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  • The Embarrassing California Obamacare Glitch Involving Deaf Callers and a Naughty Hotline

    04/01/2014 12:06:08 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | april 1, 2014 | becket adams
    Deaf Californians looking to sign up for health insurance coverage through the state’s Obamacare exchange were directed Monday to a hotline offering to connect them with “hot ladies.” As some Californians learned on the final day of open enrollment, one of the phone numbers provided by Covered California, the state’s online exchange, was 1-888-899-4500, one digit off from the real number, 1-888-889-4500. So instead of being connected to an Obamacare representative, some hearing-impaired Californians were instead sent to an “adult entertainment” phone service. “Welcome to America’s hottest talk line. Ladies, to talk to interesting and exciting guys free, press one...
  • Pope to hold first official audience with the blind, deaf

    03/12/2014 3:14:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 12, 2014
    Vatican City, Mar 12, 2014 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the first pontiff to meet with those who are blind and deaf in an exclusive audience, Pope Francis will hold the gathering later this month – an encounter participants are highly anticipating. “I am pleased that the Pope is making the whole world aware of our world by having an audience with us for the first time” Jakob Badde told CNA on March 10, “we have a great deficiency and most people do not know why and what it means to us.” Badde hails from Germany – the son...
  • Cops Beat a Deaf Man for Seven Minutes Because He didn’t Respond to Their Yelling

    01/16/2014 8:07:19 AM PST · by Altariel · 56 replies
    Pearl Pearson is a 64 year-old diabetic deaf driver who resides in the Oklahoma City area. On the evening of January 3rd, Pearl crossed paths with the wrong cops. The following is the story according to Pearl Pearson and family of what happened that night: What’s the story? At this time, only limited details can be provided since this case is under investigation. 1. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol pulled Pearl over late in the evening on January 3, 2014. Pearl pulled over as he should. 2. Pearl’s driver’s license indicates he is Deaf. He also has a placard in his...
  • Derrick Coleman's inspiring story gains traction via Duracell video [deaf Seahawks FB]

    01/16/2014 7:26:54 AM PST · by doug from upland · 14 replies
    nfl dot com ^ | 1-14-2014 | Bill Bradley
    watch video here NOTE: it is OK to be a Niner fan and still be inspired by this guy Coleman is essentially deaf. He's been that way since being diagnosed with a genetic and incurable hearing impairment as a toddler. The disability could have stopped Coleman. Instead, he adapted, starring as a running back in high school and at UCLA before catching on as fullback with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent. The team was confident enough in Coleman's abilities to cut starting fullback Michael Robinson during training camp. Robinson was later brought back, but Coleman has...
  • Computer system could help deaf Catholics make confessions

    12/23/2013 5:34:11 AM PST · by NYer · 52 replies
    cna ^ | December 20, 2013
    Confession. Credit: catholicrelics.co.uk.. Phoenix, Ariz., Dec 20, 2013 / 02:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Phoenix, Ariz., priest has invented a computer system intended to help Catholics who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired to make their confessions. Father Romuald P. Zantua, the system’s inventor, told CBCP News that his invention will help increase the practice of confessions, especially for deaf people who have limited access to priests who know sign language. The website for the system, called St. Damien’s Confession Box, says it is primarily aimed at the deaf and those with speech impediments who may not be able to communicate...
  • Sign Language Interpreter at Mandela's Funeral Made It All Up

    12/11/2013 6:31:44 PM PST · by ransomnote · 62 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | December 11, 2013 | Ex-skf Blogger cites AP via MY Way News
    ou can't make things like this up, but this unnamed man apparently did. From AP via My Way News (12/11/2013): Mandela ceremony interpreter called a 'fake' JOHANNESBURG (AP) - A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela's memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday. Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa's government said it was preparing a statement. Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages....
  • Mandela ceremony interpreter called a 'fake'

