The Fight for Captions, Accessibility, and ADA Compliancy

Since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush 30 years ago, I have personally witnessed several excuses for lack of communication accessibility in public spaces. “We don’t have the budget for that.” “You must be a paid subscriber to enable subtitles.” “We don’t handle accessibility matters. So and so … Continue reading

Hearing Loss and the Pandemic: One Year Later

Hearing Loss and the Pandemic: One Year Later

One year ago, most of us first experienced the reality known as COVID-19 life. The school where I work shifted to remote work operations at that time. For two months, I worked from home using all kinds of technology to keep in touch with my colleagues, parents, and students. Then we shifted back to in-person … Continue reading

The Thanksgiving I Fell Off a Horse

The Thanksgiving I Fell Off a Horse

Pecan pie, stuffing, and falling off my Pappaw’s horse. That’s what Thanksgivings are made of. The earliest Turkey Day memory I have has my older sister and I riding bareback on our Pappaw’s horse Brownie. He picked the tamest, gentlest pony for us to ride out on his pasture. Picture a man with the looks … Continue reading

Advocacy Sometimes Means Being Alone

Advocacy Sometimes Means Being Alone

What a year. When my three children ask what has kept me calm during this time of social unrest and pandemic, here is my answer: “2019”. The twelve months leading into the current year taught me about sacrifice and advocacy, not only for my own children and students, but for myself as a teacher with … Continue reading

Twenty Five Years Ago Today

Twenty Five Years Ago Today

“You have until midnight to do your interviews and take your photos,” The Star County Newspaper editor said.   Three of us junior reporters sat squished in the backseat of our editor’s mile-long 1970s-era Chevy. Two weeks before my career-defining internship with the major metropolitan newspaper, I had the assignment of a lifetime—and from a small … Continue reading

The Power of Connection During Social Distancing

The Power of Connection During Social Distancing

I hope you are doing well during these unbelievable times. My family is making the most of our time at home and trying to stay healthy. For the next few weeks, my workplace and community will follow COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. What does that look like for a Lipreading Mom? The Power of Captioned Video  … Continue reading

Lessons in Advocacy from ALDA

Lessons in Advocacy from ALDA

This weekend, I had the opportunity to present the workshop “Thriving with Hearing Loss” at the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) national convention. This was my first ALDA event and, I must confess, ALDA members are some of the best advocates I have ever seen. Here is a glimpse at what I learned from listening … Continue reading