October 26, 2016
Vol. 13, No. 2
Editor: Tom Willard
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Sioux Falls, SD
DEAF COMMUNITY ASKS FOR MORE INTERPRETERS, CLOSED CAPTIONING
Access to local government and jobs is lagging for the hearing impaired in Sioux Falls. That’s the message a group of hearing impaired Sioux Falls residents were spreading this week during a rally for Deaf Grassroots Movement (DGM) South Dakota in front of Carnegie Town Hall. They say city government needs to be more inclusive to the deaf community and that means providing more interpreters at official proceedings and make closed captioning available when viewing public meetings online. / Argus Leader
DEAF INMATE LOSES BID FOR SERVICES
A deaf inmate’s appeal for equal accommodations under law while incarcerated was denied in Delaware Supreme Court on Wednesday. Robert Ovens, held at Sussex Correctional Institution, challenged an earlier Superior Court ruling that prisons were not places of public accommodation, thus limiting his ability to communicate by telephone while incarcerated. / Delaware State News
MIAMI-DADE AGREES TO IMPROVE SERVICES FOR DEAF INMATES
The Miami-Dade County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation agreed to improve services for deaf inmates as part of a settlement announced Wednesday. The county will provide ASL interpreters for jail bookings, hearings, doctors' visits, classes and other key interactions. Deaf inmates will also be supplied with video relay phones, typing devices and fixes for hearing aids and cochlear processors. / Daily Business Review
MAN FILES LAWSUIT OVER LACK OF CAPTIONS AT MOVIE THEATRE
A Pittsburgh man has filed a federal lawsuit against Cleveland Cinemas and the Soffer Organization, alleging the companies that own and run the SouthSide Works Cinema have violated the ADA by refusing to display captions at movie theaters. According to the lawsuit, Kenneth DeHaan, who is deaf, requested in person that the theater provide captions. “Despite knowledge of Mr. DeHaan’s inability to understand the aural content of the movies, ... Defendants refused to provide captioning at the SouthSide Works theater,” according to the lawsuit. / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BILL OF RIGHTS FOR DEAF, DEAFBLIND, HARD-OF-HEARING CHILDREN INTRODUCED
A bill introduced by the Michigan Senate on Thursday would add a Deaf, Deafblind and hard-of Hearing Children’s Educational Bill of Rights to the school code. The bill states it is to “ensure that every deaf, deafblind, or hard-of-hearing child has the same opportunity as any other child in the state to achieve his or her educational growth potential and to become a fully participatory member of society…” / Fox 47 News
TREATMENT OF DEAF COUPLE AT SOUTH AUSTIN WENDY'S SPARKS OUTRAGE
A local deaf couple recently visited the Wendy's at 305 West Slaughter Lane in South Austin for food. They handed a note to the employee with their order at the window. But instead of immediately getting the fries and burgers they requested, they got a handwritten message. They say an employee handed it to them after the fast food restaurant didn't get their order right. The couple feels they were mistreated while trying to use the drive-thru. / TWC News
Colorado Springs, CO
LONGTIME INTERPRETER VYING FOR SEAT IN COLORADO HOUSE
Democrat Sharon Huff and Republican Dave Williams couldn't be more different. Huff never considered a career in politics until recently, while Williams - a political science graduate from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs - has been involved in politics for some time. Huff, 65, has been an interpreter for the deaf for more than 25 years and a counselor for the deaf at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind. / Colorado Springs Gazette
STUDENT SIGNS NATIONAL ANTHEM FOR THE DEAF
Daisy Riley started taking sign language at Niceville High School because it counted as a foreign language credit. As the course progressed, the 15-year-old began to learn that deaf people don’t always have the same opportunities as others. Riley’s teacher explained that there were deaf people all around her, at football games for example. That’s when she got an idea. Since there was no one else doing it, Riley was going to learn and sign the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem from the field. / Northwest Florida Daily News
