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Communication Access

The goals of the Hearing Loss Expo 2016 are to:

  • Give everyone the opportunity to participate by providing communication access
  • Model best practices
  • Educate people about communication options through demonstration

Our goals will be accomplished through a variety of means:

  • Visitors may borrow an Assistive Listening Device (ALD) to assist in communications during the Expo. Upon arrival at the Expo, go to the help desk to borrow one. Please bring a driver’s license or another form of identification; staff will hold your identification until the ALD is returned.

  • Many of the exhibitors are fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and/or English. As needed, exhibitors may have an interpreter stationed at their exhibit al all times to facilitate communication as needed.

  • In addition, the Expo is providing roving sign language interpreting services to facilitate communication. These interpreters will be wearing green t-shirts with “interpreter” on the back of the shirt. They will not be stationed at any specific exhibit. They will be roving the Exhibit Hall. Please find and ask an interpreter to interpret for you!

  • The educational presentations will be accessible via Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART), a hearing loop (assistive listening device), and sign language interpreters.

Accommodations

To request an accommodation that is not listed and to ensure ODHH has ample time to fulfill your request, please contact the Office by Oct. 12, 2016. ODHH may be reached at:

  • odhh@pa.gov
  • 717-783-4912 v/tty
  • 717-831-1928 videophone

The Expo is a great place to learn and try-out the technology. Even though you may need an ALD, give it a test run! If you have questions, please talk to an ODHH staff person!