May 19, 2010
Vol. 6, No. 29
Editor: Tom Willard
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DEAF COUPLE FILES COMPLAINTS AGAINST DERBY
A deaf couple has filed complaints with the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, claiming Derby police should have provided them with a sign language interpreter after they got into a car accident last year. Wendell Hunte of Bridgeport, and Emori Tompkins of Derby, each filed a complaint against the city, the Police Department and police commission, claiming police violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and state law. The complainants claim the police officer who responded to the scene of the crash didn’t provide them with pen and paper, and instead asked their 5-year-old son, who can hear, questions. / The New Haven Register
COUPLE DENIED SERVICE DUE TO SERVICE DOG
A McLean couple says they were denied service at a Virginia restaurant because of their service dog. Even after the police were called the couple says they were turned away. Forty-seven-year-old Christine Calabrese is legally blind, hearing impaired and suffers from severe balance problems. She needs her service dog for help walking in addition to seeing and hearing. But on a trip through southern Virginia the Calabreses were told the dog was not welcome at an area restaurant. / ABC 7 News
BIGGEST LOSER SEASON 10 OPENER TO FEATURE DETROIT
Season 10 of The Biggest Loser will start right here. Filming for next September's opening episode of the popular reality television series about overcoming obesity was shot Sunday in front of Ford Motor Company's World Headquarters. Many of those who gathered Sunday were large people, and some are ready to undergo the life-changing effort of joining the cast. James Glover, 36, of Ann Arbor weighs 450 pounds -- and is deaf -- which is why he thinks he'd make a great contestant. "Deaf people don't have to hear to do things," Glover said through an interpreter. / The Detroit News
RIT/NTID GRAD CROWNED MISS DEAF USA
Michelle Koplitz, a 2008 graduate of RIT/NTID, was named Miss Deaf USA at a pageant held in Washington, D.C. in April. She'll compete in the Miss Deaf International Finale in Las Vegas in July. Koplitz, a native of Eau Claire, Wisc., received a bachelor's degree in Biotechnology from RIT/NTID and is graduating May 26 from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a master's degree in Health Education and Health Communication. She hopes to promote healthy lifestyles within the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities. / NTID News
Silver Spring, MD
TELL THE NAD ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH SOCIAL SECURITY
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) wants to know about your experience with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Your answers will help the NAD understand how deaf and hard of hearing people communicate with the SSA. If you get or have gotten SSI or SSDI benefits, please fill out this survey. Your information will help the NAD advocate for improved social security access by deaf and hard of hearing people. This survey will be available until June 15, 2010. / NAD
BARB DiGi CUTS OFF TIES WITH DEAFREAD
One of my basil plants harbored a worm or two. It became necessary to cut off the branch just like I have decided to cut off ties with DeafRead so that the whole plant can continue to grow and prosper into a healthy discourse with respect of ASL advocates who are true to the Deaf vlogosphere community. We no longer need to tolerate DeafRead editors' poor judgment that they have neglected to monitor against those who attack the others especially those who have wormed their way to their workplaces. / YouTube
OLIVER THE DEAF GORILLA ON DISPLAY AT COLUMBUS ZOO
Oliver the deaf gorilla now is on display at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The zoo announced today that Oliver has been moved from a behind-the-scenes enclosure where he was alone to the indoor gorilla habitat, where he can be seen by the public. He also is now surrounded -- but still physically separated -- by other gorillas at the zoo. Eventually he will live in an enclosure with some of the zoo's female gorillas. / The Columbus Dispatch
TWO SHOT, ONE FATALLY, ON ST. PAUL STREET
Two men were shot, one fatally, in an apparent home invasion today at an apartment on St. Paul Street across from the Rochester School for the Deaf.Police said the two men — both of whom were 28 and from the northeast part of the city — were in an apartment at 1580 St. Paul St. just before 3:20 p.m. when several people arrived at the door. An altercation occurred and the two men were shot. The suspects fled and the two injured men ran from the apartment and collapsed in the street — one across the street in front of the School for the Deaf. / Democrat and Chronicle
Serra Mesa, CA
NEIGHBOR PULLS WOMAN FROM BURNING HOME
An elderly deaf woman was pulled from her burning Serra Mesa home by a neighbor who was hurt during the rescue Thursday afternoon. The neighbor was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for smoke inhalation, said San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Maurice Luque. “I was watching TV when my neighbor came and dragged me out,” said Virginia Turner, 87, answering a handwritten question. “Then I saw the smoke.” / San Diego Union-Tribune
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FIRST CONFERENCE FOR DEAF-BLIND IN ISRAEL A 'MOMENTOUS EVENT'
The two-day "Building Bridges" conference took place May 9-10 in Tel Aviv. Jelica (pronounced Yelitza) Nuccio was the first distinguished deaf-blind person to visit Israel since Helen Keller in 1952. As the project director of the National Support Service Provider Pilot Project and political activist, Nuccio came to Israel to share her experience as a fully independent member of the deaf-blind community. An estimated 1,200 deaf-blind people live in Israel, and The Beth David Institute’s Center for Deaf-Blind Persons hopes to help them to lead full and independent lives. / Ynetnews
WEB CONMEN FLEECE DEAF MAN
Heartless crooks used Facebook to con a deaf man out of £26,000 ($37,300 US) by telling him he'd won the 'United Nations Deaf Lottery'. Devastated Kenneth Newman, 50, emptied his bank accounts, took out SIX loans and even re-mortgaged his home when the conmen told him he had scooped £600,000 ($861,300 US). Kenneth was born deaf and uses Facebook to keep in touch with friends. But the fraudsters identified him as a vulnerable target and used the social networking site to contact him and spin a web of lies. / The Sun
LAW FIRM IN DEAF STUDENT PAYOUT WIN
A deaf student who claimed a university failed to take her hearing problems into account has received an out-of-court settlement of £25,000 ($35,900 US) with the help of a Sheffield law firm. Rosie Watson, aged 48, alleged Durham University repeatedly failed to take her profound deafness into account. Now with the help of Wake Smith and Tofields law firm she has received a £25,000 payout to reimburse her tuition fees and student loan and for injury to feelings, psychiatric damage and the loss of opportunity. / The Star
WOMAN 'NOT DEAF ENOUGH' FOR A FREEDOM PASS
A Freedom Pass holder of 28 years from Brentford has had it taken away because she is not deaf enough. Christina Williams, of Hazel Close, told The Chronicle of her anger at Hounslow Council for withdrawing the ticket for free travel. The 44-year-old teaching assistant at Woodbridge Park Education Centre said: "I have had problems with my hearing since I was six, it's a damaged nerve and it's never going to go away. Why give it to me in the first place, it's the principle of this that has annoyed me." / The Hounslow Chronicle
POLICE COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICER SHORTLISTED FOR DEAF COMMUNICATIONS AWARD
A Gwent Police Community Support officer has been nominated for an award because of the efforts he has made to ensure he can communicate with deaf people in his community. PCSO Michael Patterson was nominated for an award after learning level 2 British Sign Language (BSL) in his own time while he was working as an officer. Since gaining his qualification Michael has used his skills to become a liaison officer with his local deaf club. The awards have been implemented by Signature which is a charity that champions excellence in communication with deaf people. / Welsh Icon News
ROWERS RESCUE DEAF BLIND DOG FROM RIVER
A widow has thanked kind rowers who rescued her deaf and blind dog from drowning in the River Cam. Maureen Moore’s collie husky cross Pinki was paddling aimlessly in the water for 10 minutes yesterday before a female crew, believed to be from Trinity College, came past and brought the beloved pet to safety. The 5-year-old dog had escaped from her lead while being walked along Water Lane in Chesterton, close to Mrs Moore’s home in Lilley Close. / Cambridge News
DEAF STUDENT WINS BEST NEW ACTOR AWARD
No one was more surprised than Rome himself. Romalito “Rome” Mallari, the Deaf actor in the Cinemalaya entry “Dinig Sana Kita,” scored an “unexpected victory” at the Star Awards, handed out by the Philippine Movie Press Club. Mallari won Best New Movie Actor, beating ABS-CBN’s current fair-haired boy Enchong Dee. “Dinig” director Mike Sandejas commended the PMPC for choosing “a Deaf boy with no real future prospects in the industry over an upcoming popular actor." / Philippine Daily Inquirer
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
FANIE LENDS A HAND FOR DEAF GIRL
National cricket hero Fanie de Villiers has come to the support of a Port Elizabeth family to raise awareness - and funds - for a little girl with a severe hearing impairment who is in need of cochlear implants. De Villiers said he would assist Kurt and Leizel Bruinders of Walmer with their fundraising campaign in order to send their daughter Niamh, 4, to undergo cochlear surgery. Niamh’s parents said they were thrilled to receive De Villiers’s assistance as they knew he would help them and Niamh to lead a normal life. / The Herald
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F*CK YOU, DEAF COMMUNITY!
