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VA Committees

Ronald Drach
 

Here is a link to VA’s national advisory committees. Nothing about hearing loss. Some are established by law and others administratively.

These are national and Don is correct in that local hospitals can establish their own.



Ron

http://www.conceptscommunications.com/team/ronald-drach/



Interagency Accessibility Forum (IAAF) | Section508.gov

Ronald Drach
 


Now: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting - 09/20/2022 #cal-notice

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Event

Jim Rau
 

HLAA TC (Twin Cities MN) is inviting Veterans to their Annual Conference. It deals with hearing and noise 

See Flyer below. 


Event: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting - 09/20/2022 #cal-reminder

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Now: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting - 08/16/2022 #cal-notice

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Now: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting - 07/19/2022 #cal-notice

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Event: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting - 07/19/2022 #cal-reminder

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Now: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting - 06/21/2022 #cal-notice

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Event: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting - 06/21/2022 #cal-reminder

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June 21 meeting cancelled

Carla Beyer-Smolin
 

Dear VAAVC members,
I will be at the HLAA Convention in Tampa this week and will not be able to host the monthly meeting on Tuesday night due to staff activities getting ready for the convention. We will be having a Veterans luncheon at the convention and will hopefully meet up with some of you there.

I will look forward to seeing you at next month's meeting in July.

 

Best regards,

 

Carla Beyer-Smolin

Chapter and Membership Coordinator

Hearing Loss Association of America

6116 Executive Blvd, Suite 320 │Rockville, MD 20852

301.657.2248 ext. 101 | cbeyer-smolin@...│www.hearingloss.org

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Re: Fw: Live Stream Link - Friday

Steve Sterry
 

Thank you.


On Tue, Jun 7, 2022, 1:22 PM Ronald Drach via hlaagroups.hearingloss.org <consultrwd=yahoo.com@...> wrote:
Steve!

Thanks for the information and congratulations. I will try to “tune in”


On Jun 7, 2022, at 4:19 PM, Steve Sterry <steve.sterry@...> wrote:


For those with whom I have not been in contact lately, I want to let you know that my hearing dog Monterra passed away in January of this year. I am currently in Oceanside California for 10 days of training with my new hearing dog zoshi.

I would like to invite you to the podcast of our graduation ceremony which takes place this Friday June 10th at 11:00 a.m. Pacific daylight Time. This link will be available to you also anytime after the graduation ceremony takes place.

Please celebrate this event with me and pray for this new member of our family. Thank you.

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Shelley Dickinson <sdickinson@...>
Date: Tue, Jun 7, 2022, 10:45 AM
Subject: Fw: Live Stream Link - Friday
To: Shelley Dickinson <sdickinson@...>
Cc: Mari Johnson <mjohnson@...>


Hi Jim, Karen, Steve, Amber, Elizabeth, Steve and Sydney!!


Here is the YouTube link for Friday if you would like to share i!

Shelley Dickinson
|
Program Director
Canine Companions®
|
Southwest Region
e: sdickinson@...
ph: (760) 901-4330
|
w: www.canine.org
We provide enhanced independence. Read our stories.


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Re: Fw: Live Stream Link - Friday

Ronald Drach
 

Steve!

Thanks for the information and congratulations. I will try to “tune in”

Ron

http://www.conceptscommunications.com/team/ronald-drach/



On Jun 7, 2022, at 4:19 PM, Steve Sterry <steve.sterry@...> wrote:


For those with whom I have not been in contact lately, I want to let you know that my hearing dog Monterra passed away in January of this year. I am currently in Oceanside California for 10 days of training with my new hearing dog zoshi.

I would like to invite you to the podcast of our graduation ceremony which takes place this Friday June 10th at 11:00 a.m. Pacific daylight Time. This link will be available to you also anytime after the graduation ceremony takes place.

Please celebrate this event with me and pray for this new member of our family. Thank you.

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Shelley Dickinson <sdickinson@...>
Date: Tue, Jun 7, 2022, 10:45 AM
Subject: Fw: Live Stream Link - Friday
To: Shelley Dickinson <sdickinson@...>
Cc: Mari Johnson <mjohnson@...>


Hi Jim, Karen, Steve, Amber, Elizabeth, Steve and Sydney!!


Here is the YouTube link for Friday if you would like to share i!

Shelley Dickinson
|
Program Director
Canine Companions®
|
Southwest Region
e: sdickinson@...
ph: (760) 901-4330
|
w: www.canine.org
We provide enhanced independence. Read our stories.


​​​Confidentiality Notice: This e-mail and attachments may contain confidential information ​intended solely for the use of the addressee. ​​If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, ​please notify the sender immediately by e-mail and delete this message and any copies. ​Thank you.


Fw: Live Stream Link - Friday

Steve Sterry
 

For those with whom I have not been in contact lately, I want to let you know that my hearing dog Monterra passed away in January of this year. I am currently in Oceanside California for 10 days of training with my new hearing dog zoshi.

I would like to invite you to the podcast of our graduation ceremony which takes place this Friday June 10th at 11:00 a.m. Pacific daylight Time. This link will be available to you also anytime after the graduation ceremony takes place.

Please celebrate this event with me and pray for this new member of our family. Thank you.

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Shelley Dickinson <sdickinson@...>
Date: Tue, Jun 7, 2022, 10:45 AM
Subject: Fw: Live Stream Link - Friday
To: Shelley Dickinson <sdickinson@...>
Cc: Mari Johnson <mjohnson@...>


Hi Jim, Karen, Steve, Amber, Elizabeth, Steve and Sydney!!


Here is the YouTube link for Friday if you would like to share i!

