May 15, 2013
Vol. 9, No. 29
Editor: Tom Willard
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Spotsylvania County, VA
DEPUTIES: DEAF AND MUTE 89-YEAR-OLD WOMAN SHOT BY HUSBAND
Spotsylvania deputies say Pauline Finney, 89, has been deaf and mute since the age of 12. Now her husband of 65 years has been locked up for allegedly shooting her. “Heard the sirens and all the officers. It was a melee,” said Cloverhill Court neighbor Troy Cornett. Cornett said his neighborhood’s sense of peace had been pierced by the crack of two gun shots that left an elderly woman – with no way to cry for help – trying to make as much noise as she could. / WTVR
St. Paul, MN
DEAF MOTORIST WHO GOT $93K FROM ST. PAUL HOPES POLICE LEARN FROM ARREST INCIDENT
Doug Bahl, a deaf St. Paul man, said what happened to him at the hands of St. Paul police in 2006 was an "unnecessary tragedy," but he also hopes it "becomes a learning experience." Bahl, 62, spoke Thursday, May 9, the day after the city council approved a $93,450 settlement of his federal lawsuit. As part of the settlement, St. Paul police "agreed to make some very significant changes in how it's going to ensure effective communication with deaf people in the future," said Rick Macpherson, an attorney with the Minnesota Disability Law Center who represented Bahl. / Pioneer Press
HUD ACCUSES ARIZONA FACILITY OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST PEOPLE WHO AREN'T DEAF
Clearly indicating that the Department of Housing and Urban Development has too much free time on its hands, an Arizona facility for the deaf or hearing impaired is being charged with discrimination because only six of the complex’s 75 units have been rented to people who can hear. Apache ASL Trails, located in Tempe, Ariz., was specially designed by a deaf architect for residents who are deaf or hearing impaired. Of the 75 apartments in the building, all but six have been rented to residents who are either deaf or hearing impaired. Unfortunately, that’s not enough to meet HUD’s requirements. / Infowars.com
D.C. HOUSING AUTHORITY HAS FAILED TO PROVIDE DEAF INTERPRETERS, LAWSUIT CLAIMS
Two hearing-impaired women have sued the District’s public housing agency, claiming that it has “routinely” denied them and other deaf residents sign-language interpreters as required under federal law. Jacqueline Young and Latheda Wilson filed suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court. The D.C. Housing Authority, they say, has subjected them to “degrading treatment” by forcing them to communicate with agency representatives through “scribbled notes, attempts at lip reading, or bringing their children or other family members.” / The Washington Post
San Jose, CA
DEAF WALKERS CAMP IN PACIFICA ON 30-DAY JOURNEY TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR ASL
Campers pitched tents on the baseball field of Oceana High School Thursday to bring awareness to their cause -- American Sign Language. The Walk for ASL, a 30-day walk from San Francisco to Santa Monica that began last Wednesday, was organized by a nonprofit organization, Facundo Element, based out of Boulder, Colorado. The 15 walkers camped for the first night at the San Francisco Zoo and the second at Oceana High School. On their journey, they hope to bring attention to the transformative power of American Sign Language and international sign languages. / San Jose Mercury News
ELEVEN DEAF LEADERS FROM THE PHILIPPINES VISIT ROCHESTER SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
There were a very special group of visitors Monday for students at the Rochester School For The Deaf. Eleven deaf leaders from the Philippines will spend three weeks in the Rochester area. They started their tour of Rochester at the school on St. Paul Street. The three-week visit is hosted by the non-profit group, Discovering Deaf Worlds. News10NBC spoke to the group's executive director. He said although sign language varies across the world, there is still a bond, no matter what country you're from. / WHEC
CLEVELAND KIDNAP VICTIM MICHELLE KNIGHT 'DEAF IN ONE EAR' AFTER BEATINGS
Cleveland kidnap victim Michelle Knight was left deaf in one ear and will need facial reconstruction surgery after years of beatings at the hands of her captor, her family said. Knight, 32, was the first of the three women to be abducted, and on Saturday 11 May became the last to be discharged from hospital, five days after she was freed from the "house of horrors" owned by suspect Ariel Castro. / IBTimes UK
COMMUNITY UNITES TO HELP BLIND, DEAF 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL
A local middle school is coming together this week to help a 10-year-old girl in Kingwood. Lauren Daley has a rare disability that makes communicating with the world around her very hard. But her family and her community are not letting it keep her down. Instead, they're doing everything they can to lift her up. / abc13.com
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SPECIAL AWARD FOR RECORD-BREAKING DEAF YACHTSMAN
The first deaf yachtsman to circumnavigate the world singlehanded has been presented with a special award from the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC). Gerry Hughes was awarded the OCC's Special Recognition Award shortly after crossing the finishing line at Troon Harbour, South Ayrshire, Scotland More than 100 supporters gathered to greet Gerry and his Beneteau 42s7 yacht Quest III as he completed his circumnavigation around all five capes on Tuesday. / Practical Boat Owner
SCARED, ABANDONED AND IGNORED: PUBLIC SERVICES FOR DEAF PEOPLE
Most of us take the ability to communicate for granted. Yet for those people who are deaf, dealing with public services without qualified British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters can be at best stressful and at worst potentially dangerous. As many as one in six people are deaf or hard of hearing, but hospitals, police and other important public services are not legally required to offer qualified sign language interpreters, enabling them to opt for unregulated interpreters. Failure to finance, or make sufficient attempts to obtain a qualified interpreter, is unacceptable and we are calling on the government to make qualified, regulated interpreters a legal obligation throughout the public sector. / The Guardian
DEAF PEOPLE'S LINGUISTIC CULTURE IS BEING ALLOWED TO DISINTEGRATE
When I was a kid, I used to play at being deaf by covering my ears. Obviously, this was not a very satisfactory approximation of the deaf experience, and I didn't really have an inkling of what it meant to be deaf until I shared a car with a hearing friend who works as a British Sign Language interpreter and three other BSL speakers. / The Guardian
PLEA TO SPLASH THE CASH TO HELP DEAF OLDHAM SCHOOLBOY SWIM WITH PALS
A deaf schoolboy who loves to swim is trying to raise enough cash for a waterproof hearing aid. Seven-year-old Haaris Mirza, from Oldham, loves nothing more than jumping into the pool with his friends but he has to remove his hearing aid before he gets in water. Now his family are now trying to raise £5,500 to buy a special waterproof hearing aid to allow him to play with his friends. / Manchester Evening News
I'M SEVERELY DEAF AND PARTIALLY SIGHTED, BUT HAVE LEARNED 5 LANGUAGES. HERE'S MY STORY
Recently, I requested some of your success stories and the most inspirational one that came my way by far was from a Scottish lady, Julie Ferguson. She has had a hearing problem her whole life, that has gotten worse with time, and in recent years has started to lose her sight too, being officially registered as partially sighted and needing to use a white cane. Despite these obvious huge challenges, she has a passion for learning languages that means that nothing can stop her. / Fluent in 3 Months
DEAF WOMAN WINS TITLE OF MISS INDIA AND HOPES TO INSPIRE OTHERS
A profoundly deaf woman from Leicester whose just won a worldwide beauty pageant says she hopes to inspire other people with disabilities to achieve their dreams. Nehal Bhogaita works with a charity helping people who are deaf and hard of hearing. She told our reporter Rajiv Popat that being deaf does not mean you cannot be successful. / ITV News
NEW HOPES FOR DEAF & MUTE PEOPLE, FREE CAMP HELD AT BHATKAL
A young boy was sobbing uncontrollably clasping the hands of the doctor, expressing his gratitude for the best gift he had received ever in his life. This and other such emotional scenes were witnessed in the Government hospital of Bhatkal in the camp organized by the town police and Rabita society on May 11 to distribute hearing aids to the deaf and mute children. The machines were donated by Starkey Hearing Foundation. / SahilOnline
Auckland, New Zealand
DEAF, HEARING IMPAIRED GET A LAUGH AT FESTIVAL
Deaf and hearing impaired-people are able to have a good laugh at this year's International Comedy Festival. It is thanks to four sign language interpreted shows in Auckland and Wellington. The shows coincide with Sign Language Week. One of the interpreters, Kelly Hodgins, says it is harder than regular signing. "Deaf humour and hearing humour is very different." / Newstalk ZB
Timaru, New Zealand
LEARNING TO SIGN LIFE CHANGING
