October 20, 2010
Vol. 7, No. 1
Editor: Tom Willard
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SGT. ANTHONY WALLACE, SLAIN OFFICER, HONORED IN ROCHESTER
Sgt. Anthony Wallace would tell anyone who listened that if you worked hard enough at something, you could make it happen. He was the proof. Wallace, a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, was on-duty as a police officer in Hoonah, Alaska, when he and off-duty colleague Matt Tokuoka were shot and killed Aug. 28 while responding to a call. Wallace was 32. Two events have been scheduled locally this week to honor Wallace and his mother, Debbie Greene of Florida, who was visiting her son in August and witnessed the shooting. / Democrat and Chronicle
Franklin County, PA
FRANKLIN COUNTY HEARING SET IN AEROSOL BOMB CASE
A Fayetteville teen accused of trying to blow up his deaf adoptive father's house while the man slept was scheduled to appear in court yesterday. Seville B. Brown, now 18, has been in Franklin County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail since he allegedly placed aerosol spray paint cans in the kitchen oven and an outdoor barbecue grill and lit both on Easter Sunday, April 4. Daniel Gelwicks, Brown's adoptive father, was reportedly asleep in his own bedroom at the time. Legally deaf, Gelwicks said he was awakened by the smell of burning plastic. He was able to put out the fire and prevent an explosion. / Chambersburg Public Opinion
POLICE ARREST MAN TIED TO FALSE TEXAS CONVICTION
Police last Wednesday arrested a convicted child molester whose fingerprint was found at the scene of the 1990 sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl -- a crime for which a deaf man was wrongly convicted. Police and investigators from the Dallas County District Attorney's office took Robert Warterfield into custody as a suspect in a different sexual assault of a child. Authorities say they connected Warterfield to the 1989 attack while investigating the sexual assault that led to the 1993 wrongful conviction of Stephen Brodie, who was exonerated last month after spending 10 years behind bars. / Associated Press
DEAF HOUSING COMMUNITY COMING TO TEMPE
After more than a decade of discussion within Tempe’s deaf community, a residence specifically tailored toward the hearing impaired is well underway. Apache ASL Trails, near Apache Boulevard and Price Road, is the first development in the Southwest targeted specifically toward hearing impaired seniors. The housing represents a collaborative effort from the Arizona Deaf Senior Citizens Coalition and Cardinal Capitol Management Inc., a Wisconsin development company, to create a unique residence for the deaf community. The $16 million affordable housing project is marketed toward deaf community members who are below the 60 percent median income. / The State Press
BUILDING COMMUNICATION: VSDB HOPES TO ENCOURAGE NATURAL INTERACTION
When 17-year-old LaQuincy Ferrell gathers with his friends in the cafeteria of the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, he speaks and signs at the same time -- signs he cannot see. Although he was sitting with only other visually impaired and blind students, his habit of using sign language while talking has become automatic. LaQuincy learned to sign when he came to the school seven years ago because he wanted to be able to talk to everyone. And a four-year, $71 million construction project under way at the state school aims for the same thing. / The News Leader
MSAB SET TO REOPEN OCT. 25
The Minnesota State Academy for the Blind will resume classes on its campus Oct. 25, said Linda Mitchell, superintendent of both MSAB and the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf. MSAB has been holding classes on MSAD’s campus after a suspicious odor forced the evacuation of MSAB almost two weeks ago. Mitchell said the school has been told by an industrial hygienist that classes could resume at MSAB this week, but the school will need a week to move equipment back from MSAD. / Faribault Daily News
SCHOOL BOASTS VISUAL PA SYSTEM
After a student gunman killed 33 people at Virginia Tech University in 2007, many Mississippi schools began drills for locking down buildings during an emergency. Most schools were given bullhorns. "That wasn't appropriate for our staff at our school," said Sandra Edwards, superintendent of the Mississippi School for the Deaf in Jackson. School officials spent $600,000 to install visual public address systems, including DVD recorders and pan-tilt cameras, in the main buildings and dormitories. School officials say they are the first deaf school in the country to have visual PA systems in every classroom. / The Clarion-Ledger
