Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Terps Laid Off in Conn.

The state of Connecticut is laying off sign language interpreters working with the Department of Rehabilitation Services. The switch to private interpreting services starts July 15. Dozens came to protest the change today in Hartford at the department's offices. Read the full story at the the Hartford Courant.

Lawsuit: Deaf woman wrongly arrested, no terp

A deaf women is suing the sheriff's office in Shawnee County, Kansas. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Carolyn Hans called 9-1-1 and deputies ended up arresting her and putting her in solitary confinement in the jail’s psych ward-all without providing an interpreter, a phone, or explaining why she was arrested, according to the lawsuit. Read the full story here.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Supreme Court will hear case about deaf students

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider a case involving deaf people this fall. They sued because Texas driver instruction schools refuse to allow them to take classes. An appeals court ruled against them but the deaf group is appealing. The case is Ivy v. Morath (Ivy Donnika is the main plaintiff). Read details of the case here.

Private schools and ADA law

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) 
Should private schools that take federal money be required to follow the ADA law? They won't have to if this senator gets his way. Republican Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has proposed legislation "would prohibit the Justice Department from enforcing key provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act at private schools," according to the Washington Post. Read the full story here.

This day in history.. 112 year ago

Helen Keller graduated with honors from Radcliffe College on June 28, 1904, 112 years ago today, becoming the first deaf and blind person to graduate from college with a B.A. Radcliffe was a women's liberal arts college in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a part of Harvard University.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Tech in the Deaf World

"The impact of video relay services, or VRS, has been titanic for businesses owned and operated by the deaf. VRS has grown into a half-billion-dollar-a-year industry as more and more deaf Americans gain access to speedy mobile data and sophisticated phones," reports Wired magazine. Read more about the technology here, including a look at San Francisco's deaf-owned Mozzeria pizza. Below is a Wired video that comes with the article, but Wired chose not to caption it.

On this day in history..

Helen Keller was born on this day, 136 years ago, on June 27, 1880. The activist, and lecturer was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Profile of Deaf race car driver

Chris Kennedy and most of his pit crew are deaf. He's won dozens of titles as a kart and sprint car driver. WHTM-TV has a profile.

On this date in 1889

The statue of Thomas Gallaudet that greets visitors to the university in the nation's capital that bears his name was unveiled on this date--June 26 in 1889. The work of sculptor Daniel Chester French, the bronze statue shows Gallaudet teaching a little girl, Alice Cogswell. She holds a book to her heart, with the alphabet running across the page. They are practicing the letter “A” of American Sign Language. She was a neighbor of the Gallaudets in Connecticut. Thomas noticed Alice did not play with the other children and inquired about her. After discovering she was deaf, Thomas Gallaudet asked to become her first teacher, which he did. This was the first in a series of events that lead to the founding of the first permanent school for the deaf in America and the establishment of what is now Gallaudet University.

Some believe there are mistakes on the statue, but university officials say this is not the case. The chair has only one arm and one straight leg. This was a type of chair common in Gallaudet's day. The chair is not hollow underneath, in order to support the weight of the statue's plaster model. However, the statue was delivered late because French found several mistakes he wanted to correct, including making Gallaudet's legs too short. The text on the statue includes a reference to the "United-States." It was not uncommon for a hyphen to be used at the time, though was considered old fashioned, even in 1889. However, the statue is not consistent because the phrasing on the other side does not include a hyphen. Also, there are periods included in some of the text that is not included on other parts of the statue.

Happy Birthday Signmark!

