Traveling with Hearing Loss: A Community Conversation brings together a panel of international and local speakers and performers to discuss the challenges of traveling with hearing loss. Audience question and answer time with the panelists will make the evening truly a community conversation.
Gael Hannan, Canadian comedienne and author of The Way I Hear It: A Life of Hearing Loss, leads off with funny, and not-so-funny, stories from her life as a touring performer and speaker. She is joined by author Dr. David Myers from Michigan, who started the national initiative for hearing loops after a life-changing experience in a Scottish cathedral. Dr. Juliette Sterkens, retired Wisconsin audiologist, educator, and national advocate for hearing loops returns to Eugene to discuss progress she sees across the country for accessible travel. Local Deaf educator and advocate Jincy Schar Roberson adds her own zinging perspectives.
The Jaqua stage will have a hearing loop installed for these presenters, as well as for Alito Alessi whose mixed-ability troupe Danceability will perform. A section Fred Crafts’ Radio Redux, which also uses a hearing loop on stage, will add to the evening.
Presented by The Shedd’s Loop Lane County Committee in celebration of the new hearing loop installations at Eugene Airport and Travel Lane County, and other cultural and business sites in the community.