A day without barriers

To promote a video call center for people with hearing problems, Samsung Turkey trained people in sign language to set up a “day without barriers” for a young, deaf man named Muharrem. (His sister was in on it.) It’s a lovely ad.

School OKs deaf child’s name sign

After banning a preschooler from signing his name — they think it looks like a gun — Grand Island, Nebraska school officials have relented. Three-year-old Hunter Spanjer wil be allowed to use his name sign. (There’s a video at the link of the boy making the sign. It doesn’t look like anything in particular to me.)

The boy’s family registered his sign with S.E.E. which stands for Signing Exact English. He uses crossed-fingers to show it is uniquely his own. When Hunter’s parents were told the sign violates the district’s weapons policy, they threatened to bring in lawyers from the National Association of the Deaf.

I wonder if Grand Island objects to Hunter’s name in spoken English. After all, what do hunters use?

Online enrollment soars

On Community College Spotlight: Online enrollment in college classes increased by 21 percent last year.

Romeo can hear but Juliet is deaf  in a production of Shakespeare’s tragedy at a Colorado community college. Actors use English and American Sign Language.