May 29, 2013
Vol. 9, No. 31
Editor: Tom Willard
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SORENSON TO PAY $15.75 MILLION TO SETTLE FCC INVESTIGATION INTO IMPROPER BILLING OF TRS FUND
Sorenson Communications, Inc. has agreed to pay $15.75 million to settle an investigation by the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau into whether the company billed the TRS Fund for calls made by unregistered, unverified, or ineligible individuals, and for calls that were made by or on behalf of the provider itself. The settlement follows closely on another announced on May 7 in which AT&T Inc. agreed to pay $18.25 million to settle an investigation into whether it improperly billed the TRS fund. The FCC reached its largest-ever settlement of a TRS investigation in 2010, resulting in the payment of nearly $20 million by Purple Communications Inc. to settle a probe into whether the company overbilled the fund. / FCC.gov
DEAF CHINESE ORPHAN FINALLY ABLE TO HAVE SURGERY AFTER NURSE RUMMAGES THROUGH RUBBLE OF OKLAHOMA HOSPITAL HIT BY TORNADO TO FIND THE IMPLANT
A deaf 5-year-old girl due to undergo surgery in a hospital reduced to rubble by the Oklahoma tornado has finally had the operation after a nurse dug her hearing implant out of the debris. Jayde Scholl, a Chinese orphan adopted by an American doctor last year, was due to have a cochlear hearing device implanted in her ear last week. But the implant, which costs between $25,000 and $30,000, was lost when the Moore Medical Center was destroyed during the storm which wrecked 20,000 homes and killed 24 people last Monday. / Daily Mail
OLIVE OSMOND HEARING FUND OFFERING HEARING AID ASSISTANCE TO PEOPLE AFFECTED BY OKLAHOMA TORNADO
In the wake of a tragedy like the recent Oklahoma tornado, survivors often talk about the “little things” they’ve lost. Deaf people often list hearing aids among their lost or destroyed property. The Olive Osmond Hearing Fund stands ready to assist Oklahoma tornado survivors in replacing their lost hearing aids. / Olive Osmond Hearing Fund
FEDS TARGET ARIZONA COMPLEX FOR HEARING-IMPAIRED
Many residents of Apache ASL Trails moved to Tempe from other states to be part of a community where they can speak freely in their own language. Yet this 75-unit apartment complex outfitted specifically to accommodate the needs of the deaf — the only facility of its kind in the Southwest — is in a legal battle with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that threatens to limit its accessibility to people who need it most. HUD alleges the complex is engaging in housing discrimination because only a small minority of its residents are not hearing-impaired, in breach of federal rules that prohibit funding exclusive groups with specific disabilities. / USA Today
Deerfield Beach, FL
NEIGHBORS REMEMBER DEAF DEERFIELD BEACH RESIDENT STRUCK AND KILLED BY VEHICLE SATURDAY
Friends and neighbors of the deaf woman who died Saturday evening after she was hit by a vehicle while trying to cross West Hillsboro Boulevard described Velma Kimmel as intelligent and friendly. The 71-year-old Deerfield Beach resident was struck at 6:45 p.m. Saturday when she stepped into the path of a white 2005 Cadillac SRX driven by Malvinas Miller-Jones, 42, of Deerfield Beach, said the Broward Sheriff's Office. / Sun Sentinel
DEAF WOMAN BEATEN, ROBBED -- SUSPECTS ARRESTED
A deaf woman told Dayton Police she was knocked to the ground, beaten by two young men, then robbed of her high-top Nike shoes. The alleged attack took occurred Sunday just before 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the Minute Mart at 1117 North Main Street. The woman told police the pair also grabbed her wallet but dropped it when they discovered she had no money. She told officers they also tried to steal her bicycle but the store clerk came outside and yelled at the men and they ran away. / WHIO
Green Bay, WI
LOST DOG CLAIMED BY OTHERS; DEAF WOMAN WANTS IT BACK
It was a snowy day in early March when Susan Heezen noticed that her 5-year-old dog Bear was missing. Heezen, who is deaf and communicates with sign language, just figured the dog wandered off with another farm dog in their small community near Denmark. But two days later, Bear was still missing. Heezen found out weeks later the black lab and German shepard pointer mixdog ended up at the Lakeshore Humane Society in Manitowoc, 23 miles away, and had been adopted by another family. / Green Bay Press Gazette
COUNTY HOPES TO BETTER HELP THE DEAF DURING NATURAL DISASTERS
In 2004, Colleen Metcalf returned to Ocala from vacation and found that her home had been damaged. She had no idea a hurricane had hit the area while she was gone. Metcalf is deaf, and she said she did not receive any sort of special communication from authorities warning of the dangers. She believes local agencies can and should improve their communications with deaf people. Alachua County officials recently said they are working to better accommodate local deaf and hard-of-hearing people, especially as the summer storm season approaches. / The Gainesville Sun
Baton Rouge, LA
