Sign Language - Archive

Barista learns sign language for deaf customer

May 13, 2016 in Community News

 

Local 8 News
May 11, 2016

LEESBURG, Va. (CBS NEWS) — For anyone who is deaf, ordering at a coffee shop can be difficult, but thanks to a extra caring barista, Ibby Piracha the experience was incredible.

Piracha who is deaf was at a coffee shop about to order when he met barista, Krystal Payne.

“I see that she gets a piece of paper out, and I thought maybe she had a question for me or something, but it really wasn’t a question at all,” Ibby said. “And as I read through it, it shocked me.”

He immediately posted a picture of the note, which read, “I’ve been learning ASL, American Sign Language, just so you can have the same experience as everyone else.”

Read more  . . . Barista

 

Supreme Court Chief Justice learned sign language to swear in deaf lawyers

April 19, 2016 in Advocacy & Access, Community News, Disability Law

 

 

The Washington Post 

April 19

When a dozen lawyers rose together to be sworn into the Supreme Court bar Tuesday morning, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. made a sweeping motion with his hands.

It translated in American Sign Language to: “Your motion is granted.”

Roberts learned to sign the phrase just for that occasion, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said.

That moving gesture alone made the admittance of 12 deaf lawyers to the highest court in the land historic. All were members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bar Association and were from various parts of the country.

Read more . . . Supreme Court Chief Justice

A Roundtable Conference on the Stewardship of Sign Heritage – June 6

May 28, 2015 in Community News

 

 

A Georgetown University Reflective Engagement in the Public Interest Project

Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 9 AM to 5 PM

Location: Lohrfink Auditorium in the Rafik B. Hariri Building on the campus of Georgetown University

 

This reflective engagement event aims to build on the partnership and collaboration among individuals and groups seeking efficient ways to ensure that the heritage of our sign language is passed on to future generations.The target audience includes Deaf Community members, CODA groups, ASL teachers, Deaf Studies scholars, Deaf Library advocates and library professionals.

Interpreter services, brownbag lunch and light refreshments will be provided. There is no registration or admission charge.

Please register by sending your name and email address to:

Sign Language to Help Hearing-Impaired Worshipers at Grand Mosque

March 30, 2015 in Community News

 

 

Daily News
March 30, 2015

The Grand Mosque Academy in the Makkah region (Mecca region), in the western part of Saudi Arabia, is teaching its staff sign language to assist the thousands of hearing-impaired pilgrims coming to the Grand Mosque to worship.

The announcement was made Sunday by Waleed Basamad, the head of the academy at the Grand Mosque. He said that those people with disabilities are equal to anyone who enter the Grand Mosque to worship and it is their duty to give them assistance by communicating with them in their own special language. According to the academy director, they have already trained 30 academy staff for said purpose.

Sign language workshop

The sign language course is part of their training program, called Effective Communication Skills. Program instructor is Mohammad Al-Abumadrah. Academy director Basamad said they conduct several workshops and training regularly but the sign language program, which is a part of their 9th training program, is particularly important.

Read More  . . . Grand Mosque

Happy Hands – March 4th 10:00 AM

February 24, 2015 in Community Events

Happy Hands is a group of seniors who use Sign Language and meet monthly for potluck lunches, trips, workshops and other activities!

Guests are welcome!

Sign Language Summer Camp

February 24, 2015 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

Summer Camp Opportunity

Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner and we’re looking for campers for our 7th annual Sign Language Camp.  The camp is a one week residential program for children who have completed grades 3-8.  We are looking for both Deaf children and hearing children who are interested in learning sign.

July 19th – 24, 2015

Contact:
Deb Shapiro
Sign Language Camp Program Coordinator
Camping for All
camping4all@earthlink.net
434-806-8835

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Student body largely unaware of deaf culture – Mesa Community College, Arizona

February 3, 2015 in Community News

 

 

The Mesa Legend
by Shanteal Collins

Some students at Mesa Community College say when it comes to communicating with deaf individuals, they aren’t exactly sure how to do that.  Although grabbing a pen and paper would be most people’s gut reaction, there is a little more to it than just relying on the written word: a habit that hearing individuals are so accustomed to.  Most people are not aware that the deaf culture exists as a culture.

For most students, the definition of a culture includes language, customs, beliefs and  traditions being passed from one generation to the next although language seems to be the top criterion mentioned.  Mesa offers American Sign Language (and Alice Marino) said the biggest misconception students have going into her class is that ASL is an easy course.  Unfortunately, she said, sometimes those students are the ones that struggle the most.

