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- 12/03/14--23:16: Deaf Women Host Holiday Bazaar
- 12/03/14--23:18: Deaf Woman Dies After Hit-And-Run
- 12/03/14--23:21: CSUN’s Audism Lecture Series Finale
- 08/12/15--01:55: ASL Cabaret In Oakland Today
- 08/12/15--15:03: National Poetry Slam Continues In Oakland
- 08/19/15--15:09: Do You Know American Sign Language? YOU’RE INVITED!
- 08/28/15--17:37: Signing Babies: ASL Classes For Toddlers
- 09/07/15--16:18: Assemblyman Supports Deaf Education Bill Using ASL
- 09/20/15--05:25: Burnie Gipson: HoH Dancer Wins Championships
- 09/20/15--23:07: ASL Epic Show For Deaf Awareness Night
- 03/22/17--08:27: Medical Professionals And The Deaf Community
- 04/01/17--07:39: Christian University Celebrates ASL 200th Anniversary
- 04/10/17--05:20: LEAD-K Campaign Supports ASL
- 04/16/17--19:47: LEAD-K Campaign Public Relations Director Interview
- 04/22/17--14:35: NAD Youth Leadership Camp for Deaf and H/H
- 05/01/17--13:43: TC GLAD Inner Workings And Success
- 05/14/17--17:23: GLAD, Inc. Stars on Laverna Avenue Event
- 05/21/17--19:05: ASL Storytime At Barnes And Noble
- 05/28/17--15:28: Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Awareness Day
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 tables, to help find the perfect gift for the holiday season. The event will take place on December 6 at 4426 Elmwood Ct. Riverside, CA. The DWUSOCAL women can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Powell’s cousin found her at the scene of the accident. Powell, a resident of Cocoa Beach, Florida, attended the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. She will be buried in her hometown. Anyone with information on the incident are being asked to contact the Hollywood authorities at 1-877-275-5273.
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 with her family’s help. She has won several awards and petitioned several times for causes near and dear to the Deaf community. She will be returning to her alma mater to present on the topic of, “Political Barriers To Quality Education Of Deaf Children.” Her presentation is scheduled from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in CSUN’s Valley Performing Arts Center. The event is free to the public to attend. Interpreters will be provided, and other accommodations can be made by contacting CSUN’s Deaf Studies department.
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 National Poetry Slam (NPS), which is currently taking place in various venues throughout Oakland. ASL Cabaret shows consist of a few featured performers followed by an open mic portion that is free and open to the public to showcase ASL performances of their own. These performances can include songs, poems, speeches or dances. Today’s performers will be dancer Tonique Hunter, actor Gerry Reyes, swing dancer and local ASL Cabaret supporter Burnie Gipson, and poets Christopher Clauss and Naomi LaCosse—both of whom have performed on previous NPS stages. The event will be hosted by ASL interpreter and performer Mona Jean Cedar. Award-winning ASL poet and author Joy Elán will be the featured performer. Elán is an Oakland native and graduate of UC Berkeley and Stanford University who currently has three published books of poems and essays. She often performs in the San Francisco Bay area. Elán is currently nominated for the National Poetry Awards 2015 for the categories of Spoken Word Video of the Year and Poetry Author of the Year. Admission is free. ASL Cabaret events are always completely accessible, with both sign and voice interpreters provided. For those unable to attend, the event will also be live-streaming here. For questions or directions to the venue, contact the Shadow Ultra Lounge by telephone at (510) 839-1999 or by email at email@example.com.
