November 9, 2011
Vol. 8, No. 4
Editor: Tom Willard
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SURPRISE POLICE IDENTIFY MAN WHO DIED IN MOBILE-HOME FIRE
Surprise police have identified the man who died after a fire broke out in his mobile home trailer in Surprise last month as 23-year-old William Brumley. The fire began just before 4 a.m. Oct. 20. Neighbor Linda Posey said she and her husband were awaken by a gun shot and cries for help. When her husband ran outside to help, Brumley was trapped inside the home and his father was desperately trying to save him. / The Arizona Republic
TITO GONZALEZ HONORED FOR SAVING PAUL WALLER'S LIFE WITH CPR
When Paul Waller told his friend Tito Gonzalez that he didn't feel too well and was going to skip a workout at the YMCA last spring, those could have been his last words. Not too long after the chat, he was stricken by a heart attack. Gonzalez, sensing something just wasn't right, decided he would stop by Waller's home to check on his friend. He found Waller in cardiac arrest and immediately administered CPR. Waller and Gonzalez, who are deaf, met about two years ago at a group gathering. / Democrat and Chronicle
DEAF STUDENT'S CASE WILL GO TO MEDIATION
The question of whether a South Charleston student who is hearing impaired should be required to attend Capital High School is headed to mediation. Ariel Depp, a 16-year-old who has been home schooled this year, has been the center of a battle with the Kanawha County Board of Education. Depp's mother, Regina Pine, was in Kanawha County Circuit Court Tuesday morning for a hearing. Pine was recently charged with truancy, but Pine said she believes the charges will be dismissed because she presented the proper paperwork to demonstrate that Depp has been home schooled this year. / WOWK
MERCEDES-BENZ DEALERS SHINE THE LIGHT ON 'COMMUNITY STARS' CHALLENGE WINNERS
Mercedes-Benz USA has announced the five grand-prize winners of the first ever "Community Stars" social media challenge. To help mark the 125th anniversary of Mercedes-Benz and its invention of the automobile, Mercedes-Benz dealers launched the contest to identify local, grass-roots community service groups doing great work. One of the five winners, each receiving $25,000, is the Alabama Institute for the Deaf & Blind. / PRNewswire
SCHOOLS FOR DEAF AND BLIND TO DEVELOP PROPOSAL
The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and for the Blind has received the go-ahead to develop a 10-year comprehensive plan for their aging facilities and instructional methods. After an audit in 2010, multiple problems were identified with the school's administration, facilities and instructional practices. At one point, 26 students staged a sit-in to protest conditions. Superintendent Patsy Shank stepped down in March and was replaced by Lynn Boyer. On Tuesday, Boyer told state school board members of plans to hire an architectural firm to begin developing the school's Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan. / Charleston Daily Mail
Des Moines, IA
LETTER: INTERPRETERS HAVE KNOWN SINCE '05 THAT CERTIFICATION WAS COMING
In response to the article, “New Rules Leave Deaf Students Without Help” (Oct. 11): The Iowa State Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (ISRID) is in support of our state licensure. Interpreters in Iowa have known since 2005 that passing a certification or assessment test was required to continue working in the state. ISRID has offered many workshops and trainings to help prepare temporarily licensed interpreters for these tests. / The Des Moines Register
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SIGN LANGUAGE CLIPS TO HELP FIGHT SERIOUS HEALTH CONDITIONS
Deaf people from this month (November, 2011) onwards are being given access to important health information in British Sign Language (BSL) thanks to a partnership between SignHealth and NHS Choices. Supported by Tesco Charity Trust, the healthcare charity for Deaf people has created the clips to give Deaf men and women access to information about cancers, diabetes and heart disease. / Healthcare Today
FALLING ON DEAF EARS!
A judge's hearing let him down when he asked a defendant what he did for a living. In a thick Mancunian accent Martin Morgan, 26, replied that he was a 'ground worker.' But Judge Jamie Tabor QC misheard and thought that Morgan was admitting to be 'a burglar.' Morgan, from Manchester, quickly corrected the judge before he was given a one-year community order. / Daily Mail
DEAF MAN IS ACCUSED OF CHOKE ATTACK
A man accused of trying to choke a walker in a park and repeatedly punching her with his fists has been sent forward for trial. Adiz Bekric (25) is alleged to have attacked the woman from behind and tried to choke her with electrical cable. Bekric is alleged to have left the young woman, who is in her late 20s, with a broken nose and facial bruises following the assault. / Herald
Edmonton, AB, Canada
EDMONTON TEEN LEFT BLIND, DEAF, PARALYZED BY MYSTERY ILLNESS
Seven months ago, 16-year-old Ryan King was an aspiring football player at Archbishop O'Leary High School. Athletic, outgoing and strong-willed, King seemed to have everything going for him. Weeks later, he was blind, deaf, and struggling to survive. "I woke up and he was having some kind of seizure," says King's mother Bobbie Nelson, tearfully recalling the day her family changed forever. / Global Edmonton
Auckland, New Zealand
FACEBOOK POST LEAVES AUCKLANDER OUT OF POCKET
Roi Stephens usually ignores messages telling her she's won an international lottery draw. But she thought information about a sweepstake from someone who appeared to be her aunt must be genuine. Now the hearing-impaired Henderson resident is almost $1300 out of pocket after being told she'd ''won'' $20,000. She received a message through Facebook last month from a fraudster who had hacked into an aunt's account and sent messages to her contacts suggesting they enter the lottery draw. / Stuff.co.nz
THE FASCINATING STORY OF A COURIER COMPANY RUN BY DEAF PEOPLE!
