June 2, 2010
Vol. 6, No. 31
Editor: Tom Willard
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VIDEO CAPTURES OFFICER KICKING DEAF MAN
There are many different ways you can interpret a video posted on YouTube, showing a police officer kicking a man on the ground. From the view of the police officers, they were using a move they are trained to use when a person is not being compliant, which they say is what was happening. And then there's the view of the man on the ground and his attorney. "When I look at the video, I see angry police officers that are using a high level of force," attorney Michael Maddux told 10 Connects. / WTSP
LAWSUIT SAYS FEW STATE SERVICES AVAILABLE FOR MENTALLY ILL WHO ARE DEAF
Gail Belton thought she had found a solution to caring for her 26-year-old daughter -- a deaf, mentally ill woman. The Snellville woman had hired a company to provide around-the-clock staff for Renita Belton, but that firm lost its state certification earlier this month. Now there is a patchwork system in place while Gail Belton looks for a more permanent fix. Gail Belton's daughter is one of two deaf, mentally ill people who filed a class-action lawsuit in March against Georgia for not providing them the same services given to 177,000 other people with mental illness, development disabilities or addictions. / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
NC GOVERNOR: 'WE'RE GOING TO SAVE THE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF'
Gov. Beverly Perdue said on Thursday in Morganton that residents soon will see the effects of a $271,000 state grant for downtown business development. Among those in the crowd were people carrying signs such as "Save NCSD." While sign-language interpreters conveyed the governor's words to deaf people in the audience, Perdue also promised that the North Carolina School for the Deaf will remain here. "We're going to save the school for the deaf," Perdue declared. "You can take it to the bank." / The News Herald
St. Louis, MO
SCHOOL'S CLOSING CREATES NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO CELEBRATE DEAF CULTURE
Thursday will be the last regular school day at Gallaudet School for the Deaf. When the building on South Grand Boulevard in St. Louis goes dark after a summer session, it will mark the first time since 1879 that St. Louis will be without a freestanding public school devoted exclusively to educating deaf, hard-of-hearing and non-verbal children. Education of the deaf and hard-of-hearing long has been heading away from a cloistered, protective environment, increasingly moving to integrated mainstream schools where students can learn with their brothers and sisters and neighborhood kids to broaden their experience in the world. / St. Louis Post-Dispatch
STATE SELLING MORE BUILDINGS TO EASE BUDGET DEFICIT
More state buildings go up for sale next week, as officials hope to raise $300 million by selling and then leasing back the schools for deaf and blind children, more state prisons and other structures. The sale begins Tuesday, and will continue until the $300 million has been raised. Investors will be required to make purchases in $5,000 installments. The state retains control of the buildings, which it will continue to occupy and lease back from investors. / The Arizona Republic
DEAF COMMUNITY'S WISHES HEARD, FULFILLED
Members of the local deaf community were working to raise funds for their own center when things took a dramatic turn. A man walked in and handed them almost $500,000. “Our jaws hit the floor,” said Daryl Schreiner, who had been a leader of the facilities campaign. “It’s not every day someone walks in and hands you a half-million dollars.” The man was Battle Ground resident Jack Artz, a low-profile philanthropist who died in August 2008. The donation by Artz and his family has been turned into the Southwest Washington Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. / The Columbian
APACHE ASL TRAILS ... THE WAIT IS OVER -- NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION!
Cardinal Capital Management in partnership with Arizona Deaf Senior Citizens Coalition, announces the start of construction of the Apache ASL Trails apartments, at 2428 E. Apache Boulevard in Tempe, Arizona. Deaf seniors (55+) who wish to exchange their life of isolation for a new home among users of American Sign Language, regular programs for deaf seniors, and an opportunity for safety and security, should apply now, as apartments are moving fast, and construction will be done in the summer of 2011. / Cardinal Capital
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SCANDAL OF 100,000 DEAF PEOPLE PUSHED TO MARGINS OF PUBLIC LIFE
A businessman is offering to pay the deposit for any independent deaf candidate to stand at the next Scottish Parliament elections. Writing in The Scotsman today, Jeff McWhinney said the barriers for a deaf candidate, such as the need for interpreters for British Sign Language (BSL), prevented proper representation of issues important to 100,000 Britons. And experts said Scotland and its proportional representative list system would allow such a potential politician to break through for the first time. / Scotsman
STARKEY'S HISTORY OF HEARING LOSS
Poised to front a big-budget series on the history of art for Channel 4, while also putting the final touches to his latest tome on Henry VIII, David Starkey has conquered the twin summits of being an eminent academic and a popular television star. But after returning from filming in Rome this weekend, the Tudor expert has revealed that all is not sweetness and light on Planet Starkey. For the waspish historian has, I can disclose, suffered from a loss of hearing. He tells me it has worsened in the top frequencies, with peripheral noise also causing him problems. / The Daily Mail