State College, PA
PENN STATE TO HOST STATE'S FIRST DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING SUMMER ACADEMY
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation has selected Penn State to host Pennsylvania’s first Deaf and Hard of Hearing Summer Academy, which prepares high school students for their transition to higher education. The two-week summer program is free for high school students who reside in Pennsylvania and are deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind. The academy will be held from July 9 to July 21 at University Park campus. / State College News
TR TRAVELS TO A DEAF, DEAF WORLD
Although over 100 students filled the TR Idea Store lobby Oct. 13, the only audible sounds were the hum of the ventilation system and the occasional rustling of papers. The Travel into a Deaf, Deaf World program was a total immersion experience into sign language and the deaf community. “It is a cultural view from the perspective of a deaf person who spends every day navigating in a hearing world,” sign language interpreting program coordinator Sammie Sheppard said. / The Collegian
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DEAF OR BLIND PEOPLE CAN'T SERVE ON JURIES -- HERE'S WHY LAW NEEDS TO CHANGE
You might have thought any ordinary person of sound mind can serve on a jury, but actually no. Various groups are excluded in many countries including the UK, Ireland and Australia because of legal prohibitions. In the UK and Ireland, for example, deaf people are deemed “incapable” of serving as jurors if they need an interpreter, since interpreters are not permitted in the jury room. / The Conversation
DEAF TEENAGER CELEBRATES SUBTITLES VICTORY
A teenager who squared up to Sky for “discriminating” against people with hearing impairments is celebrating a “victory” against the broadcaster. Six months ago, Jamie Danjoux, 17, who is moderately deaf in both ears, publicly berated Sky for failing to provide subtitles on its On Demand service. Mr Danjoux set up a petition and nearly 30,000 people signed it. This week, Mr Danjoux, from Newcastle, announced that the campaign had been successful. / iNews
Montreal, QC, Canada
SISTERS WANT COMPENSATION FOR DEAF-MUTE VICTIM OF ABUSE
Eight months after a class-action suit was settled on behalf of former students at the Montreal Institute for the Deaf, a total of 195 victims have come forward to tell their stories of repeated sexual assault at the hands of the Clercs de Saint-Viateur, the religious order that ran the boarding school. But one victim, who died in 2014 at the age of 84, was not counted among them, and now his sisters have been told it’s too late for them to apply for compensation. The deadline was Sept. 2, 2016. / Montreal Gazette
Montreal, QC, Canada
DON'T ERASE SCHOOL FOR DEAF HISTORY: FORMER ADMINISTRATOR
John Reade points through windows of the former school for the deaf and rhymes off classrooms and labs and how they were designed with no obstructions to students' ability to follow instruction. Reade recalls the home economics teacher who designed her own classroom and others who contributed ideas that made it easier for the students of the specialized facility. / The Telegram
Blockhouse, NS, Canada
MOTHER PLEADS FOR DISABILITY BENEFIT FOR HEARING-IMPAIRED 2-YEAR-OLD
The mother of a hearing-impaired toddler is pleading with the federal government to give her family benefits under the disability tax credit. Charlotte Walters' 2-year-old son Easton has moderate hearing loss in one ear and severe hearing loss in the other. Easton has been wearing two hearing aids since he was three months old. "It's hard because we can see him every day with the struggles and we know that it is a disability," Walters said. / CBC News
CORK DEAF ASSOCIATION WELCOMES RECOGNITION OF IRISH SIGN LANGUAGE
The Cork Deaf Association has welcomed the the passing of a Bill in the Seanad to recognize Irish Sign Language in law as an official language. The group says if the bill were to become law it would mean that every public body would have to provide services through sign language, television programs would have to be subtitled, there would be better interpreting quality and improved educational supports. / Cork's RedFM
DEAF CAN ... BREW COFFEE
