November 11, 2009
Vol. 6, No. 4
Editor: Tom Willard
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Las Vegas, NV
MAN SUSPECTED IN STABBING DEATH OF WIFE IDENTIFIED
Authorities on Monday identified a 49-year-old man suspected of stabbing his wife to death this past weekend. Officers arrived about 9 a.m. Saturday to the 4100 block of Otis Court Avenue on a domestic disturbance call, police said. Officers found Farid Ashraf in front of the residence holding an infant, according to an arrest report. A neighbor called police after two other children had run out of the Ashraf home and found the neighbors, police said. Officers and Ashraf entered the house after officers took the infant from him, the arrest report said. Ashraf picked up a knife from the kitchen counter and made stabbing motions, then pointed to himself, the arrest report said. Police learned that Ashraf is deaf. / Las Vegas Sun
REPORT DETAILS ALLEGED ASSAULT AT MSD
Wrestling and playing around turned criminal last week when a Maryland School for the Deaf student was sexually assaulted with a Mountain Dew bottle and a hand sanitizer bottle, according to charging documents. Tyler Daniel Dilks, 20, of Whiteford, is one of four male students charged in the Oct. 27 alleged assault. The other three are 17-year-old juveniles whose names have not been released because of their ages. Two are from Baltimore, and one is from Frederick. / Frederick News-Post
Fort Worth, TX
DEAF ELDERLY MAN IN ICU AFTER HOME INVASION
An elderly North Texas man is fighting for his life after one of two home invasions that happened Tuesday morning. Police believe the same three people are responsible for a Fort Worth crime spree. The home invasions happened blocks from each other, on south Hampshire Boulevard, in Fort Worth. An elderly woman, who didn't want her face shown on television, says she's is still shaken up after three masked men kicked in her door just after midnight. "I thought they were gonna kill me when I saw the pistol," said victim Diane Thomas. / CBS11-TV
Big Spring, TX
FOUNDERS, STUDENTS, DIGNITARIES TO TURN OUT FOR SWCID ANNIVERSARY
The dedication of a $1.15 million technical training center at Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf kicked off the campus' 30th anniversary celebration last Friday. A campus of Howard College located at the former Webb Air Force Base, SWCID has 120-130 deaf and hard of hearing students, Howard College President Cheryl Sparks said. T. Alan Hurwitz, current president of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, connected with Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology, was the main speaker. The celebration was being held on the exact day the school was formed. / Midland Reporter-Telegram
FAMILIES RALLY FOR HEARING AID COVERAGE FOR KIDS
Imagine having your child diagnosed with hearing loss only to find out insurance companies won't pay for hearing aids. That's exactly what is happening here in Massachusetts. But as NewsCenter 5's Heather Unruh reported last Wednesday, a group of local parents are trying to change that. They need hearing aids so their little voices can be heard. But parents across Massachusetts are scrambling to find a way to pay for them. / WCVB TV5
SERVICES FOR DEAF COMMUNITY NOT SO AVAILABLE
As the ripple effects of the budget crisis continue to touch the education of thousands, a communication studies class at California State University Northridge (CSUN) decided to take a stand to ensure that at least two students in their class were receiving the education they paid for. Intercultural Communication Studies Class (COMS) 356 has two deaf students that since the semester began had not received interpreting services for five of their classes. On the interpreter’s third absence, the deaf students left class in tears due to the frustration they were feeling about not understanding what was going on. / CSUN Daily Sundial
Los Angeles, CA
VOLUNTEERS HEAR A SILENT CALL FOR HELP
The Center for Communicative Development was created nearly 45 years ago by Virginia McKinney, whose life was turned upside down when she suddenly lost her hearing from an allergic reaction to a flu vaccine. A "case service" contract with the state's Department of Rehabilitation normally provides about half of the center's approximately $550,000 yearly budget. Grants and donations have made up the rest. Donations have dried up in the recession, however. And the state's financial crisis has hammered the Wilshire Boulevard school as Sacramento officials delayed payments to vendors, including McKinney. / Los Angeles Times
ILLINOIS SCHOOL FOR DEAF DEALS WITH BUDGET THREATS
