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Deafness

This Starbucks Store Is Devoted To Hiring Deaf Employees

The Huffington Post | Madeline Diamond | Posted 07.25.2016 | Taste

A new Starbucks location in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is providing a unique employment opportunity to people who are deaf. Starbucks Malaysia partnered ...

Bride Signs Lyrics To Her Father-Daughter Dance Song In Touching Video

The Huffington Post | Carolin Lehmann | Posted 06.27.2016 | Weddings

Ohio bride Julie Norton knew she wanted her deaf father, Scott Finkel, to experience their father-daughter dance to Rascal Flatts' "My Wish" as fully ...

Going Deaf Has Never Been So Loud

Jessica Ciencin Henriquez | Posted 06.06.2016 | Women
Jessica Ciencin Henriquez

New York City, the vibrant place I'd once fallen madly for, became a nightmare. The streets were humming, whirring. Tractors moaned, ambulances screamed, the click of lighters and the hiss of brooms brushing cafe floors were torture. I heard everything on one side and nothing on the other; it drove me mad never knowing where each sound came from.

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.

Watch Nyle DiMarco and Tyler Oakley Flirt in Sign Language to Destigmatize Disability and Reduce Bullying

DoSomething.org | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact
DoSomething.org

By Rex Leonowicz You may know Nyle DiMarco from America's Next Top Model, where he was the first-ever deaf contestant and winner of the show's 22nd s...

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 ...

Boy Who Is Deaf Has Priceless Reaction To Sound Of A Recorder

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 04.19.2016 | Parents

Pure joy. That's exactly what one little boy felt after hearing a recorder for the first time. According to Today, 2-year-old Ezra Somnitz is profound...

Highway to Hearing Hell: Musicians and the Danger of Deafness

Trevor Cox | Posted 03.14.2016 | Science
Trevor Cox

Deafness isn't only a concern for rock musicians, or drum and bass DJs - from classical violinists to pop singers, in recent years it's become clear that anyone around music a lot has reason to be equally worried.

What Wikipedia Can't Teach You About Deafness

Tracy Stine | Posted 02.23.2016 | Parents
Tracy Stine

The Wikipedia entry on deafness will give you the definition, signs and symptoms, causes, diagnoses and more. These are all from the medical perspective of being deaf, with a small "d", and doesn't show you the full story of a Deaf person, with a capital "D".

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 IV

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 02.18.2016 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

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.

These Students Created Software That Could Help Millions Of Deaf People In Brazil

HuffPost Brazil | Sara Elkamel | Posted 02.03.2016 | Impact

SÃO PAULO -- Approximately 5 percent of Brazilians have some kind of hearing impairment. Despite the widespread implementation of Brazilian Sign Lang...

What Freshman Year Is Really Like As A Student With Disabilities

Megan Zahneis | Posted 01.05.2016 | College
Megan Zahneis

I have a very rare neurological disorder that renders me unable to feel pain, temperature and touch in the same way most people do. I don't have reflexes and can't regulate my own body temperature. I'm deaf. I also can't do things like tie my own shoes. Did I mention I just moved away from home?

Dear Media: Stop Describing the Deaf as 'Mute'

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 11.03.2015 | Media
Lydia L. Callis

While reading news stories about Geeta -- the "deaf, mute girl" -- in mainstream American outlets, I can't help but feel like we've transported a half century backwards in our acceptance of deafness.

Help Us Spread a Message of Hope for this Child with Usher Syndrome

Katharine Rose | Posted 09.21.2015 | Impact
Katharine Rose

When I think of Emma, my niece and goddaughter, I think of her big, bright blue, angelic eyes. They are staring up at me, at seven months old, trusting, innocent eyes that eventually succumb to the spellbinding power of sleep in the arms of someone she had not yet come to know.

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

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.10.2016 | 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.

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.

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, ...

The Emotional Moment A 14-Year-Old Hears Her Dad's Voice For The Very First Time

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 02.09.2015 | Teen

“Maggie, can you hear me?” the teen’s dad asked her. She nodded yes, a smile widening on her face. This was the emotional moment when 14-year...

Parents Request Uplifting Cards For Terminally Ill Son Who Has Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Epilepsy

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 02.05.2015 | Good News

A couple is urging strangers to grant a simple birthday wish for their son who is terminally ill. Bubby Everson of Puyallup, Washington, contracted...

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.

Deaf Rights: What You Need to Know

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Working in the deaf community, I've noticed a great deal of confusion surrounding the legal rights of the deaf. Both deaf and hearing individuals have difficulty understanding what accommodations deaf people are entitled to, and how exactly those needs get met.