Rabu, 26 September 2012

ASL is a Gift Translated by Deanne Bray

"ASL is a Gift" is a poem written by Julie Rems-Smario and translated by Deanne Bray. Final revision of ASL translation on September 21, 2012. It was June 2012 when Wayne Betts gave one small suggestion in adding something to ASL. He signed SI5S. I expanded on that idea and made this version into the translation that I am fully content and will stick to this. Here is my ASL translation of ASL is a GIFT in American Sign Language. Happy Autumn!

Julie Rems-Smario wrote...

ASL is a gift of language

ASL is a gift of embracing

ASL is a gift of understanding

ASL is a gift of communication

ASL is a gift of dignity

ASL is a gift of acceptance

ASL is a gift of creativity

ASL is a gift of intelligence

ASL is a gift of connection

ASL is a gift of expression

ASL is a gift of healthy self-esteem

ASL is a gift of creating a whole child

ASL is a gift of human rights for your Deaf child

ASL is a gift of love.

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Cop Kicks Legally Deaf Man in the Face During Arrest

COLD LAKE, AB. - Raw Video: Cop Kicks Legally Deaf Man in the Face During Arrest in Cold Lake, Alberta.

A YouTube video of an Alberta RCMP officer kicking Richard Claybert in the face has sparked an investigation and caught the attention of the province.

According to a statement released by RCMP, three officers from the Cold Lake detachment responded to complaints of a noisy party in a parking lot of a community hall early Saturday, Sept. 22. While responding, one of the party organizers asked for police assistance in clearing the crowd. An intoxicated man refused to leave and two officers began the process of putting the man under arrest while the third officer continued crowd control. According to Metro Edmonton, it was the third time police were called to the hall that night.

RCMP have identified the man being arrested as 21-year-old Richard Claybert.

In the grainy, shaky footage posted to YouTube, Claybert appears face-down on the ground while two officers attempt to handcuff him. Onlookers taunt and yell at the officers and you can hear one man shouting "Seven-11 for the rest of your life, man. Seven-11," although it is not clear whether it is coming from a bystander or an officer...

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/09/26/richard-claybert-kicked-in-face-cold-lake-rcmp_n_1916888.html

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Aidan Mack Hosts Talk Show For The Deaf

Westchester Newsday - Croton woman hosts talk show for the Deaf.

Television is a visual medium, but most talk shows just aren’t the same on mute. One Croton-on-Hudson woman is turning the traditional interview format on its head by telling her guests to talk with their hands.

Independent producer Aidan Mack has teamed up with White Plains Community Media (WPCM) to produce “The Aidan Mack Show,” in which Mack interviews guests exclusively in American Sign Language. The show will be one of the first of its kind designed specifically for Deaf audiences.

“I realized that I wanted to reach a larger audience, the hearing community, and work with them to become more comfortable interacting with Deaf people, regardless of language differences,” she said. “At the same time, I also want to dispel the misconceptions and myths about Deaf people, and show that Deaf people do live normal lives like everyone else.”

Read more: http://newyork.newsday.com/westchester/westchester-now-1.3784383/croton-woman-hosts-talk-show-for-the-deaf-1.4037650

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Selasa, 25 September 2012

The Trajectory of Change: Deafhood and Social Activism

The Trajectory of Change: Deafhood and Social Activism in American Sign Language.

In this vlog, many years ago, my world was flat along with zero tolerance in accepting my identity as state of being Deaf and ignore Deaf world knowledge. Paddy Ladd was the center of the rare world where he evolved an intelligent discussion of academic world known as "Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood" who dwelled critical findings in the caves of Deaf people.

Once departing the cave, his work made my eyes see the thunder and observed lighting strike the cave, stealing it forever, delivering the message.

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Rochester's Deaf Population Among Largest Per Capita in U.S.

ROCHESTER, NY. - Rochester has more Deaf and Hard of Hearing residents per capita than the national average and a larger Deaf population than many other similarly sized cities, a new report out of Rochester Institute of Technology has found.

Rochester’s sizable Deaf community has often been assumed but was never quantified until the report, written by Gerard Walter and Richard Dirmyer from RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

The study found other cities have more total Deaf residents per capita, but among college and working aged people, Rochester has one of the largest populations in the country. In particular, the study found Rochester has far and away the highest percentage of Deaf residents enrolled in secondary education, likely driven by NTID.

“Often times it’s difficult to understand how many people are really in the community,” said Thomas Pearson, director of the National Center for Deaf Health Research at the University of Rochester. “This has been a real challenge for anyone interested in the field.”

