August 12, 2009
Vol. 5, No. 10
Editor: Tom Willard
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MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON IN DISABLED SON'S DEATH
A southwestern Illinois man who admits he killed his deaf, disabled 2-year-old son in 2007 should spend the next 44 years in prison. That's the sentence a Madison County judge handed last Tuesday to 24-year-old Johnny Garcia of Alton. Garcia pleaded guilty in May to a first-degree murder count in exchange for a promise of no more than 50 years in prison. / AP
POLICE: DEAF WOMAN ASSAULTED WITH MUG
Reports indicate a 44-year-old woman assaulted her deaf roommate Sunday morning [August 2]. Shelby Police responded that day to the 700 block of South Dekalb Street, finding a 30-year-old woman outside. Two cuts stretched across her forehead. “Once I began to talk to (the victim), I found she was deaf,” read a report by Officer R.D. Bowen. “There was an un-known … woman who could interpret what she was saying … ” / The Star
FIREFIGHTERS BREAK DOWN DOOR AFTER HEARING-IMPAIRED MAN FAILS TO HEAR ALARM
Firefighters broke down the door of a mobile home Thursday to awaken a sleeping, hearing-impaired man who didn't notice the blare of the smoke alarm. The man, described as an "older gentleman," was not injured in the incident. "This could have been bad," said Steve McAdoo, spokesman for Clackamas County Fire District 1. "As it was, it turned out OK. But we are urging anyone with hearing disabilities to get a special smoke alarm." / The Oregonian
Salt Lake City, UT
SCHOOLS FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND NAME CHIEF
The Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (USDB) has a new leader. The Utah State Board of Education last Friday named Steven W. Noyce as USDB superintendent. Noyce most recently served as the executive director of the Tucker-Maxon Oral School in Portland, Ore., and formerly was an education program director at the Utah School for the Deaf, where he supervised both signing and oral programs. / The Salt Lake Tribune
PRES. OBAMA INVITES HLAA TO WHITE HOUSE CELEBRATION OF ADA'S 19TH ANNIVERSARY
Brenda Battat, Executive Director of Hearing Loss Association of America, joined President Barack Obama and disability representatives from around the country July 24 at the White House to celebrate the 19th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the ground-breaking civil rights legislation for people with disabilities. The ceremony at the White House was slated to include the announcement by President Obama that the United States has agreed to sign onto the United Nations’ “Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities." / Healthy Hearing
NEW BUILDING LETS CARLE'S HEARING-LOSS PROGRAMS EXPAND
Now about to start eighth grade at Holy Cross School in Champaign, Christopher Caulfield was the first student at Carle Foundation Hospital's St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf when it opened in 1997. His parents discovered he was profoundly deaf when he was a year old, and at 18 months old, Christopher had surgery to get a cochlear implant. Some 12 years later, a treatment room has been named in Christopher's honor in the brand-new building housing both the school for deaf children and Carle's pediatric hearing center. The new building opened last week with a new name for the school, the Carle Auditory Oral School. / The News-Gazette
DEAF CHILD LOSES HEARING EQUIPMENT IN HOUSE FIRE
A couple who lost everything in a fire last Thursday is in desperate need of help. Their 3-year-old son is deaf, and his hearing equipment was destroyed in the fire. 19-year-old Brandon Behurst and his fiance, 22-year-old Cyrstal Nevin say their 3-year-old son needs some very expensive equipment in order to hear. All of it was burned in the fire at their home in the Chinook Trailer Park on West 45th Avenue and South Olympia in Kennewick.
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DEAF411 releases "Deaf-Friendly Cities in the U.S. report
NEW YORK CITY (Deaf411) - (12 August 2009) - Deaf411, a deaf marketing and public relations company, has released the final report and results of a year-long survey on which cities are considered “deaf friendly.” The final report, which lists 20 U.S. cities, was released today and is now available for public viewing.
This “Deaf Friendly Cities” report includes a narrative of a selected city from each of four U.S. regions, lists several community resources, and photos representing a variety of situations that are considered “deaf friendly” to deaf consumers or travelers.
