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Saturday, 28 July 2012

British Deaf Lead Drummer & Deaf Children In 2012 Summer Olympic Opening Ceremony!

British Sign Language to "God Save Our Queen"!

Kaos Singing Choir for Deaf & Hearing Children (website)
This choir, dressed in pajamas, performed the British national anthem for the Queen during the Opening Ceremonies. They performed the anthem in English and BSL.

According to their website, the Kaos Singing Choir has over 200 participants and is "the only integrated deaf and hearing children’s choir in the UK."

VIEW the video clips here:  http://vimeo.com/46525950#

They have some music tracks (Songs of Kaos) and videos on their website here to give a watch/listen.


Evelyn Glennie (website)Dame Evelyn Glennie led 1,000 drummers into the Industrial Revolution portion of the Opening Ceremonies with a catchy, thumping drum beat. It was very visually striking as Evelyn was above the actual stage while actors portrayed the movement into the Industrial Revolution.

Evelyn has been profoundly deaf since she was eleven years old. She is Scottish, and grew up in Aberdeenshire. According to Evelyn,
First and foremost I am a sound creator. Everything I do is derived from sound in spite of my profound deafness. I strive to explore every sound avenue and surface including design, technology and physicality. I enjoy the challenge of creating a 'no-fuss' approach and relish the idea of building a global legacy brand that will live long after I have departed the stage.
Evelyn has written an excellent essay that touches upon her deafness and how it is often misunderstood. Her Hearing Essay can be found here (pdf) and eloquently explains how both deaf and hearing people act upon their perceptions of the world around them.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Lots of ASL Poetry (ABC & 123 Stories)


#S Ok. Number stories are like ABC stories. You use classifiers in the handshapes of numbers and tell a story. I'm cheating a little bit here because I found such a lovely story about how when she was a little girl Terrylene learned about number stories.

They're a lot of fun and NOT easier than ABC stories, even though they might seem that way at first. Many got from 0-10 or 1-10 but you can take them as far as you want. And back again if you want. Try it out, have fun!

HandsA fun thing to do with the sign language alphabet is to make up an "ABC story." ABC stories use each letter of the sign alphabet to represent something. For example, the "A" handshape is used to "knock" on a door.
ABC stories are used as entertainment and as an educational tool to develop deaf children's language. Deaf studies and sign language classes frequently include ABC stories. ABC stories are considered to be one aspect of ASL literature, or ASL storytelling.

ABC stories are lots of fun to come up with. But sometimes makes us hearies feel stupid. Because little 4 year old deaf or CODA kids can do it so easily and we struggle :) There are many variations on these one of which is the Number story. It has its own post so I won't go into it here. Another variation is a word or sentence story in which the handshapes spell out a word or sentence or message. Some are easy... some not so much! I couldn't find any word stories but if I do I'll add them here. Maybe I'll even make one.

ASL Poetry of Galladuet's Favourite Poem (Terrylene)


Terrylene translated Galladuet's favorite poem, The Four-Leaved Clover by Charles Lover

Deaf Jam!

ASL poetrypress kit


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Tuesday, 17 July 2012

The World Deaf Athletics Championships (Toronto July 14 - 21, 2012)



The World Deaf Athletics Championships are happening NOW in Toronto. Check out all the great events!
The Centre in Toronto, Home in Barrie and Camp in Parry Sound are pleased to welcome a tour bus of attendees at our locations today.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

ASL Scrabble Tiles


American Sign Language (ASL) Scrabble® Tiles

This set of ASL Scrabble tiles makes a great compliment to anyone wanting to learn, or who uses, American Sign Language. Included in the set are 100 reversible standard Scrabble® tiles (98 letter tiles, and 2 blanks). Each side contains the same point value and letter equivalent. We will also include a draw-string bag to store your ASL tile set. All hand-signs and point values are laser engraved on genuine Scrabble® tiles for durability. *Please Note -We only sell the complete game.

Price: $40 plus $10 shipping (US and Canada, $15 Internationally). Prices in US Funds!
We currently accept PayPal Payments. Please contact memoryengravers@gmail.com to complete your order.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Deaf Is... (Web Site)

 Sign Language trunk icon


Deaf Is...

