September 14, 2011
Vol. 7, No. 43
Editor: Tom Willard
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SEC: TEXAS MAN DEFRAUDED DEAF INVESTORS
A Texas man has been charged with securities fraud for allegedly soliciting more than $3.45 million from several thousand deaf investors as part of an insurance policy trading scheme that falsely promised big returns, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Friday. The SEC accused Jody Dunn of soliciting investments for Imperia Invest IBC, which was charged last year in Utah with securities fraud and had its assets frozen by a judge. The SEC said Dunn, who is deaf, solicited investments for Imperia over a three-year period and used some of the money to pay for a variety of personal expenses, including mortgage and car payments. / Associated Press
DEAF MAN'S NOTE SPURS BOMB THREAT RESPONSE ON METRA TRAIN
A miscommunication with a deaf person led police to erroneously believe a bomb threat was being made on a Metra train Monday night, leading to an emergency response, authorities said. An investigation found that the 20-year-old Brookfield man who wrote the note was deaf and trying to tell the conductor that he had fallen asleep and had a dream the train was exploding, police said. When the deaf passenger awoke, he was worried that his dream might come true and was trying to communicate that to the conductor, they said. / Chicago Tribune
EEOC SUES MILES KIMBALL FOR DISABILITY BIAS
Miles Kimball Company of Oshkosh, Wis., violated federal law by denying Laura Nejedlo an accommodation for her disability (deafness) and then firing her, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has charged in a new lawsuit. According to the EEOC, the agency’s investigation revealed that while working in Miles Kimball’s Information Technology Department in 2007, Nejedlo was assigned to use a new software program. She was allegedly denied her requested accommodation of a sign language interpreter for training and so could not fully utilize the new program. In February 2008, after 13 years of successful employment with Miles Kimball, Nejedlo was fired. / EEOC
POLICE: DUI SUSPECTED IN FATAL PEDESTRIAN CRASH
A man is facing charges in connection with a crash that killed a Madison woman as she attempted to cross Highway 51. The crash happened at about 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Highway 51 and East Washington Avenue on the city's East Side. Police said the victim, Mary Campbell, 61, was trying to cross the highway when she was struck by a car attempting to turn off East Washington and onto the highway. Campbell had no family in Madison, not much money and a profound hearing disability. / WISC Madison
STATE COULD CLOSE NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
Students at the North Carolina School for the Deaf in Morganton might have to find a new place to learn by the end of the year. There are only three schools like it in the state, but lawmakers say they can't afford to keep them all open and they are ordering one to be closed. / WLOS
APPEALS COURT BACKS STATE CLOSURE OF SCHOOL FOR DEAF
State officials had legal authority to close the South Dakota School for the Deaf campus in Sioux Falls in favor of educating students with hearing impairments in local school districts, a federal appeals court has ruled. The state closed the school last year after enrollment dropped from more than 130 in the 1970s to five in 2009. The parents of eight students filed a lawsuit saying the move violated the South Dakota Constitution and a federal law that requires states to provide free public education for students with special needs. / Associated Press
ALL SIGNS POINT TO SUCCESS
The Delaware School for the Deaf has a new, $43 million home in Newark that's sunny, spacious and full of new educational programs. The school complex opened this fall. Outfitted with the latest educational technology, green-energy features and space to help educate families, the building is prized by the school community. It has features for students that have allowed them to expand their learning opportunities, such as dormitories and an auditorium. / The News Journal
AUDIT FAULTS VIRGINIA SCHOOL FOR DEAF, BLIND
A state audit shows inadequate security policies has put the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind at risk for information technology breaches, and it has uncovered accounting lapses related to a construction project. The 173-year-old school lacks most of the information “to develop and implement an information-security program that provides assurance over data confidentiality, integrity and availability,” according to the audit. Walter Kucharski, state auditor of public accounts, said “This is basically a cautionary tale to say, “You need to think about this stuff.” / The Washington Times
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KENYA KIDNAPPING: FEARS GROW FOR DEAF WIFE
There are growing fears that Judith Tebbutt, 56, has been taken across the nearby border into lawless Somalia after she was seized by six gunmen who broke into the couple’s £560-a-night ($885 US) beach hut at Kiwayu Safari Village in the early hours of Sunday morning. Her husband, David, 58, died from a single gunshot to the head as he tried to protect his wife from the kidnappers. A close friend of the couple said Mrs Tebbutt relied on a hearing aid. "Once the batteries run out then she will have great difficulty hearing what people are saying to her," said the friend. / Telegraph
See Also SUSPECT ARRESTED IN MURDER OF BRITON, KIDNAPPING OF DEAF WIFE AT KENYA RESORT / Herald Sun
NATIONAL DEAF CHILDREN'S SOCIETY SECURES 'LANDMARK' DECISION FOR DEAF CHILDREN
