FCC Request for Comments on Two Petitions Regarding Real-Time Text

From: AccessInfo

Sent: Monday, July 27, 2015 9:21 PM

Subject: Request for Comments on Two Petitions Regarding Real-Time Text


On July 24, 2015, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing deadlines for the public to submit comments and reply comments on two petitions filed by AT&T related to the provision of real-time text (RTT).


The first is a Petition for Rulemaking to allow consumers to use RTT as a substitute for text telephony (TTY) in the IP-based environment.  The Commission seeks comments on: (1) whether it should modify its rules to recognize RTT as a replacement for TTYs; and (2) the impact of a rule change on the deployment of RTT as an accessibility solution generally and for the advancement of text-to-911.


The second petition requests a temporary waiver of the Commission’s rules requiring support for TTY technology by VoIP networks until the later of the time that AT&T has fully deployed RTT (expected in 2017) or the Commission’s rules for RTT become effective.  The Commission requests comments on the public interest benefits of waiving the TTY requirements for either AT&T individually or for all entities now covered by these rules.


Comments Due:  August 24, 2015

Reply Comments Due:  September 8, 2015


The following are links to the Public Notice:

Word: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-15-858A1.doc

PDF: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-15-858A1.pdf

For further information, contact Suzy Rosen Singleton, Disability Rights Office (DRO), at (202) 510-9446, email: Suzanne.Singleton@fcc.gov or Eliot Greenwald, Deputy Chief DRO, at (202) 418-2235, email: Eliot.Greenwald@fcc.gov.


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PSAD Land Camp July 31st weekend Campout is cancelled

PSAD Land Camp July 31st weekend Campout is cancelled.  This is due to not enough registrations.  We apologize for any inconveniences that this has caused.
The Fall Campout, October 2nd weekend will be scheduled as planned.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.  camp@psadweb.org
Thank you
PSAD Land Camp Committee

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2015 PSAD Conference


 129th Annual Conference and 134th Anniversary

Hosted by Greater Philadelphia Chapter of PSAD
at Crowne Plaza in King of Prussia
260 Mall Blvd, King of Prussia, PA 19406
August 6-9, 2015

General Meeting and Exhibition are open to the public.
Combo includes: Program book, workshops, Friday and Saturday activities.
Friday night: Welcome Receptions with Appetizers with an optional of playing a game of poker or bingo.
Saturday night: Dinner and entertainment
Thursday – Valley Forge Tour ($20) **First come, first serve (up to 33 seats)**
Friday – Poker ($20)
Friday – Bingo ($20)

Registration Form (updated 5/10/2015)
Click here to view Registration Form

Schedule (updated 5/10/2015)
Click here to view Schedule

Tour Letter (added 6/5/2015)
Click here to view Tour Letter

Friday and Saturday Flyer (added 6/5/2015)
Click here to view Friday and Saturday Flyer

2015 PSAD Senior Citizen Luncheon Flyer
Click here to view Senior Citizen Luncheon Flyer


Exhibitor Form (added 3/9/2015)
Click here to view Exhibitor Form

Conference Advertisement, Sponsorship and Donation Letter  (added 3/26/2015)
Click here to view letter.

Sponsorship (added 3/26/2015)
Click here to view Sponsorship Form page 1.
Click here to view Sponsorship Form page 2.

Conference Donation (added 3/26/2015)
Click here to view Conference Donation Form.

Program Book Advertisement  (added 3/26/2015)
Click here to view Program Book Advertisement Form.

If you have any general question about the conference/combo, Please contact Charles McGowan via email: chasmcg.psad2015@gmail.com


Senior Citizens Section Luncheon  (added 5/19/2015)
Click here to view details and flyers in Senior Citizens Section Luncheon webpage.



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PSAD Board of Manager Election Upcoming This Summer

Dear PSAD members,

Our PSAD conference will be coming this summer! It is time to think
about applying if you wish to be on the Board of Managers.
Election will be held during the PSAD conference at Crowne Plaza in King
of Prussia, PA on August 8, 2015.

There will be four vacant positions on PSAD Board of Managers. If you are
interested in serving on the Board, please submit your intention to
candidates@psadweb.org by June 8th.

At this time, these board members will expire in August:
1. Harry Marchese
2. Evy Williams
3. Mark Marcellino
4. Gerald Penna

Please send your candidate application and criminal background check
report to Elissa Clark at 111 Catherine Court, Lewisberry, PA 17339 or via
email at candidates@psadweb.org.

Thank you,

Elissa Clark
PSAD Secretary
Deadline June 8, 2015

Three links are below.  Click on it to view it (PDF).
letter about board candidate 2015

PSAD Board of Managers Candidate Review Application

SP4-164_Request_For_Criminal_Record_Check 2013

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PSAD Bylaws Amendments

July 5, 2015

Dear PSAD Members,

We wanted to write and let you know what we have been doing. The bylaws committee have been working on several different areas of the bylaws.

In the Bylaws, We wanted to follow the ARTICLE IX – Amendments
Section 1: These bylaws may be amended at the annual meeting by a two-thirds (2/3) vote, provided that the amendment has been submitted in writing and/or by electronic means to the Bylaws committee at least sixty (60) days prior to annual meeting. The Bylaws committee shall send the proposed amendments to the membership thirty (30) days prior to annual meeting.

You will find in this packet:
• Three (3) Bylaws amendments that members submitted for your consideration at the upcoming PSAD conference
• PSAD Bylaws Revised: July 19, 2014

It is your duty as PSAD Members to look through the Bylaw amendments and decide whether if you support or oppose the amendments. These amendments will be presented at the general meeting at the PSAD Conference.

You should review the policies online and decide whether if you want to propose changes on the policies. You will have the opportunity to discuss proposed changes to the policies on the floor at the conference. Please be sure to write down what you want to see the changes and give to the bylaws committee at the conference.

