Disaster Unemployment, FEMA Aid Opens for Four Texas Counties

Due to a presidential order being posted, residents of Harris, Fayette, Grimes, and Parker counties can apply for several types of disaster assistance.

FEMA is now accepting applications for disaster assistance for the Texas Severe Storms and Flooding that occurred April 17-24, 2016. You can apply for FEMA aid online at disasterassistance.gov, by phone (By phone at 800-621-3362–711 or Video Relay Service is available–or at 800-462-7585 for TTY), or in person at a Disaster Recovery Center.

According to a Texas Workforce Press Release, “Workers who lost their jobs and self-employed individuals who have been unable to work due to storms in Fayette, Grimes, Harris and Parker counties may apply” for Disaster Unemployment Aid.

Airboat travels on water over a city street.
If you didn’t have one of these nifty vehicles and couldn’t work because of flooding, you may qualify for disaster unemployment benefits. photo credit: Sheriff’s Air Boat via photopin (license)
Applications must be submitted by May 27, 2016.
Individuals affected by the severe storms in these counties can apply for benefits online through Unemployment Benefit Services or by calling a TWC Tele-Center, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 800-939-6631.
Individuals should specify that their applications are related to the damage caused by severe storms and flooding in one of the counties listed in the disaster declaration.

World ASL Poker Coming Soon to Austin

According to a post from the Deaf Network of Texas, the World ASL Series of Poker, or WASP, Tour #5 will be held in February in Austin, Texas.

Royal Flush poker hand with cards 10, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace.
photo credit: I Win via photopin (license)

The ASL poker series was developed to “bring renowned poker games to all deaf, hard of hearing, interpreters, and family members of deaf or hard of hearing adult poker players of all languages in different regions of America,” according to the series’ website.

The group was formed by Texas residents Jay Levine of San Antonio, Matt Erickson of Austin, and Dan Stoddard of Austin. Tournaments will be held at different casinos. 

There has been debate about whether people who use ASL can do so in poker games and at casinos, and when, if at all. This relates to industry rules that English only is accepted in poker, usually unless the dealer and all the players at the table use the same language. Notepads have also been in use.

Anyone wanting to play games at a casino who uses sign language should contact the casino ahead of time to learn what restrictions apply during play.

Here, you can read about an example of casino staff and a deaf advocate debating when the Americans with Disabilities Act applies and when it doesn’t in relation to poker.

WASP, however, invites a variety of abilities to play.

The event will be held Friday, Feb. 5 in Austin at the Austin Deaf Club, 8818 Cullen Lane, Austin, Texas 78748.

Admission for Friday night only or for Saturday night only is $10. Saturday full-day admission is $20. Early admission paid on Friday offers a discount of $25 for both days. Additional fees may apply, contact event coordinators or the flyer below for more information.

For more information, contact wasptour@gmail.com.

See the Tour Flyer.