February 24, 2010
Vol. 6, No. 17
Editor: Tom Willard
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Happy Valley, OR
MURDER ACCUSATION DROPPED IN HAPPY VALLEY DEATH
The Clackamas County sheriff's office announced Sunday that the death of Deborah Sue Wallace, 44, "was not the result of homicidal violence." David Ross Updike, 42, taken into custody Saturday on an accusation of murder, has been released from jail, said acting spokesman Lt. Jeff Davis.The couple lived in a small community that included several deaf residents. Vena Adkins said she often felt helpless watching the couple. "I have tried to help her," she said, "they're both deaf, and I'm an interpreter for the deaf . . . she was just a sweet wonderful lady." / KGW
See also: HAPPY VALLEY MAN CLEARED IN WOMANS DEATH / Salem-News
TWO FORMER EXECUTIVES OF VRS COMPANY PLEAD GUILTY TO DEFRAUDING FCC PROGRAM
Irma Azrelyant and Joshua Finkle, the former co-owners of New York and New Jersey-based Deaf and Hard of Hearing Interpreting Services Inc. (DHIS), pleaded guilty last Thursday to engaging in a conspiracy to defraud the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Video Relay Service (VRS) program of between $7 million and $20 million. At sentencing, Azrelyant and Finkle each face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, as well as mandatory restitution and forfeiture. Sentencing is set for June 29, 2010 at 10 a.m. / PR Newswire
VET PLEADS GUILTY IN SCHEME TO DEFRAUD VA
Dean Anthony Toth was a decorated Marine pilot with no criminal record who flew for Southwest Airlines. But after an opening statement last Thursday in U.S. District Court in which a prosecutor laid out how he would prove Toth's guilt, the defendant pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to defraud the VA by submitting false claims that he suffered a 100 percent hearing loss. In fact, his hearing was perfect, according to tests done by Southwest over the past three years. / Courier-Journal
PASSERS-BY SAVE FAMILY FROM FIRE
Officials say Good Samaritans got nine people out of a burning house last Friday night in a development off Roseman Road. The passers-by called 911 and beat on the door for a couple of minutes before waking the residents, who escaped as the fire spread into the living room. Five small dogs also got out, and firefighters saved five more a few minutes later. Jimmy and Deborah Dixon -- who are both hearing impaired -- and their extended family had gone to bed and were apparently sound asleep in their home at 333 Spring Oak Drive. / Salisbury Post
St. Albans, WV
MAN KILLED BY TRAIN IN ST. ALBANS ON SUNDAY
An elderly man was killed Sunday morning when he was struck by a train as he tried to cross the tracks in St. Albans, police said. St. Albans police identified the man Sunday afternoon as Ronald E. Hoover, 84, of Amandaville, a retired railroad employee. Hoover may simply have been trying to cross in front of the long coal train and misjudged, or he may not have heard the alarms, Matthews said. "People who supposedly knew him said he was hard of hearing." / The Charleston Gazette
ORTHOPEDIC INSTITUTE OF PENNSYLVANIA TO ENSURE EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
Patients who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, who seek treatment at the Orthopedic Institute of Pennsylvania (OIP), will receive qualified interpreters when needed for effective communication as required by federal law under a Settlement Agreement reached with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). An HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) investigation of a discrimination complaint filed by a deaf individual found that he was denied a necessary sign language interpreter when he called to schedule a medical appointment, in violation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. / HHS
IND. HOUSE PASSES BILL SETTING STANDARDS FOR INTERPRETERS
The Indiana House has unanimously passed a bill aimed in part at helping deaf students by setting state standards for sign language interpreters. The bill passed the House on a 94-0 vote Monday, and now advances to Gov. Mitch Daniels for his consideration. The measure requires the state Department of Education to set standards for sign language interpreters who provide services in educational settings. It would void existing state rules. / Associated Press
NEW NAME. NEW LOOK. SAME MISSION.
We are delighted to share some very exciting news with you. Formerly Clarke School for the Deaf/ Center for Oral Education, we recently changed our name to Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech. This change reflects our distinct mission of teaching children who are deaf and hard of hearing how to listen and talk; and it also highlights our multiple locations -- which continue to grow! / Clarke Schools
SEN. PAT WIGGINS HAS ANOTHER PUBLIC OUTBURST
Sen. Pat Wiggins, D-Santa Rosa, interrupted a committee hearing last Wednesday afternoon, screaming and racing toward committee staff who apparently had failed to refill a water canister that she found empty after the hearing's lunch break. "Why aren't you getting it?" Wiggins screamed several times, momentarily pausing the proceedings. David Miller, Wiggins' press secretary, said that Wiggins is "a loud person because she has a serious hearing impairment." She has had the problem for more than 20 years and wears a hearing aid, he said. / The Sacramento Bee
Silver Spring, MD
HEARING CEO OF NAD -- ACCEPTABLE?
