February 2020 Newsletter

NewsletterTopics:

  • President’s Letter
    • Program on Cochlear Implants on March 21 at the Watertown Public Library
    • Deaf Program on March 25 at the Plymouth Public Library
  • Spring HLAA Meetings
    •  Board Meeting on Friday, March 6 at 11 am  
    • \General Meeting on March 18 at 7:00 pm
    • General Meeting on May 20 at 7:00 pm
  • National Convention in New Orleans June 18-21
  • News of Interest
    • Book Recommendation
    • American Girl Doll
  • Amazon Smile Reminder
  • Open Captioned Performances

President’s Letter

It’s already the middle of February, which means spring is around the corner!

Next month, our chapter is having two meetings:  A board meeting on Friday, March 6 and a general meeting on Wednesday, March 18.  Details are in this newsletter.

There are also some other hearing loss related meetings in March that may be of interest to you:

  • If anyone is considering a cochlear implant, on March 21 there will be representatives from the three major cochlear implant companies discussing what’s new with CIs.  This meeting, part of the HLAA Boston Chapter, will be held at the Watertown Public Library, 123 Main Street, Watertown. If interested, contact Betty Hauck at bettiola@comcast.net.  
  • On Wednesday, March 25, at the Plymouth Public Library, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm (formal program from 6 to 8 pm) will be a panel of adults who are deaf or hard of hearing speak to students and young adults (18-30).  This program is to offer advice, encouragement and support for navigating middle/high school, college, and the working world.  Cara Jordan, a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing in the Duxbury Public Schools, is coordinating it. Anyone interested in joining the panel of deaf and hard of hearing adults needs to contact Sandy Spekman (sspekman@gmail.com) who will contact Cara Jordan.

I look forward to seeing you at our meetings!
Sandy Spekman, President, HLAA/Plymouth Chapter

Spring HLAA Plymouth Chapter Meetings

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

  • Friday, March 6 at 11 am – The HLAA Board Meeting is open to anyone who’s interested in learning more about HLAA and our chapter.  It will be held am in the board room of the Plymouth Public Library.  All are welcome to join us.  This will give you an opportunity to learn more about what we do, what HLAA is all about, and how to help others with a hearing loss.
  • Wednesday, March 18 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm – This HLAA General Meeting is also listed on the Plymouth Public Library’s March calendar of events.  The program is called:  A Life in Music Lost and Found – A Talk and Play, by Betty Hauck, Violinist.  Betty will not only perform for us on both the violin and viola, she will tell us her story of how she was a professional violist and lost her hearing due to a progressive hearing loss.   CART (captioning) will be provided as well as assistive listening devices with headsets and loops.  A flier can be found here.
  • Wednesday, May 20 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm – This is the last HLAA General Meeting before summer break. The topic will be Travel Tips for People with Hearing Loss.  Ruth Bernstein, hearing loss advocate who also writes an e-newsletter and blog for the Center for Hearing and Communication in NYC, will present.

National Convention in New Orleans June 18-21  For more information, see:  https://www.hearingloss.org/programs-events/convention/.  Our chapter will sponsor anyone who wishes to attend by paying for their registration fee.  The Early Bird Registration fee deadline is March 2.  First timers to the HLAA Convention may also apply for scholarships (up to $800) to cover expenses.  Apply by February 21 at: https://www.hearingloss.org/programs-events/convention/scholarships/ 

News of Interest

Amazon Smile Reminder

Our chapter raises funds through 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.

Open Captioned Performances

– Priscilla Beach Theatre  The Priscilla Beach Theatre will again be providing closed captioning on the first Sunday of their six productions for the upcoming season.  You request closed captioning and a tablet will be set up for you at your seat.  You can also request a headset with headphones or a personal neckloop that works with your hearing aids or cochlear implants on the t-coil or telecoil setting.  If you aren’t sure what the telecoil is, please ask your audiologist or any HLAA chapter members familiar with this technology.   The national HLAA webpage – hearingloss.org – also has information under the topic of “Hearing Help” that will also help you understand this technology.

First Sunday of the Month 2 pm Closed Captioning at the Priscilla Beach Theatre:

Sunday, May 3 Sisters of Swing
Sunday, June 7 She Loves Me
Sunday, July 5 Mama Mia!
Sunday, August 2 Monty Python’s Spamalot!
Sunday, September 6 The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Sunday, October 4 The Addams Family

–   Broadway in Boston For information about Broadway in Boston’s accessibility: https://boston.broadway.com/theatre/citizens-bank-opera-house/#accessibility

  • The Band’s Visit – Saturday March 28, 2020 at 2 pm

–   Trinity Rep  For information about Trinity Rep’s accessibility: https://www.trinityrep.com/box-office/accessibility/open-caption-performances/

  • A Tale of Two Cities – Sunday February 23, 2020 at 2 pm and Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Sweat – Sunday March 5, 2020 at 2 pm, and Wednesday, March 15, 2020 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barer of Fleet Street – Sunday, April 26 at 3 pm and Wednesday, May 13 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm

–   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 (American Sign Language) & AD (Audio Described) performances (ALL performances have open captioning):

  • 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:  

  • 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 at 2 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. Hours of operation: Tuesday-Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm or until 30 minutes prior to any performance at the Loeb Drama Center.

–   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 3 pm): 

  • 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 2020 season Open Caption performances at the Huntington Theatre Company are:

  • Sweat: February 12 at 2 pm and February 18 at 7:30 pm
  • Our Daughters, Like Pillars: March 31 at 7:30 pm and April 8 at 2 pm
  • The Bluest Eye: May 5 at 7:30 pm and May 13 at 2 pm

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

If a performing arts theatre or cultural arts center near you does not offer open captioning, please ask for it.  Many people with hearing loss need open captioning to fully enjoy it, yet very few even speak up to ask.  As a result, the performing arts theatres and cultural centers staff assume that they are providing everything required of them.  Some of us need to think of the term “hearing accessibility”, such as captioning for live theaters.   Most performing arts theatres provide physical accessibility by providing a wheelchair ramp or elevator – and they think that that’s enough.  Those of us with severe-to-profound hearing losses are left out.  Using an audio enhancement headset can be frustrating because they don’t always work, or the battery could be dead.  This could happen in the middle of a performance!  Even when using headsets, some still need captioning to understand the song lyrics.  Those who need captioning should have equal access.   The HLAA Convention is totally hearing accessible with looping and captioning at every single event and/or presentation.  Those 3-4 days at the convention are wonderful – but what about the rest of the year?  Where’s the hearing accessibility?  Maybe you’ll find it in large cities.   What about our smaller communities? That’s where YOU can advocate for what you need.  One person can make a difference!

December 2019 Newsletter

Newsletter topics:

  • President’s Letter
  • 2020 Schedule
  • New Year’s Lunch on January 3, 2020
  • Show-n-Tell on January 3, 2020
  • Favorite Hearing Assistive Technology Devices
  • Things People Do Not Like About Hearing Assistive Technology
  • Board Meeting on January 3, 2020
  • General Meeting on January 15, 2020
  • November/December Hearing Life Magazine
  • New Membership Benefit – hearOclub
  • National HLAA Convention in New Orleans June 18-21, 2020
  • Article to read:  How Israelis are going to help us hear better
  • Plymouth Chapter HLAA Board Members List
  • Spring 2020 HLAA/Plymouth Meeting Schedule
  • Amazon Smile Reminder
  • Open Captioned Performances

President’s Letter:

Hi there,

Last month, HLAA celebrated 40 years.  Our Plymouth Chapter, which serves Cape Cod, the Islands, and the South Shore, has celebrated four years.  Our chapter is growing – but we need more people to become active and more involved.  Our last meeting, on November 20, Kevin Franck spoke on Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids.  There were 35 people – our largest meeting attendance on record!   In charge of this meeting was Frank Tripi.  Thank you, Frank!   Frank, as well as Roger, Petie, and myself, all volunteer our time to help others with a hearing loss.  We can’t do it alone.  We need more people to volunteer.

