August 15, 2012
Vol. 8, No. 40
Editor: Tom Willard
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PASTOR NOTED IN DEAF COMMUNITY KILLED IN CRASH
A 45-year-old pastor who was active in the deaf community died in a crash on County Road JJ at Mayflower Road around 6:20 p.m. Aug. 8. The driver of a Chevy Impala did not stop at the intersection and ran into a Ford Fusion with four people inside, including the pastor -- David Hoffman, who was one of the passengers. Hoffman had recently moved to the Fox Valley and his goal was to establish a church for the deaf community, according to his obituary. / Appleton Post-Crescent
INFORMATION SOUGHT IN SHOOTING OF DEAF MAN
Richland County deputies are seeking a suspect who shot a deaf, intellectually disabled man late Monday night. Officials say the 49-year-old victim was visiting his parents on Bluff Road around 11:30 p.m. Monday night and left to return to his residence. Ten to fifteen minutes later after leaving, deputies say the man returned to his parents' home and complained of being in pain. When family members started to remove pieces of his clothing to locate the pain, they discovered he had been shot. / WIS
DEAF MAN HIT BY TRAIN IN READING
At 7:13 a.m. Thursday, a resident reported that a 56-year-old deaf man was hit by a train while waiting at the station. According to Reading Police, the man was transported to the hospital. The man was waiting with his dog for a commuter rail train when the train hit him. He did not hear the bells, and was facing the opposite direction of the warning lights, police said. An officer believed that the dog was hit as well, but he was unsure as the dog ran up Haven Street. The dark colored, medium sized dog is still missing. / Patch.com
PROMINENT DEAF CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATION THUMBS ITS NOSE AT LGBT PEOPLE A SECOND TIME
Earlier this year I wrote on The Huffington Post about the National Association of the Deaf announcement that an anti-LGBT-rights governor would speak at their national conference. During the ensuing uproar on social media, the governor, Dennis Daugaard, of South Dakota, notified the NAD that he wouldn't be able to attend the conference after all. Catching LGBT advocates by surprise, delegates at the following NAD conference moved to extend another invitation to Gov. Daugaard to speak at the next conference. The second surprise: This motion passed unanimously! / The Huffington Post
ERC INVESTIGATION FINDS 45% OF DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING ENCOUNTER HOUSING DISCRIMINATION
A report released by the Equal Rights Center (ERC) found that 45% of Deaf or hard of hearing individuals who use telecommunications relay service experienced discriminatory treatment while seeking rental housing in the greater Washington, D.C. area. “Despite technological strides and comprehensive civil rights protections, many housing providers still leave the Deaf and hard of hearing who rely on relay services to conduct daily activities disconnected,” said Don Kahl, Executive Director of the Equal Rights Center. / The Equal Rights Center
South Bend, IN
JUDGE NEMETH ACCUSED OF MISCONDUCT
A long-serving probate judge is accused of misconduct on the bench in connection with alleged remarks made to a woman in a guardianship hearing for a deaf teenager last year. The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications complaint alleges that St. Joseph Probate Court Judge Peter Nemeth made inappropriate comments to a woman in court as a potential guardian for a deaf 18-year-old when she asked for a court-provided interpreter for the teenager. The commission said Nemeth first denied her request to supply a sign language interpreter for the woman, and instead ordered her to provide one herself. / South Bend Tribune
GOVERNOR PATRICK SIGNS NEWTON MOM'S HEARING AID BILL
Lisa Adams is thrilled. The next time her twin sons need to order new hearing aids -- at a cost of roughly $5,000 per kid -- they will have help from their insurance company. The same is true for any other child in Massachusetts who is hearing impaired, thanks in large part to Adams’s efforts. With the help of state Rep. Sean Garballey, D-Arlington, Adams authored House Bill 52 requiring insurance companies to cover up to $2,000 for hearing aids for children 21 years old and younger every 36 months. / Newton TAB
HEARING IMPAIRED CHILD TESTIFIES BEFORE LAWMAKERS
A young Ledyard girl spoke out, and a Bill of Rights for the deaf and hearing impaired students is now law in our state. That girl, Rachel Kane, suffers from hearing loss. The amazing 11-year-old girl who didn't think twice about testifying before state legislators said she just wanted to help other students who were just like her. Like a lot of children, Rachel plays a musical instrument, but few have testified before state legislators on a bill close to their heart. "Just by sharing my opinion, it's had a really powerful impact and I'm glad that I did it," Rachel said. / WTNH
Colorado Springs, CO
SIGN OF THE TIMES
