Jumat, 08 Februari 2013

NAD & Deaf's Public Health Concerns

VIDEO: National Association of the Deaf and Deaf's public health concerns in American Sign Language.

While watching National Association of the Deaf's recent vlog found here at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSkoNrtNxwo announcing their latest projects, Deaf community noticed practically all NAD leaders and officers are overweight or out of shape.

Is it a concern? Yes.

Is it reflective of health issues as a Deaf Community? Unfortunately also yes as health crisis is highly prevalent within the Deaf community.

NAD should add initiatives in creating task force to raise our socioeconomic status, utilize several social constructs such as self-efficacy, social cognitive, and self determination theories in developing creative solutions towards healthier behaviors, create task force to address poor health status within our community, AND take personal accountability as leaders in setting examples for others by getting healthier themselves.

Video by MrDeafRyan

NOTE: this vlog is NOT meant to offend their weight or body figures, but... it is reflective of a problem that's prevalent within our community.

Cute Deaf Puppy Dumped On Busy Highway

VIDEO: Hundreds calling with adoption questions on Deaf puppy dumped near Portage County highway.

AKRON, Ohio - An estimated 800 people have called One of a Kind Pets Rescue to inquire about a Deaf puppy that was left inside a cardboard box near a highway last month.

"Everybody wants to meet this puppy that has gotten so much exposure," said Georjette Thomas from One of a Kind.

The puppy, a 9-week-old Jack Russell terrier mix named Cara, was found in a shoebox on the side of Tallmadge Road in Brimfield Township on Jan 12.

She had a hairline fracture in a front leg and open wounds. Animal experts determined the puppy was Deaf after she didn't respond to commands.

Video by WEWSTV

"To think that this puppy was disposable by somebody or to somebody is unfathomable to us," Thomas said.

Since news spread that Cara is available for adoption, One of a Kind has been flooded with calls and visitors.

Many people have already filled out adoption papers and dozens more are expected. ... Read more: http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/akron_canton_news/hundreds-calling-with-adoption-quesions-on-deaf-puppy-dumped-near-portage-county-highway


Deaf puppy left in shoebox on Brimfield highway up for adoption.

BRIMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio - The Deaf Jack Russell terrier dumped in a box on the side of Tallmadge Road last month is ready to go to a real home.

Police Chief David Oliver is still looking for the person who abandoned the disabled dog on the side of a busy highway.

The pup, named "Cara," is now available for adoption at One of a Kind Pets in Akron.

"Cara is still a little peanut, but she appears to have doubled her size," says a story on petfinder.com. "She is Deaf and does very well mimicking the other dogs in her foster home. She follows the pack."

A motorist spotted the pooch and brought the dog to the police station. Oliver posted a picture on the department's Facebook page, where it has generated a lot of interest.

The puppy was turned over to One of a Kind Pets in Akron. ... Read more: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013/02/home_sought_for_deaf_puppy_lef.html

Kamis, 07 Februari 2013

Can Christian Smoke Marijuana ?

VIDEO: Can Christian Smoke Marijuana in American Sign Language.

Can christian smoke marijuana? Marijuana (Cannabis) legalization taking form in Washington state and Colorado.

75% Say it's okay for christians to smoke marijuana recreationally.

Is smoking weed a sin? How is marijuana any different? Genesis 1:9 and Joshua 1:9.

Find more details on Cannabis: http://www.activistpost.com/2012/03/poll-75-say-its-okay-for-christians-to.html

Video by deafbiker2001

ASL signed and video edited by deafire: http://www.dareministries.org.

Deaf Awareness: Deaf To The Image

VIDEO: 'Deaf to the image' Documentary film - 70min et 54min - 1995. Emmanuelle Laborit talks about her Deaf identity and her vocation to be an actress, alongside this, French and German Deaf artists evoke their resistance through creation.

Scenario: Jeanne Soral et Brigitte Lemaine. Available with english or german subtitles.

Video by QuadraFilmCoalition

Produced by: Bayerischer Rundfunk / Deutsche Welle TV / Centre Pompidou.

Distributed by: CNRS Images.

Festivals: Berlin, Vancouver, Lille.

Prizes & Awards: Festival de Bruxelles.

