Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The fear of falling.

It was a scary couple of weeks after Queen Teen's fall. Her hand remained swollen and bruised, and even though the first set of x-rays showed no fractures, we waited anxiously for the second set to confirm. Sometimes it can take several day or weeks for a fracture to become apparent in an x-ray.

More at http://gravity-check.blogspot.com/2011/11/fear-of-falling.html

Thoughts about John Yeh and Viable; Justice has been served!

Justice has been served.The Department of Justice was not "biased" for targeting deaf/foreign-owned companies like Viable as said by some commentators. DOJ has gone after large corporations such as Enron and Madoff's Ponzi Scheme. Nine years in federal prison does not mean he will serve all nine years.

More at http://deafpostmodern.blogspot.com/2011/11/thoughts-about-john-yeh-and-viable.html

Unapproachable Deaf People?

Are deaf and hard of hearing people really that “unapproachable” simply because they have a different way of communicating? In some ways I’d say “yes” and in some ways I’d say “no.” That would depend on the context of a situation.

More at http://kokonutpundits.blogspot.com/2011/11/unapproachable-deaf-people.html

My thoughts on Occupy Wall Street

This image says it all. The media plays such a powerful role in the construction of our minds. It is critical that we take responsibility to absorb different elements of the "truth". The photo is one example. I urge you all to visit Patti Durr's excellent blog that chronicles deaf moral entrepreneurs promoting certain important ideas about our current sad state of affairs.

More at http://deafpostmodern.blogspot.com/2011/11/my-thoughts-on-occupy-wall-street.html

and just like that, its wednesday

naturally there is a certain level of busyness that comes with six different schedules. life’s happenings seem to run at a constant speed of GO. rest has been far out of reach since our drive to north carolina last week (really it has been ever since we had three kids).

More at http://thankfulformyears.blogspot.com/2011/11/and-just-like-that-its-wednesday.html

Court hands down stiff sentences to Yehs and Viable

Today, Judge Pisano sentenced John Yeh to 108 months in federal prison with 3 years of post-prison supervised release (aka parole supervision). He was given credit for the time he spent in a Maryland jail earlier this year before state charges were dropped over an unrelated matter.

More at http://clercjr.wordpress.com/2011/11/30/court-hands-down-stiff-sentences-to-yehs-and-viable/

Well, Hmmm….Here are the Updates…For What They’re Worth

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve posted. I’m ashamed really. Things have been crazy busy, and the holiday season just means they’re going to get crazier. On top of that, we learned that my husband’s company is dissolving his department...

More at http://babyears.blogspot.com/2011/11/well-hmmmhere-are-updatesfor-what.html

Deafhood Quotes

“The most important thing in communication
is hearing what isn’t said.”
— Peter F. Drucker: was an influential writer and management consultant


More at http://brotheryellow.com/2011/11/30/deafhood-quotes/

New updates to VRS cases

There was a sealed motion (not available to the public) filed in court today involving the Yehs and property asset (which could include money, property, etc) forfeiture to the U.S. government, but this will be discussed in court tomorrow (Wednesday November 30) at 9am Eastern.

More at http://clercjr.wordpress.com/2011/11/29/new-updates-to-vrs-cases/

How Cyborgs Will Change the Fabric of Society

Claudia Mitchell demonstrates the functionality of her 'bionic arm' during a news conference on September 14, 2006 in Washington, DC. Mitchell is the first female recipient of a 'thought controlled bionic arm', an advanced prosthesis, developed by the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

More at http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2011/11/23/cyborgs_will_change_the_fabric_of_society_and_our_relationship_to_technology_.html

In Which I Start Making The Meeting Rounds And Do Some Seizure Sewing

Today was a day of meetings. It's the time of year when Connor's annual appointments for everything start coming due, so I end up doing a lot of coordinating to make sure everything happens when it should. Today was an EFMP meeting day.

More at http://connorssong.blogspot.com/2011/11/in-which-i-start-making-meeting-rounds.html

ITU Workshop on “Telecommunications Relay Services for Persons with Disabilities” Geneva, Switzerland, 25 November 2011

David Rose and Christopher Jones attended the ITU Workshop on “Telecommunications Relay Services for Persons with Disabilities” which was held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 25 November 2011.

An overview of the program can be found here, and the days proceedings can be found here.

More at http://daartcampaign.co.uk/2011/11/30/itu-workshop-telecommunications-relay-services-persons-disabilities-geneva-switzerland-25-november-2011/

In Which I Start Making The Meeting Rounds And Do Some Seizure Sewing November 30th, 2011 by Connor's Song Today was a day of meetings. It’s the time of year when Connor’s annual appointments for everything start coming due, so I end up doing a lot of coordinating to make sure everything happens when it should. Today was an EFMP meeting day. EFMP, or the Exceptional Read More Posted in ASL, Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, SEE | * Upvote * Share * Upvote * Tweet NEW MTA PROJECT MAKES SUBWAY EASIER FOR HARD OF HEARING

Check this out! I have noticed more and more subways in the city have Telecoil. MTA Project makes subway easier for hearing impaired The video itself is DOES NOT have captions but below the video has the entire transcript.

More at http://growinguphardofhearing.blogspot.com/2011/11/new-mta-project-makes-subway-easier-for.html

Batteries By Post

PEOPLE in the Ammanford area who are hard of hearing are being urged to take advantage of a new postal service.

Alan Graham, chairman of the Ammanford Hard Of Hearing group, had complained that members could obtain batteries for their hearing aids only by travelling to Amman Valley Hospital in Glanaman or Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli.

More at http://byddarcymru.blogspot.com/2011/11/batteries-by-post.html

Our Hearing Friends

I dream of a country where our American Sign Language catches on like wildfire until it’s so common to see signing on every street corner, in every mall and museum, in every school and park. I would love it: just to feel that much more connected to the world around me because of communication becoming more accessible.

More at http://jparrishlewis.com/2011/11/29/our-hearing-friends/

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The hear-changing iPad

Ah what a lovely weekend I had at home with the Rents, doing a spot of Christmas shopping, catching up and giving them iLessons, which were necessary after they became the proud owners of an iPhone and iPad!

It all started when Pa decided he wanted an upgrade on his Nokia, so we popped into their local O2 store.

More at http://www.deafinitelygirly.com/2011/11/hear-changing-ipad.html

Grasshopper Days

Outside my window...  bare branches, green cedars, firs, and hemlocks, and some blue sky peeking through the clouds.

I am thinking...  still in (happy) shock over my brother's good news (post below), and working through the details of this very busy week.

More at http://herdinggrasshoppers.blogspot.com/2011/11/grasshopper-days_28.html

Oops! Not Again!!!

I took my hearing aids out Friday night and noticed an ear dome was missing. Uh oh. It had stayed behind in my ear!

