July 7, 2010
Vol. 6, No. 36
Editor: Tom Willard
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BENEDICT BEFORE PAPACY: TOO SLOW TO ACT AGAINST ABUSERS, SAYS TIMES
Earlier this year, many were shocked by a New York Times story about a Wisconsin priest who abused hundreds of deaf children yet avoided being defrocked by a powerful Vatican office. He begged that he was old and sick and wished to die a priest. The head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger concurred. Now the cardinal is Pope Benedict XVI, wrestling with a global sexual abuse scandal. And Laurie Goodstein has completed a months-long analysis of how Ratzinger dealt with it years before his papacy. It's not pretty. / USA Today
H.R. 3101 TAKES A STEP FORWARD, BUT LEAVES BEHIND PEOPLE WHO ARE DEAF-BLIND
On June 30, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet considered the “Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act” (H.R. 3101). Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA), chairman of the Subcommittee, offered an “Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute” (a new H.R. 3101) which replaced the original bill. The new H.R. 3101 is missing an important provision as a result of the markup substitute bill. This is the provision for funding for specialized communications equipment needed by people who are deaf-blind, such as refreshable Braille devices. / COAT
Silver Spring, MD
NAD REQUESTS THAT ICED RECOGNIZE SIGN LANGUAGE AS A HUMAN RIGHT
The National Association of the Deaf sent a letter to the 21st International Congress on the Education of the Deaf (21st Congress) requesting that they grant official recognition to the use of sign language as a civil, human and linguistic right, particularly in educational settings. Further, the NAD requested that the 21st Congress formally reject resolutions passed at the 2nd Congress, commonly known as the 1880 Milan Conference, where sign language in educational settings was strongly discouraged. / NAD
$40,000 SETTLEMENT IN ROCK CONCERT HEARING LOSS LAWSUIT
A couple who sued the heavy metal band Whitesnake claiming that one of them suffered hearing problems after seeing the band at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre will have to be content with a $40,000 settlement, the Appeals Court has ruled. Maryellen and Kevin Burns filed the suit against the band, the promoter and the venue owner after attending a 2003 show. The couple said a piece of staging equipment blocked the view from their original seats, so theater staff moved them to a new location closer to the stage and a large tower of speakers. / The Docket
Key West, FL
DEAF SERVICES IMPROVE
A homeless woman recently found herself admitted to a local hospital by police under a Baker Act order. The hospital, however, was unprepared for the patient, who had been deaf since birth. Doctors initially were unable to communicate with her, except by writing -- an iffy proposition if a deaf patient is also mentally confused. The hospital called for a volunteer interpreter to sign with the patient and relay her responses to doctors, but the interpreter also was deaf. The interpreter resorted to signing with the woman and writing her responses on a notepad for doctors to read. / Key West Citizen
New York, NY
DEAF IMMIGRANT'S AMERICAN DREAM ON ELLIS ISLAND
He's so quick, so quiet that one could easily overlook Jose Gutierrez. But his story is as inspiring as the exhibits he polishes at the museum on Ellis Island. As a kid in Mexico, he'd seen pictures of the Statue of Liberty and dreamed of a better life in the U.S. At just 15, Jose crossed the border without his parents, a journey made more difficult by the fact that he's deaf. "Friends told me I'd be able to work" in the U.S., Gutierrez said through a sign language interpreter. "But when I got here everything fell apart." / CBS Evening News
Sioux Falls, SD
