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DeafDigest Blue – April 21, 2013

DeafDigest Blue – April 21, 2013

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.



DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Nathie Marbury,
who departed us. She was an accomplished educator who
overcame adversity and hardships – to break many
barriers – as the first deaf black woman accomplish
these things – earning a doctorate, enrolling at the
long defunct National Leadership Training Program
for the Deaf, first female deaf black teacher at
the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School, etc,
etc. A noted lecturer, humorist and workshop
leader, she taught ASL at Austin Community College
in Texas, where she captivated students with her
amazing facial expressions. She certainly was a
role model for all deaf females to live up to.

This just in –

The Amazon just does not caption its video programs.
This is what the Institute for Public Representation
is complaining, on behalf of a long list of agencies
serving the deaf, with the FCC. Amazon is just one of
these biggies that just won’t caption unless specifically
ordered to do so under the eyes of the law.

At the Boston Marathon –

it is not known if there were deaf runners at the
Boston Marathon – but there was a deaf spectator
that survived the senseless bombing. Rachael Weber,
a deaf woman, was rooting for her friend to complete
the marathon when the bombing went off. She said it
was so loud and that she felt the vibrations on the
ground. She is OK.

During the Boston lockdown –

The Learning Center for Deaf, New England’s biggest
school for the deaf, is located in the Greater
Boston area. Was this school on a lockdown?
No, because the school is on spring break, and
Watertown is about 30 minutes away.

Top stories about the deaf:

Alexander Burch has been selected as the
Navy Military Child of the Year. He is deaf and
he earned the honor by volunteering nearly 450
hours at the Grand Forks Air Force Base in
North Dakota. He volunteered in a long range
of activities.

There is a special fund in New Zealand, called
the InternetNZ. Part of the funds is earmarked
for SignDNA. This project is to show New Zealanders
what Deaf Culture is all about.

The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc is
dealing with the issue of Deaf-Heart. The RID says
interpreters have Deaf-Heart whereas a bloc of
members, especially those of deaf parents, are
saying RID lacks Deaf-Heart. It is an irony because
the executive director is deaf, the first such
one in RID’s history. Deaf-Heart simply means
growing up in a deaf household and knowing what it
is like to be deaf.

Three years ago, the Irish Central Criminal Court
said that a deaf person could serve on the jury.
Yet three years later, a deaf person still has not
served on the jury. This was the issue that Free
Legal Advice Centre is raising this week.

The Oskaloosa Old Settlers is an annual event
in the Topeka, Kansas area. Every year there
is a presentation that features past natives
of the Oskaloosa/Topeka area that have done
so much to enrich the heritage of the region.
One such honoree this year is Luther Haden
Taylor, or as better known as Dummy Taylor.
He was a famous deaf pitcher for the New York
Giants between 1900 and 1908, and is
considered to be the best deaf pitcher ever
in the majors. For some reason, everyone knows
who Dummy Hoy was but very few people know
who Dummy Taylor was!


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There are two deaf people with the same Hairston
name. The first one is Eugene Hairston, who was one
of the world’s best boxers in the late forties.
The second one is Ernest Hairston, whom for many
years, was the chief of the Captioned Films and Media
Services in US Department of Education. Both of them
are not related to each other.
Both are black – and there is so much confusion.
Some people thought Ernest was a boxer. Some people
thought Eugene worked with Captioned Films.
DeafDigest editor often had to make clarifications
when some deaf people confused both men!

– for ASL News version with captions,

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computer, click on bottom video


Sign language skills evaluated 11 different levels

there is even a level for zero knowledge of signs!


Some hearing people, those that never met a
deaf person in their lives, may laugh very hard
when a deaf person gestures something.
An example would be a deaf man entering a fast
food restaurant – and pointing at the menu on the
An immigrant sandwich-maker laughed very hard,
thinking it is so funny that a deaf person would
gesture at the wall menu.
The laughter only made the deaf person angrier.
When the immigrant saw the anger on the deaf person’s
face, he stopped laughing and got very scared.
Fortunately, another immigrant, that saw everything,
came over and said “sordo”. The scared immigrant
learned his lesson.

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Francis Nganga, the leader of the Kenya Society for the Deaf
has lambasted the government for continuing with the discrimination
against the deaf.
Very difficult to change the attitude since deafness is a stigma
on the African continent.