Marino said she was guilty of having this same misconception but quickly adjusted and learned there was more to ASL and hopes that students can come away from her course with the general awareness of language and culture.  Just as learning any foreign language requires work, so does sign language.

Michelle Barto, an ASL instructor at MCC who is deaf, agrees that generally there are students taking sign language over German or Japanese because they believe it will be easier.  “Students believe it’s an easy class because they think it’s English underhand but it’s not,” she said. “People are either visual or auditory learners.”

Read more  . . . MCC

Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ Is Even Happier in Sign Language

August 21, 2014 in Community News

 

 

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Fan-made videos from around the world have brought Pharrell Williams to tears. Well, there’s been another endearing rendition of “Happy,” this one courtesy of the kids at Camp Mark Seven’s Deaf Film Camp, which offers filmmaking instruction to deaf and hard-of-hearing youths.

Yes, all the lyrics to the former No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 track translated into sign language. Pharrell must be very, very proud.

Located in upstate New York, Camp Mark Seven has brought in the likes of Rosa Lee Timmand and Azora Telford to teach deaf filmmaking. Check out the school’s profile in The Hollywood Reporter here.

This video is an ASL interpretation of Pharrell Williams’s “Happy.” An expression of music in ASL composed by Rosa Lee Timm and Azora Telford. The video was produced by a team of Deaf campers & staff from Deaf Film Camp 2014 at Camp Mark Seven.

 

Popularity of Sign Language among Hearing Students

July 31, 2014 in Community News

 

 

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July 25, 2014
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Sign language is finding popularity among hearing students as a new way of communicating with each other and with their deaf friends. In some schools where it is offered as a foreign language, the demand is so heavy that they often have to turn down prospective students. According to a Modern Language Association Survey, American Sign Language ranks as the fourth most popular language almost displacing German from third place. In the past 10 years, students taking ASL has risen by more than 50 percent.

The popularity and increasing interest in sign language can be gauged from the fact that Silent Games, involving 200 colleges was held at Federal Way High School. It also involved school students and their parents, some hearing, some deaf. The participants who could not speak all evening except using sign language participated in many games and competitions.

In one school, for one day each semester, a teacher gives all her students including those who can hear a pair of earplugs to wear all day.

“The deaf have been learning the language of the hearing for the past 150 years,” says a teacher. “Now it’s time for the hearing to learn the language of the deaf.”

Ninety-one thousand students opted for an ASL class at 730 U.S. institutions during the Fall of 2009, according to the language association. This figure is expected to rise dramatically in the next survey in early 2014.

Some of the reasons for this popularity are mentioned here

  • Students see a practical use for ASL and as an education for getting  jobs of interpreting, teaching and counseling
  • Students have a difficult time sitting through entire classes all day without much movement. Sign language gives them an active and visual relief. Students are seen signing to one another outside the classroom and, in it, making sign conversations about weekends and boyfriends.

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Carver Center Seeks Evening/Weekend Sign Language Teacher (Paying work)

September 6, 2013 in Community News, Employment

Sign Language Teacher Sought for The Carver Center in Purcellville

Carver Center is seeking a sign language instructor for evening or weekend classes. This is a paying position.

For more information, contact::
Courtney Hassinger, Center Assistant
Carver Center
200 Willie Palmer Way
Purcellville, VA 20132
571-258-3408 (direct line)
571-258-3400 (main line)
571-258-3401 Fax


Distributed 2013 by Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC), 3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130, Fairfax, VA 22030; www.nvrc.org703-352-9055 V, 703-352-9056 TTY, 703-352-9058 Fax. Items in this newsletter are provided for information purposes only; NVRC does not endorse products or services. You do not need permission to share this information, but please be sure to credit NVRC.  This news service is free of charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Carver Center (Purcellville) Seeks Sign Language Teacher

September 5, 2013 in Community News, Employment

Sign Language Teacher Sought for The Carver Center in Purcellville

Carver Center is seeking a volunteer to teach daytime sign language to seniors. The schedule is flexible: Tuesdays from 11 am to 12 noon, Wednesdays from 1 to 2 pm are available, and other days and time slots may be available. The Carver Center’s ideal schedule would be to have weekly classes to help with retention of the sign language skills. The length of the class would be up to the volunteer, but the Center would like to have at least a 12-week commitment.

