July 28, 2010
Vol. 6, No. 39
Editor: Tom Willard
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PRESIDENT OBAMA COMMEMORATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF ADA
To coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) July 26, President Obama is joining the Ad Council and the American Association of People with Disabilities to launch a new series of television and radio public service advertisements. The ads, which feature the President, celebrate the progress that has been made during the last two decades and remind the public that there is still a lot of work to do so that all Americans have equal opportunity and full participation in this country. / PRNewswire
See Also OBAMA ANNOUNCES REVISED ADA REGULATIONS / abledbody
See Also PRESIDENT SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER TO HIRE 100,000 PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES / Hearing Sparks
DEAF FILE SUIT AGAINST DOCTORS, STATE AGENCY ON ANNIVERSARY OF DISABILITY LAW
Sergio Ayala is tired of not being heard. Deaf from a young age, he has explained to business owners over and over again that his disability warrants special accommodation, only to be turned away. “I feel like it’s me against the whole hearing world,” Ayala said. On Tuesday, a South Texas legal services group filed lawsuits against the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and two Rio Grande Valley doctors for allegedly failing to comply with federal law when it comes to dealing with the deaf. / The Monitor
NASHUA HOSPITAL SETTLES ADA COMPLAINT
Southern New Hampshire Medical Center has agreed to set up new services for deaf and hearing-impaired patients as part of a settlement announced last Thursday with a patient who complained the Nashua hospital violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The patient, Kenton Hermans, filed a complaint with the US attorney’s office after seeking treatment at the hospital in May 2008. Hermans said the hospital discriminated against him by failing to provide an interpreter and by trying to persuade his companion to act as an interpreter even though she was not qualified. / The Boston Globe
ASTRONAUT CALDWELL DYSON SENDS SIGN LANGUAGE MESSAGE FROM SPACE STATION
The International Space Station has had guests from all over the world, representing myriad languages. But until NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson came aboard, one language was still not represented. Said to be the fourth most commonly used language in the United States, American Sign Language made its debut on the space station in a special video recorded by Caldwell Dyson. In the almost six-minute video, the American astronaut spoke directly to the deaf community about what she does on the space station and how she became interested in ASL. / NASA
DEKALB MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO KILLING DEAF WOMAN
A DeKalb County judge sentenced a man to life in prison for stabbing his deaf neighbor to death. Darrell Smith, 32, was scheduled to start his trial on Monday. Instead, he pled guilty to felony murder, said Orzy Theus, spokesman for the district attorney. Smith, who is also deaf, was charged with killing college student Tekelia Blackshear, 21, at the Oak Creek apartments in Avondale Estates in October 2009. / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
HEARING- / SPEECH-IMPAIRED WOMAN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED NEAR METRORAIL
A hearing- and speech-impaired woman was sexually assaulted near a Metrorail station. Police say the attack happened around 2 a.m. in a parking garage stairwell at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza Metrorail station at 6205 NW 27th Ave. Police used sign language to communicate with the woman, in her 20s, to obtain information for a sketch. However, the man might have been caught on surveillance video. / Miami New Times
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NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT SURVEY NEEDS YOUR HELP!
Hello, many of you have responded to my previous advertisements for the National DETS survey, but the study needs more responses to be useful to both deaf and hard of hearing communities. Allow me to explain.
My name is James Schiller and I am a faculty member at Gallaudet University, Department of Social Work, and a Doctoral candidate at Walden University, School of Health and Human Services. This study is the basis for my Dissertation in Social Policy and Planning.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, and currently employed, I invite you to take part in research examining how technology is associated with the employment of deaf and hard of hearing people. The purpose of this research is to equip social policy makers, programs, educators, and funding sources with current data so they can continue providing valued resources to deaf and hard of hearing communities. A link will take you to the web survey at the end of this message,.
Risks and Benefits of participating in the Study: The survey is confidential and anonymous. There may be some questions that are uncomfortable to answer. Participants are free to skip those questions or exit the study at any time. The potential benefit of participating in this study is updating the body of knowledge about deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States.
Compensation: While some organizations have agreed to advertise this study, all funding supporting the study is my own. This study relies on volunteers to submit the survey. There is no compensation for participating in this study. This study is approved by Walden University and Gallaudet University IRB committees.
