Below on DeafNewsToday.com is a video of a 29-year-old woman having her implant turned on for the first time. The video was shot by Sloan Churman's husband. Sloan writes, "I was born deaf and 8 weeks ago I received a hearing implant. This is the video of them turning it on and me hearing myself for the first time :)" The video has more than 2 million hits in just a few days.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Take Shelter is a new film about a midwestern family trying to save enough money so their deaf daughter can get a cochlear implant. Writer and director Jeff Nichols enjoyed critical acclaim with his 2007 film Shotgun Stories. His new offering stars Michael Shannon as a Midwestern family man who awakens from a terrible dream convinced that a great storm is coming and that he must protect his family. He begins to build out the underground shelter in the back yard and before long his strange behavior has upset nearly everyone around him. Below (on DeafNewsToday.com) is the movie trailer.
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The North Carolina School for the Deaf beat the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind fell 46 to 36 last night. The Bears are now 2-2 while the Green Hornets fell to 0-6. The two wins are a major turn around for the Bears after going through a winless streak of almost 5 years.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
A deaf woman in the UK says that while she's happy to have a cochlear implant, the surgery has left her without an ability to taste. While Soozie Tarkenter hopes her sense of taste comes back, the 40 year old says she'd rather be able to hear. Read more at the Mail Online.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
A Tennessee mom is facing assault charges after she confronted two teenagers who were allegedly bullying her deaf son. There is a video report below on DeafNewsToday.com from WRCB-TV. Read the print version of the story here.
THE FCC is asking the public for feedback on its plans to extend its closed-captioning rules for TV to apply to PCs, tablets, smartphones, game consoles and set-tops. This is part of the Commission's effort to fulfill a requirement in the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. The commission has until January 12 of next year to change its closed captioning regulations related to IP. The proposal would not only obligate the owners of video programming to caption, it would require the program distributors to allow those captions - which must at least have the same quality as captions provided for television. The commission is also considering allowing a variety of delivery options rather than mandating a single standard, in hopes of promoting "technological innovation." Comments are due by October 18th. If you want to make a comment, click here.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
D&E Entertainment has bought the rights to The Hammer (formally titled Hamill) a film based on the career of UFC fighter Matt Hamill. It shows how the deaf wrestler won a National Collegiate Championship. Starring deaf actors Russell Harvard and Shoshannah Stern, it has won the AFI Film Festival’s Breakthrough Audience Award, the Cleveland Film Festival’s American Independent Award and the Heartland Film Festival’s Crystal Heart Award. The Hammer releases nationwide on October 27th. Find out more here.
The Gallaudet Bison are 1-2 this season in football after a win over the Apprentice School by a score of 14-3. Sophomore Michael Hantge had a touchdown and rushed for 72 yards at the game in Newport News. This was the first meeting of the teams since 2002 when the Builders won 23-5 in Washington, D.C. Apprentice School leads the all-time series 12-2.
Monday, September 26, 2011
The Mayor of Hawley, Pennsylvania has signed an order proclaiming this week Deaf Awareness Week. The small town is only about 40 miles east of the Scranton School for the Deaf. Here's the text of the proclamation:
“Whereas, Sept. 25 through Sept. 30, 2011 is Deaf Awareness Week. Whereas, ninety three percent of deaf children are born into Hearing families, only seven percent are born into deaf families. Whereas, American sign language is the third most widely used language in the United States. Whereas, Deaf people do not feel that they are disabled in any way, where in fact we must recognize that deaf people can do anything except hear. Whereas, 280 million people worldwide have moderate to profound hearing loss in both ears and 34 million Americans have significant hearing loss of these almost 6 million are profoundly deaf. Whereas, understanding the difference in the attitudinal approaches to being deaf or hard of hearing by the hearing public and by deaf or hard of hearing people themselves and for the hearing public to have a better understanding of deaf culture. Whereas, to learn about the types of educational programs and support services that are available to deaf and hard of hearing children. Now therefore, I, David Hawk, Mayor of Hawley, do hereby proclaim Sept. 25-30, 2011 as Deaf Awareness Week. And do encourage all residents of the community to support this worthy endeavor. Given under my hand this 25th Day of September 2011.”
