The Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist, 200 Main St., Thomaston, will host a presentation on Assistive Technologies for the Deaf, Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m.

The speaker will be Elissa Moran, executive director of the Maine Center on Deafness in Portland. The talk, which will cover the experience of being deaf in today's society, as well as the technological aids and services that are available, and simple and inexpensive adjustments that can be made by the community to help the deaf and hearing-impaired, will be followed by questions and an informal period of refreshments, during which Moran will be available for one-on-one conversations.

The presentation will be an opportunity for participants with hearing aids (equipped with telecoils) to hear first-hand the great benefits of using the hearing loop system that the church installed earlier this year.

The Maine Center on Deafness is a nonprofit organization that serves people in Maine who are deaf, late-deafened or hard-of-hearing by providing resources, advocating for social equality, and helping the general public to better understand and appreciate deaf culture and effective ways of communication. It operates a number of programs, ranging from civil rights to equipment distribution. Moran will be bringing information about the MCD and its programs to the presentation.

All members of the public are welcome to attend, not just those with hearing difficulties. In particular, those managing public or semi-public facilities (religious groups, auditoriums, fraternal organizations, etc.) are strongly encouraged to come and learn about the simple ways in which they can make their facilities more friendly to the deaf.