For more than 10 years, HEARD and our communities have pushed for accessible telecom for incarcerated people and their loved ones through our #DeafPrisonPhoneJustice campaign. Last week, the FCC finally ordered what HEARD and those we serve have been demanding for all these years – specifically, they said that incarcerated people with communication disabilities must have access to ALL forms of telecommunications relay services.
There is still more work to be done, but we are grateful to all of the incarcerated people, loved ones, and community members who stayed bold and steadfast in their demands and advocacy over the past decade. We all made this possible.
[Video Description: Title page with blues and greens stating “Important HEARD Announcement: Federal Communications Commission September 29, 2022 Vote Update” in white text. Video fades to Esperanza, a light skinned Latinx person with brown hair down, wearing a black short sleeve shirt with HEARD logo printed front on it, standing behind a white wall, using ASL. Video fades to Talila “TL”, a dark brown skin Black gender neutral person waring a Black high-necked knit sweater seated in a naturally lit room with a solid white wall as the backdrop. Video fades to Kaj, a white man with long light brown hair wearing a black button down shirt. He is sitting in a black chair in front of a beige background. Video fades to Trinity, a dark-skinned Afro-Indigenous person wearing a black short sleeved shirt with HEARD logo on the front, wearing a light blue headscarf. She is standing in front of a white background with bracelets visible on her wrists, using ASL. Video fades to Roxanne, a white person with short brown hair wearing a black short sleeve t-shirt. They are standing in front of a beige background and various tattoos are visible on each of their arms. The rest of video shows Kaj, Esperanza, TL, and Trinity in that order. The video fades to white with the HEARD logo in the center]