Deaf Advocate A Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens Publication
NAD Approves ASL Position Statement
T he Board of Directors of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
Photo courtesy of Gallaudet University Archives
approved a new position statement on American Sign Language (ASL)
at its January 2008 meeting in Santa Fe, NM.
The NAD reaffirmed its stance that acquisition of language from birth is a
human right for every person, and that deaf infants and children should be
given the opportunity to acquire and develop proficiency in ASL as early as
possible. ASL is recognized as the sign language of the American deaf com-
Volume 8 • Issue 3 munity.
Spring 2008 “This ASL position statement now brings us full circle and draws upon the
original values of our founders,” said Bobbie Beth Scoggins, NAD President. George Veditz in 1913
“Since 1880, the NAD has worked tirelessly to preserve, protect, and pro-
Inside mote ASL as a human right. The NAD also strongly believes in the right of
deaf children to achieve linguistic fluency in both ASL and English so that they can become fully participating,
contributing, and productive members of American society.”
My First Caucus:
Awesome! AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE
3 Position Statement
National Association of the Deaf
A Cruise in
Sign Language “As long as we have deaf people on earth, we will have signs…”
George Veditz, Preservation of Sign Language, 1913
In 1880, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) was established by deaf leaders who believed in the
Thumbs Up right of the American deaf community to use sign language, to congregate on issues important to them, and
to have its interests represented at the national level. These beliefs remain true to this day, with American Sign
7 Language (ASL) as a core value.
The NAD reaffirms its position that acquisition of language from birth is a human right for every person,
Rumbler Allows and that deaf infants and children should be given the opportunity to acquire and develop proficiency in ASL
People to Feel Sirens as early as possible. This position is also in line with the stance of the World Federation of the Deaf and the
United Nations on human rights, including the recognition of sign languages.
ASL as a Language
Rewards Begin With
One Step ASL is the recognized sign language of the deaf community in the United States of America. As is the case
with standardized spoken, written, and signed languages worldwide, ASL conforms to linguistic principles
11 (e.g., semantics, syntax, morphology, phonology, and pragmatics). The complex visual-spatial linguistic struc-
ture of ASL is distinct from English, a linear, sequential language based on auditory processes.
As with other languages, native fluency in ASL is achieved through exposure and interaction early in life.
Learning of ASL as an additional language can also begin at any time and continue over the course of a
ASL, continued on page 6
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Strength and Prosperity
NAD ASL Position Statement New DEAF-MADC Board
Ever since the infamous 1880 Mi- DEAF-MADC is pround to announce
lan convention where sign language its newest board members: Misty
was banned in deaf education, NAD Schomberg, who is also the new chair
(founded in 1880, a mere five years of the youth committee, Heather Ortiz,
before MADC) has, in Milan’s looming and Cindy Dively. Other board members
shadow, fought to preserve American include all of the MADC board mem-
Sign Language (ASL). They released bers, and Mark Geiger.
Board of Directors an official position statement in Feb-
2007-2009 ruary about NAD’s stand on ASL. ASL, St.Cloud Deaf Club
and Deaf culture, defines who we are President American Legion generously lent its
today. Because of NAD’s establish- Emory Dively huge meeting/dining room to enable
President ment, MADC exists today. We cannot the St. Cloud Deaf Club to host a fund-
Emory Dively afford to lose our hard-earned heri- raising event for the 2009 MADC Con-
St. Paul tage and citizenship rights, nor birthright or even ge- ference on Feb. 2 for a spaghetti dinner. MADC board
netic rights. With the release of the ASL statement, members joined them after the board retreat, and a
Vice President MADC is even more strengthened to prosper in its good time was had by all.
Ralph Fuechtmann activities. However, to prosper, our hands and feet
Fridley are required to make our signs (voices) heard. This DEAF DAY at Timberwolves Basketball
is in addition to your strong commitment to MADC - Join us at Deaf Day at the Timberwolves basketball
Treasurer which is achieved through your membership. Let us game on Wed., March 19 at 7:00 P.M. For more info,
Ric-Olin Lyles go for the possible (not impossible) and have 1,000 check www.tcdeaf.com or contact Sonny Wasilowski
Rosemount strong active members! MADC’s list of things to do at firstname.lastname@example.org.
is neverending - and to preserve our existence, we
Secretary can use the best offense: EDUCATE, EDUCATE, EDU- Newsletter Editor
Cynthia Weitzel CATE. ADVOCATE, ADVOCATE, ADVOCATE. VOTE, We continue to seek someone to take over the editio-
Red Wing VOTE, VOTE. rship of the MADC newsletter. This is a paid position.
