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A Powerful Message from A Deaf Boy – Emery Dean – Vlog

Emery is a Deaf 11 years old boy. He strongly believes in his opinion that every hearing parent of the deaf child is required to know how to communicate with their children in sign language. But there are way more essentials than learning sign language with their Deaf children only. Every child is entitled to equal access and an equal opportunity to participate. Deaf child needs to be given an equal education, equal opportunities, full language access, and full accessibility. Be sure to allow them curious to learn as much as they want. It is all about allowing them to learn what is out there and absorb everything to how their think process, which usually leads them to the success path. He wants every Deaf child to receive equal access and an equal opportunity to participate as hearing child does. It doesn’t matter if you learn how to communicate in SEE or ASL as long as you give your child full accessibility and your child is entitled to do whatever she/he wants! That’s the key to making them successful in a long run!

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ASL Club: Opening up doors to communication and helping people understand Deaf culture

Despite the Deaf population standing at one million people in the U.S., the American Sign Language (ASL) department at Uconn is small. ASL club is a group of students committed to learning about Deaf culture and studying ASL.

Most members of the ASL club joined for the extra support while they took ASL courses, so the club is largely built out of people with a common interest in ASL. This doesn’t mean that only students with a knowledge of ASL or who are enrolled in ASL classes are allowed in, the club stresses accessibility for everyone.

“ASL club is open to anyone, you don’t have to take ASL at all,” Olivia Stenger, Daily Campus photo editor and an eighth-semester English and speech, language and hearing sciences double-major, said. “For the first meeting of ASL club we just did basic signs cause there were a lot of people that didn’t take sign language and who didn’t know, so we kind of introduced that as how to say ‘hi, my name is’ and we just went around and introduced each other to ourselves.”

Whenever the club brings in a Deaf faculty member or guest speaker, they always have an interpreter present to translate, according to Stenger.

This accessibility was demonstrated in last week’s Deaf Awareness Day. Deaf Awareness Day was created in cooperation with the ASL four class and included a familiar story with a twist to promote the Deaf community as well as a Deaf talent, usually a magician or a comedian. This year they made a version of Frozen where Elsa was Deaf and forced by her parents to stop signing after an accident where she nearly deafened her sister. The cast of this play was split in two, with one person signing and one person voicing for every character so that everyone could understand.

“(The goal of Deaf Awareness Day is) probably just getting people to just learn about people who are different from them,” Stenger said. “I think that the most important thing is that just opening up your mind a little and just seeing the way other people live that is different from how we do. I think that’s just really important, and getting them to respect ASL and the way that Deaf people live. And showing that signing is, yes it’s beautiful and yes it’s cool and interesting, but it’s how they communicate and it’s how they live and it’s different than us, but it’s still important to learn about and we can learn a lot from it.”

This event was a way to show a large portion of the hearing people at UConn that this part of society exists and should be acknowledged and treated with respect.

The ASL club usually has three main events every year, during the spring semester. These include Deaf Awareness Day, Controversial Sign Night where one of the Deaf faculty are brought in to teach the club members a sign that they wouldn’t necessarily learn in the classroom and the alternative spring break to Washington D.C. to help out in the after-school program at the Deaf elementary school in Gallaudet University. On Wednesday the first transitive E-board was held to discuss plans and changes for next semester.

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Deaf couple shot at in road rage incident

A frightening case of road rage that came within inches of turning deadly. The victims almost hit by bullets.

A speeding Chevy, traveling 100 miles an hour or more, was southbound on Highway 75 Wednesday night and passed a couple in a car. Sarpy County Sheriff’s Detective Karen Wrigley said, “The other vehicle tried to cut them off on the highway and was braking to try and cause an accident.”

The victims, a husband and wife, are deaf but after catching up to the speeder the husband communicated his concern using his hands. Detective Wrigley said, “To tell them to slow down and the other vehicle rolled down their window and the passenger put the gun out of the window and fired off three shots at them.”

One missed, another flattened a tire. The third bullet hit the driver’s side upper fender. It cut wiring before penetrating the engine. The victims describe the passenger firing a handgun.

The victims described the road rage car as 2008 or 2009 to 2012 dark colored Chevy Malibu.

The shaken couple declined an interview but communicated with Detective Wrigley who knows sign language. She said, “They were scared when it first happened. Obviously, they had a lot of adrenaline going but happy their kids weren’t in the car with them when it happened.”

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Inclusive design for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the media – Vlog

Universal design is the intentional fabrication of the environment to allow it to be accessed by all people. This is not specific to the deaf or hard of hearing; it also includes senior citizens and people with disabilities. Universal design has eight major goals: body fit, comfort, awareness, understanding, wellness, social integration, personalization and cultural appropriateness. Essentially, it means to build a world in which everyone is included. Recently, at schools that are giving more equal opportunities to gain experiences, whether they be professional or personal, it is much easier for everyone to enjoy their environment when it is universally designed. As the physical environment is beginning to incorporate the concept of inclusive design, the media should follow its lead.

