Public Comments open on Advisory Guidelines for Aircraft Onboard Wheelchairs

The U.S. Access Board has released for public comment advisory guidelines for wheelchairs used on commercial passenger aircraft during flight. These onboard wheelchairs are provided by air carriers as a means of facilitating the transfer of passengers with disabilities to aircraft lavatories since personal wheelchairs cannot be used in the cabin. Comments should be submitted no later than October 21, 2019.
#WheelchairAccessibility, #NetDe, #DeSCPD

#NowWeSee a link to the Federal Register, A daily journal of the U. S. Government to read the article requesting public comment.

DAD Meeting (September 15, 2019)

DAD LogoPublic Welcome

September 15 (Sunday) at 1pm

Bear Library (just off Route 1)
Meeting Room #3 (see note below)
101 Governors Pl, Bear, DE 19701

Note: We’ll meet in meeting room 3 inside the library, past the other meeting rooms at the entrance of the library.  The room is located on the other side of the book checkout area when you walk in on your left side and just before a computer classroom.


Volunteers Needed for Statewide Emergency Exercise!

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
An emergency exercise is being held on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at two different locations.
  • Registration is required for one-hour time slots between 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Please register for as many time slots as you can.
  • There are two locations, please register for one of the two locations (Newark and Dover).

DPH Volunteers Needed for Public Health Emergency Responsor Flyer 2019 (Adobe Acrobat Required)

More Info at–Stage–Store–RSS–Site-and-Point-of-Dispensing–POD–Exercise-.html?soid=1110442875156&aid=1grJRAd36eY.


Additional information from Loretta Sarro, ODHH: This is an exercise to test the state’s plan to deliver emergency medication due to an outbreak or event.  They need two people, who are Deaf, to go through the line and receive the empty bottle of the medication on Saturday, September 28th.   I will be there all day.  If you are interested in being volunteer, please call Beth MacDonald at email: or (302) 223-1355. Or, I will be happy to explain it to you through videophone: 302-504-4741 before you decide to be a volunteer.

FREE Flu Shot Events – Onsite ASL Interpreters

** 2 Events/Locations below **

Ages 9 and up for these events

Date/time:   October 4th     from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Location:  Porter Service Center
                 508 W 8th St
                 Wilmington, DE 19801                  


Drive thru event

Date/time:  October 8th     from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location:   DEL DOT   
                  Transportation Circle
                  Old Bay Road
                  Dover, DE


Thanks to DHSS and Loretta Sarro, ODHH for sharing the news.


We Demand Live Captioning Improvement

Confused by this caption above? You’re not alone. What the audio really said: “And, you know, maybe they just needed some time to cool off a bit, but they probably didn’t wanna be blasted with sprinklers like this. A mixed-doubles match at Wimbledon was interrupted when a sprinkler just went off.”

On July 31, the National Association of the Deaf, Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI), the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), and the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA), the Cerebral Palsy and Deaf Organization (CPADO), Deaf Seniors of America (DSA), the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (DHH-RERC), the Twenty-First Century Captioning Disability and Rehabilitation Research Project (Captioning DRRP), the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Interface & Information Technology Access (IT-RERC), and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to address long-standing quality problems with captioning for live television programming.

“Captioning in the U.S. has come a long way since the first appearance on Julia Child’s show in 1972, but captioning on live television continues to be difficult to understand especially with the advent of automatic speech recognition systems. Improving live captioning requires proactive solutions, and we ask the FCC to take on this task with new rules and metrics,” said NAD CEO Howard A. Rosenblum.

ASL video, comment/complaint link (for FCC) and more at

CNN Opinion: Twista ASL interpreter’s viral moment misses the point

Opinion by Lilit Marcus
Aug 23, 2019

Editor’s Note: Lilit Marcus is a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), author, and travel editor at Deaf with a capital D is often used to specify the active, proud Deaf community, as opposed to the lowercase-d deaf which simply indicates a person with hearing loss.The views expressed here are hers.

(CNN) – This week, a video of American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter Amber Galloway Gallego working alongside rapper Twista, described by The Root as “the fastest rapping MC in the world,” went viral.

Thousands of people shared the video of Gallego’s interpreting and praised her for her speed and accuracy.

While I’m sure anybody would be thrilled to have total strangers congratulating them on their work performance, I have just one question for the folks going wild over Gallego’s interpreting — do you understand anything the signer is saying? If the answer is no, I want you to think before you share that video, especially if you’re doing it to feel more engaged with the Deaf community.

Gallego, who is hard of hearing herself, is known as an interpreter who works often with rap and hip-hop musicians, and a self-professed ally in the Deaf community, but she’s hardly the first interpreter to go viral. There’s clearly just something about these videos that fascinates or excites people.

But when you treat other languages like fun, exotic modes of performance instead of like utilities, you are praising people who interpret for the deaf — while ignoring the deaf. Too many hearing people see signing as performance art instead of a living, breathing language that many people use to communicate basic thoughts and needs every single day.

Centering hearing people in Deaf experiences and presenting ASL as amusement for hearing concert-goers instead of as a mode of communication for the Deaf does a huge disservice to interpreters and their profession. For the dozens of profiles and hot takes written about Gallego, there are no such accompanying stories about discrimination, lack of access, and other real-time issues facing the deaf community.

Read the rest of the article at

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