An ear dome is the tiny tip that fits inside the ear canal.

More at http://speakuplibrarian.blogspot.com/2011/11/oops-not-again.html

turkeytastrophe

Hello friends, I'm back from a week off from blogging. I had a fabulous Thanksgiving and I'm looking forward to sharing more about it later in the week, but for now I'd like to pick up exactly where I left off.
 
As you might recall from the previous post, I had some wonderful Thanksgiving activities planned for Friday - mainly the Turkey Tracks recipe.

More at http://untenured.blogspot.com/2011/11/turkeytastrophe.html

Bacallao objects to pre-sentencing report

About two weeks ago, VRS case defendant Jessica Bacallao’s lawyer filed an objection to the prosecution’s prepared Presentence Investigation Report (also known as Pre-Sentencing Report, PSR).

It is very important for federal defendants to clear up any errors or inaccuracies in the PSR because once it is finalized by the court, it generally cannot be changed.

More at http://clercjr.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/bacallao-objects-to-pre-sentencing-report/

Alone “On Purpose”

I was reminded that these tips work well for most holiday situations, but not ALL. Are you ever invited to holiday gatherings that are not “family” or close friend centered activities? It can be quite difficult to navigate holiday gatherings that you are not in control of – or – that are attended by folks you may not know so well.

More at http://hearingelmo.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/alone-on-purpose/

"Hi, Friend, Play?"

I've often heard the sentiment that music is the universal language. I've also heard that love is the universal language.  Language is a funny thing because even within each culture, we have many different dialects.

More at http://xpressivehandz.blogspot.com/2011/11/hi-friend-play.html

Deaf Educational Programs

Do you feel your area’s schools have adequate programs for deaf children?  Vote on our DeafandHoH poll and share your thoughts on Wednesday night.

DeafandHoH.com has recently completed the school directory listings for all states.

More at http://www.outerchat.com/?p=359

Monday, November 28, 2011

How Accurate Are Audiograms

I have been told by some audiologists, that when looking at an audiogram, look at it as more of a prediction or educated guess of how one will hear. It is not an 100% accurate portrayal of how one hears in all situations in the real world.

More at http://www.ehwhathuh.com/2011/11/how-accurate-are-audiograms.html

I can now hear my children laugh & play its an amazing sound

This post is an anonymous guest post Were do I start ? Well I noticed my hearing was a little bit bad and had really bad tinatous so kept going to the dr’s to ask for some help but kept getting fobbed off with “oh it’s hayfever” (it was winter ).

More at http://www.therealsupermumblog.com/tag/hearing-loss/

Alera FAQs – DFS Ultra Whistle Control

The strong setting for DFS Ultra with built-in Whistle Control is more aggressive in what it identifies as potential feedback and will attack it more quickly. In fact, it may reduce gain even in non-critical situations when the DFS Ultra feedback cancellation filters can easily eliminate feedback.

More at http://gnresoundblog.com/2011/11/28/faqs-dfs-ultra/

Hearing Loss, Motorcycle Helmets and Vitamins

Our posts have been spotty this month because — like you — we have been busy doing stuff. Don’t ask us what stuff, just stuff! Today’s post is about two items that were reported several months ago in Hearing Review that have consumers appeal, so we’ll summarize them here.

More at http://tucsonaudiology.wordpress.com/2011/11/27/hearing-loss-motorcycle-helmets-and-vitamins/

The meaning of family

A word that has existed for a long, long time and one that has changed indefinitely over time. The saying “blood is thicker than water” often explains it all, but to me, family can mean many things. Being on a football team and playing together for a long time or having a bunch of friends that stick together for a long time, can be called a family.

More at http://www.thebuffandblue.net/?p=7819

Someday

Thanksgiving was delightful. Our beloved friend Krissy (Kristen to the rest of the world) came down from L.A. for the weekend with her two-year-old daughter, my goddaughter Vivi. Scrumptious. Brilliant. Beautiful. Oh, did we have fun.

More at http://melissawiley.com/blog/2011/11/27/someday-is-now/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+bonnyglen+%28Here+in+the+Bonny+Glen%29

Thankful

It was the first time in 3 years that we'd been in California for Thanksgiving and SUCH a blessing to be be together as a family with my grandparents, Aunt, Uncle, Mom and Dad :)

The day after was just as sweet...
Reading books with Gramma while Gramps and Daddy wash the trucks

More at http://theburdettjourney.blogspot.com/2011/11/thankful.html

This is "Indescribable"

I love the passion expressed through this woman's artful interpretation of "Indescribable". She goes by the name "handsvoiceactivated" on YouTube. This is beautiful and uplifting. The lyrics are below, though she takes artistic license and adds meaning through the signs.

More at http://xpressivehandz.blogspot.com/2011/11/this-is-indescribable.html

How Audiograms Help Me as an Itinerant Teacher of Deaf/HH Students

When I was in graduate school, I remember studying audiograms (hearing assessment results, plotted on a graph) and thinking, “Why in the world do I need to know how to read an audiogram?” “I am here to teach, not be an audiologist, what does it matter?”

More at http://www.ehwhathuh.com/2011/11/how-audiograms-help-me-as-itinerant.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+EhWhatHuh+%28Eh%3F+What%3F+Huh%3F%29

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Newsletter for November 2011

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November 2011 Newsletter
Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center

Health, Safety, and Productivity
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Wow, it's been 2 months since I last wrote. So much has been going on. We are transitioning all our databases to salesforce.com, this means that work won't get repeated when trying to contact volunteers or the papers all fall on the floor and we play 21 pickup. Ugh... Well that will soon be a thing of the past.

We have been collecting used lotto scrachers and entering the second chance drawing on those so if you want to collect tickets and send them our way that would be great!

While I'm on the subject of collecting things we need old cellphones. They are worth money! Not a lot but it helps pay for the things our clients need. So please gather up the old cellphone and printer carriages and send them our way.

This Monday is Cyber Monday!
Please visit our webstore athttp://www.tinyurl.com/ocdac-asl for plenty of cute novelties that represents deaf culture items. All proceeds aid education, training, independent living skills, employment, residency, and personal well being programs offered by the Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center.

Oh, I almost forgot. My Holiday Wish!!!
http://wishes.causes.com/wishes/412412
Please go check it out and tell your friends. We are trying to raise money for a classroom!

Please let us know what you think, we really like feedback.

Thanks for reading :)

Beth Koenig
Executive Director

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We plan to put more videos on our new channel and have them captioned, so if you like to transcribe stuff or always wanted to caption stuff this is a great time to volunteer!

We post the latest news on our Facebook page. There you can find news from around the world as well as the latest info about what is happening at OCDAC.
Tel: (714) 699-3323
Fax: (949) 955-0054
Email: admin@deafadvcacy.org

Saturday, November 26, 2011

TINNITUS with a Cochlear Implant???!!!!?!?!?!?!?!??!?

