January 9, 2013
Vol. 9, No. 11
Editor: Tom Willard
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GALLAUDET REINSTATES CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER
Gallaudet University announced late Monday that it has reinstated its chief diversity officer, who was placed on paid administrative leave in October for signing a petition to place Maryland’s same-sex marriage law on the ballot in a voter referendum. “With this communication I am announcing that Dr. Angela McCaskill has returned to campus to resume her full-time duties and responsibilities as Chief Diversity Officer,” Gallaudet President T. Alan Hurwitz said in an email sent to students, faculty, and staff members. / Washington Blade
DEAF WOMAN FACING DWI CHARGE WANTS CHARGES DROPPED BECAUSE NO INTERPRETER WAS PRESENT
A deaf woman who was charged with drunken driving and refusing to take a breath test wants a judge to dismiss the tickets on grounds police should have called an American Sign Language interpreter to assist her upon her arrest. Town Municipal Court Judge Andrew M. Wubbenhorst on Monday conducted a four-hour hearing on whether police had probable cause on May 26 to stop and arrest Kelly Romano, 30, for suspected driving while intoxicated. Beyond that finding, the judge has the novel task of deciding whether police had a duty to find an ASL interpreter to assist Romano in understanding the consequences of refusing to take a breath test via the Alcotest machine at headquarters. / Daily Record
ST. PETER'S SUED OVER INTERPRETER FOR HARD-OF-HEARING PATIENTS
A hard-of-hearing Great Falls woman is suing St. Peter’s Hospital, charging that it failed to provide an adequate interpreter during emergency room visits by her and her son, whom she described as “full deaf.” Trudy Fisher says in the complaint that she does not read lips well and the failure of the hospital to provide a certified sign language interpreter, or the technological equivalent, “caused undue pain and suffering.” A lawyer for the hospital and spokeswoman, Peggy Stebbins, said they would not comment on ongoing litigation, and the hospital has denied the charges in a District Court filing. / Independent Record
MO. WOMAN SUES EBAY FOR 'DEAF DISCRIMINATION'
Forty-seven-year old Melissa Earll owns dozens of old mint condition comic books, hundreds of rare baseball cards, plus antique time pieces, medicine bottles and a coin collection printed minutes after President John Kennedy was assassinated. But none of it makes her a penny on eBay. Now, the Nevada, Mo., woman is suing eBay, saying the internet auction site discriminates against deaf people. Earll was born deaf and says eBay makes it impossible for her to register as a seller. / WREG
DEAF NC HUNTER SURVIVES SERIOUS LEG INJURY
Joe Liuzza got home alive, but just barely. Only through grit and determination was he able to win his battle against nature and pull himself and his mangled leg out of a swamp following a hunting-related accident near Robersonville that turned into a 14-hour ordeal. Liuzza, 47, was home temporarily from the hospital on Dec. 13 and feeling a little more relaxed as he recounted the details of his harrowing -- and at times horrifying -- experience. / News & Observer
Lincoln Park, IL
ROBBER TARGETS DEAF-MUTE MAN
Two men robbed at gunpoint a 45-year-old man who was deaf and mute around 7:50 a.m. Jan. 1 near the corner of North Broadway and West Montrose Avenue. After the attack, the man drove to the 19th District Police Station to file a report. The robbers, believed to be 20-to 25-years-old, came up behind the victim, police said. One suspect put the man in a headlock, pointing a gun at his head while the second suspect stole his wallet, which contained $150. / Patch.com
JUSTICE DEPT. REACHES SETTLEMENT WITH LAW FIRM OVER DISCRIMINATION AGAINST DEAF INDIVIDUALS
The Justice Department announced a settlement agreement Jan. 3 with Peroutka and Peroutka P.A., a debt collection law firm based in Pasadena, Md., to resolve allegations that the law firm violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by discriminating against people who are deaf. The settlement agreement resolves two complaints alleging that Peroutka discriminated against deaf individuals by refusing to accept Video Relay Service calls. “People with disabilities cannot be denied services simply because they use alternative ways to communicate,” said Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez. / USDOJ
DEAF PHOENIX WOMAN REPORTED MISSING IS FOUND
A Phoenix woman who's deaf, mute and on medication has been found after being reported missing by her family in Buckeye. Buckeye police say 44-year-old Norma Vega-Casillas was found Thursday afternoon in Phoenix. They say she's in good health and there are no signs of foul play. / The Associated Press
FEMA EXTENDS DISASTER RECOVERY TOOLS FOR THOSE WHO ARE DEAF, HARD OF HEARING AND BLIND
Five tools new to help people who are deaf, hard of hearing or blind are being used for Hurricane Sandy disaster response by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. At New York disaster recovery centers, survivors who are deaf or hard of hearing are offered enhanced listening devices, iPad 3s with real-time-video remote sign language interpreting apps, and captioned phones to get disaster recovery information accessible to them. / FEMA
CALL FOR SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED
A hearing-impairment can create challenges, especially during a traffic stop. There are dozens of special license plates in Kentucky, so one woman is asking why there isn't one that would benefit the deaf and the officers who are interacting with them. / WDRB
DEAF MAN BUILDS SNOW SCULPTURE TO SAY 'I LOVE YOU' IN SIGN LANGUAGE (BUT MIGHT SOME TAKE IT AS AN INSULT?)
