Sunday, June 08, 2008

2008 HLAA Convention in Reno, Nevada

Lake Tahoe, here I come! The 2008 Hearing Loss Association of America Convention is almost here and I am really looking forward to it! It is going to be held at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino at Lake Tahoe in Reno, Nevada from June 12th to the 15th. For those of you who are deaf or hearing impaired in some way (or know someone who is), this is four days of heaven!!! This convention is for YOU! And your support system. I have my registration packet purchased, my hotel room, my plane ticket, my hair curlers*, and am ready to go! There is much planning that goes into this convention and it's one of those things that I wished I had known about a long time ago. The exhibit hall is packed full of vendors and services for the deaf and hard of hearing. There are workshops, demonstrations, various speakers, book signings, parties, receptions, dinners, tours, etc. . . you name it. The best part is that for four days, a deaf or hearing impaired person feels "normal", like a hearing person in a hearing world. That is the best way I can think of to describe this feeling. It just seems so "easy" to communicate and share with others, who are "just like you."

2 comments:

Zac La Fratta said...

Laurie, It was so great to meet you at the Convention. You are an inspiration and I enjoyed learning about your family.

mike manning said...

I am a parent of two children raised by a certified ASL profesional. As such, I was involved for many years in the Reno/ Sparks and Las Vegas community as an observer. After graduation from UNR (education) I opened Sparks Music and Learning Center, and have recently become an executive with ACN, the leader in video phone distribution and research. We have an excellent opportunity I am intrested in bringing to the Deaf Community. I would like to discuss providing interpreting services at our UNR Sat Presentations with some one but because state agencys look at us as a business, I have been unable to make contact so far. Do you have a suggestion? MIke Manning owner Sparks Music, ACN ETL 775-223-4445