About Me

My photo
CODA, A Mother, A Wife, A Teacher, A Bookworm, An OutDoors Person, An Artist, An Info. Junkie...

Monday, 31 March 2014

"Happy" an ASL Music Video

The sun is out and shining bright in Michigan today. Definitely brings a smile to our faces. Some of the students at Hinsdale South High School in Illinois have also bought a smile to our face. Check out this video they did for Pharrell Williams song 'Happy'.


Sunday, 30 March 2014

Why Shouldn't You Share These Videos?

"So, why are these videos so popular, and why does a new one make the rounds on social media every few months? Because viral videos aren't about the people who are in them, they're about the people who watch them."
There's one "inspirational" viral video I'm completely sick of seeing and will be happy to never see again.

ILY Clay Art

Utahn Honoured For Longtime Advocacy For The Deaf

David Mortensen has lead advocacy efforts for the deaf and hard of hearing in Utah for more than 40 years.

Mr. & Miss. Deaf Teen America Pageant

Watch LIVE internet streaming of Mr. & Miss Deaf Teen America Pageant on www.deafnation.com at 7PM (PST) 8PM (MST) 9PM (CST) 10PM (EST).

British Mother's Day BSL

Happy Mother's Day from www.british-sign.co.uk

Notice The People Who Are...

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Helen Keller's Letter Describing Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony"

Helen Keller wrote the following letter to the New York Symphony Orchestra in March 1924. Here's how she describes listening to Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony" over the radio:
“Dear Friends:
I have the joy of being able to tell you that, though deaf and blind, I spent a glorious hour last night listening over the radio to Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony.” I do not mean to say that I “heard” the music in the sense that other people heard it; and I do not know whether I can make you understand how it was possible for me to derive pleasure from the symphony. It was a great surprise to myself. I had been reading in my magazine for the blind of the happiness that the radio was bringing to the sightless everywhere. I was delighted to know that the blind had gained a new source of enjoyment; but I did not dream that I could have any part in their joy. Last night, when the family was listening to your wonderful rendering of the immortal symphony someone suggested that I put my hand on the receiver and see if I could get any of the vibrations. He unscrewed the cap, and I lightly touched the sensitive diaphragm. What was my amazement to discover that I could feel, not only the vibration, but also the impassioned rhythm, the throb and the urge of the music! The intertwined and intermingling vibrations from different instruments enchanted me. I could actually distinguish the cornets, the roil of the drums, deep-toned violas and violins singing in exquisite unison. How the lovely speech of the violins flowed and plowed over the deepest tones of the other instruments! When the human voices leaped up thrilling from the surge of harmony, I recognized them instantly as voices more ecstatic, upcurving swift and flame-like, until my heart almost stood still. The women’s voices seemed an embodiment of all the angelic voices rushing in a harmonious flood of beautiful and inspiring sound. The great chorus throbbed against my fingers with poignant pause and flow. Then all the instruments and voices together burst forth – an ocean of heavenly vibration – and died away like winds when the atom is spent, ending in a delicate shower of sweet notes.
Of course this was not “hearing,” but I do know that the tones and harmonies conveyed to me moods of great beauty and majesty. I also sense, or thought I did, the tender sounds of nature that sing into my hand-swaying reeds and winds and the murmur of streams. I have never been so enraptured before by a multitude of tone-vibrations.
As I listened, with darkness and melody, shadow and sound filling all the room, I could not help remembering that the great composer who poured forth such a flood of sweetness into the world was deaf like myself. I marveled at the power of his quenchless spirit by which out of his pain he wrought such joy for others – and there I sat, feeling with my hand the magnificent symphony which broke like a sea upon the silent shores of his soul and mine.” The Auricle, Vol. II, No. 6, March 1924. American Foundation for the Blind, Helen Keller Archives.

Don't Compare Yourself To Others...

19 Things All Children Of Deaf Adults Are Tired Of Hearing:

"When people yawn, do Deaf people think they are yelling?"

Thousand Deaf People are Suffering From Undiagnosed, Potentially Life-Threatening Conditions

The Deaf healthcare charity SignHealth are today releasing the results of a five year study into the health of Deaf people, which they say shows that thousands of Deaf...

What You Allow, Is What Will Continue.

Struggle + Strength = Success

Be Yourself!

10 Did You Know Facts About Deaf Culture

Curious about Deaf culture? You've come to the right place! As a professional sign language interpreter who comes from 3 generations of deaf family members, I feel...

Technology Use Among Deaf & Hard-Of-Hearing Adults: A National Survey

We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are...

Deaf Person Can...

Source: www.zazzle.com

Son's Cochlear Implant Tattoo

Hello! Wanted to show off my new tattoo a little bit. These are 2 cochlear implants. My son is deaf, so I got two of his cochlear's and took a picture.


D-Pan: Empowering Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Youth Through...

In honor of our upcoming ASL Music Video Workshop this weekend, our friends at Hands & Voices published an article on their website talking about the students experiences at the camp last year. We're looking forward to another great weekend with this years students, and can't wait to see the video they will direct, perform and edit themselves. Check it out -
There was a noticeable difference between the first and last day in all the students that attended our...

Monday, 24 March 2014

Juliette Gordon Low (Hard-Of-Hearing) Girl Scouts Of America Founder

Did you know the founder of the Girl Scouts of America was hard of hearing?

After having multiple ear infections resulting in hearing loss in one ear and then losing her hearing in her other ear after a grain of good-luck rice thrown at her wedding punctured the eardrum and led to an infection did not stop Juliette Gordon Low from founding the Girl Scouts of America. Read more about her fascinating life:http://www.girlscouts.org/who_we_are/history/low_biography/

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Can't See Your Own Beauty...

The Pearls Awards 2014 Winners

________________________________________________________________________________________ ANN SILVER is a graphic designer, illustrator, photographer, and civil rights activist. She was involved with the Deaf Art Movement and is also a master at Deaf ...

Vow Of Silence In Support Of Deaf Community

Graham Turner at Heriot-Watt raises awareness for Sign Language Week

911 Text Service For Canadian Deaf

Members of the deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and speech-impaired community in Canada can now register their cellphones with their wireless service providers in preparation for texting with 911 (T9-1-1).

Police Brutality & Deaf People

Robert Kim, Pearl Pearson, Jonathan Meister... These are the most recent additions to the long list of deaf people who have been brutally assaulted by police officers for what has been described by officers as failure to respond to officers' verbal...