"While research for this report should not be considered scientific," a Deaf411 representative explains, "this sampling of consumers with significant hearing loss who depend primarily on sign language provides solid criteria for evaluating cities for accessibility from a deaf friendly perspective."
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SPORTS OFFICIAL ARRESTED OVER FAKE DEAF AND DUMB TEAM
An official of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, James Armah, who under the pretext of sending some deaf and dumb persons to a football tournament in Australia, ended up sending men who hear and speak, has been picked up by the police. Head of the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service, DCOP Frank Adu Poku told Asempa News that the suspect, who is in his late 50’s, connived with the able-bodied persons and took them to Australia, while members of the actual deaf and dumb football team were left behind in Ghana. / Myjoyonline.com
Cape Coast, Ghana
DEAF STUDENTS IN LIMBO
The fate of about 100 children with hearing impairment who wanted to go to school is hanging in the balance because they cannot get admission into the school for the deaf. Authorities of the Cape Coast School for the Deaf say the facilities in the school cannot accommodate all the students who apply to the school. The one hundred students are therefore on a waiting list until God-knows-when. / Myjoyonline.com
Greater Manchester, England
PRIEST ADMITS HE FATHERED CHILD
A Catholic priest has told parishioners in Greater Manchester that he is leaving the church after confessing he has a four-year-old child. Father Peter McDonough revealed to his congregation at St Joseph's Mission to Deaf People in Salford on Sunday that he had broken his vow of celibacy. After a "time of reflection," he decided his responsibility should lie with his family, Salford diocese said. Mr McDonough, who is deaf himself, had dedicated the past 27 years to pastoral care for deaf people. / BBC News
DEAF SOLDIER WINS £330K DAMAGES FROM MOD
A soldier has won £330,000 [$467,000 US] from the Ministry of Defence for hearing loss -- after being told not to wear earplugs during a training exercise to make it more "battle realistic." Charles Bradlaugh was left with hearing loss and tinnitus, which has created a "fuzzy noise," in his left ear. Mr Bradlaugh, 22, was a cadet when colleagues started firing before he could find earplugs or alert anyone at Barry Buddon Training Centre in Carnoustie, Angus, in 2004. He was given a discharge from the army on health grounds in 2007. / The Daily Mirror
EX-RAIL WORKER WINS £25,000 FOR HEARING LOSS
A lawyer in England has urged former railway workers to look into compensation claims and Government entitlements. Brigitte Chandler said she believed there could be many workers from the railway, car, engineering and manufacturing industries who have suffered hearing loss. Ms Chandler recently won £25,000 [$41,000 US] in compensation for a former railway worker left with the hearing condition tinnitis, and said people were not aware hearing issues could be caused by the environment they worked in. / This Is Wiltshire
'RIDICULOUS' RISE IN HIV/AIDS CASES AMONG DEAF
Officials at the Jamaica Association for the Deaf and the Jamaica AIDS Support are reporting a "huge" increase in the number of deaf persons contracting the Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) and engaging in risky sexual behaviour. Reports of loose, multi-partner, unprotected sex, and what Jamaica AIDS Support officials call "inter-sexing", which involves homo and bisexual intercourse, have emerged, as the organisation grapples to deal with the growing number of deaf clients on its hands. / Jamaica Observer
MINISTER CALLS ON SUPPORT FOR DEAF CYCLISTS
Home Minister Mardiyanto requested all governors, regents and mayors Tuesday to extend their hospitality to a deaf couple who is on a bicycle trip across the country, Antara news agency reported. “All regional heads are ought to receive them if they travel to their territories,” Mardiyanto said when granting audience to the couple, Yunara and Rahma Anggareni Chibro, at his office. Hundreds of the ministry’s employees attended the meeting. / The Jakarta Post
RTE CUTS FUNDING FOR DEAF SERVICES BY 60 PERCENT
Plans by RTE to slash funding for TV programming for the deaf were last week branded a betrayal of its broadcasting responsibilities. RTE has said it will cut financial support for signed TV programming by 60 percent, saving more than €100,000 [$143,300 US] a year. The signing of the news headlines is unaffected. But the cut will mean that instead of producing 20 shows a year in the 'Hands On' series, the station will now slash production to just seven, or barely more than one every two months, activists claimed. / Independent
ICELAND HELPS NAMIBIA WITH DEAF COMMUNITY CENTRE
Iceland’s Communication Centre for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (SHH) will support a similar organization in the African nation of Namibia. The SHH will support the government and authorities of Namibia to help develop a special institution to help the hearing impaired. The Icelandic International Development Agency (Iceida) has signed an agreement with the SHH to support the project. / Ice News
