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January 23, 2013
Vol. 9, No. 13

Editor: Tom Willard

Deafweekly is an independent news report for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community that is mailed to subscribers on Wednesdays and available to read at www.deafweekly.com. These are the actual headlines and portions of recent deaf-related news articles, with links to the full story. Minor editing is done when necessary. Deafweekly is copyrighted 2013 and any unauthorized use is prohibited. Please support our advertisers; they make it possible for you to receive Deafweekly.

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NATIONAL
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Falls Church, VA
FATAL FALLS CHURCH FIRE ENGULFS HOME
An early morning fire in Falls Church reportedly left a mother and daughter dead Wednesday. The one-alarm fire in the 3100 block of Manor Road began shortly before 4 a.m. The home was fully engulfed when Fairfax County Fire arrived on the scene. At one point, the intense blaze sent flames 50 feet into the air. According to relatives, the victims were Laura Snyder-Gardner, who was a math professor at Gallaudet University, and her high school-aged daughter, News4 reported. Both were hard of hearing. / NBC 4 Washington

Slidell, LA
FIRE DISTRICT 1 CONTINUES TO PROTECT HEARING IMPAIRED, DEAF COMMUNITY
It was just months ago that firefighters with the St. Tammany Parish Fire Protection District 1 installed an ADA compliant 177 CD strobe smoke detector at the home of Shawanda Barry. Barry is completely deaf and found out that Fire District 1 was doing free smoke detector installations for Slidell residents in need. But Barry wanted to know if the fire department had any smoke alarms that would appeal to her, specifically an alarm that would alert her in the case her home caught fire as alarms are supposed to do. / The St. Tammany News

Columbia, MD
FOUR MORE ACCUSE EMPLOYEE OF COLUMBIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF OF SEXUAL ABUSE
Four more people said they were sexually abused in the case against an aide at the Maryland School for the Deaf in Columbia, according to court records. Clarence Cepheus Taylor, 37, was indicted on seven counts of sexual abuse of a minor, all felonies, by a Howard County Grand Jury this week. Taylor, who was a dorm aide working the evening shift, was originally charged with three counts of sexual abuse of minor when he was arrested by Howard County Police in December. Taylor's defense attorney said the allegations against the employee, who is deaf, are "preposterous." / Baltimore Sun

Corona, CA
ROBBERY OF DEAF LIBRARY VISITOR TRIGGERS ARREST
The robbery of a deaf man outside the Corona library has prompted the arrest of a 23-year-old probationer from that city, police say. Joseph Anthony Washington was arrested on Tuesday, Jan. 15, and initially booked for possession of concentrated marijuana, drugs and probation violation, jail records show. Later, investigators noticed that Washington closely resembled a surveillance photo from the Jan. 8 holdup at Corona Public Library so that charge was added after the victim confirmed the identification, police said in a written statement. / Press-Enterprise

Cincinnati, OH
COURT MAY BE LIABLE FOR BLOCKING DEAF LIFEGUARD
A Michigan county may have discriminated against a deaf man it refused to hire amid accommodation concerns, the 6th Circuit ruled. Nicholas Keith, who has been deaf since his birth in 1980, applied for a lifeguard position with Oakland County after getting certified in 2007. Though Oakland initially offered Keith a part-time lifeguard position at its wave pool, Keith failed his pre-employment physical based on his deafness. Dr. Paul Work told Keith's mother, "I have to [fail Keith]. I have a house and three sons to think about. If something happens, they're not going to sue you, they're not going to sue the county, they're going to come after me." / Courthouse News Service

South Bend, IN
NOW-RETIRED JUDGE NEMETH SANCTIONED DURING LAST WEEKS ON BENCH
Just weeks before retiring, long-serving St. Joseph Probate Judge Peter Nemeth agreed to a private reprimand in connection with a complaint filed in August regarding a guardianship hearing for a deaf teenager. At a March hearing, Nemeth told a woman seeking custody of a deaf 18-year-old that she would have to supply an interpreter for the proceedings on her own dime, denying her request for a court-appointed interpreter for the teenager, according to the commission's complaint. / South Bend Tribune

