On Sept. 17, 1994, Heather Whitestone of Alabama became the first deaf Miss America.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
On this date (Sept 17) in 1764, John Goodricke was born in the Netherlands, though he lived most of his life in England. Goodricke only survived to the age of 21, but the deaf astronomer made a major impact on his field. Working with Edward Pigott, Goodricke learned to measure the variation of light coming from stars. This would eventually lead astronomers to figure out the distance of galaxies from the earth. While still a teenager, the Royal Society of London gave him the Copley Medal, making him the youngest person to be given its highest honor. Goodricke lost his hearing after a bout with a childhood disease, which might have been scarlet fever. He studied at the first school for deaf children in the British Isles, Thomas Braidwood’s Academy for the Deaf and Dumb in Edinburgh. Goodricke went on to study for three years at the Warrington Academy.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Rebecca Alexander's new memoir Not Fade Away talks about her learning to deal with losing her hearing and sight as teen when she "couldn’t imagine living into adulthood.” But not only did she learn to live with Usher Syndrome, she's embraced her situation and even plans to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro next year. Read more about her life in a New York Post article here.
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Read more about Sloan in the Henderson Standard here.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Gallaudet is holding a multicultural conference this Thursday and Friday. The gathering will bring together leaders in the fields multiculturalism and civil rights to discuss Educating for Equity and Excellence: Multicultural Transformation Across the Curriculum. Among the speakers:
- Robert Moses, author of Radical Equations: Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project.
- Carl Grant, co-author of Turning on Learning: Five Approaches for Multicultural Teaching Plans for Race, Class, Gender, and Disability.
- Marilyn Frankenstein, co-author of Ethnomathematics: Challenging Eurocentrism in Mathematics Education.
- Marilyn Frankenstein co-author of Culturally Responsive Mathematics Education.
- Vivian Carlo, author of Multiculturally Transforming Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
There's more information here.
The Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The Associated Press reports, "Rather than sign language, CID uses the acoustic approach, where students are aided by digital hearing aids and cochlear implants allowing for partial hearing, while also learning to read lips." Read the full story here.
An investigation is underway into what's going on at a Florida residential treatment center. Three families are filing suit against the National Deaf Academy, according to NBC News. One mother says, "Our whole family has been broken.” Watch the NBC News report below (captions available).
Saturday, September 13, 2014
A UK deaf man was sentenced to 28 years in prison for stabbing his grandfather to death in a fit of jealousy. Awat Akram of Leicester, England was angry that Christopher Penman, another deaf man had begun a relationship with his former love interest who is also deaf. Akran stabbed Penman more than two dozen times while he slept. Read the full story in the Mirror.
Deaf Awareness Week events start Sunday in Rochester, New York. There will be opportunities to learn about 911 texting, business and technology as it relates to the deaf, a baseball game and a dinner at Rochester School for the Deaf. There's more information here.
A women in Washington, DC is suing to serve on a Superior Court grand jury. Michelle Koplitz, who was Miss Deaf USA in 2010, was rejected this year as a juror because she is deaf. The reason? Court officials didn't want to pay for an interpreter. The lawsuit says that's a violation of ADA law. The National Association of the Deaf Law and Advocacy Center is helping Koplitz and you can read more about the suit from the National Law Journal here.
Friday, September 12, 2014
A pair of Minnesota twins are headed to Gallaudet University to study--and play sports. Tommy and Sam Ellenbecker helped win their high school a national deaf schools football championship as well as collect numerous other records and titles. Both were basketball all-stars. Read their story here.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Meet two drivers for riding sharing company Lyft--one drives for Lyft and is a sign language interpreter. The other is deaf and learning to become a Lyft driver. KTXL-TV in Sacramento has a video report. No captions, but you can read the story here.
Protests at a deaf school in Ontario led to the arrest of two students and one former student on Tuesday. They want to see changes to the way students are treated at the Ernest C. Drury School for the Deaf--including teachers who refuse to use sign language when talking to them. The trio now faces charges of trespassing and will appear in court next month. Read the full story from the Toronto Star here.
Monday, September 8, 2014
An Ohio deaf woman in her 70s is facing charges of ripping off other elderly deaf people across the country through a lottery scam. More than 1000 people fell for the scam, which she contacted through video relay using interpreters. Read the full story in the Columbus Dispatch here.
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Gallaudet was shut out in its first football game of the season. The Shenandoah University Hornets beat the Bison by a score of 20-0 yesterday. Gally had just over 100 yards in total offense. The game was supposed to take place Saturday but lightening delayed the game until Sunday.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Marvel's Hawkeye is deaf, thanks to writer Matt Fraction. Find out why Fraction decided to create the comic book arrow-wielding hero with the experience of severe hearing loss in a KSL-TV post here. You'll also discover why the issue was dedicated to a deaf teenager living in Utah.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
A video of a UK baby getting hearing aids turned on has gone viral, with more than 5 million views in less than a week. The parents say the video was recorded when their son, Lachlan, was seven weeks old. That was nearly two years ago.
Friday, September 5, 2014
A deaf Oklahoma man charged with resisting arrest was in court yesterday. His attorney asked for interpreters for the trial. Pearl Pearson was left bloodied and bruised after a scuffle with police. KFOR-TV has a video report which is posted below.
Dutch composer Kyteman has produced a song for cochlear implant wearers who can hear only a limited range of frequencies. Kyteman used an orchestra to reproduce Sam Smith's Stay With Me. He put it together especially for a deaf 19-year-old named Vera van Dijk, who tells the story of the song in the video below. There's also another video below it of just the song.