Monday, September 28, 2015

Hope for Deaf Mexicans

Several deaf Mexicans have been granted asylum in the U.S. That doesn't happen to many people. Find out why a California attorney is having success with this novel approach. Read the story in Fusion here.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Murder at Gally: 15 years ago today

It was on this day in 2000 (Sept 27) that Joseph Mesa, Jr. beat Eric Plunkett to death in his Gallaudet dorm room. The killing put the school in a state of panic, with some students withdrawing from the school rather than living in a situation where they knew a murderer was among them. The terror came to an end in February of the next year when Mesa turned himself into police - but not before he killed again. Mesa stabbed Benjamin Varner in his Gallaudet dorm room more than dozen times, then turned himself into police a few days later. In July of 2002, the 22-year-old from Guam pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, telling jurors he saw hands wearing black gloves that told him in sign language to kill. Jurors convicted Mesa on all counts and a DC judge sentenced him to six life terms without the possibility of parole. Mesa is now serving time at the United States Penitentiary in Atwater, California near San Francisco, a high security facility.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

He was the 1st Gally Prez

Edward Miner Gallaudet 
Edward Miner Gallaudet served as president (1864–1910) of the school that would become Gallaudet University. He died on this date (Sept. 26) in 1917. Edward was the youngest of eight children born to Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet. When plans were made to change the name of the school from the Columbia Institution for the instruction of the Deaf and Dumb, Edward Miner Gallaudet wanted the honor to go to his father, a a pioneer in deaf education, rather than himself. So the school was renamed Gallaudet College.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Deaf West production up for more than Dozen awards

Deaf West Theatre's latest effort earned 15 Ovation Award nominations. Although Spring Awakening officially opens on Broadway this coming Sunday, the show was first performed in Los Angeles. The Ovation awards are picked by local theater professionals in LA. The winner will be announced Nov. 9. For a list of of what awards Deaf West is nominated for, click here.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sharing a role on Broadway

As the final touches are put on Deaf West Theater's Spring Awakening on Broadway, the show is drawing interest because of the use of two actors to play some roles. One of the actors in the lead role is from New Jersey and a local paper takes a look at the advantages and difficulties of having a deaf actor and hearing actor in the same role at the same time. Read the story here.

Monday, September 21, 2015

DeafNation in New Jersey

DeafNation Expo hits Edison, New Jersey this Saturday (Sept 26).Join the trade show for exhibitions and entertainment at no charge. You'll find it at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center. Find out more here.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Deaf campers with ASL version of 'Home'

Camp Mark Seven's Deaf Film Camp got a lot of attention last year with an ASL rendition of Pharrell's song Happy--more than one million views. This year's Deaf campers (ages 13 to 16) have used their two-week experience to tackle Phillip Phillips' Home. They wrote, directed and produced the video. See for yourself.

Spring Awakening Gets Extension

Deaf West Theatre's Spring Awakening is getting such positive reviews on Broadway, the show is being extended. The new closing data is January 24. The show is performed by both deaf and hearing actors while simultaneously interpreted in spoken English and American Sign Language. For tickets and more info, click here.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Toddler part of hospital history

Tatum Lanier is the 1000th person to have cochlear implant surgery at the University of North Carolina's medical center. WTVD-TV has a video report.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

History's Deaf Astronomer

On this date (Sept 17) in 1764, John Goodricke was born in the Netherlands, though he lived most of his life in England. Goodricke only survived to the age of 21, but the deaf astronomer made a major impact on his field. Working with Edward Pigott, Goodricke learned to measure the variation of light coming from stars. This would eventually lead astronomers to figure out the distance of galaxies from the earth. While still a teenager, the Royal Society of London gave him the Copley Medal, making him the youngest person to be given its highest honor. Goodricke lost his hearing after a bout with a childhood disease, which might have been scarlet fever. He studied at the first school for deaf children in the British Isles, Thomas Braidwood’s Academy for the Deaf and Dumb in Edinburgh. Goodricke went on to study for three years at the Warrington Academy.

Monday, September 14, 2015

DeafNation in Louisville

DeafNation Expo hits Louisville this Saturday (Sept 19). Join the trade show for exhibitions and entertainment at no charge. You'll find it at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Find out more here.

Switched at Birth guide

After nearly four seasons, Switched at Birth has entered binge-worthy territory. It will take some 60 hours to watch them all. Wired Magazine has some suggestions on episodes of the deaf-focused show not to miss.. and others to skip. Check it out here.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Yosemite makes changes for deaf visitors

If you plan to visit Yosemite National Park, you may be expecting the park will provide a sign language interpreter. Yosemite has a long history of doing so. But things have changed and Mashable explains why here.

Deaf actor headed to Broadway

Daniel N. Durant is taking Broadway by storm. The New York Times profiles the deaf actor who is starting in Spring Awakening here.

Deaf man jailed without terp wins lawsuit

William Pierce spent more than 50 days without a sign language interpreter. A federal court found that his rights ADA rights were violated. Now a jury will decide how much money he gets. Read more at the Washington Post.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Deaf Section created at Football Stadium

Texas State has created a section in the team's football stadium designated for the deaf. KXAN-TV has a video report.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

RIT gets financial boost for DeafTEC

The National Science Foundation is giving $4 million to the National Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology. The money will go to keep DeafTEC going after a gift of $4.45 million got the project started four years ago. DeafTEC partners "with high schools, community colleges and industry with the goal of building a professional community that will improve access to technological education and employment for deaf and hard-of-hearing students." NTID’s principal investigator on the project is Donna Lange. She says, “DeafTEC’s goal has always been to successfully integrate more deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals into the workplace in highly-skilled technician jobs in which these individuals are currently underrepresented and underutilized." Read the details at RIT.

Grant To Help Domestic Violence Victims

A federal grant of $425,000 will go to the Willow Domestic Violence Center in Rochester, New York. The funds will support the agency's mission to help deaf victims of domestic violence. Read more from WXXI radio here.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Gally's $60k competition

Gallaudet University is holding a design competition based around DeafSpace Guidelines. The competition is being led the UK's Malcolm Reading Consultants. A new gateway plaza with a visitors’ pavilion is part of the requirement to get involved in the $60 million competition. A winner will be announced in February. You can read more about it here.

Friday, September 4, 2015

An ASL Lottery for Broadway Tickets

Deaf West Theatre's Spring Awakening is coming to Broadway next week and there's a unique way you can see the show. An ASL ticket lottery two hours before each performance will give front row seats to a group of people for just $35. There's more information here. And you can read a profile of one of the stars in the Courier-Journal here.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Cali Education Bill

A California lawmaker is asking the state Assembly to set new educational standards for deaf students. James Gallagher of Yuba City proposed Senate Bill 210 partly because he has two deaf brothers and sees the need personally. Read the bill and see where it stands here. Some deaf students helped Gallagher explain the bill to the Assembly. You can see this in a video here.

Looking Back: School for the Deaf’s origin

The South Dakota School for the Deaf has an interesting history. Read about its origins here.