Gallaudet and U.S. Naval Academy debaters to address deaf people serving in the military

The Gallaudet University debate team, fresh off a top-eight performance in the Social Justice Debates at Morehouse College last month, is now preparing for its second intercollegiate debate of the 2021-2022 academic year. They will compete with – not wholly against – the United States Naval Academy on Friday, April 29 at 6 p.m. in Peikoff Alumni House. The event will be livestreamed.

The debate topic is “Deaf people should be allowed to serve in the United States military.” The affirmative side is required to make the case that on balance, allowing deaf people to serve in the U.S. military is in the public interest of the United States. In contrast, the negative may concede that allowing deaf people to serve in the U.S. military has unique benefits but that the status quo or an alternate solution is more beneficial for the country. 

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Interpreter Shortage Challenges Appropriate Medical Care For Deaf Patients

Doreen Simons, a certified deaf interpreter, uses a video remote interpreting (VRI) service from her Farmington home.

Deaf residents report frequent issues with sign language interpretation at Connecticut hospitals and health care facilities, hindering their ability to understand medical care fully.

And though video remote interpreting (VRI) services are widely available at Connecticut hospitals, patients have reported mixed experiences with the technology.

The issues persist more than 30 years after passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires interpretation for patients and family members under the “effective communication” section of the law. In the last three years, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has negotiated four settlements with medical facilities in Connecticut for complaints related to communication with deaf patients.

“At one point, ADA and accessibility seemed to be very good,” said Marissa Rivera, an advocate with Disability Rights Connecticut (DRCT). “And now, in 2022, it has completely collapsed.”

The reasons are multiple and complex but often attributed to an ongoing interpreter shortage, which makes it hard to consistently secure in-person interpretation, especially during unplanned emergency room visits.

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Rehoboth museum sets tour with ASL interpreter May 7

Red bouy on right side, lifeguard stand in the middle with varying equipment over time displayed, on left side in the back is a lighthouse station

The Rehoboth Beach Museum invites visitors who are deaf and hard of hearing to join a museum docent and an American Sign Language interpreter for a tour of its current exhibits from 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, May 7.

Attendees will explore both permanent exhibits and the special exhibit, The Storm of ’62.

The tour is free with registration.

For more information and to register, go to and click on the listing for the ASL guided tour on the calendar of museum events.

The museum is located at 511 Rehoboth Ave. and is handicap accessible. Email with any questions.

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How the ‘Hogwarts of Idaho’ helped a local teenager and hundreds of other deaf and blind students


GOODING — Step into a high school reading class on a weekday afternoon and you’ll likely hear teenagers chatting, laughing and telling stories.

But inside one classroom in a unique central Idaho school, around a dozen students aren’t using their voices to tell ‘The Three Little Pigs’; rather, they’re signing the story.

The teenagers are all deaf or hard of hearing and attend the Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind. The first student to volunteer to stand in front of the class and sign part of the assignment is Reagan Sermon – an 18-year-old from Idaho Falls.

“I love this school and I wish I came here my whole life,” Reagan tells “ASL is my native language which I learned first before I was speaking English.”

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Fundraiser for Deaf People of Ukraine

The Delaware Association of Deaf Citizens (DDSC) is hosting a fundraiser for deaf Ukrainians from April 22-28th at The Clayton Theater in Dagsboro.  The Oscar-winning movie “CODA” will be shown 11 times during that week.  The theater will donate a portion of all the admission tickets sold. Tickets are $11 for evening shows and $9 for seniors and matinee shows.  Patrons can also buy raffle tickets for the various gift baskets that will be on display in front of the theater, as well as donations of cash or checks.  DDSC will donate all funds to the special Ukrainian fund set up by the World Federation of the Deaf. Showtimes are on the attached flyer and on the theater website
Donation checks can also be sent payable to “DDSC” to Sherry Duhon: 38535 Oyster Catcher Dr, Ocean View, DE 19970
Come watch “CODA” on the big screen and support a good cause between April 22 and 28th.
Show times and more:  CODA Movie Flyer-PDF  (Requires PDF Reader)

‘The Simpsons’ Makes History With First Deaf Voice Actor and Use of American Sign Language

When “The Simpsons” creative team decided to use American Sign Language in this Sunday’s episode, there was one hitch: The show’s animated characters have only four fingers.

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“That was a little tricky, especially because the one thing we’re translating is Shakespeare,” says writer Loni Steele Sosthand. “But I think we pulled it off.”

Sosthand, who joined “The Simpsons” in 2020, is the writer behind the show’s April 10 installment, “The Sound of Bleeding Gums.” The episode is not only notable for featuring the first-ever use of ASL on “The Simpsons,” but it also includes the show’s first-ever deaf voice actors.

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