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August 18, 2010
Vol. 6, No. 42

Editor: Tom Willard

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Los Angeles, CA
A SILENT CRY FOR HELP IN HOLLYWOOD
From the White House to City Hall, the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was commemorated with speeches that fell on deaf ears in Hollywood as taxi cab operators refused to transport deaf tourists and a security guard choked a deaf shoplifting suspect for failing to comply with verbal instructions. We've come a long way but it’s apparent that some folks still haven’t gotten the message. / CityWatch

See Also DEAF MAN PLACED IN CHOKEHOLD ACCUSED OF VIOLENT ROBBERY / Photography is Not a Crime

Washington, DC
SENATE PASSES S. 3304 BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT
The U.S. Senate passed the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (S. 3304) on August 5, 2010, by unanimous consent! Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of advocates across the country and in Washington, DC, the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT), of which the NAD is a leader and steering committee member along with other disability organizations, secured a monumental step forward in accessible technology. / NAD

Washington, DC
BILL SEEKS TO MAKE ELECTRONICS ACCESSIBLE TO BLIND, DEAF
Blind or deaf consumers, who have fought to make home phones and television more accessible, say they are now being left behind on the Web and many mobile devices. Touch-based smart-phone screens confound blind people who rely on buttons and raised type. Web video means little to the deaf without captioning. But new legislation is in the works to put the same pressure on consumer electronics companies that revolutionized an earlier generation of technology for the vision- and hearing-impaired. / The Washington Post

Silver Spring, MD
DOJ NEEDS YOUR COMMENTS ON PROPOSED ADA UPDATES
On July 26, the Department of Justice issued four advanced notice of proposed rulemaking calling for public comments about proposed updates to the Americans with Disabilities Act which would affect the rules for websites, movie theatres, 9-1-1 services, and equipment/furniture manufacturers. The National Association of the Deaf urges the deaf and hard of hearing community to tell the DOJ what our community needs. / NAD

Boston, MA
DEAF MAN, 24, ACCUSED OF RAPING GIRL, 7
An East Boston man arrested during a Bible study session at an Allston church last Wednesday night, according to police, was arraigned the next day on charges that he raped a 7-year-old girl, the daughter of another parishioner, multiple times over the past six months. Erik Roldan, who is hearing impaired, had met the girl’s family at the church and was occasionally counseled by the father. / Boston Globe

Akron, OH
JUDGE TO ISSUE VERDICT TO DEAF MAN SEPT. 3
A Summit County judge will announce his decision early next month in the long-running murder case of an Akron man who cannot hear or speak, authorities said. Jerron W. Johnson, 24, is charged with the rape and murder of an Akron woman, the sexual assaults of two other women, an unrelated voyeurism charge and other offenses. Summit Common Pleas Thomas A. Teodosio took the matter under advisement after last week's closing arguments and will announce his decision in court at 1 p.m. Sept. 3. / Akron Beacon-Journal

Morganton, NC
NCSD DIRECTOR REMAINS ON SUSPENSION
The investigation into abuse and neglect allegations at the North Carolina School for the Deaf is continuing, but officials expect it will be wrapped up by the end of the week. Renee McCoy, a spokeswoman for the state, said on Monday the school’s director, Janet McDaniel, remains suspended. The state suspended McDaniel, whose salary is $97,115 a year, with pay on July 16. Dr. Esther Brassell has been serving as director of the school during the investigation. / The News Herald

South Abington Twp., PA
SCHOOL FOR DEAF PURCHASES LOURDESMONT FOR $2.4 MILLION
The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf has purchased the Lourdesmont school campus for $2.4 million. The purchase of the 100-acre property on Venard Road shows "we're here to stay," Superintendent Donald Rhoten said Monday. "We're putting our money where our mouth is." / The Times-Tribune

Columbus, OH
BLIND, DEAF SCHOOLS PROJECT TO BE CUT BACK
The proposed redesign of the Ohio schools for the deaf and blind will be substantially scaled back to save money, and a provision for union-only labor might be jettisoned now that state officials have discovered that it likely added to the price. "I think all options have to be on the table," Richard Murray, director of the Ohio School Facilities Commission, said last Friday. / Columbus Dispatch

