is and why it is important to you so you can feel a sense of belonging and taking part of your holiday service with your loved ones and friends.   Thanks to Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning (CCAC), you can read more here and print out a clean letter here to present to your house of worship.  As a bonus, a transcript of the captioning usually can be requested from the CART provider.  Your church can upload it to their website to share with others, which is an attractive feature to draw people to their church in the future.

Some folks prefer receiving a customized sound broadcast by setting their hearing aids or cochlear implants on the T-coil setting when the event has “hearing loop” technology.   After listening to Hearing Loop Demonstration – By Juliette Sterkens, AuD – YouTube you may email us at hlaakc@gmail.com for more information about Loop America.

Sign language interpreters are more common, but many must request in advance.  Below, the Overland Park Church of Christ always offers interpreters on Sundays without requests. Songs are always captioned on the monitor. Interpreters are provided for songs & live service, but captioning is not provided for live service.

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With these tools you now have, feel confident reaching out to the administration of your church and request captioning.  You will find others also enjoy it, plus people have a 50% better chance of remembering what was said if they can both hear and read it.  There is 48 million Americans with hearing loss.  20% or 1 in 5 have some degree in hearing loss, so you are not the only one.  Your family and friends can support your advocacy efforts knowing you will be more included makes everyone happier too.  No one likes to see someone get left out on what is said.   Be a change maker by speaking up what your needs are and make your house of worship communication accessible this holiday season.  If you don’t, no one can tell because hearing loss is invisible.

The following list of Faith Based Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Greater Kansas City is supplied by The Whole Person.  To find out the exact type of service provided, please contact the church directly.  Another great resource is National Deaf Association of the Deaf’s When Captioning is Required.

If you enjoyed this topic, please share with others.  Leave us a reply or email us if you know other house of worships with communication accommodations not listed or topics you would like to learn more about in future.

Have a wonderful holiday season and travel safely.

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.

Support captioning & sign our petition online:  Kansas: Turn On the TV Captions Now!
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SHiFT

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HLAAKC announces that the Greater Kansas City Business Leadership Network has a new way for job seekers with disabilities, including hearing loss to apply for jobs.  A HLAAKC member attended a SHIFT meeting and learned there are employers who are looking for employees with disabilities, including those with hearing loss.   SHIFT helps match employers with SHIFT registered job-seekers who happen to have a disability.   During the meeting, HLAAKC explained how people with hearing loss can have several different phone numbers, such as InnoCaptions and Sorenson, but you can simply mark your phone numbers in preference of how you like to be contacted without disclosing it is a service for deaf or hard-of-hearing.   SHIFT is an exciting tool we hope you are thrilled.   Please send us feedback at hlaakc@gmail.com, so we can spread the news.

Are you looking for a job?

Are you supporting someone to find a job?

SHiFT is a new and unique matching tool to use in your job search.
 
SHiFT only connects you with employers who are looking to specifically hire
talent with disabilities. SHiFT matches skills, abilities and preferences with
businesses looking for those attributes for their open positions.
 
SHiFT is ready when you are. Click here to create your account and get
started: http://shift.gkcbln.org/seeker-signup/
SHiFT is a free service for job seekers so don’t delay. Businesses are starting
to post job openings in SHiFT. When you have a match you will receive an email notification. Please be patient. SHiFT is a new service and businesses are adding
jobs all the time.
Get started today and get working! 
gkcbln
                                  GKCBLN, PO Box 901296, Kansas City, MO 64190

Christmas Spectacular Open Caption Live Performance Sat. 12/10, 1pm

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Christmas at Resurrection is a Kansas City musical tradition that takes place at our Leawood campus! This must-see musical presentation features more than 300 actors, singers, dancers and instrumentalists in a celebration of Christmas and the depiction of the traditional Christmas story. Make plans to attend the very first Open Caption performance and the only OC performance on Saturday, Dec. 10th. Join us for this great family holiday tradition as we celebrate Christmas at Resurrection!

Mark your calendars! This has been a long project in making a dream come true for those with hearing loss will experience this play with open captions for the very first time on Sat, Dec. 10th 1pm. HLAA-KC is proud to offer this as result of advocating for OC since beginning of this year.

Tickets for this event – You can go online at the link above, or call 866-830-5067. At that number Lori is very patient in helping with seat selection. The best place to see stage and captions for $12 + 1.06 tax is in Sections B (all seats starting with 1 working to the left) and Section J (all seats starting with 16 and going to the right). Those are considered “center side tickets”.

However, the captions can be seen from any seat in the Sanctuary, even the back row on the upper level! Sections C-H are $22 seats. Sections A, B, I, J are $12.

You can go online and pretend to order to see the seats left and back out, without buying, if you want to.

They cannot hold seats for our group. They sell out on this matinee performance fast. We recommend calling right away or buy online now, if you know you can come. Do not delay.

The general theme of the play is everyone is busy buying Christmas gifts and forget the true meaning of Christmas, then they transform into celebrating Jesus’s arrival. Actor’s costumes and live nativity animals are all part of this smartly crafted live performance so if you happen to have hearing loss or deaf, your eyes will be smiling throughout this show!

There is no extra fee if you go online and purchase tickets. No refunds and no exchanges.

Please “Like” our Facebook Event or subscribe to our blog, so you can receive updates and share with your family and friends. Tickets are on sale online(see link above).  If you have questions, please email us at hlaakc@gmail.com.

Come and enjoy the spirit of Christmas!

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.
     

Support captioning & sign our petition!  Kansas: Turn On the TV Captions Now!

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Veterans Day – 1Yr Complimentary Membership

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Because HLAAKC cares about veterans, we offer Complimentary HLAA Membership for Veterans (New Members ONLY)! http://www.hearingloss.org/content/veterans

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Do you have a hearing loss due to military service? A report from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs estimated that more than 59,000 military members are on disability for hearing loss from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

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“Out of all of the disabilities from my injury, hearing loss is one of the most noticeable and one with the most frequency of problems for me.”
— CPT Brogan

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.

Support captioning & sign our petition!  Kansas: Turn On the TV Captions Now!

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Trilogy’s Les Miserables Open Caption(OC) Live Theater

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Les Miserables School Edition

Winner of over 100 international awards and seen by over 65 million people worldwide, Les Misérables is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. Now adapted for student performers, Les Misérables School Edition features one of the most memorable scores of all time and some of the most memorable characters to ever grace our stage.

In nineteenth century France, Jean Valjean is released from years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter.

Epic, grand and uplifting, Les Misérables School Edition packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. The sung-through piece is ideal for a cast of exceptional singers and overflows with melodies that are already standards. This author-approved edition has been abridged to a running time of just over two hours, while carefully maintaining the integrity of one of the greatest musicals ever written.

Adult Tickets: $12.00+tax, Child Tickets: $10.00+tax, Groups of 20 or More: $10.00 each +tax.

* Online purchase of tickets is only available through Wednesday, November 9th. Tickets will still be available for purchase after the 9th, over the phone and in our office, or at each show. All tickets purchased after the 9th are sold “at the door” price of $12.00.

To purchase online click here:  http://www.trilogyculturalarts.org/purchase-tickets/

*No Refunds or Exchanges.

Price: $10.00

 

If you ‘go on your own’ ask for seating on right or left sides so you can see the monitor’s open captioning.

See you there!

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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2D Doctor Strange Open Caption(OC)

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PG-13  |  115 min  |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |     | 116 Seats

Sunday, November 13, 2016  12:45 FIND Tickets
Alamo Drafthouse KC, 1400 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64105

Alamo’s movie details and trailer

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ALAMO VICTORY REWARDS PROGRAM

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Alamo Victory is a completely Free rewards program join! No fees!

You can choose to Join Alamo Victory on the Payment page by signing in or creating account at:

https://drafthouse.com/kansas-city/victory/sign-in-from-ticketing/0601/39451

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DIRECTIONS AND PARKING TIPS

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Never park at the $10 parking lots —- Check the parking tips on Alamo’s website before you come for free parking! Make sure you get the parking ticket validated at the front desk at the Alamo.

Alamo Directions & Parking Tips:

Remember to validate parking ticket at Alamo front desk!

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SEARCH FOR UPCOMING OC MOVIES WITH ALAMO APP

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We strongly suggest you buy your tickets online in advance. You can buy at the door, but it could be sold out. 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 Thanks you – Alamo!

