May 4, 2011
Vol. 7, No. 28
Editor: Tom Willard
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Los Angeles, CA
DEAF WOMAN SHOT TO DEATH BY POLICE
Los Angeles Police have launched an investigation into the second officer-involved shooting death in Watts in a 24-hour period. In the latest case, a woman who was sitting on the porch of her home in Watts after firing a weapon at her daughter and grandchildren was fatally shot by police Wednesday night, authorities said. The woman's daughter, Frankie Jenkins, said she told police her mother was deaf. "My mom was shot and I asked them not to kill my mother, she's deaf." Jenkins told NBCLA. / NBC Los Angeles
Hallendale Beach, FL
GROUP OF DEAF, MUTE FRIENDS STABBED AT BAR AFTER THUG MISTAKES SIGN LANGUAGE FOR GANG SIGNS
A group of deaf friends were stabbed at a bar in Florida after a woman mistook their sign language for gang signs. Alfred Stewart, 31, was partying at the Ocean's Eleven Lounge in Hallendale Beach, Fla., with some friends who were also deaf on Saturday night when the group's signing caught the eye of gang-banger Barbara Lee. The 45-year-old Lee though the group was throwing gang signs at her, and responded by flashing gang signs back at them, cops said. The group motioned for her to leave them alone. / NY Daily News
OBAMA HONORS TEACHER OF THE YEAR
President Barack Obama Tuesday honored Michelle Shearer, who teaches advanced placement chemistry in Urbana, Md., as the Teacher of the Year. Shearer, the daughter of a chemistry teacher and wife of a physics teacher, got into teaching by volunteering with deaf children, the president said. Before joining the faculty at Urbana High School, she offered the first AP chemistry course ever at the Maryland School for the Deaf. / UPI
MARKEY HONORED BY LEARNING CENTER FOR DEAF
On May 1, Rep. Edward J. Markey, the Dean of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation, was honored as a 2011 Gala Honoree by The Learning Center for the Deaf for his successful legislative efforts on behalf of individuals who are blind or deaf. Rep. Markey is the author of the landmark legislation, the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, which President Obama signed into law last year. / Boston.com
SOUTH CAROLINA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND HONORS BOBBY DOBSON
The generosity of retired Greenville attorney Bobby Dobson will be forever remembered at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind. In addition to the students, teachers and programs benefited by Dobson's many contributions throughout the years, the previously unnamed president's house on the SCSDB campus now bears his name. The nearly 100-year-old house was renamed Wednesday as The Dobson House. / Spartanburg Herald-Journal
GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY BUILDS DEAF-FRIENDLY DORM
Officials at Gallaudet University broke ground on a new residence hall Tuesday. But this is not your typical dorm: It's specially designed to accommodate deaf students. Architects used a concept called "the deaf-space design principle” to make the building more friendly for the hearing-impaired. Alan Hurwitz, Gallaudet’s president, said he hopes the same principles will be replicated in other buildings in D.C. and across the country. / TBD.com
STATE LOOKS AT CLOSING SCHOOLS FOR DEAF AND BLIND
Emotions are running high in Springfield as lawmakers continue to build a state budget. In a hearing yesterday, the Department of Human Services said it wants to close two schools for the deaf and blind. The idea sent some lawmakers into a fury. / MyStateLine.com
DEAF, HARD OF HEARING CLASSES NOT MOVING
Parents exchanged hugs and tears Wednesday as they celebrated the news that Plainfield Elementary School's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program will be staying put. During the last few months, parents of the children in the program have anxiously waited to see if Yolo County was going to move the program from Woodland to West Sacramento's Westmore Oaks School. The superintendents from all five Yolo County school districts and the county superintendent voted unanimously to keep the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Plainfield Elementary. / Daily Democrat
New York, NY
ROBBERY SUSPECT WHO CLAIMS HE CAN'T SPEAK OR HEAR IS FAKING IT: PSYCHOLOGIST
Wendy Gabriel, who communicates with judges and prosecutors through handwritten notes, has apparently feigned the disability since his May 2008 arrest, psychologist Barry Winkler says. "There is no dysfunction," said Winkler. "He's not speaking because he doesn't want to." Prosecutors said Gabriel used the ploy to secure 64 adjournments and to delay trial for nearly three years. "He is attempting to put one over on this court and this system," said prosecutor Stephanie Catros. "It has to stop." / NY Daily News
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ROYAL WEDDING: WILLIAM SAID, 'YOU LOOK LOVELY.' OR DID HE?