San Antonio, TX
SUNSHINE COTTAGE OPENS NEW BUILDING FOR HEARING-IMPAIRED KIDS
The thud of book bags hitting the floor, the rustle of folders and the clatter of classroom toys make up the background noise of a typical first day of school. For the students who began their day Thursday at Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children, listening for those sounds is part of their learning. The school's goal is not to teach hearing-impaired children to sign or lip-read, but to listen and speak. That process may be made easier as Sunshine Cottage transitions into its third campus since its founding in 1947. / Express-News

Jackson, MS
MS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF GETS A DORM MAKEOVER
Classes start for children at the Mississippi School for the Deaf Monday. Some of the students arrived at their dorm room Sunday evening and got a huge surprise. Building C which houses younger and older boys was completely made over by the Junior League of Jackson. Volunteers spent weeks painting walls, monogramming towels, buying new bedding and outfitting bathrooms. / WLBT

Seattle, WA
DEAF STUDENTS TEST SIGN LANGUAGE ON SMARTPHONES
For most people, video chat on cellphones is a fun application. But for some users, video chat could make a huge difference to their quality of life. Engineers at the University of Washington have developed a system that helps deaf and hearing-challenged users communicate using video chat efficiently and at low cost over 3G networks. With video chat, they can use American Sign Language, just as they do in face-to-face conversations. / Reuters

Louisiana
DEAF? WANT TACO BELL? YOUR ORDER MAY BE REFUSED AT THE WINDOW
Shaken, ticked off & sad is where my most recent trip to Taco Bell left me. I didn't have The Mister with me, so I quickly jotted down my order, and pulled into the drive thru. There was no one else there so I figured this should be quick and painless. I politely said, "Hi I'm gonna pull up to the window to place my order." The attendant said "no", I'd have to place my order there at the speaker. / Life with the Diva


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Manila, Philippines
DEAF MUTE DIES IN HIT-AND-RUN IN MANILA
A 16-year-old deaf mute was killed in a hit-and-run incident involving a delivery truck in Manila, before dawn Saturday. Senior Police Officer 2 Glenmore Vallejo, Manila police investigator, said Sarah Bautista was crossing Lawton Avenue around 2 a.m. when a delivery truck hit her. Vallejo said the delivery truck's driver sped off, leaving Bautista dead. / ABS-CBN News

Berlin, Germany
'SENCITY' MUSIC PARTY GETS THE DEAF DANCING TO THE BEAT
How can the hearing impaired experience music? A club in Berlin has just held the German premier of 'Sencity', a music party with vibrating dance floors, aroma jockeys and sign language dancers. 'Sencity' is a mix of music, dance, theater, circus and audience participation that makes use of all the senses to interpret the sounds the deaf cannot hear. The world tour of 'Sencity' is currently in Berlin, after stops in Finland, South Africa, Brazil, Jamaica and the United States. / Deutsche Welle

Bristol, England
FAMILY OF DEAF BRISTOL PENSIONER WHO DIED WEEKS AFTER MUGGING SPEAK OUT
The family of a deaf Bristol pensioner who died within weeks of being mugged have spoken of their disgust at his attackers. Ron Dalby, 74, who also needed walking sticks, was pounced upon after visiting a local shop on on July 9. He was knocked to the floor by two women and robbed of his wallet, hitting and cutting his head in the process. After spells in and out of hospital, his health deteriorated and he died at Bristol Royal Infirmary last Thursday. / Evening Post

Staffordshire, England
DEAF AND DUMB ATTACKER COULD FACE PRISON TERM
A deaf and dumb man could face jail for attacking his elderly neighbors in their home after downing eight cans of cider. Robert Brooks, 47, admitted assaulting John and Janice Miller, with Mr. Miller, who had recently endured a major heart operation, resorting to brandishing an axe and an air rifle to try to get the defendant out of his house. Brooks, said his lawyer, had apparently become annoyed over some gardening work Mr. Miller had carried out on a communal area near his home on August 4. / Daily Mail

