Sunday, August 30, 2015
A California hospital will pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by two deaf women. Arrowhead Regional Medical Center refused to provide Trixy Betsworth with an interpreter when her husband (also deaf) was struck by lightening and admitted to the hospital. Betsworth filed suit with Jacquelyn Fithian who had been a patient at the Los Angeles-area facility and didn't get an interpreter at any point during her three-day stay. Arrowhead has agreed to provide qualified interpreters and other services in the future when requested. Read more at the Disability Right Center website.
Friday, August 28, 2015
The Verge's Top Shelf visits the Motion Light lab at Gallaudet University to find out how motion capture technology can make a difference in the reading level of Deaf children. The video also presents information on closed captioning efforts and hearing aids.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Saturday, August 22, 2015
The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind is getting its first deaf superintendent. Martin P. Keller Jr. comes from the Indiana School for the Deaf where he served as principal of the high school and middle school. Keller starts his job in September. He has degrees from Lamar University, Gallaudet University, McDaniel College, and Xavier University. The previous superintendent, Lynn Boyer, was at the school since 2011 and retired this year. Read more here.
The 2015 3rd annual Bay Area Deaf Dance Festival will celebrate the creatives talents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing fine and performing artists in the disciplines of dance, music, painting, and handcrafted artisan wares. It will include workshops on the arts. It takes place August 28-30 at the ODC Theater in San Francisco. There's more info here.
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Friday, August 21, 2015
The FCC is launching a video program that will make it easier to communicate with government agencies using sign language. It's called Accessible Communications for Everyone or ACE. how it will work: an ASL-user will select who they want to chat with and they will be taken to a relay service. There will likely be some creative developments over time because the code is open source. ACE is not supposed to replace the systems already in place, just provide video relay to more people in more ways. The FCC already has an ASL support line last year-something you can expect from the EEOC and the Census Bureau soon. The ACE effort is a collaboration between Gallaudet University, the Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technology Institute of the Deaf, and TCS Associates. A beta version will be rolled out later this year and a final version expected by spring. Read more about it from the FCC here and there is a recent White House press release here. Below is a video introduction to VATRP which stands for Video Access Technology Reference Platform (VATRP). You can read more about VATRP here.
Labels: Video Relay
Thursday, August 20, 2015
The Daily Beast pays a visit to the set of the Deaf Professional Arts Network’s latest music video shows. D-PAN co-founder Joel Martin told The Daily Beast that the vibrations they produced while the music was playing “goes straight through your bones... You feel the rhythm. When you see a deaf person moving perfectly with the song and hitting every mark, you might not think that they are deaf, but it’s all through the vibrations and sensing the movement of other people.” Read the full story here.
A deaf West Virginia man is facing charges for allegedly threatening to blow up the Statue of Liberty, reports the New York Post. Jason Paul Smith was arrested in Texas yesterday. More than 3000 people were evacuated from Liberty Island because of the threat. The FBI says Smith used the name of 1993 World Trade Center bombing conspirator Abdul Yasin and could get as much as five years in jail for the hoax. KJTV-TV in Lubbock has a video report. captioning option here).
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Monday, August 17, 2015
An ASL version of Pharrell's song Happy picked up Adweek's award for Best Cover Music Award. The video was put together by Camp Mark Steven for Deaf Film Camp's rendition. The Watch Awards "highlights the best in online video content, from the hilarious to the heartfelt."Read more about the winners in Ad Week. Here's the feel-good award-winning video.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
San Francisco's Mozzeria restaurant is not only Deaf-owned, it is Deaf-staffed. Learn more about Melody and Russell Stein's world-class pizzeria in this remarkable six-minute short film.
Gallaudet has narrowed it's search for a new president. The three finalists to replace T. Alan Hurwitz and take over next year all are women and all are deaf. Here is a bit of info on each of them:
Roberta "Bobbi" Cordano holds a B.A. from Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., and a Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is currently the vice president of programs for the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in St. Paul, Minn., overseeing direct community-based programs in the areas of early childhood, community mental health, school reform, among other areas. Her full bio can be found here.
Pamela Lloyd-Ogoke holds a B.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology and a M.A. in deafness rehabilitation from New York University. She is currently the chief of community integration services and supports for the North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, providing budget oversight and oversight of statewide programs that enhance access, independence and outreach. Her full bio can be found here.
Annette Reichman holds a B.A. in psychology from Gallaudet University and M.S. in rehabilitation counseling with the deaf from the University of Arizona. She is currently the director of the Office of Special Institutions in the U.S. Department of Education, which oversees statutorily funded special institutions including Gallaudet, National Technical Institute for the Deaf and the American Printing House for the Blind. Her full bio can be found here.
|Roberta "Bobbi" Cordano |
Monday, August 10, 2015
Vietnam spent millions launching an education project for deaf children. But after only five years, the Inter-generational Deaf Education Outreach is being shut down. Part of the reason for the failure? Parents "did not bring them to schools (for the deaf).They did not want their children to use sign language, but speak instead," said IDEO program manager Le Thi Kim Cuc. Read more here.
Saturday, August 8, 2015
A deaf woman from Staten Island, New York can go ahead with her lawsuit against the NYPD. Diana Williams says cops violated her Civil Rights, according to the New York Post. She was "locked up for 24 hours without an interpreter." The video below shows her and another man who also says his rights were violated.
Friday, August 7, 2015
A bill working its way through Congress would require require that Medicare pay for hearing exams and hearing aids. The Medicare Hearing Aid Coverage Act of 2015 wouldn't directly affect private insurance, it might lead the way for states to address the issue, which is important to many in the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing communities. You can read the text of the bill here and read a column explaining the importance of the proposed law here.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Sunday, August 2, 2015
This city of Framingham, Massachusetts will pay Jon Dresser $150,000 to settle his lawsuit. Dresser claimed during his 2010 arrest, police injured his hands. He underwent multiple surgeries afterward, suffering permanent injuries, impairing his ability to sign. Read the full story in the MetroWest here.
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