2017 National Conference

The  2017 CHHA National Conference “Hear by the Sea” takes place in beautiful Sidney, BC from May 25-27, 2017. We will also be celebrating our 35th Anniversary!

Visit CHHA National for details and to register:  CHHA National Conference 2017

Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities Project

CHHA, in partnership with 18 other disability organizations, has officially launched its Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities Project.   This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program – Disability component.  The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) is spearheading the project to conduct consultations and forums to give those with invisible disabilities a voice and an opportunity to contribute to Canada’s planned accessibility legislation. Read more »

“Listening” Requirement for Nfld. High School English Exam

Hard of hearing high-school students in Newfoundland and Labrador are now required to complete a “listening” component of their final English exam.  Although this requirement had been eliminated several years ago, it is in place again.  One student, Jordan Hollahan said “I was shocked because several years it got taken off. It was done. It was not on the English 3201 exam at all. Then last year they brought it back.”

In the past, hard of hearing students like Hollahan could opt out of the listening portion without prejudice. Then the department of education brought it back and the listening portion is worth 10 per cent of the final grade.  View the entire CBC story at cbc news story about Newfoundland & Labrador Highschool Exam

Do We RECYCLE Hearing Aids?

Yes!! Hearing aids can be recycled!

We have received a few inquiries about recycling hearing aids and yes we do accept them. CHHA Manitoba Chapter has been partnering with The Lion’s Hearing Foundation of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario to recycle used hearing aids.  The foundation of is a non-profit organization that provides hearing related services to both children and adults.  They help those requiring specialized surgery or hearing aids.  The Lion’s Hearing Foundation believes everyone has a right to effective communication.  They have an Education and Resource Center that focuses on providing information, education, support groups, and counseling for families of children with hearing loss.

When the CHHA Manitoba Chapter Board members saw the mini-collection boxes that the Lion’s Foundation distributes to collect used hearing aids, we were inspired by their program.  We know the cost of hearing aids is high and can be out of reach for some people.  We feel that partnering with the Lions Hearing Foundation is a good fit for our organization.

Lions Hearing Aid Recycling Program Donation Box

Our Board has offered to help place the collection boxes in public locations. Presently we have a box at our office at the SMD Clearinghouse, one at the Winnipeg Hearing Centre on Henderson Hwy, and Jo-Anne Jones, one of our speech reading instructors, brings a box with her to her classes.
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Annual General Meeting

Our chapter will hold its annual general meeting on May 11th.  The business portion of the meeting will be brief, followed by a presentation by speech language pathologist Janelle Kent.  Coffee, tea and goodies follow the meeting giving members and guests an opportunity to socialize.  Free parking available in the lot across the land from the SMD building – be sure to sign in at the reception desk. And don’t forget – bring along your old hearing aids so we can help recycle them to someone in need.  Click on this link to see the meeting poster: CHHA Manitoba AGM 2017 Poster

SMD Offering Free Tax Clinic Throughout April

Are you a person living with a disability?  Need a hand to prepare your tax return?  The Society for Manitobans With Disabilities (SMD) is offering a free tax clinic Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout April.  The clinic takes place at 825 Sherbrook Street in room 204.  You must book an appointment to attend.  Call 204-975-3037 or email FinLit@smd.mb.ca

Word Search Puzzle Answers

The February 2017 newsletter included a word search puzzle.  Click here to see the solution: February 2017 Word Search Puzzle Answers

 

Introducing Manitoba 211 Service

Manitoba’s new 211 service is a province-wide online service to help Manitobans find the help they need from government and community-based health and social services.  The service was developed through a partnership between United Way Winnipeg and Volunteer Manitoba, and also includes all Manitoba United Ways as stakeholders.  The second phase will extend the service to include telephone, text and/or chat capability.  Here’s a link to the new service: 211 Manitoba

 

ASL Interpreters and Captioning Available at Some Entertainment Events

The Winnipeg Free Press feature  story Open to Interpretation – Lyrical Expression published February 4, 2017 explains a new entertainment trend which includes ASL (American sign language) interpreters at concerts so that deaf patrons can enjoy the event.  The story also includes information about the program offered at the MTS Centre to provide captioning services to the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities via mobile devices.  Requests for closed captioning at the Centre can be made on their website at MTS Centre or by phoning the True North office at 204-987-7825.  You can read the entire article on the Free Press website at:  Winnipeg Free Press – ASL at music concerts

See Your Doctor About Earwax Problems

It’s tempting to dig away at earwax with cotton swabs, bobby pins or other tools.  But it takes a medical professional to properly assess problems with earwax and safely remove it.  The following report published by CBC explains why

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/earwax-1.3920532