DeafWire Edition – 19 November 2022

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Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Lawsuit against School District

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments from Deaf Michigan Miguel Pérezman who is suing his former school district for failing to give him a proper teacher who knew how to use sign language during the 10 years of teaching and for passing his subjects when he had no knowledge of the subjects itself.


Teeth removed unknowingly

After the dental clinic in Washington state failed to arrange a sign language interpreter as requested by a Deaf patient who had an emergency dental appointment, the dentist removed 7 teeth removed without fully understanding the dental treatment she needed. She filed a complaint and the clinic agreed to make improvements to make sure their Deaf customers have access to interpreters and to pay $45,000 USD to the woman for her suffering.


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Hosting 2024 Asia Pacific Deaf Games

Kish Island in Iran will host the 5th annual Asia Pacific Deaf Games in 2024. They are expecting at least 3,000 athletes in 20 different sports including soccer, futsal, volleyball, basketball, martial arts, chess, Greco-Roman wrestling, and freestyle wrestling.


Double Minority event

A Deaf Auslan tutor, Nobou Hara, who lives in Perth, WA is a member of the LGBTQ+ community, the local rugby team, and the Deaf community in Australia. He was born into a hearing family in Japan before moving to Australia 14 years ago. On November 24, he will give a 45-minute presentation at Beechboro Public Library about his experience as a Deaf gay man at work, rugby and more.

The Old Fogeys Are Back!

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Interpreting Agreement for Royal Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint arranged American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) interpreters for four boutique and facility tours to the general public on October 15th. Marie Lemay, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint said, “We are committed to making its facilities accessible to all visitors and customers.


TV leaders spotlight on Deaf

Bridge06, an advocacy organization, and Hot Coals Productions co-hosted “About Time!” event to bring attention to broadcasters, commissioners, casting agents, producers and other key roles to improve and give opportunities for the Deaf and disabled community. Corporate guests accepting the invitation had to commit to either cast a Deaf as a lead or co-lead actor, develop a new title around a Deaf, and improve the opportunities for Deaf talent.


"Deafskills" attracts 500 people

In Ufa, Russia, the “Deafskills” championship from October 20-22 was attended by over 500 people. For 3 days hearing and Deaf experts judged entrants in areas including medical analysis, tourism and an adaptive sports coach. The motto of the championship is “Deaf people can do everything”.


Orebro is Sign Language Capital!

The city council in Orebro is known as the sign language capital. Many people including hearing people actively using sign language including professionals in various fields. Out of the city’s population of 156,000 people, 13,000 can use sign language – almost 10% of the residents! There you can see a policeman, a librarian, a salesman, a builder, who all know sign language.

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