November 11, 2012

How Can Lydia Callis’ New Fame Serve as a Teachable Moment?


Since Hurricane Sandy, ASL interpreter Lydia Callis has become famous for her work interpreting for New York City Mayor Bloomberg. However, some in the Deaf community are offended by skits in which actors parody the situation, using mock sign language for laughs. The Mental Floss blog has a recent article explaining why Ms. Callis appears so expressive; the article breaks down photos of Ms. Callis into their grammatical components to explain how facial expressions are part of ASL.

Take advantage of this opportunity to educate people about ASL:

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