LA. SENATE PANEL APPROVES 2-CENT TAX ON CELLPHONES
A new 2-cent monthly tax on cellphones aimed at helping provide services for people with hearing impairment won the support Thursday of the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee. The House-backed bill would change the current law by reducing the amount of tax levied per month from 5 cents on landline phones to 2 cents and would broaden the tax to include wireless devices. Representatives from the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf told senators the change was needed because the dollars raised by the existing tax have dropped significantly with the increased use of cellphones. / The Associated Press
See Also GOV. JINDAL WON'T HEAR OF TAX TO AID DEAF LOUISIANIANS / NOLA.com
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DEAF, DUMB BUS DRIVER ARRESTED
A deaf and dumb commuter bus driver has been arrested at Apongbon area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria for driving on BRT lane. Officials of the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit arrested the 33-year old driver, Sunday Ogunola on Monday with passengers in his bus who were unaware that he was deaf and dumb. The driver is also married to a deaf and dumb woman and has two kids and is also pregnant. / P.M. News
DRUNK DEAF MAN SPAT AT SHOPPER AND STAFF
A deaf man who spat on staff and a customer at a Dublin supermarket because he was too drunk to be sold beer has been told by a judge that his disability was "no excuse." Emmett Mullins, 34, screamed and shouted on being told he was not being served, than spat in a security guard's face, as well as on another shopper. Mullins has pleaded not guilty to public intoxication and two counts of assault. / Herald.ie
NEW BAR FOR THE DEAF WHERE YOU ORDER DRINKS IN SIGN LANGUAGE
A bar for deaf people where all the staff are trained in sign language has opened in London. In a first of its kind, the venue will provide a social venue for the deaf in a club-style environment. Though ease and comfort for deaf people is the priority, the Deaf Lounge in Seven Sisters also welcomes hearing people. Paul Cripps, 31, who co-owns it with non-deaf Domani Peir, came up with the concept after years of negative experiences in bars and clubs. / Evening Standard
DEAF WOMAN OVERCOMES OBSTACLES TO BECOME A TEACHER
A deaf woman who has suffered prejudice and misunderstanding has turned her disability into her life’s work. Ayesha Gavin, 36, from Weir, was born profoundly deaf into a family who can hear. She then attended Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School, struggling to feel included in the gossip and fun going on around her. She said: “People often think I am stupid because I can't hear, or that I don't need, or want to know what’s happening." / Lancashire Telegraph
Vancouver, BC, Canada
HEARING IMPAIRED STUDENT WILL GET BUS TO SCHOOL
The slashing of school bus service in Delta has many parents worried about how their kids are going to get to school in September. But one family is breathing a sigh of relief. Connor Stewart, 13, is hearing impaired and up until a few days ago was going to be one of the 80 kids in Boundary Bay looking for an alternate way to get to school. But his disability has now been deemed significant enough to qualify as a special needs student, and as such will be able to get on the bus to get to his school. / News1130
VAN DONORS RALLY TO HELP DEAF COUPLE
An outpouring of public generosity has given a Northland deaf couple whose van was stolen and set alight keys to a new vehicle in less than month. An April 25 theft had left Mita Moses and Kathy Strongman of Onerahi without transport for themselves and their four children -- one of whom is also deaf -- and a deaf youth they had taken into their home. However, disability support group Tiaho Trust ran an appeal, supported by the Northern Advocate, that culminated in the couple yesterday receiving an 8-seater Toyota Estima from Allkars for $8,700 ($7,041 US), discounted by the dealership. / The New Zealand Herald
Johannesburg, South Africa
IN BOTSWANA, SOLAR-POWERED HEARING AIDS UPLIFT HEARING IMPAIRED
After the NGO he was working at folded, Tendekayi Katsiga landed himself a good job at Debswana, the huge diamond company formed as a partnership between Botswana and DeBeers. But Katsiga’s job left him feeling empty. His years of work with the hearing impaired had put him in contact with people with hearing loss across Botswana, people that faced seemingly intractable problems that he felt he could ease. The electrical engineer left the diamond company and helped develop an affordable solar charger for hearing aid batteries. / SmartPlanet
MINISTRY DEMANDS ANSWERS ON MISS DEAF
The Ministry of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs has summoned the SNCAC to explain about the ongoing problems surrounding the upcoming Miss Deaf Queen Africa pageant. The ministry wants SNCAC [Swaziland National Council of Arts and Culture] to explain the reasons why the SNCAC had challenges in dealing with the issues surrounding the Miss Deaf Beauty Pageant. SNCAC has since been told to prepare a report where they are expected to explain the reasons why they seem to have challenges in hosting the Miss Deaf Queen Africa. / Times of Swaziland
