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Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
1609 19th Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98122-2848
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CSCDHH GA
December 1997
1997 - Issue #12

Signing Santa Claus is Coming to Town

You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout, cause I'm telling you why. Signing Santa is coming to CSCDHH.

Santa's helpers, Deaf Connection, Parent Infant Program, Deaf Power Teens, SCCC, and ASLIS, coordinated by Deaf Connection's Nancy Edney and Vanessa Ilses, will prepare for Santa's arrival and turn CSCDHH into Holiday Wonderland. We will have a buffet, with breakfast and pastries, art table and storytelling. So come Saturday December 13th from 10:00am to 1:00pm to share the holiday spirit.

Tickets are $10.00 (18 and up), $5.00 (11 to 17) and free (10 and under). Get your tickets at CSCDHH before December 8th or buy them at the door. If you would like to volunteer to help, call Eileen Matt at (206) 774-3449 (V/TTY) or Tom Halseth at CSCDHH at (206) 322-4996 (V/TTY).

Ask Santa your wishes. Who knows? You just might get it.

CSCDHH Upcoming Events

Board of Trustees List

Michael Richardson, President
Dimitri Azadi, Vice-President
Ebony Hammon, Treasurer
Cindy Johns, Secretary
Barbara Hayes, Member at Large
John Mac Williams, Member at Large
Anne Baldwin
Tom Brown
Terry Dockter
Donna Harrison
Kim Kirkpatrick
John Ramey
Billy Seago
Greg Townsend
Dale Wilson

Add to Staff List

Marta Mulholland and Diana English, Temporary Information & Referral Specialist
Dave Morrison, Interpreter Referral Service Specialist
Gail Ploman, Temporary 911/TTY Education Program Coordinator

Subtract from Staff List
Rebekka Berger
Janel Stromme

Submission Deadline
December 10

NOTICE

CSCDHH will be closed for the holidays on December 25 and 26, 1997 and January 1, 1998.
Happy Holidays from CSCDHH Board of Trustees and Staff!!

Letter from the Director

Rob Roth
December 1997

More New Faces at CSCDHH

At the 1997 Annual Meeting, five new people were elected to the Board of Trustees. They are: Ebony Hammon, Donna Harrison, Barbara Hayes, Kim Kirkpatrick and Greg Townsend. We welcome them and their new energy to CSCDHH. Congratulations!

November 13, 1997 marked the first meeting of the new Board. Elected to the Executive Committee were:

President: Mike Richardson
Vice-President: Dimitri Azadi
Treasurer: Ebony Hammon
Secretary: Cindy Johns
Members at Large: Barbara Hayes and John MacWilliams

I look forward to working with the new Board and Executive Committee. As before, I'm sure they will be interested in hearing your comments about CSCDHH.

We say good-bye to Janel Stromme, who has left her position as the 911/TTY Education Program Coordinator to go back to school. She worked at CSCDHH for a little over three years. We wish her luck with her studies and the future! Gail Ploman takes over as the temporary 911/TTY Education Program Coordinator. When you visit CSCDHH, say hello to Diana English and Marta Mulholland, who are temporarily filling the Information & Referral Specialist position until it is filled.

Season's Greetings

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the staff of CSCDHH, I wish you a happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Cognitive Neuropsychology Laboratory at U.W. Studies of American Sign Language Processing.

Hello, my name is David Corina and I am currently an Assistant Professor in Psychology at the University of Washington, doing research in the area of deafness and language. My own interest in deafness and the Deaf community was sparked in 1980 when I spent a year as an undergraduate student at Gallaudet University. I was drawn in by the diversity and richness of the culture and fascinated by ASL. I returned to Gallaudet in 1983 and received a Masters degree in Linguistics in 1984. I later received my Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of California at San Diego. During my graduate studies, I worked at the Salk Institute in La Jolla with Dr. Ursula Bellugi.

Dr. Bellugi's work on ASL is world renowned. She was recently the subject of an article in Deaf Life in the April 1995 issue.

In my current work, I am combining my focus as a Cognitive Psychologist with my interests in ASL and language processes in the brain. There has been a great deal of research on how hearing people understand spoken language, but we know very little about how deaf people understand ASL. Considering the unique differences between ASL and spoken English, the question is, "Will the form of the language affect the way it is understood by the brain?" I am currently running studies in an University of Washington laboratory to look at these very questions.

