Saturday, December 31, 2016

1st Deaf Man to South Pole

(image from NASA)
Ian Berry become the first deaf man to walk to the South Pole on this day in 2009. The UK native dragged a sled across 112 miles of ice to raise more than $40,000 for the National Deaf Children's Society. The 43-year-old reached the pole on New Year's Eve as part of a five person team. Read more about his adventure here.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

College Football Player shows off ASL Skills

A video showing an Ohio State football player signing with two deaf fans got a lot of social media attention during the last month. The story behind the video from Ohio's Journal-News is here. Below is the video:

Video of SUV that killed deaf woman

DC police have released a video showing the SUV that may have hit and killed a deaf woman who was crossing a street. Jacqueline Cole was walking in a marked crosswalk when she was hit and the driver of the vehicle did not stop. Read more about it from the DC Police here.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Doll With Cochlear Implants For Christmas

A little girl living near Oklahoma City wanted a doll for Christmas that looked like her, including her cochlear implants. Thanks to the work of a high schooler and a 3D printer, she got her wish. KWTV has a video report. - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Hit and Run Driver Kills Deaf Woman

The search is underway for the driver of an SUV that hit and killed a 54-year-old deaf woman early this morning in Northwest, DC. WUSA-TV has a video report here.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Protecting deaf children from abuse in TN

A Tennessee woman is hoping her effort in schools called The Sign Club will help deaf children not become isolated and more likely fall victim to sexual abuse. WSMV-TV in Nashville has a video report. No captions, but you can read the story here.

WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Gally's ASL poetry contest

An eighth-grader who attends the Iowa School for the Deaf student won Gallaudet University’s national American Sign Language poetry contest. Read more about the 13 year old who wrote the poem “Impressing the Girl” in the Omaha World-Herald here.

The First Deaf Player in the NFL

The first deaf player in the NFL ran onto the field for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1973. Bonnie Sloan and played in four games at defensive tackle and only lasted one season, because of knee injuries--but he had made his mark. Sloan was born on June 1, 1948 in Lebanon , TN and attended Austin Peay State. The next deaf player in the NFL was defensive lineman Kenny Walker who played college ball at Nebraska and then in 31 games for the Denver Broncos in 1991 and 1992. the third deaf player is Seattle Seahawks running back Derrick Coleman who entered the NFL in 2012, becoming the first deaf person to play offense in the league. Coleman is on the roster for today's Super Bowl. Read more about Bonnie in a Fox Sports article here.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Tim Tebow helps with adoption

Tim Tebow's foundation has helped a 4-year-old deaf boy in China be adopted by an American woman. Christine Mullican says, “I’ve always wanted to adopt. I just knew that’s how I wanted to build my family." Here's video about the adoption.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Deaf History...Artist William Agnew

Amateur artist William Agnew died on this day (Dec 21) in 1914. The deaf painter created a series of pictures (none of which survived) which made him famous, showing Queen Victoria using finger spelling to communicate with a deaf woman on the Isle of Wight. Educated at the Glasgow Institution where he took a leadership role as an adult, Agnew opposed the oral system in favor of signing.

Closed: Canada's first restaurant staffed mostly by deaf servers

A unique new restaurant opened in downtown Toronto in July of 2014. Signs Restaurant said it was going to be Canada's first restaurant mostly staffed by deaf servers. The restaurant closed last week, leaving some 40, mostly deaf, workers without jobs. Read more about what happened in MetroNews.

6-year-old Deaf Boy on ISIS Hit List

A six-year-old deaf boy is asking to stay in the UK. His family fled Northern Iraq when "ISIS ruled that disabled children should be killed by lethal injection." Read more in the Mirror.

