ASL Camping Crew: PA Outdoor Corps in Partnership with CorpsTHAT

Laurel Hill Park Complex in Rockwood, PA

Paid opportunities for Deaf and Hard of Hearing 15-18 year olds to join a crew that will camp, learn, and work together on a small team to complete conservation projects during one of two ~3 week sessions, and Deaf and Hard of Hearing 21+ year olds to lead crews during both sessions.

Session 1: July 5-23

Session 2: July 26-August 13

Prospective crew members view here

Prospective crew leaders view here

Apple Re-Releasing ‘CODA’ in Theaters With Open Captions Following Oscars Win

Fresh off its Oscars triumph, Apple will re-release “CODA” in movie theaters on Friday. The film, which tells the story of the only hearing member of a deaf family’s relationship with her parents and brother, will screen in over 600 U.S. locations with open captions. That will make the film accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing.

“CODA” became the first movie released by a streaming service to win best picture at Sunday’s ceremony. Director Sian Heder picked up a statue for best adapted screenplay, and Tory Kotsur won best supporting actor.

Read on at https://variety.com/2022/film/news/apple-coda-movie-theaters-open-captions-oscars-win-1235218804.

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Proposed Rule to Improve Accessibility of Lavatories on Single-Aisle Aircraft

Comment by May 27, 2022

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that it is publishing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would improve the accessibility of lavatories for people with disabilities traveling on new single-aisle aircraft.

“Far too often, travelers with disabilities don’t have the opportunity to fly to their destinations because they can’t access the lavatories on most airplanes,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “This rule would make airplane lavatories more accessible for passengers with disabilities, and bring us one step closer to the day when air travel is possible for everyone.”

Currently, there is no federal requirement that lavatories on single-aisle aircraft be accessible to individuals with disabilities. The inability to use the lavatory on long flights can present significant challenges to passengers who use wheelchairs. Some passengers, knowing that they will not be able to use the toilet during a flight, dehydrate themselves so that they do not need to urinate. These actions can cause many adverse health effects. Other passengers use adult diapers or catheters, which they may find degrading and uncomfortable. Still other wheelchair users avoid flying altogether.

Single-aisle aircraft now operate the vast majority of domestic flights, including a large share of long, cross-country flights. The proposed rule would require airlines to make at least one lavatory on new single-aisle aircraft with 125 or more passenger seats large enough to permit a passenger with a disability (with the help of an assistant, if necessary) to approach, enter, and maneuver within the aircraft lavatory, to use all facilities in that lavatory, and to leave using the aircraft’s onboard wheelchair. 

This rulemaking is one of the DOT’s highest priority regulatory initiatives because it advances equity and reduces discrimination by increasing access to transportation for individuals with disabilities.

The proposed rule would apply to new aircraft ordered 18 years after the effective date of the final rule or delivered 20 years after the effective date of the final rule. It is the result of a 2016 negotiated rulemaking that was produced through a consensus among a cross-section of stakeholders, including disability organizations such as Paralyzed Veterans of America and the National Disability Rights Network; the Association of Flight Attendants; Airbus; and airlines. However, given this long timeframe and in recognition of the affirmative responsibility of the federal government to advance equity, civil rights and equal opportunity for all individuals, DOT is seeking comment on whether these accessibility improvements could be implemented more quickly than proposed. Based on the comments it receives, DOT may adjust the implementation timeline as part of the final rule.

DOT encourages members of the public and interested parties to submit comments on the NRPM. View the notice and request for comment in the Federal Register. The NPRM can also be found at on the DOT website and at regulations.gov , docket number DOT-OST-2021-0137.

DOT’s Office of Aviation Consumer Protection (OACP) assists, educates, and protects aviation consumers by reviewing and responding to thousands of consumer complaints about air travel; investigating and enforcing, as appropriate, violations of aviation consumer protection, civil rights, and licensing requirements against airlines and ticket agents; and assessing the need for and drafting aviation consumer protection and civil rights regulations. Additional information and resources, including information on how to file a complaint with OACP.

 

The Mandalorian’s Tusken Scout Won an Oscar

If you’re a Star Wars fan but didn’t think Troy Kotsur looked familiar when he got up to accept his Best Supporting Actor Oscar on Sunday night, don’t feel bad. Kotsur played an important role in The Mandalorian‘s first season episode “The Gunslinger,” but we never saw his face. He’s the Tusken who communicated with the Mandalorian using Tusken Sign Language—a language Kotsur created.

Kotsur is the first Deaf man to win an Oscar, and the first Deaf actor to appear in Star Wars. He won for his role in CODA, in which he plays the father of Ruby (Emilia Jones), the only hearing child in her family.

Read on at https://www.tor.com/2022/03/29/the-mandalorian-troy-kotsur-oscar.

Deafopia Event (East Rutherford, NJ)

It s finally here! The event is in middle of NJ, NY, PA and CT.

Deafopia Events
American Dream Mall
May 21, 2022
10 AM – 5 PM
1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford, NJ 07073

Register on line, www.deafopia.com/admission

Deafopia Events will be hosting event at new 2nd largest mall in USA where will be at East Rutherford, NJ. It is only 12 minutes drive from midtown Manhattan to the mall. Buses are available to bring people from Port Authority Bus Terminal on 42nd street/8th avenue to the mall.

More information will be released..