Monday, April 7, 2014

April 8, 2014 - Gallaudet University Celebrating 150 Years

Gallaudet University - Celebrating 150 years

Web Streaming for Gallaudet University Charter Day Festival
On April 8, 2014, Gallaudet University will celebrate its 150th anniversary with a campus-wide Charter Day Festival.  The morning Opening Ceremony will be delayed-streamed from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time, and can be viewed via this link:

The opening of the Gallaudet University Museum exhibition Gallaudet at 150 and Beyond will be streamed live starting at 
1:30 p.m. Eastern Time.  Click on this link to view the grand opening ceremony:

For more information, a schedule of events, and a gallery of images on the sesquicentennial celebration see:

April 9 & 13, 2014 - Open Captions "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dr. Marv Lamer as Interim Superintendent

At its board meeting last Thursday, March 20, 2014, the ASDB board members voted to appoint Dr Marv Lamer as Interim Superintendent.   For more details, read more [Minutes of the March 20, 2014 Board meeting]  


Ms. Elaine Faris Baldridge
Ms. Sherri Collins
Mr. Michael O. Gordon
Dr. Kathy Jankowski
Dr. Marv Lamer
Ms. Taralynn Petrites
Mrs. Orlenda Roberts
Dr. Mark J. Syms
Mr. G. Michael Williams

Thursday, March 20, 2014

March 20, 2014 - ASDB Board Meeting


A regular public meeting of the ASDB Board of Directors is scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, 2014, in the HS/MS Multipurpose Room, on the ASDB Phoenix Campus, Phoenix Day School for the Deaf, 7654 N 19th Ave, Phoenix, Arizona.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Lisa Furr on SB1393

Lisa Furr, President of Arizona Association of the Deaf (AzAD) along with Arizona Commission for the Deaf & the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) and several concerned community members spoke out their opposition against SB1393 at the House Educational Committee in Phoenix, Ariz. on Monday, March 17, 2014.

See this vlog by AzAD president, Lisa Furr explaining the results of the meeting. 

Original youTube:

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sorenson Communications Reaches Agreement on Debt Restructuring ...

Sorenson Communications Reaches Agreement on Comprehensive Debt Restructuring
No Impact to Service or Operations; Company Seeks Expedited Exit from Pre-Packaged Chapter 11.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwired - Mar 3, 2014) - Today, Sorenson Communications, Inc. announced it has reached an agreement with a substantial majority of its owners and second lien note holders on the terms of a comprehensive debt restructuring, a move that will significantly strengthen its balance sheet. To implement the restructuring, the company is seeking expedited confirmation of a pre-packaged Chapter 11 plan of reorganization, filed today with the United States Bankruptcy Court in the District of Delaware.

Sorenson expects operations will continue uninterrupted, and the filing is not expected to affect Sorenson's users, employees, interpreters or suppliers. As part of the process, the company is seeking approval to pay suppliers in the ordinary course and to continue all programs benefiting users, as well as customary relief to continue its wage and benefit programs for its employees.

[Read more]


Monday, March 3, 2014

Sorenson Communications files for bankruptcy

(Reuters) -

March 3 Mon Mar 3, 2014 3:18am EST

Sorenson Communications Inc filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late on Sunday, a court filing showed, as declining revenue and mounting debt forced the company to consider restructuring.

Sorenson, which provides video relay services (VRS) for people with hearing loss, said in less than a year it would be obligated to pay about $1.28 billion.

Video relay service allows people with hearing difficulties to use video telephones and similar technologies to communicate via a sign language interpreter.

Due to regulatory changes, the debtors cannot pay or refinance the obligations based on its projected revenue and cash flow, the court filing showed.

The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) 2010 reduction in rates and increased minimum performance requirements for video conferencing services, made it infeasible to provide the service over the long term, the company said.

Sorenson and its affiliates generate revenue almost exclusively from FCC compensations for its services, making them especially susceptible to FCC-imposed rate changes, according to the filing.

The Salt Lake City, Utah-based company estimated assets of about $645 million and liabilities of about $1.4 billion, according to the filing.

Sorenson listed Allied Communications Inc, CaptionCall LLC, SCI Holdings Inc, Sorenson Communications Holdings LLC, Sorenson Communications of Canada ULC and Sorenson Holdings Inc as affiliates.

As on Jan. 1, the company and its affiliates had about 6,800 employees, the filing said. The company says it is the largest employer of American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters in the United States.

The case is in re: Sorenson Communications Inc, Case No. 14-10454, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware.

Source :

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Senate vote on the SB 1393

Senate vote set on giving ASDB leeway 
in hiring superintendents

By Jamar Younger

The state Senate is scheduled to vote Monday on a bill giving the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind more flexibility in hiring superintendents.

The bill, which was given preliminary approval on a voice vote earlier this week, would then go to the House of Representatives.

The bill, SB 1393, would allow the agency to hire two superintendents — one each for the deaf and the blind schools, if it chooses to.

It also eliminates a requirement the superintendent have experience in deaf or blind education, removes the current April 15 deadline for renewing contracts and drops a requirement the superintendent be the school’s chief executive.  [ Read more ]

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Breaking News! - ASDB board seeks to end superintendent's contract

ASDB board seeks to end superintendent's contract

January 24, 2014 12:00 am  •  By Jamar Younger
Source: Arizona Daily Star

PHOENIX — The Governing Board of the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind has directed the Attorney General’s Office to begin negotiating a possible resolution of Superintendent Robert Hill’s contract.  [ Read more ]

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays from Deaf Tucson News

  As we enter the holidays, we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year.      

Thank you for being a part of our deaf community in Tucson.

The Deaf Tucson News Editorial Board