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.

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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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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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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, and we are excited to announce we are hosting events all over the USA in fall. More information is on

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

Squareglow –
Sprint Accessibility –
Sorenson VRS –
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Eisenberg and Baum LLP –
Route 66 –
Eyeth Visual Entertainment –


SATURDAY, March 13, 6-8pm EST: Keynote Speaker Akilah English on “Decolonizing K-12 Deaf Education: Racial Justice and Radical Healing with Courage and Compassion”

WEDNESDAY, March 17, 6-8pm EST: ASL Game Night

TUESDAY, March 23, 6-8pm EST: Native American Deaf panel on “Turtle Island Hand Talk: Our Purpose, Our Goals, Our Teaching”

FRIDAY, April 2, 6-8pm EST: Hot Terp Topic: DeafBlind Interpreting Services

SATURDAY, April 10, 6-8pm EST: ASL Skit Night with MC Ian Sanborn

THURSDAY, April 15: ASL Performance “Got Hearies?” by Queen Foreverrr

WHO: All are welcome. Prior knowledge of topic: little/none

WHERE: Online Zoom (link will be emailed 24 hours prior to the event)

CEUs: 0.2 PS for Keynote, Panel and Hot Terp Topic; 0.2 GS for all other events


All events for TRUE-BIZ ASL are presented in ASL with voice interpreters. The events are in conformance with local, state, provincial, and federal statutes regarding disabilities. Activities and facilities shall be accessible to all individuals. For additional accommodations and inquiries, e-mail us at: truebizasl (at)

Refund Policy

NO refunds will be given unless the presenters and/or TRUE-BIZ ASL cancels the event(s).

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Deaf women fought for the right to vote

If Susan B. Anthony had a deaf sister, everyone would know that deaf suffragists fought tirelessly for expanding women’s right to vote, right alongside Anthony herself. Everyone would know deaf suffragists contributed to women’s emancipation in the United States and Britain and that they lived bold lives.

As a researcher of deaf history, including deaf women’s history, I work to illuminate the often hidden history of deaf people and their unique contributions to the world. I have unearthed historical information about deaf women suffragists and assembled it into an online collection chronicling what is known – so far – about these women and their lives.

Despite harsh, discriminatory conditions, low pay and lack of recognition, countless deaf women have fought with brilliance and dedication for personal and professional recognition, including for the right to vote.

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Apple Stores offering free sign language interpreter appointments

Apple is now offering prescheduled support from sign language interpreters at hundreds of its retail stores in nearly a dozen countries. The service is provided to customers by appointment at no cost.

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NOTE: When you make an appointment, there will be a link somewhere to request ASL as seen in the picture in article.