Deaf News in Review: Week 37

NATIONAL

California

What you didn’t know about Deaf Awareness at CPP
Jed Dar Juan, a third-year visual communication student, gets to school early.

Idaho

Curious Mind: Open captioning is available at the local theater
Magic Valley Cinema 13’s close captioning has not been working. Isn’t that a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Iowa

ISD official: Iowa needs more, better trained interpreters
An Iowa School for the Deaf official called on the Iowa Board of Regents Wednesday to establish a bachelor’s degree program on interpreting for the deaf at one of the universities it oversees.

Louisiana

WATCH: New superintendent signs cheer for deaf students at pep rally
The new superintendent for the Louisiana Special School District got students excited during a recent pep rally.

4 deaf students from Saudi Arabia sue Southern University over lack of sign language interpreters
Four deaf students from Saudi Arabia are suing Southern University, claiming the school’s failure to consistently provide a sign language interpreter in their classes at the Baton Rouge campus violates federal law and jeopardizes their education.

Maryland

Flight attendant’s note to passenger goes viral
Ashley Ober, who was born deaf, flew alone for the first time in her life. See how a flight attendant’s kindness went a long way.

Michigan

Michigan School for the Deaf hosting first deaf 5K run/walk
Michigan School for the Deaf is hosting the first deaf 5K run/walk.

Deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing Michiganders have been ‘undercounted and overlooked’
A new study shows that the population of those who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing in Michigan has been underestimated for years.

New York

School transforms morning announcements for students: ‘Communication is the most important thing’
Morning announcements are a small part of the school day, but they relay a lot of important information to students. And at one local school, those announcements are transformed, so that students can better understand them.

Ohio

Frustrated Waiter Acts Rudely to Deaf Customer Until Diners Report Him to His Manager
Living with a disability can make it challenging to navigate through this already fast-paced world.

Oklahoma

OSD principal named Deaf Awareness Week spokesperson
Oklahoma School for the Deaf Director of Education Manda Chebultz is an official spokesperson for Deaf Awareness Week, celebrated worldwide from Sept. 23-29.

Deaf activist and Dancing with the Stars winner to appear at USAO
Nyle DiMarco, deaf rights advocate, 2015 winner of America’s Next Top Model and 2016 winner of Dancing with the Stars will keynote the 12th annual Ray, Mary & Nita Giles Symposium for Citizenship and Public Service Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Ballroom, located in the Student Center.

Pennsylvania

Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf expands Children’s Center
A ribbon-cutting was recently held to celebrate the newly expanded wing at the Children’s Center at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.

Western Pa School For The Deaf Celebrates 150th Anniversary
The entire community is invited to come out and celebrate 150 years of operation at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.

Rhode Island

Family’s Love Letters are a lifeline for daughter with disabilities

Emily spells “love” with her hands. These hands are printed on cards, T-shirts, inspirational messages and other kinds of custom-designed messages in American Sign Language. They are Love Letters by Emily.

Tennessee

Hearing is believing: kids benefit from Memphis audiology research
A third-grader put on a set of headphones and listened to pairs of short, single-syllable words.

WORLD

China

Hearing-Impaired Girls Win Football Title, Realize Dreams
Things did not proceed smoothly immediately after the football team was established, at Zhanjiang Special Education School, in 2013.

Ghana

Ghana: Hearing-Impaired Socially Excluded From Accessing Services-Research
The hearing-impaired in the country are missing out on social services and business opportunities due to limited access to sign language interpreters, a research by the Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD), has said.

India

Hearing impaired shooter Dhanush Srikanth makes India cut
Dhanush Srikanth has added another feather to his cap. After raising the bar by scoring world record scores in the national trials, the Telangana boy has become the first shooter with hearing impairment to get selected in the Indian national squad.

A look inside Visakhapatnam’s Omkar and Lion’s School for Deaf
September 23 is International Day of Sign Languages and the Omkar and Lion’s School for Deaf explains how it works with children who are hearing impaired

Ireland

Students begin new Irish Sign Language primary teaching pathway at DCU
Four students who communicate through Irish Sign language (ISL) registered at Dublin City University today to become Ireland’s first Deaf primary school teachers using Irish Sign Language.

Kenya

Learning Sign Language could reduce unfairness to the deaf
The hearing-impaired are among the most marginalised group in Kenya.

Kenyan Inventor Creates Gloves That Translate Sign Language to Audible Speech for the Deaf
The world may be growing in population, but the space between us—not just physically, but socially—grows smaller every year. With major advancements made to both travel and communications seemingly every time we turn around, it’s never been easier to communicate with one another across the globe.

Liberia

STOMART Pays Tuition for Two Deaf Students, Others
Clementina W-Johnson, founder and executive director of Straight From My Heart (STOMART), a locally based organization, has paid the first-semester tuition fees for two deaf students at the St. Dominic Catholic High School in Bomi County, and another student attending the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU).

Philippines

Reshowing of award-winning film to benefit deaf scholars
In celebration of the International Day of Sign Languages, the School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (SDEAS) of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) brings back the award-winning 2009 film Dinig Sana Kita (If I Knew What You Said) by Mike Sandejas in a one-time benefit screening on Sept. 23 at the Augusto-Rosario Gonzalez (ARG) Theater.

South Africa

Local learner achieves bronze medal at World Deaf Swimming Championships
The St Vincent School for the Deaf in Melrose is proud of Grade 12 learner Pierre Dellieu (21) who achieved a bronze medal at the World Deaf Swimming Championships in Brazil.

Tshabalala Primary School shows support to the deaf community
Tshabalala Primary School in Phake Section in Katlehong hosted a deaf-awareness event on September 13.

South Korea

BTS’ RM Donates 100 Million To Teach MUSIC To Students With Hearing Impairment
BTS member RM — who has recently celebrated his birthday — has reportedly made a sizeable donation to a school for his birthday. As per the report, BTS’ RM donated 100 million won which roughly translates (approximately $83,794) to a specialized school for the hearing impaired students in South Korea.

Trinidad and Tobago

Schools for the deaf receive stationery supplies
Quota International of TT (Quota TT) – the local arm of the global non-profit Quota International provided much needed support to the Cascade School for the Deaf and the Audrey Jeffers School for the Deaf with its annual School Stationery Supplies Project recently.

Uganda

Why sign language is key in health training institutions
When Mariam started experiencing labour pains at home, she reached for a Boda Boda motorcycle for the nearest hospital.

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