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Earios brings sign language back to PCHS - Park Record

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Earios brings sign language back to PCHS
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Olivia Enyart, left, Sarah Reinecke and Ross Borders are Park City High School students and members of Earios, a support group for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
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Becky Fenton-Ree: I'm an expert in BSL, but how did I fare when I ...

Becky Fenton-Ree: I'm an expert in BSL, but how did I fare when I ... | Sign language | Scoop.it
For the first time in twenty five years, I am not an active member of a Deaf Community and I'm on the other side of the language classroom – learning American Sign Language. Six months ... ASL began!
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Becky knew BSL but had to start learning again to learn ASL.  Her knowledge of second language acquisition helped her to a degree, but she still found herself making newbie mistakes.

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At Wesley Chapel High, American Sign Language is now an option - Tampabay.com

At Wesley Chapel High, American Sign Language is now an option - Tampabay.com | Sign language | Scoop.it
Tampabay.com At Wesley Chapel High, American Sign Language is now an option Tampabay.com For six years Rhonda Leslie nurtured the American Sign Language program at Sunlake High, watching it flourish with students signing fluently in class and at...
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Why Teachers Should Use Hand Gestures - Edudemic

Why Teachers Should Use Hand Gestures - Edudemic | Sign language | Scoop.it
Teaching with hand gestures is important. How important? It's as useful to helping a student learn as the spoken word. Here's why.
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Supporting speech with manual gestures, while not a language itself, can help students comprehend and retain content and instructions.

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Multi-million dollar grant to help hearing impaired community - News 10NBC

Multi-million dollar grant to help hearing impaired community - News 10NBC | Sign language | Scoop.it
Multi-million dollar grant to help hearing impaired community
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There are tens of thousands of people who are deaf or hard of hearing living in the Rochester area.
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911 Texting Option Is A Relief To Many In Deaf Community - Rochester YNN

911 Texting Option Is A Relief To Many In Deaf Community - Rochester YNN | Sign language | Scoop.it
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911 Texting Option Is A Relief To Many In Deaf Community
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Rochester is home to more than 90,000 deaf or hearing impaired residents. They can now directly text to the 911 Center.
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DC's H Street embedded with deaf culture - Washington Post

DC's H Street embedded with deaf culture
Washington Post
Now, deaf waiters work at restaurants. People of all ages walk up and down the street using American Sign Language, or ASL. Bartenders know the sign for Jagermeister.
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Kansas Community To Learn Signing To Communicate With Deaf Child - KAKE

Kansas Community To Learn Signing To Communicate With Deaf Child
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The parents of four-year-old Brandt Carlgren say they discovered their son was deaf when he was four weeks old. The Carlgrens say they immediately learned how to sign.
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Taking Attendance With Technology | Wired Educator

Taking Attendance With Technology | Wired Educator | Sign language | Scoop.it
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The Smartboard idea is great!

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The sign for to accompany in ISL on video - Sématos

The sign for to accompany in ISL on video - Sématos | Sign language | Scoop.it
ISL: What is the sign for to accompany in International Sign Language?
Here it is on video
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Jehovah's Witnesses reaches out to deaf congregants - Richmond Times Dispatch

Jehovah's Witnesses reaches out to deaf congregants - Richmond Times Dispatch | Sign language | Scoop.it
Jehovah's Witnesses reaches out to deaf congregants Richmond Times Dispatch Jill Shrum of Hickory, N.C., (center left) and Corey Langridge of Washington (right) interpret a speech for Ernest Tracy of Charlotte, N.C., (left) and Janice Adams of...
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It bears repeating that teaching people in their native language is the preferred method.

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For deaf Jews, Jewish community only slowly opening up

For deaf Jews, Jewish community only slowly opening up | Sign language | Scoop.it
Alexis Kashar was listening intently to the speaker at a recent Jewish federation event in this New York City suburb.
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Communication between many hearing and Deaf is still a frustrating experience no matter what mode of communication is used by the Deaf.

