Stonington exhibit celebrates talents of autistic artists
ASD Student Robby Porter featured in this great article.
How Technology May Replace Braille and Sign
It's hard to think about language as being endangered or replaceable. But as our culture and means of communication evolve, certain languages find their utility in decline. Braille and sign language are in just such a predicament.
Technological advancements such as Voice-to-text, digital audio, and the cochlear implant have steadily decreased the demand for these once revolutionary facilitators for the disabled. This hour, we'll hear from members of the hearing and visually impaired communities about this controversial shift in their culture.
• Jeff Bravin - Executive Director of the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, and member of the deaf community
• Nicole Feeney - Assistive Technology Specialist and trainer at Oak Hill, Connecticut’s largest private provider for people with disabilities
• Steve Famiglietti - Head of the Eleanor Brooks blindness Support Center at Oak Hill and a member of the blind community
• Christine Hanefalk- Author of the Daredevil Superhero blog, The Other Murdock Papers
Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act, H.R. 3535
On September 17, 2015, a comprehensive BILL to reform the education of deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, and deafblind students was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill was sponsored by Congressman Matt Cartwright (D- PA 17th), with original co-sponsors David McKinley (R-WV 1st), Mark Takano (D-CA 41st), Tony Cardenas (D-CA 29th), Kathy Castor (D-FL 14th), Alan Grayson (D-FL 9th), Michael Honda (D-CA 17th), Jared Huffman (D-CA 2nd), and Tim Ryan (D-OH 13th). H.R. 3535, the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act, will amend the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to address the unique needs of these populations.
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2nd Annual Theatre Immersion Program at ASD
August 8-18, 2016
Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Students Currently in Grades 10-12
This collaboration between the American School for the Deaf and the National Theatre of the Deaf, is an all encompassing, ten-day summer program for high school-aged theatre enthusiasts. It offers students theatre training opportunities specializing in NTD's "theatricalized" American Sign Language. The program engages students in classes and workshops, script development, rehearsals, guest lectures, demonstrations and performances with the actors from NTD.