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  • Russian Jokes

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    The Joker
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:33 pm
    In Soviet Russia, Car drive YOU! In Soviet Russia, Egg lays you! In Soviet Russia, Joke laughs at you In Soviet Russia, TV watches YOU!!
  • The Limping Chicken - Mike Gulliver: Academics should consult Deaf people bef...

    DeafRead - Best of Deaf Blogs
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:31 pm
    The last few weeks have me thinking about the idea of co-production. Actually, thats wrong, Ive been thinking about co-production on and off for the last ten years (without calling it that) but the last few weeks have brought some questions to the fore. Im sure more thoughts will come out in time, particularly since []
  • Who is Tinsel?

    SPEAK UP LIBRARIAN
    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…
  • Todd Elliott’s Letter to DOJ

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    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…
  • How Does Your Garden Grow?

    Deaf Pagan Crossroads
    ocean1025
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Paganism is an earth-based religion, and one of the common ways that many Pagans practice their spirituality and honor the earth is by maintaining gardens, where they grow their own vegetables, herbs, flowers and other plants. The bounties of these gardens often make their ways into dishes and teas, and also get used in the […]
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  • Russian Jokes

    The Joker
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:33 pm
    In Soviet Russia, Car drive YOU! In Soviet Russia, Egg lays you! In Soviet Russia, Joke laughs at you In Soviet Russia, TV watches YOU!!
  • Plastic Beads in toothpaste getting into people gums

    whatdidyousay!
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:17 pm
    http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/...hpaste-n205826
  • Hearing lose and pain

    aweet_princess198925
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Is it normal to have hearing lose and pain in your ears. My ears have been hurting for a week and I have no idea why. I no it's not a ear infection so I'm lost.
  • Got my Phonak Naida Q50 UP's programmed

    Delville
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:43 pm
    So I got my hearing aids the other day that I bought used from eBay, they came programmed for the user that had them before myself but they were just not enough power for me. So I had to go get them programmed by a audiologist yesterday and let me you what a huge difference it made and so wonderful to actually hear everything. In two weeks I'm going back to fine tune them but for now I just have a baseline programmed in them, but what a difference from what I had before. Attachment 21528 Sent from my iPad using AllDeaf Attached Images ImageUploadedByAllDeaf1411004595.968146.jpg (93.7 KB)
  • Stethoscope

    ncote418
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Is there anyone in the medical field and uses a stethoscope? I have profound hearing loss in both ears and obviously cannot wear a normal stethoscope due to having hearing aids in both aids. Does anyone recommend a type of stethoscope? I am an EMT and aspiring to be a physician assistant.
 
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  • The Limping Chicken - Mike Gulliver: Academics should consult Deaf people bef...

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:31 pm
    The last few weeks have me thinking about the idea of co-production. Actually, thats wrong, Ive been thinking about co-production on and off for the last ten years (without calling it that) but the last few weeks have brought some questions to the fore. Im sure more thoughts will come out in time, particularly since []
  • Xpressive Handz - September 12 Journal Entry: Preparing for our Journey

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Today is September 12, 2014: Our 5th Year Wedding Anniversary It would\'ve been 8 years since Brody and I moved to Pennsylvania this November 17, 2007 to be with Gary. Our life in Pennsylvania has been such a blessing. I am already missing some of the friends I made here through the years. This day is the beginning of a new season in our life as we move forward w...
  • Xpressive Handz - September 16, 2014: Our Journey Begins

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    We left Mount Joy yesterday around 3:30 pm. Gary got the car dolly hooked up to the RV and we are on our way. We took 81 through Maryland and West Virginia and Virginia. We spent our first night on the road in Harrisonburg, Virginia. I was exhausted from all the packing these past few days and really looking forward to climbing into bed. Did I say climb...
  • Caption Action 2 - A Historic First: #CaptionsForLauren

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Imagine that you are a young fan of a popular YouTube show. Then one day, you find yourself in the emergency room and you have lost all your hearing. Now you can\'t watch your favorite YouTube show because there are no captions!This is really happening now to a young lady named Lauren Neal, who is a fan of the Rhett and Link web TV program \"Good Mythical Morning.\" Now ...
  • Deaf Network of Texas - TCL Vibe Travel Clock Review by Grant Laird Jr.

