August 29, 2012
Vol. 8, No. 41
Editor: Tom Willard
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SIGN-LANGUAGE INTERPRETER NOT AVAILABLE AT RYAN'S RALLY
Leroy E. Lynch, 55, of Canton Township said he went to GOP Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s rally at Walsh University, eager to find out about Ryan’s positions on supporting people with disabilities and helping them get jobs. But he couldn’t hear Ryan. Lynch has been deaf since birth. He said he scribbled a note asking for a sign language interpreter. But he said members of the security detail, who were apologetic, indicated to him they had no interpreter there. / CantonRep.com
DEAF MAN SUES OVER LACK OF PRISON ACCOMMODATIONS
Larry Berke, a deaf man preparing to serve time in prison for mail fraud, is suing the Federal Bureau of Prisons over his assignment to a facility that he claims isn't equipped to accommodate a deaf prisoner. Berke is also asking for a temporary restraining order, since he's scheduled to begin serving time on August 23. After pleading guilty to a single count of mail fraud, Berke was sentenced in December 2011 to serve 24 months in prison. The judge recommended that Berke be assigned to a prison that could accommodate him, but Berke claims the bureau failed to do so. / The BLT
THIEVES MAY HAVE STUDENT ID INFORMATION FROM UTAH SCHOOLS FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND
Officials at the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind are worried that thieves may have stolen personal information from some students. They also believe that the two criminals likely are men who are very familiar with the campus at 742 Harrison Blvd. School Public Information Officer Kimberly Pierce said what officials are most concerned about is that the thieves were in the building for three and a half hours Sunday afternoon. She said they are worried about what personal information the intruders could have seen or taken in that length of time. / Standard-Examiner
San Diego, CA
DEAF WOMAN ROBBED ON STREET
Police arrested three men after a deaf woman was robbed on the street early Friday. The woman was walking with her boyfriend near the intersection of Euclid and University avenues at about 1:30 a.m. when the two men came up to them, police said. The men went through the woman's pockets and took about $200 in cash, according to investigators. After taking the money, they got into an SUV, which drove away. The woman was unable to talk because of her disability, so the first police officers to arrive had difficulty communicating with her and were forced to question her by writing. / KSWB
DEAF WOMAN ATTACKED BY PIT BULL
A deaf and mute Cloverport, Ky., woman lies in fair condition at a Louisville hospital, recovering from an attack by a pit bull dog on Saturday, police said. The dog severely mauled the right arm of Shirley Sturgeon, 59, as she walked to the home of friends in Cloverport, in Breckenridge County, said Cloverport police chief Jeff Hendrick. Medics flew Sturgeon to University of Louisville for treatment. Sturgeon likely will need several more surgeries to save her arm, Hendrick said. / WDRB
PARENT ADVOCATE CLAIMS TEXTBOOKS FOUND IN DUMPSTER OUTSIDE DETROIT DAY SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
A parent advocate says she saw textbooks in a dumpster outside the Detroit Day School for the Deaf. Deborah Love-Peel, mother of a former student at the school, says a tip led her to the dumpster where she found the books and snapped the pictures to document her claim. She says there were up to 150 books, ranging from dictionaries to science books to American Sign Language textbooks. This is just the latest incident that many in the deaf community and their supporters are upset about. / WXYZ
COMMUNITY HELPS SAVE ENC SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
It’s a time for celebration for an important school here in the East. The state had plans to potentially shut down the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf, but the community has helped change their minds. It’s the news they have been waiting for. The school will stay open. / WNCT
Council Bluffs, IA
PARENTS: LOSING IOWA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF WOULD BE A TRAGEDY