    12/11/2013 9:15:54 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 54 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 12/11/13 | Alan Clendenning and Ray Faure - ap
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A man who appeared to provide sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela's memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Wednesday. The unidentified man seen around the world on television next to leaders including United States President Barack Obama "was moving his hands around but there was no meaning in what he used his hands for," Bruno Druchen, the federation's national director, told The Associated Press. The allegation was yet another example of bad organization at the historic memorial...
  • Muslim deaf & dumb juveniles are kept chained in rural Bengal: Report. ("Religion of Peace")

    12/04/2013 7:35:30 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 3 replies
    Islam Around Us ^ | Wednesday, 4 December 2013 | Rana Ray from Krishnanagar
    Muslim deaf & dumb juveniles are kept chained in rural Bengal • Chained in ropes and shackles for years. Inhumane treatment to deaf and dumb juveniles in Muslim families of rural Bengal. It is obviously inhumane and utter injustice to put some juveniles in ropes or shackles as they are challenged persons, very unfortunately. But, in a Muslim village of Sahebdanga near Shantipur (in Nadia, West Bengal, India) it is an Islamic fashion to put the Deaf and Dumb or mentally incapacitated juveniles in chain as they are simply uncontrollable or misunderstood sometime. Take the story of cute Arfin of...
  • First They Came for the Deaf Seniors...

    10/23/2013 3:17:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | October 23, 2013 | Matthew Archbold
    As gay marriage continues marching it's way through the country via our judicial oligarchical overlords, we're constantly told that there's no way the government will ever go after the Church for not performing gay marriage. But that ignores the ideological blinders of bureaucrats. You think they won't come after the Church's tax exemption for their refusal to acknowledge and perform gay marriage? To witness the idiotic lengths these Orwellian knuckleheads will go to, check out this story from Moonbattery :Arizona is defying a federal order to eliminate apartments for deaf seniors at a housing complex built specifically — for the...
  • Coming to a Theater Near You: Regulations, Mandates & Higher Ticket Prices

    10/03/2013 7:57:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    PolitiChicks ^ | October 2, 2013 | Katie Abercrombie
    We have a great little movie theater in our neighborhood. It has just three screens, but it always shows the newest releases. The best parts of the movie experience at our little theater are the food and the seating. We get to sit at tables in nice, padded chairs on a gently sloping floor. We can order real food to eat, including salads, burgers and chicken wings, regular and alcoholic beverages, and the most awesome chocolate, chocolate-chip cake (with ice cream, of course!) We used to not go to the movies very often, but our little neighborhood theater has drawn...
  • Deaf NY Starbucks patrons sue, say they're mocked

    07/17/2013 2:53:05 AM PDT · by rawhide · 23 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7-15-13
    <p>NEW YORK (AP) -- Some Starbucks workers in the city were so rude to deaf customers they mocked them and called the police to try to get them kicked out, a lawsuit says.</p> <p>The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and an order from the court to stop discriminatory behavior for what's described as multiple occasions of abuse over the past year.</p>
  • Deaf, Blind Sue Over Web Shopping

    03/21/2013 5:05:14 PM PDT · by BlueStateRightist · 29 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 21, 2013 | Joe Palazzolo
    Commerce has moved online. Now, the disability lawsuits are following. Advocates for disabled Americans have declared that companies have a legal obligation to make their websites as accessible as their stores, and they've filed suits across the country to force them to install the digital version of wheelchair ramps and self-opening doors.
  • Zero Tolerance for Deaf Child’s Name

    02/04/2013 1:13:25 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 29 replies
    The Education Reporter ^ | December 2012 | The Education Reporter
    Parents of a deaf child named Hunter were told by his Nebraska public preschool that they must change his name because he was in violation of the school district’s weapons policy. To sign his name, the three-year-old crosses his index and middle fingers then wags his hands. This sign apparently appeared to school officials to represent a gun. Grand Island Public Schools’ policy section 8470 — Weapons in Schools states: “Students are forbidden to knowingly and voluntarily possess, handle, transmit or use any instrument in school, on school grounds or at school functions that is a firearm, weapon, or looks...
  • Deaf Twins Going Blind Euthanized

