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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.

 

New England Newsletter

September Newsletter

Hi there and hope you’re enjoying the fall!
Newsletter Contents:
  • September 26 – Meeting on Cochlear Implants
  • HLAA/Plymouth Info Cards Now Available
  • HLAA/Plymouth Website Information
  • HLAA/Plymouth and Amazon Smile
  • HLAA Membership Information
  • Upcoming Activities
  • Accessible Theatre Information

Hope to see you at the Plymouth Public Library at 7:00 pm on September 26!

For any additional information, please contact me at sspekman@gmail.com.
– Sandy


First meeting of the 2018-2019 year:
September 26 – Meeting on Cochlear Implants

This is the first time our chapter is having a meeting exclusively on this subject matter. If you have a mild to moderate loss and do okay with hearing aids, at one point in your future, your hearing may decline – so you might want to be familiar with what’s down the road or in store for you.

There’s also a hybrid cochlear implant, which combines hearing aids and cochlear implant technology.  This is for people who have poor speech discrimination and wish to improve it.  Some people, after their surgery, continue to keep the hearing they have, yet are able to hear better with both hearing aid/cochlear implant technology.  Some people are very happy they made the decision to get the hybrid.

Our speaker, Ann-Marie Hennessey, a cochlear implant audiologist at Mass. Eye and Ear, is very knowledgeable.  See the flier for more details: September Flyer

 

HLAA/Plymouth Information Cards Now Available

Our chapter now has some information cards that can be put on display to promote our chapter.  We will bring these cards to our September 26 meeting at the Plymouth Public Library, and we ask you to please post them around.  These cards can be posted at senior citizen centers, churches, synagogues, meeting centers, hearing aid and audiology clinics, doctors offices, etc.  We need YOU to help spread the word about our chapter by publicizing these cards, as well as publicizing some new HLAA membership brochures.  These brochures have the newer HLAA logo on them that includes Cape Cod and the Islands.

 

HLAA/Plymouth Website Information

Thank you to Rob Brodin, a senior at Rising Tide High School in Plymouth, for designing and maintaining our HLAA Plymouth Chapter website:  hearinglossplymouth.org. Rob is teaching Linda Maloney, our website coordinator, how to keep it up-to-date.

HLAA/Plymouth and Amazon Smile
If you order from Amazon, our chapter now has set up where AmazonSmile donates to the Hearing Loss Association of America – Plymouth Chapter. All you need to do is when you’re on AmazonSmile is to change your charity to Hearing Loss Association of America – Plymouth Chapter.

 

HLAA Membership Information

HLAA no longer offers the 3 and 5 year memberships, so the new membership brochures reflect this.   For HLAA membership information for those who wish to join, go to:  HLAA Membership.  The national website is  hearingloss.org.

 

Upcoming Activities

  • September 22 – Free musical program at Hingham Public Library 3:00 – 4:45 pm:
    A Life in Music, Lost & Found, My Journey as a Musician with Hearing Loss
    with Betty Hauk
    For 50 years, Betty enjoyed a rich and rewarding career as a professional violist—until the day she realized that she had to retire because of progressive hearing loss. For three years, she completely turned her back on music. In this “Talk & Play” presentation, she will tell the story of how various twists and turns led her back into sharing the joy of music while educating and advocating for those with hearing loss. Her talk will be punctuated by short musical selections on both violin and viola. The program is about one hour and includes Q&A at the end. Betty was recently featured in an NPR story about musicians and hearing loss: http://www.wbur.org/ hereandnow/2018/04/17/ classical-musicians-hearing- loss
  • October 13, November 18 – Museum of Fine Arts Accessible Guided Tours
    • October 13 – French Pastels
    • November 18 – Native American Art
  • October 20 – ALDA (Association of Late-Deafened Adults) member panel discussion, Successful Communication Strategies at the Lexington Public Library. See ALDABoston.org for details.
  • October 25 – Frank Tripi, a chapter member who lives in Duxbury, is setting up for our chapter to have an informal luncheon on Thursday, October 25 in Duxbury.  Details will be discussed at our September 26 meeting.  If you’re interested in meeting others with a hearing loss in a quiet, relaxed setting, please let Frank at Frank Tripi.
  • October 28 – Walk4Hearing  (5K/3.1 miles)
    To sign up as a walker or to donate, go to Walk4Hearing.The name of our team is the South Shore Strollers.  This is a fun day for all ages not to be missed.  You don’t have to walk – you’ll enjoy the beautiful Charles River in Boston.  We need people, whether you walk or not, to get involved with this worthwhile cause!
    Location:
    Artesani Park Directions
    1234 Soldiers Field Road
    Brighton, MA
    Schedule:
    10:30 am Registration/Check-in
    11:30 am Walk Starts
    Walk Manager: Ann Rancourt (arancourt@hearingloss.org)