Would you accept a hearing person as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of the Deaf IF that person had all the qualifications except for a hearing loss? What if someone applied for the job who had a strong culturally deaf background, was an adult child of deaf parents (a CODA), and who had a strong work history of working in the deaf and hard of hearing community? Someone who had the financial and management skills and social networking skills to guide the NAD through challenging times? / About.com Deafness Blog
Las Cruces, NM
GUN SHOW RAISES MONEY FOR CHARITY
Grab a plate of smoky barbecue and a pair of 19th century spurs, register to vote and check out the machine gun display. And this summer, while they're riding horseback, camping out, swimming and attacking the rock wall at New Mexico State University, the 25-or-so deaf and hard-of-hearing kids in this year's Lions Survivor Camp will thank you. The Sunrise Lions Club's annual charity knife and gun show is expected to attract about 3,000 attendees with 14 informational booths and 84 vendors of weaponry, coins, military memorabilia and Southwestern gear at what's billed as the largest gun show in Southern New Mexico and West Texas. / Las Cruces Sun-News
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A DAY LATE AND $12 MILLION SHORT?
Wow. This is the very definition of "suck." Reuters is reporting on the good luck of a Johannesburg man, come one day too late. Deaf hardware store cleaner Stanley Philander had the numbers that won the record $12 million rollover (91 million rand) lottery in South Africa on February 12. Problem was, he bought it after the numbers were selected, which means, that if those numbers just happen to come up again in next weeks drawing, Stanley is golden. Not quite as golden as if he had won this week, however. / Technorati Lifestyle
DEAF LEARN TO VOTE AND SIGN
Training for deaf people and their families in voting and international sign language began on Monday in Juba, Central Equatoria State. The training aimed to boost awareness of the electoral process among the state's deaf population, so that they could participate in upcoming April elections and communicate through sign language. Organized by Southern Sudan Deaf Development Concern (SSDDC) and sponsored by UNMIS, the 10-day workshop's initial session at Juba Christian Centre was attended by 25 of 150 targeted participants. / Relief Web
RANBIR TURNS DEAF AND DUMB!
Ranbir Kapoor won’t have to learn sign language from scratch for his role as a deaf and mute character in Anurag Basu’s film. The actor, who assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Black, spent ample time with Ayesha Kapoor and Rani Mukerji when they were being trained on the sets by a teacher for the physically disabled. He had also visited several institutions for the hearing and speech impaired to research on ‘Black’. / India Times
NOW PRINCE WILLIAM'S TYCOON PAL SELLS £99 HEARING AIDS TO BEAT 'RIP-OFFS'
A friend of Princes William and Harry is taking on ‘rip-off’ High Street giants by selling hearing aids for £99 ($153 US) - which he says is a tenth of the usual price. Jamie Murray Wells, 26, has already become a multi-millionaire by selling prescription glasses online for £20 ($31 US). Now he is challenging chains such as Specsavers and Boots again by selling cut-price hearing aids and offering hearing tests online. / Daily Mail
PLANE BAN FOR DEAF TRAVELLER
A deaf traveller last night blasted airline staff for refusing to let her on a plane until she proved she couldn't hear. Lesley Stewart arrived at the easyJet check-in desk for her flight to Edinburgh with her hearing assist dog Molly. Staff asked the shocked 49-year-old to prove she had a disability, so she showed them her hearing aids. But by the time an airline manager had come to speak to her, Lesley had missed her flight from Gatwick. / The Sun
ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN: DEAF COMPOSER LLOYD COLEMAN HAS TAKEN THE WORLD OF CLASSICAL MUSIC BY STORM
Just imagine. Your son is born not only deaf but partially sighted. Obviously, you're heartbroken. You just hope that somehow, with your help, he'll have a decent life, that his handicaps will not be insurmountable. Seventeen years go by, and not only has your son managed to live a full and enriched life, he's being hailed as a modern-day Beethoven. / Daily Mail
North Yorkshire, England
INTERNATIONAL DEBUT FOR DEAF RUGBY PLAYER
Talented deaf Rugby player Peter Altham made his international debut against world champions Wales at the weekend. The popular 20-year-old sportsman, from Old Hall Farm, Rylstone, scored a try and created another in the exciting match. Sadly, it was not enough for England to win and they went down 18-25 to their Welsh opponents. / Craven Herald
NOMINATE A HERO WHO HAS HELPED DEAF COMMUNICATION
The search is on for heroes who have helped significantly improve communication between deaf people. The Signature Awards 2010 are looking for people who have helped make everyday life for deaf and deafblind people that little bit easier. There are seven categories to enter, ranging from communication professional of the year to young learner of the year. / Daily Echo
Rockhampton, QLD Australia
SOCIAL CLUB MAKES DEAF HAPPY
Living in a quiet world can be hard, but one social group in Rockhampton is determined to bring together the hearing impaired to break down those barriers. Jason Roberts from Mount Morgan admits he doesn’t get out much, but doesn’t miss the Social Deaf Club’s monthly meetings. “It makes me really happy,” Jason said, through an interpreter. / Rockhampton News
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DEAF CHILDREN WITH COCHLEAR IMPLANTS REPORT SIMILAR QUALITY OF LIFE TO THAT OF NORMAL-HEARING CHILDREN
Profoundly deaf children with cochlear implants to help them to hear rate their quality of life equal to their normal-hearing peers, according to new research from UT Southwestern Medical Center auditory specialists. In addition, the earlier a child is implanted with a cochlear device and the longer he or she wears the device, the better overall quality of life the child reports and the more successful the child is in school, according to the findings, published in the February issue of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. / EurekAlert!