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On April 20, 1786, John Goodricke passed away because of
This death, at the age of 21, was unfortunate because it cut
short a brillaint career in astronomy.
Goodricke, who was deaf, helped measure the light years
distance of stars – which paved the way for future astronomers
to gauge distances of well known, but distant stars.
The British government gave him honors while still a young


being constantly asked this question –

can you lipread?

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


As Americans came together to struggle with the effects of the
bombings during the Boston Marathon this past week, we showed once
again the courage and determination that made America great. Heroes
emerged in many areas and helped others to safety. There were many
people who laid down their lives to serve others.

As the news coverage expanded to cover these events, captioners
across the country were working longer hours. Once again, they
continued to caption the unfolding stories while fighting back tears.

As captioners finished their shifts, they would often spend a few
extra moments hugging their children and loved ones. Many of them
also wondered how many different ways the people announcing the news
could pronounce the names of Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaev.

Thank you to everyone who went above and beyond the call of duty this
week. We Americans are eternally grateful for your efforts.


being constantly told that deaf people listen better
because they can’t hear!

(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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In Japan, the version of our ADA, is supposed to be
effective as of April 1, 2013, three years from now.
This is the magic date that activists on behalf of
the deaf and the disabled will be targeting.


Did you know that — Joseph Wiedenmayer

served as a diplomat with the US Foreign Service, under
the Department of State. He served embassies in Uruguay,
Spain, Italy, Australia, Brazil and Thailand for 22 years.
He was able to get this position when the State Department
hiring procedures were not stringent. Probably difficult
these days to become a deaf diplomat. He served from the
forties through the sixties before retiring. An oralist,
he did not know sign language.


News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Bob Davila, the NTID CEO & RIT First Vice President,
will be retiring from his present position on June 30th.

(editor’s note: while he retired from NTID, he didn’t stay
retired too long – working as an administrator with the CSD
and then later, becoming the president of Gallaudet University,
replacing the original choice who was unpopular with everyone)


News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

We have a serious shortage of lifeguards.
Yet when our deaf swimmers want to become
lifeguards, they are not able to get these
positions because of their deafness. Some of
them have filed lawsuits, alleging job
discrimination – and they have lost.
In England, there was a newspaper story
of six deaf swimmers being hired as lifeguards
in Doncaster.
Said the administrator who trained these
deaf lifeguards:

They are a group of very talented swimmers
and will be a welcome addition to any lifeguard

Wrong nation, wrong set of laws, wrong set of


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

When captions are bad, we, the deaf, are not the only
ones suffering. It is also the hearing (those that watch
the captions) that suffer along with us!

Equal opportunity suffering, that is.


A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

A hearing person came to me, introducing himself.
I thought he said:

My name is Play

Last name Play? Rather unusual.

He actually said:
My name is Blay



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–  Administrative Assistant –  Riverside

–  Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim

–  Job Developer/Interpreter – Rancho Cucamonga

–  Staff Interpreter – Los Angeles (2 positions open)

–  Staff Interpreter – Riverside

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



position opening
Director of Human Resources
The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
Pittsburgh, PA

JOB DESCRIPTION: This is a full-time, exempt, 12-month position.  The
Director of Human Resources is responsible for the overall administration
of Human Resource policies and programs of the School.  The Director of HR
assists and advises supervisors on human resource issues, oversees the
recruitment and interview process of all staff, assures the school is
compliant with all Federal and State laws, is responsible for the
development and implementation of employee policies and benefits.

MINITMUM QUALIFICATIONS: This position requires a Bachelors degree in Human
Resource Management or a related field.  Masters degree and PHR/SPHR
certification preferred.  Five or more years experience in Human Resource
management including knowledge of employment laws, workers. compensation,
benefit administration, and recruitment.  Knowledge of the PA Department
of Education laws and regulations, teacher certification process, and TIMS
is strongly preferred.  The Director of Human Resources should have an
in-depth knowledge of Federal and State regulations and laws.  Knowledge
of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point) and experience with HRIS
systems preferred.  Must be organized and have excellent written and
verbal communication skills.

The Sign Language Proficiency Interview level (SLPI) for this position is
“Intermediate”.  The minimum level accepted at hire is “No Functional

PA State Police Criminal Background; PA Child Abuse; and FBI Clearances

DEADLINE TO APPLY:        April 26, 2013

SALARY:    Excellent compensation and benefit package including membership in
the State’s teacher retirement system, medical, dental and vision
benefits, and life insurance.

