Its prayer time for a new church for Hard of Hearing

 

The Lord is leading “Let My People Hear” to start a new church designed for hearing impaired people. There are 72,322 people in Hamilton County, who suffer from mild to moderate hearing loss. Attending church has been the biggest challenge every hard of hearing person faces every week is hearing the message clearly. Most churches are not hearing accessible, nor meet the American Disabilities Act of 1990 of providing reasonable accommodation for its members.

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The service is scheduled to begin on Sunday, July 7, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. at the annex building adjoining Ponders Funeral Home.

David M. Harrison, Advocate for Hearing Accessibility, is inviting anyone interested to join him for prayer for this new venture. There will be special prayer time will be at 10 a.m. in the library on the second floor of the Ashwood Square retirement center, 7683 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, 37421. We will meet every Friday until July.

You may contact Mr. Harrison at 423-779-1793 or text at 423-313-0304
Email: letmypeoplehear@yahoo.com or visit the website: letmypeoplehear.com

We will have FM hearing devices for those who need assistance, as well as the Telecoil magnetic units will be available for those who have “T” switches in their hearing aids. We will introduce a new captioning program using cell phones.

Mark 11:23-24 “Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, be taken up and thrown into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

“No person should be deprived of the right to hear the Word of God clearly in the house of worship.”

Until the Trumpet Sounds: LET MY PEOPLE HEAR!

Book Signing Event

Author David M. Harrison is launching an “I want to Hear Campaign” with his latest book: Bill of Rights for the Hard of Hearing.

On Saturday, October 20, 2018, Harrison will be signing his book in the fellowship hall from
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oakwood Baptist Church 4501 Bonny Oaks Drive Chattanooga, TN 37416. (Light refreshments will be served)

It is time to activate the human rights issue concerning the 48 million Americans who suffer hearing loss. The book offers solutions to overcome the lack of hearing accessibility in the church and public venues. Hearing loss is an international human rights issue.

The event will be hearing accessible with an FM listening system for hard of hearing. The inductive loop is available for those who have a “T” switch in their hearing aid.

Harrison says, “No hard of hearing person should be deprived of the rights to hear the Word of God in church. When you deny hearing accessibility to one, you exclude all hard of hearing.”

At the age of 70, he concluded that there was little help for hard of hearing people. His only solution for the rest of his life was total seclusion or potential suicide. God in His wise counsel led him to spend fourteen days in prayer and fasting for wisdom. That plea “I Want to Hear” to God brought great victory and answers that changed his life.

The book, Bill of Rights for the Hard of Hearing answers the cry of “I Want to Hear” for the hundreds and thousands of hard of hearing around the country. Included in the book are twenty-one ways to communicate with hard of hearing without hearing aids.

Meet with the author and get your autographed copy.

For more information, Mr. Harrison can be reached on the cell 423-313-0304 (talk or text) or Home 423-624-1669. Email: letmypeoplehear@yahoo.com

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He is available to speak on the Human Rights Issue for the hard of hearing.

 

 

Book Signing Event

Book signing Event!

David M. Harrison, Founder of Let My People Hear ministry, will have a book signing event releasing his latest book: Bill of Rights for the Hard of Hearing.

The Bill of Rights for the Hard of Hearing is a guideline that recognizes the unique communication needs of the hearing impaired in the church. It includes twenty-one ways to communicate with hard of hearing without hearing aids.

The book is a Christian Declaration of human rights to hear the Word of God clearly in the house of worship. It is urgent that the church make changes to accommodate hard of hearing.

The event will take place at the Oakwood Baptist Church 4501 Bonny Oaks Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416, on  Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

Come and get an autographed copy of this book at the standard price. We can take major credit cards, checks, and cash. A free book will be given to the senior pastor of a church who attends the event.

No hard of hearing person should be deprived of hearing the Word of God in the House of God. Hearing loss is an International Human Rights and health issue.

David M. Harrison was born profoundly hard of hearing and is dependent on lip reading. After semi-retiring, he felt that life was over and dropped out of the church because it was not hearing accessible.

Pondering his future, in 2006, he began 14 days of prayer and fasting. God opened the way for him for training to become a Hearing Loss Support Specialist and later found the Lip Reading Academy. He wrote the book: Lord You Know I Can’t Hear in 2015.

While teaching at the Academy for ten years, many students complained that the church was not accessible for hard of hearing. He knew that the book: “Bill of Rights for the Hard of Hearing” had to be written.

It is a disgrace and a shameful thing to be disabled with a hearing loss and feels ignored.

The problem is not with the hard of hearing who want to hear in church. The problem is with the hearing members who will not listen or offer reasonable accommodations.

He is calling all hard of hearing friends unite together with him to ban all forms of discrimination in public venues and houses of worship.

Our cry is to hear the Word of God.

  • We want to be included in the sanctuary, classroom, business session, fellowship time and prayer meeting.
  • To be accepted as human beings as one of God’s creation
  • Exclusion and rejection is not the solution for hard of hearing
  • To be a part of the body of Christ with dignity and rights
  • To advocate for hearing accessibility for all to hear
  • Hearing loss is the largest untapped mission field in America.

Contact Mr. Harrison at 423-313-0304 or righttohear@gmail.com

Disability Rights for Hard of Hearing

The Right to Hear
                The Right to Hear

Recently, I attended a meeting with the ‘Disability Rights TN.’ The room was filled predominantly with deaf people who spoke Sign Language, to learn about disability rights in the workplace.