For more information, contact:

Courtney Hassinger, Center Assistant
Carver Center
200 Willie Palmer Way
Purcellville, VA 20132
571-258-3408 (direct line)
571-258-3400 (main line)
571-258-3401 Fax

 


Distributed 2013 by Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC), 3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130, Fairfax, VA 22030; www.nvrc.org; 703-352-9055 V, 703-352-9056 TTY, 703-352-9058 Fax. Items in this newsletter are provided for information purposes only; NVRC does not endorse products or services. You do not need permission to share this information, but please be sure to credit NVRC.  This news service is free of charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.

ASL at the NGA: An Introduction to the East Building Collection

December 6, 2012 in Community News, NVRC Announcements

 

Please join us for a tour of the East Building collection at the National Gallery of Art on Sunday, December 9th at 1pm.  The tour is offered in American Sign Language (ASL) with voice interpretation into English, departing from the lobby/visitor’s desk of the East Building’s Main Floor.

To learn more about this and other guided tours of the Gallery, please visit http://www.nga.gov/programs/tours.

In addition to these regularly occurring tours, sign language interpreters and guides for visitors who are blind or have low vision are available by appointment for tours of the permanent collection as well as for special exhibitions. Please call (202) 842-6247 or the Gallery’s Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (202) 842-6176 three weeks in advance for an appointment. Special headphones, which deliver full-frequency digital audio sound in a lightweight design, are available. Printed scripts of all recorded tours are available for visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing, and free large-print brochures are available at the entrances to some of the special exhibitions. For more information, please visithttp://www.nga.gov/ginfo/access.shtm.


Distributed 2012 by Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC), 3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130, Fairfax, VA 22030; www.nvrc.org; 703-352-9055 V, 703-352-9056 TTY, 703-352-9058 Fax. Items in this newsletter are provided for information purposes only; NVRC does not endorse products or services. This news service is free of charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Special Invitation For Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Children: Fair Oaks Ice Palace On Dec. 6!

November 30, 2012 in Community Events, Community News

Fair Oaks Ice Palace Event for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
Thursday, December 6 from 10-11 am

From Ed. Cassidy
Marketing & Sponsorship Director
Taubman Fair Oaks
11750 Fair Oaks
Fairfax, VA 22033
703.359.8302 ext 2218
facebook.com/fairoaksmall

On Thursday, December 6 from 10 am to 11 am, Fair Oaks will be hosting a unique event at its spectacular holiday Ice Palace.

Deaf and hard of hearing children from local schools and their teachers will visit with our first-ever American Sign Language ‘Signing Santa’ and his Signing Elf.’ Beginning with a special reception catered by the Corner Bakery, balloon artists and a signed performance by the deaf dance troop Hulala, the event will culminate with a tour of the Ice Palace and a visit with our ‘Signing Santa.’ Each child will also receive special keepsake photos with Santa, a gift bag including surprises from Cox Communications, and a voucher for a first-ever signed Blu-ray video, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment’s “Ice Age 4: Continental Drift” releasing December 11. Read more . . . →

President Obama Signs to Deaf Student

April 9, 2012 in Community News, NVRC Announcements

President Obama Surprises Deaf Student by Signing to HimBy Elizabeth Flock, WashingtonPost.com 3/21/2012

President Obama took a deaf student by surprise last week by speaking to him in sign language.

Stephon Williams, a 26 year-old student from Prince George’s Community College, was standing in line after an event on energy policy in Maryland when he managed to catch the president’s attention, D.C.-based blog Distriction reports. Obama, who had been busy shaking hands, looked directly at the student.

“I am proud of you,” Williams signed. Obama, without skipping a beat, signed back: “Thank you.”

 

Click on the link below to read and see more:

– A photo and video

– The President’s Twitter feed about Stephon’s signing

– Stephon’s video of his experience

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/44/post/president-obama-surprises-deaf-student-by-signing-to-him/2012/03/21/gIQAAdHnRS_blog.html

 

 

Obama Barack uses a word “Thank You” to communicate deaf student with the American Sign Language.

Cued Speech

March 29, 2011 in Interpreting & Transliterating

Cued Speech is a mode of communication based on the phonemes and properties of traditionally spoken languages. Cueing allows users who are deaf or hard of hearing or who have language/communication disorders to access the basic, fundamental properties of spoken languages through the use of vision.(taken from the National Cued Speech Association’s website)    

Below is a list of local Cued Speech Transliterators who provide services in the metro DC area:

Ashley Elder
Email: ashrenee85@gmail.com
Phone: (571) 318-3491

Nichelle Wilson
Email: mrs_njwilson@yahoo.com
Phone: (571) 426-3747



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National Cued Speech Association
5619 McLean Drive
Bethesda, MD 20814-1021

Toll Free: 800-459-3529
Local: 301-915-8009
Email: info@cuedspeech.org