A few days before the country celebrated Eid, Mumbai-based entrepreneur Dhruv Lakra found himself with a rather unique problem on his hands. A Muslim gentleman who'd heard of his courier service wanted them to deliver over 3,000 Eid cards across the city. It was a challenge that few courier companies of that size could've been able to meet. With Mirakle the challenge gets more complex -- all its delivery boys and each of its back office staff is deaf. / Rediff Getahead
SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF SET TO WIND DOWN AS ENROLLMENT FALLS
After almost half a century, the writing is on the wall for the Singapore School for the Deaf (SSD). Started in 1963, it has seen enrolment fall in the past decade as fewer children are suffering serious hearing loss thanks to early screening and medical advances. The school is likely to close around 2016 when its last 16 students graduate. / Straits Times
CALL CENTER FOR THE DEAF IN THE WORKS
Call centers catering to the needs of an estimated three to four million deaf Filipinos would soon be available in the country. This was disclosed by Bagong Henerasyon party-list Representative Bernadette Herrera-Dy, who is filing a bill that would make it mandatory for business establishments, particularly fast food chains, and government agencies to put up their own “call centers” for hearing- and speech-impaired persons or hire sign language interpreters to attend to them. / Philippine Daily Inquirer
Davao City Philippines
EVEN DEAF-MUTES' KIN DON'T KNOW SIGN LANGUAGE
Most families of deaf and mute do not know the basic sign language, making it difficult for them to communicate, a volunteer for a service program for the deaf said. Judith Virata, a volunteer of the Gualandi Volunteer Service Program, Inc. (GVSP), said Monday that basic sign language is very easy to learn, but many don’t take the effort. / Sun.Star
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BOARDMAN GRADUATE SPEAKS TO STUDENTS ON BULLYING
A Valley high school learned the effects of bullying from one of its own on Tuesday. Boardman alumnus Sue Thomas spoke to faculty and students on how she dealt with bullying while in school and then in her professional life. During her time at Boardman, Thomas was the only deaf student. She has since gone on to a successful career with the FBI. / WYTV
San Antonio, TX
DEAF AWARENESS PANELISTS DESCRIBE DISCRIMINATION, QUEST FOR ACCEPTANCE
The first observation of Deaf Awareness Week on this campus began with a panel discussion exploring the obstacles faced by people who are deaf and hard of hearing. Hosted by the American Sign Language department, "Deaf People in a Hearing World," featured current and former Alamo College students Oct. 19. Instructor Brain Barwise led the discussion with questions focused on family background, experiences and education background. / The Ranger
New York, NY
A HEARING AID THAT CUTS OUT ALL THE CLATTER
After he lost much of his hearing last year at age 57, the composer Richard Einhorn despaired of ever really enjoying a concert or musical again. Then, in June, he went to the Kennedy Center in Washington, where his “Voices of Light” oratorio had once been performed. This time, the words and music were transmitted to a wireless receiver in Mr. Einhorn’s hearing aid using a technology that is just starting to make its way into public places in America: a hearing loop. / The New York Times
A LABOR OF LOVE FOR LOCAL STUDENTS
With the frosty chill still lingering in the morning air, parents, volunteers and school district employees gathered Saturday to help build a playground for deaf and hard of hearing students at Toro Elementary School. The playground will serve three MCOE Deaf and Hard of Hearing classes at Toro Park Elementary School who need a safe place to play. / KIONrightnow.com
LETTER TO DEAR ABBY
Dear Abby: My 16-year-old son, “Victor,” is hearing-impaired. He wears hearing aids in both ears. The aids are small and not easily seen. My son has informed people he wears hearing aids because he can’t hear well, and he still gets the same smart-alecky retorts. Have you any suggestions? / Chicago Sun-Times
CAN DEAF PEOPLE HEAR THE SOUND OF CRUNCHY FOOD THROUGH THEIR HEAD WHILE THEY EAT?
Can deaf people hear the sound of crunching food inside their head like we do? Or is it mostly the feel of the concussion inside the skull? This came from my buddy posting something on facebook. /AskScience
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FSDB NAMES NEW PRESIDENT
The superintendent of the Iowa School for the Deaf will become the 17th president and first female president in the 126-year history of Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind here. The FSDB Board of Trustees announced the selection of Jeanne Glidden Prickett in a press release. / St. Augustine Record
INTERIM LEADER NAMED AT OHIO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
A former principal and school administrator will serve as interim superintendent at the Ohio School for the Deaf. Janet Gordon has been with the statewide residential school since 1975 and was principal from 1985 to 2000, the Ohio Department of Education says. Gordon is taking over interim duties from Scott Schaller, who is returning to his job as chief operations officer for the Ohio School for the Deaf and the Ohio State School for the Blind.
