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DeafDigest Blue – December 18, 2011

DeafDigest Blue – December 18, 2011

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

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Last week’s ASL Videos with captions:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-doctors-afraid-of-surgical-mask/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/electrowriter-was-deaf-communication-device/

This week’s ASL Videos with captions:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/doctor-specializing-in-deaf-tinnitus/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/loud-applause-for-interpreter-not-deaf/

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or contact us at mailto:info@harriscomm.com

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

sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always
anonymous

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weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:

http://deafdigest.com/  (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.

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– Dedication

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to interpreter Deborah Gunter,
who departed us. She owned and operated her own interpreting
agency – Sign Shares in Houston, Texas. She was always
striving to maintain high standards among interpreters.

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Emmett Casey, who
departed us. He worked in the field of deafness for many
years, mostly on the west coast. It was at Gallaudet, as a
young man, that he got his start working with the deaf. As a
former great college basketball player, he spent a lot of
time mingling with the Gallaudet athletes and coaches
during practices and games. That was before he moved on
to different deaf-related positions over the years and
decades.

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Julius Seeger,
Austin, Texas, who departed us. Impossible to describe
him briefly in this article – and so, please go to
http://deafdigest.com/julius-seeger-deaf-obituary/

Thank you, Deborah, Emmett and Julius for serving us
so well over the years.

– What the stories are saying about the deaf?

A nice story was written in a Wisconsin newspaper
on handyman services of Jeff Maure, Sheboygan
Falls, WI, who is deaf. He owns his own handyman
services business and he is capable of doing work
around the houses – kitchen, recreation rooms, painting,
flooring, drywalling, decks, etc, etc.

A restaurant waiter, not deaf, was written up in a
newspaper story. He was asked what was his memorable
moment as a waiter. He said one night a group of four
deaf men, all of them drunk, sat down at his table.
While ordering food, they behaved obnoxiously, making
inappropriate comments. The waiter hated serving
that deaf group. But when they left, and paid their
check – surprise, the tip was very big!

– Very Hot News

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality came up
with this finding – that deaf patients get better medical
care if the health providers use ASL themselves as
opposed to using interpreters. This finding was published
in a recent edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

– Sunday December 11th

When people walk out of a fully catered banquet, what would
the hosts do with the uneaten food? Give it to the deaf!
Employees with the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation
walked out of the banquet, angry at their CEO. The stuck
hosts then gave these meals to the Francistown Centre for the Deaf!

– Monday December 12th

East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System has
reached agreement with The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights to provide
interpreters during visits to the medical offices.

– Tuesday December 13th

Clive Robbins, not deaf, passed away. He believed that
Music Therapy would help the deaf, and in fact, developed
that program at New York State School for the Deaf (Rome)
for a few years during the seventies.

– Wednesday November 14th

While campaigning for UK election as Prime Minister
David Cameron promised to uphold the slogan – Every Disabled Child
Matters. He has been accused by deaf activists of not living
up to this promise.

– Deaf Miscellaneous stuff

The Department of Labor is proposing a new rule, requiring
federal contractors and subcontractors to set up a 7 percent
hiring goal. This means at least 7 percent of their workforce
must be deaf and/or disabled.

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

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TINNITUS DOCTOR AND THE DEAF
Many deaf people suffer from tinnitus. We have
some doctors that work with people that suffer from
tinnitus.
There is one doctor, who said she is the only one
in USA with a doctorate, specializing in tinnitus. Her
name is Dr. Marsha Johnson and her practice is in
Oregon.
Yet, how many deaf patients have seen her in her
15 years of practice?
Zero! Why?

