January 30, 2013
Vol. 9, No. 14
Editor: Tom Willard
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GALLAUDET COMMUNITY MOURNS MOTHER AND DAUGHTER KILLED IN FALLS CHURCH HOUSE FIRE
Hot pink and yellow — not black — were the colors of choice for Laura Snyder-Gardner and Mary Ann Gardner’s memorial service Sunday. The colors were bright and positive and radiated energy, exactly how those who loved them remembered the mother and daughter, who died last week in a Falls Church house fire. Friends, family members and faculty turned into a sea of pink and yellow — Mary Ann’s favorite colors — as they gathered at Gallaudet University in Northeast Washington. / The Washington Post
MOLLY SACHS, GALLAUDET STUDENT, ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY DEALING DRUGS
A local college student from Gallaudet University is in big trouble Monday after police say she was busted with a huge stash of drugs that she intended to distribute it to others. According to 31-year-old Molly Sachs' online resume, she is a senior at Gallaudet University with plans of graduating in May. She’s in a sorority and loves to do volunteer work. D.C. police say Sunday night they arrested her after a sizeable amount of marijuana, pills and cash were found in her dorm room. Police allege she was dealing. / WJLA
Daytona Beach, FL
DEAF WOMAN SUES PORT ORANGE POLICE OVER ARREST
A night out socializing quickly turned traumatic for a deaf woman who said she was arrested by Port Orange police officers who never provided her with an interpreter despite her pleas. For Yolanda Gevarzes, a 41-year-old grandmother from Daytona Beach, the hours during and after her arrest on a domestic violence charge were humiliating and bewildering. She said she could not communicate with police and corrections officers to tell them her side of what happened when she bit her boyfriend in the shoulder after a heated argument with her companion's friend in the parking lot of a Chili's restaurant. / The Daytona Beach News-Journal
Corpus Christi, TX
HEARING-IMPAIRED MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING STANDOFF WITH POLICE
A 37-year old Corpus Christi man who is hearing impaired is now in the City Detention Center after investigators say he made terroristic threats. His arrest came after a standoff with police Wednesday on Holmes, near McArdle. Officers were called out to a home on Holmes just before 5 p.m. Wednesday to investigate an assault. Investigators said they were talking with 37-year old William Bryant outside before he ran inside to grab a gun. A Tazer was used to stop the hearing impaired man. / KiiiTV3.com
AUSTIN INTERPRETERS LOTUSIGN TAKE ON SIGN LANGUAGE DUTIES AT OBAMA INAUGURATION
Barbie Parker and her staff have been part of performances by worldwide stars like Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam, Kanye West and Stevie Wonder. But on Monday [Jan. 21], Parker and the other performance interpreters of Austin’s LotuSign had their biggest stage yet in Washington D.C. when they performed sign language interpreting duties for the swearing in of President Barack Obama at the 57th inaugural ceremony. / CultureMap Austin
NWI DEAF CLUB DISBANDS AFTER 65 YEARS OF SERVICE
Members of the Northwest Indiana Deaf Club met for the last time Jan. 12 to celebrate 65 years of service to the deaf community. Some returned from as far away as Indianapolis to mark the occasion. Founded in 1947, the club has been an integral part of the lives of many people who are deaf. "Like many social service clubs, the NWIDC has faced many challenges, and making the decision to dissolve was not an easy decision," said Robert Hochbaum. / NWI.com
NEW TN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF BUILDING IN STATE OF THE STATE
Governor Bill Haslam wants to spend $22 million on a project that will hit close to home here in Knoxville. In Monday's "State of the State" address, the governor announced plans to build a new high school on the K-12 campus. Currently, four buildings make up the higher-level portion of the curriculum, some of them date to the 1920s. According to the state website, the project calls for the demolition of Poore Hall, and to place the new high school on that land. / WBIR
STATE SCHOOL BOARD ASKS ABOUT MOVING DEAF, BLIND SCHOOLS
When the West Virginia Board of Education meets next month it will explore whether it’s more cost effective to renovate the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind, or move them. During the January ninth meeting the Board discussed the Schools’ master plan with Dr. Lynn Boyer, Superintendent, and some members questioned whether it makes sense to keep the schools in Romney where they’ve been located since 1870. / WVPubcast.org
