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September 30, 2009
Vol. 5, No. 16

Editor: Tom Willard

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Oklahoma City, OK
SUIT ALLEGES ST. JOHN FIRED EMPLOYEE DUE TO DISABILITY
St. John Health System Inc. of Tulsa discriminated against an employee by failing to reasonably accommodate her disability or hearing impairment, and ultimately firing her, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charged in a lawsuit brought in federal court. In a complaint filed late last week, EEOC attorneys argued that beginning around March 2006, St. John and PSSI engaged in unlawful employment practices against LaQuita Reherman due to its actions against her following complaints from doctors about her hearing impairment. / The Journal Record

Ferndale, MI
DEAF PAIR SUSPECTED OF FUNDRAISING SCAM
Two deaf men face charges they tried to scam donations for a bogus deaf baseball team to take a trip to Florida. "Both of the suspects are believed to be narcotics users based on our previous contacts with them," said Ferndale police Sgt. Patrick Jones. "They made up a story about a deaf baseball team needing money to go to a tournament out of town and tried to get donations from people." Paul T. Guastella, 21, of Ferndale and Shane J. Lackie, 37, of Waterford Township were each charged last Thursday in Ferndale 43rd District Court with a one-year misdemeanor count of conspiracy to commit false pretenses less than $200. / Daily Tribune

Minneapolis, MN
DEAF FORMER INMATE SETTLES WITH 2 COUNTIES
A 34-year-old deaf man has reached a legal settlement with two southern Minnesota counties regarding his contention that he sat in their jails for months and was denied access to a sign-language interpreter, his lawyer said last Wednesday. Nobles County is paying $50,000 and Martin County $25,000 to Latell Cheney, 34, of Ames, Iowa, Minneapolis attorney Eric Hageman said. / Star-Tribune

St. Paul, MN
2 OF 3 MINNESOTA SCHOOLS FOR DEAF MERGE
Opened in 1993, Metro Deaf School was only the second charter school started in Minnesota. This year it became the first charter school to complete a merger with another charter school in a move intended to cut costs and give students more education options and continuity. Metro Deaf School and North Star Academy -- now merged -- were two of three schools in Minnesota designed specifically for deaf students. / Star-Tribune

Topeka, KS
KANSAS SCHOOLS FOR THE BLIND AND DEAF ESCAPE BUDGET AXE
A task force looking to close state facilities voted against closing or merging the Kansas School for the Deaf and School for the Blind Monday. Instead, the two schools will focus on cutting costs at their present locations. The task force, charged with saving the state money by streamlining operations at state facilities, had considered merging the two schools. / The Kansas City Star

Providence, RI
STATE MAY TAKE OVER R.I. SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist is recommending that the state Department of Education take control of the Rhode Island School for the Deaf, a state-financed institution that has been plagued in recent years by unstable leadership and some of the lowest test scores in the state. Gist is asking the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education to approve the rare intervention at Thursday’s board meeting. / The Providence Journal

Pomona, CA
STUDENT, FOUR FORMER STUDENTS SUE WESTERN UNIVERSITY
Five women are suing Western University of Health Sciences, alleging they were subjected to unfair academic practices and discrimination based on disabilities. Three of the women involved in the lawsuit said they have disabilities that the university failed to accommodate. Hope Hedrick, who was a registered veterinarian technician when she entered the program, said no accommodations were made initially to address her hearing disability, and that once she requested assistance, she was told she was responsible for taking care of it herself. / Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Omaha, NE
DEAF MED STUDENT SAYS COLLEGE SHOULD PROVIDE HIM SIMULTANEOUS TRANSLATION
A deaf medical student whose hearing resembles "a poorly tuned, crackling radio station" says Creighton University refused to provide state-of-the-art simultaneous translation through hearing assistance technology for his lectures, labs and study sessions, and he wants a judge to order the college to do so. Michael S. Argenyi is a first-year medical student at the Omaha-based university. He has been deaf since infancy but recently had surgery that allows him to hear slightly. / Courthouse News Service

