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  • Book review: WJEC GCSE English and English Language

    Liz's deaf blog
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    As you my readers know, I am back to school and one of my courses I am doing is GCSE English.This above book pictured, called WJEC GCSE English and English Language is one book my tutor recommended to us all in class.WJEC GCSE English and English Language is written by Barry Childs, Ken Elliott, Nick Duncan and Stuart Sage. Spoken Language consultant: Jane Hingley.The book was suggested, as it has tailored resources to help get better grades. Inside the book there are activities to try and then check after to see how you got on.Its a clearly laid out book for the student doing their GCSE…
  • What kind of learner are you?

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    amigout
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:11 am
    Building on my recent questionnaire for my thesis, it would be great if you share what kind of learner you are by taking my survey. Thank you!:) https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2235THB
  • Deaf Network of Texas - Deaf Hospitalist Focuses on Teaching, Co-Management, Pa...

    DeafRead - Best of Deaf Blogs
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    Deaf Hospitalist Focuses on Teaching, Co-Management, Patient-Centered Care From: The Hospitalist, August 2014 Hospitalist team leader, educator Christopher Moreland, MD, MPH, FACP, has changed how peers regard doctors with disabilities by Gretchen Henkel Whats the bigger picture here? Whats the bigger picture here? Hospitalist Christopher Moreland, MD, MPH...
  • 2014 Chicago Walk4Hearing

    SPEAK UP LIBRARIAN
    28 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Today was a beautiful day for the 2014 Chicago Walk4Hearing in Lincoln Park. The temperatures were in the low 70s and the sky was sunny. Walking along Lake Michigan we had cool breezes to enjoy.I was really happy to be walking with my ALDA Chicago friends Kim, Julie, Nathan, Jenifer,  Carol, Marsha K., Marsha S., Beth, and Joe. We were joined by a student named Mimi that I took ASL with last year. We were given delicious cookies and bottles of water before the walk. Afterwards, we were fed slices of pizza and ice cream treats. It was  a really fun event.Of course, the reason for the…
  • “Advanced” Platform

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    edsalert
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    Hullo Folks, FCC now calls Neutral Platform with this new term “Advanced Platform”.  As one person commented, to have a better lipstick, but nonetheless with same lip.  ;-]  So will call it ADV.  I have been wondering about what if ADV finally get onboard, what are the consequences of that for VRS providers? Before I delve into the consequences, let’s assume that this is how the scenario will play out.  I have asked several experts on that and I got two different possible answers; the following thoughts are best guess scenarios. The reason for two different scenarios is that FCC…
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  • What kind of learner are you?

    amigout
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:11 am
    Building on my recent questionnaire for my thesis, it would be great if you share what kind of learner you are by taking my survey. Thank you!:) https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2235THB
  • Hi!

    flower.gal
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:26 am
    Just popping in to introduce myself. :wave: My name is Ash, I live in north central Wisconsin; I have bilateral high frequency moderately severe to severe hearing loss, know "basic" ASL, work in the medical field and have been married for what seems like forever! :) Am looking for new people to meet and hopefully some local to me. Have a great day! ~Ash
  • Taking a stroll down Memory Lane

    Xavier's_Deaf_Mama
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:18 am
    Hello, To start off, I am not new to this forum. :) Some of you may remember me...in a good way...bad way...or so so. Some of you may remember me as: http://www.alldeaf.com/showthread.ph...light=DGirl101 I parted from AllDeaf in a overly bad dramatic way a while back. All I can say is that rather subject everyone to drama...I bowed out and went off to do what I needed to do to get back to who I am and deal with the situation that was going on then. I can say since then I have completed nursing school and now actively work as a Charge Nurse in a senior living home. I gave birth to a healthy…
  • Suggestions for Church Members?

    jbcole
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:18 pm
    My church has a couple of members who have lost nearly all of their hearing and we want them to be able to be more fully engaged in the service. I would like to understand what options are available to help us accomplish this. Both lost their hearing later in life (they are senior citizens) and I don't believe either knows ASL. We have looked into speech-to-text software, but haven't found an affordable system that seems like it will work for this application. I appreciate any suggestions you may have.
  • What Old-School Kids' Toys Are Worth Now

    whatdidyousay!
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:39 pm
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/sell-all-your-toys#vi0i6
 
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  • Deaf Network of Texas - Deaf Hospitalist Focuses on Teaching, Co-Management, Pa...

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    Deaf Hospitalist Focuses on Teaching, Co-Management, Patient-Centered Care From: The Hospitalist, August 2014 Hospitalist team leader, educator Christopher Moreland, MD, MPH, FACP, has changed how peers regard doctors with disabilities by Gretchen Henkel Whats the bigger picture here? Whats the bigger picture here? Hospitalist Christopher Moreland, MD, MPH...
  • At The Rim - Keeping fit can make you deaf too...

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:02 am
    A study done by the National Acoustic Laboratories - which is the research division of Australian Hearing - has found the noise of fitness classes reach sound levels are almost as high as a jet engine. Australian Hearing audiologist Janette Thorburn said circuit and spin classes had recorded average noise levels of 93 and 94 decibels. New research has found gym cla...
  • Deaf Network of Texas - Greater Austin Foundation for the Deaf Providing Aid to...

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    For Release: September 16, 2014 GREATER AUSTIN FOUNDATION FOR THE DEAF PROVIDING AID TO AUSTIN ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF FOR CLUBHOUSE RENOVATIONS Rosemary McGaugh, President, Greater Austin Foundation of the Deaf (GAFD) and Jo Bienvenu, President, Austin Association of the Deaf (AAD), smiled broadly on Saturday evening, September as they stood proudly before the AAD [...
  • Deaf Network of Texas - Deaf Awareness Week kicks off 2014 Oklahoma

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:31 am
    Deaf Awareness Week kicks off September 21, 2014 September 14, 2014 Transcript Staff OKLAHOMA CITY ’ Deaf Awareness Week in Oklahoma kicks off September 21st. The event is celebrated each year in the U.S. during the last full week of September. The Oklahoma School for the Deaf is planning activities to celebrate their rich deaf []
  • Deaf Network of Texas - MNTC hearing-impaired students help train cadets Ok...

