NCRA exhibits at Hearing Loss Association of America’s annual convention

HLAA 2015NCRA participated in the Hearing Loss Association of America’s annual convention held June 25-28 in St. Louis, Mo., as one of many exhibitors. Adam Finkel, Director of Government Relations for NCRA, represented the association at the event.

“Visitors to the booth were very interested in learning more about NCRA and the work its members do to support members of the hearing loss community,” said Finkel. “NCRA members who provide CART and captioning services provide an invaluable link to normal life for many of these Americans.”

The HLAA is the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss. The organization provides assistance and resources on how to adjust to living with hearing loss.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 48 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. NCRA has worked with HLAA for many years to address a number of issues through a strategic partnership in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance.

HLAA 2015_B“To have the 1,000-plus HLAA attendees seeing the CART captioners at this event is extremely important, and the interactions between the providers and consumers are priceless and never forgotten,” said Deanna Baker, RMR, a broadcast captioner from Flagstaff, Ariz., and a member of NCRA’s CART Ethics Task Force.

Baker, who also captioned some of the sessions at the HLAA convention, said she has been involved with the organization and NCRA as well as other hearing health groups for more than 20 years, said the common issue of communication access among them adds strength to the support for other issues such quality captioning, realtime training, and hearing health initiatives.

A number of NCRA members also attended HLAA’s annual convention to caption the many sessions and to provide CART services to attendees. Those members included: Kimberly August, Tucson, Ariz.; Mike Cano, RMR, CRR, CBC, CCP, Odessa, Fla.; Jana Colter, RMR, CRR, CBC, CCP, Louisville, Ky.; Linda S. Hershey, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, Chattanooga, Tenn.; LeAnn M. Hibler, RMR, CRR, CCP, Joliet, Ill.; Diane J. Humphrey, Loveland, Colo.; Karyn D. Menck, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, Nashville, Tenn.; Darlene E. Pickard, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, Seattle, Wash.; Kathryn A. Thomas, RDR, CRR, CCP, St. Louis, Mo.; Sharon K. Vivian, RPR, CRR, CBC, CCP, Milwaukee, Wis.; and Patti White, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, St. Louis, Mo.

Senate to vote on ratification of U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities treaty

On July 21, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities treaty, sending it to the Senate floor. In order for the United States to join the other 147 countries that have ratified the treaty, the treaty will need to be approved by two-thirds of the voting senators and then signed by the president. The treaty requires the following provisions from all countries that have ratified it:

  • Non-discrimination against individuals with disabilities
  • Allowing individuals with disabilities full and effective participation and inclusion in society
  • Respect for differences and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity
  • Equality of opportunity for individuals with disabilities

The treaty is a significant step forward promoting and ensure disability rights. Earlier this year, NCRA, through the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance, took submitted letters to all senators, asking for their support in ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Last congress, the CRPD failed to secure the two-thirds of all senators, with all 54 Democrats and seven Republicans voting in favor. Thirty-eight Republicans voted against the treaty.

NCRA needs your help to pass the CRPD treaty. To submit a letter in support of the treaty, visit and use their online resources. To view the letter that was submitted by the DHHA previously, click here. If you have any questions, contact NCRA’s government relations department.

NCRA representatives to speak at the Hearing Loss Association of America’s annual convention

NCRA’s Captioning Community of Interest Chair Carol Studenmund, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, and NCRA Assistant Director, Government Relations Adam Finkel have been selected to speak at the Hearing Loss Association of America’s Annual Convention being held from June 26 – 29 in Austin, Texas. They will be speaking on NCRA’s captioning quality best practices and NCRA’s Captioning Matters campaign. NCRA has worked with HLAA for many years through a strategic alliance in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance.