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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. 
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  • 27 Jun 2016 10:17 AM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) announces the return of Access Chicago Expo for people with disabilities on July 13th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Navy Pier in the Festival Hall A building. There will be disability organizations, government services, products, recreation, raffle prizes, health pavilion and more.

    The event will be free and open to the public.

    To learn more about the event, visit

    [Information courtesy of Linda Belice.]

  • 27 Jun 2016 10:00 AM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    Voting is now open for the 2016 Oticon Focus on People award.  Liz Booth, a long-time member of ALDA and a consistent contributor to ALDA Chicago's newsletter for many years is among the nominees in the Advocacy category.  Liz moved from Chicago to Arizona at least 5 years ago and has continued her advocacy efforts on many fronts on behalf of the late-deaf there.  If you would like to vote, the link is below.

    Voting closes on August 15, 2016. Winners will be announced on September 27, 2016. First place winners receive $1,000 cash prize, $1,000 to a charity of their choice and a pair of Oticon hearing devices with BrainHearing™ technology. Second place winners receive $500 cash prize. Third place winners receive $250 cash prize.

    [Information courtesy of Linda Belice and the Oticon website]

  • 27 Jun 2016 9:55 AM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)
    Plans are continuing to develop for ALDAcon 2016.  In addition to Jane Fernandes, I King Jordan and Judge Richard Brown as keynote or luncheon presenters, the agenda will include the following workshops:

    Legal and Advocacy Updates-  John Waldo
    Resources for persons with hearing loss-  Neil Bauman
    The Art of Lipreading-  David Harrison
    Beginning Sign Language-  Tina Childress and Sharaine Rawlinson Roberts
    Cochlear Implants-  Tina Childress and Sharaine Roberts
    Communicate Clearly-  Sarah Wegley
    PEPNet2 Resources-  Jenna Beacom and Shannon Aylesworth
    Chapter Leadership workshop
    Becoming Deaf: Pros and Cons (tentative title)-  Jane Schlau and Linda Dratell
    Quality of Life in Late Deafened Adults-  L'Tanya Fish
    You can be happy, Dammit-  Tess Crowder (Friday afternoon plenary session)

    Other workshops are still being confirmed.

    In addition to the above mentioned activies, we will be showing the movie "Signs of the Times" which is about Dummy Hoy, a deaf baseball player in the early 1900s, on Thursday evening.   The traditional Karaoke Party will be held Saturday evening.   Both these events are included with your registration fee.

    The following links provide more information on the movie Signs of the Times

    Signs of the Times 

    Making "Signs of the Times”

    Bringing History to Life

    The Journey 

    Remember the "early bird" registration deadline is June 30.  Registration forms are available at  The registration fee includes 5 meals (lunch on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Friday awards banquet and Sunday brunch).  First time attendees are also invited to a Thursday morning brunch to learn more about ALDAcon and ALDA.

    [Information courtesy of Steve Larew, ALDA President. Contact Steve at]

  • 19 Jun 2016 7:06 AM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    Information from the IL Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission (IDHHC), courtesy of Linda Belice:

    Are you an individual that wants to have an opportunity to provide input or share ideas on how communication accessibility can be provided in a disaster situation? Yes? Then you should attend one of the meetings below! The meetings are structured to both educate and determine community perspective on health care in disaster situations. The concept of crisis standards of care (CSC) will be shared to gain a better understanding about the need to focus on goals of disaster preparedness.

    The meetings are being hosted by the Illinois Department of Public Health in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Public Health. See below and the attached flyer for meeting dates and locations.

    Interpreters have been requested for the Tuesday, June 21st meeting. If you need to request interpreter services for another meeting/date, please contact 312.906.6064. For further information on the meetings, please contact or 312.906.6164. Use the same contact info to inquire or request other accommodations.

    You need to register for the meetings through Eventbrite at

    Participants will be provided with a gift card, goodie bag, a light breakfast and lunch.

    TUESDAY, JUNE 21ST (CHICAGO) at the IL Medical District at 2100 W. Harrison Street;

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22ND (KANKAKEE) at the Kankakee Community College at 100 College Drive, Room D140;

    THURSDAY, JUNE 23RD (CHAMPAIGN) at the Champaign Public Library at 200 W. Green Street, Robeson Pavilion Room C;

    FRIDAY, JUNE 24TH (ROCKFORD) at the Rock Valley College at 3301 N. Mulford Road;

    MONDAY, JUNE 27TH (EFFINGHAM) at the Effingham Public Library at 200 N. Third Street, Workman Room;

    TUESDAY, JUNE 28TH (CARTERVILLE) at the John A. Logan Community College at 700 Logan College Road, Workforce Building, Room H132;

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29 (METROPOLIS) at the Metropolis Community Center at 900 W. Tenth Street.