    01/14/2013 1:27:01 PM PST · by dragonblustar · 59 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan 14, 2013 | Russell Goldman
    Two deaf twin brothers in Belgium were euthanized by their doctor after realizing they were going blind and would be unable to see each other ever again, their physician says. The 45-year-old men, whose names have not been made public, were legally put to death by lethal injection at the Brussels University Hospital in Jette, on Dec. 14. The men, who were born deaf, had a cup of coffee and said goodbye to other family members before walking into hospital room together to die, their doctor told Belgian television station RTL.
  • “Hunter,” a Deaf 3-Year-Old, Told Signing His Name Violates School’s Gun Policy

    08/31/2012 8:37:10 AM PDT · by Altariel · 10 replies
    Free Range Kids ^ | August 28, 2012 | Lenore Skenazy
    Hi Folks!  This is perhaps the most absurd story ever reported here — and that’s saying a lot! A reader named Rachel writes:A Deaf child named Hunter is not allowed to use his name sign because the sign for “Hunter” (a dictionary word) uses the thumb and first two fingers in a gun shape and suggests a shooting motion. Here’s the story.These school officials have lost their ability to reason if they believe stripping a child of his name is necessary for safety under a weapons policy. Educators who are unable to use logic and critical thinking have no business...
  • Anti-Gun Wacko of The Week: Grand Island NE School Board

    08/29/2012 6:54:01 AM PDT · by JohnPierce · 9 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | August 29, 2012 | John Pierce
    --IMAGE HERE-- When I wrote last week’s Anti-Gun Wacko of the Week column about University of Colorado Professor Jerry Peterson, I chose the name of the column on a bit of a whim. I didn’t really expect that I would find that level of outrageousness on a weekly basis. But by now, you would think I would know better than to underestimate the ability of bureaucrats to make blindly stupid decisions. And that brings us to today’s story about 3-year-old Hunter Spanjer. Hunter is, by all reports, a happy and well-loved child who attends preschool in Grand Island Nebraska. Hunter...
  • Child Not Allowed to Sign Name

    08/28/2012 6:59:15 PM PDT · by eagleye85 · 24 replies
    Eagleyeblog ^ | August 27, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    A deaf three-year-old has been asked not to sign his name at school because it resembles a deadly weapon, according to 1011Now.com. “”It’s his name. It’s not like he’s going to bring a gun to school when he’s three years old,” Dana Schwieger told 1011Now.com. “Meantime, Hunter’s parents say that by Monday, lawyers from the National Association of the Deaf are likely to weigh in for Hunter’s right to sign his own name.” See the broadcast here: http://www.1011now.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=7652612.
  • SCHOOL ASKS DEAF PRESCHOOLER TO CHANGE HIS NAME BECAUSE SIGN LANGUAGE VERSION RESEMBLES WEAPONS

    08/28/2012 2:23:16 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 113 replies
    www.theblaze.com ^ | august 28, 2012
    A deaf 3-year-old from Nebraska is being asked by the school district to change his name, his family alleges, because the way he refers to himself in sign language resembles “weapons.” Apparently the Grand Island school district has a policy that prevents students from bringing “any instrument…that looks like a weapon” to school, and now hands can be considered “instruments.” “Anybody that I have talked to thinks this is absolutely ridiculous. This is not threatening in any way,” Hunter Spanjer’s grandmother Janet Logue said. Brian Spanjer, the boy’s father, added: “It’s a symbol. It’s an actual sign, a registered sign,...
  • Biden Mocks Sign Language Interpreter

    08/15/2012 6:47:04 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 28 replies
    Vice President Biden in Danville, VA on 8/14: "I have more to say, but I am saying too much already because these guys get me going... and you're gonna have trouble translating all this! The poor lady, she's gonna have tendonitis by the time she finishes this."
  • Police use taser on deaf woman

