Thursday, April 28, 2016

DiMarco is headed to big DC event

Nyle DiMarco (image from ABC)
People Magazine will have Nyle DiMarco as one of it’s guests at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Find out who the Dancing with the Stars contestant is bringing with him in an Washington Post article here. There's also been talk of a feud between DiMarco and another dancer on DWTS, which you can read about at Radar Online here

Arrested for Obscene Sign

A Rhode Island man who attends Gallaudet University is suing the Woonsocket Police Department. David Alves was arrested for a misinterpreted sign language gesture--and held overnight. The police department refused his request for an interpreter. WJAR-TV has a video report.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Nyle DiMarco: Why I travel

Dancing With the Stars' Nyle DiMarco backpacked solo around Europe as well as North and South America for a year. He sat down with Conde Nast Traveler last week to talk about his experiences, the same day he scored the first perfect ten of the season on DWTS.

Deaf women ritualistically beaten & killed

The bodies of three women in Haiti were found in a ditch after they were "beaten, stabbed and burned. The relatives who identified "them in a morgue said their tongues were cut out" raising speculation they were targeted because they were deaf and seen using sign language. Read the full story from Associated Press here.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

When Prince Played at Gally

In 1984 Prince played a free, unannounced concert at Gallaudet University's field house. Alum Stephen Hlibok talked to WUSA-TV about a night he'll never forgot.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Deaf Lawyers welcomed into Supreme Court Bar

Chief Justice John Roberts 
There's a formal ceremony admitting attorneys to the Supreme Court Bar. And for the first time spoken English was not the language used by Chief
when administering the oath to new lawyers. Yesterday, ASL was used. Read the story in the Wall Street Journal here.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Film about Deaf Teens

Dreaming of Peggy Lee is a short film about two deaf teenagers who sneak away from their home to sneak into jazz club in London during the 1940s. It was premiered this week at the Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth in Vancouver on April 14. Read more about the film festival here. Below is a trailer for the film.

Dreaming of Peggy Lee - trailer from One Big Mop on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

10 things to know about Nyle DiMarco

Staten Island live has come up with a listicle about deaf reality start Nyle DiMarco. Like #7, why he's good with numbers (hint: it's what he studied at Gallaudet Univerisity). Read the full list here. The video below is a sample of DiMarco on Dancing with the Stars.

Cali School gets new leader

The California School for the Deaf at Riverside has a new superintendent. Nancy Hlibok Amann will take the role this summer. Amann has worked at Deaf Community Services of San Diego and served as assistant superintendent of the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind. Read the press release about the appointment from the California Dept. of Education here. Parents of a student at the school filed a lawsuit in 2015, accusing administrators of allowing a sex club to exist on campus. The school denied that accusation. Read more about the suit here.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Florida gets new deaf ed advanced degree program

A Florida college is going to offer a master's degree in deaf education. Here's a video report about the new program at Flagler College from WJAX‑TV in Jacksonville.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Suit: Prison refuses to replace hearing aids

The ACLU is suing Ohio's corrections department for not replacing a deaf inmate's hearing aids. James Handwork was given the hearing aids more than decade ago and the prison audiologist says they are wore out and obsolete. Read the lawsuit details here.

Friday, April 8, 2016

On this day in 1864..

It was on this date--April 8, 1864, that President Abraham Lincoln signed the charter to establish Gallaudet University. Meanwhile, WUSA reports that more than 100 students and faculty attended a rally at Galluadet University yesterday against sexual abuse at the university. Galluadet has the highest number of sexual assaults per capita among D.C. area colleges.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Deaf School Suddenly Closed

A UK school for the deaf was suddenly shut down because the residents were being abused. The Care Quality Commission said some of the residents were pushed, hit and mistreated at Margate’s Westgate college in Kent. There were also financial problems at the facility. The local MP KentOnline, " “These allegations are simply horrifying. Residents were abused by the people they trusted the most. It was wrong and without excuse." Read the details here.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

DiMarco-Dancing part 3

Nyle DiMarco says on his third Vlog, "The judges' feedback (on Dancing with the Stars) was kind of negative.. Some of the feedback was that I lacked musicality, which is difficult because, obviously, I'm deaf."

The deaf women in Obama's White House

Meet the two deaf women who have risen to prominent positions alongside Barack Obama in the White House--and they aren't the only deaf people working in the White House. Read the story from the BBC here.
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

This is the day that Helen Keller made her breakthrough

It was on this day, April 5, during the year 1887 when Helen Keller grasped the meaning of the word “water” as spelled out in the manual alphabet with the help of 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 on that fateful day, she finally understood that everything has a name. Sullivan put Helen’s hand under the stream and began spelling “w-a-t-e-r” into her palm, first slowly, then more quickly.

Keller later wrote in her autobiography, The Story of My Life:
“As the cool stream gushed over one hand she spelled into the other the word water, first slowly, then rapidly. I stood still, my whole attention fixed upon the motions of her fingers. Suddenly I felt a misty consciousness as of something forgotten–-a thrill of returning thought; and somehow the mystery of language was revealed to me. I knew then that ‘w-a-t-e-r’ meant the wonderful cool something that was flowing over my hand. That living word awakened my soul, gave it light, hope, joy, set it free! There were barriers still, it is true, but barriers that could in time be swept away.”
Here's a video about Helen Keller (no captions).

Sunday, April 3, 2016

College Professor teaching students "what discrimination looks like"

 image from the Univ.
of Houston website
Professor Terrell Brittain teaches ASL and Deaf culture at the University of Houston. He tells the school's student newspaper, “If we can have students and other people able to sign a little bit that would be really great. What I’d like to see is a completely ASL-friendly environment where languages aren’t discriminated against so that UH becomes a model as a deaf-friendly university.” Read the full story about professor Brittain here.