Sunday, September 29, 2013
Theater owners are planning a Tuesday blitz to lobby Congress against requiring them to provide closed captioning and video descriptions for the deaf and blind. But the trouble in Washington over Obamacare and a possible government shutdown could derail their plans. Read more at the Hollywood Reporter here.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
“As a deaf person I’m already invested in communicating through my body...And when I’m on stage it’s really easy for me to find that piece of emotion because I do it on a day to day basis," James Caverly says. We told you Tuesday about the show he is in called Tribes. Boston's NPR station has more on what Caverly has to say about his role here.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Schools in Utica, New York are considering using sign language in classrooms to help communicate with the many refugee students from families that have just moved into the area, according to the Utica Observer. ASL teacher Brooke Erickson, who works at the New York State School for the Deaf which is just down the road from Utica in Rome, talks about the value of sign in the classroom in this video.
The EEOC is suing Bank of America on behalf of Melchora Lee, a deaf woman living in Las Vegas. The bank is accused of violating ADA law by firing her for poor performance after failing to provide Lee with an interpreter. When she was hired in 1998, her boss knew sign language. But when a new supervisor took over in 2003, everything changed for Lee. Her supervisor did not know ASL and the company refused interpreter requests and she was let go in 2010. Here's short a video report on the case from KTNV-TV in Las Vegas (no captions).
|Junior Tyler Snider|
photo from Gallaudet Sports
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
We've been following Jacob Landis ride from Maryland to the West Coast and now to Miami--his last stop on his fundraising ride for cochlear implants. He's visited 30 Major League stadiums and last night, he watched a game at Marlins Park. WFOR-TV in Miami has a video report, which is posted below (captions available).
A 7-year-old boy from the Central American country of Guatemala got his implant turned on yesterday. WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana has a video report, which is posted below.(Google captions available or read the story here).
|from Maryland Terrapins Athletics|
Monday, September 23, 2013
The cross-country bike ride of Jacob Landis stalled in Tampa over the weekend when Landis was hit by a tractor trailer's mirror just a few miles from the last Major League Baseball stadium on his tour. He's already visited 29 stadiums and Marlin Park in Miami is last on his list. Landis was taken to a hospital in the area with cuts and bruises, a cheekbone fracture and a chipped from tooth. Despite the setback, he's not letting the bump up stop him from his journey to raise awareness about cochlear implants. Landis will still attend tonight's game at Marlin Park when the Marlins take on the Phillies. His team issued a press release here in which Landis says:
"Yesterday, with less than four miles to go to the hotel I was struck by a tractor trailer ’ s mirror. I don't remember anything that happened until I woke up at the hospital. I just want to thank everyone for their kind words through my Facebook account and special thanks to all of my supporters who made this ride possible.”
Sunday, September 22, 2013
The Irish Deaf Society is calling for recognition of Irish Sign Language in honor of International Week of the Deaf, which begins tomorrow. The theme of the week is Equality for Deaf People. Read more from the Irish Deaf Society site here. Here's a video produced by Irish Deaf Society explaining how to order a pint using ISL.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Deaf students at NTID have a new start-of-the-art building--the Sebastian and Lenore Rosica Hall. The National Technical Institute for the Deaf named the building for a couple who were life-long advocates for the deaf. Sebastian Rosica was an audiologist at St. Mary's School for the Deaf for four decades and Lenore Rosica was a speech pathologist. The Chicago-based William G. McGowan Charitable Fund made the facility possible through a $1.75 million grant. There will be a formal grand opening celebration October 11. Read more about the building here or watch a video report from WHEC-TV below (with captions available).
Jacob Landis is close to completing his ride across the country to raise money for cochlear implants. He's traveled about 10,000 miles on his bike, from his home in Maryland to the West Coast to Florida, where he'll catch a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game tonight. Landis is visiting 30 major league parks. Here's a video report on the ride from WFTS-TV in Tampa (captions available).
Thursday, September 19, 2013
|from a iltyem-iltyem project video|
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Western Oregon Univ. is getting an award for its ASL Masters degree program. The University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) is honoring the advanced degree program at its Tucson conference next month as an “outstanding” professional and continuing education program. Since the beginning of the year, the program has seen nine masters theses and two professional projects published. Find out more from UPCEA here and more about the Monmouth, Oregon ASL program here.
