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Call to increase representation and visibility of deaf and hard of hearing people within both the WMATA and the DC Government.

For the following vacancies:

WMATA Accessibility Advisory Council
Deadline to Apply: April 15, 2016 
About: Metro is looking for senior citizens and riders with disabilities to join the volunteer Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC). The 20-member committee consists of six individuals each from Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and two at-large members. Positions are available for residents of the District of Columbia, Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Fairfax City, City of Falls Church, and City of Alexandria. To qualify for membership, individuals must be riders of Metrobus, Metrorail and/or MetroAccess, and are not Metro employees, contractors or elected officials. All positions are unpaid.  Metro’s Board of Directors will make the final selection of candidates from a collection candidates that represent an accurate cross-section of customers who are disabled and/or seniors and reflect a broad representation of people from different geographical locations in the Metro service area. 
DC Government Commission on Persons with Disabilities
Deadline to Apply: ASAP
About: The DC Commission On Persons With Disabilities shall be committed to enhancing the image, status, inclusion, and quality of life for all District of Columbia residents, visitors, and employees with disabilities, and to ensuring that they have the same rights and opportunities as those without disabilities. The Commission will serve as an advisory body to inform and advise the District on programs, services, facilities, and activities that impact the lives of residents with disabilities in the District of Columbia. The Commission will advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities and/or families of such persons to promote inclusive communities and service delivery systems and to provide opportunities for public input, outreach, and education. The Commission shall work within the Office of Disability Rights (ODR) and in collaboration with the Office of Human Rights, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance and training programs, the Department on Disability Services, and all other agencies, boards, and commissions of the District of Columbia that affect the lives of residents with disabilities.
DC Government Developmental Disabilities State Planning Council
Deadline to Apply: ASAP

The DD Council is a standing committee of the DC Commission on Persons with Disabilities. The DD Council shall advise and assist the Commission in identifying and addressing issues related to children, adults and older persons with developmental disabilities and their families; Engage in advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change activities that are consistent with the purposes of the federal Act; Participate fully in the work of the Commission by promoting collaboration and coordination among appropriate public and nonprofit organizations in ways that build and continuously improve on a coordinated, consumer-and-family-centered, consumer-and-family-directed system of supports and assistance that enable individuals with developmental disabilities to exercise self-determination, as independent, productive, integrated community members.


Ford's Theatre offers audio-described, captioned and sign-interpreted performances. Dates are listed below. Seats for an audio-described, captioned or sign-interpreted performance can be purchased through Ticketmaster online or via phone at (800) 982-2787 or in person at our Box Office.

Ford’s Theatre also offers sign-language interpretation upon request for walking tours, One Destiny and one-night only events that are not part of the regular theatre season (such as The Lincoln Legacy Monday night events). Requests for sign-language interpreters must be received at least two weeks prior to the event. To make a request, please email us. These requests are subject to the availability of an interpreter and are provided at the discretion of the management.

The Guard
terpreted: Thursday, October 8, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Captioned: Saturday, October 17, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Audio-Described: Saturday, October 3, 2015, at 2 p.m.; Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.

A Christmas Carol
terpreted: Thursday, December 17, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Captioned: Sunday, December 13, 2015, at 2 p.m.
Audio-Described: Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 12, 2015, at 2 p.m.

The Glass Menagerie
terpreted: Thursday, February 18, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.
Captioned: Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Audio-Described: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 13, 2015 at 2 p.m.

110 in the Shade
terpreted: Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Captioned: Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Audio-Described: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday April 30, 2016 at 2 p.m.

FORD's Theatre Accessibility Page


TiLT Challenge! - Film/Media Competition on Disability

TiLT asks young artists and media makers (ages 13-22) to share their experiences with disability—in their own lives or in the lives of others—in an effort to shift, or tilt, society's perceptions of people with disabilities. Basically, to use their art form and storytelling capacity to re-frame the way people think about disability through evocative, honest stories.

Submission deadline is May 15, 2015

More Info:
Questions: or (202) 416-8898

TiLT is a program of the Kennedy Center, Office of VSA and Accessibility


Creative minds. Storytellers. Game changers.

This is your mission. The Kennedy Center asks you to bring honesty to the table. To shift perception through media, video, and creative storytelling. To showcase that people are people first—not simply defined by a disability. This is the TILT challenge.
We ask you to share your disability experience—in your own life, the lives of others, or by creating fictional characters—through the art of digital media and storytelling. We seek authentic stories that will inform, enlighten and tilt this perception.
The TiLT Challenge invites middle school, high school, and pre-professional students, ages 13-22, from around the world to submit. Submissions must be no more than 5 minutes in length and are due May 15, 2015. Winners will be invited to Washington, D.C., and winning submissions will be showcased at the Kennedy Center the week of July 20-26, 2015.

Please share with young film and media makers!
Visit to learn more!



Dr. Lauren Lieberman and I from Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies, and Physical Education (KSSPE) at the College at Brockport, SUNY are conducting a study to determine the accessibility of hotels and accommodation facilities with the life experiences of people with disabilities. We are ready to send the questionnaire out to people with disabilities and their families and traveling companions. Please find IRB approval document attached. We will be appreciated you to help us reach the participants. It should take about 10 minutes to complete the questionnaire. Results are expected to help improve the accessibility of accommodation facilities. We would be so thankful if you could please forward this to any list serves that you have and any friends you know that have disabilities or travel with people with disabilities.

The survey link is:
Thank you for all of your support! 


Ozkan Tutuncu, Ph.D. Primary Investigator,
State University of New York, College at Brockport,
Department of KSSPE
Phone: (585) 967-8740 Email:

Lauren Lieberman, Ph.D. Research Supervisor,
State University of New York, College at Brockport,
Department of KSSPE
Phone: (585) 395-5361





The Smithsonian Institution is committed to making the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival accessible and smithsonianenjoyable for visitors with disabilities. The 2014 Festival features “China: Tradition in the Art of Living” and,  “Kenya: Mambo Poa.”

The 10-day Festival, held outdoors on the National Mall between Seventh and 14th streets, will take place from Wednesday, June 25, through Sunday, June 29, and Wednesday, July 2, through Sunday, July 6. Admission is free. Festival hours are from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day, with special evening events beginning at 6 p.m.

Visitors with disabilities who need assistance are advised to report to the Information booths located at various points around the Festival site or to the Volunteer tent located in the Festival Services area near the Smithsonian Metrorail station’s Mall exit. A large-print version of the Festival’s daily schedule and food concession menus will be available. The Festival schedule is also available in audio format. A limited number of wheelchairs will be available at the Volunteer tent for loan.

American Sign Language interpreters will be on site daily to interpret selected performances and presentations. An additional ASL interpreter is on site each day and can be reached via the Volunteer tent for visitors with requests beyond the scheduled events. Real-time captioning (CART) will be provided for selected performances and presentations. Refer to the online Festival schedule for the complete times and dates of ASL and CART services, or pick up an updated schedule of interpreted events from the Volunteer tent or information booths.

Verbal-description and tactile tours are scheduled for Saturday, June 28, at 1:00 p.m. and Thursday, July 3, at 3 p.m. for visitors who are blind or have low vision. The Festival will open at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28, to host “Morning at the Mall” with pre-visit materials for families with children with cognitive and sensory processing disabilities. Visitors interested should RSVP for both events by calling (202) 633-2921 or emailing

All Performance stages, narrative stages, Flavors of Kenya, and Five Spice Kitchenare equipped with induction  loops.  Please see a volunteer or festival staff  in each  tent  ­if  you  need  a receiver. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival welcomes all service animals.

KRISTA FLORES  |  Program Specialist |  Accessibility Program | Smithsonian Institution | Voice: 202-633-4340

| Fax: 202-633-4352 |  Email:




Association for Airline Passenger Rights and Caption First Announce Partnership to Promote Greater Accessibility

May 06, 2014 from

The Association for Airline Passenger Rights, (AAPR) today announced a new partnership with Caption First, a leading communication access company that provides CART, captioning and
transcription. The AAPR-Caption First partnership will ensure that realtime captioning services are provided for all AAPR information and programs, thereby making them fully accessible for members who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Realtime captioning is the practice of converting the spoken word into instant text. The partnership also aims to identify best practices to be used within the aviation industry to ensure air travel is made more accessible for passengers with hearing impairments.

In February 2010, AAPR was the first airline passenger rights group to call on the U.S. Department of Transportation to require commercial air carriers to provide closed captioning or subtitles on all in-flight entertainment for passengers with hearing loss. While DOT requires that captioning be available on all safety and information-related videos, it does not enforce the same accessibility standard for in-flight entertainment, such as movies and television shows.

"We're excited to team up with Caption First, who will be aiding us with the conversion of speech into text for all of our programmatic activities," stated Brandon M. Macsata, Executive Director of the Association for Airline Passenger Rights, of the partnership with Caption First. "With our partnership, we're taking the necessary steps to provide word-for-word services that are easy to use whenever, wherever and however needed. In other words, we're leading by example."