Why do people volunteer with HLAA?  First reason:  To fulfill the mission of HLAA.  The mission of HLAA is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy.  HLAA meetings help you learn how to ask for what you need.  People learn to become hearing advocates.  HLAA members not only have opportunities to meet other people with a hearing loss, they learn more about hearing technology.  For example:  if you attend HLAA’s national convention, you could spend a full day in the Exhibit Hall just learning.  Many of the products are hands-on, which allow one to try it out right there in the convention hall.

If learning about new technology sounds overwhelming, let’s take one small step at a time.  First step:  Get to know others with a hearing loss.  Second step:  Get more involved with our HLAA chapter.  Third step:  Learn more about technology.  We’re going to do that on January 3.

You’re invited to join our board at our next board meeting on January 3, 2020.  What a terrific way to welcome the New Year!  The meeting is from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Plymouth Public Library, upstairs in the second-floor board room.  After the meeting is a New Year’s Luncheon, Show-n-Tell, and Yankee Swap at a nearby Japanese restaurant.  You can order whatever you please.  To see the flier for more information, click here. Please RSVP.

There’s also a lot of information packed into this newsletter.  Please it with others.

Season Greetings and Happy New Year!

Sandy Spekman, President, HLAA Plymouth Chapter

2020 Schedule:

January 3, 2020           11:00 am Board Meeting-Plymouth Public Library, 2nd floor board room

January 3, 2020           12:30 pm Luncheon, Show-n-Tell, & Yankee Swap, New Tokyo restaurant

January 15, 2020         7:00 pm Ask the Audiologist, Melissa Campbell, Plymouth Public Library

March 18, 2020          7:00 pm A Life in Music Lost and Found – Betty Hauck, Violinist

May 20, 2020              7:00 pm Travel Tips for People with Hearing Loss, Ruth Bernstein

What’s the Show-n-Tell all about?

At our New Year’s luncheon on January 3, we plan to have a Show-n-Tell.  This is where people bring in a hearing assistive technology (HAT) device that helps them.   We’ll sit in a circle and each person will talk about their device.  At an HLAA Boston meeting that Sandy attended on December 7 at the Watertown Public Library, people brought in a variety of devices and talked about them.   Participants with smartphones downloaded Otter, an app, which turns someone’s voice into text, used instead of remote CART.  One followed what was being said by reading the text on their smartphones.   Sandy would like to try this out with our HLAA Plymouth Chapter.  For the January 3 luncheon, download Otter on your smartphone. Bring in a device to share.

Favorite Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT) devices:

Andrea Kaneb, who attended the HLAA Boston Chapter meeting on December 7, took notes and wrote a detailed summary of the HAT presentation of our favorite devices:

Remote Microphones:

  • Phonak Roger Easy Pen
  • Oticon ConnectClip
  • Phonak ComPilot 11
  • Phonak Table Mic 11 (can network two together, turn volume all the way down on hearing aid app)
  • Resound Multi-Mic
  • Remote mics used in a group can become a “talking stick,” which makes following discussions easier

Smart Phone Apps (free):

  • Caption Call
  • FaceTime (can lipread grandchildren)
  • InnoCaption (many people like it)
  • Live Transcribe- Android phones (many people like it)
  • Otter- iPhones (many people like it)
  • Sound Amplifier app
  • Telephone speakerphone helps to hear with both ears

Alerting Devices:

  • Bluetooth phone to both hearing aids
  • LifeTone bedshaker (might be free from your Fire Department)
  • Serene Innovations Bedshaker (great if power goes out)
  • Serene Innovations CentraAlert Wearable Vibrating Personal Notification Receiver
  • Serene Innovations Home Notification System (many types of alerts)
  • Serene Innovations Instalink Smartphone Alert Watch

Wired listening devices (instead of neckloops, which require positioning):

  • Music Link ear hooks for music, audiobooks, etc.
  • T-Link ear hooks for inline mic for phone
  • Cozy Phones headband with removable wired headphones that magnetically adhere to CI implants

Things people DO NOT like about Hearing Assistive Technology:

1.  Many people are overwhelmed by hearing assistive technology and wish it was easier, more universal, or that more education was provided.

