February 13, 2013
Vol. 9, No. 16
Editor: Tom Willard
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POPE'S RESIGNATION PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON NEW DOCUMENTARY
Earlier this month, filmmaker Alex Gibney released an HBO documentary, “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God,” about clerical sex abuse at a school for the deaf in Wisconsin. Gibney spent a couple of years on the film, which explores the Vatican and priesthood as well as the individual stories of abuse victims at the Wisconsin school. This week, Gibney first heard news of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation when he received a 7 a.m. phone call from CNN requesting to interview him. “I thought it was a prank call,” he said. / The Wall Street Journal
See Also FILM REVIEW: 'MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD' / The Guardian
GALLAUDET MARKS 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF DEAF PRESIDENT NOW MOVEMENT
Deaf President Now, a massive student uprising in March 1988, drew global attention to Gallaudet University and in general to the cause of advancing equal opportunity for the deaf. Protesters demanded that Gallaudet’s trustees reverse their decision to name a hearing educator as president and instead name the first deaf president for the school since it was founded in 1864. Trustees initially resisted. But DPN won. On Tuesday, the three presidents who have led the university since then — all deaf — gathered for a forum. / Washington Post
GAFFNEY MAN TRIED TO KILL DEAF PARENTS IN HOUSE FIRE
A Gaffney man was arrested after investigators said he tried to kill his deaf parents in a house fire Monday morning after stealing from them. Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller said 22-year-old Fletcher Blanton removed a lighted fire alarm system in the home before setting the house ablaze. Deputies said Blanton reported the fire after he awoke to smoke inside the home, then woke up his parents, who were able to get out of the home safely. / KPHO
HEARING IMPAIRMENT MAY HAVE PREVENTED STUART MAN FROM ESCAPING HIS BURNING HOME
The Stuart man who was found dead inside his burning home last month, may not have heard the alarms because of a hearing impairment. Authorities have identified the man as Mitchell Scott Smith, of the 1700 block of Seneca Avenue, who died January 21 when he was trapped in his burning home. Dental records were used to identify Smith, officials said. / TCPalm.com
MASS. MAN CHARGED WITH KIDNAPPING, HELD WITHOUT BAIL
A 21-year-old student at the Austine School for the Deaf facing up to life in prison and $60,000 in fines was ordered held without bail Friday after allegedly attacking a woman in her office at the school. Brattleboro Police say Timothy P. Carroll, who lived at the school, has been charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault, both felonies, for attacking a 43-year-old supervisor on Thursday, Feb. 7. A competency evaluation was also ordered but a date has not been set. / Brattleboro Reformer
BOONTON JUDGE RULES DEAF WOMAN ACCUSED OF DWI DID NOT NEED SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER
A deaf motorist who insisted she needed an American Sign Language interpreter to understand the risks of refusing to take a breath test was adequately advised through a series of written exchanges with a police officer, a municipal court judge has ruled. Town Judge Andrew M. Wubbenhorst on Jan. 7 conducted a four-hour court hearing on the circumstances of the May 26, 2012, motor vehicle stop of Kelly Romano and late Tuesday he issued a written decision that denied her lawyer’s motions to dismiss the charges. / Daily Record
DEAF EMPLOYEE SUES ALPHA SCHOOL OFFICIALS FOR ALLEGED DISCRIMINATION
Alpha Public School officials allegedly discriminated against a deaf employee by not rehiring the woman this school year, according to a suit filed in New Jersey Superior Court in Belvidere. Melinda Walsh alleges that the Alpha Borough School Board and Superintendent Greg McGann didn’t renew her position as a part-time instructional aide largely because of her disabilities, which include being “profoundly deaf” and having an “obvious speech impediment,” according to the complaint. The Easton resident worked for the district for five years. / The Express-Times
HHS ENFORCES EQUAL ACCESS FOR DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING INDIVIDUALS IN NEW YORK AND DC
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights has taken two important enforcement actions to ensure deaf and hard of hearing individuals living in New York and Washington, D.C., have equal access to programs and services provided by local government agencies. These agreements follow complaints that individuals were denied access to sign language interpreters in Cattaraugus County Department of Aging in New York and the District of Columbia Children and Family Services Agency. / HHS.gov
SCHOOL FOR DEAF AND BLIND SEEKS ABOUT $10 MILLION FOR UPGRADES
