St. John’s is Honored by Hearing Loss Association of America

Rochester, N.Y. ­— St. John’s was honored by the Rochester, NY chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America(HLAA) as its 2023 HLAA Community Organization of the Year during the chapter’s annual dinner on May 23.

St. John’s Executive Assistant to the Vice President Morgan Holsopple accepted the honor on behalf of St. John’s Vice President of Senior Housing Tony Zaccaglino.  Brickstone by St. John’s Resident and HLAA Member Carol Bradshaw presented the award at the dinner and Brickstone by St. John’s Resident Janet McKenna nominated St. John’s.

St John’s was recognized for awareness of the large population of residents with hearing loss and for its efforts in improving accessibility in programming, providing meetings with open captioning, introducing residents to captioned telephones, and providing hearing loops for meeting rooms across its independent living communities.

“It has been a priority for St. John’s to improve accessibility for its older adult residents with hearing impairments,” says St. John’s Vice President of Senior Housing Tony Zaccaglino. “St. John’s has had HLAA members among its residents since opening.”

The Hearing Loss Association of America is a support, education, advocacy, and information volunteer organization devoted to enhancing communication for individuals with hearing loss, but that do not identify with the Deaf community. The Rochester, NY chapter, established in 1983, will mark marks its 40th anniversary in October.

“Anyone interested in hearing loss is welcome at hybrid chapter meetings from September through June,” says HLAA member Janet McKenna. Information about HLAA can be found online.

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