Deaf News in Review: Week 38



Social Impact Heroes: How Chris Soukup is helping to provide products, programs, and services that create opportunities for deaf people to succeed
As part of my series about “companies and organizations making an important social impact, I had the pleasure of interviewing Chris Soukup.

Texting 911 Will Soon be an Option in City of San Jose, Unincorporated Santa Clara Co.
People trying to report emergencies in Santa Clara County will soon be able to do so by texting 911 dispatchers instead of calling.

American Sign Language should fulfill foreign language requirement
Chrissy Marshall is a sophomore majoring in cinematic arts, film and television production at USC.


Technology from 1964 keeps Colorado’s deaf inmates from communicating with the outside. A judge’s ruling just changed that.
Deaf inmates in Colorado’s prisons will soon be able to communicate with loved ones and attorneys with ease for the first time in decades thanks to a federal lawsuit.


Jacksonville Symphony Celebrates the Start of a New Season with Hometown Artist Marcus Roberts Jazz Trio
It’s not very often that we are able to bring a hometown artist to the Jacoby Symphony Hall stage. But on September 28, the Jacksonville Symphony will do just that when we celebrate the start of the 2019-2020 season with pianist Marcus Roberts and his Jazz Trio.


Panel addresses police interactions with the deaf
The Chatham County Association of the Deaf held a panel discussion Saturday where police representatives from varied local agencies addressed unique challenges that the hearing-impaired community faces during encounters with law enforcement.


‘Instant connection’: Alton 8th grader bridges gaps with deaf student
While educators across the country work to improve inclusion in the nation’s public schools, the Alton eighth-grader has taken it upon himself for the past seven years to make sure that his deaf friend Antoine Phillips has someone his own age to talk with at school.


First Deaf Heritage Day at Conner Prairie
The Indiana School for the Deafis one of the first schools for the Deaf founded by a Deaf man—William Willard.


10 questions with Evelyn Glennie, the first solo percussionist, headlining Sioux City orchestra show
People don’t listen enough, solo percussionist Evelyn Glennie says.


Deaf man killed in pedestrian crash in District Heights
On September 7th, a deaf man, Manuel Cortez, as known as “Manny” and “Nene,” died after being struck by two vehicles. At 11:34pm, he was pronounced dead on the scene.

Maryland School for the Deaf barred from SpikeOut
The Maryland School for the Deaf’s volleyball team was barred from attending SpikeOut, an annual volleyball tournament that typically brings the nation’s largest Deaf school programs.


American Sign Language Society educates students about Deaf culture
When Mount Pleasant senior Ryanne Reddick came to Central Michigan University, she was a biology major.

New Jersey

5 Questions to Katherine Dubbs (Founder and President, SIGN & SING)
SIGN & SING was founded in 2015 by Princeton University alumna Katherine Dubbs as a way to make opera and new music for all audiences.

New York

Student Spotlight: Making discoveries abroad with NTID
Looking to learn more about the roots of American deaf culture, fourth-year student Grace Bradford went on a study abroad trip to France.

North Dakota

State audit of North Dakota School for the Deaf reveals shortcomings in procurement procedures
A state audit, released on Tuesday, Sept. 24, of the North Dakota School for the Deaf in Devils Lake revealed an 18 percent error rate in properly carrying out its procurement procedures.


OU grad serves as Deaf Awareness Week spokesman
James Connor Sullivan earned his undergraduate and doctorate degrees at the University of Oklahoma and works as a clinical audiologist at the Baylor College of Medicine.

Hearing-impaired woman shoots, kills intruder in Oklahoma
Authorities in eastern Oklahoma say a hearing-impaired woman has fatally shot an intruder inside her home near the Arkansas border.


Two lawsuits filed against Intermountain Healthcare by members of deaf community
Members of the deaf community have now filed two lawsuits against Intermountain Healthcare.


‘New era’ for campus in the making
Taking on the former Austine School for the Deaf campus had been about both getting a bigger space and preserving a valuable community resource for Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development.


Texting 9-1-1 now allowed when calling not possible
The New River Valley Emergency Communication Authority (NRV911) introduced another way for the community to reach out for help.

West Virginia

Deaf Alliance brings hope to region’s hearing impaired
Stunned by the lack of government-provided social services for the deaf and hard of hearing, a group of deaf people in the Eastern Panhandle decided to take it upon themselves to create a community organization to help those with hearing disabilities navigate the modern world.


Ex Fabula hosts Deaf story slam to kick off awareness week
This week, Sept. 20 – 29, is Deaf Awareness Week. It’s a chance to elevate stories from the Deaf community, to celebrate Deaf culture and build a deeper understanding of a historically underserved community.

Sign Language course a big success
Menominee High School recently introduced an American Sign Language (ASL) class, and this year it has exploded in popularity.



International Day of Sign Languages
Today, September 23, is the International Day of Sign Languages. There are many posts on social media to celebrate this. Several world leaders have posted videos of themselves signing.

‘Can’t do without it’: Deaf Australians anxious about end of phone captioning service
Paul Philippa started to go deaf ten years ago, with the deterioration gradually affecting his quality of life and forcing him to use hearing aids.


Listen to us more!
Members of the deaf community are pleading with Barbadians to take heed when they communicate.


Learning sign language is important to listen to deaf people
Students of the Wangsel Institute for the Deaf in Paro requested communities to accept the deaf community as a part of their community by learning sign language and communicate with them.

Research team developing Bhutanese sign language
Bhutanese Sign Language (BSL) is the main medium of communication for deaf students at the Wangsel Institute for the Deaf in Paro. The school has 106 students.


Hamburg University hosting international sign language conference
The University of Hamburg is hosting the international Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research” (TISLR 13) conference from September 26-28, 2019 in the main building on Edmund-Siemers-Allee.


Moreson Special School celebrates International Sign Language Day
Today is International Sign Language Day and the Moreson Special School in Khomasdal celebrated it with poetry, arts performances and learning about human rights.


Filipino deaf advocates present study in WFD 2019
Through the support of The Nippon Foundation of Japan, the Philippine delegation from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Center for Education Access and Development shared their research studies in Technology and Accessibility in the recent XVII World Congress at the Palais des Congres in Paris, France.


Hearing impairment no obstacle for athletes
Athletes with hearing impairment do not need any extra equipment while playing sports, according to Yakup Ümit Kihtir, the head Turkish Sports Federation of People with Hearing Impaired (TIESF).

United Kingdom

How this deaf student is taking his first steps into the world of work

Azar Hafizi is a student at Communication Specialist College Doncaster who is undertaking work experience at Haart Estate Agents.

Signfest raises awareness of sign language in Derby
Deaf people from across Derby spent a week celebrating and raising awareness of British Sign Language with the aim of bringing deaf and hearing people together.

Deaf awareness training to begin for London Overground staff 
It is estimated that there are 11 million people who are deaf or have a hearing loss in the UK, many of whom use public transport in London.

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