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 $10 to $45, depending on whether or not the performance is a preliminary, semi-final, or finals round. Audience members can also still purchase tickets for performances happening today, August 12, at the door of each venue (cash only). For the complete schedule of remaining performances and a list of the 12 hosting venues, visit www.NPSOak.com/schedule/. NPS is the largest slam poetry competition in the nation, and brings together passionate competitors from all walks of life and all corners of the United States and Canada. Poet and Alzheimer’s Poetry Project (APP) founder Gary Mex Glazner organized the very first National Poetry Slam competition in 1990 in San Francisco. Since then, it has been held in various U.S. cities every year. In addition to the preliminary, semi-final, and finals performances, the NPS offers dozens of diversely-themed workshops, discussion panels, open mics, showcases and even yoga. This year, some of the titles of the workshops and alternative events offered include: Black Voices Rising, Humans Not Disabled, Lip Sync Battle, Queer Open Mic, Comedy Showcase, Erotica Slam and Dirty Haiku Battle, Polish Your Performance, Youth Open Mic and the ASL Cabaret which will be occurring and live-streaming later today. The 2015 NPS is sponsored by 15 different businesses and organizations and will be hosted at 12 different venues throughout Oakland. The City of Oakland is also currently offering a free shuttle from BART, San Francisco Bay Ferry, Amtrak and Capitol Corridor to downtown Oakland offices, restaurants, local shops, social services and entertainment venues. For a complete list of routes, stops and schedules, visit www.MeetDowntownOak.com.
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 all parts of globe! “I know ASL” is a rapidly-growing Facebook group designed to be a community forum and connection between the Deaf and HOH community, and the hearing community who knows ASL. You can post community events, news articles, ASL classes, Deaf/HOH social mixers, promotions for your organization or business, interpreter job listings, etc. You can also use this space to post questions or comments related to learning ASL or the ASL community. The group is free and open to the public: anyone can join! Here’s how: 1. Simply log on to your Facebook account 2. Click this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/IKnowASL/ OR type in “I know ASL” in the search bar like this: 3. You should see this page. Click the either the gray or green box that says “Join Group” (circled below): 4. A group administrator will approve you right away. Once you are approved, the top of the page will look like this: 5. YOU’RE IN! Make sure you add or invite new friends via email to join as well. Share the news with all of your friends, family members, and local ASL community members!
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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 of sign language.” On the Signing Babies website, Steyns explains that the inspiration behind the company began with her first daughter, who was a very loud, fussy baby before she could speak in English. Steyns decided it would be beneficial to find other ways of communication, and in 2003, Signing Babies was born. When asked why teaching toddlers ASL is important and useful, regardless of whether or not they are Deaf of Hard of Hearing, Steyns says that “by always teaching signs while saying the words out loud, babies get to learn them both orally and visually, which augments the natural process of acquiring speech. Research also indicates that babies who have learned sign language have larger oral vocabularies once in kindergarten.” Signing Babies currently offers: Intro classes, Level 2 classes and ABC’s classes at four different community centers throughout Vancouver. Intro classes are aimed at babies ages 0-18 months, and teach new songs and rhymes along with beginning ASL each week. Level 2 classes are aimed at babies ages 0-30 months, and are designed for families with previous ASL experience. ABC’s classes are aimed at babies aged 0-24 months, and will instruct them on how to finger spell and sign names and places. The prices per class range from $39 to $105, depending on the level and whether or not it is a four-week or eight-week class. For more information regarding pricing and registering, you can visit the website here. Those looking for one-one-one instruction, Steyns is also available to be booked for private lessons.
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,” continued Gallagher. “This bill is important to me because I have two Deaf brothers. And I think it’s important to all of us because we want to ensure opportunity for all kids.” Watch the full video of his presentation below: A round of applause followed Gallagher’s short speech, and the bill passed with unanimous support from all 75 fellow assemblymembers. SB-210 in its third revision is now awaiting deliberation by the Senate. The bill was originally introduced back on February 11 by Senator Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, and most recently amended by the Senate on March 24. The official summary of SB-210 is currently as follows: “The department’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing unit, the California School for the Deaf, Fremont, and the California School for the Deaf, Riverside, shall jointly select language benchmarks from existing standardized norms for purposes of monitoring and tracking deaf and hard-of-hearing children’s expressive and receptive language acquisition and developmental stages toward English literacy.” To read the full text of SB-210, click here. If passed in the Senate, SB-210 will be added to the California Education Code.
