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DeafDigest Blue – August 29, 2010

DeafDigest Blue - August 29, 2010

Blue Edition              Barry Strassler, Editor
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- Hot Newspaper stories during the week:

a deaf manager of a restaurant in China
http://deafdigest.com/wenya/

Scranton School buys a campus property
http://deafdigest.com/gerardhetman/



- Very Hot News

The AB 2072 bill in California, considered to be one of most 
controversial deaf-related pieces of legislation in recent years, 
passed the state senate.

Anti-AB 2072 groups have denounced the bill as anti-ASL. Simply put,
this bill lists options for parents of newly born deaf babies -
and it was feared that the ASL option would be excluded on the list of
options.

Bill sponsor Tony Mendoza has been accused of advocating
Deaf Eugenics, even though he has denied it.


- Sunday August 22nd

Better late than never!

Greg White, a deaf member of the basketball team
at Ohio Wesleyan University, was profiled in
Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd, August
16th edition.

He played for the gold medal winning USA team at the
recent U-21 world basketball championships



- Monday August 23rd

Scary or not scary, these planned low cost CI operations
in China? According to Chinese medical entrepreneurs,
several Chinese firms may be contemplating discount-rate
CI operations at some point in the near future.

Scary? Yes, if we read the newspaper stories of shoddy
industrial workmanship in many factories in the nation.



- Tuesday August 24th

What is it called - signing with mouth movements? Is it
sign language or oral communications?

This piece of riddle was what a research team at
University College London was working on.

Findings have been published in the Psychological Science
journal.



- Wednesday August 25th

Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, not deaf and seeking re-election,
has made a campaign promise.

He has promised to help rewrite the federal telecommunications law,
specifically the sections that would help the deaf and the
hard of hearing.

First, he has to win the election. Second, he has to keep
track of different promises made to different constituent
groups, the deaf included. Third, how much of the promise
he made with the deaf would be watered down in view of
intense Capitol Hill horse-trading on proposed bills.


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

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Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

The national Rwanda TV network will begin sign language
newscasts on evening news for the benefit of its deaf
citizens.

There are two sign languages in Rwanda one for English-using
deaf and the other for French-using deaf. To accommodate both
groups, there will be two separate signed newscasts at
different times.

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November 6, 2010

Two Texas Hold'Em, All In, tournaments

The Southern Nevada Silver Knights (SNSK) AND American Society for
The Deaf Children (ASDC) welcomes everyone to this event

We are proud to announce that the American Society For Deaf Children,
a non-profit organization, have joined us as part of the Sixth Annual
World Deaf Poker Tournament. We, at SNSK, acknowledge their important
mission regarding the advancement of deaf children. We feel that this
organization deserved to be our joint partner in this fund raising
event.

SNSK is an organization run by the deaf and hard of hearing men whose
mission is to provide assistance to deaf and deaf related services.
The membership meets here in Las Vegas once a week and function
similar to the Elk's Club, Kiwanis Club, Lions Club, etc.

Southern Nevada Silver Knights and the American Society For Deaf
Children wish to urge those who plan to attend and to make this fund
raiser a success. Net proceeds will go equally to both organizations.
Come and join us for an unique experience of big time poker.

Please go to our web site, http://WWW.LASVEGASDEAF.ORG/POKER, for more
information

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DEAF BARBER WITH DEAF CUSTOMER AND HEARING CUSTOMER
    A deaf barber told DeafDigest editor that when a
deaf man comes in, the barbering is about one
hour. But when a hearing man comes in, the barbering
is about 20 minutes.
    Why? Because sign language communications waste
a lot of time.
    And hearing customers don't talk. They just sit
and be quiet and get their hair cut.


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A REAL DEAF WORLD
    What is a real deaf world? A deaf community with a
deaf doctor, a deaf dentist, a deaf barber, a deaf
tailor, a deaf handyman, a deaf travel agent, a 
deaf tax preparer, a deaf car mechanic, a deaf
electrician, a deaf dog walker, etc, etc.
    Is this good or bad? Good, because there is no
communication problem. Bad, because you live on
a deaf-island and may not know how to deal with
a hearing person outside of that deaf-island!

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NOT ALWAYS OK TO LOBBY IN WASHINGTON STATE
    Many states have these overlooked laws that no one
knows about.
    Take the state of Washington as an example. If
you wish to advocate something on behalf of the deaf,
it is called lobbying.
    If you distribute flyers, stage some meetings,
and ask the deaf community to reach their own state
legislators, you must register as grassroots lobbyist.
    And there is a list of many rules that the
grassroots lobbyist must comply with.
    There was a story of a hearing woman that wanted
to lobby on behalf of her hearing neighbors on some
neighborhood issue - and got into trouble!