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FIRST DEAF DISCO IN RUSSIA PROVES A LOUD SUCCESS
Moscow's quietest community is being heard at last, with the first and only deaf disco in the country finally opening. Andrey Melnikov set Krauze up just three weeks ago but demand turned out to be so high that the risky young entrepreneur is already turning a profit. Economically, this business is more than feasible,” Melnikov told RT. “We didn’t expect it at all. During the first week, we fully paid off the rent and we made enough to pay salaries to our staff for the month ahead. Whatever we make this week is profit.” / RT
Auckland, New Zealand
EMERGENCY HELP FOR DEAF AT HAND
Deaf and hearing impaired west Aucklanders can now text 111 for emergency services. And for Catherine Greenwood it couldn't come soon enough. The New Lynn resident works for Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand. "For so long it's been hard for deaf people to contact emergency services. So I think it's great." Under the previous system Mrs Greenwood would have to send a typed relay message to an operator who would then contact emergency services on her behalf. But Mrs Greenwood says it was out of date. / Western Leader
See Also WORRIES OVER 111 TEXTING PLAN FOR DEAF / NZ Herald News
VICTORIA TO BREAK NEW GROUND WITH $9.2 MILLION INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF
A new $9.2 million deaf institute to be established in Melbourne – the first of its kind in Australia – is set to break new ground in teacher training and education. Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Maxine Morand this week announced the new Victorian Deaf Education Institute would be co-located with the Victorian College for the Deaf and will be operating by next year. Visiting the site, Ms Morand also provided a special surprise for students at the College, distributing 85 Apple iPads, one for every student attending the College. / Gov Monitor
QUIET ON THE SET
Deaf filmmaker Robert Hoskin is making his latest movie in Hastings. The film, Two Is Too Many, is a “real cult status deaf drama with mixed comic turns”, the Hastings resident said. He is shooting his feature-length movie in 35mm film format. “This is not an amateur film group and this will be a world-first in international deaf communities,” he said. / Frankston Standard Leader
Belfast, Northern Ireland
NEW DRIVE FOR MENTAL HEALTH OF DEAF KIDS
A unique program has been launched by the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) to improve mental health and well-being for deaf children across Northern Ireland. The Bridging the Gap program also hopes to remedy the lack of provision of mental health services for deaf children. The initiative -- launched last Friday at Stormont -- is understood to be the first of its kind. / Belfast Telegraph
COURT REMOVES BAN ON DEAF PEOPLE SERVING AS JURORS
The High Court has granted orders and declarations effectively removing the “blanket ban” restraining deaf persons serving on juries. Last Wednesday in a follow-up to a judgment delivered earlier this year, Mr Justice Daniel O’Keeffe granted orders and declarations with the effect that a deaf person’s ability to serve as a juror will be determined by a trial judge. Last July, the judge overturned a May 2006 decision of the Galway County Registrar “excusing” a deaf mother-of-two Joan Clarke from jury service on grounds of her deafness. / The Irish Times
DANIEL O'DONNELL OVERJOYED BY MOTHER'S MIRACULOUS HEARING RECOVERY
Irish singer and performer Daniel O’Donnell has announced that he is overjoyed by the miraculous help his 91-year-old mother has gotten to fix her hearing. The singer is overjoyed that after years of problems he can now have a conversation with his Mammy again. His mother, Julia, was fitted with two miniature hearing aids that solved the hearing difficulties she had been living with over the last decade. Daniel said a weight had been lifted off the family. / Irish Central
CMS MISSION PARTNER WINS WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
A mission partner of Church Mission Society has received a Women of the Year award for her work with marginalized deaf and disabled people. Susie Hart picked up one of just four prestigious Women of the Year awards at a ceremony in London last week. The award was given in recognition of her work with Neema Crafts, the organization she founded in 2003 to train and employ deaf and disabled people in Iringa, Tanzania. What started out as a tiny workshop with just three young deaf trainees has since grown to more than 40 employees, all deaf and disabled artisans who were trained in jewellery-making, weaving and paper making. / Christian Today
