Monday, February 26, 2018

World Hearing Day Twitter Discussion This Saturday March 3!

Join the World Hearing Day conversation on effective and accessible hearing care this Saturday, March 3 by following #HearingChat on Twitter (with HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley!). 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chapter and State Logos Available

Chapter and State Logos are now available on You can find them here.

Thank you for your patience while we worked to address issues with the previous set of new logos. We appreciate all of your feedback! Please keep in mind that Logo Guidelines are not available with the new logo just yet, but will be soon. We ask that when using the current logo, you please do not manipulate it in any way (stretching it out, using it in or on top of other graphics, adding additional text, etc.). When guidelines are available, we will post them and ask that you read them carefully and adhere to them. 

If you are ordering materials from Iron Mark using the Online Store, it is going to take longer to update these materials. Thank you for your continued patience and we will let you know as soon as materials are available through Iron Mark with new logos.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

HLAA is delighted to award the Shubert Organization with the 2018 HLAA National Access Award at our HLAA2018 Convention this June in Minneapolis!

Read about how HLAA member and New York State Association president Jerry Bergman teamed up with the Shubert Organization to provide captioning access at Broadway shows in NPR's article: It's OK To Look At Your Phone At A Broadway Show, If Your Hearing Is Impaired

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Affordable CART for HLAA Chapters and State Organizations

Great news for our Chapters and State organizations! HLAA and the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) have teamed up to provide HLAA Chapters and State Organizations affordable CART at a significantly reduced rate.

Here’s how it works
NCRA certified members must earn 30 CEUs per three-year cycle, 10 of which can be from pro bono service (Professional Development Credits, PDC) to HLAA Chapters.

NCRA will notify their certified members of the opportunity to earn PDC credits by offering pro bono service to HLAA Chapters nationwide. Contact information for NCRA members interested in providing pro bono service for an HLAA Chapter, will be forwarded to the HLAA National Chapter Coordinator who will connect them with an HLAA Chapter.

CART Captioners will complete the application for CEUs/PDCs and pay the $40 fee directly to NCRA (via online form). This one-time payment will account for CART services for every 10-hour cycle. The provider will submit the receipt for payment to the HLAA Chapter’s treasurer for reimbursement.

HLAA Chapters will work individually with the CART captioner to determine specific requirements such as on-site vs. remote captioning, logging hours worked, and reimbursement for the submission fee.

Please contact Erin Mirante, National Chapter Coordinator at with any questions. In the meantime, we will look forward to connecting you with NCRA certified members for affordable CART captioning!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Save the ADA! HLAA Opposes Misguided, Damaging H.R. 620

The House of Representatives will vote this week on H.R.620.

We need your help to stop it!
Hearing Loss Association of America is opposed to the passage of H.R.620.

Big business is trying to bamboozle the House and the American public into supporting an unnecessary law misleadingly titled the “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017” (H.R.620) that would make it even harder for people with disabilities who have been waiting to listen to the same programs, use the same restrooms, shop at the same department stores, and eat at the same restaurants as our non-disabled friends and family members, for almost 30 years!

They say the law is needed to help local “mom and pop” shops, while behind the scenes, powerful trade associations for wealthy corporations—everything from multinational hotel chains to big box stores and corporate coffee shops—are pulling the strings in an effort to gain support for regressive rollbacks to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). This opens the door to not only dismantling the ADA, but other civil rights laws as well.Write your US House Representative Today

Please contact your House Representative (and others from your state) and encourage them to stay strong in their opposition to H.R.620 and any “notice and cure” bill, as a rollback of civil rights. SAVE THE ADA!

  •  Go to Contacting Congress using your zip code to find out how to reach your House representative via e-mail, phone, Facebook, Twitter, fax, etc.
  •  Call your Representative using the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. They will help you find your Representative’s name, and switch you to their office. If you know your Representative’s name, you can use the House of Representatives phone list.

Sample Script:

"Hello, my name is _________. I’m a constituent from [your state], zip code [your zip code]. I am opposed to H.R. 620 and any change to the equal access protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act. I strongly encourage Representative [add the last name of your US House Representative] to oppose any reform efforts. Thank you."

Monday, February 5, 2018

“Dear Abby” Thinks HLAA Chapters are Pretty Terrific

Get Ready for Dear Abby this Saturday, February 10

Dear HLAA Chapter Leaders and Members,

I was informed that this Saturday, February 10, Dear Abby’s syndicated column features a letter from someone with a hearing loss who is not adjusting well. Dear Abby recommends that the writer seek out an HLAA Chapter for support by visiting our website,

We will prepare a slide on our website with Abby’s photo linking people to the Find a Chapter page. Let’s hope you have an uptick in inquiries. Let’s hope we are able to reach more people who need help and hope.

Congratulations on your good work in communities across the country. Dear Abby does not just make recommendations without a vetting process. Thank you for all your hard work, on your own time, to ensure that people know there is place where it’s okay not to hear well.

With appreciation,

Barbara Kelley
Executive Director
Follow me on Twitter @Bkelley_HLAA