Gooding, ID
SCHOOL FOR DEAF AND BLIND WANTS FUNDING TO BE INCREASED
With more students and waiting lists for elementary school programs, the Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind wants to hire more teachers. In February, school officials will present a budget request for the fiscal year that starts in July to the state’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee. Over the past five years, enrollment has jumped at the Gooding campus. There are 86 students this year — up from 59 in September 2007. ISDB Administrator Brian Darcy said the number of students receiving outreach services has also grown. / Twin Falls Times-News

Boise, ID
GROUPS SERVING DEAF, HARD OF HEARING GREET LAWMAKERS IN 4TH FLOOR ROTUNDA
Groups that serve the deaf and hard of hearing across Idaho have displays in the 4th floor rotunda of the state Capitol until noon today as part of a legislative breakfast sponsored by the state Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Steven Snow, executive director of the council, said there's been an encouraging turnout today, with at least 20 legislators stopping by to visit and see the displays. / The Spokesman-Review

Newark, OH
WOMAN UPSET BY LOSS OF REMOTE FOR COCHLEAR IMPLANT WHEN PURSE IS STOLEN
Lisa Kuehner said she is devastated after her purse was stolen out of her shopping cart while she was buying groceries at Giant Eagle in Heath. However, she’s not upset about losing her designer bag, house and car keys, or even her cash and credit cards. The only thing Kuehner said she can’t live without is the remote that allows her to control her cochlear implant, which has been helping her hear for the past two years. / The Newark Advocate

Internet
MOM'S PLEA -- $8,000 OR JAIL
In a domestic violence marriage, Dawn endured all kinds of abuse for 5 years and went through a nasty divorce. She was forced to give up her job, house, dog and her friends to get away. / FundRazr.com

See Also TRUTH ABOUT DAWN SCHRIVER (ROOD) / The Real Truth ...


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The Dream Must Go On!

Deaf West Theatre honors retired Founding Artistic Director at a gala fundraising event on Saturday, Feb 9 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles, California at 7:00pm. Scenes and vignettes from Deaf West productions including "Cyrano", "Children of a Lesser God", and "Big River" will be featured amid a lineup of special guest stars from Deaf West Theatre's history.

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INTERNATIONAL
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Internet
THE BELGIAN TWINS, EUTHANASIA AND THE MYTH
Just this week, we have had such a story [of mythology] in the national press. It is the tale of Belgian twins, who were euthanized on December 14th, 2012. Their names were Marc and Eddy and they were ill with spinal problems, heart issues, and glaucoma (Many Tribes blog). But this story was written in a different way. / Deaf Capital

Melbourne, Australia
KOREAN JUNIOR LEE DUCK-HEE IS DEAF BUT DREAMS TO MAKE IT BIG IN TENNIS WORLD
At first look, Korean junior tennis player Lee Duck-hee is just one of many young juniors in the world hoping to make a name for himself in the world of tennis. But Duk-hee is unlike other junior players since he is deaf. Speaking to reporters at the Australian open in Melbourne where he is competing in the boys draw, Hee-duck said, through sign language, "I don't hear the calls, especially the out calls, so sometimes ... just continue. That's kind of difficult but it's nothing special." / Tennis World

London, England
HOXTON'S CIRCUS SPACE PAVES THE WAY FOR DEAF YOUNGSTERS
Deaf children got a unique opportunity at the weekend to learn circus skills at one of Europe’s leading providers of circus education, paving the way in making creative arts accessible to disabled youngsters. The group of 17 people aged 8-16 honed their creative skills at Hoxton’s Circus Space, taking part in diablo, acrobatics, tight wire and aerial skills. The free event was organized in partnership with the National Deaf Children’s Society. / Hackney Gazette

London, England
DEAF WOMEN'S FOOTBALL -- THE LOWDOWN AND THE ROAD TO THE OLYMPICS
Twenty-three year old Claire Stancliffe hopes to be going with the GB deaf women's football team to the Deaflympics this summer. With no national funding though, they're struggling to raise money to get themselves there. But many don't understand why deaf people want to play separately from non-disabled hearing people in the first place. / BBC

