This is so cool! Barack Obama has added closed captioning to his videos. Read all about it from a deaf mom who advocated for rest of us with hearing disabilities! She Twittered and it worked. With Obama leading the way, we can hope that others making videos will follow suit. It would make a huge difference.
Time for an early morning meeting in Phoenix. Community service organization. I had email directions and my Google map directions. In Phoenix, there's a big difference between streets and avenues, and my directions were slightly off. After about five tries, I stopped at an AM PM to find a phone book so I could get the office number and directions. Gary helped me get the book, and once I had the number, I used my cellphone to call the office. Only problem was that I couldn't hear the person in the office. Not surprising, given my hearing loss. You can hope the hearing aid and the phone are compatible, and that all people and lines are doing their part, but stuff happens. Once again: Gary to the rescue. I handed him the phone, he got the directions, and gave them to me. Duck soup. Thanks, AM PM for having people like Gary on staff. He would have been within his rights not to help, as he was busy, but he took a few moments to give my day a Judy Jump Start. I found the office building within moments of leaving the AM PM parking lot.
My illustrious, multi-talented daughter-in-law just passed the Washington State bar, and was sworn in on November 6, 2008. It was an arduous journey, but well worth it, as people with disabilities in Washington State will benefit. She passed the bar in Arizona in 1982. She was at the Attorney General's office for about two-and-a-half years, and was the Maricopa County Volunteer Lawyers Program Director for about three years. While there, she initiated several programs with the help of her staff. Her major area of concentration after the volunteer lawyers program, was workers' compensation law, which involves disability and rehabilitation, etc. She spent several years representing injured employees and several years representing employers/insurance carriers. Then, in April, 2002, Kerrie left the practice to be the president and director of the Meyerson Foundation. Her husband (and my son), Ron Simpson, took over the directorship in October, 2006, but she's remained active as president. She took the bar in Washington so that she can help families with guardianship applications and consult with the foundation's various projects in a legal capacity. Kerrie has many talents. She is a devoted pet lover, and she and my son, Ron, currently have two golden retrievers, a St. Bernard, and a beautiful cat, Sneakers. They recently lost Ms. Higgins, a cat, and Shimmy, a cocker spaniel. The all-time combination of dogs is Boz and Micus (Amicus), which Ron and Kerrie owned when they met over 10 years ago. An unbeatable team, and remembered with fondness and chuckles. Kerrie spins some of her own yarn, sometimes using the combed-out fur from her dogs, and knits hats, gloves, scarves, ponchos, booties (she even created some Pekingese booties for two cute dogs in Peoria), socks, and more. She is also a certified Personal Fitness Coach, and monitors my strength training. In addition, she's an encyclopedia of knowledge on nutrition and health. When Kerrie was six months old, her mother, Nancy Joy Kerr, developed polio, and was wheelchair bound for the remainder of her life. Nancy also had diabetes, and in her last years, a stroke. Her recovery was due in large part to Kerrie's devotion to her. Kerrie's stepfather, Lee Meyerson, had severe physical disabilities as well. Both parents were professors of psychology at ASU, and very committed to helping people in the disability community. They left a legacy of inspired family and students, and founded the David and Minnie Meyerson Foundation for people with disabilities. My interest in supporting the needs of people with disabilities is a direct result of the Kerr-Meyerson influence that Kerrie and my son, Ron Simpson, are currently involved in. The four of them are my heroes.
Arizona Center for Disability Law cordially invites you to join us at our reception at the law firm of GreenbergTraurig on Thursday, October 2, 2008 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 p.m. at 2375 E Camelback Road, Suite 700, Phoenix. Join us in honoring the following people, who have been instrumental in opening the door to equality: Jan Brewer, Arizona Secretary of State, Phil Pangrazio, Executive Director, Arizona Bridge to Independent Living, and Kevin Ruegg, Ph.D., Executive Director, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks Tickets are $35 per person