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CBeebies to translate poems into sign language

Magic Hands will introduce children to the work of a wide range of poets from Shakespeare to Michaela Morgan

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Veritas Language Solutions - Language News's curator insight, February 28, 2013 7:32 AM

A helpful and important resource!


To know more about Veritas please click here:http://www.veritaslanguagesolutions.com/

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Hearing-impaired gather for Jehovah's Witnesses convention - The Jersey Journal

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Hearing-impaired gather for Jehovah's Witnesses convention
The Jersey Journal
Members on Saturday included those who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind and hearing persons who use American Sign Language, said convention spokesman Thomas Lynch.
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911 texting coming for hard of hearing - Regina Leader-Post

911 texting coming for hard of hearing - Regina Leader-Post | Sign language | Scoop.it
911 texting coming for hard of hearing
Regina Leader-Post
Earlier this year, the CRTC ruled that Canadian telephone and wireless companies must upgrade their networks to support new text capabilities for the hard of hearing by January 2014.
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There are many obstacles to implementing a 911 text service.  Is it acceptable that cell phone locations cannot be pinpointed with the accuracy of landlines?  Should the industry wait until this is possible?  will this give people who text 911a false sense of security?

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TouchCast - Creating interactive video on the iPad

TouchCast - Creating interactive video on the iPad | Sign language | Scoop.it

TouchCast is an iPad app that I downloaded recently and have been exploring a bit over the last couple of weeks. It's not often an app come along which really shakes up and existing genre like video, but I think TouchCast does and in a way that can be very beneficial for learners.


Via Baiba Svenca
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I am really looking forward to seeing how teachers are using this app.

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Gregory Fortin-Vidah's curator insight, September 18, 2013 8:28 PM

Seems interesting. Should take a look.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, September 19, 2013 3:55 AM

This looks like a fantastic tool along the lines of Zaption, where vieoes can have other content overlaid. Looking forward to having a play :)

Melanie Holcombe's curator insight, September 20, 2013 5:03 AM

Need to try this.

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Conference access failure shines light on ‘ignorance’ of deaf needs - Disability in the News | The Fed Online

Conference access failure shines light on ‘ignorance’ of deaf needs - Disability in the News | The Fed Online | Sign language | Scoop.it
Deaf people who use speech-to-text translation say the failure of a national disability conference to cater for their needs only highlights how often such discrimination takes place.They spoke out after a national conference – sponsored by the Depart...
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Technology that lets deaf people hear has a downside: it threatens sign languages - The Economist

Technology that lets deaf people hear has a downside: it threatens sign languages - The Economist | Sign language | Scoop.it
Technology that lets deaf people hear has a downside: it threatens sign languages
The Economist
BORN profoundly deaf, William Mager, a film-maker, gained some hearing in December.
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Lisa wants more children to grow up deaf aware - Mackay Daily Mercury

Lisa wants more children to grow up deaf aware - Mackay Daily Mercury | Sign language | Scoop.it
Lisa wants more children to grow up deaf aware Mackay Daily Mercury The Maroochydore-based deaf performing artist and teacher, who travels to Mackay frequently with her work, is eager to bridge the divide between deaf and hearing children by...
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Deaf Customers Sue Starbucks: Employees Accused Of Discrimination ... - Medical Daily

Deaf Customers Sue Starbucks: Employees Accused Of Discrimination ... - Medical Daily | Sign language | Scoop.it
Deaf Customers Sue Starbucks: Employees Accused Of Discrimination ...
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It is unbelievable that at the very least the manager would not take action for his customers.  I wonder if this is the whole story.  I guess I don't want to believe it is.

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Airman crosses from deaf culture into the blue future - DVIDS

Airman crosses from deaf culture into the blue future - DVIDS | Sign language | Scoop.it
Airman crosses from deaf culture into the blue future
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"In deaf culture, if you have anything to say, just say it. Sometimes when I was interpreting to a customer, Dad would appear as if he was coming across as rude or offensive.
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I always enjoy hearing the experiences of CODAs.  I never thought about them having to explain their parents' directness.  

