Monday, September 26, 2016

Buses and trains fully accessible?

"Our buses and trains are fully accessible"

http://www.soundtransit.org/Rider-Guide/Accessibility

Charming picture of a  wheelchair user rolling onto the Link train.

Read the rest of the link asserting that buses are fully accessible.

Ummm, the RantWomen are Going to Tacoma, with luggage.

The Sounder does not work timing wise AND neither of the RantWoman has tried it before.

The RantWomen are HOPING to encounter a bus where RantMom can use a lift without the driver having to go through a bunch of contortions.

Probably the RantWomen should have acknowledged bad past experience and made other transportation plans.

RantWoman quaintly thinks "Our buses and trains are fully accessible"
 should mean "Our buses and trains are fully accessible"

Stay tuned for more details of actual experience.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Russian Idioms. Lesson 3: Adding alcohol optional

This video has it all: lugubrious delivery, striving for correct pronunciation while exhibiting almost every difficulty native Russian speakers have with English, a certain art-film nerd appeal.

Some viewers may wish to add alcohol; RantWoman is such a lightweight about alcohol that she would simply fall asleep.

Enjoy!


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Inclusive planning helps improve disaster response during Louisiana floods

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month. RantWoman sometimes observes such occasions by attempting a daily posting schedule. That has not happened this year, but here is a cool article about the value of "Nothing about us without us," including people with disabilities in #preparedness efforts.

Example: Role of a state wide Emergency Management Disability Advisory Groups in Response:
Improved Disaster Response for People with Disabilities during Louisiana Floods
The Louisiana Emergency Management Disability and Aging Coalition (EMDAC) has worked tirelessly during the August 2016 flood rescue and recovery in Louisiana for all people affected, particularly for people with disabilities and those who are aging. The National Disability Integration Coordinator for the American Red Cross, Shari Myers, has taken notice that EMDAC's efforts have improved disaster response for people with disabilities in Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina. She said, "I'm encouraged by the fact that I now have friends and colleagues with disabilities who are working in inclusive emergency management and disaster planning." She notes that there is still work to be done. Even though more disaster shelters had accessible entrances, the portable commode trailers lacked significant accessibility features.

Full Story: Aaron Broverman, Disaster Response during Louisiana Flood Significantly Improved, New Mobility, Sept. 15, 2016, available at
http://www.newmobility.com/2016/09/disaster-response-louisiana-flood/

www.NewMobility.com looks like agreat resource for people who use wheelchairs.

Thanks to
Danielle Bailey
FEMA Region 10
Disability Integration Specialist
425-487-4780 (desk)
425-381-3400 (cell)

RantWoman further editorial comments:

--It's reassuring to think that, even if #climatechange  means more storms and more severe storms, people with #disabilities are also contributing to better #disaster response.

--It matters a lot for people to have practice figuring out different communications issues when everyone is warm and dry and the lights are on so when #disaster hits, people have some reserves and skills to deal with the additional stress of the disaster.

--Recognizing this also means appreciating the surprising value of traits that might be, um, speaking candidly, REALLY annoying. For example, the person who needs to tell everyone the same thing dozens of times might be just the person to repeat a simple informational message.

--RantWoman has enough family members and neighbors who use wheelchairs to know that, even in the best circumstances, ADA minimum standards do not always add up to #accessibility in places like women's restrooms. RantWoman thanks a neighbor know on this blog as Mr. Accessible Restrooms for frequent reminders in connection with various meetings in various places that men's rooms are no better. However when this neighbor needs to use the restroom, he REALLY needs to use the restroom, a point RantWoman would ALWAYS take into account when thinking about #accessibility and shelters.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Seattle Rep Accessibility Measures

Really nice accessibility statement and list of upcoming Audio  Described performances at the Seattle Rep

but this is RantWoman so there is also a quibble in the last line

Can anyone guest what it is?



Accessible Performances

 

A Raisin in the Sun

 October 22 at 2pm

 

King Charles III

 December 3 at 2pm

 

Woody Sez

 January 28 at 2pm

 

Well

 March 4 at 2pm

 

Dates for accessible performances of Here Lies Love will be announced later in our season. Stay tuned!

 

Accessibility Services

 

Please contact our Patron Services Office at (206) 443-2222 or PSOManager@SeattleRep.org to reserve your ticket or if you have any further questions.

 

Seattle Repertory Theatre is committed to an inclusive experience for patrons of all abilities. The following complimentary services are available for every performance.

 

·       Large Print Programs are available at Coat Check for all SRT performances.

·       To request a Braille Program, please contact our Patron Services Managers at PSOManager@SeattleRep.org.

·       Assistive listening devices are available at Coat Check for all SRT performances.  Utilize the Rep’s innovative Hearing Loop system, a wireless technology that transmits audio to cochlear implants and hearing aids with T-coils.

·       To request a Script Rental, please contact our Patron Services Managers at PSOManager@SeattleRep.org.

·       Wheelchair Ticketing is available for all performances at the Rep. At the time of ticket purchase, please select seats marked with this symbol online ( ) or request these tickets from a Patron Services Specialist.

·       Alternative Seating Options including standing room options and black chairs (which can be easily moved and do not have arm rests) are available upon request for those patrons for whom this may be a more comfortable or accessible option. Please request this from a Patron Services Specialist.

 

The following accessibility services are only available for certain performances. Please contact the Patron Services Office or reference the enclosed calendar for details.

 

·       Audio Description brings the Rep experience to those who are blind or who have low vision. A trained describer narrates the nonverbal elements of a performance, including costumes, actions, and scenery. Headsets are available for rental at Coat Check.

·       American Sign Language Interpretation is provided for ASL-users who are deaf or hard of hearing. Special seating is reserved for patrons requesting this service to guarantee optimal viewing of the interpreters and the stage.

·       Open Captioning is a text display located to the side of the stage that scrolls the dialogue in synchronization with the performance. Special seating is reserved for patrons requesting this service to guarantee optimal viewing of the captioning screen and the stage.

 

If you have any special request not mentioned above (including and comment or concern related to accessibility), please contact us and let us know what we can do to enhance your Rep experience.

 

Are you a part of a service organization or a non-profit? Partnership discounts are available to certain community-based groups, including those with missions related to accessibility. Please contact our Group Sales Manager at Groups@SeattleRep.org for details.

 

FAQ

 

·       How do I get more information?
Please contact our Patron Services Office at 206.443.2222 or PSOManager@SeattleRep.org with any further questions, or feel free to check in with our Front of House Managers when you visit.

·       How do I get tickets?
Tickets are available through our Patron Services Office and website.

·       How much are tickets?

Tickets start at $17 for some performances, and there is a wide range of prices relative to the time of your performance and seating location.

·       How do I get to the Seattle Rep?

Driving: We are located at the northwest corner of the Seattle Center Campus. There are ADA Placard parking spaces available for $15 in front of our lobby entrance and for free off Warren Avenue to our west.
Public Transit:
In addition to being near to the Monorail terminal, the Rep is located less than two blocks from many major King County Metro routes, including the following, which stop at or near the corner of 1st Ave, N, and Mercer Street:

            1, 2, 8, 13, 32, D

These routes stop four blocks to the east of the Rep, at or near the corner of 5th Ave, N, and Mercer Street:

            3, 4

Accessible Services: King County Metro provides additional options through its Access Transportation services. More information available through their customer service line: (206) 205-500 (TTY Relay: 711)

·       I have a service animal. Is that an issue?

Not at all! Service animals are welcome, though we do appreciate advance notice, to be certain that our house management team makes space for your service companion.

·       I’ve never been to the Seattle Rep. Will there be someone there to answer questions?
All our ushers, house management team, and patron services specialists are here to assist you through your Rep experience. Feel free to approach anyone with a silver name tag with questions, comments, or concerns.

 

 




Monday, September 12, 2016

Software Faithfully

RantWoman is again attempting to realize some of that interpersonal reward and spiritual communion promised by the average faith community. RantWoman has found when one mixes matters of software and accessibility with faith community, the results can be, um, unpredictable. Examples:

1. A pillar of the Friendly Neighborhood Center for Extreme Computing complained recently that her faith community's website was designed using something too modern for her mix of assistive technology. For a bunch of different reasons, RantWoman bets she is not the only member of that community vexed by the issue. Faith communities tend not to be the most sophisticated buyers of technology and technology services, but RantWoman is allowed to dream of improvements in the direction of more and more diverse accessibility efforts!

