Paul Stanley, singer in the rock band KISS, says "I'm virtually deaf on my right side" because he was "born without an ear canal..I've had an implanted hearing aid for years now." Watch the CNN video interview with him below on DeafNewsToday.com (with captions).
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) chats have produced some interesting conversations (if you can get past the off-topic and profile comments along the way). An AMA from earlier today was led by a deaf man with a cochlear implant who is born and currently living in Sweden. You can read the dialogue Here.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
An Indiana man is facing charges for growing marijuana near the Indiana School for the Deaf. Prosecutors say 22-year-old Johnathon D. Averitte will face stiffer penalties because of the close proximity to the Indianapolis school. Police made the arrest yesterday.
A team of researchers at Gallaudet University have created a new iPad app. It's first of three in a series of bilingual storybook apps designed to help deaf children with language acquisition. Gally's Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning is titling this first offering The Baobab. Gallaudet alum April Jackson-Woodard came up with the original story while deaf artist Yiqiao Wang created the animation. There is interactive support for ASL.
47 years ago the 28th NAD Convention took place in San Francisco. See what the National Association of the Deaf event looked like in this video that includes then Gallaudet President Leonard Elstad.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Tonight's episode of Switched at Birth is historic and Gallaudet is taking advantage of that fact. The episode is told entirely in American Sign Language and will include a commercial for Gallaudet University which will run twice. The Switched story is based on the Deaf President Now protest that took place at Gally 25 years ago. The show has about 1.7 million people watching each episode this season. Watch the commercial:
Cochlear is reporting that its sales are at record levels - revenue of $391.7 million during the first half of the fiscal year for the Australian company. Net profit after taxes nearly reached $78 million. That's compared to a $20 million loss during the same period during the previous year. Cochlear had a product recall that cost it more than $100 million which you can read about here. Still, the stock fell 7.8% on the profit announcement, since investors had estimated there wold be a report of more than $80 million. Also, the Australian company lost some of its share of the market in Europe, the Middle East and Africa over the past year.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Hawaii's sign language may die out. There is only a small group of deaf islanders who are still abel to use it, according to researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. They say Hawaiian Sign Language developed about 200 years ago, in the early 1800s. A letter written in 1821 letter to Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet from a protestant missionary makes reference to it. Only about 40 people are known to still use it - and most are over the age of 80. Out of 100 words, researchers found only 20 HSL signs were the same as their counterparts in American Sign Language. There are structural differences as well. For instance, in ASL adjectives come before nouns, but in HSL the noun comes first. The researchers will present their findings tomorrow at the 3rd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation in Honolulu. They plan to publish three textbooks on HSL along with a dictionary. Read more about Hawaiian Sign Language in a University of Hawaii news release about the research here.
Friday, March 1, 2013
Google is launching a sign language interpreter app and keyboard shortcuts tied to its video chat called Hangout. The Hangout Captions app, for example, enables live transcription services for the deaf and hard of hearing. It allows you to invite interpreters to speak and sign for you during a Hangout. You'll see your interpreter at the top right of the window and become the focus of the Hangout whenever their interpreter is speaking for you in sign language. Check it out here or you can directly install the app using this link.
Then there's something to make it easier for sign language speakers to do a Hangout together. Look at the new Take the Floor here keyboard shortcuts. If can't or don't want to use a mouse during the video chat, you can use these shortcuts. To view the full list of keyboard shortcuts just type '?' while in a Hangout, or visit this page. Here's a video about Take the Floor which allows you to "take the floor" in a hangout with no mic.