Celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day With Expanded Languages, Screenings and a New Collection


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Growing up on the southside of Chicago, there was nothing like a night at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. From the building’s ornate gold detailing, the velvet curtains that enveloped the stage, to being ushered to the front, my family and I felt like celebrities. I remember the details of this historic home for entertainment so fondly because it was where my family and I went for special American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted performances. As a Child of Deaf Adults (CODA), I had the privilege of seeing the world with a deep appreciation and understanding for the lived experiences of my parents and the Deaf community I was raised in. It inspired me to make every experience we had feel like a night at the Chicago Cadillac Palace Theatre.

How we access stories has changed a lot. Whether it’s video conference calls, texting, or the flashing doorbell, nowadays technology can build bridges to access for many people living with disabilities. That’s why today, to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), I’m excited to announce that we’re expanding our language availability of Audio Descriptions (AD) and Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (SDH). Starting this month and into 2023, these features will be made available across more of our catalog and in more languages including Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, and French. For decades, your access to entertainment was determined by where you lived and what language you spoke, meaning that until recently people who needed AD or SDH could only enjoy a story if it was made in their local language.

By increasing our SDH and AD language availability to over 20 languages, we hope to give all of our members the ability to see their lives reflected on screen, no matter where you’re from, what language you speak, or what abilities you have. We are also introducing new badges for our shows and films that have AD and SDH on Web and iOS to make it easier to discover stories suited for your needs. 

At Netflix, we’re also telling more stories by and with people with disabilities in mainstream culture. That’s why we’ve launched our first-ever collection, titled “Celebrating Disability with Dimension,” featuring over 50 shows and films with characters or stories about people living with disabilities. With over 1 billion people living with disabilities globally, the opportunity to tell more inclusive stories and bond within our communities over storytelling is tremendous. We will also be hosting Accessibility Screenings in select countries globally to bring our AD and SDH features to life outside of the living room and discuss ways to make entertainment more accessible.

I’m excited to continue this work to connect our members to these stories through technology, upcoming accessibility screenings, and our new collection. Let’s make new memories together.

Learn more about Heather’s journey and her role at Netflix by clicking play on the video above.

VIDEO: 9 to 5 With Heather Dowdy

17th Annual Celebrating Words Festival

Join our festival and receive free books! Aiming to be the leading event to put free, quality, and culturally relevant books in our community’s hands!

Celebrating Words Festival

Celebrating Words Festival

LOS ANGELESMay 2, 2022PRLog — The 17th annual Celebrating Words Festival is back outdoors and in person and will be held on May 21, 2022 from 2-7pm inside the Vaughn G3 Academy campus located at 11200 Herrick Ave. Pacoima, CA 91331

The Celebrating Words Festival provides an accessible, brave, and dynamic space that encourages creativity and supports intellectual growth and healing, in the vital and unique way that arts and literacy can.

Access to free books in the area is non-existent and we aim to be the leading event to put free, quality, and culturally relevant books in our community’s hands. Since 2018, we have distributed 3,650 books.

The Celebrating Words Festival book giveaway is intentionally designed to be a literacy resource that supports our community in becoming active readers and owners of personal libraries. 1,000 books will be given away for all ages, in English, Spanish and Bilingual. Books will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. 1 per person.

You can access our Book Giveaway Catalog here, for all our book selections for the giveaway.

This event is family-friendly and for all ages. All programming and parking details will be available on our Website.

We will also have Free art posters, bookmarks, and our 2nd Edition of the CWF coloring book featuring local NESFV artists.

Coloring Book Artists:

● Cecilia Lopez, IG: cecilialopez_art

● Alexis Davila, IG: my.morning.doodles

● Desiboo Creations, Desiree Sanchez, IG: desiboocreations

● VLY GRL, Alisa Damaso, IG: vly_grrrlInsomnia Art

● Elvia Aguirre, IG: aguires.art

● Juan Pablo Reyes, IG: jpmurals

Bookmark Artists:

● Victor Zuñiga, IG: victorz

● Imagine Vivid, Vanessa Gomez, IG: imaginevivid_vmg

Poster Artists:

● Ms. Yellow, IG: msyellowart

● Izuriel Marquez, IG: izurielmarquez

CWF Main Stage 2-7 pm

Kalpulli Temachtia Quetzalcoatl with our Opening Ceremony

Prestigio Mundial, Plaza Comunitatia Sinaloa, Alex Infinity, Son del Valle, Poetry, Gr818ers

Rhythm Arts Alliance, and our headliner, Viento Callejero!

