November 16, 2011
Vol. 8, No. 5
Editor: Tom Willard
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PROSECUTORS: MAN KILLED GIRLFRIEND IN 1981, WAS UPSET SHE WAS PREGNANT
In 1981, Dawn Niles was 15 and pregnant and fighting with her boyfriend, Gary Albert. On March 17, friends from the special program for deaf students they all were a part of at Hinsdale South High School listened to her cry about the baby she was expecting and about the boy who didn’t want anything to do with it. Then they watched her get into his car. In 1981, Gary Albert was 18, behind the wheel of a beat-up 1971 brown Chevy, and unhappy about becoming a father. Albert, now 49 and living in Sugar Grove, faces two counts of murder, accused of stabbing Niles 34 times in her chest and back. / Chicago Sun-Times
See Also TRIAL STARTS FOR 30-YEAR-OLD MURDER / Chicago Tribune
POLICE RAID AT OCCUPY PORTLAND LEADS TO DOZENS OF ARRESTS
A showdown between Occupy Portland protesters and local authorities led to at least 50 arrests and multiple injuries, including one sign language interpreter reportedly left in critical condition. “What the police didn’t publicize is that they trashed Occupy Portland’s American Sign Language interpreter, Justin, into critical condition,” the movement’s website said. “After his beating, he was hauled off by the clothing around his neck, where he gasped and plead [sic] for air until he passed out.” / CBS Seattle
See Also ENTERTAINER SERIOUSLY INJURED AT OCCUPY PORTLAND BLAMES RIOT POLICE / Salem News
LAWSUIT SEEKS TO STOP TRANSFER FROM FUND FOR DEAF
Montgomery County Circuit Judge Tracy McCooey says she expects to rule Monday on a request that she temporarily stop a new law that allows money for telephone services for the deaf collected from landline telephone customers to instead be used for education spending. McCooey said at a hearing Tuesday she also expects to also rule Monday on a request from attorneys for the state that she dismiss the lawsuit by The Alabama Dual Party Relay, which oversees money collected for the program. / Associated Press
SOUTHERN COUNTY SCHOOLS HAVE SEVERE SHORTAGE OF SIGN-LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS
Hearing impaired children in West Virginia are at a distinct educational disadvantage because of a dearth of sign language interpreters in public schools, a legislative panel was told Tuesday. There are 400 deaf children in classes across the state, but only between 70 and 75 interpreters, said Marissa Sanders, executive director of the West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. / The Register-Herald
HOLIDAY DECORATIONS SPARK BLAZE AT HOME
A family putting up Christmas decorations outside their Northeastside home sparked a fire when light cords got too close to a pile of trash. The fire caused $5,000 in damage to the home of Mark and Karen Alberti, according to the Indianapolis Fire Department. No one was injured. The Albertis are deaf, and Hamilton Southeastern junior Sarah Blackwell helped firefighters communicate with the two through sign language. / The Indianapolis Star
GEORGIA RANKS LOW AMONG STATE REIMBURSEMENT FOR HEARING IMPLANTS
Carrie Welter spent life overcompensating for her hearing loss by reading lips, paying attention to body language and wearing hearing aides. But the hearing loss continued to worsen to the point where she became reclusive. “I was withdrawing more and more, becoming more and more frustrated from social events,” she said. “I didn’t want to go anywhere anymore because I couldn’t hear anything." Three years ago, Welter got a cochlear implant and started living again. / The Augusta Chronicle
Little Rock, AR
JUANITA'S REQUEST TO SERVE ALCOHOL UNTIL 5 A.M. DENIED
Tuesday, the Alcohol Beverage Control Board unanimously voted to deny a request by Juanita's Mexican Café and Bar to stay open until 5 a.m. There are only 23 private club licenses in Pulaski County and more can not be granted. That's why Juanita's partnered with the Arkansas Association of the Deaf to transfer their private club license to the restaurant. The Arkansas Association of the Deaf doesn't use their license and would have received some profits from the partnership. / KATV
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SICKENING ATTACK LEAVES DISABLED AHMADI SEVERELY INJURED
A disabled member of the Indonesian’s minority Ahmadiyah religious sect survived a brutal attack by an unknown assailant but had both his ears partially severed with a machete, it was reported on Thursday.The victim was identified as Sadarudin, a resident of the run-down Transito shelter in Mataram, Lombok, that has been home to almost 150 persecuted Ahmadi for the last six years. Metro TV reported that the victim, who is deaf and mute, was collecting wood near the shelter on Wednesday when he was attacked. / The Jakarta Globe
MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING DEAF AND DUMB TEENAGER
