Living through a pandemic without sound
Deaf News Today There are 300,000 people in Northern Ireland affected by hearing loss. The BBC spoke to some of the about their experiences during the coronavirus outbreak here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Sun, May 31 2020 · 10 hours ago
Gally gets new swim coach
Deaf News Today image from Galluadet.edu Nick Pezzarossi is the new men’s and women’s swimming and diving head coach at Gallaudet University. Pezzarossi, who is deaf, was twice an assistant coach at the school—three years under former head coach Bill Snape (2004-07) and one year under former head coach Rosemary Stifter (2003-04). The most recent head coach, Larry Curran, recen...
Sat, May 30 2020
Online Education Resources for the Deaf Community
Deaf News Today Voice of America's Calla Yu has a video report on teachers who are creating online resources in American Sign Language. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Thu, May 28 2020
ADA law & wearing a mask in a business
Deaf News Today Does ADA law require businesses to allow people into stories if the customer has a disability? Some experts say the answer is 'no.' KMIR-TV in Palm Springs has a video report below or read the story here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Mon, May 25 2020
Complaint says AP exams discriminate
Deaf News Today New Jersey high school student Kaleigh Brendle has filed federal complaints saying the AP exams discriminate against the blind and deaf. A junior at the Scholars’ Center for the Humanities, Kaleigh is legally blind and has been reading brail since she was 3 years old. Find our more about why she says the test isn't set up properly in the New York Post here. Read Mor...
Mon, May 25 2020
Temporary Layoffs at Michigan School for the Deaf
Deaf News Today The Michigan School for the Deaf is cutting its staff down to four days a week. There will work for them on Fridays through July. This includes all academic, office, residential and administrative staff. Read more here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Mon, May 25 2020
Deaf woman’s social media post goes viral, raises...
Deaf News Today Kimberly Fugate Kimberly is using a story of something that happened to her at a grocery store to raise awareness about what the Deaf and Hard of Hearing face every day. Her Facebook post recounting that moment has more than 30,000 shares. WTVQ-TV in Lexington, Kentucky has a video report. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Tue, May 19 2020
Meet Gov. Cuomo's Terp
Deaf News Today Arkady Belozovsky, an NTID (National Technical Institute for the Deaf) graduate is the sign language interpreter you will see on-screen alongside New York's governor during coronavirus briefings. Read more in a lengthy article published in the Democrat & Chronicle here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Mon, May 18 2020
Deaf Man dies after being trapped in fire
Deaf News Today A Maryland man on the outskirts of Wash., D.C. who is deaf died after his home caught fire early Sunday morning. Firefighters rescued 55-year-old Norman Rogers III but he later died at the hospital. Rogers graduated from the Maryland School of the Deaf. Read more here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Sun, May 17 2020
The ASL Advantage
Deaf News Today The Maryland School for the Deaf superintendent sees ASL as an advantage in the fight to remain healthy during the pandemic. WDVM-TV has a video report or you can read the story here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Thu, May 14 2020
Deaf actress dies on this date
Deaf News Today from CBS Photo Archive One of the first deaf actresses to have a major role on a TV series died on this day (May 13, 2015) in Fremont, California. Audree Norton was 88 years old. A founding member of The National Theatre of the Deaf, Norton appeared on the CBS show Mannix in 1968 and later on The Streets of San Francisco and Family Affair. When she was cut out of a r...
Wed, May 13 2020
Judge: Cuomo briefings must be more accessible to deaf
Deaf News Today Disability Rights New York has gotten a preliminary injunction against the governor of New York over his failure to broadcast a sign language interpreter during his daily Covid press briefings. Last night, a Manhattan federal judge, Valerie Caproni, ordered New York Governor Cuomo to include an interpreter in the state-provided TV signal of his briefings. The governor...
Tue, May 12 2020
How a Texas school is connecting with its students
Deaf News Today The Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children in San Antonio is working to stay connected to its students. Preschool teacher Holly Mason says: I record instructional videos every day and then send it to the parents so that they can view those videos at their convenience...We are shifting greatly to parents who are having to take the primary seat. But what parents for...