Repairing buildings and making construction upgrades makes up the meat of a funding request being pitched by the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine. The school is asking for $9.7 million in construction money, a steep increase over the $1.4 million in Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed budget and the $1.6 million it got last year. The $1.4 million is the same amount requested by the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the school’s budget. / The Florida Times-Union
THE STAR OF WINTER STORM NEMO: THE GOVERNOR'S SIGN-LANGUAGE INTERPRETER
In times of crisis, extraordinary human beings rise to the occasion. Our civic leaders have come forward in advance of Winter Storm Nemo with news conferences trying to prepare and sooth concerned citizens. While they’ve performed admirably, their efforts pale in comparison to that of the sign language interpreter at Governor Deval Patrick’s news conference last night. The passion and enthusiasm she puts into her work is unparalleled in any field. Have a look. / The Producers Blog
See Also DEAF SIGN LANGUAGE TRANSLATORS NEED TO COOL THEIR FUCKING JETS / Barstool Sports: NYC
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WESLEY IN STALEMATE ON $20M LAND DEAL
Wesley College's $20.5 million bid to buy land next to its St Kilda Road campus has become mired in a stalemate between the charity that owns the property and the school for the deaf occupying it. The impasse shows no signs of breaking nearly 18 months after Deaf Children Australia agreed to sell the 5471 square metre site, which holds a primary school and garden used by the Victorian College for the Deaf. Principal Maureen Douglas said the VCD remained opposed to the deal for both practical and ethical reasons. / The Age
Christchurch, New Zealand
PUPILS RALLY TO AID DEAF TEACHER
Profound hearing loss has never prevented Alice Woodcock doing the job she loves - until now. The 34-year-old Christchurch schoolteacher was born with little hearing but was determined not to let it stop her reaching her goals. She learnt to lip-read, took speech therapy and wore hearing aids. Woodcock graduated from the University of Canterbury and has been teaching at Mairehau Primary School for six years. But during the school holidays, over the space of four days, she lost her remaining hearing and is now unable to teach. / Stuff.co.nz
DOWNTON ABBEY'S JIM CARTER DEMANDS ACTION OVER DEAF SERVICES CUT
The actor, who plays Carson the butler in the period drama, speaks out against cutbacks to health services for youngsters with hearing problems in a public service announcement for National Deaf Children Society. Carter is urging fans to add their signatures to the Stolen Futures petition, which he hopes will make politicians reconsider the cuts. He says, "Every day cuts are being made to services to deaf children. / STAR Magazine
HACKNEY YOUNGSTERS LEARN CHALLENGES FACED BY DEAF IN GUINNESS WORLD RECORD SIGNING ATTEMPT
Over 130,000 pupils at 1,000 schools across the country are believed to have taken part in a world record attempt to beat the most people signing and singing at the same time. Millfields was one of six primary schools in Hackney which participated in the Sign2Sing challenge last week, organised by SignHealth - the national healthcare charity for deaf people. Teacher Roz Wilson, who is head of music at Millfields said the children loved learning sign language, and were excited to take part in a Guinness world record breaking event. / Hackney Gazette
FREE SEMINAR AIMS TO SUPPORT DEAF TEENS AND THEIR PARENTS WHO FEEL ISOLATED
Irish Deaf Kids (IDK), an organization supporting deaf children and their families, will host a seminar on Tuesday to offer support and advice to deaf teens and their parents who are feeling isolated. Sixteen-year-old Ellen Arthur, a youth adviser to the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) who is at a mainstream school, will share strategies at a free workshop for handling potential social isolation and for building rapport with everyday contacts. / The Journal
FOLLOW -- EXPLORING THE WORLD OF THE DEAF
Dublin's Willfredd Theatre come to the Town Hall Theatre next week with their remarkable play, Follow, written and performed by Shane O’Reilly, which explores the world of the deaf. Shane O’Reilly is a CODA (child of deaf adults); both his parents are deaf. He grew up in a house with doorbell lights and subtitles on the TV. A house where to be heard, you had to be seen. / Galway Advertiser
Midland, ON, Canada
DUAL ADAPTATION IN DEAF BRAINS
The brains of deaf people reorganize not only to compensate for the loss of hearing, but also to process language from visual stimuli—sign language, according to a study published February 12 in Nature Communications. Despite this reorganization for interpreting visual language, however, language processing is still completed in the same brain region. / The Scientist Magazine
DEAF REACH SCHOOL OPENS ANOTHER BRANCH FOR HEARING-IMPAIRED CHILDREN
