October 5, 2011
Vol. 7, No. 45
Editor: Tom Willard
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SEEKING FREEDOM, EN MASSE
Sixty deaf immigrants, most from the Inland area, are applying for asylum because of alleged persecution in their homelands. The cases could be groundbreaking, because experts say no one has been granted asylum in the United States for persecution based upon deafness. But they carry risks for the applicants. All are in the country illegally or were before asylum applications gave some the temporary right to stay in the United States. By filing asylum claims, they are put on the government’s radar screen as illegal immigrants. / The Press-Enterprise
Marion County, TN
MOTHER CONFRONTS BULLIES, CHARGED WITH ASSAULT AND BURGLARY
Going to school for Tavis Green, 18, has become a nightmare for him and his parents. Tavis was born deaf. "The children view him as different, so they pick at him," said his mom, Christa Green. She has talked to school administrators in the past but said nothing has ever been done. So when she got a call from Tavis on Thursday, stating he had been punched in the face again while on the bus ride home, Green took action. / WRCB
Des Moines, IA
MERCY MEDICAL CENTER SETTLES 2 LAWSUITS OVER AVAILABILITY OF DEAF SERVICES
Polly Fullbright wants her husband to be remembered as a courageous man whose last hours were made even more stressful because of a Des Moines hospital’s lack of services for deaf people. J. William Fullbright, 40, of Clive was suffering an inexplicable shortness of breath when his wife rushed him to Mercy Medical Center’s emergency room on a Sunday night in 2008. He and his wife both were deaf, but the hospital did not have a sign-language interpreter available to help them communicate with doctors and nurses, Polly Fullbright said. / The Des Moines Register
Daytona Beach, FL
DELAND WOMAN IN WHEELCHAIR HIT BY VOLTRAN BUS
A 66-year-old deaf woman using a wheelchair was hit by a Votran bus Tuesday when she attempted to cross a section of International Speedway Boulevard that is under construction, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Martha Delgado of Deland, who does not speak English, was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center with serious injuries but are not life threatening. / Daytona Beach News-Journal
DEAF AND BLIND RALLYING TO SAVE SCHOOLS FROM BUDGET CUTS
The fates of deaf and blind children are being pitted against each other after the N.C. General Assembly, in the $19.7 billion state budget it passed this year, called for one of the three residential schools in the state to close. The schools will cost the state $21 million a year to run, but serve only a little more than 200 students a year. That leaves the state paying more than $100,000 a year for a student – a price tag that caught the attention of legislators looking to make cuts. / The Progressive Pulse
Salt Lake City, UT
UTAH SCHOOLS FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND FIGHT TO KEEP PROGRAMS
Two million dollars. That's how much funding Utah's Schools for the Deaf and Blind have lost in the past three years. Legislative budget cuts have led to the loss of programs, and more than 100 teachers, faculty and support staff. / ABC 4.com
NEW SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF BREAKS GROUND
Ground has been broken and construction is now under way on the new Michigan School for the Deaf. The $36 million Flint-based facility will be state-of-the-art and is helping employ dozens of workers. "It's wonderful to get something started," said Dave Lurvey, with Lurvey-White Ventures, a developer on the project. The Michigan School for the Deaf has been in the community for over 150 years. And a new building is needed to keep up with advances in technology. / WNEM
KANSAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF TURNS 150 THIS MONTH
This is the Kansas School for the Deaf, which this month celebrates its 150th anniversary. Through the years, thousands of students have passed through the school, learned a new language, moved on to careers and created a "deaf-friendly" culture in Olathe. The Kansas School for the Deaf offers a variety of sports and extracurricular options, and if something isn't offered at the school, students simply hop over to one of the local schools to join in. / Associated Press
AMERICAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF LOOKS FORWARD
Across the country, though, many schools for the deaf are struggling as more students are being educated in public schools and as states limit their financial support because of financial difficulties. Not immune to the trend, the American School for the Deaf, the first permanent school of its kind in the country, has seens its enrollment decline in recent years. To counter that trend, the 194-year-old school is working hard to remain a vital and financially stable institution that will be around long after current students graduate. / Hartford Courant
GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY ADJUSTS TO A CULTURE THAT INCLUDES MORE HEARING STUDENTS
The quiet campus of Gallaudet University in Northeast Washington was always a place where students could speak the unspoken language of deaf America and be understood. That is no longer so true. For the first time in living memory, significant numbers of freshmen at the nation’s premiere university for the deaf and hard of hearing arrive lacking proficiency in American Sign Language and experience with deaf culture. Rising numbers of Gallaudet students are products of a hearing world. / The Washington Post
