December 14, 2005
Vol. 2 No. 9
Editor: Tom Willard
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CALIFORNIA COUPLE TESTIFY IN MURDER HEARING
A deaf couple in Lompoc, Calif. testified at a preliminary hearing last Friday about the fatal shooting they witnessed in June, reported the Santa Maria Times. The unmarried couple, identified only as Jane and John Doe for their protection, said they saw reputed gang member Francisco Villa Arellano and Richard Moore having a heated argument in the street before Arellano pulled a gun and shot Moore three times. John Doe said he was 10 feet away. “It was crazy,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything like that.” The victim attempted to flee on his bicycle but fell at an intersection. John Doe said he stayed with him, but Moore was already dead when an ambulance arrived. Jane Doe, who said she was eight months pregnant, became upset at one point about the possibility of retaliation. Judge James Iwasko ordered a 20-minute break so she could collect herself. The woman admitted to smoking methamphetamine on the day of the shooting, but afterwards “I just stopped all the drugs after that, because the (killing) was too shocking.”
FIREFIGHTERS SUE SIREN MAKER OVER HEARING LOSS
Nearly 2,500 veteran firefighters across the country are suing Federal Signal Corp., an Illinois siren-maker, for “marketing a defective product that damaged their hearing,” reported the Baltimore Sun. Chicago personal injury attorney Jordan Margolis started with 12 cases in 1999 on behalf of 650 Chicago firefighters and now represents plaintiffs from nearly 200 fire departments in 17 states. “The firefighters are behind the siren, and there’s no design element to reduce the flow of decibels to them,” said Margolis, who says about 75 percent of firefighters have some degree of hearing loss. Jennifer Sherman, attorney for Federal Signal Corp., said the firm has successfully defended against similar cases in the past, and “we anticipate we’ll be successful again.”
FLORIDA SEARCH CREWS SEEK MISSING DEAF MAN
Police in St. Johns County, Fla. were searching for a deaf man who has been missing since December 1, reported WJXX-TV News in Jacksonville last Wednesday. Douglas Valloric, 44, has no family locally, but his brother from out of town has been watching the search, which has focused on a pond near Valloric’s home and its surrounding neighborhood and woods. Divers, helicopters and canine units have been looking for the man since December 2, and though the strongest leads pointed to the pond, neighbors and searchers say there’s a chance Valloric is not there, but somewhere else, alive. He is described as a white male, 6'1", 200 pounds, who wears glasses. The St. Johns Sheriff’s Office has a phone number (904-824-8304) for any tips or leads.
FORMER INTERPRETER PLEADS GUILTY TO SENDING CHILD PORN
A former interpreter for deaf students at Fort Myers, Fla. High School has pleaded guilty to transmitting child pornography over the Internet. William Allen Lane, 34, will be sentenced in February and could face between five and 20 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine, reported the News-Press last Friday. Lane will give up his personal computer as part of the plea agreement, and his collection of 4,000 to 5,000 images of children ages 6 to 16 engaging in sexual acts will be destroyed. Lane was arrested earlier this year after a tip from a tattoo artist who received pornographic photos of children via email as payment for a male/male tattoo that Lane wanted on his shoulder. He resigned his school post from jail.
FORMER HOSPICE WORKER GETS 20 YEARS PROBATION
A former Colorado hospice worker
who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a blind, deaf and nearly comatose
10-year-old girl with a terminal illness was sentenced to 20 years of supervised
probation and two years of work release. According to the Denver Channel, James
Ernest Philpott, 55, apologized to the girl’s family before his sentencing
last Thursday. Philpott was arrested last year after allegedly telling co-workers
at the Hospice of St. John in Lakewood, Colo. that he had sex with the girl
and an 89-year-old woman, saying the girl “was fun but the (elderly woman)
was funner.” Judge Frank Plaut sentenced Philpott to 16 years to life
in prison before suspending the sentence. “One slip on one incident”
would result in re-sentencing to the original term, the judge warned.
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GALLAUDET ALUMNI, CLERC FUND NAME AWARD WINNERS
The Gallaudet University Alumni Association (GUAA) and the Laurent Clerc Cultural Fund (LCCF) committee have announced their 2006 award winners. The GUAA will give the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award to Kelby Brick, ‘94, of Maryland, and the Pauline “Polly” Peikoff “Service to Others” Award to Kenneth Norton, ‘50, and Audree Bennett Norton, ‘52, both of California. The LCCF committee will give the Alice Cogswell Award to Marcella M. Meyer of California; the Laurent Clerc Award to Dr. Gertrude Galloway, ‘51, of Texas; the Edward Miner Gallaudet Award to Dr. I. King Jordan, ‘70, of Washington, D.C.; and the Amos Kendall Award to Ann Marie “Jade” Bryan of New York. The award winners will be honored at the 37th Annual Charter Day Brunch and Awards Program on April 8, 2006 at Gallaudet.
