A different kind of music video debuted in Rochester this week, as local deaf and hard of hearing students unveil a completed sign language rendition of hit rock song The Middle Wednesday.
American Sign Language music videos of Pharrell’s Happy and Phillip Phillips’ Home, created by students at Deaf Film Camp at Camp Mark Seven in Old Forge, went viral on Youtube in the last two years. They were, in part, the creative vision of Stacy Lawrence of Pittsford, the founder and former executive director of Deaf Film Camp.
In May, Lawrence was instrumental in bringing deaf director and cinematographer Wayne Betts Jr. to Rochester School for the Deaf to help craft a new and unrelated video to those produced at Deaf Film Camp, set to the 2000s hit by Jimmy Eat World, with students in the school’s American Sign Language Video Production class.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Antony A. L. McLetchie moved a little more than a year ago to become superintendent of the Rochester School for the Deaf.
McLetchie took charge of one of the nation's oldest schools for children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. But McLetchie's relocation was much more than another chapter in his career. Moving to Rochester meant better and easier access to healthcare, professional services, media and so many other important and everyday aspects of life.
"I feel like a normal person here," McLetchie said through an American Sign Language/English interpreter.
Rochester has the highest per capita population of deaf or hard-of-hearing adults younger than 65 in the nation, according to an analysis of U.S. Census data by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a part of Rochester Institute of Technology.
Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Institute for the Deaf has been tapped for its expertise by the Federal Communications Commission, RIT leaders said.
The Center on Access Technology Innovation Lab at NTID has been named the major technical subcontractor in a partnership with VTCSecure LLC.
The team will develop a video access technology reference platform, designed to advance telecommunications access for the deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-disabled populations in the United States. NTID will provide technology support as well as alpha and beta testing.
The Explore Your Future (EYF) program at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, N.Y., offers deaf and hard-of-hearing college-bound high school students who will begin their junior or senior year in the fall of 2015 a unique opportunity to experience life on a college campus, explore their interests, and sample various careers. This six-day, summer career-exploration program provides students with hands-on activities related to careers in art, business, computer science, engineering, health sciences, information technology, science, and more.
EYF sessions for summer 2015 run July 11‑16 and July 18‑23. On the final day of each session, parents attend a workshop that helps them prepare their student for life after high school.
Students can apply online at www.rit.edu/NTID/EYF. For more information, call (585) 475-6700, (585) 743-1366 (videophone) or email EYFInfo@rit.edu. The application deadline is May 31.
RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf offers educational programs and access and support services to 1,200 hard-of-hearing and deaf students who live, study and work with more than 15,000 hearing students on RIT’s campus. Visit www.rit.edu/NTID for more information.
Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester , NY
David Riley, Staff writer
August 18, 2014
A loose-knit group of deaf and hard-of-hearing people wants movie theaters in the Rochester area to more readily provide captions on-screen if patrons ask for them.
About 40 advocates took their cause to the Regal Henrietta Stadium 18 theater earlier this month, said Dean DeRusso, a Gates resident who is deaf and participated in the protest. Many people had difficulty using special captioning glasses provided by the theater or thought the devices were uncomfortable, while others found that there were not enough for everyone to use, he said.
DeRusso said he asked theater employees to activate on-screen captions instead, but was told that only upper management could do so.
In DeRusso's view, that means that the region's large deaf population is not getting equal access to the theater. An estimate by the National Technical Institute for the Deafin 2012 said that more than 40,000 people who are deaf or hard of hearing live in greater Rochester — among the largest per capita populations with hearing difficulties in the U.S.
DeRusso said the theater should turn on captions for any movie when at least one deaf or hard-of-hearing person attends.
I stopped by the RIT table and asked Mary Ellen Tait from NTID’s Center on Employment department, what she wanted our NVRC readers to know. Mary Ellen said she would be delighted if we could help get the word out on the RIT bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for veterans who have hearing loss as a result of their service. Named to the 2010 Military Friendly Schools list, RIT offers tuition-reduced classes with access to C-Print captioning services, counseling, and audiology services which include cochlear implant mapping.
RIT holds a job fair every October and assists in finding internships. The graduates are high-tech, highly trained workers and the university helps find work positions. The Outreach Education and Training department offers on-site employer workshops with each program custom designed to address issues unique to that firm. For more information about the veterans degree program visit their website: https://www.rit.edu/ntid/veterans/
Federally funded by the National Institute for Health, the NIDCD uses supports research in hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. The knowledge obtained by this research is translated into easy to read, free publications available to the public. NIDCD’s “Ten Ways To Recognize Hearing Loss” bookmark has been a valuable tool at the health fairs where NVRC exhibits throughout the year.
A popular NIDCD program started a couple of years ago is called “It’s a Noisy Planet” and is presented in schools to teach kids how to protect their hearing in loud places. The NIDCD website is loaded with great information and you can learn about their latest research at http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/