DEAF DESCRIBE PROCESS THAT GOES INTO READING
Q: When I read or write, I hear the words in my mind. How do the deaf do it? A: Here's what's needed to read, whether you're deaf or not, said Barbara Schirmer, professor of education at the University of Detroit Mercy: "You have to be able to identify words, read them fluently and comprehend them," said Schirmer, author of "Language and Literacy Development in Children Who Are Deaf." / Hattiesburg American
DEAF FELLOWSHIP CREATES FORUM FOR INTERACTION
They really differ little from most other groups. They have guest speakers, such as a television weatherman in November. Or they go out to eat as a group, as they did in December. Or they learn about the history of current events, like they did talking about Valentine's Day in February. But one notable difference between Deaf Fellowship and most other groups is that, by and large, these participants use their hands to do the talking. / Herald & Review
DEAF/BLIND ADULT COMMUNICATES A HEARTFELT THANKS
Most people do not look forward to paying their taxes. I am different. I was born with very limited vision and no hearing. I have grown up as a deaf/blind person here in Massachusetts. In 1964, when I was born, my parents were told I would not be able to communicate or learn and they should not expect much from me. With the help of an education and other services, I have been employed continuously since leaving school. I want to thank Massachusetts taxpayers who helped make my dreams come true so that now I, too, am a Massachusetts taxpayer. / South Coast Today
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WORD LEARNING BETTER IN DEAF CHILDREN WHO RECEIVE COCHLEAR IMPLANTS BY AGE 13 MONTHS
Learning words may be facilitated by early exposure to auditory input, according to research presented by the Indiana University School of Medicine at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting in San Diego, Feb. 18-22. A growing body of evidence points to the importance of early auditory input for developing language skills. Indiana University Department of Otolaryngology researchers have contributed to that evidence with several projects. / Science Daily
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New York, NY
BRESLIN SLICES HAND ON BROADWAY
Abigail Breslin's Broadway debut in The Miracle Worker is proving a physical challenge for the young actress -- she sliced her hand open during a preview performance last Thursday. Breslin portrays a young deaf-and-blind Helen Keller in the revival of William Gibson's play, about a youngster who is taught how to communicate by her instructor. The 13-year-old cut her hand open on a porcelain doll in one scene on Thursday -- but her co-star Matthew Modine reveals the accident was just the latest in a string of injuries for Breslin. / Female First
THE WHO'S FUTURE IN DOUBT
The Who's Pete Townshend may have to quit the band for health reasons after a return of his hearing problem, tinnitus. The legendary guitarist has been struck down with another bout of tinnitus -- a painful ringing in the ears, which is a symptom of noise-induced hearing loss -- and admits he doesn't think the group can continue if his condition fails to improve. / Contactmusic News
UNIQUE COLLECTION FROM DEAF ARTISTS EXHIBITED IN WASHINGTON
Deaf Access Solutions, a division of BayFirst Solutions LLC, is honored to announce the loan of 37 paintings, sculptures and mixed-media works from the permanent collection of the Joseph F. and Helen C. Dyer Arts Center at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), a college of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York. This groundbreaking exhibition showcases works of varying aesthetic and form created by Deaf artists from the 1930's through present day. / RIT News
ALL-DEAF CAST TAKES ON 'VAGINA MONOLOGUES' AT THE RITZ
Playwright/actress/activist Eve Ensler had to have known that “The Vagina Monologues” would shock more than a few people when she wrote it in the mid-1990s. The play, which is composed of several monologues relating in some way to lady parts, raised eyebrows and awareness and soon became something of a runaway cult hit. The Ritz Theater in Minneapolis is the latest to take on “The Vagina Monologues” in an unconventional manner. An all-deaf cast will perform the monologues, but there will be voice actors to help out if you’re not familiar with sign language. / The Minnesota Daily
Mount Pleasant, MI
DEAF MUSICIAN TO PRESENT CONCERT AT CMU
A group of Central Michigan University students invited an internationally recognized deaf musician who "signs" popular music videos to the area. Sean Forbes will take the stage at Plachta Auditorium at CMU at 8 p.m. Tuesday to entertain "the deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing" audiences, according to promoters. "Sean Forbes is actually deaf," said Kevin Cramer, American Sign Language instructor at CMU. "He said 'I'm deaf, and I'm bringing music to deaf people. He's a deaf person who knows that feeling. I'm excited to see (his show)." / The Morning Sun
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Keith Wann, renowned for his hilarious, sidesplitting comedy performances, is now producing and hosting the ASL Comedy Tour 2010, 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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NO CHALLENGE TOO SMALL FOR NORTHAMPTON'S JOEY SAVARESE
