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Tempe housing complex for deaf under fire

It is time that the government and specifically, HUD, be brought under control. They are discriminating against the Deaf in America, especially in Arizona, but affecting Deaf from many states who want to live in a Deaf community. It is being called REVERSE DISCRIMINATION.

Deaf have a very UNIQUE situation and it does not fit the other situations experienced by all disabled. The problem is a communications problem and their only and unique means to be able to relate. to the Deaf it would be the same as saying they cannot have their unique schools!

We need to see an outcry from all who want to see the Deaf receive fair and just treatment for their unique needs. HUD needs to drop their intended law suit.

Tempe housing complex for deaf under fire.

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Posted by on November 18, 2013 in Deaf, US POLITICS

 

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It’s Not Just About Knowing Signs

Here is some great information for those who are interested in American Sign Language and/or relating to the Deaf community.

It’s Not Just About Knowing Signs.

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2013 in Deaf, EDUCATION

 

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Deaf People Can’t Get Jobs: Americans with Disabilities Act

The ADA (AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT) has been seen to have some negative effects for the Deaf people in these troubled times when it comes to them finding a job that pays them well enough to live on. Though the ADA has some very positive benefits in other situations, and the job market, many Deaf people find it causes problems for them.

While we don’t need more people becoming dependent upon the government–becoming part of the nanny state–our government needs to understand the plight of Deaf people and see if there are more constructive things they can do that will give equal footing to Deaf people when competing for jobs with the hearing people. While the following article ask questions, it does not provide answers. Perhaps as you read this article you may have some positive suggestions that can be used to help those who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing to find quality jobs.

Deaf People Can’t Get Jobs: Americans with Disabilities Act.

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2013 in Deaf, US POLITICS

 

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Deaf News Today: The Real Sounds Of Hearing Loss

To give hearing people a sample of how distorted hearing loss can can be, a hearing and speech researcher created several audio clips using the same spoken sentence, distorted in a different way.

Deaf News Today: The Real Sounds Of Hearing Loss.

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2013 in Deaf, HEALTH

 

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AT&T’s FaceTime Blocking Hurts the Deaf | Threat Level | Wired.com

Many deaf have changed to  FaceTime  because of the convenience it provides.  However with AT&T’s blocking it is caused some additional problems for the deaf.

“FaceTime’s Wi-Fi limitation has been its only inconvenience, and has led to many missed calls. This is why I personally found AT&T’s assertion that net neutrality rules don’t prevent it from blocking “preloaded” apps like FaceTime so disappointing, and its boasting that it won’t block FaceTime over Wi-Fi so frustrating.

Even if AT&T ultimately decides not to block FaceTime for deaf users on its TAP plan, the company’s plans will still hurt deaf and hard-of-hearing customers. Why? Because the company will still block mobile FaceTime for the people we talk to — our friends and family members who are iPhone users and know ASL, but who are not deaf themselves and thus do not qualify for the TAP plan. The point of having a mobile phone is the ability to be in touch anytime, anywhere — not to have to plan ahead and hope Wi-Fi is available wherever we land.

The bottom line is that data is data. Whatever we pay for, we should be able to use. AT&T needs to rethink this terribly misguided plan and its impact on the deaf and hard of hearing”. – Quoted from the article , read the article for more information.

via AT&T’s FaceTime Blocking Hurts the Deaf | Threat Level | Wired.com.

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2012 in Deaf, MEDIA, SOCIAL

 

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2012 World Deaf Athletics Championships, Toronto, CAN | News Broadcasting in Sign Language by H3

This is an exciting article regarding what was once called “Deaf Olympics.” I recall in 1997 going to Denmark for the Deaf Olympics. That was an awesome experience!

It was an opportunity to see many young Deaf people competing in sports at world-class levels. This definitely enforce the concept that, “Deaf can do it.” Later, we saw some of those same Deaf people come to participate in the International Olympic Games. It was wonderful to see the openings made for the Deaf to compete among the hearing in the Olympic Games, with several winning gold medals.

The World Deaf Athletic Championships, taking place in Toronto, Canada this year, is a wonderful place for those who are deaf to show their athletic prowess and even be a preparation for competing in the Olympics among hearing.

Having personally been able to attend once in 1997, I would encourage any Deaf who can possibly go to make it a priority,putting it in their schedule for July 14 – 21, 2012! You will not be said you did!

2012 World Deaf Athletics Championships, CAN | News Broadcasting in Sign Language by H3.

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2012 in Deaf, SOCIAL

 

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MyVoice Device Translates Sign Language to Words | A Deaf Culture Perspective

 

An interesting view into how technology is helping those who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and use sign language. Soon it may be possible for the Deaf to communicate with the hearing counterparts who are “hearing impaired” – I hate the term “hearing impaired” normally as it is a negative connotation to those of us who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

But I use it in the sense of those who are hearing as being the ones who are hearing impaired because they do not know how to communicate in sign language – ASL (American Sign Language). Therefore they are the ones who are having the disability.

Could I be a bit bias? I suppose some would see it that way. While I am Hard of Hearing, I am more culturally Deaf – attitudinally Deaf. We dislike the term “deaf and dumb,” or “mute” or for that matter “hearing impaired.” Those terms are used by those who are ignorant of those who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, especially in a cultural sense as well as the physical sense. It is used by those who think that we need “fixed” when we feel that we are fine and it is normal for us because we live with this and it is a normal way of living for us. We do not feel a need to be “fixed” – you can do that to your dog or cat, but let us be who we are.

Many who earn a living “fixing” those who are D/HH and it is their means to get wealth will often use the terms – they are the “professionals.” Professionals want to continue to “fix” so they can pursue their livelihood. This group consists of audiologists, doctors, speech therapists, and some sign language interpreters, etc. – we call them “audists.” This includes those who make and/or push cochlear implants (CI) – which most culturally Deaf people oppose because it is more of the same “fix them” mentality. The cochlear implant is seen the same as genetic engineering. Most people oppose genetic engineering to change an unborn child’s hair color, eye color, height, weight, and so on. This gives you a small perspective as to the reason most Deaf people do not support the implants.

It is time to let those of us who are D/HH speak for ourselves, about ourselves, our needs and our desires instead of listening to the audists and in some cases the interpreters.

We see ourselves as a culture. We have our own language – studied now in many universities as a foreign language – yes, it has its own syntax/structure, verbs, adverbs, nouns, pronouns, etc., our own political views (generally held), common experiences, and audiological unity among others. As one hearing lady said in Samoa, “If you take away our language, you take away our culture.” This is one of the reasons why we strongly defend our right to American Sign Language (ASL). Many audists and those who perceive us in a simplistic, pathological view or those who are oralist are in favor of removing ASL as a means of communication among the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Note: those of us who are D/HH when in a group of signers, can understand everything that is being communicated. When we are with non-signers we miss much of the communication. Therefore, we much rather prefer being in with signers that non-signers.

Nevertheless, new technologies make it easier for communication to flow both ways between the hearing world and the Deaf world. This is what this new technology will enhance and profit both worlds.

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MyVoice Device Translates Sign Language to Words.

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2012 in Deaf, HEALTH

 

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