April 27, 2011
Vol. 7, No. 27
Editor: Tom Willard
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LAWSUIT ATTACKS GEORGIA MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM; COULD COST MILLIONS
A federal judge has given the green light for a lawsuit that could be a major blow to Georgia's mental health system and cost taxpayers millions. The lawsuit accuses the state of discriminating against deaf people who are also mentally ill. “Financially, emotionally, mentally, it’s a strain on me,” Gale Belton told Channel 2’s Diana Davis. Belton's daughter Renita is deaf and mentally ill. When Belton tried to get her counseling, she said it was a struggle. “I had 10 providers turn me down before I found one,” Belton said. / WSB Atlanta
ALABAMA LAWSUIT THREATENED IF $30 MILLION TAKEN FROM PHONE PROGRAM FOR DEAF CITIZENS
Public Service Commission member Terry Dunn says the Legislature can expect a lawsuit if it goes ahead with a bill to take $30 million from a phone service for deaf Alabamians. The Alabama House has passed a bill to take $30 million form the Dual Party Relay Fund and use it in the state education budget. The bill will be considered Wednesday by a Senate committee. All three members of the state's utility regulatory board are fighting the bill. / The Associated Press
NEW ACADEMIC WING PROVIDES GREATER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR BEVERLY SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
The $5 million, 28,000 square foot academic wing “is not just bricks and steel,” said Len Femino, president of the Board of Trustees of The Children’s Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf (CCD/BSD), in a speech Thursday morning. “It is the future for these students.” Femino was part of the dedication ceremony April 14 at the Beverly school where dozens of students, faculty, and staff gathered along with parents, alumni, board and community members at the entrance of the new building to celebrate the new facility with speeches and tours. / The Boston Globe
2 SARASOTA RESTAURANTS OFFER HEARING ASSISTANCE
Two local restaurants -- Caraguilos and Owens Fish Camp -- are the first in the nation to offer a tabletop sound system that sends clear, understandable voices from a microphone directly into a hearing aid or cochlear implant, according to a new local hearing loss group. Permanent "hearing loop" systems have been popular in Europe for years, but the new portable system has been adapted for use in the U.S. by St. Petersburg's Complete Hearing Solutions, according to Edward F. Ogiba, president of the Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota. / Herald-Tribune
SIGN LANGUAGE COMMUNITY TO COME NEXT FALL: OPEN TO SELECT STUDENTS
There will be a new learning community added to University housing beginning in fall 2012 -- the American Sign Language Learning Community. French and Spanish language learning communities first arrived at the University in 2000 to encourage students to explore Spanish and French culture through simulated immersion programs. The American Sign Language Community aims to do the same for deaf culture. / The Red and Black
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NO HELP FOR THAR'S 'VILLAGE OF DEAF AND DUMB'
Because of genetic mutation, illiteracy and official negligence, about half of the nearly 1,000 inhabitants of a village have become deaf and dumb. The village of Gulsher Gorchani has no health facility, roads or nay means of communication. A dilapidated building houses the only primary school and about 80 percent people of the village cannot read or write. The villagers, worried over the increasing number of handicapped people, told this reporter that no government official, elected representatives or an NGO functionary had ever visited their village. / Dawn.com
16-YEAR-OLD BOY DROWNS IN LAKE
A 16-year-old deaf and dumb boy drowned in Nayandahalli Lake near Pantharapalya on Mysore Road, on Friday morning. Reportedly, the boy had gone to pick bottles and other things floating on the lake. The Fire Department personnel succeeded in fishing out his body after searching for it for eight hours. The deceased has been identified as Manikanta, son of Krishnappa and Malligamma. / Indian Express
'MY GIRLHOOD' SCREENED TO DEAF MUTE CHILDREN
Director Feng Zhenzhi's inspirational film "My Girlhood," a self-improvement story of a disabled girl, was screened to a special group who are unable to speak and hear Monday afternoon, April 25, in the New Century Theater in Beijing. The movie is based on the "Chinese Helen Keller," Zhang Haidi's biography, "Dream in the Wheelchair." It is about a disabled young girl who becomes a teacher and learns acupuncture to help treat villagers in a rural area. Thirty deaf mute children from Beijing's Shaliwen Rehabilitation Center watched the film in the company of their teachers and parents. / China.org.cn
