Posted by: Pwd_SD | November 3, 2016

New Server

G’Day Everybody. I know I know it’s been a very long time…. Unfortunately when sites update they mess things up for those of us with disabilities. Any hoot I am able to see somewhat behind the scenes as it were to at least let all my readers know that People with disabilities SD Awareness has moved to another service. We were on Free forums but there were some issues so now we found a similar layout especially behind the scenes which also seems to work for those usually screen readers too. Just have to remember to allow the pages to load totally.

Well without any delay here is our new Forum address

Also our Facebook address changed too

Hopefully I could figure out how to change the wedget here for facebook. LOL…

Thanks and I hope to see you all over at our new forum . Enjoy…

Posted by: Pwd_SD | January 17, 2014

Pwd SD Awareness New Site

I just wanted to let my readers know that I have open up another avenue to advocate about people with disabilities as well as service animals.

This is our home page though will add more to it but wanted to put something up.  Please check it out and tell me what you think. Thanks….


G’Day Everybody and Welcome……..

This site is dedicated on keeping People informed and up to date, as much as possible, about People Living with Disabilities. Both visible and invisible whether it be Autism, Blindness, Mobility, PTSD, Alport Syndrome, etc., all types of service animals [i.e. dogs; mini horses], and the Laws pertaining to it all. So sit back, kick off your shoes and have a spot of tea while you begin your journey into our Community….. Education is the Key to Knowledge…

via Pwd SD Awareness.

DREDF has a great victory to share with you: We’ve secured a historic settlement in National Association of the Deaf, et al. v. Netflix that will ensure 100% closed captions in Netflix’s on–demand streaming content within two years.

via DREDF Secures Historic Settlement in Close-Caption Case Against Netflix | October 31, 2012.
Really great news as we move Forward….

Posted by: Pwd_SD | May 30, 2012

Deaf man king-hit at servo

MICHAEL Jarrett may never know what provoked a man into knocking him out as he filled up his car in Yeppoon.Michael, who is profoundly deaf and partially blind in one eye, was fuelling up at BP Travel Centre on Friday when a man punched him in the back of the head.Moments later the man, seemingly embarrassed, threw $20 at Michael as he lay on the ground and drove off.

via Deaf man king-hit at servo | Rockhampton News | Local News in Rockhampton | Rockhampton Morning Bulletin.

ADA Webinars, Accessible Pools: Means of Entry and Exit.

ADA Webinars

Accessible Pools: Means of Entry and Exit





Wednesday, May 2, 2012 — Existing Pools under Title III of the ADA

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 — Existing Pools under Title II of the ADA


2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. EDT


The Department of Justice is announcing free webinars that will provide information and technical assistance addressing the accessible pool entry requirements of the revised 2010 ADA Regulations and the 2010 Standards as they relate to existing pools. The first webinar will address the pool access provisions as they apply to the existing pools of public accommodations subject to title III of the ADA.  The second webinar will address how the pool access provisions apply to the existing pools of state and local governmental entities subject to title II of the ADA.




Register for the May 2, 2012 Webinar — Existing Pools under Title III of the ADA.
Registration opens on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. EDT, and is limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis.


Submission of Questions


Questions pertaining to the application of the regulations to existing pools may be submitted by registered participants in advance of each webinar beginning with the opening of registration on Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Questions may be submitted from a link provided on the registration page.


Please note:  The Department is unable to entertain any questions about its pending rulemaking, which is referenced below.




Each webinar will also be archived and will be available for rebroadcast on a few days after each event.



