March 2021 - Issue #5
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1. Deaf History Month: March 13 - April 15, 2021 (English)
2. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (ASL and English)
3. Accessible Canada Act (English)
4. Numbers DVD, from our catalogue "Skin: How much do you have?" (ASL)
5. St. Patrick's Day Fun Fact (English)
6. Out There: Non-profit, Health Signs Center (ASL and English)
7. *New* The IC Book Club (English)
8. English Oddities (ASL and English)
9. Volunteering with Special Olympians as an Interpreter (English)
Deaf History Month is celebrated from March 13 to April 15 each year. The celebration extends over those dates to honor three special days in deaf education history:
April 15, 1817 - America's first public school for the deaf opened.
April 8, 1864 - Gallaudet University was founded - the world's first post-secondary institution dedicated to the education for the deaf and hard of hearing.
March 13, 1988 - Gallaudet hired its first Deaf president in response to a student-led movement.

Want to find out more?
How Deaf History Month came about and links to more Deaf history topics

Five role models in Deaf history: Shirley Jeanne Allen, EdD; Robert R. Davila, PhD; Eugene Hairston; Juliette Gordon Low; and Audree Norton.

The ADA and the Right to Effective Communication

Learn about the importance of the ADA (in ASL).
As a deaf or hard-of-hearing American, do you know your rights for access to communication services in public accommodation spaces? These spaces include not only government offices and agencies but businesses and organizations as well. You have the right to barrier-free access to health care, education, public transportation, police services, and mental health services, among other areas.

The right to effective communication is established in the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Since 2011, state and local governments (Title II) and businesses and non-profit organizations with 15 or more employees (Title III) have been required to provide communication aids and services for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in the mode that they request.

What are your options if the accommodations you have requested have not been provided? The National Association for the Deaf Law and Advocacy Center has prepared many resources, including an advocacy tip sheet, advocacy letters to print and share, and if needed, information on how to file a complaint.  Read our full blog post here.

The Accessible Canada Act was enacted in 2019. It recognizes American Sign Language, Quebec Sign Language (Langue des signes québécoise) and Indigenous sign languages as the primary languages of communication used by Deaf people in Canada. Among other goals, it aims to provide barrier-free services and spaces for persons with communication disabilities, and to provide accessible digital content and technologies. The ACA applies in Parliament, Government of Canada agencies, and any private sector entity under federal regulation such as broadcasting and transportation.
The Accessible Canada Act will be implemented in partnership with persons with disabilities and the disability community.
- From our catalogue -
Skin: How much skin do you have?

An excerpt from Pursuit of ASL: Interesting Facts Using Numbers,
one of a two-video series by Angela Petrone Stratiy.
Eloquent native signer Angela Petrone Stratiy's Pursuit of ASL video series published by Interpreting Consolidated enhances fluency in ASL in two areas - Classifiers and Numbers.

Pursuit of ASL: Interesting Facts Using Numbers has 35 short passages incorporating ASL numbers within a wide variety of contexts. Using the many different numbering systems in ASL with confidence is fundamental to achieving fluency in the language.

Pursuit of ASL: Interesting Facts Using Numbers catalogue page
Did you know that New York City has the world's longest-running St. Patrick's Day Parade? Since 1762, NYC's Irish (and Irish for the day) have worn the green on March 17! This year, the format is a Virtual Parade Honor Guard for all the First Responders and Essential Workers who have done so much for so many during the pandemic and 9/11. Check out the details here.
- Out There -

Health Signs Center
Health Signs Center: a non profit organization, focused on providing access to all aspects of public health in ASL.
Health Signs Center mission is "to promote and advocate for the health, health equity, and health access for the deaf community, including persons who identify as DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened, and American Sign Language (ASL) users nationwide, by providing direct linguistically and culturally accessible education, advocacy, and resources."

TraciAnn Hoglind, founder of Health Signs Center, addresses the continued lack of effective communication in the healthcare industry:
English transcript here:

More information available on their website:
The View from IC is interested in featuring Canadian and American businesses and organizations owned/created/operated by Deaf or hard of hearing persons. Recommendations? Let us know.

Or, if you are involved in one of these businesses or organizations and would appreciate some FREE promotion in Out There in a future issue, fill out our form here. Kat will be in touch!
 * NEW *  
The IC
Book Club
Welcome to a new feature - The IC Book Club. Every month we will present a book that gives us an opportunity to learn about others' lived experiences and widen our perspectives.

In honour of Women's History Month, we present our first pick - Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Canadian journalist Jessica McDiarmid tells the story of some of the more than 1,200 Indigenous women and girls whose disappearances and murders along "The Highway of Tears" - a stretch of Highway 16 between British Columbia and Alberta - went unaddressed for decades. Publishers Weekly says this book is "essential reading for anyone who cares about social injustice." It was a 2020 finalist for the RBC Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction.
Publishers Weekly review
Simon and Schuster's page for Highway of Tears
Our English oddity for March: 

Why do tug boats push their barges?

Scroll down for Angela Petrone Stratiy's ASL rendition.
Volunteering with Special Olympians

as a Sign Language Interpreter
Kat Vickers, IC's Marketing and Distribution Manager, shares a February 2020 (pre-pandemic) experience coaching and interpreting for Washington state Deaf and hearing Special Olympics athletes in snowboarding. 

Read her story on our blog here.
Why do tug boats push their barges? 

Description: Angela wearing a dark shirt sits in front of a dark blue background.
Our English oddity for April: 

How can a 'fat chance' and a 'slim chance' mean the same thing?
Angela will offer an explanation in ASL next month.
from all of us at Interpreting Consolidated
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