Illinois School for the Deaf students come from many places, but more than half are from the Chicago area. The school has 236 state employees and, like other state facilities in Illinois, faces threats to its budget. The school was on the chopping block last summer, so some families removed their children and some prospective students did not show up because of the uncertainty. "Families just did not want to deal with that," says Carolyn Eilering, the school's director of admissions and records. / Quad-City Times
RULING AGAINST GRAPHIC PACKAGING HEARING LOSS CASES
Louisiana Judge James H. Boddie, Jr. has ruled that claims by a group of workers suffering from noise-induced hearing loss were filed on time, announced Baron & Budd, P.C. These workers suffered gradual hearing loss because of their work. Because the hearing loss occurred slowly and insidiously, it was hard for workers to recognize the symptoms until they were very advanced. Baron & Budd attorneys convinced the court that the time period for filing claims was delayed-or tolled-until the workers knew about their hearing loss and its cause. / Graphic Arts Online
Salt Lake City, UT
ROLLY: SIGN LANGUAGE SCHOLARS NEED NOT APPLY
American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most used language in the United States, behind English and Spanish. It is growing rapidly in its popularity as a foreign language course in public schools and is accepted as foreign language credits in colleges and universities across the country. The LDS Church has ASL-speaking missions and the Book of Mormon has been translated in ASL via DVDs. But when top ASL students applied to compete in the foreign language category of the annual Sterling Scholarship program sponsored by the Deseret News and KSL-TV, they were turned away. / The Salt Lake Tribune
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DEAF GIRL KILLED IN HORRIFIC ACCIDENT
A 15-year-old deaf girl was thrown from a bus and died instantly yesterday afternoon during a traffic accident in the Nassau Village area, police reported. According to Superintendent Stephen Dean, the accident happened when a white 1995 Dodge Ram slammed into a Centre for the Deaf mini van, which was transporting eight deaf children to their homes. Upon impact, the Centre for the Deaf mini van flipped over several times before eventually coming to rest on its side, Supt. Dean said. / The Nassau Guardian
TRIAL OF SUSPECTED NAZI KILLER POSTPONED OVER HEARING AID
The murder trial of a former Nazi SS trooper was postponed yesterday because the hard-of-hearing defendant was struggling to follow proceedings. Heinrich Boere, 88, is on trial in the town of Aachen, accused of killing three civilians in German-occupied Netherlands during World War II. Presiding judge Gerd Nohl said the case would only continue once Boere was equipped with a hearing aid, in response to a request by his lawyers. The defense was criticized for trying to delay the trial, after Boere's hearing problems cropped up unexpectedly. Asked the previous day whether he had been able to hear the charges read against him, Boere had answered, "No." / Earth Times
Vancouver, B.C., Canada
CHEMOTHERAPY'S LINK TO HEARING LOSS FOUND
Canadian researchers have discovered why a common chemotherapy drug causes hearing loss in some childhood cancer patients, paving the way for a simple saliva or blood test that can predict who is most likely to develop the problem. After analyzing more than 1,800 genetic variations in 220 key genes, British Columbia scientists have found two genetic variations that for children who have them, means they will suffer serious hearing loss after taking cisplatin. The study, published in the journal Nature Genetics, also has implications for adults. / The Globe and Mail
Ottawa, Ont., Canada
TEEN WINS CHANCE TO JOB-SHADOW HARPER
Chandler Blott was granted what many covet but few are awarded -- one-on-one time with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Blott, who is deaf, won a photo contest on the Internet. The 14-year-old from Claresholm, Alta.’s prize was a trip to Ottawa and a chance to job-shadow Harper. Early last Wednesday, Blott met the Harpers at 24 Sussex Dr. where she played with their cat Gypsy and presented them with pictures she drew of Parliament’s Peace Tower. / Edmonton Sun
STADIUM STAGES EXHIBITION FOR HEARING AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED
A sensory exhibition for people with visual or hearing impairment takes place later this week. ‘We’ar Vision - We’ar Hear’ is one of the first events of its kind organised by the Sunderland and North Durham Royal Society for the Blind. Backed by Sunderland City Council’s sensory support team, it aims to offer help, advice, information and support to visually and hearing impaired people. / The Northern Echo
