Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) Presentation

Hi everyone,

On November 13, 2014, RCIL will bring Monroe County’s Sheriff’s Traffic unit to attend RRCD’s Education Awareness Program (REAP) to explain how Deaf and Hard of Hearing indivividuals can better handle situations when pulled over or accused of possible DWI charges.  If you had experiences with DWI and faced problems or want to better understand your rights when pulled over.  This would be an excellent workshop for you to attend.

The flyer can be found by clicking on below link:
http://phplist.cdrnys.org//dl.php?id=58

Please share with friends and others about this event.  Presentation will be at RRCD, 1564 Lyell Ave, Rochester, NY 14606.  Starting at 7 pm.

Thank you,

Dean DeRusso
Deaf Systems Advocate
Regional Center for Independent Living (RCIL)

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Action Alert: Urge Congress to Delay the FSLA Companionship Changes!

Action Alert: Urge Congress to Delay the FSLA Companionship Changes!

http://capwiz.com/rochestercdr/issues/alert/?alertid=63582626

The Department of Labor ignored the disability community and implemented changes that will hurt attendants and people with disabilities if states don’t have more time to prepare!

On October 1, 2013, US Department of Labor (DOL) published changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act that will require state Medicaid programs to pay time-and-a-half for overtime and pay for travel time.  These rules were intended to go into effect on January 1, 2015, but DOL didn’t release important guidance on critical issues until the summer of 2014.  By that time, most states had already established their budgets, and without time for states to develop and fund plans to comply with the rule, they will simply cap the hours attendant can work to avoid overtime.  This will:

  • Undercut the ability of people with disabilities and seniors to live in the community,
  • Undermine our ability to decide who comes into our homes and touches our bodies, and
  • Hurt attendants by reducing their income.

To avoid this, disability advocates urged DOL to give us more time to secure state funding to pay for the overtime and travel time.  To do that, the changes to the Companionship Exemption needed to be delayed for 18 months.  That would have given advocates and states the time they needed to create an appropriate plan to comply with the changes without harming people with disabilities and attendants!

The Obama Administration sided with organized labor and kept the original deadline, implementing the rules on January 1st, even though they know this will hurt both attendants and attendant service users.

Notices about attendant hours have already started coming out.  (See links below.)  We need members of Congress to step in.

TAKE ACTION NOW! 

http://capwiz.com/rochestercdr/issues/alert/?alertid=63582626

Maxim Letter Capping Hours

Cap in Hours Notice (.pdf)   http://bit.ly/CappedHours

Cap in Hours Notice (.html)  http://bit.ly/CappedHoursText

Thank you,Dean DeRusso
Deaf Systems Advocate
Regional Center for Independent Living (RCIL)

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Sign Up for the Disability Vote Network

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday, you may (or may not) have received an email from Bruce Darling about signing up for the New York Disability Vote Network.  Bruce stressed the importance of creating this voting bloc in order to show our elected leaders that we’re paying attention to how they vote on issues related to our consumers and people with disabilities in general.

In order for this voting bloc to be fully effective, we need as many people as possible in the database.  But we don’t need just anyone.  We need people with disabilities AND those who care about them.  Whether we’re working to get the Community First Choice in New York, to create more affordable, accessible, integrated housing or to make sure Medicaid reimbursement rates are at appropriate levels, a large group of voters in the New York Disability Vote Network will send a clear signal to elected officials that they need to consider us when they are in Albany, Washington and even City Hall.

So please sign up as soon as you can at http://www.nydvn.org/individual-signup.

If you are already signed up or after you do so today, please share this link with consumers you work with, family and friends.

This is an important tool in our advocacy efforts.  Thank you for helping make it the most effective one it can be!

Thank you,Dean DeRusso
Deaf Systems Advocate
Regional Center for Independent Living (RCIL)

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Randy Smith of Regal is coming to town… let’s push for OC on all movies…

Hi Everyone,

For those who are involved with the advocacy adventure to push for more Open Caption on Screen at any time and any movies at Regal Theatre 18. Mr. Raymond (Randy) Jr. VP. Chief Administrative Officer & Counsel for Regal Entertainment Group,Knoxville, TN will be meeting with HLAA on Thursday September 11 from 7 pm to 9 pm.  Meeting will take place at the DoubleTree Hotel, 1111 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY.

