Hamill - The Movie Casting Anouncement
Discovering Deaf Worlds HAMILL THE MOVIE is looking for a young deaf student who can play the role of Young Matt Hamill. Please read the casting description below. [YOUNG MATT HAMILL] DEAF / Male / 8 - 12 / Caucasian. Matt Hamill is the hero of this film, which is based on the real UFC fighter, Matt Hamill (www.matthamill.com). As a child, Matt had a very difficult time fitting in with his...
Tue, Sep 01 2009
Discovering: Shuktara Release Party Fundraiser on July 22nd!
Discovering Deaf Worlds WHEN: Wednesday, July 22, 2009WHAT: Discovering: Shuktara Release Party FundraiserWHERE: Rochester, NY, USACOST: $25/personDETAILS: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at SPoT Coffee 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at The Little TheaterWe are just one week away from our Discovering: Shuktara Release Party Fundraiser! Advance tickets are now on sale at www.discoveringdeafworlds.com.For the pa...
Mon, Jul 13 2009
NEW ZEALAND SIGN LANGUAGE WEEK
Discovering Deaf Worlds New Zealand Sign Language Week (NZSL) will run from 4 – 10 May 2009. The week promotes New Zealand Sign Language as an official language as well as raise awareness about the Deaf community.NZSL Week is organised by Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand (formerly Deaf Association of NZ), a not-for-profit organisation, which works with government and other organisations to provide...
Mon, Apr 27 2009
Help Expand DDW's International Network
Discovering Deaf Worlds Happy Spring from Discovering Deaf Worlds!Everyday, we receive e-mails from individuals and organizations searching to connect with deaf communities in other countries: backpackers looking for an international host or friend, school administrations seeking advice on deaf education, non-profit organizations and humanitarians establishing themselves in a new country, an...
Mon, Apr 20 2009
Discovering: Shuktara now in production!
Discovering Deaf Worlds DDW has been hard at work these past few weeks! In addition to settling back into our American routine and working our way towards becoming a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we've been focused on producing our first short film, Discovering: Shuktara. Discovering: Shuktara is an extraordinary story about the Shuktara home, which some of you may remember from our newsletters. Sh...
Sat, Dec 20 2008
Reid found guilty on all six charges of Emma Agnew's murder
Discovering Deaf Worlds Last year, we began our adventure with Discovering Deaf Worlds in Christchurch, New Zealand. On our very first day we met and connected with an outgoing, happy go lucky girl named Emma at the Canterbury Deaf Club. She was a leader, a good friend, and committed to improving the lives of deaf people in NZ. She invited us to her home for NZ-style fish fries and we got t...
Sun, Nov 02 2008
DDW back in the USA!
Discovering Deaf Worlds We made it home! After a year of discovering and documenting deaf worlds in eight countries, we are now back in Rochester, NY. Things that once seemed so familiar, like using tap water to brush our teeth or flushing toilet paper down the pipes instead of in a garbage bin, seem so unfamiliar now. Reality TV, yards, and paved roads are things we haven't seen in a lon...
Tue, Oct 07 2008
Jaipur Deaf Friendship Club
Discovering Deaf Worlds One of many common themes we have seen throughout our travels in eight different countries this past year is the importance of a deaf club environment. When your day to day life is surrounded by communication barriers and people who do not understand you, a socializing outlet is a natural remedy to keep you going. After traveling throughout Northern India for the la...
Sat, Sep 06 2008
The Oral School for Deaf Children – Kolkata, India
Discovering Deaf Worlds When we first stepped into the Oral School for Deaf Children in Kolkata, we were pleasantly surprised by the messages spread throughout the walls, written on brochures, and spoken directly from the teachers who work there: “I hear with my heart, listen with my eyes, and speak with my hands” “Come share our world of silence” “Make friends with a deaf child” Understa...
Sun, Aug 03 2008
First Deaf Member of Parliament in Asia Selected!