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:31 am
    MNTC hearing-impaired students help train cadets BY THE NORMAN TRANSCRIPT The Associated Press September 21, 2014 NORMAN, OKLA. ’ Cadets training to become Norman police officers can gain insight to and exposure with a segment of their communitys population that can be easily missed without the right level of awareness. Through the assistance of some []
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  • 2014 Chicago Walk4Hearing

    28 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Today was a beautiful day for the 2014 Chicago Walk4Hearing in Lincoln Park. The temperatures were in the low 70s and the sky was sunny. Walking along Lake Michigan we had cool breezes to enjoy.I was really happy to be walking with my ALDA Chicago friends Kim, Julie, Nathan, Jenifer,  Carol, Marsha K., Marsha S., Beth, and Joe. We were joined by a student named Mimi that I took ASL with last year. We were given delicious cookies and bottles of water before the walk. Afterwards, we were fed slices of pizza and ice cream treats. It was  a really fun event.Of course, the reason for the…
  • Who is Tinsel?

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:34 pm
    I had a funny thing happen to me during my fundraising for Chicago Walk4Hearing. I just can't resist sharing it with you.A couple days ago I noticed a donation posted by Tinsel on my fundraising page. For more than a day, I could not figure out who Tinsel was. I thought maybe it was one of you, my blog readers, but no one had ever posted a comment and signed it as Tinsel. It finally hit me who Tinsel is - a donkey on my aunt and uncle's farm in Maryland. A while back my aunt had sent me this photo (below) when I blogged about something ear related. More recently, when she and my…
  • Chicago Walk4Hearing Fundraising Update

    9 Sep 2014 | 8:46 pm
    I am very pleased to share with you this update on my fundraising efforts for the Chicago Walk4Hearing which will benefit my local support group - ALDA Chicago as well as the sponsoring organization, the Hearing Loss Association of America.Dear Speak Up Librarian readers, friends, and family,As promised, here is an update on the Chicago Walk4Hearing fundraiser. Due to the generosity of many of you, I have personally raised $735. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your support means so much!The ALDA Chicago team has raised $2,146 (72%) so far towards our total goal of $3,000.The overall…
  • Discovering Deaf Worlds

    6 Sep 2014 | 6:47 pm
    With the permission and blessing of Davin Searls, I would like to share with you this letter reprinted from DDW's annual report. I have been a supporter of DDW since 2010.Discovering Deaf Worlds (DDW) exists because of the stark inequalities that Deaf people face, especially those who live in the developing world. Over 90% of Deaf people in developing countries have no education at all; that's over 200 million who never go to school.DDW exists because out of these millions of Deaf people whom are uneducated, as well as the millions more who are under-educated, many are neglected, taken…
  • Why I Will Be Walking

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Me, Anna Gilmore Hall, Marsha Koppat the Chicago Walk4Hearing KickoffI will be walking in the Chicago Walk4Hearing next month. Why? Because I am personally affected by hearing loss and cope with it every day. By participating and raising funds for this event, I want to support the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and their efforts to advocate for a more accessible world for those of us with hearing loss.I will be walking on the ALDA Chicago team. ALDA Chicago, a chapter of the Association for Late Deafened Adults will receive 40% of the money our team raises. Why is…
 
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    ED'S ALERTS

  • “Advanced” Platform

    edsalert
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    Hullo Folks, FCC now calls Neutral Platform with this new term “Advanced Platform”.  As one person commented, to have a better lipstick, but nonetheless with same lip.  ;-]  So will call it ADV.  I have been wondering about what if ADV finally get onboard, what are the consequences of that for VRS providers? Before I delve into the consequences, let’s assume that this is how the scenario will play out.  I have asked several experts on that and I got two different possible answers; the following thoughts are best guess scenarios. The reason for two different scenarios is that FCC…
  • Todd Elliott’s Letter to DOJ

    edsalert
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
     Hullo Folks, This is an interesting approach by Todd Elliott (click to the letter below).  Todd has been a valuable contributor to Edsalert as his comments are often thought-provoking.    This letter certainly is no different.    He chose to express concerns of the VRS Reforms – particularly Neutral Platform to the Dept of Justice.  Excerpts:  “I want to cover potential unforeseen consequences that may occur for the ‘Neutral Video Communications Service Provider’ (NCP)..” “I am of the opinion that the NCP will…
  • Regulator Cap

    edsalert
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
        Hello Folks,   Been quiet a while on Edsalert.       I will do something different on Neutral Platform (NP) and Reference Platform (RP).  I will take off my Convo corporate cap, take off my edsalert advocate cap, and putting “back” on regulator cap as I was a regulator for 19 years with Texas PUC. Keep in mind, regulator can be a person, agency, or department.      Disclaimer: this will focus on general thinking of typical regulator that is interested in saving costs, and how regulator process the order of NP and RP, not a full…
  • Neutral and Reference Platforms Clarification

    edsalert
    8 May 2014 | 10:57 am
    Folks, After getting feedback from FaceBook and emails, etc.   I’ve decided to try again to explain the concept of Neutral Platform (NP) and Reference Platform (RP).   Let’s focus on ACD first as this term ACD is the key in understanding what NP is.  ACD means Auto Call Distributor.  ACD is the brain/heart of all Call Centers.  Without ACD, VRS cannot be provided.   So Neutral Platform is an ACD.  Referral Platform is not an ACD.  I think confusion came from the fact both use the term “platform”.  RP is just a required…
  • VRS Stand Alone CA

    edsalert
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Stand Alone VRS CA   In the past posts, I focused on Neutral Platform; that is, NP is a government-developed platform that has all the “features” and is available for free for any VRS providers and any interpreting service that wants to turn their services into Stand Alone VRS CA. In this post, I want to focus on Stand Alone VRS CA.  What is “CA”?  That is Communication Assistant which in this case, same as interpreter in relay environment.     Stand Alone VRS Ca basically means any interpreter service provider can apply to the FCC for…
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    Deaf Pagan Crossroads