I am the principal investigator for this study If you have any questions regarding this research or the survey, my contact address is: James Schiller, Social Work Department, HMB 338B, Gallaudet University. You may contact the researcher at any time during this study via videophone at 202-651-7064 Voice or VP, or email at Jschi001@waldenu.edu, or James.Schiller@gallaudet.edu.
The survey is anticipated to take between 15 and 20 minutes. On behalf of myself, educators, agencies, and advocates who may use the data in the future, thank you for responding to this survey.
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Vancouver, BC, Canada
'DON'T BAN SIGN LANGUAGE' SAYS DEAF COMMUNITY AT VANCOUVER CONGRESS
Thunderous applause and tears greeted presenters at the 21st International Congress on the Education of the Deaf (ICED 2010), which was held in Vancouver this week, when they called for countries around the world to embrace sign-language-based educational programs for deaf students. Congress participants, both deaf and hearing, celebrated the July 19th statement formally rejecting the resolutions made at the ICED 1880 Congress in Milan, which "removed the use of sign languages from educational programs for deaf around the world." / The Vancouver Observer
Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
DEAF BASEBALL PLAYER MAKES THE CUT
Jalen Harris, who was born deaf and relies on his roommate to give him a shake in the morning before practice, is one of 20 young men representing Canada in the IBAF World Junior Baseball Championship this week in Thunder Bay, Ont. The 18-year-old Toronto native hears through a cochlear implant, which means the sounds of a baseball game - the crack of the bat, the umpire and the crowd - meld into a mud pie of noise. Despite this challenge, and in some ways because of it, Mr. Harris is known for his soft hands, sure arm, and keen eye on the playing field. / The Globe and Mail
LIFELINE FOR NORTH-EAST'S DEAF OWED UP TO £915,000
Aberdeen and North East Deaf Society (ANEDS) owed up to £915,000 ($1.43 million US) when it was wound up in June after 115 years of providing a lifeline service to deaf people, it emerged last Thursday. The group, which was incorporated as a limited company in March 2008, went into voluntary liquidation after Aberdeen City Council ended a contract. It was the final blow for ANEDS, which had already seen service level agreements go elsewhere after they were put out to public tender. / Press & Journal
POSTMAN MAKES SPECIAL DELIVERY
A postman has performed the most important special delivery of his life - his beautiful new baby. James Tipler was on hand to help partner Katie Newell deliver little Emma Louise Tipler in the couple's bathroom in the early hours of Friday when it became clear they would not have time to make it to hospital. And incredibly, Mr Tipler did it all without verbal instructions as he is profoundly deaf. / Evening Telegraph
TEACHER WHO FORCED DEAF STUDENTS TO EXPOSE THEMSELVES AVOIDS JAIL
A former teacher will not spend any time in jail for gross indecency towards several of his deaf students in the late 1970s. The 55-year-old father of two, who cannot be identified, ordered several students to expose themselves in front of other class members. A County Court judge described the teacher's crimes as “invasive, humiliating and damaging to young and particularly vulnerable children” who were aged under 10. But the judge wholly suspended a five-month jail term for 12 months because the teacher is terminally ill with cancer. / The Age
SCREAMING CHILD LANDS QANTAS IN COURT
It can be a traveller's great fear -- sitting near a screaming child on a passenger plane. American tourist Jean Barnard alleges the trip became a nightmare when she boarded a Darwin-bound Qantas plane in Alice Springs, walked to her assigned seat and came face-to-face with a three-year-old boy across the aisle. The boy allegedly leant back over his armrest toward Ms Barnard and let out a scream so severe that blood erupted from her ears, leaving her "stone cold deaf." / The Sydney Morning Herald
LETTER: DEAF DRIVERS FRUSTRATED WITH GOVERNMENT'S TARDINESS
Early in 2009, the Government publicly announced that deaf persons would soon be able to acquire a driver's licence legally. The deaf community was very excited and the good news quickly spread to deaf communities in other countries. Unfortunately, the Government has doggedly held to the view that a signalling device is imperative to deaf persons being given the right to drive on Jamaican roads. The deaf community has repeatedly pointed out that (a) the device is no longer used in other countries and (b) the device is no longer in production. / The Gleaner
Dili, Timor Leste
S'POREAN VOLUNTEER TO DEVELOP SIGN LANGUAGE FOR DEAF IN TIMOR LESTE
