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Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders Purchase Infrared Assistive Listening System

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June 23, 2011

Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders Purchase Infrared Assistive Listening System

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has recently purchased an infrared assistive listening system to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

ADA requires that certain kinds of public and private facilities that normally provide amplification systems for their audiences -- theaters, auditoriums, meeting and lecture rooms, concert and performance halls, and courtrooms -- must have assistive listening systems installed for people who need them.

Company officials said that receivers have been located in the Freeholder meeting room, and have been installed to accommodate up to four people with hearing loss.

“In addition to complying with ADA regulations, we hope the installation of the hearing assistance system encourages attendance and participation from residents that may not have come out to meetings in the past,” said Deborah P. Scanlon, chairman of Freeholder.

She said that they want to afford every resident the opportunity to participate in open, transparent county government.

Thanks to the addition of the assistive listening system, the Union County Administration Building is now fully accessible for people with disabilities.

Individuals interested in using the assistive listening system have to notify the Office of the Clerk of the Board upon entering the Freeholder meeting room. Officials of the Organizations said that proper accommodations will be made when notified.

According to ADA, additional accommodations include: clearly marked handicapped parking spaces, a barrier free route into the building, automatic doors, accessible elevators that feature Braille and audible announcement of floors, and accessible restrooms.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Juliana Kenny

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