As our name implies, the ACI Alliance is active in many coalitions aimed at improving the lives of deaf and hard of hearing individuals as a whole. The various groups bring together the breadth of groups active in this area including veterans’ associations, medical organizations, and disability awareness. By collaborating with these other associations, we aim to expand information on and access to CI.
Friends of the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus
The ACI Alliance recently became the Chair of the Friends of the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus (FCHHC). The FCHHC is focused on supporting the work of the House Congressional Hearing Health Caucus’s goal of raising awareness for issues faced by the deaf and hard of hearing communities, including health issues, access to coverage, and early intervention for children.
The FCHHC sponsors two events aimed at achieving these goals. The first is a yearly briefing for Congressional staffers on a key topic on hearing health. In recent years, the topics included the fundamental need for passage of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) bill and the full health impact of adult hearing loss.
The second event is a tour of the National Institute for Health’s (NIH) National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)for congressional staff. The tour allows key decision makers the opportunity to see first-hand new developments in medicine and technology.
The Independence through Enhanced Medicare and Medicaid (ITEM) Coalition is devoted to raising awareness and building support for policies that will enhance access to assistive devices, technologies, and related services for people with disabilities and chronic conditions. The coalition is consumer-led and includes a diverse set of disability organizations, aging organizations, other consumer groups, voluntary health associations, and non-profit provider associations.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance (DHHA)
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance (DHHA) is a coalition of organizations that focus on public policy and other issues related to improving the quality of life for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. DHHA’s major objective is to provide a forum whereby relevant information can be shared, plans made and actions taken for collaborative and mutually supportive efforts. DHHA members are not-for-profit national consumer and professional entities of or for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.