Send letter of application and resume to:

Helen K. Shirey
Director of Human Resources
Western PA School for the Deaf
300 E Swissvale Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15218

The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf does not discriminate in its
programs of education, employment, and all other activities on the basis
of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, race, religion, disability
or gender preference.



career announcement
Vocational Program Director I
COPD Albuquerque
Albuquerque, New Mexico

No 03-10-058
STATUS  Exempt

Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona strengthens families,
supports communities, provides compassionate services, and strives for
excellence.  As a value-driven organization we create an environment where
everyone can thrive and meet their full potential. We strive to create the
same sense of unity amongst our employees as we do the community members
we serve. Through our work, we put into action what we believe in, have
hope in, and envision.

Our total compensation package is above the average employer; offering
full time employees 27 days off their first year with sick, vacation and
holiday, a Pension Plan, and a 403(b) match, 100% paid health insurance,
life, LTD and an array of other competitive benefits.  The ideal candidate
has a passion for providing support and services to individuals and
families in need. This candidate also has hope in the abilities and
strengths of the people we serve to find solutions to their struggles and
improve their lives.

Oversees consumers into the main COPD-NM service program performing
intakes and triaging person to appropriate individuals.  Develops
employment options and coordinates job placement efforts by improving the
employment outcomes for Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons and persons with
disabilities.  Coordinates with employers, Vocational Rehabilitation,
Workforce Investment Act (WIA), and training delivery systems.  Maintains
contractual relationship with funding source, maintains unit records of
consumer contacts to include unit counts, attendance sheets, SOAP notes
and daily checklists while ensuring that all contractual documentation in
client files is complete. Supervise and independently evaluate employees.
May perform other duties as assigned.

–      Oversees consumers into the main COPD-NM service program
performing intakes and triaging person to appropriate individuals
–      Works with team of COPD-NM staff to review intake information and
to coordinate services
–      Develops consumer plans and coordinates consumer activities
through the Agency system
–      Reviews referrals and provides intake and initial assessment for
program eligibility; completes all required program paper work
–      Provides assessments addressing training needs, support needs and
environmental adaptation needs of the work site
–      Develops relationships with community employers to provide a
network of training and job placement opportunities for the Deaf and Hard
of Hearing and persons with disabilities
–      Performs vocational counseling, job development, and job coaching
–      Collaborates and coordinates with Vocational Rehabilitation, WIA,
Welfare to Work, youth opportunity programs, dislocated worker programs,
school systems, employers, consumer based organizations, training delivery
systems and community vocational rehabilitation programs to increase
access to training and job opportunities
–      Assures that staff are aware, trained and knowledgeable of CCS and
SCS policies
–      Management and oversight of contracts and grants related to
Vocational Rehabilitation, private foundations and other governmental
–      Develops and prepares required contract monitoring reports for all
agency programs
–      Acts as a liaison to other community agencies
–      Ensures that all programs, services and staff actions adhere to
contract requirements, licensing and accreditation standards, and CCS
Personnel Policies and Procedures
–      Supports Agency growth through the development of enclave options
and NISH contracts
–      Supports the Agency’s use of best practices
–      Consults with staff supervisor, as needed, to assure the
competencies of the strategies with staff and the use and integration of
techniques with consumers in the program
–      Meets with employers and supports the development of training and
employment options for consumers
–      Enters data on consumer demographics, caseload size, and
performance measures and develops reports, as requested
–      Maintains communication with referral sources
–      Works with schools and the County to set up classes for Deaf youth
and adults in the areas of cognitive therapy and employment retention
–      Develops job options and markets potential job openings to include
development of OJT contracts; monitors the expenditures of all OJT
–      Writes monthly progress reports, as required
–      Maintains an up-to-date employer contract record
–      Maintains unit records of consumer contacts to include unit
counts, attendance sheets, SOAP notes and daily checklists
–      Ensures all contractual documentation in client file is complete
–      Provides follow-up services to ensure client and employer
–      Coordinates vocational information workshops for Deaf and Hard of
Hearing consumers and employers
–      Represents agency on planning committees as determined by
–      Review staff monthly reports for submittal to state entity
–      Reviews all job placements and works with staff and employers on
coaching needs
–      Supervise and independently evaluate employees
–      May drive agency or personal vehicle on company business