INTERNATIONAL CENTER ON DEAFNESS AND THE ARTS CONVENES NATIONAL THINK TANK ON THE CHANGING WORLD OF DEAF EDUCATION
The population of deaf children in the United States has changed dramatically over the last 20 years, yet our education system has not kept pace with changing needs. To draw public and legislative attention and devise potential solutions to this pressing crisis, some of the top leaders involved in deaf education from around the country met at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology on September 29th to plan a larger, national think-tank to be held in early spring 2012. / PRNewswire
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Gwangju, South Korea
POLICE TO REINVESTIGATE SEX-ABUSE CLAIM AT DEAF SCHOOL
Police are reinvestigating allegations of sexual abuse at a school for hearing-impaired children in Gwangju after the subject was made into a film called "The Crucible" that has stirred up rage among viewers across the country. The National Police Agency on Wednesday said a 15-member special investigation unit has been assigned to probe the allegations, in order to protect the human rights and safety of the remaining students at Gwangju Inhwa School. / The Chosun Ilbo
DEAF-MUTE JAILED FOR SEX ATTACKS IN CHINA
A Chinese deaf and mute man has been jailed for attempting to rape young women who tried to help him as he pretended being a Japanese student who had lost his way on college campus. Xie Lin, an unemployed 19-year-old, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted rape, Shanghai Daily reported. / Mid-Day
DEAF TRAVELERS KEPT OFF FLIGHT FOR 'SECURITY REASONS'
A group of hard-of-hearing travelers in France was barred from its flight after checking its bags for “security reasons,” a French airline said. “Just as we were about to board, someone from the company told us we couldn't,” said a member of the group, 18 of whom are deaf while three are hard of hearing. Air Méditeranée “regretted” the incident, said a spokeswoman, but under its policy, "a deaf and dumb person is considered a person of reduced mobility." / Newser
Auckland, New Zealand
DEAF TOLD TO LISTEN TO RADIO DURING TSUNAMI
A film aimed at helping deaf people prepare for a tsunami or earthquake has been criticised for telling them to listen to the radio for instructions. It also showed an 0800 helpline number which blind people said should also have been read out to inform them. Despite these slips, the 16-minute DVD was applauded by representatives of Auckland's disabled at its launch on Monday. / New Zealand Herald
New Delhi, India
TRAINING-RESEARCH CENTER FOR THE DEAF AT IGNOU CAMPUS
The government has set up a training and research centre exclusively for the deaf in the country at the IGNOU campus here. This research centre is the first of its kind in India, an official release said. The Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC) will be a full-time teaching and training centre for Indian sign language combined with distance teaching and learning opportunities, it said. / MSN India
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
FIRST DEAF EDUCATION CENTER FOUNDED
The Centre for Research and Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CED), the first of its kind in the country, was launched in HCM City yesterday, Oct 2. The centre will be responsible for taking care of deaf children's and psychological consultation while educating deaf people in sign language, communication skills and job placement. / VietNamNet
A HEART FOR THE DEAF
When she first began working with hearing-impaired staff, entrepreneur Leona Leong always ordered lunch for them because she thought they could not do so themselves. That is, until one of her deaf employees took her Long John Silver's lunch order and bought it back for her one day. Laughing now at the memory, Ms Leong, co-owner of a social enterprise that hires the hearing-impaired, said she hopes to help clear up such misconceptions the public might have about this group. / TODAY
Ottawa, ON, Canada
A DEAF REFUGEE FROM BHUTAN IMPRESSES IN CANADA WITH HER ENTHUSIASM
Moving half-way across the world to an entirely new country and culture could seem daunting to a deaf teenage refugee from Bhutan. But Pabi Rizal says it's the best thing that ever happened to her. And she'll tell you in English and American Sign Language - both of which she learned in an astonishing three months after she, her parents and two deaf siblings came to the Canadian capital just over two years ago, when she was 18. / Reuters Alertnet
St John's, NL Canada
REOPEN N.L. SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF: AYLWARD
Newfoundland and Labrador Liberal Leader Kevin Aylward wants to reopen the school for the deaf that was closed in St. John’s last year. "This facility should never have been closed. The closing of this school was an enormous step backward for this province," said Aylward in a news release. "A new Liberal government would immediately begin working with parents and students to reopen this school." / CBC News
DEAF AND BLIND HORSE RIDER IN RUNNING FOR NATIONAL GONG
Watching deaf and blind woman Maureen Marshallek swing her leg over a horse and gear up for a canter around the paddock is an emotional moment for her carer Deborah Penzer. For nearly 20 years Maureen was so anxious she barely left her room and would become aggressive with those that tried to make her. But today the brave 47-year-old is a completely new person who enjoys a range of activities from horse-riding to sailing to cooking. / Birmingham Mail
