October 13, 2010
Vol. 6, No. 49
Editor: Tom Willard
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SEC HALTS SCAM DEFRAUDING DEAF INVESTORS
The Securities and Exchange Commission has obtained a temporary restraining order and emergency asset freeze against an Internet company that allegedly defrauded deaf investors. The company, Imperia Invest IBC, raised more than $7 million from 14,000 investors -- including $4 million mainly from deaf people in the United States -- and boasted of astronomical rates of return, where a $50 investment would grow to $134,000 in six months. / The BLT
See Also WEB BIZ SUCKERED DEAF PEOPLE, SEC SAYS / Courthouse News Service
OBAMA SIGNS BILL THAT EXPANDS TECH ACCESS FOR DISABLED
President Barack Obama last Friday signed a bill intended to provide those with disabilities greater access to today's technology. The new law requires makers of smartphones and other consumer electronics to ensure that their technologies are accessible to those with vision or hearing loss. "The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act will make it easier for people who are deaf, blind or live with a visual impairment to do what many of us take for granted -- from navigating a TV or DVD menu to sending an email on a smartphone," Obama said at the bill signing. / PC Magazine
NEW MEASURES APPROVED FOR SCHOOL FOR DEAF AND BLIND
The West Virginia Board of Education last Wednesday approved recommendations for the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind in Romney that it believes will improve the quality of education at the school. Kenna Seal, director of the Office of Education Performance Audits, led an audit of the school in June. Among the board's recommendations is the establishment of a two-year "technical support team" to oversee "improvement of instruction, student achievement and efficient and effective operation and management of the facility." / Charleston Daily Mail
New York, NY
BROOKLYN DA'S OFFICE LEADS WAY IN ACCESS FOR THE DEAF WITH INNOVATIVE WEBSITE
The Brooklyn district attorney's office has set up an innovative new website to help the deaf and hard-of-hearing contact authorities. The site, accessible at www.brooklynda.org, has a series of video presentations by advocates detailing the legal services for Brooklyn residents. Called DA Deaf Way, advocates on the site give the deaf and hard-of-hearing multiple ways of contacting them -- email, video phone (VP), and teletype (TTY). / NY Daily News
NEW COMMUNITY CENTER SHOWCASES DEAF COMMUNITY
Already nationally known for its senior housing for the deaf, Columbus Colony leaders now hope to be a social destination for the close-knit community. Columbus Colony is located on Colony Drive on the east side of Westerville, just off Sunbury Road. It will host an open house at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, to showcase its new $7 million community center. "We're one of a kind in the country so we wanted to build something that would allow everyone to come together," said Richard Huebner, president of the board for the Ohio School for the Death Alumni Association. / Columbus Local News
San Diego, CA
IN A NEW LAND, HOPING TO HEAR
His name is Har Sin, and he is Ah Lee Mar's brother. He is 24, but he appears lost in the thoughts of a much older man -- thoughts that at times he yearns to express. But he can't, except with the emotion in his big brown eyes, or the inquisitive wrinkles in his forehead, or the melodramatic toss of his head when he laughs a voiceless laugh. Each dusk, an eclectic cacophony envelops this dense Mid City apartment complex. Har Sin cannot hear that soundtrack. Two years ago, when he arrived in the United States, he dreamed he might. But he is deaf. / voiceofsandiego.org
Fort Wayne, IN
SMOKE ALARMS FREE FOR THE DEAF, HARD OF HEARING
The Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office announced last Thursday that more than 1,200 free smoke alarms, designed for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, are being purchased for distribution to financially qualifying Hoosiers throughout the state. Said IDHS Chief of Staff Mike Garvey: "This $300,000 grant and the smoke alarms it will purchase, have the potential to significantly improve the safety of individual recipients and the firefighters who serve in their jurisdictions." / The Journal Gazette
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DEAF-MUTE PERSON FINALLY LEAVES FOR QATAR