Thank you,

Bylaws Committee

Bylaws Committee: Sharon Antal, Mark Marcellino, Harry Marchese, Jeffrey Yockey and Harvey Corson.


Click on the links below to view attached files in PDF.

PSAD By-Laws – Revised July 19 2014_ Edited Feb 16 2015

PSAD Conference 2015 Bylaw Amendments


1-PSAD Bylaws – EDITED BY Feb 16 2015

30 days letter 2015

60 days letter 2015



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Hello Fellow ASL Community Members,Pennsylvania Registry of Interpreter for the Deaf is proud to
sponsor “Interpreters as
Teammates…How?”This amazing workshop opportunity for the Deaf Community and Sign
Language Interpreters, is going to be at the 2015 PSAD Conference!Come together as one community at the 2015 PSAD Conference, being held at Crowne
Plaza in King of Prussia 260 Mall Blvd, King of Prussia,
PA 19406 August 7, 2015, 4:30pm – 8pm.

Janis Cole and Sherette Gárate-­Estes are thrilled to be returning
to Pennsylvania facilitating much needed dialogue and encouraging understanding
among the ASL community. Those members of RID can earn .35 Professional Studies
CEUs. Janis and Sherette presented at the York Deaf Club March 2015 and at 2014
NAD conference in Atlanta. Let’s come together as one ASL community “to explore
ways of navigating challenging experiences together…”.

Some of the comments received from the York Deaf Club event…

-“Splendid workshop!!

-“Outstanding! Great hands-on activities”

-“I really loved having the Deaf
community involved! It created cohesiveness!…GREAT job! Keep it going!”

-“Excellent workshop! … Excellent material – will definitely use”

PSAD Friday Registration is required.

To learn more about the entire 2015 PSAD conference and download a
registration form please head to this website:


Attached you will find an official flyer (PDF) and registration

form (fill-able PDF)

PLEASE! PLEASE! distribute this to your friends and colleagues, the

more people attending, lead to a richer the dialogue, and a deeper learning
experience <<<<

If you have any questions please direct them to

Gary A. Thomas, CI, CT, NIC
773 398 4136 (cell/text)

2 Attachments

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Greater Philadelphia Chapter Meeting Saturday July 18th, 2015

Greater Philadelphia Chapter Meeting

Saturday July 18th, 2015

1 PM

Meet and discuss to appoint delegates for the PSAD 2015 Conference

Doors open to the Public


Hebrew Association-Deaf

8027 Castor Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19152
Drinks will be sold for $1 each- Proceeds go to the PSAD 2015 Conference Fund

Contact Philadelphia Chapter President Mark Marcellino if you have any questions:

Click Here: Greater Philadelphia Chapter Mtg on Saturday July 18, 2015 @ 1 PM

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Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania Needs Your Help

From the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania

Friends –

The Disabilities Right Network of Pennsylvania (DRN) would like to know what advocacy and legal issues you think are most important. This survey will help DRN staff, Board of Directors, and Mental Health Advisory Council decide how to focus our services. Please take a moment to help us select our goals for the next three years and take our survey by clicking here . DRN needs your thoughts by August 25, 2015

A complete copy of our draft 2016-2018 Priorities can be viewed here .

Thank you,
Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania
Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh

Our mailing address is:
Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania
301 Chestnut Street
Suite 300
Harrisburg , PA 17101

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Employment Opportunities with the PA Department of Human Services

From: Kenyon, Heather

Sent: Thursday, July 9, 2015 1:13 PM

Subject: Employment Opportunities with the PA Department of Human Services


Good Afternoon –


You’re receiving this email because you’ve been identified as the contact person for a veterans’, women’s, diversity, or disability-related organization.  The PA State Civil Service Commission compiles and uses this contact information in order to provide information about various topics.  If there is someone else in your organization who should be used as the contact person instead of you, please feel free to let me know.


I’m writing you today with information about employment opportunities with the PA Department of Human Services.  They currently have 30+ vacancies for Youth Development Aide in Franklin, Huntingdon, Montour, and Perry Counties.


I’ve attached a flyer with more information about the salary, requirements, how to apply, and who to call with questions.  If you could please distribute this to anyone who you think may be interested, it would be greatly appreciated!  Click on link to view flyer in PDF. Flyer – YDA – opt2 6-2015


On behalf of the PA Department of Human Services and myself, thank you very much for your time and assistance.  Have a wonderful day!



Heather Kenyon | HR Analyst,

Recruitment and Workforce Diversity Division

Strawberry Square Complex | P.O. Box 569, Harrisburg, PA 17108-0569

Work: 717.787.6127 | Fax: 717.787.5731Hkenyon@pa.gov



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Highmark was named for Best Place to Work in Disability Equality Index

Congratulations to Aaron Bosley, member of PSAD!
Aaron Bosley was selected to video tape the news of Best Place to Work in Disability Equality Index.  He has been working at Highmark for nearly 10 years and is deeply involved making Highmark a better place to work for deaf and hard of hearing employees as well as fighting the rights for deaf customers.  He is involved with Abilities BRG group which is a group that helps Highmark to include disability workers and customers.

Because of their involvement, Highmark was selected as one of the Best Places to work for Disabilities.  They are one of the few companies that got scored 100 points in the overall category.
Congratulations Aaron Bosley and to Highmark company!
Pgh_Deaf_Events is proudly sponsored by:

Health Bridges

Center for Hearing & Deaf Services, Inc.
1945 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
412-281-1375 (Voice or TTY)
412-281-6564 (Fax)

Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
300 East Swissvale Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
412-371-7000 V/TTY
Linda Niglio Langer – PghDeafEvents2001@gmail.com

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