Archive for October, 2010

Respond to Sound and Fury

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Think about the issues in Sound and Fury and respond with the equivalent of (at least) one page of text. I want a short paper with an introduction, a body, and an conclusion. There is no need to format it, plain text is fine. I’m more interested in your take on the issues than on the video itself.

Carefully consider your response and be respectful.

Send email to me with your response. This is due before class on Thursday.

Here are some quotes from the video that struck me, feel free to use any of them or ignore them.

My children are just like me. Who wouldn’t want that?

I learned sign language and that is when my life began.

If Heather is implanted she won’t be part of the deaf world or the hearing world.

All speaking program. No one that uses sign language.

When I heard Peter was deaf I was happy. If she doesn’t want the baby because he’s deaf, I’ll take him.

Your family and friends are deaf, how does it feel that you’re the only family with an implant?

Forget hearing people!

I want an implant because hearing people don’t sign.

At this school they teach using speech.

Heather, why don’t you sign. The interpreter will speak. Sign the story, its your language. I want to speak.

What do you think the parents of the hearing child thought of Heather reading?

Why doesn’t she use sign language? They feel sometimes children may use it as a crutch.

She’s not allowed to sign.

Don’t you want the best?

You don’t accept deafness. You don’t accept me.

To be honest, sometimes I feel limited.

You’re such a lousy daughter. Who wouldn’t love her child they way he is?

You feel that deaf people are inferior!

When he grows up his parents can ask him if he wants the implant.

Can the implant kill Deaf Culture?

Deaf Culture is wonderful.

I want the best for my child.

If I didn’t know you, I’d say you were an abusing parent.

They’re hurting their children.

I don’t think she knows she’s deaf.

What do you mean normal?

Deaf schools stink. I don’t want that for him. You think deaf people are behind.

You should love your child. Don’t destroy his emotional life. He’s a beautiful natural deaf baby.

I come here to the Deaf world and I feel safe.

Did you notice the juxtaposition of the Deaf Child Area and the Dead End signs?

You told me you decided. We decided together. We agreed.

BTW, I don’t think there is any scientific evidence that allowing children to sign impairs their speech. The more children communicate the better off they are.

Temple Grandin in the local news

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Tact Filters

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

An interesting post on communication: l


Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Before class time on 26 October everyone must email me describing how you intend to fulfill your 30 hour service requirement.

Labeled Faces

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

We saw Temple Grandin labeling photos of faces depicting different emotions so she could learn to recognize them. For this assignment we are going to create a collection of faces labeled with emotions.

Flickr is a online picture repository that allows people to upload pictures they want to share. Some people select the Creative Commons license for their pictures; these are the ones we want. The following link will take you to a search page that will allow you to search for pictures with the license we want:

Emotions to include: happy, sad, confused, scared, angry, sleepy, surprised, disappointed, nervous.

Your mission is to find at least 6 pictures of faces for each emotion in our list. The easiest way to do this is to sign up for a Flickr account and add the pictures you find to a gallery for each emotion. I’ll demonstrate in class and you can read about it at the Gallery FAQ .

Submit the links to your galleries in a comment on this post. This assignment is due Thursday 28 October.

Respond to Temple Grandin

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Post your response to the video on Temple Grandin as comments here.

Majors Expo Wed Oct 6

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Majors Expo 2010 is an informational fair designed to help students consider their major at Carolina. For the seventh year, all undergraduates will have the opportunity to meet and interact with department representatives – professors, staff and students – to explore majors, minors, programs and services that Carolina offers.

The expo is sponsored by the GAA’s Student Membership Program. All UNC students are welcome and encouraged to attend – not just GAA student members. That’s why we thought of you: Please remind your students about this event, particularly those with whom you might have talked about their academic plans and questions about their future.

The Majors Expo 2010 will be:

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 6
Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Great Hall, Student Union.

More information is available at , including a list of participating departments and offices. Light refreshments will be served.