I have yet seen the agenda. However, Sue Miller of HLAA said that she will add our issue on the agenda and it is for “Open Caption on All Screens at Any Time and Any movies at Regal Theatre 18”.

We need support from mambers of the community. There are only 70 seats available at this time. This means that we need to RSVP to HLAA Rochester’s President named Cindy Kellner at ckellne1@rochester.rr.com.

Let’s show Regal and HLA of our support that we believe that Rochester, NY, can have open caption movies at any time and any movies when one deaf people attend.

Hope you can join us on September 11 at 7 pm at Double Tree.

Thank you,

Dean DeRusso
Deaf Systems Advocate
Regional Center for Independent Living (RCIL)

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News Release: Rochester Deaf Community wants All Screens Captioned at Movie Theatres

Rochester, NY (August 9, 2014) — Starting at 1 pm today, approximately 50 Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Hearing people will attend Regal Theatre 18, 525 Marketplace Dr., Rochester, NY to  advocate for ALL movie screens to have captioning whenever a Deaf or hard of hearing person goes to the theater.

New York State regulation mandates there be a choice of on-screen captioning (Digital Captioning) and off-screen captioning with (Closed Captioning Glasses, Rear View Captioning and other devices).  However, the choice of any on-screen captioning has faded as there are almost no theaters who offer it in the area with the largest Deaf community in the nation, per capita.   Currently, the only option is to have a group of 10 or more Deaf people contact the theater ahead of time to ask for on-screen captioning.  This is not equal access as hearing people can go to the movies whenever they want without having to make special arrangements.

Closed-Captioning Glasses are not comfortable nor do they always work correctly.  Advocates want the theater to be aware that when Deaf and hard of hearing individuals have to use uncomfortable and inefficient technology to see a movie, it is not equal access as hearing people are not required such encumberments.

The Rochester Deaf community wants On-Screen captioning available for all movies when at least one deaf or hard of hearing individual attends the theater.

On-screen captioning is not just good for the Deaf and hard of hearing.  Research shows that the average movie goer, including people learning English as well as those with English as a second language, can benefit from captioning.  And YouTube statistics show that 80% of the viewers who are not deaf or hard of hearing are watching captioned movies online.  Everyone wants them.

This action is intended to show Regal 18 management as well as their corporate headquarters that using Closed-Captioning Glasses is not good for anyone, particularly as this decision was made without input from the Rochester Deaf community.

For more information, please contact Dean DeRusso by phone at 585 730-1677 (text preferred) or by email at ferretrex@gmail.com.

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Action at Regal Theater tomorrow (August 9, 2014)!

 ATTENTION:

Hello everyone, I wonder if you would like to join our action to push Rochester to bring back the option for on-screen caption at movies theatres.  Currently, the movie theatres are moving to off screen caption by using Caption Glasses, Rear Window Caption and etc… It seems they are ignoring the facts that on-screen caption helps both hearing and deaf audiences in many ways.

We now have 20 people who confirmed to join us tomorrow (August 9, 2014) at Regal Henrietta Stadium 18, 525 Marketplace Dr, Rochester, NY 14623, starting at 12-4pm for an action.  To push that ALL On screen captioning available for all movies when at least one deaf or hard of hearing individual attends the theater.

Please feel free to show up and invite friends to join this action!  Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow because On-Screen Captions are a better public accommodation option!

You can share my e-mail to anyone who would like to be part of this.

Thank you,Dean DeRusso
Deaf Systems Advocate
Regional Center for Independent Living (RCIL)

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RDAW looking for Dummy Hoy players and Workshop Presenter

Rochester Deaf Awareness Week (RDAW) is moving forward and players for Dummy Hoy are needed (Deaf and Hearing are welcomed). At the same time, we are looking for presenters for different topics… please see Steve Debottis video blog below:

To download a Word document of the RDAW Workshop Proposal Form please click on below link:

http://phplist.cdrnys.org//dl.php?id=55

Please also feel free to share this with others in the community who would be interested in playing Dummy Hoy baseball game in old days rules or be a presenter for a workshop during RDAW week.