The movie industry, for instance, should not only strive to represent every community in a society, but also make films that are relatable and appealing to all audiences. Deaf and hard of hearing audiences, specifically, should be represented in movies in a way that expresses their real experiences, not the way they are viewed by others. Since most people who are hard of hearing speak sign language, also known as ASL (American Sign Language), it is pertinent that movies incorporate sign language and centralize it as a major form of communication. For example, in the movie “Hush” (2016), which is about a serial killer invading a deaf woman’s home, the main character is deaf and speaks sign language, but the movie cuts off the signs. This contradicts the representation of the deaf community because the film does not portray ASL as a major communicative tool to those who are hard of hearing. “A Quiet Place” (2018) centralizes sign language in its plot and portrays a common hardship faced by members of the deaf community through Regan Abbott’s experience with her deafness and hearing aids. While she struggles with her deafness in the beginning, she finds that the soundwaves from her hearing aids kill the predators that her family has been hiding from. Feeling insecure about being deaf or hard of hearing is common among people who are part of this community, so Regan’s experience in the film both inspires and represents these individuals.

In universally designing the media, it is important to make all movies accessible to everyone, specifically the deaf and hard of hearing. A main way to provide a relatively equal experience of a film is through subtitles, which are often confused with closed captions. While closed captions display dialogue on the screen, they fail to provide any context for a viewer who cannot hear. For example, if a song is playing before dialogue begins in a scene, closed captions will not display the name of the song, unlike Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (SDH). According to Lily Bond, “SDH are subtitles in the source language of the video that also include important non-dialogue audio sound effects and speaker identification.” If subtitles (SDH) already exist and are offered in some films, they should be expanded to all movies. Hearing people who prefer to watch with subtitles will still have them on the screen and the deaf and hard of hearing will have a better transcription of the film.

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Hollywood’s diversity push snubs actors with disabilities

LOS ANGELES – Eileen Grubba was working alongside other actors on a TV commercial when she realized the director’s eye was caught by her uneven gait. He started positioning her out of shots – and then it got worse.

Shooting a scene on a bus, the director ordered Grubba to get up and move from her seat in the middle to one in the rear that was fully out of the frame.

“‘So now we’re going to make the disabled people sit at the back of the bus? That’s awesome,'” Grubba, who uses a leg brace because of childhood spinal cord damage, recalled thinking some six years ago.

The disheartening experience reflects the broader picture for many actors with disabilities, whose progress in Hollywood has lagged behind that of other minority performers demanding to be seen and hired. The reasons are complex, insiders and observers say, including unfounded concerns about added production costs, disability stereotypes and an industry clinging to entrenched habits.

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First lady’s Jacksonville stop recalled

The death of former first lady Barbara Bush in her Texas home Tuesday brought about many memories for former Illinois School for the Deaf Principal Sue Brosmith of when she visited the school’s campus.

Bush visited the state school on Oct. 25, 1988, to talk about illiteracy with some of the school’s high school seniors.

Before that though, she stopped by the school’s sibling sign language class taught by Brosmith.

While she wasn’t the first lady at the time of the speech as George Bush held the vice president spot, Brosmith said there was so much excitement around campus in preparation for her arrival.

 “She was so fun and funny,” Brosmith said.

Brosmith said her students taught her how to spell “Mrs. Bush” as well as several other words.

 “We told her we were going to teacher her how to sign Mrs. Bush and she said ‘I’m good with Barbara,’” Brosmith said. “I told that we’d practiced Mrs. Bush and she bust out laughing and said ‘well, then that’s what we’ll do.’”

Along with telling the Secret Service agents no several times when they told her it was time to leave, Brosmith said she also joked with the kids and made sure they laughed with her.

Bush died Tuesday at the age of 92 in her Houston, Texas, home, just two days after family spokesman Jim McGrath told people that she declined further medical treatments and wanted to focus on comfort care at home after being in the hospital for treatment of congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

 Former President George W. Bush said in a statement that his mother touched many lives.

“Barbara Bush was a fabulous first lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions,” he said in the statement. “To us, she was so much more. Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end. I’m a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother. Our family will miss her dearly, and we thank you all for your prayers and good wishes.”

After meeting with the class, she spoke with students at the high school about the importance of literacy and about programs her husband would push for if he was elected president.

When Brosmith heard of her death, she said the memories of her visit to ISD.

“It just flooded me,” Brosmith said. “She was such a wonderful person, and we were so blessed to have had the chance to meet her.”