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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.

 

 

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Celebrating Thanksgiving with Sign Shares

Sign Shares team in the office.
Celebrating Ms. Bettye’s birthday (l-r): Eva Storey, Christina Goebel, Tonia Osberg, Anthony Butkovich, Bettye Washington (back), Sijaama Branch (front), Lorinda Hernandez-Howard, and Michael Akinosi.

We have so much to be thankful for, most of all for you and for one another!

Sign Shares has  celebrated birthday hugs and awards, supporting the disability community through arts and more.

Group of people signing to one another.
The Sign Shares family at the Disability Touching Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

Sign Shares was honored to be a part of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities’ Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Sign Shares was a Director sponsor for the event.

In a recent Facbook photo album, Sign Shares’ staff Eva Storey and Michael Akinosi interact with Lizzie Velasquez. Velasquez is an international speaker and activist who is the subject of a film, A Brave Heart. The film explores how Lizzie turned a malicious viral video touting her as the “world’s ugliest woman” into a stigma-shattering victory.

Eva Story and Lizzie Velasquez talk.
Lizzie Velasquez shares a moment with Sign Shares’ Eva Storey.

The Sign Shares team also viewed the Jessica Cox film Right Footed. Cox is an advocate, pilot, and martial artist who was born without arms. The film follows her advocacy for disability rights.

 

Cynthia Carvey signing.
Sign Shares’ Cynthia Carvey in action.
Sherri Frost talking with others in background.
Sign Shares’ Sherri Frost interpreting.

Enjoy these pictures of Sign Shares’ interpreters in action.

 

Group poses for birthday in front of large balloons.
Sign Shares staff Michael Akinosi, Eva Storey, and Sherri Frost celebrated a milestone birthday with William “Randy” Gunter.

Our pictures also share our family with you–recent birthdays for Sign Shares’ family members Bettye Washington and William “Randy” Gunter, and a picture of the Sign Shares’ Lex Frieden award!

Quote: Look at everything as though you were seeing it for the first or the last time. Then your time on Earth will be filled with glory. Betty

Hands raised in blue light.On Facebook, Sign Shares’ President and CEO, Eva Storey, said, “We have more memories to create and wrap up by the end of the 2015 year. We always have you all in our hearts and minds. Love and Blue Light, the SS Family!”

Woman and man pose for selfie.
Eva Storey and Anthony Butkovich at CTD’s film festival.

 

Austin film festival showcases disability

 

This annual event highlights films that “positively and accurately represent disability.”

According to the event’s website, “The Short Film Competition provides an opportunity for independent filmmakers from around the world to screen their own films about disability, from documentaries to animated shorts to the avant-garde.”

The theme for this year’s event is “Look World, No Limits!”, which relates to both selected films, A Brave Heart and Right Footed.

This year, CTD required that submitted films for the competition contain subtitles. ASL interpretation and Closed Captioning will be provided at the event.

The festival will be located at the Alamo Drafthouse Village at 2700 W. Anderson Ln., Austin, TX 78757 (map).

Admission to the festival is free. However, a $10.00 food voucher will guarantee your seat and can be redeemed for $10.00 worth of food and drink from the Drafthouse menu. Note that past events have sold out, so purchasing the vouchers is a way to ensure seating.

Purchase a food voucher for Friday night. This evening Right Footed will be viewed. There is a pre-show, adaptive martial arts demonstration by Jessica Cox, star of Right Footed, and One World Karate at 5:45 p.m. on Friday evening only. Cox will join Cinema Touching Disability afterwards to present her film and answer audience questions.

Purchase a food voucher for Saturday night. This evening the film A Brave Heart will be shown.

Cinema doors open at 6:15 p.m. each evening and the program runs until 9:45 p.m. each night. Arrive early to ensure parking availability.

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