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Youth groups for teens with hearing loss join together for pizza and a movie

Teens with hearing loss enjoy each other's company at Hear Here Hartford meetings
Teens with hearing loss enjoy each other's company at Hear Here Hartford meetings
Belinda Harrison

Hearing loss is usually thought of as the province of the aging. Most people don’t think about the fact that it happens to children as well. While glasses are commonplace in the school setting, a typical elementary school may have one student, two at most, who have hearing aids. The isolation many of these children feel is can be substantial.

Luckily there are a few social groups out there that help these kids find a place to fit in. Hear Here Hartfordis one such group that meets monthly, having speakers and activities designed to help teens with hearing loss increase their self esteem and advocacy skills.

This area is also fortunate to have one of the premier schools in the country for children with hearing loss. The American School for the Deaf, located in West Hartford, Connecticut is an established leader in educating children who are deaf or hard of hearing. ASD also has a variety of after school programs to help students socialize and build skills.

On Wednesday December 1st the two groups will come together for a pizza and movie social. It will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the American School for the Deaf located at 139 North Main Street in West Hartford. The event will take place in the lounge located in the gym behind the Gallaudet building. Anyone interested in learning more about either of these two groups is welcome to attend. For more information or to RSVP email Heidi Forrest at:

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