June 19, 2013
Vol. 9, No. 34
Editor: Tom Willard
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NO CHARGES BUT PLENTY OF UNANSWERED QUESTIONS IN 2011 FATAL WAVERUNNER SHOOTING
Jack Davis, the 14-year-old Miami Shores resident who shot and killed a WaveRunner thief two years ago, will not face criminal charges. Prosecutors announced yesterday that they would not put the teen on trial because he "reasonably believed he and his mother were being attacked and were in imminent danger" when 20-year-old Reynaldo Muñoz stole the jet ski.
In reality however, the Davises were not in danger: Muñoz did not have a gun and could not hear their cries because he was deaf and mute. / Miami New Times
DEAF RESIDENTS PROMOTE SIGN LANGUAGE, CLOSED CAPTIONING DURING FIRE
Walter VonFeldt was in his home in Monument last week when he saw the glow of flames and smoke rising in the distance and noticed airplanes and helicopters flying overhead. He turned on the TV, but the images on the screen left him clueless about whether he should evacuate. VonFeldt is deaf and like many other hearing-impaired people he struggles with the inconsistencies of television closed captioning. But because the deaf community was vocal about a lack of accessible communication during the 2012 Waldo Canyon fire, an American Sign Language interpreter has shared the screen with officials during daily Black Forest fire briefings. / The Denver Post
VSDB DEDICATES ENLARGED CAMPUS
The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind celebrated Saturday, welcoming alumni and members of the community to their campus to view the result of a four-year process of construction and renovation. The $72.5 million project included the construction of four new buildings and the renovation of 10 more after the General Assembly decided to consolidate its two schools for the deaf and blind at the Staunton location. “Today marks the end of our consolidation project,” school superintendant Nancy Armstrong said. / The News Leader
HAMPTON TO RAZE VACANT STATE SCHOOL BUILDINGS
The 75-acre site of the former Virginia School for the Blind, Deaf and Multi-disabled sat devoid of activity last week, save for a man in a security uniform watching over the front gate The city's plans for the campus are still pliable, but none of the options being considered utilize the dozen or so buildings sitting vacant on the property. The city's upcoming budget includes $1.75 million to raze those buildings, giving a future owner more than 40 acres of cleared land on which to build. The city has hired a private security firm to watch the property at a cost of $18,760 per month. / Daily Press
FREETOWN TEEN SERVING AS ASL AMBASSADOR TO SCHOOL FOR DEAF IN CHINA
Sara Goulart and two other Massachusetts high school students share something that no other American high school students can claim — they are all American Sign Language student ambassadors to China. Goulart, 17, attended The Learning for the Deaf in Framingham and has attended an ASL school throughout her entire education. Her school recently formed a partnership with the Bo Ai School for the deaf in JiuJiang, China, and Goulart played a pivotal role in that union. / The Herald News
Baton Rouge, LA
JINDAL SUPPORTS $1M ALLOCATION FOR DEAF SERVICES
A bill that funnels $1 million a year to help provide services for people with hearing impairment has been signed into law by Gov. Bobby Jindal. The legislation, signed Tuesday, will steer a slice of state sales tax to the Telecommunications Fund for the Deaf. It was a compromise reached after Jindal opposed a proposal to charge a new, 2-cent monthly tax on cell phones to drum up money for the fund. / The Associated Press
SIGN LANGUAGE ENTHUSIASTS PETITION TO HAVE ASL CLASSES TAUGHT AT KSU
Kelly Hyder-Stockdale, president of the OWLS American Sign Language Club, is determined to add ASL to the list of foreign language courses offered at KSU. The ASL pamphlet states that while The University System of Georgia recognizes ASL as a foreign language, KSU “currently does not offer American Sign Language as a foreign language credit.” Hyder-Stockdale, a Psychology major, said that offering ASL as an accredited class will help bridge the communication gap between hearing and non- hearing students. / The Sentinel Newspaper
CONGRATS TO THE GRADUATES AT WESTERN PA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF!
