The pandemic has made a lot of people realize what a priority communication accessibility is. There’s a lot more visibility to sign language interpretation on the screen and more and more people started recognizing it. Communication Accessibility is very important for everyone, not just for the Deaf, not just for the Hard of Hearing, but for everyone to have access, especially during the pandemic.
This video will emphasize the importance of accessibility in the communications world, and introduce the various types of services that the Accessible Communication Services at Wavefront Centre provide to reduce the communication barriers
Although hearing aid technology has advanced significantly, hearing aids are not a complete solution. Having additional communication devices is an important element to fully address the impact of hearing loss or deafness. Communication devices are critical for people with hearing losses, especially during this pandemic now when many of us are still working from home or in school remotely.
The Communication Devices Showroom at Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility has a variety of assistive listening and alerting devices to optimize communication and safety at home, in the workplace, and in social environments. The Communication Devices Specialists at Wavefront Centre provide one-on-one consultations to assist individuals in becoming comfortable with their devices.
Check out the video to learn more about the types of technologies and advice on communication devices.
It is normal and understandable that people are experiencing fear in the context of the pandemic, faced with new realities of working from home, temporary unemployment, the home schooling of children, and lack of physical contact with other family members, friends, and colleagues. Understanding the signs of mental health illness and having access to mental health resources is critical and can be life-saving for everyone with hearing loss.
In this video, we will review the negative impact of social isolation and reduced social connection, and strategies to managing one’s mental health during these challenging times.
Communication Strategies for In-Person Environments
There are a variety of different face coverings that are available for people to use. Each type of face-covering has its uniqueness and shortages. However, when interacting with someone who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing, they really do rely a lot on facial expressions, body gestures, and sometimes on the lips to understand what’s going on.
In this video, an audiologist will talk about the various types of protective face coverings and a few solutions on how to interact with people who have hearing loss.
CHHA’s Web-based mentoring program is for people with hearing loss. It is designed to help individuals acquire those skills in managing their hearing loss in everyday life, which will help them to achieve optimal well-being.
To learn more about the program and how you can join, click the link down below.
CHHA Celebrates World Hearing Day by discussing hearing issues with wonderful panelists: Association board chair, Marilyn Kingdon, National Executive Director, Lee Pigeau, Minister of Health Patty Hajdu, and the founding member and former National President and the President of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association’s British Columbia chapter., Dr. Ruth Warick.
Even though hearing technology has drastically improved our ability to hear, spoken language is not always easy to understand especially in noisy listening situations. We can, however, strengthen our ability to understand spoken language in non-ideal listening environments by making ear candy.
Andrew Thomas discusses the global perspective of hearing assistive technology, and how they see Canada adapting to similar trends in other countries where accessibility is further evolved. Professor Myers will explain his and others’ advocacy for people with hearing loss—via a transformation in assistive listening.
CHHA is pleased to partner with Elections Canada to provide you with this interactive webinar where Lisa will explain all the key tools you require to be a part of the democratic process. Join in with her where she will discuss all the necessary information you need to be able to vote, what you will need to cast your ballot and she will describe how you can vote under special circumstances.