June 17, 2015
Vol. 11, No. 34
Editor: Tom Willard
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Charles City, IA
COURT REVERSES RULING TERMINATING DEAF MOTHER'S PARENTAL RIGHTS
A court ruling in which a deaf woman lost parental rights to her infant child has been reversed by the Iowa Court of Appeals and remanded back to Floyd County District Court. The mother, who was not identified in court papers, gave birth to a son in 2014. After giving birth, the mother showed signs of depression and suicide. The hospital evaluated her and determined she was not a danger to herself or her child and released her, but contacted public service agencies to evaluate and assist her. The Department of Human Services did not get a sign-language interpreter but instead relied on communicating with her in writing, according to court documents. / Mason City Globe Gazette
SON REMEMBERS GETTING TO KNOW DEAF MOTHER WHO DIED IN HOUSE FIRE
Larry Bush had only a decade to know his mother before she died May 15 in a Richland house fire. Those years were precious, he said. “She was delightful — a very easygoing person, easy to be around,” he said. The investigation of the fire that broke out in Saracson’s house the morning of May 15 is continuing. The house had fire alarms equipped with flashing lights, Bush said. It is not yet known why Saracson and her pets did not make it out of the house. / Tri-City Herald
VICTIM HAS VOICE HEARD AT KILLER'S SENTENCING
Jini Barnum couldn't be in court to tell a judge about the harrowing last moments of her life. But a hearing-impaired woman she didn't even know gave her a voice in the courtroom on Tuesday, using powerful words through a sign-language interpreter that helped convince a judge to sentence Barnum's killer to the maximum penalty of 25 years in prison. "I am here to speak for Jini," the woman signed through tears and deep sighs that yielded sobs from Barnum's family and friends seated in the courtroom gallery. "And I am here to seek justice for her." / Hartford Courant
Little Rock, AR
SCHOOLS FOR BLIND, DEAF SHUFFLE JOBS; 26 ON PROBATION
Officials for Arkansas’ schools for the deaf and blind say they’re going to transfer their shared employees in 26 positions to positions at each school and put them on six months’ probation, starting in July. State Sen. Joyce Elliott, D-Little Rock, said Wednesday that while the board for the two schools “has the authority to do this … the board is absolutely abusing its authority.” Superintendents for the two schools told legislators that no one is being laid off. But Zoreda Richardson, personnel manager for the schools, told lawmakers Wednesday that the schools plan to put these employees “back on probation with no grievance rights.” / Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF LEADER STEPPING DOWN
State officials have confirmed the superintendent of the Illinois School for the Deaf will leave the state-operated facility in Jacksonville later this month. Janice Smith-Warshaw, who in May 2013 became the first deaf woman to be superintendent of ISD since it opened in 1839, is resigning to take an assistant professorship at Fresno State University in Fresno, California. Smith-Warshaw sent a letter to ISD staff saying her resignation would be effective June 30. / Journal-Courier
NEW ADMINISTRATOR WILL HELP WITH TRANSITION FOR STATE DEAF AND BLIND SCHOOLS
The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind have selected a new administrator to help oversee day-to-day operations until a new superintendent replaces Lynn Boyer, who will retire later this month. During a state school board meeting last week, Boyer said Mark Gandolfi, the schools’ director of finance of two years, will assume administrative duties when she steps down on June 30. “We’re very pleased he’s willing to take on this responsibility,” she said. / Charleston Daily Mail
BLOSSOM MONTESSORI SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF ANNOUNCED AS GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, has announced the winners of Tech-it-Up – the Sharp Classroom Technology Challenge. As part of the contest, Sharp has awarded one K-12 accredited school in the U.S. a grand prize of $100,000 worth of state-of-the-art Sharp branded products for their classrooms, with 10 runner-up schools also winning an AQUOS BOARD™ interactive display system. / PRNewswire
St. Augustine, FL
STUDENTS PREPARE TO GRADUATE FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND
VIDEO: Students who attend the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind live on campus, but now seniors have to leave and say goodbye. They're leaving not only their school, but also their band. / WJXT
HOTELS.COM AD CATERS TO HEARING IMPAIRED
Facebook’s policy that ads on its pages must be physically unmuted by the user to play sound has led to some innovative thinking from companies. But Hotels.com has taken it one step farther. Hotels.com recently came out with an ad sporting its mascot Captain Obvious that not only uses subtitles, but also features an ASL interpreter for the hearing impaired. / TravelPulse
'JACOB'S RIDE' ARRIVES IN OMAHA TO RAISE MONEY FOR HEARING IMPAIRED
