Hear Here Hartfordis a social group for kids ages 10 to 18 who have a hearing loss. The group focuses on empowering its members. One of their slogans is “Hearing loss doesn’t define you. You define it.” They meet on a monthly basis. Each meeting has a different theme, but they all focus on ways to help members learn how to cope with their disability.
The next meeting will be on November 12, 2010. The group, the local chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of American, will be hosting Catharine McNally the founder of Keen Guides, a technology platform that features location-based video content about places of interest for travelers. McNally has been deaf since she was eight months old and grown up with cochlear implants and using Cued Speech. Cued Speech is a mode of communication using a combination of phonetics and hand signs to allow people with hearing loss to learn a spoken language. McNally is a member of the Board of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and also works with the National Cued Speech Association.
According to the flyer put out by Hear Here Hartford,
Catharine will speak about helping those with hearing loss understand the importance of having a good attitude as well as being innovative and creative with access. As a true self-advocate, she will focus on how she stood up for herself especially through her personal experiences of starting her own business in response to a lack of access.
The meeting will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Soundbridge Auditoriumlocated at 123 Progress Drive in Wethersfield, CT. For more information contact Terry Bedard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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