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Sound Premiers at Seattle's ACT Theatre; An Innovative, Modern and Historic Perspective on the Lives of the Deaf

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 09.23.2015 | Entertainment
L. Steven Sieden

All in all, Sound is a production that leaves audiences inspired and asking questions of themselves and of others.

Deaf Protestors in DC Demand the Opportunity to Work

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Deaf people want to work and they deserve to feel successful. They are tired of enduring the same oppressive practices that the ADA was supposed to protect against.

Finally, a Crisis Hotline the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community Can Use

Crisis Text Line | Posted 09.15.2015 | Impact
Crisis Text Line

When Crisis Text Line, the nation's first free, 24/7, nationwide text line, was founded, it was aimed at teens. It makes sense: teens text a lot, they need emotional support, and, oh yeah, they text a lot. Numbers don't lie: the service has processed over 8 million text messages in just over two years.

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.

Reality TV Needs More Deaf Talent

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 08.13.2015 | Entertainment
Lydia L. Callis

Even though our reality is full of individuals who are deaf/HoH, only a handful of this population has been given an opportunity to join the cast of a reality TV show. They don't fit into the "reality" that producers are trying to create, and that is a shame for all of us.

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.

How the Americans With Disabilities Act Helps the Able-Bodied

Alexis Ander Kashar | Posted 07.27.2015 | Impact
Alexis Ander Kashar

Debbie and I had a normal childhood, except that, Debbie was the family's ears and voice. Since the age of four, Debbie interpreted for our parents, translating between spoken English and sign language. Due to the lack of telephone access for the deaf, Debbie often relayed conversations between hearing people and our parents on the telephone before she was old enough to understand what they were saying.

Hooray for ADA! 25 Years of Disability Rights

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Young people today might not remember that there was a time when disabled children were quietly forgotten in schools, and disabled adults only dreamed of basic access to jobs, medical care, and popular culture. One piece of landmark legislation changed all that.

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.

How an Ordinary Person Can Change the World, Well at Least Start the Process...

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Janice S. Lintz

Imagine waking up one day and learning that your daughter has a hearing loss. Imagine finding out the access your daughter needs doesn't exist in this country but does elsewhere.

Thank You, Donald Trump From People Who Are Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing!

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Janice S. Lintz

You needn't worry about my daughter--she learned from this experience not to accept crumbs from those who think that people with disabilities don't deserve the best the world has to offer. So thank you for galvanizing me into helping to change the world for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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?