Posts tagged "american sign language"

How Writing on the Bedroom Walls Led to a One Direction Music Video

“Mom, can I write on my walls?” When my teenage daughter asked me that question, I had to probe further.  ”What do you plan on writing on the walls?” I asked. In the previous years, Lauren had requested permission for many different ways of expressing herself. Multiple ear piercings. Belly button piercing. Tattoos. I suddenly... Read more »

Deaf Teens Sign "I Would" for the One Direction 1D Day Music Video

    Can deaf kids enjoy music? That’s a question I often get from parents of newly-identified deaf and hard of hearing babies.  In a nutshell, the answer is “yes.”  In fact, this week, XXL and SPIN produced a story about deaf musicians: Hearing Impaired Rappers on the Rise. My own three kids have varying... Read more »

When a School Tells You to Change Your Kid's Name

Little Hunter Spanjer is only three years old, but officials at his preschool want him to change his name.  Or more specifically, they want his family to assign a new “name sign” to the kid. Because you see, Hunter is deaf and his name in sign language represents a potential weapon.  And as you know,... Read more »
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Deborah Gilboa: From Stage Manager to Doctor

I absolutely love meeting new folks via social media and when Deborah Gilboa (@AskDocG) crossed my Twitter stream, I wanted to find out more about her.  After we hung up our phone chat, I sat back in awe.  If there was ever a real-life Superwoman, I have found her.  I’m convinced of it.  Family doctor. ... Read more »

I Love You, Mom, and That's No B.S.

  I almost lost my Mom eighteen years ago.  In the middle of having a heart attack, she drove herself to the doctor’s office and waited patiently as he called an ambulance. During her stay in the hospital, she survived two more heart attacks.  As soon as she was released, she got down to business–... Read more »

Making the World a Better Place: Discovering Deaf Worlds

Imagine what life is like as a deaf person in a developing country like Nepal, India, or Tanzania. Davin Searls and David Justice of Discovering Deaf Worlds have committed their lives to finding out!  In addition, they are working to support local grassroots leaders and organizations that are making the world a better place for... Read more »
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Going Deaf Was a Blessing

I was born with hearing in the so-called “normal” range.  I started losing my hearing in elementary school and received my first hearing aid when I was nine.  I hated the thing.  No one ever saw it, because I kept it hidden under my long hair, or stuffed in my pocket.  The hearing aid didn’t... Read more »