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April 11, 9:30 a.m. Lois Gibson, Forensic Artist, will be our featured speaker.

Hearing Loss Association of Houston (Formerly SHHH Houston Chapter) PO Box 572091 Houston TX 77257-2091 Website!!: (Be sure to type the dash between loss and Houston) Note: The site is now the ONLY Authorized HLA Houston website and has no advertising Pop-ups. Best viewed with Internet Explorer Browser.

We are an affiliate of Hearing Loss Association of America based in Bethesda, Maryland.Website: CHAPTER OFFICERS Co-Presidents: Teri Wathen: and Susanna Dussling: Vice President: Jesse Pettey, Secretary: TBA Treasurer: Allan Ofield: Newsletter Editor: Mary Honomichl:

April, 2009

Lois Gibson is recorded in The Guinness Book of World Records as "The World's Most Successful Forensic Artist." Her sketches have helped law enforcement bring in over 1,062 criminals. Her neardeath experience as the victim of a serial rapist/killer fuels her passion for catching criminals. She has received numerous awards for stopping violent offenders and getting justice for innocent victims. Lois lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and two children. Her book, Faces of Evil was coauthored with renowned writer Deanie Francis Mills. In her spare time, Lois loves to do watercolors of scenery and portraits of her family. Here is what our co-president, Teri Wathen, has to say about our speaker for April 11. "I have heard Lois Gibson speak several times and every time she delivers a fantastic story. Lois is a dynamic speaker keeping the audience spellbound. She is recorded in The Guinness Book of World Records as "The World's Most Successful Forensic Artist." Her sketches have helped law enforcement bring in over 1,062 criminals. But in the beginning, it wasn't easy for Lois. She had to convince the Houston Police Department to hire her. Come hear her story! In the meantime, you can read more about her at"

Volume 10, Number 3

HLAA (formerly SHHH) is the largest consumer organization dedicated to the well being of people with hearing loss. We believe people can help one another, be helped, and participate successfully in society. Our primary purpose is to educate ourselves and those around us about the causes, nature and complications of hearing loss and what can be done to help. To join the local chapter, please write us at the above address or come to one of our monthly meetings. Our meetings have the following facilities available to attendees: Real Time Captioner and Induction Loop System.

We are moving the meeting place as we already ran out of room! We will now meet at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Room R23. The address is 3471 Westheimer at Edloe, Houston, TX 77027

Please bring a brunch item to share if you can. ____________________________________________ Don’t forget the PIP meetings on the FIRST Tuesday of every month except for November election dates, at Woodhaven Church for the Deaf at 9920 Long Point Road, 7:30 pm. April 7 will feature the Red Light Camera Enforcement system. Hosted by Officer James Sobota, TDD# 713-308-9071, voice# 713-308-9079, Fax # 713-308-9073. Email: . Interpeter AND captioning provided. April 25-Cochlear Implant Group meeting-See flyer on page 3. 11:00 AM at St. Luke’s, Room R23. May 9, 2009: 9:30 AM-Monthly meeting at St. Luke’s Center.


The Workshop! We had a fabulous and awesome workhop on March 7th! If you missed it then watch for a reprise next year! Gael Hannan was in top form with her skits, some of which were new material (to this editor). The presenters were top-notch in their fields. Many thanks to all who helped with the event including Jesse Pettey, Teri Wathen, Alan Ofield and all the staff at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church! June 2009-NO Monthly meeting as June will see many of us at the HLAA national convention in Nashville, TN!! Your local chapter is pleased to announce that CoPresident Susanna Dussling was selected as the official chapter delegate to the convention.

Saturday, November 7, 2009-4th Annual Walk4hearing at Tom Bass Park Section 3. Save the Date! More news coming soon!

Your Board of Directors has been trying out online chats from the HLAA national website for the board meetings instead of meeting in person. So far they are working quite well. Let’s think of more ways we can ‘go green’!

Reminder! Our newsletter subscriptions run from January 1 to December 31 per Calendar year. Please help us keep up to date and make your payment today! This helps us to do more outreach. Please fill out the registration on page 7. Also, be sure to let us know if you would like to be on the chapter email list at yahoogroups so we can update you on any events that occur between meetings. Thank you!

