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HR 620, Now What?

News from NAD.org - February 21, 2018 - 12:33pm

 

The awful HR 620 passed in the House. That bill is bad for our rights. The fight is not over. Now, HR 620 goes to the Senate. The Senate may decide to vote or not vote on it.

  • Find out which way your Representatives voted — “aye” means they supported the awful HR 620 while “nay” means they were against the bill.

Harris Communications Supports HLAA N-CHATT Program with Hearing Assistive Technology Kits

HLAA Updates - February 15, 2018 - 8:25pm
Thu, 02/15/2018

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minnesota – January 2018 – The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers (N-CHATT)  received a generous donation from Harris Communications and several leading assistive technology manufacturers.

Each N-CHATT trainer will receive a kit that includes a ClearSounds CLA7v2 Amplified Power Neckloop accessory for cellphones, ClearSounds Quattro 4.0 LITE adaptive Bluetooth neckloop system, Geemarc CL7350 amplified TV headset, Sonic Bomb alarm clock, William Sound Pocketalker 2.0 personal amplifier, Panasonic Link2Cell KX-TGM430B amplified Bluetooth phone, and a Ditto Bluetooth® Vibrating Cellphone Signaler and Alarm - all packed in a quality carry-on roller bag provided by CaptionCall.

    

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HLAA’s-CHATT is a volunteer consumer train-the-trainer program.  The program’s goal is to build a network of consumer trainers with the knowledge and skills necessary to train others impacted by hearing loss. Trainers will assist others in the successful integration of hearing assistive technology to support individual hearing and communication needs at home, work, school, and the community.

The HLAA N-CHATT program is a partnership with Gallaudet University and the American Institutes for Research. It is being implemented under the Gallaudet-led Deaf/Hard of Hearing Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC), which is supported by a grant (# 90RE5020) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

“There are many people with hearing loss who want to use technology to stay in the hearing world, yet they often don’t know what is available beyond hearing aids or cochlear implants. Companies like Harris Communications and all those who donate equipment enrich the N-CHATT program so our technology trainers can reach people and provide actual and practical listening experiences,” said HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley.

For more information about N-CHATT, e-mail N-CHATT@hearingloss.org or visit www.hearingloss.org/content/n-chatt-training.

For more information about Harris Communications, visit www.harriscomm.com,  or call 952-388-2152 (video phone) or 1-877-539-7445 (voice) to speak with a hearing loss expert. Harris Communications offers HLAA members a 20% discount (some exclusions apply). Use promo code HLAADISC.

About Harris Communications, Inc.
Based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Harris Communications, Inc. is a leading supplier of assistive products for the Deaf and hard of hearing. Since its founding in 1982 by Dr. Robert Harris, himself a member of the Deaf community, Harris Communications has helped millions of deaf and hard of hearing customers enjoy their lives to the fullest by providing expert advice and a wide range of more than 2,000 assistive devices and educational resources. The company’s product line includes alerting devices, phone and TV amplifiers, personal amplification systems, tinnitus maskers, books and media and much more. Harris Communications also supplies ADA compliance products and hearing protection equipment.

About the Hearing Loss Association of America
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), founded in 1979, opens the world of communication to people with hearing loss through information, education, support and advocacy. HLAA holds annual conventions (HLAA2018 is in Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 21 – 24), produces Walk4Hearing events in cities across the country, publishes the bimonthly magazine Hearing Life, advocates for the rights of people with hearing loss, and has an extensive network of chapters and state organizations. The national headquarters is located at 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bethesda, MD 20814. Phone 301.657.2248 or visit hearingloss.org.

Gallaudet University Seeks Study Participants

HLAA Current News - February 15, 2018 - 12:13am
Thu, 02/15/2018

With funding from the National Institutes of Health, Gallaudet University’s Deaf Health Communications and Quality of Life (DHCQoL) Center is conducting a national study that investigates health and quality of life outcomes in deaf and hard of hearing populations (PROMIS-DHH project). To date, the DHCQoL Center has collected data from more than 1,000 adults who are deaf or have a hearing loss who use American Sign Language. The next step is to include at least 250 more adults who are deaf or have a hearing loss and who use spoken English in this study.

