August 1, 2012
Vol. 8, No. 38
Editor: Tom Willard
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Silver Spring, MD
CRPD PASSES COMMITTEE VOTE, NEXT STOP IS THE SENATE FLOOR
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) reports that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) on the morning of July 26th, clearing it for a vote by the full Senate. Members of the Committee voted 13 to 6 to send the CRPD to the Senate floor for a vote. Now that the CRPD will definitely go to the Senate floor, the challenge for supporters of the CRPD, including the NAD, is to make sure that the CRPD is deliberated and voted upon by the Senate before summer recess begins at the end of this week. / NAD
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES ADA BARRIER-FREE HEALTH CARE INITIATIVE
U.S. Attorney’s offices across the nation are partnering with the Civil Rights Division to target their enforcement efforts on a critical area for individuals with disabilities through a new Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative, the Justice Department announced last Thursday. The announcement comes on the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was passed on July 26, 1990. Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez announced the new initiative today at an event celebrating the anniversary of the ADA in Washington, D.C. / Yumanewsnow
Little Rock, AR
BEEBE ADMINISTRATION TURNS A DEAF EAR TO DEAF COMMUNITY
“Seven other candidates tested better. Six other candidates were certified. But the state hired her anyway.” That’s the lead in to a news story from a local Little Rock media outlet who conducted a rare act of journalism regarding the recent hiring of a state sign language interpreter, Miss Clara Taylor. According to the report, the woman is not a certified interpreter and tested near the bottom of the pool of applicants for the position. And in another rare act of journalism, Max Brantley has acquired a document from one of the other applicants for the position that claims that, based on public records, Miss Taylor’s scores were 8th overall and she did not even apply for the position! / The Arkansas Project
NJ DOCTOR SETTLES DEAF PATIENT'S COMPLAINT
A New Jersey doctor has agreed to pay a deaf patient $10,000 to settle her complaint that he failed to provide her a sign language interpreter. The state Civil Rights Division says Dr. David Bullek also has agreed to attend training on how best to provide a reasonable accommodation for patients with disabilities. / The Associated Press
NOT SO TONE DEAF? CITY SETTLES SUIT BROUGHT BY DEAF RESIDENT
For the second time in a decade the city of Austin has settled a federal civil rights suit, reaffirming its agreement to provide training for Austin Police officers on how to effectively communicate with Austin's deaf population. The lawsuit was brought by the Texas Civil Rights Project on behalf of Esther Valdez, who is deaf and who was arrested in 2009 for resisting arrest after failing to hear an officer yelling at her to stop walking down a sidewalk along a busy street in North Austin. / The Austin Chronicle
Cedar Rapids, IA
SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF GRADUATES WANT RESIDENTIAL CAMPUS TO REMAIN
Iowa School for the Deaf graduates and students said closing that residential school in Council Bluffs would mean a loss of community, culture and educational access for deaf and hard-of-hearing Iowans. They made their pleas to keep the deaf school open during a public hearing Monday evening, held on the campus of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School in Vinton, which no longer houses a residential school for Iowa’s blind and vision impaired students. / The Gazette
'STUPID DEAF PEOPLE': 2090 COALITION BEHAVING BADLY
Since I wrote my column about Rocky Mountain Deaf School’s battle with 2090 Coalition, a number of people have reported misconduct or deception by the coalition’s members and petition circulators. Lakewood citizens have written letters about their experiences – including one in which a coalition supporter referred to “stupid deaf people” – and even captured video of a circulator lying in order to obtain a signature. / Deaf Echo
'IT'S NOT BUSINESS, IT'S PERSONAL' AS AIDB STARTS NEW SCHOOL YEAR
Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind held its 2012 convocation Monday morning under the theme “It’s not just business, it’s personal.” After a welcome and invocation from Dr. Horace Patterson from Senior Services, the national anthem was performed by Malia Thibado, a second-grade student from Alabama School for the Blind. / The Daily Home
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CAMP MARK SEVEN (CM7) 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Come one, come all! Join the Mark Seven Deaf Foundation (M7DF) Board of Directors, including CM7 Founder Reverend Tom Coughlin, during the Labor Day weekend (August 31 – September 2, 2012) at the CM7 campsite located in Old Forge in the Adirondack Mountains. The celebration includes outdoor and water activities, an adult-only cruise commencing at the camp dock on the Fourth Lake, a silent/live auction, and a special unveiling ceremony involving a new Tree of Life. For information, please go into the www.campmark7.org website and click onto EVENTS tab for the registration form.