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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 dance like—Lindy Hop, Balboa and Collegiate Shag, Gipson’s array of expertise also includes various Ballroom dances, Country, West Coast Swing, Salsa and Tango. Two decades ago, the San Diego native began dancing after he moved to the city and his college friends started a Gay Swing Dance Club in San Francisco. Even after the monthly dances ceased, Gipson was hooked; he took over and began choreographing and organizing monthly Queer Jitterbugs, Queer Ballrooms and the yearly San Francisco Balboa Festival. At this year’s competition, Gipson danced alongside several seasoned dancers such as Bob Budzynski, a long-time West Coast Swing and Ballroom Champion. Gipson’s winning partner, Kelly Palmiter, is trained in Lindyhop, Balboa, Collegiate Shag and various Ballroom styles. Coincidentally, Palmiter’s usual female dance partner is also Deaf/Hard of Hearing, according to Gipson. San Francisco News spoke to Gibson in an exclusive interview regarding his success. On being the champion of an event that had primarily hearing competitors, “I feel like my hard work has paid off,” said Gipson. “And, it really feels great to have my peers judge me so high.” The competition was judged entirely by fellow dancing instructors and experienced dancers. Gipson’s win was sweetened by the fact that he had been overcoming difficulties with his hearing aids prior to the competition, prompting him to turn them down. “I find them distracting,” said Gipson, “but use them when working with hearing people who don’t know sign.” “When I learned to dance, I would study and study the visuals and repeat the teachers as much as I could,” explained Gipson. “But, when they lectured I would miss words. I tried to take notes like hearing people are trained to study, but it was difficult.” Gipson used his own experience, and incorporated it into his own instructing methodology. “When I started teaching I didn’t lecture students. I showed the moves and danced with them and watched them, and made them repeat, repeat, repeat the movements.” Gipson is currently in the final stages of completing his undergraduate degree in American Sign Language. When he’s not dancing, he can be found at ASL EPIC, a monthly all-ASL open-mic that features local poets, singers, storytellers and artists. His best piece of advice for other deaf/HoH people who might want to start dancing? “Go for it! Ask me how. Check out SF Deaf Dance Festival with Antoine Hunter and get inspired!” Gipson added, “I really need a partner who knows ASL.” “As my hearing becomes less and less, I want to keep dancing and teaching,” asserted Gipson. “I love celebrating visual movement and visual communication!
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. the open ASL Epic show will begin. From 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., there will be an informal after-party hosted by the San Francisco ASL Meet-up and Social at Hi Tops bar, located at 2247 Market St. The event is also accepting volunteers. T volunteer, it is advised that you arrive early or join their Facebook group here. Sweet Inspiration Bakery is a locally-owned confectionary that often supports local artists and performers. Every month, the shop hosts Second Sundays, which are shows featuring a music performance by local Bay area musicians. You can find more information about Second Sundays and see video recordings of past performances here. To find out more information about Sweet Inspiration’s pastry selection, hours or address, click here. ASL Epic is a monthly open-mic type show that allows attendees to take the stage and perform stories, poems, comedy routines, songs, dances, skits and more. It was inspired by its southern California counterpart, ASL Cabaret, which takes place monthly in Los Angeles. ASL Cabaret organizer Mona Jean Cedar expressed her enthusiasm and support of the event in a Facebook post. “This is super wonderful!” said Cedar. “You are awesome for doing this. I remember our lunch together after the ASL Showcase at the National Poetry Slams in Oakland.” The organization also works in cohesion and support with other local ASL groups and artists, including Deaf Club (formerly Zip Zap), Deaf Dance Festival, ASLAP (ASL Artists & Performers) and Santa Cruz ASL Poetry Festival-Eye Music. A video from ASL Epic’s “Deaf Got Talent” show that was hosted during the San Francisco Pride Festival 2015 June 27-28.