South Woodford, England
DEAF MAN TO COMPLETE GRUELING CHALLENGES FOR CHARITY
A deaf man will take part in a series of physical challenges over the coming year as he helps to raise £15,000 ($22,000 US) for charity. Steve Bell, 29, of George Lane in South Woodford will put himself to the test for the Dominique Conte Foundation, which provides support for hearing impaired children and young people in Hertfordshire. Mr Bell will be climbing England's highest peak – Scafell Pike – in August, along with cycling Hadrian's Wall in Scotland a week later. Later in the year he will be rowing, cycling and running the marathon distance of 26 miles, as well as doing a 10k run. / Guardian
DEAF DANCING QUEEN MAKES IT AGAINST THE ODDS
A profoundly deaf teenager is taking steps towards West End stardom after overcoming adversity to win a place at a top dance school. Natasha Julien, 18, from Openshaw, beat off competition from hundreds of other hopefuls to gain entry to the Hammond School – a specialist performing arts centre. Natasha, a former Wright Robinson College pupil, has won ‘trophy after trophy’ in dance styles ranging from ballet to contemporary. She is set to study for a national diploma in dance at the Hammond School in Chester after coming through auditions. / Manchester Evening News
Toronto, ON, Canada
RELIGIOUS CLASS FOR MUSLIMS WHO ARE DEAF TESTS LIMITS OF ASL
The teacher is late for class, but none of the students seem to mind. Instead, they are scattered around the main floor of Masjid Toronto, a mosque in the city's downtown core, seemingly lost in their own conversations. Hands move frantically and eyes indicate comprehension. For many of the 20 or so students in the room here to attend the city's only Islamic class for deaf Muslims, being able to socialize with others from the community is as rare as the chance to learn about their faith. / Noor Javed
FINLAND ORDAINS FIRST DEAF PASTOR
Finland's first-ever deaf pastor was ordained on Sunday at Kuopio's Lutheran Cathedral. Master of Theology Janne Rissanen will begin work with the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission. In August, the organization will send him to Jerusalem, where he will work with the deaf. / Uutiset
Pretoria, South Africa
GIRL GOES DEAF, MOM BLAMES TEACHERS
The mother of a Secunda pupil is claiming R2.1 million ($273,000 US) in damages from the Mpumalanga MEC for education, after her daughter went deaf in one ear when a fellow pupil shouted near her with a megaphone. Judith Broodryk said in papers before the Pretoria High Court that the teachers at the Oranjegloed Primary School in Secunda had a duty to take care of pupils during school hours. She blamed the accident on them, claiming that they failed to keep the children under control. / Independent Online
ONE ACQUITTED IN RAPE OF DEAF AND DUMB WOMAN
A fast track court on Saturday acquitted one Kalidas Kaskar who was charged by the Pernem police for allegedly raping a 34-year-old deaf and dumb woman, as the prosecution failed to prove that accused had forcible sexual intercourse. During the trial, the prosecution alleged that the accused had committed the offence in 2006, in the victim's house, without her consent. Following the rape, the victim had become pregnant and had delivered a child, the prosecution revealed. / The Times of India
MARYAM RUDYANTO, MOM OF A DEAF DAUGHTER
We owe it all to our moms. They’re always there, through thick and thin. They watched us take our first steps and walked us to our first day of school. But being the mother of a deaf child creates a whole new batch of firsts. Some are exhausting, while others are invigorating. Here, Maryam Rudyanto, 55, shares her journey of raising her daughter Erika, 21, and the maternal instincts that kick in when moms are faced with life’s complex situations. / Jakarta Globe
NEW NECKPIECE MAY GIVE HEARING IMPAIRED USERS A CHANCE TO FEEL THE BEAT
Frederik Podzuweit is a young German industrial designer, skilled in both 3D and 2D visualizations. These abilities, coupled with a healthy dose of futuristic forethought led him to create his "music for deaf people" device, a collar which translates sound into vibration, allowing the user to actually "feel" the music to a far greater degree. Though the collar is still in the design stage, it has the possibility to act as a functional and technologically forward-thinking device to allow the same freedom of musical enjoyment to the deaf that sound-based users have regular access to. / Inventor Spot
FIRST-EVER CARTOON FOR DEAF CHILDREN MADE IN RUSSIA
The first ever cartoon for deaf children has been created by the activists of an NGO in the Russian city of Kazan. The cartoon's characters – different dogs - speak in sign language. This project is unique not only for Russia, but also for the rest of the world – it can rightfully be called a social experiment. The Academy of Open Communications is the NGO behind the project. / RT
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CHANGING THE COURSE OF BREAST CANCER
Mya Drexler was with her best friend, Tracey Pablo, the day that Tracey was diagnosed with breast cancer. Drexler knew, without a shadow of a doubt, she would do whatever she could to support her friend. The two women have an indestructible bond. They are both members of the deaf community and for more than 15 years, they have shared the trials and triumphs of living with a disability. Today, Pablo is a two-year breast cancer survivor. In solidarity with other survivors and supporters, she and Drexler along with four other friends will walk 60 miles in three days as part of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure event Aug. 27-29 in Denver. / The Park Record
