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The Costs Incurred: Hearing Non-Signers and Signed Language Interpreters

Deaf people and signed language interpreters live in an uneasy co-existence. We need access to the hearing world; interpreters need to work for their livelihood. The irony of entering a dependent relationship in order to obtain enough information to be autonomous as a professional has always rankled, but that is the state of play*. A…

So Expressive!
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So Expressive!

Lydia Callis, signed language interpreter for New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg, is getting a lot of attention these days for her interpreting during Hurricane Sandy. She’s been spoofed on Chelsea Handler’s show, she has Tumblrs dedicated to her, and she’s even been named  Hot Slut of the Day by Dlisted. Why all the attention? Is it because she’s an attractive woman doing…

Hearingsplaining
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Hearingsplaining

Mansplaining has now become mainstream  – that phenomenon of an arrogant man explaining what he thinks he knows about a subject to a woman who knows more than he does about the subject. Or as writer Rebecca Solnit notes, the “intersection between overconfidence and cluelessness where some portion of (the male) gender gets stuck.” I’ve experienced my share of…

It Gets Better. It Really Does.
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It Gets Better. It Really Does.

Unless you’ve been under a rock this week, you’ve probably seen this week’s troubling stories about gay teens committing suicide.  The deaths of Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi, Asher Brown from a small town just outside Houston, Texas, and Seth Walsh in Tehachapi, California have haunted my thoughts this week. Watching Seth Walsh’s sister’s Youtube clip made before her brother…