March 23, 2011
Vol. 7, No. 22
Editor: Tom Willard
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BROTHERS GET 1 YEAR IN DEAF MAN'S DEATH
Two brothers who pleaded guilty to charges connected to the death of a deaf man pulled outside a Yulee bowling alley more than four years ago were sentenced Thursday to 12 months in jail. Ralph and Peter Turlington pleaded no contest to false imprisonment in the December 2006 incident in which 22-year-old Bruce Doss died. In exchange for their pleas, charges of manslaughter were dropped. According to prosecutors, the brothers also agreed to testify against the third defendant in the case, Michael Gammons, who still faces the manslaughter charge. His trial is scheduled for next month./ WJXT
MISSING CONNECTICUT DEAF GIRL FOUND ALIVE
A young Connecticut teen who went missing last weekend was found alive today hiding in an abandoned farm stand. The 13-year-old, Isabella Oleschuk, was discovered a few miles from her home in Orange in southern New Haven County. Oleschuk, who is deaf in one ear and did not have her hearing aid with her, was alone with a small supply of granola bars, pop tarts and juice. According to WTNH, Oleschuk had threatened to run away because of bullying by classmates. / All Headline News
DEAF MAN MISSING FROM NANUET GROUP HOME
Clarkstown police are seeking the public's assistance in locating a 49-year-old former homeless man who left a group home for the deaf in Nanuet. Abdallah Awad has been missing since Saturday, when he is believed to have left the group home about 5:30 p.m. Police said Awad is deaf and cannot read, write or use sign language. Awad also has mental health issues and police said that when Awad is off his medication he can become violent. / Patch
East Meadow, NY
MISSING BABYLON MAN FOUND AT HOSPITAL
A man who went missing from a Babylon assisted-living facility was found Friday morning at Nassau University Medical Center, police said. Suffolk County police had issued a Silver Alert for William Drew, 57, who was last seen at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bayview Rest Home, 143 E. Main St., Babylon, according to a news release. Police did not say how Drew, who is deaf, wound up... / Newsday
San Antonio, TX
POLICE: SUSPECT ADMITS IN SIGN LANGUAGE TO COMMITTING RAPE
An arrest warrant from the San Antonio police said a rape suspect can't hear or even speak. However, investigators claim that did not stop him from confessing to a weekend sexual assault in sign language. Darrell Fontelroy is charged with sexual assault. He remains in the Bexar County Detention Center trying to make a $25,000 bond. According to the warrant, the 37-year-old was temporarily rooming with a man on Bandera Road. Police said over the weekend the alleged victim refused advances by Fontelroy. The victim was reportedly hit in the mouth and sexually assaulted. / KENS 5 TV
JUDGE BINDS RAPE CASE OVER TO GRAND JURY
It took two sign language interpreters and nearly an hour of testimony before a judge decided to send a rape case involving two people who are deaf to a grand jury for consideration. Robert Newbraugh, 56, of Moraine, is accused of raping a 62-year-old woman in Middletown. His preliminary hearing on the charges was held Wednesday in Middletown Municipal Court. / Middletown Journal
DEAF, MUTE MAN VICTIM OF HIT-AND-RUN
A deaf and mute Social Circle man has been released from the hospital after being struck by a car while walking along Youth-Monroe Road Thursday night. According to Walton County Sheriff's Office officials, the Knox Chapel Road man was walking on the road at about 10:15 p.m. when he was reportedly hit by a car which did not stop. Soon after being struck, he walked to a nearby house where 911 was called. He was taken to Walton Regional Medical Center and has since been released. / The Walton Tribune
CITY OF GRESHAM AND THREE POLICE OFFICERS SUED BY DEAF MAN WHO CLAIMS MISTREATMENT
A deaf man has sued the City of Gresham and three of its police officers, claiming they arrested and interrogated him last year without providing a sign language interpreter or reading him his rights. The suit says that the officers violated Micky L. Spencer's fifth amendment right against self-incrimination, denied him his right to an attorney, used excessive force and denied him due process. The suit was filed Monday afternoon in Multnomah County Circuit Court. / The Oregonian
Las Vegas, NV
SCHOOL FOR DEAF NEEDS AID TO REMAIN OPEN