Street Poets: 2nd Stage- 3-6 pm

Street Poets will host our first ever 2nd for CWF! They will host an array of poetic acts and performances: Red Hen Press- Kids Open Mic, Rhythm Arts Alliance, Jail Guitar Doors, LA Poet Society, and an Open Mic for anyone who wants to participate.

Creative Engagement Booths: Outdoor public art workshops for all ages to participate in a diverse range of arts and literacy activities. Workshops will run during the festival and be placed throughout the festival space including:

Healing Through Writing by Co-authors Jesus “JFLOW” Flores and Angel “SGN” Romero

Light Up Clothespin Craft by DIY Girls

Interwoven Storytelling through Quiltmaking by Monica Juarez

Community Mural | Mural Comunitario by Desiboo Creations

PRINT THAT STUFF!! Celebrating words with ink and block printing with Tarjetitas con Amor

Polaroid Lift with Erick Iniguez

Paper cards and found object earring workshop with D Castro

Plant Care Workshop with Mr. List

Educational Components:

Community Mothering Panel by CSUN Ethnic Studies Education Pathways Project,

From Trauma 2 Transformation Art Activation,

OUR VOICE NOW Documentary Premiere

Comics Workshops with Javier Rodriguez

Resource Fair: Organizations will be tabling and offering their resources to attendees.

Project Rebound, Dream Center, Plaza Comunitaria Sinaloa, Pacoima Beautiful, Pacoima Neighborhood Council, Helping Hands Resource Center, Climate Resolve

Latino Outdoors and VACAcicleta.

Press & Comics Row: Featuring AK Press, ‘Lil Libros, Con Todo Press, LA Poet Society Press, and FLower Song Press.

Artisan Mercadito and Food Vendors with local vendors selling all their handmade art and delicious food.

Thank You to our Sponsors for supporting the vision of Celebrating Words Festival:

Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

Los Angeles Educational Partnership

First 5 LA

Valley Presbyterian Hospital

Pacoima Neighborhood Council

Vaughn Next Century Learning Center


WE RISE is an initiative of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health that encourages wellbeing and healing through art, connection, community engagement, and creative expression. For more information, please visit werise.la

About Tia Chucha’s:

The mission of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural is to transform community in the Northeast San Fernando Valley and beyond through ancestral knowledge, the arts, literacy and creative engagement.

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Volunteer Opportunities for all ages! Please email bookstore@tiachucha.org

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Celebrating Women in Fortnite: Redeemable Items, Featured Islands, and More


This March, in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, Fortnite is celebrating women with free items to redeem, featured Islands by women creators, and an iconic artist line-up on Icon Radio. In April, tune into the “Women of the eRena Featuring Fortnite” tournament series! Learn more about what’s happening in and around Fortnite to celebrate women.

Redeem Free Special Items

Available for free in the Item Shop, there are four special items you can add to your Locker starting March 7 at 7 PM ET. These items will be in the Shop all the way through March 14 at 8 PM ET:

  • Per Aspera ad Astra Wrap

  • Heart Sign Emote

  • I Am Fearless Lobby Track (music by Emmy Meli)

  • Hop and a Wink Spray

The Heart Sign Emote is a synced Emote: the heart above your hand grows if another player does the Emote with you!

Hub and Discover Row Featuring Islands by Women

From March 9 at 10 AM ET to March 15 at 9:59 AM ET, jump into the Redcap Village Creative Hub made by creator dummblond. This Hub will highlight exceptional and celebrated Islands from women creators. Additionally launching on March 9 is the Celebrating Women row in the Discover page!

Speaking of Creative, the Celebrating Women Flag prop was added to the game earlier this month.

Iconic Sounds on the Radio

Icon Radio’s on the air for March! This month, the station’s spotlighting a wide range of women icons in music. Turn to Icon Radio in your Joyride vehicle and drive along to songs by these artists. 🎵

Women of the eRena (WOTE) Featuring Fortnite

The festivities go beyond March! Starting in April, women from the Fortnite pro and content creator community will be competing in Women of the eRena (WOTE) Featuring Fortnite. Consisting of three invitational tournaments in 2022, each tournament will have a $75,000 prize pool. The first tournament starts Sunday, April 10, at 5 PM ET!

