12
Sep

Double Stigma: Coming Out When Your Family is Hearing

In or Out: Compared to 50 years ago, coming out as lesbian, gay, bi, or transgendered (LGBT) has probably never been easier. Although, sadly, hate crimes and gay bashing still occur, our culture has generally become more accepting of LGBT people. LGBT characters regularly show up in movies. There are PFLAG support groups for family members and friends. More and …

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11
Sep

Remembering 9/11: 5 Years Later

Anniversary Date Reactions: September 11th, a day of collective remembrance and emotions for our nation. Many people who suffered direct losses on this day, as well as those who witnessed the tragedies on television, may find themselves re-experiencing feelings of sadness, anger, hopelessness, frustration, and any one of a number of feelings associated with this traumatic and historically defining day. …

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6
Sep

Are Deaf People’s Brains Wired Differently?

Not to Compare Apples and Oranges, But…: Someone asked us if it is true that Deaf and hearing people’s brains are wired differently. See below and decide for yourself. University College London Above: Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) pictures show different areas of the brain that are used by Deaf and hearing individuals when processing langauge. Yellow and red mark …

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5
Sep

Why One Should Not Compare Apples to Oranges: Deaf Students and Hearing Students

Back to School: With September underway, Deaf students are once again heading back to schools and universities and once again, on the front burner, are concerns about Deaf education, student achievement scores, reading levels, and other related topics. It’s inevitable that comparisons will be made between Deaf students’ performances and those of their hearing peers. Apples and Oranges: When an …

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30
Aug

Sticks and Stones: Bullying and Deaf People

What’s So Unique about Bullying and Deaf People?: What’s the first thought that comes to mind when you see the words “bullying” and “Deaf”? Is it a lone Deaf child being picked on by hearing schoolmates? This scenario is what many people mention, perhaps recalling their own childhood experiences or relying on common preconceptions of bullying. While hearing-on-Deaf bullying in …

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29
Aug

Mental Health Interpreting Institute

Great Opportunity: Coming up next month is the Montgomery, Alabama, Mental Health Interpreting Institute 2006. Scheduled for September 12-17, this 40-hour conference offers intensive training in mental health interpreting with Deaf clients, a must for any interpreter or other professional, Deaf or hearing, who works with Deaf clients and professionals in mental health settings. We heard from a past Institute …

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28
Aug

Walking on Eggshells: Deaf and Hearing in Consultation

Tiptoeing Around the Topic: Without a doubt, one of the most sensitive issues in the Deaf community today is the role of hearing professionals who work closely with Deaf people. Bringing up this topic is a little bit like walking on eggshells. No matter your intentions – to open a dialogue, to encourage introspection, to understand motivation behind behaviors – …

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8
Aug

Kudos to a Deaf Professor

An Inspiration in Our Field: A warm congratulations goes out to Dr. Irene W. Leigh, who is this year’s recipient of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Larry Stewart Award. Dr. Stewart was a well-known Deaf psychologist and professor. The award, presented every two years, honors an individual in the field of psychology, whose research, theory, or practice, reflect Dr. Stewart’s …

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2
Aug

Deaf-Hearing Relationships: Happily Ever After?

An Old Question: Once again up for debate is the seemingly age-old question: Can Deaf-hearing relationships work? Bloggers, including this one, have been weighing in with their opinions lately. A Deaf-hearing relationship can refer to a number of possible scenarios. It could be a signing, culturally Deaf person partnered with a fluent-signing CODA or hearing interpreter, or the same Deaf …

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