WHAT HAPPENS IF A BABY FLUNKS A HEARING TEST?
     When a newly born baby does not pass a hearing
test, the parents would probably refer them to an
otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist or
(ENT) for a follow up.
     This is where the ENT has to be careful? He may
refer to an oral program or to steer towards a CI 
instead of mentioning ASL as an option.
     A superintendent of a state school for the deaf
said:

Unfortunately, that can happen, yes.  The ENT has no business prescribing
educational programs just as I cannot prescribe hearing aids, surgery or
medication (practicing without the proper license).  However, docs feel
compelled to prescribe educational programs and services all the time.  Same
is true of some ophthalmologists--they may prescribe programs for visually
impaired youngsters without the educators being involved.  It is practicing
without the proper license, in my opinion.

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AN ELECTRICITY COMMENT IN THE SIXTIES
    A certain individual told his audience during the
sixties that he would use electricity to help
the deaf people to hear.
    Electricity as with hearing aids, which is
electronics-based? No, it was Graeme Clark who made that
comment and was the first one to do a CI.
    Yes, CI has come a long way and we do not use the
word "electricity" when referring to this inner-ear
device.



A TERRIBLE NEWSPAPER HEADLINE

    A Tennessee newspaper ran this headline in
its sports pages:

Gilbreath still mobile despite his disability

    It refers to deaf football player Preston Gilbreath
that plays for Austin Peay University right now in
Tennessee.
    The headline implies that it is amazing for a disabled
person to be mobile. And upon reading the story, it again
implies that a deaf football player is amazingly mobile
despite his deafness.
    Huh! Gilbreath is the third deaf member of the
university football team. The first one was Bonnie Sloan
who played a season in the NFL. The second one was Jim
Mathis, who later transferred to Gallaudet and played a
season with the Bison team.
    If deaf athletes are not supposed to be mobile because
of their deafness, then why are we having football teams
at Gallaudet and at approximately 30 schools for the deaf?



WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

being praised:
wow, you did really a great job!




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




COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR - continuing series

It is the beginning of a new school year, and many CART providers are
beginning new assignments.  Some students are using CART for the very
first time.

Once again, CART stands for Communication Access Realtime
Translation.  Many students and professors will be curious about this
service.  If a student is comfortable disclosing his or her use of
CART to the rest of the class, it is an opportunity to explain what
CART is to people who have never seen CART.

Before using CART in the classroom, everyone involved should have a
solid understanding of what will take place.  A couple questions that
need to be answered are:  Will I be using remote CART or onsite
CART?  Will I be provided transcripts of the classes by the CART
provider? 

Before the school year begins, it is sometimes a good idea to have
someone from the disabilities services office, the CART provider, and
the user of CART services sit down and discuss everyone's
expectations.

The disabilities services office will expect the user to notify the
CART provider promptly if the user is not able to attend class for
some reason.  The user will expect the CART provider to show up on
time and ready to provide services.

CART users should realize that the CART providers will be blocking
out the time periods for their classes for the entire semester.  If a
CART user cancels the provider's services by deciding he or she no
longer needs services or by dropping a class, the CART provider may
have already turned down other assignments and may be losing that
income.

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THE PERFECT CASTING LOOK
    A story surfaced regarding Dolph Lundgren, not deaf, being
portrayed as ferocious Russian boxer Ivan Drago in the 
classic movie - Rocky IV.
    It was learned that the casting directors took nine months
looking over 5,000 auditions to seek that perfect casting look.
They didn't like Lundgren but went back to him after tiring of
these 5,000 casting auditions.
    We do not have that many deaf actors. And if a casting
call asks for a deaf actor, maybe some 10-20 deaf actors
will show up.
    If the casting director does not like any of these deaf
actors, they will turn to an unlimited pool of hearing actors.
They will pick one, teach him ASL, and we, in the Deaf 
Community will scream discrimination.
    There was an exception. A casting call went for the movie
"The River Wild" and deaf actors were asked to audition.
    Vic Galloway, who had no professional acting experience,
was selected - based on his "perfect" looks - and it upset
veteran deaf actors that wanted that role.
    Can't win!




I THOUGHT THE DEAF COULD.......


either wear a hearing aid or wear a CI?




Many deaf people wear hearing aids; again, many
deaf people wear a CI. And, yet, again many
deaf people don't wear either.


when a hearing person never meets a deaf person in his life
his knowledge of the deaf are often wrong

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Weitz & Luxenberg P.C., a leading plaintiffs' litigation law firm, is 
expanding litigation against Advanced Bionics related to defective
cochlear implants. If you believe that you may have received an
"Important Notification" letter from Advanced Bionics about your
HiRes90k or Clarion II cochlear implant in either 2004 or 2006, we urge
you to contact us to receive important legal information - even if you
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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

Fire alarm signalers for the deaf are available in Japan,
but few deaf people are buying these devices.

