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The Internet Opens a Window to the Deaf World

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 06.24.2015 | Entertainment
Lydia L. Callis

While mainstream media still struggles to integrate diversity into programming, the internet offers a vastly different experience. People around the globe, of all backgrounds and abilities, are uploading original new content every day, smashing boring stereotypes and changing the way we view different cultures.

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."

'Lose Yourself' In Sign Language Will Get You Super Pumped

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 05.29.2015 | Entertainment

We always wondered how to say, "Mom's spaghetti" in American Sign Language. Luckily we have Shelby Mitchusson, an ASL interpreter who performed Emi...

Name Signs, What's That About?

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Many hearing people are surprised to learn that the deaf community has it's own unique naming system. The only true way to get a name sign is to be given one by individuals who are deaf, since ASL is their native language.

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.

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.

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!

Working with a Sign Language Interpreter: The Dos and Don'ts

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business
Lydia L. Callis

If you don't regularly work with sign language interpreters, you might not know that there are certain rules and expectations. To avoid complicating the conversation, making the interaction uncomfortable, or even offending the Deaf individual, here are some basic guidelines to follow:

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...

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?

Every Kindergarten Holiday Concert Needs A Girl Like This One

Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

The only thing cuter than kindergartners singing in their holiday concert is a KODA (kid of deaf adults) signing the show -- so that her parents can f...

LOOK: This ASL Interpreter Signing For Kendrick Lamar Is Everything

Posted 08.16.2013 | Chicago

Though Kendrick Lamar's performance at Lollapalooza -- and the wheelchair crowdsurfing it inspired -- were certainly one of the brightest moments of t...

WATCH: Wu-Tang Clan's Sign Language Interpreter Steals The Show

Posted 06.20.2013 | Entertainment

Wu-Tang Clan may be hip-hop legends, but an American Sign Language interpreter offstage at their Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival performance last Fri...

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...

Anti-LGBT Rights Governor to Speak at Prominent Deaf Civil Rights Group's National Conference

Courtney O'Donnell | Posted 07.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Courtney O'Donnell

Gov. Daugaard is allowed his views and since he was duly elected by the people of South Dakota, I'm not going to second guess their decision. But it is fairly clear that Daugaard's view doesn't belong at the NAD conference. So why was he invited?

Open Letter to Hospital Compliance Officers: Questions to Ask as Standards Enter Pilot Phase

Louis Provenzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Louis Provenzano

New and revised Joint Commission requirements for language and interpretation standards took effect this month on a year-long pilot basis for healthca...

What Health Care Reform Means For The Deaf

Noelle Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Noelle Bell

Imagine that: being told that my deafness, which makes up a huge part of my identity, is a "pre-existing condition" which I could be denied access to care for.