September 19, 2012
Vol. 8, No. 44
Editor: Tom Willard
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DEAF WOMEN ENTER 'NOT GUILTY' PLEAS IN LINCOLN MURDER PLOT
With Minnie Goode watching, the four deaf women accused of plotting her murder entered “not guilty” pleas Friday in Lincoln Circuit Court in their first court appearance in what is likely to be a challenging case for the court system. Jessica N. Callahan, 27, of Danville and Autumn Drass, 23, Taquisa Horton, 27 and Kerry L. Zamara, 23, all of Columbus, Ohio, were each indicted last month for criminal attempt to murder in an alleged plot to stab Goode, 82, to death inside her Hustonville home on July 3. Police allege Callahan was the ringleader of the conspiracy, motivated to settle a score in a convoluted lesbian lovers’ quarrel. / Central Kentucky News
UNCA'S FERNANDES NAVIGATES DEAF, HEARING WORLDS
When Jane Fernandes was a little girl in Worcester, Mass., she went to the front of her kindergarten classroom one morning to sharpen several pencils. As she turned around to go back to her seat, she saw that all of the children were laughing and pointing at her. “I realized later that the teacher must have asked me to sit down, but of course I didn’t hear her,” Fernandes said. “She probably repeated her demand a few times, and then everyone thought I was dumb and started to make fun of me.” No one is making fun of her now. / The Asheville Citizen-Times
REZONING DENIED FOR LAKEWOOD DEAF SCHOOL
The Rocky Mountain Deaf School will have to find another location for its new school building. In a last-minute bombshell, Jeffco Public Schools, the owner of the property at 2090 S. Wright St., asked the Lakewood City Council on Sept. 10 to rescind the rezoning that would have allowed the RMDS to build a K-12 school on the property on South Wright Street, adjacent to open space. Council members complied with the district's wishes, voting 9-0 the same day to repeal the rezoning approved in June. / The Denver Post
DENVER COUNCIL TO WEIGH $695,000 SETTLEMENT IN DEATH OF DEAF INMATE
Denver's City Council on Monday will consider paying $695,000 to settle a 5-year-old federal lawsuit brought by the family of a deaf jail inmate who attempted suicide while in custody and died soon after. The lawsuit was scheduled to go to trial, but the city has agreed to settle with attorneys representing the family of Shawn Francisco Vigil, the 23-year-old inmate who was in jail for a month on sexual-assault charges before hanging himself in his jail cell in September 2005. The lawsuit filed in 2007 by Vigil's mother, Debbie Ulibarri, claimed the city's jail system failed to make proper accommodations for her deaf son and failed to adequately train staff, putting deaf inmates at risk for suicide. / The Denver Post
VSDB'S $71.3M UPGRADE A 'LABOR OF LOVE'
Students at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind are thrilled the $71 million upgrade to the campus is just about done. In the summer of 2008, the Virginia School for the Deaf, Blind and Multi-Disabled closed, and 19 of its 44 students enrolled in VSDB after the General Assembly voted to consolidate the Hampton and Staunton schools. To handle the additional students, the state awarded $71.3 for updates in Staunton. / News Virginian
VERMONT ATTORNEY GENERAL WARNS OF SCAM TARGETING DEAF COMMUNITY
Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell is warning Vermonters of a scam, which appears to target members of the deaf community. The Attorney General’s Office’s Criminal Division, together with local law enforcement, recently investigated a criminal complaint in which one of Vermont’s deaf citizens was a victim of theft of a vehicle and a money order scam. / VTDigger
MAN ADMITS SEXUALLY TOUCHING ST. RITA STUDENTS
An employee of St. Rita School for the Deaf admitted Monday he sexually touched two of its students. Joshua Bort, 24, of Maineville, pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition and sexual imposition involving two students at the Evendale school. Bort pleaded guilty to those charges in exchange for prosecutors dropping two other similar charges. / Cincinnati.com
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ISRAEL RETURNS DEAF LEBANESE BOY WHO CROSSED SOUTHERN BORDER
A deaf Lebanese boy who crossed the barbed wire fence into Israel was handed over to U.N. peacekeepers Friday. Security sources said 10-year-old Mohammad Hasan Fadel Jawad had crossed the barbed wire fence facing the southern Lebanese village of Rmeish Thursday afternoon. They said Israel handed over the boy to the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) at the border town of Naqoura Friday morning. / The Daily Star
RANBIR KAPOOR'S BARFI! COLLECTS OVER Rs 30 CRORE IN THREE DAYS
