[DC LoCo] OT: Dr. Vinton Cerf Awarded the HLAA National Access Award

Kevin Cole dc.loco at gmail.com
Wed Jun 3 16:23:50 BST 2009

Given that he's spoken to NoVALUG and other groups in this area, I
thought I'd pass the following press release on.  (He also was a
member of Gallaudet's Board of Trustees for a while, which is the only
reason I happened to hear about the following.)

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From: Hearing Loss Association of America <battat at hearingloss.org>

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June 3, 2009 CONTACT:
Brenda Battat
Executive Director
Battat at hearingloss.org

Vinton G. Cerf, Ph.D., Widely Known as One of the Fathers of the
Internet, Will Receive the 2009 HLAA National Access Award

Nashville, June 18, 2009: Vinton G. Cerf, Ph.D., will receive the 2009
HLAA National Access Award during the Opening Session of the Hearing
Loss Association of America Convention 2009 at the Gaylord Opryland
Resort and Convention Center. The award is given to those who have
provided or significantly improved communication access for people
with hearing loss.

Dr. Cerf is the co-designer with Robert E. Kahn of the protocols and
basic architecture of the Internet for which they received the
Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor given in the
United States, and were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of
Fame. Their invention, the Internet, is a growing part of the online
lives of over 1.5 billion people around the world.

Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Dr. Cerf is vice
president and "Chief Internet Evangelist" for Google in Herndon,
Virginia, and is also working on the Interplanetary Internet together
with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is developing a new standard
to communicate from planet to planet, using radio/laser communications
that are highly tolerant to signal degradation.

HLAA Executive Director Brenda Battat said: "As a result of his
groundbreaking work, the Internet and e-mail has opened a whole new
world and way of communicating for people with hearing loss. In an
amazing and successful way, people with hearing loss have been brought
back into the mainstream and have access to information in
unprecedented ways and are able to participate more fully in all areas
of everyday living. HLAA is honored to give the award to Dr. Cerf."

In a pre-convention statement, Dr. Cerf said: "I will talk about
technology and hearing assistance including the role of mobile,
Internet-enabled devices. The Internet is becoming a pervasive
infrastructure and it can be put to good use assisting people with
hearing loss to function in the hearing world more efficiently."

The HLAA Convention 2009 will be held in Nashville, June 18-21, at the
Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Attendees can register
on site and the Exhibit Hall and Trade Show is free for people to see
the latest in hearing assistive technology and services.

Read more about Dr. Cerf and his wife, Sigrid, in the Hearing Loss
Magazine interview by Barbara Chertok.

About the Hearing Loss Association of America

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), founded in 1979, opens
the world of communication to people with hearing loss through
information, education, advocacy and support. HLAA publishes the
bimonthly Hearing Loss Magazine, holds annual conventions,
Walk4Hearing, and more. Information can be found at
http://www.hearingloss.org/. The national headquarters is located at
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bethesda, MD 20184. HLAA has
chapters and state organizations across the country.


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