May 22, 2013
Vol. 9, No. 30
Editor: Tom Willard
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DEAF MOORE COUPLE RELIES ON EACH OTHER, COMMUNITY
Syed Shabbir reports on a deaf couple in Moore, Okla., who are not only relying on each other after Monday's deadly tornado, but the community as well. / NBC Action News-YouTube
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MAN ACCUSED OF DUI CRASH THAT KILLED DEAF MOTHER OF 3 APPEARS IN COURT
Prosecutors say a man accused of killing a deaf mother of three children and seriously injuring her sister while he was driving drunk, told officers he was on his way home after drinking two pitchers of beer in downtown Missoula. A Missoula couple called 911 just before 1:30 a.m. Thursday after a pickup truck driven by that Tom George Vineyard, 38, hit the two women and then slid into their yard. Investigators say Roberta Demmert, 39, and her sister, Pamela, lived nearby and were on their way to the store to buy cigarettes when they were hit. Both women were taken to the hospital where Roberta was later pronounced dead. / KXLF
FOUR DEAF PA. RESIDENTS ESCAPE ARSON BLAZE
A 24-year-old man set fire to a house in Tobyhanna Township early Thursday, nearly killing four people inside, police said. Pocono Mountain Regional police said the four people in the home are deaf. The occupants made it out safely and investigators later learned one of them had been involved in a domestic dispute with Joseph A. Shuman of Tobyhanna Township, police said. When police went to Shuman's home, they said he reeked of gasoline and was covered in soot. / Firehouse.com
Kansas City, MO
DNA LINKS INMATE TO 1986 RAPE OF DEAF WOMAN
Kansas City cold-case sex-crimes detectives have linked a federal inmate to the unsolved rape of a deaf woman in 1986, according to court records released Friday. Jackson County prosecutors charged Alphonso Henderson, 50, with robbery, forcible sodomy and three counts of rape. He is in a Virginia federal penitentiary for being a felon in possession of a firearm. His previous record includes convictions for assault, false imprisonment, sodomy and burglary. He was set to be released in about 12 years, but police said the new charges could keep him behind bars much longer. / The Kansas City Star
USU'S NEWEST ENDOWED CHAIR UNDER FIRE WITHIN DEAF COMMUNITY
The founding director of a national resource center for early hearing detection at Utah State University has been the subject of attacks online, ranging from calls to for him resign from his job to claims that he believes he is superior to deaf people. Karl White, of the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management, or NCHAM, is taking heat from people in the deaf community across the country in relation to issues with Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, or EHDI, programs. / The Herald Journal
New York, NY
SOUND THE ALARM: ADVOCATE FOR DEAF PRESSURES CITY TO REPAIR FIRE ALARM BOXES
Broken fire alarm boxes are scattered across the five boroughs, by the thousands. Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano confirmed that last week. "About a third of them are out of service," he said. They are out despite a federal mandate requiring them to work, primarily for people with disabilities, such as the deaf and hearing impaired, who can't use a phone to report an emergency, but instead are taught to either use the boxes with pull handles or to tap on the push-button boxes that provide a dispatcher through a speaker. / NY1
GROWING DEMAND FOR DEAF-FRIENDLY SENIOR HOUSING REMAINS UNMET
For years the Florida Association of the Deaf has campaigned to build federally subsidized apartments for the deaf on limited incomes, specifically in South Florida, according to a Sun Sentinel article. June McMahon, president of the association, has been on the lookout for accessible housing that suits severely hearing-impaired seniors. But when calling several senior living communities to schedule a visit, requests for an interpreter to assist in the community tours were rejected. “They said no. So we stopped right there,” McMahon said. / Senior Housing News
LAKELAND FAMILY EMBRACES DEAF IDENTITY IN HEARING WORLD
Carrie Moore drives into the parking lot of a business near the Lakeland Square mall, where a charter bus awaits on a Sunday afternoon. Moore's three children disembark -- Cammie, 16; Michael, 14, who goes by his middle name, Boyd; and Ashley, 11 -- and give their mother a hug before disappearing into the bus. Seen through the windows, several sets of youthful hands soon flutter in excited conversations conducted in American Sign Language. Such is the weekly routine for the Moore family of South Lakeland. / The Ledger
KENTUCKY DEAF-BLIND PROJECT HELPS LEXINGTON BOY MASTER THE TECHNOLOGY HE NEEDS
