Monday, October 5, 2015

DeafNation comes to California

DeafNation Expo hits Pleasanton, California this Saturday (Oct 10). Join the trade show for exhibitions and entertainment at no charge. You'll find it at the Alameda County Fair. Find out more here.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Did T-Mobile & Sprint dodge required support for Deaf users?

T-Mobile and Sprint are getting grief from rival AT&T because they didn't bother to develop technology for deaf callers as part of their new Wi-Fi calling option. Users can "make calls over an internet connection rather than a traditional wireless connection" reports MotherBoard. Read the full story here.

Staging a Broadway Musical With Deaf Actors

"Staging a Broadway show is always a three-dimensional chess game. But this “Spring Awakening,” which uses eight deaf actors, eight hearing actors and seven onstage musicians, has added another layer of complexity and sparked a burst of theatrical innovation," the New York Times says. Read the full story here.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hope for Deaf Mexicans

Several deaf Mexicans have been granted asylum in the U.S. That doesn't happen to many people. Find out why a California attorney is having success with this novel approach. Read the story in Fusion here.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Murder at Gally: 15 years ago today

It was on this day in 2000 (Sept 27) that Joseph Mesa, Jr. beat Eric Plunkett to death in his Gallaudet dorm room. The killing put the school in a state of panic, with some students withdrawing from the school rather than living in a situation where they knew a murderer was among them. The terror came to an end in February of the next year when Mesa turned himself into police - but not before he killed again. Mesa stabbed Benjamin Varner in his Gallaudet dorm room more than dozen times, then turned himself into police a few days later. In July of 2002, the 22-year-old from Guam pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, telling jurors he saw hands wearing black gloves that told him in sign language to kill. Jurors convicted Mesa on all counts and a DC judge sentenced him to six life terms without the possibility of parole. Mesa is now serving time at the United States Penitentiary in Atwater, California near San Francisco, a high security facility.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

He was the 1st Gally Prez

Edward Miner Gallaudet 
Edward Miner Gallaudet served as president (1864–1910) of the school that would become Gallaudet University. He died on this date (Sept. 26) in 1917. Edward was the youngest of eight children born to Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet. When plans were made to change the name of the school from the Columbia Institution for the instruction of the Deaf and Dumb, Edward Miner Gallaudet wanted the honor to go to his father, a a pioneer in deaf education, rather than himself. So the school was renamed Gallaudet College.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Deaf West production up for more than Dozen awards

Deaf West Theatre's latest effort earned 15 Ovation Award nominations. Although Spring Awakening officially opens on Broadway this coming Sunday, the show was first performed in Los Angeles. The Ovation awards are picked by local theater professionals in LA. The winner will be announced Nov. 9. For a list of of what awards Deaf West is nominated for, click here.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

On this date... 23 years ago

It was on Sept 26, 1991 that first major American TV show to feature a deaf or hard of hearing actor in a lead role debuted. The NBC police drama Reasonable Doubts ran from 1991–1993 and starred academy award winner Marlee Matlin as Tess Kaufman, a prosecutor who protected the rights of the accused. In 1994, she joined the cast of Picket Fences for a couple of seasons. The Seinfeld TV show made a nod to Reasonable Doubts during an episode called The Pitch. When Jerry and George visit NBC they sit under a poster showing Mark Harmon and Marlee Matlin was on the wall of Seinfeld episode.

Sharing a role on Broadway

As the final touches are put on Deaf West Theater's Spring Awakening on Broadway, the show is drawing interest because of the use of two actors to play some roles. One of the actors in the lead role is from New Jersey and a local paper takes a look at the advantages and difficulties of having a deaf actor and hearing actor in the same role at the same time. Read the story here.

Monday, September 21, 2015

DeafNation in New Jersey

DeafNation Expo hits Edison, New Jersey this Saturday (Sept 26).Join the trade show for exhibitions and entertainment at no charge. You'll find it at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center. Find out more here.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Deaf campers with ASL version of 'Home'

Camp Mark Seven's Deaf Film Camp got a lot of attention last year with an ASL rendition of Pharrell's song Happy--more than one million views. This year's Deaf campers (ages 13 to 16) have used their two-week experience to tackle Phillip Phillips' Home. They wrote, directed and produced the video. See for yourself.

Spring Awakening Gets Extension

Deaf West Theatre's Spring Awakening is getting such positive reviews on Broadway, the show is being extended. The new closing data is January 24. The show is performed by both deaf and hearing actors while simultaneously interpreted in spoken English and American Sign Language. For tickets and more info, click here.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Toddler part of hospital history

Tatum Lanier is the 1000th person to have cochlear implant surgery at the University of North Carolina's medical center. WTVD-TV has a video report.