To those who know sign language, this hand gesture sculpted into the snow means 'I love you' -- but to others, it could be interpreted as something very offensive. Reddit user ChanceyGardener posted a picture of the sculpture to the social networking site and wrote, "A few days ago I saw my neighbor, a deaf man, building what I thought was a snowman. Yesterday he finished his masterpiece." While it was likely intended as a message of love, the gesture has several meanings. / Daily Mail
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DEAF MUSWELL ACTRESS AWARDED MBE
A deaf Muswell Hill actress has topped off a year in which she performed in front of millions of people from all over the world with an MBE [Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire]. Caroline Parker was given the award for services to deaf theatre and drama in the New Year Honours - an award which she says was completely unexpected but certainly welcome. “I was very surprised when I read the letter and to this day was not sure if it was a hoax or genuine!” she said. / Hampstead and Highgate Express
HOUSING GROUP STAFF REAP BENEFITS OF DEAF AWARENESS TRAINING
Staff from a Lancashire-based housing group are reaping the benefits of deaf and disability awareness training as they are now able to communicate through signing to their Deaf tenants. Twenty-eight members of staff from Progress Housing Group attended two, one-day in-house training courses on British Sign Language. / 24dash.com
DEAF COACH RYAN HELPS HEARING-IMPAIRED CHILDREN
Imagine playing a game of football without being able to hear the coach screaming at you from the sidelines. That is the lonely reality for many youngsters who are deaf or hard of hearing, playing in teams in which their peers can hear. But, thanks to a scheme launched by Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, youngsters with hearing impairment are able to play alongside other young people who have the same disability at The Dome at St Joseph’s RC High School and Sports College in Horwich. / This Is Lancashire
DEAF TEENAGERS RESCUE FRIEND FROM SWIMMING POOL
Two profoundly deaf teenagers have been commended for saving their friend’s life. Teessiders Jordan Naylor, 16, and Shezan Khan, 15, rushed to the rescue of 11-year-old Waseem Hussain when he almost drowned in a swimming pool. All three boys are part of a local deaf club that organizes activities for hearing impaired children in Teesside. They had been swimming at a pool in Hartlepool when Waseem, who cannot swim, got into difficulty after jumping into the deep end. / The Northern Echo
BRINGING JUDAISM'S ORAL LAW TO THE DEAF
If you are a religious deaf man in Israel, the traditional doors to Jewish learning have been in so many ways closed to you. But Yosef Tolidano—a young deaf man descended from a long and distinguished line of Sephardic rabbis—has pulled open those doors, making it possible for the deaf to immerse themselves in the Talmud, which along with the Mishnah is known as Judaism’s “oral law.” / The Algemeiner
Princes Town, Trinidad and Tobago
PARALYZED DEAF-MUTE COMMITS SUICIDE
A 43-year-old deaf/mute man, who became paralysed last year, committed suicide on Thursday. Wayne Carlos Sookhoo, of St Croix Road, Princes Town, used the railing of a wheelchair ramp at his house to affix a noose. Sookhoo's sister, Patricia Sookhoo, said over the last six months her brother had been depressed. "He said he would rather die than continue to live," she said. / Trinidad Express Newspaper
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
DEAF BUT ABLE TO HELP OTHERS NOW
Being deaf did not prevent 25-year-old Chai Wei Xiong from taking first aid training from St John Ambulance Malaysia (SJAM). Although the training normally takes fewer than three days, Chai had to undergo a longer training period of eight sessions with two trainers. Chai, who was born deaf, proudly accepted his certificate at the SJAM regional office here. "I want to help people and I wanted to learn first aid so I will know what to do during an emergency," he signed through an interpreter. / New Straits Times
NTV TOLD TO HAVE SIGN LANGUAGE IN NEWSCASTS