A deaf-mute passenger who was not allowed to board a plane at the airport due to a misunderstanding with an immigration officer finally left Manila for Qatar last Thursday. While Franklin Corpuz is in Qatar to attend a chef training, his wife Raquel will handle the filing of a case against immigration officer Raul Medina. Like her husband, Raquel is also deaf-mute. Through an interpreter, she said they want Medina to be sanctioned or punished for the trouble he caused them. / ABS-CBN News
DOCTORS CREATE NEW EAR AT SCOTS HOSPITAL FOR DEAF TEENAGER
A teenage girl born without ears wants a pair of earrings for Christmas after Scots doctors began life-changing surgery. Skilled surgeons working for free have made an ear using cartilage from the ribcage of Kade Romain - who grew up in an orphanage in Trinidad and faced a life of begging on the streets. Kade was brought to Scotland by kind-hearted couple Robina and Derek Addison after they met her in the Caribbean island's capital, Port of Spain. The 15-year-old will have another op to get a second ear in December as well as having a £10,000 implant ($16,000 US) fitted so she can hear before she returns home. / The Daily Record
BORN DEAF, BUT ALSO BORN TO DANCE
At the age of 10, Nina Falaise went to audition for the Royal Ballet School at their stunning studios in White Lodge, Richmond Park. She danced so brilliantly that the legendary Dame Ninette de Valois, the Royal Ballet’s founder, patted her on the head, gave her a smile, and told her: “You will go a long way.” It was only when the young ballerina had her medical that the school realised she was deaf - and promptly failed her. “I was absolutely devastated. It seemed to me that my dream of becoming a ballerina was doomed,” Falaise, now 55, recalls. / Telegraph
NEW HOME JOY AT FRANK BARNES SCHOOL FOR DEAF CHILDREN
It was all smiles at Frank Barnes school this week - as pupils and teachers celebrated their new home. The Jubilee Waterside centre in Camley Street, King’s Cross, which has been empty for five years since it was forced to close due to cash problems, has been given a £1million ($1.6 million US) re-fit to accommodate the award-winning school for deaf children. Pupils will enjoy the renovated sports center for three years while a purpose-built school is built in the King’s Cross Railway Lands development. / Camden New Journal
DEAF HIT-AND-RUN VICTIM 'PARTLY RESPONSIBLE'
A deaf elderly woman is partly responsible for the horrific injuries she sustained after being hit by a motorcyclist on Easter Sunday last year, a court has heard. Joan Stafford, 70, was crossing Plenty Road in Preston about noon on Easter Sunday last year when she was hit by 26-year-old Mark Maccar who was riding a high-powered Yamaha motorbike. The Victorian County Court has been told that Ms Stafford received life-threatening injuries including a cranial hemorrage, skull and face fractures and a ruptured aorta. / The Age
DEAF ECUADOREANS STAND UP FOR IDENTITY, RIGHTS
Ximena Carrera discovered a new world at the university. After years of experts who had ruled out the use of hearing aids, she finally tried them -- and her life completely changed. That is what she now hopes will happen for many more hearing-impaired Ecuadoreans. The goal of the foundation D.H.Ex-Ecuador is for those with hearing problems "to live their deafness," which for Carrera means "enjoying the silence, acting with autonomy and building our identity as deaf people." / Inter Press Service
Seguin Twp., ON, Canada
DEAF CAMP STILL MISSING SUMMONS FOR CHARGE
A local camp for deaf children still hasn’t received a summons, more than a week after allegedly being charged for making too much noise. The summons stems from a charge against the Ontario Mission of the Deaf -- which operates the Ontario Camp of the Deaf (OCD), a summer camp that hosts motocross events -- for allegedly exceeding provincial noise regulations during a motocross race at the OCD on September 19. “I still haven’t been served. I have no idea what’s going on” said Derek Rumball, the camp’s director. / CottageCountryNow
Regina, SK, Canada
BEING DEAF HASN'T STOPPED HOFFMAN
Whether he is playing a practice round or competing for a national or international title, Ken Hoffman feels at home on the golf course. The fact that he is hearing-impaired is not enough to stop the 51-year-old product of Tyvan from pursuing the sport he loves. "I am passionate about golf because the golf course gives me peace," Hoffman says via e-mail. "There are so many beautifully designed golf courses I have played at." Hoffman was born with a hearing impairment. / Leader-Post
Auckland, New Zealand
DEAF STAFF ADDS DIVERSITY