Whatever fanfare social media might receive, it has real shortcomings. There's nothing like a wildfire to remind us that while some truths are, as they say, socially constructed, others come burning over a ridge at 50 miles an hour. To wit: When the community looked for reliable sources of truly "breaking" news, sans gossip and panicked exaggeration, most of us turned on our TVs. But what if you can't hear the news? / Colorado Springs Independent
ST. JOSEPH INSTITUTE FOR DEAF CELEBRATES 175 YEARS OF SERVICE
An organization in Chesterfield that has listened to the needs of children for 175 years is asking for volunteers to hear its call. For 175 years, St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf has helped children with hearing impairment reach their full potential, most recently at their Chesterfield campus. Festivities to mark this anniversary will start with a "175 Minutes of Service For 175 Years of Innovation" event on Aug. 18. / STLtoday.com
St. Paul, MN
A RECORD $7.6 MILLION RAISED TO HELP THE WORLD'S HEARING IMPAIRED
On Saturday, August 4, 2012, Starkey Hearing Foundation, whose mission – So the World May Hear – brings greater understanding among people through hearing care, raised more than $7.6 million during its annual So the World May Hear Awards Gala. The event, which drew dozens of celebrity and VIP supporters, raised the most money of any gala since the event began in 2001. / PRNewswire
PETITION: REPRIMAND TACOMA POLICE OFFICERS WHO HURT DEAF WOMAN
Target: Tacoma Police Department. Goal: Reprimand officers who brutally responded to deaf woman’s plea for help, and provide training for officers in how to communicate with individuals who have disabilities. A deaf woman in distress called 911 but instead of receiving help, she was shot with a stun gun and was imprisoned for three days without being granted the right to an interpreter. / ForceChange
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DEAF, MUTE INDIAN GIRL STRANDED IN PAKISTAN FOR 13 YEARS LONGS TO GET BACK HOME
A young deaf and mute Indian girl, who had strayed out of her house as a child 13 years ago and ended up in Pakistan, is longing to go back home. Geeta, now 21, was found by the police sitting alone and disorientated on a train that had come across the border into Lahore. She was handed over to the Edhi Foundation, who has been taking care of her ever since. Geeta, desperate to get back to India, has tried to run away several times, but defenseless and unable to explain where her family lives, she has failed. / Newstrack India
DEAFNESS IS NO OBSTACLE FOR REFUGEE TEAM IN DADAAB
The cheering from their fans is unlikely to have much effect on this football team drawn from the five sprawling refugee camps at Dadaab: all the members of EL-MAN DEAF FC have limited or no hearing. That has not stopped them playing well. Earlier this month - showing the Olympic spirit on a dry desert field far from the rain of Britain -- the team easily defeated a team of NGO and UN players 2-0. Tomoya Soejima, a UNHCR Youth Officer who works closely with the team, saw the victory as instilling further confidence. / allAfrica.com
Surrey, BC, Canada
DEAF MAN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY HAS SPECIAL BIKE STOLEN
Surrey's Brayden Walterhouse, 20, has been challenged by cerebral palsy and deafness, but he's always persevered. One of the main tools he relies on is a black Opus brand bike, which allows him to travel to social engagements and to the gym. But the young man's freedom was suddenly taken away Tuesday while he was working out at the gym. Someone cut the locked cable that secured his bike outside the rec centre and made off with it. / Surrey Leader
TEENAGER BORN DEAF IN ONE YEAR HAS RIGHT NOTE AFTER OPERATION
She was born deaf in one ear. But Evie Hicklin was determined this would not stop her musical ambitions – to play the piano and clarinet. And the 17-year-old is now a proficient self-taught pianist and grade six clarinet player. Evie started learning her instruments when she was just eight years-old. She has zero hearing in her left ear and normal hearing aids cannot help her. But she can enjoy every single musical note she hits after undergoing an operation to fit a bone-anchored hearing aid, or Baha – a device that restores hearing by sending sound vibrations through her skull. / Sunday Mercury
DEAF ACCESS FAIL AT THE DEPT. FOR WORK AND PENSIONS
There’s been lots of discussions about how the process for claiming the new Personal Independence Payments benefit will work in practice. In a nutshell, you have to make a pre-claim before you’re given a personalised form for your proper claim. And how do you get a pre-claim form? Easy, you give the benefits team a call and they will do a short interview over the phone. And if you have problems using the phone? No worries, you’ll get a paper form to complete. And how do you get a paper form? You give the benefits team a call. / The Limping Chicken
South Yorkshire, England
DEAF SOUTH YORKSHIRE OAP, 74, WINS CASH PAYOUT
A South Yorkshire pensioner has won an undisclosed four figure settlement after being exposed to excessive noise 30 years ago. Former labourer and forklift driver Robert Scrivens, aged 74, has been told he needs to wear hearing aids years earlier than expected after being exposed to excessive noise with no protective equipment when he worked for Hepworth Pipe Co Ltd from 1983 to 1998. The grandfather-of-seven contacted industrial illness experts at law firm Irwin Mitchell who have secured the settlement from his former employers for the hearing loss. / The Star
