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News Article | May 16, 2017
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Harris Communications, Inc., a leading provider of assistive technology for the Deaf and hard of hearing, is bringing its latest products to the Mid-Atlantic Deaf and Hard of Hearing Expo, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 3 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Maryland. Admission and parking are free. Expo attendees can meet with knowledgeable ASL friendly staff from Harris Communications and try out the newest assistive device available to help hard of hearing and Deaf seniors live safely and independently, including the new affordable MyAlert™ alerting system. Harris Communications will demonstrate numerous alerting and telecommunications devices for the Deaf and hard of hearing, including home signaling systems, doorbell and phone signalers, alerting systems for fire, carbon monoxide and weather emergencies, vibrating or bed shaking alarm clocks, cell phone signalers and more. Harris Communications provides more than 2,000 solutions for all levels of hearing loss. Find out more at http://www.harriscomm.com, or call 952-388-2152 (video phone) or 877-539-7445 (voice) to request a free catalog. Visit http://www.mddeafseniors.org/festival2017 for more information about the Mid-Atlantic Deaf and Hard of Hearing Expo. About Harris Communications, Inc. Based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Harris Communications, Inc. is a leading supplier of hearing loss solutions for people with all levels of hearing loss. Since its founding in 1982 by Dr. Robert Harris, himself a member of the Deaf community, Harris Communications has helped millions of Deaf and hard of hearing customers enjoy their lives to the fullest by providing expert advice and a wide range of more than 2,000 assistive devices and educational resources. The company’s product line includes alerting devices, phone and TV amplifiers, personal amplification systems, tinnitus maskers, books and media and much more. Harris Communications also supplies ADA compliance products and hearing protection equipment.


ASL Celebrates Its 20th Listing Anniversary and Successful Acquisition of Grid Dynamics Provides Global Services as a Professional IT Service Partner Firmly Rooted in Hong Kong Automated Systems Holdings Limited ("ASL" or "the Group") (HKG: 771), a trustworthy and professional information technology ("IT") partner in the region, has held "Innovation Journey on Solid Foundation" celebrating ASL's 20th Listing Anniversary cum Joining of Grid Dynamics International, Inc. ("Grid Dynamics") at The Ritz Carlton in Hong Kong today. Guests from different sectors of society attended the event to witness this important historical moment. The Group has also taken this opportunity to express its gratitude to all business partners and different sectors of society for their long-term support while joining the celebration of the Group's outstanding achievements over the past two decades. The celebration event began with welcome speech presented by Mr. Leon Wang, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of ASL and concluded with the executive remarks delivered by Mr. Li Wei, Chairman and Non-executive Director of ASL. Then, the two joined the other officiating guests to host the lighting ceremony symbolizing the bright prospects of the Group. Apart from the event in Hong Kong, ASL's parent company Beijing Teamsun Technology Co., Ltd. has also arranged another celebration event in Beijing on 24 May. Mr. Leon Wang, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Automated Systems Holdings Limited, said, "2017 is an important year for us to remember and celebrate. It's a milestone that the Group has been founded 44 years and listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited for 20 years. The Group has developed alongside and in close affinity with the IT industry in Hong Kong over the years. Despite many challenges encountered in the past few decades, the Group's core businesses have maintained a healthy development. We have always kept a close watch on changes in the market and actively reviewed and adjusted our development strategy accordingly to build a solid foundation for our business. ASL's success today is owed to the great support from different parties and no words could express the Group's gratitude to them. Taking this opportunity, I would like to thank all our business partners and friends who have worked closely with us all the time." ASL focuses on and continues to invest in five key solutions areas and services, namely Infrastructure, Security, Data Intelligence, Mobile and Cloud, so as to better grasp the opportunities in the ever-changing market and provide quality and comprehensive IT managed services and solutions to customers. In 2016, the Group expanded "Offshore Delivery Excellence Center" in Guangzhou and opened new "Service Center", further expanding and upgrading the capabilities of the Group. ASL has completed the acquisition of the U.S. cloud services company - Grid Dynamics in April 2017. As such and with firm roots in Hong Kong, the Group has become a global IT service provider with more than 2,000 professionals and an expansion of geographical coverage beyond Asia Pacific. Mr. Wang continued, "With new generation digital transformation technology emerging and gaining popularity quickly, businesses are having keen interest in pursuing digital transformation. The Group will continue to apply its core edges in seizing the vast opportunities and provide our customers with more comprehensive