June 16, 2010
Vol. 6, No. 33
Editor: Tom Willard
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TEEN INTENTIONALLY STRUCK BY DRIVER DIES
It is a tragedy in any language. 15-year old Dawn Boozer-Carter died Thursday night after weeks of clinging to life. On Saturday, May 22nd near 56th and Emerson Dawn and her mother, Tina Boozer-Carter, were out raising money for Dawn's basketball team at the Indiana School for the Deaf when police say 43-year old Derek Dewitt swerved into the median to hit them. Both Dawn and her mother suffered injuries and after weeks of treatment Tina's condition improved, but Dawn was lost. / WXIN
DEAF-MUTE MAN ADMITS HE KILLED WOMAN
A deaf-mute man admitted Monday he stabbed to death a woman in his Millville apartment four years ago. Dontay Milbourne, 30, believed the woman was trying to rob him, according to defense attorney Alexander Wazeter. "He was genuinely sorry for what happened," Wazeter said after the hearing. Milbourne entered a guilty plea in Superior Court to one count of aggravated manslaughter at a hearing before Judge Benjamin C. Telsey, who is scheduled to sentence the defendant Aug. 13. / The Daily Journal
FBI: CHURCH VOLUNTEER ADMITTED TO SEXUAL CONTACT WITH BOYS
A man associated with the deaf ministry at a Central Florida church told FBI agents he had sexual contact with at least seven boys during the last 20 years, according to a recently filed criminal complaint. Jerry Nickelsen, 45, of Orlando was arrested June 4 on a federal child pornography charge. He attended a brief hearing in federal court Thursday morning, and he will continue to be held at the Orange County Jail without bond. / Orlando Sentinel
ARRAIGNMENT DELAYED IN DRIVER NEGLECT CASE
A judge on Monday postponed the arraignment of a man accused of leaving mentally disabled clients in a hot van because a sign language interpreter was unavailable. Jon Dresser faces three counts of neglecting an elderly or disabled person. His lawyer, Alison Mulhern Fondo, declined comment after his appearance at Framingham District Court. Judge David Cunis explained that the court lined up a sign language interpreter for last Thursday, but could not get one in time for Monday's hearing because they are hard to come by. / The MetroWest Daily News
UNITED STATES SETTLES FALSE CLAIMS ACT ALLEGATIONS WITH COCHLEAR AMERICAS FOR $880,000
Cochlear Americas, a Colorado-based cochlear implant manufacturer, has agreed to pay $880,000 to resolve allegations that it paid illegal payments to health care providers to induce purchases of cochlear implant systems, the Justice Department announced today. The settlement resolves a lawsuit brought by a whistleblower, Brenda March, in 2004. The lawsuit alleged that Cochlear Americas violated the Anti-kickback Act and the False Claims Act by paying various forms of illegal payments to physicians who prescribed the use of the Cochlear-manufactured devices for Medicare and Medicaid patients. / USDOJ
MENDOZA EUGENICS BILL POSTPONED: PARENTS AND DEAF COMMUNITY PRESS ON
The AB 2072 hearing has been POSTPONED. Instead of tomorrow, June 16th, AB 2072 will be brought up to the Senate Health Committee on June 23rd. The opponents of AB 2072 have made INCREDIBLE progress on educating and lobbying the senators on why AB 2072 is not acceptable. It’s not balanced, not transparent, not inclusive, not comprehensive, and not evidence-based. But, our work isn’t done. / Stop AB2072 Now!
