November 18, 2009
Vol. 6, No. 5
Editor: Tom Willard
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OHIO JUSTICES DISCUSS DISABILITY OF JUROR
In a case watched closely by advocacy groups for the disabled, the Ohio Supreme Court yesterday pondered whether a juror can be disqualified from a case because of a hearing impairment. Scott A. Speer, of Fairlawn, was tried for murder in Ottawa County in the 2002 drowning of Jim Barnett, 40, of Barberton, who drowned after apparently falling from Mr. Speer's speedboat near Catawba Island on Lake Erie during a small-craft advisory. The evidence included an audio tape of an early morning 911 call made by Mr. Speer. The defense tried to have Linda Leow-Johannsen disqualified from the jury. She told the court she has a hearing disability but could lip-read if a witness faced her. The judge refused to allow the defense to disqualify her "for cause'' because of the disability. / Toledo Blade
Simi Valley, CA
LAPD RESCUES HYPOTHERMIC, DEAF WOMAN OFF HILLSIDE
A Los Angeles police helicopter crew helped rescuers on the ground find a hypothermic deaf woman in stuck on a hillside in the dark. Tereza Kristall, 45, was reported missing by her 14-year-old son Friday night, said Simi Valley police Lt. Blair Summey. The youth was getting text messages from his mother, saying she was on a hillside and getting cold. Simi Valley police asked the Los Angeles Police Department for help, and a helicopter was dispatched, while police kept in contact via text messages and used GPS data from the phone to help locate her. / CBS2
Fort Worth, TX
FORT WORTH POLICE ARREST THREE IN CRIME SPREE
Police have arrested two adult males and a 16-year-old boy in connection with a morning crime spree that included two business robberies and two home invasions -- one that left an 85-year-old deaf man seriously injured. Sgt. Pedro Criado, police spokesman, said investigators plan to seek four aggravated robbery charges against the suspects. He identified the adults as Bryant Soriano, 17, and Jose Ignacio Razo, 18. The identity of the 16-year-old boy was not released because he is a juvenile. / Star-Telegram
NEB. COURT SAYS EX-WORKER CAN SUE UNION PACIFIC
A Nebraska appeals court on Tuesday reinstated a lawsuit from a former Union Pacific Railroad worker who claims the company should have better protected her from West Nile virus. Vivika Deviney contracted the disease in 2003 after being bitten by mosquitoes while working along tracks in Wyoming. She has hearing loss, reduced vision and left-side weakness among other symptoms, said her lawyer, Richard Carlson of Minneapolis. / Associated Press
AS MORE TODDLERS GET COCHLEAR IMPLANTS, THEY FACE A STRANGE NEW WORLD
Fat tears are rolling down Eva Riggs' tiny face, and even with a pacifier stuck between her pink lips, she's sobbing hysterically. The 1-year-old's parents, though, are choked up with happiness --beaming smiles and wet eyes. In this moment, which has shattered little Eva to pieces, she heard her parents' voices for the first time in her life. She heard her 4-year-old brother say, "It's OK," and the chime of a xylophone sitting on the floor at Children's Hospital in Aurora. Eva was born deaf. After 14 silent months, audiologist Jennifer Kolb switched on the toddler's cochlear implants, sending noise through electrodes surgically implanted in her inner ears. / The Denver Post
West Palm Beach, FL
TAX CREDIT COULD MEAN HEARING AIDS FOR MORE THAN TEN MILLION AMERICANS
Hearing aids for as many as ten million Americans living with untreated hearing loss could soon become a reality if Congress acts, according to Stephen Hansbrough, CEO of HearUSA, one of the nation's largest hearing care companies. Hansbrough is urging passage of tax credit legislation currently being considered by the House and the Senate that would make hearing aids significantly more affordable. He said that ten million of the 27 million Americans with untreated hearing loss would be likely to purchase hearing aids if $500 tax credits were available, according to a nationwide survey conducted by the BHI. / PR Newswire
Silver Spring, MD
RELAY CONSUMER ALERT: 800 NUMBERS NO LONGER INTEROPERABLE
The NAD has learned that a major Video Relay Service (VRS) provider removed all toll-free 800 numbers from the relay service number database to comply with a recent Public Notice issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). As a result of the FCC decision, people who use videophones provided by VRS providers cannot call other people whose 800 numbers/videophones are supported by this major VRS provider. The NAD opposes the recent FCC notice, which has resulted in a closed system. The NAD was hoping to remove such closed systems with the new 10-digit numbers. / NAD
UNIVERSAL SIGNS: EXPO BRINGS AWARENESS TO DEAF CULTURE, LANGUAGE
Max, a 3-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, sat quietly at Janie Lamb's feet last Thursday at Yavapai College. Lamb, 72, is nearly deaf, and Max is her "hearing dog." "He warns me if people come up behind me in the grocery store, and nudges me at crosswalks when he hears car engines coming," Lamb said. "He also wakes me up if he hears the smoke alarm go off at night." Lamb and about 60 other visitors attended a "Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Expo" at Yavapai College to learn about community resources, do some social networking and learn some sign language. / The Daily Courier
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SIGNED/CAPTIONED VIDEO: http://www.deaf411online.com/sk51.html
T-Mobile has added new features to its latest Sidekick, the Sidekick LX 2009 which is attracting attention from consumers who are deaf or hard of hearing. The new features build on Sidekick’s reputation of meeting and exceeding the needs of deaf consumers in providing a deaf-friendly product.
