March 9, 2011
Vol. 7, No. 20
Editor: Tom Willard
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New York, NY
DEAF SCHOOL 'TRAGEDY' IN BROOKLYN: STATE BUDGET CUTS MAY FORCE SCHOOL TO SHUT DOWN
A Crown Heights school for the deaf could be closing down this summer because of state budget cuts. Deaf kids from around the city have received a free education from St. Francis DeSales on Eastern Parkway for more than half a century -- but that could all come to an end in July under Gov. Cuomo's plan to slash state funding. "It's a tragedy -- the children are going to suffer so the state can save money," said school director Ed McCormack. / NY Daily News
See Also RSD, OTHER SPECIAL SCHOOLS THREATENED BY PROPOSED BUDGET / Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle
See Also MOTHER SEEKS NICHE FOR HER DEAF DAUGHTER / Democrat and Chronicle
See Also CUOMO'S PROPOSED BUDGET WOULD ELIMINATE FUNDING TO NY SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF / White Plains Patch
Salt Lake City, UT
POLICE: SLC MAN STRUCK, KILLED BY AMTRAK TRAIN WAS DEAF
Salt Lake City police have identified the man killed by an Amtrak train at a downtown crossing early last Thursday. Police said that Joseph Guitierrez, 34, of Salt Lake City, was instantly killed about 2:30 a.m. Thursday when he darted in front of the train. The crossing’s safety barrier was lighted and active at the time. On Friday, however, Salt Lake City police Detective Dennis McGowan said investigators had confirmed that Guitierrez was deaf. That, along with indications he may have been drinking shortly before the accident, “may have contributed to the incident,” McGowan said. / The Salt Lake Tribune
DEAF, MUTE MAN VICTIM OF HIT AND RUN
A woman has been arrested on hit and run charges after leaving a deaf and mute man lying injured in the middle of a Vallejo roadway. Authorities said neighbors rushed to the aid of the victim after the man was struck during rush hour with such force his shoes were knocked off. “He couldn’t hear the cars coming,” said Pat Smith. “I heard a bang noise, thinking it was one of our cars, cause normally our cars get hit out here.” Another neighbor who was driving nearby recognized the victim and sped after the suspect, tailing the vehicle while calling authorities. / CBS Sacramento
Des Moines, IA
DEAF WOMAN SAYS IN LAWSUIT THAT HOSPITAL MADE DAUGHTER INTERPRET
A deaf Fort Dodge woman is suing a hospital for allegedly forcing her to use her 7-year-old daughter as a sign-language interpreter before the girl had surgery. Jessie Fox says in a federal lawsuit filed Friday that she asked officials at Trinity Regional Medical Center to provide an interpreter so she could understand instructions from the medical staff. She says the Fort Dodge hospital refused her request, so she had to rely on her daughter, Addison, to translate the staff's words into sign language. The arrangement led to a medication mix-up, the lawsuit says. / Des Moines Register
IMPERILED STATE PROGRAM A LIFELINE FOR DEAF AND BLIND
Ona Stewart uses her hands to see and hear, and aides say she has a sense of touch so subtle she can read someone’s mood by the tension of their grip. The 52-year-old, who makes pottery and weaves for a living, takes pride in her independence, and though deaf and blind, manages to live on her own in Cambridge, cook her meals, and navigate nearby streets and subways. But because she does not have family nearby, she relies on a decade-old state program that provides aides who communicate with her through tactile sign language. They also help her shop for groceries, attend community meetings, run errands, and live as full a life as possible. That may end soon. / The Boston Globe
MINN. LAWYER SEEKS CLERGY-ABUSE VICTIMS IN WIS.
