Deaf News in Review – Week 5

NATIONAL

Google debuts new Android apps for the hard of hearing 
Over the past few years, Google has created multiple applications with accessibility in mind. Yet, most of these apps have focused on users who have physical or visual impairments. Examples include last year’s Voice Access and Lookout apps. Now, the company wants to provide better support for users who are deaf or hard of hearing as well. As part of this effort, Google is rolling out two new apps — Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier — starting today.

California

New astronomy workshop for students with hearing loss
Astronomers at the University of California, Riverside, have teamed with teachers at the California School for the Deaf, Riverside, or CSDR, to design an astronomy workshop for students with hearing loss that can be easily used in classrooms, museums, fairs, and other public events.

Louisiana

HOW DEAF FOCUS WORKS TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR BATON ROUGE’S DEAF COMMUNITY
Deaf Focus director and licensed clinical social worker Paula Rodriguez started the local organization in 2009 to provide deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind people equal access to resources, community services and events. It obtained its nonprofit status in 2016.

Maine

Deaf culture is very different from hearing culture
This week I extend last week’s conversation with Tammy Estes, owner of Estes Consultant of Travel based in Augusta. Tammy has been a great help to me in understanding “deaf culture;” how deaf and hard of hearing (HoH) people communicate within the “deaf culture” and with the “hearing culture.”

Oregon

Deaf Community Asks Oregon Lawmakers To Update Terminology
Oregon’s deaf community is asking lawmakers to remove terms from state law that many of its members consider offensive.

WORLD

Canada

Deaf actors sharing life experience through sign language play
The Deaf Crows Collective is putting the finishing touches on their play performed in sign language, but for many of the hearing impaired members of the group the play is about more than just acting.

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