Families, friends and staff members filled the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf auditorium on Thursday, June 6, to congratulate the Class of 2013. Twenty-one students participated in the on-campus commencement ceremony following a dinner for special guests and family members. / Patch.com
FRAMINGHAM SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF CELEBRATES GRADUATION
Asked what he'll miss most about the Learning Center for the Deaf, Colin Lualdi laughs. How do you pick one when you've been attending the school since you were a baby? "Honestly, I can't explain it," the Weston resident said of his feelings on graduating on Friday. "It's been my second home -- it's been my family, really." / The MetroWest Daily News
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THE WALKING DEAF -- JUNE 14, 2013 DEMONSTRATION IN BERLIN
About 10,000 deaf people protested in Berlin for equal rights and participation in the German society. / YouTube
2 DEAF AND MUTE MEN KILL FRIEND'S MOTHER FOR MONEY
Mumbai Police was startled to find two deaf and mute men behind the conspiracy of killing 55-year-old woman. Both the men were known to the victim’s family and have confessed to killing the woman with an intention of loot. The woman was found by her husband lying in a pool of blood in their Bandra flat. The deceased, Nalini Sunil Chailani knew the accused Saif Sabbir Hussain Bhavnagary, 28, as the friend of her son. The other accused, Pervez Wahid Khan was also known to the family through Saif. / Daily Bhaskar
See Also DADS OF DEAF-MUTE ACCUSED HELPED COPS COMMUNICATE / The Times of India
MAN ARRESTED FOR RAPING DEAF AND DUMB GIRL IN ODISHA
A man was arrested Friday for allegedly attempting to kill a deaf and dumb girl after raping her, police said. The incident took place Thursday evening but only came to light after a relative of the victim lodged a police complaint Friday. According to police, the incident took place when the 24-year-old woman was returning home from a village. Finding her alone, the 25-year-old accused dragged her to a secluded place and raped her. / Business Standard
NORTH LYNN MAN PUNCHES DEAF PARTNER IN THE HEAD FOLLOWING A ROW
A deaf man has appeared in court after repeatedly punching the mother of his new baby in the head. Michael Anglin, 23, assaulted his girlfriend Aleisha Haldane, who is also deaf, after an argument erupted at their home, Lynn magistrates heard on Friday. Yvonne Neill, prosecuting, said Anglin pushed his partner hard against a radiator, hurting her back, and later punched her several times to the head. / Lynn News
DEAF DRIVER'S PLEA IS WITHDRAWN BY COURT
A deaf driver crushed a three-year-old boy's skull when he drove over him in a four-wheel drive car as the toddler was riding a scooter in front of his driveway. But 68-year-old Percy Adams claimed he had always been a "careful" driver. In court, Adams admitted driving without care and attention, failing to keep a proper lookout and colliding with the three-year-old causing him severe injury. / Herald Scotland
CHARITY TO BRIDGE THE SECTARIAN DIVIDE IN GLASGOW'S DEAF COMMUNITY
Carole Lyons, the chief executive of Deaf Connections, is about to try and tackle a problem head on in a bid to bring the community of around 700 deaf people in the city together. The charity, which was founded in 1822, has been awarded almost £100,000 ($156,000 US) over two years from the Scottish Government to “create a holistic service for deaf people in Glasgow and the West of Scotland which isn’t segregated along sectarian lines." / STV Local
Ottawa, ON, Canada
DEAF RUSSIAN PAINTER REFUSED PERMANENT RESIDENCY IN CANADA BECAUSE HE FAILED VERBAL LANGUAGE TESTS
A Russian painter, deaf since birth, has been refused permanent residency in Canada because he did not meet the language proficiency requirement when tested verbally, despite getting near perfect scores when tested using sign language. The decision to reject Dmitri Smirnov’s bid to remain in Canada because he did not meet listening and speaking language requirements angered deaf advocates who blasted it as discriminatory and called for American Sign Language to be seen as equivalent to English and French for immigration purposes. / National Post
Montreal, QC, Canada
GROUNDBREAKING CHIMPS THAT LEARNED SIGN LANGUAGE TO LIVE OUT LIVES IN CANADIAN SANCTUARY
The last two surviving chimpanzees from a ground-breaking group of five that became the first of their kind to learn human sign language are to be sent to a Canadian sanctuary to live out their lives after decades of scientific stardom at a U.S. research center. The chimps named Tatu and Loulis, 37- and 35-years-old respectively, were born in captivity in the U.S. and helped form the first group of non-human primates to communicate using the hand gestures of American Sign Language. / The Montreal Gazette
Edmonton, AB, Canada
DEAF ELECTRICIAN GETS EARLY START ON TRADES TRAINING
When Cole Laing helped his dad wire the basement of his family’s home four years ago, he knew he had found his future career. Laing, 17, enjoyed the project so much he decided to get a head start on his trade and entered the Registered Apprenticeship Program as an electrician in Grade 11 at Lacombe Composite High School. Laing, who was born deaf, approached the program just like his peers, remembers Marilyn Maloney, the school’s off-campus coordinator. / Edmonton Journal
