November 1, 2012 |
Eddie Aldridge has been working the National Deaf Poker Tour for six years now. He's learned that dealing to deaf people is not unlike dealing to anyone else, since poker, by nature, is played mostly with nonverbal communication. Certainly, there's no "raise" and "call" to be heard; instead players use hand signals - a thumbs up or two fingers to the ear. But there are big differences at these tournaments, he said, and it's what you can't hear. "The camaraderie, the spirit, the brotherhood," says Aldridge, 48. "Something that you will never see at regular poker tables is clapping for a winner.
February 5, 2012
Indicates wheelchair-accessible. Events are free unless otherwise indicated. Symposiums & seminars Election 2012: Tax Reform with Bruce Bartlett and Rosanne Altshuler. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St; reservations are required, 215-409-6700 or www.constitutioncenter.org . $10 for nonmembers, $7 for members, students, teachers. 6:30 p.m. Tue. Lectures & literature African American Read In Chain , members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will share their favorite readings.
January 24, 2012
* SWITCHED AT BIRTH. 8 tonight, ABC Family. PASADENA, CALIF. - You might not guess it from watching him as the teen rebel Emmett on ABC Family's "Switched at Birth," but Sean Berdy is a bit of a chatterbox. Like his character, Berdy's been deaf from birth. But Emmett, who's managed to draw the romantic focus of both switched-at-birth teens, Daphne (Katie LeClerc) and Bay ("Gilmore Girls' " Vanessa Marano), sometimes says as much with his moody silences as he does with his hands.
November 28, 2009 |
Twenty-six people in nine states, including a Philadelphia man and the mother of a former Miss Deaf New Jersey, were charged with defrauding a federal program for the deaf of $50 million, the government says. The video-relay program helps people who are deaf or hard of hearing talk on the phone. The Federal Communications Commission regulates the program, which is funded by surcharges of 7 cents to 20 cents a month on consumer phone bills. The scheme racked up millions of phony reimbursable minutes to the program between 2006 and this year, according to the Justice Department.
October 19, 2007 |
When performing on stage, local actor Robert DeMayo makes quick, fluttery hand gestures. He furrows his brow and grits his teeth, exaggerating his facial expressions. But he never utters a word. DeMayo is totally deaf. With more than 20 years of stage experience under his belt, he has worked with organizations such as the National Theatre of the Deaf and New York Deaf Theatre. His act, a one-man comedy show called Me Hear NONE, is a series of silent skits. "Deaf people are still in Pandora's box," DeMayo said, using American Sign Language translated during a recent interview.
August 31, 2007 |
Ryan Lewis was the rare student who would breeze into the office at West Deptford High School and ask, "Do you ladies need anything?" Joanne Keegan, one of the secretaries, recalled how he frequently volunteered to help them and the guidance counselors whenever he had spare time. That's why Keegan wasn't too surprised yesterday to learn that Lewis, 17, who graduated in June, had jumped into the swift-moving Delaware River on Wednesday night to help three friends whose boat was stuck on an island off National Park.
July 9, 2007 |
My last column was about four words I believed could make the world a better place. If a person could simply say to another, "Tell me your story," and then listen quietly, both people would change. Within days, I received hundreds of letters requesting "Tell Me Your Story" bumper stickers I'd promised free, and almost as many e-mails - all from people wanting to join a movement that could change the planet through the listening to others' stories. A woman in Montgomery County said she wanted to open a coffeehouse where people would come just to listen to one another's stories.
February 21, 2007 |
Celine Dreher cannot hear you, but sometimes she can hear Sarah, a creation of her malfunctioning brain who "speaks" to her from inside her head. This medical double whammy - deafness and schizophrenia - has left Dreher, 44, feeling doubly isolated for much of her life. She was the only deaf person in her group home, the only deaf person at the psychiatric hospital. "I felt like there was no communication," she said through a sign-language interpreter. She sometimes had to write notes to fellow patients and staff.
September 26, 2004 |
Thyson Halley worked the room during the American Sign Language Festival last weekend at Camden County College's Blackwood campus. He seemed to know everyone, from tiny tots to the elderly who attended the first such festival sponsored by the college. He greeted scores of people with hugs and cheerful salutations. Wearing a red crown trimmed in white fur and sprinkled with rhinestones, Mr. Deaf New Jersey moved among the many vendors' tables, explaining the purpose of the festival and greeting friends and strangers.
November 24, 2003 |
Brian Morrison is explaining why Abba's music is difficult to translate for the deaf. His hands blur, flying fast and close to his face, even when there is no one around to interpret. "So you think of a phrase like 'Mamma Mia.' . . . Literally you're thinking Mamma, which is this sign," he said, resting his thumb against his chin, fingers and palm in a high five position. "But the phrase doesn't really have to do with mamma, it's more like an 'Oh no!' kind of thing, particularly in the context of the play.