What is N-CHATT?
The Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers (N-CHATT) is a volunteer consumer train-the-trainer program. The program’s goal is to build a network of consumer trainers with the knowledge and skills necessary to train others impacted by hearing loss. Trainers will assist others in the successful integration of hearing assistive technology to support individual hearing and communication needs at home, work, school, and the community.
What comprises the N-CHATT program?
N-CHATT training includes webinars and eight online modules, each two weeks in duration. The online portion of the program is followed by an in-person two-day training session in the Washington DC metropolitan area, with presentations on training activities and hearing assistive technology topics, hands-on technology exploration, and opportunities for training practice and interactive learning. Upon successful completion of the training, individuals attend the HLAA Convention and commit to conducting at least three community-training events within one year of the start of the program.
Who are the consumer trainers?
Consumer trainers are parents of children with hearing loss and adults with hearing loss who use hearing assistive technology. They are passionate individuals comfortable using technology and experienced making presentations.
How do I apply?
N-CHATT applications for the 2017-2018 Class are no longer being accepted. The deadline was July 10, 2017. Thanks to those who applied. Individuals selected for the N-CHATT program will be notified by Monday, August 28, 2017. However, due to the large number of applications we receive, we only notify those selected to become N-CHATT trainers. We do encourage anyone not selected to reapply next year.
Questions about the N-CHATT program should be directed to N-CHATT@hearingloss.org.
This program is a partnership with Gallaudet University and the American Institutes for Research, and is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), through Gallaudet University’s Deaf/Hard of Hearing Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) (Grant # 90RE5020).