The founder of Toy Like Me, Rebecca Atkinson, was watching her children play with toys one day and realized that none of the toys were representing real people with disabilities.
Noticing there was a lack of positive representation of disabilities, or ‘diff:abilities’ as she likes to call it, in children’s toys, drove Rebecca to want to make a change in the toys available for children.
Let’s face it: Regardless of how well we deaf/hard of hearing folks communicate or how accommodating others are, it’s impossible to catch everything.
SpeakSee hopes to change this. Portable real-time transcription specifically developed for people with hearing loss, SpeakSee calls itself “a game changer for everyone who benefits from accurate transcriptions.”
Walk down any busy street and you will see a plethora of people engaged in their technology. Specifically, their mobile phones.
It’s sometimes surprising when we notice a number of these people plugged into cyberspace fall into the 70-80 age bracket.
It shouldn’t really be a shock to think of the so-called older generation being interested and invested in new tech. As age, as the whole, has little to do with abilities and interests.
However, there is a downside to this. It is the simple fact that there is a significant figure within these age parameters that take the completely opposite viewpoint and find the whole idea of technology abhorrent in the extreme.
If the technology in question was only related to mobile phones it wouldn’t be that big a deal. However, this problem goes much further and a lot deeper and includes why many people don’t wear their hearing aids.
Photographer Dalton Stiles wants to show the unique experience of living with hearing loss through the power of photography in his latest project series “Can you hear me?”
Dalton’s inspiration to start this project stemmed from his own his own experiences having a mild to moderate bilateral sensorineural hearing loss.
A common misconception is that deaf people can’t hear music.
Although this may be true depending on the level of hearing loss a person has, it doesn’t mean deaf people can’t access or be entertained by music. Music can be heard, felt through vibrations, or seen through the movement of a musician; it’s an expressive form of art.
Megan Angharad Hunter, a 19-year-old flautist, is an example of an extraordinary musician breaking down barriers and proving that deaf people can enjoy music in various ways.
Within the first day of Celia’s life, it was suspected that she had a hearing loss.
Although it was suspected it still took 18 months to officially diagnose her with unilateral hearing loss. Having had to wait almost two years to finally get an answer about her daughter’s hearing loss, Tracy Pursifull, Celia’s mother, was glad to know the diagnosis.