Sat, May 09 2020
Deaf News Today The duo called the Skivvies has joined with deaf actor Joshua Castille and others who work with Deaf West Theatre to perform in a short video of I Am What I Am from La Cage Aux Folles. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Thu, May 07 2020
On this date in history: Frederick Barnard dies
Deaf News Today Frederick Barnard It was on this date (May 5) in 1889 that Frederick Barnard died at the age of 80. His full name was Frederick Augustus Porter Barnard. The deaf American educator was quite the renaissance man. Besides teaching college students, he was a scientist, writer and mathematician. Barnard served as president of the University of Mississippi, then took the s...
Tue, May 05 2020
Show me a Sign
Deaf News Today A new historical novel called Show me a Sign follows the life of an 11-year-old girl on Marthaâ€™s Vineyard in the 19th Century. Intended for children ages 8 to 12, author Ann Clare LeZotte, who is deaf herself, takes the reader into a group of deaf residents who were descendants of English colonists and have developed their own sign language. At one point the girl te...
Thu, Apr 30 2020
The Deaf-Blind Fear That Doctors Wonâ€™t Save Them...
Deaf News Today The president of Gallaudet University, Roberta Cordano says, â€œMy worry is that the pandemic planning has completely missed" the deaf-blind community. â€œTo be frank, there is no mechanism on a national scale to support the deaf-blind in the current American health-care system.â€ At least fifteen of Gallaudet students are deaf-blind. The New Yorker has more in a new...
Wed, Apr 29 2020
How Do You Sign â€˜Donâ€™t Drink Bleachâ€™?
Deaf News Today image from the New York Times Rorri Burton has been interpreting the Los Angeles news conferences about Covid-19. She tells the New York Times that the attention she has gotten on social media is â€œunwanted and unexpected.â€ Particularly when celebrity blogger Perez Hilton "set her moves to music" and "comedian David Spade called her Covid-19 interpretation 'kooky....
Tue, Apr 28 2020
Deafverse: An ASL-accessible Video Game
Deaf News Today Austin's National Deaf Center has developed a fully ASL-accessible game. Deafverse is a "browser-based ongoing-narrative adventure about navigating the world as a deaf teenager." Arstechnica says: Although Deafverse is primarily designed for deaf teenagers of high school age (in service of the NDC's primary goal of supporting deaf young people's transition into acti...
Sat, Apr 25 2020
Implant Activated Remotely
Deaf News Today A toddler in England has just had her cochlear implant activated for the first time during a remote telemedicine session between her house and the clinical team. Read more about it on Medgadget here or watch the video about the procedure below. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Sat, Apr 25 2020
Deaf Man Sues Plasma Co.
Deaf News Today An Illinois deaf man is suing CSL Plasma over ADA issues. Mark Gomez says the blood plasma company not only wouldn't accept his plasma, it refused to provide him with an interpreter. Read the full story here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Fri, Apr 24 2020
White House urged to use Terps at Briefings
Deaf News Today The National Association of the Deaf and the National Council on Disability have sent letters urging the White House coronavirus task force to use ASL interpreters during its daily briefings. The White House did not provide a comment to CNN on whether it had received the letters or whether it would consider using an interpreter. Read the full story here. Read More at ...
Thu, Apr 23 2020
What deaf truckers have to fear from the Trump...
Deaf News Today The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is about to issue a ruling that could prevent deaf and hard-of-hearing commercial truck drivers from working. The National Association for the Deaf filed a petition this year arguing that the hearing tests are not a valid requirement for a commercial driver's license. Sara Novic filed an opinion piece with CNN about the ...
Tue, Apr 21 2020
A struggle at Trader Joe's
Deaf News Today Good Morning America spoke with Matthew Simmons, a Trader Joe's cashier in Vancouver, Washington about the difficulties he faces communicating with customers--especially with everyone wearing masks. "I rely heavily on using my lip-reading skills so customers wearing facial coverings is a problem for me," Simmons said. Read the full story here. Read More at DeafNewsTo...
