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National Chapter and Membership Coordinator

Carla Beyer-Smolin as been a part of HLAA since 1990s working in both the chapter and membership departments. During Carla’s time with HLAA in previous years she coordinated the Children’s Workshops for our conventions. She developed and managed "Heroes for Hearing Loss," a mentoring program for children with hearing loss. Carla has also helped created some key publications. She wrote the “ADA Begins with You” column in our then hard-copy publication, "SHHH News," that went to chapters.

She also created and published the "SHHH Ventures" newsletter that went to young adults with hearing loss. Taking a leave from the organization to raise her family and is now back with the HLAA family. She looks forward to connecting and working with our membership and strengthening our chapter network to help make a difference for people living with hearing loss and their families. Carla met her husband, Mark, through the SHHH Young Adults Group. They live in Maryland and have two children, a son in college and a teen-age daughter.

Exiting The Hearing Shell

I’ve had interesting conversations with friends and acquaintances regarding hearing loss and sheltering. Most of us have stayed home for a number of weeks and adopted a lone-wolf lifestyle, family and roommates only. Some are saying that they prefer solitary living, even though everything around them is opening up. My sheltered arrangement included only my… Read more »

Registration OPEN NOW for Experience HLAA 2020!

    Workplace Gain Employment and Hearing Loss Thursday, June 18, 2020 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) Register NOW This webinar is part of Experience HLAA! and is open to everyone FREE. All sessions are captioned. Workplace Gain; Employment and Hearing Loss A discussion on self-advocacy, marketing and navigating the workplace with hearing loss. Join… Read more »

    HLAA WEBINAR Advocacy During the Pandemic: Tips and Resources for People with Hearing Loss Presenter: Lise Hamlin, Director of Public Policy, HLAA Date: Friday, June 12, 2020 Time: 2 p.m. (ET), 1 p.m. (CT), 12 p.m. (MT), 11 a.m. (PT) Don’t miss Friday’s free captioned webinar on Advocacy During the Pandemic: Tips and… Read more »


The Association of Late-Deafened Adults, Inc. (ALDA) supports the call for social justice and stands in solidarity with the African-American community in the effort to end the police brutality and racism permeating the collective consciousness in the United States. The recent events in Minneapolis and Louisville are just the latest in the long and sordid… Read more »