September 11, 2013
Vol. 9, No. 45
Editor: Tom Willard
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Falls Church, VA
DOMINION HOSPITAL TO PAY $55,000 FOR ALLEGEDLY FAILING TO ACCOMMODATE DEAF FAMILY MEMBERS
Dominion Hospital has agreed to pay $55,000 to two deaf parents and their adult son after the parents alleged that hospital officials failed to provide them with sign language interpreters and other accommodations while their son was being treated, authorities announced Wednesday. The settlement also requires that the hospital train staff members on the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act and adopt specific procedures to make sure deaf patients and their family members are given proper accommodations, authorities said. / The Washington Post
JURY FINDS IN FAVOR OR DEAF OMAHA MEDICAL STUDENT
A federal jury on Wednesday found that Creighton University discriminated against a deaf medical student and violated federal law by not providing him with special equipment and interpreters. The jurors did not, however, award any damages to Michael Argenyi because they determined the discrimination wasn't intentional. / Associated Press
LEEDS WOMAN CLAIMS SHE WAS FIRED FOR HEARING IMPAIRMENT
An investigator at a state agency found there is reason to believe the employer of a hearing-impaired woman from Leeds discriminated against her on the basis of her disability. Agnes Farnsworth worked at Kennebec Valley Community Action Program where she drove as a volunteer for 17 years until she was fired in 2011, according to an investigator at the Maine Human Rights Commission. In her complaint, Farnsworth said the agency discriminated against her, fired her and retaliated against her because of her hearing disability. / Bangor Daily News
Santa Fe, NM
NM'S SCHOOLS FOR DEAF AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED PROVIDE LITTLE ONLINE DATA
If you want to know how your local high school is doing on things like enrollment, test scores and graduation rates, you can find the data in seconds on the Public Education Department website. But if you want to find out how two of the state’s three land grant schools are doing on such metrics, you’ll have a much harder time. In fact, a New Mexico Watchdog investigation could find precious little student data online from the New Mexico School for the Deaf and the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. / Watchdog.org
West Hartford, CT
AMERICAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF WELCOMES STUDENTS TO NEW BUILDING
American School for the Deaf students returned from summer break on Monday for classes in the brand new, $20 million Gallaudet-Clerc Education Center. Although there were "a couple of minor glitches" in the 60,000 square foot building, student and staff were thrilled with the new space, according to Executive Director Ed Peltier. "It was great," Peltier said. "Just a whole list of positive comments." / The Hartford Courant
Hampshire County, WV
'SCHOOLS FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND' MAY LEAVE HAMPSHIRE COUNTY
Recent talks about renovations for the West Virginia Deaf and Blind Schools, led to talks about possibly relocating the schools all together. Many locals say they don't like the idea. The Superintendent for West Virginia Schools of the Deaf and Blind recently submitted a 10-year school renovation plan to the state board of education, and was asked to look at alternative locations to build new schools when the costs were a little high. The idea of losing the deaf and blind schools in Romney has many in the community upset. / Your4State.com
DA: INFANT DEAF, BLIND AFTER ALLEGED ABUSE BY GUARDIANS
Authorities say a mother and stepfather are facing child abuse charges after allegedly causing permanent damage to an infant. Officers were called to a hospital after doctors admitted a 4-month-old baby with severe cranial bleeding. The child’s mother, Cassie Stewart, told doctors that the child fell from a baby swing at their house in Ada. However, officials say the child’s injuries were not consistent with that story. / KFOR
ALTERCATION BETWEEN TWO DEAF MEN LEADS TO A STABBING AT A BIRMINGHAM CHURCH
Two men who are deaf got into an altercation around 9 a.m Sunday morning at the Church of the Reconciler 112 14th St North in Birmingham. Reverend Matt Lacey, Senior Minister with the Church told FOX-6 two men who are deaf got into an altercation. The two men were fighting by signing to each other. Reverend Lacey said one of the men took a sharp object and stabbed the other man in the upper chest area. / WBRC
Corpus Christi, TX
Congratulations to the Corpus Christi Area Council for the Deaf, winner of the 2013 Mueller Helping Hand project. They provide services and support to people with hearing loss in 23 counties in South Texas. Their new facility will be built the first week in October. / Mueller Inc.
