Posted by: hlacentralma | July 1, 2016

Interested in Hearing Assistive Technology

Interested in Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT)?
Have you heard about N-CHATT?

What is N-CHATT?

The Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers (N-CHATT) is a volunteerconsumer train-the-trainer program. The program’s goal is to build a network of consumer trainers with the knowledge and skills necessary to train others impacted by hearing loss.Trainers will assist others in the successful integration of hearing assistive technology to support individual hearing and communication needs at home, work, school, and the community.

What comprises the N-CHATT program?
N-CHATT training includes webinars and online modules, which are completed over a period of six months, followed by an in-person two-day training session in the Washington DC metropolitan area with presentations on training activities and hearing assistive technology topics, hands-on technology exploration, and opportunities for training practice and interactive learning.

Upon successful completion of the training, individuals attend the HLAA Convention and commit to conducting at least three community-training events within one year of the start of the program.

Who are the consumer trainers?
Consumer trainers are adults with hearing loss and parents of children with hearing loss who use hearing assistive technology. They are passionate individuals comfortable using technology and experienced making presentations.

Will I be paid for this opportunity?

No, trainers are not paid. Participation in the training and your provision of community training is completely VOLUNTARY.What costs can I expect to incur if I am interested in participating in this program?
There is no cost for the online training portion of the program except the participant’s time. For the 2-day, in-person training, all materials, breakfast, lunch and lodging will be provided at no cost to participants.

However, participants are responsible for their own dinner and their transportation to the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Participants are responsible for registration and expenses related to travel and attendance at the HLAA annual convention in June.

How do I apply?
Visit the HLAA website N-CHATT-Training page for more information. Questions about the N-CHATT program should be directed to Online applications will be accepted through July 18, 2016.

If you submitted an application last year but were not selected as a trainer, please consider applying again. We had a very large pool of qualified applicants, but were only able to accept eight individuals. We will be increasing the number of training spots this year.

This program is a partnership with Gallaudet University, the American Institutes for Research, and Hands & Voices and is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), through Gallaudet University’s Deaf/Hard of Hearing Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) (Grant # 90RE5020).


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