HLAA-WA E-News, July 26, 2022

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Washington State Hearing Loss News

How Has the ADA Helped People with Hearing Loss?

Let’s Loop Seattle Founder and HLAA-WA President Cheri Perazzoli reflects on her long advocacy journey after the ADA’s passage and shares what it’s like to try to loop the world. Read her story this week in our blog.

Meet the New ODHH Director Earnest Covington III

Say hello to the new director of Washington State’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) in this auto-captioned, ASL video.

Come See Us at the Bellevue Farmers Market

Stop by our table at the Bellevue Farmers Market on Senior Day, Thursday, August 4, 2-7 pm and pick up some brochures to share, ask questions, and find out how you can volunteer with us. Oh, and grab a fresh peach, an heirloom tomato, or some local wine, too.

If you’d like to help staff the table at this event, email us at info@hearingloss-wa.org.

Dr. Chad Ruffin Hosts a Virtual “Ask Me Anything”

Dr. Chad Ruffin, ENT doctor and ear surgeon, hosts a Zoom meeting to answer your questions about hearing loss and cochlear implants on August 18, 2022, 4:30 – 5:30 pm Pacific time. Click here for more information.

Save the Date for Our Annual Family Picnic September 17, 2022

Mark your calendars for our HLAA-WA annual family picnic on September 17, 2022, at Lake Boren Park in Bellevue, Washington. Everyone is welcome, including newcomers and friends and family. Stay tuned for more details.

Next HOPE Meeting August 3, 2022

Our virtual (online) HOPE meetings provide caring, encouraging support to people with hearing loss and their loved ones. We empower one another by sharing information, self-advocacy skills, technologies, and techniques.

You’re warmly invited to attend and find HOPE. HOPE meetings are always free, captioned, and open to everyone.

National Hearing Loss News

What’s Disability Pride Month All About?

For some, Disability Pride is about acceptance, not sympathy; for others, it’s about removing the stigma or confronting ableism. USA Today has this thoughtful article about what it means, and this Forbes article says disability pride is “proudly owning our identities and not pleading for acceptance, more leading the way, and feeling included within society.”

How do you think we should express disability pride?

Celebrate Disability Pride Month with Books by Authors with Disabilities

Reading books by people with disabilities is a terrific way to gain empathy and insight into others’ experiences. The New York Public Library suggests some books to try. You can also select one from our recent blog post about books by people with hearing loss.

Help Us Spread the Word about Hearing Loops via Google Maps

Hearing loops are now listed as an attribute for businesses on Google Maps! You can help us spread the word so that others know where they can find a loop and hear better. Download our tool, 5 Things You Can Do to Promote Hearing Loops on Google Maps today.

Happy 32nd Birthday to the ADA

On July 26, 1990, President George HW Bush signed the Amerians with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law.

Since then, the ADA has opened countless doors for pepole with hearing loss. Find out more about how the ADA can help you, and learn how HLAA has helped shape hearing access over the years.


Member benefits include product discounts, reduced convention registration fees, help with the latest hearing loss tech, and HLAA’s award-winning quarterly magazine, Hearing Life.  Your HLAA membership automatically includes HLAA-Washington. Dues start at $45 a year.

HLAA-WA does not endorse any technology, nor does exclusion suggest disapproval. We support the full spectrum of hearing technologies for everyone.

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