“Shameless: The Art of Disability” – iconic feature-length documentary is now FREE!

Written by admin2 on December 17th, 2009
Filed under: Regular ContributorsDavid Roche, Irked Videos

This is something you already know if you’re on David Roche’s mailing list.

Hello friends: ”Shameless: The Art of Disability” is now available to view (free) at the National Film Board of Canada website! This iconic feature-length documentary about disability and creativity is a National Film Board of Canada production, directed by the noted documentarian, Bonnie Klein and released in 2008. It focuses on the stories and creative processes of four artistic people with disabilities, including myself, Persimmon Blackbridge, Catherine Frazee and Geoff McMurchy (and of course Bonnie herself). Enjoy!

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Quoting the NFB.ca film synopsis:

Art and activism are the starting point for a funny and intimate portrait of five surprising individuals with diverse disabilities. Packed with humour and raw energy, this film follows the gang of five from B.C. to Nova Scotia as they create and present their own images of their disabilities.

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Watch the feature-length documentary now:

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More Jaylen Arnold!

Written by admin2 on December 17th, 2009
Filed under: Campaign WatchIrked Videos, Interviews, Auties & Aspies, QuIrked Kids

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Sue Scheff recently interviewed the great Jaylen Arnold for examiner.com.  Their conversation was so engaging (and so important) that we are reprinting it here in its entirety.

Enjoy!

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A Very Important (and Special!) Public Service Announcement

Written by admin2 on December 17th, 2009
Filed under: Regular ContributorsLewis SchofieldThemesAuties & AspiesIrked Videos

Quoting Elyse Bruce:

Recently, the news carried an item about Canadian Blood Services. In light of the H1N1 flu and vaccines, blood donors have been shying away from donating blood. Blood donations are important all year round however they are even more important at this time of year. In some areas, blood donations are half of the required weekly minimum for hospitals in their region.

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After hearing the news, 14-year-old Lewis “Codeboy” Schofield decided to do what he could to help get the word out that blood donations are greatly needed, after having undergone IVIg treatments in 2008 and 2009. So he scripted, filmed and produced this 55 second PSA currently uploaded to YouTube.

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Please forward the link to this video to friends, family, colleagues and the media in your area. It doesn’t matter if you live in Canada or live in another country … blood donations save lives!

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Thanks!

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Elyse Bruce
Lewis Schofield’s mom
Peterborough, Ontario

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To buy Lewis’ beautiful art cards (with 20% of the proceeds going to autism organizations) CLICK HERE.

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Wise words, sad but true

Written by admin2 on December 17th, 2009
Filed under: ThemesThe UpDown Report

“We take care of our dental health, but we don’t take care of our mental health.”

—Howie Mandel

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Buy Howie’s wonderful (and candid!) book:

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FEATURED ARTICLE: “Social media – a barrier or tool for inclusion?”

Written by admin2 on December 17th, 2009
Filed under: Campaign Watch

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“Social media has the potential to provide an array of new opportunities to people with disabilties. But when it comes to sites such as Twitter, more needs to be done…”

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IMPORTANT OPEN LETTER: Dear members of the American blind community – your feedback is needed

Written by admin2 on December 17th, 2009
Filed under: ThemesBlind VisionariesCampaign Watch

Quoting Lainey Feingold and Linda Dardarian, U.S.-based disability and civil rights lawyers:

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“Dear members of the blind community:

As we approach the end of the year, we are asking for your help in making sure the settlement agreements negotiated by ACB and its affiliates are working well. Feedback from individuals about Talking ATMs, accessible credit reports, tactile Point of Sale devices, accessible pedestrian signals, and accessible websites is critical to the success of Structured negotiations. Please take a minute to read this email and send us feedback on any of the issues raised here. We can be reached through Lainey’s email at: LF@LFLegal.com or by calling toll-free to Linda’s office at 1-800-822-5000. Thanks in advance for your help, and wishing everyone a peaceful holiday season.

