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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
February 1999
Volume 18, No. 1

Thank you from Jean Healy

About 50 kids and their families who came to the third annual Santa Breakfast at CSCDHH December 12th. Kids kept busy with an art workshop while waiting for Santa to arrive. Volunteers served tasty breakfast. CSCDHH and Deaf Connections helped plan this event. Safeco Life Insurance Co. also donated a lot of time, money, and effort. Many thanks! Other volunteers did a terrific job helping out on December 5th to decorate the LCH and on December 12 with the art table, interpreting, set up, clean up, arranging for food, and other tasks done. Every one of the volunteers gets a warm thank you from me! We can look forward to the 1999 Santa Breakfast.


From the Law Office of Michael Izak.

The Washington State Supreme Court decided on November 19, 1998 the police in the State of Washington do not have to provide sign language interpreters during police criminal investigations or arrests of deaf persons. Patrice vs. Murphy, Docket 66568-1, November 19, 1998.

Patrice and Roth are deaf. They had a fight. The Snohomish Police were called to break up the fight. The police did not bring any sign language interpreter with them for Patrice and Roth to talk to the police. Instead, written notes were made and exchanged. Police arrested Patrice.

Patrice sued the Snohomish County and the City of Snohomish in the United State Federal District Court. She said the Snohomish County did not obey and follow the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act, and the Washington State Interpreters in Legal Proceedings Act because the police had failed to provide Patrice a qualified ASL interpreter during her police questioning and in her arrest. The Washington State Interpreters in Legal Proceedings Act have two sections that require the police to provide sign language interpreters in criminal investigations and in police arrests.

Snohomish County defended themselves in Federal court. They argued the Snohomish County Police did not have to provide a sign language interpreter for Patrice because the Washington State Interpreters in Legal Proceedings Act is wrong for the reason the Act did not meet the requirements of the Washington State Constitution. They said the police do not have to obey wrong laws.

Based on this legislative history, the Washington Supreme Court determined the Washington State Interpreter In Legal Proceedings Act police sections were not proper because the bill title did not mention any costs involving the police.

The Washington State Supreme Court declared, “We make no determination as to the constitutional soundness of the remaining [sign language] interpreter provisions in [Washington State Interpreters in Legal Proceedings Act] other than to note that they continue to stand. The Washington Constitution does provide that if only one subject is [mentioned] in the title that is [mentioned] in the body of the act may be rejected, and the part that is expressed in the title be allowed to stand.”

BOTTOM LINE: The police do not have to provide sign language interpreters in criminal investigations and arrests. The state courts are required to provide sign language interpreters for deaf people in all legal court and administrative proceedings.

Copyright 1998 Michael J. Izak, Esq. Michael J. Izak is a Deaf lawyer. Please send any questions to P.O. Box 59921, Renton, WA 98058, or leave a message for him on (253) 638-1433 TTY.


Speak Out

by Angyal Bulshivek, Deaf /Blind

After experiencing a very hard battles all of my life and I gained either hate or anger or sadness from experiences with other people, include parents, friends and people who I thought were my friends. I have been able forgive most including my father. It had been much more difficult with people who were cruel to me. Yet, I see that I am part of the problem of why this world is going downhill.

When are doing wrong, what we are actually doing is: forgetting how to love. I now experiencing a battle with myself to able to love my enemies or people who do not respect me, even when they are cruel. I guarantee, as the time proceeds, with time that God gives me, I will succeed. I am learning, sadly, this world has forgotten how to love.

I know that I can love all people, including people who do not understand me as a Deaf / Blind. Ironically, people who I cherish the most are mostly hearing, not because I more think more hearing, but because they want to learn and cherish a Deaf / Blind friend. I like to share my life and experience with them. It wonderful to see people say, “I am now comfortable signing with all Deaf / Blind”. That is truly wonderful and news that I can thank my God for, because it means that I have done my job! Amen!

My point to all this is something that you can relate to. When you want to hate or feel hurt, don’t allow yourself that feeling. Instead, love them for reason that all people are good in many ways. We are all part of God’s love; a gift to the world. The most worst people have good in them, even though it maybe very difficult to find. The people you think are useless, include so-called “helpless, vulnerable Deaf /Blind” (but we are not!), wheel- chair bound people, developmentally slow and slow-learners, blind, Deaf, all have good and we all can use that good for each other in our lives. People who we think are our enemy may actually become our best friends! It happened to me!

