Having grown up with a hearing loss and never meeting anyone who looked like me for 33 years, it was a startling revelation. It truly is an invisible existence - and there are millions more beyond the 50 million indentified with hearing loss.
I've learned how to prepare myself to cope in the workplace, hospitals, airports, hotels, family events. It's never been just about me - but about everyone in my life who wants to be able to fully communicate and particpate.
HLAA teaches us by exanple that we are not victims - but how to advocate and educate those around us. Accessible technology has been the tipping point for many of us to succeed and flourish.
I can't even imagine what my life would have looked like without HLAA. I'm grateful to everything they've done for me and all of the friendships that form my second family today.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
It needs to expand its tiny staff to accommodate all of the people out there who want more chapters, meetings, webinars, presentations, etc. They are restricted in the fact that a staff of 12 cover the entire U.S.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?