The Kentucky Deaf-Blind Project is making a difference in the lives of students like Joseph Boggs. Find out how in a video report from WTVQ-TV posted below on DeafNewsToday.com (captions available).
Monday, May 20, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
The EEOC is updating its guidance for understanding how ADA law applies to four types of medical conditions: cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, and intellectual disabilities. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had a Q and A guide posted about cancer here , diabetes here, epilepsy here, and intellectual disabilities here. These guides are designed to help employers understand how to address these conditions.
A record number of students graduated from the NTID this year. The National Technical Institute for the Deaf gave out diplomas this weekend: 121 associate degrees, 27 master’s degrees in secondary education, 54 bachelor degrees in interpreting, and 212 bachelor or higher degrees in other colleges of RIT. Stephen Aldersley, NTID’s vice president for Academic Affairs, told students to "become a success and to receive an award, you must be smart, determined, creative, motivated and hungry. And you need to do these things every day, all throughout the quarter. I’m confident you will carry these characteristics with you throughout the world after you graduate.” The National Technical Institute for the Deaf is part of New York's Rochester Institute of Technology. You'll find a list of awards given to graduating students here.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
To best understand someone, don't look at their face, look at their hands. That's the finding of Stanford University researchers. Here's why: Michael Slepian and his team showed videos to volunteers from the World Series of Poker. Some videos showed player's faces, other clips showed their hands. Some clips showed chest, arms and head. The volunteers weren't very good at figuring out the quality of the player's hands when watching just the player's face. Their guesses improved when the player's could be seen from the waist up. But the best guesses came when the volunteers could see only the person's hands. Slepian speculates that people break their rhythm in body movements when anxious. While the researchers didn't look into how this might play out with sign language, their findings may suggest that signers could be more likely to spot anxiety and thus deception on the part of other people because of the awareness sign language users have of a speaker's hands and arms. Details of the Stanford study are in the journal Psychological Science.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Ohio lawmakers heard testimony on a bill that would stop the sale of hearing aids online in the state unless the user first sees an audiologist. The bill is considered an effort at consumer protection by supporters. Republican Rex Damschroder of Fremont is sponsor of House Bill 109. The Ohio House Health and Aging Committee is hearing from medical professionals and consumers. Read more about the bill here.
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Thursday, May 16, 2013
An alleged drunk driver killed a deaf mother of 3 children in Montana early this morning. Roberta Demmert and her sister were walking on the sidewalk when Tom Vineyard hit them with his pickup, according to Missoula police. Vineyard's Ford Ranger truck flipped over from the impact. Police say his blood alcohol level was triple the legal limit. Roberta Demmert died at a local hospital while her sister, Pamela Demmert, is recovering from serious injuries. Demmert was only 39 years old. A judge set Vineyard's bail at $200,00. He faces more than 30 years behind bars if convicted and will appear in court again at the end of the month. You can see the court documents here.
Find out why a half-hour weekly TV show may not survive in this article from the Austin Chronicle.
Fire investigators have completed their report on a fire that claimed the life of a Gallaudet professor and her daughter in Falls Church, Virginia. County fire officials say the January fire was definitely an accident and it was started by a wall mounted natural gas heater in the living room. Read more about the accident and Laura Gardner here.