Broadcasting: Planète, RTBF, TSR, Duna TV, Canal Vie.

Camera: François Ede, Steven Gruen, Christian Dransfeld.

Sound: Julien Cloquet, André Rigaut, Andy Buclow.

Editing: Agnès Molinard.

Music: L.V. Beethoven.

Distribution : contact@quadrafilmcoalition.com

Deaf Demonstration In Kenya

VIDEO: Deaf Demonstration in Kenya.

NAIROBI - As the preparation for the first ever presidential debate in Kenya gathers momentum, Kenyans' excitement and eagerness for this historic debate is very evident.

But unfortunately this is not the case for the Kenya National Association For The Deaf as they held protests yesterday at the Ministry of Information demanding for their right to access information.

Video by Gbs Kenya

Source: http://gbskenya.com/2013/02/deaf-demonstration/

Deaf Awareness: Deaf Not Different

VIDEO: Deaf Awareness: Deaf Not Different in subtitles.

In 'Deaf Not Different', get to know four teenagers from Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia, whose aim in making this short film was to advocate for themselves and develop awareness in their community about what it is to be Deaf. We hope you enjoy watching and understand a little more about these extraordinary and yet regular teenagers!

Video by BD EP

World Deaf Surfing Championships At Oahu, Hawaii 2013

VIDEO: World Deaf Surfing Championships at Oahu, Hawaii 2013.

The Deaf only contest held at the Queens break which is typically a 1 to 4 foot high mushy right popular with longboarders.

Deaf competitors will be flying in from places like Israel, Brazil, Basque, Ireland, England, Uruguay with over three-fourths of the total competitors coming from the United States, Australia and Japan.

Competitors will be competing in open and age group shortboarding, longboarding and bodyboarding. There is even speculation that tandem and SUP events may be thrown in under a "free-expression" category at the last minute if there is enough interest.

Video by Noisy5N5

The event is being coordinated by the Hawaii Deaf Surfriders Association with support from the United States Deaf Surfriders association. ... Read more: http://www.surfline.com/surf-news/_90876/

Check it out on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/International-Deaf-Surfriders-Association/121033813883.

Visit: http://www.deafsurf.org for more information.

Gay Deaf Man Sues D.C. Jail For Mistreatment

VIDEO: FOX 5 - Deaf man alleges mistreatment at D.C. jail.

WASHINGTON, DC - A former inmate in the District of Columbia correctional system is suing the city for alleged mistreatment. The D.C. man is Deaf, and the lawsuit claims he was unable to effectively communicate during his period of confinement. It also alleges his treatment got worse when he complained.

44-year-old William Pierce is profoundly Deaf. He wound up with a 60-day sentence in the city's correction system after an altercation with his partner resulted in a conviction for simple assault.

At the order of the judge, Pierce actually wound up in the Correctional Treatment Facility to get help. The CTF adjoins the city jail.

Arthur Spitzer, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation's Capital, said in an interview: "There was no interpreter there for [Pierce] at intake, or at any of his medical appointments, he had some medical problems or at any of his classes. He was taking an anger management class, and he didn't know what was going on. He didn't know what people were saying. He couldn't participate in the group discussion(s)."

The lawsuit says, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, accommodations for the Deaf must be made so inmates can communicate. Things got worse for William Pierce when he complained, according to his attorney. ... Read more: http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/20943928/deaf-man-alleges-mistreatment-at-dc-jail#axzz2KD4UbjPN

Washington Blade - Gay Deaf man sues city for mistreatment.

WASHINGTON, DC - In a lawsuit filed in federal court on Feb. 1, a former D.C. jail inmate who’s Deaf and gay, accuses the city’s Department of Corrections of engaging in disability-related discrimination by refusing to provide him basic services required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

William Pierce, 44, who was sentenced to two months in a city jail for an assault conviction, charges in the lawsuit that jail officials repeatedly refused to provide a sign language interpreters as required by law and retaliated against him for complaining about his conditions by placing him in solitary confinement.

Pierce, who has HIV, was given only three of the four HIV medications he had been taking at home and was unable to understand why prison doctors changed his medication regimen because of the lack of a sign language interpreter, the lawsuit says.

