Tagged: sign language

The technology that gave Stephen Hawking a voice should be accessible to all who need it - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 19, 2018

Bronwyn Hemsley, University of Technology Sydney This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Stephen Hawking was one of the most prominent people in history to use a high-tech communication aid known as augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). His death comes in the year of the 70th Anniversary of … Read More

Opinion: Non-verbal communication is important - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Feb 27, 2018

On Friday, October 13, at about 11.30pm, a blood clot travelled up from my father’s heart to the left side of his brain. Here, it lodged itself in an artery, and promptly caused a stroke. I don’t know how Dad felt about this, or whether he knew what was happening, because he hasn’t been able to speak since then. It’s … Read More

Bengkala - Code for life

Grant Jacobs May 23, 2014

(A travelogue of deafness, genetics and village sign languages for NZ Sign Language Week 2014[1]) [caption id="attachment_12565" align="alignright" width="300"] Source: Wikimedia Commons, public domain.[/caption] Island paradises are wonderful, but after a few days I find usually myself restless. Exploring a place suits me more than lying on a beach. Read More

On learning the sounds of a new (spoken) language - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 17, 2011

Infants learn languages so easily. In particular, they are able to distinguish the important sounds in a language. Below are two videos of lectures given by Professor Patricia Kuhl (University of Washington) exploring how infants learn language. The first first, the shorter of the two, is a TEDx presentation; the latter is a longer … Read More

Replying to the editor, in sign - Code for life

Grant Jacobs May 14, 2010

In communication not only does the message matter, but how you convey it. ’Dear’ You have to admit the Air New Zealand PR/communications people are original in how they choose to communicate their messages. We’ve seen their ’bare essentials’ advertisements and safety video. Sometimes people disagree with what an editorial says. Air … Read More