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Burnie Gipson: HoH Dancer Wins Championships

SAN FRANCISCO—After dancing for 20 years, Hard of Hearing (HoH) dancer, instructor and DJ, Burnie Gipson, was awarded first place at the 2015 American Lindy Hop Championships (ALHC) on Sunday, September 13.  Over the past three years, Gipson, 44, had been both a judge and instructor for the championships; this was his first year as a competitor. Although his background is in authentic Swing...

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...

ASL Epic Show For Deaf Awareness Night

SAN FRANCISCO—Celebrating the one-year anniversary of ASL Epic and honoring Deaf Awareness Night, ASL Epic will be hosting a special open show on September 27 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Sweet Inspiration Bakery in the Castro area.  The night will begin with an ASL "gather and chat" for the first hour at 7:00p.m. From 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m....

LEAD-K Campaign Supports ASL

ROSEVILLE—According to their website, lead-k.org, LEAD-K, Language Equality and Acquisition For Deaf Kids is a civil rights movement in direct response to the growing epidemic of language deprived Deaf children who have been denied ASL skills, which has an irreparable impact on their education and developmental years. Most Deaf children denied ASL are not Kindergarten-ready by the time they are at...

GLAD, Inc. Stars On Laverna Avenue Event

LOS ANGELES—The Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc. (GLAD) is holding the event, “Stars on Laverna Avenue: Love is Never Silent” on Saturday, June 3. This proceeding entails an Emmy Award winning movie, appetizers, wine, and altogether, a fancy red carpet evening. That film is “Love is Never Silent” which starred Mare Winningham; a 1985 drama that still has not...

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,...

Deaf Not Dumb

BEL AIR—Becoming deaf as a teenager who adored music wasn't easy...I think I would have accepted blindness if given a choice. Surely, my ears were my biggest gift of life but there was one person who seemed to suffer more than me... my mother. The first year was about seeing specialists, taking tests and getting opinions... 2nd… 3rd…4th…12th from basically...

Medical Professionals And The Deaf Community

WOODLAND HILLS—In today’s society, there appears to be a gap between the Deaf community and medical professionals. Depending on the medical professional, there can be a gap or a bridge between the practitioner and the Deaf community. As claimed by a local elementary teacher of a D/HH class who wishes to remain anonymous, their audiologist, who comes to the school once a...

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...

“Visible Language” Opens At Gallaudet University

WASHINGTON D.C.—Gallaudet University’s Theatre and Dance Program has launched a new play titled “Visible Language,” pitting Alexander Graham Bell against Edward Miner Gallaudet in a rendition of the cultural battle for Deaf Education in the 1890s. Bell, who was the inventor of the telephone, was also a supporter of Oralism, the practice of speaking and reading lips without the use...
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