HLAA Continues Training Program on Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT)

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HLAA Continues Training Program on Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT)

Wed, 04/06/2016

HLAA has completed another successful in-person meeting of our train-the-trainer program, N-CHATT (Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers). During the weekend of April 1-3, 2016, trainees and facilitators gathered at the HLAA office in Bethesda, MD for the start of an intensive program to learn about and work with HAT. It also gave attendees the opportunity to learn more about how to conduct successful training sessions for those impacted by hearing loss.

This is the second year of a five-year grant that was awarded to Gallaudet University from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). HLAA is a subcontractor on the N-CHATT grant. With our partners, Gallaudet University’s Hearing Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Improving the Accessibility, Usability, and Performance of Technology for Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing as well as Hands & Voices and the American Institutes on Research (AIR).

photo of N-CHATT training session
Lise Hamlin, HLAA director of public policy, leads N-CHATT training session.

This year’s trainees were chosen from a field of almost 300 applicants, and we are fortunate to have selected such a great group of people. They are committed to providing training sessions in their own communities, on a volunteer basis. It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun to gather to learn more about HAT.