Washington, DC — The Hearing Loss Association of America has wrapped up its 26th Convention and announced the winners of various advocacy and hearing industry awards.

HLAA also honors individuals, HLAA Chapters, and state organizations for their dedication and achievements toward furthering the mission of HLAA. Winners are announced at the HLAA’s annual convention each year.

For 2011, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts received the 2011 HLAA National Access Award for bringing the arts to people with hearing loss and for educating venues around the world on access for people with all disabilities.

James F. Battey, MD, PhD, director of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders at the National Institutes of Health received the 2011 Dr. James B. Snow Jr Award for his leadership in advancing scientific research on communication disorders.

Another notable honoree was Michael J. Copps, head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Commissioner Copps, who joined the FCC in 2001, received the HLAA President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was recognized for his work championing competition among businesses that both serves the public interest and results in greater access for people with disabilities.

“Through [Copps’] exemplary leadership, people with hearing loss have unprecedented access to multiple communications media that impact all aspects of their daily life,” said HLAA’s press statement.

A summary of the events and workshops at the 2011 HLAA Convention is available on the HLAA blog. The full list of 2011 award winners, including state and chapter winners, is available for download here.

SOURCE: Hearing Loss Association of America