This history is not a complete account of all data or a complete listing of all pieces of legislation HLAA where HLAA had input. However, it is an informative sketch of some of the major highlights of the organization.

Updated August 2021

2001

Beth Wilson, Ph.D. of Rhode Island begins as executive director of SHHH in April. She had been an active SHHH member since 1986 and left Raytheon Corporation where for 18...Beth Wilson, Ph.D. of Rhode Island begins as executive director of SHHH in April. She had been an active SHHH member since 1986 and left Raytheon Corporation where for 18 years she was an electrical engineer. Convention is held in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. More than 1,100 people attend the 16th year of this event. … Read More >

2000

The 20th Anniversary of SHHH is celebrated in June at the 15th National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. Susan Matt from Washington State is elected SHHH President. Julie Olson of...The 20th Anniversary of SHHH is celebrated in June at the 15th National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. Susan Matt from Washington State is elected SHHH President. Julie Olson of WI receives the Rocky Stone Humanitarian Award. During the convention the SHHH Strategic Plan for 2001-2004, as presented by a team of diverse SHHH members … Read More >

1999

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...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.” … Read More >

1998

Convention is held in Boston, MA. Marcia Finisdore of PA is elected SHHH president of the board of trustees. George Kosovich, MD receives the Rocky Stone Humanitarian award. Walt Disney...Convention is held in Boston, MA. Marcia Finisdore of PA is elected SHHH president of the board of trustees. George Kosovich, MD receives the Rocky Stone Humanitarian award. Walt Disney World receives an Access Award. A 40-person delegation of Zennancho, the All Japan Association of Hard of Hearing People comes to the Convention, and invites … Read More >

1997

Convention is held in Phoenix, AZ. The “Walter Ridder Award” is presented to keynote speaker Judith Heumann, assistant secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services. A new award bearing...Convention is held in Phoenix, AZ. The “Walter Ridder Award” is presented to keynote speaker Judith Heumann, assistant secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services. A new award bearing his name is presented to Dr. James Snow, NIDCD director for efforts to advance research. Dorothy Allen of NC receives the Rocky Stone Humanitarian award. … Read More >