General Interest Articles

Closed Captioning

Closed Captioning

By Brenda Cartwright
Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Closed captioning took well over 30 years to appear after the onset of television programming. With laws now in place to mandate closed captioning for all new video programming, Deaf and hard of hearing consumers may finally make the most of watching television. However, captions benefit more than just the deaf — second language viewers, elderly with hearing issues, children learning to read, and really anyone watching a movie or show with audio that may be unclear at times (like characters speaking quickly or excitedly or with an accent) or when watching in a loud environment.
What is American Sign Language (ASL)?

What is American Sign Language (ASL)?

By Marta Belsky and Brenda Cartwright
Friday, February 18, 2022

American Sign Language (ASL) is a full, natural language that has developed through use. Read the article to learn more about ASLs complex and interesting characteristics and its relationship to Deaf culture.
Keep Signing! Support During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Keep Signing! Support During the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Jillian Winn
Saturday, March 14, 2020

We know people are nervous as they navigate how to prepare and stay safe during the Coronavirus pandemic. Schools all over the country that have traditionally been taught in a classroom setting are now being challenged to teach their material online with very little time to prepare...
Living Loud: Robert Panara – Pioneer of Deaf Studies, Author, Historian, Poet, and Teacher

Living Loud: Robert Panara – Pioneer of Deaf Studies, Author, Historian, Poet, and Teacher

By Marta Belsky
Monday, July 15, 2019

Robert Panera was a Pioneer of Deaf Studies, Author, Historian, Poet, and Teacher. Read the article to learn more about the life and accomplishments of this amazing Deaf person.
Living Loud: Clayton Valli – ASL Linguist, Poet, Scholar, Teacher, and Author

Living Loud: Clayton Valli – ASL Linguist, Poet, Scholar, Teacher, and Author

By Marta Belsky
Sunday, May 5, 2019

Clayton Valli was an ASL Linguist, Poet, Scholar, Teacher, and Author. Read the article to learn more about the life and accomplishments of this amazing Deaf man.
Living Loud: Allen Snare – Deaf Pastor, Evangelist, and Missionary

Living Loud: Allen Snare – Deaf Pastor, Evangelist, and Missionary

By Brenda Cartwright
Sunday, April 14, 2019

Allen Snare was a Deaf Pastor, Evangelist, and Missionary. Read the article to learn more about the life and accomplishments of this amazing Deaf man.
Living Loud: Kitty O’Neil – The Fastest Woman in the World, Stuntwoman, and Racer

Living Loud: Kitty O’Neil – The Fastest Woman in the World, Stuntwoman, and Racer

By Marta Belsky
Sunday, March 24, 2019

Kitty O’Neil was the Fastest Woman in the World, Stuntwoman, and Racer. Read the article to learn more about the life and accomplishments of this amazing hard of hearing woman.
Living Loud: Phyllis Frelich - Actress, Innovator, and Tony Award Winner

Living Loud: Phyllis Frelich - Actress, Innovator, and Tony Award Winner

By Marta Belsky
Sunday, March 10, 2019

Phyllis Frelich was an Actress, Innovator, and Tony Award Winner. Read the article to learn more about the life and accomplishments of this amazing Deaf woman.
Living Loud: Mandy Harvey – Singer, Ambassador, and Author

Living Loud: Mandy Harvey – Singer, Ambassador, and Author

By Marta Belsky
Sunday, January 27, 2019

Mandy Harvey was a Singer, Ambassador, and Author. Read the article to learn more about the life and accomplishments of this amazing hard of hearing woman.
Living Loud: LeRoy Colombo – First Deaf Lifeguard and Life Saving Record Holder

Living Loud: LeRoy Colombo – First Deaf Lifeguard and Life Saving Record Holder

By Marta Belsky
Saturday, December 29, 2018

LeRoy Colombo was the First Deaf Lifeguard and Life Saving Record Holder. Read the article to learn more about the life and accomplishments of this amazing Deaf man.