March 14, 2012
Vol. 8, No. 18
Editor: Tom Willard
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DAN CARPENTER: DEAF INDY FEELING UNHEARD
Thanks to email, I've gotten an eyeful from supporters of the Indiana School for the Deaf as legislation to remove a key function from that institution has progressed to passage. "Their outreach program is a successful model of meeting the needs of every Deaf child in the state," Gary Fitts wrote. His use of the capital D speaks volumes. The pride of the deaf community, identified by its use of American Sign Language, is very much at stake in the battle over outreach and intervention services, which the Deaf School will lose under House Bill 1367, passed last week. / Indianapolis Star
JUDGE: DEPUTIES DID NOT VIOLATE DEAF MAN'S RIGHTS
A federal appeals court rejected a deaf Middletown man’s complaint that deputies with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office didn’t do enough to accommodate his disability while responding to his home. In January 2008, sheriff’s deputies responded to Robert Seremeth’s home for a reported domestic incident. In its decision Monday, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that sheriff’s deputies were justified in handcuffing Seremeth’s hands behind his back -- leaving him unable to communicate through sign language or by writing notes to the officers. / Gazette.net
NEW SCHOOL FOR DEAF FACES NEIGHBORHOOD OPPOSITION
No one denies that the Rocky Mountain Deaf School desperately needs a new home. The highly regarded school currently rents space in a Golden strip mall that's also home to a bar and a hookah bar. After years of trying, the school has won a $13 million grant from the Colorado Department of Education to build a new prekindergarten through 12th-grade school in Lakewood's Hutchinson Park area. But, like many construction projects, the proposed school has run into conflict. / KMGH Denver
St. Augustine, FL
LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL GIVING FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND EMINENT DOMAIN
With just hours left in the state’s 60-day legislative session, the Legislature passed a bill giving Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind eminent domain powers. The St. Augustine school is the only public education entity, which includes school districts, colleges, and universities, that does not have the power. With no debate, the Senate passed the legislation on a unanimous vote at 10 p.m. It now heads to Gov. Rick Scott. / The Florida Times-Union
DEAF STUDENTS NEW TO US FIND THEIR FOOTING
James Alzate-Medina’s first day of school was bewildering. Teachers and students at the Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing sat together in circles, waving their hands in the air like frenzied birds. Alzate-Medina, now 22, is one of a handful of students to have graduated from a two-year-old program at the Horace Mann School, one of the first in the country to target deaf teenagers who immigrate to the United States. / The Boston Globe
TRUCK STRIKES, KILLS DEAF CHILD, 3, ON BURKE ROAD
A 3-year-old deaf child died this morning after she ran into the highway in Burke County. According to the Georgia State Patrol Sgt. 1st Class Chris Lacienski, the child was playing about 9:30 a.m. with another child in her front yard when she darted across the 400 block of Georgia Highway 56 North near the Church of God. The child was returning across the highway when she was struck by a log truck. The child died at the scene. / The Augusta Chronicle
San Antonio, TX
DEAF STUDENT A VICTIM OF SEXUAL BULLYING, POLICE SAY
Two police agencies are investigating two South San Antonio High School students on allegations of bullying and sexual assault on a 15-year-old deaf girl. One of the students, 18-year-old Javier Maya, was arrested and charged with public lewdness on Tuesday. According to an arrest warrant, Maya in October 2011 had persuaded another deaf student into groping the victim to the point of pain. The suspects then allegedly threatened the girl not to tell anyone what happened. / kens5.com
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DEAF MP GRANTED FUNDING
Deaf MP Mojo Mathers has been granted funding for support in the House to be paid by Parliamentary Services. Speaker Lockwood Smith this morning announced he had directed Parliamentary Services, which funds support for all MPs to do their jobs, to provide the legal authority to fund electronic note-takers for Mathers. "This support will be in addition to that to which she is already entitled, to ensure she may fulfil her role as a member of Parliament," Smith said. / Stuff.co.nz
FRESH PROBE INTO DEAF AND DUMB YOUTH'S DEATH
Jharkhand government on Monday announced a fresh probe into the death of a deaf and dumb youth, whose body was recently exhumed for post-mortem following allegations that he died in police firing during an anti-naxal operation in Latehar district on January 31. "Deputy Inspector General of Police will probe the incident," Jharkhand's HRD Minister Baijnath Ram announced. / Deccan Herald
COMPUTER TURNS SIGN LANGUAGE INTO TEXT, CREATING NEW WORLD FOR DEAF TRAINEES
A computer program that translates sign language into written text could revolutionise the lives of the deaf and hard of hearing, scientists say. The software, which can be used on portable devices and provides near instantaneous translation, would be the first of its kind. Researchers at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland hope the move will help young deaf people find work and communicate with colleagues. / The Age
THE MUSIC PRODUCERS GUILD ADOPTS MUSIC AND THE DEAF AS ITS NEW CHARITY
The Music Producers Guild has adopted Music and the Deaf as its official charity and will be actively supporting it by holding fund raising events, including a raffle at its annual Awards ceremony in London. For the past three years the MPG has supported Don’t Lose the Music, a campaign orchestrated by the RNID, which was recently renamed Action For Hearing Loss. / Mi2N.com
