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DeafDigest Blue – August 28, 2011

DeafDigest Blue – August 28, 2011

Blue Edition              Barry Strassler, Editor
http://deafdigest.com – updated every Monday

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Last week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/oraldays/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/salaries/

This week’s ASL Videos: http://deafdigest.com/videos/video-barrymore/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/video-gallaudetbudget/

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The Writings of a Deaf Activist at Harris Communications

Lawrence Newman was a life-long advocate for deaf education and a
gifted and influential writer.  “I Fill This Small Space: The
Writings of a Deaf Activist,” features the best of his writings that
appeared in various publications.

Newman’s articles show his seamless arguments on many historical
conflicts including being in favor of residential deaf schools, for
sign language, Total Communications and bilingual education; and as a
deaf teacher addressing parents of deaf children.

“I Fill This Small Space: The Writings of a Deaf Activist” (B1176) is
available at Harris Communications for the special price of $44.96
(regularly $49.95).

To find out more about this book, go to:
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or email us at:
mailto:info@harriscomm.com

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mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always
anonymous

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AT&T VRS partnered with Yellow Pages to provide new search features in video calling.

The AT&T VL5 app for the iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4th Generation, and iPad 2 allows Deaf and hard of hearing individuals to place and receive VRS and Point-to-Point (P2P) calls – wherever WiFi or mobile broadband is available. The VL5 app includes one-click calling and direct access to YPmobile.

Learn more about VL5 at:
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options to meet customers’ individual needs and offering features not
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Professional, nationally certified interpreters follow standards of
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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.

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– What the stories are saying about the deaf?

Lidell Simpson, of United Kingdom, is deaf but is not deaf! What is this all about? He has synesthesia, a strange condition where five senses (touch, taste, sound, sight, and smell) get all mixed up. When he
sees something, it translates into sound in his head.
He grew up, not understanding what was wrong with him,
until ten years ago. He has since then become an
authority on this rare condition and has been a spokesperson at medical conferences.

John Klish is a professional Extreme Ultra-Marathoner
participant. He is fortunate in that he has nearly
ten sponsors that finance his participation in these
extreme races. Klish is deaf but functions as a
hearing person. When not racing, especially in the
offseason, he works as an engineer for the
Colorado Department of Transportation.

– Very Hot News

Christine VonMering-Fromer, who is deaf, has been
dismissed from the nursing program at the
North Shore Community College (Danvers, MA). She
is accusing the college of discriminating against
her deafness. The college is denying that discrimination exists. Well, we do have a
national organization – Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses ( http://amphl.org/ ).
And there are also a number of nurses at schools
for the deaf that are deaf. DeafDigest is not
sure if the deaf woman or the college administration
is aware of AMPHL.

– Sunday August 21st

The Lagos State Waste Management Authority (Nigeria) gave an
interview with a newspaper, saying that some of their
most valued employees are deaf and that they are great with
welding and physical work when out on the road with their
job assignments.

– Monday August 22nd

There is always a need for housing for deaf senior citizens
anywhere in USA. While we do have a number of these housing
units, it is never enough. Anyway, it was learned that at
Fort Worth, Texas, the Westchester Plaza Assisted Living
have been taking in deaf and deaf/blind senior citizens.

– Tuesday August 23rd

For every dollar invested in services for deaf children
results in two dollars return in economic benefit.
Says who? Says, the Econtext, an Australian economics consulting firm.

– Wednesday August 24th

The EEOC came up with newly written regs that
employers must follow, as far as the deaf and
the disabled, are concerned. These can be
found at:

http://www.adainfo.org/content/employers

– Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

The Washington, DC earthquake incurred a lot of damage to the
building that houses the National Court Reporters Association.
This association is for captioners that provide us with
captioned news. While no one was hurt, the employees had
to work from their homes.

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(Thursday-Saturday Hot Deaf News will be in the Gold edition)

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

at

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BEST OR WORST ACTOR?
Many years ago people said the world’s best actor
was John Barrymore.
Again, people said he was the world’s worst actor!
Why?
Barrymore could act very well in silent movies,
but could not act well with talkie movies!
We have wished we had a deaf actor that was much
better than Barrymore during silent movie years!

