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Hearing Loss Association of America
February 22, 2011

As a professional learning to live in a hearing world, I have spent all of my life quietly struggling to lip-read my family members, teachers, employers and friends. Having been born with a severe hearing loss in both ears, my parents began working early on with educators and administrators to enable me to move out of the special education classroom and into the main-streamed classrooms with other hearing students. Hence began a life of sitting in the front row to lip-read, speech and language classes, after learning to speak at the U of Illinois at 3 1/2 years of age. The Hearing Loss Assn. of America provides advocacy, education, training, support for parents and family members, and educators to let more little children make enormous strides to live, and someday, work in a hearing world. They provide the life-changing keys to success for America's children. As a volunteer, giving back to my community, I have gone into classrooms and worked with students, parents, and teachers to share HLAA-learned skills and support in Maryland and Idaho. As a professional accountant, I have volunteered in work places to teach employers the skills needed to work with the deaf and hard of hearing. HLAA is ready to take America into the next century!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The impact of HLAA has been simply moving. My experiences with HLAA began in 1988, by a visit to Frederick, Maryland's local chapter whose volunteers welcomed a profoundly hard of hearing person to his first life changing meeting. I spent an exhilarating hour learning how HLAA provides support for individuals with counseling, guidance, education, and hearing loss skills training. The skills they began teaching me in 1988 are used by me each and every day.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Allow knowledge of HLAA to reach every corner of our vast country. Its quiet support for the large numbers of America's citizens with hearin loss and its work with other community support organizations, like Lions Club International, should be heard from sea to shining sea. The more that this organization is known, the more skills that we will all have access to for dealing with the most invisible of challenges, that of hearing loss.

More feedback

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Enable HLAA to have chapters in all 50 states and territories in a number sufficient to allow people with hearing loss to be assisted by their volunteers and staff where ever they live and work.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It taught me that I was not alone with my invisible hearing loss handicap. They taught me skills for use at home, work and at play. More importantly, the skills they teach and their support systems are instrumental to my enjoyment of the challenges and joys of living in America today. I can freely help others, not as fortunate as myself, with life changing skills.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like a new person with a voice, a part to play in life, and that one person can truly make a significant impact in today's busy and ever-changing world. My sincere thanks to the beautiful people of HLAA.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & My efforts, in coordination with HLAA professional staff, enabled the local HLAA chapter and the local Lions Club International organization provide education to children and adults with hearing loss, essential support, counseling, coping skills, and conn.

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