(PHOENIX- Nov. 17, 2015) – The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) is pleased to announce that Commissioner Elizabeth (Liz) Booth was honored with the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Service Award at the organization’s 2015 national convention, held June 24-28, in St. Louis, Mo. The HLAA Service Award is presented to an individual member or group that completes a direct act of service to further the mission of HLAA. Booth was nominated by her local Sun Lakes HLAA chapter for this award for her leadership in founding their chapter and for her work and service to the hearing loss community.
“I am thrilled and honored to receive this award on behalf of the entire hearing loss community,” said Booth. “There are so many people that do so much and work so hard in our community, and I want to share the spirit of this award with those individuals.”
Booth has been active in her local HLAA chapters for more than 30 years, including time as a Hearing Loss Support Specialist, a board member in the Chicago and Fountain Hills chapters, as well as a founding member of the Sun Lakes chapter. She has also served as a member of the Association for Late Deafened Adults and the Hard of Hearing Task Force, a Bionic Ear Association Chapter leader and as a statewide speaker for hard of hearing and deaf organizations.
“We are proud and excited for Liz’s accomplishments not only within HLAA but throughout the entire hard of hearing and deaf communities,” said Sherri Collins, executive director of ACDHH. “Her continued dedication to these communities and the furtherment of hearing education is astounding.”
Booth received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in education and psychology from Gettysburg College and her master’s degree in English literature from Northwestern University. She is currently a retired teacher and reading specialist.
She has been married to her husband Harold for 43 years and they have two sons and three grandchildren. Booth resides in Sun Lakes, Ariz.
Established in 1977 to improve the quality of life for deaf and hard of hearing residents, ACDHH serves as a statewide information referral center for issues related to people with hearing loss and aspires to be a national leader in communication access, support services and community empowerment throughout the state. The purpose of the organization, and its commissioners, is to ensure, in partnership with the public and private sector, accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing to improve their quality of life.