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May 2019 Newsletter

Did you know that May is Better Hearing & Speech Month?

Newsletter topics:

  • MEETINGS
  • AMAZON SMILE
  • HLAA NATIONAL
  • OPEN CAPTIONED THEATRE – SPRING/SUMMER

MEETINGS

The last meeting of HLAA/Plymouth Chapter for the year is on May 22. Topic is:  Reach Out!  Helping Yourself and Others.  It’s being held at the Stonebridge Club, 55 Stonebridge Rd. in the Pinehills.  They recently added a loop to their rec room, and this meeting will be to test it out.  It will be held from 7 to 8:30 pm.   Click HERE for meeting info

Future meetings:

  • July 23: Chapter Board meeting. Anyone is welcome to join our board.  Future meeting topics will be decided at this meeting.  If you have an idea for a meeting topic, please let a board member know about it. Thank you.
  • August 6: Pool party in Duxbury at a member’s home.  More information to follow.

All our welcome to join and attend our meetings.

AMAZON SMILE
Our chapter raises funds, part of Amazon Smile:  smile.amazon.com  Our link is: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-4815482 or the Hearing Loss Association of America Plymouth Chapter.  When you buy something from Amazon, if you set it up through this link, a portion of your total goes back to our chapter from Amazon.

HLAA NATIONAL
HLAA National dues are now $35 but as of July 1, they’re going up to $45.  Join now before they go up.  You can sign up as a national member at the meeting on May 22.  Bring a check made out to:  HLAA.  $35 for individual membership and $45 for a couple.  For more details about membership, go to:   HLAA Membership Information or see page 18 of the May/June Hearing Life magazine.  Veterans get a free one-year membership.

Top Five Reasons to Roc in Rochester
HLAA2019 Convention

  1. Free Exhibit Hall and Trade Show open to the public.
  2. Research Symposium: The Latest on Genetics and Hearing Loss – only $30 for this morning session geared toward consumers.
  3. Free admission for veterans and their caregivers attending for the first time.
  4. Drive to Rochester from many points on the East Coast – the convention won’t be on the East Coast for several more years.
  5. Be with people like yourself in a hearing-friendly place with captioning and hearing loops

OPEN CAPTIONED THEATRE – SPRING/SUMMER
Priscilla Beach Theatre, Plymouth

The Priscilla Beach Theatre is now showing open captioned performances!  The first open captioned performance was on Sunday, May 5.   Other OC dates are on June 2, July 7, August 4, September 8, and October 6.  The first Sunday matinee of each production is open captioned.  You need to request OC access but can sit anywhere in the theatre.  Thanks to Bob Malone for setting this up!  The PBT is the first theatre on the South Shore to provide hearing access on a regular basis, so please thank Bob personally if you benefit:  www.pbtheatre.org

American Repertory Theater, Cambridge

We Live in Cairo – Open Captioned: Saturday, June 8 at 2 pm and Thursday, June 13 at 7:30 pm

Huntington Theater, Boston

For more information, call Meg O’Brien at 617-273-1558 or email mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org

Yerma – Open Captioned:  Sunday, June 23 at 7 pm and Tuesday, June 25 at 7:30.

Boston Opera House, Boston

For more information, go to: https://www.bostonoperahouse.com/accessibility/

Miss Saigon – Open Captioned:  Saturday, June 15 at 2 pm

Dear Evan Hansen – Open Captioned: Saturday, July 13 at 2 pm and Saturday July 27 at 2 pm

Announcements

Access to Theatre: Captions and Communications Tues April 9th,…

Access is more than ramps and bathrooms. Communication access is an obligation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you are a patron of the arts, have you simply stopped going to events? If you are a producer of theater, what do you know about captioning? This community conversation is for all of us on both sides of the experience.

Captioning can engage new audiences as well as re-engage old audiences. Our discussion will address institutional obligations, effective messaging, captioning software, and funding resources; as well as the BIG aspirational principles of “access” when striving for robust audience engagement.

Join us for a Community Conversation on effective accessible communication practices in theatre and live performance!

The Plymouth Public Library is located at 132 South Street in Plymouth MA 02360. 1-508-830-4250. RSVP to Spekman at sspekman@gmail.com

This event is sponsored by the Hearing Loss Association of America, Plymouth Chapter (HLAA), and the Mass Cultural Council’s Universal Participation (UP) Initiative. This event will be captioned in Real Time (CART). The library is physically accessible.

