DeafDigest Gold – August 12, 2012

DeafDigest Gold – August 12, 2012

Gold edition            Barry Strassler, Editor – updated every Monday

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 8, 2012


— A Girl Scout troop shuts down to avoid interpreter costs!

Juliette Low, a deaf woman, founded the Girl Scouts and
died in 1927. If she was alive today she would have been
shocked. A Chicago area girl scout troop went out of business.
This troop did not want to pay for an interpreter for
their deaf member! The Girl Scouts of the USA, a wealthy
organization, can easily pay for the interpreter, but
will not!

— New uses for old, beaten up hearing aid molds

Many of us that wore hearing aids also needed ear molds.
When molds wear out, we get new molds and throw out the
old molds. Well, in Kenya, old molds are given to
deaf kids at deaf schools! Gross? Yes, to us, but not
to these deaf Kenyans!



— A deaf balloon artist in Iowa

Ricky Rowray is deaf and lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
He is well known for his tricks and skills while making
balloons into bears, flowers, fishing pole, etc.
Everyone loves watching him perform these balloon tricks.
And he often performs alone without interpreters, as the
audience understands his gestures and his body language


— Do deaf people really want to be truck drivers?

There has been a push to get the government to allow
the deaf to drive trucks across state lines. This is fine,
but there are pros and cons!

1. big demand for truck drivers
2. average pay is $40,000-$60,000 per year (some jobs pay higher)

1. must pay $6,000 to attend truck driving school (will VR pay?)
2. big risk driving 80,000 pound trucks without voice devices
3. lonely lifestyle, no social life, uncomfortable bed in back
4. heavy pressure to keep up with trucking routes

Driving trucks is a very tough job for a hearing person, let alone
a deaf person!


— A new deaf comic book coming out soon

A new comic book is coming out. The name is Signs And Voices.
The characters are 4 Deaf Heroes with a Deaf King. Where
will the comic book be sold? Sorry, not in USA, but in
Great Britain!

DeafDigest Blue – August 5, 2012

DeafDigest Blue – August 5, 2012

Blue Edition              Barry Strassler, Editor – updated every Monday

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


Top stories about the deaf:

A leader in Solomon Islands said that of all these
disabled groups in his nation, the deaf is the most
neglected one.

If you are deaf and are not a citizen of India, and
you are arrested for a crime, the government of
India has no legal obligation to provide a sign
language interpreter for non-citizens!

The House of Commons in United Kingdom is going to investigate
why the Applied Language Solutions, a sign language interpreting
company, is not doing its job, especially with a £300m that
was awarded them by the government. There were many interpreter
no-shows on interpreting assignments involving that company.

Deafness at the Olympics? Yes, as we have three deaf Americans
taking part. Also British children signing the national
anthem. One deaf Irish athlete missed making it with the
Ireland Olympic team. Several deaf runners carried the
Olympic torch. And the captioning of the Olympics were sometimes
good, sometimes bad.

Cochlear implant failures are decreasing. Says who, says the
Maude. Maude? It is an acronym for Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience, a private group that tracks
CI successes and failures. The latest Maude report was
issued August 1st.

The Deaf Bilingual Coalition has changed its name to
Alliance for Deaf Bilingual Children, and also has
changed its mission. They are still calling themselves
by the same acronym – DBC


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We have a law that says all TV sets, larger than 13 inches
must have captions.
In Boston, DeafDigest editor and his wife entered a
taxi cab that had a small TV set behind the front seat.
That small TV set was not captioned. Just bad deaf luck!

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of each DeafDigest edition)



Did Dummy Hoy smoke cigarettes? Do look at the picture,
and either be surprised or not surprised!


DeafDigest editor was on vacation. He was staying at a hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In the hotel lobby, there was a coffee shop. He wanted
a coffee cake – and pointed at it behind the counter.
The man behind the counter was an immigrant whose lips
could not be read. It was a back and forth struggle until
another clerk saw it and solved the communication problem.

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It was just learned that a deaf man served as
a mayor of a village in Japan. It was Yokoo Yoshitomo-san,
who served as mayor in 1951 of Oguro Town, located in
Northeastern Japan.

This updates the list of elected deaf public officials at:


We, the deaf, are ever so lucky to live in USA. Saudi
Arabia allows the deaf to enroll at their colleges.
But there is a serious drawback to this privilege. The
deaf cannot just take any class or any major. They are
restricted to a short list of classes they can attend!
Simply put, if a deaf Saudi Arabian wants to study
medicine, and if the college says no, then it is bad luck.


