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Thursday, 30 August 2012

Bob's House -- Pepsi's new Super Bowl Ad (ASL/CC Video)



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffrq6cUoE5A&feature=player_embedded

Watch Pepsi's new 2008 Super Bowl ad, Bob's House. A unique and hilarious commercial illustrating a popular joke in the deaf community. Created and enacted by deaf members of the Pepsico workforce, EnAble.

http://www.pepsi.com/bobshouse/

Deaf Babies Exposed To Sign Language Babble With Their Hands!

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Through Your Child's Eyes: American Sign Language (Video)

 

Click here to watch the video (Click on the CC button near the bottom for Closed Captioning):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV69iJuXwP4&feature=player_embedded#!

http://www.throughyourchildseyes.com
For more information about teaching ASL to your deaf or hard of hearing child, please go to the following websites:

Deaf Education and Families Project
http://www.csun.edu/deafproject/

The importance of teaching sign language to deaf or HOH kids. If the benefits of knowing sign language for deaf kids is obvious, it should be known that learning many languages early drastically helps the development of the toddler's brain. Signing adds a physical part to it, there's no need to prove the benefits this can have on body language and awareness.

Courteous Communication In Deaf Culture (Video)



Click here to watch the video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7ZkAGQ23HM&feature=player_embedded

Explains a few ways to show courteous and proper manners when speaking to a Deaf person

A partial transcript of the video can be found at the Color of Language website: http://www.coloroflanguage.com/getting_attention.htm

"I Love You" Craft

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Visit this site for all the instuctions:
http://www.fun-pinata-party-ideas.com/i-love-you-craft.html

i love you craft supplies

More "I Love You"

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Sign Language Rug

Thomas Gallaudet Stamp

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1983 stamp of Thomas Gallaudet, opened the first school for the deaf in the USA.

"I'm Not Just Ignoring You, I'm Deaf" T-Shirt

"Can You Read Me Now" T-Shirt

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Deaf Donald By Shel Silverstein

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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

I Love You...

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ASL Pop-Up Cards

ASL: Free As A Bird!

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Closed Captioning Tattoo

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CodaTalk Blog

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 Visit this blog:
http://www.codatalk.com/



Lots of GREAT videos!







Disclaimer for Hearies: All my text on this Web site is Codatalk, or English words kinda... sorta... in ASL word order. Do NOT send hateful corrections of grammar; I meant to write the way I have.  I am not trying to teach Deaf kids English grammar; I am trying to introduce them to kid-friendly videos that are most likely blocked by their schools.  I feel that these videos are so rich in ASL, with their humor and linguistic value, that they need to be seen.  Kids need the exposure and language model, the earlier the better.  I have compiled these videos and am posting them here with my Codatalk comments.   I am writing from my Coda heart.  I want to shout out to Mom & Dad, Bill and Lois Reynolds.  What can I say?  Thank you for the gift of ASL. It is so precious and cherished in my soul...................... and now, from my Deaf heart:  CODATALK.


For for me why? . . . make Web site now? Know not me.  Me proud Coda, four sisters, one brother.  Mother, father, Deaf.  Grandma, grandpa, Deaf.  Aunts, uncles, deaf.  Why me for for make Web site? .... Many years me work school districts,  me certified interpreter?  Yes. EIPA?  Yes YES.   Many times in school me want show videos ....  where?  YouTube.  Many many computers in school block-block-block.    Me say  FSH.  ME SAY F-I-S-H.  Here now say PAH!  Hope your school say OK.   Many years me watch-watch videos on computer.  Every day, look look look for new videos from Deaf.  My favorite what?  Funny.  Me look look find.  Now one place, you find my favorites.

Everything Is In Your Own Hands!

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"I Love You" Laptop Vinyl Sticker Decal

Deaf People Unite Via The Internet

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Deaf People Gathering

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ASL Is Everywhere

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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Deaf Boy's Sign Name Violates Weapons Policy At School

 Hunter Spanjer
Hunter Spanjer signs his first name by making what looks like shooting gestures with both hands. He crosses his fingers when he does it - a modification to show it's his proper name.

Click here to read the full article:
http://www.torontosun.com/2012/08/28/deaf-boys-name-violates-weapons-policy-school

Click here to see the video & read the transcript:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buSDPn_znHQ

A Nebraska preschool is asking a three-year-old deaf boy to change his name because it violates the school board's weapons policy.

"It's a symbol. It's an actual sign, a registered sign," said Hunter's father, Brian Spanjer.