VICTORY IN FIGHT TO SAVE BRISTOL SCHOOL FOR DEAF CHILDREN
Campaigners in Bristol have succeeded in their battle to save Elmfield School for Deaf Children. The school has been under threat for more than a year because of the high cost of each pupil place. But parents, staff, governors and supporters strongly opposed Bristol City Council's move to shut it and replace it with specialist resource bases attached to mainstream schools. Today the council has announced the school will stay open, although its maximum number of places will be cut from 36 to 30. / This is Bristol
Belleville, ON, Canada
KEEP DEAF SCHOOLS, PARENT URGES
Two of Sarah Colbeck’s children attend Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf and her other two will enroll in the provincial school when they are of age. However, the family’s confidence that the children will receive an education among other deaf children was shaken in recent weeks when the provincial government released the Drummond Report, a massive study examining options to reduce government spending. One such recommendation is to amalgamate the three deaf schools in Ontario -- Belleville, Milton and London -- into one. / The Intelligencer
Montreal, QC, Canada
DEAF BASKETBALL TEAM FAVORED TO TAKE CHAMPIONSHIPS
One of Montreal's best basketball teams won't be hearing much praise. A set of hoopsters from Montreal composed entirely of deaf and hearing-impaired players has been showing all the signs of a championship team. It's all much to the surprise of their coach, who was floored when he realized how competitive his players are. Nico Loureiro, who is hearing, is still overcoming his communication deficit. / CTV Montreal
DEAF COMMUNITY UP IN ARMS OVER VIDEO PROGRAM END
B.C.'s deaf community is rallying against the cancellation of a high-tech pilot program that gives them the ability to make video calls with a live translator. As technology rockets forward with tools like Facetime and Skype, deaf British Columbians feel they are being asked to go backwards with the end of the Video Relay Service. / CTV
TROOPS OCCUPYING 4 KANALS OF SCHOOL FOR DEAF AND DUMB
For more than 20 years, four kanals of land owned by Abhinanda Home, Valley’s sole school for deaf and dumb children, has been under the occupation of security forces. In total, Abhinanda Home is spread over 10 kanals of land. However, the remaining six kanals of land are not being properly utilised. The play ground has no required facilities for sports and other activities. No improvement has been made in the infrastructure of the school. / KashmirWatch
NEPAL RESTAURANT SERVES UP OPPORTUNITY FOR DEAF
As the diners enter, Ram Babu Kafle strolls over with a notebook and ballpoint pen and stands beside their table at the Bakery café in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu. He touches his ear and mouth and raises his fingers, signalling the customers to place their orders using sign language because he can neither speak nor hear. This job and those of waiters at the restaurant's other branches are a rare job opportunity for the deaf in Nepal, providing an income and independence not only for them but for the rest of their family as well. / Reuters
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LIFE & LEISURE
FIREFIGHTERS INSTALLING DEVICE TO SAVE DEAF PEOPLE DURING FIRES
Lee Calvaruso was sound asleep in his Buffalo, NY apartment when there was an explosion and fire. Despite the commotion, Calvaruso didn't hear a thing because he's deaf. "I didn't realize it because I was asleep," he said through his translator. "Everybody got out of the building, but the landlord forgot to get me." If a firefighter hadn't been able to make it to his apartment within minutes, Calvaruso could've certainly died. Now, living in Rutherford County, fire is a one of his constant worries, but thanks to a new device he can rest easily. / NewsChannel5.com
GONZALEZ FAMILY OFFERS INSPIRATION TO COMMUNITY
The Gonzalez family is a close-knit bunch. Herminio and Tami Gonzalez are a loving couple who have two children, Miles, 10, and Isle, 4, who love to go to school and play fun games and sports. The Gonzalez family is deaf, but their inspirational story of love, family, and success rivals those of most hearing families. “I was born deaf,” Herminio said. “It looks like a generational thing.” / The Daily Home
HEARING LOSS IN MIDDLE AGE MAY AFFECT RELATIONSHIPS AND SOCIAL LIFE
Around 36 million American adults suffer from hearing loss, and my husband is one of them. Let's talk about what that means in very practical terms. / The Huffington Post
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ROLE REVERSAL OPENS EYES FOR PHARMACY STUDENTS
There will come a time when the students in St. John Fisher’s College of Pharmacy become registered pharmacists and will have to provide service to a patient who is deaf. Thanks to a role-reversal exercise that 80 first-years participated in Wednesday afternoon, not only will they know how to impart proper service, they will understand and appreciate the difficulties the patient before them endures. / Democrat and Chronicle
UNF PROFESSOR DONALS MOORES RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Donald Moores, a professor in the Department of Exceptional Student and Deaf Education at the University of North Florida, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of College Educators-Deaf and Hard of Hearing. “Don is truly a lifetime achiever, and this award recognizes the extensive contribution he has made to the field of deaf education during his distinguished career,” said Larry Daniel, dean of the College of Education and Human Services at UNF. / The Florida Times-Union
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Los Angeles, CA
SWITCHED AT BIRTH SHOOTS DAWN OF THE DEAF
In honor of Emmett’s birthday, Bay and Daphne decide to make a deaf horror movie that Daphne and Emmett wrote awhile ago. What was great about this was that it got everyone together at the Kennish house, and the writers did a good job of focusing on it for the duration of the episode. / Examiner.com
