HLAA in Action – Making Our Customer Voice Heard

Advocacy Updates
HLAA Participates in CTIA’s Super Mobility Week
HLAA’s Lise Hamlin traveled to Las Vegas, not to gamble, but to join CTIA, The Wireless Association, at their Super Mobility Week. The event draws 35,000 mobility professionals with more than 1,100 exhibitors. HLAA joined CTIA’s Accessibility Outreach Initiative Forum along with disability advocates and mobile industry representatives. At the Accessibility Forum we were able to network with other disability advocates and members of industry whose job is to focus on accessibility. We spoke about the Internet of Things – how we are going to be more connected to the Internet for health care, fitness, and even to our cars. We also received an update on emergency access via Text-to-911, Wireless Emergency Alerts, and location accuracy data. In the exhibit hall we saw some of the latest mobile devices that are going to make life more accessible for everyone.New Survey of User Needs (SUN) for Wireless Technology Launched — Please Participate!
The Wireless RERC’s research team is pleased to announce the launch of the 2015 Survey of User Needs (SUN) for Wireless Technologies. The SUN is their cornerstone survey of wireless technology use and usability by people with all types of disabilities. The survey mainly focuses on cell phones, but also includes questions about other types of devices like tablet computers such as an Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle Fire, Microsoft Surface, Samsung Galaxy Tab and other similar devices.

First launched in 2002, the SUN is the only national source of comprehensive information and insight into the wireless technology needs of people with disabilities. SUN data are used by the wireless industry, regulatory agencies, advocacy organizations and other researchers to inform their work. Over the years, more than 6,000 people with disabilities have completed the SUN, and more than half have joined their national Consumer Advisory Network (CAN).

Please consider participating in the Survey of User Needs. You can participate on the Web, on the phone, or they can send you a paper copy with a postage-paid return envelope.

On the Web, please go to the following addresses for English and Spanish versions of the questionnaire: English or Spanish

To complete the survey over the phone or to request a paper copy please email John Morrisor call him at 404.367.1348.

Television News Captioning Survey
HLAA posted a survey on television news captioning on August 25, 2015. More than 1,000 people from HLAA, TDI, and NAD completed that survey. Thank you for your input! The survey closed on September 4. The survey will be analyzed and made part of a report to the FCC on the state of news captioning. When that is public, we will be sure to post that to the hearingloss.org.

Hearing Loss Association of America 
Kansas City Chapter

The Kansas City Chapter is a Public Charity Status non-profit 501(c)(3) providing information, education, support, advocacy and networking for people with hearing loss, their families and friends.

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