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September 2019 Newsletter

Newsletter Topics

  • Welcome Message by Chapter President
  • Amazon Smile Reminder
  • MEEI Earfit Program
  • Upcoming Events
    • Board Meeting
    • MFA Tour
    • September HLAA/Plymouth Meeting
    • Walk4Hearing
  • Open Caption Performances
    • Priscilla Beach Theatre
    • Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University
    • American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University
    • New Repertory Theatre
    • Huntington Theatre Company

WELCOME MESSAGE by Sandy Spekman, HLAA Plymouth Chapter President

Welcome to the HLAA Plymouth Chapter’s September Newsletter.

We’re starting our fifth year of providing meetings to educate you on topics of interest.  We have asked at meetings for participants to fill out a survey what topics interest them.  What interests YOU? Petie Blanchard, our treasurer, has compiled the results from these surveys which can be shared with anyone interested. Please consider coming to an upcoming board meeting on September 20 if you’d like to become more involved.

The topic of our first meeting, on Wednesday, September 25 from 7-8:30 pm at the Plymouth Public Library, will be Communications  Access in Emergency Situations. Jonathan O’Dell, Assistive Technology and Training Specialist at the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, will be presenting.  Two years ago he presented to our chapter on assistive technology.  He’s very knowledgeable about emergency management and the information you’ll learn from him might one day save your life!

The following meeting (we meet bi-monthly) will be on November 20.  Kevin Franck, Ph.D, MBA, CCC-A, Director of Audiology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, will present on the topic of Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids. Kevin is also the treasurer on HLAA National Board of Trustees.

Our national membership is growing!  We have at least 20 paid national members now.  HLAA National cannot do what they do without your support, so please become a member if you can! See https://www.hearingloss.org/make-an-impact/become-a-memberrenew/

I hope to see you at our first meeting on September 25.

In the meantime, enjoy the fall!

Sandy

MEEI EARFIT PROGRAM

A new program is being sponsored by Mass Eye and Ear to provide opportunities to try out new hearing assistive technology at their Longwood Office and in a restaurant setting.
For more information follow this link to their website: https://www.masseyeandear.org/patients-visitors/programs/earfit

 

AMAZON SMILE Reminder
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.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Board Meeting – There will be a board meeting on September 20th at 1:30 pm at Roger Berg’s house, 11 Hall Street, Plymouth.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

ALDA/HLAA Accessible tour at the MFAThe MFA and Boston Collectors: 19th Century to Mid 20th Century Paintings on Saturday, September 21

To register, email Ronit Michom at RMinchom@mfa.org or call 617-369-3189.  In the subject line, put the name of the tour  (MFA and Boston Collectors),  the date (September 21), and the time of the tour  (10:30 a.m.).

Indicate whether you want a neckloop or a head set. If you need only an ALD receiver, please specify .  If you plan to use your own equipment and want the guide to wear an additional microphone, then please specify. Please arrive 15 minutes early to get your neckloop and headset and to make sure that they are working.

Remember that there is a limit of one guest with you.  You must register your guest whether or not an ALD is needed. Tours will leave from the Linde Family Wing Entrance, which is on Museum Road.  Email access@mfa.org  if you register and are then unable to attend. Registration closes on Friday, September 13 unless the tour fills up before that time.

September HLAA/Plymouth Meeting – September 25 – See information in Welcome Message.

HLAA’s Annual Walk4Hearing – This event will be on Sunday, October 27 at Artesani Park 1234 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton, MA. Registration is at 10:30 am. The 5K (3.1 miles) walk starts at 11:30. For further information, contact Walk Manager Ann Rancourt, arancourt@hearingloss.org.  Petie Blanchard will be forming a team for the walk, the Plymouth Pilgrims.


OPEN CAPTION PERFORMANCES

Priscilla Beach Theatre

The Priscilla Beach Theatre is providing open captioning on the first Sunday of all of their six productions for this season.  You must request open captioning and you will have something set up for you, similar to open captioning that all movie theatres have today but you have to ask for it.  You can also ask for a headset with headphones or a personal neckloop that you put your hearing aids or cochlear implants on t-coil or telecoil.

