July 26, 2017
Vol. 13, No. 40
Editor: Tom Willard
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Louisa County VA
EX-HIGH SCHOOL INTERPRETER FACES 230 YEARS FOR SEX CRIMES AGAINST CHILD
The Louisa High School interpreter accused of sex crimes against a student could serve up to 230 years in prison after pleading guilty to all charges Wednesday morning. Amanda Nasser, 31, appeared in Louisa Circuit Court and plead guilty to all 18 charges she was facing. Investigators say Nasser, who was a sign language interpreter for a student at the school, and a high school freshman had an inappropriate relationship on school grounds between September 18 and 26 in 2016. / WTVR
Santa Ana, CA
DEAF MAN ATTACKED IN ROBBERY SPREE: POLICE
A son is recounting his deaf father’s survival after he was attacked during a robbery spree. Hector Reyna was the victim of a violent attack outside an El Pollo Loco Wednesday in Santa Ana. The suspect, police say, is a violent felon who was just released from jail. Investigators say Stephen Edwards, 28, demanded money and was armed with a knife. Ray Reyna says his dad was walking out of the fast-food chain when he was attacked. / CBS Los Angeles
FELON WHO ASSAULTED, ROBBED DEAF MAN SENTENCED
A convicted felon who struck and robbed a deaf man outside a Riverside coffeehouse, and also committed a separate robbery, was sentenced Monday, July 24 to 12 years in state prison. Daniel Allen Estramera, 24, of Riverside pleaded guilty earlier this month to two counts of robbery. In exchange for his admissions, prosecutors dropped a sentence-enhancing allegation of targeting a victim with disabilities and a related count of witness intimidation. / Riverside Press-Enterprise
GUILFORD SHERIFF DEPUTIES LEARN SIGN LANGUAGE
Joshua Allen was on patrol when a call came requesting help interviewing a deaf witness. Allen, a deputy with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, isn’t fluent in ASL. But after four training classes with the sheriff’s office, he knew the basics, so he volunteered to take the call. “I told him (the witness) my name in sign language, introduced myself and got his basic information, and I was able to contact an interpreter to FaceTime with him,” Allen said. / News & Record
SEVEN YEARS OF DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINTS TARGET UVM MEDICAL CENTER
Julie Hay arrived at the emergency department of the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington just before midnight on July 15, 2015. Hay, who was 50 at the time, had just experienced a heart attack. When she arrived in the emergency department, she was upset, found the environment overwhelming, and had difficulty communicating. While Hay has a host of conditions that complicate her health care, her biggest limitation in getting care was the fact that she was born deaf. / VTDigger
University Park, PA
PENN STATE HOSTS STATE'S FIRST DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING SUMMER ACADEMY
Penn State recently hosted Pennsylvania’s first Deaf and Hard of Hearing Summer Academy, which is designed to prepare high school students for their transition to higher education. Twenty-two high school students who are deaf, hard of hearing or deaf-blind and reside in Pennsylvania participated in the program from July 9 to 21. / StateCollege.com
OLATHE PASTOR TEACHES DEAF REFUGEES SIGN LANGUAGE
Born hard of hearing, the child of two deaf parents, the Rev. Debbie Buchholz -- pastor of a church for the deaf and mother of seven adult children, four of whom are deaf or hard of hearing -- parked her SUV up along the circle drive of her Olathe home. It's a stately place with a four-car garage and, in the backyard, a full-size lighted basketball court. "We built half of this ourselves to save money because we have seven kids," said Buchholz, 56. / Blue Ridge Communications
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DEAFLYMPICS PUTS HOST TURKEY IN SPOTLIGHT
The Turkish city of Samsun will be in the international spotlight through the end of July as the official host of the 23rd Summer Deaflympics, the global games for the hearing impaired. The 23rd Deaflympics began Tuesday in the coastal Black Sea province of Samsun with more than 3,000 athletes from 97 countries participating and is set to run through July 30. / Daily Sabah
North Hykeham, England
DEAF PENSIONER CONNED OUT OF £10K BY ROGUE TRADER PAIR
A deaf pensioner was conned out of £10,000 after being targeted by a “rogue trader fraud.” The 70-year-old man paid out the money after being repeatedly visited by two teenage workman from Nottinghamshire, Lincoln Crown Court heard. Lisa Hardy, prosecuting, said the scam began in August 2015 when the pensioner agreed to pay the boys, then aged just 18 and 15, a sum of £120 to clean his drive. / The Lincolnite
