October 21, 2009
Vol. 6, No. 1
Editor: Tom Willard
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GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY NAMES NEW PRESIDENT
Gallaudet University trustees appointed T. Alan Hurwitz, leader of a respected rival institute, as president of the nation's premier college for the deaf and hard of hearing Sunday, with none of the tumult surrounding the last presidential search. Hurwitz, 67, will come to Gallaudet after a 39-year career at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, where he rose from instructor to president of one of eight colleges within the Rochester Institute of Technology. His 5 1/2 -year term starts in January. / The Washington Post
PROTESTS UNLIKELY FOR DEAF
UNIVERSITY'S NEW LEADER
Protests closed the campus three years ago when the nation's premier university for deaf and hard of hearing students selected a new president. It was a marked contrast with Sunday, when the school's selection of a new leader was met with "deaf applause." Gallaudet University announced Sunday that T. Alan Hurwitz would become the 10th president of the nearly 150-year-old school. "I enthusiastically accept this appointment," he told faculty, students and alumni during an acceptance speech — using sign language. "I look forward to beginning my work with all of you." / Associated Press
DEAF STUDENT BODY WELCOMES
NEW COLLEGE PRESIDENT
Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. — the world's only liberal arts college for the deaf and hard of hearing — has selected T. Alan Hurwitz as its new president, the school announced Sunday. Hurwitz steps into the role amid several challenges at the school, including a student body struggling to make use of hearing implants, low literacy rates and a disconnect faced by graduates between hearing and deaf societies. Alexander Abenchuchan, student editor of Gallaudet's campus newspaper, and Harlan Lane, a professor of psychology and linguistics at Northeastern University, discuss higher education challenges within deaf communities. / NPR
INTERIM LEADER NAMED AT NTID
James J. DeCaro has been named interim president of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology, replacing T. Alan Hurwitz, who was named president of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. Sunday. RIT President Bill Destler made the announcement Monday. DeCaro's appointment starts Dec. 1 and lasts for one year while a national search is made to replace Hurwitz. Hurwitz, who has worked at NTID for more than 40 years, will be staying until January and can help DeCaro settle in. / Democrat and Chronicle
QUESTIONS ARISE IN THE SELECTION OF HURWITZ
I couldn't believe in shock that Dr. Alan Hurwitz was selected for the President of Gallaudet University! But now, I want to question why the Board of Trustees of GU would hire ANOTHER administrator that has experience of NTID/RIT? It is very questionable. Is there a connection between NTID/RIT and GU? Was a deal made for some reason that Hurwitz was selected? / The Deaf Sherlock
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San Francisco, CA
DEAF USERS SOUND OFF ON SIDEKICK OUTRAGE
When the T-Mobile Sidekick started having data problems two weeks ago, it was a big pain for nearly all of the company's roughly 800,000 subscribers. But it became particularly rough for the many deaf people who have been among the Sidekick's most loyal fan base. The good news, for both deaf and hearing users, is that Microsoft and T-Mobile appear to be making headway at restoring much of the data that, at one time, appeared gone permanently. / CNET
Central City, KY
DEAF MAN CLAIMS POLICE SEVERELY MISTREATED HIM
A Central City Kentucky man admits he got very mad when the family dog ate his $3,000 hearing aid. But he thinks the police overreacted to his anger. The man says police tased him four times, arrested him and dragged him off to jail where he spent nearly 24 hours naked. However, the police have another version of the events. / Fox 7 WTVW
Staten Island, NY
AFTER 14 YEARS, FORMER GRANITEVILLE MAN'S LAWSUIT AGAINST HOSPITAL COMING TO TRIAL
It's been 14 years since a former Graniteville resident's family filed a lawsuit against Staten Island University Hospital for failing for almost two weeks to get a sign-language interpreter for Robert A. Loeffler, a deaf patient undergoing heart surgery. And, nine years after Loeffler's death, the $10 million suit still remains in limbo. Now, the case will finally move forward after a federal appellate court recently restored it to the calendar for trial. No date has been set. / Staten Island West Shore
Sioux Falls, SD
LAWSUIT MAY NOT BELONG IN FEDERAL COURT
