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The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Convention 2015
June 25 – 28

We are pleased to offer several Convention 2015 scholarships to HLAA members who have never attended a Convention before. Here’s the way it works:  you need only submit one application for the Rocky and Ahme Stone Endowment Scholarship (you may also nominate a HLAA member). At its March meeting, the Board of Trustees will select one recipient for this prestigious scholarship. Applications for those who are not selected will be used by HLAA staff in consideration for other scholarships. It is our goal to award a scholarship to all that apply – this is not a guarantee, however.

Deadline for submission: February 20

A limited number of Veterans with Hearing Loss Scholarships are also available. Please email Nancy Macklin for details and an application.

Should you have any questions, please contact Nancy Macklin at 301.657.2248 Ext. 106 or send email to






The Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) will host its 26th annual international convention (better known as ALDAcon) at the beautiful Marriott Norfolk Waterside Hotel located in downtown Norfolk, VA. Register now to save.

Early Bird Registration Ends May 31, 2014
For More ALDA Convention Information CLICK here




Event​: ALDA's 2014 Convention
Location: ​ALDAcon, Marriott Norfolk Waterside Hotel, 235 E. Main Street,Norfolk, VA,
Starting on: 10/08/2014
Ending on: 10/12/2014




June 26- 30, 2014 , Orlando Florida

Make Your Hotel Reservation Today      

at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
Join us in the Most Magical Place on Earth

Don't delay - Rooms are going quickly at the discounted rates!

2014 Convention Registration LINK






Biz Bootcamp - May 28-29, 2014
Business Convention and Expo of the Deaf - Chicago  May 29-31, 2014

Are you working at a big corporate or business company in VA or DC area ?

There is a fast growing number of Deaf and Hard of Hearing corporate employees from Starbucks, RR Donnelley, Boeing, Airbus, Sinai Healthcare System, Ernest Young and others. They and we will work and focus on NEW BRAINPOWER, INNOVAITON, and COLLABORATION at national business event for the Deaf and HOH in Chicago, IL. May 28-31, 2014.

The audience with various backgrounds: they are business managers, administrators, college professors, professionals, business owners, entrepreneurs, starters, students who never let their deafness or hearing loss stop them from pursuing their dreams. Every attendee comes from diverse field in business, education, marketing, science, sales, technology, hospitality, culinary, finance and many other areas.  There are expected 20 workshops and 10 business trainings.

You are welcome to register and participate the NEW BRAINPOWER MEETING for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Chicago, IL. Domestic, local, national, and international participants are looking for this SUPER business event.


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By Cheryl Heppner, 6/16/11

What a fabulous first day at “A Capitol Celebration,” Hearing Loss Association of America’s annual convention at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City!  It was a gray morning with ever-increasing drizzle when I ventured out with Galaxy for our early morning exercise, but we found a wonderful spot for Frisbee chasing with tree canopies for protection.  From there we raced over to the Starbucks adjacent to the convention hotel to grab a couple things for my breakfast as well as Galaxy’s conference banana.  Watching the faces of people as they walked briskly toward me on the sidewalk, intent on getting to work, I saw many of them smile at the sight of my goofy dog trotting proudly with her banana. It filled me with good cheer. 

Things kicked off in the exhibit hall with  grand opening from noon to 1:30 pm. There were some clever food choices for those attending, but I was already full.  Somehow four of us from NVRC – Bonnie, Marla, Kalen and me – bumped into each other on the second floor near the Hyatt’s Cinnabar café, though not all at the same time.  Kalen and I ended up eating lunch at Cinnabar, and I got my first big surprise of the conference when our orders arrived.  We both ordered what we thought were appetizer-sized portions, but they were served on plates more the size of serving platters.  My green salad was enough for two meals.

I’m busting my buttons a bit because two of the HLAA staff took me aside today to thank me for the hotel staff training that Bonnie and Marla did earlier this week to help prepare two hotels for the big crowd of people who can’t always hear door knocks, might confuse “pay” with “may”, and maybe have hearing aids that squeal now and again.  They said that Bonnie and Marla’s training was fabulous.  But I knew that.  They are always fabulous unless they are awesome or terrific. I love my job.

Speaking of staff, the HLAA staff and volunteers are doing an amazing job themselves.  My check-in yesterday was a total delight.  Everyone was helpful, pleasant, and organized. 

This must be one of the largest conventions because I can’t remember when I’ve had so many hugs in a day, waved to so many people passing by that I’ve met at previous conventions, and met so many new people. I was thrilled to run into Carole Purdum and her husband last night.  Carole and I were seatmates at last year’s Opening Session in Milwaukee and I had such fun getting to know her.  It’s nice to see many other couples here as well such as  John Waldo and his wife, Wayne Roorda and his wife, former area residents Gerry and Sheila Adams.

I spotted a group of staff from the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at lunch today, how nice this is an in-state conference that they could carpool and afford to attend.  And was happy to see the seemingly indestructible Arva Priola in great health after recent surgery.

But I ramble.  I’m writing too late in the day with a head too full of useful information and a steno pad full of notes from presentations and exhibits to be organized.  They’ll be coming!  I’ve got to take Galaxy for her final walk of the night and then get ready to hit the sack. Tomorrow the note taking starts at 9 am with the Research Symposium, which will probably come to you in at least three separate chunks because it’s three hours long.  Marla, Bonnie and I are taking turns with the three segments.



Cheryl Heppner, Marla Dougherty, Kalen Beck

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