Deaf Seattle worker Sues Cheesecake Factory

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The Cheesecake Factory is facing a federal lawsuit that claims the restaurant chain didn't provide an interpreter for a dishwasher in Seattle during disciplinary meetings. Oleg Ivanov was shown training videos without captioning and was later fired for missing a shift. Read more about the EEOC suit here.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Get to Know Gally's new Hillel Director

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Jacob Salem is the new Hillel director at Gallaudet University. Hillel is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world. The Washington Post profiled Salem since he's the first campus Hillel director to be deaf. Read about the challenges for Gallaudet's Jewish students here.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

FCC switching from TTY to Texting

The FCC has unanimously voted to move from TTY to RTT (real-time text messaging) as a standard for wireless carriers and device manufacturers. Among other things, the switch will "allow 911 operators to receive incomplete messages during an emergency." You can read the FCC order here or details about the issues including the history of the TTY here.

a Nyle DiMarco message

Nyle DiMarco has a message for hearing parents with a deaf child. And there's more help from the Nyle DiMarco Foundation here.

Deaf man proposes to girlfriend with Santa’s help

"A deaf couple became engaged with the help of Santa Claus at an Indiana mall this week," according to WANE–FM.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Happy Birthday, Curtis Pride

Image from Gallaudet University
Today is the 47th birthday of Curtis Pride. He was born on Dec 17, 1968 in Washington, D.C. The only deaf player in the major leagues during the modern era, Pride played for 11 years in the majors as an outfielder and pinch hitter and a dozen more in the minors. He hit 20 home runs in his 421 major league games with such teams as the Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox,  Atlanta Braves,New York Yankees, and Los Angeles Angels.  He was mainstreamed as a child, played multiple sports in high school, and graduated with a 3.6 GPA. Pride now coaches the Gallaudet University baseball team. He told Parade Magazine in 1994, "I never let my deafness hold me back. I never feel sorry for myself. Never. I know I have a disability. I've accepted it. I can't worry about it. I want to make the most of my life. And I am."

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Happy Birthday, Thomas Gallaudet!

Born - Philadelphia on December 10, 1787

Family - Oldest of 12 children

College - Attended Yale at age 14, graduating with highest honors at 17

Ministry - Ordained in 1814, sometimes preaching at church

Deaf Interest - Became interested in deaf issues when he met a 9-year-old deaf neighbor

School - Founded The American School for the Deaf during 1817 in Hartford, Connecticut

Travels - Learned the manual form of sign language used in France when he visited

Marriage - In 1821, he married a former student and had two sons

Edward - Gallaudet's son who founded Gallaudet University in Washington, DC

Thomas - Ordained as an Episcopal priest, working to provide religious services for the deaf

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Arts and Accessibility Event

CymaSpace is presenting a "showcase series celebrating the future of inclusive cultural events" December 11 in Portland. There will be "a fully accessible live performance with ASL interpreted performance, sound-reactive lighting, creative captions and more." The group's focus is "making cultural events inclusive for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing." There are more details here.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Getting to Know.. Dr House

It was on this date (Dec. 7, 2012) that Dr. William F. House died in Oregon at the age of 89. Dr. House is credited with installing the first cochlear implant in 1961. He was told by experts the electric current he was using would destroy the ear, but that didn't stop him. He believed in what implants could do to change someone's life. Here's a little about him.
  • Known as the "father of neurotology."
  • He recieved his dotorate in dentistry from the University of California at  Berkeley.
  • Practiced medicine in Newport Beach, California until 2000, when he moved to Aurora, Oregon, next door to his son.
  • His cochlear implant was approved by the FDA in 1984.
  • When he started performing the cochlear surgery on children some claimed he was just after money.
  • His half brother, Howard P. House founded the House Ear Institute which became the House Research Institute.
  • He completed some 3,000 implants throughout his career.
  • Developed a new approach to removing tumors on the nerve that connects the ear to the brain.
  • Created a new surgical procedure for Meniere's disease, an inner ear disorder contracted by Astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American in space. He couldn't have flown to the moon had it not been for House's surgery. He wrote a memoir called The Struggles of a Medical Innovator

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Coach Of The Year!

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The Oakland Raiders have named the coach of the California School For The Deaf its High School "Coach Of The Year." Warren Keller led the Eagles to a 11-2 record. That's an improvement over last year's record of 5 and 5. Read more from the Raiders' website here.