2.  Hearing aid remote control apps are cumbersome, and some people think you are rudely using your phone.

3.  Table mics don’t work well if the speaker is walking around.

4.  Some people think that the Roger Pen is confusing or not worth the cost.  Others do not.

5.  Phonak Marvel only accepts 2 Bluetooth devices at a time so you must choose.

6.  Many devices are not intuitive.  People at senior centers can help.

7.  Alerting devices with separate transmitters can lead to needing to push multiple doorbells.

8.  Otter (an app on your phone) can be unreliable at times with weird words.

9.  Technology can be outdated quickly and can be unreliable.

10.  Hearing aids that change programs automatically can be annoying and the user often wants more control.

Next Board Meeting on Friday, January 3, 2020

From 11:00 am to 12:15 pm, there will be a board meeting at the Plymouth Public Library, upstairs in the second-floor board room.  This meeting is open to anyone.  Our chapter needs a secretary, as well as people to advocate for our needs:  looping, captioning, publicity, etc.  We need people to volunteer at health fairs.  Please come to learn more about what HLAA has to offer.  You’ll be helping others as well as yourself.  Please let Sandy know that you plan to attend the board meeting:  sspekman@gmail.com (and luncheon afterwards).

Next General Meeting:  Wednesday, January 15, 2020
The topic is: “Ask the Audiologist”.  The presenter is Melissa Campbell, Au.D, CCC-A.  For a flier, click here.  For those with cochlear implants, Melissa will talk about assistive devices.

November/December Hearing Life Magazine:  http://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/HLAA/G111090_hlaa_novdec19/index.php#/10

Did you receive the latest issue of the new Hearing Life – The Magazine for Better Hearing?  You won’t get this type of information anywhere else, all in one popular magazine.  The articles are printed for you – people with hearing loss who want the latest and credible information to live successfully with hearing loss.  All National HLAA members receive Hearing Life.  If you haven’t signed up yet to become a national HLAA member, go to:  https://www.hearingloss.org/make-an-impact/become-a-memberrenew/

New Membership Benefit:  hearOclub

A new benefit for national HLAA members is the hearOclub.  This is a hearing aid and cochlear implant battery subscription service which delivers DieHard brand batteries on a set schedule (with free shipping!). Sign up for a hearOclub subscription and receive $30 worth of free batteries plus a battery tester keychain – a $40 value, exclusive to HLAA members!  Use the coupon code HLAAmember online at hearoclub.com or by calling 833.LISTEN-2 (833.547.8362).

National Convention in New Orleans, June 18-21, 2020 

Early-Bird Registration for the HLAA’s annual convention is now open.  Any chapter member who wishes to attend can request to have their registration fees handled by our chapter.  Contact a board member if interested.  A list of board members can be found in this newsletter.

National HLAA Convention in New Orleans
SAVE THE DATE!!!!

Signing up for the Convention includes:

  • Exhibit Hall Grand Opening, Thursday morning, June 18
  • Opening Session, Thursday evening, June 18
  • Research Symposium, The Latest on Tinnitus Research, Friday morning, June 19
  • Get Acquainted Party (GAP) – Off-site Event, Friday evening, June 19
  • HLAA2020 Convention Walk4Hearing, Saturday morning, June 20
  • Awards Ceremony and Reception, Saturday evening, June 20
  • Unlimited entry to Exhibit Hall and Socials
  • All workshops, demo presentations and featured speakers

Article of Interest:  How Israelis are going to help us hear better.  Technology and academic research come together in Israel to find solutions for people with hearing impairment:  https://www.israel21c.org/how-israelis-are-going-to-help-us-hear-better/

Harry Shamir, a Plymouth resident, sent in the above article.  Everyone is welcome to send in an article to be published in newsletter.  Please send your articles to sspekman@gmail.com.

HLAA Plymouth Chapter Board Members:

Sandy Spekman, President  sspekman@gmail.com
Roger Berg, VP nqr@mac.com
Stephanie (Petie) Blanchard, Treasurer  petieblanchard@yahoo.com
Frank Tripi, Publicity Chair frank.tripi@gmail.com
Our chapter needs a secretary.

Spring 2020 HLAA Plymouth Chapter Meeting Schedule:

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

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

AMAZON Smile Reminder

Our chapter raises funds through 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.

Open Captioned Performances

– Priscilla Beach Theatre  The Priscilla Beach Theatre will again be providing closed captioning on the first Sunday of their six productions for the upcoming season.  You request closed captioning and a tablet will be set up for you at your seat.  You can also request a headset with headphones or a personal neckloop that works with your hearing aids or cochlear implants on the t-coil or telecoil setting.  If you aren’t sure what the telecoil is, please ask your audiologist or any HLAA chapter members familiar with this technology.   The national HLAA webpage – hearingloss.org – also has information under the topic of “Hearing Help” that will also help you understand this technology.

First Sunday of the Month 2 pm Closed Captioning at the Priscilla Beach Theatre:

Sunday, May 3 Sisters of Swing
Sunday, June 7 She Loves Me
Sunday, July 5 Mama Mia!
Sunday, August 2 Monty Python’s Spamalot!
Sunday, September 6 The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Sunday, October 4 The Addams Family

–   Broadway in Boston For information about Broadway in Boston’s accessibility: https://boston.broadway.com/theatre/citizens-bank-opera-house/#accessibility

  • Cats – Saturday January 11, 2020 at 2 pm
  • The Band’s Visit – Saturday March 28, 2020 at 2 pm

–   Trinity Rep  For information about Trinity Rep’s accessibility: https://www.trinityrep.com/box-office/accessibility/open-caption-performances/

  • August Wilson’s Radio Golf – Sunday January 2, 2020 at 2 pm and Wednesday, January 12, 2020 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
  • A Tale of Two Cities – Sunday February 23, 2020 at 2 pm and Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Sweat – Sunday March 5, 2020 at 2 pm, and Wednesday, March 15, 2020 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barer of Fleet Street – Sunday, April 26 at 3 pm and Wednesday, May 13 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm

–   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 (American Sign Language) & AD (Audio Described) performances (ALL performances have open captioning):

  • 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:  

  • 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 at 2 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. Hours of operation: Tuesday-Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm or until 30 minutes prior to any performance at the Loeb Drama Center.

–   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 3 pm): 

  • 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 2020 season Open Caption performances at the Huntington Theatre Company are:

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

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

If a performing arts theatre or cultural arts center near you does not offer open captioning, please ask for it.  Many people with hearing loss need open captioning to fully enjoy it, yet very few even speak up to ask.  As a result, the performing arts theatres and cultural centers staff assume that they are providing everything required of them.  Some of us need to think of the term “hearing accessibility”, such as captioning for live theaters.   Most performing arts theatres provide physical accessibility by providing a wheelchair ramp or elevator – and they think that that’s enough.  Those of us with severe-to-profound hearing losses are left out.  Using an audio enhancement headset can be frustrating because they don’t always work, or the battery could be dead.  This could happen in the middle of a performance!  Even when using headsets, some still need captioning to understand the song lyrics.  Those who need captioning should have equal access.   The HLAA Convention is totally hearing accessible with looping and captioning at every single event and/or presentation.  Those 3-4 days at the convention are wonderful – but what about the rest of the year?  Where’s the hearing accessibility?  Maybe you’ll find it in large cities.   What about our smaller communities?

November 2019 Newsletter

Newsletter Topics

  • President’s Letter
  • Upcoming Events
    • HLAA/Plymouth General Meeting – November 20
    • HLAA/Plymouth Board Meeting – Jan 3, 2020
  • Past Events – Walk4Hearing was on October 27
  • Amazon Smile Reminder
  • GalaPro
  • How To Survive a Family Gathering When You Have Hearing Loss
  • Tentative 2020 HLAA/Plymouth Meeting Schedule
  • Open Caption Performances
    • Priscilla Beach Theatre
    • Falmouth Theatre Guild
    • Broadway in Boston
    • Trinity Rep
    • Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University
    • American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University
    • New Repertory Theatre
    • Huntington Theatre Company

Click here to join HLAA National. Visit our chapter website at: hearinglossplymouth.org.

