Show-Me Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 1 Spring 2012
Presidentâ€™s Notes By Ella Eakins
Inside this issue: Legislative Updates
Miss Deaf Missouri Ambassador's Updates
MoAD 43rd Biennial Conference Flyer
Greater Ozarks Chapter
Warsaw Deaf Picnic
75th Annual Marshall Deaf Picnic
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. - Helen Keller
I am sure you have heard about the tentative DMH (Department of Mental Health) Lawsuit Settlement. The good news is finally here! I am so very happy that I wonder if this is a dream. We have dreamed, and prayed, worked so hard and waited for so long. Now, MoAD and its attorneys fought and achieved a broad settlement agreement with DMH. The hearing will be on May 7th at which time the Judge will make a final decision regarding the approval of the settlement. You can read the entire tentative settlement agreement on the Missouri Department of Mental Health website (http://dmh.mo.gov/deafsvcs/index.htm) The "Current Issues" is now updated on the MoAD website (www.moadshowme.org). Please review these important issues and take action. Use the link to contact your district Representative and Senator. They need to hear from you! Also, the Business Session Minutes of the Biennial Conference is now available on our website. Click on "Business Session" from the tab of "Inside MoAD." I hope you enjoy reading the minutes and learning what the MoAD Conference is about. As always, we love your feedback. The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) will have its 51th Biennial Conference at the Louisville Regency Hyatt and the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky on July 3-7, 2012. The DeaFestival Kentucky will be merged in partnership with NAD Conference on Saturday, July 7th. Hope to see you all there! Please contact the KCDHH (Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) for all questions about DeaFestival Kentucky. Wishing you joy and lots of fun in this beautiful Spring season! Ella Eakins
Board of Directors Ella Eakins President Tony Nitko 1st Vice President Debra Galindo-Salazar
2nd Vice President William Walker Secretary Jennifer Rivera Treasurer Sue Burdick Representative Greater Ozarks Chapter Nina Wilson Representative Greater St. Louis Chapter Meredith Hill Representative Jackson County Chapter Manuel Galindo-Salazar
Representative State Fair Chapter Thomas Green Representative Youth Programs Karen Lister State Director Miss Deaf Missouri Ambassador Program Bob Crowell Webmaster Jennifer Rivera Show-Me Newsletter Editor
Current Issues Impacting Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community Missouri Association of the Deaf strives to monitor and educate its members on current legislative issues in Missouri that may have significant impact of the lives of deaf and hard of hearing people. To learn more about each legislative action, please read below for the resolution and bills: 1) HCR 42: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children's Bill of Rights 2) HB 1704: Insurance Coverage for Newborn Hearing Aid Devices 3) HB 1361: Increase Broadband in Rural 4) HB 1219 and SB 572: Workplace and Employment Discrimination
Contact Your Legislators Today! Legislators at the Capitol in Jefferson City would like to hear from you. They want to know if they should vote in favor of the proposals listed above. MoAD encourages you to step up, get involved and contact your Legislators (both Senators and House of Representatives) and share how you feel about the proposals. You need to show your support if you want to see this proposal pass or not. To find out who are your Legislators, click here. http://www.senate.mo.gov/llookup/leg_lookup.aspx
HCR 42: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children's Bill of Rights A resolution is being proposed in the House of Representatives that would impact the lives of deaf and hard of hearing people. It is House Concurrent Resolution #42 (HCR42), which is better known as Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children’s Bill of Rights. What is a “resolution”? It is not a bill to change the law, but serves to clarify a law or policy. HCR42: the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children’s Bill of Rights is important to the deaf and hard of hearing community because it impacts the lives of children with hearing loss. What’s in it? Here are some important parts of the Bill of Rights: 2
1) Deaf and hard of hearing children are entitled to a communications assessment and language acquisition assistance throughout their education, beginning at the earliest possible age. 2) Parents of deaf and hard of hearing children must be fully informed of the full spectrum of educational options and participate in their childâ€™s educational planning. 3) Deaf and hard of hearing children are entitled to teachers, interpreters, and resource personnel who can communicate effectively with them in their preferred mode of communication. 4) Deaf and hard of hearing children are entitled to receive their education in a place that is best suited to their needs. This means that when educators must consider each child's needs, such as individual, social, emotional, and cultural needs, and also the childâ€™s age, degree of hearing loss, academic level, mode of communication, style of learning, and amount of family support. 5) Also, Deaf and hard of hearing adults should be involved in making these decisions about how best to educate our deaf children. There is more in HCR42. Please go online and type in the address or click the link below to read the full resolution: http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills121/biltxt/intro/HCR0042I.htm UPDATE as of Tuesday, April 10, 2012: The House of Representatives voted to adopt this resolution!
