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ranked equal in contents, features and ads. This is the
– What the stories are saying about the deaf?
More and more cafes in Asia are 100 percent staffed
by the deaf. The latest to go all-deaf is the
Costa Coffee outlet in India. The general manager
noticed another cafe chain hiring the deaf and
decided he might just as well as hire the deaf
Could deaf people, those with organ implants, be able
to have CI’s? Yes, according to Dr. Brian J. McKinnon,
Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences
University. His findings were published in the American Journal of Otolaryngology. He said:
if the patient waits at least six months after the organ transplant and also takes the right antibiotic before and after the cochlear implant procedure, cochlear implant surgery can be safely performed
– Very Hot News
A recent program on the BBC News (United Kingdom’s
premier TV station) focused on the CI. The key
Do implants to improve hearing help deaf people?
Yes, there were pros and cons.
– Sunday February 12th
University of Iowa may start a new program in
interpreter training if some officials have their
– Monday February 13th
The state government of Madras, in India, is planning
to introduce a bill to allow the deaf to run for
public office in local elections.
– Tuesday February 14th
Some time ago a father of a deaf son was clocking car
speeds in front of his house. He was afraid a speeding
car may hit his deaf son that is playing in front
of the house. The father was advised that if there
were car accidents because of quick stops to avoid
the radar, then there may be law suits against him!
– Wednesday February 15th
Media Access Australia distributed its report, saying that more
captioned movies are found at movie houses, stressing that
multi-screen movie houses must follow this formula – one
captioned screen for 6 screens or less, two captioned screens
for 7 to 12 screens, and 3 captioned screens for 13 or more
screens. The report, however, did not address one thing –
small town one-screen movie houses!
– Deaf Miscellaneous stuff
Because of a lawsuit, University of Kentucky has agreed to
caption its football scoreboard. This lawsuit was brought on
by a lifelong U of Kentucky football fan, who is deaf.
(Thursday-Saturday Hot Deaf News will be in the Gold edition)
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TO BE LEGALLY DEAF?
A newspaper reporter emailed DeafDigest a question
about a “legally deaf” man that he was interviewing.
DeafDigest editor was angry at the word “legally
deaf” and asked the newspaper reporter if it means
a deaf person must go to the court to sign papers
to become “legally deaf.”
The newspaper reporter shut up!
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June 20-24, 2012
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DEAF COMMUNITY IN CASPER, WYOMING
Casper, Wyoming is the second largest city
in Wyoming, It has 55,000 people, and the Deaf
Community is small.
Are there deaf clubs in Casper? No, how do
deaf people socialize with each other?
Several times a month they meet at Starbucks,
at Dairy Queen and at a bowling alley. This
is their social life.
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A FRUSTRATION IN PRONOUNCIATION
Many deaf people mispronounce many words. Another
example is this:
South…pronounced one way
Southerner…pronounced another way
SIGN LANGUAGE PROBLEMS IN UGANDA
We, the Deaf Americans, are fortunate that we have
the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, which
upholds standards in sign language interpreting.
A deaf student in a science class in Uganda
struggles with such terms like atom, molecules, cells, veins, aorta. Not because these words are
difficult but because there are no signs for these
words. The Ugandan interpreters are stuck when
the teacher comes up with a technical phrase.
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A CODA’S COMMENT
Regarding TV captions, a Coda said, on a web posting:
Captioning hasn’t really improved in the 30 years my father has been exposed to it, and in fact, it isn’t even readily available on everything yet!
The Coda is correct.
WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?
Interpreters that constantly say, RID allows me to do this, and
RID allows me to do that, and so on
if you have these “hate” or “horror” stories, please
COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
Do you ever hit the wrong key when you are typing? No matter how
skilled and talented a stenocaptioner or CART provider may be, there
are going to be times when he or she will make mistakes.
For people who rely on realtime captioning, it is important to
understand what kinds of errors might be made so that one can “read
through” the errors without losing the meaning or context of what is
We have all probably typed “teh” for the word “the.” Just as on the
typewriter, certain types of errors are more likely to be made on the
steno keyboard. The more familiar with realtime captioning someone
becomes, the easier it is for you to figure out what the mistake was
and to simply read through it.
One type of error that people do not make on the typewriter but is
very common for stenocaptioners is something called a stacking error.
Stacking is caused by one hand moving down for a new stroke before
the other hand comes all the way up or the keys don’t completely
release from the previous stroke.
One example of a stacking mistake would be strokes like WAPBT/-D/A.
