When Los Alamos High School Graduate Chloe Keilers was a junior, she spoke at a Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. She shared her experiences as a deaf student as well as her blog for other deaf teens and their families. Keilers also mentioned to Rotary Club Vice President Linda Hull that Smith Auditorium could use an assistive hearing system.
Keilers’ suggestion and Hull’s initiative lead the local Rotary Club to fund an audio looping system in the auditorium. Hull presented a proposal to the Board, worked with contractors and consultants and the LAPS administration including Ross Mason and Joanie Ahlers, and ultimately reached an agreement with Gary Clark of GWC Looping. To serve a portion of the audience well and to stay within budget, the center rows of the auditorium, the wheelchair aisle forward through the front row–about 14 rows total–are looped east- west, seat by seat.