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:01 pm
    TCL Vibe Travel Clock Review by Grant Laird Jr. September 17, 2014 Last month, one of the employees who work in PR at Harris Communications contacted me to see if I would be interested doing reviews on the upcoming new traveling clock. I told her I will be more than happy to do it for []
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  • 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…
  • Good News! Joyce Won

    16 Aug 2014 | 5:19 pm
    A message from Joyce to all who voted for her in the Oticon Focus on People Awards:Thank you so very much for supporting me and helping me win this NATIONAL award!It is a great honor to not only be nominated and selected as a candidate, but to have been voted by you and so many others, not just in the US, but around the world as Oticon's 2014 Focus on People award winner for "Advocate of the Year".Please share this press release with as many people as you can. Oticon is truly a company that puts "People First", just as their motto claims. This non-profit based company gave the winners in each…
 
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  • 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…
  • Clarification: Neutral Platform & Reference Platform

    edsalert
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Hullo Savvy Readers,   In reviewing past posts on Neutral Platform (NP) I realized further clarification is needed on NP.     What FCC did was release two separate RFPs (request for proposals):   One for Neutral Video Communication Service Platform (let’s call that “NP”) and one for VRS Access Technology Reference Platform (Reference Platform: “RP”).      Big Difference!         Partial modified quote by FCC the RFP on NP:     The functions provided by the NP include the provision of : a video…
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    Deaf Pagan Crossroads

  • How Does Your Garden Grow?

    ocean1025
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Paganism is an earth-based religion, and one of the common ways that many Pagans practice their spirituality and honor the earth is by maintaining gardens, where they grow their own vegetables, herbs, flowers and other plants. The bounties of these gardens often make their ways into dishes and teas, and also get used in the […]
 
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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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    News | Deaf Gay Lesbian Bi Trans Queer Community News

  • It’s our birthday!

    DQRC
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Today is the Deaf Queer Resource Center’s 19th birthday! Whoooo! In Internet time, we’re ancient (but hey, we’re young at heart!). And yes, we know. Our website is woefully outdated. A lot of sections have been taken offline and archived. We’ve had a lot in the works but no time to make it happen. We hope to get the website revamped by our next birthday. If you’d like to help out (DQRC is run entirely by volunteers), hit us up. In the meantime, follow us on the following social media outlets: Facebook Page Facebook Group Twitter Instagram Some brief history:…
  • Beyond One-Dimension: An Open Letter to NAD

    DQRC
    30 May 2012 | 1:58 am
    (The following letter was submitted to the National Association of the Deaf Board of Directors.) Dear NAD Board Members, Thank you for your wonderful declaration of support for queer marriage equality. Such a declaration coming from the NAD Board would have been unfathomable 15-25 years ago. The major difference between then and now is that people have become more educated, aware and are taking a stand against inequality. It takes courage to be an ally. And it is allies uniting together against all forms of oppression that will ultimately change the world. Our joy at NAD’s declaration…
  • SF Pride Weekend 2010

    DQRC
    25 Jun 2010 | 3:10 pm
    It’s Pride weekend here in San Francisco! For those of you in the area or who visiting from out of town, here’s a quick summary of events you may want to know about: Friday, June 25th * Trans March – 3:30-7 PM at Dolores Park (on Dolores, between 18th and 19th Streets) – ASL Interpreted * Deaf LGBT Coffee Social – 6-9 PM at Cafe Flore (on Market at Noe in the Castro) Saturday, June 26th * SF Pride Celebration – Noon-6 PM at Civic Center (downtown).  Main stage will be ASL Interpreted until 4 PM. * Dyke March – 3-7 PM at Dolores Park (on Dolores,…
  • Deaf Trans Conference

    DQRC
    22 Feb 2010 | 5:01 pm
    The Ontario Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf (ORAD) and The Trans Program at The 519 Church Street Community Centre are hosting the first-ever Deaf Trans Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from March 12 to 13, 2010. This first of its kind conference aims to bring together the Deaf and Trans communities in North America and shed light on both communities.  It will provide an opportunity for individuals and their allies in the Deaf and Trans communities to unite and share common experiences, regardless of language barriers, and to gain a greater understanding of both the Deaf and Trans…
  • From a Chase Community Giving Skeptic

    DQRC
    15 Jan 2010 | 5:13 pm
    If you checked your Facebook account in December, you couldn’t miss those pesky Chase Community Giving banner ads plastered all over Facebook announcing that Chase was giving away $5 million dollars. The top 100 organizations garnering the most votes would receive $25,000 from Chase. A second round of voting would then take place and 5 of those organizations would be awarded $100,000 with 1 lucky winner receiving a cool $1 million. This would supposedly all take place by Facebook community vote. Skeptical? You bet I was. Corporate contests are a dime a dozen and with hundreds of…
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    At The Rim

  • The arrogance of the deaf academia..

