Deaf News in Review: Week 42

NATIONAL

Arkansas

Road cave-in at School for the Deaf may reveal burial
A cave-in that first appeared in a driveway at the Arkansas School for the Deaf this summer has revealed a possible metal crypt just six inches below the surface, an object that could be part of an old cemetery known to have been located on the residential school’s grounds in the early part of the 20th century.

California

Recap of preliminary hearing
Hello, I’ve finished observing today’s preliminary hearing for Mavrick Fisher’s murder case.

Colorado

Deaf and determined, Air Academy’s Brina Baysinger leads Kadets to softball playoffs
There’s one thing you should know about Air Academy softball pitcher Brina Baysinger: She’s not a rude person.

Georgia

Deaf interpreter at Atlanta Pride goes viral
A deaf man, David Cowan, who is a freelance deaf interpreter, became an internet sensation for the last week.

Hawai’i

New project breaks down communication barriers
A new project aims to teach hearing impaired students how to code. It’s part of an effort to create devices that can help students with disabilities navigate everyday life.

Illinois

Sign language interpreters bring Paramount Theatre shows to life for deaf community
In the many years of enjoying the Paramount Theatre’s Broadway Series shows in Aurora, I have to admit Friday evening’s performance of “Newsies” gave me new appreciation for the sound of silence.

Indiana

Deaf singer, songwriter Mandy Harvey inspires hope
“Hope keeps life moving because it pulls us out of any dark situation. Continue to hope and make your dreams a reality,” said Mandy Harvey.

Iowa

Two alumni added to Iowa School for the Deaf Hall of Fame
Iowa School for the Deaf inducted two alumni into its hall of fame Saturday as part of its homecoming activities.

‘My own world’: Deaf Drake punter Ross Kennedy finding success in silence
When Drake punter Ross Kennedy jogs onto the football field, he doesn’t hear the cheers of the crowd.

Louisiana

Special school district launches search for next director of Louisiana School for the Deaf
The Louisiana Special School District (SSD) is in search of the next director of its school for the deaf, one of the state’s two special schools.

Maryland

Maryland School for the Deaf welcomes Chinese student delegation
Maryland School for the Deaf students exchanged gifts and culture Monday as the school welcomed a delegation of Chinese students from their sister school, Dongcheng Special Education School in Beijing.

Mississippi

Ole Miss Theatre Offers Full Season of ASL-Interpreted Performances
At a recent Saturday matinee performance of “The Wolves,” the University of Mississippi Department of Theatre and Film’s first production of its 2019-20 season, audience members settling into Meek Auditorium probably noticed two people seated on a platform just off the left side of the stage.

 

Pennsylvania

Deaf Parkland swimmer Jacob Parry inspires others through coaching
Since its opening in 1999, the swimming pool at Parkland High School has been a place where so many league, District 11 and state champions were nurtured.

South Carolina

‘I love you’ sculpture creates legacy for South Carolina students
The City of Columbia received a generous donation from the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind Foundation Wednesday. One Columbia for the Arts and Culture helped facilitate the project.

Tennessee

East Tennessee teen loses cochlear implant after being tased
A deaf teenager was tased by a sheriff’s deputy because he couldn’t hear the officer’s command to stop.

Utah

‘DeafTown’ Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum experience created especially for deaf and hard of hearing students
Around 50 deaf students from Utah, Colorado, and Idaho had a first-hand experience at Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum’s first-ever “DeafTown”.

Former aide at Utah school for deaf children charged with child rape
A former teacher’s aide at a school for deaf children faces numerous counts of sexually abusing at least three young girls.

Washington

2019 Deaf Seniors of America Conference
About 900 senior citizens have come here this week to network, see old friends, to make new friends and at the same time, they’ve come together to have a conversation about different issues that the senior citizens face today.

WORLD

Canada

Deaf children need teachers fluent in American Sign Language: N.L. educator
A former educator says the Newfoundland and Labrador government has let down deaf children by closing the School for the Deaf and isolating students by not having teachers who can properly communicate with them in the classroom.

Marginalized American Sign Language: Disability and queerness
Mat Kuntz is an American Sign Language (ASL) teacher who works with several organizations including Seeing Voices, which seek to make communities more deaf-aware and deaf-accessible.

China

How deaf Finnish rap artist Signmark has overcome the ‘impossible’ – and found his voice
The actions of Finnish deaf rapper Signmark’s sign language speak louder than words in many ways.

Egypt

‘New Life’ initiative to employ the hearing-impaired in restaurants
The Ministry of Social Solidarity signed on Sunday a cooperation protocol with the Egyptian Company for International Touristic Projects – Americana to launch the “New Life” initiative.

Ghana

Deaf and blind student graduates with First Class at UEW
A 30-year-old student from University of Education Winneba(UEW), Slyvia Abena Peprah who pursued a two-year diploma programme in Community-Based Rehabilitation and Disability Studies has graduated with a First Class honours.

India

Hearing-Impaired World Champion, Prithvi Sekhar Credits Novak Djokovic For His Success
The new champion at World Deaf Tennis Championship, Prithvi Sekhar defeated the third-seeded Jaroslav Smedek from the Czech Republic in the finals in Antalya, Turkey.

Russia

Deaf couple may edit embryo’s DNA to correct hearing mutation
On a lightly snowing Sunday evening, a potential participant in Denis Rebrikov’s controversial plans to create gene-edited babies meets with me at a restaurant in a Moscow suburb.

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