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 month to check the kids’ hearing aids, is pro-sign. In fact, she knows some sign herself and supports signing to the children. This elementary school also has a speech/linguist pathologist who is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). The principal and the school are pro-sign. The main method used for communication is Total Communication (TC), which is fundamentally a combination of all signing methods. Another interviewee, the father of a deaf child shared his experience within the hospital. He indicated that the doctors pulled him and his wife aside to tell them about their daughter, and while he was overwhelmed, the doctors were not negative or apologetic of the child’s deafness. There were pamphlets provided that explained deafness and a short one about ASL. The father remarked that the doctors informed them of their daughter’s condition, gave them pamphlets, and offered audiologist recommendations, then sent them on their way. There was not a lot of support given from the medical professionals, but there was not a stance against ASL. The parents formed their own investigation and research about options available to them. Three years later they decided on ASL and their daughter has quickly grown into the language and is doing well in school. Medical practitioners do not all support oralism. There are doctors, audiologists, linguists, etc. that are for sign; it is a matter of searching them out specifically. There is a clear need to provide ASL education to the medical professionals and/or more informative pamphlets to present to parents. The practitioners should know that the first five years are the Critical Period Hypothesis (CPH), which according to “Language Learning in Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing“ by Easterbooks and Baker, is an “ideal” period for language acquisition and development. Language acquisition is linked to brain maturation and the language learning process becomes arduous with the loss of brain plasticity after the “critical” period (2002). Information in the hospitals on the natural language for deaf individuals is vital for the future education of deaf children.
ROCKLIN—American Sign Language (ASL) will celebrate its 200th anniversary since being established at the first American school for the deaf in 1817. A community eager to promote this history is the ASL program at William Jessup University (WJU). They are holding the event, “ASL Day For All” on Saturday, April 8 to bring the Deaf and hearing people of northern California together. The event will include booths set up to bring joy and amusement along with informative stations. Interpreters will be provided at every station, which makes it Deaf and hearing friendly. There will be workshops covering ASL skill, history, and culture. WJU is active in the Deaf community and is a proud supporter of Northern California Hands and Voices, Family SOUP and Family Resource Center (two groups they help support through Deaf Family camps), and ASL community classes targeted at the Parents of DHH kids. WJU is a good resource to learn more about ASL, Deaf community, and deafness is general. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), more than 90 percent of deaf children are born to hearing parents. In accordance to the Hearing Health Foundation, one in five Americans have hearing loss in at least one ear and three out of every 1,000 children are born deaf. WJU strives to reach those families and exhibit the joy, life, and communication ASL can bring. “ASL Day For All” will be held at William Jessup University in Rocklin, California from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the event $10 per person or $20 per family (cash only). For more information on William Jessup, visit www.jessup.edu or call 916 577-2200.
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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 the age of 5, because they do not have the foundation of a natural visual language. LEAD-K is a supporter of ASL and the Deaf community, and is active in sharing information regarding these elements. Recently, a story regarding the Kadu family was released about the family’s experience with doctors and medical professionals regarding their daughter’s deafness. The campaign advertises the language options that are available to deaf individuals, especially children sharing real life experiences such as the Kadu family. People were informed of the research provided by Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto, the Scientific Director of the Brain and Language Laboratory BL2, and her team. Research shows that the brain does not distinguish between spoken and visual language and LEAD-K is eager to reach those unaware of these facts and provide resources available to deaf people and families with deaf members. It was posted on their Facebook page, LEAD-K is established for, of and by Deaf people who are fed up with the nation’s growing epidemic of language deprivation. For more information on the Kadu family, Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto or the LEAD-K campaign check out their website at www.lead-k.org or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pg/ASL4DeafKids.
VENTURA—Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids (LEAD-K) is an organization that fights for deaf kids to be kindergarten ready. The group recently passed a bill for special education language development. The bill (SB 210) would require state programs to provide testing for deaf and hard of hearing for children 0-5 years old (SB 210). Public relations director, Julie Rems-Smario, was interviewed by Canyon News regarding the inner workings of their campaign. LEAD-K was started in 2008 by four core groups who fight in four different ways with: legislation, public relations, research, and communication organization. They all come together to form a powerful team that presents bills, protests bills, and provides connection with the Deaf community. They are a ground roots movement and are on the front lines fighting for equality and access for deaf kids. Last September, Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids held a conference in Sacramento with 50 people from 23 different states known as the LEAD-K Summit. They shared their developmental process and gave them access to their findings. LEAD-K is eager to grow and inform people of their progress and to spread awareness. One of Rems-Smario’s goals in the next 5 years is to interview families with deaf member/s about their experiences, from hospital to home and then to the language decision. She has already started the process with several families, including the Kadu family. “Nothing is wrong with being deaf…being deaf is not the reason they are behind, it is the language access…LEAD-K focuses on the whole child,” said Rems-Smario. LEAD-K is based on the spirit of, “Nothing about us without us.” For more information about LEAD-K, SB 210, or kindergarten readiness for deaf kids, visit www.lead-k.org.
