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DeafDigest Gold – August 9, 2009

DeafDigest Gold - August 9, 2009

Gold edition            Barry Strassler, Editor
http://www.deafdigest.com - updated every Monday

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ASL Videos of the Week:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/video-faking/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/video-tent/

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Deaf Cartoon (Fogey) of the week:
http://www.deafdigest.com/davideo.html

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DeafDigest welcomes unique deafnews tips; do email:
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always
anonymous

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weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:

http://www.deafdigest.com (updated every Monday)

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Four Deaf Cartoons (Fogeys) are shown every week on:
http://www.deafdigest.com/davideo.html

Go there to look at the latest Cartoon

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The DeafDigest is divided into Blue and Gold sections, both
ranked equal in contents, features and ads. This is the
Gold section.

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weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:

http://www.deafdigest.com (updated every Monday)

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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!

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   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.

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   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.

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   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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please email mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:

http://www.deafdigest.com

updated every Monday

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SONIC BOOM ALARM CLOCK WITH BED SHAKER ON SALE!

Don't be late for the first day of school.

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Purchase either the Sonic Boom Alarm Clock or the Sonic
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It has many great features including a built-in receiver
to pick up transmissions from other signalers.

Call 1-800-233-9130 (V/TTY) or visit us at
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(Use code WCID808 to order)

For a copy of our NEW catalog, email your request to:
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TO FAKE UNDERSTANDING WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
   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!

- for ASL News version, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/video-faking/

(for your convenience, video links are posted on top
of each DeafDigest edition)


A TENT AT SOME DEAF CONFERENCES
   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
questions.
   The idea of a tent was invented by Bummy
Burstein, the famous Deaf Parliamentarian.


- for ASL News version, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/video-tent/

(for your convenience, video links are posted on top
of each DeafDigest edition)



TO BE POLITICALLY CORRECT OR TO BE IN DENIAL?
   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?


ORAL DEAF NETWORK
   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
Network.
   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!


MASS PRODUCTION METHODS
   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.   



A BALLPARK INCIDENT
   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.


THE POWER OF THE PERSONAL CONTACT
   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.  


DEALING WITH DEAF AIRLINE PASSENGERS
   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
Braille!
   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! 



TALES FROM FORMER DEAF PIZZA DRIVERS 

(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
interesting tale, please share it with: 

mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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For postings, announcements and employment ad rates, please
email mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

for Special Notes, please go to the bottom of this
section

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WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN?

he "half hears you"


Does it mean the person is hard of hearing?

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31st World's Largest ASL Silent Weekend in 2010
Signing Greeting Cards
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 
participants and include a medical interpreting track. Novice, 
beginning, intermediate and advanced ASL and ITP students, as 
well as interpreters (CEUs offered) will have around 150 hours 
of seminars to choose from.

The 31st Silent Weekend is at the Florida Hotel at the Florida
Mall in Orlando with its huge food court allowing you to have
a complete meal for $5.99 instead of paying $20-30 at other
conferences' hotel prices.  The room costs are even lower
next year ... just $105 with free parking and unlimited free
internet!

Students and professionals seeking to improve their skills
can bring family members and they can take novice sign
language classes for just $89 per person!

There will be group registration opportunities online after
July 1 at www.DrSign.com .  There are simply no other local,
regional or national conferences offering you so many hours
of classes as inexpensively as the Silent Weekends.  Just
check them out!

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 
http://www.DrSign.com -
      
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.  

See http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,705315218,00.html 
for an article from a newspaper.

See http://www.AlaskaBikeRun.com 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:
http://www.DrSign.com

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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
years.

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DeafLibrary Page of the Week

Deaf Culture's 10 Commandments

Do click on:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-culture-10-comandments/


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

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Deaf Picture of the Week:

Trudy Haselhuhn
Gallaudet's deaf landscaper

http://pr.gallaudet.edu/otg/Article.asp?ArticleID=15795

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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 mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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

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Wish List of the Week:

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

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DeafHistory - Looking Back:

Year 1648 - pistachios were called Deaf Nuts.

Why? No one knows.


