Deaf TikToker educates her 860K followers
Deaf News Today image from TicTok Chrissy Marshall’s TicTok feed, ChrissyCantHearYou, has more than 860,000 followers. The deaf social media influencer told InTheKnow: I use social media to reach millions of people and educate them about the deaf community, access, ASL, as well as provide them with resources and a place accommodating to learn and grow with each other. Rea...
Wed, Aug 12 2020
TSS preparing for fall classes
Deaf News Today The Texas School for the Deaf is getting ready to start classes online. Watch the video report below from FOX-7 or read the story here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Tue, Aug 11 2020
Deaf community in Calif wants terps to remain independent
Deaf News Today There's a bill in the California legislature that could have a big impact on sign language interpreters in the state. KFSN-TV in Fresno has a video report or you can read the story here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Tue, Aug 11 2020
Lawsuit: Include ASL in White House Briefings
Deaf News Today Five deaf Americans are suing the White House with the help of The National Association of the Deaf in an attempt to force President Donald Trump ASL interpreters at his Covid-19 briefings. CEO Howard Rosenblum says: Deaf and hard of hearing Americans deserve the same access to information from the White House and the President that everyone else gets. Such inf...
Tue, Aug 04 2020
Change to Netflix playback coming
Deaf News Today The National Association of the Deaf is applauding Netflix for its plan to allow users to speed up or slow down videos. The feature will also slowdown captions which would help people who might prefer the captions at a slightly slower speed. Read more about the change here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Sun, Aug 02 2020
A drama based on DPN!
Deaf News Today A drama is planned based on the book Deaf President Now! The 1988 Revolution at Gallaudet University. The book, written by John Christiansen and Sharon Barnartt, tells the story of what happened the week of protests at Gallaudet when the students and supporters rallied for eight days around the cry for the school to have a deaf president. The untitled show is an ef...
Sun, Aug 02 2020
Meet America's top sign language news reporter
Deaf News Today The Daily Moth, which offers news in ASL, has more than 200,000 Facebook followers. The Christian Science Monitor spoke with Alex Abenchuchan about his successful 5-year-old online channel. Watch the video below or read the transcript here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Sat, Aug 01 2020
Happy Birthday, Bob Hiltermann!
Deaf News Today from BobHiltermann.com Deaf since the age of 4, Bob Hiltermann was born on this day (August 1, 1952) in Germany, the tenth of eleven children born. A bout with meningitis left him deaf but he wasn't diagnosed until the age of ten. Hiltermann learned ASL while attending Gallaudet University in Washington, DC and later formed MuSign (a Signing/Mime company). He acted w...
Sat, Aug 01 2020
YouTube is ending its community captions feature
Deaf News Today YouTube will discontinue its community captions Sept. 28. It allowed viewers to add subtitles but YouTube says it wasn't used enough. “You can still use your own captions, automatic captions and third-party tools and services,” YouTube said in an update on its help page here. An online petition asking Google to change the decision has gotten more than 90,000 sig...
Fri, Jul 31 2020
The Kentucky Deaf School will start its year online
Deaf News Today The Kentucky School for Blind and Kentucky School for the Deaf says it will start year online. The Kentucky Department of Education approved the plan which means the Kentucky School for the Deaf in Danville will begin instruction on August 24. At least the first six weeks of classes will be held online. A decision about the rest of the semester will be decided in Octo...
Thu, Jul 30 2020
Marlee Matlin Implores Hiring of More Deaf Actors
Deaf News Today Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin is working to recognize the talents of deaf and disabled actors as they struggle for work in Hollywood. She talks about it in this New York Times video. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Mon, Jul 27 2020
On this date: The ADA was signed into law
Deaf News Today It was on this day (July 26, 1990) that President George H.W. Bush signed the American Disability Act into law. Senator Tom Harkin says the ADA law was inspired by his deaf brother. The Iowa Democrat says watching his brother, Frank, struggle against social barriers motivated him to push the ADA bill through the U.S. Congress. The law prohibits private employers, stat...
Sun, Jul 26 2020
Two Docus about the Deaf Community Coming to Netflix
Deaf News Today Deaf U and Audible will be on Netflix soon. Both documentaries are about the deaf community in the U.S. Deaf U is an eight-episode series following a group of Deaf students at Gallaudet University. It will have a Netflix premiere on Oct. 9. Audible is a 36-minute film that follows Maryland School for the Deaf high school athlete Amaree McKenstry-Hall. The film i...
