October 27, 2010
Vol. 7, No. 2
Editor: Tom Willard
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NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE TO PAY $100,000 TO NINE DISABLED PASSENGERS WHO ALLEGED DISCRIMINATION
Norwegian Cruise Line has agreed to pay $100,000 to nine cruisers with disabilities who allegedly were discriminated against on one of its ships. The U.S. Justice Department had sued the line on behalf of the cruisers, five of whom are deaf and four of whom use wheelchairs. The Justice Department says in a statement Monday that the five deaf cruisers "were unable to enjoy the activities on board the ship or the shore excursions because they could not understand what was going on and communicate effectively." / USA Today
DEAF TEACHER CONTINUES TO RECEIVE HARASSMENT OVER REPORTER VISIT
Kathleen Nosek, a deaf teacher in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, is still in the thick of it. Earlier this month, Dallas Morning News reporter Avi Selk visited Nosek at her school in order to investigate allegations of harassment that Nosek had filed against Principal Amy Miller. During the reporter's visit, which was processed through the front office, the reporter and the teacher were escorted from the premises for "possible district policy violations." Nosek was put on paid leave pending investigation of the incident. Now, it seems, the school district is attempting to extort a settlement out of Nosek using the reporter visit as a tool. / Examiner
REP. MARKEY CONNECTS WITH DEAF STUDENTS
U.S. Rep. Edward Markey pledged to students at the Learning Center for the Deaf last Thursday that he will keep working to improve accessibility to technology and information for Americans with disabilities. Markey addressed a crowd of about 150 students, faculty and other staff through an American Sign Language interpreter. "We are going to be partners," he said, bringing his hands together to show solidarity with the students and staff. "We are a team forever." / The MetroWest Daily News
AFTER ATTACK, DEAF MAN CANNOT SEE
The family of an elderly deaf man asked the public to help police find the people responsible for his attack, before he passes away. "Most likely, he won't survive," Carolyn Hoovler told ABC6/FOX28. Motorists found Paul Earhart, 83, lying on the roadside curb on Sunbury Road, near Whitney Lane early on October 22. Police say Earhart was walking alone down the street when the assault happened. / WTTE
JUSTICE FOR HIS BROTHER
For all his life, someone was responsible for taking care of Henry David Vernon. Deaf, mute, developmentally disabled and mentally ill, Vernon, who went by David, needed help with even mundane tasks: doing laundry, preparing meals, paying bills. He sometimes needed to be reminded to attend to his personal hygiene. Vernon’s brother, Earl, wants to know why no one is responsible for the 55-year-old man’s death. / Bellingham Herald
DEAF STUDENT LEFT AT WRONG STOP
An 11-year-old deaf student is dropped at the wrong stop by an Omaha public school bus driver. A communication mix up provides a lesson all drivers will hear about. Jayman Washington stayed after school for basketball and took a special needs bus he usually doesn’t ride. The driver had not received notice that Jayman’s family had moved a week before. So the bus dropped the hearing-impaired 5th grader at his old residence which is vacant. Director of transportation for O-P-S Trevis Sallis said the driver violated policy. / WOWT
DEAF WOMAN CAROLYN FOWLER SAYS HOSPITAL PROMISED TO FIX HEARING FOR FREE
A deaf woman without insurance says she would be able to hear again if a local hospital will keep its promise. She tells us the hospital rescinded its offer to provide free cochlear implants because it determined getting her hearing back is an elective surgery. In this special report, what the hospital calls a misunderstanding, she calls misleading. / FOX Chicago News
PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF STUDENTS TAKE ANTI-BULLYING PLEDGE
If you have a disability, like the nonhearing students who attend the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, bullying is almost a foregone conclusion. Because the deaf community is relatively small, hearing people are still ignorant of it, says Marsha Miceli, the school's director of student development. And ignorance can lead to bullying. When it comes to cruel comments, Tyhira Jones has heard them all - even though she's deaf. / The Philadelphia Inquirer
AT STATE BLIND, DEAF SCHOOLS, CUTS HIT DEEPER
