NAD Advocates for Deaf Youth in Foster Care

In a recently published position paper, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) has issued a position paper that targets the special care Deaf children require in foster care. According to the NAD paper, Deaf children require foster care that is both linguistically and culturally accessible, including appropriate medical, psychological, educational and mental health services. […]

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Abandoned Youth

When we abandon our youth, they have no option but to abandon themselves. Lives are wasted, dreams cast away in trade for an existence of solitude, bitterness and victimization. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the man hanged by the Gestapo in 1943 for treason against the Nazi regime said, “The test of the morality of a society is […]

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This Guy’s Been Reading My Mail

Christopher Petrella is a columnist for Nation of Change. On BusinessInsider.com (which is a much better site than its name would lead you to believe), he offers a trenchant and insightful article about ways this country can reduce its burgeoning prison population. He didn’t miss a beat with this article. These are the things we’ve […]

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Bloomberg Reports on Business of Hearing Aid Tech

Hearing Aids can cost as much as 4,000 dollars, and apparently more and more businesses are seeking to get a slice of that pie. Bloomberg Businessweek reports: The confusion for buyers of alternative devices is pervasive: Over-the-counter analog or digital amplifiers have been available for decades. In recent years, a handful of established manufacturers like […]

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Nevada-CURE Documents Prisoner Abuses

http://sfbayview.com/2009/nevada-prison-board-hearing-part-2-shocking-public-comments/ NV-CURE for the past year has been gathering information on abuses within the Nevada prison system. These abuses include, but are not limited to, physical beating of prisoners in restraints by staff, denial of adequate medical care, retaliation for use of the grievance and judicial process, housing assignments made without regard to prison realities, […]

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Probation: A Cycle of Despair

Probation for the deaf offender can be a cycle of despair. It is a tangle of complex and confusing rules with heavy consequences if the rules are not followed.  This is ever so certain particularly if the deaf individual has poor sign skills, a low reading level, a poor educational history.  Interpreters are often provided […]

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I Didn’t Hear the Guard

Through the back door he came dressed in a gray prison jumpsuit. His ankles were shackled in chains as were his wrists at his waist. Escorted by two armed guards the men made their way down a narrow corridor and entered the audiologist‘s office. After exchanging polite greetings, the doctor motioned the three men into […]

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Know Your Vital Statistics

The website at http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/ will give you all the stats you’ll ever need about America’s broken penal system. The U.S. government maintains this data on the Bureau of  Justice Statistics Web site. For example: The rate of HIV/AIDS among state and federal prison inmates declined from 194 cases per 10,000 inmates in 2001 to 146 […]

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Blacks and Whites Use Different Sign

The September 18th edition of the Washington Post – Health & Science section reports that even in the language of the deaf, race makes a difference. This story by Frances Stead Sellers of the Washington Post: Carolyn McCaskill remembers exactly when she discovered that she couldn’t understand white people. It was 1968, she was 15 […]

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Tuscon to Become “Looped” City

This from Cronkite News. …these places have created an electro-magnetic loop with wire around the perimeter of the room, connected to an amplifier and the public address system. When a person with a hearing aid flips a tiny switch to the telecoil setting, he or she can hear what’s being said into the microphones without […]

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Update: Taylor Swift to Donate Concert Tix to Deaf School

In a story we’ve been following, TODAYonline reports that Taylor Swift, after an Internet hoax promised a concert at Horace Mann School for the Deaf, has offered to give the school over 12,000 dollars worth of tickets. Here’s the page link: http://www.todayonline.com/CultureAndLifestyle/Music/EDC121003-0000115/Taylor-Swift-gives-concert-tickets-to-Boston-deaf-school-after-prank#.UGxfZsNeTMs.twitter The cruel joke was intended to mock both Swift and the Deaf population […]

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So, What Do You Need to Know About ASL Name Signs? Workshop by Professor Andrew Byrne

This workshop presented by Professor Andrew Byrne during Deaf Awareness week at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas, featured a fascinating description about the linguistic structure, origin and history of the process of “naming” in the Deaf community. Professor Byrne stated that there are many errors made by hearing people who assign name signs to deaf children […]

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