December 7, 2005
Vol. 2 No. 8
Editor: Tom Willard
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NEW YORK REACHES DEAL WITH MOVIE CHAINS
Eight national theater chains have agreed to become more accessible to people with vision and hearing impairments, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced last week. The agreement with Loews, AMC, Regal and five other chains covers 140 theaters statewide and includes “rear window captioning,” which allows moviegoers to read captions projected from the back of the theater on their own acrylic panel. Thirty-eight theaters would also provide on-screen captioning of some movies and offer descriptive narration of films, reported Newsday. Currently, only nine theaters in the state offer captioned or narrated movies, with five located in the New York City area.
CSUN INTERPRETERS WIN PAY RAISE, LOSE BENEFITS
Interpreters at the California State University, Northridge won a 29-percent salary increase this semester but had to give up some benefits, mostly vacation and sick time, to do it. “We’re more competitive now,” Gary Sanderson, interim director of CSUN’s National Center on Deafness, told the Daily Sundial. NCOD had to boost its pay in order to compete with Video Relay Service providers, which tend to offer a higher salary. Sanderson said the 84 hourly interpreters at NCOD, will earn from $18.25 to more than $56 an hour under the salary increase. Some interpreters, however, were upset by the loss of benefits. Said Art Caplan, who lost $14,000 worth of sick pay: “The safety net of well over 500 hours of sick pay I have earned in the last 15 years is simply erased from the books.”
HAMPTON BOOSTERS RALLY, LAWMAKER FLOATS IDEA
About 200 people turned out for a meeting last Thursday at the Virginia School for the Deaf in Hampton, reported Portsmouth’s WAVY-TV News. The meeting was held by an advisory committee studying the proposed consolidation of the state’s two schools for the deaf. Community leaders, parents and alumni told lawmakers that parents and students will face hardships if the state closes the school and transfers the students to Staunton. Meanwhile, Newport News Del. Phillip Hamilton floated a proposal to deed the Hampton school to the New Horizons Regional Educational Center, which offers special education at several campuses in the area. “It shifts it from being a state school to another service within this New Horizon umbrella that’s already established,” he told the Newport News Daily Press. Joseph Johnson, New Horizons executive director, said, “It’s something that would have to be explored.”
SETTLEMENT REACHED IN BREAST-BARING KOKO CASE
Two women who refused to bare their breasts to Koko, the gorilla who knows more than 1,000 signs, have settled their lawsuit against the Gorilla Foundation, reported the Associated Press. Lawyers for Nancy Alperin and Kendra Keller declined to reveal settlement terms. The former caretakers claimed they were fired after refusing to expose their breasts as a way of bonding with Koko, a 33-year-old, 300-pound gorilla described as having a “nipple fetish.” The foundation, located near San Francisco, faces a second similar lawsuit from another employee.
INDIANA WOMAN GETS YEAR IN JAIL FOR SECOND SCAM
An Indiana woman who received money
and assistance by pretending to be deaf and have cancer was sentenced Friday
to one year in prison, reported the Ball State University Daily News. Brookelyn
Walters was sentenced for her second scam, in which she told her employers,
the owners of a Bloomington gymnastics club, that she had leukemia. They let
her move in with them and held a fundraiser in her behalf before the scam was
uncovered. Her first scam occurred last year at Ball State University in Muncie,
where officials provided her with sign-language interpreters and a hog roast
raised up to $15,000 in her honor. Walters pleaded guilty but mentally ill both
times; last year she received four years probation, but this time she was sentenced
to three years in jail, with two years suspended.
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PLASTIC PLAYGROUND SLIDES A HAZARD FOR IMPLANTEES
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported last week on a little-known danger for people with cochlear implants: plastic playground slides. Children with implants have had their devices “zapped” by static electric shock, the newspaper said, and while the shock doesn’t ruin the implant, it requires an inconvenient trip to an audiologist. Static electricity is such a major concern that Washington University electrical engineer Robert Morley has received a grant to study plastic slides, one of its main sources. Children with cochlear implants can go down metal slides worry-free, but as more playgrounds change to plastic, children are faced with a choice: don’t play, or play without their implants, and sound. Said Peg Jones of the St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf: “It’s a completely different experience to go down the slide without the wind and the ‘whee’.”
