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CAD President Sandra Inzinga's Message

As the newly elected President of the Connecticut Association of the Deaf, I thank you for your confidence in me, and invite you to join me in unifying the Deaf community.

CAD's mission has been to promote, protect and preserve the rights and quality of life of our Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens. As we approach our 75th year anniversary, I am proud to lead CAD in continuing our work to obtain access to all movie theaters in Connecticut, as well as to continue to promote access to services, agencies, education, and technology. CAD continues to grow and evolve and we need to keep our focus in synch with the needs of informed and responsible citizens in a rapidly changing world.

CAD's founding principles to protect the Civil Rights of Deaf citizens has remained steadfast throughout the years. I am proud to have wonderful team of officers and board who are dedicated to the mission of CAD. Together, I believe we can make a difference.

I look forward to working with each of you, and hope you join me in my mission to increase CAD membership to represent the majority of Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens in Connecticut.

Join Paid/New Member Online or attached the PDF is the Membership Application Form to fill outand join the CAD.

Thank you for your support!


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As you may know, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (\"EEOC\") recently filed a nationwide lawsuit against FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. (\"FedEx Ground\") alleging that FedEx Ground discriminated against deaf or hard-of-hearing Package Handlers or applicants for the Package Handler position in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (\"ADA\"). EEOC alleges that FedEx Ground violated the ADA by, for example, failing to provide deaf or hard-of-hearing Package Handler applicants or employees with effective communication accommodations during the hiring process, in orientation and training, and for work-related meetings and communications. You can find more information about this lawsuit at http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/10-10-14.cfm.

We are attempting to reach deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals nationwide who may have applied for, or worked as, a Package Handler with FedEx Ground and who may be covered by the lawsuit. We would appreciate your assistance in circulating information about this lawsuit to your members, including by posting about it on your website and including it in newsletters, e-mails, or other communications with your members. In notifying your members about this lawsuit, we ask that you include the following link - click here - which contains an ASL informational video about the lawsuit. Persons who think they are covered by the lawsuit should contact the EEOC by e-mailing fedexgroundlawsuit@eeoc.gov or by leaving a message, through Video Relay Service, at 215-440-2670.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank You.
Tom Rethage, EEOC Trial Attorney


Self-advocate tips on communication access for hospital inpatients




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LOOK: NAD Retreat in Connecticut

During September 17-21, the NAD Board of Directors and some of the NAD Staff gathered for the NAD Retreat held at Camp Isola Bella in Connecticut, for the first time! The NAD appreciates the support from the American School for the Deaf (ASD). The NAD Retreat included some team building activities, much discussion of the five priorities and other business items, and a meeting and dinner with RID's Board of Directors. The weekend concluded with a joint town hall meeting with RID in Hartford. Please enjoy the photo album on Flickr!

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Financial Aid Opportunities for Disabled Students

The financial aid resources for individuals with disabilities is . . .

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A new exciting message from Heidi Catalan and Barbara Cassin:

Hope everyone having a good summer!

We are very excited to share with you the new Red Cross ASL video we have made about evacuation shelters! The Red Cross has posted this nationally, and you will see some familiar Connecticut faces!! This was made through a wonderful team effort wit the Deaf community, interpreting community, and emergency responders.



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25 Fantastic Experiences of #NAD2014(2)

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National Theatre of the Deaf Annual Summer at Hygienic Event in its Third Year this Summer 2014

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[CCOSD] ASL Interpreted King Lear production

Hello,
I am the Executive Director of ARTFARM in Middletown and am writing to ask your help in spreading the word about our upcoming Shakespeare in the Grove production of King Lear. The July 26 performance will be ASL-Interpreted. The production features National Theater of the Deaf former actor (and current NTD Board member) John Basinger in the role of King Lear.

This is our first ASL Interpreted performance, and we appreciate any help that you can offer in letting people know about this great opportunity. The press release for the July 26 performance is copied below.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Thanks so much,
Dic Wheeler

July 7, 2014
For Immediate Release
SUBJECT: ARTFARM's July 26 performance of King Lear to include ASL Interpretation
Contact: Dic Wheeler, (860) 346-4390, dic@art-farm.org

The Middletown-based theater company ARTFARM will be presenting Shakespeare's King Lear in the cedar grove on the campus of Middlesex Community College July 17 - 20 and 24 - 27. Performances begin at 7 pm, preceded by live music each evening beginning at 6 pm. Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy a picnic in this beautiful grove overlooking the Connecticut River Valley.

