Only Nominally a Knitting Blog. But Who Cares?

  • One L short of normal.

Stat Counter

Become a Fan

TypePad Profile

Get updates on my activity. Follow me on my Profile.

Twitter Updates

    follow me on Twitter

    Enter your email address:

    Delivered by FeedBurner

    « Radio Silence Was Unintentional | Main | Terrier Tuesday -- Dozing In The Clover Edition »

    Friday, June 24, 2011


    Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.


    Thank you Norma! I thought this was only a service for fully deaf people. Mom is losing her hearing, and she's even having a hard time hearing with new hearing aids, so I'm sending her this link. She's in NH for the summer but lives in FL. There has to be some CART down there, wouldn't you think?


    Go, Norma! You're right -- it's more than decent to thank people excessively, given that most good things are wildly underappreciated. (Took a while, but I finally found the hand to Like the group.) And 20 years for the ADA -- amazing. With a nephew (38) in a wheelchair for 12 years, I'm esp. aware of what a "good" time it is to be handicapped in any way. We all need reminders from time to time. Thanks.


    Rah, rah, Norma! I have a brother who is functionally deaf, and he loves foreign language movies because they are captioned! I have developed a real "like" for them myself. You provide a wonderful service.


    Lisa, yes, there undoubtedly are CART providers in FL. The lack of information about CART is sad. Often people who are in the position of needing to provide accommodation also have the idea that it's sign language interpreters or nothing. Those who were born deaf or became deaf at a very early age often (but not always) know sign language. But that leaves out a whole huge population of people who were late deafened or are losing their hearing gradually. 

    Many of these folks just close up like flowers at night, and withdraw from everything. THEY DON'T NEED TO!! They can be active members of boards. They can go to seminars and conferences. They can take classes at university level. They can attend town meetings. They can go to speeches. And on and on. 

    There is also a very large population (we all know a few) who are in denial that they have lost their hearing, and they are loath to self-identify as hard of hearing. Therefore they will not ever request accommodation. However, they are also the ones, I find, who are among the most highly appreciative of captioning being there. AND though they would not have asked for the accommodation, they are most often the ones who come up to me after an event to say thank you, and "I never could have followed along if the captions weren't there."

    It is for this large population of people that organizations, associations, colleges, boards of directors, universities, and others need to get on board and provide captions universally. The next appreciative audience member might just be the one to donate a large sum of money to your school, church, or organization. Provide captions! Bring them in! Make them feel included! 


    Is there a way you can link up with other CART providers in other areas so you can get the word out? A network looks like a useful thing.


    Norma, I love this and have "liked" the New England ADA Center. I'm also sending my friend Donna, who contacted you in the past, a link to Lauren's post so she can have it when she asks for accommodations at meetings in the future. Living in our little town (pop just a tad over 1,000) we always feel we cannot ask for special things because of the money, but as said above - ADA has been here 20 years, there SHOULD be a budget for it by this time.

    Thanks for bringing this out to our attention - you're da bomb!

    p.s. Did you remember to feed Mr J today?


    Hey, may I climb up on your soapbox long enough to point out that the ADA does NOT mean that people with disabilities must accommodate themselves!?


    EXACTLY, Leslie! In your little town, I betcha that they've done curbcuts for wheelchairs, and handicap-accessible bathrooms, doorknob changes, and all manner of other "hard" (tangible) items installed or retrofitted, to follow the tenets of the ADA, at least in spirit. That is unfortunately where many people's ideas of equal-access accommodations ends. Of course it is always more attractive to the people spending the money to have a one-time cost for something, and it's a bit irksome, I imagine, to have a recurring cost for a service such as mine. But it's not like it's a new concept. I know budgets are tight everywhere, but as I illustrated in my post, it can certainly be done -- and with not too much extra effort, either. 


    Oh, P.S.  -- Yes, poor Mr. Jefferies has been fed. He is EXHAUSTED from a few days staying with a friend, so he's curled up in a ball on my bed. Poor Little Tyke. 


    YES, Joannah!!! And it's not OK, either, for it to appear in teeny-tiny letters at the bottom of a poster (I see this all the time, and they should really be called on this) something to the effect of this:  "ADA: If you need accommodation, please call..."  

    a) if you are in a wheelchair, the place where that poster is posted will make it highly unlikely that you can even read that. 

    b) when there is a lot going on in a poster, with lots of information about an event, it is likely you will miss that little notice

    c) people who are hard of hearing DO NOT REALIZE that message is meant for them, and it is unfairly taking advantage of people's naivete on the matter.

    Captioning should JUST BE THERE for these events. No one should have to call up and make special arrangements, and the organization (especially one that often provides captioning for some things -- and I am thinking of one in particular for which I do quite a bit of work) should not think they are off the hook by putting that little teeny notice on the bottom of their posters. 

    It's time to raise some ruckus about this.


    As always, thank you Norma! My husband is Dutch, and although he has lived in the US for 20 years and speaks English perfectly, he often has difficulties with television shows and we usually keep captioning on all of the time on our TV. It is amazing how much easier it is to follow, especially in shows and movies with a lot of dialogue. I think there are so many people who can benefit from these services. However, on-line and downloaded movies and shows on the computer often are NOT equipped with captions. How can this be?

    When my grandmother was alive she was legally blind in her last 20 years and I was amazed at the number of accommodations that were available to her, but not unless she KNEW about them and ASKED for them, ala ADA. I agree that the problem is that people don't know what they are entitled to and it should be much easier to find out. You are amazing, as always!

    Seanna Lea

    This is awesome. I will have to point someone I know to this service, because it might be easier than providing a sign language interpreter.

    The comments to this entry are closed.


    • 319712_342932112443374_212147665521820_818930_878689603_n

    Red Scarf Project Blog

    Blog powered by Typepad
    Member since 04/2004
    Blog Widget by LinkWithin