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Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
1609 19th Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98122-2848
(206) 322-4996 V/TTY
(206) 720-3251 FAX
Interpreter Referral Service (206) 322-5551 V/TTY
GA Newsletter: A Newsletter for and by the Community
Vol. 17, No. 12
We apologize for the inconvenience. We are just as frustrated as you are. We trust that this problem will be resolved in a timely manner. Thank you for your patience.
Now, the ADA Test Call Project is being expanded to include all the 9-1-1 emergency centers in King County. Volunteers from all over King County are needed to make ADA TTY Test calls to 9-1-1 emergency centers. If you use a TTY and live in Kent, Des Moines, Issaquah, Carnation, Bellevue, Vashon Island, Kirkland, Redmond, Bothell, Renton, or Auburn, your help is needed.
You can schedule a one hour training session at your convenience, so you know how to make the TTY Test calls to the 9-1-1 center. You will also be given a tour of the 9-1-1 center near your home. You will only need to make at least ten TTY test calls a month, which will take about ten minutes of your time each week. The time you contribute to this project will help to improve 9-1-1 emergency services for TTY users in throughout the state of Washington.
If you are interested in becoming a TTY Test Caller to 9-1-1, please
WA State 9-1-1/TTY Education Program
Gail Ploman, Coordinator
1609 19th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
FAX: (206) 720-3251
Certificates of Appreciation were also presented to WSDBC Board members: Janie Neal, Nancy Quibodeaux, Carol Brown-Wollin, Becky McCune, Jackie Engler, Karen Chriest (ex-member), and Diane Black. Also receiving Certificates of Appreciation were Belinda Gaer for her three years as WSDBC Interpreter Coordinator, Jackie Engler for her two years as WSDBC SSP Coordinator, and Debbie Sommer for her six years as Chairperson of the WSDBC Recreation Committee. Many thanks to these great people for their commitment to the organization and the community.
Nancy Quibodeaux and Jackie Engler did a marvelous job planning this Award Banquet. Their time and effort is greatly appreciated. Having this banquet was a successful event and good to recognize the many contributions different people make to the deaf-blind community. A BIG thanks to all!
At 108, he may be the nation’s oldest deaf man. Joe Ramies dances his way through life. Pretty good for a 108-year old man who cannot hear the beat - not with his ears, anyway. Ramies, deaf since birth, is the oldest deaf person in the country, according to Gallaudet University’s National Information Center on Deafness in Washington, D.C. He learned to dance from his Cherokee mother. “I’ve got lots of pickup,” he says of his footwork. At his 108th celebration Wednesday, Ramies danced and hugged a lot of women, then blew out the candles on his cake. There were three candles, put there by workers at the Crystal Oaks of Pinellas, Florida, nursing home where Ramies has been living since spring.
He received a congratulatory proclamation from Gov. Lawton Chiles. Ramies has no ready answer to the question of longevity. He doesn’t drink; he quit smoking more than 40 years ago, and he eats pretty well. But he has his passions - women and chocolate. “He can eat a whole bag of Hershey Kisses and not gain any weight,” said his daughter, Gale Herbert, 54, of St. Petersburg. Christopher Wagner, Assistant Administrator at Crystal Oaks, where all the residents are deaf or hearing impaired, said Ramies loves people - and movement. “He dances after every meal every day,” Wagner said.
A midwife accidentally punctured Ramies’ eardrums during his birth in Kingsland, GA, leaving him deaf. He attended school only until third grade and by age 12 was working in a sawmill. Eventually he moved to North Florida and then to St. Petersburg. Ramies speaks. Instead of sign language, he carries a board and markers, and lets people write down what they want him to know. At 41, he married Mozelle Horne, his third try at matrimony. She was 16 and already had a child. “She was afraid to marry my dad because she was afraid he wouldn’t be able to take care of us because of his deafness,” Herbert said. But he got a job with the parks department in St. Petersburg and later with a cemetery, where he dug graves with a shovel. He was 67 when he retired.
