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ABILITY ANYWARE

Digital Quarterly
Winter 2019
(#AADQ)
A publication founded by
Lexington School for the Deaf/4201 Schools Alumnae

Introducing Erika, #AbilityAnywareKids


Disability
Advocacy BetaNYC
Influencer & #Mobility4All
Blogger Hackathon

*Stellar! Assistive Technology


Awareness Month
Epilepsy
Awareness Month Marisa Hamamoto &
Infinite Flow
Noteworthy
Books & Podcasts Accessible Holiday
Shopping
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Radio *Erika's #AccessibleHolidayMakeover by MAC Cosmetics

Please remember to support veterans with


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Ability Anyware Digital Quarterly's mission is to curate
content that facilitates the accessibility, creativity, digital
literacy, and dignified recognition of individuals with
disabilities.

Contents

From the Editor..........................................................................................................................2


Putting Assisitve Technology (AT) on the Map..................................................................3
Ability Anyware AT Survey................................................................................................3
The Remarkable Teddie-Joy Remhild, Our Mentor.......................................................4
Stellar!.................................................................................................................................5
BetaNYC #Mobility 4All Hackathon................................................................................6
AbilityAnyware Radio.......................................................................................................7
#AbilityAnywareKids.........................................................................................................8
#AccessibleHolidayShopping..........................................................................................99
Accessible Dispatch: Accessible Transportation in NYC..............................................15
Marisa Hamamoto & IInfinite Flow..................................................................................16
AADQ Team's Pick of AT Apps.........................................................................................17
Deborah Ruh: Inclusion Branding ..................................................................................23
AT for Safety & Daily Living...............................................................................................25
Disability Advocacy Events..............................................................................................26
Epilepsy Awareness Month...............................................................................................26
Assistive Technology Awareness Month.........................................................................26
Noteworthy Books & Podcasts.........................................................................................27

We are onTwitter! @AbilityAnyware

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From the Editor
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Ability Anyware Digital Quarterly (AADQ), we work


diligently to find and distribute disability advocacy news.
This includes technology and personal products, as well
as disability related services and training for persons with
disabilities across gender, ethnicity, cultural background, Accessibility in Windows
and age. We consider disability diversity (hearing,
visual, cognitive, ambulatory, self-care, independent
living). Individuals with disabilities guide the content in
our magazine.

Tanya Maxwell
Editor-in-Chief
Accessibility in iOS (Mac)
Alternative formats of this publication (alt text
and read aloud) are available upon request.
Please submit your request to
info@abilityanyware.com.

Accessibility in Adobe

Accessibility on YouTube
According to the Census Bureau, more than
56 million individuals with disabilities are reported
living in the U.S.
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Putting AT on the Map
Accessibility in the lack access to assistive
Google Universe Your Input = Output technology (AT) and
basic Internet. He
Google is the most called for more support
widely used search in bringing AT and
engine. With IInternet to persons with
Google, users can disabilities (PWDs) in
retrieve the underserved areas.
information they Send your comments,
What is Assistive seek quickly and questions, and
Ability Anyware
Technology (AT)? easily. Google recommendations
would like your input
understands that about this with the
on which AT you use.
AT is any form of individuals with hashtag #ATAccess +
We are also
technology (high or disabilities need #JoinTheConversation
interested in stories
low) that aids access to on Twitter to
about barriers
individuals with information too. @abilityanyware. We
encountered in your
disabilities in mobility, They make life (tasks, equipment, would like to discuss an
daily tasks, personal information and surroundings). action plan with
care and safety, technology Ability Anyware tangible solutions,
communication, job accessible to Assistive Technology including funding and
duties, medical individuals with Survey will gather partnerships to address
treatment, exercise, disabilities through important data like this unmet and
recreational activities, Google this to share with important need.
and creative Accessibility. developers in
expression. With updating, creating, The Assistive
possibilities afforded a11YNYC "group and releasing AT. Technology Act of 2004
via AT, developers exists to advance established a total of
continue to create accessibility and You can request a 56 AT centers to
apps and devices with inclusive design. copy of the survey, provide technology
the disability Our goal is to bring assistance with and job training for
community in mind. together NYC's completing the PWDs across the nation
accessibility survey, and/or audio under RESNA
YOUR BUSINESS community to share alternative formats (Rehabilitation
AD HERE ideas, best of the survey by Engineering Society of
practices, and our emailing us at info North America) Catalyst
experiences. IIf @abilityanyware. Project. We checked
you're interested in com. http:www.
accessibility and resnaprojects.org
inclusive design, The Need for recently and noticed
then we want you in Assistive Technolgy the site was inactive.
this group. We meet to Support the Deaf RESNA now manages
monthly, our in Rural America PEAT (Partnership for
previous Employment &
presentations are A leading Deaf Accessible Tech). IThey
archived on advocate recently offer helpful webinars,
YouTube (https:// stated that many but lack of Internet
youtube.com/ Deaf individuals in access prevents job
a11ynyc" remote rural areas seekers in remote areas
from participating.
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The Remarkable
Teddie-Joy Remhild