Today is the birthday of deaf Finnish rap artist Signmark. He was born Marko Vuoriheimo in Helsinki on June 26, 1978. He's now 38
years old.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Deaf Teacher's Quest Inspires Student

image from Maryland Governor's office
of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Students at the Maryland School for the Deaf are silently marking Keith Nolan's attempt to join the armed services. He's been told "no" for more than a decade because he is deaf. His determination has led to passage of a House bill bearing his name — the Keith Nolan Air Force Deaf Demonstration Act of 2015, which called for a demonstration program, according to the Associated Press. Read the full story here.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Scam seeks donations for deaf students

Someone is going around several Michigan communities and asking for donations to "help send kids from the Michigan School for the Deaf to play football in Washington, D.C." But "police and school officials say the fundraiser isn’t real and an alleged scammer or a group of people bent on fraud has been raking in the cash." Read more here.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Getting to Know... The Father of the Internet

Vinton Cerf
It was on this date (June 23) 1943 that Vinton Cerf was born in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his colleague, Robert Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet. In 2004, the pair were given the ACM Alan M. Turing award, which is sometimes called the "Nobel Prize of Computer Science." In 2005, President George W. Bush awarded Cerf and Kahn the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award given by the US government. Cern now works for Google as its chief Internet evangelist, looking for and promoting new technologies and services. What many do not know, is that Cerf was partly motivated by his frustration with communication with other researchers. He is quoted as saying, “In creating the Internet with my colleagues, in part I wanted to help people with hearing loss as well as other communication difficulties. Written communication is a tremendous help for me, and so when electronic mail was invented in ’71, I got very excited about it, thinking that the hard-of-hearing community could really use this.” Cerf has hearing loss as does his wife, who had hearing loss due to spinal meningitis at the age of three. She received her first cochlear implant in 1996 and a second implant in her other ear nearly a decade later. They met at the office of a hearing aid specialist and married in 1966. Read more about her experience here.  Cerf joined the Board of Trustees of Gallaudet University in 1997.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Police fail to provide Terp

Minnesota cops refused to provide an interpreter after making an arrest in 2013. Alan Read, who was born deaf, wanted one but Oakdale police would only write notes to him. Now they will pay $30k to settle his complaint, according to Minnesota Public Radio. Read the full story here.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

What’s it like to be deaf in the workplace?

TotalJobs, a UK employment site, spoke to two deaf people about their employment experiences. One said she tried an experiment where she rewrote her resume "to remove any references or clues about my deafness and to appear as if I was hearing person who just happens to know sign language." This "resulted in immediate success with getting through to the second stage/interviews." Read the full story here.

Bride Signs Lyrics to Father-Daughter Dance Song

An Ohio bride "decided to sign the lyrics to the song she chose for the father-daughter dance." The CODA told Inside Edition, "I think I was signing before I was talking. When I am at a loss for words in English, I know exactly what to sign. I even dream in sign language sometimes." There's more in the video below. No captions but you can read the story here.

A young Syrian girl is left deaf and hopeless

Maram Lahham is going deaf but "a government siege of her home town of Darayya has prevented the seven year old from receiving medical care and enough food to eat," reports the New Zealand Herald. Her mother is quoted as saying, "You can't imagine how hard it is to watch this happen to your daughter and not be able to do anything about it." Read the full story here.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Court Papers: Principal tried to cover up sex assault scandal

Image from HawaiiNewsNow video report
The former principal at the Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind was told many times about sexual assault allegations, according to newly released court records. But Hawaii News Now reports that she did not act while "dozens of students were robbed, raped and even gang raped by other students." Taxpayers ended up paying nearly $6 million to settle lawsuits linked to the crimes while some students were convicted of crimes. Hawaii News Now has the details. here. Hawaii News Now has a video report

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Body of Deaf Mother of 4 Found

(image from Scotland Police)
The body of Kirsty Aitchison has been found in the River Clyde in Scotland after an intense search. The deaf mother of four disappeared after leaving a Glasgow bar a week ago. Police say they are not treating the death as suspecious. Read more from the BBC.

Pharmacy Program Graduation

Not only is Samantha Hert the first doctor in her family, and the first to attend graduate school, she's the first deaf person to graduate from South College’s School of Pharmacy in Knoxville. WATE=TV has a video report.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

ex-NFL Deaf Player Pleads not guilty to hit-run, vehicular assault

Former Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman pleaded not guilty today to felony hit-and-run and vehicular assault, reports the Seattle Times. After an October car crash, Coleman fled barefoot down the block and did not call 911. Read the full story here or watch the video report below from Seattle's KIRO-TV.

