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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!

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 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...

WATCH: Ever Seen A Sign Language Singalong? It's Fantastic

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.04.2014 | Good News

This puts all those "Frozen" car singalong videos to shame. Tina Cleveland, an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, and her fiancé, Paul Siri...

How Do I Know What Interpreting Agency to Work For?

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 09.22.2014 | Business
Lydia L. Callis

From the very start of our careers, interpreters should aware that these agencies are unethical, and that it is our professional responsibility to ensure access for the deaf is provided.

Can Digital Devices Replace Interpreters?

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 09.08.2014 | Technology
Lydia L. Callis

There is comfort in being able to communicate without regard to time or distance but somehow all this personal contact seems so impersonal, so two dimensional, so unnatural... Are we all truly eager to replace all human interaction with virtual realities?

Clans, Cults and Tribes: From Family to Deaf Culture

Frank H. Wu | Posted 06.19.2014 | Arts
Frank H. Wu

The Berkeley Repertory Theatre, dedicated to provocation, has produced an excellent version of Nina Raine's Tribes. It might appear to be a play about an 'issue,' deafness in this instance.

When Will the Oppression Stop?

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Communication is especially important in situations which are already traumatic, isolating and stressful. Times of personal crisis are not when we want to be advocating for our basic human rights.

What Police Allegedly Did To This Deaf Man Is Unbelievable

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 02.19.2014 | Crime

Police officers in Southern California are under fire for allegations that they beat, shocked and arrested a deaf man who was trying to use sign langu...

ABC Family Show Takes Big Risk To Make History

AP | LYNN ELBER | Posted 03.01.2013 | TV

LOS ANGELES -- "Until hearing people walk a day in our shoes, they will never understand," says a guidance counselor at a high school for deaf student...

'Switched At Birth' Makes TV History

Posted 02.19.2013 | TV

"Switched At Birth" will air an episode told entirely in American Sign Language (ASL) on Monday, March 4 at 8 p.m. on ABC Family. In the episode, t...

Real Time With the Ape and the Donald

Erica Grossman | Posted 04.11.2013 | Comedy
Erica Grossman

Upon learning on Monday that Trump had sued Maher for $5 million dollars in the wake of the remark, Koko the Gorilla has gone apesh*t.

Neighbor Makes A Statement In An Unusual Way

The Huffington Post | Amy Marturana | Posted 01.08.2013 | HuffPost Home

So much cooler than a regular snowman.

Lydia Callis, Ace Interpreter for Bloomberg and American Sign Language Spoofs

Kambri Crews | Posted 01.06.2013 | Comedy
Kambri Crews

When have you ever seen mainstream media and hearing folks with no connection to ASL or Deaf Culture circulating such a nuanced, thoughtful dissection of ASL? Never? Well now they are. COOL!

Word to Your Mom (or Dad)

Jaime Openden, M.S., CCC-SLP | Posted 01.06.2013 | Education
Jaime Openden, M.S., CCC-SLP

Delays and disorders of expressive language lead to aggression, fear, isolation and significant frustration. Out of these myriad emotions, a new form of communication emerges, something that is often reminiscent of an ultimate charades fail moment.

Anti-LGBT Rights Governor to Speak at Prominent Deaf Civil Rights Group's National Conference

Courtney O'Donnell | Posted 07.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Courtney O'Donnell

Gov. Daugaard is allowed his views and since he was duly elected by the people of South Dakota, I'm not going to second guess their decision. But it is fairly clear that Daugaard's view doesn't belong at the NAD conference. So why was he invited?

Signing with Your Baby

Ruth Neubauer | Posted 07.21.2012 | Parents
Ruth Neubauer

Sign language is a natural way to help communication in the first year or so of life.

Amber Genuske

Meet The Merriam (And Webster) Of American Sign Language

HuffingtonPost.com | Amber Genuske | Posted 05.10.2012 | Home

When John Miller became a teacher for deaf and hard of hearing children he saw a void. Often times, their communication would stop outside of the clas...

Life Is Filled With Surprises

George Heymont | Posted 05.26.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

I never thought I would find myself writing a column about two films whose protagonists are Korean people with severe sensory challenges. What are the odds?

WATCH: 'I Can Tell That We Are Gonna Be Friends': Deaf Children Perform White Stripes Cover

Posted 11.29.2011 | Impact

The White Stripes may have disbanded last February, but their music is still making an impact. The band's early-2000s ballad "We're Going To Be Fr...

Open Letter to Hospital Compliance Officers: Questions to Ask as Standards Enter Pilot Phase

Louis Provenzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Louis Provenzano

New and revised Joint Commission requirements for language and interpretation standards took effect this month on a year-long pilot basis for healthca...

What Health Care Reform Means For The Deaf

Noelle Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Noelle Bell

Imagine that: being told that my deafness, which makes up a huge part of my identity, is a "pre-existing condition" which I could be denied access to care for.