Vice President Melvin Walker and Deaf Member at Large Pricilla Moyers presented…

Vice President Melvin Walker and Deaf Member at Large Pricilla Moyers presented and participated at the 1st North American Conference of Sign Language Interpreters in Mexico City, Mexico. This is the first time that Canada, the United States, and Mexico gather to establish cooperation bonds and exchange experiences in the Sign Language interpreting profession. The event was supervised by the North American branch of the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI), under the coordination of Nigel Howard from Canada.


1st North American Conference of Sign Language Interpreters
Vice President Melvin Walker and Deaf Member at Large Pricilla Moyers presented and participated at the 1st North American Conference of Sign Language Interpreters in Mexico City, Mexico. This is the first time that Canada, the United States, and Mexico gather to establish cooperation bonds and exchange experiences in the Sign Language interpreting profession. The event was supervised by the North American Continue reading

TN Hospital Sued by Patient’s Family

A Tennessee hospital is being sued for failing to provide an interpreter to a deaf family. Harry Sheffield's family claims Erlanger Medical Center tried to communicate with him through written notes and video relay instead of hiring an interpreter. Things got worse, according to the lawsuit, when Sheffield's wife was admitted to the same hospital following a car accident, compounding the problems. Read more about the case at the website of the Disability Law & Advocacy Center, a Nashville organization that's helping the family. See the entire lawsuit here. Erlanger denies the allegations and plans to fight the lawsuit in court.

FCC to Consider Text-to-911 Rules

The NAD is pleased to share that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) expects to consider new rules for text-to-911 at its August 2014 Open Meeting. In January, the FCC adopted a policy statement that outlined goals for text-to-911. The FCC also worked with the four largest wireless carriers to voluntarily commit to supporting text-to-911 on their networks by May 15, 2014.

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Invisible Subtitled Live Theatre – Trial in the UK

Giojax, the company using 3D technology to create invisible subtitles for use by cinemas have just announced that the same technology is to be trialled in the theatre.

Originally set up as a crowd-funded business, the now private company with private investors is running a trial of the invisible subtitles technology to subtitle a musical in October this year.

The principle is the same as for the cinema. Audience members who wish to see the captions running during the live performance can wear 3D glasses and view the subtitles via a box situated on the theatre stage. The subtitles will be in English and is aimed as a solution to provide subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing so should not be confused with translation subtitles or surtitles that you may have seen at opera performances.

If you are interested in trying this technology out, the trial will take place on Saturday October 4th at the matinée performance at the Harlow Theatre for the Barry Manilow musical Copacabana:

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#tbt Shane Feldman, RID Executive Director, finds the first volume of the RID Ma…

#tbt Shane Feldman, RID Executive Director, finds the first volume of the RID Master Membership List from October 1965 in the RID archives. From the introduction in the book provided by Frederick C. Schreiber, RID's first Executive Director:
"It is a fundamental concept of the American way of life that when one’s liberty and welfare are at stake, only such persons as are truly qualified to do so should be permitted to represent him. To insure these rights, this registry was formed. It seeks to identify and classify those persons who are truly qualified to serve as interpreters for the deaf in all situations in which their skills are critical to the deaf person’s rights, not only in public services such as welfare, education and health, but also in personal matters, including liberty." Read the full introduction in the summary section of the video.


October 1965 RID Membership List #tbt

In honor of throw back Thursday #tbt, Shane Feldman, RID Executive Director, shares the Continue reading

Viagra and hearing loss

Viagra (Sildenafil citrate) was introduced in 1998 and is one of the most popular medications in the history of medications. In fact, during the first three months that it was available in drugstores, doctors wrote almost 3 million prescriptions for the drug. In the past decade a few studies have been published (and FDA action […]

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Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations favorably reported the Conv…

Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations favorably reported the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities out of committee. Watch this video report from outside the Capitol. http://youtu.be/PfaZZM510DY


John Paré and Joe Ruffalo Report on CRPD

John Paré, Executive Director for Advocacy and Policy, and Joe Ruffalo, President of the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey, attended the Senate ...

ITE vs BTE: In-the-ear hearing aids vs behind-the-ear hearing aids

When you first decide to get hearing aids one of the first decisions you need to make is whether you want to wear in-the-ear hearing aids or behind-the-ear hearing aids. There are very few decisions you will make when you purchase hearing aids that will have a greater impact on your success or failure with […]

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