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DeafDigest Blue – January 22, 2012

DeafDigest Blue – January 22, 2012

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

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Serving the Deaf Community since 1996; 16th year

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Last week’s ASL Videos with captions:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-pointing-finger-at-deaf/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-hairstylist-and-hairstyling-magazines/

This week’s ASL Videos with captions:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/hearing-think-deaf-cannot-talk/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-employee-hates-hearing-boss/

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

sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always
anonymous

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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 stories are saying about the deaf?

To raise funds for the Career Counselling Agency for the Deaf
in the Czech Republic, twelve most famous hearing individuals
have been modeling themselves, one month per model. The agency
sells calendars of these models at a “Deaf Cafe” in Prague.
This agency was founded in 2006 in an effort to teach the deaf
job training skills.

Malaysian parents are possibly the worst enemies of
their deaf children. Making this accusation is
Mastika Sijol, an administrator of a rehabilitation
center. She said that hearing parents refuse to
send their children to the center to help them
with their life goals.

– Very Hot News

Larry Taub, the first deaf headmaster in the storied history of
Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, has resigned from his position.
This resignation takes effect when school closes for the summer.
The school press release said he wishes to pursue other
professional opportunities.

– Sunday January 15th

Tamil Nadu, one of the 28 states in India, has
established seven separate disabled people categories.
One such category is deaf, and the government is proposing
to try to help all the disabled, the deaf included.

– Monday January 16th

What is a reasonable accommodation and what is not, at least
in Great Britain. DeafDigest mentioned several times that
deaf diplomat Jean Cordell had her diplomatic job pulled
off the table when it was learned that cost of professional
lipreaders was too expensive. Great Britain explained that
“reasonable accommodation” is how critical is lipreading
to her job, how would deaf employee benefit from lipreading,
cost of lipreading professional in proportion to the office
budget, any precedence in the past with government professional
lipreaders, ability for any employer to spend that much money
on professional lipreading and would the expenditure be
appropriate. The government based its decision on such criteria.

– Tuesday January 17th

Canada, for some reason, is getting more and more
strict with their immigration guidelines as far as
deaf immigrants are concerned. It is so bad that
the Federal Court of Canada is looking into this
issue. A hearing engineer from Philippines originally
given a temporary worker visa, wanted to bring his
wife and family along. One of the children is deaf
and this was the reason for Canada saying no. He
filed a lawsuit. Canada was afraid that disabled
immigrants would impose a burden on the national
welfare system!

– Wednesday January 18th

Deaf residents of Forth Worth, Texas, interested in the city
council proceedings, are now able to watch the captioned
discussions. Captions are showed on a special screen that
is 3 feet wide, 9 inches high, and is claimed to be
clear to those that sit within 50 feet away. It didn’t
say, however, if deaf people, standing from the back of the
room would still be able to watch captions?

– Deaf Miscellaneous stuff

This past May, Hear USA filed for Chapter 11
bankruptcy. If the Southern District of Florida
approves it, this means the company can reorganize
while trying to pay off its debts. Whats’ the update?
An insider said there’s much confusion going on as
to the real direction Hear USA wants to take.

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

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A BLUSHING HEARING EMPLOYEE
A deaf employee that can speak very well, had a
problem with a hearing employee.
That hearing employee always thought the deaf
people were dumb, helpless, and cannot talk.
This hearing employee would use gestures every time
he saw that deaf employee.
Tired of these silly gestures, the angry deaf employee
shouted at the hearing employee:

Can you talk?

The hearing employee immediately blushed with a
red face.

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/hearing-think-deaf-cannot-talk/

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for people with disabilities (deaf, included)

Washington, DC
Friday, March 16, 2012

more information at:
http://deafdigest.com/career-expo-for-deaf-washington-dc/

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IF YOU HATE THE BOSS
Today’s economy is bad. Many people have no jobs.
If you are deaf and have a job, then you are lucky.
But suppose you have a job and you hate your boss,
then what should you do?
Quit the job and look for a better job with a
better boss. Or to stay in the job and still hate the
boss.
If you quit your job, it is a gamble, because it may
be a long time before you find a new job.

