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Laugh Your ASL Off!

Laugh Your ASL Off

Laugh Your ASL Off! Comedy Knight- UCF Deaf Awareness Week 2011

This week the University of Central Florida is presenting UCF Deaf Awareness Week 2011, and its chock full of great events!

Tuesday, March 22nd:
Deafness and ASL at UCF: Open Forum
starts at 7pm, CL1 318, Free for all

Wednesday, March 23rd:
ASL Club/NSSHLA Tabling
outside of the Student Union: we have a booth to hand out flyers and promote the club

Thursday, March 24th:
Silent Lunch at the Student Union by Burger King at 12

Silent Movie Knight, at 7pm in MAP 359, Free for all
“Children of a Lesser God”

Friday, March 25th:
Silent Dinner
at Applebee’s on University Blvd at 7pm

And the kicker for the week’s events will be Laugh Your ASL Off! comedy night featuring Keith Wann and Windell “Wink” Smith Jr. The show will be conducted in American Sign Language and a voice interpreter will be provided.

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The week’s events are being hosted by the Campus Activities Board and ASL Knights at UCF.

For more information on ASL Knights, UCF’s official ASL club, visit their official website at



One of the many great things about the DSS program at GCCC/GCSC is that our interpreters for our deaf and hard of hearing students do their best to be present for the students needs in all facets of their college life here on campus. Our interpreters can be seen interpreting for our students not only in class but also during club and social meetings or outtings as well as during private meetings between the students and their professors, tutors, or other members of staff on campus. The program has worked so hard to make having an interpreter a staple in the college life of a deaf or hard of hearing student, that many people don’t know that there are other methods for which we can provide communication between an individual and one of our deaf or hard of hearing students. One such method is through the use of a piece of equipment called the UbiDuo.

The UbiDuo combines the ease of instant or text messaging with the speed of real time chat and the benefit of face-to-face communication.

Below is a great video that explores both the concerns deaf/hard of hearing and hearing persons have when communicating with one another as well as the barriers that are removed when using the UbiDuo.

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1st collector for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Hearing – Communiphobia
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Visit for more information on the UbiDuo. For our students, faculty or staff who wish to know more on the UbiDuo, see it in action, or give it a try for themselves, feel free to contact any member of our department.

Love Language: Jubilee Project Short Film & Fundraiser

Love is in the air and this short film is chock full of it.

This is the story of a boy who falls in love with a girl.

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The Jubilee Project makes films for good causes. This film was produced to raise awareness and support for the American Society for Deaf Children. There are two ways that you can support this cause:
1. Go to to buy the soundtrack for this video, “Peaches” by New Heights. You can also donate directly to the cause at this site.
2. Sign up to become a sponsor of this video. Each sponsor will be asked to donate 1 penny for each view this video receives in November. So if the video is watched 1000 times this month, sponsors will each donate 10 dollars. You can sign up to become a sponsor by emailing All proceeds will go to the American Society for Deaf Children.

The American Society for Deaf Children is a non-profit organization started in 1967 that supports and educates families of deaf and hard of hearing children and advocates for high quality programs and services.

Deaf Discrimination on ABC’s “What Would You Do”

In case you missed it, last Friday night (Feb. 4, 2011), ABC’s program “What Would You Do” featured an 8-minute segment exposing deaf discrimination. The experiment of the show is to catch on video the reactions of our fellow community members when placed in a situation where they see something morally wrong occurring. Students from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf helped ABC to uncover some hard-hitting truths that just may inspire you.

Watch the official video here. Below is the video found on YouTube:

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RIT/NTID wrote a nice article on the episode, which can be read here. The article interestingly delves into the behind the scenes interaction between Andrew Paparella, a producer for the show, and the students, faculty, and staff from RIT/NTID. Article: “Deaf Discrimination: RIT/NTID Students Appear on ABC’s ‘What Would You Do?'” Program

The video below is of the behind the scenes action during filming of the “What Would You Do” episode:

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Ally Townsend: ABC’s Person of the Week

Allyson Townsend

Allyson Townsend, ABC's Person of the Week. Image courtesy ABCNews.

22-year old Allyson Townsend, 2010 graduate From Baylor University after majoring in Deaf Education, has recently made national news for her meticulous deidcation to signing popular music using American Sign Language. Her videos are enjoyed on her YouTube channel Ally ASL, where she has over 15,000+ viewers.

Watch this story on “World News with Diane Sawyer”.

