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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

CI-trivia

Here are some interesting news from the World...

http://www.hindu.com/2005/11/25/stories/2005112502220900.htm

Discount CI in India...
One fifth of the price of the cheapest CI devices on market. Indian doctors are now trying to get permission to test the cheaper devices on cats. Approximately 1 million people are candidates to the cheaper CI.

Advanced Bionics www.bionicear.com
Medical Electronics, www.medel.com
Cochlear Corporation, www.cochlear.com

http://www.michaelchorost.com/

PLASTIC PLAYGROUND SLIDES A HAZARD FOR IMPLANTEES
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported last week on a little-known danger for people with cochlear implants: plastic playground slides. Children with implants have had their devices “zapped” by static electric shock, the newspaper said, and while the shock doesn’t ruin the implant, it requires an inconvenient trip to an audiologist. Static electricity is such a major concern that Washington University electrical engineer Robert Morley has received a grant to study plastic slides, one of its main sources. Children with cochlear implants can go down metal slides worry-free, but as more playgrounds change to plastic, children are faced with a choice: don’t play, or play without their implants, and sound. Said Peg Jones of the St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf: “It’s a completely different experience to go down the slide without the wind and the ‘whee’.”

STEM CELL RESEARCH COULD OFFER DEAFNESS CURE
Stem cell research could offer a cure for deafness within 10 years, said researchers from Sheffield University in the U.K. Dr. Marcelo Rivolta of the university’s Institute of Molecular Physiology revealed his research last Wednesday at a conference organized by the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID). His team is using embryonic stem cells harvested from two sources – human embryonic stem cells and cells from the fetal cochlea – in an effort to grow new cells in the inner ear, reported the London Daily Mail. After 10 months, it has been shown that stem cells from the sensory nerves can be regrown in damaged areas, which could lead to the return of hearing. “It is a very challenging approach but we are confident it is possible and the potential for these cells is there,” said Dr. Rivolta.

http://www.magneticpoetry.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=3055

PORTABLE TRANSLATION DEVICE IN DEVELOPMENT
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley are exploring how to use mobile devices to provide sound awareness. They’ve created an application that causes a phone to continuously record the last 30 seconds of sounds nearby. If you wanted to know what sounds just occurred near you – something a person says to you, environmental sounds, etc. – you would press a button and the application would ask an operator to describe the last 30 seconds of sound. The operator would then send you a text message with a description of the sounds. According to Tara Matthews, a graduate student working with Professor Jen Mankoff, people are needed in San Francisco and Los Angeles to help study the new devices. You would use it for two weeks, answer a daily email and participate in three interviews (in person, phone or IM), and in return, receive about $150. Contact tmatthew@cs.berkeley.edu if you want to get involved.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Det sner...

Første dag med sne! Folk er ellevilde - man skal lige ud og foreviges i sneen. De stråtækte tage ser rigtig søde ud med sne på. I dag har vi arbejdet med hjemmesiden - opdatere og gøre små ændringer. Vi skal også til at lave dvd'er med alle de film vi har lavet undervejs i forløbet. Sidste uge lavede vi en lille demonstration i Århus Sygehus, hvor vi udtrykte vores utilfredshed med at døve børn med CI fratages tegnsproget. Det var en vellykket demonstration, som dem på sygehuset sent vil glemme!

Henad ugen var flere taget væk, Christophe i Frankrig, Ronan i Irland. I dag fredag er Christophe endnu ikke vendt tilbage. Vi regner med han er her i løbet af weekenden. Næste uge skal vi atter til kære København, fredag til Castbergspris-uddelingen til Liisa K., lørdag DNUR workshops. Lørdag aften er der julefrokost, men søndag er de tid til film i Malmø, hvor der er filmfestival.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Dazzling Copenhagen


That was great being in Copenhagen more than a week. We enjoyed a lot going out eating Greek, Turkish and junk food. Visiting numerous places around Copenhagen, meeting other people. Am looking forward to going there again the weekend for the HC Andersen Bicentenary Festival in Cph Sign Society.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Sorry Everybody




I don't know if I am too late, but I just found the charming website Sorryeverybody.com, where Americans apologize Bush for the rest of the world. Jerry explained me the federal voting system, which is different from the European ones based on the actual number of votes. The American system is based on points of winning states, etc. And the citizens have to be registered before voting. The Departement of Interior don't send the voting papers to each citizen aged 18 as Europe and other democracies. Imagine America having a voting system like Europe - what a different world!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Gentle October


