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HLAA Signs onto Consumer Groups’ Comments Filed with the EEOC

Jul 30 2014

HLAA joined NAD, TDI, ALDA, DHHCAN and other consumer organizations in comments filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for their Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on The Federal Sector’s Obligation to Be a Model Employer of Individuals with Disabilities.  Our comments highlighted the needs to provide accommodations on request and in a timely manner, and propose that the Federal Government establish a centralized funding system for accommodations.

Read our comments.

HLAA Applauds Senate Action on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Jul 30 2014

HLAA is thrilled to learn that on July 22, 2014, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations favorably reported the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) out of committee. Watch this captioned video report by John Paré, Executive Director for Advocacy and Policy, and Joe Ruffalo, President of the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey outside the Capitol. See video: http://youtu.be/PfaZZM510DY

HLAA Joins FCC Panel on Social Media

Jul 15 2014

From the FCC:

The FCC's Accessibility and Innovation Initiative will host a public event, titled "Accessing Social Media," on Thursday, July 17, 2014, from 9 AM to 4 PM at the FCC Headquarters (445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC).  The purpose of the event is to facilitate a collaborative, cross-sector exchange of information about making social media tools and content accessible to people with disabilities, including information about authoring tools, client apps, and best practices.

HLAA Sarasota Chapter Board Member Convinces Supreme Court to Add a Hearing Loop to Courtroom

Jul 11 2014

Sarasota, FL: For the first time in its history, the United States Supreme Court will install a hearing loop system this summer to enable people with hearing loss to follow the proceedings. This decision was a direct result of the efforts of Richard Williams, Esq., of Lakewood Ranch, a Board member of the HLAA Sarasota Chapter.

Pamela Talkin, Marshal of the Court said to Mr. Williams, “I truly appreciate the initiative you took in making your suggestion.  Your suggestion will benefit countless visitors to the Court.”

HLAA Protests One Fund Boston’s Draft Protocols for Bombing Survivors

Jun 20 2014

The April 15, 2013 bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three and injured more than 260 others. One day after the Boston attack, One Fund Boston was formed by Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas M. Menino with the purpose of helping those most affected by the tragic Boston Marathon bombings. In June this year, One Fund announced that an additional $18 million would be distributed to the victims of the Marathon bombings on top of the $61 million already disbursed.

Voting is Open for the 2014 Oticon Focus on People Award

Jun 11 2014

Voting closes on July 15, 2014
The Oticon Focus on People Awards recognizes outstanding people with hearing loss who are helping to show that hearing loss does not limit a person’s ability to make a positive difference in their families, communities or the world. This is the 16th year that the Oticon Focus on People Awards has honored students, adults and advocacy volunteers with hearing loss.