american sign language

11 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Mark Anderson, Marisa Sarian, Robert Hernandez, David Ibarra, Brian McDonald

Keeping ASL At Marshall Fundamental High School

Hello there! I'm Nathanael (Jessie) Schiffer. I go to a high school in Pasadena, California called John Marshall Secondary High School. We have a program here at Marshall for ASL. What is ASL you may ask? ASL stands for American Sign Language, and is a beautiful language used among Deaf, and hearing people as an alternative for a spoken language or written language. We are the last PUSD (Pasadena Unified School District) school to offer an ASL class. We, as a network of classes, just found out we will be losing our ASL program, and it is not fair. We were told Friday March 29th that we would be losing our class, and wonderful teacher. We can stop the PUSD from shutting the ASL Program down! We need 2,000 signatures to show that we want and need ASL! If we can show that we, Students - Teachers - Adults - Schools, that we want ASL. I've talked to almost everyone I know, Elementary, ASL 1, 2 and 3, and high school students that don't even take asl know that it's a valuable language. I have even gotten teachers, and parents on my side. So please, help all of us that want and need ASL.As I have stated earlier, Hi I'm Nathanael Schiffer (I go by Jessie Schiffer at school) . It is my first year of four at Marshall, and I have had rough challenges here. My biggest one being when I had changed my name (not legally yet) from Nathanael to Jessie. One of the first people I told was my ASL teacher. One of the most caring people I know. Not only was she there for that, but she was also there at a time where life wasn't the best for me. She's seen me at some of my worst times, and I was so excited to see her next school year. As soon I found out the program was closing, I cried for days. My first thought was to start a petition on paper- I got 173 signatures in 2 hours, but I was told that "that will have no effect, no one will listen on paper." So i made one online. In that time of getting 173 signatures, i realized 50% of students that signed were in middle school. At Marshall we don't offer a middle school program, but it proved how many middle schoolers want ASL. My baby brother wants to learn ASL so bad, but was upset to find he couldn't. I want to make sure he gets the language he deserves!

Jessie Schiffer
463 supporters
Started 6 months ago

Petition to AMC Entertainment, , , , Roy Blunt, james tokioka, , Jered Taylor

Captioning on screen in movie theaters

Under the ADA accessibility law, accommodation must be provided to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing with captioning. However, this is being done in the poorest fashion possible and should be immediately reviewed. The devices that are being offered are cumbersome, outdated, and an embarrassment to the technology of 2019. One such "accommodation" is an awkward, tiny screen that attaches to the patrons cup holder to be positioned in front of the screen. This results in blocking part of the movie for the viewer and the they have to glance up and down to read the captions. If the paying customer using the captioning box decides to adjust their body to get more comfortable, they must also adjust the box to be able to see it. Not to mention the fact that the device prevents people from comfortably passing the Deaf/Hard of Hearing person, if another moviegoer needs to get by to use the bathroom or get a snack from the lobby. This is resulting as exclusion to those people that need captioning to follow the dialogue in a movie theater.  Many Deaf/Hard of Hearing patrons would rather not visit the theater because they are not truly getting a captioned experience with these complicated, inefficient, and often non-working devices.  The state of Hawaii has become the first state to require open captions in movie theaters. As of 3 years ago, Hawaii law states that at least 2 films per week are required to have captions on the screen. Displaying captions at the bottom of the screen eliminates the need for unwieldy captioning devices and creates an immensely better experience. On screen, open captions not only benefits Deaf/Hard of Hearing people, it greatly benefits English language learners, people with attention deficit disorders and also people with auditory neuropathy issues. Requiring open captions during selected times/movies is a reasonable solution to this issue and I see no reason why this should not be implemented as soon as possible. 

Delbert Shiver
541 supporters