and highly efficient IT resource management services. The recent acquisition we made have not only expanded our service coverage worldwide, but have also transformed into strong synergies with our existing operations in terms of location, customer base and technology, allowing us to meet the demand of companies around the world. Looking ahead, the Group will continue to capitalize on its strengths and edges to consolidate its standing as an international, reliable and professional IT partner." About Automated Systems Holdings Limited Automated Systems (H.K.) Limited was founded in Hong Kong in 1973 and was listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited under the name of Automated Systems Holdings Limited (HKG: 771) in November 1997. ASL Group's ultimate controlling shareholder is Beijing Teamsun Technology Co., Ltd. ("Teamsun") whose shares are listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (Stock Code: 600410). The Company is a member of the Teamsun Group which recorded turnover of more than RMB5.0 billion and has more than 5,000 employees. The ASL Group, consisting of Automated Systems (H.K.) Limited, ELM Computer Technologies Limited, CSA Automated (Macau) Limited, Guangzhou Automated Systems Limited, ASL Automated (Thailand) Limited and the newly acquired company in April 2017 - Grid Dynamics International, Inc.. In addition, i-Sprint Innovations Pte Ltd is our associate company. We offer professional information technology services to corporate clients worldwide, particularly in the Greater China and Asia covering Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, Macau, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia as well as North America and Europe, etc. After more than 40 years of success, the ASL Group has established its reputation as a trustworthy and professional global IT partner. With its strong commitment to quality services, the ASL Group has been winning well-known clients such as government agencies, prestigious universities, telecommunications giants, transportation enterprises, major financial institutions, and leading international corporations. For more information, please visit our web page at http://www.asl.com.hk. For Press Enquiries: Strategic Financial Relations Limited Vicky Lee, +852 2864 4834, Janet Fong, +852 2864 4817, janet.fong @sprg.com.hk Christina Cheuk, +852 2114 4979, Website: http://www.sprg.com.hk


News Article | May 22, 2017
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SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwired - May 22, 2017) - Sorenson Community Interpreting Services (SCIS) is now providing onsite, in-person sign language interpreting services to U.S. businesses, medical practices, schools and other organizations that employ or serve members of the Deaf community. SCIS facilitates communication between Deaf and hearing people and customizes the communication by matching sign language interpreters' skills and expertise to each interpreting job -- whether the request is for a medical appointment, legal consultation, training seminar or performance review. Agencies and most businesses are required by law to provide American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters to Deaf people in nearly every setting. The landmark 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires this accommodation. Providing interpreters ensures that Deaf employees and Deaf customers have the same access to communication and information available to every other coworker or patron. Sorenson is the leading provider of Video Relay Service and the company that revolutionized telephone communication for Deaf people. Since 2003, Sorenson VRS® (SVRS®), has been breaking down communication barriers between Deaf and hearing people. Paramount to its success has been SVRS' commitment to interpreter excellence, which includes hiring and retaining the most talented interpreters in the industry and providing them with ongoing, comprehensive mentoring and training. SCIS National Director of Community Interpreting Joshua Penise notes, "As the largest private employer of sign language interpreters in the U.S., Sorenson has the most experienced, skilled and diverse interpreter base in the industry. We are now making these professional interpreters available to the public. With more than 100 interpreting centers, Sorenson's unmatched reach and resources provide customers with a seamless experience across multiple geographies." SCIS interpreters must pass a rigorous skills assessment, drug screening and a criminal background check. Interpreter performance is continually monitored by field experts to ensure a high-quality and consistent client experience. Interpreters who are approved to work in a medical environment have completed specific medical training and must comply with yearly flu vaccination and TB test requirements. Scheduling an interpreter is easy and can be done 24/7/365 by calling 800-659-4783, emailing communityinterpreting@sorenson.com or in ASL by calling videophone number 844-720-1891. About Sorenson Communications, LLC Sorenson Communications (www.sorenson.com) is a provider of industry-leading communication products and services for the Deaf. The company's offerings include SVRS®, the highest-quality video interpreting service; the ntouch® VP and the ntouch VP2 videophones, designed especially for use by Deaf individuals; ntouch PC, software that connects users to SVRS by using a PC and webcam; ntouch for Mac®, software that connects users to SVRS by using an Apple® computer; and ntouch Mobile, an application empowering SVRS communication via tablet and mobile devices.