NEW HIGH SCHOOL FOR WISCONSIN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
This year, back to school will mean more than new outfits and school supplies for students at... Thank you for visiting. To continue reading, you must be an All Access Member. Signing up is easy and unlocks all premium areas. / Gazette
GROUPS AIM TO IMPROVE STORM WARNINGS FOR DEAF
Tornadoes and flood waters can rattle anyone, but local officials are hoping to help those who are deaf or hard of hearing to shake the added layers of anxiety they can face during severe weather. A coalition of advocates and local government agencies is joining forces to present a workshop this month in Tennessee that aims to arm the deaf or hard of hearing with tools to avert danger when severe weather approaches. / Battle Creek Enquirer
ATCHISON HONORING FAMED BRICKLAYER BOULAR WITH STATUE
It’s been six decades since William Boular passed away. But on Thursday, the town of Atchison in northeastern Kansas will unveil a statue honoring the deaf double-amputee who became a world-renown bricklayer and featured in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” He is credited with laying 48,000 paving bricks in a day’s time. Boular, known as “Deafy,” was born Sept. 9, 1869. When he was 4, Boular was diagnosed with spinal meningitis, leaving him unable to hear or speak. At 10 he was involved in a railroad accident that severed both his legs. / Wichita Eagle
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DEAF HUNTER, 82, SHOT TWO MEN
A deaf 82-year-old hunter has been banned from hunting and banned from owning a gun after he accidentally shot two walkers in woods at Bertric-Burée, Dordogne. One of the 70-year-old victims is still in hospital in Bordeaux nine months after the shooting and has been in intensive care several times due to the throat wound he received. The second victim was wounded in the side. The court heard that the hunter thought he was shooting at a rising pheasant which had come up out of the undergrowth. Instead, he fired horizontally at the two men, who were out looking for mushrooms. / The Connexion
Lons-le-Saunier , France
FARM WORKER GOES DEAF DUE TO SQUEALING PIGS
The Social Security Affairs Court ruled that the Pelizzari group had committed an "inexcusable error" by failing to protect Serge Personeni from a work hazard. The 49-year-old was quoted by French daily Le Figaro as saying: "Working in a piggery means listening to constant noise and screams from the pigs, eight hours a day, seven days a week." Personeni was in charge of feeding and looking after nearly 4,000 pigs when he worked there from September 2001 until February 2008. / The Local
DEAF MAGAZINE ILLUMINATES SIGN LANGUAGE ON ITS PAGES
DEAF MAGAZINE aims to improve awareness of sign language in Germany and uses augmented reality to bridge the gap between spoken/written language and sign language. The articles have an AR component with video content that visualizes what is on each page. DEAF MAGAZINE is a lifestyle and society magazine that links the written language directly with the German sign language for a better understanding. It also provides hearing readers with access to the German deaf culture. / PSFK
BID TO TACKLE SUICIDE RISK AMONG DEAF PEOPLE
Paul McCusker had personal reasons for wanting to be trained in suicide prevention due to personal experience. As a deaf person, he had experienced depression and a brief breakdown himself, and knew of other deaf people who had had suicidal thoughts. One of them received no support, he says, and later took their own life. According to various pieces of research, people in the deaf community are statistically between 25% and 50% more likely to suffer from mental health problems than their peers. / Herald Scotland
MMA: EVANS OVERCOMES DIFFICULT PAST TO COMPETE IN CAGED SHOW
Swindon fighter Adam Evans’ path to becoming a professional MMA fighter has certainly not been an easy one. The 42-year-old takes on Oskar Rozwens on Swindon Fightclub’s show at the MECA on October 5, and goes into the bout undefeated from his two pro fights to date. But that only tells half the story as Evans has been profoundly deaf since he was 16 months old, and as a result struggled to communicate with people while he was growing up which often led to him grappling with others in the street. / Swindon Advertiser
