March 6, 2013
Vol. 9, No. 19
Editor: Tom Willard
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TEMPERS FLARE OVER CLOSING OF SCHOOL FOR DEAF CHILDREN
A very ugly scene broke out last Friday morning at Oralingua School for the hearing impaired in Whittier. And a KTLA photographer was in the middle of it. There was pushing and punching. Our cameraman couldn’t see all of it because the head of the PTA attacked him, trying to prevent him from shooting the explosive scene. The woman actually broke a microphone off his camera and then tried another course of action. Police arrived and eventually arrested one of the men involved in the fight - a parent - on assault charges. / KTLA
HAWAII HAS UNIQUE SIGN LANGUAGE FOR DEAF
A sign language developed in Hawaii over generations is in danger of fading away, researchers say. A study at the University of Hawaii at Manoa concluded a small group of deaf islanders are still able to communicate with a vocabulary of hand signs that was developed before the universal sign language now in use was introduced in the 1940s. Hawaiian Sign Language had its origins in the early 1800s and is practiced by about 40 Hawaiians. Most are over the age of 80. / UPI
San Antonio, TX
'LOUD POP' MIRACULOUSLY ALERTS DEAF WOMAN TO BURNING HOUSE
A deaf woman managed to wake up and escape from her home just moments before flames consumed her bedroom early Thursday morning. The fire started around 2 a.m. in the 400 block of Stonewall Street. The 58-year-old woman living at the home communicated to her sister that she woke up when she heard or felt a loud pop. She managed to get out of the house just before the fire consumed her room. The woman said her sister is completely deaf and that it's a miracle she was able to hear the noise and get out safely. / KENS 5
FEDS PROBE DENVER FOR VIOLATING DEAF PRISONER RIGHTS
The federal Justice Department is investigating Denver for failing to provide sign-language interpreters for deaf prisoners. Investigators are seeking to determine whether Denver - which touts itself as “one of America’s most accessible cities” — is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. In a November 20, 2012, letter obtained by The Colorado Independent, the Justice Department threatened legal action and noted that any violation of the Act might jeopardize federal funding for the city’s police and sheriff departments. / The Colorado Independent
Orange Park, FL
DEAF MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT
An Orange Park man faces one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill following a fight on Feb. 23 Matthew Silvay, 24, was arrested after he got into a fight at a home in the 3500 block of Loango Road in Orange Park. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office investigator who went to the home stated in the report that he was familiar with Silvay from previous encounters and knew he was deaf. The investigator was able to sort out the fight after an sign language interpreter arrived at the home. Justin Kilgore told police that Silvay drove up to his home and exited huis car while wielding a silver metal baseball bat. / Clay Today
GENESIS AGREES TO PROVIDE SERVICES FOR DEAF PATIENTS AS PART OF SETTLEMENT
Genesis HealthCare reached a settlement with HHS resolving allegations that the skilled-nursing provider failed to provide interpreting services for a deaf patient. The settlement agreement stems from a complaint the resident's sister filed in 2010 with HHS' Office for Civil Rights against Genesis' skilled-nursing facility in Randallstown, Md. The terms call for Genesis facilities to provide accommodations for its deaf or hard of hearing patients; operate an auxiliary aids-and-services hotline; form an advisory committee to offer guidance on effective communication; and monitor compliance through feedback from patients and their advocates. / Modern Healthcare
Wichita Falls, TX
DEAF STUDENT ADVANCES IN SPELLING BEE
One little fifth-grade girl will face triple the challenge of her competitors in the upcoming Scripps Regional Spelling Bee. Yaquelin Anaya is hearing-impaired but didn’t let that stop her when competing in Cunningham Elementary School’s campuswide contest. Not only does she come from a home where only Spanish is spoken, but she still is learning English and is perfecting her sign language. / Times Record News
LIBRARY SYSTEM PURCHASES DEAF SCHOOL PROPERTY
A plan to expand the Main Library downtown is one step closer to reality. The Columbus Metropolitan Library purchased the old Ohio School for the Deaf property last week, paving the way for growth opportunities at the downtown facility, 96 S. Grant St. The library spent $2.16 million on the 2.24-acre property, which is part of the Discovery District. / ThisWeek Community News
La Crosse, WI
On Monday, a workshop and presentation was held for Dr. Jane K. Fernandes. Afterwards, there was a reception held in her honor. This program, called “White Power and Privilege in the Deaf Community,” truly advocated for the deaf culture, and derived from the past experiences and observations in Fernandes’ life. Fernandes talked of the discrimination she felt as a child, remembering “the discrimination based on [her] difference, helped [her] make friends” with others who suffered different forms of social injustice and discrimination. During the course of her life, Fernandes endured many circumstances that were hard to believe. / Racquet
