Deaf News in Review: Week 32

NATIONAL

California

2019 National Black Deaf Advocates Conference
The National Black Deaf Advocates hosted their 2019 conference on July 31 to August 4 in Oakland, California at the Oakland Marriott City Center.

Florida

Ron DeSantis appoints two to Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind Board
Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed two new members to Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FDSB) Board of Trustees.

Illinois

3 apps help people with hearing loss
Technological advancements have helped people with impaired hearing interact even better with the hearing world, through cutting-edge hearing aids and other devices that boost communication.

Louisiana

Decision coming soon on new leader for district including Louisiana School for the Deaf
Amid continuing controversy, state Superintendent of Education John White said Tuesday he hopes to begin talks this week to hire a new superintendent for the district that oversees the Louisiana School for the Deaf and the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired.

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Teen Creates Sign Language Class for Local Police
When she was old enough to drive, Catherine Fitzgerald was worried about what would happen if she was ever pulled over by a police officer.

Montana

Mont. CUs raise more than $3K for visual, hearing impaired
Montana’s Giant Springs Chapter of Credit Unions hosted their annual Garage Sale for Good August 10 where they raised nearly $3,500 for the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind (MSDB) and the Lions Clubs of Montana Low Vision Reader Project.

New Jersey

New Law Aims to Improve Education for Students with Hearing Loss
With the goal to improve education in New Jersey schools for children who are deaf, hard of hearing or deaf-blind, two pieces of legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Dan Benson, Nicholas Chiaravalloti, Raj Mukherji, Ralph Caputo, Mila Jasey, Annette Quijano and Pamela Lampitt were signed into law Aug. 5 by Acting Gov. Sheila Oliver.

New Mexico

After year in Division I, Nicole Spykstra set to reclaim all-conference form with Lopers
Nicole Spykstra’s experience in college softball is unlike most student-athletes.

Ohio

Cincinnati family sues city after son’s 911 calls failed to save him
Kyle Plush died April 10, 2018, after becoming trapped in the Honda Odyssey he drove to school that day.

South Dakota

School for the Deaf may be moving to a smaller campus, but it will reach record amount of students this year
As officials from South Dakota School for the Deaf prepare to make one major transition this fall, they’re also on the verge of having to find balance with another: hosting the highest number of enrolled students who are deaf and hard of hearing expected to receive outreach services since the school opened decades ago.

WORLD

Canada

Deaf child’s parents to launch human rights hearing against N.L. school district
The parents of a deaf boy are seeking a formal human rights hearing in Newfoundland and Labrador on the grounds that their son is not receiving the same quality of education as his peers.

China

Baseball camp for hearing impaired kids is a big hit
A baseball training camp for children with impaired hearing has concluded in Putuo District.

Kenya

Two Teenage Girls In Kenya Have Creating Something Amazing
Esther Amino and Salome Njeri are from Pwani Village in Kenya’s Rift Valley.

Trinidad and Tobago

More needed for deaf community
Though important steps have been made in deaf education, sign-language recognition and the rights of people who are deaf and hard of hearing, more work needs to be done for the deaf community.

United Kingdom

‘Lifetime of being left behind’ sees deaf pupils under-achieve in education
Deaf children across England are struggling at every stage of their education because of ‘a lifetime of being left behind’, according to the National Deaf Children’s Society.

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