Toronto, Ont., Canada
DISABLED WORKERS FEEL STING OF RECESSION
Ralph Waine first stuck his nose under the hood of a car at the age of five. But even though the 43-year-old mechanic has since accumulated years of experience fixing cars and transport trucks, finding a job in the field has caused him nothing but frustration. He says it comes down to one reason: "It's just I can't hear, and that's why they don't want to offer me that chance." Difficulty finding employment has recently been amplified for the deaf and others with disabilities as Canada suffers from an economic downturn, shedding tens of thousands of jobs. / CBC
Ottawa, Ont., Canada
TO PLAY A DEAF CHILD, CAST A DEAF CHILD
When the makers of Orphan were casting their new horror thriller, their biggest concern was to find a young actress capable of playing a hearing impaired child. And then eight-year-old Vancouverite Aryana Engineer entered the picture, and their problem was solved. / Citizen News Service
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LIFE & LEISURE
DEAFNESS IS THE MOST COMMON OF ALL BIRTH DEFECTS
Why do they test baby’s hearing when they are born? Deafness is the most common of all birth defects. Every day 33 babies in the United States are born with some form of hearing loss. That equates to around 12,000 babies every year. Before we started testing babies in the hospital, the average age at which a baby was diagnosed was 30 months. That is well after language and learning disabilities may have developed. / Bradenton Herald
GADGETS: DEAF-BLIND USERS CAN SEND, GET NOTES
“Most deaf-blind people do use print-on-palm communications,” but not everyone in the public understands how to communicate with them, said Ryan Bondroff, a program manager in the Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The new DeafBlind Communicator is aimed at fixing that. The user hands a cell phone to whomever they wish to communicate with, and what follows essentially is text messaging, but on an unprecedented device developed jointly by the state and private industry. It was released in June. / The Olympian
Tel Aviv, Israel
APP HELPS HEARING IMPAIRED SORT THROUGH AURAL CLUTTER
Hearing aids and cochlear implants work like complicated miniature microphones to help the deaf and hard-of-hearing pick up the noises around them. Unfortunately, the hum of background noise also tends to be amplified, often creating a confusing melee of sound. Miriam Furst-Yust, a professor at Tel Aviv University's School of Electrical Engineering, has developed new software called Clearcall that can improve speech recognition by up to 50 percent in hearing aids and cochlear implants. / CNET News
King of Prussia, PA
CORRELATION BETWEEN HEARING LOSS AND ECONOMIC STATUS
Two studies released over the last year reveal hearing loss is impacting baby boomers where it hurts most -- their pocketbooks. A study conducted by Clarity and The EAR Foundation confirmed not only the prevalence of hearing loss among baby boomers, but also its negative impact on performance and productivity on the job, loss of income and overall quality of life. A similar study by the Better Hearing Institute further reinforced the Clarity/EAR Foundation findings. Hearing loss among baby boomers has increased significantly to approximately 50 percent of those aged 45-64. / Advance
AMERICA HEARS DONATES HEARING AIDS TO 'HELP-THE-CHILDREN-HEAR' PROGRAM
America Hears, Inc., made its fourth donation of more than 100 used hearing aids to Help the Children Hear, a program administered by the Rotary International Foundation to provide hearing assistance to needy children. America Hears, manufacturer and marketer of premium digital hearing aids sold over the Internet, offers a $100 incentive to customers who trade in any brand of old hearing aids and trade up to next-generation digital hearing aids from America Hears. The company has been donating all hearing-aid trade-ins to Help the Children Hear since August 2008. / PRWeb
JR. LEAGUE MAKES OVER ROOMS AT THE MS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
There was a special unveiling at the Mississippi School for the Deaf Sunday night. As part of its summer community projects, the Junior League of Jackson renovated the bedrooms in the elementary girls' dorm. They painted colorful murals, replaced mattresses and purchased all matching bed linens. They also made window dressings and bought new blinds. / WLBT3
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The World Recreation Association of the Deaf (WRAD, Inc) is happy to host the 25th Anniversary Masquerade Ball at Treasure Island In Las Vegas on Wednesday July 21, 2010 from 5pm to 9pm with a buffet dinner and dancing. This is during the DeafNation World Expo from July 18-23, 2010. Cash prizes for the best costumes/masks or both. Early bird tickets including buffet is $58 per person before 9/1/09. Online orders accepted at www.wrad.org or mail checks to WRAD, PO Box 3211, Quartz Hill, CA 93586.
