“Human lives are full of vastness and randomness. So, as a human, is it not an international duty to all be a human rights activist?
Cäsar Jacobson is a Norwegian/Canadian activist.
UN Women Youth Champion and human rights activist had the opportunity to participate in what marked Women’s History during International Women’s Day at the United Nations in New York, USA
The Government of Canada subsequently interviewed Cäsar to discuss her views on equality; a commemoration interview for International Women’s Day regarding her involvement on the UN High-Level Panel.
Cäsar is accredited for ABC’s The Good Doctor, The Murders TV, Talk To The Hands
During a Global Compact event, Cäsar joined Helle Bank Jørgensen, known for Globally Recognized sustainability, climate change, and ESG advisor with close to 30 years of experience helping global companies & investors turn sustainability into robust and reliable financial results. Helle Jørgensen has worked with hundreds of world-leading companies, including IKEA, Nike, Shell, Unilever, Novo Nordisk and Vestas.
Cäsar is the first known Deaf pageant winner to represent Canada and go on to internationals, winning British Columbia regional competitions before her National Title.
Subsequently, becoming Miss Peace in Europe, which led to her involvement in United Nations as she began to establish roots in the deaf community.
Cäsar was born with hearing loss that was of progressive nature and became deaf in her twenties who had prior become accustomed to hearing from one ear.
Through one ear, she became progressively deaf. Years after not hearing, it was suggested she look into cochlear implants.
Later she was unilaterally implanted with a HiRes™ Ultra 3D Cochlear Implant from Advanced Bionics.
Cäsar utilizes Sign Language and the cochlea implant as a tool
Once we know better, we do better. Not everyone has the opportunity for sign language or utilization of tech devices. Some deaf or hard of hearing travel abroad to learn communciation techniques like sign language or to attend a sign language or deaf/hoh friendly post secondary education. Since this is not easy or practical – we have to consider strengthening arenas like sign language implementation or accessing sound through various modalities.
In some situations, seeing how the community functions in another country allows for learning opportunities or appreciating the access they have where they reside.
We often take for granted our ability to interact with others in our own language. Significant barriers to communicating in sign language are depriving many deaf people of enjoying even these basic interactions. Governments Should Ensure Equal Access to Information and Services
– Karelian Kozick (officer of the disability rights division)
Some have access to sign language in their personal, educational, or professional environment; others do not.
There is not one Universal Sign Language
There are somewhere between 138 and 300 different types of sign language used around the globe today. Interestingly, most countries that share the same spoken language do not necessarily have the same sign language.
Many use captioning, lip-reading, SEE Signed Exact English, ASL/LSQ sign language word order, or may find themselves changing the structure of the signed language with their interpreter or audience.
Lip (or speech) Reading is not universal, either.
Various factors affect the efficacy of lip reading. Alertness, facial hair, use of facial expressions, body language, education, distance, masks.
Please try not to take off your masks to allow someone else to lip-read – instead – find ways that enable accessibility during and after the pandemic: Paper, pen, iPad, speech to text etc.
Roughly 30% of language is lip-readable; once you get to know someone, it is easier to bridge the gaps; however – words/letters can look similar and while some people are easier to lip read, others may not be possible.
When there is an aperture of words not recognized, the message becomes misunderstood; in reality, unbeknownst to them, a sentence changes the message entirely. Conjunctions or words not easily read on the lips can leave a message poorly captured.
With the global pandemic (and masks), zoom, typing, and writing, are shaping how people communicate and some of these options may continue long after the pandemic. This change highlights some of the joys and frustrations that are faced in many communities.
Resources for Deaf/HOH
Malka Communications: http://www.malkacommunications.com/
Gallaudet resources: https://www.gallaudet.edu/asl-connect/asl-for-free
International affairs Gallaudet & Norway: https://www.gallaudet.edu/office-of-international-affairs/international-relations/world-deaf-information-resource/deaf-orgs/local-orgs/norway
Interested in Science?: https://leapsmag.com/deaf-scientists-just-created-over-1000-new-signs-to-dramatically-improve-ability-to-communicate/particle-1
Maple Communications: https://www.maplecomm.ca/
https://srvcanadavrs.ca/en/ = Canadian Video Relay Services, you can scroll and locate an app for Android/Apple, Mac etc – create a VRS number, give it a test and the interpreter will connect both parties utilizing sign language.
CHS: Canadian Hearing Services: https://www.chs.ca/ Canadian Hearing Services where there are various products and resources.
