June 11, 2014
Vol. 10, No. 32
Editor: Tom Willard
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WIDOW SPEAKS TO DRIVER WHO LEFT HUSBAND TO DIE
On Monday, Leslie Hussey was presented with the moment two years in the making: She got the chance to speak to the driver who left her husband to die. Roman Turullos-Gonzalez has pleaded guilty to failure to stop and render aid. Day 1 of sentencing included testimony from the witnesses who first arrived at the crash scene. The audience was filled with nearly three dozen members of the deaf community who were wearing buttons with Mark Gobble’s face on the front. As a teacher at the Texas School for the Deaf, Gobble was a respected member of the deaf community. / KXAN
See Also DRIVER SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS, BUT PROBATION POSSIBLE / KXAN
CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY APPEALS ORDER FAVORING DEAF STUDENT
Creighton University is appealing a federal judge’s ruling requiring it to provide a deaf student with special equipment and interpreters to allow him to finish his last two years of medical school. U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp ruled in December that Creighton University’s medical school must accommodate Michael Argenyi’s disability. Last month, the judge ordered the Omaha university to pay nearly $500,000 in Argenyi’s legal fees. Late Friday, an attorney for the private Jesuit college filed notice of the school’s appeal. / The Associated Press
MINNESOTA WORKFORCE CENTER SIGNS AGREEMENT TO SERVE CUSTOMERS WITH DISABILITIES
The U.S. Department of Labor announced June 9 that it has entered into a conciliation agreement to resolve allegations of disability discrimination by an American Job Center in Burnsville, Minn. The U.S. Labor Department's Civil Rights Center investigated a complaint claiming that the center required a customer who was perceived to have a disability to attend an orientation for a vocational rehabilitation program before it would permit her to receive services that were not limited to individuals with disabilities. / US DOL
SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE PLANS FOR GROUP HOME FOR THE DEAF ON CAMPUS
Because he lives in Massachusetts, the state’s obligation to provide an education to students with special needs and the availability of several high-quality schools for the deaf allowed Andrew Goolishian to acquire a rich education. But when Andrew turns 22 on Oct. 31, it will be as if he doesn’t exist as far as the state services for the deaf are concerned. Andrew’s parents envision a better future for deaf students like Andrew who have aged out of state required services. They came up with a model for establishing a group home for the deaf on a college campus. / The Republican
St. Louis MO
CENTRAL INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF CENTENNIAL EXHIBIT
Dr. Max A. Goldstein established the Central Institute for the Deaf (CID) in 1914. He believed that deaf children should be regarded not only as clinical entities, but as individuals whose education, social, and economic needs demanded professional and community attention. Under his leadership, the Institute organized an effective cooperation between teachers, otologists, and researchers to offer education to deaf students of all ages to provide a lifetime of communicating and learning. / Becker Medical Library
JANE FERNANDES ON FREDERICK BERNARD
Jane Fernandes has added some comments in response to my recent post about Frederick Barnard, the hearing-impaired 19th century president of Columbia College (now university) in New York. Fernandes, who will take office as president of Guilford College this summer, is deaf. She wrote in an email to me: "I am standing on the shoulders of a giant in higher education." / News & Record
North Huntingdon, PA
TEEN RAISES MONEY TO HELP DEAF COMMUNITY
Three years ago, Mark Downey faced the grim prospect of a life in near silence after a blow to the head while playing street hockey in 2010 affected what little hearing ability remained his left ear. The mishap prompted doctors at the Hearing Center at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh to dramatically improve his ability to hear by installing a cochlear implant in his right ear. Ever since, Downey has been trying to help the Hearing Center help others by raising money for it. / Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
FIRE DEPT. TO ORDER HEARING IMPAIRED SMOKE DETECTORS
When your house catches fire...typically it's the smoke alarm that alerts you of the danger, but not everyone can hear the noise. That's why the Bryant Fire Department will buy hearing impaired smoke detectors with the help of grant money. The special detectors flash a bright light and are much louder. The fire chief says with the grant money he'll order seven of the safety devices next week. / Arkansas Matters
BLIND, DEAF TEAMS AT NO DISADVANTAGE IN THE ROSE FESTIVAL DRAGON BOAT RACE
Portland's dragon boat races attract people of all stripes. There are the trained athletes, the casual exercisers, the stay-at-home parents, the business professionals, the senior citizens, the teenagers and, of course, the deaf and the blind. Lack of hearing or sight doesn't mean squat in the dragon boat community. It's a sport that requires steering and direction from the tiller of the boat – something the blind boats need a hand with – but the rest of the crew needs little help when it comes to racing. / The Oregonian
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DEAF COMMUNITY SLAMS REJECTION OF HEARING-IMPAIRED JUROR
