January 6, 2010
Vol. 6, No. 10
Editor: Tom Willard
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VIABLE EXECUTIVES ARRAIGNED
John T.C. Yeh, president of Rockville deaf-services company Viable, along with three other company executives, pleaded not guilty December 14 in a New Jersey federal court to charges that include conspiracy to defraud the government. A jury trial is scheduled for Feb. 22, with pretrial motions due Jan. 11, according to court documents. A motion hearing is slated for Feb. 8. Other Viable executives who also pleaded not guilty are vice president of corporate strategy Joseph Yeh, a brother of John Yeh; assistant vice president for business development Anthony Mowl; and human relations manager Donald Tropp. / The Gazette
See also DEAF MD. ENTREPRENEUR JOHN YEH CHARGED IN FRAUD PROBE / The Washington Post
NTID PRESIDENT SEARCH COMMITTEE FORMED
Rochester Institute of Technology President Bill Destler is pleased to announce that the Search Committee to help find the next president of RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf has been selected. The vacancy is the result of former NTID President Alan Hurwitz's retirement at the end of 2009. Jim DeCaro, who has served as NTID Dean for 14 years, as agreed to serve as Interim President until a permanent president is seated later this year. / NTID News
Silver Spring, MD
NAD ANNOUNCES CEO PROFILE AND DEADLINE
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) calls for candidates for a visionary Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who will lead broad advocacy efforts covering the breadth of a lifetime and impacting future generations in areas such as early intervention, education, employment, health care, technology, telecommunications, and youth leadership. The NAD CEO Search Committee (CSC) has developed a CEO profile and position announcement with input from Deaf America on the character, skills, experience, and educational background for the next chief executive of the NAD. / NAD News
New York, NY
APPLE WINS APPEAL OVER ALLEGED IPOD HEARING LOSS
A federal appeals court last Wednesday rejected a class-action lawsuit seeking to hold Apple Inc responsible for possible hearing loss caused by using its popular iPod music player. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco affirmed a 2008 district court ruling that the plaintiffs failed to show that use of the iPod poses an unreasonable risk of noise-induced hearing loss. It also found that the plaintiffs lacked standing to allege a violation of California's unfair competition law. / Reuters
Harris County, TX
DEAF CHILD DROWNS IN TEXAS POOL
A 4-year-old girl who was deaf drowned Sunday in a neighbor's pool in northwest Harris County -- marking the region's first child drowning of the new year, authorities said. The child's mother called 911 around 9 a.m. after realizing the girl had been missing for a few minutes from the home, said Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesman Deputy Thomas Gilliland. While searching the neighborhood, the father spotted the girl floating in the next-door neighbor's backyard pool, Gilliland said. / Houston Chronicle
TWO DEAF MEN SHOT IN PITTSBURGH
Two deaf men were shot and wounded Sunday morning in a Hill District alley during a robbery attempt. The victims, both 24, were in stable condition at Mercy Hospital. The men, who are from outside the city, told police through a sign-language interpreter that they had parked their car on Pride Street and were on their way to an after-hours establishment on Fifth Avenue when they were accosted by a man brandishing a handgun, Lt. Kevin Kraus said. / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
UTAH MAN FACES 25 FELONY COUNTS OF SEXUALLY ABUSING A CHILD
A 26-year-old Logan man is being charged with 24 first-degree felony counts of rape, sodomy and sexual abuse of a child and a third-degree felony charge of dealing in harmful material to a minor. Landon Louis Leishman made his initial appearance in 1st District Court last Thursday. Information about the charges was presented to Leishman through the assistance of a deaf interpreter. / Cache Valley Daily
Boynton Beach, FL
BOYNTON BEACH MOM CHARGED WITH NEGLECT AFTER FALL LEAVES CHILD BLIND, DEAF
