Deaf News in Review – Week 27

NATIONAL

California

Sonya Wilson ’96 Climbs Her Mountains
On a beautiful June day in 2014, Sonya Wilson ’96 gazed out from high atop Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa, knowing she had achieved something remarkable. Yet, even a 19,341-foot mountain paled in comparison to the numerous obstacles Wilson has overcome in her life.

Colorado

Spreading the word: Panic in ASL
For Widespread Panic, the seventh member of the band might be Edie Jackson. Jackson is Widespread Panic’s American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter.

New opportunity allows deaf and hard of hearing community work in the healthcare industry
Some might assume that people who are deaf or hard of hearing aren’t qualified to work in the healthcare industry, but that simply isn’t true.

Connecticut

American School for the Deaf Names New Director of Education
The American School for the Deaf (ASD) is pleased to announce Paula Morabito will be joining the school’s executive leadership team as Director of Education, beginning Aug. 15, 2019.

Florida

St. Augustine Sailing hosts FSDB students
Rose Ann and Chuck Points, owners of St. Augustine Sailing Enterprises, Inc. and local sailing enthusiast businesses, recently hosted 12 students from Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) for a day of one-on-one and group sailing instruction and demonstrations.

Meet UNF’s first deaf nursing student
Bethany Baker plans to improve accessibility to education, communication and preventative care in her community as the first deaf nursing student here at UNF.

Georgia

A theater experience for the deaf and the hearing
Have you ever watched a movie with subtitles and gotten frustrated by reading lines of dialogue at the bottom of the screen while you’re missing the action above the text? This is somewhat akin to how a deaf person has to watch a live show with a sign language interpreter.

Kentucky

Free ASL Chat offered by Blanchfield Army Community Hospital for patients and staff
During a free group that meets twice a month, beneficiaries and staff at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital can learn and practice American Sign Language.

New Mexico

Northern Preparing for Deaf Student-Athlete
Hot on the recruiting trail and filled with a busy summer camp schedule, Northern New Mexico head mens basketball coach Ryan Cordova has his hands filled with a whole new challenge.

Oklahoma

School for the Deaf principal to serve as superintendent
Chris Dvorak from Ardmore will serve as the new superintendent at Oklahoma School for the Deaf. OSD is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

Pennsylvania

Deafness pushes dance student to pursue her art: ‘There’s always something that you can do’
When Reva Nallani was 18 months old, her parents began to suspect that their daughter had a hearing problem. As an infant, Reva wouldn’t turn in response to voices, and as she grew older she didn’t make attempts to speak.

Sign language class at Rebecca M. Arthurs Library
The Rebecca M. Arthurs Library in Brookville started their six-week introductory course on American Sign Language this week. The course is taught by ASL instructor Rita Woodard, who is the child of deaf adults, or CODA in the deaf community.

Utah

Deaf Murray soccer player Sophie Post turning heads, eyeing national team career
When Jason Redmond set out to build the roster of High Plains Select — a tournament and college showcase girls soccer program — earlier this year, he was inundated with emails from prospective players and their parents.

Vermont

How Vermont is working to centralize services for the deaf
The closing of a school for the deaf in Brattleboro five years ago had a ripple effect on services for deaf people across Vermont, making it hard for families to find services.

Washington DC

Deaf couple to open DC pizzeria with all deaf workers
A deaf couple is set to open a new Neapolitan-style pizzeria in Washington, D.C., staffed only by deaf employees.

WORLD

India

Innovative English language skills programme for deaf kids spreads its wings to Sri Lanka
As is the case in India, deaf children in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh miss out on critical language development skills due to lack of early detection. This later translates into missing out on learning English Language skills, so critical in higher education and employment. A curriculum designed by impact enterprise v-shesh is enabling children in these countries to address those gaps.

Ireland

Support deaf people in accessing work
RTÉ 1 showed a documentary called London Calling earlier this year. The programme highlighted a silent phenomenon in the history of Irish emigration: Irish deaf people going to the UK because there are better job opportunities there.

Kenya

Mututho commits to install solar power at Ngala School
Needy students at Ngala Secondary School for the deaf on the outskirts of Nakuru Town have a reason to smile after former Nacada boss John Mututho committed to ensuring a solar power system is installed at the school.

John Mututho urges State to hire more deaf people
Former National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and drug Abuse Board (Nacada) chairman John Mututho has urged the government to hire deaf graduates in the procurement departments.

Namibia

Rundu to host Winter Deaf Schools Sports Tournament
THE Maria Mwengere Secondary School, located just outside Rundu in the Kavango East region, will this year host the winter deaf schools sports tournament.

South Africa

Cape Deaf to start Deafblind Education Unit in September
Mr Setumte Ametewee, the Principal of the Cape Coast School for the Deaf and Blind (Cape Deaf) on Tuesday said the institution will open a Deafblind Education Units next September.

United Kingdom

‘Strictly Come Signing’ competition showcases the very best signing choirs in Redbridge
‘Strictly Come Signing’ came to Redbridge on Tuesday, 2 July, with a competition for sign language choirs at Hawkey Hall in Woodford Green.

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