During the mid-1960s, a rubella epidemic swept the nation, leading to 20,000 births of babies suffering from blindness, deafness, limb defects, heart defects and mental retardation, according to American Decades. Judy Scobba, of Carter Lake, Iowa, is the mother of one such baby. But she said her son has thrived because of his experience at the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs. She and others, including Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan, don't want to see the facility close. / World Herald
MEETING ON DETROIT SCHOOL FOR DEAF HELD DESPITE EMERGENCY MANAGER'S DECISION
Members of the Detroit school board defied a state appointee's decision to deny them access to meet in a school and filed into Douglass Academy on Thursday to hear appeals from supporters for the closed Detroit Day School for the Deaf. After waiting for a half hour in the parking lot for other board members, board member Elena Herrada entered the school and let in about 50 people. It was the latest chapter in a power struggle between the board that as of Aug. 8 has authority over academic decisions and Roy Roberts, the state-appointed emergency manager who has authority over the finances. / Detroit Free Press
Middletown Township, PA
STATE PLAN MAY SAVE HOME FOR THE DEAF ELDERLY
A new state proposal could save the troubled Valley View home for elderly deaf people in Delaware County from a scheduled shutdown in the fall. The Department of Public Welfare is considering a plan that would resolve the funding and licensing issues that have long plagued the facility: It would stay open, but management and resident care would be turned over to an outside group. In June, Valley View's problems prompted its board to vote to close the residence, which houses 40 deaf and deaf-blind senior citizens. / Philadelphia Inquirer
Daytona Beach, FL
LAWSUIT: HALIFAX, VOLUSIA COUNTY DID NOT PROVIDE SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS
A pair of federal lawsuits filed in August accuse Halifax Health, the Volusia County Branch Jail and Volusia County Human Services of failing to provide sign-language interpreters to the deaf. Julie Shaw, a Daytona Beach disability rights advocate, says "pillars of the community" are violating the civil rights of the deaf and hearing-impaired by denying them the proper level of communication required by federal and state law. "There seems to me like there needs to be a lot of educational efforts across the area," said Shaw, who is executive director of disAbility Solutions for Independent Living. / Daytona Beach News-Journal
WICHITA POLICE: WATCH OUT FOR CON ARTIST WHO CLAIMS TO BE DEAF
A man claiming to be deaf and raising money for the homeless — or a church — shouldn’t be given donations, Wichita police said Thursday. More than a half-dozen victims contacted police after the man’s photo and method of operation were posted on the police department’s Facebook page, Lt. Joe Schroeder said. “He is a con artist,” Schroeder said. / Wichita Eagle
DEAF AND BLIND SCHOOL TEACHES UNDER ONE ROOF
Since 1839, the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind has taught students in separate learning environments. That all changes Monday at the start of classes. After the consolidation of the state's two deaf and blind schools, the Staunton campus was awarded $71.3 million dollars to make the school able to handle the extra students. The result? The first new building on the campus since The 60's. Deaf and blind will be taught under one roof. / WHSV
GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY OPENS ITS DEAFSPACE DORM BUILDING
Dozens gathered to get a first glance of the newest edition to Gallaudet University, the Living and Learning Residence Hall 6 (LLRH6). The state-of-the-art building, located in the only university in the U.S. fully dedicated to deaf and hard of hearing individuals, might look like an ordinary structure from the exterior but it's far from that. The LLRH6 is the first of its kind to be entirely constructed and designed with DeafSpace architectural concepts - which facilitates communication among those using sign language without obstructing their view. / WUSA
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TEEN PLEADS GUILTY TO BASHING DEAF MAN
A Kewdale teenager who today admitted to bashing a deaf man, likely causing him permanent eye damage, claimed he was only trying to protect his friend, but conceded he lost his temper and must now prepare for possible jail time. Joshua William Bignell, 18, pleaded guilty to an upgraded charge of grievous bodily harm over the attack on 28-year-old deaf man, Seow Oh, near a train station in Carlisle on June 11. / The West Australian
