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The Atlanta chapter of the Association of Late-Deafened Adults

 

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ALDA-Peach (Atlanta)
News Archives

 

ALDA-Peach meeting in August:
Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Communicating with Doctors:
A Roundtable Discussion
with Dr. Rebecca Quigg!

Dr. Quigg is a cardiologist and healthcare advocate.
If you have questions you want Dr. Quigg to address at the meeting,
please email them ahead of time to: president@aldapeach.org

 

Join us on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm
at the Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church
at 3142 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker, GA

 All of our meetings are captioned, free and open to the public.

Bring a snack to share if you like. 
We can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

ALDA-Peach meeting in June:
Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Interacting With The Police!

(We are meeting every other month during 2017)

 

Do you know how to communicate effectively with the police?

Do you know your rights if you are stopped or arrested?

Please join us as we explore this important topic.

 

Join us on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church at 3142 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker, GA

 All of our meetings are captioned, free and open to the public.

Bring a snack to share if you like. 
We can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

 

ALDA-Peach meeting in April:
Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things!

(We are meeting every other month during 2017)

 

GadgetsA dizzying variety of home alert systems and other adaptive devices are available for deaf and hard of hearing people. Ever wish there were someone who could explain what actually works and how to set it up? At this meeting, ALDA-Peach members will demonstrate how they use adaptive technology at home.

Bring your own favorite gadgets (or pictures of them) and show us “whatever works” for you!

Join us on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church at 3142 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker, GA

 All of our meetings are captioned, free and open to the public.

Bring a snack to share if you like. 
We can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

ALDA-Peach meeting in July:
Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm

GACHI update - they have a new name now... GCDHH!!

 

We are focusing our efforts in 2016 on building our membership and finding ways to connect with those who would benefit from an organization like ALDA and from our specific chapter here in the metro Atlanta area: ALDA-Peach.

For this year we are changing from a monthly meeting schedule to a quarterly meeting schedule.  More information about our next meeting in April will become available as the meeting date approaches.

ALDA and ALDA-Peach are all about resolving the question: "I have recently transitioned from hearing to hard-of-hearing or deafened.  This is a huge transition with lots of implications.  How do I successfully navigate through life in this very different circumstance?"

 

 All of our meetings are captioned, free and open to the public.

Bring a snack to share if you like. 
We can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

ALDA-Peach meeting in April:
Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Report from the ALDA-Peach
Outreach Committee!

 

We are focusing our efforts in 2016 on building our membership and finding ways to connect with those who would benefit from an organization like ALDA and from our specific chapter here in the metro Atlanta area: ALDA-Peach.

For this year we are changing from a monthly meeting schedule to a quarterly meeting schedule. 

Our April meeting will focus on the results of our research into better ways to connect with the adult deafened and hard of hearing individuals in the Atlanta area.

ALDA and ALDA-Peach are all about resolving the question: "I have recently transitioned from hearing to hard-of-hearing or deafened.  This is a huge transition with lots of implications.  How do I successfully navigate through life in this very different circumstance?"

 

 All of our meetings are captioned, free and open to the public.

Bring a snack to share if you like. 
We can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

ALDA-Peach meeting in January:
Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Unbirthday Party and Planning for 2016!

The Fun Stuff !!

Each year ALDA-Peach holds an "Unbirthday Party" where we celebrate everyone's birthday on the same day!  If this sounds familiar, it is because this idea comes from the Mad Hatter's party as described in "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Caroll.

The Business Stuff !!

ALDA (including the ALDA-Peach chapter) board of directors policy: 
  • An ALDA chapter board of directors has 5 positions.
  • Each member serves for two years and the terms are staggered.
  • Each year, after elections, the board of directors meets and collectively decides who will serve in each of the 5 officer positions.
 
         3 members of the ALDA-Peach board of directors served during 2014-2015: 
Kristin Stansell   - served as Vice-President during 2014-2015 
Steve Tamas   - served as Treasurer during 2014-2015 
Mary Platt   - served as Member at Large during 2014-2015 
        2 members of the ALDA-Peach board of directors are serving for 2015-2016:  
Angie Fugo   - is serving as President during 2015-2016
Yael Shaner   - is serving as Secretary during 2015-2016
 
Three board positions are up for election because their two-year 2014-2015 term is "up".
 
After elections at the January 2016 meeting... before the February 2016 meeting, the board will meet and the officer positions for 2016 will be announced via our usual media outlets: the newsletter, website, and social media sites and lists.

If you have an interest in serving on the ALDA-Peach board of directors, then please feel free to speak up!  We love to have your participation and your ideas!

The Planning Stuff !!
 
What do we - collectively - all of us - want to do during 2016 as an organization? 
Do you have an "activist" interest... and want to see if we can affect a change in our culture or government?   Do you have some fun ideas you would like us to explore together?  Is there something that you would like to learn more about?  ALDA-Peach is interested in your ideas and your participation!  ALDA-Peach is here for you... and we know that we are here for each other... we look forward to hearing all of your ideas!
Sometimes we plan all 12 monthly meetings ahead of time... sometimes we leave a few open slots so we can take advantage of available speakers, etc. that we were not aware of at the January planning meeting. 
If you want to know what we are planning for the year... check out the "Events" page on our website.  We try to keep the "Events" web page up-to-date for planned events for the current year.
Here is something to start you thinking: 
ALDA-Peach meetings tend to fall into 4 categories: 
Support   - Support meetings teach coping skills for dealing with hearing loss 
Social   - Social meetings are just plain fun meetings 
Skills   - Skills meetings are all about new skills, like a craft, sport or technology 
Services   - Service meetings are all about sharing with/helping others 
 
Two or more categories can be combined in a single meeting.  For example, we have learned how to make custom greeting cards (skills), then distributed the cards at a hospital (service).
 

 All of our meetings are captioned, free and open to the public.

Bring a snack to share if you like. 
We can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in December:
Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 2:00 pm

ALDA-Peach's 16th Annual Holiday Luncheon
at La Parrilla Mexican Restaurant (Toco Hills)!

It's that time of the year again!
ALDA-Peach's 16th Annual Holiday Luncheon!

This year you are invited to La Parrilla Mexican Restaurant located in the Toco Hills Shopping Center. At this time of the year, while its cold outside, join the Peaches for an afternoon of Mexican fare.

Tacos, enchiladas, burritos, fajitas, steaks, seafood, and even vegitarian dishes are all on the menu for our Holiday Luncheon. This is a self-pay event. The food is excellent and the prices are reasonable!

                  Date:       Saturday, December 12, 2015
Time:   2:00pm
Place:   La Parrilla Mexican Restaurant
2945 North Druid Hills Rd
Atlanta, GA. 30329
678-403–3831

 http://laparrilla.com/
http://laparrilla.com/wp-content/themes/laparrilla/ToGo-Menu.pdf

You can download their menu as a pdf to your computer. If you have vision difficulties, you can enlarge the pdf to a comfortable level on your computer. (The ToGo-Menu is the same as their in-restaurant menu).

Please plan to join us at 2:00pm and enjoy good food AND good company.

Either:
RSVP via the EventBrite website
or
RSVP via e-mailing Jim Stansell to let him know you will be there: jstansell1@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

ALDA-Peach meeting in November:
Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 2:00 pm

ALDAcon 2015 Report!
Our Annual Business Meeting and 2016 Elections!

Make plans to attend our annual business meeting
(which is always more fun than you can imagine!)

Find out all about ALDAcon 2015!

What has ALDA-Peach accomplished this year? 

And, best of all, vote for our new board members.
The only requirement is that you are a
current member of both ALDA-Peach and ALDA, Inc.

After the board members are chosen, the five members of the board
will later meet and decide which office each will serve. The results will be announced.

This event will be held at our usual location:
Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church,
who graciously donates the space for us to meet.

 Our meetings are free and open to the public.
This meeting will be captioned and signed.

Bring a snack to share if you like. 
We can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm     

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in September:
Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 2:00 pm

ALDA-Peach Literary Society Book Review!

At our ALDA-Peach meeting on Saturday, September 12, you get to be a literary critic!
We're going to give reviews of books that have inspired us in some way.

They don't necessarily have to be about hearing loss.
The length of time for each report will be, at most, around 10 minutes.  Please feel free to join in and review one (or more) of your favorite books for the rest of us!

If you care to show us the book cover or prepare a presentation, bring it via a USB memory stick... a laptop and projector will be available to display your presentation!
This event will be held at our usual location:
Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church,
who graciously donates the space for us to meet.

 Our meetings are free and open to the public.
This meeting will be captioned and signed.

