“ADA Business BRIEF: Communicating with People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Hospital Settings,”
People who are deaf or hard of hearing use a variety of ways to communicate. Some rely on sign language interpreters or assistive listening devices; some rely primarily on written messages. Many can speak even though they cannot hear. The method of communication and the services or aids the hospital must provide will vary depending upon the abilities of the person who is deaf or hard of hearing and on the complexity and nature of the communications that are required. Effective communication is particularly critical in health care settings where miscommunication may lead to misdiagnosis and improper or delayed medical treatment.
Two hundred years of ASL and the American School for the Deaf is here on campus! Our newest exhibition is on loan from the Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library and the American School for the Deaf will be showcased at the Washburn Art Building.
January 29 - April 6, 2018 - Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Linda K. Jordan Gallery in Wasburn Art Building.
Springfield Town Center (formerly Springfield Mall)
on Saturday, May 5th.
Celebrate Communication is the area's premier information fair for anyone with an interest in or connection to hearing loss.
Last year we had over 40 vendors will be offering free information on a wide variety of resources including State and local government programs, cutting edge technology for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, ASL and Cued Speech, hearing dogs, and many more.
Music isn't just for people who can hear. Wendy Cheng has proved that. She's deaf -- but plays the viola.
Cheng was invited to play with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Wednesday night in an event called the Rusty Musicians. It was a chance for ordinary music lovers to play Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with professionals.
"I chose to do this with the BSO because I love that movement very much," Cheng said. "The idea of playing it with a real orchestra was just too irresistible for me to pass up. Even though I have a hearing loss; I keep thinking, Beethoven would approve."
Cheng, founder of the Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss, has always been a musician. She lost her hearing after a bad fever when she was 2 years old. She started playing the piano at age seven and later began playing violin in college.
Federal law requires that law enforcement agencies must provide the communication aids and services needed to communicate effectively with people who are deaf
PoliceOne.com Nov. 8, 2016
by Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor at Large
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, almost one in 10 people in the U.S. could benefit from hearing aids. About two percent of adults aged 45 to 54 have disabling hearing loss. The rate increases to 8.5 percent for adults aged 55 to 64, to 25 percent of those aged 65 to 74, and 50 percent of those who are 75 and older.
Police interactions with deaf subjects are fraught with the possibility that one side or the other — and possibly both — misunderstanding the person in front of them. It is uncommon for law enforcement officers to know American Sign Language, and there is woefully little instruction done in our schools about how individuals — deaf or otherwise — should respond to the lawful commands of police officers.
Last week, three former Celebrity Apprentice staffers revealed to the Daily Beast that Donald Trump, who hosted the show, regularly mocked former contestant Marlee Matlin on set. The Oscar-winning actress, who is deaf, appeared on the series in 2011 and ended the season in second place.
The staffers shared that, horrifically, Trump's insults focused on the fact that Matlin is deaf. “He took her deafness as a some kind of [mental] handicap," one source explained to the Daily Beast, describing that Trump would talk down to Matlin during boardroom scenes on the show. In a scene that did not air on the final cut of the series, Trump allegedly made an offensive comment to Matlin's face about her being deaf. Reportedly, Matlin boldly stood up for herself, but it's unfortunate that she was in a position in which she even had to.
WASHINGTON — Police departments across the country have recently put extra emphasis on their community policing efforts, working to improve relations with the black community and other minority groups.
In the same way, in Washington, a special Metropolitan Police Department unit has been working for more than a decade to build trust with another local community.
The Metropolitan Police Department’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Liaison Unit is the only such unit in the country. The unit’s two officers — Myra Jordan and Tayna Ellis — both learned sign language outside MPD.
“We are on call 24 hours, seven days a week,” said Ellis.
“And it’s not work to us because it’s something we truly, truly enjoy doing,” Jordan said.
Jordan helped create the unit nearly 15 years ago. Since then, it’s become a major resource for the local deaf community.
Last year alone, the unit responded to more than 300 calls for service.
Shayninna McCoy, a specialist with the local advocacy group Deaf Reach, said, “The deaf community feels confident that their communication will be understood by the police.”
The Washington region is said to be home to the highest concentration of deaf people in the world. Many attend Gallaudet University then stay here for their careers.
In the hearing loss world that I live in, there are HoHs and there are Pros:
HoH: Refers to a person who has hearing loss and who may also identify as hard of hearing, hearing-impaired, or hearing aid/cochlear implant user. (This term does not refer to all those affected by a person’s hearing loss, such as the moms and dads, life partners, children, and friends.)
Pro: Refers to someone who works in a hearing healthcare field, such as an audiologist or hearing instrument specialist, but this category also can include an Ear, Nose & Throat doctor, hearing aid manufacturer, and/or an assistive technology sales rep.
