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(Video) Girl and puppy, both deaf, share message of love

Wednesday, August 17, 2016People looking to adopt a pet may hesitate at taking in a pet with a disability. That was the case for Walter, a deaf puppy, before he met his current owners. Now Walter lives with ten-year old Julia and her…

Deaf women join Cosmo to speak openly about sex

Monday, July 11, 2016
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Recently, Cosmopolitan decided to address misunderstandings around deaf women and sex. Cosmo interviewed three deaf women about their experiences having sex in order to raise awareness of the fact that most people with disabilities enjoy,…

Students create gloves that translate sign language into spoken words

Tuesday, May 10, 2016Two students at the University of Washington are unveiling a device they hope will make communication more accessible for members of the Deaf community. According to the Gallaudet Research Institute there are almost forty million Deaf and hard of hearing…

Lawsuit challenges police treatment of deaf individual

Friday, May 6, 2016The ACLU of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Disability Law Center sued the city of Woonsocket, Rhode Island on April 27 regarding its police department’s treatment of a deaf individual. “Municipal compliance with federal and state laws prohibiting disability…

Artists are using their wheelchairs to showcase their talent

Wednesday, May 4, 2016Until this past winter, Broadway had never featured an actor or actress who uses a wheelchair. This may be unsurprising to some of our readers, as the popular theater community has recently been criticized for its lack of diversity. Responding…

Disability advocates weigh in on prison phone-call reforms

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Accessible Telecommunications for Inmates
Two prominent disability rights organizations recently submitted public comments [PDF] to the Federal Communications Commission, calling on the agency to mandate expanded accessible telephone options for inmates. “The result of the current communication paradigm is that…

(Video) “Deaf, proud, and loud!” – Young Deaf adults demand recognition

Monday, February 15, 2016The recent increase of the Deaf community in the mainstream media has begun to change mainstream society’s lack of awareness of the Deaf community – Switched at Birth has been renewed for a 5th season, and America’s Next Top

(Video) Campaign to create a 24/7 anti-violence hotline for the Deaf community

Friday, January 29, 2016A recent campaign is working to raise awareness of the violence faced by the Deaf community. In a series of expressive photographs, #WhoWillAnswer states that: 31% of Deaf men and women experience emotional abuse; domestic violence impacts one out of…

Tips for bringing intersectionality into queer, feminist, and disability spaces

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Tips for Accessibility
When you care a lot about a certain issue, it can often be hard to look beyond that issue. This is not always a bad thing – passion and focus are common drivers of most social movements…

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