March 20, 2013
Vol. 9, No. 21
Editor: Tom Willard
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Colorado Springs, CO
FORMER DEAF SCHOOL PRINCIPAL DENIES ALLEGATIONS OF A COVER UP
The former principal of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind denies allegations he covered up sexual abuse at the school. Two sets of parents of two blind students who are suing the school and its former leader claim five children were sexually assaulted at the school by another student and the acts were covered up. The assaults allegedly took place over a period of years begining in 2009. / CBS Denver
EEOC CLAIMS TOYS 'R' US DISCRIMINATED AGAINST DEAF JOB APPLICANT
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Toys "R" Us, alleging the company broke the law when staff at its Columbia store refused to provide a sign-language interpreter for a job applicant who is deaf. In October 2011, Shakirra Thomas applied for a "team member" position at Toys "R" Us, and the store contacted her by phone to invite her to a group interview that November. Her mother told the store that Thomas is deaf and requested a sign-language interpreter for the interview. The store said Thomas could attend the interview but would have to provide her own interpreter, the lawsuit says. Her mother attended and interpreted for her. / Baltimore Sun
New York, NY
DEAF CLIENT LOSES BID TO SUE LAW FIRM THAT FAILED TO PROVIDE SIGN INTERPRETER
Marsha White, who has been deaf since birth, alleged that when she retained Chelli & Bush to represent her after a personal injury automobile accident, she stressed the need to have an interpreter available during all phases of the litigation. [Editor's Note: Unfortunately this article cannot be read without a paid subscription and I was unable to find any other articles about this case.] / New York Law Journal
St. Augustine, FL
FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR DEAF AND BLIND SCHOOL BUS INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT
A school bus for the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind was involved in an accident with a taxi cab this morning. Jeremy Robshaw with St. Johns County Fire and Rescue says no injuries were reported at the scene on San Marco Avenue at Genoply Street. Action News has reached out to the St. Augustine Police Department for more information about the cause of the accident. / ActionNewsJax.com
CELEBRATE DEAF HISTORY MONTH WITH NEW ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY WHICH BENEFIT THE DEAF COMMUNITY
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) encourages everyone to not only recognize, but celebrate Deaf History Month from March 13 to April 15. Each historical event celebrated this month, from protests to the establishment of schools for the deaf, represents game-changing advancements of deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States. / PRWeb
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DEAF PUPILS GET PURPOSE-BUILT WHARENUI UNIT
Deaf and hearing-impaired children are benefiting from a new purpose-built facility at a Christchurch primary school. The Ministry of Education has spent $526,320 on the van Asch Deaf Education Centre satellite unit at Wharenui School, which opened yesterday. The two-classroom building, specially designed for children who are deaf or hearing impaired, has special acoustics, sound systems and lighting. / Stuff.co.nz
DEAF CATTLE DOG RUBY HAS BEEN TRAINED AS AN ASSISTANCE DOG
Ruby is proof you can teach a deaf dog new tricks. The albino cattle dog-cross, who is totally deaf, was rescued from a brutal life and retrained as a certified public assistance dog. She is a constant companion for Stephen Woodhouse, an army veteran with severe post-traumatic stress disorder, even waking him when she senses he is having a nightmare. Disability Aid Dogs founder Alex Van Oeveren said a Clever Paws dog trainer spent months retraining Ruby and teaching Mr Woodhouse to communicate with her through sign language. / The Courier-Mail
BLIND IN ONE EYE, PARTIALLY DEAF AND FACING MAJOR SPINAL SURGERY BUT THALIDOMIDE MOTHER IS STILL FOUND FIT TO WORK
A Thalidomide victim who is blind in one eye, partially deaf and can barely walk is being stripped of welfare payments - because officials say she is not 'disabled' enough to be out of work. Martine White, 50, was left severely disabled after her mother took the anti-sickness drug while pregnant with her during the 1960s. She can barely dress herself or even brush her hair, uses a wheelchair and will undergo spinal surgery later this year. / Daily Mail
REPORTER GOES 'DEAF FOR A DAY'
A regional daily reporter experienced what it was like to be deaf for a day for a feature to raise awareness about hearing problems. Warren Manger, the health reporter at the Coventry Telegraph, decided to discover what it was like to be deaf after being contacted by the Coventry and Leamington Hearing Centre. The experiment saw him have his ear canal flooded with a quick-setting solution which meant that he could only hear muffled noises, as though his head was underwater. / HoldTheFrontPage.co.uk
SPOTLIGHT ON AIDS FOR DEAF CHILDREN
Students at City College Plymouth are more deaf aware thanks to a visit from the National Deaf Children's Society. The college played host to the NDCS listening bus and two of the roadshow team. The popular Listening Bus has been travelling the UK since 1996. It delivers unique information on the doorstep of the nation's deaf children, to their families and friends and the professionals working with them. / This is Plymouth
WRONG MEDICATIONS KILL PREGNANT DEAF PERSONS
The Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD) has observed that the inability of doctors and nurses to understand and interpret sign language was leading to wrong prescriptions of medicines to deaf persons. The GNAD said the phenomenon was leading to many deaf expectant mothers losing their lives while others were disheartened and disappointed, given the unfair treatment meted out to deaf persons visiting health centers across the country. / VibeGhana.com
MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY RAPED DEAF, MUTE AND BLIND SISTER FOUND DEAD IN LAKE
A man who is believed to have raped and impregnated his 13-year-old deaf, blind and mute sister in Uganda has been found dead in a lake. Sanyu was attacked in 2007 and she gave birth the following year. Because of her disability, she was unable to identify her rapist so her mother called for DNA testing of her father and three brothers -- the only men in contact with her. / IBTimes UK
CHINHOYI DEAF MAN ATTACKS WIFE'S BOYFRIEND
A 63-year-old deaf man has been sentenced to three years in prison for striking a fellow villager with an axe accusing him of having an affair with his wife. Christmas Makomeke was sentenced on his own plea of guilty to attempted murder when he appeared before Chinhoyi regional magistrate Never Katiyo last week. Cylus Bhunu, 58, sustained serious shoulder, chest and head injuries in the attack which occurred on December 5 last year. / The Zimdiaspora
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San Francisco, CA
DEAF FOODIES SAVOR GOURMET GHETTO TASTING TOUR IN SIGN LANGUAGE
My pair of professions straddles two worlds. By day, I work as an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter and otherwise, I’m a food writer. Although these domains rarely intersect, it’s a thrill when they do. In 2011, I broke the news of San Francisco’s first Deaf-owned restaurant, Mozzeria and followed up last Spring with an interview of the owners in ASL. But there are plenty of Deaf Bay Area food lovers who aren’t chefs, and I recently took a dozen of them–software developers, college professors, actors and retired folk–on an only-in-sign-language tasting tour of Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto through Edible Excursions. / Bay Area Bites
New York, NY
DEAF WOMAN WEEPS AT HEARING FAMILY FOR FIRST TIME
Born deaf, Amy Barber and her family were told she wouldn't be able to restore her hearing through medical procedures due to her neurological hearing loss. But as an adult, Barber decided she wanted to try a cochlear implant, after seeing videos of other people finding success with the electronic devices that are surgically installed. In an emotional YouTube video going viral this week, the 26-year-old Barber can be seen hearing the voices of her parents and her 6-year-old son, Blake, for the first time. / TODAY Health
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KY. COMMISSION ON THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING VISITING SENIOR CITIZEN CENTERS
The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) is coming to six senior citizen centers in western Kentucky during April to present valuable information about hearing loss and communications accessibility. For many of Kentucky’s senior citizens, the ability to socialize within their communities or enjoy visits with family is not limited by mobility, but by communication problems stemming from hearing loss. / SurfKY.com
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Council Bluffs, IA
IOWA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF JUNIOR WINS STATE POETRY OUT LOUD COMPETITION
Dakota Meyer, a junior at Iowa School for the Deaf (ISD) in Council Bluffs, was named the winner of the 2013 Poetry Out Loud Iowa state competition March 3 at the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines. The win earned Meyer $200 and $500 for ISD to purchase poetry books. Meyer will now head to Washington, D.C., in April to compete in the Poetry Out Loud National Finals, where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be awarded. Meyer will be the second deaf student to compete in the national contest. / The Daily Nonpareil
NEW EXHIBIT SPOTLIGHTS ARTWORK BY WISCONSIN'S DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING RESIDENTS
Paintings, photographs, sculptures, and other works of art created by Wisconsin residents who have varying degrees of hearing loss, plus artwork by sign language interpreters, will go on display Wednesday, March 13, at the Department of Health Services building in Downtown Madison to commemorate Deaf History Month, March 13-April 15. “These amazing works of art reflect the richness and diversity of people who have a hearing loss and those who work with them,” said Linda Huffer, Director of the Office Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Department of Health Services. / Wisc. Dept. of Health Svcs.
Los Angeles, CA
'SWITCHED AT BIRTH' CAST VISITS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
Stars including deaf actress Marlee Matlin and Gilles Marini chatted with students at the school for deaf youngsters, the only educational facility that primarily teaches students who are deaf or hard of hearing in the area. The school is close to the show's heart as executive producer Lizzy Weiss toured the campus for inspiration while creating the series, set at a school named Carlton. The show, which stars both hearing, hard of hearing and deaf actors, made history earlier this month when it becomes the first-ever drama to air an episode entirely in American Sign Language. / Contactmusic.com
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SENDOFF FOR HOCKEY PLAYER ON U.S. DEAF TEAM
The staff at Grover Cleveland School planned a special sendoff for an Erie hockey player selected for the U.S. National Deaf Ice Hockey Team. Miles Gates works at the school as an aide and interpreter for the Erie School District's hearing support program. School officials say Miles is someone the hearing impaired students can relate to, because he's deaf too. The students were interested to learn that "Mr. Miles" is heading to the 2013 World Deaf Championships in Finland. / WICU12
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