Love is way and path to making this world a better world. True love, without fail, without “oh, you hurt me, I not going to love you for awhile”, is always forgiving and what most beautiful is that anyone can do it! People of different races, skin-color, different sounding voices, different limitations, we all can do it! We only need to believe in the power of forgiving. It can and will make a difference!

Seeking Board Members

Seattle Human Rights Commission is seeking for qualified candidates who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing to serve on their board. Interested individuals may contact Mary Polly Easley at CSCDHH.


Committee Needed

United Way is seeking for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals to serve on their Grant Decision Making Committee. Interested candidates may contact Mary Polly Easley at CSCDHH.


Seabeck Deaf-Blind Retreat

Dear Seabeck Retreat Volunteers,

Wow, the year is coming to a close and I find myself reflecting on this past year. 1998 was a huge milestone for Seabeck camp for we celebrated our 20th year. Seabeck wouldn’t be success as it is without the dedicated volunteers. It would be impossible for Deaf-Blind individuals to come together without the incredible work volunteers provide. I would like to thank you for all you have contributed to Seabeck camp.

Now is the time of year when we purchase new calendars and start to plan and set goals for the coming year. I invite you all to join us for Seabeck ‘99, August 29th - September 4th. Start planning now! I hope you have happy and healthy New Year.

Thank you,
Mark Landreneau
DB Retreat Coordinator

P.S. Any information about Seabeck Retreat, ‘99, contact Jenne at: Email: JARNOLD@SEATTLELH.COM
(206) 436-2231 TTY
(206) 436-2234 Fax
Lighthouse for the Blind
Seabeck Retreat ‘99
Deaf-Blind Program
2501 South Plum Street
Seattle, WA 98114

The 1999 Black History Calendar of famous black men and women has featured the late Dr. Andrew Foster, the Deaf educator of schools for the Deaf in Africa. This calendar is sold in some stores.


You Can Bring Movie Captioning to Seattle! by Ed Pottharst

You may have heard about Rear Window Captioning, a new technology for movie captioning. It has been tested at several theaters in the U.S. and two theaters in Seattle will install this year!

Rear Window captions are like your personal subtitles at a movie. You read them on a panel that reflects text displayed on the back wall of the theater. The panel fits into the drink holder by your seat. If you wish to see the captions, you simply request a panel when you enter the theater.

I’ve been working with Caption Seattle, a grassroots organizations founded in July 1998 by five movie-lovers. Its mission is to bring Rear Window Captioning to Seattle and to tell people about Rear Window Captioning. Even though two movie theaters in Seattle will have Rear Window Captioning in 1999, the film studios are not releasing enough movies with captions. We need to persuade the studios to caption more films. Here is how you can help: 1) Write a letter to the studios, 2) Send us your contact information so we can send our newsletter to you. We’ll let you know when movies are being captioned and where you can see them!

What to say in your letter: Why Rear Window Captioning is important for Seattle’s theaters? Address your letter to “To Whom It May Concern” or “Dear President/Chairperson”. Send your email letter to Send your paper letter to Caption Seattle, 650 NW 84th St., Seattle, WA 98103 or fax it to (206) 547-8857.

Thank you for your help!


This winter and spring King County Sexual Assault Resource Center is offering the following continuing education workshops for professionals who work with children and teens, including educators, group facilitators, counselors and youth workers. ASL interpretation is available for all workshops upon request with 14 days advance notice. One day workshops are $90 and two day workshops are $150. Some scholarships are available for those who live or work in King County. All workshops will be held in Renton. Call (425) 226-5062 (V/TTY) for a brochure with more information or to register.

Striving for Empowerment: An Educational support Group Model for Teenage Girls February 4th & 5th, April 29th & 30th

Sexual Harassment in the Schools: Beyond Targets to Remedies February 25th & 26th

Ending Sexual Violence: Adolescents Making Social Change March 4th

Related Risks: Child Abuse, Family Violence, Chemical Dependency March 18th & 19th

Halting Hate: Decreasing Anti-Gay Violence and Harassment in Our Schools May 17th & 18th

Acquaintances? Friends? Partners? Discovering Relationship Values and Building Skills: A Discussion Group Model for Guys June 24th & 25th


A Open-Captioned Movie Bonanza Coming Up:

At the Meridian, 7th & Pike February 3 & 4 Babe: Pig in the City (PG) February 17 & 18 Meet Joe Black (PG-13) February 24 & 25 Patch Adams (PG)

At the Tacoma Central, 3102 S. 23rd. March 1 - Patch Adams (PG)

Check newspapers for showtimes.