Using American Community Survey data, Walter and Dirmyer found there are 43,000 Deaf or Hard of Hearing residents in the Rochester metro area, about 3.7 percent of the population. That’s higher than the national average, which is 3.5 percent.

Rochester doesn’t have the highest population per capita as is often suggested, however. The report only looked at a handful of cities, but found 3.9 percent of Pittsburgh’s population is Deaf or Hard of Hearing. The authors of the report attribute that to more elderly residents living in Pittsburgh than in Rochester, and the onset of age-related deafness.

Read more: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20120925/NEWS01/309250048/Rochester-Institute-of-Technology-deaf?odyssey=nav|head

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Black American Sign Language and American Sign Language Are Different Languages

THE WASHINTON POST - Sign language that African Americans use is different from that of Whites.

Carolyn McCaskill remembers exactly when she discovered that she couldn’t understand white people. It was 1968, she was 15 years old, and she and nine other Deaf black students had just enrolled in an integrated school for the Deaf in Talledega, Ala.

When the teacher got up to address the class, McCaskill was lost. “I was dumbfounded,” McCaskill recalls through an interpreter. “I was like, ‘What in the world is going on?’ ”

The teacher’s quicksilver hand movements looked little like the sign language McCaskill had grown up using at home with her two Deaf siblings and had practiced at the Alabama School for the Negro Deaf and Blind, just a few miles away. It wasn’t a simple matter of people at the new school using unfamiliar vocabularly; they made hand movements for everyday words that looked foreign to McCaskill and her fellow black students.

So, McCaskill says, “I put my signs aside.” She learned entirely new signs for such common nouns as “shoe” and “school.” She began to communicate words such as “why” and “don’t know” with one hand instead of two as she and her black friends had always done. She copied the white students who lowered their hands to make the signs for “what for” and “know” closer to their chins than to their foreheads. And she imitated the way white students mouthed words at the same time as they made manual signs for them.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/sign-language-that-african-americans-use-is-different-from-that-of-whites/2012/09/17/2e897628-bbe2-11e1-8867-ecf6cb7935ef_story.html

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Deaf Man Shot During Attempted Robbery

KENSINGTON, PA. - (WPVI ABC) -- Deaf man shot during attempted robbery in Kensington.

Philadelphia police are investigating the shooting of a Deaf man in Kensington early Tuesday morning.

The shooting happened around 4:15 a.m. on the 1800 block of East Thayer Street.

Police say a Deaf man in his 20s was sitting on the front steps of a house with some friends when a suspect approached and announced a robbery.

Investigators say the suspect demanded money from the victim but the man did not understand. That is when the suspect fired a shot, hitting the victim in the stomach.

The victim was taken to the hospital and is listed in critical condition. Read more: http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=8823746

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Deaf Culture and Community Will Likely Disappear

Prediction 30 years from now, Deaf culture and community will disappear! As seen on article: Deaf Gerbils 'Hear Again' After Stem Cell Cure

BSL Zone: The End

A drama envisaging a terminal decline of Deaf culture.

We are therefore currently only showing this film with subtitles.

Here's the linked to watch video: http://www.bslzone.co.uk/bsl-zone/zoom-focus-the-end/

Whether you are hearing or Deaf, it is recommended to watch this film with subtitles. There is spoken content which Deaf people will struggle to understand without subtitles, and there is British Sign Language which many hearing people will not understand.

This film was written and made with Deaf and hearing people in mind, and the film-makers really wanted to make a crossover film from the perspective of Deaf people and Deaf culture.

Ted Evans (Writer/Director) and the team behind The End quite rightly want the film to be accessible for everyone - However watching the film without subtitles would prove to be very difficult.

We are therefore currently only showing this film with subtitles.

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Senin, 24 September 2012

Deaf Couple Who Are Taking Pranks & Spanks To The Next Level

TruTV Top 20 Most Shocking. Video with captions.

Famous Deaf couple presentation on "PrankandSpank" videos, Annette and Scott from Canada, they were on TruTv before last year in the top 20 for paint face prank but it was number 14 now again they made it and jumped up the charts to the top 3! Thank you all for making this possible.

Video source by Eric Nusbaum for recording and sending Scott the file as the producer was supposed to notify him when the clips were going to be aired as they don't have TruTv channel in Canada.

Spank and Prank Tweets "We're a Deaf couple who are taking pranks to the next level. The spank at the end of the prank is a way of saying you got PWNED!"

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Best Kitchen Mishaps Prank Compilation

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Mentos and Diet Coke Almost Takes a Girl Head Off!

