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Sunday, 25 November 2012

Symbol For Sound & Vibration Tattoo

symbol for the sound & vibration of everything in the universe.

This is the symbol for the sound & vibration of everything in the universe.

Hearing Aid & FM Tic Tac Toe Bingo

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Do your students know how to report problems with their hearing aids?  Would they be able to say "My earmold is broken" or "My tubing has water in it" or "You have to push the program button"?
Here is a fun way to teach and assess students' knowledge of hearing aid parts.  Use picture, label and function cards to play in many different ways.  Everything is included:  beautiful graphics, directions, 4 gameboards, chips, 
data sheet and sample IEP goals.


The inspiro transmitter has many cool features that enable a student to monitor his or her own FM system.  Here is a fun way for both teachers and students to learn about it.  

Hand Paper Clips

The 3 Evils in BSL

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Saturday, 24 November 2012

ASL Deafined (Learn ASL Online)


ASL Deafined is a subscription based website for American Sign Language (ASL) video lessons. The content is for anyone who wishes to learn ASL, regardless of age. It has been designed to instruct deaf students, parents of deaf children, and the community-at-large. You may cancel your subscription at any time. All lessons are taught by nationally certified interpreters.

You Can Do It! (ASL Stamp)

Happy Thanksgiving (Finger Spelling)

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Deaf Times (News)


DeafTimes website is for everyone who is Deaf, Hard of Hearing , Interpreters
and Professional who working with Deaf and Hard of hearing. We sent out
National and Local e-new. If you wish to set up an e-news within your
city or send information on any news or events within your city.

Please contact us at Sales@Deaftimes.com.
For advertising or place Job ad on the website and e-news, please
contact Sales@Deaftimes.com

Art: Visions Of Deaf & Hard-Of-Hearing

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Two exhibits are under way at VUMC of art by artists who are deaf, hard of hearing, or with connections to people who are.

The exhibits, called Deaf View/Image Art, or De’VIA, highlight two and three-dimensional art from 16 professional and amateur adult artists representing nine states, including Tennessee, as well as artwork and photography from 19 youth from Tennessee.

The exhibit of art by adults is in the Vanderbilt University Hospital mezzanine gallery, and the work by children and youth is on the second floor of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt near the Wadlington conference room.

Sue Thomas & Levi

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Sue Thomas is profoundly deaf. But nothing can keep this indomitable woman from living her life to the fullest. In spite of the difficulties she experienced in the classroom growing up, Sue Thomas applied herself in college and finally graduated from Springfield College in Massachusetts with a degree in Political Science and International Affairs. After months of job searching, Sue Thomas heard that the FBI was looking for Deaf people. Her wildest hopes finally came true when she was hired to work in undercover surveillance reading lips for the FBI agents in Washington DC.

Inspired by Sue Thomas' unique job for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the weekly drama television series SUE THOMAS FBEYE helped bring more awareness to the lives and abilities of those with physical challenges. Soon after, Sue found out she had Multiple Sclerosis. Living with MS has become one of Sue's greatest challenges. "Fighting it is a waste of precious energy,” she says. "It is only by embracing my MS that I learn life's greatest lessons." When not on the road speaking, Sue Thomas lives in Vermont with her Hearing/Special Skill dog, 'Katie.' Knowing first-hand the life-changing impact of these incredible canines, she is in the planning stages of building a Dog Training Center called "The Levi Foundation."

Serigo Lavo & Luisella Zuccotti (Deaf Artists)

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Serigo Lavo

Born in Rome in 1938, he studied at the "T. Silvestri" Institute for Deaf in Rome.
He started his art career with drawings and graphic art works, then dedicating himself to creating ceramic masks and sculptures made of clay, chalk, wood, and other materials. Later, he turned to color, experimenting with tempera, watercolor and finally oil painting.   He has participated in numerous local and national shows, receiving various prizes. As a member of Associazione Silenziosa Italiana Scacchistica (deaf chess association), he has produced impressive graphic and watercoloring works for the European chess championship games.   He volunteers as a teacher of drawing and set design to deaf children at "T. Silvestri" Institute for Deaf in Rome. Incidentally, it is Sergio Lavo who created the logo for this website.

Luisella Zuccotti

Born in Basaluzzo (Alessandria) in 1950, she studied in Rome at the "Accademia delle Belle Arti" (arts academy), where she followed post-diploma courses in set design. Currently, she is an Art Education instructor at a middle school in Rome.

