September 8, 2010
Vol. 6, No. 44
Editor: Tom Willard
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CORRECTION: Last week's issue contained an article titled, "Deaf Woman Struck By Train in Roslyn." We mistakenly identified the city as being in Maryland. A reader set us straight by saying the incident actually occurred in Roslyn, Pennsylvania.
SLOVAKIA 2011 WINTER DEAFLYMPICS BACK ON
The Slovakia 2011 Winter Deaflympics, which earlier this year had been canceled, has now been "uncanceled." Visit the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf website to view a video of the President's Updated Message on 2011 Winter Deaflympics. / ICSD
FAMILY: MAN SHOT BY POLICE WAS DEAF IN LEFT EAR
The man fatally shot in confrontation with a police officer Monday afternoon [Aug. 30] after he refused to follow police orders was deaf in his left ear, the man's brothers said. John T. Williams, 50, was shot about 4:15 p.m. after police say Officer Ian D. Birk yelled three times for him to drop a knife and Williams did not. Birk, 27, stopped his patrol car and activated his emergency lights after investigators said he saw Williams working with the knife on a board. Police say Williams, standing about nine feet away, refused the officer's orders in the confrontation that lasted about a minute. Birk fired the four rounds from his service weapon and Williams died at the scene. / Seattle Post-Intelligencer
See Also A CARVER, HIS KNIFE, A POLICE OFFICER, A GUN / The Globe and Mail
HONORS SET FOR ALASKA LAWMEN WHO DIED IN AMBUSH
The two Alaska lawmen slain in an ambush last week will be honored in Anchorage, Juneau and their hometown of Hoonah. The remains of Hoonah police officers Tony Wallace and Matt Tokuoka were escorted by motorcade through Anchorage yesterday to begin the final journey home. Officials say the motorcade will go to the airport and the remains and an honor flag will be flown to Juneau, where they will stay overnight as a police vigil takes place. Today, an honor guard will escort the remains via ferry to Hoonah, about 40 miles away. / Anchorage Daily News
DEAF KILLER SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON
Last Friday, Jerron Johnson, 24, was sentenced in Summit County Common Pleas Court to life in prison with parole possible after 55 years. By law, he must be given credit for the seven-plus years he was held in state custody, learning sign language so he could understand the charges against him. Judge Thomas Teodosio, who heard the case last month without a jury, found Johnson guilty of aggravated murder, kidnapping and rape in the death of Jean Zienka, 45, of Akers Avenue. / Akron Beacon Journal
GALLAUDET STUDENTS QUESTION RESPONSE TIME IN DEATH
An article in the Gallaudet University student newspaper, The Buff and Blue, questions whether campus police were too slow in responding to a bicycle crash that killed a campus worker. Cheang Kok, a cafeteria employee, fell off his bicycle while riding to work on Aug. 23, just outside the cafeteria and hit his head. According to the Buff and Blue report, members of the Gallaudet football team, eating lunch at the time, rushed out and found him unresponsive. Someone telephoned for help. After that, accounts diverge. / The Washington Post
See Also GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY'S PR NIGHTMARE: DPS / Deaf World As Eye See It
MAN WHO SWINDLED DEAF MUST PAY $6M
A federal judge in Hawaii has ruled that a man who defrauded about 125 deaf people in a Ponzi scheme based in Honolulu must pay $6 million in restitution and penalties. Marvin Ray Cooper, who is also deaf, solicited $4.4 million from people in the U.S. and Japan through his business, Billion Coupons Investment, which was also based on Oahu. U.S. District Judge Michael Seabright ordered Cooper on Aug. 26 to pay $4 million in restitution and interest and $2.4 million in civil penalties to the Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. / The Honolulu Star-Advertiser
SUSPECTED BANK ROBBER MAY BE DEAF, MUTE
A suspected bank robber had nothing to say to a bank teller in northwest Houston – possibly because it was impossible for him to say anything. The FBI Bank Robbery Task Force is on the lookout for a man who may be deaf and mute. The suspect entered a Chase bank in the 12210 block of FM 1960 West around 12:25 p.m. and gave a bank teller a threatening demand note, according to a Houston Crime Stoppers statement. The bank teller tried to talk with the suspect, but the suspect motioned he could not hear. / My Fox Houston
'EXTREME MAKEOVER': TV SHOW ARRIVES WITH HELP FOR OREGON SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
ABC's feel-good reality TV show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" rolled into Salem on Monday, surprising students and staff at Oregon School for the Deaf's back-to-school picnic with news that the campus will get upgrades as part of a Halloween-themed episode scheduled to air Oct. 31. / The Oregonian