New England Newsletter

March 2019 Newsletter

NEWSLETTER TOPICS

  1. Everybody is Somebody
  2. March 26 HLAA Plymouth Chapter Meeting
  3. March 30 ALDA/HLAA Accessible Tour of the MFA
  4. April 9 Access to Theatre: Captions and Community
  5. June 20-23 HLAA National Convention in Rochester, NY
    HLAA National Membership Dues
    New Reason to join HLAA – A Hearing Aid Battery Subscription Service
  1. 911 texting for an emergency
  2. Boston Globe Article: When a Newton family welcomed a baby who is deaf, 20 neighbors learned sign language.
  3. Priscilla Beach Theatre open captioned performances
  4. Upcoming Local OC Events – AARP MA OC Grant Wrap-Up
  5. Accessible Theatre – March and April

 

EVERYBODY IS SOMEBODY by Ruth D. Bernstein, NYC Hearing Loss Advocate

Everyone who has a hearing loss has a list a mile long of “somebody shoulds.” How often have you, someone you know who has a hearing loss, a relative or friend said “somebody should”? “Somebody should do something about captioning movies. Somebody should ask restaurants to have written lists of specials. Somebody should make sure doctors, nurses, and administrators use assistive devices so patients who are hard of hearing or deaf can understand what is being said.”

People who have a hearing loss seldom acknowledge their disability. It’s easy to hide the fact you can’t hear, especially if you have a spouse, relative, or friend who is willing to be your “ears.” Very few people find the courage to be a “somebody” and say I have a hearing loss. Please make sure you make eye contact with me when you speak and talk a little slower than you usually do.”

Note from Sandy:  When it comes to open captioning at live performances, everybody says that “somebody should ask for it”.  On Sunday, March 10 I attended an OC performance of the 1940’s Radio Music Hour at the Barnstable Comedy Club.  Linda Kelly, a court reporter, provided the open captioning.  I met a woman there who loved having the captions.  This was her first OC performances.  I asked her afterwards since she needs open captioning, has she ever asked for it before.  She said no.  If everyone thinks that someone else will do it, no one asks for it.  Theatres think that since no one asks for it, nobody needs it.  I ask for it all the time, but wonder, am I the only one who requests open captioning?  Surely there must be others out there who benefit from it as well.

 

MARCH 26 – HLAA PLYMOUTH CHAPTER MEETING

Our next HLAA Plymouth Chapter Meeting will be on Tuesday, March 26 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm at the Plymouth Public Library.  The topic will be:  Tell All – You Are Not Alone.  This will be a rap session for sharing experiences and advice on hearing loss and self-advocacy.  Click here to view the flyer for details.  This meeting is being moved up from 7 pm to 5 pm so those who don’t like to drive home in the dark won’t have to do so.

There will be an optional dinner out afterwards for those interested, perhaps at a quiet restaurant.

 

MARCH 30 – ALDA/HLAA ACCESSIBLE TOUR OF THE MFA

ALDA/HLAA accessible tours will resume on Saturday, March 30th with a tour of the Art of Southeast Asia. Registration is now open. Art in Bloom will take place on Friday, April 26.  For more information, contact Francine Stieglitz at fstiegli@bu.

 

APRIL 9 ACCESS TO THEATRE: CAPTIONS AND COMMUNITY

Please mark off Tuesday, April 9 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Plymouth Public Library for a program called:  Access to Theatre:  Captions and Community.  Click here to view the flyer on this program.  Please invite your local theatre groups, performing art centers, and everyone else who might benefit from this program.   This program will be co-sponsored with Charles Baldwin from the Massachusetts Cultural Council Universal Participation Initiative and Ruth Kahn, captionist at the Wheelock Family Theatre in Boston.

 

JUNE 20-23 HLAA NATIONAL CONVENTION

This year’s HLAA National Convention will be held in Rochester, NY.  Click here for more information.

Anyone who wishes to attend the National Convention and has never done so before can apply for our chapter scholarship.  This includes the registration fees for the convention. The following information is requested:

  1. Consideration for this scholarship is being given to recipients with financial constraints who would not be able to afford to attend the HLAA convention without the scholarship. Describe in your own words your financial status to establish your need (no documentation is required).
  2. Describe your commitment and contributions to HLAA either at the national, state or local chapter level (this may include elected and volunteer positions and activities).
  3. What do you hope you will learn, gain and experience by attending the convention?
  4. Besides financial need, what is the greatest challenge that your hearing loss presents to you on a daily basis that you hope the convention will address?