Sat, Jul 25 2020
On this date: The ADA was signed into law
Deaf News Today It was on this day (July 25, 1990) that President George H.W. Bush signed the American Disability Act into law. Senator Tom Harkin says the ADA law was inspired by his deaf brother. The Iowa Democrat says watching his brother, Frank, struggle against social barriers motivated him to push the ADA bill through the U.S. Congress. The law prohibits private employers, stat...
Sat, Jul 25 2020
VA School for the Deaf and the Blind planning to reopen
Deaf News Today The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind plans to meet in the classroom five days a week—starting next month. Read more about it from WHSV-TV here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Thu, Jul 23 2020
Harvard Law School’s first deaf-blind graduate: 'My...
Deaf News Today Harvard Law School’s first deaf-blind graduate speaks out on ableism in a video for Yahoo Life. Haben Girma says: People often ask, ‘Is disability a barrier? How has deaf-blindness been a barrier?’ And then I ask people, ‘Why are you assuming that a disability would be a barrier?’ That's an ableist assumption. We need to move away from thinking ‘is disa...
Tue, Jul 21 2020
Protecting the Deaf Community from Investment Scams
Deaf News Today This SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) video shows how a fraud takes place from the point of view of a man from the deaf and hard or hearing community who was defrauded by someone they thought they could trust. While the names and people are made up, the story demonstrates how even the most responsible investors can be victims when they put their guard down. ...
Fri, Jul 17 2020
Florida School Staffers identified as being part of...
Deaf News Today Some Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind staff members are in an offensive photo taken of members of Kappa Gamma fraternity at Gallaudet University—including a media specialist and an athletic director. An associate instructor from the University of North Florida is also in the photo, according to a report by The Florida Times-Union. Read more details here. ...
Fri, Jul 17 2020
Deaf Groups Sue Florida Gov
Deaf News Today Disability Rights Florida and the National Association of the Deaf have filed a lawsuit against Florida's governor for failing to make his COVID-19 briefings accessible in sign language. Ron DeSantis Howard A. Rosenblum, who leads the NAD, says: Health threats such as coronavirus impact everyone including deaf and hard-of-hearing people, and it is imperative th...
Tue, Jul 14 2020
Investigation into principal at deaf school
Deaf News Today A high school assistant principal at the California School for the Deaf, Riverside, is under investigation for his part in a fraternity at Gallaudet University that was recently suspended for anti-Semitic activities. Tim Hile belonged to Kappa Gamma and is seen in a 2006 photo apparently giving a Nazi-style salute As a Gallaudet University student. Read the full st...
Mon, Jul 13 2020
How the 1918 influenza pandemic affected the Kentucky...
Deaf News Today The 1918 influenza pandemic (also known as The Spanish Flu) killed millions of people including 14,000 people in Kentucky. The Advocate-Messenger takes a look at the effect the outbreak had on the state's school for the deaf here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Sun, Jul 12 2020
On this Date: Sentenced to Life in Prison
Deaf News Today It was on this date (July 10) in 2002 that a District of Columbia judge sentenced Joseph Mesa, Jr. to six life terms without the possibility of parole for the murders of two Gallaudet classmates. The 22-year-old from Guam was convicted of first beating Eric Plunkett to death in September of 2000 and then stabbing Benjamin Varner to death in February of 2001. Both atta...
Fri, Jul 10 2020
Little girl greets deaf delivery driver in sign
Deaf News Today A video has gone viral that shows eight-year-old Tallulah greeting deaf delivery driver in Greater Manchester, England. She used the sign language to surprise Tim Joseph. They had became friends and Tallulah drew a picture of a rainbow for the driver to thank him for his efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic. Joseph told the BBC, “Tallulah realized I was deaf and th...
Wed, Jul 08 2020
Getting to Know.. Autumn Weaver
Deaf News Today Greetings from Iowa interviewed Autumn Weaver in the video below. Autumn became Miss Iowa in 2014. She was born deaf and received a cochlear implant at age three. Find out more about her in the video below. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Tue, Jul 07 2020
How Rochester Became a Hub for the Deaf
Deaf News Today Rochester is home to one of the largest deaf and hard-of-hearing populations in the U.S. Read about how that came about in an article from the Daily Beast here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Mon, Jul 06 2020
Gally's plan for fall teaching
Deaf News Today Gallaudet University will start the fall semester remotely, then slowly bring students back for in-person learning based on recommendations from the school’s reopening task force and city officials. Below is a video from President Roberta J. Cordano about the fall semester and you can read more information here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Sat, Jul 04 2020
Getting to Know: Cochlear Limited
Deaf News Today You could have bought stock in Cochlear Limited at the turn of the century for about $10. A few days ago the stock was worth more than $133 a share. Cochlear Limited is the biggest of the three companies that dominate the cochlear implant market. More than a quarter of a million people have a Cochlear implant. Based in Australia, Cochlear Limited does most of its bu...
