'CLIMB' event at Pike YMCA to raise awareness, support for hearing impaired

Pike and Ross County residents who suffer from hearing loss will have the opportunity to obtain education and support and learn of available local resources during the second annual CLIMB (Connect, Learn, Inspire, Mentor, Build) event at the Pike County YMCA, located at 400 Pride Drive, in Waverly.  This year’s event will take place on Saturday, May 14, from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

According to event organizer Regina Wooten, who herself is the mother of a child with hearing loss and a community behavioral health worker, the CLIMB event was created in an effort to “assist in a more collaborative environment for those with any degree of hearing loss.” 

“The event was organized by myself and Abby White, a teacher for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and Jennifer Young, a local ASL interpreter,” said Wooten. 

Rachel Hudson and Dawn Watts will serve as guest speakers during the 2016 CLIMB event, which will include a variety of activities and presentations. 

“In addition to our two guest speakers, we will offer free childcare for attendees, resource information regarding upcoming summer activities and events for those with hearing loss, household equipment such as TTY phones, a variety of text-to-talk equipment, lighted smoke alarms, and more,” said Wooten. “Also, behavioral and mental health information will be shared, refreshments will be provided, and ASL interpreters will be on site.” 

According to Wooten the following organizations and agencies helped to make this year’s CLIMB event possible: The Pioneer Center of Ross County, Integrated Services for Behavioral Health, Pike County YMCA, Ohio Hands and Voices, and the Deaf Services Center of Columbus.

“We would like to thank those who have collaborated with us in order to make this yearly event such a success. Our vision is to inspire and build a community of support for all residents of Pike, Ross, and surrounding counties,” said Wooten. “The community is urged and encouraged to attend, in an effort to build a stronger connection between neighbors, friends, agencies, and educators, to establish a more comforting, supportive, and nurturing environment for the residents of these counties who share in the experience.” 

For more information about the second-annual CLIMB event, call Regina Wooten at (740) 648-8894. 




‘CLIMB’ event at Pike YMCA to raise awareness, support for hearing impaired

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