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Deaf and the Money:

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

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

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

6, approximately

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


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DeafDigest Sports

to read weekly summary on deafsports, click on:

http://deafdigest.com/deafsports


DeafDigest Sports is a no-cost subscription available only for DeafDigest 
subscribers; e-mail mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

there is no web page postings with DeafDigest Sports;
you have to subscribe to keep up with deafsports!

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* on a per-subscriber basis, the DeafDigest ad rates are the
  best in the nation.

* For more information, send E-mail to
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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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 http://www.wsd.wa.gov

Closes: Open until filled

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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
http://www.christina.k12.de.us/employment/Postings/2009/0720_CoordStwideSvcs.pdf

- MS/HS Leader
http://www.christina.k12.de.us/employment/Postings/2009/0720_school_leader_dsd_grade_7_12.pdf

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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:

http://deafdigest.com/ddtp

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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) 

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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:

mailto:jobopportunites@lexnyc.org 

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

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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 
hearing.

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 
Administrator

- 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
mailto:lucyc@asd.k12.ar.us

EOE

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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 
activities.

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. 

EOE

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

DESCRIPTION:
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 
interpretation.

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 
Zone:  http://mycareer.rit.edu                                                      
                                                                                    
                                                                                    
                                                                                    
                                                                                    
                                         
KEYWORD SEARCH: IRC#30398

Candidate must be eligible to work in the United States

Rochester Institute of Technology is an EO/AA Employer.

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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 
http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/pea_hr_jobsearch.aspx?jobid=752

- Residential Advisor
http://www.deafdigest.com/resid.doc

- Teacher (Blind/Deaf) 
http://www.deafdigest.com/lcs.doc

- Substitute Teacher (P/T-Hourly)
http://www.deafdigest.com/sub.doc

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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
http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/pea_hr_jobsearch.aspx
http://www.spa.ga.gov/word/jobinfo/stateapp-emp.doc

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(updated August 9th)

- EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD !! -

*  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: 

http://www.gladinc.org

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

E-mail: mailto:jfetterman@gladinc.org

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Special Notes:

Copyright 2009 by Barry Strassler, DeafDigest.

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News of the Week:

   DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Dr James Marsters,
a deaf dentist, who departed us last week. Word of his
death reached DeafDigest too late to be included in last
week's edition.
   As a matter of coincidence, DeafDigest, 9 years ago,
posted this News of the Week as follows:

   Dr James Marsters, a deaf orthodontist, has given a $85,000
gift to the NTID - to be earmarked for purchases of fiber optic
equipment for classes taught in that field.
   We all know that Robert Weitbrecht developed the first TTY
modem, way back in 1964 - but it was Dr Marsters that provided
Weitbrecht with the idea, the inspiration and a kick in the
right direction. Who knows - without Marsters the first deaf TTY
network may not have been started as early in the sixties!

   DeafDigest editor, years ago, had the privilege of being
given a private tour of the dental suite in Pasadena, CA
where Marsters owned. It was an unforgettable experience.
   Thank you, James for helping create a TTY network where all
groups in the deaf community were able to participate on an
equal basis.

..

   Normally when Deaflympics are held, the host nation government
would stay in the background as a gracious host, allowing the
Deaflympics committee to run the show.
   It is different in Taiwan where the Deaflympics is coming
up next month. The government is playing a high profile.
Why?
   The government is using the Deaflympics to show the world
that they wish to come out of the isolation forced on the nation
ever since 1949 when mainland China went Communist. 
   Just hope the Taiwan stance will be beneficial to the
deaf in the long run, years after the Deaflympics have become
a memory.   

..

   For years and years everywhere, we always hear of deaf
athletes complaining that the deaf opponents they play
against, were actually hearing, and faking their
deafness.
   And the opponents have always denied they were
hearing.
   But now this - a "deaf" soccer team from Ghana went on
a trip to play against a deaf team from Australia. Only that
the "deaf" team consisted of hearing players.
   The Australians are upset, and are demanding monetary
damages. And in the meantime the sports official in Ghana,
that organized the "deaf" team, has been arrested!

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A DEAF CLOCK REPAIRMAN
   We have had many deaf people that repaired wrist
watches. But have we ever had a deaf person that repaired
a town tower clock. This is a big clock in downtown where
people look at it and depend on it to get the right time?
   Yes. The late Lee Brody, who was famous for his past
Phone TTY business, was a tower clock repairman during
his younger days.
   The clock was in downtown Fairlawn, New Jersey,
and he walked up the tower from time to time to make
the repairs.   