Love Is Love... Spoken Or Not!

Monday, 27 August 2012

DEAF Inc. Presents Emergency Disaster Preparedness Videos In ASL



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdGjCrPhkMU&feature=player_embedded#!

DEAF Inc. presents one of their emergency disaster preparedness videos:
Tornado Preparedness
With many disaster preparedness materials online being inaccessible to the population whose primary language is American Sign Language, DEAF Inc. is pleased to announce the completion of the Tornado preparedness video in sign language. It's important that for those who are deaf or hard of hearing prepare themselves and their family for tornadoes.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBWrZJIfOPE&feature=relmfu

DEAF Inc. presents one of their emergency disaster preparedness videos:
Flood Preparedness
With many disaster preparedness materials online being inaccessible to the population whose primary language is American Sign Language, DEAF Inc. is pleased to announce the completion of the flood preparedness video in sign language. It's important that for those who are deaf or hard of hearing prepare themselves and their family for floods.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGOndaZjx8A&feature=relmfu



DEAF Inc. presents one of their emergency disaster preparedness videos:
Earthquake Preparedness
First of all, many people think earthquake only happen in California. Not true. Missouri has a large fault called New Madrid Fault, which is about 2.5 hours drive south of St. Louis. Researchers and scientists have predicted that there will be a big earthquake in St. Louis in the near future. So, it's important to us that we be prepared now.

To increase awareness about earthquakes and help deaf and hard of hearing people become better prepared for disasters, DEAF Inc. created a Earthquake Preparedness video in sign language for our community. This video has three parts: * How can you be prepared for earthquake?, * What do do during an earthquake? * What to do after an earthquake?

Watch the video to be prepared!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDKc9dwLxQY&feature=list_other&playnext=1&list=SP580A24A3120D881E

DEAF Inc. presents one of their emergency disaster preparedness videos:
Emergency Kit Preparedness
With many disaster preparedness materials online being inaccessible to the population whose primary language is American Sign Language, DEAF Inc. is pleased to announce the completion of the Emergency Kit preparedness video in sign language. It's important that for those who are deaf or hard of hearing prepare themselves and their family for disasters as they will have an emergency kit to survive after a disaster.

10 Reasons Why Deaf & Hard-Of-Hearing Students Should Advocate For Themselves:

 
1)  To be included, not left out.

2)  To educate others.

3)  It can make their lives easier.

4)  People will take them more seriously.

5)  They won't have to depend on others so much to help them with their hearing issues.

6)  It is good practice. Speaking up when you have an issue is an important skill to master.

7)  They will get their needs met faster than those who don't advocate for themselves.

8)  It inspires others to advocate for themselves.

9)  Teachers and students will remember them.

10)  It can be the most exhilarating experience to simply speak up and watch your school life suddenly become better and more interesting.

http://www.ehwhathuh.com/2012/08/10-reasons-why-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing.html?spref=fb

Switched At Birth Premieres Sept. 3 On ABC

Saturday, 25 August 2012

"No ASL" Is Abuse = Audism

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Ella's Flashlight "Deaf" Blog

 
"... a DeafMute's search for Deafhood enlightment."
 
Visit this blog: http://www.ellasflashlight.com/

Upon discovering the word “Deafhood” coined by Dr. Paddy Ladd of Bristol University Centre for Deaf Studies, Ella has been challenged to seek justice for Deaf people by unshackling the Deaf community in which she grew up and identifies with from Audism and Oralism.
Born in Berkeley, California, to wonderful Deaf parents and a vibrant Deaf community in the mid-1950’s, she grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1960’s, and witnessed not only protests against war and racism but the beginning of Deaf Resurgence. Upon graduating from the California School for the Deaf, Berkeley, in 1971, she went on to Gallaudet University where she had her epiphany about American Sign Language launching her into a career of teaching, training instructors and interpreters, performing poetry and helping with linguistic research.
Retired from 16 years of full-time teaching ASL and Deaf Culture at Berkeley City College (formerly Vista Community College) and running a small business, ASL Presents LLC, Ella’s immediate goal is to complete the major updating of Signing Naturally curriculum series of which she is a co-author. Her long-term goals include promoting academic excellence in American Sign Language and healthy Deafhood discourse among all Deaf people as well as in the public.
Ella has been blessed to raise five kids with her wife, Judy Gough, and being a proud grandmother of ten kids (three are Deaf). She especially enjoys her many pets: six dogs (two are deaf), and one llama.

