deaffriendly News

Reviewer Spotlight: Kate Spencer

Posted by: dR_ Staff on Feb. 3, 2016  |  Comments

On any given day you may find deaffriendly.com Advocate Kate Spencer curled up reading a book,  watching crime-related shows like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, or coloring in an adult coloring book.  Like a true Northwest native she has cultivated a special connection with the Puget Sound waters; combing the shores, collecting seashells, seaglass, and rocks while taking in the ocean view.  When she’s out and about shopping at local businesses, hitting up farmer's markets, and browsing for treasures at thrift stores and garage sales she’s always looking for new places to write reviews about. 

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Best of 2015: Deaf-Friendly Businesses That Rocked Our Year

Posted by: dR_ Staff on Jan. 16, 2016  |  Comments

In 2015, Deaf gained visibility, collaboration, linguistic interest, and became a cultural force reawakened:From Nyle DiMarco winning America’s Next Top Model (Cycle 22) to Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, #deaftalent movement has gained more than one supermodel, or a single Tony Award, the movement has created lasting role models.

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Interpreting Industry Insights: A challenging climate

Posted by: dR_ Staff on Dec. 15, 2015  |  Comments

The interpreting field is a dynamic one, growing and evolving. This can be most dramatically seen with the creation of Linguabee by Deaf founders Chad Taylor and Patrick Boudreault and Vineya by Communication Services for the Deaf which challenged the old interpreting agency model by connecting consumers and interpreters directly, eliminating the broker - the traditional interpreting agency.

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Deaf-Inclusive Tech Conferences: Accessibility Lessons From &yetConf

Posted by: dR_ Staff on Nov. 12, 2015  |  Comments

Though I was born deaf, I had very few opportunities to meet culturally Deaf, ASL-fluent peers until after college. As I began learning sign language for the first time, I noticed that many Deaf and hard of hearing people gravitated towards careers in tech. 

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Founder's Corner: Boom! Nyle Shakes up Deaf Stereotypes

Posted by: dR_ Staff on Oct. 8, 2015  |  Comments

What a stud! Can I say that? I look forward to watching Nyle DiMarco strike a pose every week on America’s Next Top Model (ANTM). It’s easy to focus on the obvious, Nyle DiMarco is beautiful.  He’s on a show that celebrates beauty. I could stop right there.

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A Stylish Match: Starbucks Order App + Deaf Street Style

Posted by: dR_ Staff on Sept. 16, 2015  |  Comments

Sometimes us staffers think Seattle is the center of the universe, or at least the birthplace of really cool things - deaffriendly.com, R.E.I., Microsoft, and Nirvana are just the tip of the iceberg. Our Ballard office is a hop and skip away from the actual Center of the Universe. We gush about local things, but get really excited when local goodness goes nationwide, such as the new Starbucks Mobile Order App which allows you to place your order using your mobile phone.

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Spreading Awareness for DEAF AWARENESS WEEK 2015

Posted by: dR_ Staff on Sept. 9, 2015  |  Comments

Deaf Awareness Week (DAW) is rolling around again, falling during the last week of September. It’s a great opportunity for businesses, organizations, and individuals alike to spread #deaffriendly awareness.  

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Reviewer Spotlight: Loren Ashton - Tuscon, AZ

Posted by: dR_ Staff on Aug. 11, 2015  |  Comments

Do you know the people who are plugging in reviews on deaffriendly.com? Every quarter, we pick the brains of our most active reviewers. They are the words behind our deaf-friendly mission, the stars of our 1-5 star ratings, and the soul of this website. 

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Planning a Festival? Tips to Provide a Deaf-Friendly Experience

Posted by: dR_ Staff on Aug. 11, 2015  |  Comments

It’s summer! There are music and theater festivals happening everyday, all day, all over the country. Have you received a request to accommodate a Deaf theater or concertgoer whom uses American Sign Language (ASL)? Making sure your event is accessible to them not only improves your customer service, it also fulfills your obligation under the civil rights law, Americans with Disability Act (ADA). If you are unsure how to provide a deaf-friendly experience at your festival for Deaf ASL users, here are some useful tips to get you started.

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Founders Corner: The Long Path to Advocacy

Posted by: dR_ Staff on July 29, 2015  |  Comments

One of the most disempowering moments we experience as Deaf consumers is when we face relinquishing control over interpreters to those who don’t know our needs, are driven by corporate profits, and serving personal interests. It requires a leap of faith, every time when we request an interpreter at an unfamiliar doctor’s office or agency, in hopes they know how to secure an interpreter, that they use a reputable agency, and that the agency in turn uses qualified interpreters that fit our particular needs.

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Reviews by Advocates & Champions

StreetStreet

StreetStreet

Angelsong Retreat Center and Bed and Breakfast

Angela was an incredibly amazing host with our group who had various accommodation needs. She found ...

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Gabby

Gabby

Starbucks

Truly accessible! I drove up to this Starbucks and ordered my drink from Andrea through the two ...

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Kate

Kate

Luna Family Hearing

Visited this place two times and overall, my experience was unfortunately not positive nor deaf-friendly. Came in since ...

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Michael

Michael

Salish Sea Brewing Company

This is a nice little brewery with friendly staff, who take time to communicate effectively. All ...

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