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The beautiful symphony of music and sign language

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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

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William Woods University American Sign Language students work with Missouri School for the Deaf

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The proximity of William Woods University to the Missouri School for the Deaf — both located in Fulton — provides a rich environment for collaboration and understanding of Deaf culture and trends. Online bachelor’s students of Interpretation Studies also benefit from their professors having close ties with this school. And if they’re local to Fulton, […]

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August 3rd, 2015

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Deaf Biology Professor inspires her students to dream big

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We were inspired and excited when we heard a recent story on NPR titled, Biology Professor’s Calling: Teach Deaf Students They Can Do Anything. It’s a part of a series called “50 Great Teachers.” The story is about Dr. Caroline Solomon, a biology professor at Gallaudet University. She got her bachelor’s degree from Harvard, her […]

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June 30th, 2015

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ASL poetry slams popping up across the country

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Poetry slams are poetry competitions with elimination rounds. A highly verbal and rhythmic form of expression, poetry slams grew out of ties to hip-hop culture and open-mike jazz clubs. Poetry Slam, Inc. writes that you will “find a diverse range of work within [a poetry] slam, including heartfelt love poetry, searing social commentary, uproarious comic […]

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February 12th, 2015

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Deaf cultural celebrations frequent Fulton

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In 1913, George W. Veditz, president of the National Association for the Deaf at the time reflected, “As long as we have deaf people on Earth, we will have signs, and as long as we have our films, we can preserve our beautiful sign language in its original purity.” 102 years later, not only the […]

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February 5th, 2015

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ASL Film Showings Frequent Fulton

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One of the best ways to learn a language is in immersion, the process of teaching a new language in which that language is the medium of instruction. The closer an Interpretation Studies student can get to surrounding themselves with ASL, the better their fluency will be with the language. This means spending time with […]

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December 2nd, 2014

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William Woods sets up Deaf City LEAD event, a town that uses only sign language

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Earlier this month, William Woods students participated in a LEAD event in an imaginary town called Deaf City where American Sign Language was the only form of communication. Deaf people from the community volunteered to own and run a model bank, post office, grocery store and more. They greeted and spoke with their “customers” in […]

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October 27th, 2014

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Deaf Awareness Week celebrated all over the world

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The last full week of September is the International Week of the Deaf; its purpose is to bring awareness to deaf issues, people and culture. The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) first celebrated International Day of the Deaf in 1958, and it was later extended to an entire week. The September date is to […]

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September 22nd, 2014

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American Sign Language mission of new trailblazing restaurant

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A new Toronto restaurant reminds us that disability really is a matter of perspective. In the mostly hearing world of dining, Signs stands out as the only known restaurant that employs deaf waiters and encourages customers to order in American Sign Language. Signs is the brainchild of Anjan Manikumar, who began to learn ASL while […]

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August 28th, 2014

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