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  • Ground-breaking Opportunity For Deaf Taxi Drivers In Seoul, South Korea

    Coactus’ efforts are inspired by Uber and implemented by Seoul Metropolitan Government

    Seoul, South Korea’s Trial Run New technology was put to the test on the city’s roads in June 2018 for deaf drivers—built-in tablets in taxi cars. Each taxi has two tablets installed, one in the front for the driver and one in the back for the clients to communicate destinations with the driver. This way, […] More

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  • Japan’s Deaf Bus Driver Breaks Barriers

    The new laws pave way for more opportunities for Japan’s deaf community

    Japan’s First Deaf Bus Driver Takeyama Matsuyama dreamed of being a bus driver since he was young; he rode the bus during his youth and admired the drivers, thinking that “seemed very cool.” As soon as Japan removed the ban on deaf drivers, Matsuyama went ahead and learned how to drive and passed the test. […] More

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  • Britain’s Royal Wedding Focused On Community Leaders Including A Deaf Teenager

    Reuben Litherland is a fourteen year old student who is a tireless advocate of the Deaf community

    Breaking Traditions On May 19, 2018 Since birth, Prince Harry has not been one to follow royal traditions–his zest for life and humanity has led him to join the British Armed Forces, travel the world, support charities, and started up an organization with the Prince of Lesotho to support the deaf and disabled. Knowing Prince […] More

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  • Did You Know How Deaf Smith County in Texas Come to Be?

    In the early ’90s, it was home to Texas’ best peanut butter

    What? There’s a county in the United States named after a deaf person? That’s the first thought most of us have upon finding out the existence of Deaf Smith County, Texas. Deaf Smith County is indeed named after a deaf soldier by the name of Erastus “Deaf” Smith-pronounced as “Dif” Smith! He was the first […] More

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  • 7 High Quality Superhero Tshirts In ASL That Everyone Should Own At Least One Of

    Everyone’s a hero-these shirts show the world that fact!

    Ever dream about wearing a superhero shirt but in your language? That’s what the creator of the Hero Shirts did. Now there are seven designs to choose from in ASL: Superman, Superboy, Wonder Woman, Batman, Spiderman, Captain America, and Hulk. The designs are developed to show off the hand signs for each hero’s name and […] More

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  • 8 Essential FCC Rules For VRS Interpreted For Your Awareness

    Some laws to keep in mind for the consumer.

    With the rise in video relay’s popularity, there are rules put in place by the FCC to protect consumers and their providers (Sorenson, ZVRS, Purple, Convo, etc.) The list below are some of the most recent rules and their interpretations: (NOTE: “Providers” are companies that provide the video relay service and equipment, such as Convo, […] More

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  • Major Development for Deaf Emergency Access In Los Angeles

    The City of Los Angeles now has Text-to-911

    The City of Los Angeles now has the Text-To-911 emergency contact available for the public and deaf and hard of hearing in Los Angeles, California. This means anyone can text to 911 in an emergency as long as they are in the city of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) urges the public, […] More

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  • Running as The First Deaf Runner for NCAA’S Cross-Country Title

    RIT’s Swedish student and established runner will compete for the title November 18, 2017

    November 18, 2017– The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division III cross-country race will be held in Elsah, Illinois. Student athletes from all over the nation will be there to compete, including the deaf runner Otto Kingstedt. Otto Kingstedt is a deaf student from Sweden who is currently studying at Rochester Institute of Technology. He is […] More

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  • Virgin Active Says Sorry For Deaf Model’s Photoshop Gaffe

    The health club chain photoshopped a deaf model’s cochlear implant out

    Virgin Active, one of Sir Richard Branson’s companies, ran a campaign to advertise the health club chain and hired a South African deaf model. That model is former Miss Deaf South Africa 2012: Simone Botha Welgemoed. Virgin Active’s graphic department edited the photos to remove her cochlear implant with the final results showing no indication […] More