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-employee-hates-hearing-boss/

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

A STREET NAME SAME AS ONE OF OUR ASL GESTURES
Could there be a street anywhere that whose name
is the same as one of our ASL gestures?
Take a look at:

http://deafdigest.com/pah-road-auckland-new-zealand/

There is no such a word in a dictionary for the
phrase pah – but in ASL, it means either “finally”
or “about time.”
Why pah? More of a mouthing reaction to something
that is “about time” or “finally.”
Please read the text that comes with this picture.

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A DEAF LEAD SINGER IN A BAND
The band “History for Sale” is being led by a lead singer,
Mark Young, who is deaf and wears hearing aids while
performing on stage.
DeafDigest is not sure if he is late-deafened or has been
deaf all his life. A search of his bios on web sites do not
deal too much on his hearing loss. Do keep in mind hearing
loss is common with musicians everywhere.

LEARNING SOMETHING NEW
All of us learn something new every day, regardless of
our age.
One recent blog hooked DeafDigest editor. It said:

Learning to go Deaf

Never thought of it. It applies to those that are
losing their hearing, either because of age or illness
or accident.
Many people, when they lose hearing, go into denial,
refusing to learn what captions, relay services, signaling
devices, sign language are all about – and to join these hearing-loss self support groups.
This header (Learning to go Deaf) is a step in a
positive direction!

WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

Without letting me know in advance, students that want to watch
a video instead of interacting with hearing students during
study hour

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

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

Because it is very important that all caption viewers become
advocates for better quality captioning, it is also important for us
to understand what kinds of errors are made in realtime captioning.

Sometimes people do not understand how a captioner could have made an
error because what came up on the screen seems to be totally
different from what was said.  They think that the captioner might
have misunderstood or misheard what was said.  Sometimes they think
that the captioner is not very smart.

That may not be the case.  What may have happened was a small
fingering error by the captioner, and that turned one word into
something totally different.

Because the steno keyboard is very different from a computer or
typewriter keyboard and because captioners are writing whole words
and phrases at the same time, the “typos” that a captioner makes look
very different from typos on a traditional QWERTY keyboard.

If a captioner slips with one finger, it may not just change one
letter in a word, but it can totally change the word into another
word.

Here is an example of a fingering error.

A captioner may have intended to write:

“We will be discussing how to prepare for the financial collapse.”

However, because of a slight misfingering error where the captioner
moved his or her right middle finger down slightly, it was
transcribed as:

“We will be discussing how to prepare for the financial clans.”

A GOOD RESOURCE FROM THE GOVERNMENT
Do visit:

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It is a gold mine of information you may need to know about
many things.

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JAFFE VS MATALIN – A LIPREADING MYSTERY
Mr Jaffe, a past high school teacher, was easy to
lipread. The famous Mary Matalin was impossible to
lip read.
Why? A past school administrator was asked this
question. This administrator said:

People with great facial and body expressions are much
more easy to speech read. Some of that is cultural.
While it is stereotyping, certain cultural groups are
more expressive than others. For some reason, people
in politics (Matalin) are so poker-faced that they
cannot be lipread at all. Worst offenders were
university officials, though.

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

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The Deaf and the Law:

— Our rights as deaf passengers when flying

What are our rights as deaf passengers while flying?

