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Monday, April 21, 2014

Captions to be Provided at Giant Center Conference May 2-3, 2014

*This is a follow up from an earlier post: ADA Violation at Upcoming Giant Center

I am pleased to announce that captions will be available at the upcoming Beth Moore event at the Giant Center this May. This is the ONLY conference Beth Moore is having this year on the East Coast. If you are a Beth Moore fan, but don't attend conferences because you have hearing loss, or are deaf and don't know ASL, here is your chance to attend a LIVE, CAPTIONED event. You will see EVERYTHING that is being said at the conference.

Let's extend a HUGE thank you to Giant Center's  A.D.A Coordinator Drew Dillon for making this happen. Though the captioning committee (Nancy Kingsley, Terri Avis and I, along with volunteer ASL interpreter Carol Mellott ) unsuccessfully requested captions from LifeWay after countless emails and meeting with their volunteer team, just one call from Carol Horowitz, Managing Attorney of Disability Rights Network of PA in Pittsburg got the ball rolling.

Apparently, the only thing that needed considering was whether it was better to just pay a professional captioner the asking fee, or cover the cost of a lawsuit. Thanks to Carol and to Drew Dillon, there will be professional CAPTIONS FOR ALL!

I also want to thank Drew for the free pass that has been granted for me to attend this event.

Be sure to let them know when you register that you want to be seated where you can have access to the captions. If you have any trouble, contact me: xpressivehandz@hotmail.com

Living Proof Live

May 2-3, 2014 (Friday - Saturday)
Hershey, PA: Giant Center
http://www.lifeway.com/Event/Womens-Event-Living-Proof-Live-hershey-pa

Do you need to know more about captions? Learn more here: Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning (CCAC) and CaptionMatch

*This is a follow up from an earlier post: ADA Violation at Upcoming Giant Center

Friday, April 18, 2014

US Navy to Deafen and Kill Whales

This is a video with Pierce Brosnan is captioned! (Click CC if you need captions) What we can do to stop this.



Read more and sign the petition here: https://secure.nrdconline.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=3355&s_src=CK-NRDC-SNR-A02-FB-FBLP.D-FLL-US-LKS.F-FE-45w-SNR2

The point of spirituality is to ....

"The point of spirituality is to bring us together, not to split us apart, to bring us together in united, mutual understanding and knowledge." "that they would be One..." May my attitude, words and actions unite and heal rather than to ever consciously wound and divide. May that to which I give my attention be the same. Sowing discord comes from a heart ruled by fear, ego and deep wounds. May I readily forgive those who do, sending them light and peace. "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord." Psalm 19:14 The Book of The Great Musician. ~ Lana Ryder Rosner

Monday, April 14, 2014

Specific Emotions that Weaken Organs in the Body

I had just come through one of the healthiest years if my life. While everyone around me had caught colds and flu last year, I breezed through with good health.

My mother passed away in December, and I came down with a mild cold in February. My mother was more than my mother, she was also my closest friend. It  has been difficult adjusting to her not being here. While I go through waves of grief now and then, the loss is still fresh. I am still processing the grief and loss.

I've had a nagging cough since that cold in February that had gotten worse. I was not only keeping awake night after night, I was keeping everyone else awake with it as well. 

A visit to the doctor's office last week brought to light that I have developed bronchitis and a lung infection. The appropriate medicines were prescribed, and I have whittled back my appointments and projects to take time for extra rest and to heal. 

Then, I saw this posted on Facebook. I did not know grief affects the lungs. It makes sense to me, and I'm going to start paying attention to these emotional and physical connections and learn more. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

New Aids Arrived

I am incredibly blessed.

Yesterday, a pair of barely used hearing aids (no Tcoil) arrived as a gift from a blogger who now has two Cochlear Implants. We were connected by a third party who saw the donor was looking for a recipient.

Marsha remembered I had mentioned I needed new hearing aids. My current pair where given to me by the Lion's Club in Coos Bay, Oregon about 10 years ago, and they came to me pre-owned. It's amazing they have even lasted this long. When audiologists see this old pair, they tell me they belong in a museum.

Fabulous Husband is calling around today for an audiologist to fit me with new molds and adjust these to my specific hearing loss. The audiologist I wanted to see, the one who saved my life  in 2012 is booked up for some time. I don't want to wait weeks - I want to start using these ASAP.

I have been incredibly blessed with kind and generous friends and strangers over the years. I cannot thank God enough for all his provision and care through the years. This decade has been the most FABULOUS yet, and I am deeply grateful.