There are now more than 100 students at Gallaudet University with cochlear implants - that's twice as many as there were in 2005. The Washington Post reports there are rising tension on the campus over the issue, as the percentage of undergraduates who were mainstreamed is now up 44% - up 10% from four years ago. The newspaper has a side show about the school here.
Virginia's Danville Community College will hold a Deaf Fest this Friday and Saturday. A film will be shown, provided by the Blue Ridge Deaf Films Society along with exhibits from organizations like the Virginia Association of the Deaf and the Danville Parks, Recreation and Tourism and a health fair and crafts, a cookout and more.
A Des Moines hospital has settled a lawsuit over its failure to adequately provide sign language interpreters for patients. In one instance, a man was rushed to the emergency room with shortness of breath. But there was no interpreter provided before he died just hours later, even though his wife and a doctor pleaded for one. Hospital officials would only agree to contact two particular interpreters, both of whom were unavailable. The family filed a lawsuit against Mercy Medical as did the family of another deaf patient. In the second case, an interpreter was provided only part of the time. The patient's daughter was an interpreter herself who ended up interpreting for her mother during appointments. In the settlement, the hospital agreed to provide interpreters both in person and through video relay - as well as pay an undisclosed amount of money to the two families.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
The Oregon School for the Deaf won the team's homecoming game. The Panthers beat Alsea last night by a score of 66-12. Senior running back Jhonzell Burton was involved in scoring six touchdowns. Junior quarterback Kyle Emroe had 170 yards of total offense. The Panthers had a 42-0 lead just after halftime. Oregon is now 2-1 while Alsea falls to 0-4 overall.
Friday, September 23, 2011
A French airline recently stopped a group of 18 deaf and hard-of-hearing passengers from boarding right before their flight was to take off. Air Méditeranée claimed they were of "reduced mobility" and therefore more crew members were needed tend to them. The French airline said it was a "security" issue, according to Newser.com.
Over 300 people showed came to show their support for the Eastern North Carolina School For the Deaf in Wilson yesterday. Lawmakers plan to shut down one of the three schools for the deaf in the state. The other two schools under the gun are North Carolina School for the deaf in Morganton and the Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh. Below on DeafNewsToday.com is a video about the gathering from WNCN-TV in Raleigh.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
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Cochlear's recall of its best-selling hearing implant had hurt the company’s reputation and bottom line. The Australian company's stock dropped 20% on the news, wiping out more than $800 million of the company’s value. The Nucleus 5 mades up about 70% of Cochlear's sales and there is no clear indiction that Cochlear knows what's wrong with the unit. However, only about 150 of the 25,000 of the units have reportedly failed since its launch in 2009. While the Nucleus 5 goes on the shelf, Cochlear will go back to pushing its Freedom implant. This is the first major product recall in the company's history.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Gallaudet's Logo Redesign Committee is looking for feedback on four designs it has picked for consideration to be the school's new logo. The committee has created a page that the campus community can access displaying all four designs.The comment period ends a week from Friday. A presentation will be given to the University Council next month at an open meeting. The final selection will be announced after October's meeting of the Board of Trustees. Read more here.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
A new app called ACEHearing will adjust the volume of a smartphone based on the users hearing loss. The software is designed for people who have some hearing loss, but not enough to require a hearing aid. Rather than just making everything louder, ACEHearing fills in gaps in the range of sound the users has trouble picking up.The Chinese University of Hong Kong is one of the principal developers. The innovative app was a finalist in this year's Asian Innovation Awards and should be available next year.
The New York Times reviews a new 637 novel by Brian Seiznick called Wonderstruck here. The reviewer writes, "Beyond its honorable message about the dignity of deafness, it teaches a respect for the past and for the power of memory to make minds." You can read more about the book here.