Joe “Joey” Savarese Jr. hears what other high school basketball players cannot. While most athletes try to tune out the crowd noise at games - especially on the road - Savarese revels in the cheers or jeers that come with playing sporting events. Because when it comes to speaking and hearing, this Northampton senior takes nothing for granted. For Savarese, who was diagnosed with a severe hearing impairment as an infant, the ability to hear the crowd while playing a sport he loves in his senior year of high school is about as good as it gets. / The Republican
NEW FITNESS CENTER CATERS TO DEAF, BLIND
At first glance, the room with women exercising on stationary bikes and treadmills looks like any gym around Mobile. The new fitness center, designed especially for deaf and blind adults, is located in the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind at 1050 Government St. “We are excited about it,” said Michelle Jones, AIDB regional director. “We feel it will certainly benefit the ‘whole person’ approach. Our whole philosophy is for people who are vision impaired and hearing impaired to have the quality of life we all enjoy.” / Press-Register
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QuestFest Returns March 1-14
QuestFest 2010, the premier international visual theatre festival produced by Quest in partnership with Gallaudet University in Washington, will return to the Baltimore/Washington area March 1-14, 2010, with a two-week long festival of performances and workshops in venues and schools throughout the area.
The festival will feature an array of family-friendly, cutting-edge work that welcomes all people to the fascinating world of visual theatre. Audiences can expect cutting edge performances that have been described as ‘breathtaking,’ ‘inspiring,’ and ‘profound.’
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Toronto, ON, Canada
DEAF TRANS CONFERENCE MARCH 2010 TORONTO CANADA
The Ontario Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf (ORAD) and The Trans Program at The 519 Church Street Community Centre are hosting the first-ever Deaf Trans Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from March 12 to 13, 2010. This-first-of-its-kind conference aims to bring together the Deaf and Trans communities in North America and shed light on both communities. It will provide an opportunity for individuals and their allies in the Deaf and Trans communities to unite and share common experiences, regardless of language barriers, and to gain a greater understanding of both the Deaf and Trans experience. / Planetransgender
Middleburg Heights, OH
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY LIKE YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE
Signs of Grace will present Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, based on the story by Roald Dahl, on March 5, 2010 at 7 pm at Grace Church. Produced by Sign Stage On Tour and Windwood Producations, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory is presented in American Sign Language and spoken English. The production features a combined cast of Deaf and hearing actors. The event is being held as fundraiser for the Signs of Grace 2010 Jamaica Mission Team. A unique team composed of hearing and Deaf individuals will travel to Montego Bay , Jamaica this summer to serve at The Caribbean Christian Center School for the Deaf. / Signs of Grace
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The New York School for the Deaf (Fanwood)
The Board of Trustees of the New York School for the Deaf, known as Fanwood, seeks an experienced and visionary leader to assume the role of Executive Director on or about July 1, 2010. Fanwood, established in 1817, is the oldest school for the deaf in New York and the second oldest in the United States.
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-- Advocating the school’s interests to state legislators and maintaining a close relationship with the State Education Department to support the school's objectives
-- Representing the school through active participation in local and state activities and organizations related to the mission of NYSD
-- Collaborating with like schools for the Deaf to share best practices and ensure sustainability of schools serving Deaf students
-- Encouraging financial support through friend building and fund raising activities from individuals, foundations, businesses, professionals, and educational communities
-- Promoting the school to the Deaf community and other supporters and friends through social and educational events, gatherings and performances
-- Graduate degree in Deaf Education, Educational Administration or a closely related field.
-- Minimum of five years of demonstrated successful administrative experience in an educational setting for Deaf individuals
-- Articulate in American Sign Language and English
-- Possession of or eligibility for appropriate New York State Administration Certification is preferred
-- Qualified candidates should submit resumes by April 1, 2010 to: email@example.com
Names of prospective candidates can also be submitted to search committee Co-Chair Alexis Kashar at firstname.lastname@example.org
All resumes will be treated confidentially
New York School for the Deaf is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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