    MM
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:40 am
    Mike Gulliver's latest blog on hearing consulting deaf first (Via a vlog that wasn't even captioned), shows how dire the deaf academic set up really is, and what its aims are, either then rambling about a deaf utopia, or exclaiming there were deaf 500 years ago ! (AMAZING! of course we never realised that),  and an impossible dream that has no support from rank and file and the suggestion hearing consult them (Who are them ?), is via nil mandate from any of us.Who would ask these deaf first on anything accessible e.g. ?   Deaf study centres are staffed by a collection of inflamed…
  • BSL Channel: Debate Joined....

    MM
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Social Media is being engaged in the BSL Channel debate, here are some facebook views expressed, a number fail to see justification for a BSL channel, some. even their right to a funded program...Jobs for the boys ?The industry that includes Deaf presenters, researchers, actors, technicians, translators and people who get honorary doctorates and MBE's just because they work in sign language. There is no such corresponding lipreading fraternity. Essentially the people making all the fuss are Deaf Luvvies.  Doing very nicely, thank you and ensuring a lucrative future.Why should the…
  • Braille captions of your telephone conversations

    MM
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:23 am
    Tina had a CapTel phone when it was operational in the UK and she used it for 2 years in a finance manager role. Nowadays it sits on her desk gathering dust, unable to connect to the CapTel service which is now only available in the USA. No one ever guessed she was deaf as the captions were so fast and accurate. Tina loved CapTel and she really misses having access to a great phone service. She is hoping the new NGTR service in the UK will live up to its promises when it is finally launched, but in the meantime, it is interesting to see the technology used in other countries and which may…
  • Oh..My.. Gaaaaaard !

    MM
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:05 am
    Is it for children ?
  • Should BSL get own channel ?

    MM
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:58 am
    This week a consultation by media industry regulator Ofcom comes to an end. It could lead to more funding for television programmes made in British Sign Language (BSL), if there is enough support. But should there be a dedicated sign language channel?Other British minorities have television channels funded via government and the BBC licence fee. Gaelic speakers have BBC Alba where you can watch Gaelic versions of TV shows like Peppa Pig and the much anticipated drama Bannan, due to be broadcast later this month. In Wales, S4C delivers Welsh language television like its famous soap Pobol y Cwm…
 
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    Deaf Network of Texas

  • TCL Vibe Travel Clock Review by Grant Laird Jr.

    Grant Laird Jr
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:52 pm
    TCL Vibe Travel Clock Review by Grant Laird Jr. September 17, 2014 Last month, one of the employees who work in PR at Harris Communications contacted me to see if I would be interested doing reviews on the upcoming new traveling clock. I told her I will be more than happy to do it for […]
  • employAbility Career Expo 9/30/14

    Grant Laird Jr
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:25 am
    EmployAbility Career Expo Note: We contacted them and they confirmed that the sign language interpreter will be there! Don’t miss it!!!!! The Dallas Mayor’s Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (CDT) Sheraton Dallas Hotel 400 N Olive Street Dallas, TX 75201 Host: The […]
  • Are you or someone you know struggling to hear….or to understand? Workshop – San Antonio

    Grant Laird Jr
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Are you or someone you know struggling to hear….or to understand? Please join us for a presentation on implantable hearing solutions, learn how a Cochlear Implant, Baha or Hybrid Hearing Solution may help you. When: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – 6-8 PM Where: Communication Axess Ability Group 7400 Blanco Road, Suite 262 San Antonio, Texas […]
  • Is Communication Access in a Workplace or other Setting Challenging for you? 9/30/14 – Austin

    Grant Laird Jr
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Is Communication Access in a Workplace or other Setting Challenging for you? – Austin area Listen up! Here are questions for you all. Are you comfortable to discuss your communication needs with your employer or your doctor? What about requesting an accommodation (i.e., an interpreter or communication access realtime translation (CART)) in your workplace? Is […]
  • Deaf Awareness DAY: Open Caption Movie 9/28/14 – Houston

    Grant Laird Jr
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Deaf Awareness DAY Open Caption Movie! CAAGVRS CAAG Bring you THE MAZE RUNNER! With Open Captions Santikos Silverado IMAX 24720 State Hwy 249 Tomball, Texas September 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM Houston’s Deaf Awareness Week ends on INTERNATIONAL DEAF AWARENESS DAY, September 28th, 2014! We finish off the week with the action packed drama THE […]
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    DeafNation

