On August 4, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted new rules to ensure people with hearing loss have full access to wireless devices. As the FCC noted, the action taken “will modernize existing hearing aid compatibility (HAC) rules while maintaining the balance between fostering accessibility and promoting innovation and investment.”
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.
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!
Department of Transportation’s ACCESS Advisory Committee
Hits the Runway
HLAA was selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to represent people with hearing loss on the newly chartered Advisory Committee on Accessible Air Transportation (ACCESS Advisory Committee). Lise Hamlin, director of public policy at HLAA, attended the first meeting of the Advisory Committee on May 17-18.
HLAA, along with 10 other groups (collectively “Consumer Groups”), and joined by Deaf in Government (DIG), provided comments to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on its proposal to amend its regulations requiring the federal government to engage in affirmative action for individuals with disabilities.
HLAA provided written comments in response to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) notice reopening the comment period for consideration of the Draft Regulatory Requirements for Hearing Aid Devices and Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs).
HLAA joined theatreWashington, the Disability Rights Law Clinic at American University’s Washington College of Law, the D.C. Arts and Access Network, and the Kennedy Center’s Accessibility Office in a collaborative presentation to highlight the ways in which theaters can welcome patrons with hearing loss.