HUNGARY PARLIAMENT RECOGNIZES SIGN LANGUAGE AS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
Hungary's Parliament on Monday unanimously adopted a bill seeking to recognise sign language as an "independent and natural" language. The bill was drafted to offer the hearing-impared the opportunity to use sign language in official communication, the state secretary at the Social and Labour Ministry said earlier. The new law grants deaf people the right to use an interpreter in public administration or in legal situations. / MTI
New Delhi, India
INDIA'S DEAF MAY GET LICENSE TO DRIVE
India is one of the few countries in the world where the hearing impaired are not allowed to drive. But this may change soon, with the government informing the Delhi High Court it is considering changing its rules. 'We are considering issuing driving licences to hearing impaired people and thinking of amending our rules and regulations,' Additional Solicitor General A.S. Chandiok informed a division bench of the high court. The court has granted the government three months' time to take a decision and posted the matter for Dec 16. / IANS
ON TOP OF THE HEAP
Many people had been awed upon hearing that a deaf girl graduated magna cum laude. But that sense of awe quickly turned to inspiration when that same girl delivered a memorable commencement speech in behalf of her class using merely her hands – and her heart. Last week, 23-year-old Ana Kristina Arce was all over the news for being the first deaf student to graduate magna cum laude from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School. / Manila Bulletin
FORGING A NEW PATH
One could be forgiven for not noticing Mariyam Rizwana, 23, when she is walking on the road. Of average height for a Maldivian, pretty with a charming smile, she can blend in with any crowd. But what she has achieved is extraordinary. In a country of 328,000, where special classes for secondary level education for hearing impaired does not exist, Rizwana has sat for and passed her “O” levels exam. She is also the first deaf Maldivian teacher. / Minivan News
STATE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF UNDER FIRE
Aside the challenge of poor collaboration from parents in the education of their wards with special needs, the State School for the Deaf in Accra, situated at Adjei Kojo, a suburb of Ashaiman, is having a hellish moment in feeding the 286 deaf and dump student under its care. This is because the 37 percent meagre-grant allocated to the school for feeding is unduly delayed, thereby creating a situation where debtors swoop to the school to request for their arrears for food supplies day in and day out. / Ghana Live News
INTERPRETERS ABUSING SIGN LANGUAGE -- ZAPD
The Zambia Agency for Persons with Disability (ZAPD) has expressed worry at the increased number of sign language interpreters who have commercialized the language. ZAPD Director General, Charles Mwape says interpreters have abused the language and are making profit out of it at the expense of the deaf. He says government, in conjunction with the agency, is working towards developing a policy that will regulate the conduct of interpreters so that sign language is not abused. / Lusaka Times
'EGGED' STUDENT MAY BE DEAF
The headmaster of Melbourne Grammar School has publicly apologized to a Melbourne High School student who may lose hearing in one ear after a student from the former educational facility threw an egg at him during end of year celebrations. Roy Kelly, headmaster of Melbourne Grammar School, told Neil Mitchell the school had taken strict action following the incident. "The school took immediate action by suspending the boy," Mr Kelly said. / 3AW
DEAF GROUP DANCES AT CONGRESS
Seven indigenous dancers have travelled from Cairns to Brisbane at the end of October to perform at the closing ceremony of 4th World Congress on Mental Health and Deafness. Sue Franks, whose family is from Badu and Mabuiag, said the Deafness Indigenous Dance Group has been together for the past 11 years, with the members living in, and around, Cairns. Fellow dancer Patty Morris said: "We feel like a family because we are deaf and that brings us together, but dance brings us together to share our different cultures and dances." / Torres News
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LIFE & LEISURE
NEW BREED OF MICE RETAINS GREAT HEARING (AND SEX LIVES) IN OLD AGE
