TDHH Resource Blog

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

PBS documentary explores 200 years of deaf life in America

"Through Deaf Eyes," a two-hour PBS documentary exploring nearly 200 years of Deaf life in America, will air early next year. The film was inspired by the exhibition, "History Through Deaf Eyes," curated by Jack R. Gannon of Gallaudet University.

The documentary will air nationally on PBS on Wednesday, March 21 at 9 p.m. ET (check local listings).

The film presents the shared experiences of American history - family life, education, work, and community connections - from the perspective of deaf citizens. Interviews include community leaders, historians, and deaf Americans with diverse views on language use, technology and identity.

Bringing a Deaf cinematic lens to the film are six artistic works by Deaf media artists and filmmakers: Wayne Betts, Renee Visco, Tracey Salaway, Kimby Caplan, Arthur Luhn, and Adrean Mangiardi.

Poignant, sometimes humorous, these films draw on the media artists' own lives and are woven throughout the documentary. But the core of the film remains the larger story of Deaf life in America -- a story of conflicts, prejudice and affirmation that reaches the heart of what it means to be human.

Major funding for "Through Deaf Eyes" is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS, The Annenberg Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Private individuals have also contributed to the funding of this project. The extensive outreach campaign is funded in part by Sign Language Associates. Outreach partners are the National Association for the Deaf, Gallaudet University, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute ofTechnology, and California State University-Northridge. As part of the outreach campaign, numerous local organizations, some in association with their public television stations, will mount events and discussions exploring the issues raised in the film.

A comprehensive Web site, found at , accompanies the film The site includes interviews with the deaf filmmakers whose work is featured in the documentary, while also inviting viewers to submit their own stories, photographs, and films. These will become part of the archival collection of Gallaudet University. A companion book is being published by Gallaudet University Press.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Optimizing Development of Communication for Children with Cochlear Implants: Sign and Spoken Language

The BC Provincial Outreach Program, in collaboration with the BC School for the Deaf and the PRP-Cochlear Implant Program are proud to present:

Designed for teachers, speech-language pathologists, visual language interpreters, parents, and other habilitation specialists working with students with cochlear implants who use sign and spoken language. The workshop is directed towards professionals working with early childhood through early elementary aged students. The presenters are from the Cochlear Implant Education Center - a unit of the Laurent Clerc National Education Center at Gallaudet University. They will share information on designing a communication program for children with cochlear implants who also use sign language.

Presenters: Debra Nussbaum, Coordinator-Cochlear Implant Education Center- Clerc Center Gallaudet

Susanne Scott, Outreach Specialist-Cochlear Implant Education Center-Clerc Center Gallaudet

Date: January 19, 2007

Time 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Live Presentation at Byrne Creek Secondary, 7777 18th Street, Burnaby, BC

Video Conference Sites: Langley School District, University Of Victoria, Kelowna School District

Cost: $10.00 (for Burnaby participants only –lunch provided at Byrne Creek)

Sign Language Interpreters will be provided

For further information contact: Karen Taylor, Provincial Outreach Administrator:

To Register contact: Helen Armstrong, Speech-Language Pathologist:

(604) 664-8300 local 246. Please include name, address phone number, email/address and the site where you will attend (Burnaby, Langley, University of Victoria, or Kelowna

Registration Deadline: January 15, 2007

8:00-8:30 Coffee and Registration

8:30-9:30 Overview: CI Technology and Current Research Highlights

9:30-10:30 Planning and Implementing a Comprehensive Program: Guiding Principles, Developing a Language and Communication Plan, Program Components

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Developing and Integrating Spoken Language in Signing Environments Integrating Communication Strategies in all facets of the Child’s Life

12:15-1:00 Question / Answer Forum with interactive feedback from videoconference sites