What is N-CHATT?
The Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers (N-CHATT) is a volunteer consumer train-the-trainer program. The program’s goal is to build a network of consumer trainers with the knowledge and skills necessary to train others impacted by hearing loss. Trainers will assist others in the successful integration of hearing assistive technology to support individual hearing and communication needs at home, work, school, and the community.
What comprises the N-CHATT program?
N-CHATT training includes webinars and eight online modules, each two weeks in duration. The online portion of the program is followed by an in-person two-day training session in the Washington DC metropolitan area, with presentations on training activities and hearing assistive technology topics, hands-on technology exploration, and opportunities for training practice and interactive learning. Upon successful completion of the training, individuals attend the HLAA Convention and commit to conducting at least three community-training events within one year of the start of the program.
Who are the consumer trainers?
Consumer trainers are parents of children with hearing loss and adults with hearing loss who use hearing assistive technology. They are passionate individuals comfortable using technology and experienced making presentations.
Should I apply again, if I applied for the program last year but wasn’t selected?
Yes! If you submitted an application last year but were not selected as a trainer, please consider applying again. We had a very large pool of qualified applicants, but were only able to accept a small number of individuals. We will have more training spots available this year.
How do I apply?
N-CHATT is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Class. Please use the following link to advance to the application. http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3506627/N-CHATT-2017-Application
Applications will be accepted until Monday, July 10, 2017.
Questions about the N-CHATT program should be directed to N-CHATT@hearingloss.org.
This program is a partnership with Gallaudet University and the American Institutes for Research, and is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), through Gallaudet University’s Deaf/Hard of Hearing Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) (Grant # 90RE5020).