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/doctor-specializing-in-deaf-tinnitus/

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

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Announcement

Deaf History International Conference

July 24th to 29th, 2012

Toronto, Canada

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

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AN APPLAUSE THAT A DEAF SPEAKER HATES
What is an applause from the hearing people that the
deaf speaker, with interpreter, hates?
It is when a deaf speaker gives a wonderful speech
about something. The hearing people stand up and give
a very loud applause after that speech.
One thing was wrong. The applause was for the
interpreter, not for the deaf speaker!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit: http://deafdigest.com/videos/loud-applause-for-interpreter-not-deaf/

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

A DEAF CLUB THAT IS NOT DEAF
Saw a posting on the web that said “Deaf Riders Automotive Club.”
Never heard of it so ran a google, and it is a
One Stop Automotive Resource.
Why Deaf Riders?  Good question!

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A HEARTBREAKING COMMENT FROM A MOTHER IN INDIA
A mother of a deaf child in India told a newspaper
reporter:

When I first learned that my son was deaf, I stopped
speaking to him. I thought there was no use in speaking
to a child who cannot hear

This comment is always heartbreaking – no matter
where it is – USA or India or anywhere.

LOUSY CAPTIONS IN A GAME
Deaf gamers that play the Resistance 3 video game
will be disappointed with captions.
The game review said that it is very small and hard
to read. And that deaf gamers will always be at a disadvantage for that reason only!

WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

the comment –

you spell a lot of words, don’t you know signs for these words?

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

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

Many people occasionally type “teh” when they really want to type
“the.”  Sometimes stenocaptioners and CART providers also make
fingering errors.  Because captioners do not type one key at a time,
but instead they write whole words or phrases at one time, their
errors look different from the errors of someone typing on a computer
keyboard.

If a stenocaptioner realizes that he or she made a mistake, it can be
corrected immediately.  The usual method for a captioner to correct
an error is to hit the asterisk key, and that will delete the
immediately prior stroke.  However, if the captioner has already
entered two or three more strokes after the mistake, it is usually
too late to go back and correct it.

If a captioner realizes that he or she made a mistake two or more
strokes previously, what most captioners do is enter a dash stroke
(–) and attempt to rewrite the wrong words.  This is also the same
method most stenocaptioners use to indicate a mistake or change of
thought by the speaker, so you may not be able to tell if it was the
captioner’s mistake or the speaker’s mistake.

If you see a sentence captioned like, “They did an analysis of the
fail you’re rate among — failure rate among students at the
university,” that would probably be a correction of a fingering error
by the captioner.

WHAT GOES ROUND, COMES ROUND IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
Years back, Kent LaPage, chaired the Portsmouth (NH) School
Board which voted to eliminate a Deaf and Hard of Hearing program.
Lack of funding was the reason.
Fast forward today. LaPage has become late-deafened, while still
continuing to serve on the School Board.
He is now advocating the needs of the deaf and the hard of hearing
students in his school district!
New Hampshire, by the way, is one of the few states in USA without
its own school for the deaf. The school, located in the state, was
Crotched Mountain School for the Deaf. It closed for good in 1979.

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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 deaf person, attending a hearing college, looked down
on those that attended Gallaudet and NTID, implying they
were intellectually inferior. Yet that person was so lonely
throughout four full years at hearing college and only made
one friend – a hearing student, who did not fit socially with the college campus life. After graduation, this deaf
person found a job at – guess what, Gallaudet. And that
person married a Gallaudet graduate!

next week – another example

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

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The Deaf and the Law:

A deaf mother, living in Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture
(Japan) wanted her deaf daughter to take a vocational
course in Tokyo. She filled out application papers
to obtain interpreting services. Her request was
turned down. Why? Because she didn’t live in Tokyo, which
is where she wanted the interpreter for her daughter.

She is filing a lawsuit and is being assisted by the
Federation of the Deaf, National Study Association on
Interpreting Issues, and Japanese Association of Certified Interpreters.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Disappeared and gone for good! On January 9, 2001,
the domain name clark.net will be gone for good.
Jamie Clark, a deaf man and a Gallaudet graduate,
founded Clark Internet Services in 1993. It grew to become
a major player among Internet Service Providers in the
Mid-Atlantic states. Verio purchased Clark.Net several
years later, but has always allowed the clark.net domain
name to continue.
Not any more – Verio has sold their dial up business
to Earthlink and individuals with the clark.net email
addresses will not be able to use these any longer.
Meaning the trace of deafness in the clark.net
domain address will be then gone for good.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

This coming December 21st will be something special
for us, the deaf.
Liberty University will play against Lipscomb University
in a NCAA-I basketball game.
Just another NCAA-I basketball game? Not quite.
Dwight Brewington, who is deaf, plays for Liberty
University. Ryan Daniel, who also is deaf, plays for
Lipscomb University.
They are transfers from another NCAA-I basketball
schools; Dwight from Providence and Ryan from Auburn.

