June 10, 2015
Vol. 11, No. 33
Editor: Tom Willard
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Las Vegas, NV
VEGAS MAN HELD IN SLAYING OF DEAF POKER PLAYER
The slaying of a deaf Minnesota poker player is being linked to a botched attempt to buy 10 pounds of marijuana from two men in the parking lot of an apartment complex several blocks east of the Las Vegas Strip, according to a police report. Jonathan Cyril Collins, 39, of Lake Crystal, Minn., died May 11, shortly after he was shot in the chest in a Cadillac sedan that he and his girlfriend drove to Nevada to buy pot, according to court documents made public Monday. The woman, who is also deaf, remained at the scene as two assailants fled, according to police. / Mankato Free Press
San Diego, CA
DEAF DRIVER TO STAND TRIAL IN 'ZOMBIE WALK' PLOWING INCIDENT
A deaf motorist accused of driving his car through a crowd watching the “Zombie Walk” parade during last summer’s Comic-Con convention, seriously injuring one woman, was ordered Thursday to stand trial on a felony charge of reckless driving causing great bodily injury. Matthew Pocci, 47, faces three years in state prison if convicted. A pedicab driver testified during a 1 1/2-day preliminary hearing that Pocci was “super angry” before accelerating and plowing through the crowd last July 26. / Times of San Diego
MD, KY AGREE TO IMPROVE TREATMENT OF DEAF, HARD-OF-HEARING INMATES
Maryland and Kentucky have settled cases to assure proper treatment of deaf and hard-of-hearing inmates, says the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and the National Association of the Deaf. “There has been a pattern of mistreatment of deaf prisoners around the country, including even disciplining some for not obeying orders they could not hear,” said Deborah Golden of the Washington Lawyers' Committee Prisoners’ Project. / The Crime Report
PARENTS, FACULTY AT PA. SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF UPSET OVER BUDGET CUTS
The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf is slated to cut key positions, including counselors and therapists who work directly with students, to close a budget gap, according to a group of parents and teachers. The group, which is scheduled to demonstrate today outside a board meeting at the school's Germantown campus, also claims officials have refused to disclose the finances or work with stakeholders to find another solution. / Philly.com
VISION AND A DREAM
Taylor Stanfield has a vision for a 20-acre site at 1933 Firestone Parkway, one he hopes will usher in a new era for deaf residents in this region and perhaps beyond. "This is my full-time job,” Stanfield said. "Come hell or high water it’s either going to get done or we will decide collectively, including the deaf community, there is some reason that we can’t. And that’s not going to happen.” Stanfield is referring to The Wilson Village, a planned $12 million, state-of-the-art living community that is custom-designed to meet the needs and desires of the deaf community and those who support them. / Wilson Times
ON YOUR SIDE: DEAF COUPLE NEEDS HOME REPAIRS
There are times when home repairs can't wait until you have money. It becomes a matter of health, safety and welfare. This is one of those times for a deaf couple in Victoria, VA. The porch, roof, windows, walls, plumbing -- are all in bad shape. The house is falling down. They live in silence and desolation and being deaf has nothing to do with their frustration. Eugene and Suzanne say they haven't been able to get the extensive help they need and have lived like no one should for years. / WWBT
THERE'S A NEW RIDE-HAILING FEATURE FOR DEAF DRIVERS
Uber announced new features last week, rolling out in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., designed to better serve its drivers who are deaf. The features must be activated by drivers. Once turned on, a flashing light indicates a new trip request. (This was previously denoted via a dinging sound.) Passengers will not be able to call deaf or hard-of-hearing drivers who opt into the feature; instead, they’ll receive an in-app instruction to convey any additional details via text. / CityLab
Mount Dora, FL
DEAF MOTHER OF THREE RECEIVES HOME THROUGH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