DEAF SWIMMER KICKED OFF LIFEGUARD COURSE
A champion swimmer and Commonwealth Games hopeful has been kicked off a lifeguard training course because he is deaf. James Webster, 21, of Rossiter Road, Tooting, is a deaf competitor for Great Britain. The rising star has dreams to compete in the Commonwealth Games and was hoping to fund his training by working as a lifeguard. / Guardian
DEAF CLUB PRESIDENT SHORTLISTED FOR EUROPEAN AWARD
The president of a deaf charity which supports people across the borough has been nominated for an international award. Asif Iqbal MBE, president of Harrow Asian Deaf Club, has been nominated for the European Diversity Award 2013 in the category of Inspirational Role Model of the Year. The awards were launched in 2010 and celebrate the work of leaders in the corporate world, charities and the campaign sector. / This Is Local London
ALBERT DAVENPORT WON COMPENSATION FROM ROYAL UNITED HOSPITAL IN BATH
A patient went virtually deaf after being given double the recommended level of antibiotics by mistake at Bath’s Royal United Hospital.
Pensioner Albert Davenport has now been given £40,000 ($63,000 US) to pay for hearing aids and therapy after his treatment for prostate cancer in 2009 went wrong. Mr Davenport has lost nearly all the hearing in his right ear and some of the hearing from his left after staff at the RUH mistakenly gave him twice the recommended amount of a drug which is known to damage hearing in large quantities. / This is Bath
BLIND AND DEAF, NANCY MULES SUES CAIRNS GP, ALLEGING FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE DISEASE
A Cairns woman is suing a local GP for almost $8 million ($7.45 million US), alleging the doctor failed to detect the fungal disease which eventually claimed her eyesight and hearing, while blaming her symptoms on menopause. Nancy Leanne Mules, 48, is claiming damages for loss of earning capacity as well as past and future care after her health severely deteriorated in September, 2008, as a result of the potentially fatal cryptococcal meningitis. / Herald Sun
New South Wales, Australia
DEAF WORKERS DENIED HEARING AIDS
Hundreds of local people who require hearing aids will be forced to fork out thousands of dollars due to NSW Government cuts to compensation. From December 31, hearing aids for people who suffered hearing loss through loud working conditions will no longer be listed under WorkCover. The cuts mean that those affected - mainly old age pensioners - would be forced to either come up with around $6000 for hearing aids or rely on an inferior and bulky basic pair supplied by the Federal Government. / Barrier Daily Truth
COCHLEAR PROGRAM TO GIVE DEAF CHILDREN BEST START TO LIFE
The Bionics Institute's Professor Colette McKay has been lured back to Australia as a senior veski innovation fellow to continue developing the system that measures the response in the brain to sound. The $200,000 award over three years will ensure her new bionic hearing technology is developed on home soil. Prof McKay has spent the past nine years leading the audiology and deafness research group at Manchester University, and she worked with cochlear implant inventor Professor Graeme Clark on the original device. / Herald Sun
Wellington, New Zealand
GOV'T FAILS DEAF OVER FAMILY VIOLENCE DVD
The lack of captioning for a recently released DVD dealing with the issue of family violence is a serious omission that needs to be rectified as soon as possible, the Green Party said today. The powerful DVD titled Enough is Enough is a 24-minute documentary in memory of Patricia Ann McGrath, who was killed by an act of violence in January. “Family violence is an issue that affects everyone, including deaf and hearing impaired communities,” Green Party disability spokesperson Mojo Mathers said. / LiveNews.co.nz
Hamilton, ON, Canada
HOUSEHOLD GADGET THE SOLUTION FOR WOMAN UNABLE TO GET CANCER TREATMENT BECAUSE OF HER DEAFNESS
The simplest of problems almost blocked Carla Purcell from getting the best possible treatment for her breast cancer. You need to be able to hear a radiation therapist tell you when to breathe in and hold it — an impossible task for the 49-year-old Brantford woman who is deaf. "There was no immediate solution," said Michele Cardoso, radiation therapist specializing in breast cancer at the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre. "We just had to be a bit more creative about it." / The Hamilton Spectator
