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Update

You all should have received the May 2008 AADB Today a few weeks ago. At that time, we were planning to divide the May issue into two parts, Part 1 and Part 2. We were only able to send one issue in May because we had some technical problems that delayed us in sending this out.

However, beginning this month, we will send out two email issues of AADB Today. Also, we will continue to send out braille and print issues containing both issues at the end of each month.

To avoid confusion, we will not split AADB Today into Parts 1 and 2. Instead, you will simply receive an AADB Today issue every two weeks during each month. We want to provide quick and timely updates to the public about AADB and the deaf-blind community.

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Karyn Campbell--A Little About Me

By Karyn Campbell

As your newest AADB Board member, you may be asking, "Who is this person?" Please allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Karyn Campbell and I come from the state of Illinois. I have been active in the American Council of the Blind since 1993 and now serve on the Sight AND Sound Impaired (SASI) Committee where I am the Program Chairperson as well as the SASI list moderator (the AND in SASI is capitalized as a part of its name). In addition to being almost totally blind, I have a mild to moderate hearing loss for which I wear hearing aids. My hearing loss was discovered in my adult years and I have been wearing hearing aids for at least ten years of my life.

I have been a member of AADB since 2005 and have been active on the AADB list-serve since it started in 2005.

I am also active in Illinois where I serve on a task force which is trying to create an SSP program here in Illinois. I represent the Illinois Council of the Blind which is the state ACB affiliate. I also serve as convention coordinator for issues relating to people who are deaf-blind and their need for accommodations. I have been doing that since 2006.

As you can see, my interest in the deaf-blind community is deep and long-lasting. All of us should have a chance to be active members of our communities; and I want to work through AADB to make that happen.

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Dollar Bills

US Currency Ruling

A federal appeals panel has upheld a lower court ruling that the U.S. currency system discriminates against blind people because dollar bills of different denominations are the same size, shape and color and cannot be easily distinguished by the visually impaired.

In a 2-1 ruling issued recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said the Treasury Department must find a way to accommodate the needs of people with visual impairments. For more information, people can go to:
http://aadb.convio.net/site/R?i=7jkkVM0gOCq5DY-4Xe-yOg.. . If you cannot access please contact the AADB office and we will provide the full article.

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AADB In Action

National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers (NCIEC)

AADB was invited to join the Council of Advisors of the NCIEC. The Consortium is working to identify and promote effective practices in interpreting and interpreter education. AADB's representation at the advisory council's first meeting allow our interests to be represented and provided important input and advice to the NCIEC as they develop their programs, products and services. The NCIEC has been a strong supporter of the National Task Force on Deaf-Blind Interpreting and we thank them for their on-going support. We also appreciate AADB being included in the work of the NCIEC. Through our involvement, issues important to the deaf-blind community will continue to be represented as the NCIEC develops its services and programs.

Blue Ribbon Panel on Interpreting Services

AADB has been invited to participate in the National Association of the Deaf's new Blue Ribbon Panel on Interpreter Services. The purpose of this panel is to engage in a collaborative effort to address the nationwide interpreter shortage. Where there are shortages of interpreters for the deaf, there are even more shortages of interpreters skilled to work with deaf-blind people. AADB was vocal about including interpreters for deaf-blind people. An article on shortages of interpreters skilled to work with the deaf-blind community was given to NAD as part of the overall report on interpreter shortages. AADB expects to participate fully as a member of this Blue Ribbon Panel on Interpreter Services.

Emergency Preparation

AADB staff attended a meeting of the Nongovernmental Partners Organization, a group of federal agencies and disability organizations that meet regularly to discuss how people with disabilities can prepare for emergencies. They discussed a new disaster management plan developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. AADB discussed the need for deaf-blind people to get adequate information before, during and after emergencies.

CTIA Technology Exhibit

AADB staff were also in action on Capitol Hill! In May, they visited an exhibit sponsored by CTIA, an association of internet and technology leaders. Businesses such as T-Mobile, Sprint, IBM and Microsoft showcased a collection of internet and telephone technology, including pagers, cell phones, and internet captioning services.

Staff discussed with manufacturers and Capitol Hill staffers the need for accessible technology for people with combined vision and hearing loss, and how current products could be modified or changed to meet the needs of deaf-blind users. For example, a cell phone shown by T-Mobile is able to scan currency and repeat the amount through voice output. T-Mobile hopes to have the cell phone display currency amounts in braille. AADB also discussed with the manufacturers the possibility of using Bluetooth technology with cell phones and pagers so they can connect to braille displays. Thus, braille users would be able to use them.

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