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The Delaware governor signed two deaf bills into laws –
infant screenings and distribution of analog communication
This is great. What might have helped push harder on
both bills?
One of the sponsors is Rep. Quinn Johnson, D-Middletown.
He is the father of a deaf child.

Sequestration? What does that mean? It is a new
buzzword in politics – that refers to budget cuts
in federal funds.
Deaf Sequestration? Yes – look at these ugly budget
cuts in deaf education, deaf social services, etc.


interpreters having to listen to personal comments
about their spouses, especially if one spouse is
a hearing interpreter and the other spouse is
well known in the deaf community

if you have these “hate” or “horror” stories, please


Names can lead to many word boundary problems for captioners and CART
providers.  Captioners write phonetically syllable by syllable on
their steno machines.

Someone might say “Where is the bag Dad brought in from the

I’m sure you can see the trouble for a captioner.  That sentence may
translate as “Where is the Baghdad brought in from the car?”

A captioner must be alert and try to anticipate when something may
translate incorrectly, but sometimes errors will be made.  If someone
is speaking over 200 words a minute, and the captioner is attempting
to hear, understand, and write everything that is being said, some
word boundary problems may slip through the cracks.

Because many syllables that are parts of words can also be the first
or last syllable of names, sometimes the computer will hook the
syllable together with the wrong word.

Someone could say “We are going to add Amtrak to our list of

A captioner or CART provider would need to be cautious that that
didn’t translate as “We are going to Adam track to our list of

Trying to anticipate these sorts of problems in advance can sometimes
be a difficult task.


you tell a hearing person that you are deaf; as a
result, the hearing person shouts at you!

(Every deaf person, no matter if it is ASL, oral,
Cued Speech, late-deafened, hearing aid user, CI user, etc, share these pet peeves. You may laugh or cry)


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The Deaf and the Law:

Failure to provide an interpreter for a deaf patient
has cost a New Jersey doctor $10,000 – per agreement
before this case went to the courts


News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

End of an era for Deaf Printers of Washington, DC. Years ago
the Washington Post and the Government Printing Office (GPO) were known
as good places were deaf printers could earn a good living.
Not any more. Washington Post bought out all printers, including
the deaf, a couple of years back.
And at the Government Printing Office there are just a few
deaf employees left and there may be none in the near future.
The federal government has ordered the agencies to outsource
their printing jobs instead of funneling all these to the GPO.
What this means is no more printing business for GPO, and hence
no need for more printers.


News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

If you are deaf and live in Peru and fall
in love and want to get married, you have
two choices:

– don’t get married
– move out of Peru

Why? There is a law, on books since 1984, that
disallows disabled people, the deaf included,
from getting married! It is located in
Article 241 – Section 4 in Peru’s Civil Code.
Not surprisingly, the disabled groups are
fighting the law. They made a big stink out of it
in a newspaper story earlier this week.

(editor’s note: this law has since then been


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

David Smith, who is deaf, is a member of the USA
Olympics volleyball team. He played volleyball at
University of California at Irvine. Anyway, his
college coach said:

There is a David Smith Rule. It means when David
wants the ball, other teammates leave him alone – it is because he cannot hear signals from his teammates.

Normally hearing volleyball player shout commands
with each other while in action on the floor.

Smith, by the way, knows no ASL.


A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

In New York, a hearing person told his deaf friend:

I am going to Pratt

Pratt, as in Pratt Institute, one of the world’s best
architectural colleges?

Why would he be saying that?

He actually said:

I am going to Pret (a sandwich chain in New York, Chicago
and Washington, DC)



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position announcement
Overnight Child Care Supervisor
Walden School (at Learning Center for the Deaf) Framingham, MA

Overnight Child Care Supervisor

If you are interested in applying please apply online:

and submit a cover letter, resume, application (found on website) as well
as three references and/or letters of recommendation to

All documents are required to move the application process forward.

Each application will be carefully reviewed, and those candidates who are
most qualified will be invited for an interview. The Learning Center for
the Deaf is an EOE.


job announcement
Webmaster/IT Support Specialist
Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency
San Leandro, CA

Part-Time Non-Exempt

DCARA is an At-Will and Equal Opportunity Employer.  The Webmaster/IT Support specialist position maintains DCARA’s website and provides IT support to all staff.  This is a part-time position (.75 FTE, 30 hours a week), reporting to the Director of Community Relations.

