Re: HAT in trial martial arts class?

Carolyn M. - Texas

That is definitely doable. The equipment that they have for people with hearing loss seems to either be "old" technology (ie ubi-duo) or it is technology designed for situations that do not require the person to move around (ie.Pocket talker and Conversor Pro). The thing is that we (hard of hearing) people need to contact them (as Mary suggested) and point out what devices people with hearing loss can actually use in their daily life. Find out how they are funded and do not take No for an answer. 

Possible approach to getting new equipment for your local ACT demonstration Center. 

You may want to get a guest speaker come to speak to your group on grassroots organizing/lobbying. 
Make initial contact with the demonstration center in your area
Find out if they have funding and how they are funded and how they decide what equipment to purchase
Ask them to send you a list of all the equipment that would help people with hearing loss
Decide on two or three pieces of equipment you would suggest for purchase. 
Plan on follow up visits to see if they really followed through. If they don't, then find out who the next higher person is to contact OR contact your local legislative rep. (if necessary). 

I hope you are successful in getting what you need for your class. 

Carolyn McMahon

"You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results."  
                                                                                                                               Mahatma Gandhi 

On Tue, Mar 8, 2022 at 1:05 PM Louise Smith <lsmith77025@...> wrote:
GOOD LUCK!!  Would be a GREAT project if it could be accomplished.

Louise Smith

On Tue, Mar 8, 2022 at 2:48 PM Carolyn McMahon via <> wrote:
I noticed that the Texas ACT doesn’t really have too much equipment for people with hearing loss. I that it would be a great HLAA chapter advocacy project to contact the local ACT demonstration office and lobby for more useful assistive technology for people with hearing loss. What I would assume they usually do is buy technology that works for both Deaf and hard of hearing. We need to let them know that those groups are not the same group. 

Good luck, 

Join to automatically receive all group messages.