SAN ANTONIO, TX, May 18, 2017-- Mother's Day was Sunday, but for southern moms Kathy Rudkin and Jaime Vernon the real cause for celebration happens this weekend at the Good Vibrations Music and Art Festival in San Antonio where they will see their daughters' dreams come alive. The first of its kind festival is fully accessible to those with hearing loss and deafness. Both moms have daughters who are deaf and driven. Both founded nonprofits that push for inclusion and opportunities in the deaf/hearing loss community.Emma Faye Rudkin is well known in Texas as a deaf activist and as the twice-crowned Miss San Antonio 2015 and 2017. She founded Aid the Silent to advocate for the deaf community and is the mastermind behind the Good Vibrations Music & Art Festival. The festival features a fully deaf accessible concert with live captioning, ASL interpretation, T-coiling (magnetically transmits sound directly to hearing aids and cochlear implants), vibrating backpacks and a visual light show in sync with performances.At just 9 years old, Lexi Vernon looks up to Emma as a deaf role model. The two met for the first time in Nashville this summer while their moms shared lunch and stories about the ups and downs of charity work. Jaime Vernon founded Songs for Sound in 2011 after Lexi was overlooked for over a year of her life. After begging for answers and being turned away time and again, Lexi was finally diagnosed as deaf at 15 months old."My world went dark for about 5 seconds - that's all we get as moms," recalls Jaime. "The moment I heard about the cochlear implant, I felt peace and everything became light again. We didn't want Lexi to live in silence. We wanted her to learn speech and be able to achieve everything she dreamed of."Lexi had bilateral cochlear implant surgery and heard her first sounds at 19 months old. Nothing has stood in her way since. By three years old she had caught up to her peers in speech and language development. Today she attends Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville and is an accomplished softball and basketball player.Vernon wants every child to have the same opportunities as her daughter, advocating strongly for speech and hearing loss resources. Songs for Sound runs five outreach programs to increase awareness, access and action on hearing loss and deafness. The Hear the Music Project brings a no-cost hearing health clinic to community organizations and events across the US providing free hearing tests, hearing protection, and resources to connect you with today's hearing solutions. You can find an audiologist, book an appointment and demo hearing aids, cochlear implants and Captioned Telephones in just minutes aboard the clinic. The project would not exist without support from industry leaders Cochlear Americas, Phonak and CapTel."There is a huge part of this story that needs to be told. SUPPORT. Without the generosity of our title sponsors, Cochlear Americas, Phonak and CapTel, this mission would never be possible," says Vernon. "Charities really do operate on a dime. Songs for Sound hosts over 260 events a year with just two full-time employees and three part-timers."The Hear the Music Project will proudly provide services at the Good Vibrations Music and Art Festival on May 20 with an encore performance the following weekend at Oklahoma's Rocklahoma. For all tour dates, to book the Hear the Music Project, for more information or to support Songs for Sound's mission and the hearing loss community, visit http://songsforsound.com/ Songs for Sound is a Nashville-based nonprofit organization aims to bridge the gap between "I think I have hearing loss" and quality hearing healthcare while increasing inclusion and opportunities for those with hearing loss and deafness. The organization serves as a voice for veterans, senior citizens, and children with hearing loss, provides education on hearing loss solutions, raises funds for individuals with hearing loss, and lobbies for legislation that makes solutions more affordable and accessible.Contact:Joy Springer615-305-7293Source:


News Article | May 22, 2017
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Innovations with Ed Begley, Jr. announces the upcoming airing of the award winning series, scheduled to broadcast Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm ET. First, Innovations will educate viewers about the benefits of ASL on the developing brain. In addition to learning the fascinating history of ASL and ASL research, spectators will also learn about DawnSignPress’ materials, which are some of the best ASL and Deaf culture materials available. Next, the series will learn about Math Stackers, a product created to help make math fun. By maximizing children’s discovery and interaction with math, Math Stackers offers a different approach to introducing and exploring mathematical concepts. Thus, enabling children to demonstrate their ability to compare, question, and provide ideas and theories using fun, colorful learning blocks. Viewers will get a behind-the-scenes look at e-ImageData’s line of ScanPro® microfilm scanners, which are the micrographic equipment of choice in the world’s most prestigious libraries and corporations. Viewers will learn about the latest product release, the ScanPro i9300, which provides powerful new features for working with image-marked, or “blipped,” film. Finally, the show will focus on Electrokinks Writeables, Inc., and its innovative, interactive nontoxic silver ink pens, known as Circuit Scribe, which enable users to create circuits by simply drawing on paper. Audiences get a behind-the-scenes look at the chemistry and technology behind the water based nontoxic conductive silver ink – which writes on flexible substrates – and will see how this easy circuit building tool is helping schools across the country teach circuitry to students of all ages. “It’s amazing to see how technology is helping to advance the world in which we live today,” said Michael Devine, Senior Producer for the Innovations Series. “We look forward to exploring the role technology plays in creating a brighter future for our children, our country, and our world.” About Innovations & DMG Productions: Innovations, hosted by award winning actor Ed Begley, Jr., is an information-based series geared toward educating the public on the latest breakthroughs in all areas of society. Featuring practical solutions and important issues facing consumers and professionals alike, Innovations focuses on cutting-edge advancements in everything from health and wellness to global business, renewable energy, and more. DMG Productions (responsible for creating the Innovations show) includes personnel specialized in various fields from agriculture to medicine, independent films to regional news and more. Our field producers work closely with experts in the field to develop stories. This powerful force enables us to consistently produce commercial-free, educational programming that both viewers and networks depend on. For more information visit: http://www.InnovationsTelevision.com or contact Michael Devine at: (866) 496-4065 or via email at: info(at)innovationstelevision(dot)com.


