July 12, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 38
Editor: Tom Willard
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Lake County, FL
MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY ATTACKING AUTISTIC, DEAF 'SUPERHERO'
A man is facing charges in Florida after police say he attacked a disabled 19-year-old last week. The man, who is autistic and deaf, is known affectionately around town as the “Minneola Superhero” because of the enthusiastic performance he does on a street corner dressed up like Superman. Tyler McCorvey, 26, was arrested Thursday after interrupting the performance. / WSAV
HOW USING OUTDATED TECHNOLOGY WITH DEAF INMATES RISKS LAWSUITS AND PRISON STAFF SAFETY
The communication needs of the deaf in jails and prisons are frequently confusing to correctional officers, sheriff’s deputies and facility administrators. Deaf inmates have constitutional and statutory rights to equal access to services, including communication. Unfortunately, deaf individuals in correctional facilities are sometimes being denied access to the telephone network. / CorrectionsOne
Baton Rouge, LA
DEAF INDIVIDUAL ALLEGES HOSPITAL DID NOT PROVIDE INTERPRETERS
A deaf individual alleges a Baton Rouge medical facility failed to provide him an interpreter during the majority of his medical stay. Damian Francois filed a complaint on June 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana against Our Lady of the Lake Foundation alleging violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act regulations. / Louisiana Record
EDINBURG HOSPITAL TO SETTLE LAWSUIT CLAIMING INEFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
Doctors Hospital at Renaissance on Thursday agreed to settle a lawsuit claiming the hospital failed to provide auxiliary aids and services for deaf patients, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office Southern District of Texas. Investigation began after a local deaf couple filed a lawsuit against DHR, claiming the hospital did not provide sign language interpretive services and failed to communicate effectively during their daughter's treatment for cancer. / KGBT
SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF TO RECEIVE $1.25M FOR IMPROVEMENTS
The New York State School for the Deaf will receive $1.25 million in state funding for building improvements. The plan is to repair the roof, windows, electrical, heating and ventilation systems, as well as various other structural improvements, in order to make the building safe and stable for students and the community to use once again, according to a news release. / Utica Observer-Dispatch
CAMP FOCUSES ON CAREERS FOR DEAF, HEARING IMPAIRED
On Monday, Matt Kochie taught a group of students about the intricacies of computers without saying a word. Kochie, who works in information technology at the Alabama Institute for the Blind and Deaf, showed the inside of a computer to a group of high school students who were either deaf or hard of hearing. Kochie's lesson was part of a special day called "STEM Wars," when students with hearing issues learned about different fields in science, technology, engineering or math. / U.S. News & World Report
Cedar Rapids, IA
DEAF IOWANS EMBRACE 'NATURAL, VISUAL' LANGUAGE
An advocate for deaf and hard-of-hearing children said deaf children are facing language deprivation when they enter kindergarten. “For deaf children, if you focus just on their listening and spoken language skills, they do not have full access to a natural language the way they do with sign, which is a visual language,” Julie Rems-Smario said Friday during an address at the 57th biennial Iowa Association of the Deaf conference in Cedar Rapids. / The Gazette
Bel Air, CA
DEAF NOT DUMB
Becoming deaf as a teenager who adored music wasn’t easy…I think I would have accepted blindness if given a choice. Surely, my ears were my biggest gift of life but there was one person who seemed to suffer more than me… my mother. The first year was about seeing specialists, taking tests and getting opinions… 2nd… 3rd…4th…12th from basically anyone that knew anything about head injuries or hearing and an MD on their door. / The San Francisco News
ZVRS APPLAUDS FCC'S ANNOUNCEMENT ON RATES FOR VRS PROVIDERS
ZVRS Inc. applauded the Federal Communications Commission in its decision to set reasonable reimbursement rates for video relay service providers. ZVRS believes that this decision will positively impact the market by creating greater competition among VRS providers, thereby creating more consumer choices. / ZVRS
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PARTIALLY DEAF AND BLIND MAN 'MOVED INTO SOLITARY CONFINEMENT IN PREPARATION FOR HIS EXECUTION'