  • 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 […]
  • China: Chongming Restaurant Owners

    Joel Barish
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:48 am
    In Chongming, China, we tag along with Joel to visit a successful restaurant owned by a Deaf couple. Get an inside look of the kitchen and some of the cooking! Believe it or not… one of the famous dishes of China is the chicken feet! Here in this video, you learn more about it! Join […]
  • Serving the Deaf Community: Past, Present and Future

    DeafNation
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    Chris Soukup, CEO of CSD visits with Joel Barish in the DN360 studio to talk about how the needs of the Deaf community are being served by nonprofits like CSD. Chris and Joel discusses the past, present, and the future of non-profits, specifically CSD. Chris also shares CSD’s goals for the future to better serve […]
  • China: Printing Company Owner

    Joel Barish
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:05 am
    Remember Jiaxin Wei 魏家新 from one of our previous video clips? Well, we get to know him a bit more in this one! Xiaobo Song 宋晓波 tags along with us and Joel to visit Wei at his printing factory. Come inside and take a look around, learn why this business is recognized as second most […]
 
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    Deaf Characters in Adolescent Literature

  • 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.
  • Interview with Invisible author Cecily Anne Paterson

    Sharon Pajka,Ph.D.
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    The 2014 Kindle edition of Invisible caught my eye and I could not put down this book. In fact, I pretty much read this book it two sittings and probably would have finished in one if I didn’t need to sleep. The story is told from the perspective of Jazmine Crawford, a 13-year-old deaf girl who functions as a pretty hard of hearing teen when she’s wearing her hearing aid. She is being raised by a single mother and has learned to not complain or share her problems (or even state that she has problems). She doesn’t have any friends and author Cecily Anne Paterson does a great job…
  • New Book ***Flying to the Fire*** released today + Author Elyse Salpeter Interview

    Sharon Pajka,Ph.D.
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    Elyse Salpeter’s Flying to the Fire: Book #2 (Flying Series) is told through the perspective of a grown up, teenage Danny. Danny is Deaf and communicates through American Sign Language. In the first book in the series, Danny was just a kid who happened to have a special ability—knowing what happens to people when they die. This ability attracts the attention of a dangerous scientist and when Danny’s parents are kidnapped, it is up to his older brother Michael to seek help, and outwit and outrun a mad scientist and the FBI. Fortunately as readers learn in the first book, Danny also can…
  • Elyse Salpeter's ~Flying~ Book Launch Party August 30th

    Sharon Pajka,Ph.D.
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    Elyse Salpeter is coming out with a sequel to her 2011 novel, Flying to the Light. While I’m preparing another interview with her, I wanted to point out that she’s planning a book launch party. You can join her Facebook Launch eventof Flying to the Fire. If you’re just learning of Salpeter’s book. You can order a Kindle edition version for $2.99. Flying to the Light by Elyse Salpeter Publisher: Cool Well Press, Inc. (November 10, 2011)Elyse Salpeter’s Flying to the Light is told through the perspective of older brother Michael who until a few days before the story begins is an…
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    Pittsburgh Association of the Deaf

  • 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 8 pm Oct 31st Poker League 8:30 pm
  • September Events

    jsjdeafbowler
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    Sept 5th New Poker Season League 8:30 pm Sept 6th Bingo Night 7:30 pm Sept 10th PAD Senior Citizen 10 am to 4 pm Sept 12th Poker League 8:30 pm Sept 13th Active Meeting 7:30 pm and Labor Day Bash Sept 19th Poker League 8:30 pm Sept 20th Pingo Night 8 pm Sept 26th Poker League 8:30 pm Sept 27th Poker Tourney 7:30 pm
  • August Events

    jsjdeafbowler
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    Aug 1st Poker League 8:30pm Aug 2nd Bingo Night 7:30pm Aug 8th Poker League 8:30pm Aug 9th Active Meeting 7:30pm Aug  13th PAD Senior Citizen Social 10am to 4pm Aug 15th Poker League 8:30pm Aug 16th Pingo Night 8pm Aug 22nd Poker League 8:30 pm Aug 23rd Free Cookout from Mens Softball Team Pittsburgh Steel Balls 6pm Aug 29th Poker League Finals 7:30pm
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    Signing Time » Signing Time Blog

  • 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…
  • In the News: Rachel gives Hawkeye a helping, signing hand

