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September 2021 - Issue #11
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1. !! NEW BOOK!!  Gentle Into the Darkness, Revised Edition by Canadian author Patricia Conrad (English)
2. International Week of Deaf People Sept 20-26 (Various Sign Languages and English)
3. International Day of Sign Languages (Various Sign Languages and English)
70th Anniversary of World Federation of the Deaf (ASL and English)
5. September 25 features Deaf Culture and Arts - International Week of Deaf People - Luminato Festival's ASL Programs featuring Deaf Artists (ASL  and English)
6. Make it a combo! Deals on our website (English)
7. Out There: DeafDots (ASL and English)
8. The IC Book Club: ASL Stories Directory - American Society for Deaf Children (ASL and English)
9. English Oddities (ASL and English)

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!! NEW BOOK !!
Book cover - Gentle into the Darkness - A Deaf Mother's Journey into Alzheimer's
Gentle into the Darkness -

A Deaf Mother's Journey into Alzheimer's
Patricia Conrad

Gentle into the Darkness: A Deaf Mother’s Journey into Alzheimer’s, by Canadian author Patricia Conrad, is back in our catalogue in a new revised edition. It tells the story of a remarkable deaf woman who tackled life's challenges with unflagging zeal. Filled with laughter, tears, and tender moments, this is a book you will not soon forget.

Hendrika came with her family to the western prairies of Canada as a six-year-old Dutch immigrant in 1929, and lost her hearing to meningitis soon after. The story chronicles the hardships of immigrant life on the prairies of western Canada, delves into Deaf education and employment for Deaf individuals in the 1930s and ’40s, and explores the bicultural experience of hearing children with Deaf parents. Indeed, Gentle into the Darkness offers a rare “insider” perspective on life between two cultures.

Whether you’re involved in the Deaf community, caring for an elderly parent, or simply a daughter who loves her mom, this touching memoir will warm your heart and stir your emotions.

International Week of Deaf People 2021 logo
The International Week of Deaf People is celebrated annually in September. For 2021, the theme is Celebrating Thriving Deaf Communities.

And also in 2021, International Week of Deaf People is a new name for the celebration. Formerly it was the International Week of the Deaf.

Here is World Federation of the Deaf President Dr. Joseph J. Murray explaining the name change.

World Federation of the Deaf President Dr. Joseph J. Murray explains the name change. 
The themes for each day of International Week of Deaf People 2021 are listed here.
Monday 20 September
Cherishing Deaf History
Tuesday 21 September
Sustainable Deaf Leadership
Wednesday 22 September
Sign Languages for All Deaf Learners
Thursday 23 September -
International Day of Sign Languages

We Sign for Human Rights!
Friday 24 September
Intersectional Deaf Communities
Saturday 25 September
Deaf Culture and Arts    
Sunday 26 September
Human Rights in Times of Crisis

Find more information about each daily theme, in ASL and English, and online events on September 23 & 25, click here:
We Are Deaf video published by Joel West Barish. 
Transcript available
2021 International Day of Sign Languages logo
September 23 is the International Day of Sign Languages. More than 70 million deaf people worldwide use over 300 different sign languages. More than 80% of the world's deaf people live in developing countries.

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes and promotes the use of sign languages. It makes clear that sign languages are equal in status to spoken languages and obligates countries who have signed on to the Convention to facilitate the learning of sign language and promote the linguistic identity of the deaf community.

The UN General Assembly has proclaimed September 23 as the International Day of Sign Languages to raise awareness of the importance of sign language in the full realization of the human rights of people who are deaf.

The proclamation acknowledges that early access to sign language and services in sign language, including quality education available in sign language, is vital to the growth and development of the deaf individual and critical to the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals. It recognizes the importance of preserving sign languages as part of linguistic and cultural diversity. It also emphasizes the principle of “nothing about us without us” in terms of working with deaf communities.

Examples of four different sign languages: Denmark, British, American and Germany. 

Published by the WakeWolf. 
The theme for 2021 is We Sign for Human Rights, which is particularly appropriate, as according to the United Nations:

"This day marks the birth of an advocacy organisation [the World Federation of the Deaf on September 23, 1951], which has as one of its main goals, the preservation of sign languages and deaf culture as pre-requisites to the realisation of the human rights of deaf people."