Available in LSQ/ASL Langue des signes québécoise or Langue des signes du Québec (LSQ), is the predominant sign language of deaf communities used in francophone Canada, primarily in Quebec
CHS individual resources for youth and adults: https://www.chs.ca/service/sign-language-classes-individuals
Black & African American Sign Language: https://www.verywellhealth.com/multicultural-deaf-and-african-american-1046096
Get started with numbers:
Norwegian Association of the Deaf
Voice: +47 23 31 06 30
Description: Works to promote the interests of deaf sign language users in Norway and achieve social equality. Its website links to more deaf organizations in Norway and internationally.
Brazilian Sign Language (Libras)
Around 3 million signers in Brazil use Brazilian Sign Language, which was given official status by the Brazilian government in 2002. Brazilian Sign Language may be related to French Sign Language or Portuguese Sign Language. However, it is so distinct that linguists classify it as a language isolate.
Countries That Use Spanish Sign Language
Andorra, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Gibraltar, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Venezuela are the Spanish-speaking countries of the world. In most of these countries, national associations of the deaf have published sign language dictionaries.
Indian Sign Language
Chinese Sign Language
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ClearMask™ As spotted at ADARA-AMPHL:
You can attend ADARA-AMPHL conferences across the USA and learn of the National Centre for Deaf-Blind
Standard surgical masks block faces and prevent the ability to see facial expressions, read lips, and establish rapport.
Deaf Culture within Black Culture
Director, Sunnybrook Otology-Skull Base Fellowship Program
Provincial Coordinator, Ontario Cochlear Implant Program
Professor, Dept. of Otolaryngology – H&N Surgery, University of Toronto
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave., Room M1 102
Toronto, ON M4N 3M5
- Around 466 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss (1), and 34 million are children.
- It is estimated that by 2050 over 900 million people will have disabling hearing loss.
- Hearing loss may result from genetic causes, complications at birth, certain infectious diseases, chronic ear infections, the use of particular drugs, exposure to excessive noise, and ageing.
- 60% of childhood hearing loss is due to preventable causes.
- 1.1 billion young people (aged between 12–35 years) are at risk of hearing loss due to exposure to noise in recreational settings.
- Unaddressed hearing loss poses an annual global cost of US$ 750 billion. Interventions to prevent, identify and address hearing loss are cost-effective and can bring great benefit to individuals.
- People with hearing loss benefit from early identification, hearing aids, cochlear implants; captioning and sign language; and other educational and social support forms. People have a right to choose their communication method, and there is no ‘one size fits all’ choice when it comes to acquisition. We can understand that everyone has a different experience and no two deaf or hard of hearing people have the same outcome or experiences and enjoy different things.
- A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted neuroprosthetic device providing a person with sensorineural hearing loss with a sense of sound.
- Cochler implants are complex medical devices that work differently than hearing aids. Rather than amplifying sound—which helps a person with residual hearing ability—a cochlear implant provides the sense of sound by stimulating the auditory nerve directly.
- Cochlear implants do not cure hearing loss or restore hearing. Still, they provide an opportunity for the severely hard of hearing or profound deaf to perceive the sensation of sound by bypassing the damaged inner ear.
- Unlike hearing aids, they require surgical implantation.
- Current estimates suggest an 83% gap in hearing aid need and use, i.e., only 17% of those who could benefit from using a hearing aid use one.
—— WHO World Health Organizaiton
The most common misconception about ASL is that it is a signed version of English. ASL is not English at all. ASL is a distinct language with it’s own syntax and grammar and has been developed over hundreds of years by deaf people to communicate. It is also just as capable as English or any other language of communicating abstract or complex ideas.
“It was a victory for all people who ever felt the pain of being stereotyped, devalued, and unrepresented.”
—The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson
“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – but with the heart.“
Cäsar utilizes Sign Language and the CI as a tool; the CI (Cochlea Implant) is not a restorative medical device but is known for some benefits that vary from person to person.
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Landon Krentz is a bilaterally profoundly Deaf individual who is completely bilingual in American Sign Language (ASL) and English. As a Deaf artist, he brings a unique perspective to the role of a Director of Artistic Sign Language for theatre organization that wants to establish professional sign language theatre as an inclusive artistic practice. The role has allowed him to advocate for the inclusion of artists within the larger community so that Deafness is looked upon as a reflection of diversity and culture. He is a skilled ASL/English transcriber who understands the theatrical context into sign language. In 2018, Landon was given an Award of Merit for his work in inclusion and access in Vancouver.
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