YOUNG ADULTS NETWORK
The Young Adults Network (YAN) is a non-profit network of young adults aged 18-35 with varying degrees of hearing loss that strives to educate communities about hearing loss, to provide resources and support to young adults with hearing loss so they can become productive members of society, and to foster connections and active leadership amongst our membership.
The purpose of YAN is to raise awareness about the issues and concerns of hard of hearing young adults in Canada, to enable them to connect with each other, and to provide support for them to be involved within CHHA and to lead a healthy and happy life.
- be the vehicle of concerns and coordination for members’ activities on behalf of and in the service of hard of hearing young adults in Canada.
- advocate for the development of social, educational, technical and employment environments which would enable young hard of hearing Canadians to achieve their potential.
- encourage the hard of hearing young adults to take individual and collective responsibility for their growth and development through the development and encouragement of social networking and mentoring, whether on a formal or informal basis.
- explore and advocate for the strengths of, and the obstruction to equal access of hard of hearing young adults and develop solutions to these barriers.
- promote the development of and access to technical aids, services, and facilities for people with hearing loss.
- promote the education of the public, social institutions, professionals and the hard of hearing young adults themselves, about hearing loss problems and the available solutions.
To catch up on the latest YAN publications, visit our YAN Corner to access content that highlight the impact and experiences of hard of hearing young adults in Canada.
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Call for Nominations: YAN Board of Directors 2022-2025
The CHHA – Young Adults Network (YAN) is opening the call for nominations for the YAN Board of Directors 2022-2025. Mark your calendars as our AGM will be held sometime in the last half of June.
The entire YAN Board is up for re-election and we are looking for new volunteers to join the Board of Directors. We are looking for committed, responsible individuals with hearing loss who wish to promote the aims of YAN in an active manner, willingness to serve in the position, participate in meetings, be thirty-four (34) years of age or younger at the time of nomination as well as be a positive role model.
The Board will consist of 6-8 people, including the President. One additional role is the Young Adult Representative who serves as a liaison between the YAN Board of Directors and the CHHA National Board of Directors; the appointment of this position takes place separately and at a different time from the board of directors election. An election will be held if there is more than one application for President, or more than 8 applications for Directors. Otherwise, the positions will be awarded by acclamation to be approved by the membership at the Annual General Meeting (date TBD).
Important Note: You must be a member of CHHA National (i.e. a paid YAN member) in order to be elected to the YAN board. Being a CHHA National member also gives you voting rights at YAN meetings, including the AGM.
The nominations along with supporting documents will need to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and if there are any questions about the nomination process, please review the nomination form for more information or contact the board at email@example.com and one of us will reply. The nomination period will be open until May 4, 2022 at midnight in each time zone so we encourage everyone interested to apply!
Please stay tuned for further information regarding the AGM.
COVID-19 – Communication Tips for Businesses
With the new normal, face masks are an everyday encounter now and this can be incredibly stressful and anxiety-inducing for anyone with hearing loss, not just young adults. Many of us rely on speech-reading to understand what is being said and how it is being conveyed; however, with half the face blocked, speech-reading is no longer possible. Approximately 35% of Canadians have some form of hearing loss (source).
If you have a business, please read this PDF and consider creating a print-out of the common/repetitive questions your staff ask, so they can point to the questions when encountering customers who cannot understand what is being said. When customers have a positive experience with communication barriers being broken down for them, they are more likely to return.
If you have hearing loss, please distribute this PDF to the store managers of the businesses you frequent. We hope the business considers and implements new measures to make your day easier!