Sunday, January 31, 2010
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Thursday, January 28, 2010
A committee in the South Dakota Senate has killed a bill that would have changed the state constitution and allowed closure of the South Dakota School for the Deaf. The governor tried to close the campus last year but the parents filed a federal class-action lawsuit saying state's constitution prevented the move. The bill's sponsor, Al Novstrup, says there is a new proposal that would make the bill unnecessary.
Students trying to save the Deaf Education Program at Michigan State University are planning to launch an email campaign asking administrators to, “Please keep MSU’s Deaf Education Program for our deaf children who use ASL in Michigan.” Late last year, the school announced plans to close the program. It's one of nearly two dozen that are set to shut down.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
A federal investigation of Florida's Dept of Children and Families over its failure to provide services to deaf clients has been completed. The US Dept of Health & Human Services says the agency failed to provided sign language interpreters to deaf persons in critical situations related to child protective services investigations and state mental health facilities. In the settlement, the state agency agreed to:
- provide interpreters when needed
- hire an independent consultant to oversee implementation of the settlement’s terms
- convene an advisory committee in partnership with the Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- establish an interpreter quality assessment and certification program
- designate ADA coordinators and single points of contract in the more than 100 direct service facilities operated by DCF
Susie Grona of Hideaway is one of the five people appointed to the Texas State Independent Living Council. The council leads, promotes and advances independent living and advocates for the rights of individuals with disabilities. Hideaway teaches at Tyler Junior College. A former deaf education teach in the Corpus Christi public school system, she is on the board of the Texas and National associations of the Deaf, and Texas Association of Parent and Educators for the Deaf.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Firefly Mobile Communications is exempt from complying with the handset stocking rules because it sold so few of them. Even so, Firefly was not exempt from the requirement to file an HAC report, so the Bureau issued it a citation, threatening to impose a fine if it fails to file the report again.
7-Eleven also received a citation because it offers cellphones with prepaid minutes but did not file an HAC report last year either. The company told the FCC that it is not phone manufacturer or service provider and should not be subject to the HAC reporting requirement.
If the ruling stands, any company selling handsets will be subject to fine for not making a HAC report, contributing to the Universal Service Fund, filing quarterly 499Q’s, and complying with all other regulations applicable under Title II of the Act to service providers... just as Verizon, AT&T and other companies you typically think of as telecommunications companies.
Chances are good that many outlets will just stop selling the phone rather than follow through with meeting the regulation requirements.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Here are several groups that were working with in Haiti to help deaf children before the quake struck.
Institut Montfort is a school for deaf students in the capital city of Port-au-Prince.
Northwest Haiti Christian Mission runs a deaf school in Haiti.
A Catholic group, Reiser Relief was working this fall on establishing the Maranatha Orphanage for Children which includes deaf children (though that is not their focus).
The Children's Medical Mission of Haiti is associated with the Episcopal church and had some outreach to the deaf there before the quake.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Money was taken up at the January 13 women's and men's basketball games featuring Gallaudet against Hood College to aid survivors of Haiti's earthquake. The teams and fans also observed a moment of silence. Proceeds from the January 20 men's and women's doubleheader against Wesley College were also donated to the American Red Cross in order to benefit quake survivors.
Friday, January 22, 2010
The new Cowboy Stadium in Texas has a specially built wireless system to provide closed captioning, audio play-by-play and amplified public announcements for football fans. The device allows users to go anywhere in the stadium and remain in contact with the game because it connects to the stadium's Wi-Fi network. The team rejected the idea of adding video board captions because that type of system would limit some fans when they went to concession stands or other areas of the stadium. The company that developed the device, Softeq Development Corp, believes it's the first of its kind for a stadium. The team has 4o of the devices which are about the size of a phone with a 3-and-a-half inch screen. A similar system was created for Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The closed captions are now only in English, but the team plans to soon add Spanish captions.
A $1500 device called the Mosquito will drive away teenagers. It was devised by a man in England who grew tired of teens hanging out in front of his shop. The kids found it so annoying that they went elsewhere while hearing adults are not bothered by the tone.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Computer networking company Cisco will host a webcast about video over wireless networks on January 19th. Cisco customer The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) will take part and discuss using video on the Cisco Unified Wireless Network. The network has enabled the university to provide students and faculty members with traditional voice and data applications. It's now being used to enhance the educational experience of the school's 1,100 deaf and hard-of-hearing students through close-captioned video lectures. The videocast can be accessed by registering here for the 8 AM pacific time broadcast and here for the 6 PM pacific time broadcast.
Monday, January 11, 2010
• Location: Waterford, Michigan
• Number of employees: 10
• Product: Development of alerting devices and signals for those with vision and hearing loss.
• Website: Silent Call
• Customers: Canada’s government, Michigan's Commission for the Blind
Saturday, January 9, 2010
• 2008 Computerworld Honors winner in the category of business and related services
• 62 employees including 42 interpreters
• National liaison Mike Houston is the only deaf member of the leadership team at the company
• More than 80 clients (including hospitals and government agencies)
• Equipment is from Norway-based Tandberg ASA
• Developed a proprietary Internet-based program to transmit emergency announcements
Friday, January 8, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
The 48-year-old is a native of Fremont, Ohio who spent a decade as an assistant coach at Kansas and more than a decade as an assistant for the four-time WNBA champion Houston Comets. He also spent a summer as head coach of the Nigerian women's national team. They came in 2nd in the All-Africa Games.
But Cook has more to deal with than his team's opponents. He is battling Parkinson's disease, so his hands shake and his signs are often stuttered. But the team is supportive. They overwhelmed him with text messages when he attended the Ohio funeral of his sister, who died unexpectedly in a house fire. Cook told reporters the team reached out to him and “they'll never know how much that meant to me."
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
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Friday, January 1, 2010
His father, Houston Nutt Sr., grew up with a slight hearing impairment in a deaf household. At the Arkansas School for the Deaf, the elder Nutt served as dean of students, teacher, coach, groundskeeper, athletic director. Perhaps most importantly, he served as father figure to children who would leave home at the age of 4 or 5 to live at the school.