Reading lip patterns is vital in helping deaf people fill in the words they can't hear. I'm partially deaf, and I've been lipreading ever since I learned to speak. As well as being a vital part of communication, it's also fun. I've lipread couples bickering in restaurants, footballers telling referees exactly what they think of them, and on Friday, the royal wedding. / Guardian
See Also DEAF LIPREADER DECODES WHAT KATE AND WILLIAM SAID / Gather
DEAF BIRMINGHAM BEAUTY IN BID TO LIFT MISS UNIVERSE GB CROWN
A stunning Birmingham student hoped to fulfill a dream of clinching the Miss Universe GB title Sunday – despite being deaf. Siobhan Brindley, 24, of Quinton, competed in the ultimate beauty contest, which was held in her home city. And she was determined her disability would not hold her back as she sashayed down the catwalk. Siobhan told the Sunday Mercury: “I feel really confident – and I believe in myself that I can do it.” / Sunday Mercury
See Also MISS UNIVERSE GREAT BRITAIN 2011 IS CHLOE-BETH MORGAN / Beauty Pageant News
DEAF CHARITY RNID WARNS TEENAGERS ABOUT LOUD MUSIC
Teenagers are being warned about the dangers of listening to loud music for long periods of time. The Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) will meet year 12 pupils at St Cyres School, Penarth, in the Vale of Glamorgan, on Wednesday. It is one of several events being staged by the charity around Wales to raise awareness about hearing loss. The RNID said there were 480,000 people in Wales who were deaf or hard of hearing. / BBC News
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
ANTI-FREEZE POISON VICTIM TO MARRY NURSE WHO HELPED SAVE HIS LIFE
The husband left blind and deaf after his wife tried to poison him with antifreeze is to marry the nurse who helped him back to health. Lee Knight lay in a coma for 12 weeks, fighting for his life with chronic liver and kidney failure after wife Kate laced his curry with the chemicals. But he survived thanks to the care of hospital staff – and the extraordinary devotion of nurse Jackie Evans. / Mirror
Christchurch, New Zealand
DEAF CALL FOR MORE INTERPRETERS
Christchurch's devastating earthquakes changed the lives of many people. Families lost loved ones, homes were destroyed and the country's deaf community was finally provided with an interpreter as they watched the events unfold on television. Timaru couple Julie Nielson and Paul O'Donnell could finally turn off their television subtitles thanks to the sign language interpreters who stood beside Christchurch mayor Bob Parker as he addressed the public on a daily basis. / Stuff.co.nz
London, ON, Canada
DEAF PLAYER A LEGEND
An American trumpet player who has played with everyone from Doc Cheatham to Johnny and Edgar Winter is in Louis Armstrong mode. Jon Seiger brought his New York state-tied All-Stars to a London Jazz Society gig on Sunday afternoon. They played the music of jazz icon Louis Armstrong and The All-Stars. Seiger, who is deaf, was the house bandleader at the King Cole Room at The St. Regis Hotel in New York City for three years. / London Free Press
DEAF CELEBRITY SONG XIAOBO COMPLAINS THAT SINA WEIBO IS FILTERING SEARCH RESULTS FOR HIS NAME
Deaf celebrity Song Xiaobo, who shot to fame as the runner-up of the 2006 My Hero talent competition, has complained that Sina Weibo is filtering search results for his name. The poor thing appears to remain blissfully unaware of the fact that he shares the same given name with a certain Nobel Prize winner. / ShanghaiList
Oyo State, Nigeria
DEAF AND DUMB RAPED, VOWS TO KILL SELF IF ...
Twenty five-year-old Mrs Idayat Akanbi is deaf and dumb. She accused her husband’s bosom friend of tricking her to a lonely place before raping her. She told IDOWU ADELUSI in this report what she intends to do if the accused is not brought to book for his dastardly act and for causing separation between her and her husband. / Nigerian Tribune
CAUGHT BY PEOPLE, FREED BY AHMEDABAD POLICE
In an ironic twist, a thief who was caught and handed over to the police by the public managed to escape from detention on Thursday. However, the police do not have any record of the thief and he remains unidentified, except for the fact that he was deaf and mute. / DNA
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LIFE & LEISURE
Salt Lake City, UT
SEGO LILY CENTER ADVOCATES FOR DEAF DOMESTIC-VIOLENCE VICTIMS
At the Sego Lily Center for the Abused Deaf, not a day passes without the staff recalling Penny Williams Calhoun. Her death is the reason the center exists, the reason people such as Sarah have somewhere to turn when they experience domestic violence and abuse. Sarah, a pseudonym The Salt Lake Tribune is using for the victim, because she fears retribution, was in a “mixed” marriage — she is deaf, but her ex-husband can hear. Early in their marriage, he moved Sarah and their four children to another state to isolate her from friends and family. Then he began threatening to kill her. / The Salt Lake Tribune
DEAF, HARD-OF-HEARING STUDENTS PERFORM ANTI-DRUG MESSAGE
For many deaf and partially deaf students, the isolation and loneliness that come from being unable to communicate easily with the rest of the world can lead to alcohol and drug abuse. Students in Cabrillo Middle School's deaf and partially deaf program have been performing across Ventura County, taking "Spotlights: A Drama Performance" an anti-drugs and alcohol presentation, to Simi Elementary School, Rio Mesa High School, Loma Vista School and Cabrillo Middle School. / Ventura County Star
OREGON STUDENT CHOSEN FOR GRAND CANYON SOUND POLLUTION STUDY
An Oregon high school student has been chosen to take part in a national program to study sound pollution at the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The Bulletin newspaper reports that 15-year-old David Hoover from Bend High School also suffers from severe hearing loss. Hoover is one of 17 students across the country chosen by the Hear the World Sound Academy to collect data for the National Park Service. The academy is supported by a foundation established by Phonak, a hearing aid manufacturer based in Switzerland. / The Associated Press
West Palm Beach, FL
DEAF SERVICE CENTER TO RAISE FUNDS BY RAFFLING LUXURY GETAWAYS
The Deaf Service Center of Palm Beach County has partnered with local Palm Beach resorts to create Ocean Sounds Retreat: A Palm Beach Getaway. This fundraising raffle offers a chance for ticket-buyers to win a relaxing getaway at a premiere Palm Beach hotel. The raffle is open to the public, and tickets will be sold individually at $10 each or at a discounted rate of 15 tickets for $100. / TCPalm
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WHICH CLEVELAND COUNTY TEACHER LEARNED SIGN LANGUAGE FROM HER DEAF PARENTS?