The High Court has given Nation Television 90 days to provide a sign language interpreter in all newscasts and programmes of national importance. Justice Cecilia Githua ruled that NTV should comply with section 39 of the Persons with Disabilities Act which was came into force in January 2010. The Act requires that all television stations provide a sign language inset or sub-titles in all newscasts and educational programmes, and in all programmes covering events of national significance. / allAfrica.com
Madhya Pradesh, India
DEAF-MUTE WOMAN RAPED IN MADHYA PRADESH
A 35-year-old deaf and mute woman was allegedly raped at her residence in Mohgaon Bori village in the district, police said. The incident took place on Friday when the accused, identified as Omkar Brahme, followed her to the toilet located in the backyard of her house and raped her, they said. When the victim did not return from the toilet for a long time, her mother got suspicious and went to look for her when she noticed Brahme running away from the spot. / DNA
LET'S LEND AN EAR TO THE DEAF
Malta goes to the polls in March and the political parties will soon be presenting us with their plans to improve the lot of the Maltese, all Maltese. Hopefully, that will include the deaf. Who knows, for the first time ever, the deaf might even merit a paragraph in the parties’ manifestos. They can feel free to borrow from below. / Times of Malta
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TEXAS DEAF HISTORY DOCUMENTARY FILM RELEASED ON DVD
The Texas Association of the Deaf (TAD) and Davideo Productions are proud to announce the release of its 54-minute documentary film entitled "Journey Through Deaf Texas" on DVD. The film chronicles the history of TAD since its inception in 1886 and features archival photos, motion picture film footage and interviews with past TAD presidents. It’s presented in American Sign Language, open subtitles, and background music. This film took more than two years to produce and was made possible through a grant from the Travis County Council of the Deaf and subsequent funding from TAD. / TAD
DEAF MAN GETS HELP FROM FURRY FRIEND
Though he is a citizen of Dublin, Ron Goosman is a bit of a celebrity in Stephenville. “I never realized I knew so many people," Ron said. “But everyone kept asking me what had happened to my other dog, Billy Bud, who was with me for 13 years.” Ron was talking about his special service dog who had been his ears for more than a decade. Accustomed to seeing him with his Lhasa Apso, area residents were caught off guard when they saw him escorted by a new pedigree of hearing dog. / Stephenville Empire-Tribune
COLLEGE BLOG: DEAF IN ROCHESTER
"When my hearing friends want to go out somewhere that I haven't heard of, I get wary about going," said Bonnie Greenberg, a 25-year-old communications student at RIT. "I'm not sure how I'll be accepted in places where hearing is [expected]." Like many students at RIT, Greenberg is a member of the deaf community. As of 2012, there are a total of 1,529 RIT students enrolled in the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. For these students, leaving RIT's campus and entering the world of downtown Rochester can be a very difficult transition. But to Greenberg's surprise, some Rochesterians are quite receptive. / CITY Newspaper
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Thirty-six million people, approximately 17%, in the United States are suffering from hearing loss. It is expected that this population will increase rapidly. At some point in your career, the chances are good that you, your attorney, and staff will need to develop some skills on working with those who cannot hear well. In the legal profession, clear communication and complete understanding between attorney and client are crucial to every transaction. Careful consideration needs to be used when deaf or hearing impaired persons need legal counsel as many people with hearing loss do not use hearing aids. / NALS
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A lot of people who are hearing impaired would be more active if they weren’t afraid of damaging delicate hearing aids that don’t like the humidity of gyms or the dousings of jet skis. Responding to this issue, Siemens has introduced what it says is the first waterproof hearing aid, capable of working as deep as three feet under water. / The New York Times
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KATIE LECLERC CHANGES HER DIET, ADOPTS DEAF DOG
