Monday, June 6, 2011

Important Information For 2011 HLAA Convention Attendees

Nancy Macklin emailed attendees important information about the convention. In case you did not get it, here is the information she provided in the email:

Young Adult Scavenger Hunt – RSVP needed
Young adults (18 – 35) interested in participating in the Scavenger Hunt on Thursday, June 16th must complete and return the attached RSVP form no later than this Thursday, June 9th. This is necessary so we can divide the group into teams and plan for food after the Hunt is over. This event is sponsored by Starkey.

Get Acquainted Party
This is always a really fun event whether you are young or young at heart. Sponsored by CaptionCall, this event will feature Mark Robinson, a magician, an illusionist, and comedian all rolled into one! Light snacks and cash bar available. See you at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 16th in the Regency Ballroom.

Wicked at the Kennedy Center – 2 announcements
Wheel chair users, please reply to this email so we can put you in the appropriate seat at the Kennedy Center. We have plenty of wheelchair accessible seating.

The performance will be made communication accessible with the use of captioning, infrared, hearing loop system (provided by Ampetronic) and sign language interpretation. Please note that the assistive listening device (ALD) you will use at the Convention is NOT compatible with the Kennedy Center’s system – please do not bring your HLAA device with you to the Kennedy Center; the Center will have plenty of ALDs available.

This off-site event for Convention 2011 attendees is being sponsored by Audiotoniq and CTIA-The Wireless Association.

Last Call for Banquet Seating
Prior to the Banquet on Saturday, June 18th, you will need to have your table selected. Do yourself a favor and check this off your to-do list before you leave home. Simply view the ballroom floor plan on and read the guidelines. Email volunteer Hollace Goodman with three possible tables, and she’ll take care of the rest.

Program and Exhibit Guide
The Program and Exhibit Guide has been posted on the Convention page on While there are two files, one for the Convention and one for the Hearing Loop Conference, they will be together in one book (with a little twist!) that you will receive onsite.

Used Hearing Aid Collection
Does your junk drawer contain an old pair of hearing aids? Bring them to Convention – a collection box will be at HLAA’s Exhibit Booth #1. Hearing aids collected will be sent to HearingHealth4U, a new non-profit who refurbishes the hearing aids for people who cannot afford them. HearingHealth4U will provide you with acknowledgment of your donation.

Scootaround, Inc. is proud to be the exclusive scooter and wheelchair rental service for Convention 2011 and the 2nd International Hearing Loop Conference. Quantities are limited so make your reservation right away at

If you are driving to the Convention, please note that the valet fee at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City is $25/day. Please check our website for the map showing nearby lots.

Airport Shuttle
The Hyatt Regency’s courtesy shuttle service is available to and from airport from 5 a.m. to midnight. Pickup runs every 20 minutes at the top of the hour and 20 minutes and 40 minutes past the hour. 

Please email Nancy Macklin at if you have any questions.

Sounds like it is going to be fun! Can't wait. :)


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