June 23, 2010
Vol. 6, No. 34
Editor: Tom Willard
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YEH BROTHERS FRAUD TRIAL DELAYED UNTIL FALL
The trial involving brothers John T.C. Yeh and Joseph Yeh, executives with Rockville deaf services company Viable, on charges of conspiracy to defraud the government, has been delayed until the fall, according to court documents and an attorney for Joseph Yeh. "It's a very complex case," said Stanley J. Reed, a principal with Lerch, Early & Brewer in Bethesda, who represents Joseph Yeh. "We haven't set an exact trial date, but agreed it will be in the fall." / The Gazette
MENDOZA EUGENICS STALLED AS CALIFORNIA LEGISLATOR CONSIDERS DEAF TO BE DEFECTIVE AMERICANS
California Assemblyman Tony Mendoza has been stalled in his effort to pass legislation the deaf community feels will launch a eugenic campaign against them. Although originally scheduled for brief testimony and a vote last Wednesday, June 16, 2010, an informal survey of Health Committee members by Mendoza's office determined he did not have the votes. Other Health Committee members, stung by accusations of a slide back to California's dark history of Nazi-style eugenics, have declared their unwillingness to vote for the measure in its present form. / The Cutting Edge News
See Also A POLL: DO YOU APPROVE AB2072 BILL? / Kokonut Pundit
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NAD ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR CEO POSITION
After careful review and consideration, the National Association of the Deaf Board of Directors is now ready to release the names of finalists for the CEO position. They are: Shane H. Feldman, Charity Reedy Hines, Howard A. Rosenblum and Darlene Goncz Zangara. Each of the CEO finalists will give their presentations to the public and interact with stakeholders at the 50th Biennial NAD Conference which takes place July 6-10, 2010 in Philadelphia, PA. / NAD
DEAF-MUTE WOMAN GOES MISSING FROM GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY
The last time anybody saw Porschette Charslyn Evans, she was wheeling a yellow and blue backpack at Gallaudet University, the school in Washington for the deaf and hard of hearing. That was six years ago, and friends and family cling to the hope that she is still alive, maybe living in a homeless shelter. There are few details in Evans' case. Evans could not hear or speak. She also had a medical condition that required extensive treatment and left scars on her body. / Washington Examiner
James City County, VA
DAD FEARS ACCUSED KILLER WILL GO FREE
The deaf, mute, illegal immigrant arrested five years ago for allegedly raping and murdering a 16-year-old girl could possibly be set free without ever standing trial. Oswaldo Martinez, 36, from El Salvador, is not able to speak, hear, read or write. Prosecutors said Tuesday that if the state is not able to teach the accused killer sufficient sign language so that he can communicate with his attorneys and stand trial, it is possible the judge would be unable to figure out what to do with Martinez, except set him free. / WAVY
DC POLICE INSTALL SOFTWARE FOR THE DEAF COMMUNITY
Police in the District of Columbia are seeking to improve communications with the city's large deaf and hard of hearing population through new software in police cruisers—a move believed to be among the first nationwide. The Metropolitan Police Department installed the software in 15 police cars this week under a pilot program. It provides a video link that allows people to communicate with police through American Sign Language interpreters. The department already has a special unit for deaf and hard of hearing residents and officers who translate sign language, but the software allows officers to gather information from the scene more rapidly. / Associated Press
DISCRIMINATING AGAINST THE DEAF
A local man wants to serve his community as a police officer but the state says it's against the law just because he wears a hearing aid. Bill Furman had passed his physical exams and was moving on in the academy to become a police officer. Then the director told him he couldn't continue training and wear his hearing aids. He says his hearing aids are no different than police officers who wear glasses to see better. And he's turning to the courts to make the state hear him out. / WTAJ
BOARD MAY REGAIN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF CONTROL
State Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist says she will recommend returning full authority for the Rhode Island School for the Deaf to its board of trustees. Last year, at Gist’s behest, the state Board of Regents put the school under the direct supervision of the state Department of Education, in part because of the instability of the board’s membership and a lack of managerial experience. “The work [the trustees] have been doing together is very productive,” Gist told a work session of the Regents last Thursday morning. / The Providence Journal
DEAF PEDESTRIAN HURT AFTER BEING HIT BY CAR
A deaf pedestrian was hospitalized overnight after he was struck by a vehicle while walking along a road in Washington County. According to state police, the pedestrian was moderately injured when he was hit just before midnight last Friday while crossing from the southbound lanes to the northbound lanes on South Route 837 near Coal Bluff Road in Union Township. The pedestrian was not identified, but authorities say he is between the ages of 60 and 70 and is deaf. / KDKA
COLO. NONPROFIT HELPS BUILD AFGHAN SCHOOL FOR DEAF
