Monday, June 29, 2015

Gally gets grant for new online effort

A grant of a quarter of a million dollars will support Gallaudet University's ASL Connect effort. The funds will come from The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. ASL Connect won't go live until next year, but when it does it will offer online ASL education--including an ASL certificate program, a ASL Placement Test, ASL coaching and tutoring, as well as MOOC (massive open online course) classes and much more. Read more about the grant and ASL Connect here.

Missouri Baseball Camp

There's a baseball camp in Missouri just for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. KSDK-TV has a video report about the Mike Bush Fantasy Baseball Camp.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Zeke wants to join the NBA when he grows up

image from NBC News video
An 8-year-old deaf basketball player is making an impact on the hearing team he joined. NBC News has a video report about Zeke Ortiz of Frederick, Maryland here.

Canada reverses Immigration decision

It was back in May when we told you about a Filipino girl who was denied entry into Canada to be with her mother. The government rejected her--because she is deaf. Here's a update: Ottawa now says she can get an immigration visa. The Star explains why the change for Jazmine in an article here and read the Vancouver Sun's version here.

Is FCC serious about closed captioning?

IS the FCC's new captioning rules for TV being enforced? Not according to a Cleveland, Ohio columnist for the local Beacon Journal newspaper. Read what he discovered here.

This day in history.. 111 year ago

Helen Keller graduated with honors from Radcliffe College on June 28, 1904, 111 years ago today, becoming the first deaf and blind person to graduate from college with a B.A. Radcliffe was a women's liberal arts college in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a part of Harvard University.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

On this day in history..

Helen Keller was born June 27, 1880, 135 years ago today. The activist, and lecturer was the first deafblind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Nobody graduated this year from this deaf school

The Rochester School for the Deaf has no official '15 grads. The only other time in the school's 139 year history this happened was more than 40 years ago. Find out why in a Democrat & Chronicle article.

$4 million for science careers

Steve Dewhurst
vice dean for research at UR
image from UR website
A $4-million federal grant will open the door for more deaf and hard-of-hearing scholars who want to pursue science careers beyond a master's degree. The University of Rochester's School of Medicine and Dentistry program "not only ties into our broader theme of scientific workforce development, but it creates a specific pipeline for deaf and hard-of-hearing scientists to enter academy," says Steve Dewhurst, Vice Dean for Research at the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry. Read more in the university's news release.

Happy Birthday Signmark!

Today is the birthday of deaf Finnish rap artist Signmark. He was born Marko Vuoriheimo in Helsinki on June 26, 1978. He's now 37 years old.

On this date in 1889

The statue of Thomas Gallaudet that greets visitors to the university in the nation's capital that bears his name was unveiled on this date--June 26 in 1889. The work of sculptor Daniel Chester French, the bronze statue shows Gallaudet teaching a little girl, Alice Cogswell. She holds a book to her heart, with the alphabet running across the page. They are practicing the letter “A” of American Sign Language. She was a neighbor of the Gallaudets in Connecticut. Thomas noticed Alice did not play with the other children and inquired about her. After discovering she was deaf, Thomas Gallaudet asked to become her first teacher, which he did. This was the first in a series of events that lead to the founding of the first permanent school for the deaf in America and the establishment of what is now Gallaudet University.

Some believe there are mistakes on the statue, but university officials say this is not the case. The chair has only one arm and one straight leg. This was a type of chair common in Gallaudet's day. The chair is not hollow underneath, in order to support the weight of the statue's plaster model. However, the statue was delivered late because French found several mistakes he wanted to correct, including making Gallaudet's legs too short. The text on the statue includes a reference to the "United-States." It was not uncommon for a hyphen to be used at the time, though was considered old fashioned, even in 1889. However, the statue is not consistent because the phrasing on the other side does not include a hyphen. Also, there are periods included in some of the text that is not included on other parts of the statue.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Murder Plot Caught on Video say prosecutors

Three deaf people are facing murder charges in Australia. Prosecutors say the trio was caught on CCTV trying to decide whether to strangle another deaf man or push him off a balcony. Robert Wright fell from his apartment balcony in Melbourne and died in January. 9News has a video report. No captions but you can read the story in the Independent here.

