FCC Announces New Outreach to Collect Consumer Broadband Availability Experiences

The Federal Communications Commission FCC recently announced an effort to collect consumers’ broadband experiences. The stories shared by consumers will help to inform the FCC’s broadband data collection efforts. “Far too many...The Federal Communications Commission FCC recently announced an effort to collect consumers’ broadband experiences. The stories shared by consumers will help to inform the FCC’s broadband data collection efforts. “Far too many Americans are left behind in access to jobs, education, and healthcare if they do not have access to broadband,” said Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. … Read More >

FCC Releases Hearing Aid Compatibility Report and Order

On February 22, 2021, the FCC released a Report and Order to update the FCC’s wireless hearing aid compatibility requirements to ensure that the FCC’s rules reflect the latest technical...On February 22, 2021, the FCC released a Report and Order to update the FCC’s wireless hearing aid compatibility requirements to ensure that the FCC’s rules reflect the latest technical developments and standards, and to continue on the path to making 100% of wireless handsets hearing aid-compatible. The Commission adopted the 2019 ANSI Hearing Aid … Read More >

The New HLAA Online Calendar

HLAA Chapters and State Organizations have been transitioning their in-person meetings to virtual meetings online during the pandemic. Now you can find and expand your network with more educational opportunities...HLAA Chapters and State Organizations have been transitioning their in-person meetings to virtual meetings online during the pandemic. Now you can find and expand your network with more educational opportunities and support through online HLAA Chapter and State Organizations meetings from all across the country in one central calendar from the HLAA Leaders List Groups.io … Read More >

FCC Extends Waiver for TRS Providers

Early on during the COVID-19 pandemic, in March, 2020, the FCC took action to ensure that TRS services would continue to be available to people with hearing loss. These waivers...Early on during the COVID-19 pandemic, in March, 2020, the FCC took action to ensure that TRS services would continue to be available to people with hearing loss. These waivers allow TRS providers flexibility to deal with reduced staffing and increased call volumes, to enable more of their employees to provide services from their homes, … Read More >

FCC Invites Comment on Proposed Metrics for Captioned Telephone Services

The FCC released a notice of rulemaking that is open to the public for comment. HLAA filed comments alongside other organizations representing consumers. Reply comments will be accepted until April...The FCC released a notice of rulemaking that is open to the public for comment. HLAA filed comments alongside other organizations representing consumers. Reply comments will be accepted until April 2. The FCC’s notice follows: Comments due:  March 3, 2021 Reply comments due:  April 2, 2021 On October 2, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) … Read More >

HLAA Urges DOT to Make Transportation Accessible

HLAA filed comments with the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Strategic Plan on Accessible Transportation for FY 2021-2025 on February 16, 2021. We reminded noted the DOT that their Strategic...HLAA filed comments with the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Strategic Plan on Accessible Transportation for FY 2021-2025 on February 16, 2021. We reminded noted the DOT that their Strategic Plan did not include solutions that can have a profound effect on the ability of people with hearing loss to understand communications and allow us … Read More >

Virtual Tech Industry Career Showcase Event (April 7 and April 14)

Disability:IN Inclusion Works announces a virtual Tech Industry Career Showcase event with top ranking Fortune/Global 500 tech employers on April 7 and April 14. Register by April 2. Hosted in...Disability:IN Inclusion Works announces a virtual Tech Industry Career Showcase event with top ranking Fortune/Global 500 tech employers on April 7 and April 14. Register by April 2. Hosted in partnership with Facebook, the Virtual Tech Industry Career Showcase is an opportunity for candidates with disabilities to learn from businesses that are seeking to recruit … Read More >

Save the Dates for HLAA Chapter Development Workshops

SAVE THE DATES Thursday, March 25, 2021 Thursday, April 1, 2021 Friday, April 16, 2021 PRESENTERS Ann Thomas, HLAA Brand Ambassador HLAA Diablo Valley Chapter President Alan Katsura, HLAA California...SAVE THE DATES Thursday, March 25, 2021 Thursday, April 1, 2021 Friday, April 16, 2021 PRESENTERS Ann Thomas, HLAA Brand Ambassador HLAA Diablo Valley Chapter President Alan Katsura, HLAA California State Association Board Member Diablo Valley Chapter IT support and moderator HLAA Tech Groups.io SESSIONS 1-3, SETTING UP AND USING ZOOM These sessions will help … Read More >

HLAA Hosting a Webinar (April 8) and Convening a Meeting (May 25) with Permission from the FDA

HLAA will convene and host a Patient-Focused Drug Development (PFDD) meeting with permission from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on sensorineural hearing loss and its impact on daily life. All...HLAA will convene and host a Patient-Focused Drug Development (PFDD) meeting with permission from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on sensorineural hearing loss and its impact on daily life. All are welcome to attend. This session will be free and open to all. Look for more information to come. We will also hold an HLAA webinar on … Read More >

Zoom Offers FREE ASR Captioning

HLAA is THRILLED that Zoom is offering free ASR captions for those who sign up with Zoom. Sign up here. This is a huge win for our community of advocates...HLAA is THRILLED that Zoom is offering free ASR captions for those who sign up with Zoom. Sign up here. This is a huge win for our community of advocates and HLAA members. More than 48 million Americans experience hearing loss. Hearing loss impacts people of all ages. Today, due to COVID-19, we must all … Read More >