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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.
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By Gabriel Rizk | 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.
FEATURES
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....
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Ani Amirkhanian | 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."
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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THE818NOW
March 1, 2013
After getting an inside look at Burbank police operations - including demonstrations by the Special Weapons and Tactics team and presentations about gangs, forensics and force - members of the first-ever Armenian and deaf community academy classes have graduated. “You probably know a lot more now about the police department than when we began,” Burbank Police Officer Joshua Kendrick said Wednesday to the more than 30 Burbank residents who completed the seven-week course. PHOTOS: Burbank Police Department's first Armenian and hearing impaired community academy graduation ceremony Tigran Khachikyan, who graduated from the deaf class, said that before taking the course, he had problems with police and struggled to understand their operations.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | November 30, 2012
Bob Hiltermann was four years old when he lost his hearing to spinal meningitis, but another six years would pass before anyone around him would discover he was deaf. He was 10 when a teacher debunked his family's assumption that he was “slow,” he told an audience at Burbank High School Wednesday night. For years, his family doubted he could ever be successful, but Hiltermann - who went on to have a role on the television show “All My Children” and be a drummer in the band “Beethoven's Nightmare” - defied their beliefs and this week encouraged deaf students to aim high.
NEWS
June 26, 2012
I'm with my family having Sunday brunch at the Market City Cafe in downtown Burbank, sitting outside enjoying the weather and the live classical music. Then out of the blue, the piercing noise of Burbank city workers with their gas powered trimmers interrupts everything. The rest of our meal is completely drowned out by men trimming shrubs along the downtown street. Who's scheduling this work? We're trying to lure more business - and people - to downtown Burbank. It's a wonderful Sunday afternoon and restaurants are doing their best to provide a nice, family experience.
SPORTS
By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | April 15, 2011
There is a philosophy in the Tubert family that all of its members live by: "This is your journey, and what do you want to do with it?" Following that credo, father Marcelo has become a successful actor and voice-over artist and mother Lori is a successful writer, videographer and singer. Even eldest daughter, Emily, has embraced the philosophy, as the Burroughs High graduate is a championship golfer, winning league and CIF Southern Section titles, a national amateur title and is now parlaying her skills into a fine freshman season playing for the University of Arkansas women's team.
FEATURES
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....
SPORTS
By Gabriel Rizk | 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.
NEWS
By Ani Amirkhanian | 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."
NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 16, 2005
Rosette Gonzales When his daughter Jenna was 2, Bill Greene discovered she was deaf. Over time he became familiar with her silent world and decided to liven it up for her and other deaf and hard-of-hearing children. Greene started the Greenelight Foundation, an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of disabled and disadvantaged children. For the past four years, the Deaf Arts Jubilee has been the foundation's major yearly event, bringing more than 100 students from Southern California and Las Vegas high schools together.
NEWS
August 21, 2004
Robert Chacon A three-year battle came closer to completion for a Burbank mother of two deaf children and state Sen. Jack Scott (D-Burbank) when the state Assembly passed SB 1158, which would require California health insurance companies to provide hearing aids for deaf and hard-of-hearing children beginning Jan. 1. Scott's bill passed the state Assembly Wednesday, requiring health insurers to pay up to $1,000 for hearing aids for children younger than . Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has 30 days to sign the bill.
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