The DHCQoL Center is inviting those who became deaf or hard of hearing prior to turning 13 years old and prefer spoken English to communicate to participate in the survey project. Each participant will receive a $25 American Express gift card as a gratuity. Download the study flyer for more information.

Your help with sharing this survey project would be greatly appreciated! If there are any questions or concerns, please email deafhealth@gallaudet.edu. This study has been approved by Gallaudet University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).

KDH Research & Communication Collaborates with HLAA to Develop a Website for Older Adults with Cochlear Implants

HLAA Updates - February 14, 2018 - 11:48pm
Thu, 02/15/2018

KDH Research & Communication (KDHRC), in collaboration with HLAA, is developing a website for older adults (aged 60+) with cochlear implants and their friends and family members. KDHRC is now recruiting older adults with at least one cochlear implant and family members or close friends to participate in a research study. Participants will review either the prototype website or an e-book (PDF), and take two online surveys about their experiences. Participants will be compensated. If you are interested, visit bit.ly.interestfm to complete the interest form.

Join us at #NAD2018

News from NAD.org - February 14, 2018 - 9:37am

Explore: hartford.nad.org.

As we continue to plan and organize events for the next Biennial NAD Conference during July 3-7, 2018 in Hartford, Connecticut — we’d like to share our theme! The ASL talent is Laurent Clerc himself signing EDUCATE / PASS-IT-ON / SHARE; iIllustration done by Yiqiao Wang with story concept decided by the NAD Board.

 

A Mushy Love Note for You…

News from NAD.org - February 14, 2018 - 3:59am

((blushes)) we love you too. #NADlove

Save the ADA! HLAA Opposes Misguided, Damaging H.R. 620

HLAA Updates - February 12, 2018 - 11:13am
Mon, 02/12/2018 The House of Representatives will vote this week on H.R.620.
We need your help to stop it!
  Hearing Loss Association of America is opposed to the passage of H.R.620.

Big business is trying to bamboozle the House and the American public into supporting an unnecessary law misleadingly titled the “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017” (H.R.620) that would make it even harder for people with disabilities who have been waiting to listen to the same programs, use the same restrooms, shop at the same department stores, and eat at the same restaurants as our non-disabled friends and family members, for almost 30 years!

They say the law is needed to help local “mom and pop” shops, while behind the scenes, powerful trade associations for wealthy corporations—everything from multinational hotel chains to big box stores and corporate coffee shops—are pulling the strings in an effort to gain support for regressive rollbacks to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). This opens the door to not only dismantling the ADA, but other civil rights laws as well.

Write your US House Representative Today

Please contact your House Representative (and others from your state) and encourage them to stay strong in their opposition to H.R.620 and any “notice and cure” bill, as a rollback of civil rights. SAVE THE ADA!

  • Go to Contacting Congress using your zip code to find out how to reach your House representative via e-mail, phone, Facebook, Twitter, fax, etc.
  • Call your Representative using the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. They will help you find your Representative’s name, and switch you to their office. If you know your Representative’s name, you can use the House of Representatives phone list.

Sample Script:

"Hello, my name is _________. I’m a constituent from [your state], zip code [your zip code]. I am opposed to H.R. 620 and any change to the equal access protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act. I strongly encourage Representative [add the last name of your US House Representative] to oppose any reform efforts. Thank you."

Background

H.R. 620 would weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a critical source of rights for people with disabilities to architectural access in public accommodations—that is, businesses such as stores, restaurants, hotels, etc.

