Sunday, July 31, 2016

School to caption sports videos

The University of Maryland will caption new videos on its websites and YouTube channel. It's part of an agreement to settle a lawsuit filed three years ago. The school has agreed to also caption old videos more than 10 minutes long. Read the full story from the Daily Record here.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

First deaf woman to win gold at martial arts championship

Safarri Jessop "is the newest world champion in Hosinsul Weapon, which involves self-defense with swords, winning a gold medal at the 2016 PanAm Mulimpia Championships in Las Vegas" reports KSL-TV. She says,"I went to the USA Haidong Gumdo (Korean sword fighting) championship in 2011 and I never met anyone who is deaf and is completing in it." Below is a video of her at the competition and read the full story here.

First deaf woman to win gold at martial arts championship

Safarri Jessop "is the newest world champion in Hosinsul Weapon, which involves self-defense with swords, winning a gold medal at the 2016 PanAm Mulimpia Championships in Las Vegas" reports KSL-TV. She says,"I went to the USA Haidong Gumdo (Korean sword fighting) championship in 2011 and I never met anyone who is deaf and is completing in it." Below is a video of her at the competition and read the full story here.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Home Invasion

Three men broke to into a couple's home, robbing and beating them. Now the elderly Mississippi couple is speaking out. WCMH—TV has a video report.

Deal cut in Deaf School Aide’s Sex Assaut Case

A former Maryland School for the Deaf aide is out of jail after facing sexual assault charges. Read the details from the Associated Press here.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

On this date ADA becomes law

It was on this day (July 25 in 1990 that 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).

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sound Processing nearly identical in hearing and deaf people

The part of the brain that processes sound is virtually identical in profoundly deaf and hearing people," according to a new study reported in the Harvard Gazette. One of the study's authors says:
One reason this is interesting is because we don’t know what causes the brain to organize the way it does. How important is each person’s experience for their brain development? In audition, a lot is known about [how it works] in hearing people, and in animals.. but we don’t know whether the same organization is retained in congenitally deaf people.
The study is published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Auditors: $67K Stolen from School

A former employee at the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind is being accused of stealing more than $67K, according to a report released by the Office of the Utah State Auditor. KUTV has a video report but the TV station did not caption the story.

Home Invasion: Couple Assaulted

Three Mississippians are behind bars for breaking into a home and assaulting a deaf couple. WMC-TV has a video report.

WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Monday, July 18, 2016

Rushed to a Hospital but no Terp Available

A teenager responded to the pleas of a deaf woman on Facebook last Friday. Mark Toner was taken to the hospital with a suspected heart attack but there was no interpreter available. So his wife reached out on social media. 14-year-old Kelci Adams responded. Read about why it happened from CBC News here.

The Stars Come out for Starkey

Last night celebrities came to St. Paul, Minnesota to support the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Each year the organization holds a Gala to raise money for hearing aids. Millions of dollars are given as a result. Among this year's celebrities were Johnny Depp, Jennifer Garner, Alice Cooper, John Mellencamp, and Jay Leno among others. KARE-TV has this video of celebrities arriving.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Gally Presidents Signing

Ever wonder how well the presidents of Gallaudet University signed? Here's a video put together by Robert T. Sirvage and Paul K. Simmons showing all but one of the Gally presidents from 1864 to 2016.

The Struggle for Medical Care

The lack of adequate interpreter services is an ongoing problem for the Deaf in the U.S. when it comes to getting proper medical care. Complaints and lawsuits are all too common. The Sacramento Bee quotes the NAD's Howard Rosenblum as saying that Hospitals, medical centers and doctors’ offices are the “worst in failing to provide effective communications to deaf and hard of hearing individuals." Read the full story here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Deaf Customer Sues Taco Bell

A New Jersey woman is suing Taco Bell. Gina Cirrincione is "claiming she had difficulty being served at the drive-thru window at two locations because she is deaf." You can see what happened in the video below (no captions) or read the story here.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

What it's like for a Couple to host a Deaf Orphan

The man with Usher syndrome, his wife the sign language interpreter and the hosting program that brought a deaf orphan from Eastern European their way. Read their story in San Diego's local newspaper here.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Former Major Leaguer Wows in Celebrity Game