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New Delhi, India
DEAF GIRL MISSING FOR 12 YEARS IS REUNITED WITH HER FAMILY THANKS TO DELHI POLICEMAN
They say that every cloud has a silver lining. And the story of Galiman, a speech and hearing-impaired girl from Assam, would seem to bear that out. Now a young woman, she was separated from her family after accidentally boarding the wrong bus in India's crowded capital when she was 15 years old. Today, after 12 long years apart, she and her brother Jalil Ahmad can hold each at last thanks to the help and generosity of a Delhi police officer. / Daily Mail
COUPLE MUST TAKE DEAF SON TO UK FOR SURGERY AFTER HOSPITAL REFUSES DONOR'S OFFER
A deaf boy has been told to travel to the UK for a life-changing operation despite an anonymous donor offering to pay for his €20,000-plus ($26,000 US) surgery here. Liam Cunneen-McCormack, 6, has been refused the surgery in Dublin because of a funding impasse between the Health Service Executive (HSE) and Beaumont Hospital. His parents, Julie and Keith, were initially told by a medic that his hearing was normal. The full extent of his deafness was not discovered until he was 17 months old. / Independent
ALL WELCOME AS DEAF VILLAGE OPENS ITS DOORS
For a state-of-the-art sports and social complex, the choice of name is a bold one. Yet there it is, in huge letters above the entrance: Deaf Village Ireland. It’s very much open to the local community and, indeed, that patronage will be essential to the facility’s long-term viability. Just before it opened for business at the end of last month, the facility’s developers, the Catholic Institute for Deaf People, ran a naming competition within the deaf community in a bid to come up with an alternative - perhaps more neutral - name for the €15 million ($19.5 million US) facility. But the “deaf village” tag clearly stuck, and Deaf Village Ireland it was. / The Irish Times
BATH FLANKER MAT GILBERT: I MAY BE DEAF BUT I KNOW HOW TO SURVIVE ON THE RUGBY FIELD
At first glance, as he makes his way through the work, Mat Gilbert looks indistinguishable from his colleagues. He has thighs the size of a small car, shoulders so big the workmen will doubtless next be employed widening the doors. It is only when you get close that you realise what makes Gilbert stand out from his muscular peers. In both ears can be seen a hearing aid. Gilbert is the only deaf professional sportsman in England, obliged to wear those aids under his skull cap as he steps into the unforgiving acres of the Aviva Premiership. / The Telegraph
DEAF POPULATION IN OUTCRY OVER BIG FIRMS AND THEIR PHONE LINES
Big firms are struggling to get their heads around Gloucester's deaf people ringing up their customer service lines. That's the message from scores of people who say they are being barred from communicating with operators over the phone because they are helped by sign language interpreters to make the call. Profoundly deaf Gill Freeman, 57, was barred for speaking to a Halifax operator about her own bank account because she was signing to her qualified interpreter who was relaying the conversation. Her story caused outrage in the deaf community. / This is Gloucestershire
STRUGGLING MUM-OF-SIX DISMAYED AT HEATHER FROST "COUNCIL MANSION' SCANDAL
Deaf mum-of-six Sam Preest said she is struggling to cope in a two-and-a-half bed house. Her five sons, one of whom is disabled, share a single bedroom at her Innsworth home. Sam's daughter is shoehorned into a tiny box room and she and her partner Kevin, 47, sleep in another room. But a six-year battle for a bigger house goes on. They are dismayed jobless mum-of-11 Heather Frost, who lives in nearby Churchdown, has landed a £400,000 ($600,000 US) six-bedroom Severn Vale Housing home for her large brood. / This is Gloucestershire
BURGLAR ADMITS BREAKING INTO DEAF-BLIND MAN'S WORKSHOP
A crook has admitted breaking into a deaf-blind man’s workshop and stealing a quad bike. Kieran Kirk, 22, admitted taking the quad from Graham Hicks’ home on November 21 last year. Mr Hicks, 51, who runs a cycle repair business, also lost other equipment in the break-in. Kirk was visibly anxious as he stood in the dock, and pleaded guilty to one count of burglary at Peterborough Crown Court last Thursday, which only related to the quad bike. / Peterborough Telegraph
Montreal, QC, Canada
LETTER: PEOPLE, NOT EARS, ARE DEAF
Re: “Marois’s plea fell on deaf ears” (Gazette, Feb. 26). I am sure that neither the students demonstrating at the education summit nor the deaf people who live in our community have “deaf ears.” People, not ears, are deaf. Isn’t it time that The Gazette stops insulting deaf people with this worn-out metaphor? / Montreal Gazette
DEAF ARTIST ENTERS WORK IN ARCHIBALD PRIZE