One Mr Peter Uchetu has been arrested for assaulting a deaf and dumb teenager, who he matcheted in the early hours of November 8, at his residence in Ojo Barracks, Lagos State. The 50-year-old Idoma, Benue State born, allegedly inflicted machete cut on the unnamed deaf and dumb teenager at about 3 a.m. It was gathered that he noticed movements close to his apartment and when he came out, he saw the deaf and dumb teenager sleeping at his doorstep. The scream of the agonised deaf and dumb boy, was what drew neighbors’ attention at the early hours of the day. / Vanguard
DEAF TEEN STABBED 12-YEAR-OLD BOY
A deaf teenager has admitted repeatedly stabbing a 12-year-old boy in an attack in Ayrshire. Gareth Young, 16, pleaded guilty to attempted murder after the attack on the boy - who cannot be named for legal reasons - in Kilwinning in June. The High Court in Edinburgh heard how Young - who also comes from Kilwinning - wrote his confession on his phone and showed it to police. / BBC News
ACCLAIMED WILDLIFE NEEDS £25k OR ANIMALS MAY HAVE TO BE PUT DOWN
The owners of a renowned wildlife park fear their animals will have to be put down as they desperately battle to raise £25,000 ($40,000 US) to survive the winter. John Denerley and wife Kathryn, who are both deaf, have turned the Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park into a popular tourist attraction with more than 30,000 visitors a year. It has a highly regarded conservation and breeding program but the credit crunch and poor weather have seen visitor numbers drop and John fears the 27-acre park may not make it through another harsh winter. / The Daily Record
ACTRESS STEPHANIE BEACHAM VISITS JEWISH DEAF ASSOCIATION
International actress Stephanie Beacham played bingo with deaf and deaf-blind people in North Finchley this Wednesday. Ms Beacham, best known for her role as Sable Colby in the 1980s TV series Dynasty and The Colbys, played a round with members of the Jewish Deaf Association (JDA) in Woodside Park Road whilst visiting the community centre with her partner, Dr Bernie Greenwood. / Times Series
DEAF BOYFRIEND CLEARED AFTER APARTMENT ROW
A deaf ex-council worker was arrested for trespassing outside his girlfriend's apartment in a drunken episode after she told him he was not welcome there following a row, a court heard. Jerry Allen, 59, was taken into custody when he became aggressive towards investigating gardai and refused to leave the apartment complex. The father-of-two was left without a conviction after he pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal trespass and made a €300 ($400 US) donation to charity. / Herald
DEAF ALCOHOLIC STOLE BOY'S BAG TO CARRY DRINK
A deaf alcoholic burglar trespassed at a school and stole a child's bag to keep his cans of drink in, a court heard. Fergus Gannon, 42, went to the changing rooms while the boy was out training and stole his bag, along with his uniform and golf shoes. Gannon, who was drunk, had seen the door open and the student's bag was "attractive for him to put his cans into", Dublin District Court was told. / Herald
Belleville, ON, Canada
EQUAL EDUCATION NEEDED FOR DEAF
A lack of public understanding is causing a lack of education among deaf people, a provincial authority says. "All children need an education … an equal education," Dean Walker, executive director of the Ontario Association of the Deaf (OAD), said Saturday at Belleville's Sir James Whitney School. Members of the OAD and its affiliated Belleville association celebrated their 125th and 25th anniversaries respectively with a joint conference at the school. / Belleville Intelligencer
Auckland, New Zealand
A WORD FOR DEAF CYCLISTS
Anni Leigh had several near-misses the first time she went cycling after losing hearing in her right ear. They nearly put her off cycling for good. But surviving a brain tumour taught the New Lynn resident to battle through any challenge that comes her way so the next day Miss Leigh wrote the word `deaf' in capital letters on the back of her high-visibility vest and braved the traffic again. She was amazed by the difference it made. / Stuff.co.nz
DEAF, DUMB, BLIND SCHOOL IN DHALLI FACES MONEY CRUNCH
November 14th Children’s Day Chacha Nehru’s birthday, but more than that a day when the Indian state reaffirms its commitment to ensure that every child in the country has a future to look forward to. It’s a huge task. Take the instance of these 149 special children at the ‘Deaf, dumb and blind residential school situated in the middle of a jungle at Dhalli. / Day & Night News
DEAF OR NOT, 'YOU GOTTA DO WHAT YOU GOT TO DO'
It's always heartening to read a human interest story, more so when it inspires and motivates you to go to the maximum. Truly, “Yap, I can virtually hear you loud and clear - on Facebook” (The Star, Nov 11) is exemplary for those who want to be a go-getter instead of resting on their laurels upon reaching the “sunset” age. Yap, 96, does not see his age as a barrier to acquiring and knowing current fads like Facebook. / Malaysia Star
Bloemfontein, South Africa
DEAF KIDS GET TO LISTEN, TALK AT SCHOOL