A Boynton Beach woman is charged with child neglect with great harm after her 3-month-old son was injured so severely he is blind and deaf, perhaps permanently, and might need medical care the rest of his life. "We don't know yet if the child will recover," Palm Beach County Sheriff's detective Giselle Liriano told a judge last Thursday at a bond hearing for Madria Eyvette Roundtree. The baby, born Oct. 9, is at St. Mary's Medical Center and "does not respond to sound and has no eye movement," the report said. / The Palm Beach Post News
CITY MAY SHUT DOWN GROUP HOME FOR DEAF TEENS
The City of Albuquerque could shut down a home that helps several deaf teens, because of a large number of police calls. Police have been called to the La Familia group home for the deaf dozens of times, and the woman in charge says she’s doing the best she can. Back in June, a teen threatened to kill staff members, and in March, staff and a client were punched and slapped and a window was broken. One neighbor said “It’s like living next to a mental hospital with a couple 7-11s thrown in for parking.” / KOB
SEARCH ON FOR DEAF DOG THAT ESCAPED ANIMAL HOSPITAL
A dog is on the lam after it managed to escape from Shaker Veterinary Hospital over the weekend. The veterinary hospital says somehow, the dog got out of its cage and then opened three different doors before getting outside. According to surveillance video from the Shaker Veterinary, it was around 4:30 Saturday morning that Luna, a white bulldog mix, got through the last door and out into the cold. / WTEN
U OF L HOPES TO LESSEN CRITICAL NEED FOR INTERPRETERS FOR DEAF
A shortage of nationally certified interpreters is expected to worsen in 2012, when all candidates for national certification must hold a bachelor’s degree. An estimated 77,000 Kentuckians depend primarily on American Sign Language to communicate -- but the state currently has only 182 certified interpreters. The University of Louisville now hopes to help fill some of that interpreter void with the development of an American Sign Language/Interpreter Education Program, which it hopes to launch in fall 2010. / The Courier-Journal
STUDENTS FIGHT TO INCLUDE ASL IN CURRICULUM
Without uttering a word, Northwestern students can obtain proficiency in another language. Now they’re trying to make it count toward a requirement. The student-run seminar “Introduction to American Sign Language and Deaf Culture” offers students a chance to learn sign language for credit but does not fulfill a Weinberg requirement. Members of the American Sign Language Club and the Associated Student Government Academic Committee are pushing to put the class on the same level as French, German and Swahili. / The Daily Northwestern
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DEAF MAN CHARGED AFTER STANDOFF
A deaf man is facing charges after he allegedly barricaded himself inside his ex-girlfriend's home with a weapon, spurring a four-hour standoff with police last Tuesday night. Police used a TTY machine, which converts voices over a telephone into written words, to coax him out around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. The ordeal began around 8:30 p.m. when police were called to a home with reports that an armed man had barricaded himself inside. Police say the 45-year-old man had been at the home earlier in the day and had allegedly threatened his ex. He also reportedly hurt himself. / Canoe.ca
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
DEAF LINGUISTICS PROFESSOR A TRAILBLAZER AT U OF M
University of Manitoba linguistics professor Erin Wilkinson is into firsts in a serious way. Wilkinson believes she's the first deaf professor at the U of M, and Canada's first deaf linguistics professor. There's only a handful of deaf linguists in the U.S. and Wilkinson is aware of only two other deaf professors in Canada in any discipline. "My work really focuses on comparative sign languages. There is so little research," Wilkinson explained through her full-time interpreter, Sherra Hall. / Winnipeg Free Press
Brisbane, QLD, Australia
VIRGIN BLUE 'LOST DISABLED PASSENGER'