A group of leading researchers working on hearing loss have created mice whose hearing worsens as they age, as mirror counterparts to humans. But these mice fail to breed well, which led the University of Rochester group to crossbreed them with mice that had great sex drives but even worse hearing loss in their old age. The result was a new super breed that is prolific and has superb hearing. / Popular Science
NEW RESEARCH MAY HELP AGE-RELATED HEARING LOSS
Listen up. If you are among some 18 million Americans with age-related hearing loss, there's news out of the University of Florida that is worth hearing. A team of UF researchers, along with others from the universities of Wisconsin, Washington and Tokyo, have identified a protein that is central to processes that cause oxidative damage to cells, including the sensory hair, nerve and membrane cells in the inner ear. / The Gainesville Sun
DEAF CHILDREN CELEBRATE SUCCESS AT SPECIAL DEER CAMP
Moments after Travis Waddell, 11, shot his first deer, he hugged his father and burst into an excited account of the hunt. But it wasn’t the type of exchange you see every day in the deer woods. Both father and son were using sign language, conversing in the language of the deaf. “I have been hunting deer for a long time,” Tracy Waddell, Travis’ father, wrote in a notepad in answer to a reporter’s question. “When I was 8 years old, I got my first deer, and I remember how excited I was. But I don’t think anything can beat this." / The Kansas City Star
PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM VOLUNTEERS RETIRE, HONORED FOR YEARS OF SERVICE
To see Nan Brown, Betty Landes and Lucille Salatin throw their arms around one other and jokingly do the can-can in Rockette fashion while posing for photos, you wouldn't guess that between the three of them they had 60 years of service volunteering at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. Brown's eyes glittered every time she had a quick-witted response to something said at the tea, which was at the library last Wednesday afternoon to honor the retiring volunteers. Brown, 79, of Swoope was a teacher at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in the deaf department for 23 years. / The News Leader
NATIVE AMERICANS LECTURE ON SIGN LANGUAGE
William Woods University hosted an educational event at the Burton Business buidling Wednesday evening. The university invited two Native Americans to speak on campus about sign language and how it relates to Native American culture. Steven Burnelle and James WoodenLegs shared their personal stories and history about sign language with the audience. / KOMU
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DEAF VETERINARIANS PAVE THEIR OWN WAY
The rigors of veterinary education and practice can be difficult enough, but an additional set of challenges arise for people with profound hearing loss. They face issues such as how they will communicate with their peers and clients in various settings and whether they can properly appreciate animal heart, lung, and bowel sounds. A number of deaf veterinarians have met those challenges in their own way. / JAVMA News
JOB SUCCESS EARNS DEAF WORKER STATE AWARD
John Gurga was in the same position many Americans find themselves in these days: laid off and looking for work. The fact that he's deaf wasn't helping him in the least. Spinal miningitis caused him to lose his hearing when he was 18 months old. Thus, it was all the more sweet for Gurga to be one of 26 recipients of an Illinois Workforce Development Award Oct. 22 in Springfield. / Pioneer Press
DEMAND HIGH FOR SKILLED AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS
Thirty years ago, it was futuristic to think a deaf or hearing impaired person could communicate by standard telephone. With Video Relay Service, or VRS, that space-age fantasy is reality. "It's changed our lives," said MJ Bienvenu, an expert on American Sign Language (ASL) and a professor at Gallaudet University. With the video technology firmly in place around the country, now it's time to "improve the quality of sign language interpreters," Bienvenu said last Saturday while in Utah. / The Salt Lake Tribune
Great Falls, MT
SMALLER CLASSES DON'T DETER MONTANA SCHOOL FOR DEAF & BLIND
The Montana School for the Deaf and Blind has been serving students almost since Montana became a state --but fewer students are attending the school than before. The decrease in the number of students attending school here has been a gradual one. At its height in the 1970s there were about 100 students; five years ago, the number stood at 70, and now, there are just 50 students. / Montana's News Station
SONOVA TO BUY ADVANCED BIONICS FOR $489M