Joseph Boggs' vision is so impaired that it is as if he is looking through two straws. The 13-year-old's hearing loss is considered severe to profound, depending upon what sounds he is trying to distinguish. But Joseph's congenital disabilities lessen in significance as he uses a Refreshabraille 18, a small device that connects to his iPad through Bluetooth and allows him to read Braille. Joseph, a seventh-grader at Bryan Station Middle School, and his mother, June Boggs, said that's just one example of the technology he's been using this year while working with Diane Haynes of the Kentucky Deaf-Blind Project. / Lexington Herald-Leader
Los Angeles, CA
ACTRESS TRICIA O'KELLEY'S DEAF YORKSHIRE TERRIER IS RETURNED AFTER TERRIFYING TWO-DAY ORDEAL AT HANDS OF DOGNAPPERS
It's every dog lover's worst nightmare. But luckily for actress Tricia O’Kelley, her deaf Yorkshire terrier was found safe and well after being held by dognappers. The Secret Life of the American Teenager star said 11-year-old Walter was snatched by a man who demanded a $1K reward. But after being spooked by the police, the dog thief dumped Walter at the back of O'Kelley's L.A . home. / Daily Mail
Rio Grande, TX
TRAFFIC SIGN POSTED TO KEEP DEAF CHILD SAFE
A Rio Grande City mother is relieved after city officials installed a sign alerting drivers a deaf child lives nearby. Manuela Trevino said she is always thinking about safety when it comes to her two children. “My concern was that people here in the community would drive really fast,” Trevino said. She is especially concerned about her daughter Kayla, she was born deaf and with Down syndrome. / ValleyCentral.com
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FIRE AT A RUSSIAN SCHOOL KILLS 28 DEAF BOYS
Asleep and unable to hear the frantic shouts of adults, 28 deaf boys died April 11 after a fire consumed their boarding school in the Caspian Sea city of Makhachkala in the Russian republic of Dagestan. At least 106 other boys were injured, 22 critically. It was the second major school fire in four days, coming on the heels of a blaze in Siberia that killed 22 children in a gymnasium dressing room. The disaster left average Russians stunned and enraged over the perilous state of poorly maintained school buildings. ''All Russians are grieving,'' President Vladimir V. Putin said. / The New York Times
10 MORE DEAF, MUTE GIRLS RAPED AT JAIPUR NGO
A day after reports of two deaf and dumb girls being raped at an NGO [non-governmental organization] surfaced, 10 more differently-abled girls on Monday revealed they were victim to sexual assault. Five people associated with the Jaipur-based NGO named ‘Awaaz Foundation’ were arrested on Saturday for sexually assaulting the orphaned girls. The victims were staying at the therapy center in Jaipur while they were learning to express themselves. / Daily Bhaskar
Edmonton, AB, Canada
SIGN LANGUAGE FLASH MOB MARKS 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF DEAF SOCIETY
Dozens of people took part in a sign language flash mob Friday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a local organization that helps deaf Edmontonians and their families. The Connect Society is an organization that provides programs and services to help deaf children, teens and adults. After Mayor Stephen Mandel awarded the organization with a certificate of recognition, song and dance broke out. / CTV News
DEAF SINGER'S CAREER TAKES OFF
Catherine Doyle, 12, beat over 9000 others to reach the final 15 of TeenStar, a competition searching for Britain’s best musical talents. St Andrew’s High pupil Catherine advanced from the regional finals to take part in the contest’s area finals last Sunday night in Newcastle. Catherine wowed judges with her performance of Jessie J song Price Tag. Her proud mum, Jacqueline, 46, said: “Her brother, sister, gran and I all went to see her and she was marvelous." / Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
CLARION CLAIMS PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD
National sign language interpreting provider, Clarion, is celebrating after winning the Supply Chain Partner of the Year category at the prestigious Employment Related Services Association awards. The association is the trade body for organizations delivering services within the Welfare to Work sector and Clarion beat off competition from 170 other organizations to claim the award. / PR Newswire
DEAF CLUB TO LOOK BACK TO 1930s
Deaf people are set to look back in time to discover how those with a hearing impairment enjoyed life and tackled their difficulties 80 years ago. Walthamstow Deaf Club will play the film from the British Deaf Association’s own archives tomorrow at St Mary’s Church in Church End, Walthamstow. Deaf people and anyone else interested is invited to join the screening to see how deaf people lived in the 1930s, when they organised social activities, led campaign rallies and even competed in their own Deaf Olympics. / East London and West Essex Guardian Series
NEAR-DEAF DJ REALLY FEELING THE VIBE