A deaf woman who boarded a flight in Melbourne was lost at Brisbane Airport for five hours and missed a connecting flight because Virgin Blue staff failed to assist her, despite assurances to her relatives they would do so. Surge Singh booked the Monday morning flight for his 38-year-old aunt Saras Wati, who is also mute and unable to read or write English. He was later told Virgin Blue staff did not know there was a special needs passenger on board and after a frantic search the woman was found in a distressed state several hours later by staff from another airline who noticed her wandering around the airport. / News.com.au
Bundaberg, QLD, Australia
OFF TO AFRICA TO HELP DEAF KIDS
Cochlear implant recipient Ceilidh O’Sullivan is setting out to conquer new worlds this year. Ms O’Sullivan is planning a trip to Uganda in May to help deaf children who have not had the same chances in life as she has. Almost two years after receiving her implant, Ms O’Sullivan said it had changed her life. The plan for the Uganda trip came after a chance meeting at a deaf festival. “I met this woman who had been over there before and I got interested,” she said. / Bundaberg News Mail
STEPHANIE CLEANS TEETH -- IN SHADES
Stephanie Beacham showed she cannot leave her Hollywood lifestyle behind as she began her first morning in the Celebrity Big Brother house by wearing shades as she brushed her teeth. The star was first up on Monday morning after taking an early night, and started the day by reaching for her sunglasses. And she kept them on as she headed to the bathroom for a spell of stretching in front of the mirror while she took care of her teeth. / The Press Association
See also STEPHANIE BEACHAM / The Sun
PCT CAVES IN AND GIVES BOY HEARING IMPLANT
A deaf child from Knutsford has won a year-long battle against Central and Eastern Cheshire PCT for a life-changing operation to improve his hearing. Matthew Millbanks, 5, of Aylesby Close, was initially refused an operation for a second cochlear implant, even though the Central and Eastern Cheshire PCT is legally required to provide the operation according to the National Institute of Clinical Excellence. After a year-long battle, the PCT finally backed down this month, after the third application for funding, and agreed to fund the second cochlear implant. / Knutsford Guardian
DEAF SCHOOL GIVEN NEW 'SUNSHINE COACH'
Pupils at Doncaster Deaf Trust will be enjoying trips and outings when they return to school after the Christmas holidays, thanks to a new coach given to the school by the Variety Club. The Yorkshire Region of the Variety Club Children's Charity provided the trust with a Sunshine Coach, to help enhance learning experiences and add to the programme of activities already in place within the school and the college. The coach, which has a specialised fixed lift to help disabled passengers, will enable pupils under the age of 19 to travel on various educational outings. / Community Newswire
DEAF CHARITY WINS LOTTERY FUNDING FOR RESEARCH
A Beaconsfield charity is set to carry out extensive research into the health of deaf people after it was awarded nearly £500,000 ($800,000 US) by the Big Lottery Fund. SignHealth, a healthcare charity for deaf people, will lead the project on behalf of a group of over 60 deaf organisations. Small scale studies in the UK show that deaf people have significantly worse physical and mental health than hearing people and experience considerable difficulties in accessing healthcare and health information. / This Is Local London
YOB NICKS DEAF WAR VETERAN'S TV ON CHRISTMAS DAY
A callous burglar was last night branded "the lowest of the low" for the Christmas Day theft of a deaf war veteran's telly. Widower Robert Steele, 95, was left heartbroken over the theft of his new 45in plasma screen. The World War Two hero, of Dundee, needs an extra-large screen to be read subtitles clearly. The sick thief struck while Robert was enjoying Christmas dinner with his family. / The Scottish Sun
DEAF FILM FESTIVAL TO BE HELD IN NIIGATA CITY IN MARCH 2010
Seven instructors of a group in Niigata City, called "The Sign Language Lecture 'The Hands'," has formed the Niigata Deaf Film Festival organizing committee with the aim to offer every one, regardless of being deaf or hearing, the opportunity to enjoy the deaf movies. The committee plans to hold the festival in March, 2010, advancing the selection of the movies with sign language or visual expressions used in the work. / Deaf Japan News
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DEAF HOPE WON $25K FROM CHASE VIA SOCIAL MEDIA!