Accessible Theatre

  • New Repertory Theatre, Watertown
    1776 will be playing in the Mainstage Theater from November 30 – December 23.  Discounted tickets for all 1776 performances are now available to members of ALDA and HLAA
  • Trinity Repertory Theater, Providence, RI
    Pride and Prejudice
    Open Captioned: Sunday, October 7 at 2:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, October 17 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
  • American Repertory Theater
    Purchase your tickets via phone at 617-547-8300, in person at our Ticket Services Office, or by email at access@amrep.org
    The Black Clown
    Audio Described: September 16 at 2:00 PM and September 21 at 7:30PM
    Open Captioned: September 20 at 7:30 PM and September 23 at 2:00PM
  • Boston Opera House, Boston
    For more information, go to https://www.bostonoperahouse.com/buying-tickets/accessibility.asp.
    Hamilton
    Open Captioned Performances
    Saturday, 9/22 at 2:00pm
    Tuesday, 11/6 at 7:30pm
  • Huntington Theatre, Boston
    Open caption (OC) services will be provided at select performances for patrons with slight to profound hearing loss. During open captioned performances, an electronic text display is positioned to the side of the stage, which shows what the actors are saying or singing and describes sound effects on stage. Patrons are placed in select seats near the open caption board to ensure they can see both the stage and the caption board during the performance.Tickets are $20 for each patron with slight to profound hearing loss. To reserve tickets, please contact Access Coordinator Meg O’Brien at 617 273 1558 or email mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org.Partial support for open captioning provided by TDF.
    Sherlock’s Last Case
    October 11 and October 16, 2018
    Romeo and Juliet
    March 20 and March 26, 2019
    Yerma
    June 23 and June 25, 2019
New England Newsletter

Summer Newsletter

Hi there and hope your summer is a fun one,
We usually meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month, from September to May, at the Plymouth Public Library from 7-8:30 pm.  However, sometimes we cannot meet those dates.
 
The third Tuesday in September is Yom Kippur, so we can’t meet then.  Our first meeting, a September meeting, will be on a Wednesday night, because that’s when the meeting room at the Plymouth Public Library is available.
Our meeting in November will be on a Saturday because the speaker, Ellen Perkins, gives her technology workshops only on weekends.  A Saturday meeting also gives those who don’t drive at night a chance to attend a day-time meeting.
 
We planned the following tentative schedule for the 2018-19 year:
Date Topic Speaker
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 All About Cochlear Implants Ann-Marie Hennessey, Audiologist
Saturday, November 10, 2018 Learn About the Latest Technology Ellen Perchins, Technology Specialist
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 Psychology of Hearing Loss Michael Harvey, Ph.D. Psychologist
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Emergency Prepardness To Be Determined
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Reach Out:  Helping Yourself and Others Peggy Ellertsen and Barbara Aberini
Here’s some information for those interested:
Next year’s convention will be held in Rochester, New York from June 20-23, 2019.

Save the Date!

HLAA2019 Convention
June 20 – June 23, 2019
Rochester, New York

Hyatt Regency Rochester
Rochester Riverside Convention Center

At our July 10th Planning Meeting, it was approved for a representative of our chapter to have his/her registration fees covered for the annual convention. 

New members may also have their registration covered for the HLAA Convention.

Veterans who attend an HLAA convention for the first time do not pay registration fees.  Veterans also become a member of HLAA free the first year.  

Link here: Sign up – veterans or new members 

One way we can raise money for our chapter is to participate in our annual Walk4Hearing, to be held in Boston on Sunday, October 28.

Walk4Hearing logo
For more information or to sign up, go to:  Walk4Hearing.
 