Read more about the International Day of Sign Languages here:
Dr. Joseph J. Murray, WFD President, explains the 2021 theme for International Sign Language Day.
Video published by Rogan Shannon.

ASL vs Auslan : Deaf Awareness Month. 
Transcript available:
World Federation of the Deaf 70th Anniversary logo

For the World Federation of the Deaf, 2021 marks 70 years of work for sign languages and for deaf people's human rights. Congratulations!

To celebrate this milestone, WFD has had a Facebook Live webinar series throughout this year. Check it out!

September 25 features

Deaf Culture and Arts

International Week of Deaf People

The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) is hosting a Facebook live webinar on 25 September 2021 - Deaf Culture and Arts for Human Rights.

The panel will share their experiences and highlight deaf artists around the world who will provide short performances in Celebration of Thriving Deaf Communities.

- Dr Joseph Murray - WFD President
- Ms Mindy Drapsa - Riksteatern Crea (Sweden) 🇸🇪
- Ms Ayesha Ramjugernath - Socigo (South Africa) 🇿🇦
- Mr David de Keyzer - CineSourds & Festival Clin d'Oeil (France) 🇫🇷

Here is the link:
Luminato Festival Accessibility Logo
Here's another way to celebrate Deaf Culture and Arts on September 25th!
Toronto's Luminato Festival is an annual international performance, media and visual arts festival that cuts across traditional art-form boundaries.

Luminato now has an online Access Hub with ASL Programs. They have been working with Deaf artists Natasha “Courage” Bacchus and Gaitrie Persaud to imagine a variety of programs that highlight Deaf artistry and ideas, such as Deaf Black Women: Artists from Across Canada, Deaf Bramble Gallery, CRIP COLLAB Issue 3 and Golden Hour Episode 2.


Deaf Bramble Gallery is an online gallery built inside the virtual world of Bramble. It features a range of Deaf artists from storytellers to visual artists and is curated by Courage Bacchus and Gaitrie Persaud.

Click here to see the artists featured in the gallery, and how to register for your self-guided tour. In ASL with English captions.

CRIP COLLAB is a collaborative zine featuring artists who belong to all three of these fantastic communities: Disabled, Racialized and 2SLGBTQ+. This zine is curated by a multiply disabled, chronically ill, cancer survivor named Pree. For Luminato Issue 3, there is a focus on Deaf artists; Courage Bacchus joins as Contributing Editor.

To see the art of the Deaf artists featured in CRIP COLLAB Issue 3,
click here.
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- Out There -

DeafDots, established in September 2020, is an online resource for Canadian information and news available in American Sign Language (ASL), la langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) and captions (in English and French).

collaborates with local, provincial, territorial and national organizations and agencies that serve the Deaf and hard of hearing populations.  

Follow DeafDots on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  

Check out their website at
Anselmo DeSousa, an Associate from DeafDots, gives a short update.
The View from IC is interested in featuring Canadian and American businesses and organizations owned/created/operated by Deaf or hard of hearing persons. Recommendations? Let us know.

Or, if you are involved in one of these businesses or organizations and would appreciate some FREE promotion in Out There in a future issue, fill out our form here. Kat will be in touch!
 *** The IC Book Club ***

ASL Stories Directory

American Society for Deaf Children
This month The IC Book Club honors Deaf Awareness Month and the International Week of Deaf People by featuring the ASL Stories Directory on the American Society for Deaf Children website.

Did you know that research shows that reading and signing together promotes literacy skills for ALL children: deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing?

The ASL Stories Directory features free videos of ASL retellings of hundreds of children's books. You can find stories easily by title, or by your child's age. You will be sure to find some of your child's favorite books there!


And you can add to this directory! If you have a favorite video that’s not listed, or if you want to add your own video of you and your child signing one of your favorite books, you can share it with Cheri at

ASL Nook - 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Our English Oddity for September: 

Why is the third hand on the watch

called the second hand?

Angela Petrone Stratiy in ASL.
Description: Angela wearing a dark shirt sits in front of a dark blue background.
Look for another English Oddity in ASL next month.

View all past English Oddities at The View From IC Blog. 
Interpreting Consolidated (IC) publishes resources for ASL and interpreting students, interpreters, educators and mentors in the US and Canada.
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