All scholarship applicants must be HLAA National Members.

 

HLAA MEMBERSHIP DUES
National membership is $35 a year for an individual and $45 for a couple/family.  Click here to join.

At our next meeting on March 26, when you walk in the door, we’ll have a table where you can sign up for HLAA national membership.  Veterans get one year free.

NEW HLAA MEMBERSHIP BENEFIT
Another reason to join HLAA is there’s a new hearing aid and cochlear implant battery subscription service, called hearOclub.  With hearOclub, you’ll never run out of batteries again.  Click here for details.

 

911 TEXTING FOR EMERGENCIES

On December 14, 2018, Text-to-9-1-1 was deployed across the Commonwealth. This is one of the most exciting changes for accessibility to emergency services in more than 20 years. When a citizen sends a text message to 9-1-1, it will be routed to an emergency call center based on the location information provided by the carrier. For this reason, when a citizen sends a Text-to-9-1-1, they should make every effort to text the town name, address or location that they are located in.

For more information about this new service, click here.

 

BOSTON GLOBE ARTICLE

If you haven’t read the Boston Globe article from February 12, do so now – it will make you feel good! Click here for Boston Globe article: When a Newton family welcomed a baby who is deaf, 20 neighbors learned sign language.

 

PRICILLA BEACH THEATRE OPEN CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES

The Priscilla Beach Theatre (https://www.pbtheatre.org/) has agreed to provide open captioning for each of their six productions on the first Sunday matinee (2 pm) of each production.  I have two tickets for the June 2 performance of Heathers – the Musical that I’m unable to use and would like to sell them.  Tickets are $29 each.  If you’re interested, please contact me at sspekman@gmail.com.

 

UPCOMING LOCAL OC EVENTS: AARP MA OC GRANT WRAP-UP:

 

Spire Center for the
Performing Arts
25 1/2 Court Street
Plymouth
Amanda Carr with MYANNA
and the Ken Clark Organ Trio
Saturday, March 23 8:00 PM
Plymouth Public Library 132 South Street
Plymouth
The Harper and the Mistral Friday, March 29 2:00 PM
Duxbury PAC 73 Alden St.
Duxbury
Army Band Sunday, March 31 3:00 PM
Plymouth Public Library 132 South Street
Plymouth
Access to Theatre:
Captioning and Community
Tuesday, April 9 5:30 PM
Spectacle Management
at Memorial Hall
83 Court St.
Plymouth
One Night of Queen Thursday, April 11 8:00 PM
Spire Center for the
Performing Arts
25 1/2 Court Street
Plymouth
Marc Cohn Saturday April 13 8:00 PM
Cape Cod Theatre Com.
Harwich Junior Theatre
105 Division St,
West Harwich, MA
Tuck Everlasting Sunday, April 14 2:00 PM

 

The above dates are for open captioned performances.  Please note:  For the March 23, April 11, and April 14 dates, I’ve requested remote CART – or remote Communication Access Realtime Translation, which is remote captioning.  Remote CART has not been confirmed yet but I’m still working on securing it.  If you plan to attend on March 23, April 11, and/or April 14, please check with me to make sure that remote CART has been successfully set up.  A script of the songs might be substituted instead of remote CART, but I don’t know this as type this up.  Please contact the venue to ask about the captioning.  You can also ask me at sspekman@gmail.com.

 

ACCESSIBLE THEATER – MARCH AND APRIL

American Repertory Theater, Cambridge

Purchase tickets at 617-547-8300 or by email at Access@amrep.org

Endlings
ASL Interpreted: March 13 at 7:30PM and March 17 at 2PM
Audio Described: March 15 at 7:30PM and March 16 at 2PM
Open Captioned: March 14 at 7:30PM and March 16 at 2PM

Huntington Theater, Boston For more information on the Huntington’s access programs, please call Meg O’Brien at 617 273 1558 or email mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org

Romeo and Juliet
ASL Performance: March 15 at 8pm
Open Captioned: March 20 at 2pm and March 26 at 7:30pm
Audio Described: March 16 at 2pm

Trinity Repertory Theater, Providence, Rhode Island

Open Captioned performances
The Song of Summer: March 17 at 2:00 pm and March 27 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Little Shop of Horrors: April 14 at 2:00 pm, May 1, 2019, at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Boston Opera House, Boston  For more information, go to https://www.bostonoperahouse.com/accessibility

A Bronx Tale
ASL Performance: April 13 at 2pm
Audio Described: April 7 at 1pm
Open Captioned: April 6 at 2pm

Les Miserables
ASL Performance: April 27 at 2pm
Audio Described: April 27 at 1pm
Open Captioned: April 20 at 2pm

New Repertory Theatre, Watertown. All performances in the mainstage theater are looped. Use the code Audio 18 to get a discount.