Tue, Apr 21 2020
The Forgotten Victims of the Pandemic: the Deaf Community
Deaf News Today Ozy takes a look at the particular difficulties of being deaf during a pandemic outbreak in a story you can read here or see in ASL in the video below. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Mon, Apr 20 2020
On this date in History: A Deaf Astronomer Dies
Deaf News Today On this date (April 20) in 1786, John Goodricke died. Goodricke only survived to the age of 21, but the deaf astronomer made a major impact on his field. Working with Edward Pigott, Goodricke learned to measure the variation of light coming from stars. This would eventually lead astronomers to figure out the distance of galaxies from the earth. While still a teenager,...
Mon, Apr 20 2020
The challenges deaf and hard of hearing college students
Deaf News Today A look at the challenges deaf and hard of hearing college students face with COVID-19 in an article published by The Houston Chronicle here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Sun, Apr 19 2020
Teachers at School for Deaf and Blind surprised by...
Deaf News Today image from the USDB FB page Teachers at Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind have been building virtual learning platforms for the past few years, so when schools were dismissed in March due to COVID-19, they were able to hit the virtual ground running, ABC-4 reports. To thank the teachers for all their hard work, a school employee designed a â€œsuperheroâ€ yard ...
Sun, Apr 19 2020
The challenges facing Rochester's Deaf Community
Deaf News Today Spectrum News takes a look at the challenges facing Rochester's Deaf Community with a masking policy in place here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Sat, Apr 18 2020
Happy Birthday, Russell Harvard!
Deaf News Today Russell Harvard was born on this day (April 16, 1981) in Pasadena. The 39-year-old has made his mark in both film and stage. The Austin, Texas native grew up deaf, communicating in ASL and lip-reading. Harvardâ€™s mother was born deaf and did not learn sign until she was six years old. After playing roles in stage productions at Gallaudet such as Shakespeareâ€™s Much ...
Thu, Apr 16 2020
This Day in History
Deaf News Today imageÂ Ragesoss It was on this day (April 15) in 1817 that the American School for the Deaf, the first public school for the deaf, opened its doors. Founded by Laurent Clerc and Thomas Gallaudet, the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Connecticut is more than 200 years old. Read more about the schoolÂ here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Wed, Apr 15 2020
Hospital Sued: Lawsuit claims no Terp provided
Deaf News Today A lawsuit filed against McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital claims a deaf patient was not provided an interpreter last year as required by ADA law. Instead, the staff of the Lansing, Michigan facility used written notes to communicate with Christine Ketola, according to the complaint. Read more about the lawsuit in the Lansing State Journalhere. Read More at DeafNewsToda...
Tue, Apr 14 2020
Gally to get federal emergency funds
Deaf News Today Gallaudet University will receive $821,498 in emergency federal funding based on total enrollment, the number of full-time students eligible for federal Pell grants and which are awarded to students from low-income families." Read more about the distribution to DC schools in the Washington Post here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Tue, Apr 14 2020
The impact of social distancing on the DeafBlind community
Deaf News Today "For many in the DeafBlind community, social distancing has created unique worries and exceptional challenges," reports the Washington Post."It is forcing them to grow increasingly disconnected at a time when they need more than ever to be aware of whatâ€™s happening around them." Haben Girma, who wrote a memoir titled â€œHaben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harva...
Sun, Apr 12 2020
What It's Like To Have Usher Syndrome
Deaf News Today Hannah Corderman told Women's Health her story: image fromÂ UsherSyndromeSociety.org At 17 years old, I was officially diagnosed with Usher syndrome. I was devastated upon receiving my diagnosis, but I also felt a strange sense of relief. Even though I had just found out I would eventually go blind and potentially deaf, I still had time to do something about it...
Sat, Apr 11 2020
KY teacher makes house calls to see Deaf-Blind students
Deaf News Today image from WAVE-TV video A partially blind and deaf teen in Kentucky is getting an education through his homeâ€™s glass front door. Helen Keller Center Specialist Corinne Miller comes to his home and communicates through the glass door to 16-year-old Alex Hitzelberger. Watch a video report about their arrangement from WAVE-TV here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Sat, Apr 11 2020
Being deaf can feel Isolating & even more so during a ...
