Apple Stores offering free sign language interpreter appointments

Apple is now offering prescheduled support from sign language interpreters at hundreds of its retail stores in nearly a dozen countries. The service is provided to customers by appointment at no cost.

Read the rest of the story at https://9to5mac.com/2021/02/25/apple-retail-store-sign-language-interpreter-appointments.

NOTE: When you make an appointment, there will be a link somewhere to request ASL as seen in the picture in article.

How Deaf Education Adapted To The Pandemic

MASSACHUSETTS — When schools across the country closed last March and districts started holding classes by Zoom and Google Meet, many students struggled to keep up. The new technology was a challenge for students and teachers alike, and many parents were left frustrated.

Read more at https://patch.com/massachusetts/across-ma/how-deaf-education-adapted-pandemic?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=blasts&utm_content=massachusetts.

Zoom adding automatic closed captioning for all free accounts

Zoom plans to roll out support for automatic closed captioning to free accounts this fall as part of its efforts to make the service more accessible, the company has announced. If you’re a free account holder who needs access to the feature before then, Zoom is allowing users to manually request access to the Live Transcription feature via a Google Form linked to in its announcement.

Read the rest at https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/25/22300740/zoom-live-transcription-closed-captions-accessibility-free-accounts.

Superbowl and ASL National Anthem

Superbowl not filming Wawa Snipes ASLized songs all the way.

People (You) now can fill out feedbacks here (shared from NAD).

Help the deaf community share this and fills yours too.

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Every year, there is an american sign language version of the national anthem nearby the main stage. Those signers are shown for one second or so literally every year. The deaf community is tired of being ignored and we request a PIP or half screen showing both versions at the same time. This is not the first time this issue came up and we would appreciate it if ASL was shown in its entirety going forward. Also make sure the ASL part is not obsecured by closed captioning or frames so that we can appreciate the full message.

Thank you

https://www.cbssports.com/help/feedback

White House adding sign language interpreter for briefings

The Biden administration is adding a sign language interpreter to its daily press briefings.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced the move during Monday’s briefing, and an interpreter could be seen on the White House’s YouTube stream of the event.

Psaki said President Joe Biden “is committed to building an America that is more inclusive, more just and more accessible for every American, including Americans with disabilities and their families.”

Read the rest at https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-donald-trump-coronavirus-pandemic-jen-psaki-kayleigh-mcenany-bd0e8f909eb43bc3b383d0ac67e1b9cc.

Inauguration praised for inclusive messaging, including ASL Pledge of Allegiance

The inauguration of President Joe Biden included several inclusive moments for the disability community, leading to praise from viewers and advocates.

The most talked about moment occurred early in the ceremony: Georgia firefighter Andrea Hall led the Pledge of Allegiance in American Sign Language and in spoken word.

Read the rest at https://www.today.com/health/firefighter-andrea-hall-signs-pledge-allegiance-inauguration-t206318?cid=sm_npd_td_fb_ma.

Delaware covid vaccine groups

Please check with your doctor when your phase/group is called up by the state for more information. It will take time for each group to get the vaccinations and could be a few weeks or months before it is your turn if you want it. The chart is to help you identify where you stand in line for the vaccination and easier identification for the doctor.

Fourth Circuit Rules Deaf Inmate Has the Right to Use Videophone

A North Carolina prison violated a deaf inmate’s First Amendment rights by not allowing him to use a videophone to contact people on the outside, the Fourth Circuit found on Wednesday.

The appellate court reversed a district court decision that had ruled in favor of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in a case brought by Thomas Heyer in 2011.

Read the rest at https://www.courthousenews.com/fourth-circuit-rules-deaf-inmate-has-the-right-to-use-videophone/?amp=1.