Among the notable deaf-friendly features mentioned in a Deaf411 video announcement is a larger 3.2 inch display screen and a trackball navigator that lights up to alert you of not only just email and instant messaging (IM) messages, but also alerts from any one of the three social network sites: Twitter, MySpace and Facebook.
This new Sidekick model continues its reputable messaging capabilities with multiple email and instant messaging (IM) service options, and a spacious keyboard. An upgraded 3.2 megapixel camera with auto focus and flash, YouTube Mobile access, Flash video support and the 3G network capability are now incorporated in this new model.
SIGNED/CAPTIONED VIDEO: http://www.deaf411online.com/sk51.html
Johannesburg, South Africa
TALENT SHOW WINNER IS DEAF ICON
The winner of SA's Got Talent, Darren Rajbal, is an inspiration to deaf people, says his mother, Sheeren. "He won a competition in which he had to compete against normal people. It wasn't a contest for only deaf people, so that is amazing," she said. Fans of Rajbal, 19, have flooded the reality TV show's Facebook page since his victory last Thursday night. The hip-hop dancer, who stole South Africa's hearts with his remarkable routines, walked away with R250000 ($33,560 US) in prize money. Using a sign-language interpreter, Rajbal said after his win: "I feel so happy. I'm overwhelmed. South Africa, thank you." / The Times / see also SA's Got Talent
ISLAMABAD POLICE KILLED DEAF CITIZEN, NOT BOMBER
The acclaimed story of Islamabad police’s bravado, involving the killing of a would-be suicide attacker at a checkpost in Sector E-11, took a new twist last Friday when sources claimed that the killed “bomber” was an ordinary, deaf citizen. “He was an ordinary deaf person, he did not stop when the police asked him to keep away from the checkpost. The police took him as a suicide attacker and shot him,” the sources told Daily Times. They said the police had contacted the deceased’s family before his burial, who informed police that the person was deaf. / Daily Times
BBC CASTS DEAF ACTRESS IN LEAD ROLE
An untried deaf actress has been handed the lead role in in a primetime BBC thriller. Genevieve Barr will play deaf teenager Amelia Edwards, who witnesses a murder while staying with relatives in a new BBC1 four-part series called The Silence. It is her first major role, which she won while on the Teach First training scheme, teaching in a challenging inner London school. Genevieve said: "The Silence is a fantastic opportunity to explore life through a deaf person's eyes and I am thrilled to have been offered the role." / The Mirror
Durham, Ont., Canada
'FAITH RESTORED' AT DURHAM DEAF SERVICES AS COMMUNITY RESPONDS TO BREAK-IN
An outpouring of community support for Durham Deaf Services "certainly restores our faith in humanity." Lisa Westlake, the organization's resource development officer, made the comment after several groups and individuals came forward with donations after a break-in at the DDS office in Oshawa. Someone broke in over the Halloween weekend, stealing a laptop computer and causing about $3,000 in damage at the Oshawa office. / Newsdurhamregion.com
KILLER IN HONG KONG DEAF-MUTE LOVE TRIANGLE JAILED FOR 15 YEARS
A cheating deaf-mute husband who killed his deaf-mute lover when she tried to persuade him to divorce his wife was beginning a 15-year jail term Tuesday in Hong Kong. Yip Kai-ming, 47, stabbed to death 39-year-old Ng Kwai-fong when she pressured him to leave his wife, who is also deaf-mute, Hong Kong's High Court heard. / Monsters and Critics
Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
DEAF WEDDING: WORDS SPEAK LOUDER THAN SOUND
Putting a ring on the bride's third finger, the bridegroom held up a heart-shaped red board with "Yang Yuan, I will love you forever!" written on it. This was his silent promise to his wife. Both of them are deaf. The wedding ceremony took place on the afternoon of November 15 in a restaurant on the South Second Ring Road in Xi'an. The guests cheered during the beautiful wedding march and the passionate introduction made by the master of the ceremony. However for the bridegroom Liu Yue, who was standing on the stage, the ceremony seemed very "quiet". He focused his attention on the archway in the distance, waiting for his bride to appear. / CCTV
