Virtual Economic Town Hall

The Delaware Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long will have a virtual town hall meeting on Delaware’s Economic Recovery from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm TONIGHT (May 4, 2020). ASL and closed captioning will be available. Watch on (click –>) de.gov/economy

Thanks to ODHH for sharing this.

‘I cannot read their lips’: The deaf community faces another communication hurdle as face masks become the new normal

Mary Beth Pagnella, who has lived with profound hearing loss most of her life, prides herself on being an excellent lip reader.

But, amid the coronavirus outbreak, reading lips has become more difficult with state and federal officials recommending, and some requiring, people to wear masks in public.

“I feel so lost and out of place because (people) are wearing masks and I cannot read their lips,” Pagnella told USA TODAY. “Not being able to hear is hard enough. Now, lip reading is hard, too.”

Read the rest at https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/04/27/coronavirus-face-masks-deaf-communication/3037302001.

‘I cannot read their lips’: The deaf community faces another communication hurdle as face masks become the new normal

Mary Beth Pagnella, who has lived with profound hearing loss most of her life, prides herself on being an excellent lip reader.

But, amid the coronavirus outbreak, reading lips has become more difficult with state and federal officials recommending, and some requiring, people to wear masks in public.

“I feel so lost and out of place because (people) are wearing masks and I cannot read their lips,” Pagnella told USA TODAY. “Not being able to hear is hard enough. Now, lip reading is hard, too.”

Read the rest at https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/04/27/coronavirus-face-masks-deaf-communication/3037302001.

988 Sucide Hotline Directive

Sorenson is responding to the FCC directive to provide direct-dial access by dialing 988 on your ntouch, which connects you to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The Lifeline does not belong to Sorenson.

For more information on the Lifeline, please visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org

P.S. this applies to all other VRS or relay providers too. There are D/HH ASL hotlines out there also. If you prefer that, contact us or 988 can help you find that VP #.

Deaf Americans are urging the White House to use sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings

(CNN) – The US Census Bureau estimates that about 11.5 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. Yet months into the coronavirus pandemic, the White House still does not have American Sign Language interpreters at its televised public health press briefings.

Read the rest at https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/23/politics/white-house-interpreter-coronavirus-briefings-trnd/index.html.

Social Security recipients with kids at home face Wednesday deadline for getting extra stimulus cash

Summary:

Have kids and get SSI/SSDI? Never file a tax return in the last 2 years?

If yes to both questions, report your kids to IRS by April 22 or wait to get their stimulus money next year. Report kids at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here.

Read the article at https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/21/politics/social-security-dependents-stimulus-money/index.html.