One Man's Mission
In the aftermath of the October 2015 floods and the 2016 Department of Justice judgment against the city of Columbia for several violations involving a deaf individual, he became aware of the need for greater communication between police and firefighters with the deaf and hard of hearing communities. Mr. Bitters acquired the design for a car visor communication card used by several other states and adapted it to fit police and driver needs in South Carolina. These cards are now being made available to the deaf and hard of hearing communities as an aid in communicating with police officers.
President David Bitters
The Mission of HLAA is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy.
Education: Educate ourselves, families, friends, and the communities we live in about hearing loss. We provide adults and children with tools for self help and sensitize the general population about the special needs of people who have hearing loss.
Advocacy: We advocate for communication access in the workplace, schools, court systems, medical, and emergency facilities. HLAA promotes new technology, medical research, and legislation that will alleviate the effects of hearing loss.
Support: HLAA believes people with hearing loss can help themselves and one another to participate fully and successfully in society. We promote self-confidence; empower individuals with skills to improve their lives; and provide an opportunity for affiliation among people with hearing loss, their friends, families, and others within the community.