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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Gallaudet University – The Only Liberal Arts College for the Deaf

Posted on Jul 24, 2009 by paul

Gallaudet University, named in honor of  Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet,  is the first school in the world that operated for the purpose of educating those who are deaf and hard of hearing.  It is located in Washington, D.C.  It opened its doors in 1864.  Today, it remains as the only university in the world in which all programs and […]

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Featured Story in The Oakland Press Newspaper

Posted on Jul 23, 2009 by paul

Paul Fugate and Mercy Gonzalez are shown communicating in a hearing-impaired class at East Hills Middle School in Bloomfield Hills where Fugate teaches. Fugate and Gonzalez created the Web site, ASLdeafined, to teach sign language. [quote] By MACAELA MacKENZIE Special to The Oakland Press Nearly all deaf children in America are born to hearing parents, […]

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American and British Sign Language ABC’s

Posted on Jul 23, 2009 by paul

Click on the following pictures to learn the American Sign Language Alphabet and the British Sign Language Alphabet. American Sign Language ABC’s British Sign Language Two-Handed ABC’s

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Deaf Awareness Quiz

Posted on Jul 22, 2009 by paul

How much do you know about the Deaf Community? True or False 1.      All deaf people can talk? 2.     Deaf people don’t mind working in noisy places? 3.      American Sign Language is a universal language? 4.     Deaf people cannot drive? 5.     All deaf people know American Sign Language? 6.     All deaf people attend a residential […]

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Technology Used by Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People

Posted on Jul 22, 2009 by paul

Technology is used often by those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.  Some people may wonder how a person with a hearing loss knows when someone is at his or her door.  Or, how does a person with a hearing loss know when his or her phone is ringing?  The products featured below are most often […]

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