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Re: jury duty

Lise Hamlin
 

Getting accommodations for people with hearing loss for jury duty has been an issue for a very long time. See this article by Brenda Battat, former executive director of HLAA, written back in 2011: https://www.hearingloss.org/wp-content/uploads/Battat_Column_MarApr_2011_HLM.pdf?pdf=2011-hlm-mp-bbattat NY State, which does not have any automatic exemptions, has a brochure that includes a brief look at case law regarding jury duty for people with disabilites. https://ww2.nycourts.gov/sites/default/files/document/files/2018-08/jurors-w-disabilities02-03-14-1.pdf 

Inclusion of people with disabilities in jury duty is covered under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, so you can file a complaint with the US Department of Justice. How to File an ADA Complaint 

You can also do some local investigating and education the local court system - in fact, you have already started. The local court system should hear about what you have learned so far. It may be a long process of finding the right people and how to make change happen, but your actions could result in a more enlightened court view of accommodating people with hearing loss. 

Thanks, Carol for starting this thread. If others have had experiences in jury duty or finding ways to ensure the court provides accommodations, please do chime in.


jury duty

 

I had an embarrassing situation when I tried to get assistive listening devices after being called to jury duty. I was impressed that the jury questionnaire had a box to check if you needed assistive listening devices. But when I got to the jury room no one knew what they are. I kept asking if they had been found, but by the time I was called to the courtroom none had been located.

In the courtroom as the judge was about to describe the case I asked about the ALD so I could understand her explanation. She called the clerk over, and everyone had to sit and wait for 15 minutes before the clerk returned with an ALD. I was then dismissed even tho’ I hadn’t indicated that I wanted to be excused.

I asked on my chapter email if anyone had been bumped when they asked for an ALD. Seven people replied. Six had been bumped. Only one had actually served and she said it was awful because the sound kept cutting in and out.

The Hearing Life magazine had a story about a similar incident in California that led to the US Attorney enforcing the ADA. Any experience in other places? Is this an issue the HLAA could look into?

Carol Agate
Boston chapter


HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley’s Email Account Hacked

Carla Beyer-Smolin
 

Dear HLAA Community,

Earlier today (June 30), you may have received a spam email requesting a gift card from HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley. This was a spam email–please do not respond. Barbara would never request this from our HLAA Chapters. She would never make any requests outside of HLAA. The HLAA National Office immediately connected this morning with our IT support team when we learned of this spam email. This email was sent from bkelley.hearingloss@..., which is not a legitimate email address.

It is important to know how to look for spam email, scams and phishing. We hope you find these resources helpful.

Email Safety Basics

Phishing

How to Recognize and Avoid Phishing Scams

Spammers Get Up Close and Personal

Thank you for your support of HLAA.

Kind Regards, 
Carrie Johnson
Director of Communications
Hearing Loss Association of America
cjohnson@...
301.657.2248 ext. 109

 


HLAA Groups Upgrade

Carla Beyer-Smolin
 

 Dear HLAA Groups.io Member,

 

HLAA is in the process of upgrading our HLAA Groups.io accounts to Enterprise level. The transition should occur soon, possibly this week. We have been assured that all HLAA groups should continue to function as normal, but we wanted to alert you of the upgrade, in case there are any possible issues.

The HLAA Groups that will be included in this upgrade are:

HLAA Leaders

HLAA Newsletter Editors

HLAA Advocacy

HLAA Tech

HLAA GITHL

We hope the process will be seamless and we will notify you of future changes as the Enterprise upgrade is made.

We thank you for your patience and appreciate your participation in HLAA Groups on Groups.io.

Best regards,

Carla Beyer-Smolin

Chapter and Membership Coordinator


Accessibility for Passengers with Sensory and Cognitive Disabilities: Part 2 - Wed, 04/21/2021 #cal-notice

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Accessibility for Passengers with Sensory and Cognitive Disabilities: Part 2

When:
Wednesday, 21 April 2021
2:00pm to 3:30pm
(GMT-04:00) America/New York

Where:
Webinar

Description:
Part 2

This session will continue discussion of communication accessibility in hailing and interacting with autonomous vehicles for passengers with hearing, visual, or cognitive disabilities. 

Website: https://www.access-board.gov/av/

Registration: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_FOFPmlQtRC6Jconf5-vvxg


Accessibility for Passengers with Sensory and Cognitive Disabilities: Part1 - Wed, 04/07/2021 2:00pm-3:30pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Accessibility for Passengers with Sensory and Cognitive Disabilities: Part1

When: Wednesday, 7 April 2021, 2:00pm to 3:30pm, (GMT-04:00) America/New York

Where:Webinar

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Organizer: US Access Board

Description: Part 1 of a 2 part Series
Part 1
This session will address ride hailing and on-board communication for passengers with hearing, visual, or cognitive disabilities.

Registration: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_MWvyBgaxTtCk1nALFNl58g


Event: Accessibility for Passengers with Sensory and Cognitive Disabilities: Part 2 - Wednesday, 21 April 2021 #cal-invite

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Accessibility for Passengers with Sensory and Cognitive Disabilities: Part 2

When:
Wednesday, 21 April 2021
3:30am to 2:00pm
(UTC-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
Webinar

Organizer: US Access Board

Description:
Part 2

This session will continue discussion of communication accessibility in hailing and interacting with autonomous vehicles for passengers with hearing, visual, or cognitive disabilities. 

Website: https://www.access-board.gov/av/

Registration: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_FOFPmlQtRC6Jconf5-vvxg


Event: Accessibility for Passengers with Sensory and Cognitive Disabilities: Part1 - Wednesday, 7 April 2021 #cal-invite

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Accessibility for Passengers with Sensory and Cognitive Disabilities: Part1

When:
Wednesday, 7 April 2021
2:00am to 3:30am
(UTC-04:00) America/New York

Where:
Webinar

Organizer: US Access Board

Description:
Part 1 of a 2 part Series
Part 1
This session will address ride hailing and on-board communication for passengers with hearing, visual, or cognitive disabilities.

Registration: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_MWvyBgaxTtCk1nALFNl58g

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