Vancouver’s century-old state-run schools for blind and deaf students face the threat of daunting budget reductions over the next 32 months. At first blush, there’s little difference from any K-12 public school district, so long as Olympia’s budget woes continue. But unlike other schools, the two residential campuses don’t have the cushion of local property tax levies. Nor do they carry a million dollars or more in reserves. They’re state agencies, and so must follow orders from Gov. Chris Gregoire to slash 6.3 percent of current spending by June 30, starting on Oct. 1. / The Columbian
Ocean Township, NJ
MAKING THEIR ISSUES HEARD: AN AGENCY FOR THE DEAF, DISABLED
It's clearly a case of the deaf leading the deaf -- in a very good way. At the recently opened Deaf Mosaics Center (DMC) in Ocean Township, everyone -- from the executive director to employees and volunteers -- speaks sign language. And founder and CEO Christina Fischbach, plus half her employees, are deaf and well-versed in the nuances of American Sign Language and deaf culture. DMC is the only deaf-owned agency in the state, Fischbach said. / Asbury Park Press
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MUMBAI'S INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF MUTES CELEBRATES 125 YEARS
The Bombay Institute for the Deaf Mutes, Asia’s oldest institution for the differently abled, celebrated its 125th anniversary. For the occasion, the Archbishop of Mumbai, Mgr Oswald Gracias, celebrated a thanksgiving Eucharist last Saturday. Founded in 1885 by the Apostolic Vicar Leo Meurin SJ, its goal has always been to help the differently abled lead a life of self-worth, respect and independence. / Asia News
BOOK MARKS 175 YEARS OF DEAF CHARITY
The 175th anniversary of the charity Deaf Action will be marked on October 29 with the launch of a book by John Hay MBE. "From Benevolence to Empowerment" traces the history of the organisation, from its origins as the Edinburgh Deaf and Dumb Benevolent Society to the present day, as well as the wider history of deaf culture in Scotland. The launch will be held at the charity's headquarters in Albany Street, and will feature an introduction from Mr Hay and Deaf Action's director Liz Scott Gibson. / Edinburgh Evening News
DEAF EMPLOYEE MADE REDUNDANT
Kerry Bromley, a SignVideo customer, explains how he faces losing access to SignVideo due to his impending redundancy. Deaf people in the UK are able to access video interpreting when in work but once they lose their job, it is no longer available to them not even to assist them with seeking employment. It often takes more than two weeks to find an interpreter and no employers would hold an interview spot open for that long. / Deaf TV Channel
TRIBES, A BEAUTIFUL PORTRAYAL OF TRAGEDY AND LOVE
If you want to have some food for thought, probably the best location would be the theatre in Royal Court, as a beautiful play is being staged there. The play has been written by Nina Raine and is an original from Raine’s stable. It has highlighted the stigma and the attitude of the world towards deaf people. And as the name of the play has indicated, the play is all about being in a place where you belong, a place you can call your tribe. / TopNews
West Kirby, Merseyside, England
I WAS BULLIED FOR BEING DEAF, NOW PEOPLE HAVE TO LISTEN TO ME
FOR Haley Sadler, watching her favourite TV shows has never been much fun. The pretty 21-year-old, who has been almost completely deaf since birth, relies on subtitles to follow the action on screen. But rather than simply accept her fate, Haley, from West Kirby, Merseyside, vowed to make sure the nine million deaf people in Britain were heard. So she launched a Facebook page called "Hard of hearing/deaf people need more help and support". And in just seven months it has more than 3,500 members from across the world. / The Sun
North Hykeham, England
A MISSING HEARING DOG HAS SPARKED A FRANTIC COUNTY-WIDE SEARCH
A missing hearing dog has sparked a frantic county-wide search. Seven-year-old April went missing from a secure garden in Boston while her owner was in Lincoln County Hospital having an operation. That was on August 30. Two months and several false leads later, April is still missing. Owner Carol Woods, 59, of North Hykeham, is deaf and relies on April for everything from letting her know when the doorbell rings to alerting her to strange noises in the house. She said: "It's absolutely killing me that I do not know where she is. / This Is Lincolnshire
St Osyth, Essex, England
ALSATIAN SAVES PARTIALLY-DEAF GRAN FROM FIRE
A partially-deaf gran who did not hear her smoke alarm was saved from a fire by her quick-thinking dog. Barbara Beale, 72, did not stir when a heater burst into flames in the middle of the night. But Alsatian Tyler woke up Barbara by pawing at her bed. She said: "If it wasn't for Tyler I would be dead." / Mirror
Auckland, New Zealand
DEAF LOBBY FOR ACC LAW CHANGE
