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Meet The Man Bringing Slam Poetry To The Deaf Community

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 05.23.2017 | Arts

A post shared by ASL SLAM (@aslslam) on Oct 13, 2016 at 1:28pm PDT Douglas Ridloff started composing poetry in American Sign Language when he w...

Promoting Inclusive Events To Reach Deaf Audiences

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 05.09.2017 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

So you’ve planned an event: selected a date, gave it an official name, and rented a space. Perhaps you already rented tables and chairs, and booked ...

Chris Pratt Uses ASL In Heartfelt Apology Over Insensitive Video

The Huffington Post | Cole Delbyck | Posted 05.04.2017 | Entertainment

Chris Pratt wants you to know he’s sorry. The “Guardians of the Galaxy” star issued a heartfelt apology on Thursday over a video promoting the ...

Giphy Adds 2,000 Sign Language GIFs To Its Library

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 02.16.2017 | Healthy Living

American Sign Language is the main method of communication for Americans who are deaf or hearing impaired. It’s taught in some high schools and univ...

Can Mainstream Schools Meet the Diverse Needs of Students?

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 12.14.2016 | Education
Lydia L. Callis

In the year 2016, one might assume that education for those who are d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing has advanced to the point where deaf young people in Am...

Your World Will Never Be The Same After Watching This ASL Version of 'Hamilton'

The Huffington Post | Jenna Amatulli | Posted 09.21.2016 | Arts

This is inimitable, this is an original. In a viral video on Facebook, Sarah Tubert, the captain of the National Deaf Women’s Volleyball Team, perfo...

House Made Of Stars In A Galaxy All Its Own

Melanie Bishop | Posted 08.15.2016 | Home
Melanie Bishop

It's rare when a writer is able to give us a story so believably through the eyes of a child. Kaye Gibbons did this with Ellen Foster, a book that became an Oprah Pick.

Things I've Learned from Hearing Loss

McKenna Bulkley | Posted 05.13.2017 | 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 04.13.2017 | 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 03.24.2017 | 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 01.31.2017 | 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 01.21.2017 | 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 12.08.2016 | 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 09.02.2016 | 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...