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Things I've Learned from Hearing Loss

McKenna Bulkley | Posted 05.12.2016 | College
McKenna Bulkley

Over the past few years, I've developed significant bilateral hearing loss. We're still not sure why or if it's going to get worse. But during this transition to understanding everyone around me to struggling to piece together context clues and pathetic attempts at lip reading, I have learned a few things.

Students Invented Gloves That Can Translate Sign Language Into Speech And Text

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 04.28.2016 | Good News

Two undergraduate students at the University of Washington have worked to invent a new way to communicate. Navid Azodi and Thomas Pryor won a $10,000 ...

ASL Unlocking Communication

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 04.14.2016 | Education
Lydia L. Callis

What is American Sign Language? Is it a culture? Is it an identity? Is it a foreign language? Is it an art form? Is it for Deaf people only? ASL fills...

This Facial Expression Is A Universal Sign Of Disapproval

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.31.2016 | Science

What face do you make when you don't like something? The same exact face that everyone else does, according to science. A new study, which was publis...

Lip Reading Is No Simple Task

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 03.23.2016 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Just because a person who is deaf can read lips does not mean that is the best way to communicate with them. The hearing community lacks an understanding of the real effort that goes into accessing conversation this way.

Barista Learns Sign Language To Give Deaf Man 'Same Experience As Everyone Else'

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 02.23.2016 | Good News

A big-hearted barista went the extra mile to connect with a regular customer who is deaf. Ibby Piracha was stunned when the worker asked for his order...

Deaf Talent Everywhere! Part III

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 02.01.2016 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Too often, young people who are deaf are discouraged from following their dreams. They are told "you can't..." or "you won't be able to..." and they a...

DeafTalent Everywhere! Part II

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 01.21.2016 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

In reality, however, there are very few jobs Deaf people "can't" do, especially once small adjustments are made to accommodate their specific skills and abilities. At the end of the day, our society limits people more than the actual experience of deafness ever could.

You Have To Watch This Deaf Husband Finding Out He's Going To Be A Dad

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 12.30.2015 | Parents

When Brittany LeBlanc Welch learned she was pregnant, the mom-to-be found a creative way to share the news with her husband David, who is deaf. Britta...

Top Model Winner Proves Deaf Is Beautiful

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 12.08.2015 | Entertainment
Lydia L. Callis

The Final Season of America's Next Top Model concluded in a monumental way with Nyle DiMarco, the show's first ever Deaf contestant, overcoming all obstacles to win the competition. Smashing through stereotypes and assumptions, DiMarco proved to mainstream audiences that people who are Deaf can do anything they set their minds to.

Adele's 'Hello' Is Even More Powerful In This Breathtaking Sign Language Interpretation

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 11.09.2015 | Good News

Hello - Adele ASL Interpretation from Molly Lou Bartholomew on Vimeo. We know you cried when you first heard Adele's "Hello." Well, get prepared...

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 07.29.2016 | 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 07.17.2016 | 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 06.03.2016 | Queer 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!