October 2, 2013
Vol. 9, No. 48
Editor: Tom Willard
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GALLAUDET DIVERSITY OFFICER ACCUSES UNIVERSITY OF DISCRIMINATION IN LAWSUIT
Gallaudet University’s chief diversity officer has accused her employer of violating a D.C. anti-discrimination law after a controversy last year that stemmed from her signing a petition that forced a public referendum on Maryland’s gay-marriage law. Angela McCaskill alleges in a lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that the university mistreated her after a professor questioned her in October 2012 about her signature on the petition. Her lawsuit accuses Gallaudet of violating anti-discrimination provisions of the D.C. Human Rights Act and of intentionally causing her emotional distress. / The Washington Post
Las Vegas, NV
BANK OF AMERICA SUED AFTER FIRING OF DEAF EMPLOYEE IN LAS VEGAS
Bank of America faces a lawsuit after federal officials said the company failed to provide a sign language interpreter for a deaf employee in Las Vegas and eventually fired her because of her disability. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of Melchora Lee, who was dismissed from the bank in 2010. Commission officials said Lee started working as a cashier in 1998 and had a supervisor who could communicate with her in sign language. But starting in 2003, she was supervised by managers who didn’t know ASL. The suit claims the bank ignored her requests for an interpreter, hurting her performance and leading to her firing. / Reno Gazette-Journal
DEAF MAN SUES TOWN OF FRAMINGHAM, CLAIMING POLICE DAMAGED HIS HANDS
A deaf man from Framingham has filed a lawsuit against the town accusing its police officers of violating his rights when they arrested him three years ago. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Boston last week, also alleges Jon Dresser suffered permanent damage to his hands, which as a deaf person he uses to communicate, as a result of being handcuffed roughly during the incident. Dresser is seeking unspecified damages from the town and police officers Jose Goncalves, Donald Spaulding and Wayne Jordan, as well as other unnamed officers. / The MetroWest Daily News
TEMPE HOUSING COMPLEX FOR DEAF UNDER FIRE
State officials and advocates for the deaf are ramping up the pressure in a legal dispute with the federal government over fair-housing policies and a Tempe housing complex that accommodates deaf, deaf-blind and hearing-impaired senior citizens. For nearly two years, Apache ASL Trails and its residents have been in the middle of a disagreement between state and federal officials over whether the complex violates anti-discrimination laws and regulations for federally funded housing programs. State officials say the complex was built with features specifically to assist hearing-impaired residents, but federal officials say it violates federal housing discrimination rules because it does not do enough to also attract non-hearing impaired residents. / The Republic
DEAF AIRLINE PASSENGERS SEEK CAPTIONED ENTERTAINMENT
Andrew Phillips is frustrated by flying, but not just for the usual reasons. Despite technology available now, Phillips, who is deaf, finds most in-flight entertainment doesn't have captioning so that he can enjoy it with other passengers. "In my opinion, the airline industry has done a terrible job of making their in-flight entertainment options accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing community," Phillips, who is policy counsel for the National Association of the Deaf, told a Senate hearing recently. / USA Today
PAIR ASSAULTED AT FREMONT BART STATION HAD MOCKED ATTACKERS FOR BEING DEAF
Two men assaulted at the Fremont BART station Friday evening were beaten after they reportedly mocked their attackers for being deaf, police said. Officers responded about 11:25 p.m. to the south end of the west plaza, where a man was suffering from a head injury after been thrown into a set of bike racks, Fremont police Lt. Steve Coontz said. Witnesses told police the man was attacked by a group of three to four deaf men, who also beat the man's friend. / San Jose Mercury News
MARYLAND LAWSUIT OVER CAPTIONING FOR DEAF NOT UNIQUE, LIKELY WON'T BE THE LAST
University of Maryland at College Park sports fans can work around the lack of captioning on football and basketball scoreboards by visiting a website on their portable devices that translates game announcements via text, but that may not be good enough.