A man who is not afraid to go the distance rolled into Werner Park Tuesday night to help kids hear. Jacob Landis arrived just before the Stormchasers took the field. It was his 15th straight day on the road to raise money to help children get cochlear implants. Jacob got his implants when he was 10 years old. Since he first started riding in 2013, Jacob has raised more than $100,000 to pay for cochlear implants for those who cannot afford it. / KMTV
WELLS FARGO STANDING BY ITS LGBT-FRIENDLY AD DESPITE LOSING CUSTOMERS
A recent Wells Fargo commercial that features a lesbian couple meeting their new adopted daughter is receiving religious backlash, but the company has no plans to pull the ad. The advertisement depicts two women learning sign language while they prepare to adopt a hearing-impaired child. In response, Franklin Graham, son of televangelist Billy Graham, pulled the accounts of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association from Wells Fargo and urged other Christians to follow his lead. / PhillyVoice
NEIGHBORS WARNED CITY ABOUT FALLEN TREE THAT NEARLY KILLED MAN
A man who narrowly escaped from the path of a falling tree quite possibly owes his life to a pine cone. Witnesses say the hearing-impaired man was sitting in his car Monday evening at Lions Park when the little savior tapped him on the shoulder. "He was sitting putting his shoes on in the car," according to neighbor Linda Liebmann. "The pine cone hit him on the shoulder and he looked up and he saw the tree coming down." She said the man ran for his life as the tree missed him by inches. / KOMO
GROUP WANTS PDX TO 'TURN ON THE CAPTIONS NOW'
Unless you’re hearing impaired, most people don’t use closed captioning on their TVs at home. But one group is hoping to make subtitles a requirement at public places like gyms and bars across the City of Portland. Walking into the St. Honore Bakery on SE Division Street you’ll smell all kinds of pastries, but you may also notice a television with closed captioning turned on. “Without captioning we’re at a loss as to what’s going on,” David Viers, who is hearing impaired, told KOIN 6 News. / KOIN
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Burnaby, BC, Canada
B.C. EDUCATION MINISTER SUPPORTS 'INADMISSIBLE" DEAF GIRL
British Columbia’s education minister has weighed in on Ottawa’s controversial decision to rule a deaf Filipino girl “medically inadmissible” to join her caregiver mother in Canada. Peter Fassbender issued a letter in support of the enrolment of 14-year-old Jazmine Talosig into the B.C. Provincial School for the Deaf in Burnaby. Immigration officials deemed the girl to be inadmissible because they said her deafness could cost Canadians $91,500 for health-related services over five years. / Our Windsor
Toronto, ON, Canada
AUTO KNOW: PEOPLE WITH EYE, EAR IMPAIRMENTS
Can deaf people drive? It seems dangerous not hearing outside noises, but I wouldn’t be surprised if political correctness has won out over public safety. Eric Lai, who served for a decade as a Red Cross volunteer assisting differently-able persons and can communicate in sign language, replies: I think this is a “teachable moment” for everyone on hurtful assumptions versus true abilities. / Toronto Star
Saskatoon, SK, Canada
HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION TO STUDY SASK. DEAF SERVICES
James Moulson and his wife moved from London, England, to Saskatchewan after their daughter Cassidy was born because they didn't want to raise her in such an urban environment. Cassidy is deaf in both ears. "We thought that Saskatchewan was a better place to bring up children. We moved here, then we discovered we'd moved to the worst place in North America to bring up a deaf child," Moulson said. He has been one of the forces pushing the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SHRC) to consider advocating for improved supports for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. / The Star Phoenix
FOUR YEARS FOR 'BESOTTED' FRAUDSTER GEORGE TAYLOR
A 56-year-old man has become the second person to be jailed for four years for his part in defrauding the Government in a scam that has "deeply upset" the deaf community in Derby. George Taylor was "manipulated" by "controlling" Angela Poole as the pair made false claims for Government cash while they ran a business that provided sign language interpreters for deaf people, Derby Crown Court was told. Taylor and Poole, who was sentenced to four years in prison earlier this week, ran BSL Talking Hands, interpreting for hundreds of deaf people for such times as job interviews or for when they were starting working. / Derby Telegraph
CONVICTED RAPIST SENT BACK TO JAIL AFTER GROOMING DEAF TEENAGER OVER INTERNET
A convicted rapist who preyed upon a profoundly deaf teenager was sent back to jail. Jason Duncan was branded dangerous by a judge at Liverpool Crown Court as he was handed an extended six-and-a-half year prison sentence. The 31-year-old groomed the teenager on the internet and on text messaging platform Whatsapp and persuaded her to send a topless photo. But Duncan was outed when the girl’s mother uncovered the “intimate” messages and reported the matter to police. / Liverpool Echo
HOW VANESSA BUILT £5M PROPERTY BUSINESS
