December 12, 2012
Vol. 9, No. 8
Editor: Tom Willard
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Editor's Note: I received an email from a reader who complained about the use of the word "mute" in Deafweekly. I would like to remind our readers that I do not clean up the language used by other publications. I think it is important for people to see that phrases such as "deaf mute" and "deaf and dumb" are still being used. If this sort of thing bothers you, please contact the originating publication to make your feelings known. Directing your complaints to me is barking up the wrong tree and preaching to the choir.
PONZI SCHEME TARGETED DEAF PEOPLE
A California man has been charged with operating a commodity pool Ponzi scheme that fraudulently solicited and accepted at least $670,000 from 17 people. Judge Barbara S. Jones of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York entered a default judgment and permanent injunction last week against Marc Perlman of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and his firm iGlobal Strategic Management LLC. According to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Perlman’s scheme mostly solicited from the deaf community. / Legal Newsline
TREATY FOR THE DISABLED FALLS SHORT OF RATIFICATION
Senator John Kerry made an impassioned but ultimately futile plea for ratifying a treaty aimed at advancing the rights of the blind and disabled across the globe, urging Congress to do for the world what has already been accomplished in the United States to protect Americans with disabilities. In the end, Kerry and other supporters fell five votes short of the 66 needed for ratification of the international pact known as the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. / The Boston Globe
PETITION TO OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZE AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE REACHES THRESHOLD FOR WHITE HOUSE RESPONSE
The petitions flooding the White House's "We The People" website have become increasingly gag-oriented or unlikely to be taken seriously by the administration. But a recent petition that has crossed the threshold needed for an official White House response may be different. A petition to officially recognize American Sign Language as a "community language" and a "language of instruction in schools" has collected more than 27,000 signatures in less than a month. Petitions need to reach 25,000 signatures before the White House will officially issue a response. / U.S. News
Staten Island, NY
DEAF STATEN ISLAND VICTIM OF HURRICANE SANDY SAYS PLEAS GO UNHEEDED
When police with megaphones rolled through Carole Lazorisak’s neighborhood in the hours before the hurricane thrust ashore, she did not hear their announcement about evacuation help. In the days after the surge ripped her home off its foundation, filled it with water to a depth of 5 feet and tossed her shed nearly a block away, she joined thousands of other dazed victims at Miller Field in New Dorp. But for Ms. Lazorisak, who has been deaf since birth, walking through the bustling relief center was like being in a movie on silent. / Staten Island Advance
VALLEY DEAF RESIDENTS WORRY FEDS WILL EVICT THEM
It's a one-of-kind award winning Valley community making a big difference in the lives of the disabled. But now, some residents of the Apache ASL Trails senior living complex in Tempe are worried that the federal government will soon ask them to move out. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development claims that Apache ASL Trails is violating the Fair Housing Act by having too many deaf people in the same complex. The complex is accused of discriminating against other disabled and non-disabled people by not giving them an equal shot to live there. / KPHO Phoenix
Ellicott City, MD
AIDE AT DEAF SCHOOL FACES CHILD SEX ABUSE CHARGES
Howard County police arrested a school aide at the Maryland School for the Deaf in Columbia on child sex abuse charges after they said he inappropriately touched three students over the span of three years. Clarence Taylor, 37, of Windsor Mill, was charged Thursday with three counts of sexual abuse of a minor, all of which are felony charges. The three girls, who are now ages 15 and 16 and students at another school, told police the incidents happened between 2008 and 2010 while they were overnight students at the school. / WBAL
HABITAT HOUSE GOES TO DEAF MOM, DAUGHTER