Bring a snack to share if you like. 
We can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm     

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

ALDA-Peach meeting in August:
Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Traveling While Deaf: Handling Speed Bumps Along the Road to a More Accessible World

Is the ADA still applicable in today’s world?

In our ever evolving world and in the pursuit of knowledge, travel has surpassed what is covered in the strictest guidelines of the ADA.

In an era of Internet, when travel companies are allowed to “loophole” their way through compliance and advertise as being set up to meet the needs of everyone, it is important to have an advocate on your side.

  • Where do the Internet sites get their information?

  • Do the people at the destination truly understand what my needs are and how to meet them?

  • When I arrive, what options do I have if those conditions aren’t met?

  • What are suppliers doing to accommodate training hospitality staff for leisure and for business?

Timothy Cheek will be answering these questions and more about navigating through the challenges that often arise when HOH/Deafened folks travel in a hearing world.

Timothy is a travel professional with the Signs of Travel agency, is a personal friend of some of our members, and has developed a set of guidelines that his agency uses to ensure that HOH/Deafened folks' needs will be able to be met at their various travel destinations.

 

This event will be held at our usual location:
Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church,
who graciously donates the space for us to meet.

 Our meetings are free and open to the public.
This meeting will be captioned and signed.

Bring a snack to share if you like. 
We can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm     

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in July:
Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 2:00pm

ALDA-Peach Cookout!

ALDA-Peach will be having a cookout at Angie’s place for our July meeting.
Time for some good food and some good company!

ALDA-Peach is providing the entrees:

Angie will be bringing all of the entrée stuff… burgers and buns and stuff to “dress” the burgers.  Grass-fed beef burgers and quinoa burgers (a very nice version of veggie burger) from Farm Burger. Some of us have eaten Farm Burger faire and it is excellent!

Our two resident grillmasters, Jim Stansell and Steve Tamas,
will be handling the coals and the cooking.

The rest of our cook-out is potluck…
Everyone else will be bringing drinks, chips, side items…
please coordinate via our Google Member List.

Angie’s condominium is fully ADA accessible with indoor/outdoor parking near elevators and ramps. We will be having some guests attend from the Deaf/HOH community at Georgia Perimeter College as well as some other folks from the Atlanta Deaf/HOH community!

Please RSVP Angie if you are coming:
president@aldapeach.org

Signs should be posted, but if you have any questions you can text Angie at: 770-316-3030.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in June:
Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 2:00pm

Planning for Peach!

We will be planning our activities for the remainder of the year! 
We would love to hear your ideas!

 All of our meetings are captioned, signed, free and open to the public.

Bring a snack to share if you like. 
We can refresh ourselves with food AND company!


We look forward to seeing you there!

We will be meeting at our usual location:
The Education building (building in the back) at
Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church,
who graciously donates the space for us to meet.

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in May:
Saturday, May 9, 2015 - meet at the ticket desk at 1:45pm

High Museum of Art . . .
Gordon Parks: Segregation Story!

This exhibition showcases more than forty color photographs
by trailblazing African American artist Gordon Parks.

Many of these photos are on view for the first time!

 Created for an influential 1950s Life magazine article, these photographs offer a powerful look at the daily life and struggles of a multigenerational family living in segregated Alabama.

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ALDA-Peach attendees should plan to meet at the ticket desk at 1:45 pm.

Tickets can be purchased at the museum's ticket desk
for the group rate price rate of $10.00 each.

We will have a 45 minute tour of the exhibition by a museum docent,
which will be interpreted into ASL.

Please go to the High Museum website (www.high.org) for information about parking and directions by car or by MARTA.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

ALDA-Peach meeting in April:
Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 9:00am to 5:00pm

Atlanta DeafNation Expo!

 

Instead of holding our usual meeting we are all planning on attending
the Atlanta DeafNation Expo!

Date   Saturday, April 11 2015
Time   9:00am to 5:00pm
Location   Georgia International Convention Center
Exhibit Hall D
2000 Convention Center Concourse
College Park, GA 30337

 DeafNation Expo is a touring trade show that provides a central gathering where deaf, hard of hearing and hearing people can learn about cutting-edge technology, products and services while socializing and participating in fun, family-friendly activities.  Their goal is to provide a low-cost, high-quality experience with the support of sponsors and exhibitors. 

Each show lasts one day and has:

  • activities for all ages
  • entertainment
  • workshops
  • vendor booths where you can learn more about products and services

They do not charge for admission and believe that this will attract a diversity of attendees who can share the "DeafNation" culture, needs, language, and information.

The DeafNation Expo began in 2003, starting with 6 Expos. Today, DeafNation hosts 10-12 Expos annually and has attracted more than 900,000 attendees since they started!

CLICK HERE to find more information about DeafNation Expos.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

ALDA-Peach meeting in March:
Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 2:00pm

Getting Cabin Fever?
Let's Eat Out!

 

Lunch at Piccadilly Cafeteria!

Please join us on Saturday, March 14 at 2:00pm at the Piccadilly Cafeteria in Tucker, GA.

Let someone ELSE do the cooking while winter winds down!

Piccadilly Cafeteria has something for everyone, easy accessibility
and is easy on the budget too!

 

 All of our meetings are captioned (ok, maybe not this one), free and open to the public.
We do, however, use "whatever works" to communicate (and we ARE resourceful).
We can refresh ourselves with food AND company!
We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in February:
Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 2:00pm

Georgia 911 Operators and More...!

Topics for this meeting...

Officer Election

We need to take care of electing two new board members to replace those whose term has expired.  Weather and scheduling conflicts prevented us from concluding this business at our January meeting. 

Note:
You can read a fuller description of the whole election process in our January, 2015 meeting announcement.  You will find that annoucement in the News Archive section (last menu item in the left banner area of this web page).

Meeting Planning

The folks who attended the January meeting did a great job of coming up with some ideas for our meetings this year.  Weather and scheduling conflicts preventing many from attending so we will review those ideas and conclude our planning for the other meetings this year.

Georgia 911 Operators

What if you are hearing impaired and need to call 911?  We will be discussing some of the finer points of helping you get the most out of this critical service.

 

 All of our meetings are captioned, free and open to the public.

Bring a snack to share if you like. 
We can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

 

ALDA-Peach meeting in January:
Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 2:00pm

Unbirthday Party and Planning for 2015!

The Fun Stuff !!

Each year ALDA-Peach holds an "Unbirthday Party" where we celebrate everyone's birthday on the same day!  If this sounds familiar, it is because this idea comes from the Mad Hatter's party as described in "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Caroll.

The Business Stuff !!

ALDA (including the ALDA-Peach chapter) board of directors policy: 
  • An ALDA chapter board of directors has 5 positions.
  • Each member serves for two years and the terms are staggered.
  • Each year, after elections, the board of directors meets and collectively decides who will serve in each of the 5 officer positions.
 
              3 members of the ALDA-Peach board of directors are serving for 2014-2015: 
Kristin Stansell   - served as Vice-President during 2014 
Steve Tamas    - served as Treasurer during 2014 
Mary Platt   - served as Member at Large during 2014 
              2 members of the ALDA-Peach board of directors served for 2013-2014:  
Robin Titterington    - served as President during 2013-2014 
Jim Stansell    - served as Secretary during 2013-2014 
 
Both Robin and Jim do not care to continue to serve as board members during 2015-2016... so we need to elect two replacement board members.  Alas, due to holidays and whatnot, we did not have two replacement candidates ready and available at the November 2014 meeting for the open positions. 
 
The good news!...  Two ALDA-Peach members have come forward and are willing to serve in the two open 2015-2016 board of directors positions: 

Angie Fuoco Boleh
Yael Shaner

 
After elections at the January 2015 meeting... before the February 2015 meeting, the board will meet and the officer positions for 2015 will be announced via our usual media outlets: the newsletter, website, and social media sites and lists.
If you have an interest in serving on the ALDA-Peach board of directors, then please feel free to speak up!  We love to have your participation and your ideas!

The Planning Stuff !!
 
What do we - collectively - all of us - want to do during 2015 as an organization? 
Do you have an "activist" interest... and want to see if we can affect a change in our culture or government?   Do you have some fun ideas you would like us to explore together?  Is there something that you would like to learn more about?  ALDA-Peach is interested in your ideas and your participation!  ALDA-Peach is here for you... and we know that we are here for each other... we look forward to hearing all of your ideas!
Sometimes we plan all 12 monthly meetings ahead of time... sometimes we leave a few open slots so we can take advantage of available speakers, etc. that we were not aware of at the January planning meeting. 
If you want to know what we are planning for the year... check out the "Events" page on our website.  We try to keep the "Events" web page up-to-date for planned events for the current year.
Here is something to start you thinking: 
ALDA-Peach meetings tend to fall into 4 categories: 
Support   - Support meetings teach coping skills for dealing with hearing loss 
Social   - Social meetings are just plain fun meetings 
Skills   - Skills meetings are all about new skills, like a craft, sport or technology 
Services   - Service meetings are all about sharing with/helping others 
 
Two or more categories can be combined in a single meeting.  For example, we have learned how to make custom greeting cards (skills), then distributed the cards at a hospital (service).
 