Welcome to Deaf Is... this web site's content was created by the students and staff of the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, Connecticut. It is designed to answer the questions related to deafness that we have received from many 4th-8th grade public school students.

Take a look around the site--there are probably many questions that you may have often wondered about deafness!

About the Trunk

One of the common icons on the Deaf Is... site is Small image of Steamer Trunkthe steamer trunk. This kind of trunk was commonly used when people would travel in the 1800's. In addition to collecting the information for this website, the students at ASD also made real "steamer trunks"! Then they made the items pictured at the left of this page to go inside the trunks. When the students at ASD interact in a Deaf Is Project with a public school, we send the school a trunk with the items. The public school students can then use the items in the trunk along with the website to learn more about what "Deaf Is...".

ASL Is Music To My Eyes!

Couldn't have put it better!

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Dummy Hoy: A Deaf Hero (2007)

 Dummy Hoy: A Deaf Hero

A true story of a courageous boy who becomes a legend. Living a dream that wouldn't die; his passion empowered him to historically change the course of baseball. Facing challenges on every front he conquers all with his belief and determination; a true hero. A life changing story!

The Deaf Family (2008)

The Deaf Family portrays a dysfunctional deaf family going through everyday trials and tribulations. As each character encounters and muddles through a new challenge, they come to realize that they must accept their own identities as deaf individuals if they want to be accepted by everyone, including hearing people. Written by Mosdeux

See What I'm Saying (2009)

See What I'm Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary Poster

This inspirational documentary follows four deaf entertainers: a comic, drummer, actor and a singer as they attempt to cross over to mainstream audiences. These uniquely talented entertainers overcome great challenges to celebrate success.

In The Lad Of The Deaf (1992)

Le pays des sourds Poster

A documentary that takes the viewer into the land of the deaf, a world of silence inhabited by an estimated 130 million people worldwide. The filmmaker portrays the difficulties and joys of being deaf, offering portraits of a charismatic sign language teacher, a woman forced into a mental ward as a teen, a young man who remembers the first horrifying experience of using a hearing aid, and a deaf couple's marriage.

Through Deaf Eyes (2007)

Through Deaf Eyes Poster

Exploring nearly 200 years of Deaf life in America, this film presents the shared experiences of American history--family life, education, work, and community connections--from the perspective of deaf citizens. Interviews include community leaders, historians, and deaf Americans with diverse views on language use, technology, and identity. The documentary also takes a straight-forward look at life for people who are part of the cultural-linguistic group who use American Sign Language and often define themselves as "Deaf" with a capital and cultural "D" and deaf people who, for a variety of reasons, do not identify with the Deaf cultural community. The history often shows that intersections between deaf and Deaf people are many and that oppression and discrimination are common experiences.

Hear And Now: A Film (2007)

Hear and Now Poster

A documentary memoir following a filmmaker's deaf parents as they receive a complex surgical implant, which allows them to experience sound for the first time.

The daughter of 65-year-old deaf couple Paul and Sally Taylor documents their decision to receive cochlear ear implants that may allow them to hear for the very first time. Although entirely capable and successful without the surgery - Paul as a developer of early deaf-assistive technology, Sally as a strongly communicative and gifted lip reader - the surgery is expected to be life-changing. In the first half of the film the filmmaker, her siblings, and their parents discuss their childhood memories of life with hearing impairment. The second half of the film includes the surgery itself and the aftermath, as Paul and Sally recover, work through health and emotional complications, and begin the discovery process.

Music Within (2007) A True Story

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The true story of Richard Pimentel, a brilliant public speaker with a troubled past. As a young man, Pimentel (Ron Livingston) realized he had a remarkable gift for public speaking. Pimentel's idol is College Bowl founder Dr. Padrow (Hector Elizondo), but upon trying out for Dr. Padrow, the ambitious young speaker is informed that he won't have anything to talk about until he has lived a full life.

Realizing that there is some merit to Dr. Padrow's observation, Pimentel subsequently enlists in the military and prepares for duty in Vietnam. Later, while fighting on the battlefield, Pimentel loses most of his hearing and is left with permanent tinnitus. He returns home frustrated. When others inform him that he will never achieve his dreams because he is deaf, the determined veteran makes it his mission to prove them wrong.