PRESIDENT’S LETTER

HLAA celebrates 40 years this November!  Of course, we also celebrate Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season.  It’s that time of the year when we can be thankful for what we have.  For those of us with hearing loss, we can be thankful for new technology, which allows us to hear better.  This allows us to have friendships, an active social life, and be active in our communities

We are thankful for HLAA being a part of our lives.  The mission of HLAA is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy.  The National HLAA office staff members work hard to accomplish this mission, as well as volunteers in our local chapters.  We’re continually learning new things.  For example, one of our members is attending an upcoming Broadway performance and asked me what she can do to be able to hear it at a Broadway performance. Besides using the assistive devices or looping, which all theatres are required to have by the ADA law, I told her about GalaPro, which many Broadway performances now have in addition to the assistive devices.  GalaPro is an app that allows users to watch live performances with captioning or audio description (for the visually impaired) on their phones.  Users can use their own phone or tablet device, as well as their own headphones or personal neckloop, to listen to descriptions of a live performance in real time.  This is one example of hearing accessibility making progress.  GalaPro, to my knowledge, is most likely found in big cities.  It hasn’t moved to smaller areas of the country yet.  We’ve achieved hearing access at the movies, but we don’t have it for live entertainment.  GalaPro can also translate a live performance into one’s native language, such as Spanish.  Check it out at GalaPro.com.

We need to learn to advocate for live captioning at more live theatres in Southeast Massachusetts and Cape Cod.  Instead of waiting for it to happen, YOU can to be the catalyst for change.  You can ask for hearing accessibility.  It’s your right under the ADA under “effective communication”.  Effective to me means live captioning as well as an assistive device.

HLAA meetings can help you learn how to ask for what you need.  We need more people to become hearing advocates.  As a member of HLAA, not only will you have an opportunity to meet other people like yourself, you’ll also learn more about hearing technology. 

You’re invited to join our board at our next board meeting on January 3, 2020.  What a great way to welcome the New Year!  This meeting is from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Plymouth Public Library, upstairs in the second-floor board room.  We need YOU to become part of our team as well as to learn how to advocate your hearing needs.  Not only will you meet others with similar goals and expectations, you’ll be helping others who don’t know how to advocate.

Sandy Spekman
President, HLAA/Plymouth Chapter

UPCOMING EVENTS

HLAA/Plymouth General Meeting –Our next 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 Kevin Franck.  Click here for more information.

HLAA/Plymouth Board Meeting – We need YOU to join in on our committees, such as advocacy, looping, captioning. etc.  Our chapter also needs a secretary.  Our next board meeting is on Friday, January 3 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Plymouth Public Library in the second-floor board room.  Please let Sandy know at sspekman@gmail.com if you plan to attend so we have enough copies of the handouts.  Being on the board gives you a chance to get more involved with others with a hearing loss while also bringing about change to our communities.  Our board needs your support – so please join us on January 3.  Start out the New Year by doing something good for yourself and for others!

PAST EVENTS

HLAA/Plymouth’s member Petie Blanchard participated in the Walk this year on October 27 and so far, she has raised $2095!   She’s still collecting donations so it’s not too late to donate if you would like to do so.  To donate on Petie’s Walk4Hearing webpage, click here.  You can also bring a check, made out to:  Walk4Hearing to our next meeting on November 20.  You can also mail her a check.  Please request home address by contacting her via email at petieblanchard@yahoo.com.


AMAZON SMILE Reminder
Our chapter raises funds through 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.

GALAPRO

GalaPro is an app that allows for users to watch live performances with audio description or captioning in their language. Users can use their own phone or tablet device, as well as their own headphones, to listen to descriptions of a live performance in real time.  Many Broadway performances are now using GalaPro.  If your live theatre doesn’t have GalaPro, please ask for it:  galapro.com. 