Being nearly deaf has never stood in the way of William Kroger mixing a wicked beat. The Brisbane DJ, aka DefWil, who has only 45% hearing in both ears and will eventually lose the lot, is bringing his dirty Dutch and electro sounds to Mooloolaba. DefWil will be one of six DJs to play at the Wharf Tavern tonight in a competition to find a new resident DJ. Organizers hope DJs like DefWil will shake up the music and bring some new sounds to the popular club. / Sunshine Coast Daily
Auckland, New Zealand
DEAF ARE 'JUST THE SAME'
Cheryl and Trevor Spykerman thrive in a silent world. The Spykermans and their three sons are a "normal" family, the only difference is Trevor and Cheryl are deaf. The Botany Downs couple has a message for the hearing community: "The deaf are just the same, we lead the same lives as hearing people. We have the same dreams and aspirations as everybody else." / Stuff.co.nz
Anhui Province, China
TALE OF SELF-RELIANCE FOR DEAF COUPLE
Zhan Yi and Wu Tengli, a deaf couple from Hefei, capital of East China's Anhui province, have started a successful business selling hand and footprint molds. "When my daughter was a baby, we wanted to make her some hand and footprints. Then we found that there were few hand and footprint makers. Its services are scarce. We thought opening this business would be an opportunity to make money. Later we opened our online shop selling hand and footprints," Wu said. / China.org.cn
Beit Lahia, Gaza Strip
FOOTBALL MATCH IN GAZA BECOMES UNUSUAL AS PLAYERS, REFEREES ARE DEAF
In any regular football match, fans on terraces loudly applause when players scream at each others, asking another player to pass the ball to his colleague to score a goal and suddenly the referee whistles due to a foul, but the situation is totally different in a Gaza football match. In a football stadium in northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia, the situation was completely different where all the players, the referees and most of the fans sitting on the terraces were deaf. Instead of shouting or whistling, the scene was amazing when referees used colorful flags instead of the whistle. / Global Times
MISS DEAF DIRECTOR CALLS IT QUITS
Frustrated Miss Deaf Pageant Director Nokuthula Mbatha has called it quits. Mbatha submitted her resignation letter to the Swaziland National Council of Arts and Culture (SNCAC) CEO, Stanley Dlamini, yesterday morning. She cited unnecessary interference and frustrations in the hands of the Arts and Culture office after being told that she had no authority in the form of a licence to host the upcoming Miss Deaf Queen of Africa competition to be held on September 28 at the Royal Swazi Sun Convention Centre. / Times of Swaziland
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Oswego County, NY
DEAF/HH CLUB TRAVELS THE ROAD TO INDEPENDENCE
The road to independence is different for everyone. For members of the Oswego County BOCES Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club this road travels through a world that is not catered to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. To empower student club members navigate this challenging road and reach their full potential, club officials invited representatives from Aurora of Central New York to speak at a recent meeting. / Oswego County Today
Great Falls, MT
MSDB STUDENT WINS CONTEST TO PERFORM NATIONAL ANTHEM
One of Great Falls’ shining young stars will be singing the national anthem this summer at the Big Sky State Games in Billings. Anthony Cox, a 12-year-old blind student attending Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind, won an online contest to sing the national anthem during the opening ceremonies of the Big Sky State Games on July 19. He was one of five finalists picked by a panel of judges who then turned it over for the public to decide. / Great Falls Tribune
DEAF MINISTRY LOSING A VOICE
The Rev. Elke Sharma hopes she has helped nurture the spiritual growth of the Christian worshipers she has served. Sharma, pastor of the Jacksonville United Methodist Deaf Faith Community Church since July 2006, soon will take her ministry work to Oregon and Idaho, where it began. / Jacksonville Journal-Courier
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MEDICAL MARVEL: MEQUON MAN BECOMES THE FIRST DEAF DOCTOR EVER TO GRADUATE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
A couple years ago, families with deaf children had to pay thousands of dollars, out of pocket, for a device that would allow their child to hear. The I-Team pressed the issue until 2009 when lawmakers finally required insurance companies to help pay for cochlear implants. The change has helped hundreds of Wisconsin families and now it's helping Josh Reiher make medical history. On Friday, he became the first deaf person to graduate from the University of Wisconsin medical school. / WTMJ
DEAFREVIEW GIVES A VOICE TO DEAF CONSUMERS
From picking up dry cleaning to picking up coffee, Melissa “echo” Greenlee spent years struggling with the everyday tasks hearing people take advantage of every day. Some people ignored Greenlee. Others rolled their eyes. Greenlee, who is deaf, found ordering takeout on the phone especially challenging. Using an automated relay call service, she found restaurant employees would hang up on her — once, twice, three times. Frustrated with such customer service, Greenlee founded deafReview, a Yelp-like review site for deaf, deaf-blind and hard-of-hearing individuals to rate businesses. / The Seattle Times