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THIS OPEN CAPTION MOVIE EVENT IS A HLAA-KC EVENT

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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.

Support captioning & sign our petition!  Kansas: Turn On the TV Captions Now!

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Trilogy’s The Lion King Jr Open Caption Live Theater

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Disney’s The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world and now, MTI and Disney have released a Junior version. We at Trilogy, have the opportunity to produce this one-of-a-kind musical! The African savannah comes to life on our stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this fun and inspiring, coming-of-age tale. With all out favorite music including Circle of Life, Hakuna Matata, I Just Can’t Wait To Be King, and more!!!

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!

Adult Tickets: $12.00+tax, Child Tickets: $10.00+tax, Groups of 20 or More: $10.00 each +tax.

* Online purchase of tickets is only available through Wednesday, October 12th. Tickets will still be available for purchase after the 12th, over the phone and in our office, or at each show. All tickets purchased after the 12th are sold “at the door” price of $12.00.

If you ‘go on your own’ ask for seating on right or left sides so you can see the monitor’s open captioning.

*No Refunds or Exchanges

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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Looking for a Job?

IRS NOW HIRING.

The IRS is feverishly looking to hire 30-50 people.  They  have openings right now for the people we call Schedule A’s. This group includes the disabled, physically challenged, the deaf/DHOH, the blind and others. Here is a link to more detail on the Schedule A program:

https://jobs.irs.gov/midcareer/disabilities-commitment.html

The jobs available now are data transcription jobs for both day and night shifts. The essential skill associated with the position is typing/data entry/10 key. Paid training and vacation and health care benefits are associated with these jobs. And there are other benefits that are significant and in some cases rare in the KC business world.

These are permanent jobs with a seasonal schedule. A person who is hired for one of these jobs, assuming their performance meets the standards, will be called back each year. And by becoming a federal employee the individual will be able to compete for full time permanent jobs at the IRS and at any federal agency.

They have a vibrant, large DHOH community here. We have 2 staff interpreters and arrange with contract interpreters to support DHOH people on night shift.

Please see the website above for more information or to apply

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.

Support captioning & sign our petition!  Kansas: Turn On the TV Captions Now!
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SULLY Open Caption (OC) Movie

Sunday, Sept 11, 1:45-3:20   and  Tuesday, Sept 13, 4:15-5:50

Alamo Drafthouse Kansas City  Show Map

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PG-13 | 1h 35min | Biography, Drama |197 Seats

 

For Alamo’s movie details and trailer see link below:

https://drafthouse.com/kansas-city/show/sully

 

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ALAMO VICTORY REWARDS PROGRAM

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Alamo Victory is a completely Free rewards program join! No fees!

You can choose to Join Alamo Victory on the Payment page by signing in or creating account at:  https://drafthouse.com/kansas-city/victory/sign-in-from-ticketing/0601/39451

 

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DIRECTIONS AND PARKING TIPS

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Never park at the $10 parking lots —- Check the parking tips on Alamo’s website before you come for free parking! Make sure you get the parking ticket validated at the front desk at the Alamo. On Tuesdays, bring loose chain for the parking meters if you park there.

Alamo Directions & Parking Tips

Remember to validate parking ticket at Alamo front desk!

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SEARCH FOR UPCOMING OC MOVIES WITH ALAMO APP

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alamo-a-logojpg    Download ‘Alamo” from the Play Store or iTunes. Set the LOCATION to “Main Street” and EXPERIENCE filter to “OC”. Then you can flip through the scheduled OC movies EVERY Sunday afternoon AND EVERY Tuesday afternoon. (Awesome – twice a week!)

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We strongly suggest you buy your tickets online in advance. You can buy at the door, but it could be sold out. 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 Thanks you – Alamo!

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THIS OPEN CAPTION MOVIE EVENT IS A HLAA-KC EVENT

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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.

Support captioning & sign our petition!  Kansas: Turn On the TV Captions Now!
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AVA Audio & Visual Accessiblity

Hi there,

Thank you for your patience while we’ve been working relentlessly to build a better accessibility tool for your daily conversations with Ava. In case you haven’t heard from us or if you have received an email asking for feedback although you haven’t tried it yet – we apologize for that.

