Real Talk, Good Action: The Indigenous Deaf Community

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When discussing racial tensions, experiences, and events — Indigenous Americans, also known as Native Americans, are often ignored and overlooked. In this webinar, part of the Real Talk, Good Action series presented by the Dismantling Racism Committee, we invite you to meet some Deaf Indigenous folks in our community. Come and learn about their experiences, tribes, how they navigate in the Deaf community and their Indigenous community, and the oppression they face. Learn about their issues and why we need to pay attention to these issues.

Registration for zoom link required, go to https://www.nad.org/webinar-indigenous-deaf-community/.

Recording will be made public after event.

McDonald’s Collaborates with the World’s First Sign Language Rap Artist to Promote Inclusivity and Understanding

In conjunction with The International Week of the Deaf, McDonald’s Finland collaborates with the well-known rapper Signmark to translate the restaurant chain’s iconic jingle into a sign language based song. Signmark and McDonald’s hope that the song will help to shed light on the prejudices people with hearing impairments face daily. Agency NORD DDB is behind the initiative.

McDonald’s latest campaign contributes to increased awareness about deafness with its first of a kind sign language jingle called Something bigger (I’m lovin’ it). The song is a part of McDonald’s Togetherness platform which aims to promote equality and inclusivity.

Read the rest at https://www.lbbonline.com/news/mcdonalds-collaborates-with-the-worlds-first-sign-language-rap-artist-to-promote-inclusivity-and-understanding.

 

 

https://www.silive.com/recsports/2022/09/deaf-island-boxer-competes-in-first-and-last-bout-ahead-of-operation-that-will-give-her-the-ability-to-hear.html

Staten Islander Andrea Moore (in black) battles Lisa Kilmer of North Carolina Saturday night in the First Responders' boxing event at Community Park. (Photo courtesy of Andrea Moore)

Boxing helped Andrea Moore overcome a lot of obstacles in her life — and that’s why she loves the sweet science.

 

The 29-year-old fighter, who resides in Rossville, was born deaf and was bullied growing up.

 

She turned to boxing at the age of 14 as a way to channel her anger from constantly being picked on.

 

“I had anger problems and my parents saw me hold my own whenever I played rough with the boys so they heard about this gym and brought me there,” explained Moore. “It instantly lit up a soul I didn’t know I had. Letting it all out by hitting the bag.

Read the rest at https://www.silive.com/recsports/2022/09/deaf-island-boxer-competes-in-first-and-last-bout-ahead-of-operation-that-will-give-her-the-ability-to-hear.html.

Head-mounted device allows deaf cyclists to ‘feel’ surrounding traffic

Deaf biker/cyclist demonstrating the device located on back of his head

A new device that helps deaf cyclists pinpoint the location of undetected passing traffic has been unveiled by a student from Brunel Design School.

Industrial designer Divine Okoroji, who was born deaf in one ear, said he hopes the device will give the hard of hearing more confidence on their bike.

“I never really used to cycle on the road,” said Okoroji, 22, from London. “I felt like I was always getting myself into positions where I was having near-misses, and that I’d probably be more confident and aware on the road if I could hear better.”

The slickly-designed device – SONEAR – uses ultrasonic sensors to monitor traffic, letting the user know when a vehicle is in their proximity by delivering small vibrations to the back of their head. As cars get closer, the tingling vibration increases, allowing the cyclist to ‘feel’ the car’s proximity to them.

Due to be exhibited at Made in Brunel at London’s Oxo Tower, the flagship design show for students from Brunel Design School, Okoroji hopes that his device can help deaf people participate in cycling’s ‘bike boom’ that first began with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read on at https://www.brunel.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/articles/%EF%BB%BF-Head-mounted-device-allows-deaf-cyclists-to-‘feel’-surrounding-traffic.

How Two Deaf Mountaineers Thrive on High Peaks

Scott Lehmann and Shayna Unger converse in ASL on a snow covered mountain

Communication can be the difference between life and death in mountaineering. Climbers Scott Lehmann and Shayna Unger know that as well as anyone.

During their 2018 ascent of Argentina’s 22,837-foot Aconcagua, climbers Scott Lehmann, 33, and Shayna Unger, 30, carried pads of paper and pens in their pockets. As they stayed at Camp 2 at 18,000 feet and awaited good weather, the two wrote down questions on the pad about the forecast and about route conditions, and then showed their written inquiries to other climbers they met. It was a cumbersome means of communication, but it was the best way for Lehmann and Unger to obtain the information, since both climbers are deaf.

Other climbers proved to be unhelpful and indecisive in answering their inquiries—Lehmann and Unger believe the climbers didn’t want to be responsible for their safety on the peak. So, the two tried a different strategy. They awoke one morning at 4 A.M., unzipped the flap of their tent, and stared out into the darkness to see if other teams were preparing to push for the summit. Every few hours, they peeked their heads out of the tent, searching the camp for headlamps. Eventually, after two nights of staring into the dark pre-dawn sky, Lehmann and Unger saw lights flickering in a neighboring tent and then climbers emerging to move up the mountain. They knew it was time to climb.

Read on at https://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/climbing/deaf-climbing-couple.

Revolution Signs: Programs in American Sign Language (Aug. 21, 2022)

tour discussion on top of a old boat with cannons

Join us Sunday, Aug. 21 for a day of programs, tours, and talks translated into American Sign Language (ASL). ASL interpreters will accompany Museum guides on talks and tours to share narratives and observations and to facilitate question and answer sessions. Tickets include Museum admission, an ASL-interpreted Museum highlights tour beginning at 11:30 a.m. or 12:45 p.m., an ASL-interpreted showing of Washington’s War Tent at 1 p.m., and an ASL-interpreted 20-minute Meet James Forten first-person theatrical performance.

For questions, please contact Meg Bowersox, Manager of Gallery Interpretation, at mbowersox@amrevmuseum.org.

Revolution Signs is sponsored by The Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation.

More information and ticket purchases at https://www.amrevmuseum.org/events/revolution-signs-programs-in-american-sign-language?blm_aid=245167120.

ASL Scuba Diving classes

Interested in learning scuba diving?? Not sure? Have questions and want to talk with me or Scuba World? Feel free to DM me or call the Scuba World at 302-697-2882. It will be one of your best lifetime experiences!

We have 2 open water certification classes using ASL (end of August and September). If the dates do not work for you, please do let me know and we will have more offerings in near future.

Several epic facts that all divers should know: 1. Sharks ARE friendly beasts (watch shark week this week on the discovery channel!). 2. Ocean is the last frontier. 3. Water absorbs light. 4. Recreational diving is limited to 130 feet. 5. Soon, ocean will contain plastic more than fish.
https://oceanwideexplorers.com/15-epic-scuba-diving-facts-every-diver-should-know/

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– thanks to Mindi Failing

Israeli Startup to Make 2022 World Cup Deaf-Accessible

i24 News – Planning for the 2022 World Cup is reaching its final stages, including for people with disabilities, who are the focus of an Israeli startup that is working to make the mega-event in Qatar accessible to the deaf community.

“There are going to be thousands of deaf people coming to Qatar from all over the world,” Tomer Levy, founder and CEO of Sign Now, told i24NEWS.

Read on at https://www.algemeiner.com/2022/07/22/israeli-startup-to-make-2022-world-cup-deaf-accessible.