Nanowrimo took away my power and other things too. I will not finish nanowrimo in time.. I am stuck at 20,000 words and it's not possible for me to catch up to finish before December... I had to many days in between where I didn't write.

More at http://cocreatingourreality.com/profiles/blogs/tinnitus-with-a-cochlear-implant

Week Happenings

This week has been quite busy, apart from working, I went to our town’s christmas lights switch on, then the Nutcracker with my mum the next day!! I enjoyed both events!! I was quite pleased that there was no dialogue in the Nutcracker and it was all visual!!

More at http://bioniclissa.blogspot.com/2011/11/week-happenings.html

Santa Landing and things that still amaze me….

Yesterday, we went to see Santa arrive by helicopter at the oval. We weren’t sure if he would come in the helicopter or a firetruck and much to the delight of hundreds of children he arrived on a helicopter. The looks on the my kids faces was PRICELESS. Santa was waving from the helicopter.

More at http://thelawrencetriplets.blogspot.com/2011/11/santa-landing-and-things-that-still.html

University of Montevallo

To some extent she's right. Implants are almost impossible to buy. They are expensive (covered by most insurances) and you need a prescription (so to speak). That was her point. She went on to write "Save your money if you can't hear!!!"

More at http://deafkidscanhear.blogspot.com/2011/11/university-of-montevallo.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CochlearKids+%28Cochlear+Kids%29

"My Song" What it is like to be deaf or hearing impaired (an accurate depiction)

This film is 25 minutes in length. If you know someone who is deaf or hearing impaired, I suggest you find time to view this film. It also depicts how deafness affects the family. Well done, deep and touching film.

More at http://xpressivehandz.blogspot.com/2011/11/my-song-what-it-is-like-to-be-deaf-or.html

Deaf Teachers of Typically Hearing Students

My post, Deaf Student Teacher With Hearing Students, has some unanswered questions left by commenters. Perhaps these questions can be answered by the previous commenters or other readers may like to get involved with the discussion.

More at http://www.ehwhathuh.com/2011/11/deaf-teachers-of-typically-hearing.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+EhWhatHuh+%28Eh%3F+What%3F+Huh%3F%29

Sign Write

The title "sign write" is as best as I can describe a situation and it has to do with an observation I noticed in a discussion forum on a deaf-related topic. There was a hearing parent (of a deaf child) who actually wrote somewhat haltingly in English as if it was done in a signing format.

More at http://kokonutpundits.blogspot.com/2011/11/sign-write.html

Four Senses

Most of us have five senses but I only have four because I'm deprived of my hearing. It doesn't make me less of a person than the persons that have five senses and I like to think that my loss of hearing makes me more acute in other senses.

More at http://blogs.withem.co/echo/2011/11/27/four-senses/

Visit OCDAC's Webstore On Cyber Monday

This coming Monday, November 28, 2011 is "Cyber Monday"

Please visit our webstore at http://www.tinyurl.com/ocdac-asl for plenty of cute
novelties that represents deaf culture items.

All proceeds aid education, training, independent living skills, employment,
residency, and personal well being programs offered by the Orange County Deaf
Advocacy Center.

Richard

Friday, November 25, 2011

Want some Christmas Cards? You're in the right place!

I just love seeing how much the kids have grown and changed each year. And this year Coen gets to be on his very first Christmas Card! So I'm sure you can imagine my excitement with Shutterfly offered to send us some Christmas Cards to check out this year.

More at http://www.profoundlyseth.com/

Stephen's Cochlear Implant

A Thanksgiving Day post, a day late.

Today I am thankful to God. He gave me life and called me to new life. I am thankful to Jesus Christ for forgiving me of my sins and securing the resurrection.

I am thankful for Dr Evandro Ribeiro de Oliveira, who performed my cochlear implant surgery, and all those who work at his clinic.

More at http://smy2ci.blogspot.com/

Mr S and his Family

The surgery introduced me to a whole new world of people who have been going through and will be going through the same experience.

One example is the family of Mr S. His daughter is deaf and will have a cochlear implant early next year, God willing. We were invited to his house yesterday.

More at http://smy2brazil.blogspot.com/

Lipspeaking

Lipspeaking is an art. Definitely. (Or should I say deafinitely?) Trained lipspeakers listen and repeat: they listen to a speaker and repeat their words without voice to a lipreading deaf person using clear lip patterns and additional communication cues, such as mirroring the speaker’s rhythm and emphasis on certain words to make it easier for the lipreader to pick up what is being conveyed in what can be a high-stress environment, such as meetings and conferences.

More at http://deaflinguist.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/lipspeaking/

Still Leaky

Nolan's Ciprodex drops were supposed to be used for seven days - unfortunately, the time period has come and gone and his ear is still infected. Last night at dinner, there was some very obvious nastiness coming out of his left ear.

More at http://saywhatmunchkins.blogspot.com/2011/11/still-leaky.html

Freedom Processor Trial

This morning, I went to NYC to see my audiologist because the Freedom processor I received in the mail " wasn't working". There was no sound. Turns out the processor that was sent from cochlear was never mapped. That was why I couldn't hear anything and started to panic.

More at http://growinguphardofhearing.blogspot.com/2011/11/freedom-processor-trial.html

Fly Sweet Birdy

This week we bid a bittersweet farewell to a very pregnant Lauren who, after 9 years as my "work wife", is venturing off into a blissful world of her own in anticipation of the birth of her son.

Everyone is asking me, "How are you doing?" And I reply that I feel as though I have gone through a break-up that I saw coming and therefore have prepared myself.

More at http://followingyourbliss.blogspot.com/2011/11/fly-sweet-birdy.html

New York, NY: Lost Deaf Cat

My small white cat, Jerome, went missing in the West Village, around midnight, on Tuesday Nov. 15.

Jerome is DEAF but very LOUD and very, very friendly. He is very inquisitive and will approach anyone. He has long white hair and green eyes.

More at http://deafanimals.blogspot.com/2011/11/new-york-ny-lost-deaf-cat.html

In Which It's Looking Kind Of Festive In Here

The day after Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year.

Not because it's Black Friday-- I'm not a huge fan of shopping trips in general, and trust me when I say that getting up at three in the morning so that I can fight the crowds for the privilege of spending a bunch of money is not the way I like to spend my time.

More at http://connorssong.blogspot.com/2011/11/in-which-its-looking-kind-of-festive-in.html

Sorenson is Desperate!

Less than 24 hours after I published my blog, “Sorenson, the 10-digit number is MINE! Goodbye!”, a representative from Sorenson Communications emailed, called and left a video message asking me why I ported my 10-digit number to another video provider, ZVRS.

