Teaching ASL in Angola

Through Facebook, I had the opportunity to meet a really great person. Jasmine Walker is the young woman who sat down with Ronald Reynolds, a hearing former inmate at Louisana’s Angola Penitentiary. Mr. Reynolds found himself intrigued with ASL, and after learning enough began to teach to other hearing inmates. He soon became aware that […]

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What July 4th Means to Me

By BitcoDavid Next week, July 12th is a very important anniversary for me. 10 years ago, I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. In fact, I almost died. Now, I realize that this post has nothing to do with our stated topics on DeafInPrison.com, but I had to put it up, somewhere. And this seemed […]

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Why I Sign Video

By BitcoDavid For a long time, I have been wanting to add more ASL videos to this site. I have done a few, and have also uploaded a few from other Signers. This is part of a Hashtag Program called “#Why I Sign.” I have left it uncaptioned, because I want to see how legible […]

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We’re Back Online!

By BitcoDavid During the past week, DeafInPrison.com experienced a technical problem with our Domain name and our DNS Name Server. It resulted in a period when many of you could not locate us in search engines, and culminated in 2 full days where the site wasn’t visible to anybody. You have my sincerest apologies, and […]

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2015 in Review

By BitcoDavid Happy New Year to all our readers, supporters, friends, Supporter Contributors and authors from BitcoDavid. 2015 was a great year for DeafInPrison.com, and I sincerely hope that 2016 will be even better. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times […]

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Merry Christmas to Felix’s Supporters

By Pat Bliss Hello to Felix’s Supporters… Christmas day is creeping up fast and my annual trek to spend Christmas with Felix will be soon. I am going to write a post in January and will highlight the events of 2015.  I just wanted to let you all know, even though communication has been sparse […]

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Book Review by Jean Andrews

By Jean F. Andrews Backspace by Steve C. Baldwin, published by Savory Words Publishing (2015) Set in southeast Texas, Dr. Steve Baldwin crafted a briskly paced murder mystery filled with family violence, addiction, bullying, blackmail, deceit and greed, murder, and incest.  In the early 1950’s, stuck in an unsympathetic hearing world filled with ignorance, misinformation, […]

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Prevalence of False Confessions in the US

By Supporter Contributor Carli Leavitt In 2010, Stephen Brodie, who is deaf, was exonerated after serving 20 years in prison for child sex abuse. The 5-year-old victim explained that her attacker had a “strange voice” which eventually lead police to Brodie. He was interrogated for over 18 hours, oftentimes without a sign language interpreter present. […]

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ASL Immersion Learning at Northeastern

By BitcoDavid My Sign tutor recommended I watch the following video. It offers a unique insight into Deaf culture and the problems associated with intercommunication between our two languages, English and ASL. I had hoped to embed the video, but the original publisher blocked embedding on their YouTube page. Below please find the link to […]

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An ABC Story

By BitcoDavid There are two essential reasons why it is harder to learn ASL as a second language, than spoken languages. First, Sign is a conceptual language rather than a symbolic one. The word table, in English, doesn’t mean a thing with four legs that sits in your kitchen. That would be your dog or […]

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First Digest Post in a While

By BitcoDavid We haven’t had a digest post in quite a while, but when enough news happens in a short period of time, it becomes necessary to cover it in a single post. First off, this past Thursday, October 1st was Felix Garcia‘s birthday.  Pat Bliss sent me the following: October 1st is Felix’s birthday. […]

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A Quick Update

By Jean F. Andrews Recently, I covered the International Congress on the Education of the Deaf, in Greece. Here’s an update on that story. In the Maryland Bulletin (Spring, 2015, p. 12), James E. Tucker, Superintent of the Maryland School for the deaf  in Frederick, Maryland wrote about the recent lack of sign language interpreters […]

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!!!100,000 Views!!!

By BitcoDavid I made this graphic to commemorate our 100,000 views. It’s taken us almost 4 years to do. In that time, our 7 authors and numerous supporter contributors have created 573 posts. We’ve reached 43,000 individual visitors, and our message has been seen at least once in every country on Earth. Now, we’re officially […]

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Another Move Another Home For Felix

By Pat Bliss You sometimes wonder – will the moves, the accusations, the disruptions ever end for Felix?  Well, here we are again having to have Felix moved from his home camp of Marion Correctional to protect his life. We had to move him fast, when he was at Tomoka C.I., because he divulged to […]

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An ASL Video by Me

By BitcoDavid BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher – even a cab driver. He is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and a Pro/Am boxer. He has spent years working with diet and exercise to combat obesity and obesity related […]

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Deaf in Jail – Mistreatment of the Deaf.

By Supporter Contributor Melisa Marzett Deaf people belong to one of the most vulnerable layers of society for obvious reasons. They cannot hear. Deaf people in jail are even more insecure. Some might say that if a person is in jail, this person deserves it and deserves the mistreatment, despite any physical disabilities like Deafness. […]

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Jill’s Dilemma

By Jean F. Andrews In a southern state in a Federal prison, Jill is serving a 10-year term.  While sign language interpreters are provided for her when her attorney comes to visit or during her hearings with the judge, she does not get interpreting services within the prison. For example, she does not fully understand […]

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Inmate Speaks Out on Prison-Dog Program

By BitcoDavid An attorney who has written for us in the past, informed me that he recently acquired a canine graduate of the prison-dog program in his home state. He tells me that he couldn’t be happier with the dog, who’s well  behaved and well mannered. Further, he relayed to me that not only was […]

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