Vanessa Addison believes the experience of growing up profoundly deaf helped give her the determination to achieve. Less than four years ago, the mother-of-two spotted an attractive plot of land on the school run and thought about buying it. Since then, that impulse has been turned into a property development business which is about to turn over more than £3m. The importance of not letting a disability hold you back is one message she is keen to spread. / Bournemouth Echo
LOSING YOUR SIGHT AS A DEAF PERSON
Deaf people are very visual, we use sign language and lip-reading as a way to communicate and socialise, so the prospect of losing our sight can be very daunting. A medical study found deaf people may even have enhanced peripheral vision, compensating for a lack of hearing. There is one group of deaf people who live with the near certainty that their sight will fade. Those with Usher syndrome are born deaf and later, through an associated condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa, also lose their sight. / BBC News
'A DEAF WHALE IS A DEAD WHALE'
Marine researchers speculate noise pollution in the Pacific is disrupting whales’ vital abilities to hear and migrate – and driving them ashore at an alarming rate. Six whales have washed ashore in northern California in the past two months, prompting headlines around the world and attracting droves of tourists, curious about the massive mammals so suddenly out of their natural element. / HITC Lifestyle
PAUL WHITTAKER QUITS MUSIC FOR THE DEAF
He’s an inspirational man who has helped thousands of deaf people enjoy music. Now Huddersfield-born Paul Whittaker OBE has quit the charity he founded in his parents’ attic to go freelance, telling his story to the world. Paul, 50, was born with severe hearing loss and became profoundly deaf by the age of 11. Despite his “disability” Paul developed a love of music and in February 1988 set up Music and the Deaf. / Huddersfield Examiner
TRACKING DOWN DEAF ARTISTS IN BATTAMBANG
Standing by the counter on the ground floor of Romcheik 5 New Art Space, a gallery and compound where four young artists live and work, I felt the same way I did when I was in the fifth grade when I sfinally caught Carmen Sandiego. Squinting with effort, I tried to lipread Jacques Guichandt, the managing director of Romcheik 5, as he spoke to deaf artist Ot Veasna’s mother on the telephone. / National Geographic
HC ORDERS GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER OF DEAF SCHOOL
The Hamsadhwani School for Hearing and Speech Impaired, one of the well-known schools for specially-abled children, will come under government control for now. The High Court on Friday ordered the government to appoint an administrator for the school, situated in Indiranagar, within two weeks. / Bangalore Mirror
70-YEAR-OLD DEAF, DUMB WOMAN RAPED IN JAIPUR
In a shocking incident, a 70-year-old deaf and dumb woman was allegedly raped by her nephew, police said on Saturday. The woman on Friday complained to her family members, through sign language, that her nephew Himmat Harijan, 38, raped her the previous night, police said. On seeing her complaining to family members, the accused fled, they said. / Daily Bhaskar
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LIFE & LEISURE
IMPLANTS, SIGNING LET DEAF KIDS BE BILINGUAL: EXPERTS
Parents of deaf children face a critical responsibility to learn and use sign language, according to a majority of hearing experts quoted in the journal Pediatrics, although the question of whether or not to sign has grown increasingly controversial. Ten thousand infants are born yearly in the U.S. with sensorineural deafness, and data suggest that half receive cochlear implants. While some specialists advise that all deaf children, with or without cochlear implants, learn sign language, others fear that learning sign language will interfere with the demanding rehabilitation needed to maximize the cochlear device. / Reuters
10 THINGS DEAF PEOPLE ARE REALLY TIRED OF HEARING PEOPLE SAYING TO THEM
I am a wife and mother with a full-time career that requires travel. I am also deaf. I actually really like being deaf. In fact, I love it. It’s allowed me to be a part of a really cool community: the deaf community. Plus, think of all the stuff I do not have to hear — sirens, screaming kids, or loud construction. Still, I am constantly amused, but no longer surprised, from the responses and comments I get from people who can hear. Here are the top 10. / Bustle
DEAF ANDREWS STUDENT EARNS $500 SCHOLARSHIP
Curtis Sparkman, of Andrews, graduated from the S.C. School for the Deaf and the Blind last month with a diploma in one hand and a $500 scholarship in the other. The 21-year-old can’t see without his glasses and is deaf, but was always active in school activities such as color guard and the Special Olympics. His passion for the performing arts and keen leadership abilities made him a shoo-in for the Bill and Valerie Barnet Scholarship. / The Sun News
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SBA BOOSTS ACCESS TO SERVICES FOR DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING ENTREPRENEURS
