May 25, 2011
Vol. 7, No. 31
Editor: Tom Willard
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WAVERUNNER SHOOTING: SELF-DEFENSE OR A CRIME?
Questions mounted Tuesday about the circumstances that led to the killing of a 20-year-old man when he tried to steal a WaveRunner from a Miami Shores home. Police reports indicate that a teen at the home grabbed a shotgun during a confrontation with the intruder and, believing he posed a danger to him and his family, fired. It was not clear what kind of threat, and police have not said whether the intruder, Reynaldo Muñoz, 20, of Hialeah, was armed. According to Jose Lopez, a family friend, Muñoz could not have verbally threatened anyone because he used sign language and was deaf. / Miami Herald
ARREST WARRANT ISSUED FOR MAN SUSPECTED IN MURDER OF TEEN
Police have issued warrants for John Talley Winston III in connection with a fatal shooting early Sunday that left 17-year-old Marlo S. Clowers Jr. dead. Clowers went into cardiac arrest early Sunday morning after he was shot at the Scottish Inn, 1105 Martha Berry Blvd. “I love him. I pray he is in heaven,” said his mother, Tina Clowers, using American Sign Language. Marlo Clowers was not deaf, but both his mother and father are, said his aunt, Stephanie Clowers. She said the couple, now married 23 years, met at Georgia School for the Deaf but they could not care for their son and he was adopted by his grandmother. / Rome News-Tribune
MAN WHO BEAT ELDERLY WOMAN TO DEATH GETS LIFE
A man who beat a blind, deaf 88-year-old woman to death will never be getting out of prison. Prosecutors say Leroy Veal was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole on Thursday. Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully says in pleading guilty last month to the 1981 murder of Pauline Colombatto, the 60-year-old Veal admitted to three special circumstance allegations of burglary, attempted robbery and rape. In exchange for the guilty pleas, prosecutors agreed not to pursue the death penalty. / Sacramento Bee
DEAF WOMAN STRUCK BY SCHOOL BUS IN LAWRENCEVILLE
A 70-year-old deaf woman was hospitalized after being struck by a school bus in Lawrenceville early Tuesday morning. Police said the bus driver didn’t yield to the pedestrian crosswalk and was turning at the intersection when he struck Elaine Schenck. Schenck, who witnesses said was moaning on the ground after being hit, was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, where she is undergoing knee surgery. Her condition hasn’t been released. / WPXI
GAINESVILLE MAN ACCUSED OF ATTACK ON DEAF NEIGHBOR
Gainesville Police arrested a 39-year-old Gainesville man after they say he attacked a deaf neighbor. Police say James Chester Williams Jr. had been fighting with his girlfriend and her 15-year-old daughter Saturday evening. His deaf neighbor came outside to see what was happening. Police say Williams punched the man in the side of the face. The man fled into his apartment, but Williams kicked the door in, threw the man on his sofa and began punching him with both fists in his head and body. / The Gainesville Sun
JURY FINDS AGAINST TEXAS TECH IN EMPLOYEE CASE
A Lubbock County jury on Wednesday decided Texas Tech should pay a former professor more than $500,000 for discriminating against him because he is deaf. Michael L. Collier, Ph.D., a deaf, tenure-track assistant professor hired to teach American Sign Language and other courses relating to deaf culture, was dismissed in October 2006. "We wanted to show Tech it's wrong to bully a disabled person," said Bob Schmidt, one of Collier's attorneys. / Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
MCDONNELL INKS ASL BILL AT VSDB
Students at Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind raised their arms and shook their hands, signing clapping, as Gov. Bob McDonnell, signed a bill Monday validating their language in Virginia public schools. "American Sign Language is the language of our students," said VSDB superintendent Nancy Armstrong. "It's the language we believe in." McDonnell signed HB1435, proposed by Del. Richard P. "Dickie" Bell, R-Staunton, stating that ASL will be considered a foreign language and will have the same weight as any other foreign language course taught in schools. / Staunton News Leader
ND MONTHLY TAX ON PHONE LINES TO DECLINE JULY 1
