DEAF HISTORY MONTH

SATURDAY, March 13, 6-8pm EST: Keynote Speaker Akilah English on “Decolonizing K-12 Deaf Education: Racial Justice and Radical Healing with Courage and Compassion”

WEDNESDAY, March 17, 6-8pm EST: ASL Game Night

TUESDAY, March 23, 6-8pm EST: Native American Deaf panel on “Turtle Island Hand Talk: Our Purpose, Our Goals, Our Teaching”

FRIDAY, April 2, 6-8pm EST: Hot Terp Topic: DeafBlind Interpreting Services

SATURDAY, April 10, 6-8pm EST: ASL Skit Night with MC Ian Sanborn

THURSDAY, April 15: ASL Performance “Got Hearies?” by Queen Foreverrr

WHO: All are welcome. Prior knowledge of topic: little/none

WHERE: Online Zoom (link will be emailed 24 hours prior to the event)

CEUs: 0.2 PS for Keynote, Panel and Hot Terp Topic; 0.2 GS for all other events

Accommodations

All events for TRUE-BIZ ASL are presented in ASL with voice interpreters. The events are in conformance with local, state, provincial, and federal statutes regarding disabilities. Activities and facilities shall be accessible to all individuals. For additional accommodations and inquiries, e-mail us at: truebizasl (at) gmail.com

Refund Policy

NO refunds will be given unless the presenters and/or TRUE-BIZ ASL cancels the event(s).

Register at https://truebizasl.com/dhm.

Deaf women fought for the right to vote

If Susan B. Anthony had a deaf sister, everyone would know that deaf suffragists fought tirelessly for expanding women’s right to vote, right alongside Anthony herself. Everyone would know deaf suffragists contributed to women’s emancipation in the United States and Britain and that they lived bold lives.

As a researcher of deaf history, including deaf women’s history, I work to illuminate the often hidden history of deaf people and their unique contributions to the world. I have unearthed historical information about deaf women suffragists and assembled it into an online collection chronicling what is known – so far – about these women and their lives.

Despite harsh, discriminatory conditions, low pay and lack of recognition, countless deaf women have fought with brilliance and dedication for personal and professional recognition, including for the right to vote.

Read the rest at https://theconversation.com/deaf-women-fought-for-the-right-to-vote-156734.

Apple Stores offering free sign language interpreter appointments

Apple is now offering prescheduled support from sign language interpreters at hundreds of its retail stores in nearly a dozen countries. The service is provided to customers by appointment at no cost.

Read the rest of the story at https://9to5mac.com/2021/02/25/apple-retail-store-sign-language-interpreter-appointments.

NOTE: When you make an appointment, there will be a link somewhere to request ASL as seen in the picture in article.

How Deaf Education Adapted To The Pandemic

MASSACHUSETTS — When schools across the country closed last March and districts started holding classes by Zoom and Google Meet, many students struggled to keep up. The new technology was a challenge for students and teachers alike, and many parents were left frustrated.

Read more at https://patch.com/massachusetts/across-ma/how-deaf-education-adapted-pandemic?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=blasts&utm_content=massachusetts.

Zoom adding automatic closed captioning for all free accounts

Zoom plans to roll out support for automatic closed captioning to free accounts this fall as part of its efforts to make the service more accessible, the company has announced. If you’re a free account holder who needs access to the feature before then, Zoom is allowing users to manually request access to the Live Transcription feature via a Google Form linked to in its announcement.

Read the rest at https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/25/22300740/zoom-live-transcription-closed-captions-accessibility-free-accounts.

Superbowl and ASL National Anthem

Superbowl not filming Wawa Snipes ASLized songs all the way.

People (You) now can fill out feedbacks here (shared from NAD).

Help the deaf community share this and fills yours too.

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You can copy and paste this in the comment/note box below if want or make your own comments.

Every year, there is an american sign language version of the national anthem nearby the main stage. Those signers are shown for one second or so literally every year. The deaf community is tired of being ignored and we request a PIP or half screen showing both versions at the same time. This is not the first time this issue came up and we would appreciate it if ASL was shown in its entirety going forward. Also make sure the ASL part is not obsecured by closed captioning or frames so that we can appreciate the full message.

Thank you

https://www.cbssports.com/help/feedback

White House adding sign language interpreter for briefings

The Biden administration is adding a sign language interpreter to its daily press briefings.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced the move during Monday’s briefing, and an interpreter could be seen on the White House’s YouTube stream of the event.

Psaki said President Joe Biden “is committed to building an America that is more inclusive, more just and more accessible for every American, including Americans with disabilities and their families.”

Read the rest at https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-donald-trump-coronavirus-pandemic-jen-psaki-kayleigh-mcenany-bd0e8f909eb43bc3b383d0ac67e1b9cc.

Inauguration praised for inclusive messaging, including ASL Pledge of Allegiance

The inauguration of President Joe Biden included several inclusive moments for the disability community, leading to praise from viewers and advocates.

The most talked about moment occurred early in the ceremony: Georgia firefighter Andrea Hall led the Pledge of Allegiance in American Sign Language and in spoken word.

Read the rest at https://www.today.com/health/firefighter-andrea-hall-signs-pledge-allegiance-inauguration-t206318?cid=sm_npd_td_fb_ma.