Communication

(Video) Girl and puppy, both deaf, share message of love

Wednesday, August 17, 2016People looking to adopt a pet may hesitate at taking in a pet with a disability. That was the case for Walter, a deaf puppy, before he met his current owners. Now Walter lives with ten-year old Julia and her…

Deaf women join Cosmo to speak openly about sex

Monday, July 11, 2016Recently, Cosmopolitan decided to address misunderstandings around deaf women and sex. Cosmo interviewed three deaf women about their experiences having sex in order to raise awareness of the fact that most people with disabilities enjoy, and are having, sex just…

Students create gloves that translate sign language into spoken words

Tuesday, May 10, 2016Two students at the University of Washington are unveiling a device they hope will make communication more accessible for members of the Deaf community. According to the Gallaudet Research Institute there are almost forty million Deaf and hard of hearing…

Check out Episode 5 of the Rooted in Rights Podcast: Autism and coming of age with documentary director Alexandra Shiva

Thursday, April 14, 2016Our guest this month is Alexandra Shiva, whose work in the film industry is spreading understanding of what it means to be a young adult with autism. Shiva speaks with us about her recent film How to Dance in Ohio,…

FCC moves to expand video description requirements

Wednesday, April 13, 2016The Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rule Making [PDF] on March 31, regarding an expansion of existing video description requirements that make television programming accessible to people with visual disabilities. “Video description enables those who are blind…

Lawsuit demands text-to-9-1-1 capability in Arizona

Saturday, February 27, 2016Federal disability discrimination law mandates that the state of Arizona allow people with disabilities the opportunity to call 9-1-1 via text message, a new lawsuit alleges, filed in federal court February 11. “9-1-1 is a critical life-saving program that should…

Obama sends blind, copyright treaty to the Senate

Tuesday, February 23, 2016President Obama transmitted the Marrakesh Treaty to the Senate [PDF] on February 10, where it must be approved by a two-thirds vote for ratification. “This copyright treaty, concluded under the auspices of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), advances the …

Complaint demands accessible Medicaid and Medicare documentation

Monday, February 22, 2016The National Federation of the Blind and three individuals sued the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in federal court February 10, calling on the agency to make its documentation, including key materials relating to benefit changes and denials, accessible…

Disability advocates weigh in on prison phone-call reforms

Wednesday, February 17, 2016Two prominent disability rights organizations recently submitted public comments [PDF] to the Federal Communications Commission, calling on the agency to mandate expanded accessible telephone options for inmates. “The result of the current communication paradigm is that prisoners who are deaf…

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