Robbery and Beating at Coffee Shop

There's video of a deaf man getting beaten by thieves who took his laptop. He was just sitting outside a coffee shop in the Los Angeles suburb of Riverside. KTLA-TV has a video report. No captions but you can read the story here.

Indianapolis Conference this weekend

The American Society for Deaf Children Conference 2015 takes place in Indianapolis this coming Sunday (June 28). For more information, click here.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Meet the Dance Company

Upworthy posted a video yesterday Gallaudet about the dance company.

"It's not a deaf movie"

The Tribe is catching movie reviewers off guard. Set in a Ukrainian boarding school for the deaf and made exclusively in Ukrainian Sign Language, many assume the film has "more to do with the novelty of sign language than any merit of the actual film." Sara Nović, who is deaf, found much more. She writes, "What sets this film apart is the fact that the deaf people here are people first." Yana Novikova is one of the leads and Nović interviewed her  here. Below is a clip from the film.

Sign to dine

Customers at Vancouver's Sign to dine rrestaurant "are encouraged to order using basic sign language and each table has helpful sign language booklets to help customers communicate with their servers." CTV Vancouver has more about this unusual business here.

Getting to Know... The Father of the Internet

It was on this date (June 23) 1943 that Vinton Cerf was born in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his colleague, Robert Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet. In 2004, the pair were given the ACM Alan M. Turing award, which is sometimes called the "Nobel Prize of Computer Science." In 2005, President George W. Bush awarded Cerf and Kahn the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award given by the US government. Cern now works for Google as its chief Internet evangelist, looking for and promoting new technologies and services. What many do not know, is that Cerf was partly motivated by his frustration with communication with other researchers. He is quoted as saying, “In creating the Internet with my colleagues, in part I wanted to help people with hearing loss as well as other communication difficulties. Written communication is a tremendous help for me, and so when electronic mail was invented in ’71, I got very excited about it, thinking that the hard-of-hearing community could really use this.” Cerf has hearing loss as does his wife, who had hearing loss due to spinal meningitis at the age of three. She received her first cochlear implant in 1996 and a second implant in her other ear nearly a decade later. They met at the office of a hearing aid specialist and married in 1966. Read more about her experience here.  Cerf joined the Board of Trustees of Gallaudet University in 1997.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Suit filed to get Terp in Delivery Room

Margaret Weiss is due to give birth to her second child next month. But her hospital is refusing to provider her an interpreter in the delivery room. Instead, Bethesda Hospital East in Boynton Beach, is only willing to do VIR--that is, have an interpreter on video relay. So Weiss is suing the hospital. She explains why in a video interview with The Palm Beach Post.

Virginia Conference this week

The Virginia Association of the Deaf will hold its 59th Biennial Conference in Roanoke this week (June 26-27). For more information, click here.

Illinois Conference this week

The 48th Biennial Illinois Association of the Deaf Conference takes place this coming weekend (June 25-27) in Moline. For more information, click here.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Deaf-Blind NC man trains for triathlon

Patrick Vellia is working hard to get ready for triathlon next month. He was inspired to try by another triathlete he met more than a decade ago. Charlotte's WBTV has a video report.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Deaf girl fights for right to play softball

A 16-year-old Indiana girl is asking the Civil Rights office to intervene on her behalf. Athletics officials have limited where the deaf girl can play softball. WXIN-TV has a video report. No captions, but you can read the transcript here.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Rules for reporting missing captioning

A new notice from the FCC explains how distributors will be expected to notify the commission about programmers who don't put captioning on their videos. The notice requires distributors to send out notices telling programmers they have 30 days to get the video captioned-and report to the FCC anyone who refuses to do it. Read the notice here.

Implant company gets new CEO

There's a new CEO at Cochlear Limited. The Australian company is trading Chris Smith for Chris Roberts in August. What does it mean for the world's largest cochlear implant company? An article in Money Morning explains here.

Austin Conference Next Week

The National Student Life for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Biennial Conference takes place next week (June 22-26) Austin. For more info, click here.