"LOVE" Wall Art

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Hearing People Need To Learn To Communicate With Deaf/Hard-Of-Hearing People!

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Friday, 24 August 2012

"Shelly" Is An Idea For A Children's Cartoon To Introduce Sign Language!



Click here to watch the intro. video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1s8RojnSIo&feature=player_embedded#!

To view this video in CC (Closed Captions) please click the little red box on the video that says "CC"

This video introduces all of the characters from the Shelly's Adventures series. Eventually, I would like to turn "Shelly the Interpreter" into a cartoon series. Shelly Adventures will be the first cartoon series to incorporate American Sign Language. Shelly will be the first African American character to speak both ASL and English. Shelly's Adventures will be the first cartoon series of it's kind!! Go Shelly!!! The first two books of the Shelly's Adventures series will be published this year. For more information on Shelly's Adventures, visit www.shellysadventuresllc.com. In this video, you will get to hear the Shelly's Adventure's theme song and you will also get to hear Shelly tell you a little bit about Shelly's Adventures and the characters. The Shelly's Adventures theme song was produced by A Spirit Of Oya Music Production and the song was written and and performed by Oya and Drew Simpson. For more information on Oya, please visit www.spiritofoya.com. I hope that you enjoy the music and presentation of Shelly's Adventures. I look forward to hearing your feedback. Watch it and tell me what you think.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Dare To See The World Through Deaf Eyes!

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STOP Bullying Us!

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ASL - Oppression... No More... Don't Want!

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ASL Ties

Sign Language neckties... just awesome.

"I Love You" Shadow Mobile

"The Dark Days Of Hamburger Halpin" (Deaf Main Character -- High School Mystery)

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk. When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high school, he faces discrimination and bullying, but still manages to solve a mystery surrounding the death of a popular football player in his class.

If you'd like a good laugh, a mystery to solve, & know what's it is like to be Deaf in a mainstream school, then this is your book!

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk. When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high school, he faces discrimination and bullying, but still manages to solve a mystery surrounding the death of a popular football player in his class.

"Of Sound Mind" (CODA Main Character)

High school senior Theo is fluent in two languages: spoken English and sign. His parents and brother, Jeremy, are deaf, but Theo can hear, which has over the years cast him in the role of interpreter for his family. Unfortunately, it's not a welcome duty. It's become especially frustrating lately because Theo has met a fascinating new girl at school, Ivy, with whom he wants to spend as much time as possible.

Wonderfully written & a must read for all!!

High school senior Theo is fluent in two languages: spoken English and sign. His parents and brother, Jeremy, are deaf, but Theo can hear, which has over the years cast him in the role of interpreter for his family. Unfortunately, it's not a welcome duty. It's become especially frustrating lately because Theo has met a fascinating new girl at school, Ivy, with whom he wants to spend as much time as possible.

Underwater Hearing Aid

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Read the full article here:
http://www.suttonguardian.co.uk/news/9460891.Partially_deaf_TV_dancer_gets_underwater_hearing_aid/

A partially deaf dancer is one of the first in the UK to wear a new waterproof hearing aid.
Kirsty Swain, 30, from Hackbridge, finished fourth in the BBC talent show, So You Think You Can Dance, this summer.

She has now been unveiled as one of the first people in the UK to wear the Siemens waterproof and shock resistant hearing instrument, Aquaris.

She said: “I have had trouble in the past with hearing instruments getting sweaty, slipping and being uncomfortable when exercising, but with the Aquaris I can run along hearing everything, without the slightest problem. “I’ve been swimming with it and couldn’t believe how amazing it was. I could hear people standing beside the pool chatting as I swam underwater, more than most people, which made me feel quite special.

Deaf Ed. Teacher's Blog

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Toddlers Chatting In Car In ASL Video



Click here to watch the video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-fwQpCylW4&feature=related

While waiting for their daddy at the car repair shop, Mom explained that Daddy's car broke down and needed to be fixed. (The oldest asked if it needed batteries, because that's what's wrong when their toys stop working!) I began filming when Daddy got in the car and the boys began to tell them about what they saw in the garage. Oh, and we were near an airport, which will help you understand context. That, and the boys are obsessed with transportation!

I must add that our boys had NO language just six months ago when we adopted them. They have flourished with ASL as their first language. The older boy on the left is deaf. The younger boy on the right (with the loose seatbelt...thanks for pointing that out. Consider it fixed!) is mostly hearing/a little hard-of-hearing.

