Sunday, August 31, 2014

Deaf Rights: What You Need to Know

image from Lydia Callis Twitter  page
"I've noticed a great deal of confusion surrounding the legal rights of the deaf. Both deaf and hearing individuals have difficulty understanding what accommodations deaf people are entitled to, and how exactly those needs get met," interpreter Lydia Callis writes. She offers a primer on Deaf Rights in the Huffington Post and says, "There are a lot of deaf people who complain that VRI does not provide effective communication because the system will freeze, or not turn on, or staff members don't know how to use it. Providing effective communication is key to each situation." But can you refuse VRI without first trying it? Callis answers that question and others here.

Football Team's Amazing Turnaround

The Indiana School for the Deaf football team gets a profile from the Indianapolis Star. In the video below, coaches, players and fans are interviewed about the team's amazing turnaround in the last few years.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hospital Slapped with Second Lawsuit over Terps

A deaf woman is suing Miami's Baptist Hospital for refusing to provide an interpreter for the upcoming birth of her second child. During her doctor visits, she's been made to write back and forth with pen and paper, rather than have an interpreter. The hospital is already facing one lawsuit over failing to provide a sign language interpreter. Read more the full story in the Miami Herald here.

Family Tries Out Cochlear Implant

People living in North Dakota no longer have to leave the state to get a cochlear implant, according to KQCD-TV. Find out more in this video report about one family that took advantage of the new opportunity.

KQCD.COM - Dickinson, ND - News, Weather, Sports

Friday, August 29, 2014

Popular NTID Grad student found Dead

Image from NTID website
It's unclear why Timothy Holmes was found dead Wednesday night in a Rochester suburb. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says the death was not suspicious, according to the Democrat & Chronicle. Read more about the well-known student who appeared in many plays at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf hereand here. A "story of success" about Holmes from the university's Focus magazine was still online here as of Friday afternoon.

New video board in arena

image from Maryland Athletics
Closed captioning will be a prominent part of the new video board going up in the arena where the University of Maryland Terrapins play basketball. Read more about the Xfinity Center's center-hung board here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Deaf Campers are "Happy"!

In less than two weeks a video recorded at a deaf camp has more than half a million views. While many videos have been posted on YouTube featuring Pharrell's Happy song, this one features American Sign Language. Upworthy says the work of two dozen deaf students is "better than the original" It was filmed at Deaf Film Camp which takes place each summer at upstate New York's Camp Mark Seven. There's more about the came here and you can read the Deaf Camp's Facebook page here.

Bison Named

Wilma (from National Zoo) 
The votes are in and we now know the names of the the National Zoo’s two female American bison. Students at Gallaudet University name one of the bison Wilma while Howard University students picked Zora for the name of the other. Both schools use the American bison as school mascot. Wilma was named after Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen. She became the first deaf woman elected to serve in South Africa’s parliament and is joining the Gally Board of Trustees this fall.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Name that Bison

DC Zoo officials will announce the name tomorrow of the bison named by Gallaudet students. The Smithsonian National Zoo has two female American bison and Gally students are naming one of them, while Howard University students are naming the other. The American Bison Exhibit opens to the public this Saturday (August 30). There's more information here.

Monday, August 25, 2014

DeaFestival Louisville

DeaFestival Louisville takes place this Saturday (August 30) at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. There is more information here.

Friday, August 22, 2014

An Interview with first deaf NFL player

Bonnie Sloan was the first deaf player in the NFL. The Tennessean interviewed him about playing defensive tackle for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1973. Unfortunately, the Tennessean does not include captions, though Bonnie signs his answers.

How A Tiny Fly's Ears Could Help You Hear Better

Researchers are trying to replicate the super hearing of a particular fly. They believe harnessing that knowledge could lead to a break through in hearing aid technology. KTVT-TV in Dallas has a video report below. No captions, but you can read the story here.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Gally gets new board members

Charlene Dwyer
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Wilma Newhoudt-Druche
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Gallaudet is adding two people to its Board of Trustee. Charlene Dwyer and Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen will join in October. Board Chair Dr. Benjamin Soukup said, "I have complete confidence that their participation on the board, as well as the leadership of our incoming chair, Heather Harker, will ensure our continuing success in serving future generations of Gallaudet students." President T. Alan Hurwitz added, "Both are highly esteemed advocates for the deaf and hard of hearing community as well as for people with disabilities." Dwyer is the Director of Initiatives for MAXIMUS Federal Services, the Operating Support Manager for the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work Program. Newhoudt-Druchen is a Gallaudet alumna who in 1999 became the first deaf woman to be elected to the South African Parliament. She is presently serving as vice president of World Federation of the Deaf. There's more information from the school here.

DEAFestival St. Louis

DEAFestival St. Louis takes place this Saturday at the Kirkwood Community Center in Kirkwood, Missouri. Click here for more information.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Deaf School gets new leader

The Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind has an interim superintendent. Joel Coleman was appointed to fill in while a search continues for Martell Menlove's replacement. KTVX-TV in Salt Lake City has a video report. No captions but you can read the story here.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Investigation into county court not using interpreters

A county in Eastern Pennsylvania apparently violated ADA law when it failed to provide a certified interpreter for a deaf defendant last month. When Steven Gonzalez appeared for arraignment in Northampton County for charges of theft and receiving stolen property, there was no one who signed. Read the full story from the Lehigh Valley Live here.