Interpreting Consolidated: The View from IC Newsletter


August 2021 - Issue #10
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1. Deaf-blind Paralympian Becca Meyers quits Team USA (ASL and English)
2. The 24th Summer Deaflympics in Brazil 2022 (ASL and English)
3. Making Sport Inclusive (ASL, AUSLAN and English)
4. From our catalogue: 101 Activities for Teaching ASL (ASL and English)
5. Make it a combo! Deals on our website
6. Tea With Me - Deaf Culture Centre (ASL, LSQ and English)
7. Out There:  Jason Hoang, Deaf Fitness (ASL and English)
8. The IC Book Club: No Excuses: Growing Up Deaf and Achieving My Super Bowl Dreams by Derrick Coleman Jr. with Marcus Brotherton (English)
9. English Oddities (ASL and English)

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Deaf-blind Paralympian Becca Meyers

quits Team USA


The Paralympics begins August 24 in Tokyo, but for Team USA it will begin without swimmer Becca Meyers, who is Deaf-blind. This was to have been her third Paralympics. She was favored to medal after bringing home three golds and one silver in Rio in 2016 and setting records in subsequent international competitions.

Deaf-blind swimmer Becca Meyers in the pool, competing for Team USA.

However, in July, Meyers made the agonizing decision to quit the team after she was denied a personal care assistant (PCA). Roughly one-third of the US Paralympic swim team is visually-impaired, but Meyers is the only one who is also deaf. After a traumatizing experience navigating Rio on her own in 2016, Meyers' mother Maria has been allowed by the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee to travel with her to international competitions as her PCA.

Citing restrictions due to COVID by the Tokyo Organizing Committee, the USOPC has defended their decision to only allow one PCA for the 34 member swim team, stating that there are six coaches who can also assist with personal needs.

Becca Meyers, quoted in The Washington Post, stated: “No one has ever asked me what I need. No one has ever asked me that question. When we had a meeting in May to discuss this, I presented my case and I said, ‘Okay, how do we make this work?’ They talked right over me. They dismissed me. They said, ‘This is what we have; you’re going to have to deal with it.’ ”

Ironic, isn't it, that organizers of a major event celebrating the achievements of disabled athletes, won't listen to those same athletes and provide the accommodations they need to succeed.

The Daily Moth, in ASL, on Becca Meyers. 

For more on this issue:
This deaf-blind Paralympian was told to navigate Tokyo alone. So she quit Team USA. (in English)

Swimmer Becca Meyers' Ordeal Shows Even The Paralympics Doesn't Listen To Disabled People (in English)

Logo of the 24th Summer Deaflympics 2021 - Caxias Do Sul, Brazil - 1st to 15th of May 2022
The Summer Paralympics are in Tokyo from August 24 to September 5. Athletes with physical, vision and/or intellectual impairments will be competing in 23 sports.

While Paralympians are in Tokyo, Deaf athletes from 116 countries are busy preparing for next year's 24th Summer Deaflympics. Like the Olympics and Paralympics, the Deaflympics had been postponed due to COVID-19 for one year.

The 2021 Deaflympics will be held in Caxias Do Sul, Brazil in May 2022 and will feature 21 sports.

Official 2021 Deaflympics Website

Team USA 2021 Summer Deaflympics Kickoff (in ASL)

Team Canada - Canadian Deaf Sports Association

Making Sport Inclusive

Sports make us more—
more determined, more powerful, more ourselves.
Sports have the power to change the world,
pushing people further and bringing people closer.
And sports shift the narrative from disabled to this abled.

The goal of a coach is to encourage and support athletes of all skill levels and abilities. That is why it is so important to create inclusive programs where athletes with disabilities can compete alongside athletes without disabilities.

An inclusive program promotes independence and acceptance. Often programs can be made inclusive with minimum adaptation. For example, for deaf athletes in team sports, a ref can raise a flag when blowing the whistle to stop play. Reflective stripes on a football could help a player with a visual impairment.