New Delhi, India
SAI PAVES WAY FOR INDIA'S PARTICIPATION IN DEAFLYMPICS
The Sports Authority of India’s timely intervention has paved the way for the country’s participation in the Deaflympics at Sofia, Bulgaria, after the athletes were left to fend for themselves following bitter infighting between two rival factions. Another glaring example of how the National Sports Federations (NSFs) work in India came to the fore after rival factions, engaged in an ugly battle for supremacy, failed to send the entries on due date, thus prompting the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf to directly get in touch with the SAI. / The Hindu
West Bengal, India
MAN ARRESTED FOR RAPING DEAF AND DUMB DAUGHTER-IN-LAW
A man was arrested on Monday for allegedly raping his deaf and dumb daughter-in-law in Nadia district, police said. Tapashi Panth, 26, a deaf and dumb inmate of of Welfare Home in Hooghly district was married to Bhola Moira, 35, the deaf and dumb son of Mahabir Moira of Kalyani in July 9, 2012. After her marriage to Bhola, Tapashi alleged that she was repeatedly raped by her father-in-law Mahabir, an employee of the Animal Resources department and his son-in-law Bhola Paul. / Zee News
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LIFE & LEISURE
3D PRINTED HEARING AIDS
How many 3D printed hearing aids do you think there are? According to Phil Reeves best conservative estimate, there are “10,000,000 3D printed hearing aids in circulation worldwide.” 3D printing dominates the market for In-The-Ear hearing aids (also called ITE). So if you are wearing an In-The-Ear hearing aid right now, then it is very likely that the outer shell of this hearing aid is 3D printed. So how come you don’t know about this? / i.materialize
HOW NOT TO BE A DICK TO A DEAF PERSON
I was never very good at advocating for myself. Ever since my hearing mysteriously started dropping in elementary school, I’ve been coached on how to speak up for what I need. I need you to wear this FM system, I need you to speak up, I need you to face me, I need you repeat that. I hated it. I was always the shy kid who’d rather be invisible in the corner with just her book for company. I hated being in the spotlight. Now, however, I’m a grown-up (sort of!). / xoJane
BOYS TOWN RUN RAISES MONEY FOR DEAF CHILDREN
Memorial Day celebrations meant a little something extra for children at the Boys Town in Omaha. According to WOWT on Monday, May 27 the Memorial Day Run took place to help fund benefit programs and services for deaf and hard of hearing children at the Boys Town National Research Hospital. Activities consisted of music and entertainment, clowns, face painters, karate for children, gymnastics, giveaways and more. / Examiner.com
Niagara Falls, NY
DEAF N.C. PIT BULL FINDS NEW HOME WITH DEAF WOMAN
A deaf pit bull from North Carolina has a new home with a deaf woman in Niagara Falls. Jessica Czamara read about Maggie on Facebook after the neglected dog was rescued from a backyard in North Carolina, where she’d been kept chained. “She was very skinny and you could see her ribs and you could see where she sat all the time on the concrete, said Maria Sansone with Diamonds in the Ruff. A friend of Czamara spotted the dog on the rescue organization’s Facebook page, and referred her to the post. / ohmidog!
DEAF DOG LEARNING SIGN LANGUAGE COMMANDS
You can’t tell by looking at Rudi that she’s different from any other dog. The energetic young “pit bull”-mix loves to play and loves the attention of her owner, Angi Holt-Parks. But Rudi has a disability: She’s deaf. Ms. Holt-Parks and her husband, Don, are learning American Sign Language — the same used by and with deaf people — and teaching it to the dog to communicate with her. / Toledo Blade
MY HUSBAND WON'T LET ME TURN ON THE SUBTITLES ON TV. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
I’ve become more deaf over the past couple of years and as a result, I now wear hearing aids. At one point, I gave up watching television as I found it hard to understand it all (even with hearing aids). But then one of my friends told me about subtitles, and I tried it out. They’ve changed everything! Just one problem. In the evening, when my husband gets home, he won’t let me turn the subtitles on. He says they are too distracting. / The Limping Chicken
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HIGH-TECH TECHNOLOGY UPDATES HELP THE DEAF TO COMMUNICATE BETTER
It still seems miraculous for Tami Richardson-Nelson: She can use her smartphone to call her son from Walmart and see if he needs anything. At work at Creighton University, she can use a phone to call and order office supplies. And at home over the weekend, she can ring up her friends to organize softball games and Husker football parties. None of this used to be possible for Richardson-Nelson and other deaf people, who for years had to rely on other people to make a call for them, or use clunky TTY typing machines that transmit words, but with a delay and without emotion. / Omaha World-Herald