#gratitude

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

HLAA - Lancaster County, PA Meeting April 15

Our next Hearing Loss Association of America - Lancaster, PA Chapter Meeting is coming up soon. The topic will be How Hearing Assistive Technology Can Help You presented by Bill Best, HLAA-PA ALD Demo Kit Coordinator.

Everyone is welcome to come and learn. CART and loop provided!

Tuesday, April 15th at 10:00

Village Center Building Fellowship Hall, lower level

Brethren Village Retirement

3001 Lititz Pike

Lancaster, PA

For more information, contact Nancy Kingsley kingsnan@aol.com

Monday, April 7, 2014

ADA Violation at Upcoming Giant Center Event: Beth Moore and Lifeway

*Since the publishing of this blog, after a call from a Disability Rights attorney Carol Horowitz, there will be captions! Read the update of how that came about here: http://xpressivehandz.blogspot.com/2014/04/captions-to-be-provided-at-giant-center.html
ADA Violation at Upcoming Giant Event: Beth Moore and LifeWay

Many financially healthy churches and faith based organizations continue to choose to discriminate against persons with hearing loss for whom English is their first language. These organizations seem to care more about money than souls. Churches don't have to abide by ADA laws, but one would think that they would voluntarily do the right thing and provide equal access to language for DISABLED persons...after all, they do provide wheelchair access for others with mobility disabilities. And faith based organizations ARE required to comply with the ADA.
My first experience with this was at a church up the road from us in Manheim, LCBC . In a very recent correspondence with them, I was told there is no money in the budget for captions for DISABLED persons with hearing loss. However, they are implementing Spanish interpreters for their services. They already have ASL interpreters each Sunday morning for the culturally deaf people.
Recently, I became involved with a captioning committee with Nancy Kingsley, director of the Hearing Loss Association of America PA State Office and Terri Avis, CART Provider/Captioner. Carol Mellott, an ASL volunteer interpreter, informed me of the upcoming Beth Moore conference. Carol and our captioning committee met with volunteers from LifeWay to discuss the need for captioning at the Beth More conference coming to the Giant Center here at Hershey PA. 
After meeting with the volunteers for LifeWay in person, we received this email.
Thank you Terri for talking with the ADA coordinator at the Giant Center, and for all of the continued conversation about the best way to accommodate those with hearing loss.  I appreciate knowing about the needs of those of you with hearing loss, and about the wonderful ways to allow everyone to be able to be included. There is an ache in my heart, and in the heart of the women at Lifeway to be able to find ways for everyone to attend and experience the event in it's fullness. 

In addition to the previously mentioned interpreter and hearing devices that Lifeway offers, I have talked with Lifeway some more about the information you have shared.  Although they are not able to offer all that has been requested, this is how they can bless you:
  • Joyce and Terri would be blessed with a ticket to come to the event.  We would love for you to join us!  If you can come, the tickets will be at the "Will Call" window under your names.  
  • Lifeway will also put their names on assigned seats in the front near the stage and the interpreter if that is preferred. 
  • Terri is welcome to bring her equipment to offer the CART service, but the costs will not be covered.  For now, since Joyce is the only one requesting the service, we are hopeful that Terri's laptop, or a monitor that she can hook her laptop into will be sufficient.  If a monitor is requested, they will need to know this in advance.
  • The words for the songs will be on all of the monitors for everyone to see.  This is standard procedure for LPL events.

Thank you for meeting with us, sharing your hearts and ideas, and being open to the ways Lifeway is accommodating you and the hearing loss community on May 2-3rd.  I know that not all of your requests were granted, but I'm hopeful that what can be offered will make your experience more meaningful.  Carol, Joyce and Terri, I hope to see you there!  Nancy, we will miss you.

This is my response to their email:
After seeking God and praying about your offer, I have made a prayerful, Spirit led decision.

Thank you for offering free tickets for me to attend this event, however, it just isn't right.

The way I see it, it is not fair that interpreters will be paid for and provided for culturally deaf people while the organization will not provide equal access via captioning for DISABLED persons with hearing loss and pay for a captionist to provide this service.

For me to attend the Beth Moore event at this point would mean that I condone this ongoing injustice against people with hearing loss and deaf people who do not know ASL at Christian and faith based conventions in our area.

I don't think that God would want any group of disabled people singled out and discriminated against in this manner. 

Therefore I decline invitation to attend the event and future events of Life Way and Beth Moore at the conviction of my heart on behalf of deafened and disabled persons with hearing loss whose first language is not ASL, but English.

Thank you for taking time to meet with us and for taking time to consider meeting the need for open captions for all for this event.

Respectfully,

Joyce Edmiston

Monday, March 31, 2014

Speaking your truth.....

I don't know who wrote this, but it really resonates with me:

Always speak your truth with love

When you speak your truth,
it's not about changing the other person's mind,
or seeking their approval 
for your opinion.

After all, we can't control 
other people's reactions 
to our actions.

Speaking your truth 
is purely about being true to you.

Always speak your truth with love

When you speak your truth,
it's not about changing the other person's mind,
or seeking their approval 
for your opinion.

After all, we can't control 
other people's reactions 
to our actions.

Speaking your truth 
is purely about being true to you.

"Captions Capture the Votes" by Lauren Storck

Today's guest writer is Lauren Storck, founder of CCAC (Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning) and CaptionMatch . Lauren is the driving force behind captions for today's deaf and hard of hearing persons. Elections will soon be here, and because millions of us depend on captioned television and internet videos and news for information, we want to be sure we are included with equal access to language. Please share this information.

“Captions Capture the Votes”

WELCOME CANDIDATES AND VOTERS!
CAPTIONS CAPTURE VOTERS!
WE ask and encourage you to create campaigns for all elections that include quality captioning – for all media, and for live presentations by candidates.
CANDIDATES – do it soon and keep us informed please via email to CapturetheVotes@CCACaptioning.org – copy and paste the email address please — we’ll publish a list thanking all candidates who do this. Get your message out to voters with quality captioning – not only for millions with hearing loss and deafness, but also for so many others with language and other differences. Captions communicate!
VOTERS – begin contacting candidates in your region now. CCAC will soon have a great Flyer (Poster) for distribution, and also a “model” email for you to use or edit as you choose. Stay tuned! This depends on your energies – come on board! CCACaptioning.org - The Place To Be For Captioning Advocacy. Official non-profit membership organization. Email today to participate and share information, ideas, and discussions. Email to CaptiontheVotes@CCACaptioning.org (please copy, paste and add to your contacts).
The campaign here and also CaptionMatch.com invites communications from candidates, the press, and voters, to assist in finding a captioning provider to meet local needs and budgets. Check out the website and learn more. Refer others to it. CaptionMatch is not a captioning company and not selling any service. It is however a service from the non-profit, all volunteer CCAC, to extend raising awareness, education, advocacy, and the CCAC mission – inclusion of quality captioning universally. Info@captionmatch.com
READ and share information in the CCAC Blog and also on a dedicated Facebook page for the campaign where your voices and discussions are invited (not here on the CCAC webpages). https://www.facebook.com/pages/Captions-Capture-the-Votes/610967952314071?ref=hl
SEE RESOURCES listed below on this page – general and specific information for voters and candidates – send us best resources to add.
THERE will also be information and discussion on the public CCAC blog pages, http://ccacblog.wordpress.com/ that also invites guest blog posts.
AND if you are a member of the CCAC or join now, more discussion, ideas, and best of all, shared “actions” among members using the CCAC Members’ Forum online – we use a CCAC Google Group.
CAPTIONING advocacy for elections begin this month – March 2014 – together! There are many elections in 2014, for Congress – Senate and House – and in some states for Governors. These are the focus, though local positions (local legislatures) can be included also, up to your local teams. Your interest and energies invited from all States in the US – and other regions are, as always, welcome to join us, create local campaigns in collaborations with the CCAC for the same theme. 
AS this CCAC campaign develops, we invite State hearing loss and deafness groups, disability organizations, access, educational, and technology groups to collaborate. Send the CCAC your ideas and let’s talk soon. CCAC may have funds to assist in selected limited ways. We are all volunteers.
We are seeking State team leaders especially in 9 States – California, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, and Illinois.
Florida Team Leader is identified -yes!  more info here soon. Other States? Email soon with your interest please.
RESOURCES
Looks like this site may get us to all Candidates by State – check it out, e.g. for California this year, see http://www.politics1.com/ca.htm
https://www.census.gov/population/socdemo/statbriefs/agebrief.html  – about older citizens, most in 9 states, open to read more
Here’s one with names of Congressional candidates – read down to find your state: http://www.fec.gov/data/CandidateSummary.do
With very best wishes to all reading, and thanks to Joyce, This blogpost encourages re-posting in newsletters and places that are appropriate by others. Thanks if you do! 
Lauren
Lauren E. Storck, founder and president of the CCAC, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit volunteer membership organization. Join us! http://CCACaptioning.org

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

PA House Bill 1608 - What it means for Deaf, HOH, Speech Impaired and Elderly in Pennsylvania

As many of you know, I am on the Telecommunications Advisory Board for Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. There are currently 3 vacant positions open for public members. Are you a relay user in PA? Let us know if you're interested in serving on this board. Your expenses will be covered if you travel into Harrisburg, PA to our meetings. We meet at the Public Utilities Commission several times a year.