Those are three separate strokes on the steno keyboard that should
translate as the words “wanted a.” Occasionally the “-D” and “A”
could end up in the same stroke. Instead of translating “wanted a,”
it would then translate as either “want ad” or “want add,” depending
on the stenocaptioner’s theory of shorthand. If you saw “He want add
promotion on his job,” it probably should have been “He wanted a
promotion on his job.”
A HEARING ASSUMPTION OF ASL SIGNING
It is often that a hearing person, that knows ASL, would
see two people signing to each other. This hearing person
would join in (uninvited) by using ASL – but assuming that
these two people are deaf.
These two people may actually be Codas or interpreters
or sign language students signing to each other!
The hearing person would then leave, still assuming
that both signers were deaf, while actually they weren’t!
STRUGGLES OF A DEAF PERSON IN AN ISOLATED BRITISH TOWN
the last time a deaf social event took place where I was able to
get transportation was two years ago and before that, 15
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The Deaf and the Law:
(found on a web posting)
Q. if a deaf person confesses a crime with a person over the phone, is the relay interpreter required by law to report the caller?
A. by an unnamed attorney:
Probably, only if it is a felony and the interpreter is required to
report to appropriate police officer
(this is just one attorney’s opinion; other attorneys may disagree)
News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
Under fire in Wisconsin is Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
in West Allis. The Wisconsin Deaf Citizens Task Force has been
demanding that the executive director, a hearing person who knows
no sign language, resign.
This agency is not listed in the TDI directory and does not
seem to have its own web site. A friend of DEAFDIGEST editor
had to surf the white pages on the web site to learn of its
phone number. Calling up the number on TTY – the receptionist
answered “GA.” Not even something like “Hello, this is the
CDHH, how may we help you?”. Just a cold GA greets all incoming
News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
Wicked snow storms pretty much hit us
in parts of USA.
Let us take Washington, DC as an example
with this emergency captioning/streaming scorecard:
– NBC local news – captions barely above bottom streaming
– Fox local news – captions barely above bottom streaming
– ABC local news – great, streaming on top, captions bottom
– Independent local news – no captions but with streaming
– CBS local news – great, streaming on top, captions bottom
Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:
Health providers insensitive to the needs and
problems of the deaf? A deaf woman in Great Britain
needed to make an emergency dental appointment. She
ran into hassles with the relay service and with
public transportation and as a result, was not able
to arrive at her appointment on time. As a result
she was turned away at the dental office. Her arguments
went nowhere and she was branded as a “troublemaker patient”
with the public health authorities. It took her two days
to find another dentist that was willing to accept her.
A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?
At the supermarket, you are paying for your groceries
at the check out counter. The woman at the counter
asks you something.
I thought she said:
are you marking?
she actually said:
are you parking
(so that she can validate the parking lot ticket)
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State Coordinator for VR Deaf-Blind Services
(Deadline to apply for this position is February 24th, 2012)
Residence Education Manager (Boys Dorm)
Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD)
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center on of Gallaudet
University, Washington D.C.
We are recruiting for this position and only male applicants may
apply for the jobs in the boy’s dorm.
For detailed job description and application information, please go
to this website address:
Please apply if you are interested in this position. To apply, e-mail
a resume and Gallaudet University job application form to:
College Hall- Room 106
800 Florida Avenue, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
Or Fax resume and Gallaudet University Employment job application to:
Email address: mailto:Personnel.Office@gallaudet.edu
Any questions regarding to these positions, contact Personnel office
ASL Mental Health Counselor/Practitioner
VOA-MN Mental Health Clinics Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program Faribault, MN
Salary range: $13.10 – $18.34 hourly / $27,248 – $38,147 annually
Are you are passionate about combining your expertise in ASL, Deaf Culture, and mental health with youth? If so, we have an exciting opportunity in Faribault, MN for an innovative mental health practitioner to provide therapeutic skill sessions serving deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind children. This unique position is a collaborative effort between the highly acclaimed MN State Academy for the Deaf (MSAD) and VOA-MN Mental Health Clinics Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program. Working under the direct supervision of a licensed mental health professional, this role will facilitate individual, group, and family sessions in order to help clients develop appropriate psychosocial skills to enrich their interpersonal relationships and prosper in the community. This position offers growth and career development for the practitioner as well as significant home / work life balance. This role will work full-time during the academic year with school breaks and summers off. Relocation costs reimbursed up to $2,000.00.
Founded in 1852, this historical and dynamic community is known as .Athens of the West. due to its national recognition as an educational and religious center. With over 29,000 residents, the community enjoys the proximity of being just 25 minutes south of the Twin Cities metropolitan area while being surrounded by comforts such as a relaxed lifestyle, main street connections, and the serenity of nature. Faribault successfully blends the small town experience with the excitement of growth and prosperity. Minnesota, also known as the .Land of the Lakes., ranks at or near the top in quality-of-life ratings including education, medical facilities, social services, and cultural amenities such as entertainment and recreation.
