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 Amsterdamoverwhelmingly has been an example of best practices sinceSeason 1, through casting authentically, including Lauren Ridloff andEileen 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.
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.
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)
(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.
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.
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.”