Monthly Archives: April 2010

Support closed captioning accessibility

Today is NAD Virtual Legislative Day in support of Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009 (H.R. 3101)! This important bill would:
• Require all captioned TV programs on the Internet to be shown with captions
• Require that closed captioned (CC) buttons must be on TV remote controls
• Require that any device, even devices smaller than 13 inches, that shows TV must be able to display captions
• Provide special communication access equipment for people who are deaf-blind.
You can contribute towards a greater cause by setting aside some time to take action today! During your break, lunch or when you get home today, call and/or write to your Representative.

Throughout the day, the NAD Board of Directors will be on Captol Hill in Washington, DC, meeting with key Representatives to advocate for this important legislation. Your calls, letters, faxes, and emails will help our efforts to push for the passage of this bill.

We have provided links on the NAD website to help you contact your Representative, along with a sample message. Check out our blog and vlog at:

After you contact your Representative, contact the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet. His name is Rick Boucher. His contact information is also provided in the blog.

When you’re done, please post on your social media outlet such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. with the following message:

“I took action to support HR3101! Pls help us support accessible technology TODAY – find out how at:”

Your calls, letters, faxes, and emails will help efforts to push for the passage of this bill. Together, we can help pass this important bill!

Thank you for your support!

The National Association of the Deaf
8630 Fenton Street, Suite 820
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3819
United States


66 is aged?

Since I’m a writer, I do research. The Internet is one tool but I still use the old-fashioned method of talking to others in person and on the phone.

I was writing an article for Demand Studios  to answer the question, “What happens to my Social Security disability payment when I reach retirement age?” Since I’m on SSD, I had a general knowledge that it “became” retirement. I took the assignment to learn the facts.

Research on the website, didn’t reveal any hard facts on this subject and I called.

I have heard horror stories about dealing with SSD and the people managing it but I’m here to tell you my experience has been consistently positive. The woman I spoke with gave me a clear answer and then we both laughed – outright  chuckling – together.

She said, “Once a person on SSD reaches retirement age, we no longer consider them disabled but aged.”

I repeated her words back to her confirming I heard correctly and added, “So when I’m 66, my MS will be gone, according to the government? I will just be aged?”

“Well, that’s what the government says about someone on SSD. When they reach retirement age, we consider them only aged, not disabled. Nothing changes in  your payments and you will get a letter explaining,” she replied.

I eagerly await 66 so I can celebrate no longer being disabled. But I know better and MS is here to stay. This must be proof again that the government truly is not capable of running healthcare.

I hope you are smiling!