BOARD RECEIVES ‘SUGGESTIONS’ FOR IDAHO SCHOOL
The Idaho State Board of Education is considering a list of 10 recommendations concerning the Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind. The board received the list at a meeting in Pocatello from a committee it appointed earlier, reported the Twin Falls Times-News. The recommendations, said to be general suggestions, will be reviewed and taken up at the next board meeting before going to the state legislature. “It will be a very lengthy process,” said Harvey Lyter, ISDB’s interim superintendent.
ALABAMA NEWSPAPER CALLS FOR CHANGE OF LAW
When state officials took $200,000 meant for a deaf phone service program and used it to pay for a news reading service for the blind, they “didn’t hurt anyone, but it was wrong,” said the Mobile Register in an editorial. The Alabama Public Service Commission takes in around $4 million a year from a 15-cent fee on telephone bills but spends only half that amount to run the state relay service. The PSC shifted about $50,000 a year to pay for Newsline, which reads the day’s news to blind callers. Under the present law, however, it can’t do that. The state Legislature “can make it right by changing the law” to allow the funds to be used to aid any handicapped phone user, said the Register. “That’s how it should be.”
NEW HAMPSHIRE WOMAN FRUSTRATED WITH HOSPITAL
The New Hampshire Union Leader reported last week on a deaf woman’s frustrating experience at Concord Hospital. Joan Case of Weare asked for an interpreter when she went to the hospital in September with a high fever and body aches ,but no interpreter was ever provided, she said. As a result, her symptoms were misdiagnosed and she was subjected to three days of unnecessary tests. Case’s husband, who is also deaf, provided hospital workers with the toll-free number for the Emergency Interpreter Referral System, but records show that no call was placed from Concord Hospital when Case was a patient. “They told me an interpreter would come, but they never showed,”said Case. “I’m ready to make some noise.”
MISSISSIPPI MAN SAYS ‘THUMBS DOWN’ TO TV STATION
Charles Carver of Biloxi, Miss. says
he wants to “show the world how I feel about WLOX TV 13.” The deaf
Hurricane Katrina survivor, upset after a two-hour program about the hurricane
was shown without captions, took matters into his own hands last week. He used
a 4' x 8' piece of chipboard and a can of black spray paint to craft a sign
reading, “Shame on WLOX TV 13 No Closed Caption,” then placed the
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DEAF CANADIANS ‘CAN AND DO GIVE BLOOD’
Deaf people in Canada “can and do give blood,” said a statement last week from the Canadian Blood Services; they just can’t have an interpreter when they do it. “There is a risk of ‘peer pressure’ from having a third party in the room,” and having an interpreter present “could influence the way a potential donor answers very sensitive, personal questions,” said the statement. If a potential donor has a hearing loss, “we allow the oral portion of the questionnaire to be completed in written form, in either of Canada’s Official Languages.” A deaf Peterborough woman who was prevented from having a third party present during the screening process “has the ability to write in English and could go through the screening process, but she has chosen not to.”
ROADSIDE ROBBERY LEADS TO ARREST OF 11 IN CHINA
A gang of 11 deaf people were detained by police in Shanghai, China last Monday on suspicions of working together to steal valuables from cars stopped along the city’s busy streets. The suspects, all hailing from Henan Province, were caught after police on an unrelated stakeout spotted a young man running desperately along the road, reported the Shanghai Daily. Several officers chased the man more than 200 meters before finally catching him. The man, named Hou, allegedly confessed to knocking on the driver’s window while his partner opened the passenger’s door and grabbed a bag containing a laptop computer. Hou’s tips led police to the gang’s hideout, where large amounts of cash, several laptops and other valuables were uncovered.
SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOL CLOSES DOOR TO DISABLED
A high school north of Johannesburg,
South Africa, said goodbye to five deaf graduating seniors last month and said
it would not accept further applications from disabled learners because they
are too expensive to educate. “We have come to a point where we cannot
continue any more, as it is extremely financially challenging,” said Parktown
Girls’ High School principal Anthea Cereseto. It was not an easy decision,
she said, but the salaries of two interpreters proved too expensive to sustain.
