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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.

ASL Interpreter Appreciation

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 04.29.2016 | Business
Lydia L. Callis

American Sign Language Interpreting is a profession like no other! Each day and each assignment is vastly different, offering the ability to learn and...

7 Misconceptions About People With Hearing Loss

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 03.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Janice S. Lintz

There are many more misconceptions. These are just a starting point for a conversation.

We Love You, Charlie Freeman is Easy to Fall in Love With

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 03.09.2016 | Books
Kim Michele Richardson

Kaitlyn Greenidge's debut about family, race, and eugenics is a haunting coming-of-age novel. It's a significant and timely work which delves into humanity and the exploration and dark underbelly of the Toneybee Institute's dark 1920s secret experiments.

5th-Graders Ditch Recess For Sign Language Club So They Can Chat With Deaf Classmate

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 02.29.2016 | Good News

For these students, connecting with a classmate was far more important than playtime. Rhemy Elsey, a fifth-grader at Mark Bills Middle School in Peor...

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...

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...

The Sweet Moment Santa Used Sign Language To Connect With Shy Little Girl

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 12.07.2015 | Good News

“Sorry, she can’t talk very well,” the mom apologized, as her daughter sat excited but shy on Santa’s lap. But that didn’t matter for the jo...

7 Tips for Sign Language Learners

Tracy Stine | Posted 11.09.2015 | Education
Tracy Stine

What is the fascination with American Sign Language? The seamless motion of hands moving to convey understanding between deaf people seem to have the ...

Adele's 'Hello' Is Even More Powerful In This Breathtaking Sign Language Interpretation

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 11.09.2015 | Good News

Hello - Adele ASL Interpretation from Molly Lou Bartholomew on Vimeo. We know you cried when you first heard Adele's "Hello." Well, get prepared...

Video Of Deaf Woman’s Starbucks Drive-Thru Order Goes Viral

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.05.2015 | Good News

For members of the deaf community, ordering food or drinks at a drive-thru can be a frustrating, or even impossible, experience. But as one deaf woman...

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.

That Time Artie Lange Made A Sign Language Interpreter Cry On Stage

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | Posted 09.25.2015 | Comedy

Artie Lange stopped by to chat with HuffPost Live on Thursday and recounted quite the memorable experience with a sign language interpreter during a s...

The Internet Opens a Window to the Deaf World

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 06.23.2016 | 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.

Name Signs, What's That About?

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 05.19.2016 | 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.

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.

Swedish Sign Language Interpreter Becomes Viral Video Star

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 03.17.2015 | Good News

A Swedish sign language interpreter is stealing the Internet’s heart this week with a spirited, smile-inducing performance. According to this Yo...

Strangers Learned Sign Language To Give Deaf Man A Sense Of Belonging

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 03.27.2015 | Good News

A man who has a hearing impairment was able to enjoy a day free from obstacles, in the video above. A moving, new advertisement from Samsung featur...

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.

This Fraternity Proves There's No Excuse To Not Get The Message On Ending Sexual Assault

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 11.17.2014 | College

The Kappa Gamma fraternity at Gallaudet University created a public service announcement to raise awareness about campus sexual assault, in sign langu...

The Incredible Moment When A Teen Who Was Born Deaf Learns To Communicate

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.13.2014 | Impact

Patrick Otema was born deaf. The 15-year-old is said to live in a remote area of Uganda, and with no access to schools for the deaf he’s never learn...

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.

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:

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...