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H3 TV

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This website produces news videos in International Sign Language.  I use American Sign Language as a second language and many of the concepts were understandable.  The manual alphabet are the same except for the letter 't'. I have often heard that Deaf people using different signed languages can communicate, albeit on a rudimentary level, after being around each other for a short time.  I wonder how this contrived language was settled upon. Who was allowed input?  Was the amount of users a determining factor in how much of the international language reflected a particular language?

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Tip-of-the-Tongue Moments Explained

Tip-of-the-Tongue Moments Explained | Sign language | Scoop.it

 

It's one of the most frustrating feelings: You know the word exists, and you know what it means, but you just can't spit it out.

New research suggests the forgetfulness may have to do with how frequently we use certain words.

The findings could help scientists understand more about how the brain organizes and remembers language.

 

 

For insight into the phenomenon, researchers tested people who speak two languages, as well as deaf people who use American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate.

"We wanted to look at whether we saw a parallel in signers – do they have a tip-of-the-finger state?" said Karen Emmorey, director of the Laboratory for Language & Cognitive Neuroscience at San Diego State University.

Emmorey and her colleagues found that yes, signers did experience tip-of-the-fingers, and about as often – roughly once a week – as speakers do.

Furthermore, just as speakers can often recall the first letter of the word – as in, "I know it starts with a 'b,'" – signers could sometimes think of part of the sign. In fact, signers were more likely to retrieve a sign's hand shape, location on the body, and orientation, than they were to remember its movement.

Emmorey sees this as a parallel with speakers, where both groups can more often access information from the beginning of the word.

"There's something privileged during language production about the beginning," she said.

One leading idea for what causes these annoying lapses is that when people try to think of a specific word, some other, similar-sounding word may come up in the brain and "block" their ability to access the correct word. This mechanism is called phonological blocking.

To test this idea, Emmorey's team compared bilingual speakers and people who could both speak English and sign ASL.

Previous research has shown that bilingual people have more tip-of-the-tongue moments than those who speak only one language. Some experts have suggested that this is because people who speak two languages have twice as many possible words in their heads to act as phonological blockers.

If that were the case, the scientists reasoned, this shouldn’t occur for people who are bilingual in spoken English and American Sign Language, since the signs and the words don't "sound" the same and shouldn't block each other.

But when they compared these people to bilinguals who spoke English and Spanish, they found that both groups had tip-of-the-tongue/finger states about equally as often. That suggests that phonological blocking is not to blame.

Instead, Emmorey said she suspects this kind of forgetfulness is due to infrequency of use; basically, the less often you use a word, the harder it is for your brain to access it.

This explanation could account for why tip-of-the-tongue is more common in all types of bilinguals, because for people who know more than one language, all words are used less frequently. For example, if you’re bilingual and you use each language about half the time, then you would use every word in each language about half as often as someone who uses only one language.

 

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The 'tip-of-the-tongue' I syndrome is evident in spoken and signed languages.  There is still not a clear answer as to why it occurs, but I am pleased that signed languages are being considered alongside spoken languages.

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To Make Hearing Aids Affordable, Firm Turns On Bluetooth : NPR

To Make Hearing Aids Affordable, Firm Turns On Bluetooth : NPR | Sign language | Scoop.it
Traditional hearing aids can be too expensive for many people. But a new type that uses Bluetooth technology costs only about $300.
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Bluetooth hearing aids that can be adjusted with one's own smartphone?  It seems as if they're on the horizon.  Maybe patients who are told that the benefit from pricey hearing aids does not justify the cost would consider these when they hit the market.

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Deaf Interpreters: In the Blind Spot of the Sign Language Interpreting Profession?

Deaf Interpreters: In the Blind Spot of the Sign Language Interpreting Profession? | Sign language | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago, I was looking through StreetLeverage posts and as I neared the end- perhaps even after I had looked at all of the titles—I realized that I had not seen anything explicitly about Deaf interpreters.

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