Team Sign Language Blitz in Seattle

As I gazed out the airplane window across the beautiful Cascade Range mountains. I realized I’d never flown this far West.  Going into the weekend I knew exactly what to expect, but at the same time I had no idea what to expect.  As the plane landed and I walked. . . + Read More

The World’s First Public Deaf School

A brief history of the world’s oldest deaf school in Paris, France, otherwise known as Institute National de Jeunes Sourds de Paris. Today, on July 29th, we commemorate the anniversary of the Institut National de Jeunes Sourds de Paris (National Institute for Deaf Children of Paris), a government-recognized and funded. . . + Read More

Deaf Culture Books for Children

As a Deaf child growing up in the oral mainstream setting, I lacked access to books that could have guided me through the difficulties I faced. However, today there are many books available for all ages that provide support and resources for Deaf individuals. Here are some recommendations that I. . . + Read More

Certified Hearing Interpreters

There is a common misconception that American Sign Language Interpreters are just people who have a certain level of fluency in ASL which makes them eligible to interpret for any Deaf person on the street. The truth is, American Sign Language interpreters often have a degree in interpreting, studying the. . . + Read More

British Sign Language in Bridgerton

While the ton is buzzing with the excitement of a new season of Bridgerton, here at Sign Language Blitz we are thrilled for a whole other reason! More Deaf representation! This time specifically British Sign Language representation. Deaf actress Sophie Wooley, who plays Lady Stowell, acts alongside hard of hearing. . . + Read More

Blitz Spotlight: Amazon Employee Kyra Gray

Amazon, which once started as a bookseller in 1994, eventually became a conglomerate known for selling “everything from A to Z”. Since it is Amazon Prime Day, we thought it would be wonderful to give sneak peek into the life of a Deaf Amazon employee. Amazon is a company that. . . + Read More

Deaf Ninja Warrior Kyle Schulze

Known as the “Deaf Ninja,” Kyle Schulze reached the national finals of American Ninja Warrior, a high-intensity obstacle course competition that tests competitors’ agility, upper-body strength, grip, climbing, leaping, balance, and coordination skills.  How does American Ninja Warrior work? Since the show’s debut in 2009, only two competitors – both. . . + Read More

Where Can I Find ASL Interpreted Movies?

For those in the Deaf or hard of hearing community, it can be tough to find ASL interpreted movies and TV shows. Closed captioning is more common, but ASL interpretation is not as easy to come by. Thankfully, there are helpful resources out there for those seeking ASL interpreted content.. . . + Read More

What are the Five ASL Parameters?

One of the key components of American Sign Language is the use of five parameters, which are used to convey meaning and nuance in signs. The meaning of a signed word can change when any of its key parameters are altered. For example, in English, incorrect pronunciation or spelling errors. . . + Read More

Ayumi Hamasaki – Deafness in Music

Ayumi Hamasaki is a Japanese singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, model, spokesperson, and entrepreneur. She is considered one of the best selling Japanese solo artists of all time and is nicknamed the “Empress of Pop”. In the mid-2000, Ayumi Hamasaki started to gradually go deaf in her left ear. In. . . + Read More

American Sign Language Handshapes

What is a mental movie and how do we produce them? When we visualize something in our minds, it’s like a movie scene of what we recall or imagine. It can be a memory or a possible situation we witnessed. When Deaf people think in English, they have words or. . . + Read More