By Communications Consulting Group, LLC,
Drop in and pick up a few signs!
Themed ASL Classes
New Topics and Dates
Our themed ASL classes are the drop-in kind where you only need to join us for one hour on a Saturday. Classes begin at 12:00 pm and end at 1:00 pm.
- October 4: Falling into Sign The fall season welcomes several holidays, each with a few different ways to sign them. (This class will also have a Wednesday evening session on October 8, from 7 to 8 pm ET)
- November 4: Mommy, Daddy, and Me Introducing basic signs for you to teach your babies and toddlers
- November 22: Sports Signs It's football and basketball season! Includes a variety of sports and positions.
- December 13: ASL Idioms Idioms in English often don't translate well into ASL, but ASL has its own idioms.
Classes are one hour long and will be $10 per person. You must have a webcam to participate.
Click here to register!
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We will connect on video using the Adobe Connect platform. Make sure that you have the most recent version of Flash installed.Click here to download Flash.
We also have Beginner ASL 2, which covers the second part of Signing Naturally's Units 1-6 textbook!
Beginner ASL 2: Meets online every Tuesday from October 14 to December 2, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm CT
By Kate Tummarello - 06/29/14 06:00 AM EDT
The Federal Communications Commission is taking another step to make the Internet more accessible, voting next month on rules for closed captioning online video clips.
The vote, planned for the FCC’s July meeting, is the result of a years-long push — and Chairman Tom Wheeler's personal interest — to increase accessibility online.
But the companies that would have to do the legwork to get the closed captions on online videos are warning the FCC to avoid unreasonable technological demands and timelines.
Accessibility concerns, especially for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, have been a prominent issue for Wheeler since being sworn in as chairman late last year.
Earlier this year, the FCC moved forward with requirements that will allow users to send text messages to emergency services. Those requirements are aimed at helping, among others, the deaf and hard-of-hearing who are unable to make voice 911 calls.
At the vote’s conclusion, Wheeler pledged — signing along in American sign language — that text-to-911 would be just one of his efforts as chairman to help the deaf and hearing impaired community.
Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/technology/210881-fcc-moves-to-caption-the-web#ixzz36Jyv3HLW
Caption Action 2 has launched a Facebook page for Captioned Web TV as a way to reach out to producers and also to demonstrate demand for captions.
News and commentary about captioned web television programs. A web television program is original programming produced exclusively for the Internet.
Finding Weather Information on the Web:
The Weather Channel www.weather.com
Enter your zip code in the box at the top of the page to get a forecast for your area.
Local TV stations (videos are not captioned)::
www.wusa9.com (WUSA 9)
http://www.nbcwashington.com/ (WRC 4)
Winter Weather Watches, Warnings and Advisories- What do they all Mean?
The National Weather Service uses specific winter weather terms to ensure that people know what to expect in the coming days and hours . A Winter Storm Watch means that severe winter conditions, such as heavy snow and/or ice, may affect your area, but its occurrence, location and timing are still uncertain. A winter storm watch is issued to provide 12 to 36 hours notice of the possibility of severe winter weather. A winter storm watch is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set plans in motion can do so. A watch is upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning when 4 or more inches of snow or sleet is expected in the next 12 hours, or 6 or more inches in 24 hours, or 1/4 inch or more of ice accumulation is expected. Winter Weather Advisories inform you that winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences that may be hazardous. If caution is exercised, advisory situations should not become life-threatening. A Blizzard Warning means that snow and strong winds will combine to produce a blinding snow (near zero visibility), deep drifts, and life-threatening wind chill. Be sure to listen carefully to the radio, television, and NOAA Weather Radio for the latest winter storm watches, warnings, and advisories. For additional information, visit the Winter Weather Awareness web page at: http://www.weather.gov/om/winter