H.R. 620:

  • Removes any incentive for voluntary compliance.
  • Rewards non-compliance by allowing businesses generous additional timelines, even though the ADA’s very reasonable requirements are already over 25 years old! The ADA is already carefully crafted to take the needs of business into account.
  • Pretends that money damages requested from businesses are part of the ADA. Actually, this part of the ADA doesn’t even allow money damages, so changing the federal ADA will not affect any state law money damage provisions;
  • Ignores the extensive, free educational resources already available today to any business on how to comply with the ADA.
  • Ignores the effective & extensive methods already available to courts and state bar associations to deal with a very few frivolous lawsuits or unscrupulous attorneys. We should use those existing legal mechanisms when needed, rather than deny the civil rights established by the ADA that aid people with disabilities every day.
  • Look behind the media myths: The vast majority of ADA attorneys and plaintiffs are seeking solutions to fix real denials of access. But the business community has pushed the media to portray “a few bad apples” as a landslide
See HLAA’s letters in Opposition to H.R. 620
To Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
To Speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan For more information and resources go to: https://dredf.org/hr620/ See the bill text as PDF document or Online

An Attack on OUR ADA!

News from NAD.org - February 12, 2018 - 10:18am

Last week we sent out a call for help to contact Representatives to vote NO on H.R. 620.

Today – we still need your help. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620) this week. You need to tell your Representatives that this bill would seriously weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); any attack on the ADA is a threat to our civil rights! As a refresher, watch Howard’s AHA from April 2017 sharing how this bill attacks our rights.

Would you want to go to a bank, a restaurant, or a hospital, and be told that you could not get in until you send a letter first, explaining why they are not accessible and give them time to find a way to let you into their facility? We should not wait to be able to access a bank, a restaurant, or especially a hospital! If this bill passes, those businesses and other places that are not yet accessible will not comply with the ADA until someone sends a letter explaining why they are not accessible. These businesses and other places should already be accessible.

YOU MUST DO SOMETHING: a letter template is available in Word to download (check your download folder for the file) or you can copy/paste from here. Find your Representative here. We cannot allow Congress to attack this bill – tell your Representative to vote NO on HR 620.

#StopHR620 #HandsOffMyADA #protectADA

Dear Abby Recommends HLAA!

HLAA Updates - February 10, 2018 - 8:00am
Sat, 02/10/2018

DEAR ABBY: I am a 32-year-old late-deafened adult. I have been deaf in my right ear my whole life, but lost my hearing in my left ear after a tumor was removed when I was 27. I guess they are right when they say we are never fully prepared to lose things we have taken for granted for so long. I still have trouble communicating with people. I have taken a few sign language classes and four lip reading classes but I often feel like I’m no longer part of normal society. My question is, shouldn't I have adjusted by now regarding how people see me since I have been without hearing for so long?
- HEARING IMPAIRED

DEAR HEARING IMPAIRED: I have been told that the most isolating disability is being unable to hear. Please do not burden yourself by feeling you “should” have adjusted faster than you have. There is no set timetable for adjusting to any disability. Because you feel stuck in the process, the Hearing Loss Association of America may be helpful because they sponsor support groups in many state. Please check it out.

Did you read the above letter on the February 10, 2018, syndicated column by Dear Abby about hearing loss? Are you looking for more information or how to find an HLAA Chapter where you can find support in your community?

If your answer is YES, your decision to do something about your hearing health begins here.
You are not alone.

  • Are you having trouble hearing on the phone?
  • Are you bluffing about being able to hear well?
  • Are you avoiding activities that you enjoy?
  • Are you afraid to reveal your hearing loss because it might jeopardize your job?

If you answered YES to some or all of the above questions, you are not alone. One in five people in the U.S. has a hearing loss. These are common feelings and reactions but with reliable information and support you can live successfully with hearing loss.

Here are some FAQs that might give you the answers you need: TAKE ACTION TODAY
  • Visit a local HLAA Chapter
    HLAA Chapters, volunteer run, hold educational programs, present opportunities to meet others with hearing and learn about local resources, all in a hearing-friendly place.
  • Join the Hearing Loss Association of America
    Receive our magazine Hearing Life, for human-interest stories, timely information about assistive technology, research, medical advances, and HLAA’s public policy work on hearing aid compatible phones, captioning on TV and phones, hearing in airports, public places, theaters, and more.
  • Come to the HLAA 2018 Convention, Minneapolis, June 21-24
    This is a convention just for you – people who want to hear better or live well with hearing loss. Every session has a hearing loop and is captioned. This year we feature a Research Symposium on Hearing in Noise and workshops covering many topics including hearing loss in medical settings. Anyone can attend the Trade Show & Exhibit Hall for free for the latest in technology or register onsite for a day. Out of towners can register for the full convention and make hotel reservations.
  • Sign up for the free online Hearing Life e-News
    The Hearing Life e-News gives you breaking news of the day. You will learn what the current issues are and how HLAA is working for you at the federal level.
  • Tune in to one of the HLAA Webinars, all free and captioned.
  • Contact us
    For more information or to answer any questions