CITY HONOR FOR DEAF PEOPLE'S CHAMPION
A lasting tribute was unveiled in Belfast last Thursday to a Church of Ireland missionary deemed a “great champion” for the rights of deaf people. Francis Maginn, who spent the latter part of his career in the city until his death in 1918, was honoured with an Ulster History Circle blue plaque commemorating the pioneer’s former workplace. / News Letter
Llandybie, Carmarthenshire, Wales
KARATE INSTRUCTOR FOUGHT BULLIES TO LAUNCH NEW CLUB
Susy Evans does not define herself as a deaf person. But the 40-year-old karate instructor has still had to learn the value of rising above narrow-minded bullies and away from confrontation. She has just opened Higashi Karate Kai, a new club in Llandybie. And the values she teaches are much the same as the ones she has learnt in her own life. "Karate is nothing like the Karate Kid films you see on TV with all the fighting," she said. "It is all about walking away from a fight and how to defend in a fight if need be." / This is South Wales
UXBRIDGE COLLEGE STUDENT PROVES SHE IS 'DEAF NOT DUMB' WITH AWARD-WINNING VIDEO
A film made by a creative team which includes a deaf student from Uxbridge College has won a national competition. Maab Adam, who is studying art and design at Uxbridge College in Park Road, Uxbridge, joined two others in the video 'Deaf Not Dumb' which won first prize in the Adobe Youth Voices filmmaking contest. The competition has been running since 2006 and this was the first time a deaf group had entered. / Hillingdon Times
Epsom and Ewell, Surrey, England
DEAF COUNCILLOR CLAIMS EPSOM AND EWELL COUNCIL SHOULD DO MORE TO SUPPORT HIM
A deaf councillor is being forced to spend a lot of his own money on sign language interpreters in order to fulfil his duties to his constituents. Lib Dem Councillor David Buxton, who is believed to be the only deaf councillor in the UK using interpreters, says that he pays up to £300 ($500 US) a month for their services, despite only getting £160 ($266 US) a month in expenses from the council. / Guardian
Wirral, Merseyside, England
SWIMMER MATTHEW HARDING TO COMPETE FOR TEAM GB AT WORLD DEAF CHAMPIONSHIPS
There was further good news for Matthew Harding, the 11-year-old Wirral swimmer who won eight gold medals at the recent National Disability Championships in Sheffield. For on the strength of those performances, the Wirral Metro member has been called up for team Great Britain at the World Deaf Championships, to be staged in Portugal, in August. “We are absolutely delighted,” said his mum Tracey Nisted. / Liverpool Echo
Montreal, QC, Canada
SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF MARKS 60 YEARS
Sixty years after the doors of the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf opened its doors, parents still have the same goals for their children: to help them learn to hear and speak. The Westmount school was inaugurated in 1950 by five parents who wanted to help their hearing-impaired children. Today, it remains a centre for learning, care and support, said mother Siobhan Babkine. / CTV News
Toronto, ON, Canada
DEAF GIRL FEELS THE BEAT
Beats are blaring from two subwoofers facing 7-year-old Mackenzie Ripley, a gregarious girl who makes her own music in her dad’s Parkdale apartment. Pressing on the keyboard with a small finger, Mackenzie rolls her chair closer to a vibrating speaker and touches it with an open palm. The room is buzzing with sound -- sloppy, slightly off-kilter electronic beats -- but Mackenzie cannot hear it. She feels it instead. Born deaf, Mackenzie took an interest in making her own beats when she was only three years old, following a path blazed by her dad, a 31-year-old music producer. / Toronto Star
Vancouver, BC, Canada
VANCOUVER POLICE SEARCHING FOR A MISSING BLIND, HEARING-IMPAIRED MAN
The Vancouver Police Department is looking for Robin Crocker, a 74-year-old blind man who is also hearing impaired. Police say Crocker does not have his hearing aids with him. The VPD released the following statement: "Robin Crocker was last seen on April 25th at approximately 1:00 p.m. in the 300 block of E. 36th Avenue. He is white, 5’10” tall, 150 lbs., has gray hair and wears glasses. He was wearing a blue and white jacket and grey dress pants. He may or may not have a white cane with him." / Global Regina
Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines
DEAF-MUTE TOPS HIGH SCHOOL CLASS
For a person to grow, he should not stop learning. A differently-abled student relied on this saying to give him strength whenever he came across people who have doubts about his capability to learn. Ricky Labrador Jr., 18, a deaf-mute, graduated valedictorian of his high school class at the Mandaue City Central Integrated Special Education School. He was among the 200 valedictorians who met with Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia as they attended a three-day leadership training organized by the Provincial Government. / Sun Star
