November 13, 2013
Vol. 10, No. 4
Editor: Tom Willard
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Ellicott City, MD
MD. DEAF SCHOOL AIDE GUILTY OF SEX ABUSE COUNTS
A Howard County jury convicted a former aide at the Maryland School for the Deaf on Wednesday of sexually abusing two middle-school girls. The jury cleared 38-year-old Clarence Taylor III of one count of sexual abuse on its third day of deliberations, but was unable to reach a verdict on four of the seven counts of sexual abuse. Taylor denied the girls' allegations that he touched their breasts or buttocks, and kissed two of them on the lips, while working as a boys' dormitory aide in Columbia from 2008 to 2011. / NBC4 Washington
See Also SEX ABUSE TRIAL FOR DEAF DEFENDANT PRESENTED UNIQUE CHALLENGES FOR BOTH SIDES / Baltimore Sun
AT&T TO PAY $3.5 MILLION TO RESOLVE CLAIMS IN FCC PROGRAM
AT&T Inc. agreed to pay $3.5 million in addition to $18.25 million it already paid to resolve allegations it overbilled the U.S. for a system for the deaf the company knew was used for fraudulent calls from other countries. The settlement was announced Nov. 7 by the U.S. Justice Department. AT&T paid an initial $18.25 million in a May 7 agreement with the FCC, the government said. The Justice Department said in a statement that Dallas-based AT&T agreed to pay another $3.5 million to resolve civil allegations under the federal False Claims Act. / Bloomberg
AUDIT: SCHOOLS SPENT IN EXCESS
Officials with the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind improperly charged nearly $10,000 in excessive lodging, transportation, meals and other expenses over more than two years. Most of the charges were made by Superintendent Robert Hill, between July 1, 2010 and March 31, a new state audit concluded. Of the agency’s 76 payments for Hill’s travel, auditors identified 73 payments had inadequate documentation to verify it complied with state policies. Hill was placed on leave in late October. / The Arizona Republic
ROCKY MOUNTAIN DEAF SCHOOL BREAKS GROUND ON NEW SCHOOL
The Rocky Mountain Deaf School is celebrating a big step into the future. Saturday afternoon, families and school staff held a groundbreaking for their own building, in unincorporated Jefferson County. A reception was held at D'evelyn Junior-Senior High School, right next to the future site of the charter school. The school has been looking for a new home for some time. / 9news.com
FUND CREATED FOR DEAF MAN WHO LOST HOME
A fire fund has been set up for a deaf man who lost his house in Upper Yoder Township at the end of last month. Police pulled Joe Varmecky from his burning house on Swank Street when the officer noticed flames spewing from the house. Police and neighbors say he lived alone and is hearing impaired. / ABC 23 News
SUPERINTENDENT CONFIRMED FOR ILLINOIS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
The Illinois Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly confirmed Gov. Pat Quinn’s appointment of superintendent of the Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville. Janice Smith-Warshaw, 49, got a 52-0 vote, with three voting present. She came to the school for the deaf in May, after working at California School for the Deaf, Riverside, in jobs that included high school principal and curriculum supervisor. / The State Journal-Register
DUFFY PLANS TO ADDRESS HEARING LOSS TREATMENT FOR VETS
Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) announced on Friday that he will introduce legislation that provides more medical care and assistance to hearing-impaired veterans. Hearing loss is an issue for both older veterans and younger veterans who recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. More veterans seek treatment for hearing loss each year than for any other disability related to military service, according to the Department of Veteran Affairs. / Ripon Advance
OFFERS OF HELP FOR DEAF WOMAN ROBBED OF HEARING AID
After having her specially-programmed hearing aids stolen from her during a robbery at gunpoint, Elizabeth Melaugh, 20, didn't know what she was going to do.Melaugh had won the hearing aids in a raffle earlier this year and they cost $5,000. Two Fridays ago she was walking home from her new job when a car with three men in it pulled up. One of them got out, pointed a gun at her, and took her purse, which had the hearing aids in it. WOKV and our partner Action News both aired the story Tuesday and received offers of help in response from all over the community. / WOKV
ASL CLUB SIGNS NATIONAL ANTHEM AT BOPW
On Saturday, SFA’s American Sign Language (ASL) club, Talking Hands, signed the Star Spangled Banner at the Battle of the Piney Woods game in Reliant Stadium in Houston. “We were so pumped,” Katie Swann, president of Talking Hands, said. “Everything happened so fast after we were confirmed, but it was so exciting to do something as monumental as this, especially for an organization that’s so small. / The Pine Log Online
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INTERNATIONAL ACTS HEADLINE FIRST UK DEAF ARTS FESTIVAL
The first UK multimedia festival of deaf culture will take place in Tower Hamlets tomorrow [Nov. 9], with international stars including deaf percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie supporting the event. The Incloodu Deaf Arts Festival will feature a film by the Scottish musician. Other activities include creative workshops, theatre and art, and an after party with deaf performers and DJs. / Eastlondonlines
