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June 25, 2020 hearingloss.org
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We thank all those who attended our recent virtual two-day Experience HLAA! Convention.

If you missed it, look for the webinar recordings on the HLAA website soon!

Look for more details in the coming weeks about our next convention. We plan and hope to see you there!
Walk4Hearing Fall Walks
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It has been an incredible experience connecting with our community this spring through virtual Walk Days. We heard uplifting stories from participants across the country who logged on to support one another. So far $141,000 has been raised by walkers and teams in support of HLAA, our chapters, and alliances. If you haven’t yet made your gift to your spring Walk, please do so by July 15. We are grateful for this support.

Let’s continue to empower and inspire each other and work to provide essential resources for our communities! To join the Walk4Hearing this fall, register today and start raising funds to help ensure that people with hearing loss have access to services and resources needed to live fuller lives.

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WEBINAR RECAP: Advocacy During the Pandemic: Tips and Resources for People with Hearing Loss
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On Friday, June 12, Lise Hamlin, HLAA director of public policy, conducted a webinar on Advocacy During the Pandemic. As you know, COVID-19 has affected all of us in many ways, some more than others. Those with hearing loss face tremendous challenges, especially as our various communities work toward different phases of opening and reopening again.

Hamlin reminded us all that the core of HLAA’s mission is to advocate for those with hearing loss. With millions of Coronavirus cases and counting occurring in the U.S. alone, it is important for HLAA to remove barriers for people with hearing loss to function as well as they possibly can.

HLAA’s website has important resources on navigating through the Coronavirus, including information on masks, telehealth, and hospitals and your rights as a patient to have access to be able to communicate.

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HLAA Supports Free Captioning
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Captioning for People with Hearing Loss During the COVID-19 Pandemic
HLAA, the U.S. leader in advocacy for people with hearing loss, calls for all online video call and conferencing platforms to offer free (no-cost) access to automatic captioning technology to people with hearing loss at the same level that platforms offer to their premium customers, during the COVID-19 pandemic. View HLAA’s Position Statement.
Captioned Telephone Service Study
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The Rochester Institute of Technology and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (RIT/NTID) is seeking participants for an important study to assess current captioned telephone service, also known as Internet Protocol (IP)-based Captioned Telephone Services (IP-CTS) applications. This study is sponsored by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

IP-CTS allows a person with hearing loss to speak and listen to another party while simultaneously reading captions of what the other party is saying. The study will provide information to help determine the requirements for future captioned phone services. This study will assess the captioned phone services from the user’s perspective. Data collected will include captioned service performance and usability feedback from users.

Participation in this study will be online.

QUALIFICATIONS: To qualify for participation, one must meet ALL of the following requirements:
  • Be able to read English fluently
  • Be 18 years old or older
  • Have a computer with a web camera and an internet connection
  • Have a hearing loss and use a hearing aid or cochlear implant
    • AND
      Use a standard telephone or a cell phone
    • Have used a captioned telephone
COMPENSATION: $50 Amazon eGift Card sent by email

CONTACT: If you are interested in participating or have questions about the study, please contact us by email: Donna Easton: dlencr@rit.edu, Rochester Institute of Technology NTID Center on Access Technology

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Accessible Remote Work Meetings for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Employees
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*developed with a consensus by deaf, hard of hearing, and DeafBlind consumer advocacy organizations and subject matter experts

During the COVID-19 crisis, you may have switched from working in an office to working from home. As you work from home, you probably are meeting with your co-workers through a videoconference system. By law, your employer must continue to accommodate you if you work from home. Employers must also provide an interpreter, captioning and pay for other accessories.

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Remote Workplace Communications Access: Recommendations for Employers During Times of Expanded Telework
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*developed with a consensus by deaf, hard of hearing, and DeafBlind consumer advocacy organizations and subject matter experts

Employers have a legal obligation under disability rights laws to accommodate employees and prospective employees who have hearing loss, are deaf, or have other disabilities. This employer obligation continues through the COVID-19 crisis as those working from home can encounter significant communications barriers. Employers should take note of this article which includes information on the types of necessary accommodations they must provide, strategies for videoconferencing and communication etiquette.

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Videoconferencing Platforms Feature Matrix
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*developed with a consensus by deaf, hard of hearing, and DeafBlind consumer advocacy organizations and subject matter experts

Different applications have different features and approaches to accessibility. Entities must evaluate accessibility in consultation with deaf or hard of hearing users when choosing videoconferencing platforms. They also may need to consider the security of each respective videoconferencing platform. Security and accessibility can be (but need not be) in tension, and entities are encouraged to pick the most accessible platform that meets the organization’s security requirements.

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July/August Hearing Life Issue
In this issue of Hearing Life, we focus on children and young adults with hearing loss.

Featured on the cover is 14-year-old Katherine Pawlowski, who was the first Walk4Hearing ambassador when she was just eight years old. We catch up with Katherine and learn how she has continued her advocacy work.

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Next National Virtual Meeting
July 11 at 2 p.m. (ET)

Richard Einhorn
HLAA Board of Directors Chair

A Few Tech Things That You Need to Know NOW

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FCC Grants Conditional Certification to Clarity Products to Provide IP CTS Using Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR)
On June 4, 2020, the FCC granted conditional certification to Clarity Products, LLC to provide Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service using only automatic speech recognition technology without the aid of communications assistants. The service will be available via the over-the-top application CaptionMate. Read more »

Safeguarding the Rights of Persons with Disabilities During COVID-19
On June 9, 2020, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it has reached an Early Case Resolution (ECR) with the state of Connecticut after the state issued an executive order regarding non-visitation policies for short-term hospitals, outpatient clinics, and outpatient surgical facilities to ensure that people with disabilities are not denied reasonable access to needed support persons. OCR also reached an ECR with Hartford Hospital after it agreed to grant a 73-year old woman with aphasia access to support persons to help with her communication and comprehension in her treatment. Read more »

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