Wednesday, November 25, 2015

7 years ago today

On November 25, 2008, the man who wrote a famous play about Helen Keller called The Miracle Worker died. William Gibson's story of Helen Keller’s relationship with her teacher, Anne Sullivan, won the 1960 Tony Award for best play and is still regularly performed around the country in community theaters. Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, played the stage roles of Sullivan and Keller, respectively. They went on to win Academy Awards when repeating the parts for the film version in 1962. Mr. Gibson was nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay. Twenty years later, he wrote a sequel about Sullivan called The Monday After the Miracle but it flopped on Broadway. Gibson died at the age of 94 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

New York Hearing Aid Scam

Joshua Miller
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Upstate New York prosecutors filed charges against Joshua Miller this week. According to, the state Inspector General's Office said he outfitted hundreds of state employees with $1.6 million in "earbuds and ear plugs meant for video gaming and hunting, then billed state insurance as though those items were hearing aids." And that's not the only charge against the owner of Syracuse Hearing Aid Centers. Read the story here.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

"I'd rather be deaf"

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CNN's digital short All-American Family is about a family of five where everyone is deaf-except the oldest son. He tells CNN that people often ask him if he wishes his family were all hearing. He tells them, "I'd rather be deaf." Read the story and see the video here.

Broadway Cast on Seth Meyers

The cast of the Broadway show Spring Awakening performed on Late Night With Seth Meyers last night. Here's a video of Touch Me. with an introduction from Marlee Matlin.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Happy Birthday Mojo!

Mojo Mathers was born on this date (Nov 23, 1966). The now 49 year old became the first member of New Zealand's parliament when she ran as a Green candidate in 2011. New Zealand became the first country to adopt sign language as an official language in 2006. Some 25,000 people use sign language in the country. The New Zealand government provides interpreters in Parliament as well as for major speeches and announcements.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sisters get implants together

Two Minnesota sisters both with hearing loss are journeying through the process of getting cochlear implants together. KMSP-TV has a video report

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Harvard Law's 1st Deaf-Blind graduate

The first deaf-blind student to earn a degree from Harvard Law School plans to work to make accessibility technology more available. Haben Girma spoke at the White House this week during the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Friday, November 20, 2015

"Victim of a School Sex Club"?

The parents of a student at the California School for the Deaf says their son is the victim of an alleged school sex club. They've filed a lawsuit against the school says their son was raped and drugged on the campus.Los Angeles TV station KABC has a video report.

Portland's new captioning Ordinance

There's a new ordinance in Portland requiring any public televisions-such as at a bar or doctor's office- to turn on the closed captioning. The new rule goes into effect before the end of the year. A violation gets a $500 fine. Read more about it here.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Deaf actors to perform at White House

The entire cast of Spring Awakening will perform at the White House this coming Wednesday (Nov. 18). It's part of the 25th year anniversary celebration of ADA. You can even see it live-streamed on here. The Broadway show uses ASL and combines deaf and hearing actors in the presentation.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

'Creed' star wears hearing aids in film

image from trailer for Creed
In the upcoming Rocky franchise spinoff, Creed, actress Tessa Thompson plays the love interest of title character Adonis Creed. What makes her character unique is her hearing aids. Read more from the Associated Press here.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Austin: a top city for deaf-owned businesses

The number of deaf-owned businesses in the country is growing, and Austin is leading the pack, reports KXAN-TV. Watch the video report below.

On this day in History… nearly 50 years ago

It was on this date in 1966 (Nov 14) Congressman Hugh Carey announced that Rochester, New York would be the site of a new college. The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) admitted its first students in 1968. It is one of nine colleges located at the Rochester Institute of Technology. There There are now more than 1500 students and about 600 faculty and staff. More than one-in-five of the students has a cochlear implant. Less than one-in-five of the faculty and staff are deaf or hard-of-hearing. There is a year budget of $89 million to run the school. $65 million of that comes in the form of federal funds.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Deaf West Wins Awards

It started in Los Angeles before moving to Broadway. Deaf West's Spring Awakening, a revival of a theatrical hit combining the skills of both deaf and hearing actors, took the top honors at Monday's 2015 Ovation Awards-a celebration of LA performances and stage. The show won best intimate theater for its run at the Inner-City Arts' Rosenthal Theater and best large theater for Spring Awakening's run in Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Read about the other awards it won in the LA Times here.