deaf and hard of hearing

22 petitions

Started 4 months ago

Petition to Scott Walker, Wisconsin State Senate, Tammy Baldwin, Paul Ryan, Ron Johnson, Sean Duffy, Jennifer Shilling, Scott Fitzgerald, Reid Ribble, Sheila Harsdorf, Department of Education, Wisconsin State House, Gwen Moore, Mark Pocan

ASL classes offered in all schools

In the United states alone, there are approximately 10 million hard of hearing individuals and an estimated 1 million Deaf individuals. One of the problems that Deaf/HoH people face is the communication barrier between those that are hearing and those that are Deaf/HoH. This problem comes from the lack of ASL classes offered to children and adults. ASL is a language that should be offered in k4-12th grade for all students, not just those who are Deaf/HoH. Finding schools that offer ASL are few and far between.  I care about this cause because I have a 7 year old who was born with a progressive hearing loss. We have struggled with ASL because of the lack of resources and classes offered. Below I have pasted text from the NAD (National Association of the Deaf) website. "Developments in the field of linguistics and an emerging body of research in education have validated the historical views of the NAD on ASL and its value in the education of deaf and hard of hearing children. The inherent capability of children to acquire ASL should be recognized and used to enhance their cognitive, academic, social, and emotional development. Accordingly, the NAD supports the bilingual approach for deaf and hard of hearing children. Deaf and hard of hearing children must have the right to receive early and full exposure to ASL as a primary language, along with English. Studies have shown that when deaf and hard of hearing children are exposed to ASL at an early age, they are given the opportunity to reach their full potential." Thank you, Heather Fisher.

Heather Fisher
291 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Amazon Studios, Movie Theaters, Roadside Attractions

Turn on Open Captions for "Wonderstruck" for Deaf Moviegoers!

What is Wonderstruck?This October, Amazon Studios is releasing the movie Wonderstruck, which is based on the juvenile fiction novel by Brian Selznick. The movie has two parts -- a black-and-white "silent film" part with a Deaf character (played by a Deaf actor), and a color film part with a character who loses hearing in one ear. The Deaf actor, Millicent Simmonds, will be in the spotlight as the deaf community's latest example of #DeafTalent! See her in the (open captioned) trailer: are open captions? Open captions, in movie theaters, are words that appear on-screen for dialogue, sound effects, and music. In contrast, there are closed captions, which are captions that appear on an individual captioning device and are "closed" to the moviegoer using it. Captioning devices only exist in the place of open captions on the off-chance that some hearing moviegoers do not want to accommodate deaf moviegoers with words on-screen as a matter of accessibility.Why open captions for Wonderstruck?Open captions are already available for movies from all six major studios, and even smaller distributors like Wonderstruck's Amazon Studios have them available. They just have to be turned on in movie theaters! Since Wonderstruck is a deaf-themed movie, it is absurd not to have open captions. These would make the movie immediately accessible for any deaf and hard of hearing moviegoer to simply walk in, sit down, and enjoy the show.What can I do?Sign this petition, share it with other deaf and hard of hearing people who like going to the movies, and share it with hearing allies as well! We welcome hearing moviegoers who support open captions and even enjoy having them. Contact Amazon Studios asking them to ensure open captions for Wonderstruck. The movie has a limited release on October 20th and will be in more theaters in November, so get in touch with your local movie theaters and their general managers to have them set up open captions for all screenings of Wonderstruck.DC Deaf Moviegoers is a group for deaf and hard of hearing moviegoers in the Washington, DC area. Organizers for the group set up open captioned movie screenings on the behalf of its members. To find out more, check out its Facebook group here:

DC Deaf Moviegoers
187 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to David P. Moran, Mark J. Wildenhain, Terrence E. Mercer, John J. Barry, III, Meghan E. Kallman, Timothy P. Rudd, Jr., Sandra C. Cano, Albert J. Vitali, Jr., Lorenzo C. Tetreault

Promote social inclusion by passing the closed captioning ordinance in Pawtucket, RI

The Pawtucket City Council needs to pass the ordinance to require televisions in public places during regular hours to have closed captioning turned on and left on.  This is a simple solution which benefits a significant number of people and costs almost nothing to turn on.  However, a small number of people think they have the freedom and the right to exclude people.  We need your support to show that they are wrong and that the public should be able to access information equally at all times.  Public places include restaurants, bars, hotel lobbies, fitness centers, and waiting rooms where televisions are visible to the public.  When turned on, closed captioning on televisions makes sure that the public can read text of the dialogue and other important sounds.  This information is critical during breaking news of storms, natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other life threatening situations.  In most cases, the closed captioning is not turned on quickly enough for the public to completely benefit from the information. When turned off, a significant number of people in the public are excluded from enjoying programs and accessing information.  According to a study, about 1 out of every 5 people use closed captioning on their televisions, even if they are not Deaf or Hard of Hearing.  Closed captioning has an additional benefit of boosting the literacy rate for people of all ages.  In noisy public places or when the volume on televisions cannot be turned up, closed captioning increases the number of people who can benefit from the television programs. Almost all television programs are required by federal law to include closed captioning which can be turned on or off by the viewer.  All modern televisions include closed captioning and most can be turned on by pressing the "CC" button on a remote control.  In fact, many public places already have closed captioning turned on or routinely turn it on at the request of the public. The new ordinance will make sure that televisions in public places have closed captioning turned on and left on.  Other cities such as Portland, Oregon and Ann Arbor, Michigan have a similar ordinance which had few complaints and a lot of success.  With your support, Pawtucket and many more cities around the country will have this ordinance and create more social inclusion.

Tim Riker
422 supporters