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Service Animals

The other day I ran across some interesting and ‘new-to-me’ information about Service Animals. I’ve learned some facts but have also found to confuse myself just a bit. That really shouldn’t be a shock to anyone who knows me. Anyway, … Continue reading

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IRS in ASL on YouTube.com

Did you realize that the IRS has a YouTube channel in ASL (subtitled and audio provided as well)? For instance, do you know why your tax returns are due on April 17th instead of April 15th this year? Watch the … Continue reading

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21 Years of ADA

On this date in 1990, George HW Bush signed the Americans With Disabilities Act which protects the rights of any American with a disability. Just like one can’t discriminate based on religion, sex, national origin, or race, one can’t discriminate … Continue reading

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Video Relay Service (VRS)

As a hearing person, I’m fascinated by the technology used for Deaf people to communicate via telephone. First some historical background… In the mid-1960’s the teletypewriter (TTY) became available thanks to a Deaf dentist and a Deaf physicist who used Morse Code to … Continue reading

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Wells Fargo Settles Discrimination Suit

Yesterday, a settlement was reached between the Justice Department and Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo will pay up to $16 million to compensate individuals who experienced discrimination in violation of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when trying … Continue reading

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NAD Follows Up on ABC’s What Would You Do

Starting this blog had been on my mind for months but it took an assignment from class to get me to finally start it. We needed to show a Deaf-related video in class about anything. While most were showing ASL … Continue reading

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U.S. sues Starbucks for firing dwarf

This is an interesting case I really want to follow: U.S. sues Starbucks for firing dwarf from barista job. Several interesting things seem to pop up in what I’ve found so far: US Law (specifically the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)) … Continue reading

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VA Schools Now Recognize ASL as a Language

Gallaudet University borders the Commonwealth of Virginia, but it wasn’t until this month that both High Schools and Colleges in VA can finally count ASL as a legit language. Under a 1998 policy by the Virginia Department of Education, high … Continue reading

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Dial 9-1-1 in an Emergency?

If you have the ability to speak and hear and you are in the middle of an emergency in the US, what do you do? Call 9-1-1 of course. But what if you are Deaf and/or have trouble speaking? Currently your … Continue reading

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Indiana Interpreters Don’t Need To Know ASL

Outrageous! If you are a Deaf High School student in the state of Indiana, currently your interpreter is NOT required to actually know how to sign! I’ve read a lot about how the Deaf World has been oppressed and/or marginalized. … Continue reading

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