Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Received national attention when he began creating videos of himself performing top tracks using American Sign Language.
Next month will release his first original single, I'm Deaf, with an accompanying video
Started D-PAN Productions in 2009 to create ASL-centric entertainment media
D-PAN has sold more than 5,000 copies of its DVD It's Everybody's Music, Vol. 1
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
The Church’s account of how much the current Pope knew about a German paedophile priest is being called into question since a memo came to light, showing he led a meeting in 1980 during which the transfer of an offending priest was approved and the information about the man's abuse of children was kept from the leaders of the place to which he was being transfered. Peter Hullermann had been sent to the Munich Diocese for “therapy” after molesting a boy. Hullermann was convicted of sexual abuse in 1986. He was still working in the church until this month when he was suspended for breaking a promise not to have contact with children and young people.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
American priest Lawrence C. Murphy served at Wisconsin's St. John’s School for the Deaf from 1950 to 1974. He first taught classes and became effective at raising money for deaf causes and was eventually promoted to run the school in 1963 - even though church officials already knew he sexually abused children.
A group of deaf former students spent decades trying to get something changed, even handing out fliers outside the Milwaukee cathedral. Eventually, an internal investigation of Murphy showed he was not remorseful and he appealed to Ratzinger for leniency. Murphy died at the age of 72, buried in his priestly garments.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
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Monday, March 22, 2010
Zazove became just the third certified deaf physician in the U.S. in 1981.
He's now a Specialist in family medicine at Michigan's University Hospital in Ann Arbor.
Diagnosed with profound hearing loss at the age of four, he had learned to speak English before losing his hearing.
He was the first deaf child to be mainstreamed in the northern Chicago suburbs even though teachers would say, "A deaf child? I can't have one of those."
Zazove attended Northwestern University in 1969 and although he had excellent grades, he applied to 18 medical schools and every one of them turned him down. But after earning his Masters, Rutgers accepted him. The only one of 30 to do so. He later switched to Washington University in St. Louis where he met his wife who is a also a physician herself.
They have two daughters: Katie, 26, and Rebecca, 28.
In 1989, he became the first deaf physician to work in the state of Michigan.
About 2,500 patients come to him and about one out of ten of them have hearing loss. Since he knows sign language, some deaf patients drive hours to see him.
In 2007, he received a cochlear implant but it didn't work well. He got another one in 2008 which helped but he still relies heavily on lip reading.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
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Friday, March 19, 2010
Ferrigno has worn a hearing aid for many years and Troyer’s father also has hearing loss. You can find out more at Starkey's site.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The lawsuit says eBay could easily solve the problem of communicating with deaf users by using CAPTCHAs (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) for verification. Her lawyer says the software is "easy and inexpensive to implement"."
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
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Read more about the show here.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010
YouTube's new closed captioning feature is still in beta (they are still working on it) and it shows. Here are two examples where the captioning fails miserably. When Sandra Bullock accepted her Oscar on Sunday. She never said anything about Florida and t-shirts and it translated "Meryl Streep" into "who knows". See Bullock's entire acceptance speech here (be sure to turn on the captioning by clicking CC). Another example is this Apple video for the company's new iPad. "A high-res color display" becomes "a high risk going to split."
A former assistant vice president of business development for Viable and a former Viable human resources manager pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud in January. They will face sentencing in June. Last month, the co-owners of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Interpreting Services pleaded guilty. A look at those who pleaded gulity last week is here.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
The play is set in Alabama during the 1880s. The Miracle Worker tells the story of Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan. The original 1959 Broadway production won six Tony Awards, including Best Play in 1960. The film version earned several Academy Awards.
The new production of the Miracle Worker offers the I-Caption system for audience members who are deaf or hard of hearing, free of charge at every performance.
Tickets to the new production are available here. The show's official website offers access for all patrons with disabilities, the first to do so.
Here's a video sample of the production:
- Kim Hawkins and Larry Berke of Nevada-based Master Communications and Arizona-based KL Communications
- Former interpreter for New York and New Jersey-based Deaf and Hard of Hearing Interpreting Services Alfia Iskandarova
- Robert Rubeck of Surprise, Arizona
Friday, March 5, 2010
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010
A deaf center in Shreveport, Louisiana is getting more than a million dollars in grants. The Betty and Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center plans to use the money to install 81 videoconferencing stations across the state and improve its existing stations in the state as well as Texas, Alabama, and California. The stations provide low-cost interpretation services for the deaf. Funds for the project come from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will be paid by the Department of Commerce Broadband Technology Opportunity Program.