Meet the Author: Sofia Seitchik

In commemoration of International Week of the Deaf, join us as we meet Author Sofia Seitchik who will share her experiences writing and publishing her book “The Light of Deaf Women: Inspirational Stories from Visionaries, Artists, Founders and Entrepreneurs.” In addition, meet Deaf Marylanders featured in the book who will also share their stories.
“The Light of Deaf Women: Inspirational Stories from Visionaries, Artists, Founders, and Entrepreneurs” is a book aimed to motivate all kinds of people to go after their dreams, channel their inner artist, take that leap to found an organization, or even to start their own business. The book has over 80 stories of Deaf women with diverse identities, backgrounds, and journeys.
Following the program, the author will sell and sign her books. Light refreshments will be available. This program is co-sponsored by the Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library.

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Watch a preview of deaf model, actor Nyle DiMarco on ABC’s What Would You Do? premiere

If you’ve ever wondered what a person’s true colors are when no one is watching, look no further than ABC hidden-camera show What Would You Do?

The series returns Friday, Aug. 9 for an all-new season, and this year, they’re kicking it up a notch by introducing a celebrity guest to the equation — the season premiere features Dancing with the Stars and America’s Next Top Model winner Nyle DiMarco.

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Sunshine 2.0: Life on Earth in ASL/English in Edgewater, Maryland


AUGUST 15, 2019 | 2:00 – 3:15 PM

Don’t miss out on your chance to see Sunshine 2.0 perform Sunshine 2.0: Life on Earth in ASL/English at Anne Arundel County in Edgewater, Maryland at the AACPL – Edgewater Community Library!

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Anne Arundel County Public Library
25 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater, MD 21037
THURS, AUG 15, 2019 | 2:00 – 3:15 PM

Join us for an interactive sign language and spoken English play about a team of scientists who must save the Earth from an evil blob! Enjoy ASL Poetry, dance, sign-mime, songs, and storytelling.

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Accessibility Services: For specific accessibility needs, please contact Edgewater Community Library at (410)-222-1538.

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Maryland Deaf Culture Digital Library
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Local man leads effort to expand deaf-owned businesses

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For one group of entrepreneurs, technology may be the great equalizer.

Deaf people across the country are more likely to be unemployed, not get hired and either leave or lose a job due to discrimination, but Charlottesville’s Dominic Lacy says new technologies are leveling the playing field.

Lacy is the chief innovation officer for Communication Service for the Deaf, the nation’s largest deaf-led social impact organization. He also leads the Austin, Texas-based nonprofit’s social venture fund, which acts as an incubator for deaf persons starting up their own businesses and supports businesses that focus on hiring deaf persons.

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Netflix’s Dance Movie ‘Feel the Beat’

After two years of auditioning, Deaf and non-Deaf roles, Shaylee began to wonder if she’ll be something more than a cameo. While she is grateful for the opportunities, Shaylee and I had regular conversations about how slow Hollywood is when it comes to minorities. Shortly afterward, Shaylee read for a new role, she noticed… “So many lines!” Her eyes lightened up. One audition after another and one callback after another, Shaylee booked her dream role!

We are so proud to announce that Shaylee is in Netflix’s dance film “Feel the Beat.” This wouldn’t have been made possible without Netflix and the production company’s belief in casting a young, authentic Deaf actress to play as a Deaf dancer. And we mustn’t forget the writers for bringing Shaylee’s character into existence. Now, Shaylee believes she’ll be the second Deaf superhero (go @laurenridloff ) and wants to do a comedy next. 😂 When you see it, you believe it.

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Note: announcement posted by parents Sheena McFeely and Manny Johnson via Facebook. Article only mentions Shaylee Mansfield by name, nothing more. Nevertheless, Netflix has been paving the way for greater inclusion.

BYU students expand Animojis to include Sign Language

PROVO (ABC4 News) – Advertising students at BYU have developed a prototype for an Animoji-like program that incorporates American Sign Language (ASL): Handimojis.

The Apple Animojis use facial tracking software to superimpose your facial features onto an animal emoji. This new prototype expands that tracking software to hands and sign language.


Hospital VRI warning (short version)

Warning made by Feta Fernsler about importance of speaking up on interpreting situations in medical situations. For example, VRI freezing up and not explain the problem to nurses. Must document and speak up. If you can’t, have someone with you help you speak up. If you don’t speak up about VRI problems, hospital wins and that’s what happened. Just one of the few key points. Read the article and court case to learn more at