Hearing Dogs--What's your experience?
Learning Deaf Ways There is a wonderful organization for hearing dogs called International Hearing Dog. I know someone who is going to be getting a hearing dog soon, and I wonder if anyone has had any experiences with these dogs?They are service dogs much like seeing eye dogs, but, obviously, for the Deaf. Do you have one or know someone who's had one? What are your experiences? Have yo...
Thu, Jan 10 2008
Using an Apple laptop as a "hearing aid"
Learning Deaf Ways Run out of hearing aid batteries? OK, this is a little freaky, but I just saw this post on Mac OS X Hints. This obviously isn't a portable hearing aid, and is more like those chest monsters of yore, but I guess in a pinch it might be handy.
Thu, Dec 13 2007
Deaf "Coming out" party!
Learning Deaf Ways The Deaf GLBT community (and its hearing and/or straight friends) "came out" last night to celebrate the launch of Eyes of Desire 2: A Deaf GLBT Reader. I have never met so many interesting people with such moving stories of their lives or lives of their loved ones.Ten of the writers came from the Twin Cities and as far away as Duluth to attend the party. (Photo #1) M...
Sat, Nov 03 2007
ASL & Dental Surgery
Learning Deaf Ways OK, I found another unintended use for ASL for hearies. :-) I had 2 teeth extracted today (ouch!). With all the Novocain and inflammation, my lips and mouth look like balloons--I'm impossible to lipread in this state (and hearies wouldn't understand anything I tried to say, anyway). So ASL has come in handy even more so than usual. (I usually try to sign as much as I...
Wed, Oct 31 2007
Ridor says I'm an anti-Deaf "hearie"
Learning Deaf Ways If Im so anti-Deaf, why am I learning ASL? Why do I have a Deaf boyfriend? Why do I read DeafRead.com and TCDeaf.com every day? Why do I participate on Deaf blogs and sites like deafqueer.org? Why do I have my own blog about Deaf issues? Why do I participate in MNRAD? Why do I subscribe to DeafLife magazine? Why am I reading Eyes of Desire 2? Why am I reading Deaf in ...
Wed, Oct 24 2007 · Moved from DeafRead Extra
Make Ridor accountable
Learning Deaf Ways Ridor and his shills ("Ridorites") have now taken their personal vendetta Raymond and his new book around the blogosphere. So now i'm going to take their questions and turn them around to Ridor. Here is a list of questions that have been asked of Raymond on Deaf Queer News (in the comments after this article: [link] ). Ridor claims I have a personal vendetta against...
Wed, Oct 24 2007 · Moved from DeafRead Extra
Job Discrimination against the Deaf
Learning Deaf Ways A very interesting post by Mr. Sandman about job discrimination.A good way to solve this is education, aimed at hiring managers and employment lawyers (as mentioned in my comment on his blog).
Thu, Oct 18 2007
RidorLIVE advertisers: Beware
Learning Deaf Ways As long as Ridor continues to publish immature and hatred-filled posts--such as this childish post (and comments) about Raymond Luczak--I will boycott all RidorLIVE.com advertisers, and will encourage others to do so, too.There are other bloggers whose viewpoints I disagree with (such as Mike McConnell), but at least we can have mature discussions about our difference...
Thu, Oct 18 2007
Ridor's Ignorant Comment on Deaf Book Publishing
Learning Deaf Ways See Ridor's blog entry where he implies Raymond Luczak is making a killing on Eyes of Desire 2: A GLBT Reader. The reality is far different. Ask any Deaf person who's published a book.Here is my response. I'm just trying to dispel the innuendo that Ridor spreads.Thanks for listening, folks.
Wed, Oct 17 2007
Deafhood: A Disturbing Perspective
Learning Deaf Ways I found a very disturbing post today about Deafhood, thanks to DeafRead.com.Basically, this person is equating Deafhood with alcoholism.Here is my response.IMHO, the original blog posting is confusing a medical problem with being a minority. There is an enormous difference between the two!My understanding of Deafhood is that it's a process of accepting yourself even i...
Tue, Oct 16 2007
Who needs interpreters?
Learning Deaf Ways This article shows that IBM has a "solution" for the Deaf: a signing avatar (software-created human image) that will obviate the need for interpreters. They even say the Deaf community is for this. I'm skeptical, however.The solution in the article is for BSL which, admittedly, I don't know much about, other than it's not at all similar to ASL. I don't know if BSL has [...]
Fri, Sep 14 2007
Truly Deaf-friendly Living
Learning Deaf Ways Hearing people who live with Deaf people will chuckle at this one.How often do you come home and find the stove or bathroom fan running, with your Deaf co-habitant oblivious to the situation?To be really Deaf-friendly, I think any device that has only audible clues that it's running--like a fan that makes noise--is to have a lighted switch that glows when it's on.
Wed, Sep 12 2007
iTunes 7.4 & new iPods support closed captions!
Learning Deaf Ways iLounge is reporting that iTunes 7.4 now supports closed captions, and the new iPods announced yesterday (and presumably the iPhone, too) support captioning! Yay! Now if only there were content. ;-)
Thu, Sep 06 2007
Update! ASL Dictionary (video) on iPhone/iTunes/iPod
Learning Deaf Ways After getting all excited with my previous post about putting the Gallaudet University Press ASL Dictionary (in video format) into iTunes, I was severely disappointed when I finally got my iPhone.It turns out that at least half the videos would not work on the iPhone. There seemed to be no pattern at all (the videos for the numbers 0, 1, and 2 did not work, but 3 did, [...]
Sat, Jul 21 2007
ASL Dictionary on iTunes/iPod/iPhone!
Learning Deaf Ways Ever wanted an ASL video dictionary in iTunes or on your iPod (or soon-to-arrive iPhone)? This would probably work for Apple TV, too, for that matter. Think of the possibilities: an ordered dictionary; or Smart Albums to create random orders of words to test yourself!The more I think about this, the more exciting it gets: in iTunes 7, you can use Cover Flow view to [...]
Sat, Jun 09 2007
'Deaf Culture' on Wikipedia needs help
Learning Deaf Ways Wikipedia, the online free encyclopedia, has an article titled Deaf Culture, but it appears to need some help.As someone who's learning about deaf ways, I can't reliably contribute or verify the article. Any folks care to take a stab at it?
Tue, Apr 17 2007
Steve Carell & Raymond Luczak in intimate...
Learning Deaf Ways EXCLUSIVE! Steve Carell, star of NBC's The Office and the movie Little Miss Sunshine, and Raymond Luczak, star of the April 3rd 2007 episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent titled "Silencer" and the book Men With Their Hands, have been rumored to be in an ambiguously ambisexual relationship. Check out the illicit photo documentation here: [link] found it Signed Here [...]
Wed, Apr 04 2007
Is ASL a 'beautiful' language?
Learning Deaf Ways Or are hearing people ignorant? Or is ASL just beautiful in the right hands?Many posts in Deaf blogdom recently discussed hearing people commenting on "how beautiful" ASL is. Some snide comments were made about hearing people not putting the effort in to learn ASL.Having just seen the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus with Raymond the other night, I'd like to add to the [...]
Tue, Apr 03 2007
TV appearance of Raymond next week
Learning Deaf Ways Raymond Luczak and other deaf actors will appear on NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" on April 3rd. Apparently, a preview snippet was shown last night so Raymond has already debuted on national TV. Check out today's entry on Raymond's pseudo-blog*: [link] through his blog for the text "Law & Order" and you'll see how he got the gig and how information about the [...]
Wed, Mar 28 2007
I've been added to DeafRead.com
Learning Deaf Ways Many thanks to the human editors at [link] which recently added me to the list.If you've never gone there, it's a must-read for links to some of the most prominent Deaf blogs.They just added a new site [link] where you can vote on your favorite blog entries.
Tue, Mar 27 2007
Signed Events and the ADA
Learning Deaf Ways Ah, welcome to our world--a world of uncertainty and discrimination.So I'm trying to make a phone reservation for an ASL signed event this weekend. There's a range of ticket prices. I ask for 2 tickets at the cheaper price. I'm told they are not available. Are they all sold out? 'No', comes the reply. It's because all the seats in the signing section are in the [...]
Mon, Mar 26 2007
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