College students from all over the country, along with volunteers and sponsors from Lowe’s Home Improvement and Phillips Buick GMC, have taken it upon themselves to build a Habitat for Humanity house for a deaf, mute, single mother of three. Ann Marie Mudge, 40, who was born deaf, was all smiles as a crew of Lowe’s employees planted colorful flowers and laid mulch around her new Mount Dora home on their day off. / Daily Commercial
CELEBRATE NTID, ADA MILESTONES THIS SUMMER
In the span of less than two months this summer, we will celebrate the anniversaries of two major milestones that have changed the lives of millions of Americans, including my own. The first of these anniversaries is June 8 — the 50th anniversary of the signing of Public Law 89-36 by President Lyndon Baines Johnson. PL 89-36 is also known as the National Technical Institute for the Deaf Act, and for the first time in our nation's history, it established a technological college for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. / Democrat and Chronicle
SIGNING OFF: OCC WINDS DOWN A DEAF MINISTRY PROGRAM
The year was 1972. The school’s first sign language class was being taught at Ozark Christian College, then Ozark Bible College. In 1985, OCC began offering a four-year Bachelor of Biblical Literature and Deaf Ministry degree. Two years later, the Joplin college made available the first associate two-year deaf ministry certificate. At the conclusion of the 2016 spring semester, deaf ministry degrees will be awarded for the final time at OCC, though sign language classes will still be available. / Joplin Globe
New York, NY
HELP FOR THE SIGNING-IMPAIRED
While talking to a hearing person at a noisy party, I inevitably reach the point when I want to stop, switch off my cumbersome voice, and let my hands fly. The communication breakdown happens quickly and predictably: “I’m sorry, what? It’s so loud in here, I can’t hear you.” “Could you repeat yourself?” “Hold on, let me get closer.” I find myself pressed up against someone’s ear, their head turned and their tousled mass of hair all but inviting me to stroke it like a dog. / The New York Times
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TRIO ACCUSED OF DEAF AND MUTE MAN'S BALCONY DEATH
A deaf and mute man was likely bashed before falling to his death off a balcony in Melbourne’s east, a court has heard. Robert Wright, 36, fell from the second-story balcony of an apartment in Ringwood on January 15. Jake Fairest, Georgia Fields and Warwick Toohey have been charged with his murder. All three of the accused killers are deaf and mute. Wright died in hospital three days after the fall with severe head injuries. The group is also accused of stealing the dead man’s iPad, bank and identity cards. / Herald Sun
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
WINNIPEG FAMILY FACES $200K BILL TO SEND DEAF SON TO U.S. UNIVERSITY
A Manitoba family is calling on the provincial government to better fund schooling for deaf students after they incurred thousands of dollars of debt for just one year of university for their son. Last year, 18-year-old Cody Zimmer left his home in Winnipeg to attend Gallaudet University. But his education came with a hefty price tag. One year of undergraduate study cost his family $56,000 (including tuition, dorm fees and health insurance.) / CBC News
Vancouver, BC, Canada
FILIPINA DENIED CANADIAN PERMANENT RESIDENCY BECAUSE HER DAUGHTER IS DEAF
A Filipina caregiver cannot become a permanent resident of Canada because she has a deaf daughter, according to Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Karen Talosig, who has worked as a caregiver in Vancouver since 2008, learned that her 14-year-old daughter Jazmine would be too burdensome on the public system as she would need more than $91,000 in special education funding over five years, according to a report by theFilipinoPost.com. / Inquirer.net
DEAF WOMAN WHO BECAME INTERNET STAR NOW PREPARING TO LOSE HER SIGHT
A women who hit headlines around the world when a video surfaced of her hearing for the first time is now preparing to lose her sight. Jo Milne, who has a rare condition known as Usher Syndrome, says her vision has deteriorated since she was fitted with the cochlear implants last year. She now plans to tick off a "bucket list", including things she wants to see before she goes blind. The 40-year-old said she plans to see the seven wonders of the world, go to Glastonbury and learn how to play the piano while she still can. / ITV News
DEAF TEENAGER AND PROUD DAD TO TAKE ON GRUELING COAST-TO-COAST BIKE RIDE
