Friday, April 18, 2014

Lawsuit against Gally tossed out

Angela McCaskill
image from Gallaudet University
A million dollar lawsuit against Gallaudet University has been dismissed by a federal judge. We first told you about Angela McCaskill filing the lawsuit last fall in a post here. The University’s chief diversity officer said the school violated an anti-discrimination law when she was placed on paid leave for signing a petition about Maryland’s gay-marriage law. McCaskill was demoted when she was allowed to return to work. Her lawsuit asked for $2.5 million. U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg wrote:
“While a citizen has an unfettered right to petition her government, such a constitutional claim aimed at Gallaudet cannot succeed here, as the university and its employees are private parties not subject to the First Amendment’s strictures."
You can read the decision here.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Deaf man sues city over injury

Jesus A. Trevino is suing the city of Bakersfield, California because he says a police officer injured him when Trevino didn't hear the officer's commands. The Bakersfield Californian reports that Trevino, who is deaf, was trying to get into his own house after forgetting his keys. Read the full story here.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Son’s Deafness Prompts a Scientific Journey

Lydia Denworth's new book I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey Through the Science of Sound and Language "explores both what happened to her own child and the relationship between the brain and sound and language." Read more about it in the New York Times here.

ASL rap battle

It was a sign language rap battle on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week. ASL terps Amber Galloway, Holly Maniatty, and deaf entertainer Jo Rose Benfield matched skills to a Wiz Khalifa song. The video already has more than 900k views. You can see the video below (no captions).

Monday, April 14, 2014

Board votes to close school

The Austine School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will close in June. The Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Board of Directors voted 8-1 to shut down the Brattleboro, Vermont school. The vote also closes the Williams Center which provides emotional support for deaf children. The decision is expected to cause 50 people to lose their jobs. You can read more about the vote in the Bennington Banner here.

A deaf wedding in 1940

This video is a British news reel, which was shown in movie theaters during 1940 (no captions).

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Baseball team pretends player is deaf

A group of professional baseball players pretended one of their teammates was deaf for an entire month--in order to play a prank on a player. The Chihuahuas is a minor league team of the San Diego Padres out of El Paso, Texas that had outfielder Jeff Francoeur believing that pitcher Jorge Reyes was deaf. Not only were the players on the team part of the prank, so was the coaching and training staffs. They even got Francoeur to talk about it on camera. You can see it below--though the video creator ironically choice not to include captioning.

Health agency's flaws

A doctor who has worked with Starkey Hearing foundation blames the World Health Organization for making the situation worse for people in Africa. Dr. Robert Dean has a practice in Palm Harbor, Florida and has led to several humanitarian travel missions, writes this in the Tampa Bay Times:
I've been humbled and honored to help to mitigate hearing loss through the Starkey Hearing Foundation. But as we observe World Health Day, we need to ask why the World Health Organization isn't doing more to shrink the demand for missions like the ones that keep Starkey volunteers so busy.
Read the opinion piece here.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Megadeth flies born-deaf woman to Vegas for her first rock concert

The band Megadeth is flying Sarah Churman and her husband to Las Vegas for a concert. A couple of years ago, we shared with you a video of Churman getting her cochlear implants turned on. The video went viral and more than 20 million people saw her reaction (the video is below). Now, she's getting her first rock concert and you read the full story at the Las Vegas Review-Journal here.

Feeling the music at concerts

An Indianapolis has installed something to help deaf patrons better enjoy the event. WISH-TV has a video report below. No captioning but you can read the story here. | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports

Friday, April 11, 2014

Deaf Actress Dies at 70

The woman honored for her role in the Broadway version of Children of a Lesser God died yesterday. Phyllis Frelich won the 1980 Tony award for Best Actress in a Play for her work as Sarah Norman--a part that playright Mark Medoff wrote especially for Frelich. Marlee Matlin got an Oscar for playing the same part in the film version of Children of a Lesser God. The Hollywood Reporter says Frelich died at the age of 70. Both her parents and siblings were deaf. she performed with the National Theater of the Deaf, the Broadway edition of Big River and signed the national anthem at the 1998 Super Bowl.

Deaf Woman tells Police she was assaulted

A Minnesota convicted sex offender is facing charges that he raped and beat a deaf woman in St. Paul. Police say a naked woman ran from the apartment of Michael Darnell Burns to a neighbor, saying Burns had assaulted her, according to WCCO-TV. Read the full story here.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Professional musicians work with preschoolers

A Tennessee school held a concert today featuring preschoolers. WMC-TV reports in the video below on the Memphis Oral School's efforts (captioning available).

Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Drummer gets implants

Deaf musician Doug Lagasse lost his hearing to cystic fibrosis treatment. That was more than a decade ago. This week, he got some of that hearing back at the University of Colorado Hospital where he was given a cochlear implant. Watch a report about Doug Lagasse in the video report below from KUSA-TV in Denver.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Rush Limbaugh--second implant

Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh is getting another cochlear implant. More than a decade ago he got his first one. In preparation for the new implant, Limbaugh told his radio audience this week that he has to do something that "I have always wanted to do and have never done before. I was permitted to watch surgery. It was the most amazing thing. You know, I have a cochlear implant, and so I was curious to see it.” The audio clip (no captions) is recorded on the video post below.

Gallaudet Charter Day

Your diplomas from Gallaudet University carries the signature of the U.S. president. Gallaudet is celebrating the president who got the school started--Abraham Lincoln because 150 years have passed since his signature authorized the founding of the Washington, DC school. The Washington Post tells the story here.

Are deaf people being let down in UK hospitals?

The plight of deaf patients in UK hospitals is getting national attention thanks to the BBC and the weekly magazine program See Hear. Deaf people have been going on record about difficult experiences they've had in hospitals due to lack of sign language interpreters, reports the BBC. Read about three cases where this could have been avoided in an article here. Below you'll find a video taken just a few days ago of The House of Lords discussing a report that shows both minor and major health issues are going undiagnosed because of the problem.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Controversy for Deaf-Blind ensemble

(image of Nalaga’at from the performing group's website)
Nalaga’at is the only ensemble of actors who are both deaf and blind. The professional acting company from Israeli is touring the U.S. and has caused debate among theater critics. Find out what the fuss is about in the audio report below from WBUR radio in Boston (where the tour ends). Or read about it here.

Deaf school may not reopen next year

A Vermont school is struggling to survive. "The Austine School for the Deaf in Brattleboro has seen its on-campus enrollment shrink from about 140 in the early 1980s to about 20 now. Staff took a 6 percent pay cut this year' reports The Burlington Free Press. Read the full story here.

Providing the Deaf-Blind with new Technology

The FCC has a program designed to provide low-income deaf-blind individuals with communication devices the truing necessary to operate them. In the year and a half that the iCanConnect program has been around, it has helped some 2000 people. Read more about it in an Associated Press report here.

150 years ago

It was on this date--April 8, 1864, that President Abraham Lincoln signed the charter to establish Gallaudet University. This is Gallaudet Charter Day and the school is commemorating the it with a day of special events. You can read about it here.