(editor’s note: Dwight applied for NBA draft as a
hardship case, and was not drafted at all. Ryan
left the team after the season)

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

There was a posting on a deafblog regarding a hearing
teacher whose class included a deaf student. And that
she was showing a video in the classroom. The video
did not show captions – only because the teacher
refused to turn it on, despite repeated requests
by the deaf student!

Why?

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A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

I thought a friend said:
my mother had to get a Lowe’s to pay for the truck transmission

Lowe’s ?

My friend actually said:
my mother had to get a loan to pay for the truck transmission

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3 open positions
Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing
Raleigh, NC

– Deaf/Deaf Blind Services Manager
http://osp.its.state.nc.us/positiondetail.asp?vacancykey=4419-65014562

– Telecommunications Resources Program Manager
http://osp.its.state.nc.us/positiondetail.asp?vacancykey=4419-60043216

– Telecommunications Consultant
http://osp.its.state.nc.us/positiondetail.asp?vacancykey=4419-60043224

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position opening
Civil Rights Program Manager
The Maine Center on Deafness
Portland, ME

The Maine Center on Deafness (MCD) is a nonprofit organization that serves people throughout Maine who are D/deaf, hard-of-hearing, late-deafened or speech-impaired by providing resources, advocating for social equality, and helping the general public to better understand and appreciate our constituents. life experience, culture, history, and civil rights issues.  MCD currently delivers programs in the areas of civil rights advocacy and legal services, adaptive equipment distribution and sales, communications and outreach for Maine’s Relay Service, and other programs.

MCD seeks an energetic and experienced civil rights advocate and/or attorney with program management experience to serve as manager of our Civil Rights Program.  We are looking for the right person for this position, whether an attorney or advocate.  Because we have a part-time attorney on staff already, attorney experience is a plus but not required. Similarly, ability to communicate in American Sign Language (.ASL.) is a plus, but not required.  We will consider applicants seeking either full- or part-time positions.

The manager of the Civil Rights Program (CRP Manager) is responsible for ensuring that the Civil Rights Program meets the service delivery and reporting requirements of our funding grants/contracts, and is delivering high-quality legal and advocacy services.   The CRP Manager will meet personally with clients to deliver advocacy services; if an attorney, the CRP Manager will deliver legal services and represent the client in administrative and court proceedings.  The CRP Manager also leads interagency collaboration, grassroots activism/education efforts, and systemic advocacy at the Maine Legislature.  The CRP Manager is responsible for effectively managing and reporting quarterly and annually on program outcomes, including budget, staff, and grant/contract compliance.  This position reports directly to the Executive Director and contributes to the advancement of MCD.s mission and vision.  Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience and skills.

Applicants must possess excellent leadership, managerial, interpersonal, and written and communication skills.  Experience with civil rights issues in legislative and/or legal setting is a must.  Experience with ADA compliance, with civil rights law generally, and with special education law are greatly desired, as is experience with Maine’s legislative process.  Familiarity with ASL, alternative communication modalities, D/deafness, Deaf Culture, and hearing loss is preferred.  Attorneys will be required to maintain an active Maine license.

Applications will be considered until positions are filled.  D/deaf and hard of hearing, women, and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Qualified candidates should send a resume, salary requirements, and cover letter to: Executive Director, Maine Center on Deafness, 68 Bishop Street, Suite #3, Portland ME 04103 or email to mailto:emoran@mcdmaine.org

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

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position opening
Legal Training Coordinator
Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Boston, MA

Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Seeks Legal Training Coordinator

Responsibilities
–  Teach (or arrange for instructors) 80 hours of training to interpreters from previously established curriculum. Administer 100 hours of legal mentorship.

