Published on Dec 2, 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish
Investigations into a psychiatric hospital in the Guatemalan capital have uncovered evidence of sexual and physical abuse by staff. International human rights organisations told Guatemala that it must take steps to protect the patients. Al Jazeera’s David Mercer reports from Guatemala City.
Published on Sep 19, 2012 by NTDTV
The percussionists in this Sao Paulo school band can’t hear the music.
Instead, they feel the vibrations from the drums and speakers.
Their teacher, Fabio Bonvenuto, started teaching deaf and hard-of-hearing pupils in 2005.
Called “Music of Silence”, the band also has hearing members.
And Bonvenuto says that combination has produced positive changes.
[Fabio Bonvenuto, Music Teacher]
“The first thing we noticed was the change in the (deaf) students’ social skills, since they began to interact more with others. They also learn to respect boundaries.”
Bonvenuto says the hearing-impaired process sound differently, but it’s all done in the same part of the brain.
The band even performs with other schools, which improves the kids’ confidence and amazes their parents.
[Fabio Bonvenuto, Music Teacher]
“The families get involved. Many parents walk up to me and say: ‘I didn’t know my child was capable of playing music. I didn’t know she was part of such a great project’.”
“Music of Silence” will hit its highest note in 2014 when the young musicians perform at the opening ceremony of the World Cup.
Published on Aug 16, 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish
A British court has denied the plea of a severely disabled man to be allowed to die.
Judges told Tony Nicklinson, who suffers from locked-in syndrome after experiencing a stroke and who challenged the country’s laws in court, that the decision to allow him to die was not their’s to make but that of the country’s politicians.
Nicklinson, who did not take the news well, said he will appeal the decision.
Al Jazeera’s Laurence Lee reports from London.
Oct 8, 2011
The New York Academy of Medicine recently (October 3) hosted a research summit sponsored by the Hearing Health Foundation to promote a cure for deafness caused by damaged hair cells in the ear. An estimated 37 million Americans suffer some form of hearing loss, including a Broadway composer who is coping with profound deafness. Correspondent Peter Fedynsky has this report from VOA’s New York bureau.
Nov 4, 2011
Community supported agriculture (CSA) has gained popularity in the U.S. since it was first introduced about 25 years ago. People invest in CSA farms by buying shares, which entitle them to a percentage of the harvest. It’s a way to get healthful, local produce on a regular basis. One CSA farm near Washington, D.C. supports the community not only by growing vegetables, but by providing employment for the developmentally disabled.
Cathy Oshrain, who was born deaf, teaches sign language to students who can hear at North Miami Beach Senior High School. Oshrain is the only deaf teacher teaching students who can hear in South Florida. Emily Michot / Miami Herald Staff
Celebrities and Prime Time joined people with disabilities for a special stroll around Moscow’s city centre to find out how wheelchair-friendly it is.
Can white kids with black friends be given permission to say “nigga?”
This is a little snippet from a conversation I had last year with one of my favorite people in hip-hop, Brother Ali.
“Dedicated to Sally R Jones & My Aunt Vi and anyone who has been affected by cancer. To the soldiers at war and people with hearing disabilities.”
Jim Jones raps in sign language
Jim Jones speaks about his new album ‘Capo’ and the use of sign language in the music video for the single ‘Perfect Day’.
Inspired by his friend’s mother, who is deaf.