New York, NY – March 17, 2015: On the day a jury trial was scheduled to begin, Disability Rights Advocates and the Law Offices of Meenan and Associates entered into a landmark settlement with the NYPD in a case challenging the Department’s discriminatory blanket policy banning the use of hearing aids by police officers. The settlement concludes after four and a half years of hard-fought legal advocacy.
HLAA recently participated in MediaplanetUSA’s Vision and Hearing campaign where we joined forces with industry leaders and advocates to raise awareness of the millions of Americans currently living with some form of vision impairment or hearing loss. Learn about the technologies being developed to give people affected by these disabilities hope as well as gaining valuable information for protecting your eyes and ears. The campaignwas distributed through USA Today March 13, 2015 and is published online.
L-R: Stuart Seaborn, Disability Rights Advocates; Shelly Ann Quilty-Lake, Meenan and Associates;
Rebecca Rodgers, DRA; Dan Carione, plaintiff; Jerry Bergman, HLAA NYC; Colleen Meenan, Meenan
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will hold the first meeting of its newly-formed Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) on March 17, 2015. HLAA is a charter member, serving as co-chair of the Video Programming subcommittee, and as a member of the Communications subcommittee. These meetings are open to the public and streamed with captions at: http://www.fcc.gov/live.
HLAA once again joined the Access Board’s two-day meeting of the Rail Vehicle Access Advisory Committee (RVAAC) February 27-27, 2015. HLAA serves on the Communication subcommittee, which looks how to make these rail cars accessible to people with vision and hearing loss. At that meeting, mobility, visual and audible access to rail cars was discussed.
“Hearing aids are essential to enable millions of people with hearing loss to fully engage with family, friends and colleagues.” - Anna Gilmore Hall, executive director, HLAA
HLAA supported local advocacy efforts when we filed comments with the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission urging adoption of rules for signage for taxis in New York City equipped with hearing loops.
The proposed amendment would provide for a decal on the inside and outside of all taxicabs that have hearing induction loop capability. That decal would feature the International Symbol of Access for Hearing Loss, including a “T” and the language “Induction loop installed, switch hearing aid to T-coil” on the interior decal.
Hearing Loss Association of America supports Utah State HB 112, which modifies the requirements for practicing as an audiologist or as a hearing instrument specialist by requiring licensed audiologists or licensed hearing instrument specialists to inform each patient about Assistive Listening Systems that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards (section 219) and how hearing instruments interface with these systems.
In August, 2014, a former member of the HLAA Board of Trustees attended events at the Pro Football Hall of Fame (HOF) in Canton, Ohio. She had requested CART in advance, but received no accommodations. When she returned home, she sent a letter asking that future events are communication accessible. She received a response two months later, from the president of HOF, David Baker, stating, “I will make sure that your concerns are known as we begin preparing for the 2015 Enshrinement.”