- for ASL News version, please click on:
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THESE DEAF TRAVELERS
   Many deaf people travel all over the world.
And when we travel we carry our passports and our
visas.
   Deaflympics is coming up next month. We hope
there will be no passport and visa problems among
our deaf athletes when they arrive at Taiwan.
   Some years back Australia hosted the World
Federation of the Deaf, but the government refused
to allow deaf delegates from some African and
Asian nations.
   The government was afraid that some of these
delegates may sneak out and stay in Australia
after WFD has ended!
   Yes, the WFD officers were very upset.

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A HATED BUZZWORD
   Buzzwords come and go, be it Hearing Buzzword or
a Deaf Buzzword.
   A new buzzword is around - and we all hate it.
This buzzword is:

Donor Fatigue

   For us, it means hearing people no longer wish
to donate funds to deaf agencies that are badly in
need of funds.


NO DEDICATION LAST WEEK
   A DeafDigest subscriber expressed "disappointment"
that an eminent deaf individual who passed away last
week was not given dedication in DeafDigest.
   The person is Dr James Marsters. He was not
dedicated only because no one told DeafDigest editor
of his death until after the Blue edition was
distributed. A google search at that time did not
disclose his death.
   At any rate he is dedicated in this edition.
Thank you for bearing with DeafDigest.

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SONIC IS NOT DEAF-FRIENDLY?
   A DeafDigest subscriber that lives in upstate New York
stopped at a Sonic fast food eatery for quick bite.
   No one could enter the eatery. They have to order
from outside. There was no "easy" menu for the deaf
patron to point to.
   The deaf patron confronted one of the Sonic
employees, who disclaimed responsibility, saying
it was the "headquarters" that made the decision
not open the Sonic facility to the public.
   Very discriminatory, sighs DeafDigst!



A MOVIE MADE IN 1966
   There was a movie, titled "Silent World, Muffled 
World" that was produced in 1966.
   It illustrates issues deaf people face - social
acceptance, education, causes of hearing losses,
and slow progress towards equality.
   Year 1966 and Year 2009 are 43 years apart but
the more things change, the more things remain the
same!



DEAF ISSUES

(short series; based on comments by educators
and deaf service professionals)

when deaf students are in need of grief counseling,
there are no grief counselors around that know how
to comfort them in sign language


(series to continue until it runs out)



WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

hosts asking the deaf people in the audience if the
interpreter has been doing a good job?




if you have these "hate" or "horror" stories, please
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com



COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR - continuing series

Some people may not realize that most realtime broadcast 
captioning and remote CART services are provided from
captioners' homes.  

In the early days of captioning, captioners worked from 
the offices of the large captioning companies, but more 
and more captioners have begun working from their homes over 
the last 20 years.  

Captioners need home offices with the proper equipment 
and backup systems in place to assure reliable coverage. 

Probably the most important element in a captioner's home 
office is electrical power.  Depending on where a captioner 
lives and what sort of backup is in place with other 
captioners to cover assignments, a captioner may need an 
uninterruptible power supply (UPS) in case of a power 
failure.  

This will keep the captioner's equipment running for 15 
to 30 minutes, which should be enough time to notify another 
captioner to take over the assignment. 

If a captioner does not have another captioner who could 
quickly take over in an emergency, he or she will need to 
keep captioning for a longer time in the event of a power 
outage.  Then a generator might be necessary.  If a captioner 
is captioning a news broadcast for a California station 
where the weather is beautiful, it would be hard to explain 
to the viewers that the captions were interrupted because 
of thunderstorms in Texas

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WHO IS IN CHARGE OF A MAINSTREAMED PROGRAM IN A SCHOOL DISTRICT?

deaf program counselor

(in many school districts we would expect a principal,
or a director or a coordinator or a supervisor or someone
with an appropriate title that would direct their mainstreamed 
programs; some districts are different and this reflects in 
a startling title above. Be surprised or shocked every week 
until series run out)

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Tour of America's National Parks
Glacier National Park, Montana to Las Vegas
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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

   After Jamaica, Belize is next. Jamaica, after years
of refusing to allow the deaf to drive, has relented.
   The deaf people of Belize are demanding that they 
have the same rights to drive, and are now lobbying
the government.