    08/06/2012 6:18:41 PM PDT · by mom4kittys · 59 replies
    KIRO ^ | 8/5/12 | Chris Halsne
    KIRO TV’s investigative unit has discovered Tacoma police used force to arrest and handcuff an innocent deaf woman after she called 911 for their help. Instead of an apology, she ended up bloody and in jail for nearly three days without an interpreter before a prosecutor declined to press charges. After months of digging, investigative reporter Chris Halsne found significant discrepancies in the official police version of events leading up to Lashonn White’s arrest. Late in the evening on April 6, White said she called for police assistance after a guest reportedly attacked her in her own apartment. Deaf since...
  • Michelle Obama's "All this for a damn flag" shown at three different speeds

    06/26/2012 4:12:19 PM PDT · by RightOnline · 49 replies
    Email / Youtube | 6/26/12 | Unknown
    I received this in an email this afternoon.......and it positively made my blood boil. "This one may turn your stomach........ Obama's Wife as Seen by Deaf People Obama and his wife were attending the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony and watched as the Color Guard folded the flag into a triangular shape, according to custom. A video camera caught the two from the sidelines. Obama's wife leaned over and said to him, " All this for a damn flag ?" Obama turned to her, smiled smugly and nodded his head in agreement.How do we know what was said? The video was presented...
  • 29 years old and hearing myself for the 1st time!

    09/30/2011 10:17:19 PM PDT · by Razzz42 · 40 replies · 1+ views
    YouTube ^ | 9.26.2011 | Sarah Churman/video by husband
  • Tearjerker Alert: Deaf Woman Hears Herself for the First Time

    10/01/2011 6:37:11 AM PDT · by TSgt · 83 replies
    Time NewsFeed ^ | 10/01/2011 | Aylin Zafar
    Sloan Churman, 29, was born deaf and had never heard the sound of her own voice—until last week. Eight weeks ago, Churman underwent surgery for a hearing implant called The Esteem Implant by Envoy Medical. Though she'd been wearing hearing aids since the age of 2, she says they “only help so much.” She had her husband record the activation of the implant. We dare you not to break out into tears with her.
  • Deaf man's note spurs bomb threat response on Metra train

    09/13/2011 8:06:43 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 13, 2011
    A miscommunication with a deaf person led police to erroneously believe a bomb threat was being made on a Metra train Monday night, leading to an emergency response, authorities said. Riverside police said this morning a Metra conductor flagged down a police officer at 8:12 p.m. and reported that a passenger had passed him a handwritten note saying there might have been a bomb on the train.
  • Viagra has almost turned Hugh Hefner deaf!

    06/20/2011 6:18:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 91 replies · 1+ views
    Times of India ^ | Jun 18, 2011, 11.54am IST | Staff
    Two 21-year-old twins, who were the former lovers of Hugh Hefner have revealed that the 'Playboy' chief has gone partially deaf because he takes too much of Viagra. Karissa and Kristina Shannon said that 85-year-old womaniser would not stop taking the pill because he does not want to lose his sex drive. "He said he would rather have sex than have his hearing. He has hearing aids now and even then he can only hear out of one ear," the Sun quoted Karissa as saying. "You have to lean down and talk into his good ear for him to understand...
  • Group of deaf, mute friends stabbed at bar after thug mistakes sign language for gang signs

    05/01/2011 5:46:51 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 85 replies
    A group of deaf friends were stabbed at a bar in Florida after a woman mistook their sign language for gang signs. Alfred Stewart, 31, was partying at the Ocean's Eleven Lounge in Hallendale Beach, Fla., with some friends who were also deaf on Saturday night when the group's signing caught the eye of gang-banger Barbara Lee. The 45-year-old Lee though the group was throwing gang signs at her, and responded by flashing gang signs back at them, cops said.
  • Fort Leonard Wood seeks sign language interpreters

