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DeafDigest Blue – December 25, 2011

DeafDigest Blue – December 25, 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/doctor-specializing-in-deaf-tinnitus/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/loud-applause-for-interpreter-not-deaf/

This week’s ASL Videos with captions:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/oral-interpreters-expensive-in-england/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/oral-deaf-big-shock/

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Holiday Message from Harris Communications

As the year comes to a close, Harris Communications wants to say
“Thank you” to all our customers for your past patronage. In 2012, we
will be celebrating our 30 year anniversary! We look forward to
continuing to provide you the products you want and need.

If you have questions about any of the products we carry, please call
or write. Send to the email below or go to our Facebook page. We
would love to hear from you.

Harris Communications wishes you a Happy Holiday Season!
Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah!

Have a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

For more information, go to:
http://bit.ly/HarrisComm_DDB122511

or contact us at mailto:info@harriscomm.com

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sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always
anonymous

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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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All of you, do have a Happy Holiday season!

– What the stories are saying about the deaf?

The European Commission has a new project – to ensure that
the deaf and the disabled Europeans will achieve a barrier-free
quality of life. To achieve this goal, input from the
non-disabled is being sought. The goal is to gather all the
information right up to February 29, 2012 and then to move
on with the information.

ASL users catch body language faster than hearing people?
This is what a combined University of California-Davis
and University of California-Irvine research team is saying.
This study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation.

– Very Hot News

A Deaf Bank no more!

Jim Meisser, a deaf banker, bought Lake Shore Bank in
2006, as the nation’s only deaf-owned bank. No more!

He sold the bank to Talmer Bancorp, Inc, Michigan, for
$26 million in assets in exchange for stock.

DeafDigest wonders if is bad economy that forced smaller
banks to sell out to larger banks?

Meisser, while deaf, does not know ASL.

– Sunday December 18th

Could we use a special glove to send a text message
via sign language? This is what 3 Israeli entrepreneurs
are coming up with. Reaction from observers last week
at an event in Israel was mixed.

– Monday December 19th

Harold Mowl Jr, superintendent, Rochester School for the Deaf,
and also the chairperson of the 4201 Schools Association of New York, wrote an article in a local newspaper. The article
stressed the need to support special education regardless of financial challenges and that a deaf school setting is the
least restrictive environment, validated by diplomas,
independence and preparation for the future.

– Tuesday December 20th

Will the CI become obsolete in few years. And replacing CI
is gene therapy? This is what Sabina Strand, of the
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, is saying. Her
findings were published in Science Daily.

– Wednesday November 21st

So many years ago many Gallaudet faculty members walked to the
Kendall Green campus from their homes in the neighborhood. Times
changed and all of them moved to the far-flung suburbs in the
metro Washington area. Gallaudet is slowly trying to reverse the
trend, encouraging a limited number of faculty and staff members
to move back to the neighborhood! It helps that the DC government
and the Gallaudet administration are both offering financial
incentives for these moves.

– Deaf Miscellaneous stuff

Many deaf people were concerned with the new law, to take
effect on January 1st, that would “phase out” the old
fashioned 100-watt bulbs. Deaf people rely on these
bulbs for their visual alerting devices. Actually the
law only requires the bulbs to be more efficient,
meaning the old fashioned bulbs will be phased out
but there would be new, and better, bulbs. We,
the deaf, will be able to use these newer bulbs
for our alerting devices.

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

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DISABILITY LAWS IN GREAT BRITAIN
In Great Britain, they have a law – Disability Discrimination Act (DAA), which is almost same as our ADA.
An oral deaf woman asked for an oral interpreter for
her new job. The British government said no. She sued
the government and lost.
Why did she lose? The DAA allows government to say
no, if the cost of interpreter is too expensive!
The woman was earning about $78,000. The cost of
oral interpreters for her would be about $390,000
per year.
This is the reason why the British government said no!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/oral-interpreters-expensive-in-england/

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

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latest announcements about Deaf Seniors of America
2013 Baltimore conference

go to:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-seniors-of-america-conference/

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A BIG SHOCK FOR TWO DEAF BROTHERS
Two deaf brothers graduated from an oral school. They
did not know sign language. Their deaf parents were oralists,
and never used sign language at home.
Both brothers went to Gallaudet where they became
ASL experts. They came home for the summer months from
Gallaudet.
At home, both brothers got the biggest shock of their
lives.
The big shock was that their deaf parents finally
used ASL at home! They were hiding their ASL from their
sons for many years. They felt safe using ASL when their sons went to Gallaudet.