While everyone has the right to a fair trial, it seems not everyone has the right to serve on a jury, with a Supreme Court ruling last week effectively eliminating deaf people from jury service. Justice James Douglas rejected a woman for jury duty on the grounds that while she was able to lip-read, she was unable to perform the functions of a juror, as she required the assistance of an interpreter. The move has outraged Deaf Australia CEO Kyle Miers, a deaf person himself. / Gladstone Observer
Auckland, New Zealand
KIDS INVENT FIRE ALERT FOR DEAF
Three innovative young Kiwis who invented a device to help deaf people escape fires are showing it off in the United States. Courtney Powell, Cailey Dayu and Dylan Townsend from Auckland created Project Alert after discovering surveys showing a lack of reliable evacuation systems for the deaf. Their device vibrates when an alarm is activated, alerting its wearer to the danger. The friends are representing New Zealand during the Future Problem Solving International Conference at Iowa State University. / Stuff.co.nz
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
DEAF, HOMELESS MAN TOUCHED BY WINNIPEGGERS' GENEROSITY
A deaf, homeless man working hard to find a job in Winnipeg has been moved by the generosity of Winnipeggers. Kevin Adams, 38, was randomly handing out his resume in a McPhillips Street parking lot last week, hoping someone could help him find a job. That's when he met Jennifer Martens and her husband. The couple took his resume and posted it on Facebook to spread the word. In just hours, it prompted dozens of comments and thousands of shares. / CBC News
NADIA NADARAJAH: ACTOR
Deaf actor Nadia Nadarajah is fluent in eight languages – five sign languages and three written. She performs regularly with Deafinitely Theatre company, with whom she is currently playing the roles of Hippolyta and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. / The Stage
MUM OF BOY TURNED DEAF BY VIRUS TRIGGERS TREND OF #HANDSONEARS SELFIES
Danielle Williams, 33, has four children, including twin brothers Alfie and George, who are both three. Alfie is autistic, and was plagued by a virus at the end of last year which resulted in him going permanently deaf. Danielle thought she would do something to mark Deaf Awareness Week, and came up #handsonears -- a photo she took of herself and her family covering their ears, which she then posted on Facebook. It received a massive response from thousands of people from around the world. / Chronicle Live
OUTREACH VISIT TO CARDIFF DEAF CLUB
Our Outreach Worker Steven Wynne is visiting South Wales this week and kicked off his trip with a visit to Cardiff Deaf Club.
There, he told them about BSL Zone programs and about the work of the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust (BSLBT).
In the video, you can see some of the questions he was asked, including about programs featuring the war, and what might happen if Scotland votes for independence! / BSL Zone
DEAF GIRL WINS INTERNATIONAL TOURNEY, GETS ZERO SUPPORT
Patiala girl Parul Gupta overcame all odds to bag two medals at the recently concluded 2nd International Youth Tennis Cup for deaf in Hamburg, Germany. The 17-year-old is the region's only international tennis player in the deaf category. She will now carry forward the nation's chances in the World Deaf Tennis Championship to be held in Chattanooga, Tenn. from July 14 to 19. Interestingly, Parul has achieved all this without the support of Sports Authority of India, the establishment that controls Olympic sports in India. / The Times of India
DEAF AND SPEECH-IMPAIRED GIRL ON COURSE TO FULFILL DREAM OF BECOMING ACCOUNTANT
Kalgi Barod, a 22-year-old deaf and mute girl is all set become Gujarat's first such student to complete her BCom and enroll to become a chartered accountant. Having completed two years of her degree course at Gujarat University, she is working fervently to write the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India Examination in May 2015. / The Times of India
Pretoria, South Africa
CELLPHONES FOR DEAF KIDS
People with hearing disability in the province will soon get a new lease of life following the development of a hear-screen cellphone. The gadget has been developed by audiologist, Prof De Wet Swanepoel and his team from the University of Pretoria. Swanepoel, an expert in the early detection of hearing problems in babies and children, said hearing was the cornerstone for developing language, for learning to speak and to communicate. / The New Age
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LIFE & LEISURE
SOME KIDS WITH COCHLEAR IMPLANTS SUFFER MEMORY PROBLEMS
Deaf children with cochlear implants are at increased risk for developmental delays in memory and higher thinking, a new study finds. A cochlear implant is an implanted device that helps provide a sense of sound to people who are deaf or have severe hearing loss, according to the U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. This study included 73 deaf children who received cochlear implants before they were 7 years old and 78 children with normal hearing. All of the children in the study had average to above-average IQ scores. / U.S. News & World Report
Salt Lake City, UT
BYU INVENTION HELPS DEAF PLANETARIUM VISITORS
When kids see planetarium shows for the first time, they’re often overwhelmed by the vastness of space and dazzled by shimmering stars and whimsical constellations. As a deaf person, however, Tyler Foulger’s experiences at planetariums haven’t exactly been magical. "Even with an interpreter in the room, it is still difficult to have a good experience since I have to continually switch my attention back and forth between the interpreter and the planetarium show, causing me to miss parts of the narration-show," he said. / The Salt Lake Tribune