Ranbir Kapoor's Barfi! has reportedly grossed over Rs.30 crores ($5.565 million US) in the last three days. The Anurag Basu directed film released on September 14. A romantic comedy, the film also stars Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D'Cruz in lead roles. The film was released across 1750 screens in India and 350 screens overseas. The film revolves around a fun loving deaf-mute boy (Ranbir Kapoor) and an autistic girl, played by Priyanka Chopra. / India Today
DEAF MAN GIVEN BAIL AFTER ATTEMPTED RAPE
A deaf man has been released on bail after he allegedly assaulted and tried to rape a woman as she walked home from work on Wednesday night. The 42-year-old from Nundah - who cannot be named under Queensland law - appeared in custody of the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with one count of assault with intent to rape. Police did not oppose the man's bail and he was released on the condition he have no contact with the woman or a couple who stopped to help her. / Herald Sun
ASHER WOODMAN-WORRELL: BEING FILMED FOR BBC3'S 'DEAF TEENS: HEARING WORLD'
Last October, a mutual friend of Sara (my girlfriend) and I asked us whether we would like to appear on a documentary which would showcase the lives of deaf teenagers making their way in the hearing world. Sara and I were selected, as we were deaf teenagers in a long term relationship. It was a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of the deaf community and give viewers an idea of deaf awareness – as the documentary would be screened on BBC3, a mainstream TV channel. / The Limping Chicken
INTERVIEW WITH DEAF BRITISH FOOTBALLER CLAIRE STANCLIFFE: 'THEY DON'T SUPPORT DEAF ATHLETES. THAT IS NOT EQUALITY.'
In the past few weeks sports fans in this country have witnessed feats by those whose lives have been forced down a path others could barely imagine. The heroes of the Paralympic Games were given one final farewell at the closing ceremony last Sunday and joined their Olympic companions at a victory parade the following day to maintain the feel good factor currently sweeping the nation. However, in a little more than seven days time, one sport that could potentially bring home more medals, could have its hopes dashed a year before competing. / The Independent
WOMEN REGULARLY TAKING IBUPROFEN LIKELIER TO GO DEAF
Women who regularly take ibuprofen and paracetamol are at a higher risk of losing their hearing, researchers say. The study of more than 62,000 women found that taking the drugs just twice a week increases the risk of hearing loss by up to 13 percent. Using ibuprofen six times a week makes women up to 24 percent more likely to develop some degree of hearing problem as compared with those who do not use the medication. / Zee News
DEAF SOLDIERS AIDED BY NEW DEVICES
British soldiers whose hearing has been damaged in battle are to be given state-of-the-art devices to reduce their deafness. Troops are often exposed to loud gun blasts or explosions which are far louder than the noise level of 85 decibels where damage can occur. But now service personnel who have been medically discharged due to damaged hearing are to be offered new hearing aids to help them back into civilian life. / UKPA
'WE WANT PAIGE TO HEAR I LOVE YOU'
Tiny Paige Evans could be one of the youngest patients to have a pioneering operation to repair her hearing. The six-month-old from Hartlepool was born profoundly deaf after her mother Bethany Tait contracted group B streptococcus, a bacteria which causes severe infections in newborns. At just two weeks old, little Paige endured further suffering when she was diagnosed with meningitis. After Paige overcame the killer brain bug, her parents were dealt a further blow when she failed to respond to hearing tests and it was confirmed that she is profoundly deaf. / Hartlepool Mail
Sao Paulo, Brazil
DEAF MUSICIANS PLAY TO THE BEAT OF THE DRUMS IN BRAZIL
Students at the Madre Lucie Bray Municipal School for the Deaf in Sao Paulo, Brazil, are breaking stereotypes. These students do not allow their deafness to get in the way of their ability to play music. The technique of teaching music to deaf children was developed by Fabio Bonvenuto while working in this public school in 2005, where the percussionists feel the music through vibrations rather than sound waves. Their "Music of Silence Band" recently received an invitation to play in the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup alongside the country's top musicians. / PhotoBlog
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
YES, WE ARE DEAF BUT NOT HOPELESS
Sarah Nsenga grew up learning the hard way that as a deaf child she had a cross to bear. Being hard of hearing means one does not have the privileges her age mates enjoyed in learning and developing their talents in life. So, when she had the opportunity, Sarah mobilised other deaf parents to form the Tanzania Deaf Child (Tadec) in their bid to find a way of ending the "discrimination." / The Citizen
PL COMMITTED TO BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS FOR DEAF PEOPLE