News from the HLAA National office! Welcome, veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. To show our support to the many service men and women returning from these recent conflicts with hearing loss, we are offering a free registration to the convention as well as a complimentary one-year membership. Email Nancy Macklin for more information about registering. And, learn more about HLAA's partnership with the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at RIT to address the educational needs of veterans of these conflicts. Visit our new Veteran's page for more information. Note: If you are a younger person & the cost of attending the national convention is an issue for you, there is help. Apply for the Rocky Stone Scholarship. Up to January there was only one application. Go to: Click on ‘Convention’ on the left side, then on next screen, click on “Rocky Stone Scholarships to Nashville” for more information.


New! Cochlear Club meeting Place Starting April 25th, July 25th and October 24th 2009 Saturday at 11 A.M Where: St. Luke's United Methodist Church Directions: 3471 Westheimer at Edloe, Room: R23 Houston, Texas 77027

For more info contact: Lois Johnson - 713-835-9589 Maurice Wilson -


See what the Hearing Loss Association of America is doing for you! This Month in Bethesda-February 2009 - From ED Brenda Battat •Outreach

to veterans is a brand new page on the national web site to welcome veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OED) to HLAA. Click the flag in the lower right corner of the home page at We will add material regularly and feature veterans on the page. Watch for the first feature soon on Mark Brogan, Captain US Army (retired). We hope Mark will be in Nashville and speak at the Opening Session of the Convention. We welcomed all past board members to the board meeting in Bethesda February 20-22. A draft of an HLAA Program Framework 2009-2010 including vision, challenges, goals, and action plan was presented to the EC for recommendation to the board at the February meeting. It received unanimous approval.

will be signing on to a document together with Telecommunications for the Deaf Inc. (TDI), Association of Late Deafened Adults (ALDA), National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network (DHHCAN), California Coalition of Agencies Serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCASDHH), and the American Association of Deaf-Blind (AADB) in response to the FCC's requests for comments on Closed Captioning Requirements for DTV. HLAA will post that document on the HLAA website.


* HLAA partners with CSD on the DTV Transition Call center that went live this week. HLAA front desk staff is trained to answer requests and field calls. We will have an ad on our website and a place on the website for this information. This education effort will end will end in four months. support is being provided to chapters planning walks via emails, and phone conferences. There is ongoing design work on the new Walk4Hearing brochure and new program materials with the new logo. We are working intensely to engage sponsors for the walk and the convention. This is a tough year and we are working doubly hard.


* We continue the ongoing work on the content and redesigning of the HLAA website. * Staff visited the National Capital Area Walk4Hearing site, the Tidal Basin, in Washington, DC. We received a permit so all systems are go for this fantastic site for the October 17, 2009 Walk4Hearing. We gave input, and signed on, to a letter from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance (DHHA) to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Harry Reid regarding the Economic Stimulus Package. The letter targeted job creation; research; prevention and wellness; education technology; special education; vocational rehabilitation; school construction; and broadband technology. •

* Weekly, we process new members, renewals, credit card payments, mail and inquiries. We reviewed and revised the process for acknowledging donations. There is ongoing work to revise/ & rewrite content for the website. • We are planning an event in Philadelphia with Congressman Allyson Schwartz to support the Hearing Aid Tax Credit bill.

Staff returned from the HAT (Hearing Assistive Technology) training, funded by the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) grant in San Diego. Excellent presentations were made by Matte Bakke, Gallaudet University, and others. Participants (17 in addition to presenters) included the California State Association president, chapter leaders, and local HLAA members. Staff thought it was highly successful.


CAPTIONED ENTERTAINMENT AMC Studio 30, Dunvale @ Westheimer Open Captioned: Not available at press time Check to find titles and dates of OC and CC movies at AMC theatres. AMC Studio 30, Willowbrook AMC 24, Deerbrook 24, Katy Mills 20, Gulf Pointe 30, First Colony 24 also have Rear Window Captioning. Be sure to request the closed captioned show when you buy tickets. For listing of movie times check the Houston Chronicle AMC listings or the AMC website. Open captioned movies are shown as ‘OC and the Rear Window captioned movies are ‘CC” in very fine print.