Deaf people who say they are being denied such basics as hearing aids are stepping up their campaign to overturn ACC law changes. The National Foundation for the Deaf plans to petition Parliament to reverse ACC legislation that introduced minimum claim thresholds for people with hearing loss. / The New Zealand Herald
Khayelitsha, South Africa
DEAF TOWNSHIP KIDS WIN AWARD
Khayelitsha's Whisper Boat Building Academy for the deaf has won a prestigious international boat-building award. The prize of about R173,000 ($25,000 US)will be handed over on November 16 during the Marine Equipment Trading Show in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. This show is the meeting place of boat builders from around the world. WBBA founder Peter Jacops said the award was "massive international recognition for the work we are doing here in Khayelitsha." / Sowetan Live
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NEWARK'S BRUCE STREET SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF CELEBRATES CENTURY OF ADVANCES
When Newark’s Bruce Street School for the Deaf celebrated its 100th birthday last week, Margaret Herron was on her second tissue, dabbing her eyes underneath her glasses. She had met former students before the program began, but the tears came as she saw others on stage paying tribute to the school where she was vice principal for 14 years. "I’m flabbergasted so many people came back,’’ she said. / The Star-Ledger
DR. DONOHUE: SEE SPECIALIST TO ASSESS COCHLEAR IMPLANTS
Dear Dr. Donohue: I wear hearing aids in both ears. My right ear is almost totally deaf. I have a hard time understanding people unless they are very close up. What do you think of cochlear implants? Would they be helpful? -- V.S. / Richmond Times-Dispatch
NEW PING-PONG TABLE FOR IDAHO SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND
The Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind in Gooding has a new addition. A new ping-pong table! / KMVT
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HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER OFFERING TEACHER SCHOLARSHIPS TO DEAF EDUCATION PROGRAM
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio won an $806,500 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services to fund scholarships for 36 teachers and support staff. The scholarship money will be given to students interested in taking the master of deaf education and hearing science program. / San Antonio Business Journal
NEW TECHNOLOGY HELPING DEAF EMPLOYEES
Across the Army, about 280 civilian employees are deaf while another 2,100 are hard of hearing, and the Army is providing new technology to ensure they can do their jobs. A seminar for Pentagon employees last Tuesday as part of Disability Employment Awareness Month discussed adaptive technology and challenges facing deaf employees. "Traditionally, the federal government has been a massive supporter of hiring people with disabilities, and the Army has exemplified that," said Barbara Stansbury, deputy director of the Army's Equal Employment Opportunity Office. / Army News Service
FRAMINGHAM LEARNING CENTER FOR THE DEAF TEACHERS VISIT CHINA
May-Lin Eu was about as far away as she could have been from her students at the Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham. But as the elementary school teacher toured the Bo Ai School for the Deaf in JiuJiang, China, she said she "felt like I was back home....They had the same class sizes, the same rapport between teachers and students." On top of those similarities, Bo Ai and the Learning Center for the Deaf are now sister schools, after Eu and Learning Center executive director Judy Vreeland signed an accord between the institutions during a visit to China this month. / The MetroWest Daily News
DEAF MAN FINDS EMPLOYMENT, HAPPINESS
LaMontae Westley has gotten used to people underestimating him -- it happens when they realize Westley is deaf -- but what he couldn't get used to was inactivity. A job search which lasted more than two years had Westley, 26, doubting himself despite his engaging personality and eager work ethic. All he needed was somebody to give him a chance to show what he could do. / Southern Business Journal
EVERY DAY'S AN ADVENTURE FOR OSD INTERPRETER
When Patti Togioka became director of Oregon School for the Deaf, no one had to introduce her to Sandra Gish, the staff's sign language interpreter. The two had known each other for years and led interpreter training workshops together. "She's the expert," Togioka said. "I have a background and I've been a trainer, you know, but I defer to the best." Calling Gish an expert may be an understate-ment. Gish is famous in sign language circles. / Statesman Journal
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DEAFULA (VIDEO) DEAF HALLOWEEN CLASSIC FOR DEAFIES ONLY!