I'M DEAF BUT THAT'S NO REASON FOR THE APPLE STORE TO TREAT ME LIKE A CLOTH-EARED BINT
I hate being deaf. Despite being disabled, I get absolutely no perks at all. I’m not allowed to park anywhere near the entrance to a supermarket. And I don’t get to sit in the front row at concerts or the theatre (in fact, I have given up going to the theatre as I never hear a word anyone says – whatever happened to projection?). All I get is rudeness, even though I tell everyone I encounter at the outset that I am very hard of hearing, so please bear with me. / Daily Mail
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New York, NY
DEAF WOMAN HEARS OWN VOICE: 'I DIDN'T KNOW I HAD AN ACCENT'
Severely hearing impaired since birth, Sarah Churman had long managed to cope in a world where sounds came as if they were under water. But now, a surgical implant lets her hear her own voice, the sounds of birds singing, her two daughters chattering -- and her husband snoring. The pretty, 29-year-old Texan has became an internet sensation, thanks to a video taken by her husband, Sloan, as she heard her voice for the very first time last week. In the video, Sarah becomes overwhelmed with emotion, covering her mouth and bursting into tears, as she first hears herself talking. / TODAY.com
Mt. Pleasant, MI
ST. LOUIS DEAF EDUCATION PROGRAM PREPARES STUDENTS FOR FUTURE
Derrick Wakefield was born deaf but he has never let that be an excuse to hold him back. At 4 years old, Derrick began attending the St. Louis Deaf Education Association. "Basically what the Deaf program does is get these students ready for secondary education," Derrick's father Don said. Being the youngest of four children Derrick wanted nothing more than to be like his big brothers, and the St. Louis Deaf Education Association taught him to do just that. / The Morning Sun
A SENSE OF BELONGING
When Mike Keane turned 13, his hearing started to worsen. "My identity was breaking up because I was hard of hearing," Keane signed through an interpreter. "I didn't know who I was or where I belonged." Now a student at Portland High School, Keane says learning American Sign Language has helped him become a member of the deaf community. That community was celebrated Saturday during the Deaf Culture Festival at the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf on Mackworth Island. / The Portland Press Herald
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CSUN RECEIVES $250,000 GRANT TO PREPARE TEACHERS OF DEAF, HARD-OF-HEARING STUDENTS FOR NEW STATE ED STANDARDS
California State University, Northridge has received a $250,000 grant from the California Postsecondary Education Commission to help teachers prepare for the state’s new Common Core Standards, which are required beginning this academic year. Cal State Northridge is one of 14 institutions of higher education across the state singled out by the commission to work with teachers from high-need school districts. CSUN is the only one to work specifically with teachers who serve deaf and hard-of-hearing students. / CSUN Newsroom
DEAF-BLIND PROJECT AWARDED GRANT
The Kansas Deaf-Blind Project was awarded the Steppingstones New Technology grant to measure the effectiveness of its Distance Mentorship Project, the first program of its kind. The project provides video cameras and other technology equipment for teachers, counselors, therapists, family members and other specialized educators of deaf-blind students. This allows teams to have weekly video conferences with one another to discuss progress, goals, and plans to enhance the student’s education. / The University Daily Kansan
NEW LANGUAGE, NEW APPROACH
Keith VanFossen was used to the clamor of 25 eighth-graders talking at the same time. Now, the silence of his classroom at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind is jarring. "In a public school there was constant noise," VanFossen said. "Now I have six kids, and they're chatting away like normal kids, but they're signing so it's a different feel." The silence, although the most noticeable difference for VanFossen, is just one of the many adjustments he's faced this school year. / The News Leader
Palm Beach, FL
COUNTY'S DEAF SERVICE CENTER SERVES GROWING BODY OF HEARING IMPAIRED
More than 200,000 people in Palm Beach County experience some degree of hearing loss. Many receive help from the Deaf Service Center of Palm Beach County, a nonprofit organization founded in 1984 that offers free hearing tests, sells hearing aids, distributes telephone equipment to the hard of hearing and works as advocates for individuals and families to resolve problems with daily living. / The Palm Beach Post
ARMY MISSILE RESEARCH CENTER AT REDSTONE ARSENAL HELPING THE HEARING IMPAIRED
Focusing on opportunities for the hearing impaired, the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center launched an educational outreach experience over the summer and a Huntsvillian was the first participant. George White, a junior majoring in applied computer technology at Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology National Technical Institute for the Deaf, is the first participant in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Outreach Cooperative Education Experience. / The Huntsville Times
YANNI'S PET SITTING AND MORE LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
