June 15, 2015 |
As a bridesmaid at a bachelorette party, you are part dance partner and part security guard to the bride-to-be. You want the bachelorette to have a VIP experience, and you are the velvet rope. But in order to do that, you have to master the art of bar sign language. Last weekend, 10 friends and I celebrated my BFF's bachelorette party at a beachside bar. On the dance floor, we formed a protective circle around the bride-to-be, ready to wrangle, distract, and, if need be, repel incoming males.
May 4, 2014 |
The third quarter ended, and Washington boys' lacrosse coach Jack Creighton turned toward his bench in search of his starting goalie. Robert Franklin sat there alone, with ice on one of his shins. Creighton asked him to walk onto the field. The coach did not need Franklin to reenter the game. "Need you to sign for me, please," Creighton said. Franklin's replacement, sophomore Paul Thiergartner, is deaf. And the Eagles coach wanted to give him instructions before the fourth quarter began.
February 12, 2014 |
MEDFORD A Burlington County nursing facility says it will offer a certified sign-language interpreter to deaf patients after a complaint alleging that one of its patients was often denied that resource. The decision is part of a settlement announced Monday involving the Medford Care Center. In 2012, the family of Mary Jane Barton, a former patient who is deaf, alleged that the facility offered a sign-language interpreter only twice and based other conversations on lip reading and handwritten notes.
January 24, 2014 |
JUST LIKE PRESIDENT Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Mayor Nutter was joined by a sign-language interpreter during his last two news conferences, but the question remains: Is he here to stay? Everett Gillison, Nutter's deputy mayor for public safety and chief of staff, told the Daily News that having a sign-language interpreter was important during severe-weather events to better inform the public. "This is not the first time that we have used an interpreter," Gillison said.
August 29, 2013
BEFORE the first speech was uttered on the National Mall on Saturday, marchers from all over America commemorating the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom had already spelled out their demands in signs. They marched behind banners and placards calling for increased education spending, an end to discriminatory voting restrictions and for more and better jobs. Fifty years after the 1963 March on Washington, those are still signs of the times. The commemorations staged Saturday and again with today's presidential speech were and will be fueled by the same determination that marked the original march.
March 4, 2013
* SWITCHED AT BIRTH. 8 p.m. Monday, ABC Family. WARNING: The commercials may seem louder during ABC Family's "Switched at Birth" this week. That's because most of the episode will be in American Sign Language. (There will be subtitles.) Now in its second season, the show about two teens - one deaf, Daphne (Katie Leclerc), and one hearing, Bay (Vanessa Marano) - who were accidentally raised by one another's biological families has intensified its focus on the deaf community.
February 1, 2013 |
LaNieta "Niety" Garbutt, 69, of Abington, a sign-language interpreter in Montgomery County schools, died Thursday, Jan. 24, of pancreatic cancer at her home. Mrs. Garbutt spent 27 years as a sign-language interpreter for the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. She was so popular with deaf students and her teaching colleagues that they turned out in droves to her signed memorial service Monday, Jan. 28. "She gave generously of her time and herself to the many deaf students for whom she was an interpreter," her family said.
December 21, 2012
* PROJECT NIM. 9 p.m. Thursday, HBO. IF NIM Chimpsky were alive today and his life had gone a little differently, he might have his own raucous "reality" show on MTV instead of just the occasional appearance on "Sesame Street. " Maybe even a clothing line. And thanks to the American Humane Association's production guidelines, he'd likely have a saner life than he did at the hands of the people who, in the name of science, took a baby chimpanzee from his mother to be raised like a human child, taught him to speak in sign language - and to smoke pot - and then passed him along like an outgrown toy. That, at least, was what I took away from "Project Nim," a fascinating, infuriating 2011 documentary about a sloppily run 1970s experiment that makes its television debut on HBO Thursday.
November 23, 2012 |
IT'S BEEN ROUGH going for Hubert Washington. He served two tours in Iraq, has struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder and drug addiction, and last year celebrated Thanksgiving in jail for possession of a firearm. But Thursday morning, Washington, 29, stood at a lectern before a crowd that gathered for Project HOME's 21st annual Thanksgiving Day service at its headquarters, on Fairmount Avenue near 15th Street, and shared reasons why he's thankful. "I'm thankful to be alive, for having a roof over my head, for people that care about me," Washington said.
November 3, 2012 |
An international team of researchers is claiming that a captive 22-year-old elephant in a South Korean zoo can speak . Granted, Koshik the elephant doesn't have a large vocabulary. But scientists have confirmed that the 5.5-ton behemoth can imitate five Korean words by speaking through his trunk. Koshik can say "annyong" ("hello"), "anja" ("sit down"), "aniya" ("no"), "nuo" ("lie down"), and "choah" ("good"). (Don't think that's much? Well, how much Korean can you speak?