WEBSITE:   Maintain, edit, and update the DCARA website: –    Post and delete flyers/announcements; –    Create event/action pages; –    Set up online registrations and notifications; –    Maintain calendar of events; –    Add links to other web pages; –    Maintain internal employee website; –    Provide technical support for information and referral, and fundraising efforts; –    Provide technical support for database functions.

AV/DOCUMENTARY SUPPORT: –    Provide personnel and equipment support for internal staff meetings, agency workshops and events.
–    Film and/or photograph DCARA events, and add to website; –    Edit, caption, and upload DCARA video footage;

IT SUPPORT: –    Maintain and troubleshoot computers, servers, peripherals, other equipment and networks for all staff in all DCARA locations; –    Perform upgrades/updates/backups as needed and coordinate purchase of new computers and/or equipment, as directed;
–    Maintain and provide custom SQL reporting for in-house DCARA database;

GENERAL: –    Coordinate special projects delegated by the Director of Community Relations; –    Coordinate DCARA staff trainings.
–    Facilitate Website Committee

REQUIRED SKILLS: At least 3 years of experience in computer usage/maintenance, networking, technology and/or website maintenance.  BA in a computer science or technology-related field preferred.
–    Extensive knowledge of Windows XP/Vista operating system and related applications, such as MS Office 2007 (Word, Outlook, Publisher, Excel, and PowerPoint); Knowledge of MacIntosh operating systems (OS X).
–    Demonstrated knowledge and experience administering Windows Server 2003 and 2008.
–    Strong knowledge of website maintenance and HTML/PHP/CSS editing; experience with Joomla preferred.
–    Knowledge of ASP.NET/SQL Server 2008 preferred; Knowledge of SQL
–    Knowledge of scripting language such as Powershell, Ruby, or Python preferred;
–    Experience with editing video and streaming video online; experience with Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro preferred.
–    Demonstrated ability to work well with others and to initiate projects independently.
–    Proficiency in American Sign Language and English; Positive cultural perspective of Deaf people.
–    Able to travel during the work week and throughout the DCARA service area.

SALARY & BENEFITS: Salary is negotiable dependent on experience and education. DCARA offers full medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits in addition to 12 days of holiday leave plus one week paid winter holiday.

DEADLINE:  Monday, August 20, 2012 at 5pm

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Send DCARA application ( under About/Jobs), cover letter, resume & three references via mail, email or fax to:

Human Resources/DCARA Headquarters
14895 East 14th Street, Suite 200
San Leandro, CA. 94578

Fax: 510.483.2526


Position Vacancy
Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)
Kansas School for the Deaf
Olathe, KS

The Kansas School for the Deaf, 450 East Park St., Olathe KS 66061, is
currently seeking qualified individuals for the following positions for
the 2012- 2013 school year.


Placement made within agency guidelines on salary schedule depending upon
professional background and experience.  KSD offers excellent benefits
(Full Time Positions Only).  Applicants will be screened and the most
highly qualified applicants will be invited for an interview session.
Positions are open until filled.  KSD is located in the Heartland of the
USA, part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.  For area info on
excellent school and affordable housing check out:

For an application and a job announcement, please refer to our website at or contact Ann Troyer, Human Resources Professional, at
(913) 791-0501 (V/TTY) for further details on the positions.  Email:   Fax #913/780-6563

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open positions
Louisiana School for the Deaf
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

La Schools for the Deaf & Visually Impaired is accepting applications for the following positions: DEAF MENTOR, TEACHER, EDUCATIONAL INTERPRETER, PARA EDUCATOR.

For details and to place your application visit

For assistance call 225-757-3213.


position opening
Deaf Specialist/ Program Developer
Oakland County Community Mental Health (OCCMHA)
Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network (OIHN)
Oakland County, Michigan

Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network

Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network is a non-profit organization created by the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority (OCCMHA) with the support of its network of mental health services providers and the Oakland County Health Department.

OIHN will provide affordable healthcare services for the community. It welcomes those with any insurance, including Medicaid, Medicare, and Veterans health care, and offers coordination of services for persons with mental illness and developmental disabilities.

Studies show that these populations traditionally have less access to care and consequently lower overall health status.

Using an integrated healthcare approach, OIHN coordinates all health-related services for these individuals at one location. This approach ensures patients receive the care they need, in the most appropriate setting, and from a team focused on managing their care over the long term.

As the first site in the Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network, Doctors. Hospital of Michigan will continue to serve Pontiac residents and neighboring communities as it has for more than 35 years. The Family Medicine Center at Doctors’ Hospital of Michigan offers more than 20 licensed physicians, a full support staff, and primary care services for all ages.