The playwright who brought Seattle Children’s Theatre audiences the world-premieres of Winnie-the-Pooh and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland brings us The Book of Ruth, the stirring drama of a girl and her grandmother creating a legacy of hope in their broken world. Separated from the rest of their family and sent to the transit camp Terezin, Ruth and her grandmother Hannah resist despair and their Nazi captors as they nourish their souls by secretly enacting cherished family traditions. A celebration of hope and community, The Book of Ruth is an important theatrical even to share with children and a gentle catalyst for discussion of this profound chapter of world history.

For more information, call (206) 441-3322 (TTY/Voice)


5th Avenue Musical Theatre presents the beloved Lerner and Loewe musical Camelot. With book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, Camelot has entranced audiences since its Broadway debut in 1960. 5th Avenue audiences will thrill to this legendary tale set amidst the splendor and magic of the court of King Arthur. Based on The Once and Future King, Camelot is glowing with melody, glittering with wit and fabulously beautiful. The ASL interpreted performance will be Sunday evening, March 7 at 7:30 PM. For more information, call (206) 625-0235 (V).


5th Avenue Theatre presents the Tony Award-Winning Titanic, A New Musical. Board this ship of dreams as the lives and yearnings of the crew, staff and passengers unfold against Titanic’s awesome backdrop of facts more incredible than any fiction. The ASL interpreted performance will be Sunday evening, April 11 at 7:30 PM. For more information, call (206) 625-0235 (V).


1999 Deaf Women United National Conference in San Diego from Sunday June 20, 1999 to Thursday June 24, 1999. Keynote Address “... an opportunity to shape our own future, identity, and rally support from our fellow sisters for visions, hopes, plans, and goals that we as Deaf women embrace individually and collectively and to articulate values which we hold dear.” by Sharon Heiydt Carter of Simi Valley. For more information, by fax (619) 625-2336, by mail 1999 DWU National Conference 6130 Nancy Ridge Drive, San Diego, CA 92121, by phone (619) 625-0600 TTY/V and at their website


For Sale - Ultratec 4425 Superprint portable TTY unit. Features both printer and display, handles ASCII, Baudot, and Ultratec’s TurboCode all automatically. No need to manually switch. Has built-in acoustic coupler and direct connect. Further specifications & features are found on the Web at

This unit is in “Like New” condition, and has been given a new set of batteries. Comes with new carrying case, AC adapter, and user’s manual. The asking price is $275.00 plus WA state sales tax. You may contact Bruce Lane at Blue Feather Technologies. Email: and Phone: (253) 639-2996 (Voice)


Community Service Center For The Deaf & Hard Of Hearing, 1609 19th Avenue , Seattle, WA 98122.2848. 206.322.4996 TTY/Voice, 206.568.1230 Fax,, 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
John MacWilliams
Tom Brown
Kim Kirkpatrick
Dale Wilson
Cleo Brooks
Melissa Wood
Jeni Burton
Tony Strong
Jennifer Hines
Brian McDaniel
Frankie Arnold
Wayne Caldwell
Connie VanWinkle
John Evans

Diane Greene, Acting Interim Executive
Mary Bauer And Lou Massaro, Information & Referral Specialists
Mary Polly Easley, M.S.W. Community Advocate / Executive Assistant
Ariele Faulkner, 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, Volunteer Coordinator

February 1999, Volume 18, Number 1
© 1999 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: Branden Huxtable
Layout: Andrea Smith

Submission Deadline:
March 5th is the deadline for the articles, flyers, letters, announcements and advertising in the next issue of the GA Newsletter.

Subscriptions: $20 per year in the U.S. And $24 (U.S. funds) elsewhere. Send payment in advance to GA, CSCDHH, 1609 19th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122-2848.
Address all correspondence, including articles, letters, and comments to the above address.
CSCDHH welcomes letters, articles, and comments from readers. We reserve the right to edit all submissions for space and clarity. Opinions and statements expressed in the GA do not necessarily reflect those of the editor or of the Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
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