He lived with his son in St. Petersburg until April, when he moved to the nursing home, Herbert said. “He just was always good to us. He was a complete family man,” said Herbert, noting he fathered three children and has a stepson. He also has 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. And he loves his age. “I want to live to 120,” he said.
Thank you very much for your vote of confidence. It was an honor to be elected to the Board of the Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing during the General Meeting on October 30, 1998. I did look forward to serving on the Board. Unfortunately, I had to reconsider the position because it may present a professional conflict of interest. As much as I would like, and even enjoy serving on with this particular Board, I must respectfully resign from the position.
I am a strong supporter of CSCDHH and the Deaf community. I am willing to serve CSCDHH in any other way which the Board feels is appropriate. Should there be specific work to be done on legislation pertaining to people who are Deaf, I would be interested in serving on a committee of this kind.
Thanks again for your confidence in me.
Adam S. Novsam
Post Office Box 55533
Seattle, WA 98155
His name was Jack Furland. Jack was born on December 18, 1945. He lived in Seattle, Washington all of his life. I and a few of his special friends will miss his passing.
Jack has been Deaf/Blind and Mentally disabled since birth. Two years ago, he was diagnosed with [a kidney disease that lead to] kidney failure. He was expected to live only a few months - six months were predicted at the most.
Jack and I became friends many years ago. I love telling stories about Jack, and it seems only fair that I continue to do so.
I have always been aware of the clothing I wear, when I go out in Public. If I am not really in the mood to be disturbed by “Hearing People”. I would wear my leather jacket, and my boots. As well as for my long dark hair, by appearance, I scare a lot of people. And I like it! With Jack, he had his own ideas about scaring “Hearing People”. He would grind his teeth real loud.
I discovered this about Jack one day. Someone had mentioned to me that his grinding was the worse noise ever to be produced by a human being. Of course, I smiled. We were walking along the sidewalk, on Capitol Hill. I soon noticed people around us beginning to walk away from us. And I thought I was doing great scaring people off in my leather jacket until I noticed they were looking at Jack. Jack would be standing there with his big smile. I said to myself, “Wow! This is so cool!”
A few years back, Jack and I had gotten lost downtown. We had just left the Key Arena, watching the Sonic game. It was very late. We had no access to a TTY and we were lost. At the same time, Jack was very upset with me for getting us lost in the area.
We walked awhile, then found a “Bus Stop”. But, at the bus stop, there were a lot of people around. A lot of pan handlers too. I knew it was not a very safe area to be in. I would have waved down a cab, but I think the Cab Drivers were scared of the area too. There were none in sight.
After a few minutes standing near the Bus Stop, I soon noticed people around us slowly moving away. I was thinking at the time, “Yeah! You better walk way, I know some karate! Come on!” Of course, I was only thinking this. Then I noticed it was Jack that was scaring these people away. He is a very little guy; bald headed, with the thickest black glasses on his face. But he was producing the ugliest noise from his body - grinding his teeth. Then my thinking changed. “That’s Right! move along, or I will turn up the volume on my buddy here.”
I was with Jack when he had his final last “Rite” given. That was a year ago. I learned of Jack’s dying two years ago. And the doctors had given Jack at least six months to live. So everyone in Jack’s life had been making all of this preparation for his coming death.
Now, communication is not one of Jack’s things. He does not sign. Nor does he care to. He is just a little bald headed guy with a smile on his face. I always wanted to know why he was smiling so much.
Jack basically had broken all medical records, living an extra 18 months. But Jack didn’t know he had a schedule to keep. Someone forgot to tell Jack that he is supposed to “pass away.” I know that Jack knew of this. I also felt that, in a way, he didn’t have any last word. But, he sure did have the last “Laugh!”
