October 19, 2016
Vol. 13, No. 1
Editor: Tom Willard
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Coral Springs, FL
FIREFIGHTER AND DEAF MAN GET INTO DEADLY ROAD-RAGE ENCOUNTER
A firefighter coming off shift crossed paths with a deaf man as both drove from Margate into Coral Springs during rush hour. The encounter turned deadly for Paul Peterman, 37. Police offered scant new details Friday, but did say Joshua Tullis, 37, of Coral Springs, drove away from the scene and contacted police hours later. Witnesses said Peterman was found unconscious on the roadway Thursday morning at about 8:15 a.m.; he later died at Broward Health North. / Sun Sentinel
Los Angeles, CA
MARLEE MATLIN HITS BACK AT DONALD TRUMP OVER 'RETARDED' COMMENT: 'IT IS UNACCEPTABLE'
Marlee Matlin, an actor who is deaf, said she was “deeply” upset by reports that Donald Trump repeatedly called her “retarded” when she appeared on the Celebrity Apprentice. “The term is abhorrent and should never be used. The fact that we are talking about this during a very important moment in American history has upset me deeply,” Matlin said in a statement on Friday. / TIME
St. Louis, MO
MCDONALD'S TO PAY $56,500 TO SETTLE EEOC DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION SUIT
McDonald's Corporation and McDonald's Restaurants of Missouri will pay $56,500 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination suit by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency announced today. EEOC had charged that McDonald's refused to interview a deaf job applicant at its Belton, Mo., restaurant because of his deafness. According to the suit, when the restaurant manager learned that the young man needed a sign language interpreter, she canceled his job interview. / EEOC
NURSING HOME SETTLES COMPLAINT INVOLVING DEAF WOMAN AND ALLEGED ADA VIOLATION
A Bucks County nursing home has entered into a settlement agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s office to resolve allegations the facility violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The settlement came following a complaint filed in 2015 against Briarleaf Nursing and Convalescent Inc. of Doylestown by the son of a deaf women who was a prospective resident at the facility. The son allegedly told Briarleaf staff that his mother would need a sign language interpreter 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. / Philadelphia Business Journal
SETTLEMENT WILL CHANGE HOW DEAF ARE TREATED AT FOUR COUNTY JAILS
A handful of county jails in Minnesota will change their policies for deaf inmates in response to a string of lawsuits filed over disability discrimination claims. In a settlement announced Tuesday, jails in Washington, Isanti, Stearns and Rice counties agreed to a list of improvements to remove communication barriers including the hiring of a coordinator for deaf services, staff training, quick access to qualified interpreters and updated equipment such as videophones. / Star-Tribune
MAN KILLED BY TROOPER HAD LENGTHY RECORD
A man shot and killed this week by a state trooper had a lengthy criminal record, including several charges of pointing a gun at people. Two members of the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office and Sgt. J.F. Hinson with the State Highway Patrol encountered Dennis Ray Hunt while checking for residents needing help amid the flooding after Hurricane Matthew. Authorities said Hunt, 56, who was homeless, became hostile and displayed a handgun, so Hinson shot him. A family member said that Hunt couldn't hear or speak and often talked with his hands. / WRAL
GOV. NIKKI HALEY'S 'ROCK STAR' INTERPRETER GOING ON A T-SHIRT
The animated sign language interpreter who served as a bright spot during Hurricane Matthew will be immortalized in T-shirt form. Certified Deaf Interpreter Jason Hurdich — who stood by for Gov. Nikki Haley’s updates — is appearing on T-shirts created by Myrtle Beach screen printing business ImagiNATION Athletics. He’s shown with his thumb and pinky finger outstretched delivering the American Sign Language gesture for “now.” The sign closely resembles the surfer sign for “hang loose.” / The Post and Courier
Council Bluffs, IA
REGENTS SEEK TO FIX SUPERINTENDENT SALARY ERROR
On Aug, 5, 2015, the Iowa Board of Regents voted to increase the base pay for Steven Gettel, superintendent of the Iowa School for the Deaf and Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, by 3 percent. The change would have increased his base salary from $180,000 to $185,400. However, shortly after on Aug. 25, Gettel requested that there be no increase to his base salary for the 2016 budget year. The board granted Gettel’s request and kept his base salary the same for the 2016 budget year at $180,000. / The Daily Nonpareil
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BRITAIN'S DEAF FOOTBALL TEAM STRUGGLING TO FIND CASH TO ATTEND DEAFLYMPICS
