September 4, 2013
Vol. 9, No. 44
Editor: Tom Willard
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STATEMENT OF INDIANA ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF ON EMBEZZLMENT OF $90,111
This evening (Sept. 3) at a public meeting, the Indiana Association of the Deaf Board presented findings pertinent to embezzlement of community funds by Mr. Patrick Flores. With assistance from his legal counsel, Flores relayed to the IAD Board a written admission of guilt regarding misuse of $90,111.00. Also included was a statement of intent to re-pay all embezzled monies. Mr. Flores has expressed remorse for his misconduct. Our lawyer has advised IAD to accept full restitution from Patrick Flores in the form of repaid cash and a documented public apology. / IAD (PDF)
DEAF BUT DETERMINED, MAN HELPS NEIGHBORS ESCAPE FIRE
"If there's somebody who needs help, I mean, I step in and I help them," said Donnell Williams said. That's what he did Tuesday morning, when a fire broke out at the Ashley Lane Apartments. Williams can only hear with his left ear, and that's only when he wears his hearing aid. But that morning, he was so determined to help his neighbors, he walked away from his apartment without it. / KWCH
New York, NY
HEARING-DEVICE COMPANY WAS DEAF TO MY PAIN: SUIT
A Long Island woman who hoped a surgically implanted device would save her hearing claims it immediately failed — and that the component’s maker was deaf to her needs, according to a lawsuit. Jeanine Tansey, 36, was stricken by inner-ear auto- immune disorder in 2009, quickly rendering her almost completely deaf. She had a cochlear implant placed in each ear, according to a Brooklyn Federal Court lawsuit she filed last month. / New York Post
SHERIFF'S OFFICE PAYS $62,500 FOR HANDCUFFING DEAF MAN, SILENCING HIM
Whatcom County has reached a $62,500 settlement with an elderly deaf man who was handcuffed for at least a half-hour by sheriff's deputies - cutting off his means of communicating - over an allegedly made-up story that he had pointed a loaded gun at his wife. On the evening of April 21, 2011, a lamp started flickering in the Birch Bay home of Donald Pratt, meaning someone was at the door. Pratt, a 76-year-old man with diabetes, was watching television with his wife and a friend. All three of them are deaf. / The News Tribune
San Francisco, CA
DEAF, BLIND MAN CALLED EXAMPLE OF 'PATIENT DUMPING'
Timothy Martin is deaf, blind and homeless, and in April he stumbled off a one-way ride from a Reno mental hospital onto the streets of San Francisco. He found his way to a bar in the Castro neighborhood where, he says, he was thrown out and wound up crying on the sidewalk until an ambulance took him to San Francisco General Hospital. Since then, the 47-year-old Martin has lost a leg, run up hundreds of thousands of dollars in emergency medical bills, and landed in the city’s Laguna Honda long-term rehabilitation hospital. / San Francisco Chronicle
CLASS OF DEAF AND DISABLED SUING GEORGIA UPHELD
Deaf people with behavioral or developmental disabilities can sue as class over Georgia's failures in public mental health care access, a federal judge ruled. Renita Belton and Matthew Erickson, two deaf adults with severe mental and developmental disorders, had sued the state in March 2010 on behalf of all Georgians in need of mental health care who could not benefit from state-funded services because of the state's inability to accommodate them. They claimed that they had been unable to find deaf-appropriate group home care, leaving them with no choice but to live at home with family members who are fluent in American Sign Language. / Courthouse News Service
RULING SUPPORTS DEAF STUDENT IN APPEAL AGAINST TUSTIN UNIFIED
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled in favor of Katharine Manter, a deaf 19-year-old Tustin resident, regarding a lawsuit against Tustin Unified School District over transcription services for the hearing-impaired. “This case sets the national standard, it’s the first case of its type,” said attorney David Grey, from Grey and Grey, who represents Manter. / The Orange County Register
GRANDVIEW SCHOOLS MUST PAY FOR DEAF MAN'S EDUCATION
After nearly three years of litigation, the Grandview School District has been ordered to pay for the private education of a deaf student whose needs, according to two court rulings, the district fundamentally failed to address. On Friday, Yakima County Superior Court Judge Robert Lawrence-Berrey signed a final ruling ordering the school district to pay for four years of private education for José Garcia, who attended the district from pre-school to 12th grade. The cost is estimated at nearly $1 million. / Yakima Herald Republic