In a year from now when they complete the HEART Trust’s new food and beverage course, a group of students from the Caribbean Christian Centre for the Deaf are expected to become the first certified baristas in the country. That, as far as the school administration is concerned, is a big deal for a community of people which has been largely locked out of the mainstream job market on account of their inability to hear. / Jamaica Observer
Navi Mumbai, India
HEARING-IMPAIRED KIDS FEEL VIBRATIONS, CREATE MUSIC FROM THAT
A group of enterprising professionals, who formed a group of musicians called Connect earlier this year, have developed a module where hearing-impaired children can connect through music. A platform with inbuilt speakers is created to send out vibrations, which is the only mode for these kids to understand and learn music. The beats and rhythm are played on Djembe, a west African instrument, and the children connect through vibrations created. / Times of India
EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER MEETS DEAF-MUTE GIRL GEETA
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday met Geeta, the speech and hearing impaired girl, who crossed over to Pakistan several years ago and returned to India in October 2015. The girl, is staying at an institute for hearing and speech impaired persons since her returning. Swaraj and Geeta spent nearly 45 minutes together in a hotel and exchanged gifts ahead of Diwali, the institute's director Monika Punjabi Verma said. / Daily News & Analysis
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LIFE & LEISURE
AVA, APP FOR HEARING -IMPAIRED, IS AUDIENCE FAVORITE
Ava, which makes a mobile application for converting group conversations into text for deaf and hearing-impaired people, was crowned the audience favorite at the global startup showcase at WSJDLive, The Wall Street Journal’s annual technology conference. Ava is based in Berkeley, Calif., and transcribes into text conversations received through mobile phones’ microphones, so those with hearing problems can follow along in a group setting. Each speaker’s voice is rendered in a different color. / The Wall Street Journal
ALEXANDER PREPARES FOR FATHERHOOD
When it comes to parenting, it is important for a mother or father to be able to understand their children. For some, this means having a running knowledge of current pop culture and keeping up with the latest teen slang and phrases. For others, it means being able to understand what they are saying — literally. For father-to-be Seth Alexander, whose first child is due to make her debut sometime this week, his potential struggles fall under the latter category. / Redmond Reporter
DEAF TODDLER'S SUPERHERO OUTFIT SCHOOL PICTURE WARMS HEARTS, GOES VIRAL
It was no surprise to her parents when 3-year-old Kaylieann Steinbach dressed up like a superhero for her school pictures -- because she dresses herself every day. In fact, for the past two weeks it has been a Comic Con of sorts for the California pre-school toddler who has been doing superhero cosplay for the past fortnight in her Superman dress and velvet cape. Kaylieann’s dad, Alex Steinbach, shared his daughter's school picture on Reddit three days ago and it has already received nearly 5,000 upvotes. / KUTV
'A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY'
City of Shelby workers, the Shelby Police Department, firefighters and emergency workers stayed silent Friday to learn more about — and from — the deaf and blind community in the county. Barely a noise was heard at the Shelby Police Department's most recent training session, called "A Different, Different World." The reason for the silence was to immerse those at the training session into the world of the deaf, hard of hearing and blind community, Officer Matt Melvin said. / Shelby Star
Johnson City, TN
SILENT BUCS ARE TURNING UP THE VOLUME FOR DEAF AWARENESS WEEK
Of ETSU’s 200 plus student organizations, one of them is working to be seen, not heard. But now Silent Bucs is turning up the volume. Silent Bucs is a student organization that offers a support system and addresses specific issues that affect students who are deaf or hearing impaired. One of the main objectives of Silent Bucs is to spread awareness about the deaf community and to bring attention to the difficulties that many of them face in a college setting. / East Tennessean
Glen Ellyn, IL
I TALK WITH MY HANDS: ASK A DEAF STUDENT
