March 12, 2014
Vol. 10, No. 19
Editor: Tom Willard
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BACKERS OF ASL TEACHER EXPRESS SUPPORT
Parents and students who hoped their support could help save the job of a beloved teacher who resigned over accusations that she used dirty words in her classroom left Tuesday's school board meeting disappointed. "I am beyond upset," said Kathy Natkin, whose daughter Samantha Natkin was a student in teacher Sharon Duffy's American Sign Language class at Greece Olympia High School. Duffy resigned last week amid an investigation sparked by a photo of her posted to social media showing her standing in front of a whiteboard with the phrase "c--ks----r" written among other words. "I don't feel the board listened to us at all." / Democrat and Chronicle
FAMILY OF DEAF-MUTE MAN SAYS HE 'COOKED TO DEATH'
Earl Vernon has been fighting for years over a lawsuit for damages to seek justice for his brother David Vernon, who he said died in the care of an Aacres Landing assisted living house. "I was given assurances, guarantees and promises that they would provide for his health and safety," said Vernon. David Vernon, 56, died of a heat stroke in 2009. Earl Vernon said David Vernon's caretakers neglected him during a heat wave that July. On the day David Vernon died, his brother said, it was 103 degrees outside. / KIRO
MISSOURI SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF GETS FIRST DEAF LEADER
The Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton will have its first deaf superintendent as of July 1 this year. Ernest E. Garrett III was selected for the position by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education late February. Garrett has been the Executive Director of the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for three years. / KBIA
EMPLOYEES SPEAK OUT AGAINST DEAF AND BLIND SCHOOL
Eleven child care workers at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind are upset, saying their jobs are in jeopardy due to their education. The current child care worker position would be phased out on July 1, 2015, and replaced with the position of residential care specialist, according to paperwork handed out at the meeting. The replacement jobs will require an associate degree in child development, psychology, social work or related fields, or an employee’s written intention to acquire the degree within three years of being hired. / Cumberland Times-News
POLICE RESCUE DEAF GIRLS FROM BREMERTON HOUSE FIRE
Two hearing impaired Bremerton girls say they're alive because of the heroics of police officers who rushed in to save them from a burning home. Because of their hearing loss they didn't know the house was burning down around them early Tuesday morning. "There was a lot of smoke down here when the police came in and we were like, 'Whoa, we're still alive,'" said fire victim Sara Mayfield. / KOMO
Oklahoma City, OK
DEAF MAN INVOLVED IN CONTROVERSIAL OHP ARREST GIVES HIS SIDE OF THE STORY
For the first time NewsChannel 4 is hearing from a deaf man caught in the center of a controversial arrest with Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Pearl Pearson, 64 was left bloodied and bruised after a traffic stop in January. OHP accused Pearson of leaving the scene of an accident and resisting arrest, but in court Friday afternoon Pearson said he was not resisting officers. With help from a sign language interpreter Pearson tells NewsChannel 4 he was trying to communicate to officer, but was not able too. / KFOR
UNIV. OF WASH. MED. CENTER FINDS INNOVATIVE ANSWER TO LANGUAGE BARRIERS
Hospital visits can be very stressful even when you speak the language of those there to care for you. If you add a language barrier to the equation, the anxiety levels escalate and the outcomes can be life threatening. University of Washington Medical Center has partnered with Language Access Network (LAN) to provide interpretation services for its Limited English Proficient and Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing patients through the use of Martti (My Accessible Real-Time Trusted Interpreter), LAN's state-of the-art system connecting the highest quality, medically-trained interpreters with doctors and patients round-the-clock via live video. / GlobeNewswire
REGULATORS STANDING IN WAY OF LESS-EXPENSIVE HEARING AIDS
Ignoring what consumers want and need, the FDA has repeatedly sided with hearing aid manufacturers when it comes to innovation. In 2009, the FDA published a guidance document that purported to distinguish the PSAP market from the hearing aid market. But rather than support the new technology, the document simply reassured the hearing aid industry that its chokehold on the market would remain firmly in place. / TheHill