Cardboard Piano: March 23 – April 14

Becoming Dr. Ruth: April 27 – May 19

Meeting Notes

Meeting Notes and FREE Theatre Tickets !!!

Thirty people attended our January 29th meeting and heard Dr. Michael Harvey speak about the Psychology of Hearing Loss. If you were unable to attend would like to review the information, here it is: Psychology of Hearing Loss, Beautiful tree but alone, Outrage, airplanes, and chandeliers. Thank you to Tom Cummiskey of the Plymouth Public Library for making copies for the meeting.

Our next bimonthly chapter meeting will be Tuesday, March 26 – a Rap Session. It will be from 5:00 to 6:30 pm with an optional dinner at a nearby restaurant afterwards.

FREE Theatre Tickets!

As announced at the meeting, these tickets are provided courtesy of Charles Baldwin, Program Officer, Universal Participation Initiative, Massachusetts Cultural Council.   He also would like people to know about the great review that Ragtime received:  http://www.theatermirror.net/

Details:  2 FREE tickets/person for the Open Captioned (OC) performance of Ragtime. Friday February 15 at 7:30 pm at the Wheelock Family Theatre at BU. 200 The Riverway, Boston, MA https://calendar.artsboston.org/event/ragtime-2/
Contact Sandy Spekman (sspekman@gmail.com) ASAP for tickets.
HLAA Plymouth is also working with Charles Baldwin and Ruth Kahn, who does the captioning at the Wheelock Family Theatre, to have a program on Tuesday, April 9 called:  Access to Theatre:  Captions and Communications  Access to Theatre: Captions and Communications  Access to Theatre: Captions and Communications
New England Newsletter

January 2019 Newsletter

Hope 2019 will be  a good year for everyone!

 

Newsletter Topics:

  • Meeting Information
  • Interesting News
  • Amazon Smile
  • National HLAA
  • 2019 New Years Resolutions
  • Captioned Events

 

MEETING INFORMATION

Our next meeting is on January 29 at 7:00  at the Plymouth Public Library. Dr. Michael Harvey will talk about The Psychology of Hearing Loss.

Because our chapter is unable to use the Otto Fehlow Conference Room at the Plymouth Public Library on the third Tuesdays of the month, as we have for the past two years, our meeting dates have changed.

The March meeting will be on Tuesday, March 26 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm as a Rap Session with an optional dinner out at a quiet restaurant afterwards.  This meeting is when you’ll get a chance to talk or hear about devices people use (like a show and tell) and how people cope with noisy situations.

The May meeting will be on Wednesday, May 22 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm (may be moved up earlier in time) and the topic is on advocacy:  Peggy Ellertsen and Barbara Abineri will speak about Reach Out!  Helping Yourself and Others.

There’s a Board Meeting or Planning Meeting open to everyone on Tuesday, January 15 at 1 pm upstairs at the Plymouth Public Library in the Board Room.  This meeting is to discuss our chapter and what’s going on.  Everyone is welcome to attend, especially new people who would like to find out more about HLAA and our chapter.

 

INTERESTING NEWS

NYT article

This article describes how poor hearing is not just an annoying inconvenience:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/31/well/live/hearing-loss-threatens-mind-life-and-limb.html

NJ Newsletter

Sandy Speckman’s NJ friend, Pat Dobbs, who runs the Morris (NJ) County Chapter, wrote an informative newsletter with a reference a New Year’s Resolution by hearing loss advocate Ruth Bernstein:  https://www.hearinglossevolution.com/pat-dobbs-blog/everybody-is-a-somebody

Hearing and Health Foundation Article

This article describes the disturbing rise in hearing loss and tinnitus: https://hearinghealthfoundation.org/hearing-loss-tinnitus-statistics/

 

AMAZON SMILE

Don’t forget to set up Amazon at smile.amazon.com so a portion of your order goes back to the Hearing Loss Association of America, Plymouth Chapter.

 

NATIONAL HLAA

Don’t forget to sign up for national HLAA membership at:  https://www.hearingloss.org/make-an-impact/become-a-memberrenew/  Veterans get a free one-year membership.