Qualifications
– RID certified ASL interpreter (CI and CT or equivalent) and SC:L certification
– Experience preparing ASL interpreters for RID¡Çs SC:L examination
– Experience administering a program of similar scope

View the RFR at the Comm-PASS website at http://www.comm-pass.com/ To access, click Solicitations ¢ªSearch for a Solicitation ¢ªKeyword: 12-05-MCD

Deadline is December 23, 2011, 2:00pm.

Address applications to Jane Sokol Shulman at mailto:Jane.Sokol.Shulman@massmail.state.ma.us

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position opening
Technical Sales Engineer, Large Accounts
Purple Communications
based in Rocklin, CA, but travel required

To apply for this position with Purple Communications, please follow this link and apply through our Careers Page: http://www.purple.us/job-search.aspx?jobid=214634

About Purple Communications
Purple Communications is one of the nation’s largest providers of communication services for the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech-disabled communities. As a leading provider of onsite interpreting services, video relay and text relay services, and video remote interpreting, the Company delivers a wide array of options designed to meet the varied communication needs of its customers.

Purple Communications. vision is to improve the quality of life of its customers by being their premier provider of high quality, innovative communication services that break down communications barriers.

Job Description
Technical Sales Engineer, Large Accounts

Technical Sales Engineer, Large Accounts combines technical knowledge with sales skills to provide support on a range of products/services to our clients that are deaf organizations of all sizes. The Sales Engineer will be interacting with the Clients. Operation, HR, and Technical teams. The emphasis of the work varies depending on the level of technical knowledge needed to sell a particular product/service.

Technical sales engineers are a key point of contact for our large accounts providing services to organizations in which there are  multiple deaf and hard of hearing users  like Universities and educational institutions. The ideal Technical Sales Engineer will provide both pre- and post- sales support. They will drive the technical implementation as a project manager. They liaise regularly with other member of the sales team and colleagues from a range of departments such as Information Technology, Research/ Development, and Quality Assurance.

Fluency in American Sign Language is a requirement for this role.

Typical Work activities

Tasks typically involve:
–    Searching for new clients who might benefit from Purple’s products and services
–    Develop long term relationships with clients through managing and interpreting their requirements
–    Create manage and drive tasks on project implementation
–    Providing pre-sales technical assistance, product education, and post-sales support services
–    Preparing reports for management
–    Meeting regular sales targets and coordinating sales projects
–    Support marketing activities by attending trade shows, conferences and other marketing events
–    Making technical presentations and demonstrating how a product meets client’s needs
–    Liaising with other members of the sales team and other technical experts
–    Providing training and producing support material for other members of the sales team

Minimum Qualifications
–    Effective communication, written and presentation skills
–    Fluent in English and American Sign Language
–    Ability to interact with people of varying communications levels, and modify language for audience needs. –    Able to prioritize the work in a multi-tasking environment
–    Good team leading ability and managing additional technical resources for meeting the account needs
–    Able to make effective presentations or demonstrations in time constrained situations
–    Good knowledge of Microsoft Office
–    Knowledge of voice and video technologies and protocols
–    Knowledge of voice and video integrations
–    Knowledge of standard corporate security practices
–    Knowledge of TCP/UDP port allocation through corporate firewalls
–    Knowledge and experience with network infrastructure device (i.e. cisco switches/routers/firewalls)
–    Working knowledge of packet capturing applications (i.e. wireshark)
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Employees may experience the following physical demands for extended periods of time:
–    Sitting, standing and walking (95-100%) –    Keyboarding (40-60%) –    Viewing computer monitor, videophone, and pager requiring close vision –    May be required to set up booths at events, requiring balance and lifting up to 50 pounds. –    May lift or move boxes (up to 10 pounds)

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Frequent travel to company, customer and vendor sites, including some that are out of state is required.
Education and Qualifications
–     4+ years Sales Engineering experience
–    CCNA (security or voice) . preferred

TO APPLY for this position with Purple Communications, please follow this link and apply through our Careers Page: http://www.purple.us/job-search.aspx?jobid=214634

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opening position
Teacher, Career Academy & Transition Services
American School for the Deaf
West Hartford, CT

Temporary – March-June, 2012
PrintWorks

CLOSING DATE:     Until filled.

