ASDC News

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy App Now Available

Kiwa Digital has recently released a new app which includes American Sign language narration.  This App is available on both iTunes as well as the Google Play Store.

Kiwa Digital has recently joined ASDC as an Organizational Member and has provided ASDC families with a redemption code to use the App at no charge.

In order to access the App from your iPad.

  • Access the App Store on your iPad.
  • Tap the Featured star at the bottom.
  • Scroll to the bottom of ‘Featured’ and you should see ‘Redeem’.
  • Enter the code manually.
  • Codes are NE6WN6RJT3LT or WAWNHPYLRLYW

For more information about Kiwa Digital visit their website at www.kiwadigital.com

 

Sign? See Your Brain – Research Opportunity

The MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Wellesley Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Development are studying the neural basis and development of social cognition in children with different language experiences, including American Sign Language.

They are looking for children interested in participating in an FMRI study who are

  • a KODA, CODA, Deaf, deaf, or have a profound hearing loss
  • between the ages of 4 and 13
  • use ASL on a regular (daily) basis (studies are conducted in ASL)

Studies take about half a day and include lunch, snacks, and playtime.  Kids are rewarded with gift certificates, pictures of their brains, and fun prizes.

For more information, email ASLbrains@mit.edu

For more information and videos visit their website at kidsbrains.mit.edu/aslbrains

VL2 – Eye Gaze and Joint Attention

Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) is pleased to bring you the first of their planned monthly emails with information sharing research findings from the Science of Learning Center development, links to resources, and plenty more. VL2  plans on addressing different topics each month, and if there is a topic you want to learn more about, please let them know!

In the meantime,  click here to view Eye Gaze and Joint Attention.

The Collaborative for Communication Access Via Captioning

Quality captioning universally is the CCAC mission. They invite you to join the online grass-roots project called the CCAC if you have interest in more captioning.

Many people cannot comprehend speech well in group situations, even with other resources and technologies. Good communications are vital for everyday life. Captioning and subtitles are required in so many places, and the CCAC outlines ten places they call the ten CCAC categories of life, from education, employment and entertainment, to government, healthcare and transportation and more.

The CCAC is all volunteers, and a “working community” online. It’s an advocacy organization with members who are deafened, hard of hearing, deaf, hearing and others. Membership is free for all “consumers.” A nice balance of consumers and providers are now members, all working together online to encourage and create new captioning inclusion projects. Any captioning advocacy project, from a small local one, to a regional or national project, and collaborations internationally too, are invited. The CCAC has no resources other than the energy and the large need they see for millions globally, to have real time captioning for healthy lives.

 CCAC itself does not sell any captioning, CART, or broadcasting services or products. The founder is a person who is deafened, and is also a member of many established organizations. one CCAC goal is to “build bridges” for a focus on much more inclusion of captioning.

 The CCAC has developed an informative public website with useful articles and videos. It also has an active Members’ Forum online that many describe as intelligent and effective. The CCAC has helped members in “CCAC Action Requests,” not only for specific information, but also with “letters of support” when any member is seeking real time speech to text. The CCAC also offers public data collection documents on the website, for all to submit information about local and broader captioning advocacy, so others can be inspired, and they can share information together online.

 There is much more information about the CCAC on their website, including the “Join” membership form. They welcome your interest and support! For more information visit their website at www.ccacaptioning.org