OIHN and OCCMHA are pleased to announce the opening of a Deaf Specialist/Program
Developer position.

Job Description:
Deaf Specialist/ Program Developer
Oakland County Community Mental Health (OCCMHA)
Oakland Integrated Healthcare Network (OIHN)
This is a professional position to provide specialized mental health and care coordination services at integrated medical-mental health facilities for individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and their family members.

1. Must have native-like skills in American Sign Language (Advanced Plus rating on the SLPI – Sign Language Proficiency Interview).
2. Possession of an LMSW, LLP, or LP required.
3. Knowledge of the mental health system in the Tri-county area.
4. Ability to work with local community-based agencies.
5. Ability to work with a wide range of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals of all ages.
6. Knowledgeable about resources in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities.
7. Clinical experience with people who have a range of mental health needs, including
substance abuse, depression, psychosis and developmental disabilities.
8. Ability to work with people who are language dysfluent.
9. Ability to travel around Oakland County.
10. 5 – 10 years of clinical experience in the mental health field.
11. Fluency in written English.
12. Ability to learn Electronic Health Record system(s) and document in such systems.

1. Provide counseling and treatment to Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals and their families with mental health needs.
2. Work with OIHN Care Teams at various locations to ensure that all Deaf and Hard of Hearing people have an individual care plan.
3. Assist in orienting new patients to OCCMHA and OIHN services.
4. Ability to develop comprehensive mental health services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.
5. Conduct in-service trainings for collaborating organizations (including hospitals) about the needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients.
6. Education the Deaf community about substance abuse and mental illness, including availability of services.
7. Act as a resource to clinicians who are working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals about the unique needs of the community.
8. Work with sub-contractors to develop accessible, linguistic and culturally sensitive, direct support services.
9. Develop empirically supported treatment plans with clients and monitor outcomes.
10. File client documentation according to state and federal laws.
11. Work with the surrounding counties to promote the use of Oakland County services to clients who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing; hire and supervise staff as necessary.
12. Run support groups for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, their hearing children, and/or parents of Deaf children in order to maximize positive outcomes for clients.
13. Attend school IEPs when appropriate.
14. Assessment of client’s physical health needs to refer to medical specialists when appropriate.

Applicants will be rated on the basis of an evaluation of their education, training, experience and ASL skills. Applicants should provide adequate work history that identifies experiences related to the duties and qualifications as mentioned above.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deadline: August 30, 2012

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to:
Mr. Jeff Brown, Director
Oakland County Community Mental Health
c/o Chris Hench
30301 Northwestern Highway, Suite 100
Farmington Hills, MI 48334


position vacancy
Outreach Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)
Kansas School for the Deaf
Olathe, KD

The Kansas School for the Deaf, 450 East Park St., Olathe, KS  66061, is currently seeking qualified individuals for the following positions for the  2012 – 2013 school year:


Placement made within agency guidelines on salary schedule depending upon professional background and experience. KSD offers excellent benefits (Full Time Positions Only).  Applicants will be screened and the most highly qualified applicants will be invited for an interview session. Positions are open until filled.  KSD is located in the Heartland of the USA, part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.  For area info on excellent schools and affordable housing check out: and

For an application and a job announcement, please refer to our website at or contact Ann Troyer, Human Resources Professional, at (913) 791-0501 (V/TTY) for further details on the positions.  E-mail:  Fax #:  913/780-6563

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Job Opening
Creative Director CSD
Austin, TX

CSD is a great place to work, learn, grow and contribute. Throughout
all our locations across the country and abroad, we work towards a
common goal and contribute to the collective greater good and mission
of CSD. We believe in teamwork, shared ideas, and creating solutions
while respecting individuality and innovation.

We are looking for a Creative Director to join our team.

Our Creative Director will be CSD’s chief storyteller and lead
professional responsible for the global promotion of CSD’s
brand and innovative communications solutions.  The Director will
collaborate with various internal and external production resources
to conceptualize, develop and deploy compelling digital campaigns
that create a greater awareness of and demand for our company’s
products and services.   This position will manage and build
communication channels while comfortably maintaining dialogue with
our consumers and stakeholders.  The Director will also inspire and
produce ideas for the packaging and promotion of  our company’s
products and services.

The Creative Director position is based in Austin, Texas and will
work closely with and act as a part of our CSD Technology+Design
Studio and business development teams. For more information about our
technology+design studio, and current happenings with CSD, check out
our blog. You can also find us on:   Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and

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We Value Public Service, Communication Access and Technology.
We Aspire to Make a Difference.