Ability Anyware Digital Quarterly was Teddie-Joy served more than 40 years in the
saddened to find out that Teddie-Joy disability advocacy field. She will be deeply
Remhild passed away recently. Ms. missed. We thank her for being such a terrific
Remhild was a blind mother, former mentor, compassionate soul, and extraordinary
program director, educator, disability human being.
rights activist, prodigious writer, and
motivational speaker for the disability AFTER THE TEARS
community. She had a great sense
of enthusiasm, positive outlook on life, After the tears, there is time,
and profound determination in Time to reflect, time to review.
advocating on behalf of individuals After the tears, there is time,
with disabilities. With her superb Time to renew.
communication and needs
assessment skills, she effectively The losses of life bring tears and pain.
addressed the concerns and resource Yet, after the tears,
deprivation in the disability The gift of time still does remain.
community. Her name appeared
frequently in numerous records of Precious are the tears shed for loss of life and love,
disability commission meetings and The gift of time offers the strength of life
disability rights publications. For more And the potential to rise above.
information about Mrs. Remhild and
her projects, please visit Disability & -Teddie Joy Remhild
Aging Advocacy and American
Council of the Blind.

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Jose Hernandez is well
STELLAR!
disability advocacy influenc-
ers out there! known for his local and
national advocacy on
behalf of individuals with
What Is a Disability Advocacy disabilities. He serves as
Erika's List of Disability
Influencer? President of the
Advocacy Influencers
United Spinal Association
Given all the focus on influencers Jessica De La Rosa- A former New York City Chapter.
today, it is remiss not to mention Ms. Wheelchair New York in
significant influencers from the 2016, she has done many Dustin Jones is an amazing
disability community, or more things following her title. person! For the past 6
specifically, disability advocacy Jessica gives her time to years, he has been a
influencers! Covering this topic is those who have less than her. strong advocate fighting
a cultural imperative! She has an organization in for the rights of MTA
which she and members passengers with
So what is a disability advocacy hand out packages to disabilities. Dustin is also
influencer?A disability advocacy people who are homeless. one of the youngest
influencer is a figure within the She has been a huge voice in CIDNY (Center for
disability community who the community making sure Independence of the
advocates for the rights of that persons with disabilitiesDisabled, NY) Board
persons with disabilities. Their are heard. members. He won a hall
work brings about greater of fame award for all that
inclusion and recognition of the Stephanie Wallace is a leader he has done and
talent of individuals with in the community and continues to do for our
disabilities. Disability advocacy Founder of Independence community.
influencers shape language, Radio and L.I.A.D. (Love and
attitudes, and policies toward the Intimacy for the Disabled), Monica Bartley believes
disability community, and impact Man on the Move With Dustin that people with
how businesses promote their Jones and Michael Favor, as disabilities should not be
products and services. well as Chicks on Wheels. pushed aside because of
their challenges. She has
The cover of this issue features Christy Cruz is all about been on the forefront of
Erika Santana, disability women's empowerment! She helping society
advocacy influencer and created an organization on understand the rights of
blogger. Erika took the lead on her own dime and provides a wheelchair users. She is
compiling the following list of space for women to be also known as the voice
stellar disability advocacy themselves and feel for home care.
influencers for your viewing. comfortable enough to talk.
Please note that this list not -Erika Santana
exhaustive of all the