DEAF CHILDREN'S CHOIR PULLS OUT OF TRAFALGAR SQUARE CAROL SERVICE OVER ROW
A deaf children’s choir has pulled out of a Trafalgar Square Christmas carol service after officials banned the use of a public address system and objected to their performance of Last Christmas by Wham! The National Deaf Children’s Society uses sign language to accompany festive carols which are played through the PA system. Last year the choir raised £700 ($1,120 US) in an hour for deaf children with its appearance at the carol service. / London Evening Standard
EXPANSION FOR MAGAZINE AIMED AT DEAF PEOPLE
A magazine aimed at the deaf community has expanded with a new digital edition. Launched by Caerphilly woman Sarah Lawrence in 2011, SL First went UK wide in March this year and has been well-received by deaf and hard-of-hearing readers as well as those working with deaf people and their families. Now the publication is building on its online presence with the launch of a new digital magazine. Its website, along with the print edition, will focus on the successes of deaf people in all walks of life. / Caerphilly Observer
County Cork, Ireland
'MY DEAF CHILD'S SCHOOL IS DENYING HIM AN SNA'
Six-year-old Liam Cunneen, a deaf schoolboy from Co Cork, is still receiving only one hour of education a day due to an apparent shortage of special needs resources in his school. Having been moved from the deaf unit to the mainstream part of the school because of an improvement in his speech, Liam now needs a full-time special needs assistant (SNA). His mother, Julie Anne, was told her son would remain on restricted hours until one could be allocated to him. / Irish Examiner
DESIGNERS CREATE LEAP MOTION ACCESSORY TO INTERPRET SIGN LANGUAGE
Two Portuguese designers based in Sydney have come up with a practical idea for facilitating communication between people when sign language is involved. Catarina Araujo and Sofia Santos’ project, still at the development stage and looking for financial backers, taps Leap Motion technology to create a wearable sign language translator to be worn as a necklace. / Gizmag
DEAF AND BLIND PRIEST MEETS AUXILIARY BISHOP
Fr Cyril Axelrod, the deaf and blind priest of international fame who is presently in Malta, paid a courtesy visit to our Auxiliary Bishop Mgr Charles J. Scicluna at the Archbishop’s Curia in Floriana. He was accompanied by Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, Ms Hester Holliday, a deaf person from South Africa and Mr Simon Chan, an interpreter of sign language from Hong Kong. / Times of Malta
INNOVATIVE FIRE ALARM FOR DEAF DEBUTS AT CIVIL DEFENSE EXPO
An innovative fire alert life-saving solution for aurally challenged people [that] made its worldwide debut at the fourth Qatar Civil Defense Exhibition and Conference reaffirms Qatar's push for safety and security of differently-abled members of society. Exhibited by National Fire Fighting Manufacturing Qatar, the system called Deaf Alerter is a life-saving solution for hearing-impaired people who have to carry a pager-size portable receiver, company executives said. / The Peninsula
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LIFE & LEISURE
MOTHER OF DEAF SON HELPS GIVE TRICYCLE TO 18-YEAR-OLD WITH DOWN SYNDROME
18-year-old Matthew Hanslick has Down syndrome. He doesn’t know it yet, but he’s about to get a brand-new tricycle. If this whole thing looks familiar, that’s because it is. Not too long ago, back on Aug. 6, Tammy Gellis’ son Troy, 28 and deaf, had his trike stolen. After making calls and connecting total strangers, FOX40 was able to get him a new trike. “It was overwhelming. It motivated me to want to do something as well,” Tammy said. Now, Gellis is paying it forward. / KTXL FOX40
A REAL CHEESY IDEA
About two dozen members of Psi Iota Xi, as well as their friends and husbands, helped mix and package cheese spread for the service sorority’s biggest fundraiser of the year. “We are scheduled this year to make somewhere between 2,800 and 3,000 containers,” said Peggy Rogers, committee chair for the project. The sorority raises money for hearing aids for low-income folks and sponsors a summer clinic for children with hearing impairments, which had 75 students last summer and is growing, Rogers said. / Post-Tribune
Coeur d'Alene, ID
FREE HEARING HELP FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
Every holiday season, I give back to the community by giving away a free pair of digital hearing aids to a deserving individual. Everyone deserves to hear during the holidays! The holidays are usually the most important family gatherings of the year. Many people with hearing loss get left out of family conversations around the dinner table if they do not have hearing aids, or if their hearing aid(s) are broken. Do you know someone with a broken hearing aid in the drawer? Let's get it back in their ear. / Coeur d'Alene Press
LETTER: KEENLY FEELING THE LOSS OF HEARING
I don’t accept the opinion expressed in Vicki T. Hurwitz’s letter, which protested the use of “suffer” in relation to hearing loss. ... I assure you that I suffer the loss of enjoying music and the ability to carry on a normal conversation with my granddaughter. It is too bad that Hurwitz also is offended by “hearing loss” and “hearing-impaired” because the words very well describe my condition. / The Washington Post