See Also TONY MENDOZA CALIFORNIA EUGENICS-STYLE BILL CREATES UPROAR AMONG THE DEAF COMMUNITY / The Cutting Edge News
See Also OPPOSE AB 2072 NOW / YouTube
DEAF PATIENTS SUE JACKSONVILLE HOSPITAL OVER LACK OF INTERPRETERS
Seven hearing-impaired emergency-room patients are suing Baptist Health Systems for violating the Americans With Disabilities Act by failing to provide qualified sign-language interpreters. The lawsuit was filed in federal court two weeks ago by Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. Baptist spokeswoman Cindy Hamilton said the hospital hadn’t been served with a copy of the lawsuit so she couldn’t comment on it directly. But she said Baptist is committed to effective communication between staff and patients and their families. / The Florida Times-Union
DEAF MAN SAYS DISNEY WON'T HIRE HIM, COURT WON'T HELP
A deaf man says Disney wouldn't hire him because of his disability. Peter Tyler has spent the past year unemployed and he's been trying to file a complaint with the state, but he says the court won't give him a hearing because of his deafness. Tyler, 45, says the frustration was only beginning when Disney refused to hire him as a housekeeper more than a year ago. “They refused to hire me, because they think I'm not qualified,” he said. Tyler filed a complaint with the state, claiming he was denied a chance at the job because he's deaf, but Tyler's been waiting for a hearing on that complaint for more than a year. / WFTV
GOV. PERDUE SIGNS LAW TO ASSIST DEAF TEENS
Last week, Gov. Bev Perdue made life a little easier for deaf children in North Carolina. State law will now require that hearing aids be covered by any state health benefit plans including the North Carolina State Employees Health Plan. According to a news release by The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, better known as AGBell, such devices can cost $2,500 per ear, and that expense can now be covered for children ages 3-21 thanks to this bill. / Star News
DEAF, AUTISTIC TEEN GOES MISSING FROM BUCKEYE
Authorities are asking for the public's help as they search for an autistic and hearing impaired teen who went missing from the West Valley early last Wednesday. Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Brian Lee said 17-year-old Kameron was last seen near 191st Avenue and McDowell Road in Buckeye around 7 a.m. / KNXV
Sioux Falls, SD
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FRAMINGHAM SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF BREAKS GROUND ON NEW LEARNING CENTER
The Learning Center for the Deaf, which broke ground last month on a $6 million expansion, will get a boost in the form of $3.6 million in tax-exempt bonds. The new early childhood learning center and library will create much-needed space for the private school, President and Executive Director Michael Bello said. School officials began planning the addition nearly a decade ago. But fundraising challenges delayed the work until this year, Bello said. / The MetroWest Daily News
LEONARD HALL COMMENTARY: MAILE WAS GOOD FOR KSD
Robert Maile is retiring as superintendent of Kansas School for the Deaf this month. After serving as KSD superintendent since 2000 and Instructional Services director since 1989, Maile will be finishing a 47-year career as a teacher and administrator in deaf education. Maile’s main accomplishment at KSD has been the improvement of the Olathe school as a center for American Sign Language-English bilingual instruction, making it a model for other deaf schools across the country. / The Kansas City Star
CLARKE SCHOOL FOR HEARING AND SPEECH GRADUATES 1,000TH STUDENT
The Class of 2010 from the Clarke School for Hearing and Speech was greeted with a cascade of orange and white balloons as a crowd of families, faculties and supporters applauded the school’s 1,000th graduate. Dustin E. Partlow, of Swanton, Vt., marked the milestone for the 143-year-old school and was among a class of 14 eighth-graders who will move on to mainstream schools. / The Republican
See Also WILLIE ROSS GRADUATES CELEBRATE BOND / The Republican
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POPE BENEDICT XVI BEGGED FORGIVENESS FRIDAY FROM ABUSE VICTIMS
Pope Benedict chose the setting of St. Peter's Square to ask forgiveness from the thousands of abusive victims molested by Catholic priests over the years. In this celebration of the "Year of the Priest" Benedict said in his homily that this should have been a joyful year, and instead the "sins of priests came to light -- particularly the abuse of the little ones." The Pope said the church would do whatever was possible to "ensure that prelates don't rape or molest children ever again." / Examiner
Johannesburg, South Africa
WORLD CUP OFFICIALS DEAF TO VUVUZELA COMPLAINTS
Angry World Cup viewers, we, at least, hear your vuvuzela pain. From as far away as the Himalayan mountain kingdom of Bhutan, you have e-mailed in droves to The Associated Press to complain that you are being driven loopy by the awful din of the trumpets that are spoiling the World Cup in South Africa. Do organizers care? They don't give a hoot. Their bottom line: the cheap plastic noise-polluters are a South African tradition. Those who don't like them can, well, lump it. / Associated Press