-AADQ Team
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They proposed gathering data based on
BetaNYC Hosts #Mobility4All questions like these:
Hackathon on National Civic Day
of Hacking 1. How often breakdowns
happened?
2. How quickly was this information
relayed to customers?
3. What if anything was happening to
prevent malfunctions from
happening so often?

Panel members identified stations with the


most reported elevator entrapments and
recommended designing solutions based on
data findings. Wheelchair users cannot
experience a smooth and accessible ride if
their suggestions for improving public
transportation are not included in the
Dustin (disability rights advocate, Kathy (volunteer, and
completion of accessibility upgrades.
developers problem solving on their laptop computers
at the the Reliable Access to Subways panel on National Collaborations during hackathons (like this
Civic Day of Hacking. one hosted by BetaNYC) provide a space for
persons with disabilities to be directly involved
in crafting solutions that remove barriers to
Ability Anyware had the opportunity to accessibility.
observe activities at BetaNYC's #Mobility4All
Hackathon on National Civic Day of Hacking Other accessibility panels at the event
on September 21, 2019 at the MakerSpace included Mapping NYC's Sidewalks and
NYC, Brooklyn. The purpose of the event was to Pedestrian Ramps organized by NYC Mayor's
join members of the disability community with Office for People with Disabilities, Eric
developers to find better ways of fixing Brelsford, Daniel Solow. Collaborators also
accessibility issues across New York City. worked on Reporting Sidewalk Obstructions
organized by CheckPeds, Health4Youths,
and @NYC_Reported.
Dustin Jones guided the Reliable Access to
Subways panel. This group discussed and Crystal Penalosa organized Alternative and
designed solutions to make subways more Inclusive Futures for Mobility. Maker Park
accessible for passengers with wheelchairs. Radio provided music and conducted brief
They looked at the amount of data available interviews throughout the event.
on MTA elevator & escalator breakdowns
(system wide) to see what was being done For more information about BetaNYC and
to correct reported problems. their projects, you can visit their website:
https://www.beta.nyc.

-Erika Santana & AADQ Team

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Contact info@abilityanyware.com Dallas, TX
for more information on other December 13-15, 2019
inclusive recreational activities this
winter. Los Angeles, CA
February 22-23, 2020

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Noteworthy Books
Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson

Girl at War by Sara Novic

#ASL #LoveYou A Girl with Many Faces by Brenda Scott-Coleman


Cyber Greeting Card
Digital or Recycled Paper *Adults, please use discretion and check content
available in our virtual before sharing with minors.
gift shop

Noteworthy Podcasts

Reid My Mind Radio

AT Banter

FashionAbility
Have You Seen It Through the Silent
Grapevine?
Deaf Trivia
Grapevine is a specially designed Name 5 Deaf actors. One is a Deaf playwright and was
site for the Deaf community featuring featured on the cover of AADQ in 2019, the other
Deaf talent communicating in starred on Broadway last year. One started a nonprofit
heartfelt, creative,and highly organization to support earliest ASL acquisition and
expressive ASL interpretation videos communication of Deaf children and recently starred
of popular songs, and news in an episode of What Would You Do?.
concerning the Deaf community.
Check out www.silentgrapevine.com First winner to answer correctly will get name featured
for more information and to enjoy in an upcoming Ability Anyware video!
their inclusive music videos and
more.
Send your answers with your name to us at
info@abilityanyware.com.

#DeafCode coming soon.

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