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Wisconsin Association for the Deaf Newsletter

Wisconsin Association for the Deaf

WADNET #14 - April 4, 2010


4/17/10- Wisconsin Rapids- Roundtable Conference
4/17/10- Deaf Mentor Program
4/24/10- Waukesha-  Mom Dad Deaf workshop
4/30/10 – Rosholt – ASL Weekend
5/1/10-  Combined Locks-  FRVAD Job Workshop
5/6-8/10  Chicago- ILDA Event
5/15/10 – Kimberly – Gerald ASL Film
6/18-19 - Madison- Sign Naturally Workshop
7/4-30/10 – Poynette – Midwest KODA Camp
7/6-10/10 – Philly, PA – NAD Conference
9/25/10 – Deaf Awareness Fest



The next Round Table Conference will be held by Central Wisconsin Deaf Club (CWDC) on April 17th in Wisconsin Rapids.

All affiliates will meet together by sending delegates representing their organization to the Round Table Conference (RTC). With this being our first RTC in several years, we will introduce what RTC is and how it works. Delegates will kick off this first RTC and continue to meet two more times before the next WAD Conference.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Round Table Conference!

For more information, contact Cookie at 


WisRID and WAD both are hosting ASL Weekend 2010 on April 30-May 2nd. Please go to for more information!  Please come to the ASL Weekend and you will leave with lifetime memories! 

UNIVERSITY Credit are currently provided for ASL Weekend through University of Wisconsin- Whitewater. If you want to receive credit for the spring semester as a special student, You will have to register by April 15th with us at or contact Nicole Stelzner at  and Carrie at so your credit can be processed by the end of the semester. 

See you there! 


Performance.. ASL Interpreters will be provided.   Please contact Kathleen Lincoln for discounted tickets ($6.25 each) by e-mailing   We look forward to seeing a Deaf presence at this event.  


Pass It On: Saving Heritage and Memories
In celebration of the Preservation Week:  May 5-15, 2010, the Library of Congress will present a free event -- PASS IT ON: PERSONAL ARCHIVING DAY -- on Monday, May 10, from 9:30 am to 3:00 PM.  It is open to  members of the public wishing to learn about preserving personal  and family information in all formats, including digital. No reservations are  needed. Sign Language interpreters will be present but please send an email  confirmation of attendance to
For additional ADA accommodations please send a request five business days in advance to

More information about the above LC event as well as other Preservation Week events at local libraries in all parts of the US can be found at

Submitted by Alice L. Hagemeyer, President, Friends of  Libraries for Deaf
Action  Email: 
Creator of the I made America Great Series.
Please visit  


Register for the new Signing Naturally curriculum of Units 1-6 Training in Madison, Wisconsin with co-authors Ken Mikos and Cheri Smith on June 18-19.  1.2 RID CEUs, 12 ASLTA hours, and/or college credit are available. Early Bird deadline: May 15 (save $25), Contact Stefane Saltern at for more information.

Mother Father Deaf Workshop/Discussion
on April 24th from 10 a.m. to noon at the Steinhafel Community Room, W231 N1030 County F, Waukesha WI.  This is open to all parents of KODAs.  There is a kid playroom but childcare is your responsibility.  Come and talk about parenting skills, issues or tips!!  If this is worthwhile, then maybe there will be more of it.  Please invite your friends to come!  The more the better it is!  See you there!  conntact Karen Dishno at for more information.

2010 Census Survey in ASL:


Last call for budding interpreters to apply for a WisRID scholarship!
This year up to two scholarships are available to qualified candidates for
the full price of the RID performance testing fees.  WisRID supports its
members!  Deadline is May 15, 2010.

Complete information on how to apply is located at under
Awards & Scholarships.

For more information and / or send all applications to:

Colleen Keating
WisRID Scholarship Committee Chair
116 Pearl Street
Sharon, WI  53585
  (262) 728-7110  (262) 728-7110    (262) 728-7110  (262) 728-7110


University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is hiring sign language interpreters beginning in summer 2010.

Three certified interpreters with medical interpreting experience will comprise a team to provide high quality communication access in a variety of medical learning environments.

Please post and/or forward the following position descriptions to everyone who may be qualified and interested.

Thank you.

The new Z4 is here!
 You can download the Z4 from the Zvrs website:  To learn more about the Z4 and the exciting features, including “My Mail” (your deaf/hard of hearing friends can leave a message on your answering machine!) and three-way conversations:
And the guide to using your new Z4:
If you would like a Z Specialist to come to your home and explain more and add Z to your current videophone, let me know and we’ll set up an appointment for you to learn more. 
 If you would like to purchase a Z videophone, please email me at or call me at    630 405 6261  630 405 6261    630 405 6261  630 405 6261      630 405 6261  630 405 6261    630 405 6261  630 405 6261 .
Welcome to the Z family!
Karen Putz
Video Solutions Manager- Illinois
ZVS Manager-National VCO

Workshop with a Deaf Financial Adviser
Plan your financial future!!!
retirement, college, 401k...