WOTE Featuring Fortnite will be produced by eFuse. Stay tuned to eFuse’s social channels for how to watch, as well as the dates and times of the next two tournaments in the series.

While playing in Battle Royale this March, you may notice that the night sky looks different! Drop into BR to see how the festivities light up the night. 

Rainfield Farm Celebrating 10 Years Growing Local Vegetables

LA PORTE, Ind.Feb. 16, 2022PRLog — Rainfield Farm super boost to produce is turning 10! You heard right, this all-natural, sustainably-sourced & leafy green brainchild of lovebird indie farmers Shane Hansen and Sarah Dillon is soon to be celebrating ten energetic years of ethically harvested cultivation. They’ve been growing fresh certified naturally grown produce for Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan grocery stores, restaurants and their ever growing Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

Rainfield Farm is an alluring collection of fields strategically placed around the abundant landscape of fragrant pines and rolling hills to ensure the smallest possible amount of impact on the natural environment. So no trees were harmed in the making of our masterpiece, nor the leveling of these charming Midwestern hillocks, one small hike over which you might come across yet more fields at play with the growth of over 65 varieties of produce throughout the year.  “It was important to create a farm that works with nature and after 10 years I think we’ve shown it can be used as an example for beginning farmers,” says Shane Hansen, Rainfield Farm’s owner.

You might be surprised to find neither Hansen nor Dillon were raised in the farming world. Hansen’s pre-farming background is primarily nightclub and event marketing management in nearby Chicago. Dillon — Arizona native and transplant of Portland, Oregon — previously worked at Nike, venturing East for a change of pace to explore her passion for home gardening.  While running a modest farm of her own in Michigan City, she first experienced this little corner of the Midwest interning at Crème de la Crop, an organic CSA farm.  The two met at the Michigan City Farmers Market, becoming fast friends and merging ideas for the foundation of an independent business with a strong relationship with the community.

Much of Rainfield’s success is due to a consistently expanding CSA program. Its the easiest way for consumers to get to know their farmers and where their food comes from. Members pay in advance to secure a spot and so farmers have access to funds to purchase items like seeds and compost, without having to take on additional debt before the season starts. “The freshness and variety is like no other. We are blessed to be a member of this CSA community and getting to know Shane and Sarah.” – Jo & Tom Dodd, Beverly Shores residents and fourth year CSA members.

Each year over 120 families sign up to become members of their CSA program for access to fresh local produce.  How fresh you might ask?  All produce is harvested in less than 24 hours of CSA pickup and delivery, meaning the produce is as fresh as if you grew it yourself.  And there is no food waste — All extra produce is donated to Cultivate Food Rescue for use in their “backpack program,” providing hope (and a backpack full of fresh veggies) to help in the fight against food insecurity in Northwest Indiana, or the Harris Family Foundation, serving families in need. Is this community farming, or what?

And if you’re in need of a little R&R, wouldn’t you just know it but Rainfield offers a joyous stay  at one of two tiny homes spread across the farm. Spend a few days relaxing in nature, taking a  respite from modern life and easing away in one of the hammocks. These two super hosts will greet you along with maybe a rescue pup or potbelly pig to say “welcome to the farm”.

More information about Rainfield Farm visit: www.rainfieldfarm.com

Canada – Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Every year, on February 11, we celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science – an opportunity to recognize the participation of women and girls in science and to promote full and equal access to these opportunities.

February 11, 2022

Ottawa, Ontario – “Every year, on February 11, we celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science – an opportunity to recognize the participation of women and girls in science and to promote full and equal access to these opportunities.

It is so important that we encourage and support all women, girls and those who identify as non-binary to lead and innovate in whatever field they choose, particularly science. When youth see a diversity of people excelling in science, it supports belief in their own dreams and goals that they too can rise to the challenge and become leaders in these fields.

This year, Ocean Networks Canada, an initiative of the University of Victoria, in partnership with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Girl Guides of Canada is launching a new national program to encourage youth to celebrate and participate in the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development by way of an interactive challenge. The Ocean Decade Challenge contains fun and engaging ocean science learning activities and is open to youth of all genders across the country to participate and receive a crest from Ocean Networks Canada. The challenge, co-designed with Girl Guides of Canada, will empower youth, and especially girls, to be actively involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

I want young people to know that a career in science is within reach, especially here at Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Please join me in celebrating women and girls in science and those aspiring to join!”

Claire Teichman

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard