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January 24, 2007
Vol. 3 No. 11

Editor: Tom Willard

Deafweekly is an independent news report for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community that is mailed to subscribers every Wednesday and available to read at www.deafweekly.com. Please visit our website to read current and back issues, sign up for a subscription and advertise. Deafweekly is copyrighted 2007 and any unauthorized use, including reprinting of news, is prohibited. Please support our advertisers; they make it possible for you to receive Deafweekly at no charge.

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GALLAUDET ISSUES REPORT ON CONFRONTATION

Gallaudet University released a report last week on the October 6 confrontation between campus police and student protesters in the Hall Memorial Building. The 53-page report by former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and two other lawyers found that allegations of “excessive force” and use of pepper spray were untrue, reported The Washington Post. Security officers were insufficiently trained and equipped to enter the building, said the report, but “performed well under difficult circumstances.” The authors conclude that security personnel should be required to learn sign language to better communicate with students. To read the report, click here.

LAWYERS ARGUE AGAINST EXECUTION OF DEAF WOMAN

Daphne Wright’s lawyers say the Sioux Falls, S.D. woman should not be put to death if she is convicted of murder because her deafness makes her like a juvenile or a mentally disabled person. Wright, 43, is set to go on trial March 5 for the February 2006 killing of Darlene VanderGiesen, 42, also deaf. According to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, Wright’s attorneys say it would be cruel and unusual to execute her because of her “lack of social, cognitive and linguistic skills.” The approach has been criticized by the deaf community, said KELOLAND TV, with some saying the legal claims “only add to the stigma of living in a silent world.”

OREGON STATE OFFICIAL REFUSES TO EXPLAIN FIRING

More than 150 people attended a three-hour meeting last Monday night at the Oregon School for the Deaf, where Deputy Superintendent Ed Dennis repeatedly refused to explain why he fired Jane Mulholland as school director. Mulholland, an OSD teacher since 1989 and director since 1999, was dismissed without warning on December 28, causing an uproar in the community. Dennis has said only that he wanted stronger leadership, reported The Oregonian, and would not discuss Mulholland’s firing because it was a personnel matter. “It is exactly these kinds of answers that lead us to believe that we cannot trust you,” said Marcia Liebe, whose daughter attends the school.

LOS ANGELES MAN KILLED IN HOUSE FIRE

A deaf man was killed in a house fire in Los Angeles last Monday, reported KCBS. The fire in the one-bedroom, single-family home began around 2 a.m., said the Los Angeles County Fire Department, and caused about $100,000 in damage. The 21-year-old victim, who was not identified in news reports, died at the scene.

JURY FINDS TEXAS MAN GUILTY OF MURDER

A San Antonio, Texas jury found Jesus Trevino guilty two weeks ago in the July 2005 murder of Joe Rodriguez, who was deaf. Trevino, 23, didn’t mean to kill Rodriguez, his lawyers said, but shot at a crowd of people in a jealous rage over an ex-girlfriend. Rodriguez, 21, known to friends and family as “Silent Joe,” was hit in the neck and died at the scene. Trevino was sentenced to 65 years in prison and will be eligible for parole in 30 years, said the San Antonio Express-News. “I hate you,” the victim’s mother said in a victim impact statement. “And 30 years later I’m going to be there ... to make sure you never come out.”


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FORMER SIGN-LANGUAGE TEACHER GETS 90 DAYS IN JAIL

A former sign-language teacher who pleaded guilty to having sex with a 16-year-old student was sentenced to 90 days in jail, reported the Provo (Utah) Daily Herald. Melinda Lee DeLuca, 30, a teacher at Copper Hills High School in West Jordan, was fired in December 2005. Defense attorney Earl Xaiz said DeLuca was taking a medication that can change behavior, but “she understands that she was a teacher, he was a student, and she crossed a line.” DuLuca, who has two daughters, 3 and 5, must get sex-offender treatment and reimburse the boy for counseling.

