A man broke into the home of a deaf Florida woman and sexually assaulted her before stealing money from her. WFTS-TV reports police caught the man and he is now behind bars.
Friday, May 22, 2015
Deaf West Theater's adaptation of Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening is getting some buzz. Director Michael Arden wrote in his note to audiences, "To me, the play speaks to those who are denied a voice, to those who don't fit into the norm, to those who are questioning and experiencing the pains of growing up." In a promotional video about the production Arden says, "What better metaphor than deaf and hearing cultures?" Mic.com has a full story here. Below is a preview of the show.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Marie’s Story, "milks the tears in the home stretch, making little effort to hold the melodrama at bay. The result is a story that everyone can feel great about feeling terrible about," writes Michael O'Sullivan. His review of the film about a French woman who overcame deafness and blindness to learn both sign language and Braille" is in the Washington Post here.
The Eurovision Song Contest is adding sign language interpreters to its broadcasts. Producers plan to employ six interpreters for the show and they will use International Sign. Eurovision released a statement that says in part, "We always say that music is a language which is understood by everyone. And we felt that we should make this word come reality, and to offer music to everyone, including deaf people." The contest draws some 180 million viewers. Read more about sign at the contest here. Below is a sample of what it will look like.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
“For a long time it was assumed that sound simply enters the ear and goes up to the brain,” says Trevor Cox, a professor of Acoustic Engineering at the University of Salford. “Well, there’s actually more connections coming down from the brain to the ear than there are going back up it.” Read the full story about why silence "can make you hear things that aren’t there" in Wired.
A New York woman is suing the NYPD for what happened to her in 20102. Diana Williams says she called police for help but officers did not call an interpreter and she ended up getting arrested. The New York Daily news has details here and the video below explains what happened from Williams' perspective and introduces a man who also says his civil rights were violated by New York police.
Monday, May 18, 2015
A concert promotor is refusing to allow a sign language interpreter at a One Direction concert scheduled this fall in Belfast. Aiken Promotions said it wasn't "appropriate" according to a report from the Belfast Telegraph. Read the full story here.
Cochlear implants help users understand speech--but do little for the experience of music because the device lacks the ability to convey pitch and timbre. Users try to make the best of it as NPR reports here. Their report includes simulations of what music sounds like through a cochlear implants.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
More than 200 undergraduates received degrees from Gallaudet University during the school's 145th Commencement exercises. The Washington, DC school conferred 212 undergraduate and 176 graduate degrees. Often recognized as the "father of the Internet," Dr. Vinton Cerf was the special speaker. He was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom and received the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honors causa. Google's chief Internet evangelist, Cerf is hard of hearing. He told students:
Your interests, aspirations, creative talents and your desires will influence the markets and products of the future. By this time, you will have learned that hard work, patience and persistence really count in the real world. I hope you have also discovered that doing things that you like and are good at makes work seem more like fun and adventure. You hear often that you should discover what triggers your own passion and pursue that in your career. Do not allow others to define who you are or what your limits might be. These are yours and yours alone to discover and to extend.Read more here. Below are some messages from seniors.
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Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills starting this Thursday night. The show will run from May 21 to June 7. The LA Times calls the show “an emotional triumph” filled with "goose-bumps and teardrops.” It's about the divide between deaf children and their hearing parents. The same show was sold out during a series of performances last year. The production is performed simultaneously in ASL and spoken English. Find out more, and purchase tickets here.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
The Canadian Immigration Department says a deaf Filipino teen can't join her mother in Canada. The reason given: The girl will be a burden on the medical system because she is deaf. Globalnews.ca has a video report posted below (no captions though).
Friday, May 15, 2015
A movie about a state-run Ukrainian school for the deaf opens in the UK today. The Tribe is a Ukrainian film with no subtitles--the story is told in sign. The BBC has a review here which tells about the film and why it is controversial in the Deaf community. Since signing is a language like any other, why not have subtitles? The Guardian, which calls The Tribe a "compelling and explicit film," offers a review here. The trailer is below.
There's an effort underway to open the door for the deaf to serve in the military. Advocate Keith Nolan tells KFOX-TV, "The military has just a variety of specialty roles and various roles and several of those are things that deaf people and the hard of hearing can do without a doubt." KFOX-TV has a nearly 8 minute video report.
A lawsuit against the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago is back in play. That's because an appeals court just reinstated it. It all started when Megan Runnion, who is deaf, was no longer able to participate in Girl Scout activities because the group would no longer pay for her to have an interpreter at events. Runnion and her family sued. Read the decision to reinstate the case here. KTRK-TV has a video report.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
A New England bank has settle an ADA complaint for it's failure to accommodate deaf customers. Patriot National Bank had refused to let a woman use a relay service to conduct business. U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly said, “Individuals who have disabilities must not be denied equal access to the services offered by financial institutions simply because of their disability." Read more about the agreement at the website of the US Attorney office for Connecticut here.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
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