If you are interested, contact Trudy Suggs at trudy@
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Members-at-Large On Feb. 1-2, MADC had a successful board retreat
Linda Durand at the Catholic Newton Center in St. Cloud with its A Personal Note
Lakeville beautiful view of the frozen Mississippi River. Special The Highland Park/MacGroveland District Council of
thanks to donors: Minnesota Commission Serving the City of Saint Paul nominated my wife and me for
Galinda Goss-Kuehn Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind People, and ASL the Neighborhood Volunteer Award. We received the
Burnsville Interpreting Service and its owner Pamela Nygren- District #15 Volunteer Award, a great honor for us.
Olson, for covering meals and room. We had Jeffrey Never underestimate the hearing population’s ability
Jane Harders Kirkwood, MRID president-elect and a licensed con- to “see” your civic services to strengthen your own
Stewartville sultant, lead our training. We will release a summary community –especially when it comes to the Deaf
of our activities in late spring after the next board community. Let’s strive for continued strength
Alicia Lane meeting; the date of the meeting will be announced. and propserity with MADC in 2008!
Gerald “Bummy” Burnstein
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email@example.com Ric-Olin Lyles at wearing the polo shirt with a white collar.
is the first person standing in the third row from bottom
Answer: In the Minnesota group picture on page 5, Bummy
2 Spring 2008
My First Caucus: Awesome!
By Sonny Wasilowski caucus location was at Burnsville Senior High School, CALENDARS!
M y first caucus a mere five minutes away from my home. There were
experience caucuses held everywhere throughout the state on the MAY 14
was awesome. same night. Early Bird Combo II
It was an accumulation Driving up to the high school, I was in awe of how Registration Deadline
of simple preparation, full the parking lot was, and suddenly I wondered if I NAD Conference
along with the support of would be able to identify the interpreter in the crowd.
a neighbor and friends. Not to worry – I had a solid method of finding the in-
First, two weeks ahead terpreter and even other deaf people: I raised my hand MAY
of time, I e-mailed the and fingerspelled “DEAF” repeatedly. Sure enough, DEAF-MADC &
Republican headquarters the interpreter quickly found us. MADC
Sonny Wasilowski in St. Paul to request an Once we connected, we learned that we were meet- Board Meetings
interpreter for my local ing in classrooms instead of the auditorium or large Day/Location TBA
caucus. I quickly got a meeting rooms like I had imagined. The classroom had
confirmation that there’d be an interpreter. Sweet! approximately 20 seats and there were over 60 of us. JULY 7-11
Second, my deaf neighbors and I took the time to We quickly learned that this was the largest caucus NAD Conference
attend a Minnesota Commission on Serving Deaf and showing since 1996. New Orleans, LA
Hard of Hearing People (MCDHH) workshop a week At this meeting, I had two simple goals. One was
before the caucus date. The workshop focused on to propose a resolution made by MCDHH requiring
what to expect at the caucuses, and what they were all that the party’s candidates caption all of their televi- SEPT.
about. The workshop was very much worth our time, sion and Internet ads. This passed easily with one lady DEAF-MADC &
especially because we all had a lot of questions. Any- speaking up in favor of my resolution and no opposi- MADC
time there’s a workshop in your area, grab it and enjoy tion. The second goal was to become a delegate. To Board Meetings
the delicious pizza and drinks that they provide too. my surprise, there were only a few people nominated, Day/Location TBA
Early in the afternoon of Super Tuesday, Feb. 5, I re- and I was easily elected as one of ten delegates from
ceived an unexpected e-mail stating that the Republi- my precinct. NOV. 1
can headquarters had difficulty finding an interpreter. I’ll attend a meeting at Burnsville City Hall on March Board Meetings &
Instantly, I called ASL Interpreting Services (ASLIS) and 1 at 9 a.m. You’re all welcome to come and watch the Fifth Annual
they were quick to find an interpreter. Thanks, ASLIS – proceedings. I’m confident that in two years at our Pig Roast
you’re a lifesaver! next caucus, you’ll feel empowered to attend and ei- Thompson Hall
A caucus is about meeting with your neighbors in ther propose a resolution and/or become a delegate.
the smallest setting possible to discuss politics and Editor’s note: Emory Dively was also elected as a
what platform you’d like to see your party adopt. My delegate for his precinct in St. Paul. NOV. 4
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4 Spring 2008
PAH! A Cruise with Everything in Sign Language!
