Deaf News in Review: Week 43

NATION

Arkansas

Silent Sunday with Arkansas School for the Deaf
Silent Sunday, November 3 at the Statehouse Convention Center, is a benefit buffet for the Arkansas School for the Deaf.

Crypt found six inches under the Arkansas School for the Deaf campus, more discoveries expected
A stunning discovering underneath The Arkansas School for the Deaf, a real-life crypt with unknown contents has been found just six inches below the campus.

California

Recap of Mavrick Fisher’s preliminary hearing for murder of Grant Whitaker
I will show you video clips of the preliminary hearing at the Lake County Courthouse on October 23.

San Marcos teacher transforms lives through American Sign Language
Almost three years ago, Carlsbad resident Katie Rose Bassett said she received one of the biggest shocks of her life: her newborn son, Cade, was diagnosed with moderate hearing loss.

Colorado

Hearing Impaired Regain Confidence Thanks To Dance Studio
Music helps fill in the empty spaces in our lives. If we like a song enough, we might just get up and dance.

Florida

FSU’s Becker a bridge to deaf community
Carlos Becker, a defensive back for Florida State, is best known for his interception that sealed the 2016 Orange Bowl win for the Seminoles.

Idaho

Rexburg mom to teach ‘Baby Signing Fun’
A Rexburg mom, wanting to help babies develop strong language skills, is offering a class called “Baby Signing Fun” where she teaches sign language.

Indiana

Why UIndy should offer American Sign Language
When I was a server, I once had a party of 15 people who could only communicate in American Sign Language.

Kansas

Deaf Derby doctor now treats deaf patients
Derby Native Casey Combs lost her hearing at the age of 4, and now, she is helping deaf patients in Wichita.

Kentucky

Lawsuit alleges ‘abuse of authority’ at Kentucky School for the Deaf
A former teacher at the Kentucky School for the Deaf has filed a whistleblower lawsuit, alleging she was fired in retaliation for reporting “violations of law” and “abuse of authority” by KSD Principal Toyah Robey.

Louisiana

Theatre Baton Rouge continues spooky season with their production of ‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’
Theatre Baton Rouge’s next production, as the title suggests, is filled with a lot of love and murder, as well as a lot of currents students and alum of the University.

Maryland

Deaf Frederick woman who couldn’t hear toilet run hit with $5K water bill
Imagine opening your quarterly water bill to find that this time around, that’s what you owe.

Students sign up for RM’s new ASL class
Walking through RM’s hallways, you will often hear the murmur of student voices arising from various classrooms.

Mississippi

Lack of ASL classes cause disconnect
The importance of American Sign Language is often discounted and as a result, it is taught infrequently at schools and universities in the US.

Deaf student Kris Colvin prepares for teaching career with support from UM interpreters
Kris Colvin didn’t always believe he could be a teacher. In fact, he remembers being shocked when a substitute teacher in grade school was deaf, too. Colvin was about 10 years old and had never met a teacher who was deaf before.

Ohio

Teen Develops World-Wide Hearing-Impaired Pen Pal Program
School can be difficult for many kids but those who are hearing impaired have a difficult road to travel in order to have a successful school career and beyond.

Pennsylvania

Deaf Activist Nyle DiMarco Surprises Students At Western Pennsylvania School For The Deaf
Students at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf got a big surprise. Well-known Deaf activist Nyle DiMarco made a visit to the school on Friday,

Utah

Deaf and hard of hearing advocates rally at State Capitol for better access to health care
Dozens of people protested at the capitol over what they say are a lack of communication provisions that hinder them from getting access to quality care at hospitals and medical facilities.

Virginia

A deaf woman was rejected from a jail program in Chesapeake. Now the sheriff has reversed course.
n July, Tikesha Phillips pleaded guilty to a DUI charge in Chesapeake and was sentenced to five days in jail, to be served on weekends.

Washington

We’re on a level playing field’
More than 10 chairs and tables were pulled close together for the Deaf Coffee Chat held on Oct. 11 at Starbucks on East University Way.

West Virginia

Campus preschool assists auditory access for children
The Luke Lee Listening, Learning and Language Lab, or “The L” as it is more commonly referred to, is a preschool program at Marshall University that started in 2006 for children that are deaf or hearing-impaired to learn listening and spoken language skills.

WORLD

Canada

New Steering Committee to Look at Education Access for NL Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
A couple who are fighting for improved supports for deaf and hard of hearing students in the classroom are pleased with word that a steering committee has been put together to address the issue.

Japan

International sign language draws attention as Tokyo Olympics approach
As the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics draw ever closer, more people in Japan are taking courses in international sign language as a means of communicating with hearing-impaired visitors from overseas.

Namibia

Only five deaf assistant teachers nationwide
This was revealed by the Namibian National Association of the Deaf (NNAD)’s executive director, Paul Nanyeni, who pleaded with the government to provide more proficient deaf assistant teachers to improve the education level within the deaf community and promote inclusivity.

Nigeria

INEC involves sign language interpreters ahead elections
The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) says it plans to engage sign language interpreters to educate the deaf and dumb voters on electoral procedures during the Nov. 16 governorship election in Kogi.

Rwanda

Tennis federation initiates Deaf Tennis in schools
After launching wheelchair tennis in the country two years ago, the Rwanda Tennis Federation (RTF) has continued to expand the sport in other categories in line with the International Tennis Competitions.

Zimbabwe

Dancing to silent music
Disco speakers break into music, and the competition starts. The dancers are out to not only to dazzle with fancy footwork and body movement — the fad of dancing competitions — but to outdo each other.

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