Gaza City, Gaza
VISITING SURGEON HEALS CHILDREN DEAF FROM GAZA WAR
Last week, Mazen al-Hajeri, a doctor from the UAE specialising in the cochlear implant procedure, showed up to do a string of the operations for free in the Gaza Strip, where scores of children have lost their hearing as a result of Israeli operations over the years. "We came to help the children here who cannot hear and we donate our services to whoever we can help," he says, sipping water in a break between operations carried out at a remorseless pace from 9 am to 10 pm each day. / The Montreal Gazette
Auckland, New Zealand
NEW GENERAL MANAGER FOR NFD
The National Foundation for the Deaf (NFD) has appointed Louise Carroll in the role of General Manager. Louise will be responsible for driving the NFD’s initiatives to reduce noise-induced hearing loss and raise awareness of the issues of deaf and hearing impaired New Zealanders. Previously Louise worked within the public sector in non profit, government and corporate trustee organisations, most recently as Manager, Philanthropy Services at Guardian Trust New Zealand. / infonews.co.nz
LIFE AS A DEAF
My life started in Brunei where, in the early 80’s, my parents worked, my mother as a nurse and my father as an architect. My two sisters and I were all born there. I am the youngest member of the family. According to my parents, when my mother was three and a half months pregnant with me, she got German measles from patients that she took care of in the hospital. When I was several months old, my parents began to wonder why I would not pay attention to them every time they called my name. / Manila Bulletin
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LIFE & LEISURE
SOARING IN DREAMS, SKYDIVING IN LIFE
For most of her life, Cyndi Rhames has had a recurring dream where she can fly. The dream has her soaring through the air, looking down into a valley and seeing the beauty of the trees and colors of nature. That vision can only exist in her sleep, because Rhames, 49, has been totally blind since age 13. But Sunday, the Spartanburg woman came as close as is humanly possible to the exhilaration of flight -- she went skydiving for the first time. / Charlotte Observer
DEAF CAN GET FREE WARNING DEVICES
The Papillion Fire Department will be better able to assist residents who are deaf or hearing impaired after receiving a $5,000 grant from the Sarpy/Cass County Health Department. With the money, the Fire Department bought 17 Sidekick II receivers, an alerting system that uses a strobe light to notify people of a number of things: ringing telephones or doorbells, smoke detectors and weather warning sirens. Any deaf or hearing-impaired resident in Sarpy and Cass Counties is eligible to receive the alerting system free. So far, only two requests have been made for the 17 units. / Omaha World-Herald
QUIET COMMUNICATORS: GROUP FINDS NEW WAY TO SPEAK
Hear My Hands at UGA is a student group dedicated to exploring, promoting and educating students about American Sign Language. Members of the group also discuss the acceptance of Deaf culture, or a common belief that deafness is a distinct experience rather than a disability. "I'm a lot like normal students," said Kevin Rance, a sophomore animal science major from Fayetteville who is president of the organization. / The Red and Black
San Diego, CA
SAN DIEGO GREAT DANE NAMED WORLD'S TALLEST DOG
A dog named Titan lived up to his name Thursday when he earned the title world's tallest dog. It was one of more than 30 records announced or set on Nov. 12 --the official Guinness World Record Day --but the only animal to be honored. The 4-year-old white Great Dane from San Diego is blind, deaf, epileptic and undergoes acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments every three weeks, owner Diana Taylor said. / Associated Press
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Nassau and Suffolk County
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ARE GOVERNMENT WEBSITES FULLY ACCESSIBLE TO THE DISABLED?