– for ASL News version, please visit:
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GALLAUDET’S BUDGET PROBLEMS
Few years ago, Gallaudet struggled with the
budget. Increases in salaries and health
insurance messed up the budget.
But after struggling, the budget was approved.
Gallaudet was glad.
Gallaudet University? No, it was Denny Gallaudet,
the past superintendent of the Richmond School
System in Maine!
Is Gallaudet part of the famous Gallaudet family?
Some think so, but not sure.

– for ASL News version, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/video-gallaudetbudget/

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A COMMENT BY A DEAF LEADER
A deaf leader said:

If a deaf stranger from another place comes among you,
meet him as a brother, offer to help him get work. But
if he does not work, if he prefers to depend on charity
– then regard him as your enemy, and treat him as such.

This comment was made in …..Year 1885!

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DEAF RIDING THE BART AND USING THE PAGER
BART, the rapid transit system serving the San Francisco
Bay area, caused public outcry when the cell service was
shut off in an effort to quell public protests.
What was not generally known, as pointed out by
Linda Drattell, the Deaf Counseling Advocacy & Referral Agency
spokesperson, was that to shut down the cell service for
hearing users, it also shut down service for the deaf.
And what if there was a real emergency that a deaf
passenger needed to call attention to?

GALLAUDET STUDENTS ON TV
The MTV, a cable network, will be featuring a program called
Quiet Campus.
Featured on that program are Gallaudet students. DeafDigest
editor does not have more information on Quiet Campus asides from
the brief announcement.

WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

complained an interpreter:

very few hearing people are easy to sign for – many speak too
fast, many use fancy words, many use complex sentence structures,
etc

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

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

Some people may have been hesitant to request Communication Access
Realtime Translation (CART) services in an educational setting
because they thought they had to hire and pay for the services
themselves.  However, according to the Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA), CART is a legitimate auxiliary aid for people who are deaf
or hard-of-hearing.  It has also been confirmed in the courts that it
is a reasonable accommodation for those people. There are a number of
laws related to CART and the requirements to provide
it.

Some CART providers may be employees of the university or school
system, while others are independent contractors hired to cover
specific courses for specific students.  Many times the university
contracts with a CART/captioning agency to provide CART services for
whatever classes may need to be covered, and that agency will then
use their employees or independent contractors to cover the
classes.  

A CHILDHOOD GLENNIE GOAL
Evelyn Glennie is one of the world’s most famous musicians as a
solo percussionist. She is deaf.
Before she got involved with music, what was her goal while
growing up?
Becoming a hairdresser! She did not get involved with music
until she was 15, which is rather a late age for musicians to get
started!

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TO BE DEAF AND TO BE ISOLATED

There are newspaper stories saying that technology will
render obsolete our sign language  – and that the future
deaf will prefer to mingle with hearing than with their
peers – and that deafness will be completely eradicated
thanks to the CI and genetical engineering.

True or false?

DeafDigest wishes to point out this following example:

A lonely deaf woman, married for many years to a hearing
man, saw two deaf women chatting at a shopping mall.
She introduced herself, saying she was also deaf but that
she has no deaf friends because her social life was
her husband’s own social life. Despite not using sign
language for a long time, she still maintained her
signing skills!

next week – another example

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

Hearing aid prices continue as the best kept secret in
the hearing aid industry. This was the issue raised
in a recent conference of hearing aid users, with respect
to the Consumer Reports research on hearing aids.

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The Deaf and the Law:

A man, deafened by loud noises from an exterminator in pest
control work at a next door house, successfully won the
court case and received monetary damages.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Just wondering how many deaf performers are members of the
Screen Actors Guild? Way back in 1996 it has been estimated
that between 40 to 50, both active and inactive.
Is there an update? The initiation fee for new members,
however, is $1,234. Actors with speaking (or deaf actors in
signing roles) or with three background roles are required
to join.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

A while back DeafDigest mentioned that a deaf
Australian wanted to become a pharmacist but couldn’t
because of the laws prohibiting the deaf from
filling out doctors’ prescriptions.
Now with this bit of great news! Maryan Mikhael,
the frustrated would-be pharmacist, emerged victorious
this week in her 6 month battle with the Pharmacy
Board to allow her to enroll in pharmacy classes.