Sioux Falls, SD
SOUTH DAKOTA REGENTS WANT DEAF SCHOOL LAWSUIT DISMISSED
The South Dakota Board of Regents and its current and past executive directors have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to keep the state's only school for the deaf open. The parents of eight deaf or hearing-impaired children from South Dakota and Minnesota filed the complaint in July. They said closing the Sioux Falls campus would be illegal despite a sharp decline in enrollment over the past few decades, which is currently at six students. / Rapid City Journal

West Lafayette, IN
PURDUE UNIV. RECEIVES $10 MILLION DONATION
The Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences is receiving a $10 million donation from a woman whose very own Purdue education taught her how to better communicate with her husband. Marybeth Lyles Higuera’s donation will be used to fund the Lyles-Porter Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences facility, which is named after her family. The 1959 Purdue graduate has worked in the speech and pathology field for 18 years. / Purdue Exponent

Washington, DC
DEADLINE FOR VRS AND IP RELAY USERS TO OBTAIN 10-DIGIT NUMBERS IS NOVEMBER 12
Users of VRS and/or IP Relay are reminded, if they have not done so already, to register with the VRS or IP Relay provider of their choice as soon as possible, and no later than November 12, 2009. After November 12, 2009, all VRS and IP Relay users must be registered with a default provider in order to place a non-emergency call through any VRS or IP Relay provider. / FCC


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Glasgow, Scotland
DEAF FOOTBALL TEAM BRANDED 'DIRTIEST EVER' AFTER GAME ENDS IN HUGE BRAWL
The world's oldest deaf football team have been branded the "dirtiest ever" after a huge brawl led to a game being abandoned. The referee was forced to call off the match because of the trouble caused when a Glasgow Deaf Athletic FC player allegedly headbutted an opponent and was sent off. Jack Loughlin, player-coach of Fordbank Star, branded their opponents, who were founded in 1871, the most vicious side he had ever come across. / Daily Record

London, England
DEAF TEENAGERS GIVEN STARRING ROLES IN NEW ERA OF TV DRAMA
A drama starring deaf teenagers from south London is being hailed as the start of a "new era" of children's television. The Boy From Before, a four-part series which will air this week, features secondary school pupils from Balham who collaborated with filmmakers to devise and write the script and act alongside professional deaf actors. The drama was filmed at Oak Lodge School, a school for deaf pupils, and on location on Clapham Common. / London Evening Standard

New Delhi, India
ONE MILLION INDIAN BABIES BORN WITH DEAFNESS: DOCTORS
Over one million babies are born with hearing impairment every year in India but early intervention can help get rid of the problem, doctors here said last Thursday. In a panel discussion, doctors unanimously called for screening for deafness in newborns to be made compulsory across all healthcare facilities in the country. “A deaf may not be dumb right from his or her birth,” said B.K Rao, chairman of the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. / Sindh Today

Vadodara, Gujarat, India
WORLD DEAF DAY: FILM MADE BY AND FOR HEARING IMPAIRED TO BE SCREENED
Hearing impaired will soon experience reel magic by just clicking the mouse. They will have a chance to select from a wide range of options including short films, feature films and animations to docudrama. This, thanks to Mook Badhir Mandal (MBM), an NGO working for the hearing impaired. To start with, MBM has made a three-hour feature film "Mr 420," written, directed, produced and enacted by hearing impaired. The film will be showcased on occasion of World Deaf Day celebration on Sunday at CC Mehta Auditorium in which over 1,200 people from across country will participate. / The Times of India

Jos, Nigeria
MCC INITIATIVE GIVES HOPE TO DEAF NIGERIANS
Patricia Gyang, a mother of three, cannot hear an alarm but often rises by 4 a.m. to start her bread dough. She supplies shops around Jos, Nigeria, with pastries and meat pies and bakes and decorates custom-made cakes for all occasions. As a deaf woman living in a country where the unemployment rate, according to economywatch.com, ranges from 30 to 50 percent, she is fortunate to have her own business. / MCC

