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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Wisconsin v Civil Rights

Photo by Matt Artz on UnsplashThe State of Wisconsin is advising how to break federal civil rights law.  Tucked into the state commercial building code is a problem.  Only Wisconsin has this little stinker.   The problem is that the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services created an "exception" to the building code.   This change means Wisconsin is illegally giving permission to the public to violate federal law.No one challenged this practice until we did.The Americans with Disabilities Act is civil rights law.  It is modeled after the more famous Civil Rights Act of 1964.  It is not frivolous.  It is not optional.  Wisconsin staff cannot pick and choose which federal law they like.Federal law has priority over every state law and every state regulation.  Plain and simple.Why isn't Wisconsin checking building code for conflict with federal law?How many local governments and businesses used the advice to break federal civil rights law?Why does the department refuse to...
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Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion – Gateway Technical College

This Thursday, we present the 2019 Disability Justice Award to Gateway Technical College, recognizing the collaborative, vibrant learning environment there. The college is an outstanding example of inclusive education in Wisconsin. Gateway has created an accessible, welcoming educational environment for students. From website accessibility to in-service training for staff, Gateway's initiative has grown into a shared responsibility for accessibility in all aspects of the college, from classes to the facilities themselves. “This award shows students that Gateway strives to make sure all students feel welcome and that they, indeed, belong here at the college”, says Dr. Tammi Summers, Gateway's Dean of Learning Success. Disabilities cut across every segment of the population. Diversity and inclusion combine to strengthen Gateway's learning environment for everyone. Josh Vollendorf, Director of Compliance, points to the importance of eliminating physical barriers. The college invests in assistive technologies to improve student success, according to Vollendorf. The award will be presented at the Gateway Technical College Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, October...
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