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Norwalk Installs Assisted Listening Devices In City Buildings

Several municipal buildings, including Norwalk City Hall, have had assisted listening devices installed to help people with hearing impairments.
Several municipal buildings, including Norwalk City Hall, have had assisted listening devices installed to help people with hearing impairments. Photo Credit: File

NORWALK, Conn. -- The city of Norwalk has installed new assisted listening devices in several municipal buildings throughout the city, and will demonstrate one of the devices at City Hall on Monday, Oct. 23.

Several rooms in City Hall, the Norwalk Senior Center and the Norwalk Police Department are now outfitted with systems that will help residents with hearing impairments participate more fully in public meetings and events.

Mayor Harry Rilling announced that the demonstration and testing of the new Assisted Listening System will be conducted with the assistance of the Hearing Loss Association of America, Southwest CT Chapter, in the Community Room at City Hall at 10 a.m. on Monday.

"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," said Rilling.

The city of Norwalk, under the oversight of the Americans with Disabilities Act Committee and ADA Coordinator Adam Bovilsky, is responsible for the implementation of the ADA Compliance and Transition Plan developed in 2013. The plan identified hundreds of potential barriers to full access of municipal programs and services by people with disabilities, including effective communication.

The assisted listening device systems are designed to help individuals with hearing impairments participate more fully in civic life.

"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," said Bovilsky.

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