Deafblindness

International Disability Alliance's statement on the situation of persons with disabilities affected by floods in Pakistan

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Friday, September 23, 2022

GENEVA, Switzerland, Sept. 23, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The International Disability Alliance (IDA) is expressing its deepest sympathy to the people of Pakistan, in particular persons with disabilities and their families, who have been affected by the recent floods and landslides. We call on the government of Pakistan, the United Nations, the international humanitarian community, and donor agencies to ensure maximum inclusion of persons with disabilities in the humanitarian response. Organizations of persons with disabilities must be involved in response planning, implementation, and monitoring as the most competent people to ensure a rights-based approach and full inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Key Points: 
  • Organizations of persons with disabilities must be involved in response planning, implementation and monitoring as the most competent people to ensure a rights-based approach and full inclusion of persons with disabilities.
  • GENEVA, Switzerland, Sept. 23, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The International Disability Alliance (IDA) is expressing its deepest sympathy to the people of Pakistan, in particular persons with disabilities and their families, who have been affected by the recent floods and landslides.
  • We call on the government of Pakistan, the United Nations, the international humanitarian community, and donor agencies to ensure maximum inclusion of persons with disabilities in the humanitarian response.
  • Organizations of persons with disabilities must be involved in response planning, implementation, and monitoring as the most competent people to ensure a rights-based approach and full inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Haben Girma Receives the First Dr. Alan R. Morse Lecture in Advocacy for People with Vision Impairment

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

New York, Sept. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lighthouse Guild announced today that the noted human rights lawyer and disability justice advocate Haben Girma is the first recipient of The Dr. Alan R. Morse Lecture in Advocacy for People with Vision Impairment.

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  • New York, Sept. 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lighthouse Guild announced today that the noted human rights lawyer and disability justice advocate Haben Girma is the first recipient of The Dr. Alan R. Morse Lecture in Advocacy for People with Vision Impairment.
  • The first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Haben Girma believes that disability is an opportunity for innovation, and she teaches organizations the importance of choosing inclusion.
  • The Morse Lecture in Advocacy was created to honor individuals who act and make a difference, and we are thrilled that Ms. Girma is the first recipient.
  • The Lighthouse Guild Technology Center provides people with vision loss access to the latest assistive devices and state-of-the-art technology.

Gallaudet University and Sorenson Communications Launch Strategic Partnership With a $3 Million Endowment Gift for the Center for Black Deaf Studies

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Friday, June 10, 2022

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Gallaudet University and Sorenson Communications announced today a new strategic partnership that aims, through a series of progressive initiatives, to inspire and facilitate collaboration between people who are deaf as well as the prospective government, education, and Fortune 500/1000 companies who engage them. The short- and long-term goals of this partnership support a universal understanding of Deaf culture and the unique, diverse insights and experiences deaf and hard of hearing people add to organizations – and to the world.

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  • The partnership begins with an endowment gift from Sorenson Communications that will support the growth of the Center for Black Deaf Studies , founded and directed by the renowned Black Deaf scholar, Dr. Carolyn D. McCaskill.
  • This strategic partnership will feature an Accelerate Inclusive Excellence Symposium at Gallaudet on September 23, 2022, the International Day of Sign Languages .
  • "Sorenson Communications has long supported Gallaudet University, and we could not be more grateful," said Cordano.
  • McCaskill and Moore expressed their appreciation of the Sorenson donation, noting the company's long-standing support of Gallaudet University.

Yarn Bombing for National Deafblind Awareness Month

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

NEWMARKET, ON, June 1, 2022 /CNW/ - Throughout June, large trees, fronts of buildings, fences, and lampposts in community spaces across Canada will be decorated with vibrant knit and crochet squares a form of street art, known as yarn bombing to raise awareness during National Deafblind Awareness Month.

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  • NEWMARKET, ON, June 1, 2022 /CNW/ - Throughout June, large trees, fronts of buildings, fences, and lampposts in community spaces across Canada will be decorated with vibrant knit and crochet squares a form of street art, known as yarn bombing to raise awareness during National Deafblind Awareness Month.
  • Together, they have made dozens of squares, some will be part of DeafBlind Ontario Services' yarn bombing installations.
  • This year marks Deafblind International's (DbI) second global yarn bombing initiative, with over 70 installations from participants around the world, including DeafBlind Ontario Services and other organizations and individuals in the field that come together each year to celebrate National Deafblind Awareness Month in Canada.
  • Landmarks across Canada will also be lit up in blue to commemorate June as National Deafblind Awareness Month.

APPLE CEO TIM COOK CHALLENGES GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY GRADUATES: "WHATEVER YOU DO, LEAD WITH YOUR VALUES"

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Gallaudet University celebrated the achievements of over 400 undergraduate and graduate students as they received their degrees during the University's 152nd Commencement ceremony in the Field House on the school's Washington, D.C. campus. Gallaudet is the only university in the world where deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing students live and learn bilingually in American Sign Language and English. To view both ceremonies please visit: Graduate Commencement Ceremony and Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony. 

