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China’s first ever ‘silent restaurant’ opens in Shaanxi 

A ‘silent restaurant’ in Shaanxi has received overwhelmingly positive response from its customers for a great service. It is called a ‘silent restaurant’ because its is owned by a deaf person and 80 percent of staff members are deaf as well, Tencent News reports.

Since the opening, the restaurant’s warm and friendly service has gained unanimous praise from diners. It is located in Yulin city’s cultural square and at first glance looks like an ordinary hot pot restaurant.

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"What Deaf people LOVE about interpreters."

English such confuse.

My friend for whom English is not his first language makes me realize English can be confusing:

Me (via text): “I’m going to make a video showing what to do if your prosthetic leg gets stuck on your residual limb.”

Him: “MY prosthetic leg?!”

He’s not an amputee. His first language is ASL. I’m pretty confident that in ASL, one does not use “your” when they mean “someone’s”.

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One of Marvel’s Avengers Turns to Sign Language. The story strives to connect readers with what he is experiencing: when he can’t hear, the word balloons on the page are blank. The comic also makes extensive use of sign language, but provides no key to interpreting them. “If nothing else, it’s an opportunity for hearing people to get a taste of what it might be like to be deaf,” Mr. Fraction said.

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A new Toronto restaurant is staffed with deaf waiters, and encourages customers to order and do business entirely in ASL.

demotu said:

You should totally post your deaf fanfic essay! I need it for reasons. :D

Obviously the best way to write a d/Deaf character is to do what you would with any character and make them a three dimensional person and not just have them be d/Deaf for angst or H/C—make them a real person with real traits outside of this d/Deafness.

I tried to reign in this essay to make it specifically focused on d/Deaf!fic and specifically a list of things I would label as Don’ts. That said, not all of this list is inherently inaccurate or bad, it’s just often written from a place of misunderstanding or ignorance.

A good example is the ways interpreters are used (or, rather, almost never used) in stories. Are there situations that would ideally have a professional interpreter, however d/Deaf people will often have to make do without? Of course! But then write that as someone making do, not as just the way things are.

This all comes with the immense caveat that I am a hearing person and so take all of this with a block of salt (and anon is always on if you want to come at me with corrections).

Lip Reading: 

-Being able to lip read when someone isn’t looking directly at them.
-Being able to lip read large groups that are talking at the same time.
-Being able to lip read in low light situations.
-Being able to lip read all people easily and instantly.
-Being able to lip read perfectly, without stress.
-Being able to lip read from great distances.

Hearing Aids/Cochlear Implants: 

-Hearing aids/CI working all the time, without issue.
-Hearing aids/CI being a miracle cure.
-Hearing aids/CI giving you the exact hearing level of a hearing person.
-What happens when the hearing aids/CI are removed/die never being addressed.

Acquisition of ASL:

-Hearing people learning ASL incredibly fast.
-Hearing people related to the d/Deaf person all being fluent ASL users.
-Hearing people being able to understand ASL perfectly, even if they just started learning it.
-Hearing people learning ASL solely from the internet/another hearing person and never interacting with the Deaf community.

ASL Mistakes:

-Not treating ASL as a separate language from English, with it’s own distinct grammar and rules.
-Conflating PSE/Signed English with ASL.
-Excluding or not acknowledging the importance of NMS (Non-Manual Signs) from ASL, in particular facial expression and mouth morphemes.
-People talking while signing or only signing one or two words being presented as ASL.

Deaf Community:

-Not having the Deaf community present at all.
-No consideration for the difference between deaf and Deaf or oral d/Deaf people and non-oral d/Deaf people.
-Not mentioning the ways in which d/Deaf people use technology to communicate.
-Not mentioning Deaf community norms, such as shoulder tapping/stamping/light flickering for attention, eye lines being crucial, long goodbyes, etc.
-Not giving a deaf character a Deaf identity or not adding context for why they don’t have one.
-Hearing people acting in audist ways and not being called on/that being seen as a good thing.
-Not having common frustrations with hearing people addressed (such as a hatred of “never mind”)
-Not consider background, such as if they were mainstreamed or attended a Deaf school.

Interpreters:

-Not having any interpreters at all for people who sign.
-Not having any interpreters in a story where an interpreter would be required by law in the USA. 
-Having unqualified people interpret, such as friends or family. 
-Interpreters existing solely for the d/Deaf person, with no voice interpreting ever happening.
-No mention of existing interpreting technologies, such as VRS.
-Interpreters not being seen as a standard accommodation, but something “special”.

Deaf 101 Resources:

-What’s it like to be DEAF?
-My Deaf Family
-Quiet Campus
-What’s it’s like to be deaf from birth?
-CODA Brothers: Deaf Driving

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"Happy," performed by Deaf singers from Deaf Film Camp

"Brilliant idea alert: later this month, a new restaurant will be opening up in Toronto called “Signs” on 558 Yonge Street, which promises to be Canada’s first “deaf” restaurant where customers are asked to order their dinners using only American Sign Language.