…now that we’ve got that out of the way…
If you’re a HoH, you have most likely—hopefully—met a Pro by now. You made an appointment, walked through that door and sat down to discuss your hearing with this Pro.
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) recently released the annual data for its ongoing study on the cost of workplace accommodations, revealing that the majority (59 percent) of workplace accommodations cost nothing, while for those that do, the typical small expenditure pays for itself multiple-fold in the form of reduced insurance and training costs and increased productivity and morale. JAN, which like EARN is a service of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, has reported the Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact study each year since 2004.
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A new study examined if the rate of age-related hearing loss is constant in the older old (80 years and older). Scientists concluded that hearing loss rapidly accelerates over the age of 90. Furthermore, authors suggest that hearing aids are underused in this population.
In a study published online by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Anil K. Lalwani, M.D., of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, and colleagues examined if the rate of age-related hearing loss is constant in the older old (80 years and older).
The survey, created by totaljobs in partnership with five deaf charities, reveals that the majority (56%) of deaf or hard of hearing employees have experienced discrimination during their career. This has led to one in four (25%) deaf people leaving a job because of a difficult environment.
72% of deaf people have received no support because of being deaf in finding a job
65% believe developments in technology have made it easier to be deaf in the workplace
56% have experienced discrimination in the workplace due to being deaf or hard of hearing
62% from colleagues
53% from management
37% during a job interview
25% have left a job due to discrimination
19% have not told their employer they are deaf or have experienced hearing loss
Discrimination plays a large part in the working lives of deaf people and many are forced to quit their jobs because of it, according to a new survey.
Do you use captioning? On TV, perhaps, or in the theater, or on internet videos? Perhaps you enjoy CART (Communication Access RealtimeTranslation) at live events?
It’s not easy to explain the simple power of turning the captions “ON” for people who have difficulty hearing the spoken word. It’s the difference between dark and light, confusion and clarity, misinterpretation and understanding. Instead of being locked outside in a storm, we’re chatting with friends around a fire.
In whatever form we use it, captioning brings the spoken word to life. It turns blah-de-blah-de-ya-da into meaningful conversation. It gives us access to people, and that’s what we’re all here for, right? So what happens when we lose the words, when there’s no captioning to fill in the blanks?
The worlds Greatest Music
By Rob Weinberg,
17th August 2016
Ludwig was still pumping out the masterpieces - even when he was completely deaf. Here's how he did it.
"For the last three years my hearing has grown steadily weaker..." - so wrote Beethoven, aged 30, in a letter to a friend.
The young Beethoven was known as the most important musician since Mozart. By his mid-20s, he had studied with Haydn and was celebrated as a brilliant, virtuoso pianist.
Beethoven's life timeline: 1770 - 1802 >
By the time he turned 30 he had composed a couple of piano concertos, six string quartets, and his first symphony. Everything was looking pretty good for the guy, with the prospect of a long, successful career ahead.
Then, he started to notice a buzzing sound in his ears . . .
Here’s the problem when I write about anything regarding deaf-centered topics: you might assume that we’re all the same and that what applies to me applies to everyone else that’s deaf. This isn’t the case.
So. This is a post that’s going to have a disclaimer: What I have to say isn’t necessarily true for the next deaf person you meet, and the next. And the next. But, it just might be.
Rather than get you to draw this visual image in your mind, like a textbook graphic with labels and whatnot, of a deaf person, I’d like you to start practicing letting go of certain assumptions about us. Approach us with a little more understanding of possibilities. You can fill in the blanks after you’ve met each person, using cues from each person. Let us be your guide to our own selves.
An a cappella singer and bilateral implant recipient, Keri Reynolds understands how important music appreciation is for many cochlear implant recipients. Prepared with patience and positivity, Keri began the journey of relearning how to appreciate music. Keri is part of the MED-EL USA Team and shares with us her personal top tips for music appreciation with a cochlear implant.
“Music shaped my world and adds listening beauty. It is truly the stuff of life.”
As a cochlear implant user for over 10 years, some of the most frequently asked questions I receive from new and existing CI recipients are: “What about music?” “Does music sound like you remember?” “Does it sound good?” I suppose recipients ask these questions because music is so much a part of who we are. It seems that whenever music starts, we involuntarily respond with foot tapping, fingers snapping, and hands clapping. We react because we enjoy it and music moves us to join in.
New York City is the most accessible city in the country for people with hearing loss. Hearing access is available at many of the city’s Broadway theaters, museums, and stadiums. Even the subway information booths/call boxes as well as the new Taxis of Tomorrow have hearing access. The degree of access available varies by site, so check the individual websites for specific details.
A hearing induction loop permits a person with a telecoil-equipped hearing aid or cochlear implant to use the T-setting to hear the sound directly from the microphone through the hearing aid/implant—no receiver is needed. Background noise is blocked on the T-setting. The other types of assistive listening systems, FM and infrared, require the use of a receiver (a headset or body-worn device); telecoil users can plug in a neck loop.