At our most recent meeting, we had members from PUC come and discuss with us House Bill 1608 and what it is all about.

This bill has many items that affect the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Speech Impaired and the elderly, as well as anyone who is using analogue equipment.

It asks for the deregulation of telephone companies. This will affect EVERYONE because that means there will no longer be consumer protection, and everyone will be at the mercy of the phone companies.

Deregulation means there will no longer be dispensary programs for disabled people who need special communication equipment, such as tty, tdd and captioned phones. Many of our elderly and disabled people are not able to afford the equipment or services that will come with deregulation.

Though the phone companies say this will "level the field", what it really means is that a lesser quality company can come in and provide very little service to rural areas, and not have to answer to anyone for poor service.

Along with lesser quality service and companies, this opens the field to greater possibility of our disabled and senior populations to be prey to scams and scammers.

How did this bill get proposed? During Hurricane Sandy, many of the copper lines, (also known as access lines) became damaged. Verizon was affected because their lines took a hard hit in some areas. Because of this, they concluded that since fewer people use these access lines, they do not want to repair or replace these lines. If someone moves into a new area, and these cables are not available for their equipment, no new lines will be put in.

With deregulation, analogue equipment will eventually just quit working.

Analogue equipment are not only tty, tdd and older captioned phones, they are also medic alert devices for seniors who need assistance when "fall down and can't get up". These older devices use the copper access lines.

It is interesting to note that cell phones and new mobile devices are not actually phones. They are considered  "radio".

With deregulation, there will be no funding available for government groups to ensure consumer protection, or dispensaries of new compatible equipment for disabled, seniors and low income people who need accessible equipment to meet their communication needs.

I asked Shaun Parks of PUC, PA what we could do right now. He suggested we contact our PA representatives and voice our concerns regarding this bill. We as individuals, and we who belong to groups such as AARP and HLAA need to unite and express our concerns. This will affect everyone in the end, one way or another.

There is much more to House Bill 1608 than we realize.

I am currently waiting for information as to exactly who to contact, and when I have it, I will pass it along to you.

#AARP #HLAA #Communication #Accessibiltiy


Sunday, March 23, 2014

"Keep ASL in Schools"

My friends and I were invited to take part in this video. Here are excellent reasons why we should keep ASL in school, and why more schools should have ASL classes. Please join us and support the campaign to "Keep ASL in School":



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYQ1tPF5a6U

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Ninja Total Flex


Our friend Neil shared this amazing video. I've never seen anything like this before:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY3gXB9ukVM

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Lancaster Sign Language Classes Begin April , 2014 - Register NOW

Kathy Kostrub is offering Sign Language Classes in Lancaster, PA beginning April. Fabulous Husband took one of her classes previously and LOVED it! Sign up NOW.

SPRING 2014 SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES

Beginner I American Sign Language, 8 weeks—Cost- $100.00 (DOES NOT include text cost: $20.14)

Tuesday EVENINGS, 6-8 PM, starting April 15th, Lancaster General Hospital OR
Wednesday EVENINGS, 6-8 PM, starting April 16rd, Location TBD

Prerequisites: None

Reference Text: Signing, How to Speak with Your Hands, by Elaine Costello

This is a beginner class in American Sign Language which will introduce the basics of communicating with the Deaf and
information about Deaf culture. The class will cover the first half of the vocabulary in the required textbook and will include
many extra activities to make the learning process enjoyable.

Beginner II American Sign Language, 8 weeks—Cost: $100.00 + book

Thursday EVENINGS, 6-8 PM, starting April 17th, Location TBD

Prerequisite: Completion of a previous formal class or other experience with ASL
This class is a continuation of Beginner I American Sign Language utilizing the Elaine Costello dictionary text, the Bravo
videos and/or other resources determined by the instructor.

Mail registration form and check made out to “DHHS” to
DHHS– Sign Language Classes
150 Farmington Lane, Lancaster PA 17601
If you have any questions please call Deaf Services at 397-4741.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Healing Hands - Reiki and Military Stress

I saw this posted on Facebook today by my friend Rickie:

Healing Hands - Reiki and Military Stress: http://www.militarymentalhealth.org/blog/2013/03/healing-hands-reiki-and-military-stress/

I like how Reiki is gaining recognition and is being validated as effective because it is completely safe and gentle with no chemical side affects. EVERYONE can use Reiki for their benefit.

If you would like a Reiki session with me, leave a comment below. Comments are moderated, and will not be published. Leave your name and email address where to reach you and I will respond with several dates and times for you to choose from.