DEAF DOG PASSES TOUGH OBEDIENCE TEST WITH FLYING COLORS
It's not unheard of for a dog to turn a deaf ear to his owner – usually when the pet in question is chewing up a fascinating new item of furniture. Zippy the Boston terrier, on the other hand, really does have a hearing problem. But thanks to his owner, who came up with her own form of sign language, he is still top dog in his obedience class. Despite being completely deaf, two-year-old Zippy has now received the Kennel Club’s highest award for obedience. / Daily Mail
GLOBE-TROTTER TRAVELS 280,000 MILES -- DESPITE BEING BLIND AND DEAF
Globe-trotting Tony Giles has traveled 280,000 around the globe and visited 54 countries – despite being BLIND and DEAF. The intrepid backpacker has travelled hundreds of thousands of miles across the globe despite being unable to see any of the beautiful sites.He is also 80 per cent deaf but claims that he experiences the stunning settings through the local people and his sense of touch and smell. Tony, 30, is determined to visit every country in the world and has now crossed off 54 – 26 in the last three years – all with the help of his white stick. / Small World
MAN'S DEAFNESS CURED AFTER TOOTH IS REMOVED FROM EAR
For more than 30 years Stephen Hirst coped with agonizing earache and infections which baffled doctors and left him partially deaf. But hospital staff probed again and finally got to the root of the problem ... a tooth jammed in his right ear canal. Now Stephen, 47, can sleep properly for the first since he was 14 and his intense headaches have disappeared. But it is still a mystery how a tooth -- thought to be a child's incisor -- ended up in his ear. / Mirror
Regina, SK, Canada
DEAF GOLFER FROM TYVAN WINS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Whether he is playing a practice round or competing for a national or international title, Ken Hoffman feels at home on the golf course. The fact that he is hearing-impaired is not enough to stop the 51-year-old product of Tyvan from pursuing the sport he loves. "I am passionate about golf because the golf course gives me peace," Hoffman said via e-mail. "There are so many beautifully designed golf courses I have played at." / Leader-Post
DEAF AND DUMB MAN BLAMES HIS HUNGER FOR THEFT
A deaf and dumb man yesterday told an Abuja Magistrate Court that he decided to connive with another man to steal two cell phones from an unsuspecting woman at the Transcorp Hilton because of hunger. Ali Baba of Dei-Dei, Abuja, who spoke through an interpreter, said when he could not have anything to feed himself, he decided to steal the said phones. / allAfrica.com
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LIFE & LEISURE
THINGS THE HEARING PEOPLE HAVE THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING COMMUNITY TO THANK FOR
Dr. Z did some research and looking back on technological developments the past 100 years, he has identified three things that hearing people have the deaf and hard of hearing people to thank for. The first is the telephone, which supposedly came about while Alexander Graham Bell was working on an hearing aid for his deaf wife, Mabel. The second thing is closed captioning. [The third thing is] the deaf people were quick to pick up video communication when it was first commercialized in 1999. / Dr. Z and You
LEARNING LANGUAGE OF THE DEAF A SIGN OF THE TIMES FOR TEACHER
Mary Jo Palmer feels so strongly that hearing people should learn sign language that she thinks it should be taught in schools. “I want people to know there’s another language out there that’s just as beautiful as French, Spanish and English. It’s the only language where you use your hands. It’s a form of art,” Palmer said. She recently held a program at Boonsboro Free Library to introduce people to sign language. / The Herald-Mail
St. Augustine, FL
WHEN HARDING VISITED FSDB
On Sept. 29, Gov. Charlie Crist, as chief executive of the State of Florida, visited the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. Students greeted him and no doubt they will remember his visit for years to come. Ninety years ago the students at FSDB were visited by the nation's chief executive, the President-elect of the United States Warren G. Harding. Two years later, President Harding again stopped at FSDB for a visit. / The St. Augustine Record
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The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office is distributing 1,200 free smoke alarms, designed for individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired. People who are interested in receiving one of these specialized smoke detectors, are deaf or hearing impaired, and who cannot afford to purchase one on their own, should apply online at www.in.gov/dhs by clicking on “apply for free smoke alarm.” / WANE
