Thursday, 30 April 2015
Impressed by this woman's ability to respond professionally when treated unfairly and unjustly....
Julie Hochgesang, a Gallaudet linguist and Deaf woman, writes about her experiences with a doctor who wouldn't provide an ASL interpreter during a complicated medical procedure — even though the law requires it.
Citation: Why Schools for Deaf Children Should Hire Deaf Teachers: A Preschool Issue Courtney Shantie and Robert J. Hoffmeister The Journal of Education Vol....
Two Deaf Women Show Us Bilingualism At Its Finest
Meet two Deaf women who grew up using ASL and English. Their parents say they wanted to give them everything so they could choose what was best for them later in life.
Next week we will introduce you to a co-founder of LEAD-K who grew up orally and started signing later in life.
Meet two Deaf women who grew up speaking and signing. Their parents say they wanted to give them everything so they could choose what was best for them later in life. Next week we will introduce you to a co-founder of LEAD-K who grew up...
Tuesday, 28 April 2015
“If I can make something easier for someone behind me then it was worth it...I don’t want them to think they have to do it for me because I’m complaining. It needs to be done every time without asking.”- Heidi Viens
DN360 Video: Christine Sun Kim came to Austin, Texas for her residency program and produced two installations that focus on her exploration of sound and silence. Turn on CC for full experience. (captioned)
Christine Sun Kim came to the University of Texas' Visual Art Center in Austin, Texas for her residency program and produced two installations, "The Calibration Room" and "Bounce House" that focus ...
Powerful message from a Deaf Woman! #deafwomenquotes
[img: black/white shot of Julie Rems Smario with her quote in white text below, "I was born Deaf, I grew up Deaf, I spent my young adulthood years Deaf, and now I am enduring my mid-life years Deaf, and I will die Deaf. So who is the expert on being Deaf, the audiologist, the doctor, or me? - Julie Rems Smario"
Monday, 27 April 2015
An interview with the author of a remarkable, Newbery honour-winning, graphic novel El Deafo, based on Cece Bell’s own childhood growing up with hearing...
Sunday, 26 April 2015
Wednesday, 22 April 2015
Monday, 20 April 2015
Watch: Irina Drytchak’s poem CODA about being a Child of deaf adults http://wp.me/p408Yl-3KZ
Irina Drytchak got in touch with us last week to tell us about a signed poetry clip she has written and performed in, which was filmed and edited by Deaf director Bim...
Sunday, 19 April 2015
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
Rebecca-Anne Withey: Sign language shouldn’t be used for novelty value by people who don’t understand its content http://wp.me/p408Yl-3Ki
As someone who works in signed song - that is, performing songs in sign language - my first priority is always the comprehension of the signs. I take the responsibility...
Here's a preview of our brand-new series Close Up, which features in-depth interviews with well-known Deaf people! Click here to find out more: http://www.bslzone.co.uk/watch/promo-close/. The first episode goes out on Monday 4th May. Don't miss it!
Today in Mighty Girl history, Anne Sullivan, the teacher and companion of Helen Keller for 49 years, was born in 1866. The child of poor Irish immigrants, Sullivan herself went blind as a child due to untreated trachoma and was sent to the Perkins School for the Blind in Boston. Though her vision was partially restored after surgery, she remained visually impaired throughout her life.
After Sullivan graduated as class valedictorian, the school director recommended the 20 year old for a position teaching 6-year-old Helen Keller in the small town of Tuscumbia, Alabama. Keller, who had been left blind and deaf due to disease as a toddler, had very limited means of communication but her young teacher soon helped her break out of, as Keller later described, the "silence and darkness that surrounded me."
Keller's famous breakthrough in understanding that every object had a unique sign identifying it came when Sullivan ran cool water over her student's hand while signing the word "water" with the other. After this realization, Keller became a vigorous learner, eager to learn the signs for all of the other objects in the world around her.
Sullivan, pictured here with Keller, stayed by her side for 49 years, helping Keller on her journey to become the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree and to later become world famous as a writer and advocate on behalf of women's suffrage, labor rights, and disability rights. Together, they traveled to over 40 countries as Keller became the world's most prominent voice speaking on behalf of the rights of people with disabilities.
In describing the transformative impact Anne Sullivan had on her life, Keller once stated, "Once I knew only darkness and stillness... my life was without past or future... but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living."
For books about the unique relationship between Annie and Helen, we recommend the picture book "Annie and Helen" for ages 4 to 8 (http://www.amightygirl.com/annie-and-helen), the graphic novel "Anne Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller" for ages 9 to 14 (http://www.amightygirl.com/anne-sullivan-and-the-trials-of-…), and the historical fiction novel "Miss Spitfire" for ages 10 and up (http://www.amightygirl.com/miss-spitfire)
Adult readers may enjoy the biography "Beyond the Miracle Worker: The Remarkable Life of Anne Sullivan Macy and Her Extraordinary Friendship with Helen Keller" at http://amzn.to/1H1G4Cx
There is also a large assortment of books for children and teens about Helen Keller’s life, including the wonderful picture book “Helen's Big World," in our "Helen Keller Collection" at http://www.amightygirl.com/charact…/historical-characters-1…
The excellent film about their story, "The Miracle Worker," is also highly recommended for ages 8 and up -- http://www.amightygirl.com/the-miracle-worker
And, for more stories about the special relationship between Mighty Girls and their teachers, visit our "Teacher" section at http://www.amightygirl.com/…/personal-develo…/relationships…
#HappyBirthday Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller’s teacher, born #OnThisDay in 1866. By the age of 8, Sullivan had lost both her sight and her mother. Fearing he couldn’t raise his children on his own, Sullivan’s father sent her sister to live with relatives and abandoned Sullivan and her brother to a home for the poor, where her brother died shortly after. She convinced a visiting inspector of the almshouse to allow her to leave and study at the Perkins School for the Blind where she excelled at her studies and had eye operations that greatly improved her sight. On March 3, 1887, at the age of 21, she began her famous and successful campaign to teach Helen Keller to communicate.
Anne was born on this day, April 14, in 1866—the eldest daughter of poor, illiterate, and unskilled Irish immigrants. She grew up to become a pioneer in the field of education. Her work with Helen Keller became the blueprint for education of children who were blind, deaf-blind, or visually impaired that still continues today. Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) dubbed her a "miracle worker."
Learn more about Anne Sullivan Macy, and how the American Foundation for the Blind continues to honor her legacy by working to improve the educational system for all children:
Image: Anne Sullivan Macy as a young woman