Hearing Loss Association of America - Sarasota Chapter
PO Box 48643

The Hearing Loss Association of America - Sarasota/Manatee Chapter (HLAA-Sarasota/Manatee) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the local chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America, the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss. Our mission is to empower the more than 145,000 people with hearing loss in our community to lead more active lives by providing education/information, support and advocacy.   

CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Ms. Anne Taylor
Board Chair Affiliation President
General Info
Organization DBA
Hearing Loss Association of America-Sarasota Chapter
Hearing Loss Association of America - Sarasota/Manatee Chapter
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2001
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2018
State Registration Yes July 2017
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter 2001View
Other Documents
HLAA Annual Impact ReportView
Impact Statement

Major accomplishments past 12 months:
(1) Winner of the 2017 Frank G. Berlin Sr. Small Business Award in the category of Health Care and Wellness.
(2) Took the unprecedented step of hosting a Hearing Tech Clinic, providing attendees the unique opportunity to try & compare, via hands-on demonstrations & live user trials, the latest hearing technology without obligation or purchase. Also offered: hearing & balance screenings, consultation with an audiologist, panel discussions & counseling with a peer mentor.
Our event was a great success: 79% rated the clinic as “exceeded/met all expectations”.
(3) Raised funds for the installation of a hearing loop system at the Center for Arts and Humanities in Sarasota. A hearing loop uses an electromagnetic signal to turn hearing aids with tele-coils & cochlear implants into wireless receivers, requiring only a push of a button for clear sound delivered directly to the person with hearing loss.
Having meeting rooms looped helps further increase hearing loss awareness by organizations using the facility.
(4) Developed & strengthened partnerships with community-based organizations serving people with hearing loss. Organizations included adult & community education programs within the Sarasota County School District, USF Sarasota-Manatee, audiologists, ENTs, speech & language pathologists & other 501c3’s.
Top 4 Goals 2017-2018:
Host a Hearing Tech Clinic similar event offering screenings, consults with audiologists, and the ability to test & compare the latest devices & technologies without obligation or purchase.
Raise awareness in the community regarding the importance of treating hearing loss & the benefits HLAA offers.
Increase chapter membership by 10% from 120 to 132 members through participation in outreach events, use of social media, etc.
Provide financial scholarship awards to individuals to participate in HLAA’s Annual Convention, the Gallaudet University’s Certified Peer Mentoring program, and HLAA’s Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers program.
Needs Statement

HLAA-Sarasota/Manatee seeks assistance with the following:

1. The Hearing Tech Clinic is free to the community. Funding is needed to underwrite expenses such as rental of the venue, equipment rental, maintenance staff costs; temporary installation of hearing loops, Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) to provide real-time captioning during seminars, guest speaker expenses, promotion of event, etc. ($8,000)
2. Purchase a variety of and multiple assisted listening devices such as phone accessories, TV amplifiers, alerting systems, personal amplifiers, etc., that enable those with hearing loss to experience these devices during chapter meetings & when participating in outreach events in the community. ($2,500)
3. Capacity Building:
(a) Purchase membership-tracking software to assist in retaining memberships. ($500)
(b) Hire Graphic Artist to create eye-catching materials for distribution at outreach events, educational materials for chapter members & allow printing of all materials in color. ($5,000)
(c) Increase our one part-time contractor from15-20 hours/month to 40 hours/month, 12 months of the year. Will be able to remain current with administrative tasks, including correspondence, website updates, email notices, etc. ($600/month; $7,200/year)


Background Statement

The Hearing Loss Association of America -  Sarasota/Manatee Chapter is a local chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA).  HLAA was founded in 1979 in Bethesda, MD by Howard (Rocky) Stone, a retired CIA agent. He was forced to retire early due to his progressive hearing loss & realized there were no consumer organizations in the US that he could turn to for information or assistance. Rocky Stone built HLAA on a 3-pronged approach - information/education, advocacy and support. He believed people with hearing loss do not have to be isolated or stigmatized, and by acquiring accurate information about hearing loss, can lead happy, productive lives.  HLAA is a membership organization with 200+ local chapters and 11 state organizations, under a 501c(3) umbrella.  HLAA-Sarasota/Manatee began operating in Sarasota in 1988.  