The five girls consider themselves lucky to have attended the school, reported
the Mail & Guardian, and wish it were possible for other deaf learners to
follow in their footsteps.
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BUILDING REHAB ALLOWS GAMBIAN SCHOOL TO EXPAND
Board members and staff at St. John’s School for Deaf in Gambia celebrated the opening of a rehabilitated and upgraded school building last Thursday. Principal Daniel Mendy told the Banjul Point that the idea originated four years ago with his predecessor, “but work could not commence due to unavoidable circumstances.” The project, which will allow the school to expand beyond the elementary education level, was financed by the World Bank and the Government of Gambia. The renovated building contains a meeting hall, a vice principal’s office, a computer lab and a tailoring room, while the rest of the space will be used for classrooms “and a would-be science lab,” said Mendy.
NEW ZEALAND TEEN RACKS UP THE AWARDS
New Zealand teenager Alana Best enjoys
“prizes galore despite deafness disadvantage,” the Whangarei Northern
Advocate headlined last week. Alana, 17, has won a prize for being top year-13
deaf or hearing-impaired student in the country; a $12,000 Auckland University
of Technology scholarship; and Whangarei Girls’ High School’s Rosebowl
Cup for best all-around geography student. She also has earned scores of “excellent”
in most of her subjects. Next year Alana will move in with an Auckland family
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STEM CELL RESEARCH COULD OFFER DEAFNESS CURE
Stem cell research could offer a cure for deafness within 10 years, said researchers from Sheffield University in the U.K. Dr. Marcelo Rivolta of the university’s Institute of Molecular Physiology revealed his research last Wednesday at a conference organized by the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID). His team is using embryonic stem cells harvested from two sources - human embryonic stem cells and cells from the fetal cochlea - in an effort to grow new cells in the inner ear, reported the London Daily Mail. After 10 months, it has been shown that stem cells from the sensory nerves can be regrown in damaged areas, which could lead to the return of hearing. “It is a very challenging approach but we are confident it is possible and the potential for these cells is there,” said Dr. Rivolta.
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SCHOOL LOOKS TO AIR FORCE FOR SCIENCE FAIR JUDGES
Airmen from Schriever Air Force Base served as volunteer judges for a science fair held at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind in Colorado Springs last Wednesday. More than 60 students between 6th and 12th grade entered a project in this year’s fair, reported BlackAnthem.com. It has become traditional for Schriever airmen to judge the fair, with their feedback helping students develop stronger displays each year. “This year’s science fair was our best one yet,” said teacher Jan Megarry. “I believe that is because the Schriever judges seem to inspire more insight into the students’ projects.” One of the judges, Airman Laura Patton, said she has family friends who are deaf and her sign language skills were coming back quickly. “This was a great experience,” she said. “It has been very interesting.”
FCC SEEKS COMMENTS ON CAPTIONED TELEPHONE
The Federal Communications Commission
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United States, said a recent statement from the Northern Virginia Resource Center
for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC). Captioned telephones allow users
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NEW WEBSITE ANNOUNCED FOR DEAF ARTISTS
A new website aims to serve as a central Internet location for information about deaf and hard-of-hearing artists. Deaf Artists Info (www.deafartists.info) doesn’t officially launch until January, but the site is now online and artists are encouraged to sign up for a listing. Sprint, MCI and Hamilton Relay have already signed up as sponsors. The website will be useful for those seeking artists, performers, writers and other creative types, and will offer artists a unique marketing tool along with access to information about art opportunities. It is being created by Tom Willard, who founded Deaf Artists of America in 1985 and served as executive director for 10 years. Of special note to historians, DAA archives - including newsletters, directories, photographs and more - will be posted on the new website.
SORENSON ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF FIRST ART CONTEST
Sorenson Communications announced the winners of its first deaf student art contest on Monday. More than 300 entries from deaf and hard-of hearing students all over America poured into the company’s Salt Lake City, Utah headquarters, and a team of employees chose the winners. Sorenson, a leading provider of video relay services, awarded $4,500 in cash prizes to schools and individual artists. The three top artworks from each age category will be displayed at Sorenson’s corporate offices. The winning artists were identified in a news release as Lily M., 12, Kendall Demonstration Elementary School; Stephanie T., 13, Illinois School for the Deaf; and Tyler W., 16, Indianapolis School for the Deaf.
