The American Disabilities Act

The American Disabilities Act (ADA)

Important Message to Funeral Homes & Churches

The American Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 established a series of measures to prohibit situations of discrimination because of a person’s disability. The ADA law requires that the communication needs of hard of hearing and deaf be provided with such reasonable accommodations. For the hard of hearing it means providing an FM or a telecoil loop hearing system.

The law states:

“No individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or any place of public: by any person who owns, leases, or operates a place of public accommodation.”

The law continues discrimination to include:

“…failure to take such as may be necessary to ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated or otherwise treated differently than other individuals because of the absence of auxiliary aids and services…”

Any place of public gathering is required to provide effective means of communication for hard of hearing individuals. According to ADA standards, it is up to the institution to pay for any reasonable accommodations. If an institution does not comply by providing a hearing system for hard of hearing individuals, it may suffer serious penalties.

Providing access to an assistive listening system is not only the law, but it is the right thing to do. It includes hearing disabled people and helps them feel part of the fellowship.

Hearing loss is the largest disability covered under the ADA. Nearly 20% of every congregation has members that need assistive listening units.

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Our Mission Statement

The Mission statement of Let My People Hear is

To liberate hurting people with hearing loss from the prison of silence and the grip of discrimination to freedom of communication

by providing love and understanding, through information, specialized training, and advocacy for hearing accessibility.

To create the HEAR NOW CHURCH that is fully accessible for the hearing disabled to see, hear, and understand everything in all its services and activities.

To establish the Lip Reading Academy and the Hearing Loss Rehab Institute for developing communication skills beyond hearing aids.

To provide social activities at the Hear Now Café

To begin a campaign to break down the barriers of discrimination in all public venues, including places of worship and funeral homes.

In everything, we will be directed by the Royal Law or the Greatest Commandment handed down by Moses. [Deuteronomy 6:5]

God gives “Justice to all who are treated unfairly.” Psalm 103:6
“The Lord executes righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.” KJV


Its prayer time for a new church for Hard of Hearing


The Lord is leading “Let My People Hear” to start a new church designed for hearing impaired people. There are 72,322 people in Hamilton County, who suffer from mild to moderate hearing loss. Attending church has been the biggest challenge every hard of hearing person faces every week is hearing the message clearly. Most churches are not hearing accessible, nor meet the American Disabilities Act of 1990 of providing reasonable accommodation for its members.

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The service is scheduled to begin on Sunday, at the annex building adjoining Ponders Funeral Home.

David M. Harrison, Advocate for Hearing Accessibility, is inviting anyone interested to join him for prayer for this new venture. There will be special prayer time will be at 10 a.m. in the library on the second floor of the Ashwood Square retirement center, 7683 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, 37421. We will meet every Friday until July.

You may contact Mr. Harrison at 423-779-1793 or text at 423-313-0304
Email: or visit the website:

We will have FM hearing devices for those who need assistance, as well as the Telecoil magnetic units will be available for those who have “T” switches in their hearing aids. We will introduce a new captioning program using cell phones.

Mark 11:23-24 “Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, be taken up and thrown into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

“No person should be deprived of the right to hear the Word of God clearly in the house of worship.”

Until the Trumpet Sounds: LET MY PEOPLE HEAR!

Book Signing Event

Author David M. Harrison is launching an “I want to Hear Campaign” with his latest book: Bill of Rights for the Hard of Hearing.

It is time to activate the human rights issue concerning the 48 million Americans who suffer hearing loss. The book offers solutions to overcome the lack of hearing accessibility in the church and public venues. Hearing loss is an international human rights issue.

The event will be hearing accessible with an FM listening system for hard of hearing. The inductive loop is available for those who have a “T” switch in their hearing aid.

Harrison says, “No hard of hearing person should be deprived of the rights to hear the Word of God in church. When you deny hearing accessibility to one, you exclude all hard of hearing.”

At the age of 70, he concluded that there was little help for hard of hearing people. His only solution for the rest of his life was total seclusion or potential suicide. God in His wise counsel led him to spend fourteen days in prayer and fasting for wisdom. That plea “I Want to Hear” to God brought great victory and answers that changed his life.

