May 16, 2012
Vol. 8, No. 27
Editor: Tom Willard
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West Hartford, CT
THE FACE OF AMERICAN SCHOOL OF DEAF CHANGES WITH NEW BUILDING
For nearly a century, the face of the American School for the Deaf has been the iconic Gallaudet Hall on North Main Street in West Hartford. But what is stately Georgian on the outside is 21st century shabby and outdated on the inside. As the school prepares to break ground in a week for a new, $20 million building, the construction comes only after months of anxious deliberations that led to this painful conclusion: the 1921 building should be torn down. / Hartford Courant
Jefferson City, MO
MISSOURI ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF WINS SUIT AGAINST STATE
A federal judge has approved settlement of a lawsuit filed on behalf of more than 1,000 deaf Missourians over mental health services for the deaf. U.S. District Judge Matt Whitworth approved the settlement Thursday in Jefferson City in a suit filed by the Missouri Association of the Deaf and 13 named plaintiffs. Attorneys for the plaintiffs say about 20 percent of deaf persons in need of mental health services are children. / The Associated Press
COURT OF APPEALS UPHOLDS VERDICT FOR EEOC AGAINST SERVICE TEMPS
In a ruling issued April 26, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has affirmed a jury’s verdict in favor of a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) disability discrimination lawsuit against Service Temps, Inc. doing business as Smith Personnel Solutions. The EEOC had charged in its suit that Service Temps refused to hire Jacquelyn Moncada for a stock clerk position, despite her qualifications and experience, upon learning that Moncada is deaf. / EEOC
Jackson County, GA
FIRST DEAF STUDENT TO GRADUATE FROM JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL
High school seniors all over Georgia will soon be tossing their graduation caps in the air in celebration. Jackson County senior Ellie Reza has a lot to be proud of by proving to her entire community that nothing is impossible. She will become the first deaf student to graduate from Jefferson High School. / FOX 5
FCC ANNOUNCES INTERNET CAPTIONING DEADLINES
After many years of hard work by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and other organizations and advocates, the IP closed captioning rules were published in the Federal Register on March 30, 2012 and establishes April 30, 2012 as the effective date for the rules. According to the rules, video programming shown on the Internet after being shown on television must have captions based on the following schedule established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). / NAD
HEATED DEBATE OVER DEAF SCHOOL PLANS IN LAKEWOOD
A fight is brewing over plans for a new school in Lakewood. The Rocky Mountain Deaf School is currently operating in a strip mall in Golden. The school wants to build a new facility 10 miles away in Lakewood. Administrators say the move is overdue. “It’s been 14 years that we’ve been looking for a place to call home for Rocky Mountain Deaf School,” said school director Nancy Bridenbaugh. / CBS Denver
DEAF PROTESTERS SAY HOSPITAL RELIES TOO MUCH ON VRIs
Waving signs carrying messages such as "Honk for Deaf Rights," "OSF Unfair to Deaf" and "I Want a Live Interpreter," about 40 people on Wednesday protested OSF Saint Francis Medical Center's use of video-based interpreters for the deaf. St. Francis maintains that Video Remote Interpreters actually improve access to communication for deaf and hard-of-hearing patients and that the hospital meets state regulatory requirements. But the CEO of the National Association of the Deaf, based in Maryland, questions that. / Peoria Journal Star
New York, NY
PSA IN SIGN LANGUAGE COMES TO NYC'S TIMES SQUARE
A 15-second video presented in American Sign Language (ASL) now appears on the CBS Super Screen at Times Square, where more than 300,000 pedestrians traffic daily. This is possibly the first video placement by a Deaf-run agency at Times Square, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. The public service announcement is produced by Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services (ADWAS), based in Seattle. / PRWeb
Silver Spring, MD
RESORT AGREES TO PROVIDE ACCESSIBLE TECHNOLOGY
Great Wolf Lodge has entered into an agreement to make its 11 resorts fully accessible to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Over the next year, Great Wolf Lodge -- the nation’s largest family of indoor water park resorts -- will roll-out a new interactive system to provide deaf and hard-of-hearing people full and equal access to its MagiQuest game and all of its other entertainments. The agreement resolves a lawsuit filed on behalf of Ksenia Markel and Suzanne Rosen Singleton, both of whom are deaf. / NAD