Vancouver, BC, Canada
WHEN PIGS DON'T FLY: BLIND, DEAF GUINEA PIG DENIED SEAT ON FLIGHT TO VANCOUVER
Casper, a deaf and blind guinea pig who has been waiting a year to return home to Vancouver from Western Australia may finally get her chance to fly. Her owner, Jenn Ladd, said she may finally have found a solution to getting her pet home after being tangled up in red tape with airlines and the Australian Civil Aviation Authority. The issue isn’t whether Casper is allowed to fly but where she can sit in the cabin. / The Vancouver Sun


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West Orange, NJ
THOMAS EDISON'S LABORATORY OPENS TO THE PUBLIC ON OCTOBER 10
Thomas Edison's inventions changed the world, and starting on October 10th you'll be able to tour his laboratory complex at Thomas Edison National Historical Park in New Jersey. Key areas, including Edison’s private laboratory, original music recording studio and a photography studio will open to the public for the first time in the history of the site. Edison's story is an inspiring one. He refused to be hampered by a serious hearing impairment and "it seems that Edison saw advantages to being deaf… he said that it helped him concentrate on his work." / National Parks Traveler

San Francisco, CA
LIFE AFTER A CHILD'S DIAGNOSIS
This week was Deaf Awareness Week, and we are closing it out with a guest post from Linda Shiue, whose seven-year-old daughter was diagnosed with hearing loss several years ago. Her essay is about the particulars of capturing sound, but her feelings will be familiar to any parent who has had to take a new look at life in the face of a child’s diagnosis. / The New York Times

Harrisonburg, VA
FOUNDER OF DEAF MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL VISITS THE ARC
A local group that serves the mentally handicapped got a visit last Thursday from a man who has met the needs of the disabled across the world for 30 years. The ARC of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County invited Neville Muir and his son Ian, who has Downs Syndrome. Muir founded Deaf Ministries International in Australia. He's set up schools and churches for the disabled in 23 countries. His son travels with him and was also asked speak. / WHSV

Los Angeles, CA
BEFORE THE WEDDING, COUPLE NEED TO CUT DEBTS AND STOP OVERSPENDING
To hear Summer Brown and Briana Biddle talk about it, their upcoming wedding and civil commitment will be a fairy tale, complete with happily ever after. But fairy tales can turn dark pretty quickly, and a look at the couple's finances shows that the poisoned apple in this story could be money. Brown earns an annual salary of $45,000 from a nonprofit social services agency where she counsels troubled children. Biddle makes $34,000 a year from the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, where she advocates for deaf people who are looking for jobs. It's exhausting work for both of them. / Los Angeles Times


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WORKING WORLD
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Mesa, AZ
HEARING AID CO. REBOUNDS FROM BANKRUPTCY
Zounds Inc., a Mesa manufacturer and retailer of hearing aids, recently emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company filed for protection in April after two of its investors acquired the company. Derwood Chase, an investment adviser in Charlottesville, Va., and Michael Stewart, who owns two wineries in Napa Valley, Calif., invested $10 million and proposed to settle the company's debts. "I feel very fortunate our product was good enough that they liked it enough and connected emotionally to the company," said Sam Thomasson, founder and chief executive of the company. / The Arizona Republic

Howard County, TX
DEAF COLLEGE GENERATES NEW OPPORTUNITIES
Anywhere else they would be a minority, but at one Howard College campus, they are right at home. This year, the Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (SWCID) is creating some brand new opportunities. It looks just like any other college classroom, but at this Big Spring campus, the language isn't spoken. "SWCID is the only community college program designed for deaf and hard of hearing people all over the country," Mark J. Myers, Provost at SWCID, said. "Well, really, the whole world." / NewsWest 9