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Still need help with Movie Caption Survey (please fill out and share)

I am writing again to you about this On Screen caption for movie theatres, because we really want more people. For those who do not know, I am currently trying get the opinion of hearing individuals on the matters of captioning movies in the theater.   This information will better help me understand both viewpoints (hearing and Deaf) on open captioning within the theater.   Please share this video blog or survey with your hearing friends.  Deaf and hard of hearing community can be part of this too.  So, please share. 

We have another two minute video blog by Stephanie who is another intern at RCIL about On-Screen captions, please watch at below:

If your ready to do the survey, please fill out the survey at the below link:

http://bit.ly/OnScreenCaptionSurvey1 

We need all help as possible.  Again, please feel free to share this email with your family, friends and others that you know that are both Hearing and Deaf.

Thank you in advance for your help,

Thank you,

Mike Wainwright
Systems Advocate Intern

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Movie Caption Survey (please fill out and share)

To whom it may concern,

I am writing to you because I am an Intern here at RCIL and CDR. I am currently trying get the opinion of hearing individuals on the matters of captioning movies in the theater. This information will better help me understand both viewpoints (hearing and Deaf) on  open captioning within the theater.

For more information about the survey, please watch this two minute video about On-Screen captions with Monica signing the video at:

If your ready to do the survey, please fill out the survey at the below link:

http://bit.ly/OnScreenCaptionSurvey1

We need as much help as possible. So feel free to share this email with your family, friends and others that you know that are both Hearing and Deaf.

Thank you in advance for your help,

Mike Wainwright
Regional Center for Independent Living (RCIL)

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Cut the Glasses: Capture the screen

http://ferretrex.com/?p=1146

Cut the Glasses: Capture the screen

Goal: Increase the number of available On-Screen Captions for movies in the Theater, regardless of the number of Deaf people attending the movies.

More and more deaf people have stopped going to the movie theater because they feel different than the regular visitors.  Because they have to wear the big bulky glasses, Deaf people do not receive equal access. They feel different compared to those who don’t need them. They usually prefer On-Screen captions. Regal Theatre says the ones who do not desire open captions gave negative reactions, even if the captions were below the screen.  Something is wrong here. Regal did not say how many or discuss a plan to educate the community.  Because there are already many negative reactions toward off screen devices (glasses or Palm devices), they are deemed unfit by Deaf people and this allows others in the audience to “stare at them or give funny looks.”  Those who are hearing and Deaf that tried the glasses claimed that:

  • Going to a movie and having to request glasses that don’t always work are not ideal
  • Not knowing if the devices are sanitary, or cleaned was a problem
  • Only half of the movie was captured, because the devices did not work and only half of the words appeared which is not acceptable
  • Off screen caption devices made viewing movies difficult and it was uncomfortable to watch the captions and screen at the same time
  • Glasses cause an Eye Sore, because they both physically hurt the eyes from straining to read the captions, and because they are so huge and bulky

On-screen captions will reach out to a larger crowd of both hearing and Deaf audiences without needing an additional device. If Regal switches to on screen captions, they will save money because glasses are expensive. For example, each pair of glasses is over $2,000 each.  At the same time, Regal claimed that they lose over $300,000 in broken glasses.  In Henrietta, NY, Regal, they have only a maximum of 30 pairs where most theatres have less than 15 pairs.  When they run out, Regal will say, “too bad, first come and first serve.”

Regal Headquarters said that in the last 20 months, the glasses have been used over 90,000 times nationwide. There are over 600,000 people that are Deaf or have hearing loss in the United States, which means only 7% of this population is going to the movies. Regal Headquarter said 98% of the screens are digital projections and have captioning abilities.

Today, movies should be updated to the 21st century where the screens can have simple accommodation solutions where the captions can be placed below the screens.  This not only benefits the customers in the way they all come in and go device free, but it will also allow the theaters to bring in new money for a combined fight for equality to see the movies together. Why are they not using the On-Screen caption that will help the hearing audience capture information that is missed due to thick accents or loud background noise?  Aren’t you wondering?


  
Our recent visit to
try the caption glasses.

 

Do any of the images make you feel comfortable?

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