These dear people suffer discrimination a lot on the job. Their frustrations were aired out before a disability rights attorney. There are a number of good organizations that serve the rights of the deaf community.

The total deaf community in the U.S. is about 2% of the hard of hearing community, which is estimated at 50 million.

I have yet to find an advocacy group or organization to promote hearing accessibility in the church. Therefore, I have decided to do something about this human rights issue mentioned in the American Disability Act, of 1990 (ADA).

The church is exempt from the ADA law, but this does not excuse them from practicing reasonable accommodation for hard of hearing. Once you deny one hard of hearing person from your assembly, you have excluded them all. It like saying, “Hard of Hearing people are not welcome in our church.”

I am on a goodwill mission to help people with hearing disabilities to be included in all church activities, not just in the main sanctuary.

We are forming our own Christian hearing loss disabilities’ organization called, The “Rights to Hear” in the church. I am tired of not being able to hear in the classroom, prayer meeting, and other activities.

 

It is my dream to conduct a “Right to Hear” conference in Chattanooga, TN sometime in July of 2019. It is time that we as hard of hearing united together and make our voice heard in the church.

Add your name to the “Right to Hear” list today and write a comment of your frustration you experience in the church.

Visit our Hearing Loss Support Group

 Visit our Hearing Loss Support Group

An exciting hearing accessible event for hard of hearing

As we age, hearing loss can occur. In fact, advancing age is the most common cause of hearing loss. The realization that our hearing is diminishing brings with it many emotions. Often, we experience denial, and refuse to accept reality. We may feel isolated, and wonder if we are the only ones struggling to hear. We may feel upset because our spouse, friends and relatives act frustrated or angered by having to raise their voices and constantly repeat themselves. At work, missing critical words when conversing with bosses and colleagues can lead to embarrassment and make mistakes.

Support for the psychological effects of hearing loss isn’t easy to find. Primary physicians generally don’t test for hearing loss, much less tell us what to expect. Friends and relatives often can’t “relate”, and support on the job is rare.

There is encouragement and help out there. Whether you’re a child, teen or adult living with hearing loss, or you’re the parent or child of a hearing impaired person, support groups can be of tremendous help.

Come and experience the excitement at the Hear Now Support Group.

A support group can be started by a person with hearing loss, or by someone, such as a family member, who is affected by hearing loss. In some cases, support groups are established by nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, or experts in the field of hearing care.

A hearing loss support group can include in-person group meetings, or internet forums and “chats”. Online support groups offer friendship, support and networking opportunities for people who can’t attend or find local programs. Some online groups have more than 1000 members!

Come and experience the excitement at the Hear Now Support Group.

Generally speaking, support group members are hearing impaired and attend regular meetings on a volunteer basis. A professional facilitator—such as a hearing care professional or a psychologist—may lead the group, or, one or more members may take the helm. Some groups take an educational approach and feature speakers, panels and programs. Examples of topics may include hearing aid technology, cochlear implants, and financing options for hearing devices.

Other support groups offer emotional support, coping skills and an open forum to share both positive and negative experiences pertaining to hearing loss. Many members who are wearing hearing aids for the first time enjoy interacting with other hearing aid wearers and learning how to get the most benefit. Many family members exchange ways to support their loved ones with hearing loss. And, many support groups offer lip reading lessons. Lip reading especially benefits people with profound hearing loss.

Come and experience the excitement at the Hear Now Support Group.

Support groups can also steer you toward the right kind of hearing care professional for your particular cases such as hearing care practitioners, audiologists, otolaryngologists, cochlear implant surgeons, or speech pathologists.

Benefits of participating in a hearing loss support group:

  • Join a community of peers who understand what you’re facing
  • Achieve a sense of belonging, pride & control
  • Adjust more quickly & cope more easily with hearing loss
  • Talk openly and freely without fear
  • Reduce depression & anxiety
  • Gain input before making important hearing health decisions
  • Learn about new hearing aid technology and medical solutions
  • Get practical advice about hearing aids
  • Explore a variety of treatment options
  • Get first-hand referrals
  • Compare notes about hearing care professionals
---Adapted from Beltone Corporation

Our live Hear Now Support Group meets every Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. at the Oakwood Baptist Church 4501 Bonny Oaks Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416 for more information contact us at: letmypeoplehear@yahoo.com

 

A Hear Now Invitation from Pastor Ken

Baptist Church 4501 Bonny Oaks Drive,                                                                                          Chattanooga, TN 37421

Dear Friend,

Do you or someone you know suffer hearing loss?  We at Oakwood Baptist Church have set up a hearing center with an FM listening system.

This system also includes the wire loop for hearing aids with “T” coils in them.

We are creating a friendly hearing accessible atmosphere for everyone to hear clearly the Word of God.

Your hearing loss is very important to us and we care about your need to hear. You will not be the only one, you will be among others who suffer hearing loss.

Bring your cares to us for prayer and assistance. We know what you are going through and want to help. Our people are very friendly and caring. Many of them understand the struggle to hear in church.

Make a visit Sunday at 11:00 a.m. and ask any usher to direct you to the “Hearing Center.” Pick out a hearing unit and an ear piece then sit anywhere in the church.
Join us on Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. for the Hear Now Support class/group for hard of hearing and families. Learn how to deal with hearing loss. Develop coping skills to improve communication.
We will take time to pray with you over your hearing needs.

You will be among others who suffer hearing loss.  Whole families are welcome.

Invite your friends and join us Sunday.

Pastor Ken Clark