BETTER HEARING INSTITUTE PUBLISHES GUIDE TO BUYING HEARING AIDS
The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) announced May 21 it has published a comprehensive consumer guide titled Your Guide to Buying Hearing Aids. The publication is designed to help people who have made the decision to address their hearing loss and regain their quality of life with the use of hearing aids. The guidelines give confidence to first-time hearing aid buyers by providing a detailed, step-by-step breakdown of what to expect, ask, and look for when visiting a hearing care professional and purchasing a hearing aid. / BHI
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CHEYENNE POLICE GETS DEAF TRAINING
An estimated million Americans are functionally deaf, and they often have trouble dealing with police, especially at traffic stops. Some deaf people will reach for paper and pencil, making the officer uneasy. Others have trouble when an officer shines a light on them since they depend so heavily on sight. Many deaf people say being ignored is their biggest problem when it comes to the cops. But Cheyenne PD is trying to change that treatment with training. / KCWY13
CANTON WOMAN HONORED AS DEAF COMMUNITY CHAMPION
Nikki Kelly of Canton was named Deaf Community Champion recently by Quota International of Canton. Kelly’s deafness was diagnosed at age 2. The honoree graduated with honors from Timken High School in 1994. She graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language in 2008. In 1993, she was Quota’s Outstanding Deaf Teen. / The Repository
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DEAF DRIVER MAKES HISTORY AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY
History was made at Riverhead Raceway Saturday night when Daryn Miller won the Chargers race that night. Miller, 36, of Franklyn Square, is deaf, and his victory marks the first time a deaf driver has ever won a race at Riverhead Raceway, according to track announcer Bob Finan. Miller has been racing cars for about seven years, and while other drivers have radios in their cars with which to communicate with their crews, Miller has a series of four colored lights in his car to give him direction. / Riverhead News-Review
Fort Myers, FL
TINY BODYBUILDER STEALS SHOW
The most impressive of the 40-plus athletes attending the Gulfcoast Bodybuilding, Figure, Fitness and Bikini Championships last week was also the smallest. In fact, he wasn't even competing. Yet little doubt remained after Billy Adams, 9, circled the stage at Ida Baker High School on his tricycle waving to the day's only two standing ovations. Billy has that effect on people. The second-grader at Allen Park Elementary was born deaf and with Down Syndrome. He used a walker until he was four, and now is doing fitness routines in front of packed arenas. / The News-Press
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SANDY J. ZELLER, CAREGIVER FOR DEAF AND BLIND CHILDREN
Sandy J. "San" Zeller, who had worked with blind and deaf children at the Maryland School for the Blind and later co-founded a soap company, died May 19 of breast cancer at her parents' home in Stewartstown, Pa. The Fawn Grove, Pa., resident was 49. "She was a child care giver for deaf and blind children," said her husband of 24 years, Robert M. Zeller, who had also been a child care worker at the Taylor Avenue school. / Baltimore Sun
'VIBRANT MAN' DIES SUDDENLY AT 67
Friends paint Harold Hayes as something of a paradox: a generous soul who loved being with people, yet was fiercely independent — even though he could neither hear nor see. Mr. Hayes, 67, was found dead in his South Knoxville apartment May 26 from natural causes. Deaf since birth, Mr. Hayes lost his vision about 20 years ago, said his niece, Sherry Hall, who lives in North Carolina. Despite that, Mr. Hayes held a job at Don Pablo's restaurant and was a near-daily presence at Knoxville Center of the Deaf. "He was a very vibrant man" who will be remembered for his positive attitude and constant smile, said Executive Director Bob Rittenhouse. / Knoxville News Sentinel
Sioux Falls, SD
POKER RUN JUNE 12 ALLOWS DEAF STUDENTS TO ATTEND CAMP
Communication Services for the Deaf is hosting a poker run June 12 to help send deaf youths to summer camp. The Camp Lakodia Poker Run will help campers attend the National Leadership and Literacy Camp this summer at Camp Lakodia on Lake Herman in Madison. The poker run begins at 11 a.m. with registration at J&L Harley-Davidson. / Argus Leader
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The Director/Assistant Dean for Access Services provides strategic leadership to and direction for the Institute’s access service functions serving deaf and hard-of-hearing students, faculty/staff and visitors.
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A superior level of knowledge and skill in American Sign Language and Deaf Culture.
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The Rochester Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Members of protected classes and individuals with the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the university’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences are encouraged to send an application.
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