Objectives of HLAA-Sarasota/Manatee


A common misconception is that hearing devices are the final solution in restoring hearing. However, there is so much more one can do to hear & understand better. Our monthly meetings feature expert speakers who teach us how to improve speech understanding through use of communication strategies, auditory techniques & the latest technologies.

The chapter has been active promoting better communication access in the community for people with hearing loss. Most notable: advocating for closed captioned movies, captioning of television news, emergency announcements & City Commission meetings. Our efforts have been instrumental in providing hearing loops that provide clear sound directly to the person with hearing loss in 120+ venues throughout the community, as well as hosting Florida's largest Hearing Tech Expo for the past 5 years.

People with hearing loss are often overwhelmed, don’t know where to begin their journey, or may simply struggle trying to manage everyday situations.

The HLAA-Sarasota/Manatee chapter, with 120 active members, offers emotional support to those impacted by hearing loss, including hearing family & friends.

Monthly chapter meetings are open to the community, provide tips & techniques for living with hearing loss, technical information about hearing assistance devices, & guidance on where to get hearing access in the community. Certified Peer Mentors are available for individual/family consultations at no charge for chapter members.

After Hours meetings are held every other month to accommodate those who work or unable to attend the afternoon sessions. Members can enjoy & take advantage of a variety of activities, including Book, Movie & Theatre clubs.

The chapter is committed to keeping members informed & raising hearing loss awareness through its use of social media, including a website (www.hlas.org), Facebook page and Twitter. Over 1,200 people receive its monthly electronic newsletter, “Listen Up”.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments The Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota serves Sarasota and Manatee Counties (342 zip code) where nearly 1 in 5 people has hearing loss, accounting for the highest incidence in the nation. Compounding our challenge, 86% of the people with hearing loss do not get the treatment or hearing aids they need to hear properly.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

• FACT: 48 million Americans (20%) have some degree of hearing loss.
• FACT: 15% of children between the ages of 6-19 have a measurable hearing loss in at least one ear. A mild hearing loss can cause a child to miss as much as 50% of classroom discussion.
• FACT: 14% of those ages 45-64 have some type of hearing loss.
• FACT: Hearing aids can offer dramatic improvement for most people with hearing loss.
• FACT: 60% of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan come home with hearing loss and tinnitus, the #1 and #2 most prevalent war wounds.
• FACT: People with hearing loss wait an average of 7 years before seeking help.
• FACT: Approximately 145,000 residents in Sarasota/Manatee counties have some level of hearing loss and only 15% has sought treatment.
We’ve put tremendous effort in the past years to reach, educate and motivate these individuals to seek treatment. HLAA-Sarasota/Manatee uses various methods to reach these individuals, including hosting for the last 5 years the state’s largest hearing loss expo and most recently, the Hearing Tech Clinic, participating in 100+ outreach events throughout the year, holding hearing loss support group meetings each month, and offering free hearing screenings at the Farmer’s Market
What makes us unique and our goals challenging is that the majority of the population we’re trying to reach is in denial regarding their hearing loss.
Each year we focus on finding new and different ways to reach this group, so we can arm them with the information they need that will lead to better hearing and quality of life. Our volunteers work long hours in the community raising awareness regarding the importance of treating hearing loss, making presentations in retirement communities, as well as meeting with hearing loss professionals and conducting veteran outreach.
Our monthly chapter meetings offer a variety of topics presented by guest speakers, the exchange of knowledge, encouragement, and the sharing of experiences.
Our Movie, Book and Theatre Clubs continue to grow as members learn about and take advantage of the latest technology that enables them to again participate in activities they put aside due to their hearing loss.
The HLAA-Sarasota/Manatee chapter continues to be the leading advocate for better communication access in our community. As a direct result of our efforts, 120+ venues, including three Publix Supermarkets, have installed hearing loop technology, significantly improving a person’s ability to understand what is being said. Persons with hearing loss are benefitting from better communication access when attending area churches, playhouses, government meetings, or visiting business locations throughout Sarasota/Manatee counties
Although hearing loss is called the “invisible condition”, HLAA-Sarasota/Manatee refuses to be invisible in its determination to raise awareness regarding our mission of education, information, advocacy and support for people with hearing loss in our community.


Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

HLAA-Sarasota/Manatee chapter is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff, Executive Director, or CEO. 


The Hearing loss Association of America Sarasota Manatee Chapter serves Sarasota and Manatee Counties.  Nearly 1 in 5 people are affected by some level of hearing loss. Compounding our challenge, 86% of people affected by hearing loss take no action to improve their hearing.
Hearing loss affects everyone - family members, friends, colleagues, and other people with whom we interact on a daily basis. What makes hearing loss so challenging is that it is an "invisible" disability. It cannot be seen. Its effects, such as social isolation, depression, and even cognitive impairment are not invisible, however.
HLAA Sarasota Manatee advocates for the benefits of addressing hearing loss and seeking treatment for it by participating in more than 100 outreach events annually, hosting events and programs that raise awareness, and through frequent use of social media.
Budget $16,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities Families Other Health/Disability
Short Term Success

The HLAA Sarasota Manatee Chapter, with 120+ active members, offers awareness, education, and information to those impacted by hearing loss (including family and friends). Monthly chapter meetings are open to the community free of charge.  Meetings educate, provide tips and techniques for living with hearing loss, technical information about hearing assistive technology and hearing aids, and guidance on obtaining communication access within the community. Evening meetings are held every other month for people who are unable to attend afternoon meetings.

Long Term Success

Successful treatment for hearing loss is a lifelong process and involves ongoing evaluation, education, training, support, and advocacy.  HLAA Sarasota Manatee wants to continue to be a part of every person's journey who is affected by hearing loss.  It also wants to help the thousands of others who have yet to begin their journey to better hearing.

Program Success Monitoring
  • Attendance at monthly meetings
  • Member satisfaction surveys to our membership
  • Annual Board of Trustee review of results against plan. Adjustments are made annually where necessary.
Program Success Examples

Email received from an attendee of a chapter event: "Your chapter saved my life! I never knew I could feel so welcome and supported. I never knew there was so much to learn about hearing loss. My world is a better place for having joined the chapter. Thank you!" Name withheld to respect member's privacy

Email received from a corporate sponsor of a chapter event: "Kudos to all involved for a job very well done. I would like to be involved in all future events. Please advise. Thanks again. Barry S. Collins, Outreach Representative for Cap-Tel captioned telephones.

The chapter is recognized as THE voice of the consumer with hearing loss in the community. Chapter members need to be on-message all the time with complete, accurate, and consistent information. This requires continuing education of chapter volunteers and volunteer recruitment.
Chapter-funded programs train chapter volunteers to become hearing loss support specialists (HLSST) and consumer hearing assistive technology experts (N-CHATT).
Chapter-funded programs pay for future chapter leaders to take leadership training at the national Hearing Loss Association of America annual convention, undertake the Gallaudet University Certified Peer-Mentor program in Washington DC.
Scholarship funding also helps post-secondary students with hearing loss pursue post-secondary training programs and degrees.
Budget $2,400
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities Other Health/Disability Families
Short Term Success

Educational conferences at the local, state, and national level increase technical knowledge about hearing loss and the ability to use that technical knowledge to improve the lives of people with hearing loss.

