January 2, 2013
Vol. 9, No. 10
Editor: Tom Willard
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SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH MURDER OF 21-YEAR-OLD
A deaf man was trying to take his girlfriend Christmas shopping when he was ambushed, robbed and murdered in North Charlotte Friday night, according to several family members. Three teenagers were arrested and charged with beating and stabbing 21-year-old Michael Shull to death in the middle of the street. Family members said Shull was casually acquainted with the man and women charged with killing him. Shull's girlfriend is not charged with a crime and family members don't believe she knew what her friends were conspiring to do. / SWOC
See Also MICHAEL V. SHULL OBITUARY / Hickory Daily Record
DEREK DEWITT SENTENCED TO 85 YEARS IN PRISON FOR CAUSING A CRASH THAT KILLED A 15-YEAR-OLD DEAF GIRL
A man who claims he had a psychotic episode before mowing down a mother and daughter with his SUV, killing a 15-year-old deaf girl, has been sentenced to 85 years in prison. Derek Dewitt told investigators he "saw something evil" before swerving and hitting Tina Boozer-Carter and her daughter, Dawn Boozer-Carter, as they raised money for the Indiana School for the Deaf near Kessler Boulevard and 56th Street in May 2010. He told witnesses, "Yeah, I (expletive) hit them. They (expletive) dead now, ain't they?" / RTV6
THREE SENTENCED, ONE POSTPONED, AAAND EIGHT MORE TO GO
On December 14, 2012, Joshua Finkle and Oksana Strusa came up next in the sentencing order. The Honorable Judge Pisano handed down one of the harshest restitution amounts since the Yehs to Mr. Finkle. Mr. Finkle was sentenced to a restitution of seven million dollars, $7,000,000.00, along with a 12 month home confinement with location monitoring to be followed by four years on probation. Ms. Strusa was sentenced to a restitution of two point five million dollars, $2,500,000.00 along with three years on probation. / VRS Justice
REPORT FILED ON COMPLIANCE WITH FCC'S IP CAPTIONING RULES, COMPLAINT AGAINST AMAZON
The Institute for Public Representation filed a report Dec. 20 regarding compliance by Internet-based video programming distributors with the Federal Communications Commission’s new rules requiring closed captioning on Internet Protocol (“IP”)-delivered video programming and an associated complaint against Amazon.com for violating the rules. IPR student Jessica Lee, with the help of Dr. Christian Vogler, Director of the Technology Access Program (TAP) at Gallaudet University, worked during the fall semester to test more than 100 combinations of video programming playback devices, software, platforms, and programs. / IPR
REDDIT HELPS DEAF MAN UNDERSTAND GRANDFATHER'S WWII VIDEO
Call it a Christmas miracle. Thanks to a kind group of contributors on Reddit, a deaf man will finally be able to read the words once spoken in a video by his late grandfather. The kindheartedness came Wednesday morning from the subreddit r/favors, where redditor Whoa_Bundy staked his impassioned plea. "I am deaf and I would like a video of my late Grandfather captioned," Bundy wrote. "I can't understand what he is saying and I would really like to." / Daily Dot
DEAF CHILDREN NEED TO BE TAUGHT IN SIGN LANGUAGE THEY ACTUALLY KNOW, SAYS PETITION
As anyone familiar with deaf culture knows, talking about sign language as a monolith makes about as much sense as talking about spoken language as if English and French were indistinguishable. Generally speaking, if you want to learn English, you need to be immersed in English, not French. And if you want to learn the sign language called Signing Exact English? According to a petition submitted last week to Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, you should be immersed in SEE, not any old sign language. The petition was signed by 200 parents, teachers and interpreters. / Seattle Weekly
ALABAMA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF ALUMNI INDUCTED INTO ASD HALL OF FAME
Six alumni of the Alabama School for the Deaf in Talladega were inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame during the 17th installation ceremony held Saturday, Dec. 8. They are Roxanne Dawes, Stanley Jordan, Larry Potter, Jerry Smith, Charles Thorn and Tommy White. / Anniston Star
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DEAF ALLEGED VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE CALL FOR BOYCOTT OF CATHOLIC CHURCH COLLECTION PLATES