I am confused. I usually hate October, one of the most depressing months, while you are in Denmark. I always remembered October as dim grey, wet, humid, sad and boring. October is one of the best-selling cinema months, but seems this year makes a exception. Today I sat outside reading newspaper about the earthquake in Pakistan - 1000 hospitals were destroyed by the quake. Sad, but what can we do? What can they do? Denmark already donated DKK 10 million and a few Hercules flights with the most necessary stuff. Back to Danish weather, and the temperature reached 19°C, that's very unusual. The weekend we were a lot outside playing a viking game while drinking cold beers. Saturday we had the very desired opportunity to cook our own food - we decided to cook some Thai-style curries. People ate a lot, it seems to everybody loves jasmine rice!

Today the Norwegian anthropologist Hilde Haualand had a presentation about her anthropological analysis on the big Deaf events such as Deaflympics and WFD congresses. I have had seen her presentation in Montréal two years ago, but today we had a unique opportunity to discuss and share with her. We had also short presentations about our backgrounds, and we are really different frome each other. Hearing parents or Deaf families, oral or bilingual primary education, when we became Deaf instead of deaf, and so on.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Et par ord om CI

Vi blev alle på Castberggård weekenden over, med undtagelse af Gordon, der tog til Stockholm til en døvehistorisk kongres. Jeg fandt nogle fagblade der lå på bladhylden i kontoret. To af disse var fra Danaflex, dansk leverandør af audiologiske ting, heriblandt høreapparater og dele til høreimplantater. Der er virkelig nogle interessante påstande bladet fremgiver, bl.a. om døves syn på CI, generelle nyheder, osv.

Jeg vil tillade mig at citere fra fagbladet "Vestdansk Center for cochlear implantation hos børn", nr. 13, juli 2005, fra artiklen "Da CI kom til Danmark" af Uffe Jochumsen

"Et af nøglepunkterne i de døves modstand mod CI opfatter jeg som ren problemfornægtelse: At man som døv blandt liggestillede i kompenserende omgivelser ikke opfatter sig som handicappet, og slet ikke målgruppe for medicinsk behandling. Det er rigtigt, at man som døv kan kompenseres i forhold til de hørendes standarder et langt stykke hen ad vejen - og for resten af tilværelsen må man etablere sig i en parallel subkultur med egne værdier. Dette er en begrænsning i de personlige muligheder, som i normal sprogbrug kaldes et handicap.

Et andet facet, er at tegnsproget (ligesom andre sprog) er identitetsbærende og formidler - ud over den rene information - af en mængde dybere lag af fællesskabssignaler indenfor følelsernes domæne. Når vi (måske noget naivt?) foreslog, at denne samhørighedsfølelse vel ville blive erstattet af tilsvarende værdier i det hørende samfund, blev det afvist som både urealistisk og fornærmende."

Interessante synspunkter Uffe Jochumsen kommer med i hans artikel. Det passer meget godt, at vi ikke rigtig har prøvet at sætte os selv på den anden side og se på os selv med andre øjne. Det er både uhyggeligt og spændende at så mange danskere har og vil få CI, hvad betyder det for vores døvesamfunds udvikling, i hvilken retning vil det dreje i? Jeg har ikke rigtig et forslag til hvordan det kunne blive til. Jeg tror meget vil ligne sig selv, bare med en række specifikke tilbud til CI-brugere, mange af dem vil nok anvende sig af tegndansk eller tegnsprogs- og skrivetolke.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

My Finn-Agrian impressions

I was 12 days out of Castberggård, that's long time. I had to leave first to Switzerland, where I had to make a short presentation about EUDY to the Swiss Deaf Youth seminar. Interesting being in Switzerland, a multilingual country. Everything was perfect, bit boring indeed. Few days after I left to Finland with the Frontrunners team. The human rights conference was okay, much of it is like a year long re-run from WFD. It's fantastic how to see the Finnish couple Markku and Liisa being the two absolute stars during the days. Also fantastic to see the ultrascheduled organisation during the conference and the FAD centenary events. Everything went smoothly. I bought a Marimekko mug, and a lot of new clothes in HM, bit cheaper than in DK. :o)