David Frank of Kramer Financial is a deaf adviser coming all the way from Maryland to help us plan for the future. We will have 2 workshops with David Frank as or speaker!

April 29
Our Savior Deaf Church
3110 Dairy Dr. Madison WI



This request is for individuals who are late deafened (currently between ages 18 – 65 years old) and would like the opportunity to be involved in research that focuses on coping and well-being. Oftentimes research focuses on the negative aspects of a culture. We are interested in a more complete approach to looking at people, and we have designed this study to focus on how people handle stress and well-being.

If you are interested in participating in a study about hearing loss and well-being, completing our survey will help us gather information about these topics.

Jill Meyer and Susan Kashubeck-West of the University of Missouri-St. Louis are asking you to participate in this research study. The results of the study may be published, but all information collected from you will be completely anonymous, so your name and information cannot be identified.

We will raffle off 6 gift cards ($50) for participation (about one a month).

The on-line survey can be found at
The survey will take about 45 minutes to complete. You must be 18 years or older to participate. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. You may withdraw from the study at any time without penalty.

We sincerely ask you to take the time to complete this survey, as hearing loss and deafness can occur to anyone throughout their lifetime. Thank you in advance for your time.

Jill Meyer &
Susan Kashubeck-West

FRVAD JOB Fair..  Click here for more information. This workshop will be good for people who already have jobs too!  They can learn how to do improve their annual job reviews, how to better handle a problem at work, and how to ask what they can do to be promoted, etc.  Jason & I are willing to discuss anything related to employment deaf people have questions about. Please feel free to share with others. Be sure to email us for RSVP by Friday, April 16th.
Marge Liberski, Regional Coordinator
Office for Deaf & Hard of Hearing

FRVAD  80 Anniversary Banquet..  Click Here for more information

FRVAD Actvity Calendar.. Click here for more information



NAD Dismayed with Adverse Ruling Against Juror

Submitted by NAD on Tue, 04/06/2010 - 16:31

On March 3, 2010, much to the disappointment and dismay of the NAD, the Ohio Supreme Court upheld a ruling by an Ohio Court of Appeals that overturned the conviction of a criminal defendant solely based on the fact that one juror was hard of hearing.  Despite an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief filed by the NAD and other advocacy organizations, the Ohio Supreme Court decided that a hard of hearing juror was not able to analyze an audio tape of a 911 call made by the defendant by reading a transcript of the recording.

The ruling serves as an alarming blow to decades of work done by advocates to eliminate the practice of discriminating against jurors solely because they are deaf or hard of hearing.  Courts have long recognized that preventing people from serving on juries because they are deaf or hard of hearing was based on unmet assumptions and had no root in reality.  See People v. Guzman, 478 N.Y.S.2d 455 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 1984); see also United States v. Dempsey, 830 F.2d 1084 (C.A. 10, 1987).

The main point of the Ohio Supreme Court?s decision was that the defendant?s right to a fair trial was denied because there was a juror who could not hear the audio tape. The NAD disagrees. Permitting deaf and hard of hearing jurors to serve does not render a trial unfair, even if an audio tape is used as evidence.

Ultimately, a fair trial depends on the accumulation of varying perspectives and observations made by each member of a jury. The Ohio Supreme Court ruling refused to acknowledge that each juror brings his/her unique life experiences and skills to analyze evidence in the way she/he is best able to do. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals are no different.

Furthermore, the Court relied on the speculation that hearing jurors always depend on auditory clues and pay undivided attention to the presentation of evidence in supporting its argument that the defendant is entitled to a fair trial. Such an assumption is deeply flawed. Indeed, allowing a disinterested hearing juror to remain and removing an actively engaged deaf or hard of hearing juror may actually result in an unfair trial.

The ruling also brushes aside the importance of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other federal and state disability rights statutes that ensure the deaf and hard of hearing person?s right to participation and integration into every aspect of society, including serving on juries.

The NAD will continue to work hard to ensure that this decision does not act as a negative precedent for other courts to similarly bar deaf and hard of hearing individuals from fulfilling their important civic duty of serving as a juror.

Michael K. Berger
Region II Representative
National Association of the Deaf
Invest in Our Future!


2010 NAD Conference at Philadelphia

Workshops and Commissions

Michael K. Berger & Jack Cooper
Region II Representative
National Association of the Deaf
Invest in Our Future!

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