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  • 2017’s Winner of KIA’s Idea Festival Is A Built-In Car Program For Deaf Drivers

    Watch for these features in KIA’s future cars

    October 18, 2017- In Seoul, KIA announced the winner for their 8th annual innovation festival: Symphony (also known as SYM:PONY,) a built-in car system tailored for deaf drivers. Every year, engineers from South Korea’s KIA, Hyundai, and Genesis companies gather in Seoul to apply their talents and latest technologies towards improving KIA’s, Hyundai’s, and Genesis’ […] More

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  • Did You Know These Horror Movies Have Deaf Characters?

    Just in time for Halloween!

    Halloween is right around the corner! Among the plethora of thrillers, horrors, and suspenseful action films there are a few that feature deaf characters-we’ve scouted them out and listed them by their average score from critics. Here is a list of the films from lowest to highest review scores-all scores are taken from IMDB and […] More

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  • 12 Video Chat Apps With Pros and Cons To Know About

    Pros and cons-we have them here

    One of the most popularly used communication tools in the recent few years is Video calling. It is easy, convenient, and the best way to communicate with your loved ones and friends. With the introduction of Video calling, connecting with people from around the world became way more transformed than ever. In this modern age, […] More

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  • Pasadena’s ASL Program Declared To Continue

    After impassioned pleas from the students and community, the Board of Education agreed to continue the ASL program

    Pasadena, California, the Board of Education’s meeting room overflowed with ASL speakers and supporters. A total of 48 speaking cards were submitted before the meeting began, more cards were filled during the meeting, creating an overflow of intended speakers. Because of this, each speaker was allowed only two minutes to make time for everyone to […] More

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  • Ford Motor Company Funds Initiative For Deaf Employment in Germany

    The University of Cologne set up an initiative to help Deaf enter hospitality industries

    Six months ago, Ford Motor Company awarded a program at the University of Cologne for the 2017 Ford College Community Challenge. The University’s program’s objective is to help deaf citizens gain entry into the hospitality industry such as restaurants, hotels, and cafes. Today, the program is still operating in the city. It began when a group […] More

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  • Google’s Home Picture Picture Has “I Love You” ASL Sign

    This year’s winning image for Doodle 4 Google features people from all different walks of life

    March 31, 2017— Today Google announced the winner of their annual contest, Doodle 4 Google: Sarah Harrison from Connecticut with her drawing “A Peaceful Future.” This year’s theme was “what I see for the future:” ? Let’s hear it for Sarah Harrison, whose vision of “a peaceful future” is our #Doodle4Google contest winner! https://t.co/UGJRsUnrbX pic.twitter.com/WCyVKTEpFp […] More

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  • “Mother of Music in ASL” Passed Away-Remembering Shirley Childress

    Interpreter and Deaf Rights Activist Childress is remembered as the first person to interpret music into ASL

    March 6, 2017-Shirley Childress passed away at the age of 69. Childress is best known for being the first black certified ASL interpreter and as one of the members in the band Sweet Honey in The Rock. Over the course of her career, she interpreted for famous people such as Maya Angelou (writer of I Know […] More

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  • First Ever Deaf Golfer Competes In PGA Genesis Open

    February 16, 2017 in Pacific Palisades, California is a historic moment for deaf golfers

    Kevin Hall is confident about his first time in a PGA tour at the Genesis Open in Pacific Palisades, California. When asked why, he says it’s because no matter what happens he’s very happy to have made it this far. Hall became deaf at 2 years old and started learning golf at 9 years old. […] More

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  • ZVRS Buys Out Purple Communications

    In this morning’s announcement, ZVRS has confirmed acquisition of Purple

    February 14, 2017–Purple Communications, one of the original video relay systems for deaf communications, has been acquired by ZVRS. Both companies have agreed to work together to improve relay services for the deaf community and feel that they can achieve more if they shared technology and information together. What does this mean for Purple customers? […] More

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