Posted by: hlacentralma | February 8, 2018

Save the Dates! HLA Central MA Chapter Gatherings

Please save the following dates for our upcoming meetings:
      Saturday April 7th from 10:00 am to 12 noon
 
      Saturday May 19th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 Pm
 
      Saturday September 8th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
 
 
All meetings will be held at the Northboro Library. There will be CART ( computer aided real time captioning)
 
Stay tuned for more details as we  are in the process of contacting/confirming speakers for topics related to Cochlear Implant and Hearing Aid Technology, and Coping with Hearing Loss.
 
If you have any suggestions for topics and speakers, please email by responding to this email.
 
We are looking forward to seeing all of you!
 
HLAA Central MA’s steering Committee
 
Beth Wilson
Margaret Myatt
Gina Constantino
Gloria and Stan Radler
Tina Thompson
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Posted by: hlacentralma | February 3, 2018

New Captioning App for Android Phones

Speech2RTT® is an Android application that enables people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and non-verbal to communicate with anyone – using their Android smart phone or tablet. It works over cellular networks and for Wi-Fi calling.

Speech2RTT® captions and then streams the text of what is being said, in real-time, between individuals. If a user cannot speak, or opts not to speak, they can type what they want to say in real-time.

Speech2RTT® accommodates users in 96 countries speaking any one of 68 languages. Communications are 100% private. No communications assistants (CAs) are involved. No limits are imposed on the length of communications. Speech2RTT® offers free RTT communications, even internationally. Best of all, it is being offered at no cost until July 1, 2018, at which time there will be a small yearly charge assessed.

For more information on Speech2RTT Communicator visit: http://speech2rtt.com

Major benefits include:

  • Enables people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and non-verbal to communicate with anyone – using their Android smart phone or tablet;
  • Works over all cellular networks, worldwide;
  • Compatible with Wi-Fi calling applications;
  • Accommodates users in 96 countries;
  • Transcribes speech to text, in real-time, in 68 languages;
  • Communications are 100% private. No communications assistants (CAs) are involved;
  • No limits are imposed on the length of communications.
  • Offers free RTT communications, worldwide and internationally;
  • Offered at no cost until July 1, 2018, at which time there will be a small yearly charge assessed.
  • Offers 24×7 Availability with absolutely no waiting;
  • Provides customized word prediction, and word expansion, via specialized keyboard;
  • Enables users to communicate “on the go” since it is a mobile app;
  • Fast communications: less than 300 ms latency streaming from one device to another;
  • No voice-training is needed, even with accents.

Platform

  • Android

Development Team

  • IDEAL Group
Posted by: hlacentralma | February 3, 2018

The Humans – Open Captioned Performance at the Shubert Theatre

The Shubert Theater is located on 270 Tremont Street in Boston. There is a parking garage across the street from the Theater.: Here is the info:

The Humans
ASL Interpreted / Open Captioned Performance
Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30pm
Shubert Theatre

All tickets $46.50,  GET TICKETS

Purchase tickets today for the ASL Interpreted / Open Captioned performance of The Humans on 3/20/18. All seats are located in the Orchestra (floor level) and are in direct sight line of the ASL Interpreter. All tickets $46.50.

Stephen Karam’s The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter’s apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed, with humor and compassion, in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award® for Best Play.

Posted by: hlacentralma | February 1, 2018

New App to Monitor and Report Restaurant Noise

HLAA Chapter Development News

Download the iHEARu app today!

The iHEARu mobile app uses crowd-sourcing to help you find locations with noise levels that suit your needs. If you’re looking for a quiet eatery, bar or cafe the iHEARu GPS will help you find it. If you’re looking for public or commercial spaces that offer assistive listening options, our mobile app can locate those too.

This just in from iHEARu:

Calling all Hearo’s

Our San Francisco campaign is in FULL SWING! Go out and take readings during San Francisco Restaurant Week, January 22nd – 31st, to be eligible for cash prizes, physical prizes, and social media shout-outs!

We will be making contributions to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) AND to Chefsgiving proportional to the number of recordings taken during the week, no matter where the recording is taken. That means that taking a recording in Seattle or Boston can help towards San Francisco’s recording goal! 

Not only can you win prizes and help donate money by taking recordings this week, but the data collected from this endeavor help a greater noise mapping project that benefits countless others.

 ihearu

Still need help taking a recording or want to learn more? Have no fear! Check out http://www.ihearu.co andwww.ihearuapp.com for captioned video links explaining how to take a recording in real time.

We’re sending a rallying cry to local HLAA chapters, audiology students, and citizen scientists like yourself to get involved.

Join them and check us out on our social media platforms to stay up to date on our movement.

Posted by: hlacentralma | January 25, 2018

American Sign Language (ASL) Classes in Metro-West Starting March

Our SPRING ASL CLASS REGISTRATION DEADLINE is now FEBRUARY 23rdnext Friday!  Classes will start in March!

For those who have thought about taking sign language classes. This is being offered by the Center for Working and Living in Worcester. This agency supports HLAA Central MA  as they advertised our group in their newsletter.

Ten week classes beginning in February.  Tuition is only $200 – that only $20 per class!!

Below are links to the promotional flyer and  sign up sheet.

      Please send your completed registration form to: Joan Philip.  Checks or money orders must be payable to: CLW.

      Any questions, please contact:

                Joan Philip,  jphilip@centerlw.org,       508-762-1165

Click here for sign-up sheet 

Spring ASL Class signup deadline is February 14th!

Kim White, Staff Interpreter, Center for Living & Working, Inc.

484 Main Street, Suite 345, Worcester, MA 01608

Phone:       508-755-1042

Fax:              508-797-4015

VP:               508-283-1036

TTY:              508-755-1003

Public VP:  508-762-1164

kwhite@centerlw.org

www.centerlw.org

Posted by: hlacentralma | December 9, 2017

Open Caption and ASL performance at the Boch /Shubert Theater

boston opera house

LOVE NEVER DIES

Open Captioned Performance

Open Captions by c2

Saturday, February 3rd, 2pm

Tickets starting at $44

Click Here for Open Caption Tickets

WAITRESS

Open Captioned Performance

Open Captions by c2

Saturday, February 24th, 2pm

Tickets starting at $44

Click Here for Open Caption Tickets

ON YOUR FEET

Open Captioned Performance

Open Captions by c2

Saturday, April 21st, 2pm

Tickets starting at $44

Click Here for Open Caption Tickets

Information about Boston Opera House Accessibility


Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
ASL Interpreted / Open Captioned Performance
Sunday, December 17 at 7:00pm
Shubert Theatre

All tickets $36.00

GET TICKETS

The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the animated television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and the stage production directed and conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage. Script adaptation by Robert Penola. Arrangements and orchestrations by Timothy Splain.

Purchase tickets today for the ASL Interpreted / Open Captioned performance of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.
All seats are located in the Orchestra (floor level) and are in direct sight line of the ASL Interpreter.

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