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Wash-CAP enriches the lives of people with hearing loss by seeking broad compliance with laws requiring that aural communication in Washington’s public places be understandable by all individuals.
Wash-Cap’s goal is to improve communication access and understanding in Washington State’s public places through compliance with state and federal law which require accommodations to meet the needs of the SHOH population.
1. The term "public places" means not only publicly-owned facilities, but also those facilities that are open to and/or serve the public in general.
2. The term "accessibility" means presence of effective aids and services.
3. The term "SHOH" means SignificantlyHard of Hearing--those who don’t use sign language, but who need assistive listening systems and devices and/or captioning to hear with understanding in public.
To accomplish Wash-CAP’s goal for the SHOH population, it will
1. Identify any public arenas that fail to comply with lawful requirements to accommodate the needs of the SHOH population.
2. Set targets and schedules for compliance in various public venues, thereby creating compliant communication access role models.
3. Demonstrate widespread compliance among public agencies with respect to effective communication access for the SHOH population.
4. Create a credible, authoritative, positive image as Washington State’s successful SHOH representative and advocate.
5. Coordinate and collaborate, as appropriate, with other agencies and organizations when advantageous to Wash-CAP in improving communication access.
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