PET DOG INTRODUCES DEAF OWNER TO WOMAN OF HIS DREAMS
To thank his four-legged friend for playing cupid, Mr Moore let Foggy take centre stage when he married Vicky Royall on Friday. He carried the rings to the altar, thanks to a specially-made waistcoat and tie with a box attached to the back. ‘I wanted Foggy at our wedding because without him, I wouldn’t have met Vicky,’ said Mr Moore, 27, who was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome. ‘Before I had Foggy, I would stay at home and lock myself in my room. / Metro
DEAF PERSONS WANT TO BE HEARD COME ELECTIONS
They heard about the special registration for persons with disabilities (PWD) only a day before it was held, still reeling from the recent torrential rain and floods that hit Metro Manila. But when the sun shone on Saturday, August 11, Azel Christensen and Ronald Yambao, both deaf persons, prepared to go to the registration center in the 2nd district of Quezon City. It was an important day for them. Azel is 28 while Ronald is 40, but it will be their first time to vote come 2013 midterm elections. / Rappler
DEAF TEACHER-PAINTER MEETS HIS MODERN-DAY GOOD SAMARITAN
A local businessman-artist birthday gifted himself as a sudden inspiration, by inviting deaf teacher-artist and 2-time International Abilympics gold medallist Jose dela Cruz, to sketch friends and show his works in his party. As his wish, Jose’s genius easily got noticed, but in a big way, by one man in particular. This standout corporate young Good Samaritan (GM), from a super affluent family in the country, humbly told the interpreter after buying 2 paintings, “Please tell Lolo Jose not to forget me when he is already famous.” / NCDA
SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF TO SEE STRUCTURAL IMPROVEMENTS
Principal Kanykey Djamanbaeva's prayers have finally been answered. A contract to replace approximately 300 windows and two sections of roofing was signed by representatives of Megalit, a Bishkek based construction firm, on August 6, 2012. After several years, Djamanbaeva can breathe easier knowing that the dilapidated windows and decaying roof at the Bishkek School for the Deaf will be replaced for the first time in 60 years. / DVIDS
MISS DEAF CLEARS HER FACEBOOK WALL
Miss Deaf Nosipho Zwane had previously posted her regrets about joining the contest and expressed relief that her term would end soon. She had also posted some damning allegations against the director of the pageant, Nokuthula Mbatha. The news of her alleged abuse in the hands of Mbatha generated sympathy from fellow Facebook users. Over 50 comments were posted by her friends and others, encouraging her to be strong. / The Swazi Observer
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LIFE & LEISURE
DEAF, HOMELESS, AND SPEECHLESS
What would it be like to be homeless, and also deaf and dumb? Would it be even more difficult if you were a small, black man? I wondered these things every time I saw Ramon Johnson walk by. For three or four weeks, I saw him on Tuesday Mornings at the church parking lot, where he would come for assistance with the other homeless men and women. When he walked past me, he would nod in greeting. Sometimes, he would make a few hand gestures, and make a few unintelligible grunting noises, as if he was trying to speak to me, or at least, to get someone’s attention. But I don’t know how to sign. / Auburn Journal
South Jordan, UT
TEEN DONATES FIRST-PLACE STEER TO AID DEAF, BLIND 3-YEAR-OLD
When Tanner Maxfield was asked if he would be willing to sell one of his award-winning steers well below its value for a fundraiser he did them one better, he gave it to them. Maxfield, a shy 14-year-old from Bluffdale with a learning disability, raises cattle to compete at fairs and then sells the beef. When he heard that 3-year-old Kayden Miller, who is blind, deaf and can't walk because of Cerebral Palsy, lost his mom and that his family had no way to pay for funeral costs, Maxfield decided to donate his steer for a raffle, with proceeds going to Miller's family. / KSL.com
YOUNG STUDENTS SING PRAISES OF SIGN-LANGUAGE CAMP
One after another, the children walk to the front of the classroom and spell their names with their hands. Annabelle Boice-Buir, 5, of Pottstown places her lollipop down and, with fingers flying, signs her name in the air. Annabelle is one of 14 children learning sign language during the Berks Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services summer camp at the agency's office at 2046 Centre Ave. During the three-day camp, children learn the American Sign Language alphabet and a list of vocabulary words. / Reading Eagle
Las Vegas, NV
At the Deaf Nation World Expo (an international convention for over 30,000 deaf people), I met a fellow from Finland: Kimmo L. I noticed him as soon as he approached our booth. Tall and thin with overflowing hair, he did not strike me as Jewish, but when he began to share his story, it became clear that I was quite wrong. "I am one of three Jewish deaf people in the entire country of Finland," he explained in American Sign Language. / Chabad.org
LETTER: WHY ARE THE DEAF OVERLOOKED?