Developing a sign language for the deaf in Dili -- that is what a Singaporean volunteer hopes to achieve through a Singapore In-field Volunteer project in Dili, Timor Leste. Alvan Yap has been teaching for seven months in Agape School for the Deaf. Currently, there isn't a standard sign language in Dili, so most of his hearing-impaired students communicate using an improvised version. Yap, who is hearing impaired as well, has started using his own version which is a combination of the international sign language and the sign language used by his Dili students. / Channel NewsAsia
DEAF TEEN HOUSED AT POLICE STATION
A 16-year-old boy who was last week found stranded at the Pigg’s Peak bus rank, is said to be still staying with the Pigg’s Peak police at the station. The boy is deaf which gives the police a hard time on what to do with him. It is stated that he was taken by the CID police who were patrolling that night and kept him at the station. When interviewed using sign language, he said his parents live at Maputo and he came into the country through a vehicle. / The Swazi Observer
AFGHANISTAN WAR LOGS
Shum Khan, a man both deaf and unable to speak, lived in the remote border hamlet of Malekshay, 7,000ft up in the mountains. When a heavily armed squad from the CIA barrelled into his village in March 2007, the war logs record that he "ran at the sight of the approaching coalition forces ... out of fear and confusion." The secret CIA paramilitaries shouted at him to stop. Khan could not hear them. He carried on running. So they shot him, saying they were entitled to do so under the carefully graded "escalation of force" provisions of the US rules of engagement. / The Guardian
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MANDATORY CAPTIONING IN MOVIE THEATERS COMING?
On July 26 the Department of Justic published four advance notices of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register to solicit comments. The one that has perhaps the most potential impact for the American deaf community is the one on Movie Captioning and Video Description. According to this notice, the DOJ is "considering whether to propose revising the title III regulations to require movie theater owners and operators to show movies with closed captions and video description in their theaters at least fifty percent of the time." / About.com Deafness Blog
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ADVOCATE FOR DEAF LEADS FIGHT
Twenty years after the Americans with Disabilities Act’s passage, Fort Myers resident Lisa Myhand believes the public still needs more education about people with disabilities and their challenges. Myhand runs into discrimination when people learn she is hard of hearing. “My goal is to reduce discrimination and tear down the barriers for the deaf,” said Myhand, who teaches parents how to read to deaf children at the Deaf Service Center of Southwest Florida. / The News-Press
DEAF TEEN RALLIES HIS COMMUNITY TO FORM NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH
Despite challenges of his own, a local teen who is functionally deaf has taken on the task of forming a Neighborhood Watch group. James Solomon, 17, founded the first Neighborhood Watch in the rural areas of Hartland, Middleport and Gasport this past year and welcomed all neighbors to the group’s first National Night Out last Wednesday in Hartland Town Park. The task to pull off the event became harder in recent weeks as he learned one of his biggest helpers, his mother, Tonia Scarborough, has lung cancer. / The Buffalo News
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A $15 MILLION CONTRACT COULD CREATE NEW JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN SOUTH DAKOTA
The Communication Service for the Deaf, or CSD is working on a new program. It is designed to train deaf or hard of hearing in communication technology, as well as give the public more access to it. Christopher Soukop, the Senior Vice President of the CSD, estimates the need for at least 60 new employees. Not to mention construction that will be needed, as they plan to build, or remodel a new facility on this campus. "I think it will lead to great things in the future,” said Soukop. / KDLT
EARLY TREK INTO TECH
High school senior Mary Rose Weber, who is deaf, is taking part in a nine-week program for students with hearing disabilities that will help her decide whether computer science engineering is right for her. Mary Rose, who attends the Metro Deaf School--Minnesota North Star Academy in St. Paul, is one of 10 students from across the nation taking part in the Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf & Hard of Hearing in Computing. The program runs until Aug. 21 at the University of Washington in Seattle. / Pioneer Press
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June 30, 2010
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The Board of Trustees of Lexington School/Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Manuel Mosquera as CEO of the Lexington School/Center. Mr. Mosquera is scheduled to begin work at Lexington on July 12th.
