The Guide Dog and the Cat — BBC Ouch

BBC's Ouch is one of the very best English-language podcasts in the world.The episodes are intelligent, upbeat, and honest. I could tell you that I am sure you will enjoy them.  I could tell you all kinds of things.  But - it is really better if you listen to it and decide for yourself.I've been listening to it for 3 years.   I dig back a few years and always find gold in the earlier podcasts.  This is a good one to start your podcast binging:  "Me and the Guide dog went into lockdown so I got a cat".  You will find many more podcasts like this on their website.   ~ Dorothy K Dean Listen to this podcast.  That's the action we recommend.What are you doing as you are Safe at Home?  What is your favorite podcast of any kind?  Your favorite book right now?  What about online videos (kittens and puppies are welcome)?  We'll post a list. Photo:  K. Mitch Hodge on...
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Stay Safe — Where’s the TP ?

Disability Justice is a disability civil rights nonprofit.  We advocate civil rights guaranteed by the Constitution and the Americans With Disabilities Act.Update on officials spotted with ASL interpreter -- contact us when you see an interpreter Mayors: Los Angeles, Chicago, NYC Governors: Georgia Michigan, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, Iowa, Connecticut, WisconsinYou and I can make sure COVID-19 statements reach as many people as possible at the same time. We are asking you to do a simple thing: say something.  Ask for ASL interpreters.  There are too many important briefings and announcements that do not include people with hearing loss.  When anyone is not safe, none of us are safe.Three days ago I watched the Michigan Governor give life-saving information on YouTube. I left a comment asking for an interpreter. Every official must have an ASL interpreter.  That is the best way to get essential information out to the public.If they have an interpreter, thank them.  Use the comment section on YouTube.   Or use the contact...
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Stay Safe – Activism at Home

Disability Justice is a disability Civil rights nonprofit.  We advocate the civil rights guaranteed by the Constitution, and the Americans With Disabilities Act.  Here are 3 simple things you can do at home.  ASL interpreters make people with hearing loss safer.Watch TV for ASL interpreters and closed captions. You make sure emergency information on tv is done right. Ask your local government about the emergency plans for people with disabilities.  Do they have a plan? Search your state and local government websites.  Are they accessible?You don't have democracy when some people are excluded.Does the tv or cable channel have closed captions?  Does the official announcing COVID-19 progress have an ASL interpreter? The FCC requires accessible emergency information.  But not all tv/cable channels do it.  Are there closed captions?  Is there an ASL interpreter?  I saw an ASL interpreter at announcements by the  Mayors of Chicago and of Los Angeles and the Governor of Georgia.Do officials have ASL interpreters or closed captions? ...
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Snow 2020

It's no surprise.  It's winter. A common frustration is disabled parking spaces filled with snow.   What can one person do?Point this barrier out to the manager.  Those parking spaces make it possible for customers to get into their building.  Urge them to get it cleared right away.  People with disabilities spend money - if they can get into the building.When customers see this barrier, you can bet they will go somewhere else.  They won't return until the snow is gone if they ever return.  It is federal law that the disabled spaces be usable.  They aren't if they are full of snow.Does the manager have a contract for snow plowing?  Suggest they put a penalty into the contract.  The penalty will be a charge to the plowing service for every day the disabled parking is blocked.You don't have democracy when any people are excluded. ...
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