They may be deaf and mute, but a group of about 200 alleged victims of sexual abuse by a Roman Catholic teaching order who gathered for a demonstration on a frigid Sunday afternoon were able to communicate a powerful message. In view of their plight, they asked that as people gather in their local Catholic churches for midnight mass on Christmas Eve, that they not donate money to the collection plate as it is passed around. / Montreal Gazette
Tel Aviv, Israel
MINISTRY AGREES TO SUSPEND CUTS TO DEAF SERVICES
The Welfare and Social Services Ministry decided on Sunday to re-approve the budget allocation for services for the deaf and hard of hearing following a public protest outside the government building in Tel Aviv on Sunday morning. The budget allocation will cover translation services, transcription and copying signs for the deaf and hard of hearing, Israel Radio reported. The protest sought to rally against the planned budget cuts for sign language translation services. Attendees held up signs asking: "Can anyone hear me?" / Jerusalem Post
NEW THEATER GIVES THE DEAF A CHANCE TO BE ACTORS
Arutz Sheva visited the rehearsal room of the Shema theater, which is made up of a group of actors who are deaf and hard of hearing. The group, which was incorporated for the purpose of creating a new theater for the deaf, is working on the production "Macbeth" that will be presented for the first time in January. / Arutz Sheva
BEAUTY PAGEANT FOR DEAF-MUTE WOMEN
An unusual fashion contest that will be held on Sunday has arranged for interpreters who know sign language. The 20-odd women participants are all deaf-mute and will field questions from celebrities, including Prahlad Kakkar, on their way to victory. Miss Deaf India will crown a two-day awareness exposition for the hearing impaired to be held on December 29-30 at Birla Matushri Sabhagriha. / Times of India
OUT ON A DATE, DEAF-AND-MUTE GIRL CRIES RAPE TO ESCAPE FATHER'S RAGE
Afraid that her father would reprimand her for coming home late, a 17-year-old girl alleged that she had been gangraped when she was actually out with her boyfriend. On Wednesday night, the Trombay residents and her parents approached the local police. The girl, who is hearing and vision-impaired, used sign language to allege that she had been picked by two unidentified persons and taken to a public toilet near her house, where she was raped for three hours, the police said. The girl’s accusation set off a series of emphatic reactions. / Hindustan Times
THAT DOG CAN DANCE! DEAF POOCH HENRY LEARNS TO FOXTROT WITH THE HELP OF SIGN LANGUAGE
When it comes to dancing dogs, not many can match the poise and grace of his routines. But for Henry, the King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, his near faultless performances are even more remarkable given that he has to communicate with his owner through sign language. The dog, who appears on a new talent show That Dog Can Dance!, is able to perform a series of spins and dance steps on his hind legs in perfect time to the music – despite the fact he was left completely deaf two years ago. / Daily Mail
DEAF MAN LEFT BATTERED AFTER ATTACK BY THUGS
These horrific injuries were inflicted on a deaf 52-year-old man who was punched and kicked by three men. The shocking image of 52-year-old Michael Boyle has been released by Nottinghamshire Police after he was attacked in Worksop. He suffered a fractured eye socket and jaw and swelling and bruising to his face. / The Star
'WE NEED HEALTHCARE BUT SAID IN OUR OWN LANGUAGE'
There is nothing more frightening for a mother than to watch their child suddenly become unwell. Lorna Forrester felt that overwhelming sense of panic when her daughter Lara was playing with a jewellery set and managed to get a bead stuck up her nose. Terror, fear and dread – these are all emotions which swept over her. But when you are profoundly deaf and have no easy way to get help, this worry can feel much worse. “When my daughter got a bead stuck up her nose, I really panicked,” Lorna said. / STV
MUSIC FOR THE DEAF
It sounds impossible: music for the deaf. But that odd sounding concept is exactly what Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra are trying to achieve. Scientific studies show that, under the right conditions, the brains of deaf people show a similar enjoyment of music to the brains of people who can hear perfectly well. / YouTube