The book, Bill of Rights for the Hard of Hearing answers the cry of “I Want to Hear” for the hundreds and thousands of hard of hearing around the country. Included in the book are twenty-one ways to communicate with hard of hearing without hearing aids.

Meet with the author and get your autographed copy.

For more information, Mr. Harrison can be reached on the cell 423-313-0304 (talk or text) or Home 423-779-1793. Email:

He is available to speak on the Human Rights Issue for the hard of hearing.



Book Signing Event

Book signing Event!

David M. Harrison, Founder of Let My People Hear ministry, will have a book signing event releasing his latest book: Bill of Rights for the Hard of Hearing.

The Bill of Rights for the Hard of Hearing is a guideline that recognizes the unique communication needs of the hearing impaired in the church. It includes twenty-one ways to communicate with hard of hearing without hearing aids.

The book is a Christian Declaration of human rights to hear the Word of God clearly in the house of worship. It is urgent that the church make changes to accommodate hard of hearing.

The event will take place at the Oakwood Baptist Church 4501 Bonny Oaks Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37416, on  Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

Come and get an autographed copy of this book at the standard price. We can take major credit cards, checks, and cash. A free book will be given to the senior pastor of a church who attends the event.

No hard of hearing person should be deprived of hearing the Word of God in the House of God. Hearing loss is an International Human Rights and health issue.

David M. Harrison was born profoundly hard of hearing and is dependent on lip reading. After semi-retiring, he felt that life was over and dropped out of the church because it was not hearing accessible.

Pondering his future, in 2006, he began 14 days of prayer and fasting. God opened the way for him for training to become a Hearing Loss Support Specialist and later found the Lip Reading Academy. He wrote the book: Lord You Know I Can’t Hear in 2015.

While teaching at the Academy for ten years, many students complained that the church was not accessible for hard of hearing. He knew that the book: “Bill of Rights for the Hard of Hearing” had to be written.

It is a disgrace and a shameful thing to be disabled with a hearing loss and feels ignored.

The problem is not with the hard of hearing who want to hear in church. The problem is with the hearing members who will not listen or offer reasonable accommodations.

He is calling all hard of hearing friends unite together with him to ban all forms of discrimination in public venues and houses of worship.

Our cry is to hear the Word of God.

  • We want to be included in the sanctuary, classroom, business session, fellowship time and prayer meeting.
  • To be accepted as human beings as one of God’s creation
  • Exclusion and rejection is not the solution for hard of hearing
  • To be a part of the body of Christ with dignity and rights
  • To advocate for hearing accessibility for all to hear
  • Hearing loss is the largest untapped mission field in America.

Contact Mr. Harrison at 423-313-0304 or

Disability Rights for Hard of Hearing

The Right to Hear
                The Right to Hear

Recently, I attended a meeting with the ‘Disability Rights TN.’ The room was filled predominantly with deaf people who spoke Sign Language, to learn about disability rights in the workplace.

These dear people suffer discrimination a lot on the job. Their frustrations were aired out before a disability rights attorney. There are a number of good organizations that serve the rights of the deaf community.

The total deaf community in the U.S. is about 2% of the hard of hearing community, which is estimated at 50 million.

I have yet to find an advocacy group or organization to promote hearing accessibility in the church. Therefore, I have decided to do something about this human rights issue mentioned in the American Disability Act, of 1990 (ADA).

The church is exempt from the ADA law, but this does not excuse them from practicing reasonable accommodation for hard of hearing. Once you deny one hard of hearing person from your assembly, you have excluded them all. It like saying, “Hard of Hearing people are not welcome in our church.”

I am on a goodwill mission to help people with hearing disabilities to be included in all church activities, not just in the main sanctuary.

We are forming our own Christian hearing loss disabilities’ organization called, The “Rights to Hear” in the church. I am tired of not being able to hear in the classroom, prayer meeting, and other activities.


It is my dream to conduct a “Right to Hear” conference in Chattanooga, TN sometime in July of 2019. It is time that we as hard of hearing united together and make our voice heard in the church.

Add your name to the “Right to Hear” list today and write a comment of your frustration you experience in the church.