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When a HoH Meets a Pro

September 27, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

THE BETTER HEARING CONSUMER
By Gael Hannan

In the hearing loss world that I live in, there are HoHs and there are Pros:

HoH: Refers to a person who has hearing loss and who may also identify as hard of hearing, hearing-impaired, or hearing aid/cochlear implant user. (This term does not refer to all those affected by a person’s hearing loss, such as the moms and dads, life partners, children, and friends.)

Pro:  Refers to someone who works in a hearing healthcare field, such as an audiologist or hearing instrument specialist, but this category also can include an Ear, Nose & Throat doctor, hearing aid manufacturer, and/or an assistive technology sales rep.

…now that we’ve got that out of the way…

If you’re a HoH, you have most likely—hopefully—met a Pro by now. You made an appointment, walked through that door and sat down to discuss your hearing with this Pro.

Read more  . . . . HOH-PRO

WEBINAR “Working Memory, Part II: Strategies for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing “

September 8, 2016 in Community News

 

 

Outreach Services, VSDB Wednesday Webinar
Sept. 28, 2016, 4:00- 5:00 PM EDT

Working Memory, Part II: Strategies for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Presenter:Johnett Scogin, M.Ed. 

Please register for Working Memory, Part II: Strategies for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6728744357838753538

Presenter:  Johnett Scogin has worked in the field of Deaf Education for many years as a teacher and reading specialist.   She is currently working at the Texas School for the Deaf as Supervisor of Curriculum.

No prerequisites for this webinar: This webinar follows the Spring, 2016 webinar in which Dr. Daniel Koo of Gallaudet University presented his research on working memory of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Attendance at Dr. Koo’s webinar is not a prerequisite for this webinar.

Webinar Description:  Evidence suggests that challenged working memory skills create a high risk factor for educational underachievement, and that working memory impacts all areas of learning and thinking.  Ms. Scogin will briefly review the function of working memory in daily life and academics, and discuss how one might identify children with challenges in this area.  She will then share ideas for setting up the learning environment to support working memory, and strategies to help facilitate and accommodate working memory performance.

Target Audience: Teachers and related service providers working with students who are deaf or hard of hearing; family members.

This Webinar is sponsored by Outreach Services, Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton, through grant funding from the Virginia Department of Education.  Questions should be directed to Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer at : Debbie.pfeiffer@vsdb.k12.va.us

After registering, you will receive an email confirmation with connection information for joining the webinar.

After Deaf Man Is Killed by Cop in Traffic Stop, How Drivers With Hearing Loss Can Stay Safe

August 25, 2016 in Community News

 

by Inside Edition
August 24, 2016

The recent fatal shooting of a deaf driver by a police officer in North Carolina has raised questions about safety for hearing impaired motorists.

Jennifer Labriola, the principal of the New York School for the Deaf who drives to work each day, told Inside Edition through a sign language interpreter that if a hearing impaired driver is pulled over, “you tell the police officer you’re deaf and ‘I need to write this down.’ You point to your ear.”

She added: “It’s important to wait for your instructions and not do anything. Just wait and see. When they ask for my license and registration, at that point, I would take out the items asked for.”

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SoundSense is a simple, open-source gadget that helps deaf people

July 28, 2016 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Technology

 

 

Furenexo’s SoundSense is a simple, open-source gadget that helps deaf people stay aware of their surroundings

Tech Crunch
Posted 
by Devin Coldewey, Contributor

People with deafness have plenty of ways to navigate everyday situations as if they had no disability at all, but there are still situations that present dangers unique to them — not being able to hear a smoke alarm or gunshot, for instance. SoundSense is a small wearable device that listens for noises that might require immediate attention and alerts the user when it detects one.

“There’s really been an absence of innovation in technology for disabilities over the last decade or even decades,” said Brian Goral, co-founder and CEO of Furenexo, the company behind SoundSense. We talked a few weeks before today’s launch. “What we’re looking to do is bring technology that’s taken for granted, things like cell phones and driverless cars, and apply that to the disability space.”

This first device is small and simple for a reason — the company is bootstrapped and has to rely on Kickstarter for the funds to make the SoundSense. They’re also looking for grants from non-profit entities and perhaps government funds.

Read More  . . . . SoundSense

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Cards assist law enforcement, drivers with hearing loss

June 23, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

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The communication card is designed to be stored on a sun visor, in a bag or backpack, or on a passenger seat for easy use. To download the card, visit www.michigan.gov/doddbhh. (Image provided by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights)

C&G Newspapers – METRO DETROIT
Posted June 22, 2016

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan Department of Civil Rights has released a new communication tool that will ease communication between law enforcement and individuals who are deaf or have partial hearing loss.