The National Association of the Deaf is suing Maryland over the issue, arguing that the Americans With Disabilities Act and Rehabilitation Act obligate the university to equip its facilities with captioning technology that informs deaf attendees of plays and penalties called, safety and emergency information, and any other announcements. / Inside Higher Ed
MSAD GRADUATE PROVES POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS FOR DEAF STUDENTS
Walking around campus at the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf, Jody Olson couldn’t feel more at home. From the moment she enrolled in the school as a 14-year-old, a whole world of possibilities presented itself and Olson just never quite wanted to leave. “I decided to come (to Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf) in 9th grade and it was the best decision I ever made,” Olson said. “This school changed my life.” / Faribault Daily News
PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS 'THANK YOU' TO DEAF SUPPORTER
President Barack Obama returned to Prince George Community College on Thursday. A PGCC student named Stephon showed to see him. Their paths had crossed before, in that very room 18 months earlier. In March 2012, President Obama worked the line at an event on energy policy with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. Stephon signed “I am proud of you,” and without missing a beat, the president signed back, “Thank you.” / North Dallas Gazette
USD CENTER FOR DISABILITIES AWARDED FIVE-YEAR DEAF-BLIND PROJECT EXTENSION
The U.S. Department of Education has renewed funding for the Deaf-Blind Project at the Center for Disabilities in South Dakota. Officially called “Technical Assistance to State Deaf and Blind Projects,” the award project length is for 60 months, beginning Oct. 1, and the total amount is over half a million dollars. / Sioux City Journal
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2ND INTERNATIONAL DEAF TATTOO CONVENTION IN PARIS CANCELED!
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Winnipeg, MB, Canada
YOUNG, DEAF ATHLETES GET A SPORTING CHANCE
Rick Zimmer knows what it's like to be playing sports when you can't hear the coach. When he was younger, Zimmer, who is deaf, could shoot a puck and skate during a hockey game, but, without a sign language interpreter, he missed out on advice from his coach to take his game to the next level. Now, thanks to a mediated settlement facilitated by the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, Zimmer's 16-year-old son, Cody, and other young deaf athletes will have access to American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation services during games. / Winnipeg Free Press
Saskatoon, SK, Canada
DEAF GARDENER BUILDS BUDDING BUSINESS
A deaf gardener has built a niche business by growing vegetables for a chain of ethnic grocery stores in Saskatoon. This spring, Ashton Hnatuk started growing hard-to-find produce for the Swadesh Supermarket chain. The Bangladeshi owner of the chain said it was almost impossible to find certain types of fresh vegetables. Hnatuk set to work, planting seeds that have likely never been grown in the province before. "Well, it's something new to learn," said Hnatuk through a sign language interpreter. / CBC News
AWARD FOR DEAF CLUB PRESIDENT
The president of a deaf club feels “humbled and honoured” after he was named as one of the most inspirational role models of the year. Asif Iqbal, who runs Harrow Asian Deaf Club, was highly commended in the European Diversity Awards 2013 on Thursday night. Sponsored by Ernst & Young, the awards ceremony was held at the Natural History Museum in Central London and attended by more than 700 European officials, business leaders and politicians. / This Is Local London
INSPIRATIONAL DEAF SCHOOL TEACHER LOSES BATTLE WITH CANCER
Tributes have been paid to a dedicated teacher for deaf children who has died after a three-year battle with cancer. Christine Roche, 61, was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2010, but continued in her role as head of Thorn Park School in Heaton, Bradford, for as long as she could. She was able to oversee the transfer of her students to a new centre based at Hanson School, Bradford, before ill-health forced her to retire. / Bradford Telegraph and Argus
MILITARY WIFE WHO PLANS TO HELP DEAF SOLDIERS NOMINATED FOR PRESTIGIOUS PRIZE
A military wife who plans to help wounded soldiers has been shortlisted for a prestigious prize. Sign language student Leanne Hipkiss-Walker, from Darlington, has been nominated to receive an award in the national 2013 Signature Annual Awards. The awards, to be held in November, seek to recognise those who strive to break down barriers between deaf and hearing people. / The Northern Echo
A DEAF/MUTE WAS ALSO KILLED BY GUNMAN AS HE FLED THE SCENE
Within an hour, Honduran Oscar Leonel Benitez was murdered to protect the identity of the man who killed Juan Carlos Olmedo. In a tragic twist of fate, both killer and victim chose the same trail in the bushes behind Camalote – one was fleeing after a murder and the other was simply returning home after tending to his farm. Benitez was a deaf mute from birth, but that did not save him. He was shot three times as he rode his bicycle on the path. When he didn’t return home a search party went out and discovered his body. / Channel5Belize.com