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  • Gallaudet is the only university in the world where deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing students live and learn bilingually in American Sign Language and English.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook, the leader of one of the world's most innovative companies, delivered the keynote address .
  • "Gallaudet has prepared you for a lifetime of discovery," said Cook.
  • The university enrolls over 1,600 students in more than 40 undergraduate majors and many master's and doctoral programs.

Gallaudet University, Pigmental Studios Launch "Here Comes Mavo!" - First Children's Animated Television Series Featuring Deaf Protagonist, 3D Avatars Using Sign Language

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Gallaudet University's Motion Light Lab and Pigmental Studios announced today they are launching "Here Comes Mavo!", the first animated children's television series featuring a Deaf lead character and 3D avatars who use sign language. This ground-breaking series is designed to advance Deaf-led storytelling, increase diversity and engagement in entertainment, and make sign language in animation a prolific worldwide reality.

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  • WASHINGTON, April 28, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Gallaudet University's Motion Light Lab and Pigmental Studios announced today they are launching "Here Comes Mavo!
  • ", the first animated children's television series featuring a Deaf lead character and 3D avatars who use sign language.
  • This ground-breaking series is designed to advance Deaf-led storytelling, increase diversity and engagement in entertainment, and make sign language in animation a prolific worldwide reality.
  • The 3D signing characters in Mavo's world are the first-ever avatars in a dedicated children's series to be fluent in American Sign Language (ASL).

Apple CEO Tim Cook to Deliver Gallaudet University's 152nd Commencement Address

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Saturday, April 16, 2022

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Gallaudet University announced today that Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver the university's commencement address on Friday, May 13, 2022, at the school's Washington, D.C. campus. Gallaudet is the only university in the world where deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing students live and learn bilingually in American Sign Language and English. 

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  • WASHINGTON, April 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Gallaudet University announced today that Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver the university's commencement address on Friday, May 13, 2022, at the school's Washington, D.C. campus.
  • Gallaudet University student Molly Feanny officially confirmed the news earlier today through a Twitter exchange with Cook.
  • "I am beyond proud and honored to share that Tim Cook will be our 2022 commencement speaker," said Roberta J. Cordano, president of Gallaudet University.
  • As Apple CEO, Cook has overseen the introduction ofsome of the world's most innovative products and services.

Gallaudet University, Scale Microgrid Solutions, and Urban Ingenuity Collaborate on Clean Energy System to Power the University and Surrounding Communities

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Gallaudet University, the worlds premier institution of higher education for deaf and hard of hearing students, has partnered with Scale Microgrid Solutions and Urban Ingenuity to build a world-class, clean energy microgrid on its campus in Northeast Washington.

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  • Gallaudet University, the worlds premier institution of higher education for deaf and hard of hearing students, has partnered with Scale Microgrid Solutions and Urban Ingenuity to build a world-class, clean energy microgrid on its campus in Northeast Washington.
  • A microgrid is a system that combines multiple sources of electricity and can operate independently or collaboratively with the grid.
  • After several years of careful planning, we are excited that this transformational project is becoming a reality, said Gallaudet University President Roberta J. Cordano.
  • The microgrid will help Gallaudet meet the energy challenges of the 21st century.

Gallaudet University Debate Team Kicks Off 2022 Season at Morehouse College in Atlanta with the Annual Social Justice Debates

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Thursday, March 17, 2022

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Gallaudet University announced today that it will begin its second year of intercollegiate debate competition during the annual Social Justice Debates March 25-27 at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • WASHINGTON, March 17, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Gallaudet University announced today that it will begin its second year of intercollegiate debate competition during the annual Social Justice Debates March 25-27 at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • The Social Justice Debates are an annual intercollegiate debate series founded in 2016 by Morehouse College and George Washington University.
  • Lexi Hill, a junior from Tyler, Texas and Aubrey Moorman, a junior from Laurel, Maryland, will vie against other Social Justice Debates participants in the weekend competition at Morehouse College.
  • The Gallaudet University debate team, the first in the university's 158-year history, was formed during the 2020-2021 academic year.

NYSPSP WELCOMES NEW AFFILIATED AGENCY HELEN KELLER SERVICES FOR THE BLIND

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

ALBANY, N.Y., March 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The New York State Preferred Source Program for New Yorkers Who Are Blind (NYSPSP) is proud to add Helen Keller Services for the Blind (HKSB) to its network of nonprofit affiliated agencies. NYSPSP's 11 affiliated agencies are located across New York State and are part of a network dedicated to New Yorkers who are blind by creating employment opportunities and providing important resource services. Headquartered in Hempstead, New York, HKSB is one of the oldest, continuously operated not-for-profit rehabilitation agencies in the country.

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  • ALBANY, N.Y., March 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The New York State Preferred Source Program for New Yorkers Who Are Blind (NYSPSP) is proud to add Helen Keller Services for the Blind (HKSB) to its network of nonprofit affiliated agencies.
  • "We are excited to have Helen Keller Services for the Blind join the NYSPSP network.
  • Through its network of affiliated agencies, NYSPSP creates employment opportunities for New Yorkers who are blind by providing quality products and professional services to New York State and local governments.
  • HKS offers services and programs through two divisions: Helen Keller National Center for DeafBlind Youths and Adults and Helen Keller Services for the Blind.