Deaf News in Review – Week 21

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Alabama

Rosa Parks, Helen Keller to get statues at Alabama Capitol
Rosa Parks and Helen Keller are soon to have statues on the grounds of the Alabama State Capitol.

Delaware

Delaware School for the Deaf celebrates 50th anniversary
After she clicked her silver slippers and returned to Delaware from the peculiar world of Oz, Amelia Berg said that she really enjoyed signing during the Delaware School for the Deaf’s production of “Wizard of Oz” so both deaf and hearing people could enjoy the show.

Florida

Thousands of SeaWorld annual pass holders to get refunds in lawsuit settlement
A federal judge gave final approval to a $11.5 million class action settlement agreement this week after a group sued when their SeaWorld passes were automatically renewed without their permission.

FSDB receives matching gift endowment in honor of board member
The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind recently received an endowment gift of $250,000 from the Lastinger Family Foundation in honor of Dr. Thomas M. Zavelson, a member of the FSDB Board of Trustees.

Illinois

What nearly all languages have in common—whether you speak or sign
If you hear someone say “John and Mary kiss,” you’d likely imagine a single symmetrical action. But hear them say “John and Mary kiss each other,” and you may construe an entirely different picture—one in which the parties reciprocate with two separate actions, kissing the other’s hand.

Iowa

Iowa School for the Deaf’s Nipper helps students learn to deal with real-world life and experiences 
Chris Nipper was in third grade when he realized his social studies teacher was deaf. As a hearing-impaired kid himself, it had an impact.

Massachusetts

Environmental Police pay $95K for allegedly harassing, firing a hearing-impaired employee
The Massachusetts Environmental Police paid $95,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former employee who says he was mocked and harassed for being hearing impaired.

Missouri

Jamie Danuser’s message for her deaf students: They can do anything
After a long day of meetings, scheduling and play practice, Jamie Danuser was ready to go home late Monday evening as she walked out of her office at the Missouri School for the Deaf. Something stopped her, though.

North Carolina

Wilson employers help School for the Deaf students learn
As the school year draws to a close, it is time to celebrate the accomplishments of the students and all those who supported them in their successes.

WORLD

Australia

Perth deafblind woman refused boarding Jetstar flight says airline discriminated against her
As airline horror stories go, Vanessa Vlajkovic has a more devastating one than most: being refused boarding a flight because she was travelling alone.

California

Fresno State professor who pioneered deaf education honored by Gallaudet University
Gallaudet University, the nation’s top university for the education of deaf students, awarded Dr. Paul Ogden an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the university’s 149th commencement on May 17.

Canada

Canada’s first accessibility bill could become law next month: minister
The federal government will heed the calls of Canada’s disabled community and amend the country’s first piece of national accessibility legislation to include some of the changes they sought, the minister spearheading the effort said Thursday.

Great Britain

Ray Bradshaw On Comedy For Both Deaf And Hearing Audiences
Ray Bradshaw introduces a new aspect to stand-up comedy with his show Deaf Comedy Fam. The two-time Scottish Comedian of the Year finalist tells his stories using both English and British Sign Language.

Ireland

Cabra transition year students highlight serious health issues
A GROUP of transition year students from Holy Family School for the Deaf in Cabra have called on health professionals to listen up.

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