Deaflympics – September 5 – 15th, 2009

Posted on Aug 11, 2009 by paul

Every 4 years, the Deaflympics takes place.  This year, the Games will be held in Taipei, China on September 5 – 15th, 2009.  There are over 80 countries participating, with nearly 4,000 Deaf competitors.  The first Deaflympics was held in 1924 in Paris, France.  There were only 145 athletes, and 9 European countries, represented.  At one […]

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How Well Do You Fingerspell?

Posted on Aug 09, 2009 by paul

Fingerspelling seems to be the hardest skill to grasp in American Sign Language.  With practice, you can master this skill. Do you know what this says? Tips on how to improve your receptive and expressive fingerspelling: Receptive: 1.  Try and see the shape of the word.  Not individual letters 2.  Use context clues to help […]

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American Association of the Deaf-Blind

Posted on Aug 06, 2009 by paul

The American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB) is a national organization that assists people who are deaf-blind, with equipment, education, and other needs.   Their mission states, “To ensure that all deaf-blind persons achieve their maximum potential through increased independence, productivity, and integration into the community.” Every 2 years or so, AADB conducts a national convention for […]

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Certified Interpreters for the Deaf

Posted on Aug 05, 2009 by paul

Certified Interpreters for the Deaf Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) is a national organization that certifies interpreters for the deaf.   Deaf people have the right to have a certified and qualified interpreter.  Unfortunately, deaf people don’t always receive the services of a competent, certified interpreter. Some states have actually passed laws to deter people […]

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Thank YOU!

Posted on Aug 04, 2009 by paul

Mercy and I would like to say, “THANK YOU,” to all of our supporters of .  We would also like to thank all of the members who have learned to sign through our website. ASLdeafined is constantly changing and updating. We have plans for a lot of new activities that will be implemented in […]

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Cochlear Implants – How Do You Vote?

Posted on Jul 30, 2009 by paul

Before you begin reading this blog, please keep in mind that I am neither in favor of, or against cochlear implants. As a teacher for the deaf, many of my students have  cochlear implants, hearing aids, or had no amplification at all.   In an controlled environment, the students wearing cochlear implants could hear pretty well.  For example, if I was sitting at […]

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Types of Hearing Loss and Causes

Posted on Jul 29, 2009 by paul

Types of Hearing Loss There are a 3 different types of hearing loss: conductive, sensory, mixed (conductive and sensory combined), and neural. Conductive hearing loss. This happens when there is a problem with a part of the outer or middle ear. Most kids with conductive hearing loss have a mild hearing loss and it is […]

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Deaf Culture Tip

Posted on Jul 28, 2009 by paul

Deaf Culture Etiquette Do’s & Don’ts when communicating with a person who is deaf or hard-of-hearing Do’s: Look directly at the person Watch for understanding through facial expressions and head nods If the person does not understand a particular word, find a different word that means the same thing Repeat a phrase or idea when […]

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Helen Keller – A Visit to Ivy Green

Posted on Jul 27, 2009 by paul

For me, the MOST life-changing, and inspiring vacation of my life, was a journey to the childhood home of Miss Helen Keller, located in Tuscumbia, Alabama.  As you may know, Helen was stricken with a form of meningitis, or scarlet fever, at the tender age of 19 months, leaving her deaf and blind for the rest of her life.  A few […]

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American Sign Language – Brief History

Posted on Jul 25, 2009 by paul

What is American Sign Language? American Sign Language (ASL) is the language used by the Deaf community throughout the United States and parts of North America.  It is also used throughout various countries like the Philippines, Hong Kong, Puerto Rico, and Singapore.  ASL has its own grammar and linguistic structure.  American Sign Language incorporates facial […]

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