The ACI Alliance advocates for, and comments on, a wide range of topics that may improve access and care for people with hearing loss. Recent issues that we have been involved in include open captioning at movie theaters and screening for hearing loss in older adults.
ACI Alliance Support Maryland HB 1192
The ACI Alliance sent a letter to the Maryland House Committee on Appropriations supporting HB 1192. If enacted, this bill would require new state-funded construction to include hearing loops allowing those with hearing technology to better participate in functions such as PTA meetings, legal proceedings, town meetings, and more. Click here to read our letter.
ACI Alliance Provides Comments to US Preventive Services Taskforce
In December 2018, American Cochlear Implant Alliance provided comments to the US Preventive Services Task Force on a draft research plan for "Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Screening.” We emphasized the link between untreated or \ under-treated hearing loss and cognitive and other health issues. We also noted the key role of primary care physicians in encouraging adults to pursue an appropriate evaluation for a cochlear implant when their function with traditional amplification declines to the point that they can no longer sufficiently communicate with family, friends, and the larger world.
Open Caption Act of 2018 before the District of Columbia’s City Council of the Whole
The ACI Alliance has submitted comments in support of the Open Caption Act of 2018 before the District of Columbia’s City Council of the Whole. If enacted, the bill would require movie theaters to provide open captioning for movies during peak times up to four times a week. The ACI Alliance encouraged the Council to consider requiring that one of the four times be on a weekend evening. The law would bring movie theaters in the District into better compliance with the ADA and follow in the paths of great live theater venues such as the Kennedy Center that already provide captioning during peak times. We feel this legislation would not only benefit the deaf and hard of hearing community, but all those who struggle to understand dialogue into today’s movie settings. To read our comments, please click here.