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

September Newsletter

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

 

HLAA/Plymouth Information Cards Now Available

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

 

HLAA/Plymouth Website Information

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

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

 

HLAA Membership Information

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

 

Upcoming Activities

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

Accessible Theatre

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

Summer Newsletter

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

Save the Date!

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

Hyatt Regency Rochester
Rochester Riverside Convention Center

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

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

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

Link here: Sign up – veterans or new members 

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

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

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?

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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?

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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

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