Britain’s most underfunded Olympians are hoping that support from Premier League stars like Jack Butland and James Milner will get them to the Games. The Stoke keeper and the Liverpool midfielder’s intervention was crucial in taking the men and women’s team to this summer’s Deaf World Cup in Italy, where they finished third. However, if the teams, who receive no funding from UK Sport, are to make the Deaflympics in Turkey next summer, they need to raise £20,000 ($24,500 US) in less than three months. / Independent
NEW PRINCIPAL OF EXETER DEAF ACADEMY GIVES FIRST INTERVIEW ABOUT ITS MAJOR INVESTIGATION
Nearing the end of his first term at Exeter Deaf Academy, which has come under intense scrutiny since becoming the subject of a major police and education investigation, is interim principal Arnet Donkin. In his first interview since taking up the post, Arnet revealed how the school came to be the focus of such a extensive investigation, the challenges the school is facing and how it is beginning to overcome them as it continues its fundraising campaign to relocate to Exmouth. / Exeter Express and Echo
CATERHAM MAN, 19, RETURNS FROM KENYA AFTER THREE MONTHS OF FIGHTING FOR DEAF PEOPLE'S RIGHTS
A deaf teenager from Caterham has returned home after spending three months fighting for deaf people's rights in rural Kenya. Levi Choutan, 19, has been living and working in Nandi County since July, where half of the population live below the poverty line and deafness is often seen as a "curse" or a "punishment from god." Mr Choutan traveled to the country to run sessions for parents of deaf children and teach them much-needed Kenyan Sign Language. / Croydon Advertiser
SIGN OF THE TIMES FOR DEAF PUPILS LEFT OUT IN THE COLD
After the bodies of deaf brothers Daniel and William McCarthy were found in their West Dublin home earlier this month, groups highlighted "the devastating effects of social isolation" for the senior deaf community in Ireland. The Irish Deaf Society said that "social isolation for the deaf community can happen due to the lack of accessible services in Irish Sign Language." Campaigners believe this is a watershed moment for how deaf people are treated in Ireland and are calling for equality and full recognition. / Independent
LOUD SHIRTS THE CALL TO HELP DEAF CHILDREN
Clare Steve and her husband Anthony did not give it much thought when their 5-day-old son Oliver failed a standard hearing test. But four further tests, the last stretching for four hours, confirmed their son was profoundly deaf in one ear and severely deaf in the other – the two worst rankings. Next Friday, October 21, the Narrabundah family will don flamboyant shirts to help fundraise for more children like Oliver to get the help they need. / The Canberra Times
DESPITE TOUGH TIMES, MAN STILL LOVES DEAF SCHOOL WHERE HE BOARDED AGE 7
You would forgive Bruce Missen for despising the Victorian College for the Deaf. In 1939, aged just 7, he left his family farm to board at the St Kilda Road bluestone building. Two supervisors were cruel disciplinarians, lashing him with a strap at the slightest misbehavior. But on Thursday, now aged 84, there was Mr Missen, smiling and embracing old friends, at a ceremony to mark 150 years since the school's sumptuous, neo-Gothic landmark building opened. / The Age
HOW WIKITUDE AND AUGMENTED REALITY ARE HELPING THE DEAF COMMUNICATE
We know that augmented reality can do some cool stuff – but you can imagine how good we felt when we heard about Markus Streibl, who used Wikitude tech to help deaf kids communicate better by using Augmented Reality. After being granted a Wikitude academic license, Streibl, a Master’s student in Business Informatics in Graz, Austria, used the Wikitude EDU SDK to develop an app that helped his wife, a school teacher, give children with hearing problems another tool for learning. / Wikitude
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LIFE & LEISURE
New York, NY
DEAF-BLIND HARVARD GRAD: DON'T CALL HER AN 'INSPIRATION'
Haben Girma is a deaf-blind person – as well as a brilliant, self-sufficient star – and I didn’t really know how to deal with that at first. I fell into the same traps that befuddle many people who meet her. I was riddled with curiosity about this woman who became the first deaf-blind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, who was honored by Obama at the White House, who schools developers for Apple on accessibility, and who surfs the ocean’s waves in her down time. That is an impressive resume, regardless of able-status. / Oxygen
UA DEAF COMMUNITY STRIVES FOR ACCESSIBILITY, EDUCATION
Voices swirl around him, impossible to identify. Though Kent Schafer sees lips moving and the commonplace gestures, they mean nothing to him. He reaches up to cover their mouths and get them to understand when speaking can’t do the trick. Schafer is profoundly deaf, incapable of identifying speech and only able to hear loud noises in a specific decibel range. / The Crimson White
