February 17, 2010
Vol. 6, No. 16
Editor: Tom Willard
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DEAF GIRL'S SUPER BOWL WIN SPARKS CONTROVERSY
The heartwarming story about a South Florida deaf girl who wrote an award-winning essay about recovering her hearing has caused quite a furor, with some activists claiming she has spurned fellow hearing impaired people. Little Caroline Masia's story about the first time she was able to hear was so stirring that the NFL Players Association easily voted it their "Winning Moments" essay winner. But the North Miami Beach 5th grader's essay is touching off a firestorm of controversy in the deaf community, with bloggers and other activists accusing her of contributing to the discrimination against deaf people, also called Audism. / NBC Miami
Loves Park, IL
FORMER LOVES PARK EMPLOYEE TO BE AWARDED $100,000
The city agreed to settle a federal lawsuit with a former employee who claimed she was fired because she was hearing-impaired. The suit also claimed she was deprived of due process -- a hearing before the Civil Service Commission -- before her termination. Mary Casna, who wears hearing aids and had worked for the city for seven years, will be awarded $100,000 in the settlement. / Rockford Register Star
See also: UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS (14-page PDF of appeals court decision)
BRANCH BANKING AND TRUST TO PAY DAMAGES TO SETTLE SUIT
A major Winston-Salem, N.C.-based financial holding company will pay $24,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today. The EEOC had sued Branch Banking and Trust (BB&T), the nation's 10th largest financial holding company, on behalf of a hearing-impaired employee who was denied a reasonable accommodation to which she was entitled under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). / US EEOC
SCSDB FACES SUIT OVER 2008 SEX ASSAULT
A civil complaint has been filed against the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind and its former president on behalf of a vulnerable adult, seeking damages from a sexual assault that occurred on campus in February 2008. In a complaint made public last Thursday, Greenville attorney Cameron G. "Bozzie" Boggs requests a jury trial on behalf of a former SCSDB student with the pseudonym "John Doe" and his mother, referred to in the document as "Mary Roe." / Spartanburg Herald-Journal
OLDEST U.S. DEATH ROW INMATE DEAD AT 94
The oldest death row inmate in the United States, who spent most of his life behind bars, has died of natural causes at age 94. Viva Leroy Nash died last Friday at the state's prison complex in Florence, said an Arizona Department of Corrections spokesman. Nash had been imprisoned almost continuously since he was 15 and was deaf, mostly blind, crippled, mentally ill and had dementia, said his attorney, Thomas Phalen. / Associated Press
East Lansing, MI
MSU'S DEAF EDUCATION UPDATE!
Approximately 25 to 30 Deaf Community members and allies made a strong showing at the MSU board of trustees’ meeting last Friday. Numerous individuals brought signs and held them during the meeting, and the board of trustees definitely saw the signs. Four spoke during the public comments, expressing their concerns about MSU’s plans to eliminate the Deaf Education program. / The Deaf Edge
KIDS SAVE DEAF PARENTS, NEIGHBORS IN OVERNIGHT TEMPE FIRE
Some kids are being called heroes after an apartment fire in Tempe yesterday morning. Tempe Fire Department’s Mike Reichling said the fire started around 12:40 a.m. at apartments near Hardy and University. Kids in an apartment next door woke up because of the fire and then woke their parents, who are deaf. The couple then went and banged on the door of the apartment where the fire started. / ABC15
DEAF COMMUNITY FRUSTRATED WITH LACK OF SUPPORT FROM FORMER DEAN
"One cultural group is not being recognized" at Milwaukee Area Technical College, said Luke Leonhardt, first-year student in the Interpreter Technician program. He, along with Linda Tripi, Education Assistant/part time instructor, explained in letters meant for Dr. Susan Hornshaw, former Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences Division, that there is a need for deaf counselors to both advise and represent deaf students. Although there have been several meetings scheduled with Hornshaw, for various reasons, she has failed to attend. / MATC Times
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QuestFest Returns March 1-14
QuestFest 2010, the premier international visual theatre festival produced by Quest in partnership with Gallaudet University in Washington, 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 array of family-friendly, cutting-edge work that welcomes all people to the fascinating world of visual theatre. Audiences can expect cutting edge performances that have been described as ‘breathtaking,’ ‘inspiring,’ and ‘profound.’
