Western States Basketball Classic

31 01 2009

Western States Basketball Classic


WSBCC Jan. 30 Schedule

Posted: 29 Jan 2009 03:50 PM CST


Game 10 – Arizona vs Washington [ASDB vs WSD]
Game 12 – Utah vs Marlton [Utah vs. Marlton]
Game 14 – Fremont vs Oregon [CSDF vs. OSD]
Game 16 – Phoenix vs Riverside [PDSD vs. CSDR]


Game 9 – Marlton vs Oregon [Marlton vs. OSD]
Game 11 – Riverside vs Utah [CSDR vs. Utah]
Game 13 – Arizona vs Washington [ASDB vs. WSD]
Game 15 – Phoenix vs Fremont [PDSD vs. CSDF]

Marlton vs CSDR Boys

Posted: 29 Jan 2009 10:46 AM CST

Riverside vs Phoenix Girls Photos

Posted: 29 Jan 2009 09:54 AM CST

Oregon vs Washington Girls Photos

Posted: 29 Jan 2009 08:24 AM CST

Marlton vs Arizona Girls Photos

Posted: 29 Jan 2009 08:08 AM CST

Cheerleading Jump Off, Hot Shot & 3 point Competition

Posted: 29 Jan 2009 05:11 AM CST

3 point

Ronnie Cuartero


Hot Shots

Cody Dike

Alicia Johnson

Team Free Throw



Marco Duarte


Summer Deaflympics: Athens 2013

29 01 2009

by grpresspoland

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   The president of International Committee of Sports for the Deaf, Dr Donalda Ammons and the president of the Organising Committee of the 22nd Summer Deaflympics 2013  Marianna Vardinoyiannis signed on January 20, in Athens, a memorandum of cooperation. Deputy Minister of Sports Yannis Ioannidis said that at least 5000 athletes from 100 countries and their 10,000 companions and officials will participate in Deaflympics 2013, making it “another great sports event hosted by Greece” which is certain “to have a success, comparable to that of the Athens 2004 Olympics Games.”  The first “silent Olympics” took place in Paris in 1924, bringing together 9 nations and 133 competitors

Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency

28 01 2009

News from


WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2009 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing recommendations to the regions affected by severe winter weather in Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states. USDA is hopeful that this information will help minimize the potential for foodborne illnesses due to power outages and other problems that are often associated with severe weather events.

“Power outages can occur at any time of the year and it often takes from a few hours to several days for electricity to be restored to residential areas,” said acting USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Ron Hicks. “Without electricity or a cold source, foods stored in refrigerators and freezers can become unsafe. Bacteria in food grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 and 140 °F, and if these foods are consumed, people can become very sick.”

Steps to follow to prepare for a possible weather emergency:

    * Keep an appliance thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer. An appliance thermometer will indicate the temperature in the refrigerator and freezer in case of a power outage and help determine the safety of the food.
    * Make sure the freezer is at 0 °F or below and the refrigerator is at 40 °F or below.
    * Freeze containers of water for ice to help keep food cold in the freezer, refrigerator or coolers after the power is out.
    * Freeze refrigerated items such as leftovers, milk and fresh meat and poultry that you may not need immediately — this helps keep them at a safe temperature longer.
    * Plan ahead and know where dry ice and block ice can be purchased.
    * Store food on shelves that will be safely out of the way of contaminated water in case of flooding.
    * Have coolers on hand to keep refrigerator food cold if the power will be out for more than 4 hours. Purchase or make ice cubes and store in the freezer for use in the refrigerator or in a cooler. Freeze gel packs ahead of time for use in coolers.
    * Group food together in the freezer — this helps the food stay cold longer.

Steps to follow after the weather emergency:

    * Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature.
    * The refrigerator will keep food safely cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.
    * Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, soft cheeses, milk, eggs, leftovers and deli items after 4 hours without power.
    * Food may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is at 40 °F or below when checked with a food thermometer.
    * Never taste a food to determine its safety!
    * Obtain dry or block ice to keep your refrigerator and freezer as cold as possible if the power is going to be out for a prolonged period of time. Fifty pounds of dry ice should hold an 18-cubic-foot full freezer for 2 days.
    * If the power has been out for several days, check the temperature of the freezer with an appliance thermometer. If the appliance thermometer reads 40 °F or below, the food is safe to refreeze.
    * If a thermometer has not been kept in the freezer, check each package of food to determine its safety. If the food still contains ice crystals, the food is safe.
    * Drink only bottled water if flooding has occurred.
    * Discard any food that is not in a waterproof container if there is any chance that it has come into contact with flood water. Discard wooden cutting boards, plastic utensils, baby bottle nipples and pacifiers.
    * Undamaged, commercially prepared foods in all-metal cans and retort pouches (for example, flexible, shelf-stable juice or
seafood pouches) can be saved. Follow the Steps to Salvage All-Metal Cans and Retort Pouches in the publication “Keeping Food Safe During an Emergency” at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fact_Sheets/
    * Thoroughly wash all metal pans, ceramic dishes and utensils that came in contact with flood water with hot soapy water and sanitize by boiling them in clean water or by immersing them for 15 minutes in a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach per gallon of drinking water.
    * When in Doubt, Throw it Out!

