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SmartSign and Google Glass Are Made for Each Other

2 CommentsBy | Dec.11, 2013 | Filed in: Headlines

You would think deafness had significant hereditary origins, but parents usually don’t see it coming. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders reports that nine out of 10 deaf children are born to hearing parents. Children who are born deaf pick up sign language like any other child learning his or her first language, but parents have an uphill battle to teach themselves this kinetic language. SmartSign, a program that offers digital sign language lessons, is out to improve its software with the help of some cutting edge technology. continue »

H3 Sports to provide daily video coverage of Deaflympics starting July 23

RespondBy David Rosenbaum | Jul.23, 2013 | Filed in: Headlines

TORONTO, CANADA | MENDHAM, NJ – 15 July 2013 – H3 Network Media Alliance, an Internet media broadcasting network, announced today they will be providing day-to-day video coverage of the Deaflympics 2013 Summer Games in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The 22nd Deaflympics Summer Games will be held from 26 July to 4 August, 2013. At least 19 sporting events have been confirmed: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Bowling, Cycling, Football, Handball, Judo, Karate, Orienteering, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball and Wrestling. Deaflympics organizers expect record numbers of competitors in these sports. continue »

This post was submitted by David Rosenbaum.


RespondBy Sonya Clauson | May.15, 2013 | Filed in: Community,Headlines

Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency (GHC9-1-1) has implemented a new 9-1-1 emergency texting service for residents who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech impaired. The service is available ONLY in Harris and Fort Bend Counties. The new texting service allows a resident to text a special short code 442911 to connect with a 9-1-1 call center within Harris and Fort Bend Counties.

First, register online at Below is the link to more information on the 442911 texting service and the actual registration page.
Texting 442911 FAQs
Texting to a 9-1-1 call center registration page continue »

This post was submitted by Sonya Clauson.

Texting to a 9-1-1 Call Center in Harris and Fort Bend Counties – now available

RespondBy | Apr.30, 2013 | Filed in: Community,Headlines,Support

Announcing a new emergency service for residents who are deaf or hard-of-hearing TEXTING TO A 9-1-1 CALL CENTER IS NOW AVAILABLE!

On Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., MOPD, the Houston Fire Department and the Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Network will provide training for individuals who cannot make a voice call to 9-1-1, assist people in registering for the text service and provide free visual fire alarms to qualified participants who are deaf or hard of hearing at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center (MMSC) at 1475 West Gray Street, Houston 77019. Prizes and refreshments are available. Contact June Eaton to RSVP and/or to request accommodation before Monday, April 29, 2013, at or 832.394.0814. continue »

The Rose is serving women with mammograms

RespondBy Jenny Holzaepfel - Program Manager | Apr.30, 2013 | Filed in: Community,Headlines,Sickness,Support

The Rose is a 26 year existing non-profit in Houston serving women with mammograms, bone density and related diagnostic cancer screening services.

What is unique about The Rose is that we help uninsured women who can’t afford their care. If you have insurance, consider having your mammogram with us. It allows us to help more women and last year,we helped 9,000 uninsured women. If you are uninsured, we have sponsorship programs for women who qualify. See the attached flyer! continue »

This post was submitted by Jenny Holzaepfel - Program Manager.

Attention Business Corporation / Organizations

RespondBy James Northcutt, Program Book Coordinator | Feb.18, 2013 | Filed in: Activities,Headlines

The Houston Bass Club of the Deaf, Inc. (HBCD)will be hosting the 47th Annual State Team Bass Tournament that will take place on April 25-27, 2013 at Lake Sam Rayburn, Texas where Powell Park Camping Resort & Marina will be our headquarter center. HBCD will be working on a program book and would love to include your Business / Organization for your support to make this tournament a possibility. Would you take the time to read our letter and if interested print out the contract form. Any questions, please get in touch with James Northcutt, Program Book coordinator. He can be reached at 281-305-4171 or email him at Thank you!

TBCDadvertisement.pdf (430 KB)

This post was submitted by James Northcutt, Program Book Coordinator.