But it is not as much about changing others' perceptions of persons with disabilities as it is about altering their perceptions of themselves, and with a little help from foul-mouthed genius Art Honeyman (Michael Sheen) (who has cerebral palsy), free-spirited beauty Christine (Melissa George), and mercurial, hard-drinking veteran Mike Stoltz (Yul Vázquez), Pimentel will play a pivotal role in creating the Americans With Disabilities Act, and finally discover his inner music.

After The Silence (A True Story)

After the Slience, Very good movie. Laura is a 20 year old deaf girl who has never been taught sign language. She is rescued from neglect and physical abuse by Pam, a social worker. Pam teaches her how to communicate and uncovers Laura's true personality.

Laura is a 20 year old deaf girl who has never been taught sign language. She is rescued from neglect and physical abuse by Pam, a social worker. Pam teaches her how to communicate and uncovers Laura's true personality.

Listen To Your Heart (2010)

This movie was so good.  It is about a young musician who falls in love with a deaf girl.  WARNING:  You will most likely cry most of the last 10 minutes or so of this one, but it is so worth it.

A singer/songwriter falls in love with a girl who can't hear the music she inspires him to write.

Eco (Deaf Female Comic Character)

Echo from The Avengers. Real name: Maya Lopez. She is also one of the few deaf comic book characters.

Echo from The Avengers. Real name: Maya Lopez. She is also one of the few deaf comic book characters.

1912 Deaf Diver

Oskar Wetzell, deaf diver, Olympic Games 1912, Stockholm, Sweden.

Oskar Wetzell, deaf diver, Olympic Games 1912, Stockholm, Sweden.

Subtitle Glasses for Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing (& Ear Phones For Vision Loss) At The Cinema


Thanks to science (and Sony Entertainment teaming up with Regal Entertainment Group,) a new technology is going to be introduced to cinemas in the form of a pair of glasses to aid the hearing and visually impaired.

These new glasses will work with both 2D and 3D films, and will project subtitles in the field of vision of its wearer allowing the hard-of-hearing a solution that would not require them to look away from the screen.
I know in some local cinemas they have seats designated to the hard-of-hearing that come equipped with a specially designed mirror that allows them to see subtitles that are being displayed on the back wall of the theater. However this process can be tiring on the eyes since the user constantly has to look to the screen and back to the mirror, refocusing each time.

These glasses will project the subtitles in the line of sight giving a more seamless experience that only its wearer will see.

But this initiative is not only for the hard-of-hearing. For the visually impaired, Sony has also developed earphones that simultaneously provide a secondary audio track of descriptive audio.

Regal anticipates this technology to be available at its digital projected cinemas by the first quarter of 2013.

Vibering Sensor (Watch or Ring) Help Detect Noises

vibering sensor

vibering sensor


This stylish is actually a gadget to help deaf people to sense noises around them. Vibering sensor helps them to notice vehicle’s horn or someone’s call at the back which often results in an unforeseen emergencies. Consist of two rings and a wristwatch, the ring can vibrate to alarm the bearer about specific noise and identify the information from the wristwatch at the same time.

Vibering sensor not just an alarm unit for hard-of-hearing, but also can be stylish fashion items with its stylish design of rings and wristwatch.

Stick Talk

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This device helps you communicate with people who have hearing difficulties and who are visually handicapped, even if you don’t know how to read Braille and sign language. If a person whom you talk to is deaf, speak to the device then it will show what you said on the display. If a user of this device is deaf, the user easily can express his/her thoughts, even if the other doesn’t know sign language, by writing sentences on the palm using the stick, then it will sense what you are writing and either display the text or speak. This function allows conversation to be possible even between the deaf and the blind.

Charlene Tilton (Dallas Actress) Hard-Of-Hearing

Charlene Tilton faced her hearing problem when she started training for Dancing On Ice


Read Express.co.uk articles on DWIF Charlene Tilton, her role as Lucy Ewing on Dallas television series and she has revealed her deafness. She will continue to act in Dallas Return. Facebook:Charlene Tilton Fan Page and Charlene Tilton.
Way to go, Charlene!