Pitching Idea Hard Enough As Is

U-T San Diego -- Most of us take hearing and speaking for granted. Don’t.

It is hard enough to pitch your idea with words. Now imagine doing it in sign language.

Speaking in sign language with an interpreter, graduate student Isidore Niyongabo won $15,000 (the highest amount awarded) in the recent University of San Diego Social Innovation Challenge (SIC) for his International Deaf Education Advocacy and Leadership (IDEAL) program that addresses the issue of educating the estimated 57 million deaf people in developing countries, most of whom currently have no access to education. He also won an additional $2,500 for getting the most texted votes in Qualcomm Labs’ Audience Choice Contest. (Full Story