February 3, 2010
Vol. 6, No. 14
Editor: Tom Willard
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Sioux Falls, SD
REGENTS TAKE AIM AT DEAF SCHOOL
With only five students left on the 14-acre Sioux Falls campus, the Board of Regents wants to close the South Dakota School for the Deaf at the end of the school year. The bilingual-bicultural program, which uses American Sign Language and English, would move to a mainstream school. Meanwhile, students interested in a residential school could be transferred to a deaf school in another state, probably Iowa. The moves would save an estimated $678,000 next year by cutting the equivalent of 13.9 full-time jobs, according to a budget document prepared for the South Dakota Legislature's joint appropriations committee. / The Argus Leader
See also: SD COMMITTEE KILLS DEAF SCHOOL CLOSURE BILL / KTIV
SCRANTON SCHOOL FOR DEAF WILL RELOCATE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
The Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children is planning to relocate most of its high school students to Pittsburgh, but keep residential options in Scranton available for younger students next year, according to the school's superintendent. While programs including parent-infant, kindergarten through eighth grade and high school classes for students with greater needs are planned for Scranton, where those classes may be next year is still undetermined. "We don't know what our future is on this campus," Superintendent Donald Rhoten said. "There's so much we don't know." / The Citizen's Voice
East Lansing, MI
STUDENTS SPEAK OUT AGAINST DEAF EDUCATION CUTS
The inboxes of university administrators could soon be filled with thousands of e-mails containing one sentence, “Please keep MSU’s Deaf Education Program for our deaf children who use ASL in Michigan.” Launched by students to save the Deaf Education Program, the campaign comes about three months after MSU officials announced the program faces discontinuation. The e-mails are directed at university officials, said communication junior Katie Hosmer, who started the campaign. “Something we’ve said is, ‘You know, if nothing else, we want to go out with a bang,’” she said. / The State News
ASL CLASSES AT MCC TO MEET FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT
For Jill Maxwell, it was about more than a college requisite -- it was about defending her family’s heritage. She didn’t get to use American Sign Language to meet her foreign language requirement at the University of Michigan-Flint, but other students will because of her efforts. An agreement between UM-Flint and Mott Community College last Wednesday allows students for the first time to transfer credits from MCC’s ASL program to count toward the foreign language requirement at the university. / Flint Journal
NCSD CHANGES SCHEDULE
While the state didn't close North Carolina School for the Deaf during its budget woes, the school will face some cuts. Morganton Mayor Mel Cohen isn't happy about it, calling for a meeting with state officials. Cohen sent a letter to every member of the N.C. House of Representatives and Senate. Now, the state has decided to cut some staff hours at NCSD to save money. Instead of residential students returning to the school on Sundays, they will return on Monday mornings. / The News Herald
Alameda County, CA
ALAMEDA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SETTLES DISPUTE OVER TREATMENT OF DEAF
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office has agreed to provide sign-language interpretation and other services to deaf, hard-of-hearing or deaf-blind suspects, arrestees, inmates, victims, witnesses and visitors at the county's jails, the U.S. Department of Justice announced yesterday. The agreement settles a Justice Department investigation of the sheriff's office, which followed a complaint filed by a deaf and blind man after the sheriff's office failed to provide him with a tactile interpreter when he was arrested and during his two-day incarceration. / The Oakland Tribune
THE START OF CONSTRUCTION OF THE APACHE ASL TRAILS APARTMENTS
Arizona Deaf Senior Citizens Coalition (ADSCC) in partnership with developer Cardinal Capital Management of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, announces the start of construction of the Apache ASL Trails apartments at 2430 E. Apache Blvd., in Tempe, Arizona. The 75 unit apartment community provides housing designed for persons who are deaf, deaf-blind, or hard of hearing. / News Release
DEAF INMATES' RIGHTS VIOLATED, LAWSUIT CONTENDS
