Saturday, January 23, 2016

3 years ago.. Gally prof dies in fire

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It was three year ago today (Jan. 23, 2013) that Gallaudet lost one of its professors. Laura Snyder-Gardner and her teenage daughter, Marry Ann, died in a fire in the northern Virginia town of Falls Church. They had moved from Florida to the DC suburb just a couple of years before. Neighbors say the neighborhood was rocked by a loud noise before the fire broke out. Gardner was 48 years old and had worked at Gallaudet since 2009. She served as an assistant coach of the girls' soccer team at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf last year.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

BSL and social media

There was a time when sign language users had to go to a local club to shoot the breeze, share advice or have any kind of conversation, reports the BBC. But social media, particularly Facebook has changed everything. It's a look at the impact of Facebook on British Sign Language in the video below. You can read the story here.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Panama City Police: Woman neglected deaf children to go "to the club"

A Florida woman is facing charges she left her three young children--two of whom are deaf--unattended this past weekend while she “went to the club,” reports the Panama City News Herald. Read the full story here.

Monday, January 11, 2016

First Day for New Gally Prez

Bobbi Cordano
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Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano officially becomes Gallaudet's 11th president today. The Board of Trustees picked the Minnesota foundation executive from a group of three finalists. Cordano is 51 years old and deaf. She attended Wisconsin's Beloit College before earning a law degree University of Wisconsin at Madison. She succeeds T. Alan Hurwitz. Read more about her in the Baltimore Sun here

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Q&A with new Gally Prez

The new president of Gallaudet University is from Minnesota and the Star Tribune is the largest newspaper in the state. Incoming president Bobbi Cordano sat down with the Star Tribune to explain her vision for the Washington, DC school. Read the interview here.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Deaf Rapper MC Geezer

A London Rapper is making his mark. Deaf Rapper MC Geezer tells the BBC, "I go out there and speak the truth about what it's like to be deaf and be in the deaf community. It's not easy but we survive it." Here's a BBC video about what he's doing.

Cali Jury decides against Deaf Workers Discrimination claim

A California jury says it wasn't discrimination when a company called Placer ARC refused to provide an interpreter for former deaf employee. Placer ARC helps people with developmental disabilities in Sacramento maintain independent living. Homeyra Kazerounian, an Iranian immigrant, and the EEOC said in a lawsuit he needed a sign language interpreter but none was provided, according to the Sacramento Bee. Read the full story here.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Curtis Pride gets special role with MLB

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Major League Baseball has made Curtis Pride as an ambassador for inclusion. Pride will keep his job with Gallaudet University where he's been the baseball coach since 2008. Deaf since birth, Pride played in major leagues for more than a decade.

Monday, January 4, 2016

deaf couple raising $20,000 to adopt a deaf 4-year-old from China

Catrina Ballou-Nowrey and Billy Nowrey hope to adopt a 4-year-old from China. Find out more about the New Jersey couple in this video from the Asbury Park Press.

Profile of a Sign language interpreter

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Why does Kim Bates interprete for Kansas University? In middle school she had a deaf classmate and wondered "If he has an interpreter who’s signing to him in class, then why aren’t we learning some signs to talk to him?” Find out more about Bates in an Lawrence Journal-World article here.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Deaf-Blind Harvard Law School Grad Skiing in SoCal

Haben Girma is Harvard Law School's first deaf-blind graduate spend time in San Diego yesterday learning to surf. Check out the video below from KNSD-TV. She told the NBC station, "I've been preparing for surf lessons by thinking about all the different ways people can communicate without using their voices or using hearing or vision. So thinking about tactile ways to communicate different surfing position, getting familiar with surfboards and getting familiar with the surf communicate." You can read more about Haben here, when we told you about the White House honoring her in November.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Getting to Know.. Greg Hlibok

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Greg Hlibok took over the FCC's Disability Rights Office in 2010. Hlibok has been profoundly deaf since birth. After studying engineering, he later became the first deaf law student at Hofstra University and at the age of 43 has became the first chief of the office to have a disability. His job is to help put into place a law that requires digital technology creators to make their materials available to the blind and deaf. Hlibok is best known in the Deaf community as the student body president of Gallaudet University during the 1988 Deaf President Now protest. He holds a bachelors degree in government from Gallaudet University and a juris doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law.