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  • If you could change one thing in history to improve something today what would it be?

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    The Joker
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
    I go back after a week Ben Franklin discovered electricity. I give him an plan to build the first power plant made from coal. And give him a plan to build the first lightbulb. Imagine lights were stored in cities in 1780. Just imagine lights advanced today.Plus it would create jobs back then too.
  • Lorilyn Roberts - Nepal is a Land of Contrasts - Extreme Poverty and Extr...

    DeafRead - Best of Deaf Blogs
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Motel view in Pokhara Nepali girl in one of the adoption homes Orphan girl adopted into a home reading a John 3:16 book. Fellowship after church - Kathmandu Lorilyn reads a story to the children Mount Everest
  • 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…
  • Pressies! Pressies! Pressies!

    Deaf Pagan Crossroads
    ocean1025
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Dinner now over, everyone moves into the log cabin’s cozy living room, filled with antiques and art. Settling herself in a large comfortable chair, Ocean begins opening and enjoying the various gifts that some of her friends have chosen to give her to celebrate this birthday. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A beautiful nautilus shell from Ghostie  who clearly […]
  • Bilateral Cochlear Implants!

    a more silent world
    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!
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  • If you could change one thing in history to improve something today what would it be?

    The Joker
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
    I go back after a week Ben Franklin discovered electricity. I give him an plan to build the first power plant made from coal. And give him a plan to build the first lightbulb. Imagine lights were stored in cities in 1780. Just imagine lights advanced today.Plus it would create jobs back then too.
  • Hearing College for a deaf student?

    colleen875
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Hi!! So..it is my first time here and its cool! My name is Colleen and I am from Massachusetts. I was born deaf and I grew up in a hearing family. I learned ASL at an early age and I went to ASD (American School for the Deaf) from preschool to 7th grade. I left ASD in 7th grade due to personal reasons and I enrolled into a public school in my small town. I must admit it was the hardest thing ever. I was the only deaf student in my town. I struggled because I hated to have an interpreter. I wanted to go to classes on my own and I did that all the time. I was able to make friends and they…
  • This is a chilling tweet from the teenage shooter.....

    Grummer
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Read at your own risk and discretion, please be advised do not let your young family member/children read this while you 'share screen to view All Deaf....... Please practice discretion, while it may not be graphic this is still quite disturbing.... https://mobile.twitter.com/frybergj
  • Hi from DeafPilotBoyTV

    DeafPilotBoyTV
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Hi, I called myself deafpilotboy because I am one of few youngest deaf boy who got pilot license! My hobby is to do stop motion with LEGO. Check out some of my work at youtube address here https://www.youtube.com/user/deafpilotboyTV Or click any image here below
  • Name sign for Chicago

    LoveBlue
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Anyone know the origin/meaning of the name sign for Chicago? A friend was asking tonight. Thanks!
 
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    SPEAK UP LIBRARIAN

  • 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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    Deaf Pagan Crossroads

  • Pressies! Pressies! Pressies!

    ocean1025
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Dinner now over, everyone moves into the log cabin’s cozy living room, filled with antiques and art. Settling herself in a large comfortable chair, Ocean begins opening and enjoying the various gifts that some of her friends have chosen to give her to celebrate this birthday. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A beautiful nautilus shell from Ghostie  who clearly […]
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    a more silent world

  • 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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    At The Rim

  • Done and dusted in 8 days ?

    MM
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    If only !!?!? It took me 11 YEARS.
  • Text support was Discrimination...

    MM
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
    It just gets worse doesn't it ?  Two men who are deaf have sued Rose Medical Center, claiming the hospital failed to provide them with a method of effective communication during emergency visits, as required under federal law.The patient, Ronald Zapko, and his partner, John Towery, claim in a federal suit filed Thursday they couldn't adequately describe symptoms and couldn't discuss treatment, the prognosis or discharge instructions during emergency visits in 2012 and 2013.Rose issued a statement to The Denver Post saying, "Our priority is to provide exceptional care and service to all…
  • Late Deafened (III)

    MM
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:04 am
    A continuation of  discourse regarding the plight of the late deafened in the UK and the huge gaps in supportive and care knowledge of that sector of deaf people.  Should be compulsive reading for charities set up to support that sector, but, is ignored in favour of the D and d thing, which seriously is undermining support and care as well as zeroing effective communication approaches. "Late deafened have no real avenue of expression, we tend to sit in the middle and bat back the various balls the pro-culture, pro hearing aid areas throw at us. As we tend to be a real minority…
  • Yodel-ay-e-oh !

