Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Gallaudet to inaugurate new president

image of Bobbi Cordano from Gallaudet.com
Gallaudet will inaugurate Bobbi Cordano as its first deaf female president this coming Friday.  She then begins her term as the college’s 11th president in January.  Lisa Kauppinen of the World Federation of the Deaf will speak at Friday's event and members of Deaf West Theatre will perform. If you want to watch Friday, Cordano's inauguration will be live streamed here.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Support for deaf woman refused service

A deaf woman who was outraged by the way a Massachusetts Dunkin Donuts employee treated her is getting support from her community, reports WFXT-TV.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

College: We'd rather remove videos than make them accessable

A California university would rather remove its online videos rather than accurately caption them and make them accessable to everyone. That's basically what administrators at the University of California at Berkeley are telling the Justice Department. A statement released by the school (which you can read here) says a final decision has not be made but that Berkeley things it's too expensive to make the online material accessible, even if it is a violation of ADA law not to make it accessible. The statement says:
In many cases the requirements proposed by the department would require the university to implement extremely expensive measures to continue to make these resources available to the public for free. We believe that in a time of substantial budget deficits and shrinking state financial support, our first obligation is to use our limited resources to support our enrolled students. Therefore, we must strongly consider the unenviable option of whether to remove content from public access.
The controversy began when a faculty member and a student at Gallaudet University complained. Not only do many of Berkeley's videos lack captioning, much of the captioning that is available is inaccurate. The material is also not accessable for those who are blind.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Deaf Teen Shot & Killed after High School Game

A deaf basketball player was killed Friday following a high school football game in California. A gunman approached Desean Welch and Lamar Francis. "This boy was talking. I told him that we're deaf. I cannot understand. I cannot read lips," Francis told KABC-TV. That's when the gunman shot Desean Welch who played basketball at the California School for the Deaf in Riverside. Here's KABC's video report.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Deaf Expo in Arizona

The Northern Arizona Deaf Expo will be in Flagstaff this coming Saturday (Sept. 24) at Coconino Community College. Find out more in the Arizona Daily Sun.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

First deaf actor to portray Quasimodo

Deaf actor John McGinty is playing Quasimodo in the Los Angeles premiere of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. McGinty is "the first deaf actor to portray Quasimodo, despite the character being deaf in Victor Hugo’s novel," reports the LA Weekly.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Lawsuit: Deaf Boy Handcuffed

The Kansas City public schools system is getting sued by an angry mother. A school resource officer handcuffed her deaf, 7-year-old son, according the lawsuit filed by the ACLU, which you can read here. WDAF-TV has a video report.

On this day in History.. Miss America

On Sept. 17, 1994, Heather Whitestone of Alabama became the first deaf Miss America.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Iowa Deaf Community wins battle with Theater Co.

An Iowa theater has put off production of the stage show Tribes until deaf actors can be found. The Deaf community in Cedar Rapids did not support the play because a hearing person had been cast in the main role of a deaf person. Here's more in a video report from KCRG-TV.

This Day in History--the 1st deaf player in the NFL

Bonnie Sloan in the NFL
On this date (Sept. 16) in 1973, the first deaf player ran onto the field for the St. Louis Cardinals against the Philadelphia Eagles. Bonnie Sloan played in four games at defensive tackle and only lasted one season, because of knee injuries, but he had made his mark at the age of 25. The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder was a 10th-round draft pick out of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he was the first player to bench press 500 pounds. Sloan was an All-Ohio Valley Conference defensive tackle at the college. The City of Hendersonville, Tennessee honored him by declaring a Bonnie Sloan Day. After Sloan came defensive lineman Kenny Walker. He played college ball at Nebraska and played in 31 games for the Denver Broncos in 1991 and 1992. Seattle Seahawks running back Derrick Coleman entered the NFL in 2012, becoming the first deaf person to play offense in the league. Coleman was on the roster for the 2014 Super Bowl pitting Seattle against Denver.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

"I'm a deaf actor. That shouldn't define me"

Genevieve Barr talks about what it's like being a deaf actor in a Guardian opinion piece today. She writes:
In the same way that being deaf doesn’t define all that I am as a person, I don’t want it to define the roles I play. It’s an incredibly limiting way to live and to work. And because I have a disability that I cannot hide (or fully disguise), that means I stay firmly in the bracket of “deaf actor”, rather than “actor”. In the rigidity of the casting process, that can mean fewer than 10 auditions per year.
Read the full article here.

Deaf Woman Refused Service

Dunkin' Donuts is apologizing to a deaf Massachusetts woman who was refused service. WFXT-TV has Jessica Sanzillo's story.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

NBC doing show on Louisiana School for Deaf football team

The football team at the Louisiana School for the Deaf NBC’s weekend Today program, tentatively set for Sunday. They are aiming at another national championship even while dealing with flooding in Lousiana. Read about it in the Baton Rouge Advocate here.