Passengers aboard the first all-deaf cruise,
“Deaf Freedom,” gather for a group photo.
By Jane Harders
W hen my husband, Richard, and I got married on April
19, 1993, we shared our honeymoon with hearing peo-
ple on a four-day cruise. At first, we were awed by the
cruise. By the third day, we were ready to go home. There was no
television in our cabin, and there were no interpreters anywhere. We
went on an island tour without an interpreter, and I remember wor-
rying about if the ship would leave without us because we couldn’t Passengers from Minnesota
communicate with anyone and had no idea what time we were to
be back at the ship. We ate with other hearing people and could not An interesting glitch: the ship realized that people’s pass cards
communicate with them at all. Even though we met a couple who (used for getting into rooms) weren’t working right because peo-
knew sign language on the third day, we could not expect to hang ple’s Blackberries and Sidekicks were rubbing against the cards,
out with them the entire time. causing glitches. We all had to turn our pagers off. For the rest of
After our honeymoon, we said we would never go on another the week I did not see anyone use pagers! The day we arrived back,
cruise again. We changed our mind when we learned of the “all- everyone immediately began using their pagers again. The ship did
deaf cruise” hosted by Mac and Tab (who has deaf parents) Part- have Internet access, but access was charged by the minute. Most of
low, the hearing owners of Passages Deaf Travel. On Oct. 28–Nov. us chose to not check our e-mail so we could relax instead.
5, 2007, we took off for the Deaf Freedom cruise, which had over Every night there was entertainment by renowned performers
3,800 deaf people and friends. such as Keith Wann, CJ Jones, Bernard Bragg, and others. On top
This was the first time an entire cruise had been booked solely of the ship was a very large swimming pool area where many ac-
for deaf people with interpreters and even deaf crew members! We tivities were held. Although Richard and I didn’t go on tour islands
were to travel to five locales: Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Mexico, Ja- due to my injured ankle, friends who went on the tours said the
maica and Haiti. The Partlows arranged for staff training and pro- interpreters provided excellent access and realized how much they
vided sign language classes for the cruise staff before the trip. would have missed if not for the interpreters. They enjoyed the tours
When we arrived at the port of Miami, there were interpreters immensely.
everywhere! Royal Caribbean had hired 124 certified interpreters, Walking on the ship with all the deaf people made me feel like
including interpreters from other countries and deaf blind interpret- I was back at the Iowa School for the Deaf where I could com-
ers. Our jaws dropped when we saw the long line of deaf people municate 24 hours a day. It was amazing how we could make con-
signing everywhere. It was a beautiful sight. versation anywhere on the ship – by the whirlpool, in long lines, in
Upon arrival at our very nice cabin, we discovered a portable kit the dining room or cafes, or anywhere else. When we were on that
that included an Alertmaster alarm clock and doorbell signaler. All cruise for our honeymoon, Richard was quick to whip out a small
Royal Caribbean videos showing on our flat-panel digital television notebook and pen, but on this ship, he didn’t do this once.
were all closed captioned. The ship television network also told in The cruise was simply AMAZING. It was such a blessing to have
sign language daily of events, updates, agenda, and interviews. experienced this trip. More more travel agencies and tours are tak-
On the first night, we learned there was a tropical storm. We were ing note of how wonderful it is to have an all-deaf group. There are
supposed to go to Haiti first, but in order to avoid the hurricane, we a multitude of choices such as Italy, London, Alaska, Hawaii, the
went in the opposite direction. We did experience a little tough sea Bahamas, Panama Canal, and much more. It is an experience that is
but we all were fine. On the same day, we had interpreters at each unmatched by any other trip experience. The best part was we en-
dinner table for communication with the waiters, but for the rest of joyed the same things as hearing people did, to the point where we
the week, the waiters used gestures and signs without interpreters. felt comfortable and safe without worrying about communication.
Spring 2008 5
ASL, continued from front page urges its affiliates and individual members to welcome deaf chil-
ASL and Early Development dren and their families into the deaf community, to work with these
The earliest years of a child’s life are the most critical for language families in becoming familiar with the lives and successes of deaf
acquisition, a time when the foundation is formed for cognitive persons, to assist them in learning ASL, and to serve as a resource
and literacy development. Babies are born with the innate ability and source of support.
to acquire languages accessible to them and used by their families Educational programs serving deaf students nationwide are in-
and care providers. Language competency is essential for cognitive, creasingly adopting a dual language approach to educating deaf
social, emotional, and psychological development. The NAD takes children, based on similar linguistic principles and practices for other
the position that as a fully accessible visual language, ASL should world languages which promote learning more than one language
be made available to every deaf infant, in addition to any assis- as early as feasible. Language and cultural competencies also con-
tive technologies that may be used to take advantage of the deaf tribute to healthy development of identity and self-esteem in deaf
infant’s access to the language(s) used by their families and care children, including fluid movement between the deaf and hearing
The NAD supports maximizing language proficiency in deaf infants Programs serving deaf infants and children and their families
through the implementation of a dual language approach; that is, should provide ASL immersion opportunities for families of newly
incorporating early acquisition and learning of ASL and English. Fur- identified deaf infants and children. Specifically, the NAD takes the
thermore, the NAD is strongly committed to ensuring that parents of position that these programs should involve interaction and dis-
newly identified deaf infants and children receive accurate informa- course with ASL-fluent members of the American deaf community,
tion about the benefits of acquiring and developing proficiency in including parents of deaf children. Early intervention, pre-school,
both languages. elementary and secondary education personnel should have the
requisite ASL and English competencies.
ASL in the Home and at School The NAD reiterates its position that acquisition of language from
Preparing deaf children to achieve optimal linguistic fluency in birth is a human right for every person, and that deaf infants and
both ASL and English enables them to later engage in meaningful children should be given the opportunity to acquire and develop
adult discourse as fully participating, contributing, and productive proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL) as early as possible.
members of American society. Approved January 2008 by the NAD Board of Directors
The NAD urges parents of deaf infants and children to learn about
the benefits of the dual language approach (ASL and English) and This position statement may also be viewed in ASL at www.
the rich heritage of the American deaf community. The NAD also nad.org/ASLposition.
6 Spring 2008
Hanging Out in Minnesota
By Sabra Carlin During my last weekend in Minnesota, I at-
Miss Deaf Minnesota 2007-2009 tended the national Clerc Classic basketball
tournament, which had eight schools partici-
H ello everyone! On Dec. 15, I flew
back home to Minnesota for my win-
ter break from Gallaudet University.
It was so great to be back home!
The day after I arrived, I went to Thompson
pating. I went each day from Thursday to Sat-
urday and watched many splendid games. On
Saturday, I represented Minnesota with my
crown and sash. I was surprised and touched
at how many young girls wanted my auto-
Hall for the Christmas event hosted by Galinda graph.
Goss-Kuehn. She asked me to sign the song Before the boys’ championship game be-
“Jingle Bells” and read a Christmas book to tween Maryland and Indiana on Saturday eve-
about thirty young children. I also helped the ning of the tournament, I signed the national
children play games and make crafts. With anthem with all teams’ cheerleaders. This
those games, there were no awards for best event was videotaped and shown on the Deaf
performance—the whole point was to let Nation website. Several friends who were not
children have fun! They then became very ex- at the tournament were able to participate by
Miss Deaf Minnesota
cited because they got to meet Deaf Santa. watching the videoclips on www.deafnation.
The room was full of joy, and I enjoyed watch- com. That long weekend was a perfect way
ing the children. for me to close my vacation and get ready for my second semester
I spent my entire break in Minnesota. I attended several practice of college life.
interviews to get ready for the intense week of pageant competi- I returned to Gallaudet University on Jan. 21 and might be back
tion at the Miss Deaf America Pageant in New Orleans this July. in Minnesota for spring break. This will be a great time for me to
I also spent time with my buddies and family, especially with my visit different schools and events. I am available for appearances;
cherished younger sister who currently attends the Minnesota to schedule a booking, please contact Toni Fairbanks at claytoni@
State Academy for the Deaf in Faribault. tvutel.com. Stay warm and have a great spring!
Thumbs Up for District One Hospital
By Trudy Suggs ing us a thumbs up. That threw us off momentarily - what did the
thumbs up mean? After a short pause, I asked, “She’s deaf?” The
I t was a question that lingered in many people’s minds, includ-
ing ours. We all wondered, given that my husband is a third-
generation deaf person and I second-generation, whether our
new baby would be deaf or hearing. My husband and I threw out
the obligatory “The important thing is our baby’s healthy” to any-
nurse nodded and went to check my blood pressure. Nothing more
was said, and we busied ourselves getting ready to go home.
Our own mothers and countless people had told us horror stories
of how nurses were sad, uncomfortable, or even domineering in
sharing hearing test results - which then affected the parents’ re-
one who asked. We had sent in our blood to Gallaudet’s genet- actions. We were astounded - and encouraged - by the optimistic,
ics program for testing in the fourth month of my pregnancy, but “it’s no big deal” attitude at District One Hospital. In fact, a couple
knew the results would arrive after our child’s birth. Either way, it of times throughout my pregnancy, we were asked about genetic
wouldn’t have made a difference for us if the baby was deaf or ‘defects’ in our families. Whenever we mentioned our deaf families,
hearing. Even so, we couldn’t help but wonder in the back of our the nurses always said, “No, that doesn’t count as a genetic de-
heads. All we could do was wait. fect.” Our doctor was equally nonchalant about the hearing issue.
Meanwhile, I worked with area agencies to enact legislation a Of course, this is very different for hearing parents with no prior
statewide early hearing detection and intervention program (EHDI), history. But think about it: what if medical folks everywhere were
knowing it’d have an impact upon thousands of lives, including as laid-back and optimistic? What if they were empathetic with
mine. I also made sure I stayed in good physical shape, and count- parents faced with the often-overwhelming news of their child
ed down the days. testing as deaf? What if nurses and doctors didn’t rush to engulf
The day after Eavan was born, we asked about her hearing test parents with so-called solutions or doomsday predictions? Would
as mandated by the EHDI law. The nurse said unconcernedly that this make a difference in how parents initially react? I think so,
Eavan had tested as deaf earlier that morning, but had also been although I can never put myself in those parents’ shoes.
fussy so the test would be redone. My husband and I nodded, then If doctors were neutral but encouraging, perhaps parents wouldn’t
we moved onto other topics. respond with the same amount of shock or negativity that they typ-
Distracted by a million things, we didn’t give the test another ically do; human nature is hard to predict. All too often, how we
thought until the following morning when the nurse came into our
room. When asked, the nurse smiled with an enthusiastic nod, giv- HOSPITAL, continued on page 11
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8 Spring 2008
Rumbler Allows People to Feel Sirens
RUMBLER I -C S ™ NTERSECTION LEARING YSTEM
By Trudy Suggs to Improves emergency vehicle
music, or are deaf. It alerts
O n Jan. 31, Emory Dively if they’re immediately next to the
■ Produces penetrating/
and Trudy Suggs attended emergency vehicle, or are walking
vibrating low frequency
a demonstration at the the waves.
downsoundstreet,” Monge said. “The
Faribault Fire Department. At this Rumbler does not solve all problems,
■ Interacts with most 100/200-
demonstration provided by Leon- but itwatt emergency vehicle siren chal-
certainly helps alleviate
ard Schrader of Schrader’s Law lenges of getting people’s attention
■ Enabled via any emergency
Enforcement Supply & Code Three emergency wheel horn
whenvehicle steeringvehicles are trying
Installations, the participants were to getring. their destination.”
shown the “Rumbler” device.
He 10 second“We always want to
added, automatic tone
The Rumbler, manufactured by provide the best services and equip-
Federal Signal, is a speaker system ■ possible to protect
ment Highly effective in densethe citizens
attached to emergency vehicles in our community. We purchased
urban environments with
and allows nearby people feel the Federal Signal RUMBLER , intersection-clearing system, demonstrates the long-
this siren for thetraffic. truck we are
“rumble” of the sirens through standing commitment to continuesounds next month and if
getting leader in warning sound,it works well, we will buy more in the
low-frequency, bass-type as the technological
when activated. People walking or standing near the vehicles can future to equip the rest of our trucks.” The system costs approxi-
siren development, and operator safety.
feel the sirens, much like one canImproves Intersection Warning Effectiveness
feel music by holding balloons. mately $500.
law UMBLER introduces a revolutionary new “I want to applaud the
Dively and Suggs helped local The Renforcement and fire depart- concept to audible warning. ThisFaribault Fire Dept for proactively seeking
system has the ability to interactand fire better and improved safety measures for all people, especially Deaf
ment personnel, including interim police chief Dan Collins with 100/200-watt siren amplifiers and provide
people, and I have the distinct
secondary, low frequency duplicate tones. Low frequency tonesbelieve this may set a trend for other towns in the
chief Mike Monge, test the device to seeofhow far the vibrations materials allowing vehicle operators
advantage penetrating and shaking solid
state,” perhaps even
could be felt. The sirens were easily felt when standing nearthe sound waves, andDively said. see their
and nearby pedestrians to FEEL the ve-
effects through a shaking rearview mirror.
hicle. Next, Dively and Suggs sat in a Jeep about 20 feet away, but The device is currently used in New York City, Washington, D.C.,
were unable to feel anything. Even so, the benefits are aplenty.
Secondary System with Built-in Safety Chicago, Philadelphia, and other cities. For more information, visit
“This is useful for when peopleIn addition to the primary sirenlisteningandwww.fedsig.com. adds a
are on their cell phones, amplifier speaker, the RUMBLER
secondary amplifier. This gives the system the ability to sense the currently
enabled siren tone signal, reduce the signals’ frequency by 75%, and amplify
the sound through a pair of high output woofers. The systems’ timer allows the
tone to sound for 10 seconds, and then automatically shuts off. The result is a
highly effective backup emergency tone, especially when transitioning hazardous
traffic intersections. The RUMBLER is particularly effective when used in dense urban
environments with heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
A complete RUMBLER intersection-clearing system consists of an amplifier, a timer,
Minnesota Trees: two subwoofers, and vehicle specific mounting hardware. This system can be
paired with most 100/200-watt emergency siren amplifiers and the RUMBLER
system is most effective when used as an intersection-clearing device where heavy
Pretty, Aren’t They? vehicle and pedestrian traffic is present.
W e Minnesotans love our trees. Yet we don’t do
enough to save them. That’s why MADC offers
members The Deaf Advocate in full color if www.fedsig.com
they receive it as a .PDF file via e-mail. This helps MADC save
costs and save trees, too.
In fact, if enough people subscribe to the color newsletter,
we’ll plant a tree in honor of MADC. Or maybe even two trees.
Let’s keep Minnesota beautiful and encourage your friends to
subscribe to the color version of this newsletter.
If you would like to receive the newsletter via e-mail instead
of via mail, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to also sign up for our FREE e-newsletter by going to
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Spring 2008 9
Did You Know? DHHSD News
OnStar Now Available Via TTY By Bruce Hodek, Division Director
OnStar has partnered with GM Mobility to offer TTY services on
select 2007 and 2008 model year vehicles to deaf, hard of hearing,
and speech-impaired subscribers at little or no additional cost.
With this service, deaf, hard of hearing, and speech-impaired
subscribers have 24-hours-a-day access to TTY advisors through
V incent (Lee) Clark has accepted the position of Deaf-
Blind Specialist for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ser-
vices Division (DHHS). Lee begins March 5, working to
improve services for those with dual vision and hearing loss.
He comes to us from North Carolina where he was a DeafBlind
the blue OnStar button and the red Emergency button. Also, ac-
specialist for the NC Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard
cess to OnStar’s Hands-Free Calling capability2 is made available
of Hearing. He is no stranger to Minnesota, having lived here
through the dial pad.
in the past.
For more information, visit http://www.onstar.com/us_english/
Terry Tauger has been appointed as a mental health special-
ist for the DHHS-Rochester office. Terry obtained his master’s
degree in social work from Gallaudet University in 2001, and
Hearing Aid Resource Guide
previously worked at an outpatient mental health clinic in De-
In the market for hearing aids? Unsure of which model to get? A
troit. He began working with us on Feb. 20 under the supervi-
great resource guide is the “Consumer’s Guide to Hearing Aids,”
sion of Dr. John Gournaris.
available at the Hearing Loss Association of America website. This
The metro office organized and hosted two legal forum work
guide is a 24-page color booklet illustrating the different styles
groups to begin addressing issues related to access to attor-
of hearing aids and comparing different models and features.
neys and courts, interpreter funding, and training for attorneys.
Published in 2006, this guide explains about analog and digital
DHHS is also working to complete an educational DVD ad-
hearing aids, compares 27 brands, and provides a glossary and
dressing steps to prepare for an emergency. This DVD will in-
clude signing, captioning, and voice-overs.
Available for $4.25, the guide may be bought by going to www.
DHHS continues to improve its website at www.dhhsd.org.
hearingloss.org and clicking on “materials.”
Please take a few minutes to give us your feedback.
Have a great spring!
10 Spring 2008
Rewards Begin With One Step
By Ric-Olin Lyles
Being part of MADC either as a member, volunteer, board mem-
ber, or committee member – or even all of the above – is reward-
I have to make an admission: I never really got involved in com- ing. MADC needs your talent, enthusiasm and support, even if it
munity organizations when I was younger. I thought I was too is simply by joining and not doing much more. Your membership is
busy, because I had three kids, a job, and other interests. How- a loud voice and valuable asset. What supports the community is
ever, when I began to work with several federal employees who MADC, and what supports MADC is Y-O-U!
were deaf or hard of hearing to establish our own organization, I I know it is hard for many to get excited and become involved,
realized how important it is to volunteer. As especially those who have families or are
a co-founder of the Deaf and Hard of Hear- “. . .it was a great honor for me enjoying retirement. But think of the people
ing in Government (DHHIG), the organiza- 123 years ago: they never once said, “I’m
tion has grown to include an annual confer- to know that I was too busy.” They simply gathered in Faribault
ence that hundreds attend from around the continuing the work of deaf and established this deaf-run, deaf-empow-
nation. It all began with just a few of us. ered and deaf-centered organization. Now,
This made me regret not getting involved
people from 123 years ago. 123 years from now: will there still be vol-
with other organizations. When I moved to That makes my heart swell unteers like these people in Faribault? I say
Minnesota in 2001, I decided to become YES! I strongly encourage you to be part of
with enormous pride.” this ongoing legacy for future generations of
active with MADC for many reasons. I ap-
preciate MADC’s long history and great ac- deaf people. They will look back on our gen-
complishments. When I became part of the board last summer at eration with tremendous pride and respect
the conference, it was a great honor for me to know that I was con- as they commence their leadership.
tinuing the work of deaf people from 123 years ago. That makes Rewards for MADC, for yourself, and for future generations all
my heart swell with enormous pride. begin with a single step: joining MADC, or renewing your mem-
I am also thankful for those who have rallied for MADC for so bership. Come along as MADC continues its advocacy, community
long–a small group of devoted people. They have strived to bring organizing, and history for all Deaf Minnesotans.
the best to MADC not for themselves, but for YOU. To join or renew, visit www.minndeaf.org.
Hospital Prepared for Deaf Babies
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react to something is fueled by the amount of negativity involved, Here’s the rundown:
or the lack of. Our goal is to expand the NAD by 5,000 more
Maybe my husband and I shouldn’t have been so surprised by individual members. In doing so, together we will
create a new online NAD community, ﬁlled with
District One Hospital’s matter-of-fact approach. After all, this is a v/blogs.
town with a large deaf population and the Minnesota State Acad-
emy for the Deaf. The hospital has had hundreds, if not thousands, rough this eﬀort, the NAD will become an even
of deaf patients over the years. The staff there knows being deaf more powerful advocate.
isn’t a death sentence, and they were prepared in what resources Me, what—how?!
NAD Across America
Even so, it was a relief to us to not have to deal with uninvited
negativity upon learning Eavan’s hearing status. We were simply
Simply sign up to become a NAD recruiter and get
others to do the same. Help us generate donations
to increase NAD visibility and advocacy impact.
more concerned about her jaundice, whether she was pooping Okay, I’m interested! When is it?
enough, and if she was warm enough. The hospital provided all Right now! e NAA campaign runs from
the right resources, support and information for us - without a November 1st, 2007 through March 31, 2008.
Start now—recruit and win!
trace of pity or sorrow. That was exactly how we wanted our birth
experience to be, especially with such a healthy baby who delights
us every single day. What are you waiting for?
This article originally appeared at www.i711.com on January Become the top dog in the competition!
30, 2008. Reprinted with permission.
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Trudy Suggs and Randy Shank gave birth to a daughter, www.nad.org/nadacrossamerica
Eavan Idell Shank, on December 19, 2007. MADC extends its
congratulations to their new family.
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