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XV Congreso Mundial de la WFD

The World Federation of the Deaf will be hosting their 15th World Congress in July 2007, Madrid.


The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) is an international non-governmental organisation comprising national associations of Deaf people. It watches over the interests of more than 74 million Deaf people worldwide -more than 80% of them live in developing countries.
The WFD was founded in 1951, during the First World Congress of the WFD, held in Rome. Such an early date makes the WFD one of the oldest international disability organisations in the world.
Currently, the WFD has a membership of 127 national associations from the five continents.

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Here is a very nice video with avatars signing what I think is LSE (Lengua de signos o señas española, or Spanish Sign Language). Whoever made these animations did a very good job. Both manual and non-manual features are synthesized quite nicely. The message is about the (apparently succesfull) Spanish candidacy for the 2007 congress.

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Film Info: Documentary Competition

U.S.A., 2006, 86 Minutes, color & b/w

Irene Taylor Brodsky

Irene Taylor Brodsky

After 65 years of silence, Paul and Sally Taylor decide to undergo cochlear implant surgery and explore a totally unfamiliar world–the realm of sound. In this deeply personal memoir, filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky documents her deaf parents’ complex decision to undergo a risky and controversial medical procedure–the only one that can actually restore a sense.

Paul and Sally met as children, fell in love, were married, and raised a family. They’ve shared a rich life together and have been active and accomplished members of the deaf community. Yet, at the age of 65, they decided they wanted to hear their first symphonies, to hear their children’s voices; they wanted simply–to hear.

How will this operation transform them: their relationship with each other and their sense of identity within a deaf world they are leaving behind? Hear and Now invites us into the private world of the deaf and allows us to experience everyday sounds as if for the first time. This is a magical and deeply moving story of two people who embark on an extraordinary journey from silence to sound. The question is, what will they make of it, and what may they gain, or lose, forever?— David Courier | Television



Documentary tells story of deaf Americans

Tonight’s must-see: ‘Through Deaf Eyes,’ 8-10 p.m., PBS.

Sprawling and ambitious, this documentary tries to summarize the past and present of the hearing-impaired in America. And it does it with lots of stylish touches.

The 2006 Open Championship – News


The 2006 Open Championship – News:

(From left) Shiv Kapur, Unho Park and Jarrod Lyle are all smiles while posing with the claret jug after surviing the International Final Qualifying-Asia in Singapore. (Photo: Getty Images)
Loving Scotland but hating haggis

SINGAPORE — India’s rising star Shiv Kapur and Australian duo Jarrod Lyle and Unho Park earned their maiden appearance at The Open Championship after surviving a nerve-jangling final round at International Final Qualifying-Asia in Singapore.

Lyle, who survived a battle against leukaemia seven years ago, and Singapore-based Park finished at the top of the leaderboard on six-under-par 138 after rounds of 71 and 70 respectively at Sentosa Golf Club’s Serapong course.

Kapur, 24, needed four extra holes in sudden-death to earn his dream debut at the world’s oldest major, which will be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, from July 20-23. He pipped deaf Korean golfer Lee Sung for the third and final slot in a shoot-out after both players tied on 139.

The highly rated Indian, last year’s Asian Tour rookie of the year, took advantage of Lee’s misfortune of missing…

Film Offers Insight Into Deaf Culture:


The Washington Post

A soundless world with a unique culture is the focus of Larry Hott’s new documentary.

But Hott cautions against describing the film using the word ‘deafness,’ which is a medical condition, he said. ‘This is not about a medical condition but about a complicated and important part of American history.’

‘Through Deaf Eyes’ covers the last 200 years of deaf culture and education and features personal stories that are at turns emotional and humorous. With archival photos and footage, the show looks at ‘cures’ for deafness, including religious faith healing and diving airplane rides, as well as technology that has aided the deaf. The program examines the ideas of Alexander Graham Bell, who argued in the early 1900s against the use of sign language.

Interviews with actors Marlee Matlin and Bernard Bragg are included, along with six short films produced by deaf filmmakers, which appear between the longer segments.

The two-hour documentary also traces the rise of Washington-based Gallaudet University, the nation’s first college for the deaf with a signing environment. I. King Jordan, Gallaudet’s first deaf president, now retired, is among those interviewed.

‘We want people to leave the film with a beginning understanding of the unique experiences of deaf people along with the shared human conditions that unite us all,’ Jordan wrote in an e-mail. ‘And I hope that deaf people will learn more about our community as well as more about how there are different ways to be deaf in the world.’

The documentary airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. on KTWU in Topeka and at 9 p.m. on KCPT in Kansas City.


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