Anyone who wishes to attend the HLAA National Convention in Rochester, NY from June 20-23 can have their registration covered!  For more information, go to:  https://www.hearingloss.org/programs-events/convention/

 

2019 NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Two years ago, I wrote some New Year’s Resolutions for our chapter.  I’m going to compare those with what we’ve already accomplished, and what we need to accomplish in 2019:

2017 goals are mentioned first followed by status and/or revised 2019 goals

  • Larger paid membership

We still need more members to become official HLAA members by paying dues to the national organization.

  • Active membership

We still need more people to say: “What can I do to help our chapter?”

  • Community involvement

We still need more people to spread the word about HLAA and how it can help.  We could participate in community and health fairs to spread the word.

  • CART and looping increased

Congregation Beth Jacob in Plymouth is now looped.  Please ask your church and/or meeting room/social hall to be looped.  If you’ve accomplished this, let me know so I’ll spread the word.  The Pinehills Association has agreed to loop their Stonebridge Club (both upstairs and downstairs) and their Cabana.  It all boils down to YOU asking for what you need.  Our chapter now has a portable loop (was the Cape Cod Chapter’s loop) that can be used anywhere you need it to be.  AARP MA has given our chapter a grant to provide open captioning at eight live events.  We’ve had four events so far, with four more to go.  If you have an idea of where you’d like an event to have open captioned, let us know!  There’s no reason to attend and not understand what’s being said.  The ADA law requires “effective communication” and for some people, that means captioning.

  • Brochure for our chapter

This was completed by Linda Maloney in August 2018.

  • Webpage for our chapter

The chapter website, hearinglossplymouth.org, was set up by Robert Brodin a year ago and is maintained by Linda Maloney.  We also have a Facebook page, facebook.com/HLAAPlymouthChapter, which is maintained by Frank Tripi.

  • Young people involved in our chapter

We still need to find young people in our communities (those who still work) who will eventually take over our chapter as the years go on.

  • Train future HLAA leaders

Our chapter has found some new potential leaders, but there’s room for more people to get involved.  That means YOU.

Stephanie Blanchard has stepped up to become treasurer of our chapter.  Thank you, Petie (her nickname)!  We still need a secretary.  Petie is filling in for both positions right now.

  • Meetings that attract a large turnout

Our meetings have grown in size, but there’s still room for more!  The Plymouth Public Library Otto Fehlow Conference Room seats 130 people, with a capacity for 250.  Surely there are that many people in our communities with a hearing loss.

  • Social activities

We had a Holiday Party at Sandy Spekman’s house, with 15 people in attendance, and all had a good time. Hearing loss was NOT the primary topic of conversation for spouses attended who don’t have a hearing loss!  We are going to try for more social events in 2019.  If you have an idea for one, such as a pool party, quiet restaurant night, etc. please let us know.  Social events give us a chance to get to know other people and how they cope with their hearing loss.

 

CAPTIONED EVENTS In the Plymouth Area

The Priscilla Beach Theatre has agreed to provide open captioning for each of their six productions.  The first Sunday matinee of each performance will be open captioned.

 

CAPTIONED EVENTS in the Boston Area

Boston Opera House 2019 Season  For up-to-date information and tickets, visit https://boston.broadway.com/accessible_services/

Open Captioned Audio Described ASL
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Jan 12 Jan 13 Jan 19
Beautiful: The Carol King Musical Feb 2 Feb 3 Feb 9
School of Rock Feb 16 Feb 17 Feb 23
A Bronx Tale Apr 6 Apr 7 Apr 13
Les Miserables Apr 20 Apr 27 Apr 27
Miss Saigon Jun 15 Jun 16 Jun 22
Dear Even Hansen Jul 13 Jul 14, 28 Jul 20, Aug 3
Hello Dolly Aug 17 A18ug Aug 24

 

Huntington Theatre 2019 Season  For up-to-date information and tickets, visit https://www.huntingtontheatre.org/visit/accessibility/#Open%20Captioning

Open Captioned
Romeo and Juliet Mar 20, 26
Yerma Jun 23, 25

 

Trinity Rep 2019 Season  For up-to-date information and tickets, visit https://www.trinityrep.com/box-office/accessibility/open-caption-performances/

Open Captioned
Black Odyssey Jan 6, 16
An Iliad Feb 10
The Song of Summer Mar 17, 27
Little Shop of Horrors Apr 14, May 1
Marisol May 19, May 29