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NATIONAL – The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) has established a Youth Leadership Camp (YLC) for high school deaf and hard of hearing kids since 1969. This camp is connected to the Junior NAD association, which is an extension of the NAD. It started with the idea of building leadership among the Junior NAD members. Frank Turk and Gary Olsen, director and project specialist of Junior NAD, began this camp after much discussion and research. The first one was held from July 27th to August 23rd, 1969 in Stroudsburg Pennsylvania. The attendance was 64 freshmen and sophomores; success was evident and enabled the camp to continue year after year. This year will be the camp’s 48th event. The NAD Youth Leadership Camp is a four-week camp during the summer where the high school students learn about leadership and discover more about themselves. The camp has adopted the Chinese saying, ““Tell me, and I’ll forget. Show me, and I’ll remember. Involve me, and I’ll learn”; the idea of learning by doing. Today, the camp accepts 32 males and 32 females all over the US to come together and learn how to “become successful leaders and advocates for the deaf and hard of hearing community, including businessmen and women, teachers, professors, lawyers, doctors, NAD board members, and employees. NAD YLC is a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity”. NAD YLC is a great opportunity for high school students to learn, grow, and find themselves in this hearing world. This year the YLC will be held on July 17th through August 12th, 2017. For more information visit https://www.nad.org/youth/youth-leadership-camp/. Facebook at https://m.facebook.com/NAD1880, Or Voice/VP: 301-587-1788 (ZVRS) 301-328-1443 (Sorenson) 301-338-6380 (Convo) TTY: 301-587-1789 Fax: 301-587-1791
VENTURA—Tri-County Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness (TC GLAD) spoke with San Francisco News and shared news aout their agency, how they work, and what they do. TC GLAD is a branch of GLAD where there are three main employees: regional director, Julianna Fjeld, advocate, Hal Hunter-Suddreth, administrative assistant, Jasmine Casey, and interpreter, Mark Robinson. TC GLAD started in 1988 and is an organization that aids deaf and hard of hearing people in finding jobs, solving boss-employee problems, and finding one’s identity within their community. There are many aspects to this agency, but the main focus is reaching the 72,000 deaf and/or hard of hearing individuals in Ventura County and instructing them how to function, occupation wise, in a hearing workforce. Hal Hunter-Suddreth is the man that works one-on-one with clients. He assists in polishing resumes, coaches them on how to interview well, and intervenes when there is miscommunication with employers. Hal has been with the agency for 7 years and has a high success rate with his clients’ employment. Fjeld keeps the TC GLAD office running with the correct paperwork, supervision, and lawsuits that need to be brought in order to effectively aid deaf people in the workforce. Fjeld is deaf, as well as Hunter-Suddreth, and have first hand experience of deafness in a hearing world. This team’s heart to support, encourage, assist, and instruct deaf people is seen and felt in the warm welcome one receives at their office. The deaf-friendly videos and interpreter on staff is a testament to reach the deaf community and those around them. Tri-County Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness is growing, touching the lives of many and with the help of the county, has a bright and hopeful future ahead of them. For more information on TCGLAD, please visit www.tcglad.org.