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position opening
Interim Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Physical Disabilities Advisor
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI

Position Number:     02039327
Working Title:     Interim Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Physical Disabilities Advisor
Position Type:     Non-Teaching Academic Staff
Department:     B056035 SAC-Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program
Description of School/College/Dept/Program:

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) invites nominations and applications for a fixed term academic staff position of Advisor (working title, Interim Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Physical Disabilities Advisor(DHH-PD Advisor)
UWM, a Doctoral/Research Extensive university, is Wisconsin’s premier public urban university offering a comprehensive liberal arts and professional education to its 30,000 students. The Student Accessibility Center (SAC) is located in the Division of Academic Affairs and the DHH-PD Advisor reports to the Assistant Director of SAC. SAC provides academic support services to approximately 720 students with disabilities. The DHH-PD Advisor will be responsible for maintaining a caseload of about 65-70 students.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

The primary purpose of the DHH-PD Advisor is to assess and provide reasonable and appropriate academic support services and accommodations to students and prospective students who are deaf or hard of hearing and those who have physical disabilities. The DHH-PD Advisor serves as a disability specialist, interprets disability documentation to determine eligibility and appropriate academic accommodations for students, manages student caseload, provide advocacy, and provides academic study-skills assistance to SAC students. The secondary purpose is providing consultation, education and training to the campus community about accommodating students with disabilities and ensuring compliance with the ADA, serving as a resource to the campus and community, and representing UWM, SAC and the DHH Program in outreach activities. The Advisor will also assist with the D/HH Program’s outreach and other program projects as assigned. This position is a twelve-month 100% academic staff.

Minimum Qualifications: – Fluency in American Sign Language and ability to communicate using multiple sign language modes.
– Bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation, special education or related field required
– Working knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
– For consideration of Associate prefix title, 0-2 years of experience working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population.
– For consideration No prefix title, 2-4 years of experience working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population.
– For consideration of Senior prefix title, 4 or more years of experience working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population.

Preferred Qualifications: – Master’s degree in rehabilitation, special education or related field.
– Experience in the higher education environment.
– Working knowledge of Deaf culture and issues relating to hearing loss.
– Working knowledge of accommodation services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.
– Working knowledge of Physical and Mobility disabilities.
– Excellent English communication skills; both oral and written.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Complete application materials must include a letter of application addressing educational and professional level work experience as it relates to all required and preferred qualifications, a professional resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references. All finalists for this position will be required to participate in a criminal records review consistent with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act and will be required to submit an official copy of their college transcript.

If continuous, indicate initial application review date. Posted until Date:     07/24/2012
Open Until Filled     No
Position Contact Name:     Shannon Aylesworth
Contact Person Phone Number:     414-229-3340
Contact Person Email:
EEO Statement:

UWM is an AA/EEO Employer
ADA Policy

For this position, applicants are required to apply online. UWM will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Additionally, applicants must complete all required fields and attach any required documents. The process is complete when the message “Your application has been submitted” is displayed and you receive a confirmation number. It is the policy of UWM to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are applicants for employment. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact or 414-229-4463. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual’s disability.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

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position opening
Health Project Coordinator
The National Center for Deaf Health Research
at University of Rochester
Rochester, NY

The National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR) at the University of Rochester will hire a new Health Project Coordinator this summer.
The Health Project Coordinator will work on several NCDHR research projects, in collaboration with the NCDHR Research Team.

Responsibilities include:
Recruitment and outreach about NCDHR research programs with the Rochester Deaf community
Lead healthy lifestyle intervention groups and individual intervention sessions over videophone
Coordinate recruitment and survey administration for the NCDHR Deaf Health Survey 2, starting Fall 2012
Coordinate outreach and education efforts to inform the Rochester Deaf community about HEART: Health Engagement and Action for Rochesters Transformation

Experience and familiarity with Deaf culture and Deaf health is highly preferred. Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL) is required.  A Masters degree in health, education, or psychology related fields is preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, such as a Bachelors degree with major coursework in a related field and at least 2 years of related experience.