    MM
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Not since Frank Ifield taught us all to yodel, and Julie Andrews  ran off with a bloke with 6 kids all older than him, have I been so dis-enamoured with Switzerland (OK ! So Julie was maybe Austria ! picky picky !... it's all Greek to me). I read one quote recently, it said.  "the Swiss have a penkife with 50 blades on it, (there's a lot of gravel in them thar reindeer hoofs for sure, no wonder they all fly at Xmas....), an army, and every man between the age of eighteen and fifty is in it (valid point, not much point if they are all 95 or 7...). They all have their side arms…
  • Why is the sky blue ?

    MM
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
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    Deaf Network of Texas

  • North Texas Deaf Bowling Club Tournament 11/8/14

    Grant Laird Jr
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    North Texas Deaf Bowling Club 2nd Annual Mixed Individual Handicap Bowling Tournament DATE: Saturday, November 8th, 2014 TIME: 11am – 6pm ADDRESS: 1398 W. Main Street Lewisville, Texas North Texas Deaf Bowling Club 2nd Annual Mixed Individual Handicap Bowling Tournament Saturday, November 8, 2014 AMF Lewisville Lanes – Lewisville, Texas $500.00 Guaranteed for Open Mixed […]
  • Job Opportunity in Corpus Christi

    Grant Laird Jr
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Job Opportunity in Corpus Christi Corpus Christi Area Council for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Center 5151 McArdle Road Corpus Christi, Texas 78411 361-993-1154 Office Job Vacancies As of September 24, 2014 A) Interpreter for the Deaf: Currently available are assignments in Laredo, Texas. Working at the Regional School for the Deaf Program in […]
  • DHHS: A webinar for Interpreters 10/30/14 – Free

    Grant Laird Jr
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    A webinar for interpreters – October 30, 2014 – free Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services presents “Qualified to Interpret?”, Thursday, October 30, 2014 What is a qualified interpreter? The answer you most likely will get is: “it depends”. How to get around this answer and make an […]
  • Texas Connect Resource – We want your feedback

    Grant Laird Jr
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Texas Connect Resource The purpose of this research study is to determine what sections of the Texas Connect resource book are most beneficial to parents of children with hearing loss. All we ask is that you visit the website, create an anonymous login, and explore the available information. The website is http://www.texasconnectresource.com You may be […]
  • No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie 11/6/14 – Lubbock

    Grant Laird Jr
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    NO ORDINARY HERO THE SUPERDEAFY MOVIE We need 10 or more people to purchase the tickets for the movie. “No Ordinary Hero The SuperDeafy Movie” attached and see below for instruction to purchase the ticket(s). Thursday, November 06 6:30PM – 7:58PM At Premiere Cinema + IMAX – Lubbock 6002 Slide Rd – South Plains Mall […]
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    DeafNation

  • President of Korean Association of the Deaf

    DeafNation
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:54 pm
    In this interview, we sit down with a man of many experiences and stories… Seungil Byun 변승일! We have the chance to learn about a country’s hardships and passion to gain equality in different aspects for their Deaf community in this video. Join in on the interview and get to know this individual on his […]
  • Deaf Author of “Finding Zoe”

    DeafNation
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    As “Finding Zoe” hits bookstores, Joel Barish sits down with “Finding Zoe” author Brandi Rarus. With some questions from Joel, Brandi shares her experience in writing the book, the struggle of publishing the story, and the experiences of people around her as the book progresses to the final stage. (captioned)
  • 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 […]
 
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    Fookem and Bug

  • 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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    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

