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Mark Levin: How being told “NO” drove me on

January 27, 2014


I remember the day I sat anxiously in the office of my Vocational Rehab counselor. The discussion that day was about my transfer to a mainstream college. I was set on changing my major to Audio Engineering or Music Business. I’ll never forget how her words stung. “You are setting yourself up to fail”. She […]

Lily Rayne: Why the word ‘hearie’ is not offensive, and what ‘hearing privilege’ amounts to

January 9, 2014


A few days ago, in a Facebook conversation, I was discussing the issue of lack of captions and Deaf rights in-depth. I went to the trouble of typing up a long response about the struggle Deaf people face to get equal access. I was talking about how my local theater used to show open-captioned movies […]

US Deaf News: WWE originally proposed that superstar wrestler Edge be written as a ‘deaf-mute’

January 6, 2014


  We all know that wrestling’s fake, the American WWE form of it at least, but it’s been revealed that any controversy over whether it’s really a sport or not could have been overshadowed by the introduction of a deaf wrestler, played by a hearing man, who confusingly, would also have recited poetry. An article […]

Deaf News USA: Deaf people in Seattle protest about local sign language interpreter

January 3, 2014


In the wake of the ‘fake interpreter’ scandal at Nelson Mandela’s funeral, it seems that the Deaf community across the globe are still struggling with interpreters who are not being understood by the Deaf people using their services. In Seattle, USA, protestors called for the Seattle Men’s Chorus to use a different interpreter for their […]

Cristina Hartmann: What it is like to be deaf from birth

January 3, 2014


Previously published on The Daily Beast and republished here by kind permission of Cristina Hartmann. In many ways, being born deaf is quite normal; in other ways, it’s not. I did a lot of “normal” things: joined the Little League (where I was one of the worst players, unrelated to my hearing or lack thereof); […]

Meet: Adrean Mangiardi and Mark Levin – who make music videos in American Sign Language!

December 18, 2013


A few weeks ago, we showed you an amazing American Sign Language music video, for the song ‘You brought the sunshine.’  Now, we can bring you a joint interview with the creative duo behind the film, Adrean Mangiardi and Mark Levin! Here goes… Tell us about your upbringing? Adrean: I was born in Indiana and […]

Watch: Certainly not a fake interpreter .. this young sign language user knows exactly what she’s doing in this cute video

December 12, 2013


This young signer shows what real sign language should look like in a video that has emerged from America. Five-year-old Claire Koch from Florida, who is the daughter of deaf parents, gets this festive song just right, in stark contrast to the so called ‘fake’ interpreter who is the centre of world attention after The […]