The City of Norwalk is pleased to reveal the installation of new assisted listening devices in municipal buildings in the City. Mayor Rilling announced a demonstration/testing of the new Assisted Listening System will be conducted with the assistance of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), Southwest CT Chapter, at City Hall in the Community Room, on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 10:00am.
Several rooms in City Hall, the Norwalk Senior Center and the Norwalk Police Department are now outfitted with systems that will help our residents with hearing impairments participate more fully in our public meetings and events.
Mayor Rilling said, “We continue to be diligent in our efforts to meet the needs of people who live with disabilities or impairments of any kind by creating a user-friendly City for all people.”
The City of Norwalk, under the oversight of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) Committee and the ADA Coordinator, Adam Bovilsky, is responsible for the implementation of the ADA Compliance and Transition Plan developed in 2013. This Plan identified hundreds of potential barriers to full access of municipal programs and services by people with disabilities, including effective communication. These assisted listening device systems are designed to help individuals with hearing impairments participate more fully in civic life. Bovilsky stated, “Our goal is to eliminate barriers that prevent people with disabilities from accessing municipal programs and services in our parks, government buildings, on our websites and in other daily activities.”