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SUMMER 2020 NEWSLETTER
Because of Covid-19, the DAHRT offices are temporarily closed. We will not be meeting or having events until it is safe again. However, you can still contact us by phone, mail or e-mail and we will respond to you. Please give us time to get back to you as we are not having regular business hours until this situation has been solved and resolved by all the health officials. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
Welcome to the Summer of 2020! The world is in a crazy place right now. We hope you are all staying safe and well. Since so many places are closed, we are not traveling this summer. We love to travel in our RV, but with all the restrictions at the parks due to Covid-19, we are much better off at home with our view of Puget Sound and easily keeping our distance from everyone!
If you decide to travel in or out of the country, please call ahead and find out all the relevant rules and regulations before you go. For those of us with disabilities or in the age group above 65, we are much more vulnerable to the virus and therefore need to be more careful if we are traveling or leaving home. You need to always wear a mask, take sanitizer or disinfectant wipes with you and wash your hands often or wear gloves for protection. There are different rules everywhere now, and even new restrictions on Service Animals. Some places will not let you take your Service Animal into their stores and restaurants. It may not be fair, but other countries are not the US and not subject to the same ADA rules.
We may all need to have “staycations” this year or enjoy long walks (or rolls) in places where we can all keep our distance. Along these lines, following the current health rules will also encourage others to follow them as well. We hope you all have a great Summer. As we move into fall, it is time to get your free annual Flu shot and to vote. We all have the ability to vote by absentee ballot. This is the best way to vote. It comes early in your home mail along with the Voter’s Pamphlet and has all the information you need to know to vote. It is also free to vote! There are Ballot Boxes in every neighborhood. You can even mail your ballot without a stamp and it will still get delivered.
Reports from the Governor’s Committee states that there are still many problems coming to individual states with respect to the ADA and the federal laws. There is still high unemployment among people with disabilities and a lack of accessible housing as well. Also, because the area is muddied about Service animals and Comfort animals, it is now much harder to travel with your Service animal. You will be required to file more paperwork weeks before you fly or travel by train or other public transportation. The federal Government wants to give the individual states the ADA choices and regulations. They want out of the business of deciding what the states should rule on ADA cases. This would be a bad precedent to set! Individual states would then make their own decisions about following the ADA. It is important for all of us to vote and to let our representatives know how we feel.
Going from state to state could be a nightmare if states do not honor the ADA laws because there are already states that are way behind in following the current ADA laws. The virus has set all of us back and even more for people with disabilities. Be sure you carry paperwork if you can’t wear a mask, as you may be stopped or denied access to a store. Also, some restrooms are no longer open to the public because of the virus. Please call ahead and find out before you leave your house.
If you have trouble buying shoes as a person with a disability, check out “billyfootwear.com” and you may be able to find shoes that will work for you. They specialize in footwear and some clothes for people with disabilities.
We hope you all have a wonderful and safe summer and fall. Stay warm and well. Included below are a few more websites you may find of interest to you. DAHRT still has T-shirts, bags, sweatshirts and stickers for sale. Contact us for more information.
Also, DAHRT recently lost two of our most valuable volunteers to Oregon. If you have a desire to help or volunteer, we would love to have you! Contact our Chair, Joanne Lawrence, and we will sign you up!
Good for disableds and they offer two different-sized pairs for different-sized feet.
Three half-hour BBC audio episodes by a British woman with MD, doing a verbal diary of her days and experiences.
As with all people, we the disabled enjoy our creature comforts. DAHRT exists to aid our journey.
The following are teaching pages to help one learn American Sign Language (ASL):
There are many other sites that teach ASL. All you have to do is enter "American Sign Language" or "ASL" (without the quotes) into any search engine.
How to sign 'Black lives matter'.
The phrase begins with four fingers cut across the brow, followed by two thumbs drawn up like breath from navel to chest, ending with a fierce tug with two hands down from the chin into fists toward the heart.
There are two different signs for BLACK when referring to people.
This L.A. Times article shows them to you