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Thanks to Community Outreach, Obamacare Is Working for Diverse Groups

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Kathy Ko Chin

Among those who were uninsured, 87 percent of the individuals surveyed spoke a language other than English. Not surprisingly then, being able to get information that was easy to understand and in a person's primary spoken language was one of the deciding factors in getting covered.

Finding Language for Femme Partners of Trans Men

Georgia Kolias | Posted 01.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Georgia Kolias

Part of being a good partner to a trans person is being supportive of their gender expression, however that might take form: physically, emotionally, spiritually. But the truth is that partners go through their own transitions, too.

AAPCHO Members Continue Push to Enroll AA&NHOPIs During AAPI Enrollment Week

Jeffrey Caballero | Posted 01.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Caballero

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Week of Action is underway and with the second ACA enrollment period...

One Family, Two Dads, Three Languages

Jason Howe | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
Jason Howe

"No quere ... dormir," mumbles Olivia as her breathing deepens and her eyes finally stay shut. She means "no quiero dormir," "I don't want to sleep" in Spanish, but her conjugations haven't quite come in yet. I don't care. It's been an hour and a half, she's finally asleep in any language, and I tiptoe out.

Which Freedom of Speech Do You Believe In?

Richard Dare | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
Richard Dare

One of the principal reasons atrocities like the Charlie Hebdo massacre continue to occur is because "freedom of speech" means entirely different things in different countries.

Duke Student Athletes Speak Out on the Power of Language

Daniel Kort | Posted 01.12.2015 | College
Daniel Kort

I am proud of my peers for leading by example in challenging marginalizing language and bias both on and off the field, building safer and more inclusive communities, and validating the identities and experiences of people of all backgrounds.

A Writer's Guide to Surviving Trauma

Diriye Osman | Posted 01.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Diriye Osman

Whenever readers ask me how I started writing, I find myself stumped, because I know people want their anecdotes edited and perfectly formed. The real...

Courtspeak: How Words Can Both Move and Confuse

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 12.29.2014 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

Good trial lawyers understand the power of word distinction -- particularly in communicating with a jury -- and recognize that the legal system is a living, breathing creature that is held together by language.

Agents of Hope

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 12.24.2014 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

We live in an age in which the attack on language is endemic; an age in which techniques like the filibuster have been used to effect mass dysfunction in governance and prevent people from talking to one another.

How to Say Happy Holidays in ASL

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 12.22.2014 | 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!

Smart Shopping: How to Spend Money and Feel Great Long-Term

Miriam Ava | Posted 12.16.2014 | Money
Miriam Ava

By now most of us have realized and put into practice that saving and investing money is vital to achieving financial fitness; so then, what's the smartest way to spend the money you choose to spend?

A Chance Encounter Left Me Thinking...

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 12.16.2014 | Education
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

I fear the anger that this little boy may develop -- for him, for the adults in his life, and for the community. In this holiday season, wouldn't it be amazing if we appreciated our children -- the very best gift of all?

What This Gay Atheist Learned From Being an Evangelical Christian

Chris Sosa | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Chris Sosa

After a few years outside the isolation of an Evangelical community, these are values I find most lacking in the mainstream and would pass on to others who are still building their own identities.

Will Google Pluto Berlitz?

Steve Leveen | Posted 12.03.2014 | Technology
Steve Leveen

I find myself on a quest to learn how bilingualism might become the norm in America rather than the exception. That is, how most Americans might speak English plus another language of their choice. It seems clear that technology will play a role in accomplishing that transformation.

Learning From Shakespeare: Harnessing The Power of Brand Language in an Overvisualized World

Dr. Alexander Haldemann | Posted 01.31.2015 | Business
Dr. Alexander Haldemann

By inventing a new and consistent way of speaking, you can connect with your customers in a human way that makes them look forward to interacting with you - a key to driving brand engagement and loyalty.

6 Ways to Develop Early Vocabulary Skills

R.C. Liley | Posted 01.25.2015 | Parents
R.C. Liley

When you start life as an at-home parent your infant, silence is inevitable and expected. Sure, there's crying and cooing, but unless you're caring for other kids at the talking age, you have no one to actually converse with when at home.

Lawsuit Alleges 911 Dispatchers Were Told They 'Speak Ghetto'

Reuters | Elizabeth Daley | Posted 11.23.2014 | Black Voices

PITTSBURGH, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Three minority women are suing a Pittsburgh 911 dispatch center where they worked, alleging that sexual harassment and ...

5 French Phrases That Will Save You Money When Traveling In France

EuroCheapo | Posted 01.17.2015 | Travel
EuroCheapo

So you're feeling like you've mastered the "bonjours" and "mercis"? Maybe it's time to kick it up a notch. Sometimes in Paris, hand signals don't always work when you are shopping or dining in a café.

Talking to Aliens

Seth Shostak | Posted 01.14.2015 | Science
Seth Shostak

Unless Earth is special beyond reason, you can confidently assume there are plenty of societies out there. That doesn't mean that they'll come to Earth (or, as many believe, already have). Interstellar travel, despite what you've seen at the local multiplex, is hard. But we could easily get in touch via radio signals or flashing laser lights.

Language Access Key to Keeping Health Care Doors Open to All

LeeAnn Hall | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
LeeAnn Hall

For many, though, even that wasn't enough, and the federal exchange sent out notices requiring more documentation. However, the full notices were sent only in English and Spanish, without warnings in other languages indicating that recipients' health insurance was at stake.

7 Things to Know About Native American Languages

Colleen M Fitzgerald | Posted 01.08.2015 | Impact
Colleen M Fitzgerald

The month of November is Native American Heritage Month. A recent editorial by Kevin Gover, director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian, suggests that "the vast majority of Americans have a limited -- and often mistaken -- understanding of Native American history."

Dads Spending Time on Baby, Not Baby Talk

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 01.05.2015 | Parents
Ellen Galinsky

Fathers want to step up at home when it comes to caring for their children. But stepping up involves speaking up -- to their babies, which they may be less likely to do, according to a new study just published in the December 2014 issues of Pediatrics.

Let's Stop Using Mental Illnesses As Figures Of Speech

Rebecca Fuoco | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Fuoco

Using names or acronyms of mental illnesses to hyperbolize innocuous idiosyncrasies and experiences has become pervasive in our cultural dialogue. It is important we end this trend, because making these flippant references trivializes how devastating the illnesses can be and perpetuates myths and misunderstandings.

Inquire Before You Accuse

Tiffany O. Silver | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Tiffany O. Silver

Being fortunate to work worldwide with various people over the years, I've found there's a common denominator either leading people to their own demis...

Troubled #hearts -- in 140 Characters

Wray Herbert | Posted 12.20.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Is it possible that aggregate Twitter patterns might also be revealing in some useful way? Could Twitter offer snapshots of communities as well as individuals? A team of scientists has been exploring this possibility.