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Lidia Best

President at European Federation of Hard of Hearing People and Vice Chairman of ITU JCA-AHF

Lidia is President at European Federation of Hard of Hearing People and Vice-Chairman of ITU JCA-AHF (International Telecommunication Union Joint Coordination Activities on Accessibility and Human Factors) and internationally recognized accessibility expert and advocate for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing. She brings unique knowledge as an expert with lived experience, as a person who is hard of hearing and a cochlear implant user since 2009. Her work has specific focus on accessibility and quality of hearing care for deaf and hard of hearing people including policy development, training, and consulting. She contributed to work on standards as a member of G3ict delegation to ITU in telecoms, captioning and assistive listening devices, having authored the ITU FSTP-RCSO “Overview of remote captioning services" and H.871“Safety requirements for wearable audio augmenting devices” the recommendation on personal sound amplifiers. After 10 years, Lidia stepped down from her position of the Vice-President of the EFHOH (European Federation of Hard of Hearing) in 2020 to concentrate on international advocacy work which includes WHO World Hearing Forum. While at EFHOH she was co-author of reports into situation of hard of hearing and deafened people in Europe in areas of employment, hearing care and accessibility. In UK, Lidia is a Chairman of the National Association of Deafened People (NADP).

Related blogs of Lidia Best

02 June 2021

When I experienced a partial hearing loss episode as a 12 year old, I took it in my stride like young people usually do. Thanks to excellent support from hearing care professionals, friends, and family, I have adapted quite well. When it happened in my 40s in the space of just few months, and all t... Read More

24 August 2020

(This blog has been jointly written by Lidia Best, Vice Chair of ITU Joint Coordination Activity on Accessibility and Human Factors (JCA-AHF)/ Member of G3ict delegation to ITU/ Member of “Make Listening Safe Workgroup” and Mark Laureyns, Co-chair of the World Hearing Forum “Make Listening Safe Work... Read More

06 November 2019

We live in a very exciting time. The technology and its possibilities to enhance everybody’s lives are developing with lightning speed, and companies are making serious efforts in advancing ICT’s capabilities. It is great to see many advances in live captioning, for example. We now have easily acces... Read More

05 November 2018

The European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH) started to participate in standardisation work of International Telecommunication Union ( ITU) in September 2016, this was possible with support from the Global Initiative for accessible ICT’s (G3ict). Today I have the pleasure to share the r... Read More