MUM HELPS HER SONS BREAK SOUND BARRIERS
Not wanting her sons to endure the struggles she did as a deaf child, Dianne Lansom signed them up to be fitted with Cochlear implants. After watching her boys blossom and their confidence grow, she decided to also take the plunge. "It's been a miracle for me and the boys," the Quakers Hill mum said. "It has improved our quality of life -- including personal and work relationships, everyday living, and the boys' schoolwork. We are now far more independent." / News.com.au
NEW WORK BY DISABLED AND DEAF ARTISTS PRESENTED ALONGSIDE THE LONDON 2012 PARALYMPIC GAMES
With just eight days to go until the start of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, London 2012 Festival presents a ground-breaking series of commissions by disabled and deaf artists in the Unlimited programme. Originally initiated as part of the Cultural Olympiad, the program represents the largest ever series of commissions to disabled and deaf artists and celebrates their work on an unprecedented scale across the UK. / artdaily.org
PANEL RULES MMR JAB MADE GIRL DEAF -- BUT NOT ENOUGH FOR PAYOUT
A woman has won her fight to prove she was left deaf by the MMR jab - only the second time it has been linked to disability. But a medical assessment panel ruled Katie Stephen, 21, will not receive compensation because she is not considered disabled enough. Katie was given the measles, mumps and rubella jab in 1991 when she was 15 months old. But she developed a fever and irreparable damage to the nerve between her brain and ear, and is deaf on her left side. / Daily Mail
DEAF SAILOR AIMS FOR NON-STOP CIRCUMNAVIGATION
An ocean sailor who is deaf is planning to sail non-stop and solo around the world in a Beneteau 42ft sloop. Scottish teacher Gerry Hughes from Glasgow will set sail on 1 September from Troon Marina, leaving behind his wife and two daughters as he embarks on the ultimate sailing challenge which only around 300 people have completed -compared with over 1,500 who have made it to the top of Mount Everest. The challenge is expected to last at least five months and, depending on the weather, could last more than seven months. / Yachting Monthly
DEAF PUPIL WITH DOWN SYNDROME PASSES LEAVING CERT
He may not have secured eight A1s, but Leaving Cert student Killian McDonnell, who is profoundly deaf and has Down syndrome, may have made history on opening his results. His proud mother, Teresa McDonnell, believes her son is the first student with both disabilities to have passed the Leaving Cert. “According to every inquiry we made ... this is a first,” she said. / The Irish Times
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Thinking out of the box helped Dr. Allen Teh merge two things he is passionate about: Hawaiian coffee and helping deaf or hearing-impaired Malaysians join the workforce. The result was the setting up of the Deaf in Business (DiB) Coffees of Hawaii at Bandar Damansara Perdana in Petaling Jaya in January. The Hawaiian-themed cafe serves authentic Hawaiian coffee and tisanes (herbal tea) and is 100 per cent run by deaf and hard-of-hearing staff. / New Straits Times
NHRC ASKS STATE GOVT TO PAY COMPENSATION TO DEAF & DUMB BOY
The National Human Right Commission has asked the state government to pay Rs 3 lakh ($5,385 US) as compensation to a deaf and dumb boy for the violation of his human rights by government personnel. The NHRC has directed that the compensation amount to be deposited in a nationalised bank as fixed deposit in the boy's account under guardianship of a responsible government official. / The Times of India
RANBIR KAPOOR: 'I WASN'T SURE HOW TO DANCE AS A DEAF CHARACTER'
Ranbir Kapoor has revealed that he struggled with working out how to dance as a deaf character in Barfi!. The actor takes on the role of a speech- and hearing-impaired man at the center of a love triangle. He told DNA India: "Since I am playing the character of a deaf and dumb person, it took time to feel the situation as in how Murphy who cannot hear the music will dance." / Digital Spy
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'DOING DEAF DIFFERENTLY'
Kaylee Jensen’s first word to me was “deaf” but, even in a hushed whisper, it hardly defines her. The 11-year-old Lowell girl simply finished her mother’s sentence, explaining her initial diagnosis when she was just 2 months old. In hindsight, that misdiagnosis didn’t define Kaylee either, but it taught her mother not to always listen to a doctor’s dire prognosis. “We were told she was deaf, but during her first month at home we noticed Kaylee responding to our voices,” said her mother, Angie. “No one believed us.” / Post-Tribune