Looking forward to your participation in our of our future meetings and hope to see you soon,
Sandy
New England Newsletter

Plymouth Newsletter

Results of our March 28 Meeting

At our last HLAA Plymouth Chapter meeting, on March 28, we had 18 in attendance, including several new people.  Sandra Stumpf Reams, AuD CCC-A, from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Cape Cod, spoke on speechreading and the new Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid law.

Sandy Spekman (left) and Sandra Stumpf Reams (guest speaker)

More pictures from our March 28 meeting:

Thanks to Robert Brodin, who took the photos, above. He also developed our HLAA Plymouth Chapter website, found at hearinglossplymouth.org.

Despite Rob’s demanding high school schedule, he still took the time out to

introduce himself. It was his first HLAA chapter meeting. Our chapter is so lucky to have him!  Thank you so much to Rob!

Next Meeting on Tuesday, May 15

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 15 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Plymouth Public Library on the topic of HOPE – Hearing Other People’s Experiences.

The topic of HOPE is from the HLAA Fox Valley (Wisconsin) Chapter.   They had a workshop on HOPE at the HLAA convention last June in Salt Lake City.  A copy of their handout is below.  Roger Berg will be in charge of this meeting.

A flier for the May 15 meeting was sent in a separate email.  If you didn’t receive it, please email me at:  sspekman@gmail.com.

Please note:  You must RSVP for this meeting, for space is limited.  Please send your RSVP to Roger Berg.  Please do not RSVP to me (Sandy Spekman).

This meeting will be held on the second floor Board Room of the Plymouth Public Library, and the first 16 to RSVP to Roger are welcome to attend.  We will not be having CART (real-time captioning) at this meeting.  I’m working on trying to get the room looped or have some assistive listening devices.

​New England Hears Newsletter

by Peggy Ellertsen, lists what’s happening in the chapters in Massachusetts, as well as upcoming HLAA Convention in Minneapolis from June 21-24, 2018.

All are welcome to attend this wonderful convention!   For more information, go to:  http://hearingloss.org/content/convention

Please note:  the New England Hears Newsletter lists the wrong date for our Plymouth Chapter meeting on May 15 (May 14 was the date listed, so please ignore the May 14 date).

See the New England Hears Newsletter below.

Plymouth Town Hall Accessibility

Do you know that the Great Town Hall in Plymouth has an assistive listening device system for meetings in the first floor meeting room?

​​

Like any assistive devices, you need to ask for it.

National Open Caption Performances

Expanding access locally and nationally.

For today’s shows and audiences and tomorrow’s.

TDF (Theatre Development Fund or tdf.org) offers a limited number of two-year partnerships with professional regional theatres to sponsor open captioned performances and increase attendance by people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The sponsorship is intended as a service in and of itself for people who are hard of hearing or deaf rather than a supplemental service to be offered in tandem with regularly scheduled sign language interpreted performances.

TDF is specifically interested in partnering with new markets and partnerships are not intended to be used as a funding source for theatres already offering open captioning. Previous partners are also ineligible for new partnerships. No monies are exchanged between TDF and each venue but rather a mutually agreed upon sharing of responsibilities that are outlined below. 
TDF is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 season on through April 21, 2018.

From: Diana Jacobs-Komisar <djkomisar@huntingtontheatre.org>

 

My name is Diana Jacobs-Komisar, and I’m writing at the recommendation of Sandy Spekman. I’m Institutional Giving Manager at Huntington Theatre Company, and I’m in the process of writing a grant to Theatre Development Fund in support of Open Captioning for performances at the Huntington in our 2018-2019 season (full season here). It would be of tremendous help if we could demonstrate community support for such an effort. Sandy thought that you all might be interested in assisting us by contributing letters of support to the application. They would need to say why Open Captioning at the Huntington, and for theatre in general, would be important to you. Any prior experience with Open Captioning and the Huntington would also help. If you are interested, for your convenience I can draft a sample letter for you to adapt, and get that to you by first thing on Monday. The deadline is April 16, so I would need it back by Friday, April 13.

 

Please let me know if you can generously help us out in this effort.  We would love to bring Open Captioning to the Huntington, and your assistance would be invaluable in making this happen.

 

Thanks so much!