LIBRARY TO PURCHASE FORMER DEAF SCHOOL
The Columbus Metropolitan Library is in contract to purchase the old Deaf School at 400 E. Town Street, Downtown. The purchase of the 2.24 acre site for $2.2 million is contingent on the approval of the library’s board of trustees, which meets Jan. 30. The building has been vacant for about six years. It has been used for commercial and government offices, a school for the deaf and an insane asylum. / The Columbus Dispatch
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911 STAFF WILL TEXT MESSAGE WITH DEAF CANADIANS
Canadians who have hearing or speech problems will soon be able to send text messages to 911 services. Other Canadians, however, must continue to communicate with 911 services over the phone, says Canada's telecommunications regulator. Those who need to use the new 911 feature must register their mobile phone number with their wireless service provider and ensure their mobile phone is compatible with the feature. / CBC News
ESTATE AGENT'S SIGN LANGUAGE IS UK FIRST
A Dales businesswoman has been praised by the British Deaf Association after becoming the first estate agent in the UK to offer a free sign language interpreter to deaf house-hunters. Linda Mycock, of Hills and Dales Properties, launched the pioneering service this month after several coincidences led her to spot an “enormous” gap in the market. / Derbyshire Times
GCSE'S: BIG COUNCIL CUTS HIT DEAF PUPILS' GRADES
Deaf children are being robbed of a good education by council cuts imposed by the Tory-led Coalition, official figures have revealed. The number of deaf youngsters getting five good GCSEshas slumped to the lowest level since records began in 2007. And the National Deaf Children’s Society warned that cuts to support services for Britain’s 45,000 deaf children are having a devastating impact on their achievements in GCSE exams. / Mirror
SPRING FESTIVAL GALA ACCESSIBLE TO THE HEARING IMPAIRED
After trials in the past two years, China Network Television plans to make it a yearly practice to provide subtitles for people with hearing problems during the Spring Festival gala show, the most-watched show on the eve of the lunar new year in China, said Qiu Chun, director of the program. "This program is intended to give those who have hearing problems equal happiness, so that they can laugh together with their family members," said Qiu. / China Daily
Johannesburg, South Africa
OVERCOMING DEAFNESS FOR A CAREER IN ACCOUNTING
THE road to becoming a chartered accountant is inherently long and arduous, but for Kashveera Chanderjith being deaf made the obstacles seem almost insurmountable. Chanderjith was diagnosed as being deaf shortly after birth and, when she was a little older, her parents took her to a Cape Town hospital where she began months of intensive speech therapy. "I said my first word, 'flower,' which to me is very significant because it takes time for a flower to bloom and I always use that analogy for my life," said Chanderjith. "However, on that same note, I lost my entire childhood." / Business Times
RIGHTS BOOST FOR ZIMBABWE'S DEAF
The fight against HIV and AIDS and the struggle for the rights of people with disabilities have just received a timely boost in Zimbabwe with the publication of a Sexual and Reproductive Health Sign Language Dictionary, which will help to reduce the vulnerability of hearing impaired people to HIV as well as boost their capacity to claim their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). / allAfrica.com
DEAF AND DUMB GIRL RAPED BY FATHER IN HIMACHAL PRADESH
A minor deaf and dumb girl was allegedly raped by her father in Gajoh village of Hamirpur district in Himachal Pradesh, police said. The incident came to light when the mother of the 17-year-old victim complained to police that her husband had raped their daughter on the night of January 25. / DNA
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LIFE & LEISURE
LISTEN UP: DEMENTIA LINKED TO HEARING LOSS
Millions of hearing-impaired older adults are more likely to suffer early memory and thinking problems than adults without hearing loss, a study out Monday finds. Cognitive problems developed 30% to 40% faster when hearing declined to 25 decibels — mild hearing loss, according to the research online in the JAMA Internal Medicine. "That's when you begin noticing trouble hearing and understanding in settings like a busy restaurant,'' says lead author Frank Lin. / USA Today
LIFE-CHANGING SURGERY TO HELP DEAF BOY IN LIMBO
