Monday, October 19, 2009

In The News

Have you ever stood on a street corner waiting to cross the street and watched one of the new hybrid cars go by? I say ‘watched’ because the hybrids are so quiet that you really can’t hear them as they pass. Now imagine that you are blind. How would you know when it is safe to cross the street? Safety experts and many of the major automakers are working to supply a digitally enhanced ‘vroom’ to hybrids!

If you are a fluent signer and have regular conversations with people who are deaf, you’ve probably noticed that often only a small portion of a sign is all that is needed for your word to be understood. Researchers at Delft University of Technology noticed that same thing and used that knowledge to create ELo – the Electronic Learning Environment for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The computer program can recognize sign language in real time and can therefore be used to teach children who are deaf or hard of hearing new signs more quickly.

Madonna, must you constantly use the word ‘retarded’? I know you are rich and famous and can do pretty much whatever you want, but I’m sick of your language. You have adopted a child from a developing country and I will give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you have a bit of compassion and understanding somewhere deep inside. Would you please call that understanding to the forefront every time you feel the urge to use the “R” word? It really doesn’t make you sound cool – it makes you sound crude and insensitive. May I suggest you watch this video produced by ARC of Virginia titled, “Respect.”

Today I am thankful for Sundays - days spent with the family, snuggling with Ashley, and cooking comfort food.

1 comment:

Corrie Howe said...

Great information. This is why I love reading blogs.

The next time we will be in Williamsburg is Spring Break (Maryland's) 2010. I'll let you know when we are closer to the time we come down.