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The Deaf and the Law

location:
Indiana

case:
a deaf man, arrested in a robbery case, was
incompetent. Still, the state officials kept
him in prison for years.

result:
in what probably is considered to be the first
deaf-related case to reach the Supreme Court,
the justices freed him.

comment:
The robbery only netted him just five dollars.
Did the punishment fit the crime? No, but the
state officials overly punished him.

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DeafADA Issue of the Week:

Want a copy of the Disability Law Handbook?

Do click on:
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The Captioning Blunder of the Week:

they are respected (expected) to come tomorrow

....

What became of?

Dick Moore

- Past
deaf printer, Washington Post

- Present
Washington, DC Deaf Community's best known
professional deaf photographer, always in demand
at deaf events



mailto:barry@deafdigest.com with "past" and
"present" details

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News of the Week - Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

   Finally - SOLD - is the campus of the now-closed
Nebraska School for the Deaf. A church ministry which
submitted a bid for the campus in an auction last year
but withdrew it, has decided to make the purchase.
   The purchasing group said they will set aside part
of the campus as a museum on Deaf Heritage.

..

News of the Week - Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

   A new member of the RIT Board of Trustees is Jim Macfadden, president
and CEO of his Macfadden & Associates Inc, Silver Spring, MD high
tech firm that does business with a number of federal government agencies.
   Jim, a Gallaudet graduate and a hall of fame athlete, also heads up the
National Deaf Business Institute and also serves his alma mater as a member
of the Board of Associates.
   To keep things straight - he is on the RIT board as opposed to serving on
the NTID board, which are two separate boards.

(editor's note: Jim has sold his business; he is no longer on the RIT
board; he is currently chairs the Gallaudet Presidential Search
Committee)

....

Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

   Way back in 1965, deaf sports leaders were complaining
that it was difficult for their Deaflympics participants
to raise the necessary funds in order to take part.
   Deaf sports leaders are still complaining, in year 2009,
of the same thing.
   Certain things do not change, especially the need to
raise funds!

....

A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor's great news:

You receive a very large box of cookies in the mail from a
potential vendor, and your regional manager gives you 
permission to eat them all.


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position opening
Interpreter Coordinator - Full Time
Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc
Salisbury, Maryland

Responsibilities: Coordinates all aspects of the Interpreting 
Program to include, scheduling and providing interpreting services 
for a variety of situations for staff, individuals, healthcare 
providers, businesses, etc. through the Eastern Shore; assigns 
and manages the contractual interpreters with various assignments; 
coordinates, manages and facilitates the Interpreter Network 
Committee to assist with planning and promoting workshops for 
local interpreters, Adheres to the Code of Ethics established
by RID.

Qualifications: Fluency in American Sign Language and written 
English, Certification from the Registry of Interpreters (RID) 
or other certification agent preferred, High School degree 
required.  Excellent interpersonal, typing and computer skills. 
Ability to keep confidentiality.  Valid driver's license required 
and good driving record.

Benefits: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Pension, Life, 
Vacation, sick and personal leave.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume to:

Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc.
Human Resources Department
806 Snow Hill Road
Salisbury, Maryland 21804

or fax to 410-543-4874
Or email mailto:dila@dila.org

You may also apply on line at http://www.dila.org

Position is open until filled

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position announcement
Coordinator / P.R.I.D.E. Program (Full-time grant position)
Rochester School for the Deaf
Rochester, NY

DATE POSITION TO BE FILLED:        
As soon as possible
                        
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:                
The Coordinator will assume and perform duties and 
responsibilities to provide employment training and job coaching 
to deaf adults who have additional disabilities.  The Coordinator 
will supervise full-time staff; hire, assign, and supervise job 
coaches; develops and maintains interagency cooperation; develops 
consumer service plans; complete monthly, quarterly, annual reports 
required by RSD and VESID; administer program funds, check requests, 
purchase orders;  and attend and lead meetings as necessary.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:        
Minimum Bachelor's degree in Human Service, Social Work, Counseling, 
Special Education, or Vocational Rehabilitation Prior experience in 
Employment Services

Proficiency in American Sign Language required

Prior experience with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds

FILE APPLICATION WITH:
Harold Mowl, Jr., Superintendent/CEO
Rochester School for the Deaf
1545 St. Paul Street
Rochester, New York 14621

Applications received will be screened and the most highly qualified 
will be asked to interview.

