September 20, 2006
Vol. 2 No. 45
Editor: Tom Willard
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JUDGE ALLOWS TAPED INTERVIEW IN WRIGHT’S TRIAL
A South Dakota judge ruled last week that Daphne Wright’s videotaped interview with police can be used in her upcoming trial, reported the Associated Press. Wright, 43, a deaf woman from Sioux Falls, is charged with the kidnapping and murder of Darlene VanderGiesen, 42, also a deaf woman from Sioux Falls, whose dismembered body was found in a Sioux Falls landfill and a Minnesota ditch. Circuit Judge Brad Zell ruled that Wright’s deafness did not affect the police interview, as her answers through an interpreter were consistent with the questions, she did not seem overwhelmed and the interview ended when she asked for a lawyer. “When considering the totality of the circumstances, Ms. Wright’s rights were not violated,” said Zell.
GALLAUDET FACULTY PROTEST ‘EXPRESSIVE’ RULES
The Gallaudet University English Department released a letter last week to protest the university’s new rules for campus demonstrations. The June 28 “Guidelines for Expressive Activities and Assemblies” crafted in the wake of the 10-day Tent City protest in May, requires that “all demonstrations, marches, rallies or peaceful assemblies on campus” be registered with school authorities at least two business days prior to the event. The September 11 letter, signed by English Department Chair David Pancost and viewable at www.gallyfssa.org, called the memo “ill-advised” and criticized President I. King Jordan for imposing restrictions “during a hiatus in an on-going protest.” Jordan said in a written response that “everything that I have done and continue to do is with the interests of the students as the main concern.”
SIGN LANGUAGE TEACHER ACCUSED OF RUNNING SCAM
ABC7 News in California’s Bay Area reported Monday on a deaf sign language professor who has allegedly scammed deaf people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Michael Johnson, a teacher at City College of San Francisco, College of San Mateo and West Valley College in Saratoga, wouldn’t tell reporter Dan Noyes what happened to $584,000 he got from Hsiu-Ling Yeh or $95,000 from Gary Hendrix, saying, “There’s so many scams, all over, not me, I’m not the only one.” Johnson apparently got the idea from friend Brian Malzkuhn, whose alleged scams have cost several people their life savings. Investigators were unable to prosecute Malzkuhn because they could not prove that he personally profited - the money, apparently, ended up in Nigeria. The full story, which links to a signed report, can be seen at http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=i_team&id=4575143.
DCARA TO REOPEN SEARCH PROCESS FOR CEO
DCARA said last week that it will reopen the CEO search process, less than a month after holding a community meeting with four finalists for the job. “We regret to inform you that after a thorough screening and interviewing of candidates, no one has been selected to serve DCARA,” said board president Ken Mikos in a statement. DCARA (Deaf Counseling, Advocacy, and Referral Agency), a non-profit based in San Leandro, Calif., has been seeking a new Chief Executive Officer since Robert I. Roth resigned in July 2005 after six-and-a-half years with the agency. A well-attended meeting August 19 introduced four finalists - Roger Kraft, Andy Lange, Bridget Tate Bonheyo and Tim Rarus - but none were selected. “The search process shall resume again,” said Mikos, “and we will inform you of the status in due time.”
PEPPER SPRAY SICKENS 29 AT WASHINGTON SCHOOL
Pepper spray sickened 29 students at Edmonds-Woodway High School in Edmonds, Wash. on Monday, including several in the school’s deaf and hard-of-hearing program. According to the Everett Herald, the spray was set off during a confrontation between two students in a crowded hallway. “One student sprayed the other with personal defense spray in an apparent act of self-defense,” said Sgt. Don Anderson of the Edmonds Police Department. Students in the deaf program were particularly vulnerable, said the report, because some have medical conditions. Jim Rabourn, whose stepdaughter, Kelsey Kirshner, 17, was one of 29 students taken to hospitals, said he doesn’t want the incident brushed off. “Pepper spray can really hurt these kids,” he said.
