Thursday, February 11, 2016

Kids at the American School for the Deaf feel the beat

A dance workshop at West Hartford, Connecticut's American School for the Deaf brought out some great moves by the students. WTIC-TV has a video report (no captions but you can read the story here).

Proposal to put college on campus of state deaf school

A plan that would create a four-year college on the campus of the New Mexico School for the Deaf got a lot of attention when the state legislature held a hearing on the topic Tuesday. Find out what happened in an article published by the Santa Fe New Mexican.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Mickey D's drive-thru problem

A Deaf McDonald's customer in Omaha says he's outraged by the treatment he received at an McDonald's restaurant. WOWT has a video report (no caption but you can read the story here).

Deaf man shot and killed after knocking on door

A woman in San Antonio shot and killed a deaf man who did nothing more than knock on her door. When his body was discovered, police found a note next to his body with the word "sorry" written on it. WOAI-TV has a video report (no captions but you can read the story here).

Captioned video ads

Facebook is now offering captioned video ads--and because they've proved helpful toward increasing the number of viewers, you are likely to see more of them soon. Read the full story at Ad Week.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Bosnian classmates reach out to deaf student

A Bosian 6-year-old started school deaf and did not know sign language. His first-grade class decided to learn along with him. Read the story from Associated Press here.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

No Qualifications For ASL Interpreters in Florida

Florida is considering raising the level of requirements for sign language interpreters because "Florida is one of only five states that has no standard for sign language interpreter qualifications in K-12 programs.” Read the story at WFSU Radio/TV here.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

A Decade Ago... A Crime Stopped

A deaf bank customer helped stop a bank robbery on this day (Jan 30) in 2003. A bank teller in Rochester, New York tipped off the man as he was going through the drive-through. The robber had entered a branch of HSBC yelled that he was robbing it, then jumped on a counter and pistol-whipped a teller. Another teller at the drive-up window just happened to be helping a deaf customer at that moment. She mouthed the words "we are being robbed." The lip-reading customer then drove to a nearby liquor store and called 911. Police nabbed the robbery suspect not far from the bank as he was trying to wash dye off his hands after a dye pack in the money bag had exploded. The injured teller suffered only minor injuries.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Getting to know.. audiologist Marion Downs

image from Marion Downs Hearing Center 
One of the people most responsible for newborn hearing screening in the U.S. was born this day (Jan. 26) in 1914. Audiologist Marion Downs published two books and over 100 articles on the topic during her lifetime. The Marion Downs Hearing Center opened nearly a decade ago at the University of Colorado Medical Center. WVXU radio in Cincinnati has more on this remarkable woman here. She was 100 years old when she died on Nov. 13, 2014.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

3 years ago.. Gally prof dies in fire

Image from Gallaudet University
It was three year ago today (Jan. 23, 2013) that Gallaudet lost one of its professors. Laura Snyder-Gardner and her teenage daughter, Marry Ann, died in a fire in the northern Virginia town of Falls Church. They had moved from Florida to the DC suburb just a couple of years before. Neighbors say the neighborhood was rocked by a loud noise before the fire broke out. Gardner was 48 years old and had worked at Gallaudet since 2009. She served as an assistant coach of the girls' soccer team at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf last year.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

BSL and social media

There was a time when sign language users had to go to a local club to shoot the breeze, share advice or have any kind of conversation, reports the BBC. But social media, particularly Facebook has changed everything. It's a look at the impact of Facebook on British Sign Language in the video below. You can read the story here.

On this date.. Sorenson Dies

James LeVoy Sorenson(image from Southern Utah University)
A driving force in the Deaf community died on this date (Jan. 20) in 2008. James LeVoy Sorenson passed away at a Salt Lake City hospital at the age of 86. Utah's richest man was estimated to be worth $4.5 billion by Forbes magazine. Perhaps best known for co-developing the first real-time computerized heart monitor and founding Sorenson Communication, his donations to Gallaudet University totaled more than $5 million.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Panama City Police: Woman neglected deaf children to go "to the club"

A Florida woman is facing charges she left her three young children--two of whom are deaf--unattended this past weekend while she “went to the club,” reports the Panama City News Herald. Read the full story here.

Monday, January 11, 2016

First Day for New Gally Prez

Bobbi Cordano
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Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano officially becomes Gallaudet's 11th president today. The Board of Trustees picked the Minnesota foundation executive from a group of three finalists. Cordano is 51 years old and deaf. She attended Wisconsin's Beloit College before earning a law degree University of Wisconsin at Madison. She succeeds T. Alan Hurwitz. Read more about her in the Baltimore Sun here