25
Sep

The Leaf: ASL Poem by John Maucere about Addiction

Seeking Help for Addiction: In this beautiful and powerful ASL poem, the  well-known Deaf actor and comedian John Maucere illustrates his journey of recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. John’s courage in sharing his personal story is inspiring – and a reminder to all of us that the dangers of addiction are very real and the consequences more serious than …

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8
Apr

The Psychological Effects of Oralism

A recently published letter to the Washington Post from Meredith Sugar, Esq., the president of the A.G. Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, does a grave disservice to Deaf children and their families. The letter attempts to undermine growing media attention on the success of Nyle DiMarco, a charismatic and intelligent young Deaf man who rose to …

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1
Sep

Fighting the Good Fight: Lawsuit Filed Against Insurance Company for Denying Accessible Services to Deaf Citizens

Suing for Equity in Services: Early last month in Florida, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc., together with the National Association of the Deaf, filed a lawsuit seeking accessible medical services for Deaf citizens in the state. The lawsuit charges Humana Insurance and the Florida Department of Financial Services with violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the …

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8
Nov

ASL in Academia

ASL = English: ASC is pleased to see the trend of more Deaf professionals taking advantage of the internet and technology to formally present their ideas and research in ASL. Traditionally, even in environments proclaiming bilingualism, there has been a longstanding, often unspoken, message that English still reigns superior to ASL. Compare how readily academic articles published in English receive …

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22
Dec

In with Family, Out with Steps, Halves, & Adoptees

Vlog Summary: The holidays often mean families, and the words we use to describe our family relationships say a lot. Some families make a point of distinguishing between their biological children and their adopted children or their foster children. Even sisters and brothers may emphasize that so-and-so is a full sibling, while another family member is a half sibling. Sharon …

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18
Dec

Deficit Thinker vs. Deficit Thinking

Vlog Summary: The past week has seen a heated debate over the issue of deficit thinking, with many vlogs and blogs contributing to a healthy and thought-provoking discussion. A small, but intriguing, aspect of the discussion raises the question of what the difference is between “deficit thinker” and “deficit thinking”? As Candace A. McCullough explains, “deficit thinker” labels the whole …

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31
Aug

Communication Abuse and Deaf People

Vlog Summary: Struck by a Norwegian professional’s use of the description “bordering on child abuse” to describe denying children access to electronic media, Sharon Duchesneau asks why the term “child abuse” is not widely used when referring to communication injustices that many Deaf children face. Something is wrong with the picture when the seriousness of these situations is downplayed. Here …

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13
Jun

Victim No More

Vlog Summary: Candace A. McCullough shares her perspective on the debate over which ASL sign to use for the word “victim”. A close look at the meaning of the English word “victim” reveals that it is already a word loaded with negative implications. The word is viewed as problematic by many professionals in the helping field. If we look to …

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3
Mar

Media Psychology: Bob’s SLCC Vlog

Gallaudet University Public Relations Analyzed: Sharon Duchesneau takes a look at media psychology techniques at work in the most recent Bob’s Vlog production. Using a savvy and sophisticated public relations tool, Gallaudet University President Davila and his team discuss the now-under-construction SLCC building that has been the target of much concern among the Deaf v/blogging community. By understanding basic media …

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