 

Wheelock Family Theatre 2019 Season  for up-to-date information and tickets, visit https://www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org/performances/current-season/

All performances are open captioned                                                             

Open Captioned Audio Described ASL
Ragtime Jan 23-Feb 17 2/10, 2/15 2/10, 2/15
Ronald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach Apr 12-May 12 5/5, 5/10 5/5, 5/10
Announcements

HLAA Plymouth Holiday Party – 16 December 2018

Sandy Speckman will host a HLAA holiday party on Sunday, December 16 at her home at 16 Valley Front, Plymouth from 2-4 pm.  This event is to provide an opportunity to socialize and learn from each other how each of us copes with our hearing loss.  Fuether details will be forthcoming.  Even though Sandy asked at the meeting on November 10 how many were interested (and not too many raised their hands), she has decided to still have it, regardless of how many people attend.  If 5-10 people attend, that’s fine.  When the HLAA Plymouth Chapter meetings were started three years ago, not too many people attended.  There would be 7 people in the audience.  Our chapter is developing slowly and building gradually, but it is growing in attendance.  Having 25 people at the last two meetings show this.  There’s a need to educate ourselves and others on hearing loss.  We can advocate for ourselves.  We can ask for open captioning for live events if we need it.  We can ask for looping and assistive technology.  We have much more to accomplish!  We need YOU to advocate.
Meeting Notes

November Meeting Notes and Updates

For those of you who missed Saturday’s meeting on Hearing Assistive Technology 101 with Ellen Perkins, an excellent speaker (or for those of you who attended but want to review this information again), for Ellen’s slides please click here.

Dates to keep in mind for future Open Captioning Performances:
Venue Address Name of Event Date Time
Falmouth Theatre Guild
Highfield Theater
Falmouth Theatre Guild
Highfield Theater
Fun Home Friday, November 16 7:30 PM
Falmouth Theatre Guild
Highfield Theater
60 Highfield Dr.
Falmouth
Fun Home Sunday, November 18 2:00 PM
Plymouth Public Library 132 South Street
Plymouth
Holiday Music:
We Are The Men
Tuesday, December 11 7:00 PM
Spire Center for the
Performing Arts
25 1/2 Court Street
Plymouth
Divas With A Twist Friday, December 21 8:00 PM
The Spire Center has given us permission to provide open captioning on Friday, December 21 at 8 pm for Divas With A Twist, but we do not have a confirmed CART reporter for this event yet.  A request has been put in with the Massachusetts Commission of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  Details will be forthcoming.
New England Newsletter

November 2018 Newsletter

Topics Covered in this Newsletter:

1)  Saturday, November 10th HLAA Plymouth Chapter Meeting 2-4 pm Plymouth Public Library.  Topic is Hearing Assistive Technology.  All are welcome to attend.

2)  Tuesday, January 15th HLAA Plymouth Chapter Meeting 7-8:30 pm Plymouth Public Library.  Topic is Psychology of Hearing Loss.  All are welcome to attend.

3)  HLAA Membership information, including a free one-year membership for veterans.  Please join HLAA if you haven’t already.

4)  Walk4Hearing wrap-up.  Please consider a donation if you haven’t donated already.

5)  HLAA National Convention June 20-23 in Rochester, NY.

6)  AARP Grant on Open Captioning at live theatrical performances and music events, and a list of local open captioned events tentatively planned.

7)  List of open captioned performances in Boston and Providence.

8)  Hearing Loss Simulator so your friends and family can hear what a hearing loss sounds like.

 

Saturday, November 10th HLAA Plymouth Chapter Meeting

The Hearing Loss Association of America Plymouth Chapter is having it’s bi-monthly meeting this Saturday at the Plymouth Public Library, 132 South Street, from 2-4 pm.  The topic is Hearing Assistive Technology 101.  Refreshments will be provided.  If you haven’t RSVPed, you are still welcome to attend.  Our presenter, Ellen Perkins, Hard of Hearing Skills Trainer, asked me how many copies of her power point presentation to handout, so that’s why I asked for RSVPs.  The meeting will be captioned.

In addition to our November 10 meeting, we are having a holiday party on Sunday, December 16 from 2-4 pm.  It will be held at Sandy Spekman’s house at 16 Valley Front, Great Island, Plymouth.  Save the date for now, and information will be forthcoming.