IOWA AUTHOR PAYS HOMAGE TO FORMER ‘HOME’
Deaf author Dan Hill of West Des Moines, Iowa, had a book signing recently for his new book, “Primary Hall.” According to the Des Moines Register, the book focuses on Hill’s “home away from home” at the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs, where he was a student in the 1930s. When Primary Hall was torn down in 2002, Hill was inspired to write the book by a need to retain the building’s memory. Revenue from sales, he said, will help pay for a memorial gazebo planned near the site. Among those at the book signing was Marlene Kautzky of Des Moines, an ISD alumna who lived in Primary Hall. “It was a place where I could communicate with others who were like me,” she said. “It makes me sad that the building is gone; I miss it.”
TEXAS DOLL MAKER PROMOTES CRAFT AS ART
The Baytown (Texas) Sun did a feature
last week on Donna Sims, a deaf Channelview resident who began making dolls
after retiring as a public school teacher of 37 years. Sims, who was not diagnosed
and fitted with a hearing aid until she was 19, said her lack of hearing has
never been a barrier. She has become an award-winning artists whose dolls, noted
for their fine features, always draw a crowd. Sims spends two to three days
making a doll’s frame and up to three months sewing the clothing and creating
accessories. She’s won dozens of awards from doll shows but keeps them
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MARYLAND SCHOOL REPEATS AS NATIONAL CHAMPS
The Associated Press reported Friday that the Maryland School for the Deaf has been named national football champion. The championship was determined by The Frat, a publication of the National Fraternal Society of the Deaf, and SIGNews, a publication of CSD, using a formula that resulted in a “very close” vote, said MSD coach Andy Bonyeho. The Orioles (9-1) edged out the California School for the Deaf, Riverside (10-0 in the regular season) despite losing nine of last year’s starters. “The players knew they had to play hard as a team in order to win,” Bonyeho told the Frederick News-Post. Bonyeho has now coached 12 national championship teams, including three at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf, five at the Texas School for the Deaf in Austin, and four at Maryland.
LOUISIANA SCHOOL NAMED BEST IN 8-MAN FOOTBALL
The football team at the Louisiana School for the Deaf in Baton Rouge overcame the upheaval of Hurricane Katrina to finish the season 6-0 and capture the eight-man football national championship for deaf schools from The Frat and SIGNews. According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, school officials held a surprise ceremony last Friday to celebrate the award. Also honored were three LSD players who won All-America honors: Terrell Summers, James Davis and Byron Smith. “This is something I’ll remember for as long as I live,” said LSD coach Darren Gremillion. “We just told everybody we were having an assembly. Seeing their reaction made it all worthwhile.”
YOUNG BALL PLAYER'S FAMILY 'CONSIDERING LEGAL OPTIONS'
KHON-TV in Honolulu did a follow-up
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Regarding the piece “Sprint Says It, Too, Will Allow Operators To Speak Up,” (Deafweekly November 30), I believe that it is in error. CSDVRS does NOT operate internet relay or TRS. CSDVRS is for VRS only.
Sprint and CSD are partners in providing relay services. And the only internet relay platform for both CSD and Sprint is www.SprintIP.com, which is basically Sprint, with CSD as a contractor. So, it’s not “second” relay provider. Because both Sprint and CSD are basically one and the same.
CSD provides 11 out of 15 Sprint Relay TRS and internet relay call centers. And CSD provides all 15 VRS call centers for both CSDVRS and SprintVRS.
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JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD
GLAD is an Affirmative Action Employer with equal opportunity for men, women and people with disabilities. For more information on the following positions, go to: www.gladinc.org. The status of all positions is: Regular, Full-time, Non-Exempt, Full Fringe Benefits unless otherwise noted. All positions are open until filled.
