EwOk, the World’s Most Famous Deaf Professional Gamer

We saw in Unusualverse that the video game has been one of the last conquests of Sign Language. Now, from the industry’s point of view, Deaf people are also rampaging as professional gamers and streamers. This is EwOk, a Deaf gamer and online streamer with so much talent that people want to learn Sign Language to communicate with her.

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Reminder – DAD Meeting this Sunday September 15

DAD LogoPublic Welcome

September 15 (Sunday) at 1pm

Bear Library (just off Route 1)
Meeting Room #3 (see note below)
101 Governors Pl, Bear, DE 19701

Note: We’ll meet in meeting room 3 inside the library, past the other meeting rooms at the entrance of the library. The room is located on the other side of the book checkout area when you walk in on your left side and just before a computer classroom.

Public Comments open on Advisory Guidelines for Aircraft Onboard Wheelchairs

The U.S. Access Board has released for public comment advisory guidelines for wheelchairs used on commercial passenger aircraft during flight. These onboard wheelchairs are provided by air carriers as a means of facilitating the transfer of passengers with disabilities to aircraft lavatories since personal wheelchairs cannot be used in the cabin. Comments should be submitted no later than October 21, 2019.
#WheelchairAccessibility, #NetDe, #DeSCPD


#NowWeSee a link to the Federal Register, A daily journal of the U. S. Government to read the article requesting public comment.

CNN Opinion: Twista ASL interpreter’s viral moment misses the point

Opinion by Lilit Marcus
Aug 23, 2019

Editor’s Note: Lilit Marcus is a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), author, and travel editor at CNN.com. Deaf with a capital D is often used to specify the active, proud Deaf community, as opposed to the lowercase-d deaf which simply indicates a person with hearing loss.The views expressed here are hers.

(CNN) – This week, a video of American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter Amber Galloway Gallego working alongside rapper Twista, described by The Root as “the fastest rapping MC in the world,” went viral.

Thousands of people shared the video of Gallego’s interpreting and praised her for her speed and accuracy.

While I’m sure anybody would be thrilled to have total strangers congratulating them on their work performance, I have just one question for the folks going wild over Gallego’s interpreting — do you understand anything the signer is saying? If the answer is no, I want you to think before you share that video, especially if you’re doing it to feel more engaged with the Deaf community.

Gallego, who is hard of hearing herself, is known as an interpreter who works often with rap and hip-hop musicians, and a self-professed ally in the Deaf community, but she’s hardly the first interpreter to go viral. There’s clearly just something about these videos that fascinates or excites people.

But when you treat other languages like fun, exotic modes of performance instead of like utilities, you are praising people who interpret for the deaf — while ignoring the deaf. Too many hearing people see signing as performance art instead of a living, breathing language that many people use to communicate basic thoughts and needs every single day.

Centering hearing people in Deaf experiences and presenting ASL as amusement for hearing concert-goers instead of as a mode of communication for the Deaf does a huge disservice to interpreters and their profession. For the dozens of profiles and hot takes written about Gallego, there are no such accompanying stories about discrimination, lack of access, and other real-time issues facing the deaf community.

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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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