Well, Houston HLA www.hearingloss-houston.org is off to a great start for 2009. We moved to another venue and changed the time. As a result of this dynamic change, we had a tremendous increase in visitors and guests at our February meeting.
It was even more exciting when we outgrew our meeting room at our new location, the first time out meeting there!
All in all, the February meeting was very interesting. For our February program, we had a panel of people who were related to someone with hearing loss. Teri Wathen was the moderator. Teri asked various questions to the different members of the panel — most questions were related to “what is life like living with a person who is hard of hearing?’ The responses were varied, as their own experiences were unique. Thus, the different insight was helpful to the audience, because their is no one solution to dealing with hearing loss and communicating with those that are hard of hearing. Some comments made us laugh, others made us think and then some comments made us realize we had been throught the same experiences. All in all, it was a great program. Afterwards, we had time to visit and socialize with current members and visit with new prospective members.
Houston Hla members have also been working real hard to put on an awesome education workshop on March 7, 2009 called “Do you hear what I hear.” Jesse Petty spearheaded this workshop and it will include a welcome by Mayor Bill White and include 2 programs by renown hard of hearing speaker and actress, Gael Hannan. It will also include other various workshops related to hearing loss during the morning and afternoon.
In addition, the workshop will have free hearing screenings and vendors will be on site as well.
Most importanly, this workshop is free!!!!!!!! Register and RSVP online and you will receive a free lunch at www.stlukesmethodist.org/hearing
This workshop will be at St.Luke’s United Methodist church at 3471 Westheimer at Edloe Hn. Tx. 77027
We also have some other exciting programs for the Spring, so come check out our meetings the second saturday of the month at 930 am at ST.Luk’es.
March: “Dare to Be Different” Presentation about a Lady and her 2 golden boys (Arabian Horses) who all overcame physical disabilities to be Champions in Life and the Show Ring. Furthermore, Susanna shares how ALD’s help her compete in the show ring. It is a motivational, inspirational and educational presentation.
April: We will have an Outstanding Presentation from a Leading Forensic Scientist, more details to come.
May: Another insightful Presentation from a Lady who will teach us awesome lipreading skills.
June: We will takE off for the National HLAA Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
By the way, hearing people are more than welcome to attend our meetings. The more people we share hearing loss with, the better off we all are!
Put us on your calendar, it will be worth your while to be a part of this organization or at least visit. We look forward to meeting you!
As always, Have a sunny day! Susanna