If you would like to apply, please send your resume to:
Carlene Mowl

Carlene Mowl
National Center for Deaf Health Research
University of Rochester Medical Center
Box 708
265 Crittenden Blvd
Rochester, NY 14642

If you have any questions about this position, please call Carlene at 585-286-5042 (videophone) or 585-273-1173 (voice)


position opening
MCD Finance and Operations Director
The Maine Center on Deafness (MCD)
Portland, ME

The Maine Center on Deafness (MCD) is seeking an experienced Finance Director.  The successful candidate will have experience in non-profit accounting, QuickBooks Financial and QuickBooks POS, and be proficient in both Microsoft Excel and Word.  Applicants must have an understanding of and the ability to manage all financial processes, such as detailed daily accounting functions, as well as higher-level accounting functions.  Such functions to include: AP; AR; processing payroll; monitoring cash flow; financial and grant reporting; budgeting and analysis; monitoring internal controls; year-end accounting close; and preparing for annual audits conducted by the State of Maine and an independent CPA firm.

This position is also responsible for all HR functions as well as many operational duties.

This is a stand-alone position; therefore the candidate must be comfortable and experienced as a hands-on accounting/finance/HR/operational professional.  Applicants must possess excellent interpersonal, communication and writing, time management and follow-through skills.   They must be a self-starter able to manage multiple assignments with minimal oversight, and must be able to work effectively as a member of a small team. Compensation depends on experience.  BS in accounting and 3-4 years of progressive experience in non-profit management and accounting are required. Knowledge of Deaf culture and ASL skills are highly desired.

MCD is an equal opportunity employer.  All applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, or gender orientation.

To apply, please forward your cover letter and resume to:

Elissa Moran
Maine Center on Deafness
68 Bishop St, Suite 3
Portland, ME 04103


position opening
Professional Child and Adolescent Therapist Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program Volunteers of America – MN Mental Health Clinics St. Cloud, MN

Salary range: $ 48,000 – $55,000

Volunteers of America –  MN is a nonprofit organization founded in 1896. We are one of the oldest and largest health and human service organizations in the state.  With a rich history of developing innovative programs to meet emerging social issues, we have 900 employees in central MN allowing us to serve 14,000 people in need every year.

Our Mental Health Clinics is seeking a dynamic professional therapist as we expand our services for deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) youth and their families in the St. Cloud area.  VOA-MN’s DHH program has been well established and successful in the greater Twin Cities and Faribault areas for over a decade in providing clinic, home and community-based mental health services; we are now looking to take our expertise and strong ability to create new sustainable programming to an area in need of our services. This effort is supported by the MN Department of Human Services, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division who has provided a one-year grant to offset the financial cost of branching into this new territory.

We are looking for a Professional Therapist, fluent in ASL, who also possesses the passion and skills to build the program from the ground up. This involves community outreach skills in order to establish relationships including social networking and understanding business fundamentals such as budgets, and marketing to promote services and outcomes.  Within a 12-month period we would expect that the therapy role would be the primary focus as the program and client base would be established and able to sustain.

If you are seeking a challenging opportunity serving youth and their families that also allows you to flex your therapist skills and business savvy simultaneously, this may be the position for you.

–    Minimum of a M.A. degree in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology, Social Work or related Behavioral Health field –    Licensed as a mental health professional in the state of MN
–    Ability to work independently with direct supervision occurring from a remote site -.    Fluent in ASL and written English –    Ability to develop and maintain relationships in a diverse-rich environment
–    Ability to complete required reports, case files, and other paperwork  in a timely manner
–    Valid drivers license

Preferred Qualifications:
–    Experienced in programming for children with mental health disorders
–    Knowledge of video technology used by deaf and hard-of-hearing people

VOA-MN staff makes the difference in the quality of services we provide our clients. We value the expertise they bring to our organization as well as the compassion, integrity, and innovations that help us live our mission daily. VOA-MN provides competitive salaries as well as a range of benefits including:

–    Medical Insurance –    Dental Insurance –    Earn 15 paid vacation days per year –    Earn 6 sick days per year
–    10 paid holidays –    Vision Plan –    Company-sponsored wellness initiatives –    403 (b) retirement savings plan
–    Life insurance –    Short-term disability
–    Long-term disability –    Flexible Spending Account
–    Ongoing educational opportunities –    Credit union membership available

Learn more about our organization or to apply, visit

We are happy to assist you if you have any questions. Please contact us by email (please reference Mental Health Professional – St. Cloud in the subject line):


An EOE and Veteran Friendly Employer


position opening
Permanent Head of School for July 2013
The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
Philadelphia, PA

Coed Day School
200 students, Pre-school-Grade 12

Located in Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (PSD), the third oldest school of its kind in the United States, is a premier provider of specialized educational services for students who are deaf and hard of hearing in preparation for further education or successful employment.  Its comprehensive programs range from early intervention programs for infants, toddlers and their families to the high school program with a largely academic focus, with the goal of post-secondary and/or vocational preparation.  PSD has 200 students, over 200 faculty/staff, and an operating budget of $14 million.

