National Speech Reading Program

Instructor training is currently planned for six Canadian cities, including Winnipeg.  Please see the following press release for details.

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Press Release:

Ottawa – March 10, 2014 – The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) is embarking on a national program designed to help Canadians with hearing loss to improve their communication skills. This project is funded by the Government of Canada, and CHHA has received project funding for the ‘National Speechreading Program’, a three-year initiative that will train instructors to deliver communication strategy programs in communities across the country.

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Randy Rutherford at the Fringe!

Filled with laughs and radiant imagery, this show is an inspiring tale of one man’s ability to overcome adversity. An award-winning musical memoir about Rutherford’s life in 1970’s Alaska where he was living his dream when congenital hearing loss changed his world forever…

Sponsored by Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) MB Chapter with captioning provided by Word for Word.

SHOW: July 23rd at 3:15 PM – Prairie Theatre Exchange Mainstage

To learn more, visit Randy’s web site at http://www.randyrutherford.net/

Disability Claims Denied – Lenghty Waits for Appeals

In a June 12, 2014 story the Globe and Mail reports that thousands of people who have been denied disability benefits are made to wait more than a year before their appeals are heard by the federal government’s new Social Security Tribunal.  Read the full report by clicking the link below:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/thousands-awaiting-appeals-before-social-security-tribunal/article19150798/

CHHA 2014 National Conference Report by Roz Sutley

The Canadian Hard of Hearing National Conference was held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto May 22nd to May 24th this year. Thanks to the encouragement and financial support from CHHA Manitoba Chapter I was able to attend my first conference.

Feeling very much like the fabled country mouse, I packed my bags and flew off to the BIG city. Arriving in Toronto and navigating my way to the hotel on my own was just the start of my adventure. It was interesting to note that summer and construction go hand in hand no matter where you are, and having a hearing loss probably makes it much more endurable! Read more »

T9-1-1 Service is Now Available in Manitoba

WINNIPEG, Manitoba:   June 5, 2014 – MTS announced today that members of the deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or speech impaired (DHHSI) community can now communicate with 9-1-1 call centres in Manitoba using wireless text messaging through Text with 9-1-1 service (T9-1-1).

The launch of T9-1-1 in Manitoba was achieved through collaboration between the provincial Public Safety Answering Points and the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association. Visit http://www.textwith911.ca for general information about how to use T9-1-1 and service availability across Canada.

MTS wireless customers who are members of the DHHSI community must register their approved wireless devices for T9-1-1 either at http://www.mts.ca/t911 or through an MTS dealer.

Rogers cellular customers can register for T9-1-1- service at https://www.rogers.com/web/T911.portal?setLanguage=en

Click the following link to see a listing of Manitoba municipalities, towns and cities where T9-1-1- service is available:  http://textwith911.ca/static/MB-Areas.html

Hearing Screening for Manitoba New-borns

The Manitoba government is urged to speed up implementation of screening of new-born babies for hearing problems. Click the link below to read the article published May 13, 2014 by CTV News Winnipeg.

http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/calls-for-manitoba-to-speed-up-universal-hearing-screening-for-newborns-1.1819723

U of M Centre on Aging – Coming Events

Annual Research Forum:  Overcoming the challenge of rehabilitating older adults with combined vision and hearing loss – April 25, 2014 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Room 164 Apotex Centre, 750 McDermot Avenue, Bannatyne Campus.  Register by April 18th:  phone 204-474-8754, fax 204-474-9854, or email coaman@umanitoba.ca.

Annual Spring Research Symposium:  Aging around the world; Aging in a new homeland – May 5th and 6th.  Registration will be open to the public soon.  For details on times, location and to register, visit the web site at http://umanitoba.ca/centres/aging/events/384.html

MTS Discount Offer for Hard of Hearing Customers

MTS (Manitoba Telecom Services) now offers special discounts to deaf and hard-of-hearing customers on some of its Smartphone plans.   For more information about this and other accessibility-discounts click the following link:  http://www.mts.ca/mts/personal/access+for+all

Newborn Hearing Screening in Canada

A CBC on-lines news report published March 26, 2014 identifies shortcomings in newborn hearing screening in most provinces.  Click the link below to read the report.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/newborn-hearing-screening-insufficient-in-most-provinces-1.2585960

Register for T911 Service

Although T911 service is not yet available in Manitoba, you can learn about the service and preregister to ensure you have access to the service as soon as it’s implemented.

T9-1-1 (Text with 9-1-1) provides 9-1-1 call centres with the ability to communicate with a deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired person during an emergency, using wireless text messaging (SMS).

T9-1-1 is reserved exclusively for the deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired (DHHSI) community. To access T9-1-1 service, you must register your mobile number with your wireless service provider and have an eligible wireless device. Register Now.

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Coping With Hearing Loss Info Sessions

Hearing loss affects our ability to communicate effectively at home, at play, and at work.  CHHA Manitoba Chapter invites you to attend one of the following presentations at the Reh-Fit Centre, 1390 Taylor Avenue, Winnipeg to learn more about hearing loss, coping strategies, and tips for everyday living:

Tuesday May 6th or Thursday May 15th

Both presentations run from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and there is no charge to attend.  To register, call 204-488-8023 before the April 29th deadline.