  • Mabon Snaps

    ocean1025
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    THE HARVEST KING I am the radiant King of the Heavens, flooding the Earth with warmth and encouraging the hidden seed of creation to burst forth into manifestation. I lift my shining spear to light the lives of all beings 
and daily pour forth my gold upon the Earth, putting to flight the powers of darkness. […]
 
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    The Deaf Sherlock

  • Catching up to the last few weeks.

    Sherlock Steve
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Dear Readers and friends:It's been a while since I posted here and it's time I post again..The death of Robin Williams, who died by suicide, hits home very hard. Even for me. Even I have lost a good friend to suicide before. Suicide is NOT the answer. Many people think it's just one way out but it's not. It's death that exchanges life for MORE PAIN than you can bear in death and it's leaving the survivors in pain as well.  Please don't kill yourself. You owe yourself to get help and stay living. Too many people care about you.As the beheadings are going on daily in the middle east by…
  • Summer Polar Vortex 2014? and Gallaudet 150th

    Sherlock Steve
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    G'day readers and friends!Are you all ready for a "MINI" (small) return of winter?Believe it or not, a return of winter is coming back! But only for a short time!!People say "whoa, wait a min! Are you out of your mind?"I assure you I'm not. The news is sharing out that a very spate of cold air is coming out of Canada for the next few days and will hit the mid-West first and then hit up here in the NorthEast area.But be assured, we're not going to really have Winter in the middle of the Summer! But it will be very cool.Meanwhile, people have been asking why that I have not gone to the…
  • Father's Day 2014

    Sherlock Steve
    15 Jun 2014 | 10:24 am
    G'day Everyone and Readers:Today is Father's day 2014.While many families celebrate their living father or mourn for their dad who died, it is a reason to cheer for these men. These are men, who gave their sperm to their wife to bear them a child which earns them the right to be called "Father".It is a noble title that belongs for them.However, there are several times in my life when I nearly have given a woman my sperm to bear a child for me. At one point, it would have looked like I would be a Dad (Father). Unfortunately, it didn't happen.Maybe it's an omen. Maybe not.In the past years,…
  • Don't leave a PADLOCK on the Brooklyn Bridge!!

    Sherlock Steve
    3 Jun 2014 | 2:56 pm
    G'day Everyone and Readers:Everyone has a romantic wish when they visit the bridges of NY. Especially the Brooklyn Bridge!!Read this article:Padlocks on the Brooklyn Bridge!!As you read this article, you had better be fore warned: Don't put any more padlocks on the Brooklyn Bridge.  While it seems romantic to many people to want to seal their love on the Brooklyn bridge as a couple by locking a padlock on the bridge, but many people do not realize the danger and the possible damages they are doing to the bridge out there.The only one way that the New York City officials may have to do is…
  • FAKE CAPTIONS ON THE RISE?

    Sherlock Steve
    1 Jun 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Good Day Readers and Followers!Here is the question of the day!Are you aware that there are FAKE CAPTIONS OUT THERE in the video landscape? (that is to say across the internet?)Well, there is a MUST READ ARTICLE that you MUST SEE and here is the LINK:CAPTION ACTION 2 SAYS TO WATCH OUT FOR FAKE CAPTIONING!!!The article is hard hitting and worth reading and worth a share! It has already picking up steam across the internet and with the Deaf Community on the social media sites.So go read, get upset, and spread the word.We need to make people who blog and video log movies to be extremely careful.
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    At The Rim

  • Keeping fit can make you deaf too...

    MM
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:34 am
    A study done by the National Acoustic Laboratories - which is the research division of Australian Hearing - has found the noise of fitness classes reach sound levels are almost as high as a jet engine.Australian Hearing audiologist Janette Thorburn said circuit and spin classes had recorded average noise levels of 93 and 94 decibels. New research has found gym classes are almost as loud as a jet engine flying at an altitude of 25mThese levels are almost as high as the sound given off by a jet engine flying at an altitude of 25m, which is just over 100 decibels. Melbourne's Donna Cameron has…
  • How to hypnotise deaf people

    MM
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    You WILL read every bog I have ever written (Oh well, worth a try...)
  • UK Mobile Companies refusing to accept NGT Calls ?

    MM
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
    Some calls to EE, an mobile communications company in the UK, and some answers.  Another raises issues of NGT calls being banned. we have no responses to this as yet.Customer:  I Cannot get through as I am deafI have tried to call T-mobile using a typetalk but was barred. I am deaf and have been on the phone for 4 hours. The problem is that I text for a boost internet booster for 6 months. Their reply was we hope that you enjoy  email and internet on your orange phone. I am with T-Mobile and not Orange.Can someone please help me to get through to T-Mobile ? It a very bitter…
  • Crowd-fund drive for captioned phone calls app

    MM
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:31 am
    Deaf people would benefit from the use of speech recognition to transcribe voice calls onto their devices.  Advances in automatic voice recognition technology have spurred a Paris-based start-up to launch a crowd-fund campaign to bring to market the first worldwide service that offers captioned telephone calls for deaf people.For the past two years, RogerVoice has been working on developing a subscription-based app that combines a Voice-over-IP telephone platform with streaming automated speech recognition to transcribe voice calls onto a smartphone, tablet or PC screen in real-time so…
  • Save Austine Deaf School