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

In declining to place a bid on hosting the 2012 Olympics
(hearing), the US Olympic Commission said:

With such little time left in the process, we don’t believe we could pull
together a winning bid that could serve the Olympic and Paralympic
movement

What USOC did not say was this:
With such little time left in the process, we don’t believe we could pull
together a winning bid that could serve the Olympic, Paralympic and
Deaflympics movement

USOC does not want us to host our own Deaflympics; they want us
to be part of Paralympics, which is what we do not want.

Discrimination?

Yes.

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A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

during lunch hour, a fellow worker walked in

I thought she asked:
What are you reading?

I showed her my book

She actually asked:
What are you eating?

if you have lipreading tales, please share these with
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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Press release of the Week:

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position opening
Senior Coordinator
Pressley Ridge School for the Deaf
Pittsburgh, PA

The Senior Coordinator of Program and Services will supervise and monitor the day to day operations of the residential and education services provided at the Pressley Ridge School for the Deaf. They are responsible for the supervision of service delivery, staff, adherence to internal policy a well as external regulation and licensing requirements, sound fiscal operation, and communication and liaison with local community groups, schools, service agencies, and local state offices and courts of the county and stated. Master’s Degree and ASL Required.

Apply: http://www.pressleyridge.com/careers/senior-coordinator-of-program-services-school-for-the-deaf/

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Program Supervisor
Pressley Ridge School for the Deaf
Pittsburgh, PA

The Program Supervisor is responsible for assuring that all staff under his/her supervision carry out their respective assignments in a manner that is consistent with the goals and philosophy of the program to which they are assigned. When appropriate and required, the supervisor is responsible for
recruiting, interviewing and selecting subordinate staff, providing orientation and training to those staff and assuring their adherence to Pressley Ridge and program specific policies.

Apply: http://www.pressleyridge.com/careers/program-supervisor-school-for-the-deaf/

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position opening
Medicaid Service Coordinator
The Center for Disability Rights, Inc.
Rochester, NY

The Center for Disability Rights, Inc. (CDR) a not-for-profit, community-based advocacy and service organization for people with all types of disabilities is currently seeking a Medicaid Service Coordinator

Job Summary: While the extent of involvement by a service coordinator and the exact tasks he or she undertakes in providing MSC services to each individual will vary, the objectives and focus of every service coordinator in every instance should be the same. Service coordinators must always help the person with developmental disabilities make informed choices, continually focus on the aspirations of the person with developmental disabilities and assist the person to reach his or her personal goals, promote self-advocacy and informed choice, take all reasonable steps to ensure the health and safety of the individual, promote self determination and community inclusion, and make the satisfaction of the person with developmental disabilities a priority.

Duties and Responsibilities:
1.    Monitors all aspects of the consumer’s plan to make sure deadlines are met, paperwork is filled out, and all requirements are met on a timely basis, etc.
2.    Continuity of services to include, but not limited to, making sure the services received are kept running smoothly for consumer.
3.    Ability to develop and maintain a thorough working knowledge of available services and supports (both OPWDD and community based resources).
4.    Ability to access entitlements and benefits.
5.    Ability to keep an up to date service coordination record, including the required MSC documentation and associated organizational skills.
6.    Possess an understanding of service coordination ethics and conflict of interest.
7.    Advocacy at an individual/personal level so that the consumer receives services that they are supposed to receive. 8.    Accurate documentation and filing of: Medical recertification, ISP.s, and case notes as required.
9.    Completion of face to face visits as required.
10.    Regular communication with the individual, family members/advocates if needed, and all service providers. 11.    Schedules and facilitates ISP reviews and team meetings as required. 12.    Helps the individual make informed choices and promotes advocacy and informed choice, and person centered planning.
13.    Promotes self-determination and community inclusion.
14.    Transportation and scheduling of consumer to their appointments and assistance of the consumer within the Rochester or local community.
15.    Seeks and obtains and additional services needed for the consumer. 16.    Local travel required, often daily.