The American School for the Deaf (ASD) is located on a 54 acre campus in West Hartford, Connecticut.  The program is a comprehensive center-based and community-based educational program serving deaf and hard-of-hearing students from preschool through high school

Under the supervision of the Jr.Sr. High school and CATS principal, instructs students in PrintWorks, to include Academics, Deaf with Special Needs (DSN)  PACES students and Adult Vocational Students.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
Associates Degree.  Prefer Bachelors Degree in Deaf Education, Special Education, or Vocational Area with ability to secure State of CT Voc-Tech Teacher Certification (098 Endorsement).  Background or work experience in graphic design and printing preferred.  Excellent skills in American Sign Language. Ability to work in a collaborative setting.  Ability to work flexible hours when needed.

SALARY AND BENEFITS
Compensation range based on school’s salary scales. (b)  Retirement, group health insurance, and other fringe benefits are available.

HOW TO APPLY
Visit our website   http://www.asd-1817.org   to review the entire job description and download an application.   Send all applications and resumes to:

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

FAX (860) 570-1832

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position opening
Program Director Pressley Ridge School for the Deaf
Pittsburgh, PA

Status:        Full-time, Regular, Exempt
Reports to:      Vice President of Educational Service Lines

Position Summary
The Program Director 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 as 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.

A.    To ensure overall program direction and oversight to program operations, the Program Director will:

1.    Create and maintain systems for the documentation of all educational activities and uphold the confidentiality of all program records and files;
2.    Ensure that all program activities and staff practices are in compliance with the regulation and in keeping with Department of Education, DPW and Pressley Ridge policy, values, and standards of professional and ethical conduct;
3.    Develop and oversee a safety program that addresses the safety and well-being of staff and consumers in all activities and environments in which we work.

B.    To ensure solvency through adherence to the PRESSLEY RIDGE budgetary process, maximizing staff productivity and system efficiencies, and effectively using agency resources in pursuit of program goals, the Program Director will:

1.    Develop, implement and live within the program budget;
2.    Manage buildings and grounds, vehicles and equipment, and PRESSLEY RIDGE property and supplies in keeping with PRESSLEY RIDGE standards:
3.    Develop and manage systems for the efficient utilization of workforce by establishing staffing patterns, job designs, work schedules, and performance and productivity standards in keeping with PRESSLEY RIDGE values and standards;
4.    Oversee the development of educational costs and revenues, (per diems, etc.);
5.    Review and approve travel and receipt requests;
6.    Establish capital budget request.

C.    To ensure the maintenance of a full complement of competent and committed staff/treatment parents to fulfill the mission of the program and agency, the Program Director will:

1.     Develop and implement effective strategies for recruitment, screening, selection and hiring of a diverse, qualified workforce;
2.    Develop and implement effective staff development strategies including targeted training, supervision, succession planning and professional development programs aimed at enhancing staff competence, satisfaction and retention;
3.    Maintain effective performance management and evaluation system to ensure accountability;
4.    Administer an appropriate and equitable compensation program consistent with agency practices and standards;
5.    Maintain or provide oversight for the maintenance of updated HR files on every staff.
Essential Qualifications

