2016 Schedule

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2016 Schedule

Convention 2016
June 23 – 26

The Convention 2016 Program & Exhibit Guide is ready for you. Take a look at all that the Convention has to offer in advance. Of course, a printed copy will be waiting for your arrival at the Convention Registration Desk located in the Terrace Foyer West (Terrace Level).

Take a look at the preliminary Schedule-at-a-Glance - stay tuned to this page for any changes. Note that there are two plenary sessions on Thursday morning, so plan your travel and hotel reservations accordingly.  

Look at the Workshop Schedule to see the content of the four educational tracks; a schedule for the State/Chapter Development Room is posted below.

Workshop Schedules with summaries per day:

Microsoft's Jenny Lay-Flurrie to Keynote

Jenny Lay-Flurrie photoHLAA is delighted to introduce you to our keynote speaker, Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chair of the Disability Employee Resource Group and Chief Accessibility Officer for Microsoft. During her keynote, Disability as a Strength, Jenny will speak about her role as Chair of the Disability Employee Resource Group and Chief Accessibility Officer, and the tricks she has learned over the years about how to manage her own disability and use those skills to empower others to achieve more. In 2014 the White House recognized Jenny as a Disability Employment Champion of Change.

Jenny will deliver her keynote address during the Opening Session on Thursday, June 23, 2016. 

Download Plenary Sessions Schedule

Thursday Plenary Sessions

8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. 
The Academies and PCAST Reports

dan blazer photoThe National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: The Academies Report Explained
Dan Blazer, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults, will present the Academies report and recommendations on ways to improve quality, access and affordability of hearing technologies.

Dr. Blazer is currently the J.P. Gibbons Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He is a professor of Community and Family Medicine. He also serves as adjunct professor in the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina.  

susan graham photoPresident’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST): The PCAST Report Explained
Susan L. Graham, Ph.D., member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Policy (PCAST), will present the PCAST report and its implications for people with hearing loss.

Dr. Graham is the Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley. She currently chairs the Computing Research Association’s Computing Community Consortium. Dr. Graham a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She was named a University of California Berkeley Fellow in 2011.

PCAST is an advisory group of the nation’s leading scientists and engineers who directly advise the president and the executive office of the President.

Audience participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of both speakers.

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)Latest from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Accessible Communications

Gregory Hlibok, Chief of the Disability Rights Office and Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief, both of the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, will provide updates on the Commission’s various actions to enhance access to communications for people with hearing loss. Topics will include new hearing aid requirements for wireless phones, strengthened closed captioning quality requirements, and updated rules on IP captioned telephone service.

Friday Research Symposium

Novel Approaches toward Addressing Hearing Loss – Ideas on the Cutting Edge 
Moderator:  Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Lin is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Geriatric Medicine, Mental Health, and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins. His clinical practice is dedicated to the medical and surgical management of otologic conditions, and he studies research questions that lie at the interface of hearing loss, gerontology, and public health.

The symposium will be a mix of research in the basic science/hair cell area as well as novel ideas in the area of service delivery. See details about the symposium speakers and their presentations - read more.