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Black, Deaf, Jamaican-born, and Amazing

It was 2014 when I first met Claudia Gordon, Esq. She had come to Jamaica to do a talk at the University of the West Indies. I was a student of interpreting, come to witness the event, and act as … Continue reading

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Mr Multilingual goes camping

For the past 3 years, I’ve been part of a summer camp geared towards bring Deaf and hearing youth together. I enjoy Sign and Speak for Youth every year, and always look forward to it. There is always something new to experience. … Continue reading

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Thoughts on audism

Audism. It’s a relatively new word, only coined in 1975. But it’s been the reality of the Deaf for a long time. What is is? “The notion that one is superior based on one’s ability to hear or behave in … Continue reading

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Introducing: JSL News and Views (JNV)

One of the greatest struggles of the Deaf in Jamaica is lack of access to information. The local news has neither subtitles nor an interpreter. So, my Deaf friends are often left in the dark as to what’s going on … Continue reading

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Alexander Graham Bell, Audism, and Associations for the Deaf

I am not big on reality TV. So if it wasn’t for social media and one of my good friends, I probably wouldn’t even know about Nyle DiMarco. In just about every other sentence as she tells me about Nyle, … Continue reading

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Why a NATURAL language is important for the Deaf

In Jamaica, there are three major sign systems: Jamaican Sign Language Country Sign Signing Exact English/Manually Coded English The first two are what are called natural languages: They developed from previous incarnations (JSL has been influenced by American Sign Language, British Sign Language, … Continue reading

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Deaf Access to Jamaican TV

This past Thursday, the 3rd of March, 2016, Andrew Holness was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Jamaica. And, fortunately for the Jamaican Deaf community, there was a JSL interpreter made available through picture in picture, so they could … Continue reading

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