The seeds for the new partnership were sowed in December 2013, when Caption First served as one of the sponsors for the 1st Annual Airline Accessibility Conference. To learn more about the conference, or download a transcription of it, go to

"Caption First is delighted to partner with the Association for Airline Passenger Rights," stated Patricia Graves, President of Caption First. "For too long the communication needs of passengers who are Deaf or hard of hearing have been ignored. We look forward to working with AAPR to create positive changes in the aviation industry."

For more information about the Association for Airline Passenger Rights or its partnership with Caption First, please visit or contact AAPR directly at

IRS ASL Tax Tips Video Channel

The IRS has made videos on a variety of tax topics and other information available on the official IRS YouTube Channel, entitled IRSvideosASL.

This Channel uses the 3-in-1 communication approach: American Sign Language (ASL); captions in English; and voice over.  All of the videos are performed by deaf employees at the IRS.

A way for you to keep up-to-date on our latest video offerings is to click on the red subscription box located on the right of the channel below the banner.

Link to the IRS YouTube ASL Channel  at:

There is also a dedicated accessibility page on the website:  IRS accessibility information

IRS ASL Video Example:


Arlington Accessible Housing Bulletin

Issue: #027
Date: September 26, 2013


The View at Liberty CenterSteps from Ballston Metro, the View at Liberty Center brings stylish living together with modern life. With Arlington at your feet and DC minutes away, you'll be surrounded by unrivaled amenities and breathtaking vistas.

  • Committed Affordable Units (CAFs) available
  • Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and Housing Grants accepted*
  • Accessible CAF units for persons with physical disabilities
  • Maximum incomes are $45,120 to $64,380 depending on household size
  • Rents and Fees
    • One-bedroom $1,091.
    • Twp-bedroom $1,288.
    • Parking $100 per month
    • Security deposit varies with credit check
    • Application fee $50

Call the leasing office at 571.419.1312 for specific information on accessible features. 

​*Income limits do not apply to persons receiving rent assistance, such as Housing Grants and Section 8



  • Steps to Ballston Metro and minutes to 66
  • Rooftop club room, plunge pools and fire pit
  • Rooftop viewing deck
  • Outdoor bar and kitchen area with movie screen
  • 24-hour concierge with valet services
  • Year-round pool and garage parking
  • 50,00 sq. ft of retail at ground level
The View at Liberty Center
P: 571.419.1312
4000 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22203 |

  • Floor-to-ceiling window walls and exceptional views
  • Open floor plans with loft and studio options
  • Terraces and balconies for private entertaining
  • High-end GE appliance package
  • Quartz counter tops and wood floors throughout
  • Pet friendly


If you lease one of these units, or any unit advertised in this bulletin,
please let us know by 
emailing us

The landlord accepts Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) and Housing Grants rental assistance. Income limits do not apply to persons receiving rental assistance. For more information on rental assistance, contact the Arlington County Department of Human Services at 703-228-1450.


The Accessible/Affordable Housing Bulletin is a service of the Arlington County Office of Human Rights, EEO and ADA.


Arlington Office of Human Rights, EEO and ADA
2100 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 318Arlington, VA 22201

For information about this bulletin, contact Anna Maynard at


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It keeps e-books, online video, and more inaccessible to people with disabilities.


Published in Slate

Recently, the White House made about 114,000 new friends by agreeing that it should be legal to unlock your cellphone. In a response to a We the People petition, a White House adviser wrote that the Obama administration would work to address a recent decision by the librarian of Congress that made unlocking your cellphone illegal under the anti-circumvention measures of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

The unlocking furor is just the latest example of popular opposition to the DMCA’s dreaded anti-circumvention measures. The Electronic Frontier Foundation recently issued a report arguing that over the last 15 years, the DMCA has impeded scientific research, innovation, fair use, and more. But among the DMCA’s many flaws is a significant one of which most people aren’t aware: For more than a decade, the act has imposed a barrier to access for people with disabilities. It hinders access to books, movies, and television shows by making the development, distribution, and use of cutting-edge accessibility technology illegal.


Read More (Original Article) . . . 

This article arises from Future Tense, a collaboration among Arizona State University, the New America Foundation, and Slate. Future Tense explores the ways emerging technologies affect society, policy, and culture.

This event is sponsored by the US International Council on Disabilities (USICD) and the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF).  They would love for as many of you as possible to show up at this even to honor the long time support of Senator Dole.

