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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2014 National Conference in Toronto

Registration is now available for CHHA’s national conference taking place May 22nd to 24th at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.  For conference details and to register – http://www.chha.ca/conference/index.php

The annual general meeting will take place at the conference in addition to the many conference activities and presentations:

Notice is hereby given that the annual general meeting of the members of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) will be held at the Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front Street West, in the City of Toronto, Province of Ontario on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at 3:15 p.m., for the purpose of:

  • receiving and considering the annual report and financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2013 and the report of the auditors thereon;
  • adopting the proposed new bylaw and resolutions for the transition to the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act; and
  • transacting such further and other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment thereof.

Coping With Hearing Loss

Hearing loss affects our ability to communicate effectively at home, at play, and at work.  CHHA Manitoba Chapter invites you to attend a presentation at the Reh-Fit Centre to learn more about hearing loss, coping strategies, and tips for everyday living.  To register call 204-488-5859 before the April 29th deadline.

Manitoba Chapter AGM & Presentations

Following a brief business meeting there will be a presentation titled “What is a Loop System?”  As well, Geoff Fierce will be on hand to show his hearing ear dog, Nestle, and talk about how the dog helps him to live with hearing loss.  A loop system, sound system and note taking will be provided.  There will be a door prize, as well as coffee and cookies, and time to chat following the speakers.  Come and bring a friend!  Parking is FREE in the evening in the South lot across the lane from 825 Sherbrook Street (directly across from the Rehab hospital).  Please sign in at the front desk.

Coping With Hearing Loss

Hearing loss affects our ability to communicate effectively at home, at play, and at work.  CHHA Manitoba Chapter invites you to attend a presentation at the Reh-Fit Centre to learn more about hearing loss, coping strategies, and tips for everyday living.  To register call 204-488-5859 before the April 29th deadline.

Meniere’s Support Group

A self-help group for people with Ménière’s Disease and other inner-ear balance disorders.  This month’s meeting features a presentation on Taoist Tai Chi – a way for members to exercise safely to gain strength and improve balance.  The meeting is supported by Note Taking service for hard-of-hearing members.  For more information email menieres-group@mts.net or call 204-975-3037.

Location:  975 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg, MB – Time:  11:00 a.m. til noon

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.