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FCC Opens the Door to Allowing an Alternative to TTY Technology

Dec 20 2016

HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley and Director of Public Policy Lise Hamlin attended the final Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Open Commission Meeting of 2016 on December 15. Several HLAA chapter members were in attendance as well, including Veronica Davila Steele, who heads up the new Prince George’s County (Maryland) Chapter; Russell Misheloff, leader of the Washington, DC Chapter; and Barry Kasinitz from the Montgomery County (Maryland) Chapter.

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HLAA Supports Bipartisan Senate Bill “Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2016”

Dec 6 2016

On December 1, 2016, Senate Bill S.9 was introduced by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to provide for the regulation of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. The “Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2016” would make certain types of hearing aids available over the counter and remove many of the barriers for consumers who could benefit from hearing aids.

HLAA Files Comments with the Federal Aviation Administration

Jul 14 2016

HLAA filed comments with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in response to their draft Advisory Circular (AC), Access to Airports by Individuals with Disabilities

The FAA offered the AC for public review and comments in June 2016. The AC provides guidance and recommendations for operators of airports to ensure access to airports by individuals with disabilities. The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TDI) both signed onto HLAA's comments.

HLAA Wants to Hear from You!

May 31 2016

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!

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