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DeafDigest Blue – December 26, 2010

DeafDigest Blue – December 26, 2010

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

America’s Unique Deaf Stories; free subscription
serving the Deaf Community since 1996; 14th year

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Last week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.net/videos/highsalarydemand/
http://deafdigest.net/videos/tvcommercial/

This week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/capitald/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/lamarsigns/

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DeafDigest welcomes unique deafnews tips; do email:
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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(updated AT&T posting)

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Register and obtain a 10-digit number to receive calls directly from
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The DeafDigest is divided into Blue and Gold sections, both
ranked equal in contents, features and ads. This is the
Blue section.

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– What the best newspaper stories are saying about the deaf?

Great Britain:
Deaf athletes need to raise their own funds to pay their
way to take part in the international competition. The
British national deaf badminton team raised funds by
playing badminton for 24 hours and encouraging fans
to make donations.

Botswanna
Kagiso Morapedi and Gaone Mokoto, both deaf, became the
second deaf couple to get married in Botswana.

It is hard to believe.

The pastor has married many, many deaf couples in Zambia.
Not that so in Botswana. The first deaf couple was married
by the pastor 10 years ago!

– Very Hot News

Which of these Great Britain cities – Bristol, London, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Swansea, Belfast and Dundee are
most deaf-unfriendly?

Bristol, according to the Royal National Institute for Deaf People. This organization surveyed these cities with a
check-off list. And Bristol “won” this Most Deaf-Unfriendly
championship!

– Sunday December 19th

In Uganda, there is a cost war between several
telecommunication carriers, in hopes of attracting
more customers.

This cost war is not helping the deaf because text
messages are priced higher than voice messages.

This issue was raised by Joseph Mbulamwana, an
officer with the Uganda National Association of the Deaf

– Monday December 20th

If this is to be interpreted as great news for us, then
the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers
has endorsed our captioning needs and will be pushing
it in the TV and media industry

– Tuesday December 21st

Kinect evolving from a game and entertainment device
to a sign language device? Yes, if a Georgia Tech
research team has its way. They are saying sign language
results is just about 99 percent accurate.

Of what practical use would ASL Kinect be? Researchers
are saying it may have medical, academic and accessibility
uses.

Oh, well, time will tell.

– Wednesday December 22nd

The Michigan Deaf Community staged a vigil by the candlelight in
hopes of staving off the governor’s signing of the bill that
would OK the sale of the campus to a private developer.

The governor eventually ignored the vigil and went ahead to sign the bill!

– Top News of 2010

http://deafdigest.com/2010topnews/

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

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Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

Any difference in developing good grammar if the child is
identified as early as possible as deaf or if they were
discovered few years later?

This is why a research team at the University of Southampton
in Great Britain is trying to find out.

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RIT’s Digital Arts, Film and Animation Competition for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students

High school students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can express themselves through art and win exciting prizes by entering Rochester Institute of Technology’s fifth annual Digital Arts, Film and Animation Competition for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students.

Ninth through 12th grade students may enter in several categories, including Web design, graphic media, film, 3-D animation, interactive media and photo illustration.

To qualify, students must submit the following by postal mail: an entry form, a 150 – 300 word descriptive essay about their work, and the artwork itself on CD or DVD.

Students may submit up to two entries in two different art categories.

Winners will receive cash prizes at an awards ceremony in the spring and have their winning work exhibited in the Dyer Arts Center on the RIT campus.

The deadline to register is January 15, 2011.

For an entry form or more information, visit http://www.rit.edu/NTID/Arts or call 585-475-7695 (voice/TTY.)

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CAPITAL D OR LOWERCASE d
Many years ago there was no such a thing as a
capital case D.
Capital case D means Deaf, not deaf. Good or bad?
Well, DeafDigest editor never forgot the story of
a deaf husband and deaf wife, both from very long
generations of deafness in their family trees.
When they got married, everyone expected their
children to be deaf. But all of their children
were hearing.
What did these Deaf (Capital D) do with their
hearing children? Loved them very much and raised
them the best they could to lead good lives for
themselves.

– for ASL News version, please click on the arrow at:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/capitald/

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

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A message from Ronald Hirano, Long-Time California Bay Area Deaf Community Leader & former DCARA Board member

http://deafdigest.com/hiranomessage/

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A SIGN MAKING COMPANY IN MISSISSIPPI
There is a sign company in Lamar, Mississippi. It
makes signs that we see on streets, stores, shops and
buildings.
The company’s name is Lamar Sign Company. Their
sign, outside of their office, says

We know Sign Language

And name Lamar was fingerspelled.