Supported by statewide law enforcement organizations — including the Michigan State Police, the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association and the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police — the communication card is designed to be stored on a sun visor, in a bag or backpack, or on a passenger seat for easy use.

One side of the card notifies law enforcement that the person is either deaf or has partial hearing loss. It offers quick tips to facilitate communication, including, but not limited to, “Get my attention first,” “Make eye contact when you speak,” and “I cannot lip-read everything you say.”

Read more . . . Cards

 

 

Kings Dominion Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day, June 4, 2016

May 31, 2016 in Community Events, Community News

KingsDominion

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day at Kings Dominion is June 4th.

To purchase tickets go to www.kingsdominion.com and use the promo code KDDHHAD tickets will be $34.50 per ticket.

If you have any other questions please feel free to contact us.

Kings Dominion Sales and Service Center
804.876.5000
info@kingsdominion.com
16000 Theme Park Way
Doswell, VA 23047
www.kingsdominion.com

Bridging Hands Camps new Non-Profit to serve young deaf, hard of hearing, and KODA campers.

May 6, 2016 in Community Events, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

JOIN US!

FOR A KICKOFF

TO MEET BRIDGING HANDS CAMPS BOARD MEMBERS 

SUNDAY JUNE 5TH 3PM-6PM
GRILL PROVIDED FOR YOUR USE. BRING YOUR OWN MEAL. FOOD AND DRINKS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE 

COME AND MEET BHC’S BOARD MEMBERS – SUNDAY, JUNE 5

HAINS POINT PICNIC SHELTER
900 OHIO DR SW
WASHINGTON DC
CONTACT NIKI: fundraisin@bhcamps.org – RSVP by MAY 29

DOWNLOAD – BHCflyer

Website: www.bridginghandscamps.org

A “view” from the Court: Making accommodations for the deaf and hard of hearing

April 21, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

Scouts Blog
Mark Walsh
Tue, April 19th

It’s odd to walk into the Supreme Court and see lawyers in the bar section holding iPhones, iPads, and other electronic devices during a court session. But that was the case on Tuesday as twelve members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bar Association were being sworn in to the Supreme Court Bar.

The group was founded in 2013, and the Supreme Court agreed to make accommodations for the group to participate in the ritual of its in-courtroom swearing-in ceremony. That included the provision of sign-language interpreters as well as a limited wi-fi signal allowing the lawyers to receive real-time translation on their electronic devices.

Read More  . . . Supreme Court

Mark Walsh, A “view” from the Court: Making accommodations for the deaf and hard of hearing, SCOTUSblog (Apr. 19, 2016, 4:18 PM)

Science with Jefferson Lab! May 21 – Register Now! (for grades 4 through 8)

April 21, 2016 in Community Events, Education & Outreach, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

Science with Jefferson Lab!
Co-sponsored by Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility and Outreach Services, VSDB

  • When?  Saturday, May 21, 2016.  9:30 – 2:30
  • What?  A day of fun science activities and a great opportunity to meet students from other school divisions who are also deaf or hard of hearing.

Special features:  Jefferson Lab Science Educator, Brita Hampton as instructor;
Jennifer McDonald of Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will show equipment from the Technical Assistance Program (alerting devices, special telephones, etc. for the home) for families, 1:30 – 2:30!

If problems, cut and paste this URL into your browser. Be sure to click on “submit” at end of registration! If problems, complete the form attached and email it to address below.

Deadline for submitting is May 4, 2016.

For more information, please contact Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer, Director of Outreach Services at debbie.pfeiffer@vsdb.k12.va.us  or (540) 414-5249.
Hope to hear from you!

New State Program To Aid Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Children

March 15, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

WBIW.com
March 15, 2016

(INDIANAPOLIS) – The Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education (CDHHE) at the Indiana State Department of Health is introducing a new program to help children who are deaf or hard of hearing obtain hearing aids. The program will be administered by Hear Indiana.

The Hearing Aid Assistance Program of Indiana (HAAPI) will support children who are deaf or hard of hearing by providing hearing aids for those who desire this assistive technology. The program was created because most private insurance carriers do not cover the cost of hearing aids, which can cost as much as $6,000 a pair. Many Hoosier families cannot afford to purchase this technology, let alone update their child’s hearing technology every three to five years, as recommended.

Read more  . . .CDHHE Indianapolis

Dining Out With Hearing Loss – An Architect Responds

February 25, 2016 in Community News

 

 

LIVING WITH HEARING LOSS

I am happy to see that my recent post How To Choose A Restaurant When You Have Hearing Loss is getting some attention! It is clear from the response that dining out is not only challenging for people with hearing loss, but for everyone. The issue of restaurant noise is so important, it inspired leading Los Angeles-based architect Anthony Poon to share his thoughts on how important acoustics are to any good restaurant design. 

