Having ASL Interpreters On Broadcasts is Critical for Those Who Rely on ASL for Communication

It’s not just about TV stations. The Tampa Bay region is home to one of the largest concentration of deaf and hard of hearing people in the country. We have a duty to provide equal access, please join this effort to include ASL interpreters in all messaging. How about editing in an interpreter in prerecorded advertising? It would certainly open your business to those currently excluded. Think about the possibilities!

https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/florida-organization-pushing-for-more-asl-interpreters-during-severe-weather-events/vi-AAPxiTw

Tarpon Springs Accepts Forward Foundation Grant for MobiMat at Sunset Beach

It’s been a long road of advocacy, but with the Forward Foundation’s grants to beach facing municipalities to install beach access mats, that road has an end in sight! Tarpon Springs unanimously and happily authorized the acceptance of the grant during Tuesday evening’s Commission meeting. The most telling comment, “Why didn’t we think of this first?” indicates that advocacy for equal access for all persons, especially those living with disabilities, must robustly continue!

So, what happens next? The City already submitted their planned drawing to FWC for review and comment. Once the response is received, the mat will be ordered, and placed upon arrival! We look forward to a ribbon cutting to celebrate this wonderful advancement!

Continued thanks to the Forward Foundation and HelpUsGather.org #HelpUsGather for recognizing the need to include everyone on our area’s most precious resource, our sandy beaches!

USA Patriots Amputee Softball Team is Coming To Madeira Beach on 10/23

Join the City of Madeira Beach as they play host to the USA Patriots – Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team for a day of fun surrounding a charity softball game. The USA Patriots will be spending Friday – Sunday in Madeira Beach, visiting with military support organizations like the American Legion and VFW as well as enjoying their time in Florida, all while raising awareness for their underlying objective which is raising money for their fully funded summer camp for Amputee Children. Their visit to Madeira Beach is fully supported through donations and the money raised during the softball game with the proceeds above and beyond going towards the summer camp initiative.

Admission is FREE

Dorian King Crushes Songs in ASL

I was blown away when I saw this guy! He is @defboycotton on Instagram, #defboycotton on TikToc and also on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNgSsPDK4c1cyqcOTt327Gg/featured. Enjoy!

Songs include: Ho Hey, A Horse with No Name, Changes, Atomic Dog, Purple Rain, and Stand By Me.

Do You Need Personal Assistance Services to Maintain Employment?

The Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living (FACIL) is accepting applications for the JPPAS Program. The JPPAS Program provides monthly stipends to adult Floridians with disabilities who require personal assistance services to maintain employment.
Check out the links below to learn more about the program and the application!

https://www.floridacils.org/JPPASOverview.html

http://www.floridacils.org/pca-services-program