Seattle Children’s Theatre presents the eighth Deaf Kids Drama Festival at 7:00 PM Wednesdays December 2 and 9 in the Charlotte Martin Theatre at the Seattle Center. Deaf students from six area schools are performing short pieces - the culmination of twelve weeks of acting classes and rehearsals provided by the Deaf Youth Drama Program at Seattle Children’s Theatre. The residences are taught by Deaf theater artists Billy Seago and Dawn Stoyanoff. Performing are students from View Ridge Elementary School in Seattle; Bow Lake Elementary, Chinook Middle and Tyee High Schools in SeaTac; Zeiger Elementary School in Puyallup; and Birney Elementary School in Tacoma. Performances are open to the public. The students perform in American Sign Language. English voice-over is provided during both performances for the sign-language impaired. Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for children, students and seniors. Call the Seattle Children’s Theater box office for reservations: 206-441-3322 (both Voice and TTY).
Educational Exhibit November 23 - December 22, 1998
Attention Teachers! Enhance your curriculum by attending “Las Navidades con Alfredo Arreguin y sus Amigos” A retrospective collection of paintings by Michoacan/Seattle artist Alfredo Arreguin. The largest presentation of Arreguin paintings ever displayed at a single show! The exhibit includes several new works never before seen. Teachers, Alfredo Arreguin has been described as an artist whose body is in the United States but whose soul still remains in Mexico. He is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in patterned and layered oil painting, often jungle scenes, some of which form an intricate combination of landscape and portraits. Alfredo derives his enchanting and delightfully evocative patterns from his childhood and youth in Mexico. He incorporates patterns from colonial Mexican tiles, indigenous textiles, baroque church facades, folk art motifs, and tropical plants and animals. Islamic, Oriental, and Amerindian influences can also be detected in his work.
Alfredo was chosen from 230 Washington artists to create the official commemorative poster for the 1989 Washington State Centennial. The State Legislature has given him its Humanitarian Award for his contribution to Hispanic culture. He has won the Governor’s Arts Award, has been invited to contribute wooden eggs painted for the White House Easter Egg Roll collection, his work has graced a UNICEF greeting car, and most recently, he has become a selected artist at the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution of Washington D.C. His work was included in the traveling group show, “Chicano Art, Resistance and Affirmation,” the first comprehensive national exhibition on the history of Chicano Art seen in Washington D.C. at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Art in 1992. Museum collections are located in San Francisco, San Diego, San Antonio and Denver (among others) and corporate collections include SAFECO, Microsoft, Boeing and Children’s Hospital.
Alfredo is an excellent role model for our youth. He has donated many hours of his time to educate our children. He has worked with ill children at Children’s Orthopedic Hospital, teaching them to sculpt in clay. He has worked with high school Latino students in Tacoma, at Lincoln High School and at the Tacoma Art Museum in both the English and Spanish languages teaching them art and the importance of self-worth.
We invite you to take advantage of this unique exhibit while it is at El Centro de la Raza. The exhibit is free to all and we are happy to arrange student visits and field trips. El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144. Contact: Carmen Miranda (206) 329-9442 Voice. [No interpreters are needed for this exhibition. It is all visual and no language.]
Pied Piper presents Happy Holly Day at the Everett Performing Arts Center. Thistle Theater. Sunday, December 13. ASL interpretation will be during the 3 PM show. A vivacious young woman named Holly Day finds a giant red package with a tag that says “Open right away!” The box is filled with holiday traditions from around the world -- a Santa Lucia celebration from Sweden, Hanukkah and a dreidel game from Israel, Christmas traditions from Mexico and a visit from Santa Claus. Your family will be delighted in seeing how other cultures celebrate the holidays. Using hand crafted puppets and original music, Happy Holly Day reminds us that there is more than one way to enjoy the holiday season. Recommended for all ages. Adults $10 / Children $8 (Subscribers: Adults $9 / Children $7). For tickets, Call 425-257-8600 Voice or Toll Free 888-257-3722 Voice. Or contact Emily Ellis, 425-317-8412 Voice. [TTY callers may use the WRS 1-800-833-6388.]