A dispute between the parents of hearing-impaired children and the operators of the South Dakota School for the Deaf probably does not belong in federal court, a judge said from the bench last Thursday. Five families filed a class-action lawsuit in July against the Board of Regents, arguing a reduction of services at the deaf school violates the state constitution and the children's educational rights. The Sioux Falls school was down to six on-campus students at the start of this school year after administrators moved the auditory-oral program to a Brandon Valley school and put more money into statewide outreach services. The plaintiffs said outreach is not meeting students' needs. / Argus Leader
St. Augustine, FL
LOCAL MAN CHARGED IN SEXUAL BATTERY CASE
A mentally handicapped St. Augustine man was charged last week in a years-old capital sexual battery case after his name came up in a federal child pornography investigation, police said Friday. In 1997, the suspect, Justin Eugene Sage, now 33, had been questioned about the case and allegedly admitted to sexually assaulting a 5-year-old boy. But the prosecutor decided not to pursue charges if Sage was "institutionalized," citing his mental handicap and "history of sexual problems" in addition to his hearing disability and attention deficit disorder, according to police reports. / The St. Augustine Record
Cave Spring, GA
GSD CELEBRATES NEW GYMNASIUM WITH KATHY COX, WHITWORTH FAMILY
Braving chilly temperatures and overcast skies, dignitaries, students, staff and friends of the Georgia School for the Deaf gathered Saturday to celebrate the opening of the school’s new gymnasium. State School Superintendent Kathy Cox was among those in attendance to celebrate the opening. Cox also talked about how the Whitworth family, starting with Jim and Shirley Whitworth, dedicated their lives to making the school one of the best in the state. The Whitworth Gym bears the family’s name. / Rome News-Tribune
A LESSON IN TRAVELING IN THE DARK
Imagine trying to cross the street if you couldn't see or hear. Minnesotans who are blind, deaf or both don't have to imagine. They've long been tired of the barriers that complicate their daily movements. Now, thanks to increasing activism and improved technologies, they have the attention of the people who could make it easier for them get around. / Star Tribune
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
DEAF GROUP TRYING TO GET QUEEN'S PARK TO LISTEN
Deaf children and those who are hard of hearing do not have equal access to health care or learning support across Ontario, says a new coalition of more than 150 parents, students and professionals who descended Monday on Queen’s Park to push for province-wide standards in services. The coalition wants Ontario to pay for deaf children to have cochlear implants in both ears, instead of one, said James Borer, leader of the new Alliance for Children Who are Hard of Hearing and Deaf. “Having just one implant is like giving a double amputee just one prosthetic leg,” said Borer, whose two children have cochlear implants in both ears. / Metro News
2012 BOOST FOR DISABLED ARTISTS
South West artists will benefit from the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Project, Unlimited, the UK’s largest programme celebrating arts, culture and sport by disabled and deaf people. The £3million ($4.9 million US), three-year program provides disabled and deaf artists with an opportunity to develop new work for the world stage. The project will enable talented disabled and deaf artists to create exciting, quality new work across all disciplines leading up to and including the Olympic and Paralympic Games. / Somerset County Gazette
Carlisle, Cumbria, England
FIRST DEAF BOSS FOR CUMBRIAN CHARITY DEAFVISION
A profoundly deaf man will become the first disabled chief executive of Cumbrian charity DeafVision. Peter Shaw, 49, who uses sign language, will take over the top spot on November 1 after working at the charity for 14 years. Formerly a community services manager, the father-of-two has vowed to do more to help deaf people lead normal lives. His plans include preventative work to cut down on problems in the deaf community, including isolation and mental health issues. / The Cumberland News
North Yorkshire, England
PRISON STAFF RAISE FUNDS FOR HEARING DOGS FOR THE DEAF
Staff members at a North Yorkshire prison have joined together to raise funds for charity that provides hearing dogs for the deaf. Prison officers and staff at HM Young Offenders Institute (YOI) Northallerton held a PAWS for Coffee event to support Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, a charity which it has helped in the past by making regular donations to help train dogs. The event featured a cake stall and a virtual dog show, with staff bringing in pictures of their dogs, which were then judged in the traditional way, raising a total of £300 ($490 US). / Darlington & Stockton Times