Some of my studies make use of a new technology called "functional-Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to look at what areas of the brain are active when using ASL. This work is being conducted at National Institutes of Health and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. with help from Gallaudet University. Essentially, we take a picture of the brain while an individual is watching a videotape of signing. The images from the ASL signers are then compared to similar fMRI images from hearing individuals processing English. Current theory holds that spoken and visual languages stimulate very similar responses in the brain. This study is looking for potential areas of stimulation unique to ASL.

Another series of studies is investigating deaf individuals who have had strokes. A stroke is when a blood vessel breaks in the brain, often damaging the brain. People with strokes may have trouble understanding and producing language. Previously, little was known about the impact of strokes on deaf adults. Professionals have had little data on the effects of strokes and brain damage on signing. Therefore, doctors were unable to assess and, more seriously, offer any kind of treatment for them. My goal is to collect data regarding the effects of strokes on the language abilities in older deaf adults. This work will help develop rehabilitative programs that may prove beneficial to deaf stroke victims.

The laboratory consists of hearing and deaf researchers, skilled signers who are knowledgeable in Deaf culture and ASL. Nat Wilson has worked part time in the lab since I started at U.W. Nat is also teaching ASL at Seattle Central Community College (SCCC). His "Deaf eyes" are very important in the lab. I have met several members of the Seattle Deaf community and really appreciate the input and advice they have offered.

See Community Announcements for job opening.

KODA Corner

Holly Parker Jensen

As a mother of a hearing child, I have been asked repeatedly, "Will your child be delayed in learning English since he is using sign language as his primary mode of communication?" Many people including Deaf parents themselves have this general misconception that hearing children of Deaf parents will have language difficulties if they learn two languages simultaneously.

Many bilingual studies have demonstrated that children, who are bilingual, typically go through initial stages of experimenting and sorting out their two languages. Any apparent confusion tends to be temporary. Almost all bilingual children go on to master both languages without intervention. Additionally, bilinguals often become more adept with their linguistic and analytical skills. As adults, hearing children of Deaf parents have demonstrated their verbal and oral skills in a wide variety of professions by becoming accomplished lawyers, writers, teachers, psychologists and physicians.

There are many children of Deaf parents who have excelled in fields that have nothing to do with deafness and have succeed at the highest level. For example, Dr. Donald N. Langenberg's parents graduated from Gallaudet University and moved to North Dakota where his father taught printing at the state school for the deaf for his entire career. Dr. Langenberg earned his doctorate in physics, and is currently the Chancellor of the University of Maryland System, which serves more than 130,000 students.

Homer Thornberry is another prominent CODA. His Deaf father taught at the Texas School for the Deaf. Working his way through the University of Texas and its law school, Thornberry is reputed to have been the youngest deputy sheriff in Texas. Entering politics, Texans elected him to represent the Tenth Congressional District in the House of Representatives where he became an ally with a fellow Texan, Lyndon B. Johnson. President Johnson appointed Thornberry to the federal bench in Texas and, in 1968, nominated him to the Supreme Court of the United States. Thornberry ultimately did not receive the Supreme Court appointment, but he continued his legal and political career until his death.

And the list goes on. Our hearing children can and will succeed in every field of endeavor, including arts, education and business. Our hats off to Deaf parents who have made this possible!

Happy Holidays!

The First Time I Saw CC TV

by Branden Huxtable

 

CC Movies You May Have Missed:

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World: Huge comedy spectacular about a dying gangster who tells group of people about a buried treasure under the big W. So all they have to do is go and get it. Spencer Tracy head the all-star cast.

The Pink Panther: Peter Sellers stars as the klutzy French Inspector Jacques Clouseau trying to hunt down the elusive Pink Panther diamond without tripping over his feet. The first movie of the long running Pink Panther series.

MASH: The original comedy about medical doctors in a MASH unit during the Korean War trying to keep their sanity while making other people crazy. Inspired the long running TV show. Starring Donald Sutherland and Elliot Gould.

