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December 19, 2014 in Community News
WEAU 13 NEWS
Dec 16, 2014
By: Jenny You – Email
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) — Trendy earbuds like Beats by Dr. Dre and Bose top many Christmas lists this year. But depending on how your kids use them, they may be doing more damage than good.
Earbuds place sound deeper into the ear canal and with more kids listening for longer periods of time, Sacred Heart Hospital audiologist Dr. Shawna Lee, AuD says you can take some easy steps to educate and help your kids avoid hearing loss.
“I think just the prevalence of children and younger and younger individuals using earphones longer and for higher doses of time is where concern is setting in,” said Lee.
She said the problem is that kids are wearing these earphones at loud volumes when they’re going to school, in the car , at the gym, at home, etc.
In fact, at UW-Eau Claire, it was hard to find a student without them.
UWEC Football player Jon Wilkins said having headphones helps him drown out the already loud music and noise in the gym.
“I guess having headphones helps . I usually play my music like pretty loud,” said Wilkins.
Lee said when you’re working out at the gym or running on a treadmill, you might turn up the level of your iPod because you want to hear your music above the running and the noise in the gym.
“If you were to turn that on in a quiet environment, it would sound way too loud to you and it’s tricky because the brain adapts to that level of sound and almost thinks it’s okay to listen at that high level,” said Lee.
Posted from National Disability Institute
Thank you to BH-News
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
(Washington, D.C. – Dec. 17, 2014) – Last night, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 by a vote of 76 to 16. First introduced in 2006, and subsequent sessions of Congress, the ABLE Act will allow people with disabilities (with an age of onset up to 26 years old) and their families the opportunity to create a tax-exempt savings account that can be used for maintaining health, independence and quality of life.
“Today marks a new day in our country’s understanding and support of people with disabilities and their families,” Michael Morris, National Disability Institute (NDI) Executive Director, said. “A major victory for the disability community, ABLE, for the very first time in our country’s policy on disability, recognizes that there are added costs to living with a disability.” He continued. “For far too long, federally imposed asset limits to remain eligible for critical public benefits have served as a roadblock toward greater financial independence for the millions of individuals living with a disability.”
NDI has long championed the ABLE Act as a critical strategy to providing a pathway to a better economic future for all people with disabilities. As the nation’s first nonprofit dedicated to improving the financial health and future of all people with disabilities, the organization has extensively documented and called attention to the daily reality and extra expenses associated with living with a disability, and the challenges of navigating the complex web of government rules to maintain public benefits eligibility.
In recognition of this unprecedented legislation, NDI has created a list of 10 items about ABLE accounts that individuals with disabilities and their families should know:
ABLE Accounts: 10 Things You Must Know
December 19, 2014 in Community News
Hearing Health & Technology Matters
By Gael Hannan
December 16, 2014
Whoo hoo! Christmas is almost here—and so are Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the Winter Solstice! The excitement and sparkle, the food and wine, the gifts, the spirituality, the music! Activities to share, beauty to both see and hear….
Sheesh, it was all good until that last point—the bit about hearing. The season is supposed to be one of joy, but for some people it brings on ‘holiday blues’. And for people who have hearing loss, who are hard of hearing, no other holiday season drives home the hard and loss like this one. The calendar is jammed, or at least busier than usual, with parties and dinners, TV specials, church events, and concerts—most of which present some degree of communication challenge for people who don’t hear well.
Around now, many hearing loss-related organizations publish articles on how to survive—even enjoy—the holidays with hearing loss, and I guess this one of them. All these articles and blogs offer heaps of great hints on accessible communication and what we should do to avoid becoming too stressed out—or cut out of important holiday events. Sitting on the sidelines of conversations is no fun and can turn joy into pain. And that’s not the seasonal spirit we’re aiming for, right? Every year I write to Santa about this. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, I asked for thoughtful gifts to give a hearing boost to me and my people (the ones living with the hard and loss).
But I’m finally getting a little smarter about Santa (see below) – and in addition to the many lists of jolly-holiday hearing DOs, I would like to offer a few holiday DON’Ts, because you don’t want hearing loss to be the defining memory of your 2014 holidays.
December 19, 2014 in Advocacy & Access
The Washington Post
By Patricia Sullivan
Sixty new wheelchair-accessible taxicabs, most operated by a new company with a fleet of vans serving people with disabilities, won the right Saturday to operate in Arlington County.
The County Board agreed to award 50 certificates to the new All Access Taxi company and 10 to Blue Top Cab. All Access officials say it is the first all-wheelchair-
accessible cab company in the region. They plan to have their first vehicles on the road by February, with most operating by April.
The action increases the number of wheelchair-accessible taxis available to Arlington customers from 37 to 97.
By SHAUN HEASLEY
December 15, 2014
The federal government added people with disabilities to its payroll at a higher rate last year than at any other time in the last three decades.
More than 16,000 people with disabilities were hired by the U.S. government during fiscal year 2013, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. That brought the total number of federal workers with disabilities to 234,395.
“This success has led to more people with disabilities (on board) in federal service, both in real terms and by percentage than at any time in the past 33 years,” wrote Katherine Archuleta, director of the Office of Personnel Management in her report to President Barack Obama.
By September 2013, people with disabilities accounted for 12.8 percent of federal employees, an increase of nearly 1 percent over the prior year, the report said.
At the same time, the number of workers with targeted disabilities — including intellectual disabilities, epilepsy, deafness, blindness, paralysis, missing extremities, dwarfism and psychiatric disabilities — also ticked up slightly to 18,665, federal officials said.
