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Who we are:
We are a friendly group of people with mild to profound hearing loss who meet once a month for fellowship and to share information. We would love to meet you! Spouses, family members, and friends are welcome too!
HLAA Nashville Chapter
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
1003 Hickory Hill Lane
Hermitage, TN 37076-1906

To contact us:
E-mail: hlaanashvillechapter@gmail.com


WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU ARE PULLED OVER ???

How do you let the law enforcement officer know they are dealing with a person with a hearing-impairment??

The news is full of situations where law enforcement are being put in harms way, by individuals refusing to comply with simple commands during routine stops...DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU SHOULD OR SHOULDN'T DO????

The news has also reported on the tragedy that can occur when a law enforcement officer misunderstands a hearing impaired persons gesturing and not following directions as placing them in immenent danger. We can't count on law enforcement departments thin budgets providing more training for officers. Training them about hearing impairment, deafness, and Deaf culture is wonderful. BUT how can an officer tell if you are gesturing because you are a threat or you are gesturing trying to tell them you are hearing-impaired???

WE HAVE TO BE RESPONSIBLE AND KNOW A FEW SIMPLE DO'S AND DON'TS...

JOIN US SAT. JAN 14TH AT THE HLAA GENERAL MEETING AND POTLUCK OUR GUEST SPEAKER IS A LOCAL OFFICER WHO WILL SHARE TIPS ABOUT HOW TO BE SAFE WHEN STOPPED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT.
Thank You!

Many of you know that our members bring canned and dry food/goods for the food pantry at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. We really appreciate them letting us use their facilities for our Chapter meeting. We were recently contacted by a former Chapter member who helped us supply more items for the food pantry. Below is more information about how this came about:

Recently Mike and Colleen Turner met up with Kent Bessee who contacted us about donating food/supplies for Emmanuel's food pantry.

Kent, a former HLAA member and Past President, works as a volunteer at the Donelson Church of Christ Help Center. This Center houses a small building that provides clothing and food to the homeless and needy. Kent gave us a tour of the building – their services are impressive. There is a room where women meet every Tuesday to quilt blankets that are distributed to the homeless. There are racks of clothing, household items, books, toys, furniture and food. They work not only with the homeless that come to their Center, but with the Disaster Relief program, Room in the Inn, and various other churches and agencies serving the homeless.

Many thanks to Kent and the DCC Help Center for donating boxed meals and several cases of canned vegetables, peanut butter and rice to our food pantry. Your donation blessed many who came to Emmanuel's food pantry over the Holidays!
If anyone would like more information, or would like to donate to the DCC Help Center, you can click here or contact Kent at rumph01@comcast.net.