June 26, 2013
Vol. 9, No. 35
Editor: Tom Willard
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STATE ORDERED TO PROVIDE EQUAL ACCESS TO THE DEAF
A federal judge has ordered Georgia to begin taking steps to provide equal access to public services to people who are deaf and developmentally disabled. In a 26-page order, U.S. District Judge Richard Story gave the state five years to fully comply with his mandate, which includes maintaining an Office of Deaf Services with a full-time director and staffing six regional offices to assist the deaf in locations near their homes. / Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Apple Valley, CA
CAMPING TRIP FOR THE DEAF CANCELED AFTER THEFT
An annual camping trip by members of the deaf community has been canceled after equipment for the excursion was stolen. Marcy Woodard, committee member of the High Desert Association of the Deaf said the items were being stored inside a pickup truck camper parked in the driveway of a residence in Apple Valley before being stolen last month. Stolen items included two large lamps with stands, two tents, two camping chairs, the association’s banner, extension cords, three large shade canopies and rope lights for the canopies. / Victorville Daily Press
Silver Spring, MD
CONTACT CONGRESS ON JUNE 27!
As part of the Child First campaign, the National Association of the Deaf is asking Congress to pass the Alice Cogswell Act. This bill will amend federal special education law (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA) to improve services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. On June 27, we need your help! Ask your Senators and Representatives to support the Alice Cogswell Act! / NAD
Silver Spring, MD
APPLE COMMITTED TO CAPTIONING OF ITUNES MOVIES AND TV SHOWS
Nearly all new movies and TV shows in iTunes already offer closed captioning, and by March 2014 the vast majority of the iTunes catalog will offer closed captioning. Apple is committed to working with the National Association of the Deaf and the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund to ensure that iTunes TV and movie offerings will contain closed captioning or subtitles, with every movie and TV episode in the iTunes catalog captioned or subtitled, by June 2015. / NAD
Byron Center, MI
UNITING THE DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING COMMUNITY
Advocates for the deaf and hard of hearing community say services have been cut deeply in Michigan in the last three years, making it ever more important for them to support each other. They did that at the 18th Annual Silent Celebration in Byron Center June 8. An estimated 250 people from across the state gathered for a picnic and games. / WZZM
YOUNGSTER HELPS THE HARD OF HEARING
Rachel Friedman marked an important milestone in Jewish life with a fundraising effort that generated more than $4,000. Rachel took the money raised from her bat mitzvah project and donated it to the Dr. Jack Mills Scholarship Fund, which helps provide hearing aids and other services to those who wouldn't be able to afford them otherwise. The cause is a personal one, as Rachel was diagnosed with mild to moderate sensorineural hearing loss about a decade ago. / The Sun Sentinel
JAMESTOWN NATIVE VALEDICTORIAN AT SCHOOL FOR DEAF
The valedictorian of the class of 2013 at St. Mary's School for the Deaf in Buffalo is a Jamestown native. Since leaving Jamestown Public Schools to attend St. Mary's in 2006, Jacob Rhoades has been involved in all aspects of the school's programming. "I am happy to take the position of valedictorian and class leader," he said. "I like what St. Mary's School for the Deaf has to offer, it was able to lead me to success." / The Post-Journal
New York, NY
SIGN LANGUAGE INTEPRETER LYDIA CALLIS: 'BEAUTIFUL LANGUAGE THAT IS SILENT'
American sign language interpreter Lydia Callis became an overnight sensation when she worked with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg last fall during Superstorm Sandy. Though interpreting vital information for the deaf community, her vibrant nature, strong facial expressions and seemingly dramatic gestures appeared humorous to some non-signing viewers. Callis, however, was not dismayed. She has used her newfound fame to bring positive attention and advocacy to the deaf community. / Yahoo! News
West Hartford, CT
AMERICAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF GRADUATES 31
Despite the oppressive humidity Tuesday afternoon, 31 high school seniors and their families celebrated the end of a long journey in the Ward Gymnasium at the American School for the Deaf. Through heartfelt speeches and memories shared before the ceremony, the students — 13 of them from the United Arab Emirates — reflected on their time at the 196-year-old school. / The Hartford Courant
West Palm Beach, FL
DEAF, MUTE MAN MISSING FROM HOME SINCE LAST WEEK
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in finding a 46-year-old man who has been missing since last week. James E. Phillips was last seen June 18 around 1:30 a.m. when he walked away from his home in suburban West Palm Beach. Phillips is considered endangered as he is deaf and mute and is prone to seizures. / The Palm Beach Post
DEAF MOORHEAD MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT
A Moorhead man who cannot hear or speak faces felony charges after allegedly using a series of written and text messages to pick up another man in downtown Fargo, take him to a hotel, and then sexually assault him there. Ortis Nashon Alderman, 37, has been charged in Cass County District Court with one count of felonious restraint, a Class C felony, and one count of Class B misdemeanor sexual assault. / INFORUM
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MAN WHO STOLE FROM DEAF WOMAN WINS FIRST STAGE OF SENTENCE APPEAL
A father who, along with his son, conned his way into a deaf woman’s home and subjected her to a callous distraction burglary, has won the first stage of his fight to get his jail term cut. Bryan Dance, 50, and his son Steven, 25, were posing as salesmen when they asked 78-year-old Katherine Smith to make them a cup of tea – then stole £170 ($260 US) from her bag and money jar while her back was turned. / Times and Star
Victoria, BC, Canada
DEAF FAMILY MADE AN IMPRESSION ON COMIC CRAIG GASS
Growing up in a deaf family helped Craig Gass, 42, become an accomplished impressionist. The Los Angeles comedian, performing his stand-up show Friday night in Victoria, says everyone in his family was deaf except him. As a toddler, Gass learned to talk by listening to voices on the television. Because of this, the comic, raised in the Bronx, never spoke with a regional accent. “Because my family was deaf, I had a clean slate to learn to talk,” said Gass. / Times Colonist
QUR'AN LESSONS FOR DEAF RUSSIANS
Fulfilling the dream of deaf Muslims to read and understand the Noble Qur’an, a mosque in Moscow is offering courses for hearing-impaired people to translate the holy book into sign language. "The main goal for all of our students is to learn Arabic to be able to read the original text of the Qur’an,” Yulia Zamaletdinova, a graduate of the Moscow Islamic University, told Russia Beyond the Headlines on Monday, June 24. / OnIslam.net
Seoul, South Korea
SILENT DIALOGUE BETWEEN A DEAF-BLIND PRIEST AND A DEAF PRIEST
Nothing was heard. It was a silent conversation. The silence was disrupted a few times by strange noises incomprehensible to other people. Throughout their conversation, the two displayed limitless respect and trust toward each other while holding hands and nodding. World’s first and the only blind priest, Cyril Axelrod, 71, from South Africa and Asia’s first deaf priest Park Min-seo, 38, of the Catholic Mission for the Deaf met each other at the Hangang Cathedral in Ichon-dong, Seoul. Park, who can see, helped the old blind priest to move. / The Dong-a Ilbo
DEAF-MUTE SOCIETY ACCUSED OF DENYING ADMISSION
The School for Deaf-Mute Society is in the midst of a controversy. The school administration has been accused of denying admission to ninth grade to over 50 students with disabilities due to a lack of seats. As many as 65 students passed eighth grade, but the school administration says they can take only 15 into class 9. "These kids have been studying here since they were born and now they are told that there is no way for them to move on to the next class. This is totally unfair," said Rajesh Brahmbhatt. / Times of India
KUWAIT PM ATTENDS OPENING OF MULTI-PURPOSE HALL FOR DEAF
His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah attended the opening of a multi-purpose hall for the deaf at Kuwait sport club for the deaf on Saturday evening. Sheikh Jaber inaugurated the hall which consisted of a handball court, a volleyball court and a swimming pool. Minister of information and minister of state for youth affairs Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah said the information ministry was in the process of appointing sign language interpreters for news bulletins and other programs. / Kuwait News Agency
Johannesburg, South Africa
LOCAL DEAF PLAY INVITED TO PERFORM AT FESTIVAL CLIN D'OEIL IN FRANCE
Listen with your Eyes, a comedy, is very visual and gestural and there is no conversation as such which will allow all to understand the humor. Listen with your Eyes took Catalina’s Talking Hands, the first ever Deaf Theatre Festival delivered in South Africa, by storm last year. It has been selected for the Festival Clin d’Oeil (European Deaf Theatre Festival) in Reims, France. / Media Update
BLIND, DEAF, DUMB, BUT OFTEN RAPED
She can neither see, talk nor hear and suffers from mental illness. More so, Yudaya Kakasiye’s problems have been compounded by lumpens who waylay and rape her — not once, not twice, but many times! Her parents live in abject poverty. However, that is not their biggest problem. They are totally exhausted by their daughter’s plight and are utterly clueless about what to do to protect her. / New Vision
NATIONAL DEAF TOURNAMENT IN JEOPARDY
The holding of the national deaf T20 cricket tournament is in jeopardy as Pakistan Cricket Board has not yet released necessary funds to Pakistan Deaf Cricket Association (PDCA) for holding the event. “If the same situation persists then we will be left with no option but to postpone the competition which is a regular annual feature”, said Zaheer ud din Babar, manager, PDCA, while talking to APP here on Tuesday. / Pakistan Observer
5-YEAR-OLD GIRL RAPED
