DOJ Rules for Movie Theater Captioning and Audio Description Take Effect

As of June 2, movie theaters showing digital movies must provide a means for delivering closed captioning and audio description per rules issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)...As of June 2, movie theaters showing digital movies must provide a means for delivering closed captioning and audio description per rules issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by the Department of Justice (DOJ).   The final rules were issued in November 2016 and supplement provisions in DOJ’s ADA regulations on provision of … Read More >

FCC Votes to Adopt IP CTS Rules, Notice of Rulemaking

One of the items on the agenda for the June 7, 2018 Open Meeting of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) related to Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Services (IP CTS). Under...One of the items on the agenda for the June 7, 2018 Open Meeting of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) related to Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Services (IP CTS). Under the heading of Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service Reform, the Commission considered a Report and Order, Declaratory Ruling, Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Notice … Read More >

Ann Rancourt and Rachel Stevens Selected for Hamilton Relay 2018 Better Hearing and Speech Month Recognition Award for the District of Columbia

Congratulations are in order! HLAA’s own Ann Rancourt, national Walk4Hearing manager, and Rachel Stevens, a member of the HLAA District of Columbia Chapter, were selected as the Hamilton Relay 2018...Congratulations are in order! HLAA’s own Ann Rancourt, national Walk4Hearing manager, and Rachel Stevens, a member of the HLAA District of Columbia Chapter, were selected as the Hamilton Relay 2018 Better Hearing and Speech Month Recognition Award winners for the District of Columbia. Ann and Rachel were recognized at a ceremony hosted by Hamilton Relay … Read More >

U.S. Access Board Webinar: Accessible Airport Terminals

The U.S. Access Board’s next free monthly webinar will take place June 7 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (ET) and review accessibility requirements for airports under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and...The U.S. Access Board’s next free monthly webinar will take place June 7 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (ET) and review accessibility requirements for airports under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws. The session will focus on areas of special concern, including passenger loading zones, self-service ticketing kiosks, security checkpoints, boarding bridges and devices, signage, … Read More >

How Much Information Is Too Much? We Want Your Feedback!

People who are newly diagnosed with hearing loss can find vast amounts of information to help them understand it better. But is that really a good thing? When you want...People who are newly diagnosed with hearing loss can find vast amounts of information to help them understand it better. But is that really a good thing? When you want to learn all you can about hearing loss—or any other condition for that matter—an overwhelming amount of information can leave you almost as lost as … Read More >

St. Louis Theatre Must Provide Captioning for All Live Performances Says Federal Judge

Thanks in part to the work of HLAA Members John Waldo, Tina Childress, Mary Stodden and the HLAA Greater St. Louis Chapter, captioning for those who need it will now...Thanks in part to the work of HLAA Members John Waldo, Tina Childress, Mary Stodden and the HLAA Greater St. Louis Chapter, captioning for those who need it will now be available for all live performances at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis. A federal judge in Missouri recently ordered the 4500-seat indoor theatre to provide … Read More >

Do You Have Questions About Hearing Assistive Technology?

Use of hearing assistive technology (HAT) is one important way for consumers to address their hearing loss. However, there is a substantial lack of understanding about available technological solutions. HAT...Use of hearing assistive technology (HAT) is one important way for consumers to address their hearing loss. However, there is a substantial lack of understanding about available technological solutions. HAT includes assistive listening systems (such as FM, hearing loop systems, and infrared), telecommunications products and services (such as captioned telephones and relay services) and alerting … Read More >

HLAA Kicks Off the 2018 Walk4Hearing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Barbara Kelley Executive Director bkelley@hearingloss.org 301.657.2248 HLAA Kicks Off the 2018 Walk4Hearing BETHESDA, MD: The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is thrilled to announce the...FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Barbara Kelley Executive Director bkelley@hearingloss.org 301.657.2248 HLAA Kicks Off the 2018 Walk4Hearing BETHESDA, MD: The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is thrilled to announce the launch of the 2018 Walk4Hearing program. With events scheduled in 18 cities across the country, the Walk4Hearing raises awareness of hearing loss and provides strategies … Read More >

CTA President and CEO Gary Shapiro to Deliver Keynote Address at HLAA2018 Convention

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2018 CONTACT: Nancy Macklin Director of External Affairs and Events nmacklin@hearingloss.org Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), to Deliver Keynote...FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2018 CONTACT: Nancy Macklin Director of External Affairs and Events nmacklin@hearingloss.org Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), to Deliver Keynote Address at the Hearing Loss Association of America Annual Convention HLAA2018 Convention: Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, June 21-June 24, 2018   BETHESDA, MD – The Hearing Loss … Read More >

House Votes to Pass HR 620

House Votes to Pass HR 620 The US House of Representatives passed HR 620, 225 in favor of passage, and 192 against. You can see how your Representative voted at http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2018/roll080.xml...House Votes to Pass HR 620 The US House of Representatives passed HR 620, 225 in favor of passage, and 192 against. You can see how your Representative voted at http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2018/roll080.xml Now, the fight moves on to the Senate. HLAA will be monitoring the situation as it moves forward and will keep you informed. February 12, … Read More >