Hearing Access Consultant, Consumer Advocate, Writer and Traveler
Janice Schacter Lintz is a passionate, accomplished hearing loss consultant and advocate. She is well known and respected for her ability to assess situations, identify areas for improvement, recommend solutions and implement programs that help organizations improve customer service and grow profits. Her ability to break down issues and do what is needed to affect change has earned her unprecedented access to business leaders, government officials, political leaders and respected academians around the world.
Since 2002, Janice has become the global “go-to” person on all matters related to access for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Equipped with an undergraduate degree in business, a law degree, and experience as a successful litigator, Janice leverages her broad background to articulate compelling business cases for organizations in both the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds to improve hearing access for customers with hearing loss. See http://www.hearingaccess.com
A culture lover, Janice felt her heart sink whenever her daughter Arielle – diagnosed with hearing loss at 2 ½ – struggled to understand museum guides and actors onstage, even with hearing aids. Not one to wait, Janice plunged into the research and learned that cultural venues could provide better hearing access with relatively cheap technology, such as the induction loop, a coil placed around a room that wirelessly transmits amplified sound to a hearing aid.
Janice works with domestic and international organizations to benchmark best practices and help clients leverage the most effective solutions for their situations. Working with multiple organizations, she helped the NYC Transit recommend that induction loops be included in all NYC subway information booths and call boxes as part of President Obama’s $13.5 million Stimulus Package. She also worked with the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission to implement this same technology in all taxis. New York City is the first United States city to offer this technology in its transit systems.
The New York City resident and mother of two was appointed to the Interagency Council for Services to the Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing twice by New York State Governor David Paterson. Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Chairman Kevin J. Martin appointed her to represent the interests of people with hearing loss for two terms on the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee. And the US Access Board appointed Janice to the Rail Committee and the Passenger Vessel Emergency Alarms Advisory Committee.
Janice is a 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival Spotlight on Health Scholar, 2016 The United State of Women Summit Nominated Changemaker, a member of The Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University’s Board. She has been a member of The Lower East Side Tenement Museum’s Advisory Committee, the Disabilities Network of New York City (DNNYC) and The Museum Access Consortium (MAC). She has participated in seven Renaissance Weekend retreats for leaders in business and finance, government, the media, religion, medicine, science, technology and the arts.
Janice is also a Consumer Education/Travel/Food writer. Her work has been published in Forbes/Lifestyle, Forbes Woman Africa, Yahoo Travel, Huffington Post, Johnny Jet and Consumer Mojo. She contributed twice to Wendy Perrin’s column in Condé Nast Traveler. Departures magazine included her travels in their marketing video. She is a member of Travelers’ Century Club.