FSIS has available a Public Service Announcement (PSA), available in 30- and 60-second versions, illustrating practical food safety recommendations for handling and consuming foods stored in refrigerators and freezers during, and after, a power outage. Consumers are encouraged to view the PSA at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/news_&_events/

News organizations and power companies can obtain hard copy (Beta and DVD) versions of the PSA by contacting the Food Safety Education Staff in FSIS’ Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education by calling (301) 344-4757.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. Podcasts and SignFSIS video-casts in American Sign Language featuring text-captioning are available on the Web at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/news_&_events/multimedia/.

NAD Helps School Access the Inauguration Online

27 01 2009

By advocacy | January 26, 2009

The NAD advocated for and participated in the development of provisions to ensure that the Presidential Inauguration was accessible to deaf and hard of hearing Americans in Washington, DC, and across the country. The NAD Advocacy Blog posted information about the Presidential Inauguration and available access features, on-site and online, as the information became available.

The NAD received this report from the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf:

“This is Amy Cohen Efron from Atlanta Area School for the Deaf, and we would like to thank you for your contributions to NAD advocacy blog announcing about BISVRS’s ASL interpretation and Senate.gov’s live streaming online video with closed captions.

“This blog announcement was published on Monday, January 19th, and I used these services on an Inauguration Day at Atlanta Area School for the Deaf. We set up our laptop connected to the Internet, with the LCD projector. We were able to display two browser windows side-by-side with the ASL interpretation with closed captioned video on the screen. We had our sign language interpreter standing on the stage interpreting for younger children.

Presidential Swearing in
Photo by Joyce Fongbemi. Interpreter: Donna Flanders, CI/CT

“We took several pictures during this memorable event, and everyone in the audience were very engaged with Obama’s inauguration with cheers, tears and waving our hands with so much enthusiasm!

Photo by Joyce Fongbemi

“Never have I seen 100% accessibility like this on the Internet before! A big THANK YOU for making this known to all of us one day before the inauguration. You made a big impact on our school!”

Thank you, Amy, for sharing this with all of us. The NAD is pleased to learn that efforts to ensure an accessible Inaugural experience by deaf and hard of hearing Americans were successful.

Order system helps hearing impaired

26 01 2009

News from Indy Star

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Deaf and hard-of-hearing customers use a buzzer at the drive through to let Culver’s employees Know they need assistance. Jeff Meyer, who owns the restaurant along 96th Street on the Northeast side, said he had the system installed to make hearing-impaired customers feel comfortable and welcome.

Deaf and hard-of-hearing customers use a buzzer at the drive through to let Culver’s employees Know they need assistance. Jeff Meyer, who owns the restaurant along 96th Street on the Northeast side, said he had the system installed to make hearing-impaired customers feel comfortable and welcome.

For most, a quick trip to a restaurant drive-through for a cup of coffee or a burger is a convenience, but for the deaf and hard of hearing, these fixtures aren’t user-friendly.

One area franchise changed that setup. Culver’s, a Wisconsin chain of more than 370 individually owned restaurants in 17 states, offers a program called OrderAssist at its Northeastside location on 96th Street as well as its Greenfield branch.

OrderAssist lets the deaf and hard of hearing order at the drive-through window by using a buzzer system.

Customers use the buzzer to alert employees that they need assistance, then they pull up to the service window, where they can receive an order form to complete. The cost for the order is written down for the customer.

Jeff Meyer, owner of the 96th Street and Greenfield locations, installed OrderAssist nearly two years ago. The system costs $1,500, including installation, and a tax credit may be available.

“I thought to myself, ‘If I was deaf, what would be beneficial to me, to help me feel more comfortable in coming into the establishment and enjoying a peaceful meal?” Meyer said. “And to me, I would enjoy this. . . . It’s pretty basic, but the concept is unique, and people utilize it.”

More than 30 customers use the system each week at the 96th Street location, Meyer said.

George Martin, Fishers, is one of them. He noticed a restaurant sign calling attention to the service.

“(I) was shocked and happy to see that a restaurant was doing something to make ordering through the drive-through accessible for their deaf and hard-of-hearing customers,” Martin said in an e-mail. “After that, I became a regular customer. I also told many of my deaf friends, who were also surprised and pleased.”

OrderAssist is the brainchild of Patrick Hughes Jr., president of Inclusion Solutions, a Chicago company specializing in systems that increase business access for customers with disabilities. When a consultant mentioned the lack of accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing at drive-through restaurants, Hughes launched a survey to gauge interest in potential customers.

“In one month, we got 6,400 responses,” Hughes said, “and I have to say there were tears. It was like no one had ever asked them before.”

That doesn’t surprise Peter Bisbecos, director of the state’s Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services, part of the Family and Social Services Administration.

“When people think about access, what they usually think about is physical access. . . . They don’t think about communications issues,” Bisbecos said.

