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CDC Resources for Disaster Recovery Efforts

Sep 1 2017

Because many of you work with personnel who directly interact with residents, or with personnel who help in recovery efforts, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is sharing a few documents that can be directly shared with affected people and recovery workers. These documents will help people avoid illness and injury from mold, improper use of generators, and other post-storm hazards:

Autonomous For All Of Us: Challenge for #AccessibleOlli

Jul 31 2017

LM Labs just posted a new project that you might be interested in!

At CES 2017, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation, IBM and Local Motors launched an initiative to make Olli, Local Motors’ autonomous cognitive bus, the world’s most accessible transportation vehicle, #AccessibleOlli. Over the past few months, we have held several workshops, hackathons and other outreach events to develop a better understanding of the transportation requirements for people of all ages and abilities.

NBC News: Legislation Pushes For Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids

May 23 2017

There are 48 million people with hearing loss in America, and up to 85 percent of people who could benefit from a hearing aid don't use one. To solve the problem, lawmakers are considering a less expensive, over-the-counter option.

Story aired May 22 on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.

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Opening the market to over-the-counter hearing aids: Something Congress can agree on

May 18 2017

We are a nation divided:  Democrats versus Republicans, Red States versus Blue States. On countless major issues, consensus seems impossible.  But there is one thing that members of the Congress apparently can agree on: Hearing aids are too darned expensive.

Bill would make hearing aids available over the counter

May 18 2017

U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire submitted this column to The Eagle-Tribune published on May 7, 2017:

Older Americans deserve a high quality of life, with opportunities to stay active and engaged. 

Unfortunately, age-related hearing loss can present obstacles to social interaction and challenges in daily life. When you experience hearing loss, everything from going to the movies to talking on the phone or chatting with loved ones can become a burden. And hearing loss is linked with negative health outcomes, including dementia.