CLOSING DATE:        
Open until filled

RSD is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in 
employment on the basis of non-qualifying disability, race, religion, 
color, sex, marital status, age, national origin, and veteran status

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Employment Opportunities
- Residential Supervisor, 13th Year Transition Program
- Mainstream Coordinator
Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
Pittsburgh, PA

At WPSD, "Our kids come first."  

We are looking for people to join our staff who share this commitment 
and are willing to work with the goal of providing our students with 
the best education, residential and support services possible.  

If you share our commitment to students, please visit our web site at: 
http://www.wpsd.org 

for descriptions of the following job openings at WPSD

- Residential Supervisor, 13th Year Transition Program
- Mainstream Coordinator

Excellent salary and benefit packages available.  Sign Language 
skills, FBI clearance, PA Act 34 and 151 Child Abuse clearances 
are required for all positions.

Send letter and resume to:

Director of Human Resources
Western PA School for the Deaf
300 East Swiss vale Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15218-1469

Fax:   412-244-4211
Email: mailto:hshirey@wpsd.org

EOE

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seeking applicants
Campus Dean of Academic Affairs
Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf
Big Spring, TX

Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (SWCID) is seeking 
applicants for CAMPUS DEAN OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS.  

Position available September 1, 2009.  

Masters degree required, Doctorate degree recognized.  Five (5) 
years related experience in personnel and fiscal management and 
planning and three (3) years teaching experience in higher 
education required.  

Fluency in American Sign Language required.   

The Campus Dean of Academic Affairs is responsible for planning, 
directing,  developing, administering, and supervising the General 
Studies, Career and Technical Education, and Preparatory Studies 
departments. 

Excellent benefits.  Please visit our website at: 

http://www.howardcollege.edu 

for application and complete position notice.

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seeking applicants
Career Placement Counselor
Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf
Big Spring, TX

Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (SWCID) is seeking 
applicants for CAREER PLACEMENT COUNSELOR.  

Position available September 1, 2009.  

Masters degree in Counseling, Vocational Rehabilitation, Social 
Work or Psychology or other related field. LPC, LMSW, CRC, LPC-I 
or a participant in a pre-licensure supervision program.  

Three years related experience required. 

Fluency in American Sign Language required. 

The Career Placement Counselor will provide career development, 
personal counseling services, and career and academic 
assessments to deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

Will assist students and faculty in student internship placement 
opportunities. Must have the ability to work flexible 
hours based on the demand of services and student schedules.

Excellent benefits.  

Please visit our website at http://www.howardcollege.edu 

for application and complete position notice.

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position opening
ASL Mental Health Therapist - Part-time 
Family & Children Services
San Jose, CA

Not-for-profit social services agency seeks counselor to provide
comprehensive mental health services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing
population, including children, youth and adults, 20 hours/week

Responsibilities:

- Provide direct counseling services, crisis intervention, treatment
planning, and case management as needed.

- Consult with psychiatrist or other specialists.

- Refer client to supportive community services.

- Maintain thorough and accurate client records.

- Comply thoroughly with Santa Clara County Mental Health Department
contract documentation, auditing standards, and requirements in a
timely manner (agency will train).

- Participate in BBS-qualifying individual and group supervision by 
MFT / LCSW as required by client contact and license status.

- Provide workshops and presentations, network and collaborate with
other community providers.


Minimum Qualifications:

- ASW or MFTI (MFT or LCSW welcome to apply).

- Direct experience providing clinical and case management services 
to Deaf/HOH population.

- Demonstrated ability to work and communicate well within a 
culturally diverse, multidisciplinary team.

- Some local travel is required.

- Fluent in American Sign Language required and bilingual
English/Spanish encouraged to apply.

Family & Children Services, ( http://www.fcservices.org ), is a 
nonprofit social services agency that is a professionally run 
organization with over 60 years of providing quality services to the 
community.

To apply: please forward your cover letter & resume to:

mailto:hr@fcservices.org.

