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Assemblyman Supports Deaf Education Bill Using ASL

SACRAMENTO—The California State Assembly was silent as they watched Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Yuba City, present Senate Bill 210 simultaneously in American Sign Language (ASL) and English at the September 3 meeting.  “I’m a little rusty in my ASL, so bear with me,” Gallagher began with a laugh. “This bill will help establish language benchmarks for Deaf kids from birth through five years old,”...

Signing Babies: ASL Classes For Toddlers

VANCOUVER, B.C.—For the past 12 years, Signing Babies has offered classes for mothers and toddlers that incorporate beginning-level American Sign Language (ASL) with singing, rhyming and playing. Founder and instructor Lee Ann Steyns describes herself as "a Vancouver mom who put my background as a preschool teacher, recreation centre class programmer, and parent of two together with my personal love...

Do You Know American Sign Language? YOU’RE INVITED!

EVERYWHERE—Calling all people who know American Sign Language! Whether you're Deaf, Hard of Hearing, a CODA, a parent of a Deaf child, an interpreter, teacher or student...you're invited!  If you know ASL in any level or capacity (or want to learn), you're invited to become a part of the exciting, new online community that welcomes every and all signers, from...

National Poetry Slam Continues In Oakland

OAKLAND—The 2015 National Poetry Slam (NPS) is currently being held in various venues throughout Oakland from August 12 to August 15. Although the registration period for teams to compete is over, tickets to the multiple slam competitions and finals that will be held Thursday, August 13 through Saturday, August 15 are still available for purchase online at www.NPSOak.com.  Prices range from...

ASL Cabaret In Oakland Today

OAKLAND—The Los Angeles-based ASL Cabaret will be coming to Oakland today for a free matinee show at 3:15 p.m. at the Shadow Ultra Lounge in Chinatown.  The group normally hosts an American Sign Language (ASL) show every third Sunday at Cafe NELO in downtown Los Angeles. This year, they are in town after being invited by organizers of the 2015...

CSUN’s Audism Lecture Series Finale

NORTHRIDGE—CSUN will be hosting their third and final Audism lecture for this year on Friday, December 5. CSUN has had several prestigious presenters come and sign for their audiences over the past three months. Their last presenter will be Sheri Farinha, a leader and advocate in the Deaf community. Farinha grew up Deaf, was mainstreamed, and was heavily interested in politics...

Deaf Woman Dies After Hit-And-Run

HOLLYWOOD—Ebonie Powell, 34, was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Hollywood on November 26. She died four days later after being transported to Memorial Regional Hospital from severe head trauma and broken bones. The driver struck Powell as she was attempting to cross Mayo Street and South 56th Avenue shortly after midnight. Authorities are still searching for the driver of the vehicle....

Deaf Women Host Holiday Bazaar

RIVERSIDE—Are you still working on your Christmas list? The Deaf Women United Of Southern California are hosting their annual bazaar fundraiser in Riverside again this year and they want you to come visit! The ladies will be selling hot dogs, chips, water, and baked goods for their cause. There will be a ceramics table, a scrapbooking sale, and several other...

GLAD To Hold Memorial Service For Stephen Schultz

STUDIO CITY—On October 12, Stephen R. Schultz died at the age of 67. Schultz was born deaf and was an avid supporter of the Deaf community. He was considered a trailblazer of his time, successfully arguing his right to attend public high school in his home state of New York. Schultz later became an Assistant Professor at National Technical Institute...

GLAD Holds Annual Children’s Holiday Event Kickoff

LOS ANGELES—The Greater Los Angeles Agency for the Deaf (GLAD) will be hosting their 31st annual Children’s Holiday at Occidental College on Saturday, December 6 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event is for low income families with Deaf or hard of hearing children as well as CODAs under the age of 12. There will be a signing Santa, snacks, entertainment,...
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