MAN CHARGED WITH SHOOTING TWO PEOPLE

Police charged a deaf man with shooting two people in his Kansas City, Mo. home two weeks ago, reported The Kansas City Star. James J. Duncan, 22, faces two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action after allegedly firing a sawed-off shotgun at a man and woman who he thought stole his gold ring. Police surrounded the home for about six hours before determining the house was empty. Duncan later surrendered at police headquarters and said he fired the gun after feeling footstep vibrations behind him, as if someone was approaching.

MEDICAID DENIAL OF SECOND IMPLANT OVERTURNED

An Oklahoma family has won an appeal of a Medicaid decision that denied their deaf child a second cochlear implant, reported KTEN. Jacob Johnson was born deaf and Medicaid paid for an implant in his right ear but denied a second implant, saying research didn’t prove the benefits. The Johnson family met with a state attorney at a hearing January 9 and were told that the state has decided to reverse its decision. From now on, bilateral implants will be considered on a case-by-case basis instead of being denied every time. “It’s wonderful for all of the other babies that come along after Jacob,” said the boy’s mother, Jennifer Johnson.

UTAH STUDENTS’ LAWSUIT NEARS RESOLUTION

A lawsuit filed last May by 12 Utah State University students is “on the teetering edge of resolution,” attorney Dale Boam told the Logan Herald Journal. The university has hired two full-time interpreters and is interviewing for one more position, said Diane Baum, director of the Disability Resource Center. “I thought I’d died and gone to heaven” when the positions were finally filled after one year, said Baum, noting a national shortage of interpreters. “I think the biggest misconception is that it’s a money issue,” she said, “but that’s not true.”

IDAHO ADVOCATES SEEK ASL RECOGNITION

The Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is asking the state Legislature to join more than 40 other states in recognizing American Sign Language as a separate and complete language. According to the Twin Falls Times-News, the move would allow ASL to be taught as a foreign language in public schools and prompt colleges and universities to accept ASL course credit for admission. The proposal is a “concurrent resolution” which does not have the same authority as a law, so even if its approved, schools would offer ASL as a foreign language at their own discretion.


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INTERNATIONAL
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U.K. STUDENT LEADS ONE-MAN DEMONSTRATION

John Savva, a deaf U.K. postgraduate student, has been demonstrating with signs and banners outside a Citizens Advice Bureau in Finsbury Park, claiming the office refuses to provide sign-language interpreters. Citizens Advice offers free assistance with legal, money and other problems at more than 3,000 locations. Officials say it would cost £100 ($198 US) an hour to provide interpreters and advised Savva to visit the Royal Society for the Deaf, which offers a similar service with interpreters. “I don’t see why I should go to the Royal Society for the Deaf for help,” said Savva, 29, “when I have a perfectly good Citizens Advice Bureau within walking distance of my home.”

BELFAST TEENS’ FILM NOMINATED IN MINI OSCARS

A film made by young people working with The National Deaf Children’s Society has been nominated in the Best Horror category of the First Light Movies Awards 2007. “Lil’ Red,” produced by a group of deaf teenagers from Belfast, is described as a “contemporary version of the classic fairytale Little Red Riding Hood” with modern twists that include Internet chat rooms and teenage relationships, said BBC News. The teens made the film with £4,000 ($7,957 US) of National Lottery Funding. The awards program, known as the Mini Oscars, will take place in London on February 27.

DEAF MAN REPORTED JAILED BY ISRAELI FORCES

Al-Jazeerah reported last week that Israeli soldiers arrested a deaf and mute man at a checkpoint and imprisoned him for several weeks because they do not believe he is deaf. Farid Mahmoud Suleiman, described as a married farmer with children and no particular political ties, was taken to Jalameh Prison and ordered to read a statement aloud saying that he is part of Islamic Jihad and “endangering the security of Israel.” Officers forced him to undress and threw cold water on him, denied him food and water for long periods and prevented him from meeting with a lawyer. A political prisoner who met Suleiman in jail said Israel forces are keeping him for revenge and as part of their repression toward the Palestinian people.