Melissa Vargas is a student just like us. She has aspirations. She goes to classes and is active in clubs. She even has her eyes set on an Informational Technician, has a love for volleyball and emits a passionate, excited energy. The only thing that makes her different? She’s deaf. / The Courier
WILLIE ROSS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF HOLDS ANNUAL GALA
The Willie Ross School for the Deaf held its annual Gala & Testimonial event at Twin Hills Country Club in Longmeadow on Thursday. This year's Gala honored Constance Gleason Furcolo and State Rep.Brian Ashe, D-Longmeadow. Furcolo's gift to the school allowed for the completion of the Foster and Constance Gleason Furcolo Student Center at the school's Longmeadow campus. / Masslive.com
DEAF TRUCK DRIVERS FACE IGNORANCE, PREJUDICE
All too often, deaf drivers and those with hearing loss, have to argue their way across the country. It's not as bad as it once was, long-time deaf drivers say, but their challenges still are more about ignorant, ill-informed or closed-minded people than the normal road dangers. Scott Friede has been driving for 15 years, and runs a reefer primarily from Los Angeles to New York City. "I was born deaf, wore hearing aids all my life," he wrote in an email. "I grew up communicating in ASL, American Sign Language." / Fleet Owner
ANDREA WIERSMA TEACHES ASL, DEAF STUDENTS AT HOLLAND HIGH
When Andrea Wiersma was teaching gymnastics for a summer recreation program, she ended up getting a deaf student. "I knew nothing," Wiersma said. "Through paper and gestures, we were able to communicate. I learned to sign through her." The experience made Wiersma want to learn more. She earned her bachelor's degree in deaf education at Bowling Green State University, and a master's degree from Grand Valley State University in learning disabilities. Since 2003, Wiersma has been teaching deaf and hard-of-hearing students at Holland High School. / Holland Sentinel
Fort Belvoir, VA
ADVOCATE FOR DEAF COMMUNITY BRIDGES COMMUNICATION GAP
The Equal Employment Offices of the McNamara Headquarters Complex tenant agencies hosted a final event to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness month Oct. 25. Katrina Labouliere, a sign language interpreter, spoke to employees about “Creating a Deaf-Friendly Environment.” As the child of two deaf parents, Labouliere has been using ASL her entire life. “It’s the fourth most-used language in the U.S.,” said Labouliere, also the executive vice president of Birnbaum Interpreting Services. / Defense Logistics Agency
DEAF LEADERS IN HEARING CHURCHES
We’re grateful when our churches’ shepherds listen closely and hear the needs of their sheep. We appreciate deacons who keep their ears open for opportunities to use their gifts to serve. But what if you were a church leader who couldn’t hear at all? Steve Jensen and William “Dan” Danielson are deaf leaders in hearing churches. / Christian Chronicle
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
CSUN ART EXHIBIT, EVENTS AND CONFERENCE CELEBRATE SOCIAL JUSTICE STRUGGLE
Questions of identity, oppression, the pervasiveness of audism, language deprivation, racism and resistance are just a few of the topics being explored in the art exhibition, “Justice Can’t Wait: Deaf People of Color Seeking Change Through the Arts,” and a week of corresponding events, including the annual conference “Social Justice: BY, FOR, OF People,” at California State University, Northridge. The art exhibition is on display at the CSUN Art Galleries West Gallery on the north side of campus through November 2. / CSUN Today
St. Rose, LA
DEAF ST. ROSE PAINTER MAKES INTRICATE MASTERPIECES
As the crisp, alluring pen and ink drawings touched by soft watercolors pour onto Carol Zehner's pages, the world she sees comes together in a pictorial story. Zehner's brush enlivens the many New Orleans scenes she creates on paper, where her profound hearing loss doesn’t matter. In fact, the St. Rose resident doesn’t like to dwell on her disability. / St. Charles Herald-Guide
New Brunswick, NJ
DEAFNESS PROVIDES AN UNEXPECTED RICHNESS TO A DANCER'S LIFE
Anna Gichan is privy to two special worlds. In one, she wears her hearing aids and interacts with the frenetic sounds of everyday life. In the other, she exists in near silence. This duality, she believes, is tied to her love of dancing and sense of happiness. “I consider myself lucky to be able to tap into two very different worlds for inspiration,” says Gichan, 21, a senior dance major at Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts who was born moderately-severe to profoundly deaf. / Rutgers Media Relations