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Video Clip of Matt Hamill at UFC 152, Win Over Roger Hollett

TORONTO - UFC 152 coverage on Yahoo! Sports - Matt (The Hammer) Hamill's return to the Octagon was less than thrilling. Hamill may have won his first post-retirement bout with a decision over Roger Hollett, but he didn't win many fans with the slow, plodding bout. The crowd at UFC 152 in Toronto booed the bout, and the fight was panned on social media. Read more: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mma-cagewriter/injured-matyushenko-calls-hamill-win-weak-fight-051727820--mma.html

UFC 152: Matt Hamill Returned Because of Promise Made to Grandfather

Matt (The Hammer) Hamill talks about his return to the Octagon at UFC 152, a win over Roger Hollett, feeling rusty after a long layoff, the promse he made to his grandfather, and much more with MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani.

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Rare Footage of Matt Hamill's College Wrestling Days! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aecrm8aF-Xk

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Loud Shirt Day Flashmob

Loud Shirt Day Australia - The Loud Shirt Day Flashmob is LIVE!

Wear your support for Deaf children. Register now for Loud Shirt Day: http://www.loudshirtday.com.au

What is Loud Shirt Day? Loud Shirt Day is the perfect way to show your support for Deaf children.

Loud Shirt Day is a fun one day event on Friday 19 October 2012 when you can wear your brightest clothes (love ‘em, hate ‘em, whatever) and raise money to help give the gift of sound and speech to Deaf children. Whether you fancy stripes, florals, polka dots or paisley, as long as its got colour and pizzazz, it will be perfect for Loud Shirt Day.

If you’re the social and energetic type, why not organise an event at work, school or with friends? Create a theme – wear your best and brightest frock, the most hideous shirt, the most outrageous outfit – and get people to contribute on the day for the honour of participating (and having a really good time).

Any excuse for a get together is good. Have it over morning tea, lunch, and don’t forget the catwalk parade!... Read more: http://www.loudshirtday.com.au/about

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Movie Highlights Deaf Sports Camp With NBA Star

DENVER, CO. (KMGH ABC 7 NEWS) - Colorado film, 'Spirit of Love,' highlights Deaf community and life of NBA star, Mike Glenn. 'Spirit of Love: The Mike "Stinger" Glenn Story' takes basketball legend's story to big screen. The film will be presented with sign-language and captioning for all audiences. Anne Trujillo reports.

The recreation center in the heart of Denver's Swansea-Eylria neighborhood is busy for the fourth day of filming.

"Action! Rolling camera A," yells a young woman wearing headphones.

There are teens everywhere. Some are operating cameras and computers. Some are making their film debuts as young actors. There's even a retired NBA player in the mix.

All are under the careful direction of Colorado film producer Darla Rae.

"Make sure you keep your energy up. I need to feel the excitement in your voices," said Rae to the group of boys practicing their lines standing next to retired NBA player, Mike "Stinger" Glenn.

For nearly two weeks various locations in Denver have been transformed into scenes to replicate rural Georgia and locations where Glenn grew up.

"It's a feature film based on the story of how I established the nation's first basketball camp for the Deaf and hard of hearing," said Glenn.

Rae argues it's that and so much more. She says the film is named "Spirit of Love" after an award with the same name that Glenn received from the NBA Players Association honoring him for the positive impact he's had on Deaf communities across the country.

Read more: http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/colorado-film-spirit-of-love-highlights-deaf-community-and-life-of-nba-star-mike-glenn-

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Jumat, 21 September 2012

ZVRS: Exclusive Interview With Matt Hamill

Video with Subtitles - Famous Deaf person presentation on Matt "The Hammer" Hamill biography in American Sign Language. Exclusive interview with Matt Hamill by ZVRS.

Hamill was a freestyle wrestler who won gold and silver medals at the Deaflympics, and had only started training in MMA a mere six months before being cast for the show.

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Mosdeux - The Deaf Family

Video with Subtitles - Mosdeux is a Deaf owned film studio which develops, produces and distributes film. It has produced several feature and short films targeting the Deaf and hard of hearing communities.

The Deaf founders, Chad W. Taylor and Wayne Betts, Jr. established Mosdeux to bring the cinematic perspective to the Deaf community with stories originating from the Deaf community. Read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosdeux for more information.

Mosdeux - The Deaf Family - Part 1 of 12. Enjoy watch the comedy videos!

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Kamis, 20 September 2012

Marlee Matlin Fears For Deaf Stem-Cell Treatment

Marlee Matlin tweets concerns about a possible stem cell cure for deafness.

British researchers have been able to rebuild nerves in the ears of gerbils, and it is believed the same technique could one day be applicable to Deaf humans. However, Oscar-winning actress Matlin, who has been Deaf since she was 18 months old, is worried about the implications of the development. Matlin has been tweeting her mixed feelings about the recently announced “stem cell cure” for deafness.

