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Learning in Retirement of Waukesha County, hosted by WCTC, receives donations for assistive listening devices

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PEWAUKEE, Wis. (Monday, Dec. 21, 2020) – Learning in Retirement of Waukesha County Inc. (LIWRC), which is hosted by Waukesha County Technical College, was the recipient of three monetary donations that have been used to assist LIWRC members who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The Waukesha Noon Lions Club and the Wisconsin Lions District 27-A1 donated $1,043 and $1,003, respectively, for the purchase of devices that aid individuals with hearing impairments. The LIWRC used the funds to buy two Phonak Roger Digimaster 5000 devices, which are classroom amplification systems that improve the listener experience, and one Roger Soundfield Touchscreen Microphone, which assists with clarity in communication and noise reduction.

A third donation from Enterprise Holdings Foundation in the amount of $1,500 allowed for the addition of a Roger Touchscreen Mic and two Roger MyLink units. This enables members with hearing aids with T-coils the ability to connect directly into the instructor’s microphone rather than listening through the amplification system alone.

Lisa Peterson, president of LIWRC, said the organization is grateful for the donations, and it will provide current and future members who have hearing issues to better enjoy LIWRC offerings. Additionally, a representative from Phonak provided instructors and members with a demonstration on how to incorporate the technology into classes.

“The generosity of these donations will allow LIRWC’s programs to reach more deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the community who desire to continue lifelong learning but have previously felt excluded,” Peterson said, noting the devices will allow for more active participation.

WCTC is proud to host LIRWC, an affiliate of the international Road Scholar Lifelong Learning Institute. LIRWC members can take advantage of events, special interest groups and courses in music, art, literature, computers, history, financial planning and more.

PLEASE NOTE: Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, LIWRC has modified how its classes and events are currently being held. Please visit the LIRWC webpage for specific details.

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