The performance on Saturday, July 26 will feature American Sign Language Interpretation.

Although this is the ninth season of professional Shakespeare in the Grove, this is the first time that ARTFARM has provided ASL interpretation for its productions. The choice is partially motivated because the role of King Lear is being played by John Basinger, who for many years was a hearing actor with the National Theater of the Deaf and is currently an NTD Board member. John is an actor, playwright, director and storyteller who has appeared i films (including Children of a Lesser God) and has performed around the world.

This is John's first appearance with the ARTFARM Ensemble, which is known for its physical style, rigorous professionalism and bold storytelling. King Lear is directed by ARTFARM Artistic Director Marcella Trowbridge.

Tickets for King Lear are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Middlesex Community College is located at 100 Training Hill Road in Middletown. For more information, go to www.art-farm.org , email info@art-farm.org or call (860) 346-4390.

ARTFARM
119 Highland Ave.
Middletown, CT. 06457
Tel: 860.346.4390
info@art-farm.org
www.art-farm.org

Theater. Simple Living. Activism.

Website: www.art-farm.org



Good News! Substitute House Bill 5321 passed

The Substitute House Bill 5321, previously passed by the House of Representatives (136 Yes and 0 No) on April 25th), was passed by the Senate (36 Yes and 0 No) on May 7th at 11:39 pm during its last day of legislative session!

Please see the attachment for the language of the legislation. That means that DORS Commissioner Amy Porter will work with the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (OPA), the State Department of Education (SDE),and the CRID Task Force on Interpreting to submit the proposed plan to appropriate Joint Legislative Committees (Human Services and Education) by December 31, 2014.

Thanks to many people who testified in favor of the Raised HB 5321 before the Public Hearing conducted by the Joint Committee on Human Services and contacted the Legislators urging them to support and vote for this Substitute Bill.

See attachment - click here. Harvey Corson and Sue Pedersen
Co-Chairs of CAD Education & Legislative Committee



Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) in Dept. of Intepretation at Gallaudet University

Hello,
My name is Jordan Castilla and I am a graduate student in the Department of Interpretation at Gallaudet University. I am currently conducting a research study about video remote interpreting (VRI) in medical settings. The Gallaudet University Institutional Review Board (IRB) has approved this study (PJID #2337).

I am looking for more participants for my study. Participants must be deaf or hard of hearing and must have experience using VRI services in a medical setting (such as a hospital or doctor's office). If you agree to participate in this study, we will need to set up a time to meet using FaceTime, Skype, or VP. The interview will take less than an hour to complete. Your interview will be recorded for analysis purposes. This video will remain confidential. Before the interview begins, you will be asked to complete three brief forms (it should take less than 10 minutes to fill out all three forms). No monetary compensation will be given for your participation in this study. Instead, you will be given a small token of appreciation after completing your interview. Participation in this study is fully voluntary and you can choose to withdraw at any time without penalty.

Please email Jordan Castilla at jordan.castilla@gallaudet.edu for more information.

I look forward to your response.

Thank you,
Jordan Castilla

Jordan Castilla
Graduate Student
Gallaudet University
Department of Interpretation
Phone: (832) 423-8337 (voice and text)
E-mail: jordan.castilla@gallaudet.edu



Deaf Truck Drivers

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 3, 2013
  - good news for deaf individuals that want to be truck drivers

Earlier this year the federal government allowed only 40 interested deaf truckers to drive trucks. Now, the federal government may allow more and more deaf truckers to drive trucks. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said they are willing to accept applications from future deaf truckers. This is great news.



New YouTube Video for Taxpayers with Disabilities

Look at the video here.
The IRS released a new YouTube video for taxpayers with disabilities. Although the video uses American Sign Language, it was made for anyone with a disability. The video provides information about tax products and other IRS services offered to people with disabilities.