  • Halloween Poster Hand-y Craft

    LeeAnn Mason
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Use your imagination to create a Halloween poster to display! Download Halloween poster directions Additional Halloween Crafts! Download Pumpkin Carving Patterns Download Bat & Ghost Lollipop Holder directions Download Witch Hats directions Download dozens more Signing Time Hand-y Crafts for all occasions – FREE!  
  • 30% Off NEW TreeSchoolers and Signing Time

    LeeAnn Mason
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Now Available Rachel & the TreeSchoolers: Happy, Healthy Me!   Add ANY TreeSchoolers product to your cart and get 30% off your ENTIRE ORDER! Use code happy30 at checkout New Episode! Happy, Healthy Me Songs, Signs, and Science!  Learn more than 50 ASL signs Happy, Healthy Me explores questions such as: What can we do to take care of our bodies? Where do healthy foods come from? Why do we need sleep and exercise? Why do we need to drink water? How can we listen to our bodies? Why do we need to stay clean? How do bodies get sick? Plus learn 50 ASL Signs!  Learn more Watch a preview…
  • Sign of the Week – Grandpa

    LeeAnn Mason
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:40 am
    It’s Tuesday… here’s your sign of the week! This Week’s Featured Sign: Grandpa Watch the Video (Click the Image Below to Play) Free QuickTime Player required Download the Flashcard (click on the image. Print in color or black-and-white and adjust the print size according to your needs.)   Signing Time Volume 2 – Playtime Signs Everyone loves playtime! Alex, Leah, and host Rachel Coleman teach ASL signs related to sharing, toys, manners, and more. Created for ages 1-8 but enjoyed by all! Available in DVD and Digital. Closed-Captioned. Approximate run time: 30…
  • Sign of the Week – Six

    LeeAnn Mason
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:35 am
    Here’s your sign of the week! This Week’s Featured Sign: the Number “6″ 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 – 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
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    Hearing Impairment News -- ScienceDaily

  • Scientists restore hearing in noise-deafened mice, pointing way to new therapies

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Scientists have restored the hearing of mice partly deafened by noise, using advanced tools to boost the production of a key protein in their ears. By demonstrating the importance of the protein, called NT3, in maintaining communication between the ears and brain, these new findings pave the way for research in humans that could improve treatment of hearing loss caused by noise exposure and normal aging.
  • 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.
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    Dr. Z and You

  • NEW Z5 MAX Sizzles! Flying Off the Shelves!!

    pbravin
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    After months of research and deciding what you, the consumer, wanted the best in video communication, ZVRS put together the Z5 Max–it’s a videophone with a browser! Before we knew it, the Z5 MAX has turned into a very HOT item, popular with our video communication users. With Firefly, which flashes for incoming calls, it is a complete unit! It also is a touchscreen, so you can tap on the screen to make calls! Why did we include an Internet browser? Simple, how often in the middle of a call do you go to your computer to get information you need for the call. With Z5 Max, no running…
  • 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…
 
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    Cochlear Implant Online

  • Frequently Asked Questions About Speech and Articulation

    Elizabeth
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Here are some of the most common questions I hear about speech, articulation, and people with hearing loss. My child is [age] and doesn’t say the [b, f, s, k, etc.] sound yet.  Is that okay? […]
  • Cochlear Implants, Residual Hearing, and Hybrid CIs

    Elizabeth
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    “When you get a cochlear implant, all of your natural hearing is destroyed.” This used to be the common wisdom: get a cochlear implant, forgo any residual hearing (hearing that you have without the use of hearing devices). […]
  • 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 […]
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  • My local area: Sutton Town Centre area

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    These photos were taken early like some of the others in the previous post, to catch it at its quietest moments, as its busy when all shops are open.  The first two photos below are of the sun dial we have, that nobody wanted. The towns residents felt something could have been done better for the area. I agree with that too. Also when the sun dial first went up, it wasn't long said how one of the roman numerals were placed wrong. I don't know if this was ever corrected. I did not even know anything was wrong when it first went up, as I don't really know my roman numerals, so I would…
  • 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…
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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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  • 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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