The Deaf-Blind Service Center (DBSC) is a non-profit agency that serves Deaf-Blind adults. The services DBSC provides are information and referral, advocacy, assistance accessing services, case management, Support Services Providers and mentorship. Currently, DBSC is seeking motivated, energetic individuals to fill two postions: Full-time Case Manager (40 hours) and Full-time Office Manager (40 hours). If you want more details of the job openings, please contact the Deaf-Blind Service Center, 2366 Eastlake Avenue East, Suite #206, Seattle, WA 98102, (206) 323-9178 (TTY/V).
Come to Nordstrom Downtown and meet our Signing Santa.
Bring your wish list and have your photo taken with Signing Santa. You can sign and he will make your wish come true. While you wait to see him, you can enjoy the new Santa Lane at Nordstrom, located in the Sixth and Pine windows of our new downtown store. To check their dates and times or get more information, call the Santa Hotline at at (206)628-1000 (Voice). [TTY callers use WRS 1-800-833-6388.]
Just wanted to pass the word around of a great Deaf Photographer. His name is Gary Spears and he has a studio at the Flash One Hour Photo and Portrait Studio in Monroe. He had his own studio for 7 years but after the building they were leasing sold they moved to their new location in Monroe in the Ben Franklin Shopping Center. He did our wedding but also does every other kind of photography for Deaf and Hearing Clients. His number in Monroe is 350-794-9699. Pass the word around!
Cathy J. Cruzan
Christmas is a time to celebrate, to give; a time to Hope for those who have it not and make wishes come true. For some this is a time to Renew religious convictions - to seek Inner harmony with self, with others, with All. To watch the Signing Santa touch the lives of thousands on the mall; To play Secret Santa and sing or sign Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to One and All! Shhh...listen to Santa’s sleigh bells ringing for the Hearies, watch Red Nose Reindeer lighting up the sky for the Deafies, and feel the spirit of this loving and happy season encompass your soul.
Hannukah, Hanukkah, Chanukah - however you want to spell it, is A celebration of miracles, a festival of lights espeically loved by children. Nun, gimmel, hey shin - Hebrew words on dreidles spin which mean, Nes gadol hayah peh - “A great miracle happened here!” Utterly surprising, Christmas and Hanukah come around the same time of the year to Kindle lights and watch little children play with joyous laughter. Another year to spin and spin the dreidle and say ‘Nun,’ ‘Gimmel,’ ‘Hey,’ ‘Shin,’ - Nes gadol hayah sham: “A great miracle happened there!”(AlphaPoet is annoymous - First name begins with the letter ‘A’ and ends with the letter ‘Z’)
Community Service Center For The Deaf & Hard Of Hearing, 1609 19th Avenue , Seattle, WA 98122-2848. (206)568.1234 (TTY), (206)322.4996 (Voice), (206)568.1230 (Fax), firstname.lastname@example.org (E-mail). Interpreter Referral Service (206)322.5551 (TTY/Voice); Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday And Friday, 9 A.M. To 12 Noon; 1 To 5 P.M., Wednesday, 11 A.M. To 6:30 P.M.
Board Of Trustees :
Terry Dockter, President
New Board Members:
Diane Greene, Acting Interim Executive
Mary Bauer And Lou Massaro, Information & Referral Specialists
Mary Polly Easley, Community Advocate / Executive Assistant
Ariele Faulkner, M.S.W. Community Advocate / Bookstore Manager
Judy Kaddoura, Interpreter Referral Service Manager
Rick Pope, Interpreter Referral Specialist
Tabbi Young, Interpreter Referral Service Office Assistant
Margie Cooper, Fiscal Manager
Andrea Smith & Danny Jones, Accounting Assistants
Gail Ploman, M.P.A. 911/TTY Education Program Coordinator
Jean Healy, Temporary Volunteer Coordinator
December 1998, Volume 17, Number 12 © 1998 Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
GA is published monthly by Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 1609 19th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122-2848.
Editor: MaryPolly Easely Layout: Andrea Smith
Submission Deadline: February 10th is the deadline for the articles, flyers, letters, announcements and advertising in the next issue of the GA Newsletter.
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