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DeafDigest Gold – August 9, 2009

DeafDigest Gold - August 9, 2009

Gold edition            Barry Strassler, Editor - updated every Monday

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Gold section.


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News of the Week

   An outrage took place this week. The USA Deaflympics
contingent is struggling to raise funds to take part 
in the Taiwan Deaflympics.
   In the meantime the US Olympic Commission "donated"
$500,000 to the Paralympics group. Not a cent to us.
   But - there is more to it than what meets the eye.
There is a law (PL 110-389) that authorizes the Secretary
of Veterans' Affairs to give funds to the USOC, which
in turn passes it on to the Paralympics group.
   Bottom line - not a cent to our deaf athletes!


   We have quite a few libraries of the deaf in
USA. The bigger and the best known ones are on
the Gallaudet and RIT campuses.
   There was none in Turkey until this week. The
nation's first deaf library opened its doors in
Bursa, Turkey.


   Hearing aids are expensive. Can't afford a new
one (approximately $5,000)?
   Well, there is a solution - your iPhone
can be converted to a hearing aid.
   An accessory, costing just $10.00, may be
the trick.
   DeafDigest is somewhat skeptical.


   At the recent hearing World Magic Championships
at Beijing, China, there were 2,500 hearing magicians 
that participated.
   Four of them were deaf (one American, two Italians
and one Japanese).


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   Many of us, the deaf, nod our heads and fake
understanding what the hearing person says to us.
   We smile, and walk away, hoping the hearing
person will leave us alone.
   Many hearing immigrants are also guilty of the
same thing. Many of them do not know English
but they may nod, and smile, and the hearing person
thinks the immigrants understand them!
   Deaf person. Hearing immigrant - same thing,
nod and smile and fake understanding!

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   If you attend a meeting at some national deaf
conferences, you may see a small tent near the
meeting platform.
   The tent is used by the meeting parliamentarian.
This is to prevent nosey eyes when the president
asks the parliamentarian some important meeting
   The idea of a tent was invented by Bummy
Burstein, the famous Deaf Parliamentarian.

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   A hearing person was telling a friend that her
daughter is the one with the electrical scooter.
   That daughter has a medical condition that 
prevents her from being able to walk.
   Is it the same as a hearing mother of a
deaf child telling a friend that he is the
one with the hearing aid?
   Either one wishes to be politically correct
while making a conversation or to be in a
state of denial?

   Is there such a thing as Oral Deaf Network?
Yes, very much so, and very much thriving.
   Reason for bringing this up was because
a DeafDigest subscriber disagreed with the editor,
saying there is no such a thing as Oral Deaf
   DeafDigest strives to serve all parts of the
Deaf Community, regardless of differences among
all of us - ASL, oral, CI, Cued Speech,
Late Deafened, mainstreamed products, residential 
products, etc, etc.
   Ain't an easy task, declares DeafDigest!

   Many of us know that Thomas A. Edison, who was deaf, won
1,093 patents for his countless inventions.
   What many of us do not know was that he invented a new
concept - that is widely used in factories all over the
world - mass production methods.
   Many things - automobiles, television sets, computers -
are built via mass production.   

   DeafDigest editor and a deaf friend was watching
a ball game at the Nationals Park in Washington, DC.
Sitting one row behind was a very young couple.
   All of a sudden this young woman leaned over
and flashed dollar bills at the startled DeafDigest
editor. She was saying something that could not be
understood. Yet she persisted in waving the dollar
bills. It was puzzling.
   Suddenly it was realized she wanted either DeafDigest
editor or his friend buy beers for them since they
were underage.
   The DeafDigest editor and his friend refused, 
forcing the young woman to look elsewhere for a
volunteer beer buyer.
   Scary because when hearing people are
desperate and when their request could not
be understood, it could lead to violence.
   Fortunately, it was not to be.

   Terry Care, not deaf, is stepping down as
a senator in the Nevada legislative body.
   Knowing nothing about the deaf beforehand,
he and his wife were close friends with a family,
whose two children were born deaf.
   Having a chance to observe how the family
dealt with the deaf children, Terry took the
initiative to introduce the Hearing Screening
bill and it passed.
   From time to time he speaks at events hosted
by the local AgBell chapter.
   Possibly Terry would have still supported the
bill even if he did not know the deaf, but knowing
the deaf helped him push the bill even harder!
   This is the Power of the Personal Contact.  

   A deaf American was flying home from China,
where he visited on a business trip.
   On the trip back home, the flight attendant
gave the deaf passenger a thick book on airline
safety instructions.
   This gesture was great, except that it was in
   And compounding this incident was the sarcastic
comment by the deaf passenger. He said:

You forgot to give me a wheelchair.

   Much to his surprise and dismay, the flight
attendant said:

Oh, yes, and I would do that! 


(series to be run on a weekly basis until list of
tales run out)

On a delivery run I was given the wrong apartment
address and knocked on the door of a blind man.
He let me in, and I thought he was the one that
ordered pizza. After some awkward moments I
realized he never ordered pizza and that the
address was wrong. As quietly as possible I let
myself out of the apartment!