A Colorado nonprofit is partnering with an Afghan organization to build a school in Kabul for deaf children, who often face a bleak future with no communication skills or education. Denver-based Mountain2Mountain is working with the Afghan National Association for the Deaf to build the school on five acres donated by the Afghan government. The association currently operates in rented space and needs more room, said Shannon Galpin, founder and president of Mountain2Mountain. / Associated Press
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'GAVIN AND STACEY' STAR LARRY LAMB REVEALS HE'S GOING DEAF
When Larry Lamb volunteered to go to Senegal to publicize the plight of some of the world's poorest children, he steeled himself for heartbreaking scenes of deprivation. The "EastEnders" and "Gavin And Stacey" star knew, too, that he would be well out of his comfort zone: not only can't he bear to be parted from his two young daughters, he also abhors 'creepy crawlies'. But it's what came after the trip earlier this year that's had the most devastating effect. For shortly after returning home, Larry went down with a debilitating fever; it lasted a month but worse was to follow. The infection reached his ears and as a result he is now deaf in one of them. / The Daily Mail
Isle of Man
ISLE OF MAN STEAM PACKET COMPANY PAYOUT OVER DEAF COOK
A Manx ferry company has been been ordered to pay £3,180 ($4,700 US) in compensation to the widow of a ship's cook who was deafened by excessive noise. Thomas Keefe, from Liverpool, sued the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Ltd after working on their ferries for over 35 years. He died during his compensation battle, but his wife took it to its conclusion at the Court of Appeal. The ferry firm is also expected to pay court costs of more than £50,000 ($73,800 US). / BBC News
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RESEARCH PROJECT INTO BEING DEAF IN ISLE OF MAN
The Manx Deaf Society is commissioning research to find out what it is like to be a deaf person in the Isle of Man. It has commissioned UK charity Deafway to interview every deaf adult living in the Island who uses sign language or who attended a school for deaf children or a partially hearing/hearing impaired unit. Manx Deaf Society chairman Julie Smith said: "We believe strongly that deaf people living on the Island should have the same opportunities and quality of life as hearing people, but we know that at the moment many of them don't." / Isle of Man Today
Toronto, ON, Canada
SILENT VOICE OPENS DOORS FOR THE DEAF
Let’s face it: camp isn’t for everyone. It didn’t work for Tyler Cosentino-Willis when he was a kid. He was there to learn American Sign Language to communicate with his older brother, Adrian, who is deaf and legally blind. “I was a rebel,” the now 22-year-old said, adding he often broke the cardinal rule at the Silent Voice Sign Language Summer Camp by speaking rather than signing. So, after graduating from high school, he enrolled in the American Sign Language program at Toronto’s George Brown College. Determined to right the wrongs of his youth, he also signed up to be a counsellor at the camp. / The Toronto Star
Greymouth, New Zealand
NO SIGN OF MISSING DEAF MAN
Helicopter searches have failed to find deaf Greymouth man Peter Bell, who has been missing for three weeks. Mr Bell, 54, has not been seen since he discharged himself from Greymouth Hospital on June 3, The Press reported. Long-time friend Robbie Barrow said police had searched a remote South Westland surfing spot and nearby beaches by helicopter without success. "He has disappeared for a week at a time before, but this is totally out of character," Mr Barrow said. / Otago Daily Times
INTRODUCING ISRAEL TO THE DEAF AND HEARING IMPAIRED
The Orthodox Union has created a new program to introduce one of the smallest minorities that exists among the Jewish People to Israel – that of the deaf and hearing-impaired. However, at least 20 people are needed to make it a reality. The program, which is scheduled to begin in September, will run for 18 months, culminating in a dream trip to Israel in January 2012. / Arutz Sheva
SYRIA MARKS ARAB DEAF WEEK
AAMAL, a non-profit organization that assists the disabled, launched a new deaf-support program on May 2 and announced the placement of 25 hearing-impaired children into local schools. The announcement was part of a series of events organised by AAMAL to mark Arab Deaf Week which ran from April 26 to 30. The 25 children entered public and private schools throughout Damascus after completing a two-year preparation program organized and run by AAMAL in collaboration with Syria's Central Council for the Disabled. / DayPress News
MP DISAGREES WITH PARENTS OF DEAF, BLIND KIDS
The MP for persons with disability in the central region, Alex Ndeezi, has disagreed with parents of deaf and blind children over the level of education at which the children should stop. Some parents said they would be happy if their disabled children acquired handcraft skills but Ndeezi said such children can also attain degrees. This was during the commissioning of a multipurpose building for deaf and blind children at St. Mark’s VII School for the Deaf in Bwanda, Masaka district. The sh220m ($99,225 US) building was donated by Sense International, a non-governmental organisation. / The New Vision
DEAF AND DUMB TIRED OF BEGGING
A group of deaf and dumb people who were tired of living from begging have come together to start income generating projects in Harare. Director of the National Association of the Care of the Handicapped (NASCOH) Farai Magweva said that he is encouraged by the efforts of this group. "They said that you cannot beg everyday and so they decided to be entrepreneurs." / The Zimbabwean
