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President Obama Invites HLAA to White House Celebration on the 19th Anniversary of the ADA

Jul 24 2009

Brenda Battat, Executive Director of Hearing Loss Association of America, joins President Barack Obama and disability representatives from around the country today at the White House to celebrate the 19th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the ground-breaking civil rights legislation for people with disabilities.

HLAA Represents Hearing Loss at White House Meeting

Apr 21 2009

April 15, 2009, Washington, DC: Brenda Battat, executive director of HLAA, attended a meeting and briefing with senior White House officials related to disability matters at the White House. Kareem Dale, the special assistant to the President for Disability Policy, a newly-created position, brought together over 50 cross-disability representatives for a briefing and exchange of ideas with officials from the Executive Office of the President. Among them: Office of Personnel; Office of the First Lady; Domestic Policy Council; Office of the Staff Secretary; Technology Innovation and Government Reform; Office of Management and Budget; National Economic Council; Office of Public Liaison.

Disability “Power & Pride” Inaugural Ball Held

Jan 26 2009

An historic event took place with the first-ever Disability Inaugural Ball held Sunday, January 19, 2009, at the Press Club in Washington, DC. More than 1,000 people of all disabilities, both physical and intellectual, and leaders in those communities, joined to celebrate our new president and administration. The Hearing Loss Association of America was a supporter of the event and HLAA staff joined many organizations for people with disabilities to celebrate this event.

HLAA Meets w/President-Elect Obama’s Transition Team-Update

Jan 16 2009

The consensus document of organizations representing people who are hard of hearing or deaf should appear on that site in the coming weeks.

You can view the document “Proposal for Leadership and Public Policy to Ensure Equal Access and Equal Opportunity for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened and Deaf-Blind Americans.”   [View PDF]