A lawsuit has been filed against the Virginia Department of Corrections and other officials alleging that the rights of deaf state prison inmates are being violated. Among other things, the complaint contends that deaf inmates do not have adequate access to sign-language interpreters, visual notifications of safety announcements, and devices that would allow them to communicate with family and friends outside of the prison. The suit was filed last Friday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and Winston & Strawn LLP, a Washington law firm. / Richmond Times-Dispatch
FOR WOFFORD STUDENT, NOT SEEING IS BELIEVING
Stephyn Duck has spent the past couple of weeks depriving himself of his sight and hearing. It's been frustrating not being able to read books or hear chirping birds. But Duck knows he'll regain his senses. Duck, 20, a junior psychology major at Wofford College, decided to deprive himself of two of his senses as part of an interim project. He's hoping to gather data on whether his other senses will improve while he's unable to see and hear, but he's most interested in how he's treated. "I wanted to see the social ramifications," Duck said. "How would people act differently toward" (me)? / Spartanburg Herald-Journal
HATE CRIMES AND THE DEAF
Some forms of hate lead to war or murder, but hate can also lead to oppression and hegemony. Carl N. Schroeder, president of the Oregon Association of the Deaf (OAD), gave a lecture last Wednesday called “Hate Crime and the Deaf.” Schroeder’s lecture examined how oppression impacts the Deaf community. Schroeder moved from Holland to the United States at age 10, where he attended the Maryland School for the Deaf. Deafness has been common in his family since the 11th century. “I grew up in a Deaf family, a vast Deaf family, and I never realized the world was full of people who hear through their ears until I was 5,” Schroeder said. / The Daily Vanguard
Kansas City, MO
AUTHORITIES WARN OF SCAM TARGETING DEAF PERSONS
Johnson County prosecutors on Monday warned that thieves are targeting deaf persons in letters or an Internet scam. Victims are told they are on a special list to get government money, said Steve Howe, Johnson County district attorney. Included in the response is a request for name, address, occupation, sex, date of birth and e-mail address with a password, he said. / The Kansas City Star
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Keith Wann's ASL Comedy Tour
Keith Wann, renowned for his hilarious, sidesplitting comedy performances, is now producing and hosting the ASL Comedy Tour 2009, which will travel the U.S. this year. With American Sign Language (ASL) artists presenting solo performances incorporating comedy, skits, songs, improvisation, and stories, each show lasts two hours. Sponsored by www.CallVRS.org, the multi-city tour is designed to be affordable for each location – making it ideal as a fundraiser for participating organizations.
“We really want to reach out to all communities, so we are sharing in the costs and profits at each location. We will work closely with booking parties to maximize profits for their organization and to bring in as many people as possible for a night of laughter, socialization and fun,” Wann said. “We also offer workshops by some of our performers, which can be held the day of the performance. People can come to our workshops, and then unwind by attending the comedy show that evening.”
Otsu City, Shiga, Japan
WASABI FIRE ALARM ALERTS DEAF IN JAPAN
Japanese horseradish, whose smell is more usually found in sushi restaurants, contains allyl isothiocyanate – the same chemical compound that gives mustard its bite – and tests at the Shiga University of Medical Science have shown that virtually all the hearing-impaired people exposed to the odour of wasabi woke up within two-and-a-half minutes. "We tested many different scents, but we found that the chemical components of wasabi make if difficult for people not to wake up when it is released," said Chigusa Shimokawa of Seems, a Tokyo company that is distributing the Wasabi Odour fire alarm. / The Telegraph
Japan / Egypt
HEARING PROFESSIONAL TO TEACH DEAF HOW TO MAKE PAPER IN EGYPT
Sadako Ueda, a Japanese paper making worker in Tokushima Prefecture, will visit Egypt and teach the paper making at a paper atelier for nine days from February 1. The purpose of her visit is to support the local industry of the paper making. She will convey the technique of the Japanese style for the paper making. / Deaf Japan News
DONATION MADE TO KIBI SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AT KIBI
The best thing to make the world happy is to care for the poor. Donation presented to the Kibi School of the Deaf on 22nd January 2010 was a step to make the deaf happy and important to Ghana. The main purpose of this donation was to help the school children to have access to internet and open up contacts with other disable schools around the world. / Ghana Web
