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Is ASL Interpreting the Right Career for You?

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 09.02.2015 | College
Lydia L. Callis

All deaf individuals deserve an qualified interpreter with the skills to get the job done right. Over the past 25 years, ASL interpreters have worked hard to create a high standard of quality within our field. This begins at the very foundation: education.

Hearing Loss, the Forgotten Disability

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.30.2015 | Technology
Janice S. Lintz

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted 25 years ago, yet we are still discussing the same issues for people with hearing loss. The terms "disability" and "access" have morphed into just meaning physical disability and physical access.

Deaf Discrimination: The Fight for Equality Continues

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Frequently and all too easily, the rights of people who are deaf get stripped away. Every day, deaf individuals attempting to interact with hearing authorities, emergency responders, or organizations are denied basic access to communication and, in some instances, their lives are put into jeopardy.

Mega-Viral Video Proves That Moms Face Judgment, No Matter What

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.08.2015 | Parents

In a new video that's rapidly rising in views, mom and Facebook vlogger Nostril_Curl highlights the judgment women face when it comes to motherhood. ...

I'm Deaf and Gay -- And That's Totally Okay

Connor R. McLaren | Posted 06.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Connor R. McLaren

I grew up with the idea that I had two strikes against me. I have had to face discrimination from all directions: hearing, Deaf, straight, and gay. While most people have interacted with members of a minority group, very few have insight into the challenges of being a "double-minority."

This Amazing Sign Language Interpreter Brought Public Enemy's Music To A Whole New Level

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.29.2015 | Entertainment

One performance at last year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was apparently too good to forget. As the 2015 festival got underway this past...

Lesbian Couple Learns Sign Language For Their Daughter In Incredibly Sweet Ad

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.29.2015 | Parents

In this heartwarming parenting ad from Wells Fargo, a lesbian couple prepares for motherhood together in the sweetest way. The commercial shows two...

What I Learned When I Dated a Deaf Man

Robin Cassady | Posted 06.17.2015 | Women
Robin Cassady

I was welcomed into the community and his family, and within a couple of weeks I was given a name-sign by his youngest sister.

Deaf Women History Is Something to Celebrate

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 06.01.2015 | Women
Lydia L. Callis

Many brave and dedicated deaf women have made invaluable contributions to modern society, despite the odds against them. This powerful minority group has fought against a culture that seeks to silence them-- constantly challenging people's assumptions of who deaf women are, and what they are supposed to be.

Explore the Silent World of Deaf America

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Lydia L. Callis

With so many people finally embracing this second American language, there has never been a better time to learn to sign.

Internet Slang Meets American Sign Language

Hopes & Fears | Mike Sheffield, Antwan Duncan and Andrew Strasser | Posted 02.26.2015 | Technology

As language evolves, the powers that regulate language tend to shift. Just look at the Oxford English Dictionary, who added terms like “duck face,...

Let's See More #DeafTalent in Hollywood

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 04.19.2015 | Entertainment
Lydia L. Callis

With so many talented deaf/HoH performer working to catch their big break in Hollywood, it is inexcusable that hearing actors and actresses continue being cast for these roles. Deaf parts belong to deaf performers.

Sia's SNL Mime and Sign Language in Pop Music

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 03.22.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

There is a fine line between showcasing the beauty of ASL, and utilizing sign language as a gimmick. Hearing artists often toe this line without even considering the opportunities that exist for better collaboration.

How to Say Happy Holidays in ASL

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 02.21.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

There are an estimated half million people in the United States who use American Sign Language as their primary form of communication. This year, let's work together to bridge the gap between the deaf and hearing worlds!

Deaf Interpreter Goes Viral

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 12.27.2014 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Utilizing an interpreter whose native language is ASL can be a good match when your audience is unknown. While a high quality hearing interpreter may be able to do a great job, a Certified Deaf Interpreter has the ability to reach ASL users on every level. This ensures that the message is conveyed to a broad audience.

Deaf Singers Introduce Us To An Entirely New 'Happy' Dance

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact

A group of teenaged campers is proving you don't need to hear "Happy" to feel it. The ASL interpretation of Pharrell Williams' mega-hit song, filme...

WATCH: Ever Seen A Sign Language Singalong? It's Fantastic

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.04.2014 | Good News

This puts all those "Frozen" car singalong videos to shame. Tina Cleveland, an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, and her fiancé, Paul Siri...

How Do I Know What Interpreting Agency to Work For?

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 09.22.2014 | Business
Lydia L. Callis

From the very start of our careers, interpreters should aware that these agencies are unethical, and that it is our professional responsibility to ensure access for the deaf is provided.

Can Digital Devices Replace Interpreters?

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 09.08.2014 | Technology
Lydia L. Callis

There is comfort in being able to communicate without regard to time or distance but somehow all this personal contact seems so impersonal, so two dimensional, so unnatural... Are we all truly eager to replace all human interaction with virtual realities?

Clans, Cults and Tribes: From Family to Deaf Culture

Frank H. Wu | Posted 06.19.2014 | Arts
Frank H. Wu

The Berkeley Repertory Theatre, dedicated to provocation, has produced an excellent version of Nina Raine's Tribes. It might appear to be a play about an 'issue,' deafness in this instance.

When Will the Oppression Stop?

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Communication is especially important in situations which are already traumatic, isolating and stressful. Times of personal crisis are not when we want to be advocating for our basic human rights.

What Police Allegedly Did To This Deaf Man Is Unbelievable

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 02.19.2014 | Crime

Police officers in Southern California are under fire for allegations that they beat, shocked and arrested a deaf man who was trying to use sign langu...

ABC Family Show Takes Big Risk To Make History

AP | LYNN ELBER | Posted 03.01.2013 | TV

LOS ANGELES -- "Until hearing people walk a day in our shoes, they will never understand," says a guidance counselor at a high school for deaf student...

'Switched At Birth' Makes TV History

Posted 02.19.2013 | TV

"Switched At Birth" will air an episode told entirely in American Sign Language (ASL) on Monday, March 4 at 8 p.m. on ABC Family. In the episode, t...

Real Time With the Ape and the Donald

Erica Grossman | Posted 04.11.2013 | Comedy
Erica Grossman

Upon learning on Monday that Trump had sued Maher for $5 million dollars in the wake of the remark, Koko the Gorilla has gone apesh*t.