–      Bachelor’s in Sociology, Rehabilitation, Counseling or related
–      5 years of experience serving as a Vocational Counselor
–      2 years of experience working directly with Deaf individuals
–      Fluent in American Sign Language skills
–      1 year of supervisory experience
–      Knowledge of the Vocational Rehabilitation system
–      Pass drug screening
–      Valid New Mexico Driver License, proof of insurance and New Mexico
Motor Vehicle Division Motor Vehicle Report

–      Master’s in Sociology, Rehabilitation, Counseling or related field
–      Proficiency in American Sign Language
–      Additional years of directly related experience
–      2 or more  years of supervisory experience
–      1 year of experience working in Rehabilitation
–      1 year of experience working in Vocational Education
–      First Aid and CPR certification

SALARY          $17.35 – $21.69 depending on experience and educational

SELECTION      Applicants will be rated and evaluated based upon of their
qualifications, training and related job experience

HOW TO APPLY    Complete application at:

Community Outreach Program for the Deaf
3908 Carlisle NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico  87107


Fax resume and cover letter – 505-255-8029

Email resume and cover letter –

Due to the volume of applications we receive, only those selected for an
interview will be contacted

Any individual seeking accommodations should contact the Director of Human
Resources at 520-623-0344 ex 1068

CLOSING DATE            Open Until Filled



position title
Deaf-Blind Education Consultant
Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Iowa Braille School

Service region includes State of Iowa. Office location to be determined.

Full time, Faculty, 193-Day Continuing Contract

$51,252 – $79,004 commensurate with qualifications / experience
Comprehensive fringe benefit package

Under the general direction of the Deaf-Blind Project Director, provides
consultative and technical assistance to programs and agencies serving
early childhood and school-age students (birth – 21) in Iowa who are
deaf-blind and/or have additional disabilities. Serves as the coordinator
for the Iowa Deaf-Blind Services Project, developing and providing
professional development opportunities for educators and family members.
This position is part of a continuing project funded by a 5-year U.S.
Department of Education grant with additional support from the Iowa
Department of Education and IESBVI.

Master’s degree in education or related field plus at least two years of
experience working with persons who are deaf-blind, sensory impaired,
multi-disabled and/or severely disabled required. Candidates must have or
be eligible to obtain a valid Iowa teaching license or related statement
of professional recognition from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners
by time of appointment. Additional experience serving persons who are
deaf-blind and/or children with multiple disabilities; demonstrated
ability to provide consultative services; experience in sign language
and/or Braille; and valid driver’s license preferred.

ADDITIONAL INFO:    Position starts no later than August 2013. Service
region includes State of Iowa. Office location to be determined.
Responsibilities include frequent travel within the state and occasional
overnight and out of state travel. Criminal and other relevant background
checks required.

APPLICATION PROCESS:    Position will be posted until filled. Contact
Justin Ruegg for additional information: (319) 472-5221, ext. 1226. Send
cover letter, resume, transcripts, and copy of teaching license to:
Director of Human Resources, Iowa Braille School, 1002 G Avenue, Vinton,
IA 52349. Email:

Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired / Iowa
Braille School is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a comprehensive plan
for Affirmative Action


Gallaudet University Faculty Positions
Washington, DC

Positions contingent on funding

Gallaudet University serves deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students
from many different backgrounds and seeks to develop a workforce that
reflects the diversity of its student body. Gallaudet is an equal
employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively encourages
deaf, hard of hearing, members of traditionally underrepresented groups,
people with disabilities, women, and veterans to apply for open positions.

The university is currently accepting applications for one or more faculty
positions in following departments:

American Sign Language and Deaf Studies
Foreign Languages, Literature and Cultures
Interdisciplinary PhD program in Educational Neuroscience (GSPP)
Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences

For detailed job descriptions and applications information, go to:


Employment opportunities
Advocates Deaf Services
Framingham, MA

Opportunities in Advocates Deaf Services are available in our Residential
Services, Respite, Day Habilitation and Outpatient Mental Health Programs.

– Clinical Program Mangers
– Master’s Level Clinicians
– Bachelor’s Level Overnight Clinicians
– Direct Care Counselors
– Day Habilitation Professionals

Advocates Inc. believes that the best way to effectively support Deaf
people is becoming an “Employer of Choice” for Deaf professionals and
paraprofessionals. We value the commit to honor the culture and values of
the Deaf community.

