Deaf News in Review: Week 41

NATION

California

ASL III professor returns to City College
Don Lee Hanaumi is no stranger to the Los Rios colleges. Though it’s been 14 years since he last taught at City College, he’s happy to be back.

District of Columbia

D.C. deaf community testifies in support for “Office on Deaf and Hard of Hearing”
Multiple members of the D.C. deaf community testified before the Committee on Government Operations at Council of the District of Columbia in a public hearing on a bill that aims to establish the “Office on Deaf and Hard of Hearing” and have its director be appointed by the D.C. Mayor.

Georgia

Fox Theatre works to improve experience for hearing-impaired patrons
Atlanta’s Fox Theatre has reached an agreement to improve the quality and availability of services for patrons who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Iowa

Disability Awareness Week to raise awareness on campus through events
According to CBS News, 15 percent of the world’s population, roughly 785 million people, have a physical or mental disability.

Kentucky

Looking back: Dr. Augustus Rogers was superintendent at Kentucky School for the Deaf for 32 years
Dr. Augustus Rogers became the seventh superintendent at Kentucky School for the Deaf and spent 32 years in that position before he retired in 1928. He also served as secretary of the board of directors.

Maryland

Deaf DJ leads fundraising dance to benefit Maryland School for the Deaf
Nico DiMarco of Washington, D.C., grew up listening to music. But being born deaf, DiMarco was attracted more to the bass than the actual words.

Michigan

Deaf woman and toddler killed after man intentionally sets apartment building on fire, officials say
A woman who is deaf and her toddler were killed after a man set their apartment building on fire.

Montana

State audit prompts School for Deaf and Blind to make some changes
A recent audit of the Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind says the Great Falls facility should develop ways to ensure accruals are accurate and in compliance with state accounting policies.

New Jersey

What started with one interpreter has grown into a church for the deaf and hearing
Except for the pastor, hardly anyone at Chosen Generation Ministries in Newark knew about Thyson Halley’s gift.

New York

Deaf activist Nyle DiMarco to kick off DSS
Deaf activist Nyle DiMarco will kick off the 2019-20 Distinguished Speakers Series with a talk at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in Alumni Arena, North Campus.

RIT/NTID Career Fair to bring record number of employers to campus to recruit deaf/hard-of-hearing students
Companies, federal agencies looking for talent and diversity at Career Fair, Oct. 17

Twelve Women Allege They Were Sexually Abused While Students at New York School for the Deaf: Lawsuit
A dozen women who attended the prestigious New York School for the Deaf claim that a dorm supervisor sexually abused them on a nightly basis, according to a lawsuit.

Ohio

Deaf baseball pioneer and Ohio native William “Dummy” Hoy profiled in new film
“A Silent Natural” will be screened Monday at the Davidson Theatre at the Riffe Center. It features deaf actors in all deaf roles, including Columbus native Jody Stevenson, who was the first deaf cheerleader at Ohio State University.

Oklahoma

Deaf woman fatally shoots alleged home intruder in self defense
On Sunday, September 22nd, in Rock Island, Oklahoma, a 62-year-old deaf woman shot and killed a 30-year-old man who allegedly broke into her home.

Pennsylvania

Adapted for the stage: Glasses that stream captions in real time improve access for hearing impaired
High-tech is commonplace in the nation’s theaters: projections that enhance scenery or advance a plot; lasers and lights run by computerized cues; machinery that helps create special effects.

South Carolina

Proposed bill would create state standard for sign language interpreters
A South Carolina lawmaker wants to make sure deaf and hearing-impaired people in the state have access to qualified and certified sign language interpreters.

Tennessee

Owner of a Tennessee Dairy Queen accused of denying man with cochlear implant a job
A Tennessee Dairy Queen location is being accused of denying a person employment because he had a cochlear implant and couldn’t wear a visor or hat.

Wisconsin

Ex-employee of Beloit Walmart wins discrimination lawsuit
A jury awards a former Beloit Walmart employee $5.2 million in a disability discrimination lawsuit against his old employer.

WORLD

India

Accessible cinema: Govt asks filmmakers to make audio descriptions part of production
In a step towards making cinema accessible for persons with disabilities (PwDs), the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has issued a new directive to Central Bureau of Film Certification (CBFC), to use audio descriptions and closed captioning in cinemas.

This hearing-impaired photographer still finds a good tune with birds
“What I find remarkable about birds is one can find them literally everywhere — immaterial of the surroundings or the weather / climate — they are always true to their character — they are always birds,” smiles Anand Vishwanadha.

Seven-Year-Old Mumbai Girl Built An App To Help Deaf Kids Easily Learn Sign Language
Hirranyaa Rajani is just seven years old, but she looks to be already on her way to achieve great things.

Malaysia

Deaf or hearing-impaired Grab drivers are becoming a norm in Malaysia
Joey Kow works as Grab driver five days a week. “I enjoy it because it enables me to meet people and earn a living,” says Kow, who also works at a bakery. Kow might sound like any Grab driver, but she’s one of 500 drivers and delivery-riders in Malaysia who are differently-abled.

Nigeria

Expert wants sign language included in curriculum to aid hearing-Impaired persons
A sign language expert has urged parents, caregivers and education instructors to learn the sign language that will enable them communicate and interact with persons with hearing Impairment, as part of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

United Kingdom

Royal School for the Deaf teaching assistant is top of the crop
A teaching assistant who has worked in a Derby school for almost 40 years has been named one of the top five TAs in the country and described as ‘always going the extra mile’.

Worried families say cutting services for deaf and visually impaired will be ‘detrimental’
A service supporting almost 500 deaf and visually impaired children in Wigan could see its budget cut by the local authority, leaving parent fearing for the future.

Jessica Kellgren-Fozard: Deaf and disabled YouTube vlogger opens the School of Life
“I still get messages saying ‘oh well, that’s a shame, we’ll just have to live without disabled people’ or ‘disabled people are a sacrifice worth making’ – well, that’s genocide!” exclaims Jessica Kellgren-Fozard, a deaf, disabled, gay YouTube “influencer” whose videos are watched by 550,000 subscribers.

Here is how Coppull dad Alan overcomes being both blind and deaf, with the support of Galloway’s Society for the Blind
But with the use of a hearing aid and guide dog Mandy, 67-year-old Alan Hughes refused to let his disabilities beat him. He is an active volunteer at Galloway’s Society for the Blind and made sure he was a ‘can do guy.’

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