The Board of Trustees has appointed an interim Head of School for the 2012-2013 school year.

It seeks a permanent Head of School for July 2013 who is:
– An energetic, dynamic and visionary educator who will take PSD to the forefront of educating deaf and hard of hearing students.
– Someone with a deep understanding and appreciation for Deaf culture and the ability to communicate comfortably and well with both deaf and hearing people.
– An educator with proven school leadership experience, adept at problem solving, sound decision-making and prudent fiscal management.
– A person with an appreciation for diversity who will continue to foster it throughout the community. – A visible presence throughout the School–approachable, consultative and decisive. – An active listener and excellent communicator, both orally and in writing.
– An articulate spokesperson for PSD who will be effective in advocating at the state level as well as with potential donors, prospective families, and the community at large.
– An individual who will work collaboratively with the Board, and together with them articulate a vision for the School, build consensus, and further the implementation of the strategic plan as well as commit to ongoing planning for the future.

Applications including a letter of interest, resume, personal statement, and list of five references should be sent by August 10, 2012 to Jean Lamont, or Deirdre Ling,

Inquiries can be made to Jean Lamont (203-605-6975) or Deirdre Ling (508-423-1605).


position notice
Executive Dean, #12-301
SouthWest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf
Big Spring, Texas

Official transcripts as well as any other documents disclosing
credentials pertaining to this position will be required. Will be subject to a criminal background check.

Experience and other qualifications required:
Master’s degree required.  A minimum o four (4) and up to eight (8) years of recognized and related leadership experience required, preferable in the community college setting.  Legal experience desired.  Administrative experience including community relations, program development, budgeting and eLearning preferred.  Must have strong interpersonal skills and understanding of the SWCID community and the desire to explore and acquire new knowledge to further the needs of the campus. Proficiency in American Sign Language and comprehensive understanding of Deaf culture and education, demonstrated ability to provide created leadership and a commitment to the principles of Continuous Quality Improvement.

DESCRIPTION OF JOB DUTIES:    The Executive Dean- SWCID provides leadership for the instructional and support services of the SWCID campus and supervises campus compliance with all HCJCD policies and procedures, interfaces with educational and civic leaders to promote Howard College-SWCID and serves as a member of the Administrative Cabinet and other internal and external councils and committees as well as participates in the SWCID Foundation. The Executive Dean-SWCID is the lead administrator on matters related to instruction and support services on the SWCID campus. For a complete list of job duties please refer to the job description.

SALARY RANGE:             $60,077 – $68,779

POSITION AVAILABLE:        Immediately

TO APPLY: Send completed application and other materials to:
Howard County Junior College District
Human Resources Office
1001 Birdwell Lane
Big Spring, TX  79720

(432) 264-5100 phone

POSTED:                May 23, 2012

It is the intent of the Howard County Junior College District to provide equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, religion or veteran’s status or any other protected class.  Contact the Personnel Office if assistance is needed during the application process.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires all employees hired after November 6, 1986 to provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States.


announcing an opening
Art Teacher – Elementary School
The American School for the Deaf
West Harford, CT

CLOSING DATE:     Until filled.

The American School for the Deaf (ASD) 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 current service load is approximately 215.

Under the supervision of the Elementary Principal/Assistant Principal, instructs Elementary School students in art subjects to include regular, Deaf with Special Needs (DSN) and/or PACES students.

Master’s Degree in Education of the Deaf with consideration given to applicants with a concentration in Art, appropriate State of CT Teacher Certification.  SCPI Level of Advanced.  Good judgment.  Ability to work in a collaborative setting.  Ability to work flexible hours when needed. Certification 042-ART and/or 057 (Deaf Education ) preferred

(a)    Compensation range based union contract. (b)     Retirement, group health insurance, and other fringe benefits are available

Send resume and letter of application to:

Human Resources Office
American School for the Deaf
139 North Main Street
West Hartford, CT  06107-1269

FAX (860) 570-1832


position opening
RID Executive Director The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc
Alexandria, VA

The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID) is a 501(c)(3) association with more than 15,000 members. The mission of RID is to support the continued growth of the profession of sign language interpreting by ensuring excellence in the delivery of interpretation and transliteration services between people who are deaf or hard of hearing and people who are hearing. As such, RID is seeking a proven leader to serve as executive director; the ideal candidate is dedicated to promoting the welfare and growth of individual interpreters and the profession of interpretation and transliteration as a whole. RID currently employs 17 full-time staff and has an annual budget of $3 million. RID is located in Alexandria, Virginia.