GUIDE RUNNER HELPS BLIND AND DEAF ATHLETES ENJOY TEAM SPIRIT
Flood lights pour bright, hot rays on to the Hammer Hill Sports Ground in Choi Hung. The lush, green pitch is circled by a rust red athletic track. Eight lanes, delineated by freshly painted, white lines, mark the track for more than 100 hot, sweaty bodies running laps on a balmy September evening. On the sidelines, people sit, stretch, talk technique, and gossip. Some speak, some sign, and some do both. Kate Cheung Fung-oi stands among a group of panting runners dressed in neon orange jerseys. Using a mixture of words and gestures, she is giving feedback to her team of blind and deaf runners. / South China Morning Post
DEAF IN BOSNIA PROTEST DISCRIMINATION
On the occasion of the International Week of the Deaf, about 500 people from across the country suffering from deafness and hearing difficulties gathered this morning in front of the Olympic Hall in Sarajevo. The crowd started a protest walk to the building of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina to point at the difficulties of this minority. The protesters chanted "We are deaf, can't you hear us?"; "Deaf Discrimination in Bosnia and Herzegovina must stop." / World Bulletin
Freetown, Sierra Leone
DEAF AND DUMB LAMENT GOVERNMENT NEGLECT, SOCIAL DISCRIMINATION
The president of the Deaf and Dumb has expressed great consternation that his members have been denied their basic right in many learning institutions in the country. Mrs. Ramatu Sesay in an exclusive interview with Concord Times said Sierra Leone lacks note takers or sign language interpreters in colleges to help with communication for students with hearing and speaking disabilities. She said the country does not ensure equal education for people with disabilities since many institutions remain inaccessible. / allAfrica.com
DEAF AND DUMB PAKISTAN PRISONER DIES OF TUBERCULOSIS
A deaf and dumb Pakistani prisoner, who was lodged in the Amritsar Central Jail, has died of tuberculosis, a top prison official said. The 28-year-old man, who was admitted to a government hospital on September 29, succumbed to the disease a day later, Jail Superintendent R K Sharma said. The Pak national, a chronic patient of tuberculosis, was arrested September 20, 2007 for entering India without passport and visa. At the time of his arrest, he was found mentally unstable, Sharma said, adding his name could not be known as he was deaf and dumb. / Business Standard
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ADARA is pleased to announce that the 2014 Breakout Conference- "Bridging Gaps in Behavioral Health Service Delivery for People who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind, or Hard of Hearing" will be held March 13-15, 2014 at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel in Pittsburgh. The Breakout Conference has a mental health services focus.
The conference will begin on Thursday morning, March 13 and end with lunch on Saturday March 15, 2014. The Call for Proposals, Exhibit, Sponsor, and Registration forms are now available on the ADARA website www.adara.org. Workshop proposals are due by October 1, 2013. The Behavioral health Task Force for Persons who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind, or Hard of Hearing of Allegheny County is co-hosting the 2014 Conference.
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LIFE & LEISURE
Central Point, OR
DOGS FOR THE DEAF FINALIST IN CONTEST FOR CAR
Central Point-based Dogs for the Deaf Inc. is one of 250 finalists in Toyota's 100 Cars for Good program, which will award vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public beginning Oct. 1. Toyota's 100 Cars for Good program will showcase five nonprofit organizations each day for 50 days at Facebook.com/Toyota. Visitors to the page will receive two votes each day for organizations they feel deserve new Toyota vehicles. Dogs for the Deaf will be one of the five organizations highlighted for voting on Friday, Oct. 4. / Mail Tribune
See Also DOGS FOR THE DEAF GRAD MEETS NEW OWNER / KVAL
IUK STUDENTS GET SMALL TASTE OF STRUGGLES OF DEAF
Workers at Cougar Country Café held up signs scrawled with messages asking Indiana University Kokomo students if they needed a receipt or wanted a fork to go with their meal. The students buying lunch nodded or shook their heads in response — not saying a word. They had seen the sign another student was carrying around. It said, “Silence Please.” And so the Kelley Student Center Commons remained eerily quiet Sept. 24. Students and staff took part in a silent lunch to celebrate Deaf Awareness Week. / Kokomo Tribune
If you walk into Pizza Plus at the corner of Sunshine Street and Kansas Expressway on a Friday from 7-10 p.m., it may seem a little quiet for what should be the end-of-the-week festivities. This, however, won’t be because there aren’t any customers, but rather because the customers are communicating in a different way: sign language. What you’ll have walked into is a deaf chat being hosted by the Deaf Awareness Group of Southwest Missouri. / The Standard
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Corpus Christi, TX
DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING CENTER CELEBRATES NEW EXPANSION
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center is celebrating the opening of their new expansion today. Mueller Inc., a Texas-based company, has held a competition every year for the past 5 years. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center won this year's "Helping-Hand" award which funded their expansion. Over the past three days, 40 volunteers and construction workers got up at the crack of dawn to build a 4,000 square foot expansion in just three days. / KRISTV.com
AMID THE ROAR OF MACHINERY AND SQUEALING HOGS, FARMERS GOING DEAF
Far from the clatter of cities, the nation’s farmers are assaulted every day by the earsplitting squeals of hundreds of hogs, the roar of tractors and the incessant whine of grain dryers during the fall harvest. An estimated one-third of the nation’s three million farmers have some level of hearing loss caused by their inner ears’ daily bombardment from sounds that can rival a rock concert’s sonic impact. Even farmers still in their 20s can end up with the muffled hearing of someone in middle age if they fail to protect their hearing. / The Associated Press
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Los Angeles, CA
THEATER REVIEW: 'FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON' AT DEAF WEST THEATRE
The production of "Flowers for Algernon" at Deaf West Theatre is all about mazes. "The path I choose through the maze is what makes me who I am," the character of Charlie (played by Daniel N. Durant and Josh Breslow) says at one point. And as with a mouse in a science experiment, Charlie takes a while before learning the correct path to who he is. / Neon Tommy
See Also PHOTO FLASH: DEAF WEST'S FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON / Broadway World
DEAF ACTOR JAMES CAVERLY BRINGS HIS WORLD CENTER STAGE IN 'TRIBES'
James Caverly has a few things in common with Billy, his character in the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of “Tribes” (at the Calderwood Pavilion through Oct. 19). They were both born deaf, each went to mainstream schools, and they both face challenges in a world designed for people who can hear. Sitting at a dining room table on the set in the Calderwood Pavilion, the 24-year-old Caverly spoke through his onstage sign language interpreter Christopher Robinson. / The ARTery
San Diego, CA
DEAF DANCER PERFORMS IN TROLLEY DANCES
Choreographer Jean Isaacs is leading eight dancers through rehearsal for Trolley Dances, an annual event where audiences take the trolley to six different stops to see site-specific dance performances. The timing has to be perfect, the dancer has to hit her fellow dancer’s head in time with the music. Zahna Moss, one of the dancers, nails it. This might not seem that extraordinary, except that Moss is deaf. She can’t hear that important cue in the music. / KPBS
Bloomfield Hills, MI
DEAF FOOTBALL PLAYERS MAKE LOUD STATEMENT IN BLOOMFIELD HILLS
Alvonte Bridges crawled into bed with his ailing dad and signed “I love you.” When cancer claimed Alvin Bridges days later in January 2012, Alvonte was left an orphan at age 15. His mom had died 10 years earlier. Alvonte mourned, but texted his grandmother that same day: “Dad died. Can I come live with you now?” He will carry that same pragmatism onto the Bloomfield Hills High School football field tonight as one of two deaf players for the Black Hawks team. / The Detroit News
St. Charles, MO
DEAF FOOTBALL PLAYER INSPIRING FRANCIS HOWELL NORTH TEAMMATES
When you ask people about Jake Hampton, you only hear good things. He's inspiring the class of 2014 by setting an example. Jake is doing what he loves, no matter what. He's the kind of athlete every coach wants on his team. "If I had to give one word for him it would be a warrior," said Brandon Gregory, Head Football Coach at Francis Howell North. He's the type of player teammates look up to. The defensive lineman has been deaf since he was two. / KSDK
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PAHrtners Deaf Services is Expanding to Pittsburgh
NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN PITTSBURGH AND GLENSIDE
PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults. Located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PAHrtners provides residential and out-patient services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH) children, adolescents and adults. Over 85% of our staff members are Deaf or Hard of Hearing!
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PAHrtners is looking for dedicated, motivated, energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable in Deaf culture to fill the following positions:
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-- RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR – Full Time; Glenside location
-- RESIDENTIAL CASE MANAGER – Full Time; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations
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-- OFFICE MANAGER/INTERPRETER – Full Time; Pittsburgh location
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Glenside, PA 19038
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