About Us

We are under the umbrella of the national organization of Hearing Loss Association of America which is located in Bethesda. Maryland. http://www.hearingloss.org

HLA-RI’s primary function is to educate it members, their families and friends about the causes, nature and complications of hearing loss and what can be done to better cope with that loss. We hold monthly meetings between September and June at which we may have guest speakers on a variety of topics relating to hearing loss. We may also have informal meetings where the members share their experiences and knowledge relating to hearing loss. We also have two socials a year as well.

We are able to provide CART –Computer Aided Real Time Captioning which is projected on to a large screen so that the participants can “hear what is being said in the meetings”

Some meeting topics include Accessibility, hearing aids, legislation, cochlear implants, tinnitus, captioning, relay system, assistive devices, state services, coping tips many more topics! We also have social events.

Before HLA-RI, many of the members felt isolated, found communication a struggle, were confused about technology, didn’t know their rights and hid their hearing loss

And now HLA-RI is a place to find answers, ask new questions, and meet people who understand. HLA-RI is a resource for information and friendship.

The monthly meetings are held at different locations within Rhode Island. To be placed on the email distribution list for notices and other important announcements, send an email to hearinglossri@gmail.com This email list is not shared with any organizations or individuals and each HLA-RI ‘s member is blind copied on each email.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Amazon starts to caption streaming movies.

TechCrunch.com - October 3, 2012
Amazon Quietly Begins The Long Road To Closed Captioning Its Streaming Video


Amazon has quietly started to add closed captioning services to its Instant
Video library, following a September 30 deadline from the Federal
Communications Commission that required online media companies to begin
incorporating these subtitles for the hard of hearing into their video

This regulation - an implementation of the 21st Century Communications and
Video Accessibility Act of 2011 - has been long in the making, with
companies like Amazon and YouTube but also Apple arguing that they will need
extensions to fully comply, and those arguing on behalf of people with
hearing disabilities saying that digital content needs to be just as
accessible as what people can see in analog. The September 30 deadline is
the first in a series for closed caption compliance.
Complete article: http://tinyurl.com/93gkrh9