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Friday, 28 November 2014

ASL Video From "Miracle On 34th Street" (Sami Krieger)

Oldie but always a Goodie!
P.S. Yes, thats my daughter Sami when she was almost 5 years old.

Concern For Others...

Margaret's Story (Video)

Margaret, five, was born profoundly deaf and has spent her life cut off from those around her, unable to communicate. But that’s all about to change. 15 and ...

Raymond Okkelo, Inspirational Sign Language Teacher In Uganda

Meet Raymond Okkelo, one of the inspirational sign language teachers in tonight's Unreported World. Raymond is doing something remarkable in a remote area of Uganda - he is starting the first sign language course, with the ambition of helping deaf children and adults emerge from a world of isolation.
Channel 4 / 7.35pm

City Orders Signs Restaurant To Remove Wheelchair Ramp


City orders restaurant to remove wheelchair ramp

Anjan Manikumar's efforts to make his restaurant more accessible have resulted in a notice of violation from the city.

Signs restaurant owner Anjan Manikumar, right, chats with his father and principal investor Manny Manikumar, outside the eatery at Yonge and Wellesley St. The city has ordered Manikumar to remove a wheelchair ramp saying its a hazard for pedestrians.
Signs restaurant owner Anjan Manikumar, right, chats with his father and principal investor Manny Manikumar, outside the eatery at Yonge and Wellesley St. The city has ordered Manikumar to remove a wheelchair ramp saying its a hazard for pedestrians.
When Anjan Manikumar opened Signs, a deaf-friendly restaurant, he wanted it to be accessible in more ways than one.
But his efforts to put in a ramp outside his restaurant at Yonge and Wellesley Sts. resulted in a notice of violation from the city just two weeks after it was installed.
The 29-year-old said he got frustrated after trying to work with the city since April, so decided to install a temporary ramp. 
“It’s not fair that we are excluding some people just because we are not able to get a permit,” Manikumar said.
He said the city wouldn’t even take his application to build a permanent ramp and he believed he wouldn’t need a permit for a temporary ramp. So he worked with StopGap, an organization that helps build low-cost ramps, to install one at a cost of $4,700.
The ramp was ordered to be removed immediately on Thursday because it “poses a hazard to pedestrians and people with visual disabilities,” said Kyp Perikleous, director of transportation services at the City of Toronto.
“When something creates an immediate hazard, we do not give a buffer. We ask for immediate compliance,” said Perikleous.
Not complying with the city can mean a fine of up to $5,000. 
This type of violation is unusual, with only one or two similar issues faced this year, said Perikleous.
And there seems to be little room for compromise.
“We usually do not accommodate obstructions to a sidewalk,” he said.
The policy is strict because according to Ontario’s accessibility law, the city has to provide 2.1 metres width on a sidewalk and a busy pedestrian street like Yonge St. can require more, said Perikleous. 
Manikumar says he’s been monitoring pedestrian traffic and that “there’s no problem with the walking space.”
He says a simple solution that would create even more space on the sidewalk is moving a mailbox across the ramp a little further up the street. Manikumar said in earlier discussions with the city, there was a willingness to explore this but nothing has happened since. 
The width left for pedestrian traffic from the ramp to the mailbox is just 2 centimetres short of the 2.1 metre requirement. The ramp encroaches about 72 centimetres onto city property, according to a Star measurement.
There is a way to legally encroach on city property, but Manikumar would have to make an application to the city’s community council, said Perikleous. But before he can do that, he has to prove he has no other choice. 
“The owners or the tenants of the property need to show they have tried to do everything in their means to provide ramping facilities within their property,” Perikleous said.
He added that many people don’t want to make accommodations within the existing property because it usually costs much more money. 
Manikumar says he’s not concerned about the cost because he sees making his restaurant accessible as an investment.
“A lot of our guests have demanded a ramp,” he said.
But Manikumar is a tenant and says his landlord doesn’t want him to make any permanent changes to the property. He’s looked at many different options, including installing a $50,000 wheelchair lift. But even that would encroach on city property, he said. 
Both supporters and those urging the restaurant to go through the city process voiced their opinions after the notice of violation was posted to the restaurant’s Facebook page.
A woman passing by the restaurant Thursday evening said she saw the Facebook post and that “there’s more than enough space” for pedestrians to get through. 
“The restaurant wants to include everybody and I think everybody should do that,” said Tammy Penasse.
“For the city to say that’s wrong — I think that’s wrong.”
Manikumar said won’t be taking down the ramp until he can work out an alternative with the city, saying he will “fight for what is right.”

I No Longer Accept Responsibility For Not Hearing What My Son Says

A little while ago I wrote about the recent heart-wrenching change that had occurred in my life as a Deaf Mum; my little man deciding to drop the signing in favour of speech....

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Campaign To Save Only Day Nursery With Deaf Resource Base

Last week, we reported on a campaign to save the only day nursery that offers a resource base for the...

That Deaf Guy: "Holding Hands"

Hello friends,
We are gearing up for Thanksgiving with our Thanksgiving themed cartoons. Enjoy!!
-Matt and Kay
**** We are fully loaded with both books. ORDER yours today! TDG: A Family Portrait and our NEW book TDG: A Wild Ride. Never before seen cartoons are in both. ORDER yours today! www.thatdeafguy.com/store

"Flight" (ASL Lyric Music Video)

Video by Lifehouse performing Flight, the new track available now on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/lhflightit | Amazon: http://smarturl.it/lhflightamzmp3 | Goog...

American Sign Language Thanksgiving Bash!

This Saturday night in NYC

Why I Am Proud Of My Deaf Sister

Ever since I was two I have grown up being an older sister to a deaf sibling. My parents found out that my sister Sarah was profoundly deaf just after she turned one, though it was deduced that she had been deaf...

Signing "Turned Off" (Video)

Joseph Wheeler uploaded a new video.
Signing in English turns me OFF!

Translating Speech Into Vibrations

Translating Speech Into Vibrations
(image from David Eagleman Kickstarter video)

Monday, 24 November 2014

How Humans Learn To Subconsciously Connect With Their Eyes

Eyes are really just complex balls of nerves, fibres, lens cells and goo - but here's how they become the windows to our souls.
Researchers have studied the way infants 'read' emotions in people’s eyes to discover that at just seven months old, most people have already figured out how...

The Fastest Alphabets In ASL (Video)

Making Cinemas More Accessible For Deaf/Hard-Of-Hearing

Theaters say they will make cinemas more accessible for the ‪#‎Deaf‬and ‪#‎HoH‬
All digital movie theaters in the US must install ‪#‎ClosedCaptioning‬ and Audio Description equipment.
Great news for movie lovers!

The nation's theater owners have agreed to make their cinemas more accessible to deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons.

Deaf Advice Worker Could Lose Her Job Over Access To Work

A Deaf advice worker could lose her job because of a “ridiculous” ruling by Access to Work advisers, who rejected her application because they claimed the interpreters who helped her communicate with clients were “doing the work” for her.
Lottie Powell started working in September as a direct payments adviser with The Fed Centre for Independent Living, in Brighton.
She needs full-time support from British Sign Language interpreters to allow her to communicate with disabled clients, and interact with colleagues in the office.
Although she was given funding for the first month of her new job by Access to Work (AtW), that has now run out.
A Deaf advice worker could lose her job because of a “ridiculous” ruling by Access to Work advisers

Christin White, Deaf Lansing Native, Making White House Christmas Cookies This Season

Lansing native Christin White is making cookies at the White House this holiday season.

Discussing The Different Signs For Autism (Video)

Christine Wood discusses different signs for AUTISM and proposes a new one.