With Ava, we aim to give you audio & visual accessibility, anywhere, anytime. This is an ambitious goal, and the journey will be long!

Like with all early technologies, there will be disappointments, and things will break. You’ll explore new situations, and together, we’ll invent ways to better face them. Ask others to try Ava with you. It can be daring, but we’ll be there for you. Only together we can drive forward a true, total, 24/7 accessible world, for us and 400 million people who deserve it.

Ready to join us? This is your invitation to download Ava on your phone and join us.

I’m ready! How do I start?

Super simple! Go ahead and download Ava below by clicking on the ‘Get Ava on your phone’ button on your mobile device. Once you create your account on the app, you’ll be able to invite as many peers as you’d like from the app itself.

Once Ava is on their phones thanks to your invitation, you’ll be able to connect and have conversations on Ava, anytime, anywhere.

Get Ava on my phone

Wanna use Ava like a pro?

Here’s a welcome guide for you and people would you invite to make the most of Ava. Please check out our FAQ page to answer any questions you may have.

Remember, you can use Ava as much as you want from today on. So 24/7 conversation captioning for you and hearing friends, family members, coworkers, right now. The cost is on us. After our public launch, we’ll give you a heads up about the subscription plans.

We can’t wait to learn all about your Ava experiences!
Just hit reply or chat with us within the app!

Beyond barriers with you,
Your Ava Team

Move 24/7 accessibility forward with us, we’re right there:
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Ava – Your 24/7 Captioner to Launch Sept 5th

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HLAAKC met the AVA Founders in St Louis 2015 and Washington DC June 2016!  Get ready for their launch.

On September 5th, Ava will be free to download for anyone with an Android or iPhone. This means that your chapter members will be among the first people to get the opportunity to install the app (free of charge) on their own mobile device.

Why is this a great opportunity?

If you haven’t heard about Ava yet (check our website here), it’s a mobile application to empower deaf or hard of hearing people in group conversations. The app pairs smartphones in a room and captures the conversation to show a real time, color coded transcript of the discussion. In other words, you obtain real time captioning on your smartphone!

Ava is made to give you audio & visual accessibility, anywhere, anytime. This means that your next Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t have to be a hassle anymore. It means that you can speak with your son, daughter, or maybe your grandchild, without missing all the details.

You might have seen us at the HLAA convention in DC this year or in St. Louis a year ago? Or perhaps you’ve heard about us through your local chapter? We are proud and very thankful to the fellow HLAA members and leaders who have believed in us since the early days, and have become true Ava pioneers.

You and your chapter members can be the next people to join the movement, by trying the app and advocating for a future with 24/7 accessibility!

Are you and your chapter ready to become pioneers?

If you are interested in joining your fellow HLAA members to become an Ava pioneer, and want to give the Ava app a try, here are a few things you can already do today:

1) First, save the date. On September 5th, you can download the app for free on the App and Play store. Make sure you mark this date in your calendar.

2) Inform the people around you. If you are a chapter representative or leader, we prepared an announcement message that you can share with your chapter members, or include in your monthly newsletter. This message can be found at the bottom of this email. You can also send the message or forward this email to anyone you know who would be interested in learning about Ava.

3) Get priority, by visiting our website (www.ava.me) and leaving your email. We will invite you to our pioneer program directly, and you’ll be the first to know about any updates.

We look forward to launching Ava together with you!

Greatest greetings,
Team Ava.

Move 24/7 accessibility forward with us, we’re right there:
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Ava launch announcement:

The Ava team has announced that their app will become available for anyone to download on September 5th, 2016. On this date you will be able to directly download it from the App & Play store and use it as much as you like, without any charge.

If you haven’t heard about Ava yet, it’s and app that pairs smartphones in a room and captures the conversation to show a real time, color coded transcript of the discussion. In other words, you obtain real time captioning on your smartphone!

If you are interested in getting access today already, you can do this by:

  1. Opening your internet browser
  2. Going to www.ava.me
  3. Leaving your e-mail address in the assigned box.

If you’d like to get in touch with the Ava team directly, please send inquiries to team@ava.me.