Do these people know ASL? No.

– for ASL News version, please click on the arrow at:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/lamarsigns/

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

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AT&T INTRODUCES VIDEO RELAY SERVICE APP FOR DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
USERS ON THE APP STORE

App Allows Users To Make Video Relay Service Calls With iPhone 4 

DALLAS – DECEMBER 21, 2010 – AT&T* today announced a new video relay
service (VRS) app for iPhone 4 that allows deaf and hard of hearing
customers to make VRS calls. The AT&T VRS app is available today on
the App Store. 

AT&T VRS is a service that allows a person who uses American Sign
Language (ASL) to place a relay call to a hearing person by
communicating through a certified ASL interpreter. AT&T has offered
video relay services to customers for many years, but the new AT&T
VRS app provides a more flexible and convenient way for users to make
VRS calls on the go. iPhone 4 customers can make unlimited VRS calls
using the AT&T VRS app at no additional cost.

“AT&T is committed to serving the deaf and hard of hearing
communities, and our new AT&T VRS app is one more way we’re enhancing
our offerings,” said Susan Johnson, senior vice president of AT&T
Customer Information Services. “Now our customers can make a VRS call
at Wi-Fi hotspots using iPhone 4, which makes VRS easier and more
accessible for everyone.”   

The AT&T VRS app is simple and easy to use. Users launch the app,
log-in, and then can either choose to place a VRS call by selecting
someone from their contact list or by manually dialing a number. The
app contacts an AT&T ASL interpreter who then initiates a FaceTime
video call with the user.** The interpreter will connect the ASL user
to the hearing person they are calling, and relays the conversation
between the two parties through ASL. 

In addition to the app, AT&T VRS also offers a free software download
called AT&T Video Link that turns a computer or laptop into a video
phone. This software works on certain Macs and PCs enabled with a web
cam and a broadband connection. 

AT&T VRS will also provide users with a ten-digit telephone number
and supports all the FCC required 911 emergency capabilities. 

The AT&T VRS app is available for free from the App Store on iPhone
or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.  For additional information about
AT&T VRS, please visit www.att.com/vrs, or access AT&T VRS via video
phone at ATTVRS.tv or 877-642-0877. 

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
** FaceTime works over Wi-Fi.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates . AT&T operating companies . are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries.  It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T |DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.

Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com.  This AT&T news release and other announcements are available at http://www.att.com/newsroom and as part of an RSS feed at http://www.att.com/rss. Or follow our news on Twitter at @ATT. Find us on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/ATT to discover more about our consumer and wireless services or at http://www.Facebook.com/ATTSmallBiz to discover more about our small business services.

© 2010 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. Mobile broadband not available in all areas. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

SOURCE AT&T Inc.

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A MOVIE IN A RESTAURANT
DeafDigest editor and his wife went to a restaurant
in Washington, DC.
That restaurant shows DVD movies for the benefit
of its patrons that prefer to watch a film than to
read a newspaper or to get into a conversation.
That movie always shows captions. It is not only
because the restaurant is noisy, but because patrons
that eat at a long distance from the screen may not
be able to hear the sound.
This would be perfect for deaf patrons.

DON’T FOLLOW ARLEN SPECTER’S EXAMPLE
Outgoing senator Arlen Specter made the news
by badmouthing everything about the Congress.
This is a poor example of being a sore loser.
Why is DeafDigest mentioning it.
About 25 years ago, DeafDigest editor worked
for a deaf service agency. Because of budget
problems, a deaf IT employee was laid off.
The CEO privately told DeafDigest editor he
hoped the deaf IT man would be rehired when
things got better.
Anyway, during the exit interview, the deaf
IT man badmouthed everything about the deaf
service agency.
A week later. The computer system crashed;
this breakdown was serious.
Naturally the deaf IT mean was not asked
to come back to fix the crashed system!
It just does not pay to badmouth the
employer, be it deaf or hearing.

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A NFL GAME COIN FLIP
If you are watching the Indianapolis Colts-Tennessee Titans
game on TV on January 2nd, hopefully you will catch the glimpse
of Zachary Foster flipping the pre-game coin.
The winner of the pre-game coin flip decides whether to
receive the kick off or to kick off.
Zachary is deaf and is a 6th grader at the Indiana School
for the Deaf.
And as a sidebar, Jeff Fisher, the Tennessee coach, is deaf
in one ear and has been known to be sympathetic to the needs
of the deaf.

