About Us

We are under the umbrella of the national organization of Hearing Loss Association of America which is located in Bethesda. Maryland. http://www.hearingloss.org

HLA-RI’s primary function is to educate it members, their families and friends about the causes, nature and complications of hearing loss and what can be done to better cope with that loss. We hold monthly meetings between September and June at which we may have guest speakers on a variety of topics relating to hearing loss. We may also have informal meetings where the members share their experiences and knowledge relating to hearing loss. We also have two socials a year as well.

We are able to provide CART –Computer Aided Real Time Captioning which is projected on to a large screen so that the participants can “hear what is being said in the meetings”

Some meeting topics include Accessibility, hearing aids, legislation, cochlear implants, tinnitus, captioning, relay system, assistive devices, state services, coping tips many more topics! We also have social events.

Before HLA-RI, many of the members felt isolated, found communication a struggle, were confused about technology, didn’t know their rights and hid their hearing loss

And now HLA-RI is a place to find answers, ask new questions, and meet people who understand. HLA-RI is a resource for information and friendship.

The monthly meetings are held at different locations within Rhode Island. To be placed on the email distribution list for notices and other important announcements, send an email to hearinglossri@gmail.com This email list is not shared with any organizations or individuals and each HLA-RI ‘s member is blind copied on each email.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Trinity Press release regarding Captioned performances

CONTACT: Rebecca Noon, Marketing and Social Media Manager
(401) 521-1100 ext. 268   rnoon@trinityrep.com


PROVIDENCE, RI: Trinity Repertory Company is pleased to announce our 12-13 season offering of open captioned and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted performances. The state-of-the-art technology will allow Trinity Rep to continue in its mission of providing theater access to a wider community by making performances accessible to patrons with hearing loss. Open captioning and ASL seats are available for $22 for adults and children, and a 3-play open captioning subscription is also available for $66. To purchase tickets, call (401) 351-4242 (TTY RI Relay 1-800-745-5555) or visit the Trinity Rep box office at 201 Washington St. in Providence.
“We are delighted that our generous partners are continuing to make Open Captioning possible for another season,” says Trinity Rep’s Richard L. Bready Artistic Director Curt Columbus.  “The incomparable experience of live theater should be available to everyone, and by finding these partnerships and utilizing available technologies, it can be.”
The schedule for open captioned performances in the 2012-2013 Season is as follows: 
A Christmas Carol, Sunday, December 2 at 12:00PM, Chace Theater;House, Sunday June 16 at 2pm, Dowling Theater; and Garden, Sunday June 30 at 2pm, Chace Theater. There will also be an ASL-interpreted performance of A Christmas Carol on Sunday November 25, 2012 at 12:00PM in the Chace Theater.
Open Captioning is a general term used to describe text displayed simultaneous to live speech, dialogue or performance.  As opposed to closed captioning, open captions do not require the user to have any special equipment for viewing the text and are always "open" to anyone.
Trinity Rep’s open captioning is provided by c2, the pioneer of Live Performance Captioning for hard of hearing and deaf patrons at live theatrical and cultural events. c2 is internationally recognized as the leading authority in the field. Their mission is to expand services throughout the United States.  c2 boasts an impressive roster of prestigious venues now offering this vital access program.
Trinity Rep is fully handicapped accessible, with elevator service to the Chace Theater. State-of-the-art infra-red Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are available for all performances in the Chace and Dowling Theaters. Support for Trinity Rep’s accessibility programs comes from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, with additional support from the Ida Ballou Littlefield Memorial Trust and Vigneron Memorial Fund, Bank of America N.A., Trustee.

TRINITY REPERTORY COMPANYSince its founding in 1963, Trinity Repertory Company has been one of the most respected regional theaters in the country. Featuring the last permanent resident acting company in America, Trinity Rep presents a balance of world premiere, contemporary, and classic works for an estimated annual audience of approximately 120,000. In its 49-year history, the theater has produced 61 world premieres, mounted national and international tours, and, through its MFA program, trained hundreds of new actors and directors. This season marks the 46th year of Project Discovery, Trinity Rep's pioneering educational outreach program. Each year, Trinity Rep’s educational programs reach nearly 15,000 Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut students through matinees as well as in-school residencies and workshops. Brown University/Trinity Rep offers professional training for actors and directors in a three-year MFA program. Trinity Rep's 49th Season is presenting six subscription productions alongside the annual holiday production of A Christmas Carol. The 2012-2013 Season opened with a co-production with Dallas Theater Center of King Lear by William Shakespeare; The How and the Why by Sarah Treem; Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, adapted by Curt Columbus and Marilyn Campbell; Social Creatures by Jackie Sibblies Drury and House & Garden, an epic duo of interconnected plays by Alan Ayckbourn performed simultaneously in our upstairs and downstairs theaters. For more information, call the box office at (401) 351-4242 or visit Trinity Rep's website at www.trinityrep.com.

Rebecca Noon
Marketing and Social Media Manager
Trinity Repertory Company
Providence, RI 02903