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Johannesburg, South Africa
BAD NEWS FOR RECORD S. AFRICAN LOTTERY WINNER
A deaf South African cleaner besieged by begging relatives after a newspaper reported he had scooped a 91 million rand($11.82 million US) lottery jackpot was not the winner, the draw's organizers said yesterday. National Lottery spokeswoman Thembi Tulwana said the real winner of Friday's PowerBall draw was an unnamed 43-year-old woman, and not 52-year-old Stanley Philander, a Cape Town hardware store cleaner reported to have carried off the record rollover prize. Tulwana said Philander had bought -- after the draw -- a lottery ticket with the same numbers as the winning ticket, but could not explain how the mix-up had escalated into the family being moved to a secret location for their own protection. / Reuters
See Also: DEAF SOUTH AFRICAN LOTTERY MILLIONAIRE FLEES SUPPLICANTS / Reuters
HEARING & SPEECH IMPAIRED GET JOBS AT FUELING STATIONS
Don't be surprised if a petrol pump attendant uses sign language when you visit one of the fuel stations in the city. He might be one of the hearing and speech impaired youngsters hired by the station owner for whom otherwise getting a job is a tough task. Thanks to the efforts of Astitiva, an NGO, that works to help specially challenged people get employment, three city-based petrol pumps are hiring six deaf and mute youngsters. / The Times of India
MUSIC THERAPY FOR PREVIOUSLY DEAF CHILDREN
New research conducted in Israel and led by Denmark’s Aalborg University once again highlights the incredible qualities of music. These sounds and others were played by Dr. Dikla Kerem to two and three-year-olds who have an elaborate hearing aid called a "cochlear implant" surgically placed in their ears. Dr. Kerem examined the value of music therapy in the post-surgery rehabilitation process. / New Tang Dynasty Television
SILENCE (AND DISTANCE) MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER
What makes a love story great? Literature can give us a number of stories that can make our hearts either flutter or break. But what of quiet stories - the ones that can be likened to a scenic ride to a nearby seaside, no fireworks, no grand theatricals, just two people who work hard, love freely, and trust much. Such is the story of Marvin and Ruth Marcial. Yes, Marvin and Ruth are both deaf. / Manila Bulletin
GOVERNMENT TO DISCOURAGE TEACHING OF SIGN LANGUAGE IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS?
The Children, Schools and Families Bill proposes a new law whereby schools will have to teach primary school children a language. Looking at the small-print, this is defined in the Bill as a “modern foreign language.” Alarms bell rang when I read this because British Sign Language is, by definition, not a ‘foreign’ language. It’s an official Government bells-on recognised language in this country. So I emailed the civil servants working on the Bill to get to the bottom of this. The answer? Not good. / Campaigning for Deaf Children
Saint John, NB, Canada
GOOD NEWS FOR DEAF RESIDENTS OF GREATER SAINT JOHN
If not for the United Way of Greater Saint John, a group that provides literacy, support and counselling for families and members of the deaf and hard of hearing community would have to shut its doors. So it comes as good news to Lynn LeBlanc that the United Way has reached its goal, raising $1.225 million to support its 24 community agencies. That means Saint John Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services will get the $34,000 it applied for to fund its programs. / Telegraph-Journal
Perth, Western Australia
COURAGEOUS BUSINESS COACH LOSES HER HEARING BUT KEEPS ON WORKING
Imagine waking up one morning unable to hear anything but the sound of ringing in your ears. For starters, most of us would probably take the day off work to consult a doctor. But for dedicated Business Coach, Michele Alexander, leaving her clients in the lurch wasn’t an option. Michele went into the office and got down to business, providing coaching for five of her clients before finally consulting a doctor about her sudden hearing loss. “It was a complete blur,” said Michele. / Australian Women Online
Calgary, AB Canada
DEAF COSTA RICAN GIRL SOAKS UP CALGARY SCHOOLWORK
Nine-year-old Stephania Ballestero's hands move wildly, her face rapidly shifting into a variety of emotive expressions as she catches up with her family via a weekly Skype computer call home to Costa Rica. She tells her mother that she's reading in English, an amazing feat considering the little girl's native language is Spanish and she's been enrolled in a Calgary school only since late December, shortly after her arrival here on a six-month visa. But most astonishing, Stephania is deaf and speaks LESCO, the sign language of Costa Rica. Yet she's reading English and translating into a different sign language than her own as she goes along. / Calgary Herald
EXPERIENCING THE AMERICAN DEAF CULTURE
Because I grew up in a small Greek city where I never socialized with other Deaf people, I never thought there were other people like me. From kindergarten through high school, I attended a mainstream school that didn’t provide support services, nor were teachers aware of Deaf culture and deafness. As a child, I didn’t really realize I was Deaf, despite being born with hearing loss too extensive for using hearing aids. Instead, I considered myself a person with a problem in my ears and difficulty interacting well with hearing people. / MIUSA
