Nancy Lelewer Sonnabend first became acquainted with Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH), now known as Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) through her parents as her mother had a profound hearing loss and served on the HLAA Board of Trustees for nine years. This brought her in contact with Founder Rocky Stone and his wife Ahme, and she also attended several of the early conventions. She later became deaf in her left ear and with profound hearing loss in her right ear. She has a cochlear implant on the left side and wears a Phonak hearing aid in her right ear.
Ms. Sonnabend graduated Sarah Lawrence College in 1957 and was a member of the Smith College exchange program in Madrid from 1955-1956. Her diverse background includes inventor; researcher at MIT and Harvard Medical School; founding director of Permobil of America (today renamed USA Permobil), the world’s leading computerized wheelchair company; lecturer; writer and specialist in dyslexia and other learning differences. She currently has three books on the market: SOMETHING’S NOT RIGHT: One family’s struggle with learning disabilities, THE LELEWER LEGACY, Traditions of a Loving Family, and she edited, annotated and published her great-Grandfather’s autobiography: The Autobiography of David Lelewer. In addition Nancy has two chapters in AGING WISELY . . . Wisdom of Our Elders published by Jones & Bartlett LEARNING in June 2017.
She has served on several boards and chaired two of them.
Ms. Sonnabend was appointed to the HLAA Board of Trustees in June 2010.
Committees: Ms. Sonnabend serves on the Nominating Committees.