Required Knowledge and Skills:
Working knowledge of the language, services, and waivers of the Medicaid system. Professional communication skills, including appropriate telephone, written and oral skills are a must. Candidate must be able to prioritize, multitask, and have great organizational and time management skills. Must be computer literate and have working knowledge of the MS Office Package. Must be able to work with often changing and stressful situations and ability to use professional judgment and assess the needs of individuals. Effective researching skills and application of information found required. Ability to listen carefully to what people say.  Knowledge of the Rochester community and surrounding areas essential.

Education and Experience:
1.    An Associates Degree in a health or human services field from an accredited college or university or a degree in nursing as a Registered Nurse (RN), Bachelor’s Degree preferred in Social Work, Human Services or related field,
2.    At least One (1) experience working with individuals with disabilities or one (1) year experience as a service coordinator/case manager with any population.
3.    Must be deaf / and or fluent in ASL
4.    Must have a valid NYS driver’s license

Position Specifics:
– Location: Rochester, NY
– Salary: DOE
– Shift: (Full time, 37.5 hours week)
– Current shifts: Monday – Friday  (9:00 am-5:00 pm)

CDR strives to be a consumer-controlled, organization that is reflective of the community it serves.  CDR values diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, cultural or ethnic group membership, disability status, educational level, family status, gender, income, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation.  People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. CDR will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

*All Persons Hired are Subject to a Background Check Before the First Day of Work*
No Phone Calls, Please.

Mail, Fax, or Email Cover Letters and Resumes to:

Center for Disability Rights, Inc.
Joan Hart
497 State Street
Rochester, New York 14608

Fax: (585) 546-1724
mailto:resumes@cdrnys.org

CDR is an EOE.
People with Disabilities are Encouraged to Apply!

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Position Description
Director of Curriculum & Assessment
New York School for the Deaf
White Plains, NY

Overall Purpose:
To ensure students at the New York School for the Deaf receive a
rigorous education that maximizes their academic success in all
subject areas.

General Qualifications:
– Fluent in ASL
– Fluent in English
– Knowledge of bilingual philosophy and application in the
classroom
– Effective and positive interpersonal skills
– Ability to structure time and management of multiple
priorities
– Knowledge and experience in curriculum implementation
– Evidence of taking leadership positions over the past 3
years
– Passion for increasing student learning
– Knowledge of laws and policies regarding the IEP process

Desired Qualifications:
– Knowledge and experience in using the coaching process
– Evidence of data driven decision-making skills
– Knowledge of Professional Learning Communities
– Knowledge of adult learning theory

Required Experience / Certification:
– Hold or be eligible for a New York teaching license and
appropriate certification
– Master’s degree in Deaf Education   (Preferred: degree in
curriculum development, research, or assessment)
– Five years teaching experience

Curriculum & Assessment Coordinator’s Roles and Responsibilities:
40% In the classroom:  collaborative planning, coaching, model
teaching, classroom observations and giving feedback to teachers on
effective instructional and assessment practices

30%    Curriculum alignment and monitoring

20%    Assessment coordination, progress monitoring, and materials /
intervention resource

10%    Research and data analysis

Curriculum Purpose Statement: 
The Director of Curriculum & Assessment will positively impact
student achievement through support, training, coaching and
mentoring, which builds school and teacher capacity to increase
classroom achievement.