SEATTLE-BASED NONPROFIT ASPIRES TO ASSIST DEAF CHILDREN IN VIETNAM
Paige Stringer traveled to Vietnam for her work and discovered a cause so personal that she established a foundation to help raise funds for deaf children in Vietnam. Last year, Stringer, a freelance travel writer, was working on an article about customized vacations when she traveled to Vietnam and volunteered at a school for deaf children. Born hard of hearing, Stringer spent two and a half weeks at the Trung Tam Thuan An center for hearing impaired students in South Vietnam. / Northwest Asian Weekly
CONVO RELAY INTRODUCES THE NEW CONVOIM FOR MAC USERS
Convo Relay last week introduced ConvoIM, which combines all the features required for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Macintosh community to place calls through qualified sign language interpreters to communicate with hearing parties. ConvoIM is a Video Relay Service specifically for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community with Macintosh computers or laptops. Mac users will be able to add ConvoIM to the iChat application at no cost. With the power of Internet, ConvoIM offers users outstanding video experience while being mobile. / PRWeb
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
LOU FERRIGNO ON 'DANCING WITH THE STARS'
Lou Ferrigno has apparently slated a deal to appear on the next season of Dancing with the Stars. The former Incredible Hulk star, who is hearing impaired, is super excited about the gig. Ferrigno told Life & Style, “I had a good meeting with the producers for Dancing With the Stars, it was really positive, and they loved the idea of having me on the show. I know that I’ll have to train hard. I’m a glutton for punishment, so I’ll give it my best shot.” / Bodog Beat
HOT TO DEAF: THE 6 SEXIEST DEAF WOMEN
If you missed the X Games last weekend, you missed a surprisingly dope women’s Moto X finals, in which 18-year-old Ashley Fiolek pulled ahead on the last lap to take the gold. Even doper? She’s deaf! And while we’re not about to sexualize a young lass of 18 by including her in one of our crass blog posts, she did get us thinking about identity politics and the way Deaf culture is so often…nah, she just got us thinking about hot Deaf women. And yeah, we used the capital D because we’re sensitive. Also, because the women we’re thinking of can definitely get the capital D. Ya heard? Oh. Uh, probably not… / Complex
SIGNS OF HALF-LIFE 2: EPISODE 3
To further extend the background characterization in the highly anticipated Half-Life 2: Episode 3 it looks as if Valve is injecting a little sign language? During a focus group discussing issues of the hearing impaired, Valve’s Gabe Newell discusses communication and the possibility of exploring frustrations and techniques experienced by the hearing impaired into Valve software. Specifically he discussed the back-story of Alyx Vance, the pivotal female character in the Half-Life 2 series of games. / ITWIRE
LAKOTA GRADUATE USING BROTHER'S GIFT
When people didn't think Sam Dailey would be able to speak after a cardiac arrest, his older brother, Steven, took matters into his own hands. With help from books and his best friend, Steven learned sign language in order to communicate with Sam four years ago. Steven said he used sign language with Sam when Sam was in the hospital and couldn't talk. Sam could hear and picked up signs. Sam died almost two years ago, but Steven is still using the sign language skills. / Advertiser-Tribune
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UTAHN'S HEARING DISABILITY NO HANDICAP
Despite being born partially deaf, Matt Huff's life has been full of talk, music and fast-flying water polo balls heading straight for his head. "There is really nothing that we can't do," said Huff, of Kearns, Utah. Huff plays the piano and saxophone and has taken private lessons for the flute. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And in September, he'll compete on the United States Deaf Water Polo Team at the 21st Summer Deaflympics in Taipei, Taiwan. / Deseret News
10TH ANNIVERSARY CAMP
The Deaf Elite Volleyball Camp marked its 10th anniversary in June with a successful camp hosted by the Texas School for the Deaf. Seventeen of the top deaf volleyball players in the nation converged upon Austin for intensive training sessions, scrimmages and games. / Deaf Elite VB Camp
Keith Wann's ASL Comedy Tour
Keith Wann, renowned for his hilarious, sidesplitting comedy performances, is now producing and hosting the ASL Comedy Tour 2009, which will travel the U.S. this year. With American Sign Language (ASL) artists presenting solo performances incorporating comedy, skits, songs, improvisation, and stories, each show lasts two hours. Sponsored by www.CallVRS.org, the multi-city tour is designed to be affordable for each location – making it ideal as a fundraiser for participating organizations.
