Director of Public Policy, HLAA
Lise Hamlin joined the Hearing Loss Association of America’s (HLAA) national staff as director of public policy in April 2008. Ms. Hamlin, who has a hearing loss herself, has worked as an advocate for people with hearing loss for 25 years. She currently represents HLAA on federal advisory committees such as the FCC’s Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) and TSA’s Disability and Multicultural Coalition, industry advisory groups, including AT&T’s Advisory Panel on Access and Aging (AAPAA) and LG’s Accessibility Advisory Board, and is co-chair of the Hearing Aid Compatibility Task Force.
Ms. Hamlin also works on consumer coalitions such as the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network (DHHCAN) and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance (DHHA). She has taken part in developing, maintaining and presenting training programs on hearing assistive technology, the Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers (N-CHATT) and on emergency preparedness under the TDI initiative CEPIN. Ms. Hamlin fields emails and calls and provides guidance daily to consumers with hearing loss who experience barriers to employment, technology, access to public places and telecommunications access. Ms. Hamlin has been recognized with TDI’s Karen Peltz Strass Advocacy Award, a national Oticon Focus on People award, a Spirit of SHHH award and the F. Michael Taff award from the Human Rights Commission of Rockville, MD.