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DEAF SANTA VISITS STUDENTS AT PAUL B. STEVENS SCHOOL FOR EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN
The students at the Paul B. Stevens School for Exceptional Children in Clearwater eagerly anticipated the thrill of the season as they watched their chimney for the arrival of Santa on Dec. 17 and 18. When they spotted the man with the white beard and red suit, they broke out in smiles as they waved to him and crowded around him in the lobby, "Santa! Santa!" they yelled and were met by a hearty "Ho, Ho, Ho." / Patch.com
SANTA CAN SIGN! FATHER CHRISTMAS MAKES SHY LITTLE DEAF BOY'S DAY
A Foxboro mall Santa made a shy little deaf boy's day over the holidays by surprising him with sign language. When 3-year-old Cameron Sylvester, who has a condition called auditory neuropathy, was too scared to sit on his lap the wise Santa, who noticed the blue hearing aid in the little boy's ear, reassured him with a little sign language -- asking him "are you a good boy?" / Radar Online
DEAF COMMUNITY GATHERS FOR FELLOWSHIP
On Nov. 9, several people of Memphis' deaf community got together at McAllister's to socialize. The second Friday of every other month, people of Memphis' deaf culture meet at the McAllister's restaurant at Mendenhall and Poplar for fellowship and social time. Also included at the gatherings are hearing individuals who can sign, are fluent in American Sign Language, or who are certified interpreters for the deaf. / The Commercial Appeal
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STEPHANIE MANSOUR DOESN'T LET HANDICAP BE IMPEDIMENT
She may not always be able to hear the customers, but Stephanie Mansour has kept herself in business by listening to them. Mansour owns Touchdown Gifts at Southern Park Mall. The business started at her mother’s and aunt’s business in New Castle, then took off from there. “One of my gift baskets ended up going to an employee at the Southern Park Mall,” she said. The mall employee contacted Mansour about 15 years ago and asked her if she was interested in setting up a kiosk at the mall to sell her baskets. The kiosk started at 6-feet-by-6-feet and grew until the mall told her the kiosk could not get any bigger and she needed a storefront. / Youngstown News
HOW CAN YOU BEST COMMUNICATE WITH A DEAF EMPLOYEE? REI STAFFER SHARES 5 SIMPLE TIPS
As a deaf employee at the Seattle REI [Recreational Equipment Inc.] store, I find that difficult communication patterns can emerge during my interactions with customers. On the sales floor, even the most well-intentioned people approach me in ways that make it impossible for me to decipher their needs due to heavy reliance on auditory signals, which I miss out on. These approaches include walking past me while talking, talking to the product instead of me, talking to my back or mumbling while thinking about a product in their hand. Deaf or hearing, we are all people with communication needs. / REI
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DEAFTEL WIRELESS -- THE ACCIDENTAL PHONE SERVICE FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
Deaftel Wireless is a new iPhone app for the Deaf and Hard of hearing that lets them talk to any hearing person over the phone. It works by using cutting edge technology that converts a hearing person’s voice into text and the Deaftel user’s text response back into voice over the phone. / PR.com
DEAF BRAIN DRAIN
The Rochester region has a long history of deaf education and culture, but highly trained members of the deaf community are moving out of the region due to a lack of jobs. One firm that recently opened an office in the city is calling for companies to take advantage of the talent in their own backyard. Alicia Lane-Outlaw is the Chief Creative Officer for AllOut Marketing in Rochester, and she says there‘s a great deaf community in the city, but when deaf and hard-of-hearing students graduate, they often don’t stick around -- even though they want to. / Innovation Trail
Iowa City, IA
GRADUATE OF SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AIMS TO BREAK BARRIERS
Joseph Lewis has never been one to let his deafness limit his opportunities, interning at the White House, spending two years with AmeriCorps and now working for the federal government in Washington, D.C. And Lewis, who was adopted from South Korea at age 5 and grew up in Marion, has his sights set on breaking ground in politics, hoping to be a future deaf trailblazer in that arena. After a 2009 internship in Sen. Tom Harkin’s office in Washington, Lewis told Harkin “when he retires, I’ll take his position, and he said OK,” Lewis said, smiling at the memory. / The Gazette