Feedback needed about the following:

(1) Accessible Credit Reports: Credit reports are available in Braille, Large Print, Audio CD, and on-line in an accessible format. Each person is entitled to three free credit reports per year, one from each national credit reporting company. If you haven’t received your free reports for this year, you can go on-line to www.annualcreditreport.com, or call toll free 877-322-8228 (you will be offered the chance to choose your format towards the end of the phone tree. More information available at: http://lflegal.com/2008/12/credit-announce/

(2) Tactile Keypads: Ten national retailers have signed agreements with ACB, CCB, AFB and BSCB to install and maintain tactile keypads so that customers with visual impairments can privately enter their PIN and other confidential information. The stores have trained staff on these issues, but if blind shoppers don’t use the devices, this training is often forgotten. If you are able in the next month or so to shop at any of the following retailers and can use a debit or other PIN-based card, we’d appreciate hearing from you: 7-Eleven, CVS, Target, Rite-Aid, RadioShack, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, Wal-Mart, Staples and Dollar General. (Please recognize that the full roll-out has not yet been completed at all these chains.)

When blind customers use a PIN-based card at these retailers it helps all of us to monitor the settlements reached as a result of Structured Negotiations and lets the companies know that these changes are important. A short summary of all the POS settlement agreements with links to the full agreement is available on Lainey’s website at http://lflegal.com/category/settlements/point-of-sale-settlements/. You can read all the press releases issued about these settlements at: http://lflegal.com/category/articles/settlement-agreement-press-releases/press-releases-point-of-sale/

(3) Accessible Websites: Blind community advocacy has been instrumental in making the internet more accessible to people with visual impairments. We are currently monitoring the following websites as a result of Structured Negotiations settlements, and would welcome feedback: Staples (www.staples.com); CVS (www.cvs.com); Bank of America (www.bankofamerica.com); Rite-Aid (www.riteaid.com) and RadioShack (www.radioshack.com). We are also interested in hearing about other websites, particularly health-care and health insurance related, with accessibility barriers.

(4) Talking ATMs: Ten years after the first Talking ATM was installed in the United States we continue to monitor Talking ATM progress. In particular, Bank of America, with the most Talking ATMs of any bank in the country has Talking ATMs at over 90% of its locations nationwide. Please let us know if you encounter any issues at any Bank of America Talking ATM, or with Talking ATMs at other institutions around the country.

(3) Accessible Pedestrian Signals in San Francisco As a result of the settlement with CCB, the LightHouse and the Independent Living Resource Center, San Francisco has installed Accessible Pedestrian Signals at close to 80 intersections throughout the City. Feedback on the devices is critical to ensuring effective implementation of the agreement.

Thanks for everyone’s continuing advocacy on these issues. Of course, if you have new issues about accessible information and technology you would like to bring to our attention, we’re always happy to hear about those too.

Lainey and Linda

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Lainey Feingold
Law Office of Lainey Feingold
http://LFLegal.com
510.548.5062
LF@LFLegal.com

Linda Dardarian
Goldstein, Demchak, Baller, Borgen & Dardarian
www.gdblegal.com
510.763.9800
LDardarian@gdblegal.com

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Wise words, to live by

Written by admin2 on December 17th, 2009
Filed under: ThemesBlind Visionaries

“I want to see the companies that make these video games make them accessible so that people like myself can enjoy them too.”

—Stevie Wonder, while presenting the top honor at the 2009 Video Game Awards (which went to The Beatles: Rock Band)

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And buy The Beatles: Rock Band video game:

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Flood your ears (and hearts) with Wonder!

Written by admin2 on December 17th, 2009
Filed under: ThemesBlind VisionariesCampaign Watch

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Stevie Wonder is a UN Messenger of Peace!

(And he's got an awesome sense of humour too)

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Humour of Repetition: spotlighting Howie Mandel

Written by admin2 on December 4th, 2009
Filed under: Books & Book Reviews, Irked Videos, Interviews

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Over a decade ago, freewheelin’ comedian Howie Mandel (howiemandel.com) first spoke about his debilitating obsessive compulsive disorder and ADHD—when he was outed on Howard Stern’s radio show. Now, all these years later, he’s finally opening up and “telling all”…in his candid, courageous, and VERY VERY FUNNY memoir titled Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me.

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InvisiblePeople.tv: spotlighting Mark Horvath

Written by admin2 on December 4th, 2009
Filed under: ThemesBum Deal, Campaign WatchIrked Videos

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“On the street I saw a small girl cold and shivering in a thin dress, with little hope of a decent meal. I became angry and said to God; ‘Why did you permit this? Why don’t you do something about it?’ For a while God said nothing. That night he replied, quite suddenly: ‘I certainly did something about it. I made you.’”

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