The Hearing Loss Association of Florida (HLA-FL) is seeking qualified individuals to serve on the HLA-FL Board of Trustees for a three-year term beginning October 6, 2012. New application deadline is September 1, 2012.
Call on Your Senator to Support the
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Last week, July 26, 2012, on the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, HLAA watched as the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations voted to send the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) to the Senate Floor for a vote. The room was packed with disability advocates who could barely restrain themselves from applause as the vote was taken.
Hearing Loss Association of America is thrilled to learn Cinemark in Arizona will provide neckloops and receivers to patrons. Resulting from a lawsuit brought by the Arizona Attorney General’s Civil Rights Division, this settlement agreement is, to the best of our knowledge, the first time neckloops are being provided in commercial movie theaters. However, with the 2010 ADA Standards now in place, we expect to see more theaters adopting neckoops and looping technology. We commend Cinemark for providing this access to patrons, for committing to maintaining the equipment in working order, training staff and making efforts to ensure the community knows about the availability of the neckloops in their theaters.
NAERUM, DK July 10, 2012 – The Ida Institute today announced the newest members of the judging panel for the Institute’s Ideas, Speak up - Action and Awareness for Hearing Loss competition. The global online competition is an open call for ideas that have the potential to generate better understanding of hearing loss, change public perception and encourage people to take action. The judging panel will help to select the three winning ideas that will be announced at the 2013 AudiologyNOW! conference.
HLAA supports ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Part of Marcia Dugan’s legacy as past president of Hearing Loss Association of America (then SHHH) and the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People was her involvement in the ad hoc sessions of the CRPD. She worked with others to ensure that issues related to hearing loss were included in the Convention, particularly in the articles on access, access to communication, education, and health care.
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June 18, 2012, Hearing Loss Association of America sent letters to the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator John Kerry, and the Ranking Member of that committee, Senator Richard Lugar, urging the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the entire U.S. Senate to act quickly to ratify the U. N. Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. HLAA was honored to be present at the ceremony when US at the UN in July, 2009 when the US signed onto CRPD. We were thrilled to learn of the submission of CRPD by the Obama Administration to the U.S. Senate for ratification. Moreover we applaud the unified statement of bipartisan support for United States ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that has been issued by seven senators. In their statement, Senators McCain (R-AZ), Durbin (D-IL), Moran (R-KS), Harkin (D-IA), Barrasso (R-WY), Coons (D-DE), and Udall (D-NM) affirm that the treaty upholds the American values of non-discrimination and equal access for persons with disabilities in all areas of life.