A 5-year-old girl was subjected to rape in capital’s rural area, police said on Friday. The minor is dumb and deaf and was a daughter of house servant of a sitting legislator. The police said a constable found her standing along roadside with blood staining her clothes. The constable inquired about the injuries but did not get any reply from her. After assuming that she might have been injured in a road accident he took her to the police station. / DAWN.com
MISS DEAF'S MOTHER BLAMES BAD FRIENDS
Bad friends are alleged to have been the main reason why Miss Deaf Swaziland, Vuyisile Masangane, dropped out of school. Masangane, who was a pupil at the School for the Deaf in Siteki, did not return to school for her second term. Gabisile Dlamini, Masangane’s mother said up to now, she also did not have a clear reason why her daughter decided not to go back to school. “I suspect that she might have met some friends who influenced her not to go back to school,” she said. / Times of Swaziland
See Also NOKUTHULA MUST CLARIFY USE OF MISS DEAF MONIES / Times of Swaziland
See Also NELISIWE LUSHABA TAKES OVER MISS DEAF / Times of Swaziland
See Also MISS DEAF AFRICA ORGANIZERS THREATEN TO WITHDRAW / Times of Swaziland
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WITH HEARING IMPLANTS, EXPERIENCING SOUND FOR THE FIRST TIME
After being born severely hearing-impaired, Sarah Churman heard her first clear sound at age 29 and promptly burst into tears. “I hear Melinda say, “How does it sound?” Churman wrote in her memoir, “Powered On,” about the experience. “I start to answer her, and I realize I can hear the noises in my mouth. Then I realize how I sound. Then I get choked up. Then I laugh. Then that sends me into a fit of tears and choking up.” Churman received cochlear implants at age 29. A video of her implants being turned on for the first time went viral in 2011. / ABC News
GOOGLE GLASS COULD HELP THE DEAF VISUALIZE NEARBY SOUNDS
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a Google patent application that shows one possible use for Project Glass: Creating visual notifications of sound for the hard of hearing. Google Glass could be used to help the deaf by making it possible for them to see visual representations of sound, including the direction and intensity of a noise, such as an oncoming car. / International Business Times
LIFELONG HEARING IMPAIRMENT HASN'T SLOWED C.J. FIKE
It is impressive enough that C.J. Fike, at age 22, graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Akron and is on the top tier of waitlisted individuals for the Northeast Ohio Medical University, where he would like to study to become a doctor. What makes this feat even more remarkable is that he has done it all with a severe hearing impairment. / Sun News
New York, NY
OBESITY LINKED TO GREATER RISK OF HEARING LOSS IN TEENS
A new study finds that obese teens may be at increased risk for hearing loss. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 1,500 adolescents, aged 12 to 19, who took part in the 2005 to 2006 U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Obese adolescents had greater hearing loss across all frequencies and were nearly twice as likely to have one-sided, low-frequency hearing loss, compared to their normal-weight peers. / HealthDay News
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GOING DEAF, SOUND EXPERT RACES TO FINISH HIS LIFE'S WORK
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San Jose, CA
HIGH-TECH GAINS GET DISABLED PEOPLE INTO WORKFORCE
When high school football coach Kevin Bella needs an intense, heart-to-heart with a player, he goes home and sits on his couch. That's because Bella, who is deaf, communicates with his hearing players most clearly with a new technology that brings a live sign language interpreter to his television screen. The player, on a phone elsewhere, hears the interpreter give voice to Bella's signs. / The Associated Press
LG OPTIMUS F3 A $30 ANDROID PHONE FOR BLIND, HEARING-IMPAIRED
LG will want to sell the Optimus F3 it announced on Thursday to everyone, but the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean smartphone comes with some features specifically meant for blind and hearing-impaired users. Most notably, the phone automatically integrates Google TalkBack, a text-to-speech accessibility app that you would ordinarily have to download and activate to use. / CNET Reviews
St. Cloud, MN
DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING DIVISION MOVES, WANTS TO SPREAD WORD ON SERVICE
The deaf and hard of hearing do not have to suffer in silence. The regional office of Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division recently relocated and wants people to know about ways its staff can help. / St. Cloud Times
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WU-TANG CLAN HAD AN ASL INTERPRETER AT BONNAROO AND SHE STOLE THE SHOW
There was plenty of talent to go around at last weekend's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, but none of the headliners could hold an environmentally friendly candle to the festival's main attraction: An ASL interpreter named Holly. Holly was assigned to interpret for the Wu-Tang Clan and R. Kelly, among other acts, and quite literally stole the show from underneath them. / Gawker
See Also THE WU-TANG CLAN SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER: HOW HOLLY MANIATTY LEARNED TO SIGN FOR RAPPERS / Slate Magazine
Los Angeles, CA
'KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS' PREVIEW: IS BRUCE GOING DEAF?