Deerbrook 24: Hotel for Dogs-2/23 to 2/26 Gulf Pointe 30: Paul Blart:Mall Cop-2/23 to 2/26 Katy Mills 20- Taken-2/23 to 2/26 First Colony 24– not announced Willowbrook 24– He’s Just Not That Into You-2/23 to 2/26 AMC Studio 30- not announced Edwards Greenway Palace 24 , 3839 Weslayan, have also been showing OPEN captioned movies. They are showing the ‘OC’ in front of the movie that is captioned, so check and input ‘Houston’ in the search field, or the daily newspaper for movie dates & times. You may link to the open captioned movies in Texas at : wtimes.aspx#TX Race to Witch Mountain-3/27 to 3/30 Duplicity-3/31 to 4/2

Another source of captioned movie listings is You will need to input your zip code. IMAX @ Museum of Natural History-Rear Window Captioning- Anytime –Ask for the device at the door. Not all films are captioned so please ask before you buy tickets. Alley Theatre-615 Texas Avenue, For tickets to the Alley Theatre call the Box office at 713 228-8421 (voice) through Relay Texas. -Click on “Education and Community” on top bar, then click on “Programs for the Audience” then on “Access Services”. **Discounted tickets are available from Illuminations Arts: (713) 529-6910 Voice/FAX (813) 529-6909 TTY**. The last Sunday of every performance is usually captioned. Toyota Center: For non-Rockets events, captioning requests should go through Guest Services @ 713-7587230. They will make arrangements for seating and accommodations for the captioner. Thanks to Susan Henley of Allied Advanced Reporting for this information!

Broadway Series-see houston for shows at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Only one show of each performance is captioned. The TDD# for tickets is 800-755-6244, or phone (713) 6273570. Be sure to request tickets in the best spot to read the captioning. (Note: According to the website the first Saturday matinee performance and the second Sunday evening performance of each show are captioned. Please confirm this when you call to request tickets).

Theatre Under the Stars: Check for details and ticket information. Single tickets are available at 713-558-8887 or online, or at the TUTS box office, M-F 9am-6 pm; Sat.-Sun 11am-4 pm. A.D. Players -Captioned Plays: ( ) Call the box office at 713-526-2721. 2719 West Alabama. Be sure you request a seat with the best view of the captioning bar. New Venue!!! Houston Family Arts Center at Barker Cypress and 290 plans to caption all its plays. The center, also known as Berry Center, is located at 8877 Barker Cypress, Cypress, TX 77433 . The website and tickets can be found at: **********************************************

Upcoming Captioned Events at Miller Theatre We received some dates for plays out at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Looks like a good group of events. Just want you all to know the dates, and if anyone doesn't know, these are all free events. Please check in with me to find out how to get seats in the "captioned" section. Fri, April 17, 8:00 pm, HITS theatre: Disney"s Beauty and the Beast Fri, May 1, 8:00 pm, Boniuk Center: The Gold Fri, June 5, 7:30 pm, Stages: Pinocchio 3.5 Fri, July 10, 8:15 pm, TUTS: 42nd Street Fri, July 31, 8:30 pm, Houston Shakespeare Festival: Twelfth Night Fri, August 7, 8:30 pm, Houston Shakespeare Festival: Pericles Sat, August 15, 8:00 pm, Ensemble Theatre: The Wiz Fri, August 28, 8:00 pm, Ebony Opera Guild: The Marriage of Figaro Marie Bryant, RPR, RMR, CRR, CCP Level V CART Provider The Captioning Company P. O. Box 441179 Houston, TX 77244-1179 (cell) 281-684-8973 (fax) 281-347-2881


STAP The Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP) was devised to assist individuals with disabilities to obtain a specialized telecommunications device or services to facilitate access to the telephone system. STAP provides a voucher to eligible individuals that may be exchanged for specialized telephone equipment or services. Communication Axess Ability Group provides an equipment demonstration room conveniently located at our North Loop office. You may schedule an appointment by calling 713.807.1176 or you may e-mail the STAP Specialist, Chris Conway, at .