Staffed primarily by deaf servers, the restaurant hopes to provide “a kind of community service for a deaf population that often struggles to find employment in a speech-oriented workforce,” reports The Star.”

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The Sailor Moon Crystal: Sailor Jupiter makeup tutorial is live on my YouTube channel! Now all I have left for Inner Senshi is Sailor Moon and I haven’t the slightest clue what I’m going to do for her/what colours I’m going to use. If you’ve got any ideas, leave ‘em in my ask box!

Closed captioned for my fellow d/Deaf/hard of hearing folks, as usual!

Please reblog and if you do, thank you! Don’t forget to check out the new episode this week and the first four episodes of the new English sub on Hulu this weekend!

A ground-breaking new production of the beloved musical performed simultaneously in Spoken English and American Sign Language (ASL). 

This bold, new reimagining of the Tony Award winning musical will connect the separate worlds of both the hearing and deaf communities. Created by an extraordinary assemblage of talent including Michael Arden (noted Broadway performer, star of Deaf West’s productions of Big River and Pippin, and star of TV’s Anger Management),Spencer Liff (So You Think You Can Dance, Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and the good folks from Deaf West Theatre (Broadway’s Big River and The Mark Taper Forum’s Pippin), this sensory version of the beloved rock musical is sure to arouse and awaken the Los Angeles theater scene when it opens in September 2014. 

Please spread the word and support this if you can!  This production will mean the world to a lot of people and is sure to be absolutely wonderful.

Silva’s medical records document the difficulties in communicating, court records say. During a November 2009 appointment, for example, a doctor at Baptist wrote that Silva “was unable to describe [her] symptoms,” or to “provide her medical history.” In January and May of 2011, records said the video conferencing device was inoperable. During a May 9, 2011, visit, when Silva was suffering from acute appendicitis, a medical chart said Silva was “deaf mute [with] very little lip reading.” For two hours before family members arrived, staff communicated by passing notes.
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Deaf Miami mom-to-be sues to have sign language in delivery room

Cheylla Silva is Deaf. Her native language is American Sign Language - that’s a different language, with a different grammar, syntax, etc., than English. Baptist Hospital in Miami refuses to provide her with an interpreter. Instead, they pass her notes in English - again, not her first language - or ask her family members (whose first language is also not English, incidentally - they’re trying to translate from English to Spanish to ASL), or use broken video equipment.

Her medical records document these difficulties, but the hospital refuses to provide her with the very basic necessity of an interpreter so she can communicate with her medical care providers. She is only “unable to describe her symptoms” because the hospital won’t provide an interpreter who speaks her language.

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"There was nothing wrong in Leah’s world. Nothing changed. What if we took Leah’s perspective? Nothing has changed. There’s nothing to fix. There’s nothing wrong, she’s just deaf. I’m short, he’s tall, she’s deaf. Okay. Maybe we as the grownups need to learn something new…"

I love Rachel Coleman. I wish every parent with a deaf child had someone like her to tell them that their kids are OKAY. That focusing so much on “I want my kid to be able to talk” is not actually the important thing.  Actual communication is about more than being able to say words. Deaf kids are okay. They can communicate, they can learn, they can be successful. 

I think so much could change if we could just change that first conversation.  If we could take away that sense of tragedy and panic and the focus on all the things that the kid isn’t going to hear or say, and turn it in to… how can we give them access to language? How can we teach them that they are awesome, amazing, beautiful people? Everyone has different abilities, different skills, and being deaf is NOT the end of the world. 

So much about the way deaf kids are treated from day one teaches them that there’s something wrong with them. This medical model view of deafness does nothing for the child, nothing for the family, and everything for the medical professionals who - no matter what their intentions are - have no knowledge of Deaf culture or ASL and quite frankly make their money off of trying to fix something that doesn’t need to be fixed. 

"We saw that speech is just a skill… Why would we spend all of her spare time to get her to say words from a language she can’t even access?! And so, her eyes worked, her hands worked, and we signed with her."

Seems so simple, doesn’t it? 

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New Kitty! There will be two new kitty plushies available when our shop opens (soon!) the first one being Poppy, the second is Sully!

Sully was found as a feral kitten who needed medical attention. Sully was saved, but complications left him deaf. He now lives at the shelter, waiting for someone to bring him home!

Deaf cats are wonderful companions! They should be kept inside because they cannot sense danger as well as other cats. You should also make sure not to startle them too badly when you touch them! It is also perfectly acceptable to make cute noises at them even though they cannot hear you :)

Sully is a silly and curious young cat! He had long hair and needs to be brushed regularly. He gets along with other cats … eventually. He’s a bit skeptical of new things, but he’s a good kitty!

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