The Minnesota lawyer who represents alleged victims of clergy sexual abuse is launching a 30-day media blitz in southeastern Wisconsin asking other victims to come forward. Attorney Jeff Anderson of St. Paul is suing the Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee. His charges included allegations that one of its now-deceased priests molested as many as 200 deaf boys from 1950 to 1974. Anderson called on all victims to come forward now, even if they've been told previously it was too late to file a claim. / Associated Press
High Point, NC
HEARING DEVICE STOLEN FROM DEAF HIGH POINT TEEN
A High Point mother is hoping that her deaf daughter's stolen $8,500 hearing device will be returned. Someone broke in to Martha Soltani's car outside the J&S Cafeteria on Eastchester Drive Friday night, taking a book bag sitting on the floor of the passenger's side. In the book bag was an $8,500 cochlear implant processor belonging to Martha's daughter, Sara Soltani. Sara, 15, was born deaf. When she was seven, she underwent surgery for a cochlear implant in her right ear. / WGHP
VIRGINIA COULD JOIN OTHER STATES THAT OFFER SIGN LANGUAGE AS FOREIGN LANGUAGE ELECTIVE
A measure that would offer sign language as a foreign language in Virginia's high schools and universities is headed to Gov. Bob McDonnell. The General Assembly overwhelmingly passed legislation during the 2011 session that would make Virginia one of more than 30 states where sign language counts toward foreign-language requirements. / Associated Press
ROBOTICS TEAM FROM EWING HIGH, N.J. SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF WIN AWARD
The Ewing Township Robotics Team, “Team 2016, The Mighty Monkey Wrenches,” had just completed their first year as a unit, when suddenly a real wrench was tossed into their plans. In 2007, The Mighty Monkey Wrenches were told they were moving into another area, a welding lab located inside the New Jersey School for the Deaf in West Trenton. It turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to the team. Students from the N.J. School for the Deaf joined the team, and it became a fortuitous pairing. / The Times of Trenton
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Thaba Nchu, South Africa
DEAF, BLIND PUPILS CALL FOR THE HEAD OF 'UNCOOPERATIVE' PRINCIPAL
Pupils at the Bartimea school for the deaf and blind in Thaba Nchu are on strike calling for the head of their principal, Joyce Thothela. The disgruntled pupils embarked upon an indefinite strike last Tuesday. “We want the department of education to dismiss the principal as she is not cooperative,” said one of the pupils’ representatives, Mohau Nhlapho. “She failed to resolve our problems, which date as far back as 2009.” He said the pupils could no longer stand the exodus of qualified teachers. / The New Age
'FOUR OF FIVE RAPED GIRLS DEAF-MUTE'
A report that said five mentally challenged girls at the orphanage in Panvel had been raped, also said that outsiders were observed on the premises in close contact with the girls. Nila Girish Turpude, an advocate as well as social worker from Alibaug, lodged a complaint with the Kalamboli police on Friday. According to a police spokesman, “Of the nineteen girls, five were reportedly physically and sexually abused. Of these five girls, four are also deaf-mute. We have arrested four officials of the sanstha and slapped rape charges against them.” / Hindustan Times
HEALTH SERVICES FAIL DEAF CHILDREN WITH ADDITIONAL COMPLEX NEEDS
Health services are failing to provide adequate treatment for deaf children with additional complex needs, a report published last week by the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) has revealed. The research from NDCS and the University of Manchester discovered failures in diagnosis, problems accessing medical treatment, and professionals consistently failing to share information. The report, which is the largest of its kind, described some professionals as "overwhelmed by the complexity of needs" and others as treating deafness as a minor condition that can be addressed later in the child’s life. / Nursing in Practice
Isle of Wight
DEAF MUM CAN HEAR AFTER PIONEERING OP
Following a lifetime of silence after she was born almost totally deaf, a Shanklin mum has become the first person in the UK to undergo pioneering surgery to help her hear properly for the first time. Marnie McCarthy, 45, said she was delighted with the results of the operation but admitted she was surprised at how loud everything seemed, particularly as she lives with three teenage sons and an excitable springer spaniel. / Isle of Wight County Press
Milton, ON, Canada
FUNDING CUTS COULD LEAVE DEAF-BLIND GIRL ISOLATED