Six-year-old Juliauna curled her middle fingers inward and extended her thumb, pinky and pointer finger, expressing what she hasn't said out loud. Her mother was astounded by what her first grader had learned at school. "For the first time, she was able to tell me she 'loves' me," Amber Sanders said. But Juliauna's school, the Las Vegas Charter School for the Deaf, could close soon. Officials say they need to raise $28,000 to keep the school open through the end of May. / Las Vegas Review-Journal
STATE SAYS GEORGIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF SUPERINTENDENT HAS BEEN FIRED
Kenney Moore, director of the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf, will split time between Atlanta and Cave Spring for the immediate future as he fills the role left by the firing of former Georgia School for the Deaf Director Lee Shiver. Matt Cardoza, director of communications for the Georgia Department of Education, confirmed Thursday afternoon that Shiver had been fired but would not elaborate about the reason. / Rome News-Tribune
SIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAM AT LCC FACES SEVERAL HURDLES
The plan never was to get rid of Lansing Community College's sign language interpreter program. The proposal put forward by college administrators three weeks ago was to put it on hold for a while, to bring the curriculum into line with a new state certification test that too few students were passing, and hope that in the meantime the state finally would release a new set of rules on interpreter education and certification that have been years in the making. Faculty and students in the program and many in the deaf community saw it as something else, the beginning of the end, a sign that LCC was pulling back from a program that has educated more of Michigan's interpreters than any other. / Lansing State Journal
KSU CURTAILS SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES
Kent State students are lobbying the administration to restore courses in American Sign Language as electives on the main campus. The university announced this month it would limit classes in deaf sign language to those majoring or minoring in ASL, educational interpreting and deaf education starting this fall. That could eliminate more than half of the students currently enrolled in sign language classes on the main campus. / Akron Beacon Journal
HEARING LOSS IN MILITARY ROUNDTABLE TO BE AIRED
Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Television will air "Hearing Loss and the Military," 2-3 p.m. April 10 on NET2. The live broadcast presented by the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will address the effect of hearing loss among Nebraska's returning military personnel and how it crosses over to signs and symptoms of PTSD and brain injury. Eight out of 10 servicemen and women who return from Iraq and Afghanistan report some form of hearing loss. / Lincoln Journal Star
U.S. SEEKS COMMENTS ON EFFORT TO UPDATE BLIND, DEAF COMMUNICATION STANDARDS
The U.S. government is accepting comments on a “notice of proposed rulemaking” (NPRM) that seeks to update standards for communication technologies and services used by blind and deaf individuals. On March 14, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) posted a Federal Register notice which seeks “to update the commission’s rules to ensure that the 54 million individuals with disabilities are able to fully utilize advanced communications services and equipment and networks used for such services.” The deadline for comments on the NPRM is April 13, 2011, with the deadline for reply comments set for May 13, 2011. / Government Video
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Iqaluit, NU, Canada
NUNAVUT MAN SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS FOR TAMPERING WITH CORPSE IN GRAVEYARD
A Nunavut man who admitted he indecently interfered with human remains in a graveyard has been sentenced to two years in jail. Bobby Suwarak of Baker Lake was arrested last fall after graves were dug up in the remote Arctic community. He was charged after DNA tests on bodily fluids found at the site. An RCMP spokesman at the time said the charges involved sexual activity. Suwarak has been convicted twice before for sexual assault. He has been deaf since birth and his first conviction in the 1990s spurred the development of Inuktitut sign language now used in Nunavut's courts. / Winnipeg Free Press
Toronto, ON, Canada