HLAA-KC Chapter September News

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September 2016 e-News

Hello Hearing Loss Association of America – Kansas City Readers,                                                       

We took a summer break! The weather is cooler and families have stocked up on school supplies.  That must mean September is around the corner full of activities to celebrate Deaf Awareness Week.    Please join HLAAKC in celebrating on Saturday, Sept 24th.   That Saturday is our day to entertain.   Come visit with others at our ICE CREAM SOCIAL, EXHIBIT & FUNDRAISER.  We accepting volunteers for the event.  We also hope to have an AMC OC movie event on Saturday and Alamo will have OC movie on Sunday, the 25th.

The good folks at the HLAA headquarters are working hard for us. See This Week in Bethesda.   Also, sign up for the free, online HLAA e-News. It is published twice a month with one issue focusing on HLAA advocacy work (“HLAA in Action”) and one on general news.

Hearing Health Professionals reading this, please tell your clients about HLAA-KC! You are our first connection to finding people who can learn about HLAA – Kansas City Chapter.   After you have prepared your clients to go home with their new listening devices, let them know we are here to support, educate, advocate, provide information and network for those with hearing loss, their families and friends.  If you need some business cards for your office, please let us know by replying to this email.   We have so much to share with your clients.

 

Hearing Loss Association of America- Kansas City Chapter NEWS

HLAA-KC Committee is in need for two more committee members.   We also would appreciate if there is any graphic artists that could volunteer for a nominal fee.  No experience needed to be a committee member.   If you have any questions and looking for a way to share some of your skills, please contact us at hlaakc@gmail.com.

 

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HLAA-KC’s 8th Annual Social, Exhibit & Fundraiser    Facebook Event

Saturday, Sept. 24th, 1-3:30pm  

Olathe Community Center    Show Map1205 E Kansas City Rd, Olathe, Kansas 66061

We are switching from picnic in spring to Ice Cream Social during Deaf Awareness Week with all the familiar fun of sponsors/vendors and our popular lucky drawings for our fundraiser! We also won’t be at the park, but at the Olathe Community Center. If you get lost, the Community Center’s phone number is 913-971-8563. Another plus of this day is an Open Caption movie at AMC before or after this event. AMC movie title and time TBD.

The ice cream social is FREE, however, participants are welcome to optionally purchase a day pass for $7 (Olathe resident) or $8 (non-plate resident) for use before during or after the event. Passes include access to all amenities including the aquatics area (leisure pool with zero depth entry, lazy river, 25-yard lap lanes, hot tub, rock climbing walls with four waterfalls and diving platforms, two water slides).

We are inviting people with hearing loss, their families, friends, coworkers, and health professionals from all over Kansas City. It is a great way to network! As always, we’d like to invite you along for the ride — here are a few ways you can be involved:

ATTEND

Join us to socialize, network and enjoy ice cream during this event. Please bring your favorite ice cream topping (syrup, fudge, sprinkles, etc) or accessory (cake, brownies, fruit, etc) to share. We supply the ice cream and bottled water. And for every purchase of Ferro’s Gourmet popcorn we earn a small percentage for our fundraiser.  

We will have a Sign Up Genius to ask for volunteers and anything else we might need. Watch for that on hlaakc.com and facebook.com/hlaakc.

SPONSORS and VENDORS

If interested in becoming a sponsor or vendor, please email hlaakc@gmail.com for more information by Sept. 9th. Please include your company’s name, service/product and contact information. Note: You must be present to host a booth. Vendor booths are still at our low price. Booths will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and will be assigned.

RAFFLE

We will be holding a raffle to raise money for our chapter. Would you consider donating a product or small service to our raffle? Ideas include but certainly are not limited to: hearing aid accessories, a free hearing test, hearing assistance accessories (such as a vibrating alarm clock, doorbell flasher, etc), gift certificate to an assistive listening devices vendor, gift basket, passes to live theater or movies where either closed or open captions are available, restaurant gift certificates, etc. The possibilities are endless! If you are interested in donating an item(s) for our raffle, please send email to hlaakc@gmail.com. Please include your name, service/product and contact information. Please note that you do not have to be present at the picnic in order to donate a raffle item.

If planning to attend, please RSVP Deadline: Sept. 17th

 

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Kansas Turn On the TV Captions Now Petition  

Please share our petition to educate public businesses to turn on the TV captions now in Kansas because we care about accommodating people with hearing loss! We have 138 supporters who have signed. Won’t you share this with others and help us reach 200! Metro KC MO area businesses are also encouraged to participate to turn on their TV captions.