Full of drive and determination, Olympic athletes and Olympic hopefuls are admired role models who remind us of the amazing human potential. All eyes will be on our heroes in Rio de Janeiro this month as they strive for the pinnacle of athletic success: a gold medal. Being an elite athlete is no easy feat. Athletes regularly contend with injuries, grueling hours of training and sacrifices too numerous to mention, and some are competing with another challenge: hearing loss.
By MATT SIMON.MATT SIMON June 27, 2016
THE PIZZERIA’S PHONE rings, but it doesn’t make a sound.
Instead, on the shelf below, green lights flash. Waiters scurry by. A few paces away, a cook with a big wooden paddle shoves pizzas into a bulbous oven. The lights flash again, and Melody Stein picks up.
“Hi, this is Melody from Mozzeria,” she says. “OK, sure thing. What would you like to order?”
Melody is deaf. As are the waiters and the cooks. Yet any one of them can communicate with a hearing person over the phone.
Call Mozzeria and the system will route you, the hearing person, to an interpreter at a “video relay service.” The interpreter listens to what you say and signs it to Melody, who’s watching on the restaurant’s iPad. Then the interpreter speaks Melody’s response back to you. Back and forth, until you’ve placed your order or made your reservation. And if you don’t find that to be absolutely marvelous, then, well, I don’t know what to tell you.
I’ve come across a compelling story that shows how Apple Watch can make a huge difference to enable deafblind people to live more independent lives.
It's all available in this extensive post written by Usher Syndrome sufferer, Lady Usher. The author is London-based and gets around with the aid of a cane, a guide dog and an iPhone, but Apple Watch is transforming her life.
“My new Apple Watch has made things so much easier,” she writes. “I simply key in my route on my phone, pop it in my bag and the watch, hidden safely on my wrist, vibrates to tell me to go left and right using two different tactile pulses. Another signal lets me know when I have arrived at my destination. It is such a simple idea and so damn enabling.”
“Just three weeks after I got the watch, my guide dog and I entered a month-long team steps challenge at my work place. Together, we walked almost 200 miles through the busy streets of London, simply by following the vibrations of the AppleWatch and the simple on screen instructions. For the first time ever, it felt like we owned the streets. The whole of London has opened up to me for the first time since I lost my sight.”
It’s a team sport, but indoor polo doesn’t take much talking—which helped make it an instant fit for Peter Hauser. During his freshman year of college, a few horse hours were a weekly routine: polo three times a week, together with training ponies or coaching local students in the sport. But Hauser had a stronger motivation than his love of the game: The horses didn’t expect him to hear them.
At the age of 5, a bout of spinal meningitis left Hauser completely deaf. While in middle school, he attempted to use cochlear implants—considered an experimental treatment at the time—but the prosthetics proved ineffective. The procedures and monitoring nonetheless had an upside: They provided his earliest experiences working with researchers, which helped him become interested in pursuing science himself.
Hauser had a longstanding interest in human psychology. As a deaf student, however, he didn’t think he could work with people as research subjects, so he chose to major in animal sciences instead. But when his advanced courses proved challenging, he began taking evening sign language classes at a community college so that he could use an interpreter to keep up—he had relied on lip-reading up to that point—and the decision was life-changing.
A group of deaf Texans fighting what they claim is discriminatory treatment is hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will step in and force the state to provide sign-language interpreters at classes young drivers must take to get licenses.
The high court on Tuesday agreed to hear the case, Ivy v. Morath, involving a group of deaf Texans who sued the state in 2011. The state requires first-time driver's license applicants under age 25 to take classes that are typically conducted by private companies. The suit argues that since Texas requires the classes, it should make sure there are interpreters for deaf students.
Everybody asks for things to be repeated. Whether you can hear people whispering in a noisy restaurant or have trouble understanding even your oen mom on the phone, everyone needs to say pardon me on occasion.
Maybe a person is talking with a mouth full of food, munching words beyond recognition. More than one person is speaking at once, and your ears can’t keep straight who’s saying what. Words don’t seem to match the speaker’s facial expression—sad words but happy eyes, for example—and you don’t want to give the wrong response. In these situations, even ‘hearing’ people ask for repeats or clarification.
But for the person with hearing loss who needs darn near perfect listening conditions, these are only a few of the reasons our days are punctuated with Hey? What was that? Pardon me?
The other day I was asked by a father who cares very much about his daughter how he could help her deal with the struggles of communicating with hearing people during everyday activities. As he put it, he is concerned about her “transition into adulthood” without his being there to help.
As a father of three children, although all are hearing, I truly understand where this concern comes from. It is a valid worry for any parent. The fact that he cares enough to even think about this is a testament to his devotion toward his child, and I appreciate that. I’m sure you do, too.