A disabled man sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for attending a protest has been moved into solitary confinement in preparation for his execution, a human rights group has claimed. Munir al-Adam was found guilty of “attacks on police” and other offences during protests in the east of the kingdom in the April 2012. A court in the country's capital, Riyadh, sentenced the 23-year-old to death in January last year. That sentence was upheld in May 2017. / Independent
TRAIN CONDUCTOR LOSES A LEG WHILE TRYING TO SAVE A DEAF WOMAN ON THE TRACK
A heroic train conductor lost one of his legs after pushing a deaf woman out of the path of an oncoming train. Xu Qiankai, a train conductor in Chengdu saw the woman crossing the railway track on July 6 as a train was approaching and managed to push her out of the way. However in the process, the 29-year-old lost his right leg as it was crushed by the train. / Daily Mail
SIGNLY APP WINS ACCESSIBILITY AWARD
Signly, an app that gives deaf museum visitors access to information in British Sign Language has won a prestigious accessibility award. Signly was developed in collaboration with the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, in Buckinghamshire. Users point their smartphone at the displays and exhibits around the museum to see information in BSL. / Blooloop
DEAF CONSTRUCTION WORKER'S 'DEMORALIZING' JOB HUNT
Jack Griffiths is one of about 84,000 deaf people in the Welsh workforce. But the 25-year-old builder from Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent, suffered numerous knock-backs before landing a job and he has had to overcome the challenges of working on a building site without hearing. He tells his story. / BBC News
DEAF CHARITY CREDIT CARDS USED TO BUY ALCOHOL, A WATCH AND RESTAURANT MEALS
Credit cards used by the former chief executive and former finance chief at a HSE-funded charity for deaf people were used to pay for a €155 ($182 US) bottle of whiskey, gift vouchers, trips to a greyhound stadium and vouchers for a Michelin-starred restaurant. A former financial officer for the Catholic Institute for Deaf People was also paid more than €83,000 ($98,000 US) in untaxed bonus payments into an account he himself designated as his own “private pension account." / Irish Times
TEENS CHARGED AFTER MAN KICKED UNCONSCIOUS IN CARJACKING
A man has suffered severe facial injuries when he was brutally bashed by teenagers during a violent carjacking. The 59-year-old victim was smoking a cigarette beside his car on July 9 when he was approached by a group of people who demanded the keys to his blue Honda Civic. The hearing-impaired man refused and got back into his car but was dragged out by his attackers. / Herald Sun
DEAF STUDENTS IN KAKUMA AIM FOR THE SKY
Abdulbagi (17) wants to be a pilot when he finishes school, his friend Maliah (18) plans to train to be a driver. Abdulbagi and Maliah are two of the six candidates in the special class for deaf students in Fashoda Boys Primary School, Kakuma refugee camp, run by The Lutheran World Federation (LWF). / Lutheran World
DEAF, DUMB GUARD GETS FIVE YEARS FOR DEALING IN CANNABIS, COCAINE
Justice Rilwan Aikawa of the Federal High Court Ikoyi at the weekend sentenced a deaf and dumb and a security guard to five years imprisonment each for dealing in cannabis and cocaine. The deaf and dumb, Abbas Ahmed, 23, was arrested by police officers on February 5, 2014 along Agege Motor Road, Lagos while dealing in a kilogram of cannabis. / The Nation
UNIVERSITY TO USE 'HEARING AND SPEECH IMPAIRED' INSTEAD OF 'DEAF AND DUMB'
Delhi University is on its way to permit the use of "hearing and speech impaired" instead of "deaf and dumb" from the upcoming academic session. The guideline will be followed by DU's Faculty of Music and Fine Arts. Department officials have termed the move a change in nomenclature aimed to remove the stigma associated with the term "deaf and dumb." / India Today
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LIFE & LEISURE
Grand Rapids, MI
LEARNING TO ADVOCATE WHILE PARENTING
Our third child, Hannah, is hard of hearing. This caused my husband, Dave, and I to follow a path we likely would not have otherwise traveled. It’s been a journey filled with anxiety, discovery and development of life-long friendships. / The Rapidian
Washington County, MD
EASTERN DEAF TIMBERFEST COMES TO WASHINGTON COUNTY FOR FOUR-DAY EVENT
Get your lumber and axes ready for the bi-annual Eastern Deaf Timberfest in Washington County. Jelly Stone Park in Williamsport welcomed individuals who are deaf and ASL signers for the four-day event filled with games and activities. From ax throwing to sawing, families of all ages joined in on the event which started in 1994. / Your4State.com
DEAF DOG NEEDS $4K EAR SURGERY