Baton Rouge, LA
FREE HEARING AIDS AND OTHER DEAF SERVICES
Living with hearing loss can be a real challenge, but new technology makes it easier than ever. Several Louisiana organizations offer free or subsidized hearing aids for adults and children. The Emerge Center recently launched a new website highlighting its hearing services. Besides offering comprehensive screenings, the Baton Rouge non-profit also offers hearing aids and other devices that can be subsidized for low-income families. / KSLA
UBER PAYS FOR DALLAS DRIVER'S TRIP TO DEAF OLYMPICS
Uber is helping one of its drivers compete in the Deaflympics. Ryan Poindexter drives for Uber in the DFW area. He was nominated for the UberWISH initiative, a program that helps drivers’ dreams come true. Poindexter is a member of the United States deaf men’s volleyball team. He’s been working as a driver hoping to make enough money to make it to next year’s Deaflympics in Turkey. / KDFW
DEAF FEMALE TRUCKER READY TO HIT THE ROAD
From the time she was 16 and had that first license in hand, Priscilla Smith Brackenridge has loved to drive. On family vacations, she'd often take over the wheel, and was fascinated by her dad Edgar's job as a truck driver, a career he shared with his own father. But despite that third-generation interest, Brackenridge said she was not encouraged to follow that same road. Truck driving, after all, is a man's profession, she was told. Besides, she had another disadvantage working against her. Brackenridge is totally deaf. / Chicago Tribune
West Hartford, CT
AMERICAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF UNVEILS NEW LOGO
The American School for the Deaf has unveiled a new logo that school officials said captures what the school is all about. On stage in front of students, teachers, and staff, an excited Jeffrey S. Bravin, the school's executive director since 2014, told everyone why the new logo and slogan, "All Ways Able," matched up with the school's mission. "We had to decide, 'What does ASD mean? What are we committed to?" said Bravin. / The Hartford Courant
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
New York, NY
NEW YORK DEAF THEATRE WILL PRESENT 'VISUAL-PHYSICAL' ADAPTATION OF 'TITUS ANDRONICUS'
New York Deaf Theatre (NYDT) will begin its 37th season with "Titus," a visual-physical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s "Titus Andronicus," beginning October 30 at the Hudson Guild Theatre in New York City. Fresh from their performance in the Public Works Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night and their Ham4Ham video collaboration with Broadway’s Hamilton, NYDT will present the play through November 13. Opening night is set for November 1. / Playbill
NYLE DIMARCO VISITS OHIO STATE, OFFERS PERSPECTIVE ON DEAF CULTURE
The name Nyle DiMarco might ring a bell for several reasons — he won the 22nd cycle of America’s Next Top Model in 2015, and, the following year, he won season 22 of Dancing with the Stars. During a visit at Ohio State on Monday night, however, he said he considers his most important role to be that of an advocate for the deaf community. DiMarco was born deaf, his parents are both deaf, and so are 25 other members of his family. / The Lantern
FIRST DEAF NBA PLAYER LANCE ALLRED SPEAKS TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ABOUT PERSEVERANCE
Lance Allred was not blessed with extreme basketball talent. The road to his goals wasn’t an easy one, but with hard work and principles of perseverance, he made everything happen. Now, Allred shares those techniques as a motivational speaker. The first deaf player to play in the National Basketball Association, Allred spoke in the Pittston Area High School auditorium Tuesday to area student-athletes. / Times Leader
DEAF BISHOP HARTLEY SOCCER STAR INSPIRES ON THE FIELD AND OFF
Casey King is a junior soccer player at Bishop Hartley high school, and she was born deaf, suffering from bi-lateral hearing loss in both ears. Despite her challenges, Casey is the captain of the women’s soccer team at Hartley, and she was the starting forward for Team USA in the World Deaf Football Championship tournament this past summer. / NBC4i.com
DEAF BUT NOT DEFEATED: BAND MEMBER MARCHES TO A BEAT OF HER OWN
Going deaf is bound to make a huge impact on anyone’s life, perhaps even more so when a future in music seemed certain. For sophomore Anna Curet, however, going deaf her senior year of high school helped lead her in the right direction. Curet was raised in Moscow, Idaho in a hearing family. She was first exposed to ASL two years ago. “My best friend was deaf before I was,” Curet said. “He went deaf when he was three years old.” / The Bengal
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NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN PITTSBURGH, PHILADELPHIA, AND GLENSIDE
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