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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Famous deaf actor Bernard Bragg has maintained a lifelong connection with the NTID Performing Arts Department throughout his storied career beginning with his lifelong friendship with Robert Panara to his time as a visiting professor at NTID. Today, Bragg’s personal collection of correspondence, photographs, articles and other memorabilia is being shared with students as part of the RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive.
As a child, Bragg enrolled in the New York School for the Deaf where he first met his mentor, Robert F. Panara, the first faculty member at NTID. Through the years, Bragg would play many lead roles and direct numerous plays. Upon graduation from Gallaudet University, he was hired to teach English at the California School for the Deaf at Berkeley and was one of the youngest teachers ever hired at the school.
Bragg’s performances were also influenced by Marcel Marceau’s pantomime style and he possessed a self-described “burning desire” to develop his talent with help from Marceau, eventually studying alongside him in Paris.
In 1966, Bragg cofounded the National Theatre of the Deaf with New York University psychology professor Edna Levine and Broadway set designer David Hayes. Within about a year, the team managed to receive enough government funding to get the theater up and running. They also received an offer from NBC for an hour-long special, Experiment in Television, which made history as America’s first televised performance in American Sign Language. National Theatre of the Deaf toured as the country’s first deaf theater company.
Despite his success as a performer, Bragg always maintained a strong commitment to education, earning a master’s in special education while juggling his teaching job at California School for the Deaf and professional performances. Now retired, he continues to teach, coach and perform and has visited Rochester many times to conduct workshops with NTID theater students.
As tribute, museum studies students Jean Pietrowski and Allison Thompson have curated an exhibit from Bragg’s collection, which is on display in the RIT Museum through April 2015.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
If your nest is empty — by circumstance or by choice — think about getting a dog. Known for their devotion and happy dances, dogs can take a big bite out of isolation. Here, a half-dozen benefits of later-life dog ownership.
Dogs keep you fit
A study in The Journal of Physical Activity and Health found that dog owners walk approximately one hour longer per day than those without a fetching friend in their lives.
They make you healthier
Studies show that dog-owning seniors have lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol than their petless peers. Having a dog also reduces the risk of heart attack.
Dogs are social
A natural-born icebreaker, your dog will introduce you to everyone from next-door neighbors to perfect strangers. It’s almost impossible to pass a dog without making a “pat stop,” so head for the park.
They organize your day
A dog may keep you sane, showered and solvent. Studies show that dog owners exhibit higher degrees of self-discipline than those without. Makes sense: Dogs, like humans, thrive on structure; they need to be fed, walked and nurtured at regular intervals.
Dogs get you
MRI scanners showed that the canine brain reacts to voices and sounds, such as crying or laughter, in the same way the human brain does.
They boost quality of life
Dogs help you stay safe and independent: They provide ears for the deaf, eyes for the blind and an early warning system at the approach of dangers.
AARP (AARP.org) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps people 50 and older improve the quality of their lives.
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Saturday, January 17, 2015
Monday, November 10, 2014
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
DEADLINE: December 15, 2014
Deaf Seniors of North Carolina is seeking proposals from individuals interested in holding workshops at Deaf Seniors of America Asheville 2015 conference where 1,000 Deaf Seniors from allover America will attend.
The six-day conference — from August 23 to August 28, 2014 in Asheville, North Carolina — will include 3-day workshops on a variety of current topics relevant to the Deaf Senior sector. Next year DSA 2015 will be showcasing workshops in a few topics designed to highlight some of the most issues facing the Deaf Seniors community. The proposed topics are: Health, Finance, Life, Technology and Geriatric (elderly). See the list of topics under "Suggested Guidelines".
All interested parties can submit a workshop proposal via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the December 15, 2014 deadline. Registration to attend DSA 2015 opens now.
DSA 2015 Website: http://dsa2015.org/HOME.html
DSA 2015 Website: http://dsa2015.org/HOME.html
Friday, October 17, 2014
2014 Brian Mickelsen Housing Hero Award (September 12, 2014)
On September 12, 2014 at the 11th annual Arizona Housing Forum, the
Forum presented Erich Schwenker with the 2014 Brian Mickelsen Housing
Hero Award for Innovative Supportive Housing Program in recognition of
Cardinal Capital's Apache ASL supportive housing project in Tempe,
Arizona. This award recognizes creative programs and services that
provide outstanding housing, related support and resources to
If you are near or in St. Augustine, stop by and say "Hello"
to Melody and Russell, the Deaf owners!
Be there early and eat their Neapolitan pizzas before they disappear!
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Would you like to find ten best things to do in awesome Asheville, NC
when attending the DSA conference next August?
Let's go to this link to find what Asheville has to offer.
(Save this link in your iPhone/Android!)
experience/south/best-of- lists/2014/09/22/asheville- north-carolina-guide/16063691/
LJS (Louis J. Schwarz)
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Have you talked the future living arrangements with either your adult children or your parents still in 80s and 90s yet?
This link, What is the best strategy for taking care of your aging parents at home? will mention several options regarding your much later golden years!
LJS (Louis J. Schwarz)
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Are you aware that you may have missing money?
Unclaimed money from bank accounts, insurance policies, and safe deposit boxes could be hanging out unclaimed in your name or your family members!
I want you to know that you can find and claim missing money for free. How?
It's particularly easy if you have a unique last name. Simply go to or and punch in your name to do a database search of available unclaimed funds across all states. With one click of your mouse, you can cover the entire spectrum of what's available. Please note that not every single state participates.
When I have a new client, I entered the name and found money for either himself or his relative. It happened to a few clients of mine. Even one of my daughters forgot her last pay check when she was in the college and moved out. When the money is lost, it gets held by the state until someone comes looking for it. If too long, the budget-drained state may use the money up.
So go check it out! Be a hero to a loved one or friend or to yourself. It's free to use.