Read more about 2015 EHDI Meeting plenary presenter, Rachel Kolb, and her family in “Different Perspectives on Raising a Deaf Child”

Rachel Kolb is a Stanford graduate and Rhodes scholar who is currently pursuing a PhD in English literature at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Rachel was born profoundly deaf to hearing parents and grew up bilingual, using both sign language and spoken English.

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Watch deaf woman’s incredible sign-language exchange with Starbucks barista

When Rebecca King, who is deaf, pulled up to the drive-thru at her local Starbucks on Monday, the last thing she expected was a barista to communicate with her in sign language.

King, 28, was thrilled when she was able to use sign language to give her order to barista Katie Wyble, 22, at a Starbucks in St. Augustine, Florida, through a new digital video screen set up at the drive-thru. A day later, King went back to get her usual coffee and filmed their sign language exchange in a video that has since been viewed nearly 6 million times on Facebook.


Unlocking the Mysteries of the Deaf Brain

Although studied for centuries, much remains unknown about the human brain. The deaf brain in particular is still a mystery in part because this population often uses different cognitive and communication processes than hearing people. RIT’s Peter Hauser is a leader in analyzing the deaf brain, how it differs from the hearing brain, and the effect of sign language on cognition.

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