Once again this year, HLAA has accepted the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) invitation to be a voting member of the Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC). The mission of the CAC is to make recommendations to the FCC regarding consumer issues and facilitation the participation of consumers, including people with disabilities and underserved populations in proceedings before the FCC.
In our June 24, 2011 blog, we mentioned that HLA-Georgia members Cathy Fletcher, Jeff Bonnell, and Anne Taylor took advantage of the HLAA Convention in DC to visit their congressional representatives’ offices on Capitol Hill. During those visits, our advocates spoke about why people with hearing loss need the kind of financial support toward the purchase of hearing aids that the hearing aid tax credit legislation, HR 1479, would provide.
Over the last several years, Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC) has supported the Captioned Radio Pilot Project developed by National Public Radio (NPR) and Towson University. It is a project whose goal is to provide a text version of radio broadcast over digital radio.
HLAA was delighted to be able to provide a presentation before the National Association of Speech Hearing Centers (NASHC) Spring Conference April 8, 2011. NASHC is an organization of 35 member agencies across the country that provide speech and/or hearing services. HLAA’s director of public policy, Lise Hamlin provided an update on HLAA and our advocacy efforts to CEO’s representing the Speech and Hearing Centers. They were interested to hear about HLAA’s work and provided important feedback from their own perspective on a wide range of topics, from movie captioning to the cost of hearing aids.
At a press event at the Capitol Building on February 23, 2010. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD-5) and Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5) joined the leadership of the Justice For All Action Network (JFAAN) in kicking off the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
HLAA joined other advocates in a wide ranging discussion regarding how to have greater access to audible presentations at the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art on October 19. Topics discussed included how to provide access to exhibit videos, IMAX films, art work and public program films. Joe Gordon, Chair of the HLAA-New York State Caption Committee was also present at this meeting.
Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) recently posted a call for action to the community: we asked you to sign on to a letter to be sent to President Obama, requesting that coverage of hearing healthcare be included as part of the White House agenda and healthcare reform. We have been overwhelmed with responses: in just one month, between July 9 and August 4, 4,682 people signed onto the letter to the President.
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.
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.
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.