There's a federal law -- the Rehabilitation Act -- requiring that federal agencies' electronic and information technology be accessible to people with disabilities. It's a law that every agency must take seriously, but many are falling short of the requirements to make web access fully available for 54 million Americans with disabilities. We report this week on the continuing struggles of the government to comply with the law. / FierceGovernmentIT
Spring Ridge, MD
DEAF COMMUNITY FINDS FINANCIAL ADVICE AT LOCAL FIRM
Next to doctors offices and suburban homes in Spring Ridge, a nationwide community is held together inside a small brick building. The building, nestled off Md. 144, is Kramer Financial Inc., providing financial services to deaf and hearing people since 1985. Started by Lee Kramer, the office is one of the few financial offices in the nation that caters to the deaf community. / Frederick News Post
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
DEAF PEOPLE RILED BY CAPTION-LESS 'GO' DVD'S
Deaf and hard-of-hearing people are angered by Disney's decision to remove closed-captioning from DVDs of the animated Up that are being distributed to online, brick-and-mortar, and kiosk rental outlets. The website consumerist.com quoted a reader as saying that a Disney customer service representative told him that all "extras," including closed captioning, had been removed from the Up version "for marketing reasons." / Contactmusic.com / see also Thumpaflash
New York, NY
DEAF ACTORS DEMAND EQUAL STAGE TIME
In the production of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter that’s in previews now at the New York Theater Workshop, the character John Singer signs most of his dialogue, but breaks the silence with two speaking parts. He’s played by the actor Henry Stram, who is not deaf and learned sign language for the role. That casting decision that has angered many people in the deaf acting community, who say that with so few roles for deaf actors, this is a lost opportunity. / WYNC
New York, NY
'THE MIRACLE WORKER' BROADWAY PRODUCTION SEEKS DEAF OR BLIND CHILD ACTOR TO UNDERSTUDY ROLE OF HELEN KELLER
After the controversy over a non-disabled actress, Abigail Breslin, pictured, playing Helen Keller in the Broadway revival of "The Miracle Worker," the production has put out a national call for a deaf or blind/visually impaired understudy for the role. / Media dis&dat
Broken Arrow, OK
DEAF BROKEN ARROW STUDENT SUCCEEDS IN MARCHING BAND
The Owasso and Broken Arrow bands are on their way to Indianapolis right now where they will compete in a huge event this weekend. The Bands of America Grand Nationals will feature around 80 of the best bands from across the country. The Pride of Broken Arrow marching band is one of the most successful bands in the nation, 254 students strong. Watching the artistic and colorful blend of music and marching, you would never notice one student is unique. One student is an inspiration. Brooke is that unique member of the Pride of Broken Arrow – because she is deaf. / KOTV
New York, NY
MP3 PLAYER FOR THE DEAF FEATURES LED LIGHT SHOW
This new invention is fascinating on just about every level--it's an mp3 player for the deaf that translates musical notes into nuanced vibrations. Holding the pillow-sized stereo against your chest, one can feel the rhythms, beats, and melodies--allowing the hearing impaired to fully enjoy music for the first time. The experience is fleshed out even more with the innovative use of LED lights that change color and brightness along with the music. / TreeHugger
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Keith Wann's ASL Comedy Tour
Keith Wann, renowned for his hilarious, sidesplitting comedy performances, is now producing and hosting the ASL Comedy Tour 2009, which will travel the U.S. this year. With American Sign Language (ASL) artists presenting solo performances incorporating comedy, skits, songs, improvisation, and stories, each show lasts two hours. Sponsored by www.CallVRS.org, the multi-city tour is designed to be affordable for each location – making it ideal as a fundraiser for participating organizations.
“We really want to reach out to all communities, so we are sharing in the costs and profits at each location. We will work closely with booking parties to maximize profits for their organization and to bring in as many people as possible for a night of laughter, socialization and fun,” Wann said. “We also offer workshops by some of our performers, which can be held the day of the performance. People can come to our workshops, and then unwind by attending the comedy show that evening.”
SCSDB SOCCER TEAM GOING TO NATIONALS
When the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind's unified soccer team brought home the gold medal at the state games last month, students didn't think it could get much better. It did. The team found out Monday it will be the only soccer team representing South Carolina in the Special Olympics 2010 USA National Games this summer. / Herald-Journal
PREP BASKETBALL: KSD BOYS CHANGING OFFENSIVE PLAN
The Kentucky School for the Deaf Colonels hope to extend their current string of successful seasons even as they make a major change in the way they attack the basket. KSD has gone 37-38 over the last three seasons, and last year’s Colonels went 12-13 and finished second in the Mason-Dixon Tournament for Southern schools for the Deaf. / The Advocate-Messenger
JACKI MARCUS, 1962-2009: WORKED WITH CHILDREN WHO WERE DEAF, HARD OF HEARING
Jacki Marcus wasn't much of an ice skater, but she threw herself into the game of hockey as part of her work with children who were hard of hearing and deaf. An interpreter with the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association, Ms. Marcus traveled to tournaments around the world, getting on the ice to make sure orders from coaches and referees were translated properly. A teacher, school psychologist and longtime advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing, Ms. Marcus, 47, died of complications from leukemia on Wednesday, Nov. 11 / Chicago Tribune
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