See Also IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO COMMUNICATE, IT'S LIKE BEING DEAF: MESSI / The Hindu
COPING WITH A CHILD BORN DEAF -- A FAMILY OFFERS HOPE TO MILLIONS
Yasmeen and her husband Abrar Shah were thrilled to be expecting their second child and sibling for their happy, healthy son Hasan. But when Shazar was born and diagnosed with deafness at birth, they could not have anticipated that it would have such a profound effect on all their lives. Hopes that Shazar was born with excess fluid in the ear were dashed as neonatal hearing tests confirmed that Shazar had profound deafness in his left ear and significant hearing impairment in his right ear; completely devastating for the unsuspecting family. / Asian Image
DEAF MAN JAILED FOR RAPING DEAF WOMAN TWICE
A deaf rapist who targeted a vulnerable hearing-impaired woman has been jailed for two years. Robert Hudd raped his victim in 2006, then returned two years later to assault her again. The court heard Hudd, who has been deaf since birth, relied on signing and lip reading to communicate and had limited ability to make himself understood verbally. Judge Wendy Wilmoth said Hudd knew the victim from his childhood and was aware that she was also deaf, living alone and lacking family support. / Herald Sun
Whangarei, New Zealand
DEAF HERO DEFIES RAZOR ROCKS AND CHILL
When the call to be a hero came, Wendy Smith wasn't going to let ice-cold Whangarei Harbour water and cuts to her feet from rocks and oysters put her off swimming out 50m to save a boy's life. Wendy, who is deaf, is a reluctant hero -- but a hero all the same -- after she put her own life at risk to rescue a boy aged about six or seven who was drowning off the Onerahi foreshore on Saturday on an outgoing tide. When her colleagues at the Ministry of Education found out about her heroics on Monday -- Wendy is the Northland adviser on deaf children -- she was cheered into the office. / The Northern Advocate
WEB MAKES LEARNING EASY FOR DEAF STUDENTS
Lalain Darunday, 21, of Corella, Bohol, is hearing-impaired. When she was in Grade 5, she chose to drop out of school because she could not understand anything being taught in class. This was also the case from Grades 1 to 4 but her teachers kept passing her anyway. Her ability to learn changed when a school for the hearing-impaired opened in Tagbilaran City many years ago. She happily returned to school and went back to Grade One. / Inquirer
DEAF MOVIE BACK AGAIN AT TOKYO, AFTER ATTRACTING 150,000 VIEWERS THROUGHOUT JAPAN
The movie about a life of the Deaf, titled "A Yuzuriha" (Daphniphyllum macropodum), was first shown at Tokyo in June last year, being shown again at the same movie theater until June 18. Within one year the movie has attracted more than 150,000 viewers at 516 movie theaters in the whole country. For Kentaro Hayase (37), a Deaf-born director, it was an unexpected smash hit. / Deaf Japan News
DEAF GET REPRESENTATION IN PANEL ON DISABILITY ACT
The government has decided to include a hearing impaired person in the newly-formed committee which will draft the new disability act, activists of groups working for the disabled said Wednesday. The decision comes after a day-long protest Wednesday by disabled people in front of the office the ministry of social justice and empowerment at Shastri Bhavan in the capital. Around 100 disabled people participated in the protest demanding that a hearing impaired person must be included in the committee. / Sify News
New Delhi, India
HI-TECH IMPLANT SURGERY ON DEAF BOY AT AIIMS
Doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have successfully performed a hi-tech implant surgery on a three-and-a-half-year-old deaf boy. This is for first time that the new generation cochlear implant surgery has been conducted in a government hospital in the country, AIIMS officials said. Aditya was implanted with a modern, state-of-the-art fifth generation cochlear implant last month. / IndiaVision News
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LIFE & LEISURE
AUTHORS RELATE STORY OF CONVICTED COUNTY KILLER IN 'DEADLY CHARM'
Patrick McCullough's final act was fatally shooting his girlfriend and himself nearly a decade ago, ending a life spent in and out of prison and mental institutions. Now the crimes he committed in Anne Arundel and Charles counties in the 1980s and 1990s are being brought to the forefront in a new book. In "Deadly Charm: The Story of a Deaf Serial Killer," writers McCay and Marie Vernon describe McCullough as someone who knew how to use his difficult life and disability to his advantage. / The Capital
PROGRAM AIMS TO ASSIST HEARING-IMPAIRED DRIVERS
A new local effort aims to ensure that drivers with hearing difficulties are able to communicate effectively with law enforcement officers during traffic stops. Sycamore Services Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community Resource Center and the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office announced the initiative last Thursday. Cards have been printed with instructions on communicating with law enforcement and helpful phrases to assist officers in communicating with the deaf or hard of hearing during a traffic stop. / Evansville Courier & Press