Friday, September 16, 2011
One of the contestants on Bravo's reality series Work of Art has been "profoundly and proudly deaf since birth." Leon Lim was born in Malaysia and now the 31 year old lives in New York. His first language is ASL and has used his art as an outlet to tell stories. A graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology and the UK's De Montfort University, Leon dabbles in a wide range of art forms. His art has been exhibited around the world including the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. His portrait work of Julian Assange was featured in the 2010 TIME Magazine's "Person of the Year" issue. Lim created the image of WikiLeaks founder using the text of a leaked cable. The show Work of Art pits eager artists against each other in a gallery battle royal on Wednesday's at 8pm, Eastern. Read more about Lim here.
A hearing will be held next week about whether to close the North Carolina School for the Deaf. The Tuesday discussion at the Morganton Municipal Auditorium will take a look at whether the facility should escape state budget cuts. In June, the NC Department of Health and Human Services turned over North Carolina's three residential schools for students with visual impairments or those who are deaf/hard of hearing to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. There are plans to close one residential school and consolidate services at the remaining two residential schools. The other two schools under the axe are the Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh and the Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf in Wilson. Hearings are scheduled for Thursday, September 22 in Wilson and Wednesday, September 28 in Raleigh. The Department has until January 15th to decide which school to recommend for closure.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
A former Oklahoma State football player will speak at a Special Needs Information Fair on the grounds of the Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas a week from today. Martel Van Zant was a Cowboys starting cornerback, born without eardrums after his mother suffered from chicken pox while pregnant. There's more information here.
The University of Oregon is now offering captioning at Autzen Stadium during home football games. The service is provided by LNS Captioning, based in Portland which also provides captioning services for the Eugene City Council’s webcasts.The university says it plans to eventually provide captioning for events taking place at the baseball stadium (PK Park), the multi-purpose arena (Matthew Knight Arena), and the track and field stadium (Hayward Field).
You may remember the story we told you last year about 10-year-old Zahra Clare Baker, missing from her Hickory, North Carolina home. The deaf child was battling bone cancer and used a prosthetic leg. Investigators found her body spread across several places. The disabled girl's stepmother, Elisa Baker, has just pleaded guilty to killing and dismembering her stepdaughter. She could spend as much as 18 years in prison. Adam Baker, Zahra's father, has not been charged with his daughter's death. Below is a video of the step-mother being transferred to jail.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The FDA has approved MED-EL's MAESTRO Cochlear Implant for use in the U.S. The Austrian company with U.S. offices in Durham, North Carolina, says the new implant is the world's smallest, lightest and thinnest titanium device. it's 3/4ths the size of the industry's smallest implant.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The FDA has given its approval to Advanced Bionics for the cochlear implants company to once again sell the implant that it voluntarily recalled last year. Two patients suffered from severe pain and overly loud sounds for about eight to 10 days after the activation of the HiRes 90K. The news triggered a sharp drop in the stock share price of Sonova Holding, the Switzerland-based company that owns Advanced Bionics. But sell of the device will begin again after federal regulators approved the changes.
Andy Bugh is kayaking some 4000 to raise money for deaf education. Bugh hopes to bring in $15,000 to build two new classrooms at a Honduran school in the town of Tegucigalpa for New Life Deaf Ministry, a Christian outreach. His trip started in Brower’s Spring, Montana, the furthest point that water originates and flows to the Gulf of Mexico, to the Red Rock River, the Beaverhead River, the Jefferson River and to the end of the Missouri River. From Plano, Texas, Bugh has a background in construction and works to add classrooms to the school each year. Right now, the school has enough classroom space to provide up to a 6th grade education. For more information, visit here. To see where Bugh is now, click here.
Monday, September 12, 2011
The Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind is at risk for security breaches and has some poor accounting practices. That's the finding of state auditors. The lax accounting issues have to do with a $71 million construction project at the school. The school superintendent says corrections are being made.
A Federal Appeals court has ruled against the parents of students at South Dakota School for the Deaf campus in Sioux Falls. They filed a lawsuit to stop the school from closing and then appealed the decision. Now, they've lost an appeal. The 3 judge panel said state officials had legal authority to close the campus in favor of educating students with hearing impairments in local school districts.