 All of our meetings are captioned, free and open to the public.

Bring a snack to share if you like. 
We can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

 

ALDA-Peach meeting in December:
Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 1
:30pm  (not our usual time)

Holiday Celebration Pot Luck Feast!
1:30pm - 4:30pm

 

Please join us for our Holiday Celebration Pot Luck Feast!

ALDA-Peach will provide the main-course, including a vegetarian dish.

Please bring your favorite holiday side dish or dessert to share.    

Please RSVP to let Mary Platt
memberatlarge@aldapeach.org know:
1.     If you plan attend
2.   The number of guests you will bring
3.   What food to share you will bring
4.   If you have any food allergies

Where:    

Clairmont Crest Apartments (Activity Room)
1861 Clairmont Rd, Decatur, GA 30033



Please do NOT use the main entrance
to the Clairmont Road side of the 5 story apartment building.

Please enter the Activity Room by the ramp leading to a door
on the left side of the apartment building.

This door will be locked but someone will be there to let you in until 2:15 pm.
After that time, please text 404.908.1203 (Yael Shaner) so someone can let you in.

 All of our meetings (including this feast!) are free and open to the public.

We look forward to celebrating the holidays with food AND your company!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in November:
Saturday, November 8, 2014 at
2:00pm

Our Annual Business Meeting!

Make plans to attend our annual business meeting
(which is always more fun than you can imagine!)

What has ALDA-Peach accomplished this year?
Hear a report about ALDAcon 2014 and find out the location for ALDAcon 2015!

And, best of all, vote for our new board members.
The only requirement is that you are a current member of both ALDA-Peach and ALDA, Inc.

We will have three vacancies...
After the board members are chosen, the five members of the board will decide which office each will serve.

 Our meetings are free and open to the public.
This meeting will be captioned and signed.

Bring a snack to share if you like. 
We can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

ALDA-Peach meeting in October:
Saturday, October 11, 2014 at
2:00pm

CARTing Around the World!

Our CART expert, Heidi Thomas, will tell us about her experiences in
3 Continents, 4 Countries and 5 Airports in 2 Weeks!

As a CART Captioner, much of Heidi's work is done over the internet, but at times she is asked to go onsite to conferences, conventions, and workshops, usually for people with a hearing loss.

Sometimes Heidi is asked to travel across the globe to provide access to people whose first language is other than English. Each time is a unique experience and Heidi looks forward to sharing those experiences with us!

Ever wonder what it’s like to work in Geneva, Switzerland, and Bamako, Mali (W. Africa) in the span of two weeks?  How about Seoul, S. Korea, and Bali, Indonesia... another two-week excursion?  Or maybe celebrating Thanksgiving in Dubai, or arriving in Capetown, S. Africa, the day that Nelson Mandela passed away? 

Heidi will give us a glimpse into the issues of getting her equipment through security on a different continent, and the unique challenges of working in foreign (and developing) countries.  

    Our meetings are free and open to the public.
This meeting will be captioned (though not by Heidi this time!) and signed.

Bring a snack to share if you like. 
We can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

ALDA-Peach meeting in September:
Saturday, September 13, 2014 at
2:00pm

Talking With Your Doctor:
Making the Most of your Medical Appointments!

In the past, the doctor typically took the lead and the patient followed. Today, a good patient-doctor relationship is more of a partnership. You and your doctor can work as a team, along with nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers, to solve your medical problems and keep you healthy.

Yael Shaner, our resident expert and presenter, will provide tips for how to:
                           Get ready for a doctor’s visit  
  Effectively talk with a clinician about health concerns  
  Make collaborative decisions about treatment  
  Remember what was discussed following the appointment!  

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in August:
Saturday, August 9, 2014 at
2:00pm

It's Too Hot To Cook!
Let's Eat Out!

Please join us Saturday, August 9 at Kacey’s Home Cooking in Tucker!

Let’s let someone ELSE do the cooking in this hot, hot weather.

Kacey’s features an all-you-can-eat buffet of Southern diner favorites.
Kacey’s is easy on the budget too!

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in July:
Saturday, July 12, 2014 at
2:00pm (gather at 1:45pm)

High Museum of Art!
Dream Cars...
Innovative Design - Visionary Ideas!

This exhibition will display
conceptual drawings and scale models in addition to the concept cars,
demonstrating how their experimental designs
advanced ideas of progress and changed the automobile
from an object of function to a symbol of future possibilities.

Of course, these are really cool cars!
These automotive design folks have to skill to turn an idea
into a real car that you can walk all the way around and peer into the windows.

Alas... no, we don't get to take the cars on a test drive :-(

More information about this exhibit is available on their website: http://www.high.org/art/exhibitions/dream-cars.aspx


We will be charged the "group rate" of $10 per person for admission.

Please plan to gather in the lobby of the High Museum of Art
at 1:45pm so we can start our tour together at 2:00 pm     

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

ALDA-Peach meeting in June:
Saturday, June 14, 2014 at
2:00pm

BINGO!
ALDA-Peach Style!

On June 14th, ALDA-Peaches will have fun playing BINGO!

No matter what communication mode you use, this game is accessible to you. We will have prizes to die for: your favorite white elephant gift or something from the dollar store!

This event will be held at our usual location:
Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church,
who graciously donates the space for us to meet.

 Our meetings are free and open to the public.
This meeting will be captioned and signed.

Bring a snack to share if you like. 
We can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm     

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in May:
Saturday, May 10, 2014 at
2:00pm

ALDA-Peach Down-Home Southern Picnic!

What if it is a little damp on Saturday?  That's OK...
We have a covered pavilion reserved and a covered grill area!

Please join us for a lakefront old-fashioned Georgia style picnic on red soil on
Saturday, May 10 at 2PM!

Please bring a favorite picnic side item, dessert or beverage.

ALDA-Peach will provide the entree...
kosher hot dogs, beef burgers, veggie burgers, buns, lettuce, and tomato slices.

Once again... our amazing ALDA-Peach chefs will be presiding at the grills:
Jim Stansell, our secretary and Steve Tamas, our treasurer and webmaster!

Please RSVP to
Mary Platt, our member-at-large
at (no surprises here!):  memberatlarge@aldapeach.org  so we can get a head count.  
Indicate which protein (kosher hot dogs, beef burgers, veggie burgers) you would prefer
and what you are planning on bringing to the picnic table.
The more, the merrier!!

We will be meeting at
Red Top Mountain State Park - Picnic Shelter #7
with a beautiful lakeside view on three sides!

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

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ALDA-Peach meeting in April:
Saturday, April 12, 2014 at
2:00pm

Linda Pogue
Advocacy Director with disABILITY LINK!


disABILITY LINK is an organization led by and for people with disabilities and promotes choice and full participation in community life.  They describe themselves are an organization that is part of the IL (Independent Living) movement.

The Independent Living Philosophy:
People with disabilities have the right to be independent, make decisions for themselves, have access to their communities and to achieve goals in life like any other individual.

Linda Pogue is the Advocacy Director with disABILITY LINK and she will be discussing the many services that disABILITY LINK offers to help folks with disabilities live successful independent lives.

disABILITY LINK
The Center for Rights & Resources

755 Commerce Drive
Suite 105
Decatur, GA 30030
Voice   404-687-8890
TTY Relay   711
Fax   404-687-8298
website   www.disabilitylink.org
e-mail   info@disabilitylink.org

 

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm for a lively discussion, refreshments and good company.
We look forward to seeing you there!

We will be meeting at our usual location:
Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in March:
Saturday, March 8, 2014 at
2:00pm

Tour the Atlanta History Center!


The Atlanta History Center is located on 33 acres in the heart of historic Buckhead.

The Center includes the Atlanta History Museum (which includes the Centennial Olympic Games Museum), two historic houses (including the Swan House), the Smith Farm, the Kenan Research Center and 22 acres of historic gardens and trails.

ALDA-Peach is planning on touring the Atlanta History Museum together. 

The Atlanta History Museum is the first building you encounter when using the West Paces Ferry entrance.  Ample parking is available in a parking deck to the right of the Atlanta History Museum.

You may want to stay later and, after our tour, visit some of the other attractions at the Atlanta History Center.  If you choose to stay and visit other areas, please be aware that the gardens, the Smith Farm and the upper floors of the Swan House are not wheel chair accessible.