This letter is in reference to the column, “Disability rights go global” featured in The Vindicator on Aug. 7. Bob Dole, the article’s author and the Republican candidate for president in 1996, knows the hardships that disabled Americans endure these days. The question is why do American politicians reach out to disabled leaders who can hear, not the deaf? / Youngstown Vindicator
Los Angeles, CA
HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOF GALA BENEFIT PICTURES
We have added a new set of pictures from the event "Hooray for HollyWOOF!" 35th Anniversary Gala Benefiting Dogs for the Deaf and Generation Rescue. / Monsters and Critics
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NEW MICHIGAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF IS CUTTING-EDGE
In the art teacher's room, giant walls of glass rise to the ceiling, filling the room with light. In the gym, projectors display game scores and other announcements for the students and spectators, most of whom would struggle to follow a traditional game announcer. In the media center, furniture is oriented in a semi-circle, so everyone has a view of the words people are shaping with their hands. This is the Michigan School for the Deaf building, a brand-new, 80,000-square-foot, 26-classroom testament to cutting-edge educational technology and design. / MLive.com
Cedar Rapids, IA
HANDS UP COMMUNICATIONS CONNECTS DEAF WITH HEARING WORLD
To prepare for playing football during his freshman year of high school, D.J. Meyer wanted to attend former Iowa Hawkeye and NFL wide receiver Tim Dwight’s annual football camp. “I signed up and everything was good except for one flaw,” said Meyer, who is deaf. “No interpreter.” Meyer’s parents were not willing to accept the potential roadblock. They contacted Sue Tyrrell, co-owner of Hands Up Communications in Cedar Rapids. “I was able to rearrange my schedule for that week as well as finding other interpreters who were willing to interpret for D.J.,” Tyrrell said. / The Gazette
NEW VISUAL, AMPLIFIED STETHOSCOPE FOR HEARING IMPAIRED CLINICIANS
Properly diagnosing patients using a stethoscope requires good hearing to discern the murmurs from normal heart sounds. Yet many doctors and nurses suffer from poor hearing, making it difficult to auscultate their patients, seriously hampering their ability to perform a basic screening. The Cardionics ViScope aims to solve that problem by providing both amplification of the audio signal and a visual display of the phonocardiogram or phonopneumogram. / medGadget
FILINGS DETAIL APPLE'S PLANS TO IMPROVE SUPPORT FOR HEARING IMPAIRED USERS
With this fall's launch of iOS 6 set to add support for new "Made for iPhone" hearing aids, a pair of new patent applications offer a glimpse of how Apple could even further benefit users who are hearing impaired. The applications published this week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and discovered by AppleInsider are entitled Social Network for Sharing a Hearing Aid Setting and Remotely Updating a Hearing Aid Profile. They both describe smart hearing aids that could wirelessly connect to devices to make life easier for users with hearing issues. / Apple Insider
ENGAGE APP BY E-VIEW SEEKING CONTENT FOR DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING EVENTS
E-View Connections LLC, the Chicago-based developer of Engage, an app that connects the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community through ASL video messages specific to each mobile user’s GPS location, seeks input regarding activities and events that would be of interest to their Deaf subscribers across the country. The Engage app recently launched through the App Store for iPhone; Google Play for Android phones; and Blackberry App World for recent Blackberry phones. / PRWeb
DISABILITIES: WHY WAS THIS EMPLOYEE HIRED?
