Deaf News in Review – Week 23

NATIONAL

COLORADO

Independence Center trains deaf and hard of hearing students to be CNAs
Back in January, the Independence Center, a nonprofit serving people with disabilities, received a request from a Denver resident with a hearing disability.

CONNECTICUT

American School for the Deaf Celebrates Class of ‘19
Those were the words of Jeffery S. Bravin, Executive Director of the American School for the Deaf (ASD) and Master of Ceremonies for the school’s 202nd commencement.

KENTUCKY

Local deaf baseball player stars in indie film
Apollo High School junior Tristin Crusenberry has had a love affair with baseball for as long as he can remember and has been deaf since he was a toddler.

KSD ag teacher honored by state for helping students
Sandy Smock had anything but a traditional path to where she is today. But if the first and only ag teacher for the Kentucky School for the Deaf had any doubts about what she has achieved, the Kentucky Board of Education put them to rest this week.

MARYLAND

Maryland School for the Deaf graduates leave with strong sense of community
Thirty-three seniors from the Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick entered the school gym Friday to applause, cheers and waving hands. They were all about to graduate and take their next steps into the real world as adults.

MASSACHUSETTS

Students from Willie Ross School for the Deaf recognized at graduation
Five students graduated from the Willie Ross School for the Deaf in Longmeadow Friday night.

MICHIGAN

Students, parents, and alumni protest at Michigan School for the Deaf
The school is in the process of hiring an interim principal, but students, parents and alumni fear one will be hired that won’t be able to speak to the students through sign language.

NEW JERSEY

NJ student news: Delaware Valley Regional High School offers American Sign Language
You could use it to order a meal, check into a hotel or inquire about lost luggage, but it’s really not that kind of language. American Sign Language is for everyday communication with the deaf.

NEW YORK

St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf celebrates 150 years
St. Joseph’s School for the Deaf in the Bronx is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

Cleary School for the Deaf forced to freeze enrollment
The Cleary School for the Deaf, a day school program in Nesconset, Long Island, New York has started an online petition to try and bring attention to what they say is inadequate funding from the state government that has forced them to freeze enrollment with 20 students on the waitlist.

NORTH CAROLINA

Eight seniors receive diplomas, recall memories
For the 119th time, the North Carolina School for the Deaf graduated its senior class on Wednesday night to help them start a new journey in life.

LOCAL 8TH GRADER AIMS TO BREAK LANGUAGE BARRIERS WITH INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY
One student’s curiosity about a class project sparked her to take on a major problem: how to better communicate with people who cannot speak. Her solutions could be life-changing.

Deaf hair stylist finds success in Shelby
When Shannon Smith has a client in her chair at Great Clips, she makes sure she walks around to face them directly so she can read their lips or sign to the client.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Governor Noem reflects on new opportunity for South Dakota School for the Deaf
Governor Kristi Noem finalized the sale of the South Dakota School for the Deaf property to the Sioux Falls Ministry Center on Friday.

South Dakota will spend $1.8 million converting ‘new’ deaf-school campus
Some legislators raised eyebrows Tuesday when they saw for the first time on a map where the South Dakota School for the Deaf is heading

WORLD

CANADA

Burnaby deaf student battling blindness wins historic sports award
Watching 17-year-old Le Yi Deng grin and sign enthusiastically about her busy final year at the B.C. Provincial School for the Deaf and all her future plans, it feels all wrong to steer the interview around to Usher’s Syndrome – a disease that is slowly robbing her of her sight.

SINGAPORE

Coach’s use of sign language and technology helps deaf bowlers win
Bowling coach Francis Liew picked up sign language in 2009 so that he could communicate better with the deaf bowlers that he is in charge of.

THE CHANNEL ISLANDS

Workshops held for deaf young Islanders
WORKSHOPS were held for deaf young Islanders last week, to help them to feel confident and comfortable about their deafness.

UNITED KINGDOM

Cooking challenge for sixth form students
Students at Royal School for the Deaf Derby, in Ashbourne Road, took part in the challenge as part of their independent living course which cover topics including health and wellbeing, cooking on a budget, finance and careers management.

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