Source: Fox News A man being criticized by sign language experts for providing fake interpretations while standing close to President Obama and other heads of state at Nelson Mandela’s memorial says he becomes violent “a lot” and was hallucinating during the event. Thamsanqa Jantjie did not describe his qualifications for being a sign language interpreter,…

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By Emily Burnham, BDN Staff As a college freshman, Portland resident Holly Maniatty decided to study American Sign Language at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York — partially because it seemed like a good challenge, and partially because it just seemed interesting. The fact that it has led to her hobnobbing with musical…

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I thought I’d share/comment on this news story as I was shocked to read about it in the news yesterday.  Not only because of the ridiculousness of the story, but because it takes place near my hometown where I grew up. While I didn’t attend this school myself, the area is known for being more…

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By Tanya Irwin BLADE STAFF WRITER You can’t tell by looking at Rudi that she’s different from any other dog. The energetic young “pit bull”-mix loves to play and loves the attention of her owner, Angi Holt-Parks, who lives in the Point Place neighborhood of Toledo. But Rudi has a disability: She’s deaf. Ms. Holt-Parks…

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Ever stare at a baby and think, “I wonder what my child really thinks about me…”? Normally you’d have to wait until they are around 3 years old to carry out such analytical and introspective conversations with your baby.  However, according to some people babies can communicate long before they develop the ability to talk….

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The parents of a hearing-disabled boy received a heartwarming holiday gift from a mall Santa Claus who unexpectedly managed to communicate with their son. Cameron Sylvester, 3, requires two hearing aids due to auditory neuropathy, his father told WCVB. The family recently went to a mall southwest of Boston so he and his sister, Arianna,…

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For anyone glued to their television sets during Hurricane Sandy (those with electricity, that is) surely Lydia Callis’ signing was as eye-catching as the scenes of carnage captured on video tape. If you missed Lydia at work, you can catch her in this clip. If you’d like to look for a positive note from this…

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by: Darleen Hartley Gloves with sensors are turning sign language gestures into the spoken word via a smartphone. Sign language is the way people with hearing loss are able to communicate with the rest of the world. A new technology is emerging for hearing individuals who don’t understand the special technique of talking with your…

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by Jeremy Hsu, InnovationNewsDaily Senior Writer A group of endangered apes uses special keyboards to talk with humans at a scientific facility in Iowa. Their unusual skill is raising broad questions about language and learning, but a funding crisis threatens to shut down the unique experiment. One bonobo chimpanzee named Kanzi rose to stardom when…

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The book “Super Smutty Sign Language” by Kristin Henson has angered and caused protest amongst many members of the deaf community. by Cody Permenter An online petition has received over 3,600 signatures asking that the book “Super Smutty Sign Language” not be printed because many claim that the book promotes disrespectful attitudes to Deaf culture…

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