Which is better NRS or RG Kar

7. Decree to vaccinate the population against Covid-19 - here the written interpreter will assume the costs

  • 7. Decree to vaccinate the population against Covid-19 - here the written interpreter will assume the costs

  • Loss of hearing aids from wearing a mask

  • Supplementary independent participation advice: Attention: Please note the changes to the advice

  • joint statement by DSB LV NRW and CIV NRW on the Inclusion Principles Act

  • Exception to the mask requirement for people with hearing impairments

  • Inquiry to Minister Laumann and statement on the mask requirement in public when communicating with people with hearing impairments

  • Supplementary independent participation advice for people with hearing impairments with 11 focus advice centers

  • Federal Association: Welcome letter to the new Minister of Health

  • The DSB NRW has a seat in the State Disabled Advisory Board!

  • News about the "DB Barrierefrei" app

  • Final statement of the international congress on hearing systems and accessibility

  • Press release: New opportunities for parents with hearing or speech impairments in schools and day-care centers

  • Hearing without barriers: Presentation of our new educational brochure on World Hearing Day on March 3, 2017

  • NRW becomes a pioneer for emergency call systems for the hearing impaired

  • Resolution on the barrier-free emergency call

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For months there has been a significant increase in the number of hearing aids lost as a result of putting on and taking off face masks.

The Federal Guild of Hearing Acousticians (biha) gives tips in a press release on how best to remove the MNS masks.

You can find the press release here on the website of the Federal Hearing Aid Guild

 

A poster has also been designed: you can view and download the poster here

We ask for distribution to clubs, self-help groups, ENT doctors and acousticians.

 

 

 

During the exit restrictions, our advice centers will be closed for personal discussions in November 2020.

Those seeking advice can contact our advice centers by phone, email or video conference

(the access link will be sent by email on request):

Cologne, Aachen, Mönchengladbach, Bonn and Siegen

Tue-Thu, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tel. 0177-88 77 275

by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. To display JavaScript must be turned on!
or by video conference (access link will be communicated by email).

 

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Mon and Thu, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tel. 0177-88 77 275
by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. To display JavaScript must be turned on! or
via video conference (access link will be communicated by email).

Bielefeld (new: Oldentruperstr. 6)

Thu, 2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Tel. 0176-55 05 30 05
by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. To display JavaScript must be turned on! or
by video conference (access link will be communicated by email).

Arnsberg, Unna, Lünen

Tue-Thu, 2-6 p.m. on Tel. 0175-94 15 860
by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. To display JavaScript must be turned on! or
by video conference (access link will be communicated by email).

 

 

With the Inclusive Principles Act (IGG for short) in 2016, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia obligated all "public bodies", i.e. authorities, bodies and institutions that provide services for people with disabilities to the goal of aligning their actions with the creation of inclusive living conditions. In addition, new social institutions, such as the inclusion council and the competence and coordination office in the MAGS, have been anchored in the IGG, which are intended to ensure the participation of people with disabilities and their organizations in political decisions that affect them.

Against this background, we ask (LAG Selbsthilfe NRW) to share your experiences with the following questions:

1. In your opinion, does the NRW Inclusion Principle Act (IGG NRW) do justice to its overall task of anchoring the principles of the UN-BRK in North Rhine-Westphalia in the awareness of the public authorities?

2. In your opinion, to what extent does the IGG NRW actually contribute to improving the living conditions of people with disabilities in North Rhine-Westphalia?

3. How do you rate the involvement of people with disabilities in the processes that are relevant to them?

Here you can read the statement of the DSB LV NRW and CIV NRW

No mask requirement when talking to the hard of hearing

The obligation to wear a face mask has proven to be a heavy burden for people with hearing impairments. Speech intelligibility suffers as a result of the face mask and the face of the person you are speaking to is no longer visible.

The DSB Landesverband NRW has therefore approached the state government together with the CI-Verband NRW in order to obtain an exception. This will take effect with the current Corona regulation from May 7th, 2020.

It now applies (§ 2 Corona Protection Ordinance NRW from May 11th, 2020):

"The mouth and nose cover can be temporarily removed if this is absolutely necessary to enable a service or medical treatment or for other reasons (e.g. communication with a deaf or hard of hearing person)."

