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Deafness Isn't Amazing… It's Just Is

Well, everyone knows by now that Amazing Race 14 has a mother and son team where the son is deaf. Only one episode has aired (I write this watching the second) and Margaret and Luke won the first leg. Cool! So far, when we hear from Margaret and Luke (other than giving directions to each …

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Translate Lectures into Sign Language

Two University of Michigan grad students in the College of Engineering’s Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, have developed a system that translates sign language into speech using cell phone technology.They call it MSigns, which stands for Mobile Sign Language Systems. Love the idea… of course, I’d like something that can convert spoken language …

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Amazing Race Stars Deaf Contestant

I love The Amazing Race. If I had the energy, I’d like to appear on it and have the opportunity to travel… but it’s hard to take in all the places and thoroughly enjoy them when you’re constantly go, go, going. Besides, I don’t function well on little sleep. Meet Margie and Luke, a mom …

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Closed Captioning on Inauguration YouTube Channel

The Inauguration YouTube channel features videos recorded by President-elect Obama, Michelle Obama, Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) Executive Director Emmett Beliveau, and others. President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Biden are working on making this the most accessible inauguration in history. PIC is partnering with Project readOn to add closed captioning to our YouTube videos. Read more …

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ABC Captions Shows Online

I went to look up a show on ABC’s web site and ran into the player. In big letters, it said ABC.COM has a full episode player. A few lines down, “Closed Captioning.” I tried to install the player in FireFox and followed all the directions including the “Allow” stuff, but it wouldn’t work after …

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Captioned Radio Broadcast of Live Election Coverage

Based on press release (pdf file) with edits. On election night, deaf and hard-of-hearing people can experience live radio coverage for the first time, when NPR, Harris Corporation and Towson University simulcast the first ever live, captioned radio broadcast. NPR, Harris Corporation and Towson University is coordinating the broadcast as part of an initiative to …

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1 in 10 MP3 Abusers Could Go Deaf

CNet reports on a study of MP3 usage performed by the EU’s Scientific Committee. The study says that one in ten iPod users could go deaf. It shouldn’t scare anyone away from buying an iPod or other MP3 player, but encourage users to use common sense in controlling the volume. Please note the important distinction …

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Deafness Research Grants

Two calls for applications… Call for Applications: Research in Hearing and Balance Science The Deafness Research Foundation (DRF) requests applications from both new applicants, and DRF awardees applying for a second year of funding, who are dedicated to exploring new avenues of hearing and balance science. All proposals related to research in hearing and balance, …

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Deaf Couple on Supernanny

The Friday, October 10 (9:00pm/8:00pm cst) episode of Supernanny features a family headed by a deaf couple. Kip and Dorothy Baulisch of Omaha, Neb. and their four children — Melissa, 18; Jessica, 8; Jennifer, 7; and Kristin, 7. http://www.aslclips.com/mar2008/supernanny_marie.swf (Flash Player Required) The episode should provide insight into families where the parents are deaf and …

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YouTube Adds Captioning Feature

Thanks to Karen for posting about YouTube and captioning in which to points to Bill Cresswell’s post. YouTube on captions and subtitles covers how to turn them on/off, add/edit captions, and getting help with captioning a video. If only YouTube had a way to search for captioned/subtitled videos. Sure, you can enter “caption” in the …

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