Resilience in the Face of Hearing Loss

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The final meeting of the 2020-2021 year of the NYC chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America will be on June 1 at 6:00-7:30. Our featured speaker will be Rebecca Alexander, author of Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found.

Born with a rare genetic disorder called Usher syndrome type III, Rebecca has been simultaneously losing both her sight and hearing since she was a teenager. She was told that by age 30, she would be completely blind. Then, at 19, one year after a fall from a second-story window left her athletic body completely shattered, she discovered she would lose her hearing as well. Despite being deaf and nearly blind, Rebecca is an award-winning author, psychotherapist, group fitness instructor, disability advocate, and extreme athlete. An inspiring speaker, she will talk about resilience in the face of adversity.

In addition, we will introduce, Nicole Varghese of Staten Island Technical High School, the winner of the first annual Albert B. Chen scholarship. The $5000 award goes to a high school senior with hearing loss. Nicole and Mr. Chen will both speak briefly about accessibility and giving back to the hearing-loss community.

If you would like to join us for this captioned program, register here. After registering, you will receive an email with the Zoom link. Please register early if interested.

Can’t Hear? We are here for you!

The New York City Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America is a vibrant, diverse community dedicated to helping people with hearing loss lead more satisfying and productive lives. At the chapter’s monthly meetings, speakers address topics such as hearing aids and hearing-aid alternatives, assistive technology, interpersonal strategies, and advocacy initiatives. Those of you who are interested can find information about our organization on our chapter website by clicking here.

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