If you are a former Deaf Pizza Driver and have an
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he "half hears you"

Does it mean the person is hard of hearing?


31st World's Largest ASL Silent Weekend in 2010
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ASL and Interpreting DVDs 

We had over 600 at the recent silent weekend.

The venue for the June 24-27, 2010 event will handle 700-1000 
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The 31st Silent Weekend is at the Florida Hotel at the Florida
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Students and professionals seeking to improve their skills
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There will be group registration opportunities online after
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Final details will be online beginning in August but the
cost per person is as low as $149 per person and exhibit
tables at $150.

Sign language DVDs are available online at -
A brand new DVD "When 'Duck' is not Enough" to show you
how to represent inanimate objects is now available.

The 8th Florida/Alaska Motorcycle Charity Run for deaf babies
is currently under way.  

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See for updates and photos.
These trips will take place every year so why not make plans
to join us now in 2010 for a Bed and Breakfast tour?

Please browse our selection of signing greeting cards at:


Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission,
which is to Canada what FCC is to us, laid down the order that
all cellphones and text messaging pagers must be deaf-friendly.

This order will be phrased in segments within the next few


DeafLibrary Page of the Week

Deaf Culture's 10 Commandments

Do click on:

(on a rotating basis, a different DeafLibrary Page topic 
will be featured every week) 


Deaf Picture of the Week:

Trudy Haselhuhn
Gallaudet's deaf landscaper


Question of the week:

Q. We have a good number of deaf Americans that
own businesses, either full time or part time.
Not that so in Canada. Why?

A. Paperwork is worse in Canada because of so
many tax forms. Keep in mind, it is not a 
Deaf Problem, but a Canadian Problem.

send your questions to

the most interesting questions may be answered
in future DeafDigest editions. Thank you.


Wish List of the Week:

that PL 110-389 would be amended to allow USA Deaflympics
group to get money from USOC


DeafHistory - Looking Back:

Year 1648 - pistachios were called Deaf Nuts.

Why? No one knows.


Deaf and the Money:

Do we have "Deaf Money" that was used as real

Yes, but it was in the past.

-  1840 Republic of Texas $5.00 bank note with a picture
of Deaf Smith

-  1861 North Carolina $1.00 bank note with a notation
"N.C. Inst. Deaf & Dumb" printed on it

-  1861 North Carolina $2.00 bank note (same as above)

-  1860 Connecticut $5.00 Hartford Bank bank note with
a picture of the old American SD campus and a
portrait of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet


DeafNumbers of the Week:

6, approximately

the number of deaf blackjack dealers we have in
casinos across USA


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position opening
Shared Reading Video Outreach Project (SRVOP) Program Specialist
Washington State Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss
Washington School for the Deaf
Vancouver, WA

Requires: 4-year degree, technology-savvy, American Sign Language

See job recruitment at

Closes: Open until filled


position openings
- Coordinator, Statewide Services, D & HOH Children
- MS/HS Leader
Delaware School for the Deaf
Newark, Delaware

please click on these links to get job description and application procedures

- Coordinator, Statewide Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

- MS/HS Leader


position announcement
Itinerant Field Operations Support II
Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program
position is in Northern California area

starting salary: $51,937 with benefits

for position description & application procedures,
click on:


positions available
- School Psychologist
- Physical Therapist
Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf
Mill Neck, NY (on Long Island)

PT position available.  

School Psychologist:
Must possess MA degree in School Psychology. Successful prior 
experience working in a special education school.  

Knowledge of current practices/instruments in the evaluation 
of pre-school and school age children. 

Must have excellent communication skills and be fluent in American 
Sign Language.  

Physical Therapist:
Seeking a certified physical therapist to provide services to 
students with special needs.  

Must possess State Certification.  

Knowledge of sign language a plus. 

Fax resume and cover letter to Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf, 
LI, N.Y, to:

K. Lagalante (516) 922-0093 (FAX) 


seeking qualified individuals
- Science Teacher
- Math Teacher
- Speech Teacher
The Lexington School for the Deaf/Center for the Deaf
Jackson Heights, NY

The Lexington School for the Deaf/Center for the Deaf has 
served the broader Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community of 
the New York metropolitan area since 1864. 

Lexington has evolved to offer vital services in a range 
of important areas.
Lexington strives to be a leading educational, advocacy, 
and social service agency on behalf of deaf and hard of 
hearing individuals.

Lexington provides a comprehensive education for children 
and parents in its Ready-to-Learn Program, ages 0-3, 
preschool, elementary, middle and high school programs, a 
foreign language transitional program, and the Special 
Education Unit  for deaf with multiple disabilities.

The curriculum meets standards set by the New York State 
Education Department. 

The high school is fully-accredited and like public high 
schools confers New York State Regents and Individual 
Education Plan (IEP) diplomas.  