The Gift of Language Campaign

News from NAD.org - February 2, 2018 - 8:55am

Your deaf child can have it all! The NAD along with many national organizations and universities are here to support deaf children in receiving this gift. We are excited to launch the….

THE GIFT OF LANGUAGE CAMPAIGN!

That’s right! We’ve got videos, a toolkit, infographics, and more resources for parents and families with a deaf child as well as community members. #giftoflanguage

Ask Howard Anything / January 2018

News from NAD.org - January 22, 2018 - 11:17am

Howard explains the difference between the Board and the staff at the NAD. #AskHoward

President Updates — January 2018

News from NAD.org - January 19, 2018 - 12:52pm

President Melissa shares a brief re-cap from the NAD’s visit in Hawaii!

Also, enjoy looking through the photos of the visit.

Join us at #YLC2018!

News from NAD.org - January 17, 2018 - 6:07am

Join us at #YLC2018 at Stayton, Oregon!

Important dates this year:

  • February 2nd — Leaders (campers) application deadline
  • March 31st — Builders (staff) application deadline
  • July 12 – 18 — Staff Training
  • July 19 – August 16 — YLC Camp!
  • August 17- 19 — Staff Wrap-Up

Don’t wait, apply today!

 

NAD Announces Super Bowl LII ASL Performer

News from NAD.org - January 8, 2018 - 11:18am

Alexandria Wailes is an accomplished actor, director, choreographer and American Sign Language (ASL) consultant. She recently performed as Stage Manager & Mrs. Gibbs in the Pasadena Playhouse/Deaf West Theatre production of Our Town. Her other Broadway credits include: Deaf West’s Spring Awakening and Big River (Tony Honoree for Ensemble). Additional theater, television and film highlights of Wailes’ career include the NY/Regional productions of: Mother Courage, A Kind Of Alaska, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Love Person, Sleeping Beauty Wakes (LA Ovation nominated) and Big River; television: ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’, ‘Nurse Jackie’, ‘Conviction’; film: ‘The Hyperglot’ and ‘Always Chasing Love’; and webseries: ‘High Maintenance’ and ‘Don’t Shoot The Messenger’. Wailes has ASL directed and consulted interpreting teams in New York City for School of Rock, Kinky Boots, Sister Act, A Long Day’s Journey In Night & Therese Raquin. She has also ASL interpreted Broadway’s On Your Feet, ALADDIN, as well as Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s Cinderella for Theatre Development Fund and the Public’s King Lear & Taming of the Shrew for Hands On.

International superstar P!NK will sing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl LII pregame festivities at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, February 4, the NFL and NBC announced today. The performance will be televised live on NBC prior to kickoff. The Super Bowl is annually the most-watched television program. P!NK’s performance of the National Anthem in Minneapolis will be her first time appearing on the Super Bowl stage. The American singer, songwriter and actress has released seven studio albums, one greatest hits album, sold over 50 million albums equivalents, over 75 million singles, over 2.4 million DVDs worldwide and has had 15 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (four at #1). In addition, she is the recipient of three Grammy Awards (18 nominations), one Daytime Emmy Award, three Billboard Music Awards, six MTV Video Music Awards, two MTV Europe Awards, two People’s Choice Awards and was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2013. Her seventh studio album, Beautiful Trauma, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s 200 chart and marked a career high for first week sales. The first single, “What About US” received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance and reached #1 on the Adult Pop Songs chart earning her ninth leader on the chart, the most number-ones at the format for a female (second overall).  Her 2018 Beautiful Trauma World tour is set to kick off on March 1 in Phoenix.

