Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Parents fight for kids' program in Michigan

The school system in Dearborn, Michigan is planning to close a program for deaf children. Parents are trying to save it. WXYZ-TV has a video report. There are no captions but you can read some of the information here.

School's new leader takes the reigns

Canadian Antony McLetchie is finally taking over as the new superintendent Rochester School for the Deaf, months after his appointment was announced. McLetchie's first day on the job was delayed thanks to immigration paperwork. Read the full story in the Democrat and Chronicle here.

Monday, April 13, 2015

DeafNation in Pittsburgh

DeafNation Expo hits Pittsburgh this Saturday (April 18). Join the trade show for exhibitions and entertainment at no charge. You'll find it at the Monroeville Convention Center. Find out more here.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Gally students march against sexual assault

A Gallaudet student wrote a column in the Washington Post about this past week's march on campus. More than a thousand students took part in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month’s National Day of Action. Evan Steinlauf writes: “The energy coursing through campus was palpable. This event has brought the issue of sexual assault out from the shadows and into the spotlight,” junior Katelyn Mathis said. Read more here.

2nd place for Deaf Teen in Speech Contest

A deaf teen adopted from China made her mark in an Indiana speech contest. Kali Lacy earned the second spot in the statewide event. She used ASL to speak with the judges. She told them, "The ability to produce language through the vocal cords is considered necessary for normal academic achievement and social development." Read more in the News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne here.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Time Capsule from 1920 is opened

The American School For The Deaf in West Hartford, Connecticut popped open a time capsule this week. It was buried in 1920 buried under a cornerstone of Gallaudet Hall during its construction. The Hartford Courant has the full story here.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Feeling Speech

Rice University students have come up with a vest to interpret speech. KHOU-TV explains in this video report.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

On this day in 1864..

It was on this date--April 8, 1864, that President Abraham Lincoln signed the charter to establish Gallaudet University. Meanwhile, WUSA reports that more than 100 students and faculty attended a rally at Galluadet University yesterday against sexual abuse at the university. Galluadet has the highest number of sexual assaults per capita among D.C. area colleges.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Memphis TV interview on Oral School

The head of the Memphis Oral School For The Deaf sat down with WREG-TV for an interview. The video is below but there are no captions.

The House Across the Street

Deaf filmmaker Arthur Luhn will premiere his latest work this coming Thursday in Boston. The House Across the Street is a dark psychological thriller in which the new-girl-in-town heroine becomes paranoia as she notices strange things happening in her neighborhood. Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts lays a police officer along with Alec Rocco (“The Godfather”) and Ethan Embry (from “Once Upon a Time”). The film's Facebook page is here and below is the official trailer. The film will be released to video-on-demand on April 10.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Autistic kids and Pronouns

Autistic Deaf children avoid using pronouns, just like their hearing counterparts. A news study out of the University of Texas found deaf children with autism tended to refer to themselves with a name sign rather than a sign pronoun. The two linguistics professors who ran the study speculate that it says something about the way people with autism experience the self, rathe than the result of the arbitrary nature of English pronouns as was thought when studying only hearing autistic children. Read details of the study here.

Deaf Woman beaten in Michigan

A Detroit teen attached a 55-year-old deaf neighbor a week-and-a-half ago. The 19-year-old punched her repeatedly and threw her to the ground. Read more in the New-Herald.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Online course provider cuts deal with Feds over Accessibility

Online course provider edX is settled a Justice Dept. complaint that its classes were not accessible to the deaf and blind. The nonprofit MOOC provider created by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will change it's website and digital tools--meaning the agreement affects the 60 colleges now using the platform. edX will not pay a fine. The National Associated of the Deaf filed a lawsuit against Harvard and MIT over its poorly captioned or missing captions on their instructional videos.Read the full settlement here.

This is the day that Helen Keller made her breakthrough

It was on this day, April 5, during the year 1887 when Helen Keller grasped the meaning of the word “water” as spelled out in the manual alphabet with the help of teacher Anne Sullivan. Her blind and deaf pupil had learned to memorize words but failed to connect the words to their meanings. When Anne took Helen to an old pump house Helen on that fateful day, she finally understood that everything has a name. Sullivan put Helen’s hand under the stream and began spelling “w-a-t-e-r” into her palm, first slowly, then more quickly.

Keller later wrote in her autobiography, The Story of My Life:
“As the cool stream gushed over one hand she spelled into the other the word water, first slowly, then rapidly. I stood still, my whole attention fixed upon the motions of her fingers. Suddenly I felt a misty consciousness as of something forgotten–-a thrill of returning thought; and somehow the mystery of language was revealed to me. I knew then that ‘w-a-t-e-r’ meant the wonderful cool something that was flowing over my hand. That living word awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free! There were barriers still, it is true, but barriers that could in time be swept away.”
Here's a video about Helen Keller (no captions).

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Brothers: We were victims of workplace bullying

Two deaf brothers say they were fired because they are deaf. Matthew and Andrew Ray are suing their former employer, Lanier Parking Solutions, which provides valet parking for a hospital in The Woodlands. Matthew and Andrew say "they were bullied and harassed on the job" and then fired for reporting it. KKRIV-TV in Houston has a video report. No captions but you can read the story here.

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Plan to raise terp standards in OK schools

There's a proposal to change the rules for sign language interpreters in Oklahoma schools. State lawmaker Sally Kern wants to raise the bar--but some complain the bill would only make it harder to fill positions. Some say fewer than half of the interpreters now working in schools meet the standards in place now. The bill moved out of the House and now heads to the Senate for consideration. To see the bill's progress, click here.