Upon graduation, our students attend Gallaudet University, 
National Technical Institute for the Deaf, various 
universities and other two year colleges, or go directly 
into the work force or into further training programs.

Lexington is seeking qualified individuals for the following 
job openings:

- Science Teacher (Must possess Deaf Ed certification)
- Math Teacher (Must possess Deaf Ed certification)
- Speech Teacher (NYS Certification required- TSHH)

Please email your resume to: 

or fax to 718-350-3332, indicating which position you 
are interested in.


Superintendent position
Arkansas School for the Deaf
Little Rock, Arkansas

The Arkansas School for the Deaf invites applicants
for the position of superintendent.

Scope of Duties:
This position is responsible for planning and directing the 
development, delivery and administration of the educational 
and residential life programs and services of the school.  

The Superintendent is responsible for establishing a residential 
and community environment conducive to learning and to the social 
and emotional development of children who are deaf/hard of hearing, 
or multi-handicapped, enrolled in specialized parent-infant, pre-school, 
elementary, secondary and pre-vocational programs.  

The Superintendent reports to and advises the five member Board 
of Trustees and directs and coordinates all business and facilities 
management activities, and community relations activities.  Consults 
on educational and technological issues and initiatives associated 
with the growth and development of children who are deaf/hard of 

Minimum Requirements:
- Must hold a standard teaching license and a Building Level or 
Curriculum/Program Administrator License

- Must have four (4) years teaching experience with, preferably, 
Building Level or Curriculum/Program Administrator experience

- Must hold an Advanced Degree or have completed an Advanced Program 
of Study reflective of the Arkansas Standards for District Level 

- Successfully completed the School Superintendent Assessment (SSA)

Special Requirements:
- Superintendent may be required to live on campus - (if required, 
room and board is furnished)

- Ability to converse proficiently with deaf children and adults in 
American Sign Language

- A background check may be conducted on applicants

Salary:        $85,536

Resumes will be accepted until August 15, 2009 or until filled.  
Please apply to:

Lucy Cockrell, Personnel Manager
Arkansas School for the Deaf
2606 W. Markham/ASB Duplex
Little Rock, AR  72205

Phone: (501) 603-3529 (V/TTD)
Fax: (501) 603-3533



position opening
Mental Health Technician
National Deaf Academy
Mt. Dora, Florida

Responsible for the daily supervision and monitoring of residents 
safety, activities of daily living, school attendance and recreation 

Requires high school diploma or equivalent.  

Experience working in behavioral health setting preferred.  

Fluent in ASL preferred. 

American Sign Language training provided on site.  

FT and Per Diem, all shifts available.  

Competitive salary and excellent benefits.  

Fax resume to Human Resources: (352)735-4939 

or send resume to: 
National Deaf Academy, 
Attention: Human Resources,
19650 US Hwy 441, 
Mt. Dora, Florida  32757.  

Phone (352)735-9500. 



Position Vacancy Notice
Department Chair: American Sign Language and Interpreting Education
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester, NY

NTID is one of the eight colleges within Rochester Institute of 
Technology (RIT), a national center of educational excellence.  

It is located in Rochester, New York, which is home to a large and 
vibrant Deaf community and has been named as one of the top 100 
American cities in which to raise a family.  

The RIT community is diverse, dynamic, and excellence-driven.  
Within the college of NTID, the ASLIE department provides American 
Sign Language instruction to the university's faculty, staff, and 
students.  In addition, the ASLIE department educates students 
seeking a baccalaureate degree in the field of ASL/English 

Chair responsibilities, in addition to traditional faculty 
responsibilities, include: Provide strategic direction for the 
design, delivery, and on-going evaluation of curricula; manage the 
composition, evaluation, and development of the department's human 
resources; monitor budget and maintain departmentally-assigned 
resources; represent the department to internal RIT and NTID 
stakeholders as well as national stakeholders;  and provide 
programmatic and curricular leadership to a nationally recognized 
faculty in the fields of American Sign Language instruction and 
ASL/English Interpreting education.

Review of applications will begin Sept 30th and will continue until 
position is filled.

For a complete job description and to apply online, visit the RIT Career 

Candidate must be eligible to work in the United States

Rochester Institute of Technology is an EO/AA Employer.


position openings
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position descriptions and application procedures
please click on any of below:

- Assistant Director of Residential Services

- Residential Advisor

- Teacher (Blind/Deaf)

- Substitute Teacher (P/T-Hourly)


more position openings
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position descriptions and application procedures
please click on any of below:

- Teacher - Middle School Science


(updated August 9th)


*  Job Developer/Interpreter- Anaheim, Pacoima, CA

*  Community Interpreter - Los Angeles, CA

*  Community Advocate - Bakersfield, CA

*  Placement Coordinator - Crenshaw, CA

To learn more about the above positions at GLAD, please go to our website:

If interested for any of these positions then please submit resume
and application to:

Jeff Fetterman
Human Resources Specialist
Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc.
2222 Laverna Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90041

V/TDD:  (323) 550-4207
Fax #:  (323) 550-4204



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