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NEW YORK TO REQUIRE TRANSLATORS IN HOSPITALS
New regulations went into effect in New York last Wednesday that require all hospitals to provide skilled translators for non-English speaking patients. An Associated Press article on the new rules did not mention deaf patients or sign-language interpreters but said the rules were developed because the common practice of relying on friends and family to translate for patients can interfere with medical care. “It impedes the ability for information to flow freely and violates patient confidentiality laws,” said Adam Gurvitch of the New York Immigration Coalition. Patients can still use friends or relatives as interpreters after refusing translators provided by the hospital, and children under 16 may not interpret except in emergencies.
ARIZONA GIRL, 10, FOUND SAFELY BY SEARCHERS
A 10-year-old Buckeye, Ariz. girl described as “deaf and mute” by KVOA News in Tucson was found Monday after a morning-long search. Fabiola Montoyo slipped out the window of her mother’s apartment Sunday night and was found in the Gila River bottom the next day. Police spokesman Paul Chagolla said Fabiola was spotted lying face down in the river bottom by deputies in a sheriff’s helicopter who at first feared the worst. But Fabiola was okay, just dehydrated from a long night and all morning with no water.
OLATHE RENAMES CITY STREET AFTER SCHOOL LEADER
The Olathe (Kan.) City Council has renamed part of a city street after Phillip Alfred Emery, the first superintendent of the Kansas School for the Deaf (1861-64). A noontime ribbon-cutting last Saturday outside the Deaf Cultural Center was expected to feature special guests Mayor Michael Copeland and Luther Taylor, a KSD graduate who played for the New York Giants, said The Kansas City Star. However, Taylor could be excused for not attending; he died in 1958.
BLIND INVENTOR KILLED WHILE CROSSING HIGHWAY
A blind and hard-of-hearing Oregon man who invented curbside markers to help sight-impaired people cross the street was struck and killed while crossing a street Friday night, reported the Associated Press. Kevin Stockton, 47, of Glide, was hit on Highway 138 East by a van traveling east and then by a pickup truck traveling west, said the Oregon State Police. Stockton, who became disabled seven years ago when he was shot in the head with a high-powered rifle, developed Blind Signs (www.blindsigns.com) to help blind people cross the street. “He developed Blind Signs to keep stuff like this from happening,” said his wife, Emmy, “and this is a hell of a way for the point to get across.”
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Photographs from the National Association of the Deaf conference are now available to the public for browsing and purchase. Photographer Hon Siu took more than 1,200 pictures at the 2006 NAD Conference, held June 29-July 3 in Palm Desert, Calif. He attended many workshops and all of the major events, including Miss Deaf America, College Bowl, the exhibit hall and NAD elections. To view the pictures, go to www.pictage.com/event.jsp?event_id=213691. Registration is required but free, and if you want to purchase a photograph, you can place an online order with Hon Siu Photography. For more information, email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CANADIAN MAN HOLDS POLICE IN EIGHT-HOUR STANDOFF
A “stone-deaf” Canadian senior was arrested Monday after holding Calgary police in an eight-hour standoff, reported the Calgary Sun. The man, said to be in his 80s, allegedly pointed a gun and threatened a woman inside a home just after midnight on Monday. The woman fled and called police, who surrounded the house. Eight hours later, the unidentified man was arrested without incident. Police were questioning the man and the woman, and charges had not been filed. Police spokeswoman Lisa Lammi said negotiations took longer than usual because the man was severely hard of hearing. “He couldn’t hear instructions, he couldn’t hear anything ... because he just couldn’t hear,” she said.
STUDY: DEAF MORE LIKELY TO CONSIDER SUICIDE
A Glasgow, Scotland charity said yesterday that deaf people are more likely to contemplate suicide than hearing people and find it more difficult to get help for their problems. Almost half of the people interviewed for a survey by Deaf Connections had considered killing themselves, reported the Glasgow Herald. Isolation and communication problems contribute to depression, an especially serious problem for those who become deaf later in life. “It can impact on their work, social life and relationships,” said Deaf Connections chief executive Gordon Chapman. The survey also showed that deaf people find it difficult to join Alcoholics Anonymous or mental health groups due to the lack of deaf awareness and money for interpreters.