    MM
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    VERMONT DEAF RIGHTS, Save Austine School and Services Rally” at the State House, Brattleboro, VT - September 27. 2014 from i DEAF NEWS on Vimeo.
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    Deaf Network of Texas

  • Deaf Hospitalist Focuses on Teaching, Co-Management, Patient-Centered Care

    Grant Laird Jr
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:32 am
    Deaf Hospitalist Focuses on Teaching, Co-Management, Patient-Centered Care From: The Hospitalist, August 2014 Hospitalist team leader, educator Christopher Moreland, MD, MPH, FACP, has changed how peers regard doctors with disabilities by Gretchen Henkel What’s the bigger picture here? “What’s the bigger picture here?” Hospitalist Christopher Moreland, MD, MPH, FACP, drops his question neatly into the […]
  • Greater Austin Foundation for the Deaf Providing Aid to Austin Deaf Club Renovations

    Grant Laird Jr
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:33 am
    For Release: September 16, 2014 GREATER AUSTIN FOUNDATION FOR THE DEAF PROVIDING AID TO AUSTIN ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF FOR CLUBHOUSE RENOVATIONS Rosemary McGaugh, President, Greater Austin Foundation of the Deaf (GAFD) and Jo Bienvenu, President, Austin Association of the Deaf (AAD), smiled broadly on Saturday evening, September as they stood proudly before the AAD […]
  • Deaf Awareness Week kicks off 2014 – Oklahoma

    Grant Laird Jr
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:21 am
    Deaf Awareness Week kicks off September 21, 2014 September 14, 2014 Transcript Staff OKLAHOMA CITY — Deaf Awareness Week in Oklahoma kicks off September 21st. The event is celebrated each year in the U.S. during the last full week of September. “The Oklahoma School for the Deaf is planning activities to celebrate their rich deaf […]
  • MNTC hearing-impaired students help train cadets – Oklahoma

    Grant Laird Jr
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    MNTC hearing-impaired students help train cadets BY THE NORMAN TRANSCRIPT The Associated Press September 21, 2014 NORMAN, OKLA. — Cadets training to become Norman police officers can gain insight to and exposure with a segment of their community’s population that can be easily missed without the right level of awareness. Through the assistance of some […]
  • Student group advocates for deaf community – Louisiana

    Grant Laird Jr
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:54 am
    Student group advocates for deaf community September 22, 2014 by Rose Velazquez Among the academic hustle and bustle, tireless athletic atmosphere and dynamic social scene, it seems like there’s a place for everyone on a campus. But the LSU Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club represents a community that often goes overlooked. Co-president and communication […]
 
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    DeafNation

  • A Day in Sacramento

    Joel Barish
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Joel Barish gives a tour around Sacramento, California. He stops by Old Sacramento where he shares interesting information the Gold Rush. After Old Sacramento, Joel brings us to the State Capitol where there is a special tour given by a CODA guide. (captioned) More Information about Sacramento http://www.visitsacramento.com
  • Deaf Leadership in Canada

    DeafNation
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    Chris Kenopic sits down with Sarah Moreland for another interesting DN360 segment. Chris is a Canadian leader in the deaf community, and in this sit-down, he shares his views on Deaf leadership. With some questions from Sarah, Chris expands on the future of Deaf leaders. Chris believes schools should provide more leadership resources to students. […]
  • Sheri Farinha, CEO of NorCal

    DeafNation
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    Come meet Sheri Farinha, CEO of NorCal in an exclusive interview with Joel Barish, Host of DN360 and discover how efficiently she runs a Northern California based Deaf Services center and acts as one of the leaders in the Language Equality for Deaf Children campaign. (captioned) More information about NorCal www.norcalcenter.org Join the Movement! Language […]
  • Korea: Making Kimchi with Deaf

    Joel Barish
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Short video of Joel making Korean dish Kimchi with two Deaf women.
  • Adopting Deaf Children

    DeafNation
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Ken and Sarah Brown has adopted two of their children in the past. Brian and Brooke Sipek hopes to adopt soon in the future. Both couples join Joel in DN360 to talk about adoption. Joel brings some questions to the table and both Ken/Sarah and Brian/Brooke shares interesting information on their experiences. Ken and Sarah […]
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    Fookem and Bug

  • Interviewed with Sacha Chen

    Fookem and Bug
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    By Jim Lomanto Summary: http://revolutionarygaymagazine.tumblr.com/post/96989287876/king-of-bow-ties-the-sacha-chen-interview   Chicago De ‘Via Fest 3711 N Ravenswood Ave, Suite 143 & 144 Chicago IL 60613 Saturday October 4 2014 11am to 7pm                              and Sunday October 5 2014 11am to 6pm
  • Deaf Russian Show

    Fookem and Bug
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:17 pm
    By Jim Lomanto
  • Trip to Hawaii Part 8

    Fookem and Bug
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:24 pm
    By Jason & Jim Lomanto
  • Trip to Hawaii Part 7

    Fookem and Bug
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    By Jason & Jim Lomanto
  • Trip to Hawaii Part 6

    Fookem and Bug
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    By Jason and Jim Lomanto
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    Deaf Characters in Adolescent Literature

  • 'El Deafo' by Cece Bell-- Review written for the Washington Post

    Sharon Pajka,Ph.D.
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    The Washington PostReview: ‘El Deafo’ by Cece Bell By Sharon Pajka(click above to be taken to the Washington Post homepage to read my review)Children's author and illustrator's new book El Deafo is a memoir that covers some pretty serious issues that can be found in other autobiographies written by deaf and hard of hearing authors. If you're not familiar with graphic novels, don't let the layout and pictures mislead you; they can contain some heavy content. As always, I recommend that you screen the book before recommending it to a young person. For more information about the author,…
  • Interview with Strong Deaf author Lynn E. McElfresh

