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Assisted Listening Devices installed at city hall for the hearing impaired

KAWARTHA LAKES-You will never miss another word they say at city hall in Lindsay.

Councillors heard today that a new Assistive Listening Devices have been installed in council chambers. “Assisted Listening devices allow people to come to council chambers, to come to council and hear, its crystal clear.” Crystal Morrissey, Vice Chair, Kawartha Lakes Accessibility Advisory Committee told council.

The devices can be signed out at the Clerk’s office before a meeting and return them afterward. “I am very excited today, its an excellent step for anyone who has hearing loss here in council chambers.” Morrissey says.

They work with hearing aids but Morrisey says if you have a pacemaker you should be cautious. “If you have a pace maker or a defribrilator you should check with your doctor before using the device.”

“On behalf of the Accessibility Advisory Committee, I’m very pleased that we now have this technology available to make taking part in Council meetings more welcoming to those with hearing disabilities. Council has also endorsed accessibility initiatives touching other aspects of community life, such as Lindsay Transit enhancements and our new municipal website,” commented Councillor Strangway, member of the Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Norman Price, Chair of the committee thanked council and staff.  “On behalf of the many people with disabilities i would like to thank council. I just want to say day this is an exciting day for promoting accessibliltiy for those with hearing loss.”

The system cost $7250 and is only available in council chambers so far but it could be expanded at a later date Mayor Letham remarked. “We have some funds in our 2018 budget for further items to improve accessibility so stay tuned.”

 

 

 

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