BLIND AND DEAF, LI GUIZHI ENDURES A 5,000 KM ORDEAL TO ESCAPE TORTURE
Beijing (AsiaNews) - After losing her eyesight and hearing to torture, a Chinese dissident travelled 5,000 kilometres to find a safe place and hide from police violence. Li Guizhi was not allowed to enter Hong Kong to attend the 1 July pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong and suffered for it. Her tragic story encapsulates the human rights situation in today's China. / Asia News
OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY IS DREAM COME TRUE FOR DEAF HIGHBURY DANCER
For one Highbury resident, the start of the Olympic Games tomorrow won’t just be the start of a huge celebration for London, it will also be the culmination of a lifetime’s dancing dream. Mike Hawthorne, 51, who lives near Highbury Fields, is one of only four deaf people out of 1,400 dancers taking part in the official opening ceremony. And Mike, who was born without hearing, has a history of trailblazing. / Islington Gazette
LOUIS TOMLINSON FINDS OUT TOO MANY SCREAMING FANS ARE BAD FOR YOUR EARS
What do Chris Martin, Beethoven and now Louis Tomlinson have in common? Answer... tinnitus. One Direction star Louis has revealed that persistent screaming from the band’s dedicated/demented fans has left him partially deaf in one ear. Hottie Louis, 20, was bombarded by screams as One D performed in Liverpool last week and he suffered three days of headaches as a result. Worried managers now insist the quintet wear protective earpieces when on stage and during all rehearsals. / Mirror
DEAF TO GET CHEAPER VIBRATING SMOKE ALARMS
Deaf people in NSW will be given a heavy discount off special smoke alarms that vibrate and activate strobe lights during a fire. Average alarms cost $50 but more elaborate alarms with vibrating under-pillow pads remotely connected to a wall-mounted smoke detector cost up to $500. NSW Disability Services Minister Andrew Constance has unveiled a $2 million subsidies program by which hearing impaired and deaf people will pay just $50 for an alarm. / The Australian
Tauranga, New Zealand
DEAF MAN CONVICTED OF RAPE
A deaf Tauranga man is facing a prison sentence after being convicted of repeatedly raping and indecently assaulting a young girl in the Bay of Plenty. Marama Rameka, a 68-year-old sickness beneficiary, was found guilty of three charges of indecent assault of a child under the age of 12-years-old and two charges of rape in the Rotorua High Court. / SunLive
Solomon Islands, New Zealand
MANY DEAF SOLOMON ISLANDS YOUTH MISSING OUT ON SCHOOL
The head of a centre for deaf youth in Solomon Islands says many of his students, who are aged between 15 and 25, have never been to school before. George van der Sant started the San Isidro Care Centre at Aruligo, 25 kilometres north of the capital, Honiara, six years ago. He says the thousands of deaf people in his country are often in remote rural areas, hidden away and shunned by their communities. / Radio New Zealand
MAN GETS 10 YEARS FOR RAPING DEAF, MUTE GIRL
Nagpur District and Sessions Court has awarded 10 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) to a person accused of raping a deaf, mute and mentally challenged girl. The 14-year-old victim is resident of Gumgaon in Hingna tehsil of Nagpur district. Seventh additional district judge Vibha Ingle also imposed a fine of Rs10,000 on the accused Bandu alias Daulat Gulab Itankar. / The Times of India
COURT ACQUITS MAN ACCUSED OF SODOMY
A man accused of sodomising a deaf and dumb minor Nepalese boy has been let off by a Delhi court because of the Nepal government’s failure to serve summons to the alleged victim and his parents, now living there, to depose here in the case. "The MHA stated that the government of Nepal refused to execute the summons expressing their inability to execute the same in the absence of treaty between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of Nepal,” the court said. / Deccan Herald
DEAF AND DUMB YOUTH HANGS SELF
Depressed on being jobless, a deaf and dumb youth ended his life on Tuesday. Kunal Pendam, 24, was found hanging from the ceiling fan at his Anand Nagar residence, under the jurisdiction of Yashodhara Nagar police station. Police said that Pendam was working as a caterer. Since the last two months, he was jobless. Pendam committed suicide while his younger sister Deepika (16) was busy in the kitchen and mother Sunanda had gone to book a cylinder. / The Times of India
AT LAST, A RAY OF HOPE FOR DEAF AND BLIND SCHOOL
The school for deaf and blind in Patiala has finally seen a ray of hope coming from unexpected quarters. Acting on a report published in Hindustan Times, Patiala deputy commissioner (DC) GK Singh swung into action and promised to do his best for the school. Forty-five years since its inception in 1967, the school has been running mainly on donations, and has received no grants from the state government. / Hindustan Times
HAPEE OWNER SAYS THE DEAF CAN 'HEAR'
If college graduates of lesser-known universities are having a tough time finding jobs, what chance does the deaf have? Not much, but at least one evangelical group whose deacon happens to have a thriving business fighting a giant in the toothpaste business is sincerely trying. Cecilio Pedro, chairman of the Deaf Evangelical Foundation (DEAF), knew he had to help the deaf by example. So when he started making Hapee toothpaste, he employed several of the hearing-impaired. / Malaya
GERMANY DONATES US $5,000 IN SPORT GEAR TO DEAF ASSOCIATION
German Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Stefan Schluter handed over a quantity of sporting equipment to the Deaf Association of Guyana (DAG) at the David Rose Special School. The donation included volleyballs, footballs and table tennis gear and the estimated cost of the package is US$5,000. / Stabroek News
HEARTY WELCOME FOR DEAF GIRL WHO SHONE AT WORLD CONTEST
On Wednesday morning, 200 students of Father Ouderaa Secondary School mopped Bery Atieno, as they carried twigs, danced, ululated, and marched to welcome the school brand’s heroine. Atieno had just arrived after winning two medals at the 2012 World Deaf Athletics Championships in Toronto, Canada, last week. Villagers joined the school community to celebrate Atieno’s feat. / The Standard Digital News
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
SUCCESS SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS
While the hearing-impaired and visually-impaired face difficulties in communicating with each other, they overcome the challenge in resourceful ways when it comes to doing business. Silent World, a laundrette operated by the hearing-impaired community based at the YMCA Kuala Lumpur, is just a stone’s throw away from the Malaysian Association for the Blind. It therefore comes as no surprise that many of its customers are from the visually-impaired community. / Malaysia Star
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LIFE & LEISURE
STUDY SHOWS BENEFITS OF COCHLEAR IMPLANTS IN DEAF BABIES WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS
While cochlear implants are now routinely given to deaf children as young as 1 year old, physicians frequently opt not to use these devices in babies with developmental delays that are indicators of probable mental retardation later in life. But the new findings suggest that the implants could substantially benefit these children’s intellectual development, even if their cognitive problems make it unlikely that they will ever learn to speak. / Stanford University
LIVES OF THE DEAF
From the middle ages until the nineteenth century, the deaf were categorized in the same class as other outcasts -- beggars, wanderers, invalids -- and portrayed as defective bodies capable of communicating only through crude gestures. Prior to 1750, when opportunities for deaf-mutes to be literate were becoming widespread, the situation of the deaf was a calamity: unable to acquire speech, the deaf were forced into a state of isolation and removed from the two-way communication prevalent in hearing society. / From the Hands of Quacks
REAL PEOPLE FOR AUGUST 1: KAREN SAILORS
Karen Sailors has known adversity. After being widowed in her early '30s, she raised two children on her own. In 2007, she was laid off from her job. And when she started thinking about the next step in her life, it was clear she needed to get back to the classroom to build on the training she'd gotten years ago at a technical college. Facing these challenges was tough enough, but Sailors managed them while overcoming a personal disability: She has been deaf since birth. / Atlanta Journal-Constitution
DEAF BINGHAMTON WOMAN THANKFUL FOR FRIENDS
Born deaf, Nissaura Soto-Diaz couldn’t communicate with the children around her. For the first 13 years of her life, she felt isolated and very much alone. When asked about her childhood, Nissaura, now 18, makes the motion for crying. At the time, Nissaura knew of only two other deaf children, and they both moved away. So with the blessing and support of the Binghamton school district, Nissaura looked elsewhere for her education — and for friends. / Press & Sun-Bulletin
THOUSANDS PARTICIPATE IN SIGN LANGUAGE CONVENTION
Thousands of people have gathered at a sign language convention in Denton this weekend. It's an opportunity for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and individuals that are deaf and blind to come together as a community. Participants have traveled cross-country to the Jehovah's Witness Assembly Hall in Denton for the convention. / NBC 5
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COURT INTERPRETERS PLAY CRUCIAL ROLE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, OFFICIALS SAY
P. Lanette Pinkard’s hands can change a person’s life. Pinkard, a certified sign language interpreter, works in courthouses in Oakland County and elsewhere doing sign language interpretation for the deaf. Officials say interpreters, whether for deaf people or non-native English speakers, are key in ensuring defendants have a fair path through the criminal justice system. / The Oakland Press
NORTH CAROLINA TOUR GUIDE RATES LOCAL ATTRACTIONS' ACCOMMODATIONS FOR DISABLED VISITORS