CSD LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE, SLOGAN TO CELEBRATE 35 YEARS OF SERVICE
On Nov. 1, CSD will be celebrating 35 years of providing services and solutions to the nation’s deaf and hard of hearing community. Starting in a small supply closet back in 1975 with one employee, CSD currently boasts a workforce of over 1,500, over 30 offices around the nation, and is the largest telecommunications relay provider in the U.S (in a partnership with Sprint). Today, CSD announces its new corporate slogan, “Access … Redefined.” / CSD
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I WON'T LET BEING DEAF STOP ME FROM BECOMING A TV STAR
I was bracing myself for one of the most humiliating things a girl my age can do in public while sober -- a sexy dance. And not just any old sexy dance, but a sexy dance in front of 60 extras and 40 film crew I barely knew. I was craving a gin and tonic to steady my nerves but since it was 11am and I was playing the lead role in a new four-part BBC1 drama, that wasn't an option. Any 24-year-old inexperienced actress would find it challenging to writhe sensually to the beat in front of 100 strangers, but it was particularly difficult for me. I couldn't hear any music. I'm deaf. / Daily Mail
FIRST BLIND AND DEAF THEATRE CO HITS THE UK
The world’s first blind and deaf theatre company is bringing its critically-acclaimed play to the London stage for the first time. In Not By Bread Alone the actors -- from the Israeli Nalaga’at Company -- share stories as they knead, leaven and bake bread onstage. Using touch, mime, sign language and music they create a cabaret-style show which is as funny as it is thought-provoking. And while most actors' top concern is remembering their lines, when the entire cast is deaf or blind priorities are somewhat different. / Sky News
WORKER WINS PAYOUT
A former machine operator left with permanent hearing loss after being exposed to excessive noise at work has won a payout of more than £3,500 ($5,325 US) from his ex-employer. John Tomlinson, from Pilsey, Chesterfield, secured the settlement from GKN Sheepbridge Limited through his lawyers from Irwin Mitchell. During his 12 years at the firm he said he was exposed to "excessive levels of noise" from a host of different pieces of equipment. / The Star
POPPY HOPES POSTER MAKES PEOPLE AWARE
A deaf pupil from Penarth has helped create a special poster to mark the 2010 Deaf Awareness Week. Poppy Parritt, 11, drew one of the images featured on the new National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) Cymru poster, which has been sent to every school in Wales. Earlier this year, NDCS Cymru invited deaf children and young people in Wales to send in their ideas of the key things people should know to be deaf aware. A selection of the entries have been used to create the poster, entitled 'Get deaf aware!' / Penarth Times
Ottawa, ON, Canada
DEAF WOMAN'S DOG GETS NO RESPECT
At least twice a week since she moved to Gatineau in March, Michele Simpson has had to beg drivers with Société de Transport de l'Outaouais to let her board the bus with her hearing dog, Walker. Usually Simpson, 46, who has suffered from a hereditary hearing loss since her 20s, has been allowed on the bus after explaining she needs the miniature poodle to identify beeping microwave ovens, ringing doorbells, telephones or even a fire alarm. Last Friday a driver ordered Simpson off an STO bus as she attempted to return home from her job at an HP Canada call centre in Ottawa. / Ottawa Citizen
Otaru City, Japan
FIRST DEAF SOCCER LEAGUE HELD IN OTARU, HOKKAIDO
The first Hokkaido Summer Soccer League for the Deaf was opened at the Hokkaido High School for the Deaf located in Otaru City on June 27 to enhance the local soccer activities. The three teams of 50 members in total, consisted of adults, high school students and alumni, participated in the soccer event, and played aggressively basking in sunlight. / Deaf Japan News
Kingston. Jamaica, W.I.
