Convention is held in New Orleans, LA. Ahme Stone receives a 20th Century Woman Award. Clyde Black of TX receives the Rocky Stone Humanitarian award. The Opening Session features keynote speaker, Lord Ashley of Stoke, England, a member of the Upper House of Parliament, and the “only deaf member of any legislature in the world.”

SHHH Executive Director Donna Sorkin resigns to lead the A.G. Bell Association and Brenda Battat is named acting executive director.

Board of Trustee National Committees are: the Executive Committee, Finance, Long-Range Planning, Nominating, (ad hoc) Steering Committee for Strategic Planning, Children’s Issues, Support and Education, Government Affairs, Membership, State Association, and Election Procedures.

SHHH is contacted by the planning committee for the 2002 Winter Olympics to be in Salt Lake City regarding access to the games for people with hearing loss.

SHHH plays a significant role in helping pass Congressman James T. Walsh’s bill for the early detection, diagnosis, and intervention for newborns and infants with hearing loss.

SHHH celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a special November/December issue of Hearing Loss containing articles on 20 years of SHHH progress and achievements, technology history and conventions.

John Jaco, hired by the board of trustees, begins work in October as executive director of SHHH.