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Indoors. Maria Victoria Diaz holds a flute standing next to a music stand.
 

We are thrilled with the most recent podcast episode of Reid My Mind featuring Dicapta's President, Maria Victoria Diaz. Reid My Mind is hosted and produced by Tom Reid. Tom, like Maria Victoria, has Hispanic roots, loves music, advocates for accessibility, and is a tech geek. 

Drawing of a television screen during a news broadcast. A man in a dark suit and dark glasses stands next to a giant screen. At the top, a line of white text with red background says "THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This"
 

On August 11, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Telecommunications Commission (FCC) will conduct a national test of emergency alerts. If you are deaf, blind, and/or have hearing or visual disabilities, your help will be very important to inform the FCC about accessibility problems in receiving these alerts.

Susan LaVenture smiles broadly while standing indoors. She has blond shoulder-length wavy hair and a sleeveless red dress. She has blond shoulder-length wavy hair and a sleeveless red dress.
 

Today, we want to celebrate our friend and advisor, Susan LaVenture, who has been elected President of the North America/Caribbean Region (2021-2024) for the International Council for the Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI). 

Bogotá. Outdoors, sunny day. Standing, Orlando Arenas embraces Lourdes Fiallos and María Victoria Díaz, at his sides.
 

Knowing that you would leave so soon, I would have made sure to repeat to you a thousand times how talented you were, how silly you were, and how your voice and your laughter will continue to be heard for a long time. We will meet again, and I will tell you all that. We will laugh again with the memories of the adventures we shared.

Indoors. Six women smiling stand and pose standing next to each other. Judy Matthews, with Keats, her service dog, stands toward the center, in front of the other women.
 

We have too many stories to share about her role in guiding our steps to make this world accessible for people with sensory disabilities. We would like to choose one of those to tell you about today, but it is really hard to choose just one! 

Legs of a man in hiking boots walking on a field of grass. The legs are spattered with mud.
 

During deaf-blind awareness week, we want to highlight the story of Roger Poulin, a deaf-blind hiker from Maine who hiked the Appalachian trail. What a tremendous accomplishment! 

Satelital image. A hurricane spins over a coast.  The hurricane is a large white spiral cloud with long arms. The center of the spiral is dense and as you move away from the center, the arms are less dense.
 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted an above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more important to be prepared: have supplies on hand, make a family emergency plan, prepare your home, and have complete information on evacuating and shelter options.

The forearm of a woman extends with the palm of her hand facing up. The hand of a man, with the palm facing down and the index finger slightly bended, approaches the woman's hand.
 

COVID-19 has undoubtedly impacted the way we all relate and communicate. Due to social distancing, virtual tools have become more prevalent for working, studying, staying informed and communicating with family and friends, just to mention a few areas. For certain people, such as those with deaf-blindness, distancing presents great challenges for communication.

A woman floats in the air with her right arm and leg stretched and her left arm and leg bended. She wears a jacket, a pair of pants and a pair of sneakers, and carries a backpack. She is on a dirt path between tall tries and faces the ocean ahead.
 

The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in San Francisco is providing an opportunity for legally blind adventurous individuals from anywhere in the world to receive up to a $25,000 award for them to explore the world and push their limits.