Raritan Borough, NJ
RARITAN BOROUGH BUSINESS OFFERS 'BRIDGES TO EMPLOYMENT' FOR THE DEAF
A local business is helping the deaf and hard of hearing reach their career goals while also serving employers' needs. The Bridges to Employment Career Development Center, at 600 First Ave., provides people who are deaf and hard of hearing with a range of vocational assessment, employment training, placement, job coaching and support services. It is one of three such centers in New Jersey funded by the state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, and it serves people in Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties. / myCentralJersey.com

Frederick, MD
MSD OPENS STATE-OF-THE-ART ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The hallways are wide and bright, the windows expansive, the floor patterns "playful" and the classrooms equipped with the latest technology. These are just a few of the features that greeted students who crossed the threshold of the new Maryland School for the Deaf Elementary School for the first time when it opened Aug. 31. / Frederick News Post

Oroville, CA
OROVILLE'S OWN: BOBBIE HOLCRAFT HAS A PASSION FOR SIGNING
The only time Bobbie Holcraft, an American Sign Language instructor and interpreter, stops talking is when she's asleep. "I never shut up. I'm a mouthy person. If someone gagged me and, oh my gosh, bound my hands, I think I'd die," she said, laughing. "Just ask my family and friends. I talk all the time with my mouth and my hands. I love to talk." Holcraft said her career as an ASL interpreter and instructor was a fortunate accident. / Chico Enterprise-Record


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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Los Angeles, CA
THEATER REVIEW: 'CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD' AT DEAF WEST THEATRE
Sure, it’s earnest, occasionally clunky and a little too long. But as Deaf West’s revival makes clear, “Children of a Lesser God” remains remarkably durable, both as a landmark drama of the deaf experience and a portrait of a tempestuous marriage between equals. Mark Medoff’s dramedy moved from the Mark Taper Forum to take Broadway by storm in 1980. This 30th-anniversary production is presented in American Sign Language, spoken English and supertitles, making it fully accessible to both hearing and deaf audiences. Played out on John Iacovelli’s two-tiered minimalist set, the emphasis is on mouths and hands desperate to be understood. / Los Angeles Times

Bowie, MD
DEAF ACTOR IS A FIRST FOR BOWIE THEATER GROUP
While auditioning actors for the Bowie Theater Company's latest production, director Estelle Miller was impressed by the enthusiasm of a deaf actor named Gary Small. Miller was so impressed by Small, in fact, that she created a role for him in the company's production of the Caroline Smith comedy "The Kitchen Witches," which it will present this month. "He was determined enough not just to come once but to come twice to auditions," Miller said of Small, who is a senior at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt and a Bowie resident. / The Gazette

Minneapolis, MN
MISS DEAF MINNESOTA ADVOCATES PERFORMING ARTS ACCESS FOR DEAF
When Kaitlyn Mielke first heard Julie Andrews sing in “The Sound of Music” after receiving cochlear implants at age five, her complicated love of musical theater began. A University of Minnesota student and this year’s Miss Deaf Minnesota, Mielke, has constantly struggled against theaters and directors with policies that are less-than-accessible to the deaf. / The Minnesota Daily

Gretna, LA
HEARING LOSS HASN'T DAMPENED ARTIST'S DREAM
The teen years are hard for many. Being profoundly deaf made high school even tougher for Christy Works-Boutte, of Gretna. "I struggled a lot" as a student at Archbishop Blenk High School, she said. "Communication was very difficult. The girls made fun of me. It was a hard time in my life." What saved her, she said, was taking an art class. She realized she had talent. "I decided at 14, I wanted to be a professional artist." / The Times-Picayune


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Keith Wann's ASL Comedy Tour 2009-2010

Keith Wann, renowned for his hilarious, sidesplitting comedy performances, is now producing and hosting the ASL Comedy Tour 2009, which will travel the U.S. this year. With American Sign Language (ASL) artists presenting solo performances incorporating comedy, skits, songs, improvisation, and stories, each show lasts two hours. Sponsored by www.CallVRS.org, the multi-city tour is designed to be affordable for each location – making it ideal as a fundraiser for participating organizations.

