The Virginia Relay Advisory Council (VRAC) recently announced the addition of Kathi Mestayer as a representative of the Virginia Chapters of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). HLAA works to eliminate the stigma associated with hearing loss and raises public awareness about the need for prevention and the importance of regular hearing screenings throughout life. HLAA provides assistance and resources for those with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss.
The Virginia Relay Advisory Council represents the needs and concerns of Virginia Relay users and consists of members from the Association of Late Deafened Adults, the Virginia Association of the Deaf, the Virginia Association of Deafblind, the Speech and Hearing Association of Virginia, the Central Virginia Center for Independent Living and other associations dedicated to helping those with hearing loss.
“Kathi is well-known to the Williamsburg hard of hearing community and is a strong advocate for communications access in her area,” said Clayton Bowen, Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) relay and technology programs manager. “Kathi writes her own blog on the topic of hearing loss and has also written for the Washington Post, so I know she will be a great resource for VRAC.”
A full list of the 2010-2011 VRAC members can be found here: http://www.varelay.org/advisorycouncil.htm.
Congratulations, and welcome Kathi!