Leonard Hall is a lifetime resident of Olathe, Kansas and is passionate about equal access for people with hearing loss. His peers describe him as forward-thinking; always looking for ways to help improve the quality of life for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
After 29 years of service to the citizens of Olathe, Leonard recently retired as Deputy City Attorney. He is a founder of an email network which serves as a lifeline of support and communication for lawyers across the country who are Deaf. Leonard also maintains an email network within the Deaf community of Kansas, which serves as a vehicle for keeping individuals informed of announcements and events related to the Deaf Community throughout the state.
Leonard contributes to the education of the greater Olathe community as a weekly guest columnist in the Olathe Daily News where he informs readers about Deafness and reports on diversity issues as well as local, regional and national news and activities related to the Deaf community. Leonard's column is widely read with his articles often appearing in national electronic publications for the Deaf.
Leonard has been instrumental in establishing support groups and activities for individuals with hearing loss in the Olathe area. He is a co-founder of the Kansas City Recreation Club of the Deaf and founded the Self Help for the Hard of Hearing Chapter in Overland Park, which is now known as the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). He is involved with The Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association, the Association of Late Deafened Adults, the Kansas Association of the Deaf where he served as a board member and past President, the Olathe Club of the Deaf, the National Association of the Deaf, the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Kansas Commission for Disability Concerns, and the Kansas Bar Association.
We are pleased to recognize Leonard Hall for his positive influence and invaluable service to the Deaf Community. Congratulations Leonard for being selected as the 2010 Deaf Community Leader for the state of Kansas.
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