2013 State/Chapter Development

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2013 State/Chapter Development

Times are subject to change – be sure to consult the final Convention 2013 Program and Exhibit Guide that will be in your Registration Bag.

Meeting/Workshop Schedule with Descriptions

Wednesday, June 26
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.


State Chapters Coordinators’ Meeting

Room: D139/140

Facilitators:
Judy Martin, Florida State Chapters Coordinator

Debbie Mohney, Colorado State Chapters Coordinator

Summary:
Meet and learn from these coordinators and share best practices.

6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

State Organizations’ Meeting

Room: D139/140

Facilitators:
Jeff Bonnell, Director, Georgia State Office

Elizabeth LeBarron, HLAA National States and Chapters Coordinator

Summary:
Review state organization best practices, discuss state goals and projects, and share the latest challenges and successes in the states.

Thursday, June 27
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Group Dynamics

Room: D139/140

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Presenters:
Sam Trychin, Ph.D., a psychologist in private practice, a consultant to Stairways Behavioral Health, Erie, PA

Janet Trychin, Au.D, audiologist at The Barber Center, Erie, PA

Summary:
This workshop provides information about best practices in conducting groups of people who have hearing loss and their communication partners. The workshop presents a set of guidelines, that when followed, increase the likelihood that:

  1. People who have hearing loss will understand what others in the group are saying.
  2. Every group member will have an equal opportunity to participate.
  3. All group members will have opportunity to practice effective communication behaviors.
  4. Group members will receive immediate feedback on ways of improving their communication skills.

Strategies and tactics proven effective in engaging group members and increasing their participation will also be provided.

3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Lessons from Los Angeles: Advocacy Made Easy

Room: D139/140

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Presenters:
Malik B. El-Amin, Los Angeles Chapter, CA President

Georgia Fleischer, Los Angeles Chapter, CA Advocacy Chair

Summary:
Wish the latest blockbuster were captioned at your local movie theater? Tired of missing out on important community meetings because they have no ALDs? Advocating for yourself and others with hearing loss is not as tough as you might think. Join the President and Advocacy Chair of the HLAA Los Angeles Chapter to learn how methods the chapter has used to make Los Angeles more hearing accessible can be applied within your own life and to your community.

Friday, June 28
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.


Hospital Communication Kits and Other Community Service Projects

Room: D139/140

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Presenters:
Judi Carr, Moderator, Hearing Loss Association of Washington Vice President

Kathleen To, Swedish Hospital, Seattle, WA, Linguistic Services Manager

Barbara Hunter, San Antonio Chapter, TX President

Meg Wallhagen, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco, John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence Director and Department of Physiological Nursing Professor

Karen Swezey, Former Oregon State Chapter Coordinator

Lesley Bergquist, Lane County, OR, Hospital Project Chair

Steve Wood, GO/STAY/KIT Co-Lead and Publisher

Summary:
Looking for more ways to serve your community? Panel members will discuss what they are doing in their area of expertise and how they developed those projects. Time permitting, attendees may report on service projects the local chapter participates in and may ask questions to the presenters.

As a result of the workshop attendees should be able to:

  1. Identify communication challenges in medical and other situations.
  2. Describe various solutions to the challenges.
  3. Take home samples of what is being done in other areas.

3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.


U.S. Theaters Offer Captions and Neck Loops But What Do We Do Now?

Room: D139/140

Presenters:
Dean Olson, MBA, Moderator, Hearing Loss Association of Washington Former Board Member and Albuquerque Chapter, NM Former President

John Waldo, Washington Communication Access Project (Wash-CAP) Founder

Alan R. Kutner, Esq. (retired), Hearing Loss Association of Pennsylvania Advisory Committee Member and Movie Captioning Committee Chair

Ed Ogiba, Sarasota Chapter, FL President

S. George Ghorpade, Ph.D. Adult Loss of Hearing Association (ALOHA), Tucson, AZ

Summary:
Many people with hearing loss do not attend live theater performances or movies. This seminar will introduce the reason we must take advantage of new accessibility opportunities. The seminar will cover developing self advocacy and group advocacy, skills as well as self-awareness. The payoffs are increased ownership of hearing loss issues, self-efficacy, helping society in our own, special way and increased sense of accomplishment.

As a result of the workshop attendees should be able to recite:

  1. The urgency for using neck loops and captioning equipment
  2. The challenges, approaches, thoughts and steps to take to overcome the difficulties associated with assistive listening devices
  3. The personal, emotional and psychosocial rewards of helping yourself and others new to coping with their hearing loss

Saturday, June 29
9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.


Rock Solid: What Every HLAA Leader Needs to Know
(All attendees that registered as a Delegate must attend this session.)

Room: D139/140

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Presenter:
Julie Olson, HLAA Fox Valley Chapter, WI Founder and Leader; Hearing Loss Association of Wisconsin Newsletter Editor; Hearing Loss Association of America Board of Trustees Former President

Summary:
Can you recite the HLAA Mission Statement by heart? Do you know where HLAA came from and what its underlying philosophy is? Come learn the “big picture” so that you can lead the HLAA Chapter or State organization more effectively. Attendees will come away with a greater appreciation of the vital role they play in making hearing loss an issue of national concern.

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.


Chapter Outreach Best Practices

Room: D139/140

Presenter:
Kate Driskill Kanies, Knoxville Chapter, TN President

Summary:
This discussion will focus on various outreach activities in which the Nashville Chapter has engaged over the past three years plus future projects in the planning stages. Speakers will describe strategies for identifying specific outreach goals, steps to achieving those goals, and suggestions on gaining support in local chapter communities.

As a result of the workshop attendees should be able to:

  1. Assess the need for outreach within their chapters and local communities.
  2. Describe potential community outreach activities in their local communities.
  3. List potential local stakeholders and community partners that may help achieve outreach project goals.

3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.


Publicity and Social Media

Room: D139/140

Presenter:
Betty Proctor, Chattanooga Chapter, TN Newsletter Editor

Summary:
Want to get your members charged up again? Want to recruit new (and younger) members? The answers may be right at your fingertips! Learn how to use the chapter or state organization’s newsletter and social media to help raise awareness of hearing loss in your community or state.