Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Police calls released in Charlotte Shooting

We now have the radio communications between the state trooper who shot a deaf man and his dispatch unit in Charlotte, North Carolina. The tapes indicate that Daniel Harris led officers on a 100 mph highway chase before it ended. WSOC-TV has video report (posted below) or you can read the story here.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Texas Deaf man looks to hold educational events with Police

John Sidener tells KWTX, "I've been here in Waco many years. The police are not being helpful, there's been no improvement in that..Usually what I do when I pull over I immediately reach up to my placard that says I'm deaf and those kind of things that I get my drivers license and everything ready I'm hoping that I will avoid being shot." Sidener wants to see relations between the Deaf community and Waco police improve. KWTX has a video report.

Police Interactions with the Deaf in NC

With the death of a deaf man after a traffic stop in North Carolina, WTVD-TV "reached out to the sheriff's offices of Cumberland, Durham, and Wake counties, as well as the police departments of the city of Durham, Fayetteville, and Raleigh to ask about their policies and practices when it comes to the deaf community." Read their responses here.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Head of Cali Deaf School out

Following protests by parents, teachers, and staff members the California School for the Deaf, Sean Virnig is no longer leading the school. He was its first deaf superintendent. Read more from the Mercury News here.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Player ordered off court over Implant

A basketball referee at a Kentucky middle school told a player she would have to leave a game because of her cochlear implant. She stayed off the court until someone showed him the rule book. KFOR-TV has a video report.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Driving while Deaf

Inside Edition gets some driving tips for deaf drivers in this video.

Video: Part of Chase that ended with Deaf Man's Death

New video shows part of chase before a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper shot and killed a deaf man last week. WSOC-TV has a report.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Talking to kids about sex in ASL

Talking about sex can be awkward, especially in sign language. NPR quotes the director of health and wellness programs at Gallaudet as saying:
The great thing about ASL though is, I can finger-spell herpes and then I can be more descriptive using my hands. So I can provide a visual access to what it looks like, to the symptoms that it might cause by using hands, which is a definite advantage for the deaf community over the hearing community.
Read more of the story here.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Memorial Service for Daniel Harris

A memorial service was held for Daniel Harris last night. He was shot Thursday by a North Carolina state trooper. CBS News has a video report (no captions).

NTID wins college bowl-again

The winner of this year's Deaf College Bowl competition, for the third time in a row, is a team from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Student team member Eric Epstein says “The weekly practice throughout the year paid off big time. I am so proud of my teammates for their yearlong efforts in studying. I look forward to the next generation of Tigers who will undoubtedly defend the bowl.” Read more here.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Deaf man sues Louisiana, Jefferson Parish for discrimination

A Louisiana man is suing for not getting proper accommodations under ADA law while in police custody. The Times—Picayune has the story here.

Waiting for Answers in Charlotte Shooting

We're still waiting for North Carolina state troopers to explain why one of its officers shot and killed an unarmed deaf man last Thursday. An online crowdfunding campaign set up in his name here. WSOC-TV has a video report.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Controversy at State Deaf School reaching "boiling point"

Faculty and parents of students at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont want to see someone new at the helm when fall classes start on Monday. KGO-TV has a video report.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Questions Remain in NC police shooting

There are many unanswered questions as to why a deaf man was shot and killed Thursday in North Carolina by state troopers. About the only new information authorities have released is his name: Daniel Kevin Harris. The Associated Press sums up what information we have here.