‘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.

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.

The pandemic’s impact on kids in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community — and how parents and educators are creating their new normal

When Amanda Cooper found out her 8-year-old son Cason, who is Deaf, wasn’t returning to in-person school in March she said she immediately felt afraid.

“That is the best way that I know how to describe it,” Cooper, who is hearing, told CBS News. Her family moved to St. Augustine, Florida, so Cason would be able to attend Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind and be immersed in ASL and Deaf culture. “It was just extremely frightening. I know within my heart that I could not provide Cason with what he needed, as much as the teachers at his school could,” she added.

And she likely wasn’t the only parent who felt this way.

Read the rest at https://www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/kids-in-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-community-pandemic-impact-parents-educators-american-sign-language/#app.

Man overcomes being deaf, blind to work with Marine Corps Recruitment Depot

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A deaf and legally blind man was promoted to the Marine Corps Recruitment Depot as a Prep Chef last week and is thrilled to be back to work.

Kevin Tong was born deaf in Vietnam and moved with his family to San Diego when he was 13.

He fell in love with cooking during an internship and started working in hotels, honing his skills in the kitchen.

In his 20s another challenge hit, his vision started to go dark.

Read the rest at https://www.10news.com/news/local-news/man-overcomes-impairments-to-work-with-marine-corps.