Disability rights agency helps Houston woman who is deaf in discrimination case

RespondBy Edie Surtees | Jan.28, 2013 | Filed in: Headlines

HOUSTON—A recent settlement reached requiring the Houston Housing Authority (HHA) to re-instate housing assistance and pay back rent for one woman in the deaf community benefits many others as well. That’s because the settlement brings systemic changes in the HHA’s effective communication and interpreter policies. continue »

This post was submitted by Edie Surtees.

H3 Network Media Alliance Switches To International Sign Programming

RespondBy David Rosenbaum | Nov.29, 2012 | Filed in: Headlines

TORONTO, CANADA – 29 November 2012 – H3 Network Media Alliance, an Internet media broadcasting network, has launched its inaugural programming lineup covering current affairs, cultural events, and educational content in International Sign for Deaf viewers around the world. continue »

This post was submitted by David Rosenbaum.

On-Line Fundraising to Help Pastor Craig and his wife, Barbara in her fight aganist Breast Cancer

RespondBy Kelly Reagan | Aug.30, 2012 | Filed in: Headlines,Sickness,Support

Barbara Craig, wife of Arthur Craig, pastor to the deaf at Woodhaven Baptist Deaf Church in Houston, TX. Barbara Craig was born and raised in Georgia. She married Arthur Craig and had resided in South Carolina. She was interested in taking sign language class and asked her husband to accompany her to the classes. That was the moment that Arthur Craig had a calling–to minister to the deaf.

They moved to Fort Worth, Texas so Arthur Craig could attend seminary school. After the graduation, Arthur got a job in Houston to be a pastor of Woodhaven Baptist Deaf Church. continue »

This post was submitted by Kelly Reagan.

TX Council for Development Disabilites (TCDD) in collaboration with A Circle of Ten, Inc. Network for Collaboration (C10) present 2012 Nonprofit Capacity Building Seminar on Collaborations & Grants

RespondBy | Aug.02, 2012 | Filed in: Headlines

This unique tailored seminar builds on existing skills. Limited to 15-21 Leaders for greater effectiveness & agency success.
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This post was submitted by arthur blount.

Public Access Videophones at Hobby Airport

RespondBy | Jun.12, 2012 | Filed in: Headlines

As part of our goal to increase communication accessibility, the City of Houston Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities and Houston Airport Systems partnered with Communication Services for the Deaf (C-S-D) to provide 4 Public Access Videophones (PAVs) at Hobby Airport. The locations are:

1) Ticketing area, near Southwest (pre-security)
2) Baggage claim area – near the exit and by the payphones
3) Gate 24 (after security)
4) Gate 47, across from Subway (after security)
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This post was submitted by Kaitlyn Tracy.

American Sign Language 4–Houston

RespondBy | Jun.08, 2012 | Filed in: Community,Headlines


Sophie Kiskinis Warmack, MA, Gallaudet University
This course, you will learn how to do deaf poetry, asl idioms, storytime in ASL and much more.

WHEN: JUNE 23 2012 TO AUGUST 11, 2012
TIME: 10:00AM to 12:00PM
9920 Long Point
Houston, TX 77055
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This post was submitted by Kelly Reagan.

American Sign Language Class 3-Houston

2 CommentsBy | Jun.08, 2012 | Filed in: Community,Headlines


Sophie Kiskinis Warmack, MA, Gallaudet University
This course, you will learn how to carry conversation in American Sign Language. Also will use facial expression and visual gesture. Must know American Sign Language prior registering for this class.

WHEN: JUNE 21, 2012 TO AUGUST 9, 2012
TIME: 6:30PM TO 8:30PM
9920 Long Point
Houston, TX 77055
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This post was submitted by Kelly Reagan.

Police Week: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Day

3 CommentsBy | Apr.19, 2012 | Filed in: Community,Headlines

Please come and join the Houston Police Department celebrate National Police Week. This observance is to increase the public’s awareness of the role of police officers and to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice of their
lives so that we can live in safety and peace.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Day will take place on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 beginning at 9;45 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. At the Police Academy located at 17000 Aldine Westfield, Houston.

