A Super Bowl prediction from deaf evangelist Mark Lowenstein. He lives in Kansas.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
The technology behind real-time text is similar to that used for Internet-based telephone systems like Skype. But getting the service is an uphill battle for users who could greatly benefit from it. There’s little financial incentive for telecommunications companies to serve the niche market of those with hearing loss.
American Sign Language got prominent play at lsat year's Super Bowl. A commercial ran featuring a joke that originates out of the deaf community. The PepsiCo ad featured deaf employees of the company. It played out on screen over 60 seconds of complete silence.
Here’s the joke: Two guys are driving to a friend’s house to watch the Super Bowl but neither knows which house is his. They sit in the car, arguing, until one of them has an idea. He starts laying on the horn, and one by one, the houses light up and dogs start barking. But one house stays dark. That’s the house of their deaf friend. Here's the ad.
And here's a behind the scenes look at the making of the ad:
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
But now, the gift is on hold- and may end up being turned over to her creditors.
She and her husband filed bankruptcy this past year. His homebuilding business has nearly collapsed because of the poor economy.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
A panel was recently convened to determine whether the state should close the school or merge it with the School for the Deaf and School for the Blind. There are about 650 children in Kansas who are of school age.
The School for the Deaf has more than 130 students who would have to return to mainstream schools in their districts.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Right now, you can only read the story through an invitation-only blog. She wants to get feedback before going public with the story. An excerpt from the book won first place in fiction at the 2008 Heart of America Christian Writers Network Conference that took place in Kansas City.
To get an invitation to read the blog, write directly to Shanna at email@example.com.
The product is from the combined efforts of a father and son team, David and Jason Curry. Jason (the son is deaf. Their company is called sComm which stands for simultaneous communications. Ubi is short for ubiquitous, meaning everywhere or being present everywhere. A reference to the mobility of the device.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Allred grew up in a polygamist compound near Salt Lake City with a 75% hearing loss. He now wears cochlear implants. He didn't play his first organized basketball game until he was an eighth grader. As a senior at Utah’s Weber State, Allred was the third best rebounder in the entire NCAA. He played hoops in Europe
Allred’s autobiographical is due out later this year. It’s called Long Shot. Because his parents encouraged him to read and write because of his hearing-impairment, Allred turned down an offer to have a professional ghost write the story for him. He’s writing the book himself.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Southern Gospel singer Bobbie Jean White got a special Christmas gift. The 79-year-old has struggled with significant hearing loss for more than a decade. Hearing aid didn’t seem to help. But in November she received a cochlear implant and it was turned on shortly before Christmas. White says the devise has put her back into dinner conversations and returned her to a nearly normal life.
Best known for songs like Beulah Land, White has recorded 21 albums. The Grand Ole Gospel Reunion has given her two Living Legend Awards.
Next, the company plans to introduce a $225 Silent Touch Wristwatch. It will produce a different vibration for different devices such as a doorbell or smoke detector.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Two deaf homeless men are facing murder charges in Louisville, Kentucky. The formal arraignments of Michael Knights and Jeston Murray were delayed so a sign language interpreter could be brought in. The two are accused of killing an elderly clerk the day after Christmas when they robbed his store. A few days later, police say they killed another man at an apartment complex. WAVE-TV has more on the story (no captioning provided).
Friday, January 16, 2009
Your Ipod is a breeding ground for germs. The device cold give you a ear infection, according to researchers. A new study shows at India’s Manipal University showed the increased bacterial growth can even be transferred from ear to ear by different users.
They found nine-out-of-ten ear swabs showed harmful bacteria on the ears of frequent sharers. The number was less than on-in-ten for those who seldom let other people use their earphones. Details are published in the Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences
Another study revealed the number of bacteria increased from ten-fold between users of
airplane audio headsets. Information on this research is in the medical journal Laryngoscope.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is looking for volunteers to help with a study on hearing aids. The effort is being lead by a graduate student majoring in audiology. She’s hoping to figure out whether someone's ability to tune out background noise is tied to satisfaction with hearing aids. Volunteers should be between the ages of 55 and 90 years old. The participants also need to have had hearing aids for three months or more. That would include people who have them but don’t wear them.
Here’s where to write for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s the meeting schedule:
• Saturday, Jan. 17 in Madisonville
• Saturday, Feb. 21 in Danville
• Saturday, March 21 in Prestonsburg
• Saturday, April 25, Cold Spring.
More information can be found here.
According to the NSCAA, the award is supposed to go to a recipient who "exhibits the qualities of sportsmanship, integrity, respect and concern for others, leadership, generosity and appreciation and should exhibit a strong work ethic and have the ability to rise above adversity."
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
· Won the Hooters Pro Golf Tour
· Meningitis that nearly took his life at age 2 robbed him of hearing
Friday, January 9, 2009
The highest paid president of any college is David Sargent of Boston’s Suffolk University. He got a whopping $2,800,461 according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
On the other end of the scale is Michael Hogan of the University of Connecticut. He turned down a bonus of about $100,000 and so did presidents at Rutgers University and the University of Louisville.
In the meantime, the school’s principal, Janet McDaniel, is filling in. State officials say the search will begin again after the new governor takes office.
The pair is charged with creating a detailed plan to kill faculty and students. School officials say the teens created disciplinary problems during the time they attended the school. Prosecutors say their attack was focused on a particular dorm. Both will be tried as juveniles.
- Founded in 1839 with help from Abraham Lincoln
- Many students are biracial or black
- The school covers preschool through 12th grade
- Nearly two-thirds of the students come from the Chicago area
- All 286 children are from Illinois
- 166 are in high school
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Teachers had divided the 240 students into teams of 24 and randomly placed nine deaf students among the groups without providing them a way to understand the complicated rules for activities including running a mini assault course and throwing balls at hoops. Trudgill's parents sued with the help of the National Deaf Children's Society. It’s the first time the group has won a case like this.
The special education needs and disability tribunal ruled that the teen was unlawfully discriminated but the panel of experts declined to impose punishment since the school agreed to changed its proceedures in the future.
Researchers at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital claim golfers may risk losing their hearing by using newfangled thin-faced titanium drivers. The new titanium drivers can produce an "sonic boom" when the club strikes the ball. They recommend wearing earplugs when using the clubs.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
When Obama visited the Illinois School for the Deaf this past fall, Michelle Obama won the hearts of students by signing My name is Michelle.