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position openings
- ASL/Deaf Studies Teacher
- Athletic Director
- Social Worker - Spanish/ASL
- Family Resource Specialist
New York School for the Deaf
White Plains, NY

For full details about these positions and all Fanwood has to offer, 
please visit our website:

http://www.nysd.net

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announcing an opening
Principal
American School for the Deaf
West Hartford, CT

CLOSING DATE:        Until filled.

The American School for the Deaf is located on a 54 acre campus 
in West Hartford, Connecticut.  It is a residential and day 
program operating as a state-aided private school.  It was 
established in 1817 as the first permanent school for the deaf 
in America.  The program is a comprehensive center-based 
and community-based educational program serving deaf and 
hard-of-hearing students from preschool through high school, 
and adult service program, utilizing a total communication 
philosophy.  


SCOPE OF DUTIES:
Under the direction of the Director of Education, supervises 
the work of teachers, teacher aides, and clerical staff for a 
specific educational department of the American School for the 
Deaf.  Exercises considerable leadership, ingenuity and 
flexibility to adapt a program to fit the needs, abilities, and 
conditions peculiar to deaf students.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
Master's Degree in Education of the Deaf, State of CT Teacher 
Certification, State of CT Intermediate Supervision Certificate 
or ability to secure same.  Minimum SCPI level of Intermediate 
Plus.  

Send resume and letter of application to:   

Human Resources
American School for the Deaf
139 North Main Street
West Hartford, CT  06107-1269
        
For more information visit our website:     

http://www.asd-1817.org 

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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:

http://deafdigest.com/ddtp

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position opening (contingent on funding)
Tenure Track Faculty position
Gallaudet University
Washington, DC

seeking full time tenure track faculty member who will be
assigned to one of the following departments:

- Psychology
- Linguistics
- Education
- ASL/Deaf Studies

to read the position description and on application procedures,
please click on:

http://deafdigest.com/gallaudetfaculty

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open positions
Austine School for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
Brattleboro, Vermont

The Austine School for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing is a state 
approved pre-k through 12th grade comprehensive educational program 
promoting excellence and life-long learning.  

Due to expanding programs, we are looking for quality people with 
the abilities to serve our students with compassion and energy.  

- Educational Interpreter
Part-time (possible Full time)
Location: Brattleboro, VT

Responsibilities:

Interpret for the Deaf &  Hard of Hearing students at local high 
school.
Work   w/ individual students to promote desirable academic and 
behavioral progress.
Promote Deaf Culture  & the social, emotional & physical growth of 
students

Requirements:
Fluency in ASL
Educational Interpreting Experience
Successful completion of an Interpreter Training Program
If not already RID certified, willingness to become certified 
within 3 years. 


- Director of Little Arrows Daycare-Brattleboro, VT
Full time (40 hrs) 12 months
BA in Early Childhood Ed, MA preferred
3 yrs teaching experience
Fluency in ASL
Develop and direct exciting new program to serve both Deaf and 
   hearing children 
 
- Teacher of the Deaf at Brattleboro, VT
Full-time (40 hrs/week) with benefits-10 month 
Proficiency in ASL & English
Master Degree in Deaf Education
VT License in Special Ed or Deaf Ed within 1 year of employment
Apply knowledge of child development, special needs, curriculum, 
assessment, classroom management and discipline techniques, 
   utilize technology in instruction 
position available in several subjects

- Teacher of the Deaf/Blind at Brattleboro, VT
Part-time (30hrs. /week) with benefits-10 month 

- Classroom Paraprofessional at Brattleboro, VT
Part-time or full-time

- Occupational Therapist/ Physical Therapist-Brattleboro, VT
Part-time position, 4 -5 hrs a week - 
Knowledge of ASL preferred

- Nursing Position-Brattleboro, VT
VT state Licensure required
Willingness to learn ASL
CPR cert. preferred
Per-Diem, some holiday/weekend resp.

Application procedures:

Interested persons are to apply in person at Austine School 
for the Deaf, off Maple Street (Building- Holton Hall, 2nd 
floor) in Brattleboro, VT or submit a resume or letter of 
interest to Kelly Therieau. Her email address is: 
mailto:ktherieau@vcdhh.org

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Special notes:

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