Shelley Dickinson
|
Program Director
Canine Companions®
|
Southwest Region
e: sdickinson@...
ph: (760) 901-4330
|
w: www.canine.org
We provide enhanced independence. Read our stories.


​​​Confidentiality Notice: This e-mail and attachments may contain confidential information ​intended solely for the use of the addressee. ​​If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, ​please notify the sender immediately by e-mail and delete this message and any copies. ​Thank you.


Casey Letter to VA on Section 508 Compliance

Ronald Drach
 

FYI! I talked to the staff for more than an hour mostly about hearing loss/captioning (including captioning for telehealth) and other 508 issues. 

I look forward to seeing some of you in Tampa in a few weeks.

Ron

http://www.conceptscommunications.com/team/ronald-drach/



Begin forwarded message:

From: "Hartman, Doug (Aging)" <Doug_Hartman@...>
Date: June 7, 2022 at 11:20:31 AM EDT
To: "Hartman, Doug (Aging)" <Doug_Hartman@...>
Subject: Casey Letter to VA on Section 508 Compliance



Good morning,

 

I wanted to flag that Senate Aging Committee Chairman Casey Bob Casey sent the attached letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on Section 508 compliance yesterday morning. It had ten signatures total, five Democrats and five Republicans, including Aging Committee Ranking Member Tim Scott and the Chairs and Ranking Members of both the House Veterans Affairs Committee and the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

 

The Aging Committee press release on the letter is here. Stars and Stripes also wrote an article, which is here.

 

Thank you for your help with our efforts on this issue. Chairman Casey looks forward to continuing to work on website accessibility at both VA and across the federal government. If you have thoughts or questions about our work in this space, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Sincerely,

 

Douglas Hartman

Research and Policy Analyst

Chairman Bob Casey

U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging

G-41 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

202-224-5364

 

 


Now: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting - 05/17/2022 #cal-notice

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05/17/2022
8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Where:
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We invite VAAVC members to attend the next Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting (VAAVC) online using Zoom.

Time: 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT 

This will be an open meeting. We look forward to seeing you online.

REGISTER

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Event: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting - 05/17/2022 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting

When:
05/17/2022
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(UTC-04:00) America/New York

Where:
Virtual Zoom Meeting

Organizer: Carla Beyer-Smolin cbeyer-smolin@...

View Event

Description:

We invite VAAVC members to attend the next Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting (VAAVC) online using Zoom.

Time: 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT 

This will be an open meeting. We look forward to seeing you online.

REGISTER

The HLAA Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter is sponsored exclusively by Starkey.


Re: External Veteran Survey

Jim Rau
 

I have InnoCaption, Ava, Cardzilla, and Sorensen Buzz Cards. 

The InnoCaption I was referring to on Tuesday night was “Desk View” which can be displayed side-by-side with a video conferencing platform by using their phone in number. Good work-around for platforms which do not have captions. 


On Apr 21, 2022, at 2:44 PM, Ronald Drach via hlaagroups.hearingloss.org <consultrwd=yahoo.com@...> wrote:


Jim!

What speech to text apps do you have on your phone?

I have used Innocaption phone app and it works pretty good.



On Thursday, March 24, 2022, 12:09:12 PM EDT, Jim Rau <jimrau@...> wrote:


Black87........... , sorry to hear of you difficulties with VA. I certainly can't answer your questions about why audiology records are not viewable on "MyhealtheVet". VA needs to answer that. Personally I request a copy of my audiogram before I walk out of the office. Otherwise getting it later is a hassle. 

VA is not required to comply with ADA. BUT they are required to comply with Section 503 of the Rehabilitation act (the Federal version of ADA). So they are required to provide accommodations for deaf and HoH. I agree there should be more accommodations in place now. But we have a duty to REQUEST accommodations that we need. We have not done a god job of requesting. We were trained by the military to "get in line and shut up". 

Personally I take my remote mic and phone to my medical appointments. I ask the doctor to wear the mic so I can understand. They are very willing to do that. I also use my phone which has speech-to-text apps on it. It displays the voice of a person to text that I can read. 

Also, as a person who is deaf or HoH, you are entitled to use InnoCaption. It is a phone service you can get for free on your mobil phone which displays text. You can then have the VA call you at that number and be able to read the text of the caller's voice

Consider joining us at the next meeting of the Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter meeting. We meet on the third Tuesday of each month on Zoom.  


Re: External Veteran Survey

Ronald Drach
 

Jim!

What speech to text apps do you have on your phone?

I have used Innocaption phone app and it works pretty good.



On Thursday, March 24, 2022, 12:09:12 PM EDT, Jim Rau <jimrau@...> wrote:


Black87........... , sorry to hear of you difficulties with VA. I certainly can't answer your questions about why audiology records are not viewable on "MyhealtheVet". VA needs to answer that. Personally I request a copy of my audiogram before I walk out of the office. Otherwise getting it later is a hassle. 

VA is not required to comply with ADA. BUT they are required to comply with Section 503 of the Rehabilitation act (the Federal version of ADA). So they are required to provide accommodations for deaf and HoH. I agree there should be more accommodations in place now. But we have a duty to REQUEST accommodations that we need. We have not done a god job of requesting. We were trained by the military to "get in line and shut up". 

Personally I take my remote mic and phone to my medical appointments. I ask the doctor to wear the mic so I can understand. They are very willing to do that. I also use my phone which has speech-to-text apps on it. It displays the voice of a person to text that I can read. 

Also, as a person who is deaf or HoH, you are entitled to use InnoCaption. It is a phone service you can get for free on your mobil phone which displays text. You can then have the VA call you at that number and be able to read the text of the caller's voice

Consider joining us at the next meeting of the Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter meeting. We meet on the third Tuesday of each month on Zoom.