All her life, Caitlin Ryan, 18, has been battling the odds. Born profoundly deaf, the Ottawa teen suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Usher Syndrome. Caitlin has attended the Provincial School for the Deaf in Milton since she was five, living in residence and going home to Ottawa on weekends, because there are no programs for her in Ottawa. As if deafness weren't bad enough, at 14, she got another devastating diagnosis. Her eyesight started to fail. Her ophthalmologist diagnosed Retinitis Pigmentosa -- caused by Usher Syndrome. / Ottawa Sun
Bundaberg, QLD, Australia
JAIL FOR ATTACK ON DEAF MAN
A man who repeatedly punched a deaf farmhand to the face during a “gratuitous act of thuggery and violence” has been jailed for 18 months. The victim, Peter Vohland, was left with a fractured eye socket, bruising and swelling to his left eye, and a severely swollen left cheek. Bundaberg District Court was told Denton Sydney Ziebell, 25, from Monto, attacked Mr Vohland, 28, while he was watching television at home about 11:30 pm on October 3, 2009. / Bundaberg News Mail
FUNDS RAISED TO BUILD SCHOOL FOR DEAF CHILDREN
Funds were raised for deaf children at a musical night arranged by the Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF) at Clifton’s Imperial Garden on Saturday. Noted Qawwal Amjad Sabri along with his team performed at the event, enthralling the audience by singing Qawealis and Ghazals. Sabri said that he was very glad to come and perform for a good cause, i.e. the education and advancement of deaf children. The musical night was part of a fund-raiser for new deaf reach school, Rashidabad. / The News International
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WOMAN STRIVES TO END BARRIERS FOR DEAF IN MERCED
Angelica Martinez, 41, was at a baby shower in 2000 and mistakenly told a young boy, who strongly resembled her son, to stop running around. "I found out this wasn't my son," she recalled. A few months later, she was at a Deaf Club event and, "I saw the boy and I asked him who his dad was." When she saw her future husband, it seemed as if there was a glow about him, like a halo of sunlight surrounding him. "It was love at first sight or something," she said, laughing. "When I saw him, I didn't realize he was deaf." / Merced Sun-Star
SWEET SOUND OF SUCCESS
As a student at Robinson Secondary School, Mark Burka was everywhere. He was president of the National Honor Society and a member of the school's marching band, the drumline, the symphonic band and the orchestra. He worked at a Camp Kesem, a student-run camp for children whose parents have or are recovering from cancer. One summer, he went on a trip to Europe with one of the bands, a trip for which he was a little nervous for fear that he might set off a metal detector. That's because, when he was 2, Burka had surgery to receive a cochlear implant, a mechanical device that allows him to hear. / Fairfax Connection
PAY ATTENTION TO THE DEAF
Do you think that the Kansas School for the Deaf would be a much better educational institution if it became deaf-centric and was operated by deaf people instead? Hearing people looking into our deafness and working on it have the right to run this school their way. But are they hurting our deaf-centric ways -- in other words, our deaf language and culture? Also, are other educational programs for the oral deaf oppressing our deaf-culture in Kansas? / The Kansas City Star
CELEBRATE NATIONAL DEAF HISTORY MONTH BEGINNING MARCH 13
National Deaf History Month, which begins on March 13, was originally envisioned as just one week to promote a greater understanding of the deaf community. Today, National Deaf History Month is a month-long, nationwide celebration of contributions of the deaf community to American society. National Deaf History Month was the creation of two deaf employees at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington DC. In 1996, the National Association of the Deaf suggested the week become a full-fledged month, and in 1997, the first annual, nationwide National Deaf History Month was celebrated, March 13 to April 15. / PRWeb
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Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT INTRODUCES VISUAL PAGING SERVICES
Travelers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) now have access to visual as well as audio paging services. “While visual paging benefits all our customers, it is particularly important to customers who are deaf or hard of hearing,” said Jeffrey Hamiel, executive director of the Metropolitan Airports Commission. / Business Wire
THE UPTAKE GETS DEAF COMMISSION'S AWARD FOR CAPTIONING DEBATES