  • 19 Jun 2016 6:58 AM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago is looking for people with a physical, sensory or cognitive limitation or disability and their family members to help them assess the accessibility of their museum and exhibits. To show their gratitude, MSI is offering free admission for a day as well as a stipend. See below for more information.

    The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is working with the Institute for Human Centered Design to do a comprehensive and holistic accessibility review of their facility and programs. We are looking for “user/experts” from the greater Chicago area to work with us on reviewing accessibility of the museum and its exhibits. A “user/expert” is a person who has developed expertise by means of their experience in dealing with the challenges of the environment due to a physical, sensory or cognitive limitation or disability.

    They are looking to recruit both local primary user/experts as well as secondary user/experts who can be a friend, spouse, family member, service provider, therapist, teacher, or anyone who has extensive experience sharing life with primary user/expert(s) and paying close attention to the details of what happens when the person experiences a specific place. They want to learn about the individual’s experience not just with the physical environment but also about the design of the information, communication, and social environments.

    In addition of having a free day at the museum, all user/experts will receive a stipend for working with us as design consultants.

    To learn more, please contact Willa Crolius at or call (617) 259-1655.

    Click here for the User/Expert Form.

    Information courtesy of Linda Belice.

  • 19 Jun 2016 6:54 AM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    An update on ALDAcon events from Steve Larew, ALDA, Inc. President:

    We are pleased that Jane Fernandes, the first deaf woman president of a 4-year college in the United States, will be our opening keynote presenter on Thursday September 15. I King Jordan will also be attending the conference to present the award in his name at the Friday night Awards Banquet. Dr. Jordan will also present at the Thursday lunch.

    The Friday lunch will be our Awards Lunch to present 4 awards given annually. The Saturday lunch presenter will be Judge Richard Brown. Judge Brown is the retired chief judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. He served on this Court from 1978 -2015 and was chief judge from 2006-2015. Judge Brown has a hearing loss and was first judge to use a real-time, computerized transcription system in a Wisconsin courtroom.

    Other events include a Thursday night showing of "Signs of the Times", a movie about Dummy Hoy, the most accomplished deaf player in Major League Baseball history. Saturday night will feature the renowned Karaoke Party. All singers and signers and anything in between are welcome to join the fun as captioned songs are played by a DJ. ALDAcon concludes on Sunday morning with a farewell brunch.

    The workshop schedule will be announced soon.

  • 09 Jun 2016 12:27 PM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    You are invited to join ALDA Northwest Indiana as they host a captioned play "The Odd Couple" at Munster Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Rd., Munster, Indiana on Saturday, July 23 at 3 p.m.  Plans for dinner afterwards nearby are underway.  Tickets are $20 each.  Contact Kim Mettache at to reserve your tickets.  ALDA NWI's very own Kathy Cortopassi will be doing the captioning!

  • 09 Jun 2016 12:17 PM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    You are invited to a presentation on the Americans with Disabilities Act for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population. The event will take place Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 1-3 p.m. at the AIM Center for Independent Living, 3130 Finley Road, Suite 500, Downers Grove, IL 60515. To ask questions or to RSVP, contact Laura Thompson at 630-984-4251 (VP) or (email).

    Peter Berg from Great Lakes ADA Center will present.

    The Great Lakes ADA Center's mission is to increase awareness and knowledge with the ultimate goal of achieving voluntary compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. This is accomplished within targeted audiences through provision of customized training, expert assistance, and dissemination of information developed by various sources, including the federal agencies responsible for enforcement of the ADA. We are not an enforcement or regulatory agency, but a helpful resource supporting the ADA's mission to "make it possible for everyone with a disability to live a life of freedom and equal

    The Center provides information, materials, technical assistance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Topics addressed includes the non-discrimination requirements in employment, the obligations of state and local governments and business to ensure that programs, services and activities are readily accessible to and useable by people with disabilities.

  • 27 May 2016 4:18 PM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    The Early Bird registration rate has been extended and is now available until June 30, 2016. The Early Bird registration rate is $275 for ALDA Inc. members (that's separate from ALDA Chicago membership) and $305 for nonmembers. Complete an online registration form here.

  • 24 May 2016 7:47 AM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    ALDA Chicago will have their next board meeting on Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Oak Park Public Library. All are welcome to attend.

    This board meeting is scheduled on a Sunday at this location to coordinate with the ALDA Chicago booth at the Day in the Village event being held in Scoville Park, next door to the Oak Park Library.

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