VICTIM IN JUDGE HEDGES CASE SAYS SHE'S EMPOWERED ON A 'JOURNEY TO HEALING'
For the past 40 years, Ellen Cantwell Warner felt like she was living under a cloud as she held inside the trauma of being sexually abused by her uncle when she was just 5 years old. She smiled broadly as she noted the sun was shining brightly in her world today. Any clouds have lifted in her life and now seem to have settled over the life of her uncle, former Onondaga County Family Court Judge Bryan Hedges, Warner said. "I am still on the journey to healing but now I face this journey being empowered," Warner said Aug. 23 at a news conference, where she publicly addressed the abuse allegation she held secret for so long. / The Post-Standard
Grand Forks, ND
LETTER: DON'T FALL FOR 'DEAF' PEDDLERS' CRUEL SCAMS
Recently, I visited a local business and was angered beyond belief. A “deaf” peddler was in the store asking for money in exchange for a plastic key ring attached to a card with the ABC’s sign language. Each of the employees gave this woman $2; she cashed in on their emotions. Coming from a large family of many persons who are deaf, each of whom have been employed for many years, I ask the public to NOT be fooled by these solicitors. / Grand Forks Herald
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A FORMERLY DEAF PROFESSIONAL ON HOW DISABLED JOB APPLICANTS CAN CLOSE THE DEAL
After we corresponded by email a few times earlier this month, Suzanne Robitaille suggested I call her on the phone one afternoon to talk. For most people I work with as a freelance writer, that would be a pretty unremarkable suggestion. But it’s only been 10 years or so that Robitaille has been able to use a conventional telephone. She is legally deaf, and in 2002, she received a cochlear implant that artificially restored much of her hearing in one ear. / The Grindstone
VERMONT CENTER FOR THE DEAF GETS 2 GRANTS
The Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing recently received two grants. The center received a $10,000 grant from the Rite Aid Foundation which it will use to provide counseling for its mental health program. And in August, the center was notified that the Federal Communication Commission had awarded its Equipment Distribution Program a grant for $63,000; renewable for three years for a potential total of $190,000. / Brattleboro Reformer
West Hartford, CT
AMERICAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF RECEIVES $100,000 GRANT
The American School for the Deaf’s Executive Director Edward F. Peltier is pleased to announce a leadership gift of $100,000 from The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. to the Foundations for the Future Bicentennial Campaign. This gift will be used to construct a state-of-the-art Audiological Suite in the new 62,000 square foot facility currently being built on the main campus. / West Hartford News
DATA FROM ONE COLLEGE SHOWS WHETHER ITS DEGREE IS WORTH IT
As politicians, pundits and others continue a debate about the economic worth of a college degree, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf believes a unique database can give Congress an idea of what value, exactly, its credentials add. The college for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, part of the Rochester Institute of Technology, has worked with the Social Security Administration to develop a data set unparalleled in American higher education, with information on 14,000 students who have applied to NTID since it opened in 1968. / Inside Higher Ed
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
WEB TV NEEDS TO HAVE CAPTIONS STARTING NEXT MONTH, THE FCC RULES
TV networks and web video sites will have to start providing closed captions for any TV content available online by the end of September, the FCC ruled August 17. The ruling reaffirmed the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, which was signed into law by President Obama in October of 2010, as well as an FCC ruling from earlier this year. However, the industry got a bit of a break, with the FCC ruling that they won’t have to provide customizable captions until early 2014. / GigaOM
St. Augustine, FL
NEW LOGO FOR FSDB