MARLEE MATLIN NAMED GODMOTHER OF NEW CRUISE SHIP
Holland America Line announced this week that Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin will be godmother to its new Vista-class ship, the ms Noordam. Matlin was chosen because she “is an accomplished actress, a generous woman in support of those in need, and a driven advocate for causes that benefit our society,” said Holland America Line CEO Stein Kruse. The ms Noordam is the fourth in a series of 81,769-ton Vista-class ships. A dedication ceremony will take place at its home port of New York City on February 22. The ship will sail on its maiden cruising season from New York to the Southern and Eastern Caribbean, with fares starting at $1,199 per person, double occupancy. Information: www.hollandamerica.com.
‘COPULATING DEAF COUPLE’ SAID TO BE NOISE SOURCE
“Copulating Deaf Couple Unaware of Own Volume” was the headline in a recent edition of The Muir Quarterly, a student publication at the University of California, San Diego. According to the article, campus police received a record number of noise complaints and found the source of the noise to be a deaf couple having sex. “It was like ‘MOO ... BANG ... MOOO!” Frank Zipelli, the first officer on the scene, supposedly said. The students, “John Miller and girlfriend Katherine Chavez, transfer students from the Sacramento Academy for the Deaf,” were shown in an accompanying photograph “sharing a moment right before being asked to pipe down from a deafening roar to muffled racket.” The Muir Quarterly, commonly known as the MQ, describes itself as “a satirical newspaper intended to be read solely for entertainment purposes.”
OLATHE OFFERING CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS
The Olathe, Kan. Fire Department has purchased 150 carbon monoxide detectors for the deaf and hard of hearing and is offering them to qualified local residents, reported the Kansas City Star. The detector, which plugs into a standard outlet, uses a strobe light and an audible alarm to alert a person when the deadly gas is detected. Regular carbon monoxide detectors cost around $20, said fire department officials, but special devices for the deaf can cost 10 times that. The department purchased the detectors with $21,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. For more information, call 913-971-6333 (-7903 TTY).
STOP THE PRESSES: WORKERS LEARN ‘TTY LANGUAGE’
Four city employees of Lauderhill,
Fla. learned how to use a TTY recently, reported the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.
Lauderhill is the first Broward County city to teach its employees “how
to speak in TTY language,” said the newspaper. “We need to update
our methods so we can serve everyone in the community,” said Daphne Brown,
who receives three or four TTY calls a month while running the parks and leisure
department. She plans to enroll more employees in the free classes, she said,
because a direct TTY call is much quicker than a relay call. The class was taught
at the Center for Independent Living of Broward in Tamarac by center employee
Leonard Kurtz, who warned participants in advance that a TTY “is not like
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LEADERS OF CHINESE GANG SENTENCED TO PRISON
The three leaders of a snatch-and-grab theft ring were sentenced to prison terms for their roles in 11 thefts in Shanghai, China, reported the Shanghai Daily yesterday. Police would not reveal details of the prison terms given to the three men, identified as Zhou, He and Zhang, but said all 17 members of their gang are deaf and mute. Gang members would ride motorcycles around the city, looking for women walking alone and stealing their purses, police said. One victim managed to get three numbers from a license plate, which led police to the motorcycle’s owner, Zhou. After monitoring his residence and watching many deaf people come and go on motorcycles, police arrested the gang in March after learning that He, a ringleader, had turned up in Hangzhou.
JOB WOES OVERSHADOW MEDAL-WINNING EFFORT
Students from the Tata Steel Training Centre in India “bagged a hefty booty of medals” in the 14th National Athletics Championship for the Deaf, reported the Calcutta Telegraph, but for the parents, nothing short of employment is acceptable. “I am planning to ask my son to quit the training center as his effort is being wasted,” said one parent. “He is yet to land up with a job. Will winning laurels help him earn two square meals a day?” Satnam Singh, who coached the team to 26 medals, agreed. “The wards can do much better if the government provides them with employment and other incentives,” he said.