Yanni’s Pet Sitting and More has launched its new website at www.yannispetsitting.com. ; The site’s homepage welcomes visitors with bold new colors and a clean uncluttered design. The site is centered on the company’s mission to provide in-home pet care with unconditional love. Owner, PJ Steinberger, is hard of hearing and is an inspiring example of an individual rising to the challenge of a disability. / Maddux NewsWire
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Beverly Hills, CA
D&E GOES TO THE 'MATT' ON THE HAMMER THEATRICAL DISTRIBUTION
D&E Entertainment announced today that they have acquired the feature film, The Hammer (previously titled, Hamill), for theatrical distribution. On October 27 the film will be released theatrically nationwide. Based on the life of UFC fighter Matt Hamill, The Hammer is a coming-of-age drama about the first deaf wrestler's journey to win a National Collegiate Championship. / MarketWatch
KANSAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF WELCOMES BACK ARTIST ALUMNUS
The Kansas School for the Deaf’s campus welcomed about a thousand alumni back to the school this weekend in celebration of the school’s 150th anniversary. For those who’ve spent their formative years at the school, the event is more than a high school reunion, said Sandra Kelly, director of the Deaf Cultural Center, which is across from the school. One of the school’s notable alumni, renowned artist Chuck Baird, made the trip back to reminisce with old friends, or what he calls his “school family.” / Lawrence Journal World
IMAGINE BEING DEAF AND ONLY 'BREAKING BAD'S' SEASON FINALE ISN'T SUBTITLED ON NETFLIX STREAMING
Imagine watching the first season of Breaking Bad, getting hooked, and then all of a sudden the last 10 minutes of the season finale are cut off. You have no idea how it ends. You'd be all like, what is this, The Sopranos? That's similar to what happened to Patrick. He's hearing-impaired and enjoyed watching Breaking Bad on Netflix Instant Streaming with subtitles. That is, until he got to the season finale, which had no subtitles. Netflix doesn't offer Patrick much of a way to make his voice heard, so he's writing here. / The Consumerist
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MSD CELEBRATES HOMECOMING IN STYLE
Every player on the Maryland School for the Deaf football team walked off the field caked in mud following Saturday’s homecoming game against the Alabama School for the Deaf. Even defensive coordinator Joshua Doudt’s white polo shirt had been rendered mostly brown. While the Orioles’ uniforms were dirty, their performance was clean as they shut out the Silent Warriors, 50-0. / The Gazette
St. Augustine, FL
FSDB HANGS TOUGH WITH MERRITT ISLAND CHRISTIAN
The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind started the night like it has so many times before, playing for pride and positives against a heavily favored opponent. Yet, as time ticked away late in the fourth quarter, it turned out the Dragons were playing for something else: a win. And that whole respect thing? Well, that pretty much took care of itself. / The St. Augustine Record
RUMMO ON U.S. DEAF SOCCER TEAM
Greg Rummo likes to watch CNBC over breakfast. But not while his son, James, is home from college. James Rummo always switches the family television to ESPN. Now the Mountain Lakes graduate is hoping to make his own “SportsCenter” highlights later this fall. Rummo has been named to the U.S. Deaf Soccer team which will play at the Pan American Games in Brazil in November. / Daily Record
San Antonio, TX
BEATING THE ODDS: DEAF SWIMMER HOPES TO INSPIRE
Sometimes people with disabilities are held back in life. But that's not the case for Texas high school student Abby McAlpin. McAlpin, who's deaf, is using her disability to help others by inspiring them to go after their dreams. In McAlpin's case, her dream was swimming. The O'Connor High School junior has been swimming competitively since she was 9 years old. She said she hasn't allowed her hearing impairment to hold her back. / CBN News
FRESNO COUNTY SIBLINGS DEFYING THE ODDS
It's a common dream for kids to want to play football or become a cheerleader. And some might see a physical disability as an obstacle, but not one trio of Valley youngsters. For 8-year-old Andrew Garza of Parlier and his twin sisters, 6-year-old Zoe and Annie, going to football and cheerleading practice is part of their normal routine. But these siblings are anything but normal. / abc30.com
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This is Dave. I am a deaf person and my work is 15 years for United States Postal Service. I need to find "Sensitivity Training" to hearing workers, all supervisors, and all managers at larger plant ( workplace). You know why? I really am tired of my supervisor everyday that supervisor always keep yelling, pushing and talking so fast over me. So, if do you have any basic or course "Sensitivity Training" for me? If yes, please send back your information about "Sensitivity Training" for USPS and my email address is Ghstlyby003@aol.com.
BETTY R. MAY
Bettie Rachel May, 70, passed away Wednesday Sept. 21, 2011, at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Bettie was born June 7, 1941, in Russell County, Va. and was the daughter of the late Charles and Leonia Peck. She attended the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind. She also worked at a poultry plant in Dayton for 23 years and retired in 2002. / The News Leader
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