THE DEAF DANCE AGAINST AIDS
The national finals of the Deaf Dance Competition, organized by the Claro-sponsored Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), were held at the Little Theatre on Saturday. This year's competition was particularly significant because the Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD) decided to use the medium of dance to spread the message of HIV/AIDS prevention to the deaf and hearing-impaired community. / The Gleaner
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New York, NY
MORE BIG NAMES LINE UP TO SUPORT GLOBAL HEARING LOSS AWARENESS INITIATIVE
Singer/songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae has joined Oscar-winning actor Ben Kingsley and acclaimed actress Tilda Swinton as the latest famous faces to lend their support to Hear the World, the global initiative launched by hearing aid manufacturer Phonak to raise awareness about the importance of hearing and the consequences of hearing loss. Each supporter has been photographed by musician and photographer Bryan Adams holding the Hear the World pose - with one hand cupped behind their ear to convey conscious hearing. / PRWeb
Mic Dolan accepts that nothing will stay the same when he leaves for college next month. In fact, he's counting on it. "I'm looking forward to life changing," the 20-year-old deaf man typed out on the screen of his smart phone. His mother, Deb Dolan, read the message aloud and smiled. "That's a good answer, Mic," she said. "A good attitude." The 2008 graduate of the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs will continue his education this fall at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. / WCFCourier
DISCOVERING DEAF WORLDS PROGRAM TRAVELS TO THAILAND, CAMBODIA AND COSTA RICA
Discovering Deaf Worlds, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, grassroots organization based in Rochester, N.Y., is launching an innovative program called Discovering Deaf Worlds: Journeys, which provides wonderful opportunities for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing people to explore the unique cultures of developing countries, while engaging in local Deaf communities, and supporting the efforts of international deaf advocacy associations. On these journeys, participants will also learn about the local sign language of each country, and what it is like to be a deaf person living there. / Media dis&dat
St. Paul, MN
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A DEAF STUDENT
Yeah, you heard right. Uh, wow—unintentional pun there. I meant to say you read right: I'm deaf, and I go to a teeny tiny little itty bitty K-12 school in St. Paul, Minnesota. There are about 100 students total, which comes out to six kids per grade. Our whole school could probably fit into your math class. Anyhoo, let's get rolling! / SparkNotes
ROCKVILLE PARENTS OPT FOR CUED SPEECH
In 2005, Rockville residents Steve Scher and Grace Consacro learned their twin daughters, Lola and Ella, were born with hearing losses. The parents, who have hearing loss, said they wanted their daughters to grow up learning and communicating with the spoken word, as they had. At 18 months, Lola and Ella underwent surgery for cochlear implants. Many of the couple's deaf acquaintances and friends criticized them for the decision. / The Washington Post
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what is the sound language that they used called? from where can i learn it from the net? / Get Dumb
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David Steiner and Jared Roxby were having trouble finding reliable workers for the NYC maid cleaning service they launched 16 months ago when they found an unexpected solution. At the time, their company Dirty2Purdy was a bootstrap operation, run out of the trunk of Roxby’s car. Cleaners they would find on Craigslist would meet them at subway stops to pick up supplies and receive instructions. But many of the workers were wary of getting involved with a start-up. The company's biggest issue was holding on to reliable employees. Then Steiner met a friend of a friend who suggested that hiring deaf workers could be the solution to their problem. / Tonic
New York, NY
DEAFNESS RESEARCH FOUNDATION APPOINTS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Deafness Research Foundation (DRF) announced July 1 that Andrea Boidman has been promoted to Executive Director. Andrea joined DRF in June 2007 as Chief Operating Officer. She will be responsible for all facets of the foundation, including fundraising and Hearing Health Magazine. / DRF Newsroom
Oklahoma City, OK
OKLAHOMA CITY COMPANY APPROVED TO PROVIDE YOUTUBE CAPTIONING
An Oklahoma City company was named an approved vendor by Google for providing captioning for YouTube videos. Critical Mass Productions was among 12 companies nationwide to be given "YouTube Ready Qualified Captioning Vendor" status from Google. "This is a great opportunity for us to grow our business and help transform YouTube for the hearing-impaired," said Don Stephens, an owner of Critical Mass Productions. Critical Mass Productions uses transcribers, not software, to create captioning. / The Oklahoman
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MAINER SPENT YEAR AS INTERNATIONAL MR. DEAF LEATHER BREAKING DOWN STEREOTYPES
When Terry Morrell entered the 2009 International Mr. Deaf Leather Competition, his main goals were to learn more about the leather community and to have a good time. Having never participated in a leather competition before, Morrell couldn’t imagine that he would win. Now, almost done with his tenure as International Mr. Deaf Leather 2009, Morrell has more than reached those initial goals and accomplished more, becoming a role model and an inspiration to both the deaf and leather communities. / Bay Windows
