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H L A A 3 0 T H B I R T H DAY C E L E B R AT I O N HLAA 30TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOUNDER Howard E. “Rocky” Stone (1925-2004) SHHH gains international recognition with the establishment of a sister organization—SHHH Australia. ness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institutes of Health. The bill is signed into law later that year. “You can’t change the world. You can change yourself and improve your immediate area with the spirit of love and concern for other people.” —Rocky Stone The first SHHH National Convention is held in Chicago. Ann Landers, in her syndicated column, advises readers with hearing loss to contact SHHH. The National Office answers 8,000 letters. Rocky Stone is appointed by President Ronald Reagan to a three-year term on the U.S. Access Board. SHHH members make an impact in support of the Americans with Disabilities Act signed into law in July. SHHH joins as a member of the worldwide International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH). President Bush signs the Decoder Circuitry Act requiring all TVs 13 inches or larger to have built-in captioning after July 1993. SHHH has been active in this legislation. Hearing Loss Association of America® (HLAA)—Founded as Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH) in 1979 SHHH publicity is widespread as staff and members appear on television talk shows, and SHHH is written about in magazines such as U.S. News and World Report, Time, Family Circle, and other professional magazines. Ann Landers refers readers to SHHH for the second time and 8,000 inquiries are answered at the National Office. 1979 November Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc. (SHHH), is founded and incorporated as a non-profit educational membership organization by Howard E. “Rocky” Stone. A Wall Street Journal article about Rocky Stone appears and draws hundreds of inquiries about SHHH. The SHHH Journal wins first place in the 1991 Gold Circle Award for Excellence from the American Society for Association Executives. SHHH begins working with the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association to improve access to cellular phones for hearing aid wearers. The first 12-page bimonthly Shhh Journal is published in July. SHHH welcomes its first chartered chapter in Gainesville, Georgia. Rocky Stone testifies before the Congress on the problems of millions of Americans who are hard of hearing. SHHH and its network of volunteers across the county advocate on Capitol Hill for a National Institute on Deaf- SHHH initiates a homepage on the World Wide Web. SHHH joins other organizations to ensure the new Telecommunications Act of 1996 includes language requiring that services and equipment be accessible to people with disabilities. SHHH takes the lead in publicizing the interference problems of digital wireless phones and working with engineers manufacturers. Rocky Stone chairs the White House Conference on Aging. The conference, the first of its kind, brings together consumers and representatives from government, industry, medicine and academia to identify hearing loss issues. Seven consumers attending return home committed to begin SHHH chapters in their states.

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