Colleges See 16% Increase in Study of Sign Language
While the number of college students studying Spanish, French and German increased only modestly from 2006 to 2009, enrollment in American Sign Language — the fourth most-popular language — surged more than 16 percent, according to a new report from the Modern Language Association.
Sign-language professors suggested various reasons for the rise. They said it reflected the growing acceptance of American Sign Language to meet college foreign-language requirements, and its usefulness as an employment credential — not only for interpreters, but also for cognitive psychologists, educators, nurses and even scuba divers. …Source
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Confirmed: DLA to be axed and replaced by PIP
The DWP have confirmed that disability living allowance (DLA) is to be abolished and replaced by a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in 2013/14. All existing DLA claimants will be reassessed for PIP once it is introduced. A brief consultation has begun ? but not to decide whether to replace DLA, only to decide the finer details.
From the scant information available, we look at what’s staying the same, what’s changing, why your ESA medical may also be your PIP medical and who is most likely to lose out with the introduction of PIP ? designed to reduce spending on DLA by at least one fifth.
Whether you have a PIP or an ESA medical, you can be sure that it will be Atos who carry it out. The coalition have now extended the Atos contract by a further three years, giving the multinational a virtually unbreakable stranglehold on benefits medicals.
And that may not be the end of your dealings with Atos. They are one of the companies shortlisted by the DWP to run compulsory schemes to get sick and disabled claimants back into work once they have been placed in the work-related activity group….Source
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Missing Deaf girl found
The 17-year-old girl from Noluthando School for the Deaf in Khayelitsha who went missing has been found in a hospital, the Western Cape education department said on Thursday. “A member of the public, after hearing about reports of her disappearance on radio, contacted the police and informed them that they suspected the learner could be in Tygerberg Hospital,” said spokeswoman Bronagh Casey.
“Initial reports indicate that Lumka was admitted to hospital after she was involved in a taxi accident on Tuesday morning. …Read More
World Oldest Interpreter – 90-year-old sparks breakthrough among Deaf Czechs
Lillian Beard tells the tale of the mission trip she took at age 90 to help missionaries Mark and Vesta Sauter share Jesus with the deaf of the Czech Republic. Friends thought she was crazy, but Beard’s witness facilitated a church-planting breakthrough. She died at age 101 in June 2010…Read More
And watch her video- AWESOME!
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What Is Hereditary Deafness?
Hereditary deafness is hearing loss that is inherited or passed down from parents to their children. This type of hearing loss may be inherited from one or both parents who may or may not have a loss of hearing themselves.
Hereditary material or genes are located on chromosomes which are found in each cell of the body. Genes provide instructions for specific traits or characteristics such as hair color or blood type. Defective genes can also pass along traits such as hearing loss or speech and language disorders…Read More
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Man who attacked blind, deaf Tampa woman free to leave jail
TAMPA — As the deaf, legally blind woman waited for a bus, the man touched her arm. She thought he was her friend, so she got into his car. But as they took off, the sun shone through the windshield and onto his face. The woman who sees the world through pinholes realized she was in danger. She tried to get out, but he kept grabbing her. Eventually, she got away.
She did everything she could to see the man get justice, including making a police identification by lowering her face to his and putting her hands on his hands. But on Tuesday, her attacker was free to walk out of jail….Read More
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Sisters battle to keep their hearing and sights
For Sarah and Ellen Browne, being hearing impaired is hard enough. The sisters, both students at the University of Texas at Austin, were born profoundly deaf. They have cochlear implants but sometimes have trouble understanding what’s being said in conversation or miss announcements in class.
But their story is more complex than that. Their deafness is a symptom of Usher syndrome, a genetic disorder that also will eventually leave them legally blind if no cure is found. An estimated 50,000 people in the U.S. have Usher syndrome. It causes hearing loss and retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative retinal disease.
“It’s pretty rare. We’re special like that,” Ellen jokes…Read more
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Obama signs bill aimed at helping blind and deaf use high-tech products
Deaf and visually-impaired people will have an easier time using smartphones, accessing TV programs online and using other high-tech devices under a new law signed by President Obama this afternoon.
Obama signed the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act during a ceremony in the East Room, attended by singer Stevie Wonder, who is blind. The new law requires expanded use of closed-captioning for TV programming on the Intent, hearing-aid compatibility on iPhones, BlackBerrys and other smart devices, and other upgrades that will makes it easier for those who can’t hear or see a screen.
“This law is life-changing for the millions of us with disabilities who are too often unable to take advantage of new technologies,” said Paul Schroeder of the American Foundation for the Blind. “It opens the door to the digital age.” Source
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Woman who chats with chimps in sign language to appear here
Dr. Mary Lee Jensvold of Central Washington University works with chimpanzees, she doesn’t just observe them from behind a glass window. She signs to them in American Sign Language (ASL). And the chimpanzees sign back.
At the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute (CHCI) of Central Washington University, three chimpanzees — Loulis, Tatu and Dar — engage in conversations with Jensvold and other staff members. Each chimpanzee is in their 30s and knows approximately 250 words.
“Just Tuesday morning, I was talking to a chimpanzee about relationships. He signed, ‘We’re friends,’ and I signed back, ‘Indeed, we are,’” Jensvold said. “Those are the most heartwarming conversations.” Source
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Caution Deaf Child In Area’ Sign Illegal?
Many parents worry about their child accidentally running out in the road and getting hit by a car. Now one Madison County mother is trying to make her road safer for her hearing and vision impaired child but she’s running into road blocks. This mother discovered having a sign installed on the street is harder then she imagined.
Ian Oliver has Stickler syndrome. His body will no longer make cartilage and day by day he’s going deaf and blind. Despite his disabilities, he’s not slowing down. His mother Jennifer Oliver keeps an eye on him while he plays but still worries about his safety.
“Heaven forbid, my son is 2, he’s inquisitive, he wants to go and unlock that fence. If he walks outside, he can’t see well enough to see that there’s a car coming or even hear it,” said Jennifer Oliver….Read More
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