Tuesday, October 6, 2015

FTA publishes detailed guidance for transit agencies about ADA

FTA today published detailed guidance to transit agencies on how to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). With the 25th anniversary of the landmark legislation as a backdrop, the release of FTA’s ADA Circular represents a major milestone in assistance to the transit community. It thoroughly explains ADA requirements for public transit, providing real-life situations as examples of good practices for the transit industry to ensure accessible services for riders. The document does not amend or supersede the DOT ADA regulations; rather, it offers explanatory scenarios and sample templates, such as a rail station checklist for new construction and alterations. View FTA Acting Administrator Therese McMillan’s video message.

ORCA Black Hole

RantWoman is vexed.

RantWoman would like to go to www.orcacard.com and do her monthly bus pass transaction.

RantWoman has tried to do this several times on different days. RantWoman keeps getting "(Name of Browser) cannot connect to this webpage."

RantWoman's first reaction is to check her internet connection, but most of the time, everything else is working fine.

More vexing, RantWoman put the problem into her search engine of choice. The same url RantWoman has been typing came back and so did the same error message when RantWoman clicked on the link.

Frowning face.

On top of that, none ofthe search results returned by the search engine have a phone number where one might be able to call the agency and tell them their website is behaving badly.

RantWoman could poke around on transit websites and look for a phone number.

RantWoman could perfectly well go comment on one of the transit agencies and trustthat the comment will get forwarded, but ahem, dear ORCA folks, what up with your website?

HHS ADA Title II Guidance on Rights of Parents with Disabilities.

Guidance from US Department of Health and Human Services about rights of parents with disabilities

Protecting the Rights of Parents and Potential Parents with Disabilities

And, on a related note.
Pres. Obama proclamation about National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Hot tip of the Day: YouTube keyboard controls!

Hot tip of the day, which RantWoman promised to share with people interested in the United Blind of Seattle / STAR of Seattle Blind Geeks Meetup, except that only one geek showed up, we had a great conversation, and RantWoman will now share this tip separately by email and social media.

YouTube now has keyboard controls! Presumably they are discoverable by many users but RantWoman tends to stumble along doing things the ways she knows and does not always go look for new stuff. Here are the controls; as always things are subject to change but RantWoman is excited enough to document and share.

Here in the words of Ana G, RantWoman's hot source:
I was Googling something else and discovered that YouTube has some nifty keyboard shortcuts. I'm posting them in case others of you didn't know them either.

To play/pause a video, hit the spacebar.

To fast forward or rewind by 5 seconds, tap the right- or left-arrow key.

To fast forward or rewind by 10 seconds, tap the letter l or j.

To fast forward or rewind longer, hold down the right- or left-arrow key.

To jump to the 10, 20, 30 ... percent point in the video, hit the 1, 2, 3 ... on the keyboard.

I just tried the shortcuts, and they do work. You have to give the videoa couple of seconds to start playing. I don't know if focus is moving  to the seek control during that time. The screen reader does chatter, but you can tap the control key to shut it up.

Just passing it along.

The tip above came to RantWoman's email via blogger and accessibility advocate Ana G. Here is something from Tek Talk dated 2012 but it has references and contact info.


Friday, October 2, 2015

United Blind of Seattle Friend day 2015, Oct 17 WTBBL

United Blind 2015 Friend Day is Just Around the corner

 Come one, come all!

A Seattle chapter of the Washington Council of the Blind, the United Blind of Seattle cordially invites you to come and learn about all facets of our organization, enjoy getting to know the people who make up this Seattle chapter, and join with us for a light lunch.

You will hear all about what activities this chapter is involved in along with what belonging to the chapter means to its members. We will also be sharing about the organization at both the state and national levels. There really isn’t a better way to learn, in a nut shell, what this consumer organization of persons who are blind is all about!

When: October 17th,  from 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Where: The Washington Talking Book and Braille Library 2021 9th Ave. Seattle, Wa. 98121

What do you need to bring: Only yourselves with an inquisitive mind and a plan to learn and have a good time! 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask whoever is inviting you, or leave a comment which RantWoman will forward to the membership committee co-chairs.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

John Key the Ponytail Puller: World Leader as ...

RantWoman has been chagrined at Presidential Campaign Air Suckmaster Donald Trump's interactions with and about women. RantWoman is not charmed to learn he has a role model on the world stage, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

John Oliver on New Zealand prime Minister's hair-pulling habits.

On a linguistic note, RantWoman is charmed by the New Zealand newscaster phonetics!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Blood Moon, Procrastinated Past

Super Moon over Mt. rainier
If RantWoman were a real journalist instead of a procrastination pro taking a break from many tasks, she would look up why this weeks astronomical phenomenon has been called a #SuperBloodMoon.  Or she could riff on all the words in the hashtag. RantWoman is embarrassed not to have made it out of doors to look at the #SuperBloodMoon while it was occurring and now will concentrate on tagging some photos. Sighted readers, hover your mouse over the images for captions.

Really Fun Blood Moon Outline via KomoTV

Blood Moon over the Grand Canyon

Random Blood Moon Image

Blood Moon over Seattle's Smith Tower

Blood Moon over Seattle Space Needle

Glorious shot of Blood Moon at Old Faithful