Curtis Pride
(image from Gallaudet.edu)
Curtis Pride took part in last night's MLB Celebrity Softball game in San Diego along with Hall of Famers and Oscar winners. The deaf former major leaguer hit a two-run homer and also saved an extra base hit with a spectacular catch in left field. He was mobbed by teammates after his heroics. Pride helped his American League team beat the National League team by a score of 8-7. If you want to see for yourself, ESPN will broadcast the game after tonight's Home Run Derby.

deaf-blind lawyer speaks out about apps

The first deaf-blind person to graduate from Harvard Law is on a mission to get more developers to design software with people with disabilities in mind. Haben Girma spoke with CNN about apps and says, "I try to always have a keyboard, braille display, Apple Watch, iPhone and guide dog with me at all times, but it doesn't always work out." Read the full story here.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

On this Day.. Ed Dundon was born


Ed "Dummy" Dundon was the first deaf player to play baseball professionally. He was born on this day (July 10) in 1859. After attending the Ohio State School for the Deaf, Dundon went on to play several years of professional baseball. He had two seasons with the Columbus Buckeyes before retiring and becoming an umpire. During his hitch with the Buckeyes in 1883 and 1884, Dundon had a record of 9-20 and a 4.25 ERA.

On this Date... Sentenced to Life in Prison

It was on this date (July 10) in 2002 that a District of Columbia judge sentenced Joseph Mesa, Jr. to six life terms without the possibility of parole for the murders of two Gallaudet classmates. The 22-year-old from Guam was convicted of first beating Eric Plunkett to death in September of 2000 and then stabbing Benjamin Varner to death in February of 2001. Both attacks took place in Gallaudet dorm rooms. Mesa took money from both victims, but turned himself in to police a few days after killing Varners. Pleading not guilty by reason of insanity, Mesa told jurors he saw hands wearing black gloves telling him in sign language to kill the 19 year olds. Mesa's defense attorney suggested that the attack on Plunkett was prompted by rage over an unwanted homosexual advance. Mesa was convicted him on all 15 counts. Mesa is now serving time at the United States Penitentiary in Atwater, California near San Francisco, a high security facility.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Nyle DiMarco Slams Fox News

Nyle DiMarco took to Twitter to complain about a Fox News opinion piece titled "When It Comes to Hillary Clinton, American Justice Is Blind, Deaf and Dumb." The Dancing with the Stars celebrity wrote: "Fox News, I don't appreciate 'Blind, Deaf, and Dumb. I'm Deaf and I'm not ignorant at all." Read more about it here.

Deaf baristas in TX

KHOU-TV featured a Starbucks in Houston with several deaf employees.

Deaf Player taking Part in MLB All-Star Festivities

image from MLB.com 
One of the few deaf player in major league baseball will play in Major League Baseball's All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game this Sunday in San Diego. Curtis Pride spent more than a decade in the majors. When he retired, Pride became the head coach at Gallaudet University, also serving as the
MLB Ambassador for Inclusion.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Driver's License Rules Have Changed in Ohio

The Deaf and hard of hearing can now get a commercial driver’s license in Ohio. It's one of the first states to use a waiver from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. At least 10 people have started the process, according to The Columbus Dispatch. Read the full story here.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Canada's first deaf Priest

Canada's first deaf Roman Catholic priest was ordained in 2012. Raised a Baptist in Michigan, Hysell made the decision to become a priest as a teenager after reading about the priesthood in school. He graduated from City University in New York, then earned a master's in theology from a California program. He next moved to Edmonton to study at Newman Theological College. Hysell celebrates mass using sign language.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Instructor at deaf school killed in crash

A Utah teacher for the deaf was killed in a Salt Lake City car accident last week.  Ellen O'Hara-Hanna taught for Utah Schools for the Deaf Blind at Jean Massieu School in Salt Lake City. Here's a video report KSTU-TV.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Life in 1950s Deaf School: Part 2

Here is a second video filmed in 1954 at the UK's Royal School for Deaf Children for a documentary.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Life in a 1950s Deaf School

Here is video filmed in 1954 at the UK's Royal School for Deaf Children in Margate.