CSCDHH GA Newsletter - April 1998 Issue

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Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
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GA Newsletter
April 1998 - Vol. 17, No. 4

In Memory of Judie Husted, 1939 -1998
by Rob Roth, Director of CSCDHH

The Deaf community suffered a tremendous loss with the death of Judie Husted on March 18, 1998.

Judie was one of the earliest interpreters in Seattle. For many years, Judie coordinated the student interpreting services for Seattle Central Community College's Deaf Program. She was a mentor to hundreds of new interpreters as they came into the profession. Judie was a past president of both the Washington State Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf (WSRID) and the national Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf (RID). She was honored as a Member of the Year at WSRID and as a Distinguished Member of RID Region V in 1996. The award that Judie was most proud of was the 1997 RID Distinguished Member, and justifiably so. A child of deaf parents, Judie was committed to seeing that Deaf people had appropriate and quality interpreting services, at a reasonable cost.

As a member of the Deaf community, Judie was in the forefront of the many battles fought for recognition of the rights of Deaf people, especially in the area of interpreting services. She was there as an active member of the group that became, in 1976, the Community Service Center for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Judie was an active participant, as an interpreter and as an individual, in securing Referendum 37 funds to build the CSCDHH offices and multi-purpose room. She was a volunteer for United Way of King County, serving on many committees, increasing the awareness of Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing persons. She was truly a champion for our community.

Judie was a long-time staff member of CSCDHH, working in the Interpreter Referral Service. She was just wrapping up her work here in establishing the 24-hour Emergency Sign Language Interpreting Program (ESLIP) for Seattle and King County's justice systems. Terry Dockter, past president of the board of CSCDHH, told me of how Judie saved the Interpreter Referral Service during CSCDHH's darkest hours in 1993. "Judie kept the service going, making sure that the Deaf community had their interpreting needs met, often working long hours without pay."

Judie was also a committed and active member of CSCDHH. I had the pleasure of serving on the CSCDHH Board of Trustees with her about fifteen years ago. More recently, I remember her "rah-rah" attitude, back in 1993, encouraging people to give money in support of keeping CSCDHH alive in during its time of trouble. She made a "thermometer" of funds raised to eliminate the debt, and always took an opportunity to convince someone to donate money to help reduce the debt. Judie was there that glorious day in July 1995 when the board and staff "burned" the debt note from the bank; she was as excited as anyone else that CSCDHH was finally in the black.

I know that we will all miss Judie, and feel the tremendous gap she leaves in our community.

CSCDHH Upcoming Events

New Start in Performing Arts

This year, we have seen several Deaf performing artists stand in front of audience with storytelling, comedy routines and poetry. The Greater Seattle Club of the Deaf put on a show at the Art Bar, the Deaf Poets Society meet every month at the Blue Moon Tavern, and Gibraltar Entertainment Productions had their first, of hopefully many, evening at the O.K. Hotel.

One central figure in all this is Frankie Arnold, also known as FA. He started the non-profit organization Gibraltar Entertainment Productions to provide Deaf people, who would like to be professionals, an opportunity to take the stage. As Deaf people perform for the Greater Seattle Club of the Deaf or the Deaf Poets Society, FA will be there watching for the next big talent.

FA sees storytelling as very much an expression of Deaf culture. Long time ago, before closed-captioned television, before TTYs, Deaf families would gather in the evening and tell each other stories, true stories or made-up stories. Afterwards, everyone can sleep easier. These stories, however, stay with the family, never shared outside. FA wants to change that. FA wants to prevent storytelling from getting lost by finding Deaf people to tell these stories for the enjoyment of everyone around. FA hopes that Gibraltar will provide the outlet for both storytelling, and finding new talent among the Deaf community. Ultimately, FA hopes to become an agent and give Deaf people a much-needed exposure.

If you would like to support Gibraltar, contact Gibraltar Entertainment Productions at (206) 624-2072 (or (800) 892-8556) and enter pager ID 994-1518.