'INNOVATIVE' IDEAS IN THE WORKS FOR NCSD CAMPUS
State Superintendent June Atkinson is looking for ways to keep meeting the needs of students at the North Carolina School for the Deaf in Morganton and at the same time make better use of its 160-acre campus. Local educators want to provide more career and technical options for high school students. Business and industry leaders are seeking skilled laborers. A solution for all three may lie in a facility located in Morganton that would be similar to the Vernon James Regional Agriscience/Biotech Early College in Washington County or the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. / Morganton News Herald
DEAF IBM RESEARCHER SCOFFS AT NOT TALKING ON THE PHONE
You might think you can't have a phone conversation with someone who's deaf, but Dimitri Kanevsky would not only disagree, he'd prove you wrong. Deaf since he was 3, Kanevsky has hardly let his disability get in the way of progress -- or success. Born in the Soviet Union, he eventually emigrated, first to Israel, and then to the United States, and went on to become a research staff member at IBM. On Monday, Kanevsky and 13 others were honored at the White House in a ceremony to celebrate those "leading the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math for people with disabilities." / CNET News
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE HAS FIRST GRADUATES FROM SIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAM
Ashley Finn came to the University of Louisville unsure of what she wanted to do for a living. She majored in English but became enamored with another language — sign language — after taking a course in it. Not long after, U of L created a new major -- officially, “American sign language interpreting studies” -- designed to supply sign interpreters for the deaf community. She signed up and on Saturday became one of the program’s first 10 graduates. / Indianapolis Star
Hacienda Heights, CA
TWO DEAF SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR GAS STATION ROBBERY
Deputies arrested two deaf men after armed robbers hit a gas station Monday night and took $300. Deputies were helped by a witness who followed one of the getaway vehicles and jotted down the license plate. Two or three other suspects managed to elude capture. Jonathan Lopez, 21, of San Diego and Emiliano Decontreras, 32, of Whittier were arrested on suspicion of robbery. The two men are deaf and used sign language with deputies, according to Stonich. / San Gabriel Valley Tribune
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EX-CLERIC JAILED FOR ABUSING DEAF TEENS
A former Christian Brother who sexually abused three teenage students in the deaf school he worked in has been jailed for nine years. Each of John McCabe's victims waived their right to anonymity so that their abuser could be named in the media. Each of the victims is deaf and they are ex-pupils of St Joseph's National School in Cabra. McCabe, 53, of Dublin, subsequently left the Christian Brothers and is now a married man with a 9-year-old child. / Irish Independent
DEAF USERS CAMPAIGN FOR US-STYLE VIDEO RELAY SERVICE
After a decade of having their needs neglected by telecoms providers, leaders of the UK's deaf community have written an open letter published in today's Times newspaper. They are campaigning for a universally-accessible video relay service of the sort that the Americans have operated successfully for the past 10 years. This would enable British Sign Language users to make and receive calls at any time, with no pre-booking, and at no additional cost over a normal phone contract. / ZDNet UK
WELCOME SIGN FOR TROWBRIDGE CUSTOMERS
Staff at a Trowbridge store are giving customers a helping hand by learning sign language to improve the shopping experience for deaf people. Four employees of the Wilkinson store, at the Castle Place Shopping Centre, have enlisted the help of five Wiltshire College students to teach them basic British Sign Language. The idea came about after the workers wanted to be able to communicate better with the deaf customers who use the store on regularly. / This is Wiltshire
DEAF HOSPITAL PORTER TEACHES SIGNING TO STAFF
A deaf hospital porter has been helping colleagues improve the way they treat patients – by teaching them sign language. In the four years Steve Hartman has worked at Basildon Hospital he has taught 60 co-workers how to “sign”, allowing them to make themselves understood to patients and visitors with hearing problems. Now Mr Hartman, who was left profoundly deaf by a particularly vicious flu infection in 2001, has his sights higher. His aim, put simply, is to make his hospital the most deaf-friendly one in the country. / Echo
