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November 17, 2010
Vol. 7, No. 5

Editor: Tom Willard

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Washington, DC
HEARING-IMPAIRED LEADER TO HEAD FCC'S DISABILITY RIGHTS OFFICE
The Federal Communications Commission announced yesterday that Gregory Hlibok has been promoted to head of the Disability Rights Office. Hlibock is currently an attorney in the office's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. He is hearing impaired and will be the first head of the office with a disability. Hlibok has neen a national leader on issues concerning the deaf and hearing impaired since his role in the 1988 Deaf President Now protests at Gallaudet University, where he was student body president. / The Hill

Chicago, IL
GOVERNMENT WANTS TO UPDATE ADA FOR CYBERSPACE
Emergency call centers could be equipped to communicate by text message. Websites might need to be programmed to speak to blind users. Movie theaters might have to install technology to allow the deaf to read captions on small screens mounted at their seats. These and other proposals will be on the agenda this week as federal officials begin seeking ideas for expanding the Americans with Disabilities Act. / The Washington Post

Hickory, NC
ZAHRA BAKER'S BODY FOUND
Police in the US believe they have found the body of missing Australian girl Zahra Baker. Human remains believed to be Zahra's were strewn over a vast area on the outskirts of the North Carolina city of Hickory, suggesting the freckled-faced 10-year-old -- a partially deaf amputee -- suffered a violent death. "We've recovered enough physical evidence to believe we have found Zahra," Hickory Police Department chief Tom Adkins said. / Herald Sun

Syracuse, NY
SYRACUSE MAN KILLED IN BOSTON HIT AND RUN
A man from Syracuse man died in a hit-and-run crash Sunday night in Boston. Andrew Prior, 23, was riding a motorized scooter in Boston’s Roxbury section around 11:45 p.m. when he was struck by an SUV, Boston police believe. The SUV left the scene. Prior was taken to a Boston hospital where he was pronounced dead. Prior’s brother John said his brother had studied American Sign Language and was just beginning a career as a sign-language interpreter. / The Post-Standard

Nashville, TN
BOYFRIEND OF DEAD LAVERGNE WOMAN IN CUSTODY
Police have arrested the boyfriend of a woman whose body was discovered in her home southeast of Nashville. The 48-year-old woman, who has not been identified, was discovered Thursday night in LaVergne after police got a tip. When they arrived at the home, police also discovered the woman's daughter, who is deaf and mute. / Houston Chronicle

Wallburg, NC
NC SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF BUS INVOLVED IN FATAL CRASH
A school bus from the North Carolina School for the Deaf was involved in a fatal crash along Highway 109 on Friday afternoon. Fire officials said a car collided with the bus at about 3:30 p.m., killing a person in the car. That person wasn't identified. The driver of the bus, as well as another adult that was on the bus, were injured and taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. / WXII

Pasadena, MD
DEAF MAN SUES COUNTY FOR FALSE ARREST
A 58-year-old deaf man who called police in 2008 to report a burglary only to find himself in handcuffs for assaulting a law enforcement officer is suing the county for police brutality and false arrest. The lawsuit, filed Sept. 14 in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, came 19 months after prosecutors dropped all charges against Stephen Pyles of Pasadena. It seeks more than $1.5 million in punitive and compensatory damages. / The Maryland Gazette

Seattle, WA
POLICE ASKING FOR WITNESSES IN CONTROVERSIAL SHOOTING
Seattle police are asking for witnesses to the fatal officer-involved shooting of John T. Williams on Aug. 30. Police said Williams, a woodcarver, failed to follow multiple commands to drop his knife. Critics have said Williams was deaf in one ear and was not presenting a threat to the officer, Ian Birk, who was hired in 2008. Williams' knife had a 3-inch blade -- one that is legal under the Seattle Municipal Code. Last month Birk was told to surrender his gun and badge. A shooting inquest is expected, but has not been scheduled. / Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Richmond, VA
DEPUTY CAN BE TRIED IN TASER DEATH CASE
A federal appeals court says a Frederick County sheriff's deputy can be tried for allegedly using excessive force by firing an electronic stun gun at a Frederick man who later died. The Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., ruled last Wednesday that Cpl. Rudolph Torres' appeal of a lower court ruling was flawed. The family of 20-year-old Jarrel Gray is seeking $145 million from Torres, the sheriff's office and the county. / The Washington Post

Flint, MI
BILL WOULD OFFER MICHIGAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF PROPERTY TO DEVELOPER FOR $1.3 MILLION
A plan to sell and renovate the Michigan School for the Deaf has made its way to the state Capitol. A bill is in front of state lawmakers that would give approval to offer the state-owned Miller Road property for $1.3 million to private investor Lurvey White Ventures. The developer would build a new school and lease it to the state for a base rent of no more than $2,060,000, according to the bill. / Flint Journal