    11/29/2010 7:15:32 PM PST · by darrellmaurina · 11 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 11/20/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Nov. 20, 2010) — Family members often turn out in large numbers for graduation ceremonies of trainees, but that’s difficult for family members who can’t hear what’s happening. According to Anne Marie Laredo, Fort Leonard Wood’s school liaison officer, a trainee recently graduated from basic training without his family being present because she couldn’t find a sign language interpreter to help. That shouldn’t have happened, Laredo said, and she’s asking for help so it won’t happen again. “I felt horrible about that,” Laredo said. “I had a unit that was having a graduation and a family...
  • Video: Deaf Baby Hears for First Time

    10/22/2010 11:32:44 PM PDT · by Darkwolf377 · 28 replies
    Mediaite ^ | May 28, 2010 | Colby Hall
    http://www.mediaite.com/online/this-exists-video-of-deaf-baby-boy-hearing-for-the-first-time-goes-viral/
  • Staff Tackles and Chokes Deaf Shopper suspected of Shoplifting (Nasty video)

    08/12/2010 5:12:36 AM PDT · by tlb · 16 replies · 1+ views
    youtube ^ | August 09, 2010 | FlippinWindows
    The two guys who are deaf were in the Clothing store XXI and apparently they were shopping, Staff must have seen them do something to suspect them of stealing, but that doesn't have any support or facts. Before I started filming. The Big Black dude in Jeans who mighta been a store detective jumps and tackles the large hispanic deaf guy. from there I remembered my new phone and turned on the camera, There was who looked to be the manager of XXI that said to turn off the camera because they didn't want to get exposed for harassing and...
  • The incredible moment a deaf baby hears his mother's voice for the very first time

    06/04/2010 6:05:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 73 replies · 2,253+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/4/2010 | Daniel Bates
    Gurgling in a mix of wonder and joy, this is the incredible moment a child hears his mother's voice for the first time.Eight-month-old Jonathan was born deaf and had cochlear implants put into his ears so he could hear.His father filmed the tear-jerking moment they were turned on for the first time, capturing the amazement in the boy's face as he heard his mother's voice saying his name.Video at link Seconds before the implant is turned on, Jonathan rests peacefully in his mother's arms The implant is turned on - and Jonathan, hearing his mother's voice for the first time,...
  • Obama Seeks Return to Campaign-Style Discipline

    02/16/2010 3:59:48 AM PST · by Upstate NY Guy · 46 replies · 900+ views
    AP via FoxNews.com ^ | 2/16/10 | AP
    WASHINGTON -- Facing criticism that President Barack Obama isn't connecting with the American people, the administration is infusing its communications strategy with some of the ironclad discipline and outside-the-box thinking that made the Obama presidential campaign so successful. Sensitive about talk that the president was sometimes overexposed during his first year in office, the White House now is more discriminating about how and when the president deals with media -- and about whom he talks to when he does. Aides say there's no formal reevaluation of the administration's communications strategy as the president embarks on his second year in office....
  • Sir Adrian Boult and franksolich discuss music

    02/13/2010 9:42:51 AM PST · by franksolich · 21 replies · 355+ views
    conservativecave ^ | February 11, 2010 | franksolich
    I have no idea the standing of the late Sir Adrian Boult (1889-1983, if memory serves me correctly) in the world of music, other than that he was a famous symphony conductor, quite possibly one of the best of the past century. But by the time I met him, in February 1978 in London, he was nearing 90 years old, and had long ago passed the baton on to others. His appearance was a shock to me, because I had not realized how ancient he was at the time; I was seeing a white-haired crooked little man who in no...
  • Pope urges support for deaf, including access to health care

    11/20/2009 4:31:13 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies · 325+ views
    cns ^ | November 20, 2009 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI lamented the serious lack of public programs and measures to address the needs of deaf people and a lack of even basic health care, which often can prevent hearing impairment. He spoke Nov. 20 to some 400 people attending a Vatican conference addressing the role of the deaf in the church. A handful of interpreters signed the pope's words to deaf participants during the audience in the Clementine Hall of the papal palace. The Nov. 19-21conference was organized by the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry and was dedicated to "The Deaf Person...
  • Dr. Antonio De la Cruz dies at 65; neurotologist performed ear surgery on Rush Limbaugh

