“New Amsterdam” Adds Sandra Mae Frank, Deaf Actress, as a Doctor

Sandra Frank, light skinned in blue dress with dirty blond hair

New York, August 19 – Deaf actress Sandra Mae Frank has joined NBC’s “New Amsterdam” as Dr. Elizabeth Wilder.

It is important to note that Frank is being added as a doctor, as many medical shows feature disabled actors as patients, but not as people who are helping others. Actors Rachel Handler, who is an amputee, and Matthew Jeffers, who is a little person, previously have been cast in roles as medical professionals. New Amsterdam overwhelmingly has been an example of best practices since Season 1, through casting authentically, including Lauren Ridloff and Eileen Grubba; working with consultants to ensure accurate storylines; and including conversations about diverse topics within the disability community.

Frank is a trained stage and film actor. Ever since she made her mark in Deaf West’s “Spring Awakening” on Broadway, she has been doing various projects from music videos, theater productions, films, and TV. She is also the production manager of Deaf Austin Theatre, a nonprofit theater company in Austin, Texas. Most recently Frank was featured on NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, performing a song in ASL.

Read the rest at https://www.respectability.org/2021/08/new-amsterdam-sandra-mae-frank.

Disney+ movies and SignUp in ASL

ASL Captions for Disney+ Movies just launched via the Google Chrome Extension “SignUp”. This extension allows the user to have on-screen ASL signing alongside children’s movies on Disney+!!!

SignUp enables the viewer to switch on a movie and, simultaneously, a small pop-up window will appear with an interpreter signing in ASL!!! The movies that are currently available, with more to come, are: Moana, The Incredibles, Zootopia, and Despicable Me.

You can access the extension at: http://www.signupcaptions.com/

Screenshot below from Maine Hands and Voices

Free Deaf Interpreter training

Want to be a Deaf Interpreter??

Great news!! Sorenson Deaf Interpreter Academy is offering FREE 8-week online training (Sept 27-November 19, 2021) for new Deaf Interpreters who are interested in starting a career as a Deaf Interpreter.

Will earn 6.65 CEU.

8-week training includes:
* Weekly online assignments and seminars
* Mentoring sessions
* Group Lab work
* Mock interpreting opportunities
* plus an Immersion weekend event (Nov 6-7)

All training will be held online.

For more information: DIAcademy@sorenson.com
Apply here: https://www.deafinterpreteracademy.com/gear-up
Application deadline: Aug 31st

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Cave Paintings May Depict Ice Age Sign Language

cave painting/drawing shows 2 hands

(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.

Read the rest of the story at https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/cave-paintings-may-depict-ice-age-sign-language.


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.

Read the rest of the story at https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/olympics/deaf-blind-paralympian-quits-team-usa-when-told-she-cant-bring-assistant-to-tokyo/ar-AAMl0x4?ocid=sf.

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.”

Read the rest at https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/06/18/deaf-friendly-evacuation-alert-torrance-beach.

Open Captioned Movies (Dagsboro, DE)

The Clayton Theater is opening its doors once again, with precautions in place.

Here are the open captioned times for June with two films.

  1. Thursday, June 10th at 3:00
    A QUIET PLACE 2 (PG13). Deaf actress Millicent Simmonds is in the film.
  2. Wednesday. June 23 at 3:00
    IN THE HEIGHTS (PG13), the new screen version of the successful Broadway musical.

Deafopia expos 2021

Deafopia announce new improved website, www.deafopia.com and we are excited to announce we are hosting events all over the USA in fall. More information is on www.deafopia.com

Keep your eyes on our website for more update information on coming events, shop with deaf-owned businesses at Deafopia Marketplace Mall.

www.deafopia.com, our new improved website. Special thanks to Eric Hamlow from Blue Spot Designs to create this website.

Please recognize our sponsors for making Deafopia Marketplace Mall open to all deaf owned busiensses.

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