How can you prove that you are hard of hearing and therefore entitled to ask someone you are speaking to to remove your mask? In addition, the Ministry's "Questions and Answers" on the Internet say:

“It must be possible to plausibly explain these medical reasons to the employees of shops, passenger traffic, the public order offices or to police officers. Proof is initially not required. Only if these control persons get the impression that the medical justification is a mere protective claim can they request proof in individual cases. "

If someone wears a hearing aid or CI, the hearing impairment should be plausible. It should not be necessary to show the handicapped ID - which is not necessarily associated with a hearing impairment.

Until word of this exception has got around, you should print out this text and take it with you.

DSB State Association of North Rhine-Westphalia

The board of directors

Corona Protection Ordinance from May 11th, 2020 (valid until May 25th, 2020)

Dear Minister Laumann,

The mask requirement poses enormous communication problems for people with hearing impairments, because they need the face of the conversation partner for better understanding and the voices arrive much more muffled and distorted by the material.

In some federal states, hearing-impaired and deaf people are already given the opportunity to briefly remove their mask to communicate with the other person while maintaining the necessary distance, without exposing themselves to the risk of a fine.

The German Association of the Hard of Hearing in North Rhine-Westphalia (DSB NRW) and the Cochlear Implant Association in North Rhine-Westphalia (CIV NRW) have issued a joint statement calling on the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia to make an exception, according to which people with hearing impairments should wear their masks if they keep the safety distance may decrease so that communication is possible. In such cases, no fines are imposed. Legal certainty is required here.

We ask you to support this concern and implement it in the Corona Ordinance.

Many Thanks!

With best regards

Norbert Böttges

Chairman

joint statement by DSB LV NRW and CIV NRW

 

As part of the nationwide "Supplementary Independent Participation Advice" (EUTB), the German Association of the Hard of Hearing in North Rhine-Westphalia now offers advice in 11 focus advice centers Hearing loss, Sudden hearing loss, Tinnitus, dizziness and Sensitivity to noise at:

Reasons and causes

  • Treatment options
  • Hearing system or cochlear implant?
  • Questions about the assumption of costs
  • From traffic lights to speech recognition: tools for everyday life
  • Training and work: technical possibilities and assistance, employee rights, sources of finance
  • Inpatient therapies for the hearing impaired: an opportunity for me too?
  • Compensation for disadvantages and handicap ID: What is the benefit for me?
  • Now I am helping myself! - The situation is anything but hopeless ...

Our advice is personal, individual and free of charge. Our advisors are specially trained and all of them have hearing impairments themselves.

For people with other disabilities, we offer introductory counseling and arrange further counseling offers!

Download: EUTB_Beratung_NRW_Süd.pdf; EUTB_Beratung_NRW_Nord.pdf

The supplementary independent participation counseling EUTB is financed by a grant from the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs as well as from the funds of the German Association of the Deaf

You'll find us here:

Cologne

Lupusstraße 22, 50670 Cologne
Registration: 0221 - 68 47 60
Fax: 0221 - 120 88 37
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Consultation times:
Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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House of Encounters
I. Weberstrasse 28, 45127 Essen
Registration 0201 10269590
Fax 0201 10269591
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Consultation times:
Monday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Bielefeld

Caritas meeting point, Oldentruperstr. 6, 33604 Bielefeld
Registration 0176-55 05 30 05
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Consultation times:
Thursday 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Aachen

Aachen contact point self-help (akis) / VHS
Peterstrasse 21-25, 52062 Aachen
Registration: 0177-88 77 275
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Consultation times
every 3rd Tuesday of the month 2-7 p.m.

Arnsberg

Arnsberg railway station community center
Clemens-August-Str. 116-120, 59821 Arnsberg, Germany
Registration: 0175-94 15 860
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Consultation times
every 3rd Wednesday of the month 2-7 p.m.

Bonn

Per retina
Kaiserstraße 1c, 53111 Bonn (entrance via Hans-Iwand-Straße)
every 2nd Monday of the month 2-7 p.m.
Registration: 0177-88 77 275
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Luenen

Health center Lünen
Roggenmarkt 18-20, 44532 Lünen
every 4th Tuesday of the month 2-7 p.m.
Registration: 0175-94 15 860
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Mönchengladbach
ViaNobis Team39 (in the house of the employment agency)
Lürriperstr. 56a, 41065 Mönchengladbach
every 2nd Tuesday of the month 2-7 p.m.
Registration: 0177-88 77 275
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Wins

Siegen-Weidenau town hall
Weidenauer Strasse 211-215, 57076 Siegen
every 4th Thursday of the month from 11 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Registration: 0177-88 77 275
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Unna

Unna district health center
Massener Str. 35, 59423 Unna
every 2nd Tuesday of the month 2-7 p.m.
Registration: 0175-94 15 860
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Helmut Wiesner (and Susanne Schmidt as his representative) were appointed members.