Colorado Springs, CO
QUESTIONS RAISED ABOUT STATE DEAF & BLIND SCHOOL
Patricia Jackson, a teacher and supervisor at the Colorado School For The Deaf And The Blind until her retirement in 2003, said she has kept in touch with current employees and is getting information from them about the school's situation. She says current employees will not talk publicly out of fear of punishment. Carol Hilty has served as the school's superintendent since 2005. On Monday, Hilty confirmed she met with her staff last Friday and told them to prepare for the possibility of cutbacks and layoffs. However, Hilty and Jackson differ on how real that possibility is. / KRDO

Penn Hills, PA
AT-RISK PENN HILLS MAN FOUND ON PORT AUTHORITY BUS
An at-risk young man who is deaf, mute and has Down syndrome has been found after he went missing from his Penn Hills home. Mohammed Saleem, 23, was last seen by family members at 6 a.m. Monday. On Monday evening, Saleem was found by Port Authority Police on a bus in West Mifflin after passengers recognized him from news reports. Saleem went missing from home for several hours on a previous occasion this month. Penn Hills and Churchill police and state troopers all helped look for him. / WTAE

Coal Township, PA
DEAF DOG KILLED AT CONSTRUCTION SITE
Members of the Shamokin-Coal Township Joint Sewer Authority board were horrified to hear about the latest incident in the sewer separation project in the Springfield section of the township -- the loss of a family pet. Edward and Tammy Purcell, residents of Tioga Street, came to Wednesday's meeting after one of their dogs, a beagle, was accidently killed Monday by a construction vehicle working on Tioga Street. / The News-Item

Springfield, IL
NATIONAL FRATERNAL SOCIETY OF THE DEAF
The National Fraternal Society of the Deaf, NFSD, was founded in 1901 to offer the deaf community insurance and services, and NFSD developed a solid reputation for its strong advocacy on behalf of deaf people. A century later, NFSD ceased operations and its board members met for the very last time at Gallaudet University on March 6, 2010. NFSD generously donated all of its memorabilia to the Gallaudet University Archives. / Illinois Dept. of Insurance


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Saudi Arabia
DEAF MAN REGAINS HEARING DURING PILGRIMAGE
A Somali man who had lost his ability to hear and speak after a bomb explosion in his conflict-battered African country regained his hearing sense while on pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, a local newspaper reported on Tuesday. The man, identified only as Shareef, was hit by a bomb during internal clashes in Somalia nearly 20 years ago and decided later to immigrate to Britain after he could no longer hear or speak. / Emirates24/7

Edinburgh, Scotland
DADAFEST INTERNATIONAL SCOTLAND SHOWCASES WORK BY DEAF AND DISABLED PRACTICIONERS
Liverpool-based organisation DaDaFest International, founded in 2001, has programmed its first mini-festival of performances, exhibitions, workshops and talks in Scotland. "The original idea behind DadaFest International was to have a platform to showcase emerging deaf and disabled artists," says artistic director Garry Robson. "In 2008, Liverpool was appointed City of Culture and invested some money, allowing the organisation to go international and bring in an outside director – that was me." / The List

London, England
FOR DEAF PEOPLE, TRIBES IS, FINALLY, THE REAL DEAL
A young man called Billy sits at the dinner table. As he eats, his mum, dad, brother and sister argue chaotically. Throughout, Billy stays silent. When his family leave, he sits alone, staring blankly into space. This is the opening scene in the Royal Court's Tribes, which ends this weekend, and Billy, its central character, is profoundly deaf. No one tells him what they are talking about, speaks at a pace he can keep up with, or maintains eye contact so he can lipread them. The worst part is, he's not even angry. He's used to it. / Guardian

Sheffield, England
UNIVERSITY RESEARCH REVEALS DEAF ADULTS SEE BETTER THAN HEARING PEOPLE
Adults born deaf react more quickly to objects at the edge of their visual field than hearing people, according to groundbreaking new research by the University of Sheffield. The study, which was funded by the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID), has, for the first time ever, seen scientists test how peripheral vision develops in deaf people from childhood to adulthood. / Lab Spaces

Leicester, England
DEAF MAN FROM LEICESTER DREAMS OF BEING A DOORMAN
A Leicester man believes his disability has been stopping him from getting his dream job as a door supervisor. Brian Bayliss, 52, who was born deaf, needs to apply for a license to qualify for the position but said he is "finding it extremely difficult". The job is not new to Brian. He was a doorman in the past - before the Security Industry Authority (SIA), who grants the license, was set up. "I've been a doorman - about 10 years ago. I won't give up," said Brian. / BBC News

Devon, England
SIGN LANGUAGE TEACHER FROM DEVON WINS NATIONAL AWARD
A Devon sign language teacher has scooped a top national award for helping improve deaf people's lives. John Mancini, who works at Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education, was named Teacher of the Year at the Signature Annual Awards ceremony in London. He was especially praised for his motivational attitude and promotion of deaf-awareness within the community. / BBC News

South Yorkshire, England
HOUSING HELP FOR THE DEAF
St. Leger Homes has set up a training swap deal with Doncaster's College for the Deaf. The organization, which manages around 21,000 homes for Doncaster Council, is working with the college to offer students work experience. In return, the college is providing basic sign language training for frontline staff. Three students are taking part in work experience as plasterers and one is working with tenants. Around 15 members of St Leger Homes' staff have received sign language training. / The Star

Prague, Czech Republic
90-YEAR-OLD SPARKS BREAKTHROUGH AMONG DEAF CZECHS
Mark and Vesta Sauter came to the Czech Republic to start churches among the nation's deaf. But the Indiana- and Texas-born missionaries weren't having much success until God brought them an unlikely volunteer -- 90-year-old Lillian Beard. Beard, from Fort Worth, Texas, was a pioneer for deaf work among Southern Baptists and a lifelong mentor to Vesta. The women shared a common bond; as hearing children of deaf parents, both learned to sign as their first language. / Baptist Press

Victoria, Australia
LABOR PLEDGES $6M DEAF FACILITY AND SCHOOL OVERHAUL
A deaf facility and primary school in Ringwood East will be rebuilt if Labor wins the November 27 election. Speaking at Eastwood Primary School earlier today, Deputy Premier Rob Hulls said a re-elected State Government would spend $6 million ($5.88 million US) to revitalise the site. Mr Hulls said the upgrade would include new classrooms, a library, specialist teaching spaces and administration areas. / Maroondah Leader

New Zealand
HUNDREDS SIGN UP FOR 111 TEXT SERVICE
An emergency 111 text service has had a ‘pleasing’ take up within the Deaf community, according to police. The new service was started on October 15 with the aim to improve Deaf and hearing impaired peoples access to the three emergency services. Police Communications Centres National Manager Superintendent Andy McGregor says he is pleased with the uptake and use to date. / 3 News

Jaipur, India
DEAF YOUTHS DEMAND JOBS
The deaf from across the state on Saturday gathered in Jaipur to press their demands on the first day of two-day annual Rajasthan Deaf Youth Congress at Kanodia Girls College on JLN Marg. The day saw a series of discussions on a wide array of issues, including the need to update the curricula for them in schools and colleges. "Some jobs should be reserved exclusively for us," said Natasha through an interpreter. / The Times of India

Colombo, Sri Lanka
ENGLAND WOMEN VISIT SCHOOLS FOR DEAF
Players from the England women’s team took time out from their tour of Sri Lanka to visit children with hearing impairments at the Schools for the Deaf in Ratmalana, Colombo. They joined the girls and boys for a game of cricket in a visit coordinated by Hope for Children, a British-based charity helping disadvantaged children and those with disabilities in Sri Lanka. / ECB

Cape Town, South Africa
MISSING DEAF GIRL FOUND IN HOSPITAL
A hearing impaired 17-year-old Khayelitsha girl who went missing last Tuesday morning has been found, the Western Cape education department said on Thursday. Lumka Lengisi, a pupil from Noluthando School for the Deaf, went missing after stepping off a bus outside her school on Tuesday morning. A member of the public heard reports about her disappearance on radio and contacted the police to inform them that she could be in Tygerberg Hospital. / News24


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Big Spring, TX
DEAF RESIDENTS ASKING PEOPLE NOT TO HANG UP WHEN THEY CALL
More and more deaf people are becoming independent and when interpreters call you it's on behalf of them who most likely want to know more about any goods or services. On Tuesday, the Big Spring Economic Development Office and Howard College teamed up to get the word out on how not to hang up and not to be scammed. Organizers hope the luncheon will help spread the fact that not everyone is trying to pull a fast one and that the hearing impaired are just people trying to live their lives like everyone else. / NewsWest9

Westminster, MD
MEMBERS OF HEARING COMMUNITY STUDY SIGN LANGUAGE
Westminster High School student Bailey Whitcomb made it through an entire class presentation without speaking and got complimented for the effort. She's learning a new language, one flush with hand and facial gestures and void of talking. Whitcomb was enrolled in Charlene Handley's American Sign Language I class during the first term at Westminster High School. / Carroll County Times

The Netherlands
LAUGHTER IS INSTINCTIVE, STUDY FINDS
In a study conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands, researchers asked eight deaf and eight hearing individuals to sound out different emotions -- including anger, disgust and sadness -- without using words. After scientists played back the recordings to a panel of 25 hearing individuals and asked them to match up each sound to an emotion, they discovered that among the sounds vocalized by the deaf participants, the panel could only easily identify laughing and sighs of relief. / AOL News

