Third Group of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Attorneys to be Sworn into United States Supreme Court Bar

On Wednesday, December 11, 2019, ten members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bar Association (DHHBA) will be sworn in and admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court.  All members are deaf or hard of hearing attorneys. The participants are:

  • Azeema Akram, Administrative Law Judge, Illinois Commerce Commission, Chicago, Illinois

  • Kristy L. Avino, Attorney, McCarter & English, LLP, Boston, Massachusetts

  • Jeremy Bolton, Solo Practitioner, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Jessica Kennedy, Legal Director, Communication Service for the Deaf, St. Paul, Minnesota

  • Jana Miller, Attorney, Ashland, Kentucky

  • Caitlin Parton, Attorney, Disability Law Center, Boston, Massachusetts

  • Peter Pentony, Attorney, WilliamsFord, Shepherdstown, West Virginia

  • Robert Reilman, Solo Practitioner, Kalmazoo, Michigan

  • Michael Sabella, Attorney, Baker & Hostetler LLP, New York, New York

  • Anna Maria Wilson, Chief Legal Officer, Communication Service for the Deaf, Austin, Texas

Read the rest of the story at http://www.deafbar.org/2019/12/03/third-group-of-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-attorneys-to-be-sworn-into-united-states-supreme-court-bar -or- https://thedeafreport.com/home/2019/12/4/deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-bar-association-announces-participation-in-group-swearing-in-ceremony.

Google Disability Support now includes American Sign Language

There are 466 million people in the world who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, and products like Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier help them communicate and interact with others. If people with disabilities need specialized technical support for Google’s products and services, they can go to Google Disability Support, and starting today, there will be American Sign Language (ASL) specialists to help people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing through video chat, with help from Connect Direct through TELUS international.

Read on at https://blog.google/outreach-initiatives/accessibility/google-disability-support-now-includes-american-sign-language/?utm_source=tw&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=og or call them at (512) 777-0499 (VP).

Comcast Internet Essentials program expands

Sharing from Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre (DHCC) post at https://www.facebook.com/90757717356/posts/10157671583977357/

Yesterday, DHCC’s Executive Director Neil McDevitt was on hand to witness a truly remarkable event at Pennsylvania School for the Deaf: Comcast/Xfinity announced that their low-cost Internet Essentials program is being expanded to include Deaf/disabled individuals.

They also announced that through a partnership with @ThisIsCSD, Comcast/Xfinity customers can speak directly to customer service representatives in ASL when they need assistance.

And finally, it was announced that all students at PSD present at yesterday’s event would receive an iPad and 6 months of Internet Essentials service!

For more information about Comcast’s Internet Essentials program: https://www.internetessentials.com/

To get Comcast customer service representatives in ASL: https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/asl-help-videos

Meet the busy, busy ASL signers who work Philly’s theater circuit

During a time when Philadelphia theater is vibrant and fast-moving — especially as was the case with Hamilton at the Forrest Theatre, with 20,520 words artfully crammed into 2 hours and 23 minutes, breaking down to a dizzying 144 words per minute — the American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters at the local business Hands UP Productions have their hands full.

Tuesday night, three interpreters and an ASL coach rehearsed from the sidelines at the Academy of Music as that evening’s production of Mean Girls played out onstage.

Read the rest at https://www.inquirer.com/arts/theater/philadelphia-theater-asl-interpreter-signed-shows-hands-up-productions-20191129.html.

Healthcare insurance reminder

Halthcare or medical insurance reminder.  If you do not have insurance or need to make changes, the public insurance deadline is December 15, 2019.  Go to healthcare.gov to begin.

 

Pro Football Hall of Fame offers ‘smart glasses’ for deaf community

CANTON, Ohio – The Pro Football Hall of Fame and SignGlasses LLC have teamed up to help the deaf and hard-of-hearing community through special smart glasses offered in the Hall.

The glasses, which include captioning, are in use in the Hall’s main theater attractions, “A Game of Life” holographic theater and the rotating Super Bowl Theater.

Read on at https://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/2019/11/pro-football-hall-of-fame-offers-smart-glasses-for-deaf-community.html.