WHAT SOME INTERPRETERS MAY NOT KNOW!
There was a posting on a deaf yahoogroup that interpreters
working in San Diego, California, may need to file papers to
get a Business Tax Certificate. This is especially if they
get 1099 forms for income earned.
Those that do not file may be subject to additional
penalties. And that other cities may also require these
Business Tax Certificates!

WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

being asked:

are you deaf or hearing?

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

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

As we celebrate this holiday season, it is fun to occasionally
reflect on our lives and the people whose lives we have touched, like
George Bailey did in the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.” 

Realtime captioners, CART providers, and court reporters use their
talents and skills to touch the lives of many people on a daily
basis.  Without them, things would be very different for people who
rely upon their services.

If court reporters were not in the courtroom, there would be no
record of the important proceedings that take place.  They preserve
the record for appeals and provide a vital service for judges,
attorneys, and people involved in litigation.

If CART providers were not in the classrooms, meetings, offices, and
other places they provide services, many people with a hearing loss
would not be able to participate in the activities that are very
important to their lives.

If realtime captioners were not available to cover news, sports, and
other live broadcasts, people around the world would miss information
that is necessary to function in this ever-changing world we live in.

These people touch the lives of millions of people every day.  It
truly is a wonderful life.  

FIXING PRESSURE HORNS
We, the deaf, may not always be able to hear pressure horns
mounted on vehicles.
Don’t say that to Mohammed Shamin and Ishan Shamin, the father
and son team of Allahabad, a regional city in the northern part
of India.
They are deaf and they own a shop which repairs defective
pressure horns. While they cannot hear, they feel the vibrations
and know what is wrong and what is needed to fix.
They are considered to be one of the best pressure horn
mechanics in the city!

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DEAF POLITICAL AWARENESS

Q. In a certain politically-charged state, a deaf advocate
could not make headways with the state legislative body.
The replacement person, who was hard of hearing, was
more successful. Why?

A. Sad to say, the legislators had no patience dealing with a deaf person, via interpreters! In some states, it works, in other states it didn’t.

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

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introducing a new book

My Yesterdays
In A Changing World of the Deaf

by Mervin D. Garretson

A lifestory of a totally deaf educator and advocate about growing up
in an anti-sign world dominated by oralists and professional
audists.  Includes bits of deaf history, commentaries on ASL, deaf
culture, presidents of Gallaudet University, and other notable people
in the field.   Available from Xlibris Marketing Service, 1663
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– flash – latest announcement on Alaska Wilderness Vacation cruise

“Alaska Wilderness Vacation” Cruise-tour May 27 – June 11, 2011 Great
8 days of land tour (May 27-June 4) plus 7 additional cruising days
(June 4-11) for a full 15 days of explorations is already SOLD OUT
except only for one more left for a non-smoking male to room with another
male.  After the land tour, we offer a separate 7 days cruise from
near Anchorage, AK to Vancouver, BC which still has plentiful rooms
left.

For more details, go to http://www.DeafCruise.com/alaska and see our pre-land
tour and post cruise tour for you to experience your extra pioneering
spirit! Why go there with only a short plan? Go for as many days as
you can until few years later which we will offer it again. It will
not be biennial since we are now offering more world-wide tours each
year, and for Alaska, it may be next 3 years or so, meaning take
advantage now and give yourself a full shot with as many days as you
can this time!

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“Hawaii’s Independence Day Week” Cruise July 2-9, 2011

— HISTORICALLY MOST POPULAR! — 3rd Anniversary “Deaf Cruise Hawaii 2011.”  Escape now to visit 4-Islands, include seeing famous Pearl Harbor, Pineapple, Hawaii dancers, surf, and much more!  You will love it!  NCL made a special offer for 50% less deposit with only $125 per person instead of $250 to reserve. Pre and Post Cruise excursions available.  For more detail, www.DeafCruise.com/hawaii.

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“Thanksgiving Family Week in the Caribbean” Cruise November 19-26, 2011

— BEST COST-EFFECTIVE DEAL! —  Great for families and singles, get on a brand new ship, NCL EPIC, one of the largest freestyle cruise ever built. Incredible and true, your lowest room rate starts at $809 per person for this 7-days Eastern Caribbean trip!  Another Bonus from NCL with 50% less deposit with only $125 per person instead of $250 to reserve.  Check us out at www.DeafCruise.com/caribbean for more detail.

