SUPPORT: Dedicated to helping people with hearing loss to cope and improve their quality of relationships between themselves and hearing people.
EDUCATION AND INFORMATION: Learn about hearing loss, its detection and management. Members also learn about assistive devices and systems and how they can be used to improve communication.
ACCESS: Promote a climate in which people with hearing loss can gain access to assistive listening devices in theaters, public buildings, airports and where ever people meet.
ADVOCACY: We stress advocacy, especially in the use of assistive equipment such as FM or Infra Red hearing devices, inductive loops in rooms, captioning at events in the public arena, the use of “hearing” dogs in public places and we offer workshops that our chapter will provide throughout Connecticut.
We will be putting together an “Aid for Hearing” program that will provide, through grants, hearing aids to those who cannot afford them and who do not qualify for hearing aids through Husky Insurance or their own private insurance. Medicare does not cover hearing aids. There is a real gap that needs to be filled and we are going to be there to plug the hole!
Another program will provide for an “induction loop” to be loaned to towns, libraries, schools, etc when a meeting is being held that will be attended by HOH people. We will provide the loop and all the necessary equipment, set it up before the meeting, and return after the meeting to take it down. There will be no charge for the use of the loop, only a statement that a meeting will be held which will be attended by Hard of Hearing people.
Our hope is to show the hearing community how a Hard of Hearing person can benefit tremendously from having a loop for meetings. We hope to encourage public building managers/owners to install loops on a permanent basis to make meetings more accessible for HOH people. We are hoping to meet with town officials across the state and to eventually hold several meetings throughout the state with a speaker of national recognition regarding looping in an effort to loop as many venues as possible around the State.
Please see our Hearing Loops page for more information about Hearing Loops and venues that are already looped in Connecticut.
Those are just 2 of the ideas that we are working on, but all of these programs take membership and money. We hope that you will join us and become part of the solution and not part of the group that sits back and complains about how they couldn’t hear what was being said.
We want to support “Aid for Hearing,” looping programs, captioning programs and various other assistive systems and devices that will make the world so much more accessible for those with a hearing problem.
We want to change the way the world thinks about people with hearing loss and change the way people with hearing loss think about themselves.
Other projects that are under consideration are campaigns to: (1) caption more movies at local theaters, (2) make stage plays accessible through assistive devices or captioning, and (3) revisit the issue of hearing aid insurance legislation to expand it from its current level of $1000 every 2 years only for children 12 years old and younger.
We would like very much to get your input on what you think needs to be done to make the world more accessible for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing people.
We need your help and your energy to make the various projects and programs happen.
Please don’t sit back and accept whatever may come your way. Join us, make things happen, increase the quality of your life.
Help make the world more accessible for yourself and for all D/deaf and Hard of Hearing people, NOW!!