Derby, England
DERBY HOUSE FIRE: DOG 'TRIED TO SAVE PARTIALLY DEAF OWNER'
Relatives of a partially deaf man who died because of a house fire believe his dog tried in vain to save him by waking him up. Don Wilson, 76, was found upstairs next to his collie dog, Max, who was also overcome by smoke and died. The fire is believed to have been caused by an unguarded open fire in Mr Wilson's bedroom. / BBC

Droylsden, England
DRIVING INSTRUCTOR LEARNS SIGN LANGUAGE TO TEACH DEAF PUPILS
When driving instructor Paula Carr talks about hand signals, she doesn’t mean the sort of rude gestures you sometimes get on the roads. The 46-year-old is qualified in British Sign Language – and all three deaf pupils she’s taught since taking up the hobby have passed their test first time. Paula, who runs Swift School of Motoring in Droylsden, says being profoundly deaf is no barrier to being a good driver. / Manchester Evening News

Angus, Scotland
DEAF REFEREE: 'I'VE AN ADVANTAGE AS I CAN'T HEAR ANY OF THE ABUSE'
Scotland's only deaf referee has said officiating rugby matches is a stroll in the park because he cannot hear abuse from fans and coaches. Danny Shepherd, 49, of Montrose, Angus, has never let his disability get in the way of his passion for sport. The rugby addict began refereeing in Scotland in 2010 and has officiated as far away as Stornoway, Peterhead and the Shetland Islands. / STV

Rome, Italy
DEAF WOMAN USES ART TO COMMUNICATE, PAINTS WORKS BY BOTICELLI, RAPHAEL
New artists are almost always inspired by some of the greatest artists before them. This young woman is no exception. She has replicated great works from Italian painter Giotto, depicting the life of Jesus, as well as the Last Judgment by Michelangelo. But the work did not come easy for Marianna Caprioletti. She suffers from Pendred syndrome, and her paintings are the only way of expressing herself. / Rome Reports

Tanga, Tanzania
DEAF SOCIETY TO TEACH SIGN LANGUAGE TO PROVIDERS
Tanzania Deaf Society, Tanga branch has initiated a program to train service providers in public sectors to learn sign language to better serve people with hearing problems. The training would involve service providers from public service sectors such as health, courts, police, journalists, municipal and town councils. / allAfrica.com

Dubai
DUBAI LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO HELP DEAF DRIVERS
The Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai has launched an initiative to sensitise road users to deaf drivers and alert motorists to vehicles driven by people with hearing disabilities. It would comprise an educative bulletin written in Braille that would be distributed to blind students, lectures in sign language for deaf people and visits by traffic awareness teams to autism centres and schools dedicated to people with special needs. The objective is to educate drivers on how to deal with hearing impaired people and alert them that the driver in front is deaf. / TwoCircles.net

Nigeria
MAN ARRESTED OVER ALLEGED RAPE OF DEAF AND DUMB
Osun State Police Command, Jan. 22, paraded a 21-year-old Shina Amusa, for allegedly having canal knowledge of an 18-year-old deaf and dumb. Giving the details of the crime, the Investigating Police Officer in charge of the case, said the suspect overpowered and forced the hepless deaf and dumb girl inside his room before allegedly raping her. / Osun Defender

Limpopo, South Africa
MAN IN COURT FOR RAPING DEAF GIRL
An elderly Limpopo man accused of raping a deaf youth appeared in the Mankweng Magistrate's Court on Monday, police said. Constable Moses Molepo said the 69-year-old man remained in custody and would apply for bail on January 29. He was arrested on January 9 after the 18-year-old was attacked when she went to the outside toilet at her home on January 8. / IOL.co.za


