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American Sign Language users share personal experiences in honor of National ASL Day

William Woods ASL

In a speech last fall in Columbia, Missouri at the University of Missouri’s Celebrate Ability Week, Deaf activist, actor and model Nyle DiMarco ended with a piece of advice: Embrace yourself, he said. It’s this kind of celebration and embracing of Deaf culture for which National ASL day was created. Held on April 15 every […]

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May 24th, 2017

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Accessibility and Technology: What it means for Deaf and ASL users

William Woods ASL

In a previous post, Look into ASL Studies highlighted the Americans with Disabilities Act and how it affects American Sign Language Interpreters and others working closely to the Deaf community. Another piece of the ADA includes standards for websites as well. More and more people in the web design world are looking deeper into what […]

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August 17th, 2016

Posted in Deaf Culture, Technology

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The importance of the Americans with Disabilities Act for sign language interpreters

William Woods ASL

American Sign Language interpreters and others who work with Deaf and hard of hearing people need to know the legal protections and rights of the people with whom they are working. That way they know when there is a violation of not only the law, but also an individuals’ understanding of important information. The Americans […]

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June 29th, 2016

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Uber partners with Deaf organization to create more jobs for the Deaf community

William Woods ASL

Over 72 percent of Deaf and hard of hearing people are unemployed or underemployed according to Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD), an international not-for-profit organization devoted to elevating the quality of life for people who are Deaf, Deaf-blind, or hard of hearing, Chief executive of CSD, Chris Soukup, labeled the Deaf unemployment situation a […]

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June 22nd, 2016

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Stretching Boundaries: ASL Literature Course Spotlight

William Woods ASL

At William Woods University, bachelors in American Sign Language Interpretation and ASL Studies students take various courses that build breadth and depth of knowledge about Deaf culture and the various artistic expressions that have come out of the Deaf Community. William Woods University ASL Instructor Becky Davis developed the course ASL430: ASL Literature and has […]

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May 25th, 2016

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ASL career spotlight: Deaf advocacy – Part 2

William Woods ASL

According to the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD), 80 percent of the world’s 70 million Deaf people do not have access to education. Less than two percent of Deaf children have access to learning sign language, with the most limited access in developing countries. “The rights of Deaf people are often overlooked, especially in […]

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April 21st, 2016

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Architecture designed with the Deaf in mind

William Woods ASL

The William Woods University language and interpreting lab in the ASL Studies department has considered the various ways in which a space could be more beneficial for using sign language. But how could architecture serve to help both the hearing and the Deaf? When you think about all of the architectural tools used in the […]

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April 7th, 2016

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ASL career spotlight: Deaf advocacy – Part 1

William Woods ASL

When you study ASL and Deaf culture, you learn to understand an exceptional community, one you inherently become an advocate for — no matter what career you choose. But there are various advocacy organizations and causes students of sign may become especially passionate about — ones that they may pursue as careers. In addition to ASL coursework, […]

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March 30th, 2016

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The beautiful symphony of music and sign language

William Woods ASL

More than simply an interactive relationship, American Sign Language and music are in fact one and the same, with more similarities than some may have ever come to fathom. Deaf sound artist and composer, Christine Sun Kim, explains this concept through her TED Talk entitled “The enchanting music of sign language”. “For example, a musical […]

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December 10th, 2015

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A Career in helping Deaf students find their dream careers

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American Sign Language Interpreting students at William Woods University take courses like ASL 101 – Career Seminar to learn right from the start their various career options that allow them to communicate using ASL and work with and in service to Deaf people. One of which, may be a career in Career Development, helping Deaf […]

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September 14th, 2015

Posted in Deaf Culture, Living Language

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