Netflix’s ‘Deaf U’ gives Kansas student quite an education

Renate Rose of Olathe demonstrates what she calls “deaf people problems.”

She can cuddle with her girlfriend or she can communicate through sign language. But they can’t do both at the same time the way a hearing couple could.

It’s one of many moments in the new Netflix docuseries “Deaf U” that present a scenario hearing viewers may never have contemplated. Still, the goal of the eight-episode series, according to model/actor/executive producer Nyle DiMarco, is to show similarities between deaf and hearing communities while also exploring differences within the deaf community.

“We go through the same things in life. We live, oftentimes, in parallel, and you’ll see that through this show,” he said through an American Sign Language interpreter during an August Netflix press event. “I think the hearing community often looks at deaf people and the deaf experience as monochromatic or a monolith, and that simply isn’t true. …

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Fontbonne University receives $1.25M grant to fund deaf education, speech-language students

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, part of the U.S. Department of Education, has awarded Fontbonne University a $1.25 million grant to fund deaf education and speech-language pathology scholars.

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The five-year grant, made to Fontbonne’s Department of Communication Disorders and Deaf Education (CDDE), will support 32 scholars seeking a master’s degree in early intervention in deaf education or speech-language pathology, officials said. Students who receive this funding will enter a six-semester evidence-based program to help prepare them to become skilled speech-language pathologists and teachers of the deaf through an interdisciplinary approach, the university said.


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“Fontbonne has a long history of implementing a high-quality interprofessional personnel preparation program,” Jenna Voss, assistant professor and associate dean of Fontbonne’s College of Education and Allied Health Professions and CDDE’s graduate deaf education program director, said in a statement. “Our speech-language pathology and deaf education

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Deaf students in Oregon adapting to online learning

This fall start was different not only because of distance learning, but also because of the wildfires. Students are learning online, scattered over 20 counties.

SALEM, Ore — Distance learning has been a challenge for students all over and it’s no exception for kids who are deaf or hard of hearing.

We checked in with the Oregon School for the Deaf to see how they’re dealing with online learning in their second official week of school. The director of the school, Sharla Jones, said she and her staff are coping the best they can.

“Our staff are scattered around 10 counties and our students cover 20 counties,” said Jones.

Last week was the first week of school for the 120 students who attend. This fall start was different not only because of distance learning, but also because of the wildfires. Jones said there are a handful of students who are

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