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Sometimes, when people think of accessibility, they picture wheelchair ramps running up side entrances of buildings, on-board lifts on public buses, and large toilet stalls in many public bathrooms. If these features are usable only by a person with a disability, the wider community does not typically appreciate the value of inclusion for this person. If everyone else also uses this accessibility feature, it has two dramatic effects: it increases the market reach for the business that sells and markets this product, and increases awareness of the economic and cultural value of the disability market.

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My article about Jewish law barring those “who cannot hear” from having the full rights of a Jew has been published in the Jewish Deaf Resource Center’s blog. The Jewish Deaf Resource Center (JDRC) builds bridges between Jews who are deaf and hard-of-hearing and the individuals and organizations serving the Jewish community throughout North America.

Read More Deaf Jews: Hear The Word of God

In mid-September, I wondered aloud on Facebook and other online forums about the Mashable article on the upcoming fall season of Bravo’s Top Chef, which will for the first time include Web episodes in its storyline. Will the webisodes, like the on-air episodes, be captioned by Bravo? In time for tonight’s Top Chef Texas premiere comes great news from Bravo: Top Chef Texas’ broadcast and online programming will be closed captioned.

Read More Bravo, Bravo: “Top Chef Texas” Webisodes Will Be Captioned

As efforts to improve accessibility for deaf viewers at movie theaters gain steam, awareness of the options available to these viewers is crucial to the goal of achieving universal accessibility for the deaf in every movie theater in the United States. The reality, however, is there is not enough publicity in this regard, potentially undercutting the case for bringing more deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons to movie theaters.

Read More Captioned Movies…Now Showing At Your Local Theater!