  • [Title of Show] – September 8
  • Young Frankenstein – October 6

–   Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University

All performances at the Wheelock Family theatre are open captioned. For a complete schedule, see https://www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org/performances/current-season.  The following are ASL & AD performances:

  • Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka – November 10 at 2 pm and November 6 at 7:30 pm
  • Little Women, the Musical  – February 9 and 12 at 2 pm
  • The Little Prince  – April 26 at 2 pm and May 23 at 2 pm
  • Bud, Not Buddy  – May 16 at 2 pm

–   American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University

The following performances at the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University have Open Captioning:

  • Six – September 12 at 7:30 pm and September 14 at 2 pm
  • Moby Dick – January 9 at 7:30 pm and January 11 at 2 pm
  • Gloria: A Life – February 20 at 7:30 pm and February 22 at 2 pm
  • 1776 – June 25 at 7:30 pm and June 27 at2 pm

The theatre will maintain holds for anyone wishing to use the Open Captioning service and can best accommodate patrons over the phone at 617-547-8300 or email at access@amrep.org

–   New Repertory Theatre

The New Repertory Theatre was selected for the Theatre Development Fund’s Open Captioning grant. There will be six performances with open captioning for the coming season (all performances are at 3pm):

  • Nixon’s Nixon – September 28th
  • Trayf – October 26th
  • Oliver! – December 14th
  • Hair – February 8th
  • Lady Day at the Emerson Bar & Grill – April 11th
  • August Wilson’s Fences – May 9th

25 seats will be reserved in the front of the side section with the best view of the open caption system, for those who are part of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community.  When making a reservation, just be sure to mention that you’d like to take advantage of that service, and the box office will make sure to give you priority for those seats.

–  Huntington Theatre Company

The 2019-2020 season Open Caption performances at the Huntington Theatre Company are:

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: October 1 7:30pm and October 9 2pm
  • We All Fall Down: January 21 7:30pm and January 29 at 7:30pm
  • Sweat: February 12 2pm and February 18 7:30pm
  • Our Daughters, Like Pillars: March 31 7:30pm and April 8 2pm
  • The Bluest Eye: May 5 7:30pm and May 13 2pm

Tickets are $20 for each patron with slight to profound hearing loss. To reserve tickets, please contact Director of Education Meg O’Brien at 617 273 1558 or email mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.  For more information, see https://www.huntingtontheatre.org/visit/accessibility/#Open%20Captioning

Announcements

September 2019 Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 7:00-8:30 pm at the Plymouth Public Library, 132 South Street, Plymouth. The topic will be Communications Access in Emergency Situations and the Speaker is Jonathan O’Dell (ALB), Assistive Technology and Training Specialist at the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Click here to view the flier for this event.

Announcements

Planning Meeting

There will be a planning meeting on Thursday, August 1st at 9:30 am at Petie Blanchard’s house, 4 Xander Lane in Plymouth to decide on the topics to have for next year’s programs.  If you have a suggestion or would like to be part of this planning committee, please email me at sspekman@gmail.com.  Everyone is welcome to give us their ideas and input.

New England Newsletter

July 2019 Newsletter

 Newsletter Topics

  • HLAA National Convention
  • Upcoming Events
  • Open Caption Performances
    • Priscilla Beach Theatre
    • New Repertory Theatre
    • Huntington Theatre Company

HLAA National Convention by Sandy Spekman, HLAA Plymouth Chapter President

From June 20-23, 2019, I attended the HLAA National Convention in Rochester, NY.  It was my second HLAA convention in Rochester.  My first one was in 1988, when I met my mother there.  I was 36 years old and my mother also had a hearing loss.  She came from Detroit (where I was born and brought up until my late 20’s) and I came from New Jersey (where I lived for 30 years).  Since that time, I have been to many HLAA conventions, and this past one in Rochester was my 20th.  The conventions are wonderful opportunities to learn about hearing loss, learn the latest technologies, connect with people, and everything is hearing accessible.  Where else can you go and get every session, workshop, program with open captioning and the room is looped?  The room looping is so powerful that I hardly ever look at the captioning.  Wow!  HLAA is celebrating its 40-year anniversary this year, and I was happy to be part of its 40-year celebration.  Two people at this year’s convention have been to every single convention – 34 total.  To read more about the convention, go to the national website, www.hearingloss.org, at Hearing Loss members who receive Hearing Life magazine get this wonderful magazine every two months, and they will have articles about the convention in an upcoming issue.  To join, also go to this website.

At the convention, on Friday, June 21, was a Research Symposium on The Latest on Genetics and Hearing Loss.  This was especially interesting to me because hearing loss runs in my family, starting with my great-grandfather, my grandmother, my mother, me, and my son, 34.  They’ve identified over 140 genes that cause hearing loss and they are trying to alter these genes.  Gene therapy most likely won’t be offered in my lifetime, but it was still interesting to see how far they’ve come in their research lately.  More research and research dollars are needed in this area.