San Bernardino, CA
DEAF SAN BERNARDINO WOMAN GRADUATES FROM USC AT 19
Faith Wallace has overcome more than her fair share of obstacles on the path to graduating college last week. The 19-year-old San Bernardino resident overcame deafness, homelessness and family illness to graduate from USC on Friday. Her family has known Wallace was deaf since she was 2 years old. Her deafness isn't a big deal to Wallace. "It just means I can't hear as well as everyone else," she said. / San Bernardino Sun
THESIS ON DEAF CULTURE WINS GILES BROWN AWARD
Ian J. Barraza ’12 (M.A. American studies) is the recipient of this year’s Giles T. Brown Outstanding Thesis Award for “Lend Me Your Eyes: Attending to Deaf Culture and the Maneuverability of Identity,” which the award committee called “excellent, lucid, interesting, well-written and exceptionally well-researched.” Barraza, of Riverside, spent more than a year collecting data for his study, observing and interviewing people who are deaf and use American Sign Language. / CSUF News
WHAT DID YOU SAY? A HUMOROUS LOOK AT TREATING DEAF PATIENTS
My nervous partner Eric loudly and with exaggeration asked the patient, “CAN. YOU. READ. MY. LIPS?” The Deaf patient replied, “No. I. CAN'T. READ. YOUR. LIPS.” The humor was lost on Eric as he relayed the patient’s limitations to me. “Really?" I melodramatically replied. “I thought all Deaf inhabitants could visually convert external orifice configurations into meaningful linguistic interpretation.” The patient and I exchanged a brief grin. / JEMS
Salt Lake City, UT
FINALISTS NAMED FOR UTAH DEAF, BLIND SCHOOLS LEADER
Three men will vie for the job of superintendent of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, the State Office of Education announced Wednesday. It’s a position that’s long been mired in controversy. The state school board has named as finalists for the position: Joel Coleman, Larry S. Taub and Karl A. Wilson. / The Salt Lake Tribune
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Las Vegas, NV
MARLEE MATLIN ADVOCATES FOR TEXT TO 911 FOR DEAF & HARD OF HEARING
Deaf people and those hard of hearing can't rely on calling 911 when they have an emergency. Marlee Matlin appeared at the Intrado booth during CTIA to advocate text to 911. Intrado was a finalist in the CTIA Emerging Technology Awards. The nation’s Tier 1 carriers have committed to fully implementing text-to-9-1-1 services but have not implemented a system, yet. Intrado offers TXT29-1-1 to provide 9-1-1 text-messaging capabilities. Standard text messaging is used to directly notify authorities of emergencies. / WiMo News
New York, NY
BROOKLYN HS SENIOR ERIN MULROONEY OVERCOMES HEARING IMPAIRMENT TO COMPOSE PIANO CONCERTOS
Erin Mulrooney has been composing music since she was six or seven years old, around the time she learned to play the piano. The 17-year-old Bay Ridge, Brooklyn resident and Loyola School senior is pretty good at it, too — last year the group, Choral Chameleon performed a four-part choral piece she wrote for them. What made the debut of her first professionally performed piece even more of a treat was that Mulrooney found out two years ago that she has “significant” hearing loss. / NY Daily News
Sioux Falls, SD
WASHINGTON PAVILION TO INSTALL NEW SOUND SYSTEM FOR HEARING IMPAIRED
On Saturday, June 1st, Sertoma clubs of Sioux Falls will host "Celebrate Sound – Don't Walk in Silence". The walk will help raise awareness for the hearing impaired, as well as funds for the new sound system that will be installed in the Washington Pavilion. The current sound system in the Great Hall has been met with some criticism. Pavilion staff has decided it was time to make sure their entire audience can hear what's happening on stage. / KSFY
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October 20, 1928 - May 23, 2013. Beloved husband for 58 years to Ann G. Benedict (n e Garretson) devoted father of Holly (Wayne Miller) and Dwight (Beth Sonnenstrahl) Benedict, loving grandfather of Rachel and Lauren Benedict, brother of the late Francis W. Benedict. Special thanks to Dr. Islas-Ohlmayer and his caring staff at OHC and the wonderful interpreters from Deaf Choice. Frank was a proud member of the Carpenters Union for 35 years. / T.P. White & Sons Funeral Home
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CSD is looking for talented individuals to join our team! We currently have the following career opportunities available: Account Executives, Staff Interpreter / Outreach Specialist, Interpreter Service Relations Manager and Interpreter Service Relations Specialist.
We’re looking for a resourceful and positive Account Executives to connect with both businesses and customers throughout their region (Western, Central, Eastern), while identifying and closing on new business opportunities that will better meet the needs of our CSD customers.
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Rochester, NY 14621
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