1.    Education/Credentials/Licensure.  Master’s Degree in Education, Special Education and supervisory certification required.
2.    Experience. a.    Minimum of five years of experience working with children with severe emotional and behavioral issues,
b.    Working knowledge of the regulations and guidelines of Pennsylvania Department of Education, DPW, OMHSA as related to Approved Private School and Partial Hospital regulations
c.    Knowledge and experience in working in an educational setting utilizing strength based approaches to interventions with seriously troubled youth and their families.
d.    Understanding, commitment to and integration of the Pressley Ridge Values.  CASSP Principles and Re-Ed Program Directors
e.    Ability to work with other disciplines as part of the team.
f.    Knowledge of an a commitment to culturally competent service delivery
3.    Clearances.  Necessary State and FBI Clearances 4.    Pennsylvania Driver’s License and safe driving record

send application to:
Phillip Novak
Pressley Ridge
5500 Corporate Dr; Suite 400
Pittsburgh PA 15237

Phone:  (412) 872-9449
Fax: (412) 872-9469
mailto:pnovak@pressleyridge.org

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Job Advertisement
Executive Director
Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Executive Director
The Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing is seeking an Executive Director (ED). The ED will be responsible for managing department directors and other agency staff; plan and direct new and current programs or services; oversight of the development of the Agency’s program budget projection; develop program goals and objectives; develop Request for Proposals; management and oversight of various Agency contracts; work and interact with the other State Government agencies; review proposed regulations; respond to multiple inquiries from legislators, other agencies and many interested parties; represent the Agency at meetings and public functions; participate in legislative activities that include presenting program and policy analysis; represent the Agency during legislative sessions.

Qualifications for the position: A Master’s Degree in Business, Public Administration, Social Services or a related field is required for this position. Eight (8) years managing programs or projects that include strategic planning, and/or developing and implementing programs or services that require interaction with other agencies and/or with multiple parties to include five (5) years experience in direct staff management. Substantial experience with managing complex programs and budgets, significant experience in the administration of programs and services for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind communities required. Ability to communicate fluently in American Sign Language required. Individuals with disabilities encouraged to apply.

To apply, please submit your resume to Shannon Smith, Director of Human Resources via email at mailto:ShannonS.Peinado@state.nm.us . Phone calls will not be accepted.

The State of New Mexico Commission for Deaf & Hard of Hearing is an EOE.

For more information on the Commission for Deaf & Hard of Hearing, please visit http://www.cdhh.state.nm.us

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Mental Health Specialist
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services
St. Cloud, MN

$19.33 – $28.35 hourly / $40,361 – $59,195 annually

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others using your expertise in ASL, Deaf Culture, and mental health? We seek an enthusiastic and innovative clinician to provide mental health services to deaf, deafblind, and hard-of-hearing adults coping with mental health issues in rural Minnesota.  These services will enable deaf clients to freely access culturally affirmative mental health services in their communities.  In addition to counseling individual deaf and hard-of-hearing clients, the Mental Health Specialist may also work with couples, families, and groups.  This position will work with a team of professional colleagues based at the DHHS Central Regional Office in St. Cloud and will travel across 20 area counties.

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) division of the Minnesota Department of Human Services provides information, resources, and empowerment opportunities to assist Minnesotans who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing – as well as their families – to effectively access services in their local communities. The MN Department of Human Services is nationally recognized for our progressive leadership in human services. Our mission, working with many others, is to help people meet their basic needs, live in dignity, and achieve their highest potential. We dedicate our talents to serving diverse communities through health care and human services programs.  Make DHS the next step in your career!

St. Cloud, Minnesota:
St. Cloud is a great place to live and work offering both the conveniences and entertainment of a large metropolitan area as well as the laid-back life style and charm of a small town. Centrally located just an hour from the twin cities, St. Cloud provides the convenience of being near one the nation’s greatest cities for fine dining and entertainment while also providing easy access to the beautiful lake country of Northern Minnesota. Minnesota is considered one of the top 10 healthiest and active places in the country. It has the most golf courses per capita in the country and is truly an outdoor paradise with over 12,000 lakes and beautiful forests. Housing is plentiful and affordable and the caliber of education and social services is among the highest in the nation.