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has said it will reconsider its decision to make cuts to its support services for deaf children after a legal challenge from the National Deaf Children’s Society. An NDCS spokeswoman said the local authority had reduced the budget for its integration services directorate, which includes the team that supports deaf children, from £5.004m ($7.9 million US) in 2010-11 to £3.447m ($5.4 million US) in 2011-12 – a reduction of 32 per cent. / Third Sector
HUNDREDS SIGN PETITION TO BRING BACK TEACHER OF THE DEAF
Parents of deaf children in Southampton have collected 1,500 names on a petition calling for the reintroduction of a part-time teacher of the deaf. Southampton City Council will debate planned cuts to visiting teachers of the deaf on 14 September. Parents of deaf children, supported by the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS), will attend the debate. The council said it welcomed the chance to "advise them of the service we provide and to hear their views." / BBC News
PARDON? NOISY FARMS PRODUCING GENERATION OF DEAF FARMERS
Farmers are getting deafer because of prolonged exposure to agricultural machinery, a study has revealed. Old tractors, grinders, power tools and even animals can emit sound levels far above the safety limit of 85 decibels. As a result, 70% of farmers have less than normal hearing for their age, according to research by the Farm Safety Association. / Daily Post North Wales
DEAF ATHLETE'S COMPLAINT RESOLVED
A deaf boy has a better chance of shining at a national athletics competition after a peak sporting organisation backed down from an age-old protocol that disallows visual aids at the starter's line. Sekou Kanneh, whose parents fled the war torn country of Sierra Leone when he was just three, is representing Queensland at this week's School Sport Australia Track and Field Championships in Darwin. He will compete in the 100-metre and 200-metre sprint events. / Ninemsn
COCHLEAR FACING SIX-YEAR LOW IN EARNINGS
Cochlear's voluntary global recall of its unimplanted Nucleus 5 hearing device could see the company post its weakest full-year earnings in six years as sales decline. The world's largest hearing implant maker began the recall on Monday after an increase in the number of failures, and has ceased manufacturing the unit while it investigates the cause of the "shut down", which it says does not injure users. / The Australian
HEARING WORLD'S THEIR OYSTER FOR SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS
Sheena Walters is the only hearing person in her family while Colin Allen was born deaf in a non-hearing family. Together, they make a formidable team as executives of the Deaf Society of NSW, based in Parramatta. But their influence goes beyond the state, and even Australia, in their international roles representing the needs of the deaf community worldwide. / Parramatta Advertiser
New South Wales, Australia
DEAF TO ACCESS CHEAPER SMOKE ALARMS
The safety of people who are deaf or hard of hearing is set to be improved with a new scheme set to offer visual smoke alarms at heavily discounted rates. Currently the hard of hearing are obliged to pay around $400 to $650 for a system with a flashing light and/or a vibrating device that will wake them in the event of a fire, but the scheme is set to change this. Deaf Society of NSW acting CEO Sheena Walters said under the Smoke Alarm Subsidy Scheme, people would pay $50 to access one of these life-saving devices. / Central Western Daily
Quezon City, Philippines
DEAF PEOPLE MARCH TO DEMAND SIGN LANGUAGE IN COURTS, TV NEWS
Around 150 deaf people marched to the House of Representatives on Monday to push for the passage of two bills mandating the use of sign language in court proceedings and television news programs. Members of the Philippine Deaf Resource Center (PDRC) arrived at the Batasang Pambansa compound at 4 p.m. and attended plenary sessions after marching from a mall to call for the passage of House Bills 4121 and 4631. A sign language interpreter was flashed on a large screen inside the plenary hall to accommodate the deaf visitors -- a first in the lower chamber’s history. / GMA News
DEAF CRICKETER DOWN WITH KIDNEY AILMENT LIVES IN PENURY
A right-handed batsman and medium pace bowler, Abhimanyu Narayan Dev played a crucial role in the second World Cup for Deaf that India won in 2005. He also represented the first Deaf Asia Cup. This time, he was expected to represent India in the third World Cup for Deaf in New Zealand scheduled for May 2011, but a serious kidney infection has shattered his dreams. / Times of India
DEAF AND DUMB CHILDREN GET RELIEF SUPPLIES
Several kids at the Home of the Abandoned Deaf and Dumb school in Chocolate City, Gardnersville have benefited from assorted relief items, including clothes, stationery and other school materials donated by the NGO, Butterfly. Butterfly's initial donation of school materials and toys, amongst others followed complaint by authorities of the Home of the lack of support. Over 150 abandoned kids are said to be undergoing difficulties, including the lack of mattresses and food. / allAfrica.com
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LIFE & LEISURE
South Attleboro, MA
SOUTH ATTLEBORO RESIDENT LEFT IN THE DARK WITH FEW WAYS TO COMMUNICATE
I was very frustrated for no power for five days (101 hours and 30 minutes). No power started on Sunday, Aug. 28th at around 9:30 in the morning. No radio, phone, videophone, TTY, door bells, or siren, I can't hear because I am a deaf elder. On Sunday, Aug. 28 the police and rescue came to my house and took me to the emergency room at Sturdy Memorial Hospital because of a chest injury from falling down on the stairs without the power at about 10 a.m. in the morning. / Patch.com