HB 1704: Insurance Coverage for Newborn Hearing Aid Devices MoAD recognizes the frustration of parents and deaf people being able to afford hearing aids. This bill will require health insurance companies to provide coverage for the initial amplification devices deemed necessary by a licensed physician or audiologist to treat a newborn who has been screened and assessed for a hearing impairment. Initial amplification devices include, but are not limited to, hearing aids, cochlear implants, assistive listening devices, and hearing assistive technology systems and accessories. Please go online and type in the address or click the link below to read: http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills121/biltxt/intro/HB1704I.htm
HB 1361: Increase Broadband in Rural MoAD is aware that many deaf people in rural areas are frustrated in obtaining high speed Internet in their areas. They are denied the ability to have video relay service, hence hindering their ability to have access to communication access. This bill will allow telecommunications companies or rural electrical cooperatives to attach, maintain and operate their equipment on anotherâ€™s pole in order to promote, encourage, and facilitate the deployment of electrical smart grid technologies and broadband communications in rural areas. Please go online and type in the address or click the link below to read: http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills121/biltxt/commit/HB1361C.htm
HB 1219 and SB 572: Workplace and Employment Discrimination MoAD has identified two bills - SB 572 in the Senate and HB 1219 in the House of Representatives - that would have a major impact on the lives of the deaf and hard of hearing people in Missouri. MoAD summaries these two bills below: 1) The bill will not eliminate the discovery process. Summary judgment does not happen until discovery is complete. What the law does is requires the deaf person to find some PROOF of actual discrimination based on deafness - a smoking gun - for example an admission by the employer that deafness was a factor. This rarely happens. Without such "affirmative" proof, the judge will likely dismiss the case because the employer can always put forward some self-serving "reason" why they discharged the deaf employee. (Related - See #4) 2) Damages awarded are limited to $50,000 for employers with between 5 and 100 employees, $100,000 for employers with between 100 and 200 employees, $200,000 for employers with between 200 and 500 employees, or $300,000 for employers with more than 500 employees. First concern here is that this makes it harder to find lawyers who are willing to take on discrimination cases. Lawyers typically take 1/3 of the award - $16,500 (out of $50,000), $33,000 (out of $100,000) and so forth. Lawyers would not be interested. Second concern here, knowing that there's a limited on the awards, companies would be more likely to be less concerned about meeting ADA requirements, thus violating more labor laws. 3) Punitive damages shall not be awarded against the state of Missouri or political subdivisions in MHRA cases except for in discriminatory housing practices cases. This means that we can not sue the state government or tax-exempt organizations. The state government usually are the largest employers of disability people. 4) The contributing factor is the burden of proof must show there are evidence that the act of discrimination that may appear that the disability, or age, or heritage or gender may be one of several reasons for discrimination. Motivating Factor is the burden of proof that must show that the disability, age, heritage, or gender IS the reason for discrimination. Motivating factor is harder to prove. Example for motivating factor, if you remember the ABC show "What would you do?" where the manager told the deaf applicant, "I won't hire you because you are deaf" The contributing factor would be taking the application, and then throwing it away without even thinking about offering the deaf person a chance for an interview. 5) The bill will limit us to only sue the company, we will not be able sue the individual who committed the act of discrimination and the person will not be held responsible of discrimination if the company is found guilty of discrimination. UPDATE: Governor Nixon has vetoed both bills. However, the Senate and House of Representatives could vote on these bills again to override the Governorâ€™s veto. Keep an eye out on these bills. For more information on these bills, please go online and type in these addresses or click on the links below. HB 1219 http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1219&year=2012&code=R SB572 http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=9244
Do Your Part as a Citizen of Missouri! Protect Your Quality of Life! 4