– M.A. in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology, Social Work or related Behavioral Health field – Licensed (or working toward licensure) as a mental health professional in the state of MN – Fluent in ASL and written English – Ability to develop and maintain relationships in a diverse-rich environment
– Ability to complete required reports, case files, and other paperwork in a timely manner
– Experience in programming for children with mental health disorders
– Knowledge of video technology used by deaf and hard-of-hearing people
VOA-MN staff makes the difference in the quality of services we provide our clients. We value the expertise they bring to our organization as well as the compassion, integrity, and innovation that help us live our mission daily. VOA-MN provides competitive salaries as well as a range of benefits including:
– Medical Insurance – Dental Insurance – Earn up to 15 paid vacation days per year – Earn up to 6 sick days per year
– 10 paid holidays – Vision Plan – Company-sponsored wellness initiatives – 403 (b) retirement savings plan
– Life insurance – Short-term disability
– Long-term disability – Flexible Spending Account
– Ongoing educational opportunities – Credit union membership available
Learn more about our organization or to apply, visit http://www.voamn.org
We are happy to assist you if you have any questions. Please contact us by email (please reference ASL Mental Practitioner in the subject line):
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Mental Health Program Consultant (Mental Health Specialist)
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division Minnesota Department of Human Services
Two positions are available
Mental Health Specialist
Minnesota Department of Human Services/
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division
Positions based at:
1. St. Cloud 2. Mankato
$ 46,312-$ 68,257 annually/ Full benefits
Contact: Dr. John Gournaris e-mail: mailto:email@example.com
Job Description: This position provides culturally affirmative mental health services to deaf and hard of hearing adults coping with mental health issues. The main responsibility of the Mental Health Specialist is to provide psychotherapy/ counseling services and the remaining of time will include clinical case management/coordination, consultation, training, aftercare planning, and community placement assistance for deaf and hard of hearing adults.
– The St. Cloud position will be housed in St. Cloud, MN and will travel in Central Minnesota on a regular basis.
– The Mankato position will be housed in Mankato, MN and will travel in South Minnesota on a regular basis.
Responsibilities include: Provide direct mental health services (independently or with supervision) to deaf and hard-of-hearing adults and their families. Responsibilities include: individual/couples/family/group psychotherapy, intake evaluation, treatment planning, some clinical case management, inter-agency coordination, and psycho-education. Complete intake evaluations, treatment plans, progress notes, discharge summaries, and other reports as required. Some consultation duties are also involved (in-services and workshops on Deaf culture and mental health). Maintain close contact with local acute psychiatric units and group homes ensuring that their services are accessible for deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Assist in client capacity building in the regions covered.
Minimum Qualifications: – Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL) – At least 2 years advanced profession experience, OR 1 year advanced professional experience plus 2 years professional experience providing direct mental health services to deaf and hard of hearing individuals. – Master’s Degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work or behavioral-health related 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 provide consultation services to mental health care organizations – Ability to complete required reports, case files, and other paperwork duties accurately and in a timely manner – Ability to multi-task and cope under stressful circumstances – Excellent client advocacy and interpersonal skills – Thorough knowledge of relevant professional codes of ethics and DSM diagnoses – Through knowledge in Deaf and hearing cross-cultures – Willingness to perform some duties at remote work sites, involving some statewide travel
Preferred Qualifications: – Experienced or familiar with a statewide system of mental health services – Knowledge of the video technology used by deaf and hard-of-hearing people
Note: To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that your resume clearly describes your experience in the areas listed above and indicates the beginning and ending month and year for each job held.
Reference/background checks – The Department of Human Services will conduct reference checks to verify job-related credentials and a criminal background check prior to appointment.
Rehabilitation Specialist-Part Time
Arundel Lodge, Inc
Arundel Lodge, Inc. is a mental health agency located in Edgewater, MD. We provide psychiatric rehabilitation services to mentally ill adults. Rehabilitation Specialist (20 hours per week) will provide daily living skills support to deaf or hard of hearing clients in a classroom setting and in the community. Duties also include; medication monitoring, transporting to appointments, and applying crisis intervention when needed. Must be fluent in American Sign Language. Minimum qualifications are high school diploma or equivalent, related work experience and education in Human Services or related field preferred. Send resume to; Arundel Lodge, Inc., Human Resources, 2600 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, MD 21037; Email; mailto:Lmurphy@arundellodge.org , Fax: (410) 841-6045, http://www.arundellodge.org
notice of vacancy
District-wide Special Education Teacher (anticipated)
Nashua School District
Nashua, New Hampshire
For students with moderate to severe disabilities including visual and hearing impairments
WORK YEAR: School year 2012-2013
STARTING: August 2012
SALARY RANGE: $39,034 – $72,657
QUALIFICATIONS: NH certified or eligible for Blind and Vision and Deaf and Hearing Disabilities, HQT in Elementary Ed. Must have experience working with students with moderate to severe disabilities presenting with visual and hearing impairments.
SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES: This position provides instruction for students with moderate to severe disabilities, including visual and hearing impairments by developing, selecting and modifying instructional plans and materials to meet the needs of students utilizing Braille, large print and technological devices. Responsibilities of this position include conducting assessments, consult and collaborate with peers regarding the planning of instructional goals, objectives and methods of service delivery, and assist in the development of student IEP.s so that students are actively engaged in meaningful learning experiences. Assist teachers to become familiar with the unique educational needs and learning characteristics of students with these impairments to enhance the instructional environment and demonstrate a gain in student performance. Meet professional obligations through efficient work habits such as: meeting deadlines, honoring schedules, coordinating and professional development.
This notice should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position or that this is the exclusive list of job functions associated with this position.
External applicants should submit a completed application, a letter of interest, resume, copies of official college transcripts, three letters of professional recommendation, copy of NH certification or a statement of eligibility for the appropriate endorsement area and HQT documentation.
Please submit a completed application packet to: Nashua School District, Attn: Dana O.Gara, Human Resource Director, 141 Ledge Street, Nashua, NH 03060.
Applications are available on our website at http://www.nashua.edu
The Nashua Board of Education reaffirms its position of compliance with applicable State and Federal laws of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender orientation, physical or mental disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information and age in admission to, access to, treatment in or employment in the services, programs and activities of the Nashua School District.
Rehab Counselor for the Deaf/HOH (RCD) position
Vermont State Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Vermont State Vocational Rehabilitation services has a full time Rehab Counselor for the Deaf/HOH (RCD) position to fill here in beautiful Vermont.
The position number is #760155, “VR counselor I AC: Deaf&HOH”.
The home office is based in Barre, which is central Vermont off interstate 89. The position covers 3 other offices in the northeastern part of the state, “the northeast kingdom”.
Substantial traveling is required. Fluency in ASL. Master’s degree requirement is explained in the job description.
Attractive office space in Barre. Dedicated, professional staff to work with. There are several certified Interpreters nearby, Sorenson Ntouch VP in Barre, and Zphone in other 3 office locations. Qualified candidate will have access to an iPhone 4.
Therapeutic Staff Support/TSS Professionals
Warwick Family Services
Looking for an enticing job that challenges your character and skills? Look no further! Working with children in an apprenticeship role will instill you with new skills that can be used in fields such as: psychology, education, business and government.
You will learn the magical art of healthy working relationships in the classroom, conjuring boundaries with children and learn the valuable trade of managing children’s behaviors.
You will be provided with resources and support from the behavior specialist on a weekly basis. Have strong “people’s person skills? You will find this job to be a good fit, and for those who strive to be a “people’s person” the behavior specialist s will teach you valuable skills to help you be successful in the workplace environment.
TSS candidates must possess a bachelors degree in Psychology, Social Work, Human Services or related field and one year previous work experience with children or at minimum 60 college credits and three years work experience with children.
TSS Aide candidates must possess a high school diploma and two years of verified volunteer or paid work experience with children.
All applicants must be proficient in American Sign Language (ASL).
Case assignments are generally in a school setting, however some clients require services in the home. Work hours vary from ten to thirty hours per week based on approved client hours and staff flexibility to accept more than one assignment. Work is available in Philadelphia and Bucks County.
For immediate consideration please email your resume to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or via fax to 267-525-7014.