Fort Worth, TX
ARREST MADE IN CARJACKING OF DEAF MAN
A man was arrested Aug. 21, accused of carjacking a deaf man earlier in August after the victim had given the suspect a ride, police said. Authorities identified the suspect as Salvador Villagomez Jr., 18, of Fort Worth. Police arrested Villagomez after detectives received tips from residents and Crime Stoppers. Detectives had released photos and videos after the Aug. 8 robbery in hopes of getting leads. A second suspect remained on the loose on Thursday. / Star Telegram
TWO ARRESTED AFTER DEAF-MUTE MAN ROBBED OF BICYCLE
Two men were arrested for allegedly robbing a deaf-mute man of his bicycle by implying that the victim would be shot if he resisted. About 6:45 p.m. July 12, the victim was outside United Discount Food, filling his bicycle tires with air, when two males approached him. The victim told police that one of the males, whom he knew by his street name “Nay Nay,” grabbed his bike. / The Herald & Review
COLD CASES: DEAF AND MUTE AURORA MAN BEATEN TO DEATH IN HIS HOME
Jonny Braning did a hilarious impression of Elvis. Though he was deaf and mute, the 48-year-old man had lived a full life. The simple pleasures Jonny lived for — seeing his granddaughter and making people smile — were all taken from him between Feb. 26 and March 7, 2002, when someone bludgeoned him to death in his small Aurora apartment. Robbery may have been the intent, according to a story by former Rocky Mountain News reporter Sarah Huntley. But it was hard for investigators to understand why. / The Denver Post
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REALITY TV SHOW BIG BROTHER'S FIRST DEAF WINNER CELEBRATES VICTORY
Sam Evans was crowned the champion of reality TV show Big Brother Aug. 21, and celebrated becoming the first winner who has hearing loss. The production company behind the 10-week show, Endemol, has described the modifications and changes created through their work with charity Action on Hearing Loss which ensured Sam Evans had a true experience of being a Big Brother housemate. / homecare.co.uk
DAVID BLUNKETT: THE BLIND AND DEAF ARE LET DOWN BY TV, SAYS FORMER HOME SECRETARY
David Blunkett has accused broadcasters of providing a poor service for people with hearing and sight problems. The former home secretary, who was born blind, said they were failing to deal with the issue of an aging population suffering from blindness and deafness. He used two examples of clumsy subtitling provided for the hard of hearing. In one case, viewers read: ‘The Arsenal player has been fouled by a zebra’ – referring to footballer Patrice Evra. In another example, the subtitle ‘looking for the prince of chemical and bionicle weapons’ appeared on screens – instead of ‘principally chemical and biological weapons’. / Daily Mail
DEAF RAVE HELD FOR LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
A deaf rave where the bass is turned up high is taking place in Liverpool as part of a major music event. The event has been organized by disabled and deaf arts festival DaDaFest for the Liverpool International Music Festival. Deaf raves feature bass turned up very loud so the music can be felt through the body. Hearing people are advised by the organizers to bring earplugs. / BBC News
FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS WORK OF DEAF AND DISABLED ARTISTS
The second Belfast Bounce! disability and deaf arts festival was held at the Grand Opera House from August 30 until September 1, with a thought-provoking and varied program of events. The Bounce! Festival weekender got off to a noisy start on August 29 when members of the public were invited to beat Ireland’s biggest drum at Belfast City Hall. This marked the beginning of three days of theatre, comedy, music, dance, performance poetry, exhibitions by deaf and disabled artists. / Belfast Newsletter
Wellington, New Zealand
HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION CALLS FOR MORE SIGN LANGUAGE EDUCATION
Schools and early childhood centres need more resources to teach New Zealand sign language, the Human Rights Commission has advised following a year-long inquiry into the into the use and promotion of the language. It is one of 15 recommendations the commission made in its report of the inquiry, designed to help remove barriers experienced by deaf people. The full report and its recommendations were revealed at Parliament late this afternoon. / TVNZ
