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DeafWire Edition – 18 November 2023

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Maine mass shooting involved Deaf victims

The Deaf community in Lewiston, Maine, was shocked when a mass shooter, Robert Card, shot many people at a bowling alley and a bar, killing four Deaf people. Eighteen people in total were killed, and thirteen others got hurt. The names of the four Deaf victims were Joshua Seal, Billy Brackett, Stephen Vozzella, and Bryan MacFarlane. They were at the bar, playing in a cornhole tournament. The Deaf community in Maine and around the world was saddened and affected by this tragic event. This was the worst mass shooting involving the Deaf community in U.S. history. Over 1,000 people attended a gathering to remember the victims.


Vicks cough drops launches cheer in sign language

In India, a widely known brand named Vicks Cough Drops has released a music video in Indian Sign Language (ISL) for their #VicksKholIndiaBol Cheer Anthem. This song encourages millions of Indians to cheer and talk without coughing, throat problems, and discomfort. The new video portrayed Deaf fans and a star cricket player, Yuvraj Singh, using Indian sign language. Vicks partnered with India Signing Hands, an organization that promotes education and awareness, to join in the cheering and show their love for cricket. Deaf members from India Signing Hands directed, performed, and edited this song.


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Sign language interpreters needed in healthcare

The Deaf Women Association of Nigeria (DWAN) in Bauchi had a meeting to discuss the need for sign language interpreters in hospitals for Deaf patients to be able to communicate with doctors and nurses. Deaf people sometimes feel stressed and have a hard time telling doctors about their health issues, which can result in incorrect medicines, or Deaf patients not understanding what is happening. The chairperson of the DWAN in Bauchi asked for support from the government, schools, and other groups to make life better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing people. They also asked for more sign language interpreters everywhere, including on TV

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Deaf man bikes 961km

A man named Kubjoza Lugaria became involved in Deaf awareness week in September by biking 961 kilometers from Mbeya to Teyia. He is 34 years old and has garnered inspiration from everyone who followed him. He wanted to promote the idea that individuals with disabilities and hearing loss are capable of accomplishing anything they set their minds to. In 2003, he became Deaf after observing his mother consume medication that he mistook for a sweet and proceeded to take himself. He currently works as a chef, and on top of that, he endeavors to encourage others to cycle.


Deaf centre celebrates 25th years

WITS is the name of the university, and the Centre for Deaf Studies debuted in 1998. Since they have turned 25 years old, they are currently celebrating for a month beginning in September. They also directed their attention towards another program, Hi Hope, which provides assistance and support to parents of children with hearing impairments, health conditions, or who have cholera implants. This program instructs parents on how to communicate with their children using sign language.

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