Deaf News in Review – Week 24

NATIONAL

ILLINOIS

Deaf Hockey Players In Bensenville Tournament: ‘I Feel Like I Fit In’
Around 60 young athletes from around the country are taking part in the 46th annual Stan Mikita Hockey School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

INDIANA

Deaf Fortnite Pro-Am competitor Ewok makes mark on streaming scene
Soleil Wheeler’s life changed during a Fortnite stream in March. The 13-year-old deaf Fortnite livestreamer, known as “Ewok,” put her hands to her face as she gasped at what happened — thousands of miles away from her home in the Midwest, popular gaming personality Timothy “TimTheTatman” John Betar had concluded his stream and hosted her channel, sending thousands of viewers her way.

MICHIGAN

Michigan School for the Deaf parents, students concerned over principal selection process
A meeting has been set for parents and students to address their concerns as Michigan School for the Deaf looks to find a new leader.

Michigan School for the Deaf hires interim principal; parents, students raise concerns
The announcement of the hiring of a new interim principal for the Michigan School for the Deaf was met with criticism and concern from parents and students at a meeting Tuesday.

NEW MEXICO

Two men charged for fake checks on deaf school account 
Two men are charged with cashing or trying to cash fraudulent New Mexico School for the Deaf checks two years ago.

Taos kids help train service dogs
Students from the New Mexico School for the Deaf are spending a few days a week during June and July in Taos training service dogs with the Taos-based, eight-member Taos Canine-Assisted Leadership Crew.

NORTH CAROLINA

Rigby High School student first to be named Presidential Scholar
Rigby High School senior Megan Clements is leaving her impact on Jefferson School District 251 in more ways than one.

OKLAHOMA

Catching up with Legion state champ Tommy Varner
When he was a baby, Tommy Varner suffered an illness that caused him to lose much of his hearing.

Bartlesville native named spokesperson
Bartlesville native Beverly Bates once struggled to find a job where skills and work ethic were more important than her vision and hearing losses.

OREGON

Deaf culture at the diamond
If you want to get an earful, ask Corey McArthur about cochlear implants. The surgically-implanted neuroprosthetic device can help to restore a partial sense of sound for someone with profound hearing loss.

VIRGINIA

American Sign Language education a good sign for Williamsburg students
Two dozen Williamsburg high school students traveled to Washington, D.C.’s Gallaudet University in May for a class field trip. They attended classes, participated in activities like scavenger hunts, and even ordered drinks at the first “Signing” Starbucks in the U.S., all without speaking a word.

WORLD

CANADA

Deaf student wins school’s first Female Athlete of the Year Award
The school year is nearly over, and Grade 12 student Le Yi Deng is being recognized for more than just her academics.

INDIA

ICC announces sign language commentary for cricket live streaming
In a first for live cricket broadcast, International Cricket Council is all set to experiment with the “sign language” commentary from the venue of the match. In its commitment to ensure cricket is accessible to all sectors of society, the ICC will be live stream two T20I games of the Men’s T20 World Cup Europe Finals on June 16 with integrated sign language.

KENYA

Exams discriminate against deaf, blind pupils
The current national examinations system blocks blind, deaf and dumb students from enrolling in universities and colleges.

Smart glove transforms sign language gestures into speech
Roy Allela, a 25-year-old Kenyan man has invented smart gloves that are capable of transforming sign language gestures into audio speech.

SINGAPORE

Hearing-impaired barista can now draw hearts, thanks to bosses who reshape job
Like an accomplished barista, Mr Melvin Sii expertly manoeuvres a silver pitcher with his left hand as he pours milk into a cup of latte, drawing the shape of a heart.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

There is More to Life than what we Hear
As a child of deaf adults (CO­DA), and to­day, a sign lan­guage in­ter­preter, I had the first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence of the bliss­es and strug­gles that the deaf faces.

UNITED KINGDOM

Top ratings for Aberdeen school for the deaf
An Aberdeen school for the deaf has received praise from inspectors. Monitors from the Care Inspectorate watchdog visited Sunnybank School on Sunnybank Road in Aberdeen on May 1 and have now published their report.

Christine Sun Kim’s Art About the Erasure of Deaf History Takes Over London for One Night
It only happens one night a year. The streets of a London area stay up until the early hours of the morning, activated by artistic intervention. On view June 22, this year’s edition of Art Night London will be taking over the towns of Walthamstow and King’s Cross.

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