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
SHARJAH DEAF STUDENTS TO LEARN THROUGH NEW METHODS
From a new sign language class to the use of advanced technology, the Al Amal School and Kindergarten for deaf students will be introducing new teaching methods this academic year. Welcoming 65 students back to school Saturday, Bassim Abdul Gaffar, Supervisor of Rehabilitation and Education at the school, said that the school will be introducing an American Sign Language class in the school’s curriculum with the aim of preparing students who want to continue their education in universities abroad. / GulfNews.com
DUBAI-BASED COUPLE'S DAUGHTER'S OPERATION WILL ALLOW HER TO HEAR
The family of a 6-year-old girl hope to raise thousands of dirhams to pay for an ear implant that will enable their daughter to hear for the first time. Wardah Abdul Mustafa has been deaf since birth and is being schooled at home because her family cannot afford to send her to a deaf school in Dubai, her mother, Fatma, told 7DAYS. “She stays with me all the time. She doesn’t go out. Once I took her to the park and she sat at the top of the slide, not knowing what to do,” Fatma said. / 7 Days Dubai
DEAF MUTE CHILD-MOLESTING, PUBLIC BUS FLASHER DETAINED
A six-year-old girl who complained of private part pain told her mother that a man had fondled and put his finger in it after asking her to follow him into a public restroom. The mother then took her daughter for a check-up at the Serdang Hospital and discovered small cuts. District police chief Assistant Commissioner Ab Rashid Ab Wahab said police on Thursday detained the man, a deaf and mute mechanic who is known by the girl's father. / New Straits Times
SHE'S DEAF BUT THAT WON'T STOP S'PORE BEAUTY FROM 'ACHIEVING MY DREAMS'
Despite having a hearing disability, Miss Chui Yee Shia overcame all odds and was crowned a title-holder at Miss Singapore Beauty Pageant 2013 held at Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday night. The 25-year-old makeup artist, who is 80 per cent deaf in both ears, was named Miss Singapore Friendship International 2013, one of six titles given out at the finals. She also bagged three out of the 10 subsidiary awards voted on by judges and sponsors, making her the biggest winner of the night. / Malaysia Chronicle
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
KENTUCKY PRIEST HELPS TO DEVELOP SIGN LANGUAGE FOR DEAF IN CAMBODIA
With a hot sun drying a monsoon rain last month, Catholic priest Charles Dittmeier jumped into a motorcycle-pulled “tuk-tuk” taxi and zipped through loud, diesel-choked streets — toward a cause this country has largely ignored. Passing a sprawling market, tin-roofed food stalls and a cockfighting lot, Dittmeier entered a center behind high walls where deaf Cambodians communicate using the country’s first sign language, which Dittmeier is helping to develop and teach. / Alexandria Town Talk
Jammu and Kashmir, India
2 HELD FOR RAPING DEAF-DUMB GIRL
Two persons were arrested Monday for allegedly raping a teenaged deaf and dumb girl in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. A Special Investigation Team apprehended two persons, Mohan Singh and Qubla Singh, in connection with the alleged rape of a 16-year-old deaf and dumb girl on September 3, they said. The two miscreants confessed to their crime after they were identified by the minor during an identification parade along with others, the official said. / Business Standard
West Bengal, India
YEAR AFTER DEAF AND MUTE GIRL'S GANGRAPE, IO DEMANDS PROOF OF HER MENTAL HEALTH
The West Bengal Police Thursday faced the ire of Calcutta High Court for failing to arrest any of the five persons accused of raping a deaf and mute girl a year ago and asking the victim's mother to prove that her daughter was mentally ill. Justice Sanjib Banerjee directed the deputy commissioner of police to submit a report within 15 days on the state of investigations and asked "how such officers can be in the force." / Indian Express
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LIFE & LEISURE
DEAF, BLIND AT HIKER GETS A HELPING HAND IN BETHEL