The Madison County Humane Society is asking for help in raising $4,000 for a deaf dog who needs surgery to remove his ear canals. Boss came to the shelter as a malnourished, dirty stray several months ago. He had open wounds and skin lesions all over his body, including huge sore ears that shook often. “We have taken Boss to numerous vets and after a number of medications we have been told that he needs a surgery called Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA),” read a Facebook post. / WRTV
DEAFNESS HELPS SHAPE STUDENT IN HER CAREER AS PHYSICIAN SCIENTIST
As she slices through the water at Augusta Aquatic Center, Kristin Ates can’t hear a sound. The same drive and endurance that fueled her as a top deaf swimmer is now pushing her on to a career as a physician scientist through her studies at Augusta University and elsewhere. Ates, 26, has completed her first two years as a student at Medical College of Georgia and is working on her doctorate there. / The Augusta Chronicle
CFCC PROGRAM TEACHES STUDENTS TO BECOME SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS
In May, for the first time, Cape Fear Community College had two students graduate with an associate in applied science degree in its Interpreter Education program. While that number may seem small, the program that is designed to teach students to become ASL Interpreters is flourishing. Nine more students are presently in their second year of the program, with eight to 12 students set to enter this upcoming fall for the first time. / StarNewsOnline.com
SERIES AIMS TO HELP DEAF, HARD OF HEARING
After being seated at a restaurant in Altoona last week, Kay Tyberg, who was born deaf, although she can hear because of a cochlear implant, fixed her eyes on the waitress and asked firmly but politely that she speak face-to-face and distinctly, so Tyberg could read her lips. It was an example of the kind of self-advocacy that the Center for Independent Living, of which Tyberg is a board member, encourages its clients to exercise, said George Palmer, the center’s executive director. / Altoona Mirror
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
DEAF ARTISTS SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES
The Mammal Gallery has been working on developing an inclusive arts scene in South Downtown for years, but there is a group that they — and the Atlanta arts scene in general — has often overlooked. Merle, a booker at Mammal, and a handful of artists from around the South, will take steps to rectify this by hosting a first-of-its-kind art experience in Atlanta on July 14 — a Deaf event. / ArtsATL
COMEDIAN D.J. DEMERS WILL PERFORM ON CONAN JULY 13
D.J. Demers will return to Conan to perform stand-up comedy July 13 on TBS. D.J. Demers is a deaf comedian from Toronto, Canada and has worn behind-the-ear hearing aids since he was 4 years old. He has been performing stand-up comedy since 2009 and was featured on America’s Got Talent and also previously featured on the late-night talk show, Conan. / Hearing Like Me
Los Angeles, CA
DEAF WEST ARTISTIC DIRECTOR DAVID KURS: WHY DEAF ACTORS SHOULD BE CAST TO PLAY DEAF CHARACTERS
Deaf West Theatre was created by the deaf community as a place where deaf actors could come together with hearing actors in service of vivid theater. Deaf West Artistic Director David Kurs recently explained the importance of visibility for deaf actors, and in this edited conversation conducted by email, he offered his argument for why they should be given an opportunity to play deaf roles. / Los Angeles Times
DEAF SWIMMER SHINES LIGHT ON TECHNOLOGY
The lights glow in sequence, almost rhythmic as they cycle through. Blinking red flashes and then a steady red accompany the “on the block” command. Blue illuminates to tell swimmers to “take their mark.” Green means go — and that is triggered by the pool’s starting system. Gallaudet University rising senior Faye Frez-Albrecht focuses on the colors inches from her face and practices her start to swim the backstroke. Frez-Albrecht is deaf and legally blind. / USA Today
DEAF SWIMMER SHATTERS EXPECTATIONS, RECORDS
“I could easily fall asleep in front of a rock concert without hearing a sound. That's how deaf I am.” Sacramento-area native Liz Cocker was 15 months old when her parents realized something wasn’t right. “My wife called me at work one day and said you know i don't think Elizabeth can hear,” recalls Tim Cocker, Elizabeth’s father. / KTVU
SOFTBALL TOURNEY BRINGS DEAF COMMUNITY TOGETHER
For Candice Arteaga, the experience is about more than winning. Last weekend's softball tournament in Columbus was a chance to enjoy the sport she loves with those who face the same challenges she does. “Having fun and having a good experience is what it’s all about,” said Arteaga, who got involved with the Midwest Athletic Association of the Deaf (MAAD) 17 years ago. / Columbus Telegram
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