The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) has launched a new visual identity as part of its new branding. “Our new logo and tagline reflect a more contemporary and personalized approach that focuses on all the positive achievements of our students each and every day,” said Miki Gilloon, FSDB communications director. The new monogram logo highlights the acronym of the school, ‘FSDB,’ and the corresponding typeface was selected to ensure optimum readability for low-vision individuals. / The St. Augustine Record
Los Angeles, CA
DEAF FILMMAKER HEARS MUSIC -- AND CAN'T STOP LISTENING
Austin Chapman figured his short films must be pretty good because they've been sweeping major awards on the independent film festival circuit the past couple of years. He was never quite sure about the soundtracks, however, because Chapman, who is deaf, could never really hear them. Or any other music. Then, a month ago he popped a brand new pair of bright orange, state-of-the art hearing aids into his ears and his world was changed forever. / The Associated Press
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CURTIS PRIDE ENTERS BINGHAMTON BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
Curtis Pride was inducted into the Binghamton Baseball Hall of Fame on Aug. 31. Pride, deaf since birth, became an integral part of the Eastern League Champion B-Mets team in 1992. The outfielder drove in the first runs in franchise history with a pinch-hit homer on Opening Night. The Washington native played 118 games in his only season here and hit 10 home runs. Pride made his Major League debut with the Montreal Expos in September 1993. Over 11 seasons, Pride played in 421 games and hit .250 with seven teams. / Press & Sun-Bulletin
FLANAGAN LEADS TEAM TO WIN IN CAMBRIDGE'S OLDTIME BASEBALL GAME
2012 was Skip Flanagan’s first appearance in the annual Oldtime Baseball Game at St. Peter’s Field, and not one he will forget anytime soon. A native of Framingham and a player at Rochester Institute of Technology, Flanagan notched three hits and a run scored in four at-bats, and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, leading his team to a 7-0 victory. Flanagan, a deaf mute, also became the first deaf player to participate in the game. / Cambridge Chronicle
Santa Fe, NM
NEW MEXICO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF FOOTBALL MAKING CHANGES
The mind primes the body to perform. It sounds like a line out of a psychology lecture or self-help book, but it’s not. It’s a philosophical nugget the New Mexico School for the Deaf football team arrived at following last year’s 4-4 season. Of those four losses, head coach Robert Huizar said, three came by a touchdown or less. It was as if something -- perhaps more appropriately, someone -- held the Roadrunners back last season. Themselves. / The Santa Fe New Mexican
East Lyme, CT
NEXT CHAPTER FOR MONTVILLE'S STERGIO: GALLAUDET, PLAYING BASKETBALL IN 2013 DEAFLYMPICS
When Lindsay Stergio's brother Marcus found out recently that she tried out for and earned a spot on the USA Deaf Basketball Women's National Team which will compete at the deaf Olympic Games next summer in Bulgaria, he had two lines of thought. "In one sentence I said, 'It's amazing,'" Marcus said. "And in another sentence, 'It's not surprising.' She works hard. She knows what she wants and she figures out ways to accomplish things." / The Day
FILM LOOKS AT BASKETBALL CAMP FOR DEAF, HEARING-IMPAIRED
For most people, silent films are something from the past. However, for the deaf or hearing-impaired, movies without sound are still part of the present. But Centennial resident and filmmaker Darla Rae is hoping to change that with her latest indie project, “Spirit of Love: The Mike Glenn Story.” Inspired by the life story of former professional basketball player Mike “Stinger” Glenn, the full-length feature wraps a story of inspiration, friendship and acceptance around Glenn’s real-life basketball camps for the deaf and hearing-impaired. / Centennial Citizen
DEAF RUGBY A SUCCESS AT WASHINGTON D.C. SCHOOL
When Mark Burke first introduced his students to rugby, there wasn’t a whole lot of interest. “It took a while to get the kids interested in rugby since none had seen a rugby match in person or played before,” the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) athletic director and coach said. However, when Burke saw neighboring charter school, Perry Street Prep (formerly Hyde School), playing rugby, he knew his students were capable. / The Mort Report
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