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1 Creating Consumer Awareness Through Policy Change Presenters: Sherri Collins, Executive Director Sherry Appleby, Board Chair Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing July 4, 2008

2 How did T-coil bill all start…… Position Paper by a hard of hearing board member/legislature Senate Bill 1348 (see handout)

3 What were the challenges….. Lobbyists for hearing aid dispensers and audiologists

4 What a brilliant idea.. Later added a language to require all hearing aid dispensers and audiologists to inform customers about our telecommunication equipment distribution program (see handouts)

5 Impact after passage of law Created T-coil educational brochure Added a link on our website for professionals Build collaboration with hearing aid dispensers Will create a loop directory on our website Arizona Assistive Technology Access Program (AzTAP) – created a looping listserv

6 What are the challenges… Convince businesses to loop Lack of education and awareness for audiologists and hearing aid dispensers to fully understanding hard of hearing issues (beyond the ear) The t-coil bill is just a step to the next level to raise awareness

7 What do we need to do internationally ???? Increase training and awareness for professionals (hearing aid dispensers and audiologists) Standardization of quality of looping (????)


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