July 3, 2013
Vol. 9, No. 36
Editor: Tom Willard
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DEAF COMMUNITY TO GET SERVICE CENTER AFTER LOBBYING NEARLY 50 YEARS
For close to half a century local advocates for the deaf community have lobbied to create a center for Hawaii’s silent residents. On Thursday, that dream will be one step closer to becoming a reality. It’s believed that Hawaii is home to an estimated 100,000 people who are deaf or severely hard of hearing. “They are the silent minority, they are the silent disability,” deaf advocate Patty Sakal said. / KHON2
COMPETITIVE STEM PROGRAM AT UW TARGETS DEAF, HARD OF HEARING STUDENTS
Finals are barely over for University of Washington student Jessie Zhang and already she’s excited to be back on campus. Zhang, who just finished her freshman year, will learn programming skills, meet mentors in the tech industry and try her hand at animation – all while speaking with her cohort and advisers through signing and technologies that help her communicate. Zhang joined 16 other deaf and hard of hearing students from around the country June 24 to participate in an intensive summer of computer science courses, industry tours and networking. / UW Today
DEAF EVANGELIST USES PANTOMIME TO SHARE THE GOSPEL
Kevin Clark’s first encounter with Jesus came at age 14, when he saw a televised dramatization of Christ’s crucifixion. But he wanted to know more. “Who is this Jesus?” Clark asked his parents. Years later, he tries to answer that same question for deaf people across the United States. Clark, a deaf evangelist from Morgantown, N.C., spreads the gospel to non-hearing audiences using pantomime and drama. He preached at the recent Texas Baptist Conference for the Deaf at Baylor University in Waco. / Baptist Standard
LEGALLY DEAF WOMAN REPORTED MISSING IN MCKEESPORT
Authorities in McKeesport are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 42-year-old woman who is legally deaf. According to McKeesport police Capt. Timothy Hanna, Goldie Himes left Dravosburg on Saturday around 5 p.m. after visiting a friend. Investigators said Himes was driving a 1993 dark red Saturn hatchback wagon with a Pennsylvania license plate JBJ-2395. / WPXI
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FATHER ACCUSED OF KILLING THREE GENERATIONS OF FAMILY DRIVEN BY JEALOUSY OF HIS BLIND AND DEAF BABY
A father accused of killing three generations of a family in a house fire was jealous of the attention his girlfriend gave to their blind and deaf daughter. Carl Mills, 29, killed his own baby daughter, her mother and grandmother after torching their home on the day the child was released from hospital, a murder trial heard. Kayleigh Buckley, 17, six-month-old daughter Kimberley and grandmother Kim, 46, were all trapped in their home when it was engulfed in flames. / Parentdish UK
DEAF COMMUNITY RALLIES TO SAVE BUILDING FROM BEING SOLD TO AN EVANGELICAL CHURCH
Adelaide's deaf community is rallying to save its historic South Tce base from being sold to an evangelical church that claims to cure people of deafness and other ailments through prayer. Deaf services provider Deaf Can: Do says it has been forced to put the 86-year-old building up for sale because of crippling maintenance costs. The likely buyer is the Healinglife Church, which already rents the building for weekly services and would run a kitchen to feed the homeless there as well as religious counselling, life skills courses and a healing prayer room. / Herald Sun
DEAF MOTHERS SUE DEPT. OF HUMAN SERVICES AFTER BABY DIES FROM SIDS
A deaf mum who says her newborn daughter died because she was forced to co-sleep with her is suing the Department of Human Services. The heartbroken mother, who can't be named for legal reasons, carries her baby's ashes with her as a reminder of her "little angel". Her baby was just seven weeks old when she died from SIDS several years ago. The mother told the Herald Sun the memory of waking up next to her dead child would haunt her for the rest of her life. / Herald Sun
DEAF KOREAN LEE-DUCK HEE, 15, LOSES IN FIRST ROUND OF WIMBLEDON JUNIORS
Lee-Duck Hee, the 15-year-old Korean junior who is deaf, was beaten in the first round of the Wimbledon junior boys singles draw on Saturday. Lee lost to the no. 7 seed Christian Garin 6-2, 4-6, 2-6 but is still alive in the boys doubles draw. Hee commented, "It’s another match but it is Wimbledon so I’m experiencing a lot and probably I got something out of this game. / Tennis World
FORMER EASTENDER GOES DEAF FOR THE DAY
A former soap star went deaf for the day to learn more about life with a hearing condition. Radlett resident Pam St Clement, known for her role as Pat Butcher on BBC’s Eastenders, was keen to learn more about how to cope with day-to-day living without the sense. The 71-year-old took on the challenge for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, a charity which trains dogs to alert their deaf owners about sounds including the doorbell and smoke alarms. / Borehamwood Times