Matlin commented that millions of Deaf Americans who communicate in sign language do not regard deafness as a "handicap" or a "'disease' to cure." She posted these comments on Twitter: “Imagine how I must feel with my children with me at the grocery store and someone says "I heard there's a cure for your deafness!" Think.”

"Deafness cure" is trending. My concern is that it's bigger than a "trend." It involves people and not as simple as the 4 letters in "cure." According to The Telegraph, some Deaf people feel that they don’t need to be fixed by medical intervention. The National Association of the Deaf says that many profoundly Deaf people who sign consider themselves to be part of a unique linguistic group through sign language and a unique Deaf culture.

Matlin's comments reflect the views of many members of the Deaf community...

Read more: http://www.examiner.com/article/marlee-matlin-tweets-concerns-about-a-possible-stem-cell-cure-for-deafness

CAD Launches VRS Petition

Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD) has launched online VRS petition:

Here's the link to sign the online petition launched by the CAD to demand a permanent Video Relay Service (VRS) in Canada.

Join us to sign the petition to demand that the House of Commons, Government of Canada, Ministers of the Crown and Members of Parliament to support a permanent national Video Relay Services (VRS) in Canada by this fall 2012 with official spoken languages (English and French) and signed languages (American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des Signes Québécoise (LSQ)). Read more: http://www.cad.ca/news_events_en.php?newsID=114

Also consider forwarding this to your friends, family, co-workers and anyone who wants to support the Deaf community in this petition. Why not post it on your Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites to get the word out too?

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Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD) is poorly on social media, which there is no video channel or set up the account on YouTube as well. Canadian Deaf politicans running their efforts poorly on VRS issue within the social media. Shame on CAD!!!

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Deaf Motorcross Rider Succeeds, Inspires

CNN - Deaf motocross rider Ashley Fiolek won't let her disability keep her from dominating the Vice-Versa MX women's circuit. Ashley is not only making waves as a female rider in the male dominated sport of motocross, but she's doing it without the ability to hear.

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Kansas Budget Cuts Are Bad News For KSD

OLATHE, KS (KSHB NBC) - Kansas budget cuts could mean bad news for the Kansas State School for the Deaf.

A mandate to cut the budgets for Kansas state agencies could be bad news for a school in Olathe, Kan., that's been helping children since 1861.

In the kindergarten classroom at the Kansas School for the Deaf , kids are learning to communicate using their hands instead of their voices. They are immersed in American Sign Language.

Like the 140 other students at the school, they will be immersed in deaf culture during their years here, learning to cope in a hearing world.

Mary Grove is a KSD senior. She's been a student here since she was 4 years old.

"This is my second home, you know, and the people here are my family,’' she said.

KSD doesn't just serve the kids on campus -- its outreach program supports 255 students and 87 teachers in 108 districts across the state....

Read more: http://www.kshb.com/dpp/news/state/kansas/budget-cuts-threaten-150-year-old-kansas-school#ixzz274GYfjZ1

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Court Legal Interpreting Coalition: Share your Experience

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Court Legal Interpreting Coalition (CLIC) Can Help you. Share your experience and stories with us. Did you get an interpreterfor your day in court? Did you understand your interpreter? Did the interpreter understand you? We want to collect your information, your experiences and any concerns you may have encountered in the legal process and court system.Tell your story.

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Jumat, 14 September 2012

Reframing Pledges by Deaf/Coda/Hearing Interpreters

Vlog in American Sign Language - Exploring power and privilege: Reframing Pledges by Deaf/Coda/Hearing Interpreters. Interpreters from a retreat share their thoughts on the power of reframing.

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ADA Effective Communication - Title III in ASL

Video with Captions - ADA Effective Communication: Title III in American Sign Language.

ADA Effective Communication using Title III and ASL from the Disability and Communication Access Board - Honolulu, Hawaii.

Communication Access Provisions Title III of the Americans with Disability Act for Public Accommodations: http://hawaii.gov/health/dcab/docs/fact_sheets/ca_pa.pdf

Lack of effective communication. ADA effective communication systems tool in the ongoing battle against disability discrimination. In a recent in-depth article assessing the impact of the ADA in Hawaii. http://dredf.org/international/paper_y-g.html

Legal Resources - Disability Rights: The ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act): Questions and Answers, visit http://www.davislevin.com/facts_adaqa2.html for more information.

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Kamis, 13 September 2012

Only Deaf Fighter To Compete Under The UFC Banner

TORONTO - (SPORTSNET UFC) - Another hill for Hamill to climb at UFC 152. Matt (The Hammer) Hamill makes his return to the Octagon at UFC 152 against Canadian Roger Hollett. It is Hamill's return to the UFC after a year-long retirement, and is just one more challenge for the 35-year-old who was spent his entire existence on this planet defying the odds.