Wellington, New Zealand
DEAF TO GET EMERGENCY ADVICE
The deaf and hearing-impaired will get potentially life-saving advice from a DVD on emergency planning launched today, Civil Defence Minister John Carter says. The DVD was captioned and information was provided in sign language. "Public education is essential to ensure New Zealand is resilient to the number of natural hazards we are vulnerable to including earthquakes, tsunami, volcanic activity and weather related emergencies," Mr Carter said. / Stuff.co.nz

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Boston, MA
TURN IT DOWN: TEEN HEARING LOSS UP 30 PERCENT
When Flavio Branco’s family is home, he’s forced to turn down the dial on his stereo from seven to four (out of 10). But even at that volume, the mix of rap and heavy metal from Rage Against the Machine reverberates through the 19-year-old’s Mississauga home. Parents of today’s teens may have good reason to be concerned. A study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests hearing loss among U.S. adolescents aged 12 to 19 has increased significantly in recent decades. / The Globe and Mail

Bruce, MS
BORN DEAF, BETH ROSS HAS OVERCOME A LOT ENTERING HER SENIOR YEAR AT CCHS
Beth Ross, of Calhoun City, has just begun one of the most exciting years of her life – her senior year of high school. Throughout her school days she's been extremely active beyond the typical academic regimen. She's participated in the school band, is a cheerleader, took dance classes for years, played softball with the Lady Wildcats and has even squeezed in a weekend job at Paisley's Steakhouse in Big Creek for the past four years. What's remarkable about all of Beth's activities and accomplishments is she was born deaf. / Calhoun County Journal

New York, NY
MOBILE ASL: THE FIRST MOBILE PHONE FOR THE DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING
MobileASL incorporates compressed video signals, increased image quality around the face and hands, and motion detection to make it a better option than other mobile video conferencing services. The MobileASL software could potentially run on any device with a video camera situated on the same side as the screen (like the iPhone 4 or HTC Evo), but was tested on some imported European phones. Eleven participants tried out MobileASL, giving the experience positive reviews. / Gizmodo

Aspen, CO
ASPEN DEAF CAMP REVIVES PICNIC
The Deaf Camp Picnic, at one time a prominent event on Aspen's entertainment calendar, returned Sunday, setting the stage for even bigger things next year. The Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (yes, its name has changed since the last picnic took place at least a decade ago) is in the midst of not only rejuvenating the popular fundraising event, but expanding its facilities and its programming. There's a lot going on at the 17-acre campus and it's time to reacquaint the public with the camp, said Executive Director Lesa Thomas. / Post Independent

Internet
RULE #47 FOR DEAF PEOPLE
I had NO CLUE that I bought my husband a talking birthday card with a 20 second joke about hemorrhoids. I kid you not. He about wet himself opening it this morning. Then I watched the realization cross his face slowly … as it struck him as hilarious that I couldn’t possibly have known what the card was saying. / Once Upon A Miracle


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Sioux Falls, SD
CSD BEGINS IMMEDIATE EXPANSION EFFORTS FOR PROJECT ENDEAVOR
CSD, one of the nation's largest relay and human service organizations for deaf and hard of hearing people, began renovations and preparations to open a new contact center in Sioux Falls, S.D., later this year. The contact center is part of a two-year project that calls for a nationwide awareness campaign and marketing initiative that combines subsidized broadband, technology training, and specialized equipment -- among other things -- for a targeted populace of 200,000 deaf and hard of hearing people. / CSD

Knoxville, TN
CENTER OF THE DEAF FILLING NEW, PROFITABLE NICHE
Knoxville Center of the Deaf's new role in deaf-hearing telecommunications could translate into a substantial amount of money. On Monday, KCD became a "queue" for New York City-based Video Relay Service provider LifeLinks -- meaning that when deaf callers, or hearing people who are calling a deaf person, go through KCD for the call, KCD gets a portion of the call's cost. Now, for each caller who goes through KCD's KCDVRS.TV channel to make a VRS call, KCD receives 18 percent of the federal subsidy. / Knoxville News Sentinel