More information is available at their website: www.atlantahistorycenter.com.

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm     

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in February:
Saturday, February 8, 2014 at
2:00pm

Books That Have Inspired Us!


At our ALDA-Peach meeting on Saturday, February 8,
we're going to give reviews of books that have inspired us in some way.

They don't necessarily have to be about hearing loss.
The length of time for each report will be, at most, around 10 minutes.

Plan to bring some snacks so we can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm     

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in January:
Saturday, January 11, 2014 at
2:00pm

ALDA-Peach's Unbirthday Party!
and
ALDA-Peach's 2014 Planning Session


The Unbirthday Party lets us celebrate everyone’s birthdays on the same day!

It takes its name from the Mad Hatter’s party
as described in the book “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll.

   Time to put your thinking cap on!

At this meeting, we will also discuss suggestions for our 2014 meetings.
We know the things that we have done together in the past...
but your participation is VITAL!!!
What fun things do you want to us to do together in the future - during 2014?

Is there a topic you’d like to discuss with the group?
Is there an assistive device you’re curious to learn more about?
Is there an event or activity you’d like to share with ALDA-Peach?
Is there a service project you’d like to do with us?

Please come prepared to share your suggestions!  

ALDA-Peach meetings fall into 4 different categories:
Support    Support meetings are designed to teach coping skills for dealing with hearing loss.
Social Social meetings are designed to have fun.
Skills Skills meetings are designed to teach a new skill, such as a craft or sport.
Services Service meetings are designed to share our talents with others who need our help.

Two or more categories can be combined in a single meeting. For example, we have learned how to make custom greeting cards (skills), then distributed the cards at a hospital (service).  

After all the hard work and discussion, we will refresh ourselves with a very merry unbirthday cake and other delicious snacks, celebrating our 14th year as a chapter.
 

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm     

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in December:
December 14, 2013 at
2:00pm

ALDA-Peach's 14th Annual Holiday Luncheon!

Please join us at 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 14 for our Annual Holiday Luncheon.
ALDA-Peach will hold our 14th Annual Holiday Luncheon at
the Longhorn Steakhouse in Tucker, GA. 

Longhorn Steakhouse lunch menu with prices
if asked, type in zipcode: 30084 and pick the first restaurant for the Tucker, GA location

Each person will be expected to pay for their own meal.

Please RSVP ALDA-Peach to let us know you are coming...
Send an e-mail to: president[at]aldapeach.org
 

We look forward to seeing you there!

ALDA-Peach meeting in November:
Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 2:00pm

ALDA-Peach's Annual Business Meeting!
including electing the 2014 board of directors
and

All about last month's ALDA-Con 2013 in Albuquerque, New Mexico!

Come to hear the debrief of experiences of Peaches who attended this year's ALDA-Con in Albuquerque, New Mexico!

The 2nd half of this meeting will include:
our annual election of the ALDA-Peach board members to serve in 2014
plus...
our annual ALDA-Peach planning brainstorm - planning our 2014 events!


This event will be held at our usual location:
Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church,
who graciously donates the space for us to meet.

 This meeting will be captioned and signed.
Our meetings are free and open to the public.

Plan to bring some snacks so we can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm     

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in October:
Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 2:00pm

Photo Sharing and Critiquing Time!     

A small bit of history is called for here...

ALDA-Peach's August meeting was entitled: "How to Take Better Photos!".
Our resident photography expert and current ALDA-Peach Vice President, Kristin Stansell, shared with us useful tips to keep in mind when composing and taking photographs.

At the end of the August meeting an idea was born:
We have a collection of photographers here at ALDA-Peach who are always interested in learning more about photography and about their ability to take pictures. 

We seized upon the notion that there was one last ALDA-Peach meeting available this year that did not have an event or a speaker.

That brings us to our upcoming meeting this Saturday...

Time to share our photos with each other and, perhaps, get a little feedback about how to improve our photography!

Kristin attended graduate school at The School of St. Andrews University in Dundee, Scotland where she completed most of the requirements for a Masters degree in Photography. 

Kristin will be available to help critique our photos and suggest ways to improve our photography.

But hang on... we are not known for our formality and some folks just want to share pictures of their family... and we are all glad to learn a little more about each other.

Your photos...
extending the ALDA motto of "Whatever Works for You"...
- Bring prints
- Bring a memory stick (USB ports will be available!)
- You can even bring your own slide projector!

We will be meeting at our usual location:
Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm for a lively discussion, refreshments and good company.
We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in September:
Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 2:00pm

Ellen Rolader on
Hamilton Relay's CapTel Services!     

Ellen Rolader of Hamilton Relay will share with us about Hamilton's CapTel services on iPhones, iPads, and computers.

She will show CapTel 840 phone users us how to obtain a 10 digit number of their own and follow up with people who are using CapTel phones about their experience with the phone.

Ellen will also share about some of the new programs Hamilton Relay is starting.

You may have noticed the "Sponsored By Georgia Relay" message in our monthly newsletter and on our website's home page.  Hamilton Relay is the current provider of the Georgia Relay service and has been responsible for providing ALDA-Peach with a greatly appreciated annual sponsorship over the past few years to help defray our newsletter and website expenses.

We will be meeting at our usual location:
Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm for a lively discussion, refreshments and good company.
We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in August:
Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 2:00pm

How to Take Better Photos!     

Everybody is a photographer these days... everyone has a camera... 

Your old Kodak Instamatic (yes they still work).
35mm film cameras (they still sell and develop film).
Your digital SLR camera with interchangeable lenses and your compact digital camera.
We can't forget your iPhone, iPad, most recent cell phones, laptop and tablet computers...
all "camera enabled".

Everyone really is a photographer these days...
but how do you become a GOOD photographer?

Our resident photography expert and current ALDA-Peach Vice President, Kristin Stansell, will be discussing how to COMPOSE the snap-shots that you take into more compelling images by simply adjusting your frame, adding more or leaving out information... then all you need to do is press 'click'!

Kristin attended graduate school at The School of St. Andrews University in Dundee, Scotland where she completed most of the requirements for a Masters degree in Photography.

We will be meeting at our usual location:
Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm for a lively discussion, refreshments and good company.
We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in July:
Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 2:00pm

It's Too Hot To Cook!
Let's Eat Out!

Please join us Saturday, July 13 at Kacey’s Home Cooking in Tucker!

Let’s let someone ELSE do the cooking in this hot, hot weather.

Kacey’s features an all-you-can-eat buffet of Southern diner favorites.
Kacey’s is easy on the budget too!

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in June:
Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 2:00pm

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Retirement Communities!

Bob Green has just returned from a visit to ASL Apache Trails,
a deaf/hard of hearing retirement community in Tempe, Arizona.

He has videos and pictures to share along with information about this facility
 and its' implications for other retirement communities.

This meeting will signed and captioned.
Please join us for this interesting topic!

Plan to bring some snacks so we can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in May:
Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 1:15pm

Try Out Captioned Glasses at the Cinema!

On Saturday, May 11, ALDA-Peach is going to meet at the
Regal Hollywood Stadium 24 @ North I-85
to see "The Great Gatsby" using their "captioned glasses".

We will meet in the theater lobby at 1:15pm.
The movie starts at 1:30pm.

Admission to the movie will be $9.00 for adults and $8.50 for seniors.
Parking is free and the theater is easily accessible.
If our group has 25 or more people, we will be able to get a group discount.

Here is a link to the captioned movie trailer of The Great Gatsby: http://www.captionfish.com/movies/the-great-gatsby
 
If you think you might be interested in joining us (no commitment required),
please e-mail our president at: president@aldapeach.org
to let us know you are coming so we can be on the lookout for you.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in April:
Saturday, April 13, 2013 at
2:00pm

Hearing Loss Discussion!

Our topic for discussion is the frustrations we have encountered with hearing loss and the ways that we have learned to resolve those frustrations.

Captioning and sign language interpreting will be available.

P
lan to bring some snacks so we can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm     

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in March:
Saturday, March 9, 2013 at
2:00pm

Books That Have Inspired Us!


At our ALDA-Peach meeting on Saturday, March 9,
we're going to give reviews of books that have inspired us in some way.

They don't necessarily have to be about hearing loss.
The length of time for each report will be, at most, around 10 minutes.

Plan to bring some snacks so we can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm     

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in February:
Saturday, February 9, 2013 at
2:00pm

ALDA-Peach's 2013 Open Planning Session


At this meeting, we will discuss suggestions for our 2013 meetings.

Is there a topic you’d like to discuss with the group?
Is there an assistive device you’re curious to learn more about?
Is there an event or activity you’d like to share with ALDA-Peach?
Is there a service project you’d like to do with us?