Parents of deaf children find themselves in a difficult position when they try to find appropriate schools for their youngsters. There are very few schools available to cater for children with a listening disability. The department of education has encouraged parents to register their children aged up to six years at Carel du Toit School in Bloemfontein, which is situated at the National Hospital. The children are taught to listen and speak using hearing aids and cochlear implants. Sign language is not used. / The New Age
OVER P200,000 NEEDED FOR RECREATIONAL CENTRE FOR THE DEAF
Speaking at the fund-raising sponsored walk last week organised by the board of BSD, vice-chairperson of the board Roy Letiatsi said that over P200,000 ($27,000 US) is needed to build a recreational shelter for deaf children. "The shelter will provide students with recreational activities as it is a boarding school. They will have a games room where they can relax and be boredom-free," he said. / Mmegi Online
NEW CENTER WILL PROMOTE EDUCATION FOR DEAF PEOPLE IN PANAMA
At a ceremony held November 2 in the SLCC Atrium, President Hurwitz and the Ambassador for the Republic of Panama to the United States, His Excellency Mario Jaramillo, co-signed a memorandum of understanding to develop an academic alliance that will lead to the establishment of a center in Panama to promote a broad range of educational services for that nation's deaf and hard-of-hearing citizens, as well as those living in other Latin American countries. / Gallaudet University
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BORN ON 11-11-11
A beautiful baby girl was brought into this world at 7:58 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 at McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital. Sasha Sewell, 21, and Carlos Stirewalt, 23, both of Carthage, were all smiles on Saturday as Sasha's mother, Teresa Parsley, translated their joyous statements about their new daughter, Zenna Dawn Stirewalt. Carlos and Sasha, who were both born hearing impaired, met at White Water, in Branson, during a deaf awareness weekend. / Carthage Press
State University, AR
ASL CLASS OFFERING STUDENTS 'UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE'
ASU has offered many different classes over the years, but Jerry Belew's American Sign Language classes, Introduction to Manual Communication and Advanced Manual Communication have a unique element that sets them apart from others. Belew, who has taught this course for over ten years, is deaf. Tricia Mullen, a senior journalism major, said there are some challenges when learning from an instructor that is difficult to communicate with, but there are benefits as well. / The Herald
WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT SIGN LANGUAGE
Sign language is universal; it is the only language that is completely performed. Patterns in fiction can be observed in real world examples, and the struggle sign language has endured is a prime case of that. "When I was born deaf, my parents wanted me to learn orally, but at that time they were involved in the deaf community, so I went to the deaf club and I kept picking up sign language, so they permitted me to learn sign language when I was about 2 years old," said Laura Hill, a professor at Tyler Junior College. / Apache Pow Wow
DEAF MOM IN MORE MAGAZINE
The next time you're at the supermarket, grab a copy of MORE magazine and thumb your way to "I Didn't Know I Had It In Me." Yes, that's right, I didn't know I had it in me when I flew down to the World Barefoot Center in Florida a year and half ago and took up barefoot water skiing again. It had been twenty-five years since I tripped on a wake while water skiing on my bare feet and crashed into the water. In that instant, I went from hard of hearing to deaf. / TribLocal
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GANN RECOGNIZED FOR WORK WITH DEAF COMMUNITY
Brian Gann, director of the Talladega campus of Central Alabama Community College, has been honored with the Distinguished Service Award by the Southeastern Regional Institute on Deafness. Gann said the award was “a real honor. I know it’s a cliché, but I mean it. It is an honor to be recognized by individuals who have dedicated their lives to working with the deaf community to think enough of what we’re doing to give us this honor.” / The Daily Home
SCHOOL FOR DEAF DEDICATES CONFERENCE ROOM
California School for the Deaf Riverside and the family of educator and deaf advocate Lawrence R. Newman celebrated his life and dedicated a conference room in his name Saturday. Newman, of Riverside, was former president of the National Association of the Deaf and a retired educator and author. He was 86 when he died July 4. / The Press-Enterprise
St. Louis, MO
ST. JOSEPH INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF LAUNCHES FIRST HIPAA-COMPLIANT, INTERNET-BASED SPOKEN LANGUAGE THERAPY FOR DEAF CHILDREN
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New York, NY
DAVID CROMER WILL STAGE 'TRIBES' OFF-BROADWAY