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SHOSHANNAH STERN JOINS CAST OF 'LIE TO ME'
Actress Shoshannah Stern has signed on to join the cast of the Fox series LIE TO ME. No set number of appearances was mentioned but the role is said to be recurring during the upcoming third season of the series, which premieres in the fall on Wednesday, November 10. Stern, who is deaf in real life, will play a deaf grad student hired to assist Dr. Lightman write a new book. / Daemon's TV
COMIC SUPERHERO ECHO FIGHTS STEREOTYPES OF DEAF PEOPLE
Deaf characters are often marginalised in literature. Echo the deaf superhero is coming to the rescue as the creators of comics strive for realism in their portrayal of deaf characters. "With any form of portrayal including the deaf in comics, we tend to see things very much from a hearing person's point of view," said Paul Dakin, a GP trainer from North London who studies deaf characters in literature, at a recent conference on comics and medicine. "They are plot devices; they are catalysts; they move the plot along, but they're not developed in their own right." / Guardian
San Diego, CA
COMIC-CON 2010: DISABILITIES DON'T SLOW THEM DOWN
I left the Convention Center to go grab some lunch across the street with a few friends. When I got back to Comic-Con, I noticed a booth near the front doors that I hadn’t remembered seeing. It was for disabled attendees. Next to that booth, a company called Network Interpreting Service was providing translators for any deaf attendees. I talked to Kyla, who worked with them. She signed as she spoke with me (which is the norm). / SanDiego.com
JUSTIN BIEBER IS GOING DEAF: 'I'VE LOST 80% OF MY HEARING'
Here's a good reason for Justin Bieber's fans to stop screaming so loudly. Justin thinks he's starting to go deaf at age 16! "I think I've lost 80 percent of my hearing," Justin tells Vibe. "I definitely have very loud fans." He may have been joking. Or not. But let's not take the chance. Lower it a decibel or two, ladies. / ZAP2it
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OHIO WESLEYAN PHI COMPETES IN DEAF INTERNATIONAL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Ohio Wesleyan University student Greg White ’13 traveled to Lublin, Poland, this month to participate in the first Under 21 World Deaf Basketball Championship. White and his USA teammates defeated Lithuania in the finals, with White racking up 16 points and 10 rebounds in the 78-73 championship game. Because of his accomplishment, White, a wing forward, was named one of the five players to the All-Tournament First Team. / Phi Delta Theta
Kansas City, MO
BEING DEAF HASN'T SLOWED KANSAS SOCCER STAR EMILY CRESSY
At a local burger restaurant on Friday afternoon, members of the Camarillo (Calif.) Eagles Soccer Club found their seats and took their menus. Emily Cressy, an Eagle lifer and currently a striker for the Kansas Jayhawks, sat in the middle of it all. In between glancing over the food choices, she read her friends’ lips. Sometimes she looked up to Rebecca Klamser, who exaggerated her words, or to Sidney Garza, who used her hands to relay the message. Satisfied that she had caught up on the latest gossip, Cressy settled on the teriyaki burger. / The Kansas City Star
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Parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing African-American, Latino American and Native American students who are entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade can get tips for preparing their students for college during live online parent workshops being held during Rochester Institute of Technology's Steps to Success Program on Sat., Aug. 7, 2010. Parents can learn about financial aid and admissions, and deaf professionals will share their experiences attending college, graduating and going out into their chosen fields. / NTID News
Woodland Hills, CA
TEMPLE BETH SOLOMON CELEBRATES 50 YEARS
Our synagogue, Temple Beth Solomon of the Deaf, in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, the only deaf synagogue in the world, will proudly celebrate its 50th anniversary, October 24, 2010. In celebration of this monumental occasion, Temple Beth Solomon invites the community to join them on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010 from 11-4 pm at the Warner Center Marriott, 21850 Oxnard Street, Woodland Hills, CA. / TBS News
MATTIE FORD AUGUST, LONGTIME TEACHER, DIES AT 75
Mattie Ford August had a special quality for giving nursing care, and she used those skills to help students and children with hearing disabilities. She taught at state schools in Arkansas, Kansas and Texas before beginning her 23-year career working with deaf students in the Dallas Independent School District. Mrs. August, 75, died July 21 of complications of Alzheimer's disease at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. / The Dallas Morning News
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