HEALTH PERSONNEL GO THROUGH 6 MONTHS SIGN LANGUAGE TRAINING
The Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD) has started a six-month training program for health personnel to mitigate challenges facing them in delivering quality healthcare to hearing-impaired persons. James M. Sambian, Executive Director of GNAD, said at the start of the training on Friday that the aim was to mainstream sign language services into the healthcare delivery system. He said the training would give the personnel knowledge and skills to communicate with deaf persons. / Spy Ghana
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LIFE & LEISURE
THE RADICAL CHALLENGE OF BUILDING A DORM FOR THE DEAF
The first thing you notice when walking into Gallaudet University’s newest residence hall is how utterly familiar it looks. With its modern concrete floors, wooden accents and expansive set of glass windows, the dormitory is not familiar in the sense of boring—actually the space is quite lovely even despite the fact that it is student housing. Obvious design concessions are nowhere to be found; rather, the Living and Learning Residence Hall 6 was built with a series of subtle and thoughtful design choices that use the principles of DeafSpace. / Wired
CONCORD RABBI LISTENS WITH HIS SOUL
Rosh Hashana begins Wednesday night, and on a recent day, Rabbi Darby Leigh needed to practice blowing the shofar — the ram’s horn that is tooted on the Jewish new year and other high holidays. After hitting a few high notes inside his synagogue’s sanctuary, he cradled the 3-foot-long instrument, threw a corner of his prayer shawl over his shoulder, and stepped into a courtyard of Congregation Kerem Shalom, just a few miles away from Walden Pond in Concord. “It’s all about nature. Peace and love and nature,” he said, before planting his feet in front a tree and blowing the shofar toward an open field. / The Boston Globe
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DEAF INTERIOR DESIGNER HEARS, SPEAKS THROUGH HOME DESIGN STUDIO
There’s a new interior design firm serving southeastern Michigan and beyond and its founder is big on innovative style and strategic home design substance. Rex Todd Rogers, who was born deaf, didn’t set out to speak boldly, but his design sensibility speaks volumes in his work and his client’s homes. The Rex Todd Rogers Design Studio, 106 W. Shiawassee Ave., Fenton, offers furniture and home accessories for sale and interior design consulting services for a room, garden or the whole house. / East Village Magazine
New York, NY
SIGN-LANGUAGE INTERPRETER USES NEWFOUND FAME TO ADVOCATE FOR THE DEAF
For a week or so around the end of October, Lydia Callis seemed to be everywhere. Less visible these days, but no less busy, Ms. Callis now wants to capitalize on the unexpected fame she gained as a sign-language interpreter to improve the state of services for the deaf and hard of hearing in New York, which she calls surprisingly dismal for a city with a significant deaf population and a large number of interpreters. / The New York Times
URMC/RIT/NTID AWARDED $2.1M TO JOINTLY TRAIN DEAF SCIENTISTS
The nation’s first educational program specifically tailored to deaf and hard-of-hearing people pursuing graduate degrees in biomedical or behavioral science begins Sept. 1 in Rochester, a community characterized by a well-educated and large deaf population and a unique collaborative atmosphere. / URMC Newsroom
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
"TRIBES" TELLS STUNNING STORY OF BEING DEAF IN A HEARING FAMILY
American Sign Language is gorgeous. When spoken by people who know it, truly know it, sign language is a dance, beautifully choreographed, elegantly executed. To open its eleventh season, PURE Theatre celebrated the elegance, the challenge, and the beauty of American Sign Language as they brought to their stage the British family drama Tribes by Nina Raine. Under the directorial care of Cristy Landis, a veteran of the Charleston stage scene and a member of the PURE ensemble, Tribes is triumphant. / Charleston City Paper
New York, NY
THIS DEAF DJ DOESN'T NEED TO HEAR
My early childhood was a bit of a trip. I was born in the United Kingdom, then moved to Portugal, Venezuela and eventually New Jersey. When I was about 7, I had a series of severe ear infections. At the time, my family had no money, and we didn't have insurance, so there was no option to take care of it. I ended up losing full hearing in my right ear and 80% hearing in my left. When I began attending public school, I didn't understand how the severity of my hearing loss would affect me; neither did my parents or my teachers. / CNN
