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Invitation DisAbility Resource Center – Open House – Dec. 7th

November 25, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community News

 

Join the disAbility Resource Center as it Celebrates the Holidays at its 16th Annual Open House

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
409 Progress St., Fredericksburg, VA  22401

At 4 p.m. we will provide recognition and appreciation of Arva Priola who is retiring after more than 20 years of service to the  dRC
and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

R.S.V. P.: 540-373-2559 or drc@cildrc.org

Employment Workshop Presented by Volunteer FairFax

November 17, 2016 in Community News, Employment

 

 

When? December 1, 12-1:30 p.m.

Where? 2300 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 305 Arlington, VA 

RSVPexcel@ecnv.org or 703-525-3268, please let us know of any accommodation needs.

One of the best pathways to gaining meaningful employment is through volunteering, as it can help enhance your personal skill-set, make new contacts, build your network, gain in-debt knowledge about a specific career, and strengthen your resume.

So stop by ECNV on December 1, 2016 at 12 p.m. for an interactive employment workshop presented by Angela Saiza Starling of Volunteer Fairfax, where she will discuss how her organization can match you with your ideal volunteering position.
This presentation will cover:

  • What is a volunteer center?
  • Pathways to employment
  • Ways to engage
  • Trivia

Volunteer Fairfax, has been building better community through service for more than 40 years. They are the regional volunteer center serving Fairfax County and the National Capital region. They seek individuals, families, youth and corporate groups for service opportunities at a variety of nonprofit agencies. One-time special events or ongoing activities are available. In 2015, through various program and events, the organization engaged more than 23,000 volunteers who served nearly 83,000 donated hours. For more information, visit www.volunteerfairfax.org

Shame on the Smithsonian Institution – The Blog – by Janice S. Lintz

November 3, 2016 in Disability Law, Technology

 

 

The Huffington Post
THE BLOG
by Janice S. Lintz
Consultant, Consumer Advocate, Foodie and Traveler

The Smithsonian Institution should be ashamed for failing to include hearing induction loops for its videos and films, for people who are hard of hearing, in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Twenty-six years after the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, none of the Smithsonian museums provides hearing induction loops for videos or films. Some of the museums offer loops at the service desks.

Read more  . . . Smithsonian

National Council on Disability Calls for a “Technology Bill of Rights”

October 11, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Disability Law

 

 

National Council on Disability Calls for a “Technology Bill of Rights” for 57 Million Americans

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Posted: October 7

Washington, DC – Today, the National Council on Disability (NCD)—an independent federal agency—calls on Congress to establish a Technology Bill of Rights for Americans with Disabilities in its annual report to Congress and the President outlining the state of the union for 57 million Americans with disabilities.

NCD’s 2016 annual report, “National Disability Policy: A Progress Report,” identifies access to information and communications innovations as a civil rights issue due to the power technology has to transform civic engagement and economic opportunity in the United States.

NCD will release the report this morning in connection with a Capitol Hill briefing on the report this morning at 11:00 AM at the Washington, DC’s Capitol Visitor Center. The briefing panel features technology industry leaders from Microsoft and IBM, as well as disability advocates and federal partners.

“Accessible technology is not limited to what we can conceive of today. It also sets the stage for what we will achieve tomorrow,” said Clyde Terry, NCD Chair. “Regulations, legal frameworks and professional standards are important foundations, but they begin a process, they don’t end it. In today’s world, technological equality for persons with disabilities is a social justice issue. To be truly accessible, technological inclusion must be built in, from the ground up, with every user in mind.  Anything else is a step backwards. Anything less creates second class citizens.”

A full report may be downloaded from NCD’s website at www.ncd.gov/progress_reports.

FCC Takes Action to Strengthen Wireless Emergency Alerts as a Public Safety Tool

October 11, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Emergency Preparedness

 

 

On September 29, 2016, the FCC adopted rules to update and strengthen Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), which are alerts that are sent to wireless phones.  The updated rules are intended to promote the wider use and effectiveness of WEA and to make such messages more accessible for individuals with disabilities.