ISRAELI GROUP SUES TV NEWS BROADCASTERS

An Israeli TV station is facing a lawsuit by deaf community members for allegedly violating a legal obligation to provide captioning and sign-language translations. According to Haaretz, the suit against the Israeli News Company and franchisees Reshet and Keshet was filed by Doron Levy, chairman of the Association of the Deaf in Israel. The suit accuses the companies of ignoring a 2005 law requiring them to modify their broadcasts for deaf people and demands that each company pay NIS 5,000 ($1,185 US) compensation for each of Israel’s 50,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing citizens – a total of NIS 750 million ($177.8 million US).

AUSTRALIAN TODDLER UNDERGOES DOUBLE IMPLANT

A 20-month-old deaf girl underwent the first simultaneous double cochlear implant operation in Victoria, Australia last week, said the West Australian. Many deaf children receive two cochlear implants, said Richard Dowell of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, but the operations are usually done six months apart with intensive rehabilitation and training after each one. Trevor and Lyn Walsh decided that their daughter Hayley should receive both implants at the same time. “We want Hayley to eventually be a normal, everyday child, that she can hear, listen, respond like everyone else,” said Lyn.

NEW ZEALAND TEEN PASSES DIVE COURSE

In what is believed to be a New Zealand first, a deaf teenager has passed his PADI Open Water dive course with flying colors. Tristan Butler, 15, was part of a class that learned diving techniques and skills at Dive HQ in Ahuriri, said Hawke’s Bay Today, and he is now qualified to dive with a buddy up to 30m deep. Dive HQ director Andrew Harry said Tristan could be the first person in New Zealand to dive with a cochlear implant. “It’s a struggle for him to cope with most things on the social side of life,” said Harry, “but diving is something he’s been hell-bent on right from the start.”

WOMAN GOES DEAF WHILE WAITING FOR TREATMENT

A woman in Madrid, Spain lost 80 percent of her hearing while waiting nine years for treatment of a perforated eardrum, reported Expatica. The 67-year-old woman, identified only as J.V., was told in 1991 that she needed the operation, but it was not performed until 2000. She is one of five people who have been paid a total of EUR 1.2 million ($1.56 million US) in compensation by Madrid health authorities for failure in care, though her share was only EUR 18,000 ($23,435 US).

STUDENT HELPS GRANDPARENTS SWEEP STREETS

The Taipei Times in Taiwan reported recently on Wu Hsin-wei, a deaf junior high school student who helps his grandparents sweep the streets of Tainan. His grandmother, Chang Li-yun, 53, has looked after Wu since his parents separated and was afraid to leave him home alone, so she began taking him to work when he was in elementary school. By 4:30 a.m. on work days, Wu is wearing a reflective safety jacket and loading trash into a wheelbarrow. “If his grandmother misses a spot,” said the report, “the conscientious Hsin-wei makes sure every last piece of garbage has been swept up.”


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KENTUCKY MAN GETS PARENTS’ KIDNEYS, 18 YEARS APART

A hearing-impaired college student in Kentucky recently received a kidney transplant from his mother, 18 years after he received one from his father. Chadwick Noel, 23, was born with chronic renal failure in 1984 and received his first kidney transplant at 17 months old, said the Associated Press. He needed another transplant at 4, and his father, Mark, was found to be the best match. Last year, medical tests showed Noel needed a new kidney, and this time his mother, Marsha, was the donor. Noel and his mom are now recovering from surgery and Noel is taking 27 pills each day as part of his treatment while focusing on his studies at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.

RECYCLING URGED FOR ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES

The U.S. Department of Education has released a new brochure to encourage the reuse and recycling of assistive technologies. Many disabled people need but cannot afford such devices as TTYs, wheelchairs, walkers and special computer keyboards, said DOE official John Hager. Recycling such devices “saves resources, benefits taxpayers, prevents waste, decreases health risks, helps people maintain their level of care and builds confidence in the system,” he said. The brochure is available in both text and PDF versions.