DEAF COMMUNITY SUPPORTS TELO BILLS
The Committee on Public Safety, Law Enforcement and Senior Citizens held a public hearing for three bills introduced by Senator Telo Taiatgue to strengthen Guam’s services for the hearing and speech impaired. Said Chris Pangelinan, an advocate for the hearing impaired and a staunch supporter of Senator Taitague’s legislation: "There is no reason why our people, most especially those with hearing or speech impairments, can’t have access to emergency services via text messaging.” / Pacific News Center
DEAFNESS SUPPORT NETWORK TOLD ITS CONTRACT WILL NOT BE RENEWED
Crucial services that have helped generations of Warrington’s deaf community are set to be shelved. The Deafness Support Network (DSN) has been told by Warrington and Halton borough councils that their own staff will take over its social work and technical equipment services contract as of April 1. The charity has carried out work with deaf people since 1976. Peter Carter, of Wellfield Street, dad to service user Michael, who is aged 25 and profoundly deaf, said: “This is an atrocious decision and I am devastated." / Warrington Guardian
ANDY STONEHOUSE MODELS THE ENGLAND DEAF RUGBY KIT
England Deaf manager Andy Stonehouse is preparing for the first international match of the New Year when his charges take on Wales on February 14. Stonehouse, from Knebworth, has also seen his side handed a new official kit by the RFU ahead of the clash in Coventry. The former Hitchin RFC member, pictured, said he can feel the positive vibes within the England Deaf camp and his team are more prepared than ever for the upcoming match. / The Comet 24
MEMO TO CINEMA CHAINS: THE DEAF ENJOY MOVIES TOO
In the late 1920s, sound came to the cinema, and the silent movie era came to an end. Incredible as it sounds today, deaf people in the United States protested. The silent movies' version of present-day captions was called intertitles, and served both deaf and hearing audiences. Intertitles disappeared with the introduction of sound, and deaf people were left out. Eighty years later, Australia's version of this obscure protest is being played out. / The Age
SHOW PUT ACROSS MISCONCEPTIONS
I am an avid fan of the Channel 8 series Life Transformers. But I was shocked by the Jan 18 episode about a hearing-impaired couple, Mr and Mrs Wang, in which certain things were put across that could cause misconceptions about deaf families. Firstly, when the host installed an electronic cooker for the family, a remark was made that -- if a conventional rice cooker were used -- the deaf parents would not know if the child was being scalded. This is a stereotyped view of the deaf -- that they cannot hear at all. In fact, depending on the degree of hearing loss, they are able to make out sounds around them. / TODAYonline
DEAF KIDS LOSE SIGN TEACHING SERVICES
Deaf children are having to resort to watching DVDs and reading dictionaries to learn sign language after the Government axed funding for teaching positions. Four deaf teachers, who taught New Zealand Sign Language and deaf culture to more than 260 deaf children, were made redundant at the end of the last year when the Government cut funding. Without classes to teach children how to sign, parents are angry and worried about how to help their deaf children. / Manawatu Standard
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LIFE & LEISURE
LIFE'S OBSTACLES CAN'T SLOW COVINA'S FAITH
Not that she would agree with the statement, but Faith Wallace, 16, has had it harder than most teenagers. Faith, who is completely deaf in one ear and 80 percent deaf in the other, has also had to cope with homelessness, sick parents and the loss of what was a comfortable lifestyle. But she's already graduated Covina High School and takes a full load of classes at Mt. San Antonio College in preparation for a chance to attend USC and study sociology. She eventually wants to go to law school. / Whittier Daily News
San Mateo, CA
MY OTHER EAR IS A TOOTH: BONE CONDUCTION HELPS THE HARD OF HEARING
When Beethoven got frustrated with his deafness, music historians report that he laid his piano down on the floor without the legs and pounded the keys loudly in an attempt to feel the vibrations. We aren’t sure how much of his music he heard this way, but a new device uses some of the same conduction techniques to restore hearing to people who are deaf in one ear. The new system, called SoundBite, has two distinct pieces. One piece clips behind the ear and houses a receiver, a wireless transmitter, and attached microphone. The other part goes inside your mouth, and clips onto your teeth. / Discover Magazine
DARE TO ASK: WHAT'S THE READING PROCESS LIKE FOR A DEAF PERSON?
