San Diego Union Tribune: Deaf, blind potter plans ceramic-making marathon to raise money for pottery school

San Diego Union-Tribune: Deaf, blind potter plans ceramic-making marathon to raise money for pottery school. “A year ago this month, Kelvin Crosby was at his lowest ebb, when the tiny bit of clear vision he had left disappeared. Then things got worse. Last fall, the development funding for his startup company ran out, leaving him with no income. But with the help of hand-thrown pottery — a craft he learned in high school and took up again last December — Crosby, 33, is now back on top, both emotionally and on TikTok, where he has amassed more than 258,000 followers and 4.1` million likes for his 6-month-old TikTok channel DeafBlindPotter.”

Mashable: New AI-based game teaches families the basics of American Sign Language

Mashable: New AI-based game teaches families the basics of American Sign Language. “Singing along to the ABC’s is one of the first lessons we get as kids (whether or not you stick to the original or new-fangled version). For families with deaf and hard of hearing children, that lesson isn’t any less important, with visual languages replacing auditory stimulus as a crucial part of early development. Digital creative studio Hello Monday, in collaboration with the American Society for Deaf Children, wants to address this through its new online game.”

Boston University: World’s Largest American Sign Language Database Makes ASL Even More Accessible

Boston University: World’s Largest American Sign Language Database Makes ASL Even More Accessible. “The words ‘joke’ and ‘ruin’ might not rhyme in English. But, thanks to a new, interactive database of American Sign Language (ASL), called ASL-LEX 2.0, we can now see that these two words do in fact rhyme in ASL….Since launching in February 2021, in conjunction with a published paper highlighting the ways the database has expanded, ASL-LEX 2.0—now the largest interactive ASL database in the world—makes learning about the fundamentals of ASL easier and more accessible.”

Washington Post: Social media has upped its accessibility game. But deaf creators say it has a long way to go.

Washington Post: Social media has upped its accessibility game. But deaf creators say it has a long way to go.. “TikTok, by design, is a place for millions of people to upload their own videos, without any requirement or even official suggestion to use captions. Videos include people dancing to music, ranting about their jobs, showing off new recipes and lip-syncing to the soundtrack of TV shows such as ‘The Office’ or ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians.’ Even if users want to caption their videos, TikTok’s app doesn’t have a way to automatically recognize voice patterns and automate text to use. That makes the wildly popular app — used by nearly 100 million people in the United States each month as of last June — and many other social media apps moderately usable and sometimes frustratingly inaccessible for millions of Americans who are deaf or hard of hearing, several deaf […]

Scientific American: The COVID Zoom Boom Is Reshaping Sign Language

Scientific American: The COVID Zoom Boom Is Reshaping Sign Language. “People who use American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate are no strangers to video chatting. The technology—which has been around since 1927, when AT&T experimented with the first rudimentary videophones—allows deaf people to converse with signs over the airwaves. But after the coronavirus pandemic began confining people to their homes early last year, the use of platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Meet exploded. This increased reliance on videoconferencing has inevitably transformed the way deaf people communicate.”

Living with Hearing Loss: Zoom Makes ASR Captioning Free for People with Hearing Loss

Living with Hearing Loss: Zoom Makes ASR Captioning Free for People with Hearing Loss. “Success! Zoom has heard our community’s voice! Zoom just announced it will provide its high-quality ASR captions (Live Transcript) FREE for people with hearing loss, as well as other groups who require this feature for accessibility reasons. Click here to request access. This feature will be rolled out to all free accounts by Fall 2021.”

Liam O’Dell: How Facebook’s ‘Fireside’ audio project can rival Clubhouse

Liam O’Dell: How Facebook’s ‘Fireside’ audio project can rival Clubhouse. “Facebook’s early experiments in the world of live audio has apparently been given the codename Fireside. If it can recognise the key successes and pitfalls of Clubhouse and Spaces, then the tool could set the platform ablaze. Failing or ignoring these lessons, however, would see it cosigned to the same fate as Facebook Stories or Reels – a mounting dumspter fire of social media’s short-lived features.”

Liam O’Dell: Twitter invited a deaf person to test out Spaces – here’s what they think…

Liam O’Dell: Twitter invited a deaf person to test out Spaces – here’s what they think…. “Credit where credit’s (over)due, Twitter seem to have finally learned their lesson after the mishap over voice tweets in the summer of 2020. Deaf people are finally involved in the process of developing new audio features, and it’s been done as early as possible, too. ‘The mic is yours,’ read a message when I opened up my Twitter mobile app on Wednesday evening. ‘You can now host and join live conversations in Spaces. Go on. Try it.’ A couple of minutes later, I did just that.”