A large chain of photography studios hired a photographer in its Denver, Colorado, location. Called a "performer" in the job description, she was required to interact with and photograph customers, often young children, sell photo packages, and work in the lab behind the studio. But the employee was profoundly deaf and unable to speak or read lips. Imagine her problems interacting with customers. / HR.BLR.com
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AUSTIN CHAPMAN, DEAF MAN, INTRODUCED TO WONDERFUL WORLD OF MUSIC BY REDDIT USERS
With the help of strangers on social news site Reddit, a deaf young man who just got fitted with new hearing aids is being introduced to the wonderful world of music. Austin Chapman was "born profoundly deaf" and all music had sounded terrible to him through his old hearing aids. As a result, the 23-year-old filmmaker said he never understood music or why people would react so profoundly to a song. But last week, Chapman's aural universe was turned upside down when he put in a new pair of hearing aids for the first time in years. / The Huffington Post
New York, NY
CURTAIN RAISERS: WHEN A FEAST FOR THE EYES ISN'T ENOUGH
Each week in Curtain Raisers, we invite a local theater artist to attend a show of his or her choosing and discuss the results. On Wednesday, the actor Russell Harvard opted to see "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark." Mr. Harvard, who is hearing impaired, scored his breakthrough role as the deaf son of Daniel Day-Lewis's character in the film "There Will Be Blood." He's currently starring off-Broadway in "Tribes," which won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play this year. / The Wall Street Journal
ON YOUTUBE, A THRIVING SCENE OF SIGN-LANGUAGE PERFORMANCE
With the dawn of Internet video, many ASL musicians, poets, and comedians reach geographically dispersed audiences as easily as their spoken-language counterparts. About 40% of the videos tagged “sign language” on YouTube have been uploaded in the last year, says YouTube trend manager Kevin Allocca. And the rate at which “ASL” is typed in the site’s search box has increased two-fold since 2008. / Co.EXIST
Las Vegas, NV
DEAFNATION WORLD EXPO 2012
The second DeafNation World Expo wrapped up a stunning three-day exhibition from the Mandalay Bay Conference Center in Las Vegas. The DeafNation World Expo attracted over 16,000+ people from 65+ different countries, and was a remarkable step up from the 2010 World Expo. DeafNation CEO Joel Barish believes that this year’s DeafNation World Expo was much more memorable, “because of the quality of events, performers, and entertainment we hosted all week.” / DeafNation
New York, NY
8-YEAR-OLD WRITES BOOK ON HEARING LOSS
Hi, my name is Samantha. I'm 8 years old. I have an older brother named Sean. Me and my family live in New York City. I go to P.S. 3 in Manhattan. Last year when I was still wearing one hearing aid I wrote a book called "Samantha's Fun FM Unit and Hearing Aid Book." I wrote it to explain why I wear a hearing aid and an FM Unit in school. And I also made the book for kids or adults that have hearing loss too. I want them to feel the same way about their hearing aids that I do! / CNN.com
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BENGALS NEW DE AWAITS CHANCE AT REDEMPTION
In the days leading up to this year’s NFL Draft, the sports website Bleacher Report ran a list of the biggest draft busts in the history of each franchise. For the Atlanta Falcons, the choice was Jamaal Anderson, a defensive end out of Arkansas who was selected eighth overall in 2007 and recorded a mere 4.5 sacks in four seasons before the team released him. A sociology major and academic honor roll student at Arkansas, Anderson is fluent in sign language and always eager to help the deaf community. / Dayton Daily News
DEAF BAREFOOT SKIER OVERCOMES ADVERSITY
Barefoot Skiers from across the nation flocked to Barefoot Ski Ranch in Axtell this weekend for the Barefoot Water Ski National Championships. Among those on the water this weekend was Karen Putz, a 47-year-old Chicago woman who was left deaf after a barefoot water skiing accident she had when she was 19 years old. "I was 19, and it was a beautiful Summer day. I went across a wake and I fell really hard into the water. When I got back into the boat, I realized I was deaf," Putz said. For Karen, getting back to the sport she loved, took a leap of faith. / KWTX
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