Tentative 2020 Meeting Schedule

All meetings are at the Plymouth Public Library, 132 South St., Plymouth

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 7-8:30 pm
Ask the Audiologist
Dr. Melissa Campbell, Audiologist, CCC-A

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 7-8:30 pm
A Life in Music Lost and Found – A Talk and Play
Betty Hauck, Violinist

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 7-8:30 pm
Travel Tips for People With Hearing Loss
Ruth Bernstein, Hearing Loss Advocate

November 2019 Meeting

Our next HLAA/Plymouth Chapter meeting will be on Wednesday, November 20 at 7 pm at the Plymouth Public Library. The topic is  Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids and the speaker is Keven Franck.  Click here for more information.

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.

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.

May Meeting Information

The next meeting of HLAA Plymouth is May 22 at 7:00 at the Stonebridge Club at the Pinehills. For more information, clich here.

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.

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.


  • Walk Details

  • Date
    Sunday, October 28, 2018
  • Schedule
    10:30 a.m. Registration/Check-in
    11:30 a.m. Walk starts
    (5K/3.1 miles)
  • Location
    Artesani Park
    1234 Soldiers Field Road
    Brighton, MA
  • Walk Manager
    Ann Rancourt