Monday, March 17, 2014

An Irish Toast for St. Patrick's Day



May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks

   May your heart be as light as a song

May each day bring you bright happy hours

   That stay with you all the year long

—An Irish Toast

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ted Talks Shawn Achor discusses "Before Happiness"

My gratitude goes out to my friend Thai for pointing me to this fascinating discussion with Shawn Achor on FaceBook this week. There are incredible exercises and statistics in this discussion worth pondering. I am particularly fond of the 10-5 exercise he took from the Ritz Carlton and applied the exercise in a hospital. Following Shawn's description of the change that came to the hospital months later, Chade-Meng Tan offers us a wonderful thought how we can bring happiness and postitivity to others we encounter without saying a word. We CAN create a different social script for the world. This is powerful in so many ways.

This is 60 minutes in length, and captioned for those who need them - just click on the CC button.

*** Shawn Achor saw this post and tweeted a link where we can find more information regarding the research: http://goodthinkinc.com/ Thank you, Shawn!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Muce2TxDlMw#t=2143

After viewing this, I'd like to think I am a "rational optimist". I like his definition of the terms.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

"You Brought the Sunshine" a D-PAN video

I love the story line of this video of how the boy grew up to be a choir director and the message of the song.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr8SZqKWctM

Monday, March 10, 2014

Nuns Share Reiki as They Seek to Minister Holistically

Hands on healing has been around for years. We were created to energetically help our healing, and the healing of others. When a child falls and hurts their knee, they cup their hand over it. When someone has a headache, they rub their forehead or temples.

We use our hands to reach out and comfort one another with a gentle touch, a hug, or a hand on a shoulder or another person's hand.

It makes sense to me that a gentle hands on system of healing has benefits everywhere, and especially in churches where compassion and love for one another is a major tenet of faith.

I love the following article about these lovely ladies- and I hope to see the movie about them.

Reiki by Nuns:

http://www.jsonline.com/features/religion/for-sisters-recognition-can-only-come-from-above-b99112633z1-226627581.html

I love this quote from the article:


"He's not going to ask me how often did I go to Mass or if I prayed every day," she said. "He's going to ask me, 'What did you do for your brothers and sisters?' That's what you did for me."

Read more from Journal Sentinel: http://www.jsonline.com/news/religion/for-sisters-recognition-can-only-come-from-above-b99112633z1-226627581.html#ixzz2vQjkNYC2 
Follow us: @JournalSentinel on Twitter

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Visual of what "OM" looks like

I've been reading a lot about how sounds and words affect us not only by what is heard, but the vibration which our bodies feel. From what I understand, we are affected even on a cellular, molecular level. After reading this and seeing this video, I am convinced there is so much more we've yet to learn. This video is not captioned, but I understand when "om" is sang at different pitches, the sand moves into interesting geometric positions. The visual near the end is stunning. I see no captions, but I'm pretty sure all they would be saying is "om" at different notes, pitches or frequencies. :-)



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw13EAX3cZk
The video isn't captioned, but the visual is stunning, especially near the end.


Friday, February 28, 2014

"The Mom Song" - Captioned Version

My friend Laura posted this delightfully funny video on my Facebook timeline today. According to the person who posted it, these are all the things a mom says within a 24 hour period.  Enjoy!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e6EWpAHahk

Monday, February 24, 2014

ASL Interpreters at Upcoming PawsAbilities, Harrisburg, PA

Vikki Lagaza, the events coordinator for Susquehanna Service Dogs sent me this information about the upcoming PawsAbilities event March 8th and 9th, 2014. There will be ASL interpreters "on hand" BOTH days.

The VIP brunch on Sunday features the New York Times best selling author, Capt. Luis Carlos Montalvan from 11am to 1pm at the Keystone Conference Center at the Farm Show on Sunday. Tickets for the brunch are $35.00 per person. "Until Tuesday", the story of a wounded warrior and the golden retriever who saved him written by Capt. Luis Carlos Montalvan will be available for purchase.

Angela Lapioli posted a review of "Until Tuesday" for the Susquehanna Service Dogs Blog here: http://susquehannaservicedogs.blogspot.com/2014/02/until-tuesday-making-difference-in.html

Let all your ASL friends and family know about this exciting event!

Tickets
Your ticket is good for both days.
$8 general admission
$4 children ages 4-12
Purchase 2-day tickets at the door
$10 general admission
$5 children ages 4-12

Be sure to check out the SSD blog for more information here: http://susquehannaservicedogs.blogspot.com/2014/02/join-fun-at-pawsabilities.html