FATHER, DAUGHTER TAKE MISSION TRIP TO INDIA

A Chattanooga, Tenn. man and his teenage daughter spent three weeks “sharing the love of Jesus” with deaf people in India, said the Orangeburg (S.C.) Times and Democrat. David Bennett and daughter Elizabeth, 18, left the day after Thanksgiving and conducted evangelical meetings in three Indian states, resulting in more than 430 “public professions of faith.” Bennett, founder and director of Silent Word Ministries International, is no stranger to ministering. For more than 25 years, he and wife Vicki, along with their 12 children, served as missionaries in Brazil, where they built a church for the deaf. Said Bennett: “Praise the Lord!”


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GALLAUDET CHOSEN FOR SCIENCE OF LEARNING CENTER

Gallaudet University has been awarded $3.5 million over the next two years to establish a national science of learning center. According to a news release, the Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning – VL2 for short – will be housed on the Gallaudet campus and is one of six centers nationwide funded by the National Science Foundation. If successful, the NFS may continue to fund the center for an additional eight years, for total funding of $35.5 million. “This is a hugely significant grant,” said Thomas Allen, dean of the Graduate School and Professional Programs, who worked on the proposal for more than three years.

ACQUISITION DEAL FALLS THROUGH

A deal announced by Language Access Network Inc. in November to buy video interpretation services company Healinc Telecom LLC has fallen through, reported Business First of Columbus (Ohio). Language Access planned to pay $2.74 million for Healinc, which serves deaf consumers in the New York City area, saying the acquisition would help drum up business in several East Coast markets. However, “after a long and detailed due diligence process, we decided that it was not in the best interest of our shareholders and company to move forward with the acquisition,” said Language Access CEO Michael Guirlinger in a press release.

DEAF WOMAN WORKS AS SCHOOL SECRETARY

The Flint (Mich.) Journal reported recently on Katie Dreyer, secretary at Pierce Elementary School. Dreyer, 31, was born deaf and has worked with the Flint School District for 12 years. She reads lips, writes notes with office visitors and uses Video Remote Interpreting to handle phone calls. She uses instant messaging to communicate with teachers and employes interpreters for staff meetings and other events. Communication has gotten easier over time, with some students learning a few basic signs. “The kids are just fascinated with me, with the signing,” said Dreyer. “They want to stay and talk but I have to send them back to class.”


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BREWSTER PAINTINGS SOLD IN SOTHEBY’S AUCTION

A pair of portraits by deaf artist John Brewster Jr. (1766-1854) sold for $801,600 at a Sotheby’s auction in New York City on Saturday. The oil paintings of Major Daniel Coffin and Elizabeth Stone Coffin of Newbury, Mass. had been expected to sell for $150,000 to $300,000. The artworks date to 1801 and were owned by several collectors over the years. Stephen Score purchased the paintings in the 1980s for more than $200,000 and displayed them in his Boston gallery. “It was like living with absolute masterpieces,” he told CNHI News Service. “They had an extraordinary quality.”

AUDITIONS SET FOR ‘LESSER GOD’

A Missouri theater is seeking actors for Mark Medoff’s “Children of a Lesser God.” Auditions for the Arrow Rock (Mo.) Lyceum Theatre production are set for New York City (March 5-9), Kansas City, Mo. (Feb. 19) and St. Louis (Feb. 26). Videotaped auditions will be accepted for those who cannot attend in person. Producers are specifically seeking the roles of Sarah Norman, Orin Dennis and Lydia. The play opens September 26. For more information, visit www.lyceumtheatre.org or write to greshamq@lyceumtheatre.org.