P!NK joins the ranks of many great performers who have sang the Super Bowl National Anthem including: Luke Bryan, Lady Gaga, Idina Menzel, Renée Fleming, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston, Harry Connick, Jr., Garth Brooks, Natalie Cole, Vanessa Williams, Luther Vandross, Cher, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Dixie Chicks, Beyoncé Knowles, Christina Aguilera and many more.  (A complete list of National Anthem performers from past Super Bowls is listed below.) 

In addition, on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), actor and director ALEXANDRIA WAILES will perform in American Sign Language both the National Anthem and “America The Beautiful”.

The NFL previously announced that JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE will headline the Pepsi Sugar Super Bowl LII Halftime Show. The pregame and halftime shows are an NFL NETWORK PRODUCTION and will be executive produced by RICKY KIRSHNER.

SUPER BOWL NATIONAL ANTHEM PERFORMERS

Super Bowl Performer Super Bowl Performer Super Bowl I Universities of Arizona & Michigan Bands Super Bowl XXVII Garth Brooks (Signed by Marlee Matlin) Super Bowl II Grambling University Band Super Bowl XXVIII Natalie Cole with Atlanta University Center Chorus (Signed by Courtney Keel Foley) Super Bowl III Anita Bryant (Pledge of Allegiance by Apollo Astronauts) Super Bowl XXIX Kathie Lee Gifford (Signed by Heather Whitestone) Super Bowl IV Al Hirt (Pledge of Allegiance by Astronauts) Super Bowl XXX Vanessa Williams (Signed by Mary Kim Titla) Super Bowl V Tommy Loy (trumpeter) Super Bowl XXXI Luther Vandross (Signed by Erika Schwarz) Super Bowl VI U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale Super Bowl XXXII Jewel (Signed by Phyllis Frelich) Super Bowl VII Andy Williams & Little Angels of Holy Angels Church (Chicago) Pledge of Allegiance by Apollo 17 crew Super Bowl XXXIII Cher (Signed by Speaking Hands) Super Bowl VIII Charlie Pride Super Bowl XXXIV Faith Hill (Signed by Briarlake Elementary School Signing Choir) Super Bowl IX Grambling University Band with Mardi Gras Chorus Super Bowl XXXV Backstreet Boys (Signed by Tom Cooney); “America The Beautiful” performed by Ray Charles Super Bowl X Tom Sullivan Super Bowl XXXVI Mariah Carey (Signed by Joe Narcisse); “America The Beautiful” performed by Mary J. Blige & Marc Anthony Super Bowl XI Vicki Carr (America the Beautiful) Super Bowl XXXVII Dixie Chicks (Signed by Janet Maxwell);
“God Bless America” performed by Celine Dion Super Bowl XII Phyllis Kelly of NE Louisiana State University Super Bowl XXXVIII Beyoncé Knowles (Signed by Suzanna Christy) Super Bowl XIII Colgate University Thirteen Super Bowl XXXIX More than 100 representatives from the four branches of the military (Signed by Wesley Tallent ) Super Bowl XIV Cheryl Ladd Super Bowl XL Aaron Neville and Dr. John with Aretha Franklin & Detroit based 150-member choir (Signed by Angela LaGuardia of Michigan School for Deaf). Super Bowl XV Helen O’Connell Super Bowl XLI Billy Joel (Signed by Marlee Matlin and Jason Hay-Southwell) Super Bowl XVI Diana Ross Super Bowl XLII Jordin Sparks (Signed by A Dreamer) Super Bowl XVII Leslie Easterbrook Super Bowl XLIII Jennifer Hudson (Signed by Kristen Santos) Super Bowl XVIII Barry Manilow Super Bowl XLIV Carrie Underwood (Signed by Kinesha Battles) Super Bowl XIX Children’s Choir of San Francisco Super Bowl XLV Christina Aguilera (Signed by Candice Villesca) Super Bowl XX Wynton Marsalis Super Bowl XLVI Kelly Clarkson (Signed by Rachel Mazique) Super Bowl XXI Neil Diamond Super Bowl XLVII Alicia Keys (Signed by John Maucere) Super Bowl XXII Herb Alpert Super Bowl XLVIII Renée Fleming (Signed by Amber Zion) Super Bowl XXIII Billy Joel Super Bowl XLIX Idina Menzel (Signed by Treshelle Edmond) Super Bowl XXIV Aaron Neville Super Bowl 50 Lady Gaga (Signed by Marlee Matlin) Super Bowl XXV Whitney Houston Super Bowl LI Luke Bryan (Signed by Kriston Pumphrey) Super Bowl XXVI Harry Connick, Jr. (Signed by Lori Hilary) Super Bowl LII P!NK (Signed by Alexandria Wailes)

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ABOUT P!NK

Since her debut in 2000, P!NK has released 7 studio albums, 1 greatest hits album, sold over 50 million albums equivalents, over 75 million singles, over 2.4 million DVDs worldwide and has had 15 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (four at #1). In addition, she is the recipient of three Grammy Awards (18 nominations), one Daytime Emmy Award, three Billboard Music Awards, six MTV Video Music Awards, two MTV Europe Awards, two People’s Choice Awards, was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2013 and has sold out arenas all over the world.  Her seventh studio album, Beautiful Trauma, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s 200 chart and marked a career high for first week sales.  Additionally, the album debuted at #1 in 10 other countries, on Billboard’s Top Album Sales Chart and Digital Albums Chart. The first single, “What About US” received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance and reached #1 on the Adult Pop Songs chart earning her ninth leader on the chart, the most number-ones at the format for a female (second overall).  Her 2018 Beautiful Trauma World tour is set to kick off on March 1 in Phoenix. P!NK is a huge supporter of various charities, including: Make-A-Wish Foundation, Autism Speaks, Human Rights Campaign and No Kid Hungry.  She remains on the UNICEF team as an Ambassador.

ABOUT ALEXANDRIA WAILES

Alexandria Wailes is an accomplished actor, director, choreographer and American Sign Language (ASL) consultant. She recently performed as Stage Manager & Mrs. Gibbs in the Pasadena Playhouse/Deaf West Theatre production of Our Town. Her other Broadway credits include: Deaf West’s Spring Awakening and Big River (Tony Honoree for Ensemble). Additional theater, television and film highlights of Wailes’ career include the NY/Regional productions of: Mother Courage, A Kind Of Alaska, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Love Person, Sleeping Beauty Wakes (LA Ovation nominated) and Big River; television: ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’, ‘Nurse Jackie’, ‘Conviction’; film: ‘The Hyperglot’ and ‘Always Chasing Love’; and webseries: ‘High Maintenance’ and ‘Don’t Shoot The Messenger’. Wailes has ASL directed and consulted interpreting teams in New York City for School of Rock, Kinky Boots, Sister Act, A Long Day’s Journey In Night & Therese Raquin. She has also ASL interpreted Broadway’s On Your Feet, ALADDIN, as well as Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s Cinderella for Theatre Development Fund and the Public’s King Lear & Taming of the Shrew for Hands On.

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HLAA Opposes Wireless Industry’s Proposal to Eliminate Annual Reports to the FCC

HLAA Updates - December 22, 2017 - 4:17pm
Fri, 12/22/2017

HLAA, along with several other consumer groups, have banded together in opposition of the proposed elimination of the requirement that wireless carriers file annual reports on hearing aid compatible handsets. The wireless industry argues that the requirements are no longer necessary because information about hearing aid compatible (HAC) phones is available on their websites and in stores that sell HAC phones and thus they are meeting or exceeding the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC’s) requirements for the number of HAC phones they must carry.

