November 15, 2006
Vol. 3 No. 5
Editor: Tom Willard
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EMAIL SCAM TARGETS SOCIAL SECURITY RECIPIENTS
Government officials issued a warning last week about a new email scam that targets Social Security recipients. The email directs readers to a website designed to look like Social Security’s website, where individuals are asked to provide their Social Security number, bank account information and credit card information. “I am outraged that someone would target an unsuspecting public in this manner,” said Social Security Commissioner Jo Anne Barnhart. Reports of fraud may be directed to the Office of Inspector General, 800-269-0271 (Voice) or 866-501-2101 (TTY).
GALLAUDET TRUSTEES SELECT NEW LEADERSHIP
The Gallaudet University Board of Trustees met last Saturday and appointed Pamela Holmes, a 1974 alumna, as chair of the board. She replaces Brenda Jo Brueggemann, who resigned in the wake of the campus protests. Holmes is a 19-year veteran of Ultratec in Madison, Wisc., where she serves as director of consumer & regulatory affairs. Frank Wu, dean of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, was appointed vice-chair. The board also appointed a 15-member Interim President Selection Advisory Committee comprised of faculty, staff, students and alumni. Jane Dillehay, a biology professor and 26-year faculty member, will chair the committee. Members held their first meeting this week to discuss timelines, a job description and confidentiality.
STATE TO SEEK DEATH PENALTY AGAINST WRIGHT
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Daphne Wright if she’s convicted of killing or kidnapping Darlene VanderGiesen, reported the Associated Press. Wright, 43, a deaf Sioux Falls, S.D. resident, is accused of murdering and dismembering VanderGiesen, also deaf, in February over suspicions that the victim was trying to break up a relationship with Wright’s girlfriend. If convicted, Wright would become the first woman to ever sit on South Dakota’s death row, said KELOLAND TV. The trial is set to begin January 2.
CALIFORNIAN SENTENCED FOR RAPE OF DEAF WOMAN
A California man was sentenced last week to “150 years to life” for attacking a young deaf woman, reported KXTV in Sacramento. Juan Tidwell, 25, was found guilty in July on multiple kidnapping, sexual assault and robbery charges stemming from an attack on a 21-year-old woman who was walking from her home to a train station on September 10, 2005. DNA evidence matched Tidwell, who was on parole from the California Youth Authority for similar charges.
WOMAN CHARGED WITH BATTERY, RESISTING ARREST
Police in Beloit, Wisc. used a Taser on a deaf woman twice last week after she resisted arrest, reported the Beloit Daily News. The incident began around 3:30 a.m. Thursday when police found Crystal Campbell, 23, sitting in a vehicle in a park. Communicating through notes, Campbell said she was looking for her husband. When police found the husband on a nearby bridge, Campbell became agitated and blocked traffic, then drove after the police car at high speed when it left. She refused to exit the vehicle, forcing officers to break the car windows. When Campbell began hitting an officer, the Taser – a high-voltage stun gun – was used on her twice. She was charged with battery to a peace officer and obstructing/resisting an officer.
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STUDENTS FOUND AFTER OVERNIGHT DISAPPEARANCE
The San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News reported this week that two students disappeared from the California School for the Deaf in Fremont. The first report indicated that one student, Yovane Chavez, 16, was found the next morning at his parents’ home in Napa, while the second student, John Lavrentjev, 16, was still being sought. A follow-up report said that John, whose family lives in Modesto, was also found in Napa. The boys were reported missing from their dorm Tuesday night after returning from a field trip and getting into a confrontation with a teacher.
OHIO BOY SAVES DEAF MOTHER’S LIFE
An Ohio boy saved his deaf mother’s life last month after she apparently had an allergic reaction to a pasta sauce ingredient, reported WTVG in Toledo. Pamela Degordon woke up her 9-year-old son, Cory, at 1 a.m. and he gave his mom a shot in the leg with an EpiPen injector. “I wasn’t scared or nothing,” he said. “I was just calm and I just did it.”
WEST VIRGINIA MAN REPORTS HOME INVASION
A brief article in the Huntington (W.Va.) Herald-Dispatch reported on a 27-year-old deaf man who reported a robbery in his home on Tuesday, November 7. The unidentified victim told police that three people entered his home through an unlocked door. One assailant held a knife to the man’s throat and removed $480 from his pants pocket, while someone else punched him in the face. No arrests had been made as of the next day, said the report.
MARYLAND WARNS AGAINST PYRAMID SCHEME
Maryland officials are warning residents to be on guard against a pyramid scheme targeted at deaf people, reported the Washington Business Journal this week. The state has received 15 inquiries in two weeks about a Canadian company that is soliciting people to sell diamonds, said Kevin Enright of the Maryland attorney general’s office. Pyramid schemes earn money primarily by recruiting members and charging them fees rather than by selling products or services, said the report, and they are illegal in Maryland. “Many people promote pyramid schemes out of ignorance and do not realize they are engaging in illegal and harmful behavior,” said Attorney General J. Joseph Curran.
ADVOCATE SEEKS ACCESS STORIES FROM D.C. HOSPITALS
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MAN TO BE SLAPPED FOR RAPING DEAF WOMAN
Village elders in Rampur, India sentenced a man to be slapped in public for raping a deaf mother of three, reported Daily News & Analysis. The village court, which normally does not deal with criminal offenses, was forced to take action after police failed to arrest the suspect. “Police told us that since the woman is deaf and dumb, she is not able to narrate the incident,” said village head Badr-ul Hasan. A panel of five elders heard from both sides last week and found the man guilty, fining him $111 (US) and ordering that he be slapped with an open hand 51 times. “We can’t do more than that,” said Hasan.
MAN WINS $2,222 AFTER DOCTORS OPERATE ON WRONG EAR
A hospital and surgeon in India were ordered to pay $2,222 (US) as compensation to a man who was left completely deaf after an operation was performed on the wrong ear. Lal Chand underwent surgery 12 years ago in Jaipur Golden Hospital in Delhi to remedy severe pain in his left ear, reported The Hindu. Upon regaining consciousness, Chand was shocked to find that doctors had operated on his right ear by mistake. Finding in his favor, the Delhi State Consumer Commission said Chand’s career “has been ruined [and] his life has been snatched by the said doctors.”
SCHOOL BUS HIJACKED IN SOUTH AFRICA
A bus used to transport deaf pre-schoolers in Cape Town, South Africa was hijacked last month, leaving 15 youngsters with no way to get to school. Bus driver Eric Bhovu said a car stopped in front of the bus and pursued him as he tried to get away. “I jumped out and ran,” said Bhovu. “I thought they were going to kill me.” None of the children were on the bus at the time. Insurance won’t pay enough to buy a new vehicle, said Independent Online, and teachers are now battling to get the children to school. “It is essential they come to school because they are losing out on language,” said social worker Erika Oosthuizen.
ADVOCATES BLAST ‘UNSKILLED’ TV NEWS INTERPRETERS
Deaf people in South Africa are upset with the interpreters being used on television news programs, reported the South African Broadcasting Corporation. The current interpreters are unskilled and use “incorrect” sign language, said Bruce Druchen, president of the Deaf Federation of South Africa. The group has appealed to the South African Human Rights Commission for help. “DeafSA will stand firm because we’d like those interpreters to be taken off the news,” said Druchen.
U.K. SCHOOL IMPROVES AFTER FAILING INSPECTION
The U.K.’s Doncaster School for the Deaf has improved greatly since failing inspection 15 months ago, reported the Free Press News. The turnaround is attributed largely to headteacher David Muir, who took over shortly after poor results led to “special measures” for the school. A recent inspection found the school to be “satisfactory” overall and “good” in some areas. “We have made great improvements ... in double quick time,” said Muir.
DOCUMENTARY EXPLORES NEW ZEALAND SIGN LANGUAGE
A documentary on New Zealand Sign Language premiered this month with screenings in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch. “Sign of the Times” documents the deaf community’s 20-year battle leading up to the April 2006 Parliament recognition of New Zealand Sign Language as the country’s third official language. The 52-minute documentary, created by Victoria Manning and Paul Wolffram, explores the community’s “ongoing hopes and aspirations for their language and culture,” said the Deaf Association of New Zealand. To learn more, visit www.deaf.co.nz.
NEW PLAY SPOTLIGHTS RECLUSIVE AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR
The Australian Theatre of the Deaf (www.ozdeaftheatre.com) unveiled a new play this week about crime fiction writer Patricia Carlon, whose deafness was not revealed until after she died in 2002 at age 75. “The Cat Lady of Bexley” was a challenge for deaf playwright Sofya Gollan because little was known about the reclusive writer who “dodged journalists and fans throughout her life in the quiet Sydney suburb of Bexley, surrounded by innumerable cats” (Arts Hub Australia). Carlon wrote 14 crime novels between 1961 and 1970, and US Publishers Weekly once said in a review, “Those who have compared her to Hitchcock are not overstating the case.”
SCOTLAND CHARITY ASKS FOR ‘FAVORITE SOUND’
A U.K. charity for deaf and hard-of-hearing people has launched a new campaign that asks people to name their favorite sound. RNID Scotland wants people to nominate their favorite “Sound of Scotland” and think of how they’d feel if they could no longer hear it, said the Glasgow Evening Times. Whether it’s the sound of Sean Connery’s voice, the music of bagpipes or some other aural pleasure, Scotland’s citizens are asked to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 26 for a chance to win vouchers worth £50 ($95 US).
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‘FREEDOM CRUISE 2007' ATTRACTS 4,000 TRAVELERS
Approximately 4,000 people from all over the world have signed up for Deaf Freedom Cruise 2007, representing what sponsor Passages Deaf Travel calls “the largest gathering ever of deaf and hard-of-hearing cruisers.” The seven-day cruise departs from Miami, Fla. on October 28, 2007 on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas, described as the world’s biggest and most innovative cruise ship. The Western Caribbean itinerary includes ports of call in Mexico, Grand Cayman, Jamaica; and Haiti. Passages Deaf Travel, owned by Tabitha and Mac Partlow, specializes in deaf travel and recently organized a seven-day cruise for 360 deaf guests sailing from Puerto Rico. To learn more, visit www.passagesdeaftravel.com.
VONETTA FLOWERS SELECTED FOR ANNIE GLENN AWARD
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has selected 2002 Winter Olympics gold medalist Vonetta Flowers as its Annie Glenn Award winner. The award, presented this week at ASHA’s convention in Miami, Fla., recognizes Flowers’ advocacy efforts in hearing loss treatment. Flowers’ twin son, Jorden, was born deaf and was able to hear for the first time two weeks after receiving an auditory brainstem implant. The “Annie” award was established in 1987 to honor Annie Glenn, wife of Sen. John Glenn, who has dedicated herself to helping others with communication disorders.
TARGET AWARDS GRANT FOR DEAF ARTS FESTIVAL
Tampa Bay Newspapers in Seminole, Fla. reported last week that Target has awarded a grant to the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative for library literacy programs. The Deaf Literacy Center received $2,000 to support literacy through arts programming, and will use the funds to support a Deaf Arts Festival in the spring.
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STUDY: INTERPRETER SUPPLY NOT KEEPING UP WITH DEMAND
The supply of American Sign Language interpreters is not keeping up with demand, said Sorenson Communications in comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission. Last month, Sorenson commissioned management consulting firm Stax to analyze issues related to ASL interpreters. Among the findings: demand for all types of interpreting has increased dramatically over the last three to five years; wages have increased 10 to 15 percent in recent years and are expected to increase around 10 percent annually; agencies are finding it difficult to recruit and train interpreters; communities are having problems finding interpreters; and many students do not complete training programs, graduate but do not become certified, or leave the profession after becoming certified.
U.S. GRANT TO FUND RADIO TECHNOLOGY PROJECT
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a grant to develop accessible radio technology for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired. The DOE’s National Institute of Disability Rehabilitation and Research is providing $150,000 for the first year of an anticipated three-year project to design, test and evaluate radio technologies to serve the needs of people with sensory disabilities. The Accessible Digital Radio Broadcast Services grant will be administered by WGBH’s Boston-based National Center for Accessible Media and National Public Radio (NPR). More information can be found at http://ncam.wgbh.org/news/nprproject.html.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
DEAF ARTIST WINS BREASTFEEDING SYMBOL CONTEST
Matt Daigle’s design has been selected the winner of the International Breastfeeding Symbol contest sponsored by Mothering magazine. The international symbol will be used to designate breastfeeding-friendly facilities, said the magazine, though the purpose is not to segregate breastfeeding but rather to help integrate it into society. Daigle, a deaf resident of Sioux Falls, S.D., is a freelance graphic designer, cartoonist and stay-at-home dad. He and his wife Kay have a 1-year-old son, Hayden. To read an interview with Daigle, click here.
FESTIVAL SEEKS FILMS OF GALLAUDET PROTEST
The Deaf Rochester Film Festival are seeking films by deaf people “who use film to communicate the Deaf Experience and/or Visual aesthetics,” said a news release. They are especially interested in films related to the “Unity for Gallaudet” movement. The festival is set for March 23-25 in Rochester, N.Y. and the deadline for film entries is December 1, with notification to filmmakers planned by January 15. Wayne Betts, Jr. will be the keynote presenter. Visit www.ntid.rit.edu/DRFF to learn more.
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT PRESENTS ‘CHILDREN ... GOD’
Pinwheels have been placed around Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles to help publicize the school’s production of “Children of a Lesser God,” each representing 10,000 people who are deaf or hard of hearing in the greater Los Angeles area. The LMU production of Mark Medoff’s Tony Award-winning play stars Steve DiUbaldo as James Leeds, reported the Los Angeles Loyolan. (The actress playing Sarah Norman in the role made famous by Marlee Matlin was not identified.) Four actors prepared for their roles by taking sign language lessons under Jess Strofelt, a California State University-Northridge student who is deaf herself. “ASL is very rich and passionate,” said DiUbaldo, “and yet you never see it.”
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JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD
GLAD is an Affirmative Action Employer with equal opportunity for men, women and people with disabilities. For more information on the following positions, please go to: www.gladinc.org. The status of all positions is: Regular, Full-time, Non-Exempt, Full Fringe Benefits unless otherwise noted. All positions are open until filled.
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