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'JAPAN'S BEETHOVEN' APOLOGIZES PUBLICLY
The man once lauded as “Japan’s Beethoven” bowed repeatedly and apologized Friday at his first media appearance since it was revealed last month that his famed musical compositions were ghostwritten and he isn’t completely deaf. Mamoru Samuragochi appeared clean-shaven and minus his trademark sunglasses and long hair, in what could be seen as a sign of remorse. He apologized for the troubles he had caused his fans, producers and others. / The Associated Press
JAPAN GRANTS OVER US$100,000 FOR SIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL
Through grant assistance from the Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP), Japan is providing a grant of US$104,236 to the New Amsterdam Special Need for Life Foundation for the construction of a sign language school to assist hearing-impaired persons in Region 6. A release from the Embassy of Japan in Trinidad and Tobago said that the signing ceremony took place on …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now. / Stabroek News
ROTHERHAM DEAF PEOPLE SPEAK OUT OVER CUTS TO TRAVEL PASSES
Rotherham’s deaf community are protesting against changes to concessionary travel. Cuts to free bus and train travel across South Yorkshire, due to come into force from April, have been met with a wave of opposition since they were approved last month. Support group Rotherham Deaf Futures has called for a re-think ahead of the changes. / The Star
DEAF CHARITY PRESIDENT TO RUN IN COUNCIL ELECTIONS
A campaigner for deaf people has announced he will be standing as a councillor in May’s elections. Asif Iqbal MBE, who has been president of Harrow United Deaf Club since 2009, will be standing in Marlborough Ward as an independent candidate later this year. Mr Iqbal says he hopes to use his experience of working in the voluntary sector to make Harrow a better place to live. / This Is Local London
East Yorks, England
MOMENT HEARTLESS THIEF IS CAUGHT STEALING FROM HER DEAF NEIGHBOR CAUGHT ON CAMERA
A 'heartless' thief has been jailed after being caught red-handed stealing from her deaf 92-year-old neighbour thanks to the victim's son who installed motion-sensitive CCTV cameras inside the flat. Gillian Carlton King, 57, was filmed rifling through Hazel Bywater's belongings at her flat in Bridlington, East Yorks., before stealing a box containing £185 ($300 US) from her kitchen. Mrs Bywater's son Roy Porter and his partner Cherril decided to take action when they suspected money was being taken from the frail pensioner. / Daily Mail
THE FAMILY WHO MOVED ACROSS THE COUNTRY SO THEIR DEAF DAUGHTER COULD GO TO THE RIGHT SCHOOL
When my boys were first diagnosed as deaf there wasn’t the great parent support network that now exists in our area through the local deaf children’s society. For a long time, we were quite isolated until gradually we met other parents in the same position as us – hearing parents of deaf children taking in as much as we could in a new unfamiliar world – and making life-changing decisions that challenged us morally and emotionally. / The Limping Chicken
Brampton, ON, Canada
BRAMPTON WOMAN DIES WAITING FOR LUNG, LIVER TRANSPLANT
Chrissy Girdharry did not get the lung and liver transplants she needed to survive. But in her death, she herself became an organ donor — a fitting end for a woman who spent countless hours raising awareness about the importance of organ donation. “She was ill from the day she was born,” recalled her mother, Vicky Girdharry. But Girdharry, who was also deaf, would not give up. Over the last year, she visited her old schools, using sign language to communicate to students the importance of being an organ donor, made a video and used social media to get the message out. / Toronto Star
Edmonton, AB, Canada
STUDENTS AT ALBERTA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF SAY BEING DEAF DEFINES THEM, BUT DOESN'T LIMIT THEM
Kamil Burnat, 18, and his classmate Jeffrey Stepien, 17, have a lot in common. They’re both the children of Polish immigrants. And they’re both deaf. For them, that’s simply normal. It’s what they’ve grown up with. It’s all they and their families have ever known. Their parents are deaf. Their siblings are deaf. But Burnat and Stepien don’t think of themselves as deaf. They are Deaf, with a capital D. It’s part of their identity, in the same way that being Polish is. It’s what defines them, not what limits them. / Edmonton Journal
Toronto, ON, Canada
PORN CHANNELS GET IN TROUBLE FOR NOT SHOWING CLOSED CAPTIONING