Discovering Deaf Worlds We've arrived to Kathmandu, Nepal with a warm welcome from Australian Philip Waters of the Volunteer Service Organization (VSO). After greeting us at the airport and a quick stop by The Bakery Cafe where several deaf employees work, we were lead to our accommodation at the Hotel Metropolitan Kantipur which is owned by a deaf couple. The following day we visited the ...
Fri, Jun 06 2008
Change of Plans for DDW
Discovering Deaf Worlds Hello friends! We are 7+ months into our travels of discovering deaf worlds and realize we are well overdue for an update. We are currently in Kolkata, India and originally planned to travel throughout this country for the next 6 weeks. However, there is currently a major protest happening in Northern India that may escalate with more potential violence. In the las...
Sat, May 31 2008
Not Your Typical Mainstream Environment
Discovering Deaf Worlds After seven months of travel through six different countries, today was the first time we observed an environment where balanced numbers of future interpreters and deaf students share the same classroom. At Ratchasuda College in Bangkok, Thailand, the goal is hearing/deaf integration. The philosophy of this program has been rooted in bi-lingual, bi-cultural educatio...
Tue, May 06 2008
Do you know who I am?
Discovering Deaf Worlds Last September 19th, a young deaf man was dropped off at the Deaf Development Programme (DDP) house in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. No passport, no identification, no documentation….and no language….no signing, no speaking or lip reading and no writing ability. He appears to be ethnically Khmer, but no one knows where he was born or where he came from or how he got to Camb...
Wed, Apr 30 2008
First Impressions of the Deaf Community in Thailand
Discovering Deaf Worlds Within a few hours of arriving in Bangkok, we met a deaf womyn selling cell phone “I love you” ornaments for 30 baht each ($1.00 USD) on the Khao San market. Moments later, we turned the corner and bumped into another deaf womyn selling bathing suits to make her living. We quickly found out that on Silcom and Nai Lert Roads in downtown Bangkok, it is required by law...
Tue, Apr 01 2008
"We Share the Same Sky"- Wuhan Deaf Community
Discovering Deaf Worlds With only a 30-day visa in China, we were blessed to have visited so many cities. This meant several long, sun-up to sun-down days and overnight train rides, but worth every second to arrive and see how thrilled our hosts were to greet us. Our final chance to emerge in the deaf community was a three-day stop in Wuhan. With amazing hospitality, they showed us what C...
Sun, Mar 23 2008
Yang Cui, raising the bar in Changchun
Discovering Deaf Worlds In a country where people with any kind of disability (deaf, blind, physical, etc) are grouped together, often left out, and provided with minimal opportunities, there stands a proud deaf woman out to make change. In China, deaf people are not allowed to drive. There are no interpreting services or interpreting schools, only translators who are often friends or fa...
Mon, Mar 10 2008
A Bump In The Road
Discovering Deaf Worlds On day two of our arrival to China, our video camera went kerplunk. After 4 ½ months of over use and abuse, bouncing around in a backpack through 5 different countries, it has gone to video heaven. Cannon HV10, you've been good to us until now....R.I.P. So now we are in a jam. dam. The formatting system in China is different from U.S., so buying a new camera here ...
Sun, Mar 02 2008
Tsukuba University, Paving the Way for Higher Deaf...
Discovering Deaf Worlds The Deaf community is fortunate to have Tsukuba University of Technology (TUT), a sister school to NTID through the PEN International Progra. It is the only higher education university for both deaf students and blind students in Japan. Classes for deaf students are taught or interepreted in JSL. Therefore they can focus on their education fully instead of splitting...
Fri, Feb 22 2008
We Need Your Help to Connect in China!
Discovering Deaf Worlds Yesterday was met with mixed emotions as we exchanged our Lonely Planet book from Japan to China. We have had such an amazing time and felt so well embraced in Japan, but also eager to move on. So off to Bejing, China we go! Do you know anyone connected to the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community in China? Someone who works for a Deaf or mainstream school, organization,...
