A special message from Jerry Covell:
Next month, I will be participating in a 25th anniversary of the Deaf President Now protest at Gallaudet University where I was one of the student leaders that protested against the Board of Trustee to prove the world that a qualified deaf person can become a president of Gallaudet University and that “deaf people can do anything but hear”. Yet, a few weeks ago a deplorable incident occurred at a school for the deaf…..now we are basically being told “deaf people cannot do anything”. Such oppression and bigotry actually happened at the Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD) by a hearing principal and certain hearing co-workers on January 17, 2013. It is just unbelievable that this oppression is still happening in this day and age.
Please spread the words and share it.
California School for the Deaf, Fremont was selected so please vote. The winning school will receive a $25,000 grant and a trip to New York City to attend the annual Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award event. Voting ends at 11:59 PM on 11/15/12.
Barbie Dike passed away peacefully yesterday following a illness. She was 45. She attended to Colorado School for the Deaf and graduated in 1984 and lived in Fremont, California. She was a 2008 graduate of California State University-Hayward. She was well liked and known in many Deaf communities.
Here’s a memo from her beloved one:
Early this afternoon, 5/11/12, Barbie Dike took her last breath and left peacefully surrounded by her loving family. The Dike family has requested our help with donations during this difficult time.
An emergency fund has been set up to help the family with the funeral arrangements. The cost will be approximately $2,000. Your IMMEDIATE donations are greatly n…eeded for this Emergency Fund.
Make checks, cash, or money order payable to Barbie’s brother, Nicholas Porter, write “Barbie’s Fund” in the memo line.
If you want to mail it, the address is
JoDee Dike-Johnson (for Barbie)
3308 Holmes Pl
Fremont, CA 94555
The memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, June 9. More detailed information to come soon. There will also be a tax-deductible charitable fund set up for Barbie’s daughters, Brittany and Brianna. More information to come regarding this fund, however the overflow from the Emergency Fund will go directly to this charitable fund for her girls.
Feel free to forward this to others. Please spread the word. Keep the Dike family in your prayers as they move through this hard time.
Thanks in advance for your help and support!
Vlog by Heidi Branch
Eric Shear has been studying to become a science space. His goal to be first deaf to be in NASA and to go to space. We need to help and vote him to win as frontrunner. The vote deadline is March 25, 2012- we got only 4 days left!
Check the website to vote at
Vlog from Heidi Branch
The video was released in Facebook last March 6, 2012. I forget to share with you who did not have Facebook account. Sorry about it. Anyway, we want to say thank you for your vote.
Kurt “The IRISH Chef” Ramborger won as hottest chef in America.
Ladies and gents, we have a winner: After tabulating all the votes in our hottest chef competition in a head-to-head tournament — and eliminating all the fraudulent votes — we can officially crown Eater’s Second Annual Hottest Chef in America. The winner: chef Kurt Ramborger of ViUDA Bistro in Buda, TX (just outside of Austin).
Ramborger goes by the nickname “The Irish Chef — he is a fiery redhead, indeed — and he ran a very impressive social media campaign to win the title. He posted videos to YouTube, including this one in which he signs (he’s deaf, haven’t you heard?) the story of his twenty-year career in restaurants, starting as a dishwasher, moving around from Seattle to California and elsewhere. The deaf community totally rallied behind him. Ramborger is still single, but he tells Eater, “I am datin’ with my kitchen now, sorry mi’ladies….”
Reached for comment about his win, Ramborger emailed Eater: “Whooo… Really felt a longest hours I have been await fer the result!!! Just glad ’tis all over with and give Austin a Proud with best Chefs in the country amongst Chef Paul Qui’s Top Chef winner, 3 F&W Best new Chef nominated, and best Food Truck in America! Austin are in the Food national Map now! Don’t mess with TEXAS!!!””
And Paul Rutowski, a partner of ViUDA Bistro, emailed: “Rene Alcala and I (Paul Rutowski) as ViUDA Bistro Partners, Rene and I both are elated about Kurt’s success with the Eater.com contest! We may be a small bistro in Buda but this propels us onto the national scene! The good news is that we will have enough room for everyone provided that they make reservations!”
The article was published in Eater.com