KING 5 and Sonics Get Real-Time Captioning

After years of not captioning, KING TV and KIRO TV are finally bringing live Real-Time captioning to all its news broadcast, morning, noon and night, weather reports, live news spots and news shows such as Evening Magazine. Finally we will have a clearer idea of what is happening out there. They join KSTW 11 in captioning local news. KOMO 4 will start captioning later next year.

Also, The Sonics will be captioning all of their games this year so we can finally understand the commentary and what's happening. With us cheering them at home, they just may go onto another NBA Championship! Now if only the Mariners and Seahawks were captioned. . . .

Don't forget to write or call to thank the TV stations and Sonics for the captioning. Let them know we appreciate it.

NAD President Says Sexual Abuse of Deaf Children is Cause for Grave Concern

Kodiak Media Group

Washington DC - When asked about problems of sexual abuse of deaf children at residential schools, President Benjamin J. Soukup, President of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), stated that "we all have a responsibility to ensure the safety and protection of deaf and hard-of-hearing children in all educational settings…."

In an interview in Hearing Health (Oct. 97) magazine, he also stated that the matter is cause for "grave concern," and noted that disabled children are at increased risk for sexual as well as physical abuse.

Dr. Patricia Sullivan, director of the Center for Abused Children with Disabilities at the Boys Town National Research Hospital, agreed with the realities of sexual abuse problems and said we need to stop arguing about whether these problems exist and get on with addressing the problem.

Published evidence and newspaper accounts clearly show a number of sexual abuse incidents occurring at residential schools for the deaf.

CSCDHH Upcoming Events

What's Happening and About Town

Community Announcements

CSCDHH is raising funds by selling the Entertainment Book. Each book contains hundreds of "Two-for-One" discounts for fine dining, family dining, fast food, movies, sports, activities, special attractions and hotels. . . . 50% savings on almost everything! The Entertainment Book is now being sold by CSCDHH for $40.00 and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Entertainment book will help fund CSCDHH programs and services. To order, call CSCDHH at (206) 322-4996.

AIDS Project for the Deaf (APD) is looking for volunteers who can sign and would like to help someone with HIV or AIDS. Volunteers needed at APD, Shanti, Chicken Soup Brigade, or Bailey Boushay House. If you are interested or want more information, call Shoshanna at APD (206) 328-4808 (TTY), Shanti (206) 322-0279 (V) or Chicken Soup Brigade (206) 320-0206 (V).

The State Independent Living Council (SILC) has a Poster Contest to increase the awareness of the Independent Living philosophy and Independent Living services available in the state. The poster should be 11"x17", can be multi-color showing what America takes for granted, Americans with disability, and/or Independent Living services. For more information, call (206) 407-3606 (V/TTY) or (800) 624-4105 (V/TTY). Deadline is December 31.

The International Travel Special-Interest Group, associated with World Recreation Association of the Deaf (WRAD) is announcing several trips for next year including Egypt with Sinai and the Red Sea, and an African Safari at Kenya and Tanzania. For more information, call (800) 822-5528 (V), (916) 926-3491 (V), (916) 926-3494 (FAX), or write Elisa Spahn 319 W Mt. Shasta Blvd. P.O. Box 219 Mount Shasta CA 96067.

The University of Washington is conducting a study to investigate how people's ability to understand speech is affected by age. We are currently seeking adults age 18-40 with a hearing impairment in at least one ear. You must have some residual hearing to participate in the study, but you don't need to use a hearing aid. A hearing test will be conducted to determine eligibility. All testing will be conducted a the University of Washington. Participants will be paid $8.00 per hour and will be reimbursed for parking. Interested individuals should contact Pamela Souza, Ph.D. at the Auditory Research Lab at (206) 685-2207.

Job Opening. Cognitive Neuropsychology Laboratory at University of Washington. Studies of American Sign Language Processing. Seeking a part-time research assistant to help conduct research on ASL processing 10-20 hrs/week. BA in Psychology or related area especially helpful. Native deaf signers or native like competence in ASL is required. Please call David Corina at (206) 616-9595 (TTY) or (206) 543-4588 (V) for more information.

Hearing Speech and Deafness Center will begin Conversational American Sign Language classes. Classes run for nine weeks from January to March, April to June and June to August. Cost is $80 per person and $190 for family. For more information, call (206) 323-5770 (V/TTY).

 

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