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.

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

Some Interesting and Inspiring Up-Coming Events for Deaf Communities

  1. If you are looking for some gaming action, then here is your best bet – Swoboda Deaf Center is organizing a Deaf Seniors Game Day on 12th September. Though it is titled as “seniors” there is no age restriction to participate. Swoboda is a very well known Chicago based organization, that organizes such great events regularly.
    Place- 7050 W Belmont Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60634
    Admission fees: $2 entry and $3 for games
  2. Interpreters play a big role in the deaf community and Deaf INC has organized an interesting chat session of such interpreters. You can visit this chat and can also participate with helpful suggestions or questions.
    The whole chat will be based on the role of interpreters as professionals. This event named “Interpreters Coffee Chat” will surely bring some insight into the world of deaf communities and will help many to communicate better. This event will be taking place on 25th August from 5-6 P.M and entry is absolutely free.
    Place: 25 E Frisco Ave, St Louis 63119
  3. An inspiring event will be hosted by the Pink Wings of Hope- Made with Love Craft Day. This is an event where crafts will be made and presented to deaf people and to the people who are having hearing problems due to cancer.
    In this event, you will be able to find some interesting things that are made with lots of love for the people who are fighting a battle with a hearing deficiency. The event is taking place on August 27th from 9 A.M to 4 P.M.
    Place- 25 E Frisco Ave, St Louis 63119
  4. Here is a very entertaining event for you, if you are a sports lover. Witness deaf footballers playing against each other in a football match organized by the Indiana School of The Deaf. The football match will showcase that the deaf community is not behind in any aspect of life. The match shall take place on 9th September at 7 P.M
    Place- 1200 East 42nd Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46205
  5. A Deaf Night Out planned by “Western Minnesota Steam Threser’s”. The event will start from 10 A.M on September 3rd. The event promises a lot of fun and drama.
    Place- Western Minnesota Steam Threser’s In Rollag. MN
  6. Love Halloween? Then, here is the event for you. This event taking place on 1st October promises a rejuvenating experience with lots of rides and fun activities. The Park hours are from 11 A.M to Midnight- have a visit there with your family and friends to experience some awesome fun.
    Place- Sandusky, Ohio
  7. Tarrant County College is organizing their 14th Deaf Celebration on 24 September, 2016. It is also special this time, because there has been a long ten year gap from the last one.
    This is an event that promises to help bring the deaf and hearing community together. It will have 50 exciting exhibitions on subjects like arts, hobbies and crafts. Their night program will engage some inspiring deaf entertainers with a high dose of enjoyment.
    Place: Tarrant College, Texas

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Deaf Or Hard of Hearing? These Schools Are For You!

Being deaf or being hard of hearing doesn’t exclude you from getting a top notch education. In the United States there are a multitude of schools and universities that offer programs just for you!

These schools all operate with the purpose of aiding hearing impaired students so they can become better educated, encouraged to engage in further studies, become more self confident and directed as well as lifelong learners. Continue reading

The One Stop Website For The Deaf & The Hearing Impaired!

This website has been specifically put in place to offer the deaf, hearing impaired people, and their families to have unlimited access to the vital resources they are in need of. This includes links to multimedia files on learning sign language and finger spelling tools. Both of which can allow them to conveniently communicate with others.

Even better, this website will be regularly updated to offer up-the-minute news and events that affect this particular set of our community. Some of the most notable of which will be regular updates on the developments in equal access issues in telecommunications and the media at large. Continue reading