    08/08/2009 2:40:44 PM PDT · by Borges · 37 replies · 2,179+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | Dennis McLellan
    Dr. Antonio De la Cruz, a renowned neurotologist at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles who performed cochlear implant surgery on conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, has died. He was 65. De la Cruz, who also was the director of education at the House Ear Institute, died July 31 of complications of lymphoma at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles, an institute spokeswoman said. An associate of the House Ear Clinic since 1975, De la Cruz was in the news in 2001 when he successfully performed cochlear implant surgery on Limbaugh. A cochlear implant is an electronic...
  • Cats act as ears for deaf woman

    07/05/2009 7:37:10 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 51 replies · 1,378+ views
    gwinnettdailypost ^ | 7/5/2009 | Deanna Allen
    LAWRENCEVILLE - Betty Macaluso doesn't need an alarm clock; she has cats. The Lawrenceville woman is awakened each morning by Tom 2, a wide-eyed orange and white cat, who gently paws at her arm about 6 a.m. wanting his breakfast. If Tom 2 happens to sleep through his job or gets distracted, Tiger, a heavier gray and black tabby, steps in. Since Macaluso can't hear the ringing of an alarm clock - she has been deaf all her life - her cats serve as her ears. She adopted Tom 2 and Tiger, both now about a year old, from PetSmart...
  • "There is no disadvatage at all of being deaf as a priest"

    06/11/2009 11:20:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 358+ views
    Deacon's Bench ^ | June 10, 2009
    A couple weeks ago, I posted the item about Boston's new deaf priest. And recently the Religion News Service caught up with Fr. Shawn Carey to ask him a few questions about his singular vocation. They exchanged some Q&A emails with him. An excerpt: Q: What was it like growing up as a deaf Catholic? A: Back then, there were no (deaf) interpreters in the Catholic Church and in the Catholic schools. It was a frustrating journey, but I managed to overcome the obstacles. Today, more deaf Catholics can attend Masses and receive sacraments through deaf priests or hearing priests...
  • Fort Worth Settles Claim That Traffic Stop For Deaf Man Turned Unnecessarily Violent

    04/09/2009 1:07:13 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 75 replies · 1,511+ views
    Dallas News ^ | 4/9/2009 | WFAA-TV
    The city of Fort Worth has reached a $50,000 settlement with a deaf man who claims his nose was broken during a November 2007 traffic stop as he tried to explain to an officer he could not hear. Fort Worth police Sgt. Pedro Criado said settlement Wednesday did not include any admission of wrongdoing on the city's part. The city also released the police dash camera video of the traffic stop. On Nov. 30, Christopher Ferrell, 43, was pulled over for speeding, police said. Criado said Thursday he did not know where the traffic stop occurred. Ferrell’s attorney said his...
  • Sustainers give ‘Voice of Hope’ to deaf school students

    12/12/2008 5:45:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 280+ views
    COB ADDER, Iraq – Soldiers from the 3rd Sustainment Command’s 7th and 287th Sustainment Brigades worked side by side as they hosted Operation Voice of Hope Dec. 11 on Contingency Operating Base Adder. Members of the Muthanna Provincial Reconstruction Team and the 7th Sust. Bde.’s Civil Military Operation’s group worked together to host Iraqi girls from the Al-Amal School for the Deaf and assist them by diagnosing hearing impairments. Lt. Col. Allan White, 287th Sust. Bde., medical operations officer and audiologist conducted the tests using a standard audiometer.My goal today is to see what these children’s needs are,” said White....
  • Why Worry about Deaf Babies?

    04/20/2008 11:36:13 AM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies · 105+ views
    American Thinker ^ | April 19, 2008 | Paul Shlichta
    England is currently deciding whether or not to legalize the use of embryo selection to produce deaf babies to accommodate deaf couples who want their children to share their soundless world. When Thomas Lifson reported this in AT, he expressed shock that such things could be permitted. I was shocked too---until I realized that this, and much worse, is the logical consequence of our legalization of abortion. Rightly or wrongly, our legal system regards death as the greatest possible injury that one person can inflict on another. Any injury that is not likely to cause death, however degrading or disfiguring to the...
  • Deaf choir 'signs' for pope as he blesses handicapped children

    04/19/2008 4:57:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 234+ views
    Breitbart ^ | April 19, 2008
    The New York Archdiocesan Deaf Choir "signed" a song for Pope Benedict XVI Saturday at a seminary outside New York, where the pontiff blessed some 50 children with disabilities and visited students. The 81-year-old pontiff rose and applauded the choir of 15, accompanied vocally by the Cathedral of Saint Patrick Young Singers, after they had finished their song, "Take Lord, Receive." "God has blessed you with life and with differing talents and gifts," Benedict said in a short speech to the crowd of around 50 families of children with disabilities. "Sometimes it is challenging to find a reason for what...
  • 'Live Round,' helps bring gifts; music to school for the deaf (MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan)

    02/15/2008 4:30:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 120+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Senior Master Sgt. Greg Wade
    2/15/2008 - MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan (AFPN) -- Airmen from the U.S. Central Command Air Forces Band "Live Round" found themselves in front of an unlikely audience Feb. 13, when they visited Bishkek's Boarding School for the Deaf. The visit was part of the band's outreach efforts during their eight-day trip to Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan. Band members delivered toys and candy as well as a musical performance for the students. Although music doesn't seem like it would be logical fit at the school, it is actually an important part of the curriculum for the more than 360 students there....
  • 11-Year-Old Boy Deaf for Nine Years Is Suddenly Cured

    01/28/2008 7:44:00 AM PST · by NCDragon · 65 replies · 406+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | January 28, 2008 | News Staff
    An 11-year-old boy from Britain, who was deaf for nearly 10 years, was suddenly cured when a thick piece of cotton popped out of his ear, according to a report in the Daily Mail. Jerome Bartens was diagnosed as deaf in his right ear when he was just two-years-old. Click here to read the full story and see pictures Over the next nine years, he struggled to live a normal life as a young boy — but everything changed when he felt a sudden pop in his right ear while playing a game of pool with friends. He put his...
  • Unintended Consequences - The Case of the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker

    01/20/2008 3:14:48 PM PST · by neverdem · 30 replies · 1,189+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 20, 2008 | STEPHEN J. DUBNER and STEVEN D. LEVITT
    Freakonomics One year from today, a new president moves into the White House. This president will be eager to carry out any number of plans — including, surely, plans to help the segments of society that most need help. Extending a helping hand, after all, is one of the great privileges and responsibilities of the presidency. But before charging ahead with such plans, the new president might do well to first ask him- or herself the following question: What do a deaf woman in Los Angeles, a first-century Jewish sandal maker and a red-cockaded woodpecker have in common? A few...
  • Wait for a hearing aid can be more than two years

    12/30/2007 5:21:26 PM PST · by merry10 · 25 replies · 196+ views
    Times On Line (UK) ^ | December 31, 2007 | Nigel Hawkes
    Some hard-of-hearing patients in England are having to wait more than two years for an NHS hearing aid. The Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) used the Freedom of Information Act to discover just how long the waits were. It found that ten trusts were not treating patients within a year, in spite of the Government’s target being 18 weeks. The worst offender was Kingston upon Thames, southwest London, where patients had to wait 125 weeks for an aid after first seeing their GP. The average wait was 22 weeks in the 99 primary care trusts (PCTs) across the...
  • Court orders judge to reconsider ruling on deaf truck drivers