Qualifications:
–    Intensive mental health training and counseling experience
–    M.A. in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work or related Behavioral Health field
–    Licensed or license-eligible for LPC, LPCC, LP, LICSW or LMFT in the state of Minnesota
–    Knowledge of clinical/crisis interventions and psychiatric medications
–    Ability to complete required reports, case files, and other paperwork duties in a timely manner
–    Ability to multi-task and cope under stressful circumstances
–    Resourcefulness and creativity required to develop client-related resources
–    Excellent client advocacy and interpersonal skills
–    Thorough knowledge of relevant professional codes of ethics and DSM-IV diagnoses
–    Fluent in both ASL and English
–    Fully competent in Deaf and hearing cross-cultures
–    Willingness to perform some duties at remote work sites, involving some statewide travel

Preferred Qualifications:
–    Two years of professional experience
–    Knowledge of the video technology used by deaf and hard-of-hearing people

Benefits:
In addition to a competitive salary, the State of Minnesota offers excellent employee benefits, such as low-cost health and dental insurance, and affordable dependent coverage.  Other benefits include:
–    Earn up to 29 paid vacation days per year –    Earn up to 13 sick days per year
–    11 paid holidays
–    Pension and retirement savings plan
–    Life insurance (family coverage available)
–    Long-term care insurance (spouse/parent coverage available)
–    Short-term disability
–    Long-term disability
–    Pre-tax benefits
–    Health care savings plan
–    Scheduling flexibility
–    Ongoing educational opportunities
–    Credit union membership available

Contact us!  We are glad to answer any questions you may have about this career opportunities.  Contact us for more information or submit your resume by email (please reference .Mental Health Specialist. in the subject line):

Email: mailto:john.gournaris@state.mn.us

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR RESUME IS Friday December 16th, 2011.

An EOE and Veteran Friendly Employer

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position opening
ASL Proficiency Evaluator, ASL Diagnostic and Evaluation Services
Gallaudet University
Washington, DC

*Job Number:* HR-11096
*Salary Range:* $49,000-$87,900

Provides interviewing and rating in accordance with the American Sign
Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI); participates in the development,
implementation, and administration of tools, protocol, and/or procedures
used in a comprehensive multiple-measures evaluation system; conducts
semi-annual re-ratings of taped interviews as part of a systematic
reliability check; participates in periodic retraining in interview
techniques and rating procedures; participates in other research activities to maintain the quality of the evaluation system; keeps abreast of trends and research in the field of first and second language teaching, learning, acquisition, and evaluation.

*Requirements:*
Master’s degree in linguistics, ASL, 1st and/or 2nd language teaching and
learning, bilingual education, or related field. A minimum three years
experience in ASL instruction and/or evaluation. Experience with developing and/or using ASL assessment tests. Knowledge of the linguistic structure of ASL and English. Knowledge and experience working with individuals with diverse educational, language, and cultural backgrounds. Ability to use judgment and tact with regard to sensitive issues and confidential matter. Ability to work well as an active, contributing member of a team as well as ability to work independently and demonstrate self-reliance and self-initiative. Experience producing written reports, proposals, and other documents related to research, best practices, learning and evaluation. Ability to use various software programs for project and program efficiency. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Fluency in ASL and English. A proficiency level of 4+ or better on the ASLPI. As part
of the interview process, applicants will be given one work related
question and will answer that question in writing. This English writing
sample will be provided to the Gallaudet University English Department for
analysis and determination of skills level.

to apply for this position, please visit:
http://www.gallaudet.edu/hrs/employment_opportunities/apply_now.html

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position opening
Assistant/Associate Professor of American Sign Language
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX

PhD in ASL, Deaf Education, Special Education, Linguistics or related
field. In-depth knowledge of deaf culture, comparative linguistics,
deafness, and communication issues. Native or near-native ASL
speaker. ASLTA or Texas teaching in ASL certification. Five years
experience in teaching American Sign Language (linguistic and
communicative components) at post-secondary level. Experience using
Vista Signing Naturally curriculum. Scholarly accomplishment/promise,
publications, service required. Review begins immediately; interviews
soon. Letter of interest, CV, referee list and 3 letters of
recommendation, teaching philosophy, plan for ASL program
development, teaching evaluations electronically to
https://shsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/2951  Questions to Dr. Debra D.
Andrist, Chair of Foreign Languages, mailto:andrist@shsu.edu Sam Houston
State University, Huntsville, TX. Sam Houston State University is an
EOE/AA Plan Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace.