East London, South Africa
EAST LONDON MOURNS CHAMPION OF THE NEEDY, ACTIVIST FOR THE DEAF
Tributes have poured in for East London’s people’s champion “Theo” Blumberg, 91, who died from colon cancer at the Lily Kirchmann home in Berea last Thursday. His daughter, Tessa , who was born deaf and was the main inspiration for Blumberg’s love and passion for deaf people, said her father was “very unique with special qualities." Blumberg had sent Tessa to the Gallaudet University for deaf and hard of hearing students in the United States, and was inspired to set up clinics for the deaf in East London. / Daily Dispatch
PHONE BOOTHS FOR DEAF AND BLIND STUDENTS
Vodafone, Ghana’s number one telecommunication network has provided Mampong Senior Technical School of the Deaf and Akropong School for the Blind, with specialized phone booths to enable students easily communicate with families and loved. In the case of deaf and dumb students, they will communicate through texting while the blind will use unique key pads. Commissioning the booths, Vodafone’s Internal Communications Manager, Isaac Abraham, entreated school authorities to take good care of the phone booths to lengthen their lifespan. / PEACE FM Online
BLIND, DEAF MAN USES COMPUTER SKILLS TO BUILD BUSINESS, HELP OTHERS
Lu Kuan-liang is like many other young entrepreneurs today, trying to build up his business by aggressively marketing it online. Unlike most of his counterparts, however, he is hearing and visually impaired, yet he has refused to allow his disabilities hold back his ambitions -- or his desire to help others. With a special computer for the blind, the highly energetic Lu has operated a massage parlor by vigorously promoting it through its Web site and other channels while at the same time using his skills to help those who help others. / Taiwan News
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LIFE & LEISURE
IN SEARCH OF THAT WORD ON THE TIP OF YOUR TONGUE
On the tip of your tongue, that word you can't dig out. Why not? The tip of your tongue may be the wrong place to look, psychologists suggest. They find that hearing, sign-language speakers may hold the keys to finding where those words are hiding. "You know the word, you just can't get it out," says Jennie Pyers of Wellesley (Mass.) College. "Well, it turns out sign-language speakers have the same problem," she says. Only they are called "tip-of-the-finger" glitches, rather than "tip-of the tongue" by psychologists. / USA Today
DEAF MINISTRY BRINGS SONGS, SERMONS TO LIFE FOR HEARING IMPAIRED AT CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH
Morning’s light filtered through the multicolored stained glass windows of Calvary Baptist Church’s sanctuary Sunday, casting a soft glow on the church’s congregation. Standing in front of the church to the left of the pulpit, Vickie Brown weaved her hands intricately in front of her, painting the words of a song in the air so those who couldn’t hear the choir’s words could see them. “Shine your light and let the world see,” Brown signed, interpreting for the choir. “We’re singing for the glory of a risen king.” / Tuscaloosa News
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
New York, NY
DEAF MAN HEARS FIRST TIME AT AGE 27 -- NYC PREMIERE OF AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY
Witness the miracle - a deaf man hears for the first time at age 27, thanks to modern medical technology. Brooklyn Girl Productions presents the New York City premiere of the award-winning documentary film From Silence to Sound at the New York International Film Festival on Friday, October 23, 2009. From Silence to Sound is an inspiring film that tells the extraordinary story of Justin Garrett, a man who has been profoundly deaf since birth. On March 13, 2006, Justin made history as the first recipient of a bilateral cochlear implant in Oklahoma. / PR Newswire
Los Angeles, CA
'AS GOOD AS IT GETS': GORDON DAVIDSON REMINISCES ABOUT 'CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD'
Children of a Lesser God (Phyllis Frelich and John Rubenstein2) Deaf West Theatre has just extended its 30th anniversary production of Mark Medoff's Tony Award-winning play "Children of a Lesser God" through Nov. 1. And guess who's going to Deaf West's NoHo theater to see the show on Saturday night? Gordon Davidson, former artistic director of Center Theatre Group and the man who directed the first staging of "Children of a Lesser God," at the Mark Taper Forum in 1979. / Los Angeles Times
NETFLIX DID IT AGAIN : FALLING ON DEAF EARS!!!