ORANGEBURG STUDENT GRADUATES FROM S.C. SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND
Horseback riding, art, and music are some of Lorenzo Felder’s favorite activities at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind. The Orangeburg resident has graduated from the statewide school. While attending the school, Lorenzo received training in career skills and participated in a pre-vocational workshop. He was student of the month and was awarded multiple Special Olympics ribbons. / The Times and Democrat
GEORGIAN CAUGHT BETWEEN TWO CULTURES
Gary Frazier and I have known each other about ten years. From Milledgeville, Georgia, he reads this column nearly every week and emails comments a couple times a year. In 1971, at age ten, spinal meningitis and subsequent brain surgeries took his hearing and nearly his life. He became permanently Deaf. Frazier believes the word Deaf should always have a capital "D" to recognize the uniqueness of the Deaf culture and language. To him, spelling Deaf with a capital D is natural as spelling Georgian with a capital G. / Rocklin Today
China Grove, NC
DEAF STUDENT LAYS STRONG FOUNDATION AT SOUTH
Rigoberto Angeles enrolled at South Rowan in January 2009, just after moving to North Carolina from Mexico. He arrived here without ever having been exposed to any language outside of his native country. Learning a foreign language would be tough enough for any student, but Angeles has an even added difficulty. He is deaf. “I was clueless about sign language, so I got on the computer to learn.” / Salisbury Post
Los Angeles, CA
DEAF SINCE BIRTH, 20-YEAR-OLD STUDENT RECEIVES THE MIRACLE OF HEARING
A cutting-edge, magnetic, bone-anchored hearing aid has brought the gift of hearing to a 20-year-old, who will be able to hear his named called when he graduates on June 25. Terrell Davis, a Harlem student at 47 The American Sign Language and English Secondary School, had the implants activated on June 3 at Lenox Hill Hospital. / Catholic Online
Los Angeles, CA
LEGALLY DEAF ENGAGED COUPLE TALKS ABOUT THEIR SPECIAL CONNECTION
A legally deaf engaged couple sat down to talk about their special connection. John Kiraly and Krysta Hendrix-Davis met when they were very young. “We both met like, 20 years ago. We were each 2. Our relationship is beyond a miracle,” Hendrix-Davis said. The couple had their education at the John Tracy Clinic, a center for children with hearing loss, in downtown Los Angeles. / CBS Los Angeles
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San Francisco, CA
LEAP MOTION ACCELERATOR HEARS POTENTIAL OF TABLET FOR DEAF
A group of friends who met while they were studying at the Rochester Institute of Technology moved to San Francisco where they are working on a tablet for the deaf. They have a high level of commitment and passion for seeing this prototype through to market for good reason. They are all deaf and they understand how a form factor like this could lower communication barriers in everyday exchanges. They have formed a company MotionSavvy. / Phys.org
GALLAUDET PROGRAM FOCUSES ON INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, DEAF SERVICES AND INCLUSION
Being deaf wasn’t much of an issue for Rue Winiarczyk growing up in Ontario, Canada, where she attended a school for the deaf and communicated with her deaf parents and sister using sign language. But when she left her undergrad program at Gallaudet University to travel and visited Panama at 20, Winiarczyk encountered a lack of awareness about deafness that shocked her. Her experience abroad motivated her to finish undergrad and enroll in an M.A. program for international development at Gallaudet, which allowed her to work abroad and study how to advocate for deaf people around the world. / The Washington Post
TEACHER'S LANGUAGE IS OF LOVE
For nearly 30 years, JoDeane Boyett, until her retirement last week, had been a preschool deaf education teacher through Region 16. For nearly three decades, if deaf children were born and raised in the 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle, Boyett was very likely the first person to teach them sign language and their first communication skills. Think about that. For essentially 30 years, all deaf children in the Texas Panhandle had Boyett as the first one to teach them to communicate. / Amarillo Globe-News
ELLIOTT: 'THE POTENTIAL IS UNLIMITED FOR DEAF PEOPLE'
He tells his story with his hands. At six weeks old, due to side effects from medication taken for spinal meningitis, Brad Elliott lost his hearing. Deafness hasn’t stopped him from accomplishing any of his goals. Elliott has been employed with the Walker County Board of Education as a network technician for the past 10 years. So how does he communicate with other technicians, teachers and students who don’t know sign language? The answer is found in his field of expertise — technology. / Daily Mountain Eagle
SCHOOL HELPS GRADUATES TRANSITION FROM HEARING IMPAIRED TO BEING PREPARED
They may be good listeners, but some students don't always hear what is going on in the classroom. With that in mind, local school is helping its graduates transition from hearing impaired to being prepared. It is happening at the Heuser Hearing & Language Academy. All of the students are either deaf or hard-of-hearing, but with some help, they're now graduating and ready to join the larger population of students at other schools. / WDRB
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