HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today appointed Sharon Behun, of Harrisburg, to a two-year term as a community representative on the Pennsylvania Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Advisory Board.
The Advisory Board, established in 1990, works to ensure the continued success of Pennsylvania TRS program – which offers programs to assist communications for persons who are hard of hearing, deaf, and hearing or speech impaired, including traditional telephone relay services, along with video relay and internet relay services.
The advisory board meets quarterly and includes representatives for the PUC, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH), the Pennsylvania Telephone Association and other stakeholders, along with individuals selected to represent the broader community of persons with hearing or speech issues.
Ms. Behun is the former director of ODHH and comes to the TRS Advisory Board with extensive experience working with the disability community, including service as an advocate; a sign language interpreter; and leadership of various public and private programs and various stakeholders.
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Docket No.: M-00900239