January 28, 2012

sign of the times

catherine @ 7:02 pm

An old black and white photo depicting a man pulling the skin beneath his right eye downward with his index finger.

I have recently been exploring signed videos of popular music. Although I had stumbled upon a few here and there, it was only after I saw this signed version of Marilyn Manson’s “This Is The New Shit” that I started to get really excited. That it really sunk in that signed versions of songs can make the results original artistic works in their own right.

Here is a story on ABC World News about a young interpreter who started signing songs for a deaf friend and who, when this news item was originally posted, had had over 15000 visitors to her youtube channel.

And here is an old post on the phenomenon with a round up of some more examples, some quite awesome, some not. This post also introduces us to Jade Films and Entertainment, a production company run by a deaf woman who has produced quite a bit of these signed videos (check out her youtube channel).

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January 17, 2012

drive

catherine @ 9:26 am
A photo of me clutching the steering wheel of a car.
(…) drive a photo by zaziepoo on Flickr.

It has been a little more than six months now that I have been driving full-time. I have said this before, being able to drive has changed my life. Going wherever and whenever I want to go is something most people take for granted. But when you are a person with disabilities, it makes all the difference in the world.

I can probably not convey the joy I feel at the idea of being able to just pick up and go. Having spent, up until a few years ago, a significant part of my life in a wheelchair or using some sort of mobility aid that made using regular transit services very difficult if not at times impossible, and getting my drivers’ license only this past summer (because the idea of driving before that was not fathomable nor encouraged), just taking off actually required a lot of forethought and planning.

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