    12/29/2007 1:03:49 PM PST · by SmithL · 17 replies · 338+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/29/7 | Bob Egelko
    A federal appeals court ordered a San Francisco judge on Friday to reconsider his ruling requiring United Parcel Service to give its deaf employees a chance to compete for jobs as drivers of small delivery trucks. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 13-2 that U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson had used the wrong standard in his 2004 decision that UPS was discriminating against deaf people with safe driving records by refusing to consider them for commercial driving jobs. Henderson allowed the plaintiffs to show that they were qualified for the jobs based on their driving records, and failed...
  • Deaf demand right to designer deaf children

    12/23/2007 1:20:17 PM PST · by FreedomCalls · 105 replies · 529+ views
    The Sunday Times (UK) ^ | December 23, 2007 | Sarah-Kate Templeton
    DEAF parents should be allowed to screen their embryos so they can pick a deaf child over one that has all its senses intact, according to the chief executive of the Royal National Institute for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People (RNID). Jackie Ballard, a former Liberal Democrat MP, says that although the vast majority of deaf parents would want a child who has normal hearing, a small minority of couples would prefer to create a child who is effectively disabled, to fit in better with the family lifestyle. Ballard’s stance is likely to be welcomed by other deaf organisations,...
  • Hearing Impaired Man Tased by Police

    12/03/2007 11:46:15 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 65 replies · 185+ views
    KWCH ^ | 12/3/07 | Michael Schwanke
    Donnell Williams had just gotten out of the bath tub, wearing only a towel around his waist, when he turned the corner to see guns pointing right at him. "I ain't never been so scared," says Williams. Police forced entry into Williams home while responding to a shooting, but it turned out to be a false call. They had no idea at the time the call wasn't real and that Williams is hearing impaired. Without his hearing aid he is basically deaf. "I kept going to my ear yelling that I was scared. I can't hear! I can't hear!" Officers...
  • Angry cashier attacked deaf man, police say

    10/05/2007 6:07:30 AM PDT · by tuffydoodle · 94 replies · 2,582+ views
    Fort Worth Star Telegram ^ | Oct 4, 2007 | Alex Branch
    FORT WORTH -- A store cashier struck a deaf customer in the head with a crowbar after he mistook the man's silence for rudeness and disrespect, police said. The cashier, Ricky Benard Young, 20, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The customer, Cody Goodnight, 31, suffered "a large knot" on his head during the incident, which occurred Saturday at the Family Dollar Store at 4117 E. Lancaster Ave. "I can't believe someone would hit him for not speaking," said Goodnight's mother, Kay Goodnight. "When you're deaf, you don't make a point of starting conversations with people." Young's...
  • Soldier reaches out to deaf parents

    09/17/2007 5:23:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 72+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Natalie Rostek
    Pfc. Patti Angel, a food service specialist from Grand Junction, Colo., from Company F, 203rd Brigade Support Battalion, serves Soldiers their meals from a mobile kitchen trailer at Combat Outpost Cleary. Photo by Sgt. Natalie Rostek, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs. COMBAT OUTPOST CLEARY — Pfc. Patti Angel faces communication barriers no amount of waiting in line or talking into a phone can help. Her parents are deaf. Keeping in touch back home is already tough for deployed Soldiers with friends and family members who can hear. Not being able to use the conventional means of...
  • UK: Deaf woman slept through 5-hour gun siege

    07/21/2007 10:01:03 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 30 replies · 1,141+ views
    This Is London (UK) ^ | 7/21/07 | n/a
    After laying siege to a house for five hours, police gave a final warning before storming the house where a gunman had been reported inside. A police dog rushed upstairs and, finding a woman in bed, proceeded to sink its teeth into her arms. But as armed officers surrounded a terrified Sonia Pellow, they realised two things. First, she wasn't a gunman. Second, she was deaf and had been sleeping throughout the entire stand-off. Yesterday Miss Pellow, 36, was still too afraid to return to her home in Hayle, Cornwall, after the ordeal, which followed a hoax call to police...