Hello! I hope everyone is enjoying the wonderful weather that we’ve been having lately! I would like to share what the Miss Deaf Missouri Ambassador Committee, along with many wonderful volunteers, have been diligently working on for the deaf and hard of hearing community in Missouri. As we continue to make plans in the coming months, we hope our efforts will make it easier to locate and utilize opportunities available for our deaf and hard of hearing youth. The upcoming months promise to be eventful, so keep your eyes peeled for future updates that will not disappoint. As always, please continue to support us as we encourage our youth to become our leaders of tomorrow for MoAD one day. As the Miss Deaf Missouri Ambassador, I’ve been working with several of our deaf and hard of hearing community leaders on how I can become a stronger voice for our youth. Recently, I had the pleasure of making an appearance at Deaf Inc’s 3rd Annual Deaf Winterfest in St. Louis on Sat., March 17th. I had a great time catching up with old friends and meeting new people who are passionate about supporting our deaf culture and increasing awareness about resources available to people with hearing loss, their families and friends. When events like this occur, I am always inspired by how we are all able to come together as a community and celebrate our deaf culture. This is something we can all take pride in. Finally, I want to encourage you to attend the 51st Biennial NAD Conference! The conference this year runs from July 3-7 in Louisville, Kentucky, in partnership with the DeaFestival Kentucky. The conference is especially exciting for me, since Miss Deaf America Ambassador will be crowned on Friday, July 6! This will mark the end of the Miss Deaf America Ambassador Program, so please come support me, your last Miss Deaf Missouri Ambassador. You can find out more about my story and the Miss Deaf America Ambassador program by visiting my website, missdeafmissouri.com, or liking my page on Facebook, facebook.com/MissDeafMissouri. Thank you, and see you in Louisville!
Enclosed are the donation form and sponsorship letter. Please help donate or sponsor our Miss Deaf Missouri Ambassador for her trip to NAD Biennial Conference this July!
Photo credit: William Walker 6
Chapters of Missouri Association of the Deaf, are you all up for a statewide competition?
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Do you want to win a FREE Appearance of Miss Deaf Missouri Ambassador in your Town? HOW????? It is real easy and simple….. Plan a Fundraising dinner at your Chapter’s choice of restaurant. Pick a date.. Spread the word to your community. Gather friends for dinner.. Eat and Chit Chat… Sounds Fun and Simple?? Percentage of your dinner will proceeds to Miss Deaf Missouri Ambassador Program which will pay for her trip to Miss Deaf America Ambassador Program in Louisville, KY this coming July. Deadline: June 15th Any questions, please contact MDMAP State Director, Karen Lister: firstname.lastname@example.org 7
43rd Biennial Conference August 1-4, 2013 Mark your calendar!! MoAD Conference will be held at: Crown Plaza St. Louis-Clayton 7750 Carondelet Avenue Clayton, MO 63105 August 1st (Thursday) Registration and Social night at 5pm to 9pm More information will be posted in www.moadshowme.org. If you have any questions, please contact William Walker at email@example.com 8
MoAD needs YOU to help recruit more members to help expand our organization! Why is it so important to join MoAD??
Key facts to let the potential members know why it is so important to join MoAD: Help promote awareness of
issues that may impact the Deaf and Hard of Hearing people’s lives Help advocate for positive changes among the Deaf and Hard of
Hearing community in Missouri We need your IDEAS to improve our organization especially for
our future generations (youth) The more members we have in our organization, the better we
will be able to help meet Deaf and Hard of Hearing people’s needs in Missouri. The bigger MoAD gets, the stronger we get! Especially to show
our state government how serious we are about improving Deaf and Hard of Hearing people’s lives here in Missouri. Remember Missouri’s state motto? Show Me State! So show us what you can do to help expand MoAD. Please contact chairperson of Membership Recruitment committee Debra Galindo-Salazar at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know that you are interested to help! 9
First official meeting for Greater Ozarks Chapter (GOC) was held on Saturday, January at St. John "Chub" O Reilly Cancer Center in Springfield, Missouri. Members elected new officers and chapter representative, which are in the picture below. Congratulations GOC! President Marcia Simpson remarked that Please check out their Facebook page â€œGreater Ozarks Chapterâ€? at https:// www.facebook.com/pages/Greater-Ozarks-Chapter-ofMoAD/308637709166193?ref=ts President Marcia Simpson remarked how excited she is about this chapter, and they are all looking forward to see this grow. Keep your eyes peeled on a possible picnic hosted by this chapter in June.
