Tools for the Advocate

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Tools for the Advocate

To be a successful advocate, individuals must be open about their hearing loss and be willing to disclose it to others. Advocates know what they need to communicate and to participate fully and have the confidence to request it from others. They learn all they can about the cause and impact of their hearing loss, understand their rights under the law, keep up with the latest technology that can benefit them, and are familiar with community, state and national resources. They routinely practice and teach interactive strategies to enhance communication and reduce stress. Good advocates are persistent, patient, polite and never forget to thank everyone who helped on your projects.

Federal Laws Providing Rights to Individuals with Hearing Loss

The cited statutes may be accessed by going to and entering into the “Search” box, the title number, the letters “USC” and the section number (e.g., 47USC255). [View PDF]

Federal Legislative Online Information & Resources

In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, legislative information from the Library of Congress

State Legislative Online Information & Resources

National Conference of State Legislatures: State Legislative Websites Directory

State Advisory Boards Representing People who are Hard of Hearing

Consumers with hearing loss can and should be on state advisory boards to represent the needs of people who are hard of hearing and improve services across the state.

Most advisory boards have slots allocated for consumer and/or specific disability representation. This is to ensure that the agencies have input from the widest range of constituencies. As a consumer on the advisory board you can make sure that the services being provided are appropriate and adequate for people with hearing loss. [View PDF]

How to Write Effective Comments in Response to FCC Proceedings

Read the Guide on the FCC website about "How To Comment". It explains the different acronyms and terms that the FCC uses in its proceedings and walks you through how to send in electronic or paper comments. [View PDF]