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DEAF, UNEMPLOYED FATHER SPENDS HIS FREE TIME VOLUNTEERING
It is hard enough being over the age of 50 and trying to find a job these days, but Warren Miller of Indianapolis, Indiana, is facing a unique dilemma: he is 51 years old, unemployed and profoundly deaf. "I am a graphic designer by trade, and I lost my job in June 2009," Miller wrote to HuffPost. "The state of the economy is not my only issue in finding a job... no one wants to hire someone perceived as old and disabled." / The Huffington Post
BEING DEAF DOESN'T HOLD HOWELL BACK
Ryan Howell is a 23-year-old deaf student who has been attending Georgia Highlands College for the past four years. When Howell was born, his umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck. The pressure caused his eardrums to burst, which caused him to lose his hearing. Howell is majoring in education and would like to teach middle-school-age deaf children. He says, "I feel that I should teach deaf kids because they need help and more male role models." / Six Mile Post
Mine Hill, NJ
LEARNING TO SPELL WITH THEIR FINGERS
Jennifer Quigley is teaching sign language to students at Mine Hill's Canfield Avenue Elementary School, one finger gesture at a time. American Sign Language (ASL), considered the dominant sign language of deaf Americans, was introduced last month as part of Canfield's foreign language curriculum, replacing Spanish. Quigley, who taught ASL for four years at County College of Morris, now teaches five classes per day, reaching students from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade. / Neighbor News
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Los Angeles, CA
ABC FAMILY SEARCHING FOR DEAF ACTRESS TO STAR IN NEW TV SHOW
ABC Family is looking for an amazing young, deaf actress to star in a new TV series (and two male deaf actors too)! The show revolves around Daphne, a smart, confident and well-adjusted deaf teenager who has her world turned upside down when she discovers that she was switched at birth with another girl. If you meet the characters' requirements below, submit a video of yourself by October 15th, 2010. For more information about the project, including instructions on how to submit your video, and how to get a copy of the waiver, please go to www.facebook.com/SwitchedSearch. [Ed. Note: This just came up and the deadline has already passed but give it a try anyway if you're interested.] / ABC Family
San Antonio, TX
ARTIST OPENS UP WORLD OF EXPRESSION WITH ART THAT LEAPS OFF WALLS
A recent art exhibit at the Bihl Haus (located on Fredericksburg Road) was eye-stopping: the art literally leapt off the walls and out of the picture frames that housed it. The artist is 28-year old Raul Castellanos. Born in Mexico City, he’s made San Antonio a home. Castellanos was born deaf. But instead of handicapping the young man, his disability has opened up a world of expression. / KVUE
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When the October/November edition of RIT’s Athenaeum hits stands, I’m hoping our readers will pause to examine the cover artwork. NTID alumnus Nancy Rourke ’82, ’86 (computer graphics and painting) created an oil-on-canvas piece that we believe perfectly represents the unique and colorful “culture” of being deaf on a college campus. The piece we selected for the cover, “Sign Internationally,” depicts hands moving to the very familiar “applause” sign. The painting is stimulating and thought-provoking -- so “NTID.” / The Tiger Beat Blog
NTID PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAM AMONG HONOREES AT ARTS & CULTURAL COUNCIL GALA
An exceptionally diverse group of local artists and arts advocates will be honored on Nov. 17 by the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester. Among the honorees is the Performing Arts Program at National Technical Institute for the Deaf. This 40-year-old program at Rochester Institute of Technology creates theater productions that combine sign language and spoken dialogue. Students and faculty members collaborate with many local arts groups, drawing up to 7,500 viewers annually. At least 95 alumni have gone on to careers in theater and dance. / Democrat and Chronicle
A REEL DEAL FOR BLIND, DEAF
