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  • At The Rim - Late Deafened: Incompatible with culture ? (II)

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    20 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    More late deaf views on BSL/lip-reading: (1) As we get older we are less likely to change really. If you have spent most of your life in a hearing-speaking environment, then no point in learning sign language. Byand large the tuition is pants and directed at people who want to work in the field of interpreting or care, hearing families etc, although why on e...
  • Fingerspelling Apostrophe? (teaching english grammar)

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    Calyn
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Hello, I am sorry if this is the wrong forum. It seemed the best for the question. I homeschool my high functioning autistic, non verbal disability with other medical conditions 7 year old. He struggles a lot with writting but loves signing. We have a sign of the day each day and fingerspell our spelling words each week on Monday. This week's snuck up on me because we've been dealing with some of those aforementioned medical issues the past week. We are learning contractions this week and our spelling words are: they'll, we'll, I'm, it's, she'll, you're, let's, we're, he's, I'll, that's and…
  • CD's Ear Blog - Tea kettle, BEGONE!

    DeafRead - Best of Deaf Blogs
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Seriously, is there a tea kettle in my ear now? That\'s all I seem to hear lately out of the right ear, a tea kettle whistling. It\'s just tinnitus, but it\'s quite annoying! 24/7, it\'s random ringing or whistling.Recovery still going ok. Mostly just taking ibuprofen for pain, and have use an ice pack a few times to try to help with the pain too. Still camping ...
  • 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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  • Fingerspelling Apostrophe? (teaching english grammar)

    Calyn
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Hello, I am sorry if this is the wrong forum. It seemed the best for the question. I homeschool my high functioning autistic, non verbal disability with other medical conditions 7 year old. He struggles a lot with writting but loves signing. We have a sign of the day each day and fingerspell our spelling words each week on Monday. This week's snuck up on me because we've been dealing with some of those aforementioned medical issues the past week. We are learning contractions this week and our spelling words are: they'll, we'll, I'm, it's, she'll, you're, let's, we're, he's, I'll, that's and…
  • Surprise Dad !

    sonocativo
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Well, I just found out from my Daughter that she is now engaged. Her and her boyfriend are looking to buy a house now and she has a shiny new Rock on her finger. I am glad she ditched her party boy loser that she used to date as he was going no where, working at the food court in the mall, no plans to go to college, partying every waking moment he was off work ( which was part time) so never had money and my daughter paying his way everywhere. Now she has a guy who has his head on straight, has college under his belt, making good money, treats my daughter very well and has a bright future…
  • Conversation Starters?

    Reece
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    I am hearing and use British Sign Language. I'm not fluent but can hold a conversation with a Deaf, hard of hearing or hearing person who uses BSL. I go to college and today I saw 2 Deaf girls signing with each other. As soon as I noticed them I wanted to go and sign with them. However, I didn't have the confidence to go over because I have a few fears. Please note that this would be my first real experience signing with a Deaf person so my fears are: How do I start a conversation with a Deaf person? (I do have some Deaf awareness and I understand you can tap them lightly or wave, but I'm…
  • Arb-Bearings.com: Ball Bearing Exporter in USA

    ritatseo
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    ARB bearings is among India's prominent engineering companies as a bearing manufacturer. It is run by professionals with over forty years of experience in the bearing industries. With in a short duration since inception, the company has carved a niche for itself in various segments ranging from automobiles to industrial machinery to household appliances. Contact Us ARB Bearings Limited H-22, Udyog Nagar New Delhi - 110041, Delhi, India Phone: +(91)-(11)-25471274 / 25471255 / 25186300 Fax: +(91)-(11)-25475455 / 25470126 Email: info@arb-bearings.com, export@arb-bearings.com,…
  • Navigating a Hearing World

    Stella
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:25 pm
    How do you handle random people who talk to you and you can't hear them? I'm talking about the cashier at the grocery store or the person in line behind you who try to make small talk?
 