A deaf teenager will go straight from his exams into another challenge — a gruelling 137-mile charity bike ride. Milo Saunders, 16, was diagnosed with severe hearing loss as a toddler and wears two hearing aids. Since 2009 the teenager has benefited from the sports activities and social events run by Ear 4 Kidz. The Bolton-based family group aims to reduce the isolation of children in the borough who are deaf and have hearing impairments. / This is Lancashire
SAINSBURY'S BRINGS SIGNVIDEO TO DEAF BSL CUSTOMERS
Sainsbury’s is the first food retailer in the UK to bring SignVideo to its customer service centres – revolutionising the way deaf British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact them. The year-long trial begins this week and enables deaf customers using BSL to contact Sainsbury’s call centres via a secure video interpreting service. / J Sainsbury PLC
NEW SIGN LANGUAGE CARD WILL GIVE DEAF PATIENTS A HELPING HAND
Deaf patients across Kent are now using an innovative card to help health services support them at their appointments by providing a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter. The business-style card will make sure all Deaf patients are able to effectively communicate they need a BSL interpreter at every appointment. / KCC Media Hub
DRUG-DEALING DEAF SOCCER PLAYER ORDERED TO DONATE TO CHARITY
Sean Young, 21, a member of the Irish Deaf Men's soccer team, had five individual deals of cocaine hidden in his bedroom when gardai searched it. The drugs amounted to €350 ($395 US). Garda Janice Gray told Swords District Court that she believes Young was "taken advantage of because he is deaf." Young pleaded guilty to being in unlawful possession of cocaine and being in unlawful possession of cocaine for sale or supply at his home address on September 7 last year. / Herald
Whangarei, New Zealand
DEAF DESERVE IMPLANT
My wife and I have been married for 46 years and all those years she has been deaf, and it has annoyed me that most people "ride rough shod" over people like her who have this disability. If I were crippled I would have crutches or a wheelchair, if I were blind I would carry a white stick, but deaf people have no obvious signs of their condition apart from a pair of hearing aids which are mostly covered by their hair or a white badge pinned to their clothing saying "my hearing is impaired," which in general nobody reads anyway. / The Northern Advocate
DEAF TRIATHLETE HELPS YOUNG PWD ATHLETES
Lester Lagos remembers that afternoon in Cebu very well. Visiting a training session of deaf student athletes, he was deeply disheartened to see them practice barefoot, and not have the proper sports gears or even a coach to provide mentorship. Lester, an accomplished deaf athlete, thought the group of young runners had immense potential but was hindered by inadequate facilities and lack of institutional support. So he quickly gathered the students and advised about proper running forms and techniques. / Rappler
AGONY AS UNKNOWN MEN IMPREGNATE DEAF WOMAN SEVEN TIMES IN A ROW
A family is calling on the government to identify and arrest men who have sired seven children with their deaf and dumb daughter and have refused to take responsibility. The family says unknown men have taken advantage of their daughter and sired seven children with her. Lucia Magige, 34, has six children (one passed away) but does not know their fathers. Her first born is seven years old. / SDE Entertainment News
AIRTEL CONNECTS KAMBUI SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF TO INTERNET
Bharti Airtel, a leading telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Africa and Asia has connected Kambui school for the deaf to the Internet for free. The seamless and effective Internet connectivity to the school will enable students and teachers from the institution benefit from enormous educational information available online, allowing them to succeed in their education. / allAfrica.com
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LIFE & LEISURE
New York, NY
SIGN LANGUAGE: LET'S TALK (OR SIGN!) ABOUT THE DEAF, NOT HEARING INTERPRETERS
What are we really doing when we label ASL with words like "epic" or "cool"? We are exoticizing and trivializing it. ASL is not “cool” or “interesting” or “awesome," but rather a practical and evolving way of communicating that deserves as much respect as any spoken language. To share a video of someone signing with the caption “look how cool this is!” perpetuates the misconception that sign languages are somehow different, a kind of sideshow novelty at which to marvel. / Slate