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LIFE & LEISURE
HOH CHILDREN LEARN ABOUT CHOCOLATE MAKING
For Adriana Schaked, giving back to the community is as important as producing the finest hand-made chocolate in South Broward. In the spirit of February’s celebration of Valentine’s Day, Schakolad Chocolate Factory located in Davie will host approximately 10 young deaf and hard-of hearing children at a free chocolate-making party on February 28. Most of the children at the event are part of a program with the Deaf Family Literacy Academy (DFLA) and will be accompanied by their parents or guardians as well as two interpreters who will help facilitate the party. / PRLog
Daytona Beach, FL
DEAF GROUP BONDS AT GAME NIGHT
There are cheers, laughter, back-pats and high fives. Josephine Thomas, who just won big at cards, does a victory dance. All the while Buddy Parker's hands move rapidly as he jokes with a friend during the gathering Saturday, "Your phone rang. Pick it up and answer it. 'Hello. Wrong number.' " Thomas and Parker, both of Daytona Beach, are deaf. / News-Journal
AG BELL ANNOUNCES 2010 AWARD RECIPIENTS
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) today announced the 2010 recipients of its highest association awards, recognizing individuals or organizations who make a significant contribution to the hearing loss community. The 2010 award recipients are: Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD); Ms. Joanna Nichols and Taiwan's Children's Hearing Foundation; and Inez K. Janger. / PR Web
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POLICE TRAINED TO DEAL WITH DISABILITIES
Township law enforcement is becoming more attuned to interacting with residents with a physical or mental disability. Police Chief Bob Gavalier said in-service training in recent years has focused on teaching officers how to best handle situations involving a person who may be disabled in some way. Gavalier said one session in this year’s training focused on communicating with the deaf and hearing-impaired. He said training in this area is important because several officers have dealt with deaf residents. “The major thing is us being able to communicate and understand their disability,” he said. “And understand how they perceive us.” / The Vindicator
GAY DEAF COMPANY OFFERS CLASSES
American Sign Language (ASL) classes started as a pilot program from Deaf Communication by Innovation (DCI) , but quickly became so popular that DCI expanded its offering to include one-on-one instruction, tutor and video remote instruction/ tutor, and more. "All of our registrants are either taking the [ASL] class for pleasure or with a goal to be more involved in the deaf community," said DCI's Matt Dans. "So far, the students' ages range from 18 to 70; the average age is mid-30s, and we have a few more female than male students." / Windy City Times
HAMILTON RELAY AWARDED CONTRACT FOR STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Hamilton Telephone Company d/b/a Hamilton Telecommunications announced yesterday that they have been selected as one of two new Telecommunications Relay Service providers for the State of California. After a stringent competitive proposal process, the State of California chose Hamilton Relay to provide free telecommunications services that make telephone connections possible between people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or speech disabled and people who use standard phones. Hamilton will begin providing service starting on June 2, 2010. / Hamilton Relay
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
QUESTFEST TO BRING VISUAL THEATER TO GALLAUDET
The QuestFest 2010 visual theatre festival is coming to Gallaudet March 1 to 14, bringing an international roster of deaf and hearing artists performing an array of cutting-edge work. Now in its fourth year, QuestFest is produced by Quest: Arts for Everyone in partnership with Gallaudet and the Theatre Project and Creative Alliance in Baltimore, Md. Artists from the United States and six other countries will converge at these three venues for performances, workshops, panels, and master classes. Some shows will feature post-show discussions with the performers. / GU News
DEAF PERFORMANCE ENTICES THE SENSES
Peter Cook stood on the center of the stage, the audience circled around him. He pointed to the left side of the room and twenty pairs of arms immediately went up in the air. He pointed to the right side of the room and twenty other pairs of arms flew up. While it might not be obvious to the casual passerby, the audience members were tossing an invisible beach ball across the room under Cook’s direction. This one exercise in channeling a person’s imagination, however, was just the beginning. / The Harvard Crimson
New York, NY
HELEN KELLER'S LIFE AFTER THE MIRACLE
