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Poetry In Motion

The Times Union in Albany, NY mentioned in its Thursday, August 10th edition that "Sign-language interpreters are visual poets, using drama, emotion and a bit of personal history to translate often daunting cultural events. Imagine, for instance, being in Lori E. Calka's position in July, when she had to translate the arduous language of U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky -- without knowing which poems he would read. A certified sign-language interpreter, Calka once portrayed five characters at the same time and has interpreted the opera 'Cinderella,' as well as the dog-spaying demonstration at the New York State Fair."

Charter School Plan Put On Hold

An Arizona Republic article, on Monday, August 14th commented that Sandra Jakobs' two-year old charter school for the Deaf, Dimensions Academy is closing. The school is money-strapped, particularly after the school was forced to move from Glendale to North Phoenix and half of the families could not afford the extra mileage. Jakobs will ask its sponsor, the state Board of Education,, if she can keep the charter and reopen the school for kindergarten through sixth grade next August. Sandra and her husband, Jeffrey Joyce, also a school official, have learned that marketing and fund-raising are key. It takes about $18,000 to educate a deaf student. The state pays $8,000 of that, but charter schools must raise the rest.

Irene Leigh Gets Compliments

Disability Studies Quarterly's Winter 2000 issue commented on Irene Leigh's "Psychotherapy with Deaf Clients" book from Diverse Groups: "Irene Leigh has accomplished the challenging task of editing a well-written and much needed book on the provision of effective psychotherapy to the richly diverse Deaf population ... This book is unlikely to collect dust on the bookshelves of responsible therapists, regardless of their experience with serving deaf persons."

Jewish Signs Workshop

Joyce Linden will give a two-part workshop "How Do I Sign That???" on Wednesday evenings, September 13th and 20th from 7 to 9 pm, sponsored by Temple Beth Solomon of the Deaf, and held at Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana CA. If you've ever wondered how to sign those difficult English words or Jewish concepts, now is the time to learn. Make your prayer experience more meaningful and more accurate just in time for the High Holy Days. For those of you who always participate in the Holy Day services or even on Shabbat, now is the time to become confident when you stand in front of a group to sign your prayers. There is a $10 per session fee for non-members and further information is available by contacting Jan Seeley at 818/363-7740 TTY, 818/363 5580 Voice, or e-mail to her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .