September 26, 2012
Vol. 8, No. 45
Editor: Tom Willard
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BAPTIST HOSPITAL SETTLES DEAF PATIENT'S LAWSUIT OVER INTERPRETER ACCESS
Baptist Hospital paid a deaf man $19,000 and agreed to provide sign language interpreters to such patients and their companions to settle a lawsuit filed on his behalf by a local disability advocate. Last year, the Disability Law & Advocacy Center of Tennessee sued the hospital and its parent, claiming that in 2010 Michael Gournaris received interpreter services during only 5½ hours of his almost four-day stay at Baptist after suffering stroke-like symptoms. The hospital instead sought to communicate with Gournaris through written notes, the advocacy group said. / The Tennessean
San Marcos, TX
STUDENT STRUGGLES WITH DISABILITY OFFICE RESOURCES
Kevin-James Reyes took a long drag of a cigarette while his three-year-old hearing dog, Jasper Hale Cullen, lay patiently by his feet. The two were taking a break from walking, their typical mode of transportation. The black Labrador provides Reyes, a criminal justice senior who has been deaf since he was 10 years old, with companionship and an increased sound awareness of his environment. However, there are many obstacles still standing in Reyes’ way of independence. / University Star
BEACHWOOD DEAF/HARD OF HEARING PROGRAM UNDER EVALUATION BY 29 DISTRICTS
The Beachwood Board of Education responded to parents and supporters of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consortium program about its future at Monday’s meeting. The consortium, whose program is administered by Beachwood City Schools, is comprised of 29 school districts. Supporters have gathered over 400 signatures on a petition asking the board to form a task force to evaluate the future of the program after it was brought to light that the district is considering pulling out at program administrator. / Patch.com
FEMA APPROVES MORE THAN $11 MILLION STATEWIDE IN ISAAC DISASTER RECOVERY
Mike Houston, a disabilities integration advisor, was at the Jackson County DRC on Friday to help with installation of special apparatus to assist disaster survivors with disabilities. Houston, who suffers from hearing loss and uses sign language with his deaf parents, said video phones and caption phones for the deaf and hard of hearing are being installed at all center locations. The equipment will provide sign language interpreters to the deaf and hearing-impaired who request these services, he said. / The Mississippi Press
ROCHESTER'S DEAF POPULATION AMONG LARGEST PER CAPITA IN U.S.
Rochester has more deaf and hard of hearing residents per capita than the national average and a larger deaf population than many other similarly sized cities, a new report by Rochester Institute of Technology has found. Rochester’s sizable deaf community has often been assumed but was never quantified until the report, written by Gerard Walter and Richard Dirmyer from RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. The study found other cities have more total deaf residents per capita, but among college and working aged people, Rochester has one of the largest populations in the country. / Democrat and Chronicle
TECH ACCESSIBILITY MAKES STRIDES FOR DEAF, BLIND STUDENTS
Until three years ago, the Mississippi School for the Deaf had no way of spreading emergency alerts or announcements to everyone at once. At least, not a way that deaf students and staff could understand. Situations like these require IT leaders in state deaf and blind schools to think differently about the technology they purchase. And while challenges still exist, technology is becoming more accessible for these populations. / Center for Digital Education
ROBBER SHOOTS DEAF MAN IN KENSINGTON
A 27-year-old deaf man was shot and critically wounded this morning when he apparently did not respond fast enough to a robber's demand for money in Kensington, police said. The victim was sitting on the stoop of his residence about 4:30 a.m. when the gunman approached and announced the robbery, robbery. The man did not respond immediately and the gunman fired once, hitting the victim in the stomach. / Philadelphia Inquirer
DEAF WOMAN VICTIMIZED IN ARLINGTON SEX ASSAULT