It says the emotional distress Pierce suffered due to the alleged discriminatory treatment was heightened when jail guards handcuffed him shortly before his mother arrived for a visit, preventing him from communicating with her in sign language.

The District of Columbia needs to be held accountable for its outright discrimination and reminded that people with disabilities cannot just be locked away and ignored,” said Arthur Spitzer, legal director of the ACLU of the Nation’s Capital, which filed the lawsuit on Pierce’s behalf in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Spitzer said most of the alleged discriminatory actions against Pierce took place at the D.C. Jail’s Correctional Treatment Facility. The CTF is operated by the Corrections Corporation of America, a private company under contract with the city.

“D.C., in turn, needs to hold the Corrections Corporation of America accountable for its continued disregard for the wellbeing of the individuals the city has placed in its care,” Spitzer said in a statement. ... Read more: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2013/02/06/gay-deaf-man-sues-city-for-mistreatment/

Deaf Students Lack Interpretors

The Montana Kaimin - Deaf students outnumber interpreters 2-1; school struggles to meet demand.

MISSOULA - A shortage of sign language interpreters in Missoula has left the University of Montana stretching resources thin for Deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Denise May, the lead interpreter at UM, said Missoula County Public Schools and the University already employ every certified interpreter who wants to work in the region.

"Interpreters are scarce and we could use more," May said. "For example, tomorrow, besides covering all the classes, there's a rodeo club meeting, a mid-year report, a Montana Council for Exceptional Children conference, and others have called asking for interpreters that can work in the community."

There are eight full-time Deaf students attending the University this semester double the number of available full-time sign-language interpreters at UM.

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires businesses and universities to provide equal access to persons with disabilities including effective communication services. ... Read more: http://www.montanakaimin.com/news/article_ed86fc92-70e8-11e2-b6fb-001a4bcf6878.html

TMZ: Exclusive Interviews With John Maucere

VIDEO: TMZ - Exclusive Interviews with John Maucere of Super Bowl XLVII National Anthem.

Super Bowl 2013 Sign Language Guy - I Got Hand Insurance.

LOS ANGELES - John Maucere tells TMZ, his hands are just like Dolly Parton's boobs ... Jennifer Lopez's butt ... or Tom Jones' chest hair, so valuable they need their own freakin' insurance policy but there's a lot more to sign language than just hands.

John Maucere -- who signed "America the Beautiful" and the national anthem at the big game was out in L.A. yesterday with his interpreter when we asked how important it is to take care of your hands as a professional sign language-er.

John raised his hands, joking, "I have insurance." He added, "Hands are important, but you should know American Sign Language isn't specific just for hands.

Video by TMZ

There's a lot happening on my face, with my mouth, with my body, the emotions, everything. That makes the entire language."... Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2013/02/06/super-bowl-sign-language-john-maucere-hand-insurance/


Super Bowl 2013 National Anthem in American Sign Language.

Video by Xiomara Moreno

At the opening of the Super Bowl 2013, John Maucere interpreting the National Anthem in American Sign Language.

Maucere is a Deaf actor chosen to represent the National Association for the Deaf.

John Maucere Got Hand Insurance

VIDEO: TMZ - Exclusive Interviews with John Maucere of Super Bowl XLVII National Anthem.

Super Bowl 2013 Sign Language Guy - I Got Hand Insurance.

LOS ANGELES - John Maucere tells TMZ, his hands are just like Dolly Parton's boobs ... Jennifer Lopez's butt ... or Tom Jones' chest hair, so valuable they need their own freakin' insurance policy but there's a lot more to sign language than just hands.

John Maucere -- who signed "America the Beautiful" and the national anthem at the big game was out in L.A. yesterday with his interpreter when we asked how important it is to take care of your hands as a professional sign language-er.

John raised his hands, joking, "I have insurance." He added, "Hands are important, but you should know American Sign Language isn't specific just for hands.

Video by TMZ

There's a lot happening on my face, with my mouth, with my body, the emotions, everything. That makes the entire language."... Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2013/02/06/super-bowl-sign-language-john-maucere-hand-insurance/


Super Bowl 2013 National Anthem in American Sign Language.

Video by Xiomara Moreno

At the opening of the Super Bowl 2013, John Maucere interpreting the National Anthem in American Sign Language.