“We really want to reach out to all communities, so we are sharing in the costs and profits at each location. We will work closely with booking parties to maximize profits for their organization and to bring in as many people as possible for a night of laughter, socialization and fun,” Wann said. “We also offer workshops by some of our performers, which can be held the day of the performance. People can come to our workshops, and then unwind by attending the comedy show that evening.”
MSSD RAISES THE BANNER TO COMMEMORATE ITS 40TH ANNIVERSARY
Celebrate 40 years of Eagle pride, passion, and power from September 25-26, 2009! Plans are underway for a spectacular weekend of activities for students and their families, alumni, faculty, and friends. Join us for the MSSD (Model Secondary School for the Deaf) Invitational Volleyball Tournament, the Homecoming game and parade, the all-day Block Festival, and the 40th Anniversary Party. Let’s make this the best celebration ever! / RegOnline
REGISTER NOW FOR NAD LEADERSHIP TRAINING CONFERENCE
Registration is now open for the Second Annual NAD (National Association of the Deaf) Leadership Training Conference (NLTC ’09), to be held October 29-November 1, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio at the Hyatt on Capitol Square. The theme of the conference is Conquering Challenges: Leadership Beyond Barriers. Conference registration is $150 for NAD members and $190 for non-members (membership is included). / NAD
Los Angeles, CA
DR. ANTONIO DE LA CRUZ DIES AT 65; PERFORMED EAR SURGERY ON RUSH LIMBAUGH
Dr. Antonio De la Cruz, a renowned neurotologist at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles who performed cochlear implant surgery on conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, has died. He was 65. De la Cruz, who also was the director of education at the House Ear Institute, died July 31 of complications of lymphoma at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles, an institute spokeswoman said. / Los Angeles Times
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P.R.I.D.E. Program Coordinator
POSITION: Coordinator / P.R.I.D.E. Program (Full-time grant position)
DATE POSITION TO BE FILLED: As soon
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: The Coordinator will assume and perform duties and responsibilities to provide employment training and job coaching to deaf adults who have additional disabilities. The Coordinator will supervise full-time staff; hire, assign, and supervise job coaches; develop and maintain interagency cooperation; develop consumer service plans; complete monthly, quarterly, annual reports required by RSD and VESID; administer program funds, check requests, purchase orders, and attend and lead meetings as necessary.
Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Human Service, Social Work, Counseling, Special Education, or Vocational Rehabilitation
Prior experience in Employment Services
Proficiency in American Sign Language required
Prior experience with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds
FILE APPLICATION WITH:
Harold Mowl, Jr., Superintendent/CEO
Rochester School for the Deaf
1545 St. Paul Street
Rochester, New York 14621
Applications received will be screened and the most highly qualified will be asked to interview.
CLOSING DATE: Open until filled
RSD is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of non-qualifying disability, race, religion, color, sex, marital status, age, national origin, and veteran status.
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