Just before SuperBowl 2014, Seattle Seahawks player Derrick Coleman, who is deaf – burst onto our screens in an inspired video-commercial from Duracell. The video tells his story of growing up after losing his hearing aged three – and of kicking the lifelong naysayers around him, into touch. “You’re deaf. So what?” For young people
Deaf people do not live in a silent world without sound, as is often assumed. Music is present in everyone’s life and is enjoyed by all, no matter how they hear it. For some, the sound, tune and lyrics vary in volume and clarity, but rhythm pervades whether it is heard or felt (vibration or change
Note: Deaf children in Ireland access digital hearing-devices since this article was written in 2010, increasing their participation in vocal singing, dancing and performances they may previously have been excluded from or found difficult to access. Dance can teach deaf children spoken language Children learn spoken language via dance (Heuser Academy) and Dance program for
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