Commentary by Lise Hamlin
This is an advocacy eNews, not a tech eNews. But when I discovered at a recent advisory council meeting that there are tech solutions to a problem we’ve been asked to solve repeatedly through advocacy efforts, we thought it deserved mention in this issue of HLAA in Action.
In August 2015, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the results of a survey that asked questions for the first time about disabilities, we were stunned to find that people with hearing loss were entirely left out.
HLAA sent letters to the CDC and to the White House, issued a media release, and an action alert asking consumers to express their thinking of CDC’s survey. Many of you sent emails with compelling stories, making it clear we should have been counted from the start.
HLAA Awards Nomination Open – Deadline December 4, 2015
The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is an advisory group of the nation’s leading scientists and engineers who directly advise the president and the Executive Office of the President. The Council makes policy recommendations in the many areas where understanding of science, technology, and innovation is key to strengthening our economy and forming policy that works for Americans. On September 18, 2015, the Council discussed how technologies and policies for hearing aids affect older Americans.
June 25, 2015
St. Louis Union Station Hotel
Here is the video if you couldn’t join us in St. Louis for the HLAA Convention or you would like to enjoy the Opening Session again.
The time has come for Medicare to cover the cost of expensive hearing aids. On June 9, 2015, HLAA penned a letter of support for the Help Extend Auditory Relief (HEAR) Act, H.R 2748. On June 12, 2015, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced the reintroduction of the HEAR Act, H.R 2748 with the support of 10 members of Congress. Cartwright first introduced the HEAR Act in 2013.
TDI will hold their 21st Biennial Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, August 18-22, 2015. HLAA Director of Public Policy Lise Hamlin will join a panel discussing caption quality on Thursday, August 19.
TDI has a full slate of prestigious presenters, including FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, FCC Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Karen Peltz Strauss, and U.S. Department of Justice Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Eve Hill.