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BARGAINING WITH MY FATHER
From the start, my father liked to tinker. He played with a chemistry set in his basement in high school, once causing a minor explosion. He graduated from Rutgers University, among the few with hearing loss ever to do so. He then managed real estate for about 15 years, able to fix almost anything mechanical, whether a clock or a washing machine. Then by accident he found found his true calling. He went hunting by himself in 1969 and slipped on a rock and hurt his back. Unable to move or call for help, he came up with a revolutionary idea — to establish a network that would enable the deaf to communicate with one another and everyone else. / The New York Times
DEAF RV'ERS ARE ENJOYING AREA
It may have been a quiet week at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, but not for a lack of activity. Last week, the fairgrounds were home to the 12th Biennial National Campvention of the Deaf, a traveling RV/camping rally cosponsored this year by Indiana Deaf Campers. The event was established in 1986 by the Kansas Deaf Road Runners Club and has been held mostly in the western states, such as Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and South Dakota. “It’s like a family,” IDC Chairperson Bob Downing said. / Goshen News
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AMAZING JOURNEY FOR AMERICA'S NEWEST CITIZEN
One of America's newest citizens can't hear or talk. He can't read or write and never spent a single day in school. On top of all that, he jumped the border illegally when he was a kid and never went back to Mexico. You might say Miguel Sernas is unstoppable. Somehow, through intelligence, determination and a little help from strangers, he finds a way to be heard. "I wanted to come here to work and earn money and to be with my father," he says using his unique version of sign language. "I thought I would be better off as a citizen. This is my home now. My whole family is here." / San Jose Mercury News
SURPRISED BY LACK OF CAPTIONS!
During some presentations at the HLAA [Hearing Loss Association of America] convention in Milwaukee, I was really surprised and disappointed by how a lot of videos were not captioned or subtitled. Even though they provided captions on another screen (typed by captionist in the room) it was not fun to look back and forth at the captions and then the video. It was like watching a tennis match. "Wait, what did she say?" (Look to the right at the captions). "Oh." "Wait, what?" (Look to the right again, then back to the video). I felt bad for those in the audience who were severely or profoundly deaf in both ears. / Eh? What? Huh?
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STUDENT SEEKS CERTIFIED DEAF EDUCATION PROGRAM AT CMU
Getting through grade school is tough enough for kids when the student and teachers speak the same language. But for deaf children who are raised with American Sign Language as their primary language, keeping up with notes, interpreters and regular classroom work bring a whole new set of problems. Kelly Laatsch would like to help ease that concern. The Freeland senior wants to become a certified deaf educator. “I’m kind of stuck right now,” Laatsch said. That is because Central Michigan University doesn’t have a certified deaf education program. / Central Michigan Life
DEAF TEACHER MAKES A SPECIAL CONNECTION WITH HIS STUDENTS
Greg Reese sends a message to his students that can be read only by the expression on his face and a gesture of his hands: You can be successful, like me. Reese is deaf, and so are his students. Reese is one of the few deaf and hard-of-hearing teachers in Northeast Georgia's 13-county public school region. He works with about 30 elementary school students every year. / Athens Banner-Herald
SPRING HILL COLLEGE STUDENTS LEARN SIGN LANGUAGE FROM INSTRUCTOR WHO IS DEAF
For Spring Hill College instructor Terry Dahlgren’s final class exam he videotaped students reading a children’s book. Dahlgren didn’t grade them on pronunciation. They were scored on the accuracy of their ability to sign. Dahlgren, who is deaf, teaches American Sign Language 101 and 102. He recently completed his first class at Spring Hill. / Press-Register
DEVOTED FIX-IT MAN HELPS HEARING IMPAIRED GET 'IN THE LOOP'
It's Thursday morning, and Don Poore is tickled. Adult Loss of Hearing Association - ALOHA - volunteer Lou Touchette has just helped him overcome a problem with the induction-looping system that helps him hear the television and other entertainment units in his Foothills-area home. "Never say die," Touchette said as the men chatted in Poore's living room after the problem was fixed. That attitude recently garnered Touchette the honor of being named "Hard of Hearing Leader" for Arizona by Hamilton Relay, a company that offers a variety of communications services for the hearing-impaired. / Arizona Daily Star
UC GRAD SEEKS TO HELP THE DEAF COMMUNITY
The hearing world may not think of deaf people as a “minority population,” but Hamilton resident Jennifer Ficker-Halupnik said she faced elements of discrimination, oppression and ignorance from a very young age — and has eagerly fought for understanding and equal access. Ficker-Halupnik, who is profoundly deaf from birth, recently received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Cincinnati and plans to be an advocate for the deaf. / Journal-News
WHAT JOB SUITS FOR A HEARING IMPAIRED PERSON???
