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!
Petition to Gari Browning, Minh-Hoa Ta
Stop the cancellation of ASL classes at Ohlone College
Ohlone is known for its ASL program and for having a large population of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. Recently many of the ASL classes offered at Ohlone have been cancelled due to low enrollment. These classes are vital to this community and the cancellation of these classes shows a disregard for the Deaf community as well as the hearing students who wish to earn ally-ship. Ohlone College's mission statement states that the school “creates and offers as many options for learning as possible.” They are not currently living up to this statement. Classes must be more accessible. How can Ohlone offer a two year ASL and Deaf studies degree plan, but not offer the classes necessary to fulfill the requirements? We are asking Ohlone to reduce the required amount of students per class. Also, night classes must be made a priority for those who work during the day. Please sign this petition to let Ohlone know that ASL and Deaf studies are vital to this community and requires more support!
Petition to AMC Theatres
AMC Theatres: Provide Open Captioning In All Theaters
My name is Drue Polkey, and I am an 18 year-old film student at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. It is a university with 6,366 total students enrolled with a growing student population. Obviously, I love movies. I love watching movies, I love analyzing movies, I love critiquing movies, but most of all, I love going to the movies. I am a first-year student at my university, and I am part of my university's Gamma Phi Beta Sorority chapter. I am an introvert, but that has not stopped me from making many new friends during my college career. Some of these friends are deaf and hard-of-hearing. Thibodaux is a small, rural area. There isn't a lot to do, so when my friends and I want to have fun, we often have to go out of town to the surrounding, more urban areas. What do we do for fun? Well, we go out for food, go shopping, and go to the movies. There are 6 AMC Theaters within a 50-mile radius of my university. Seeing a movie with a group of friends can be so much fun, but only when we can all understand what's going on. When a deaf or hard-of-hearing friend comes to the movies with me, they have to use CaptiView devices that often don't work or Sony Entertainment Access Glasses that are distracting. You can read more about CaptiView devices here or about Access Glasses here. These devices turn our fun activity into a search for a solution. My proposed solution is that AMC Theaters implement open captioning in their theaters. Open captioning is a text display of all of the words and sounds heard during a production onscreen. This is similar to the closed captions that you can turn on and off on your television, blu-rays and DVDs, or on streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. My deaf and hard-of-hearing friends and family members rely on visual communication. This includes sign language, lip reading, and, yes, captions. Open captioning could be the most helpful auxiliary aid, but it is avoided by theaters in favor of other aids that are often broken, distracting, and unhelpful. Think of your deaf and hard-of-hearing friends, family members, neighbors, students, co-workers, colleagues, and fellow citizens. Think of the ways they accommodate us and change their lives to match the standard of ours daily. Why shouldn’t we think of ways to better help and accommodate them? In addition to helping them, it is my firm belief that watching a movie with captions is a way to understand the movie you are watching much better. You may think it is distracting, but give it a try at home. Test it out for a while. You may grow to love captions and understand the things you watch in a whole new way. If you want to join me in taking action to urge AMC Theaters to provide an option for open captioning, sign my petition. If AMC makes a change, it may encourage other theaters to do the same.
Petition to Kimberly Reynolds, Chuck Grassley, Iowa State House, Iowa State Senate, Joni Ernst, David Loebsack
Require Open Captioned films in movie theaters!
Deaf and Hard of Hearing people across America will walk into movie theaters and be denied access to captioning, whether it be due to faulty closed captioning technology or a lack of technology in movie theaters. Regardless, so many are denied proper accessibility despite the fact that the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) clearly requires it. If we required at least 2 scheduled open captioned (captions appear on the screen and are not able to be turned off) films a week at each American movie theater, so many Deaf and Hard of Hearing members of our society will experience equality with other movie-goers. Hawaii has already taken legal action requiring just that. Not to mention, those lines you miss due to mumbling or distractions will never be missed again with access to subtitles through open captioning. It's time we take a stand against inaccessibility!