I discuss two ways you might participate in activities that will introduce you to others with hearing loss, and promote some good endeavors.
Here's info about the New York Walk:
Through the annual Walk4Hearing, HLAA has been able to bring together a wide range of groups including parents of children with hearing loss, aging baby boomers, young adults, veterans with hearing loss, and hearing loss professionals. Thousands of walkers participate, including families, friends, co-workers, educators, physicians, audiologists, students, and business leaders. Significant strides have been made to improve the lives of those impacted by hearing loss, but there’s much more to be done. You can help spread the word about the challenges of hearing loss and help our organization at the same time. Details:
When: Sunday, September 29, 2013
9am – Check-in
Where: Riverside Park
West 97th Street and Riverside Drive, NYC
Details: 5K route starts and ends at W. 97th St. Event features children’s entertainment, snacks, giveaways, free hearing screenings, prizes, state-of-the-art hearing technology, including Walk announcements delivered via CART and with captions to smartphones.
Pre-register at www.walk4hearing.org. Walk teams and individual walkers are welcome. Same-day registration is also available.
Why: The Walk4Hearing was created in 2006 by HLAA to raise awareness about hearing loss as a public health concern and to eradicate the stigma associated with it. More than 1,500 New Yorkers will walk and fundraise so that people of all ages—from babies to seniors—can get the programs, support and services they need to meet the challenges of hearing loss.
About HLAA: The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation’s leading consumer membership and advocacy group for the 48 million Americans challenged by hearing loss. Each year, Walks in major cities support HLAA’s educational programs and services, and critical national and local advocacy work. This is the sixth NYC Walk4Hearing presented by HLAA’s Manhattan Chapter. The event attracts walkers and alliance teams from the five boroughs and Metro Area. Alliance partners raise money for the Walk by forming Walk teams and soliciting support. They keep a portion of the total amount their teams raise for their own programs.
HLAA Walk contacts: Suzanne D’Amicofirstname.lastname@example.org/347-731-1883
Here's info from the National organization:
The Hearing Loss Association of America’s (HLAA) Walk4Hearing is the largest program of its kind in the country. Every spring and fall thousands of walkers - children and their families, young adults, young at heart, and everyone in between - form teams and walk in their communities to increase public awareness about hearing loss, help eradicate the stigma associated with it and raise funds for programs and services. HLAA depends on generous volunteers to raise funds, generate enthusiasm and awareness at each of the Walk4Hearing sites.
Since its inception in 2006, over 35,000 walkers have stepped up and the Walk4Hearing has raised more than $7 million. Money raised from the Walk4Hearing is shared between the local Walk sites and the HLAA national organization. Examples of how funds are used include:
National Programs and Services
· Provide timely and reliable information about hearing loss through HLAA’s website, Hearing Loss Magazine, HLAA e-News, the Hearing Loss Support Specialist Training, message boards/chat forums and annual conventions
· Advocacy at the national level to affect legislation that impacts people with hearing loss, whether it’s funding for hearing aids, cochlear implants, communication access in public places or other important issues
· A nationwide network of chapters and state organizations providing peer support
· Support for parents of children with hearing loss at www.kidsandhearingloss.org
· Outreach to veterans returning with hearing loss
· Social networking site for young adults with hearing loss at www.hearinglossnation.org
Local Programs and Services
· Captioning and hearing assistive technology at HLAA chapter meetings to make them accessible
· Scholarships toward college tuition for students with hearing loss
· Funding for hearing aids and devices for people who cannot afford them
· Installation of hearing assistive technology in public places, such as community rooms and public libraries
· Captioning of live theater productions
· Seminars on coping with hearing loss for families
We're excited to announce that Lost and Sound, our documentary about music and deafness, is now being released to the public on DVD, and you can buy copies and some very special gifts here, for the next 30 days:
This website – Indiegogo – is a 'crowd-funding' site, which enables you to support independent projects like Lost and Sound, while also buying the items you want. By ordering DVDs here now, or special gifts that have been donated by our wonderful supporters including film director Ken Loach and band Blur, not only do you get your copies of the film but you also help to support its final release, and you help make it possible for many more people to engage with Lost and Sound's ideas about deafness and music. We're raising funds to pay for the final release costs for the film (as we made it on a very small budget), so any donations and orders will go a long way in making Lost and Sound's distribution possible.
We need to reach our total of £9,700 by the first week of September, so if you'd like to buy DVDs / downloads / gifts, or donate to the campaign, now is the time! And the sooner you do so, the sooner you help show that there's support for the film and our fundraising efforts. It all really helps in ensuring we can release the film fully.
Hopefully you'll find the price for DVDs agreeable – at £20 GBP (or $30 USD), it reflects the fact that the film is independently made, so it costs a little more than larger commercial films might. The DVD comes in a beautifully designed case, with subtitles available throughout, and if we raise more than our fundraising target the DVD will also feature extra short videos about the scientific info and medical advice that went into making the film.
To order your DVDs, or to make a donation, click the pink Contribute link on the website, and select which 'perk' you'd like (i.e. DVD, digital download, one of our special gifts) by clicking on it. Then you'll see a page summarising what you've chosen, and a pink Go to PayPal button – click this, and you’ll be redirected to PayPal’s site, where you can pay with your credit card OR PayPal account. Please note that you don't need to have a PayPal account, and you can just pay with your credit or debit card, as you choose. You can either enter your PayPal account information to login in, or choose the credit/debit card option underneath, in blue letters. And just so you know, the name of the film's production company is Animal Monday – so that's who your payment will go to.
Finally, once you've placed your order you'll see Facebook, Twitter and Email buttons – please do click these, as they enable you to quickly and easily share Lost and Sound's campaign with your friends, family and colleagues. And please do forward this info to anyone you think would be interested!
Thanks so much again for your support in getting Lost and Sound out into the world at last. We can't wait to be able to show the film far and wide.