Posts tagged "deaf"

The Uproar Over a Fake Sign Language Interpreter

“Ha oun i ie i no e ere ac a e hae ie. I s ha ieece e ha mae o he lies o oer at ill deerie he iifiace o e ife e ea.” — Nelson Mandela A little frustrating to not know what this sentence reads, isn’t it?  Welcome to my deaf life.... Read more »

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 »

A ChicagoNow Post on Harry Styles Ends Up in M Magazine

Despite being deaf, I could hear my daughter’s scream as she showed me a screen shot a friend had sent her.  “Mom! I’m in ‘M’ magazine!” A few weeks ago, my daughter and her friend attended the One Direction concert in Tinley Park.  They originally had seats in the fourth row, but the management moved... Read more »
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Signing With Harry Styles at the One Direction Concert

This is a guest post from my daughter, Lauren Putz,  and her friend, Lauren Holtz:  Lauren Holtz and Lauren Putz We’d been waiting for more than a year since we’d bought our tickets for the One Direction concert. As we are both deaf and speak American Sign Language (ASL) fluently, we knew we wanted to... 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 »

Deaf Student Bikes Solo Across America

Ronnie Cuartero and several deaf friends planned to bike from New York to California together.  But as the end of the quarter drew near, the Rochester Institute of Technology students began to back out one by one. Not Ronnie. He was determined to ride across America, but he would have to do it solo.  For... Read more »
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Tate Tullier: A Passion for Photography

Tate Tullier remembers his first photo shoot very well. As a teen he was fascinated with girls and fashion. One Christmas morning, he dolled up his young cousin with his mom’s earrings and an umbrella and proceeded with a fashion shoot.  He grabbed another young family friend in her Christmas pajamas and snapped away.  “You... Read more »

Joel Barish: No Barriers for this Deaf Guy

A huge map of the world hangs on one wall in Joel Barish’s office.  Joel and his brother, Jed, have made a career out of traveling around the globe capturing the stories of deaf and hard of hearing folks from all walks of life.  They are best known for running DeafNation, a series of trade... Read more »

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 »
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Super Bowl Commercials, Finally Captioned

You’re watching the Super Bowl game, rooting for your favorite team.  The game cuts away to a commercial.  You don’t dare go to the bathroom because you love watching the commercials.  They’re funny. They make you laugh.  You want to see what Bud Light, Doritos or that talking baby comes up with.  So you sit... Read more »