This is a space to share positive stories or the latest news about what is going on in our community. We are especially interested in showing how our members are excelling.
Collin may be 12 years old, but he is the voice of change in his pursuit of mandated insurance coverage for hearing aids.
Collin truly embodies the philosophy of be the change you want to see in the world. Instead of complaining, he and his family are taking action. It would be great to see individuals and families in every state work together to create this change.
New Strategy Lets Cochlear Implant Users Hear Music
"For many, music is a universal language that unites people when words cannot. But for those who use cochlear implants -- technology that allows deaf and hard of hearing people to comprehend speech -- hearing music remains extremely challenging. University of Washington scientists hope to change this."
For the entire story, click here:
HLAA and AMC Theatres® Reach Landmark Agreement to Dramatically Improve Access to Movies (New York State)
The thrill of hearing my husband say 'I love you' after a decade of silence: How one deaf woman regained her hearing
NM’s schools for deaf and visually impaired provide little online data
"If you want to know how your local high school is doing on things like enrollment, test scores and graduation rates, you can find the data in seconds on the Public Eduation Department website.
But if you want to find out how two of the state’s three land grant schools are doing on such metrics, you’ll have a much harder time."
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What's in a Name?
"Just like the rest of society, the deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) community is diverse. Many terms are used to describe us, including deaf, hard of hearing, hearing impaired, Deaf (with a capital “D”), late-deafened, oral, signing deaf, and speaking deaf. But what is right for one person may not be for another, and there are words that we should avoid. How can you navigate your way through this potential minefield?"
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'Project Runway' Designer Justin LeBlanc On Fashion, Deafness, and the Power of Being Yourself
"There have been many obstacles throughout my life, stemming from others' perceptions of hearing loss. These obstacles often complicate the attainment of goals, but they have never prevented me from succeeding. I have never allowed my hearing loss to prevent me from accomplishing what I want to do in my life."
To read more about Justin and this article in its' entirety, visit:
"I want to show the world that deaf people can do anything." Read more here:
"What Cochlear Implants Did For My Son"
In the Wall Street Journal on Friday, September 20, 2013. Well written and cited article about cochlear implant technology.
Deaf NFL Player
Derrick Coleman of the Seattle Seahawks is different than the typical NFL fullback. Read his story here:
Communication Discrimination in the Deaf Community
Recent blog addressing the communication discrimination, segregation and exclusionary practices promoted by parts of the deaf community. A must read if there is ever going to be a whole deaf community instead of splintering off. Like we say on this home page, there is so much to be accomplished when we work together to gain and preserve equal rights and access amongst The Deaf Community.
New video app
This new app allows you send and receive video messages instantly which makes having a conversation via sign language very easy. Stay in touch through video that doesn't need scheduling. To learn more, visit:
"I want to hear!"
Even as he is dealing with a layoff from his job, read how blogger Jeffrey Swartz takes a positive approach to life and the reasons why he wants to get a Cochlear Implant (CI).
"Even after I get a CI, I will still consider myself deaf. Please understand that a CI doesn’t fix me. I will not hear the way a hearing person does. I want to continue signing and participating in Deaf culture. But the CI is a better device than my hearing aids if I want to participate in hearing culture. Here are the reasons I want a CI..."
"Sign-Language Interpreter Uses Newfound Fame to Advocate for the Deaf"
AG Bell Responds to The Atlantic Article
"The author of the article was provided with a great deal of information about AG Bell, but chose to quote only selected information."
For the entire statement including the disclosure that bomb threats have been made against the AG Bell Listening and Spoken Language Symposiums and that they haven't always been peaceful, click here:
Congratulations to Claudia Gordon, Esq. on her promotion as the White House's new Public Engagement Advisor for the Disability Community in the Office of Public Engagement.
She is the first deaf African American woman to become an attorney among many other notable accomplishments professionally.
Tallahassee Infant Receives Cochlear Implant
The six month old is one of just a handful of children in Tallahassee to receive cochlear implants. Watch this family's story.
NAD 2020 Vision: Corrective Lens Needed
Inspiring video: Born with a profound hearing loss, Rachel Kolb explores issues of access, equality and difference and understands the value of flexibility in transmitting ideas.
Watch this inspiring talk on never putting limitations on any child (see link below). Challenges are not limitations. Focus on ability rather than disability. Most of all, we must encourage EVERY child that they can do anything by focusing on what they CAN do and not can't.
Rachel Kolb grew up with the use of hearing aids, a sign language interpreter in all of her classes and extracurricular activities, and many years of speech therapy. She received her first cochlear implant a few years ago.
Brainstem Implant: Three year old deaf boy hears dad's voice for the first time
"Hearing loss is responsible for the best parts of me"
For author, Sandra Vandenhoff, her hearing loss does not define her. Read her story here:
Josh Reiher makes medical history
On Friday,May 17, 2013, Josh Reiher became the first deaf person to graduate from the University of Wisconsin medical school.
His story here: http://www.620wtmj.com/news/local/207948851.html
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