The newly formed Indiana Deaf Unity Against Domestic Violence will hold its first fundraiser this Saturday. The money raised from the 5K Walk/Run will help what may be the only organization in the state focusing on domestic violence for the deaf community. For more information you can write to one of the founders of the group at email@example.com.
The EEOC is defending a deaf worker against Miles Kimball Co in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The federal agency says the direct marketing company discriminating against the woman by firing her after it failed to provide her training using a new software program using ASL. She had been with the company for 13 years. The lawsuit filed last week ask for lost wages and damages.
The Australian company Cochlear is voluntarily recalling its Nucleus CI500 line of ear implants because of failures of its CI512 units. This recall does not involve implants already in use and the company says less than 1% of these implants have failed since they were first sold in 2009. Still, stock shares of the Sydney-based company plunged as much as 27% on the news. The nearly 30 year old company has about 70% of the global market for hearing devices, while Switzerland’s Sonova has about 15% of the market.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Gallaudet's football team lost to Catholic in a close one yesterday by a score of 45-41. The Bison led 41-24 with nine minutes to play when the visiting Catholic Cardinals scored three touchdowns in less then five minutes. In their 26 meetings, Gallaudet has never beaten Catholic. There have been two ties in the series that dates back to 1906.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
The Kansas School for the Deaf will soon reach its 150th anniversary. It's the oldest state educational institution in Kansas. Special events are planned in Olathe to mark the milestone, including a pep rally, volleyball game and the homecoming football game two weeks from today on September 24th.
When blind students at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind recite the Pledge of Allegiance they will now have a better idea of what they are saluting. The Kate Barry Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution donated 17 tactile American flags to the school. Members of the group in Missouri hand-crafted the flags so that students can feel the 50 stars and the 13 red-and-white stripes. The school still needs another 57 flags.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Federal authorities say a Texas man stole millions from deaf investors. Instead of investing more than $3 million from thousands of investors through Imperia Invest IBC, Jody Dunn, who is also deaf, used the funds to pay his mortgage, make car payments, and other personal expenses, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
An entry in a video contest tells the story of a deaf woman who is having in vitro fertilization and is considering whether to have deaf or hearing child. The contest is called Gene Screen BC 2011 and is sponsored by the British Columbia Clinical Genomics Network. Three winners will be announced at a screening gala planned for September 26th in Vancouver. Find out more here.
The North Carolina School for the Deaf may close by the end of the year. State officials are trying to save money and they may shut down the Morganton facility to do it. There are only three schools like it in the state and state lawmakers want one of them closed.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The City Council of Southampton in the UK will debate next week whether to cut another teacher of the deaf from its schools. Three have already been let go in the last couple of years, leaving only 5 for several hundred students. Meanwhile, the parents of students in the souther port town have collected more than 1500 names on a petition calling on the Council not to make further cuts. They have the support of the National Deaf Children's Society.
Saint Luke’s Midwest Ear Institute has performed its 1000th cochlear implant operation. The Kansas City, Missouri facility has been in operation since 1980. Charles Luetje performed the procedure on 73-year-old Dan Neuenswander. He received a new hybrid implant as part of a national clinical trial. It's smaller than a traditional implant, and inserted only partway into the cochlea, replacing high pitches while leaving the patient’s natural low-pitch hearing intact.
Screamfest 2011 takes place in Los Angeles October 14 through October 23. The 11th annual preeminent horror festival includes the premiere of a film called Cassadaga from director Anthony DiBlasi (who also created Dread). It's the story of a deaf girl attempting to contact her sister during a séance - only to find herself in communication with a murdered woman. For more information click here.
Gallaudet woman have picked up two volleyball awards from the North Eastern Athletic Conference. Freshman Kali Frowick was named NEAC Women’s Volleyball Student-Athlete of the Week while junior Jessica Israel was selected as the NEAC Women’s Volleyball Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week. The Bison posted a perfect 4-0 record in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania recently at the Battlefield Classic. Frowick was named to the Battlefield Classic all-tournament team. The Bison are off to Seguin, Texas, Friday when for the Bulldog Classic hosted by Texas Lutheran.