The Uptake, the group that live-streams all kinds of political events, was honored last Wednesday by the Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans during a rally at the Capitol. The Uptake received the group's Accessible News Outlet Media Excellence. The commission said: "The Uptake was the only media outlet that covered candidates’ captioning of ads during the 2010 campaign. This resulted in more candidates complying with the state candidate captioning law." / MinnPost.com
CARNEGIE FIRM CREATES HOSPITAL VIDEO INTERPRETER FOR DEAF OR NON-ENGLISH-SPEAKING PATIENTS
The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority just issued a report that underscores the need for ensuring that patients understand what a nurse or doctor is telling them. Between 2004 and 2010, the authority identified 232 instances in Pennsylvania hospitals in which a patient's limited English skills might have affected the individual's care. For the past decade, a Carnegie business has helped hospitals prevent those accidents by providing on-demand video interpreters, first for hearing-impaired patients and now for non-English speakers as well. / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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San Antonio, TX
FOUR DEAF PERFORMERS INVITE YOU TO 'SEE WHAT I'M SAYING'
When four deaf artists struggle for mainstream attention, it can get ugly quick. For one year, producer/director Hilari Scarl follows the lives of actor Robert DeMayo, singer TL Forsberg, comedian CJ Jones, and drummer Bob Hiltermann, all of whom are famous in the deaf world but struggle in the hearing world in “See What I’m Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary.” Sometimes they’re not deaf enough, sometimes they’re too deaf, sometimes they don’t speak well enough, sometimes they don’t sign with enough clarity, and sometimes, they just can’t seem to catch a break. / San Antonio Express
SHORT, SILENT STARS: CONEWAGO STUDENTS USE SIGN LANGUAGE IN ORIGINAL FILM
They started filming Monday and will be finished making “The Emperor’s New Shoes” by Friday. As busy as it is with cast members speaking and directors directing, the classroom at Conewago Township Elementary School is quiet. All the kindergarten through third grade cast members are deaf/hard of hearing. Speaking in American Sign Language, the nearly half-hour movie is an original story. / Gettysburg Times
Ellicott City, MD
ELLICOTT CITY STUDENTS AT SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF VIE FOR ANOTHER SHOT AT CENTER STAGE
Last May, students from Maryland School for the Deaf stole the show at Baltimore’s Center Stage when they performed Understanding, a play they wrote about the implications of being deaf in a hearing world. Their play was one of more than 350 submitted by Maryland schools vying to be among the half-dozen that would be performed by professional actors at Center Stage as part of the theater’s annual Young Playwrights Festival. Not only was Understanding selected, but the students themselves were invited to perform it -- a rare honor. Now, they hope to repeat their success. / Ellicott City Patch
Little Rock, AR
DEAF DOGS: A PHOTOGRAPHER'S FOCUS
Inspired by her own dog, one photographer decided to travel the country to take pictures of deaf and rescue dogs. She's hoping to raise awareness and money to help homeless pets. "I adopted my dog, Sadie, from the Bucks County ASPCA about 3 years ago," says photographer Melissa McDaniel. And McDaniel and Sadie have been inseparable ever since. But the pretty pooch is not your typical rescue dog. She is deaf. / KARK
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DEAF BASKETBALL TEAM'S ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS
Gallaudet University, a university for the deaf located in Washington, D.C., provides for us an example of the type of extreme obstacles a group can overcome when united for a common goal or purpose. The team is in the midst of a historic season, complete with a 20-1 record, just years after losing every game against their conference opponents, including an embarrassing 75-point defeat. / DrJays.com Live
DEAF COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER FROM DIXON HOPES TO GO PRO
At 6 feet 7 inches tall, Michael Lizarraga is an imposing figure on the basketball court. Michael's Cal State Northridge Matadors played the UC Davis Aggies Thursday night. During the game, Michael could be seen, not looking at the point guard for plays, but at his interpreter, relaying messages to him from his teammates. Michael is profoundly deaf. His parents found out when he was 15 months old. / News10.net
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