Hello and welcome to this week’s issue of The Bigger Picture, where we take a look at things both within our region and beyond in the world of disability & independent living. Let’s see what we have for this week’s issue…
Amazon Reaches Deal with Deaf Rights Group to Caption All Video
Several months ago we brought you news that Netflix had finally reached a deal to have all videos captioned (as well as introduce descriptive audio to many of its videos), and this week we’re bringing you more great news in the world of accessibility! The same deaf rights group that fought Netflix for captioning, the National Association for the Deaf, has had a more “amicable” negotiation with Amazon to get all of their popular videos captioned by the end of 2016. You can read more about this victory from Ars Technica at this link.
Rite Aid to Offer ScriptTalk Prescription Devices to Customers with Visual Impairments
The pharmacy chain Rite Aid will be bringing talking prescription devices to assist customers who have visual impairments. VisionAware brings us news on this further victory for accessibility at this link.
Rome Awarded Wheelchair Tennis Grant
Looking closer to home, we are happy to share the news that Rome Sports has been awarded one of nine grants to help fund the wheelchair tennis program in our area. You can read more about this grant here from WRGA.
Disability Day at the Capitol
February 18, 2016
We are thrilled to report that two of our staff members, Ralph Jarrell and David Hortman, attended this year’s Disability Day at the Capitol. They were able to meet with several of the representatives who work for our region: Rep. Katie Dempsey, Sen. Chuck Hufstetler and Sen. Bruce Thompson. This even happens annual at the Georgia State Capitol building in Atlanta, and disability advocates from all over the state gather to network with representatives about the issues impacting people with disabilities and independent living.
This year is an election year, and we want to urge all people with disabilities to get out there and let your voice be heard! If you need assistance with registering to vote or voting at your precinct, please give us a call at 706-314-0008 and we will get you headed in the right direction. There are countless issues facing people with disabilities and voting in elections is one of the best ways to have your voice heard!
We have created a flyer detailing some of the numbers and facts about the disability vote, and you can view/download/print that flyer at this link.
Thanks for joining us again this week for The Bigger Picture; we’ll see you next time!