August 16, 2006
Vol. 2 No. 41

Editor: Tom Willard

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A group of 19 deaf campers presumed lost in the Oregon wilderness last week turned up at their camp south of Mill City a day late, reported the Salem News. The campers, high school juniors and seniors with the National Association of the Deaf’s Youth Leadership Camp, were reported missing at 8:40 p.m. last Monday after failing to return from a five-day survival training program. At least 30 search-and-rescue workers spent the night and next morning looking for the group after one of three adult leaders was able to walk out and call for help. “They apparently missed a junction on the trail and became disoriented,” Linn County Undersheriff Will McAnulty told The World.


The National Theatre of the Deaf “may be unable to carry on much longer,” reported The New York Times last week. The West Hartford, Conn.-based theater has been struggling since late 2004 to recover from the loss of a $687,000 annual grant from the U.S. Department of Education. State lawmakers agreed on a $200,000 emergency bailout in June, but a new snag has developed; the National Endowment for the Arts learned of the bailout and is demanding the NTD repay $75,000 from a deal that was made 15 years ago. Said NTD Executive Director Paul Winters in a letter to the NEA: “It would be very disappointing to me personally and professionally if the NEA was the one that drove the final nail in the NTD coffin.”


The Delaware School for the Deaf has announced plans to build a new state-of-the-art facility 200 yards from its current location in Newark, reported the New Castle News Journal. The new 111,000-square-foot school will be twice as big as the current building and will include a 15,500 square-foot dormitory with parking and athletic fields on about 17 acres. Officials plan to add an early intervention center, where infants through pre-kindergarten children can come for testing, instruction and support. The $41 million project, financed by the state, is expected to be complete by late 2008 or early 2009. The school, also known as the Margaret S. Sterck School, has an enrollment of about 150 and expects that number to grow to 200 in the next few years.


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A federal judge in Minneapolis, Minn. has ruled that five driving schools in the state must provide and pay for sign-language interpreters, reported the Associated Press. The ruling came after five deaf teenagers and their families sued the schools earlier this year, alleging a violation of federal and state human rights laws. The schools have agreed to pool their resources and offer driving classes with interpreters at least twice a year. U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank also ordered reimbursement of $1,640 that two students already paid for interpreters. “This case essentially provides notice to all the other schools that if they don’t do this, they’ll be next,” said Rick Macpherson, an attorney with the Minnesota Disability Law Center.


An unidentified deaf teen in California was hospitalized Sunday after being badly beaten by as many as 10 men on a San Diego school basketball court. Police told the Union-Tribune that the youth was attack because the men “didn’t like the way he looked at them.” The 18-year-old victim was playing basketball with several friends, said Sgt. Bob Dare, and “the other guys in the park think he’s looking at them funny, and they don’t like it, so they approach and he’s unable to respond, so they beat him up.” A passer-by saw the victim some time later a few blocks from the park and called for an ambulance. The teen suffered serious injuries that are not considered life-threatening, and police are looking for suspects.


A funeral was held in Hazel Green, Ala. last Wednesday for 11-year-old Tyler Campbell, who died August 5 after a severe asthma attack. Tyler’s mother, Teana Campbell, was driving the boy to the hospital when he passed out, reported WAFF-TV in Huntsville, and she couldn’t call 911 on her cell phone because she is deaf. Tyler, who had woken in the night with trouble breathing, had no pulse on arrival and was pronounced brain dead four days later. “We depended on each other,” said Campbell. “He would interpret for me. He’s my angel.” Tyler was an organ donor, and his heart went to a 14-year-old boy and his liver to a 15-year-old boy. Donations to assist the family with expenses may be sent to the Redstone Federal Credit Union, 220 Wynn Drive, Huntsville, AL 35893.


Police in Sun City, Calif. issued a $500,000 felony warrant last week for the arrest of Timothy Harris, 46, of San Diego, who is accused of sexually assaulting a deaf and developmentally disabled man he was paid to mentor. Harris allegedly molested the man over a five-month period, sheriff’s officials told CBS 2 in Los Angeles. The 24-year-old alleged victim reported the abuse after Harris, who is also hearing impaired, stopped being his mentor. Harris was last seen driving a 2001 Ford Focus with California plates 4UJT924. Anyone with information may call Sgt. Michael Dittenhofer at 951-712-2570.


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Police in Delaware are looking for a deaf mother who allegedly abandoned her three teenage children in their home two months ago, reported the New Castle News Journal. Latrez Hinton, 41, of New Castle, was still being sought last Wednesday after phoning police twice to say she would turn herself in. She is facing child endangerment charges after police, acting on a neighbor’s tip, found two of her children - a 15-year-old pregnant girl and her 14-year-old brother - living in a van outside the family’s bug-infested home. They were turned over to the state Division of Family Services, said police spokesman Trinidad Navarro. A third sibling, 17, ran away from a social worker while leaving police headquarters last week; he was reported missing but is still believed to be in the area.


The mother of a Miss Deaf America Pageant contestant who was disqualified for missing curfew by three minutes is seeking a public apology from the National Association of the Deaf. Irma Azrelyant, mother of Miss New Jersey Raymonda Azrelyant, wrote in an open letter to the NAD this week that her daughter “did not break any rules nor her contractual obligation” and was not “caught” breaking curfew but instead was reported by an unknown individual. “Being reported by an unidentified witness is, at best, hearsay,” wrote Azrelyant. She also cited examples of other contestants breaking the rules and criticized NAD CEO Nancy Bloch for saying Raymonda was also disqualified for “hugging her boyfriend longer than usual” and “going to the bathroom frequently.”