Highlights of the updated rules include: 

  • Increase the maximum length of WEA messages (from 90 to 360 characters) for 4G LTE and future networks;
  • Require participating wireless providers to support inclusion of embedded phone numbers and URLs in all WEA alerts;
  • Require participating wireless providers to deliver the alerts to more specifically targeted geographic areas to avoid “over-alerting”;
  • Create a new class of alerts (“Public Safety Messages”) to convey essential, recommended actions that can save lives or property (e.g. emergency shelter locations or a boil water order);
  • Require participating wireless providers to support transmission of Spanish-language alerts; and
  • Make it easier for state and local authorities to test WEA, train personnel, and raise public awareness about the service.

    The FCC also released a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) to invite public comment on:

 

 

 

State Wide Rally Deaf Grassroots Movement for Virginia on Thur, Oct. 20th

October 4, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community Events, Community News

 

Dear NVAD members and friends,

There will be a state wide rally conducted by Deaf Grassroots Movement-Virginia in 7 cities on Thursday, October 20, from 10 am to 2 pm. DGM-VA chose Fairfax to represent Northern Virginia. Timothy Lavelle is willing to take the lead for the Fairfax rally which will be held at the City Hall in the city of Fairfax between Rt 123 and University Blvd and will need volunteers to march and make noises. We will need to make some signs. The main focus is “Deaf Equal Access Now”. Please take the time to read the letter and look at all three attachments from Deborah McKague who is the secretary of DGM-VA and an activist. Please share this (forward with attachments) with your friends and organizations.
 
Tim can be reached at 571-350-8029 VP, FT or Glide.
Thank you very much,
Jeanne Lavelle

When a HoH Meets a Pro

September 27, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

THE BETTER HEARING CONSUMER
By Gael Hannan

In the hearing loss world that I live in, there are HoHs and there are Pros:

HoH: Refers to a person who has hearing loss and who may also identify as hard of hearing, hearing-impaired, or hearing aid/cochlear implant user. (This term does not refer to all those affected by a person’s hearing loss, such as the moms and dads, life partners, children, and friends.)

Pro:  Refers to someone who works in a hearing healthcare field, such as an audiologist or hearing instrument specialist, but this category also can include an Ear, Nose & Throat doctor, hearing aid manufacturer, and/or an assistive technology sales rep.

…now that we’ve got that out of the way…

If you’re a HoH, you have most likely—hopefully—met a Pro by now. You made an appointment, walked through that door and sat down to discuss your hearing with this Pro.

Read more  . . . . HOH-PRO

Position Announcement – Older Adult Specialist – Helen Keller National Center

September 27, 2016 in Community News, Employment

 

We currently have an exciting career opportunity available to work as our Older Adult Specialist. Position location is flexible nationally. The Older Adult Program Specialist provides, provide consultation, technical assistance, training, advocacy, resource materials and program development on behalf of senior adults, ages 55 and better, who are experiencing combined loss of vision and hearing on a national basis.

DOWNLOAD – position-announcement_-older-adult-specialist

Submit resume to:                       

FAX:                (516) 767-2302
E-mail:            hkncrecruitment@hknc.org
Mail to:            Helen Keller National Center
141 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, New York 11050
Attn: Human Resources Department
Job Code – OAP

Workplace Accommodations: “Low Cost, High Impact”

September 27, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community News

 

 

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) recently released the annual data for its ongoing study on the cost of workplace accommodations, revealing that the majority (59 percent) of workplace accommodations cost nothing, while for those that do, the typical small expenditure pays for itself multiple-fold in the form of reduced insurance and training costs and increased productivity and morale. JAN, which like EARN is a service of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, has reported the Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact study each year since 2004.

Thanks to Access Fairfax: News and Events for People with Disabilities

Fairfax County’s ‘Yellow Dot’ Program Could Save Your Life

September 27, 2016 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness, Hearing Loss & Deafness, Transportation

 

 

There’s a “golden hour” after a vehicle crash or emergency.

Medical help may be required, but first responders need to know what medical conditions people might have, especially if they are unconscious or unable to talk.

The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department’s new “Yellow Dot Program” could save your life, and enrollment is simple:

  1. Visit your local fire station for a kit.
  2. Fill out the booklet in pencil (so you can make future updates).
  3. Attach a current photo into the booklet.
  4. Place the booklet in your glove compartment.
  5. Place the yellow dot decal in the lower left of your rear windshield to alert first responders to check the glove compartment for vital medical information. Tip: place the sticker no higher than three inches from the bottom.