Advocates achieves this by carefully attending to four key concepts of the
workplace: Providing a Culturally Competent environment, Employing Deaf
professional and Paraprofessional in Deaf programs as well as in key
leadership positions, maiming Communication Access across the organization
and offering a Comprehensive Training curriculum.

Come and join our team of Deaf professionals today. Advocates offers a

benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance, tuition
reimbursement, 401(k) plan and a six-week holiday/vacation package.

Advocates is an EOE committed to employing a diverse workforce.

Advocates mission is to help people achieve their hopes and dreams within
the fabric of their communities. We partner with people with disabilities,
elders, and those with other challenges to overcome personal obstacles and
societal barriers so that they can obtain and keep homes, engage in work
and other meaningful activities, and sustain satisfying relationships. We
work to inspire communities to create opportunities for contribution and
participation by all.


Position Announcement
Sign Language Interpreter
Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc.
Salisbury, Maryland

Translates from American Sign Language (ASL) and other lesser known coding/sign
languages to English, and back with deaf or hard-of-hearing consumers and their
service provider.  Interpret for deaf or hard-of-hearing consumers in a variety
of settings.  One year of full time experience equivalent to interpreting for
various levels of communication skills. Specialized experience in translating,
interpreting; and must be sufficient to demonstrate: knowledge of English,
American Sign Language (ASL), and Manually Coded English (MCE) to perform
Sign-to-English and English-to-Sign interpretation; knowledge of the Registry
of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Ethics and effective written and
oral communication skills. Applicants must show proof of certification or
equivalent and position may require long periods of concentration and standing
for periods of a time.

Up to 40 hours a week plus benefits with varying hours from week to week and
must adhere to strict confidentiality.

Interested applicants may send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to:
Deaf Independent Living Association,
Human Resources,
806 Snow Hill Road,
Salisbury, Maryland 21804

or email to

Only qualified applicants with salary requirements will be considered.

EEOC Employer.


Employment opening
Communication Specialist
Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
Colorado Springs, CO

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) provides children
and families statewide with comprehensive, specialized educational
services in safe, nurturing environments.  We empower learners to become
self-determined, independent contributing citizens within their

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), located in Colorado
Springs at the foot of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, invites you to
consider our employment opportunities.  Interested persons are invited to
visit CSDB’s website at: where the official job
announcement for Communication Specialist / Speech-Language Pathologist
(SLP) may be found in its entirety, including major
duties/responsibilities, under Non-Classified employment.  This job
announcement is open until the position is filled.

This position reports to the Director of Special Education, and is
responsible for providing speech language instruction to Preschool through
Transition age students who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing.

–    Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Communication
Disorders from an accredited college or university, with interest in
serving students with special needs.
–    Must hold or be eligible for appropriate special services
licensure in the State of Colorado, endorsed in Speech-Language Pathology.
–    Must hold Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), or ability to
obtain within one (1) year of hire.
–    Experience teaching / working with children (in an educational
environment) who are Deaf / hard-of-hearing.
–    Proficiency or commitment to work toward proficiency in American
Sign Language (ASL) at the Advanced skill level, as demonstrated through
an appropriate assessment tool and according to school policy.

Terms of Employment:  The annual employment contract shall be based on the
standard number of working days in the academic year (currently 185 days,
August to June), beginning with the 2013-2014 school year.  The base
salary shall be established pursuant to the Teacher Salary Schedule, and
based upon appropriate education and experience.  Excellent benefits.

Application Instructions:  Interested persons are invited to visit the
CSDB website (Non-Classified Employment) to view the official job
announcement in its entirety; follow the instructions to submit a complete
on-line application (to include salary history and references), and to
upload the following items to the on-line application:  formal letter of
interest, current resume, recent letters of recommendation (with
signature), copies of all transcripts, a copy of current educator
certification (if applicable), and a copy of Certificate of Clinical
Competence (CCC) (if applicable).  Contact information:

Chelle Lutz, Human Resources Office

Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind /
33 North Institute Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719) 578-2114 (phone);  (719) 578-2239 (fax)

Interviews will be conducted on-site at the
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind

CSDB is an EOE


position opening
Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind
Ogden, Utah

more information at:


career opportunities
PAHrtners Deaf Services
Glenside, PA

PAHrtners Deaf Services is a dynamic team of behavioral health
professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults.
We take great pride that our program is strongly Deaf/HOH centered
with about 85% of our staff being Deaf or Hard of Hearing.  Our staff
environment is one of incredible teamwork and mutual support.  As a
result, we are rapidly growing with new programs and expansions of
our existing programs.  Whether you are a high school graduate,
recent college graduate or have many years’ experience in the field
of human services we have a career building position waiting for
you!  E.O.E.

PAHrtners is looking for dedicated, motivated, energetic individuals
who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf
Culture and the Deaf Community to fill the following positions:


This position provides therapeutic and psycho-educational workshops
and group sessions for consumers who are deaf.  Duties:  Develop,
coordinate and provide group/individual therapy for wellness
maintenance and psycho-educational workshops. Qualifications:  BA in
psychology, counseling or any other human services field; must have 2
years’ experience with individuals with mental illness and/or mental
retardation including treatment planning and progress notes; advanced
fluency in ASL required; must be innovative, creative and be able to
work in a team environment.

– CASE MANAGERS:  (Full time position)

This position provides resources and support to clients both adults &
children along with their families who reside in the community and in
our residential programs.  Duties: assess service needs of consumers
to ensure continuum of care; develop service plans; independent
living skills instructions, advocate for access to public and private
services and programs such as medical, vocational and other
services.  Qualifications:  BA/BS degree in a Human Services field
preferred; or High School diploma& 12 college credit hours in social
science with two (2) years mental health direct care experience.
Must have strong organizational skills; fluency in ASL, familiarity
with other visual communication modes and language levels.  Must be
willing to work some evenings and weekends as needed and travel
various areas in the community.  Knowledge of laws governing the
rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals including IDEA and ADA
a plus; and must have a valid driver’s license.

– RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR: (Full time position) The qualified
candidate shall possess: HS diploma with strong managerial background
along with direct care experience in the field of human services.
Fluency in ASL and knowledge of Deaf Culture is required. Must have a
valid drivers’ license and have demonstrated an ability to supervise,
teach, advise and motivate staff members as well as Deaf individuals;
must possess strong interpersonal and writing skills.   Duties: day
to day management and supervision of residential setting for deaf
adults with mental illness, behavioral health concerns and
intellectual disabilities.  Supervision of direct care staff,
development of residential programming and staff schedules, planning
and leading staff meetings, coordinate staff trainings, manage petty
cash and consumer funds, coordinate consumer services with
internal/outside agency providers and families, conduct consumer and
staff interviews, complete monthly reports, service plans and staff
evaluations, follow up with physical and psychiatric medical
concerns. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekend.

qualified candidate shall possess: HS diploma with some managerial
experience along with direct care experience in the field of human
services. Fluency in ASL and knowledge of Deaf Culture is required
and must have a valid drivers’ license; must possess strong
interpersonal and writing skills.  Duties: Provide guidance and
training to residential staff, support Deaf individuals with mental
illness, behavioral health concerns and intellectual disabilities;
promote independent living skills, provide support to the Residential
Program Director. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekend.

– RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS: (full-time, part-time and on-call positions
available) The qualified candidate shall possess:  HS diploma, some
direct care experience in the field of human services preferred,
valid drivers’ license; advanced fluency in ASL, knowledge of Deaf
Culture; demonstrate competency in independent living skills; ability
to teach, advise and motivate Deaf individuals.  Duties: provide
direct client services to Deaf individuals with mental illness,
behavioral health concerns and intellectual disabilities; encourage
independence in areas such as skills in daily living, community
integration and social relationships.

Send your letter of intent and resumes to:

Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
PAHrtners Deaf Services,
614 N. Easton Road,
Glenside, PA 19038

Fax: 215-884-6301


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Hard of Hearing Assistant

for Salt Lake City area

The Utah State Division of Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
(DSDHH) is seeking individuals with hearing loss to teach community
education classes to people who are hard of hearing and their partners.
Comprehensive training and materials will be provided.  This is a
part-time position (15-20 hours a month), $16.00 per hour with flexible
hours*.  Mileage to other cities will be reimbursed at the state rate.