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
DULUTH MAN LANDS ROLE ON TV SHOW HIGHLIGHTING DEAF CULTURE
A Duluth-raised actor who was born deaf has landed a principal role on a popular ABC Family TV show that stars a deaf lead actor and puts deaf culture in the spotlight. Daniel Durant will play Matthew, an egotistical character who really has a way with the ladies on “Switched at Birth.” He will be featured in at least episodes 3, 5 and 6 of the series that starts up again Jan. 7. / In-Forum
New York, NY
DEAF-BLIND ENSEMBLE COMING TO N.Y. TO SERVE FOOD IN TOTAL DARKNESS
An entirely different kind of blind tasting happens next month in New York: Nalaga’at Theater, an ensemble comprised of deaf-blind actors, will perform its unique show Not by Bread Alone from January 16 to February 3 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, and to complement the experience, the Tel Aviv–based group will open pop-up versions of Café Kapish and BlackOut. The latter is a full-service restaurant where the waiters are blind and the food is served in darkness. / Grub Street New York
PAINTINGS SHOW ARTIST'S ABILITIES
What makes art truly great comes from the artist's journey, and Veronique Cheney's life experience produces art that is universal in its meaning and significance. Her ability to communicate visually is especially strong. Deaf for most of her life, Cheney did not learn sign language until age 19. "Her work is diverse and emotionally communicates to the hearing and deaf community," Venice Art Center Executive Director Mary Morris said. / Herald-Tribune
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BOYS BASKETBALL: DEAF PLAYER IS ALL SMILES
Ask Efrain “Jimmy” Orozco about Scottie Stone and a smile comes to his face. Or course, getting Orozco to smile isn’t all that hard. Just greet him. The Melrose junior guard quickly makes hand gestures in his preferred method of communication, American Sign Language. “He can shoot the three-pointer,” Orozco said about Stone through an interpreter. “He’s a good runner, fast. “He’s a very good player.” Stone is the best player on Melrose’s boys basketball team. / St. Cloud Times
Mountain Lakes, NJ
MOUNTAIN LAKES SENIOR TYLER DEVORE SELECTED FOR USA DEAF HOCKEY TEAM
Six months ago, Tyler DeVore first heard soda fizzing in a glass. He knew the family’s beagle, Lucky, was nearby when her collar jingled. Crowd noise at the hockey rink became much louder, a distraction to be blocked out. DeVore is deaf, though he is now able to hear nearly everything via a cochlear implant. A Mountain Lakes senior, DeVore has been selected for Team USA at the World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships in Vantaa, Finland, in late March. / Daily Record
DORIS NYQUIST, WAS LONGTIME ADVOCATE FOR DEAF PEOPLE
Doris Nyquist bridged worlds. At work, as a sign language interpreter who connected mental health workers with deaf clients. At church, as a choir leader for the predominantly deaf congregation. In the community, as a volunteer who pushed for more attention for deaf causes. Many of her descendants gathered earlier in December at her assisted living facility for a holiday party. She was perky and alert, then closed her eyes for the last time two days later. She died from kidney failure about a week later, on Dec. 23. Nyquist was 83. / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
MARK EDWARD MASSEY
Mark Edward Massey, 48, of Morganton died Sunday, December 23, 2012 at Burke Palliative Care Center. Mark was born in Fairfax County, Virginia and was a son of Edward Chester Massey and Donna Lee Hammersley Massey of Morganton. Mark was a graduate of North Carolina School for the Deaf and loved his friends in the deaf community. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and NASCAR and was a member of First Baptist Church. / Sossoman Funeral Home
NEVER FORGET BETTY MILLER
I am shocked that Betty Miller passed away on December 3, 2012. I am appreciated that you informed me to read this. She was wonderful artist, activist and leader for Deaf Community I worked with her at Beyond Sound by of the Deaf Film/TV. She was pleased to work on the grants for us. I would like to buy her art work. I never forget her arts.
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