‘She called me!!!!!’: Vice President-elect Kamala Harris phones California teen to thank him for painting her portrait

A teen artist from California asked his Twitter followers on Sunday to share his painted portrait of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to improve the chances she’d see it.

On Wednesday, Tyler Gordon learned Harris had seen it. How? She called to thank him.

“I was really shocked,” Gordon, 14, of San Jose, told USA TODAY.

Read the rest of the article at https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/11/25/california-teen-painted-kamala-harris-portrait-surprise-call/6430257002.

Note: Tyler Gordon is deaf.

Starbucks barista uses drive-thru to communicate with deaf patron — see the viral video

A viral video on TikTok is bringing new attention to the barriers the hard-of-hearing and deaf communities face at the drive-thru.

The clip, which was shared on Nov. 8 and has since amassed over 19 million views, shows Starbucks employee Brianna Roth assisting customer Dallin Smuin in the coffee chain’s drive-thru lane.

Read the reat of the story at https://www.today.com/food/starbucks-barista-uses-drive-thru-communicate-deaf-patron-see-viral-t199538.

Marvel’s Eternals Star Lauren Ridloff on Being the MCU’s First Deaf Superhero

The actor expressed excitement in portraying Makkari in Marvel Studio’s upcoming Eternals film and bringing representation to the deaf community.

Eternals star Lauren Ridloff said she is excited to be portraying Makkari — the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first deaf superhero.

Read the rest of the article at https://www.cbr.com/marvel-eternals-star-lauren-ridloff-on-being-mcu-first-deaf-superhero.

Is your website at risk for an ADA accessibility lawsuit?

The American’s with Disabilities act has influenced the way businesses need to operate online. Now more than ever, providing the proper website accessibility is becoming undeniably more important, not only because it’s the right thing to do, to give all visitors an opportunity to get to your services or products, but also because costly lawsuits against companies with alleged non-compliance have quickly increased over the past few years. Those suits and settlements can cause a huge financial burden to businesses. Some may end up going bankrupt through attempting to resolve an issue, be it through the court or by out-of-court settlement.

Read the rest of the article at https://martechtoday.com/is-your-website-at-risk-for-an-ada-accessibility-lawsuit-245172.

Turning point for the deaf: The first ASL interpreter at White House COVID briefing

Last Friday something historic happened at the White House, but you likely missed it. For the first time ever, an American Sign Language interpreter was there for the coronavirus briefing.
There have been dozens of these briefings, with critical, life-saving information, since the pandemic began. But the one last Friday is the one Howard Rosenblum was waiting for.

Read the rest of the article at https://wjla.com/news/local/turning-point-for-the-deaf-first-asl-sign-language-interpreter-at-white-house-covid-briefing.

Hospital Sued For Refusing Interpreters During Hospice Care

Steven Beyer wanted to take care of his mother, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer and referred for hospice care. He could not because Ascension Health and its hospice center refused to provide effective communication to him. 

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Stein & Vargas, and Iglesia Martell Law Firm represent Mr. Beyer in his lawsuit against Ascension Health. The lawsuit also names the hospital’s subsidiaries including: Ascension Michigan, Ascension Providence Hospital, and Ascension Clinton Township Reverence Home Health and Hospice care.

The lawsuit alleges that the defendants violated the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act of 1976. These laws require hospitals and hospice workers to ensure effective communication with deaf and hard of hearing individuals. 

Read the rest of the article at https://www.nad.org/2020/11/02/hospital-sued-for-refusing-interpreters-during-hospice-care.

Fourth Circuit Hears Debate Over Prison Video Calls for Deaf

A Fourth Circuit panel heard arguments Thursday over whether a North Carolina prison violated a deaf civil detainee’s First Amendment rights by not allowing him to use a videophone to contact people on the outside.

Thomas Heyer, who has been deaf since birth, first sued the Bureau of Prisons in 2011 over its failure to provide American Sign Language interpreters for medical and mental health treatment and religious services, access to a videophone and warning lights in his cell.

Read the rest at https://www.courthousenews.com/fourth-circuit-hears-debate-over-prison-video-calls-for-deaf/?amp=1.