Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All– Tiffany Putt Interview

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Hello, and welcome to another edition of Tuesdays
with Liz: Disability Policy for All. Today, I have the great fortune to be talking with
Tiffany Putt, who is the AUCD intern for this summer. Tiffany is deaf, so therefore we have
an interpreter for her, so he’ll be interpreting for her. We will be talking to Tiffany today
about her life and some policy issues. So welcome , thank you for coming in talking
with us. The first question, and there’s two parts, the first part is, can you tell
us a little about yourself, and the next part of the question, is what 1 or 2 policies that
you think might be helpful to you and your friends. TP: Hello, and thanks for inviting
me to this interview. First of all, I am Tiffany Putt and I grew up in Pennsylvania , and I
have a deaf family. I went to West Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. WPSD I grew up there,
and I decided to Gallaudet University for my undergraduate . I was a double major in
international studies and government. I graduated last May, 2014. I decided to continue with
my education, so I am in graduate school, at Gallaudet University, again a double major
again in Public Administration and International Development Studies. Now, I am here to answer
your question about policies. I feel the most useful to me and the general deaf community
in general is two things. The 21st Century Communication And Video Accessibility Act.
That Act proposed in 2010 That act help us, the deaf community to get information equal
access to others. The internet today is outstanding and video in general. There’s no captioning
before this act. This act require the internet to add captioning to every video streaming
on the in the internet, and we can see and gather information equal to others. This is
very very important, because these days, daily use and sources for the internet . Another
act is the ADA- American Disability Act, that was a huge impact on me and the deaf community,
because it made sure that I have equal access to communication access. For example, two
things, if I needed an interpreter, an interpreter can be placed for communication access, and video relay services . Video
Relay Service is the interpreter is on the television screen, and I sitting and signing
and the intepreter will relay my message to the hearing person, and outstanding technology
for me. Another example is ADA require access to alarms Strobe Lights- if there’s an alarm,
I recognize, and see it the person, like myself, can react. So both of these policies is very
critical to the deaf. LW: It is so interesting, the first act, that you talked act, the technology
act, 21c communication ,
I apologize, I have never heard of it, So Thank you. I guess it is an act that people-hearing
people never haven’t heard about—or at least I heard about it, and I go on the internet
all the time
and you never hear about it, so thank you Tiffany. The next thing I want to talk about
is, can you teach me a word or some words that you think might be helpful and useful
for hearing people and the audience to learn so we can communicate with you and your friends
TP: Well I think I have 5 cool words you see to start communicating with a deaf person.
The first one is H..E….L…L..O.. or H..I.. either of those two. The second one would
be , H..O..W..A..R…E..Y..O..U.. or H..O.W..I..S..G..O..I..N..G.. The third one is T..H..A..N..K. Y…O..U..
Thank you. The fourth one is. W..E..L..C..O..M..E.. and the fifth on is G..O..O..D.. that’s mean
good , Thank you LW: How do you say Tiffany? TP: Lower T. That’s the sign for Tiffany.
LW: Thank you and if you have questions about this other policy issues, please go to the
AUCD’S webpage and look for this week’s Inbrief and if you have any questions about
this edition of Tuesday’s with Liz, please leave them in the space below. Thank you and
I look forward to talking with you next week. Thanks and have a good day.


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