News, Information and Ideas on how to deal with hearing loss in a hearing world. Plus a few other topics!
WADNET #14 - April 4, 2010
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
The next Round Table Conference will be held by Central Wisconsin Deaf Club (CWDC) on April 17th in Wisconsin Rapids.
All affiliates will meet together by sending delegates representing their organization to the Round Table Conference (RTC). With this being our first RTC in several years, we will introduce what RTC is and how it works. Delegates will kick off this first RTC and continue to meet two more times before the next WAD Conference.
Everyone is welcome to attend the Round Table Conference!
For more information, contact Cookie at firstname.lastname@example.org
WisRID and WAD both are hosting ASL Weekend 2010 on April 30-May 2nd. Please go to www.aslweekend.org for more information! Please come to the ASL Weekend and you will leave with lifetime memories!
UNIVERSITY Credit are currently provided for ASL Weekend through University of Wisconsin- Whitewater. If you want to receive credit for the spring semester as a special student, You will have to register by April 15th with us at www.aslweekend.org or contact Nicole Stelzner at email@example.com and Carrie at firstname.lastname@example.org so your credit can be processed by the end of the semester.
More information about the above LC event as well as other Preservation Week events at local libraries in all parts of the US can be found at
Submitted by Alice L. Hagemeyer, President, Friends of Libraries for Deaf
Mother Father Deaf Workshop/Discussion
2010 Census Survey in ASL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Complete information on how to apply is located at www.wisrid.org under
For more information and / or send all applications to:
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is hiring sign language interpreters beginning in summer 2010.
Three certified interpreters with medical interpreting experience will comprise a team to provide high quality communication access in a variety of medical learning environments.
Please post and/or forward the following position descriptions to everyone who may be qualified and interested.
Workshop with a Deaf Financial Adviser
David Frank of Kramer Financial is a deaf adviser coming all the way from Maryland to help us plan for the future. We will have 2 workshops with David Frank as or speaker!
This request is for individuals who are late deafened (currently between ages 18 – 65 years old) and would like the opportunity to be involved in research that focuses on coping and well-being. Oftentimes research focuses on the negative aspects of a culture. We are interested in a more complete approach to looking at people, and we have designed this study to focus on how people handle stress and well-being.
If you are interested in participating in a study about hearing loss and well-being, completing our survey will help us gather information about these topics.
Jill Meyer and Susan Kashubeck-West of the University of Missouri-St. Louis are asking you to participate in this research study. The results of the study may be published, but all information collected from you will be completely anonymous, so your name and information cannot be identified.
We will raffle off 6 gift cards ($50) for participation (about one a month).
The on-line survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/
We sincerely ask you to take the time to complete this survey, as hearing loss and deafness can occur to anyone throughout their lifetime. Thank you in advance for your time.
Jill Meyer &
Submitted by NAD on Tue, 04/06/2010 - 16:31
On March 3, 2010, much to the disappointment and dismay of the NAD, the Ohio Supreme Court upheld a ruling by an Ohio Court of Appeals that overturned the conviction of a criminal defendant solely based on the fact that one juror was hard of hearing. Despite an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief filed by the NAD and other advocacy organizations, the Ohio Supreme Court decided that a hard of hearing juror was not able to analyze an audio tape of a 911 call made by the defendant by reading a transcript of the recording.
The ruling serves as an alarming blow to decades of work done by advocates to eliminate the practice of discriminating against jurors solely because they are deaf or hard of hearing. Courts have long recognized that preventing people from serving on juries because they are deaf or hard of hearing was based on unmet assumptions and had no root in reality. See People v. Guzman, 478 N.Y.S.2d 455 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 1984); see also United States v. Dempsey, 830 F.2d 1084 (C.A. 10, 1987).
The main point of the Ohio Supreme Court?s decision was that the defendant?s right to a fair trial was denied because there was a juror who could not hear the audio tape. The NAD disagrees. Permitting deaf and hard of hearing jurors to serve does not render a trial unfair, even if an audio tape is used as evidence.
Ultimately, a fair trial depends on the accumulation of varying perspectives and observations made by each member of a jury. The Ohio Supreme Court ruling refused to acknowledge that each juror brings his/her unique life experiences and skills to analyze evidence in the way she/he is best able to do. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals are no different.
Furthermore, the Court relied on the speculation that hearing jurors always depend on auditory clues and pay undivided attention to the presentation of evidence in supporting its argument that the defendant is entitled to a fair trial. Such an assumption is deeply flawed. Indeed, allowing a disinterested hearing juror to remain and removing an actively engaged deaf or hard of hearing juror may actually result in an unfair trial.
The ruling also brushes aside the importance of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other federal and state disability rights statutes that ensure the deaf and hard of hearing person?s right to participation and integration into every aspect of society, including serving on juries.
The NAD will continue to work hard to ensure that this decision does not act as a negative precedent for other courts to similarly bar deaf and hard of hearing individuals from fulfilling their important civic duty of serving as a juror.
Michael K. Berger
Workshops and Commissions
Michael K. Berger & Jack Cooper
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