During a meeting with the Deaf People Association Malta, the Labour Party discussed the situation of deaf persons in Maltese society. “It is a known fact that deaf people face barriers while trying to live as normal a life as possible,” Labour spokesperson on disability Justyne Caruana said. Other topics of discussion included the need for increased accessibility to information to be fully aware of their surroundings and be able to follow current discussions, stories and news to feel more integrated in society. / Malta Today
NGO TO CHAMPION RIGHTS OF DEAF MUSLIM INAUGURATED
Muslim Deaf Development, Ghana (MDD), a non-governmental organization (NGO), dedicated to championing the interest of hearing-impaired Muslims, has been inaugurated in Tamale. Speaking at the event at the weekend, Mr Iddrisu Muktar, Executive Director of the MDD, said the NGO, which is affiliated to the Global Deaf Muslims (GDM), an organization based in the United States of America, was committed to working with parents, Islamic scholars, organizations and the wider Muslim world to advance Islamic education of deaf Muslims. / Ghana News Agency
DEAF STUDENTS CRY FOR MORE INTERPRETERS
The President of the Deaf Association of Ghana, Mr. Emmanuel Sackey has called on government to come to their aid to help the deaf get access to higher education. He made the observation when he addressed a press conference in Accra on Tuesday. He lamented over the plight of the deaf in the society, saying the deaf students pay their fees and charges for the sign language interpreter, which is unfair to the disabled people. / allAfrica.com
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CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? STEM CELLS RESTORE HEARING IN DEAF GERBILS -- WHEN WILL IT WORK ON HUMANS?
In a new study, scientists were able to restore partial hearing to deaf gerbils by implanting human embryonic stem cells in their ears. The breakthrough offers hope that one day a similar treatment may be developed to cure hearing loss in humans. / Singularity Hub
See Also MARLEE MATLIN WORRIES ABOUT DEAF STEM-CELL TREATMENT IMPLICATIONS / San Francisco Chronicle
BLACK ASL IS DISTINCT FROM ITS MAINSTREAM COUNTERPART, STUDY SHOWS
Carolyn McCaskill, is a deaf, African-American woman who has made it her profession to study deaf culture. A professor at Gallaudet University, the famous institution for deaf and hard of hearing students, McCaskill has been ensconced in such learning communities from a young age. But when she entered a racially integrated school for the first time at 15, she was shocked to learn that she could not understand the signs of her fellow students and teachers — because they were white. / theGrio
New York, NY
DEAF SERIAL KILLERS
In a small town in Ghana recently, three men were arrested for the murders of five women. One, who was not named, claimed to be deaf, and he was caught after accosting a woman who managed to escape. Although a deaf serial killer is quite rare, if he’s not lying he’s not entirely unique. In fact, half a dozen known serial killers have been deaf, and one of them actually targeted deaf victims. / Psychology Today
New York, NY
SUPER POWERS FOR THE BLIND AND DEAF
A new study provides evidence of rewiring in the brains of deaf people. The study, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, shows people who are born deaf use areas of the brain typically devoted to processing sound to instead process touch and vision. Perhaps more interestingly, the researchers found this neural reorganization affects how deaf individuals perceive sensory stimuli, making them susceptible to a perceptual illusion that hearing people do not experience. / Scientific American
DEAF DOG WITH FACEBOOK PAGE LOOKING FOR A HOME
A dog with his own website, hundreds of Facebook friends and his own month in a St. Louis Blues calendar; yet he is still looking for a permanent home. Three-year-old Ziggy has been looking for a loving family to adopt him for most of his life. Ziggy was born deaf and nearly euthanized. But now he is mister September in a St. Louis Blues calendar. Ziggy even signs them with his paw. / KTVI
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HELP OUT DOGS FOR THE DEAF, WIN A CALL WITH KRISTIN CHENOWETH
Fans of Kristin Chenoweth who, like the Broken Arrow native, love helping others have a chance to do both. Those who make a $35.35 donation through midnight Sept. 30 to Dogs for the Deaf will be entered in a contest to win a 10-minute Skype call with the Emmy and Tony Award winner. Each $35.35 donation given individually is an additional entry to the contest. A winner will be chosen at random and will be announced in October. / Tulsa World
PASSAVANT HOSPITAL MAKES COMMUNICATION EASIER FOR DEAF PATIENTS
Passavant Area Hospital has made it more convenient for deaf patients to communicate with family and friends outside the facility. The 95-bed hospital spent about $2,000 for a videophone and an iPad that deaf patients and staff members can use in combination with sign language. The videophone allows deaf people to make Internet-based, free video calls to other deaf people and to hearing people with the help of a “relay interpreter.” / The State Journal-Register