News Article | April 28, 2017
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When she was growing up in Portland, Olivia, who is now 22, never made the connection between her drawings–first with crayons as an elementary schooler, then moving into comics in middle and high school–and a way to support herself. Around three years ago, finding herself in a hostile living situation and needing a way to get out, she realized she didn’t really know how. “I wasn’t sure what I could do to support myself,” Olivia, who prefers not to share her last name, tells Fast Company. “I still loved making art, but I needed to do something.” A new initiative from the Portland-based nonprofit New Avenues For Youth, which supports local at-risk kids through job training and employment opportunities, turned out to be exactly what Olivia was looking for—even if she didn’t know before that such an opportunity existed. Called dfrntpigeon (“different pigeon”), it’s an apparel design firm run through New Avenues, in partnership with the local design agency AKQA. Creatively inclined youth in the New Avenues program make up the staff, who design their own T-shirts–their first collection of 2017, called Identity, was released on April 26–and take commissions from local businesses with design needs. Olivia’s detailed line drawings decorate three of the shirts in dfrntpigeon’s new collection, which retail for $26. One features a series of hands spelling out letters in ASL. For another, Olivia drew a Statue of Liberty with the head of a pigeon, surrounded by flames and linked handcuffs; for Olivia, the drawing was a way to express a sense of hope even amid the current tumultuous political climate. Sharing that message with others in such a tangible way is a new experience for her. “I never thought I’d see something I drew on a shirt, and see someone else wearing it,” she says. “It’s amazing.” As Portland’s economy, driven in large part by creatives, began to take off in the late 1990s, an inverse crisis of youth homelessness began to take root in the city. In response, a group of local business and community leaders founded New Avenues For Youth in 1997 with the idea that the local economy should make room for its youth, instead of keeping them out; since that year, it’s reached over 20,000 youth. The nonprofit offers workshops and activities for homeless youth and those at risk of homelessness, including resources tailored to LGBT youth, who make up 40% of Portland’s youth homeless population (a point-in-time count from 2015 listed the total of homeless unaccompanied youth in the city at 266). At New Avenues, youth can drop in for three meals a day; a housing department will connect them with resources, and they can earn academic credits toward their diploma or GED through an education program. The job-training program, says New Avenues enterprise director Sara Weihmann, consists of workshops and meetings with employment specialists, who either direct youth toward local opportunities, or help them start up with one of New Avenues’ proprietary enterprises. When Olivia first went through the program, she worked at Ben & Jerry’s through the business’ partnership with New Avenues; through another enterprise, New Avenues Ink, youth learn screen printing and serve a long list of local clients. Before dfrntpigeon launched around a year and a half ago as the nonprofit’s third venture, it had just been an informal drawing group made up of New Avenues youth, Olivia says. But when New Avenues brought AKQA in to brainstorm some ideas for how to translate the group’s creativity into a venture, the agency immediately made the connection between the screen printing enterprise and the design capabilities of the New Avenues youth. Last year, dfrntpigeon launched its first collection of shirts and began to take requests from local businesses. Dani, one of the earliest members of dfrntpigeon, designed a shirt for the Portland-based Deschutes Brewery as part of Portland Design Week in July. Olivia joined dfrntpigeon in the fall, and the team has been growing ever since, in number and output: It’s offered over 200 hours of mentorship and workshop instruction to over 40 youths. Weihmann says the program has brought in $15,000 in revenue since last July, all of which goes back into the nonprofit to support programming. The collaboration with AKQA has made the program’s link to Portland’s thriving creative scene even more tangible. Olivia is currently interning at AKQA, where she’s gaining experience with more aspects of the city’s design community; it’s not so hard for her to imagine that she could have a future in it, too.