Here's an interesting thread that has the title "F*ck you, Deaf 'Community' " from a hearing father about his 4-year-old deaf daughter. This is an opportunity to read the viewpoints of mostly hearing people on their perceptions and understanding about the Deaf community and its culture, Gallaudet University, schoolings, ASL, sign language, oral/aural approaches, cochlear implant, and education when it comes to deaf and hard of hearing children and their parents. / Kokonut Pundit
MOCK TRIAL DEALS WITH ISSUES FOR THE DEAF
Every year in Kansas, hundreds of deaf children, their parents and experts struggle with where they would get the best education. That was reflected Tuesday in a mock trial at Johnson County District Court. Students at the Kansas School for the Deaf considered the issues in a case and rendered a verdict. Kester Horn-Marsh, their English teacher, said he intentionally set up a controversial situation to teach the issues and the law. “They’re going to marry other deaf people and many are going to have deaf babies and they’re going to face this,” he said. / The Olathe News
DEAF DOGS EXHIBIT BY-YOUR-SIDE LOYALTY
If you were at Doggie Dash last weekend, you may have noticed a white Staffordshire terrier competing in the musical-chairs event. What you probably didn't notice was that the dog is deaf. That's because the dog was trained to follow its owner's every move and to sit as soon as the owner stopped walking. Dogs that are born deaf often are passed over by adopters at shelters or, worse, killed at birth. However, deaf dogs can learn every command a hearing dog can, with a little extra effort. / The Oregonian
IMPLANTS CHANGING LIFE FOR MODESTO GIRL BORN DEAF
Brinley Reiswig is 15 months old, but only last month did she start hearing her mother's voice and the other sounds in her world. The Modesto girl, who was born deaf, is experiencing sound with the help of cochlear implants, which should allow her to learn to speak and enjoy the same opportunities as other children. These surgically implanted electronic devices were first made in the 1980s for adults who were not getting results from hearing aids. Today, children of Brinley's age or younger are receiving the implants because of evidence their brains have a better chance of adapting to sound and learning language. / The Modesto Bee
THE DEAF REPORTER PROVOKES ACCIDENT
How can you not hear a crash right behind you? / LiveLeak
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DEAF NON-PROFITS MAY LOSE TAX EXEMPTION
Thousands of non-profit organizations are at risk of losing their nonprofit status if they do not file with the IRS by May 15th. Many small Deaf non-profits may be especially hard hit. The IRS implemented a new rule in 2006 requiring all non-profits to file with the IRS. Organizations that earned under $25,000 a year were previously exempt. If organizations do not file their returns for three years, they lose their non-profit status. As this is the third year that this rule has been in effect, this May 15th may be the execution date for many non-profits. / Signcasts
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WHAT HANDICAP? DEAF COUPLE GRADUATE FROM HGTC
If you knew the words "perseverance" and "determination" in American Sign Language, it would be easy to describe Michael and Aimee Curry in their own way. The Little River couple, both deaf, embody a spirit that moves them forward, despite obstacles and discouragement, to reach a goal. In their case, the goal was graduation from Horry-Georgetown Technical College, and last Thursday they practiced for the commencement ceremony with more than 400 others who were to march across the Myrtle Beach Convention Center stage that night. / The Sun News
DEAF STUDENTS EXCEL IN INTERNSHIPS, JOBS
The need for more employers to give deaf students a chance at getting a job cannot be overstated. That was the message Thursday at a recognition of local businesses participating in the Maryland School for the Deaf's Work to Learn program. MSD staff held an appreciation reception for the six local companies that offered the students jobs in the school's program, made possible by a $149,000 grant from the Maryland State Department of Education and the Division of Rehabilitation Services. / The Frederick News-Post
COAST 2 COAST CAPTIONING LAUNCHES TO OFFER CAPTIONING AT SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT VENUES
Coast 2 Coast Captioning, co-founded by highly seasoned captioners in the broadcast captioning industry, launched May 18 to provide Communication Access Realtime Technology (CART) and Open & Closed Captioning services to sports and entertainment stadiums, arenas, auditoriums, and other public venues, as well as meeting and conference centers nationwide. Said co-founder Debra Joyce, "I'm thrilled to meld my life's work with my passion for sports, working with the deaf community, and partnering with another expert in this field [Jennifer Bonfilio] to provide a high-quality experience at every venue." / PRNewswire
Palo Alto, CA
RESEARCH PAVES THE WAY FOR CURE FOR DEAFNESS
The research, which involves regenerating the sensitive hair cells that turn sound vibrations into nerve signals, was described as "really exciting" and could benefit millions of people. Regenerating the sensory hair cells of the inner ear has been the holy grail of deafness research. The new breakthrough is the culmination of 10 years' work by scientists in California. A team led by Professor Stefan Heller, from Stanford University School of Medicine, succeeded in programming mouse stem cells to develop into immature hair cells. / The Telegraph
