Effective Workplace Accommodations for Employees Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Mar 15 2017 – 8:00pm – 9:00pm

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Chuck Conaty
Business Development Specialist U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy
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Teresa Goddard
Sensory Team, Job Accommodation Network West Virginia University









As an agency of the U. S. Department of Labor, The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is the only federal agency that coordinates with employers and all levels of government to promote policies that increase employment for people with disabilities and workplace success. ODEP focuses on policy and practice. The introductory presentation will provide an overview of ODEP and what it does.

Real life accommodation examples from Job Accommodation Network (JAN) case data include a variety of accommodation solutions illustrating effective use of AT in a broad range of work settings. JAN provides one-on-one consultation about all aspects of job accommodation, including the accommodation process, effective accommodation options, funding sources for accommodations, product information, disability awareness, and legal rights and responsibilities. This presentation will include examples of accommodation scenarios involving employees who are deaf or hard of hearing and will provide information regarding reasonable accommodation and assistive technology options including video remote interpreting, and other technology based communication supports, as well as other resources.

Hearing Loss Advocate Pat Dobbs Launches Online pilot of Her New Workshop – 2017

Patt DobbsComing to Terms with Your Hearing Loss?  How to Achieve Your Best Hearing Experience.

Pat Dobbs is a Hearing Loss Consultant and Advocate on a mission.  Currently in her second year of Gallaudet University’s Peer Mentoring Program, she maintains a website, Hearing Loss Revolution, that offers stories of hope, information about technology and communication strategies, and tips for healthy adaptation to hearing difficulties.

Recently,  Pat successfully completed a local pilot of her new workshop. She’ll offer a free on-line version of the workshop, and the format will be a Live Group Chat, i.e., WRITTEN TEXT ONLY (and, therefore, accessible). Participants will  need a computer, wi-fi access and a little computer knowledge.

Participants will be asked to offer feedback on the workshop upon its completion.

Tuesday evenings 7:30 to 9:00 EST:

  • March 28
  • April 4
  • April 11
  • April 18

 If you’re interested in participating, please contact Pat at pat@coachdobbs.com.

from HearingLossEvolution: [2020: Previously the  website was www.hearinglossrevolution.com]

“I’ve had a hearing loss since I was 20. Through the years my hearing declined so much that in 2010 I received a cochlear implant. Today I hear in the average range, ‘Yahoo!’

“Through the years I was embarrassed about my hearing loss, and I seldom told people about it. If I didn’t hear what someone said, I was much more likely to “fake it” than ask them to speak to me in such a way that I could hear them. Consequently, speaking to people became difficult and painful. I dropped out of more and more social situations, became isolated, and depressed.

“But at one point, I stopped and asked myself, “Why don’t I just tell people I have a hearing loss and let them know how they can talk to me so I could hear them better?” After all, people talk to me so that I hear them, not so that I give the right facial expressions.

“I realized that I needed to change my thinking and be clear that there is nothing to be embarrassed about. Out of these thoughts came the Hearing Loss Revolution and the Nine Guiding Principles.”

Learn more about Pat Dobbs‘ hearing loss journey on the Hearing Loss Revolution website.

[NOTE:  September, 2020 – Hearing Loss Revolution has changed its domain name to www.hearinglossevolution.com]







Programs That Help Us Learn to Listen, March 12, 2017

Hearing with improved speech comprehension requires us to learn stronger skills for attending and listening. This workshop will be conducted by representatives of Advanced Bionics, Cochlear Americas, and Med El, and will give participants an opportunity to learn about and experience online auditory training options.

  • Mark Campbell-Foster and Lauren Seafert, Cochlear
  • Gina Greco, MedEl
  • Jane Ledingham and Mike Skrip, Advanced Bionics



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Message of Hope for Tinnitus Sufferers

photo of Glenn Schweitzer on boatWebinar: “A Message of Hope for Tinnitus Suffers”

Glenn Schweitzer

Apr 19 2017 – 8:00pm – 9:00pm


The presentation will be about Glenn’s experience with tinnitus (and to a lesser extent, Meniere’s disease) and how he was eventually able to find relief from the ringing in his ears. When it comes to tinnitus, few people have been let down harder than those with hearing loss as many of the common treatment options, like sound masking, are simply not possible. But Glenn’s story and his experience highlight a meditation-based approach that can work for anyone, regardless of their level of hearing. The goal of the presentation is to spread a message of hope to those suffering with tinnitus and hearing loss.

You can access this webinar.   Webinars are recorded for playback on HLAA’s national website and are available approximately two weeks after live webcast.


