Posted by: hlacentralma | July 16, 2015

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July 15, 2015
Have you ever wondered what HLAA does for you – the person with hearing loss? Wonder no more! We represent you at the national level, in the halls of Congress, and with policy makers to ensure that you are not forgotten when it comes to your rights as a person with hearing loss. We also bring you the news that you might not easily find elsewhere so you can stay informed.

Even though it’s summer, we are still at work for you. Contact Lise Hamlin, director of public policy at HLAA, for further information or questions.

Advocacy Updates
HLAA Supports the HEAR Act
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. [Read more]

TDI’s 21st Biennial Conference in Baltimore: HLAA Will be There
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 onThursday, 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. [Read more]

Justice Department and Equal Access to Harvard and MIT’s Online Courses
The U.S. Department of Justice announced that it has filed Statements of Interest in two private cases pending in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts,National Association of the Deaf, et al., v. Harvard University, et al., and National Association of the Deaf, et al., v. Massachusetts Institute of Technology [Read more]

Fairfax Nursing Center Agrees to Settle Claim That It Failed to Provide Effective Communication Services to Individuals Who Are Deaf
ALEXANDRIA, VA – Fairfax Nursing Center (FNC) has agreed to pay $97,500 to resolve allegations that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to provide effective communication services to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing in the provision of medical services. [Read more]

A Message from TSA
Due to recent media reports regarding a Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General review of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security screening activities at airports, TSA is implementing policy and procedure changes that will affect all passengers, including passengers with disabilities, in order to better achieve TSA’s mission of protecting the nation’s transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce. [Read more]


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