American Abilities is a Broadcast/Internet/Media Provider. Our mission is to create and distribute informational and educational programming and material for people with hearing loss and those associated with people with hearing loss. Our goal is to become a credible and reliable major media source by not only stimulating awareness of hearing loss issues, prevention, coping and advocacy, but also promoting good overall medical health and well-being.
Richard J. McCollough, M.Ed. is a 35 year veteran of television and radio broadcasting. He has worked at NBC, ABC, CBS and PBS affiliates in Baltimore, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Spartanburg, SC and Rochester, NY. He has been honored with 39 industry awards for his work on documentaries and television programs.
In 2002, when he was about to retire from WHEC-TV 10 NBC as Chief Meteorologist in Rochester, New York, McCollough was pondering what to do with the rest of his life. Upon careful reflection, he came up with an idea to use his talents in television broadcasting and production to create a broadcast/internet service specializing in creating and distributing news and information of interest to people with hearing loss. American Abilities Television Network would be to people with hearing loss the way CNN and FOX are to news, ESPN is to sports, The Weather Channel is to weather and Nickelodeon is to kids.
American Abilities Television Network is based in Rochester, New York, which has one of the highest concentrations of people with hearing loss in the nation. Rochester has a longstanding reputation in the deaf and hearing loss world going back over 160 years.
In the past 12 years, American Abilities Television Network has established itself as a major media source on hearing loss and developed an alliance with major hospitals, educational instutions, and national and grassoots organizations.
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