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SARAH CHURMAN BOOK EXCERPT: DEAF WOMAN DESCRIBES HEARING FOR FIRST TIME
Sarah Churman, 29, was born with a tiny fraction of her hearing. Last year she had surgery to implant a new device, The Esteem, into each ear. Her mother-in-law cashed in her retirement to part of the $60,000 bill. Before Sarah and her husband, Sloan, left for the hospital to have the surgery, Churman's mother-in-law made one request of her son: film Churman's reaction to hearing for the first time. The 90-second clip has gone viral, having been viewed more than 14 million times. Churman tells her story in a memoir titled "Powered On," which will be released soon by Indigo River Publishing. Here is an excerpt. / ABC News
Red Wing, MN
ARTIST EXPLORES WAYS TO COMMUNICATE BETWEEN DEAF, HEARING CULTURES
Cynthia Weitzel turned to art later in life, but it didn’t take long for her to tap into her creative wellspring and begin communicating the passions of a lifetime in a new way. A member of the deaf community, Weitzel infuses her artwork with deaf experiences, perspectives and symbols of deaf history. Images that are instantly recognizable to others who are deaf or hard of hearing become teaching tools when the Anderson Center resident artist shares them with hearing people. Weitzel grew up in a small Wisconsin community where her parents were the only deaf residents. / The Republican Eagle
Los Angeles, CA
ABC FAMILY'S 'SWITCHED AT BIRTH' CAST CELEBRATES RELEASE OF NEW COMPANION BOOK
ABC Family went all out to celebrate their hit show Switched at Birth and the launch of the accompanying book, Switched at Birth: The True Story of a Mother’s Journey at the Redbury in Hollywood on Thursday. Switched at Birth, currently in its first season on ABC Family focuses on two families whose daughters were sent home from the hospital with other families at birth. The twist, one of these daughters, Daphne (Katie LeClerc) is deaf. / Celebuzz
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PLAYING A GAME TO HONOR A BASEBALL LEGEND
The Rochester Recreation Club of the Deaf will be taking on the Buffalo Club of the Deaf in a free game Saturday, Sept. 29. The fourth biennial William “Dummy” Hoy classic, begins at 1 p.m. on the 19th century replica park at the Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford. Players will abide by the rules in force more than 100 years ago, says Robert Tawney of Brighton, the event co-chair. / Democrat and Chronicle
WEST GENESEE FOOTBALL PLAYER OVERCOMES SOUNDS OF SILENCE
Nick Calabrese’s wide, bluish-green eyes are at once riveting and welcoming. Talk, and he is immediately engaged, focused completely on the speaker, following every head movement, absorbing each subtle facial gesture. Watching ... watching ... watching ... And listening, in his own way. / Syracuse Post-Standard
Santa Fe, NM
NEW MEXICO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF LOSES SETTER, THEN MATCH
Hope for the best, expect the worst. That’s the scenario the New Mexico School for the Deaf volleyball team faces after losing setter Amberly Luna on Tuesday. Luna landed awkwardly on her left knee moments before the Lady Roadrunner took on Des Moines and was carried off the court. Without Luna, NMSD’s rotation was skewed, and it fell in straight sets 25-21, 25-14 and 26-24. / The Santa Fe New Mexican
DEAF CULTURE AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED AT STATE HOUSE
In celebration of deaf culture and the heritage of American Sign Language and Deaf literature, art and folklore, Gov. Paul R. LePage recently issued a proclamation designating Sept. 23-29 as Deaf Culture Week. The Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened will hold its 21st annual Award Ceremony and Tea, 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in the Hall of Flags at the State House. Awards will be presented to individuals who have contributed to Deaf Culture in Maine. / Bangor Daily News
RIT PROFESSOR EDWARDS '90 TO GIVE TALK ON DEAF CULTURE
Rebecca Rourke Edwards ’90, associate professor of history at Rochester Institute of Technology and an expert in deaf history and culture, will present a free public lecture titled “Seeing the Signs: Doing Deaf History at Holy Cross and Beyond” on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 4:30 p.m., in the Rehm Library, Smith Hall. A sign language interpreter will be present. Copies of her book “Words Made Flesh: Nineteenth Century Deaf Education and the Growth of Deaf Culture” (NYU Press, 2012) will be available for purchase in Rehm Library, and she will be available to sign them immediately following her talk. / Holy Cross
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