August 5, 2019. Regular readers of this blog are aware of an ongoing project to improve hearing accessibility in legal offices here on the island. Lawyers who participated in this project, which was made possible through a grant from the Law Foundation of PEI, received tips on communicating with people who have hearing loss, and were invited to try out a pocket talker. By the end of the trial period, every firm ended up purchasing at least one. And they used them, to the delight of many clients with hearing loss, who bought their own pocket talkers. (See “The Pocket Talker Is My Lifeline”)
The law office of Stewart McKelvey in Charlottetown was one of the first firms to participate in the project. As of this summer, the other 5 offices of this firm now have a pocket talker available. These additional officers are in: Halifax (Nova Scotia), Fredericton (New Brunswick), Moncton (New Brunswick), St. John (New Brunswick), and St. John’s (Newfoundland).
Thank you, Stewart McKelvey, for taking this step in making legal communications between lawyers and clients with hearing loss easier to handle!
For a list of law firms and organizations within the legal community that have pocket talkers, see https://theauralreport.wordpress.com/pei-lawyers-with-pocket-talkers/.
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