    Signing Time
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Rachel Coleman on the set of Rachel & the TreeSchoolers The archer superhero’s hearing loss inspires and resonates with readers. By Michael McFall  | The Salt Lake Tribune Marvel’s archer superhero Hawkeye, who recently lost his hearing, got a helping hand from an empathetic Utah mother, Rachel Coleman, whose own daughter is deaf, too. Hawkeye, whose real name is Clint Barton, damaged his hearing years ago in a fight and wore hearing aids for a while. That eventually was written out of the comics — which the current writer of the Hawkeye series, Matt Fraction, felt was a shame. The…
  • Sign of the Week – Feelings

    LeeAnn Mason
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:25 am
    It’s Tuesday… here’s your sign of the week! This Week’s Featured Sign: Feelings 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

  • 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.
  • Diverse neighborhoods may help infants' social learning

    10 Sep 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Experiencing diverse communities by hearing different languages at the park, on a bus or in the grocery store may make babies more open-minded in their social learning, a new study finds.
  • Stop and listen: Study shows how movement affects hearing

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    When we want to listen carefully to someone, the first thing we do is stop talking. The second thing we do is stop moving altogether. The interplay between movement and hearing has a counterpart deep in the brain. A new study used optogenetics to reveal exactly how the motor cortex, which controls movement, can tweak the volume control in the auditory cortex, which interprets sound.
  • Disability, deafness often go hand-in-hand

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    At least forty per cent of UK people with learning disabilities are suffering from hearing loss, but new research shows they are unlikely to be diagnosed. To research hearing loss in people with learning disabilities, one expert focuses on the current issues people with learning disabilities (PWLD) are facing and why they are left undiagnosed in the long-term.
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    Dr. Z and You

  • 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…
  • Editorial #139: Open Up Sorenson Videomail! Unfair! Thanks from Dr. Z!

    pbravin
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
      Thank you! Thank you! Many of you wrote to the FCC about the Sorenson videomail interoperability issue. It has to come from you as deaf and hard of hearing consumers. Let’s continue to remind the FCC about this inexcusable issue. Why is this inexcusable? All VRS providers get public money to be sure the VRS service is functionally equivalent. Look here: Title IV of the ADA which is the law of the land says in part: “provide the ability for an individual who has a hearing impairment or speech impairment to engage in communication by wire or radio with a hearing individual in…
  • Editorial #138: Dr. Z Tells the FCC—Open Up Sorenson Videomail!

    pbravin
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
      Dr. Z is getting 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. 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 message. This is not a broken record—it is all about EQUALITY (functional…
 
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    Cochlear Implant Online

  • 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 […]
  • Why Not Baby Signs?

    Elizabeth
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Even parents who have chosen a listening and spoken language outcome for their children often ask, “Should we use baby signs?” just to fill the gap during the time from identification to cochlear implantation, or […]
  • Lies, D*mned Lies, and Statistics: How to Understand Research

    Elizabeth
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    “There are three kinds of lies: lies, d*mned lies, and statistics.”  – Mark Twain It can certainly seem that way, can’t it?  Most people are not given the opportunity to take a rigorous research methods […]
  • For Children with Hearing Loss, Not Just Any SLP Will Do

    Elizabeth
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    I am a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) by training.  I think SLPs are great!  But I strongly believe that for children with hearing loss, not just any SLP will do.  Why? Speech-language pathology training programs in the […]
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    Liz's deaf blog

  • Book review: Oh Dear Silvia by Dawn French

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:57 am
    This is the first time I have read a book that Dawn French has written. I had to buy this after first coming across it elsewhere, which I picked up to read first page to see if it would grab me and I realised it had.What's the story about?The story is about Silvia who lies in a hospital bed, in a coma. Family and friends are at her side talking to her. Each thinking they know her. But do they? Silvia hides a secret and as her visitors gather, so the truth about Silvia is slowly revealed.But what is it?You will have to find out yourself, by reading the book. I won't spoil it. But I wasn't…
  • Learning bug

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:09 am
    After completing and passing my English level 1 and level 2. Not forgetting when I did a beginners photography course before that and now on a journey to improve my Maths, but also to start on my GCSE English, which my aim is to hopefully have a better grade than the one I left school with, which was a grade D, with grade 4 in oral communication.I have also been looking at a possibility of another course next year along with my Customer Care I still want to do, as I have another career in mind to choose from, from the other two I have already have in mind, that my learning bug is now rubbing…
  • Deafness can be...

