FCC Approves Emergency COVID-19 Telehealth and Connected Care Pilot Programs

On March 31, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a $200 million telehealth program to implement the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support healthcare providers responding...On March 31, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a $200 million telehealth program to implement the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support healthcare providers responding to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Through the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, the FCC will help healthcare providers purchase telecommunications, broadband connectivity, and devices necessary for providing … Read More >

HLAA2020 Convention is Cancelled

Dear HLAA Members and Supporters, When the coronavirus hit in early March, we had hopes that we could still hold the HLAA2020 Convention this June. Like you, we were watching...Dear HLAA Members and Supporters, When the coronavirus hit in early March, we had hopes that we could still hold the HLAA2020 Convention this June. Like you, we were watching the news and listening to guidelines from the CDC. It quickly became clear that cancelling this event that we all look forward to was a … Read More >

Share Your Story

Share Your Story                           Reach out and inspire others. Share your story about your hearing journey, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now! Spring 2020 People with hearing loss are isolated enough,...Share Your Story                           Reach out and inspire others. Share your story about your hearing journey, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now! Spring 2020 People with hearing loss are isolated enough, now add the isolation that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing. We are social distancing, staying at home, resulting in more isolation. Send us a brief … Read More >

FREE WEBINAR: Coping with the Coronavirus and Isolation, Part 2

FREE HLAA WEBINAR: Coping with the Coronavirus and Isolation, Part 2 with Dr. Michael Harvey, Clinical Psychologist April 2  /  2:00pm – 3:00pm ET The audience comments from Dr. Harvey’s...FREE HLAA WEBINAR: Coping with the Coronavirus and Isolation, Part 2 with Dr. Michael Harvey, Clinical Psychologist April 2  /  2:00pm – 3:00pm ET The audience comments from Dr. Harvey’s Part 1 webinar on coping with COVID-19 revealed an amazing but not surprising richness and resiliency. This follow-up webinar will have a small presentation followed … Read More >

How Do I Communicate with Doctors, Nurses, and Staff at the Hospital During COVID-19?

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, how will you be able to talk to doctors, nurses and others at the hospital? This guide is to help you get ready for your hospital...During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, how will you be able to talk to doctors, nurses and others at the hospital? This guide is to help you get ready for your hospital visit.  Going to the hospital will be very different during the pandemic.  In normal times, hospitals must give services that help you understand what is … 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 >

FCC Shares Resources About Accessible Televised Emergency Information

On March 13, 2020, a national emergency was declared concerning the coronavirus outbreak.  The FCC has rules requiring televised emergency information to be accessible.  See the below links for some...On March 13, 2020, a national emergency was declared concerning the coronavirus outbreak.  The FCC has rules requiring televised emergency information to be accessible.  See the below links for some helpful resources about accessible televised emergency information:    Consumer Guide American Sign Language video Detailed Public Notice about the obligation to make televised emergency information … Read More >

Q&A with Dr. Michael Harvey: What Nelson Mandela and Others Teach Us About Coping with the Coronavirus and Isolation

Michael A. Harvey, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who provides training and guidance on mental health issues and people with hearing loss. View him on the HLAA captioned webinar that...Michael A. Harvey, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who provides training and guidance on mental health issues and people with hearing loss. View him on the HLAA captioned webinar that aired on March 24, 2020.  Dr. Harvey is also a regular contributor to Hearing Life, HLAA’s bimonthly magazine. Join HLAA to receive the magazine. Also, … Read More >

Meeting Platforms and Automatic Speech Recognition Options for State and Chapter Leaders

Dear State and Chapter Leaders, I appreciate and applaud the recent hard decisions that were made by state and chapter leaders to halt their face to face meetings to ensure...Dear State and Chapter Leaders, I appreciate and applaud the recent hard decisions that were made by state and chapter leaders to halt their face to face meetings to ensure the safety and well-being of all members involved with the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic. I’m amazed at how leaders are true examples of self-help, … Read More >

Coronavirus and HLAA Events

Dear HLAA Community, I want to let you know we are thinking of you and doing everything we can to serve you in this challenging time. As you are, we...Dear HLAA Community, I want to let you know we are thinking of you and doing everything we can to serve you in this challenging time. As you are, we here at HLAA are concerned about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and find ourselves having to make some changes to our events and activities. Please know that … Read More >