Hamill broke through to the public consciousness during season three of The Ultimate Fighter, the season that featured Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock as coaches and was eventually won by Michael Bisping. Viewers were enthralled with Hamill's story, being the only Deaf fighter to compete under the UFC banner.

Hamill was a freestyle wrestler who won gold and silver medals at the Deaflympics, and had only started training in MMA a mere six months before being cast for the show. Viewers not only loved his “Rudy”-like inspirational story, but also enjoyed his interactions with his coach Ortiz, who admitted Hamill “reminds me a bit of me.”

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Should We Get Rid of Small d in Deaf ?

Vlog in American Sign Language - Should We Get Rid of Small d in Deaf ?

Transcript: The topic about small d and big D for Deaf bothers me. I don't know about you but I have mixed feelings because it splits the groups as those who are labeled as small d and big D.

According to Deaf in America, Voices from a Culture, I am raising a question if the idea if outdated. Why? In 1972, James Woodward proposed "to use the lowercase deaf when referring to the audiological condition of not hearing, and the uppercase Deaf when referring to a particular group of deaf people who share a language -- ASL and a culture." ~From Deaf in America, Voices from a Culture. As seen on article: Got D for Dandy and for Deaf?

I used to think that way before as I had studied about it back in the 80's. At that time, most people seemed to agree about the concept. But now my thinking about it has changed. Why? I have several reasons to get rid of small d/big D concept but still keep the big D only. Why?

Even a person who don't identify themselves as a Deaf person and is not immersed in ASL and Deaf culture call themselves alternatively such as hearing impaired, hard of hearing or a person with a hearing loss as they avoided labeling themselves deaf which is their decision so why should we continue to use small d? What should we do with a small d in Deaf? Just get rid of it! But continue to use big D. Why? Here are several justifications.

Must we know the language? Yes, it is important but allow me to present the points. People, in general, who belong to their ethnic groups like Italian, African, etc. Do they use small i in Italian, nor small a in African although not all of them know the language or even culture especially here in America but we still refer them capital I in Italian-American or a in African-American. I am Italian but I don't know the language so should I call myself small i? Heck, no because it doesn't work that way. So why should it be different for the Deaf?

The big D in Deaf is used regardless of not having full understanding of ASL or Deaf culture. They will continue to go through a process experiencing what we call Deafhood. They will get to that point. Let's say when they finally get to the meat of ASL and Deaf culture, then they "graduated" to earn a big D? No! Deafhood is a process. That's why this kind of thinking is considered new that caused me to question whether or not that topic in the book is considered outdated.

Do you think that no, we should keep on labeling small d and big D or keep the big D for all regardless of not having the knowledge of ASL and culture and that big D represents a cultural group anyway.

Read more: http://deafprogressivism.blogspot.com/2007/10/should-we-get-rid-of-small-d-in-deaf.html

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Rabu, 12 September 2012

Walk For American Sign Language

Video with Captions - A 30-Day walk for ASL. Striding for the right to be! Mission Statement

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Sarah Churman Book Excerpt: Deaf Woman Describes Hearing for First Time

ABC News - Sarah Churman's 'Powered On' details her life's journey and offers unique insights from the perspective of a woman who has experienced both sides of a disability.

Sarah Churman, 29, was born with a tiny fraction of her hearing. Last year she had surgery to implant a new device, The Esteem, into each ear. Her mother-in-law cashed in her retirement to part of the $60,000 bill.

Before Sarah and her husband, Sloan, left for the hospital to have the surgery, Churman's mother-in-law made one request of her son: film Churman's reaction to hearing for the first time. The 90-second clip has gone viral, having been viewed more than 14 million times.

Churman tells her story in a memoir titled "Powered On," which will be released soon by Indigo River Publishing. Here is an excerpt... Read more http://abcnews.go.com/Health/sarah-churman-book-excerpt-deaf-woman-describes-hearing/story?id=17221083#.UFFcSnphuSo.

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Deaf Gerbils 'Hear Again' After Stem Cell Cure

Media Video: Deaf gerbils 'hear again' after stem cell cure.

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UK researchers say they have taken a huge step forward in treating deafness after stem cells were used to restore hearing in animals for the first time.

Hearing partially improved when nerves in the ear, which pass sounds into the brain, were rebuilt in gerbils - a UK study in the journal Nature reports.

Getting the same improvement in people would be a shift from being unable to hear traffic to hearing a conversation.

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However, treating humans is still a distant prospect. Fergus Walsh reports.