Toronto, ON, Canada
IPAD HELPS BREAK DOWN BARRIERS FOR DEAF STUDENT
A small, pilot study is examining how mobile technology might support deaf and hard-of-hearing college students when an interpreter can’t be present at the time the services are requested. The first phase of the University of Cincinnati research project involved a college student taking a course in a large, auditorium-style classroom. The student used an iPad to gain the services of an interpreter, who was also using an iPad, in a different location. / CBC News
SINGPOST TO ISSUE NEW SIGN LANGUAGE STAMPS FEATURING COMMON GREETINGS
To foster greater interaction with the deaf community, SingPost will issue a new stamp issue, 'Greetings - Sign Language' on Monday. In this stamp issue, five basic greetings in sign language -- 'Hi', 'Welcome', 'Thanks', 'Good Bye' and 'I Love You' will be featured. The aim is to raise awareness of sign language and how to communicate with the deaf in their form of communication. / Straits Times
HITTING THE RIGHT NOTES: DEAF PIANIST RON TAN
It’s difficult for many of us to imagine a deaf person being passionate about pursuits we tie to hearing: music, dance, performance. Yet for Ron Tan, who was born with 80 per cent hearing loss, music is a vital part of life. The 21-year-old taught himself to play piano when he was 17, after trying out a slew of other hobbies and activities in search of something meaningful in his life. “I realised that what I really want is to produce music, and that has to come from my heart,” explains Ron. / Yahoo! News Singapore
DEAF BARTENDER RAISES GAME TO THRIVE IN GINZA
Dai Igarashi is a bartender in Tokyo’s glitzy Ginza entertainment district, attending to customers like any barkeep but with one difference — he is totally deaf. As the manager of Bell Sign, which caters to hearing-impaired people, Igarashi communicates in sign language. But since people with normal hearing also visit the bar, he keeps writing boards on the counter to communicate or resorts to lip-reading and speaking. Igarashi, 31, was born deaf and attended a school for the hearing-impaired until he was 21. / The Japan News
WILL THE WORLD'S FIRST DEAF BIBLE COME FROM JAPAN?
Wycliffe Bible Translators is known for dispatching translators to remote locations in order to help indigenous people groups hear the gospel in their native languages. But what about those who cannot hear? "There is still no full translation of the Bible in any sign language," reports Wycliffe. Yet the Japan Deaf Evangel Mission aims to change that, creating the world's only full-text sign language Bible using video-recorded Scriptures. / Christianity Today
FIRST DEAF STUDENT STUDIES LEADERSHIP SKILLS
Nguyen Thuy Tien and 10 other students from developing countries have received the World Deaf Leadership (WDL) Scholarship from the US Gallaudet University. Tien is the first Vietnamese student who has received the scholarship worth US$117,000. The World Deaf Leadership (WDL) Scholarship is funded by the Nippon Foundation, Japan, for deaf students from developing nations to study at Gallaudet University. Scholarship winners are those who must show the ability to receive and spread messages and life skills to deaf community. / VietNam.net
MISS DEAF, MISS DEAF AFRICA TO CONTINUE AS PLANNED
The Swaziland National Council of Arts and Culture has recommended that the Miss Deaf and Miss Deaf Africa Beauty pageants should continue as planned. This is part of the recommendations contained in a report sent to the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs. The ministry instructed SNCAC to compile a report as it wanted an explanation why there were problems regarding the contest. / Times of Swaziland
See Also MISS DEAF DROPS OUT OF SCHOOL / Times of Swaziland
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KINDERGARTENERS SUPPORT GAY RIGHTS WITH SIGN LANGUAGE PERFORMANCE
A group of kindergarten students from Los Angeles ended their school year with a touching tribute to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights with a sign language performance of Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors." Arturo Avina, a teacher at the Olympic Primary Center in LA, had his kindergarteners send the pro-gay message as part of a graduation performance on Tuesday. / The Huffington Post
AT WELLESLEY LIBRARY, BABIES ARE LEARNING SIGN LANGUAGE
If you’re a baby, you have relatively few options for letting your caretakers know exactly what you need. So what do you do? For some babies, the solution may start with a trip to the Wellesley Free Library. On Monday, June 10, parents took their kids to a class at the main library with the hope of teaching them not how to read, but rather how to communicate. The children, babies just several months old, were learning how to use American Sign Language to convey non-verbally their essential needs and wants. / The Wellesley Townsman
PROGRAM TEACHES KIDS WITH DISABILITIES TO RIDE A BICYCLE
I Can Bike helps children with disabilities learn to ride a bicycle. The program started Monday, and volunteers have been workingone on one teaching children to balance, steer and brake. Friday, a few of the children left the safety of the gym at the Tennessee School for the Deaf and rode unassisted outside. One mother said learning to ride a bike has given her son more self confidence. / WBIR