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
DEAF PEOPLE IN TOUGH WAR AGAINST HIV
The problems facing deaf people in Tanzania are so complex that they create a hurtful circle. Besides, only a few people are aware of the critical situation surrounding people in the country, and even fewer understand the sign language. Last week a team of journalists from various media houses visited Tanzania Association of the Deaf at Mtoni area on the outskirt of Dar es Salaam. The trip was organized by the Association of Journalists Against Aids and funded by the African Medical Research Foundation. / The Citizen
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SPECIAL EASTER EGG HUNT FOR DEAF CHILDREN
A special easter egg hunt and party was held Thursday morning for more than 50 deaf children in Yakima. "I love finding the eggs and I found nine eggs," James Sauer said through a translater. Laughter and smiles filled the yard of the host's home off of Yakima Avenue Thursday morning. Many of the kids at the event are either hard of hearing or deaf, but today that doesn't matter. They're too busy enjoying the easter egg hunt, followed up with face-painting and cookies. / KVEW
Great Falls, MT
MT SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND HOLDS ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT
For the children at The Montana School for the Deaf and Blind, a "beep" is the sound of the annual Easter egg hunt. With a lawn of bright colored eggs for the hearing impaired students and beeping eggs for the visually impaired students, the hunt was on. And even with the extra challenges, these kids were wasting no time. "It's just one of the fun things that we do every year, and it's enjoyable for everybody," said sophomore Thyra Wood. / KFBB
STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN A 'DEAF, DEAF WORLD'
Valdosta State University students got a taste of what life is like for hearing impaired people Friday. They got a brief introduction to basic sign language and then interacted with people who are deaf and volunteers at mock banks, restaurants, and hotels. They weren't allowed to speak and they were graded on their communication skills. VSU puts on the program each year and community members and students are invited. / WALB
CHURCH OF THE EPIPHANY IN GATES OPENS ITS DOORS TO THE DEAF
With mouths silent and hands animated in the front pew of Church of the Epiphany, a small group of churchgoers converses before a recent Sunday service. These deaf parishioners attend an interpreted service held each week at the church at 3285 Buffalo Road. The service is in partnership with Ephphatha Mission for the Deaf, which is part of a national ministry with Episcopalians who are hard of hearing. The word ephphatha means "be open," which is a fitting description for the deaf ministry, said Epiphany Rev. Nancy Stevens. / Democrat and Chronicle
DEAF AWARENESS, FUNDRAISER DRAWS IN COMMUNITY
Students, faculty and members of the community will be lacing up their running shoes to take part in the first Missouri School for the Deaf Parents’ Organization 5K Run/Walk. In an effort to raise funds for MSDPO and to promote deaf awareness, the organization will sponsor the Fun Run/Walk from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 30, at the MSD football field. / Fulton Sun
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COKER WILL LEAD VSDB SECURITY FORCE
As far as retirements go, this one was short-lived. Like a champion boxer who can't say goodbye to the ring, just one month after Charles Coker left the Waynesboro Police Department following a 35-year career, he is set to join the police force at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton. "Everything fell in place," Coker recently said from his Stuarts Draft home. / The News Leader
Iowa City, IA
IOWA REGENTS WILL CONSIDER COST-SAVING PLAN TO FIRE 5 TEACHERS AT IOWA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
Five teachers at the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs could lose their jobs under a cost-saving measure being considered by the Iowa Board of Regents. The school's superintendent has notified the five faculty members she is moving to terminate their contracts because of a lack of funding. / Associated Press
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San Francisco, CA
CINEMARK THEATERS TO INSTALL DEVICES FOR THE DEAF
Cinemark, the nation's third-largest movie chain, said Tuesday it will install closed-captioning equipment for the deaf and hard of hearing in all its theaters in California by mid-2012, settling a disability-rights lawsuit in Alameda County. The settlement "makes first-run movies available to millions of patrons," said Kevin Kniestrick, a lawyer with Disability Rights Advocates in Berkeley, which filed the suit in December. Cinemark said it has already equipped about half its 64 California theaters with closed captioning. The company said it is using a wireless captioning device that fits into a seat cup holder, with a visor that shields the caption from other patrons. / San Francisco Chronicle
