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

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


  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.



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.



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.



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.



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.


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.

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.



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.



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.



The Priscilla Beach Theatre ( 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




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



American Repertory Theater, Cambridge

Purchase tickets at 617-547-8300 or by email at

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

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

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:

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
Contact Sandy Spekman ( 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



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.



NYT article

This article describes how poor hearing is not just an annoying inconvenience:

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:

Hearing and Health Foundation Article

This article describes the disturbing rise in hearing loss and tinnitus:



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



Don’t forget to sign up for national HLAA membership at:  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:



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,, was set up by Robert Brodin a year ago and is maintained by Linda Maloney.  We also have a Facebook page,, 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

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

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


Trinity Rep 2019 Season  For up-to-date information and tickets, visit

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

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

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.
Fun Home Sunday, November 18 2:00 PM
Plymouth Public Library 132 South Street
Holiday Music:
We Are The Men
Tuesday, December 11 7:00 PM
Spire Center for the
Performing Arts
25 1/2 Court Street
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:

Veterans can get a one-year free membership:  go to:

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:


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:

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 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.



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 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

A tentative schedule is as following:

Venue Address Name of Event Date Time Court Reporter
Falmouth Theatre Guild
Highfield Theater
60 Highfield Dr.
Fun Home TBD 2:00 PM Linda Kelly
Falmouth Theatre Guild
Highfield Theater
60 Highfield Dr.
Fun Home Sunday, November 18 2:00 PM Linda Kelly
Plymouth Public Library 132 South Street
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
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 ( 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:

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:

Emerson Colonial Theatre
Open Captioned Performance
Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 2pm

Click here to purchase.

Boston Opera House
Open Captioned Performance
Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 2pm

Boston Opera House
Open Captioned Performance
Saturday, February 02, 2019 at 2pm

Get tickets here

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

Get tickets here

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

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

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

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

Boston Opera House
pen Captioned Performance
Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 2pm

Trinity Rep

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 !
Boch Center Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube
Boch Center
A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage
ASL Interpreted / Open Captioned Performance
Sunday, December 2 at 7:00pm
Shubert Theatre
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.


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
– 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: 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


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: 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 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!
    Artesani Park Directions
    1234 Soldiers Field Road
    Brighton, MA
    10:30 am Registration/Check-in
    11:30 am Walk Starts
    Walk Manager: Ann Rancourt (

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
    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
    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 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
    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,