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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 underneath it. Next to the screen the letters

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.

US flag

Last Wednesday January 30th, we had the opportunity to do the dubbing in real time for HITN of President Trump’s speech of the State of the Union.

Yellow star

Last month, Amy Wright was named the 2017 CNN Hero of the Year for her efforts to advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).  She was selected by online voters who chose her from among the top 10 CNN Hero finalists.

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A young man, from England, has created a short video talking about how he sees. His name is Alfie Fox.  He suffers from Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI), caused by damages on his occipital lobes.