SCHOOL FOR DEAF MARKING 150 YEARS WITH SPECIAL EVENTS
As the oldest state educational institution in Kansas reaches its 150th anniversary, organizers are planning several events in Olathe to mark the milestone this month. The Kansas School for the Deaf, which began in a two-room house in Baldwin City, is linked in history to Kansas statehood and the Civil War, including a close call with Quantrill’s Raiders. Several cities, including Topeka, vied for or housed the school, but in 1865, Olathe built a small stone structure at what would prove to be its permanent location. / The Olathe News
D.C.'S H STREET FRIENDLY TO DEAF COMMUNITY
Shortly after it opened, the H Street Country Club bar switched from black napkins to white. It seems like a small change, but it has had a big impact for one group of customers. “We recognize the majority of the people in our bar are hearing-impaired,” said owner Ricardo Vergara, whose business is near Gallaudet University, one of the largest schools for the deaf in the nation. “They’re a big part of this side of town. So we make adjustments when they’re around.” / The Washington Times
MINOT COUPLE'S 'QUIET' LIFE HAS BEEN FULL
A strong work ethic, solid family ties and a sense of humor have been staples in the lives of Herb and Maxine Younker of Minot. The senior couple in Minot's deaf community, the Younkers don't consider deafness to be a handicap, and it certainly never handicapped them. "Deaf people can do anything but hear," said Maxine Younker, 84, whose sign language is animated and lively. / Minot Daily News
WESTERN PA. SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF HOSTS COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY
The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf is hosting its fifth annual Community Block Party Oct. 1, complete with a yard sale, food and a children’s talent show. The event stemmed from the Commitment to Community gatherings, which encourage communication across municipal boundaries. “The idea was to knock down the borders between the varying communities here and getting neighbors to talk to neighbors -- the way block parties do,” said Vicki Cherney, director of marketing and communications at WPSD. / Patch.com
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WRITING SEPTEMBER 11TH: A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THE EFFORT TO CLOSED CAPTION THE 9/11 NEWSCASTS
On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, VITAC employees reflect on the efforts to make heartbreaking coverage accessible to viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing. VITAC employees joined a nation glued to their television sets on September 11, 20011. We also captioned much of what was on the air. On this tenth anniversary, current and former employees think back to a day they will never forget. / PRWeb
Sioux Falls, SD
SHORTAGE OF SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS AFFECTS SOUTH DAKOTA
Officials said there are more the 400 deaf and hard of hearing students in South Dakota. Even though not all of them are using interpreters, the ratio does not look good, considering there are only 88 registered intepreters across the state. "It is frustrating personally, myself, to know that the demand is very high for sign language interpreters. And supply is very low," said Larry Puthoff, who works part-time at the American Sign Language Laboratory at Augustana College. / KDLT News
Kansas City, MO
MIDWEST EAR INSTITUTE PERFORMS 1,000TH COCHLEAR IMPLANT
Dan Neuenswander’s hearing loss took a big toll on his life. He couldn’t converse with his grandchildren or sing in his church’s choir, and he had to walk away from the school district administration career that he loved. “When you’re talking about a $60 million budget, you have to be able to keep up with the conversation,” said the 73-year-old resident of Baldwin City, Kan. But Neuenswander began to hear the sounds of life again recently, when he became the 1,000th patient to receive a cochlear implant at Saint Luke’s Midwest Ear Institute. / Kansas City Star
NEW DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DEAF GROUP PLANS RACE
Two Indianapolis women have taken it upon themselves to become advocates for women in the deaf community who are victims of domestic violence. Davina Brimmer and Laura Genrich-Perkins, both of whom are deaf, were chosen to receive training in 2009 at the Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services in Seattle, Wash. The hope was that the Indianapolis women would set up a similar non-profit organization in Indiana. Now, they’ve done that. / The Indianapolis Star
DISPATCHERS LEARN TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE DEAF
Rockingham and Hamlet police department telecommunicators, along with 911 dispatchers, came together Thursday morning to learn about the most effective ways to deal with the deaf and hard of hearing populations in the event of emergency calls. Said Rockingham Police Department Major Billy Kelly: “We haven’t had a large need for this, but it’s important training. It would be terrible in the event we did need more information about this and we didn’t have it.” / Richmond County Daily Journal
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Salt Lake City, UT
MORE TV SHOWS ON THE INTERNET GETTING CLOSED CAPTIONING