The vote on CRPD is also expected on Tuesday. The CRPD calls on the world community to recognize sign languages as equal to spoken languages and recognizes Deaf culture.  If you have not yet contacted your senators, now it the time to do it!

 Thanks to Judith Treesberg


CELEBRATING SENATOR BOB DOLE   ...continue reading "Invitation: Celebrating Senator Bob Dole Tuesday, Dec. 4"

Fair Oaks Ice Palace Event for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
Thursday, December 6 from 10-11 am

From Ed. Cassidy
Marketing & Sponsorship Director
Taubman Fair Oaks
11750 Fair Oaks
Fairfax, VA 22033
703.359.8302 ext 2218

On Thursday, December 6 from 10 am to 11 am, Fair Oaks will be hosting a unique event at its spectacular holiday Ice Palace.

Deaf and hard of hearing children from local schools and their teachers will visit with our first-ever American Sign Language ‘Signing Santa’ and his Signing Elf.’ Beginning with a special reception catered by the Corner Bakery, balloon artists and a signed performance by the deaf dance troop Hulala, the event will culminate with a tour of the Ice Palace and a visit with our ‘Signing Santa.’ Each child will also receive special keepsake photos with Santa, a gift bag including surprises from Cox Communications, and a voucher for a first-ever signed Blu-ray video, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment’s “Ice Age 4: Continental Drift” releasing December 11. ...continue reading "Special Invitation For Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Children: Fair Oaks Ice Palace On Dec. 6!"

You are invited to participate in a conversation to help determine

the future direction of the Consolidated Community Funding Pool


County of Fairfax Virginia (logo)


The CCFP is the competitive grant process for funding human services offered by nonprofit agencies within Fairfax County. Over $10 million dollars was recommended for services in the current funding cycle, subject to the Board of Supervisors and successful performance. On May 1, 2012, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to work with the CCFAC and representatives from the nonprofit community to review the current CCFP funding framework, practices, and procedures to ensure the program supports strategic human services outcomes and leverages community resources for maximum collective impact on communities and those individuals and families most at risk.    ...continue reading "Help Determine the Direction of Fairfax Co. Consolidated Community Funding Pool"

In light of severe weather expected to impact the DC Metropolitan area on October 29thand 30th, Metro has elected to postpone the Accessibility Excellence Awards program, originally scheduled to take place on the evening of October 30th. We are currently working out the logistics for selecting a new date for the event, and once the date is selected you will be notified by invitation.

 We apologize for any inconvenience, but this decision has been made in the best interests of caution and safety for all event participants and attendees. We look forward to seeing you at the rescheduled event. If you have any questions, please or call 202-962-1100.

Have a safe weekend!

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NAD Files Lawsuit to Make “Family-Friendly” Resort Accessible  Friday 7/01/2011

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Vargas & Stein, LLP and Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall filed a lawsuit against Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Great Wolf Resorts, Inc, a national chain of indoor water parks, offers different forms of entertainment including a popular attraction, “MagiQuest”, which is described on its website as a “live-action adventure game in which a player goes up to a station and waves an electronic wand in order to trigger an auditory-based clue to locate the next station.”

When Plaintiff K.M., a deaf child, visited a Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia, she was not able to participate in the interactive game with her hearing siblings. Similarly, co-Plaintiff Suzanne Rosen Singleton, a deaf mother, was barred from providing support to her hearing children in figuring out the clues. Great Wolf Lodge also features storytelling puppet shows that rely heavily on audio.
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Did you know that you can caption your own videos on YouTube?  It's true!You can find information on adding and editing captions or subtitles to your videos in YouTube's Help articles, under Uploading > Editing Videos > Learn More.

You can get software to caption or subtitle your own videos, or get a captioning company to do it for you.

Once your video has captions, you can turn them on or off by clicking on the CC button on the video viewer.

You can also use the Transcribe Audio feature to have YouTube generate the captions for a video you are watching. 

This uses an experimental speech recognition software to generate the captions.  Be aware that the quality of the Transcribe Audio captions can be affected by such things as background music in the video, wind blowing across the microphone, and how clearly the speaker enunciates.

You can also have YouTube translate the captions into other languages!

Take some time to try adding captions to your videos, and let us know what you think!  The more captioning we have for online videos, the better things are for everyone.

YouTube Captioning Resources

Can I get help captioning or subtitling my video?

How to create captions and subtitles on YouTube

Adding and Editing captions / subtitles

Viewing videos with captions