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GRAND RAPIDS BOXER GERMAINE MCKINNEY PREPARES FOR PRO DEBUT
The smile on boxer Germaine McKinney's face is subtle yet pronounced. McKinney, 24, is just a couple months away from realizing his goal of becoming a professional boxer and the obstacles he's conquered while getting there have made him the man he is today. Practicing the "sweet science" since the age of nine, McKinney has just 10 percent of his hearing, an issue McKinney's mother, Shari Grant, found out the hard way when he was in preschool. "I got a call from the school saying he attacked a teacher," Grant said. / MLive.com
1ST DEAF NFL PLAYER BONNIE SLOAN HONORED IN HENDERSONVILLE
The city of Hendersonville honored a former professional football player and a hometown hero with a special proclamation over the weekend. Sunday, August 25, was declared "Bonnie Sloan Day" in honor of Bonnie Sloan, the first deaf player in the National Football League. Sloan was born deaf. Although his hearing impairment affected his speech, it did not appear to have an impact on his playing skills. / WKRN
St. Augustine, FL
FLORIDA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND ENTERS 100TH FOOTBALL SEASON
When the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind football team takes the field today, it will mark the start to its 100th season. Coach Eric LeFors said the achievement was another positive reminder of the school’s storied history. “I don’t know how many schools can say that,” LeFors said. “Not only have we been around for a long time, but we have the best kids, too.” / The St. Augustine Record
Santa Fe, NM
NEW MEXICO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF TACKLES DWINDLING ROSTER WITH POSITIVE TEAM SPIRIT
The number of players wearing helmets and pads for the New Mexico School for the Deaf football team is as small as it’s ever been – six. That’s the exact amount of players needed to field a 6-man football program. It’s just not the ideal number to field a successful football team. Robert Huizar, who has been a coach at NMSD for 19 years and head coach for 15, says it’s been 15 years since he had a roster this small. / The Santa Fe New Mexican
FRANKLIN FOOTBALL PLAYERS RAISE $10K TO HELP DEAF TEAMMATE
A Pop Warner team from Franklin has raised more than $10,000 so that one of their teammates can get back out on the field this season. Kyle Florio is deaf and does not read lips. He would be unable to play football without an interpreter. Thanks to the generosity of the 9-year-old's teammates and others who were inspired by his story, the team has surpassed the funds needed to make sure Kyle has an interpreter at every scrimmage and practice. / FOX 25
CHALLENGING SEASON FOR A YOUNG VSDB SQUAD
Having graduated a lot of its key players, the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind ’s volleyball team faces a challenging season. “It’s going to be different,” second-year coach Patti Cooke said through an interpreter. “We lost a lot of star players.” This year the Cardinals have nine players on a young team. However, three of the six starters do return to a team that finished 2-12 overall. So far, Cooke, in a short practice season, has been impressed. / The News Leader
HOW A DEAF MAN CHANGED BASEBALL FOREVER
Like an epidemic, a baseball craze hit New York City in the summer of 1865. Suddenly, a game played only in the streets by factory workers was being called a “national pastime” by local journalists. Baseball was bringing Americans together, a year later there would be sixteen area clubs formed around the sport’s first governing body. Meanwhile, 403 miles away, a young boy was suffering from a severe case of meningitis that would eventually leave him deaf and mute, consequently changing baseball forever. / Innovation Excellence
DR. MCCAY VERNON, 84, ICONIC FIGURE IN DEAFNESS, PSYCHOLOGY
Dr. McCay Vernon, an iconic figure in the fields of deafness and psychology, passed from life on August 28, 2013 at age 84. His exploration of the psychological aspects of deafness, his challenges to poor educational and mental health services for people who are deaf, and his advocacy of legal rights for people who are deaf extended throughout his nearly 60-year career in those fields. His lasting legacy includes the many former students and colleagues now serving in the fields of deafness and psychology. / The Washington Post
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