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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."

Making Online and e-Learning Accessible to All

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 06.09.2015 | Education
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

American teens spend an average of seven hours a day connected to their electronic devices (computers, phones, etc.). So it you want to get into the hearts and minds of young people today, you have to where they are: online.

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.

Stop Making Excuses and Start Captioning Your Videos

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 06.21.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

The laws are in place, but it continues to be an uphill battle to make major video content providers value their diverse audiences.

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.

Another PR Disaster for Catholic Church - Dissing the Deaf (Video)

David Tereshchuk | Posted 06.13.2015 | Media
David Tereshchuk

In New York Catholic Church authorities have blundered into a remarkably insensitive piece of bad PR -- decreeing closure for the archdiocese's one specialist church catering for deaf congregants.

What's It Like to Be Deaf and Gay? (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

What's it like to navigate the gay world when you're deaf? Richard Mesich shares his story, beginning with his coming-out experience.

Little Girl Celebrates Hearing For The First Time With A Dance

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents

At the sound of her mother's proud voice, this little girl cracks a big smile and breaks into the sweetest happy dance you'll see all day. Three-y...

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.

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.

Researchers Test Device That Lets Deaf Children Hear For The First Time

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 02.15.2015 | Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — At age 3, Angelica Lopez is helping to break a sound barrier for deaf children. Born without working auditory nerves, she can det...

See The Amazing Moment When A Deaf Person Hears For The First Time

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 02.11.2015 | Science

Imagine hearing the sound of your own voice, or the voice of a loved one, for the very first time. For those of us who have always been able to hear, ...

What Can a Deaf Composer Teach Hearing Impaired Kids About Music? More Than You Might Think

Michael Levin | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Michael Levin

Even casual fans of classical music know of Ludwig van Beethoven's deafness. But could his hearing loss actually have been his greatest advantage as a musician?

Astoria Characters: The Man Who's Redrawing His Life

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 03.14.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The painting, a brooding tattoo of black and white shapes flowing together like a raging river, is wrapped in a cage of thin clear plastic. Anthony Cardillo releases it and holds it in front of his body like a warrior's shield.

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!

Bridging the Communication Gap in Your Own Family

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

At your next family gathering -- whether it's a holiday dinner or a wedding -- consider providing a professional sign language interpreter so that your deaf and hearing family members can get the most out of the time they spend together.

'But You Don't Look Disabled... '

Jillayna Adamson | Posted 01.24.2015 | Women
Jillayna Adamson

So what does disability look like? In the modern western world, with the rise of technology and human capabilities, disability has the power to enhance the diversity of one of man's greatest, most simple contributions to betterment of this world: perspective.

How the Criminal Justice System Fails the Deaf Community

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 01.10.2015 | Crime
Lydia L. Callis

Imagine a situation where you are accused of a crime -- perhaps a crime you did not commit, or maybe even a crime you were the victim of. The arresting officers use a different language; you're unable to communicate what happened before you get brought to jail.

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.

Hearing the Voice of the Deaf Community

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Using the tools of the modern age, the deaf community is able to amplify its voice. Finally, the mainstream world is staring to listen.

An Extra Push: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 12.20.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day, along with 40 other daily givers, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. Our t...

Woman Signs Song To Deaf Friend At Festival, Proves Music Is A Universally Beautiful Language

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 10.06.2014 | Good News

This concertgoer understands that the best way to enjoy music is by sharing it with your friends. A video uploaded to Instagram captures a sweet m...

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:

Superheroes Who Are Deaf and the Power of Diversity

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 11.16.2014 | Entertainment
Lydia L. Callis

There are many types of superpower -- ranging from super strength to mind control. With such a wealth of fictional capabilities available, why should Superheroes be limited by their ability to hear?