Zoom Makes ASR Captioning Free for People with Hearing Loss

Good News! Thanks to a campaign spearheaded by HLAA’s  Shari Eberts, Zoom has agreed to provide captions on free accounts.  [Below is from Shari’s blog, “Living With Hearing Loss” From https://livingwithhearingloss.com/ ] Success! Zoom has heard our community’s voice! Zoom just announced it will provide its high-quality ASR captions (Live Transcript) FREE for people with hearing loss, as well as other groups who require this feature for accessibility reasons. Click here to request access. This feature will be rolled out to all free accounts by Fall 2021. Since the start of the pandemic, we have been asking Zoom to do just …

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ADA: “Include Architectural Improvements For Those With Hearing Impairments”

The January 3, 2021 Boston Globe Magazine published a Letter to the Editor by HearAtBoston board member Carol Agate entitled, “ADA Anniversary.” The letter addresses the ACCESSIBLE Massachusetts Act (H.4425) and reminds readers that hearing loss is a disability that is seldom recognized. It also advocates for architectural improvements for those with hearing impairments. https://credit-n.ru/order/zaim-mrzaim.html https://credit-n.ru/order/zaymyi-manimo-leads.html

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Shari Eberts of HLAA Was Interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR)

Shari Eberts, hearing loss advocate and HLAA National board member, was interviewed by NPR’s Peter O’Dowd on Here and Now about Zoom and the lack of captioning on their free accounts.  It is well worth a listen and here’s a link to the podcast and transcript: https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2020/11/23/zoom-closed-captioning-hearing https://credit-n.ru/order/zaim-migone.html https://credit-n.ru/order/zaymyi-payps.html https://credit-n.ru/order/zaymyi-denga-leads.html https://credit-n.ru/offers-zaim/payps/ https://credit-n.ru/kreditnye-karty-blog-single.html https://credit-n.ru/order/zaymyi-4slovo.html https://credit-n.ru/order/zaymyi-oneclickmoney-leads.html

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New England Walk4Hearing Online Celebration-Sunday, October 25, 2020

Let’s stay connected and celebrate our Walk4Hearing community! Join us on Walk Day to show support for people with hearing loss and connect with fellow walkers and new friends. There will be special guests, chances to win prizes, and the opportunity to share stories. After the online celebration, participants are encouraged to walk safely with family or as a team in their neighborhoods. Featuring: Bruce Peterson, Honorary Walk Chair Gael Hannan, hearing loss advocate, writer, and humorist Joss Kendrick, American Girl’s 2020 Girl of the Year YOU, the heart of the Walk4Hearing community! Sunday, October 25, 2020 Sign on begins, …

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Welcome to Our New HLAA Boston Chapter Website!

Betty Hauck wrote:   “We are so happy and excited to see this project finally come to fruition. It has been wonderful, although not surprising, to hear from so many of you about how delighted you are with the new website. And you have been asking whom to thank. That is easy – we are so grateful to Phil Temples, our website meister. He was a pleasure to work with, was very responsive to what would work best for our needs, and had lots of helpful suggestions. And among all the great new features, he has made the new website easier …

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Hearing Loss Tips during COVID19

Nicole Laffan, Au.D., M.S., CCC-A/SLP, Assistant Clinical Professor, Northeastern University | Bouvé College of Health Sciences writes: I’ve created the attached presentation to help individuals with hearing loss communicate during COVID-19. It contains information about advocating for oneself, phones with captioning, apps to add captioning to smart phone conversations, speech-to-text apps, video conferencing platforms that use captioning, resources for purchasing clear shields and masks, suggestions for wearing masks with hearing aids or cochlear implants, and info on the free aural rehabilitation sessions. I hope you find it helpful. Please feel free to share it with your members. payday loans online …

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Zoom: Provide Free Captions for People with Hearing Loss on Video Conferencing Platforms

Shari Eberts, a hearing loss advocate in the front lines, has been working hard to get video conferencing platforms to provide free captioning for people with nearing loss. Google and Microsoft have done so. Please sign this petition to get Zoom to provide captions for free as well. Our goal is to reach 50,000 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition at: http://chng.it/BxBmLGZbSt. payday loans online no credit check instant approval no faxing installment loan online payday loans online same day deposit payday online loans online payday loans direct lenders how to get …

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Ways to Navigate a Hospital During COVID-19 With a Hearing Loss

Thanks to Terri Charles for alerting us to the following article that was published in The Hearing Journal on April 10.  I know that some of you were able to watch the webinar. By Alexis Guerra As hospitals accommodate the increasing number of patients with COVID-19, people who are hard of hearing or deaf are faced with critical challenges in properly communicating with doctors and nurses amid protective masks and physical distancing guidelines. To address this and other related concerns, Chad Ruffin, MD, and Tina Childress, AuD, CCC-A, organized a webinar on April 6. One of the challenges Ruffin spoke about is the …

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Coronavirus Visual Communication Tool

From: Hanigan, Ami (MCD) <ami.h…@state.ma.us> Date: Tue, Mar 24, 2020 at 4:31 PM Subject: Coronavirus Visual Communication Tool To: Statewide Advisory Council and Community Members   We are pleased to announce that MCDHH has created a visual tool to help hospital staff, medical personnel, first responders, and service providers communicate with hard of hearing and Deaf individuals and patients during this unprecedented crisis. Speech-reading masked medical personnel is impossible for elders who may also be Deaf or hard of hearing and this tool is designed to help in these situations. Commissioner Florio has authorized the release of this tool today and we …

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Cancelled: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Constituents' Day: March 30, 2020

From: Hanigan, Ami (MCD) <ami.h…@state.ma.us> Date: Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 11:43 AM Subject: Cancelled: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Constituents’ Day: March 30th To: MCDHH Statewide Advisory Council and MCDHH Community Members Unfortunately, due to growing concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Day on March 30  will be cancelled. MCDHH SAC members will be working to identify a rescheduled date for the event. This will be communicated as soon as determined. Thank you all for your understanding in this situation. Thank you, Hana Hanigan Administrative Assistant to the Commissioner MA Commission for the Deaf and Hard …

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