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4654 Hwy 6 N, Ste. 201 Houston, TX 77084

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HOH Communication Axess Ability Group proudly offers Hard of Hearing Services (HOH) through a grant from the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) - - Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. The basis for HOH is to eliminate communication barriers and to facilitate communication access through projects to expand or otherwise improve the provision of service to individuals who are hard of hearing, late deafened or oral deaf. To schedule a speaking engagement, seminar or conference, call 713.807.1176 or e-mail the Houston coordinator, Teri Wathen, at .


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Hearing Loss Association of Houston

HLAA MEMBERSHIP Hearing Loss Association of America, (formerly SHHH Self Help for Hard of Hearing People Inc.), is a national organization headquartered in Bethesda, MD. You are invited to join the national organization. HLAA dues, payable annually in the month of joining, are $25 a year and include a subscription to the bi-monthly, award winning Hearing Loss Journal, which is always filled with interesting and pertinent articles on hearing loss. Renewals of National membership dues are billed directly by National HLAA.

(formerly SHHH Houston Chapter) HLA Houston Chapter is an affiliate of Hearing Loss Association of America. Please remember that making a donation to the Houston chapter does NOT automatically make you a member of HLAA. We encourage you to join both so you may receive maximum benefit from your membership. Membership donations are $12 per year for individuals, or $20 per year for a family, which includes a subscription to the monthly newsletter. Date____________________







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State___________________Zip____________________ Email:_________________________________________ Annual Dues: Individual/Couple/Family $35 __________________ Student $20 ________________________ Professional $50 _________________________ Non-Profit Org & Libraries $50 _________________ Corporate $100 ________________________ Make Check Payable to “HLAA” and Mail to: Hearing Loss Association of America 7910 Woodmont Ave., Suite 1200 Bethesda, MD 20814 Or you may join online by credit card at : +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

The Chuckle Corner-(you think he has a hearing loss??) Paddy was in New York…... He was patiently waiting and watching the traffic cop on a busy street crossing. The cop stopped the flow of traffic and shouted, "Okay, pedestrians.." Then he'd allow the traffic to pass. He'd done this several times, and Paddy still stood on the sidewalk. After the cop had shouted, "Pedestrians!" for the tenth time, Paddy went over to him and said, "Is it not about time ye let the Catholics across?"

****************************************** Go Green! We have a number of members who receive our newsletter via email. If you would like to receive it in email please email the editor at with your email address.

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E-Mail Address:________________________________ Would you like your Email address added to the chapter group list on Yahoo Groups? Yes or No Would you prefer an email newsletter in place of the paper copy? Yes or No Would you like to include your above personal information in the membership directory? Yes or No HLA Houston Membership – includes newsletter subscription: Individual ($12) $______________ or Family ($20) $_____________ National’s Founder’s Day contribution (voluntary) $_________________ Additional Tax Deductible Local contribution – helps pay the newsletter and outreach expenses (voluntary) $________________ Total enclosed $________________

Make checks payable to: HLA Houston Chapter and mail to:

PO Box 572091 Houston, TX 77257-2091

Reminder: We welcome your donations in memory of , or in honor of, a loved one, or to commemorate any life event.


Calendar: April 7, PIP meeting at Woodhaven April 11, 9:30 AM-Chapter meeting. Program given by Lois Gibson, forensic artist April 25, 11 a.m. Cochlear Group Meeting May 9, 2009-9:30 a.m-Chapter Meeting Reminder!! NO meeting in June! See you in Nashville!

HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF HOUSTON CHAPTER MEETS ON SECOND SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH, except for June and December, at 9:30 AM., At ST. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer at Edloe, Houston, TX 77027. Room R23. Park behind the church and walk through the fenced garden. We will try to have a sign pointing the way.

HLA of HOUSTON CHAPTER PO BOX 572091 HOUSTON TX 77257-2091 VOLUME 10 NUMBER 4 April 2009

April 2009 Newsletter  

Monthly Hearing Loss Association of Houston Newsletter

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