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The HLAA KC steering committee is starting the plan our 2016 meetings and we would appreciate your input. Please complete the short survey monkey survey to give your input on what topics you would like to see covered as well as what day of the week works best for meetings. We look forward to hearing from you.
HLAA-KC chapter is in need of a volunteer to help manage Computer Assisted Real-time Translation (CART) for meetings approximately 3 times a year and most likely on Saturdays at a local public library. No experience or skill is required, as all that is needed is a PC laptop and interest to help.
You will be trained by the CART provider on how to help her deliver this service at chapter meetings. Our CART provider is at remote location and sends her CART transcriptions of what is said at our meetings in real time via the Internet. In the illustration, the CART assistant is at the desk with the laptop.
Once you set up your PC laptop to receive CART for a meeting, all CART will be automatically sent. It is a relatively easy task, but is a most critical volunteer post as we cannot have effective meetings without CART for those of us who need the support to “hear” all that is said at meetings. At this time, we need a volunteer to continue receiving CART. Please contact Terri Shirley or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about this volunteer job to determine if it is a fit for you.
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|Your Response Was Overwhelming! The Centers for Disease Control is Listening
On August 7, 2015, Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) issued an action alert regarding a recent study, Prevalence of Disability and Disability Types Among Adultsconducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That study excluded people with hearing loss. Read the HLAA media release for our reaction to the CDC study that ignored people with hearing loss.Your response was overwhelming! Consumers and professionals alike are aghast at the exclusion of people with hearing loss in a study administered by CDC. The responses we received were compelling, heartfelt stories of what it really is like living with a hearing loss:
CDC itself notes in this study, “Understanding the prevalence of disability is important for public health programs to be able to address the needs of persons with disabilities.”
In a call with CDC, HLAA discussed that the study is part of a collaborative project among all the states in the country and CDC, and is administered and supported by CDC and conducted via phone. The objective is to collect uniform, state-specific data on preventive health practices and risk behaviors that are linked to chronic disease, injuries and preventable infections diseases that affect the adult population.
HLAA made it clear to CDC that we had received a strong response from our community. We told them that it’s vital that public health programs have access to data that includes people with hearing loss. CDC heard our message.
The door has been opened, thanks to your overwhelming show of support. CDC is listening. HLAA will continue to talk and to listen to CDC as well. We appreciate that CDC has been responsive to our request and has opened up a dialog with us. HLAA will continue to work with CDC. We know that data regarding the health needs of people with hearing loss is sorely needed. We see this as just the first step to ensure that people with hearing loss are counted and there are voices heard.
New York City Applauds Council Member
For too long, people with hearing loss have been essentially left outside the meeting room doors, because they were unable to hear the proceedings. Even when announcements were made that hearing accommodations would be provided, we were often left to guess whether they would be in place, or working when we got there.
It’s long past time that an ADA coordinator position was established to help all people with disabilities get the access they need in New York City. Taken together, these three bills go a long way toward ensuring equal access for people with hearing loss.
Twenty-five years after the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), people with hearing loss have still not been able to become full partners in city government. Passage of these bills will rectify that inequality.
We applaud Council Member Rosenthal and thank her for her leadership in promoting equal access for people with hearing loss.
Here is the Council member’s press release. The news was also picked up by Politico.
Advocates for people with disabilities included:
Advocates worked with Council Member Rosenthal to promote equal access for people with hearing loss.
Guest Speaker: Valerie Stafford-Mallis
Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Time: 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Eastern Time
Join us next Wednesday for a free captioned webinar featuring Valerie Stafford-Mallis, who will be presenting What a Person with Hearing Loss Needs to Know Before a Medical Encounter. Webinars are recorded for playback on our website.
Valerie Stafford-Mallis is an oral, late-deafened adult who earned her master’s degree in Business Administration from Webster University, after losing most of her hearing. In 2009 she underwent bi-lateral cochlear implantation, and utilizes many types of assistive technology in her activities of daily living. As a person who lost her hearing over thirty-five years of age, Valerie has experienced first-hand the struggles faced by all persons with disabilities to maintain employment, independence and full-participation in life.
Are you going to the hospital or doctor’s office? Are you apprehensive about being able to communicate with your healthcare providers? Would you like to know what you can do ahead of time to set the stage for more effective communication when it really counts? If you are a person with hearing loss, there are things you can do ahead of time that will prepare you to let your treatment team know you have a hearing loss and increase your chances of getting the communication assistance you need. Tune in to this webinar to learn more.
How to Join the Webinar
Go to the Webinar Schedule page and click on the Join Webinar button.
Java is no longer a requirement to access our webinar platform, Blackboard Collaborate, but there is a series of steps required for first time attendees; we recommend spending a few minutes well in advance of the webinar making sure you are able to access Collaborate. Should you have any questions, please contact Nancy Macklin, HLAA Director of Events, at email@example.com or 301.657.2248 Ext. 106.
A recent study, Prevalence of Disability and Disability Type Among Adults, US, 2013, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) examines vision loss, cognition, mobility, self-care and independent living. Hearing loss is the third major public health issue after diabetes and heart disease, yet this study fails to make any mention about hearing loss, or even explain why the study failed to examine the prevalence of hearing loss.
HLAA will not sit quietly by while CDC relegates hearing loss to an invisible disability. We are taking action, contacting both the White House and the CDC to ensure that they rectify this huge error. See our letter to the White House. See our news release.
You can take action too! Contact:
Maria Town, White House Office of Public Engagement, Maria_M_Town@who.eop.gov
Tell Ms. Town:
- People with hearing loss cannot be ignored and must be included along with other disability groups in all studies that impact public policy and programs
- CDC must do a study on prevalence of hearing loss in the states
- CDC must partner with HLAA on future projects regarding people with disabilities to ensure that people with hearing loss are included and studies are presented in an accessible way
“People with hearing loss have been denied communication access in hospitals and doctors’ offices, and by public programs such as Medicare which does not currently cover the cost of hearing aids,” said Anna Gilmore Hall, executive director of HLAA. “The release of the report comes on the heels of celebrations surrounding the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and we are stunned they failed to understand the impact of excluding hearing loss as a disability that needs to be addressed.”
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Let us know if you hear from them. Send all comments and questions to Lise Hamlin, HLAA director of public policy.