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit: http://deafdigest.com/videos/oral-deaf-big-shock/

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

TOP DEAF NEWS OF 2011, JANUARY THROUGH JUNE

please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/2011-top-deaf-news-jan-thru-june/

2011 NOTABLE DEAF DEATHS, A TO M, LAST NAMES

please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/2011-notable-deaf-deaths-first-part/

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PROBLEMS IN GREECE AFFECTING THE DEAF
It is happening in Greece, and possibly in other
European nations – in that financial woes are hitting the
deaf harder than with hearing people.
Closed programs, financial cutbacks, laid off public
service people, etc – have already hit the Greek deaf.

WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

a comment by someone:

it must be very satisfying for you to work with the deaf

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

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

As we celebrate the holidays, it might be fun to look at how some of
our holiday terms are written in steno and a couple potential
mistakes that could happen if captioners and court reporters aren’t
careful.

The mistaken sentence translated as:

“The decorations were very festive and seemed so Chris Massey.”

This should read:

“The decorations were very festive and seemed so Christmasy.”

Another mistaken sentence:

“Being in the holiday spirit, she bought a Hannah Cabell collar for
her dog.”

This should read:

“Being in the holiday spirit, she bought a Hanukkah bell collar for
her dog.”

HAP/PEU/HAPB/TPHU/KA/-RBGS/PHER/REU/KREUS/PHAS/APBD/HAP/PEU/TPHAOU/KWRAOER/-
FPLT

In English the steno reads:

Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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POLICE ACADEMY AND THE DEAF
More and more cities are working to accommodate the
needs of the deaf. Most important of all is communication.
Deaf individuals that are handcuffed behind their backs
just cannot communicate.
And many police officers, despite training sessions,
actually freak out when they encounter the deaf and
would forget what they have learned!
The city of Fort Worth, Texas has a 12-week training
course, of one night per week, to help deaf participants
work with the police in various capacities.
How many other cities have this such program?

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The Deaf and the Law:

A Maryland deaf man was awarded $200,000 in a police
brutality lawsuit. He called 911 to report a burglary
to his family’s house. And when the police arrived,
something went wrong. The police arrested him on
assault charges; the deaf man denied assaulting
a police officer. He, however, was handcuffed
behind his back, preventing him from communicating
with the police via pen and pad. Without admitting
wrong-doing, the county (Anne Arundel) agreed to
settle the lawsuit to have it closed once and for all.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

A big concern at the Indiana School for the Deaf is the
proposal by the state government to “merge” the school with
Indiana School for the Blind.
There have been a series of meetings by several groups
to learn exactly what the proposal is all about.

(editor’s note: nothing came out of it, but there is a
different concern at the school – that the famous
bi-bi philosophy may be seriously challenged by the
governor-appointed school board of directors, all
of them hearing, except for one deaf individual)

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Eminent deaf individuals were profiled in the
“Flashbacks” comic strip that appeared in Sunday
edition of the Washington Post last weekend.
Such honored individuals were Konstantin
Tsiolkovsky, famous Russian rocket scientist;
Deaf Smith, who needs no introduction to all of
us; Laura Bridgman, famous deaf-blind woman; and
Eleanor Willhite, famous deaf pilot.

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

In India, blind people are called visually challenged.

But deaf people of India are simply called Deaf and
Dumb.

Why?

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A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

Not every “similar” words have lipreading issues!

An example is this –

A co-worker said:
I need ink cartridge

The deaf co-worker thought he said:
I need eight hundred

mouth movements between “ink cartridge”
and “eight hundred: are not even the same!

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position opening
Agency Director Community Outreach Program for the Deaf
Albuquerque, NM

Our Agency Director will manage all aspects of COPD – New Mexico to include budget development, staff management, policy development, contract/license compliance, grant/contract proposal development and property/lease management.  This individual will ensure continual quality services to the local community by working with the interpreting community, Deaf community and funding partners.

This is a mission oriented position; the individual will have a clear sense of personal direction and the mission of our corporation and COPD.

We require significant professional/technical experience, a command of budgeting and contract management, a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, Rehabilitation, Social Work, or related field, and Fluency in American Sign Language. You should have five years progressive experience supervising and managing a community service program.

Salary is $19.50 – $30.23 depending on experience and educational background plus excellent benefits.

Apply: Please see our detailed job posting, requirements, and qualifications on our website: http://www.ccc-soaz.org

Resume to: Community Outreach Program for the Deaf,
Attn:  Anne Levy, 10601 Lomas NE, STE 115, Albuquerque, New Mexico  87112

Or email mailto:scotty@copdaz.org , faxed to 505-255-8029. No agencies please.

EOE

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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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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

– HIV Educator – Los Angeles, CA

– Staff Interpreter – Los Angeles, CA

– Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim, CA

– Job Developer/Interpreter – Norwalk, 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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