Transitions Management for Children and Young Adults with Hearing Loss


progress graphicTransitions are the times of change in life that we all go through as we move from childhood into adolescence on to adulthood. They may feel challenging, especially to children and young adults who are still finding their way in life. However, transitions are also opportunities to learn, grow, and discover new things about ourselves and the world around us.

The Ida Transitions Management tool is an interactive platform designed to help children and young adults with hearing loss and their families successfully manage key transitions during childhood and youth.

What are the benefits?

Enables children and young adults with hearing loss and their families to:

  • Learn about their new environment and plan a successful transition
  • Identify and articulate their needs for professional support
  • Openly discuss the child or young adult’s hearing loss in the family


  • an effective go-to suite of online resources for children, young adults, and their families to help them manage transitions
  • key insights into the needs of children and their families to provide appropriate and timely support
  • a framework based on the principles of self-determination


Setting Language in Motion: Family Supports and Early Intervention for Babies Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

picture of infant receiving hearing screeningSetting Language in Motion, a free, web-based resource developed as a collaborative effort between the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program of Boston Children’s Hospital includes seven video modules for parents, caregivers, and early intervention specialists of children with hearing loss.  It is based on the Building Blocks of Intervention webinar series created by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Children’s.

The goal of Setting Language in Motion is to foster an understanding of the importance of early language acquisition that supports robust linguistic competence and conceptual development in children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Early intervention providers, deaf educators, early childhood specialists and allied professionals, parents, and other caregivers will benefit from this resource.

Modules include:

  • Overview
  • Early Identification
  • The Ear and Testing
  • Hearing Aids
  • Language Learning Through Sign
  • Communication and Language in the Home
  • Family Supports

About the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program of Boston Children’s Hospital

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program provides comprehensive evaluation and consultative services to deaf and hard of hearing children. Program professionals interact closely with the child’s physician, school, and other applicable agencies. The team at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program cares for more than 1,000 children and their families each year. This program is one of the largest and most experienced programs of its kind in the country.

About the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center

The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, a division of Gallaudet University includes Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES), the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD), and associated research, evaluation, training, and dissemination services. The primary purpose of the Clerc Center is to fulfill the national mission of improving the quality of education afforded to deaf and hard of hearing students from birth through age 21 across the country.

Students with Cochlear Implants: Guidelines for Educational Program Planning


Cochlear Implant guidelines coverStudents with Cochlear Implants: Guidelines for Educational Program Planning is a comprehensive set of guidelines designed to facilitate the planning of appropriate educational programs, supports and services for students using cochlear implant technology in the classroom.  The guide is the result of the collaborative work between the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program of Boston Children’s Hospital.

The Guidelines gives members of a student’s educational planning team a place to document key information, including:

  • Language development
  • current educational accommodations
  • school-based language competencies in receptive
  • expressive and pragmatic language for American Sign Language
  • spoken English, spoken English with Sign Support, or other communication methods
  • social-emotional development
  • self-advocacy skills
  • the student’s overall use and access to hearing assistive technology.

Are You Ready? Emergency Preparedness for People with Hearing Loss

emergency preparedness clip artTitle:  Are You Ready? Emergency Preparedness for People with Hearing Loss

with Lise Hamlin, Director of Public Policy, HLAA and Scott D. Smith, CEP, PFT, Captain/Paramedic

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Time: 8 PM – 9 PM ET


Most people don’t think about preparing for emergencies until it’s too late. That’s not good for anyone but could be disastrous for someone with a hearing loss. This webinar will bring you the latest on emergency access, how you can prepare and what government and industry are working on to make the technologies we use every day more helpful in emergencies.

photo of Scott SmithFor 20 years, Scott Smith has worked as an EMS for Rincon Valley Fire District in Arizona, as an EMT instructor for Coconino County Community College, and as a Captain and Paramedic in Flagstaff, Arizona. Scott also has a degree as an electronics engineer, developing software for court reporting and captioning industries. Scott, working with his wife, Deanna Baker, provides assistance to the many CART reporters at the annual Convention of the Hearing Loss Association of America, ensuring the audiovisuals seamlessly link to the CART and captioning throughout the convention. He also helps troubleshoot problems with the many assistive listening devices throughout the Convention site.

Lisa HamlinLise Hamlin joined the Hearing Loss Association of America’s (HLAA) national staff as director of public policy in April 2008. Lise, who has a hearing loss herself, has worked as an advocate for people with hearing loss for over 20 years. She currently represents HLAA on federal advisory committees, industry advisory groups, and consumer coalitions. She has also taken part in developing, maintaining and presenting training programs on hearing assistive technology and on emergency preparedness. Lise receives emails and calls daily from consumers with hearing loss who experience barriers to hearing health care, employment, technology, access to public places and telecommunications access. She works directly with consumers to help overcome those barriers.