What is ADA Compliance?
ADA compliance is referring to the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design which came into effect September 2010. Included with this Act, people with disabilities must be provided with access to distributed information. When it comes to the technology side, an example is providing aid to the hearing impaired for your business-related events and venues.
In guidance with Public Accommodation laws, it is every person’s equal right to be able to participate in and to benefit from services in a public setting. Auxiliary aids are necessary to provide equal access and effective communication. Since the regulations became revised in 2010, companies around the country have been complying with standards set for the vision, hearing, and speech disabled individuals.
Furthermore, Congress has amended the IRS to provide business tax incentives for increasing accessibility, a new requirement. Learn more below about the various ways to provide communication, and to bring your public venue up to compliance.
Who is Williams Sound?
Williams Sound, founded in 1976, is a manufacturer of sound solutions with a focus on earphones, headphones, and microphones. They have pioneered solutions in large venues for the hearing impaired and engineered ideal solutions for simultaneous presentations for multi-lingual broadcasting. Each product is rigorously tested and approved for quality, reliability, and compatibility.
The Hearing HotSpot is a listening technology that allows venues to stream, in real-time, audio signals over Wi-Fi from all kinds of sources such as TVs, music services, and live performances. For the user, it’s as easy as connecting to Wi-Fi, download the free app, and listen using your own pair of headphones or earphones. Select from several different audio sources depending on the complexity of the venue. Ideal for gyms, stadiums, sports bars, concerts, you name it! The control hardware supports up to a whopping 32 individual audio sources.
Similar to the Wi-Fi solution, FM listening is even easier to deploy, use, and is more cost-effective. Ideal for large venues or even church sermons, broadcasting over FM is nearly fool-proof. It involves just a base station transmitter to send out the signal, and works like a small radio station! FM receivers can be easily handed out at such events for the hearing impaired.
If wireless sound quality and privacy are required, then a Williams Sound infrared solution is the best bet. The infrared wireless transmitter system integrates easily with existing sound systems. Ideal for large courthouses, or large board meetings, using infrared keeps the signal from traveling through walls.
Existing hearing aids commonly support T-COIL, or “telecoil”, which amplify signals transmitted via loop wire. Unlike the other wireless hearing assistance solutions, Loop doesn’t require any additional hardware for the end-user. A listener can be anywhere “in the loop” area to receive the amplified signal. Ideal for permanent structures and new commercial construction, as the loop wire is typically laid under the flooring.