News Article | May 4, 2017
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As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the FDA issued new food safety rules to prevent food contamination during transportation. The rules require those involved in transporting human and animal food by motor or rail vehicle to follow recognized best practices for sanitary transportation, including properly refrigerating food. Shippers and receivers must verify that transport units are pre-cooled prior to loading, and track temperatures during transit. They must also capture, log and share temperature monitoring data to show end-to-end compliance. In addition to providing customers with the ability to meet new FSMA requirements, Digi SafeTemps also provides an independent audit of refrigerated trailers, known as reefers. In reefers, the temperature is controlled by a refrigeration unit that creates and maintains three temperature zones (frozen, refrigerated and ambient temperature). With Digi SafeTemps technology deployed directly within each zone inside the container a real-time and accurate record verifies that the reefer unit is meeting FSMA requirements. "Requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act present immediate challenges for our customers in the transportation industry," said Kevin C. Riley, chief operating officer, Digi International. "Digi SafeTemps automates temperature logging and location reporting. Our solution is unique in that it continuously measures temperature at the point of product, within the cooling system itself, providing an independent verification of a trailer's reefer equipment." "We're using SafeTemps across our entire trailer fleet to give us continuous visibility, which is leaps beyond the interval-based level of insight of competitive solutions " said Julie Trudel, operations manager, ASL Global Logistics. "It provides immeasurable value in ensuring accurate and automated reporting across our fleet and our ability to provide that insight to our customers." "The combination of the cloud-based service with the ease of installation made Digi SafeTemps an easy decision," said Joe Pfeifer, director of loss prevention and food safety, Merchants Distributors, LLC, a privately owned wholesale grocery distributor headquartered in Hickory, N.C. "Any time your business is based on shipping, you can't have your fleet sitting in the yard for technology upgrades. Digi SafeTemps was installed quickly and easily." Location-Based Real-Time Temperature Monitoring: Digi SafeTemps provides location-based, real-time temperature monitoring and alert notification. By linking positioning and temperature monitoring, the customer has complete visibility throughout the transport chain. The system can locate and monitor refrigeration units in trailer yards during preparation, as it leaves the shipper location (i.e. geo-fencing), in transit, arrival at destination, and location in the destination yard. During the course of the shipment, the system provides breadcrumbing and zone temperatures with five-minute stop detection. During transit, through integration with dispatch and telematics software, shippers and carriers are immediately alerted to any temperature event. Additionally, by placing the Digi SafeTemps gateway on the outside refrigeration unit, an LED light visibly alerts yard managers, shippers and carriers to any temperature fail event. Automated Trip and Shipment Reports: Through proactive, real-time monitoring, Digi SafeTemps provides automated and detailed trip, shipment and customer delivery reports. Information can be presented in a Digi-hosted dashboard, as well as be integrated with ERP, Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), Dock Management Systems (DMS), yard management systems and transport management systems. Error-Free, Precise Data to Adhere to FSMA Requirements: By eliminating manual input of temperature information, sensor-based input saves labor, eliminates potential human error and provides reliable data to verify adherence to FSMA requirements. Additionally, automated data logging and temperature tracking provides verification to product specific temperature rule sets such as the four-hour and one-hour time/temperature rule set. Digi SafeTemps follows Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) standards to provide a traceable independent audit of both reefer units and product temperatures. A subscription-based service, Digi SafeTemps is comprised of wireless sensors, gateways and software that allow temperature data to be monitored, logged, and retrieved independent of the make or model of refrigeration unit. Data transmission is able to adjust to various environments to take advantage of Bluetooth, WiFi or LTE/3G cellular networks. Hardware and software are included as part of the subscription and requires no capital expense. About Digi International  Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) is a leading global provider of business and mission-critical machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services. We help our customers create next-generation connected products and deploy and manage critical communications infrastructures in demanding environments with high levels of security, relentless reliability and bulletproof performance. Founded in 1985, we've helped our customers connect over 100 million things, and growing. For more information, visit Digi's website at www.digi.com, or call 877-912-3444 (U.S.) or 952-912-3444 (International). To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/digi-international-introduces-digi-safetemps-for-transportation-and-logistics-300451198.html


