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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 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.

HLAA Comments on Tech Research for People with Hearing Loss

May 28 2014

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) filed comments with the US Department of Education regarding the proposed priority of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) – Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program – Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERC).

HLAA Applauds Senators Warren, Hatch for Introduction of the TEACH Act

Mar 12 2014

United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced the Technology, Education, and Accessibility in College and Higher Education (“TEACH”) Act February 27, 2014. This bipartisan legislation would help strengthen the accessibility of educational technologies for college students with disabilities. Senator Warren announced her introduction of the legislation at a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) hearing on “Promoting College Access and Success For Students With Disabilities.”

HLAA Joins FCC Panel Discussion on Improved IP-Based Relay Services

Feb 25 2014

HLAA is invited to contribute to a panel discussing the future of IP-based Relay Services, by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC is developing and funding interagency research on IP-based technologies. The workshop was convened to gather information on the kinds of research that is needed to improve TRS. The FCC is partnering with the National Institute on Aging for this grant.

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