Deaf Marvel hero Hawkeye



Today I was looking for something new to read and stumbled on Hawkeye. I have only ever seen him in the Avenger movies so I was surprised to see a comic book that was his.


After doing a little bit of research I found out that Hawkeye has been around since the 1960’s. Hawkeye was deaf in the original story line but it seems to have disappeared over time. The Hawkeye Comics that were being suggested to me are written by Matt Fraction.

Issue 19 from what I am understanding is the issue pointing out Hawkeyes deafness. The issue was dedicated to Leah Coleman who lives in Utah, is 17 and is deaf. To read more click here .

I have not yet read Hawkeye but after reading some reviews about issue 19 I am going to buy a copy and read it very soon.



Cochlear implants: speech and sign language in deaf children?

“One thing to remember: Once the child takes off his or her processors, they’re deaf. I think it’s important to have backup communication abilities for these times.” Thank you, this is something to keep in mind.

The silence amidst sound

There’s always a huge controversial debate going on about whether or not a deaf child should learn sign language, some people fearing that it might hinder speech development. There are just as many myths out of there as there are facts, and I don’t feel like summing up all of them. Rather, I would like to share my own, personal view on this subject.

When talking about a child I’ll be using “his”, but this totally counts for the little girls too. I’m just too lazy to type “his/her” every time, and “it” feels just too impersonal.

Each child and every parent is different. Some children have capabilities that other children don’t have, and everyone should strive to offer their child whatever works best in their situation.

First and foremost, I think it’s important to offer the child a good foundation for a language. If you teach a language, be sure…

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Update! Scottish Parliament debate

It is always interesting to know whats going on in the world.

National Deaf Children's Society Campaigns blog

Lois Drake Louis Drake- Policy & Campaigns Assistant


Last week a debate took place in the Scottish Parliament on Educational Disadvantage and Deaf Children in Scotland, following the submission of a motion by Kenneth Gibson MSP. The motion was supported by 33 MSPs and was debated on 11 December 2014 with 16 MSPs attending.

You can watch the full debate here and read the official report here.

Key themes:

• MSPs congratulated the National Deaf Children’s Society on the work we do to support deaf children and their families and our campaigns to break down barriers experienced by this group.

• It was highlighted that all levels of hearing loss can affect educational attainment (Kenneth Gibson MSP & Liam McArthur), with those having mild hearing impairments consistently scoring under average too.

• The stigma around how we think about young deaf people was discussed with it being reiterated by a number…

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Deaf Culture

There is a lot of good information in this blog. I like the way you explain D/d


“Try not to associate bodily defect with mental, my good friend, except for a solid reason” 

– Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

Deafness as a Culture

What is the first thought that pops into your head when you think of the word deaf? Do you think of disability, an inability to function in society? Do you think of loss, to be deficient in one of the most vital senses? Or do you think of group of people with similar values and beliefs, brought together through their experiences?

The medical model sees deafness as a disability, an impairment that needs to be fixed. A disability is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as a physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses or activities. In this sense, one could agree that deafness is considered a disability.

However, when people speak of deafness, they speak of two different forms: deafness, with a…

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If a Tree falls



A few weeks ago I read a book called “If a tree falls”. Its about a Mother who has two deaf children. I found the book interesting but it took me some time to decide if I was going to write about it.  The mother wrote here feelings about the whole thing very bluntly and I really appreciated it, but I find it sad how long it took here to even look to Sign language as an option. This mother took the Oral approach all the way, and it worked for her children but there are so many out there who it does not work for. I feel there is a lot to learn from this book but I worry that it could lead some to feel the Oral way is the only real way, and that it is alright to feel sorry for your self if your children are deaf. Now this mother does get over the whole “woe is me, my children are deaf” thing but it takes time and there was a few times I was ready to put the book down.

I would only suggest this book to some one with an open mind that wants to see all sides of the deaf world.


Deaf Bible



I have been looking around for a Bible that has been translated into ASL, and I have to say I am a little sad about the lack of options. Thus far I have only been able to find two web sites that offer bibles in ASL and neither of them are complete. I have not done a lot of research yet so I am hoping I will find more as I spend more time looking. If any one out there knows of any Bibles in ASL please let me know.

So far this is the best one I have found:

Bible in ASL

What parents and young people had to say on Teachers of the Deaf

I want to work with Deaf people, but I am not sure as to how yet. I might one day become a teacher, or work in the court, or perhaps hospitals. This gives me some things to keep in mind no matter what field I chose.

National Deaf Children's Society Campaigns blog

NDCS - Ian Noon, Head of Policy and Research Ian Noon, Head of Policy and Research

The Government in England have recently been consulting about what Teachers of the Deaf need to know and do to be able to work with deaf children and their families.

We asked our members for their views and some of the points that came back strongly were:

•  Lots of families value Teachers of the Deaf and their expertise
•  Some families said they wanted Teachers of the Deaf to be more able to communicate in sign language
•  Some families queried why Teachers of the Deaf didn’t support deaf young people in college, university or in apprenticeships and wanted Teachers of the Deaf to do more to support deaf young people post 16
•  Young people told us it was important that Teachers of the Deaf really took the time to get to know the individual they were supporting
•  Lots of young…

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Deaf aware? You may think you are!

Just amazing. This is an honest story of what I hear from a lot of people; all of the reasons/excuses not to learn sign language. The sad part is so many never learn the reason to learn sign. Thank you so very much for sharing.

Su Lyn Corcoran

I’ve known him for a number of years now. Picked him up for school when I was in the country, watched as he sat within a circle of fresh recruits at the centre showing them that they needed to learn to sign to be able to include him in their conversations and feeling amazed at the lessons in inclusion children can teach us. There was no judging in that circle, only eagerness to learn, to develop this new language. The time he would spend at the centre was always limited as he had to go home for the holidays, so the words these children could share with him would always be few in number – but he could get the drift.

Beyond basic greetings I had not sat among the children to learn. After all I was working with so many children who had once been on the streets and…

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