To update a North Carolina tour book for people with disabilities, author Philip Woodward visited many of the sites himself. He measured water fountains and restroom stalls and checked for captioned videos and large-print signs, trying to imagine how a person with a disability might experience a visit. It's not hard. Woodward is deaf. He says that gives him more empathy for people who aren't able to walk, see or hear. / Fayetteville Observer
LETTER: AGENCY FAILS IN FOLLOW-THROUGH ON REQUEST
I am deaf and live in Keithville. I was so excited to hear about the screening and panel discussion of “Rational Middle” at Sci-Port. The use of alternative forms of energy has always interested me. Finally, a forum for discussion was being presented right here in my own backyard. I made a request for an interpreter with a local agency that has the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf interpreting contract. After giving three days’ notice, no interpreter was provided. I only received a lot of emails and excuses as to why one will not be there. / Shreveport Times
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
BREAK THE SILENCE
Unsurprisingly, it’s tough for the deaf to enjoy live theater. University of Minnesota senior Jay’d Hagberg hopes to make theater more accessible with “Silence,” his deaf-friendly musical for the Fringe Festival. “Silence” uses roughly half deaf and half hearing actors to create a production that is equally enjoyable to both audiences. / The Minnesota Daily
AT 81, SHE WRITES BOOK TO SHARE JOURNEY OF VISION, HEARING LOSS
It would have been a lot easier for Ruth Silver not to do this. The woman is blind and mostly deaf and 81 years old. She's been through enough. But there is something in her spirit that urges her to stare down the dark moments of her remarkable life. She has just finished her memoir, "Invisible: My Journey through Vision and Hearing Loss," and it is a blockbuster. Amazon carries it, as does Barnes & Noble. Silver will be making the rounds promoting it at bookstores and book clubs soon. / Journal Sentinel
Los Angeles, CA
WATCH: SEXY LESBIAN SIGN LANGUAGE VERSION OF GOYTE'S 'SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW'
Just when you thought this song might be over, comes a refreshingly new take on Gotye’s hit, “Somebody I Used to Know.” Cute, butch lesbian Azora Telford does an American Sign Language interpretation for deaf viewers, with help from director Julia Dameron and costar Terrylene. The video, say the makers, is “an expression of ASL music composed by a team of Deaf and CODA (Child of Deaf Adult) members, including the crew and cast members. / SheWired
A SILENCE FULL OF SOUNDS
Since the play, and then the movie, came out, “Children of a Lesser God” has had a special place in Rus Roberts’ family. Roberts is the director of ACT’s production of the play, which opens July 27. “I have two deaf brothers, both older than me by 10 and 12 years,” he said. “Not only was there an age difference separating us, but also the deafness. Many of the themes and situations in the play our family, too, experienced.” / Corvallis Gazette Times
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DEAF OLYMPIC SWIMMING HOPEFUL MARCUS TITUS MAKES HISTORY
American swimmer Marcus Titus may be deaf, but he's one of the fastest swimmers in the nation. And when USA Swimming decided not to use hand signals to start races in the Olympic trials last month, he was just as quick to remind them their rule book said otherwise. The resulting reversal was a victory for Titus, as well as deaf athletes everywhere. / Healthy Hearing
REDS TO HONOR DEAF MUTE PLAYER WILLIAM 'DUMMY' HOY
A Cincinnati Reds player from long ago will be honored as a role model for the hearing impaired community. The player's nickname was "Dummy," something no one would use these days, but was commonly accepted more than a century ago. Hoy played 18 seasons of professional ball, including five with the Reds in the late 1800s and early 1900s. / WKRC
DEAF NBA PLAYER SPEAKS TO DEAF KIDS
The only limitations are the ones people place on themselves, the first deaf player in the NBA told a gymnasium full of deaf children and teens. Lance Allred, 31, played for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008 and Indiana Pacers two years ago. He spoke Friday to participants in the Deaf Sports Academy, which wrapped a weeklong camp at California School for the Deaf. “More important than if you fail or succeed is the fact that you tried,” Allred told the 74 campers along with their coaches, parents and a few other family members. / Press-Enterprise
About to enter his sophomore season as a student-athlete at Rochester Institute of Technology, Sean Patrick "Skip" Flanagan isn't all that old ... but, the former Bishop Feehan High baseball standout will become the first hearing impaired athlete to play in the 19th annual "Old Time Game" in Cambridge. Flanagan was born deaf and uses American Sign Language as his primary means of communication. A pitcher/outfielder, Flanagan is the first deaf baseball player to be participating. / The Sun Chronicle
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