A deaf and nearly blind hiker is nearing the end of his 2,185-mile hike of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, and several Bethel residents have been helping him out as he approaches his goal. Roger Poulin of Winthrop, Maine, was born with Usher Syndrome, which affects both vision and hearing and also causes problems with balance. He is blind in one eye and has only tunnel vision in the other. He set out on his journey more than three years ago, accompanied by Roni Lepore of New Jersey, who serves as what is known as a Special Service Provider. / Bethel Citizen
A HARD-OF-HEARING WRITERS SHARES HER PERSPECTIVES ON BEAUTY
We all have our beauty pet peeves, but for writer Kelly Dougher, one's beauty look is about more than aesthetics. As a woman who has been hard of hearing for her entire life, Dougher relies on sign language and reading people's lips to communicate with others. As Dougher explains, she's much more likely to notice everyone's fading lipstick and chipped nails (and, subsequently, get skeeved out by them). So, Dougher has unwittingly become a stickler for polished beauty looks. / Refinery29
UPDATE: DEAF GIRL FINALLY GETS PACKAGE
Things sure have changed since we last saw 9-year-old Katelyn Nerhood, and they've changed for the better. 3 On Your Side was there when Katelyn opened a shipping box containing an electronic device called the Nabi 2. It's a little gadget packed with games which helps kids learn. But, Katelyn mom, Melody, said they wouldn't have the device if it wasn't for 3 On Your Side. Katelyn suffers from CHARGE Syndrome, a disorder that has left her partially blind and completely deaf. / azfamily.com
DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING STUDENTS NEED A COMMUNITY ON THE 40 ACRES
Imagine you’re sitting down in class before a lecture. Now, look to your left. Look to your right. Chances are neither of the students on your left or your right is deaf or hard of hearing. There are only 54 deaf and hard of hearing students registered at the University of Texas, a school with more than 50,000 students. Still, you may have seen one of “us.” / The Daily Texan
Sands Point, NY
HELEN'S WALK ADDS A RUN COMPONENT
After 17 years and suggestions from participants, the annual Helen’s Walk, organized by the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) in Sands Point now has a run component. The event is slated for Sept. 22. The addition, spearheaded by local Sands Point resident and Helen Keller Services Board Trustee Richard Dzwlewicz, hopes to introduce the work done at HKNC to a new audience. / Patch.com
CHURCH WORKS TO EXPAND, DEVELOP DEAF MINISTRY
Kim Roberts wants to worship. But because she is deaf, she often faces a challenge in participating in typical worship services. Fortunately, Roberts said, her congregation not only recognizes the need, but continues to work toward meeting the needs of deaf members. Since 2000, she has been a part of the deaf ministry at Grove’s First Baptist Church in Grove. / Grove Sun
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LYDIA CALLIS ON THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING IN NEW YORK CITY
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Des Moines, IA
DEAF ISU GRADUATE CREATES TRIBUTE TO TRICE
Joshua Kagavi identifies with Jack Trice, a fellow underdog. Kagavi has been deaf since birth. He’s said it’s a barrier he’s overcoming to start his own business at kagavi.com, which features his storytelling and vintage Iowa State University merchandise. Just in time for the big game against Iowa at Jack Trice Stadium, Kagavi is paying tribute to ISU’s first African-American athlete, who died from injuries suffered in a game in 1923. / The Des Moines Register
DR. GENIE GERTZ APPOINTED DEAF OF GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Gallaudet University announced that Dr. Genie Gertz was recently appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Gertz, a Gallaudet alumnus, most recently served as Dean of the Deaf Studies Division at Ohlone College in Fremont, Calif. / Gallaudet University
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
HELP THESE DEAF PERFORMERS GET THEIR ASL 'SAME LOVE' VIDEO TO MACKLEMORE
A group of performers are attempting to gain rapper Macklemore’s attention with the release of a “Same Love” music video featuring actors using American Sign Language (ASL). Bobby Loeffler, one of the performers who helped produce the ASL video, said in an email that they created the video to show support for marriage equality and gender sensitivity in the LGBTQ deaf community. / The Daily Dot