Deaf Hope won $25K from Chase Community Giving via Social Media! Facebook users voted Deaf Hope of Oakland, CA for one of their favorite charities in Round One of Chase Community Giving. Deaf Hope met the eligibility requirements of the Official Rules and this organization run of, for and by Deaf received the most votes made the Top 100! Deaf Hope will receive $25k to help serve Deaf community better. Over the next several weeks, Deaf Hope will be submitting their Big Idea for what they would do with $1 million dollars. / Deaf World As Eye See It
ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN, CCC STUDENT LEARNS
In many ways, Candice Brown is a typical college student. She takes a full class load at Cumberland County College, works part time at her school and is a member of the track team. But Brown also has overcome obstacles in her life that most students won't ever face: She is legally deaf and blind. When Brown was 10 years old, she was diagnosed with adenovirus encephalitis and experienced complications. Doctors originally thought Brown simply had caught a cold, but the virus attacked her brain and she fell into a coma. "At 10 years old, you feel invincible," she said. "Then one day, you wake up and it's not how it's supposed to be." / The Daily Journal
Greenwood Village, CO
HELPING CHILDREN LEARN HOW TO 'LISTEN'
She calls volunteering her destiny, and it has carried Winnie Moss through the past 40 years of her life. It happened out of something selfless for her son, David, who was born hearing impaired and without the ability to understand sounds as anything other than noise. In search of help, Winnie Moss's family packed up their belongings and moved from South Dakota to Denver in search of hearing therapy. "When you first learn that your child is deaf, you don't know what to do, because you have never had a responsibility for a child like that," said Winnie Moss, 76, the January 2010 9Who Care winner. / 9NEWS
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LINCOLN GEAKE RETIRES FROM POCONO RECORD AFTER 42 YEARS
In June 1967, Lyndon B. Johnson was president, the Shelby Mustang GT-500 Fastback was released and Lincoln Geake came to work in the production department at the Pocono Record. After 42 years, Geake, now 62, retired last week from the creative services department at the Pocono Record. Though he couldn't speak or hear, he communicated with staff by sign language, notes, gestures and a big smile. / Pocono Record
Glen Falls, NY
DEAF STUDENT FINDS MENTOR IN MANAGER OF AUTO BODY SHOP
Tim Arnold gave a confident double "thumbs up" and a broad grin to Jack Perna, who returned the gesture. Though there's not an exact translation in American Sign Language, the two communicated the universal symbol for how they feel about their student-mentor relationship. Perna, the body shop manager at Whiteman Chevrolet in Glens Falls for 17 years, is working with the 19-year-old deaf student in a three-week BOCES auto body internship to fulfill requirements for his two-year career-tech program. / The Post Star
TEEN REFUSES TO LET HEARING LOSS SLOW HER DOWN
At a small ice cream shop in downtown Atchison, Kan., Savanna Law calmly attends to each customer -- scooping ice cream, making salads and pouring drinks like a seasoned pro. The way she confidently handles the cash register, works the cappuccino machine and cleans the counter, you’d think the 17-year-old had been working at the Snow Ball for years instead of just four months. And there’s no way you’d know she’s deaf. The home-schooled senior has worked hard to make it that way. / St. Joe News
North Miami Beach, FL
DEAF TEACHER INSPIRES HER STUDENTS
When Cathy Oshrain first became a teacher, she wondered how she would communicate with her students. Oshrain, who was born deaf, had been hired to teach hearing students at North Miami Beach Senior High. She was one of only six deaf teachers at traditional public schools in South Florida. But for Oshrain, an expressive and energetic woman with an obvious passion for her craft, connecting with students was never a problem. / Miami Herald
STUDENTS USE CAROLS TO LEARN ASL
The Christmas spirit filled the halls of the Old Dawn Center on the campus of South Carolina State University. The center is home to the university's Speech Pathology and Audiology Program, where students clad in Santa hats were recently engaged in learning using a different approach. As a requirement for the Introduction to Manual Communication course, students entertained their peers by performing holiday songs in sign language for the Introduction to Audiology class. Instructors say these songs provide an easier way for students to learn. / The Times and Democrat
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Keith Wann's ASL Comedy Tour
Keith Wann, renowned for his hilarious, sidesplitting comedy performances, is now producing and hosting the ASL Comedy Tour 2009, which will travel the U.S. this year. With American Sign Language (ASL) artists presenting solo performances incorporating comedy, skits, songs, improvisation, and stories, each show lasts two hours. Sponsored by www.CallVRS.org, the multi-city tour is designed to be affordable for each location - making it ideal as a fundraiser for participating organizations.