Please come prepared to share your suggestions!  

ALDA-Peach meetings fall into 4 different categories:
Support    Support meetings are designed to teach coping skills for dealing with hearing loss.
Social Social meetings are designed to have fun.
Skills Skills meetings are designed to teach a new skill, such as a craft or sport.
Services Service meetings are designed to share our talents with others who need our help.

Two or more categories can be combined in a single meeting. For example, we have learned how to make custom greeting cards (skills), then distributed the cards at a hospital (service).  

Plan to bring some snacks so we can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm     

We look forward to seeing you there!

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ALDA-Peach meeting in January:
Saturday, January 12, 2013 at
2:00pm

Nancy Duncan with
Disability Resource Group
and
our annual Unbirthday Party!

Nancy Duncan, the Executive Director of DRG (Disability Resource Group),
will host a discussion about what deafened and hard of hearing folks should expect
from health care providers. 
Ms. Duncan will specifically address what you have a right to expect and what you can do when your communication needs are not being met in this challenging environment.

The unbirthday party lets us celebrate everyone’s birthdays on the same day.
It takes its name from the Mad Hatter’s party as described in the book “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll.

   After the presentation, we will refresh ourselves with a very merry unbirthday cake and other delicious snacks, celebrating our 13th year as a chapter. 

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm     

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in December:
Saturday, December 8, 2012 at
2:00pm

ALDA-Peach's Annual Holiday Luncheon!

Please RSVP to president@aldapeach.org, if possible, or just show up.

We have reserved a room and the cost will be $10.00 per person at the group rate (includes entree and 2 sides).

Our meetings and events are open to the public.
For events like this we use the "whatever works" principle to communicate...
Sign language, paper and pen, personal marker boards, tablet and laptop computers!

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm     

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in November:
Saturday, November 10, 2012 at
2:00pm

ALDA-Peach's Annual Business Meeting!
including electing the 2013 board of directors

All about last month's ALDA-Con 2012 in Columbia, SC!

Come to hear the debrief of experiences of Peaches who attended this year's ALDA-Con in Columbia!

The 2nd half of this meeting will include:
our annual election of the ALDA-Peach board members to serve in 2013
plus...
our annual ALDA-Peach planning brainstorm - planning our 2013 events!


This event will be held at our usual location:
Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church,
who graciously donates the space for us to meet.

 This meeting will be captioned and signed.
Our meetings are free and open to the public.

Plan to bring some snacks so we can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm     

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in October:
Saturday, October 13, 2012 at
2:00pm

Ellen Rolader
The new Outreach Coordinator for Hamilton Relay

Georgia Relay Update!
Including equipment demos.


Ellen Rolader of Hamilton Relay, the current provider of Georgia Relay services,
will tell us about Hamilton's newest features and technology that helps to connect us with others.

This event will be held at our usual location:
Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church,
who graciously donates the space for us to meet.

 This meeting will be captioned and signed.
Our meetings are free and open to the public.

Plan to bring some snacks so we can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm     

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in September:
Saturday, September 8, 2012 at
2:00pm

UPDATE: Dr. Critchfield had to cancel...
ALDA-Peach substituted with an ALDA-Peach member update.

Dr. Barry Critchfield
Georgia Department of
Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities,
Deaf Services

Dr. Barry Critchfield will give a presentation to ALDA-Peach on deaf/hard of hearing services provided by his organization plus suggestions on how to cope with hearing loss.

This event will be held at our usual location:
Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church,
who graciously donates the space for us to meet.

 This meeting will be captioned and signed.
Our meetings are free and open to the public.

Plan to bring some snacks so we can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm     

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in August:
Saturday, August 11, 2012 at
2:00pm

It's Too Hot To Cook!
Let's Eat Out!

Please join us Saturday, August 11 at Kacey’s Home Cooking in Tucker!

Let’s let someone ELSE do the cooking in this hot, hot weather.

Kacey’s features an all-you-can-eat buffet of Southern diner favorites.
Kacey’s is easy on the budget too!

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm     

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in July:
Saturday, July 14, 2012 at
2:00pm (optional lunch at 12:15pm)

Tour Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and Gardens!


Callanwolde is closely associated with Atlanta's history...

-- A brief historic note is called for: --

Asa Griggs Candler, an Atlanta pharmacist, in 1891 purchased the rights to the formula for Coca-Cola from it's original inventor, another Atlanta pharmacist, John S. Pemberton.

Coca-Cola was originally sold as a tonic for most common ailments.  The Candler family led the transition of the Coca-Cola company from a producer of tonics to a producer of one of the world's most popular beverages.

Charles Howard Candler was the oldest son of Asa Griggs Candler and had the 27,000 square foot Gothic-Tudor style Callanwolde mansion built on a 27 acre estate while he was serving as head of the Coca-Cola company.

Howard Chandler (as he was known) and his family lived at Callanwolde from 1920 until 1959.  Atlanta has a fond regard for the Chandler family because they are more than a local success story.  They are also well known for their many philanthropic contributions to Atlanta and to Emory University. 

-- end of historic note --

Callanwolde's architectural plan is one of openness. Most rooms adjoin the great halls located on each floor, and the entire 27,000 square foot mansion is centered around a large courtyard that has recently been enclosed. The attention to fine detail is evident in the excellent craftsmanship of the walnut panelling, stained glass, bronze balustrades, the artistry of the delicate ceiling and fireplace reliefs, and the pierced tracery concealing the Aeolian organ chambers. Free brochures are available that describe many of the features of the mansion.

Instead of acting as a museum, Callanwolde serves as the home for the non-profit Callanwolde Foundation which operates the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and provides a series of classes hosted in the Callanwolde mansion.  The mansion has been retrofitted with ramps and elevators so all areas of the mansion are handicapped accessible.

A gallery is open until 3:00pm on Saturdays on the second floor of the mansion.  The gallery is currently displaying "Putting Lipstick on a Sculpture", an exhibit by Kelly O'Brian.

Of the estate's original 27 acres, approximately 12 remain intact. The grounds, which consist of sculptured lawns, formal gardens, nature trails and a rock garden, have been partially restored by the DeKalb County Federation of Garden Clubs.  The house and grounds are maintained by DeKalb County.

The gardens can be viewed by everyone from the private drive that runs through the Callanwolde grounds.  The walking paths through the garden, however, have steps and have not been retrofitted for wheelchair access.  

Admission and parking are FREE at Callanwolde for self-guided tours.

Please plan to join us for an optional lunch at 12:15pm at the Panera Bread across from Emory University in the "Emory Village" area near Callanwolde or you can skip the lunch and join us at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center at 2:00pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in June:
Saturday, June 9, 2012 at
2:00pm

All About Photography!     

Everybody is a photographer these days... everyone has a camera... 

Your old Kodak Instamatic (yes they still work).
35mm film cameras (they still sell and develop film).
Your digital SLR camera with interchangeable lenses and your compact digital camera.
We can't forget your iPhone, iPad, most recent cell phones, laptop and tablet computers...
all "camera enabled".

Everyone really is a photographer these days...
but how do you become a GOOD photographer?

Our own ALDA-Peach experts reveal how everyone can take good pictures and videos
with their old and new equipment. 

BONUS: We will also get an update on new stuff that is just now becoming affordable to the casual photographer and incredible capabilities that are just now coming to the marketplace.

We will be meeting at our usual location:
Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm for a lively discussion, refreshments and good company.
We look forward to seeing you there!

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ALDA-Peach meeting in May:
Saturday, May 12, 2012 at
2:00pm

ALDA-Peach Down-Home Southern Picnic!

Please join us for a lakefront old-fashioned Georgia style picnic on red soil on
Saturday, May 12 at 2PM!

Please bring a favorite picnic side item, dessert or beverage.

ALDA-Peach will provide the entree...
kosher hot dogs, beef burgers, veggie burgers, buns, lettuce, and tomato slices.
Steve Tamas, our webmaster, will once again preside as Grill Sergeant.

Please RSVP to
Roxanne, ALDA-Peach's Member-at-Large at memberatlarge@aldapeach.org
so we can get a head count.  
Indicate which protein (kosher hot dogs, beef burgers, veggie burgers) you would prefer and what you are planning on bringing to the picnic table. The more, the merrier!!

We will be meeting at
Red Top Mountain State Park - Picnic Shelter #7
with a beautiful lakeside view!

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in April:
Saturday, April 14, 2012 at
2:00pm

ALDA-Peach Members Book Reviews!

We will be having a members’ review of books they’ve read about hearing loss and living with hearing loss they found helpful.

CART (Captioning) will be provided for this meeting. 