The Miracle Worker, the inspirational 1959 William Gibson play now being revived on Broadway, tells the story of Helen Keller, deaf and blind since she was a toddler, learning how to communicate with the world. Her teacher, Annie Sullivan, though little more than a child herself, is the miracle worker of the title -- the one who never gives up on her, the only one convinced that this feral child can live a productive life. The story of this transformation from small animal to human being is even more remarkable when you know that Sullivan and Keller were not fictional products of a writer's imagination, but real women who both went on to lives of great distinction. / Playbill
NEIL ROLNICK MOVES BEYOND HEARING LOSS WITH NEW WORK AT RPI CONCERT
As a composer specializing in electronic music, Neil Rolnick has long been accustomed to technical difficulties. So it was when Rolnick was working in his studio on Manhattan's Upper West Side on the morning of March 31, 2008, and some strange, distorted sounds starting emanating from his computer and synthesizer. As Rolnick had done a thousand times previously, he began to investigate. But he soon realized the weird sonic phenomenon he was observing changed according to the position of his head. The problem wasn't with the machines. Hearing was slipping away in his left ear. / Times Union
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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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DEAF CSUN BASKETBALL PLAYER IS AN INSPIRATION
The bus carrying the Cal State Northridge men's basketball team rolled through a late Southern California evening, the players bobbing their heads to the music coming through their headphones. Michael Lizarraga just stared straight ahead, a sad look on his face. "What's up? What's wrong?" teammate Willie Galick asked. "I wish I could do that," the 6-foot-7 forward answered. "Do what?" Galick wondered. Lizarraga pointed to his teammates bobbing and weaving to the music from their headphones. "That." Michael Lizarraga, you see, has been deaf since birth. / LA Daily News
Council Bluffs, IA
ISD GIRLS WIN FIRST GPSD TITLE
With a tall order in front of her, the shortest player on the on the Iowa School for the Deaf roster stepped up. Alba Lavrenz hit a go-ahead jumper with 2:37 to help lead the Bobcats girls basketball team to a 38-33 victory over Minnesota School for the Deaf in the championship game of the Great Plains Schools for the Deaf tournament Saturday night at the Lied Multipurpose Complex. “I thought it would go in,” the four-foot-eleven guard said through an interpreter. “But I was still surprised when it did.” It is the first title in the history of the tournament for Iowa Deaf. / The Daily Nonpareil
See Also: GPSD TOURNEY FULL OF FUN, FRIENDSHIPS / The Daily Nonpareil
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Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) seeks an experienced, creative individual to fill the position of Executive Advisor. KCDHH, a state agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, is charged to advise the Governor and General Assembly concerning policy and programs needed to enhance the quality and coordination of services for deaf and hard of hearing persons. The agency also assists local, state and federal governments and public and private agencies in the development of programs for deaf and hard of hearing persons, oversees the provision of interpreter services for state agencies and operates the telecommunications access program to ensure equal access to telecommunications services. This staff position works directly with the Executive Director in carrying out the mandates of the agency. Desired qualifications include:
* Extensive knowledge of issues affecting the deaf and hard or hearing; ability to recognize and support individual choices relative to communication options and to foster inclusivity among individuals with diverse communication modalities;
* Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, including competency in American Sign Language; demonstrated ability to effectively and tactfully communicate with people at many levels; demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective and positive relationships within an organization and with the public;
* An keen understanding of executive agencies, the Kentucky state legislative process and negotiating budget allocations from funding sources;
* Ability to lead, plan and support an organized environment for staff working on a wide variety of activities; ability to think strategically while assisting in the management of operations;
* Posses leadership skills including the ability to forge partnerships with consumers, families and other government and advocacy agencies; demonstrated commitment to public service and a record of accomplishment in disability advocacy;
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* The successful candidate must have a minimum of a bachelors’ degree in a relevant field and prior experience as an administrator.
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Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
C/O Virginia Moore, Executive Director
632 Versailles Road
Frankfort, KY 40601
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
This position does not confer merit system status. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants for employment and not to discriminate on any basis prohibited by law, including race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, marital status or status as a veteran.
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