LAKELAND, FL – (December 14, 2016) The Hearing Loss Association – Lakeland Chapter extends an invitation to Join us Thursday, January 12, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33801. Our meetings are in Multipurpose Room A. To learn more about the Lakeland HLAA Chapter meetings, visit our website at www.hla-lakeland.org.
Coordinator role and objectives, Unity Program & Early Steps
Tanya Williams will be joining us at our January 12 Chapter meeting. Tanya is our Chapter Coordinator and will be presenting information on the role of the Chapter Coordinator, the HLAA Unity Program and the Early Steps Program.
Raised in Buffalo, New York as the eldest of five, Tanya has a bilateral severe/profound hearing loss. She never received formal speech therapy or hearing aids as a child. With hard work and perseverance she was able to overcome obstacles in her life. Today a hearing aid and cochlear implant wearer she was once told to educate her effectively she required to be place in residential school for the deaf. Her parents were also told she would not have the ability to read beyond 4th grade nor would she ever make it through a regular High School. Refusing to believe what was being told to them, they instead taught her she can succeed at anything. Currently Tanya holds master’s degrees in both business administration and health care administration.
Professional Background: Supervisor, Family Service Coordination Florida Early Steps; Creator of “Hearing ME” a unique state recognized family support program for Deaf/Hard of Hearing children that focus on the family bonding. A member of Hearing Loss Association –Florida. ; National Hearing Loss Association of America; Member of Society for Deaf Children of American. Collaborator on the initial study of infant mortality in Oakland, CA that led to the development of the national Healthy Start Programs. Assist in the development of health care training for child care providers at Fremont College, Fremont, and CA. Participated on the State Coalition for health care training committee that was responsible for ensuring a state law passed to require all child care providers be trained in first aid/CPR.
Moto: Hearing loss is not an impairment to our lives rather, a part of their own uniqueness, so Please Face Me I’ll Hear You Better”