Jan 172016

Rodney Williams


Rodney Williams, 51, died on January 13, 2016, at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Originally from Alabama, through the foster care system, Rodney came to find his forever home with Bobby and Pat Whitesell in Ruckersville Va. in 1978.Rodney graduated from the VA School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton, Va. in 1985 and was employed in a series of custodial positions in Charlottesville.  Rodney was a member of Spring Hill Baptist Church.  His smile and gentle spirit will be missed by family, friends and the deaf community. Rodney is survived by his parents, and three sisters, Helen Evans, Judy Blakey, and Beth Hershey.  The family wishes to express deep appreciation to Derek and Lisa Bond and Karla Lesher for the counsel, love, care and friendship they provided to Rodney for many years. Funeral services will be held at Jefferson Park Baptist Church onFriday, January 22, 2016, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Sam Crosby officiating and Glenda Atkins interpreting. The burial will follow at Spring Hill Baptist Church cemetery.  Family will receive friends at Teague Funeral Home on Thursday evening, January 21, 2016, from 6 until 8 p.m.  Condolences may be offered to the family at teaguefuneralhome.comTeague Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jan 122016

From Northern Virginia Resource Center

Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale is facing a lawsuit from a woman who claims she was cut from a program because she is deaf.

The private not-for-profit university admitted Katherine Daniel-Rivera to its radiologic technology program in June 2015 after she worked for four years as a radiology medical support assistant at the Bay Pines Veterans Administration Hospital near St. Petersburg.

The VA agreed to pay for part of her degree so she could seek a promotion following “exceptional evaluations” over the years, according to her complaint filed Thursday and assigned to U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas in Fort Lauderdale.

But when Daniel-Rivera showed up for orientation, Keiser handed her a letter saying she was rejected because providing interpreters for her would be “inordinately expensive” and she would not be able to communicate with patients properly because she can’t hear. “The impairments you possess unfortunately will create an unintentional direct threat to the health and safety of, and contribute to potential liability issues for, patients, health care facilities, and others as well as yourself,” the letter stated, according to the complaint.

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January 12, 2016 at 07:47PM