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ALUMNA PURSUES HER PASSION AS A DEAF EDUCATOR
Molly Herman recalls overhearing a conversation between her boss and a mother who wanted to enroll her young son in swimming lessons. The boy waited patiently as she explained that her son would need a little extra help in the pool because he used only sign language to communicate. They were about to be turned away, but Herman chimed in, “I’ll do it!” The next thing she knew, she was sitting at a picnic table with the mom learning basic water signs, like “kick” and “turn.” From that day forward, Herman knew her “forever-job” would involve sign language and teaching. / Illinois State University
Upper Deerfield Twp., NJ
HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR, BORN NEARLY DEAF, LOOKS FORWARD TO BRIGHT FUTURE
Along with hundreds of her peers, Cumberland Regional High School senior Amber Sprenger will hear her name called at this year’s graduation ceremony, accept her diploma and step into a future of greater independence. But for Sprenger, born nearly deaf 18 years ago, the journey to this proud moment has been a unique one with challenges and tough choices along the way. / South Jersey Times
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WASHINGTON MYSTICS' EMMA MEESSEMAN OVERCOMES HEARING DISORDER
Figuring out what makes Emma Meesseman different from the rest of her Washington Mystics teammates isn’t always obvious. It’s only when Meesseman leans in and requests that a reporter ask a question louder or needs teammates to repeat a play call that the full scope of her story — and the hearing devices behind both of her ears — come into focus.
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Kansas City, KS
'OUR EYES ARE OUR EARS': US DEAF WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM PREPARES FOR DEAFLYMPICS
Kansas City Kansas Community College was unusually quiet on Saturday given a soccer game was under way. Watching the competitors you wouldn’t have noticed a difference at first glance. For some athletes on the Kansas City Shock, it was a new experience. But for many of the opposing players, such as Sydney Andrews, it was familiar because she has played on a few types of teams: collegiate, hearing and deaf. / The Kansas City Star
Huntington Beach, CA
DEAF BEACH VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS LAUNCH CROWD-FUNDING CAMPAIGN TO GET TO DEAFLYMPICS
Charity Sanders and Nancy Moore, former standout indoor volleyball players at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., were selected along with another pair of deaf beach volleyball players (Michelle Skowzgird and Shana Lehmann) to represent the U.S. next month in women's beach volleyball at the 2013 Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria. They'll be seeking the U.S.'s first-ever gold medal in the event — that is, if they can raise enough money to get there. / Yahoo! News
CYCLIST HOPES TO PARTICIPATE IN DEAFLYMPICS
Fist pumps and thumbs up.That’s what Patrick Sluyter, who was born deaf, hopes to get from spectators as he pedals for cycling glory this summer. Sluyter, a 34-year-old Riverside resident, aims to fulfill his lifelong dream of competing at the Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria July 26 to Aug. 4. Sluyter is one of five athletes selected to participate on the U.S. deaf cycling team at the games. He has collected a little more than $4,000 of the $6,000 needed to cover airfare, hotel, transportation and other expenses. / The Press-Enterprise
Las Vegas, NV
DEAF POKER PRO DAVID CHIU WINS 5TH CAREER GOLD BRACELET
Deaf poker pro David Chiu, who suffered hearing impairment after a swimming accident in China, has just won WSOP [World Series of Poker] $2,500 Seven Card Stud (Event #23), after besting a field of 246 players over three days to lift the title, and collect the $145,520 first place prize. US pro David Chiu, who had previously won WSOP bracelets in 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2005, now moves up to joint 12th on the list of overall WSOP bracelet winners. / OnlinePoker.net
MSAD'S NOVELLA NAMED NDIAA DII ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
For the last four years, it’s been impossible to watch a Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf athletic event without noticing the guy with the motor that ran just a little faster than everyone else’s. Even the National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association couldn’t help but notice. The NDIAA named Shaun Novella its Division II Athlete of the Year last week, just days before honoring him as the USA Deaf Track and Field Boys Field Athlete of the Year. / Faribault Daily News
AUSTINE HOSTS FIRST DEAF DISC GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
The first New England Deaf Disc Golf Junior Championship was held at Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc.’s own 9-hole course on a beautiful May 31 day. Eleven students from Austine School for the Deaf, American School for the Deaf from CT, and The Learning Center for the Deaf from MA came together to participate in the event. The VCDHH’s nine-hole disc golf course was designed and created by Patrick Harris, a 15+ years veteran disc golfer./ Brattleboro Reformer
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