Saturday, May 30, 2015
The cochlear implant market is expected to increase more than 15% over the next five years, according to TechNavio. The market research company points to "the number of product launches and approvals." TechNavio Vice President Faisal Ghaus says, "Several cochlear implant vendors are addressing the needs of the aging population by developing products that increase the quality of digital sound.” You can purchase the report here.
Friday, May 29, 2015
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Gallaudet Assistant Vice President for Administration Fred Weiner said, "This partnership brings our students limitless possibilities in the emerging area of digital media, which is a rapidly growing field. "The addition of this academic partnership allows our students to develop the innovative skills and first-hand experience to help them land jobs in this dynamic industry." One of the advantages for the school of having the company on campus is that Gally students will get some internships at Pigmental, which is expected to open its offices in July. Read more here.
A Massachusetts judge sentenced a man to two years probation and ordered him to pay $13,000 in restitution according to Springfield Republican. Prosecutors say Javies Rivera pretended to be a police officer and demanded money from the deaf victim. Read more in the here.
here. Urber created the video below to thank its deaf and hard-of-hearing drivers.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
We told you recently about a "Filipina woman fighting to bring her daughter to Canada. But so far immigration has denied their application because she is deaf." BC News Hour has a video report (no captions but some text here).
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
A dog owner is refusing to put down his large dogs even after they nearly killed a deaf little boy. KFOR-TV has a video report. No captions in the video below but you can read the story here.
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Monday, May 25, 2015
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Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Saturday, May 23, 2015
An article on how "the brain adjusts to sensory impairments, no matter how minor" in Medical Daily reports:
Most of us are familiar with stories “heightened senses” in those with sensory impairments, such as the superhuman hearing of the blind superhero “Daredevil.” While the ability may have been glamorized in pop culture, it’s actually a common phenomenon found, perhaps to a lesser degree, in real humans. A recent University of Colorado study, which will be presented at the 169th meeting Acoustical Society of America May 18-22th, found that these heightened sensory abilities caused by sound deprivation did not only exist in those who were profoundly deaf but was present in adult patients with only a mild degree of hearing loss.Read the full story of what Medical Daily says are common effects of hearing loss here.
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The FCC is permanently extending its program that gives the deaf-blind specialized equipment to help them use smartphones, laptops and related devices. The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution program, known as iCanConnect, hands out telecommunications equipment to low-income people who are both deaf and blind. The program also offers training on how to use the technology. Read more here.
Did you know there's a company that gives deaf people access to NPR? BTS Software Solutions' "first product was used on the battlefield in Afghanistan (to) manage use of cell phones on the battlefield." Now the company "partners with Towson University to run a captioning service for deaf and hard-of-hearing NPR devotees." Read the full story here.
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.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
The movie experience is changing in Hawaii. The governor signed a bill into law last week that requires theater owners to provide open captioning. The new rules kick in next year. Hawaii is the first state to make this a requirement according to James Tokioka, the lawmaker who introduced the bill and the Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind supported the measure. Read more here.
Monday, May 11, 2015
Thursday, May 7, 2015
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Monday, May 4, 2015
We told you last week about a new deaf restaurant opening in Vancouver this Thursday. Deafined is staffed by deaf and hard of hearing servers. Owner Moe Alameddine sat down with the Vancouver Sun and said, “This is a unique experience and it’s going to be a lot of fun. I want to break down that barrier of communicating with deaf people. It’s not easy, but it’s not impossible. We’ve landed a person on the moon so we can learn how to talk to all people.” Read more in the Vancouver Sun here.
Friday, May 1, 2015
here and the NPR review here. Below is the movie tailer.