Tim Helg has five deaf men among his 15-strong team of car groomers at Giltrap Prestige Motors in Grey Lynn -- and he says they are "fantastic" employees. "They're my best workers," he says, "and they make me laugh every day -- they've got a great sense of humor." Helg's deaf employees are aged between 26 and 50-something. All use New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) and can lip-read; one has some hearing with a hearing aid and can help his workmates if necessary. / The New Zealand Herald
Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, The Maldives
FATHER BLAMES MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE AFTER FEVER TREATMENT LEAVES DAUGHTER DEAF
The father of seven year-old Aishath Iyan claims his daughter lost her hearing after she was prescribed an overdose of antibiotics for a fever at Thinadhoo Regional Hospital in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll. Ahmed Ihsan is demanding law makers institute laws governing medical negligence, currently lacking in the Maldives, after remedial treatment for his daughter “cost me my business and life savings.” / Minivan News
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'GOD'S WORK' GETS DONE ON DISABLED MAN'S DECAYING HOME
Born blind and deaf, unable to easily express or care for himself, Calvin Stallings, 45, lived in a home that, over the last 13 years, had turned into a horror. Mold. Decrepit roof. Faulty wiring and plumbing, broken tiles, and windows that leaked air faster than punctured tires. But no more. On Saturday, some 30 volunteers -- friends along with workers from 18 area construction companies -- swarmed on top of and inside of Stallings’ ranch home in the 700 block of East 77th Street to re-create it. / The Kansas City Star
Los Angeles, CA
BORN DEAF, DIEGO RECEIVES THE MIRACLE OF SOUND
Twelve-year-old Diego Neumaier Ortiz knows angels and miracles exist, reports CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker. He's living proof. He was born poor in Puebla, Mexico, with Microtia, a rare birth defect that left both ears undeveloped, inside and out. Even with a hearing aid amplifying sound through his skull to the portion of inner ear that does exist, Diego's world is almost silent. "I have waited all these years," said Diego through a translator. "I never thought this would happen." / CBS News
DEAF PEOPLE REWIRE BRAINS FOR BETTER SIGHT
People who experience hearing loss from birth may be able to "rewire" their brains for improved sight. In fact, deaf individuals often compensate for their hearing loss with improved vision, sometimes exhibiting stronger peripheral vision than people with normal hearing, a new study suggests. This may come as no surprise to people who suffer from partial or complete hearing loss, many of whom report an especially acute sense of sight. / AOL Health
See Also DEAF CATS UNLOCK MYSTERY / London Free Press
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URBANA HIGH TEACHER NAMED MARYLAND'S BEST EDUCATOR
Michelle Shearer, Frederick County's Teacher of the Year, was named Maryland's Teacher of the Year in a surprise announcement Friday at a gala at Martin's West in Baltimore County. Shearer received her bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a master's degree in deaf education from McDaniel College. She teaches a full-time schedule of advanced placement chemistry at Urbana, but has also taught general education and special education students, and taught for four years at the Maryland School for the Deaf. / The Frederick News-Post
DEAF WOMAN FOLLOWS DREAM TO BECOME CERTIFIED PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT
Marissa Clopper has learned many lessons in her 27 years. Her advice to others is to follow your dreams, not letting anything hold you back and to be the best you can be. Clopper is deaf, but through determination and hard work, recently graduated from Philadelphia University’s Physician Assistant program. Even better, she learned in mid-September that she passed the board exam, which means she is a certified physician assistant. / The Herald-Mail
Salt Lake City, UT
SORENSON COMMUNICATIONS ANNOUNCES IEP AWARD OF EXCELLENCE WINNER
Sorenson Communications congratulates Douglas College, located in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, on becoming the 2010 recipient of the Sorenson VRS Interpreter Education Program (IEP) Award of Excellence. This annual award includes a financial contribution and is given to IEP programs that are making meaningful contributions by expanding curriculum and responding to the ever-increasing demand for interpreters. / Business Wire
HEARING SPEECH & DEAF CENTER RECEIVES GRANT FROM HUMANA