Elio Reggillo is hard-working, fiercely independent and lives life with more courage and dignity than anyone I can think of. Regillo, 39, is a devoted husband to wife Tracey, the proud father to three kids. He works two jobs to put food on the table. The fact he’s deaf and blind doesn’t stop him from working a 40-hour week. The Thornhill Food Basics store where he was employed closed its doors last week. Reggillo is determined to find a new job, but he’s fearful changes to a government program that provides him with intervenor services will prevent him from doing so. / Toronto Sun
SCOTLAND'S LARGEST DEAF ORGANIZATION EXPANDS
In September 2010, Deaf Action and Tayside Deaf Association announced their intention to merge; creating the largest deaf organization in Scotland. Between them, the charities have almost 300 years of experience. Last Wednesday over 140 people, including Councillors, health representatives, organizations and clients gathered at Discovery Point, Dundee to celebrate the launch of Deaf Action in Tayside. / PRLog
DEAF PEOPLE'S 'BEAUTIFUL FINGER-SIGNING' RECORDED
Finger-spelling has been declining, according to Highland Council's Deaf Communication Project. Backed with almost £50,000 ($81,280 US) from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project team have been documenting the stories of profoundly deaf people in the north. They include sign language users in the Highlands, islands and Moray. A documentary cut from nine hours of raw footage will be shown at Eden Court in Inverness on Friday. / BBC News
BREAKING THE SOUND BARRIER
Beauty therapist Gillian Kavanagh has recently taken up piano lessons for the first time -- after successfully tackling her hearing loss problem. Gillian, who is from Dublin but now lives in Trim, began to be affected by her hearing-loss in her 20s. And she certainly is not alone. The launch of Hearing Awareness Week on Monday has highlighted new research which shows that the first signs of hearing loss for many is asking people to repeat themselves or turning up the television and radio volume. / Herald
FACEBOOK SCAM TARGETS DEAF PEOPLE
Trading Standards is warning Facebook users to be wary of unsolicited messages after a deaf woman was targeted by a scam. The victim received a message on Facebook that seemed to come from a friend of hers and was apparently endorsed by the National Institute for the Deaf and the World Federation for the Deaf. She sent money to a Western Union account on the promise of receiving a larger sum in return. The victim lost £850 ($1,380 US) and also found that she could not access her Facebook account. / Action Fraud
DEAF PUPPY LEARNS SIGN LANGUAGE
A deaf puppy is being taught sign language by her owners. Three-month-old Alice, a black and white springer spaniel, is learning non-verbal commands including sit, come and roll over. She was dumped by a breeder in Ireland at just eight weeks after he realized she couldn't hear. But Alice has found her perfect match in couple Marie Williams, 41, and her partner Mark Morgan, 43 -- who are both deaf. / Emirates 24/7
Chermside, QLD, Australia
AUSLAN MILESTONE A GOOD SIGN FOR THE DEAF
A Government service for the deaf community has passed a major milestone with the 100,000th call to the National Auslan Interpreter Booking and Payment Service (NABS). Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities, Senator Jan McLucas announced the achievement, describing the service as “invaluable.” She said the Australian Government provided $4 million annually to support the National Auslan Interpreter Booking and Payment Service. / PS News
Wellington, New Zealand
CALL FOR ACC POLICY CHANGE OVER HEARING DAMAGE
More than 6000 people have signed a petition calling for ACC's threshold for hearing injury to be scrapped. The National Foundation for the Deaf is calling for parliament to revoke the requirement for people to have a 6% total hearing loss before ACC will accept a claim. The foundation's chief executive Louise Carroll will present the petition to Labour leader Phil Goff at 11am today at parliament. / TVNZ
NORWEGIANS BUILD DORM FOR THE DEAF
The Lions Club Sandnes/Riska, a Norwegian charity organisation, has constructed a girls’ dormitory and kitchen for deaf pupils at Eruba Primary School in Arua district. Fully equipped with beddings and solar power, the new facilities were in addition to a cassava stalk multiplication project, a library, bath shelter and another dormitory that the charity has constructed through the Lions Club of Arua at a cost of sh80m ($33,800 US). Einar Varaas, the president of the Lions Club Sandnes/Riska and Brodhoth Oho, the director of Lions Aid Norway, presided over the commissioning of the new building on Friday. / New Vision Online
Johannesburg, South Africa
FIRST DEAF CA THANKS PARENTS WHO HAD VISION
Despite living her life in a private world of silence, Kashveera Chanderjith this year realized her dream of becoming a charted accountant. Chanderjith, 23, who was declared profoundly deaf from birth, has made history as South Africa's first deaf CA. "I worked twice as hard as anyone else to get here but I always believed I wanted to be a first-grade version of myself rather than a second-grade version of someone else," she said. / Times LIVE
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KEEPSAKE QUILTS ARE MAKING MEMORIES IN COLUMBUS
A Pickerington mom gasped when she saw what happened to the pile of her son's t-shirts she took to Keepsake Quilts. They have been fashioned into a full-size quilt, each patch showing a carefully cut section of the graphic of the shirt that traces a boy’s life in school, sports, and music. The Keepsake Quilters are also special. They are deaf, immune to the sounds of the snips of scissors and the rattle of sewing machine needles. / NBC4i.com
HEARING AID TRANSMITS SOUND THROUGH TEETH
A new device takes an alternative tack to hearing impairment, transmitting sound to users through their teeth. The SoundBite from Sonitus Medical, Inc. has recently been approved for use in Europe. The custom-made unit is fitted to the upper left or right molars and directs sound wirelessly through the jawbone into the ear. It was approved by the FDA earlier this year. / WTOP
University Park, PA
SIGN LANGUAGE USERS READ WORDS AND SEE SIGNS SIMULTANEOUSLY
People fluent in sign language may simultaneously keep words and signs in their minds as they read, according to an international team of researchers. In an experiment, deaf readers were quicker and more accurate in determining the meaningful relationship between English word pairs when the word pairs were matched with similar signs, according to Judith Kroll, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Linguistics and Women's Studies, Penn State. / EurekAlert!
SOUNDS GOOD: HEARING AID IMPROVES SIDNEY MAN'S QUALITY OF LIFE
For years Mark Peplow, 52, Sidney, has been plagued with hearing loss, having worked around noisy machinery. “It was very frustrating,” he said, particularly because he couldn’t hear himself, so he often spoke much louder than normal. Friends, he said, were irritated with him and fights would ensue. But all that changed after Peplow had his hearing checked by Sidney Health Center’s audiologist Ashley Anderson a few months back. / Sidney Herald
Sioux Falls, SD
WOMEN RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE, CONTRIBUTIONS
Connie Barrett of Sioux City was nominated for a Women of Excellence award by Quota International of Sioux City. She advocates for two classes of people who are often without a voice -- the deaf/hearing impaired and the mentally ill. She learned the importance of advocacy after two of her sons were diagnosed as being deaf. / Sioux City Journal
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CULVER'S PROGRAM HELPS DEAF PLACE ORDERS
One local restaurant is earning higher profits by listening more closely to those who can't hear. Six months ago, the Portage Culver's installed a program that aids deaf and hard-of-hearing drive-through and walk-in customers. The driver-through and indoor system, OrderAssist, which retails for $750 and includes a button, receiver, employee training and a custom order pad, is similar to a bell attached to a store door or counter top, alerting employees that a customer needs help. / Portage Daily Register
CONGRESSMAN BISHOP VISITS CAMPUS TO EXPERIENCE DEAF LEARNING PROGRAM
U.S. Congressman Rob Bishop visited USU's recently-constructed Emma Eccles Jones Early Childhood Education and Research Center on Monday to learn about its highly unique Sound Beginnings deaf education program. USU Provost Raymond Coward said he was glad to have the opportunity to show Bishop a program that USU administrators are so proud of. Bishop has served for 16 years in the Utah Legislature as well as 30 years in public education. / The Utah Statesman
SALE OF SCRANTON STATE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF COMPLETED
Marywood University is officially the new owner of the campus of the former Scranton State School for the Deaf. "They are now in possession of the property," said Troy Thompson, spokesman for the Department of General Services on Monday. Marywood paid $500,000 to the state to obtain the 10-acre property in the Green Ridge section under terms of a state law enacted last fall. / The Times-Tribune
THE Z LEADS VRS INDUSTRY IN BRINGING Z4 MOBILE TO IPAD 2
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San Diego, CA
IT'S OFFICIAL: CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST NETFLIX
The prominent San Diego-based Weston Firm has filed a class action lawsuit in San Jose federal court against Los Gatos, California-based Netflix, Inc., alleging the ubiquitous provider of on-demand streaming video programming failed to adequately caption its streaming library in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and California law. The suit also alleges Netflix misled deaf and hard of hearing customers about the amount of subtitled content available and the rate at which it was adding subtitled content to its online database. The lawsuit’s lead plaintiff, Donald Cullen, is deaf. / Deaf Politics
MAINE DEAF FILM FESTIVAL
The University of Southern Maine’s ninth annual Maine Deaf Film Festival, showcasing innovation and creative talent within the realm of film and video created by the deaf community, will be held April 8-9. The goal of the student-run event, put on by the school's American Sign Language Club, is to provide a platform for people to learn about, appreciate and celebrate deaf culture, issues and art. / Lewiston Sun Journal
West Hollywood, CA
DEAF MAN HEARS FOR FIRST TIME ON BIGSTAR
A deaf man takes a chance on a risky surgery in hopes of hearing for the first time in his life. The award-winning documentary film FROM SILENCE TO SOUND (WINNER--Best Inspirational Documentary, New York International Independent Film & Video Festival), from Brooklyn Girl Productions, is now available on BIGSTAR. FROM SILENCE TO SOUND is an extraordinary film that documents the quintessential life-changing moment of Justin Garrett, a man who has been profoundly deaf since birth, making history as the first recipient of a bilateral, or double, cochlear implant in Oklahoma. / PR-USA.net
GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE WELCOMES DEAF ACTORS
Actress Deanne Bray and her husband, Troy Kotsur, will be at Glendale Community College from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 28. Kotsur was born and raised in Mesa and a Mesa Community College alum. He has appeared on stage and in a number of films and television shows including “CSI-New York” and “Doc.” For three seasons, Bray was the lead in “Sue Thomas FB Eye,” about a real-life agent who worked for the FBI, aided by her hearing dog, Levi. / Your West Valley News
Little Rock, AR
TODAY'S THV: A PORTRAIT FOR JOEY
Rob Walker is an artist who specializes in portraits of animals. His story is inspirational. Deaf since birth, Walker learned to communicate with his family through art. His pictures would communicate his feelings, his dreams, and his plans as he was growing up. He would also find that drawing and painting animals was his forte. He would start with horses because of his work with training horses and eventing as well as dressage. But, animals of all kinds were his specialty. / KTHV
COWBOYS WRESTLING: HELBIG OVERCOMES IMPAIRMENT EN ROUTE TO NCAAS
When most of Wyoming’s wrestlers take to the mat, the Cowboy bench is up, demonstrative, shouting encouragement and instruction from the sideline. When L.J. Helbig wrestles, the bench becomes much more composed and quiet, never shouting and only rarely providing instruction. It wasn’t always this way, but UW coach Mark Branch and the men sharing the sideline with him had to learn how useless their mid-match shouts are when they are directed at someone who is deaf. / The Star-Tribune
DEAF SURFERS HIT THE WAVES OF HANNA PARK
The Florida Surfing Association is preparing the "Silent Surfing" program, a surf event held for those challenged without hearing. Deaf surfers will have the opportunity to enter the world of surfing on May 21 in Hanna Park, Lot 8. This is the first program in the world of its kind. The "Silent Surfing" will have a a student, a professional instructor and a signer going out into the water, in groups, providing direct one on one constant supervision and instruction. / SurferToday
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