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“Deaf World Cruise 2013” July 14-27, 2013 (Tentative Date & Itinerary)

— WORLD’S ALL DEAF CRUISE! —  Prior Deaflympic (July 31-Aug 13) in Greece, we offer FABULOUS opportunity for “All Deaf Cruise” event in which we partner with Miss Deaf International!  All girls will have various contests for all to see on board throughout the trip.  One great low price, no extra cost for MDI!  We start from Italy, ends at Greece with 5 countries in between.  For more exciting one-time event’s detail, check out www.DeafWorldCruise.com.  New www.DeafWorldCruiseMDI.com will be added soon for all countries’ key leaders, chaperones, and friends to sign up and support MDI and our cruise’s event.

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For any question, please contact mailto:sales@deafcruise.com or VP 866-922-3090

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(updated posting)

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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
CI is working. Many of our clients’ cochlear implants stopped working
prematurely as described in the letter. We have a Deaf attorney and VP
available.

To find out more, please click here and follow instructions
on the screen or go to:
http://www.weitzlux.com/failed-cochlear-implants_1937570.html

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What:  A national study for counselors who serve the Deaf funded by
AHRQ

Why: Counseling and behavioral health services for persons who
are Deaf, Deaf-blind or hard of hearing are scarce, and many
individuals are underserved. We hope to learn and share the results
with all who provide counseling services across the nation

If you are a counselor please take the time to complete the survey or
if you know counselors in your region who work with this population
please forward this survey to them at:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5DYG2XF

The questionnaire takes about 30 minutes to complete. After completing
the survey, the respondent will receive a small token of appreciation
for their  time. If you want a paper copy instead to complete please
let us know.

The study is being conducted by Drs. Kim Mathos and Beth Nolan
address ( mailto:kkmathos@gmail.com )

Thank you very much for completing the survey or helping us to
identify appropriate providers. We very much appreciate your help!

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

Researchers from the National Institute on Deafness and Other
Communication Disorders, the National Institute for Occupational
Safety and Health and University of Texas Health Science Center
at San Antonio have jointly agreed on one thing.

It is that Americans hear better now than 40 years ago!

Huh, with all these stories of noise pollution causing many
Americans to become deaf, these research groups are saying
the opposite.

Cannot figure it out, DeafDigest declares.

…….

The Deaf and the Law:

the ADA specifically deals with such issues, as follows:

– when a hearing impairment is a disability under the ADA;

– when an employer may ask an applicant or employee about a hearing impairment;

– how employers can ensure the confidentiality of applicants’ and employees’ medical information;

– what types of reasonable accommodations an individual with a hearing disability may need;

– to what extent an employer must provide a reasonable accommodation to an individual with a hearing disability;

– how an employer should handle safety concerns and harassment issues; and,

– how an individual with a hearing impairment can file a claim against an employer under the ADA or the Rehabilitation Act.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

First it was Jack Gannon, who took time off from regular
duties at Gallaudet, to write the book “Deaf Heritage”
which debuted at the 1980 NAD Conference.
Now it is Larry Puthoff, who also took time off from
regular duties at Communication Service for the Deaf,
Sioux Falls, SD to write the book “The Transcendent Territory”
which rightfully is the encyclopedia of anything you wanted
to know about the deaf in South Dakota. This book is now
hot off the presses and the DeafDigest editor will be ordering
his personal copy.

…….

News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Today is Christmas. And is Vonage discriminating
against Deaf Children?
Well, Vonage, a web telephone service, has come up
with an innovation that allows Hearing Children
to keep track of the whereabouts of the Santa Claus.
Vonage is not captioned, hence discrimination
against Deaf Children!
Deaf Children and Hearing Children equally love the
Santa Claus.

(DeafDigest is not sure if there is such a thing as
a Captioned Vonage?)

…….

Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Why is it that we get more TV captions but less video
captions?

Yes, we have this Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010.

But this piece of legislation has a loophole. If the program
has never been aired on TV or cable or satellite, then
the provider does not have to caption it on the internet.

This loophole kills the Act of 2010.

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A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

Do you want……?
Do you want……?
Do you want……?
Do you want……?

you reply:

no
no
no
no

At your local Starbucks outlet you know the
lipreading drill, and you automatically say
no to these following questions:

#1 Do you want it ground?
#2 Do you want a free coffee?
#3 Do you want a bag?
#4 Do you want a receipt?

Makes life so much easier at that Starbucks
outlet!