Ornella Bisceglia can add a new title, homeowner, to the already impressive list that describes her (master of four languages, mother and scientist, to name a few). After years of waiting for a Habitat for Humanity home, Ms. Bisceglia, 43, and her 11-year-old daughter, Laura, received theirs yesterday. “I cannot thank you enough from the bottom of my heart,” she told the crowd yesterday. She was speaking through an American Sign Language interpreter. / Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Bowling Green, KY
BEING DEAF IS A 'CAPABILITY'
Just another exciting school spelling bee by most appearances, the recent third annual Regional Deaf and Hard of Hearing Spelling Bee in Bowling Green featured children from several schools. Several children couldn’t hear and others could barely hear, but that didn’t stop them from having fun and competing for the trophies sitting on the table in the corner of the room. In the deaf world, a lack of hearing is not a disability, but rather a capability, those in that community say. / Bowling Green Daily News
Lake Wylie, SC
SCHOOL FOR DEAF AND BLIND STUDENTS 'BELIEVE,' THANKS TO RIVER HILLS LIONS
Some guests couldn’t see them, others couldn’t hear them. But a handful of young people felt the River Hills Lions Club there. The club hosted its Christmas dinner Dec. 4 at River Hills Country Club. They also hosted several students from the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind in concert. It’s an annual tradition now, as is the donation the Lions present to the school. This year it was for $3,000 toward the fine arts department. / Lake Wylie Pilot
I. KING JORDAN PROVES THAT 'DEAF PEOPLE CAN DO ANYTHING -- BUT HEAR'
After losing his hearing due to a motorcycle accident when he was 21, I. King Jordan spent a lot of time denying the fact he was deaf. He says he considered himself “a hearing person who couldn’t hear for a long time.” Now Jordan, who became the first deaf president of Gallaudet University in 1988, has become a champion for what deaf people can accomplish. As he told a reporter when he was named president, “Deaf people can do anything — but hear.” / National Journal
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SINGLE BULLET KILLS DEAF MAN
Deaf couple Navin and Jessica Ragbeer, both aged 37, had known each other since their school days and no one was surprised when they married 12 years ago. They were inseparable, said Premmie Tholsi, Jessica’s mother. But in the early hours of Thursday their loving marriage came to a tragic end at their Phoenix home when Navin was shot and killed by an intruder. / IOL.co.za
PLAN FOR THE BLIND, DEAF ON HIV PREVENTION
Julie (not real name) is a 14-year-old girl with hearing impairment. Initially she was raped and later repeatedly coerced into sex with gifts and threats by a businessman. She couldn’t communicate that to her parents and peers. Julie’s sign language teacher discovered the problem and assisted parents to seek for justice. Her parents discouraged legal action citing double embarrassment. The medical report proved the man to be HIV positive and hence Julie’s future can be predicted. / New Vision
DEAF MAN IN COURT FOR PUSHING DUBLIN MAN UNDER BUS -- APOLOGIZES FOR INCIDENT
The son of an Irish diplomat was identified as the victim of the horrendous incident which saw him decapitated by a Dublin bus last week. A deaf and mute man has been charged with manslaughter and appeared in court. Eoghan Dudley, 28, was killed when he was pushed under a commuter bus on the corner of Nassau Street and Dawson Street in Dublin’s City Center. His head was crushed by the front wheel of the bus in front of dozens of drivers and pedestrians. / Irish Central
DEAF WOMAN GAYE LYONS CLAIMS DISCRIMINATION WHEN UNWILLINGLY EXCUSED FROM JURY DUTY
A deaf woman claims she was subjected to unlawful discrimination when she was unwillingly excused from jury duty because of her hearing disability. Gaye Prudence Lyons has made a complaint against the Queensland Government under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 for failing to provide an interpreter during her stint as member of an Ipswich jury panel. / The Australian
HOW A DEAF FILM-MAKER'S CAREER HIT NEW HEIGHTS AT THE PARALYMPICS
In August, 80,000 people piled into London's Olympic stadium for the spectacular opening ceremony for the 2012 Paralympic Games. But for one of them, it was the 10 minutes before the ceremony began that were extra special. Deaf film-maker Ted Evans' 10-minute film, Look Up, which he co-directed with Bim Ajadi, kicked off the live show and was the culmination of months of hard work. "Seeing it on the screens, with thousands of people watching, was like reaching the top of a mountain," he says. / The Guardian