KISSFIST MAGAZINE RELEASES EIGHTH ISSUE
KISSFIST Magazine is proud to announce the release of its eighth issue, featuring the works of French artist Arnaud Balard, poet Raymond Luczak, and deaf musician Ernest McDaniel. Issue Eight is available now at: http://kiss-fist.com. KISSFIST is a word-of-hand magazine for the signing community that showcases the things we love. We feature photography, poetry, creative writing, editorials on current issues around the globe, and a great variety of material off the beaten path. / KISSFIST
NEW SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETATION SERVICE AT DISNEYLAND RESORT
At Disneyland Resort we’re always looking at ways to make every guest’s experience as magical as possible. Last month we began offering regularly scheduled sign language interpretation at many shows and attractions at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. Guests have access to a schedule of offerings that are interpreted without having to make prior arrangements. The new service is available every Monday and Saturday at Disneyland park and every Sunday and Friday at Disney California Adventure park. / Disney Parks Blog
See Also SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS HELP DEAF DISNEY GUESTS / The Orange County Register
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DEAF TEEN MOTOCROSS RACER RISES TO SERIES CHAMPION
Ashley Fiolek has quickly made a name for herself in the world of Motocross racing. Winning and overcoming adversity always has been a way of life for Fiolek, 19, who was born deaf in Dearborn Heights and now is the Queen of Women's Motocross. Fiolek is the series' two-time defending champion, and first woman to sign a factory deal, signing a contract with Honda Red Bull Racing last year. Ashley was back in her home state this past weekend, competing in the Rockstar Energy RedBud Motocross Nationals in Buchanan. / The Detroit News
See Also ASHLEY FIOLEK A WIRE-TO-WIRE WINNER AT RED BUD NATIONAL / The St. Augustine Record
DEAF SWIMMER KEEPS A BEAT
Lindsey Guevel is just like any other 12-year-old synchronized swimmer who loves her teammates and feels proud of her accomplishments, but Lindsey is also completely deaf in the water. Lindsey has lived in Auburn all her life, and has been hard of hearing since birth. Normally she wears a hearing aid, but that isn’t possible in the water. Since she can’t hear the music that goes along with her routines, Lindsey counts to herself to keep on beat. / Auburn Journal
St. Peters, MO
FIELD OF DREAMS FOR DEAF CHILDREN
The sounds of baseball are the melody of an American summer. The crack of the bat. The pop of the mitt. The cheering crowd. What's sweet music to some however, cannot be heard by others. In St. Peters, Missouri they're breaking the silence. On the fields behind City Hall is the Fantasy Baseball Camp. All the kids at camp are deaf, hard of hearing and passionate about the game. / KSDK
AIMING HIGH: BASKETBALL COACH, PLAYER HEADED FOR DEAF WORLD GAMES
Coaching a deaf basketball team is different from coaching a hearing team, says Debbie Ayres, who has coached college and high school teams for almost 30 years. "They can feel the wooden floor vibrate," she explained. "If you watched me coach you might think I'm mad. I stomp in my high heels to get their attention." Whereas other coaches might holler to remind players of what they should be doing, Ayres needs to wave her arms -- big. Only when the ball is dead and the players line up for a free throw, can she "sign" them. / Pleasanton Weekly
See Also TEAM BRINGS HOME THE GOLD / Pleasanton Weekly
'DUMMY HOY NIGHT' IN CINCINNATI
The inaugural Dummy Hoy Night will take place at Great American Ball Park on Monday, August 9th at 7:10pm against the St. Louis Cardinals. This event is being held to honor Reds Hall of Famer, Dummy Hoy and to celebrate the rich culture shared by individuals who are Deaf. Special activities such as a signed version of The Star Spangled Banner will take place throughout the evening, along with deeply discounted tickets for those in the Deaf Community. / Cincinnati Enquirer
See Also HEARING IMPAIRMENT DIDN'T STOP THIS BASEBALL LEGEND / Care2
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LESLIE PETERSON, A 'GREAT STORYTELLER' TURNED ALLY FOR DEAF-BLIND
Lifelong deafness and the gradual loss of his sight did not keep Leslie Peterson from a rich, independent life. A past president of the Minnesota DeafBlind Association, Peterson, who died June 28 at age 67, was a longtime advocate for that community, friends and relatives said. Peterson often spoke to school and community groups, state officials and legislators. "He was a great storyteller," and he worked hard to secure funding for services to help people who were deaf and blind, said longtime friend and interpreter Nancy Evelyn. / Star-Tribune
sComm announces beta testing of new and revolutionary cellular text communication technology
Live Mobile Text allows faster live dialogue with patented split-screen
Raytown, Missouri - July 7, 2010 - sComm, developer and manufacturer of UbiDuo, the face-to-face communicator, announced the UbiVia, the next generation of cellular text communication on smartphones. Beta testing of the new product was launched at the National Association of the Deaf conference, taking place this week in Philadelphia, PA and will be offered exclusively to BlackBerry® smartphone users to start.