I CAN'T WATCH 'GAME OF THRONES' BECAUSE I'M DEAF -- AND I'M ANGRY
My boyfriend and I were so excited that we could use the Now TV app to watch the new season of Game of Thrones. Our excitement had been building for the 12 months since the explosive end of season six, and we sat down to watch the first episode of season seven. But anticipation soon gave way to disbelief, then upset and then foot-stomping rage. Why? Because I’m half deaf and Game of Thrones doesn’t have subtitles. / iNews
DEAF MAN RESCUED FROM FIRE BY NEIGHBORS
The mother of a profoundly deaf man who was saved from a fire by neighbours has described those who alerted him as "exceptional". The blaze at Eamonn Hamill's home in Twinbrook on the outskirts of west Belfast is thought to have started at the rear the property at around 2.45 am today before spreading and causing extensive damage. It is believed Eamonn was only alerted when four men, aged between 20 and 30, went to his aid. / Irish News
DEAF, AUTISTIC VIC MURDERER MAY AVOID JAIL
A deaf, autistic and intellectually challenged young woman who murdered a man by pushing him off a Melbourne balcony might avoid prison because of her "unusual" mix of conditions. Georgia Fields, 21, was one of three deaf people found to have murdered 36-year-old Robert Wright who died in hospital after plunging from a Ringwood balcony in January 2015. She faced the Victorian Supreme Court on Monday where Justice Jane Dixon said she presented a "very unusual" and difficult case when considering custody options. / The West Australian
TAXI DRIVER WHO SEXUALLY ASSAULTED DEAF SCHOOLGIRL WINS SENTENCE REDUCTION
A taxi driver who sexually and indecently assaulted a profoundly deaf schoolgirl in Sydney's west has received a reduction in his sentence on appeal. Osman Chamseddine, 64, assaulted the girl when she was aged 10 and 11 while he was contracted to drive her to and from her special needs school in 2009. Chamseddine was originally sentenced to 15 years in jail with a non-parole period of 10 years. / ABC News
DENYING THE DEAF - JAMAICA DESPERATELY SHORT OF INTERPRETERS
A shortage of interpreters for the local deaf community is threatening to derail efforts to meet the communication needs of these Jamaicans and has forced those needing this service to look overseas. Executive director for the Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD), Dr Iris Soutar, said that while the society has been making efforts to interact more with deaf persons, there are only about five interpreters in the island who are fully competent. / Jamaica Gleaner
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LIFE & LEISURE
West Hartford, CT
GARDENING AT AMERICAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF FOSTERS LIFE SKILLS
Students at the American School for the Deaf are learning valuable life skills through a gardening program at the school. Sifting through dirt in a raised planter bed, four students at the American School for the Deaf on Friday saw the fruits of their labor first-hand, or in this case, the potatoes of their labor. / Hartford Courant
4-YEAR-OLD RELEARNS TO HEAR AFTER BECOMING DEAF
A 4-year-old girl from Terre Haute who suddenly went deaf celebrated one year of having her hearing back this week. Last summer Kyrie Norris was diagnosed with an ear infection and her parents later learned she had gone deaf. They said she became less talkative, stopped responding to her name and her speech began to decline. Shortly after, doctors at Riley Children’s Hospital said the ear infection made her hearing worse and she needed a double cochlear implants. / theindychannel.com
YOGA STUDIO OFFERS CLASSES IN ASL
It was quiet in the studio at Yoga Nine, except for the sound of a deep bass drum being thumped in the front of the room. About 17 students inhaled and exhaled along with the tempo of the drum. For those in the room, it was a form of communicating with the instructor. The only other form of communication was sign language. The class was instructed completely in ASL, and the class is geared for those who have partial hearing loss and who are partially or completely deaf. / The Associated Press
LOCAL WORKS HER WAY FROM HEAD START PARENT TO BUSINESS OWNER
Sabrina Harris, a client of Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency, Inc., has proven that community action works to change people’s lives in a positive manner. Harris first got involved with SRCAA programs when she enrolled her two young sons in the agency’s Head Start program in East Spencer, later transferring to Price Head Start in Salisbury. In the 1960’s, Head Start programs were established to ensure that all children have access to quality early childhood education regardless of family income. / Independent Tribune