San Diego, CA
PITCHING IDEA HARD ENOUGH AS IS; TRY IT USING SIGN LANGUAGE
Most of us take hearing and speaking for granted. Don’t. It is hard enough to pitch your idea with words. Now imagine doing it in sign language. Speaking in sign language with an interpreter, graduate student Isidore Niyongabo won $15,000 (the highest amount awarded) in the recent University of San Diego Social Innovation Challenge (SIC) for his International Deaf Education Advocacy and Leadership (IDEAL) program that addresses the issue of educating the estimated 57 million deaf people in developing countries, most of whom currently have no access to education. He also won an additional $2,500 for getting the most texted votes in Qualcomm Labs’ Audience Choice Contest. / U-T San Diego
Butler Township, PA
DEAF STUDENT EARNS DEGREE, HONORS AT BC3
Photographer, graphic designer and, as of last Wednesday, Butler County Community College graduate Justin Barnes should highlight the words “adaptive” and “multitasking” on his resume. Like his fellow BC3 graduates, Barnes, 23, of Butler had to manage a class schedule, a social life and homework while earning his dual associate’s degrees in graphic design and photography. He was one of just eight students, out of 522 BC3 Class of 2013 graduates, to earn two degrees, and graduated cum laude. / The Cranberry Eagle
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Wilkes Barre, PA
EDDIE BUCK, COME ON DOWN -- LOCAL MAN WINS ON 'THE PRICE IS RIGHT'
"When I won, my mind went blank. I was in shock. What else can I say? It was a wow moment," says Eddie Buck. The actor who moved to L.A. about two years ago says it wasn't difficult getting tickets to the April 15th show, which aired Monday on CBS, but the chances of actually playing are slim. When his name appeared on a giant sign, he says everyone started pointing at him, screening and cheering. He was taken back to say the least. / PAhomepage
New York, NY
DEAF ACTORS PLAY TRIBUTE TO OLIVER SACKS
"A Kind of Alaska" was revived last month as part of a festival honoring Oliver Sacks’ eightieth birthday. It’s a short play, and it was actually performed twice, back to back. First there was a traditional, Pinteresque interpretation, with long silences between outbursts of speech. The second performance took place entirely in silence, by a cast of actors performing in American Sign Language. The audience was mixed, hearing and Deaf, and there was no interpretation for the benefit of the hearing. / Studio 360
FOUNDATION HOSTS STORYTELLING EVENT FOR DEAF STUDENTS
The Louise Tumarkin Zazove Foundation held a deaf storytelling event on Saturday night at Eastern Michigan University’s Student Center. This was the second time the event was held at EMU. Organized by Philip Zazove, the first deaf medical doctor to graduate from the University of Michigan, the event is intended to raise money for scholarships and financial assistance for deaf and hard of hearing students. / The Eastern Echo
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GALLAUDET SUSPENDS OPERATION OF ITS MEN'S SOCCER PROGRAM
Gallaudet University announced today that it will suspend operation of the men's soccer team, beginning with the 2013-2014 season. "The decision to suspend the men's soccer program was a difficult one to make," said Michael Weinstock, athletic director for Gallaudet University. "However, we feel that the program's hiatus will allow us an opportunity to reevaluate the resources we need to effectively support the program." The men's soccer team finished the 2012 season with a 3-13 overall record and a 1-9 mark in North Eastern Athletic Conference play. / Gallaudet University
New York, NY
I'M A DEAF BEACH VOLLEYBALL PLAYER REPRESENTING THE U.S. IN THE 2013 DEAFLYMPICS
In my humble opinion, 'deaf volleyball' facilitates true on-court chemistry. Often, hearing people ask me how deaf people communicate on court, and their first impression is that there's a disadvantage to not communicating with verbal cues. I'm a pretty unlikely beach volleyball player. Growing up in urban Kansas (yes, there is such a thing), meant that beach volleyball was not in my vocabulary -- or anyone else’s for that matter. / xoJane
Green Bay, WI
JARRET BUSH RELATES TO KIDS AT SCHOOL FOR DEAF
The communication was via sign-language translators, but Jarrett Bush definitely made a connection. A stop at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf in Delavan was a unique part of the eighth annual Tailgate Tour on Wednesday, and as the students asked Packers players about the self-esteem and confidence issues they face due to their hearing disability, Bush talked about his own struggles as a youth. / Packers.com
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