Plan to bring some snacks so we can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm
We look forward to seeing you there!

We will be meeting at our usual location...
Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in March:
Saturday, March 10, 2012 at
2:00pm

Georgia Advocacy Office & ADA!

Come to learn more about the ADA and your rights.

Julie Kegley, a staff attorney with GAO who was born with hearing loss, will be presenting.

Find out what the GAO does for Georgia residents and how they can help persons with hearing loss advocate for effective communication with medical providers and employers!

CART (Captioning) will be provided for this meeting. 

Plan to bring some snacks so we can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm
We look forward to seeing you there!

We will be meeting at our usual location...
Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in February:
Saturday, February 11, 2012 at
2:00pm

All About ALDA and ALDA-Peach!


Do you want to know:
  • Why and how ALDA, Inc. was set up?
  • What are the differences and membership benefits of both ALDA, Inc. and ALDA-Peach? 
  • What’s an ALDAcon and why would anyone want to go?
(ALDAcon?... Ask Robin who has missed only one since 1992!) 

Get all those questions answered. . . and more at our upcoming ALDA-Peach meeting!
Our presenter will be our own Robin Titterington, a confirmed ALDA-holic! 

Robin has served on the board of ALDA, Inc. (for a three-year term, including president), and as the founding president of ALDA-Peach.  

In honor of the event, we will have pizza delivered.
Donations for pizza will be accepted! 
Please bring soda and whatever else you'd like to share.

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm
We look forward to seeing you there!

We will be meeting at the Huntington Condominiums Clubhouse

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in January:
Saturday, January 14, 2012 at
2:00pm

ALDA-Peach's Unbirthday Party!
and the 2012
Annual Meeting/Agenda Planning Session


The unbirthday party lets us celebrate everyone’s birthdays on the same day.
It takes its name from the Mad Hatter’s party as described in the book “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll.

   At this meeting, we will also discuss suggestions for our 2012 meetings.

Is there a topic you’d like to discuss with the group?
Is there an assistive device you’re curious to learn more about?
Is there an event or activity you’d like to share with ALDA-Peach?
Is there a service project you’d like to do with us?

Please come prepared to share your suggestions!  

ALDA-Peach meetings fall into 4 different categories:
Support    Support meetings are designed to teach coping skills for dealing with hearing loss.
Social Social meetings are designed to have fun.
Skills Skills meetings are designed to teach a new skill, such as a craft or sport.
Services Service meetings are designed to share our talents with others who need our help.

Two or more categories can be combined in a single meeting. For example, we have learned how to make custom greeting cards (skills), then distributed the cards at a hospital (service).  

After all the hard work and discussion, we will refresh ourselves with a very merry unbirthday cake and other delicious snacks, celebrating our 12th year as a chapter.
 

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm     

We look forward to seeing you there!

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ALDA-Peach meeting in December:
Saturday, December 10, 2011 at
2:00pm

ALDA-Peach's 12th Annual Holiday Party!

Please join the ALDA-Peaches for our annual holiday luncheon.  This year we will be having our lunch at Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint (yes, that is their real name!).

Uncle Maddio’s specializes in fresh and flavorful pizza to suit any taste, and the price is right at under $10 per person.

You can read a review of this restaurant on the Urban Spoon website using the following link:
http://www.urbanspoon.com/

Please RSVP to ALDA-Peach to let us know that you are coming.  
Send an e-mail to: vicepresident[at]aldapeach.org

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm     

We look forward to seeing you there!

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ALDA-Peach meeting in November:
Saturday, November 12, 2011 at
2:00pm

ALDA-Peach's
Annual Business Meeting and Elections!

 

ALDA-Peach will hold our Annual Business Meeting and the ALDA-Peach membership will elect the board members to serve in 2012.

 

The 2012 board members will meet later in order to elect the 2012 officers from the among the board members.

Plan to bring some snacks so we can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm     

We look forward to seeing you there!

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ALDA-Peach meeting in October:
October 8, 2011 at
2:00pm

Graphics 101
with PowerPoint Basics

 

Have you ever wanted to get graphics in your documents?

Would you like to know how to put together a PointPoint presentation?

 

If so, this will be your opportunity to learn!


At our October meeting, Yael Shaner will show us how to work with graphics and Marge Tamas will explain the basics of PowerPoint.

 

These enlightening presentations will be conducted in voice and text, using computers, projectors and a really fast typist!

Plan to bring some snacks so we can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm     

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in September:
September 10, 2011 at
2:00pm

What's New!
in Assistive Listening Devices
for Severe and Profound Hearing Loss

Hearing aid and assistive listening technology has advanced tremendously
in just the last 5 years.

Directional microphones have made difficult listening situations such as restaurant dinners far easier for individual with moderate hearing loss; directional technology is now available in high-powered hearing aids for individuals with more severe hearing losses. Additionally, wireless technologies have transformed hearing aids from mere amplifiers into customized earphones for audio signals coming from a variety of sources. These technical advances may permit greater access to environmental sounds as well as improve the quality of the sound heard.

This informative presentation will be conducted in voice and text, courtesy of ALDA-Peach’s “magic machine”: a really fast typist, a laptop computer, and a computer projector for not-quite-real-time captioning.

We are pleased to announce that John Turner, Hearing Instrument Specialist for AccuQuest Hearing Center of Douglasville, on the west side of the greater metropolitan area, will be our speaker. He will describe and demonstrate a variety of high-power hearing aids and assistive devices.

Plan to bring some snacks so we can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm     

We look forward to seeing you there!

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ALDA-Peach meeting in August:
August 13, 2011 at
2:00pm

GaCHI Update!
Presented by Roger Robb,
Advocate Specialist – Decatur Office


GaCHI, the Georgia Council for the Hearing Impaired, provides support services, advocacy, and education to individuals throughout the state of Georgia who are have a hearing loss of any kind, including the culturally deaf, hard-of-hearing, late-deafened, and deaf-blind.

GaCHI is well known for providing specialized telecommunications equipment and training for the Georgia Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program (GATEDP) to qualified applicants who have difficulty using a standard phone. However, GaCHI provides many other services that are less well known, but might provide just the help you need to live more confidently and independently, whatever your degree of hearing loss or how long you have had it.

This informative presentation will be provided in sign language with sign-to-voice interpreting and ALDA-Peach’s “magic machine”: a really fast typist, a laptop computer, and a computer projector for not-quite-real-time captioning.

We are pleased to announce that Roger Robb will be the presenter for the August 13 meeting. Roger Robb is the Advocate Specialist at GACHI – Decatur Office.  He has worked at GACHI for 3 years.  He hails from Albuquerque, New Mexico where he graduated from New Mexico School for the Deaf.  He received his BA in Sociology at Point Loma Nazarene College in San Diego, California.  He has been working in the advocacy field for more than 12 years, working in San Diego, Greeley, Denver, Chicago, Albuquerque, and now Atlanta.  He enjoys empowering clients to be more self-reliant and independent.  In his spare time, he enjoys disc golfing, watching old movies from the 1930s – 1950s, reading books, and bowling.

Plan to bring some snacks so we can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm at GaCHI's Decatur, GA office.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in July:
July 9, 2011 at
2:00pm

Swim Party!

For our July meeting the agenda item is: HAVE FUN!
We are planning to have a fun social time together with a Pool Party
at the Lascek's house.

Plan to bring some snacks so we can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm at the Lascek's house.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in June:
June 11, 2011 at
2:00pm

It's Too Hot To Cook!
Let's Eat Out!

Please join us Saturday, June 11 at Kacey’s Home Cooking in Tucker!

Let’s let someone ELSE do the cooking in this hot, hot weather.

Kacey’s features an all-you-can-eat buffet of Southern diner favorites.
Kacey’s is easy on the budget too, at just $7.00 per person.

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm     

We look forward to seeing you there!


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ALDA-Peach meeting in May:
May 14, 2011 at
2:00pm

ALDA-Peach Annual Service Project
Spring Cleaning at our host meeting facility:
Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church

Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church has been gracious enough to allow us to meet at their facility each month for free.  Each year we perform a service project designed to help them out in some way.

This year, cleaning is at the top of their "to-do" list,
with the nursery specifically mentioned. 

Wiping down the toys with disinfectant wipes was suggested. 
There are LOTS of toys in the nursery, but the work is not hard, and should be just enough for one afternoon.  If anyone prefers to wash windows, that would also be most welcome.   

Plan to bring some snacks so we can refresh ourselves with food AND company!

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm at our usual meeting location:
Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church

We look forward to seeing you there!

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ALDA-Peach meeting in April:
April 9, 2011 at
2:00pm

Tour of the Atlanta Botanical Garden!

