December 19, 2012
Vol. 9, No. 9
Editor: Tom Willard
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SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ASL
A deaf resident of Newtown, Conn. vlogs about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings from his sister's shop near the school and next to the town memorial. / George Martens-YouTube
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DEAF STUDENT WANTS TUSTIN SCHOOLS TO PROVIDE HEARING DEVICE
A hearing-impaired Tustin high school student has asked that her complaint against the Tustin Unified School District be reexamined. The girl claims that the district's refusal to provide speech-to-text transcription in real time constitutes discrimination. Two judges have already sided with Tustin Unified, holding that the school is not required by law to provide the service. Now the case has been brought before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal. / The Orange County Register
Bay City, MI
LOCAL WOMAN TRAINS DEAF DALMATIANS TO UNDERSTAND SIGN LANGUAGE
A Bay City woman has been busy training her dog to be a therapy dog. That in itself isn't strange, but what's out of the ordinary in this case is that the dog is deaf and is learning through sign language. Jill Chanel's Dalmatian Whitney can't hear. But that doesn't matter to Chanel, who is a dog lover. She also owns two beagles, one of which is a therapy dog. She wanted another Dalmatian after the one she owned for 15 years died last January. "They are wonderful and they make wonderful pets," said Chanel. / WNEM
GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY: WIDENING HORIZONS FOR THE DEAF
Gallaudet University is a unique learning community made up of some 1,100 undergraduate and 400 graduate students who are all deaf or hard of hearing. It is the only higher education institution in the world where all programs and services are specifically designed for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. All courses are taught in American Sign Language and English. / Philadelphia News
'MY HEART IS JUST BROKEN': DEAF WOMAN'S CAT SEIZED
A basket of cat toys sits forlornly on the carpet in Cindie Steever's apartment along with an empty food bowl. Steever said her small apartment feels barren and empty without Costello. For Steever, Costello was more than a pet. Last week, Costello was taken by Cleveland County Animal Control officers when they were called to her home to remove some kittens. Steever's anguish cannot only be seen in her fingers, but her face. "I relied on her," she said. / The Shelby Star
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DEAF MOTHER OF TWO TALKED OUT OF SUICIDE
Friends and family members succeeded on Tuesday in talking a mother of two out of jumping off a 15-meter-tall metal art installation in central Athens's Omonia Square. The 35-year-old is deaf and has two children. She threatened to commit suicide because she is unemployed and her disability benefits have been cut, police said. / ekathimerini.com
DEAF OFFICERS KEEP WATCH OVER CRIME IN OAXACA
When the police officer spotted the man acting suspiciously, pacing erratically with an odd look on his face, he immediately called for backup. That is, he spun around in his chair at the police command center here and rapidly motioned to a colleague in sign language. The officer, Gerardo, 32, is part of a cadre of 20 deaf officers formed several months ago to help keep an eye on this tourist hub. “Even though we can’t hear, we can undertake any role,” Gerardo said. / The New York Times
PARENTS OF DEAF BABY TOLD TO WAIT 5 YEARS FOR CARE
A deaf toddler’s family has effectively been told to either emigrate or wait five years for the life-changing care needed. The parents of 9-month-old Benjamin Fellowes revealed the situation after learning there are no plans for him to be given a bilateral cochlear ear implant. At 14 weeks, Benjamin was given hearing aids as a stop-gap measure and is due to receive one cochlear implant next spring. However, while specialists hope more funding may be made available next year, they said even this slim possibility may not be able to help the toddler. / Irish Examiner
OLDER PEOPLE BOOSTED BY DEAF CHARITY'S GRANT
Older people who are deaf or hard of hearing will receive greater help from a charity thanks to a new pot of funding. The Gloucestershire Deaf Association, based at Barnwood, has been boosted by a £80,900 grant from the Lloyds TSB Foundation. The two year funding will pay for training workshops around money issues for older deaf people who use British Sign Language in Gloucestershire. / This is Gloucestershire
CHARITY HELPS DEAF BOY KEEP IN TOUCH WITH SOLDIER DAD
Michael Kerr can now chat to his soldier dad on the front line for the first time. Michael, who is deaf, longed to talk to dad Steven while he was in Afghanistan, but couldn’t hear to speak to him on the phone. Now the Smile for Life charity has surprised the 10-year-old with an iPad so he can make video calls to his dad and communicate with him using sign language. / ChronicleLive
West Yorkshire, England
CALL FOR THEATRES TO BOOST ACCESS FOR DEAF PATRONS AFTER ONE MAN SAYS BSL INTERPRETER WAS NOWHERE NEAR THE STAGE
Danny Lane is profoundly deaf and has spoken of his experiences to try to make theatre-going a better experience for deaf people. Danny, who is chairman of Huddersfield Deaf Centre, says at a recent show at the Leeds Grand Theatre the sign language interpreter was 90° in the wrong direction from the stage. He says other deaf people have been given seats for the visually-impaired and been provided audio descriptions. / Huddersfield Examiner