More at http://www.deafeyeseeit.com/2011/11/25/sorenson-is-desperate/

116 Troll Magnet



I've constantly been attacked by trolls on the Internet, so I thought it would be cool to assemble a bunch of the most common (and yet the most ridiculously absurd) attack phrases that I've gotten from trolls. I am ugly, I am fat, I am a slut, I am a dumb bitch, I am not really deaf, I am a terrorist, I am a Nazi, I am just like a dictator.

More at http://deadamericandream.blogspot.com/2011/11/116-troll-magnet.html

MTV's Quiet Campus

If you have not already, be sure to check out mtvu's Quiet Campus. Quiet Campus includes videos from a documentary about four students at Galluadet University. All of the episodes are super short, but very interesting and educational. I hope we will see more!

More at http://www.ehwhathuh.com/2011/11/mtvs-quiet-campus.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+EhWhatHuh+%28Eh%3F+What%3F+Huh%3F%29

Gift Ideas for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 2011

Here is a list of items I think would make great and interesting gifts for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Of course, whether or not some of these items would be good gifts, depends on the person's preferences, degree of hearing loss and communication mode. Let me know what you would add to list or if you have any suggestions.

More at http://www.ehwhathuh.com/2011/11/gift-ideas-for-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+EhWhatHuh+%28Eh%3F+What%3F+Huh%3F%29

Australia to include sign language in Curriculum.

Couldn't happen in the UK.... could it ? We'd be expecting an comprehensive approach and not convinced supporting one mode and not the rest, is an positive step forward, would others agree, only an comprehensive approach to supporting those with hearing loss and deafness, is the only fair way forward ?

More at http://attherimmm.blogspot.com/2011/11/austrial-to-include-sign-language-in.html

Stories From My Past # 2 – Gary Kerridge

This week Professor Graham Clark, inventor of the cochlear Implant, won a prestigious medical award. Professor Clarke was very forthcoming about the positives and negatives of the cochlear implant. He spoke about his desire to develop the cochlear implant further so that it was providing Hi Fidelity sound.

More at http://the-rebuttal.com/?p=1575

The AAD foundation..

Today, there are thousands of deaf people in our country who have no working ears, who have to watch a TV via subtitling and captioning, and go to private 'clubs' to meet in up in darkened rooms, desperately trying to develop a culture, a language, and somewhere to have a really good moan, and recant endlessly what happened last week.

More at http://attherimmm.blogspot.com/2011/11/aad-foundation.html

An authentic look inside a deaf club by deaf filmmaker Simon Herdman

Deaf filmmaker Simon Herdman sent me this fantastic short documentary earlier tonight, filmed at Newcastle’s deaf club. At a time when deaf clubs are increasingly threatened (Middlesbrough’s deaf club is the latest to be faced with local cuts) this is an incredibly valuable look at what deaf clubs mean to the people who attend them, often for many years.

More at http://charlieswinbourne.com/2011/11/24/an-authentic-look-inside-a-deaf-club-by-deaf-filmmaker-simon-herdman/

AT&T Sets Execution Date For Their Own Video Relay Service

This is it… Some of you may receive an e-mail from AT&T stated that they are going to discontinue its Video Relay Service (VRS) on December 23, 2011, including the VL5 iPhone app and computer software downloads. Of course, this is a tragic news.

More at http://www.deaftechnews.com/2011/11/24/att-sets-video-relay-service-execution-date/

Sorenson, the 10-digit number is MINE! Goodbye!

Disclosure : I am now a ZVRS customer. I own a new Z20 videophone. I don’t work for ZVRS or receive any compensation from ZVRS for my blog entry. The only benefit I have from ZVRS is their brand new Z20 videophone.

Sorenson, I learned that the 10-digit phone number belongs to me. I wanted to thank ZVRS for educating me about FCC and 10-digit number. That 10-digit number you gave me about four years ago is MINE!

More at http://www.deafeyeseeit.com/2011/11/24/sorenson-the-10-digit-number-is-mine-goodbye/

Monday, November 21, 2011

Three Years Later

went to a panel for parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing kids this week at Lafayette Elementary, which is the magnet school for DHH kids in San Diego Unified. It was a great panel. everal of the panelists were parents of deaf or HOH kids, and they talked about the process of getting their kids identified and served (boy, did THAT bring back memories!).

More at http://lafamiliapagina.blogspot.com/2011/11/i-went-to-panel-for-parents-of-deaf-and.html

Update of student led conference

Prisha had her student led conference at school last week. This means that whatever work she has done at school, she would show it to her parents by herself. She leads them through the entire work done at school in books and computers and explains her journey.

More at http://impemp.blogspot.com/2011/11/update-of-student-led-conference.html

When Lip-speaking support is Unreasonable.

Much has been made of an deaf diplomat being denied support to do her job, here, is why. We also read of an deaf student in University having sign language support at a cost 5 times his University fees per year, at what point do we deem access is 'Unreasonable' ?

More at http://attherimmm.blogspot.com/2011/11/when-lip-speaking-support-is.html

HOW THE KINDLE WORKS WITH CI - STEP BY STEP GUIDE

Since my last blog - ive had quite alot of interest in my Kindle so i thought i'd update you how it works. Ive only been using it a few weeks and speech is getting much clearer to understand. Please bear in mind i only do an hour a day at moment - due to only being switched on since 16th Sept this year - I dont want to overload my brain!

More at http://livingwithaneureleccochlearimplant.blogspot.com/2011/11/how-kindle-works-with-ci-step-by-step.html

Eventually, No More Moisture Problems?

One of the most annoying things about owning a pair of hearing aids is dealing with the problems that can arise from excess moisture getting in the workings. I try to remember to take my hearing aids to my audiologist every few months to have them dried out, and I use a Dry and Store every night, but the problem still persists.

http://hearingsparks.blogspot.com/2011/11/eventually-no-more-moisture-problems.html

Gotcha, Mom

I don't usually think of my son as a CODA (child of deaf adult) , but we had two moments recently that were rather CODAlike if you will. The first one happened at the public library. I went there to pick up my son.

More at http://speakuplibrarian.blogspot.com/2011/11/gotcha-mom.htm

Virgin Media still can't get it right, when it comes to their deaf customers

So much for me being quiet until 1st December here. I had to blog about this now, otherwise it would be old news by then. *sigh*

This evening Virgin Media tried to phone me twice on my mobile phone. I cancelled call on both occasions.

More at http://lizsdeafblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/virgin-media-still-cant-get-it-right.html

“Opening Up” in the Hearing Loss Magazine

I am thrilled to announce that I will be on the cover feature of Hearing Loss Magazine’s November/December 2011.