Enjoy the beauty of spring in Atlanta with a refreshing tour of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens with the Peaches!

The Gardens’ featured exhibit will be “Orchid Daze: Liquid Landscapes”,

Adult admission is $18.95
Children's admission (3-12) is $12.95
(if you have a AAA membership, you can get a $2.00 discount)

There is an extra fee for parking.
Harriet Frankel lives nearby and Peaches are welcome to park in her driveway, then rendezvous at the Botantical Garden at 2:00 pm. Space in Harriet’s driveway is limited.

Please RSVP to
president@aldapeach.org so we know how many are planning to come.

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm at the Atlanta Botantical Garden

We look forward to seeing you there!

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ALDA-Peach meeting in March:
March 12, 2011 at
3:00pm

Captioned Movie: Black Sand!

Please join us for a screening of the film “Black Sand” at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf (AASD), just a short drive from our usual meeting location. “Black Sand” is a suspense movie about some teenagers who visit a jungle paradise…or is it?

Doors open at 3:00pm at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf Auditorium


The admission is $11.00 per person (cash only) at the door.
Refreshments will be available.
ASL Films DVDs and T-Shirts will be sold at the AASD booth.

For more information or questions, please email to Kevin Steffy,
ATLdeaffilm@aol.com.

You can see preview trailer of "Black Sand," which is rated PG-13, at www.ASLFilms.com. The movie is performed in American Sign Language and will be captioned in English.

We will meet at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf Auditorium.
Please note that this event we will be one hour later than our usual meeting time.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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ALDA-Peach meeting in February:
February 12, 2011 at
2:00pm

Book Club!
Everyone gets to be a book reviewer!

Please join us at the Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church for an open discussion forum where everyone gets to be a book reviewer.

We will be discussing the most helpful, informative, or encouraging book our members have ever read about hearing loss.

You don’t have to bring the book, but please bring the exact, correct title and the author’s name so we can make a list to give to everyone after the meeting.  

Delicious refreshments will be available after the meeting, as always.  

We look forward to seeing you there!

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ALDA-Peach meeting in January:
January 8, 2011 at
2:00pm

Open Planning Session and Unbirthday Party!

Please join us at the Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church for our
Open Planning Session and for our Unbirthday Party!

   At this meeting, we will discuss suggestions for our 2011 meetings.

Is there a topic you’d like to discuss with the group?
Is there an assistive device you’re curious to learn more about?
Is there an event or activity you’d like to share with ALDA-Peach?
Is there a service project you’d like to do with us?

Please come prepared to share your suggestions!  
ALDA-Peach meetings fall into 4 different categories:
Support    Support meetings are designed to teach coping skills for dealing with hearing loss.
Social Social meetings are designed to have fun.
Skills Skills meetings are designed to teach a new skill, such as a craft or sport.
Services Service meetings are designed to share our talents with others who need our help.

Two or more categories can be combined in a single meeting. For example, we have learned how to make custom greeting cards (skills), then distributed the cards at a hospital (service).  

After all the hard work and discussion, we will refresh ourselves with a very merry unbirthday cake and other delicious snacks, celebrating our 11th year as a chapter.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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ALDA-Peach meeting in December:
December 11, 2010 at
2:00pm

ALDA-Peach's 11th Annual Holiday Luncheon!

Please join us at 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 11 for our Annual Holiday Luncheon.
ALDA-Peach will hold our 11th Annual Holiday Luncheon at
the Longhorn Steakhouse in Tucker, GA. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

ALDA-Peach meeting in November:
November 13, 2010 at
2:00pm

ALDA-Peach's Annual Business Meeting
and Elections!

Please join us at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 13 in the classroom annex of Lawrenceville United Methodist Church for our annual business meeting.

ALDA-Peach will hold our Annual Business Meeting and the ALDA-Peach membership will elect the board members to serve in 2011. 

The 2011 board members will meet later in order to elect the 2011 officers from the among the board members.

Door Prizes will be given!


As always, this fun meeting will also have some delicious light refreshments and provide an excellent time to socialize.  

We look forward to seeing you there!

This meeting will be held at our usual location at the
Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church

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 ALDA-Peach meeting in October:
October 9, 2010 at
2:00pm

Sage or Silly!

Please join us at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 9 in the classroom annex of Lawrenceville United Methodist Church for a fun party game, ALDA-style! 

Teams will compete to complete a proverb.  The idea of the game is to convince the members of the other teams that your team’s entry is the correct ending.

There are 3 ways to win:
 by guessing the correct ending
 by getting the most votes
 by getting the biggest laughs

Pen, paper, computer, and projector will be used to ensure that everyone can participate in all of the fun.


As always, this fun meeting will also have some delicious light refreshments and provide an excellent time to socialize.
 
 

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Georgia Relay picnic in September:
September 18, 2010 from 11:00am -
2:30pm


Enjoy the Georgia Relay's 3rd Annual Picnic
at Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake


All ALDA-Peach members are invited to participate in the third annual Georgia Relay picnic being held Saturday, September 18 from 11am-2:30pm at J. Strom Thurmond Dam & Lake in Clarks Hill, South Carolina.

The picnic is an opportunity for people who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families to come together for a fun-filled afternoon of games and free food and drink.

Bring your chairs and your picnic blankets and enjoy time with family, friends and new acquaintances!  

J. Strom Thurmond Dam & Lake is located at
510 Clarks Hill Highway, Clarks Hill, S.C. 29821.

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ALDA-Peach meeting in September:
September 11, 2010 at
2:00pm

All About ALDAcon, 2010
and
What I Did On My Summer Vacation

The ALDA-Peaches love to travel, love to tell stories, and love to take pictures!

Please join us for a special DOUBLE presentation in September, where we’ll feature our members’ stories and lessons learned from ALDAcon 2010, and as a special bonus, stories and photos from summer vacation. 

These memorable presentations will be followed, as always, by some delicious light refreshments and time to socialize.
 
 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in August:
Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 2:00pm

Tour the Breman Museum
Special Exhibit:
Dr. Seuss Goes To War

The board has voted to move the August meeting to ***SUNDAY***, August 15, 2010 so that we can tour the Breman Museum special exhibit, “Dr Seuss Goes to War.”  

This is the first time we’ve EVER met on a Sunday.  I am hopeful that this meeting date will not only enable us to tour the Breman Museum, but permit some of our Peaches who are unable to attend our Saturday meetings to come to this meeting.  

More details will be coming shortly, but meanwhile, here is a link to the museum’s website:
http://www.thebreman.org


Admission fees:
Adults  $12
Seniors (62 and over) $8
Students $6
Children ages 3-6 $4
Children under 3 free


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ALDA-Peach meeting in July:
July 10, 2010 at
2:00pm

Whatever Works at Work:
Coping with Hearing Loss on the Job

Individuals with hearing loss work in a variety of professions, and
ALDA-Peach members are no exception!

This informative meeting will share the challenges as well as the successes of dealing with hearing loss in a variety of employment settings.

Learn how others handle:
 interviews
large-group meetings
teleconference calls
customer interaction
other aspects of working life

A question and answer session with Ananda Brantley-Melson, an investigator with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, will follow the presentations.

We invite ALDA-Peach members who would like to present their experiences at this meeting to please contact Marge, president@aldapeach.org, for more information.

 

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ALDA-Peach meeting in June, 2010:
June 12, 2010 at
2:00pm

All About CIs and BAHAs

Please join us Saturday, June 12 for a presentation on surgical options for some types of hearing loss.

Scott Rinehart, Cochlear Awareness Network Manager, Southeast Territory, will discuss cochlear implants (CIs) and bone-anchored hearing aids (BAHAs), including their advantages, disadvantages, and how they compare to competing products. Ample time will be set aside for questions and answers

Professional CART will be provided at this meeting courtesy of Cochlear Americas.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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ALDA-Peach meeting in May, 2010:
May 8, 2010 at
2:00pm

 

Down-Home Southern Picnic!

Please join us for an old-fashioned, Georgia style picnic!

 

Please bring a favorite picnic side item or beverage: ALDA-Peach will provide beef burgers, veggie burgers, kosher hot dogs, buns, lettuce, and tomato slices.

 

Steve Tamas, our webmaster, will preside as Grill Sergeant.
We need to make sure that we have enough entrees and

we need to know what side dishes everyone is planning to bring!

 

Please let our secretary, Ann Smith, know by e-mailing secretary@aldapeach.org

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

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ALDA-Peach meeting in April:
April 10, 2010 at
2:00pm

Tour of the Atlanta Botanical Garden!

Enjoy the beauty of spring in Atlanta with a refreshing tour of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens with the Peaches!