She collaborates, as a set designer, with the deaf theater group "Laboratorio Zero" and with another theater company, "A. Bottazzi" in Basaluzzo.   In addition, she does graphic art work in the field of advertising, humorous drawings about the deaf world, and murals.   She has had a one-man show in Basaluzzo in 1983, and has participated in numerous regional and national group shows, receiving prizes and recognition.

Sean Forbes (Signs Songs) Article

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So I'm signing all of these songs and all the sudden, a light bulb goes on above my head, when I'm like, wouldn't it be cool if there were music videos with deaf performers in them, signing the song, signing the lyrics of the song. Video Watch Nicole Lapin's interview with Sean Forbes »

That was really where the idea started from, and I instantly went back to RIT, and I had a friend make me a video of me signing an Eminem song and that's how the whole thing really started.

Top 10 Reasons For Learning Sign Language

Amen! :).

Top 10 Reasons for Learning Sign Language

1. You can communicate through windows
2. Sign language is a 3-D Language
3. You can sign with your mouth full
4. Hearing parents can communicate with their Deaf child
5. You can sign underwater
6. Sign Language is a neat way to express yourself
7. You can communicate across a room or via mirror without shouting
8. Sign language is beautiful
9. You can make friends with Deaf people
10. Sign language brings together Hearing & Deaf people

Top 10 Reasons for Learning Sign Language

1. You can communicate through windows
2. Sign language is a 3-D Language
3. You can sign with your mouth full
4. Hearing parents can communicate with their Deaf child
5. You can sign underwater
6. Sign Language is a neat way to express yourself
7. You can communicate across a room or via mirror without shouting
8. Sign language is beautiful
9. You can make friends with Deaf people
10. Sign language brings together Hearing & Deaf people

Art'Pi (Deaf French Art History Site)


Bienvenue sur le
site d'Art'Pi !
Le magazine de l'information culturelle pour les Sourds et les curieux de la Langue des Signes.

(The magazine of cultural information for the Deaf and those curious of sign language.)


My art-work of an hand "I love you". especially for deaf people. It's about one year ago. :)

300th Birthday Of L'Abbe Charles-Michel de L'Epee

Happy 300th Birthday to L’Abbé Charles-Michel de l’Épée from EUD!


November 25, 2012 marks the 300th birthday of Abbé Charles-Michel de l’Épée, to whom millions of deaf and hard of hearing people around the world owe a great deal of thanks. Abbé de l’Épée (November 25, 1712 – December 23, 1789) is regarded by the World Federation of the Deaf as the Father of Deaf Education.

Abbé de l’Épée dedicated his life to helping others, and in a chance encounter met two young deaf sisters who communicated with each other in signs. From this encounter, he became involved in the education of deaf students and formed a school in 1760 for this purpose in Paris, France. Just as important was his willingness to allow others to learn from his methods so as to spread the benefits of teaching deaf people through sign language. It was this willingness that made it possible for Laurent Clerc to go to the United States and teach deaf students using the methods of Abbé de l’Épée.
Abbé de l’Épée began a revolution in educating deaf and hard of hearing students, and this revolution continues to be fought today. The NAD is one of many that advocates for the use of sign language in educating deaf and hard of hearing students, as part of its mission to preserve, protect, and promote the linguistic rights of all deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States.
Happy birthday, Abbé de l’Épée!

Friday, 16 November 2012

Wear Your Hearing Aids

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Use Of ASL In Ads

Partnership Advertising: World No Tobacco Day

Throat cancer will leave you speechless. Quit smoking.
Advertising Agency: The Classic Partnership Advertising, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Creative Director / Copywriter: Darryl Koch
Senior Art Director: Justus Luke
Published: May 2008

Tabasco hot sauce: Water

"A glass of water please"
Advertising Agency: Ogilvy Johannesburg, South Africa
Creative Directors: Gerry Human, Fran Luckin
Art Directors: Thule Ngcese, Mike Groenewald
Copywriter: Taryn Scher
Illustrator: Karoline Friese
Photographer: Pierre Peters
Published: June 2007

Halls: Sign language

"Can I have a Halls please?"