Los Angeles, CA
DEAF WEST THEATRE TO PRESENT 'FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON'
Using its signature, award-winning combination of signed and voiced theater to bring new perspective to a modern American classic, Deaf West Theatre presents Flowers for Algernon at the Whitefire Theatre, opening Sept. 28. Matthew McCray directs David Rogers' stage adaptation of Daniel Keyes' moving novel about an intellectually disabled man who undergoes experimental surgery to increase his IQ to the level of genius. / Broadway World
West Windsor, DE
DEAF AND HEARING WORLDS COME TOGETHER IN THE PENNINGTON PLAYERS' PRODUCTION OF 'BIG RIVER'
The Pennington Players are excited to announce upcoming performances of the musical Big River, Roger Miller and William Hauptman’s Tony Award-winning adaptation of Mark Twain’s 1884 novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This production will be based on the 2003 Broadway staging by the Roundabout Theatre Company and the American Deaf West Theatre, and will blend American Sign Language (ASL) with traditional choreography and staging. / Stage Magazine
Swartz Creek, MI
DEAF STUDENT CREATES MUSIC VIDEO TO SONG OF HIS FAVORITE ARTIST
Christian Hamby might be deaf, but he still loves music. Hamby, a student at Michigan School for the Deaf who was recently profiled by MLive-The Flint Journal, is particularly fond of the Detroit-based musician Sean Forbes, a musician who was born deaf. Hamby, who also has a rare muscular disease, recently made a Yourtube video of himself signing the words to the song "Watch These Hands." / The Flint Journal
BOOK REVIEW: STRONG DEAF BY LYNN MCELFRESH
Jade is the only person in her family who can hear. They are Deaf with a capital D. Her older sister Marla gets to go to the all-deaf boarding school that her family is deeply involved in, but Jade has to go to a hearing school. The two are different as night and day, and Jade feels left out of her sister’s world. When the two end up on the same softball team all summer, they’re forced to really spend time together and start communicating. What they discover about themselves and each other changes their perspectives. / Early Nerd Special
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MSAD RIDES PETERS, RUN DEFENSE TO SEASON-OPENING WIN
With just 12 players back from last year’s roster and 10 new faces, the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf football team was a jumble of question marks coming off a 6-2 record in 2012. They’re a jumble of answers now. The Trojans (1-0) used a dominating run defense, a 200-yard, four-touchdown day from sophomore halfback Junior Peters and three interceptions from one of those new faces, sophomore Anthony Barger, to beat Mesabi Academy 42-12 at Potter Field on Friday. / Faribault Daily News
MSAD VOLLEYBALL MAKES QUICK WORK OF ROCHESTER HOME SCHOOL
What a difference a year — or maybe a home gym — can make. During last year’s 23-3 season, the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf volleyball team only fell behind 2-0 five times. One of those was a road match to Rochester Home School, a squad that won its first two sets against the Trojans by 12 points in 2012. This year, MSAD won the first set by nearly that total in Lauritsen Gymnasium and rode its own momentum through a three-game sweep of the Defenders thanks to a varied attack and serving that wafted from brilliant to terrible. / Southernminn.com
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East Brunswick, NJ
EAST BRUNSWICK TO HOST 'DEAF FEST'
In an effort to raise awareness for the hearing impaired community, the Middlesex County Fairgrounds in East Brunswick will play home to the 12th annual "Deaf Fest" event this month. The event, sponsored by the Northwest Jersey Association for the Deaf (NWJAD), began in 1991 and has been held bi-annually at the Middlesex County Fairground since 2005 as part of Deaf Awareness Week. "Deaf Fest" is scheduled for Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the fairgrounds, located at 655 Cranbury Road in East Brunswick. / Patch.com
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