National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Sues White House For Failing To Provide Sign Language Interpreters During Televised Coronavirus Briefings

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) filed a lawsuit today to compel U.S. President Donald J. Trump and the White House to immediately begin providing American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters during television broadcasts of their coronavirus press conferences and briefings to make them accessible to deaf and hard of hearing people.

Read the rest of the story at https://www.nad.org/2020/08/03/nad-sues-white-house.

Masks are a barrier against the coronavirus. They also pose a major hurdle for deaf people

I don’t remember the first time a hearing person got angry at me for not understanding them, but I remember the first time that anger scared me.

I was waiting on the subway platform on my way home from school one night when a hand clamped down hard on my shoulder, spinning me around. When I turned, there was a stranger too close to me, his eyes wide and his breath hot on my face as he shouted at me. I was terrified, and it took me a while to understand what he was saying — he had made a pass at me and was angry that I hadn’t responded.

“Deaf, I’m deaf!” I shouted back, pointing to my ears.

For a moment the man looked confused. Then he let go of my arm and walked back down the platform, as though we’d never interacted at all.

Read the rest of the story at https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/07/16/masks-are-barrier-against-virus-they-also-pose-major-hurdle-deaf-people/?p9w22b2p=b2p22p9w00098&no_nav=true#click=https://t.co/RJFVRLIxGB.

I AM THE ADA 2020

#IAMTHEADA

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turns 30 on July 26, 2020.  Are we done?  NO!  What can you do?  Support us, make a video of yourself with #IAMTHEADA, advocate, stand up for your rights.  Will you support us? 

Delaware Association of the Deaf also supports the Delaware Statewide Council for People with Disabilities – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E706v0OXfA.

** Closed Captioning is available, simply turn on CC if needed.  **

 

Interpreter Forum regarding Christiana Care Hospitals and VRI

What?? To discuss VRI being used at Christiana Hospitals instead of their staff interpreters.

When: Friday, July 17, 2020 at 8pm (Eastern Time)

Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5799960272 (enter passcode when prompted)

Passcode: Typed in English to prevent spam/fake members joining, enter the 2 digit code for this date – March 10, 1975 (mmddyy). Also code in CC at @35 second mark.

** This will be a short meeting, @30 minutes. **

Advocacy Alert regarding Christiana Care ASL Interpreters

Christiana Care network is considering budget cuts and eliminating in house/person ASL staff are one of them.  They would be replaced with Stratus VRI (Video Remote Interpreting) on an iPad to save money.  Please email or call these people below to explain your EXPERIENCES not throw them insults.  Please list facts (pro/con) and Claudia or Jaki will pass the comments to their boss’ when considering staff interpreters.

If you need help, please feel free to contact Feta Fernsler, DAD president (via http://www.delawaredeaf.org/contact-us) or a good friend of yours if needed to plan your comments.

Claudia Reyes-Hull, Manager
Creyes-hull@christianacare.org

Jaki Ortiz, Director
JacOrtiz@christianacare.org

302-733-4014

DNO – July 2020 update

The DNO, Delaware Deaf Night out for this Saturday, July 18th that is held at Constitution Yards is cancelled due to the surge of cases of COVID-19. We will announce when the new date will be. Stay Safe you all!!

– Christine Zenorini

Hotel Survey

Hello! My name is Courtney—I am a HOH undergraduate researcher at Penn State.

I am conducting research on the accommodations for Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing individuals in hotels. This research study was made to determine whether Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing individuals want to see more accommodations in hotels, and the findings will be reported to the lodging industry at-large. The goal of this is to make sure that hotel owners and operators understand the needs and desires of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community.

Would you be willing to take this 7-8 minute survey?

Also, if you have any Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing friends or family members that would be interested in participating in this anonymous survey, please share this link with them.

https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3C28VzsXOPl2Spf

Wavello by Sorenson

Wavello showing regular VRS call and hearing person too!At Sorenson, we believe in the value and importance of communication – it is the foundation of human connection.

This month, we are announcing a new feature – Wavello that allows a Deaf person, a hearing person, and an interpreter to all see each other on a Sorenson Relay call. What does this mean for you and your clients – especially during this pandemic, when many students and workers are not gathering in traditional settings? It means, going forward, when you need to communicate with your clients, there’s now an option for Deaf and hearing people to conference together during a Sorenson Relay call! 

We originally planned to release this feature later this year, but now, because human interaction has been drastically limited due to coronavirus (COVID-19), we’ve been working night and day to get this feature to you sooner.

For Deaf users, this feature is already built into Sorenson’s ntouch suite of products. Hearing callers will be able to download the Wavello app, which is available at no cost for iOS and Android platforms through the App Store or Google Play. Once hearing callers download the app and register their phone number, they can receive video requests from Deaf people with whom they are speaking on a Sorenson Relay call.

We love Wavello and think you will, too!

For more information about Wavello, please see the press release at https://www.sorenson.com/about/press/. To schedule an interview of Deaf and hearing Wavello users, please contact me.

Ann Bardsley
PR Director
Sorenson Communications
abardsley@sorenson.com
801-287-9897

Wavello – https://www.sorenson.com/GetWavello.

Delaware Elections Update

 

Governor John Carney on Thursday signed the fifteenth modification to his State of Emergency declaration, rescheduling Delaware’s presidential primary for July 7. The Delaware Department of Elections will mail absentee ballot applications to all registered Democrats and Republicans in the State of Delaware, providing all eligible registered Delaware voters the opportunity to vote by absentee ballot in the presidential primary election. 
 
Eligible Delaware voters will be permitted to select the “sick” or “temporarily or permanently physically disabled” options on their absentee ballot application to cast a vote in the presidential primary election, even if they are not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Voters must return the application to the Delaware Department of Elections or complete the process online to receive an absentee ballot. The Delaware Department of Elections will operate at least six polling places in each county to allow voters to cast ballots in person should they choose not to vote by absentee ballot. 
 
Governor Carney’s order on Thursday also reschedules school board elections for July 21, and places additional requirements on municipalities that are conducting elections. The order requires districts and municipalities to enforce social distancing during elections, require face coverings, and limit crowds to 10 or fewer people at polling places. 
 
Governor Carney’s State of Emergency declaration – including the stay-at-home order and mandatory 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers – remains in place and carries the force and effect of law. Violations of the order, or any of its modifications, constitute a criminal offense. 

Information comes from Governor Carney via Email.  More information contained in links as well.

Best Household Cleaners for Different Jobs

As many of our usual cleaning tools are limited due to cornavirus/covid-19. This article covers a wide variety if situations and how to clean them (kinda old school stuff where we have to prep the stuff ourselve).

Tip: from the link, bleach becomes dilluted (no good or weaker) if in water too long so best to use it quickly. Bleach and water is one solution to killing germs like covid-19 on surfaces we touch. This can replace clorox or lysol if you are out. As always, stay safe.

Check out ideas at https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/ss/slideshow-best-household-cleaners?ecd=soc_fb_200504_cons_ss_householdcleaners&linkId=100000012167534.