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Learn American Sign Language with Uber


Learn American Sign Language with Uber

November 28th, 2017 by

Uber’s American Sign Language Tool

Do you know how to say “hello” or “goodbye” in American Sign Language (ASL)? What about how to sign your name in ASL? It is easy to learn simple conversation in ASL, thanks to Uber. Uber launched an easy-to-use online resource to teach riders how to communicate with their deaf or hard-of-hearing drivers.


To access this incredible feature, all users have to do is visit their site and start learning! Simply type in your name, and the program takes you to a screen where you can learn a variety of simple phrases in ASL. These include: “Hello,” “Thank You,” “Turn Left,” and, of course, how to spell your name. Pre-recorded videos and photos of the phrases are provided to create a user-friendly platform to learn the language.

ASL UberRay Wilson, a Deaf Uber driver, loves to drive around the city and suburbs of Cleveland finding back roads for quick trips. Wilson uses Uber’s useful texting feature to communicate with passengers, and has had any only one instance where there was an issue with communication. Being a driver for Uber started out as a second job for Wilson, but quickly became his full-time occupation. “I love to drive, so I gave an Uber job a try,” he says. “Since then I love my job.”

Uber also provides flashing tip requests, text-only communication, and notifications for riders to know they have a Deaf or hard-of-hearing driver. Uber’s newest resource, their American Sign Language tool, is a new way to start a conversation between rider and driver.

Cleveland ADA Fest & Healthy WOW! Night

July 24th, 2017 by

Looking for an activity to go to this week? Make sure you stop by the Cleveland ADA Fest & Healthy WOW! Night hosted this Wednesday, July 26 at the Wade Oval. ADA stands for the Americans with Disabilities Act, a civil rights law prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities.

What is the ADA?

Under this law people cannot be discriminated in areas of public life, which includes employment, state and local government services and programs, transportation, and all places that are open to the general public. The ADA establishes that the same rights and opportunities are available to everyone, including those who have a disability.

The annual fest is an opportunity for the community to come and celebrate the legacy the Americans with Disabilities Act has held since 1990. Liner Legal, LLC will be represented at the fest, as a community partner for the event.

Cleveland ADA Fest
Photo provided by: Cleveland ADA

The festival begins at 4:00 p.m. and starts off with a carnival and resource fair. Our firm will have materials to pass out to the community during the resource fair. The WOW! Concert kicks off at 6:00 p.m. and goes until 9:00. In between the music, Zumba and raffle drawings are available to partake in.

The fest will provide a multitude of accessibility services for anyone who needs it. Interpreters will be present during the entire event for those who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Additionally, power chair charging stations, accessible seating areas and other services will be available

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to learn more about the Cleveland ADA and the resources available to you in the Cleveland area, and stop by the ADA fest. The address is 10820 East Blvd. Cleveland, OH 44106. Multiple parking and shuttle options are available for those who attend the event. Liner Legal hopes to see you there this Wednesday!

For more information go to http://www.adacleveland.org/

Glove Created to Translate American Sign Language

July 19th, 2017 by

Last week, engineer students at University of California San Diego created a glove with the capability to translate the American Sign Language (ASL) alphabet. This “smart glove” is able to translate finger movements to text and wirelessly sends the letters to a phone or computer, according to an article by The Sacramento Bee.

How does it work?

The glove works by detecting movements in the knuckles of the hand using sensors. The device has an accelerometer to track motion. There is also a microprocessor on the back of the glove that converts the information of the electrical signals that the sensors pick up to letters.

American Sign Language

Gloves with the ability to translate ASL already exist. However, this design is unique because it is stretchy and moves the way skin and hands do.

The students created the glove for under $100. Due to its low cost, they are hoping it will eventually become a commercial product. They are already working on the next version of the glove. Their intention is to have it detect pressure and translate more advanced ASL.

Texting 911 Option Available in Cuyahoga County

June 30th, 2017 by

By tomorrow, July 1, people in Cuyahoga County can begin texting 911 for their emergencies. This option makes it easier and more effective to tell 911 operators about a crisis. This is a critical and love overdue need for those in the Deaf and hard of hearing community. More than 25,000 people in Cuyahoga County are hard of hearing.

When someone sends a text within the city of Cleveland, it goes to the Cleveland dispatch center. Text messages sent outside of the city limits go to the Cuyahoga Emergency Communications Center.

Text messages sent to 911 operators must include the person’s location and the details of their emergency. A bounce-back message sends to your phone if you try to text 911 in an area where the service is not available. A bounce-back message alerts you that your message did not go through to an operator. The following Ohio counties where 911 texting is available include: Butler, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Hamilton and Montgomery. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) still wants people to call 911 if they can.

A map of Ohio counties. Blue is where texting 911 is an option. Grey indicates counties that are planning to offer 911 texting soon.
Blue indicates the counties in Ohio that offer 911 texting capabilities. Grey indicates counties that are planning to offer the service in the near future.

On the map, the counties in blue show areas where people can text 911. The counties in grey are areas that are planning to offer the service for texting 911 in the near future. A full list of the Text 911 Registry is also available to download and view. This list is updated and published each month by the FCC.

New Video Uses American Sign Language to Provide Overview of Ohio CDL Process

June 1st, 2017 by

The State of Ohio has released an American Sign Language Video for Deaf CDL Applicants: 

The Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and the Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) collaborated on a video that uses American Sign Language to explain how Deaf and hard of hearing individuals can obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

The video explains the steps one must take to first obtain a federal hearing exemption before taking the CDL test.  If you’re interested in joining the commercial driving industry, check out the video here:

It is wonderful to see the State of Ohio reach out to Ohio’s Deaf population with a video produced in American Sign Language.  This positive trend started in 2013 when the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration granted 40 individuals exemptions from the Agency’s standard concerning hearing.  In the pursuit of Deaf rights, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) was instrumental in providing evidence supporting the safety of Deaf drivers.  In fact, the NAD conducted over 100 hours of interviews showing that Deaf drivers often face fewer distractions on the road.

If you’re ready to get behind the wheel, click here to begin the process!