HLAA learned at an accessibility issues conference call hosted by Verizon that they will soon be offering Verizon customers access to 911 via text messaging. For people with significant hearing loss, gaining access to 911 via text messaging is a huge leap forward. To date, people with hearing loss were relegated to using TTYs or using a voice call to 911 without knowing whether they would be able to hear what the dispatcher said.
On April 27, 2012, Hearing Loss Association of America, Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) and four other consumer organizations and the Technology Access Program at Gallaudet University (TAP) filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) requesting reconsideration of the Commission’s Report and Order on Captioning of Video Programming delivered over the Internet under the 21st Century Video and Communication Act of 2010 (CVAA).
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced in Chicago on April 4, 2012 a “landmark settlement with Illinois’ largest movie theater operator that will provide unprecedented access for people with hearing and vision disabilities.”
Madigan said the settlement with AMC Theaters will provide personal captioning services and audio-description technology in all of its theaters and its 460 movie screens in Illinois.
Madigan was joined by AMC representatives and disability rights supporters, including HLAA, to announce the settlement. HLAA members filed a complaint several years ago with the AG’s office and were instrumental the pursuit of this settlement.
Thank you for expressing your concerns about the direct to consumer United HealthCare® hi HealthInnovations program.
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) has not joined audiologists, hearing aid specialists, and hearing aid manufacturers in their opposition to the new United HealthCare direct service to consumers. Our stance is to give innovative programs such as this one a chance. Why are we saying this?
With great sadness we announce the death of Victor Matsui, a member of the Hearing Loss Association of America’s board of trustees since 2005. Read about his years of service in the Army and distinguished career in the American diplomatic service, and view many family photos by clicking here. Vic was a gentle and kind man, and will be missed very much.
HLAA’s Manhattan Chapter actively supports communication access in public places. Ellen Semel, chair of the chapter’s Hearing Loop Committee, helps lead the movement. In December 2011, she and Fred Palm of AssistiveAudio/Ampetronic presented looping technology information to the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ Procrastinators Day, which provides architects with opportunities to earn continuing education units.
The latest issue of Hearing Loss Magazine is in the mail. The big news with this issue is that if you are a member of the Hearing Loss Association of America, you can also read Hearing Loss Magazine online at www.hearingloss.org before it hits your mailbox.
So wherever you are – at home on your computer, on vacation with your smart phone or iPad - you can read it. And, if you need to adjust your browser for your individual needs, you can do that too.
Hearing Loss Association of America and 17 other national and local organizations sent a strong message to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius urging inclusion of hearing health care under the Affordable Care Act.