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  • CD's Ear Blog - Tea kettle, BEGONE!

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Seriously, is there a tea kettle in my ear now? That\'s all I seem to hear lately out of the right ear, a tea kettle whistling. It\'s just tinnitus, but it\'s quite annoying! 24/7, it\'s random ringing or whistling.Recovery still going ok. Mostly just taking ibuprofen for pain, and have use an ice pack a few times to try to help with the pain too. Still camping ...
  • At The Rim - Late Deafened: Incompatible with culture ? (II)

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    More late deaf views on BSL/lip-reading: (1) As we get older we are less likely to change really. If you have spent most of your life in a hearing-speaking environment, then no point in learning sign language. Byand large the tuition is pants and directed at people who want to work in the field of interpreting or care, hearing families etc, although why on e...
  • At The Rim - Lip-reader named Volunteer of the year..

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    KIND hearted volunteer Merleen Watson and her hearing dog Grace have been named as Volunteer of the Year. The Broadway resident and her dog were named as the winners at the annual Hearing Dogs Awards ceremony in London, attended by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal. The 67-year-old, who lost her hearing 35 years ago is profoundly deaf, and has learnt to re...
  • At The Rim - Let me Hear again...

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
  • At The Rim - Deaf Uber/Lyft Drivers

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Deaf Uber/Lyft Drivers: Stanley Matsumoto & Steve Lin - San Francisco Bay Area, California with Captions from i DEAF NEWS on Vimeo.
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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

  • Sign Language, Wetsuits, and Immortal Women

    ocean1025
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    There are three things in my life that I am most passionate about: my identity as a Deaf person, my spirituality as a Pagan, and my love for writing. It’s not often that I find kindred souls who share all three interests, but when I do they generally become good friends. Such is the case […]
 
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  • Bilateral Cochlear Implants!

    Aaron
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:01 pm
    And on the heels of my 6 month update, I am happy to share that I got my second implant two weeks ago!I will be getting activated on October 14, and I plan to spend the first 2-3 weeks wearing only the new processor in an effort to equalize the new side instead of letting my good ear be a crutch/hindrance.I'm hoping my second activation goes as well as my first.  Fingers crossed!
  • Cochlear Implant - 6 month update

    Aaron
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:58 pm
    How are things going?Overall, I could not possibly be happier with my CI.  It has completely blown away even my highest expectations.  I've been using essentially the same sound processing strategies (Optima P, ClearVoice medium, IDR 60) for about 5 months now, with minor tweaks here and there.  The only time I even bother to change programs, is when I am in a very noisy situation like a restaurant, and want to use UltraZoom which allows me to focus on sound in front of me.How does music sound?This is probably the hardest part to explain, and is somewhat philosophical because I…
  • Post-Activation - 11 Day Followup

    Aaron
    29 Mar 2014 | 12:20 pm
    I've gone back for my second mapping.  I had a moderately long wish list and we got through everything. I cannot stress enough how vitally important it is to understand how cochlear implants work, and what the tunable parameters are, and what each one does.  It makes far better use of our limited time together if I can convey what I need in "audiologist language".First, I wanted my favorite program in slot 1.  No brainer.  HiRes 120, Clear Voice medium, IDR set to 60, using tmic only.So next, we had to kill the RF lock issue I was having due to my thick skin flap and some…
  • Activation!

    Aaron
    18 Mar 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Well activation day was today.  I've got to admit, there may have actually been more excitement and anxiety than with the surgery date itself.  At the end of the day there's good news and bad news, but almost all good news.First, the bad news.  I sat down in my audiologist's office and we assembled the Naida's, hooked them to her computer, and SoundWave recognized the processor right away, but sat there searching endlessly for the implant.  We swapped processors, cables, head pieces, everything.  Searching never ends, and implant is never found.  This feeling…
  • Healing...

    Aaron
    27 Feb 2014 | 8:54 am
    Lots and lots of healing.  The body is a pretty amazing piece of work.  I had a noticeable amount of swelling on the CI side of my face yesterday (day 2).  I don't really need any pain meds anymore--it just feels like a long-lived headache now.  I still can't chew properly because it seems the jaw muscles are very much connected to the muscles near the temple, and that region hurts like a bitch when I try to chew anything beyond yogurt/pudding.  Also the swelling in the ear area seems to be where a lot of the jaw action takes place, and that isn't pleasant either...So…
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  • Late Deafened: Incompatible with culture ? (II)

    MM
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    More late deaf views on BSL/lip-reading:(1) As we get older we are less likely to change really. If you have spent most of your life in a hearing-speaking environment, then no point in learning sign language. By and large the tuition is pants and directed at people who want to work in the field of interpreting or care, hearing families etc, although why on earth they are charged a fee to learn is criminal. But BSL classes aren't for us anyway, lip-reading is mooted as our preference although again the classes are poor badly run,short-term,and with no attainment to achieve and also…
  • Let me Hear again...

    MM
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
  • Lip-reader named Volunteer of the year..

    MM
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    KIND hearted volunteer Merleen Watson and her hearing dog Grace have been named as Volunteer of the Year.  The Broadway resident and her dog were named as the winners at the annual Hearing Dogs Awards ceremony in London, attended by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal.The 67-year-old, who lost her hearing 35 years ago is profoundly deaf, and has learnt to rely on lip reading to communicate with others.  But three years ago Mrs Watson made the decision to volunteer for Hearing Dogs, and it has given her a new lease of life.And last year she received her hearing dog Grace.  Now…
  • Deaf Uber/Lyft Drivers

    MM
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Deaf Uber/Lyft Drivers: Stanley Matsumoto & Steve Lin - San Francisco Bay Area, California with Captions from i DEAF NEWS on Vimeo.
  • A dying breed....

    MM
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
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  • Switzerland Bus Tour June 2015

    Grant Laird Jr
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:19 am
    Bus Tour Switzerland June 7 – 14, 2015 Including Certified Sign Language Interpreter Service Overnight flight from the US to Zurich, Switzerland (not included in the price shown below), arrival the next day June 7, 2015 Zurich Arrival at the hotel in Zurich, Switzerland, welcome dinner at the hotel (D) June 8, 2015 Zurich – […]
  • Save on the Bellman Safe Fire Alerting System

    Grant Laird Jr
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:02 am
    Save on the Bellman Safe Fire Alerting System The Bellman Safe Fire Alerting System is the complete fire alerting system which can alert you by bed shaker and loud alarm in the event of a fire. It includes a smoke detector (HC-VISIT/SATR) and an alarm clock with bed shaker (HC-BA-VISIT/CLK). The alarm clock can be […]
  • Deaf Celebration 2015 Meeting 10/18/14 – DFW

    Grant Laird Jr
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Deaf Celebration 2015 Meeting 10/18/14 – DFW Deaf Celebration promotes awareness, entertainment, booths, etc. to be involved in the Deaf community. This event will be hosted in September, 2015. We will have a meeting on this Saturday, October, 18, 2014 at 3:00 PM at Dallas Association of the Deaf clubhouse (DAD), 4215 Maple Avenue, Dallas. […]
  • Disability History Month: JAMES “DEAF” BURKE (1809 – 1845)

    Grant Laird Jr
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    Disability History Month: JAMES “DEAF” BURKE (1809 – 1845) JAMES “DEAF” BURKE (1809 – 1845) James “Deaf” Burke was a famous early 19th century bare-knuckles boxer in England who was reportedly completely deaf from birth; he was the British heavyweight champion from 1833 to 1839. Burke’s parents died when he was young and he scrambled […]
  • 4th Biennial International Mind, Brain and Education Society Conference – DFW

    Grant Laird Jr
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:22 am
    Fourth Biennial International Mind, Brain and Education Society Conference An interpreter will be provided, please contact Kenneth Foster ASAP! (see below)  November 6-8, 2014 The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel Fort Worth, Texas Sponsored by: University of Texas at Arlington Supported by National Science Foundation Under grant # DRL-1434973 The fourth biennial conference of the International […]
 
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  • Giving Credit When It Is Due

    DeafNation
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Alana Beal comes back with another Alana’s Musings and emphasizes the importance of giving credit when due. Often people steal ideas and claim it as their own. The action deserves attention and encourages viewers to really start giving credit when it is due. (captioned)
  • Miss Deaf International 2014, YeJin Kim

    DeafNation
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    In this interview, we get to know the 2014 Miss Deaf International! Hailing from Korea, YeJin Kim talks with Joel of her hopes and dreams, and experiences of being in the pageant. Kim YeJin also explains her plans ahead of being Miss Deaf International… get to know YeJin and be inspired! (captioned) More Information about […]
  • Travel Clothing Lines: Clothing Arts, Keen, and Columbia

    DeafNation
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Joel demonstrates three clothing lines for traveling, from Clothing Arts, Keen, and Columbia. See how the clothes are designed for prevention of pickpocketing and for environments that calls for snug comfort with air circulation. How did the founder of one of the companies come up with the idea of his clothing line? Can we see […]
  • Purple Headquarters

    Joel Barish
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    The Video Relay Services (VRS) plays a big role in our access to communication, and guess what?! Joel invited us to join us to visit the headquarters of Purple Communications! Go in the building, check out the environment, and learn how they serve us, their customers! We also meet the masterminds behind the successful services […]
  • Canada’s Deaf Culture Centre

    DeafNation
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Yan Liu joins Alice Lo in a new DN360 segment featuring Deaf Culture Centre. In Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Deaf Culture Centre is a great resource for the Deaf community and especially Deaf artists. With questions from Alice, Yan tells us all about what Deaf Culture Centre has to offer, varying from professional development training to […]
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  • Announcement

    Fookem and Bug
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:24 pm
    By Jim Lomanto
  • 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
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    Deaf Characters in Adolescent Literature

  • New Publication (Cross-Over): Finding Zoe: A Deaf Woman's Story of Identity, Love, and Adoption

    Sharon Pajka,Ph.D.
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    Finding Zoe: A Deaf Woman's Story of Identity, Love, and Adoption  by Gail Harris and Brandi Rarus with a foreword by Marlee Matlin Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: BenBella Books (October 7, 2014) Language: English ISBN-10: 1940363225Book DescriptionAt just a few months old, Zoe was gradually losing her hearing. Her adoptive parents loved her—yet agonized—feeling they couldn’t handle raising a Deaf child. Would Zoe go back into the welfare system and spend her childhood hoping to find parents willing to adopt her? Or, would she be the long-sought answer to a mother’s…
  • New Publication (Cross-Over novel)- Talk to Me: A Love Story in Any Language by Paul Simmons

    Sharon Pajka,Ph.D.
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    Not explicitly an adolescent literature piece but perhaps suitable for a cross-over novel for mature teens. Talk to Me: A Love Story in Any Language by Paul SimmonsPaperback: 330 pages Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Second edition (August 22, 2014) ISBN-10:1500756342Book DescriptionDespite being deaf as a result of a fireworks explosion, CEO of a St. Louis non-profit company, Noel Richardson, expertly navigates the hearing world. What some view as a disability, Noel views as a challenge—his lack of hearing has never held him back. It also helps that he has great…
  • '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…
 
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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 – Swing

    LeeAnn Mason
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    It’s Tuesday… here’s your sign of the week! This Week’s Featured Sign: Swing 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
  • Supporting Down Syndrome Awareness Month

    LeeAnn Mason
    12 Oct 2014 | 11:35 pm
    By Colleen Brunetti, M.Ed., C.H.C. October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month and Signing Time is proud to be a long-standing supporter of children with Down syndrome and their families. Signing Time Co-founder Rachel Coleman can often be found at Buddy Walks around the country, and we’ve been working hard to build a great database of resources for you to use when signing with children who have Down syndrome. The goal of the Buddy Walk is to promote understanding and acceptance of people with Down syndrome. “My September and October weekends are filled with Buddy Walks!” says…
  • It’s Rachel’s Birthday! Today Only – Save 40%!

    LeeAnn Mason
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    A Birthday Video From Rachel - Today Only Save 40%! Coupon Code – rachel40 DETAILS: Offer starts October 9, 2014 and ends October 9, 2014 11:59 PM MST. Offer valid at www.signingtime.com only. Enter coupon code rachel40 at checkout. Coupon code can’t be applied to previous orders or other items. Not valid with other promotions, codes, or discounts. Not valid on bulk purchases for resell. Limited to orders under $2000. Two Little Hands Productions reserves the right to refuse to fulfill product orders.
  • Sign of the Week – Four

    LeeAnn Mason
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:32 am
    Here’s your sign of the week! This Week’s Featured Sign: the Number “4″ 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…
  • 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
 
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    Hearing Impairment News -- ScienceDaily

  • Students' religiosity more influential than education in views on evolution

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    College students’ views on evolution are shaped significantly more by religiosity than education, according to a survey of Southern U.S. students. The study is said to be the first in-depth analysis on the acceptance of evolution in this region.
  • Children understand familiar voices better than those of strangers

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    Familiar voices can improve spoken language processing among school-age children, according to a study. However, the advantage of hearing a familiar voice only helps children to process and understand words they already know well, not new words that aren’t in their vocabularies.
  • Software for Google glass that provides captions for hard-of-hearing users

    2 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Speech-to-text software for Google Glass has been created that helps hard-of-hearing users with everyday conversations. A hard-of-hearing person wears Glass while a second person speaks directly into a smartphone. The speech is converted to text, sent to Glass and displayed on its heads-up display.
  • Auditory system: The ruffling effect of rumble

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    Barely perceptible low-frequency signals nevertheless activate measurable responses in our auditory circuits. Neurobiologists have now characterized the remarkable impact of low-frequency sounds on the inner ear.
  • Tinnitus: New clinical practice guideline

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    The first ever mutli-disciplinary, evidence-based clinical practice guideline to improve the diagnosis and management of tinnitus, the perception of sound -- often ringing -- without an external sound source, has been released by medical experts.
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    Dr. Z and You

  • NEW Z5 Mobile Number Lookup! What is it? GPS to Make Calls!

    pbravin
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:07 pm
    What is the Number Lookup feature on the Z5 Mobile App from ZVRS? No more looking up the phone number using Safari! Just type the place you want to call in the Number Lookup feature and your device will use GPS to locate the place Then just click the name on the list and you will be connected! The slide show below will show you how EASY it is! For more information on the NEW Z5 Mobile, click this link! To download the NEW Z5 Mobile, click this link! Dr. Z cares about your communication access. Disclosure: Dr. Z (Philip W. Bravin) is associated with CSDVRS, currently its Vice-President of…
  • VRSInteroperabilityNOW! Why Wait? Get NEW Z5 Mobile NOW!

    pbravin
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    Why wait for videomail in December? You can have it NOW, TODAY with the NEW Z5 Mobile for iOS! You can get videomail on your mobile phone or your desktop. There’s more! You can use the Number Lookup feature. What is it? It is a built in feature of the Z5 Mobile that will give you a list of phone number(s) of a place or area that you type into the search bar. Click the number and you will be connected to a ZVRS interpreter right away! You can have call alert using a flashing light! That’s the Firefly for you! For more information on Z5 Mobile, click this link. For more information…
  • 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…
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    Cochlear Implant Online

  • FAQs about Hearing Loss, Hearing Technology, and Auditory Verbal Therapy

    Elizabeth
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    When you meet someone new, one of the first questions we tend to ask is, “What do you do?”  When I tell people that I teach children with hearing loss to listen and speak, it’s […]
  • Busting the Myth of “Cochlear Implants Don’t Work”

    Elizabeth
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    Opponents of cochlear implants, or CI skeptics, or even those who are neutral but uninformed often parrot the lines that “Some people just don’t do well with cochlear implants.”  They say, “Not everyone gets the same […]
  • Culturally Sensitive Therapy

    Elizabeth
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    One of my favorite parts of my job is the fact that I get to spend time with so many amazing, interesting, terrific families of children with hearing loss.  Thanks to teletherapy, “my” families now […]
  • Potty Training for Children with Hearing Loss

    Elizabeth
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    Learning to use the toilet is a big developmental milestone for toddlers, and a big challenge for parents!  How can parents successfully navigate this age and stage, especially when you add hearing loss to the […]
  • Is This a “Hearing Loss Thing” or a “Kid Thing”?

    Elizabeth
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    One of the most common questions I hear from parents is, “My child does XYZ.  Is this due to the hearing loss?”  I’ve heard all kinds of things — from the obvious (having difficulty hearing […]
 
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    Liz's deaf blog

  • My local area: New Cross and Outram Street

    18 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Photo below is New Cross area, the pub on the corner is New Cross Pub. To the left side of the photo is a florist called The Rose Bower, which I just got into the photo. Going down this road, where the car is in the photo is Outram Street, which some of the photos below I have taken in different parts of Outram Street, as I walked down. The photos taken of Outram Street, were taken early in a morning like New Cross, while it was quieter, hence the shutters down on this shop in the photo below.Currently as this post goes to air, the shops with the green shutters are charity shops and…
  • My local area

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    I asked my Facebook friends what they would like to see here at Liz's deaf blog and one of the suggestions made was seeing the area where I live.To keep posts short, I will do several posts of my local area. Each post will start with "My local area: followed by area here," in title of post.The first one to look out for tomorrow, will be "My local area: New Cross and Outram Street."The next one after, will be "My local area: Sutton Town Centre area."Then "My local area: Sutton Lawn."All of the above three areas to come in these posts are all in walking distance of where I live and some were…
  • Engage with Parliament

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:15 am
    This has been sent to me via email, from Natalie Haynes, to share with my readers.Are you a member of the D/deaf community? Want to find out more about how you can engage with Parliament?Come to a free event organised by Parliament’s Outreach Service in partnership with the British Deaf Association to find out about the work of Parliament and how to have your say on the topics that matter to you.Our guest speaker, Stephen Lloyd MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Deafness, will talk about promoting the interests of deaf and hard of hearing people through the work of…
  • Help save Australian hearing

    14 Oct 2014 | 1:29 am
    A parent of a 4 month old deaf child, contacted me recently. His son was born with severe sensorineural hearing loss.I was asked if I wouldn't mind supporting his petition to save a very important Australian government funded organisation called Australian Hearing. And I certainly don't, so hear is the post and the link to the petition below.Australian Hearing provide free hearing aids to children, until they are 21 years of age. They provide free replacement batteries and moulds. The Government wants to privatise them, which means that the children may not receive these essential services…
  • Book review: Frustrated by Hearing Loss?

    12 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I first came across this book Frustrated by Hearing Loss? 5 keys to communication success, written by Dusty Ann Jenssen, Au.D, when Sarah at Speak Up Librarian talked about it back in July. I knew from reading this post and chatting away with Sarah, that this would be a book I would refer back to again in the future and after reading it, it will certainly be on my bookshelf for keeps, so I can refer back to it from time to time.For a small book, it was packed with information. But it is an easy to read guide with how its laid out inside and I wish this book was available to me when I first…
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    Hearing Aid Know

  • An App that lets you converse with the deaf, no sign language necessary

    Steve
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:16 am
    Transcense is a new app that accurately translates conversations in real time so the deaf and hard of hearing can participate in meetings, presentations and conversations. To put that another way: this app wants to provide real-time subtitles/captions where the captions are showing words from any number of people in a group. Founders Thibault Duchemin, […] You can read this article in full at An App that lets you converse with the deaf, no sign language necessary
  • The awesome power of sound

    Steve
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
    This is copied from a Reddit post by kerrigan7782 – normally I would just link to external sites but I don’t know if Reddit posts are deleted after a certain amount of time. The text is about the sound being emitted during the take-off of a space rocket. The Saturn V itself, (and all large […] You can read this article in full at The awesome power of sound
  • The sound so loud that it circled the earth four times

    Steve
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    On 27 August 1883, the Earth let out a noise louder than any it has made since. It was 10:02 AM local time when the sound emerged from the island of Krakatoa, which sits between Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. It was heard 1,300 miles away in the Andaman and Nicobar islands (“extraordinary sounds were […] You can read this article in full at The sound so loud that it circled the earth four times
  • A sound you can’t unhear: why our hearing is mostly controlled by our own expectations

    Steve
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    Just listen to this radio clip. It’s only takes 50 seconds for the Franklin Institute’s chief bioscientist, Jayatri Das, to demonstrate something fundamental about your brain. She starts with a clip that’s been digitally altered to sound like jibberish. On first listen, to my ears, it was entirely meaningless. Next, Das plays the original, unaltered clip: a […] You can read this article in full at A sound you can’t unhear: why our hearing is mostly controlled by our own expectations
  • Could chickens cure deafness? Study reveals birds regrow damaged hearing cells

    Steve
    23 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    The ability to discern pitch and to hear the difference between similar-sounding words relies on specialised cells within the inner ear, which can be damaged. For the first time, scientists have discovered what controls the cells’ development and pattering. They studied the development of these cells in chickens, which unlike humans, have the capacity to […] You can read this article in full at Could chickens cure deafness? Study reveals birds regrow damaged hearing cells
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    Xpressive Handz

  • Lip Reading Challenge: Guest Post by James Story from Chums

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    I want to thank James Story for graciously accepting my request to share what Chums has created. Chums challenges us to 4 different lip reading exercises. Read about the challenge and see how well you do.~~~~~~~~~~As part of UK Deaf Awareness Week in May, Chums launched an interactive lip reading challenge to test people and see how well they could lip read ten videos of different people speaking directly to a camera. All you need to do is select one of four possible answers to identify what was said. The challenge is also timed, so you get to see how accurately you can lip read as well as…
  • Albuquerque New Mexico and the Petroglyph Monument

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    After our visit to Roswell, we headed north up to Santa Fe. I had spent time there with my parents back in the 70's. My mother and I LOVED the city, the culture that has been preserved, and especially the architecture. We visited museums and spent much time in the Old City.I was amazed how much the city had grown along the outskirts. It looked so different from what I remember from my visit decades ago. I wanted to visit the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, but to our dismay, the streets were too narrow and there was no parking for a large RV, let alone one towing a car like we are. We decided we…
  • 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.
 
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    The Silent Grapevine (TSG)

  • Top 15 Popular Post from Last Week!

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Once a week TSG will list the top 15 most popular posts from the previous week of news, issues and social thinking within the ASL community!Most Popularwww.youtube.comAshley Lowe 3 OctPositive Use of Hearing Privilege in the ASL Community?vimeo.com Via @EriksonYoungVIDEO: #GlideASL comments by Andrew Bottoms @anboASL - vimeo.com/107872032 cc: @SarahGlide @GlideApp #ASL #Deaf #Glidewww.stardom101mag.net Via @Stardom101MagSports Talk] Overcoming Obstacles: Derrick Coleman Is The NFL’s First Deaf Offensive Player!
  • 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…
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