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Hearing Accessibility and the Law: Your Rights and How to Obtain Them
Hosted by HLAA and presented by the New York State Association

Federal, state, and local disability laws are intended to bring people with all manner of disabilities, including hearing loss, into the mainstream of public life. But implementing those laws in practice is up to affected individuals. How well do you understand your accessibility rights? What steps can or should you take if you feel your rights have been denied?

Moderator: Jerry Bergman, HLAA member and hearing loss advocate.

Mar 10, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Marc Fliedner
Attorney and Director of the PAIR Program (Protection & Advocacy for Individual Rights
Marc Fliedner serves as Director at the New York City office of Disability Rights New York, New York State’s Protection & Advocacy System. Statewide, Marc serves as Director of the PAIR Program (Protection & Advocacy for Individual Rights, including the rights of individuals with physical disabilities) and the PAIMI Program (Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness). Marc has been with DRNY since 2017, and previously acted as Director of the programs charged with supporting social security disability beneficiaries in the workforce and performance review of those who act as representative payees for such beneficiaries.
John Herrion
Attorney and Director of Disability Rights for the New York State Division of Human Rights
John P. Herrion is an attorney with extensive experience in disability rights. In March 2008, Mr. Herrion became Director of Disability Rights for the New York State Division of Human Rights. In this capacity he assists with enforcement of the New York State’s Human Rights Law provisions that prohibit discrimination against persons with disabilities. Prior to working at the New York State Division of Human Rights, Mr. Herrion was Counsel to the United Spinal Association for twelve years, where he represented and assisted persons with disabilities on a wide variety of issues relating to employment, housing and access to places of public accommodation.
John Waldo
John Waldo is an attorney whose practice focuses on improving access to public life for people with hearing loss, an emphasis that combines his 30-plus years of legal practice with his life experience with a hearing loss. He represented claimants in a number of the cases that led to a nationwide requirement for closed captioning at movie theaters. He was also the plaintiff’s attorney in the first case to require a live theater to offer captioning, when requested, at every performance, and at the same time, he worked with the Shubert Group in New York City on technology to make that economically possible. Through persuasion and education, he helped initiate captioning at a number of professional and college sports facilities. John and his wife life in Houston, Texas, but his practice is nationwide.