Maryborough resident Patrick Phillips has used his "first language" to enter one of Australia's biggest and most prestigious art prizes. Mr Phillips has been deaf since birth and uses art to express himself. "In the absence of a spoken language, my first memories take the form of shapes and pictures," he said. "My thoughts were converted to my first written language -- pictures." Mr Phillips entered the Archibald Prize with his portrait titled The Good Shepherd, a portrait of his former teacher. / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Tel Aviv, Israel
INDICTMENT: TEEN RAPED DEAF-MUTE WOMAN
Using violence and cruelty, a teen forced his way into the Tel Aviv home of a deaf-mute woman in the middle of the night and brutally raped her, an indictment filed Monday against a16-year-old suspect, read. According to the indictment, the victim tried to send a text message asking for help, but the suspect took the phone from her and continued molesting her for over an hour. / Ynetnews
EXPANDING HOT-POT CHAIN CHALLENGES DEAF EMPLOYMENT DEFICIT
When a customer moves their thumb up or down toward Sun Zhongyue, the young waiter just replies with a shy smile. That is the way to say "thanks" and "you're welcome" in a special hot-pot restaurant manned by 11 deaf waitstaff including Sun. The east Beijing eatery, named "Xinhuoguo," literally "hot-pot with love," is a franchised store under the Liuyishou Group, a leading spicy hot-pot brand from southwest China. Such initiatives focusing on disabled employment have come under the spotlight on Sunday, China's National Ear Care Day, marked annually on March 3. / People's Daily Online
DEAF TO THE SIGNS OF AN IMPENDING PROBLEM
Many factors can cause hearing loss, including the degeneration of organs with increasing age, damage to nerves and blood vessels by toxins, diseases and injuries. While age is the single biggest cause of hearing impairment, the modern urban lifestyle can contribute to age-related hearing loss, with direct damage to the ear, experts say. "About 15 years ago, I had few patients complaining of hearing loss in a whole year," says Chen Chongxue, an ear, nose and throat specialist with No 1 Hospital of Tsinghua University in Beijing. "These days, I am seeing such patients every day, and many of them are young." / China Daily
MASONS BOOST DEAF SCHOOL
The almost forgotten National School for the Deaf has attracted the largesse of Rose Croix Masons in Sierra Leone, to assist the school overcome some of its logistics problems, including repair of their bus. In the less than 30-minute ceremony in one of the classrooms, representatives of both the Scottish and English Districts, together with other personalities of the Freemasonry in Sierra Leone, gathered to witness what was considered a maiden cash donation to one of Sierra Leone’s most deprived schools. / Awoko Newspaper
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New York, NY
HEARING-IMPAIRED BOY LIVES EVERY KID'S DREAM: BECOMING A SUPERHERO
Five-year-old Anthony Smith didn't think superheroes wore hearing aids, until he became one. His mother, Christina D'Allesandro, says the epic journey began in May, when her superhero-fanatic son, who is deaf in one ear and partially deaf in the other, refused to wear his blue hearing aid because "superheroes don't wear hearing aids" either. Desperate, she decided to consult the experts. A few weeks later, the mother of two was shocked to get an overwhelming response from Marvel, including comic book art that honored her son. / CNN
See Also MARVEL MISGUIDED IN HEARING AID POSTER CAMPAIGN / CNN iReport
Mountain View, CA
GOOGLE HANGOUTS BRING SIGN LANGUAGE SUPPORT AND KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS
Google has announced few things for the Hangouts: Via Anna Cavender: "Accessibility is something we care a lot about on the Hangouts team. The Hangout Captions app, for example, enables live transcription services for the deaf and hard of hearing. And “Take the Floor” makes it easier for sign language speakers to do a Hangout together. Today we’re rolling out two accessibility improvements in Hangouts - a Sign Language Interpreter app, and a fuller set of keyboard shortcuts." / DeafTechNews
STUDENTS TAKE PART IN DEAF NATION EXPO
Bo Clements, one of three American Sign Language (ASL) instructors at USF, gave a unique assignment to his students last weekend. The Deaf Nation Expo took place in Tampa, and as an assignment Clements’ students were required to attend the free event and record their thoughts and experiences. Clements, who is deaf himself, said he felt it is was an important experience for students to immerse themselves in the language whenever they get the chance. / The Oracle
MOMENT DEAF GIRL, 5, HEARS FOR THE FIRST TIME
A Tulsa family is celebrating after the deaf little girl they adopted from China was able to hear for the first time -- a moment they described as "breathtaking." Gifted a cochlear implant, Jayde Scholl now squeals and laughs with delight as she listens to the sound of her adoptive mother Jaque Scholl's voice. On Tuesday the implant was switched on, marking the end of a two adoption process for Jayde after she spent the first four years of her life in a Chinese orphanage after being abandoned in a town square at the age of eight-months. / Daily Mail
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PROFESSOR CREATES CLOSED CAPTIONING RADIO SERVICE FOR THE DEAF
