Monthly Archives: September 2013

What Are You Doing To Celebrate International Week of the Deaf?



The National Association of the Deaf and the World Federation of the Deaf will be celebrating the International Week of the Deaf this fall during the week of September 23-27.  For the last several years, the World Federation of the Deaf has identified yearly themes and this year’s theme in 2013 is Equality for Deaf People.

What can you do to be a part of the effort to support equal access for deaf people in all aspects of life?

Well, if you are a political activist / organizer you can organize a march, debate, campaign, or meeting to promote the rights of deaf people in your community or state.  The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) has several national initiatives planned to promote its support for equality for deaf people. NAD is advocating to Congress that it ratify the Convention of Rights for People with Disabilities (CRPD).  In a partnership with the US International Council on Disabilities (USICD) NAD is planning a “Contact Congress Day” that will include a visit to Capitol Hill for all who wish to participate.  To learn more about the CRPD and the National Association of the Deaf’s advocacy, click on  and

If you believe that the personal is political, you can always advocate for equal communication access for yourself and for those whom you hold dear whenever you encounter the need.  This could take the form of requesting sign language interpreting, speech-to-text services, or assistive listening devices at work, at church or synagogue, at live theatrical performances, at the movies, at the doctor’s office, at school.  If you are unsure of how to advocate for what you need, do a web search on How to Advocate if You Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and then browse the websites of  the organizations you see. You will be amazed at how many local, statewide, and national resources come up in a web search!

Here at Alternative Communication Services, we advocate for methods that will improve communication access for persons who are deaf and hard of hearing.  We present at national conferences, we hold webinars for interested organizations, we reach out to businesses, convention planners, employers, educational institutions, healthcare organizations, and anyone who wants to learn more about making the spoken word accessible to persons who are deaf and hard of hearing. For more information on who we are and what we do, click

Happy advocating!


ACS Is Headed to USBLN

Welcome back after the Labor Day holiday weekend!  We hope you had a great Labor Day and are ready to dive back into an exciting work week.  We at Alternative Communication Services (ACS) LLC are very excited to be back at work.  Actually, we never really leave work at ACS.  Someone is always monitoring the email address and the 1-800-335-0911 toll free number.  The need for equal and effective communication access never sleeps!

So Excited to Attend USBLN


Are you planning on attending the 2013 United States Business Leadership Network’s (USBLN) Annual Conference September 30th – October 3rd in Los Angeles, CA?  We are!  ACS is a proud member of USBLN and will have an exhibit at USBLN.  Do let me know if you will be attending and I will look for you.

At USBLN, there will be exciting presentations on disability inclusive diversity in the workplace, in the supply chain, and in the marketplace.  Networking opportunities will abound.  For more information on attending the conference, please click on .

Exciting Offer for First-time ACS Clients


I will have a special offer for you at the ACS Exhibit.  If you become a new client of ACS after speaking with me at our exhibit, we will offer you 20 hours of speech-to-text services for the price of 10!  That is a 50% discount!  You can send me an email at and I will add you to my list of people to connect with.

Tips for Best Ways to Get the Most From Attending USBLN

(1) Don’t forget to visit the ACS Exhibit.

(2) Be sure to link to the USBLN Official Conference Hotel web site for ideas for places to go and things to see while you are in Los Angeles. .


(3) Go to as many mixers, tweet-ups, hospitality suites, and business-after-hours events as you can.

(4) Chat with people while standing in line at Starbucks and meal functions.  Make it a point to meet at least three new people at every function.

(5) Take LOTS of business cards.  If you are job hunting, there is still time to get some business cards printed inexpensively at   Stay tuned to this blog for more exciting USBLN information as time gets closer.

Looking for Information on Hearing Loss Accommodations in the Workplace


In the meantime, here is an exciting website to checkout if you are seeking accommodations in the workplace or if you are attempting to provide accommodations in the workplace: .  The Job Accommodation Network has a searchable database with information on just about any workplace disability accommodation topic you might have.  I have used their hearing loss resources on more than one occasion and the information has always been spot-on.  Please see . I particularly like the Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and the Effective Accommodation Practices Series: Hearing Loss.   Please email me if you have any questions: .