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Twitter hashtag:  #AccSocMedia

The meeting will be webcast with open captioning at:

The FCC's Accessibility and Innovation Initiative will host a public event, titled "Accessing Social Media," on Thursday, July 17, 2014, from 9 AM to 4 PM at the FCC Headquarters (445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC).  The purpose of the event is to facilitate a collaborative, cross-sector exchange of information about making social media tools and content accessible to people with disabilities, including information about authoring tools, client apps, and best practices.

The event will be held in the FCC’s Commission Meeting Room and will include panels of industry, consumer, and government representatives.  We will also have technology demonstrations in an exhibit area on the same floor.

Speakers from the following organizations have confirmed their attendance:

  • Ability Magazine
  • Adobe Systems
  • American Association of People with Disabilities
  • Autistic Self Advocacy Network
  • Brick Advantage
  • Danya International
  • Hearing Loss Association of America
  • Lead On Update
  • National Association of the Deaf
  • National Council  on Disability
  • National Federation of the Blind
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • U.S. General Services Administration
  • University of Maryland - Baltimore County
  • US Business Leadership Network

Although this event is open to the public, we encourage sending us an RSVP in advance for our planning purposes.  An RSVP is needed only for in-person attendance, not for the webcast.  To RSVP, please send your name and organization affiliation, if any, in an email to

The meeting site is fully accessible to people using wheelchairs or other mobility aids.  Sign language interpreters, open captioning, and assistive listening devices will be provided on site.  Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request.  Include a description of the accommodation you will need and tell us how to contact you if we need more information.  Make your request as early as possible.  Last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill.  Send an e-mail to: or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).

For more information, call Jamal Mazrui at 202-418-0069 or email; or call Kelly Jones at 202-418-7078 or email





By Mary Pickels 

Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 12:06 a.m.

Two hearing-impaired kayakers on the Conemaugh River were too exhausted to make the return trip to their vehicle Monday evening, and turned to social media for assistance with contacting 911.

Terry Shepherd, first assistant chief with Blairsville Volunteer Fire Department, said the two men set out from the Market Street boat launch in the Indiana County borough in separate kayaks.

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GIS Interpreting Services Presents:

"The CPC & Social Media;  When Ethics and Facebook Collide"

Presented by:  S.B. Morgaine 

When:  Monday, January 13, 2014
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Where:  Gallaudet University JSAC 1010

Workshop Description:
This workshop will be a facilitated discussion regarding social media and the Code of Professional Conduct (CPC).  The objective of the workshop is to begin the conversation of this important topic in a supportive environment. Social media such as Facebook, MySpace, Second Life, Twitter, Blogs, Vlogs, Yelp, YouTube and others have become a part of everyday life for millions of people.  Interpreters are now confronted with new, unexplored issues concerning their activities using social media and how these issues relate to the CPC.  Each day interpreters must make choices about the ethical and professional use of different social media outlets.

0.6 CEU's

 Cost For Particiapants:

$75 for Non-affiliated Interpreter & Gallaudet Faculty

$50 for GIS Contract & Freelance Interpeter

$25 Gallaudet Student

Free for GIS Staff

To Register:  

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If you should have questions about this workshop please do get in touch with



Amy K. Lanasa, AAS, BS, CI, CT, NIC: Advanced

Staff Interpreter

Gallaudet Interpreting Services




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