In a joint filing, HLAA, Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc., the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network, the National Association of the Deaf, and the Gallaudet University Deaf/Hard of Hearing Technology RERC said, “Consumer Groups and the Gallaudet RERC find the current reporting requirements for Non-Tier I Service Providers to be both useful and necessary. We believe reporting requirements should stay in place. However, we would not be opposed to working with the Commission and industry to modify existing requirements to make the reporting less burdensome for all Service Providers.”

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Introducing the New Look of HLAA

HLAA Updates - December 22, 2017 - 2:43pm
Fri, 12/22/2017

We don’t make changes cavalierly here at HLAA, so when we do, it’s with the vision of looking forward, keeping up with the times, and bringing you the most reliable and timely information. We take our mission of providing information, education, support and advocacy very seriously. But with changes in the market, technology innovation, and with person-centered care being the trend du jour, HLAA is leading the way.

Along with a new name and fresh look for the magazine and a completely redesigned website, there was something else to consider. It became very clear, very fast that we needed a new logo for our organization. The name is the same, Hearing Loss Association of America, but we felt our logo didn’t sufficiently represent the HLAA brand as we go forward.

The new HLAA logo focuses on people—it’s personal, positive, contemporary, welcoming, and represents growth. It was designed to be unique (just like HLAA!) and set us apart. In addition, we have become well known by our acronym—“HLAA”—and the new logo reflects that name recognition. But one thing we did not change was the color palette as we wanted to make sure there was some consistency carried through. People will see different things when they look at it, and that’s a good thing, because we represent different things to different people.

Hearing Life, the new name of HLAA’s premier publication, previously Hearing Loss Magazine.

Hearing Life is about you—the person at the center of your own care. It’s about learning all you can about hearing loss and getting better access to communication and then making your own choices about what works for you.

We are people first, just people who happen to have hearing loss, or diminished hearing, or who, without the help of technology, are totally deaf. Some of us just need a little help hearing better in certain situations or want some hearing enhancement. Some people have said that they are hoping for hearing restoration, hearing excellence, or even a cure.

Most people reading this want to do anything they can to stay in the world where people base relationships on some kind of communication. We know that untreated hearing loss can lead to isolation, depression, anxiety, falls and maybe cognitive function. Communication—being engaged with others—is what makes life worth living.

The new HLAA website will have an updated look and feel, accessibility features, mobile-friendliness, robust search, and with the capability of being translated into 103 languages.

The HLAA Brand Promise

An organization’s brand consists of much more than a logo, icon or name in a fancy font. A logo is just one of the many elements that help define a brand. But it is also the most visible and identifiable element, and an important part of a well-thought-out marketing strategy. HLAA is the leading consumer organization for people with hearing loss and our overall brand should reflect that.

So what is a brand? A brand is a promise; it’s a promise we make to our members and supporters and the experiences people have as a result of interacting with HLAA. Our mission remains the same, but our brand is evolving as we look to the future and see changes in the industry, the shift to person-centered care, and a broadening of our audiences. We don’t want to follow these changes, we want to lead them. In order to do that—as well as to better position ourselves for growth— our brand needed to be strengthened.

We have heard from people over the years who say our lives should not be defined by our hearing loss. Therefore, we are the only ones who can define our hearing life. HLAA’s mission— as it always has been—is to focus on the person more than the condition, so it is important for our brand to clearly portray that.

Are We Keeping Our Promise?

Yet, even with all the strategy, thought, and planning that has gone into this, there is one intriguing aspect of brand development that makes it very challenging. That is, an organization doesn’t define its own brand, its audiences do.

This might sound contrary to what you thought a brand was. But remember, a brand is a promise. HLAA can make the promise, but it is up to our constituents to decide if we’ve delivered on it. To put it in its simplest terms, a brand is a person’s gut feeling about HLAA. It is their reaction to what we do and who we say we are that determines what relationship they want to have with us. All we can do is try and influence that reaction in such a way that they believe our promise has been kept.

We are confident that these changes—such as with the new magazine, website and logo— support what our organization stands for. Our hope is that when anyone is exposed to the HLAA brand through the Convention, Walk4Hearing, chapters, our website, social media, and more, that there is a positive reaction; one that inspires people to build or strengthen their relationship with us.