 

Tuesday, January 15th HLAA Plymouth Chapter Meeting

Our January 15, 2019 HLAA Plymouth Chapter meeting will be on Psychology of Hearing Loss at the Plymouth Public Library from 7-8:30 pm.  Dr. Michael Harvey, psychologist, will be presenting.

 

HLAA Membership information

For those of you who aren’t members of national HLAA, it costs you ten cents a day to join.  Go to:  https://www.hearingloss.org/make-an-impact/become-a-memberrenew/.

Veterans can get a one-year free membership:  go to:  https://www.hearingloss.org/wp-content/uploads/VeteranComplimentaryMembership.pdf

The HLAA Plymouth Chapter is a member of AmazonSmile.  If you buy through Amazon, you can set it up so Amazon donates a portion to our chapter.  Go to: https://smile.amazon.com/

 

HLAA’S Annual Walk4Hearing Wrap-Up

The annual Walk4Hearing was held on Sunday, October 28.  Our team, the South Shore Strollers, raised $1,100.  Thank you to all who donated.  If you haven’t donated, you still have a chance:

1)     Bring a check to the meeting on Saturday at the Plymouth Public Library, made out to Walk4Hearing.

2)     Donate online by going to:  http://hlaa.convio.net/goto/southshorestrollers

3)     Mail a check, made out to:  Walk4Hearing, and send to:  Sandy Spekman, 16 Valley Front, Plymouth, MA 02360.

2018 NE W4H Leaders.jpg

2018 Walk4Hearing:  Left to right are Nancy Williams, Peggy Ellertsen, Sandy Spekman.  Sandy represented the South Shore Strollers, our team name.  The Walk might be over, but the fundraising doesn’t have to be!  Here’s a few things to keep in mind to make sure the donations keep rolling in. Donations are accepted until December 15th.  Mail a check, made out to:  Walk4Hearing, and send to:  Sandy Spekman, 16 Valley Front, Plymouth, MA 02360.

The funds raised through your efforts will go directly to supporting those living with hearing loss, so thank you for stepping up. If you would like more information about HLAA, please visit hearingloss.org and see what else you can do to make an impact.  I know everyone gets lots of demands of charities to support cancer, children’s cancer, heart disease, epilepsy, the list goes on and on.  However, if we don’t support hearing loss, who else will?

 

HLAA National Convention June 20-23 in Rochester, NY

HLAA’s Annual Convention will be held in Rochester, NY June 20-23, 2019.  Our chapter can send some representatives and their registration expenses are covered by our chapter.  If you’re interested, let those in charge know this.

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AARP Grant on Open Captioning

Our chapter has been awarded an AARP Grant to provide open captioning at 8 different theatrical or performing arts events.  Announcements will be made at the November 10 meeting where some of these captioned events will be held.

Open Captioning is a form of accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing population in the United States. The c2net.org website describes Open Captioning as “text displayed simultaneous to live speech, dialogue or performance”. This technology is now utilized by theaters nationwide. It provides hearing impaired patrons with the complete script and song text for live performances on small screens directly adjacent to audience seating. For more comprehensive information on Open Captioning visit www.c2net.org.

A tentative schedule is as following:

Venue Address Name of Event Date Time Court Reporter
Falmouth Theatre Guild
Highfield Theater
60 Highfield Dr.
Falmouth
Fun Home TBD 2:00 PM Linda Kelly
Falmouth Theatre Guild
Highfield Theater
60 Highfield Dr.
Falmouth
Fun Home Sunday, November 18 2:00 PM Linda Kelly
Plymouth Public Library 132 South Street
Plymouth
Holiday Music:
We Are The Men
Tuesday, December 11 7:00 PM Catherine Zelinski
Spire Center for the
Performing Arts
25 1/2 Court Street
Plymouth
Divas With A Twist Friday, December 21 8:00 PM  TBD

I’ve also requested a list of songs (set list) and song lyrics for the South Shore Folk Music Club (southshoremusicclub.org) in Kingston, Mass. on Saturday, November 17 at 7 pm.  There’s a coffeehouse featuring Lisa Bastoni and Chuck Vermette.  Tickets are $9 members, $10 non-members.   The location is First Parish Duxbury, 842 Tremont St., Duxbury,MA.   For more information, go to:  http://www.southshorefolkmusicclub.org/2018/08/saturday-november-17-2018-coffeehouse-featuring-lisa-bastoni-opening-with-chuck-vermette-open-mic-new-location-at-first-parish-duxbury/

A list of OC events in Boston and Providence is below.  Please ask for open captioning, so we can start seeing them on the South Shore, Plymouth, and Cape Cod.