I’ve always felt like an outsider due to my hearing loss. So, one day in 2008, I decided to use my skills as a web designer to start a website where people with hearing loss could come together and form a community into which they fit.

http://www.outerchat.com/?p=342

D isn't for DOUBT, it's for DARING to do it!

To all the doubters. . .
to all the people who have heard. . . "You're child is deaf. . . so they will not be able to do this or that. . ."
"They will not read till later."

http://savanahstory.blogspot.com/2011/11/d-isnt-for-doubt-its-for-daring-to-do.html

The American Way

I sent Professor Betty Vohr an email after having received her name from Janet Des Georges, and she replied with resources in 8 minutes flat.

I'm floored.

More at http://rallycapsdotnet.blogspot.com/2011/11/american-way.html

Time to Sign: Signing Time! *Giveaway*

There is a large sign-language training program in Tucson, Arizona. I know this because in the year that I lived in that town, people would practically pee in their pants when they saw my ginormous hearing aids. They'd start to sign furiously.

More at http://www.withalittlemoxie.com/2011/11/time-to-sign-signing-time-giveaway.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+withalittlemoxie%2FSBZZ+%28With+A+Little+Moxie%29

Switched at Birth - ABC Family Drama

About two teenage girls who discover that they were accidentally switched at birth. Bay Kennish grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother, while Daphne Vasquez, who lost her hearing as a child due to a case of meningitis, grew up with a single mother in a poor neighborhood.

More at http://deafboleh.blogspot.com/2011/11/switched-at-birth-abc-family-drama.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DeafbolehMalaysia+%28Deaf+%27Boleh%27+Malaysia!%29

Deafinitly Girly and the Boris Bike

Wow! What a brilliant weekend I had with SouperLouper when she came to visit from the Wild West erm... Country.

On Saturday we woke to bright blue sky and sunshine so jumped on a bus to the nearest Boris Bike station and hired bikes.

More At http://www.deafinitelygirly.com/2011/11/deafinitly-girly-and-boris-bike.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+deafinitelygirly%2FJEcs+%28Deafinitely+Girly%29

Important Updates in Newsletter for November 2011

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November 2011 Newsletter
Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center

Health, Safety, and Productivity
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Wow, it's been 2 months since I last wrote. So much has been going on. We are transitioning all our databases to salesforce.com, this means that work won't get repeated when trying to contact volunteers or the papers all fall on the floor and we play 21 pickup. Ugh... Well that will soon be a thing of the past.

We have been collecting used lotto scrachers and entering the second chance drawing on those so if you want to collect tickets and send them our way that would be great!

While I'm on the subject of collecting things we need old cellphones. They are worth money! Not a lot but it helps pay for the things our clients need. So please gather up the old cellphone and printer carriages and send them our way.

This Monday is Cyber Monday!
Please visit our webstore at http://www.tinyurl.com/ocdac-asl for plenty of cute novelties that represents deaf culture items. All proceeds aid education, training, independent living skills, employment, residency, and personal well being programs offered by the Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center.

Oh, I almost forgot. My Holiday Wish!!!
http://wishes.causes.com/wishes/412412
Please go check it out and tell your friends. We are trying to raise money for a classroom!

Please let us know what you think, we really like feedback.

Thanks for reading :)

Beth Koenig
Executive Director

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Announcing Two New deaf Aggregation Websites


First we open is our Orange deafie Newswire (ODN). This has the most latest news from the deaf community, hearing loss, sign language, cochlear implants, and audiology. Its fully inclusive and is recognized with an orange avatar of someone reading a newspaper. You can see it at http://orangedeafies.wordpress.com




Secondly we open is Orange deafie Blogwire (ODB). This one has the latest blog submissions from members of the deaf community, audiologists, and the industry that serves these people. This is far more inclusive than the other two aggregation websites. This fills an unmet need for a fully inclusive blog agreggator and is recognized with an avatar of a small "d" deaf man with a bullhorn. You can see it at http://ocdac.wordpress.com


Both agreggators are the newest Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center's efforts to bring related news, information, and community observations to our stakeholders in the communities we have been serving since 1998.

There Is No right or Wrong Way to Get Support You Need by Liz Fisher

Today's post is written for us by my friend Liz Fisher. She graciously accepted my invitation to write a guest post. Though we're literally an ocean apart, hearing loss knows no boundaries, nor the issues that come with it.

More at http://xpressivehandz.blogspot.com/2011/11/there-is-no-right-or-wrong-way-to-get.html

BDA Welcomes BT’s Trial Service, but with Caution!

BT and social business, SignVideo, have launched a 6-month trial that enables people who are deaf to communicate with BT’s customer service teams using British Sign Language (BSL) via video relay.

David Buxton (Deaf), BDA Chief Executive Officer, said: “The service will allow our Deaf members to contact BT independently and confidentially, rather than being reliant on family members, including their hearing children, friends and even neighbours to make phone calls on their behalf.

More at http://daartcampaign.co.uk/2011/11/21/bda-welcomes-bt%E2%80%99s-trial-service-caution/

Hearing things . . . ?

Sometimes hearing people take things so much for granted they don’t actually notice what they’re hearing.

The other day the Bear and I were out on a shopping trip in the beautiful city of Bath – full of independent shops and very nice branches of the chain stores, and not one but TWO independent bookshops (Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights and Topping’s).

More at http://deaflinguist.wordpress.com/2011/11/20/hearing-things/

Deaf social worker insists to assist living of Deaf persons in stricken area

YANO Koji (55), vice president of the Japanese Association of Deaf Social Workers, has engaged in disaster victim support of the Great East Japan Earthquake. He explains, "The stricken areas have so few people who sign or take a note that the Deaf disaster victims have been forced to experience inconvenience.

More at http://deafjapan.blogspot.com/2011/11/deaf-social-worker-insists-to-assist.html

grateful for forest fires

i'm sure i'll follow this up with a thanksgiving day post, but i am sitting here on my couch feeling grateful and at peace; the girls are both asleep, matt is out with a friend, and the house is still. i can rattle off a few things that i should probably be doing, but just sitting here seems just about right to me.

More at http://goodbuthard.blogspot.com/2011/11/grateful-for-forest-fires.html

Cesky Krumlov to Salzburg

We stayed in the following hotel - Pension in the Tower, which used to be the part of the old town wall. It was really nice, spacious, roomy and although it was a 'shared bathroom' no one else was staying on our floor, so we had it to ourselves.

More at http://robyncarter.blogspot.com/

Kids’ Holiday Program at School

This week seemed kind of crazy. So crazy that I actually forgot to take Lindy to an ophthalmology appointment on Friday afternoon. I just noticed tonight that it was on the calendar. I totally missed it. I can honestly say that is the first time in 4 years I’ve ever completely skipped an appointment.