"Through Deaf Eyes" is a two-hour HDTV documentary that explores 200 years of Deaf life in America. The film includes interviews with prominent members of the Deaf community, including actress Marlee Matlin and Gallaudet University president emeritus I. King Jordan. AND GUESS WHAT? Netflix has this documentary film on their website as an online streaming option, which people can watch it online anytime without renting a DVD. Of course, as usual…. it is NOT CAPTIONED! / Deaf World As Eye See It
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East Tennessee, TN
FOOTBALL TEAM SUPPORTS COACH, CANCER FIGHTING FACULTY
Tennessee's School for the Deaf is the site of perhaps East Tennessee's quietest football field, but last Thursday night it hosted one of the regions loudest calls for advocacy and support. "Three teachers have breast cancer here on campus, including my wife. So, I thought it would be a good idea to have everyone understand breast cancer awareness month," Dick Henley, the school's head football coach and athletic director said. Before the game, players and coaches painted two large pink ribbons at mid-field. The battle to defeat and detect breast cancer is one Henley has spent an entire season teaching his team. / WBIR
DEAFLYMPICS PARTICIPANT'S MOTTO: 'POWER IN ME'
It was a day Matthew Eby may never forget. The lights. The sounds. The thousands of cheering fans. And it was all for him and thousands of other athletes like him. At the 2009 Deaflympics summer games in Taiwan in early September, Eby, his teammates on the U.S. Men's Soccer Team and thousands of other deaf athletes took center stage. It was a long way from Mount Dora, where Eby teaches at the National Deaf Academy and lives with his wife and their two young sons. / Orlando Sentinel
MSD DEFEATS INDIANA SD
Shawn Harrington set two Maryland School for the Deaf records in the Orioles' 40-3 win over Indiana SD Saturday. Harrington set a mark for most touchdown receptions in a single season (10) and most receiving yards in a season (691). He had three TD catches, 11, 45 and 10, Saturday. Quarterback Todd Bonheyo completed 14-of-20 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns for MSD (7-1). Todd Rewolinski rushed for 110 yards on 14 carries for the Orioles. / Frederick News Post
Keith Wann's ASL Comedy Tour
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.”
A WEEKEND OF 150TH YEAR CELEBRATION EVENTS AT THE CALIFORNIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF ON OCTOBER 22-25, 2009 -- 4,000 VISITORS EXPECTED
The California School for the Deaf (CSD) has been educating Deaf and Hard of Hearing children successfully for 150 years. The 150th celebration runs through the school year with the first big event being held on October 22-25. The celebration will provide an ideal time for the alumni to share their school life and collective experiences as students and to celebrate 150 years of the CSD’s rich history. Alumni, parents of current students, students, staff members, and community members are welcome to join the weekend gala. All need to pay registration fees to be a part of the anniversary activities. For information on the schedule of events and registration, visit the CSDF website.
8TH U.S. DEAF MAGICIANS FESTIVAL
The 8th U.S. Deaf Magicians Festival will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 28-31, 2009. The performances will be given by American Deaf Magicians, and the Special Performing Magicians from Germany and Japan. The location is at the Indiana School for the Deaf, 1200 E. 42nd Street; Indianapolis, IN 46205. For more information, contact Matt Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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