10-Minute Online Survey on Home Alerting Devices for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

September 22, 2016 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness, Research

 

The Technology Access Program (TAP) at Gallaudet University is conducting a brief online survey to learn about the types of alerting devices deaf and hard of hearing people might prefer to notify them to common sounds around the home (doorbell ringing, videophone call, baby crying, etc.), and emergency alerts (fire alarms, emergency weather alerts, etc.). Your responses to this short survey will help us in the development of better notification options for these common sounds and emergency alerts.

To take this survey you must be 18 years or older.

The Gallaudet Institutional Review Board has approved this study. If you have any questions about the study, please contact Christian Vogler Christian.vogler@gallaudet.edu or Paula Tucker paula.tucker@gallaudet.edu.

Please click http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2997929/Home-alerting-devices-Internet-Version to begin the survey.

The survey will close on October 31, 2016.

Department of Justice: If Disabled People Can’t Use Berkeley’s Free Online Courses, No One Can

September 22, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Disability Law

 

 

The university will have to remove free online content that doesn’t meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Harrison Bergeron should enroll at the University of California-Berkeley. The federal Department of Justice recently informed the university that the online content it makes available to the public free of charge runs afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act—blind and deaf people wouldn’t be able to access it, according to the government.

In response, Berkeley is considering simply removing the online resources, since that’s much cheaper than becoming ADA compliant.

You might say, well, Berkeley is a public university, and has a responsibility to make its resources available to all students, regardless of their disability status. That’s true. But here’s the thing: no Berkeley student has complained. The online courses have proven to be perfectly accessible to the entire student body thus far.

Read more . . . DOJ – ADA

Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System Scheduled for Sept. 28

September 15, 2016 in Emergency Preparedness

 

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with the FCC, will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on:
September 28, 2016, at 2:20 PM EDT. 

If rescheduling is necessary, the alternate test date is October 5, 2016.

The EAS test is going to be broadcast through these ways:

•             Radio broadcast stations;
•             Television broadcast stations:
•             Cable systems;
•             Wireline video systems;
•             Direct broadcast satellite service providers; and
•             Digital audio radio service providers.

The EAS test will gauge the reliability, accessibility, and effectiveness of the EAS. The emergency test message will be transmitted in English and Spanish via audio and text, which can be used to create an accessible video crawl to ensure that all members of the public will be able to access this emergency test.

The FCC Public Safety Support Center welcomes feedback on the accessibility of this test.  If you observe any problems about this test, or have feedback about the test, please submit your comments at:   https://www.fcc.gov/general/public-safety-support-center.

From: Manager of Accessible Programs – National Gallery of Art

September 15, 2016 in Community News, Employment

 

 

Hi everyone,
We’re looking for a contractor fluent in ASL who has experience working with families and children to contract with the National Gallery of Art on an ongoing basis.

For more information:
DOWNLOAD – position_description_national-gallery-of-art-family-tour-in-asl

Comment Deadline for Proposed Rule Amendment on VRS Interoperability and Portability Standards

August 31, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Captioning / Relay, Technology

 

 

On August 4, 2016, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (Bureau) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM), seeking comment on strengthening the Commission’s requirements for the interoperability and portability of video relay services (VRS). 

The Bureau set the deadline for filing comments 21 days after publication of the FNPRM in the Federal Register.  A summary of the FNPRM was published in the Federal Register on August 24, 2016, which established a deadline of September 14, 2016.  The Bureau announced this deadline by Public Notice released on August 25, 2016.

Links to the Public Notice:

Word:  https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-973A1.doc
PDF:  https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-973A1.pdf
Text:  https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-973A1.txt

Links to the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (corrected):

Word: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-893A1.doc
PDF: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-893A1.pdf
Text:  https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-16-893A1.txt

For more information, contact:  Eliot Greenwald, Disability Rights Office, CGB, at 202-418-2235 or Eliot.Greenwald@fcc.gov, or Robert Aldrich, CGB, at 202-418-0996 orRobert.Aldrich@fcc.gov.  For those using videophones and fluent in American Sign Language, you may call the ASL Consumer Support Line at 844-432-2275.