Nov. 19 is an important day for those struggling with hearing loss. On that day, representatives of Travelers Protection Association Hearing Trust again will serve as a national hub showcasing support for people who seek assistance in obtaining mechanical devices, medical treatment, specialized education, speech classes, note takers and interpreters directly related to deafness or hearing loss.
Additionally, St. Charles Mayor Dan Borgmeyer will proclaim Nov. 19 as TPA Hearing Trust Day.
Roughly 20% of Americans, or 48 million, experience some degree of hearing challenges, according to Hearing Loss Association of America sources.
Since 1975, TPA members have served as a voluntary association whose supporters focus on travel safety issues, child safety programs and community service projects. It's the only fraternal benefit society domiciled in Missouri. During the group's 45 years, they've assisted 5,900-plus individuals by awarding more than $2.2 million in financial aid.
Join Them Nov. 19
Albert Shoemaker Jr., TPA chief administrative officer, says that due to COVID-19, this year they transitioned their annual awareness observation to a 1-hour, live but virtual event on Nov. 19 at noon, with a replay session at 7 p.m.
Academy Award-winning actress and activist Marlee Matlin will be the keynote speaker for the event. She lost her hearing when she was only 18 months old, however, she never let her challenges dictate her future or deter her dreams. In 2015, she even developed “Marlee Signs," the first celebrity-driven app that teaches American Sign Language basics on mobile devices.
Robin Feder, executive director of St. Louis-headquartered Central Institute for the Deaf, will address the two group's common goal of dedication to the success of children who are deaf or hearing impaired.
Gene Toombs IV, MiTek Mezzanine Systems president, will highlight TPA's desire to help people across the United States because hearing is a critical part of human language, social development and working.
Registering for the webinar is free: TPAhq.org/events/sounds-of-st-louis.