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People using assistive listening on a tour in Disneyland

Disneyland Unveils Enhanced Technology For Guests With Visual Disabilities

Beginning July 6, guests with visual disabilities will be able to explore Disneyland Park in a whole new way through an enhanced Disney-designed device that provides detailed audio description of outdoor areas. This feature compliments the audio description inside Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks’ attractions and theaters that was launched over a year ago. 

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Classroom view from a students perspective with a teacher/presenter at the front of the classroom with a screen projector displayed

Classroom / Distance Learning Mash-Up Aids Student Performance

In many circles Distance Learning is seen as an alternative to Classroom Instruction. Distance learning certainly addresses some of the limitations of classroom instruction, in particular the barriers of “at this time and in this place.” Distance learning can eliminate one or both, but not without its own costs.

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Artist drawing of jury in a courtroom looking straight ahead

HLAA Perspectives on Jury Duty

As people with hearing loss we can be excused from jury duty. But is that what we want to do or should be doing? We have fought long and hard for our rights to access in all aspects of society. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II that covers courts requires that accommodations be made for us to serve. Why fight for these rights if we don’t have the confidence to use them? Not to mention our civic duty.

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Red and white striped box of yellow movie theater popcorn with two red admit one tickets tucked inside

HLAA Working For You: Movie Captioning

After the Golden Globe nominations were announced, I was intrigued by one of the films nominated: “The King’s Speech.” I thought I’d treat my family to a captioned showing of a first run film during the holidays. So, I visited the website to see if a theater nearby had a captioned showing. Well, much to my dismay not only did I fail to find either an open or closed captioned showing, I found that the movie has not been captioned at all for theatrical release. So much for my holiday treat for the family.

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HLAA Turns 31!

Every year at this time, we commemorate the anniversary of our organization. In 1979, Founder Howard E. “Rocky” Stone founded the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) as Self Help for Hard of Hearing People.

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An Audio Guy Gets A Hearing Aid

I admit it, I never had my hearing checked until a few weeks ago.  That’s kinda ironic for a guy who provides assistive listening solutions!  It wasn’t a surprise to me that I have significant hearing loss in my left ear and some age related hearing loss on my right side.  Like most people, I wasn’t that interested in using hearing aids.  My “perception” was that they are for “old” people.  Of course, now that I’m 55 years old, my definition of “old” keeps changing….  None the less, it’s just not that exciting to think about wearing hearing aids.

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