JOB DEVELOPER/INTERPRETER in Anaheim and Crenshaw
Brief summary: Employment services offered at GLAD assist deaf and hard of hearing individuals with job information, job training, job placement and accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Co-located at 5 Employment Development Department (EDD) Offices and at each local office. The programs under employment services are: Job Readiness Training, Workplace Accessibility, Job Development, Placement and Follow-up…
COMMUNITY ADVOCATE in Cypress
Brief summary: Under the supervision of the Regional Center Director, the Community Advocate will assist deaf and hard of hearing consumers in the area of communication access via TTY relay, document translation, and other duties, provide advocacy in the areas of social security, education, employment, consumer affairs, and others, record statistics on a daily basis related to provision of services, counsel deaf and hard of hearing consumers with problems related to personal and family adjustments, finances, employment, food, clothing and housing, assists deaf and hard of hearing consumers with independent living skills…
COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATOR - Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program in Los Angeles
Brief summary: Under the supervision of the Director of Health Services, using the guidelines of the assigned scope of work provided by the California Department of Health Services’ Community Challenge Grant, the Community Health Educator will: Provide teenage pregnancy prevention and education services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing youths, adults and parents in Los Angeles County using the “Be Cool…Sign NO to Sex” curriculum; Plan and implement daily activities; Coordinates Family PACT clinic referrals/linkages; Coordinates Passport to GLOW; Conduct “Young Deaf Parents Village” program; Provide mentoring program; Conduct individual and group sessions and events to target groups…
COMMUNITY INTERPRETER - Los Angeles
Brief summary: Under the supervision of the Los Angeles Regional Director, the Community Interpreter will interpret assignments as delegated by the Interpreter Referral Specialists and/or Regional Director for assignments that can range from routine medical appointments, staff meetings at large companies, formal speeches (platform interpreting), press conferences or any other situation that requires communication access. Assignments will depend on level of interpreting skills, record statistics on a monthly basis related to provision of service, in-house tasks such as answering phones and providing information and referral to general public as needed, assist Interpreter Referral Specialists with filling assignments as needed…
COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATOR-HIV PREVENTION PROGRAM - Los Angeles
Brief summary: Work under the supervision of Director of Health Education/Services to implement the assigned scope of work; Schedule and implement outreach encounters, individual counseling sessions and multi-session workshops on HIV Risk Reduction to deaf woman and sexual risk and men having sex with men (MSM); Maintain calendar of sites, dates and times; Make necessary referrals for high-risk women and MSM; Work collaboratively with subcontracted Outreach Specialist for recruitment and project related activities; Administer risk assessment and behavior commitment forms…
HIV PROGRAM INTERPRETER - Los
Brief summary: Perform all duties and tasks as outlined in the HIV Interpreting program scope of work; Interpret initial HIV antibody test and results; Interpret in a variety of HIV/AIDS related services for people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS; Update and maintain a pool of qualified HIV-trained interpreters to assist with interpreting assignments; Promote the availability of interpreter services to the deaf community and service providers; Implement survey to assess client satisfaction of interpreter services provided; Generate monthly reports and IMACS for the Office of AIDS Programs and Policies…
If interested for any of these positions
then please submit resume and application to:
Human Resources Specialist
Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc.
2222 Laverna Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90041
V/TDD: (323) 550-4207
Fax #: (323)550-4204
Basic Purpose of Job
To market NTID through publications, the Internet, and other promotional and public relations activities.
Minimum: BA/BS degree in marketing, public relations, communications, journalism, or related field required.
3-5 years experience in business, industry, or higher education advancement, marketing, communications, and public relations. Minimum of two years experience in Web content writing.
Knowledge of American Sign Language or willingness to learn required.
Internals only: No
Market Rate: $46,000
For detailed description and to apply on line please go to
Artist in Residence
Part-time 10-month renewable position beginning September 1, 2006
Responsibilities: Teach one scenic-technology class per quarter. Serve as primary scenic designer for three theater productions. Serve as scenic artist and prop master and supervise student workers for 12 15 hours per week. Work with resident artistic director, production manager/technical director and scene shop foreman.
Required: Bachelors degree or equivalent
professional experience as a theater artist.
Preferred: MFA degree, fluency in American Sign Language and knowledge of Deaf culture strongly preferred.
AA/EOE. For detailed description
and to apply on line please go to:
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