Open Captioning can be found at performing arts theatres in Boston and Providence.  The schedule of OC events: https://boston.broadway.com/accessible_services/

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG
Emerson Colonial Theatre
Open Captioned Performance
Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 2pm

Click here to purchase.

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Boston Opera House
Open Captioned Performance
Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 2pm

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROL KING MUSICAL
Boston Opera House
Open Captioned Performance
Saturday, February 02, 2019 at 2pm

Get tickets here

SCHOOL OF ROCK
Boston Opera House
Open Captioned Performance
Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 2pm

Get tickets here

A BRONX TALE
Boston Opera House
Open Captioned Performance
Saturday, April 06, 2019 at 2pm

LES MISERABLES
Boston Opera Hous
Open Captioned Performance
Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 2pm

MISS SAIGON
Boston Opera Hous
Open Captioned Performance
Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 2pm

DEAR EVAN HANSEN
Boston Opera House
Open Captioned Performances
Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 2pm
Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 2pm

HELLO, DOLLY!
Boston Opera House
O
pen Captioned Performance
Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 2pm

Trinity Rep https://www.trinityrep.com/box-office/accessibility/open-caption-performances/

Trinity Rep offers open captioned performances for each of its six subscription series performances, plus A Christmas Carol. Tickets may be purchased with a subscription or for individual performances.

Open Caption dates for the 2018-19 Season

A Christmas CarolNovember 11, 2018, at 12:00 pm
black odysseyJanuary 6, 2019, at 2:00 pm, January 16, 2019, at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
An IliadFebruary 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm
MacbethFebruary 3, 2019, at 2:00 pm, February 13, 2019, at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
The Song of SummerMarch 17, 2019, at 2:00 pm, March 27, 2019, at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Little Shop of Horrors: April 14, 2019, at 2:00 pm, May 1, 2019, at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
MarisolMay 19, 2019, at 2:00 pm, May 29, 2019, at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Open Captioned Performance of  Charlie Brown’s Christmas at the Shubert Theater!!. Let’s support the Boch Center’s efforts to provide captioning for us !
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A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage
ASL Interpreted / Open Captioned Performance
Sunday, December 2 at 7:00pm
Shubert Theatre
GET TICKETS
Purchase tickets today for the ASL Interpreted / Open Captioned performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas on 12/2/18. All seats are located in the Orchestra (floor level) and are in direct sight line of the ASL Interpreter.
All tickets $34.00.

This touring production of A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage by Charles M. Schulz features everyone’s favorite Peanuts gang – Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, Sally, and more, all led by the lovable Charlie Brown – as they discover the true meaning of Christmas. When Charlie Brown becomes discouraged by the materialism of the season, Lucy convinces him to direct the neighborhood Christmas play. In typical Charlie Brown fashion, things go awry when he selects a tiny fir tree for the production. It’s up to Linus to save the day and remind everyone of the real message of the holiday.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage, Schulz’s timeless story of the spirit of Christmas, showcases the unforgettable music of Vince Guaraldi, performed by a three-piece ensemble on stage, as well as a concert of beloved holiday carols led by the Peanuts characters.

 
Hearing Loss Simulator
Hearing loss is one of the world’s fastest growing conditions and experts predict 1 in 4 people will have hearing loss by 2050. Today is International Noise Awareness Day, share this video to show people what hearing loss sounds like.
Musical Credit to Olive.
Meeting Notes

September 26, 2018

A meeting of the Plymouth Chapter of Hearing Loss Association of Plymouth, serving people with hearing loss on the south shore, Cape Cod, and the Islands was held at the Plymouth Public Library on September 26th. Thanks to the Plymouth Public Library Corporation and the Plymouth Lions Club for sponsoring the meeting’s CART (Communication Access Realtime Transcription).

New information cards were distributed at the meeting.
Click here for a .pdf file of the information card.

There were approximately 25 attendees. The guest speaker was Ann-Marie Hennessy, Au, CCC-A from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, who spoke about cochlear implants. Her talk included descriptions of criteria for deciding if an implant is indicated, what the surgery is like, and what to expect during recovery. If you missed the presentation or would like to review the information, click here for the PowerPoint presentation.

Photos from the meeting are below showing chapter president, Sandy Spekman, introducing guest Ann-Marie Hennessey and Ms. Hennessy during her presentation.