Tue, Feb 19 2008
Hearing Japanese Woman, Bridges the Gap
Discovering Deaf Worlds With only six weeks to explore Japan, so many locals kept asking us “Why would you spend a week in Kochi of all places!?” Kochi is a smaller non-touristy city off the beaten track from the ‘bright lights, big city’ atmosphere of Tokyo and Osaka. But it was the motivation, commitment, and unprecedented generousity of a woman named Koko that brought us there. Koko,...
Sat, Feb 02 2008
The Power of Communication
Discovering Deaf Worlds Discovering Deaf Worlds has widened our spectrum. Yesterday we had the honor of meeting Hiura Shunsuke, an amazing young man who has a passion for inspiring everyone around him to live a happy life. In a time where negativity and violence take over the news, Shun offers a message of hope and “dai-jyou-bu” (no worries). Although Shun is unable to speak many words an...
Mon, Jan 28 2008
Discovering Deaf Worlds Gallaudet University is truly well known around the world. It’s worldwide reputation is equivalent to the universities that US presidents attend, like Yale, Oxford or Harvard. Students and alumni should have pride in attending Gallaudet University. It helps in the long run. Whether you are traveling the world or just applying for a job, the name Gallaudet gets your f...
Tue, Jan 22 2008
Arigato Sakai Deaf School!
Discovering Deaf Worlds When was the last time you jumped rope? Does your mom observe your classroom in elementary school? Do you know how to greet someone in Japan? The day after we arrive in Osaka, we were honored with the opportunity to visit the Sakai Deaf School. Before visiting the school, our friend Miro helped arrange communication accessibility. Japanese Sign Language America...
Sat, Jan 19 2008
Help us make contact in Japan!
Discovering Deaf Worlds We are nearing the end of our time in Australia and starting to prepare for Japan. So far we have done a pretty darn good job communicating in New Zealand and Australian sign. But from this point on, we will no longer have English as a default language. We are researching on line for schools and organizations to visit, and recognizing we will most likely need to wo...
Sun, Jan 06 2008
Opening Day for Australia Deaf Games
Discovering Deaf Worlds After two weeks of working on wildlife and rainforest sanctuaries with the WWOOF program throughout the holidays, we have arrived at the Gold Coast. Queensland is known as the "sunshine" state, but is currently being bombarded with much needed heavy rains and the forecast doesn't look to change. The weather was no deterrent, however, for the 700+ people wh...
Thu, Jan 03 2008
Freedom, Vitality and Limitless Potential
Discovering Deaf Worlds That is the vision and logo of Deaf Children Australia (DCA), a national non-profit organization based in Melbourne, Australia for the last 143 years. There are currently over 16,000 deaf and hard of hearing children under 21 in Australia and 500 babies are born with a hearing loss each year. DCA strives to enable these children and youth to realize their full poten...
Wed, Dec 12 2007
Discovering Deaf Worlds on the move
Discovering Deaf Worlds After 6 weeks of coast to coast travel, 19 days of interviews, 15 hrs of video footage, and meeting hundreds of people involved with the Deaf community, we are wrapping up our time in New Zealand. We have been blown away by the warmth, generosity, and hospitality of New Zealanders both Deaf and hearing. We've been awed by mother nature's landscape of active volcanoe...
Sat, Dec 01 2007
Vigil for Emma Agnew
Discovering Deaf Worlds On Monday nite, November 26th, Emma Agnew's body was found after being missing for 11 days. She had been suffocated to death and abandoned in Spencer Park, just outside her hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand. Local police quickly made an arrest of Liam James Reid, age 35, formerly known as Julian Heath Edgecombe before changing his name within the last five years...
Sat, Dec 01 2007
The search for Emma continues
Discovering Deaf Worlds Today is day nine in the search for Emma Agnew. Almost 70 police in the Christchurch area are now working on the case. They are searching rubbish dumps for any clues (cellphone pager, clothing, or any other belongings) and will begin dives in local waterways tomorrow. Updates are found often on the front page of all local New Zealand newspapers each day. The com...