See Also DEAF SCHOOL HAUNTED HOUSE MEETS ABC'S EXTREME MAKEOVER / Salem News
Port St. Lucie, FL
TEACHERS REFUSED TO WEAR MIKE FOR DEAF CHILD
A report from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights found evidence that Wendy Portillo and two other teachers discriminated against a girl with a hearing impairment at Allapattah Flats K-8 School in Port St. Lucie. The teachers were supposed to wear a microphone whenever the girl was in their classroom, so she could hear them. But the girl claimed sometimes they did not wear it. The district has been ordered to provide re-training for Portillo and the other two teachers. However the mother has already removed her daughter from the school. / Examiner
SCHOOL SET TO BEGIN MAJOR TURNAROUND
A team of local educators and two mainland consultants will conduct a "comprehensive needs assessment" at the Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind this week, kicking off a project to boost student achievement, foster parent involvement and increase the number of highly qualified teachers at the state's last special education-only campus. The school is one of six "priority" schools identified in the state's Race to the Top proposal as in need of a turnaround, but it's not yet clear what that turnaround will look like for a school with so many unique challenges. / Honolulu Star-Advertiser
UNLIKELY CYCLISTS CIRCLE LAKE SYMINGTON
Elizabeth Walker enjoys riding bicycles, but because she lives in New York City she says its hard to get away from the bustle of busy streets to enjoy the peace that cycling brings. When she arrived in Seabeck for a retreat last week, she looked forward to hitting the road. But for Walker, it isn’t as easy as clicking on a helmet and pedaling down the road. “I’m a deaf-blind person,” she said. Walker was in Kitsap County last week to attend the 32nd annual Seattle Lighthouse Deaf-Blind Retreat. Attendees are legally blind and have some degree of hearing loss or are deaf. / Kitsap Sun
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WHY DEAF BRITS SHOULD SAY NO TO THE PAPAL VISIT
The Pope is due to visit the UK this month despite widespread opposition and criticism. British taxpayers are being asked to foot the £12m sterling bill for him to come, despite 78% voting against. Why should deaf oppose this visit ? Not least because he is alleged to have covered up widespread abuse of deaf children in the 'care' of his catholic clerics. Throughout the Papal visit I will be publishing blogs against this person, will no-one else speak up for the deaf abused in the UK? / At The Rim
DISCHARGE FOR DEAF MAN WHO ATTACKED ELDERLY NEIGHBORS
A deaf and mute man has escaped a jail sentence for attacking his elderly neighbors after magistrates agreed there were ‘unusual circumstances’ surrounding the case. Probation officers had prepared a report on Robert Brooks, of Cotswold Road, Branston, after magistrates had previously wanted alloptions of sentencing considered when he previously admitted attacking his neighbors. The 47-year-old pleaded guilty to assaulting John and Janice Miller, which led to the 72-year-old Mr Miller brandishing an axe and an air rifle in a bid to fend Brooks off. / Burton Mail
DEAF TEENAGERS VISIT NUMBER 10 DOWNING STREET
Deaf teenagers with cochlear implants received a unique invitation to visit Downing Street as part of a two day residential summer programme, organised by The Ear Foundation. The 15 teenagers, aged between 11 to 15 years old, had two days of jam packed fun starting with a trip down to London on the train. They enjoyed a ride on the London Eye, a tour around the Sea Life Aquarium and a bus ride to Covent Garden to watch street performer, followed by a meal out in Trafalgar Square. The next day was spent enjoying a film making workshop. / Disabled World
VICAR'S WIFE PLANS SKYDIVE FOR NATIONAL DEAF CHILDREN'S SOCIETY
Freefalling 5,000 feet at 120 mph may not be everybody’s idea of a fun Saturday afternoon - but that is what the wife of Ilminster vicar, Rev Alastair Wallace, will be doing this weekend! Judy Wallace will be taking part in a skydive to help raise more than £1,000 ($1,550 US) for the National Deaf Children’s Society. She said that their daughter, Ruth, needed help with hearing problems and now their grandson had glue ear – a condition where the middle of the ear fills with glue-like fluid instead of air. Judy will be joined on the skydive by Ruth, who works for the NDCS. / Chard & Ilminster News
SCIENCE AND THE DEAF PERCUSSIONIST
This Thursday at Biorhythm in Dublin’s Science Gallery, there will be a performance from Dame Evelyn Glennie. She is an acclaimed xylophone player, drummer and motivational speaker, who also happens to be hearing impaired. At 12, she was diagnosed as profoundly deaf, but in the same year saw the school orchestra play and was inspired to be a musician. The Scotswoman thinks others have more of an issue with it than she does. “For me, deafness was very normal. It’s who I am and I’ve been deaf for a such a long time, but I knew I wanted to be a solo percussionist.” / The Irish Times