DEAF ARTIST CELEBRATES SUCCESS OF FIRST EXHIBITION
A deaf artist who started painting as a schoolboy is celebrating the success of his first exhibition. Peter Mugridge, 45, from Epsom, recently showcased his work at the Ebbisham Centre, in Epsom town centre, where his work attracted a good number of visitors -- some of whom went home with his canvases. / Epsom Guardian
DEAF HYPNOTIST GEORGE WOOD TAKES TO THE STAGE
A Harthill stage hypnotist is hopeful of ending the year on a high - by performing his biggest show to date. George Wood, 26, is Scotland’s youngest hypnotist and building up quite a reputation despite taking up performing just last year. But what makes George’s remarkable strides in the industry even more mesmerising is the fact that he is 90 per cent deaf and has to lip read to understand what’s being said. / Wishaw Press
DEAF SCAM CONS $5000 FROM MECHANIC
A scammer who pretended to be deaf has conned $5000 ($5,250 US) from a Perth mechanic in what has been described as an elaborate sting. The mechanic is one of three in WA who have been targeted in recent months. The sting involves the scammer sending an email asking for work to be carried out on a car and requesting the business pay a towing company on their behalf. They claim to be hearing impaired and unable to communicate by phone. The scammers have been known to use the National Relay Service, a telephone service for the hearing impaired, to make their story sound authentic. / The West Australian
Wellington, New Zealand
BABY'S DEAFNESS MISSED IN HEARING TEST FAILURES
She laughs, crawls and gurgles like other 1-year-olds, but Addison Blundell cannot speak or hear a word. The Lower Hutt baby is the first known victim of a massive failure in newborn hearing tests, which has affected 2000 newborn babies nationwide. Addison has congenital hearing loss, a condition that should have been picked up routinely within days of her birth. Instead her parents were told her hearing was fine, and the condition was not discovered until she was re-examined 10 months later. / Stuff.co.nz
DEAF COMMUNITY AFFECTED BY TELETEXT CLOSURE
New Zealand’s Deaf community will be greatly affected by TVNZ’s decision to drop its Teletext magazine service. The service, which was introduced in 1984 primarily to supply Deaf people with greater access to news and information, will be disbanded by TVNZ early next year. Deaf Aotearoa Chief Executive Lachlan Keating says the decision is a disappointing one for the Deaf community, especially the older members who regularly use Teletext. / Scoop News
TEACHER GIVES EARS AND VOICE TO DEAF PUPILS
The birth of a child brings joy to every parent. "I had never felt happier. I was so excited," says Florence Kabasomi, a teacher from Kyegegwa district. However, at times, we are not prepared for what these bundles of joy might bring with them. That is exactly what happened to Kabasomi in 1988. Little did this Grade III teacher know that her daughter was deaf as she did not realize the anomaly until years later. Deafness can be accurately diagnosed only when a child reaches four years of age. / allAfrica.com
RIGHT OF THE DEAF TO BE HEARD
For deaf people, the fight to enjoy the right to have their voices heard remains a special challenge. This is not because deaf people are incapable of speech — many deaf people can speak and lip read. Indeed, deaf Trinbagonians are fed up with being called "dumb" — not only is it hurtful and offensive, it is completely inaccurate. / Trinidad Express
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LIFE & LEISURE
ACADEMY FOR THE DEAF STUDENTS DONATE FOOD
The Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf Middle School's Student Body Government and the Dietary Department recently held a holiday food drive, as well as a Thanksgiving Luncheon on Nov. 16. Pictured are Middle School students delivering more than 200 pounds of nonperishable canned goods and boxed foods along with approximately $100 in cash to the Faribault Food Shelf. / Faribault Daily News
Los Angeles, CA
LETTERS: DEAF REALITY
The Times closed its obituary on Dr. William F. House with his quote, "Deafness is such a horrible thing." Yet my life being deaf, like that of many others, has been normal and even extraordinary, richly rewarded with sign language and countless blessings. The Times should refrain from propagating an old-fashioned and negative view of being deaf and be culturally sensitive to the indigenous, unique communities in California. / Los Angeles Times
CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF STUDENTS
It was an early Christmas for some students at the East Carolina School for the Deaf in Wilson Wednesday. The Pitt County Sheriffs Office delivered Angel Tree selections to some very happy kids. The scene was very quiet, but the excitement was evident. For some it took them a few moments to realize the goodies were for them. / WNCT
Fort Myers, FL
NEW PHONE COULD HELP DEAF FORT MYERS MAN COMMUNICATE
He calls it his “Ho Ho Ho wish list” but the handwritten lines don’t just show what Dennis Fultz wants for Christmas; they help show who he is. Movies and games top it. Fultz, 64, can’t hear, but he’s intensely interested in the world. Also on his list are a phone he can use to text (he’s learning to read and write), shoes, a game controller, a helicopter and real handcuffs with a key. / The News-Press
REGIONAL SCHOOL FOR DEAF AND BLIND HOLDS CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