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The White House is getting ready to propose an update to ADA law that would make it a requirement that theaters install technology for deaf and blind moviegoers. Various news outlets report that the federal mandate could be out in the next couple of weeks. It will like call for installation of closed-captioning and audio narration technology. Some smaller theaters complain they can't afford the cost and could be put out of business by the new regulation.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The parents of a 12-year-old are suing Connecticut's American School for the Deaf Student along with the West Hartford Police. Audley and Judith Muschette accuse them of abuse for tasing the boy on campus back in the spring. The suit claims he was thrown to the ground by school staff, punched and eventually tased by police. Meanwhile, a new $20 million, 62,000-square-foot building called the Gallaudet-Clerc Education Center is being unveiled this morning at the school. Read more at the facility here and more about the lawsuit at Patch and Courthouse News.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
|Princeton's bionic ear|
(image from a video produced by the
international society for optics and photonics)
Saturday, September 14, 2013
A lawsuit filed against the Oregon School for the Deaf claims a child was abused while under supervision of the facility--and administrators failed to stop it. The mother of a former student wants $4 million from the Salem, Oregon school because, according to the suit, her daughter engaged in sexual relations with an older teenage boy more than once while she was 11 years old. The next court date for the complaint is scheduled for mid-November. The Statesman-Journal has more details here.
(photo from Gallaudet athletics)
Friday, September 13, 2013
Comedian Craig Gass will appear at the Rialto Theater in his native Tucson tomorrow tonight (Sept 14). The show will be interpreted for his family members who are deaf. He told the Arizona Daily Star in an interview “If you want to learn how to sign any curse words or god awful phrases, I will be repeating curse words and saying horrible things all night long. There will be at least 100 different opportunities." His voice has been a part of shows like Family Guy and American Dad while Gass has made appearances on HBO’s Sex in the City and King and Queens. There's more information on his appearance here.
Jacob Landis arrived in Atlanta to seen the Braves play yesterday. It's part of a swing around the country that is taking Landis coast to coast--to major league baseball stadiums around the country. He's nearing the end of his cycling adventure that is raising money for cochlear implants. WAGA-TV sat down with Landis this morning in Atlanta (captions available). Below is a video of the interview.
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Big River is coming to Trenton, New Jersey's Mercer County Community College. The show blends ASL with a traditional stage presentation from both deaf and hearing actors to tell the story of Mark Twain's Huck Finn. The Pennington Players will put on the Tony Award-winning musical next month on the college's campus the first two weekends in October. Click here for more information.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
A special golf tournament takes place this evening in Ontario Canada. DeafBlind Ontario Services annual Glow Golf takes place at the Greenhills Golf and Country Club. Besides the glow-in-the-dark golf game and a “sensory putting contest" where players depend on their tactile senses, the organization promises a barbecue dinner, prizes and silent auction. You can visit the DOS site for more information here.
Before the U.S. civil war, a deaf man named John J. Flournoy tried to get the U.S. Congress to set aside land in the western territories for the establishment of a deaf state. In 1855, the American School for the Deaf graduate made the recommendation because he believed the deaf could flourish without the restrictions of the hearing world. The primary means of communication would be sign language. The state never worked out but another of Flournoy's ideas did--he wanted a school for the deaf in Georgia and his prolific letter writing helped lead to the formation of the Georgia School for the Deaf. Flournoy, known for living an eccentric lifestyle, had a deaf brother and his father was a Georgia slaveholder. You can read more about this chapter in Deaf History in the Disability Studies Quarterly here or in Jack R. Gannon's book Deaf Heritage: A Narrative History of Deaf Americans or John V. Van Cleve's A Place of Their Own: Creating the Deaf Community in America.
Deaf Eye & Mind is hosting a gathering their calling the Deafhood vs Deafness Conference in the Los Angeles next month (Saturday, Oct 12). The meeting is based around the group's mission "to guide (d/Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and hearing) leaders in the transformation of culture to build an inclusive community where each person is equally respected and empowered."
