Congratulations are in order! HLAA’s own Ann Rancourt, national Walk4Hearing manager, and Rachel Stevens, a member of the HLAA District of Columbia Chapter, were selected as the Hamilton Relay 2018 Better Hearing and Speech Month Recognition Award winners for the District of Columbia. Ann and Rachel were recognized at a ceremony hosted by Hamilton Relay and the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia on May 29.
Recognizing a need, Ann and Rachel co-founded the HLAA Young Professionals group. Their goal is to provide opportunities for young professionals with hearing loss to get together to share their struggles as well as successes in living with hearing loss. HLAA Young Professionals meet monthly and participate in a variety of activities including happy hours, attending sporting events, movies and museum visits. Since its inception in January 2017, the group continues to increase in membership, expanding opportunities for interaction, providing a vibrant environment in which to socialize, support and share with one another.
“I am proud of our work in conjunction with Hamilton Relay and the honorees to ensure that telecommunications services in particular are accessible to all,” said Betty Ann Kane, Chairman of the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia. “The mission of the Public Service Commission is to ensure that utility services are provided to all in a non-discriminatory basis.”