Santa and Mrs. Claus came to the Mobile Regional School for the Deaf and Blind to sort out a problem. It seems the elves and reindeer and Christmas trees were divided over whether the candy canes should be red or green. Nearly 70 students dressed in sparkly costumes for their annual holiday program. The show, under the direction of music therapist Jessica Simpson, was "Christmas on Candy Cane Lane," written by John Jacobson and Alan Billingsley. / Mobile Press-Register
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FSDB APPOINTS NEW EXEC. DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind is pleased to announce the hiring of Nancy J. Bloch as its new executive director of communications and public relations. Bloch has over 25 years of management and leadership experience with nonprofit, higher education and business entities, including the National Association of the Deaf. / FSDB
LITERACY AND THE DEAF: ED.D. CANDIDATE JESSICA SCOTT
For doctoral candidate Jessica Scott, Ed.M.’08, the fact that many deaf children across the country graduate high school reading at a fourth-grade level is a major problem. “That’s just not good enough or acceptable,” Scott says. “We want deaf children to have the same opportunities as everyone else.” For this reason, Scott focuses her research on ways that deaf students can increase their English and literacy skills. / Harvard
FOUNDATION MAKES AWARD TO VERMONT CENTER FOR THE DEAF & HARD OF HEARING
People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced that it has awarded $3,000 to the Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. The funding will allow for the expansion of its Adult Career Counseling and Employment Support Service (ACCESS) program into the Burlington area to broaden its reach throughout Chittenden County. / VTDigger
VICTORY FOR DEAF CHIPPERS
The following article is excerpted from a January, 1943 issue of The Marin-er, a newsletter for workers at Marinship. Chippers prepped and painted steel plates in Marinship’s Plate Shop, often using loud pneumatic tools. They are deaf mutes — unable to hear a word spoken to them — yet they are doing a better job than many other workers can do. They are the chipper gang in the Plate Shop, working on all three shifts. / Marinscope Community Newspapers
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MSAD GIRLS HOOPS SCORES FIRST 33 POINTS
It took ECHO Charter School more than 10 minutes to get on the board. Even once they did, the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf girls basketball team was just too much. The Trojans took a commanding 33-0 lead 10 minutes into the game and led 42-5 at halftime on their way to a 71-11 road win on Tuesday. “We dominated every aspect of the game and everyone contributed to the whole game,” MSAD coach Russel Pudas said. / Faribault Daily News
Mountain Lakes, NJ
TYLER DEVORE OF MOUNTAIN LAKES TO COMPETE IN DEAF ICE HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP
Tyler DeVore, Mountain Lakes senior and captain of the hockey team, started skating when he was 5 and began playing hockey soon after. With nearly 13 years of hockey experience, DeVore is a rarity on the ice, not just because of his ability but because unlike many of his teammates and opponents, DeVore is legally deaf. / NorthJersey.com
HOCKEY: DULUTH'S KRAJEWSKI NAMED TO NATIONAL DEAF TEAM
Ryan Krajewski of Duluth was named to the U.S. team that will compete at the 2013 World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships from March 30-April 6 in Vantaa, Finland. The competition includes teams from Canada, Finland, Russia, Slovakia and Czech Republic. Krajewski, 33, is a 5-foot-11, 220-pound defenseman with previous international experience. / Duluth News Tribune
PASSAGES: BETTY G. MILLER
Bettigee -- July 27, 1934 to December 3, 2012
Betty Gloria Miller lived wide, loved well, & blazed trails. She died at the age of 78 on Monday, December 3rd, 2012, of sepsis (toxic bacterial infection) leading to kidney failure. For much of her adult life, she lived in Washington, DC, and for the last eight years, she lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Born in Chicago, Illinois during the Great Depression, she was the third child, and the only daughter of Ralph Reese Miller, Sr. and Gladys Hedrick Miller. Both parents were deaf, and her two older brothers, Ben and Ralph, were hearing. Betty was hard of hearing much of her life; she lost her hearing completely in her fifties as a result of a high fever. Betty was known as a pioneer in two fields. She was nicknamed the “Mother of De’VIA” (Deaf View Image Art), a genre that intentionally expresses the deaf experience through art. She was also a pioneer in counseling deaf alcoholics and substance abusers, and author of Deaf & Sober: Journeys through Recovery, published by the National Association of the Deaf. / Purple Swirl Arts
ROBERT R. LAIRD
Robert R. Laird, 93, longtime resident of Johnstown, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at his son’s lake home in Maryland. He leaves his wife of 63 years, Margaret (Crino) Laird; children, Eddy, New Market, Md.; Joan (Doug), Walkersville, Md.; and Herman, Allison Park, Pa.; and grandchildren, Matthew, Annalee, Marty and Ashley. An active member of National Fraternal Society of the Deaf, Division 85; Pennsylvania Society for the Advancement of the Deaf; Johnstown Association of the Deaf; and Central Deaf Senior Citizens. Longtime member of Central Deaf Senior Citizens and Western Pennsylvania Deaf Citizens. / The Tribune Democrat
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