I pray this inspires parents with deaf kids to sign with them! Signing will NOT hinder their speech, but will vastly improve their ability to learn. Signing gives them a way to express themselves and gives YOU a way to truly know them.

Bless all of you who have watched so far! Thanks for sharing!
www.thebrownfamily.us Follow to see more about the boys and our family.
http://signstogether.blogspot.ca/

The Brown Seven

Back To School ASL Music Video: "We're Going To Be Friend" By White Stripes

 

Click here to see the video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IbLz9-riRGM#!

www.d-pan.org
White Stripes "We're Going To Be Friends"
Produced by D-PAN, the Deaf Professional Arts Network
American Sign Language Direction by Ronald Dans
Directed by Nicholas Hill of Lucky Airlines

video made possible by Sorenson Communications.

lyrics:
Fall is here, hear the yell
back to school, ring the bell
brand new shoes, walking blues
climb the fence, books and pens
I can tell that we're going to be friends

Walk with me, Suzy Lee
through the park and by the tree
we will rest upon the ground
and look at all the bugs we found
then safely walk to school
without a sound

Well here we are, no one else
we walked to school all by ourselves
there's dirt on our uniforms
from chasing all the ants and worms
we clean up and now its time to learn

Numbers, letters, learn to spell
nouns, and books, and show and tell
at playtime we will throw the ball
back to class, through the hall
teacher marks our height
against the wall

And we don't notice any time pass
we don't notice anything
we sit side by side in every class
teacher thinks that I sound funny
but she likes the way you sing

Tonight I'll dream while I'm in bed
when silly thoughts go through my head
about the bugs and alphabet
and when I wake tomorrow I'll bet
that you and I will walk together again
cause I can tell that we're going to be friends

Youtube Has A Thriving Scene Of Sign Language Music Videos

  

Click on this site to see many different videos in sign language (& to read the full article):
http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680308/on-youtube-a-thriving-scene-of-sign-language-music

The video sharing site is becoming home to a vibrant scene of American Sign Language musicians, comedians and poets. No closed captioning required.

For years, Keith Wann’s deaf father misunderstood why the dog got shot in the movie Old Yeller.
“I’m 8 years old and signing ‘rabbit’ instead of ‘rabies,' and my father thinks he got shot because he ate a rabbit,” says Wann, who now works as an ASL comedian.

When the FCC founded the National Captioning Institute in 1979, its closed captioning began eliminating these small misunderstandings for both Wann’s father and the estimated 38 million Americans who are either deaf or hard of hearing.

But for those who communicate using American Sign Language (ASL), captions are translations. And as with all translations, inevitably something is still lost. The deaf community, with few exceptions, has not had easy access to content created in its own language--until recently.

With the dawn of Internet video, many ASL musicians, poets, and comedians reach geographically dispersed audiences as easily as their spoken-language counterparts. About 40% of the videos tagged “sign language” on YouTube have been uploaded in the last year, says YouTube trend manager Kevin Allocca. And the rate at which “ASL” is typed in the site’s search box has increased two-fold since 2008.

It’s a difference in impact that grows even more important when it comes to ASL artforms. While there are many different approaches to ASL poetry, one popular form uses a similar handshape to creatively convey different words. Another builds upon the series of handshapes in the manual alphabet. Often the poet hasn’t thought of words in English at all.

“There are so many deaf kids that are trying to figure out how they’re going to be,” says Smith, who has posted his own ASL poetry on YouTube. “They’re unlikely to stumble upon an ASL poetry performance. But if I put it on YouTube, kids can find it. It might inspire them to contribute to the form.”

The most popular sign language music videos on the Internet are by ASL students rather than native speakers--and, if you ask someone fluent in ASL, they would probably say they’re terrible.

The Deaf Professional Arts Network (D-PAN) is an organization that promotes deaf performers, including musicians. It’s helped create (with permission) ASL music videos for popular songs from artists like Christina Aguilera, John Mayer, and the White Stripes.

More than visibility, many ASL performers say they’re excited about access. Smith describes some of the ways he accesses Internet videos as a hearing person that go beyond cat videos: things like how-to videos, lectures, and moments from history. With such a low barrier to upload, he envisions a similar diversity of Internet video content that speaks directly to the deaf community.

“My goal is to make YouTube as interesting for the ASL community as it is for me,” he says.

Durham Deaf Services: Seniors' Safety Conference Sept. 26th

Friday, 17 August 2012