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Cary's 911 Communications Center can now communicate with people via text message.

Supervisor Doug Workman said this option is available for people who can not make a phone call to dispatch.

"This is very useful in a domestic violence situation, where you as the victim would be able to contact the police where you're not having to speak it out," Workman says.

He adds that it also serves people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Guilford College president Jane Fernandes
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Guilford College made history when its administration chose Jane Fernandes as their new president. 

Fernandes is the college's first female leader, and one of the first deaf presidents of an American college or university. 

She most recently served as provost at UNC-Asheville for three years, but has had a long career in education. She has been an administrator or faculty member at four other universities, from Honolulu to Boston.

Along the way, she has pushed for better collaboration between the deaf and the hearing communities.


When Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn told contestants on Season 12 to “make it work,” North Carolina State University students saw a familiar face.

Justin LeBlanc teaches fashion and design at North Carolina State University and he was a finalist on the Lifetime reality series this year. As the first deaf contestant in the show’s history, LeBlanc made headlines not only for his design skill, but for showing that his deafness did not hinder his ability to achieve.