To inform and support people about managing hearing loss and serve as advocates and consultants for hearing accessibility in the province of British Columbia.
Hearing loss is an invisible disability. It affects almost two and a half million Canadians of all ages. It can occur at birth or at any age and the causes are many: genetic factors, disease, side effects of medication, noise damage, or trauma. Hearing loss interferes with our most vital link to people: communication through language and sound. The effects of this invisible disability are profound.
CHHA-BC was formed to give visibility to an invisible disability. It promotes self-help among hard of hearing and deafened persons and encourages support for individual and collective action. Hard of hearing persons have partial hearing, ranging from a mild to a profound loss. Deafened persons have very little or no bearing after childhood; many have become profoundly deaf in adulthood. Both hard of hearing and deafened persons continue to use speech as a major means of communication.
*To be the vehicle for the articulation of concerns and co-ordination for members activities, on behalf of and in the service of hard of hearing consumers in BC.
*To encourage hard of hearing persons to take individual and collective responsiblity for their growth and development.
*To foster the development of social, educational, technical and employment environments, enabling hard of hearing persons to achieve their potential.
*To support exploration of the capabilities and problems of hard of hearing persons and to foster the study of the solution of these problems.
*To promote the development of, and the accessibility to, technical aids and other services and facilities for hard of hearing people.
*To promote education of the general public, social institutions, professionals and hard of hearing people themselves, about hearing related problems and available solutions.
About CANADIAN HARD OF HEARING ASSOCIATION - BRITISH COLUMBIA CHAPTER
CHHA-BC Chapter is a consumers' organization of hard of hearing people, with national, regional and local structures dedicated to the assistance of hard of hearing people across Canada. CHHA-BC is our local chapter. Chapters provide the organizational framework for CHHA members to pursue the aims of CHHA at the provincial level, especially in health care services, education, employment and other area of provincial jurisdiction.
CHHA-BC is the British Columbia's provincial, non-profit voluntary organization for hard of hearing and deafened persons. We have local branches from all over the province and a national office in Ottawa overseen by a national board.
You are invited to assist CHHA-BC in reducing the impact of a hearing loss on the quality of life of hard of hearing and deafened persons.