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Pittsburgh, PA
NEWBORN SCREENING MISSES SOME DEAF KIDS: STUDY
New research provides further evidence that some babies who pass their newborn hearing tests are found to be deaf or hard of hearing as young kids. Some of those newborns may receive passing grades incorrectly, researchers said, but others can be born with good hearing but develop progressive hearing loss as babies and toddlers. "Don't depend on just the fact that (your child) passed the screen, especially if there are any concerns about hearing loss or speech concerns," said Dr. David Chi, the study's lead author, told Reuters Health. / Reuters

Omaha, NE
BLIND, DEAF SHIH TZU RESCUED FROM STORM SEWER
Tippy the Shih Tzu went for a rather unusual walk Tuesday morning near his southwest Omaha home, a journey that left his family shaking their heads. The owner, Albert Armendariz, said he “absolutely couldn't believe” his eyes when 14-year-old Tippy disappeared down a storm sewer drain in front of their house during his morning bathroom break. Armendariz said he was with the dog outside about 8 a.m. when it suddenly slipped into a sewer opening on the street. / Omaha World-Herald

McAllen, TX
RETREAT HOSTED FOR PARENTS OF DEAF RIO GRANDE VALLEY STUDENTS
Rio Grande Valley parents of deaf children learned how to navigate growing up in a world with little or no sound on Saturday at Brown Middle School. Students of the Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD), under the McAllen school district, spent the day socializing outside of school at a retreat hosted by the program. / The Monitor


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Lincoln, NE
DEAF ADVOCATE INSPIRED TO HELP THEM HEAR
It's been 40 years since Peggy Williams first began learning a second language, talking with her hands, her face, her body, and bridging a gap between the hearing and the deaf communities. Williams was one of Lincoln's early interpreters for large groups, interpreting for political speakers Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jesse Jackson, for AA conventions, at Lied Center performances and for entertainers Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers and Jerry Lewis. It all started on a hill in Fort Smith, Ark. / The Lincoln Journal Star

Champaign, IL
ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY HELP DEAF, HEARING WORLDS COMMUNICATE
New popular technological advancements, such as the recent release of the iPhone 5, can cause excitement for different reasons. For the hearing world, it’s for the improvements and new gadgets that will entertain and increase convenience. For those deaf or hard of hearing, however, it can serve as a tool to communicate in ways never before possible. Matthew Dye, assistant professor in Speech and Hearing Science, explained how the introduction of video telecommunication had a major impact on the deaf community. / The Daily Illini

San Marcos, CA
SAN MARCOS STUDENT WINS GRANT TO RAISE DEAF AWARENESS
At last month’s meeting, the Tri-County GATE Council awarded grants to students, parents and teachers. San Marcos High School freshman Renee Handley was awarded $100 for her grant proposal. Handley proposes to help raise awareness and understanding of the deaf community’s struggle by bringing members of the Santa Barbara City College American Sign Language (ASL) Club to interact with San Marcos students and introduce them to ASL as a distinct language. / Noozhawk

Fresno, CA
DEAF SPECIALIST AT FRESNO UNIFIED RECEIVES GRANT
Donald Rotella, a deaf and hard-of-hearing specialist for Fresno Unified School District, has been awarded a $1,055 technology grant from an anonymous donor. The grant includes a 4th generation Apple iPad with retina display and Wi-Fi, along with numerous accessories. / Fresno Bee


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New York, NY
BLIND-DEAF ISRAELI THEATER TROUPE BRINGS 'NOT BY BREAD ALONE' TO SKIRBALL
By the time you take your seat, the cast of “Not by Bread Alone” is already onstage, kneading dough and splitting it into loaves at long tables. So begins a process — and a show — that ends 80 minutes later, when the bread is pulled out of ovens at the back of the stage, and you’re invited to come up and taste the freshly baked goods. This isn’t a traditional way to approach theater, but then, this isn’t a traditional cast, either: The 11 members of Israel’s Nalaga’at company, based near Tel Aviv, are, to varying degrees, both deaf and blind. / New York Post