Don’t rely on a technological device that can and will break to be the only bridge to communication.
I consider myself fortunate to be able to interact with hearing people in all walks of life, including those that do not sign, which is honestly most of them. The community assumes that I can hear, that I must be hard of hearing, but the truth is that I’m as deaf as anyone I know.
Can this dance help settle the controversial debate on how to raise Deaf Children?
posted on May 25, 2016,
Anthony Mowl - COMMUNITY USER
A Symbol Of Progress
When Dancing With the Stars awarded Nyle the Mirror Ball on the 22nd Dancing With the Stars Finale, it felt like the right end to an inspirational season for millions of viewers. There’s no doubt that the victory- and the wildly popular Nyle DiMarco - gave the Deaf Community a watershed moment. A symbol of progress, but perhaps not the kind you might think.
If comedian Chris Rock were bold enough to make a Deaf joke, he might say something similar to what he said when Barack Obama was first elected president in 2008, disagreeing with people who said it was a sign of “black progress”.
"That’s not black progress. That’s white progress. There’s been black people qualified to be president for hundreds of years."
Nyle made the DWTS finals because he took the kind of risks that many of the other celebrity amateur dancers would never take week in and week out. He danced without music one week, blindfolded the next, and with a male (a DWTS first) in a different week.
If you live in Northern Virginia or have gone there for open captioned movies, we have big news! One of our organizers, Jamie Berke, has successfully petitioned two independent movie theaters in Fairfax, VA to have monthly open captioned movie screenings. The theaters are Cinema Arts Theatre and University Mall Theatres. They will have OC screenings one Sunday each month for all movies that screen at around 7pm. So for this month, on January 14, this is what each theater is showing:
Location: Clay Cafe (Sully plaza shopping center)
14511 G Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy, Chantilly, VA 20151
Come paint pottery with us! How it works, is you select a piece of unfinished pottery to paint and paint it! Glazed and fired pieces are ready in about 8-10 days. Clay Cafe will be donating back 25% of the proceeds from the event to the Northern Virginia Resource Center. Additionally, Clay Cafe is offering NVRC's "Paint Pottery and Pour"
Guests 50% off the $7 Flat Studio Fee (per person) this fee includes all paints, materials and decoration tools, instruction from Clay Cafe staff, glazing and firing. Please keep in mind the price of pottery is separate. The Clay Cafe has pieces of all price ranges so you can choose something to fit your budget. All materials are non-toxic, lead-free, dinner ware safe, and safe for the environment.
Pouring Wine (Please Bring Cash) NVRC will be holding a "Wine Pull" during this event. The best part about it, is everyone is a winner! There will be multiple bottles of wine, ranging in value from $10.00 to $80.00. Each bottle will be wrapped in wrapping paper. Guests can purchase a ticket for $15.00 to pick one of the wrapped bottles to either take home or enjoy with their friends while they paint their pottery. There is no limit to the number of bottles an individual can buy.
All proceeds from the wine pull will go to NVRC.
Please be sure to RSVP to this event if you plan on attending.
How much is it to attend the event? There is a studio fee of $3.50 per person paid directly to the studio. You are able to choose your own piece of pottery. Clay Cafe has a large selection to fit guest budgets. There are pieces starting at $7.00. To participate in the wine pull it is $15.00 (which will get the guest a bottle of wine).
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? There is no minimum age to enter the event. Families are welcome! To participate in the wine pull or drink wine guests must be at least 21 years old.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Email Cristina Duarte, Development Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? No, you do not need to bring your ticket to the event. The event registration is for head count purposes only.
Is there parking at the Clay Cafe? Yes, there is a parking lot out front
Date: Tuesday, September 19th at 7:30PM Guest Speaker: To be announced
Location: Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Persons 3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130 Fairfax, VA 22030 Directions to NVRC: http://nvrc.org/about/directions/
Note: we are starting at 7:30PM. Many of you have experienced serious traffic issues. Hopefully, the 30-minute change in start time will help.
SPECIAL REQUEST: We are attempting to publicize our group and meetings. We are trying to do that via Patch.com and Nextdoor.com. If you can join these “neighborhood” sites, and post our meeting notice, it will be much appreciated.
Where: Rock Creek Park, picnic area #24 Join us for a day of family fun! There will be toys, food, and fun!
Feel free to bring a potluck side dish or entree to share. HLAA will provide the paper goods, cups, and ice, bottled water, soda, charcoal, and a selection of hamburgers, hotdogs, and veggie- burgers with condiments. A donation of $5 per adult is appreciated (but not required) to cover the cost of the event. We will plan to start grilling around 4:00pm, but you are welcome to come any time from 3:00 pm - 7:00pm.
Please RSVP by September 1st with the number of people in your group and the type of side dish you'd like to bring to Rachel at email@example.com .