U.K. GROUPS TESTING VOICE-MAIL-TO-TEXT SERVICE
A pilot project underway in the U.K.
will allow deaf people to read messages on their phones that were originally
left as voice mails. The Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind People is working
with mobile services company SpinVox on the project, reported Silicon. The service
initially is available to only 15 people, but will eventually be open to the
nine million people with hearing loss in the U.K. One in seven people in Leeds
are either deaf or hard of hearing, said Leeds Society chairman John Hamilton,
but, “There is simply not enough being done by organizations to embrace
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SWAZILAND GROUP COMPLAINS ABOUT ‘INTERPRETER’
The Swaziland National Association of the Deaf (SNAD) has complained to the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Commissioner of Police after a policewoman volunteered to interpret for a deaf suspect in court. According to the Swazi Observer, Funekile Gamedze, a constable and sign language student, interpreted for Jabula Mkhonta when he faced charges of malicious damage to property. After Mkhonta indicated he did not understand Gamedze’s interpretation, his case was postponed to a later date. Makhosini Makhubu, SNAD’s executive director, said Gamedze doesn’t have enough knowledge or experience to interpret professionally. He called her behavior shameful and asked that she face disciplinary action and be barred from interpreting in court.
ROBBERS STRIKE DEAF U.K. CLUB FOR THIRD TIME
BBC News reported that a community center for deaf people has been burglarized for the third time this year. This time it happened on the day of the Christmas party at the Walsall Deaf People’s Centre. Despite unspecified “extra security measures,” robbers struck last Saturday and fled with 12,000 pounds worth of equipment. Two robberies in May resulted in thousands of pounds in loss and damage, with pick axes used both times to gain entry. Project director Ken Whittingham said “everyone was sad it had happened again.”
AMERICAN LIVING IN AUSTRALIA CHOSEN ‘AMBASSADOR’
A former Detroit resident now living
in Australia was chosen to be an ambassador for the International Day of People
with a Disability, which took place December 3. It was the second straight year
that Alex Jones was chosen for the honor. Deaf and gay, Jones knows all about
overcoming adversity, reported the Sydney Star Observer. He started off in hearing
schools with teachers who wore microphones that transmitted to an FM system
he wore. He then transferred to MSSD, the high school at Gallaudet University,
where he joined the theater program and traveled the world. He went on to study
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of the Deaf. Jones arrived in Australia in 1997 and toured with ATD for about
two years before being cast on the TV show, “All Saints.” Jones
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DEAFCENSUS.BIZ ASSEMBLING DATABASE OF ORGANIZATIONS
A San Diego, Calif. man is assembling what he hopes will be “a huge database of deaf-related organizations.” Bob Plubell, founder of deafCensus, Inc., already has compiled data on more than 5,500 organizations. He said the mission of deafCensus is threefold: to provide demographic data on the deaf and hardof-hearing population to organizations, researchers and public agencies; to maintain a national database of organizations; and to empower the deaf community by providing statistical facts. Plubell is inviting organizations to fill out a questionnaire to “get more visibility and marketability while promoting greater networking.” It may be found at www.deafCensus.biz/survey/org.htm.
INTERNET OFFERS MEETING PLACE FOR YOGA FANS
Deaf webmaster Heather Smith has
announced the launch of a new website related to deaf yoga, reiki and other
matters of spiritual interest. The website contains information about the physical
and spiritual benefits of taking a yoga class and receiving a full reiki treatment.
It also contains deaf and non-deaf spiritual links and a section, “What’s
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deaf certified yoga instructor Dorothy Wilkins is teaching Gentle Hatha Yoga
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‘47' SCHOOL IN NEW YORK DEDICATES TWO LIBRARIES
Two libraries were dedicated at a ceremony Monday at the JHS 47 School for the Deaf in New York City. The new elementary school library on the first floor was dedicated in memory of Edith Allerup Kleberg, a 1934 graduate who went on to become a full-time librarian for the National Association of the Deaf from 1972 to 1981. The secondary school library on the fourth floor was dedicated to Carrie Kearns, the school’s principal from 1910 to 1936. Kearns is remembered for convincing the city to provide a new school building in 1925 and for helping to found the “47" Alumni Association. According to alumna Dorothy Cohler, the number “47" represents the 47 students who first attended the school in 1908.
NEW TELEPHONE TECHNOLOGY UNVEILED BY CLARITY
Clarity, a division of Plantronics
Inc. in Chattanooga, Tenn., recently introduced a new digital signal processing
technology for telephones. Dubbed “Digital Clarity Power” or DCP
for short, the new technology “is life-changing for people who are hard
of hearing and unable to communicate effectively by telephone,” said a
company news release. Clarity compared the development of its new technology
to the introduction of digital signal processing (DSP) technology in hearing
aids in 1987. It took a decade to revolutionize the hearing aid industry, said
the company, and today DSP technology is considered essential for hearing aid
users. “It is time for the next generation of telephones,” said
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QUESTFEST OFFERS COMPLETELY ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES
An international roster of exceptional deaf and hearing artists will take the stage early next year in Baltimore for the 2006 QuestFest. A presentation of Quest Productions, the January 9-22 event features non-verbal performances that are completely accessible to deaf audiences with no need for an interpreter. Quest, which produced Gallaudet University’s Deaf Way II International Arts Festival and Opening Ceremonies, has joined forces with several organizations to bring this festival to the Baltimore/Washington area. One highlight will be the world premiere of “Lost and Clown’d,” with Willy Conley, chair of Gallaudet’s department of theatre arts, collaborating with fellow visual artists Eric Beatty and Mark Jaster. For more information, go to www.questfest.org.
