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Visualfy News 28/02/2017

Deaf Community

10% DISCOUNT FOR FIRST 200 USERS

Hello everybody. More than 100 people have already reserved their DSS kits, so don’t wait any longer and enjoy the many advantages of buying now.

As you may have noticed, we had a few technical problems with the payment system and some of you were unable to pay the €50 needed to make a reservation.

We now have implemented a safe and secure payment system for debit cards.

Everyone who made a reservation should now make a payment of €50 to enter the ‘First 200’ group.

The ‘First 200’ group will enjoy several advantages. They will be the first to receive their DSS kits by June 2017; they will receive a 10% discount on the final price; and during June and July they will have a chance to send us their ideas about adding or removing features. And, finally, they will receive a surprise gift for being our first users.

We are studying the various grants available in each Spanish regional state for buying assistive technology for the home. In Valencia, for example, grants of between 50% and 90% of the purchase price are available (depending on each user’s level of disability).

Enter today at www.visualfy.es and reserve your DSS kit. Do not miss this opportunity.

Visualfy offers technology for deaf people.


A SIGN LANGUAGE WEB SERIES FROM GALICIA IN NW SPAIN COMPETES IN INTERNATIONAL HOLLYWOOD FESTIVAL

A web series called ‘Mírame cuando te hablo’ (Look at me when I talk to you) has been selected to participate in the Web Series Festival Global in Hollywood. The series, by Idendeaf, is the first web series produced in Spain in sign language.

The Idendeaf Association was established three years ago in A Estrada (in Galicia in north-west Spain) by Veru Rodriguez, a hearing person, who decided to adapt visual entertainment so that his deaf parents could enjoy programmes like everybody else.

The series, a comedy about flatmates, was filmed in sign language with subtitles. All of the cast are deaf people. The first season in 2014 was very successful with 150,000 views, and a second season was released in 2016.

This is not the first time that the series has been a candidate in an international festival, but nomination for the Web Series Festival Global was unexpected. Winners for the nominated categories will be announced on 8 August.


DEAF MICE CAN HEAR AGAIN THANKS TO GENE THERAPY

Because genetically caused hearing loss is increasingly common, researchers have started using various therapies to find a solution to a problem affecting more than 125 million people worldwide./p>

The journal ‘Nature Biotechnology’ has published two new studies on using gene therapy to correct the genetic defects that cause hearing loss.

The first study introduced a correct gene in deaf mice but researchers encountered difficulties placing the correct gene in the affected area of the ear.

The same gene was used in a second study, but in this case, it was used to treat new-born mice that had Usher syndrome. These mice recovered hearing after treatment.

The two studies with mice have produced exciting results, and further tests can be expected with larger animals before testing with people.


COCHLEAR IMPLANTS: BETTER WITH SIGN LANGUAGE

A recent study shows that deaf youngsters with cochlear implants who are children of deaf parents perform better on intelligence tests than children of hearing parents. The paper is soon to be published by the University of Medical Sciences Bagiyatallah (Iran) in collaboration with the departments of Otolaryngology, Paediatrics, and Psychology.

Children of deaf parents communicating in sign language perform better in all types of intelligence tests – except those related to tasks that involve acquiring knowledge.

The research shows that the early learning of sign language facilitates learning spoken language and boosts the development of intelligence. The study recommends that children with cochlear implants learn sign language.


ORALISED DEAF PEOPLE SUFFER MORE STRESS

Research at the University of Oslo and Oslo University Hospital confirms that deaf people who use Norwegian sign language suffer less stress than deaf people who communicate orally.

The study included 76 Norwegian deaf people: 40 were users of sign language and 36 used spoken language.

Results show that deaf people who use oral language suffer more stress-related anxiety. Experts believe that this is due to the great physical and mental needed to follow spoken conversations. This effort over time may produce headaches and muscular pain.

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