CITY WOMAN SOUNDS CALL TO HELP DEAF, HEARING IMPAIRED
Gina Frerichs would like people to listen up when she touts the community services available with the help of the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The 32-year-old Columbus mother of three girls, with a boy due next month, has a story to tell. Frerichs had coped with military service-related hearing loss for about a decade by 2006 when she connected with a field representative of the state agency and began receiving assistance with regular audiograms to measure her hearing. / Columbus Telegram
MISS IRIS AND SYDNEY: INTERPRETER BECOMES 'CLASS MOM' TO CLOQUET HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2015
When Iris Keller met Sydney Ward in January 1999, the sign language interpreter had no idea that in addition to a 16-year job interpreting for Ward, she would end up as "class mom" for the Cloquet High School Class of 2015. Part interpreter, part therapist, part friend, part mom — Keller was always there. "(For) her professional job, she stands up there and signs what the teacher says," said Ward. / Duluth News Tribune
Mays Landing, NJ
DEAF OAKCREST STUDENT IMPROVES, SETS EXAMPLE THROUGH READING
One of Kimbsia Demosthenes’ favorite books is “The Fault in Our Stars,” the story of two teens with cancer. The Oakcrest High School freshman said that as a transfer student from the Katzenbach School for the Deaf in Ewing Township, Mercer County, she could relate to their struggles. “It is more of a challenge here,” she said. “But since I’ve been here I’ve learned a lot.” / Press of Atlantic City
I'M DEAF AND GAY -- AND THAT'S TOTALLY OKAY
Ever since I can remember, I have identified as gay. No internal confusion, no coming-out horror story. My label as a gay male, while it came with understandable insecurities, never greatly interfered with my daily life. I might even call myself lucky in that sense. However, a deep part of me never felt truly comfortable among the large heterosexual population surrounding me. Strike one. Now, throw another curveball that is widely but falsely seen as a debilitating condition: being Deaf. Strike two. / The Huffington Post
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INTERPRETING MAJOR EXPLORES DEAF CULTURE ON CAMPUS AND BEYOND
Students in UT's educational interpreting program make the most engaging conversations effortless with an array of facial expressions and body movements. Amid a few unusually silent hallways, Maggie McLaughlin, junior in interpreting, spends her days with her interpreting peers practicing and perfecting an alphabet known as American Sign Language. "Before I thought it was just English translated, but it's really not," McLaughlin said. "It's a whole other language just like you would be translating Spanish or French." / The Daily Beacon
West Islip, NY
ASL STUDENTS LEARN FROM 'DEAF CHEF' IN WEST ISLIP
Some American Sign Language students in West Islip learned about cooking and overcoming obstacles Thursday. The students were being instructed by "deaf chef" Alan Abrams. For the past 20 years, Abrams has owned A'Table catering in Manhattan. "Real-life experiences is the main thing," Abrams told News 12. "Cooking, watching me sign and interacting." / News 12 Long Island
San Luis Obispo, CA
CUESTA COLLEGE TO INSTALL HEARING LOOP TECHNOLOGY
This month, Cuesta College will become the first establishment in San Luis Obispo County to install hearing loop systems, an assistive listening technology for individuals with reduced ranges of hearing. The hearing loops consist of physical loops of cable that generate a magnetic field throughout the looped space which can be picked up by a hearing aid, cochlear implant processors and specialized hand-held loop receivers. / Paso Robles Daily News
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
MUSICIAN INSPIRES AS GUITARIST FOR ALL-DEAF ROCK BAND
A lot of kids and teenagers who grew up watching The Ed Sullivan Show in the ’60s were influenced by The Beatles national television debut. Just because he was deaf, Steve Longo was no different. “When The Beatles first came to America and I was watching on TV, I wanted to play guitar like everybody else,” the Hayward resident said. Now Longo is the guitarist for Beethoven’s Nightmare— described as the greatest deaf rock band in the world—likely to be one of just a few. / CBS San Francisco
New York, NY
DEAF WEST'S 'SPRING AWAKENING' HEADING TO NEW YORK NEXT?
