Tag Archives: Deaf

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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Fingerspelling and me

I have a love-hate relationship with the JSL manual alphabet. Sometimes, there’s more hate than love, to be honest. Recently, I found out something that has radically changed my perception of fingerspelling. My friend told me that hearing people tend … 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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Writing and Language, Both Signed and Spoken

Last week’s post featured a video log in which the person who posted the vlog stated that ASL is written with English words. While it is true that ASL (and JSL) are often represented with English words, that raised a question that … Continue reading

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