To be able to communicate with sign language offers freedom to those who cannot hear, says a Timaru woman who was born deaf. Julie Nielson's mother contracted german measles (rubella) during her pregnancy, resulting in her daughter's deafness. Ms Nielson did not learn sign language until she was a teenager but wishes she had known it earlier. To celebrate New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Week (13-19 May), Deaf Aotearoa is calling on all New Zealanders to learn at least some signs. / Stuff.co.nz
DEAF COMMUNITY WELCOMES RETURN OF AUSLAN COURSE
Members of Victoria's deaf community say the return of a course teaching the Auslan sign language will go some way to addressing a shortage of interpreters in the state. The Kangan Institute of TAFE stopped teaching Auslan last July, leaving Victoria with no course for new students wanting to become interpreters for the deaf. The State Government has announced a new $5 million deal for a consortium to deliver the Auslan course. / ABC News
COACH APPEALS FOR INCLUSION OF DEAF SPORTS IN CALABAR 2014
The Lagos State Deaf Sports Association on Saturday renewed its call on the National Sports Commission to include deaf sports in the upcoming National Sports Festival, Calabar 2014. The Assistant Coach of the association, Rasak Hamsat, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that deaf athletes also had the capability to perform better in various sports. Mr. Hamsat said the inclusion of deaf sports in Calabar 2014, would further spur deaf athletes into action and bring out the best in them. / AllAfrica.com
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Santa Cruz, CA
DEAF FEST DRAWS HUNDREDS TO BOARDWALK
Jackie Collins of San Jose visited the Boardwalk on Saturday with about 500 people she shares a common, quiet bond with. Collins, 45, and many other deaf men and women celebrated the first Deaf Fest in Santa Cruz County with roller coaster rides, cotton candy, a comedy show and just plain old friendly banter through American Sign Language. Deaf Fest participants signed their enthusiasm to say how much they appreciated having a reason to come together for the day and they hope to make the festival a yearly event. / Santa Cruz Sentinel
DEAF STUDENT EXCELS WITH CHALLENGE
Vincent Roman was stuck on an island in the hearing-impaired program at Alonso High School. With a mixture of special-education classes and mainstream courses, he wasn’t challenged enough. He was bored. He needed something different. So he went from the inner circle of hearing-impaired students he had grown up with at Alonso to the only deaf student at his neighborhood school, Sickles High. More than just surviving among a student body of nearly 2,100, Roman has excelled. / The Tampa Tribune
West Hartford, CT
AMERICAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF PLAYGROUND GETS BOOST FROM FUNDRAISER
As part of their Canton Middle School "Odyssey" project, 8th graders Margaret Coleman and Brandon Peters raised over $200 for a new playground at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford. After 90-plus years of teaching students in the old Gallaudet Building and other buildings on the campus, ASD is building a new state-of-the-art education facility, which is to open this fall. / Patch.com
DEAF PRIDE GAMES BRING STUDENTS TOGETHER, REIGNITE FRIENDSHIPS
Todd Wells of Stanton makes a living as a local disc jockey, playing music at numerous parties and weddings throughout the year. One might wonder then, why his favorite gig year after year is one where he blasts his music at full volume for an audience of students who can’t hear a single note or lyric. Enter Friday’s annual Deaf Pride Games at Montcalm Community College, where Wells set up his equipment and cranked the volume to levels that shook the college. / Greenville Daily News
DEAF AND BLIND STUDENTS GROW GARDEN
Students at Virginia's School for the Deaf and Blind are learning about eating healthy, local foods. They're doing that by growing their own garden. The idea is to teach students about life outside the classroom. The program's manager wants good, local foods to be accessible to all students. “Education about where food is coming from and the natural world is important for every child, and that does not exclude the population of students we have here, who are deaf or blind,” said Nicholas Swanson, the crops program manager. / WHSV
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PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES FACE GAP IN HIGHER EDUCATION EMPLOYMENT
