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.
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).
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
NAD and DSA have a Task Force on Aging. They developed this survey for deaf and hard of hearing seniors over age 50. They want to learn about challenges and issues deaf seniors face and will share the results in 2020.
They also have a website with resources at www.nad.org/seniors.
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.