Front row (left to right): President Marcia Simpson and Vice President Tim Stewart Back row (left to right): Treasurer Steve Murphy, Secretary Deadra Stewart, and Representative Sue Burdick 10
Upcoming Events, Meetings, and Conferences: April 28, 2012
MoAD Town Hall Meeting / Board of Directors Meeting Where: SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence in Cape Girardeau, MO See flyer on page 5
May 5, 2012
28th Annual Warsaw Deaf Picnic Where: Warsaw, MO Hosted by: State Fair Chapter (see flyer on page 12)
June 9, 2012
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day Where: Six Flags in Eurkea, MO Hosted by: Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
July 3 - 7, 2012
51st Biennial National Association of the Deaf Conference Where: Hyatt Regency Louisville and the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, KY Hosted by: National Association of the Deaf
July 14, 2012
75th Annual Marshall Deaf Picnic Where: Marshall, MO Hosted by: State Fair Chapter (see flyer on page 13)
July 14, 2012
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day Where: Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, MO Hosted by: Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
August 11, 2012
MoAD Board of Directors Meeting Where: Joplin Public Library in Joplin, MO See last page for address and time
September 15-16, 2012 (TENTATIVE)
Deaf Awareness Weekend Where: Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO Hosted by: Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
October 12-14, 2012
19th Annual Missouri Interpreters Conference 2012 Where: Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, MO Hosted by: Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
October 13, 2012
Deaf Empowerment Symposium Where: Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, MO Hosted by: Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
More Amazing Historical Facts! Submitted by Sharlene Haney The Olympics were first recorded in 776 B.C., there was only one event â€” the 200-yard dash. Chess originated in India, where it was first played with four players. The Persians, then Arabs, modified the fine board game before passing the practice down to Europe. Chinese acrobatics were performed at least as far back as the Han Dynasty, around 200 B.C. Central American Mayans developed their own team sports similar to lacrosse, football, and soccer. Ancient Egypt had its own version of the Olympics, featuring gymnastics, javelin, running, swimming, and other events. In 1457, the Scottish parliament outlawed golf and football (soccer) because they were dangerous timewasting nuisances that detracted from more important pursuits--like archery.
Native American tribes had many versions of, and names for, the modern sport of lacrosse. The Cherokee called it "Little Brother of War," because it was good training for combat. The modern marathon owes its name to the story of an ancient Greek messenger who ran nearly 26 miles from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens, to proclaim the Greek victory. The story is almost certainly untrue, but the name stuck.
Deaf Poet and Journalist Laura Redden Searing In light of April being “National Poetry Month”, we should give recognition to this fine Deaf poet and journalist Laura Redden Searing. She was born on February 9, 1839 in Somerset County, Maryland. Her family moved to St. Louis, Missouri when she was a child. She lost her hearing at about 11 or 12 years old due to spinal meningitis. After becoming deaf, Laura attended and graduated from Missouri School for the Deaf in 1858. Upon her graduation from Missouri School for the Deaf, she did not enroll in college. Some certain colleges would accept her considering her good literary skills and unmarried status, but there were no colleges that accepted deaf women. At that time, National Deaf-Mute College (now called Laura Redden Searing Gallaudet University) did not admit female students (not until 1881). So, instead of going to college, she returned to St. Louis where she took a job as an editor for the St. Louis Presbyterian. Laura also wrote several poems and articles that appeared in the St. Louis Republican under the pseudonym name Howard Glyndon. This is because back then, women were not taken seriously as journalists. Using her pseudonym name, she published a book of poems called “Idylls of Battle”. Laura also composed the words to the song “Belle Missouri” which became the war song for the state. Laura also wrote several articles for various publications such as New York Times and New York Sun, and some magazines such as Harper. To give you an idea of what one of her poems is like, below is an excerpt from Idylls of Battle: IN TIME OF WAR There are white faces in each sunny street, And signs of trouble meet us everywhere; The nation’s pulse hath an unsteady beat, For scents of battle foul the summer air. A thrill goes through the city’s busy life, And then—as when a strong man stints his breath A stillness comes; and each one in his place Waits for the news of triumph, loss, and death.
Missouri Association of the Deaf c/o Jennifer Rivera PO Box 218 Mexico, MO 65265 www.moadshowme.org
3rd Quarter Board of Directors Meeting Saturday, August 11, 2012 Joplin Public Library 300 S. Main Street Joplin, MO 64801 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Everyone is welcome to attend!
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