Judge Orders White House to Include Sign Language in Covid Briefings

The Trump administration may have violated federal law by not including American Sign Language interpretation in televised briefings on the coronavirus pandemic, a federal judge in Washington ruled Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg granted temporary relief that will require the White House to include in-frame ASL interpretation, already adopted by the governors of all 50 states in their Covid-19 video broadcasts, pending final judgment in the case.

The judge found “there is little debate” that deaf Americans would suffer irreparable harm — the threshold to warrant injunctive relief — if denied timely access to critical information on the pandemic.

Read the rest at https://www.courthousenews.com/judge-orders-white-house-to-include-sign-language-in-covid-briefings/amp.

Should FMCSA lift restrictions on deaf drivers?

A lack of support from major trucking organizations, state licensing agencies and an influential medical group could impede efforts by disability rights advocates to lift commercial driver’s license (CDL) restrictions for truck drivers who cannot hear.

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in December to propose a rule repealing requirements that commercial truck drivers be able to hear. NAD’s petition also requests that FMCSA amend the requirement that interstate drivers be able to speak, as well as a rule barring interpreters from the CDL skills-test process.

Read the rest at https://www.freightwaves.com/news/should-fmcsa-lift-restrictions-on-deaf-drivers.

LIVE DEMO: How to Caption Online Videos

Online videos are the best way to provide full communication in ASL for many deaf organizations… BUT: are your videos clear and accessible? Roberto will explain why providing access information is important and Lizzie will do a live demo showing you how to add a closed caption file to your online videos! This webinar will leave you with tools, tips, and a better understanding of why your online videos should have captions. This free webinar is a joint collaboration with the Colorado Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind.

Note: this will not be streamed to Facebook, you will need to register for the webinar to receive the zoom link.

  • DATE: Thursday, September 1, 2020, 5-6 PM ET
  • No CEUs will be offered
  • Webinar will be done in American Sign Language (ASL), English Voice and English captioning will be provided

Register at https://www.nad.org/demo-how-to-caption-online-videos/.

Public Deaf Interpreters Directory

Are you a deaf interpreter who can provide ASL translation, either live or recorded? Whether it’s for an emergency press briefing or a work meeting, we know people are looking for YOU to provide access. The NAD and National Deaf Interpreters (NDI) partnered together to address this critical gap of ensuring the public can easily access a directory with this information.

Register at https://www.nad.org/2020/08/19/public-deaf-interpreters-directory.

ASL Access for DNC (Aug. 17-20)

Shared from a Facebook post and verified that it shows up. If anyone knows of other access options, please let us know.

The DEMOCRATIC National Convention starts today, August 17, and continues every day until Thursday, August 20. It will be livestreamed in ASL on YouTube every night, starting at 9p ET (8p CT, 7p MT, 6p PT). To watch in ASL, go to YouTube and search “ASL Democratic”. You can also watch it live on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, C-SPAN, CNN, MSNBC and PBS.
So far, the REPUBLICAN National Convention has not yet announced if ASL will be available. That convention is scheduled for August 24-August 27.

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.