More at http://southernbabies.blogspot.com/2011/11/this-week-seemed-kind-of-crazy.html

The purpose of my action research in Deaf Education

The purpose of your proposed action research study (in other words, answer what you will research- you may identify more than one topic of interest)

My topic of interest for action research is if educators of deaf students are not proficient in sign language, how are they able to communicate with and teach deaf students effectively in special resource classroom settings? Participating in action research can bring new light to key questions such as:

More at http://deaflabresearch.blogspot.com/2011/11/purpose-of-my-action-research-in-deaf.html

Bennyisms and Pics

This afternoon, Ben was pretending to roast a "marshmallow" (large plastic bead) on a stick (drumstick) over a "fire" (red plastic jar lid). He carefully blew on it to cool it, then pretended to take a bite. He looked thoughtful and said, "Hmmmm. That's pretty good, but it's not my favorite kind." I asked, "What's your favorite kind?" "Real."

More at http://orange-b.blogspot.com/2011/11/bennyisms-and-pics.html

Ladies and Babies

We let Brook invite some friends over yesterday to celebrate her birthday...early. Being born on December 26, she's not had a successful birthday party in like, ever. The flu, strep throat, and other nuisances have prevented her from actually having that enjoyable, wonderful, celebratory birthday that she deserves. So when I had to cancel last year's party (again) I promised the child I would let her have one...well before December!

More at http://deafkidscanhear.blogspot.com/2011/11/ladies-and-babies.html

Good-bye to Dr. Kang

Lily's ENT and the surgeon who performed her bilateral cochlear implant surgery is leaving Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus at the end of December. We are sad to see him go. He gave our Lily the beautiful gift of hearing and we will forever be grateful for that!

More at http://thewaywehear.blogspot.com/

Not long

Christmas is just round the corner!! Not much happening here lately. I am going to my first ballet show on Friday, the tickets weren't originally for me, but my sister and my mum. Anyway I have to go now, I am not really looking forward to it, because I won't get the diaglogue or anything but on a good note, it'll most likely will all be visible!!

More at http://bioniclissa.blogspot.com/2011/11/not-long.html

Ear Drops and Flu Shot Drama

Our trip to the doctor went well yesterday. His left ear is definitely infected, so we decided to go with Ciprodex drops to see if they would work to cure the infection. The good news is that the left tube is still in place - while it had been clogged, the infection pushed its way through the clog and he still has a functional tube. Usually, an ear infection with a clogged tube just perforates the eardrum and wreaks havoc on his ear!

More at http://saywhatmunchkins.blogspot.com/2011/11/ear-drops-and-flu-shot-drama.html

ASL class over - again

The first trimester of my 5th year ASL class is over.  With only two short classes left, I find myself wondering what's next.  It has been really enriching to go so deep into a few topics this year, but I feel like I need to have more "general" conversations with people, or I'm never going to be even close to truly fluent.

More at http://growingsilence.blogspot.com/2011/11/asl-class-over-again.html

Deaf Filipinos March to Support Caption and Sign Language Mandate Bills

On September 12th, approximately 150 deaf people marched to the House of Representatives in the Philippines to push for the passage of two bills mandating the use of sign language in court (HB4631) and on televised news programs (HB 4121). Many of the people who marched were members of the Philippine Deaf Resource Center.

More at http://deafphilippines.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/deaf-filipinos-march-to-support-caption-and-sign-language-mandate-bills/

Read CCAC on Facebook!

Our CCAC facebook page has over 1000 friends now, and we post lots of news items there about captioning, subtitling, CART, and related.

It’s a good place to comment also.

In fact, we wonder if we need anything else? Hmm…

More at http://ccacblog.wordpress.com/2011/11/20/read-ccac-on-facebook/

Finding My Voice By David Cluff

Everyone experiences a time in finding their voice. Either as a child or an adult, it is a joyous occasion when you feel like you can express yourself. Finding my voice was a little more challenging than most. When my parents found out I was losing my hearing, at age three, they started working harder on my speech before I lost all my hearing.

More at http://silentmomentsmystory.blogspot.com/2011/11/finding-my-voice-by-david-cluff.html

Tinnitus sufferer commits suicide...

Father-of-two Robert McIndoe, 52, was unable to sleep for three months after attending a concert that left him with a permanent ringing in his ears. But he was put off and turned away several times by doctors. A letter of referral to a hospital ear, nose and throat specialist finally arrived the day after he is believed to have stabbed himself to death.

More at http://attherimmm.blogspot.com/2011/11/tinnitus-sufferer-commits-suicide.html

Friday, November 18, 2011

Things Have Gotten Better!

Elijah had a rough start on Monday at school, but things are much better now. I have started back with a ticket system that is tied to behavior at school(he has a form that comes home each day) and to behavior and chores at home.

More at http://theshaddoxboys.blogspot.com/2011/11/things-have-gotten-better.html

Newest Update with my Nucleus 5 Cochlear Implant

I havent been around because college is keeping me really busy. I barely have time to relax anymore. I cant wait till this semester is over.

The lastest information about my Cochlear Implant is not so good news. I am very upset. Unfortunately, my Audiologist knows the on and off has been occurring way to much and we replaced the Nucleus 5 five times now.

More at http://growinguphardofhearing.blogspot.com/2011/11/newest-update-with-my-nucleus-5.html

“Down syndrome?!?”

Sunday evening I was packing an overnight bag for Ricki and I, for our overnight stay in the hospital. As I was arranging our things, Ricki noticed the letter with the results from her first sleep study. It started with Ricki’s medical history, and she started reading it aloud.

More at http://beneaththewings.blogspot.com/2011/11/down-syndrome.html

Rats (Another Ear Infection)

Nolan kept complaining that his ear was whistling the other day. I checked the hearing aid several times, but I couldn't hear any feedback. I did a listening check, and everything sounded A-OK.

Then, last night, he started screaming in pain. After a little while, he said, "I feel better now," and a thick stream of horribleness started pouring out of his ear.

More at http://saywhatmunchkins.blogspot.com/2011/11/rats-another-ear-infection.html

Wow! I haven't posted in a while.

his is my favortie picture of Boo and Norah.

I have been BUSY my friends. The surgery center is hopping! After only NINE days of orientation I have been on my own all this week. YEAH! In some ways I like that and in some ways I am like "What the heck are you people thinking." So far it is moving right along.

More at http://2china4norah.blogspot.com/2011/11/wow-i-havent-posted-in-while.html

“Beyond Essays” won an Audience Award from the Valley Film Festival

I am honored to have won the Audience Award from the Girl on Shorts program at the Valley Film Festival. It was a fun time, and I was happy that Amber Zion, Kalen Feeney, and so many others could attend this very special event!

More at http://www.juliadameron.com/index.php/site/beyond_essays_won_an_audience_award_from_the_valley_film_festival/

Video relay restrictions, CRAZY !