I have a hearing loss and am dependent on closed captioning, or subtitles, on movies/TV. With the new trend of watching shows on computer, I find that some are captioned and some not. For example, CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” is captioned. “Breaking Bad” is not captioned on computer. Both shows ARE captioned on TV. Any ideas on when/if the FCC will catch up to shows streamed on computer? I’m feeling left out! / The Salt Lake Tribune
GOOGLE+ VIDEO HANGOUTS ADDS SIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE
Google+ has just added a new feature, making it easier for people using sign language to communicate with others using the service. Its video hangouts feature now has an option called 'take the floor.' Rather than trying to make out what people are signing from a thumbnail, this lets them appear as the main video, so their gestures can be seen more clearly. It's simple to activate too. / CNET UK
DEAF CONCERTGOERS ENJOY MUSIC THROUGH HEARTS, HANDS
Thousands packed the Grandstand on the final night of the Minnesota State Fair to see Maroon 5 perform live. Sitting in the audience was a group having an entirely different listening experience. Interpreters from the American Sign Language Interpreting Service have gone to concerts for years to sign lyrics to the hearing impaired. Several deaf attendees at these concerts say that live concerts are the one time they really get to experience the music. / CBS Minnesota
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Oak Lawn, IL
HEARING-IMPAIRED RICHARDS NOSE TACKLE MAKES PLENTY OF NOISE ON THE FOOTBALL TEAM
Watch Barron Shepard play football on Friday nights. Go ahead, try to identify what is different about the 5-foot-11, 200-pound senior nose tackle. Barron uses his strength and quickness to take on double teams, cause havoc for offensive lines and allow Richards’ linebackers to roam free. In that way, he is no different than any accomplished defensive lineman. But look closer. It’s only after the play that you might notice something different. / Patch.com
DEAFNESS DOESN'T SIDELINE UTAH CHEERLEADER
Sounds ricochet off the field at a Friday night football game. The high school marching band blasts the school fight song. The fans yell. Helmets crack. The announcers' voices echo across metal bleachers. To anyone else, those might be noisy nuances, but for Taryn Ramos they are music to her ears. / Houston Chronicle
BRENDAN STERN NAMED GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HEAD COACH
The Gallaudet University Athletics Department is proud to announce Brendan Stern has been selected as the new women's basketball head coach as announced by Athletic Director Michael Weinstock on Tuesday. Stern's new responsibilities are effective immediately as the 2011-12 season tips off for the Bison on November 18 at the Lebanon Valley College tournament. / GU News
'WE ARE NOT DUMB'
I do not tolerate anyone who labeled
us as deaf and dumb !!! We the deaf people are NOT DUMB ... we just happen to
be deaf. Please announce and explain to anyone who labeled us as deaf &
DUMB not to say " deaf and dumb " anymore.. this is 2011... MOVE ON!
-- Janine Jones
Editor replies: Don't tell me, tell the original source. Click on the article link, find "contact us," and let them know how you feel. Telling me is just preaching to the choir.
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Due to an expanding program we are looking for dedicated professionals to provide support and services to Deaf & Hard of Hearing students. We are now interviewing all qualified applicants for the following positions.
Teacher /Coordinator, William
Location: Brattleboro, VT
Time Base: Full -Time
Masters Degree in Deaf Education or Special Education
Minimum of 5 years teaching and administrative experience.
Experience in working with a variety of disabilities including Autism.
Training and experience in instruction improvement
Effective communication skills to include ASL
Oversees the supervision and development of all William Center Teachers.
Oversee daily operation of William Center Autism Program.
Coordinate Special Education procedures for the William Center.
Maintain accurate records.
Send resume to Kelly Therieau
Deaf Vermonters Advocacy
Victim Advocate/community educator
Location: statewide Vermont
Time Base: 2 part-time positions
BA degree or equivalent experience
Fluency in American Sign Language
Work from a philosophy of empowerment
Ability to work with a diverse population
Exceptional listening skills and ability to empathize
Knowledge of domestic and sexual violence
Send resume and cover letter to Keri Darling
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Staffed in Baltimore, MD
Hamilton Relay Services Division in Maryland currently has a full time position open for “Captioned Telephone Outreach Coordinator.”
Position summary: Position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities with the goal of expanding awareness and use of Captioned Telephone Service. Individual will devote 100% of their time to Maryland Relay and is required to travel throughout the state of Maryland.
Preferred education, experience and skills:
· Effective communication and public outreach techniques.
· Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users.
· Demonstratable knowledge of user groups who would benefit from Relay Service
-- Senior Citizens Community
-- Hard of Hearing Community
· Organizing outreach and educational campaigns.
· Public speaking and confidently communicating verbally to a wide variety of audiences.
· Excellent presentations skills
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· Plan, schedule and organize multiple priorities and a high volume of work while meeting deadlines.
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Knoxville Center of the Deaf
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