A group of confident teenage girls stood before a crowd of dignitaries, diplomats and prominent members of the business community. None of them can hear the music start, or listen to the highs and lows of the beat - but the way they start performing in absolute sync, it seems they can hear the music through their hearts. These girls are celebrating the opening of one of the Deaf Reach schools for the hearing impaired in Gulistan Jauhar on Saturday. / The Express Tribune
MBALE SCHOOL OF THE DEAF IN SHOCK AS RESULTS ARE WITHHELD
A sad mood is what welcomes you to Mbale’s School for the Deaf. A few teachers are in the staffroom discussing the fate of the results for 38 students that have been withheld by the Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb) over alleged malpractice. The deputy head teacher, Ms Esther Mukite, says on Wednesday, a day before the release of the results, Uneb rang her and asked her to go to Kampala with the students who sat last year to explain something. “But it is difficult for us to get these students from wherever they are to take them to Kampala, we do not have money,” Ms Mukite said. / Monitor
KPA GIVES DORM TO DEAF SCHOOL
The Kenya Ports Authority has donated a dormitory to the Pwani Vocational School for the Deaf, in Kilifi, through its cooperate social responsibility. The facility has been constructed at a cost of Sh3.4 million ($39,000 US). Speaking during the official handing over of the dormitory, KPA human resource manager Salim Chingabwe said the authority was concerned after the students went on strike last year over lack of a boarding facility. “We understand that they have special needs and that’s why the dormitory was built,” said Chingabwe. / The Star
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HUNDREDS CALLING WITH ADOPTION QUESTIONS ON DEAF PUPPY DUMPED NEAR HIGHWAY
An estimated 800 people have called One of a Kind Pet Rescue to inquire about a deaf puppy that was left inside a cardboard box near a highway last month. "Everybody wants to meet this puppy that has gotten so much exposure," said Georjette Thomas from One of a Kind. The puppy, a 9-week-old Jack Russell terrier mix named Cara, was found in a shoebox on the side of a road on Jan 12. / NewsNet5.com
LHS STUDENTS EXPERIENCE WORLD OF DEAF AND BLIND
About 200 Lafayette High School students, as well as alumni and community members, learned about what it means to be deaf or blind during the school's annual Deaf World event Friday. The event featured several simulation activities, such as eating out at a restaurant and ordering from a drive-through window, where students were able to experience what it is like to do such things if you are deaf or blind. "It's just kind of a way to expose some of these kids to this population," said Lafayette High deaf education teacher Rachel Brown. / The Advertiser
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Similar to other smaller cultures, people who are deaf experience stereotyping by those who do not know and understand their culture. A number of myths circulate widely in our society and interfere with understanding people who are deaf. / MN Dept. of Human Services
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TALKING HANDS: ELIZABETH BJERKE, AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER
When learning a new language in school, students are usually graded on pronunciation, spelling, translation and grammar. When Elizabeth Bjerke, 34, worked her way through the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a college of the Rochester Institute of Technology, to become an American Sign Language-English interpreter, she was graded not just on the movement of her hands but on how she used her entire body, even her eyebrows. Today, Bjerke works as an independent contractor and has been hired as an interpreter for almost every occasion you can imagine. / Seven Days
ENROLLMENT AT STATE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF HAS DWINDLED, BUT SERVICES ARE STILL VITAL FOR SOME
"Set it up, count it out," second-grade teacher Nancy Wilson told her class during a recent math lesson. The tutorial was a success, but because the three students in Wilson’s tiny class are all deaf or hard of hearing, the lesson wasn’t audible to a visitor. Wilson and her students at the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf communicated using American Sign Language. These students are among a group of roughly 150 from across the state who attend New Jersey’s century-old, state-run school for the deaf, which is located in Ewing on a sprawling 110-acre campus. / NJ.com
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O'CONNOR SENIOR WON'T LET BEING DEAF SLOW HER DOWN
Abby McAlpin has a résumé to make any high school swimmer proud. The O'Connor senior has competed at the UIL state meet. She has set school and district records. She has medaled in an international competition in Portugal. She has earned a scholarship to swim at North Texas. McAlpin also is deaf. “It's who I am, and I'm OK with that," she said. / San Antonio Express-News
INSIDE THE LIFE OF A DEAF DALLAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYER: IS IT HARDER?