Name: Kay Emery. School where you teach: Graham Elementary. Subjects you teach: Second grade. How many years have you worked in education? 30. What inspired you to become a teacher? While working as a teacher’s assistant, I discovered a love for working with children. It was so rewarding helping them to grow and learn. I began thinking about having my own class. / The Star
EDUCATOR HAS HELPED CONNECT STUDENTS WITH DEAF CULTURE
Over the past three decades, Denise Denn has helped to connect hundreds of students in Carlsbad with other deaf people and their culture through classes and after-school plays. Her teaching skills stem as much from her experiences as they do her education: Denn is also deaf. "I think it's really important to have a deaf teacher, because I can help them (students) to understand the deaf culture," said Denn, 57. The educator will retire from teaching this month. / North County Times
GORDON BAKER TAKES PRIDE IN SCHOOL FOR DEAF
The State School for the Deaf is bidding a heartfelt thank you and goodbye to Gordon Baker, department head for pupil personnel services and athletics and the former dean of students, upon his retirement from over 37 years of devoted service. It may be that NYSSD has had no more knowledgeable and enthusiastic ambassador than Gordon Baker. / Rome Daily Sentinel
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MADONNA PROFESSOR RECOGNIZED FOR WORK INTERPRETING THEATER FOR DEAF
Dan McDougall, Madonna University professor and chair of the Sign Language Studies Department, and his business partner Shelly Tocco have been working together since 1998 to bring down the largest barrier the deaf community faces with live theater. Through their company, Terptheatre, they make interpreters an integral part of live plays by employing a technique called shadow interpreting. McDougall and Tocco were recently recognized by Oakland University with the Matilda Distinguished Community Service Award. / Hometownlife.com
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Fort Worth, TX
TCU SAFETY FINDS A HIGHER CALLING THAN 'ALL-AMERICAN'
Texas Christian University safety Tejay Johnson was one of three All-Americans to go unselected in the 2011 NFL draft, but for Johnson, the real story is that while he may very well have been thought of as a draftable player, the football player had other things in mind. Despite his status as the unquestioned leader and engine of a TCU defense that has been one of the NCAA's best over the last few seasons, Johnson has retired from football to work with the deaf. / Yahoo! Sports
See Also FOOTBALL WAS FUN, BUT TCU STANDOUT JOHNSON HAS FOUND A NEW FIELD / Merced Sun-Star
CHAPS BASKETBALL TEAM HOSTS CAMP FOR THE DEAF
Thursday's basketball camp with the Region Day School Program for the Deaf was a way not only for the Midland College men's basketball team to get together one last time but also do something good for the community. And by all indications it was a good time had by all. "We know we're putting smiles on kids' faces, and that's all we want," said Midland College freshmen guard Bobby Hatchett. "We don't need any money or anything else. It's just fun being here." / My West Texas
PIERCE PHILLIPS IS DEAF, BUT CAN SEE BASEBALL SUCCESS
He steps into the batter's box. That open stance gives him a great view of the ball coming toward him. He looks strong at the plate, but then again, Pierce Phillips has always looked strong at the plate. Seeing him there with his batting helmet tugged down tight just over his eyes, you couldn't tell. If you didn't know, you couldn't tell. Phillips fits neatly into everything, from his classes at Highland Regional (Blackwood, N.J.), to the everyday social fabric of a high school student, to when he's playing second base for the Tartans. If you didn't know, you'd have to pay close attention. / MaxPrep News
THE ONLY LANGUAGE DANIEL WHARTON NEEDS IS BASEBALL
Daniel Wharton is on the pitching mound, beaming. The River Ridge High School junior utility player has just struck out his fourth batter during a 2A Evergreen Conference baseball game against Black Hills earlier this month. The dugout explodes: “Yeah, atta kid, Daniel. Way to get ’em.” While he sees the celebration, Daniel, who is deaf, is searching for the sound. / The Olympian
East Moline, IL
Q-C MAN FINDS HOME WITH U.S. NATIONAL DEAF VOLLEYBALL TEAM
It would have been easy for Danny Senatra to accept being cut after a 2008 tryout with the United States National Deaf Volleyball team. After all, he never was motivated to play the sport before. He simply picked it up in high school and played for fun with friends in the Quad-Cities. But his tryout with the team went well enough that Senatra realized making the team was a realistic goal. Instead of returning to old habits, he dedicated himself to training for another chance. When it came, he made the most of it. / Quad-City Times
DOUGLAS BYRD'S SHANNON MELTON GAINING NEW PERSPECTIVE
Sidelined with a fractured left ankle, Shannon Melton didn't realize how much she was really missing. The pregame music blaring from the stadium speakers? Shannon never knew it existed, and she thinks it's cool. The steady stream of shouting among teammates? She had no idea they chatted back and forth so frequently on the field. The applause after a good play? That's certainly a nice touch. / Fayetteville Observer
AUSTINE PLACES 2ND IN HOOPS TOURNAMENT
The Austine School for the Deaf placed second in the first annual New England Deaf Schools Special Olympics Basketball Tournament on Thursday at their Brattleboro campus. Teams representing schools from Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut participated. Students who would not be able to play on a varsity or junior varsity team at their respective schools were given the opportunity to experience tournament play and vie for the championship trophy. / Brattleboro Reformer
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