A monthly state tax on North Dakota phone lines and cellphones that finances a relay service used by the deaf will decline this summer, the state Public Service Commission decided Wednesday. The levy, which is now 5 cents a month, will go down to 4 cents on July 1, the commission said. Mike Ressler, director of the state Information Technology Department, estimated the lower rate would raise more than $362,000, while the relay service, which is provided by the Sprint long distance company, will cost about $253,000. / The Associated Press
OPINION: LAWMAKERS WON'T HEAR CONCERNS OF DEAF
The Telecommunications Relay Service Fund was established in the early 1980s by federal law to pay for relay services for deaf people. Each state pays into this fund; Alabama was the first to establish its Dual Party Relay System, funded by a few cents' surcharge on landline phones. The state Legislature, however, has determined it is acceptable to meddle into this fund -- a fund administered by the Public Service Commission -- and remove almost all of the money without any plan to pay it back. / The Montgomery Advertiser
EDITORIAL: CIVIL RIGHTS SETTLEMENT: TREAT DEAF PEOPLE PROPERLY
Because of Lakeland resident Debbie Lauricella, deaf people will get proper service at the Lakeland, Jacksonville and St. Augustine offices of the Social Security Administration. Lauricella, 50, is deaf. She was director of Central Florida Deaf Services for three years until 2009. That year, she left her position to care for her mother, who has dementia, and is deaf also. As a result, she applied for Social Security disability benefits. Lauricella watched foreign-language speakers communicate with Social Security workers through agency-supplied interpreters. However, when Lauricella made appointments substantially in advance via email, with sign language interpretation requested, no interpreter would be present when she arrived. / The Ledger
LETTER: SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF RIGHT TO REPRESENT BOTH SIDES
My wife and I first learned about the opposing approaches to raising hearing-impaired children (American Sign Language/deafness as a culture vs. oral/mainstreaming) when our son was diagnosed with deafness at age 3. We chose to raise him in the hearing world, and it has turned out well -- thanks to his wonderful mother, speech therapist and teachers. When it comes to the board of the Indiana School for the Deaf, you'd think my preference would be to fill the board with those of the oral/mainstreaming philosophy. But that's not my preference. / The Indianapolis Star
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CINEMAS ARE LETTING DEAF PEOPLE DOWN
Imagine the following scenario. You go to the cinema, buy your ticket and your popcorn and after taking your seat, sit through 20 minutes of trailers and adverts before the start of the film. But, as the opening scene begins, you realise the sound's not working, and you can't understand a thing. The cinema staff run around fiddling with wires before deciding they can't fix it and, with that being the last screening of the night, you toddle off home with an apology and a free ticket for a future show. You'd feel gutted, wouldn't you? For deaf people, the chain of events I've described isn't just a one-off – it's happened to nearly every deaf cinema-goer I know. / Guardian
CHARITY SAYS DEAF PEOPLE COULD FACE UNFAIR LEGAL TREATMENT
A Beaconsfield-based charity has published a report which says deaf people could face unfair treatment within the British legal system. Officers from three police forces have conducted research and produced a report for SignHealth, the healthcare charity for Deaf people, into how the police, courts and prisons could better communicate. Steve Powell, chief executive of SignHealth, said: “We believe the main recommendation to come out of this is the issue of mandatory video recording all interviews with deaf people." / Bucks Free Press
South Yorkshire, England
DONCASTER DEAF TRUST EXHIBIT AT CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW
Deaf students in South Yorkshire are creating a sensory garden for this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The Doncaster Deaf Trust is entering the Urban Garden category for the first time and will compete against professional designers and landscapers. Local gardener, Graham Bodle, has been working with students to create a garden which "stimulates the senses". He said they had chosen plants which had a striking appearance or smell so that deaf people could enjoy them. / BBC News
