HLAA joined theatreWashington, the Disability Rights Law Clinic at American University’s Washington College of Law, the D.C. Arts and Access Network, and the Kennedy Center’s Accessibility Office in a collaborative presentation to highlight the ways in which theaters can welcome patrons with hearing loss.
The Fifth annual M-Enabling Summit, the only program exclusively dedicated to promoting mobile accessible technology and assistive applications and services for users of all abilities, will be held June 13-14, 2016 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will participate in the M-Enabling Summit, in cooperation with the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict).
HLAA provided written comments in response to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) notice reopening the comment period for consideration of the Draft Regulatory Requirements for Hearing Aid Devices and Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs).
HLAA has been selected to be a member of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Advisory Committee on Accessible Air Transportation (ACCESS Advisory Committee). The ACCESS Advisory Committee was established to negotiate and develop proposed amendments to the DOT’s disability regulation on three issues, one of which is whether to require accessible in-flight entertainment (IFE) and strengthen accessibility requirements for other in-flight communications. The first meeting of the ACCESS Advisory Committee will be held May 17-18, 2016.
HLAA, along with 10 other groups (collectively “Consumer Groups”), and joined by Deaf in Government (DIG), provided comments to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on its proposal to amend its regulations requiring the federal government to engage in affirmative action for individuals with disabilities.
HLAA has completed another successful in-person meeting of our train-the-trainer program, N-CHATT (Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers). During the weekend of April 1-3, 2016, trainees and facilitators gathered at the HLAA office in Bethesda, MD for the start of an intensive program to learn about and work with HAT. It also gave attendees the opportunity to learn more about how to conduct successful training sessions for those impacted by hearing loss.