The UbiVia, which is downloaded on smartphones, allows users at both ends of the conversation to read what each other types in live real-time, on a split-screen display. This results in faster and simultaneous conversations, eliminating the need to take turns talking or wait for a response from the other person. This new form of communication is faster than instant messaging (IM) or SMS.
“The UbiVia establishes new standards of texting and experience never available or offered before on cell phones,” says Jason Curry, CEO of sComm. “When you call someone, it will ring like a cell phone, and you will have the option of accepting or rejecting the incoming text call. You also have audible, visual and vibration alert options.”
The UbiVia will run on BlackBerry smartphones available through all four major carriers in the United States -- AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. sComm is now recruiting current BlackBerry smartphone users to participate in UbiVia beta testing trials; the last stage before going on the market. Product information and UbiVia beta tester sign up is available at the UbiVia website at www.myubivia.com.
sComm, which stands for "simultaneous communications," is a privately-held company in Raytown, MO founded in 2002 to design its first product, the UbiDuo, a dedicated communicator that facilitates face-to-face text-based communication in businesses, government, agencies and social settings. Information about sComm and the UbiDuo is available at www.scomm.com.
sComm was a recipient of the Technology Company of the Year Award by the Missouri Department of Economic Development in 2006, and the Inclusion for Universal Design Award from the Governor’s Council on Disability in 2006, and is a member of the BlackBerry Alliance Program.
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Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) invites applications for the position of Manager, Facilities Services of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID).
The Manager of NTID's Facilities Services will report to and assist the Assistant VP for College Operations with all matters related to the management of NTID facilities, including: maintenance; construction; renovation; space assignment and tracking; safety; and capital asset management for all RIT spaces assigned to the college of NTID (approximately 300,000 square feet of space, $12,000,000 of program related capital equipment resources, and all building infrastructure components). This position administers annual expenditures of $1.5 million dollars, plus significant and frequent special federal appropriations and gifts to the institute for new construction, maintenance and renovation of facilities.
This position directly supervises two full-time staff employees, and other frequent temporary positions. These three individuals play a key critical role in supporting the direct needs of all faculty, staff and students of NTID. It is an extremely busy position, generating several hundred work requests to the RIT facilities management, campus safety, and capital asset management offices on an annual basis. The consequences of this manager's performance will have serious and immediate impact upon NTID's ability to function effectively.
NTID, one of the eight colleges comprising RIT, is the world’s first and largest technological college serving deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. RIT is a nationally respected leader in professional and career-oriented education. It has grown to be the 12th largest private university in the United States, with branch campuses around the world. At the main campus in Rochester, New York, approximately 1200 deaf and hard-of-hearing students supported through NTID live and learn along with more than 14,000 hearing students. For more information about RIT/NTID, visit http://www.rit.edu/ntid.
RIT/NTID is a unique educational community made up of culturally diverse students, faculty, and staff, with varied language and communication abilities and preferences. The person filling this position must already posses or be committed to learning sign language skills, as well as already possess or be willing to develop an understanding and appreciation of deaf culture and deaf community.
For a more detailed listing of job requirements and to apply for this position, please complete an online application at: http://careers.rit.edu. Search for IRC#39274. To ensure full consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply by August 1, 2010.
The Rochester Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Members of protected classes and individuals with the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the university’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences are encouraged to send an application.
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