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Deaf-Friendly Showcase: Ark Lodge Cinemas’ Open-Captioning Breakthrough

Posted by: Staff Writer on Jan. 23, 2013  |  Comments

Once upon a time not too long ago, a deaf film buff’s quest to find open captioning options at the movie theaters felt strikingly like an arduous quest across Middle-earth to reclaim a mountain from an evil, fiery dragon. If the script seems familiar, that’s because you’ve just seen the “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” via open captioning at a new local deaf-friendly business in Seattle: Ark Lodge Cinemas on Rainier Avenue.

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Got Deaf-Friendly Resolutions? Let Us Count the Ways.

Posted by: Staff Writer on Jan. 8, 2013  |  Comments

Whether you're a Type-A personality or a serial couch potato, there's little doubt about what's been on your mind: New Year's resolutions. To make, or to not make? To resolve big, or to resolve little? You see, resolutions are like religion. Even if you don't overtly subscribe to it, the chiming of the midnight clock rattles through our champagne-induced joy, making all of us realize that it's time to (once again) try to be a better person.

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A Signing Santa and the Miracle on 6th & Pine

Posted by: Staff Writer on Dec. 25, 2012  |  Comments

Yes, Virginia, Santa Claus and his elves know sign language. If you’ve been good, you can SIGN your wish list as you sit on the Jolly One’s lap at Nordstrom Santa’s Lane in Seattle, WA.

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Deaf Consumer Support System: Do You Have One?

Posted by: Staff Writer on Dec. 11, 2012  |  Comments

Do you have a stride in your step, or are you dragging your feet due to the weight of an inaccessible universe on your shoulders? Sometimes, the difference between the two has less to do with the world you’re born into, than the support system you create for yourself.

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7 Ties That Bind all Children of Deaf Adults (CODA)

Posted by: Staff Writer on Dec. 3, 2012  |  Comments

Ask anyone from the mainstream what a CODA is, and you’ll get answers like “Led Zeppelin’s album,” or “the tail-end of a music piece.” Close, but no cigar ... at least not from the Deaf Community. “MOTHER + FATHER + DEAF” (the signs used to describe a CODA) are statistically common within the community.

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Tips for Getting Through the Holidays with a Hearing Loss

Posted by: Staff Writer on Nov. 19, 2012  |  Comments

Ah, the yuletide season. Where simple statements like "will you please pass the cranberry sauce?" amount to communication faux pas when uttered (or signed) across a large dining table. Holidays are notoriously awkward enough for hearing people, let alone the deafies who brave this tradition annually. It's a wonder that deafies (in non-signing families) bother to pack their bags for the holidays at all.

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What is Paddy Ladd’s “Deafhood” and Have We Found It Yet?

Posted by: Staff Writer on Nov. 12, 2012  |  Comments

It has its own Wikipedia entry. It has a custom sign (“DEAF” + “BELLY”). It literally gets on some peoples’ skin, in the form of tattoos and printed sweatshirts, and under the skin as our consciousness. “Deafhood” is everywhere. But on September 24, we – an audience of 200+ - got the inside scoop straight from the hands of the British guy who invented the term. 

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Our Silent Storm: What Lydia Callis’ 15 Minutes Means For Deaf Culture

Posted by: Staff Writer on Nov. 1, 2012  |  Comments

Like Hilary Clinton, she’s got her own Tumblr. Numerous outlets have crowned her “Hurricane Sandy’s breakout star.” She is a blogger's dream (one christened two of her top 12 signs as "Double Yoda" and  "Roadside Sobriety Test"), with SNL skits rumored to be underway. 

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9/11: A Lesson in Deaf Emergency Preparedness

Posted by: Staff Writer on Sept. 11, 2012  |  Comments

Eleven years ago, the terrorist attacks on U.S. soil was so devastating, that there is not one standard sign for it. There are many - and all of them evoke deep emotions. Ask anyone from the deaf community to sign “Twin Towers” or “9/11” and you’ll different signed interpretations to the event that changed the world forever. Some of us punch a fist against the “1” hand shape. Others, two index fingers slowly dropping one by one. For others, it's an explosion or collapse.

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Save the Date: FCC Internet Captioning Deadline Coming Up

Posted by: Staff Writer on May 23, 2012  |  Comments

Are you tired of being left out from all the video programming offered on the Internet? You’re not alone. With over 35 million deaf and hard of hearing people in the U.S., the mostly un-captioned state of the Web is a source of frustration for many.

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