When Whitney Meyer wants to catch the latest movie, her mother has to search for a theater equipped with Motion Picture Access, or MoPix. The service allows Whitney, 15, who is deaf, to sit back in her chair and read dialogue and explanations of a film’s sound effects through a clear plastic panel -- affixed to her cupholder -- that reflects rear-projected text. “You want to do things with friends and to know what they are saying,’’ Whitney said. But only 14 Massachusetts theaters have the equipment, which limits viewing options for her and many others. That’s about to change. / The Boston Globe
Traverse City, MI
ANNOUNCING THE 2014 WDGC LOGO CONTEST
The 2014 World Deaf Golf Championships (WDGC) committee is pleased to announce that they have put together a contest to see who can come up with the best logo for the 2014 WDGC logo. Yes, there will be a prize!!! / WDGC
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MATT HAMILL: FRIENDSHIP OUT THE DOOR VS. TITO ORTIZ AT UFC 121
Matt Hamill was was one of Tito Ortiz's prized pupils on Season 3 of "The Ultimate Fighter." On Saturday in Anaheim, Calif., they meet nearly five years after filming the show, and their careers couldn't be going in much more opposite directions. Yet most eyes are on Brock Lesnar-Cain Velasquez and Jake Shields-Martin Kampmann. Ortiz is far removed from his days as one of the most dominant champions in UFC history. He hasn't won a fight in four years. Hamill, on the other hand, has won four straight. / MMA Fighting
See Also TITO ORTIZ APOLOGIZES TO THE DEAF COMMUNITY / Bloody Elbow
INDIANA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF SUSPENDS HANDFUL OF FOOTBALL PLAYERS AMID VANDALISM ALLEGATIONS
A handful of Indianapolis high school football players are facing disciplinary action for off-the-field behavior during a road game. Indiana School for the Deaf suspended as many as five of the team's 16 players after a trip to the Texas School for the Deaf in Austin. "We were very disappointed in the boys' behavior and we took appropriate action," said Rose Hemmelgarn, ISD Director of Operations. "Mainly it was vandalism, some beds broke, some vents broke, they trashed some of the dorm rooms." / Fox59
See Also INDIANA DEAF FOOTBALL INCIDENT RESULTED FROM 'ROUGHHOUSING' / The Indianapolis Star
MSD GETS PROGRAM'S 200TH WIN
Maryland School for the Deaf rolled to its 200th win in football history Saturday, blanking Baltimore Freedom Academy, 47-0, in the Orioles' homecoming game. But it almost didn't happen. MSD's original opponent, Indiana School for the Deaf, notified school officials Monday it had to cancel out. This sent MSD coach and athletic director Andy Bonheyo scrambling, trying to find a replacement team. / Frederick News-Post
ROSSVILLE FOOTBALL'S SIGNS OF TEAMWORK
The Rossville football team doesn't huddle before a snap. Instead coach Steve Buhler has his team using hand signs. "Face mask, helmet, across the pad, stomach, thigh." The gestures not only keep the defense on their heels, but it assists the offense in connecting with deaf teammate Matt Taylor. "It helps having signals cause it's kind of hard to communicate, but since we've made everything up for it, it's a little easier to do," says quarterback Mitch Buhler. / KTKA
SAVANNAH STORM HURDLE OBSTACLES FOR HOOP DREAMS
The Savannah Storm, the city's new minor-league basketball team, is a group of 26 promising athletes all hoping for an opportunity to achieve their dreams. Team member Xavier Williams, a 6-foot-2-inch forward who works full-time as a janitor in South Carolina, was born deaf. He was recently selected to play for the U.S. Deaf Basketball Team and has played with two other teams, but was let go because teammates had difficulty communicating with him. The Storm has decided to learn sign language. / Savannah Morning News
ICSD ANNOUNCES THE DEPARTURE OF ITS CEO, TIFFANY GRANFORS
The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) regret to announce that Tiffany Granfors, Chief Executive Officer, is leaving the ICSD organization after 10 years of service to join Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADWAS) as their new Executive Director, effective after the 2011 Winter Deaflympics in Slovakia. / ICSD
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CSD CELEBRATES 35TH ANNIVERSARY OCT. 22 WITH GALA
CSD opened its doors for business on Nov. 1, 1975, with a single employee, Ben Soukup. On Oct. 22, CSD employees, friends, family, and business partners will gather at the Sioux Falls Convention Center at 6 p.m. to celebrate this 35-year milestone. Approximately 250 individuals have submitted their RSVPs for the event. Expected attendees include celebrities and politicians like Lt. Gov. Dennis Daugaard, Gallaudet University president Dr. Alan Hurtwitz and deaf rapper Sean Forbes. / CSD
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