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!
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.
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.
Historic Changes Coming for Access to Hearing Aid Compatible Wireless Phones
Commentary by Lise Hamlin
This is an advocacy eNews, not a tech eNews. But when I discovered at a recent advisory council meeting that there are tech solutions to a problem we’ve been asked to solve repeatedly through advocacy efforts, we thought it deserved mention in this issue of HLAA in Action.
In August 2015, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the results of a survey that asked questions for the first time about disabilities, we were stunned to find that people with hearing loss were entirely left out.
HLAA sent letters to the CDC and to the White House, issued a media release, and an action alert asking consumers to express their thinking of CDC’s survey. Many of you sent emails with compelling stories, making it clear we should have been counted from the start.