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, was joined June 10 by Tom Wheeler, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, T. Alan Hurwitz, President of Gallaudet University, and community leaders to announce a new initiative to boost access to SBA services for deaf and hard-of-hearing entrepreneurs. Using videophone technology, the agency will have staff fluent in ASL available to provide a direct connection to services available to help small business owners start and grow their ventures. / SBA.gov
St. Augustine, FL
THE WOMAN BEHIND DEAF AND BLIND SCHOOL'S ESL PROGRAM
When Betsy Sotillo-Gaura was a child, communicating with her cousin Denise Gonzalez was a challenge. Sotillo-Gaura spoke fluent Spanish with her Cuban immigrant parents and brother at home and fluent English with her classmates and teachers at school. However, she didn’t have a way to communicate with her cousin. Three years older, Sotillo-Gaura was determined to solve the problem. / The St. Augustine Record
Great Falls, MT
TELECOMMUTING A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE DEAF-BLIND COMMUNITY
Next week is Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week. This year's theme is 'Thank Goodness it's Monday', and it will highlight how the deaf-blind workforce is making an impact at companies across the nation. But when it comes to telecommuting jobs in Great Falls, the deaf-blind community isn't making as much of an impact. / KFBB
FIRST CLASS GRADUATES FROM ASL INTERPRETING PROGRAM
Seven local students recently were in the first class to graduate from Massachusetts only public bachelor’s degree program in American Sign Language-English Interpreting. All graduates of Northern Essex Community College’s Associate Degree Program in Deaf Studies, these students took Framingham State University courses, offered on Northern Essex’s Haverhill Campus and online, as part of a degree-completion partnership between the two colleges. / NECC
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Attica Twp., MI
DOCUMENTARY HELPS MICHIGAN DEAF-BLIND STUDENT 'FIND HER VOICE'
Doctors have known Brittany Winkleman was deaf and blind since she was 2 years old. What they didn't know is that 16 years later, the North Branch student would create a 38-minute documentary that would inspire others and provide insight into her life as a legally blind and deaf teenager. Winkleman created the video for her senior project in Jennie Holladay's digital media art class at the Lapeer Education and Technology Center. / The Flint Journal
WHAT IS THE MUSIC FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE LIKE FOR A DEAF PERSON?
After noticing ASL interpreter Jenn Abbott at the front of SZA’s set at Bonnaroo, we spoke with her about what’s required for effectively interpreting music for deaf patrons, how she prepares for shows, and so much more. After our chat, Jenn was gracious enough to connect us with Joseph Hill, a Bonnaroo attendee taking full advantage of the awesome services offered by Jenn and the organization she works for, Everyone’s Invited. / MTV
Kansas City, MO
'TRIBES' EXAMINES HOW A FAMILY TALKS
Playwright Nina Raine explained in a 2010 interview that she had watched a documentary about a deaf couple who were expecting their first child. The couple were hoping that the child would be born deaf. Raine was struck by that, and from that seed grew her dazzlingly intelligent and challenging play called Tribes, which runs through June 28, closing out the Unicorn Theatre’s current season. / Camp KC
New York, NY
'THE TRIBE,' SET AT A GRIM SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF, FORGOES SUBTITLES FOR ITS FIERCE SIGN LANGUAGE
It’s not every day that a film from Ukraine is released in the United States without subtitles. But “The Tribe” is in so many ways a special case: a crime drama about a teenage “deaf mafia” in which the only words used are sign language. As conceived, written and directed by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, the movie tells its story of violence and love through visuals alone, withholding translations of the nonprofessional actors’ passionate signing. Even Mr. Slaboshpytskiy, 40, wondered whether his artistic gamble would work. / The New York Times
Los Angeles, CA
LEA MICHELE SUPPORTS DEAF WEST'S 'INSPIRING' SPRING AWAKENING CAST
SPRING AWAKENING's original Wendla on Broadway, Lea Michele recently attended Deaf West's SPRING AWAKENING and stopped by after the show to post for pictures with the cast. This morning, the GLEE star tweeted, @msleamichele: "Last night.. So blown away.. @DeafWest @SpringAwakening @michaelarden thank you for such an amazing night." / Broadway World
DEAF CAMPERS CONVERGE ON CODY FOR ANNUAL MEET
Upon arriving at Ponderosa Campground during the week of June 7-13 one might be greeted by a peculiar site. Although these 300 campers – the reason for the big white tent passersby might have noticed – didn’t speak with their lips, what they said with their hands spoke volumes. Western States Deaf Campers from across the country gathered in Cody to experience the sites the town had to offer. / Cody Enterprise
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Rochester Institute of Technology
Assistant Professor - Psychology
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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.
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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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