Hearing Loss in the Hospital is Hell

“My son is not reacting well to the pain medication. What are some other options?” I asked the pain team doctors on their daily visit to my son’s hospital room during his recent stay. “Mumble, mumble, switch to mumble mumble.” “Can you please speak louder and slower? Remember, it is hard for me to hear Continue reading

My Kids Aren’t CODAs, They’re COHLAs

Until recently, most people probably thought a CODA was the concluding passage in a musical score. But since CODA‘s three wins at the Oscars, Child of Deaf Adult has become part of the mainstream lexicon—an exciting boost of awareness for the Deaf community. But when discussing the film with my children, they were confused. “We’re Continue reading

Zoom Continues to Miss the Boat on True Accessibility

“Please enable the audio so I can participate in your Zoom meeting,” said no one ever. So, why is advance notice still needed to enable captioning? Zoom made its high-quality ASR captions available FREE for all accounts in the Fall, but in a practical sense, its platform remains inaccessible for people with hearing loss. I Continue reading

When will Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Embrace Disability?

It is wonderful to see companies, non-profits and government agencies placing greater emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). But when will this focus include disability? Today, it often seems like an afterthought. Where Are the Captions? “Can you please enable the captions?” I asked the leaders of a recent DEI training session I attended. Continue reading