    Sharon Pajka,Ph.D.
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    To me this feels like a long-awaited interview and I’m so excited to have had the opportunity to share in the journey of this book. Oftentimes, deaf characters hold only minor roles and readers do not experience the story from a deaf person’s perspective. This is not the case for Lynn E. McElfresh’s new novel, STRONG DEAF, which although tackles some of the difficulties between hearing and deaf individuals, is ultimately about two sisters, Jade and Marla, who struggle to find a place in each other’s lives. McElfresh, author of Can You Feel the Thunder? (1999), narrates the story from…
  • No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie Screening at Gallaudet University

    Sharon Pajka,Ph.D.
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    Last night I attended the screening of No Ordinary Hero: The Superdeafy Movie at Gallaudet University. Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the Theatre and Dance Program, the evening opened with Associate Professor and Chair of Theatre Arts Ethan Sinnott who briefly introduced the movie and shared that the screening would follow with a Q&A session. SuperDeafy is the star of a popular children’s television show who dresses in blue with a bright yellow cape and green briefs. His hair is a giant Pompadour wig with two distinct pieces sticking out on both sides jokingly…
  • Science Fiction series + New Book _The Fifth Vertex_ (August 2014)

    Sharon Pajka,Ph.D.
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    Thanks to Kim Marie Nicols, a professional with experience in human services and educational programs working with individuals with hearing loss and who is fluent in American Sign Language, for contacting me about these books. In July, she pointed me toward a Science Fiction series by A.C. Crispin and Kathleen O'Malley. The StarBridge series includes“a terrific Deaf heroine whose deafness is an asset in creating a relationship with an alien race”.   She recommends that we check out Silent Dances (#2) and Silent Songs (#5) in the series and notes that we don’t need to read the…
  • No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie Screening Next Week at Gallaudet University

    Sharon Pajka,Ph.D.
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    If you’re close to Washington, D.C., Gallaudet University will be screening the award-winning film No Ordinary Hero: The Superdeafy Movie September 17 and 18 with a special guest Superdeafy himself! This screening is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the Theatre and Dance Program. No Ordinary Hero: The Superdeafy Movie opened at the Rome International Film Festival last week in Rome, Georgia and won the Shepard Award for innovative film-making. Synopsis:SUPERDEAFY must reveal the man behind the cape to find true love and inspire a young deaf boy to believe in himself.
 
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    The Ear of My Heart

  • Put the “ahhh” back into Fall ~

    LaRonda
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Master Retreat & Life Coach, LaRonda Zupp, welcomes you to her upcoming Turtle Heart Fall Retreat. This video is closed captioned. http://turtleheartretreats.com/upcoming-retreats/
  • Turtle Heart Retreats Poll ~

    LaRonda
    17 May 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Dear ones, please take a moment to answer a few easy checklist questions about retreats on the poll below. Your feedback will help me provide the best retreats to the community and grow myself as a retreat facilitator. Your answers will remain anonymous and for my view only. Heartfelt thanks!
  • Become A Part of Global Peace on World Labyrinth Day ~

    LaRonda
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    I had fun making this ASL/captioned video about my upcoming World Labyrinth Day Retreat on May 3rd, 2014. Please share! Join me to become a part of the wave of global peace that day. To register by May 1st, contact me at: LaRondaZupp@gmail.com. (See flyer below this video for more details.) Address of event: 2681 Driscoll Rd., Fremont, CA 94539
  • The Butterfly Story ~

    LaRonda
    21 Mar 2014 | 11:49 am
    LaRonda Zupp shares a captioned story in ASL about the value of struggle. “The Butterfly Story”
  • Being Your Own Role Model ~

    LaRonda
    22 Feb 2014 | 10:52 am
    On a Facebook Group page I belong to for Deaf Women in my area, we were recently asked: “Who is your DEAF WOMAN role model and why?” The group was wanting to “spotlight” Deaf, female humanitarians, artists and trailblazers in education, advocacy, and business. We were encouraged to nominate big role models in smaller aspects that we may normally overlook, as well as the Deaf, female ”gems” out there that don’t usually get recognized. We were invited to “chime in!” First let me say, I love being a part of this Facebook group and I…
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    Pittsburgh Association of the Deaf

  • Pittsburgh Pirates vs San Francisco Giants Wild Card Playoffs

    jsjdeafbowler
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    LETS GO BUCS!!!! Pirates V.S. San Francisco Giants  @ 8:07 P.M P.A.D will be open Wednesday Oct 1st. Open at 6 P.M Happy Hour 7 P.M. to 9 P.M Also Uptown Meeting @ 6 P.M. All is welcome!  
  • Halloween Candies Donations

    jsjdeafbowler
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    Hello Everyone, How are you? Hope all is well.  As you all know Halloween committee would like to please ask if anyone would like to donate a bag of candy and it would be greatly appreciated.  We will definitely be at PAD Oct 11th, 12th, 17th and 18th.  Oct 18th will be the final day we collect. If any questions or need to ask something, please feel free to contact Lori Ann or Holly. Holly Mendel or Lori Ann LaSorsa-Abshier Email: gpccdkidsevent@gmail.com Many thanks. Have a wonderful spooktacular month Holly & Lori Ann
  • Saturday Aug, 30th PAD CLOSED!!!

    jsjdeafbowler
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hello everyone, PAD CLOSED ON SATURDAY AUG 30TH. THANKS,  Holly Mendel
  • PADette Newsletter: August 2014 – October 2014

    admin
    3 Aug 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Download PADette Volume 72, Issue 3 is 8-page PDF format for you to read electronic document and save the trees! PADette Volume 72, Issue 3
  • October Events

    jsjdeafbowler
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    Oct 3rd Poker League 8:30 pm Oct 4th Bingo Night 7:30 pm Oct 8th PAD Senior Citizen Social 10 am to 4 pm Oct 10th Poker League 8:30 pm Oct 11th Spaghetti Dinner 3 pm to 7 pm and Active Meeting 7:30 pm Oct 17th Poker League 8:30 pm Oct 18th Pingo Night 8 pm Oct 24th Poker League 8:30 pm Oct 25th Kids Halloween Party 1 pm to 5 pm Oct 25th Adults Halloween Party 7 pm Haunted House 8pm to 10pm Oct 31st Poker League 8:30 pm Oct 31st Witch Night at 8pm
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    Signing Time » Signing Time Blog

  • Sign of the Week – Grumpy

    LeeAnn Mason
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:32 am
    It’s Tuesday… here’s your sign of the week! This Week’s Featured Sign: Grumpy Watch the Video (Click the Image Below to Play) Free QuickTime Player required Download the Flashcard (click on the image. The file contains a few color and black-and-white options. Print according to your needs.) This week’s sign comes from: Signing Time Volume 4 – Family, Feelings & Fun Alex, Leah, their frog Hopkins, and host Rachel Coleman teach ASL signs for family members, feelings, and things outside. Buy Flashcards Now Buy Board Book Now Buy DVD Now
  • Sign of the Week – Wait

    LeeAnn Mason
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:18 am
    It’s Tuesday… here’s your sign of the week! This Week’s Featured Sign: Wait Watch the Video (Click the Image Below to Play) Free QuickTime Player required Download the Flashcard (click on the image. Print in color or black-and-white and adjust the print size according to your needs.) Signing Time Volume 2 – Playtime Signs Everyone loves playtime! Alex, Leah, and host Rachel Coleman teach ASL signs related to sharing, toys, manners, and more. Created for ages 1-8 but enjoyed by all! Available in DVD and Digital. Closed-Captioned. Approximate run time: 30 minutes,…
  • Sign of the Week – Sit

    LeeAnn Mason
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    It’s Tuesday… here’s your sign of the week! This Week’s Featured Sign: Sit Watch the Video (Click the Image Below to Play) Free QuickTime Player required Download the Flashcard (click on the image. Print in color or black-and-white and adjust the print size according to your needs.) This week’s sign comes from: Vol. 6: My Favorite Things – DVD Alex, Leah, their frog Hopkins, and host Rachel Coleman teach ASL signs for fruits, vegetables, colors of the rainbow, and activities. Buy Board Book Now Buy Flashcards Now Buy DVD Now
  • 40% Off NEW TreeSchoolers and Signing Time

    LeeAnn Mason
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:02 pm
    It’s HERE! The Amazing Human Body Songs, Signs, and Science!  Learn 30+ ASL signs Convinced that they’ve never met a human, the TreeSchoolers set out to discover what human bodies do and how they work, inside and out. As they learn about what makes humans special, they start to wonder: Could their friend, Rachel, actually be…a human? Learn more Now through Monday, add ANY TreeSchoolers product to your cart and get 40% off your ENTIRE ORDER!  Use code amazing40 at checkout   The Amazing Human Body  Free Activity Guide This 67-page guide includes lots of fun and easy-to-do…
  • Sign of the Week – Three

    LeeAnn Mason
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:35 am
    Here’s your sign of the week! This Week’s Featured Sign: the Number “3″ Watch the Video with Numbers 1-10 (Click the Image Below to Play) Free QuickTime Player required Download the Flashcard (click on the image. Print in color or black-and-white and adjust the print size according to your needs.) This weeks sign comes from: Volume 5 – ABC Signs Alex, Leah, their frog Hopkins, and host Rachel Coleman teach the alphabet in American Sign Language. Created for ages 1-8 but enjoyed by all! Available only on DVD. Close-Captioned. Approximate run time: 30 minutes, plus…
 
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    Hearing Impairment News -- ScienceDaily

  • Infant cooing, babbling linked to hearing ability, researcher finds

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Infant vocalizations are primarily motivated by infants' ability to hear their own babbling, research shows. Additionally, infants with profound hearing loss who received cochlear implants to help correct their hearing soon reached the vocalization levels of their hearing peers, putting them on track for language development.
  • Brainwave test could improve autism diagnosis, classification

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    Measuring how fast the brain responds to sights and sounds could help in objectively classifying people on the autism spectrum and may help diagnose the condition earlier, research suggests. Statistics show that 1 in 68 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The signs and symptoms of ASD vary significantly from person to person, ranging from mild social and communication difficulties to profound cognitive impairments.
  • Lack of thyroid hormone blocks hearing development

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    Fatigue, weight gain, chills, hair loss, anxiety, excessive perspiration -- these symptoms are a few of the signs that the thyroid gland has gone haywire. Harnessing electron microscopy to track the inner hair cells of the cochlea in two groups of mice, new research points to an additional complication caused by an imbalance in the thyroid gland: congenital deafness.
  • Proteins Hey1, Hey2 ensure that inner ear 'hair cells' are made at the right time, in the right place

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:19 pm
    The “molecular brakes” that time the generation of important cells in the inner ear cochleas of mice have been discovered by neuroscientists. These “hair cells” translate sound waves into electrical signals that are carried to the brain and are interpreted as sounds. If the arrangement of the cells is disordered, hearing is impaired, researchers report.
  • When casualties increased, war coverage became more negative

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    As the number of U.S. casualties rose in Afghanistan, reporters filed more stories about the conflict and those articles grew increasingly negative about both the war effort and the military, according to a researcher.
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    Dr. Z and You

  • Editorial #144: ZVRS, Convo, Purple, CAAG and Global on VRSInteroperabilityNOW!

    pbravin
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    On September 19, 2014, Sheri Farinha, CEO of NorCal Sevices for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, hosted a town hall on VRS Interoperability with engineers from ZVRS, Convo, Purple, CAAG and Global. Sorenson was invited but chose not to participate. They covered a wide range of issues and said engineers from all companies are working together with the goal of interoperability.They meet via video every week or so and in person every 6 months or so. Interoperability is like a handshake. When you have a handshake, you acknowledge that you can communicate. With videophones, when one videophone…
  • Editorial #143: VP Blurred Picture? Can’t Connect? Live Town Hall! – September 19, 2014

    pbravin
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    You asked for it! You got it! Many of you have commented on issues related to your VP when there were problems with videomail interoperability last month. Most of the comments were related to videomail, but some of you said you couldn’t connect, had a blurred picture. You can find out why! On Friday, September 19, 2014 (8-10PM Eastern Time/5-7PM Pacific Time), you will see a live panel of VRS engineers representing VRS providers to discuss this issues and other issues related to why your VP is not working the way you expect it to. All of the VRS providers have been invited to this…
  • Editorial #142: #VRSinteroperabilityNOW! Town Hall-September 19, 2014

    pbravin
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    Sheri Farinha, CEO of NorCal Services for Deaf & Hard of Hearing will moderate a LIVE Town Hall meeting on VRS interoperability on Friday, September 19th from 5-8 PM Pacific Time (or 8-11 PM Eastern Time). This event will be live streamed. For more information go to this link: #VRSInteroperabiltyNOW Representatives who are engineers from VRS providers will be on hand to discuss interoperability issues and how the industry is working together to address them. The town hall will be live streamed and the instructions to view it will be posted a few days before the event. The purpose of this…
  • Editorial #141: Thanks for Your Thoughts! #VRSinteroperabilityNOW!

    pbravin
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    #VRSInteroperabilityNOW! Many thanks from Dr. Z! With thanks to many of you, we are making headway–keep the phone calls and letters to the FCC going. The NAD has jumped in with a letter to the FCC (link.) If we sit back and do nothing after we tell the FCC what we thought, the issue will die down. The FCC is required by law to respond to our complaints/comments. Let’s see what they say. In the meantime, keep the complaints/comments coming. Once again, thank you from Dr. Z! Thanks for listening and please go ahead and file the complaint. (here’s the link.) Dr. Z cares about your…
  • Editorial #140: Open Up Sorenson Videomail! A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words!

    pbravin
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    #VRSInteroperabilityNOW! Dr. Z continues to be fed up. Why can’t we deaf and hard of hearing people be like our hearing counterparts. Our hearing family and friends can do a lot of things with their smartphones while we deaf and hard of hearing people use our phones through trial and error and not being sure if it works 100% of the time. (This is exactly the same thing I said all along.) Because of this, Dr. Z has written a letter to the FCC (link) explaining his thoughts on why Sorenson is not allowing other people who use other providers that call Sorenson devices to leave a videomail…
 
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    Cochlear Implant Online

  • A “Why Not?” Attitude Toward Hearing Loss

    Elizabeth
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    Learning that your child has hearing loss can be a world-shaking event for parents.  The truth is, though millions of people around the world have hearing loss, most parents have little prior experience with people […]
  • Asking All the Right Questions

    Elizabeth
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    It’s said that there’s no such thing as a stupid question.  But for therapists who want to communicate well with the families they serve, there are certainly some ways to ask the questions that are smarter than others. […]
  • “That Kid” Who Won’t Sit Still: 12 Tips for Making Therapy Work

    Elizabeth
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:16 am
    We’ve all met “That Kid.”  The one who has seemingly endless energy.  The one you have to brace yourself for before he enters the room.  The one who can never, ever seem to sit still […]
  • Do You Teach Lipreading?

    Elizabeth
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    When I tell people that my job is teaching children with hearing loss to listen and talk without the use of sign language, it usually stops people in their tracks for a minute.  The first […]
  • How to Give a Communication Options Talk… Without Doing Most of the Talking

    Elizabeth
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    One of my favorite things to do as an Auditory Verbal Therapist is to meet with families of newly identified children for their initial evaluation.  It’s such a privilege for me to be able to […]
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    Liz's deaf blog

  • Book review: WJEC GCSE English and English Language

    28 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    As you my readers know, I am back to school and one of my courses I am doing is GCSE English.This above book pictured, called WJEC GCSE English and English Language is one book my tutor recommended to us all in class.WJEC GCSE English and English Language is written by Barry Childs, Ken Elliott, Nick Duncan and Stuart Sage. Spoken Language consultant: Jane Hingley.The book was suggested, as it has tailored resources to help get better grades. Inside the book there are activities to try and then check after to see how you got on.Its a clearly laid out book for the student doing their GCSE…
  • Hearing aid cuts rejected

    28 Sep 2014 | 2:19 am
    After hearing about proposal of hearing aids being cut, which I talked about knowing the benefits of wearing that hearing aid, I am so glad to hear that this has now been rejected.You can read more here, in this post at Action On Hearing Loss.© Liz's Deaf Blog by Elizabeth Fisher. Please ask permission before using any part of my blog, explaining what you would like to use and where it will be used. If permission is granted, any part of my blog content that is used, it must link back to my original blog post. Thank you.
  • Earmoulds - My new ones, but also information on the different types there are now

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    From the start of wearing my hearing aids I have had regular ear moulds like the ones below.But this year after needing new ear moulds because one particular was getting loose in the ear, I now have carved ear moulds. These are certainly a lighter feel in my ears to my previous ear moulds I have always known and my first ear moulds that have been made since being with Ropewalk House audiology, as my other ones were ok when I first joined them.Where are your purple ear moulds you once wanted?Those who have been following my blog for some time now will probably be wondering what…
  • Dedicating time to study

    20 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    Recently my studying started and my biggest of all commitment will be my GCSE English for the next 30 weeks, with coursework that will go towards my grades. The final exam will be next year, in June.I started off without support, seeing if I could manage it myself, but after wondering what I got myself into with the GCSE English, I started to wonder if I should have support for the note-taking, like before in my English Level 1. Those who know me well advised to have it, or at least start with it and if I feel I don't need it, then I can say. So after asking for support, this will be…
  • Let Sign Shine