Internet
HEARING LOSS LINKED TO PASSIVE SMOKING
People who are exposed to the second-hand smoke from others' cigarettes are at increased risk of hearing loss, experts believe. Doctors already know that people who smoke can damage their hearing. The latest study in the journal Tobacco Control, involving more than 3,000 US adults, suggests the same is true of passive smoking. Experts believe tobacco smoke may disrupt blood flow in the small vessels of the ear. This could starve the organ of oxygen and lead to a build up of toxic waste, causing damage. / BBC News


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Sioux Falls, SD
DEAF SERVICES TO CUT 64 CALL CENTER JOBS
Communication Services for the Deaf in Sioux Falls has alerted 64 people at one of its local call centers that they will lose their jobs in January. The job cuts are because of a contract that was not renewed with Qwest Communications for small business customer service call center services, said Derric Miller, CSD director of marketing and public relations. / Argus Leader

Aurora, NE
HAMILTON MOBILE CAPTEL LAUNCHES NEW BROWSER SOLUTION FOR ANDROID
Yesterday, Hamilton CapTel announced the availability of Hamilton Mobile CapTel on multiple smartphones that use the Android™ operating system. Hamilton Mobile CapTel delivers advanced captioned telephone solutions on a variety of 3G and WiFi networks that have simultaneous voice and data capabilities. Now users can choose from a variety of mobile devices that fit their needs, allowing them to enjoy the benefits of using Hamilton Mobile CapTel. / PRNewswire


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New York, NY
THE ADULT MUSICIANS WITH HEARING LOSS HELD ITS FIRST NEW YORK CONCERT
he Association of Adult Musicians With Hearing Loss held its first New York concert recently, at the Bruno Walter Auditorium in Lincoln Center, with a program entitled “Incredibly Musical and Significantly Deaf: More Music With Less Hearing.” During the postshow question-and-answer session, a non-hearing-impaired person asked how the musicians know they are playing a note right when practicing. / New York Magazine

Rochester, NY
DEAF PHOTOGRAPHER PROVIDES PRE-ADVENTURES IN EDUCATION ACTIVITIES
On Wednesday, October 6, 2010, Rochester School for the Deaf welcomed back to campus Mrs. Stacy Lawrence, our 2009 Perkins Founder’s Award recipient. Mrs. Lawrence, who is deaf, is an accomplished, professional photographer and photo journalist. She was invited to RSD to provide our students with interactive activities related to this year’s Adventures in Education speaker Mr. Florian Schulz and his work in the field of photography. / RSD


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Los Angeles, CA
DEAF STUDENTS TACKLE SPORTS WITH GUSTO
Nick Conway is just like every other kid on the practice field at Taft High School. He horseplays and talks trash. He carries himself with the same cheeky bravado. His grimy uniform could use a good washing too. It would seem being born deaf could have been a problem. But the team shrugs it off. He's one of them, they say. Some are even learning sign language. "They're family to me," Nick, 16, a defensive lineman, said of his teammates. "They have welcomed me as a brother. / Los Angeles Times

Frederick, MD
MSD CLINCHES 2 MORE NATIONAL TITLES
Chalk up two more national championships for Maryland School for the Deaf's athletic program. With an 80-0 win over California SD-Riverside Friday, the Orioles football team clinched a ninth national deaf prep championship in 10 years. MSD's volleyball team won its fifth straight national title, completing a 36-10 season, which includes wins in several tournaments. / The Frederick News-Post


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Position title: California Relay Service Outreach Coordinator

Position summary: This full-time position at POTHOS is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) and Captioned Telephone for California Relay Service (CRS) for our client Hamilton Relay.

Essential functions:
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Develops Annual Outreach Plan designed to promote California Relay Service; raising awareness and increasing the use of relay services.
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Plans and implements outreach activities and marketing programs that support the Outreach Plan.
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Designs, coordinates and conducts demonstrations and training programs on how to access and use California Relay services.
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Coordinates and delivers training programs about relay services for businesses, agencies and organizations.
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Delivers/conducts outreach activities/presentations focused on current and potential customers on all relay services using presentation skills, visual aids and written proposals.
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Works collaboratively with CPUC and DDTP to implement outreach activities throughout California.
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Participates in Outreach and California Relay Council meetings, scheduled Outreach activities and Marketing Summits.

Preferred experience and skills:
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Excellent presentation skills
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Fluency in American Sign Language & Spanish.
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Knowledge/ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users.
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Direct work experience with Telecommunication Relay Service and/or knowledge of Captioned Telephone Relay Services.
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Deaf or Hard of Hearing individuals are encouraged to apply.

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