Katie Leclerc is mostly vegetarian as Daphne on "Switched at Birth," which returns to ABC Family with new episodes Jan. 7, and she's been heading in that direction off screen as well. "I eat very little red meat, no pork for about a year and a half now," she says, adding that she's also investigating a gluten-free diet after seeing how it helped her nine-year-old nephew. The boy is "borderline Asperger's," and after eating gluten-free and dairy-free for a week, he was able to hold a phone conversation with her for the first time. "It helped with his focus and attention. I was elated." / Mother Nature Network
GEORGINA HARDING'S NEW NOVEL HERALDS THE TRIUMPH OF A DEAF ROMANIAN PAINTER
How does a person who is deprived of the ability to hear or speak process and understand the world around him? How does he communicate within that world? Or can he? History provides a few dramatic examples, and British author Georgina Harding’s latest novel takes inspiration from one of them. American artist James Castle was born deaf and never learned to speak, read, write or use sign language. Drawing was his means of communication throughout his 77 years. / Wichita Eagle
WORK OF DEAF MAN SPEAKS VOLUMES
James Charles Castle was nothing if not resourceful. The self-taught deaf artist, who died in 1977, mixed his saliva with soot to make a charcoal paste-ink for his drawings. He incorporated materials such as matchbooks, cookbooks, food containers, grocery cartons, register receipts and twine into his creations. “Constructing Castle: Art of James Castle,” opening Tuesday, will continue through Feb. 23 in the Ohio State University Urban Arts Space. / The Columbus Dispatch
SIGNS AND VOICES -- A DEAF FANTASY
Signs and Voices was an opportunity for me to create a comic world with the usual themes that any good self-respecting comic would have: underground cultures and sub worlds, political uprising, revolt, love and a secret language being eradicated from the society. There is also a totalitarian regime - the Hearing Front - that is in pursuit of a secret source of power that lies in the very community it has set out to destroy. Some would say this is a story we have seen many times before, where a small minority is being wiped out of existence. So, who makes up this minority? It’s simply the deaf community, as we know it today. / Bleeding Cool
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NP GRAD LINGLE A MIRACLE ON ICE
Hollywood producers would probably turn down Joe Lingle’s story for being too unrealistic. That’s just how many obstacles the 2009 North Penn graduate has overcome. At age 1, he was diagnosed as being profoundly deaf. At age 3, he had a cochlear implant at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Now, Lingle is a goaltender for the Rochester Institute of Technology ACHA Div. I ice hockey team and is also a member of the U.S. National Deaf Ice Hockey Team. / The Reporter
MSAD BOYS' COMEBACK ATTEMPT FALLS SHORT
In a game of runs, Hope Academy got the last laugh. The Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf boys basketball team missed 19 free throws, and despite pulling within one with four minutes left, lost 61-48 to Hope on Tuesday in Lauritsen Gymnasium. “It was a challenge for our boys because we have not played a team that played man-to-man coverage,” MSAD coach Lee Jones said. / Faribault Daily News
BEVERLY'S WONOSKI TO SKATE IN WORLD DEAF ICE HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Mike Wonoski is gearing up for another international adventure on the ice. The Beverly resident will participate in the World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships, which will be held in Vantaa, Finland in April 2013. The competition will include teams from Canada, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and USA. / WickedLocal
DEAF-INITELY GREAT HOCKEY
Two Erie men have been selected to Team USA to play in The World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships in Vantaa, Finland. 21-year-old Bo Ruef and 23-year-old Miles Gates will compete in the games that begin on March 30th and run through April 6th. Gates and Ruef are part of the 23 man roster selected to the team. / YourErie.com
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