Saturday, July 26, 2014

On this day.. ADA becomes law

It was on this day in 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the American Disablity Act into law. Senator Tom Harkin says the ADA law was inspired by his deaf brother. The Iowa Democrat says watching his brother, Frank, struggle against social barriers motivated him to push the ADA bill through the U.S. Congress. The law prohibits private employers, state and local governments, employment agencies and labor unions from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training and other conditions and privileges of employment. You can watch the signing by clicking here (no captions).

Friday, July 25, 2014

5 Reasons to Celebrate the 24th Anniversary of the ADA

President George H.W. Bush signed the ADA law 24 years ago tomorrow (July 26). Joe Entwisle offers 5 Reasons to Celebrate the 24th Anniversary of the ADA in a piece he wrote for the Huffington Post. He writes:
This July 26 is certainly a day for our nation to take stock of and celebrate our achievements. It is also an occasion to continue to push forward on progressive change and achieve the ADA's intended purpose: To fully integrate workers with disabilities into the broader fabric of community and make America a true leader in inclusivity and diversity.
Read the entire post here.

State Terp Contracting Leaves out Deaf

Deaf Oregonians are upset with how terps will be hired in the state. The very people who are supposed to benefit from the services are saying they've been left out of the process, accruing to the Statesmen Journal. Read the full details here.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A surprise in a hospital maternity ward

Two deaf sisters gave birth in an Ohio hospital’s maternity ward less than 24 hours a part, according to a local paper. “This is not something we see every day,” the nurse manager of maternity and pediatrics is quoted as saying. Read the full story here.

TN Hospital Sued by Patient's Family

A Tennessee hospital is being sued for failing to provide an interpreter to a deaf family. Harry Sheffield's family claims Erlanger Medical Center tried to communicate with him through written notes and video relay instead of hiring an interpreter. Things got worse, according to the lawsuit, when Sheffield's wife was admitted to the same hospital following a car accident, compounding the problems. Read more about the case at the website of the Disability Law & Advocacy Center, a Nashville organization that's helping the family. See the entire lawsuit here. Erlanger denies the allegations and plans to fight the lawsuit in court.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Judge Orders school to Accommodate Deaf Student

A judge is ordering a Yakima, Washington school to accommodate a deaf student while his case is heard. Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences accepted his application for enrollment and then withdrew it when administrators realized Zachary Featherstone was deaf. The judge granted the preliminary injunction because Featherstone is likely to win his case. The decision means Featherstone can start school August 4th along with other students. You can read the judge's decision here.

Looking Back.. 11 years ago

On this date (July 23) in 2003, a revival of Big River opened on Broadway with a cast of hearing and deaf actors. Roger Miller's 1985 musical about Huck Finn was the first Broadway show to do so since the 1980's Children of a Lesser God. The show was a co-production of the Roundabout Theater Company and West Hollywood's Deaf West Theater.

Debate over School for Deaf and Blind

The head of the West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind is fighting with her staff over changes to their jobs. WHAG-TV has a video report posted below.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Deaf Toddler gets Brain Stem Implant

A two-year-old boy just had his brain stem implant turned on. A cochlear implant didn't work for Alex Frederick of Michigan. So his parents and doctors decided to try a brain stem implant. The procedure costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. It isn't approved for use in the U.S. yet, but is undergoing trials. ABC news followed Alex for half-a-year and provides a lengthy video report with captioning, which is posted below.


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Force for Deaf Education Passes

Rober Parara
Photo from NTID website
Deaf educator Robert Panara has died at the age of 94. He passed away of natural causes this past weekend in Rochester, New York. Panara taught at both Gallaudet University in Washington, DC and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, which he helped to found in Rochester. He also started Connecticut's National Theater of the Deaf.  Parana's full story is told in the book Teaching from Heart and Soul: The Robert F. Panara Storystarting with his loss of hearing at the age of 10 because of spinal meningitis.  NTID President Gerry Buckley says, "Bob's legacy is indeed vast. Thousands of students and graduates have been influenced by his genuine love of teaching and his generous sharing of his beliefs, values and knowledge." NTID plans a memorial for Panara in September. Read more at the NTID website here.

Former school employee arrested on molestation charge

She once worked for the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. Now she's facing charges of lewd and lascivious molestation of a minor. WTEV-TV has a video report.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Terp suit filed in New Jersey

Some New Jersey authorities are getting sued for allegedly failing to provide interpreters for deaf drivers during traffic stops. John Buccieri Jr. filed the suit against the Toms River Police Department, the New Jersey Attorney General, and the Ocean County Jail. When Buccieri was pulled over a couple of years ago, according to the lawsuit, the officer did not get an interpreter for him--and neither did officers at the police station after he was arrested. Officials at the jail did where he was held overnight also failed to provide an interpreter. Read the full story at the New Jersey Law journal.

Kidnapping at Deaf Couple's Home a Hoax

Someone called the sheriff's dept. in Palmdale, Calif. to report a kidnapping this morning. It turned out to be a hoax, according to KABC-TV. Read the full story here.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dog Saves Boy from Fire

A pit bull saved the life of a deaf teen, according to fire officials in Indianapolis. Ace licked the face of Nick Lamb, who was home alone and sleeping without his implants when a fire broke out. Below is a video report from the Indianapolis Star, provided by KTVU-TV. No captions but you can read the story here.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Deaf councilwoman determined to get interpreters

Marisa Salzer will finally get the interpreters she requested. Salzer is a member of the Montesano, Washington city councilwoman and her requests for sign language interpreters during council meetings was ignored--until she complained to the state Human Rights Commission. KOMO-TV has a video report. Below that video is a report from KING-TV. Both videos have captioning.




Monday, July 14, 2014

Terp: No contest to child molestation charges

Adam Frogel mug shot
A one-time sign language interpreter has pled no contest in California to inappropriate sexual contact with two high school students. Adam Frogel worked for Sunbelt Staffing Company out of Florida when he was hired by the Salinas Union High School District as a contract educational interpreter. School administrators say they called police in March when Frogel's activity came to light. Read more about his arrest at the Salinas Police Dept. website here and his plea in the San Jose Mercury News here and the Cal. Coast News here.

Field of dreams for deaf players

The Mike Bush Fantasy Baseball Camp for the deaf and hard of hearing is underway in St. Peters, Missouri. Here's a video report from KSDK-TV. No captions but you can read the story here.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

new Kansas University Prez has ties to Gally

Lynne Murray
image from Baker University
The new president of Baker University has roots at Gallaudet. Before coming to the Baldwin City, Kansas school, Lynne Murray worked in development positions at Gallaudet, having earned her Doctorate in special education administration from Gally. Find out more about what led Murray to her new position in the Lawrence Journal-World.

FCC votes on requiring more captioning

The FCC voted unanimously yesterday to require closed-captioning be added to online video clips--if  those clips have already aired on TV. However, the rules do not apply to video that has never aired on TV. That includes shows airing only on Netflix or YouTube. The FCC also set up a timeline for broadcasters. They must add captions by January 1, 2016. A year from then (January 1, 2017) broadcasters must have captions on all montages.  Programming that aired live on TV (or nearly live) must be captioned by July of that year.