Hearing Loss Expo 2016
FAQ for Visitors
When is the Expo?
The Expo is open to the public on:
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 Noon to 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 9 am. to 3 p.m.
Where is the expo being held?
Radisson Hotel Harrisburg
1150 Camp Hill Bypass
Camp Hill, PA 17011-3734
The Expo is in the Conference Center. The Exhibitor Hall is in the Grand Ballroom while educational presentations, screenings, and activities are located in adjacent rooms within the conference center.
Who should attend the Expo?
Anyone who has an interest in learning about services, products, educational opportunities, and programs designed for people who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing. The Expo is an excellent learning opportunity for people with and without a hearing loss.
The Expo is will benefit people, such as:
People who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing
Parents with children who have a hearing loss
High school students with a hearing loss who are preparing for graduation
High school students who want to career working with people who have a hearing loss
Co-workers, supervisors, disability coordinators, employers, etc.
Legislators who provide information to their constituents
Older Pennsylvanians with hearing loss
Staff of assistive living facilities
Professionals- attorneys, medical personnel, audiologists, courts
Employees of state agencies
Educators and para-educators, and administration
Advocates, social workers, early intervention
Is there an admission fee?
No. The Expo is free and open to the public.
Do I pay to park?
No. Parking is on-site and it is free.
Do I need to pre-register?
No. You can visit the Expo any time between noon and 7 p.m. on Nov. 2, 2016 and 9 a.m. and 3.p.m on Nov. 3, 2016.
Are there babysitting services?
No. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Can I get my hearing screened for free?
Yes. For more information, please view the page, “Free Hearing Screenings & Video Otoscopy.” Hearing screenings will be conducted on Wednesday only from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 6 p.m.
Can I get a video otoscopy screening for free?
Yes. For more information, please view the page, “Free Hearing Screenings & Video Otoscopy.” Video otoscopy screenings will be conducted on Wednesday only from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 6 p.m.
Can I get my vision screened for free?
Yes. Information on free vision screening is available here. Screenings will be offered on Wednesday only.
When and where are the educational presentations?
Educational presentations are in Keystone D. Over the two days of the Expo, there will be five sessions. Presenters will give 60 minute presentations on varied topics. Each presentation will be communicatively accessible with a hearing loop (assistive listening device), CART (Communication Access Real-time Translation), and state-registered interpreters. The complete schedule will soon be posted on the expo's webpage.
Who is exhibiting?
For a quick glance of who is exhibiting, view the Exhibitor List. The Exhibitor Directory has a summary and contact information for each exhibitor.
Are there Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) available?
Yes. Visitors may borrow a personal ALD while at the Expo. Upon arrival, go to the help desk and staff will assist you. Please bring a driver license or another form of identification. Staff will hold your identification until the ALD is returned.
As a side note, the educational presentations are held in Keystone D. This room will have a hearing loop (assistive listening device).
I use American Sign Language (ASL), how can I talk with exhibitors?
Many of the exhibitors are fluent in ASL. Exhibitors who are not fluent in ASL will have an interpreter at their table or they can use an “Expo interpreter.” There will be several interpreters walking around the Expo to interpret for you. The Expo interpreters are wearing green t-shirts with “interpreter” on the back of the t-shirt.
At the expo, if I need help who do I ask?
You may talk to ODHH staff. ODHH staff will be wearing blue t-shirts with “staff” on the back of the t-shirt. You will see us walking around or you may find a staff person at the help desk in the lobby.
Where can I get more information about the expo?
The best place to get updates is ODHH’s website.
Also, information will be posted to ODHH’s Facebook page. Search @PAODHH to find us!
If I have a question, who do I contact?
Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing