November 16, 2016
Vol. 13, No. 5
Editor: Tom Willard
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DEAF WOMAN SAYS PEPSI CENTER NOT IN COMPLIANCE WITH ADA, FILES LAWSUIT
A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Kroenke Sports and Entertainment and the Pepsi Center on behalf of a deaf woman who said they are not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Pepsi Center is home to the Nuggets, Avalanche and Mammoth, and plays host to a wide variety of shows and concerts. For most the atmosphere inside the downtown Denver arena is electric in both sight and sound. But imagine watching a game or concert in silence. / FOX31
PITT PROFESSOR SUES SOUTHSIDE WORKS CINEMA
Kenneth DeHaan wants to be able to enjoy a night out at the movies in Pittsburgh — so much so that he’s willing to go to court for it. A self-proclaimed “cinemaddict,” DeHaan, who is an ASL professor at Pitt and is deaf, recently filed a lawsuit against Cleveland Cinemas and the Soffer Organization, the owners of SouthSide Works cinema, for not providing the proper equipment needed to display captioning on movies for deaf moviegoers. / The Pitt News
PALATINE MAN SENTENCED TO 5 YEARS FOR SEXUALLY ABUSING TEEN
A Palatine man whose criminal background includes convictions on drug and battery charges pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexually abusing a teenage girl earlier this year. In exchange for his guilty plea to aggravated criminal sexual abuse, Corey Stoval, 25, was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, court records show. Stoval, who received credit for 222 days in custody, was also ordered to pay $1,339 in fines. / Daily Herald
DEAF YOUTUBERS CALL OUT CRAPPY CAPTIONS
If you've ever watched a YouTube video with auto-generated closed captioning, you know the garbled result is giggle-worthy. But it's actually a major problem. Inadequate closed captioning is failing deaf and hard of hearing viewers around the world. A new campaign dubbed #NoMoreCraptions is calling out "crappy" captions on YouTube, where creators are asking each other to make their content more accessible by writing their own captions on their videos. / Mashable
MELISSA 'ECHO' GREENLEE'S COOL WORK AT DEAFFRIENDLY.COM
What do you do? I own and operate a consumer-review website deaffriendly for deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing consumers to rate businesses they frequent on how accessible they are. Being we are over 12 percent of the U.S. population and have consumer dollars to spend, it’s important for businesses to learn how to serve us. Deaf people are probably the most loyal customers you will come across! / The Seattle Times
HELEN KELLER RUN/WALK 5K A SUCCESS
Helen Keller inspired generations of Americans by overcoming adversity and drawing attention to the deaf-blind community. Now, 48 years after her passing that legacy lives on. Saturday morning King Central Park hosted the first annual Helen Keller Southeast Run/Walk 5K benefitting the National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults (HKNC) and North Carolina Deaf-Blind Associates (NCDBA) Run/Walk programs. / The Stokes News
UVA ROTUNDA ADDS TECHNOLOGY TO AID HEARING IMPAIRED
The Rotunda at the University of Virginia is a sight to behold as it nears the end of a $50.6 million renovation. One key addition to the Rotunda, though isn’t easily seen, but some students and visitors attending lectures and meetings in the building will be able to hear it, loud and clear. Four rooms in the Rotunda, including the spacious Dome Room, have been retrofitted with hearing loops. / Charlottesville Tomorrow
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EXPLORING BEIJING'S FIRST RESTAURANT WITH AN ENTIRELY DEAF WAITING STAFF
It was a chilly but bright and sunny November morning, a respite after days of the typical gray and heavy haze for which Beijing has become famous, when I visited the Mina Restaurant. On such rare and beautiful days people tend to go out for a breath of fresh air, so while it was not yet noon almost all the seats had already been taken. The delicious food is not the only thing that will surprise you at this artsy suburban Tongzhou restaurant - it is the first restaurant in Beijing to exclusively hire deaf employees for its waiting staff. / Global Times
Burlington, ON, Canada
DEAF COMMUNITY SHOCKED AFTER VIDEO OF BURLINGTON ARREST GOES VIRAL
Video was posted online of an arrest of a deaf man in Burlington. Donald Prong, executive direction of the Ontario Association of the Deaf, said the man’s basic human rights were taken away. The incident happened last Tuesday after police received a report of theft of numerous items, including over-the-counter medication and razor blades. In the video, an officer tells the man to turn around and put his hands behind his back. The man can be seen making a writing motion to the officer, seemingly asking him to write down what he means. / CityNews
Montreal, QC, Canada
BEING DEAF AND TAXI DRIVER OR UBER, IS THIS POSSIBLE?
Deaf people cannot currently obtain the 4C class of license, required to taxi drivers and in the Uber pilot project in Quebec, as the Metro had reported a few weeks ago . A medical test analyzing their hearing for obtaining this permit disqualifies. The Corporation assurance automobile du Québec states that drivers must be able to ensure rapid communication and be able to hear a whisper if an emergency occurs. / The Siver Times
Ottawa, ON, Canada
STITTSVILLE LIONS SUPPORT BLIND/DEAF ATHLETE KEVIN FROST
He’s blind and he’s deaf. But this has not stopped Kevin Frost of Orleans from becoming a world class speedskater. Indeed, last March he finished 11th in the world in long track speed skating in the Netherlands – and this was in competing against able bodied skaters. He’s a three-time world champion in blind short and long track speedskating and he hopes that someday speedskating becomes a Paralympic sport when more countries are involved with the sport. / Ottawa Community News
Toronto, ON, Canada
WHAT IT'S LIKE TO NAVIGATE A HEARING-DOMINANT SOCIETY
When I graduated from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., a school that prides itself on being “the world’s only university designed to be barrier-free for deaf and hard of hearing students,” it meant it was time for me to leave the “Deaf Utopia Bubble.” This bubble of a world meant I had access to ASL nearly 24/7. However, my childhood experiences of being deprived of my culture and community led to a desire to change the future of accessibility for the Deaf community in Canada. / Torontoist
THIS MAN HAS BECOME GOLF'S FIRST ACCREDITED COACH FOR DEAF PEOPLE
A PGA professional in Lincolnshire has become the first person who works in golf in England to achieve the DEAFinitely Inclusive Mark, the accreditation scheme that was launched last year. Darren Game has been recognized for making golf more accessible to deaf people. According to research, only 10 per cent of deaf adults take part in sport once a week, compared to 40 per cent of non-disabled adults. / Golf Club Management
HARD-OF-HEARING MAN IN HIS 70S DIES IN HOUSE FIRE
A hard-of-hearing man who tragically died in a house fire last night had tried to escape his home. David Foster, who was in his 70s, was found unconscious in the heavily smoke-logged building by firefighters last night. The alarm was raised at 10.15pm when neighbors reported hearing the smoke alarm. A spokesperson for the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said they believed he had not heard his smoke alarms. However, it has since being reported that he had tried to leave but was blocked by belongings in his way. / Daily Gazette
RAPIST TOLD VICTIM 'NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU,' WHILE DEAF WIFE WAS SLEEPING
A rapist attacked one of his victims while his deaf wife was in the next room and told her ‘No one can hear you’. Ronald Bartholomew was jailed for 18 years after a court heard how he targeted two girls in the late 1970s. The rapist, now 67, befriended his two victims – both young girls – in the late 1970s and on one occasion took three young girls on a trip to the woods, where he raped one of them while the other two were playing. / Metro News
BEWARNED MAKES A SIGNIFICANT MOTION IN THE WORLD OF THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
Available Nov. 17, BeWarned app helps the deaf and hard of hearing detect dangerous sounds, communicate with people, make calls in case of emergency and dance. "We made an app, that widens the perception of the world by the deaf and hard of hearing", says Vitaliy Potapchuk, co-founder of BeWarned and deaf himself. After a large-scale beta-testing among the USA residents (88.9% positive reviews) BeWarned worked on recommendations related to features users would like to see in the app. / PRNewswire
MMDA SET TO HIRE DEAF AND MUTE TO MAN METROBASE
Some deaf and mute persons are set to be hired by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to man the monitors of the CCTV (closed-circuit television) cameras installed along major thoroughfares in the metropolis, the agency's chief said Wednesday.
The agency wants to engage persons with speech and hearing impairments to show their worth in the workforce, and to augment the current Metrobase personnel, MMDA Officer-in-Charge Thomas Orbos said. / ABS-CBN News
70-YEAR-OLD MAN RAPES DEAF, DUMB GIRL IN OGUN
A 70-year-old man, Gabriel Akindele, has been arrested by the Ogun State Police Command for allegedly raping an eight-year-old deaf and dumb girl. The suspect was arrested following a complaint from the mother of the victim, after she quizzed her daughter upon noticing an unusual behavior. The mother of the girl was said to have used sign language to inquire from her daughter and she informed her of the incident, which prompted the mother to report the matter to the police. / Daily Post Nigeria
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LIFE & LEISURE
LCSD1 TEACHERS PLAN TRIPS TO HELP HEARING-IMPAIRED STUDENTS
It’s not easy for kids who are deaf or hard of hearing to find friends or learn to socialize outside their family. That’s why Jennifer Trujillo, a Laramie County School District 1 teacher for the deaf and hearing-impaired, applied for a grant to provide those kids with more opportunities to socialize. She and her fellow deaf and hearing-impaired teachers, Angela Joannides and Kris Frey, are using the $1,574 grant to plan those activities and provide transportation for the kids. / Wyoming News
Alamance County, NC
STUDENTS LEARN SIGN LANGUAGE TO HELP DEAF CLASSMATE FEEL INCLUDED
Students at Sylvan Elementary School in Alamance County are learning sign language to help a hearing impaired classmate feel more included! One of the students, a 2nd grader named Jordan, is deaf. Jordan’s classmates felt bad and didn't want him to be left out. So, his teacher started a sign language class so he could feel more included and the other kids could learn to speak his language. / NWCN.com
SHE WANTS TO BE THE FIRST DEAF 'TOP CHEF'
Joselyn Escobar, 22, is the Miami Culinary Institute’s first deaf student. She, like many of her classmates, is in a working kitchen for the first time. And she faces a unique set of challenges as she hopes to become a chef. / Miami Herald
FCA US EMPLOYEE REFLECTS ON GROWING UP DEAF
Shelly Lawrence wouldn’t always have been able to hear the applause that followed her speech at last week’s United Way campaign update. In fact, she wouldn’t have been giving a speech at all if it wasn’t for the help she received as a child from United Way agencies. Lawrence was born deaf, and she shared her story of how she made it to where she is today. “I felt like a baby who’s been in a silent womb from birth and found I would awake by the sound in my world,” she said. / Kokomo Perspective
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
STING IS NEARLY DEAF AND REFUSING TO WEAR HEARING AIDS
Sting admits that he is fairly deaf, but he is refusing to wear a hearing aid. Sting, formerly of the Police, is now 65, and he is still rocking, but all those years of playing loud music in stadiums have taken their toll. But hearing loss is not preventing Sting from making music, or putting out a new album for his eager fans. / Inquisitr
Twin Falls, ID
DEAF, BLIND STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT ARTIST JAMES CASTLE
James Castle is still connecting with others, without saying a word. Students learned about the Idaho artist Wednesday during a workshop at the Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind. Castle, who was deaf, attended the school as a boy. He is known for making art with recycled items such as cardboard and soot. As an adult, he found his materials by checking trash containers throughout his immediate neighborhood. Troy Passey, a teaching artist for the Idaho Commission for the Arts, taught the three-day class. / Twin Falls Times-News
DEAF QUILTERS SHARE THEIR CREATIONS
When it comes to quilting and creating, a group of women has found a common language. It doesn’t matter that several members of the Heart & Hands Night Quilters are deaf, and that most of the other members don’t know sign language. The quilters still manage to convey their passion for the art, teach each other skills and enjoy the finished projects. “I’m so glad they joined our group,” club president Cindy Jaeger said. “They make our group special. We love them to pieces.” / Danville Commercial News
NEW CULTURAL COUNCIL LOGO OWES ROOTS TO DEAF, HARD OF HEARING
A new logo for the Haverhill Cultural Council owes its roots, literally, to deaf and hard of hearing people. At an unveiling ceremony Wednesday night at the Haverhill Citizens Center, artist Emily Boulger, cultural council member and Shoe Town Art Center proprietor, explained the significance of the colorful tree top and roots design she created. “I work with individuals who are deaf and the design of the tree is actually in ASL—American Sign Language.” / WHAV
ORIOLES STAKE CLAIM TO NATIONAL DEAF CROWN WITH WIN
Rodney Burford played in his last Maryland School for the Deaf athletic event on Friday. The senior running back for the Orioles’ football team is graduating in January and won’t be playing any more sports for the school. He was hoping this last game in an MSD uniform would be special. “I couldn’t have asked for a better graduation present — being a part of an undefeated football team,” Burford said following MSD’s season-ending 42-18 win over National Christian. / Frederick News-Post
UNSPOKEN LANGUAGE: DEAF PLAYERS EXCEL IN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Fans cheering. Band playing. Cheerleaders performing. They're the sounds that make up every game and the cues that show Friday night football is on the horizon. What if football had no sound? Jabir Harris is a senior at Myers Park High School. He hears the game by seeing it. “I mostly focus on the ball. I don’t mostly hear the quarterback because that is something that can mess me up,” Harris said. / WCNC
ROSEMARY ZEIER, 91, ATTENDED WISCONSIN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
RoseMary Zeier, 91, formerly of Madison, passed away on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Agrace Hospice Care Center. She spent the last 10 years of her life at the home of her daughter and caregiver, Betty Gauldin. Born in Madison on April 23, 1925, RoseMary was the youngest child of John Gotleib and Gesina Marie (Schmitz) Kessenich. At the age of 4, RoseMary attended Saint John’s School for the Deaf in Milwaukee, WI until the age of 9, then transferred to Wisconsin School for the Deaf in Delavan, WI. / GazetteXtra
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