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

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DeafBook of the Week

The Deaf Mute Howls

by Albert Ballin

Gallaudet University Press

growing up as a deaf person in the late 19th century
and early 20th century; book was reprinted in 1998

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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best in the nation.

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position opening
Job Title/Rank: Instructional/Support Faculty
Rochester Institute of Technology, National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester, NY

PC#: 0211 IRC42856

Department: Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting
Education
Job Category: Faculty, Tenure Track*
Starting Date: Fall 2011

This position is subject to available funding.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION
– Teach American Sign Language to students in variety of programs at
NTID and RIT (Bachelor degree program in ASL/English Interpretation,
College of Liberal Arts, ASL/Deaf Cultural Studies, Faculty/Staff
Sign Language Education Program, Master of Science in Secondary
Education of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students, etc.)
– Provide leadership in curriculum design and materials development
for American Sign Language courses
– Participate and contribute to professional organizations in the
field of ASL instruction
– Fulfill traditional faculty expectations, including, in particular,
those related to scholarship, required for tenure and promotion in
rank

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
Ten-month, full-time, tenure track or lecturer position

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:
All applicants should apply online at http://apptrkr.com/172097
Search for IRC42856.

Application deadline: Review of applications will begin February 1,
2011 and will continue until an acceptable candidate is found.

EOE

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position opening
Job Title/Rank: Instructional/Support Faculty
Rochester Institute of Technology,
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester, NY

PC#: 0375 IRC42875

Department: Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting
Education
Job Category: Faculty, Tenure Track*
Starting Date: Late August 2011

This position is subject to available funding.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION
– Teach ASL-English Interpretation courses to students in the
American Sign Language and Interpreting Education Program at NTID and
RIT
– Provide leadership in curriculum design and materials development
for ASL-English Interpretation courses
– Participate and contribute to professional organizations in the
field of Interpreting education
– Fulfill traditional faculty expectations, including, in particular,
those related to scholarship, required for tenure and promotion in
rank

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
Ten-month, full-time, tenure track or lecturer position

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:
All applicants should apply online at http://apptrkr.com/172105
Search for IRC42875. Applications should include cover letter
detailing your technical, teaching and scholarship qualifications and
achievements; a vita; and the names, addresses and phone numbers of
three references.

Application deadline: Review of applications will begin February 1,
2011 and will continue until an acceptable candidate is found.

EOE

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position opening
Director, Public Safety
Gallaudet University
Washington, DC

Gallaudet University is looking for a Director of Public Safety to: direct the efficient and effective operation of the Department of Public Safety; maintain a safe and secure university and Clerc Center campus for residents and visitors; implement community policing and public relations initiatives, and educational and outreach public safety programs for students, staff, and visitors; develop training programs for all DPS personnel; manage the departmental budget; supervise or direct the supervision of all DPS managers or other supervisory personnel;  manage parking and traffic control, and student, faculty and staff identification; and manage all aspects of fire safety on campus.

Minimum requirements:  Bachelor’s degree and ten years experience in increasingly demanding management positions in complex institutions or in police or public safety field. (Master’s degree may be substituted for some of the experience.)  Familiarity with working in an educational setting and an understanding of student development.  Excellent customer relations skills.  Significant leadership, administrative, and budgetary experience.  Demonstrated ability to work effectively with disciplinary issues in a K-12 and university environment.  Valid driver’s license required. Sign language skills required at time of application.

Excellent benefits package including health, dental and life insurance, educational assistance, and annual/sick leave accrual.  Competitive salary range starting at $81K.

To apply, send cover letter, resume and Gallaudet University application to:
Gallaudet University, Human Resources Services, Job #10073, 800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002.

Faxes (202-651-5344) or emailed documents ( mailto:personnel.office@gallaudet.edu ) are accepted.

We are EOE.

Deadline: 12/31/2010.

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Open positions
The Learning Center for the Deaf
Framingham, MA

Residential Counselor (Female Dorm)
Classroom Teacher, Walden School
Classroom Teacher
Child Care Worker – Day and Residential Wraparound Family Partner (Part-Time)
Overnight Residential Counselor (Female Dorm)
Educational Audiologist

For all of above positions, for descriptions & application procedures, go to:

http://deafdigest.com/tlcjobs/

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– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD !! –

*  Community Interpreter – Los Angeles
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Pacoima
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Crenshaw
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Santa Ana
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim
*  Program Assistant/Interpreter & Quality Management Assistant – Los Angeles
*  Outreach Coordinator – Bakersfield

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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