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Live subtitles in ARD

“BRISANT”, a boulevard magazine of the german TV-station ARD will, from now on, be broadcasted with live subtitles. This decision is based on increasing numbers of deaf or hearing impared people . Here you can read more. Advertisements

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Selfexperience Day

Last week, we went out on the street trying to find our way and find out more about being blind in public. We called it our selfexperience day, on which we explored orientation and navigation in Berlin with a white … Continue reading

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2007_Tact

A great number of blind people use watches whose glass can be lifted so that blind people can know what time it is from the position of the needles, their fingertips slipping over the dial. But once the needles are … Continue reading

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We are in the “week of the sighted”

From the 8th to the 15th of october, “the week of sight” takes place for the 8th time in Germany. This week ends on the 15th with the “day of the white stick”. Eight organisations want to inform nationwide about … Continue reading

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Mobile ASL

A research project of Neva Cherniavsky, University of Washington   The goal of the Mobile ASL project is to compress sign language video so that deaf users in the USA can communicate via cell phone. While the deaf community has … Continue reading

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Animal signs

If we deal with sings to communicate among people that cannot hear or talk, we can also look at other creatures which need to communicate without talk. Handspeak.com has a share about the ability of dogs communicate among each other … Continue reading

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Calligraphy

The term calligraphy usually evokes an image of beautiful writing and lettering. The series in Jolanta Lapiaks photocalligraphy body of works called Photospeaking and/or Photowriting inspects the notion of calligraphy and deconstructs this notion. “a splendid flash of concrete poetry”, Photospeaking … Continue reading

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Sign Language Course – 6th lesson report

What´s your name?   My name… I can´t write it down anymore. My first name looks like I´m putting something into my hair and saying my name without voice (very important!). My last name looks almost like I´m rowing, also combined … Continue reading

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Not all hollow words… (Nicht nur Schall und Rauch…)

  That`s what my first talk with a deaf person looks like. Actually looks like! In the long run, it would cost a big amount of paper and pens, and lost of patients to communicate that way. Lots of details … Continue reading

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Sprachlos/Speechless in DGS

Thats what Sprachlos/Speechless looks like in german sign language (DGS). I took pictures with the software of the “Wörterbuch der deutschen Gebärdensprache”. I´m not sure if the whole sign is recognizable in these pictures. [pictures: Kestner Verlag]

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Easy signs

Finally I got to install the “Wörterbuch der Deutschen Gebärdensprache”. As recommended to us, it is really easy to use and gives a great overview on how substantial and complex the german sign language (DGS) is. Still, I found some … Continue reading

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What is DAISY?

DAISY means “Digital Accessible Information System” it characterise standards and technologies that are developed from all blind libraries in the world in cooperation with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) for the new digital audio book generation. … Continue reading

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Initiative Braille!

Due to Louis Braille (04.01.1809 – 06.01.1852) 200th birthday, the “german central library for blind”, in Leipzig (DZB Leipzig) in cooperation with the “german blind- and visually impared alliance” (DBSV) came up with the “Initiative Braille!”. Posters, postcards and a … Continue reading

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“Future Aids”

Here we found helping aids for blind people to cope with everyday life to become a more independent. Some of them we saw in the exibition yesterday “Sechs Richtige, Louis Braille und die Blindenschrift” (Museum of communication, Berlin). braillebookstore.com

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Baby-sign-language – to communicate with babys before they speak

Babyzeichensprache – mit Babys kommunizieren bevor sie sprechen können The idea came from the USA in the 1980s. Scientists found out that hearing children from deaf parents were much earlier able to communicate than hearing children from hearing parents. In … Continue reading

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Interview mit einer Gehörlosen – Roger Willemsen

Emmanuelle Laborit (actress) und Caroline Link (director) Interesting to watch and listen to! About names deaf people give each other and people hiding emotions and being explored by deaf due to their fine visual senses.

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Das große Wörterbuch der Deutschen Gebärdensprache

Yesterday I installed the software for the “Wörterbuch der Deutschen Gebärdensprache” As soon I have time I will take a closer look on it. I´m excited to find out more about this language through this media.

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“A blind person’s interactions with technology”

We found an interesting Article about “A blind Persons Interactions with Technology” in the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) by Kristen Shinohara and Josh Teneberg from the University of Washington. The study is an in-deapth exploratory and descriptive case study … Continue reading

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