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Self-determination and ASL Speakers

Promoting self-determination is a way to give young people agency in their education and goals for their future, and the research highlights how self-determination assessment can be used to support deaf youth to communicate about their self-determination and have better educational, career, health, and life outcomes, according to researchers.

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Sorenson Announces Acquisition, Appoints CEO, Board Members

Sorenson (or “the Company”), a communications provider for people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, announced that private investment firm Ariel Alternatives, LLC has completed an acquisition of 52.5% of the Company’s common equity from existing shareholders, including Blackstone Credit, a fund managed by Franklin Mutual Advisers, and private credit accounts managed by KKR at an enterprise valuation of $1.3 billion.

Technology Can Improve Health Info Access for Deaf

Early in Dr Michael McKee’s career, one of his patients, who was deaf, died from a heart attack. It led him to study how to prevent it from happening to others. That tragic event might not have happened, he said, if there had been “accessible community health education programs to allow for deaf individuals to learn ways to improve their health and to recognize common danger signs of serious health conditions.”

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Apple Launches Features for Those with Hearing Loss

Apple announced the introduction of software features “designed for people with mobility, vision, hearing, and cognitive disabilities.” According to Apple’s announcement, “these next-generation technologies showcase Apple’s belief that accessibility is a human right and advance the company’s long history of delivering industry-leading features that make Apple products customizable for all users.”

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Oakland University to Offer New Minor in Deaf Studies

This fall, Oakland University announced that it will roll out a new academic minor in communication and deaf studies. Requiring a minimum of 20 credits, the minor will be offered through the university’s communication program and will introduce students to American Sign Language (ASL), types and degrees of hearing loss, advocacy for the deaf and hard of hearing, deaf culture, and the promotion of deaf awareness.

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RIT/NTID To Conduct Survey on Reproductive Health

Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf (RIT/NTID) announced new research that it says will help determine the level of reproductive health knowledge in women who are deaf or hard of hearing. The research also addresses concerns that deaf and hard-of-hearing women encounter significant barriers to receiving appropriate reproductive healthcare services and health information.

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Sign Language Exposure May Impact 5-Month-Olds

NTID researcher and Assistant Professor Rain Bosworth and alumnus Adam Stone studied early-language knowledge in young infants and children by recording their gaze patterns as they watched a signer. The goal was to learn, just from gaze patterns alone, whether the child was from a family that used spoken language or signed language at home.

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