BroadwayWorld.com has learned that the highly-acclaimed production of SPRING AWAKENING currently running through June 14 at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is in active talks for a transfer to New York City after the show's West Coast run. A production source tells BWW that multiple venues on the East Coast are currently being considered, including a potential limited run on Broadway, or at one of the city's not-for-profit theatre companies, who have expressed interest in transferring the production. / Broadway World
Kansas City, MO
WITH DEAFNESS A MAJOR ISSUE IN 'TRIBES,' DIRECTOR SOUGHT AUTHENTICITY
Tribes” is not your typical play, and the Unicorn Theatre’s production of the British family drama is not your typical show. Nina Raine’s sharp comedy depicts Billy, a young man born deaf into a hearing family of intellectuals who never bothered to learn sign language and saw no reason for Billy to learn it either. He feels isolated until he meets a young woman, Sylvia, who can communicate in sign language. / The Kansas City Star
THE SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER OF THE RAPPERS
On an overcast Chicago afternoon in August 2013, hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar sauntered out onto Lollapalooza’s Bud Light stage. Just off to the side of the stage, on a raised platform, 36-year-old Amber Galloway Gallego thrust her hands in the air, and twisted her body to the rhythm. Clad in a purple shirt, and sporting a pink-tinted pixie haircut, she was also in the midst of a dream: to make music — particularly rap — accessible to deaf people. / Priceonomics
COLEMAN SIGNS FOR SEAHAWKS FAN IN U BOOK STORE APPEARANCE
With a stack of books next to him, and a permanent marker at the ready, Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman wasted little time answering a question about how it felt to see copies of his debut memoir sitting on a table in a University Book Store conference room. He’d be okay even if most of them went unsold. “Honestly, believe it or not if I say this … If only five of those got sold, I would be happy,” Coleman said in an interview with The Daily on Friday evening. / Dailyuw
DEAF FARGO WOMAN FEARLESSLY LEARNING TO FLY
A fearless young woman who was born deaf and with only one hand isn't letting any of that stop her from reaching for the sky—literally. Taylor Mickelson, 20, of Fargo, is learning to fly. Before taking off, Mickelson and her flying instructor Vic Gelking checked to make sure everything on the plane is good to go. "Flying is safer than driving a car," Gelking said. / Inforum
SPRING RESIDENT, A TEXAS HERO, RIDING TO RAISE DEAF AWARENESS
Texas has a hero in it and his name is Erik Richenberger. For 13 years the Spring resident has helped saved lives as a paramedic and now he is racing to help others hear. He is particpating in the Tour Divide Race in efforts of raising awareness and funds so deaf people without insurance can receive cochlear implants. A race of this proportion naturally touches the desire to seek adventure and do something grand with your life even if it is just once,” he said. / Your Houston News
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Teacher of the Deaf
The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), located in Colorado Springs, Colorado invites you to consider our employment opportunities. Applications are being accepted for anticipated vacancies for Teacher of the Deaf for the 2015-2016 school year.
Interested persons are invited to visit CSDB's website at http://www.csdb.org/careers-2/classified-3/ where the official job announcement may be found.
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Rochester Institute of Technology
Assistant Professor - Psychology
Detailed Job Description
The National Technical Institute of the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor rank in clinical, cognitive, developmental, behavioral, educational, or social psychology, starting August 2015. Responsibilities include teaching and tutoring introductory psychology courses, and related courses as needed.
Required Minimum Qualifications
• Ph.D., or ABD, in Psychology, or in a closely related field completed by June 2015.
• Experience teaching and mentoring Deaf and Hard of Hearing undergraduate students in introductory psychology and related courses.
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The Department of World Languages and Cultures at Gallaudet University is seeking candidates for a non-tenure track 9-month appointment position to teach French and Spanish beginning in the fall of 2015. POSITION CONTINGENT UPON FUNDING. For more details please visit: http://jobs.gallaudet.edu/?select=University%20Faculty#UF-141215143753
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Northeast Arc has full and part-time positions, working with adult individuals who are deaf, available in Lynn, Salem, Swampscott and Beverly, MA. You'll be working with deaf individuals using various communication skills including gestural, written and Signed English. Do you know ASL? If so, I'd like to speak with you about our direct care positions. We offer an excellent benefits package, paid trainings and the support you will need to become a successful part of our experienced, long-term team of professionals. For additional information or to send your resume, please email Kathy Tracy Ktracy@ne-arc.org.
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