BORN WITHOUT EARS, BOY GETS INPLANT TO IMPROVE HEARING
Madhu Singhal, 30, is sure that her 5-year-old son Gautam, who was born without pinnae (external ears), will soon be able to hear clearly. The birth defect led to Gautam suffering a significant hearing loss. On May 21, doctors at PD Hinduja Hospital, Mahim, performed a Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA) surgery to correct the defect. / Hindustan Times
YOUNGEST DEAF UNI STUDENT IN CHINA NOW US SOCIAL ADVOCATE
At 31 years old, Zhou Tingting's story is already the stuff of legends. Once the youngest-ever deaf college student in China, Tingting has accomplished more with her disability than most normal people do in their whole lives. Born into a worker's family in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, Tingting was partly deaf at birth and at age 1 was rendered completely deaf due to complications with treatment for a high fever. Searching day and night for a cure, Tingting's parents eventually resigned themselves to the fact that their daughter would be deaf – and therefore without hope – for the rest of her life. / Global Times
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IT'S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THE DEAF COMMUNITY
When I tell people I'm currently taking American Sign Language 101, they sometimes fail to realize that it is a foreign language. Some have even asked, "Why are you taking that?" assuming I will not have any use for it unless I become deaf or have friends who are deaf. However, this course has taught me a great deal about the deaf community that I believe we should all realize. The greatest personal realization came yesterday, as I was watching the documentary "For a Deaf Son." / The Lantern
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MSDB STUDENTS DIG GARDENING
This spring, students at the Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind gained hands-on gardening knowledge with the help of local experts. The students attended several kid-oriented lessons over the last few months, and last week Master Gardener Bob Ford held a class at MSDB to wrap up the season, followed by a tour of the students' greenhouse. "They're a great bunch of kids," Ford said. "It's remarkable. They're so proud of their school." / Great Falls Tribune
LAILA ALI VIDEO BLOG: LOSING THE BABY WEIGHT
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HEALTHY EATING EXPLAINED WITHOUT A SOUND
Last Sunday a group of deaf people gathered in the vestibule of Whole Foods Market in Darien, waiting to attend a healthy eating walking tour with in-store healthy eating expert, Ronna Corlin. The event was organized by Deaf Women of Connecticut (DWC), an organization which began in Darien in 1994 around the issues of including leadership, sexuality, mental power and women’s health, and how such issues affect deaf women. / The Daily Easton
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New Orleans, LA
MAN SAYS EXXON'S TOXIC GAS MADE HIM DEAF
Exposure to toxic gas at Exxon's Chalmette, La., refinery made a towboat captain deaf in one ear, the licensed pilot claims in a federal complaint. Tammie White claims that Florida Marine Transportation, his employer at the time, should have provided him with a respirator and chemical-release detection system, at a minimum, because the Exxon refinery has a known history of periodically releasing toxic chemicals. / Courthouse News Service
GAW CHOSEN AS NEW DIRECTOR OF SCRANTON SCHOOL FOR DEAF
Donald E. Rhoten, CEO of The Scranton School for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children and the Western PA School for the Deaf, has announced that Rebecca M. Gaw has been selected as the new director of The Scranton School for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children. Gaw is presently serving as principal at the Iowa School for the Deaf and she has had varied experiences in deaf education at schools in Tennessee, Oklahoma and Iowa. The selection of Gaw culminates an exhaustive, three month national search. / The Abington Journal
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New York, NY
JOHN RICH OR MARLEE MATLIN: WHO WON ON 'THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE'?