The petition can be found on Change.org and searching for:
Kansas: Turn On the TV Captions Now

Or go directly to the link: http://bit.ly/KansasTurnOntheTVCaptionsNow

 

Our mini campaign cards is your advocating tool.  When you patronize a business whose TV does not have on the captions, you can hand the mini campaign card(below) to business person and politely explain why you feel the TV captions should be on.  Then ask them to sign our petition on Change.org because it is an honor to have businesses support our plight to caption Kansas.    Our cards can be printed 8 per sheet.  Cut them out.  Place in your own business lobby, purse, wallet or car.   Have them handy because you will find a business every week and with your help, we can caption Kansas and Metro KC!  See sample of card:

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1 in 5 people or 48 million (20%) of Americans have some degree of hearing loss making it a public health issue third in line after heart disease and arthritis. People with this invisible disability may be in denial, inherited at birth, late deafened with progressive loss, or sudden loss from an accident or returning veterans. Captions also improve literacy. Access to information is a basic civil right.

Please support captioning – sign & share Change.org petition:

Kansas: Turn On the TV Captions Now
http://bit.ly/KansasTurnOntheTVCaptionsNow


Click on link below to get your own mini campaign cards:
Kansas: Turn On the TV Captions Now Mini-Campaign Cards


Thank you for all your help in playing this forward!

 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Captioning and LOOPing News

Alamo Drafthouse KC runs OC movie every Sunday afternoon and every Tuesday afternoon.   There has been some Tuesdays combined with Baby Day so deaf/hoh parents can bring their infants to enjoy (OC) with house lights up to help look in the baby bag for items and the sound is lowered.  Check it out while enjoying food/beverage ordered from your seat. No hassles of leaving to get popcorn refills.

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SEARCH FOR UPCOMING (OC) MOVIES WITH ALAMO APP
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Download ‘Alamo” from the Play Store or iTunes. Set the LOCATION to “Main Street” and EXPERIENCE filter to “OC”. Then you can flip through the scheduled OC movies EVERY Sunday afternoon AND EVERY Tuesday afternoon.

 

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SEARCH FOR UPCOMING (OC) MOVIES WITH AMC Theatres APP
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Download ‘AMC Theatres” from the Play Store or iTunes.  Watch for OC movies on Saturday afternoon AND EVERY Tuesday afternoon.

AMC Theatres is introducing open captioning on some Saturday afternoons and soon a weekday (not Tuesdays), but will find a different weekday afternoon.   They will also be trying to show (OC)  at AMC two locations.  One location will be AMC Olathe 28.  The other location is to be determined,  Independence or at BarryWoods.   AMC often runs surveys to find out what titles you would like to see in (OC) .  Please “Like” our Facebook for future (OC) surveys and (OC) event details.

PLEASE NOTE:  AMC cancelled the OC movies scheduled for Saturday, Sept 27th  Due to an unexpected incident.  The General Manager been out of the office since Monday through Thursday and unfortunately this will cause a delay in the planned event Sept 27th.  AMC is very sorry for the short notice and are discussing  a potential alternative for the foreseeable future.
Sometimes we post (OC) movies on hlaakc.com.   We try to inform you how to use the movie theater’s mobile apps to look for (OC) movies.   Alamo’s app is searchable for (OC) by changing the Experience filter to OC, however, Alamo’s website is not searchable for OC.

AMC’s app and website are not searchable for only (OC) movies.  If you would like to advocate for movie  theaters to change so we can search for (OC) movies, please consider messaging them on their Facebook pages.    See example of how to advocate.

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OPEN Caption LIVE Theater –

VISIT the HLAA-KC’s Facebook Closed Group!!!   Don’t miss out and be involved!

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Metro KC for OPEN Caption LIVE Theater closed FB group  
 HLAA-KC’s Sign-Up to Advocate for OC LIVE Theater

Missing out on LIVE theater because there is no captioning?   Please join our new Facebook group and share and Invite your friends to our new page!

