Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
John Yeh, a native of Taiwan who immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager, has been a part of organizations such as the National Asian Deaf Congress and National Deaf Business Institute. He served as a trustee of Gallaudet University for more than a decade. Deaf Life, a monthly national magazine, honored Yeh as Deaf Person of the Year.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The team was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2004 and eight of the group were able to attend Homecoming last year at the school. When they played together, team members ranged in ages from 17-19 years old. Now, they are between the ages of 78-80. They are hoping to get recogniztion from the Guinness Book of World Records for their longivity. The only thing holding them back is finding out if there are any other still around that are even older. So far, they appear to have everyone beat.
Here's a video interview with team member Jerry Tuchman.
Monday, November 23, 2009
The North Carolina School for the Deaf has honored Allen Rankin by inducting him into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame this past month. Rankin earned All-American honors and all-conference honors in football and track before graduating. He led the Bears to Burke County middle school football titles in 1973 and 1974. Rankin was 1978 conference runner-up in the 140-pound weight class in wrestling and was the 147-pound weight class champion in 1979, advancing to the state tournament each year. Now 49 years old, Rankin lives in Charlotte and works as a tool maker for Flextronics.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
- Viable Communications Inc., of Rockville, Marylnad
- Master Communications LLC, of Las Vegas
- KL Communications LLC, of Phoenix
- Mascom LLC of Austin, Texas
- Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Interpreting Services Inc. of New York and New Jersey
- Innovative Communication Services for the Deaf Corp of Miami Lakes, Florida
- Deaf Studio 29 of Huntington Beach, California
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
More than two dozen people have been indicted in a scheme to defraud a program intended to help the deaf. The suspects falsely billed the government at a rate of $390 per hour for using Video Relay Service systems. According to the indictments, conspirators created fake call reports to make it look like deaf people were speaking with hearing persons. It took 20 sign-language interpreters working with federal agents to catch the alledged crooks.
The 26 indicted individuals are from 9 states including New York, New Jersey, Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Maryland. Federal agents say the conspirators may have stolen tens of millions of dollars from the government program. The 7 contractors companies engaged in the scheme are located in Austin, Texas, Miami Lakes, Florida, Rockville, Maryland, Las Vegas, Nevada, Phoenix, Arizona, and Huntington Beach, California. One firm operated in both New York and New Jersey.
There are already several hundred thousand videos on YouTube with closed captions, most of which come from broadcast networks that include them in their programs. Some other online video sites like Hulu also have some professionally created videos with closed captioning.
People uploading video to YouTube will also have the option of uploading a text file of the words spoken in the video. Google will turn the text file into captions to match the written words with the video. The captions will make it easier for anyone to search text inside videos and find specific snippets within a video.
Looking back... 2003. Five years ago Garrett Zuercher wrote a play called Quid Pro Quo as part of his senior thesis while a student at Marquette University. The play was performed by fellow students and Garrett figured that would be the end of it. But his little production was picked, along with six others out of over 1,300 other productions nationwide to perform at the Kennedy Center. Here's a report by a local TV station about the Milwaukee student at that time. (no captions).
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
A 68-year-old deaf woman was killed today while riding her bike in Mesa, Arizona. A motorcyclist hit Melva Millensifer at an intersection early in the morning. No charges are expected against the drive of the bike because Millensifer was riding against a red light. The motorcyclist suffered minor injuries.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
There are an estimated 1.3 million deaf Catholics in the world but only 13 ordained deaf priests. Eight of them serve in the US, two are in Great Britain and one each serve in Brazil, Congo and South Korea.
Monday, November 16, 2009
DeafHope was founded in 2003 by deaf women to combat domestic abuse and sexual assault against deaf women and children.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
A boy Scout Scout camp near Truman Lake, Missouri offers deaf children the opportunity to take part in a two-day deer hunt. Children from the Missouri and Kansas Schools for the Deaf joined their parents last weekend for one of the hunts. Click here for more info about the Scouts in the area.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
A deaf hiker is safe after a rescue operation in Simi Valley, California. The 14-year-old son of Tereza Kristall reported her missing last night. The 45-year-old was text messaging the teenage, saying she was on a steep hill where she had fallen and temperatures were dropping. Emergency workers were able to find her using GPS data from her phone to guide a rescue helicopter. Kristall was treated for hypothermia and injuries she recieved in a fall.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
"We're so appreciative to have people coming forward to help out. It certainly restores our faith in humanity to see so many individuals and businesses reaching out to us right now."The organization helps more than 500 clients.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
- One in every 800 children is born with a hearing impairment.
- 60% of people over the age of 70 suffer some hearing loss.
- Hearing loss is the leading injury among soldiers returning from Iraq, according to the Deaf Independent Living Association of Salisbury, Maryland
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
"I was just part of the joke. I learned a long time ago from when I did Seinfeld never to take anything seriously and to be part of the joke is the best way to show what a good sport I was.. I know a lot of deaf people might have been offended when they made fun of my voice but remember, it was MY voice they were making fun of. I was more than happy to show up and show them that I could dish it as well as I could take it and that being offensive works both ways.. Humor comes in all forms and everyone has their cup of tea about what makes them laugh. But the day we censor humor is a sad one for sure. All I gotta say is, lighten up, people.”Matlin is developing a program for Showtime.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Family Guy voices Seth MacFarlane and Alex Borstein mocked Marlee Matlin during a skit on Family Guy Presents Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show. The half-hour special aired last night on the Fox network. The routine involved pretending Matlin is calling Moviefone! and the automated system cannot recognize what she is trying to say followed by a segment where Matlin attempts to sing pop songs but can't fully pronouce the words. But what was especially unexpected is that Matlin herself made an appearance. She then made fun of Alex Borstein who was pretending to do her voice, including some fat jokes and an offer to teach Borstein some sign language. Here's the clip with unfortunately no captions.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Meanwhile, Zambia's Ministry of Community development is asking the Ministry of Health to train HIV/AIDS counselors and nurses in sign language so that they may better serve the deaf.
Friday, November 6, 2009
The Illinois School for the Deaf will host a pancake feed tomorrow morning in the gym. Guinness Book of World Records holder Chris Cakes will make an appearance. He holds the record as the fastest pancake flipper in the world. The money will help the school’s eighth grade.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
One adult, 20-year-old Tyler Dilks, and three junveniles are now facing charges of fourth-degree sex offense, second-degree assault and conspiracy. Dilks has a January 12th trial date.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
major activities to mark the 100th founding anniversary of the Republic of China in 2011. Sheng holds a doctoral degree in political science from Northwestern University in Illinois.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Fleischer had just spoken at the ASL Teachers Association conference in Phoenix the day before his death. His daughter is an assistant professor of ASL and Deaf Studies at Utah Valley University.