Why?

According to Deaf Japan News, high cost is the reason.

The law, however, requires all homes to have such devices
by June 1, 2011.

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The Deaf and the Law:

- location
Austin, Texas

- case
a deaf woman was arrested for attacking
a police officer when he apprehended her

- result
case was dismissed

- comment
the deaf woman's attorney made it an issue
that she was brutally roughed up during
the arrest and that she was refused requests
for an interpreter and that the ordeal lasted
three hours

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The Captioning Blunder of the Week:

the Bald More (Baltimore) Ravens bunt (punt) team is on the field

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News of the Week - Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

    The U.S. District Court for New Hampshire, while being innovative,
has bypassed the deaf!
    The court system has installed a video-phone network to facilitate
communications between attorneys, judges, jurors and other involved
groups.
    Hey, what about the deaf? While we are entitled to interpreters
it would be great if the video system is captioned.

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News of the Week - Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

     DeafDigest wishes to honor Gallaudet University,
NTID and CSUN, our three significant collegiate
programs for the deaf.
     Our three programs failed to make the annual
Princeton Review college rankings - but this is
great for it lists the nation's top partying
colleges.
    This shows our deaf students at these three
collegiate programs are serious about their
studies.

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

A hearing person who majored in Education of the Deaf said:

I want to work with deaf children who have had cochlear implants


Is that person saying he does not want to work with all
deaf children, especially those without CI?

Or is it that specialization among Education of the Deaf
majors is going too far?


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A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?


A friend introduces you to someone. The friend
says:

this is Billy

You thought he said:

this is Belly


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

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A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor's great news:

While eating at a restaurant, a brother of your customer that 
you lost contact, informs you that your customer got a full 
time job.

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DeafBook of the Week

Bummy's Basic Parliamentary Guide

An Illustrated Step-by-Step Procedure for Making
Meetings Work

by Gerald "Bummy" Burstein
year 1996

this is an old version, probably out of stock


DeafDigest editor has many deaf-related book in his
private home library. Some books are still in print;
some books are out of print. Some books are old;
some books are recent.

Happy reading !

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We are seeking TSS Professionals to work with children who are deaf
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Spectrum Disorder.  As a TSS you will be part of a team of professionals
and will receive on-going clinical supervision by a Behavioral
Specialist Consultant (BSC) and/or a Licensed Psychologist.  You will be
taught various methods of Applied

Behavioral Analysis to assist the child in acquiring developmentally
appropriate skills.  These services help to support teachers and parents
with their interaction with the clients. Ultimately, services aim to
prevent out of home placement and to integrate the child within their
community.

Qualified candidates must possess a bachelors degree in Psychology,
Social Work, Human Services or related field and one year previous work
experience with children or at minimum 60 college credits and three
years work experience with children.

Case assignments are generally in a school setting, however some clients
require services in the home.  Work hours vary from ten to thirty hours
per week based on approved client hours and staff flexibility to accept
more than one assignment.

Work is available in Philadelphia and Bucks County.

For additional information about our company and current vacancies log
on to our website http://www.warwickfamilyservices.com

or Contact
Maureen Stoll-Director of Administration & Human Resources via email at
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COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROVIDER (CSP):  (Full time position) This position 
provides a variety of services to assist mental health consumers to live 
as independently as possible in the community.  The CSP will be 
responsible for assisting in crisis intervention, teaching independent 
living skills and coordinating services for consumers.  A qualified 
candidate shall possess: a MA in counseling or social, prefer someone with 
2 years experience.  Must be fluent in ASL, must have the ability to work 
as a part of a team working on treatment plans; this includes good 
interpersonal skills and the ability to document the services that are 
provided.

HIV PREVENTION PROGRAM SPECIALIST:  (Full time position)  This position 
provides prevention services to the deaf community including leading 
skills building groups, providing outreach in various venues, providing 
HIV testing and maintaining documentation of services provided. A 
qualified candidate shall possess at least 2 years experience in working 
in the deaf community the provision of HIV services or other similar 
activities but would prefer a Bachelor's degree in Education, 
Communication or a Human Services Field.  Must be fluent in ASL. Hours 
will vary including evenings and weekends.  Minorities strongly urged to 
apply.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROVIDER/PROGRAM SPECIALIST: (Full time position) Serves 
as a member of a team with other staff in provision of training in the 
housekeeping, food service, clerical, and socialization and education 
units to community deaf adults.  Also provide services as defined in the 
treatment plan that enable to deaf mentally ill adults in natural 
settings. Qualified candidate: Bachelor's degree in education, social work 
or human service field and two years experience working in mental health. 
Experience can be substituted for education.  Must be fluent in ASL and be 
willing to work flexible hours.  Must have a valid driver's license to 
operate agency vehicles.

