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.
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.
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!
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!”
Want to have a more inclusive work place and hire people with disabilities, but not sure how? Onsite training from Sign Shares, Inc./International and a free webinar offer you solutions.
Sign Shares provides meetings to train and answer any questions you have about interpreting services for people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Deaf-Blind. Sign Shares is the oldest, professional, and unique provider of Sign Language Interpreting and Translation Services in the United States. Sign Shares’ staff know this may be a new type of communication for many people and can share strategies to make the transition smoother.
Workshops are catered to your needs and may include:
Why do people who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing/Deaf-Blind request interpreters or captioning?
What are the differences between the Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Hearing cultures?
Which Americans with Disabilities Act laws apply to my company?
What are common misconceptions about people who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing/Deaf-Blind?
This free webinar, from the Employer Assistance and Resource Network, will provide strategies learned through eight nationwide consortia to increase the capacity of small businesses to employ people with disabilities. Participants will hear from small businesses about their experiences and learn about a new online resource to help them take action.
The network is funded through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy in cooperation with The Viscardi Center. The Viscardi Center provides programs that educate, employ, and empower children and adults with disabilities.
Registration is required for the free “Small Business & Disability Employment: Steps to Success” webinar on Dec. 8, 1:00-2:00 Central Time.
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 willguarantee 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.