Abilene, TX
DEAF CENTER GETS WORDS OF PRAISE
Founded in Dallas in 1975, the Deaf Action Center was established to eliminate barriers for the deaf and hard of hearing. The agency now has five offices across the state that provide accessibility and communications tools, counseling and communication with ADA specialists. The local office celebrated its fifth anniversary with an open house last Wednesday. / Abilene Reporter News

Tucson, AZ
LOCAL COMPANY MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR DEAF AND BLIND SCHOOL
A local company is helping a deaf and blind school boost their spirits after fears that budget cuts would take away their school. CCS Presentation Systems granted one deaf classroom with new technology to make learning a little easier. Step inside Kristina Manning's 2nd and 3rd grade classroom and you can see the love for her students. She along with her accountability specialist applied for a grant from CCS to help her deaf pupils learn more efficiently. / KVOA


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Las Vegas, NV
DIVA ACTRESS TURNS SWEET ON TWEETS
Was it a meltdown or misinterpretation? Whatever it was, Oscar-winning diva Marlee Matlin spent part of Thursday [July 22] on Twitter trying to downplay a stormy appearance at an event associated with the Miss Deaf International pageant in Las Vegas. In town for appearances associated with the World Deaf Expo, Matlin had just finished taping an interview with a TV reporter in a Sands Expo ballroom. Matlin's demeanor switched from upbeat to icy when she was approached by Bonita Leek, a top executive with Miss Deaf International. / Las Vegas Review-Journal

Salem, OR
RETIRED TEACHER PUTS HEART (AND HANDS) INTO HIS WORK
John Roy Wilson would hesitate to use his name in the same sentence as Pablo Picasso or Michelangelo Buonarroti. But all summer he has been been channeling the spirit of these great artists in an effort to inspire students at the Oregon School for the Deaf. The Salem resident is creating a mural in an outdoor passageway that students use daily. He spends most days on a portable scaffold, painting the 21-by-11-foot wall. / Statesman Journal

Taneytown, MD
THE POWER OF SIGNS
When American Sign Language storyteller Kathy MacMillan saw her audience for the “Signs Under the Sea” presentation at the Taneytown branch of Carroll County Public Library July 21, she had to do some quick recalculation. The children who showed up for the “all ages” session ranged in age from 9 months to 6 years old. “For the summer programs, it’s usually more school-age,” she commented. MacMillan smoothly shifted to the younger age group, as she spent the session using American Sign Language to present a look at the world of underwater animals. / Carroll County Times


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Wetumpka, AL
DEAF SINCE AGE THREE, KERGER WORKS TO BECOME A COLLEGE CHEERLEADER
Zach Kerger’s life has been about adaptation. Deaf since age three, Kerger had to learn not only how to communicate with others but how to adapt to a hearing world. “My first day at Prattville High, I was very nervous,”?Kerger said through his interpreter Shay Hicks. “I was embarrassed because I was deaf. But that was before I became involved with cheerleading. I’ve always been social.” Kerger said he wanted to be involved in something competitive. “I wanted to prove that a deaf person could be an athlete,” said Kerger. / The Wetempka Herald

Atlanta, GA
STUDY: NASCAR POSES MAJOR HEARING LOSS RISK
Stock car racing is growing faster than any other U.S. spectator sport, attracting more than 75 million TV viewers while another 8 million rabid fans crowd the stands, pits and infield at the almost 100 races each year. But those NASCAR fans, as well as the pit crews and drivers, are being exposed repeatedly to extremely dangerous levels of noise -- as high as 140 decibels -- according to extensive studies of three popular race tracks by federal investigators. / AOL News


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NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT SURVEY NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Hello, many of you have responded to my previous advertisements for the National DETS survey, but the study needs more responses to be useful to both deaf and hard of hearing communities. Allow me to explain.