Life-changing surgery to help a Walton County boy who is considered legally deaf is in limbo. The family’s insurance company denied coverage for cochlear implants, leaving the family few options. “If he wants to be able to read, write and learn, and have friends; be a kid, he needs to have the surgery,” Brian Rubin told Channel 2’s Rachel Stockman. / WSBTV
'DEAF' VIRAL VIDEO STAR SARAH CHURMAN TALKS HER NEW BOOK AND THE JOY OF HEARING RAIN
Sarah Churman first became known to the social media world in 2011 when the video of her hearing for the first time took the internet channels by storm. You may remember the video, which captured the activation of Sarah’s hearing implants and her shock at hearing her own voice. Two years later, life on her Texas ranch with her husband Sloan and their two daughters has settled back into somewhat of a routine. Sarah published her first book, “Powered On The Sounds I choose to hear & the NOISE I don’t,” in the hopes of inspiring others with her positive outlook on life. / NewMediaRockstars
SIGN LANGUAGE SUPPORTER AWAITS WHITE HOUSE RESPONSE
Adrean Clark insists she's not an activist, just a hard-working mother who wants to right a wrong. That's the best kind of activist in my book. After several pleasant e-mail exchanges, I met Clark last week at a bakery, where we communicated by writing back and forth in her college-rule notebook. If the experience was tedious, the gracious Clark never let on, likely due to years of practice in patience. / Star Tribune
RETIRED GASTON PHYSICIAN RAISED BY 2 DEAF PARENTS
I had been knowing Andy Miller ever since he came to Gastonia years ago, but here’s something that never came up: Both his parents were deaf, and that had to be problematical. How does a kid learn to speak when both his parents can’t hear or talk? So, on a later day, we sat down and discussed it. / Gaston Gazette
ASL CLUB EVALUATED TO BECOME UNIVERSITY-RECOGNIZED STUDENT CLUB
On Wednesday, Jan. 23, in Pearson Hall, one ISU club met very quietly. In fact, no one spoke at all. The club is the American Sign Language Club. “Through our club, we are trying to expose people to American Sign Language through real-life experiences,” said Olivia Weber, president of the club. The American Sign Language Club is currently being evaluated by the Student Organization Recognition Board to become an official university-recognized student club. / Iowa State Daily
DEAF GORILLA FEELING RIGHT AT HOME AT COLUMBUS ZOO
Oliver finally has a family — and a partner. After a life spent hopping from one home to another, the 23-year-old deaf gorilla has successfully established a home and a harem at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. And if all goes well, he’ll soon have an heir. / The Columbus Dispatch
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BUS DRIVERS TO BE TRAINED IN SIGN LANGUAGE
Gainesville’s Regional Transit System has partnered with American Sign Language to provide information for riders who are hearing impaired in Alachua County. Part of the partnership includes RTS personnel learning basic sign language techniques to be able to communicate with riders. This is the first such partnership between ASL and a public transit company in Florida, according to RTS. / ActionNewsJax.com
WOULD A DEAF LIFEGUARD BE 'QUALIFIED' UNDER THE ADA
What would you do if you were hiring a lifeguard for a community wave pool and the applicant was deaf, but he was also certified as a lifeguard? A new court ruling this month shows how mistakes made in assessing the applicant's medical condition can leave an employer drowning in litigation ... / Business Management Daily
NPR LABS LAYS GROUNDWORK FOR ALERTS FOR DEAF
NPR Labs personnel hope to start a project soon that demonstrates an emergency alerting system for the deaf and hard-of-hearing population in the U.S. using broadcast radio as the transmission medium. I caught up with NPR Labs Manager of Strategic Technology Applications Rich Rarey as he was meeting with FM RDS/HD Radio receiver manufacturers at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show to investigate potential manufacturing support for the concept. Rarey spent the time at CES highlighting to radio receiver manufacturers the universal appeal to deaf and hard-of-hearing consumers that would benefit hearing consumers as well. / Radio World
UNIVERSITY RECEIVES GIFT FOR DEAF STUDENTS
"My passion and my goal is to teach deaf children in the future," Chad Catron said using sign language. Catron is a student at Fresno State. He was born deaf and is the son of two deaf parents. "I was born and have grown up as a deaf individual and I believe I know what is best for deaf children," said Catron. A $1.5 million dollar gift will help with educating students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Joseph Slotnick glows as he offers the money to the Silent Garden. It's a program that supports deaf studies at Fresno State. / CBS 47
