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46 Medals at Asia Pacific Deaf Championships
Kazakhstan won 46 medals at the 1st Asia Pacific Deaf Championships of Taekwondo, Judo, and Wrestling in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek in March. Three hundred athletes from eight countries including Kazakhstan participated. Team Kazakhstan placed at the top of overall standings followed by the Iranian squad in second place, and the Kyrgyz hosting team in third place in the medal tally.
Game-Changing Accessibility Feature
A Sydney game studio, Vercidium, is developing a first-person shooter called Sector’s Edge with a feature that might appeal to Deaf players. The studio uses “Ray Tracing” as a way to visualize sound cues in colors to communicate the player’s proximity to their source. The result is an incredible new accessibility feature for Deaf players or those that may be hard of hearing. When the players turn on the “Deaf Mode” during the game, all sound output is disabled, meaning both hearing and Deaf players will have exactly the same experience playing the game. For now, the feature remains in testing phase and will be released to the live version of the game soon.
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Changing the lives of 18 million Deaf
Alok Kejriwal is a Deaf businessman who is using his deafness as a superpower with a mission to make the news, movies and other forms of content more accessible to the 18 millions Deaf people in India. Kejriwal, who runs an export business with a presence in over 60 countries, set up Indian Signing Hands (ISH) News in 2018. He said the idea arose from his frustration with how most mainstream news channels are not accessible to Deaf community. Kejriwal and his team are collaborating with famous Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh to start a conversation about having more representation and better opportunities for Deaf people in the media industry.
Twenty soviet women from different European countries and one small Deaf refugee girl from Ukraine took part in International Women’s Day of Awareness in Brescia on March 8. They organized a “Pink Run” to reflect on working and conscious achievements that women have accomplishments through work and commitment over the years. They have also navigated the struggle for health prevention and fight against discrimination and violence that still occurs today.
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Deaf program expands
Frontrunners is known for teaching young students. Now they have launched a new program, “Frontrunners+” where people over 35 years old participated in the first Zoom seminar to gain new knowledge, better understand themselves, the world around them and create new connections with Deaf people around the globe. Frontrunners talked about what it’s like being a student at Frontrunners, embracing diversity, inclusion and identity in the European Deaf community.
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