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Interpreting Industry Insights: A challenging climate

Posted by: Staff Writer 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: Staff Writer 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: Staff Writer 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: Staff Writer 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: Staff Writer 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: Staff Writer 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: Staff Writer 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: Staff Writer 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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ADA Then & Now: Where We Have Been & Where We Go From Here

Posted by: Staff Writer on July 21, 2015  |  Comments

This week we are watching as the nation celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the signing of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law by then President George H.W. Bush. Current President Obama said, “Thanks to the ADA, the places that comprise our shared American life- schools, workplaces, movie theaters, courthouses, buses, baseball stadiums, national parks- they truly belong to everyone.”

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Microsoft ASL Answer Desk Offers Visual and Virtual Troubleshooting

Posted by: Staff Writer on July 7, 2015  |  Comments

PC problems ailing you (again)? Microsoft feels your pain: All of us have grappled with cat videos that take forever to buffer, pop-up ads that won’t quit, and Wi-Fi connections that keep quitting. We've put tech support on speed dial, for a good reason: Technology has brought #deaffriendly apps and telecommunication solutions bridging us to the hearing world.

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Reviews by Advocates & Champions

jena

jena

Repair Revolution

This auto repair shop is very Deaf-friendly. Very queer-friendly too. Its waiting room is brilliantly decorated ...

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Crys Green

Crys Green

Babeland

I went back recently for a purchase. And then had to go back a second time ...

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Kate

Kate

IHOP

Came here for pancakes with my friend. We had a waitress named Cheri R. She gave ...

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deafREVIEWer

deafREVIEWer

Redmond's Bar and Grill

Rachel, our waitress, realized I was deaf and started signing. I was with a group of ...

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