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US Action Item: Encourage the Senate to Adopt HR 3101

In June, I wrote an action item asking readers to support The Twenty First Century Video and Telecommunications Accessibility Act. I’m pleased to report that the House version of the bill, HR 3101, just passed, thanks to a lot of work by disability advocates (and a few FWD readers)! Now, it’s the Senate’s turn. The Senate has its own version of the bill, and we are faced with either Senate passage of their version and then reconciliation (writing a bill that both chambers will agree to) or Senate adoption and passage of HR 3101, at which point the bill can be sent to the White House for the President to sign.

The Senate version, S 3304, is not as strong as HR 3101. Neither version requires captioning for web-only content, but HR 3101 requires reporting on captioning of content generated for the web. This opens the door to possible regulatory action in the future to mandate Internet captions. Advocates, including Marlee Matlin, want to see the Senate adopting HR 3101, the stronger bill, to pave the way to better captioning for online content.

I’m writing today to ask those of you in the United States to write your Senators and ask them to support Senate adoption and passage of HR 3101. If your Senator is on the Committee for Commerce, Science, and Transportation, so much the better! The Senate could be voting as early as this week, so consider this  a time-sensitive issue.

You can follow the push for better Internet captions at Caption Action 2, which also has a Facebook community you can join.

Below the fold, a draft letter you can send to your Senator. I highly encourage you to personalise it a bit if you can, because personalised letters are weighted more heavily.

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Recommended Reading for Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Warning: Offsite links are not safe spaces. Articles and comments in the links may contain ableist, sexist, and other -ist language and ideas of varying intensity. Opinions expressed in the articles may not reflect the opinions held by the compiler of the post and links are provided as topics of interest and exploration only. I attempt to provide extra warnings for material like extreme violence/rape; however, your triggers/issues may vary, so please read with care.

Chantal Petitclerc and Warren Spires, two people wearing 'right to play' shirts and sitting next to what appears to be an ice skating rink. One of the people, Chantal, is in a wheelchair.

Warren Spires is the president of Right to Play Canada, and the organizer of the Right to Play charity Skate. Chantal Petitclerc is a disabled athlete, one of Right to Play’s ambassadors. (Photo by Flickr user NailaJ, Creative Commons License)

RMJ at Deeply Problematic: Reminder: Disability Carnival!

The original due date was yesterday, but I’m going to extend my call for submissions to the day of the carnival, Thursday July 29, at 9 am EST!

Amy Cohen Efron at Deaf World As Eye See It: HR3101 Passed Unanimously!

As of 3:35pm – A tweet from Pratik Patel (@ppatel) who is a New York entrepreneur, running a business, working at University, and a passionate advocate for the blind and other causes, with a huge announcement!

This is fantastic. #HR3101 passes with a unanimous vote in the House of Representatives.

UNANIMOUS???? No opposing vote? It is voice vote that was passed today at the House of Representative with no one opposing. Not even one “nay” been voiced! Pratik Patel witnessed it on C-SPAN channel today at around 3:35pm.

(HR 3101 is the Twenty First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, designed to make communications more accessible for people with disabilities! Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to get this bill passed.)

Lisa Factora-Borchers at My Ecdysis: Dear Sister Anthology

Call For Submission

Dear Sister is an anthology of letters and other works created for survivors of sexual violence from other survivors and allies. It is a collection of hope and strength through words and art.

Kathji Wolfe at The Washington Blade: Get to know a queer crip (via Media dis&dat)

One in five Americans (51.2 million) has a disability and from three to five million people are LGBTQ and have disabilities, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. I am one of many who are disabled in the queer community. We are of all races, classes, ages, genders and occupations. Reclaiming the pejorative terms “queer” and “cripple,” increasing numbers of us proudly call ourselves “queer crips.”

Yet our presence isn’t well known or always welcomed in the LGBTQ community. Many places (from bars to shops) and events (such as conferences) in the queer community aren’t accessible to folks with disabilities. My friend, Hugh Gallagher, used a wheelchair. Gallagher, the author of “FDR’s Splendid Deception,” worked on Capitol Hill. “I can only get into one gay bar [in Washington, D.C.],” he told me in 2004, the year he died.

NASA: Astronaut Caldwell Dyson Sends Sign Language Message From Space Station (via @MarleeMatlin, be advised, there’s a bit of patronisation)

The International Space Station has had guests from all over the world, representing myriad languages. But until NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson came aboard, one language was still not represented. Said to be the fourth most commonly used language in the United States, American Sign Language, or ASL, made its debut on the space station in a special video recorded by Caldwell Dyson.

Transcript below the fold.

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