Thu, Jul 02 2020
On this day in history: 27 year ago
Deaf News Today It was 26 years ago today (July 1, 1993) that the FCC requires all U.S. analog television receivers with screens 13 inches or larger to include built-in decoder circuitry that could display closed captioning. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Wed, Jul 01 2020
MI company to pay $25K for ADA violations
Deaf News Today A Michigan company has agreed to pay $25,000 to settle a federal disability discrimination lawsuit as well as ADA training and reports to the EEOC. The EEOC's lawsuit said Powerlink Facilities Management Services, instead of providing captioning in its orientation videos, didn't allow a deaf employee to begin work for several months. The failure to provide reasonable ...
Tue, Jun 30 2020
This day in history: 116 years ago
Deaf News Today Helen Keller graduated with honors from Radcliffe College on June 28, 1904, 114 years ago today, becoming the first deaf and blind person to graduate from college with a B.A. Radcliffe was a women's liberal arts college in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a part of Harvard University. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Sun, Jun 28 2020
Whatever Happened to.. Jane Fernandes
Deaf News Today image from guilford.edu Jane Fernandes has announced she will step down as president of Guilford College after this academic year. She spent seven years at the school and will leave a year before her contract expires. In taking the position at the private Quaker college, she became the first deaf woman to lead a U.S. college or university. But alumni of Gallaudet U...
Sat, Jun 27 2020
Happy Birthday, Signmark
Deaf News Today Deaf Finnish rap artist Signmark (Marko Vuoriheimo) was born on this day (June 26) in Helsinki, Finland in 1978. The child of deaf parents, Signmark stumbled into Hip Hop music while translating songs into sign. He felt a connection between the rappers hand gestures and sign language. He now works with other artists who sing as he signs, becoming the first deaf rapper...
Fri, Jun 26 2020
Website accessibility study
Deaf News Today Many websites are not accessible, according to a company called accessiBe. They tested 10,000,000 websites for accessibility compliance and found: 98% of menus failed83% of buttons71% of forms 52% of images89% of pop-ups. Read more here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Wed, Jun 24 2020
Deaf News Today Here are some tips from Carolyn Ginsburg Stern, the assistant director of outreach and strategic initiatives at the Center for Hearing and Communication, published in The Hearing Journal, about making videoconferences more accessible: Sit in a well-lit space to brighten your face and avoid backlighting, such as light shining through a window behind a workstation. El...
Mon, Jun 22 2020
Marvel is looking for a Deaf Actress
Deaf News Today Marvel is reportedly searching for a deaf, Native American First Nations, Indigenous or Latinx actress for a role in an upcoming Disney+ series. Speculation is that Disney could be planning to introduce the Daredevil character Echo to one of its shows. Originally an adversary for The Man Without Fear, Echo became a hero herself, becoming Avenger Maya Lopez in the New...
Sat, Jun 20 2020
Masks & VRIs can prevent Deaf individuals from...
Deaf News Today Bridget Nitsch opted for a natural birth but wasn’t due for a few days--but the baby came anyway. But Bridget Nitsch and her partner, who are both Deaf, couldn’t reach 911 until connecting with Bridget Nitsch’s mother through a video call. By the time the paramedics arrived, the baby’s head was halfway out. Bridget Nitsch and her partner can read lips with ...
Mon, Jun 15 2020
On this Day: First Deaf Computer PhD
Deaf News Today image from Gallaudet.edu It was on this date, June 15, 2008, that Karen Alkoby became the first deaf woman in the U.S. to earn a Ph.D. in computer science. She graduated from Chicago's DePaul University, helping to pioneer a computer-animated dictionary. Alkoby’s dissertation involved determining how the human brain interprets shapes like those made by hands in ASL...
Mon, Jun 15 2020
Deaf Black lives matter group honors Black deaf sanitation...
