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!!! News Alert !!!

Xiaoyan Xiao, UD Confucius Institute co-director and Fulbright Scholar,
to discuss problems and progress for deaf people in China

February 25 at 7 p.m.

Roselle Center for the Arts

Part of the University of Delaware’s Spring 2016 Fulbright Lecture Series

Dr. Xiaoyan Xiao will share how her passion for language led her to research the status of the more than 20 million Deaf people in China.

She’ll put into context the history of signed languages and will brief the audience on family life, education, and career opportunities for the Chinese Deaf community today.

She will also discuss how her Fulbright residency at Gallaudet University led her to understand current problems, prospects, and the path forward for the largest Deaf community in the world.

Reserve your seat now!

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Want to learn more about hearing loss? Don't know how to buy a hearing aid? Frustrated with communicating?

The Hearing Loss Association of Delaware (HLADE) will be offering a FREE talk entitled, "Say What?? Living with Hearing Loss" at the Milton Public Library, 121 Union Street, Milton, DE 19968 on Monday, October 26th, 2015 from 1:30pm -3:00pm.

The talk will be given by Linda S. Heller, M.A.C.C.C.A.,CM.,CAP-S, audiologist and hearing loss advocate.

Come and learn about hearing loss, Sprint Captel Phones for deaf and hard of hearing people and ask your questions!

People with hearing loss, their friends, caregivers and professionals are invited! A new Sussex County Support group for people with hearing loss is being formed.

Come and learn why people, "Say What???" often and what you can do to help yourself or others!

PURPOSE: The purpose of HLADE is for deaf and hard of hearing people of all ages with hearing loss or who wear hearing aids, cochlear implants or use listening devices to meet, to learn and to help each other.

Family, friends and professionals- anyone who wants to learn more about hearing loss is welcome to attend! Please share this information with people you know who want to learn more about hearing loss.

For directions to the Milton Library contact (Ph: 302-684-8856 or

The Hearing Loss Association of Delaware (HLADE) is a non-profit, statewide, information, advocacy,education and support organization affiliated with the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and serves the Delaware region. For more information please call (302) 292-3066 or email at

HLADE President Linda Heller is participating in the on-going ADA celebrations in Delaware. She's shown here in front of national ADA Legacy Road to Freedom Bus on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Rodney Square, Wilmington.

Advocacy Updates

HLAA Supports HR 1653, the Medicare Hearing Aid Coverage Act of 2015

On March 27, 2015, Representative Debbie Dingell of Michigan introduced the Medicare Hearing Aid Coverage Act of 2015. Representative Dingell spoke of the need for change.

"I have learned in recent months how many seniors are burdened by this problem,” said Dingell. “When I learned of this, the ENT doctor who brought it to my attention told me more than half the patients she saw who needed a hearing aid were unable to afford or obtain one.

"No one should feel isolated, confused or shut out from the world around them because they cannot afford the treatment they need. This bill is just one piece of the puzzle to bring our fragmented and unnavigable health care system into the 21st Century to better serve seniors and families."

Representative Dingell’s bill would improve access to hearing aids and related examinations by removing part of the Social Security Act that prevents Medicare from covering hearing aids.

HLAA is thrilled that Representative Dingell has introduced this bill. We will be working to ensure that all members of Congress understand the importance of hearing health care for seniors.

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HLADE advocates for the "Let's Loop Delaware" Project on WITN-TV in Wilmington

Follow the Let's Loop Delaware link, and move the slider to 37:40 for Linda Heller's interview and details on the Loop trechnology and project.

Wilmington Informal Coffee Support Group Formed

The Hearing Loss Association of Delaware (HLADE) is pleased to announce that a new North Wilmington informal Coffee Support Group will meet at 1:00-2:00 pm at Panera Bread in the Fairfax Shopping Center on north side of Concord Pike every 2nd Saturday of the month - except August.

The group will meet in rear section of the restaurant and the table will have an HLADE sign on it.

The purpose of the new group is for teens and adults who have hearing loss, hearing aids, cochlear implants or use listening devices to meet and help each other. Family and friends of people with hearing loss or people or anyone who wants to learn more and help others with hearing loss are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Please share this information with anyone you know who has a hearing loss or their family or friends.

Wilmington Club for the Deaf, Inc. is hosting a

This is not a church event.

Saturday, November 14, 2015   6:00 pm - 11:00 pm at the:
   St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Church    345 Bear Christiana Road    Bear, DE 19701

Behind the church, the white building is the Formation Center, enter that building then enter 1st door on right is the Seton Conference room

ADMISSION: $20.00 50/50
Lottery Scratch offs

Appetizers/Refreshment provided
Bring your own beverages

Amounts and number of prizes based on participants and categories.

Repond with:


Number of people:___________________________


Check or money order, payable to:
   Wilmington Club for the Deaf
   P.O. Box 123
   Bear, Delaware 19701

HLAA Is There For You From the Start: the FCC’s New Disability Advisory Committee

On March 17, 2015, Lise Hamlin represented HLAA at the first meeting of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Disability Advisory Committee (DAC). The FCC received more than 100 applications to serve on this committee. Those chosen to join the DAC included 36 organizations, companies and individuals.

The DAC will provide advice and recommendations to the Commission on a wide array of disability issues within the FCC’s jurisdiction. The Committee will provide a means for stakeholders with interests in accessibility issues to exchange ideas, facilitate the participation of consumers with disabilities in proceedings before the Commission, and assist the Commission in educating the greater disability community and covered entities on disability-related matters.

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