The State Disabled People's Advisory Board "LBBR" advises the state government commissioner for people with disabilities and for patients in North Rhine-Westphalia. He thus complements the inclusion advisory board and the specialist advisory boards from which the state government takes advice.

Claudia Middendorf is now the commissioner. She had invited to the first LBBR meeting on March 20, 2018. Among other things, Minister of Social Affairs Karl Laumann welcomed the members and was available for a discussion.

The press release stands up

https://www.mags.nrw/pressemitteilung/claudia-middendorf-beruft-landesbehindertenbeirat-minister-laumann-erster-sitzung or can be found in the appendix.

The next meeting with the main topic “Work” is to take place on July 4th.

We would be delighted to receive further suggestions and topic suggestions!

Please send to our email address: This email address is being protected from spambots! To display JavaScript must be turned on!

Dear Sirs and Madames,

We are pleased to announce that we will be launching our “DB Barrierefrei” app in 2018.

In the next few weeks we will successfully complete the first development phase and offer "DB Barrierefrei" for iOS and Android from February / March 2018 for free download in the app stores.
 
Which end devices are supported?
The app will support smartphones and tablets from most manufacturers from iOS10 and Android from 5.x.

Please note that the "DB Barrierefrei" app has been optimized primarily for use on smartphones.

Which functions are expected to be included in the release?

Advertisements and announcements: Receive important information about your trip as a text or voice message directly on your smartphone.

- Select your desired station from over 5,400 train stations across Germany - manually or conveniently using a GPS search.

- Take a look at the integrated station board and find out everything about arrival and departure times.

- Via the selection fields station board or train search you can see the route for ICE / IC / ECs as well as the current arrival and departure times with one click.

- You will always find the right connection for your journey using the practical track overview

- The detailed track view gives you valuable information about the current train and the following trains.

- With the monitoring function, you receive changes to the track conveniently via push message on your smartphone.

Information on the functionality of elevators and escalators: Call up information about required systems directly from your smartphone. Please note that for technical reasons we are currently unable to provide any information on the direction of travel of the escalators.

- Find out about the functionality of elevators and escalators at frequently used train stations around the clock.

- You can use the practical favorites list to check early on whether the elevators or escalators you use frequently are currently malfunctioning.

- With the detailed view you receive further status information and can see the current functionality at any time.

Information & Services: "DB Barrierefrei" also provides you with helpful information and barrier-free services to give you the best possible support on your journey with DB.

- Under Service you can register support for boarding, changing or disembarking directly via your smartphone.

- Connect directly to the mobility service center or use the registration form in the app for the support you require up to 24 hours before departure.

- In the information area you will find options for your personal app use and further information on barrier-free travel with DB.

With best regards

Your team from the "DB Barrierefrei" app

Dear members,

Initiated by the international hearing impaired association IFHOH, the German Association of the Hard of Hearing Organized the 4th International Congress on Hearing Systems and Accessibility under the motto “Future Loops” from October 6th to 7th, 2017 in Berlin.The congress dealt with hearing technologies for the hard of hearing with a focus on accessibility in public spaces.

A final statement was adopted that I am hereby making available to you in the English original and in a German translation. We ask you to spread the statement as widely as possible and to use it for your public relations. It would be nice if, on the basis of this congress, the accessibility in public buildings could be improved by making more well-functioning hearing systems available.

You can find the document and further information on it on our website

https://www.schwerhoerigen-netz.de/veranstaltungen/aktion/

With kind regards

Renate Welter

German Association of the Hard of Hearing

Renate Welter - Vice President

Sophie-Charlotten-Strasse 23a, 14059 Berlin

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www.schwerhoerigen-netz.de

With the Inclusion Strengthening Act, the rights for parents with communication restrictions to receive communication support in all questions of parental care in schools and day-care centers have been fundamentally expanded.

The Ministry of Education has published a leaflet on the new possibilities under the title "Leaflet on the use of sign language interpreters for parents". Due to its focus on the topic of sign language, this leaflet is incomplete, misleading in terms of content and in parts even incorrect. Further details of our content-related criticism can be found in our statement, which the state association of North Rhine-Westphalia of the German Association of the Hard of Hearing (DSB Landesverband NRW) sent to the Ministry of Education.

