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Providing Support and Advocacy for People with Hearing Loss

a 501(c)(3) nonprofit

Houston chapter of the

Hearing Loss Association of America  (HLAA)

H L A A   Wants to Hear from You!

Have you tried to watch your local government’s meetings online, and found that they lacked captions?
Or have you tried to watch a video online that was produced by a local or state government entity, but also found it had no captions? We know it happens. Recently, a state website included a video about voting procedures
without captions.
Have you seen something similar? We want to hear from you about it!

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is developing proposed regulations covering access to the internet by individuals with disabilities. The rule will only apply to websites maintained by local and state governments (not commercial entities, nonprofit organizations, private schools, and other nongovernmental entities). 

HLAA is preparing comments on this proposed rule. Our comments will be backed with specific examples where individuals with hearing loss have lacked access to these web sites. Accommodations are needed for videos and streaming of live such as local public hearings and meetings (examples may include town or county councils, or boards of education); for online education programs, including classroom instruction by public schools, colleges, and universities; and for video instructions on performing governmental activities such as voter registration, service requests, or applying for employment.

If you have been unable to access websites of local and state governments because of your hearing loss we want to hear your story. Contact Lisa Hamlin at advocacy@hearingloss.org.

Obtained form http://www.hearingloss.org/content/hlaa-wants-hear-from-you

Is it time to upgrade your hearing instruments?
Need help with repairs?
Want affordable solutions?
We have answers.

Hear-Say
Partners in Hearing

Download the flyer with more information
 

#CommAccess

Step Up for People with Hearing Loss and Communication Access

Info Sheet download here

RECYCLE

your hearing aids / processor batteries

Take them to the following locations and recycle free of charge:
-Best Buy
-Home Depot
-Radio Shack
-BatteriesPlus
You can call 1-800-8BATTERY or visit www.rbrc.org/consumer/index.php 

to locate the battery recycling center nearest you.

The University of Houston
Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic,

located at 100 Clinical Research Center,

Houston, TX 77204-6018, offers their services at reduced cost according to affordability. Click on the form for an application with instructions.You may reach them at 713-743-0915

If anyone has a cell phone and does not use it for voice  you can save and get the data only plan:

Sprint –for smartphones  GO TO http://www.sprintrelay.com/sprint_relay_store.php

for AT&T iphone go to http://relayservices.att.com/content/2/Text_Accessibility_Plan_for_iPhone_.html

(application can be certified by an HLAA Chapter leader (thanks to Leigh Hollins and national)

Telecommunications Information


CaptionCall Phone—Texas State residents who have a hearing loss and would like to get the phone can have a professional certification form filled out by an audiologist, doctor, social worker, Speech pathologist, hearing loss specialist or STAP Specialist and have the $75 one time fee waived. Please contact Lois Johnson at ejohnson@captioncall.com or 832-538-5189 V/T for the CaptionCall Professional Certification form for the State of Texas.

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