Video telephonic relay access campaigns rumble on, but is universal access for the BSL user unlikely to be universally adopted unless the deaf pay for it themselves ? or at best such a service would be barely used and restricted to being pointless ?

More at http://attherimmm.blogspot.com/2011/11/video-relay-restrictions-crazy.html

What happens before sentencing?

It depends, but if it involves a defendant with a guilty plea, there is a special step in the legal process that happens days before sentencing.

The prosecution gets together with the defendant and his/her lawyer to review a special document the prosecutors prepared, called a sentencing memorandum. This is a private meeting, not in a courtroom with a judge.

More at http://clercjr.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/what-happens-before-sentencing/

Hearing at the opera

Today is Thankful Friday and my first post in a while.

I've been rather busy you see with my day job, with seeing Roxette in concert, with getting my Christmas copy into Hearing Times and reading books on my Kindle, and this means I've forgotten to blog.

More at http://www.deafinitelygirly.com/2011/11/hearing-at-opera.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+deafinitelygirly%2FJEcs+%28Deafinitely+Girly%29

Plant the ASL Seed & Your Wish Will Grow

If you’re like me, you wish more people in the United States of America could communicate in ASL.

What good is a wish by itself? Your wish is only a seed that needs to be planted. Without planting a seed in soil and watering it, giving it care, it will not likely grow.

More at http://jparrishlewis.com/2011/11/18/2012-teach-teach-asl/

Dance Brings Celestial Science to the Stage

Take the beauty and grace of dance, throw in some stunning images based on scientific principles as backdrops, mix them with a healthy dose of astrophysics, and what do you get?

Astrophysics and Dance: Engaging Deaf Students in Science Education.

More at http://www.ntid.rit.edu/news/dance-brings-celestial-science-stage?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NTIDNews+%28National+Technical+Institute+for+the+Deaf+News%29

Meeting Janet Attwood, Author of The Passion Test

“You have to read The Passion Test,” said my friend, Stephen Hopson last year. Stephen is a transformational speaker who is also deaf and he’s a dear friend of mine. I was a little hesitant about ordering yet another book, because I had promised the hubby not to add any more books to the piles around the house.

More at http://deafmomworld.com/meeting-janet-attwood-author-of-the-passion-test/

welsh deaf need minders ?

Following on from an complaint from Mr Cedric Moon of Cardiff who has drawn attention to the fact, deaf people were not being catered for in public buildings other than asked to provide an 'escort' or 'minder' in case of a fire. It would seem the Fire laws do not insist proper cover is in place for deaf visitors to public areas, or do they ?

More at http://byddarcymru.blogspot.com/2011/11/welsh-deaf-need-minders.html

Giving Thanks

The holiday season is upon us. Gifts - parties - cards - checking our lists twice to make sure we've gotten everything done in time for Santa to do his yearly rounds.

It is also the time of the year where many people give to charities and funds.

More at http://aslperformingarts.blogspot.com/2011/11/giving-thanks.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FbHnae+%28Show+of+Hands%29

WHAT? WHAT? WHAT DID I MISS?

When a person is born without or loses one of his five senses, the focus by many is on the loss and how, after the fact, that poor person misses or loses so much. Whether it be losing your sense of taste and not being able to enjoy chocolate anymore (yum), losing your sense of touch and not being able to decipher if something is too hot to hold at the moment (ouch), or having gas and not being aware that the people laying on the floor around you are, indeed, laying there because of you. Any way you look at it, it’s a loss to those who have all five senses working full-strength.

More at http://deafexpressions.blogspot.com/2011/11/what-what-what-did-i-miss.html

Tara Forkin Wins National BSL Award

She did it! Youth Group Member Tara Forkin wins the Young Learner of the Year Award at a prestigious award ceremony in London tonight hosted by national sign language authourity, Signature.

Tara became one of the youngest students, when aged only 15, to attain her Level 3 NQV in BSL.

More at http://www.pddcs.co.uk/2011/11/tara-forkin-wins-national-bsl-award.html

en Letter To FCC For VRS Certification Clarifications

This is a official open letter that I send to FCC earlier today in regarding VRS Certification Clarifications that I need to know and I want answers. Hope this will send a strong message to all VRS Providers to realize it’s time to stop doing greedy and dirty business by abusing the VRS business itself. Thank you.

More at http://www.myvrs.org/blog/2011/11/open-letter-to-fcc-for-vrs-certification-clarifications/

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cued Speech and ASL—Why I Use Both

When we first confirmed my son was deaf, I had several communication choices presented to me by his Early Intervention coordinator. I had never heard of cued speech, and at first I was ready to dismiss it solely because it was not the dominant form of communication among Deaf people.

http://deafecho.com/2011/11/cued-speech-and-asl%E2%80%94why-i-use-both/

Stage 3 recovery

Dr. Jones said everything went well with the surgery. We will go back Monday for post-op and take the stitches out. We know his ear will stay swollen for a good year, but we are all excited for this journey to be over. If all heals well, we might try and do stage 4 in February.

More at http://jansens-journey.blogspot.com/2011/11/stage-3-recovery.html

Why am I deaf?

Yesterday, at my Mom's Cormac asked me "why am I the only deaf person in our family?" He has never asked before and I could tell he wasn't upset. Just curious.. So, I told him "Daddy and I both have a very special gene (I told him about genes and he seemed to get we are made up of them. )and when we both gave them to him and he was born deaf."

More at http://thelawrencetriplets.blogspot.com/2011/11/why-am-i-deaf.html

Prematurity Awareness

If you haven't been directly affected by a premature birth odds are someone you know has. So when you lay down to sleep at night knowing your kids are safe in their beds at home, say a prayer for all those babies sleeping in the NICU, who's parents are dreaming of the day they get to bring their baby home.

More at http://bioniclissa.blogspot.com/2011/11/prematurity-awareness.html

Vee Photo Shoot 2011

For the 5th year now we had Amy Wilbanks take our family photos! Here are some of our favorites, although there were lots that I did not include here.

More at http://veesadventures.blogspot.com/2011/11/vee-photo-shoot-2011.html

ClearVoice

It's amazing how ClearVoice could make conversation a lot easier for you. I have had it for over a year now. And even now....thinking about it I realised how much it really does help. I was driving and not realising this untill now that I am able to hear the passenger voice a lot more than I used to.

More at http://katie-louisescochlearimplant.blogspot.com/2011/11/clearvoice.html

English Article: Robot Asimo helping, signing

Honda's humanoid robot Asimo can now run faster, hop around, autonomously avoid people, and communicate in sign language with its new hands.

In the first major update to the droid in four years, Asimo has improved AI skills, being able to operate continuously without human control, and also has better locomotion, and a remarkable 57 axes of movement.