Question: When I read or write, I hear the words in my mind. How do the deaf do it? -Lonnie, El Paso, Texas. Replies: When I read, I "feel" the words in my mind. Depending on schooling, etc., we often learn written English as a second language, since American Sign Language is not related to English. -Anna, 30, deaf, Seattle. / The Florida Times-Union
HIGHER QUALITY OF LIFE FOR DEAF CHILDREN
A hearing device may help deaf children do more than just hear. A new study shows cochlear implants may also help deaf children enjoy their childhood. Cochlear implants are electronic devices that partially restore hearing to the deaf or severely hard of hearing. The device is surgically implanted in the inner ear and stimulates the hearing nerve, allowing deaf individuals to receive sound. Researchers studied 88 families with children who had cochlear implants and measured their quality of life using a questionnaire. The results revealed children who had a cochlear implant rated their quality of life equal to that of their hearing peers. / Ivanhoe Newswire
See also: THE CHILDREN SPEAK / Otojournal
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DEAF MOSAICS, NEW ORGANIZATION IN NEW JERSEY
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FREDERICK WOMAN LOOKS TO CONTINUE, EXPAND SERVICES FOR DEAF POPULATION
Jackie Kanekuni's dream for some time has been to provide Frederick 's deaf population with full access to the community. Kanekuni, the interpreting operations coordinator at Maryland's Communication Service for the Deaf, can still remember the days when her father had few opportunities to take part in community activities because of the communication barrier. "Frederick has changed so much for the better," she said. Yet much also remains to be done. / Frederick News-Post
STACI NICHOLS HELPING SHAPE DEAF COMMUNITY IN CRAIG
Staci Nichols, 27, leaned through the window of her rusted 1964 Ford truck last Friday, her wide blue eyes shining through the dim light of the garage. Some people might see the assortment of 50-year-old car parts as a pile of rust, but to Nichols, the truck is something to call her own, and a focus point for her mind as she whiles away the days looking for work. Unemployed for nearly 15 months, Nichols, a self-proclaimed workaholic, said she has applied for almost 70 jobs. She got one interview, but she said she was turned down because she is unable to answer phones, having been born deaf. / Craig Daily Press
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HEALTH AND ADVOCACY INFORMATION
FOR PERSONS WHO ARE DEAF, DEAF-BLIND, AND HARD OF HEARING
Persons who are Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing are grossly underserved by both the physical health and the behavioral health care system. In many cases, the patient as well as the health care provider who may provide service to them, is unaware of laws that mandate the provision of accommodations in the health care setting so that all persons have equal access to health related information. A new web site called http://www.healthbridges.info was created by people who are Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of hearing.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
West Hartford, CT
LTD PERFORMS 'STORIES IN MY POCKET' IN NEW NATIONAL TOUR
The National Theatre of the Deaf is proud to present the acclaimed Little Theatre of the Deaf in a new production of Stories In My Pocket which will commence a national tour this spring. The performance will include an innovative participatory audience warm-up with ASL (American Sign Language) by members of the LTD Company followed by the performance of Stories In My Pocket. / Broadway World
BILL WOULD REQUIRE CAPTIONING SERVICE AT SOME THEATERS
Senator Ray Jones says for many, the theater experience offers them nothing but silence. “646,000 Kentuckians with a hearing impairment,” says Jones, D-Pikeville. Those with trouble hearing often miss out on the trip to the movies…because he says few offer closed captioning. “It’s time we step up and say look, we need to do the right thing, help people,” he said. So Jones is sponsoring a bill to require all cinemas with at least 5 screens to have at least one screen with a closed captioning service. / WKYT
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HEARING LOSS HASN'T SLOWED PHILLIES PROSPECT GILLIES
His parents suspected something was wrong. Every time they took little Tyson Gillies to have his hearing checked, though, the doctors couldn't find anything wrong. Then, when Gillies was 4, they closed the curtain between him and the specialist while he was being tested. Busted. "I was actually born with [30 percent hearing in one ear and 60 percent in the other]," the 21-year-old outfielder, who was acquired by the Phillies from the Seattle Mariners organization as part of the Roy Halladay trade, said yesterday. "But they didn't realize I was hearing impaired until I was 4." / Philadelphia Daily News
OBSTACLES CAN'T DETER VAN HORN ON, OFF MAT
