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ALDAcon is held annually by and for a diverse group of people who have various degrees of hearing loss. All events will be fully accessible through sign language interpreting, real-time captioning and the availability of assistive listening devices. The conference will have dozens of exhibitors, offer a wide variety of workshop presentations, and feature keynote speakers at each meal.
ALDA traces its roots to a self-help support group for late-deafened adults that was formed in Chicago in The leader of the group was Kathie Skyer Hering, a late-deafened social services worker. After struggling for about a year the self-help group disbanded.
There are many different causes of deafness. If you want more information about this, please click here. The disorder usually affects only one ear and is a common cause of hearing loss. Named after French physician Prosper Meniere who first described the syndrome in
A person who is late-deafened grew up hearing, then lost all or most of her or his hearing as an adult. It also can be a side effect of certain medications or radiation treatment. For some people, the cause cannot be clearly identified.
Information about the ALDA annual convention. Most of those that gathered there were total strangers who had never met or talked to another deafened person, yet they found themselves wonderfully comfortable with one another. The marvelous sense of fellowship lasted and led to more social gatherings and self help support groups, which swiftly evolved into the Association of Late Deafened Adults ALDA.
I grew up Hard of Hearing, in the 60s and 70s. At this time, even with a severe hearing loss, it was determined that if they gave me a hearing aid and sat me at the front of the class room, I could lipread my way through school. Did college without interpreters and spent most of it in self study.
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People from throughout the world have attended these conventions, which feature workshops, an exhibit hall, and social activities. The climax of the conventions is a Saturday night party featuring karaoke. King Jordanpresident emeritus of Gallaudet Universityis one of the most famous ALDAn members and has spoken frequently at the conventions.