New York, NY
TRIBES STAR RUSSELL HARVARD ON HIS DEAF HERITAGE AND JOINING A NEW OFF-BROADWAY FAMILY
Russell Harvard may be making his off-Broadway debut in Tribes at the Barrow Street Theatre, but this talented New York newcomer is no show-biz rookie. On film, Harvard is best known for his portrayal of the adult H.W. Plainview in There Will Be Blood and wrestler Matt Hamill in The Hammer. In Tribes, Harvard stars as Billy, a deaf twenty-something who struggles to be heard in an outspoken hearing family. / Broadway.com
Los Angeles, CA
DEAF HISTORY MONTH 2012: FOXY BROWN SUFFERS LOSS, BOUNCES BACK
Wild antics and bold lyrics are synonymous with Foxy Brown but one aspect of her life that has slipped in and out of headlines is the rapper's past hearing struggles. The Brooklyn native, born Inga Marchand, experienced the sensory loss for a full year back in 2005. The day after she posed for a XXL cover shoot with Jay-Z, LeBron James and Kanye West, Foxy revealed that she'd lost all hearing in both ears. Rather than expose her ailment, she went on to self-medicate for four months before disclosing her handicap to the masses. / The Boombox
NEARLY DEAF, SINGLE MOM JOY ELAN PENS 'SIGNS OF LIFE; PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE'
Born with a hearing impairment, author Joy Elan has required hearing aids since the age of 15 months. The vibrant and outgoing single mom was born in Berkeley, CA in July 1983 -- to a mother who was herself single -- and raised in neighboring Oakland. Having grown up without her father and been hard of hearing for her entire life, Elan has encountered numerous obstacles and challenges. She penned intimate thoughts - hers and other's - in an alluring book of poetry titled "SIGNS OF LIFE: Past, Present, and Future." / BlackNews.com
DEAF AND DRY IN DAVIDSON
A couple of days ago, Davidson Community Theatre announced that they’ve added an extra matinee performance on Sunday, March 11, to their sold-out run of Children of a Lesser God. But it already may be too late to take advantage. Tickets are that hot, and the production at the Armour Street Theatre is that good. / The CLog
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In the world of the deaf, Bennie Fuller's name resonates like a midnight lightning strike.He is THE LEGEND for the hearing- and speech-impaired. Yes, 50 years ago this month, the Philadelphia Warriors' Wilt Chamberlain set an NBA scoring standard with 100 points against the New York Knicks. But to the hearing- and speech-impaired, it is Bennie Fuller who is the legend. / Pensacola News Journal
West Lafayette, IN
DEAF HURDLER DESCRIBES ADAPTATIONS
When the parents of a Purdue hurdler found out their son was deaf at a young age, they didn’t know the devastating diagnosis would morph into a blessing. Josh Hembrough, a senior in the College of Health and Human Sciences, was walking at 10 months old but still couldn’t form words. When his parents took him to an audiologist, they were told their son was profoundly deaf in both ears. Josh wore hearing aids until he was 10 years old, when he received a cochlear implant. “I was simply speechless,” Josh said. / The Exponent
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COLORADO SCHOOL for the DEAF and the BLIND
PRINCIPAL, School for the Deaf
Official job announcement may be found in its entirety, including major duties/responsibilities, under Non-Classified employment at http://csdb.org/. Applications requested by March 30, 2012 in anticipation that interviews will be conducted beginning in April; all interviews conducted on-site at CSDB; salary commensurate with appropriate education and experience; excellent benefits; position open until filled.
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33 North Institute Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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• House Managers - Support individuals who are developmentally disabled to increase their independence. Assist with activities of daily living. Comprehensive vacation, holiday and health benefits.
• Relief Managers - Provide direct support. Schedule own hours to assist full time staff. Per diem, non-benefited position.
• Comfortable with providing personal care and dealing with behavioral issues.
• Experience with individuals with developmental disabilities.
• CPR, First Aid, MAPS are a plus.
• Valid Driver's License. Ability to lift 50 pounds.
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PAHrtners is looking for dedicated, motivated, energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community to be a part of our team. Check our website at www.PAHrtners.com to learn about our career opportunities and more! E.O.E.
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Office of the President
February 8, 2012
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
To the Deaf Education Community:
We are seeking nominations for the Provost position at the Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf in Big Spring, Texas. After three years of successful service, Dr. Mark Myers is returning to the East Coast to be closer to family. We are requesting nominations to this crucial position for the future of our institution. You may refer to our website at www.howardcollege.edu for the complete position notice.
To propose a candidate for this program, please submit a letter of recommendation to Dr. Cheryl T. Sparks, President, Howard County Junior College District, 1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, TX 79720. The letter should summarize the candidate's qualifications for the position. Please include a curriculum vitae and names of individuals who may be willing to comment upon the candidate's fitness for the position.
Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
Education…For Learning, For Earning, For Life
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