Fort Myers, FL
THEATER SEEKING DEAF ACTORS FOR 'THE WIZARD OF OZ'
The Grace Church is looking for deaf performers and people who know American Sign Language to perform in a production of the hit musical, The Wizard of Oz. Rehearsal will be held on Sunday’s beginning Jan 27th at Grace Church in Fort Myers. The production will be the Third weekend in May at Cultural Park Theater in Cape Coral. There is no fee to be in the production but a donation of $30-$50 is suggested. / The News-Press

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Austin, TX
WELCOME TO THE 2013 WILLIGAN TOURNAMENT
Bringing the excitement to Austin, the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) takes its turn as host, welcoming athletes for the 9th annual Willigan Wrestling Tournament – a national competition among Deaf high school students, formerly named the National Deaf Prep Wrestling Tournament. This sporting event will be held at TSD from January 25-26 and features two days of competition in Austin for athletes from six schools for the Deaf in California - from both Riverside and Fremont campuses, Indiana, Maryland, the Model Secondary School in Washington, D.C., and Texas. / TSD


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Austin, TX
VICTOR GALLOWAY, FIRST DEAF SUPERINTENDENT OF THE TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF, DIES
Victor Galloway, the first deaf superintendent of the Texas School for the Deaf, died on Wednesday in Austin at the age of 84. He had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Having already built a career as a distinguished educator, Galloway took the reins of the Texas School for the Deaf in 1981. At the time, the school was in turmoil: The previous superintendent had been accused of not promoting deaf employees and some employees said the school’s staff was inadequately trained in sign language. Galloway’s appointment “was indicative of the whole empowerment of deaf people that was occurring at that time,” said current superintendent Claire Bugen. / Austin American-Statesman

Welland, ON, Canada
REV. STOCKS WAS ADVOCATE FOR THE DEAF
Rev. Henry Andrew (Harry) Stocks died at the age of 77 at Hospice Niagara on Saturday, Jan. 19, after battling cancer for more than a decade. In 1966, the same year Stocks became a Catholic priest, he went to Bangalore, India, and met many deaf children who didn’t have a school and were seen as dumb, unproductive members of society. He spent the next 38 years building and maintaining a school, a workers education center and a technical training school to make sure the children who entered the school would get jobs and destroy the stigma. / Welland Tribune


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JOB OPENING

REGIONAL CAPTIONED TELEPHONE OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Hamilton Relay, Inc. currently has a position open for “Regional Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator" staffed in the state of Tennessee.

Position summary: This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Captioned Telephone Service (CapTel®) for Tennessee Relay Services (1/2 time) and in other states as needed (1/2 time). Individual will be required to travel within the state of Tennessee as well as outside the state as needed, while residing in Tennessee.

Preferred education, experience and skills:
-- Completion of an undergraduate degree and two or more years of experience in the design and implementation of public outreach program or related marketing experience are required. Experience in the telecommunication field, Traditional Relay Service or Captioned Telephone Service is a strong plus.
-- Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users.
-- Familiarity with the user communities that can benefit from Captioned Telephone Services: Senior Community; Hard of Hearing Community
-- Strong communication skills – oral, written and public speaking.
-- Effective public outreach skills & techniques to be used with a wide variety of audiences.
-- Excellent presentation skills.
-- Experience in public relations.
-- Ability to travel alone and possess a valid driver’s license.
-- Captioned Telephone users are encouraged to apply.

Interested individuals may apply online at: www.workforhamilton.com or contact Cindy Blase in Corporate Human Resource Department by January 31, 2013 at 800.821.1831.

Hamilton Relay is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and full time benefits.

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
215-884-9770 TTY/V 215-884-6301 FAX

PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults. We take great pride that our program is strongly Deaf/HOH centered with about 85% of our staff being Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Our staff environment is one of incredible teamwork and mutual support. As a result, we are rapidly growing with new programs and expansions of our existing programs. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate or have many years’ experience in the field of human services we have a career building position waiting for you! E.O.E.

PAHrtners is looking for dedicated, motivated, energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community to fill the following positions:

RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR
RESIDENTIAL ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTORS
RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS

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Send your letter of intent and resumes to:

Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
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