Based in Berkley, California, the World Institute on Disability (WID) was founded to promote independent living principles both in the United States and across the globe. WID has been committed to eliminating barriers to full social integration of people with disabilities by increasing employment, economic security, and quality health care, in communities and nations worldwide.
WID’s mission is realized when there is full employment of people with disabilities at the same rate as the general population; the barriers to asset building are removed, allowing tools, information, and resources to achieve economic security and build wealth to be accessible; and people with disabilities have seamless, continuous access to affordable, quality health care and support services – like the Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS).
Along with other assistive tools, for people who are living with hearing loss, captioned phones are an assistive technology that helps them connect with family, health care professionals, for business and all the other ways we use the phone on a regular basis.
We support and advocate for full inclusion of the disability community in all areas of life, and access to IP CTS remains central to this mission.
At WID, we are committed to protecting the right to communicate for individuals with hearing loss, which is why earlier this year we joined the Clear2Connect Coalition.
The Coalition is comprised of a diverse range of organizations representing people who are deaf and hard of hearing, including veterans as well as aging and disability advocacy organizations like ourselves.
Earlier this month, WID participated in Clear2Connect’s first-ever Capitol Hill Briefing in Washington, DC. The event featured a keynote address from IP CTS champion Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-12) and a panel discussion featuring remarks from fellow Coalition members and supporters, addressing the importance of IP CTS to citizens with hearing loss.
These are some of the many reasons why WID, as a member of the Clear2Connect Coalition, is truly honored to be at the forefront of the fight to protect the right of our seniors, veterans, and others with hearing loss to communicate through caption phone services.
Loretta Herrington – Managing Director of External Affairs and Internal Development for the World Institute on Disability (WID)