Cuts at State Schools for Deaf and Blind

The Mississippi schools for the blind and deaf are facing major budget cuts for this coming year. The Clarion Ledger reports state lawmakers are cutting $332,264. Read more details here.

Woman pleads guilty to attacking deaf lesbian couple

Shaunda Lane pleaded guilty to attacking a deaf lesbian couple with a baseball bat in California a few months ago. KESQ has more on the story here.

North Dakota woman sues police over arrest

Christine Stein says police in Jamestown, North Dakota wrongly put her in jail last year. She called 911 using a relay service to tell officers about a suicidal man. When police arrived, they arrested her and she was denied an interpreter, according to the suit. WDAy-TV has a report here.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Equipment returned

A four-year-old in Indianapolis got the equipment back for his cochlear implant after the items were stolen. WTHR-TV has a report.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Cab Company hit with Lawsuit over Pickup

A New Jersey taxi company is facing a state lawsuit after it refused to let a deaf woman schedule a cab. Nicole Perkins made a relay call to Clifton Taxi service but someone hung up on her each time. Read the full story here.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Deaf entrepreneurs on the rise

"There is a revolution happening in Rochester and all across the United States, reports Rochester's Deomocrat & Chronicle. "The number of deaf people running their own businesses has grown by leaps and bounds. Technological advances have made it possible for these individuals to access networks, customers and suppliers. There are now growing networks of deaf entrepreneurs." Read the full story here.

Deaf-blind Catholic priest ministers in Rome

A deaf-blind South African priest was featured in the Catholic New Service for his ministry to the deaf in Rome. Father Cyril Axelrod, who has Usher syndrome, received the Order of the British Empire from the Queen of England in 2013--the first deaf-blind person to do so. Read the full story from CNS here.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Watch DiMarco sign the National Anthem

Nyle DiMarco performed the National Anthem at Thursday night's NBA championship game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. He signed while the crowd sang.

Nyle DiMarco to Perform National Anthem

Deaf Dancing with the Stars winner Nyle DiMarco will sign the National Anthem at the NBA Finals game tonight. Before the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors tip off in Cleveland tonight, DiMarco will sign the National Anthem in American Sign Language while the crowd sings. ABC News has a video report.

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Elderly Deaf Woman Sues

After her landlord kept sending pest control workers to her apartment, even though she asked them not to do so, because of her asthma, an elderly deaf woman is suing the apartment management. Read the full story in the Houston Press.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Mississippi School for the Deaf

The Mississippi School for the Deaf is profiled by a Jackson paper: "The school has both commuter and residential students, and though boarding there is not a requirement, 80 percent of students, some as young as four, may use the dorm services at some point during the school year, so the school must operate 24 hours, six days a week. Children eat three meals and two snacks a day, and are supervised by a host of adults who perform distinct but critical roles: not only teachers, but also full-time audiologists, nurses, as well as residential parents who supervise students living in dorms from 3:30 p.m. until 8 the next morning. Students do not pay tuition to attend MSD." Read the full story in the Jackson Free Press here.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Deaf Comedian Advances on TV Talent Show

D.J. Demers advanced to the next round on America's Got Talent last night. The deaf comedian's material focuses on life as a deaf man and being a gay Canadian. One judge said Demers is "far beyond his years" while Simon called him "likeable." Here's a video of his performance on the NBC show (surprisingly there are no captions).

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Accused of preying on elderly deaf man

ABC-15 in Phoenix has a short video report about a woman accused of taking advantage of an elderly deaf man.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Film about Rochester School History

image from Time Warner of Rochester video
A new film about the 140-year history of the Rochester School for the Deaf debuted last night. The film One Deaf Community Rochester was produced by a deaf-owned company. Nyle DiMarco played emceed and Time Warner Cable produced a video report, which you can watch here.

Former NFL fullback could spend more than a year in jail

Derrick Coleman, who played football for the Seattle Seahawks for four seasons, was dropped this year by the team. He's now facing charges that could put him behind bars for up to 16 months. Coleman was involved in a car crash last fall that prosecutors say was caused by his drug use. KING-5 in Seattle has more details in this video report.

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