U.K. BOY FINDS SCHOOL CHOICES LIMITED
A deaf U.K. boy is resigned to sitting at home because he does not have a school to go to, reported the London News Shopper. James Myer, 14, has been given a choice of two mainstreamed programs or a school for the deaf, but his mother, Heather Myers, says none of the choices are appropriate. James left his previous school because he was bullied as the only deaf student and does not want to be mainstreamed again. Attending the deaf school, where everyone signs and no one speaks, would be a waste of money spent on James’ cochlear implant, said his mother. Over the summer, James attended Ovingdean Hall in Brighton, where deaf children are taught orally and given speech therapy. He wants to continue there but Bromley Council, citing “the most efficient use of resources,” will not fund it. Heather Myers has written to Prime Minister Tony Blair and says she’ll fight the council at a tribunal if that’s what it takes.
IBM DEVELOPS SYSTEM TO ALERT DEAF PEOPLE
Students in an IBM research project in England have developed a mobile phone system to alert deaf people to important announcements in locations such as train stations, airports and workplaces. The Location Aware Messaging for Accessibility (LAMA) system was developed at IBM’s software laboratory at Hursley House in Hampshire. According to PC Authority, when a registered user enters a location with the system, information can be sent to the user’s mobile phone in a variety of delivery formats. “It offers the opportunity for hearing-impaired people to be aware of urgent announcements on public transport or in the workplace,” said Deafness Research UK chairman David Livermore. LAMA will be tested throughout the U.K. in the coming months.
AUSTRALIAN DOCUMENTARY FOLLOWS TWO DEAF TEENS
Two students at Australia’s
Victorian College for the Deaf allowed cameras to follow them around for a semester
for a documentary called, “Welcome 2 My Deaf World.” Year-12 students
Bethany and Scott are two of about 3,000 deaf children in Australia, said the
Sydney Morning Herald, and represent two attitudes to the deaf world. Bethany’s
mother learned Australian Sign Language and Bethany has never learned to speak,
whereas Scott doesn’t sign because his mother wants him integrated with
the hearing world. Filmmaker Helen Gaynor was wise to subtitle Bethany’s
and Scott’s dialogue rather than use voice-overs, said the report, because
“they have their own voices and aren’t afraid to use them.”
INDEX TO RANK RESTAURANTS BY NOISE LEVELS
A nationwide campaign is underway in New Zealand to rank restaurants on their noise levels, reported the Bay of Plenty Times. “We want to build a directory of hearing-friendly cafes and restaurants,” said Gillian Oakbrook, information coordinator at Tauranga Hearing Association. The Café and Restaurant Acoustic Index (CRAI) will offer rankings from one star (“don’t go there unless you can lipread”) to five stars (“a place to be, and be heard”). The index was created by Stuart Camp, president of the New Zealand Acoustical Society, who said, “This is not intended as a witch hunt; rather, it’s simply providing people with information to make an informed choice.” The system is consumer based, and people can submit ratings at www.acoustics.ac.nz.
NIGERIAN DEAF PRAISE LOCAL NEWSPAPER
A Nigerian organization for the deaf has commended a local newspaper for producing “hidden but true stories and news to the delight of the public.” Afolabi Dahunsi, president of the Organization of Deaf Business Men and Women in Nigeria, gave the commendation in a September 6 letter to Mike Awoyinfa, editor of the Daily Sun in Apapa, Lagos. The letter said that ODBMWIN members depend on printed materials for their knowledge of events and prefer the “balanced coverage” of the Sun. “May your shadows not diminish,” said the letter, “and more grease to your elbows.”
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MISSISSIPPI MAN INVENTS EAR-MOUNTED ALARM DEVICE
A retired Mississippi civil servant has patented the Ear-Mounted Alarm & Signaling Device, reported the Sun Herald last week. Robert Raab of Gautier was inspired by a “Deaf Child” sign to create the two-piece system, which includes a remote control about the size of a deck of cards that sends a wireless signal to an earpiece that looks like a hearing aid. “Sign language is great,” Raab told the Mississippi Press, “but you must be looking at the person for sign language to work.” The device would be useful for parents to alert their deaf children and it can be set with a timer and serve as a hotel wake-up call. It could even be used by hunters or heavy equipment operators, he said. The next step is to find a manufacturer. “There were a few times I wanted to give up,” said Raab, “but my wife, Doris, wouldn’t let me.”