“We really want to reach out to all communities, so we are sharing in the costs and profits at each location. We will work closely with booking parties to maximize profits for their organization and to bring in as many people as possible for a night of laughter, socialization and fun,” Wann said. “We also offer workshops by some of our performers, which can be held the day of the performance. People can come to our workshops, and then unwind by attending the comedy show that evening.”

www.aslcomedytour.com
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Columbus, OH
OHIO STATE UNIV. ADDS CAPTIONING FOR HEARING-IMPAIRED
Beginning with last Saturday's football game against Illinois, Ohio State will include captioning on its scoreboards and stadium televisions to help the hearing-impaired. In July, the National Association of the Deaf sued Ohio State in federal court asking that the school caption all football and basketball games. / The Columbus Dispatch

Indianapolis, IN
CATCHINGS FINALLY GETS HER SHOT AT WNBA TITLE
Tamika Catchings is "one of those people who doesn't stop until she gets what she wants," said Tauja Catchings, her older sister. What Tamika Catchings has stubbornly sought is a WNBA championship. The 30-year-old forward is closer than she has ever been, playing in the Indiana Fever's first WNBA Finals. The best-of-five series started last night at the Phoenix Mercury. / Indianapolis Star

Los Angeles, CA
L.A. HONORS FIOLEK FOR DEAF AWARENESS MONTH
In tribute to “Deaf Awareness Month” in Los Angeles, Councilman Tony Cardenas is honoring the 18-year-old athlete who clinched the Gold Medal in the 2009 X Games Women’s Moto-X and the 2008 AMA Women’s Motocross Championship. Ashley Fiolek, born profoundly deaf, keeps beating the odds. As a matter of fact, she also secured the 2009 AMA Women’s Motocross Championship this month despite crashing her bike and enduring a broken collarbone. / Motorcycle USA

Piscataway, NJ
RUTGERS BACKUP QB NATALE DOESN'T LET HEARING DISABILITY AFFECT PLAY ON FIELD
Dom Natale never really talks about his disability. The Rutgers fifth-year senior quarterback isn't hiding anything. He just doesn't see much of a problem. At 12 years old, Natale was diagnosed with cholesteatoma, an accumulation of dead cells in the middle ear. He had five surgeries to remove the tumor and lost his eardrum in the process. Natale, 23, lost all hearing in his right ear. / Press of Atlantic City

Rutland, VT
GALLAUDET LONG ON FOOTBALL TRADITION
When Ed Hottle was making his decision to leave his post as head football coach at Calvert High School in Prince Frederick, Md., to become head coach at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., there were concerns, questions and reservations. "I did not have any previous experience with deaf folks, so there was some concern," he said. "But it's still football. It's what you love." In his fifth year, Hottle is at home. He has become fluent in sign language and now it's just football. / Rutland Herald


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TEACHER OF THE DEAF – Middle School, Language Arts
COLORADO SCHOOL for the DEAF and the BLIND

Official job announcement may be found under non-classified employment at CSDB’s website…http://www.csdb.org

Salary based on appropriate education and experience. Excellent benefits. Open until filled. Interviews conducted on-site at CSDB. Send letter of interest, current resume, completed Employment Application, recent letters of recommendation, copies of transcripts, and a copy of current teacher certification to:

Chelle Lutz
CSDB - HR
33 North Institute Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 578-2114 (phone)
(719) 578-2239 (fax)
E-mail: clutz@csdb.org

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Northwestern Connecticut Community College - "The small college that does great things" is anticipating the following openings:

Director of Collegiate Education for Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Instructor in Interpreter Preparation - American Sign Language/English

To learn more about us and for a copy of the vacancy announcement, including minimum qualifications, application process and deadline, please visit our Website at www.nwcc.commnet.edu.

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