We're learning about a disturbing sexual assault that took place in Arlington over the weekend. The victim's disability created an unusual challenge for investigators. Police say the victim in this case is a woman in her 20s who is deaf and does not know American sign language. So investigators had to write down their questions for the traumatized woman and wait for her to write out her answers. / WUSA
DEAF MAN SEEKS 12TH PRESIDENTIAL AUTOGRAPH ON BASEBALL
If you've ever doubted your ability to accomplish something, just spend a few minutes with Tom Cooney, 77, and you'll be inspired. Cooney, who lived for more than 30 years in Palm Harbor before moving to Clearwater, has been deaf since he was an infant. Cooney owns a baseball that his family members hope might someday find its way into the Smithsonian Institution. He's managed to convince 10 presidents to sign it and hopes President Barack Obama's signature becomes the next. / Patch.com
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Wellington, New Zealand
BUILDING CODE CHANGE WORRIES DEAF MP
When a fire alarm sounded after a Green Party meeting, New Zealand's first profoundly deaf MP, Mojo Mathers, thought her colleagues were just hurrying back to their offices. It wasn't until someone grabbed the lip-reading MP and told her, that she realized people were rushing outside because sirens were sounding. It was a wake-up call for her and the Greens -- a special visual alarm was installed in her office soon afterwards. Mathers says changes in building compliances could result in fewer property developers and owners installing visual fire alarms for the hearing-impaired. / Stuff.co.nz
DEAF FATHER-TO-BE SAYS HULL NHS IS DISCRIMINATING AGAINST HIM OVER BIRTH
A deaf father-to-be says the NHS is discriminating against him by refusing to provide a sign language interpreter at the birth of his first child. Adam Bassett, 31, of Hull, says he has already missed out on important appointments and birthing classes after being denied an interpreter by Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. Although the trust does provide British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters and interpreters in 30 different languages to its patients, the couple cannot have one because Mr Bassett is not the actual patient. / This is Hull and East Riding
RACE FOR FUNDS AHEAD OF DEAF OLYMPICS
Beth Lishman and Colette Doran are both at the top of their sport. Beth is the best deaf female hammer thrower in the country, while Colette is the leading javelin thrower. The main event in their sporting calendar is the Deaflympics, which has been part of the Olympic movement since 1924. Beth and Colette are gold medal contenders for next year's Deaflympics in Bulgaria. However, funding for deaf athletes has been cut, because money has been diverted to Paralympians. The Cumbrian pair must now raise almost three and a half thousand pounds ($5,660 US) each if they want to compete in Sofia in 2013. / ITV News
DEAF AND BLIND MAN TAKES LIFE AFTER WIFE DIES
A man, who was deaf and blind, hanged himself in grief after his wife died of a sudden heart attack, a coroner ruled. Stewart Timms, 63, and his wife Valerie, 68, who was deaf-mute, had been a loving and devoted couple who dedicated themselves to helping each other with their disabilities. But after Mrs Timms died in the bedroom of their home in Andoversford, her husband hanged himself a few feet away, ruled deputy Gloucestershire coroner David Dooley. He recorded a verdict that Mr Timms, a cabinet maker, committed suicide and Mrs Timms, a retired housekeeper, died of natural causes. / This is Gloucestershire
WATERLOO ROAD STAR SAYS DEAF CONSULTANT HELPED HER NAIL ROLE
Kirstie Steele had no idea her character was deaf until after she had signed up for Waterloo Road. Schoolgirl Imogen Stewart is her first major role since graduating from drama college earlier this year and she is grateful for Casey’s help to allow her to portray the condition accurately. Kirstie, 21, of Stepps, near Glasgow, said: “I got some research from the team and I went on to websites myself but the most useful research was getting the feedback from Casey. It was great to hear it from someone who is in the same position as my character." / Daily Record
30 BIKES STOLEN FROM DERBY'S ROYAL SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
Thieves have stolen 30 push bikes from Derby's Royal School for the Deaf. They were taken from a storage shed at the Ashbourne Road school sometime between September 4 and September 7, police said last Wednesday. / This is Derbyshire
HEARD THE ONE ABOUT THE DEAF MUGGER?