Bruce Jenner may actually have a good excuse for not listening to wife Kris Jenner. In a preview for this Sunday’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the patriarch visits an ear doctor to check out his hearing. Although his “low pitch” was in the normal range, Bruce explains to Kris that hearing high pitch sounds is where he has problems. “So does that mean I have to talk like this,” his wife jokes, deepening her voice. / RyanSeacrest.com
San Diego, CA
THERE ARE NONE SO DEAF AS THOSE WHO DON'T LISTEN -- 'TRIBES' MUSES AT LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE
When San Diegans hear the word “tribes,” they might think Native American Indians living nearby. However, the word represents a much broader concept — communities, societies, particular groups within a society, families. That’s the theme of La Jolla Playhouse’s upcoming production of “Tribes” by playwright Nina Raine and directed by David Cromer. Billy (Russell Harvard) is deaf and struggles to keep up with a family that spends its time obsessing over its own individualities and seeking the attention of others. Billy’s lip-reading skills leave him out of the loop and drive him to go outside his home “tribe” to find fulfillment. / La Jolla Light
SALINAS-AREA DEAF STUDENTS TO JOIN THEATER TROUPE FOR TWO SHOWS
Salinas-area students will join the Little Theater of the Deaf on stage for two performances this weekend. Children from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at the Monterey County Office of Education are engaged in theater classes this week with the touring troupe, a branch of the National Theater of the Deaf. / The Salinas Californian
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BENNIE FULLER, THE 'WILT CHAMBERLAIN OF THE DEAF,' NEEDS HELPING HAND
Among those who lost homes this spring to major tornadoes in the Oklahoma City area was a former Arkansan named Bennie Fuller. Those of us who grew up in Arkansas and are of a certain age need no introduction to Fuller. He was, quite simply, one of the greatest high school basketball players in Arkansas history. The fact he’s deaf just makes the story more intriguing. / Sporting Life Arkansas
LEXINGTON BROTHERS PREPARING FOR INTERNATIONAL DEAF SWIMMING COMPETITION
Kenneth and Edward Freeman will be among more than 3,000 athletes going to Sofia, Bulgaria for a week of competition at the end of July. None of the athletes will be able to hear their family, friends, and fans cheering them on. All the athletes are deaf. This is the first Deaflympics for Kenneth, 19, and Edward, 16, who have both been "profoundly deaf" since they each were about 6 years old. / Lexington Herald-Leader
USA DEAF TENNIS ANNOUNCES TEAM FOR 2013 SOFIA DEAFLYMPICS
Last month the Tennis Committee of the USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) chose its team for the upcoming 2013 Summer Deaflympics. Three from the USTA/Midwest Section were selected; Richard Noel and Jenny Woyahn Selected for USA Team, Howard Gorrell to serve as team’s Tennis Leader. / USTA Midwest
STUDENTS FROM FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND GET SURF LESSONS
Fifty-five students from the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind have a new skill: surfing.The Florida Surfing Association gave the students surfing lessons Thursday morning at Jacksonville Beach. "It's all about developing self-esteem, self-confidence, and giving these kids a great time," said Paul West, president of the association. / WJXT
OSKALOOSA TO CELEBRATE LIFE OF FORMER DEAF-MUTE MLB PITCHER
Luther Taylor was a deaf-mute pitcher in Major League Baseball in the early 1900s. He was born in Oskaloosa in 1875 and is credited for making sign language the universal way to communicate between players and coaches on the diamond. Next weekend in his hometown of Oskaloosa, Taylor’s life will be honored at the 112th Annual Oskaloosa Old Settler’s Festival. / Kansas First News
FARIBAULT'S MSAD EARNS FIRST-EVER DEAF AMERICA CUP
The accolades just don’t stop pouring in for the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf athletic program. The latest came on Monday when SportsMX named the Trojans the recipients of the Deaf America Cup – Division II All-Sports Champion. The DAC is a new award that will be presented every season and is based on a series of criteria across all seasons and both boys and girls sports, including win-loss percentage, top-four tournament finishes and NDIAA National Championships. / Faribault Daily News
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