Huge thanks to DPAN for providing live streamed presidential debates with ASL interpreters!! 

You can watch the second presidential debate on October 9th on their website or Facebook. (Personal note: I found the Facebook stream to be entirely too distracting with all the reactions and “so and so is watching with you”.  I found out after the fact that you can swipe to mute the reactions, but I will be watching on the web for sure this time around!)

So whenever my hearing aids run out of battery, a deep-ass man’s voice goes off right next to my ear drum yelling “B A T T E R Y”, and, every time, without fail, giving me a minor heart attack.

And since my hearing aids aren’t synched for when I replace the battery, the left hearing aid will go off one afternoon, and I’ll know that the right one will go off the following night.

Yesterday afternoon, I replaced my left hearing aid battery.

Now it is tomorrow night. Now I sit, and I wait, for that monotone-ass motherfucker in my head to yell “BATTERY” in my ear, again leading to my gradual heart failure. It is only so long before my heart cannot take this repeated occurrence of panic.

I sit.

I wait.

He is coming.


American Airlines did not have subtitles for their movies. There were not options at all. The flight was seven hours. Naturally, I felt frustrated especially when we are approaching into year 2016. 

I decided to tweet to American Airlines and apparently they did not consider a solution and went with an audist* reply instead.

I tweeted to them again asking for an apology, sensitivity (re)training, and a solution asap.

*Audist = discrimination or prejudice against individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. (via Nyle DiMarco’s Facebook)


This is created for recent trending #whyIsign. #whyIsign was started by Stacy Abrams. She wanted to spread knowledge about sign language, how it helped so many deaf people and families, like myself, and to encourage more people to learn and use sign language, especially with deaf children.

I am eternally thankful for American Sign Language.

You can find #whyIsign on facebook, twitter, and instagram.


Deaf Woman To Get $750,000 For Hellish Ordeal With NYPD

A New York City woman, who is deaf and says NYPD officers wrongfully arrested her and then ignored her pleas for an American Sign Language interpreter, has settled her lawsuit against the city for $750,000, a sum her lawyers say is the largest ever deaf discrimination settlement for a single person.

“Due to the immense barriers they face when trying to communicate with the hearing world, Deaf individuals often find themselves without a voice to assert their rights,” Rozynski and Baum added. “Deaf individuals have rights, and they do not have to tolerate discrimination and injustices of any kind.”

Diana Williams and her husband, Chris Williams, both of whom are deaf, are landlords of a building in Staten Island. On Sept. 11, 2011, when the couple were trying to evict tenants who hadn’t paid rent, the boyfriend of one of the tenants allegedly gestured that he had a gun.

Chris then called for police using a video relay service – which the couple later argued should’ve signified to police that they would need a sign language translator. But when officers arrived on the scene there was no translator, and it was only the tenant and the boyfriend, both of whom can hear, who could communicate their side of the story.

Some deaf tenants in the building later testified that the officers rejected their offers to translate for Williams, who cannot hear, speak English or read lips. Instead, Williams was arrested for allegedly getting into a fight with one of the tenants.

Panicked, Williams attempted to scrawl “HOSPITAL” in the dust on the window of the police cruiser, according to The New York Daily News. She made it to “HOSP.”

Williams was detained for 24 hours, during which a translator was never provided. She was released without charge.

Full story

Police officers don’t like to rack brains. If they deal with unusual situation they prefer to act in a blast-it-all-manner. Cops arrest or assault people whose behavior is alien to them. But it shouldn’t be so, because the profession of police supposes that officers must provide peace and order regardless of what kinds of people they deal with. Things must be changed. Police must be trained to deal with all kinds of situations.

no but guys think about how cool an ASL staging of Hamilton would be
  • talk less, smile more
  • Lafayette combining ASL with French Sign Language
  • In “Farmer Refuted” Ham and Seabury go from simply trying to block their audience’s view of each other’s hands to actively slapping each other’s hands down mid-sentence
  • King George doesn’t deign to sign. He has the ensemble sign for him and gets pissed at how with each reprise there seem to be fewer and fewer ensemble members there to translate.
  • everybody’s name signs corresponding with their musical leitmotifs
  • apparently the ASL word for “helpless” can also be used to mean “speechless” in some contexts
  • during “Helpless,” if you look closely, you can see some of Alex and Angelica’s conversation from “Satisfied” being signed in the background
  • everyone breaking apart to sign their own parts in “Non-Stop” in a beautiful visual explosion like I am dying just thinking about this
  • “The Room Where It Happens” being all about being shut out of conversations and decisions, there’s some new subtext to “hold your nose and close your eyes” because you can’t sign while holding your nose and you can’t watch others sign while closing your eyes
  • Phillip not being able to complete the “sept huit neuf” with Eliza because his hands are going limp as he dies and Eliza actually screaming
  • Burr’s signing in “Your Obedient Servant” getting more and more angry along with his writing, the syntax of which also changes until “Weehawken. Dawn. Guns. Drawn.” matches up exactly with Burr signing the words–he’s sick and tired of translating every thought into perfect English, he’s tired of signing less and smiling more, he is 100% done with this shit
  • during Ham’s final “I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory,” it’s not just the music that drops out, it’s the English translation. that’s right, y’all, HAMILTON’S FINAL MONOLOGUE IS ONLY IN ASL
  • at the end of it, he sets down his pistol prop and makes the ASL sign for “gun” AND RAISES THAT SIGN INTO THE AIR
  • for all the emphasis put on “who tells your story” and “being a part of/erasing myself from/putting myself back in the narrative,” there isn’t much explicit mention of speech and I think that’s beautiful
  • I have way too many feelings about this fictional production okay
@ hearing aid users:



when you change your hearing aid battery, take off the tab and leave it exposed to the air for five minutes before putting it into your hearing aid and using it.

the battery activates when exposed to oxygen, so this will prolong its lifespan and give you an extra couple of days of use per battery. it could save you $70/year on batteries per hearing aid!

my audiologist told me about this when i was a kid but there were never exact guidelines. now a kid has done a science fair project and measured the results to find out that five minutes is the optimal time!

also, make friends with someone who’s a Costco member and get them to buy you hearing aid batteries. they’re kept on the counter in the pharmacy section and they usually stock the standard hearing aid battery sizes. Costco batteries cost $10 per pack of thirty batteries, which is an incredibly good price!


Signily: ASL Keyboard app 

Signily is a really neat keyboard app that lets you type many common ASL signs as images or gifs, in both left and right hands, and in several skin tones. 

It’s currently for iOS, with Android support on the way, and they’re using gifs because Unicode does not support handshape characters beyond a few basic ones like thumbs-up and okay, let alone the moving images that are important for some signs. The gifs are a clever workaround for the moment, but hopefully later versions of Unicode will support a larger inventory of handshapes, which is also something the Signily developers are advocating for. More information and demonstrations of how it works on Signily’s website

Posted on Facebook September 24, 2015:

This post confession from Cochlear Implant user, in contrast to happy first time CIs videos. Its true because I have talked to CI users Deaf youth yesterday while waiting to meet Pope Francis at the Embassy.  They did mentioned about having bad headaches and the sensory is very painful. So they ended up not wearing them anymore. Doctors/Audiologists “best recommendations” CIs is about busine$$ which it disgusts me. Another person wear hearing aids like me but I don’t wear them anymore cuz it doesn’t work for me to be able to hear so he said prefer hearing aids over CIs cuz it’s cheaper plus less risk over expensive cochlear implants and more likely high risks. In my opinion, hearing aids or CIs doesn’t cure for deafness.

  •  if someone is not responding to you, they may not be just acting rude. They may actually not be able to hear you
  •  when you find out out someone is deaf, please try not to let the first words that come out of your mouth be “I’m sorry.” or “I could never live like that.” Deafness is not some terminal illness that we suffer through everyday.
  •  If you see someone struggling to communicate, please do not make them the center of attention. Trust me. The last thing I want when I can’t understand is someone pointing out that I can’t understand.
  •  if someone is struggling to communicate, and you know sign language, please ASK before you start interpreting. Yes, we appreciate the kind offer, but not everyone is comfortable with some stranger intervening. Also, not all deaf people know sign. 
  • -When you see someone with hearing loss jamming to their music in public, and you can hear it, please do not ask them to turn it down. It’s really ruse, considering it may just be loud enough for them to hear it or feel the vibrations.
  •  NEVER cover your mouth and ask if we can hear/understand you.It’s really insensitive. Most of the time, reading lips is very important for people who are deaf to communicate.
  •  Obviously, never ask how they get and keep their jobs. I feel like I shouldn’t have to explain this one.
  • Do not, DO NOT, under any circumstances, encourage or promote the use of technical devices such as hearing aids or cochlears to ANY deaf person. Many of us struggled with these devices as children. As we get older, we start to decide for ourselves if we want to use them. I respect people who their devices, but i do not respect hearing people who know nothing about them suggesting them.
  •  do not ask “if you’re deaf, how can you speak so well?” It’s basically the same kind of thing as above. many deaf children are fitted for hearing aids/cochlears and sent to speech therapy the minute their hearing parents find out. Some deaf people can speak, some people can sign and speak, and some can sign. It’s honestly their choice, and sometimes it’s not a choice.
  • if there’s anything else that you want to know, but just for a slight moment you think “I don’t want to come across as rude,” DO NOT ASK.
  • Thank you for reading. The Deaf Community would love it if these were actually followed. :)

ASL sign names have to be given to you by a deaf person. Sign name is usually based on a person’s personality and have to follow ASL grammatical rules. And, ASL sign name isn’t like English name. Two person with English name ‘Jonathan’ don’t have the same sign name. So that’s why we deaf people cannot come up with a sign name on a spot for a stranger. We have to get to know them first, and getting a sign name is a huge deal- it’s like naming a baby hah.

Also, yep, Brits have different sign language than US. I couldn’t really understand a deaf brit signing.



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