Curriculum Qualifications:
– Experience with curriculum alignment and implementation
– Experience implementing successful techniques for classroom
organization and effective instruction
– Ability to work well with people; demonstrate and maintain
productive and positive interpersonal skills.
– Demonstrated teacher leadership skills.
– Demonstrated success in communicating effectively with
teachers, principals, parents, students, and paraprofessionals.
– Ability to serve as a resource in a way that is skillful,
reliable, and accessible.
– Ability to think flexibly and to adapt work to the needs of
teachers, and in a way that improves student learning
– Ability to lead teams to develop goals for improving
student achievement.
– Ability to lead training and coaching in teaching
strategies, differentiation, classroom management, effective
instruction, data driven instruction

Curriculum Essential Functions:
– Monitor and support teachers in implementing new
curriculum.
– Support teachers in using evidence-based instructional
strategies.
– Lead literacy development and best practices through
supervision of the School’s Literacy Specialist
– Work directly with teachers in school to provide classroom
demonstrations in rigorous standards-based teaching.
– Focus on enhancing teachers’ abilities to provide
instruction that builds students’ literacy skills and content
knowledge, is academically rigorous, addresses the curriculum
standards and enhances students’ engagement and ownership of their
learning.
– Collaborate with teachers to determine approaches that best
meet individual student needs.
– Observe teachers as they implement changes in instructional
approaches and provide feedback.
– Assist teachers with integrating literacy practices into
their content instruction.
– Recommend curriculum adjustments to meet the special
learning needs of individual children.
– Lead proposed and ongoing curriculum development projects.

Please send your resume to mailto:employment@nysd.net or fax it to (914) 949-2331.

NYSD is an EEO/AA Employer

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position opening
Part-Time Deaf Independent Living Specialist
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Independent Living Program
Center for Living & Working, Inc
Worcester, MA

Title: Part-Time Deaf Independent Living Specialist Report to: Director of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services

Responsibilities:
1. Conduct initial intake/assessment for Deaf consumer.
2. Provide Deaf Independent Living skills training to consumers.
3. Develop and review Independent Living plans with consumers and set appropriate goals.
4. Provide information and referral to consumers and other service providers as needed.
5. Provide peer counseling.
6. Visit consumers at their homes.
7. Advocate for individual consumers and for Deaf Independent Living Services in general.
8. Provide emergency intervention for consumers as needed.
9. Attend in-service workshops and other meetings and conferences when appropriate.
10. Work with DHILS preparing Community Education Presentations for consumers
11. Perform other duties as assigned by the DHILS Director.
12. Maintain accurate records of all services provided on designated report forms; submit those forms as requested.
13. Work with interns from colleges.

Qualifications:
1. Bachelor of Science in Human Services or 2 years of related experience preferred.
2. Fluency in American Sign Language.
3. Sensitivity to and awareness of issues relating to deaf issues.
4. Effective interpersonal, communication and written skills.
5. Ability to cope during stressful situations.
6. Knowledge of Independent Living Skills.
7. Ability to handle paperwork demands and able to meet deadlines.
8. Background experience and/or willingness to be involved with the Deaf Community.

9. Own means or transportation required.

Please send your resume and cover letter to: mailto:opsearch@centerlw.org or fax to: 508-797-4015.

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position opening
Residential Supervisor
Tucson Residence Foundation
Tucson, AZ

more information at:
http://deafdigest.com/tucsonjob/

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position opening
ASL Mental Health Counselor Mental Health Clinics Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program: DHH Intensive Mental Health Program for Adolescent and Child Treatment (DHH IMPACT)

position located at Faribault, Minnesota

more information at:
http://deafdigest.com/voamn/

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Job Announcement
Principal
Oklahoma School for the Deaf
Sulphur, OK

more information at:
http://deafdigest.com/oklahomaprincipal/

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Sub Positions Available
– Teachers Assistant
– Job Coach
– Student Life Counselor
Washington School for the Deaf
Vancouver, WA

more information at:
http://deafdigest.com/washingtonsubjobs/

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position opening
Digital Marketing Coordinator
Purple Communications
Rocklin, CA

more information at:
http://deafdigest.com/purpledigital/

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– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPENINGS AT GLAD !! –

*  Director of LIFESIGNS – Los Angeles
*  Regional Director – Cypress (OCDEAF)
*  Staff Interpreter  – Los Angeles

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

http://www.gladinc.org

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

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

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

E-mail: mailto:jfetterman@gladinc.org

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