Cave Paintings May Depict Ice Age Sign Language

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(Inside Science) — Tens of thousands of years ago in what is now Europe, people held their hands against cave walls and blew a spray of paint, leaving bare rock where their hands had rested. Many of these stencils show all five fingers, but in some, fingers appear to be shortened or missing. 

Researchers have proposed grisly explanations for these absent digits: Perhaps the artists lost fingers to frostbite or disease, or perhaps they endured amputations for ritual purposes or punishment. But other experts have long argued that it’s more likely they weren’t missing any fingers at all. Instead, the stone age artists may have been folding their fingers down to make hand signs — possibly humanity’s earliest venture into writing on the wall. 

Now, a pair of linguists at the IKER lab at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) has weighed in on the debate, focusing on the hand stencils of Gargas Cave in France. All 92 stencils they analyzed correspond to hand positions that would be easy to make one-handed in the air, suggesting they would work well as components of a sign language. The findings from Gargas were published in March in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. The researchers are now expanding their analysis to other caves in western Europe that also contain hand stencils, and so far they are finding the same pattern, according to Aritz Irurtzun, one of the researchers who conducted the study.

“This gives weight to the hypothesis that these represent a sort of sign language,” said Irurtzun.

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Deaf-blind Paralympian quits Team USA when told she can’t bring assistant to Tokyo

Becca Meyers is a six-time Paralympic medalist with three golds from the 2016 Rio Games.

She was expected to compete for up to four medals in Tokyo. Instead she’s not going. After the 26-year-old deaf-blind swimmer was told she couldn’t bring her mother and personal care assistant (PCA) Maria Meyers to help her navigate Tokyo and the Olympic facilities, Meyers informed Team USA that she was quitting the team.

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NBDA Eastern Region meeting

This is to follow up with you and update you on the petition ( and Special Election.  We will have a meeting on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 6:30pm EST.  Please spread the word to your members and nonmembers.  The zoom link info can be found here:
East Regional Rep and Special Election Chairperson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Eastern Region Leaders _ Chapter Reps, VPs, and Presidents (Members and Nonmembers) with Updates (Petition and Special Election)
Time: Jul 15, 2021 18:30 Eastern Time (US and Canada)

To get the zoom link, contact Usherla below or contact Feta via contact page at

– Thanks to Usherla Deberry (deberryu at gmail dot com) for sharing the news.
Note: Delaware BDA chapter is either closed or inactive so it is not known how this impacts the eastern region meeting (i.e. voting).  Contact a member of DBDA for more details. 


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Our first time, 302 CLUB, hosts “DEAF CRABLIOUS ”  and wants to come this event and fun there. This event place is at Bellevue State Park and nearby the I- 95. It has different activities places, good view and hiking.  


Crabs, Chicken Wings, Whiting Fish, Collard Greens, Green Beans, Mix Vegetables, Mac Cheese, Salads, Corn on Cobs, Spanish Rice, Mashed Potato, Baked Beans and Watermelons

Ice Tea, Lemonade, Sodas, and Water Bottles

More information and RSVP link at


Note: DAD would like to remind you all about Federal/State Park Access card that we can get to save money to go into parks (either 1/2 off or free depending on type).  More details at

Asian Pacific Islander Deaf Youth Camp: Registration OPENS

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API Deaf Organizations are hosting the first time Asian Pacific Islander (API) Deaf Youth Camp! The registration OPENS now until July 9th at 11:59 PM (Your time zone) (Deadline). 
Flyer description below
Youth: 2nd graders to 12th graders only (upcoming Fall 2021). 
Registration: Free
Virtual via zoom
July 12th to 16th for the Deaf Youth group 
July 12th to 30th (tentative selected dates) for the CODA group
  • July 12th and July 16th
  • July 14th, July 22nd
  • More Sessions coming soon
For further information, Registration and Liability Form:
For inquires, please contact
Truly yours,
API Deaf Organizations
Asian Signers

Bay Area Asian Deaf Association (BAADA),

Greater Washington Asian Deaf Association (GWADA),

Metro South Asian Deaf Association (MSADA),

NamBi Foundation,

National Asian Pacific Islander Deaf Coalition (NAPIDC),

Southern California Asian Deaf Association (SCADA)

Delaware Deaf Mentor Annoucement

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We are happy to announce the NEW Deaf Mentor program is officially up and running. If you are interested in working with one of our trained mentors, a great resource for our Delaware families, a request can be made through Delaware Hands & Voices. We are all excited to begin this program and get families matched!

Arielle Morris
Delaware Families for Hands & Voices
– Thanks to Hands & Voices newsletter for this announcement. 
Update 2 – apparently the National Hands and Voices has  more info about this program as Delaware’s site has not yet added the info online.  See under Deaf Mentors section.

Deaf-Friendly Evacuation Alert System Launches On Torrance Beach (California)

TORRANCE (CBSLA) — The world’s only emergency warning system designed for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals was activated Friday at Torrance Beach.
“Our beautiful @CountyofLA beaches are for everyone and they need to be accessible to everyone, regardless of ability,” Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn said on Twitter. “The BEELS emergency alert system won’t just save lives — it can be a model of accessibility and inclusion for beaches worldwide to follow.”

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Delaware School for the Deaf’s ‘small but mighty’ senior class graduates

Delaware School for the Deaf’s Class of 2021 only has two graduates, but that doesn’t make it any less special, School Leader Daphne Werner said.

“We have a very small but mighty graduating class,” Werner said.

The two graduates, Roberto Cuenca-Maldonado and Aden Yenchik, received their diplomas in a small, personalized ceremony in the school’s auditorium Thursday, which was preceded by a video of various school staffers discussing their favorite memories of the two students.


Cuenca-Maldonado, the school’s valedictorian, said he was in disbelief that his graduation, a day he’s been looking forward to for years, finally arrived.

“I feel like all the weight is off my shoulders. I feel free. I’m ready to go,” Cuenca-Maldonado said.

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