HLAA Files a Friend of the Court Brief Supporting Equal Access to Captioned Telephones
New York City Comptroller John Lui awarded the Hearing Loss Association of America a commendation plaque “for advocacy and its tireless work on behalf of those with hearing loss.” October is Disability Awareness month and to mark the occasion, New York City recognized organizations doing work across the disability arena. On October 30, HLAA Members Suzanne D’Amico, her daughter Anna Bella, and Toni Iacolucci accepted the commendation on behalf of HLAA. In addition to the New York City Walk4Hearing, the comptroller’s office recognized the work of HLAA across the country.
HLAA provided the Chairman Bob Menendez, Ranking Member Bob Corker and members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with our letter in support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in advance of the Senate hearing scheduled for November 5, at 2 pm.
Do you live in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, or Texas, and have a hearing loss? Would you be interested in helping National Public Radio (NPR) test a new text emergency alerting system?
NPR has been working with HLAA to make text radio a reality for several years now. NPR now has a prototype for text messaging in an emergency and needs volunteers to test the system.
The number one call for help that HLAA receives – via phone, email and in person – is financial assistance for the purchase of hearing aids. One son called for mom who is in her 80’s, who had two hearing aids until they both died at the same time. They were struggling to find a way to replace them. Most seniors who age into their hearing loss are simply floored when they learn that Medicare does not cover the cost of hearing aids.
Thank you all! 954 people completed HLAA’s survey on Internet-Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) use. We will be tallying the results, looking at your comments, and providing you with the results of our survey in the coming weeks.
Study with the Best – Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids and Hearing Loops
Dr. Carol Letzter and Ellen Semel, both HLAA members and part of the HLAA Manhattan (NYC) Chapter hearing loop committee co-star in CUNY-TV’s "Study With The Best. Enjoy the captioned video production.