March 26, 2015

Emails and Turning on Comments

I decided turn back on the comments. I miss hearing from readers. Just try to be civilized and relevant.

For those of you who emailed me, I apologize for not responding sooner or at all. I haven't had much time to do so. I don't want to reply hastily or without much thought. I will need time to read, think, and provide a thoughtful response. But I will write back, I promise.



March 20, 2015

Adding Closed Caption Option to YouTube Videos

I love a good viral video, especially when I get a chance to understand the dialogue or sounds that make the video hilarious, adorable, bizarre, gross, shocking, or all of the above. Otherwise, I am usually left in the dark unless I am able to read about it or have it explained to me. But, it takes all the fun out of it. I just want to be able to view fun videos whenever I want without having to watch it over and over again for clarification or just be frustrated knowing I did not get all of what was said.

I hope more people will take the time to caption or subtitle their videos, no matter how stupid the videos are. Many deaf and hard of hearing people enjoy watching people making total fools out of themselves or adorable baby animals being, well, adorable. If it has dialogue, it would be awesome if there is the option to see it in subtitles or closed captions.

Here are some videos about adding closed captions or subtitles to YouTube videos:

Nice video in ASL about why captioning YouTube videos is important. They list several good reasons:


Interesting Article: The Air Force & Deaf and Hard of Hearing

According to this article, if passed, a new bill could give deaf and hard of hearing individuals opportunities to serve in the Air Force. An Air Force captain convinced U.S. Rep. Mark Takano, D-California, to introduce this bill.

Read more about this in this article from News:


March 2, 2015

5 Little Ducks ASL Video

This is a nice video I like to use with young students learning ASL and the sight/spelling word 'quack'. It is fun, simple, and repetitive. Video is by Barb Wifi on YouTube.

Link to video:


February 28, 2015

Great Website for Parents and DHH Teachers

Success for Kids With Hearing Loss website is full of resources and information for professionals and parents of students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

I highly recommend it.

When you get the chance, check it out: