Sunday, February 28, 2016
A deaf woman is suing the city of New York because she says police refused to provide her with an interpreter. Tanya Ingram was in a minor car accident in 2013 when the problem began. Read the full story at the New York Post here.
There's a plan to close deaf schools in the Ontario area due to falling enrollments. Ann Carr, a former counsellor at the local schools, told parents at a Friday meeting, “If you don’t do it now, at the end of June you guys are going to have nothing. At the end of June they’re going to say goodbye. This is for real, you have to start moving today,” reports the Intelligencer.Read more here.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Educators for deaf and hard of hearing students have gathered at Fresno State this weekend for a statewide conference. The CAL-ED Conference (CAL-ED stands for California Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) includes workshops and presentations aimed at parents, interpreters and teachers working in the field. For a look at the schedule of events, click here.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Deaf drivers say they've been mistreated by Winnipeg police. Jenna Irwin told the CBC, "I think sometimes the police officers just don't want to take the time or make the effort to communicate with us. I think we all want to be treated equally. We want to feel as though we're the same as everybody else, and communication is very important. Eye contact is very important. I'm not too sure why they would assume we should be treated any differently just because we're deaf." Below is a CBC News video report.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
A Starbucks employee in Virginia learned some sign language because of one of his frequent customers is deaf. The customer, Ibby Piracha was so appreciative, he posted a note of thanks on Facebook and it has since gone viral. KTRK-TV has a video report. No captions but you can read the story here.
Monday, February 22, 2016
“Today’s Commission action on closed captioning is about responsibility. Those who produce and distribute video for television have a shared responsibility to ensure that closed captioning is both available and accurate. Likewise, this agency has a responsibility to seize on this moment in time which, for the first time in human history, offers us real opportunities to address the communications challenges faced by tens of millions of Americans with disabilities. We are making significant progress on this front and I thank my fellow Commissioners for joining me in this important work.”There's also an updated complaint proceedure. Read more here.
Friday, February 19, 2016
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Robert Ovens was awarded damages for not being given a qualified interpreter and other issues related to accommodations while he was in a Deleware prison by the State Human Relations Commission. But a judge has reversed that decision, saying "prisons are not places of public accommodation." You can read the entire ruling here. The decision runs counter to the Supreme Court decision in Pennsylvania Department of Corrections v. Yeskley. The high court found correctional facilities are obligated to follow ADA law.
The Roman Catholic religious order Clercs de Saint-Viateur agreed to pay 150 deaf victims of sexual abuse $20 million--and $10 million more will come from the Institut Raymond-Dewar (once known as the Montreal Institute for the Deaf). It's the "largest settlement for sexual assault in Quebec history" according to the Montreal Gazzette. The abuse "spanned from 1940 to 1982." Read the full story here.
Saturday, February 13, 2016
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Friday, February 12, 2016
The men's basketball team at Gallaudet have a 10-3 conference record and a 13-6 record overall this season. The Bison are second place in their division and will take on Wilson College Saturday. A strong finish could propel the team into the playoffs. Read more about how the team has come together this season in a PressBox article posted here.
We're now learning more about the man shot and killed in San Antonio, Texas when he knocked on the door of a woman who is now in police custody. William Farr was from Spartanburg, South Carolina where he attended the attended the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind. WECT-TV has this video report on Farr's background.
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Thursday, February 11, 2016
When she finished the national anthem, I turned to her and signed, "I love you," and she signed it right back. Later in her dressing room, she and I had a chance to speak, and I told her my kids were big fans of hers. She couldn't have been nicer. I told her anytime she wanted to learn to sign to give a call, and she said, "Yes!"Read more from ET here.
A dance workshop at West Hartford, Connecticut's American School for the Deaf brought out some great moves by the students. WTIC-TV has a video report (no captions but you can read the story here).
A plan that would create a four-year college on the campus of the New Mexico School for the Deaf got a lot of attention when the state legislature held a hearing on the topic Tuesday. Find out what happened in an article published by the Santa Fe New Mexican.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
A woman in San Antonio shot and killed a deaf man who did nothing more than knock on her door. When his body was discovered, police found a note next to his body with the word "sorry" written on it. WOAI-TV has a video report (no captions but you can read the story here).
Monday, February 8, 2016
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Florida is considering raising the level of requirements for sign language interpreters because "Florida is one of only five states that has no standard for sign language interpreter qualifications in K-12 programs.” Read the story at WFSU Radio/TV here.