September 5, 2012
Vol. 8, No. 42
Editor: Tom Willard
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GRAND ISLAND PRESCHOOLER ASKED TO CHANGE THE SIGN FOR HIS NAME IN SCHOOL
Hunter Spanjer says his name with a certain special hand gesture, but at just three and a half years old, he may have to change it. "He's deaf, and his name sign, they say, is a violation of their weapons policy," explained Hunter's father, Brian Spanjer. Grand Island's "Weapons in Schools" Board Policy 8470 forbids "any instrument...that looks like a weapon," But a three year-old's hands? "Anybody that I have talked to thinks this is absolutely ridiculous. This is not threatening in any way," said Hunter's grandmother Janet Logue. / KOLN
See Also ROCHESTER DEAF COMMUNITY REACTS TO SIGNING CONTROVERSY AT NEBRASKA SCHOOL / WHEC
EX-NY JUDGE IS REMOVED FROM BENCH FOR ALLEGEDLY MOLESTING DEAF 5-YEAR-OLD NIECE 40 YEARS AGO
A New York judge who abruptly resigned without explanation in April has been retroactively removed from office by state disciplinary officials for allegedly sexually molesting his deaf 5-year-old niece 40 years ago. Former Onondaga County Family Court Judge Bryan Hedges, 65, was accused of molesting his deaf 5-year-old niece in 1972, a year before he became a lawyer and 13 years before he became a judge. But the incident didn't come to light until earlier this year, and the statute of limitations precludes a criminal prosecution. / ABA Journal
Salt Lake City, UT
ALLEGED SCAM TARGETED DEAF CHRISTIANS IN UTAH, ELSEWHERE
Members of the deaf community in Utah have fallen victim to a second alleged investment scam. Regulators have filed a lawsuit against a California man who targeted deaf Christians here and in other states with promises of 5 percent to 10 percent per month in returns from trading in foreign exchange contracts. Instead, Marc Perlman of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and his iGlobal Strategic Management LLC lost money with the funds he did invest and used most investor monies for personal expenses, according to the lawsuit filed in New York by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. / The Salt Lake Tribune
NETWORKS, RNC OVERLOOK THE DEAF IN ONLINE CONVENTION COVERAGE
Online streaming was supposed to make the 2012 conventions more accessible to the public than ever before. But for the 48 million Americans who are deaf or hard of hearing, the latest technology isn’t quite as good as ordinary TV. No major media outlets provided live online closed captioning of the Republican National Convention this week in Tampa, Fla. At the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., the only Internet feed that will carry real-time captioning will be the Democratic Party’s own online hub. / Politico
STUDENTS, PARENTS PROTEST CLOSURE OF DETROIT SCHOOL FOR DEAF
While most students in Detroit Public Schools were attending the first day of classes Tuesday, some parents and former students of the former Detroit Day School for the Deaf showed up to protest its closure. Roughly 50 people, including activists from By Any Means Necessary, turned out at the former DPS school, which closed in the spring. "The parents and students have been extremely angry since last spring because the building is still open and used for administrative offices," BAMN spokeswoman Joyce Schon said. / The Detroit News
WOMAN ACCUSED OF ABUSING DEAF, DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED DAUGHTER
A Louisville woman is facing charges for beating her deaf, mentally-challenged adult daughter and locking her out of her home, according to an arrest warrant. Louisville Metro Police said Christa L. Johnson, 41, became angry with her daughter on or around July 15, argued with her and hit her numerous times with her hands and various objects including a stepladder and a long, wooden back scratcher. The victim told police Johnson slammed her against a wall and shoved her to the ground. She also told officers that her mother has abused her for at least six years. / WAVE
LARAMIE MAN RECOVERING AFTER SURGERIES, SHOOTING
A local man who was reportedly shot four times for allegedly assaulting a Laramie Police Department (LPD) officer last week is conscious and recuperating in a Colorado hospital. Kevin R. Cook, 26, of Laramie, was shot sometime after 11 p.m. Aug. 15 for allegedly assaulting one of two LPD officers who were responding to a call of an auto burglary. Cook's mother, Susan Cook, confirmed that her son is totally deaf. “He is deaf. He would not have heard any commands from the police,” she said." / Laramie Boomerang
San Antonio, TX
HANDCUFFED DEAF COUPLE WANTS ANSWERS
A deaf couple claims two off-duty Bexar County Sheriff's deputies handcuffed them and roughed them up as they were shopping inside a west side convenience store. Now the two want to know why it happened in the first place. Jeffrey Donovan and his girlfriend Mercedes Castellano had only been inside the Express Mart for about two minutes before deputies approached. "They were waving at us to come over there and all of a sudden they handcuffed us and were really rough at us," Donovan said, through an interpreter. / WOAI