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
oneer the first multi-channel implant by watching his deaf father struggle in his daily life. Austria electrical engineer Ingeborg Hochmair worked with her husband, Erwin Hochmair, to develop their own multi-channel implant in Europe, eventually starting MED-EL--one of the "big three" cochlear implant makers. She now serves as CEO for the company. Blake S. Wilson is co-director at the Duke Hearing Center. He is strategy advisor for MED-EL and is credited with inventing many of the critical signal processing strategies used in implants today. The award will be given to them a week from Friday (Sept. 20) in a New York ceremony. Read more about the award from the Lasker Foundation here and a video interview with the three winners here (no captions). Below is a video from Australia's The Age, a daily newspaper out of Melbourne, Australia in which Graeme Clark explains the inspiration that led him to develop the prototype prototype (no captions).
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A Florida deaf man saved his child who nearly drowned in a St. Petersburg swimming pool. A law enforcement officer told cable news television network Bay News 9 that he saw "a father running southbound through the intersection carrying a lifeless child.” Read more about the story from Bay News 9 here.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
A Florida man who stabbed four deaf people and injured others will spend the rest of his life in jail. Two of the victims died. Anthony Giancola was a middle school principal in Tampa until until his arrest for buying crack cocaine. In June of last year, he went on a crime spree, first attacking the deaf people in St. Petersburg at a group home before going after a couple with a hammer at a hotel they owned. Prosecutors also say he hit and injured several people but drove away. Prosecutors were never able to make a connection between Giancola and the victims--the violence appeared to be random. He cut a deal where he agreed to plead guilty in order to avoid the death penalty. Circuit Judge Thane Covert gave Giancola was 30 years on top of six consecutive life sentences. Below is a video from WTSP-TV about the crimes back when it first happened (no captions).
Monday, September 9, 2013
Saturday, September 7, 2013
A father in Scotland is "so impressed" with the charity that provided his daughter with a cochlear implant, "that he is running the Great North Run half marathon on September 15 to raise funds" for it. He has never run long distance before, but has been training for the big day," reports the UK's Daily Mail. Read more at here.
The Florida School for the Deaf and Blind is fighting a plan to let a gas station move close to the school. Supporters say it will improve a busy intersection but the school points out the plan includes hazards for its students. "This is a big safety concern,"FSDB president Jeanne Prickett tells WTEV-TV. The station has a video report which is posted below (captions available).
|Lydia Callis on the Brian Lehrer Show|
Lydia: When somebody meets a deaf person, for example if they come in for an interview or what not and they didn’t know that this person was deaf or hard of hearing, they don’t know what to do. And really the only difference between the hearing and deaf community is the fact that the deaf community communicates in a different way. And because of technologies these days they are able to work efficiently with other hearing people as well, such as having an interpreter, having email – you can communicate through email or texting through the phone – or by providing closed captioning as well. One of the great things that they have these days is something called the video phone. You can just provide a video phone for the deaf community or somebody that is deaf at their desk. And they can just turn on the video phone and they can call the deaf person – the hearing person can call the deaf person and it would go into a call center full of sign language interpreters that are trained there, ready to go, and the interpreter will be able to voice for the deaf person if they can’t speak themselves. And they’ll be able to sign what the hearing person Is trying to communicate with them and it’s right there.
Friday, September 6, 2013
We've been following the case of Michael Argenyi--he sued Creighton University for discrimination because the Jesuit university refused to accommodate his learning needs, according to his suit. While Creighton accepted him for medical school, administrators refused his request for interpreters and a transcription system--claiming the services were to expensive. Argenyi has a cochlear implant but also uses cued speech. At Seattle University as an undergraduate he was able to use a transcription service along with a cued speech interpreter. A Nebraska jury agreed with Argenyi this week--but failed to award him any financial damages because the jury decided the decision to not provide the assistance was unintentional. Argenyi now faces paying off loans he took out for equipment and interpreters totally more than $100,000. You can read more on the case from Courthouse news service hereand more background on the case in the New York Times here.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
|From KGTV video|
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
|Kennebec Valley Community Action Program|
Photo: Google maps
10-year-old Jia Billadeau has no cochlea on one side at all and she has a malformed cochlea on the other side. Her adoptive parents had her undergo cochlear implant surgery which only worked for a while. This summer, Jia had a auditory brain stem implant placed in her and now she is beginning to hear again. KSDK-TV has a video report.
Labels: Brain Stem Implant
Monday, September 2, 2013
|Paul Gibson on One News|