Welcome to Houston Deaf Network!

It’s time, friends and foes! A time to rise up, unite resources, build support, educate and especially be “heard” by those who live in Houston. Although Houston is the 4th largest city in the US, we have yet to see a central hub where Houstonians can find a variety of useful information in one place. HoustonDeafNetwork.com will do its best to fill in the missing gaps and help you fulfill your needs. But wait, there’s more than just providing you information… continue »


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Michelle Martin Massage Therapist

Looking for a signing massage therapist? Tired of being frustrated with massage companies that don’t have enough skills in sign communication to meet your needs? Contact me. I’ve been a massage therapist for over 15 years. I specialize in relaxation and upper body relief for signing professionals. Reasonable rates. Session lengths from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on your needs. Visit my website or contact me for more information.

Name: Michelle Martin
Email: michelle.martin@yahoo.com
VP or Telephone No: 281-213-0571

Define your own reputation or let others define it for you…

6 CommentsBy | Nov.23, 2009 | Filed in: Blogs,Headlines

No matter what reputation we uphold, people like you and me will always pass some kind of judgment. If you, by any small chance, believe that you do not judge, then you are simply a hypocrite, in denial, ignorant and/or delusional. Every history, media, and social aspect have proved time after time that we ALL pass some kind of judgment towards people. Don’t believe me? Then read on…

Judgment and reputation are two words that constantly revolve around us. There’s no way to avoid it continue »

ASL Social – December 09

Friday, Dec. 4, 2009 – ASL Social

Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 – Latino

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Twenty-six Charged in Nationwide Scheme to Defraud the FCC’s VRS Program

RespondBy | Nov.20, 2009 | Filed in: News

Indictments were unsealed today against 26 people charged with engaging in a scheme to steal millions of dollars continue »

Automatic captions in YouTube

RespondBy | Nov.20, 2009 | Filed in: Headlines

Since we first announced captions in Google Video and YouTube, we’ve introduced multiple caption tracks, improved search functionality and even automatic translation. Each of these features has had great personal significance to me, not only because I helped to design them, but also because I’m deaf. Today, I’m in Washington, D.C. to announce what I consider the most important and exciting milestone yet: machine-generated automatic captions.

Since the original launch of captions in our products, we’ve been happy to see growth in continue »

New Sidekick LX 2009 is attractive to deaf consumers

2 CommentsBy | Nov.19, 2009 | Filed in: Technology

T-Mobile has added new features to its latest Sidekick, the Sidekick LX 2009 which is attracting attention from consumers who are deaf or hard of hearing. The new features build on Sidekick’s reputation of meeting and exceeding the needs of deaf consumers in providing a deaf-friendly product. continue »

Fox & Hound 11-09

RespondBy | Nov.19, 2009 | Filed in: DPHHH Photos

Captioning: Bonus Feature or Required?

1 CommentBy | Nov.18, 2009 | Filed in: Blogs,News

Imagine that after a long day, you’d love nothing more than to sit on the couch and watch the newest cutesy animated movie from Pixar. continue »

Empower Yourself Houston

RespondBy | Nov.13, 2009 | Filed in: Headlines,Support

The Speaker: Brian Determan, an ASL – native deaf individual, serves as a Deafness Resource Specialist with Communication Axess Ability Group for Houston and surrounding counties. The Deafness Resource program is funded by TX DARS (Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services) – Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. Brian works with agencies and service providers regarding their access obligations under the Americans and with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act. His training will empower deaf or hard of hearing individuals with knowledge of their civil rights and how to self-advocate. continue »

Free English Literacy Class

1 CommentBy | Nov.11, 2009 | Filed in: Education,Support

Want to improve your English Skills? Want to be able to read and write better? We can help! Join our fun-filled classes or individual tutoring. We work to meet your schedule! continue »

UPDATE – Interpreter Job Fair & Panel of Professionals

RespondBy | Nov.11, 2009 | Filed in: Employment

You’ve done the work to get the degree and certification. Now it’s all about getting the job. This event brings together interpreting agencies, colleges, school districts, and video relay companies looking for qualified sign language interpreters. There is a job fair and an interpreter workshop at Lone Star College-CyFair on Friday, November 13th. The Job Fair will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm in the Conference Center Lobby and the Panel of Professionals Workshop will be held from 7:00-9:00 pm in CENT 151-153.These events are FREE!!! continue »

Healing Hands Ranch Open House & Benefit Concert

RespondBy | Nov.10, 2009 | Filed in: Resource Center,Support

Healing Hands Ranch, the world’s first and only aftercare facility for deaf ex-offenders is having its 2nd annual open house and benefit concert this Saturday, November 14th. The open house is from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM at the ranch in Willis, Texas and the benefit concert is from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at The Light Community Fellowship in Willis, Texas. continue »

HBCD 2009 Christmas Party

RespondBy | Nov.10, 2009 | Filed in: Activities

4th Annual Houston Bass Club of the Deaf is hosting the 2009 Christmas party & dinner at the Metropolitan Mult-Service Center, 1475 West Gray, Houston, Texas 77019 on Saturday, December 5th, 2009 from 11am to 5pm. Come, eat, and enjoy celebrating Christmas holiday together! continue »


RespondBy | Nov.09, 2009 | Filed in: Resource Center

FREE H1N1 vaccinations will be available at the Metropolitan MultiService Center on Friday November 13, 2009 from 9am to 2 pm. This is a dedicated site for people with disabilities. This is an effort to address the potential barriers that individuals with disabilities may have in getting a place “in line” at the other vaccination centers. For more information, continue »

Fox & Hound

Every 2nd Sat. of each month
Nov 14th, 2009
8pm till closing

11470 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77077
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Selena – Deaf Dalmatian Needs Home

1 CommentBy | Nov.02, 2009 | Filed in: Support

It has been almost 1-1/2 years since Selena was pulled from Montgomery County Animal Shelter in Conroe. Selena is still with me and still in need of her OWN home without a ton of foster dogs around. continue »

UPDATE – Taste of Technology in Houston

RespondBy | Nov.02, 2009 | Filed in: Technology

UPDATE – There is still time to register! It’s quick and easy to register on-line right here, right now! Come to this FREE conference by Relay Texas and learn about technology with adaptive telecommunications equipment, assistive listening devices and telecommunications services for Texas residents who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind and Speech Disabled. continue »