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Fort Collins, CO
DESPITE DEVASTATING HEARING LOSS, WOMAN STILL HAS SONG TO SING
Despite hearing issues from birth, Mandy Harvey immersed her life in music, singing since age 4 and becoming an award-winning vocalist in high school. When she auditioned for the vocal music programs at Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado, both quickly accepted her. Her goal was to become a college, jazz vocal instructor. But just months into her freshman year at CSU, Harvey noticed her hearing was going. Despite new hearing aids, six months later, all of her residual hearing had disappeared. For someone who had built her world around music, it seemed the cruelest twist. / The Coloradoan
DEAF THEATER STAFF MEMBER INSPIRES CUSTOMERS, COLLEAGUES
It's a normal Friday night at the movies in mid-December. The crowds stop by the concession stand for the requisite popcorn and soda and are likely to receive a dose of inspiration along with their order. All thanks to Jivan Petit, a "concessionist" on the night shift at the AMC Loews Georgetown 14 theater on K Street Northwest, where he has worked for five years. The 30-something Mr. Petit has been deaf since he was 1 year old, save for being able to sense some vibrations. / Washington Times
NEW DEAF THEATER WEBSITE
New deaf theater website coordinated by Aaron Kelstone with the assistance of EDR staff Simon Ting and Cathy Clarke and faculty member Patricia Durr. This website showcases and promotes the works of national deaf and hard-of-hearing actors, performers and scriptwriters available through the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a college of Rochester Institute of Technology. The site is designed for actors, performers, scriptwriters, students, teachers, scholars, and researchers. It offers access to biographies of the actors, performers or scriptwriters with descriptions of their work. Articles, scripts, book chapters and links to related sites are also featured. http://www.rit.edu/ntid/deaftheatre/
RARE VIDEO ON YOUTUBE: CLOSED CAPTIONING HISTORY
The only known video footage of the “father of closed captioning,” Dr. Malcolm J. Norwood, is now available for viewing on YouTube. This interview was shot in 1979, at the beginning of the development of closed captioning. Links to other closed captioning historical material appears in the accompanying program guide. This is brought to you by the National Association of the Deaf and the Described and Captioned Media Program. / YouTube
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2009 WIDEX SPORTSMAN AND SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
ICSD (International Committee of Sports for the Deaf) is pleased to announce that Terence PARKIN of South Africa and Aksana PETRUSHENKA of Belarus have been selected as the 2009 WIDEX Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year by the members of International Committee of Sports for the Deaf Selections Commission through electronic ballot. They earned 68 and 65 points respectively. / ICSD
St. Augustine, FL
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? ASHLEY FIOLEK, MOTOCROSS RIDER
Ashley Fiolek, a former student at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, landed on the national radar this year. The 19-year-old already has an eventful 2010 planned. After undergoing surgery for a broken collarbone in early September, her father Jim said that Fiolek and her Honda Red Bull Racing Team are scheduled to resume practicing on Jan. 2. Jim also said that Harper Collins is publishing a book on his daughter which is set to be released in April. / St. Augustine Record
CALIFORNIA NATIONAL ROUNDTABLE FOR ASL PROFESSIONALS
Teachers who teach American Sign Language to Deaf and hard-of-hearing students as their first language are invited to attend a national event which will be held in Fremont-Newark, Calif., January 13-16, 2010. The American Sign Language Roundtable (ASLRT) event focuses exclusively on Deaf students whose first language is American Sign Language. The conference will be held at Ohlone College Newark Center, 39399 Cherry Street, Newark, CA 94560. The theme of this year’s conference is, “ASL Language Planning in Deaf Education: Engaging, Empowering, Electrifying.” / CSDF News Release
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