This closed group is to network:

  • LIVE Theater (Admin/Managers/Stage Crew/Actors)
  • Stenographers
  • Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing/Hearing Advocates for OC in Metro KC LIVE Theaters.  

 

Advocating can be writing emails (preferred method), phone calls or visiting a LIVE Theater in person or with a group.  No membership required.   No experience needed.   No need to be a resident of KS or MO.   Open to all states.

While you are at our new Facebook closed group, check out the first post pinned at the top.  Open it all the way up to read how the group works.  Then open up the DESCRIPTION on the right to read about our mission.  Joining our new Facebook group is great, but does not let us know you want to advocate for OC.  If you would like to join our mission, please sign-up to help advocate at(see link above).  After HLAA-KC committee receives your sign-up from  we will inform you how to advocate, answer your questions and discuss where you would like to advocate!    

OPEN Caption Live Theater  HLAA-KC has Eyes on Trilogy Cultural Arts Centre
Triology Stage

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

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 captioning goals for KC.

Please save the dates!

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Sat, Oct 15 at 2PM Disney The Lion King Jr.    The Lion King Jr. Facebook Event

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Sat, Nov 12 at 2pm Les Miserables    Les Miserables Facebook Event

Mark your calendar! Trilogy Cultural Arts Centre is producing TWO great shows this fall! BOTH with an open caption performance!

The open captioned performances are the Saturday show at 2pm for both shows!

First is Lion King Jr. being performed in October on the 13th through the 15th!

Second is Les Misérables school edition. The performances will be November 10th through the 12th!

Contact Trilogy Cultural Arts Centre at 913-254-4444 or online at info@trilogyculturalarts.org.   
See you this fall!

Outside HLAA-KC Events for Deaf & Hard of Hearing

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FROM the Kaplans – – – Free Sign Language Classes

Hello friends!

We are excited to offer FREE sign language classes again! Please consider signing up AND please spread the word to your family and friends.  The classes are free but students need RSVP by contacting Carol Cox, class coordinator, by email to coxjc2@gmail.com. We must have a minimum of ten students to offer the classes.

My wife, Christie, and I co-teach both sets of classes. I am Deaf with over 15 years of experience with ASL instruction in a variety of settings. Christie is a certified interpreter. We have been teaching these set of classes at OPCC since Summer 2015.

ASL beginner

This introductory class focuses on basic vocabulary, ASL grammar, and Deaf Culture. Vocabulary lists will be provided with supplementary YouTube videos for at-home practice. Games and activities included.
Monday evenings:   September 12th – October 24th  (6 weeks, skip Oct 10)
Time:   7:00 – 8:30 (Doors open at 6:30pm)

ASL intermediate

This class is meant for anyone who has a basic knowledge of ASL structure. It expands on vocabulary, grammar usage and Deaf Culture etiquette. Supplementary YoutTube videos, games and activities provided.
Thursday evenings:    September 8th – October 13th (6 weeks)
Time:   7:00 – 8:30 (Doors open at 6:30pm)

At Overland Park Church of Christ (Room 104)
13400 W. 119th street
Overland Park, Ks 66213

*main entrance, room is left of lobby 

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the class structure. Thanks!

-Joseph Kaplan, Instructor

The Whole Person – Emergency Preparedness Workshop

TWP Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services is hosted a free workshop about Emergency Preparedness.

For more information, see below or see the links below.  RSVP is required.

The Whole Person Are You Ready?

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ASL Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Avw1iSyGDGQ

Clark H.Corogenes

Independent Living Advocate – Deaf Services

 The Whole Person
3710 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111
Direct 816-527-8334 (Sorenson VP)
Direct 816-336-1115 (Purple VP)
Main 816-561-0304 | Fax 816-931-0529
mailto: ccorogenes@thewholeperson.org | thewholeperson.org

Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheWholePerson

Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Week

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Second Annual MCDHH Deaf Awareness Day at “The K”

Sunday, Sept. 18th

Must order tickets and T-Shirts by August 31st! http://mcdhh.mo.gov/files/royals2016ad.pdf
Let’s get together for the second annual MCDHH Deaf Awareness Day at “The K” sponsored by MCDHH & Able Hands Interpreting Services! First come, first serve! Get your tickets before they run out! Please click on the above  link for more details.