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:54 am
    Let Sign Shine is the official page for the campaign to get sign language taught in schools. If sign language was taught in schools, then Jade who started this campaign believes the isolation of the deaf would be ended.This was first brought to my attention by a reader of Liz's deaf blog, who gave me a newspaper clipping, after she first read about it in the Daily Mail on 12th September.Jade is the person behind this who set up a petition and a Facebook page to get sign language into schools and her aim is to get sign language into schools and be given the same respect and importance as…
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    Xpressive Handz

  • Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    Driving from the Petroglyph National Monument, we continued our journey along I 40 toward Flagstaff, Arizona. We stopped at Ortega Navajo Trading post to pick up a few souvenirs. Bear was fascinated with all the rocks and minerals displayed, and we let him pick out 2 bags, one for him and one for my grandson. While he was busy picking through the selection, this gave Gary and me time to find something for our new home. There was a beautiful hand made clay pot with horse hair swirled into it against the back drop of hues of purples, oranges, pinks and blues. I'm looking forward to displaying…
  • Roswell, New Mexico and the International UFO Museum and Research Center

    24 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    When we began to plan our journey, the one thing Bear wanted to see was Roswell New Mexico and learn about The alien landing and see the museum. He's really into all that kind of stuff.As we pulled into Roswell, aliens were EVERYWHERE! There were aliens in the windows, along the road, benches and the McDonald's was designed like a spaceship. This city really knows how to be fun and capitalize its uniqueness. Bear said it would have been cool if the police cars had aliens as their logo, but decided if they did that, people may not take them seriously if they were causing trouble. That's a…
  • Oklahoma and Steampunk Chuck

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    When Gary and I first discussed our your across the US, he said we have to see his friend, photographer Chuck Coleman, aka Steampunk Chuck. Gary and Chuck ColemanSylwia Sobczak ColemanTheir boys friended B. Bear and entertained him playing games. When it came time to leave, Bear let us know he wanted to stay longer. He showed his appreciation to the Coleman Family by hugging everyone goodbye and thanking them. The Coleman's were incredibly gracious and hospitable toward us.Recently, Chuck's work was recognized by the Library of Congress.Here is a photo Chuck recently took of Mrs.
  • Oklahoma, Route 66 Museum

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:42 pm
    After we said goodbye to Chuck and his family, we headed out of Oklahoma City, and drove toward Clinton Oklahoma on I 40, which ran parallel to old Route 66 most of the way.The route 66 museum is absolutely fabulous. It not only features  cool exhibits, stories, and memorabilia,  but it also had newspaper prints throughout the museum with headlines and stories of what was going on around the world in the era of route 66.I did not know this, but I 40 was the brain child of Pres. Dwight D Eisenhower. Pres. Eisenhower was so fascinated with how well the autobahns in…
  • Our Journey: Graceland, Memphis, TN

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Today, we drove from Nashville to Memphis via I 40. We left around 10:00 this morning and arrived at Graceland RV park and campground ( http://www.graceland.com/visit/graceland_campground.aspx ) around 3:00.We could not pass Memphis without visiting the home of Elvis. http://www.graceland.com****see photos at the bottom of this post****We are just 1 block's walk from the entrance to the tours, the private jets, and Graceland is across the street. We took tours of both planes, then hopped on a bus that took us across the street to Graceland. Though it is not pretentiously huge,…
 
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    The Silent Grapevine (TSG)

  • The Silent Grapevine is now an amazing social media aggregator!

    27 Sep 2014 | 8:09 pm
    The Silent Grapevine is an new social media aggregator that gathers social media (such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and etc) as well as blogs from all over the internet into one central awesome location all powered by Rebel Mouse. You will find all the information you need at The Silent Grapevine. From events to news to finding out what people from all over the world is doing. We hope you love this new service and we would even love it if you like us and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram to spread the love to your friends, family and help us get some…
  • Purple's ASL 1 to 10 Story

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:23 pm
  • Congratulation! Katie LeClerc is officially married!

    6 Sep 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Beautiful bride @katieleclerc! All the happiness in the world to you and Brian! Xo MM pic.twitter.com/RU89WAmofN— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) September 7, 2014Even Gilles Marini was there! This just happened .. For real this time. #Wedding @katieleclerc . So proud and happy for my girl . Congrats ;)... http://t.co/8a99zbxoK9— Gilles Marini (@GillesMarini) September 7, 2014Post by Gilles Marini Official.More on the story soon, but for those of you who don't know, she got married to Brian Stuart Habecost, 29 -- a Hollywood agent turned real estate agent -- who popped the question to…
  • Driver Cited for Striking Advocate Deaf & Blind Biker

    6 Sep 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Harald Vik is wearing red and is seen with his interpreter. AP reported today that a South Dakota driver has been cited for striking a Norwegian man who is deaf and blind. Harald Vik was riding between South Dakota to Nebraska with his interpreter, Robert Skarsbakk on Aug 22. 70 year old Melvin Coelho was attempting to pass them as they were cycling, but ended him striking them where Vik sustained a broken pelvis, leg and arm injuries. Melvin Coelho will be cited for illegal overtaking and careless driving, a class two misdemeanor. Did you know? Vik was born deaf and began…
  • Deaf Homeowners saved by cats!

    6 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    The Dispatch.com reported that two deaf people barely escaped injury after an electrical issue in their laundry room started a fire. Phillip Ripple and Brenda Jarrett escaped the house without any injuries and were alerted to the fire by their cats of the smoke that was coming from the laundry room. According to Capt. Jason Hugh of the Fair Grove Fire Department, he said that the homeowners will be temporarily displace as the entire house sustained smoke damage, however, the fire damage was only reported in the laundry room and the cause of the fire was determined to be accidental. For…
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