1.    A Master’s degree or equivalent education; Certification in Association Management (CAE) preferred
2.    7-10  years. experience in a similar sized association (preferably nonprofit) and excellent financial management skills and communication skills with diverse audiences
3.    Cultural and linguistic knowledge and understanding of the deaf community; proficiency in American Sign Language is strongly preferred

For the detailed job description, qualifications and application process, please visit the RID Web site at

Deadline for applications: July 2, 2012. Scheduled interviews for this position will occur in August and September, 2012, with hiring to be finalized on or before December 31, 2012.

The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.


position opening
Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in the Department of Deaf Studies and
Deaf Education
Lamar University
College of Fine Arts and Communication
Beaumont, Texas

Applications and nominations are invited for a faculty position in the Deaf Studies and Deaf Education Department, pending available funding.

Faculty reports to the Chair of the Deaf Studies and Deaf Education Department. The University seeks a person with high energy, enthusiasm and vision to work within the department that is in the process of programmatic expansion. The Department offers coursework at the undergraduate level in the area of American Sign Language (BA-ASL), at the graduate level with a Master’s degree (MS-Deaf Studies/Deaf Education and Doctoral degree Ed.D.) in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. In addition the BA and MS areas offer coursework leading to teacher certification. The successful candidate will possess strong teaching, research, and writing skills. The candidate must possess strong leadership skills and interpersonal skills with demonstrated work experiences with colleagues exhibiting positive collegiality.

Responsibilities include:
1. Advise and counsel undergraduate ASL majors and graduate majors in Masters and Doctoral Deaf Education programs.
2. Teach undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral courses within the Department as program needs mandate.
3. Serve on departmental, college, and university committees as necessary.
4. Conduct research, scholarly activities, and grant writing to meet program needs.
5. Provide supervision for department majors during field experiences.
6. Meet other day-to-day responsibilities of the faculty position as necessary.

The University seeks a person with knowledge, skills and proficiencies in providing training to students in careers related to ASL Studies and Deaf/Studies Education. The successful candidate will have:

1. Fluency in American Sign Language
2. An earned doctoral degree in Deaf Education, American Sign Language, Linguistics, or a closely related field. ABDs may be considered.
3. Knowledge of Deaf culture and extensive personal and professional experiences within the Deaf community.
4. Ability to demonstrate depth of knowledge regarding the EC-12 application of ASL/English bilingual education and evidence based practices.
5. Ability to demonstrate depth of knowledge and understanding in ASL acquisition by L1 and L2 learners.
6. Demonstrated teaching, research and publication skills.
Preference will be given to candidates:
1) who are Native ASL user.
2) with three years of classroom experience with EC-12 deaf children.
3) with experience supervising student teachers.
4) with university teaching experience.
5) with certification in Deaf Education and/or ASL at the state-level (any state).

Lamar University is a member of The Texas State University System, has an enrollment of approximately 14,000 students, and offers a wide variety of baccalaureate and masters degrees, as well as doctorates in four disciplines. Lamar faculty have a strong commitment to teaching excellence combined with research. Non-traditional students comprise almost 25% of the student enrollment at this culturally diverse, metropolitan university, while 70 percent of the student body is full-time and under the age of 25. Located on the banks of the Neches River in Southeast Texas, Beaumont is only 85 miles from Houston and 35 miles from the Gulf of Mexico beaches. Leisure opportunities abound nearby in the Big Thicket National Preserve and lake areas of East Texas. A wide range of cultural activities are provided through a regional symphony orchestra, art museum, historic houses, opera, ballet and theater companies. The cultural centers of Houston and Galveston offer many kinds of aesthetic enrichment. A year-round temperate climate increases opportunities for outdoor recreational activities.

The position will be available for the Fall of 2012. This is a 9-month position with the possibility of Summer teaching opportunities. This will be a tenured-track position with rank and salary appropriate to experience and evidence of a terminal degree. Review of applications will begin May 18th, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled. “This position is security-sensitive and subject to Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, complete curriculum vitae and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of five references to: Chair of the Deaf Studies and Deaf Education Faculty Search Committee, c/o Human Resources Lamar University, P. O. Box 11127, Beaumont, Texas 77710. If you have questions, please call (409.880.8170) or email Dr. Tony Martin at

Lamar University is an equal opportunity employer that actively seeks and encourages nominations and expressions of interest from members of groups that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education. The Department of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education also expresses interest in applications from individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.



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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 Manager
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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