The COVID Zoom Boom Is Reshaping Sign LanguageDeaf people are adapting signs to accommodate the limitations of video communication while working from home Read the article at Scientific American.
Will America’s Police Finally Listen to Deaf People?“Have you been drinking?” asked the police officer who stopped me one evening as I drove home from a family dinner a few years ago. Allegedly, I had a broken taillight — though nothing was damaged that I could see. “No,” I told him, tensing up. “All I’ve…
Biden’s Disability Plan Could Close the Equal-Pay LoopholeThe partisan divide on disability rights is bigger now than at any time in recent memory. Read my story in The Atlantic.
Apple’s iOS update comes with a new accessibility featureApple’s iOS update comes with a new accessibility feature — but big tech still has a long way to go if it wants to be truly accessible Read the full piece at Business Insider.
Many Deaf Women Aren’t Safer at Home Domestic violence cases have spiked globally under mandatory lockdowns, but deaf women are especially at risk. Read my article at Bitch Media.
Twitter Just Rolled Out a Feature That’s Inaccessible to Disabled UsersThe company’s blunder is symptomatic of broader issues that pervade social media design and computer science education. Read the full article at Slate / Future Tense Now.
Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray: the toll of police violence on disabled AmericansMore than a third of Americans killed by police have a disability. It’s time to listen to black and disabled activists. Read the full article co-written with Dominic Bradley at The Guardian.
The Inaccessible InternetAs life moves online, gaps in digital accessibility mean millions of disabled Americans are being left behind. Read the full article at Slate.
Lawmakers ask that a sign-language interpreter be added to the White House’s popular coronavirus press briefings
Lawmakers ask that a sign-language interpreter be added to the White House’s popular coronavirus press briefingsThe Congressional Deaf Caucus is fighting to have sign language interpreters at all televised White House public health press briefings. The chairs of the caucus, Reps. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and John Rutherford (R-Fla.), sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence…
The deaf community is facing new barriersSince President Trump declared a national emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak over a month ago, I have communicated in person with only one individual outside my home: the pharmacist who handed me my prescription from the drive-through window. Only I couldn’t really communicate with the pharmacist, because I…