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This Month's
Chapter Meeting on Zoom
Ready to learn new things?
Paul Morillo from GetSetUp will speak on captions
and the Zoom platform.   
Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 6:30pm - 7:45pm PT
GetSetUp is an online community of people who want to learn new skills with others that will unlock new experiences in their lives.
GetSetUp offers 200+ classes ranging from basic technology classes such as Zoom, to healthy living and topical social hours, where popular topics are discussed and shared. It is important to note that all GetSetUp classes are taught live by other retired older adults who are former teachers, professionals and technologists. GetSetUp is already deployed in over 19 states in the USA.
Whether you are looking to get better at using technology, or have a specific project in mind, whatever your background, experience or education there is something on GetSetUp for you.
Paul Morillo is the head of Partnerships at GetSetUp, an online learning and social community built exclusively for older adults. 
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April's Chapter Meeting
At our April 8 chapter meeting on Zoom, our guest speakers will be from InnoCaption. InnoCaption is the only mobile app that offers real-time captioning of phone calls through live stenographers and automated speech recognition software – the choice is yours.

Their technology makes phone calls easy and accessible for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
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Chapter News
How are you doing?  Our Board of Directors has been calling members to check up on them to see how they're doing.  Maybe you got a call?

Our LipReading class is continuing to meet weekly through Zoom.  Thanks go out to Linda DeGuire and several of the loyal classmates who have mastered the use of video-conferencing!

Our long-time captioner, Saba McKinley, is moving to Tennessee!   We will miss her smile and the wonderful captioning she has provided for us these past several years.  Good luck in your new home, Saba!

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Hearing loss in the news

COVID-19 and hearing loss: What we know

by Joy Victory, managing editor, Healthy Hearing
Last updated February 15, 2021

COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, has now been linked to many long-term complications, including heart damage, lung damage and neurological disorders. One emerging area of research is whether hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) can result from coronavirus infection—either as a symptom or as a complication ...

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Documentary “We Hear You” Shines a Light
on the Hearing Loss Experience

March 2, 2021  Shari Eberts

Do you feel like hearing loss is accurately represented in mainstream media? Neither do I. Of the 48 million… 
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Upcoming Events
Several HLAA Chapters in California are holding Zoom Meetings this month.  Find something to interest you!
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Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at  4:00 pm PT
Hosted by HLAA and presented by the New York State Association

Federal, state and local disability laws are intended to bring people with all manner of disabilities, including hearing loss, into the mainstream of public life. But implementing those laws in practice is up to affected individuals. How well do you understand your accessibility rights? What steps can or should you take if you feel your rights have been denied?

Marc Fliedner, J.D., Attorney and Director of the PAIR Program (Protection & Advocacy for Individual Rights), including the rights of individuals with physical disabilities) at the New York City office of Disability Rights New York; DRNY is part of a nationwide network of legally-based disability rights agencies mandated by federal law to protect and advocate for individuals with disabilities.
John Herrion, J.D., Attorney and Director of Disability Rights for the New York State Division of Human Rights.
John Waldo, J.D., Attorney whose practice focuses on improving access to public life for people with hearing loss, an emphasis that combines his 30-plus years of legal practice with his own life experience with hearing loss.
Moderator:   Jerry Bergman, HLAA member and hearing loss advocate.


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Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at  11:00 am PT

Psychology of Hearing Loss explores hearing loss from a biopsychosocial perspective with particular attention to individual development and personal experience. Feelings and behaviors associated with hearing loss will be explored with additional information on special populations including Veterans and users of cochlear implants.

Don Doherty is a retired Marine Corps combat Veteran (1965-1987) who lost his hearing in Vietnam. He has worn hearing aids since June 1970 and received a cochlear implant in 2020. He retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2016 after 25 years’ service.  He was the education specialist for the National Chaplain Training Center which served more than 1,100 Department of Veterans Affairs Chaplains at over 153 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers nationwide. Don is actively involved with HLAA and has been a member for more than 25 years.

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