Rangers in Yosemite National Park say they are ready for deaf and hard-of-hearing visitors. The park's Deaf Services Program offers sign language interpretation. Assistive listening devices are available in most visitor centers and at tourdesks. you'll find public TTYs and volume control telephones throughout the valley as well as at park hotels. Here's a video with more information.
Technology theorist Michael Chorost will speak at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota this Friday afternoon. Chorost wrote about receiving a cochlear implant in his book Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human. The book won the PEN/USA Book Award for Creative Nonfiction in 2006. The topic of his Friday talk will be World Wide Mind: How to Connect Your Brain to the Internet (And Would You Want To). For more information, click here.
You may not know Deanna Baker by name, but you may know her work She is one of the people who types the captions for national television, broadcasts, working out of her home in Flagstaff, Arizona. The one-time court reporter can type 260 words a minute on a stenographer's machine or 120 words per minute on a standard keyboard. A software program instantly translates her furious typing into English and sends it to televisions across the nation. Baker has been on the job for decades. She recently captioned the weather coverage of Hurricane Irene.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Congressman Kevin Yoder is now a Board of Trustees member of Gallaudet University. The Kansas Republican was appointed just a few days ago. Chair Benjamin Soukup said, “Congressman Yoder’s leadership qualities will be an asset to our Board of Trustees as it helps guide the university in meeting the needs of present and future generations of students.” Gallaudet President Alan Hurwitz noted, “Many alumni from both Gallaudet and KSD have gone on to lives of achievement and purpose... and many of those alumni were former student leaders.” Hurwitz thanked the members of the KSD Student Body Council for their commitment to service, as they “represent the next generation of leaders in the deaf community.”
Monday, September 5, 2011
Katie Leclerc is taking a guest role on the CBS show The Big Bang Theory which returns with new episodes later this month. The actress who stars as Daphne on the ABC Family show Switched at Birth will appear in the fourth episode of the upcoming Big Bang season which is set to air October 6. She will play the role of Emily, who is deaf and will be a love interest for the love-challenged scientist Raj (Kunal Nayyar).
A West Virginia woman is suing her local school board for forcing her deaf daughter to attend a particular school. Regina Pine says she wants her daughter, Ariel Depp, to attend the school next door to their home, South Charleston High School. But the the Kanawha County Board of Education is making Ariel travel to Capital High School, where Pine claims an interpreter harasses her verbally and intimidates her. The board says Capital is the only high school in the county equipped to teach deaf children and the school's principal says the stories of harassment are made up.
You can read the story here.
Former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming is partially deaf. The NBA star says he hasn't been able to hear out of his left ear since he was eight years old. He was taken to the hospital after days of a fever where they discovered he had a kidney problem. He was allergic to medicine he had been given. Ming is retiring after playing basketball in his native China and an eight-year NBA career.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Vancouver movie theaters aren't providing deaf patrons the quality of service they deserve. That's the view of Lisa Anderson-Kellet who says she has gotten about 10 free passes in just a single year because the captioning wasn't working properly at theaters in the area. To make matters worse, there are only a few places with the needed equipment. The largest movie theatre chain in Canada, Cineplex, only has three theaters in the Vancouver area that can serve the deaf and hard of hearing - and these theaters often only have one captioned movie available.
Gallaudet lost its opening football game yesterday to Otterbein by a score of 28-27. The Bison had a chance to win in overtime, but failed to score on a two-point conversion attempt. Each team scored a touchdown during overtime and Gally decided to go for the win by trying for two points.
Judy Hodak took home top honors at the Buckeye Ball with the help of her dance instructor, Travis Manero. The contest took place in Independence, Ohio (near Cleveland). The pair performed a rumba-style dance without music to accompany them because they wanted to give spectators a sense of how the 58-year-old Hodak lives. Manero owns part of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Boardman. Below is a video report from WFMJ-TV. You can read the story here.