However, in about one in 10 people with profound hearing loss, nerve cells which should pick up the signal are damaged. It is like dropping the baton after the first leg of a relay race...Read more http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19570024.

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Deaf Police To Monitor Security Cameras

OAXACA, MEXICO (BBC) - The Oaxaca government has invested 56 million pesos ($4.4 million) to place at least about 230 security video cameras in the downtown historic city of Oaxaca and the suburbs that are monitored by deaf and speech impaired police. The camcorders are 15 meters (49 feet) high and can reach various points simultaneously with an infrared camera. Ignacio Villalobos Carranza, Deputy Secretary for the Ministry of Public Security of Oaxaca, said most of the monitoring of the 230 cameras is done by law enforcement officials that are hearing or speech impaired. He noted these police officers have a very strong deaf and visual sense and can better detect what is happening in different places where the cameras are located; they can often remotely read the conversations of people, to the benefit of this security system that operates 24 hours a day. Spanish-language video from BBC Mundo


Deaf police to monitor security cameras in Mexico - The ability to lip read conversations is a fantastic advantage, but the project raises the question of whether deaf people would actually be better at security monitoring in general. As far as I know, there are no studies comparing hearing and deaf people on specific monitoring tasks but there is evidence that deaf people have certain advantages in visual attention. This isn’t vision in general, such as having sharper visual acuity – where there seems to be no difference, but there is good evidence that deaf people are better at noticing things in the periphery of vision and detecting movement. This potentially makes them perfect for the job and likely better than their hearing colleagues. So the project turns out to be a targeted way not of recruiting ‘disabled people’ into the workforce, but of recruiting the ‘superable’. In fact, turning the whole idea of disability on its head. Source: http://mazmessenger.com/2012/05/26/quick-news/deaf-police-monitor-security-cameras/

Save Deaf Young People's Support At School

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Watch a video explaining why the government is making changes to Deaf young people's support at school. Help us by signing the petition at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/34073

National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS), the leading charity dedicated to creating a world without barriers for Deaf children and young people. Visit http://www.ndcs.org.uk/ for more information.

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Deaf Black Culture in Film Social Awareness Movement

Deaf Black Culture in Film Social Awareness Movement @ Tyler Perry Studios.

The mission is simple:

• To spread and increase awareness about the lack of Deaf African-American actors cast in roles in the mainstream movie industry and in television.

• To increase recognition for Deaf Talents of Color who are performers, sign language & culture coaches, stuntmen, filmmakers, directors, producers, writers, cinematographers, etc. in the mainstream movie industry and in television.

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Selasa, 11 September 2012

HIV in the Deaf Community of South Africa

SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA (CNN) - Video with english subtitles: John Meletse is deaf activist. That is just part of his story. Filming this video for the organisation human rights watch. John Meletse is opening up about being deaf, gay, and HIV positive. John Meletse discusses his personal experiences and struggles, and his desire to help others. He's is inspiring the community to communicate openly about sex, but is finding new ways to communicate with text messaging and social media in which a role model for the Deaf community. Videos source by: http://www.cnn.com

Ear Implants Stolen

WILLOUGHBY HILLS, OH (FOX8) - Deaf man makes plea for return of ear implants. A local rugby player had his ear implants stolen this past Saturday, and he says they were only 5 feet away!

It’s a big deal because Allen Lee, 23, is legally deaf in both ears and he needs his implants to work. Allen plays rugby for the Cleveland Eastern Rugby Team and was at a match in North Chagrin Park when someone took his bag that contained the implants.

Hazel Lee, Allen’s mother, called FOX 8 in a desperate attempt to track down his stolen hearing aids. Park rangers said they wish Allen would have reported the crime on Saturday – the day it happened – so they could have started their search right away.

Read more: http://fox8.com/2012/09/10/man-makes-plea-for-return-of-ear-implants/

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Senin, 10 September 2012

Nothing To See Here - Just An Anti-Masturbation ASL Video

Nothing To See Here - Just An Anti-Masturbation ASL Video Made By Jehovah’s Witnesses, Soundtracked To R. Kelly.

On the official Jehovah’s Witnesses website, there’s a section for those who require sign language, because even the deaf need to know that Christmas is an evil pagan holiday. In between videos for “Blood Fractions and Surgical Procedures” and “The Bible’s View on Divorce and Separation,” there’s one called “Gain the Victory Over Masturbation.” ...

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Early Language Acquisition of Deaf Babies & Toddlers

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Why is it important for Deaf babies to acquire American Sign Language (ASL) or other signed languages as their first language? By having full access to a natural, rich, and visual language, their age-appropriate language development will allow them to enter kindergarten ready to learn, preventing them from falling behind in their education.