Swiss hearing aid firm Sonova Holding AG said Monday it is buying cochlear implant maker Advanced Bionics Corp., based in California, for $489 million in cash. Sonova expects the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, to be completed within three months. Privately-held Advanced Bionics was founded in 1993 and is based in Valencia, Los Angeles County. / Associated Press
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
MATLIN DEMANDS CLOSED CAPTIONING FOR 'TV EVERYWHERE'
Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin has accused broadcasters, online DVD renters, and other video-content providers of dragging their feet in developing technology that would enable programs broadcast online to be closed captioned. Matlin, who has been deaf since childhood, told an FCC hearing in Washington last Friday that she was originally told, presumably by Netflix, that the "technology was coming" to enable online closed captioning. However, she said in her prepared remarks, "Eventually I found out that there was actually no problem in the technology." / Live Journal
Los Angeles, CA
'GLEE' WHEELCHAIR EPISODE HITS BUMP WITH DISABLED
The glee club members twirl their wheelchairs to the tune of "Proud Mary" and in joyful solidarity with Artie, the fellow performer who must use his chair even when the music stops. The scene in Wednesday's episode of the hit Fox series "Glee," which regularly celebrates diversity and the underdog, is yet another uplifting moment -- except to those in the entertainment industry with disabilities and their advocates. For them, the casting of a non-disabled actor to play the paraplegic high school student is another blown chance to hire a performer who truly fits the role. / Associated Press
MARLEE MATLIN ON 'FAMILY GUY' GAG: 'LIGHTEN UP, PEOPLE'
Last night [Sunday], Marlee Matlin appeared in a Family Guy Presents Seth & Alex’s Almost Live Comedy Show sketch (see video after jump) that played her speaking voice for laughs. In an interview conducted via email with EW, the hearing-impaired actress explained why she participated in the skit -- and how it ties in to a new cable series she’s developing. / Entertainment Weekly
Keith Wann's ASL Comedy Tour
Keith Wann, renowned for his hilarious, sidesplitting comedy performances, is now producing and hosting the ASL Comedy Tour 2009, which will travel the U.S. this year. With American Sign Language (ASL) artists presenting solo performances incorporating comedy, skits, songs, improvisation, and stories, each show lasts two hours. Sponsored by www.CallVRS.org, the multi-city tour is designed to be affordable for each location – making it ideal as a fundraiser for participating organizations.
“We really want to reach out to all communities, so we are sharing in the costs and profits at each location. We will work closely with booking parties to maximize profits for their organization and to bring in as many people as possible for a night of laughter, socialization and fun,” Wann said. “We also offer workshops by some of our performers, which can be held the day of the performance. People can come to our workshops, and then unwind by attending the comedy show that evening.”
DEAF COACH BONHEYO'S EPIC CAREER SPEAKS FOR ITSELF
Andy Bonheyo has spent half his life as a high school football coach. Like many of his peers, he loves the game, takes pride in teaching the importance of teamwork and insists his players display good sportsmanship. What distinguishes Bonheyo from almost everyone else is his dazzling 178-49-1 career record -- and that he and his players are deaf. Last July, Bonheyo became the first deaf coach to attend the annual NFL-USA Football Youth Football Summit in Canton, Ohio. Usually, only one coach from each state receives a coveted invitation, although this year there were two attendees from Maryland. / Standard-Examiner
REPORT FROM ICSD VICE PRESIDENT -- WORLD SPORTS
The 21st Summer Deaflympics in Taipei, Chinese Taipei was terrific. We can proudly say, that we were all involved at the Summer Deaflympics 2009 in Taipei. The events starting from the Opening Ceremony, to the competitions until the Closing Ceremony were exceedingly beautiful and simply phenomenal. I believe that this was an event of this century! / ICSD
IN MEMORY OF KUO-TUNG CHOU (1939-2009)
I am deeply honored to be asked to write a eulogy of my dear friend, Mr. Kuo-tung Chou, who has unexpectedly departed us a few weeks ago. It was not long after the conclusion of the 21st Summer Deaflympics in his homeland, where at the opening ceremonies he had the honor of lighting the flame! I know he was very pleased to have witnessed the "Best Deaflympics Ever". He was very content! / ICSD-Donalda Ammons
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