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IMPORTANT NEWS

The Hazards of Driving While Deaf by Katherine Bouton raises awareness of protecting yourself if stopped by police. There has been incidents recently associated with miscommunications between police authorities and D/HH drivers all over the U.S. If you do not have a Visor Card for your car, please do not hesitate and select your state below to start the process.

Missouri Visor Card

Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) is collaborating with law enforcement agency in Missouri and has received the endorsement of the Missouri Sheriff’s Association to produce Visor Communication Cards to increase better understanding and improve communication between Police Officers and the Deaf and Hard of hearing people in Missouri. MCDHH is now releasing the Visor Communication Cards for the Deaf, Oral Deaf and Hard of Hearing. This card can be kept in vehicles and shown to Police officers whenever a Deaf or Hard of Hearing Missourian is stopped on the road.

If you would like a Visor Card, please fill out the form here: http://mcdhh.mo.gov/files/VisorCardForm.pdf.

Also, please remember, YOU MUST fill out a Deaf Census form available at: http://mcdhh.mo.gov/files/DeafCensusForm.pdf.  You may send both forms to us by email or regular snail mail on the address provided on the forms. Please, note that these cards are only available to residents of Missouri.  The cards are also available if you do not live in MO, but pay MO property taxes.

If you would like to view an ASL video regarding the Visor Communication Card, please click on the link.

Kansas Visor Card

Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) offers a visor card.  Please print off this  information brochure/application for the Kansas Safety Communication Visor   Also please note the address on the application is incorrect as KCDHH moved in May.  Please send the forms to KCDHH, 555 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka, KS 66603.  

You may print this form off and make copies or an individual can contact  KCDHH for information.

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) NEWS

HLAA 2017 Convention

If you have not considered becoming a member, now is a good time to join so you get all the up-to-date information on next year’s International HLAA 2017 Convention in Washington DC.   Join us in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 22 – 25, 2017! Stay tuned for more information.

Last June, HLAA was honored to host the Congress of the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH).   There was over 20 different countries in attendance.   Stay tuned to this link for updates on registering for the HLAA 2017 Convention.

HLAA membership gives you discounted registration for the HLAA Convention.  Sign up for the FREE online HLAA e-News at hearingloss.org and find out how HLAA fights for your rights in addition to all the breaking news important to you.   When you join HLAA, you automatically become a member of HLAA-KC.   Get involved in your Kansas City Chapter as the number of memberships shows accountability of how many are supporting advocacy to make Kansas City more deaf & hard-of-hearing accessible and gives national HLAA a membership count when they advocate for things like insurance coverage for hearing aids!  Search for “Hearing Loss Association of America – Kansas City Unified Membership” in this e-News to learn how to join today or give membership as a gift to someone you love.

HLAA – We are Fighting for Your Rights

Sign up for the free, online HLAA e-News. It is published twice a month with one issue focusing on HLAA advocacy work (“HLAA in Action”) and one on general news.

Hearing Loss Association of America Kansas City Unified Membership

Check out some membership benefits when you join HLAA and our local KC chapter:

 Top Ten Reasons to Join the National HLAA in two different formats:

Top 10 HLAA 2_2015.pdf
Top 10 Reasons to Join HLAA.docx

Top 10 Reasons to Join Your Local HLAA Kansas City Chapter HLAAKCTop10ChapterReasons.pdf

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To Join, Renew or give a Gift Membership, please choose one of the three ways to pay by following the directions on the Membership form. HLAA headquarters will be processing all transactions using this Membership form:

Membership Form-KC.pdf

or visit www.hearingloss.org/content/join and use your credit card online (this is a secure website) and place their “Kansas City” in the box provided.

We want to hear from YOU!

Do you have ideas for topics you would like to have covered?  Suggestions for a location for informal social meet-ups?  Maybe your favorite coffee house?  We’re always looking for new event ideas.  Interested in volunteering a little or more often?  Interested in helping with presentations or be on our committee?   Contact a committee member or email us at hlaakc@gmail.com.

Mention of goods or services in advertisements does not imply Hearing Loss Association of America endorsement, nor should exclusion suggest disapproval.

We hope you had fun and safe summer!   We hope to see you soon at an upcoming local HLAAKC event!

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Your Hearing Loss Association of American Kansas City Team

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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