Next year’s HLAA convention will be June 18-21, 2020 in New Orleans.  If you’ve never been to New Orleans but have always wanted to go, now you have a reason to attend!  See the article from Petie Blanchard, our chapter treasurer, who attended the Rochester convention, on her thoughts of her first convention (click here).

Note:  National dues are going up July 1 from $35/year to $45/year.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Planning Meeting – There will be a planning meeting on July 23 at 1:30 pm at Petie Blanchard’s house, 4 Xander Lane in Plymouth to decide on the topics to have for next year’s programs.  If you have a suggestion or would like to be part of this planning committee, please email me at sspekman@gmail.com.  Everyone is welcome to give us their ideas and input.

It would be great if our chapter could become active like the Rochester HLAA Chapter, which is 35 years old.  They have 250 paid members.  This chapter publishes a newsletter, has a team of people working on captioned theatre, plans social events (such as a summer picnic), plans fundraising, has an assistive listening device demonstration center, has an HLAA Membership Appreciation Picnic, a scholarship program for high school students going to college, and personal story of someone with hearing loss in every chapter newsletter.  This is a long list of things they do, but our chapter can at least have more than just bi-monthly meetings!

Pool Party – There will be a Pool Party on August 6, 1-4 pm, at Frank Tripi’s house, 321 Congress St., Duxbury.  Park in the driveway or across the street.  What to bring: Bathing suit, towel, and a snack.  Also feel free to bring significant other.  If enough people show an interest, we may assign people to bring an appetizer, vegetable, or dessert.  This is to be determined by the sign up.  Please RSVP to Frank Tripi at frank.tripi@gmail.com by August 2.

HLAA’s Annual Walk4Hearing – This event will be on Sunday, October 27.  Please mark your calendars with this date for now.  This is a fun event to meet other people with a hearing loss on the beautiful Charles River.  If you have trouble walking, you can still enjoy the beautiful fall scenery and hear music on the Charles River.  Raising money at the Walk allows us to caption our meetings and to help purchase loops and hearing equipment for hearing accessibility.

Plymouth 2020 – This celebration is right around the corner.  We need people to ask for open captioning for Plymouth 2020 events.  It doesn’t happen unless you ask for it!  One lesson from the HLAA Convention is that people need to complain when there isn’t hearing accessibility, such as captioning and assistive devices.  How many of you have requested it at public events?

OPEN CAPTION PERFORMANCES

Priscilla Beach Theatre

The Priscilla Beach Theatre is providing open captioning on the first Sunday of all of their six productions for this season.  You must request open captioning and you will have something set up for you, similar to open captioning that all movie theatres have today but you have to ask for it.  You can also ask for a headset with headphones or a personal neckloop that you put your hearing aids or cochlear implants on t-coil or telecoil.  For those of you who do not know what the t-coil is, www.hearingloss.org has a section on Hearing Help and Technology.

I have two tickets for the Sunday, October 6, 2 pm open captioned performance of Young Frankenstein at the Priscilla Beach Theatre that I cannot use, so if you’re interested in attending, please contact me at sspekman@gmail.com.  Tickets are $29 each for seniors.

–   New Repertory Theatre

The New Repertory Theatre was selected for the Theatre Development Fund’s Open Captioning grant. There will be six performances with open captioning for the coming season (all performances are at 3pm): 

  • Nixon’s Nixon – September 28th
  • Trayf – October 26th
  • Oliver! – December 14th
  • Hair – February 8th
  • Lady Day at the Emerson Bar & Grill – April 11th
  • August Wilson’s Fences – May 9th

 25 seats will be reserved in the front of the side section with the best view of the open caption system, for those who are part of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community.  When making a reservation, just be sure to mention that you’d like to take advantage of that service, and the box office will make sure to give you priority for those seats.

–  Huntington Theatre Company

The 2019-2020 season Open Caption performances at the Huntington Theatre Company are:

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: October 1 7:30pm and October 9 2pm
  • We All Fall Down: January 21 7:30pm and January 29 at 7:30pm
  • Sweat: February 12 2pm and February 18 7:30pm
  • Our Daughters, Like Pillars: March 31 7:30pm and April 8 2pm
  • The Bluest Eye: May 5 7:30pm and May 13 2pm
New England Newsletter

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