The virtual support program Hearing Other People’s Experiences (HOPE) for Washington State is born.
HLAA-WA helps restore coverage of hearing aids for adults under Washington State Medicaid. The campaign began in 2016.
HLAA-WA leads the passage of the Telecoil-Bluetooth Hearing Aid Consumer Education Bill (SB 5210).
Cheri Perazzoli receives an Oticon Focus on People Award and the HLAA Keystone Award.
Let’s Loop Seattle, later renamed Loop Washington, is founded to bring hearing loops to everyone in Washington State. With the new loop at Virginia Mason Auditorium in Seattle, the loop movement in Washington State is launched. Loop pioneer Dr. David Myers is the keynote, and over 80 people representing health, architecture, library, arts, and government attend.
Led by Judi Carr and Karen Utter, HLAA-WA begins Washington State’s first program to help people with hearing loss communicate at the hospital. Hospital kits are distributed to chapters, and a role-play “skit” is developed.
HLAA-WA hosts a statewide convention at Bellevue College.
The Washington State Chapter (Association) of HLAA is born.
Nationally, Self-Help for Hard-of-Hearing People (SHHH) changes its name to the
Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA).
Ben Gilbert, HLAA board member, donates $25,000 to establish the Hearing Loss Outreach Fund. A park in Tacoma would later be renamed for him in 2009.
The Whatcom County Chapter of HLAA is born.
First annual HLAA-WA picnic is held. Now held each year at Lake Boren Park in Newcastle, Washington, with a temporary hearing loop so all can hear.
The HLAA convention is hosted in Seattle for the first time.
The Washington State Association of Self-Help for Hard-of-Hearing People (SHHH) is established.
President George H.W. Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), paving the way for equal access.
Seattle HEAR HERE Chapter of Self-Help for the Hard-of-Hearing (SHHH) is founded.
Self-Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH) is born, founded by the beloved Rocky Stone.