DEAF, BLACK STUDENTS SAY THEY WERE MANHANDLED BY POLICE
A group of deaf men, on summer vacation from a Trenton trade school for the hearing-impaired, said they were stopped and manhandled by cops in Belleville, New Jersey Tuesday. 20 year old Isiah Isaac used “sign language” to tell the story to PIX 11 through his mother and brother. “It was six cars that surrounded them,” Isaac’s mother, Frances, said—as she followed his sign language in the family living room. “He said all the cop cars came over and blocked them in.” / WPIX
WORLDWIDE SUPPORT FOR DEAF CRIME VICTIM TASED, JAILED IN TACOMA
From Maylasia to Madagascar, tens of thousands of people from around the world are showing their support for Lashonn White, a deaf Tacoma woman who was tased and jailed for 60 hours without getting an interpreter. At last count, nearly 32,000 people have signed an online petition on Care 2 Petition Site, demanding Tacoma Police reinvestigate White’s case. / KIRO
ELGIN MAN WHO CAN'T HEAR OR SPEAK UNFIT FOR TRIAL
A 33-year-old Elgin man — who cannot hear, speak or sign — recently was ruled unfit to stand trial on charges he attacked a woman near an Elgin bike path last spring. Miguel Gonzalez-Moreno has been placed in the custody of the Illinois Department of Human Services, and authorities have a year to help him understand the legal process and communicate with his defense attorney. Court hearings for Moreno have required a sign language interpreter, a pantomime interpreter, and visual aides, including an easel, iPad, dry erase board and Barbie and Ken dolls. / Daily Herald
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LIZ JONES: I'M PROFOUNDLY DEAF. SO WHY CAN'T I BE IN THE PARALYMPICS
And talking of deafness, what is even more insane than the appointment of David Beckham is that there are no hearing-impaired athletes at these Games. While the International Paralympic Committee is able to bring in new sports and countries, there is no mechanism to bring in a new disability, despite the deaf sport federation being the oldest of its kind, having been set up in 1924. Deafness gets a raw deal because you can’t see it. People think you are either stupid or rude. / Daily Mail
See Also WHAT ARE THE DEAFLYMPICS? / BBC
DEAF BOY'S PARENTS ANGRY AT SIGN LANGUAGE LESSONS COST
The parents of a profoundly deaf boy say they are angry they will have to pay £6,000 ($9,500 US) to learn sign language. Rachel Goswell, from Exeter, said it was vital she could sign to Jesse, 2, who also has a heart defect. The National Deaf Children's Society said poor provision was "unacceptable" but that individual local authorities could choose whether to offer a free service. Devon County Council said the family should contact its support service. Ms Goswell said: "I'm really angry about it. I think it's wrong." / BBC
CHARITY'S ADVICE TO SPORTS CLUBS AND GYMS
With many people being inspired by the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics to get fit and more involved in sports, Action on Hearing Loss is urging sports clubs and gymnasiums in Northern Ireland to ensure they are fully accessible for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Under the Disability Discrimination Act, services must make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to be accessible to people with disabilities. However, not all clubs and gyms are as accessible as they should be. / Ballymoney and Moyle Times
COMEDIAN DAVE PARTON HAS NO ISSUE WITH HECKLERS
Deaf Dave Parton has returned to his native Wales from exile in London to promote new comedy night Croc of Wit which launches at The Globe in Cardiff. It’s been quite year for the comic who has also shed more than six stones after his weight tipped the scales at 20 stone. Now he’s bringing his unique comedic perspective to his new club. “Yes I am deaf. I have about 50% hearing in both ears, and wear a pair of very sophisticated hearing aids, one of which I’ve just broken,” he said. / WalesOnline
BRYCE TO THE RESCUE AS DEAF MUM GOES INTO LABOR
Quick thinking and a steady nerve from five-year-old Bryce saved the day when his deaf mum suddenly went into labor last Sunday. Phoebe Quinn Ashenden arrived at 11am on Sunday, August 26 at a healthy 4.735kg at the family's Kellyville Ridge home. His parents Amanda and Chris Ashenden are profoundly deaf so couldn't make the emergency call themselves -- meaning Bryce had to call paramedics and his nanna to come and help. / Herald Sun
Daejeon, South Korea
SHARP-EARED GLASSES LET DEAF PEOPLE 'SEE' SOUNDS
A group of researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have built a pair of glasses which allows the wearer to "see" when a loud sound is made, and gives an indication of where it came from. An array of seven microphones, mounted on the frame of the glasses, pinpoints the location of such sounds and relays that directional information to the wearer through a set of LEDs embedded inside the frame. The glasses will only flash alerts on sounds louder than a threshold level, which is defined by the wearer. / New Scientist
