Hope everyone's having a good week and dealing with the after-effects of the time change.
Today's "Welcome Wednesday" is Bearwood Reclaimed Furniture, and it's Deaf owner Dominick Fusco.
Dominick has owned Bearwood for 5 years, including 10 plus years experience in Carpentry
Dominick says - Before I invented this company, the only thing that was bothering me was all the broken furniture, home decors and abandoned wood that was sitting on the ground just rotting away. So, I figured if I could change one thing for them is to recycle and reuse it then it won’t be sitting on the ground useless or waiting to be destroyed. My job is to not to waste things. My job is to repurpose things to save the Earth and not to leave things to rot that Earth doesn’t want.
His quote is:
I believe in reuse and recycle because everything is a treasure
As I announced earlier, I'm doing a series of posts on Low Vision Products for the home. Did you help me with the survey? Thanks!
I wanted to give you a prelude to the upcoming Series by sharing my old, old videos on living with Low Vision.
As you can see, it really doesn't take much to adapt your environment for your low vision.
I look forward to explaining these further and sharing more ideas with you!
If you have any other suggestions or requests please email me!
Time for another Welcome Wednesday and today is "Swanson's Holistic Hands".
Gina Swanson provides holistic medicine tips in blogs/vlogs, workshops, and Holistic Life Coaching sessions in American Sign Language.
Gina is a Reiki Master and has 19 certificates from Reiki Rays Institute as well as certified by the International Center for Reiki Training.
She offers Holistic Practice training in Reiki, Essential Oils, Stones and Chakras all in ASL.
To find out more or to book a session, contact her by email at Swanson Holistic Hands.
Let's support a fellow Deafblind business owner!
Good Morning!! It's Friiiiiday!!!
How about a Deaf joke to start your weekend??
A Mafia gang takes on a Deaf man to run their deliveries, feeling it would be safer having someone unable to overhear conversations. However, one day when he is to deliver a large sum of money, he never shows up with it. The mobsters track him down, but don't find the money on him. As none of them are able to use sign language, they bring in an interpreter.
Mobster: "Where'd you hide the money?" (Interpreter signs the question.)
The bag man signs his reply. The interpreter says, "He says he had to ditch it in the river because the cops were onto him."
Mobster: "I'm not fooling around! You better tell me where that money is!" (Interpreter again signs.)
The bag man signs his reply, and the interpreter relays, "He swears he is telling the truth. He had to get rid of it."
The mobster pulls out a revolver and points it between the Deaf man's eyes. "Tell me where that money is, or I'll kill you right now!"
(Interpreter signs his statement.)
The bag man, sweating profusely, signs, "It's inside a shoebox under a loose floorboard in my bedroom closet."
The interpreter says, "He says he doesn't know where it is and he doesn't think you have the guts to pull the trigger."
Enjoy your weekend!
I was sent this post from the Complete Communication Blog & I want to share it with you:
Why I Will Never Stop Fighting for Language Equality
When you continually fight for a cause (or multiple causes), it can be easy to get discouraged when you see what you perceive as a lack of progress. In this post, I'm going to focus on the cause of language equality. Specifically, that all Deaf children are given full access to ASL (or the sign language of their country) as their first language from birth.
Full access to ASL from birth only happens for 1 out of every 4 Deaf children. Getting language access to those other 3 out of 4 children can seem like such an insurmountable goal.
There are doctors telling scared parents that their only option is for their child to use hearing aids or a cochlear implant and learn to lipread and speak. There are parents that become obsessed with the idea that they must "fix" or "normalize" their Deaf child. There are even entire organizations *cough* Alexander Graham Bell *cough* that are committed to denying the devastating effects of language deprivation.
Access to ASL for deaf children just makes sense. While some children may learn to speak as well, they will still never be able to fully access spoken English. How can giving someone a partial language set them up for success later in life?
So, we have to be even more committed than the forces working against us. Even more committed to continually educating ourselves. Even more committed to raising awareness. Even more committed to donating our time and/or money to organizations that promote language access. How do we stay committed? How do we keep fighting every day for what we know is right?
I was watching a few videos the other day of Deaf babies communicating in or being exposed to ASL. Little hands get me every time. I felt warm and fuzzy. When I see those types of videos or read those types of stories I know that that is the way it should be. It reminds me what I'm fighting for.
The day I stop fighting will be either:
Now, I'll share a couple of my favorite videos with you. There are plenty more as well, so feel free to search away!
This video of sweet, 22 month old Ayla is one of my favorites! This is what I'm fighting for! This is what all Deaf children deserve! There's also other videos in this series of Deaf babies signing ASL that are equally as heartwarming and fabulous.
And then we have this video of a Deaf grandmother teaching her Deaf granddaughter ASL. How sweet is THAT? This grandmother is passing on her language and culture to her granddaughter and it's beautiful.
If you would like to read more of her blog, head over to Complete Communication.
If you want to know more about ASL - contact me!