Sorenson Communications announced this week that is has opened 17 new video relay interpreting centers throughout the United States. According to the San Antonio (Texas) Business Journal, the Salt Lake City, Utah company has invested $50 million developing the video phone technology and gets reimbursed by the Federal Communications Commission when deaf and hard-of-hearing callers use the service. Spokeswoman Lisa Harrison Tate would not say where the new centers are located since they are not open to the public, and declined to reveal the number of employees hired because the company is privately held.


Officials with the Arkansas School for the Deaf and School for the Blind were set to consider a proposal yesterday to sell 10 acres of land, reported the Arkansas Times. A former Easter Seals headquarters is located on the land, and two psychiatrists who operate a clinic in the building are believed to want to purchase the property. A similar proposal to sell the land several years ago for $650,000 set off a controversy in the neighborhood and was not approved by the schools' boards. An Arkansas Times blog with comments on the proposed sale can be seen here.


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Twenty-eight support workers at the Newfoundland School for the Deaf in Canada will be laid off due to declining enrollment, reported CBC News last week. Education Minister Joan Burke said the positions became redundant because fewer students live in the school’s dormitory. “Students will be in the school for 190 days and we will staff the residence for 190 days as opposed to 365,” she said. Carol Furlong, head of a local labor union, said most of the school’s 34 support workers will be laid off or reduced to part time. Noting that most of the laid-off workers are long-time employees who will not be transferred to other jobs, Furlong said the province needs to provide early retirement packages and other assistance to those affected by the cuts.


A Federal Court of Canada ruling that was released last Friday in Ottawa is being called a landmark court decision for deaf, deaf-blind and hard-of-hearing citizens, reported Canada News Wire. The Federal Court cited a 1997 Supreme Court ruling in finding that the Canadian Association of the Deaf and four deaf individuals were denied the services of sign language interpreters while trying to access government services. “As Canadians, deaf persons are entitled to be full participants in the democratic process and functioning of government,” said Justice Richard Mosley in his written judgment. Said Gary Malkowski, one of the four deaf litigants: “It feels like the end of the Berlin Wall; the barriers are about to start coming down.”


A program has been launched in the Philippines to help deaf and hard-of-hearing students learn how to use the Internet. Fifteen of the biggest companies in Cebu City have teamed up to help the students compete in the information-driven global economy, reported the Mindanao Daily Mirror. Already, 62 first-year students at a high school for the hearing impaired have been equipped with full access to the Internet through a program called Gearing-up Internet Literacy and Access for Students. “We need to prepare our young students for them to be successful and contribute to the growth of the economy,” said Karl Hudson, president of the Ayala Business Club.


A television program in South Africa described as “the world’s first deaf sitcom” recently made its debut. According to Tonight, all of the crew and cast members of “Rex’s Club” are deaf. “It has been my dream and ambition to have a whole crew of deaf people in the production,” said Louise van Niekerk of the New Production Corporation. The SABC3 program is set in Johannesburg and centers on Rex’s Club, where deaf people socialize and enjoy their drinks. The cast includes club owner Rex, who sells underwear to the patrons; waitress Daisy, who does her best to ignore her duties; and five other regulars. “It was an achievement for us as deaf people to write the script,” said Colleen Bradley, the show’s director. “It was a challenging task to come up with ideas.”


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Employees of a Scotland charity called Deaf Action are scrambling to find freelance interpreters willing to work for lower pay after the government said it would not longer meet the full cost of the charity’s interpreting staff. A government program called Access to Work, which pays for interpreters and other accommodations needed by disabled workers, claims Deaf Action has been making a profit from interpreting services and so will no longer meet the full cost of interpreting staff. As a result, deaf employees of Deaf Action can no longer call upon the agency’s 20 interpreters when they need them. “The idea that this organization has been making a profit from this is ridiculous,” said Kevin Geddes. “We don’t make a profit from anything; we are a charity.”


The waiting time to get a hearing aid fitted in the Lothians, a region of Scotland, has been cut from over 18 months two years ago to around seven months now, reported the Edinburgh News. The decrease in waiting time comes after the health authority spent £470,000 ($891,000 US) to install four new testing rooms at the Ear, Nose and Throat department at Lauriston Place. The new facilities allow an extra 240 people a week to be seen by audiologists, a 60 percent increase since February. The hiring of six additional audiologists is expected to cut waiting times even further. New government guidelines went into effect in March setting a target of 26 weeks, but patients still wait an average of 29 weeks from being referred by their doctor to having a hearing aid fitted.


The body of a hard-of-hearing U.K. man who died July 11 while vacationing in Sweden was still in Stockholm one month later as the company that sold him travel insurance is refusing to pay the claim. Jack Andrew, 84, died onboard a luxury cruise liner during his first holiday after the death of Elsie, his wife of 55 years, said the Lancashire Evening Post. AXA Insurance UK says Andrew’s policy is not valid because he did not disclose that he took pills for a medical condition. His only remaining family members, Ray Fisher and twin brother Terry, have been told they must pay the £3,500 ($6,635 US) bill to have Andrew’s body returned for burial. Ray said Andrew wore a hearing aid and didn’t read to any extent. “Jack wouldn’t have been able to ring a call center to inform them he took pills, which seeming was a requirement,” he said.


The Melbourne Age reported last week on Maryan Mikhael, who hopes to become Australia’s first deaf pharmacist but faces a bureaucratic battle that could force her to work behind the scenes. Mikhael’s current registration as a pharmacy student in clinical training imposes a condition that she must have an Auslan sign-language interpreter with her at all times. “If the Pharmacy Board of Victoria imposes that same condition,” she said, “it will be hard for me to find a job as it will cost employers a lot of money to fund full-time interpreters.” Mikhael said deafness is not a barrier, “but it does come with challenges that make you more experienced than everyone else because you had to overcome more challenges.”


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