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DEAF WOMAN AND HER DOG ATTACKED IN EDMONTON
A walk in a south Edmonton park took a terrifying turn for a deaf woman and her small dog on Saturday night. Stephanie Huising was walking with her dog Sam when she says she was attacked by a group of people. It happened at around 10:30 p.m. Huising says a group of about four people pushed her down. The 27-year-old says one person knelt on her back, while the others kicked her and tried to grab her dog. She was eventually able to escape, and ran home with her dog. / Global Regina
KWA ILL-TREATS ITS DEAF AND DUMB STAFFER
In an act unbecoming of a government body, the Kerala Water Authority(KWA) has denied water connection to an employee of the water treatment plant at Aluva. Antonio Jolly, a deaf and dumb, a native of Mulavukadu, has been applying for water connection since August 2009. Even his request with the special permission of the Central Zone chief engineer for the application form was rejected by the authorities, indicating that there was no ownership certificate and receipt for the payment of taxes. / Indian Express
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'CAUTION DEAF CHILD IN AREA' SIGN ILLEGAL?
Many parents worry about their child accidentally running out in the road and getting hit by a car. Now one Madison County mother is trying to make her road safer for her hearing and vision impaired child but she's running into road blocks. This mother discovered having a sign installed on the street is harder then she imagined. / WAAY
LFR INSTALLS FREE SMOKE ALARMS FOR DEAF
Zach Rose lost most of his hearing when he was 5 years old. Now a sophomore at Lincoln East, Zach can't hear high-pitched noises such as his alarm for school - or smoke alarms. Being late is one thing, but possibly losing a life is another. So when his mom, Amy, got an e-mail from the Lincoln Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing about Lincoln Fire and Rescue installing new alarms for the deaf, she jumped at the opportunity. The devices usually cost $175 to $200, but LFR received a $126,000 grant from FEMA. / Lincoln Journal Star
WORSHIPPING IN SILENCE
Lyndell Bates cannot stop describing how wonderful her new church is, the people, the pastor, the message. “It’s just so wonderful and inspiring, the feeling you get. It helps you to learn more and understand more about the Bible,” Bates says. “There’s a different feel, a different spirit here.” Bates, like her husband, James, is deaf. Alton Brant of Seneca is her Bible study group leader. He and two of his students provide Bates with the opportunity to experience the service that means so much to her. / Anderson Independent Mail
HUNT DOESN'T ALLOW HER HEARING DISABILITY TO SLOW HER DOWN
Linton resident Tracy (Church) Hunt doesn't sense the world as most of the people around her. The 43-year-old woman has been considered deaf since she was 5 years old. Her condition came on slowly and is not improving with age. Her world is silent for the most part, but she is raising her family as a single mother, despite the physical obstacles she faces every day. / Greene County Daily World
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MEET THE WOMEN OF THE ADMINISTRATION: CLAUDIA GORDON
When my service to the President is over and I have to face my family, my friends and my communities – as an African American, as a woman and as a deaf person – what I hope to look back on is not a single moment, but rather a series of opportunities where I used my seat at the table and my voice in the decision-making process to improve the lives of those who seek to redeem the promise of America, the promise that brought my mother here all those years ago. / The White House
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Not everyone has access to yoga. The Deaf and hard-of-hearing community is one of the most underserved populations. According to the DeafYoga Foundation, there are 28 million deaf and hard-of-hearing people in the United States; only a few yoga classes and 20 instructors serve them. That inequity is starting to be addressed by DeafYoga (deafyoga.org) and, in the Iyengar Yoga community, by Jennifer Kagan, a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and graduate of the Teacher Training program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York. / Iyengar Yoga
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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR JAY ALAN ZIMMERMAN'S INCREDIBLY DEAF MUSICAL
