Rollaway Bed Guy Jim Eherstein Saves The Day

According to the U.S. Hearing Health Foundation, one in five Americans have some form of hearing loss. As well, it is estimated three out of every thousand children are born deaf, or hard of hearing. Its no wonder teachers for the deaf are in high demand!

Teaching the deaf or hard of hearing student has many challenges. After obtaining a teaching degree, you must then master American sign language, and will also need specialized training in all aspects of deaf culture.

Unlike other special education teachers, you wont be teaching students that feel they are disabled. The deaf community has very strong emotions about this and believe they are as capable as any hearing person. They simply need a more specialized education and additional assistance. This attitude is empowering for both student and teacher.

A colleague of mine mentioned a weekend retreat he had recently attended, and said he found it to be very educational and informative as well as an immense help in dealing with his deaf students. I thought this was an excellent idea and decided right there to organize a retreat for myself as well as several of my coworkers.

First I set the date, invited my workmates, then went about securing a suitable place for our weekend retreat to take place. I secured a beautiful lake side cabin with a small kitchen and three small bedrooms, perfect for myself, along with five coworkers.

Now the main room was furnished with a large table and six chairs, two arm chairs and a very large couch – the only problem was it only had three single beds, one in each room. This became my main problem, how was I going to acquire three additional beds? Also how would I get them there or even pay for them.

jim-eherstein-rollaway-bed-netA friend suggested I ask for donations which was an excellent idea and I got to work right away and contacted several company’s. After a few days all my problems were solved through the generosity of Jim Eherstein who so kindly donated three rollaway beds from his page titled – Rollaway Beds For Sale: A Comparison Of The Best Folding Guest Beds – I now not only had the rollaway beds I needed, but found they were extremely easy to transport and assemble.

After having such luck with the rollaway beds I contacted several other company’s, and due to there generosity was also able to acquire stationary, bedding and food.

The retreat was a great success, we discussed many subjects, one being the radical changes both social and educational that have taken place over the course of the last 25 years. While language and culture are intertwined and passed down to us over the years, how does the deaf or hard of hearing persons interpret it and what effect does it have on them?

Communication is not a problem for the deaf when they are interacting in the deaf community, as they do not have to rely on an interpreter. This permits a great opportunity for them to develop their social and leadership skills, how we can learn from this will enable us to interact better with the deaf, and have a greater understanding of their world and how to help them blend more easily into ours.

Some Famous Deaf Actors

Being deaf was once considered a huge handicap, not any more. With the invention of sign language and schools with professional teachers trained to teach the deaf, this is no longer the case.

One of the earliest written sign languages recorded was in the fifth century. Until the 19th century most of what was known was limited to the manual alphabets. Continue reading

Deaf Awareness – World Federation Of The Deaf

Deafness is not unique to race, color or sex and affects babies, children and adults alike. The World Federation Of The Deaf (WFD) first introduced deaf awareness day in 1958.

The WFD is an international organization for deaf people and is recognized by the United Nations. The WFD is composed of 130 associations of the deaf and represent 70 million deaf people worldwide. Continue reading

Portable Sauna Safety In The Deaf Gym

The deaf community have decided to create a deaf awareness gym that you may have read about in a previous article.

That means the gym is equipped with the appropriate supplies needed for a deaf person to use. We have tried to make it as safe as possible for them because it can be difficult to do many everyday tasks if you are deaf.

We have some portable saunas that our deaf community use. They are very popular so they are constantly being booked and used. They are enjoyed as well at home by people who have purchased a portable infrared sauna like these ones.

Although they are great there are a few problems to having deaf person using one. I knew somebody who went to a gym and wanted to try one of their popular portable saunas.

They were deaf but didn’t think there would be any problems to using it. Unfortunately they pulled the zipper up and it got stuck so when they went to get out they could not undo the zipper!

So they tried to yell but couldn’t get anyone’s attention because, you guessed it, the staff are deaf! So they waved their arms around until they can be helped. Eventually they got help and was realeased.

Nobody got hurt.

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use a portable sauna, it just means if you decide to you should take a few extra safety precautions.

One thing is is make sure you are using the portable infrared sauna correctly. Double check the instructions and maybe speak to somebody who has used one before to get advice.

You can also ask somebody there to keep an extra eye on you just in case it does happen to you. Or something that I have seen been done before is you can install a lightweight button to press in case of an emergency happens.

As you can see there are many precautions you can take to make sure that you can safely use a portable sauna. It isn’t really that hard to stay safe in one because they are usually built to be very safe.

Now you know what to do in this case and you can safely use a portable sauna whenever you want because you know how to be safe using one, and so does our deaf community!

New List Of Up Coming Events

While there are plenty of events going on around us on a daily basis, very few are dedicated to the hard of hearing or deaf community.

But in the mid-western USA the Chicago hearing society has plenty of events lined up. Take April 6th to 9th for example, the are hosting the 81st Bowling Tournament. Continue reading

Our MiDeaf Gym For The Community

So I have decided to open up a gym for deaf people. I decided to do this because I feel even the deaf community should have access to these amenities. I understand how hard it is for them to do things so I will make this super user friendly for them to make them feel welcome and safe. Continue reading

Famous Deaf People: Two Of The Most Influential Deaf Men In History

While there are plenty of famous deaf people, I have chosen 2 whose accomplishments are part of history. That is not to say the others were not accomplished, as I’m sure they were, but this is the two I have selected for this article.

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between classical and romantic eras in western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. Continue reading

The Hard Of Hearing in Our Neighbouring Country of Canada

map-canadaHave you ever noticed how much noise is around us? No matter where we go or what we do noise is everywhere, and no matter what we do we cannot avoid it. But when you consider the alternative, you must admit you are happy to be able to hear.

Some people unfortunately are either hearing impaired, born deaf, or lose their hearing due to medical problems or from some other out side source.

It is estimated there are 357,000 deaf Canadians and about a million that are hard of hearing. Hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic condition in older adults, and the most widespread disability. Continue reading

Some Challenges For Children To Overcome

Have you ever thought what it would be like to be deaf? Not a very pleasant thought at all. I thought about it for quite a while as I was wondering if it would be better to just be born deaf, or become deaf after you learn to speak, not that deaf people are given a choice, but if I had to choose I think I would go with after I learned to speak.

But then again maybe never being able to hear is better than being able to and then for some reason or another loosing that ability. Children who are born deaf lead a very different life than their hearing counterparts, while still being able to participate in a lot of regular childhood activities some things are still not as easy for them or as available. Continue reading