2013 OTICON FOCUS ON PEOPLE AWARDS HONOR
NICHOLAS FINA OF NEWARK, DE
Nicholas Fina, Ed D is among the outstanding people with hearing loss honored by the 2013 Oticon Focus on People Awards, a national competition that recognizes individuals who are helping to eliminate negative stereotypes of what it means to have a hearing loss.
Fina was selected as a winner in the Advocacy Category. This is the second year that Oticon, Inc., sponsor of the national awards program, has invited the public to cast their votes to help determine winners in the Adult, Student, Practitioner and Advocacy categories. More than 10,000 votes were cast by people from across the country.
A co-founder and former vice president of the Hearing Language Association of Delaware, Fina has been a passionate advocate for people with hearing loss and other disabilities since the late 1980s. He has a progressive, lifelong hearing loss for which he uses a hearing instrument, a cochlear implant, and accommodations.
Fina believes that his personal experience with hearing loss also gives him added credibility in his advocacy work. "People understand that I know what I'm talking about," he says. He credits his parents' ability to make an informed choice about his education for his ability to function in a hearing world.
Fina has worked on many issues related to disability in the workplace and society. He was a member and chair of the State Rehabilitation Council in the late 1990s and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities.
His consulting company, Willa Road Enablement Services, helps Vocational Rehabilitation consumers who want to form their own businesses.
Fina hasn't allowed hearing loss to stand in the way of a successful career and family life. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry, and a master's in business. In 2009, at the age of 62, he earned his doctorate in education. Most of his work career was in marketing, information technology and training.
As the project lead and principal investigator for Choices Delaware, he works with a diverse team focused on improving the newborn screening and service referral processes and ensuring that listening and spoken language is an option for children with hearing loss.
In February 2012, with the help of advocacy by Choices, the lieutenant governor announced that Delaware would make vital improvements in all three of these areas. Fina and other members of Choices are active in these initiatives.
Fina's approach to advocacy employs various principles, including using the diverse strengths of teams, continually scanning for opportunities, utilizing networks, and practicing honesty and integrity.
"Individuals like Nicholas Fina are inspiring role models for people living with hearing loss," states Oticon President Peer Lauritsen.
"The remarkable people who are honored in this year's Oticon Focus on People Awards program have taken their unique circumstances and transformed their lives with a positive outlook that has enabled them to overcome challenges and accomplish goals well beyond what many thought possible."
The Oticon Focus on People Awards were created in 1997 by Oticon, Inc., one of the world's oldest and most respected hearing instrument manufacturers. By celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of individuals with hearing loss, Oticon, Inc., hopes to call attention to common misconceptions about hearing loss and motivate people with hearing loss to take advantage of the help that is available to them.
The company's goal is to reach out to the 80 percent of an estimated 28 million Americans who could benefit from hearing instruments, but who fail to seek professional help.
To read the inspiring stories of all of the 2013 Oticon Focus on People Award winner, log on to
A Big Contest Among Audiologists
Audiologists from across the country were handed a big challenge - to make the best hearing aid mold.
That means, to create a mold with where there would be no whistling and that the mold would be very comfortable when inserted into the ear!
The judges, engaged in a blind evaluation of the entries, were from thefaculty at Vanderbilt University and University of Pittsburgh. The winning entry came from an audiologist from Oregon.
See more news at Deaf Digest.
Wilmington Club for the Deaf Inc.
620 South Van Buren Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19805
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The club is open every Saturday from 7pm to 1am (except where noted)
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2013 Monthly Social Events
1st Saturdays Bingo at 8:00pm
Admission: Members $5.00 Non-members $10.00 College Students $5.00
2nd Saturdays Social Night
Deaf Senior Citizen from 10:00am to 3:00pm on July 17th, September 18th, November 20th
Admission: $ 3.00
3rd Saturdays Monthly Theme Event
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4th Saturdays General Meeting
2013 General Meetings at 8:00 pm
After meeting Bank Nite for members only $5.00
5th Saturdays - Card League
Amounts and number of prizes based on participants and categories.
The above events are subject to change without notice.