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The National Motorcycle Safety Fund has created a new grant program to help rider training sites cover the costs of hiring sign-language interpreters for deaf and hard of hearing students. MSF expects MSF-recognized Rider Training Sites across the nation to make reasonable accommodations for people with physical disabilities, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state laws. A common accommodation is for a training site to hire, often at its own expense, sign-language interpreters.
There are many deaf and hard of hearing car drivers and motorcyclists on the road today. To compensate, drivers and motorcyclists typically employ risk-reduction strategies such as Search/Evaluate/Execute (SEE), maintain longer following distances, make better use of peripheral vision, and check their mirrors more frequently.

The Senior Safety Conference is fast approaching and we already have 50 registrations. Registration is limited to the first 150 people. You have until April 15th to register.

I have been receiving calls about the conference.  People are very impressed with what has been set up.

We will not take any walk in and people must register as the Virginia Department for Deaf and Hard of Hearing is providing lunch for all attending.

The Senior Safety Conference

Age in Place, Keep Your Independence
April 23, 2015

8:30 am – Conference Registration
9:15 am – 3:00 pm Conference
John F. Fick, III Conference Center
1301 Sam Perry Blvd.
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Please pre-register with Health Link at:
540.741.1404 or email Arva Priola

ASL interpreter and real time transcription

DOWNLOAD - Senior_Safety_Conference_Flyer

Keynote Speaker
Michelle Porthouse, RN, NP-C, ACHPN

Topics Include

  • Aging and Depression
  • Medications
  • Falls Prevention
  • Advanced Directives
  • Senior Fraud
  • Emergency Preparedness

Sponsored By
Mary Washington Healthcare and Virginia
Department for Deaf and Hard of Hearing /
disAbility Resource Center

ASL interpreter and real time transcription

Give aways! Prizes! Lunch will be provided!




Your Pasadena News
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Article Source

San Jacinto College is now implementing a texting service for hearing impaired students and other emergency situations.

“A few years ago, the only way we could communicate to hearing impaired students who needed assistance was by literally writing back and forth on a pad of paper,” said Annette Stewart, San Jacinto College campus police telecommunications coordinator. “Sometimes they’d type out text messages on their phones and pass those back and forth. That gave us an idea to have an emergency texting service available. Now we have a dedicated phone line used for these texts requesting campus police assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Hearing impaired students can text 713-469-1071 to receive emergency assistance.

In addition to the new texting service, all three San Jacinto College campuses have Code Blue emergency phones installed in campus parking lots. These have been available since 1999. In 2012, video surveillance cameras were installed in campus parking lots as well as the district parking lot in order to enhance safety and provide documentation of activity occurring in the public spaces of the College. All San Jacinto College students, faculty, and staff have also been encouraged to save the College’s campus police direct emergency phone number, 281-476-9128, into their personal cell phones for any campus emergency.

This newest addition of an emergency texting line gives hearing impaired students a faster option to communicate with campus police directly from their location rather than having to go directly to their campus station. Once campus police receive the information, they can also notify a campus sign language interpreter to accompany them to the student’s location.

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