The constant clanging of iron weights used by student athletes sounded throughout a workout room at Woodrow Wilson High School. But for varsity football player Montray Roberts, there was silence. The 17-year-old is deaf, as are some other students who were lifting weights that day at the Dallas ISD campus. The East Dallas school doubles as a regional school for the deaf, and the staff and students are probably among the most accepting when it comes to those with hearing difficulties. / The Dallas Morning News
2013 GREAT PLAINS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Hundreds of deaf high school students met on the basketball court Thursday. It was day one of the 24th annual Great Plains School for Deaf basketball tournament. Deaf schools from eight states are battling to take home the GPSD championship. This year the event is being hosted by the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Sulphur. The tournament ends Saturday and will not be held in Sulphur again until 2020. / KXII
FORMER NBA PLAYER RUNS CAMP FOR DEAF KIDS
Mike Glenn spent 10 years in the NBA playing for teams like the Knicks and Hawks. Since retiring, Glenn has written a book and he makes appearances as a motivational speaker and a basketball analyst. Now, he's returning to the court as a coach and giving back to his own community in a big way. HLN's Joe Carter sat down with Glenn to talk about his one-of-a-kind basketball camp, designed specifically for hearing impaired or deaf kids. / HLNtv.com
DEAF LANEY WRESTLER TO HEAR COACH DURING MATCH FOR FIRST TIME
The sun was fading on a beautiful summer day last year in Wilmington. Thirteen-year-old David Bostian III and his father, David Jr., were in the front yard putting out the trash. “He said, ‘What's that noise?'?” David Jr. recalled. “And I said, ‘What noise?'" It was the first time David heard a cricket's chirp. Now 14 and a freshman wrestler at Laney High School, he will have another new experience soon. On Saturday at the Mideastern Conference championships, the deaf teenager will listen to his coach's instructions during a match for the very first time. / StarNewsOnline.com
MICHAEL HUBBS REACHES GOLD MEDAL STATUS
Michael Hubbs in his quest to make the US Olympics team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in the speed skating competition finally won the gold medal today in the 1500 meter race at the Long Track Speed Skating National Age Group Championship in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.Yesterday results were impressive. A total of four races, four medals, with one gold, one silver and two bronze medals. / Kokonut Pundit
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I am writing a paper and I was wondering if you have any stats on the number of deaf people in Redding, California? I have searched and cannot find this info. Thanks for any help!!
-- Mary Ellen Geeslin
Editor replies: Nobody really knows this sort of thing because no one asks such questions. All you can do is find out the overall population of the area and then multiply it by the percentages of people with hearing loss in the general population. You can find this info at the following link:
Here's the important part:
-- About 2 to 4 of every 1,000 people in the United States are "functionally deaf."
-- Anywhere from 9 to 22 out of every 1,000 people have a severe hearing impairment or are deaf.
-- Anywhere from 37 to 140 out of every 1,000 people in the United States have some kind of hearing loss.
Good luck with your paper.
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