How to Survive a Family Gathering When You Have Hearing Loss – This month’s recommended read is: “How to Survive a Family Gathering When You Have Hearing Loss” from HearingLikeMe.com, https://www.hearinglikeme.com/survive-family-gathering-hearing-loss/

TENTATIVE 2020 HLAA/Plymouth 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
http://www.plymouthent.com/audiology

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 7-8:30 pm
A Life in Music Lost and Found – A Talk and Play
Betty Hauck, Violinist
http://www.newportstringproject.org/calendar/xd84rbe29hswcmjrbzhw3mtrhkxmla

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 7-8:30 pm
Travel Tips for People With Hearing Loss
Ruth Bernstein, Hearing Loss Advocate
https://chchearing.org/blog/travel-hearing-loss/all your favorite songs when watc

OPEN CAPTION PERFORMANCES

If a performing arts theatre or cultural arts center near you does not offer open captioning or remote CART, please ask for it.  Many people with a hearing loss need open captioning to enjoy the performance, yet very few ask for it.  As a result, the performing arts theatres and cultural centers staff assume that they are providing everything required of them.  Some of us need hearing accessibility, such as captioning, for live theater.  Some performing arts theatres think that by providing a wheelchair ramp or elevator, that’s enough.  Those of us with hearing loss are left out.  Asking for the audio enhancement headsets can be frustrating because they don’t always work or the battery goes dead.  Some of us still miss out on understanding the song lyrics even with the headsets.  Please ask for live captioning!

– Priscilla Beach Theatre

The Priscilla Beach Theatre will again be providing open captioning on the first Sunday of their six productions for the upcoming season.  You need to request open captioning and it’ll be set up for you at your seat.  You can request a headset with headphones or a personal neckloop that works with your hearing aids or cochlear implants on t-coil or telecoil setting.  If you aren’t sure what the telecoil is, please ask your audiologist or HLAA chapter members familiar with this technology.   The national HLAA webpage – hearingloss.org – also has information under the topic of “Hearing Help”.

–   Falmouth Theatre Guild

  • She Loves Me – November 15 7:30 pm
    For more information, click here.

–   Broadway in Boston

For information about Broadway in Boston’s accessibility, see https://boston.broadway.com/theatre/citizens-bank-opera-house/#accessibility

  • Cats – Saturday January 11, 2020 at 2 pm
  • The Band’s Visit – Saturday March 28, 2020 at 2 pm

–   Trinity Rep

For information about Trinity Rep’s accessibility, see https://www.trinityrep.com/box-office/accessibility/open-caption-performances/

  • Fade – Sunday, December 8 at 2 pm and Wednesday Dec 18 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
  • August Wilson’s Radio Golf – Sunday January 2, 2020 at 2 pm and Wednesday, January 12, 2020 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
  • A Tale of Two Cities – Sunday February 23, 2020 at 2 pm and Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Sweat – Sunday March 5, 2020 at 2 pm, and Wednesday, March 15, 2020 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barer of Fleet Street – Sunday, April 26 at 3 pm and Wednesday, May 13 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm

–   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 (American Sign Language) & AD (Audio Described) performances (ALL performances have open captioning):

  • 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:  

  • 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 at 2 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. Hours of operation: Tuesday-Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm or until 30 minutes prior to any performance at the Loeb Drama Center.

–   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 3 pm): 

  • 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 2020 season Open Caption performances at the Huntington Theatre Company are:

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

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

October 2019 Newsletter

 Newsletter Topics

  • Upcoming Events
    • Walk4Hearing
    • HLAA/Plymouth Meeting
  • Amazon Smile Reminder
  • Open Caption Performances
    • Priscilla Beach Theatre
    • Falmouth Theatre Guild
    • Broadway in Boston
    • Trinity Rep
    • Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University
    • American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University
    • New Repertory Theatre
    • Huntington Theatre Company

Click HERE to join HLAA National. Visit our chapter website at: hearinglossplymouth.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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.  To log in to the Walk4Hearing information, go to www.Walk4Hearing.org.

 The New England Walk committee is working hard to provide a wonderful walk day experience for participants.

  • Appearances from your favorite characters
  • Strike a pose and let the caricature artist get creative
  • Get your face painted and be amazed with twisted balloons
  • Groove on with our White Collar Crime band
  • Enjoy amazing refreshments

Please support HLAA/Plymouth’s member Petie Blanchard in her efforts to be in charge of the Walk this year.  When you receive an email from the Walk4Hearing, please do not delete it right away.  Please read what Petie has to say about her hearing loss, why she’s walking, etc.  If everyone donated a small amount, such as $15-$25, this will cover the costs of remote CART at our meetings.  It will also sponsor HLAA National. To donate on Petie’s Walk4Hearing webpage, click here:

HLAA/Plymouth Meeting –Our next 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.


