Have you tried to watch your local government’s meetings online, and found that they lacked captions? Or have you tried to watch a video online that was produced by a local or state government entity, but also found it had no captions? We know it happens. Recently, a state website included a video about voting procedures – without captions. Have you seen something similar? We want to hear from you about it!
Department of Transportation’s ACCESS Advisory Committee
Hits the Runway
HLAA was selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to represent people with hearing loss on the newly chartered Advisory Committee on Accessible Air Transportation (ACCESS Advisory Committee). Lise Hamlin, director of public policy at HLAA, attended the first meeting of the Advisory Committee on May 17-18.
HLAA joined theatreWashington, the Disability Rights Law Clinic at American University’s Washington College of Law, the D.C. Arts and Access Network, and the Kennedy Center’s Accessibility Office in a collaborative presentation to highlight the ways in which theaters can welcome patrons with hearing loss.
HLAA provided written comments in response to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) notice reopening the comment period for consideration of the Draft Regulatory Requirements for Hearing Aid Devices and Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs).
HLAA, along with 10 other groups (collectively “Consumer Groups”), and joined by Deaf in Government (DIG), provided comments to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on its proposal to amend its regulations requiring the federal government to engage in affirmative action for individuals with disabilities.
HLAA has completed another successful in-person meeting of our train-the-trainer program, N-CHATT (Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers). During the weekend of April 1-3, 2016, trainees and facilitators gathered at the HLAA office in Bethesda, MD for the start of an intensive program to learn about and work with HAT. It also gave attendees the opportunity to learn more about how to conduct successful training sessions for those impacted by hearing loss.