ADA Help-Me How? Series at Deaf Action Center

Day 2 at the Deaf Action Center in Shreveport, Louisiana! I presented 3 of 6 webcast series for Deaf Advocacy yesterday, which focused on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you are curious about the Deaf Action Center, check out their website:

The Webcast series is titled: ADA Help-Me How?

Here’s a few pictures of the greenroom, where I am basically living in for the week!

My chair in the studio!
My chair in the studio!
Just me and the camera and 2 TV screens.
Just me and the camera and 2 TV screens.

StreetLeverage Article about Deaf Interpreters by Anna Mindess

This article is written by a hearing interpreter and a writer of “Reading Between the Signs.” Anna Mindess explores her own experience and shares her perspective on the social responsibility that hearing interpreters may have on working with Deaf Interpreters here in the United States.


Check it out! :

New Mexico RID conference

I am headed down to New Mexico to present: Outside of Courtroom: is it legal? At the NMRID state conference. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone there and check out Albuquerque. Only there for a night!

Great commentary on ASL

This article reflects on the current media fascination with sign language and while it is good to have a more visual presence within the media, they talk about how it has actually been perpetuating the idea that ASL is not a full language but rather gestures, pantomime, etc. At the benefit of the non-deaf audience. There has been limited focus on the deaf population whose language is American Sign Language.

ASL is not performance art.

FCC adopts a new and stricter closed captioning Standards.

This is a great news for us Deaf and Hard of hearing population. This order focuses on 4 areas to ensure the quality of the closed captioning is high.
Quoted from the new order:

1) Accurate: Captions must match the spoken words in the dialogue and convey background noises and other sounds to the fullest extent possible.

2) Synchronous: Captions must coincide with their corresponding spoken words and sounds to the greatest extent possible and must be displayed on the screen at a speed that can be read by viewers.

3) Complete: Captions must run from the beginning to the end of the program to the fullest extent possible.

4) Properly placed: Captions should not block other important visual content on the screen, overlap one another, or run off the edge of the video screen.

Here is the link to the actual order: FCC order on closed captioning

StreetLeverage Article: Treachery

StreetLeverage: Treachery

ARTICLE: Treachery: Why Sign Language Interpreters Don’t Correct Each Other’s Work?

Personal commentary: A fantastic article by Darren Byrne, which was submitted to StreetLeverage. An ongoing issue within the interpreting community, including deaf interpreters. From a Deaf person’s perspective, this can be even more challenging because if we stand up and complain about the interpreting services, we may seem ungrateful and demanding, however, if we sit still and do not complain, we are not receiving the complete interpretation. My ability to respond/react/object/complain often is contingent upon the situation and who are present in that moment. It is especially more challenging for me now as I am also a colleague and not necessarily always a consumer of the services. This type of reaction has made me realize that I have made this a personal issue when it should be a professional and a competency issue.

This is something that needs to be explored further and have an ongoing dialogue.