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.
Welcome to our web site! The Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association developed the site to help members of Manitoba’s hard of hearing community find information to help them live successfully with hearing loss. We provide hints to help improve communication, as well as information about Meniere’s Disease, personal stories about coping with hearing loss, and many other topics of interest to hard of hearing people, as well as their friends and families. Our Access page includes a listing of Winnipeg venues with assistive listening technology, tips on dining out, and a partial listing of places of worship with assistive technology. Our pages are easy to navigate through drop-down menus, and all of our news items are archived. To your left you’ll see two short listings of links to other web sites – more links can be found by clicking on the Links button in the menu bar above.
If you encounter problems with the site, please send us a note by clicking the Contact button at the top of your screen. Thanks, enjoy your visit, and drop by often!
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.
A self-help group for people with Meniere’s Disease and other inner-ear balance disorders. Meet others with the same problems you face, share ideas and coping strategies, reduce isolation resulting from this invisible disability. Meeting supported by Note Taking service for hard-of-hearing members. For more info: Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, Manitoba Chapter: email@example.com or call 204-975-3037.
Meeting location: Room 107, Access River East, 975 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg.
This meeting features a special presentation by Access River East dietitian Betty Van on the importance of reducing sodium in the diet to help alleviate the symptoms of Meniere’s disease.
CHHA Manitoba Chapter is hosting a meeting at the Central Speech and Hearing Clinic.
Guest speaker – Kevin McNabb of Grant Park Hearing Centre
Topic – Hearing Aids Today
Note taking and sound field system provided to ensure full participation.
Spectators at pro sports games like the Super Bowl need to protect their ears while enjoying the action, Canadian experts say. Read the story on CBC’s news web site at http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/noise-at-pro-sports-games-can-cause-long-term-hearing-loss-1.2519252
MTS has provided CHHA Manitoba Chapter with an update on work in Canada to deliver text with 911 service. Here’s what they say:
“Canadian wireless providers are closer to implementing Text with 9-1-1 (T9-1-1) service for the deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or speech impaired (DHHSI) community in Canada. As this province’s leading telecommunications provider, MTS has completed all of the required network upgrades to bring T9-1-1 to Manitoba. T9-1-1 service will be made available to the DHHSI community only after 9-1-1 call centres upgrade their technology and procedures to allow for text messaging. As a result, T9-1-1 will be introduced in different locations across Canada during different time periods over the next few years.”
For detailed information and updates visit www.Textwith911.ca.
The University of Manitoba Centre on Aging will hold its annual Spring Research Symposium May 5th to 6th, 2014. The focus this year will be on global aging, and will integrate presentations with workshops. More information will follow on their web site at http://umanitoba.ca/centres/aging/ On November 8, 2013 the Centre brought people together to talk about hearing loss.
CHHA Manitoba Chapter joins John Cooke and his family in mourning the loss of Cathy Cooke who died December 18.
Cathy joined the chapter nearly 10 years ago and became a Board member in 2008. She was always full of enthusiasm and presented great ideas for chapter growth and helped develop and deliver programs for Manitoba’s hard of hearing community. In addition to serving as our secretary, Cathy also used her background in information technology to help with our web site.
Cathy first heard about CHHA when she attended the Living With Hearing Loss program. Cathy had a severe hearing loss in both ears. She said the chapter gave her a voice in the community and provided her with many contacts to cope effectively with her loss of hearing. She felt very strongly that if you have a disability you should be active in your support organization to advocate for yourself and others. As a board member, Cathy worked to reach out to the many people who still consider hearing problems something that should be hidden.
In December 2010 she was able to travel to Newfoundland to receive a cochlear implant. She subsequently gave a great deal of her time to help others as they prepared for this surgery and during their follow-up programs. In addition to her understanding of the challenges faced by those with hearing loss, Cathy’s career in information technology made her a great resource to CHHA Manitoba Chapter. As a hard of hearing person Cathy was always ready to apply her experience and knowledge to help others with hearing loss to find practical communications solutions. CHHA Manitoba Chapter will miss her.
Please see the Winnipeg Free Press obituary listings for details on the service planned for December 28.
The chapter has received many memorial donations in Cathy’s name through our on-line donation utility as well as by mail. We extend a very big thank you for your generosity and kindness in recognizing Cathy and the work she did for Manitoba’s hard of hearing community.