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
photo from Gallaudet.edu 
Wilma Newhoudt-Druche
photo from Gallaudet.edu 
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.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Child dies from third story fall

A toddler died at a home for deaf women in Seattle this week. The 2-year-old fell out of a third story window at the apartment building run by Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services. KOMO-TV and KING-TV have video reports.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Sentencing in Fatal DUI

A Georgia judge sentenced a man who killed a deaf cyclist to 15 years, with five years in custody, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Damon Thomas Latuch hit Joseph "Deaf Joe" Gathambiri with his truck and killed him. Latuch pleaded guilty to first-degree vehicular homicide. He agreed to pay $9000 to Gathambiri's family. Read more about the story here.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Controversy over Terps at Oregon Hospital

"Foreign language agencies are notorious for poor reputations in hiring of ASL interpreters. They don't know how to screen because they don't know the language. The outcome is deaf people receive poor and low-quality services," Western Oregon University C.M. Hall told the Statesman Journal. The newspaper looked into allegations that patients at some Oregon hospitals are not getting needed interpreters. Read the full story here.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

City Agrees to Pay for Boy's Terp

A Pennsylvania boy will get the interpreter he needs to play soccer. The city of Greensburg had said 'no' to the 8-year-old's family until they filed a federal lawsuit. Read more at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review here.

Proposed law would begin to open the US military to the deaf

Congressman Mark Takano
A bill in the US Congress would allow the deaf to serve in the Air Force. California congressman Mark Takano, a Democrat from California, put the proposed legislation before the House Armed Services Committee. H.R.5296 has the support of the NAD (National Association of the Deaf) and covers people who use hearing aids or cochlear ear implants. If approved, changes would begin with a pilot program, which would be expanded if all goes well. Co-sponsors include four other Democrats: Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts, as well as John Garamendi and Henry Waxman of California. Read the proposal here.