LENDING AN EAR TO THE VOICES UNHEARD
Ruma Roka could have just been a homemaker leading a comfortable life. But she was restless to find a larger meaning in life. She nurtured the dream of running a school for special ability children. Subsequently, she learnt sign language at the AIJNIHH (National Institute for the Hearing Impaired) in 2004. Next year, with the money from an insurance policy and a small two bedroom apartment belonging to her husband, she founded the NGO Noida Deaf Society (NDS). / The Asian Age
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
HAPPY 'ANGELS' AT LAFARGE
Many people today are caught up in the rat race and are never satisfied with what they have. Not Rebecca Lim Pei San, Mazuin Abd Manaf, Maryam Magesveri Abdullah and Joyce Low Li Yong. At Lafarge Malayan Cement Bhd, these four women have become good friends, and the opportunity to work as a team for a company they really love and appreciate has been highly fulfilling. This is because the four are deaf and, having faced enough challenges in life, they cherish their camaraderie at work, sense of accomplishment and the resultant self-esteem. / New Straits Times
Johannesburg, South Africa
DEAF MAN ADMITS RAPING BOY, 8
A 23-year-old man has pleaded guilty in the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court to raping an eight-year-old boy. Siyabonga Dladla, who is deaf, was assisted by an interpreter skilled in the use of sign language during court proceedings. Dladla admitted in a statement that on January 1 he had seen a child walking along the road and called him in sign language. The boy resisted going with Dladla but he dragged him to a toilet and raped him. / Sowetan LIVE
Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, Philippines
70-YEAR-OLD DEAF TOPS ARMM'S 2012 BEST WORKERS
Deaf and aged, Kado Esmail, 70, still literally shakes a leg to become the model worker of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), topping over 40,000 other employees of the regional bureaucracy. Esmail was awarded a certificate of appreciation, as well as on tarpaulin to immortalize his lifetime achievement of keeping the ARMM capitol grounds in Cotabato City clean and green in over three decades. In addition, he received cash reward from money contributed by regional officials. / Philippine Information Agency
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BLIND AND DEAF WOMAN CLAIMS SECURITY AT LOCAL CLINIC QUESTION USE OF SERVICE DOG
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U.S. UNIVERSITY AT FOREFRONT OF DESIGN FOR THE DEAF
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Southern Pines, NC
DRIVING IN SILENCE
Randall Doane has been driving big rigs for more than 10 years. Driving double and triple trailers, and tankers and hazardous material, he's logged more than a quarter million miles across nearly 30 states and Canada until this year when he failed a hearing test. Doane's wings have been cut, so to speak, as his routes are now limited to the state of Texas. Along with 45 deaf or hard-of-hearing drivers, Doane is requesting an exemption from the federal law prohibiting deaf drivers from driving commercial vehicles across state lines. He's an experienced driver who wants to drive, but his hearing loss is holding him back. / PTC Challenge
LOCAL TEACHER DEDICATED TO DEAF, HARD-OF-HEARING STUDENTS
Kristine Frey has created a life of dedication and patience. At least that's what those who know her say. "She relaxes by doing work," said Jim Frey, her husband of 33 years. "She's just busy always doing something." Outside of school, Kristine, often called Kris, helps Jim with woodworking or spends time in her garden. But her patience and dedication don’t end with her hobbies. She also spends time doing “facilitating communication” for deaf students in Laramie County School District 1. / Wyoming Tribune
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SCHOOL FOR DEAF PUTS POSITIVE SPIN ON PRANK
Leaders of an Allston school for the deaf are putting a positive spin on an insensitive Internet prank. Pranksters recruited several people to help them pull a joke using a Taylor Swift Web contest. The school with the most votes online will get a live concert from the singer. The pranksters voted for the Horace Mann School for the Deaf. When the school's headmaster caught wind of the prank, he said they could make it happen. / myFOXboston.com
See Also QUINCY TEEN CREATES ANTI-CYBER BULLYING VIDEO / The Patriot Ledger
See Also HEY, TAYLOR SWIFT, HERE'S HOW TO GET SWEET REVENGE / The Tennessean
Los Angeles, CA
'SWITCHED AT BIRTH' SEASON 1.5 HAS MORE DRAMA AND SUBVERSIVE SOAPINESS
