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

1996

Eleventh SHHH Convention is held in Orlando, Florida. Marcia Dugan of New York becomes SHHH president of the board of trustees. Mina “Sis” Lelewer receives the Rocky Stone Humanitarian Award....Eleventh SHHH Convention is held in Orlando, Florida. Marcia Dugan of New York becomes SHHH president of the board of trustees. Mina “Sis” Lelewer receives the Rocky Stone Humanitarian Award. (The event includes an evening at Disney World, where with SHHH help, Disney World has begun communication access for hard of hearing people.) For recognition, … Read More >

1995

Dallas, TX is the convention site. Miss America of 1995, Heather Whitestone, the first winner with a disability of a profound hearing loss, gives the keynote address and receives the...Dallas, TX is the convention site. Miss America of 1995, Heather Whitestone, the first winner with a disability of a profound hearing loss, gives the keynote address and receives the Walter Ridder Award. Bill Cutler, CA, receives the Rocky Stone Humanitarian Award. Board of trustees agrees to decrease the number of trustees to 17. Parade … Read More >

1994

Convention is held in Baltimore, MD. Julie Olson of WI becomes SHHH president of the board of trustees. The first half-day research symposium is a new and popular offering led...Convention is held in Baltimore, MD. Julie Olson of WI becomes SHHH president of the board of trustees. The first half-day research symposium is a new and popular offering led by eminent physicians and researchers. SHHH receives the gift of a sculpture of a family affected with hearing loss created by artist member Jeannine Fletcher … Read More >

1993

During the 6th SHHH Convention in San Diego, CA, Founder Rocky Stone formally retires as SHHH executive director. Donna L. Sorkin of McLean, VA, becomes executive director. Sue Miller, NY...During the 6th SHHH Convention in San Diego, CA, Founder Rocky Stone formally retires as SHHH executive director. Donna L. Sorkin of McLean, VA, becomes executive director. Sue Miller, NY State receives the Rocky Stone Humanitarian Award. The first Children’s Workshop during convention is sponsored by Oticon 4 Kids. March: A retirement dinner (and fundraiser) … Read More >

1992

Convention is held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Dan Simmons of MA is elected SHHH president of the board of trustees. I. King Jordan, president of Gallaudet University, receives the “Walter...Convention is held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Dan Simmons of MA is elected SHHH president of the board of trustees. I. King Jordan, president of Gallaudet University, receives the “Walter T. Ridder Award.” Joan Kleinrock of MD receives the third Rocky Stone Humanitarian Award. SHHH publishes its first Annual Report. The board of trustees expands … Read More >