“Places have gotten better over time, but that’s an area where there still needs to be a lot more work done. It’s a learning process for people.”

As Hughes studied the market, he found some drive-through touch-screen technology but considered it cost-prohibitive for many small restaurants and individually owned franchises.

“If you bring in a $20,000 system, nobody’s going to be interested . . . but if you can bring in something that’s practical, and the deaf community’s happy with (it), then you have a winner,” he said. “That’s, in my opinion, what we’ve developed. A low-cost, low-tech, really simple, back-to-the-basics one-on-one communication.”

Culver’s became Hughes’ first OrderAssist client, agreeing to make the system available for purchase by its franchisees.

Meyer became one of the chain’s first owners to jump on board. While he’s glad the service attracted new repeat customers such as Martin, he insists monetary gain is neither the motivating factor, nor the most important result.

“I’m looking at this to be a system to help people come in and feel welcome and to have a seamless transaction where they don’t feel pressured. . . . If it was just two people coming in here and utilizing the system, that’s fine.”

Bisbecos hopes other area businesses would be open to such an approach. “Just being aware of a situation that might arise and being prepared to address it, you’re well ahead of the game.”

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Wal-Mart Settles Disability Lawsuit

26 01 2009

The retailer has agreed to improve access in its stores

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has agreed to settlement a lawsuit claiming that it discriminated against its people with disabilities.



The world’s largest retailer was charged with violating Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and has promised to improve access for persons with disabilities at its stores nationwide. The agreement resolves an investigation that was initiated after the U.S. Department of Justice received several complaints alleging that Wal-Mart had refused to make reasonable modifications to its rules, policies, practices, and procedures for customers with disabilities.

Allegations of ADA Violations

In particular, several complainants alleged that Wal-Mart denied equal access to its stores for people with disabilities who use service animals; at least five complainants alleged a failure to provide disability-related assistance, two complainants alleged that Wal-Mart denied equal access by failing to make reasonable modifications in order to accept payment by people with disabilities at different stores; and one complainant alleged that a Wal-Mart auto service department denied him equal access to its services because he was deaf and did not have a cellular telephone.

New Policies to Be Adopted

The settlement agreement covers all facilities located in the United States where Wal-Mart sells any good or service to members of the public, including all Wal-Mart stores, Supercenters, Sam’s Clubs, and Neighborhood Markets. The agreement, which will be effective for three years, requires Wal-Mart to take several steps to improve access for customers with disabilities, including:

– an undertaking by Wal-Mart not to discriminate in violation of Title III of the ADA and to provide reasonable modifications to individuals with disabilities as required by Title III of the ADA, such as disability-related assistance such as helping customers in locating, lifting, and carrying items;

– the adoption and implementation of an ADA-compliant policy of welcoming persons with disabilities who use service animals into Wal-Mart stores with little or no questioning and without repeated challenges by Wal-Mart employees;

– training for all employees on Wal-Mart’s obligations under Title III of the ADA to make reasonable modifications for individuals with disabilities and Wal-Mart’s new ADA-compliant service animal policy;

– additional training for store management and People Greeters, since employees in these positions have additional responsibilities under Wal-Mart’s new service animal policy;

– the posting of Wal-Mart’s new service animal policy on its website and in employee areas at its stores;

– the establishment of a grievance procedure in which Wal-Mart will receive complaints alleging violations of Title III of the ADA at a toll-free hotline, investigate such complaints, and take appropriate corrective actions to resolve any noncompliance with Title III of the ADA, including relief to complainants where appropriate.

Wal-Mart Will Start Awareness Campaign

Under the settlement agreement, Wal-Mart will also pay $150,000 into a fund to compensate certain individuals with disabilities who filed administrative complaints with the Department alleging Wal-Mart’s refusal to make reaonable modifications, including the denial of equal access to persons with disabilities who use service animals. Wal-Mart will also pay an additional $100,000 into a fund that will be used by the Civil Rights Division to finance a public service announcement campaign to increase public awareness of the access rights of persons with disabilities who use service animals.


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Cressy Tabbed Female Athlete of the Year by USA Deaf Sports Federation

23 01 2009

News from WIBW-TV

Thursday, January 22, 2009

LAWRENCE, Kan.Kansas soccer freshman Emily Cressy has been selected as the Female Athlete of the Year by the USA Deaf Sports Federation for 2008. Cressy was honored along with Purdue track and field athlete Joshua Hembrough by the organization which is the sole national association of deaf sports in the United States.

Cressy, a freshman forward from Ventura, Calif., was named Big 12 Rookie of the Year as well as a Freshman All-American. She scored eight goals and collected three assists during the regular season, including four game-winning goals.

She served notice early on, scoring goals in KU’s first three contests, including a goal in the Jayhawks’ 3-0 upset of No. 20 Purdue. She scored four of her seven goals in the final 10 minutes of play, including decisive tallies against Auburn and UCF. She also scored the eventual game-winner in KU’s upset of No. 8 Texas A&M in the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 Championship.

Cressy helped the Jayhawks to a 13-8-2 overall record in 2008, returning KU to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four years.

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