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HBO TO PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY 'MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD' FEBRUARY 4
"Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God" investigates the secret crimes of Father Lawrence Murphy, a charismatic Milwaukee priest who abused more than 200 Deaf children in a school under his control. The film documents the first known public protest against clerical sex abuse in the U.S., which led to a case that spanned three decades and ultimately resulted in a lawsuit against the pontiff himself. The shocking documentary debuts Monday, Feb. 4 (9-11 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. / Broadway World
HEARING IMPAIRED TEEN OPERA SINGER WINS COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP
A hearing impaired university student from Auburndale who has become an accomplished opera singer has won up to $8,000 in scholarship money from Cochlear Americas, a company that makes hearing implants. Hannah Katz, a vocal performance major at Boston University, was born with Branchial Arch Syndrome, also known as Goldenhar Syndrome, according to a press release. “I feel lucky that I was born the way I was, because it’s given me the ability to become me, the World’s First Earless Opera Singer!,” said Katz. / Boston.com
New York, NY
JESSICA CHASTAIN USES SIGN LANGUAGE TO COMMUNICATE WITH A DEAF FAN
While some Hollywood stars have hidden talents that will never be revealed, Jessica Chastain displayed hers proudly. The Zero Dark Thirty star was seen engaging in a conversation with a young deaf fan via sign language on Thursday night. Jessica, 35, was leaving a theatre on Broadway, in New York City, when the fan approached her for an autograph and got more than she expected. / Daily Mail
DEAF RAPPER SEAN FORBES READY TO RELEASE 'PERFECT IMPERFECTION'
“Many people think that deaf people can’t do anything when, in reality, we can do everything except hear,” says Detroit-based deaf rapper Sean Forbes. Inspiring words from a young man who has had to not only overcome adversity but has inspired others to do the same. On April 2, Forbes will have the opportunity to inspire an even larger community with the national release of his debut album, “Perfect Imperfection." / The Oakland Press
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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 7:00 pm. 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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GRANDVIEW WRESTLER, BORN HEARING IMPAIRED AND WITH AN IRREGULAR HEARTBEAT, FINISHING HIS MATCHES
Grandview wrestler Joshua Vigil- Harrison, a freshman heavyweight, was born hearing impaired with an irregular heartbeat, and he constantly battles asthma issues. "He goes about his business and doesn't really make a big deal of it," Grandview coach Greg Maestas said. "He may be the slowest one, but he always finishes." A little over a month into his first high school season, Vigil-Harrison is 15-7. / The Denver Post
WOODROW WILSON'S JAKKISHA SMITH MAKING MARK ON COURT WITH INSTINCTS, TENACITY
Woodrow Wilson’s Jakkisha Smith has good basketball instincts, her coach says. She has an excellent feel for the game and picks things up quickly. That’s a necessity for Smith, a freshman who is the starting shooting guard for Woodrow. While her teammates listen to coach Adrian Martinez give instructions, Smith must look over at an interpreter to get the message. That’s because Smith was born deaf. / The Dallas Morning News
I am writing this email message because of how I have discovered an odd message under by Reader Response in the Deafweekly issues, January 23, 2013 Vol. 9, No. 13. It appears to be a scam message that brings up an inappropriate message that subject about lottery and money? I know of this scam line message because of people from Nigeria are highly trying to trick the Deaf and Hard of Hearing people for personal information and money. Would you agree to this fact that Olayemi Akanbi, one of the Reader Response had posted up this message in an inappropriate way?
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Editor replies: He didn't post it, he sent me an email and I decided to include it as an example of the kind of mail I get. I didn't see the harm as there was no way to contact him.
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