Townsend first gained interest in sign language as a child, when her deaf friend wasn’t able to understand Townsend’s own love of music. Her friend was beffudled by concepts like when to sing what and when, and how long to hold a note or a word. So TOwnsend made a music video in ASL for her friend of “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer.

In an interview with Diane Sawyer, Townsend explains “She loved it,” she said. “She absolutely loved it. She asked me to do more.”

Since then, the videos have become part of a four-year long project where Townsend has covered a vast array of music from “Baby It’s Cold Outside” by Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone to “Tik Tok” by Ke$ha.

Today, more than 15,000 people have watched her viewers, and although her fans can’t hear the music, the message board is full of appreciative responses for Ally’s time and dedication to giving them music they otherwise would be unable to experience.

You can read more of Ally Townsends story here on and don’t forget to watch this World News with Diane Sawyer video for more on this story.

NTID/RIT Deaf Awareness

Below is an amazing deaf awareness video from N.T.I.D/R.I.T.

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Luke and Margie Race Again

Luke and Margie Adams

Luke and Margie Adams. Photo courtesy RIT/NTID

CBS network has confirmed yesterday that RIT/NTID alumnus Luke Adams and his mother, Margie, will be featured for a second time on the popular reality show “The Amazing Race” when the 18th season kicks off on February 20.

Luke, who received a bachelor’s degree from RIT/NTID in criminal justice in 2008, became the first deaf contestant on the show when he and his mother participated in the race around the world in season 14 (2009).

You can read more about Luke and what he’s doing now as well as a little bit about his adventures in his first race around the world here.


Worst Moment to [Applause] Ever!

So, Yay! for the White House continuing its commitment to accessibility for the disabled by closed captioning President Obama’s speech on the Jumbotron during the Wellstone Memorial service in Tuscon last week. But it looks like we have a bit of ways to go in training the hearing world in recognizing the difference between a prompt and closed captioning @_@

In case you missed the story, President Obama gave a memorial speech for the Arizona shootings that has left Congresswoman Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition and killed six others, including 9-year old Christina Green who was there to meet the Congresswoman. The memorial speech was given during a pep rally where it was also closed captioned on the stadium’s Jumbotron.

White House officials, including Press Secretary Robert Gibbs later stated their shock and surprise at the crowd’s reaction which was fraught with applause, caterwauling, and ‘the wave’. President Obama patiently waited throughout the noise and cheering to deliver his speech, which was punctuated by several moments of this pausing while he waited for the crowd to settle down.

But news media, bloggers, and the like quickly went on a prolific litany of accusations and harsh words for the White House, expressing it was the White House to blame for the crowd’s behavior. Why, you ask? Because along with the closed captioning appeared the words [Applause]. The litany of blaming professed sentiments of “what do you expect, you told the audience to applaud!” and further accused the White House’s response that the [Applause] was part of the closed captioning as being a ridiculous excuse for their part in the debacle.

Jumbotron Fail

The Jumbotron at the arena on Wednesday included applause lines. Image via whom borrowed the image from Flickr account user patri

The White House has officially released that the [Applause] was not their intent to command the audience to applause, but was, in fact, part of the captioning.

For those still confused as to why the word [Applause] would be captioned at all, turn on your televisions and take a moment program the television for closed captioning. Read the captions for a few minutes. What you’ll see is that along with the captions for spoken words also appears captions for sounds, such as [loud banging], [music playing], and in the case of taping in front of live audiences, [applause].

Now, think on this for a moment… Have you put it all together yet?

So this is what happened. Officials closed captioned the speech. The audience applauded for something the President said, which was then captioned as sound appearing as [Applause] on the Jumbotron. The crowd took this as a command prompt rather than captioning and applauded once more…which was then captioned…which the audience took as a command prompt…which was captioned…And so the cycle continued. Little bit funny now that you’ve figured it out, isn’t it.

Just a little humor

So this YouTube video does poke fun, but it’s all done in good humor. Enjoy.

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“A Few Minutes in the Life of a Sign Language Interpreter, The Classroom” was created by Xtranormal. You can view more of Xtranormal’s videos on their YouTube channel. Click here for more.

Sign and Sing

DoodlebugsMelissa, an interpreter at a local church and a current student of Troy State earning her BS in sign language, is teaching Sign and Sing sign language classes every Saturday from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. at Doodlebugs Consignment and Pageant Wear. This class is most enjoyed by ages 9 months to 9 years. The classes are FREE!

Contact Doodlebugs, located at 2406 Lisenby Avenue, Panama City, FL, at (850) 769-KIDS (5437) for the calendar of songs being taught.

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