United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced the Technology, Education, and Accessibility in College and Higher Education (“TEACH”) Act February 27, 2014. This bipartisan legislation would help strengthen the accessibility of educational technologies for college students with disabilities. Senator Warren announced her introduction of the legislation at a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) hearing on “Promoting College Access and Success For Students With Disabilities.”
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.
Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) signed onto a letter penned by Common Cause and signed by 46 allied organizations calling on President Obama to appoint to the Federal Communications Commission commissioners who will uphold consumer protection in telecommunications, promote a diverse and local media ecosystem, and foster universal connectivity to the open Internet.
Two commissioners, Chairman Julius Genachowski and Robert McDowell, have recently announced their departures from the FCC.
HLAA received a letter from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski inviting us once again to serve as a voting member of the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) until the charter ends in October 2014.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is interested in gathering more information about hearing aid compatible (HAC) phones.
Tuesday the Senate takes up the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
HLAA was one of 89 disability organizations sponsoring the National Forum on Disability issues September 28, 2012.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network (DHHCAN) is hosting a U.S. Presidential Candidates Forum in Fairfax, VA next Tuesday, October 9.
On Monday the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final guideline for hearing-loss screening in older adults. In contrast to its 1996 guidelines, which recommended asking all older patients about hearing, the Task Force now says it can't recommend for or against it in patients not complaining of hearing loss.
"The Task Force recognizes this is important and common," Dr. Albert Siu, vice co-chairman of the Task Force, said. "We also know for people who complain of problems with their hearing, hearing aids can be beneficial. However, we don't believe there is sufficient evidence that older adults who don't have complaints should be screened."