Read Our Lips Launch featured in The Telegram

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Read Our Lips Launch With The Telegram


Some highlights from the online lipreading program Read Our Lips launch on October 3rd, 2019. This course is the first of its kind in Canada and is a social enterprise of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Newfoundland and Labrador (CHHA-NL). Several news outlets were very interested in this Social Enterprise, including The Telegram.


Andrea Augot, who has profound hearing loss, and helps teach lip reading at the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association-Newfoundland and Labrador, was at the launch of its online lip-reading course, Read Our Lips, Thursday at the St. John’s Farmers’ Market.



The Telegram published an article about Read Our Lip that gave testimonials from former speechreading class participants at the CHHA-NL. The former class members explained their frustrations before learning to lipread. The interviews demonstrated the improvements in the lives of class participants after taking lipreading classes.


The Telegram also spoke with the Province’s senior’s advocate, Suzanne Blake. Suzanne said that “hearing loss is an age-related change. Therefore, seniors often feel like they’re not being heard and they can’t understand. So, being able to read lips is a very simple way for them to be able to be engaged and involved, and continue to be a part of society.”


Alison Butler, Project Manager told The Telegram and the idea behind this course. She stated that “Read Our Lips is about removing isolation, about inclusion, about empowerment.”


Empowerment & inclusion group


Speech (lip) reading classes are taught in person at the CHHA-NL office but they are not accessible to everyone.  Those living outside the metro region cannot access the classes. This new social enterprise Read Our Lips was created to give everyone access to the class, especially for those who are unable to travel to the Mount Pearl location.

This new online course ensures that those who can’t access classes in person, have the same opportunity to learn to lipreading.


Would you like to learn more about lipreading?
Check out an article about Read Our Lips here on the CHHA-NL blog.

You can also read The Benefits of Lipreading on the blog.

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