 

Diana

 

 

Diana Jacobs-Komisar

Institutional Giving Manager

617 273 1514 Direct

 

Huntington Theatre Company

Celebrating our 36th Season

Office: 281 Huntington Avenue | Boston, MA 02115

huntingtontheatre.org

 

I wrote a letter of support, which you can use as a guideline to write your own letter.  If you’re in favor of having more theatres with captioning, please ask the theatre to provide it for you.  If you read my letter of support, you’ll understand why I need it.  If you send in your own letter, please send a copy of it to me at sspekman@gmail.com so I know it’s from the Plymouth Chapter.

I’m always educating theatres on what open captioning is, and why we need it to attend.

We need more captioned theatres on the South Shore and Cape Cod.  If you’d like to be on a committee to promote open captioning, please speak up.  Perhaps we can find grant money to pay for future open captioning.  There’s a definite need for it and we need to advocate it.

Constituents’ Annual Day at the State House   NEW DATE

Thursday, May 17, 2018

10 am – 12 pm

For more information, see attached.  All are welcome to attend this.

June 19 Planning Meeting

There will be an HLAA Plymouth Chapter planning meeting/dinner open to everyone on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the Plymouth Public Library.  It will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the second floor Board Room.  This purpose of this meeting is to discuss the 2018-19 year, what topics to choose, how to organize our chapter, get more people involved, etc.  If you’re interested in attending, please email sspekman@gmail.com.

Hearing Life Magazine

​All members of HLAA receive this wonderful magazine.  If you’re not receiving it, you need to join HLAA at:  http://hearingloss.org/content/join​.

Veterans can join the first year for free.

Other benefits of joining HLAA are:

ww.hearingloss.org/content/member-benefits

Walk4Hearing on October 28, 2018

walk4hearing.org

We need to help raise funds so our meetings, held at the Plymouth Public Library, are looped.  This means we can sit anywhere in the room without having to use an assistive listening device, and we’ll hear using our telecoils.  For more information, go to:

http://hearingloss.org/content/loop-technology

We need people to form a looping committee so we can help raise funds to support looping.  If you can participate in the Walk4Hearing, please mark this date on your calendars now and join us.

Sandy Spekman

Hearing Loss Association of America – Plymouth Chapter

Serving People with Hearing Loss on the South Shore of Massachusetts

hearinglossplymouth.org

Results of our March 28 Meeting

At our last HLAA Plymouth Chapter meeting, on March 28, we had 18 in attendance, including several new people.  Sandra Stumpf Reams, AuD CCC-A, from Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Cape Cod, spoke on speechreading and the new Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid law.

Sandy Spekman (left) and Sandra Stumpf Reams (guest speaker)

More pictures from our March 28 meeting:

Thanks to Robert Brodin, who took the photos, above. He also developed our HLAA Plymouth Chapter website, found at hearinglossplymouth.org.

Despite Rob’s demanding high school schedule, he still took the time out to

introduce himself. It was his first HLAA chapter meeting. Our chapter is so lucky to have him!  Thank you so much to Rob!

Next Meeting on Tuesday, May 15

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 15 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Plymouth Public Library on the topic of HOPE – Hearing Other People’s Experiences.

The topic of HOPE is from the HLAA Fox Valley (Wisconsin) Chapter.   They had a workshop on HOPE at the HLAA convention last June in Salt Lake City.  A copy of their handout is below.  Roger Berg will be in charge of this meeting.

A flier for the May 15 meeting was sent in a separate email.  If you didn’t receive it, please email me at:  sspekman@gmail.com.

Please note:  You must RSVP for this meeting, for space is limited.  Please send your RSVP to Roger Berg.  Please do not RSVP to me (Sandy Spekman).

This meeting will be held on the second floor Board Room of the Plymouth Public Library, and the first 16 to RSVP to Roger are welcome to attend.  We will not be having CART (real-time captioning) at this meeting.  I’m working on trying to get the room looped or have some assistive listening devices.

​New England Hears Newsletter

by Peggy Ellertsen, lists what’s happening in the chapters in Massachusetts, as well as upcoming HLAA Convention in Minneapolis from June 21-24, 2018.

All are welcome to attend this wonderful convention!   For more information, go to:  http://hearingloss.org/content/convention

Please note:  the New England Hears Newsletter lists the wrong date for our Plymouth Chapter meeting on May 15 (May 14 was the date listed, so please ignore the May 14 date).

See the New England Hears Newsletter below.

Plymouth Town Hall Accessibility

Do you know that the Great Town Hall in Plymouth has an assistive listening device system for meetings in the first floor meeting room?

​​

Like any assistive devices, you need to ask for it.

National Open Caption Performances

Expanding access locally and nationally.

For today’s shows and audiences and tomorrow’s.

TDF (Theatre Development Fund or tdf.org) offers a limited number of two-year partnerships with professional regional theatres to sponsor open captioned performances and increase attendance by people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The sponsorship is intended as a service in and of itself for people who are hard of hearing or deaf rather than a supplemental service to be offered in tandem with regularly scheduled sign language interpreted performances.

TDF is specifically interested in partnering with new markets and partnerships are not intended to be used as a funding source for theatres already offering open captioning. Previous partners are also ineligible for new partnerships. No monies are exchanged between TDF and each venue but rather a mutually agreed upon sharing of responsibilities that are outlined below. 
TDF is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 season on through April 21, 2018.

From: Diana Jacobs-Komisar <djkomisar@huntingtontheatre.org>

 

My name is Diana Jacobs-Komisar, and I’m writing at the recommendation of Sandy Spekman. I’m Institutional Giving Manager at Huntington Theatre Company, and I’m in the process of writing a grant to Theatre Development Fund in support of Open Captioning for performances at the Huntington in our 2018-2019 season (full season here). It would be of tremendous help if we could demonstrate community support for such an effort. Sandy thought that you all might be interested in assisting us by contributing letters of support to the application. They would need to say why Open Captioning at the Huntington, and for theatre in general, would be important to you. Any prior experience with Open Captioning and the Huntington would also help. If you are interested, for your convenience I can draft a sample letter for you to adapt, and get that to you by first thing on Monday. The deadline is April 16, so I would need it back by Friday, April 13.

 

Please let me know if you can generously help us out in this effort.  We would love to bring Open Captioning to the Huntington, and your assistance would be invaluable in making this happen.

 

Thanks so much!

 

Diana

 

 

Diana Jacobs-Komisar

Institutional Giving Manager

617 273 1514 Direct

 

Huntington Theatre Company

Celebrating our 36th Season

Office: 281 Huntington Avenue | Boston, MA 02115

huntingtontheatre.org

 

I wrote a letter of support, which you can use as a guideline to write your own letter.  If you’re in favor of having more theatres with captioning, please ask the theatre to provide it for you.  If you read my letter of support, you’ll understand why I need it.  If you send in your own letter, please send a copy of it to me at sspekman@gmail.com so I know it’s from the Plymouth Chapter.

I’m always educating theatres on what open captioning is, and why we need it to attend.

We need more captioned theatres on the South Shore and Cape Cod.  If you’d like to be on a committee to promote open captioning, please speak up.  Perhaps we can find grant money to pay for future open captioning.  There’s a definite need for it and we need to advocate it.

Constituents’ Annual Day at the State House   NEW DATE

Thursday, May 17, 2018

10 am – 12 pm

For more information, see attached.  All are welcome to attend this.

June 19 Planning Meeting

There will be an HLAA Plymouth Chapter planning meeting/dinner open to everyone on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the Plymouth Public Library.  It will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the second floor Board Room.  This purpose of this meeting is to discuss the 2018-19 year, what topics to choose, how to organize our chapter, get more people involved, etc.  If you’re interested in attending, please email sspekman@gmail.com.

Hearing Life Magazine

​All members of HLAA receive this wonderful magazine.  If you’re not receiving it, you need to join HLAA at:  http://hearingloss.org/content/join​.

Veterans can join the first year for free.

Other benefits of joining HLAA are:

ww.hearingloss.org/content/member-benefits

Walk4Hearing on October 28, 2018

walk4hearing.org

We need to help raise funds so our meetings, held at the Plymouth Public Library, are looped.  This means we can sit anywhere in the room without having to use an assistive listening device, and we’ll hear using our telecoils.  For more information, go to:

http://hearingloss.org/content/loop-technology

We need people to form a looping committee so we can help raise funds to support looping.  If you can participate in the Walk4Hearing, please mark this date on your calendars now and join us.

Sandy Spekman

Hearing Loss Association of America – Plymouth Chapter

Serving People with Hearing Loss on the South Shore of Massachusetts

hearinglossplymouth.org