Two Team Members Recognized for Community Excellence - Hearing and Speech Agency

Two Team Members Recognized for Community Excellence

Amy Bopp, Human Library Project Participant

Amy Bopp, HASA's sign language program coordinator, has been selected to participate in the first-ever Human Library™, where people of different ethnicities, beliefs, and experiences serve as “human books” for checkout. The project's goal is to give library patrons an opportunity to ask questions of real people on real issues. According to the project, "Human Library is designed to be a place where real people are on loan to readers and where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered. It’s designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue." The public will be invited to check out a living book and learn about a variety of experiences through questions and conversations.

In her role at HASA, Amy coordinates and teaches a variety of sign language classes and facilitates Deaf awareness workshops.This is not the first time that she's been honored by an outside group or participated in unique community projects. She was named the Outstanding Deaf/Hard of Hearing Leader of the Year by Hamilton Relay in 2008 and was the first person in Maryland to ever receive the award for her advocacy and volunteerism. A volunteer interpreter at Christ United Methodist Church of the Deaf, she assists people who are deaf-blind, particularly at special summer camps.  Amy has served on the Governor’s Advisory Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and, in 2012, received the Spirit of HLAA Award from the Hearing Loss Association of America.

In addition to managing HASA's sign language education program, she leads the team to provide deaf awareness workshops to local businesses and community groups. She has made them enjoyable, educational, and fun.  She is an absolute expert in Deaf culture and in sign language.  Moreover, she is an incredible ambassador for access and inclusion initiatives for everyone with disabilities.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 21 from 1 p.m. -4 p.m. at the Owings Mills Branch.

Erin Stauder, Maryland's Top 100 Women by The Daily Record

Erin, HASA's Executive Director, has been named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women by The Daily Record. She was chosen from a field of more than 400 women who were nominated based on their educational and career history, professional and community involvement, corporate and nonprofit board memberships, and mentoring experience. An awards celebration will be held on April 23 at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore and the winners will be profiled in a special magazine that will be inserted into the April 24 issue of The Daily Record.

Erin came to HASA as Executive Director in February 2017 and has just celebrated her one-year anniversary. In that time, she has brought a forward-thinking, fresh perspective to the organization by exploring new and innovative ways to accomplish HASA’s mission to increase access to communication for all individuals. The result has been a renewed focus on partnerships, education and prevention, and advocacy. Over the last year, she has helped build strategic partnerships with key influencers across the city, working to raise awareness and develop programs that will help increase access to care for those struggling with communication disorders. 

In the fall of 2017, HASA launched a pre-school and daycare program that provides an early education setting for children to develop physically, socially and cognitively, while being mindful of different communications needs. In the past few months, she has spearheaded a new hearing hospitality initiative to educate restaurant management and staff on communication strategies for diners who are hard of hearing.

Outside of work, she's taken four Ph.D. courses in the last year and successfully defended her dissertation proposal; she has now advanced to Ph.D. candidacy. She has a personal passion for advocacy and public policy, especially as it relates to overlooked, underserved populations who deserve a voice. 

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Congratulations to Amy and Erin - two very deserving HASA Heroes!

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