The person hired for this position will be trained to:

*      teach Coping Skills, Lipreading, basic sign language (CASE), and
Living with Hearing Loss adult education classes

*      identify and assist senior citizens and others with hearing loss

*      attend health senior fairs to provide information to people with
hearing loss

*      educate others about assistive technology and resources

*      be a peer mentor to others with hearing loss

*      help individuals with employment issues related to hearing loss

Hands-on training for working one-on-one with people will also be
provided.  DSDHH.s goal is to have a network of trained individuals
throughout the state to identify and educate hard of hearing individuals
about services, coping strategies, technology, resources, and support
groups to help them maintain independence and decrease isolation.

Applications are available from Laurie Bishop, or
call 801-657-5209.  The deadline to apply for this position is April 30,

*This is a part-time, temporary position, without benefits, without merit
status as a state employee or guaranteed hours.  Applicants are required
to pass a criminal background investigation before hire.

The Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing seeks two
skilled, experienced part-time temporary Job Coaches able to communicate
at an advanced intermediate level or higher in American Sign Language to
support the efforts of the Transition to Work Summer Program made possible
through federal vocational rehabilitation funds through the Massachusetts
Rehabilitation Commission. To optimally serve students across
Massachusetts, the Job Coaches will be expected to work in all regions
across the state. Regions will be determined by need of student

Description of Position
Job Coaches will perform an array of tasks related to supporting deaf and
hard of hearing students excel in their summer internships and preparation
for the workforce. Job Coaches will be responsible for meeting with
students regularly, helping students set goals for their internships, and
assisting students in meeting those goals through mediation, provision of
resources, and mentoring. Specific job-related activities include but are
not limited to:
.    Assist the Transition to Work Project Coordinator in identifying
and developing possible internship placements for students based on their
career goals
.    Meet with students initially to create goals and develop a plan to
achieve them
.    Accompany students to their placement when necessary for the
purpose of general training and mentoring
.    Check in with students regularly to determine if students’ goals
are being met and to identify barriers to success
.    Assist Project Coordinator in ensuring that all participants
receive communication access support as needed
.    Ensure comprehensive service provision reporting through progress
reports and continuity plans for the next step of students’ career or
education at the end of their internship
.    Collaborate with appropriate community agencies to connect
students to additional resources as needed
.    Perform other related activities as assigned

MCDHH anticipates that Job Coaches’ work activities will require
approximately 20 hours of work per week for each Coach.

Supervision and Coordination
Job Coaches will be supervised by the Transition to Work Project

It is required that the Job Coach has the following qualifications:
.    Expressive and receptive American Sign Language skill at least at
the advanced intermediate level
.    Ability to work well with deaf and hard of hearing students
.    Ability to motivate others
.    Ability to mediate and solve problems
.    Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written modalities
.    Knowledge of the methods and techniques of determining individual
interests, aptitude, skills, and occupational preferences
.    Ability to be self-directed and work independently
.    Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships
with others
.    Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential
.    Ability to maintain accurate records
.    Beginner level knowledge of MS Word and MS Excel software programs
.    A high school diploma or GED and 1 year work experience in
education of deaf and hard of hearing children, rehabilitation of the
deaf, or related field.
.    Possession of his/her own transportation and the ability to travel
statewide as needed

Anticipated Contract Duration
May (TBD), 2013- September 30, 2013

The Contractor will be compensated at the rate of $25.00 per hour. Travel
and travel-related expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with standard
Commonwealth policy and procedures.

MCDHH is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Individuals who are deaf or hard
of hearing are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply
Please send cover letter addressing the required qualifications listed
above and resume to Jane Sokol Shulman at
by Friday, April 19. If you do not receive an acknowledgement of your
application from Ms. Shulman within 48 hours of sending it, please send it
again. MCDHH reserves the right to consider objective information from
outside sources in the candidate selection process.

Job Location: Fort Myers, FL
Job Category: Student affairs / student services
Posted: April 8
Edison State College is a vibrant, open-door, baccalaureate degree
granting public organization dedicated to educational excellence. At
Edison, learning is a creative enterprise designed to encourage each
student.s independence, intellectual gifts and thirst for knowledge. Our
dedicated faculty teach from the heart, in a caring environment that
fosters a sense of adventure, collaboration and respect for others.
Located on the gulf coast in southwest Florida, Edison was established in
1962, and is the area.s oldest and fastest growing state college.


This is responsible, professional work providing communication aid and
assistance, including sign language interpretation services, to students
that are deaf, hard of hearing, and with other disabilities to meet their
academic requirements. Provides administrative support assisting students,
ensuring successful workflow and contributing to the efficient operations
of the Adaptive Services Office.

Provides interpreting services for deaf and hard of hearing students
within social and academic settings, including classroom instruction,
lectures, tests, meetings, campus wide activities, individual student
appointments, and other approved college activities.

Prepares for classes by planning using textbooks, consulting with
instructors and identifying resources to be used during the interpreting

Staffs the Adaptive Services Office and is readily available to provide
pleasant and professional service to students and others seeking
information regarding the enrollment process.

Responsible to understand, apply and explain to others College policies
and procedures related to the services performed by the Adaptive Services

Facilitates communication and direct interaction with faculty/staff
regarding accommodations and services.

Seeks opportunities to enhance the student experience and proactively
address related student needs.

Maintains departmental operating records, specialized reports, files and
records relating to the operation of the unit to which assigned.

Responsible to gather and compile data for statistical reports.

May require occasional nights and weekend hours, as needed.

These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete
statement of all duties performed; employees will be required to perform
other job related duties as required. An employee with a disability is
encouraged to contact the Human Resources Office to evaluate the job in
greater detail in order to determine if she/he can safely perform the
essential functions of this job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor.s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher

Two (2) years of full time, professional work experience in a related

Certified American Sign Language Interpreter.

Demonstrated experience using a personal computer, office software such as
MS Office and electronic mail.

Demonstrated ability to:
* Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
* Establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty,
staff, students and the public.
* Work in a fast-paced, demanding environment.

Preferred Qualifications

Master.s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher

Critical Skills/Expertise

All employees are expected to:
* Promote a common purpose consistent with stated College goals and
demonstrate a commitment to students and the learning environment.
* Possess the knowledge of general written standards and procedures
utilized, and have the ability to read, interpret, and follow procedural
and policy manual related to the job tasks.
* Demonstrate the ability to respond to supervision, guidance and
direction in a positive, receptive manner and in accordance with stated
* Provide quality customer service by creating a welcoming and supportive
* Present a professional image in word, action and attire.
* Demonstrate professionalism in dealing with a diverse population while
understanding and respecting each other.s view of the world, personalities
and working styles.
* Conduct oneself in a manner consistent with the College.s standards of
ethical conduct.
* Apply effective techniques to create working relationships with others
to achieve common goals; successfully communicates and collaborates with
others to achieve goals.
* Demonstrate skills necessary to look at situations and processes
critically to make recommendations for improvement.

Work Conditions/Physical Demands/Special Conditions

Physical: Routinely requires the ability to see, hear, and speak.
Routinely requires sitting, bending, stooping, walking. On occasion,
incumbents may be required to lift 20 or more pounds.

Environmental: Normal general office

Mental: Routinely requires the ability to interpret, analyze and perform
critical thinking skills.


Fully complete the application form. All work history must be included on
the application and all fields must be accurately and specifically

Candidates must list ALL work experience which proves sufficient for
meeting minimum qualifications of this position.

Unofficial transcripts MUST be uploaded to the applicant system. It is
suggested that all documents be uploaded as PDF documents.


– Candidates must upload copies of ALL transcripts (need not be official
at the time of application) which prove sufficient for verifying minimum
qualifications of this position.

– Official transcripts for all coursework and degrees are required at the
time of hire.

– Foreign transcripts must be transcribed in English AND evaluated for
U.S. equivalency by a bonafide U.S. evaluation service. The evaluation
must be uploaded to the application.

PLEASE NOTE: Additional documents or changes cannot be made to your
application once it has been submitted.

We regret that we are unable to accept faxed, emailed, mailed or hand
delivered application materials outside the Edison online e-Jobs system.

A selection committee will review application packages and will select a
limited number of qualified applicants for interview.

Criminal background check and fingerprinting will be required of the final

Edison State College is proud to be a tobacco-free organization.

The College.s Equity Officer/Title IX Coordinator is:
Ronald A. Dente, Jr.
Director, Human Resources/Assistant General Council
Royal Palm Hall N-120 . Lee Campus
8099 College Pkwy. SW
Ft. Myers, FL 33919


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