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July Is Disability Pride Month

As a Lipreading Mom, I celebrate Disability Pride Month to raise awareness about the many visible and invisible disabilities, such as deafness and hearing loss. I also celebrate to build awareness about the importance of making our communities and workplaces accessible and inclusive for all. The Disability Pride Month flag colors represent various aspects of … Continue reading

Letter to My Daughter on Her Graduation Day

Letter to My Daughter on Her Graduation Day

“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.” -Maya Angelou Lipreading Mom focuses on two things: living with hearing loss and being a parent. Today I would like to focus on parenting my children who are all … Continue reading

Lipreading Mom’s Interview with Hearing Loss LIVE!

Lipreading Mom’s Interview with Hearing Loss LIVE!

I recently was interviewed for Hearing Loss LIVE!, a website dedicated to hearing loss awareness. Created by Chelle Wyatt, Julia Stepp, and Michele Linder (all of whom live with hearing loss), the HLL site’s philosophy is two-fold: “We help you help yourself” and “We’re changing the status quo of hearing loss help. One size does … Continue reading

Captioned Movies in 2021: Where Are They?

Captioned Movies in 2021: Where Are They?

Where are the movie captions? This is a question I have asked for the past 10 years since I became passionate about advocating for movie theater captioning. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, most regular movie-goers have stayed home and watched films from their televisions or mobile devices which allows for various captioning possibilities. But some prefer … Continue reading

The Days Are Long But the Years Are Short

The Days Are Long But the Years Are Short

Once upon a time, someone shared the saying, “The days are long but the years are short” and I didn’t fully understand the significance of these words. That is, until my children became adults. The photo I have featured here is from October of 2008. At the time, my children were ages 8, 4, and … Continue reading

The Fight for Captions, Accessibility, and ADA Compliance

The Fight for Captions, Accessibility, and ADA Compliance

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