William Mager's most widely seen film, Deaf Mugger, only took him an hour to shoot and edit, he says. It's a two-minute three-hander that was finished in a day, and quickly put up on YouTube. The film is a comic sketch about a deaf mugger, his victim, and a hapless woman caught in the middle, an interpreter who discovers that her client is more of a challenge than she has bargained for. / Brisbane Times
DEAF-BLIND PRIEST INSPIRES PASTORAL WORKERS
The world's only deaf-blind priest, Father Cyril Axelrod has returned to London but he will nevertheless play an integral role at next week's National Deaf Pastoral Workers Conference to be held at Mary MacKillop Place in Sydney. Initially it was hoped the timing of Fr Cyril's visit to Australia would coincide with the Conference. When this proved impossible, it was decided that while the South African-born priest could not be there in person, his work with the deaf, his insights into their care and support, and his ongoing inspiration, would remain a key element. / CathNews
Durban, South Africa
DEAF THEATRE FESTIVAL OPENS DOORS
Famous for having left South Africans begging for more when he won the SABC 2 reality show, SA’s Got Talent in 2009, deaf hip hop dancer Dareen Rajbal will assist aspiring dancers to hone their dancing skills during the first ever Deaf Theatre Festival. The festival started yesterday at the Wilson’s Wharf in the Catalina Theatre in Durban. Under the theme, Accessibility, Freedom of Expression and Opinion, and Access to Information, the festival is meant to encourage public awareness of the potential of deaf people as the country commemorates Deaf Awareness Month this September. / The New Age
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LIFE & LEISURE
ALTGELD CHIMES TO FALL SILENT FOR 24 HOURS
The University of Illinois Quad will be a slightly quieter place for 24 hours starting this evening. The chimes that normally ring from Altgeld Hall’s tower will be silenced from 5 p.m. today through 5 p.m. Wednesday in honor of Silent Day, part of the International Week of the Deaf. Several dozen faculty and students have taken a pledge not to use their voices from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, to raise awareness about communications barriers faced by those with hearing impairments, said Matthew Dye, UI professor of speech and hearing science. / The News-Gazette
CYCLISTS MOUNT UP TO ASSIST DEAF CENTER
Dwayne Adkins sees the Ride DEAF Bike Challenge as a way to inform both deaf and hearing people about the services his organization offers. “When we do things like this, people find out about us,” said Adkins, who is a board member of Deaf Services Center in Worthington and also is deaf. “We get to say, ‘We’re here for you.’??” The second annual bike ride to benefit the nonprofit services center started early, but not so brightly, last Saturday morning. / The Columbus Dispatch
Grand Forks, ND
SILENT PARENTS SPUR PRIEST'S EFFORT TO HELP DEAF IN PERU
Imagine growing up in a household where neither parent could hear nor speak a single word, an isolated and embarrassed child living in the world of the hearing. This was the childhood the Rev. Phil Ackerman of Holy Family Church in Grand Forks remembers. Raised on a farm near Reynolds with three other siblings, his parents were both deaf and unable to speak. That early experience paved the way for a later effort to help more than 100 deaf or hard of hearing people in Chimbote, Peru, where another North Dakota-born priest, the Rev. Jack Davis, has served for 38 years. / In-Forum
Bowling Green, KY
D IS FOR DEAF: STUDENT FEELS LIKE PART OF WKU DEAF COMMUNITY
Lacey Zoglmann barely remembers the operation that changed her life. “The only thing I could remember was them putting me to sleep,” the WKU senior said. When she was 3, Zoglmann had a cochlear implant put into her right ear. This allowed her to hear for the first time. Zoglmann said the implant worked so well that she was able to attend grade school in Owensboro with other students who weren’t deaf. “Sometimes I felt alone,” Zoglmann said. “But I got along.” / WKU Herald
SMART911 HONORS DEAF AWARENESS WEEK
Deaf Awareness Week is underway and members of the community and their families are being encouraged to take advantage of Smart911, a public safety service that can save valuable time during emergencies. Currently, when a citizen who is deaf or hard of hearing needs to contact 9-1-1, they would use methods such as a relay service or TTY, which takes time and can delay emergency response. With Smart911, these citizens can dial 9-1-1 directly and dispatchers are immediately notified that they are being contacted by a citizen with a hearing disability who is unable to communicate. / PRNewswire
BLIND AND DEAF DOG LEARNS TOUCH SIGNS
Born blind and deaf, a Wichita great dane is nearly euthanized because of his disabilities. But 'Gumby' is now thriving thanks to one rescue group and a family's dedication. Weighing in at nearly 130 pounds, being blind and deaf wasn't Gumby's only disadvantage. Kansas K-9 rescue group tells Eyewitness News anchor Kara Sewell it's difficult enough to place a large dog -- he barely fits in this twin-sized bed. But nothing could sway Akiko Tsuda. With her soft heart and one look, Akiko took on Gumby's challenges; she says it hasn't been easy. / KWCH
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RAMOS ASPIRES TO MAKE KATZENBACH THE BEST SCHOOL IN NJ
What would a 9-year-old do if he lost his hearing? Here’s what Angel Ramos did: he hid it from his parents, read his textbooks meticulously, and sat in front of the class to see the blackboard so no one would notice he could not hear. He also learned to read lips, which helped him get all the way to high school. Now 62, Ramos has dedicated his life to education for the deaf. Today he is the superintendent of the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf, leading it through tough financial times. / The Trentonian
INCREASING DEMAND CALLS FOR INCREASED DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING SERVICES
Jo Black, Executive Director of the Independent Living Resource Center, Inc., pauses when she thinks about meeting the future demand for deaf and hard of hearing services. The Office of Deaf Access estimates 3 million deaf and hard of hearing people reside in California. With the wave of Americans turning 65 nearly doubling to 72.1 million by 2030, coupled with the fact that one in five teenagers already suffers from hearing loss, the number of deaf and hard of hearing people will climb sharply. / PRNewswire
AT&T LOOKS TO OUTSIDE DEVELOPERS FOR INNOVATION
To create an app that allows deaf people to use smartphones, entrepreneur Kunal Batra needed software that could turn speech into text. There was no way his startup, General Machines, would want to develop such complicated software from scratch. So Batra tested Google Voice and Twilio but eventually decided that AT&T's speech-to-text program Watson performed the best. His phone app, Deaftel, now operates by accessing the software on AT&T servers free of charge, although Barta expects he'll eventually pay about a penny a minute. / Technology Review
HOLY CROSS SOPHOMORE RAISES $16,000 FOR DEAF, INC.
Ever since her middle school jazz band played a concert at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf, Nina Batt ’15 has been interested in deaf culture and American Sign Language. Now, as a sophomore at the College of the Holy Cross, Batt is an English major, a member of the Teacher Education Program, and is hoping to incorporate her deaf studies classes into a major or minor. After participating in deaf studies courses at the College, Batt interned this past summer at DEAF, Inc., a non-profit organization that encourages and empowers deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and late-deafened individuals to lead productive lives. / College of the Holy Cross
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THE PROJECTED IMAGE: A HISTORY OF DISABILITY IN FILM IN OCTOBER
Turner Classic Movies will dedicate the month of October to exploring the ways people with disabilities have been portrayed in film. On behalf of Inclusion in the Arts, Lawrence Carter-Long will join TCM host Ben Mankiewicz for The Projected Image: A History of Disability in Film. The special month-long exploration will air Tuesdays in October, beginning Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. (ET). / TCM
New York, NY
BLIND AND DEAF ACTING COMPANY TO MAKE AMERICAN DEBUT AT NYU
The world's only professional blind and deaf acting troupe is coming to the Village from Israel for its first performance stateside. Nalaga'at Theater will put on its first U.S. productions at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts starting in January, the center announced. The troupe's play, "Not By Bread Alone," is about memories and dreams. Actors from the Tel Aviv-based company will bake bread onstage in a performance piece that delves into fantasy, reality and a longing for human connection during the show, which runs from Jan. 16 to Feb. 3. / DNAinfo.com
White Plains, NY
GROTON WOMAN HOSTS TALK SHOW FOR THE DEAF
Television is a visual medium, but most talk shows just aren’t the same on mute. One Croton-on-Hudson woman is turning the traditional interview format on its head by telling her guests to talk with their hands. Independent producer Aidan Mack has teamed up with White Plains Community Media (WPCM) to produce “The Aidan Mack Show,” in which Mack interviews guests exclusively in American Sign Language. / Newsday
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St. Augustine, FL
FSDB IS A FOOTBALL TEAM WORTH CHEERING FOR
I have never seen the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind win a football game. This may not seem like something worth mentioning until you realize I’ve attended nearly four years of home games and several on the road. I’ve watched teams run up the score on the Dragons in brutal fashion. I’ve seen them round up middle school players just to avoid forfeiting. I was even there the night they lost 56-50 to Vanguard in double overtime, and leaned up awkwardly against a wall as many players, and even their coach, shed tears in the locker room. / The St. Augustine Record
See Also FSDB, KOSKI DESTROY VANGUARD TO MOVE TO 3-1 ON SEASON / The St. Augustine Record
UNDERDOGS: CALIFORNIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
From 2007 until 2009, the California School for the Deaf in Fremont compiled all of five wins. Now, the Eagles seek their third consecutive playoff berth and have established themselves as a formidable high school football program in the competitive North Central II/Bay Football League. Using exceptionally fast and clear sign language, the California School for the Deaf has an elaborate scheme of signals that allow it to keep up with the speed of a traditionally vocal and loud game. Here's a behind the scenes look at the Eagles. / SI.com
DEAF FOOTBALL COACH LEADS MISSION'S DEFENSIVE LINE
If you ever catch yourself at a Mission San Jose High football game, you might notice defensive coordinator Kevin Bella being a little more flamboyant than normal as he directs his players. He does an abundance of hand gesturing and flails his arms around a lot more than his counterparts. There’s a good reason for that — he’s deaf. / Patch.com
COACHES LEARN SIGN LANGUAGE FOR DEAF SWIMMERS
News is making waves over in Frederick where coaches are signed into their swimmers and making sure everyone has a chance in the pool. Six-year-old Nicholas Starks may look like many of kids on the Spring Ridge Sharks Swim Team. Most of the swimmers hear splashing, but Nicholas hears only silence. He understands everything at practice, even though he's deaf. / WHAG
CHARIHO STAR GROWS UP WITH DEAF PARENTS
Chariho field hockey star Mattie Russell is not your average student athlete. NBC 10's Joe Kayata reports. / Turn to 10
Fort Smith, AR
LOCAL DEAF CHEERLEADER HEADED TO SUGAR BOWL
A deaf Fort Smith teenager is headed to the Sugar Bowl thanks to a special donation from a sorority at Arkansas Tech University. Ashley Boyd, 13, loves to cheer. “The day she told me she wanted to tumble it scared me to death,” said Alicia Boyd, Ashley’s mom. At 9-months-old Boyd’s parents realized something was wrong. “They noticed that we went to the doctor and they noticed that I was not hearing,” said Boyd. Boyd is deaf. Implants allow her to hear and live a normal life. / 5 News
Beverly Hills, CA
CELEBRITY HAIRSTYLIST KEN PAVES TO HOST 10TH ANNUAL GLAD BENEFIT
Celebrity hairstylist Ken Paves will host the 10th Annual GLAD fundraising event benefitting the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc. The gala affair takes place on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, Calif. The theme of this red-carpet event is the GLAD domino effect – sustaining the chain reaction toward equal access for the deaf and hard of hearing. Attendees will enjoy live entertainment, appetizers, dessert, a cash bar, music, dancing, and meet-and-greets with special guests. / PRNewswire
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