In order to provide parents with complete information, the German Association of the Hard of Hearing (DSB) has therefore created an extended information sheet. The information sheet provides complete information on the group of authorized persons, the possible forms of communication support and an expanded description of the new school situations in which the law applies. There is also a form that can be used to support the application process.

DSB information sheet entitlement communication support for parents

Leaflet school: DSB statement to the NRW Ministry of Education

DSB application for communication support parents school

Dr. Norbert Böttges

Chairman

Presentation of our new educational brochure

and the "Stader listening window"

World Hearing Day is a global day of action with which the World Health Organization (WHO) aims to draw global attention to the importance of hearing.

The right day to present our new educational brochure "Hearing better for everyone" in the Swedish store museum in Stade.

From February 17th, the “Stader Hörfenster” will be offering a musical audio piece about Beethoven's deafness.

A shop window of the Contor bookstore in Stade - stocked with books on the subject of hearing - is equipped with an inductive hearing system.

In the shop window there is a television on which a video is playing. Wearers of hearing aids or CI can receive the sound via the T-coil outside in front of the shop window.

For people with normal hearing, we offer on-screen subtitles. So the other way around inclusion! J

What happens on March 3rd?

Free entry to the Swedish warehouse museum - book table on the subject of hearing -

Information on accessible hearing - presentation of our new educational brochure

13:00 'O clock

Admission to the exhibition on the history of hearing aids (from the hearing aid

to the brain stem implant) and Ludwig van Beethoven's deafness

Technical information for hearing aid users

(Activation / setting of T-coils etc.)

14:00 clock

The program starts with greetings from the museum and District Administrator Michael Roesberg

Presentation of the new educational brochure "Better hearing for everyone"

Tristan Jorde impressively recites Beethoven's "Heiligenstädter Testament"

Simultaneously to the selection from 4 p.m .:

three different tours with audio system (*)

City tour: "Make blue" with Luise Meyer

Guided tour of the Schwedenspeicher Museum or the new exhibition in the Kunsthaus

6:00 p.m.

Alexander Görsdorfliest from his book "Taube Nuss" (*)

Followed by an exchange and discussion

(*) We ask you to register for these events via our website, as the number of participants is limited.

The free maps are also available in the Contor bookstore in Stade

We look forward to seeing you as our guest!

Many greetings from the beautiful Hanseatic city of Stade

Katharina Boehnke Nill

Chairperson hearing without barriers - HoB e.V.

Josef Neumann, inclusion officer of the SPD parliamentary group in the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, explains about the expansion plans for the emergency call options for people with hearing impairments:

"The yardstick for successful inclusion is the creation of equal living conditions for all people. Nationwide, however, people with hearing impairments have only a limited opportunity to make an emergency call, for this they are dependent on the use of an emergency fax. There are over three million people in North Rhine-Westphalia have a hearing loss, over 220,000 have profound hearing loss, over 50,000 have severe hearing loss and over 17,000 have deafness.

The SPD parliamentary group is now bringing in an application with the Greens that provides for North Rhine-Westphalia to be made a model region for an emergency call app for people with hearing impairments. It is to be introduced nationwide this year in cooperation with the 'Notruf' expert group and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. To this end, selected municipal emergency services control centers should first test the emergency call app, which will later be introduced nationwide. With this, NRW takes on a nationwide pioneering role and provides important impulses for the nationwide provision of an app.

We want to ensure that people with hearing impairments live more safely through a mobile emergency call app. We are also looking into setting up an emergency call system based on video telephony and interpreters. "

Link to the press release

Motion for a resolution by the parliamentary group of the SPD and the parliamentary group ALLIANCE 90 / THE GREENS

Dear regional associations,

dear local associations,

the resolution on the barrier-free emergency number passed at our Federal Assembly in Münster
has now also been decided by the German Association of the Deaf at its federal assembly
and is hereby released for publication.

We ask you to stand up for this in your area of ​​activity.

An important argument is that the German government announced in the coalition agreement that it would introduce the barrier-free emergency number in this legislative period.

The deadline will expire next year with the general election and we must now remind us.

At the federal level, we will introduce the resolution to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and communicate it to various other competent bodies.

Please distribute them to the members of the Bundestag in your constituencies and also send them to the state governments.