News Article | April 11, 2017
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ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Robert Panara, an influential teacher, poet and pioneer in the field of deaf studies, was immortalized as the 16th inductee into the U.S. Postal Service's Distinguished American stamp series on a Forever stamp today. The dedication ceremony took place at the theatre bearing his name at Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). Panara's contributions to Washington, DC's Gallaudet University and NTID dramatically expanded educational opportunities for the deaf.   The 2-ounce stamp features a photograph of Panara taken in 2009 by Mark Benjamin, official NTID photographer. Panara is shown signing the word "respect." Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, MD, was the art director. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 2-ounce price. The current price is 70-cents.   Followers of the Postal Service's Facebook page can view streaming video of the event at facebook.com/USPS. The public is asked to share the news on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #PanaraForever and #DeafEducation.   During his 40-year teaching career, Panara (1920-2014) inspired generations of students with his powerful use of American Sign Language (ASL) to convey Shakespeare and other works of literature. One of his best-known poems was the intensely personal "On His Deafness."   "Our stamps are miniature works of art that highlight the American experience," said U.S. Postal Service Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President David Williams in dedicating the stamp. "In creating this stamp our goal was to communicate Robert Panara's love and enthusiasm for literature, poetry and theatrical pieces as he used American Sign Language to make each topic more dramatic and enlightening. Poetry and drama came to life through his unique style of expression, Robert was famous for his ability to establish an immediate rapport with his students, through fluid, eloquent sign language which many described as 'sculptures in the air'."   Joining Williams were NTID President and RIT Vice President and Dean Gerard Buckley; NTID Instructional Support Faculty member John Panara (son); as well as author and NTID Professor Emeritus Dr. Harry Lang. U.S. Postal Service Marketing Vice President Steven Monteith served as master of ceremonies.   "Seeing my father honored on a U.S. postage stamp as a 'Distinguished American' makes me extremely proud," said Panara. "As a teacher and an authority in the fields of literature and deaf studies, he inspired so many people, both deaf and hearing, during his lifetime. It's an especially important milestone for the deaf community. Deaf people everywhere can celebrate this stamp that helps promote deaf awareness."   Lang, author of a leading Panara biography, quoted an essay written in Panara's college days in 1944. "He wrote in an essay, 'What the world needs today is more teaching that comes from the heart and soul,'" said Lang, who used the phrase in his book titled: Teaching From the Heart and Soul: The Robert F. Panara Story. "I knew Bob well for more than 40 years, and as his biographer I can vouch that he lived that ideal. He was — and still is — cherished by his students, colleagues and friends for his passion and compassion."   Benjamin, who photographed Panara for a Signing in Public Spaces poster, said he was a much-loved personal friend and icon of the deaf community. "I had photographed Bob often for various events and awards, and we had worked on projects together here at the NTID," said Benjamin. "It was an honor to try to capture the essence of Bob Panara — intelligent, creative, kind, funny and full of joy. I hope this image helps to convey his story."   Panara's Legacy At age 10, Panara was profoundly deafened after contracting spinal meningitis, which damaged his auditory nerves. He attended Gallaudet College (now University), in Washington, DC, from 1940 to 1945. In essays such as "The Significance of the Reading Problem" and "Poetry and the Deaf," he began to consider the best methods of teaching deaf students and inspiring them to learn. Panara believed, as he put it in the former essay, that teaching should come "from the heart and soul" — a philosophy captured in Lang's biography.   After becoming the first deaf person to obtain a master's degree in English at New York University, Panara returned to Gallaudet in 1948 to teach English. There he became widely admired for his dynamism, innovative techniques and passion for poetry and English literature. When the Gallaudet Theatre was established, he helped translate a number of plays into sign language, including Oedipus Rex, Hamlet and Othello.   In 1967, Panara was one of the founders of the groundbreaking Waterford, CT-based National Theatre of the Deaf, which provided deaf actors with a venue for thriving in the performing arts. He also helped found NTID and in 1967 became its first deaf faculty member. The new college was part of the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York state.   Panara taught English to both deaf and hearing students at NTID for the next 20 years. At his retirement in 1987, he left a legacy that included the drama club he founded in 1970; a theater named after him; a more widespread appreciation for the expressiveness and complexity of ASL; and many former students who felt they owed much of their later success to his influence.   