More at http://deafjapan.blogspot.com/2011/11/english-article-robot-asimo-helping.html

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Voice Mail Falls on Deaf Ears

IPhones are one of my favorite inventions. However, not for the reason so many people think it is. Hearing people often don't realize that cell phones were a luxury that Deaf and Hard of Hearing people never experienced..until the IPhone came along.

More at http://xpressivehandz.blogspot.com/2011/11/voice-mail-falls-on-deaf-ears.html

VRS Companies Denied FCC Certification Can Continue Their Services....

Provided they establish a different funding source than from NECA. This could be from a private foundation or enact a per charge system or get corporate sponsorships.

But most likely what will take place is VRS companies providing services to the residents of another country for which some of the foreign governments have been under pressure to sponsor VRS services.

1. CODAVRS
2. Say-Hey VRS
3. BISVRS
4. PowerVRS
5. S & L Deaf Communications
6. PAHVRS
7. Malka VRS
8. IWRelay

If any of these VRS companies place the following statement on their website, I will tell you which countries are seeking VRS Services.

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This is a reminder that the internet based Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS), particularly the Video Relay Services (VRS), you all know at this point used an idea, a concept, a prototype known as "ocdacrelay" that was stolen from the Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center's director Richard Roehm in 2003. You can learn more about this evidence in great detail at http://www.tinyurl.com/ocdacrelay and before you decide to give your accolades to any member of the TRS industry, or their products, or their award contracts, you need to remember that the backbone of it was an idea that was stolen from a deaf person.

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Richard Roehm

"Inclusion First" at the Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center's Webstore

Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center constantly strives to be a leader in inclusiveness. We include all aspects of people with hearing and other disabilities from all aspects of life. With over 1,000 items in our store, we are proud to be one of the leading models for deaf operated webstores.

http://stores.ebay.com/OCDAC-Adaptive-Equipment-and-More/

The OCDAC webstore includes these great items! Would you like to get a few for your friends, co-workers, associates, bosses, and relatives.

Sheldon Avenue

It was nice and sunny on Sheldon Avenue

Then a black family moved there

The girl Wilma was nice and became my sister’s best friend and we gave her a
neat name sign like wine

But Wilma’s little brother was a pest

More at http://deafecho.com/2011/11/sheldon-avenue/

Stage 3

Jansen playing with his daddy before surgery my sweet little guy We spoke to Dr. Jones this morning and everything is going well. They took him back about 10:00, and the surgery should last about 3 1/2 hours.

More at http://jansens-journey.blogspot.com/2011/11/stage-3.html

Twinkle Fingers

On 9th November, out of curiosity, I Googled deaf awareness training in Nottinghamshire, so I could contact companies I found to see if they like to do a Guest Post for my new blog.

Now for those who were on Twitter on 10th November, they probably noticed I was a little excited or wondered why I kept tweeting about them.

More at http://lizsdeafblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/twinkle-fingers.html

Deaf Families with Cochlear Implants Study

An online survey for Deaf parents of Deaf children with cochlear implants and their perspectives on bilingualism:What is the purpose of the study?There are few studies from deaf families’ perspectives on deaf children with cochlear implants.

More at http://aslci.blogspot.com/2011/11/deaf-families-with-cochlear-implants.html

Guest Post: Accessibility at College

Students who are deaf or hard of hearing have to consider many things when choosing a college. The most important aspect, whether you are looking for graduate programs online or at traditional campuses, is accessibility. For a student who is deaf or who has a hearing impairment, access to equal communication is key.

More at http://hearingsparks.blogspot.com/2011/11/guest-post-accessibility-at-college.html

What is that clicking

Gage: “Mama, I keep hearing a clicking sound in my room. I don’t know what it is.” Me: “Hmm, is it the dishwasher?” (His room is adjacent to the kitchen and the dishwasher was on) Gage: “No, it’s not that.”

More at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CochlearKids/~3/eTm1g0jAvmw/what-is-that-clicking.html

Any Dream Will Do

Why did I start this blog in the first place? I wanted to share my love for the arts with others as well as reflect on the (limited) offerings for access to the arts for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deafblind audiences.

More at http://aslperformingarts.blogspot.com/2011/11/any-dream-will-do.html

ten on tuesday

1. I can’t believe I’m up past 10 pm. On the nights I lay with Aiden to get him to go to sleep (don’t judge, bad habit, third child) I’m out right with him. On the nights I have off, once I say goodnight to K, I’m crawling in bed myself.

More at http://texaskennys.blogspot.com/2011/11/ten-on-tuesday.html

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mussleman, here I come!

Dear Sam, On behalf of the organizers of the ninth annual Woolsports Musselman Triathlon, welcome to Geneva, NY! We have received your entry and you are now officially entered. Our volunteer committee is hard at work constructing a weekend of epic enjoyment; we’re glad you’re coming.

More at http://samspritzer.com/

Cochlear Implant Returns a Passionate Volunteer’s Ability to Help Others

Shelley had spent her entire life giving back to others. The passionate volunteer was slowly disengaging from her activities, her family, and even worse, her ability to recognize who she was.

More at http://www.hearinghealthseminar.com/2011/11/volunteer/

Cochlear Implant Returns a Passionate Volunteer’s Ability to Help Others

Shelley had spent her entire life giving back to others. The passionate volunteer was slowly disengaging from her activities, her family, and even worse, her ability to recognize who she was.

More at http://www.hearinghealthseminar.com/2011/11/volunteer/

Ask the Audiologist Night – Kimberly D. Jones

Kimberly D. Jones, Au.D., will be returning on Wednesday, November 16th at 9 p.m. EST for this month’s “Ask the Audiologist” Night.

Kimberley has been a practicing audiologist since 1999 and received her doctorate from the Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2004. She currently runs a practice in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

More at http://www.outerchat.com/?p=335

I will be back soon…

A script was loaded and running on my domain that was sending all sorts of spam through my email server. Unfortunately, this necessitated a complete wipe and re-creation of my hosting account. I have been working with my host the past few days to make this happen – and will be working over the next few days to get my website back up and running.

More at http://quietsong.net/?p=5

Therapy Dogs

Katie's school brings in therapy dogs once a week to work with the kids in her special education class. Katie has never been a big fan of dogs (or any animal, live or stuffed, for that matter), but she is starting to warm up to the therapy dogs. Her teacher sent me this pic of her petting one of the dogs last week, and she said that Katie likes pushing one of the little dogs down the hall in a stroller.

More at http://kauffmanlak.blogspot.com/2011/11/therapy-dogs.html

C-PAP

Last night Ricki and I spent the night at the hospital, redoing her sleep study. This time it was WITH a CPAP machine.
It will be a week or so before we get the results, but I am sure that there was definite improvement. The question the study will answer is “How much of an improvement”.

More at http://beneaththewings.blogspot.com/2011/11/c-pap.html