COLORADO CENTER TRAINS 1,000TH HEARING DOG
The International Hearing Dog center in Henderson, Colo. recently trained and placed its 1,000th dog, said the Brighton Standard Blade. “Rambo,” a border collie mix, was adopted by a Texas woman named Wilhelmina, who was so excited that she flew to Colorado to spend two days with the dog. It takes four to eight months to train a dog and costs $6,000, most of which is covered by grants and donations. IHDI executive director and president Valerie Foss-Brugger said the organization’s roots are in Minnesota. Agnes McGrath, a dog trainer in White Bear Lake, Minn., was approached by a deaf woman whose self-trained hearing dog had died of old age. With help from a local Lions Club, McGrath trained six dogs and then ran a four-year pilot study under the American Humane Society. The project ended in 1979 with the establishment of the first dog training center in Henderson. For more information, visit www.ihdi.org.
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CHICAGO RESTAURANTS INSTALL DRIVE-THRU DEVICE
Employees of three Culver’s Restaurants in Chicago now have a way to communicate with deaf customers who use the drive-thru, reported ABC7 News. The restaurants have installed Order Assist, a $700 device created by Chicago-based Inclusion Solution. Customers ring a bell to alert employees inside and then pull up to a window, where they are handed a pen, paper and menu, said president Patrick Hughes. Restaurant owner Kevin Weasler said a lot of business goes through the drive-thru, “so it makes a lot of sense to me that we should make it as accessible as possible.” To learn more about the device, visit www.inclusionsolutions.com.
SHRINKING LABOR POOL OPENS UP OPPORTUNITIES
Employers are becoming more creative when it comes to filling jobs, the Associated Press reported. Some companies are having trouble finding skilled labor, and it’s only going to get worse when an estimated 78 million baby boomers begin to retire. Staffing companies like Manpower now offer free training programs. Antoinette Lucero, 29, a deaf single mother, took advantage of a Manpower program called TechReach to earn certification in electronics assembly. Several other deaf people were in the two-month course, which offered interpreters and tutors who sign. After five years on welfare, Lucero now works as an inspector and assembler at Sennheiser Electronic in Albuquerque, N.M. “It’s a career for me, it’s not just a job,” she said. “I never felt before that I had a career.”
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
ARTS CENTER IN ILLINOIS PLANS NEW BUILDING
The International Center on Deafness and the Arts in Northbrook, Ill. plans to build a new 40,000-square foot building, reported the Glenview Pioneer Presss. Ground should be broken soon after a capital campaign ends in May, said Patricia Scherer, founder and president of the center. The ICODA is an outgrowth of the Center on Deafness, which opened in 1973 as a storefront in Glenview. The art program became a separate corporation in 1997. Today, the ICODA is located in Northbrook’s Sky Harbor Industrial Park and features a theater, art gallery, dance studio, gift shop, print shop and the Children’s Museum on Deafness. The center’s most famous alumna is Marlee Matlin, who visits occasionally and wrote the letter for this year’s annual appeal. To learn more, visit www.icodaarts.org.
KIDS’ SHOW ‘MAYA & MIGUEL’ TO EXPLORE SIGN LANGUAGE
The PBS program Maya & Miguel will debut a special episode about sign language next Monday during National Deaf Awareness Week (September 24-30). The episode, titled “Give Me A Little Sign,” was inspired by Lupe Ontiveros, mother of two deaf sons and voice of Abuela Elena in the animated series. Maya & Miguel is an award-winning children’s bilingual (Spanish-English) program now in its third season on PBS KIDS GO!. “This episode will make a significant contribution to deaf awareness,” said Bobbie Beth Scoggins, president of the National Association of the Deaf. The TV show’s website is http://pbskidsgo.org/mayaandmiguel.
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CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION TO MARK 100TH BIRTHDAY
The California Association of the Deaf has announced plans to celebrate its 100th anniversary, with a weekend of events October 13-15 in Walnut Creek. The celebration kicks off Friday with Deaf Awesome Club 100, a casino-style clubroom. Saturday’s plans include a Gallery of Deaf Art, a Deafhood seminar and “possibly” an arts and crafts silent auction, said a news release. On Saturday evening, CAD members will meet in Berkeley at the former site of the California School for the Deaf. An optional brunch will wrap things up on Sunday. To find out more, visit www.cad1906.org/id4.html.
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