Open Letter to all TAS Clients by G. Leon Curtis, Director of ODHHS and TAS

It has come to my attention that there is some unhappiness about the way equipment is being distributed by the Telecommunications Access Service (TAS). I would like to explain the TAS procedure and clarify that for everyone.

As you know the TAS program has distributed the TTY Model Superprint 400 for almost ten years. Finally in 1997, Ultratec announced they would make no more Superprint 400 TTYs. The replacement model is Superprint 4425.

When TAS received the Superprint 4425 TTYs, we put those in the warehouse as usual. We instructed our TAS Trainers to use up all the Model 400 TTYs they had on the shelf. TAS procedure is to always use up the oldest equipment first, before changing to a new model. This is because of the warranty on all machines.

Throughout Washington, our TAS Trainers followed the procedures. Then our office got some calls from clients who complained, "When I applied for new TTY, I didn't get the 'new kind'." TAS staff explained that Trainers needed to use up the old ones first. We also explained that each Trainer is different. There is no way to know when each Trainer would run out of the old Superprint 400.

The same happened to amplified telephones. AT&T stopped making their model 710-A phone. TAS started buying Ameriphone model XL-30. Trainers had a lot of 710-A phones to use up before they were allowed to XL-30 model.

If you ever have questions about the TAS equipment distribution program, please ask Colleen Rozmaryn at the TAS office in Olympia. The direct number is (360) 902-8001 (V/TTY). You can also leave messages to call you back at (800) 422-7941 (TTY) and (800) 422-7930 (V). Thanks!

Gallaudet Mentioned in Bestseller Deaf Digest

"The Street Lawyer," a hot selling novel written by John Grisham, mentioned Gallaudet University on page 247. Why did Grisham mention Gallaudet? Very simple. He has a deaf niece living in Atlanta.

DPN 10th Anniversary

Some articles intended for the March 1998 GA were left out by mistake. Below are the articles that were part of that issue's celebration of Deaf President Now! (DPN). We asked several people about their experiences during DPN. We welcome YOUR memories about DPN; please send it to Branden Huxtable, GA Editor, c/o CSCDHH, 1609 - 19th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122 or e-mail to:

Richard "RJ" Jacobs - DPN Perspective

The day before the strike, RJ, a third year student, just pledged a fraternity (Kappa Gamma). The Board suddenly announced, without holding a meeting, that Zinser was the new president. RJ felt disappointed, but as a jock student, he had no interest in politics. The next morning, one of his frat brothers told him to hurry and go to school. RJ asked why, but he said just go. When RJ arrived, the place was jammed packed with people. That was the first time he realized what the movement was all about. He felt the power of so many deaf students. All day long, they would stand and wait. The students worked out a communication system where the team leaders would inform different groups of students what was happening. The students also watched how the leaders would work with the cops to keep the scene peaceful. When Zinser resigned, RJ never expected that it would happen so fast. He felt they were doing the right thing and hope increased. He didn't know how soon the rest of their goals would be met, but eventually they won the battle. At the time, he didn't realize the true significance of the movement. But later, he noticed the deaf started to have better job opportunities, better professional levels, and taught the world they can function in the hearing world. DPN gave us the vision of the future.

Julia Petersen - DPN Perspective

Julia was a staff member at Gallaudet when the students went on strike. The day after the Board announced Zinser's presidency, she had been scheduled to fly to four deaf schools for recruitment. Her boss did not believe in the DPN movement, and before the students made the four demands including no reprisals, she feared that if she protested with the students, she might get fired. She decided to go ahead with recruitment. Every school she went to, all the students were excited about the drama at Gallaudet. Since Julia was representing Gallaudet, they kept asking her questions about the strike, about the latest news, what she thought of the demands, and so forth so on. She was quite at loss because oftentimes, the students heard the latest news before she did. Julia finally came back to Gallaudet on the last day of the strike. Even though she missed the strike, she was glad to see how the strike affected people outside.