Fri, Nov 23 2007
Looking for Emma
Discovering Deaf Worlds Emma is a young leader highly involved with the Christchurch Deaf community and works for the Canterbury Deaf Society. She has dreams to go to Gallaudet University. She has a wonderful supportive deaf family and circle of friends all throughout NZ. Emma was one of the first people we met in NZ with a warm welcome and has introduced us to her life. Emma...You are s...
Sat, Nov 17 2007
Bye bye South Island, Hello North!
Discovering Deaf Worlds After three phenominal weeks in the South Island of NZ, we have crossed the sea (via the biggest ferry we've ever seen....10 stories high!) to the North Island. We have three weeks to go before heading to Sydney Australia on Dec 3rd. Today we had the opportunity to visit the only Deaf Unit of a mainstream highschool in this area to interview a teacher of the deaf an...
Fri, Nov 16 2007
Accessibility of backpacker tour buses
Discovering Deaf Worlds For the past week, we have had the opportunity to tour a large part of the South Island with our 30 pound backpacks strapped on. In researching how to best travel through New Zealand, we decided to join the Straytravel.com hop on/off bus. Our bus ticket is good for a year (though we are only here for 5-6 weeks) and gives us the flexibility to hop on/off wherever we ...
Wed, Nov 07 2007
A random act of kindness - the world coming together!
Discovering Deaf Worlds We spent the day interviewing, filming and interacting with the students, teachers, and staff at the Van Asch Education Centre in Sumner, New Zealand (look forward to our next newsletter for more details on our visit...sign up at www.discoveringdeafworlds.com) After leaving the campus SO full of gratitude from our warm welcome, we stopped by the local nearby beach to ...
Mon, Oct 29 2007
Canterbury Deaf Club ~ Christchurch, New Zealand
Discovering Deaf Worlds Last nite we visted the Canterbury Deaf Club, the largest Deaf Club on the South Island of New Zealand with over 70 members. The gymnasium sized room is filled with a movie screen TV, hot food, drinks, pool table, and many prized possessions of the Christchurch Deaf community, such as bowling trophies, history, Club president photos, etc. With anticipation on how we...
Fri, Oct 26 2007
We leave the country tomorrow!
Discovering Deaf Worlds We are on our way! In five days we made it coast to coast from Rochester, New York to Oceanside, California, with a three day stop through Colorado. A special thanks to all who came to our farewell fundraisers in New York and Colorado! You are sending us off full of support, inspiration and excitement!! You have made this moment possible. Today is officially our ...
Mon, Oct 22 2007
Discovering Deaf Worlds, New Zealand bound!
Discovering Deaf Worlds We did it! Our flights to New Zealand have been booked for October 23rd!! ...and so our journey begins. We will arrive in the heartland of Christchurch, New Zealand after an 18 hour flight, an 11 hour layover, and a 16 hour time difference. Phew! We wanted to send you a personal thanks for helping us get this far. Your individual donations and sponsorship [...]
Mon, Sep 17 2007
Discovering Deaf Worlds Press Release
Discovering Deaf Worlds Rochester, NY, September 12, 2007 - Christy Smith, a former Deaf contestant on CBS's "Survivor: The Amazon", and Dave Justice, an ASL/English interpreter and Deaf advocate, are the co-founders of Discovering Deaf Worlds, an organization dedicated to promoting Deaf awareness globally. On the organization´s first international adventure, Smith and Justice will meet [...]
Wed, Sep 12 2007
DDW Kickoff Event - Save the Date!
Discovering Deaf Worlds We will soon be having our final kickoff HOO-RAH! If you live in the greater upstate NY area, come on down to join us to learn more about our film projects with Deaf storytellers and community leaders. GIve us some last minute advice, share what you want to learn about other countries, let us know what you like to see reported back through our website.... We will [...]
Wed, Aug 15 2007
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