With kind regards

Renate Welter

Download resolution

As part of the European research project HBB4ALL, the rbb also carries out tests on the subject of “clean audio”. "Clean Audio" is about improving speech intelligibility on television, especially for viewers who are hard of hearing. The Institute for Broadcasting Technology is developing a new method for this purpose. Background noises such as loud music or street noise are filtered out of the television sound. Such noises are often perceived as annoying by viewers who are hard of hearing because they make dialogues more difficult to understand.

In 2014 and 2015, rbb viewers took part in “Clean Audio” user tests at the rbb. They heard short excerpts from broadcasts in a laboratory situation and assessed their voice quality. The test results have shown that the IRT process made it possible to improve the comprehensibility of problematic content for some of the viewers. Of course, this only referred to the controlled test environment. The next thing we would like to test is whether the “clean audio” process also at least tends to improve TV usage under real conditions. From mid-June 2016 we will therefore carry out a so-called “open test”: Individual programs will be made available in a “clean audio” version via the rbb media library and the hearing impaired testers will evaluate their speech intelligibility. To do this, they watch a complete program once a week at home on their television or computer and then fill out an online questionnaire. Here you can record at which parts of the program you may have had difficulty understanding.

Are you hearing impaired and are you interested in participating? Then watch a program marked as Clean Audio in the rbb media library and fill out our Clean Audio questionnaire. Link to the survey

Your participation is voluntary. You can cancel the test at any time and without giving a reason. Your privacy is important to us. In the event of participation, the regulations on confidentiality and data protection will be complied with. No personal data such as your name or address is collected. Only personal data required for the purpose of the test, such as age or gender, are anonymized. For the entire process of collecting, processing and using the data, we assure you that no unauthorized third party has access to your answers. By participating, you give your consent to the data collected. Otherwise we refer to the data protection guidelines of the rbb.
http://www.rbb-online.de/hilfe/copyright_und_datenschutz/datenschutzerklaerung.html

This afternoon the long-awaited draft bill for the Federal Participation Act from
Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs sent to the associations for a hearing.
The 369-page document (including justifications) is thus the official proposal of the
Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs for the Federal Participation Act, which will come to the first hearing on May 24th,
before the draft can then be approved by the federal cabinet in June or July.

"Draft of a law to strengthen the participation and self-determination of people with disabilities (Federal Participation Act - BTHG)"
is the official title of the law (download as PDF)

further information can be obtained from http://www.teilhabegesetz.org/

Our "shop" is not a commercial internet shop. In our shop we want to draw attention to items that are useful for the hearing impaired, but are generally difficult to find. We do not sell these articles ourselves, but point out the corresponding sources of supply.

Do you know of articles that fit into this range? Then let us know: This email address is being protected from spambots! To display JavaScript must be turned on!

 Pin with ear symbol

This elegant pin reveals something about you: I have a hard time hearing - and I stand by it!

The plugs are attached with a pin that is passed through the fabric or a buttonhole and secured with a counter spring.

Price: 5 euros each, plus 2.70 euros postage. From 15 pieces there is a free pin.

Available from: DSB Cologne, Lupusstr. 22, 50670 Cologne, This email address is being protected from spambots. To display JavaScript must be turned on!. Order informally; The dispatch takes place after receipt of payment on the account DE80 3702 0500 0007 0859 00 at the bank for social economy.

 
 Communication cards

It is not easy for everyone to admit their handicap and briefly indicate how help can be provided.

These cards make it easier. They are in business card format. Salespeople even put them on like a name tag.

Price: 20 pieces cost 2 euros, plus 1.55 euros postage.

Available from: DSB Cologne, Lupusstr. 22, 50670 Cologne, This email address is being protected from spambots. To display JavaScript must be turned on!. Informal order; The dispatch takes place after receipt of payment on the account DE80 3702 0500 0007 0859 00 at the bank for social economy.

 Office hour card

So you will never have to sit at the doctor again! Put this card on the patient's folder and the doctors and nurses will know.

Price: 20 pieces cost 2 euros, plus 1.55 euros postage.

Available from: DSB Cologne, Lupusstr. 22, 50670 Cologne, This email address is being protected from spambots. To display JavaScript must be turned on!. Order informally; The dispatch takes place after receipt of payment on the account DE80 3702 0500 0007 0859 00 at the bank for social economy.

 Inductive ear hooks

The alternative to the neck loop. These ear hooks are optimally adapted to any normal headphone output (3.5 mm jack plug). You do not need a particularly high output line.