Nationwide, there’s a large gap in the employment of people with mental or physical disabilities — the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is almost double the rate for those without, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. To combat employment discrepancies in higher education, last week the U.S. Office of Disability Employment Policy partnered with the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, a group that includes the University. / The Minnesota Daily
DEAF EMT 'BETTER THAN SOME HEARING STAFF' WITH BETHLEHEM AMBULANCE COMPANY
Global Medical Transportation Services Ambulance Capt. Don Burslem didn’t know what to think when the person on the other line told him he was on the phone with a deaf person. How could he hire a deaf emergency medical technician for the Bethlehem-based ambulance company? EMTs need to communicate with their patients, with their partners, with hospital officials over the radio. But Burslem decided to take a chance on hiring Chad Grabousky, and more than two months later, he’s very glad he did. / The Express-Times
PREPARING THE DEAF COMMUNITY FOR DISASTER
Two men, John McDonald and Aaron Shoemaker are on a mission. This mission is to provide first responders through the Georgia Emergency Management Interpreting Initiative (GEMINI), for deaf and hard of hearing people impacted by disasters, the first of its kind in Northwest Georgia. McDonald, GEMINI director and Shoemaker, GEMINI deputy director, visited the Gordon campus of Northwest Georgia Technical College Monday, May 6 to promote and recruit first responders for the cause. / Calhoun Times
STUDENTS GET PRACTICE WITH JOB INTERVIEWS
Kevin Araujo, 19, is an independent worker, quick to grasp technical concepts, knowledgeable about various computer languages and interested in robotics. With those skills Kevin should prove valuable in the job market, and on Thursday, dressed in a dapper suit and tie, he was learning how to sell himself to employers. To do so, Kevin, who is deaf, used an interpreter to participate in an interview. He got that opportunity through the Mock Interview Event for special needs young adults. / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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DEAF MOVIEGOERS SEE POTENTIAL IN GLASSES WITH CAPTIONING
Many people go to the movies for the special effects and dialogue. But what if you were deaf? Regal Entertainment Group has introduced glasses developed by Sony for the deaf and hearing impaired with closed captioning at the bottom that sync to the sound of the movie you’re watching. Lois Diamond and Linda Cook are two of 38 million deaf or hearing impaired Americans. Lois likes the glasses, she says any new technology is wonderful. / KTXL FOX40
GOOD VIBRATIONS: MICHIGAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF STUDENTS HIT THE DANCE FLOOR FOR PROM
Most of the students couldn't hear a note, but chances are it was the loudest prom in Genesee County. Kaitlin Wears is a junior at Michigan School for the Deaf and took charge of a lot of the planning for the school's prom. As with any prom, there was a lot to decide — what to eat, where to have it, what theme to have. But there was one aspect that was non-negotiable: a wooden dance floor. / MLive.com
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DEAF ATHLETES FIND SUCCESS ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD
A pair of deaf flag football teams are showing that silence is golden. The Silent Leatherheads, an all-deaf flag football team, started in 2008 and when several deaf players expressed more interest the Bolts began playing two years later. Silent Leatherheads player Matt Ellis said the only requirement to be on their team was knowing American Sign Language. “It’s really cool,” Silent Leatherheads quarterback Jim Crane signed. / KSWB
FARIBAULT MINNESOTA STATE ACADEMY FOR THE DEAF TRACK AND FIELD RACES TO BERG/SEEGER TITLES
A mix of wintery weather originally called off the Berg/Seeger Classic, which was scheduled for last month. But then it was rescheduled for Saturday, and the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf track and field team is happy it got another chance. The MSAD boys and girls both took first to win the Berg/Seeger, the USA National Deaf Track and Field Meet, on Saturday at Bruce Smith Field. / Faribault Daily News
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POSITION: American Sign Language (ASL) Instructor
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TO BE FILLED BY: September 1, 2013
Teach a variety of ASL courses to students. Participate in weekly meetings with the program coordinator.
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1545 St. Paul Street
Rochester, NY 14621
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