Agency: JWT, Cape Town, South Africa
Creative Director: Conn Bertish
Art director / Copywriter: Justin Joshua

Muchimuchi: Sign language

Advertising Agency: Muchimuchi, Paris, France
Creative Director: Nicolas Dondina
Art Director: Thierry Audurand
Copywriter: Eric Ancian
Photographer: Samuel Lugassy
Released: April 2009

Instant Deafness -- Wear Earplugs "WAOW"

Filterz earplugs: Fire

Instant deafness.
Advertising Agency: 10advertising, Antwerp, Belgium
Creative Director: Marc Leyssens
Creatives: Sebastien Van Reet, Heidi Van Damme
Illustrator: Mark Borgions

ASL Eye Chart "See Life Clearly"

The Lasik Surgery Clinic: Sign language

See life clearly. Faster. Safer.
Advertising Agency: DM9JaymeSyfu , Manila, Philippines
Chief Creative Officer: Merlee Jayme
Creative Director / Art Director: Eugene Demata
Account Director: Rissa Guilas
Account Executive: Finn Neric
Via: Bestadsontv

Alphabet "Foot" ASL

Sony Playstation Portable: Feet

Portuguese Sign Language Awareness Posters

Federação Portuguesa de Associações de Surdos (Portuguese Federation of Deaf People): Learn to Listen, Y  Federação Portuguesa de Associações de Surdos (Portuguese Federation of Deaf People): Learn to Listen, B  Federação Portuguesa de Associações de Surdos (Portuguese Federation of Deaf People): Learn to Listen, T 

Stay cool, this isn’t a robbery. It’s a T.
Portuguese sign language has 26 letters. Together they form a vocabulary shared by more than 80.000 people that can talk your ears off just by using their hands. Don’t miss out, join the conversation.
Deaf people speak Portuguese too. Learn to listen.
To raise awareness for Portuguese sign language we created a print campaign that mixed everyday gestures with the way they are interpreted by deaf people. The goal was to show how easy and familiar sign language can be.

Advertising Agency: Youngnetwork, Lisbon, Portugal
Creative Director: João Peral
Art Directors: João Peral, Ricardo Martins, Alexandre Soares
Copywriter: Luís Leal Miranda
Photographer: Pedro Janeiro
Additional credits: Laura Abreu, Milene Candeias, Cristina França
Published: March 2012

Save The Deaf...

Awesome :).

7 Things You Should Learn About Sign Language:

To read the full article click on this link:

Based on the tremendous reaction to this recent piece about sign language interpretation, we thought you might like to know more about it. Here are seven things about sign language that might surprise you.

1. Different countries have different sign languages.

This is the sign for the word “math” in two different sign languages—American Sign Language on the left, and Japanese Sign Language on the right. Why should there be more than one sign language? Doesn’t that just complicate things? This question would make sense if sign language was a system invented and then handed over to the deaf community as an assistive device. But sign languages, like spoken languages, developed naturally out of groups of people interacting with each other. We know this because we have observed it happen in real time.

2. Given a few generations, improvised gestures can evolve into a full language.

In 1980, the first Nicaraguan school for the deaf opened. Students who had been previously isolated from other deaf people brought the gestures they used at home, and created a sort of pidgin sign with each other. It worked for communication, but it wasn’t consistent or rule-governed. The next generation who came into the school learned the pidgin sign and spontaneously started to regularize it, creating rules for verb agreement and other consistent grammatical devices. Over time, it stabilized into a full-fledged linguistic system, ISN, or Idioma de Señas de Nicaragua.

3. Sign language does not represent spoken language.

Source: Photo 1; Photo 2
Because sign languages develop within deaf communities, they can be independent of the surrounding spoken language. American Sign Language (ASL) is quite different from British Sign Language (BSL), despite the fact that English is the spoken language of both countries. The above picture shows the sign WHERE in BSL (on the left) and ASL (on the right).
That said, there is a lot of contact between sign language and spoken language (deaf people read and write or lipread in the surrounding language), and sign languages reflect this. English can be represented through fingerspelling or artificial systems like Signed Exact English or Cued Speech. But these are codes for spoken or written language, not languages themselves.

4. Sign languages have their own grammar.

There are rules for well-formed sentences in sign language. For example, sign language uses the space in front of the signer to show who did what to whom by pointing. However, some verbs point to both the subject and object of the verb, some point only to the object, and some don’t point at all. Another rule is that a well-formed question must have the right kind of eyebrow position. Eyebrows should be down for a who-what-where-when-why question (see ASL WHERE picture above), and up for a yes/no question. If you use the rules wrong, or inconsistently, you will have a “foreign” accent!