The Hearing Speech and Deaf Center of Greater Cincinnati is proud to be the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the Humana Communities Benefit Program. This grant will fund a computer library of health related American Sign Language videos, link the Center’s website to health videos in ASL, utilize an educator/advocate fluent in ASL and provide specialized training in medical interpreting. / Enquirer
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HIS YESTERDAYS IN A CHANGING WORLD OF THE DEAF
After his fifth birthday and a severe bout of spinal meningitis, author Mervin D. Garretson found himself completely and irrevocably deaf. Now, approaching his twilight years, he believes it’s time for more deaf people to share their perceptions and actual life experiences. In his engrossing memoir, My Yesterdays: In a Changing World of the Deaf, he tells his story. He is a totally deaf guy who grew up in wonderful silence, in a world within a world, surviving through periods of language oppression and waves of paternalism to a much brighter world of today. / PRWeb
TULSA BALLET PROGRAM HELPS DEAF FIFTH-GRADER
In the tall mirror of a Tulsa Ballet studio, Cortney McElroy's reflection found the Wright Elementary fifth-grader keeping one eye on her slender frame as she sought grace in motion. Yet, unlike the dozen other students in the class, 11-year-old Cortney could not hear the pianist's classical melody. Cortney has been profoundly deaf since she was a 6-week-old with the CMV virus. / Tulsa World
OUTDOORS PHOTOGRAPHER TO VISIT ROCHESTER SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
Florian Schulz would sit in a camouflage blind for hours on end, listening to a bird call and waiting to squeeze the shutter button. "You start to smell the landscape," he said. The internationally acclaimed outdoors photographer, who once thought about being a teacher, will talk about following dreams when he presents "Freedom to Roam: A Photographer's Quest to Protect America's Wildlife" at the 18th annual Adventures in Education program Thursday evening at Rochester School for the Deaf. / Democrat and Chronicle
WAMU-FM TRIES RADIO FOR THE DEAF
American University’s WAMU-FM Washington, DC announced that it is providing real-time captioning online for two broadcasts of “The Kojo Nnamdi Show.” Both shows will focus on technology for people with disabilities. The real-time captioning will be on kojoshow.org so that the deaf and hard of hearing will be able to follow and participate in the discussions. / RBR-TVBR
Halifax, NS, Canada
C: A NOVEL OF MANY LAYERS
Turn your radio on, then turn it to a position between stations. You will hear the hiss of static and perhaps a fragmentary word. Now, open the pages of the Booker-nominated novel C by Tom McCarthy. The static is the perfect soundscape to hear while you read this indescribable book. Serge Carrefax's father, Simeon, runs a school for the deaf. Simeon believes that if he shows "deaf children the correct adjustments of the organs they possess, they will speak." Serge’s French mother (who is deaf) runs their business that breeds silk moths on mulberry trees. / The Chronicle Herald
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DEAF FOOTBALL PLAYER RELIES ON TEAMMATES, INTERPRETER TO PLAY
Visit a Heartland high school this time of year and it's hard to miss the whistles and coach's calls at an afternoon football practice. But not every player hears those sounds. A Fredericktown, Missouri player who uses signs and numbers to make plays on the field. It's a typical Black Cat practice, coaches call plays, players runs drills, then a scrimmage in preparation for Friday night's game. But for senior Josh Lake, there is no sound to practice. / KLTV
PANTHER PLAYER, INTERPRETER CARRY LONG-TIME RELATIONSHIP TO FOOTBALL FIELD
He doesn’t hear the sounds of pads smacking in the middle of the line he’s attacking, or the grunts from an opposing player with whom he’s made contact. He’s not privy to the sounds that make high school football the sensory overload it always is: The band playing the Lufkin fight song, the cheerleaders chanting, “LP!” or the crowd roaring at its full-throated loudest. But Lufkin Panther sophomore defensive end Demontrai Lewis, deaf since birth, doesn’t need to hear any of it. He can feel it all. / The Lufkin Daily News
Glen Cove, NY
VOLLEYBALL STAR INSPIRES TEAMMATES
Growing up next to an airport in Frederick, Maryland, Glen Cove girls volleyball standout Heather Artinian couldn't hear the thunderous roar of airplanes passing overhead. Artinian was born completely deaf. The team captain had no sense of hearing for the first nine years of her life. It wasn't until 2002, when she underwent a cochlear implant and audiological training, that she was able comprehend sound. / Patch
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