A composer determined to keep making music as he is going deaf is the subject of Jay Alan Zimmerman's Incredibly Deaf Musical, which will be presented as part of the upcoming New York Musical Theatre Festival. Co-presented by Geoffrey Cohen, performances are scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 10 at The Duke on 42nd in Manhattan. Based on the real life story of composer Jay Alan Zimmerman, the new musical, according to press notes, "follows Jay, who becomes one ticked-off composer when the noisy buzz of progressive deafness steals away his songs. / Playbill
REGAL, AMC, SHOWCASE TO ADD TECHNOLOGY FOR SIGHT AND HEARING IMPAIRED
As the nation celebrates the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), hearing and visually impaired residents of Massachusetts will gain greater accessibility to movie theaters through a settlement reached between Attorney General Martha Coakley and the three largest movie theater chains in the commonwealth. The agreement was reached with American Multi-Cinema, Inc. (AMC), Regal Entertainment Group (Regal), and National Amusements (Showcase Cinemas). Coakley announced the settlement at an event at a movie theater equipped with the new technology in Brighton. / GateHouse News Service
PLAYHOUSE TO OFFER INTERPRETATION FOR HEARING IMPAIRED
This Friday "Frankenstein -- A New Musical" premieres in South Carolina on the Aiken Community Playhouse stage with a performance featuring interpretation. The musical, directed by Danny Lee, is filled with new innovations for the ACP and promises to deliver an unforgettable show. The play brings the classic story of Frankenstein to life on the stage, and, for the first time in ACP's history, the performance will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing. / Aiken Standard
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MELISSA STOCKTON WINS WORLD DEAF GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
As play backed up around the turn, Melissa Stockton sat on the 10th hole tee box and began to contemplate her situation. With just nine holes left in the fourth and final round at the World Deaf Golf Championships in St. Andrews, Scotland, Stockton held the lead. "I started to feel the pressure," Stockton said in an e-mail to The Record. "My stomach was just twisted in knots." Nonetheless, the Park City resident fought through the mental cacophony to card a solid back nine, and media and onlookers watched as she sank her final putt on the 18th hole to become the women's world champion. / The Park Record
BILLY MARADEI A SILENT LEADER FOR AUSTIN PREP
Austin Prep senior running back-defensive end Billy Maradei relies on vision when he steps on the football field. His eyes confirm the play calls coming from quarterback Ryan Havey, pick up cadence under center and help him get a good jump off the snap on either side of the ball. In that respect Maradei is like any other teenager who plays high school football, and yet it is in that respect that he is also unique. Maradei is completely dependent on his sense of sight, because when he steps between the white lines he steps into a world of silence. / Boston Herald
ORIOLES DOMINATE ALL PHASES IN SHUTOUT OF FREDERICK CHRISTIAN EAGLES
In an unusual set of circumstances, the Frederick Christian Eagles -- a football team made up of about 60 percent home-schooled athletes -- practices on a Maryland School for the Deaf practice field several days each week. The Eagles have no home facility. Friday night they got handily defeated by an impressive MSD squad, 41-0. The Orioles dominated play in all phases of the game with senior quarterback Todd Bonheyo passing for three touchdowns and junior running backs Malik Morris and Derek Frank adding rushing TDs. / The Frederick News-Post
Chapel Hill, NC
NCSD ONE OF 12 SCHOOLS STATEWIDE WITH LONG EJECTION-FREE STREAK
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced Thursday that the North Carolina School for the Deaf is one of 12 member schools who have put together an outstanding performance streak, although it is not based on wins and losses or championships. Each of the dozen schools has been without an ejection in any sport for five consecutive academic years. All 12 will be recognized at the NCHSAA regional meetings held across the state later this month. / The News Herald
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Baton Rouge, LA
BATON ROUGE SPEECH & HEARING FOUNDATION CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF SERVICE
For 50 years, the Baton Rouge Speech & Hearing Foundation has been helping people express themselves “loud and clear.” That is the theme for its anniversary celebration from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at its 535 W. Roosevelt location. Among those invited back are the deaf children photographed with shovels in hand, breaking ground on the foundation’s current location in 1967. / The Advocate
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