It’s convention season and some of our members have just come back from the 2012 Hearing Loss Association of America convention in Providence, RI with some exciting ideas about next year’s event in Portland, OR on June 27-30, 2013. It comes in the form of a project referred to as “100Portland.”
While many young adults are interested in attending HLAA’s national convention each year, attendance by young adults has been dwindling. We all go when we’re able to get first-timer scholarships. Young adults return from their first convention excited about making new friends and learning a lot about the advocacy efforts of young adults across the nation. We keep in touch online to brainstorm ideas, but there is only so far social media can go. If we’re ever going to make real lasting change, it’s important that young adult leaders are able to meet and organize in person at least once a year. We would love to be a continuous part of the young adult movement within the national HLA organization, but we often don’t have the funds to attend another convention after the initial trip covered by scholarships. That’s why this year we’re starting to plan early.
Hard of hearing and deaf young adults from around the country have declared that we WILL make our presence known by getting 100 young adults to the HLAA 2013 convention in Portland. This initiative is being referred to as #100Portland. Planning has officially begun as we gather information on transportation, lodging, entertainment and more. If you are a hard of hearing young adult between the ages of 18 and 35 we want you to JOIN US!
Scholarships will be available for first-time attendees. Please check out the 100Portland Facebook group for more information and find out how you can help make our goal of 100 young adults at HLAA 2013 a reality.
For more information on the convention and how to apply for a scholarship please visit the convention page at http://www.hearingloss.org/content/convention.
Please use hashtag #100Portland on twitter and other social media platforms to help spread the word.
We’ll see YOU in Portland!
HEAR YA NOW began as an HLAA Walk4Hearing team of over 40 young adults at the Long Beach, CA Walk in November 2009. Now, we’re a virtual community with over 240 members (and we are constantly growing!). Our members represent various points in the hearing spectrum and we communicate using speech, sign language, cued speech, and with or without auditory assistance.
The Walk4Hearing supports the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), which provides advocacy, education, and support for people with hearing loss on a national level. 50% of funds go to this organization, 40% goes to us, and 10% goes to sponsors.
Our percentage supports our members 100%. We use our funds to provide scholarships for our members to attend future national hearing loss and deaf conventions and support access at these events. Conventions are places where young adults can network, learn about new technologies and resources, present workshops, serve on panels, and develop a strong support base with other deaf and hard of hearing young adults in the US and elsewhere. We want to encourage young adults to develop an interest and participate in issues and occupations that address the communicative, social, technological, legislative, and personal needs of people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
If you are interested in donating to our team, please click this link. All supporters who make financial contributions will be listed on our Supporters page by June 3, 2012.
This year’s Walk4Hearing will be held at the Long Beach Marina on June 3, 2012. The Walk registration begins at 9:00AM. There will be refreshments, booths, and captioning. To find out more, visit this page. If you are interested in joining our team on the day of the Walk, please contact us at email@example.com.
Are you interested in sharing the story of your hearing loss experience?
Words and pictures have the power to move people and I want to create a photo-book/monograph that will present photographs and stories of individuals of varying ages, ethnicities and genders and their challenges of living with a hearing loss. This will be my contribution to positive and lasting change for those of us in the hearing loss community. The general public doesn’t have a full understanding of the issues faced by this diverse group of people. It is my hope that this photo-book will create a greater awareness on issues of hearing loss stigma, social, educational and financial impact. The monograph will empower people through exchange of knowledge, encouragement and shared experiences.
If you are interested in taking part in this project to create change and to share your story, shoot me an email to request more information. Please feel free to email me, Marisa Sarto at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my website www.marisasarto.com for more information.