CCPA STUDENT CONTINUES TO CONNECT WITH THE DEAF
Alberto Sosa has always considered sign language his first — and natural — language. “There are baby videos of me signing,” he said. “I’ve looked at them and thought, ‘Wow! That’s me signing at an early age.’” Picking up sign language as a child was not a convenience for Sosa. It was a necessity, as both of his parents are deaf and mute. Young Alberto had to serve as a translator for his parents and two sisters. “I had to mature very quickly,” said Sosa, a 22-year-old human development major in the College of Community and Public Affairs. / Inside Binghamton University
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
NATIONAL THEATRE OF THE DEAF RETURNS TO EUGENE O'NEILL THEATER CENTER
The National Theatre of the Deaf is proud to announce their return to the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center where the company has been in residence since May 10 working on a new play script. This original theatrical work is being written by Deaf playwright Garrett Zuercher and is based upon the founding of the American School for the Deaf by Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet in Hartford, Conn. on April 15, 1817. The play is entitled "Journeys of Identity" and begins when Gallaudet accidentally meets a little Deaf child by the name of Alice Cogswell. / Broadway World
Los Angeles, CA
JOEY MCINTYRE OPENS UP ABOUT SON'S HEARING LOSS
When Dad’s a pop star, every minute of the day comes with a soundtrack. “There’s always music in the house,” says New Kids on the Block’s Joey McIntyre, who lives in L.A. with his wife, Barrett, and their sons Griffin Thomas, 2, and Rhys Edward, 3 months. But from the day he came home, the youngest McIntyre has heard little of it. Rhys failed a routine hearing test at the hospital after he was born Dec. 13th, the couple tell PEOPLE, and extensive follow-up tests at UCLA showed that he had severe hearing loss. / People
Royal Oak, MI
DEAF MUSICIAN SEAN FORBES LANDS MAJOR RECORDING DEAL
It seems one pioneering achievement wasn't enough for Sean Forbes. When he cofounded the Deaf Professional Arts Network (D-Pan) in 2006, the Royal Oak resident garnered national acclaim for his efforts. Producing high-quality sign-language remakes of hit videos, D-Pan helped open pop music culture to hearing-impaired people. Now Forbes can add another eye-popping line to his résumé: deaf man with a big-time music deal. The 28-year-old rapper and songwriter has inked a contract with Web Entertainment, the Ferndale production company and label that helped break his musical hero Eminem. / Detroit Free Press
St. Paul, MN
THE RETURN OF 'ISLAY'
Clerc Scar Books is bringing back to print a classic of Deaf literature, Douglass Bullard’s novel “Islay.” When it first appeared in 1986, it created a sensation in the Deaf community and the five thousand copies quickly sold out, and it has been out of print since. That is, until now. “We are thrilled and honored to bring back such an important book,” says John Lee Clark, publisher of Clerc Scar Books. / Clerc Scar
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DEAF PRO BASEBALL PLAYER CURTIS PRIDE INSPIRES MOUNTAIN LAKES STUDENTS
Former baseball outfielder Curtis Pride was the first deaf player to reach the major leagues in about 30 years and went on to play 11 seasons there. Friday, he visited students at a school for the deaf in Mountain Lakes to serve as an example of someone who never let anything, including his disability, stand in his way. “You have to believe anything is possible,” he told the 10- to 13-year-old students at the Lake Drive School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. / The Star-Ledger
SHE'S UP TO THE CHALLENGE
Brow furrowed, eyes alert, Lower Dauphin striker Hannah Pierce studies her defense intently as she waits for the ball to come squirting out of Palmyra’s offensive end. As the Cougars play keep-away and try to score, Pierce looks over her right shoulder, eyes locking onto her coach, Carl Wagner, who’s standing on the nearby sidelines. Then she turns back to the defense. OK, still fighting to gain possession. Head turns back to Wagner. Nothing new there. Pierce keeps her head on a steady swivel back-and-forth. It’s the only way she can keep up with her coach’s instructions when she’s on the field, more than 30 yards away from him. Pierce is deaf. / The Patriot-News
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Cattolica, Rimini, Italy
13TH WORLD DEAF MAGICIANS FESTIVAL
The 13th World Deaf Magicians Festival will take place in Cattolica, Rimini, ITALY (on the Adriatic Sea coast) on May 23-30, 2010. The events include deaf magicians' participation in evening competitions in the different magic categories of stage, comedy, close-up, illusion, children's magic and women in magic; magic lectures; Congress meeting; gala evening show and awards ceremony; and a day visit to Florence, Italy. The next Festival will be held in Helsinki, Finland in the spring of 2012. See the website: www.2010wdmf.com
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