What could be more mainstream than an teen soap on ABC Family? "Switched at Birth," which returns at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 3, has the requisite number of love triangles, secrets and wildly attractive humans. Given that it's about the families of two headstrong high schoolers who find out that the title switcheroo happened when their daughters were a few hours old, there's no stinting on the Drama with a capital D. But the soap, which debuted about a year ago, also cannily explores subjects that most other shows wouldn't touch with a 10-foot pole. / The Huffington Post
STAND-UP COMEDY FOR THE DEAF
“How Do I Say Hi?” convention and comedy show is coming to Owens Community College this Friday. How Do I Say Hi? runs from 9am to 5pm on Friday, September 7th and has opportunities for the public to learn about deaf culture, work practice, and storytelling and poetry. The event will be followed by a two-hour comedy show starting at 7pm featuring nationally known educators and performers Keith Wann, Peter Cook, Crom Saunders and Windell “Wink” Smith Jr. / northwestohio.com
SEAN FORBES: DEAF BUT NOT QUIET
Sean Forbes has been profoundly deaf since he was an infant. But he makes music anyway. / NPR
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DEAF BOTHELL FOOTBALL PLAYER SHINES
Everything goes silent in an instant. Students stamping on bleachers. Coaches screaming from the sideline. Referees blowing their whistles. All vanish. When Bothell High School's Thomas Guidon's hearing-aid battery fails, that's the only time, in football or in life, that he feels disadvantaged, vulnerable. The staccato of opponents' footsteps disappears, and he's left with only his sight as his defense. The next thing he knows, his helmet's in the turf after a block he never heard coming. Guidon was born deaf. But that hasn't stopped him etc. etc. / Seattle Times
Pinellas Park, FL
THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE OF FOOTBALL
As he and his Pinellas Park teammates gathered in front of a giant, inflatable Patriots helmet, ready to rush out onto the field for their first live action of the fall, 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive tackle Tyler Cook couldn't hear anything. But he could see it. And he could feel it. "It was electric,'' his father Erik said. "Just electric." / Tampa Bay Times
DEAF FOOTBALL PLAYERS OVERCOME ODDS
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DEAF DEFENSIVE TACKLE INSPIRES ED WHITE FOOTBALL TEAM
Jordan Whitty will be a big contributor to the Ed White High School football team this season. No matter how big his level of production is, it won't match the amount of inspiration he provides to his teammates and coaches. Whitty, a senior defensive tackle, is deaf. Jennie Wallace is his interpreter. She is with him at all times on the practice field to pass along the instructions from coaches through sign language. / First Coast News
IT'S A BUMMER OREGON SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF WON'T HAVE FOOTBALL
Now what am I going to do with my Friday afternoons? In the past 10 years - or somewhere around there - I have spent a great deal of my Friday afternoons at Oregon School for the Deaf watching eight-man football games before whatever other game I was going to. But OSD isn’t fielding a team this year due to lack of numbers so my Friday afternoons are shot. / Statesman Journal
Vernon Center, MN
GORRELL CHANGED DEAF SPORTS
If you're a deaf athlete, odds are you've heard of 68-year-old, sports pioneer Howard Gorrell of Delaware. He grew up completely deaf from birth in Dayton, Ohio. When he was a child, an elementary school teacher told him about Bob Carley, a deaf 1940s Minnesota Golden Gophers athlete who was All Big-10 in football. That created the spark Gorrell needed to play several sports in high school. Unlike many college-bound deaf students, Gorrell chose Ohio University instead of Gallaudet College, a school charted specifically for people deaf. / Rocklin and Roseville Today
MARY LANDER CLARK, WORKED WITH THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING, DIES
Mary Edwards Lander Clark could seamlessly navigate the world of the hearing and of the deaf, a "dual citizenship" that served her well as a nationally known advocate for the hearing-impaired and disabled and a schoolteacher for deaf students. "The message Mary conveyed each day, particularly to those who had lost their hearing later in life, was to not be afraid," her brother Larry Lander said. Mrs. Clark, 56, died of complications related to a recent fall Friday, Aug. 24, at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. / Chicago Tribune
ALLISON B. COYLE, 81, OF DANVERS, A MACHINIST
Allison B. “Al” Coyle of Danvers, formerly of Billerica, a machinist, died Thursday at New England Home for the Deaf in Danvers. He was 81. Mr. Coyle was born and raised in Lynn. He was a resident of Billerica for many years before moving to Danvers. He was educated in Lynn schools and graduated from the Halifax School for the Deaf, Nova Scotia. Mr. Coyle worked as a machinist throughout his life. He spent many years working at Varian in Lexington. / Boston Herald
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