The Federal Communications Commission last week approved one of the most important advances in communications technology for deaf and hard of hearing people in decades, in one of the agency’s final acts under the leadership of outgoing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.
In a move that’s being hailed by accessibility advocates and leaders in the deaf and hard of hearing community as a historic step forward, the five-member FCC unanimously adopted rules to facilitate the transition from outdated, analog teletype (TTY) devices to a new, internet-based, real-time text messaging standard (RTT) compatible with the latest smartphones.
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Jared Kendall knew it wasn’t fair. So, he stayed. The Lubbock ISD sign language interpreter kept helping Nickolas Roman as he continued practicing for the Deaf Olympics even though Roman had already graduated from Coronado High School. I have been with him for four years and have gone the process of working with the coaches and we didn’t think it was fair to leave him cold and dry with out an interpreter he was familiar with,” Kendall said. “We didn’t want him to feel left. He is about to take this whole new world and he has gone through different interpreters before. It wouldn’t be fair to hire someone and have him go through the process right before he heads off to college (Gallaudet University).”
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The Supreme Court has dismissed a case it took up earlier this year involving deaf people in Texas who had trouble getting drivers licenses.
At issue was whether a Texas state agency could be sued for refusing to make sure driving instruction schools accommodate people with disabilities.
The justices on Monday dismissed the case because the five drivers who sued either completed driver education courses or moved out of state.
A federal appeals court ruled last year that the state agency could not be sued for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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Researchers in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin have received a $20 million, five-year award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs to lead a center that will have a far-reaching effect: supporting postsecondary education outcomes for deaf and hard of hearing people.
It is one of the largest grants awarded by the Department of Education to support technical assistance and professional development in special education.
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Students in the Abilene Independent School District's deaf education program sign their 9/11 presentation on Wednesday at Madison Middle School.
Zoe Creel (right) signs her solo part in a 9/11 presentation while practicing with other students in the Abilene Independent School District's deaf education program on Wednesday at Madison Middle School. It's been 15 years since the attacks, and these middle school students weren't alive then.
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