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DeafWire Edition – 4 November 2023

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Preparing for the hurricane season

In Florida, meteorologists are urging those who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing to make preparations this hurricane season. There are more than 800,000 Deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals in Florida. Meteorologists are warning the public to please prepare for what could come. Florida Storms meteorologist Megan Borowski says there are a number of special needs shelters that Floridians can pre-register in the state that provide food and shelter and care for folks with special needs including Deaf and hard-of-hearing.


Sign language workshop

On September 21st, Qasr Al Watan, the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) collaborated with the Deaf community to host an all-inclusive sign language workshop for hearing people to learn to communicate with Deaf people. The event, arranged by the Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination and Culture Tourism Department, encouraged the audience to experience communicating with Deaf people and to think about what an all- inclusive environment would look like. There was also a presentation covering the 300 different sign languages around the world, the history of Deaf people and a summary of what Deaf culture is. This event also included opportunities for the audience to ask questions, which were answered by Deaf people themselves.


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Deaf film nominated for best international feature

A Mexican director, Diego Del Rio, produced a drama film called, “Todo El Silencio”, which translated to English means “All the Silence”. Del Rio released a commercial exhibition for the newly released film on October 23rd at the Warsaw International Film and the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival. This film is unique because it has a cast of Deaf actors. One of the Deaf actresses, Adriana Llabrés, experienced otosclerosis as a child, which caused her Deafness, and her experience was the inspiration of the film. Llabrés played the role of a sign language teacher named Miriam. In the development of the film project, a Mexican Sign Language (LSM) interpreter was hired as consultant to advise on the scenes that used sign language to ensure accurate translation and clarity between the Spanish and LSM languages.

The Old Fogeys

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Network rail adds BSL to travel centers

In England Deaf people can get information right at the station. Some of the busiest railway stations in the country are adding British Sign Language (BSL) travel announcements. Touchscreens for Deaf passengers are now available at eight stations with interactive displays sharing travel info. The system was first trialed in 2021, with software development costs of 1.1 million British pounds, and now all stations in the northwest and central regions have them.


How Deaf people enjoy music

Deaf people show that there are many ways to enjoy music. According to the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), a Deaf person is one who has a hearing loss, despite this, there are three ways in which the Deaf can overcome the melodies: 1) Through vibrations, since due to the bones the body is a resonator box capable of capturing the musical pulse. 2) Through visual elements, by appreciating the wide range of body expressions and lastly, 3) Through sign language interpretation. Deaf people can enjoy just as many music genres as hearing people, including classical music, rock, pop and more.

This DeafWire EDITION is presented by H3 World TV, an international Deaf media organization producing TV programs in International Sign (IS).

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