LOS ANGELES – The Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc. (GLAD) is holding an event called “Stars on Laverna Avenue: Love is Never Silent” on June 3rd This proceeding entails an Emmy Award winning movie, appetizers, wine, and altogether, a fancy red carpet evening. The film is “Love is Never Silent” starring Mare Winningham; it is a drama made in 1985, yet still has not lost its flavor. The story line encompasses the main character Margaret Ryder (Winningham) and her deaf parents. The movie unfolds the hardships of this young girl acting as her parent’s ears and voice, the go between sign language and English, and the joy along with the burden that it brings. This film showing is followed by a panel that includes: co-executive director Julianna Fjeld (TCGLAD Director), screenwriter Darlene, and interpreter Francine Stern. This is set up for an exciting evening for hearing and deaf people alike and all are welcome. The cost is $50.00 per person and the tickets are available in person and on PayPal through the website: http://gladinc.org/annual-benefit-2017. The event is on June 3rd from 1:00pm-5:00pm at GLAD, Inc. ID is required for alcoholic beverage purchases. Dress attire is dressy casual, nice jeans are okay. For other communication accommodations, please let us know 2 weeks in advance. GLAD, Inc. is always holding and/or promoting events in local areas and is a great outreach to deaf and hearing people. There are many more happenings coming up, such as: Get ready for the new fifth Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales on May 26th by attending this Open Caption Movie Night that welcomes all. June 7th will be a screening of the film Pirates of the Caribbean in Granada Hills at 7:00pm. For more information go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/344727272592326/ or http://gladinc.org/event/piratesofthecaribbean/
VENTURA—Barnes & Noble has much to offer customers, not only books. The business reaches out to the community with events such as: Weekly Storytimes, Book Groups, children’s activities, etc. Barnes & Noble will be hosting ASL Storytime in Ventura, California. This happening is a partnership with Tri-County GLAD to bring more awareness and inclusion to the deaf and hearing communities. The Community Business Development Manager at B&N, Julia R. Palacio, talked with Canyon News about the event. She shared that this event has been taking place before she was working there. This is encouraging and a great support for the deaf community and it is a good example of how ASL is expressive and interactive. Stories in ASL for children are presented with even more exaggerated expressions and bigger motions. Both hearing and deaf, can see the picture being painted by the storyteller. Also, stories in ASL are beneficial in the same way they are for hearing children. They are fun, educational, and engaging. It has been researched by Tiara V. Malloy in Sign Language Use for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing Babies: The Evidence Supports It, in July 2003 that, “Use of sign language with children—hearing or otherwise—is known to promote early communication, since children can communicate with their hands sooner than they can master verbal skills.” ASL Storytime at B&N plays right into the benefits this language can bring to children. Barnes & Noble and Tri-County GLAD are proud to offer this event to the community and welcome all to come. The next event will be held on Friday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m. For more information regarding this ASL Storytime, visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/4843005-26
LOS ANGELES – World Recreation Association of the Deaf, Inc. (WRAD) is putting on an event called Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness day at Six Flags Magic Mountain on June 10th, 2017. This happening is welcome to all as this nonprofit public benefit corporation welcomes everyone who is interested in such cultural events, activities, and entertainment. WRAD was established in 1985 to serve deaf and hard of hearing individuals and promote their culture. This organization holds events around the world and does not discriminate against anyone, but simply desires to inform persons with hearing loss of all the options so they can make fully educated decisions. WRAD has four categories: Education, Charitable, Research, and Publications. They strive to reach as many people as they can for they have a wide range of knowledge to share. In the world today, as the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) agrees, many of the struggles that Deaf people face between the hearing world is due to a lack of understanding and awareness of Deaf language, culture, and rights. Therefore, there are a handful of organizations that recognize this and take action to promote recognition, such as but not limited to: Tri-County GLAD, GLAD Inc., LEAD-K, and WRAD. Now, all Deaf and Hard of Hearing events, activities, education, and entertainment contribute to informing people of their culture, language, and world. Furthermore, some associations mainly utilize events in order to spread awareness, while others focus on other aspects, yet still support and encourage happenings. Nevertheless, as WRAD says, “We all learn from each other. If you have an open mind and good heart, and if you celebrate diversity, and wish to learn from others who may be quite different from you, and to learn to accommodate differences in the interests of mutual understanding, come and join us!!!”. For more information on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness day, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/World-Recreation-Association-of-the-Deaf-Inc-WRAD-75632430935/