National Writing Contest for High School Students with Hearing Loss

High school sophomores and juniors who are deaf or hard of hearing can use the power of words to express their feelings and win prizes in the 5th annual Rochester Institute of Technology SpiRIT Writing Contest.
Winners will have their choice of a scholarship and travel expenses to the Explore Your Future program at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), or a $500 cash prize. EYF is a six-day summer career exploration program for deaf and hard-of-hearing students that gives them the opportunity to sample different careers as well as college life.
   Entries will include creative writing such as a short story or poem, a short writing sample and a personal reflection.
  The deadline to enter this year’s competition is March 15, 2010. For complete contest guidelines and entry information, visit


Article: Famouse Deaf People – Curtis Pride

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It is not easy to break into the major leagues in baseball, whether you are hearing or deaf. In baseball’s early years, we had a few deaf baseball players such as Dummy Hoy; today, we have Curtis Pride. Pride has played briefly for major league teams, and has had a long minor league career. Along the way, he has compiled an impressive resume of community-related achievements.

Curtis Pride’s Early Years

Pride was born in the Washington, DC metro area, deaf at birth from rubella. He grew up oral. According to an About visitor, Pride was an excellent soccer player who had played for the United States at the 1985 Under 17 World Championships in China. Pride completed college as a student athlete, and also played basketball.

Curtis Pride’s Baseball Career

Pride began his career as a part-time New York Mets minor leaguer, and moved on to stints with the Montreal Expos (minors and majors), the Detroit Tigers (majors), the Boston Red Sox (minors/briefly in the majors), the Atlanta Braves (majors), the Kansas City Royals, the Salt Lake Stingers (minors), and the Nashua Pride (minors).

In 2003, Pride was called up from the minors by the New York Yankees. The Yankee stint did not last long – only four games. Articles covering Pride’s performance:

  • The New York Times, Tuesday, July 8, 2003
  • The Star-Ledger, Monday, July 7, 2003
  • Asbury Park Press, Monday, July 7, 2003
  • The New York Times,July 7, 2003

In 2004, Pride was called up again from the minors, this time by the Anaheim Angels.

Curtis Pride’s Baseball Cards

Pride has appeared on some baseball cards during his career in both the majors and the minors:

  • Pittsfield Mets
  • Atlanta Braves

Curtis Pride’s Media Appearances

In addition, his picture graced the front page of the first issue of the now defunct HIP Magazine for deaf and hard of hearing kids. Pride also appeared on CBS News’ 48 Hours program. The March/April 2000 issue of World Around You, a publication for deaf teenagers, had an article on Pride.

Curtis Pride’s Good Works

When he is not playing baseball, Pride and his wife, Lisa, are active in the Together With Pride foundation. This foundation aids hearing impaired children, through a hearing aid bank. There are several activities the foundation supports or hopes to support, such as a scholarship program, literacy, and mentoring.

Curtis Pride After Professional Baseball

Curtis Pride became a head baseball coach for Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, a university for deaf and hard of hearing students.

Article: Deaf Culture – Deaf Collectibles

View original story here: by Jamie Berke

Don’t throw out those old Deaf Life magazines! Or that old photograph of Gallaudet University. Or those “I Love You” stamps. Or that first issue of the SHHH Journal. They may be worth quite a bit someday to future members of the deaf and hard of hearing community, if not a museum.It started years ago, but like the African-American community, the deaf and hard of hearing community is beginning to seriously collect deaf-related items.

There are deaf-related things that I remember from childhood that are probably collectors’ items today. I remember the early bulky yellow-paper TTYs, magazine articles on gorillas learning sign language, and early issues of the . I remember fondly the article on the gorilla learning sign language, from an early issue of World Traveler magazine (which was published by the AG Bell Association).

Already, early copies of Deaf Life magazine are scarce. Do you have a copy of that first July 1988 issue of Deaf Life, with King Jordan on the cover? It may someday be worth quite a bit to someone who collects things about King Jordan. As an alternative to Deaf Life magazine, one could collect back issues of Gallaudet Today or even the NTID Focus magazine.

The internet has made it easier to find deaf collectors’ items. A search on Ebay for deaf-related items turns up old photographs and postcards of deaf schools, and old deaf-related books.

Who knows? Maybe someday stuff associated with me will be of value to a collector of deaf paraphernalia. I myself wouldn’t mind having a framed copy of the first issue of the Buff and Blue.

Article: After Cochlear Implant, Music Therapy May Aid Speech

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FRIDAY, Jan. 8 (HealthDay News) — Music therapy can aid speech development in hearing-impaired toddlers after they receive cochlear implants, researchers have found.

Cochlear implants can provide 90 percent normal hearing to children born with impaired hearing who can’t be helped by hearing aids. However, children who receive cochlear implants have never heard sound and face a long rehabilitation process before they can begin to speak.

The study included toddlers (aged 2 to 3) who received eight music therapy sessions after receiving cochlear implants. Each session included music-related activities such as games with percussion instruments, vocal games and listening to simple songs. The children also took part in eight sessions during which they played with toys/games without musical sounds.

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