DEAF HINCKLEY MAN CRITICIZES AUTHORITIES OVER PARKING TICKET ROW
A deaf sign language teacher claims he has been discriminated against following a row over a parking ticket. Michael Broderick says he was given a ticket in a public car park while he was inside trying to explain that the pay machine wasn’t working. As well as being unable to explain the situation as no-one could understand his sign language, Mr Broderick stated that any discussions with Leicestershire County Council, who deal with challenged parking fines, were a non-starter. / Hinckley Times
HOW OSCAR THE HEARING DOG KEEPS LEE SAFE
On two occasions Lee McCabe has been burgled while she slept. As the criminals crept through her house taking her laptop, TV and other expensive electricals, she was in bed completely unaware. "It was such in invasion," says Lee, 33. What makes it even more frightening is that Lee is deaf and had no chance of hearing the intruders. Today Lee can sleep soundly knowing that if anything happens, her trusty labrador, Oscar, will immediately alert her. / This is Nottingham
LISA'S INSPIRATIONAL ROLE IN PROMOTING DEAF AWARENESS
Former Gympie woman Lisa Mills has embraced the challenges that come with a life of being deaf to excel in the fields of teaching and performing while also devoting her life to promoting deaf awareness. The recent launch of her educational and interactive music DVD for children entitled 'Sing and Sign with Lisa' is a testament to the passion and dedication of Lisa in combining her love of teaching with performing to help others. / Gympie Times
New Delhi, India
DEAF-MUTE MINOR GIRL GANG-RAPED IN DELHI
A hearing and speech impaired minor girl was gang-raped at a northwest Delhi village, police said on Saturday. The police said the incident was reported at the Samaipur Badli police station on Friday evening; one of the accused has been arrested. “The victim, who is deaf-mute, was lured from her house by one of her neighbours, identified as Asif, 27, when she was playing outside around 8:30 pm,” said an officer. / Hindustan Times
DEAF LAWN TENNIS PLAYER CRIES FOUL OVER SAI'S DECISION
Sports Authority of India's (SAI) decision to restrict the Indian entries in the 22nd Deaflympics due to lack of funds has hit many players who have been robbed of an opportunity to represent the country at the quadrennial event starting in Sofia, Bulgaria from July 22. One such case is Parul Gupta, a tennis player with hearing disability. "My daughter played eight nationals ... and her only aim is to represent country in an international event, but now it is shattered," Avinash Gupta, Parul's father said. / Times of India
SOROTI DEAF AND DUMB COUPLE TO WED
This will not be your usual wedding ceremony, no doubt. This couple will not hear you shout your lungs out in congratulatory gestures. Nor will they be able to speak out in appreciation. It will be their hearts and physical actions that will communicate. The couple is deaf and dumb. Albert Enganyu, 42 and Jane Alwayo will be among 19 other couples that will exchange vows in a mass wedding organized by St. Paul Mission, Ochero in Soroti district. / New Vision
BECHEM SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF APPEALS FOR ASSISTANCE
Veronica Ayeh, Headmistress of the Bechem School for the Deaf, appealed to individuals, philanthropists and non-governmental organisations to come to the aid of educational institution. She said the school, which had 461 students, urgently needed boy's dormitory, classroom block and teaching and learning materials. She appealed to the public to assist the school with rice, cooking oil, maize and clothing. / BusinessGhana
CAMP FOR DEAF, HARD-OF-HEARING KIDS HAS STRONG VISUAL ART FOCUS
The Oasis Empowerment Center is reaching out to the island's deaf community by offering free sign-language classes for the public and a camp specifically for deaf and hard-of-hearing children next month. Four deaf interns from Gallaudet University are on island to help teach the classes and run the camp, showing how a hearing disability doesn't have to be a hindrance in life. / Pacific Daily News
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WIS. CHURCH'S DEAF OUTREACH PARALLELS ITS COOPERATIVE PROGRAM COMMITMENT
Valley Baptist Church reaches out to local Hmong, Hispanic and deaf people groups, but the mostly Anglo congregation isn't satisfied to stop there. They've also increased their Cooperative Program by nearly 50 percent since Larry Creamer became pastor in 2000 -- raising their giving to 14.5 percent of undesignated receipts over the previous 10 percent mark. "It goes back to our mission of preparing people to meet Jesus," Creamer said. / Baptist Press