5. Children acquire sign language in the same way they acquire spoken language

The stages of sign language acquisition are the same as those for spoken language. Babies start by “babbling” with their hands. When they first start producing words, they substitute easier handshapes for more difficult ones, making for cute “baby pronunciations.” They start making sentences by stringing signs together and only later get control of all the grammatical rules. Most importantly, as seen in the above video, they learn through natural interaction with the people around them.

6. Brain damage affects sign language in the same way it affects spoken language.

When fluent signers have a stroke or brain injury, they may lose the ability to sign, but not to make imitative or non-sign gestures. They may be able to produce signs, but not put them in the correct grammatical configurations. They may be able to produce sentences, but with the signs formed incorrectly, creating a strange accent. They may be able to sign quickly and easily, but without making any sense. We know from studying speaking people that “making sounds” is quite different from “using language” because these functions are affected differently by brain damage. The same is true for signers. Neurologically, making gestures is quite different from using sign language.

7. Sign language is a visual language.

This one is pretty obvious, but it’s important to mention. Sign language is just like spoken language in many ways, but it’s also different. Sign can be very straightforward and formal, but it can also take full advantage of its visual nature for expressive or artistic effect, as shown in the story in this video. Which, when you think about it, doesn’t make sign language all that different after all. For expressive purposes, we can take full advantage of spoken language’s auditory nature. We can also take advantage of facial expressions and gestures when we speak. Everything that would be in an artistic spoken performance—the words, the ordering of clauses, the pauses, the breath intake, the intonation and melody, the stressing or deemphasizing of sounds, the facial and vocal emotion, the body posture and head and hand gestures—come through together in sign language. It looks amazing not because it shows us what sign language can do, but because it shows us what language does.

Read the full text here: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/151861#ixzz2CTvKs8QF
--brought to you by mental_floss!

Happy Thanksgiving (All Sign Language Is Not The Same)

Hey Friends,
Happy Thanksgiving...soon!
Here is some TDG humor to help you get ready for travel, family, and EATING A LOT! Be looking for next week's (true biz) Thanksgiving cartoon.

Life is...corny (tee hee).
Matt and Kay

A Tearful ILY

How look beautiful art.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Special Report: VRS Reform Public Notice From FCC

Click here to watch the video to explain more about the VRS

Save Our VRS (Video Relay Services)

Click here to learn what is happening to VRS & how you can protect your rights to this service:

Video Relay Service (VRS) empowers deaf or hard-of-hearing Americans who use American Sign Language (ASL) to place real-time video relay calls with hearing individuals. VRS gives us the same opportunity as hearing Americans to communicate easily, in our native language, with anyone, anytime, and anywhere.

But now the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to stop the progress we have made and are continuing to make with VRS. The FCC is considering changes that would dramatically alter the way VRS works and put many of the companies that provide this service out of business. For us, this will mean reduced access, less choice, longer hold times, and decreased service quality.
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that people who are deaf have access to the same quality of telecommunication services as people who are hearing. Protect your rights. Let the FCC know what VRS means to you - and that you don't support the FCC's proposed changes.
More Information on the FCC's Plan for VRS >

Paul Scearce's De'VIA Art

My new De'VIA art ~ The alien visitors was signing in ASL, "Greetings from the planet, Eyeth. We come in peace." to the bewildering crowd whose heads are Ear-shaped. Don't it feel like some times the hearing people treat us the Deaf people like aliens or weirdos. lol

Paul Scearce's new De'VIA art ~ The alien visitors was signing in ASL, "Greetings from the planet, Eyeth. We come in peace." to the bewildering crowd whose heads are Ear-shaped

Monday, 12 November 2012

Respect For All Languages (Oral & Sign)

Respect For each Language 

    Oral Language .....  sign language


BSL Zone (TV Programmes In British Sign Language)


Welcome to the BSL Zone, the home of television programmes made in British Sign Language by Deaf people for Deaf people.

We show one programme each week on television on Film Four and the Community Channel: see below for the times of each broadcast.

But you can watch all our programmes at any time on the BSL Zone player whether you’re online or on the move. There are lots of programmes to choose from: including drama, children's, news and sport.
We also get out and about around the country to meet Deaf people so we can spread the word/sign about our programmes and find out what you think of them and what you'd like to watch in future. You can also get in touch with us through this website - by email and SMS video.

The BSL Zone is brought to you by the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust. To find out more about BSLBT, go to the About section.

"Little World" BSL Short Film

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This short animated film tells the story of a young girl in a Victorian Deaf school. 

Digital Story Storytelling English, SEE & ASL

Digital Story  Storytelling English, SEE and ASL

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