Long Term Success
These scholarship-supported programs have been running for 5 years and are a major chapter membership development and retention tool. Beneficiaries of these programs become loyal and active chapter members who pay it forward to others still struggling with their hearing loss.
Program Success Monitoring
  • Applications for scholarship-funded programs
  • Member satisfaction surveys to our membership
  • Annual Board of Trustee review of results against plan. Adjustments are made annually where necessary.
Program Success Examples Growing member participation in outreach, education, and support activities to others.
The Chapter supports its members socially with regularly scheduled activities in addition to the monthly chapter meeting.
The Private Eye Movie Club outings are held monthly at selected theatres. Movies are made accessible through individual closed caption devices. The group goes out to dinner afterward to discuss the movie it just saw. First-time attendees receive free admission to the movie.
The Curtain Time Theatre Club provides a no-cost opportunity to attend live theatrical performances in a venue that is equipped with an inductive hearing loop. Members gather for dinner before the performance.
The Between the Covers Book Club meets 2-4 times per year to discuss books of interest to people with hearing loss. Refreshments are enjoyed along with stimulating conversation.
Summer Rap Sessions during the months of June, July, and August give chapter members the opportunity to explore personal and interpersonal aspects of living with hearing loss in a supportive group atmosphere.
Budget $800
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities Families Other Health/Disability
Short Term Success

These outings are consistently attended each month. In the case of the live theatrical performances, tickets are reserved on a first-come-first-served basis.

Long Term Success

These social support programs have been running for 5 years and are a major chapter membership development and retention tool.

Program Success Monitoring


  • Attendance at monthly outings
  • Member satisfaction surveys to our membership
  • Annual Board of Trustee review of results against plan. Adjustments are made annually where necessary.


Program Success Examples

Growing member participation in outings

The Chapter’s outreach program covers over 100 events a year. 
The Chapter’s monthly information and support booth at the Sarasota Farmer’s Marker offers an opportunity for people to learn how to address their hearing loss. Free hearing-loss screening is offered each month by one of the Chapter’s professional partners. A secondary monthly Farmer’s Market presence has been established at the Venice Farmer’s Market
HLAA-Sarasota/Manatee outreach advocates for access by promoting greater use of induction hearing loop systems and captions in theatres, houses of worship and across the community.
Members receive monthly information, education, support, and advocacy news updates in the Chapter’s newsletter “Listen Up”. Areas of emphasis include achieving full communication access in healthcare, public places of accommodation, educational institutions, public transportation, and governmental institutions.
Budget $1,350
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Short Term Success

Many new members first learn about the HLAA-Sarasota/Manatee chapter as a result of the Chapter’s outreach and advocacy presence at these events. Chapter members are recognized by the media as the voice of people with hearing loss and are quoted in articles written about hearing loss.

Long Term Success

The event organizers recognize the value the Chapter brings to the community and reach out to the chapter with invitations to participate in events, write articles for publications, and serve on disability advisory committees.

Program Success Monitoring
  • Numbers of Outreach events staffed annually, numbers of HLAA chapter members staffing them, comments from attendees, number of attendees who join the chapter afterward (conversion ratio)
  • Member satisfaction surveys to our membership
  • Annual Board of Trustee review of results against plan. Adjustments are made annually where necessary.
Program Success Examples

The past three Chapter Presidents came to the chapter as a direct result of a chapter exhibit at a community outreach event. Most of the present Board members first learned about the chapter from a chapter community outreach event.

Program Comments by Organization
Example of Program Success:
Testimonial - "Thank you for once again providing a significant event to impact the community about hearing loss and treatment options!  I cannot express deeply enough my profound appreciation for the hours and energy you all devote to events as these.  Kudos and many thanks."
Testimonial -  "I had totally given up and was leading a life of compromise. Then, I happened to connect with Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota.
It completely changed my life and led me to a new career! I do not exaggerate that it totally changed my perspective towards life. I received a lot of information on Cochlear Implants and also provided lot of support and encouragement for having a successful cochlear implant. I would say that without HLAS support and encouragement I would not have gone for the cochlear implant."