to apply for any of the above positions:

write, or call or fax or email

Deaf-REACH
3521 12th Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20017

(202) 832-6681 (Voice/TTY)
(202) 832-8454 (Fax)
email: mailto:BrownS@Deaf-REACH.org

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Job opening
Outreach Coordinator
Relay New Mexico 
Location: Albuquerque, NM

Hamilton Relay, Inc. currently has a full time position open for a "Relay 
New Mexico Outreach Coordinator"

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Position summary:  This full-time position is responsible for coordinating 
and implementing outreach activities designed to promote 
Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) and Captioned Telephone Relay 
Service (CapTel®) for Relay New Mexico.

Preferred education, experience and skills:
- Excellent presentation skills

- Familiarity with the user communities that can benefit from relay 
services:
         - Senior Community
         - Hard of Hearing Community
         - Speech Disabled
         - Spanish
         - Deaf Community

- Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes 
used by current and potential relay users
- Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people 
who have differing hearing and speech abilities
- Understanding of Deaf Culture
- Fluency in American Sign Language is preferred. and fluency in 
Spanish is benefit 
- Ability to promote all relay services and to educate/train users 
of the services
- Direct work experience with Telecommunication Relay Service or 
experience with Captioned Telephone Relay Service is helpful
- Experience in public relations activities
- Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines 
- Strong writing, analytical, and interpersonal skills
- Associate's Degree with 2 years experience or a Bachelor's Degree 
required
- Hold a valid driver's license 
- Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing are encouraged to 
apply

Interested individuals may apply online at: 
http://www.hamilton.net/employment.html or contact Cindy Blase in Corporate Human 
Resource Department by September 2, 2010 at 800.821.1831.

Hamilton Relay is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on 
the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or 
disability.

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in 
Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and full time benefits.

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position openings
Residence Counselors
ACCESS Program
Paterson, NJ Campus

Inspired Care

At St. Joseph's Healthcare System, our inspiration comes from a tightly 
knit team of accomplished professionals that help give people in our care 
every opportunity to live life to the fullest. Through our commitment to 
support, technology and training, we think you will find one of the most 
rewarding and satisfying experiences of your career.

RESIDENCE COUNSELORS
ACCESS Program - Paterson, NJ Campus 
Full & Part Time - Evenings; Full Time; Nights & Per Diem

As key members of our ACCESS Program, a statewide program providing 
behavioral health services to Deaf and hard of hearing people throughout 
NJ, candidates will help assure the provision of psychiatric 
rehabilitative case management services to consumers who are deaf and hard 
of hearing residing in varied therapeutic supervised settings.

Responsibilities include:
- addressing all treatment needs of consumer residents
- ensuring safety of all consumer residents at all times
- developing individualized treatment plans
- providing intervention strategies
- assisting with recreational, educational and socialization activities
- scheduling trainings and staff development activities
- utilizing crisis intervention strategies to deescalate potential crisis 
situations
- performing other related duties as assigned

Successful candidates will have a Bachelor's Degree in a Mental Health, 
Health or related discipline OR a current NJ RN License, along with 2 
years of work/life experience. In addition, you must be able to fluently 
communicate in American Sign Language, be familiar with Deaf Culture, and 
knowledgeable about current technology available for individuals with 
hearing loss. Solid oral/written communication, organizational, 
problem-solving and PC skills will also be expected. Valid NJ Driver's 
License a must. CPR and Basic First Aid Certification preferred, as is 
Bilingual English/Spanish skills.

We offer a competitive salary, dynamic work environment, and a 
comprehensive benefits package that includes tuition reimbursement and 
child care.

For immediate consideration, please email your resume, 
indicating job title in Subject matter to:

mailto:Careers@sjhmc.org

or apply online at: http://www.StJosephsHealth.org

EOE M/F/D/V

ST. JOSEPH'S HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center; St. Joseph's Children's Hospital
St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital; St. Vincent's Nursing Home
Visiting Health Services of New Jersey, Inc.

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(updated August 29th)

- EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD !! -

- Outreach Coordinator - Bakersfield, CA (on hold)

- Placement Coordinator - Santa Ana, CA (on hold)

- Community Health Educator - Los Angeles, CA

- Case Manager - Los Angeles, CA

- Job Developer/Interpreter - Anaheim, CA (on hold)





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

http://www.gladinc.org

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

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

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

E-mail: mailto:jfetterman@gladinc.org

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