(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.