24 October 2014

Information about Ebola in ASL

Need some information about Ebola and its transmission? Here's an ASL interpreted video from the Mayor's press conference in NYC on Friday:

26 September 2014

Deaf Students Rally for Opportunity to Serve in Military


Students at the North Carolina School for the Deaf traveled to Washington DC earlier this month in an attempt to draw attention to the fact that the deaf and hard-of-hearing are not allowed to serve in the military. While safety concerns are often noted as the reason behind the rule, students were confident they'd be a good fit for several kinds of non-combat roles. You can see more images from their trip here.

11 August 2014

Deafness and Mental Health

Having heard about the sudden death of Robin Williams this evening (likely the result of depression and suicide) I wanted to put out some information on deafness and mental health I've been meaning to post for quite some time.

The fact of the matter is that deaf people statistically have more mental health issues and less access to care than the general population. The reasons for this are relatively simple--deaf people are more likely to experience isolation, even within their family unit, if friends and family members don't make an effort to facilitate communication. The US News & World Report says children who cannot make themselves understood within their family are four times more likely to have mental health problems. To learn more about communicating with a deaf family member, read one mom's perspective here.


30 June 2014

Short Story with a Deaf Protagonist

Looking for some beach reading? Our founding editor's got a short story (with a Deaf narrator) in this issue of the Massachusetts Review:

       Everything that moves makes a sound, my mother told me once.  It was her response to a firestorm of test-cases, me running around our house pointing and saying, How about that? How about that?
      Everything, she said.
      Of course there are the obvious examples: feet stomping, drawers shutting, vibrations I can feel. But with other things — the ceiling fan, the flicking of switches and igniting of bulbs — I’m not so sure. 
[Read the rest for free here >]

21 June 2014

Guest Post: Captioning and Equal Access to Entertainment

Editor's Note: Technology has increased accessibility for deaf and hard-of-hearing people in many facets of society--innovations like text messaging and video relay have changed the speed and efficacy with which Deaf people can access mainstream society. Seems funny, then, that procuring reliable closed captions has been such an ongoing struggle. Often hearing people think automatic, mechanized captions are "good enough," but anyone who's tried to watch a YouTube video knows differently. Below, Tammy Nam writes on the problems with automated captions and Viki's team-up with Marlee Matlin to secure reliable captioning for everyone. 
[Photo: A screenshot of a YouTube video with a major automated caption fail] 

01 May 2014

Ableism Hurts

Would a pill to "cure" homosexuality set your teeth on edge? Then why aren't you worried about the infringements on the right to be Deaf? Or efforts to strong-arm autistic people to "just be normal"?

Autism Awareness Month has ended, but founding editor Sara Nović wonders whose awareness was really raised, and why people with disabilities continue to see their voices marginalized.

Read it on Blunderbuss>

29 April 2014

Archive: Major League Deafies--The Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing in Baseball

It's baseball season again, everybody. Check out this post from 2012 about the long tradition of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing players who helped shape the great American game.


Deaf MLB outfielder William Hoy is said
to be the first person in the majors ever
to hit a grand slam.
Baseball season is in full swing, and, with a win for the Seahawks and the first deaf offensive player in the Superbowl rearview, we thought we'd take a look back at some of the other deaf professional athletes through the years.  It's somewhat widely known that the quarterback of the 1894 Gallaudet football team was responsible for the invention of the huddle, but deaf players are also credited for the hand signals used by umpires today that signify whether a pitch was a ball or strike, whether a runner is safe or out, as well as the signals used between pitchers and catchers used to decide what type of ball to throw. Here are some deaf players who made the big leagues:

15 April 2014

Guest Post: Deaf Friendly Dental and Medical Care

Editor's note: Recently, discussion of whether hospitals and medical professionals are doing enough to cater to deaf and hard-of-hearing patients has been at the forefront of the news. A lawsuit filed in Long Island posits that three hospitals failed to have sign language interpreters on staff to communicate with Alfred Weinrib, who thus never understood his cancer diagnosis, and later tried to commit suicide when placed in a nursing home where no one understood him. Last week the BBC took a look at the experience of medical care for deaf people in the UK. As Guardian writer Charlie Swinbourne suggests, it's only a matter of time before a deaf patient dies due to medical neglect brought on by a communication failure. So what does it take to run a deaf-friendly medical practice?

14 April 2014

"I'm Deaf and I'm Totally Cool With it, Thanks"

Check out founding editor Sara's xoJane article, "I'm Deaf and I'm Totally Cool With it, Thanks," for a personal perspective on the things wacky hearing people think about deafness (and for some reason can't help but say to her face!) Click to read "I'm Deaf and I'm Totally Cool With It, Thanks" on xoJane.

14 March 2014

Advanced Bionics Knowingly Implanted Defective Devices in Children, Wearers Electrocuted

Story and video courtesy NBC News: "A manufacturer of 'amazing medical' devices known as cochlear implants, which restore hearing to the deaf, sold defective implants to young children and adults for years — even after learning that a significant number of the devices had failed, according to documents obtained by NBC News...

26 February 2014

Guest Post: Welcome to the Mainstream

Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from Mark Drolsbaugh's lastest book Madness in the Mainstream, chronicling the struggles of both everyday life and academic work as a child in the mainstream, or "least restrictive environment." You can learn more at Deaf Culture Online, or find him on Twitter @drolzuncensored. Thanks for sharing, Mark!
[Also: The author uses a bit of strong language to illustrate the inner thoughts of a frustrated 7th grade boy, which may not be appropriate for little eyes.]

24 February 2014

Short Story by Founding Editor features Deaf Protagonist



Just wanted to share a piece of short fiction, written by our founding editor Sara Novic and featuring a Deaf protagonist, is available to read now on Guernica Magazine. If you like sign language, snake handling, and secret high school love affairs, check it out!