2. Take Cortana. PLEASE Take Cortana. Take it somewhere and fix all the accessibility problems. In the meantime, did not have but would still seriously consider the following conversation:

"...why don't you just use Cortana...?"

RantWoman thought bubble: do you know the N of testers it takes to break Cortana and realize it does not work for blind people. The N is 1!

Duuude, RantWoman is preety sure your #startup has move than 5 employees. RantWoman would be extremely surprised if you where not also engaged in interstate commerce, selling your product, recruiting staff...

Therefore should RantWoman or any of the bright competent blind people RantWoman knows decide to apply for a job at your #startup, if you mention Cortana, you should expect to hear the question "what is the essential job function you are trying to perform?"

Then there would need to be a conversation about "here is how I propose to perform that function, and here are the following reasonable accommodations I will need to do that."

So far, RantWoman has not felt an urge to work at this exact #startup, but RantWoman is likely to have the same conversation with Startup Guy anyway in an effort to avoid options for driving each other crazy.

3. Thank you for not taking it personally.
Once upon a time, RantWoman happened to mention that a product previously managed  by someone RantWoman knows had appeared on the National Federation of The Blind's annual "Make it accessible NOW" resolution list.  RantWoman believes the project was inaccessible both at the beginning and at the end of her fellow worshipper's responsibility for it. Even though everyone else around RantWoman was shocked, shocked, appalled and offended that RantWoman mentioned him by name, he graciously did not take it personally when RantWoman mentioned his name and the problem in passing.

4. Sarcastically, Thank you for caring:
RantWoman once vexed another person from her faith community  with irritation: it used to be necessary to download updates for one of his company's products fairly often. However the download process was continually plagued by accessibility problems affecting every blind person on the planet. One time RantWoman complained about this to the person she knows. RantWoman was HOPING he would look up some magical directory and route her email straight to responsible people. RantWoman would not even have minded if the person she knows had said something like "Would you please fix this because I am tired of this person bothering me?" Alas, instead, RantWoman got referred to some accessibility page several levels down from the corporate homepage..

RantWoman has been thinking of this earlier experience recently because the same software company employee recommended another of the company's products. RantWoman would say the overall user experience is somewhere in the realm of beta testing for everyone so RantWoman has so far opted not to howl and yowl because RantWoman has not figured out screen reader usage with some features RantWoman can see on the screen.

And people wonder why RantWoman is not an incessantly bubbly  and joyous person to be around.

Happy Start of a New Week

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Libraries are wonderful, and....

This is a verbatim blog entry from a friend of RantWoman's. This friend lives in another state and, RantWoman thinks without having asked, uses the Wi-Fi at her local library.

Good lord. The people sitting near me at the library are making me wonder if I'm in a Mr. Bean movie and didn't know it. One is an lady singing out of tune quite audibly and another is a youngish guy guffawing at his computer screen. At least neither of them are the guy who was trying to hit on me and then mentioned that he enjoys sticking bottle rockets in frogs and lighting them off. I'm sorry, was that supposed to be attractive?! Who in their right mind boasts about doing something so heartless and disgusting and expects that to be a turn on?


Edited to add: the trying to sing lady just started snorting and snuffling snot. That is too much.....(fleeing the scene)!
RantWoman deeply and ardently respects the librarians she knows: most librarians RantWoman knows are passionately committed to openness and to working with whatever people's needs, requests, realities are. Still, this post is an excellent description of the downsides, sometimes, of relying on one's library for one's connectivity even if one has one's own device and perhaps has the option of lurking away from charming companions.

RantWoman has also decided to post this because she is having mental hiccups about behavior guys feel entitled to perform and then think women are weird for objecting. RantWoman rediscovered this item from her drafts file while searching on the word fleeing and looking for another post related to software incompatibility which came RantWoman's way via another person's visit to a different library.

Note to self: library will be an excellent blog search term for some project development ideas....