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A boy writes on a notebook in front of a screen
 

The American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project (ACB-ADP) and the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) are co-sponsoring an exciting opportunity for blind and visually impaired young people, in four categories from ages 7 to 21: the Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE) contest.

A big treble clef over a staff with colorful music notes
 

When I was born I was diagnosed with grade III microtia and atresia on my left side and I had a shorter jawbone on that side too.  I realized just recently how hard that was for my parents.  I was their first child and when they saw their baby missing her left ear, their world crumbled.  Fortunately, that has not been a big deal for me.  When I was a child, kids sometimes were cruel; but I had opportunities for revenge. 

Woman speaking, blurry bookcases in the background
 

The Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) recently released the video "A Teacher's View of Assistive Technology."  In the video, teachers of students with a range of learning needs discuss the ways in which assistive technology can help. Teachers provide examples of low- to high-tech tools that are easily integrated into a classroom environment.

Dr. Juanita Rodriguez
 

Doctor Juanita Rodriguez is presenting the results of our projects "Captions and Video Description: Educational Tools for Hispanic Children with Disabilities," and "DAD: A collaborative platform to encourage learning through creativity and dialogue" at Edulearn18 this week. She will be sharing the project's results with academics from around the world during the Special Education session.

Gold medal with a number 1 in relief
 

Last week the winners of the Chairman's Awards for Advancements in Accessibility (AAA) were recognized at an awards ceremony in Arlington, VA. The 4 winners are all very exciting technologies that benefit people with vision impairment, hearing impairment, cognitive disabilities and even for those learning English as a Second Language. Let's take a look at this year's winners.

White letters over black background "CNLD Nada Sobre Nosotrxs sin Nosotrxs."
 

This week is the 3rd Annual Conference of the National Coalition for Latinxs with Disabilities (CNLD by its acronym in Spanish). "The purpose of the annual conference is to build community, share our stories with one another, and provide updates on activism, policy and research at the intersection of Disability and Latinidad." 

TV screen showing a hearing aid symbol  with the web address TVemos.us underneath it. Next to the screen the letters TVemos.us

Today is the 7th Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) and Dicapta is joining this awareness day by launching a campaign to inform Spanish-speaking children who are deaf, blind, deaf-blind or have some degree of hearing and vision impairment, and their parents, about the availability of audio description and closed caption services in Spanish and how they can access them. 

A round blue badge with the phrase "AD Certification.”  An orange ribbon hangs from the badge
 

There has been talk about audio description certification for a while.  The American Council of the Blind (ACB) has taken the lead and started working with the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP) toward accomplishing that.

On dead grass, row of colored Easter eggs with faces painted
 

Every year, many ATF agents (who oversee violations of federal laws related to firearms, explosives, arson, and alcohol and tobacco diversion) work with communities across the country to make beeping Easter eggs.  Beeping eggs make it possible for blind or visually impaired children to enjoy the fun of the Easter egg hunts.