The Silent Child (United Kingdom)
Friday, February 16 @ 6:30 pm - $11
Enzian Theater
1300 South Orlando Avenue
Maitland, Florida
The Silent Child (United Kingdom) is one of the five Oscar nominated short films being shown that evening. The Silent Child is about Libby, an undisciplined four years old Deaf girl living in a world of silence with a middle class hearing family that doesn't know how to deal with her until a social worker taught her to communicate in sign language.

Gary A. Fitts, Deaf Travel Blogger



A CODA police officer pulled over a Deaf  guy speeding and he was surprised that he could sign fluently and asked him "How was your day?" The officer told him that he "would rather be fishing with his son." The driver agreed, "wish you were fishing, too!" It's a good thing that the officer was in a good mood, laughily, giving him a warning instead. 

Communication Barrier

I find that the recent Orlando Sentinel Successful Aging Expo was a disaster being inaccessful to the Deaf, a neglected part of our divided community. There were no American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters on site. I was not able to meet with any of their journalists, participate in their seminars, meet with the exhibitors nor watch the Daytona 500, which lacks closed-captions, in the viewing area. I had two ASL interpreters that was personally assigned to me at the New York Times Travel Show last month. There is no contact information on their ads in the newspapers so how am I going to arrange an ASL interpreters in advance. There is no excuses whatsoever to ignore ADA, especially when most of us loses some degrees of hearing as we aged. I am surprised that none of us got a heart attack walking the long tiring distant from the parking lot out back. The Orange County Convention Center should have moving walkways like they have at airport terminals. There were no staff on hand to welcome us, passing out plastic bags and assist us with the computers to input our tickets in hopes of winning some money to play bingos. Some seniors have to go through the embarassment of asking their grandkids to help with the computers. Those hearing-aid dealers are losing a large chuck of business as there is no one to facitate communication. As a matter of fact, I need a new hearing aid. I wanted to travel the world but there is a communication barrier which is thicker than the Great Walls of China. Deaf consumers can't purchase new telecomunication devices cause none of their exhibitors are fluent in ASL, so they shouldn't be in that business in the first place. Great to see the ALDA (Association of Late Deafened Adults) at the Expo, at least someone cares about us all. All I got from this Expo are free luggage tags from the State Department, and by the way, I need to renew my passports.

Habitit Healers

The Sisters of St Francis of Assisi were recently featured in a PBS series, Outdoor Wisconsin, gardening on its 85'x108' plot on its grounds. They were able to obtained a $20,000 grant from the state after the area was declared a wetland. They were able to harvest 4,000 pounds of vegetables during the season. They look cool in their "Habitit Healers" blue t-shirts. The nuns always kept themselves busy pulling out weeds, planting seeds, and composting the garden. Our dorm sometimes take an hike in the seminary woods to escape the stresses of everyday life. Once our Deaf boys did a nature project printing leaves on blueprints. They are truly servants of the land. If any St. John's Alumnus want to volunteer their time on Thursday mornings helping out, just contact them at