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position opening
Lecturer of American Sign Language
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX

Lecturer position hired on a nine month basis to teach one to four
sources per semester; hiring is based on student demand. MA/MS
required in ASL, Deaf Education, Special Education, Linguistics or
related field. In-depth knowledge of deaf culture, comparative
linguistics, deafness, and communication issues. Native or
near-native ASL speaker. ASLTA or Texas teaching in ASL
certification. Five years experience in teaching American Sign
Language (linguistic and communicative components) at post-secondary
level. Experience using Vista Signing Naturally curriculum. Review
begins immediately; interviews soon. Letter of interest, CV, referee
list and 3 letters of recommendation, teaching philosophy, plan for
ASL program development, teaching evaluations electronically to
https://shsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/2948 Questions to Dr. Debra D.
Andrist, Chair of Foreign Languages, mailto:andrist@shsu.edu Sam Houston
State University, Huntsville, TX. Sam Houston State University is an
EOE/AA Plan Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace.

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Employment Openings
TEDP Outreach Specialist/ Trainer
GACHI, Inc
Decatur, GA

GACHI, Inc. has immediate openings for the following:

TEDP Outreach Specialist/ Trainer

Full-time, permanent position in Decatur, Georgia.

Salary plus medical & dental benefits.

Responsibilities: Assess and train applicants, provide individual and
group trainings on how to use telecommunication equipment, deliver,
set and provide on going communication and documentation.  Market,
promote, and advertise the program to all segments of the population
to inform individuals, agencies, and organization about the program.
Recruiting and increasing the number of individuals to apply for the
program. Extensive traveling throughout the state of Georgia.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree or 5 years of experience in
telecommunication devices, and two years of experience with training
or teaching individuals or group settings.

Mail resume to:
GATEDP
Attn: Kevin Steffy, Co-Coordinator – Outreach/ Training
4151 Memorial Drive, Suite 103-B
Decatur, Georgia
30032

Or FAX to: 404-297-9465

Or Email to: mailto:ksteffy@gachi.org

Position will remain open until filled. For additional information
about this position, contact Kevin Steffy at: mailto:KSteffy@GACHI.ORG or 404-381-8433 (VP)

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position opening
Employment Director
Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc
Salisbury, MD

Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc. is a growing organization that promotes access to services and resources and provides direct residential and employment services to individuals of various disabilities, primarily deafness, living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware. Services are provided in individual homes and within the community.

Responsibilities: Manages all aspects of the employment program, a program designed to match our clients, people with disabilities, with potential employers, including providing guidance, supervision and support to various personnel. Identifies and markets the program to potential employers and related agencies. Ensures compliance with all funding agents and agency policies and procedures.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred, with emphasis in rehabilitation counseling, guidance and counseling, special education, social work psychology or occupational therapy. Strong vocational skills and knowledge of vocational grants and their reporting requirements is a must. Experience with marketing, development and relationship building is preferred. Five years of supervisory experience including experience in vocational employment services is required. Must be fluent in sign language or willing to learn. Valid Driver’s License is required.
Position Classification: Full Time Exempt.

To Apply: Send resume with cover letter and salary requirements to Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc., attn: Human Resources, 806 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD 21804 or email to mailto:dila@dila.org Applications can also be completed on line at http://www.dila.org

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position opening
Director
Rhode Island School for the Deaf
Providence, Rhode Island

Rhode Island School for the Deaf has initiated a search for Director.

All information can be obtained on our web page:
http://www.rideaf.net

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– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPENINGS AT GLAD !! –

– Director of LIFESIGNS – Los Angeles, CA

– Administrative Assistant – Los Angeles, CA

– Staff Interpreter – Los Angeles, CA

– Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim, CA

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

http://www.gladinc.org

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

Jeff Fetterman
Human Resources 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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