Los Angeles, CA
GARY BUSEY WANTS TO AID OTHERS IDENTIFY HEARING DISABILITIES
Actor Gary Busey is planning to put his improved hearing to good use by helping others who may be suffering from deafness as a result of a traumatic brain injury. The Lethal Weapon star had no idea he was partially deaf until Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin, his fellow contestant on hit U.S. TV show Celebrity Apprentice, recognised his tendency to shout for no reason. The deaf actress recommended Busey see a specialist and he was subsequently fitted with a hearing aid. / Contactmusic
ARIZONA SCHOOLS FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND HOPES TO GATHER ENOUGH MONEY TO BUY BELOVED PIANO
When Jaron Dalton sits down at the piano, the 18-year-old feels at ease. Dalton took up the piano as a sophomore at the Arizona Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, which has had a grand piano on campus for the last 13 years. But come summer, the piano, which has been on loan from Yamaha, will be hauled away and put up for sale. Brandon Howell, manager of the Berger Performing Arts Center, has organized a benefit concert to raise money to either purchase the existing piano at a discounted price of $30,000 or for a replacement. / The Republic
LAST FRIDAY ART WALK FEATURES HEARING IMPAIRED ARTIST AT BOYD THOMAS
Amanda Womac knew Mandy Burnside as a Hearing and Speech Foundation client who, as a deaf person, had learned to communicate and function as a normal-hearing adult. What Womac didn’t know was her friend paints, draws and does wood-carving. Now Burnside and her work will be featured at Boyd Thomas Clothing during April’s Last Friday Art Walk as a kick off to Better Hearing and Speech Month./ Blount Today
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Las Vegas, NV
DEAF PITCHER RYAN KETCHNER GETS FIRST WIN
Alexi Amarista broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh with an RBI single, as the Salt Lake Bees went on to claim at 7-5 win over the Las Vegas 51s. Ryan Ketchner (1-0) picked up the win for Salt Lake, as he went six innings and allowed just two runs on four hits with three strikeouts and one walk. / Deseret News
Des Moines, IA
DEAF SOCCER PLAYER FOCUSES ON GOALS ON, OFF FIELD
You see potholes. She sees the journey, winding and wonderful. You see thorns. She sees the roses, soft and silky to the touch. "People ask me all the time what it's like to be deaf," Miranda Powell says. "And I always use this example: Imagine you're in a pool and you've got water in your ears. Now imagine you've got water in your ears for the rest of your life. And the biggest difference is, it's sort of like you took cement and just blocked your whole ear." Can you imagine trying to play soccer with cement in one ear? / Des Moines Register
North Tonawanda, NY
FARRELL GEARING UP FOR WORLDS
While North Tonawanda City Hall was decked out in blue and gold Thursday, Mayor Robert Ortt decided instead to show his support for a homegrown athlete. Ortt donned a red, white and blue Team USA hockey jersey, and not because of No. 30 between the pipes. Former North Tonawanda swimming standout Scott Farrell will swim for the United States National Deaf Swimming Team at the World Deaf Swimming Championships from Aug. 6 to Aug. 13 in Coimbra, Portugal. / Niagara Gazette
FRANCE REJOINS ICSD
Effective 23 April 2011, France is once again a member of ICSD. France has the right to send its athletes to international competitions and to host international competitions. This membership is provisional, pending approval of the ICSD Congress. / ICSD
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New York, NY
ALAN CHAMPION, SIGN-LANGUAGE INTERPRETER FOR THEATER, DIES AT 55
Alan Champion, a sign-language interpreter who opened up hundreds of Broadway and regional theater productions to deaf and hard-of-hearing audience members over the last three decades, died on Friday, April 22, in Ramona, Okla. He was 55. His death was confirmed by his sister, Alice Burnett. Ms. Burnett, who lives in Ramona, said Mr. Champion had moved there this month to stay with her after lengthy treatment for appendix cancer. Mr. Champion had commuted between his home in Bensalem, Pa., and Manhattan a few days a week in recent years. / The New York Times
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COLORADO SCHOOL for the DEAF
and the BLIND
CSDB invites you to consider our employment opportunities. Official job announcements may be found, including major duties/responsibilities and qualification requirements, at CSDB’s website … http://www.csdb.org, on the Non-Classified Employment page.
* Program Coordinator, School for
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Positions are open until filled.
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Send a letter of interest, current resume, completed Employment Application, recent letters of recommendation, copies of transcripts, and a copy of current appropriate certification to:
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33 North Institute Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
FACULTY POSITION OPENING
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE
Northridge, California 91330
Studies Effective Date of Appointment: August 2011
(Subject to Budgetary Approval)
Salary: Dependent on Qualifications
Rank of Associate Professor or Professor
Earned Doctorate in Deaf Studies, Linguistics, ASL or related field appropriate
for Deaf Studies. Must be tenure-eligible at a 4 year college or university.
Possess strong and effective teaching methods in various aspects of ASL and/or
related courses in Deaf Studies. Native/native-like fluency in ASL. Extensive
knowledge of Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community. Demonstrated ability to successfully
mentor and teach in a diverse student population. Possess successful administrative
experience including management and budgeting at the department, college or
university level. Experience with curriculum planning and design. Experience
organizing and coordinating activities/events. Publications and equivalencies
demonstrating scholarly activities and evidence for continued scholarly accomplishments.
Ability to interact effectively with both Deaf and hearing people. Evidence
of positive relationships with university students, staff and colleagues, including
collegiality-building. Commitment to Deaf bilingual/bicultural experience and
its foundation in basic human rights.
CSUN is a Learning Centered University. The successful candidate will be expected to join faculty and staff in a commitment to active learning, to the assessment of learning outcomes, and to multiple pathways that enable students to graduate.
At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.
Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.
Responsibilities: Administer a Department of 2 full-time and 18 part-time faculty, 1 academic support staff, and over 300 majors. Teach American Sign Language and Deaf Studies content courses. Provide advisement and academic counseling to undergraduate students. Lead continued development of departmental curriculum and program development. Manage recruitment efforts for both faculty and students. Carry out student assessment plan. Administer Department budget. Coordinate the development of curriculum. Establish strategic goals, objectives and policies. Assure the application of new technologies to the curriculum. Manage Advisory Board for special funds. Implement Department’s civic engagement and community service activities. Serve on the College Administrative Council. Participate in activities of the Department of Deaf Studies, the College of Education, and the University. Act as liaison to local Deaf Community. Participate in appropriate ASL, Deaf Studies and Deaf community-related organizations on the local, state and national level.
Application process: Applicants should submit a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, statements indicating administrative, teaching and research interests, photocopies of all degrees and certificates, the names and contact information for at least three individuals who can provide letters of reference.
Application Deadline: Open until filled.
Inquiries and nominations should
be addressed to:
Jordan Eickman, Administrator in Charge
Department of Deaf Studies
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, California 91330 – 8265
California State University, Northridge, long known for the intellectual, social and cultural relevance of its 200 academic programs and engaged centers, embraces both innovation – in community service and hands-on experience – and rigor. A minority serving university in a globally diverse region, it is a national leader in preparing teachers for K-12 and first generation college students for graduate studies. 1,700 of its 34,000 students are international. Located in the San Fernando Valley, with 1.8 million people, Cal State Northridge is a park-like campus, 20 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Cal State Northridge is a welcoming university; we value accessibility, academic excellence and student achievement. For more information about the University, check our website: http://www.csun.edu/.
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