THEATRE REVIEW: 'CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD' IS DATED BUT STILL INVOLVING
I have to assume and hope that the attitudes of hearing people toward the deaf have changed in the nearly 40 years since Mark Medoff’s Tony Award-winning play “Children of a Lesser God” first opened. The play, now running at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, is about the battle waged by deaf people to speak for themselves. It is set at an adult school for the deaf where the idealistic new teacher, James Leeds, is working with his students to read lips and speak aloud. / Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Cape Coral, FL
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAF HELPS HARD OF HEARING
A play on words elicits laughs from the hearing and the non-hearing. "The Night of the Living Deaf" will raise money for programs at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center, which serves people in five counties. The Oct. 29 zombie-themed fundraiser pays homage to George A. Romero's 1968 "Night of the Living Dead." The 1985 continuation, "Day of the Dead," included scenes filmed in downtown Fort Myers and remote Sanibel beaches. / The News-Press
ESPN2 TO BROADCAST CALIFORNIA SCHOOL FOR DEAF GAME
A year after giving viewers an engaging, behind-the-scenes look at how high school football is played at California School for the Deaf — and played very well, for that matter — ESPN is expanding the view. The network will televise CSD’s home game Thursday night against Woodland Christian on ESPN2. ESPN is bringing in a college announcing crew, bright portable lights and a game plan it hopes will take its E60 documentary on the program, “Silent Night Lights,” a step further. / The Mercury News
DEAF, BLIND FOOTBALL PLAYER WILL MEET DREW BREES
By the time he was 10 years old, Marvin Pearson was blind and had lost most of his hearing. But that didn't stop him from playing football for Pottstown High School in Pennsylvania. He scored his first touchdown earlier this month in the final moments of the fourth quarter in a game against Pittsgrove. Pearson - who was fitted for cochlear implant to help him hear - appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to share his amazing story. / USA Today
TUFTS KICKER WILLIE HOLMQUIST ON THE WAY TO ALL-TIME SCORING RECORD
Tufts' kicker Willie Holmquist was born almost entirely deaf, and didn't receive hearing aids until he was two years old. Holmquist was a walk-on for Tufts football, out of Half Hallow West High School IN Dix Hills, NY, and is on track to be the program's all-time leading scorer. He was named Tufts Specialist of the Year in 2015 and has been the NESCAC Player of the Week a number of times throughout his career. / HERO Sports
WESTERN PA. SCHOOL FOR DEAF BRINGS TOGETHER PEERS FOR SOCCER, CAMARADERIE
Seth Reeves, possibly the fastest player on the pitch, broke free of defenders and streaked toward the goal. Maintaining command of the ball on his foot, he lined up the shot and kicked. It was a perfect strike. The ball sailed into the back of the net, and the crowd reacted — in varying ways. The hearing cheered and clapped. The deaf also cheered, but rather than clapping, they waved their hands. / Tribune-Review
REFURBISHED GYM AT KANSAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF IS BIG 12 LEGACY
Former Texas Tech guard Luke Adams, who was born deaf, stepped to the free-throw line to attempt a ceremonial shot. “Now this is real pressure,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told Adams as he took the ball. No problem, as the shot fell through to cheers and sign language applause of the crowd that gathered at Kansas School for the Deaf in Olathe on Monday, when a refurbished gym was dedicated as part of the Big 12 Legacy Project. / Kansas City Star
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Case Managers for Residential or Community Program for Deaf Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Health needs - Full time; Glenside location. Minimum HS diploma with 12 credits in social sciences required.
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