Nina Raine's Olivier Award-nominated family drama Tribes, which debuted at London's Royal Court in 2010, will arrive Off-Broadway in February 2012 under the direction of David Cromer. Scott Morfee, Jean Doumanian and Tom Wirtshafter, who produced Cromer's acclaimed staging of Thornton Wilder's Our Town Off-Broadway, will also produce Raine's play about a young deaf man and his dysfunctional family. / Playbill
DEAF THEATER COMPANY LAUNCHED
You may remember our story from the summer on Nicki Runge, who this summer became the first fully deaf actor to be integrated into one of handicapped theater company PHAMALy's summer musical spectaculars. Runge is opening the Rocky Mountain Deaf Theatre, which will offer theatrical productions that seek to bridge the deaf and hearing worlds. Her first production will be D.L. Coburn's Pulitzer-winning "The Gin Game?," starring Runge and Jen Roth. / The Denver Post
VIDEO OF KIDS PERFORMING SIGN LANGUAGE VERSION OF WHITE STRIPES SONG GOES VIRAL
The Deaf Professional Arts Network (D-PAN)) is championed for helping individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing have access to the entertainment, visual and media arts fields. The organization’s latest project has kids performing the White Stripes’ 2002 single, “We’re Going to Be Friends,” by singing and using sign language to communicate the tune’s message. / Gibson
DEAF MUSIC PRODUCER USES MUSIC TO RAISE FUNDS FOR H.E.A.R. ME OUT
“Being deaf shouldn’t stop anyone from creating the music they love.” That’s the mantra of music producer Darnell Parks, founder and chairman of H.E.A.R. Me Out, a non-profit organization with a mission to connect hearing impaired adults to the resources they need to help them overcome challenges with their disability. Parks, who has a profound hearing loss in his left ear and is completely deaf in his right ear, has been producing music since 1994. / The Hearing Review
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DEAF LUFKIN DE MESHES SILENT WORLD WITH CONTACT SPORT
Demontrai Lewis relies on the vibrations. Each time the junior crouches on Lufkin's defensive line, a pulsation -- which starts in his toes -- triggers his instincts. It's a unique sensation, one that most people can't comprehend. Then again, Lewis is deaf, forced to depend on his other senses in a silent world. But on the football field, Lewis' impact is far from quiet, having recorded 48 tackles and eight sacks this season. / Houston Chronicle
Los Angeles, CA
THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS
The Championship Rounds is the story of a young, deaf, African American boxer (James Deacon Jr.) and single father of a 6 month- old son whose life is against the ropes on the brink of homelessness. After being stricken with tragedy, James receives an unlikely shot at redemption, and now his very survival is dependent on his faith and his decision to seize the moment. / IndieGoGo
OBITUARY FOR CLYDE D. WILSON, 1920-2011
Clyde D. Wilson, 91, of Akron, passed away November 10, 2011. Clyde was born January 24, 1920 in Terre Haute, Indiana to the late Harry and Eva Wilson. Clyde graduated from the Ohio State School for the Deaf in Columbus, Ohio in 1941 where he played softball, basketball, and baseball. In 1940, Clyde founded the Tri-State Deaf Softball Association Tournament. From 1942 to 1944 he was the President of the Ohio State Deaf Softball Association. / Newcomer
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Time Base: Full Time
Location: Brattleboro, VT
Qualifications: Qualified for state and /or national licensure as a School Counselor or Mental Health Counselor.
Knowledge of Secondary Disabilities preferred.
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
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Job Number: HR-11096
Salary Range: $49,000-$87,900
Provides interviewing and rating
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Master's degree in linguistics, ASL, 1st and/or 2nd language teaching and learning, bilingual education, or related field. A minimum three years experience in ASL instruction and/or evaluation. Experience with developing and/or using ASL assessment tests. Knowledge of the linguistic structure of ASL and English. Knowledge and experience working with individuals with diverse educational, language, and cultural backgrounds. Ability to use judgment and tact with regard to sensitive issues and confidential matter. Ability to work well as an active, contributing member of a team as well as ability to work independently and demonstrate self-reliance and self-initiative. Experience producing written reports, proposals, and other documents related to research, best practices, learning and evaluation. Ability to use various software programs for project and program efficiency. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Fluency in ASL and English. A proficiency level of 4+ or better on the ASLPI. As part of the interview process, applicants will be given one work related question and will answer that question in writing. This English writing sample will be provided to the Gallaudet University English Department for analysis and determination of skills level.
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