Phonology is the earliest state of acquisition. For spoken languages, phonology is the distribution and patterning of speech sounds that, when uttered as a whole, speech becomes a word. In sign languages, phonology includes handshapes, eye-hand coordination, space and movement, and facial expression. Starting at 4 months, babies, deaf and hearing, develop phonology skills by fixating on specific signs or sounds. They play with these signs and sounds on their own, which then leads them into lexical meaning.

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Deaf Man Bashed For Pizza

MELBOURNE, AU (7NEWS) - In a shocking act of violence, a young man with a hearing impairment has been bashed over a pizza. A Melbourne man says a brutal attack on his hearing-impaired son over a pizza was beyond understanding and the attacker might strike again.

EOIN Murphy, 20, is recovering from his injuries after being assaulted in the inner suburb of Clifton Hill about 6.30pm (AEST) on Sunday, June 3 after picking up a pizza.

Police say he was heading to his local milk bar to buy a drink when an attacker kicked him twice in the stomach. The attacker laughed and fled with the pizza.

Read more... http://www.news.com.au/national-old/laughing-thug-bashed-deaf-man-for-pizza/story-e6frfkvr-1226410136468

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Deaf Bronx Murder Suspect Wants His Confession Video Tossed

NEW YORK CITY (NewYork Post) - EXCLUSIVE - Deaf Bronx Murder Suspect Wants His Confession Video Tossed. Here's a video clip of murder suspect...

Justice is blind, but that’s no help if you’re deaf. A suspect in a Bronx murder is trying to get his videotaped confession tossed because he says he was misunderstood and confused by a sign-language interpreter.

Following a tip, cold-case investigators nabbed Gabriel Thompson, 48, in 2010 — 25 years after he allegedly stabbed and killed a man who was having an affair with Thompson’s live-in girlfriend.

Prosecutors say Thompson confessed to the murder, but he claims the cop who interpreted his answers during an interrogation ignored his request for a lawyer and misconstrued him.

Thompson says it was also not clear to him that the person asking questions during the session was actually a prosecutor trying to gather evidence to charge him with the murder of Miguel Lopez.

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Stop Bullying Deaf Children !

Video clip of the Stop Bullying Deaf Children ! Deaf vow to be silent..."NO MORE" !

This dance piece was created for Free the Children's Vow of Silence Campaign. What are you silent for? Free the Children Video-Vow of Silence Dance Piece

530 A.D. - Benedictine Monks invent signs to circumvent "Vow of Silence". These signs may have been used later in attempts to teach Deaf children. http://www.aslinfo.com/trivia.html

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Jumat, 07 September 2012

Deaf Wrestler 'Jonathan Link'

PERTH, AU - Jonathan (Link) Hardy, of Safety Bay, Australia picked up the Platinum World Wrestling Rookie of the Year title in the US recently for his achievements and training during his first year of wrestling.

He toured the US with two other wrestlers, one of whom was Luke McKenna (Craven) from Rockingham, who won the International Wrestler of the Year award against other wrestlers from Australia, US, Japan and Europe.

Craven was in the US for three months before Jonathan joined him.

“He came over for the experience after only six months of training and won the Platinum Wrestling Rookie of the Year, which was amazing as he is the only Deaf wrestler ever to do that.”... Read more http://www.inmycommunity.com.au/news-and-views/local-heroes/Local-wrestlers-do-well-overseas/7548525/

Wrestler Biography of Jonathan Link

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Biography: Jonathan Link is the worlds 1st international travild Deaf wrestler althow there has been other Deaf wrestlers befor him non have traviled international who were profoundly Deaf. this makes Jonatahn link the 1st in his feald to do so Jonathan Link was born in perth W.A Australia he got his start with AAW wrestling in perth when he was just 20 years old since then he has wrestled all over America with platnum wrestling lead by the Internationl Super Star Erico who took Jonathan Link under his wing during which time Jonathan link was seen in japan on Sameri T.V then it was Canada where he meet former wwe Super Star Chris Thorn Who also took Jonathan Link to new hights with his carrier.

Jonathan Link has been seen wrestling all over Australia with AWF wrestling and any one who has seen him wrestel has said he is a sight to behold. Visit www.allactionwrestling.com.au for more information. Video source masotelophotography

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How Much Can Deaf People Achieve ?

Hey! look what I can do! - How much can Deaf people achieve?

Made by a group of Deaf young people, this animation shows a Deaf young person seeing how much Deaf people can achieve after being put down by her sister. Funny, entertaining as well as being informative. Includes subtitles and in-vision interpreting. Visit http://www.biomation.org.uk for more information.