AMAZON SMILE Reminder
Our chapter raises funds through 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.

OPEN CAPTION PERFORMANCES

If a performing arts theatre or cultural arts center near you does not offer open captioning or remote CART, please ask for it.  Many people with a hearing loss need open captioning, yet if they never ask for it, the performing arts theatres and cultural centers do not know that you need it.  They assume that if they provide a wheelchair ramp, that’s it’s totally handicap accessible.  Some of us need hearing accessibility for live theater.  The headsets they give us don’t always work, or we still miss some of the song lyrics even with the headsets.  PLEASE ASK FOR OC!

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

–   Falmouth Theatre Guild

  • She Loves Me – November 15 7:30 pm
    For more information, click here.

–   Broadway in Boston

For information about Broadway in Boston’s accessibility, see https://boston.broadway.com/theatre/citizens-bank-opera-house/#accessibility

  • Come From Away– Saturday, November 9 at 2 pm
  • Cats – Saturday January 11, 2020 at 2 pm
  • The Band’s Visit – Saturday March 28, 2020 at 2 pm

–   Trinity Rep

For information about Trinity Rep’s accessibility, see https://www.trinityrep.com/box-office/accessibility/open-caption-performances/

  • A Christmas Carol – Sunday, November 10 at 12 pm
  • Fade – Sunday, December 8 at 2 pm and Wednesday Dec 18 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
  • August Wilson’s Radio Golf – Sunday January 2, 2020 at 2 pm and Wednesday, January 12, 2020 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
  • A Tale of Two Cities – Sunday February 23, 2020 at 2 pm and Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Sweat – Sunday March 5, 2020 at 2 pm, and Wednesday, March 15, 2020 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barer of Fleet Street – Sunday, April 26 at 3 pm and Wednesday, May 13 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm

–   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 10at 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. Hours of operation: Tuesday-Sunday 12pm-5pm or until 30 minutes prior to any performance at the Loeb Drama Center.

–   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 2020 season Open Caption performances at the Huntington Theatre Company are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:  https://www.hearingloss.org/make-an-impact/become-a-memberrenew/.

Veterans can get a one-year free membership:  go to:  https://www.hearingloss.org/wp-content/uploads/VeteranComplimentaryMembership.pdf

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: https://smile.amazon.com/

 

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:  http://hlaa.convio.net/goto/southshorestrollers

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 hearingloss.org 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.

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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 c2net.org 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 www.c2net.org.

A tentative schedule is as following:

Venue Address Name of Event Date Time Court Reporter
Falmouth Theatre Guild
Highfield Theater
60 Highfield Dr.
Falmouth
Fun Home TBD 2:00 PM Linda Kelly
Falmouth Theatre Guild
Highfield Theater
60 Highfield Dr.
Falmouth
Fun Home Sunday, November 18 2:00 PM Linda Kelly
Plymouth Public Library 132 South Street
Plymouth
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
Plymouth
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 (southshoremusicclub.org) 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:  http://www.southshorefolkmusicclub.org/2018/08/saturday-november-17-2018-coffeehouse-featuring-lisa-bastoni-opening-with-chuck-vermette-open-mic-new-location-at-first-parish-duxbury/

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: https://boston.broadway.com/accessible_services/

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG
Emerson Colonial Theatre
Open Captioned Performance
Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 2pm

Click here to purchase.

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Boston Opera House
Open Captioned Performance
Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 2pm

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROL KING MUSICAL
Boston Opera House
Open Captioned Performance
Saturday, February 02, 2019 at 2pm

Get tickets here

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

Get tickets here

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

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

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

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

HELLO, DOLLY!
Boston Opera House
O
pen Captioned Performance
Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 2pm

Trinity Rep https://www.trinityrep.com/box-office/accessibility/open-caption-performances/

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 !
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A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage
ASL Interpreted / Open Captioned Performance
Sunday, December 2 at 7:00pm
Shubert Theatre
GET TICKETS
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.