More information below:

Marcus Titus - Deaf Swimmer Who Fought for Cue Lights on Starting Blocks (in ASL)

4 Ways to Make Your Sport More Accessible for All - an article at (in English)
This video from NDIS - Australia on Making Sport Inclusive for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Athletes is in AUSLAN and English.

NDIS - Australia:  Making Sport  Inclusive for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Athletes

- From our catalogue -
101 Activities for Teaching ASL
 Angela Petrone Stratiy, MEd

This activity book by native signer Angela Petrone Stratiy supports instructors teaching American Sign Language (ASL). Its fun and challenging activities are designed for students of all ages. Most involve interacting with other students, which is a powerful way to practice ASL and to develop confidence in the language. The activities can be used while teaching online, too.

The need for this type of resource is clear, as it has been popular with instructors across North America since its release. Several copies have even made their way to Australia. Teachers there have found that most of the activities can be adapted for teaching AUSLAN.

101 Activities for Teaching ASL with Angela Petrone Stratiy. 

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Tea With Me

A feature of the Deaf Culture Centre
The Deaf Culture Centre in Toronto, Ontario has just released its fourth episode of its Tea with Me Series. Host Hodan Youssouf from Montreal, Quebec chats with Deaf individuals across Canada who share successes and inspirational stories of their journeys in life.

This video project in ASL, LSQ and English Voiceover/Subtitles is made possible with the support of the Social Development Partnership Program - for Disability by the Government of Canada. There will be ten episodes in the series.
Here are links to all the episodes released so far on the
Canadian Cultural Society for the Deaf YouTube channel:

Episode 1 - Paula Wesley - Artist, Educator, Political Advocate

Episode 2 - Kamil Burnat - President, Deaf Youth Canada

Episode 3 - Gary Malkowski - Deaf Leader

Episode 4 - Dr. Jenelle Rouse - PhD in Applied Linguistics in Education, Teacher, Body Movement Artist
- Out There -
Jason Hoang

Deaf Fitness Trainer and Enthusiast
Our feature this month is Jason Hoang, a Deaf fitness trainer.

Jason has two bachelor's degrees in Biomedical Sciences and Health of Nutrition Sciences.  

Through his coaching and advice, he hopes to serve as the best advocate of health for everyone, especially those that are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Although born deaf, Jason struggled with his identity.  He started traveling and found himself.  Read his blog and watch in ASL to learn about his journey.

Jason Hoang with arm flexed in dark shirt. Quote - Struggle Makes You Stronger. Deaf can do anything.
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 ***
Book Cover of No Excuses with head shot photo of NFL football player Derrick Coleman Jr.
Every month The IC Book Club presents a book that gives us an opportunity to learn about others' lived experiences and widen our perspectives.

In No Excuses: Growing Up Deaf and Achieving My Super Bowl Dreams, Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman Jr.—the first deaf athlete to play offense in the NFL—tells his inspirational journey of persevering through every obstacle, remaining dedicated to the hard work and a no-excuses attitude that ultimately earned him a Super Bowl victory.

At the heart of his story is his unconventional family, whose one constant was always love. When Derrick was misunderstood as “difficult,” or bullied and laughed at by schoolmates, he removed his hearing aids and listened instead to his mother’s advice: Never let anyone else tell you how far you can go.

No Excuses is a motivating and unique testament to the human spirit, to the potential inside everyone who has ever faced difficult obstacles. It’s about aiming high in life, giving it your all, and never ever settling for excuses.

Published by Gallery/Jeter Publishing (2015)

Available in hardcover or ebook at these links:

Our English Oddity for August: 

Why do companies take a 'calculated risk?'
Angela Petrone Stratiy in ASL.
Description: Angela wearing a dark shirt sits in front of a dark blue background.
Angela will explain another English Oddity in ASL next month.

View all past English Oddities at The View From IC Blog. 
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