I'm still struggling to make my career; As hard as it is to find the grounds, the most obstructing factor has been my moderate hearing impairment. I find jobs but after a few weeks i have to quit because of my hearing problems. It has happened in so many places that i wonder whether I will remain a jobless, useless, handicapped human forever. / Yahoo! Answers
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ON WEB VIDEO, CAPTIONS ARE COMING SLOWLY
The actress Marlee Matlin shimmied her way onto “Dancing With the Stars” two years ago, memorably using sign language to tell viewers to “read my hips.” But when Ms. Matlin, who is deaf, went to ABC.com to watch a replay of the show, she was impeded because the network’s videos were missing captions. Closed-captioning is mandatory on television, but not for TV programs on the Internet. And that has turned Web sites like ABC.com into battlegrounds for advocates like Ms. Matlin, who have spoken up on the lack of captions on sites like CNN.com and services like Netflix. / The New York Times
DEAF PERFORMERS ENHANCE 'THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES'
During the question and answer session after Boise State University’s production of “The Vagina Monologues” Saturday night, a young girl who looked about 9-years-old, stood up and asked, “Why are there people doing sign language?” “Everyone thinks that all women have the same experience but we want to make sure we include all women,” Janet Summers, director of this year’s production, replied. A historic first, this year’s Vagina Monologues featured two deaf performers and one American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter. / The Arbiter
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MATT HAMILL BREAKS HAND DURING TUF 11 WIN OVER KEITH JARDINE
UFC light heavyweight Matt “The Hammer” Hamill bounced back from an injured shoulder that he suffered in his disqualification win over Jon Jones by beating Keith Jardine at last night’s “The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale.” What makes the win more impressive, however, was the fashion in which he did it. He mentioned during the post-fight press conference that the strange looking mark on his lower back was indeed a staph infection. He later went on to confirmed that he had broken his hand sometime during the 1stRound but continued to throw punches anyways. / 5thRound.com
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Mount Pleasant, MI
DEAF PITCHER BRANDON HOLSWORTH HURLS BEAL CITY TO DIVISION 4 BASEBALL CROWN
Forget about the wins and losses, the trophies and medals, the person whose courage and accomplishments stood above all was junior Brandon Holsworth of Beal City. Coach Brad Antcliff placed his trust in Holsworth to start the Division 4 title game in Battle Creek, an honor by any measure. But for someone who is deaf it carries more weight. Holsworth pitched admirably over the 5 2/3 innings. He gave up four hits and no walks and struck out eight as Beal City defeated St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic, 5-0. / The Detroit News
'FRIDGE' HAS HEARING LOSS, BUT CONDITION IMPROVING
The brother of former NFL star William Perry says the "Fridge" has some hearing loss but is improving from a condition in which the body's immune system attacks nerves. Fellow NFL standout Michael Dean Perry said Monday his 47-year-old brother has regained most of his strength and is back up to about 330 pounds as he recovers in his South Carolina home. / Associated Press
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DEAF MINISTRY LEADER DIES AT 101
She learned to speak without saying a word. And because of it, she spread the Word across the globe. An orphan, Lillian Beard, commonly called “Miss Lillian,” was “given” and cared for at the age of three months by a couple who could not speak or hear. Her first language was sign language and she used it to start the deaf ministry at First Baptist Church in Houston, lay the groundwork for Woodhaven Baptist Deaf Church in Houston and work instrumentally in bringing people to Christ around the globe, including some who continue serving as missionaries. She died June 10 at the age of 101. / The Baptist Standard
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