Maucere is a Deaf actor chosen to represent the National Association for the Deaf.

Rabu, 06 Februari 2013

IRS Dog Talks In American Sign Language

Video: Where taxpayers with disabilities can find online help from the IRS (American Sign Language, Captions and Audio)

Lex and Lucy, the Tax Time Canines, introduce taxpayers with disabilities to accessible products and services from the IRS.

Video by IRSvideosASL

Visit http://www.irs.gov/uac/IRS.gov-Accessibility for more information.

Gallaudet Marks 25th Anniversary of 'Deaf President Now' Protests

WJLA - Gallaudet University marks 25th anniversary of 'Deaf President Now' protests.

WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University is marking the 25th anniversary of the “Deaf President Now” protests. The grassroots effort was launched by students in 1988, generating national and international headlines and resulting in the university’s first Deaf president.

When the Board of Trustees selected the only hearing candidate as Gallaudet University’s next president 25 years ago, students organized a week of protests, chanting “Deaf president now.”

“I can remember when we were looking for a Deaf president I actually made a comment that I hope we see a Deaf president in my lifetime. So I think that gives you an example of how far away it seemed to me,” says Fred Weiner.

Since 1988, three Deaf men have served as president of the university. This week, they gathered to reflect on the so-called DPN movement’s anniversary.

“Expectations were very high, very, very high,” says Dr. I. King Jordan, Gallaudet’s first Deaf president. “But there were also expectations that I couldn’t succeed.

People told me to my face that we doubt you can succeed as president.” Most students attending the reunion were not even alive in 1988... Read more: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/02/gallaudet-university-marks-25th-anniversary-of-deaf-president-now-protests-84899.html

Related News: Deaf President Now Protest - Gallaudet University: https://www.gallaudet.edu/gallaudet_university/about_gallaudet/dpn_home.html

Video of the Day: Best News Bloopers 2012

Video of the Day: Best News Bloopers 2012.

A collection of the best local news bloopers that hit the internet in 2012. Enjoy watch the video clips.

Video by FunnyLocalNews

Best News Bloopers Of 2012 (Part 1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gZhRfx2qLc

Best News Bloopers Of 2012 (Part 2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KThBCn_xJOY

Best News Bloopers Of 2012 (Part 3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pT1Ngb4ffYQ

Best News Bloopers Of 2012 (Part 4) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nwt_0diyt5Q

Best News Bloopers Of 2012 (Part 5) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EW9xwA3mYyE

How To Caption YouTube Videos

Video: How to caption YouTube videos.

Captioning your YouTube videos not only makes them more acessable for the hearing impaired, but they also make the contents of your video more accessible to YouTube.

Once YouTube knows exactly what is being said in your video you will be more likely to rank when people search for related words or phrases.

Video by vidiseo

Did you know a very simple way already exists in the YouTube interface to add captions?

Follow along with one of your own videos and watch your views increase. Visit http://vidiseo.com/how-to-caption-youtube-videos/ for more information.

Related: See the original #captionTHIS video - #captionTHIS

Selasa, 05 Februari 2013

Deaf Want A Fair Hearing On Film & TV Subtitles

Video: Maltese Deaf people want a fair hearing on film and TV subtitles.

Valletta, Malta - The quality of life of Deaf people would dramatically improve if subtitles were introduced on TV and in cinemas, according to campaigners.

“Think how much general knowledge you get from the TV,” said Alison Vere from the Deaf People Association, which is behind the Subtitles Now campaign launched recently.

“With the exception of the five-minute Deaf News in Maltese sign language, local TV is inaccessible to Deaf and those hard of hearing,” she added.

Organised jointly with film culture NGO Kinemastik, Subtitles Now is promoting the introduction of sub-titles on TV and more screenings of subtitled movies in cinemas.

Video by kinemastik

The campaign released a video on Youtube to drive home its message: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5D_y2G5els.

It starts with sound and sub­titles so that all people can understand what is happening, but then the captions disappear and all the dialogue is conducted in sign language.

Eventually the sound of Bob Dylan singing the words “How does it feel?” from Like a Rolling Stone can be heard and a caption asks, “How does it feel to see but not hear?”

