The topic will be “Your Rights Under ADA – The American Disabilities Act” with guest speaker Jeanine Byrnes, Program Director of the Mid-Hudson Interpreter Service at TRI. This free program is open to any interested party.
Within this informational seminar Byrnes will discuss the various technology available to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, as well as what rights some individuals within these communities may not know they are entitled to. She will discuss forms of technology from hearing loops to doorbells with flashing lights. She will cover how Deaf individuals are entitled to an interpreter, including oral interpreters for medical, legal and educational settings. She will also discuss how employers who do not provide reasonable accommodation, such as effective means of communication to the individual, open themselves up to the liability of lawsuit which could cost them more than the services themselves. Byrnes will also cover the availability for accommodations when traveling.
Jeanine’s mother had the German Measles when she was pregnant, causing her hearing loss. She has 70% hearing loss in one ear and 30% in the other ear. She has worked for Taconic Resources for Independence as the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services Community Liaison for ten years successfully helping individuals understand how to live with their hearing loss. As one individual said to her, “I have learned more from you in 45 minutes than I did from my Audiologist in five years!”
The Hearing Loss Support Group meets the second Thursday of each month from 1:30 to 2:30 PM. The next meeting will be May 10. Group leaders Florence Butler and Alice Tenuto are co-chairs and members of the Hearing Loss of America - Mid Hudson Chapter at Gardiner. The group meets in the library community room, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike in Gardiner, NY. The community room is equipped with T-coil technology for those with compatible hearing aids and cochlear implants.