Of course, it is also ideal for on the go, to connect to radio receivers for tourist tours or audio guides.

The special thing about it is that you can even hear music and speech in stereo via the T-coils of your hearing aid!

Manufacturer: Geemarc

Type designation: CL Hook 3

Can be obtained from the Internet.

Inductive hearing loop sign

In the end, that's mostly missing: The room is equipped with an inductive loop, but nobody knows about it. Because there is no sign hanging.

That can be an end now. Information signs for the room and information strips to be attached to benches etc. are inexpensive and ready-to-use as a set.

Material: postcard cardboard 280 g / sqm

Set consisting of 2 information signs in A4 format and 2 sheets with 7 information strips each for the seats or benches.

Price: 5 euros plus 3 euros postage and packaging.

Available from: DSB Cologne, Lupusstr. 22, 50670 Cologne, This email address is being protected from spambots. To display JavaScript must be turned on!. Informal order; The dispatch takes place after receipt of payment on the account DE80 3702 0500 0007 0859 00 at the bank for social economy.

The state government has presented the “First General Act to Strengthen Social Inclusion in North Rhine-Westphalia” (Inclusion Strengthening Act) as a draft. This is now being discussed and debated in the North Rhine-Westphalian state parliament. The law is intended to implement the requirements of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN-BRK) in North Rhine-Westphalia.

The "First Inclusion Strengthening Act", which is currently in the consultation process, includes, among other things, the revision of the State Disability Equality Act "BGG" (Article 2) and the Communication Assistance Ordinance "KHV". The KHV contains the regulations for our technical aids and interpreters in particular, summarized in the new word “communication services”.

The three large hearing impaired associations in North Rhine-Westphalia, the DSB, the State Parents' Association and the Deaf Association have drawn up a joint statement for these areas. The agreement was important in order to counteract any disadvantage for individual groups. This statement can be found in the appendix in

DSB_LVGL_LEV_Gemeinsame_Stellungnahme_§_8_BGG_u_KHV-2mitunt-5.pdf

A T-coil in the hearing aid or CI enables uncomplicated, wireless reception of voice and sound signals. As a result, speech, music and film sets reach the hearing aids without disturbing room reverberation. Because the distance between speaker and listener is bridged by technology, the language is much more articulated and easier to understand. (28.09.2015)

Learn more about the T-coil in this article.

Experience the difference: sound sample without / with T-coil (link to www.hoeren-ohne-barriere.de)

Image: www.hoeren-ohne-barriere.de

For over a year now, parents of hearing-impaired children in North Rhine-Westphalia have had the right to choose to enroll their children in a regular school. Unfortunately, parents and school administrators still find it very difficult to define the necessary technical support, to accept it and to enforce it against resistance from teachers and classmates. Without aids and their active use in class, however, the success of the students concerned will fall by the wayside.

In a well-founded article, the campaign gives beat-the-silence in conversation Prof. Joachim Müller from the ENT clinic in Munich an overview of what hearing-impaired children need in school.

(09/12/2015; Photo: obs / beat-the-silence.org)

Go to Article

Recommendations of the DSB Landesverband NRW on the inclusion of hearing-impaired children in mainstream schools

There is also a very good "guide for teachers" from the Austrian CI manufacturer Med-El: "Schule und CI". Request guidelines: service (at) medel.de

At the end of June, the building ministry of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia submitted its draft bill to amend the state building regulations and asked the associations to comment.This closes the circle of the first amendments to the law in the course of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the "NRW inclusive" process.

The draft itself delivers a devastating criticism of the status quo of accessibility in the building sector: "The legal requirements for accessibility have not been or only insufficiently observed in many building projects to this day. (...) Overall, it can be stated that there are still considerable deficits in enforcement with regard to the accessibility required by the law for a long time. "

The main aim of the amendment must therefore be to effectively and inevitably eliminate the glaring enforcement deficit in accessibility in the construction sector. This requires clear target specifications, a comprehensible, binding planning at the start of construction, a binding result check during the building acceptance and a defined sanction option in the event of non-fulfillment. Building law offers tried and tested options for all of this.

Unfortunately, it should be noted that these options are not appropriately "activated" in the draft bill for accessibility. In various changes we even have to recognize clear steps backwards compared to the previous legal situation: new ambiguities, possibilities for interpretation, relativizations and backdoors.

The DSB has therefore submitted a detailed statement to the ministry.
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