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NORTHFIELD-BASED SPEECHGEAR TRANSCRIBES IN REAL TIME FOR DEAF
Robert Palmquist's company, Northfield-based SpeechGear, recently launched a $795 software package that allows people who are deaf or hard of hearing to better communicate with people who may not know sign language. The software, called Interact-AS, allow users to type or write words and have them read aloud by the computer. The software also picks up what is being verbally said by others and immediately translates it into text for the user to read on the computer screen. / Star-Tribune
DEAF PROGRAM GRADUATE AIMS TO HELP OTHERS
Zachary Johnson, 31, is setting a record at Riverside City College. He is the first deaf graduate of the college's Interpreter Preparation Program, which has existed for decades. He was awarded a certificate at the college's commencement last Wednesday. "It's a big deal to be the first deaf graduate of the program," Johnson said, his answers relayed through Diana MacDougall, program coordinator. "I am so proud because other deaf individuals are coming up to me and saying they are inspired by what I have done and now they want to go back to school." / Press-Enterprise
Las Vegas, NV
HOW STEVE JOBS REDEFINED THE SMARTPHONE ... AGAIN
The Apple video demonstrated showed a deaf couple signing to each other from separate locations. When the image came on screen, people next to me got choked up. This was a powerful image for the deaf community that said, "we are giving you a new way to communicate with friends and family from afar." I spoke with someone who teaches the deaf. They were extremely excited about this feature. It will add a whole new dimension to their personal communications. / PC Magazine
UNIONS GET DEAF, BLIND SCHOOLS CONTRACT
Richard Murray spent 13 years as the head of an organization dedicated to helping trade unions get construction contracts. Now, as Gov. Ted Strickland's pick to head the Ohio School Facilities Commission, Murray is helping unions more directly. Last month, he unilaterally declared that only union workers will be used on a $37.1 million project to improve the campus shared by the Ohio School for the Deaf and the Ohio State School for the Blind in Columbus. / The Columbus Dispatch
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Los Angeles, CA
OZZY OSBOURNE SCREAMS WITH FANS AT DODGERS STADIUM FOR GUINNESS WORLD RECORD
If you heard screams last Friday night in downtown Los Angeles, there wasn't a murder in the streets, it was Ozzy Osbourne. The Grammy Award winning artist was encouraging the Dodgers fans in Dodgers stadium to scream their eyes out. The goal? Ozzy Osbourne was trying to get the Guinness World record for the longest and loudest scream by asking the fans to participate. / Examiner
Fort Collins, CO
DEAF JAZZ SINGER RISES ABOVE DISABILITY
Listening to Mandy Harvey sing, you would never guess that her world went silent more than two years ago, altering the future she'd imagined. "I went to CSU for vocal music education," Harvey said. "And while I was there for the first month or so, I noticed that I was having trouble hearing my teachers." Even a long history of ear infections and surgeries would not foretell the personal tragedy that would follow. / Nothing To Do With Arbroath
NEW NOVEL EXPLORES WORLD OF DEAF GAY MEN
Growing up different is never easy, but Michael, a deaf young man from a small town, knows that he must find his true family beyond his biological one. He struggles and fails to find others of his kind until he attends college in New York City. There, we meet a variety of people from a deaf gay family of sorts. It is through these people that Michael, no longer a small town boy, begins to create a new family of his own. Taking place from 1978 to 2003, his story will open your eyes and heart to what it means to be different in an indifferent world. / Media dis&dat
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St. Augustine, FL
WOMEN'S MX RIDER FIOLEK NOMINATED FOR TEEN CHOICE AWARD
St. Augustine motocross racer Ashley Fiolek is in the running for a Teen Choice Award. Fiolek, one of the top MX riders in the world, is one of five nominees in the Female Action Sports Athlete category. Fans ages 13-19 can vote once each day for their Teen Choice 2010 nominees at teenchoiceawards.com. / The St. Augustine Record
MSD SOFTBALL CROWNED CHAMPS
Maryland School for the Deaf's softball team was selected as the 2010 national champion by the National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association for the second time in three years. The Orioles finished 14-5-1 this season and, in April, won the national deaf tournament in Texas. Head coach Mathis Hediger was picked as the Coach of the Year and junior Claire Tucker was selected as the Player of the Year. / The Frederick News-Post
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