Oticon's 2017 "Focus On People" Finalist Cheri...
Xpressive Handz My friend, Cheri Hyatt Perazzoli is one of this year's finalists for Oticon's "Focus On People awards in the category of "ADVOCACY" for looping Seattle. Loops make it possible for people with hearing aids and Cochlear Implants have access to language with loop technology that transmits sound directly from PA systems and microphones to the TCoils of Listening Devices -...
Thu, Jul 13 2017
Xpressive Handz Themi Chahales messaged me today regarding a new documentary series they are casting. The series will be following a day in the life of a Deaf family. Let's connect her with an overwhelming number of amazing families. Contact her or help get the word out. Share, share, share. Details are below: BUNIM MURRAY PRODUCTIONS – NOW CASTING FAMILIES IN THE DEAF COMMUNIT...
Tue, Nov 29 2016
Hate no one...
Xpressive Handz I don't know the author. This deeply resonates with me.
Wed, Jun 15 2016
New Communication Access Rules for Healthcare Workers
Xpressive Handz Here are the new rules for communication access for healthcare workers and people with deafness or hearing loss effective July 18th explained by my friend Cheri Hyatt Perazzoli: "Friends, Everybody knows somebody who has hearing loss and for whom these new rules for communication access will make a positive impact! Imagine going to the hospital and not being abl...
Mon, May 16 2016
Xpressive Handz I highly admire Stacy Abrams! With MILLIONS of Deaf and hard of hearing tax paying American citizens being excluded because of language, I believe ASL should be taught in every school preK-12. It is a recognized language and credited in Colleges. Many people on the Autism spectrum and their families Sign as well. I would like to see this movement progress towa...
Fri, Apr 08 2016
Coming Attractions Theatres Captioning Response
Xpressive Handz Captioning update: I am pleased to share this response from James Sandberg, Director of Operations of Coming Attractions Theatres with you and my return reply regarding captioning at our local Poney Village Cinemas. His response is below my reply. Good morning, James, Thank you for your informative reply. We are pleased to know you are looking into option...
Thu, Feb 11 2016
Letter to Coming Attraction Theaters regarding access for...
Xpressive Handz Here is my letter which I sent to their website on the "contact us" link. I sent a form to each of the categories they offered for comments. I'll post their response when I "hear" back from them. [link] I took my children and my grandson to see the latest Star Wars movie in 3-D at pony village cinema on December 27, 2015 at Pony Village Cinemas in North Bend, Or...
Sun, Feb 07 2016
The Longer I Love....
Xpressive Handz "The longer I love, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our p...
Wed, Jan 27 2016
All American Family Deaf Football (CNN short film)
Xpressive Handz My friend Dale sent the link to this fabulous CNN Film about Pleasanton's Deaf Football team. This team is among the top 10 teams among hearing and deaf schools in California. #WithCaptions. All-American Family: Deaf football team inspires town - CNN Video [link]
Tue, Dec 01 2015
Love is the ability...
Xpressive Handz Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care about to be what they choose for themseselves without any insistence that they satisfy you. - Wayne Dryer
Mon, Nov 30 2015
How is it to be Born Deaf in Cameroon?
Xpressive Handz This guest post is written by Marc Serna from Reach Out Cameroon. Marc shares the story of a beautiful young deaf girl, Thelma, who needs help reaching her full potential. Learn how you can help. Thelma and her mother How is it to be born deaf in Cameroon? Buea School for the Deaf Thelma is a 6 years old girl living in Tole, a village in the South-Wes...
Mon, Nov 09 2015
National Daughter's Day 9/25/2015
Xpressive Handz Happy National Daughter's Day! I love the child you were, and the woman you have become, Mary! Mary is beautiful..... Inside as well as out. Mary loves deeply in ways some people would never understand, and in ways I highly admire. Hoping she someday writes and shares her story. She has gone through difficult things in her young life, and despite what she ...
Fri, Sep 25 2015
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Launched Formal...
Xpressive Handz So pleased to see advocacy in action regarding this issue! [link]
Sat, Sep 19 2015
Professor Refuses to Accommodate Deaf Student
Xpressive Handz Won't it be a shame if this professor losses HER hearing someday and needs to rely on accessible features herself? I cannot believe they are letting her teach with this kind of discriminating attitude against a deaf or hard of hearing person. [link]
Fri, Sep 18 2015
Oticon's "Focus on People" Candidates for 2015
Xpressive Handz Here are the nominees for the National "Focus On People" 2015-2016. Read each story and cast your vote for one person in each category. As last year's winner for Advocacy, I can say Oticon is a company that truly does put "People ---
Mon, Sep 07 2015
Selling Our Cottage on the Coast
Xpressive Handz We put my mother's corner lot cottage on the Southern Oregon Coast up for sale. It's a charming old home and right by the park a few blocks from the library and downtown. If you know anyone looking to buy an inexpensive home and likes to fix things up, this would be perfect! [link]
Fri, Sep 04 2015
Bandon Beach Web Cam
Xpressive Handz Our little city of Bandon by the Sea has a live beach cam. How cool is that? [link]
Fri, Aug 28 2015
How Far You Go in Life Depends On...
Xpressive Handz How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all of these. - George Washington Carver
Mon, Aug 24 2015
Bad Lipreading "Republican Debate"
Xpressive Handz The young men who created the "Bad Lipreading" series do a fabulously hysterical job! If you need captions, be sure they are turned ---
Fri, Aug 21 2015
Reiki - An Interview with Rickie Meryl Freedman
Xpressive Handz My friend and mentor Rickie, aka "Reiki by Rickie" was recently interviewed by Amy of ABC Channel 27 News program Good Day PA. Below is the transcript Teresa Russ, professional captionist provided for me. There will be captions available for the video soon, as well.Good Day PA video link is below the transcript:ABC Channel 27 News An Interview with Rickie Freedman...
Fri, Jul 31 2015
I've Opened my Reiki Practice
Xpressive Handz I'm so excited to share with you that I've set up my Reiki Practice here in Bandon at The Synergy Center. This article is a little outdated, but it tells you a little more about what Synergy Center is all about. It is a priviledge to be working with Jackie Day and the other professionals that have made Synergy Center what it is.Currently, I facilitate 2 Reiki Shares a...
Tue, Jul 21 2015
A Beautiful Scientific Aspect of Reiki
Xpressive Handz The word is spreading I can tell pregnant women the sex of their baby BEFORE their ultrasound reveals the gender. Two women asked me yesterday what they were having. So far, the accuracy percentage is 100%.My trick? No trick.. It's Science! Male and female genders are created magnetically/energetically differently. I learned this during my Reiki practice at the end o...
Sun, Jun 28 2015
Happy Father's Day, My Fabulous Husband
Xpressive Handz Happy Father's Day, Fabulous Husband, Gary. I honor you as the Father to my children and Grandfather to my grandchildren. You are a precious gift and God's blessing to us. I honor you and all that you are and all that you mean to us with love, admiration and appreciation. You are deeply loved.
Sun, Jun 21 2015
ASL Classes and Bible Studies, Harrisburg, PA area
Xpressive Handz Here is the latest information for happenings with DeafKonnect in the Harrisburg, PA area: DeafKonnect – a Ministry by and for members of the Deaf Community in the greater Harrisburg area. Pray, Preach, Teach, Reach PRAY: Prayer takes place throughout the ministry’s activities: before and after classes and events. PREACH: Rev. Martin Lewis (Deaf) leads Bi...
Sat, Jun 20 2015
2015 Oticon "Focus on People Awards" Now...
Xpressive Handz 2015 Oticon Focus on People Awards Seek Outstanding People with Hearing Loss For National Recognition and Prizes SOMERSET, NJ May 28 -- Oticon, Inc. is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Oticon Focus on People Awards. The national awards program, now in its 17th year, celebrates the accomplishments of people with hearing loss who d...
Fri, May 29 2015
Princess Ewauna and the Legend of Face Rock (photo by Gary...
Xpressive Handz I love living in the small coastal community of Bandon. My Fabulous Husband was up very early one morning to catch the moon over Face Rock before it dipped into the sea. I love how he also caught the reflection of the moon along the shoreline. Below the photo is the Legend of Face Rock, as found on the Coastal Muse page.Face Rock, Bandon, Oregon Photo by Gary Edmiston...
Mon, May 11 2015
A Mother's Day Note from my Mother
Xpressive Handz I found this in my jewelry armoire today from 8 years ago. My mother's words still deeply touch me.
Sat, May 09 2015
Xpressive Handz I am incredibly grateful for the woman who selflessly allowed me to be adopted into another family. My mother adopted me when I was 11 months old. She not only was my mother, she was my best friend, and I miss her dearly. It's been 17 months since she transitioned from this earth, but I find the grief still too fresh. She gave me an incredible life filled with trav...
Sat, May 09 2015
Spiritual Maturity: What is it?
Xpressive Handz This little gem showed up in an email this week, and it is an excellent perspective of what Spiritual Maturity really is: Being Spiritually Mature Spiritual maturity isn’t measured by how long you’ve been a Christian, or how much you know, or how often you go to church. Spiritual maturity is measured by the way you treat other people. It’s measured by the...
Fri, May 08 2015
We Are Grandparents Again!
Xpressive Handz We are grandparents again! This little cutie pie will be signing before we know it!
Sat, May 02 2015
Happy National Interpreter's Day
Xpressive Handz Here's to all the interpreters who provide access to language! I'd like to include CART and Captioning Providers, as well! Text Captioning is language, too!
Fri, May 01 2015
"Can We Create New Sense for Humans" David...
Xpressive Handz I love Facebook. My friends post and share some pretty amazing things from memes and stories to the latest in technology and science. Sherri posted this on my timeline. I admit I didn't watch the video, but I DID read the interactive transcript since I couldn't find the caption button."Can We Create New Sense for Humans" TED2015"David Eagleman Neuroscientist David E...
Thu, Apr 02 2015
My Speech at "Focus on People Awards" and our...
Xpressive Handz Below are 2 videos from the Oticon "Focus on People Awards" 2014. The 1st video is my speech. I want to thank Teresa Russ for providing the captions for my video. If you need captioning added to your videos, I highly recommend Teresa. The 2nd video shows the interviews of each of us discussing our thoughts regarding role models. firstname.lastname@example.org Teresa ...
Tue, Mar 31 2015
Glenn's Advice Regarding Meniere's Disease and Brain Fog
Xpressive Handz If you're living with Meniere's Disease and looking for practical advice to help alleviate some of its symptoms, I highly recommend you hop over to Glenn's page and check out what helps him. A few suggestions over there may help you, too. [link]
Sat, Mar 28 2015
Captioning Campaign for New York Times A SUCCESS!!
Xpressive Handz Lauren Storck of CCAC Collaborative for Communication Access Via Captioning spearheaded a campaign this week to encourage The New York Times to provide quality captioning for their videos. Here is her write --- York Times Videos Have No Captioning! Help Advocate: ccacblog.wordpress.com I'm pleased to share with you this follow up from Lauren celebrating SUCCES...
Wed, Mar 25 2015
Teaching the World to Listen with Their Eyes
Xpressive Handz I was contacted by News Reporter, Amy Moss Strong recently for an interview for the Coos Bay World and Bandon Western World newspapers in the series under "Neighbors". So often, we don't know who are neighbors are, or what their story is. Everyone has a story. I'm looking forward to the weekly series to learn about the people here in my community and getting to know...
Thu, Mar 12 2015
Interviews With Incredible Women ... interview with Joyce...
Xpressive Handz Ann Parmer has an amazing, uplifting project that highlights inspiring women.Thank you, Anne Parmer for the honor of being among such Incredible Women with your project of Interviews with Incredible Women! And thank you, my Incredible friend, Denise VanBriggle for suggesting me. [link]
Fri, Mar 06 2015
"Return to Listen and Talk" #WithCaptions
Xpressive Handz My friend, Cheri Hyatt Perazzoli (Let's Loop Seattle) posted this video along with these words:"Sound Possibilities..at School.. on the Job..in the Community Universal; induction loop technology ( hearing loop ) levels the playing field. As the ADA turns 25 this year; isn't it time we break down barriers for people who have hearing loss by making our places of work, t...
Sun, Mar 01 2015
"Thank You" ASL Music Video #WithCaptions
Xpressive Handz Here is a nice little video with ASL interpretation by Jason Listman, Dido's "Thank You" ---
Mon, Feb 23 2015
Far From the Tree with Hearing Loss Peeps by Nancy M....
Xpressive Handz Nancy Williams breaks the stereotypical myth that people with hearing loss or deafness can't enjoy music. She shares her passion for music and encourages us to not set limits when it comes to following our passion. Thank you, Nancy, for taking time to guest post and sharing what's on your heart. Far From the Tree with Hearing Loss Peeps By Nancy M. Willia...
Mon, Feb 16 2015
National Anthem ASL Performance by Treshelle Edmond at the...
Xpressive Handz "Treshelle Edmond has been selected to bring the beauty of American Sign Language (ASL) to one of the most popular sports and entertainment events of the year – Super Bowl Sunday." National Association of the DeafBree Loggins, a Signing Time Academy Instructor posted the link on our Instructors page to the video provided by I Deaf News. I love how this is total a...
Mon, Feb 02 2015
Sweetheart's Special at the Cottage
Xpressive Handz With so many of my friends experiencing harsh winters right now, might I suggest you come spend a week along the Southern Oregon Coast? I shared the post below from one of our visits here in 2012 on Facebook today. My friend Annie saw the post and wanted me to share this lovely message with you. Just tell her you're a friend of mine. You, Dear Readers, are friends. :-...
Wed, Jan 28 2015
"Let it Go" ASL Music Video #WithCaptions
Xpressive Handz Here is another fabulous ASL music video directed by Jules Dameron (check out one of her other ASL music videos, "Rolling in the Deep" at [link] This video, "Let it Go" is performed by Amber Zion and Jason Listman. [link] sure to check out D-PAN Deaf Professional Arts Network here: [link] other excellent performances available for your viewing entertainment.
Mon, Jan 26 2015
Oticon Audiologist Blows the Whistle on Big Game Noise and...
Xpressive Handz This was forwarded to me by Sara Coulter on behalf of Oticon to share with you. Be sure to click on the links below the post and check out the infographics. Oticon Audiologist Blows the Whistle on Big Game Noise and Hearing Health Whether you’re catching the Big Game in Phoenix or your hometown, noise levels on and away from the field can sideline your hearing heal...
Thu, Jan 22 2015
Hearing Loss, How Hearing Devices Work and Don't Work -...
Xpressive Handz Questions on the Host's Hearing March 18, 2011 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Evan in West Coxsackie, New York, welcome to the EIB Network. Hello. CALLER: Hey. I'm just wondering, when you listen to music with your hearing aid, how's it sound? RUSH: Music? CALLER: Yeah, like if you're listening to music on an iPad or something? RUSH: Well,...
Tue, Jan 20 2015
The Social Challenges of Hearing Loss
Xpressive Handz "The Social Challenges of Hearing Loss" as seen in ALDA News Have you ever had an embarrassing moment of miscommunication? I have, numerous times. Here is one of my more memorable moments... The Social Challenges of Hearing Loss By Joyce Edmiston You might think that as a child with a hearing loss, I would have grown up being used to social situations ...
Mon, Jan 19 2015
The First-Ever InterNational Online DeafBlind Conference
Xpressive Handz My friend Carol sent this flyer to me regarding this conference. As pointed out, "Through the use of revolutionary technologies, the conference will also be available through speech-to-subtitles software in up to 78 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES! So tell your friends from across the miles!" "We may use different ways to say something, but the desire to communicate is global...
Mon, Jan 12 2015
Xpressive Handz Fabulous Husband designed this in the sand for me last week when the days were sunny. Isn't he FABULOUS?!?
Mon, Jan 12 2015
Nets Kids Dancer Defies Odds Despite Hearing Loss
Xpressive Handz I had the privilege of meeting the inspiring Vako Gvelesiani and his family this summer in New Jersey at Oticon's "Focus on People" Awards. Vako won the award in the category of "Student". His mother sent me the link to Monday's (Dec. 28, 2014) issue of "Today's News" which covers Vako's story of dance. This young man has a bright future and I think we'll be watching ...
Wed, Dec 31 2014
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