Sign language app helps South Pasadena police communicate with community

PASADENA (KABC) — The South Pasadena Police Department is using a new app that helps officers talk to a real-time sign language interpreter and communicate with an individual who is hearing or speech impaired.
The Purple Communications Video Remote Interpreting app will help officers if they need to get information from an eyewitness who only communicates using sign language.

Read the rest of the story at https://abc7.com/technology/sign-language-app-helps-south-pasadena-police-communicate-with-community-/5134432.

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