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06
Aug
2013
FCC's Consumer Advisory Committee Passes Resolution Addressing Deaf Prisoners

Huge Success for HEARD's Deaf Prisoner Phone Justice Campaign!!!

On August 2, 2013 the FCC's Consumer Advisory Committee passed a resolution recommending that the FCC ensure reasonable rates for all prisoners; and accessible, proportionally discounted, longer TTY calls for prisoners who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind!

View the PDF version of the Consumer Advisory Committee's Resolution HERE.

 
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02
Aug
2013
Florida DOC Proposes Rule to Prevent Prisoners from Educating the Public about Conditions

The Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) has decided NOT to address abuse of deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, elderly and disabled prisoners.  Instead, the DOC has proposed a regulation that will prevent prisoners from using the internet to educate the public about what horrors are occuring behind its iron gates (prohibiting even the use of the internet on behalf of prisoners through advocates or organizations like HEARD).

As such, HEARD is re-sharing this report from May about the DOC's continued human and civil rights abuses and reminding everyone that these same abuses continue and have only worsened since this report. 

HEARD's message to the Florida Department of Corrections: We will stop writing about the DOC when it stops abusing and allowing others to abuse people under your care.  Do the right thing!

 
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26
Jul
2013
23rd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Today is the 23rd Anniversary of the ADA. We celebrate this day while remembering that achieving equal opportunity for people with disabilities is an ongoing struggle.  We have not yet arrived, but we are on our way & we shall prevail. Keep up the good fight!!!

Take a look at Senator Harkin's floor speech in ASL after the passage of the ADA 23 years ago: http://bit.ly/13dFJoJ

 
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