In his post My Ears Are Ringing, he provides several tricks of the trade that restaurants can use to improve acoustics for all. These suggestions include:

Read more . . . Dining out

WORKING MEMORY and Students – Webinar – March 16

February 25, 2016 in Community News

 

DanielSKoo

Working Memory and Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Chunks of Information

A webinar featuring presenter:
Daniel S. Koo, Ph.D., Gallaudet University
March 16, 2016, 4:00 PM EST

Register now at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6160660780275386882

Description: Did you know that a child’s working memory has been shown to be able to predict his or her performance in school? Evidence suggest that working memory is a critical predictor of language and cognitive development. Join us as Dr. Koo discusses research related to working memory in children who are deaf or hard of hearing, how it affects their learning, and strategies that can be used in the classroom to overcome challenges.

Presenter: Dr. Daniel S. Koo is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Gallaudet University. After receiving his Ph.D. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester in 2003, he did his post-doctoral fellowship at Georgetown University’s Center for the Study of Learning. Dr. Koo’s research interests include adult language processing of cued and signed languages, the effect of modality on language processing and cognition, and the acquisition of cued and signed languages.

Target Audience: Educators (including teachers, related service providers, instructional assistants, special education directors, and early intervention providers) who work with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Family members will also benefit from this webinar.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing connection information to join the webinar on March 16.

This one hour webinar can be accessed from any location. A certificate of participation will be provided for those who complete a short survey at the conclusion of the training.

Wednesday Webinars are sponsored by Outreach Services of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, through grant funding from the Virginia Department of Education.
Debbie Pfeiffer, Ed.D., Director Outreach Services VSDB

Lawmakers Could Make ‘Driving While Deaf’ Safer

February 4, 2016 in Community News

 

 


FEB 2, 2016

For many people, interactions with law enforcement can be stressful. But for people who have difficulty communicating, these interactions can lead to grave misunderstandings. Some lawmakers are trying to make those interactions safer.

You’re driving down the road, maybe a hair over the speed limit, when you hear those sirens. It’s the cops. We all know that sinking feeling. But imagine if you can’t hear those sirens. For the deaf and hard of hearing, miscommunication with the police is a real concern. But some state lawmakers are trying to fix that. Representative Victor Torres of Orlando wants to mark driver’s licenses with a symbol signifying the driver is deaf.

“This symbol on the license will alert the officer to the fact that the driver is hard of hearing or deaf, and assist them when identifying how best to communicate with the driver,” he said.

Read more . . . ‘Driving While Deaf’

Participants wanted for a research study

November 30, 2015 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Research

 

 

Participants wanted for a research study:
Are you a Deaf or Hard of Hearing adult who learned ASL and joined various Deaf communities in adulthood? If yes, you may be able to help other adults by sharing your experience.

You need to be 28 years or older and have been learning and using ASL for ten years or longer. You must have a hearing loss that happened before graduating or leaving high school. You must have been 18 or older when you began learning and using American Sign Language (ASL) and participating in Deaf communities. The interview may take between 20 minutes to two hours, and it will occur in a private room at Gallaudet University.

Your participation will be kept confidential.

(International adults are encouraged to participate, provided that American Sign Language was their first signed language learned and it was learned in adulthood.)

Participants will be given a $15 gift card for participation in the interview.

If interested please fill out a brief survey at this link: https://cindyofficer.typeform.com/to/wmIpjR

For additional information, please contact Cindy Officer at 571-350-8112 or cofficer@capellauniversity.edu

This study is being conducted by Cindy Officer, a doctoral candidate in Postsecondary and Adult Education at Capella University.

Approved by Capella University IRB and Gallaudet University IRB.

Technology breaking down barriers between deaf and hearing communities

July 7, 2015 in Technology

 

 

DesertNews – National
Mandy Morgan
July 6, 2015

When Laurence Whitworth went out to play or to school as a child, his mother couldn’t enjoy the peace of mind knowing that her son could pick up a phone and call if something was wrong.

That would have been more than just a convenience, considering Whitworth is deaf

“My mom would have to let me go and basically pray that nothing happens to me,” Whitworth recalled in an interview using Google Chat.

Whitworth doesn’t experience that anxiety as a parent today. Whitworth and his wife Elise, who is also deaf, have two boys who can hear, and communication is the least of their challenges in the home. In fact, for the boys, ages 11 and 13, speaking into a cellphone is foreign. Texting and video messages are how they communicate with their parents most frequently.

Communication has always been key to opportunity for the deaf community. But technological advances, which have changed the way everyone communicates, and a growing popularity among college students to learn American Sign Language have removed even more obstacles to the deaf community and the hearing community connecting.
Read more  . . .Tech