In addition to teaching, Panara made significant contributions to the field of deaf studies. He was one of the editors of The Silent Muse: An Anthology of Prose and Poetry by the Deaf (1960). In the early 1970s, he wrote influential articles on deaf American writers and deaf characters in modern literature. In 1983, with his son John, he wrote the book Great Deaf Americans.   Distinguished American Stamp Series Other individuals commemorated as part of the Distinguished American Stamp Series include: 2000: General Joseph W. Stilwell and Senator Claude Pepper; 2001: Hattie W. Caraway; 2002: author Edna Ferber; 2004: athlete Wilma Rudolph; 2006 virologist Albert Sabin; 2006 medical scientist Jonas Salk; 2007: Senator Margaret Chase Smith and author Harriet Beecher Stowe; 2008: author James A. Michener and physician Edward Tradeau; 2009: philanthropist Mary Lasker; 2011: stateswoman Oveta Culp Hobby; 2012: actor Jose Ferrer; and 2014: aviator C. Alfred "Chief" Anderson.   Ordering First-Day-of-Issue Postmarks Customers have 60 days to obtain first-day-of-issue postmarks by mail. They may purchase new stamps at Post Office locations, at the Postal Store usps.com/shop or by calling 800-782-6724. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes to themselves or others and place them in envelopes addressed to:   FDOI – Robert Panara Stamp USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services 8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300 Kansas City, MO 64144-9900   After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for postmarks up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, customers are charged 5 cents each. All orders must be postmarked by June 11, 2017.   Ordering First-Day Covers The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamps and stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog, online at usps.com/shop or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:   U.S. Postal Service Catalog Request PO Box 219014 Kansas City, MO 64121-9014   Philatelic Products There are five philatelic products for this stamp issue: • 114010, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $15.95. • 114016, First-Day Cover, $1.14. • 114021, Digital Color Postmark, $1.85. • 114024, Framed Art, $39.95. • 114030, Ceremony Program, $6.95.   Many of this year's other stamps may be viewed on Facebook at facebook.com/USPSStamps or via Twitter @USPSstamps.   The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.   Please Note: For broadcast quality video and audio, photo stills and other media resources, visit the USPS Newsroom at about.usps.com/news/welcome.htm.   For reporters interested in speaking with a regional Postal Service public relations professional, please go to about.usps.com/news/media-contacts/usps-local-media-contacts.pdf. 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News Article | April 11, 2017
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ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Robert Panara, an influential teacher, poet and pioneer in the field of deaf studies, was immortalized as the 16th inductee into the U.S. Postal Service's Distinguished American stamp series on a Forever stamp today. The dedication ceremony took place at the theatre bearing his name at Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). Panara's contributions to Washington, DC's Gallaudet University and NTID dramatically expanded educational opportunities for the deaf.   The 2-ounce stamp features a photograph of Panara taken in 2009 by Mark Benjamin, official NTID photographer. Panara is shown signing the word "respect." Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, MD, was the art director. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 2-ounce price. The current price is 70-cents.   Followers of the Postal Service's Facebook page can view streaming video of the event at facebook.com/USPS. The public is asked to share the news on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #PanaraForever and #DeafEducation.   During his 40-year teaching career, Panara (1920-2014) inspired generations of students with his powerful use of American Sign Language (ASL) to convey Shakespeare and other works of literature. One of his best-known poems was the intensely personal "On His Deafness."   "Our stamps are miniature works of art that highlight the American experience," said U.S. Postal Service Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President David Williams in dedicating the stamp. "In creating this stamp our goal was to communicate Robert Panara's love and enthusiasm for literature, poetry and theatrical pieces as he used American Sign Language to make each topic more dramatic and enlightening. Poetry and drama came to life through his unique style of expression, Robert was famous for his ability to establish an immediate rapport with his students, through fluid, eloquent sign language which many described as 'sculptures in the air'."   Joining Williams were NTID President and RIT Vice President and Dean Gerard Buckley; NTID Instructional Support Faculty member John Panara (son); as well as author and NTID Professor Emeritus Dr. Harry Lang. U.S. Postal Service Marketing Vice President Steven Monteith served as master of ceremonies.   "Seeing my father honored on a U.S. postage stamp as a 'Distinguished American' makes me extremely proud," said Panara. "As a teacher and an authority in the fields of literature and deaf studies, he inspired so many people, both deaf and hearing, during his lifetime. It's an especially important milestone for the deaf community. Deaf people everywhere can celebrate this stamp that helps promote deaf awareness."   