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Ever since 1956, when the very first convention took place in New York City, the Jewish Deaf Congress (formerly known as the NCJD – National Congress of Jewish Deaf) long ago earned a cherished place in the hearts of Jewish deaf people in the United States. It is the address where everybody can meet up with former classmates and reminisce about the old days. It is also the place where so many Jewish deaf singles have found their matches – among them, my parents. / The Jewish Week
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DEAF SERVICES CLIENTS LEARN MONEY SMART TIPS
Centier Bank made its’ inaugural Money Smart Week 2013 presentation to clients of Deaf Services Inc., along with other residents at the Renaissance Towers in Hammond. The presentation pertained to budgeting, checking accounts and credit. I am sure that everyone left the presentation feeling much smarter about their personal finances and will feel safer now when banking," said Debra Pampalone, Deaf Services program director. / nwitimes.com
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DEAF, HEARING IMPAIRED NONPROFIT CELEBRATES 20 YEARS
When the word ‘language’ is used, it is rare that the first thought that comes to mind is sign language. Deaf and Hearing Impaired Services Inc. is a nonprofit agency out of Farmington Hills that is celebrating its 20th year in business. American Sign Language is rapidly becoming one of the most widely used languages in the U.S. — it’s the fourth most popular language. / The News Herald
NEVER A DULL MOMENT FOR INTERPRETER
By the time Kristen Sprenger had reached junior high she had a pretty good idea of what her life's career would entail in some form. That was why for two summers in the early 1980s she studied sign language. Fast forward about 30 years. Sprenger, 44, is now an interpreter for the deaf in Washington, D.C., and the owner of Sprenger Interpreting Services -- helping serve one the nation's largest deaf populations. / Quincy Herald-Whig
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FEELING THE MUSIC: JOHN O'NEAL WON'T LET BEING DEAF ALTER HIS PASSION
Placing his left hand on the base of Edward Swarthout’s guitar and keeping his eyes on Swarthout’s strumming hand, John O’Neal began to feel the music he couldn’t hear. Almost 30 years ago O’Neal was involved in an accident that left him in a coma for six weeks. Now, he said he is profoundly deaf. He can hear himself speak, but no one else. The 56-year-old Battle Creek man remembers his favorite Motown songs, and takes classes at the Music School at Kellogg Community College to play them. / Battle Creek Enquirer
DEAF SINGER PERFORMS AT KELLER FEST
Sherry Anne Lints jokes that she’s the self-proclaimed Helen Keller Festival poster child that almost wasn’t.
The singer from Utica, N.Y., performed Saturday in Spring Park, and shared her message of how the human spirit can overcome any of life’s obstacles, in her case, deafness. The 39-year-old has been singing most of her life, despite wearing two hearing aids because of bilateral nerve deafness in both ears. / Times Daily
ONCE-DEAF TEEN SETS SIGHTS ON CAREER AS SINGER, PRODUCER
Generali Elementary School third grade teacher Terri Miller remembers the day eight years ago that she asked Juston Scott to sing in front of her class. She had noticed the boy light up with joy during music class. Miller expected a bit of shyness. Maybe he wouldn't do it. But Scott stood in front of his peers and stunned the class with his perfect pitch, Miller remembers. / Republican-American
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LUKE ADAMS SELECTED TO USA DEAF NATIONAL TEAM
Texas Tech junior Luke Adams has been selected to represent Team USA at the 22nd Deaflympics from July 26 to Aug. 4 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Adams, a 5-9 guard from Big Spring, has appeared in 38 games, including seven starts, for Texas Tech over the last two seasons. He was born deaf and is one of roughly 42,000 adults in the U.S. to wear a cochlear implant and hearing aid. / TexasTech.com
AREA PLAYERS EMBRACE DEAF GIRLS BASKETBALL CAMP
As one of 20 campers last year at the inaugural National Deaf Girls Basketball Camp, Silver Spring resident Idy Fass had an outstanding time. She enjoyed it so much that she, along with almost 100 percent of last year's participants, decided to return as staff members for the camp's second year last weekend. “I looked up to a lot of coaches and staff last year,” Fass, who will be a freshman at Gallaudet University in the fall, wrote in an interview. “I wanted to give back to the deaf women's basketball program.” / The Gazette
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