Vanessa Kelly-Smith, Vice President, Technology Division at Goldman Sachs, will discuss ways to make your workplace (paid or volunteer) more hearing friendly. She’ll also share actions both employees and employers can take to create and support an inclusive working environment.
Speakers to be announced.
Lawrence R. Lustig , Howard W. Smith Professor of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, will discuss a clinical trial being conducted at Columbia (with Johns Hopkins and the University of Kansas Medical Center) to regenerate hair cells through gene therapy. His colleague Justin Golub will discuss how hearing loss may be linked to other biological conditions.
Joseph J. Montano, Professor of Audiology in Clinical Otolaryngology at Weill Cornell Medicine, will moderate a panel consisting of several pairs of relationships, one with hearing loss, one with normal hearing: adult with older adult parent, siblings, friends.
A panel of experts provide a hearing-accessible guide to New York culture. Speakers include Gregory Farber of Soundprint (a restaurant app), Kyle Wright of the Shubert Organization to introduce GalaPro (an app that provides on-demand captioning at live theater), and HLAA members Ruth Bernstein and Holly Cohen to present accessibility options at shows, movies, museums and more.
Speaker Barbara Kelley, Executive Director of HLAA, will talk about initiatives and advocacy in the national office. For those who can't get to Convention, this is a rare opportunity to meet Barbara in person. Learn how the National office works, and let Barbara know what we as a chapter can contribute.
(Please note that this is the 4th Tuesday of the month. All other meetings will be on the 3rd Tuesday)
Members are invited to join us in reviewing the year's events and planning for the coming year, including the election of new board members. We will also present our annual student awards at this event, and we will honor community members for their work on behalf of people with hearing loss.
Kelly Tremblay, Ph.D., an auditory neuroscientist, professor in the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington, and HLAA Board Member, will discuss the role of the brain in hearing, and how auditory rehabilitation strengthens that brain function. She will also introduce IHearU, an interactive app for measuring restaurant noise, which she is developing and expanding with the help of an NIH grant.
Socializing and refreshments will take place 5:30-6 PM.
Speakers Holly Cohen and Nancy Williams lead an interactive session on stigma in family, social, and workplace environments. They will also discuss internal stigma that may interfere with an active life as a person with hearing loss.
Arrive at 5:30 for snacks and socializing. Doors remain open 6-8pm.
This year's technology meeting will focus on the many ways people with hearing loss can benefit from smartphones. Bill Schiffmiller, a former Accessibility Advocate at Apple whose company, AKOIO, provides consulting services to corporations on accessibility, will discuss new technologies that further integrate hearing aids and smartphones.
Former New York City Police Office Daniel Carione discusses his four-year legal battle to change the NYPD's policy on hearing aids. Dan's attorney, Colleen Meenan of Meenan & Associates, will join us for a Q & A after the presentation.
Doors open at 5:30 for snacks and socializing
Former New York City Police Office Daniel Carione discusses his four-year legal battle to change the NYPD's policy on hearing aids.