Testimonial - "If you met me you would not know that I have a profound hearing loss and cannot hear you.  After joining HLAS several years ago I found so many resources I  did not know existed.  I immediately found help and understanding from Professional speakers, product education and demonstrations, personal histories from members,  but  most of all from the wonderful mentors who have been holding my hand through the decision process of getting a CI.  If you have questions HLAS has answers not only for you but also your exasperated loved ones. "

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email anne7257@gmail.com
Anne Taylor is a former French teacher and civil servant with the British government. She wears bilateral cochlear implants, is a Gallaudet Certified Peer Mentor for the Hard of Hearing, HLAA Board Member of Trustees and a guest columnist for the Venice Gondolier Sun.
Anne grew up in England and came to America in 1974. Anne attended the University of Florida where she obtained a degree in French with a minor in Education. Anne taught French at Laney High School, Wilmington, NC and is proud that she is the first member of her family to obtain a degree, despite having a profound hearing loss. Throughout school and university, Anne worked around her hearing loss by sitting on the front row, using hearing aids and lip reading.
Anne with ever-declining hearing moved to Atlanta in 2008, where she discovered the challenges of making friends and obtaining employment. She discovered Hearing Loss Association of America in 2009 and became the State Coordinator for Georgia. The folks at HLAA/Georgia introduced her to cochlear implants and in August 2009, Anne received her first cochlear implant. She received her second implant in September 2009. Anne’s quality of life has turned around as she enjoys being back in the world of hearing.
With a new-found confidence, Anne is actively and happily involved in the community.
Anne moved to Sarasota in 2012 and was welcomed by the HLA/Sarasota/Manatee chapter. Anne has been a member of the Board of Trustees for five years and is active in the chapter. Anne enjoys helping people live well with hearing loss, playing tennis, working out, traveling and reading.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 1
Volunteers 20
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
  • Hearing Loss Association of America
  • Hearing Loss Association of Florida
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization
Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Anne Taylor
Company Affiliation President
Board Term Oct 2017 to Jan 2020
Board Chair Email anne7257@gmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. Maria Anderson Community Volunteer
Mrs. Kathy Combs Community Volunteer
Ms. JoAnne DeVries Community Volunteer
Mr. Dave Donnelly Community Volunteer
Ms. Vinell Lacy Owner, Plumbing
Dr. Lyndsey Nalu Audiologist
Mr. Ed Ogiba Group EFO
Ms. Beth Reckold Community Volunteer
Mr. Mark Selis Hearing Instrument Specialist
Mrs. Anne Taylor Commnuity Volunteer
Mr. Richard Williams Community Volunteer
Ms. Shelly Zelizer Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 83
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Governance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $16,350.00
Projected Expenses $16,050.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$9,804$14,060$19,011
Administration Expense$5,350$5,375$3,201
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.561.391.19
Program Expense/Total Expenses65%72%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$0$0$25,715
Current Assets$0$0$25,715
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$25,715
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $3,787Contributions, gifts, grants $13,324Contributions, gifts, grants $13,805
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $3,212Program Service Revenue $12,107Program Service Revenue $7,263
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $990Membership Dues $1,596Fundraising $2,956
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets----0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

Our pace of progress is often slowed due to a lack of financial resources. Members enjoy and take advantage of the benefits our chapter offers, yet are hesitant to donate. In meetings and via email updates, we continue to educate our membership as to how funds will be utilized and the difference their donation will make.

Our Board remains active in seeking grants to underwrite the cost of promotional materials/marketing for outreach events, administrative support, servicers that provide communication access during chapter meetings, etc.

Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from compilations, as the organization files a Federal 990-N. 
Nonprofit Hearing Loss Association of America - Sarasota Chapter
Address PO Box 48643
Phone 941 244-0452