SpeechPathology.com Phone: 800-242-5183

New master brand. Same great company. Introducing continued! Read Our Story

Signature Healthcare

ALDs and Movies: Missed Opportunities and How to Overcome Them

ALDs and Movies: Missed Opportunities and How to Overcome Them
Steve Barber
July 26, 2004
Share:

Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are fairly common in America's movie theaters, thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Although significant progress has been made, problems and opportunities remain.

What's the Problem?

Even though the majority of movie theaters now offer ALDs for their customers, very few people with hearing loss use or know about ALD equipment. Unfortunately, many people with hearing aids cannot "couple" their hearing aids to the available ALDs as they have not purchased "FM" or "direct audio input" or "telecoil" options for their hearing aids. Sometimes, people with "compatible" hearing aids don't know how to patch together the ALD and the hearing aids. So the bottom line is, the equipment is usually available to satisfy the letter of the law (the ADA), but the practical knowledge is lacking.

What's the Goal?

The goal is to help hard of hearing people hear. This can be accomplished in movie theaters and accomplishing this goal has many benefits....more hard of hearing people would attend movies, ALDs would become a good investment for movie theaters, hard of hearing people would understand the benefit of ALDs in other venues (houses of worship, restaurants, automobiles, airplanes, meetings etc.), hearing professionals and hard of hearing people would understand, order and use options currently available for hearing aids (FM systems, direct audio input, telecoils etc).


steve barber

Steve Barber



Related Courses

AAC Success in the School Setting
Presented by Patty Ashby, MNS, CCC-SLP
Video
Course: #6654 1 Hour
This course will focus on writing effective goals for students who use augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) in the school environment. Strategies the SLP can utilize in the school setting as well as strategies to increase use of augmentative communication by teaching and support staff will be discussed.

Whet your APPetite with a Bountiful Menu of Social Skill Teaching Options
Presented by Laurie Jacobs, MA, CCC-SLP
Video
Course: #6701 1 Hour
Explore the world of social learning apps. Tap into the true power of these programs, with engaging and customizable intervention techniques. Learn to manage and fully utilize apps to make your social therapy tools portable and to build a successful generalization program for your students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Integrating Literacy Learning into Therapy for Students with AAC Needs
Presented by Carole Zangari, PhD, CCC-SLP
Video
Course: #6729 1 Hour
Students with significant communication challenges require extensive supports to develop skills in reading and writing. This course will describe ways of infusing Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) therapy sessions with opportunities for literacy learning. Practical strategies and activities will be discussed.

Mobile Device (iPad®) Applications to Support Ages 3-6
Presented by Angela Sterling-Orth, MS, CCC-SLP
Video
Course: #6706 1 Hour
This course is part of the 2014 Nancy McKinley Lecture Series. Take your iPad® use to the next level, incorporate your evidence-based practices, and secure the buy-in from your families, colleagues, and administrators. This program will frame mobile device use around critical concepts of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). A handful of must-have Apps that maximize UDL when working with early childhood populations and their families will be previewed.

Using Technology Assisted Intervention to Promote Pragmatic Language Development and Generalization
Presented by Jennifer Jacobs, M.S., CCC-SLP
Video
Course: #6812 1 Hour
This course will focus on the effectiveness and increased motivational levels associated with video modeling instruction to enhance the development of pragmatic language of students. Attendees will learn practical application methods of this approach and the research that supports it.