The Gardens’ featured exhibit will be “Towers of Flowers: Orchid Daze”,
a mosaic designed from orchids.

Adult admission is $15
Senior Adult admission (65+) is $12
Children's admission (3-17) is also $12

There is an extra fee for parking.
Harriet Frankel lives nearby and Peaches are welcome to park in her driveway, then rendezvous at the Botantical Garden at 2:00 pm. Space in Harriet’s driveway is limited.

Please RSVP to
president@aldapeach.org so we know how many are planning to come.

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm at the Atlanta Botantical Garden

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ALDA-Peach meeting in March:
March 13, 2010 at 2:00pm

 

White Elephant Bingo!

Have you ever bought something you later realized you’d never use? Have you ever received a gift that caused you to tell the giver, “Thanks, you really shouldn’t have,” except that you really meant they *should not* have?

Here is your chance to unload useless, tacky, or downright weird items that may be taking up perfectly good space at the back of a closet:

Donate them as door prizes for the ALDA-Peach White Elephant Bingo game!

 

The White Elephant Bingo Game is scheduled for 2:00 pm, Saturday March 13, at Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church. We have enough boards and other game equipment to accommodate a big crowd, plus the usual spread of delicious treats to snack on after the meeting, so this would be a great time to invite a friend to come with you!

We hope to see you then!

 

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Weather Delay!! ALDA-Peach meeting in February:
was scheduled for February 13, 2010...
now February 20, 2010
   2:00pm

A Very Merry Unbirthday!

The ALDA-Peach annual unbirthday party, originally scheduled for January has been rescheduled to coincide with our February meeting.

The unbirthday party lets us celebrate everyone’s birthdays on the same day. It takes its name from the Mad Hatter’s party as described in the book “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll.

Due to the weather delay, we are not entirely sure that we will be able to present...
All About CIs and BAHAs
latest news will be announced here!

Please join us Saturday, February 20 for a presentation on surgical options for some types of hearing loss.

Scott Rinehart, Cochlear Awareness Network Manager, Southeast Territory, will discuss cochlear implants (CIs) and bone-anchored hearing aids (BAHAs), including their advantages, disadvantages, and how they compare to competing products. Ample time will be set aside for questions and answers

Professional CART will be provided at this meeting courtesy of Cochlear Americas.

 

Please plan to join us at 2:00 pm on February 13 at Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church for a special program presented by Scott Rinehart on the latest in cochlear and bone conduction implant technology, followed by our very merry unbirthday party social.

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ALDA-Peach at the GaCHI Health Fair
By Marge Tamas and Yael Shaner

August 23, 2008 Clarkston, GeorgiaMarge and Yael are pleased to report that our ALDA-Peach exhibit went very well at the 2nd Annual GaCHI Health Fair today!           

Despite the gloomy, iffy weather, there must have been at least 100 people who attended this event at the Clarkston campus of Georgia Perimeter College.

To encourage attendees to visit all the booths and learn about the different organizations represented there, the organizer, Georgia Council for the Hearing Impaired (GaCHI) gave each attendee a sort of “bingo card” that had to be initialed by a booth staffer. Attendees who filled their cards were eligible for the door prize drawing of a large plasma TV! And everyone was eligible for free food, courtesy of Kroger and a few other vendors, with the free registration. Marge thought GaCHI did an outstanding job of organizing lunch. It’s the first time Marge has ever worked an exhibit event where there was a formal lunch break coordinated by the organizing staff! Very civilized! Not to mention that every table had been assigned their very own interpreter, courtesy of the Georgia Perimeter College Interpreter Training Program. 

Most of the attendees were culturally Deaf, but they listened politely to Yael and Marge explain what our group is about. We met 2 women who were hard of hearing who might consider attending one of our future meetings.We met 2 women who were hard of hearing who might consider attending one of our future meetings.   

Both Yael & Marge were VERY busy with our other obligations prior to the event, and it had slipped our minds that we’d need brochures to hand out! But Ann came to our rescue, printing some brochures for us, and we had *just* enough material to last us until it was time to take down the exhibit. The last copy of Fuzz was distributed at 1:55 pm!!

We saw several old friends there, including Bob Green, Jeanette Lorch, Mark Gasaway, and Leigh & Phillip from the deaf-blind association, who we met at the ALDA-Peach picnic last year. Bob was busy representing no fewer than 4 different organizations at the event. Marge asked him where all his hats were! He just laughed!

All in all, it was a very nice event, well-managed, and Marge and Yael would recommend it to any of our members who would like to volunteer next year. As Yael said, “it was just plain FUN!!”

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Peaches Dine Out
By Roxanne Gasaway

July 12, 2008Tucker, GeorgiaThe Peaches met at Kacey’s Home Cooking all-you-can-eat buffet at the corner of LaVista and Montreal Roads in Tucker for a meal and socializing in lieu of our regularly scheduled meeting at the Lawrenceville Road United Methodist Church.

Peaches Harriet, Mary, Ann, Yael and Roxanne were there. Mark Gasaway attended our gathering as well. Marie Drew from Pennsylvania and her son, Michael, who lives locally, were also able to join our festive group. Marie thought she ought to get the prize for having traveled the furthest to attend. “Well,” we explained, “we don’t give out a prize for that—hopefully, our stimulating company will be enough of a present.” And evidently it was because Marie has decided definitely to move to our area! 

The food was delicious with a variety of dishes that suited everyone and the service efficient. Even though we had not made a reservation (we did call ahead), the staff and management were welcoming and made us feel very comfortable. Two o’clock was the perfect time because most of the lunch crowd had left, which gave us plenty of room to fill ourselves up!

Everyone indicated they enjoyed the gathering and all of us had a good time. Using ALDA’s policy of “whatever works” to communicate we had a table buzzing with verbal, signed and written communication.

Some of our members suggested doing it again in the future. So, stay tuned for upcoming announcements. Sounds like fun to me!

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Lighthouse Foundation Provides Digital Hearing Aids to Low-Income Georgians - Foundation Improves and Expands Hearing Program

ATLANTA (Nov.1, 2007) - Today, the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation launched a new expanded program providing low-income Georgians facing hearing loss with digital hearing aids. The program was created in partnership with the Georgia Public Service Commission, Unitron, EM-Tech and over 100 audiologist and hearing aid dispensers throughout the state. The program will provide hearing aids for up to 800 legal Georgia residents with income below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Hearing aids will be distributed through state-licensed hearing care providers to eligible persons 21 years of age or older.

 

"The Lighthouse Foundation has been one of the only low-cost hearing aid solutions for Georgians on a fixed income for more than 30 years," said Executive Director Christina Lennon. "Through this expansion, we will be able to provide Georgians in need with a higher quality hearing aid with digital technology, instead of the analog aids offered before, improving the quality of life for hundreds of people throughout the state."

 

The expanded program is funded in part by a grant from the Georgia Public Service Commission as a result of provisions in HB 655. This bill, sponsored by Rep. Bob Smith (R-Watkinsville) The expanded program is funded in part by a grant from the Georgia Public Service Commission as a result of provisions in HB 655. This bill, sponsored by Rep. Bob Smith (R-Watkinsville)<WBR>, added "other hearing technology" to the list of acceptable uses of the Telecommunications Relay Fund (TRS), which already included relay service, reading services for The client cost of hearing aids provided by the Lighthouse Foundation is based on a sliding scaled determined by household income. The cost to the client includes the earmold, impressions and four visits to the hearing provider.

 

Co-payments for the program range from $60 to $205 per hearing aid, making the aids some of the most affordable for Georgia residents, and the Foundation's program like few others in the country.

 

Ensuring broad reach and service capacity, the Lighthouse Foundation partners with audiologists and hearing aid professionals throughout the state who volunteer their time and services to Lighthouse clients. "Our hearing program will ultimately improve the accessibility of hearing aids for Georgians," said Hearing Services Director, Sharifa Peart. "Partnerships with hearing care providers throughout the state of GA allow us to have an impact in communities throughout the state."

 

The demand for hearing aids continues to grow, which demonstrates the critical need for programs like the Lighthouse Foundation's. According to the Hearing Aid Association of America, one in every 10 Americans - or 28 million Americans - has hearing loss. As baby boomers reach retirement age starting in 2010, this number is expected to rapidly climb and nearly double by the year 2030.

 

Ninety-five percent of Americans with hearing loss can be successfully treated with hearing aids; however, only 22 percent of people with hearing loss - or more than 6 million individuals - currently use them.

 

Individuals interested in applying for the Lighthouse Foundation Hearing Aid program may apply by downloading an application at  http://www.lionslighthouse.org/ or
calling 404-325-3630.

 

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