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission would like to have a word with the owners of specialty channels about their lack of compliance with certain conditions of license. And the most curious of those infractions concern the programming on adult movie stations. The channels are in trouble for failing to air the 35 per cent Canadian content they were expected to provide viewers. Moreover, the requirement to offer closed captioning for the hearing impaired on at least 90 per cent of the programs is not being met at this time. / canada.com
DEAF GERMANS GET ACCESS
The Federal Employment Agency (BA) will start on Monday a new service for deaf and hearing impaired. As of Monday, the deaf have the opportunity to speak directly with a sign language interpreter service with the service centers of the BA. "So far, the deaf telephone access to our services closed. With the new service, we have cleared this hurdle aside, "said Raimund Becker, CEO of BA. / At The Rim
DIRECTOR LAMENTS EXCLUSION OF DEAF PERSONS FROM NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Mr David Anyaele, Executive Director, Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) on Sunday lamented the exclusion of hearing impaired persons as delegates to the forthcoming national conference. Anyaele noted that although six slots had been provided for persons with disabilities, none of those selected has hearing impairment. / allAfrica.com
CONDEMNED FUTURE AS 90% OF DEAF CHILDREN MISS SCHOOL
Walking from her computer, Caroline Obwago leads us to our seats. One cannot immediately tell she is deaf. “She has been a secretary here for more than ten years,” reveals Makarius Kathenya, Kenya Society for Deaf Children director. She is among the lucky few deaf people to have acquired secondary education according to KSDC chairman Francis Ng’ang’a. He says over 90 per cent of deaf children do not go to school. / The Standard
DEAF AND DUMB GIRL RAPED FOR 5 MONTHS, NOW PREGNANT
A deaf and dumb girl was allegedly raped for five months in her house in Alpha 2 apartment in Greater Noida. A case was registered on Thursday against the rapist when the survivors’ parents came to know about the heinous act. The girl was residing as a tenant in Kasna near Greater Noida where another room was being used by a different tenant. / India TV
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LIFE & LEISURE
INTEREST HIGH IN COMMUNICATING WITH THE DEAF
When the nonprofit Houston organization, Be An Angel, offered a free course in American Sign Language last fall, teacher Sheila Johnstone expected 15 to 20 people to register. More than 200 responded, and the class at T.H. Rogers Elementary School drew people from as far as The Woodlands, Sugar Land, Pearland and Huffman. That kind of interest, Johnstone says, is a good sign. And that's why Be An Angel, which serves children with multiple disabilities and/or profound deafness, has continued the free training. / Houston Chronicle
Santa Barbara, CA
IN DEAF COMMUNITY, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS
Can a capital letter make a huge difference? Apparently it can, and it’s a difference that defines a specific culture – deaf and Deaf. Without language, culture has nothing to offer. “By capitalizing the word ‘Deaf’ you are referring to a culture, rather than a medical condition,” Ignacio Ponce, ASL instructor, wrote in an interview. “Deaf with a lowercase refers to the inability to hear; a pathological condition for defining people who are unable to hear.” / The Channels
DEAF COMMUNITY FINDS HOME AT GEORGETOWN WITH GU SIGNS
For attending university in the largest Deaf hub in America, Georgetown students have precious little access to the Deaf community’s language, American Sign Language. Attempting to fill that gap is GU Signs, an entirely student-run club offering free ASL lessons every other Thursday night. / The Georgetown Voice
New York, NY
CONVERSATIONS WITH MY DEAF MOTHER
I always knew my mother couldn’t hear, but I can’t remember when it dawned on me that she’d always be deaf. If I was told, I didn’t believe it. ... If anyone gave me the official report on my mother, it would have been my grandmother, who did not like her daughter-in-law and who found my mother’s deaf friends as repellent as ungainly fowls squawking in her son’s living room. / The New Yorker
DEAF TODDLER HEARS FOR FIRST TIME WITH DEVICE IMPLANTED IN BRAINSTEM
At a hospital in Boston, sound registered in Alex Frederick's brain for the first time. Alex, just 17 months old at the time, is deaf, but a device, not yet approved in the United States for children, is helping to change that. It was implanted directly into his brain. / ABC News
HEARING IMPAIRMENT IN ADULTS LINKED TO DEPRESSION
Hearing impairment is associated with depression, especially for older women, according to a study published online March 6 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Chuan-Ming Li, M.D., Ph.D., from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., and colleagues examined the prevalence of and risk factors for depression among adults with hearing loss. Participants included 18,318 adults (aged 18 years and older) from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005 to 2010. / HealthDay News
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NEW MAJOR OFFERS STUDENTS HANDS-ON APPROACH TO ASL
Columbia’s American Sign Language-English Interpretation Department added a Deaf Studies major this semester, the only program of its kind in the Midwest. Unlike the department’s current ASL-English Interpretation degree, Deaf Studies focuses more on deaf culture than interpreting, said Peter Cook, interim chair and associate professor in the ASL-English Interpretation Department. / The Columbia Chronicle
Sioux Falls, SD
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It takes a lot of practice, time and money to get your pilot's license. It can be a challenge for anyone, but it's especially challenging for someone who is deaf. We first introduced you to Nick Ullom back in 1995, as his parents adapted to having a deaf child. Today Nick's dreams are taking him high above the clouds. That's 21-year-old Ullom in the pilot's seat of a small plane at the Tea airport. His passion for flying started in 6th grade when he got a flight simulator program. He's logged 5,000 hours on it. / KELOLAND
DEAF CHURCH PLANTER WORKS SO DETROIT'S UNCHURCHED MIGHT HEAR
Scott Blanchard is familiar with all the public perceptions of Detroit and its surrounding area: It’s dying. No one wants to live there. The church can’t thrive in the Motor City. But the fact is, the Detroit-area native and Southern Baptist church planter just doesn’t buy those perceptions. ... Not only has Blanchard successfully planted and grown a church in one of the toughest-to-reach metro areas in North America, he has done so despite being 80 percent deaf. / The Pathway
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
DIGITAL CINEMA IS STILL FAILING DEAF PATRONS
Who remembers Dolby’s ScreenTalk? Ten years ago it was a revolutionary system whereby using a small projector subtitles could be projected onto the bottom of a screen showing 35mm film, or displayed through a reflective system mounted at the rear of the cinema, enabling deaf and hearing impaired cinema patrons to enjoy the latest film releases. Yet ScreenTalk never took off in a major way, primarily because digital cinema was ‘just around the corner’ and with it, the promise of subtitling ANY show at ZERO extra cost. / Celluloid Junkie
New Haven, CT
CONNECTICUT COULD BECOME 1ST STATE TO LOWER MOVIE VOLUME
Connecticut could become the first state to curb loud movies under proposed legislation that's drawing opposition from the Motion Picture Association of America. The legislature's Public Safety and Security Committee is considering the bill, which would prevent theatres from showing a film or preview that exceeded 85 decibels. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends noise should be kept below 85 decibels for workers for eight hours to minimize hearing loss. / The Associated Press
JEFF TEAGUE WENT TEMPORARILY DEAF IN ONE EAR DURING GAME DUE TO EARWAX
I used to clean my ears with cotton swabs, but I no longer do that. As of right now. This story scared me straight. Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague, via Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “I couldn’t hear anything out of my left ear, at all,” Teague said. A doctor removed a considerable amount of wax from both ears. / ProBasketballTalk
HE'S SEEN IT ALL AND HEARD NONE OF IT
“Hey ref, are you blind?” “Call it both ways, ref!” “You’re missing a good game, ref!” Virtually every high-level basketball official has heard those taunts thousands of times. Except Ronnie Milliorn. He’s never heard any of those antagonistic comments. He’s never heard anything, period. Milliorn has been completely deaf since birth and communicates by lip reading and sign language. / Albuquerque Journal
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Monitor $90 million in revenue and expenses for the College of NTID.
Prepare financial component of NTID’s annual budget request to the Department of Education. Prepare responses for all questions from Department of Education included as a part of the Supplementary Data of the annual budget request.
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