Ms Vere said deafness was an invisible disability because it went unseen unless people were communicating in sign language or wearing visible hearing aids.

If their campaign is successful, it would “provide a quantum leap in the quality of life of Deaf Maltese and would also help increase Deaf literacy.”

Association president Steven Mulvaney visited the UK recently and was amazed to find he had the option of closed caption subtitles on every programme on the TV in his hotel room, available through the push of a button.

The association would like Maltese Deaf people to have the same option... Read more: http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20130205/local/Deaf-want-a-fair-hearing-on-film-and-TV-subtitles-.456320

The Best and Worst Super Bowl Ads

Video: Super Bowl 2013: The best and worst commercials.

The dozens of commercials that aired during the big game and evaluate them with fresh eyes. For the Best and Worst Super Bowl advertising. So, let us not forget on this national holiday dedicated to advertising that these Super Bowl ads, good and bad, are crafted by real human beings. People who have hopes and fears very much like our own but also have $3.8 million to spend on 30 seconds of airtime.

The 5 best Super Bowl commercials of 2013.

The Ravens won the game, but which advertiser won the laughs and viewers in between the action on the field? Watch the Super Bowl’s best commercials this year: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2013/02/04/the-5-best-super-bowl-commercials-of-2013/

The 5 worst Super Bowl commercials of 2013.

The 49ers only lost by a few points, but these advertisers lost big, ticking off viewers with sexist or unfunny commercials. Watch the worst commercials of this year’s Super Bowl: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2013/02/04/the-5-worst-super-bowl-commercials-of-2013/

Superbowl commercials / ads / previews from 1960 to 2013 served up with our signature snarky reviews. Visit the largest Super Bowl Commercials site. http://www.superbowl-commercials.org

Funniest Super Bowl Commercials of 2013! (Top 10 Super Bowl Ads) Best 2013. Best and Worst.

The funniest super bowl commercials of 2013 in one video!

Video by CodByNight

Top 10 of Super Bowl Commericals.

10. Doritos® - Goat 4 Sale - Crash the Super Bowl 2013 Finalist.

9. M&M'S Love Ballad Commercial.

8. NEW E-TRADE Baby Game Day Commercial - Save It.

7. Skechers - GOrun 2 - Man vs Cheetah Big Game Commercial.

6. Doritos® - Fashionista Daddy - Crash the Super Bowl 2013 Finalist.

5. Space Babies 2014 Kia Sorento Big Game Ad.

4. Viva Young - 2013 Taco Bell Game Day Commercial.

3. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe - Big Game Ad - Team.

2. OREO - Whisper Fight.

1. Hotbots 2014 Kia Forte Big Game Car Ad.

Click this link to watch last years funniest super bowl ads: http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=enzkdcCE8s4

Settlement Reached In Lawsuit Involving Deaf & Blind Students

Video: KHON2 - Settlement reached in lawsuit involving Deaf and Blind students.

HONOLULU - A multi-million dollar settlement has been reached in a sex assault lawsuit involving Hawaii Center for the Deaf and Blind. It's been a year and a half since the State was sued by a group of students at the school. The students alleged they had been sexually abused by other students.

Friday, the attorney representing the group announced that a multi-million dollar settlement has been reached. A spotlight was cast on the Hawaii Center for the Deaf and Blind in the Kapahulu area in 2011, after police started investigating allegations of widespread sex abuse between classmates.

In August 2011, Honolulu attorney Michael Green filed a lawsuit against the state, on behalf of 50 to 60 students.

Video by KHONNewsHawaii

"What we found out was, and I never thought about this, that we had children who were the aggressors, we're talking about sodomizing boys, boys on boys, boys on girls, girls on girls, in the bathroom, on school buses, in the bushes, that because no one seemed to care it seemed like it was okay. So people who were victims became aggressors. And you know that part that maybe affected me the most aside from the fact it's happening to young people, and people that have disabilities is that if you cry out who can hear you? If you have blind students who can see it?" said Green.

The State has now agreed to pay $5M to settle the lawsuit - money that'll go to the victims, and to pay for counseling and treatment... Read more: http://www.khon2.com/news/local/story/Settlement-reached-in-lawsuit-involving-deaf-and/qEdZ6YT6_EuWYDo6tVhRPg.cspx

Deaf Boy Sexually Assaulted

Video: WPBF - Mom says she caught suspect raping son inside abandoned house.

