|911 Memorial & Museum||Holocaust Museum (DC)|
|American Museum Of Natural History||Hospital for Special Surgery (FL)|
|Boynton Beach Library||Hunterdon County Courthouse|
|Boynton Beach Recreation||Hunterdon County Library|
|Bristol-Myers Squibb||Hunterdon Medical Center|
|Brookdale Senior Living||Inspira Health|
|Cedar Crest Performing Arts Center||Kelsey Theatre|
|Cedar Crest Senior Living||Metuchen Library|
|City of Boynton Beach – City Hall||Newberry Opera House|
|City of Boynton Beach – Cultural Arts Ctr||North Palm Beach Library|
|Community Bible Church (TX)||On Site Audiology|
|Cumberland County (NJ)||Passaic County Courthouse|
|East Brunswick Library||Piscataway Kennedy Library|
|Easter Seals||Police HQ – City of Boynton Beach|
|Essex County||Princeton Public Library|
|First United Methodist (TX)||Southern Company|
|Franklinville Library||St. Matthew’ Episcopal (CO)|
|Georgia Power||Village of North Palm Beach|
|Gloucester County Courthouse||Watermark Retirement Communities|
|High Ridge Country Club|
At a glance, we may assume that all “places of public accommodation” are ADA compliant. We notice the ramps, curb-cuts, elevators, etc. and we believe that architects and designers of these spaces have specified ALL that is needed. However, mobility issues are just one area of need.
What’s missing and why?
There are millions in the US who navigate our hearing world while dependent upon personal hearing devices. It can be challenging and, at times, it’s not safe to be unaware of audio messaging or conversations in public spaces.
In places of public accommodation, ADA accessibility standards require that strategies and tools for “effective communications” are made available to ALL – regardless of hearing health.
A Few Good Examples:
Captioning is an effective tool for those with good vision and who speak the primary language in use. A traditional Hearing Loop System is consumer-preferred by those who depend upon personal hearing aids, cochlear implants, bone-conduction devices and other telecoil/loop receivers. ASL translation is extremely useful for approximately 500k in the U.S. who do not rely on any audio sources to communicate.
The list of good examples of well designed, inclusive spaces is growing rapidly and one day soon, we anticipate that hearing loss will be more visible to more people. #RemoveTheASK is currently trending on social media to combat the lack of accessibility for those with any type of “invisible” disability.