Successful brands deliver on their promises. As we begin the new year, we debut a brand evolution. This is a symbol of our work with you. It is an integral part of changing ourselves and our lives for the better through a determined effort. With increased awareness about hearing health, improved technology, medical advancements, new laws, your determination, and a resolve from HLAA, the future is bright.

We promise to be the organization that opens the world of communication through information, education, support, and advocacy. So gather round, bring your friends and family, and let us help you on your journey to better communication. It’s up to us, together, to set the tone for the future. Together, we share our Hearing Life!

 

President Update — December 2017

News from NAD.org - December 22, 2017 - 7:52am

President Melissa has a fun little twist for this month’s video update, enjoy! #NADlove

Ask Howard Anything / December 2017

News from NAD.org - December 20, 2017 - 9:31am

The NAD asks for a process in determining qualified, certified, and licensed interpreters for emergency related assignments. #AskHoward

2016-2017 Annual Report Released

News from NAD.org - December 19, 2017 - 7:53am

How many attended the Youth Leadership Camp in 2016? Where were the board meetings? How many legislative hours were done? What were the top 5 legislative issues? How many intakes did the NAD handle? What kind of financial activity did the NAD have last year? To the point, so much happened between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017 — this poster covers it, in a nutshell! View and download our annual report poster.

#NADlove

District Attorney Demonstrates Unacceptable Disregard for Rights of Deaf People

News from NAD.org - December 12, 2017 - 11:14am

The Oklahoma Association of the Deaf (OAD) and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) express grave concerns and serious disappointment with Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater’s December 8, 2017 press conference report on the shooting of Magdiel Sanchez by the Oklahoma City Police Department. District Attorney Prater has demonstrated utter disregard for the communication needs of deaf and hard of hearing individuals, and has completely dismissed the importance of ensuring effective communication during all interactions between law enforcement officers and the community.

On the night of September 20, 2017, two officers of the Oklahoma City Police Department showed up at the home of Magdiel Sanchez, a deaf man who has a developmental disability. Although Magdiel had not committed any crime, one of the two officers fired his gun five times at him and killed him. David Prater, as the District Attorney for Oklahoma County, had been reviewing the shooting incident to determine whether the police officers’ conduct were lawful or justified.

Despite the fact that the shooting involved a deaf man and has caused great fear within the Oklahoma Deaf Community about encounters with law enforcement, District Attorney David Prater held a press conference on December 8, 2017 without a professional sign language interpreter and/or any form of captioning to ensure that his report was accessible to deaf and hard of hearing people. Consequently, members of the Deaf Community were unable to immediately understand and access District Attorney Prater’s report, in violation of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 — federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability.

During his report, District Attorney David Prater stated that he reviewed the evidence and determined that the shootings were justified. However, his findings are tainted by his comments regarding deaf people. District Attorney Prater indicated that the fact that Magdiel was “hearing impaired” was “irrelevant in my mind as to why the shooting occurred.” He also stated that “you do not need to hear to know what these officers are saying to you” and claimed that the police officers’ uniforms and actions are enough for anyone to understand what they want. He also reported that the officers learned from the neighbors that Magdiel could not hear them, and instead of realizing that he is deaf, they tried to communicate by speaking in Spanish as well as English. These comments reflect a failure of the District Attorney to recognize that communication is critical and essential under such life-threatening conditions, yet he was dismissive of how a deaf person would understand the instructions of police officers.

The OAD and the NAD express tremendous misgivings that Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater is disregarding the high level of risks to deaf and hard of hearing individuals who encounter law enforcement, and has failed to account for these factors in his findings and report on the death of Magdiel Sanchez. We reiterate the request of the Sanchez family that the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice open an investigation in the needless shooting of Magdiel Sanchez, and to ensure that the Oklahoma City Police Department and the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s office revamp its policies to ensure all deaf and hard of hearing individuals are treated with respect and effective communication is provided with them at all times including in law enforcement actions. Until then, Oklahoma law enforcement is putting deaf and hard of hearing residents in grave danger.

 

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