For additional information about our company log on to our website
Kansas School for the Deaf
The Kansas School for the Deaf, 450 East Park St., Olathe, KS 66061, is currently seeking qualified individuals for the following positions for the 2011 – 2012; 2012 – 2013 school year:
– Secondary Science Teacher (Immediate)
– Secondary Social Studies Teacher (Immediate)
– Elementary Teacher (Fall 2012)
Placement made within agency guidelines on salary schedule depending upon professional background and experience. KSD offers excellent benefits (Full Time Positions Only). Applicants will be screened and the most highly qualified applicants will be invited for an interview session. Positions are open until filled. KSD is located in the Heartland of the USA, part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. For area info on excellent schools and affordable housing check out: http://www.kcmo.org/ and http://www.olatheks.org/
For an application and a job announcement on each of these positions, please refer to our website at http://www.kssdb.org or contact Ann Troyer, Human Resources Professional, at (913) 791-0501 (V/TTY) for further details on the positions. E-mail: mailto:email@example.com Fax #: 913/780-6563
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faculty position opening
Department: Deaf Studies
Rank: Assistant/Associate Professor (Two Tenure-Track Positions)
California State University, Northridge
Northridge, California 91330
Effective Date of Appointment: August 2012
(Subject to Budgetary Approval)
Salary: Dependent on Qualifications
Qualifications: Earned doctorate in Deaf Studies, Linguistics, American Sign Language (ASL), or closely related field of study. ABD candidates will be considered, but doctorate must be completed by the time of appointment (August 2012). General knowledge of linguistic principles of ASL and an understanding of sign language interpreting processes with ASL as the foundation. Possess strong and effective teaching methods in various aspects of ASL and/or related courses in Deaf Studies. Extensive knowledge of Deaf Culture and the Deaf community. Evidence of successful teaching experience at the college level. Demonstrated evidence of recent scholarly publications or equivalencies and activities or evidence of potential for such scholarly accomplishments. Ability to interact effectively with both Deaf and hearing people. Evidence of positive relationships and collegiality with university students, staff, and colleagues. Evidence of participation in ASL/Deaf Studies and Deaf community organizations on local, state, and national levels. Commitment to the Deaf bilingual/bicultural experience and its foundation in basic human rights. Native/native-like fluency in ASL. Basic understanding of curriculum development. Demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring a diverse student population.
CSUN is a Learning Centered University. The successful candidate will be expected to join faculty and staff in a commitment to active learning, to the assessment of learning outcomes, and to multiple pathways that enable students to graduate.
At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.
Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.
Responsibilities: Teach American Sign Language and Deaf Studies content courses. The standard teaching load is twelve (12) units per semester (plus committee assignments). A reduced load will be assigned during the first year of teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to and participate in the life and development of the department (including curriculum and program development); engage in scholarship and community service and to remain current in their field; serve on departmental, college, and/or university committees, and to participate in other service as needed.
Application Process: Applicants should submit: (1) a letter of application that includes statements of teaching and research interests, (2) a current curriculum vitae that includes educational background, prior teaching experience, and evidence of scholarship and/or related professional experience, (3) evidence of teaching effectiveness/potential (including sample syllabi and summaries of student evaluations, if available), (4) photocopies of all earned degrees and certificates, and (5) the names and contact information of at least three professional references.
Application Deadline: Screening to begin on February 24, 2012. Position to remain open until filled.
Inquiries and nominations should be addressed to: Flavia S. Fleischer, Chair
Department of Deaf Studies
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, California 91330-8265
California State University, Northridge, one of the largest of the 23 campuses of The California State University system, is located twenty-five miles northwest of central Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley, a suburb with a multi-ethnic population of over one million people. The University enrolls approximately 35,000 students (27,000 FTEs) from diverse ethnic backgrounds, served by 4,000 faculty. Nine Colleges offer baccalaureate degrees in 70 degree programs, master’s degrees in 58 graduate degree programs, 1 doctorate graduate program and 55 teaching credentials in the field of education, and various opportunities in extended learning and other special programs. For more information about the University, check our website: http://www.csun.edu/
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Northridge has made crime-reporting statistics available on-line at http://www-admn.csun.edu/police/clery-report-2009.pdf Print copies are available in the library and by request from the Office of Public Safety and the Office of Faculty Affairs.
Applicants who wish to request accommodations for a disability may contact the Office of Equity and Diversity, (818) 677-2077.
The university is an EO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender identity, gender orientation, gender expression, gender, marital status, age, disability, genetic information, disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran status.
3 open positions
Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing
– Deaf/Deaf Blind Services Manager
– Telecommunications Resources Program Manager
– Telecommunications Consultant
Civil Rights Program Manager
The Maine Center on Deafness
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:firstname.lastname@example.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.
Legal Training Coordinator
Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Seeks Legal Training Coordinator
– Teach (or arrange for instructors) 80 hours of training to interpreters from previously established curriculum. Administer 100 hours of legal mentorship.
– 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
– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPENINGS AT GLAD !! –
– Staff Interpreter – Los Angeles, CA
– Job Developer/Interpreter – Pacoima, CA
– Job Developer/Interpreter – Norwalk, CA
To learn more about the above positions at GLAD, please go
to our website:
If interested for any of these positions then please submit resume
and application to:
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
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