My name is James Schiller and I am a faculty member at Gallaudet University, Department of Social Work, and a Doctoral candidate at Walden University, School of Health and Human Services. This study is the basis for my Dissertation in Social Policy and Planning.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, and currently employed, I invite you to take part in research examining how technology is associated with the employment of deaf and hard of hearing people. The purpose of this research is to equip social policy makers, programs, educators, and funding sources with current data so they can continue providing valued resources to deaf and hard of hearing communities. A link will take you to the web survey at the end of this message,.

Risks and Benefits of participating in the Study: The survey is confidential and anonymous. There may be some questions that are uncomfortable to answer. Participants are free to skip those questions or exit the study at any time. The potential benefit of participating in this study is updating the body of knowledge about deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States.

Compensation: While some organizations have agreed to advertise this study, all funding supporting the study is my own. This study relies on volunteers to submit the survey. There is no compensation for participating in this study. This study is approved by Walden University and Gallaudet University IRB committees.

I am the principal investigator for this study If you have any questions regarding this research or the survey, my contact address is: James Schiller, Social Work Department, HMB 338B, Gallaudet University. You may contact the researcher at any time during this study via videophone at 202-651-7064 Voice or VP, or email at Jschi001@waldenu.edu, or James.Schiller@gallaudet.edu.

The survey is anticipated to take between 15 and 20 minutes. On behalf of myself, educators, agencies, and advocates who may use the data in the future, thank you for responding to this survey.

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You can advertise your job openings here for just $20 a week (up to 100 words, 10 cents each add'l word). Start spreading the news! To place your ad, send the announcement to mail@deafweekly.com.

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JOB OPENING
RELAY NEW MEXICO OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Hamilton Relay, Inc. currently has a full time position open for a “Relay New Mexico Outreach Coordinator”.

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Position summary: This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) and Captioned Telephone Relay Service (CapTel®) for Relay New Mexico.

Preferred education, experience and skills:
-- Excellent presentation skills
-- Familiarity with the user communities that can benefit from relay services: Senior Community, Hard of Hearing Community, Speech Disabled, Spanish, Deaf Community
-- Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users
-- Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people who have differing hearing and speech abilities
-- Understanding of Deaf Culture
-- Fluency in American Sign Language is preferred. and fluency in Spanish is benefit
-- Ability to promote all relay services and to educate/train users of the services
-- Direct work experience with Telecommunication Relay Service or experience with Captioned Telephone Relay Service is helpful
-- Experience in public relations activities
-- Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines
-- Strong writing, analytical, and interpersonal skills
-- Associate’s Degree with 2 years experience or a Bachelor’s Degree required
-- Hold a valid driver’s license
-- Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing are encouraged to apply

Interested individuals may apply online at: www.hamilton.net/employment.html or contact Cindy Blase in Corporate Human Resource Department by September 2, 2010 at 800.821.1831.

Hamilton Relay is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

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REGIONAL CAPTIONED TELEPHONE OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Hamilton Relay, Inc. currently has a position open for “Regional Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator" staffed in the state of Tennessee.

Position summary: This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Captioned Telephone Service (CapTel®) for Tennessee Relay Services (1/2 time) and in other states as needed (1/2 time). Individual will be required to travel within the state of Tennessee and other states as needed, while residing in Tennessee.

Preferred education, experience and skills:
-- Excellent presentation skills
-- Familiarity with the user communities that can benefit from relay services: Senior Community, Hard of Hearing Community
-- Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users
-- Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people who have differing hearing and speech abilities and communication modes
-- Ability to promote all relay services and to educate/train users of the services
-- Direct work experience with Telecommunication Relay Service or experience with Captioned Telephone Service is helpful
-- Experience in public relations
-- Ability to organize and prioritize work effectively and meet deadlines
-- Strong writing, analytical, and interpersonal skills
-- Captioned Telephone users are encouraged to apply
-- Hold a valid driver’s license

Interested individuals may apply online at: www.hamilton.net/employment.html or contact Cindy Blase in Corporate Human Resource Department by September 2, 2010 at 800.821.1831.

Hamilton Relay is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and full time benefits.

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