Welcome to the HLAA-WI Website.
WE ARE MOVING!!
Please take the time to visit our new site and become acclimated. We will be moving to:
If you are a chapter member or chapter leader, please share this important information.
For any chapter out there, if you would like a page on our new website, please let the webmasters know. Email them at: email@example.com
We would like to extend our gratitude to Aabaco Business for hosing our organization for this short period of time. We wish them well in their new endevours.
We invite everyone touched by hearing loss in any way
to learn about the nation's largest walk
for hearing loss awareness and
fundraising by attending
the Kickoff or visiting the Walk4Hearing website at
Thank you to the HLAA Madison Chapter for organizing and hosting the HLAA-WI State Conference on October 18th!
Exhibits! Presentations! Networking!
Many came to learn & share!
Scholarship Possibilities for Post Secondary Students with Hearing Loss LINK HERE
Thank you to Michael Van Rooy, HLAA-WI Youth Board Member for providing this information.
Your decision to do something about hearing loss may begin with HLAA...
HLAA is a non-profit consumer based organization.
HLAA has 175 chapters in the United States.
HLAA has 5 chapters in Wisconsin run by volunteers.
HLAA meetings provide a place to learn to live WELL with hearing loss by networking with other people who experience hearing loss themselves.
The mission of HLAA is:
To open the world of communication to people with hearing loss, through information sharing, education, peer support & advocacy.
HLAA members embrace research in both medicine & technology that will keep people who have hearing loss engaged in the hearing world.
HLAA's national office is based in Bethesda MD.
Learn more at: www.hearingloss.org
HLAA-WI is the Wisconsin state affiliate of the Hearing Loss Association of America, Inc., the nation's foremost consumer organization representing the rights and interests of people with hearing loss.
Explore our HLAA-WI website to learn who we are, what we stand for, and why we believe in and volunteer for HLAA.
We are PEOPLE whose lives are affected by hearing loss; our own, or someone else’s. We are people of all ages, from different backgrounds. Many of us work full time jobs; some of us are retired. Some of us are parents of kids with hearing loss.
We believe that by working together we can change public attitudes about hearin gloss and erase the out dated stigmas that tend to be associated with it.
We know it’s important to reach out to others who need information. We know that hearing loss is often misunderstood. Most of us will tell you that we have learned more from each other about living well with hearing loss than from anyone else.
We come together to offer support, hope, and to share ideas and information. We advocate for laws, rules and services that make hearing loss, partial deafness in particular, an issue of concern.
We support ‘communication access’ through technology. We also support medical research that, we hope, will someday eradicate deafness.
You are encouraged to consider membership in the national HLAA organization. When you join HLAA, you become a part of a movement to make the world a better place for people with hearing loss. Your Voice Matters!
Hearing loss is a daily challenge you can overcome. You do not have to hide your hearing loss! You do not have to face hearing loss alone.
Until HLAA was founded in 1979 there was no voice or focus for people who are hard of hearing. HLAA has changed that! HLAA has become known as 'The Voice for People with Hearing Loss'.
Do you know there are close to 50 million hard of hearing people in the United States? This amazing data is from the National Institute for the Study of Deafness and other Communication Disorders; an institute within the National Institutes of Health. It's amazing because so many hard of hearing people feel isolated, different and alone! In reality, we are close to 15% of the population!
HLAA is a 501c3 non-profit consumer based organization that was founded as Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc. (SHHH) in 1979. The name was changed in 2005. Today, HLAA is the nation's foremost membership & advocacy organization for people with hearing loss. The national support network includes: the Washington D.C. area office, 14 state organizations, and 200 local chapters throughout the country.
Will YOU Help us?
HLAA-WI seeks individuals who are willing to apply for gubernatorial appointments to both the Governor's Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and the Governor's Council for People with Disabilities. Our voice on these councils is important. A handfull of people cannot do it all.
What is the Governor's Council?
The Council is a group of 9 people who advise the Governor, Department of Health Services, and the Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing about concerns affecting people in WIsconsin who are deaf, hard of hearing and/or deaf-blind.
Questions and suggestions from Wisconsin residents related to Council activities are welcome. Please feel free to contact Council members via http://dhhcouncil.state.wi.us/
The State Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing works in collaboration with the Council and has extensive helpful resource information. Learn more about programs & services on the ODHH website: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/sensory/
NOTE: Members of this council serve 3 years appointments. If this interests you, information about the process for appointment is available at the link below.
Application & Information HERE
How About Starting a Chapter of HLAA?
If there is no active HLAA Chapter in your area, perhaps you can start one. If interested, contact Ed Ogiba, Director of Chapter Development at the national HLAA office.
Donations to HLAA-WI are Tax Deductible
HLAA-Wisconsin is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductable as defined by federal and state law.
HLAA-WI does not have membership dues. The organization is dependent on donations and funds raised through the Milwaukee Walk4Hearing event, which is held annually.
Donations to HLAA-WI can be sent directly to: Tom O'Connor, HLAA-WI Treasurer, 1149 Wedgewood Lane, Fond du lac, WI 54935
Can't hear well on the phone? This information is for you!
Vouchers Available for Special Telephone Equipment Needed for People with Hearing Loss Through T.E.P.P.
The TEPP program (Telecommunications Equipment Purchase Program) is run through the Public Services Commission of Wisconsin. To obtain more information, one can contact Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Madison, Eau Claire, Wausau, Appleton, and Waukesha offices. Click on the link and then on the map, specific to where you live and you will see the contact information for your region. http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/sensory/Staff/regions.htm
NOTE: There are no income restrictions on this program.
Become an HLAA Member...
HLAA is a national membership organization. Dues are payable to national HLAA. By joining HLAA, you become a part of a movement that is making a positive difference locally, regionally & nationally.
HLAA's National Office is located at: 7910 Woodmont Ave., Suite 1200 Bethesda MD 20814. 301-657-2248