Two films will be shown Saturday afternoon (May 18) at the University of Washington in Kane Hall. The Deaf Spotlight & Seattle Disability Justice Collective is providing an interpreted group discussion. The documentary Audism Unvieled will be shown first. The film includes interviews with various deaf people about audism and the treatment of deaf people. The second, and shorter film, is The End. With a running time of less than 30 minutes, the film written and directed by Ted Evans follows four Deaf children over a span of 60 years.
The deadline for applying to U-Dub's Summer Academy is coming up (January 25). The University of Washington program is designed to improve the math and science skills of deaf and hard of hearing students who are looking to go into a career involving computers. The 9-week program runs from June 21 to August 24, 2013. If you are accepted, your tuition, housing and transportation is free.
Owners of movie theaters in Washington state are discriminating against deaf moviegoers, according to a state appeals court. A panel of the Washington Court of Appeals in Seattle agreed with a legal challenge by the Washington State Communication Access Project, calling on Regal, AMC, and Cinemark to do more to provide closed captioning for deaf patrons. The court said it is a violation of state law to not make closed captioning technology more available.
LaShonn White is suing police in Tacoma, Wash. for $4.5 million. The deaf woman was attacked and called 911. When officers arrived on the scene, they mistook her for a suspect. She was tased and left in jail for three days. Prosecutors never charged her with any crime. The responding officers ignored her requests for a sign language interpreter.
Michael Argenyi is suing Creighton University Medical School because the school refuses to accommodate his hearing loss. Argenyi says he wanted to become a doctor but the Nebraska school won't give him interpreters or CART (the captioning process provides real time text and is often used in classrooms). The school claims it has done enough- giving him a note taker and access to power point slides. Despite the limitations, Argenvi has determined to get through the program, passing all his classes. But he wants, what he says are full accommodations under ADA law. And the Justice Department agrees. It has filed a friend of the court brief on his behalf. Argenvi is from Seattle but the case is being heard in St. Paul, Minnesota.