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GOOD VIBRATIONS FOR WSU'S FIRST DEAF VETERINARY STUDENT
Kimi Ross, the first deaf student to attend Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, doesn’t have to hear whines, snarls and hisses to know when an animal is distressed. She uses her alert eyes, sturdy hands and big heart. And after she graduates in two years, reindeer, yaks and Alaska Natives stand to benefit. Ross, 46, was diagnosed with an unexplained hearing deficit at age 10 that has gradually worsened. / WSU News
CEA HONORS NPR LABS FOR EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM RECEIVER
NPR Labs has been selected by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) as an International CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for the development of an FM receiver to be used as part of an emergency alerting system for the deaf. The award will be presented to NPR Labs, at the CES annual conference, which runs from Jan. 7-10 in Las Vegas. / Radio magazine
STUDENTS MASTER ASL AT THE UNIV. OF NORTHERN COLORADO
On Friday, in a classroom on the third floor of McKee, students filled the room with the usual, excited chatter that comes before any weekend even though the room was nearly dead silent. How is that possible? The class in question was American Sign Language 1, an introductory language course at the University of Northern Colorado that is aimed at not only teaching students the basics of ASL but at giving students an understanding of the rich culture of the deaf community. / UNC Mirror
NEW APP LETS CUSTOMERS RATE BUSINESSES BY ACCESSIBILITY
It's likely that Boston renovation firms will be getting a lot more accessibility-related calls in the future, thanks to a new app developed in Waltham, MA. The application allows users to rate businesses and other buildings by accessibility, adding comments to articulate their ratings on the basis of ease of use for D/deaf, blind, and physically impaired visitors. Though the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates accessibility, many businesses are not compliant. / Networx Blog
Little Rock, AR
REALTIME TRANSCRIPTS HELPING DEAF, HARD OF HEARING IN COURTROOM
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
DEAF FILMMAKER'S 'JESTER' IS INSPIRED BY HIS EXPERIENCE HEARING MUSIC FOR THE FIRST TIME
As most websites do, we here at FSR get tons of emails from people trying to sell us on something, and a large number of them start off with the writer claiming to be a huge fan of the site for a long time. But usually you can tell that it’s b.s. The one I got from Austin Chapman last week, though, was genuine. The guy has indeed been reading us for years, and I can find his comments to prove it. That sincerity makes me want to support his dream and goal to make a feature film even more. / Film School Rejects
DEAFPRIDE GROUP 'GLOSSES' TO MUSIC
DeafPride members held a Sign Sync event Thursday night to raise awareness for National Deaf Awareness Week. The student organization “glossed” over several pop hits to music and lyrics during the event. Glossing is a term used in the American Sign Language community that means a person signs concepts rather than entire sentence structures. “There are deaf people in this world and it is their language and I think it’s our responsibility to learn a little bit to communicate with them,” said DeafPride President Kaitlyn DeVita, senior rehabilitation services major. / Northern Star
STEPPENWOLF'S 'TRIBES' BEGINS PERFORMANCES 12/5
Rehearsals are underway for Steppenwolf Theatre Company's highly anticipated Chicago-premiere production of Tribes by Nina Raine, following the hit Off-Broadway production in 2012. Ensemble member Austin Pendleton is at the helm of what The Wall Street Journal hailed as "the best-written, best-plotted, deepest, most daring-and funniest-new play in recent years." / Broadway World
GALLAUDET FOOTBALL ENJOYING CINDERELLA SEASON
With four seconds left, an undefeated season and hope for the first NCAA football playoff berth in his school's 149-year-old history hung in the balance last Saturday. And so, well, look -- you'll just have to forgive Chuck Goldstein, coach at Gallaudet University, for not even trying to explain his way out of this as we sit in his office, rewinding the game video. That is definitely him at the bottom of the screen running full speed down the sideline as if he'd lost his fool head. / ESPN
See Also THE STORIED FOOTBALL TEAM OF GALLAUDET / CBS News
See Also GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY HAS AN UNDEFEATED FOOTBALL TEAM / USA Today
St. Augustine, FL
FSDB CONCLUDES STUNNING ONE-LOSS SEASON WITH A WIN
The centennial football season at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind ended just like the 1979 and 1976 seasons —with a national championship. Saturday’s 44-31 win over California School for the Deaf-Fremont meant the Dragons (8-1) were the Deaf Digest and National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association national champions. When FSDB President Dr. Jeanne Prickett made the announcement after the game players, coaches and the capacity crowd were ecstatic. By that time Prickett told the team they were champions, head coach Eric LeFors was already soaked with a celebratory shower. / The St. Augustine Record
