The SayWhatClub (SWC) grew from our founders knocking around an AOL Deaf Chat Room, where they connected. People who are not born with hearing loss don’t exactly fit within a Culturally Deaf setting, just as we don’t exactly fit within the Hearing Community, and those folks who connected years ago saw a need to create their own group, thus SWC’s beginning. More than 25 years later here we are; still reaching out and connecting to provide online Peer-to-Peer support to those who feel alone and isolated by hearing loss no matter where they live ⎯⎯ our subscribers come from almost every state in the U.S. and from various countries and continents around the world. You might even say SWC is the 911 of hearing loss groups. We’re just an email or Facebook post away from the support you’re looking for.
The SayWhatClub is sponsored by Innocaption, free real-time captioning for smart phones.
A commitment by caring people to provide a way to connect with others who experience the challenge of hearing loss and to offer compassion and assistance in an atmosphere of support for all.
(As it officially appears in our Club Handbook.)
SayWhatClub is dedicated to enhancing interpersonal communication for people who are hard of hearing, deafened, or have a serious interest in hearing loss, with goals of:
- Educating SWC participants and the public about all aspects of hearing loss;
- Providing for mutual sharing of coping and “life” skills;
- Reducing feelings of isolation, frustration and despair;
- Enhancing feelings of self-concept and optimism.
The primary medium for our mission is the Internet, which provides the opportunity for contacts over a wide geographic area; access 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and dissemination of information both to SWC participants and to the general public.
In addition, SayWhatClub encourages face to face contact among its participants through informal local gatherings, and periodic [annual] conventions designed both to provide social contact and educational workshops dealing with hearing loss issues.
“I grew up as profound loss – bilateral and dealt with it. Had very little sympathy for people who were hard-of-hearing. SWC opened my eyes to the difference between losing something and never having it. Now I try to be an advocate and help HOH people.”