HLAA provided the Chairman Bob Menendez, Ranking Member Bob Corker and members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with our letter in support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in advance of the Senate hearing scheduled for November 5, at 2 pm.
Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) signed onto a letter penned by Common Cause and signed by 46 allied organizations calling on President Obama to appoint to the Federal Communications Commission commissioners who will uphold consumer protection in telecommunications, promote a diverse and local media ecosystem, and foster universal connectivity to the open Internet.
Two commissioners, Chairman Julius Genachowski and Robert McDowell, have recently announced their departures from the FCC.
HLAA received a letter from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski inviting us once again to serve as a voting member of the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) until the charter ends in October 2014.
Tuesday the Senate takes up the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
HLAA was one of 89 disability organizations sponsoring the National Forum on Disability issues September 28, 2012.
On Monday the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a final guideline for hearing-loss screening in older adults. In contrast to its 1996 guidelines, which recommended asking all older patients about hearing, the Task Force now says it can't recommend for or against it in patients not complaining of hearing loss.
"The Task Force recognizes this is important and common," Dr. Albert Siu, vice co-chairman of the Task Force, said. "We also know for people who complain of problems with their hearing, hearing aids can be beneficial. However, we don't believe there is sufficient evidence that older adults who don't have complaints should be screened."
Hearing Loss Association of American, along with many other disability organizations united in their support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), urges members of the US Senate to ratify CRPD. The US International Council on People with Disabilities (USICD) notes their website:
HLAA supports ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Part of Marcia Dugan’s legacy as past president of Hearing Loss Association of America (then SHHH) and the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People was her involvement in the ad hoc sessions of the CRPD. She worked with others to ensure that issues related to hearing loss were included in the Convention, particularly in the articles on access, access to communication, education, and health care.
June 18, 2012, Hearing Loss Association of America sent letters to the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator John Kerry, and the Ranking Member of that committee, Senator Richard Lugar, urging the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the entire U.S. Senate to act quickly to ratify the U. N. Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. HLAA was honored to be present at the ceremony when US at the UN in July, 2009 when the US signed onto CRPD. We were thrilled to learn of the submission of CRPD by the Obama Administration to the U.S. Senate for ratification. Moreover we applaud the unified statement of bipartisan support for United States ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that has been issued by seven senators. In their statement, Senators McCain (R-AZ), Durbin (D-IL), Moran (R-KS), Harkin (D-IA), Barrasso (R-WY), Coons (D-DE), and Udall (D-NM) affirm that the treaty upholds the American values of non-discrimination and equal access for persons with disabilities in all areas of life.