ASL interpreters will be provided! continue »

This post was submitted by Kaitlyn Tracy.

Free Tax Preparation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

RespondBy | Feb.06, 2012 | Filed in: Headlines

Tax season is here! Filing taxes can be frustrating and stressful for many people. It does not need to be! Mayor’s Office for People with Disability has partnered with Internal Revenue Services to provide FREE tax preparation services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Houston, TX. Tax payers must have made %50,000 or less in 2011. Three locations throughout Houston offered (please see below for more details) By Appointment Only. continue »

This post was submitted by Kaitlyn Tracy.

Volunteers Needed for DeafTax!

RespondBy | Dec.16, 2011 | Filed in: Headlines,Resource Center

With Tax season quickly approaching, the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities and IRS are partnering to offer Free Tax Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. In order for us to be successful, we need volunteers fluent in American Sign Langauge (ASL). The volunteers are asked to participated in a tax training course and take the test to become a certified tax preparer.

The training will be:
Wednesday and Thursday, Janaury 18 & 19, 2012
Time: 3pm to 6pm
Location: Metropoltian Multi-Service Center
1475 W. Gray St.
Houston, TX 77019
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This post was submitted by Kaitlyn Tracy.

Bayou City Performing Arts Concerts

RespondBy Billy Koch | Nov.27, 2011 | Filed in: Articles,Headlines

Starting with Christmas performance “Houston Holiday Hoedown” December 20,

Tickets have been discounted for deaf attendees to $30.00 in package type C
package for the Bayou City Chorale. (This is single tickets only)

Please mark your purchase form with Deaf and place Zee Broussard’s name on
it also; this will ensure that your tickets will be discounted and placed In
the right section. continue »

This post was submitted by Billy Koch.


RespondBy | Oct.10, 2011 | Filed in: Activities,Headlines

Synopsis: From their childhood years to working at a Deaf school in Texas, Jackie and Seth have always love to…HATE each other! The fact that they are working closely in the same school did not help matters. For all their bad blood with each other, something bad had happened to them: their bodies have been switched! What follows is a series of laugh-a-minute hijinks as Jackie and Seth struggle to get back to their bodies. Because of that, they have no choice but to work together in order to save themselves. With time running out, Jackie and Seth must find a way to get back in their bodies before they get stuck in the opposite sex of bodies forever! Versa Effect is the first comedy film directed by the venerable Mark Wood. Versa Effect is filmed in the vein of Freaky Friday that will be enjoyed by everyone of all ages! continue »

Deaf Texas Cruise!

RespondBy Gina Davis | Oct.10, 2011 | Filed in: Activities,Articles,Headlines

We are having a large deaf cruise next August 26, 2012 at Galveston, TX. Perfect place for all deaf Texans – the ship is closer to your home! You don’t need an airplane ticket to go there – save money – wow! We will sail on the new ship “CARNIVAL MAGIC” for a week to Western Caribbean. Starting price from $548 per person.

Go to our website for more information. Everyone is welcome! Attached file is PDF. format flyer to pass out to your family and friend. Spread the words! We would LOVE to have deaf people from Texas!

Gina Davis
Great Deaf Vacations

Carnival Magic Flyer 2012 PDF.pdf (790 KB)

This post was submitted by Gina Davis.

GHDC 2nd Annual Awards / Banquet Night – UPDATE

RespondBy | Aug.08, 2011 | Filed in: Headlines

Greater Houston Deaf Connection is proud to host the 2nd Annual Deaf Awareness Banquet Night. Buffet dinner will be served, as well we will be recognizing contributing members/organizations from the Greater Houston area. GHDC is also proud to bring in New York City’s own ASL Performer – Doug Ridloff to perform for us during this event.

To gather more information in regards to the event – stop by

Tickets are selling at $60.00 per person – please RSVP by September 28th, 2011. So buy your tickets soon!  We still have TICKETS available for this fantastic event!  Don’t miss out!
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