Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Why I Will Be Walking

Me, Anna Gilmore Hall, Marsha Kopp
at the Chicago Walk4Hearing Kickoff

I will be walking in the Chicago Walk4Hearing next month. Why? Because I am personally affected by hearing loss and cope with it every day. By participating and raising funds for this event, I want to support the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and their efforts to advocate for a more accessible world for those of us with hearing loss.

I will be walking on the ALDA Chicago team. ALDA Chicago, a chapter of the Association for Late Deafened Adults will receive 40% of the money our team raises. Why is that important to me? ALDA Chicago has been my local support group since I discovered my hearing loss. The funds raised through this event will be used to provide Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services for our group. The way my group uses CART is to hire a court reporter who types everything said at a meeting and projects the transcription onto a large screen. This is hugely helpful to us, but also pricey, as you can imagine.

On August 2nd, I had the privilege to attend the Chicago Walk4Hearing kickoff event. In the photo above, I am standing beside Anna Gilmore Hall, Executive Director of HLAA and Marsha Kopp, Team Captain for ALDA Chicago. At the event a delicious breakfast buffet was served. Then, Anna Gilmore Hall and Ronnie Adler (also of HLAA) spoke about the organization's initiatives and accomplishments. Next, a few parents spoke, some with kids in their arms or shyly holding their hands. There were several children with hearing loss in attendance and I was inspired by their parents' passion for helping them succeed in life. To help these children and others just like them is another reason why I am walking this year.

If you would like to support me in this effort, please visit my fundraising page to make a safe, online donation. I would also like to thank the family and friends who have helped me raise $455 so far!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Good News! Joyce Won

A message from Joyce to all who voted for her in the Oticon Focus on People Awards:

Thank you so very much for supporting me and helping me win this NATIONAL award!

It is a great honor to not only be nominated and selected as a candidate, but to have been voted by you and so many others, not just in the US, but around the world as Oticon's 2014 Focus on People award winner for "Advocate of the Year".

Please share this press release with as many people as you can. Oticon is truly a company that puts "People First", just as their motto claims. This non-profit based company gave the winners in each category a brand new pair of state of the art hearing aids, Bluetooth accessories to go with them, $1,000.00 donated to their charities of choice, as well as a $1,000.00 prize money. They covered all the travel expenses, meals and hotel costs of our stay for the national convention.

During our tour of the company, we learned that many of their employees stay for decades because they are extremely well cared for and they enjoy the mission behind the company and the president of the company Peer Lauritsen to put "People First".

Too many companies today put money and numbers first. It is a wonderful thing to find a company that sincerely cares about people!

 
Joyce Edmiston and Peer Lauritsen
PRESS RELEASE:
2014 OTICON FOCUS ON PEOPLE AWARDS HONOR JOYCE EDMISTON OF MOUNT JOY, PA

Growing up with hearing loss, Joyce Edmiston lost many opportunities to interact with others, make friends and advocate for herself. Over time, she gained the courage and wisdom to make her voice heard. Today, she freely shares her hard-won knowledge as a vocal advocate for people with all degrees of hearing loss through her popular blog Xpressive HandZ. Edmiston is among the outstanding individuals with hearing loss honored by the 2014 Oticon Focus on People Awards, a national competition that celebrates individuals who are helping to eliminate negative stereotypes of what it means to have a hearing loss.

This is the third year that Oticon, Inc., sponsor of the national awards program, has invited the public to cast their votes to help determine who among the 12 finalists would be first, second and third place winners in the Adult, Student, Practitioner and Advocacy categories. More than 10,000 votes were cast by people from across the country and around the world.

As the first place winner in the Advocacy Category, Edmiston was recognized on August 14 at a special awards ceremony at Oticon, Inc.’s US headquarters that was attended by hearing care professionals from across the US. As part of her award, Edmiston has designated Hearing Loss of America Association, Lancaster County as her choice for a $1,000 donation from Oticon, Inc.

Edmiston is passionate about the teaching of American Sign Language (ASL) and has also formed a committee to educate local churches the need to provide captioned services for those who do not communicate by sign language. She volunteers with the Telecommunications Relay Service Advisory Board for the Pennsylvania PUC, the Collaborative for Communication via Captioning, and with HLAA at both local and state levels.

“Individuals like Joyce Edmiston are inspiring role models for people living with hearing loss,” states Oticon President Peer Lauritsen. “The remarkable people who are honored in this year’s Oticon Focus on People Awards program have taken their unique circumstances and transformed their lives with a positive outlook that has enabled them to overcome challenges and accomplish goals well beyond what many thought possible.”

The Oticon Focus on People Awards program was created in 1997 by Oticon, Inc., one of the world’s oldest and most respected hearing instrument manufacturers. By celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of individuals with hearing loss, Oticon, Inc. aims to call attention to common misconceptions about hearing loss and motivate people with hearing loss to take advantage of the help that is available to them. The company’s goal is to reach out to the 80 percent of an estimated 28 million Americans who could benefit from hearing solutions, but who fail to seek professional help.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Fun ASL Singalong in the Car

This video will put you in the mood for a road trip! What a great couple! Enjoy.



Here are the lyrics to You're the One That I Want, a duet sung by Olivia Newton John and John Travolta.

I got chills, they're multiplyin'
And I'm losin' control
'Cause the power you're supplyin'
It's electrifyin'!

You better shape up, 'cause I need a man
And my heart is set on you
You better shape up, you better understand
To my heart I must be true
Nothing left, nothing left for me to do

You're the one that I want (You are the one I want)
Ooh ooh ooh, honey
The one that I want (You are the one I want)
Ooh ooh ooh, honey
The one that I want (You are the one I want)
Ooh ooh ooh
The one I need (The one I need) Oh, yes, indeed (Yes, indeed)

If you're filled with affection
You're too shy to convey
Meditate in my direction
Feel your way

I better shape up, 'cause you need a man
I need a man who can keep me satisfied
I better shape up if I'm gonna prove
You better prove that my faith is justified
Are you sure?
'Cause (yes) I'm sure down deep inside

You're the one that I want (You are the one I want)
Ooh ooh ooh, honey
The one that I want (You are the one I want)
Ooh ooh ooh, honey
The one that I want (You are the one I want)
Ooh ooh ooh
The one I need (The one I need)
Oh, yes, indeed (Yes, indeed)

You're the one that I want (You are the one I want)
Ooh ooh ooh, honey
The one that I want (You are the one I want)
Ooh ooh ooh, honey
The one that I want (You are the one I want)
Ooh ooh ooh
The one I need (The one I need)
Oh, yes, indeed (Yes, indeed)

You're the one that I want (You are the one I want)
Ooh ooh ooh, honey
The one that I want (You are the one I want)
Ooh ooh ooh, honey
The one that I want (You are the one I want)
Ooh ooh ooh
The one I need (The one I need)
Oh, yes, indeed (Yes, indeed)