Inspired by a Lipreading Mom

A recent conversation with Shanna Groves and Marsha Graham regarding the Girl Scouts unwillingness to utilize interpreters, got me to thinking. The Internet is the greatest invention of the 20th century because it creates channels of access that were previously unavailable. Blog publishing is one example. Prior to the Internet, those of us who wanted […]

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Inmate Letter Dated March 15th, 2012

Sadly, the original letter was barely legible. After a struggle, I managed to translate it – roughly – for you here. I tried to maintain the inmate’s voice, while working to make sense of it. –Pat.   Hello to the peoples. Thanks for your support of the deaf people who have suffered in prison for […]

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Originally posted on CrimeDime:
by BitcoDavid* of DeafInPrison.com This is a very interesting question, because one of my goals with DeafInPrison.com is to get some interviews with wardens and corrections officers. Going by the stories I’ve gotten in some of our inmate letters – from deaf inmates – the treatment is nothing other than abysmal.…

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Originally posted on CrimeDime:
by BitcoDavid* of DeafInPrison.com There is a plethora of problems faced by Deaf inmates, but perhaps the most significant is the lack of communication. Deafness is more than a condition of being unable to hear – it is a condition of being unable to communicate. Most Deaf do not speak English…

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The Injustice of Lonliness as Punishment

[The tagline for DeafInPrison.com is Sentenced to Solitude in Silence. Our contributor JoanneGreenberg sent this in. –Ed.] The hardest part of being deaf and in prison may not be the rapes, the missing of messages or the misunderstanding in general. It might be the absence of other deaf people. Imagine a Russian or Basque speaker […]

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Inmate Letter

[The following was posted by Pat Bliss, and transcribed in Word format by me. It is a very tough read, as I tried to avoid editing as much as possible. I wanted it to be in the original voice, but did need to make some changes in grammar or spelling, only to make it readable. […]

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Latest Letter from H.E.A.R.D.

We’ve been fortunate enough to be receiving some help from Heard. This is a great organization that is dedicated to advancing the rights of the Deaf through education. If you are Deaf and behind bars, or you know someone who is, please contact Heard. They are building a database of cases, and may serve as […]

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Deaf dachshund finds home at MSD | Fulton Sun

Mandi Steele/FULTON SUN photo: Missouri School for the Deaf students Catherine Slinkard and Michael Miller help take care of Sparky, a deaf dachshund the school recently adopted. Deaf prisoners at Missouri facility trained a rescued puppy (also deaf) to respond to ASL commands, then turn the animal over to a local school for deaf children. […]

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The Horror of Being Deaf and in Prison

This is the finished version of the video we embedded in March. The original video was uploaded to YouTube by ASLKimber, and is a summation of an article written by McCay Vernon.  We thank her for allowing us to use it. The wonderful interpreting work was performed by Diane Chambers. The technical magic was me. […]

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Reading Levels and Miranda Warning

The Miranda Warning and Waiver continues to be administered inappropriately to deaf suspects by police officers. This research article adds to a growing base of other research demonstrating how difficult the Miranda Warning is to read as well as to comprehend even with an ASL interpreter for most deaf suspects. This article attached below is […]

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Deaf Couple Sue Over Treatment by Officers

They need policies and procedures for folks who are deaf. People just assume that a deaf person understands what they are saying. Kevin Williams, an attorney for Timothy Siaki [Editor’s note: The following is a transcribed article by Monte Whaley of the Denver Post – dated 11/26/2011.] When Adams County sheriff’s deputies knocked down the […]

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Our First Ever Audio File

This is an edit of an interview I did with a deaf woman who was arrested a few years ago in Arizona. The interview was conducted via the Video Interpreting Service. It is worth noting, how expressive and conversant this woman sounds in the interview. Bear in mind, that the voice you’re hearing is the […]

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How Would You Handle This?

“Pete Castle” was away from home, and going into freshman year at a community college in Denver. College for him, was a completely new cultural experience. Because of his deafness, much ordinary life skills had passed him by. Here he was in a laundromat, strange to him, his mother always having done his wash. School […]

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What I’ve Learned Thus Far

When the owner of this Blog, contracted me to build and manage the site, it was not because of my knowledge of the Deaf community, nor my understanding of the struggle of Deaf prisoners. I’m not a psychologist, an attorney or an ASL interpreter. I’m an engineer, who recently discovered he has a penchant for […]

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