Robert M. Ghent Jr., AuD
December 15, 2014
Editor’s Note: This text course is an edited transcript of a live webinar. Download supplemental course materials.
Dr. Robert Ghent: Today I’m going to discuss management of hearing loss prevention in live entertainment. I’ll cover why this area has not been more recognized and what opportunities are available for audiologists. I’ll also talk about what management of hearing loss means in the live entertainment industry. Live entertainment includes sporting events, racing events, and concerts of all types, not just rock and roll, but the primary focus today is on music events.
I work for Honeywell Safety Products. Many of the pictures in your handout are of Honeywell products because I have easy access to those images, but there are other products that are included as well. The use of these images does not constitute an endorsement any of these products. I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Mr. Nick Mayne of the Canterbury City Council in Kent, England, for providing me with some data from a study that I’ll be discussing. Additionally, portions of this presentation were previously presented at the 47th Conference of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), on Music-Induced Hearing Loss in 2012, as well as at the 38th Annual National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) Conference in 2013.
In 1964, the Beatles came to the United States and performed at Shea Stadium. Few fans could hear them, and the Beatles could not hear themselves well because the audience was so loud. There was a problem with getting sound distributed over a crowd of screaming people that large. In the ensuing 10 years, we significantly advanced the technology of concert sound reinforcement.
When I was a senior in high school, I got a job at Tycobrahe Sound Company. They were contracted to provide the sound for a large festival show, second only to Woodstock at the time. So, in 1974, we did The California Jam. A magazine article covering this show touted 54,000 watts of audio power. We generated 105 dB SPL a mile away, and we were awed by such a great achievement. Can you imagine how loud it had to be in front of the speaker tower in order to measure 105 dB SPL at one mile down wind? This is how I started my career.
Hearing conservation has never been a part of the live entertainment culture, despite knowledge of the problems and risks. The entertainment industry knows there are some regulations, but those typically apply to brick-and-mortar industries, and entertainment does not know how to apply them in their own industry. Fortunately, we see this starting to change, and this is a good opportunity for audiologists to do something to help this industry.
The Office of Disability Integration and Coordination at FEMA is now accepting applications for a Disability Integration Advisor position with an American Sign Language (ASL) specialty. The open period for this announcement is from Monday, December 15, 2014 to Thursday, January 15, 2015. To apply for this position or for full information, including key requirements and a description of duties, please click the following link to access the job announcement through USAJobs.gov: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/389257100.
If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Blair at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone number 800-879-6076.
Job Title: Disability Integration Advisor (American Sign Language Specialty)
Department: Department Of Homeland Security
Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency
Job Announcement Number: FEMA-15-SB-011-RSV
Salary Range: $39.97 to $39.97 / Per Hour
Open Period: Monday, December 15, 2014 to Thursday, January 15, 2015
Series & Grade: AD-0301-00
Position Information: Temporary – Intermittent employment not to exceed 2 years
Duty Locations: MANY vacancies – Location Negotiable After Selection, United States
Who May Apply: All United States Citizens
Security Clearance: Public Trust – Background Investigation
Supervisory Status: No
As a Disability Integration Advisor (American Sign Language Specialty) in FEMA’s Reservist Program, you will be responsible for:
Providing American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation to meet the communications requirements of disaster survivors, FEMA employees, and the general public throughout emergency operations, programs and services while deployed to disasters.
Providing guidance regarding effective communication access in all phases of emergency response, recovery, mitigation and preparedness.
Providing interpreting services to achieve equal access to effective communication between Disability Integration Advisors, Disability Advisor Leads and Command and General Staff including:
December 17, 2014 in Community News
On December 15, 2014, the FCC released a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (2nd FNPRM) to invite comment on several issues that relate to ensuring quality captioning of video programming on television. The questions in this 2nd FNPRM include:
Comments and reply comments due dates will be announced after this 2nd FNPRM is published in the Federal Register.
The links for the 2nd FNPRM are as follows:
For additional information, contact Eliot Greenwald, Disability Rights Office, at (202) 418-2235,email@example.com, or call the ASL Consumer Support Line, at (844) 432-2275 via direct videophone. For more information about the requirements for closed captioning of video programming on television, please visit: http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/closed-captioning-video-programming-television.
December 16, 2014 in Community News
Bus Stop Accessibility Information Now Available on Metro’s Trip Planner
Metro has added a bus stop accessibility feature to its online Trip Planner. This feature will enable customers to be informed about the accessibility features of every bus stop served by Metrobus. By using the new feature, riders can learn whether a bus stop has a shelter or bench, the availability of nearby crosswalks and curb ramps, and more.
To utilize Metro’s new bus stop accessibility feature, simply click on any Metro bus stop that appears in a Trip Planner itinerary, and it will give you a comprehensive checklist of all the accessible features offered at that bus stop.
To subscribe to Access Fairfax: disabilityservices@listserv.FairfaxCounty.gov.
December 12, 2014 in Community News
Reuben I. Altizer Meeting Room
Northern Virginia Resource Center (NVRC)
3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130 Fairfax, VA 22030
NVAD want to make announcement to share with you regarding NVAD General Meeting – Saturday, January 10, 2015. Also, there will be swearing in of New Officers for 2015 Term. Hope to see you there……
For more information, contact
NVAD President Donna Graff Viall: firstname.lastname@example.org