Deaf News Today Several dozen deaf black people joined together to march in Memphis yesterday. Besides protesting against police brutality and systemic racism, they also honored black deaf sanitation workers who marched before them. Read the full story at the Commercial Appeal here and watch the video below from WJHL-TV News channel 11. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Sun, Jun 14 2020
Judge rules on lawsuit filed by deaf inmates in Illinois
Deaf News Today The Illinois prison system is not following through on its agreement to accommodate deaf prisoners. That's the finding of a federal judge who says the Illinois Department of Corrections is out of compliance with a 2018 settlement agreement. It said that deaf prisoners would get auditory exams after failed hearing tests. The judge is ordering the dept. of corrections t...
Fri, Jun 12 2020
Deaf demonstrators say they face dangers at protests
Deaf News Today Members of Portland's deaf community are taking to the streets like many others do. But as KATU-TV has learned, safety can become a concern. Below is a video report or read the story here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Wed, Jun 10 2020
Black Lives Matter signs
Deaf News Today ASL interpreter Rorri Burton breaks down how to sign “Black Lives Matter” in ASL and explains why not everyone signs it the same way. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Mon, Jun 08 2020
The lockdown's impact on deaf children in the UK
Deaf News Today The Covid-19 pandemic has meant access to many support services is limited, and deaf youngsters are even more vulnerable, write a group of health and disability experts. Read more in the Guardian here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Sun, Jun 07 2020
Getting to know: Canada's first deaf Priest
Deaf News Today Matthew Hysell Canada's first deaf Roman Catholic priest was ordained in 2012. Raised a Baptist in Michigan, Matthew Hysell lost his hearing after a bout with meningitis as a toddler. He made the decision to become a priest as a teenager after reading about the priesthood in school. He graduated from City University in New York, then earned a master's in theology fro...
Sun, Jun 07 2020
A Video of Life in a 1950s Deaf School
Deaf News Today Here is a video filmed in 1954 at the UK's Royal School for Deaf Children in Margate. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Fri, Jun 05 2020
33 years ago: Implant history
Deaf News Today image from Cochlear.com On June 4, 1987 Holly McDonell (now Holly Taylor) of Sydney became the first child to receive a commercial multi-channel cochlear implant system (Nucleus made by Cochlear, LTD). The four-year-old became profoundly deaf from bacterial meningitis. Holly still has her original implant and had several sounds processor upgrades. The Daily Telegra...
Thu, Jun 04 2020
Tips on How to Speak to Deaf People
Deaf News Today * Make sure you have eye contact with the person before speaking* If there is an interpreter, speak to and look at the deaf person—not at the interpreter* Face the person to whom you are speaking (that helps with lip-reading)* Stand in good lighting and avoid standing so that light is on the face of the deaf person* Avoid background noise whenever possible* Move you...
Wed, Jun 03 2020
Louisiana School for the Deaf Gets New Director
Deaf News Today Heather Laine is the new Director of Louisiana School for the Deaf. She earned a degree at Gallaudet University and later earned an advanced degree in deaf education at Cal State Northridge. She worked as a teacher of the deaf in Los Angeles before eventually becoming principal at Arizona's Sequoia Deaf School. Here is the official announcement. Read More at DeafNe...
Tue, Jun 02 2020
Hotel Settles Service Dog complaint
Deaf News Today A Connecticut Quality Inn has reached a settlement over its refusal to allow a guest to bring a service dog into its dining room. The settlement includes $1,000 in compensation and requires: The Quality Inn Mystic-Groton to permit service animals in all areas of the hotel that members of the public and other hotel guests are allowed to go, including in its dining ro...
Tue, Jun 02 2020
More than 110 years ago
Deaf News Today Here is a bit of history. The paragraph below as published in the June 1907 issue of Scientific American magazine—more than 110 years ago: The loss of the sense of hearing should not necessarily mean deprivation of the power of speech. Is it only within recent years that we have come to realize this fact, and in up-to-date institutions the old –fashioned finger al...
Tue, Jun 02 2020
On this day: the 1st Deaf NFL Player was Born
Deaf News Today Bonnie Sloan On this date (June 1) in 1948, Bonnie Sloan was born in Tennessee. At the age of 25, Bonnie would become the first deaf player in the NFL when he ran onto the field for the St. Louis Cardinals against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1973. His career only lasted one season, thanks to knee injuries, but he had made his mark. The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder came ou...
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