FOXY BROWN FIRES LAWYER WHO CONFIRMED DEAFNESS
Foxy Brown continues to make headlines
as she deals with deafness. Last Monday, her attorney, Joseph Tacopina, confirmed
that the rap star is almost totally deaf. “She can’t hear me,”
he said. “We have to write things back and forth.” Two days later
Brown fired Tacopina, saying he was not authorized to talk about her medical
condition, reported the New York Post. Tacopina confirmed that the had been
fired but said it was over a difference of opinion on how to handle Brown’s
case, which involves allegations that she assaulted a pair of manicurists. The
Philadelphia Inquirer, meanwhile, reported Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand,
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HAWAIIAN BOY FILES COMPLAINT AGAINST PONY BASEBALL
Justin “Pono” Tokioka, the 10-year-old deaf boy in Hawaii who was told by PONY baseball officials that he could not have an interpreter with him in the dugout, has a new ally in the National Association of the Deaf. The NAD announced this week that it has filed a disability discrimination complaint on Justin’s behalf with the U.S. Department of Justice. At issue is PONY Baseball/Softball, Inc.’s policy that counts an interpreter as one of three coaches allowed in the dugout. “An interpreter is not a coach, and a coach is not an interpreter,” said Kelby Brick, NAD’s director of law and advocacy. “We demand that PONY change its policy immediately!” Local PONY League official Gwen Earl told KITV News that she has already submitted a proposal to the national office asking that interpreters be allowed in dugouts in the future.
CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIPS COMING TO SAN FRANCISCO
The streets of San Francisco will
come alive in June when the 2006 World Deaf Cycling Championships (WDCC) takes
place at various venues throughout the Bay Area. This is the first time the
event will be held in North America, said WDCC director Robin Horwitz, and 10
teams from as far away as Australia and South Africa have already signed up
to compete. A media agreement with DeafNation, Inc. will provide daily video
coverage and up-to-date results via the Internet. “The WDCC is a global
event and we are delighted to make it possible for the international community
to root for their champions,” said Horwitz. The June 18-24 event is sanctioned
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Hamilton Relay Services is seeking a dedicated professional to direct all relay operations and related operations activities for all of Hamilton’s relay centers and business lines. The applicant will manage all
operational personnel and other staff within our Relay Centers to insure that services, and quality standards meet the expectations of customers and company leadership. This new position will become an integral part of the Relay management team. The applicant will have a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work
experience and multiple years management experience in a call center, relay or telecommunications
environment. Experience and knowledge of American Sign Language or deaf culture is desirable.
Relay Technical Manager:
Hamilton Relay Services is seeking a dedicated professional to direct & coordinate activities of the Relay Information Technology Department & be responsible for providing effective computer service to all Relay employees. This position will be responsible for communicating & enforcing corporate IT policies, standards & communication of changes & issues to corporate IT management. The applicant will manage all operational personnel & other staff within our Relay Centers to insure that services & quality standards meet the expectations of customers & company leadership. This new position will become an integral part of the Relay management team. The applicant will have a Bachelor’s Degree preferably in Computer Science or Management Information Systems or closely related field & two years supervisory or management experience in information technology area.
All positions include
Great benefit package including paid Health & Life Insurance, Cafeteria, Long Term Disability, Profit Sharing, and 401(K), Paid time off includes: vacation, sick leave, holidays, floating holidays, and funeral leave.
To apply, contact our Home office between 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM at: 800.618.4781 or email@example.com
1001 12th Street, Aurora, NE 68818
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GLAD is an Affirmative Action Employer with equal opportunity for men, women and people with disabilities. For more information on the following positions, 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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Human Resources Specialist
Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc.
2222 Laverna Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90041
V/TDD: (323) 550-4207
Fax #: (323)550-4204
Artist in Residence
Part-time 10-month renewable position beginning September 1, 2006
Responsibilities: Teach one scenic-technology class per quarter. Serve as primary scenic designer for three theater productions. Serve as scenic artist and prop master and supervise student workers for 12 15 hours per week. Work with resident artistic director, production manager/technical director and scene shop foreman.
Required: Bachelors degree or equivalent
professional experience as a theater artist.
Preferred: MFA degree, fluency in American Sign Language and knowledge of Deaf culture strongly preferred.
AA/EOE. For detailed description
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