On September 15, 2010, the Department of Justice published final rules that revised the regulations implementing titles II and III of the ADA.  As part of the revisions, the Department adopted the 2010 Standards and required that the Standards be used when modifications are undertaken to existing facilities to meet the program accessibility obligations of title II entities and the barrier removal obligations of title III entities. The 2010 Standards include provisions for accessible means of entry to swimming pools, wading pools, and spas in sections 242 and 1009.  The effective date for these provisions in the Standards as they relate to existing pool facilities was extended from March 15, 2012 to May 21, 2012 in a final rule signed by the Attorney General on Thursday, March 15, 2012.  The extension was provided in order to allow additional time to address misunderstandings that had arisen among pool owners and operators regarding compliance with these ADA requirements.  When the Attorney General issued the final rule, he also signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking public comment on whether a longer period of time (four additional months) would be appropriate to allow pool owners and operators to better understand their obligations. The comment period on the NPRM closed on April 4, 2012. The content of these webinars is limited to a discussion of the substantive requirements of the ADA regulations for existing pools and will not include any discussion of the Department’s pending rulemaking regarding an additional extension of the effective date.

Reading, PA – A family was told they were no longer allowed to raise a seeing eye dog because it conflicts with rules of the homeowners association.In order to earn a $1,000 college scholarship, the Yeagers’ daughter was raising Ives, a 4-month-old retriever mix, for a year. He would have stayed with the family until December when he would then be returned to the Seeing Eye program to continue being trained by professionals.But they were denied keeping the dog by the Oak Meadows Homeowners Association in Berks County because of a ‘one dog per household’ rule.

via Homeowners Assn. forcing family to return service dog in training – Philadelphia Animal Welfare |


According to both the Fair Housing Act and PA Law on Service dogs they are actually in violation of the two laws. As trainers which includes of course puppy raisers as they too must train these dogs in basic and socializing. These association groups should really learn the laws both federal and state….

Posted by: Pwd_SD | March 28, 2012


Posted by: Pwd_SD | January 15, 2012

Deaf puppy learns sign language

Deaf puppy learns sign language

A deaf puppy has learned to communicate with her master using sign language.

Snowy was handed in to an animal charity because her owners could not cope with having a deaf dog.

However, within just three weeks of training, the four-month-old Jack Russell can sit, stay and walk, by responding to hand gestures.

The pet has learned a vocabulary of different commands including, sit, stop, lie down, roll over, come back and walk on.

Staff at the Dogs Trust Salisbury in Newton Tony, Wilts, hope that they will now be able to find Snowy a home because of her newly-acquired obedience.

Her trainer, Leslie Carley, described Snowy as “the brightest spark” among the animals at the centre.

via Deaf puppy learns sign language – Telegraph.

Adam Phillips has had his heart set on a service dog for years now. It’s a wish that became a reality over the weekend when an anonymous stranger stepped forward with a generous gift.Adam, 20, has a rare neurological disease called Hereditary Spastic Paraparesis. He’s had a dozen surgeries and is unable to walk on his own.<snip>


<snip>So last Saturday they planned a car wash at a local Arby’s and got the word out a few days before in a newspaper story.The car wash started off slowly.”Nobody was coming and then a guy pulled up in a truck and he said, ‘I don’t want my truck washed but this is for you,'” Stephanie said.He handed her an envelope and went to wish Adam a Merry Christmas.”I started counting and counting and counting and it was just $100 bill after $100 bill,” Stephanie said.The envelope contained $2,000, an amount that brought Stephanie and her husband, Tim, to tears.The man who delivered it refused to give his name.”I have never met the man before, I asked him his name and he just waved me off,” Stephanie said. Adam calls him a “heavenly messenger.” The money will allow them to put a down payment on Scout and pick him up on Christmas Day.<snip>

via Stranger’s generosity means Valley man will get service dog | Phoenix.

Oregon elections officials are turning to iPads in a new attempt to make voting as easy and accessible as possible for disabled voters.

In a small pilot program playing out during the special primary election to replace former U.S. Rep. David Wu, about 12 voters have filled out their ballots on Apple’s touch-screen tablet.

As far as elections officials in Oregon can tell, it’s a first for any state.

“We’re really at the edge,” said Secretary of State Kate Brown. “We want to make voting as convenient as possible.”

via Oregon looks to iPad to make voting easier for those with disabilities |

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