NOT ONLY A GIRL, BUT ALSO HEARING IMPAIRED, 12-YEAR-OLD COMPETES WITH BOYS ON FOOTBALL TEAM
A Texas pee-wee football team has a player who's remarkable in three ways. First, the player is female. Second, she's one of the team's best players. And while some people would consider her third trait a handicap, this football player wouldn't hear of it. 12-year-old Rebecca Lee Karl plays on the Troy Trojans of Texas. "She's one of my best players," said coach George Kaminski. / KCEN
Silver Spring, MD
REMEMBERING MICHAEL BERGER
The National Association of the Deaf mourns the loss of NAD board member Michael Berger, who passed away at the age of 49 on November 8, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois, after suffering a severe stroke from which he never recovered. Michael Berger was born on September 28, 1964, and grew up in Bloomsburg, Pa. Michael attended the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, graduated in 1983 and then went to the Rochester Institute of Technology at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, from which he graduated in 1991. / NAD
BINGHAMTON'S DEAF COMMUNITY LOSES A LEADER
From birth forward, deafness overshadowed Patricia Charma-Greeno’s life. It whisked her away from her Johnson City home to the Rochester School for the Deaf, where she grew up among others like herself, including older brother Bill. She married John Greeno on July 24, 2003, and shared two-plus decades of life — much of the time, laughing. Over their years together Pat and her husband, who lived in Johnson City, embraced son John Jr., stepchildren, grandchildren and a huge extended family of friends and relatives. Some could hear, some could not, but all grieved when Pat died on Sept. 24 at age 59. / Press & Sun-Bulletin
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ASSISTANT LECTURER - AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE #0349
Department: Communication Disorders College of Health Sciences
The Division of Communication Disorders at the University of Wyoming is seeking an Assistant Lecturer in American Sign Language (ASL) for a 9-month position at 0.75 FTE. Opportunities for summer teaching are available. The position is reviewed annually.
Primary responsibilities are teaching beginning and intermediate ASL classes. More advanced and deaf culture classes may also be included. Minimum qualifications are a bachelor’s degree, fluency in ASL, and skills for effective communication and collaboration. Preferred qualifications include certification as an ASL instructor or interpreter, experience in teaching or interpreting ASL, knowledge of deaf culture, a master’s degree in a related field, or general teaching experience.
The Division of Communication Disorders offers an undergraduate degree in speech-language-hearing sciences and a CAA-accredited graduate program in speech-language pathology. ASL coursework is required for the speech-language-hearing sciences degree and is accepted as foreign language for students in other majors.
The University's policy has been, and will continue to be, one of nondiscrimination, offering equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without regard to such matters as race, sex, gender, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, political belief, or other status protected by state and federal statutes or University Regulations.
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PAHrtners Deaf Services is Expanding to Pittsburgh
NEW CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN PITTSBURGH AND GLENSIDE
PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults. Located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PAHrtners provides residential and out-patient services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH) children, adolescents and adults. Over 85% of our staff members are Deaf or Hard of Hearing!
As a result of our commitment to the Deaf/HoH community PAHrtners is rapidly growing and expanding. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate or professional with many years of experience in the field of human services, we have a career-building position waiting for you! E.O.E.
PAHrtners is looking for dedicated, motivated, energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable in Deaf culture to fill the following positions:
-- ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT – Full Time; Glenside location
-- STAFF INTERPRETER – Full Time or Part Time; Glenside location
-- RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR – Full Time; Glenside location
-- RESIDENTIAL CASE MANAGER – Full Time; Pittsburgh location
-- RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS – Full Time, Part Time, On Call; Glenside and Pittsburgh locations
-- OFFICE MANAGER/INTERPRETER – Full Time; Pittsburgh location
Go to our Website at: www.PAHrtners.com to learn more about each position.
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Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
PAHrtners Deaf Services
614 N. Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038
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