Windsor, ON, Canada
WINDSOR POLICE ADOPT HIGH-TECH ACCESS SERVICE FOR THE DEAF
The Windsor Police Service has become the first force in Ontario to launch a high-tech service aimed at improving communication with the deaf, hard of hearing and people with other language barriers. Police partnered in June 2011 with Language Services Associates, a U.S. organization offering language translation services, to do a 30-day trial in the Emergency 911 Centre. It was a success, so police incorporated the program into their Windsor Police Service Human Rights Project as a way of expanding service to people who are deaf or Limited English Proficient. / The Windsor Star
Auckland, New Zealand
DEAF KIWIS SEEK HELP TO COMMUNICATE
New Zealand's most silent minority - deaf parents of hearing children - are seeking help to communicate with their children's teachers and other hearing people. They say schools get special needs funding for deaf children, but there is a big gap when it comes to sign language interpreters for deaf parents of hearing children. About 4000 adults use NZ Sign Language, and those with children have a 95 per cent chance that their children will be able to hear. / NZ Herald News
DEAF BOY IN SHANTY TOWN RESCUES BURNED HOMELESS DOG
I live in Peru, and work in animal health programs in the sprawling shanty-towns of Lima, the country’s capital. One damp, chilly day we were attending a line of about 200 very poor people who had brought their animals to be tended and cured by our vets. In the line there was a small boy, deaf and unable to speak, who used sign language to tell us we needed to see something urgently. He disappeared for a while and then returned with a small, cold, miserable puppy. He was completely abandoned, except for his faithful human friend. / Care2 Causes
DEAF-MUTE MINOR GIRL GANG-RAPED
Three persons, including two minor boys, allegedly raped a 13-year-old deaf and mute girl in Bhandup on Monday. The police said that the accused and victim are residents of same slum, Jamat chawl, and are known to each other. While the police have nabbed two of them, a 16-year-old is on the run. The police have booked the accused for wrongful confinement and gang rape. / Hindustan Times
MINISTRY TEAM GROWS ITS SAFE HAVE FOR THE DEAF IN ZAMBIA
God has placed a love for the deaf in the hearts of Roy and Sarah Mwansa of Grace Ministries International. The couple lives in a city home with their two biological children, some relatives, seven orphan preschool children, and 10 deaf teens and young adults. Aptly named "Safe Haven," it is a shelter for the deaf young ladies who have been raped and abused, and for deaf young adults who have been discarded by their families or do not have families. / OneNewsNow.com
Cebu City, Philippines
GROUP CAMPAIGNS AGAINST DEAF ABUSE
With the incidence of abuse and exploitation of deaf children, the Gualandi Volunteer Service Programme Inc. conducted a training workshop on how to prevent such abuse. Deaf participants and deaf advocates gathered at the social hall of the Gualandi Mission for the Deaf for training April 17-20. Participants learned about children’s rights, the touching rules, how to identify offenders and victims and where to report abuse cases. / Inquirer.net
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LIFE & LEISURE
PARENTS' DEAFNESS NO BARRIER FOR KIDS
Rowan didn't want to go. He looked up at his dad and moved his fingers in the same motion over and over again. "Why? Why? Why?" he asked, while signing the word. "Because it's time to go," Feta Fernsler signed back. Rowan isn't deaf. Neither is his sister Surina. His dad and mom Erin are though. Despite what seems like an obvious barrier, the kids have never had trouble communicating their needs, Erin said. The kids know sign language just as well as they know how to use their voice. / The News Leader
See Also DEAF MOM CELEBRATES DAUGHTERS FROM BOTH WORLDS / The News Leader
See Also FOR VSDB PRESCHOOLERS WITH DEAFNESS, 'LEARNING HAPPENS EVERYDAY' / The News Leader
GLOVE TURNS SIGN LANGUAGE INTO SPOKEN LETTERS, OPENS UP COMMUNICATION
For up to two million deaf Americans, signing is like a first language -- in fact, it's noted as the sixth most used language in the country. Sadly, not many people who aren't deaf can sign, making communication sometimes difficult. Fortunately, a group of students are trying to bridge the gap with a translator, housed in a glove. The Sign Language Translator Glove, made by a trio of students at Cornell University, uses a variety of sensors to translate different finger and hand movements into spoken English language. / PCWorld
DEAF AND NON-DEAF PROFESSIONALS: WHOSE CULTURE IS IT?
