FCC Grants Conditional Certification to Clarity Products to Provide IP CTS Using Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR)

On June 4, 2020, the FCC granted conditional certification to Clarity Products, LLC to provide Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service using only automatic speech recognition technology without the aid of...On June 4, 2020, the FCC granted conditional certification to Clarity Products, LLC to provide Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service using only automatic speech recognition technology without the aid of communications assistants.  The service will be available via the over-the-top application CaptionMate. Conditional Certification Order: URL: https://www.fcc.gov/document/clarity-certified-automatic-speech-recognition-ip-cts-provider Word: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-20-587A1.docx PDF: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-20-587A1.pdf Text: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-20-587A1.txt News Release: … Read More >

Reminder to Chapter and State Leaders: Conflict of Interest Policy

Dear Chapter and State Leaders, HLAA leaders are great researchers and sharers of information and resources, especially in this time of the pandemic, but we have to be careful how...Dear Chapter and State Leaders, HLAA leaders are great researchers and sharers of information and resources, especially in this time of the pandemic, but we have to be careful how we present this information. Here is an excerpt from Barbara Kelley, HLAA Executive Director, from a past Chapter Blog post to remind you of our … Read More >

HLAA Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting on 6/16

We invite veterans with hearing loss to attend the next Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting, on June 16, 2020 at 8 pm ET (US and Canada).   Featured presentation:...We invite veterans with hearing loss to attend the next Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting, on June 16, 2020 at 8 pm ET (US and Canada).   Featured presentation: Thank you for your service: A review of V.A. Services Guest speaker: Brad Ingrao, AuD   The Department of Veterans Affairs is the largest single … Read More >

Video Conferencing Platforms Feature Matrix

*developed with a consensus by deaf, hard of hearing, and DeafBlind consumer advocacy organizations and subject matter experts*developed with a consensus by deaf, hard of hearing, and DeafBlind consumer advocacy organizations and subject matter experts Read More >

Remote Workplace Communications Access: Recommendations for Employers During Times of Expanded Telework

*developed with a consensus by deaf, hard of hearing, and DeafBlind consumer advocacy organizations and subject matter experts*developed with a consensus by deaf, hard of hearing, and DeafBlind consumer advocacy organizations and subject matter experts Read More >

Accessible Remote Work Meetings for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Employees

*developed with a consensus by deaf, hard of hearing, and DeafBlind consumer advocacy organizations and subject matter experts*developed with a consensus by deaf, hard of hearing, and DeafBlind consumer advocacy organizations and subject matter experts Read More >

HLAA Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting on 5/19

We invite veterans with hearing loss to attend the next Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting, on  May 19th, 2020 at 8 pm ET.  Featured presentation: Global Alliance of Speech-to-Text Captioning...We invite veterans with hearing loss to attend the next Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting, on  May 19th, 2020 at 8 pm ET.  Featured presentation: Global Alliance of Speech-to-Text Captioning Guest speaker: Jennifer Schuck, FAPR, RDR, CRC, CRR Global Alliance of Speech-to-Text Captioning is the only organization that has as their specific mission to be … Read More >

The HLAA Board of Directors Supports Free Captioning for People with Hearing Loss During the COVID-19 Pandemic

HLAA, the U.S. leader in advocacy for people with hearing loss, calls for all online video call and conferencing platforms to offer free (no-cost) access to automatic captioning technology to...HLAA, the U.S. leader in advocacy for people with hearing loss, calls for all online video call and conferencing platforms to offer free (no-cost) access to automatic captioning technology to people with hearing loss at the same level that platforms offer to their premium customers, during the COVID-19 pandemic. View HLAA’s Position Statement. Petition HLAA … Read More >

FCC Grants First Certification for New ASR-Only IP CTS Service

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2020—The FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau today granted conditional certification to MachineGenius to provide Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) using only automatic speech recognition...WASHINGTON, May 5, 2020—The FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau today granted conditional certification to MachineGenius to provide Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) using only automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology. This is the first such grant and provides an opportunity for advanced technology to meet the FCC’s high reliability standards in providing captioned … Read More >

Communications & Medical Access in the Hospital During Disasters: Temporary Recommendations for Hospitals and Medical Facilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

*developed with a consensus by deaf and hard of hearing Consumer Groups, deaf healthcare providers and other subject matter experts Deaf, hard of hearing, and DeafBlind Americans who seek medical...*developed with a consensus by deaf and hard of hearing Consumer Groups, deaf healthcare providers and other subject matter experts Deaf, hard of hearing, and DeafBlind Americans who seek medical treatment amid the COVID-19 crisis and medical professionals serving them may encounter significant barriers to communication. We estimate that up to approximately 650,0001 Americans who … Read More >