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.

Voter Safety

** If you do not feel safe voting, bring a friend. If you see anyone breaking the law (i.e. weapons, blocking entrance, giving you a hard time) – call 911 or inform election officers (not the election volunteers, supervisors best). Take pictures or video for proof. **

 

Vote Safely!  Do not let anyone stop you from legally voting (consider provisional ballots if they give you a hard time unless your criminal record does not allow you to vote). 

 

Historic Win: White House Ordered To Provide Sign Language Interpreters for COVID-19 Briefings

Today, a  federal district court ordered the White House to provide American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, live streamed on its website (whitehouse.gov/live), for all public briefings held by the President, Vice President, and Press Secretary that address the COVID-19 pandemic.  The order requires that an ASL interpreter be provided at any coronavirus briefing held on White House grounds or at any federal agency. The Court has also ordered the White House to make the interpreter feed available to all TV networks in a manner that will allow those networks to show the interpreter in their live feeds.  The injunction will take effect on October 1, 2020. 

The court had previously issued an opinion on September 9, 2020, which found that the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and five individual deaf plaintiffs were entitled to relief in some form. The court found that the plaintiffs had the right to compel the White House to provide ASL interpreters for all of its press briefings that cover the coronavirus pandemic.  The court then held another hearing on September 17, 2020 to discuss how to set up the process to have ASL interpreters during White House press briefings. 

NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum said, “Sign language and accurate captioning are both essential and crucial to ensuring all deaf and hard of hearing people are well informed and are able to make better decisions on how to stay safe from the pandemic. The judge’s order sets a great precedent to achieve this goal of full accessibility.” 

Read more at https://www.nad.org/2020/09/23/historic-win-white-house-ordered-to-provide-sign-language-interpreters-for-covid-19-briefings.

 

Under counting and budget impacts (US Census)

Summary below (video is captioned above):

Lack of $$$ for

  1. Schools
  2. Buses/transportation
  3. Roads
  4. Representation in congress
  5. Food Stamps
  6. Consumer protection laws – environment, insurance,
  7. National Guard
  8. Emergency fundings – i.e. hurricanes, etc
  9. Vocational Rehab
  10. Medicaid/Medicare
  11. Broadband expansion funds
  12. Rental Assistance programs
  13. Police/Fire funding
  14. Social workers and emergency services

Covid19 has resulted in fewer census employees tasked at doing door to door work. 

Delaware is @63% counted now.  Worst is Sussex County at 51.5% while rest @67%

Deadline to do your census is September 30, 2020.  Go to my2020census.gov.  ** Your information is private per law and no one else can access your personal information even the US President cannot see it. **

Links references:

https://www.censushardtocountmaps2020.us/?latlng=39.97712%2C-98.08594&z=4&promotedfeaturetype=states&baselayerstate=3&rtrYear=sR2020latest&infotab=info-rtrselfresponse&filterQuery=false

“Further, self-response rates for 2020 lag behind the rates for 2010 in most states. According to U.S. Census data, the overall self-response rate in Delaware is 62.4%, with New Castle County at 67.8%, Kent County at 67.2%, and Sussex County with the lowest response rate at 51.5%.” from https://news.delaware.gov/2020/09/03/attorney-general-jennings-fights-trump-administrations-attempts-to-reduce-census-efforts

https://www.npr.org/2019/06/04/728034176/2020-census-could-lead-to-worst-undercount-of-black-latinx-people-in-30-years

 

COVID-19 (Cornavirus) ASL Videos and additional resources

Below are some additional ASL resources on Covid-19 (Cornavirus) in addition to those already posted here at DAD which can be found doing a simple search for covid – http://www.delawaredeaf.org/?s=covid

From Minnesota Dept. of Health:
 
 
From PA Dept. of Health:
 
From Wisconsin Dept. of Health:
 
COVID-19 communication card (from Wisconsin)
 
COVID-19 communication card (from Massachusetts)
https://www.mass.gov/doc/covid-19-card/download
https://www.mass.gov/service-details/covid-19-card (General Info and other card formats)
 
NAD (National Association of the Deaf)
 
CDC (Centers for Disease Control) ASL Videos
 

 

Text to 911 with closed captioning

The original video – https://livestream.com/stateofdelaware/text-to-911/videos/184455734, did not have closed captioning.  DAD recently reached out to someone that knew how to make this possible and DAD was given permission to share the captioned version (shown above).  Delaware State will be adding the closed captioning eventually as both files came from them. 

Thanks to Delaware Office of Emergency Preparedness.

Absentee/Mail-In Voting Information

Short Version – https://youtu.be/gAHPm3wsJZY

Long Version – https://youtu.be/biy9eUtXuaI

 

Election notes:

Request absentee ballot

  • SSN, driver’s license #, age and signature (connected to DMV)
  • Eligibility based

Election laws exist, if fraud, often cannot vote again and prison time too

  • Signature matches
  • 1 time mailing to your house the ballot (address verified)
  • Barcodes included
  • Rhode Island and North Carolina require 2 signatures (witness)
  • Fraud is soooo small. One state said 0.0001%. 
    • Some fraud examples :
    • Mailman revenge
    • Republican candidate in NC (duplicates found)
    • 83 mailed by accident – computer glitch
    • 3rd party requesting – NY (too many requests)
    • Dead or in Jail – can’t vote, some pretended to be them (jail time for them)
    • Wrong forms used by 3rd party groups and caused duplicate voting also
  • Duplicate voting not allowed and must follow assigned voting list

Homeless count too, have other requirements too

Most require ballots returned by election dates to be counted – can by mail, in person, drop off in election boxes

5 states do their elections by mail and generally report less fraud than other states PLUS it seems to increase voting participation regardless of party affiliation

All States allow mail in ballots.  Most have Covid19 allowance in addition to the usual military, permanently disabled, essential worker (i.e. police, hospital), etc

Do note Federal and State have different election laws.  States often say disqualified from voting after leaving prison, this is not true for federal elections and have different rules.  Sure, simple to say, no to all when in reality election officers wrong.  You can call your election commissioner for more info.

 

More on absentee/mail-in ballots at:

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/election-officials-dozens-states-dispute-president-trumps-claim/story?id=71833120

 

‘It’s Unfathomable’ Trump’s COVID-19 Briefings Lack Sign Language Interpreters, Marlee Matlin Says

Since President Donald Trump began holding televised novel coronavirus (COVID-19) briefings in March, the White House has received requests from lawmakers, a federal disability agency and the nation’s oldest civil rights organization asking that sign language interpreters be provided on screen.

But the government has yet to agree and allow the nation’s approximately 11.5 million people with hearing disabilities to receive information about the pandemic via interpreters.

By contrast, many state and local leaders have been giving coronavirus updates with interpreters. The administration has not publicly responded to the requests to add interpreters to the president’s briefings.

Read the rest of the story at https://people.com/politics/marlee-matlin-donald-trump-covid-19-briefings-lack-sign-language-interpreters.

 


Note: This relates to NAD’s lawsuit found at https://www.nad.org/2020/08/03/nad-sues-white-house.

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.  **