‘THROUGH DEAF EYES’ SET FOR MARCH 21

The long-awaited documentary “Through Deaf Eyes” will air nationally on PBS on Wednesday, March 21 at 9 p.m. Inspired by the “History Through Deaf Eyes” exhibit curated by Gallaudet University’s Jack R. Gannon, the documentary explores nearly 200 years of deaf life in America, focusing on American history, family life, education, work and community connections from the perspective of deaf citizens. It includes interviews with community leaders, historians and deaf Americans with diverse views on language, technology and identity. To learn more, click here.


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POST OFFICE NOTES DEAFLYMPICS WITH SPECIAL POSTMARK

The U.S. Postal Service will celebrate the 2007 Salt Lake City Deaflympics with a special postmark that will be available on Saturday, February 3 at a temporary post office at the Salt Palace Convention Center. The special postmark features the words 16th Winter Deaflympics, Salt Lake 2007. The postmark is free but can only be applied to an envelope or item with First-Class postage attached. Customers may also receive the postmark through the mail. To do so, affix stamps to envelopes of your choice, address the envelopes (to yourself or others) and send them in a larger envelope by March 5 to: Deaflympics Postmark, 1760 W. 2100 S., Salt Lake City, UT 84199-9655.

HAMILL APPEARS AT WRESTLING TOURNAMENT

Matt Hamill was a featured guest at the National Deaf Prep Wrestling Tournament, which took place over the weekend at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont. Hamill, a three-time Division III wrestling champion and contestant on the third season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show, is “one of the most successful deaf athletes of his time,” said The Argus. Seven schools from all over the country participated in the third annual tournament, with Indiana capturing the title with a perfect 5-0 record. Hamill will be back in Fremont in July, when he puts on his own wrestling camp for the deaf.

MARYLAND, MSSD ARE CLERC CLASSIC CHAMPS

Nine schools from eight states took part in the 2007 Clerc Classic, a basketball and cheerleading tournament among schools for the deaf held January 11-13 at Gallaudet University. Twenty-four boys and girls basketball games were played, with Maryland School for the Deaf (boys) and Model Secondary School for the Deaf (girls) winning the championship games. Riverside’s California School for the Deaf earned first place in the cheerleading competition. The next Clerc Classic will take place January 17-20, 2008 at the Minnesota Deaf State Academy.



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Non-Profit mental health agency in Edgewater, MD has positions available in Deaf Program. Applicants must be fluent in American Sign Language. Minimum qualifications are a high school diploma or equivalent, AA or BA/BS degree with coursework and/or experience in psychology or human services preferred. Must have valid drivers license.

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Successful candidates must be fluent in American Sign Language and should have extensive knowledge of Deaf culture and issues pertaining to being Deaf in the work place. You should also possess excellent writing skills. Please contact Alyse Betso, Director of Vocational Services at Allies, Inc. v/ 609-689-0136 extension 147 or email Abetso@alliesnj.org for more information and to set up an interview.

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-- Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines.
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-- Hold a driver’s license and ability to travel alone.

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to the attention of Cindy Blase in Human Resource Department by January 26, 2007.

We are 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. Contact our HR Dept. at: 800.821.1831 or at: www.hamilton.net/employment.html

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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, please 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.

Building Manager – Los Angeles
Regional Director – Riverside
Community Interpreter – Los Angeles
Mexican Sign Language Interpreter – Riverside
Job Developer/Interpreter – Norwalk
Community Health Educator – Los Angeles
Grant Writer – Los Angeles

If interested for any of these positions then please submit resume and application to:

Jeff Fetterman
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
E-mail: jfetterman@gladinc.org

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Director of Client Support Services Position Announcement
Deaf Counseling, Advocacy and Referral Agency - San Leandro, CA


This position directs and supervises all aspects of outreach and specialized services in San Leandro, San Jose, Fremont, Eureka, and Santa Cruz. Represents agency in educational, advocacy, and social service contexts; coordinates program development and evaluation; monitors department budget; and performs direct services to clients and workshops. DCARA offers extremely competitive benefits such as 4-day work week schedule (40 hours), 13 days of holiday leave plus one week paid winter holiday, and full medical, dental, vision and life insurances. Available employment at www.dcara.org.

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