DEAFULA is by far, the strangest adaptation of Bram Stoker's vampire novel ever! The entire film is in sign language. It rarely plays. When I saw the film at the Museum of Modern Art, the entire audience was dead silent. All I could think was the film-maker's intent. They felt, deaf people need to enjoy movies more, and what's more enjoyable than a vampire movie? / Dogmeat
VIEWING PARTY TO CELEBRATE 'EXTREME MAKEOVER' AIRING
Salem's episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" airs in just one week, when 12 million viewers worldwide will get to hear all about the construction of the new boys dorm and overhaul of the Nightmare Factory at Oregon School for the Deaf. Some students from the school -- in costumes they wear for their haunted house production -- will attend a viewing party Oct. 31 at the Salem Conference Center. The public is invited to the event, and celebrity designer Johnny Littlefield will be returning to town to help the community celebrate the project. / Statesman Journal
'THE MIRACLE WORKER' AN EYE-OPENER
At the tender age of 10, Sara Thomas Easley taps into inner rhythm and memory to carry a dramatic load in The Miracle Worker at New Stage Theatre. As Helen Keller -- blind, deaf and mute -- she must portray an undisciplined, spoiled and confused young girl, isolated from the world and seemingly beyond reach, help and hope. "It's pretty hard to play a deaf, blind and mute girl, because you have to stare directly at one place," said Sara Thomas, a Jackson Academy fifth-grader. "You can't move your eyes, can't turn your head, and especially not while doing fights." / The Clarion-Ledger
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WHAT'S NEXT FOR UFC 121 WINNER MATT HAMILL? DANA WHITE SAYS 'TOP-10 OPPONENT'
Following a unanimous-decision victory over Tito Ortiz at this past weekend's UFC 121 event, Matt Hamill is set for another step up in competition. UFC president Dana White said Hamill will get a "top-10" opponent in his next fight. Hamill, a three-time NCAA Division III national wrestling champion, now owns a five-fight win streak. "I think we've got to get Matt a fight in the top 10 in the 205-pound division, which is obviously the meanest and nastiest division, as always," White said. / Yahoo! Sports
PINGPONGING TO SMART CHOICES
Decked out in athletic wear, Aditya Sharma stretched his hamstrings and approached the green table with a smile. His audience, 82 students from the Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind, waved their fingers in applause as he faced his opponent, faculty member Randy Bow. This was table tennis -- delivered to the students by a two-time deaf Olympian and the 1999 deaf national champion in India. / Times-News
AP SPORTS EDITOR'S DAD CAN'T HEAR, BUT CHEERS ON U-M
The father starts down the street in a march, slowly gathering momentum. In and through the crowd he weaves, darting along the sidewalk, oblivious to the drunken chants, the buzzing anticipation. Larry Lage is deaf. But he doesn’t need to hear in order to watch and understand a game. In high school, when a teacher turned her back to the class, Lage had no shot. But at Michigan Stadium, the view is never impeded. / Detroit Free Press
St. Augustine, FL
FSDB VOLLEYBALL TEAM IS PLAYOFF BOUND
Lakeisha McNair knew the serve was coming up short and knew exactly what that meant for the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind volleyball team. "Hallelujah," McNair said. "An answer to my prayers." It was an answer to decades worth of prayers. FSDB earned its first trip to the state playoffs with a 3-2 win over First Coast Christian on Tuesday night in the district semifinals. / The St. Augustine Record
PENALTIES COST CSDR IN 20-12 LOSS
Though rare and not readily understood, there can be a penalty for getting too much time to prepare for a big football game. Or in the case of the California School for the Deaf, Riverside, make it 14 penalties for 91 yards. Call it lack of mental focus after a bye week. That's how Cubs coach Jason Coleman described it after watching his team fall to rival California School for the Deaf, Fremont, 20-12, in a non-league game Saturday night at CSDR. / HS Game Time
DEAF FOOTBALL PLAYER GETS HELP IN HUDDLE
Imagine playing football but not hearing the crowd or the sound of a good tackle. That's what Dillon Curren experiences every time he plays for Millard South High School. He connects with his teammates through his own determination and with the help of a teacher who actually joins him in the huddle. Although he's deaf, Curren is able to speak quite well. / KETV
JEFFREY EARNHARDT VISITS AIDB
The students at Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind's (AIDB) Alabama School for the Blind and Alabama School for the Deaf got a special visit last Friday. Jeffrey Earnhardt, son of Kerry Earnhardt and grandson of the late racing legend Dale Earnhardt, Sr., visited both campuses to promote fire safety during National Fire Safety Month. / WSFA
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Wilkes Barre, PA
RONALD L. MILGATE, 43, DOCUMENT CAPTURE ANALYST FOR SALLIE MAE
Ronald L. (Flynn) Milgate, 43, of Plains Township, passed away suddenly Friday morning, October 22, 2010, at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Born in Washington D.C., he was a son of Joseph and Gloria (Welebob) Flynn of Plains Township. He was a graduate of Scranton School for the Deaf and Rochester Institute of Technology. He was a member of Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Plains Township, where he was a Eucharistic Minister, and was employed as a document capture analyst at Sallie Mae, Hanover Township. Ron was also a member of the Catholic Deaf of the Diocese of Scranton, the North East Deaf Association, Boy Scouts of America, Troop 100, and bowling and dart leagues for the deaf. / The Times Leader
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