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Watch this space for news about ALDA Chicago business and events and other news of interest to people who are late-deafened or have other hearing loss. 
  • 23 Jan 2012 10:27 PM | Beth Botts (Administrator)
    Nomination Chairman Joe Linder reports that three members of the ALDA Chicago board of directors have been re-elected to two-year terms.

    The election was conducted by mail. Results were tabulated and the individuals elected to serve a two-year term beginning in 2012 are: 

       1.  Beth Botts

       2.  Marsha Kopp

       3.  Iris Sherman

    The first meeting of the seven-member board will be held Saturday, Feb. 4, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Progress Center for Independent Living, 7521 Madison Street, Forest Park. Board officers will be elected, including president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Members are welcome to attend but only directors may vote.

  • 23 Jan 2012 10:24 PM | Beth Botts (Administrator)

    Progress Center for Independent Living in Forest Park now offers a Home Modification Program for people with disabilities who live in Proviso Township, Cook County. For more information, contact Larry Biondi at 708-209-1500, Extension 24.

    For more information on PCIL, click here.

  • 23 Jan 2012 10:17 PM | Beth Botts (Administrator)
    ALDAn Kitty Berger asked us to make you aware of the hi Health Innovations website where United Healthcare offers online hearing tests and hearing aids starting at $749 each. ALDA Chicago does not endorse products.
  • 23 Jan 2012 10:11 PM | Beth Botts (Administrator)
    The state of Illinois has a special designation -- the J88 designation -- that alerts police and other emergency personnel to your hearing loss. Recently, ABC TV-Channel 7 in Chicago did a story about this program. To read the accompanying story and see the video, click here. To learn more about the program, click here for the website of the Illinois Secretary of State.
  • 21 Dec 2011 5:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dec. 20, 2011, Kansas City, MO – AMC Theatres® (AMC) today announced it will install personal captioning systems for its guests who are deaf or have significant hearing loss. The captioning systems will be installed in California, and across its national circuit, on a rolling basis, in conjunction with AMC’s national conversion to digital cinema. AMC will offer closed captioning for 127 screens in California by mid-2012, and projects that number to grow to over 500 screens by late 2013.

    Movie captions convey the dialogue, narration, musical cues, key sound effects, speaker identification and other auditory information, in the form of written text for guests who have significant difficulty hearing the movie sound track. Closed captions are relayed – in sync with the movie – only to guests who choose to receive them via a personal display device. In setting the time-table for installation of captioning capability in California, AMC worked closely with the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA), an advocacy group for those who have lost some or all of their hearing, Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a non-profit legal center, headquartered in Berkeley, Calif., and John Waldo, an attorney whose practice focuses on the needs of those with hearing loss.

    “We applaud AMC’s collaborative efforts in working with us to provide closed captioning technology, which allows our constituents with hearing loss the opportunity to watch first-run movies in theatres throughout California,” said Cynthia Amerman, President of ALDA. “We are pleased AMC chose to continue its commitment to captioning as the industry transitions from traditional film technology to digital cinema,” said Sid Wolinsky of Disability Rights Advocates.

    “We commend AMC’s support for captioning,” said Elizabeth Leonard of Disability Rights Advocates. “AMC’s decision to provide captioning in its digitally converted theatres makes first-run movies available to millions of patrons who are deaf and hard-of-hearing in California.”

    “The conversion to digital cinema has created new opportunities to improve closed captioning for offerings. We intend to work closely with them to make sure that we provide high quality closed-captioning systems for our deaf and hard of hearing patrons,” John McDonald, executive vice president of U.S. Operation for AMC added.

    “AMC has supported and provided captioning for many years,” said Laura Franze, a partner with the law firm of Hunton & Williams LLP, who represented AMC in its negotiations with ALDA. “Today’s decision reaffirm’s AMC’s long-standing commitment to the company’s deaf and hard of hearing patrons.”

    About American Multi-Cinema, Inc.: AMC delivers distinctive and affordable movie-going experiences in 357 theatres with 5,098 screens across the United States and Canada. The company operates 22 of the 50 highest grossing theatres in the country, including the top three. AMC has propelled industry innovation and continues today by delivering premium sight and sound, enhanced food and beverage and diverse content.

    About the Association of Late-Deafened Adults: The Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) is a not-for-profit organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois. The Association of Late Deafened Adults advocates on behalf of the 38 million Americans who have lost some or all of their hearing. For more information, please visit


    Ryan Noonan, AMC Theatres

    Telephone: (816) 480-4724



    Cynthia Amerman, President of ALDA



    Sid Wolinsky, Disability Rights Advocate

    Telephone: (510) 665-8644


    Elizabeth Leonard, Disability Rights Advocate

    Telephone: (510) 665-8644


    John Waldo, Law Offices of John Waldo

    Telephone: (206) 849-5009


  • 04 Dec 2011 10:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The word is out!  ALDA Inc. proudly announced that ALDAcon 2012 will be held at the Marriott Columbia Hotel in beautiful Columbia, South Carolina. The dates to save are Oct. 17th through Oct. 21st, 2012.

    ALDAcon is the international conference of ALDA Inc., the organization of which ALDA Chicago is a chapter.

    The Carolina Flight chapter of ALDA Inc. will host the convention with their good, gracious, southern charm to bring you the best of southern hospitality.  So mark your calendar, start saving your pennies, and get ready for ALDAcon 2012.  Hope to see y'all there!

  • 28 Nov 2011 12:10 PM | Beth Botts (Administrator)
    "A Survival Guide for New Deafies" is the name of a book by ALDA  member Amy Sargent.After becoming suddenly deaf at the age of 27, Sargent decided to share the lessons she had learned and practical advice in a humorous, supportive way. The subtitle is "Specifically written for people who suffer from late onset hearing loss and the people who love them." The book is available for $14.95 at her website,, at, at Barnes and and also as a Kindle e-book for $9.99 and as a NOOK e-book.   
  • 15 Oct 2011 10:40 PM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)
    Ten people came out to walk for Team ALDA Chicago at the Walk4Hearing event in Lincoln Park on October 15. Together we raised almost $3,100. Forty percent of that money will go to ALDA Chicago. Team captain Marsha Kopp announced that could cover captioning costs until 2013. The remaining sixty percent goes to the Hearing Loss Association of America who sponsored the event.
  • 18 Sep 2011 9:47 PM | Beth Botts (Administrator)
    Sarah Wegley, social chair of ALDA Chicago, has won the   "2011 Focus on People Awards" in the Advocacy category from Oticon, the hearing aid maker. Thank you for your votes! Click here for the official announcement. Sarah, a college librarian, has a blog, "Speak Up Librarian,"about her experiences as a hard of hearing person with a successful career. Almost as soon as she joined ALDA Chicago a year ago, she stepped right up to volunteer as social committee chair and has done a great job of organizing socials and events. Congratulations to Sarah!  
  • 13 Sep 2011 1:16 AM | Beth Botts (Administrator)

    ABC TV-Channel 7 will air a report on theater captioning in Chicago by reporter Karen Meyer at 8 a.m. Sunday, September 18, 2011. Beth Botts, a member of ALDA Chicago and HLAA-Lincoln Park chapter, will appear in an interview about her experiences enjoying live theater at Steppenwolf Theater and Victory Gardens Theatre.

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