General Interest Blog 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.
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 Jules Henry Nicolle - First Deaf Nobel Award Recipient

Living Loud: Charles Jules Henry Nicolle - First Deaf Nobel Award Recipient

By Marta Belsky  |  Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Charles Jules Henry 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.
Practice American Sign Language (ASL) With an ASL Expert Through Video Chat

Practice American Sign Language (ASL) With an ASL Expert Through Video Chat

By Jillian Winn  |  Monday, September 19, 2016

We’re excited to announce that we are launching a new service where you can practice American Sign Language (ASL) with an ASL expert through video chat. We are calling this new service Savvy Chat. All chats are one-on-one 30 minute sessions using video conferencing software online. You can practice your receptive and expressive ASL skills and/or get help with a specific aspect of ASL.
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.
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 ...
ASL in the Classroom: One Thanksgiving Story with Many Titles

ASL in the Classroom: One Thanksgiving Story with Many Titles

By Kathleen Marcath  |  Monday, March 21, 2016

Signing Savvy membership is a great tool and has saved me lots of time! I have the wonderful privilege to share ASL with the students at St. Peter's Lutheran School. Together with the classroom teacher, Mrs. Susan Bennett, we wanted to create a project for the students to learn ASL. We picked the topic, Thanksgiving. The goal of the project was for the students to be able to share sign language with their families on Thanksgiving Day.
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.
Short Film from CNN Highlights a Deaf All-American Family

Short Film from CNN Highlights a Deaf All-American Family

By Jillian Winn  |  Monday, November 23, 2015

With Thanksgiving this week, this short film from CNN does a nice job of highlighting what many of us are most thankful for - family. The short film, called “All-American Family” shares the story of the Pedersen family, a deaf family with deaf parents, two deaf sons, and one hearing son. It gives a glimpse into Deaf culture and what living in a Deaf family and Deaf community is like.