Archive for the ‘Deaf Culture’ Category

White House Tour

August 11, 2016

Leah Katz-Hernandez welcomes you to the West Wing.

h/t: Arika Okrent

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Watch These Hands

January 9, 2016

Lyrics by Sean Forbes, music by Jake Bass, mixed by the late Steve King at 54 Sound, mastered by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering.

Video performers: Sean Forbes, Julie Ottinger-Smith, Connor Smith, Harrison Smith, Addy Smith, Scott Forbes, Jake Bass.

Directed and edited by Adrean Mangiardi, Assistant Director Mark Levin, cinematography by Wayne Betts Jr. ASL translation by Jules Dameron and Sean Forbes. Produced by Joel Martin and D-PAN Entertainment.

More about D-PAN, The Deaf Professional Arts Network, here.

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Signs of the Season

December 26, 2015

Shaylee Mansfield (age 6) tells the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in American Sign Language. From ASL Nook.

More:

“ASL Version of ‘Rudolph’ Shows Amazing Storytelling Skills,” Arika Okrent, Mental Floss

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Silent Night Before Christmas

December 24, 2013

Shaylee McFeely signs “The Night Before Christmas.”  Sheena McFeely, her mom, introduces her and the rest is captioned. This is the best version of the classic poem you’ll see tonight [4 minutes 51 seconds].

More:

“9 Reasons This Little Girl’s Sign Language Version of  ‘Twas he Night Before Christmas’ is Great,” Arika Okrent, Mental Floss

“A Visit from St. Nicholas,” Clement Clark Moore, Poetry Foundation

ASL Nook YouTube channel

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Big Brother Is Watching, Not Listening

September 24, 2012

Big Brother Is Watching, Not Listening

Oaxaca, Mexico has installed 230 video cameras downtown and in the suburbs, and most of them are monitored by deaf police personnel.  Oaxaca’s Deputy Secretary for the Ministry of Public Security noted that:

“…these police officers have a very strong … visual sense and can better detect what is happening in different places where the cameras are located; they can often remotely read the conversations of people, to the benefit of this security system that operates 24 hours a day.”

“Deaf Police Monitor Security Cameras,” Murray Page, Mazátlan Messenger

According to Vaughn Bell, “…there is good evidence that deaf people are better at noticing things in the periphery of vision and detecting movement.”

 “This potentially makes them perfect for the job and likely better than their hearing colleagues.

 So the project turns out to be a targeted way not of recruiting ‘disabled people’ into the workforce, but of recruiting the ‘super able’. In fact, turning the whole idea of disability on its head.”

“Deaf police to monitor security cameras in Mexico,” Vaughn Bell, Mind Hacks

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Inauguration ‘Refresh’

January 16, 2009

One DC Inaugural Weekend event seems rather … effervescent; even a bit … gassy. It’s the Refresh the World Symposium  on January 19th, presented by Spike Lee, Howard University and PepsiCo.

The event at historic Cramton Auditorium (2455 Sixth Street, NW) is free to college students, and features Spike Lee (natch) with fave celebs Rev. Al Sharpton, Bay Buchanan, Sean Combs, Arianna Huffington, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, Queen Latifah, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Michelle Rhee, Dr. Cornel West, and more. Pepsi says topics will include the economy, education, race, gender, hip-hop, carbonated beverages, and other vital national issues.

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