OXFORD DEAF CHOIR SIGNS CAROLS AT CONCERT
A group for deaf people has found a way of making sure its members can enjoy Christmas carols this year. A choir from the Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre will take to the streets to perform a host of timeless festive favourites using sign language. Conducting the quiet choir will be interpreter Judy Scholes. She said: “It will look like a choir, with a lot of hand waving.” She has had to translate the seasonal songbook into British Sign Language, and make sure it makes sense. / Oxford Mail
Mbombela, South Africa
MINISTER ASKED TO ESTABLISH FREE SMS LINE FOR THE DEAF
Deaf people in Mpumalanga have asked Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana to establish a free SMS line they can use to report crime. "We are facing more challenges in our daily lives and even if we want to report abuse or crime against us to the crime line it is impossible because we cannot hear," said Deaf Youth SA's provincial chairman Nkosinathi Ndlovu. / 7th Space Interactive
NO BAIL FOR DEAF MAN ON SHOOTING CHARGES
A deaf man was remanded to prison yesterday after being charged with the shooting and attempted armed robbery of a 14-year-old girl. With the assistance of an interpreter, 22-year-old Raynado Johnson was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez on one charge of attempted murder and one charge of attempted armed robbery. It is claimed that Johnson, of Sir Lynden Pindling Estates, attempted to rob and cause the death of Ashley Storr on December 2 while armed with a handgun. / The Tribune
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
DEAF-MUTE CRAFTSMEN'S CREATIONS SPEAK VOLUMES
He doesn't speak nor hear but his work ends up being the objects of conversation exquisite trophies that are held aloft by champions and hailed by royalty. Anthony Das, 48, an award-winning master craftsman of Royal Selangor has won numerous awards for his pewter creations. Aong the trophies that he has designed and produced so far are the Shanghai Rolex Masters ATP 2012 trophy and those for Moto3, Sime Darby LPGA and the Asean Tour. / The Malaysia Star
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
HELPING THE DEAF COMMUNITY EXPRESS THEMSELVES THROUGH ONLINE SCRIPTWRITING TOOLS AND SHORT FILMS
Giving the deaf community a chance to express themselves through films is one of the reasons behind the winning solution of SilentSHOUT, at a unique social enterprise programme called Changeweekend. The team created the Story Launcher and Story Bank online solutions for the deaf community to write scripts and motivate them into producing short films. The solutions are accessed through a website and provide a step-by-step guide for deaf individuals to develop characters and plots for their short film scripts. / Yahoo! News Malaysia
DEAF EDUCATION TO UNDERGO UNPRECEDENTED CHANGE
It’s not business as usual for students who are deaf or hard of hearing in New Zealand. New facilities and a new governance structure are heralding a new era of deaf education that recognizes the changing needs of students as well as the resources and technologies best suited to meet them. The previous boards (of Kelston Deaf Education Centre and van Asch Deaf Education) once oversaw deaf education on a geographical basis were combined to achieve more efficient and effective delivery of services for all students who are deaf or hearing impaired nationwide. / Scoop News
CUBA LINKS DEAF COMMUNITY WITH HERITAGE VALUES
The project "Cultura entre las manos" (Culture in the hands), by Habana Radio station, continues today promoting a practice, dedicated to make a link between the deaf community and heritage, its main promoter stated. Yalena Gispert, defectologist by profession and worker of the radio station connected with the Old Havana Historian Office, confirmed the initiative as an unprecedented experience in the national special education. / Prensa Latina News Agency
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TEACHER RAISES MONEY FOR DEAF STUDENT TO VISIT THE NATION'S CAPITAL