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Hope For The Deaf

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Isaiah 55 Deaf Ministries explains how Instituto Isaias 55 in Reynosa, Mexico is transforming the lives of Deaf children.

Isaiah 55 Deaf Ministries (MISION ISAIAS 55) is a grace-based mission that evangelizes the communities of mexico through the education of the Deaf - an unreached and often neglected people group. A vital part of this mission is ministering to volunteer work teams as they join us in fulfilling the great commission. Visit http://www.isaiah55.org for more information.

Isaiah 55 Promotional: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lse1Uv5ZneM

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Deaf Video Web Comedy Episodes

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Advise: Restricted of the language throughout and some violence in comedy way. Enjoy watch comedy video.

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International Deaf Awareness Week

International Deaf Awareness Week 2012 at Toronto, Canada.

September 18-24th 2011 is the International Deaf Awareness Week.

So many events to enjoy!

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"What is it like to be Deaf?"

People have asked me.

How are you Deaf? Deaf?... Oh, hmm... how do I explain that? Simple: I can't hear. No, wait... it is much more than that. It is similar to a goldfish in a bowl, always observing things going on. People talking at all times. It is like a man on his own island Among foreigners. Isolation is no stranger to me. Relatives say hi and bye, but I sit for 5 hours among them. Taking great pleasure at amusing babies, or being amused by TV. Reading books, resting, helping out with food. Natural curiosity perks up. Upon seeing great laughter, crying, anger. Inquiring only to meet with a "Never mind", "Nothing" or "Oh, it's not important". Getting a summarized statement of the whole day. I'm supposed to smile to show my happiness. Little do they know how truly miserable I am. People are in control of language usage, I am at loss and really uncomfortable there. Always feeling like an outsider among the hearing people, even though it was not their intention. They are always assuming that I am part of them by my physical presence, not understanding the importance of communication. Facing the choice between Deaf Event weekend or a family reunion. Facing the choice between the family commitment and Deaf friends. I must make the choices constantly, any wonder why I choose Deaf friends??? I get such great pleasure at the Deaf clubs, before I realize it, it is already 2:00 am, Whereas I anxiously look at the clock every few minutes at the Family Reunion. With Deaf people, I feel so normal, our communication flows back and forth. Catch up with little trivials, our daily life, our frustration in the bigger world, Seeking the mutual understanding, contented smiles and laughter are musical. So magical to me, so attuned to each other's feelings. True happiness is so important. I feel more at home with Deaf people of various color, religion, short or tall. Than I do among my own hearing relatives and you wonder why? Our language is common. We understand each other. Being at loss of control Of the environment that is communication, People panic and retreat to avoid Deaf people like the plague. But Deaf people are still human beings with dreams, desires, and needs To belong, just like everyone else. That's how I am DEAF."

It's TRUE!!!!

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Metropolitan Police: Signing Stories

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PC Amanda Davies and PC Lindsay Sprott (on secondment to the Met) talk about why they learnt to sign in British sign language and how it helps them in their roles as police officers.

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Kamis, 06 September 2012

Scottish Yachtsman Become The First Deaf Person To Sail Non Stop Around The World

GLASGOW, UK - Video with Subtitles - Scottish yachtsman in a bid to become the first deaf person to sail single handed non-stop around the world, Gerry Hughes set sail from Troon Marina at 12.00pm on Saturday 1st September 2012.

A Scottish teacher who was born profoundly deaf is aiming to be the first deaf person to sail single-handed, non-stop around the world past all five capes – a journey made famous by the likes of Sir Francis Chichester and the legendary Sir Robin Knox Johnston.

This undertaking, being a landmark in the achievements of this incredible adventurer will also serve as beacon to the Deaf community and any of the many individuals who look to Gerry as a role model. Crowds gathered to witness this momentous and historic occasion. Helen Moonie, Lord Provost of South Ayrshire was there in person to give her personal greetings and stepped on board the yacht to wish Gerry well and is looking forward to welcoming him back to Troon shores. Both Gerry and Quest III were blessed by Reverend Richard Durno and there were emotional scenes as Gerry bade farewell to close friends and family before waving up to the onlookers as he prepared to set sail.

Scottish production companies AC2.com Productions Ltd and Incorporated Media have joined forces to document this historic attempt and with footage shot by Gerry himself will create an intimate, emotional and inspiring record of his incredible journey. SWNS was also there to capture the story in pictures for the National Press. You can follow Gerry's progress on the site via updates from Gerry as and when they are received. Please also see http://www.facebook.com/groups/GerryHughesQuestlll for further coverage.

We all wish Gerry the very best of luck and look forward to his safe return!

Visit http://www.gerrysmhughes.com for more information.

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