"The Celebrity Apprentice" came to an end Sunday night, pitting Country Star John Rich against Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin in a final challenge of creating the best retro 7UP campaign to ultimately take home $250,000 for their respective charities. Prior to announcing the winner, Donald Trump admitted this season's ruling of "Apprentice" was his toughest yet, calling Matlin and Rich "amazing." In the end, it was John Rich who wrangled the title of "Celebrity Apprentice" over runner-up Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin. / Entertainment Tonight News
New York, NY
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For Marlee Matlin, the chance to win "Celebrity Apprentice" couldn't have come at a better time. Two hours of prime-time exposure every week "gets you back in the public consciousness," Joan Rivers says. "Especially somebody like Marlee. "There is buzz around you in producers' minds. People start talking about what a great actress she is, and, suddenly, they are considering her for a new role. / New York Post
Los Angeles, CA
MARLEE MATLIN CLEARS UP TAX REPORT
Deaf actress Marlee Matlin has dismissed reports she's selling her family home to pay off a $50,000 tax bill. The Oscar-winning actress was recently hit with a lien by U.S. authorities and she's working out a payment plan with the Internal Revenue Service to resolve the debt, which dates back to 2009. But Matlin insists she has no plans to downsize her home to pay the bill. She tells Piers Morgan Tonight, "I've made payment plans. I'm paying for it, and I'm keeping my house. I'm not losing my house and there's no lien at this point that makes me want to lose the house, but $50,000 certainly is a lot of money." / Contactmusic
Los Angeles, CA
'CELEBRITY APPRENTICE' RUNNER-UP RETURNS TO ACTING IN 'SWITCHED AT BIRTH'
Marlee Matlin's next role is tailor made for her: she plays the guidance counselor and sometime basketball coach at a school for the deaf in "Switched at Birth," premiering on ABC Family June 6. Taking the role was a "no-brainer," says Matlin, who first appears in the third episode. It showcases deaf culture, allows her to communicate in sign language and is something her kids can watch. / Mother Nature Network
BRIDGING DEAF, HEARING WORLDS
When Liysa Callsen of Manitowoc began grade school, she learned that not everyone talks with their hands. Callsen, who has full hearing, was raised in the Detroit area by deaf parents and grew up bilingual: she spoke English and American Sign Language. Her experience of living in a deaf household and dealing with the hearing culture is the basis for her one-woman show, "Codadiva," which she performed last Thursday at Lakeshore Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. / Herald Times Reporter
PROFILE: CHARLESTON'S PIANO MAN
This summer marks Richard Krauk’s 40th year as the house piano player in one of Charleston’s oldest hotels. He’s easy to spot — the frail gray-bearded man tucked behind the baby grand in the Barbados room, where Sinatra, Gershwin and Broadway flow freely from his 76-year-old fingers. It is music that, in the cruelest of ironies, comes from a man near completely deaf and on his way to going blind. / The State
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Las Vegas, NV
FIGHT CLUB: READ HIS LIPS
Deaf fighter Matt "The Hammer" Hamill has never let his disability get in the way of his dream and next weekend he reaches a new peak when he headlines UFC130, taking on Quentin "Rampage" Jackson in Las Vegas. Born deaf, he was inspired into wrestling by his grandfather and has never looked back. "He taught me, when I was young, that I could either run away from things or stand and fight. It's because of him that I'm the fighter I am today," Hamill said from his Vegas training camp. / Stuff.co.nz
ASHLEY FIOLEK STARS IN TV COMMERCIAL
Welcome to the world of two-time WMA Motocross champ Ashley Fiolek, a new world in which NBA playoff games are interrupted by commercials featuring female action sports stars. The sixth Red Bull-sponsored athlete to star in a RB television commercial, Fiolek, 21, is the first female athlete and her spot is the first to air since Shaun White's ad ran last June. So, why Fiolek? "Ashley's an amazing athlete who performs at the highest level while overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds," says a Red Bull rep. "She embodies the Red Bull spirit." / ESPN Action Sports
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The Director of Deaf Services is responsible for the successful administration and management of the clinical, budgetary and business operations of the residential services and programs assigned. Provide clinical and administrative supervision to all employees who work in the residential services and programs assigned to the Director of Clinical Services.
Master’s degree in social service or related field plus 5 yrs supervisory/clinical experience. Provides crisis on call coverage as assigned.
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