/ The Columbus Dispatch
Los Angeles, CA
UCLA'S DEBATE TEAM CAPTAIN DOESN'T LET HEARING IMPAIRMENT HOLD HIM BACK
Students sitting near UCLA undergraduate Nick Matthews in a political science or history class this quarter might notice that he listens with almost surreal intensity or that he is wearing a hearing aid in each ear. Or classmates might see that there's a stenographer in the room who is transcribing the text of the lecture so that Matthews can view it on his computer along with them. If they guessed that Matthews has a severe hearing impairment, they'd be right. / UCLA Newsroom
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Silver Spring, MD
TDI APPLAUDS FCC ACTION OVERTURNING THE ANGLERS ORDER
Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing applauds the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for its historic October 20, 2011 order overturning the 2006 “Anglers Order,” which gave blanket waivers to approximately 300 television programmers, releasing them from captioning obligations. / TDI
MUSIC VIDEO FEATURING DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING CHILDREN GO VIRAL
They don’t hear music the way many of us do, but perhaps they hear it the way it’s supposed to be heard: through the whole body. Ten-year-old Noah Rangel of Lake Orion is deaf, but that didn’t stop him from feeling the pulse of the White Stripes’ song “We’re Going to be Friends” when he signed the lyrics in a new music video. / WXYZ
CRIES FOR JUSTICE FALL ON DEAF EARS
Northwest Indiana's deaf community has been expressing their frustrations towards AMC Theaters in Schererville for not being deaf-friendly. Since AMC brought out Kerasotes theaters, the open captioned movies have since been cut off. / PUC Chronicle
DEAF ILLUSIONIST PERFORMS MAGIC SHOW AT PSD
Sam Sandler isn't your ordinary illusionist. Then again, the students he performed for last Friday night aren't your ordinary students. The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf hosted The Hilarious Magic of Sam Sandler show as it did last year. Sandler, a world-renowned illusionist who has performed more than 6,000 live shows, lost his hearing to a genetic disease called Progressive Hearing Loss in 2009. / NewsWorks
HEARING-IMPAIRED STUDENT MAKES ALL-STATE BAND
Until earlier this year, Alanna Benoit's hearing was limited to muffled sounds akin to what you might hear while under water. The 15-year-old Thibodaux High sophomore said she decided four years ago that the hearing impairment would not keep her from her passion of playing the clarinet. “I wound up improvising every time I played music,” she said. “But the sound of it wasn't good.” / Daily Comet
DEAF ACTORS SOUGHT
Davidson Community Players is organizing a production of the Tony Award-winning “Children of a Lesser God” and they’re looking for deaf or hearing impaired actors and production help. / The Guide
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CHEERING ON SOUTH KNOXVILLE'S TENNESSEE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF'S VIKINGS
The stands are full for the Tennessee School for the Deaf Vikings’ last football game of the season, but you’d never know it by listening. In fact, you’ve probably never heard as quiet a crowd as this one at any football game -- and it’s not because the Vikings are losing. They’re already up 52 to 6 in the second quarter. No, the majority of people in the stands for the Vikings’ game are like the kids on the football team: They’re deaf. And because they’re deaf, they’re cheering on their team -- or cheerfully ignoring the game -- with their hands, using sign language. / Knoxville Metro Pulse
MARYLAND SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF WINS TOURNEY
Maryland School for the Deaf won the five-team Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association volleyball tournament Saturday. / Gazette
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Due to an expanding program we are looking for dedicated professionals to provide support and services to Deaf & Hard of Hearing students. We are now interviewing all qualified applicants for the following positions.
Time Base: Full Time
Location: Brattleboro, VT
Qualifications: Qualified for state and /or national licensure as a School Counselor or Mental Health Counselor.
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Fluency in ASL or willingness to achieve this level.
Knowledge of testing tools/materials.
Collaborative skills to work with students, clients and staff.
Knowledge of current educational law and special education procedures.
Responsibilities: Provides individual and group counseling to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students. Provides consultation to consultants and staff regarding the client’s needs.
Work as a member of School Mental Health Team.
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Location: Brattleboro, VT
Time Base: full time, part-time and per-diem
Location: Brattleboro, VT
Time base: All shifts; including Overnight shifts & weekends
Qualifications: Bachelors Degree or High School Graduate & 21 years of age
Effective communication skills to include ASL.
Willingness to receive CPR, First Aid and Restraint Training.
Willingness to learn behavior management techniques
Understands the uniqueness and development of Deaf & Hard of Hearing students.
Responsibilities: Enhance social and interpersonal relationships among the student
Assist in the development and implementation of proactive, preventative residential programs which help students develop into healthy well- rounded individuals.
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Location: Brattleboro, VT, part -time
Location: Brattleboro, VT
Time Base: Full-time & part-time.
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