Deaf News Today Kelly Dougher writes, "As a deaf person, I know just how awful it can be to feel isolated. Iâ€™ve had to struggle with it my entire life. But many, many people are suddenly experiencing the side effects of isolation for the first time." Read her entire piece in the Huff Post here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Thu, Apr 09 2020
Face Masks & the Deaf Community
Deaf News Today The push to wear face masks has created a new challenge for the deaf community: Lip-reading becomes impossible and facial expressions are partially hidden. CBS-2 has a video report from Chicago (or read the story here). Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Wed, Apr 08 2020
On this date in 1864
Deaf News Today It was on this date, April 8, 1864, that President Abraham Lincoln signed the charter to establish Gallaudet University. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Wed, Apr 08 2020
ASL on Zoey's Playlist
Deaf News Today Below is a bit of the ASL dance performance last night on NBC's show Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist. It was put together with the help of Deaf West Theater. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Mon, Apr 06 2020
This was the day that Helen Keller made her breakthrough
Deaf News Today It was on this day, April 5, during the year 1887 when Helen Keller grasped the meaning of the word â€œwaterâ€ as spelled out in the manual alphabet with the help of her teacher Anne Sullivan. Her blind and deaf pupil had learned to memorize words but failed to connect the words to their meanings. When Anne took Helen to an old pump house, Helen, she finally understo...
Sun, Apr 05 2020
Zoey meets Deaf West
Deaf News Today The NBC show Zoeyâ€™s Extraordinary Playlist worked with LA's Deaf West Theatre to create Sunday night's episode of the musical series. Deaf West's Sandra Mae Frank is guest star and is joined by other deaf performers. In the episode, Zoey meets the daughter of her dadâ€™s caregiver. Even though the woman is deaf she can understand her "heart song." The title characte...
Fri, Apr 03 2020
College student makes masks for the deaf
Deaf News Today Ashley Lawrence is studying education for the deaf and hard of hearing at Eastern Kentucky University and has come up with a way to help the community during the Coronavirus outbreak. She tells LEX-18: We're trying different things to for people with cochlear implants and hearing aids if they can't wrap around the ears. We're making some that have around the head an...
Thu, Apr 02 2020
Leaving students behind in the rush to go online
Deaf News Today Digital Trends reports "The rapid migration to virtual classes has forced disabled students into using websites and apps that were never designed to accommodate them." Read the full story here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Sun, Mar 29 2020
Texas Deaf school Preps for Distance Learning
Deaf News Today Austin's Texas School for the Deaf typically has hundreds of students from around the state on campus at this time. But that's changed with quarantining for the pandemic. Last week was spring break and this week was preparation for moving classes online--starting this Monday. KVUE-TV takes a look a how the Texas School for the Deaf and the Texas School for the Blind a...
Sat, Mar 28 2020
NY Gov add Terp to Daily Briefing
Deaf News Today New York's governor has added a sign-language interpreter to his daily coronavirus briefing in response to an outcry from the Deaf community. While the state offered closed captioning for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's updates, it was often inaccurate and ASL is the first language for many people. David Wantuck, a community engagement specialist for Deaf Access Services, was one...
Sat, Mar 28 2020
What Marlee Matlin Did In Quarantine
Deaf News Today Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin is so bored In quarantine she pulled out the dress she wore to that fateful 1987 Oscars ceremony and tried it on again. Read what happened here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Wed, Mar 25 2020
Outrage: No terp at White House briefings
Deaf News Today Many in the Deaf community are outraged by the fact that there's no ASL interpreter at President Trump's coronavirus briefings. Even TMZ picked up on the issue here. The National Council on Disability has sent a letter to the White House asking for this access, saying in part, "There is no doubt that the Coronavirus brings with it significant added concerns for people...
Sat, Mar 21 2020
Competent Terps Critical Now
Deaf News Today The Iowa Association of the Deaf says interpreter competency is critical during the coronavirus outbreak. ASL interpreters are being used at news briefings across the country to communicate the latest developments surrounding the disease. KWWL reports on the issue in Iowa here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Fri, Mar 20 2020
Big Challenges For Deaf Students Being Forced To Leave...
Deaf News Today Students at Gallaudet University are facing extra challenges after being forced to leave campus. Read more from BuzzFeed News here. Read More at DeafNewsToday.com
Thu, Mar 19 2020
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