Friday, July 31, 2009
None of the the current health reform proposals before Congress would pay for adults' hearing aids. However, there are proposals in both the House and Senate that would give a tax break for hearing aid purchases. And the legislation in the House does provide more coverage for children’s hearing aids.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Defense attorneys tried to have Leow-Johannsen removed from the jury even before the trial started because she acknowledged that her hearing-impairment might make it harder for her to follow the trial. But she told the judge she didn't think it would be a problem for her to serve on the jury. The judge denied the defense motion. Leow-Johannsen reads lips and has some residual hearing and did not use a sign-language interpreter during the trial. The prosecutor credits her with being more attentive during the trial than most jurors.
The man convicted in the trial, Scott Speer, claims his friend, Michael Barnett, fell off their boat in the middle of the night during poor weather. But prosecutors convinced the jury Speer had pushed his friend overboard. He’s now serving a four year sentence.
The Ohio Legal Rights Service is supporting Leow-Johannsen's right to serve on the jury along with the National Association of the Deaf and the Ability Center of Greater Toledo.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Here are some of the comments of state representatives quoted in local papers on the topic:
"This is one example of taking political correctness too far. We can't have quadriplegics running track, nor do we need to have deaf persons serving on juries." - Pembroke Democrat Ronnie Sutton
"A hearing impaired juror who has the capacity to participate fairly and impartially ought to be allowed.” - Fayetteville Democrat Rick Glazier
"There may be plenty of people who can hear but don't listen.” - Raleigh Democrat Deborah Ross
The owners of Innovative Communication Services for the Deaf based in Florida are facing charges of conspiracy to defraud the government. Yosbel Buscaron and Lazaro Fernandez deny the charges. They were supposed to provide a Spanish language capability for video relay services.
Viable offers both hardware and software for videoconferencing and interpreters, both video-based and on-site. Many members of the staff are deaf themselves.
The drama follows the romantic relationship between a teacher and his profoundly deaf student.
Following a successful debut in Los Angeles, the Broadway production opened at the Longacre Theatre in New York on March 30, 1980. It ran for 887 performances and earned Tonys for its lead actors and playwright.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
This coming Sunday marks the 19th anniversary of the day the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by then President HW Bush (July 26,1990). This is a good time to remember what ADA does and does not do for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
ADA is a civil-rights law prohibiting discrimination based on disability. ADA is not an entitlement program and does not deal with financial compensation, employment services or advocacy services.
Here’s a breakdown of what each section of the Americans with Disabilities Act covers:
Title I – employment by private employers with 15 or more employees
Title II - state and local governments, including access to programs and public transportation.
Title III - physical accessibility, access to goods and services and private transportation services.
Title IV - telecommunication standards, including relay services for people with hearing and speech disabilities and closed captioning.
Title V - funding of ten regional Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers. The DBTAC’s provide ADA advise and ADA training. For more information call (800) 949-4232.
Here’s what ADA does NOT cover:
- Private businesses with less than 15 employees
- Churches, private clubs and Native American tribes are excluded.
- Housing (housing is covered by the Fair Housing Act)
- Airplane rides (While ADA cover airports, it does not cover passengers once aboard a plane. That area is covered by the Air Carrier Access Act)
- The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 covers access to federal programs
- The Architectural Barriers Act covers physical accessibility of federal buildings.
- The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act covers K-12 public schools.
ADA Enforcement: The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (or EEOC) enforces the employment provisions of the ADA
What Qualifies: A hearing impairment is a disability under the ADA if it substantially limits a major life activity (or used to do so) or if an employer treated the individual as if though his or her hearing impairment was substantially limiting
Devices: The use of hearing aids or other devices that improve hearing must be considered in determining whether the individual has a disability under the ADA. Even someone who uses a mitigating measure may have a disability if the measure does not correct the condition completely and there are still substantial limitations.
Complaint Time Limit: You have 180 days to make a complaint against someone for violating ADA law. The only exception would be an opportunity to file a complaint under state or local law. This could extend the filing window to 300 days after the alleged discrimination. A complaint must be filed with the EEOC before filing a lawsuit in federal court.
More Questions: Got a question about ADA law? Call the Justice Department's ADA information line: 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TDD). Or you can access the department's ADA law homepage.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
More than 60 deaf surfers gathered at Hawaii’s Queen's Surf Beach for the World Deaf Surfing Championships this weekend. It was the first time the event has been held in Hawaii. Previous championships have been held in Mexico, Australia and Japan. The next is set for Brazil in 2011.
Deaf surfers face the disadvantage of not being able to hear waves coming and can’t sit on boards chatting while waiting for waves as hearing surfers like to do.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Other limitations: The Lyric is only for those with mild-to-moderate hearing loss and can cost as much as $4000 a year. When it dies, you have to see a doctor to get the batteries replaced. Or if ear wax clogs it, you'll have to go to a doctor. Some clinicians wonder about safety because there is no research on the long-term effects.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The story of his upbringing in a Mormon polygamous compound located in Montana is told in his book Longshot: The Adventures of a Deaf Fundamentalist Mormon Kid and His Journey to the NBA.