Lang, author of a leading Panara biography, quoted an essay written in Panara's college days in 1944. "He wrote in an essay, 'What the world needs today is more teaching that comes from the heart and soul,'" said Lang, who used the phrase in his book titled: Teaching From the Heart and Soul: The Robert F. Panara Story. "I knew Bob well for more than 40 years, and as his biographer I can vouch that he lived that ideal. He was — and still is — cherished by his students, colleagues and friends for his passion and compassion."   Benjamin, who photographed Panara for a Signing in Public Spaces poster, said he was a much-loved personal friend and icon of the deaf community. "I had photographed Bob often for various events and awards, and we had worked on projects together here at the NTID," said Benjamin. "It was an honor to try to capture the essence of Bob Panara — intelligent, creative, kind, funny and full of joy. I hope this image helps to convey his story."   Panara's Legacy At age 10, Panara was profoundly deafened after contracting spinal meningitis, which damaged his auditory nerves. He attended Gallaudet College (now University), in Washington, DC, from 1940 to 1945. In essays such as "The Significance of the Reading Problem" and "Poetry and the Deaf," he began to consider the best methods of teaching deaf students and inspiring them to learn. Panara believed, as he put it in the former essay, that teaching should come "from the heart and soul" — a philosophy captured in Lang's biography.   After becoming the first deaf person to obtain a master's degree in English at New York University, Panara returned to Gallaudet in 1948 to teach English. There he became widely admired for his dynamism, innovative techniques and passion for poetry and English literature. When the Gallaudet Theatre was established, he helped translate a number of plays into sign language, including Oedipus Rex, Hamlet and Othello.   In 1967, Panara was one of the founders of the groundbreaking Waterford, CT-based National Theatre of the Deaf, which provided deaf actors with a venue for thriving in the performing arts. He also helped found NTID and in 1967 became its first deaf faculty member. The new college was part of the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York state.   Panara taught English to both deaf and hearing students at NTID for the next 20 years. At his retirement in 1987, he left a legacy that included the drama club he founded in 1970; a theater named after him; a more widespread appreciation for the expressiveness and complexity of ASL; and many former students who felt they owed much of their later success to his influence.   In addition to teaching, Panara made significant contributions to the field of deaf studies. He was one of the editors of The Silent Muse: An Anthology of Prose and Poetry by the Deaf (1960). In the early 1970s, he wrote influential articles on deaf American writers and deaf characters in modern literature. In 1983, with his son John, he wrote the book Great Deaf Americans.   Distinguished American Stamp Series Other individuals commemorated as part of the Distinguished American Stamp Series include: 2000: General Joseph W. Stilwell and Senator Claude Pepper; 2001: Hattie W. Caraway; 2002: author Edna Ferber; 2004: athlete Wilma Rudolph; 2006 virologist Albert Sabin; 2006 medical scientist Jonas Salk; 2007: Senator Margaret Chase Smith and author Harriet Beecher Stowe; 2008: author James A. Michener and physician Edward Tradeau; 2009: philanthropist Mary Lasker; 2011: stateswoman Oveta Culp Hobby; 2012: actor Jose Ferrer; and 2014: aviator C. Alfred "Chief" Anderson.   Ordering First-Day-of-Issue Postmarks Customers have 60 days to obtain first-day-of-issue postmarks by mail. They may purchase new stamps at Post Office locations, at the Postal Store usps.com/shop or by calling 800-782-6724. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes to themselves or others and place them in envelopes addressed to:   FDOI – Robert Panara Stamp USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services 8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300 Kansas City, MO 64144-9900   After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for postmarks up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, customers are charged 5 cents each. All orders must be postmarked by June 11, 2017.   Ordering First-Day Covers The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamps and stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog, online at usps.com/shop or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:   U.S. Postal Service Catalog Request PO Box 219014 Kansas City, MO 64121-9014   Philatelic Products There are five philatelic products for this stamp issue: • 114010, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $15.95. • 114016, First-Day Cover, $1.14. • 114021, Digital Color Postmark, $1.85. • 114024, Framed Art, $39.95. • 114030, Ceremony Program, $6.95.   Many of this year's other stamps may be viewed on Facebook at facebook.com/USPSStamps or via Twitter @USPSstamps.   The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.   Please Note: For broadcast quality video and audio, photo stills and other media resources, visit the USPS Newsroom at about.usps.com/news/welcome.htm.   For reporters interested in speaking with a regional Postal Service public relations professional, please go to about.usps.com/news/media-contacts/usps-local-media-contacts.pdf. 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News Article | April 19, 2017
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