Michelle Van Horn kneeled mat-side, her hands twisting and contorting in ways she hoped her brother would understand. Hart Van Horn, seated a foot away, broke from his videotaping duties to signal encouragement to his son, who was locked in a battle for the 152-pound championship at last week's Jeff Arndt Classic at Amanda-Clearcreek. Aces coach Brian Brison yelled instructions to Tyler Van Horn with Krista Shoults, sitting in a chair normally reserved for coaches, interpreting every word into sign language. Tyler stole glances to his supporters when he could, but, as he says, any wrestler, deaf or not, risks "losing points when you look at a coach." / Lancaster Eagle-Gazette
DEAF CLOVER WRESTLER HAS HIS OWN FAN CLUB
Lavaryo Williams lives in a world of silence. He developed scarlet fever as a toddler, and at the age 3 it was discovered he was deaf. Lavaryo Williams lives in a world filled with colors and something new to see every day. Sight is his strongest sense. It’s as if he’s on a swivel no matter where he is or what he’s doing. Lavaryo Williams has periods of frustration and has been known to have temper bursts. He’s getting better every day at controlling his disposition, and the down periods have decreased. Lavaryo Williams is turning the corner thanks to the teachers, coaches and schoolmates at Clover High School. / The Herald
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EARLY BIRD / CONFERENCE REGISTRATION DEADLINE
The 50th Biennial NAD Conference in Philadelphia will be here before you know it! Take advantage of Early Bird I Combo Registration savings – the deadline is this Sunday, January 31, 2010. You can register online or download the PDF registration form at www.nad.org/philly/register. If you plan to attend most of the conference, your best option is to purchase Combo Registration. The Combo includes: Basic Registration (workshops/commissions, exhibits, member forum, business meetings, conference program book and tote bag), Welcome/Opening Ceremony, College Bowl Finals and Miss Deaf America Finals. / NAD
Editor's note: Sorry that the deadline has already passed, but the NAD didn't send this out until last Friday.
Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC
QUESTFEST, TWO-WEEK VISUAL THEATRE FESTIVAL, RETURNS MARCH 1-14
QuestFest 2010, an international visual theatre festival produced by Quest in partnership with Gallaudet University in Washington and the Theatre Project and Creative Alliance in Baltimore, will return to the Baltimore/Washington area March 1-14, 2010, with a two-week long festival of performances and workshops in venues and schools throughout the area. The festival will feature an international roster of deaf and hearing artists in an array of family-friendly, cutting-edge work that welcomes all people to the fascinating world of visual theatre. / QuestFest
SUMMER FEET OFFERS BICYCLE TOURS FOR DEAF CYCLISTS
This summer a Maine company will host bicycling trips guided by people who are fluent in sign language and have first-hand knowledge of the coast. Summer Feet, which offers supported bike trips in New England and overseas, will provide two nationally certified sign-language interpreters for each trip. In 2010, those trips will be to Acadia National Park and other areas near Bar Harbor from Aug. 27-29; and Camden and neighboring communities during the weekend of Sept. 24-26. "The communications barrier will be eliminated entirely," said interpreter Alyssa Gagnon. / The Herald Gazette
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Deaf Services Children’s Case Manager
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The Case Manager will work with children, adolescents and their families in accordance with agency, community, and program needs in the Deaf Services Children's Case Management program. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring service plans that are tailored to individual client needs, as well as support increased client and family functioning, and ensure that each client receives services that are sensitive to his/her cultural needs. The successful candidate will support comprehensive and ongoing coordination of services received from various providers and ensure effective communication and appropriate service delivery. In addition, our case managers advocate for and support clients to ensure access to community services. The Case Manager will effectively utilize the Agency's electronic consumer software system.
With roots dating back to 1874, CCC is one of Maine's oldest and most comprehensive private, nonprofit family service agencies, making a difference in the lives of more than 6,000 individuals and families each year. In addition to providing high quality family, individual and group therapies to help children, adults and senior citizens from all incomes and backgrounds, CCC offers a diverse array of programs.
CCC is a member of the Alliance for Children and Families, the National Council for Community Behavioral Health, and is a United Way Partner Agency. The agency is accredited by the National Council on Accreditation.
The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in Social Work or a closely related field and a minimum of 1 year experience in either psychology, behavioral health, social work, special education, counseling, rehabilitation, or related field. Candidate must be fluent in American Sign Language.
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