Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Civil Rights for Deaf People Denied by Big Bank and a Question

I got this from a reputable, active, person on the deaf-blind listserv to which I belong. Some of us, like the person sending this, are culturally deaf. Some of us, like me, aren't. But we try to help one another so if you know someone deaf or hard of hearing who may have experienced this problem, please pass this info. on. Thank you.

Denied Access by Wells Fargo? File Your Claim By Jan 29 |
* National Association of the Deaf *
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) urges customers who were refused
access to Wells Fargo Bank or Wachovia Bank services before June 1, 2011 to
file a claim with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Refused access includes
denial of relay call to Wells Fargo or failure to provide effective communication
such as sign language interpreter for meetings while visiting a Wells Fargo branch.
The DOJ entered into a settlement agreement with Wells Fargo which will pay
up to $16 million to compensate individuals who experienced discrimination
in violation of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when
trying to call Wells Fargo, access Wells Fargo's services, or visit one of
Wells Fargo's retail stores.
Prior to the settlement, Wells Fargo refused to accept relay calls from deaf
and hard of hearing individuals. The NAD led the way in filing over 15
complaints with the DOJ for deaf and hard of hearing individuals against
this illegal practice.
The NAD can help you file your Wells Fargo complaint if you contact us by
12 pm (noon) Eastern Standard Time (EST) on January 25, 2011. You can file
a claim by yourself directly with the DOJ up to January 29, 2012 by following
the link below:
IMPORTANT: All claims must be filed by January 29, 2012.
* 51st Biennial NAD Conference*
"Nothing About Us, Without Us!"
July 3-7, 2012
Louisville Hyatt, Louisville, Kentucky

A Totally Separate Question:

Google wants me to enter a mobile phone number for "security" of my blog, so no one "highjacks" it. First, does Everyone Have a mobile phone? Lots of disabled people do not. I wonder if this Request will become a Demand. Second, have those of you who do me the honor of reading this enter your mobile phone numbers when you occasionally are asked to sign into your blogger account? Do you trust Google with this info.? I suppose that was a bunch of questions, just wondering what others think. Thanks for any answers.

1 comment:

  1. I'll post the NAD information on Facebook. That should get the information out.

    As for using a mobile phone number for Google ... yes, I have seen that message. And YES, I have continued on without providing that information. It's not so much that I distrust Google as that it's an extra step. I don't need ALL of my information to be tied up. So far, the service works without any mobile number being attached.