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Captioned Movies

I very rarely go to movie theatres, mostly because Rear Window captioning isn't that great.  Foreign movies, with subtitles, are much easier to view, but I don't always have the time to search for where these are being shown.

In a recent conversation with a friend, she mentioned that open captioned films are readily available in the theatres in Bellingham.  Movies have been much more accessible for the Deaf in the United States, but it had never occurred to me to head south for a night at the movies. 

'To Be Visual or Not to Be Visual: The Hard of Hearing Child' by Roger Carver

Roger Carver, a former Director of the Deaf Children's Society of BC, wrote numerous articles and essays on the subject of deafness, deaf culture, and ASL while at DCS.  Mr. Carver is currently Executive Director of Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  His writing has always been thoughtful, useful, and ahead of its time. One such article is "To Be Visual or Not to Be Visual: The Hard of Hearing Child".

Your Child has a Cochlear Implant: Why Include Sign Language?

Debra Nussbaum, audiologist and Coordinator at the Cochlear Implant Education Center at Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University, wrote an article regarding the importance of sign language for children who have cochlear implants.  The article, entited "Your Child has a Cochlear Implant: Why Include Sign Language?" is a must-read for all parents who are considering an implant for their child or whose child has already had the surgery.

An Interesting Paradox...

An interesting article was published in the Spring 2010 Exceptional Family magazine, Volume 5, No. 3.  The article is in pdf here.  Well worth reading.  Especially worth thinking about...

We thank the editor of Exceptional Family magazine for publishing this article.

www.exceptionalfamily.ca

 

Name Signs

Supalla, Samuel J. (1992). The Book of Name Signs: Naming in American Sign Language.  Dawn Sign Press, San Diego, CA.

Name signs are a special and valued aspect of Deaf culture.  Parents often ask us about name signs for their deaf child.  At DCS, we respect the tradition of having a Deaf person assign a name sign, but name signs should not be given quickly or without consideration of the "rules" for assignment.

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