Deaf Culture Articles

Deaf American Jazz Singer and Songwriter Chooses to “Try” After Hearing Loss

Deaf American Jazz Singer and Songwriter Chooses to “Try” After Hearing Loss

By Jillian Winn
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Mandy Harvey starting singing when she was four. She sang in choral groups and music competitions in high school and she was recognized as the "Top Female Vocalist" at Longmont High School when she graduated in 2006. Mandy was then one of only fifteen students accepted as a vocal major into Colorado State University. However, Mandy suffered from reoccurring hearing problems and during her freshman year in college she lost hearing (110 decibels) in both ears.
The Importance of Early Exposure to American Sign Language with Deaf Children

The Importance of Early Exposure to American Sign Language with Deaf Children

By Jillian Winn
Thursday, November 3, 2016

Around 8,000 children are born deaf or hard of hearing each year in the United States. 95% of those children are born into hearing families. This means a few things – the majority of hard of hearing children are born into families that do not use sign language and their parents do not have previous experience with raising and educating a deaf child. The options and information may be overwhelming for parents, but just like raising any child, each child and family is different and there isn’t a “one size fits all” plan to execute. Luckily there is research to help serve as a guide.
Living Loud: Lou Ferrigno – The Incredible Hulk of acting, bodybuilding, fitness training, and motivational speaking

Living Loud: Lou Ferrigno – The Incredible Hulk of acting, bodybuilding, fitness training, and motivational speaking

By Marta Belsky
Monday, October 24, 2016

Lou Ferrigno was The Incredible Hulk of acting, bodybuilding, fitness training, and motivational speaking. Read the article to learn more about the life and accomplishments of this amazing deaf man.
Living Loud: Charles Nicolle - First Deaf Nobel Award Recipient

Living Loud: Charles Nicolle - First Deaf Nobel Award Recipient

By Marta Belsky
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Charles Nicolle was the First Deaf Nobel Award Recipient. Read the article to learn more about the life and accomplishments of this amazing hard of hearing man.
Deaf Awareness Week 2016

Deaf Awareness Week 2016

By Jillian Winn
Sunday, September 18, 2016

Deaf Awareness Week this year is September 19-25, 2016. Deaf Awareness Week, also called International Week of the Deaf (IWD), is celebrated annually and ends with International Day of the Deaf on the last Sunday of September. Deaf Awareness Week is celebrated by national and regional associations of the deaf, local communities, and individuals worldwide. The purpose of Deaf Awareness Week is to increase public awareness of deaf issues, people, and culture.  Activities and events throughout Deaf Awareness Week encourage individuals to come together ...
Living Loud: Terence Parkin - Olympic Swimmer

Living Loud: Terence Parkin - Olympic Swimmer

By Marta Belsky
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Terence Parkin was an Olympic Swimmer. Read the article to learn more about the life and accomplishments of this amazing Deaf man.
12 Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Helen Keller

12 Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Helen Keller

By Jillian Winn
Monday, June 27, 2016

Helen Keller became deaf and blind at 19 months old. She was famous from the age of 8 for her experience of overcoming great obstacles in order to learn to communicate. This early part of her life is the most well-known, but the story doesn’t end there. Helen would go on to become not only well educated, but famous in her own right as an author and activist. She has even been said to be one of the 20th century's ...
The Meaning Behind Champion Nyle Dimarco’s Freestyle Dance on the Dancing with the Stars Finale

The Meaning Behind Champion Nyle Dimarco’s Freestyle Dance on the Dancing with the Stars Finale

By Jillian Winn
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Nyle chose a special song, with a special meaning, for his freestyle dance on the finale of Dancing with the Stars. He chose the song “Sound of Silence” covered by the heavy metal band Disturbed and originally by Simon and Garfunkel. Nyle and dance partner Peta worked with contemporary choreographer Talia Favia to make the dance a moving performance focused on storytelling. Nyle said, “Our dance together is for million’s of deaf people, this dance needs to reflect all of them.” I CANT BELIEVE IT! WE WON! WE WON THE MIRROR BALL!!! This is for 70 million Deaf people in the world! Thank you all for your CONTINUING SUPPORT. @petamurgatroyd YOU ARE AMAZING. Thank you for embracing this journey with me. Thank you for pushing me and believing in me. I love ...
Living Loud: Juliette Gordon Low - Founder of the Girl Scouts and Philanthropist

Living Loud: Juliette Gordon Low - Founder of the Girl Scouts and Philanthropist

By Marta Belsky
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Juliette Gordon Low was Founder of the Girl Scouts and Philanthropist. Read the article to learn more about the life and accomplishments of this amazing deaf woman.
America’s Next Top Model Winner “Just Happens To Be Deaf”

America’s Next Top Model Winner “Just Happens To Be Deaf”

By Jillian Winn
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

There are multiple reasons why 26-year-old Nyle DiMarco’s crown as the winner of American’s Next Top Model (ANTM) is significant (besides his good looks!) - he is the last winner of ANTM because this was the last season, he is only the second male winner out of 22 cycles, and he is Deaf.