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How New York City Hears People With Hearing Loss

August 9, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Hearing Loss & Deafness, Technology



By Janice Schacter Lintz
AUG 8, 2016

New York City is the most accessible city in the country for people with hearing loss. Hearing access is available at many of the city’s Broadway theaters, museums, and stadiums. Even the subway information booths/call boxes as well as the new Taxis of Tomorrow have hearing access. The degree of access available varies by site, so check the individual websites for specific details.

A hearing induction loop permits a person with a telecoil-equipped hearing aid or cochlear implant to use the T-setting to hear the sound directly from the microphone through the hearing aid/implant—no receiver is needed. Background noise is blocked on the T-setting. The other types of assistive listening systems, FM and infrared, require the use of a receiver (a headset or body-worn device); telecoil users can plug in a neck loop.

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How Rochester became ‘tremendous model,’ popular home for deaf community

March 29, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness
By Teri Weaver
March 27, 2016

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Antony A. L. McLetchie moved a little more than a year ago to become superintendent of the Rochester School for the Deaf.

McLetchie took charge of one of the nation’s oldest schools for children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. But McLetchie’s relocation was much more than another chapter in his career. Moving to Rochester meant better and easier access to healthcare, professional services, media and so many other important and everyday aspects of life.

“I feel like a normal person here,” McLetchie said through an American Sign Language/English interpreter.

Rochester has the highest per capita population of deaf or hard-of-hearing adults younger than 65 in the nation, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a part of Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Wegmans to expand help for deaf

March 30, 2015 in Community News, Employment



Democrat – Chronicle
Patti Singer, Staff writer
March 30,2015
Rochester , New York

Passing notes may work OK in study hall, but it really doesn’t get the message across at the pharmacy counter.

“I often want to ask the pharmacist about the different medications I’m taking,” said Matthew Starr of Greece, who is deaf. “When you go to a busy pharmacy and people are lined up, I have to have things be slow because it requires pencil and paper. There’s no good method of communication. They write a few words. It’s very limited.”

What if there were an interpreter — either someone there or through a video service?

“Oh, man, definitely,” he said through a video relay service interpreter. “That would be much better than trying to write notes back and forth.”

Signing may replace scribbling after a regional pharmacy chain settled discrimination allegations earlier this month with New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. Even though KPH Healthcare Services has little presence here, the agreement could have major implications for Rochester residents who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The attorney general alleged that KPH violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and state human rights law by failing to accommodate people who are deaf or have hearing loss. The settlement named only KPH, and the Attorney General’s Office declined to comment on whether other chains were under investigation. By calling the agreement a model, the attorney general appeared to send his own message.

“I hope that it has a domino effect on pharmacies across the state,” said Starr, a board member of Partners in Deaf Health, which promotes understanding of the health needs of culturally deaf people.

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Amtrak Installs Hearing Loops in New York, Washington, DC Stations

January 24, 2013 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness, Transportation

By Keith Laing, The Hill 1/22/2013

Amtrak is taking steps to improve the ability of hearing-impaired passengers to buy tickets for its trains and use customer service counters in its stations.amtraklogo

The company said Wednesday that it has installed “hearing loops” on customer-interaction points at its stations in New York and Washington, D.C. The equipment allows passengers to connect hearing aids to them in order to receive enhance audio that eliminates background noise.

Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman said it was important for Amtrak to make it easier for passengers with hearing issues to maneuver around its stations.

“Amtrak strives to improve service to all our customers and using technology to better communicate with passengers with hearing loss is the right thing to do,” Boardman said in a statement.

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New York City Lawsuit over Disaster Planning for Individuals with Disabilities

November 9, 2012 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

Suit May Go On in Disaster Plan for the Disabled

By Benjamin Weiser, 12/8/2012

A judge has agreed to allow a class-action lawsuit to proceed against New York City alleging a systemic failure in addressing the needs of the disabled population in planning for emergencies and disasters.

The lawsuit was filed last year after Tropical Storm Irene; the lawyers have contended that there were significant gaps in the city’s plans to accommodate people with disabilities at city shelters or to evacuate them from high rises, among other claims.   Read more . . . →

Mayor Bloomberg’s Sign Language Interpreter

November 1, 2012 in Community News, Interpreting & Transliterating

Mayor Bloomberg’s Sign Language Interpreter
Lydia Callis: 5 Things You Don’t Know

By Allison Takeda, US Magazine, 10/31/2012

In the wake of superstorm Sandy this week, several unlikely stars have stepped into the spotlight. Among them? Lydia Callis, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s awesomely animated sign language interpreter, whose expressive translations at recent press conferences have been compared to first-class performance art.

Here, Us Weekly uncovers five fun facts about the scene-stealing signer who, as New York Magazine wrote, has given people “a legitimate reason to smile” during these hard times.

1. She’s a relatively recent graduate. According to NPR, Callis, 30, trained at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, where she got her interpreting degree in 2010. “Linda Siple, a professor in NTID’s [American Sign Language] and Interpreting Education program, recalls Callis as ‘highly motivated, gracious, and professional…She was very motivated with the deaf community here,'” Rochester spokesperson Greg Livadas said in an email to NPR.

2. She has personal ties to the deaf community. DNAinfo New York reports that Westchester resident Callis has been interpreting for her mom and three siblings — all of whom are deaf — since she was a child. She also works as an American Sign Language interpreter for schools, hospitals, and businesses.

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