    13 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Deafness for me, can be, or has been, in either a negative or positive way:FrustratingAngryFed upMisunderstoodIgnoranceLosing confidenceIsolatingChallengingExhaustingSometimes lonelyExcludedInsecureSadAnnoyingQuietRelaxingAcceptedManagingSupportHow is deafness for you?© 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.
  • Braci Hearing Assistant

    11 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    Matthew Manetta contacted me via email recently, to let me know about Braci Hearing Assistant, an app that can alert you to sounds. This has been created by a team he is involved in, who have created this app for Android and Pebble watch. Matt joined the start up as a co-founder in November. His team consists of Anwar Almojarkesh (inventor), Amr Wanly (designer), himself (biz dev/marketing) and Juma El-Awaisi (product manager).Matt was saying how they have actually been working on this project for a long time, due to lots of testing it takes to get accuracy and negate the false…
  • How to make a phone call when wearing your hearing aids

    11 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    If you feel you are able to hear on the phone to make a phone call using a landline or mobile phone, then it is important how you place the receiver to your ear. You have to remember that now you are wearing hearing aids, you can't position the phone in exactly same way as before. This is something that my Mum is learning and that I had to learn when I first started wearing aids. Instead you have to hold your phone a little higher, so the microphone on your hearing aid can pick up who is speaking.It takes practice to feel comfortable holding it this way, especially if…
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    Xpressive Handz

  • September 16, 2014: Our Journey Begins

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:33 pm
    We left Mount Joy yesterday around 3:30 pm. Gary got the car dolly hooked up to the RV and we are on our way.We took 81 through Maryland and West Virginia and Virginia.We spent our first night on the road in Harrisonburg, Virginia.I was exhausted from all the packing these past few days and really looking forward to climbing into bed. Did I say “climb”? Good. Because it would take a skilled climber to make it up on top of the master bed if you have short legs like me.The sleeping bags we put over the sheets have shiny, slippery material on the outside. I kept slipping off the edge of the…
  • September 12 Journal Entry: Preparing for our Journey

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Today is September 12, 2014: Our 5th Year Wedding AnniversaryIt would've been 8 years since Brody and I moved to Pennsylvania this November 17, 2007 to be with Gary. Our life in Pennsylvania has been such a blessing. I am already missing some of the friends I made here through the years.This day is the beginning of a new season in our life as we move forward with the beautiful plans God has created for us. We are picking up the motorhome in Maryland this afternoon. I hope to begin to pack it up this evening for our transcontinental move back to the Oregon coast.Yesterday, the neighbors across…
  • In Solemn Remembrance

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    May we heal and move forward in peace.IN REMEMBERANCESeptember 11, 2001WE WILL NEVER FORGETWe shall keep this day, and the events and the tears in our memory and our hearts and take them with us as we carry on.Please take a moment to read this important short post:http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/09/teach_your_children_about_911_photos_opinion.html
  • My Return to Sound - Thank you Oticon!

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:31 am
    When Sara Coulter contacted me on behalf of Oticon in July that I had won the "Focus On People" award in the category of Advocacy for 2014, the first thing she had me do was make an appointment with an audiologist in Lancaster to be fitted with my new hearing instruments so I would have them for the awards ceremony. Sara explained that Cindy Lipman was donating her time and her professional expertise to get the best and most suitable hearing aids for me.Sara CoulterTagTeam GlobalSara was with us every step of the way during the process from notifying we had won, and all the events…
  • They Can No Longer Pull the Wool Over My "Ears"

    5 Sep 2014 | 4:46 am
    ****   Watch for Monday's post when I share about "My Return to Sound" and all the new accessories and gadgets I was given from Oticon for winning the 2014 "Focus on People" award for Advocacy. For now, here's a little story of how life has changed in our neighborhood since I reentered the world of sound.   ***The neighborhood children often come to play in front of our home. I never really heard what was going on, and often they would try to talk to me while I sat on our second floor balcony watching them play. Countless times I had to tell them I couldn't hear or read what they…
 
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  • 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…
  • FCC wins US court challenge by Sorenson on FCC rate cut.

    5 Sep 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Three days ago, the US appeals rejected Sorenson Communications Inc’s challenge of a 2013 order by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that cut the amount the company get paid for providing a service to help deaf and hard of hearing people make phone calls. However, the FCC did lose part of the challenge since the FCC’s 2013 order that raised the standards for how fast the service operates was sent back by the judges for the FCC to review again. According to Reuters:Like other VRS providers, Sorenson receives payments from the FCC for such calls at a rate set by the agency based…
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