The Deaf Studies program is the reason senior Rachel Wirtz chose Towson. Wirtz said she believes in equal access for everyone, despite disabilities, and said Towson has been working to provide this. One example is associate professor Ellyn Sheffield’s collaboration with NPR to start a new radio captioning technology. Broadcasting on more than 100 public radio stations, captioned-radio public media broadcasts allow access to radio to a target audience of nearly seven million people in the United States who are deaf and hard of hearing. / The Towerlight
FIRST-EVER ARMENIAN AND DEAF BURBANK POLICE COMMUNITY ACADEMIES GRADUATE
After getting an inside look at Burbank police operations — including demonstrations by the Special Weapons and Tactics team and presentations about gangs, forensics and force — members of the first-ever Armenian and deaf community academy classes have graduated. “You probably know a lot more now about the police department than when we began,” Burbank Police Officer Joshua Kendrick said Wednesday to the more than 30 Burbank residents who completed the seven-week course. / The Burbank Leader
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Los Angeles, CA
'SWITCHED AT BIRTH' GOES SILENT TO SHINE LIGHT ON DEAF CULTURE
“Until hearing people walk a day in our shoes, they will never understand,” says a guidance counselor at a high school for deaf students on Switched at Birth. Such insights are a staple of the ABC Family drama, a TV rarity that puts deaf characters, played by deaf or hearing- impaired actors, at the center of the action. But the episode tonight [March 4] takes it a bold step further: Save for a few spoken words at the beginning and the end, it is silent. / The Columbus Dispatch
MARLEE MATLIN VISITS NEW YORK SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
Students at the New York School for the Deaf in Greenburgh got a special visit from Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin yesterday. Matlin, who is deaf herself, was at the school to mark the airing of the latest episode of her current ABC Family TV show, "Switched at Birth." / News 12 Westchester
ART SHOW 'ENGAGE! EXPOSURE! EXPERIMENT! EXHIBIT!
The Art Program is pleased to host this visual art showcase of artworks from emerging and professional deaf and hard of hearing artists opening Thursday, February 28 and running through Friday, March 29, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Washburn Arts Center, Linda K. Jordan Gallery. The purpose of this show is to share their artistic and cultural values for the art community. This exhibition is an opportunity for local and regional emerging and professional artists to meet and greet students, faculty, staff. / Gallaudet University
New York, NY
FOR DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING, THE JOY OF LIVE MUSIC
On the last night of the 2012 Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, the sun set over a crowd of thousands who had stood for hours waiting to see Jack White, the headliner. A figure strode onto the stage, setting off a cascade of cheers. But it was not Jack White, the singer-guitarist, it was Barbie Parker, the festival’s lead sign language interpreter. Ms. Parker, a Texas native, and members of her Austin-based company, LotuSIGN, had interpreted more than 20 bands’ sets for deaf and hard of hearing festival attendees that weekend. As evidenced by the positive reception she received, her interpretations had won over a good part of the hearing audience as well. / The New York Times
DEAF RAPPER SEAN FORBES BRINGS HIS POSITIVE VIBRATIONS TO NEW YORK
Sean Forbes was set. His disability hadn’t prevented him from getting a good education, and it wasn’t going to prevent him from getting a job. He could find steady employment at the electric company. He even had an executive willing to pay his college tuition. But he didn’t want to create power. He wanted to create music. "I was going to make $75,000 and be miserable," says Forbes. "I thanked him for the opportunity but said no." / The Star-Ledger
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Salt Lake City, UT
MAN ASPIRING TO BE FIRST DEAF OLYMPIC SPEEDSKATER
Hearing what’s going on around you can be vital when it comes to speedskating, but one aspiring Olympian is determined to compete with the best despite being deaf. Michael Hubbs was born without hearing, but that hasn’t stopped him from hearing the call of the ice. “I just love to skate,” he said. Hubbs’ goal is to make the Olympic team in 2014, which would make him the first deaf speedskater to compete in the Olympics. / FOX13Now.com
See Also MICHAEL HUBBS ARRESTED FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER VIOLATION / Deaf YouVideo
See Also MICHAEL HUBBS HOSPITALIZED / Deaf YouVideo
AREA SKATERS ON U.S. TEAM FOR WORLD DEAF HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Miles Gates and Bo Ruef are hearing-impaired, but they don't consider themselves different. "We just have one little setback that (makes us) work harder," said Gates, 23, a Millcreek Township resident. Gates and Ruef will represent the United States for the second time at the World Deaf Ice Hockey Championship, which will be played March 30 through April 6 in Vantaa, Finland. / Erie Times-News
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