A local teacher is raising money to help her student who is deaf go on a class trip to Washington D.C. Sulmi Gomez, 11, is a student at West Middle School in Shelbyville. She’s never allowed her disability of being deaf stand in her way. She was especially excited when the opportunity came for her to go on a class trip to Washington D.C. “I want to see Galludet. I want to see the different deaf people in D.C.,” Gomez said. / WHAS11.com
YOUNG DEAF DOG NEEDS CARING FAMILY
Skye is a 50-pound female Catahoula leopard hound with a blue merle coat who is 1½ years old. She came to Rogers’ Rescues from a shelter in Kentucky where she had been turned in by a family who could no longer care for her. Skye is deaf, but is learning hand signals and going to obedience class. She is affectionate and energetic but needs a patient family to help her. / NJ.com
STUDENTS SHOW SUPPORT FOR DEAF/HARD-OF-HEARING COMMUNITY
Hundreds packed the Beachwood High School gym Tuesday for the 8th Annual ASL Club Holiday Party. Each year the school's American Sign Language (ASL) and foreign language clubs host a huge gathering for the deaf and hard-of-hearing members of Northeast Ohio. / Patch.com
SILENT SLEIGH RETURNS TO DEAF SCHOOL
For the first time, the California School for the Deaf, Riverside received a donation from Sam’s Club of $20,000 for the school while celebrating 25 years of Silent Sleigh. Harold Kund started the Silent Sleigh at CSDR. He is the former superintendent of the school. At the malls, there is a Santa during the holiday season, but most do not know how to speak to a deaf or hard-of-hearing child in American Sign Language. Thus, the Silent Sleigh was born. / Press-Enterprise
See Also DEAF SANTA BRINGS JOY TO FRESNO MALL / The Fresno Bee
See Also SANTA CALLS DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING CHILDREN / WNEP-TV
See Also SIGN LANGUAGE SANTA BRINGS JOY TO DEAF CHILDREN / WBRC
See Also SANTA SIGNS FOR DEAF CHILDREN AT THE MALL / Patch.com
See Also SIGNING SANTA VISITS WITH DEAF, HARD-OF-HEARING CHILDREN AT FAIR OAKS MALL / WJLA
See Also FLINT, DETROIT DEAF CHILDREN TO EXPERIENCE NEW ON-SCREEN SIGN LANGUAGE TECHNOLOGY, VISIT SANTA / MLive.com
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UNIV. OF WASHINGTON SITE HELPS DEAF WITH SIGNS FOR TECHNICAL TERMS
U.S. researchers say an online forum is helping develop sign language versions of specialized terms used in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Started at the University of Washington, the forum lets members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community build their own guide to the evolving lexicon of science, a university release reported. / UPI
CLASSES HELP FAMILIES WITH DEAF KIDS
At a recent conference, I learned that only 10 percent of parents of deaf children learn American Sign Language. Schools teach deaf and hard-of-hearing children ASL, but if the parents don’t or can’t keep up, a language barrier forms and parenting opportunities are lost. Robyn Brown, pastor of deaf ministries at Salem Alliance Church, said families still figure out their own way to communicate. But without ASL, they stay at the “German shepherd” stage of communication: come, stay, sit, eat. / Statesman-Journal
HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA FORMALLY BEGINS SEARCH FOR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The nation’s voice for people with hearing loss, Hearing Loss Association of America, seeks applications and nominations for the post of executive director. The current executive director has been an outstanding leader and has shepherded the organization to a position of national and international prominence, and financial strength. The Board of Trustees seeks to fill the post prior to her retirement July 31, 2013. / HLAA
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DEAF-BLIND ISRAELI THEATER BRINGING THEIR BREADMAKING TO NY
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DR. WILLIAM F. HOUSE, INVENTOR OF COCHLEAR IMPLANT, DIES
Dr. William F. House, a medical researcher who braved skepticism to invent the cochlear implant, an electronic device considered to be the first to restore a human sense, died on Dec. 7 at his home in Aurora, Ore. He was 89. The cause was metastatic melanoma, his daughter, Karen House, said. Dr. House pushed against conventional thinking throughout his career. Even after his ear-implant device had largely been supplanted by more sophisticated, and more expensive, devices, Dr. House remained convinced of his own version’s utility and advocated that it be used to help the world’s poor. / The New York Times
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