News from PIP

Last month, GA newsletter extended congratulations to PIP for being selected to participate in the 1998 Partners for Progress National Forum on Family Involvement. PIP's Director, Lori Seago, and two representative parents, Mrs. Connie Best, mother of a 3 year old deaf daughter, and Sophorn Sim, mother of two hard-of-hearing children ages 4 and 6, will attend the forum. They look forward to sharing what we learn with families and educators in our community, and are excited about what the future holds for us in the way of improved collaborations.

About Town

Deaf Youth Drama Program Continues On

The three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education has run out, but with donations from several corporate grants, including Nordstrom (with its A Salute to Cultural Diversity with Marlee Matlin as the keynote speaker), Nissan, SAFECO and Airborne Express, as well as a High Five Benefit Auction, the Deaf Youth Drama Program (DYDP) has collected enough grants and donations to continue on strong. DYDP has also benefited greatly from many people who have donated time, efforts, printing, materials, software, hardware and cash to the program.

So what's next for DYDP? The program manager, Matthew Miller, said DYDP is continuing the search for more funds, currently from Noah's Bagels and a renewed three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education. If the Department of Education grant comes through, DYDP will resurrect the Deaf Youth Summer Theatre conservatory of classes and semi-professional productions every summer through 2001.

DYDP will also expand the number of residencies in schools with deaf programs as well as workshops. For residencies, a Deaf theatre artist, such as Billy Seago, Howie Seago, or Dawn Stoyanoff, visits schools to teach them drama. The artist teaches a group of young students about the elements of drama (creating stories, writing scripts, or developing characters) through theatre games, exercises, homework, script reading and rehearsals. At the end of the residency, the students would perform plays for their school as well as with other schools in the twice-annual Deaf Kids Drama Festival at the SCT.

Some schools, however, cannot afford full residencies, or may only want a short-term experience for their Deaf students. In that case, DYDP offers workshops, smaller version of residencies usually from one hour to a series of sessions. Workshops cover a wide variety of topics in theatre, sign language and Deaf culture, depending on the needs of the group.

As for stage productions, the program director, Billy Seago, has worked with Seattle Children's Theatre presenting bilingual productions on the mainstage, including Just So and Other Stories (Spring 1994), The Taste of Sunrise: Tuc's Story (Autumn 1996), and A Day at the Beach and Stellaluna (Autumn 1997). DYDP hopes to see more productions on the mainstage where every performance during the entire run is accessible to both hearing and deaf audiences.

For more information, contact Matthew Miller at the Seattle Children's Theatre at (206) 728-1638 (TTY), (206) 443-0807 ext. 143 (V), and (206) 443-0442 (FAX).

Community Announcements

Disability Education and Policy Consultant Hired

Innovative joint collaboration among agencies serves the people with disabilities and those serving deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing populations. Bernice Portervint has been hired as the Disability Advocate and Bill Patterson as the Disability Advocate Intern. The disability advocate will schedule consumer training for community members, consumers and governmental city agencies, which will focus on community resources and civil rights issues available to the disability community. These trainings will market Seattle's Human services to the consumers and provide consumers with information on requesting services while including any information on their accommodation needs. A schedule of meetings for consumers will be announced soon. For more information, contact Bernice at (206) 633-6633 (V) or (206) 633-6636 (TTY).

National Directory for ASL/ITP being created

Eric Scheir is putting together a national directory of ASL/ITP Programs in U.S. and Canada. The target deadline to gather these information is December 1998. The directory will go out by April 1999. The information Eric needs are: (Programs must be either ASL and/or ITP) Name of the Program, Mailing Address, Telephone Numbers for TTY, voice and fax, e-mail address; What course(s) does this program offer - ASL classes (with different levels); Deaf-related courses; Interpreting courses, etc.; What degree(s) does this program offer. A national directory will be distributed at a minimal charge later to be announced. For more information, please contact Eric Scheir, PO Box 55533, Seattle, WA 98155 or e-mail at

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