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Janice Lintz does not take no for an answer. She is the number one advocate in the world for people with hearing loss. When her daughter was diagnosed with hearing loss at age 2.5, doctors recommended special schools. Janice refused to go down that road. She made it her life’s mission to accommodate the world to her daughter, instead of having her daughter accommodate herself to the hearing world.

Janice has successfully advocated for the installation of induction loops – special sound systems that provide magnetic, wireless signals that can be picked up by hearing aids – and other assistive technologies in hundreds of settings. These include New York City taxis and subway stations, Broadway theaters, airport terminals, museums all over the world, national parks, Apple stores, Major League Baseball stadiums, and even Buckingham Palace.

Her testimony before a U.S. congressional subcommittee on the National Park Service resulted in the reinstatement of Recreation Fee Program funding, which improved hearing access. She also co-wrote the National Park Service’s Accessibility Guidelines for hearing loss, creating the first federal definition of the statutory term “Effective Access.”

She partnered with Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic to add captions to in-flight entertainment, which was later adopted by Delta Airlines and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

She motivated Senators Warren and Grassley to introduce and pass the Over-The-Counter Hearing Aid Bill by reframing it as a monopoly pricing issue rather than an Americans With Disabilities Act issue.

She collaborated with the Association of National Advertisers on closed caption standards for commercials and subsequently influenced FCC to adopt captioning standards.

She persuaded Build-A-Bear Workshop to develop a hearing aid accessory for their toys.

Her work has attracted the attention of multiple media outlets, including Forbes, People, The New York Times, National Public Radio, Fast Company and many more.

Janice finds gaps in knowledge and technology and does not rest until she solves the problem. She has brought the case for accessibility to multiple government agencies and U.S. presidents, Congress, federal agencies, multinational corporations, and even the queen of England, and gotten results.

People with hearing loss can lead normal lives filled with all the benefits and privileges the hearing take for granted every day. It is only because Janice made it her life’s mission.

As for her daughter, whose hearing loss diagnosis set Janice on this path when doctors recommended “special schools”: She has indeed attended two very special schools. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and is now pursuing her master’s degree at Yale.