Fort Pierce, Fla. - Jose Macias, 63, raped 13-year-old Deaf boy, police say.

A woman tells WPBF 25 News' Angela Rozier she caught a man, later identified as Jose Macias, sexually assaulting her Deaf son inside an abandoned house in Fort Pierce.

A 63-year-old Fort Pierce man was in jail Thursday, accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy. The boy's mother told WPBF 25 News the incident happened Wednesday afternoon inside an abandoned house located at 202 N. 28th St.

She said she saw her son walk off with a man on a bike. By the time she caught up with them, she discovered them inside an abandoned house.

"(I) kind of caught them in the act," said the boy's mom.

Video by WPBF

According to a police report, the 13-year-old boy identified Jose Macias in a photographic lineup as the person who took him into the vacant house and sexually assaulted him... Read more: http://www.wpbf.com/news/south-florida/treasure-coast/Jose-Macias-63-raped-13-year-old-deaf-boy-police-say/-/8882916/18356212/-/vsiptgz/-/index.html

Deaf Tattoo Convention Berlin 2013

Video: Deaf Tattoo Convention Berlin (English Version)

The first International Deaf Tattoo Convention of the world was held in Berlin. Twelve tattoo artists from many countries took part. More than 900 visitors came to Berlin-Weißensee.

It was great to attend the convention. We have learned a lot and made ​​new experiences. For example, it is not "deaf and dumb", but "Deaf". The Moderation we have completely turned at the beginning and forgot to repeat it again. But that experience at least even more viewers, as it is correct. Thanks also to the organizers, it was cool with you!

Of the convention reported Tattoo Model Mel Riot. The 2nd Deaf Tattoo Convention will be held in September 2014 in Paris.

Deaf Tattoo Convention Berlin 2013.

Video by Berlinaudiovisuell

Zur weltweit 1. Deaf Tattoo Convention trafen sich vom 18. bis 20.Januar 2013 zwölf internationale gehörlose Tätowierer in Berlin-Weißensee. Von der Convention berichtet Tattoomodel Mel Riot.

Es war toll, die Convention zu besuchen. Wir haben einiges gelernt und neue Erfahrungen gemacht. Zum Beispiel, das es nicht "Taubstumm", sondern "Gehörlos" heißt. Die Anmoderation haben wir ganz am Anfang gedreht und leider vergessen, es noch einmal zu wiederholen. Aber so erfahren wenigstens noch mehr Zuschauer, wie es richtig heißt. Danke auch an die Veranstalter, es war cool bei Euch!

Die 2. Deaf Tattoo Convention wird übrigens im September 2014 in Paris stattfinden.

Visit www.Deaf-Tattoo.com for more information.

Jumat, 01 Februari 2013

CODA: Nate Tao - American Idol Season 12

Video: Nate Tao Auditions and Exclusive Interview - American Idol Season 12.

Oklahoma - American Sign Language instructor Nate Tao was deemed "unassuming" by judge Randy Jackson when he walked into his audition. However, his voice is keen to make him stand out from the pack. Nate Tao who is a child of a deaf adult, often known by the acronym "CODA", is a person who was raised by Deaf parents.

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Nate Tao: Road To Hollywood Interviews - AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 12
Video by americanidol

Saying he was both "relieved" and "excited" to be going to Hollywood, Nate Tao reflects on his American Idol audition. Citing his "different look" Nate Tao believes he offers something unique.

Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, television's No. 1 hit series empowers contestants and viewers to share their voices in deciding who will be America's next singing superstar.

Every year, tens of thousands of hopefuls from across the nation audition for a shot at stardom. Idol Judges Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban are currently traveling across the country in search of the next American Idol. They narrow down the competitors to a select group of semifinalists who sing their hearts out each week in front of a studio audience and television viewers.

Nate Tao: Road To Hollywood Interviews - American Idol Season 12: http://www.youtube.com/americanidol

Here's the video clip with closed captioned of Nate Tao with his Dad.

Visit www.natetao.com for more update, details and information.