June 26, 2002
Molly Shore The sense of hearing so prevalent in people's daily lives is, for the most part, denied to 4-year-old Mavrick Fisher. The youngster, who is severely hard of hearing, was born to deaf parents Michelina and Mark Fisher. To compensate for Mavrick's hearing loss and to ensure that he will be able to communicate with the hearing world, the Fishers sought out Burbank High School senior Christina Devin to work with Mavrick, teaching him to say words.
May 9, 2007
BURBANK HIGH — It's the kind of experience high school athletes around the nation thrive on — the excitement of playing in a sporting event before a packed arena of peers, complete with cheerleaders and the smell of food wafting from the snack bar. Hearing-impaired athletes have a proud tradition of competing and making valuable contributions to the social ritual that is high school sports. For the most part, this significant segment of the student body hasn't had many events to call its own. The annual Southern California Deaf and Hard of Hearing Basketball and Cheerleading Tournament is designed to fill that niche by providing those athletes with a memorable day of community and competition.
October 4, 2008
OPTIMIST CONTEST LANDS STUDENT A SCHOLARSHIP The Magnolia Park Optimist Club sponsored a local deaf student to compete in the Optimist International Communication Contest for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing in Visalia in May. Sarah Tubert, a Burbank High School student, competed against other students representing Optimist Clubs in Oxnard, Ventura and the San Fernando Valley and was awarded first place and won the $1,500 scholarship....
April 10, 2002
Maya Kukes BURBANK -- Legislation requiring health insurance policies to include coverage for hearing aids to deaf and hard of hearing children younger than 18 passed its first legislative step. The State Senate Committee on Insurance approved Senate Bill 1638, which mandates that the cost of hearing aids be completely covered, excluding batteries and cords. State Sen. Jack Scott (D-Burbank) sponsored the bill. Susan Grafman, mother of two deaf children, approached Scott several months ago when she found that her carrier did not cover the cost of hearing aids.
September 21, 2002
Laura Sturza As a deaf person, Nanci Linke-Ellis grew tired of waiting a year or more to see captioned films, which make big-screen movies accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing. So she and Barbara Montan, whose son is deaf, started Tripod Captioned Films in 1993, a Burbank nonprofit group that works with movie studios and theater chains to showcase the specially subtitled films. "Open-captioned [means] it's etched into the film, just like a subtitled movie," Linke-Ellis said.
January 7, 2004
Molly Shore Patricia Ivankovic, a program specialist for the Burbank Unified School District, greeted children Monday for a new after-school program for deaf and hard-of-hearing students at the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank. "This is going to be exciting because deaf kids will have their own little club," Ivankovic said, adding that she hopes the program will provide homework support to families with deaf and hard-of-hearing children. The weekday program, from 2 to 7 p.m. at the clubhouse on Buena Vista Street, is a partnership between the school district, the city, the Boys & Girls Club and Tripod, a local organization that has served deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their families for more than 20 years.
February 23, 2002
Maya Kukes MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- Finding out her son was deaf was hard enough for Susan Grafman. Finding out her insurance company wouldn't pay for his hearing aids was infuriating. Grafman's 6-year-old son, Jake, was diagnosed as deaf almost four years ago. She was told by her provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield, that her policy did not cover hearing aids, which typically cost $2,500 to $5,000 per pair. Her second son, Justin, now 3, is also deaf.
August 30, 2006
The state Assembly passed a bill that would require insurance companies to help pay for hearing aids for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. State Sen. Jack Scott introduced the bill in 2002 after Burbank resident Susan Grafman told Scott that her insurance policy did not cover the cost of hearing aids for her two children. "It's a major stepping stone," Grafman said of the Aug. 23 passing of bill, which now goes to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk. "It will help everybody in California who has a child with a hearing loss."
March 29, 2003
Molly Shore When Susan and Tommy Grafman, parents of two deaf sons, were told by their health insurance provider it would not cover hearing-aid costs, the couple refused to accept that answer. The Grafmans contacted state Sen. Jack Scott (D-Burbank), imploring him to enact legislation mandating that hearing aids be included in health coverage. Scott appeared with the Grafmans at Washington Elementary School on Friday to speak about Senate Bill 174, which would require hearing aids for deaf and hard-of-hearing youth 18 and younger be covered by health-insurance companies.
August 20, 2005
Jacqui Brown Although the outside world may seem quiet, the creative noises rumbling inside 10-year-old Casey Johnson-Pasqua's head is loud and clear -- she's discovered acting and loves it. Being deaf is in no way holding this budding actress back as she takes on her first acting role as the young piano student, Amaryllis, in Glendale's Stepping Stone Players production of "The Music Man." The musical opens Sept. 9 at Hoover High School Auditorium in Glendale.