GENCYBER CAMP AT UAH HOSTS DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Eighteen deaf and hard of hearing high school students from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and North Carolina have been attending a residential GenCyber cybersecurity camp this week at The University of Alabama in Huntsville that is the first of its kind. UAH’s Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education and the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind collaborated to offer the camp. / UAH
Eau Claire, WI
WOMAN GIVEN WISCONSIN HEROES AWARD
An Eau Claire woman, who has given so much to so many, was given something herself on Wednesday -- recognition in the form of the Wisconsin Heroes Award. 92-year-old Helen Rizzi or “Mickey" was presented with the award at a surprise ceremony at the Eau Claire Country Club. The award is given to exceptional Wisconsinites for their selfless contributions. Mickey who began to lose her hearing in her twenties, never allowed that to stop her from being a strong advocate for those who had the same ailment. / WQOW
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
BABY DRIVER SPEAKS CLEARLY TO DEAF EARS
If Baby Driver's already been a critical and audience success because of its stylistic edges and its use of actual car chases rather than the CGI excesses of the Fast and the Furious franchise, the high-stakes thriller deserves to be lauded for doing something that Hollywood's largely shied away from in big blockbuster season: the normalizing of a deaf person on the screen. / Newsroom
New York, NY
VIRTUAL REALITY MAKES LIVE THEATRE ACCESSIBLE FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED
Samsung wants to redefine the experience of live theater for those with hearing impairments using virtual reality. Although the hearing impaired have better access to services and products than ever before, live theater poses difficulties. An app for the Samsung Gear VR headset changes that by providing subtitles for the audience in real time. Samsung’s innovative project, "Theater For All Ears" makes it possible to enjoy live theater without the use of a sign language interpreter. / PSFK
STYX CONCERT IN AUGUST WILL BE LIVESTREAMED FOR HEARING-AID USERS
A band playing in Jacksonville on Thursday is working on connecting with the deaf and hard of hearing community. For the first time, they’re going to stream an event online for those who are hearing impaired. Oticon, Inc. is teaming up with classic rock band Styx for a live concert broadcast for fans wearing the Oticon Opn Internet-connected hearing aid. This broadcast is exclusively for customers, which will enable them to stream the heart-pumping sounds of an in-person concert directly to their hearing aids. / Action News Jax
Baton Rouge, LA
MATT KLOTZ TAKES DOWN DEAF WORLD RECORD IN 50 BACK
LSU swimmer Matt Klotz broke the deaf world record in the 50-meter backstroke to open the 2017 Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey, garnering the first gold medal for Team USA at this year’s Games. Klotz touched the wall at 26.26 to best the previous record of 27.05 by Russia’s Igor Zhuravlev, who placed second in the event. / Swimming World
Crystal Lake, IL
TREVONE WOODS AIMS HIGH ENTERING SENIOR YEAR
The center snapped the ball, pads crashed with pads, players grunted from the line of scrimmage, coaches yelled directions in the heat of the moment. Hampshire running back Trevone Woods could barely hear any of it. After the play ended at a recent Whip-Purs summer practice, Woods walked back to the huddle. His teammates discussed the play from the sideline while the next unit ran onto the field. Laurie Eder, an interpreter of the deaf, signed every word his teammates said for Woods. / Northwest Herald
CSUN STUDENT HELPS INTERPRETERS 'TACKLE' SPORTS IN ASL
Every summer, novice and veteran interpreters and interpreting students gather for one week to learn about professional development, and to participate in workshops that build their skills. This year, for the first time, a California State University Northridge student will be hosting one of the workshops at the 10th anniversary for the 2017 Summer Institute for Interpreter’s Professional Development — an event hosted by CSUN’s NCOD: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. / CSUN Today
LOCAL PIONEER OF DEAF STUDIES HONORED AT FRONTIER FIELD
The Rochester Red wings celebrated a local pioneer of deaf studies during their game Sunday. Robert Panara, the first professor at National Technical Institute for the Deaf was recently honored on a forever stamp in April. Sunday, fans at Frontier Field were able to receive a free postcard featuring Panara. Panara's son, John, organized the event. He says Frontier Field was like his dad's second home. "He loved the Red Wings," said Panara. / WHAM
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