What happens when there are a much larger number of professionals from the majority cultural/language group than from the minority group serving minority group members? In general, the majority group expects the minority cultural and language group to adapt to the majority language and culture. Often then, the majority language and culture dominate services for minority language and cultural groups. When this happens, the friction between the two groups is bound to intensify. / Fulton Sun
YOUNG FILMMAKERS 'TAKE A SHOT AT CHANGING THE WORLD'
One video, created by students at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf using sign language, touts the importance of installing rain barrels to help conserve water and decrease the amount of stormwater runoff and sewer overflow. The school in Edgewood has four rain barrels of its own and hopes to add more. The video is one of more than 50 submitted by students in grades 6-12 for the second annual Steeltown Entertainment Project "Take a Shot at Changing the World" contest. / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING TEENS WORK THE RUNWAY IN FASHION SHOW
A fashion show is usually about the clothes, but at one particular South Florida fashion show it was about building confidence and self-esteem for a particular group of teenage girls. The show is called ‘Hear the Runway’ and most of the teenage models are deaf or hearing impaired. Skylar Crews interpreted for CBS4 as we interviewed her sister Vivian, who is deaf. / CBS Miami
PROM TIME: MICHIGAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
The second big prom weekend of May has arrived. Michigan School for the Deaf kicks off another weekend of dresses, corsages and tuxedos. Tonight, Flint Journal photographer Ryan Garza visited the school to capture some of the fancy outfits students donned for the big night. / MLive.com
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DEAF STUDENT PICKED FOR FLIGHT PROGRAM
Florida State University Panama City senior Jason Jernigan will undertake five weeks of flight training at Purdue University in Indiana to show that his deafness is not a handicap. Jernigan, of Youngstown, is the second deaf person to train with Able Flight to learn flight and ground operations. “I want to fly because it is one of my life goals,” Jernigan wrote in an email interview. / The News Herald
DEAF SINGLE MOTHER OF TWO TO GRADUATE FROM USM'S NURSING PROGRAM
There’s no easy way in sign language to say “hydrochlorothiazide.” “I can’t spell it and the interpreter can’t pronounce it,” said Joanie Grondin. The 23-year-old Windham native faced the medication naming problem frequently while learning to overcome the challenges of deafness during her training in the University of Southern Maine’s nursing program. Grondin is one of nearly 1,700 slated to graduate from USM this spring. / Bangor Daily News
New York, NY
STAR OF QUEES: GIOVANNA AMBROSELLI -- TEACHER'S AIDE
Giovanna Ambroselli not only volunteers as a teacher’s aide at St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf, but she also volunteers at St. Francis Hospital as a nurse assistant. At St. Joseph’s she assists the teacher in controlling and communicating with the children. She helps to provide them with fun activities. At St. Francis Hospital she assists the nurses by discharging patients, bringing them to their cars, and helping with other tasks. She has been volunteering at both facilities for four years. / Queens Courier
Oak Park, CA
LARRY JORDAN ANNOUNCES CLOSED CAPTIONING ADDED TO FINAL CUT PRO X TRAINING
Two titles in Larry Jordan’s Final Cut Pro X training are now closed captioned, Larry Jordan, internationally renowned Apple trainer, announced Monday. He took the unusual step of making his NLE training closed captioned after a seminar he taught at Gallaudet University. The challenge was significant, more than 90 individual video files, containing more than 11 hours of in-depth, technical training which required detailed transcription and careful placement of closed captions. / PRWeb
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
WITH DEAF CHARACTER, ARTIST HELPS STUDENTS FIND THEIR VOICE
In the black box theater at the Sheridan Arts Magnet School in Minneapolis, the sixth-grade class warms up with an exercise. "Poetry is! Poetry is!" exclaims Maya Washington, a local actor. Washington is in the classroom as a result of an epiphany she had a few years ago. "I, one morning, woke up with a dream or just this image in the waking hours of the morning of this deaf performance poet going to perform at an open mike night for a hearing audience," she says. / Minnesota Public Radio
Las Vegas, NV
FEEL THE VIBRATIONS AS LAS VEGAS DEAF THEATRE TAKES THE STAGE
Las Vegas Deaf Theatre is debuting this month with an evening of Broadway music, dancing, acting and the beautiful language of hands. In collaboration with RagTag Entertainment, LVDT will perform the Rodgers and Hammerstein revue A Grand Night for Singing as the opening show for Super Summer Theatre at Spring Mountain Ranch. The cast includes deaf, hard of hearing and hearing actors -- all local -- and the production is uniquely staged for an audience across the same spectrum. / Las Vegas Weekly
Los Angeles, CA
PARTIALLY DEAF PIANIST FUZJKO HEMMING KICKS OFF U.S. CHARITY CONCERT TOUR IN JULY
Soto Group International presents a special concert featuring 80-year-old Swedish-Japanese pianist Fuzjko Hemming in the "Arigato Charity Concert" starting July 5 in Los Angeles, with subsequent performances in San Francisco, Dallas and New York. Despite her severe hearing difficulties and turbulent life, including a time spent under refugee status, Fuzjko Hemming has beaten the odds to become a highly acclaimed concert pianist who shares her inspiring gift for music with the world. / PRWeb
Studio City, CA
DEAF TV COMES TO STUDIO CITY
Jari Finn is a deaf Finnish filmmaker who has been posting videos on YouTube since 2009. He has 46 videos of interviews and travels on his Deaf Video TV, but none about Studio City, until now. He is meeting with three other DVTV members. See the video above that was taken this weekend. / Patch.com
DEAF PIANO PLAYER MAKES TICKLING IVORIES LOOK EFFORTLESS
Daley Jackson makes tickling the ivories look effortless, but it's easy to hear how difficult it is being an accomplished piano player. At least it is for most of us. "I'm very lucky to be able to play the piano and be deaf at the same time," Jackson said. Jackson was born deaf. She couldn't hear her own voice, much less an instrument. But for 7 years she's been playing piano thanks to hearing aids and a very patient teacher. / KSLA News 12
Little Rock, AR
DEAF TEEN DRUMS TO HIS OWN BEAT
An Arkansas teen has beaten the odds handed to him at birth. 18-year-old Mitchell Moore is deaf, but hasn't let that stop him from becoming a musician good enough to play in a large college band. Last month, Mitchell found out that when he starts at the University of Arkansas as a freshman in the fall, he has a spot in the Razorback marching band. In the final round of tryouts Mitchell beat out 32 other kids who haven't had to overcome the obstacles he has. / My Fox Memphis
Salt Lake City, UT
DEAF STUDENTS PRODUCE, PERFORM OPERA
Students at the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind had their turn in the limelight Thursday as they performed an opera of their own creation at Mill Creek Elementary's speech fair. The students, all of whom had hearing aids or cochlear implants, worked for most of the school year to write and produce the performance, including creating the scenery, blocking and designing costumes. Cheryl Baker, a teacher at the school, said the opera has been a valuable teaching tool. / KSL.com
NCSD DEAF STUDENTS SHOW OFF THEIR ARTISTIC SIDE
North Carolina School for the Deaf students’ art projects from the past year are on display at the Burke Arts Council’s Jailhouse Gallery. The opening reception of “Come Watch Our Children Grow” is from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday and the exhibit goes through May 30. / Morganton News Herald
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DEAFNESS DIDN'T HINDER CURTIS PRIDE'S DRIVE TOWARD A REMARKABLE MLB CAREER
Imagine what it must be like to be without one of your six senses. To take a pitch and not hear the umpire call a ball or strike. To be in the field and not hear the crack of the bat. To live your entire life and never hear the words, “Play Ball!” Curtis Pride, former 13-year Major League Baseball player, reached the highest level of the game without ever experiencing these simple treasures. / Bleacher Report
See Also COACH PRIDE BEGINS HIS FOURTH SEASON AT THE HELM WITH THE BISON IN 2012 / Gallaudet Athletics
Grand Rapids, MI
BLIND, DEAF ADVENTURER BILL BARKELEY PARTNERS WITH MYTEAM TRIUMPH CAPTAIN TO TACKLE RIVER BANK RUN 25K
Active adventurer Bill Barkeley loves nothing more than helping others. Chapters in his life are weighted heavily with acts of assisting people with disabilities conquer the challenges in front of them. Not surprising then to see Barkeley, who is legally deaf and blind, ready to help push Matt Smith in the Fifth Third River Bank Run 25K race with the MyTeam Triumph group. / MLive.com
DEAF TEACHER TO PLAY IN WORLD CUP
California School for the Deaf physical education teacher Reagan Anders is working on what she hopes will be her fourth gold medal, this time as captain of the USA Deaf Soccer’s Women’s World Cup team. She is among 18 athletes on the final roster and recently returned from a training camp in Columbus, Ohio. The world deaf soccer championships will be in July in Ankara, Turkey. / Press-Enterprise
BARBARA ANN 'BARBIE' DIKE
Barbara "Barbie" Ann Dike, 45, was lifted high above into the loving arms of Jesus, her Lord and Savior, Friday, May 11, 2012, with her loving family at her side. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, June 9, at Mission Springs Community Church in Fremont, Calif. Barbie was born at Fort Ord Military Hospital on Oct. 2, 1966. She grew up in Fort Collins, Colo. and graduated from the Colorado School for the Deaf in Colorado Springs, as Valedictorian in 1984. She participated in three beauty pageants in her young adult life and took the title of Miss Deaf Colorado at the age of 19 and went on to become 4th runner up to Miss Deaf America shortly thereafter. / The Star-Herald
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