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