** flight information must be visually displayed
** reservation requests by telephone cannot be hung up on relay calls
** ticket counter personnel and flight hosts must write notes for us
** on-flight announcements must be handwritten for us

This is the Air Carrier Access Act. There may be, sadly,
a loophole – if the flight is overseas, this Act may or may not
apply! Just ask beforehand.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

A DeafDigest subscriber wanted the address of the ADA
agency!
It was explained to the subscriber that ADA is a set of
regulations and is not a government agency.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

This does not apply to Deaf Canadians that enjoy
coffee served by the Tim Horton’s chain. This
concerns Starbucks Canada’s refusal to provide
interpreters for a deaf Starbucks employee.
Settlement has been reached in that Starbucks
Canada will:

– design a “request interpreter” forms
– provide ASL interpreters upon need by deaf employees
– furnish a TTY machine for each deaf employee
– provide ASL interpreters at Starbucks job fairs
– compensate Barbara Burdick, who filed the lawsuit
– accommodate deaf employees that need shift replacements

Because Starbucks encourages American coffee drinkers
to get together at their outlets everywhere in USA, the
Canadian lawsuit settlement brings closure that is win-win
for North American patrons.

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

More and more hearing people are becoming deaf,
thanks to noise pollution and refusal to protect
their ears.

A big question is this:

What makes people think they won’t go deaf?

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A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

An employee brought in donuts for everyone to eat

I asked who brought these donuts.

I thought someone said:
Texas

Texas?

That person actually said:
Sandy

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position vacancies
Kansas School for the Deaf
Olathe, KS

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:atroyer@kssdb.org  Fax #:  913/780-6563

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position announcement
Job Developer
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center
position based in Las Vegas, NV

ORGANIZATION: The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center (DHHARC) is a statewide advocacy, resource, telecommunications distribution, and direct service center offering advocacy, referral and community education services throughout Nevada. DHHARC has two offices: one in Las Vegas and one in Reno/Sparks.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Type of appointment: Full-time/40 hours a week/Non-Exempt

Location: Las Vegas

Posting Date: January 20th, 2012
Closing Date:  February 10th, 2012

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Provides advocacy training and support for Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients to develop or maintain a level of independence and ensure higher quality of life. Employee will conduct accurate assessments and develop service plans based on clients. needs and goals. Focus is on specific areas of job and career development but is not limited to: literacy, employment preparation, budget management, time management, job referral, career guidance, skill set training, and adult education classes. In addition, the employee will work closely with Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists to develop programs or classes based on perceived needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients. Employee will also participate in technology/ equipment distribution programs and any community education workshops they develop and facilitate for DHHARC. When needed, employee will work on evening and weekends and also may need to travel to rural areas.

SALARY:  $36,224-$39,202 Based on Experience, plus customary benefits.

REQUIREMENTS: –    Knowledge of advocacy techniques
–    At least 2 years. experience working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals in areas of job development, advocacy, and community outreach
–    Ability to communicate using American Sign Language –    Ability to facilitate group discussions
–    Knowledge about key issues within the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities
–    Ability to assess clients. interests and abilities based on testing provided by Vocational Assessment Professionals and discussions with consumers
–    Have a clear understanding of all telecommunications equipment, relay systems and related services
–    Knowledge of Civil Rights laws
–    Ability to carry out projects independently and be a team player
–    Valid drivers. license and reliable transportation is required
–    Knowledge of basic computer skills and ability to maintain effective record keeping practices

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: At least High School Diploma/GED plus experience of working in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities

TO APPLY: All applicants must submit a resume, application form and references to DHHARC at 2575 Westwind Rd Suite C Las Vegas, NV 89146. Contact the Las Vegas office for the application form.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5PM ON OR BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE (February 10th, 2012) For further information, please contact Acting Director Anne Urasky at mailto:anne.urasky@dhharc.org or at 702-475-4751 (VP) or 702 363-3323 (V/ TTY) or 702 685-0324 (FAX)

DHHARC selects applicants for employment based on job related knowledge, skills and abilities without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender orientation, or political affiliation.

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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

General Information:
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.

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(revised posting)

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 Master’s in Rehabilitation, Business, Public Administration, Social Science, Social Work or Education. You should have five years progressive experience supervising and managing a community service program plus fluency in American Sign Language.

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 or faxed to 505-255-8029.

No agencies please.

EOE

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position opening
Vocational Program Director Community Outreach Program for the Deaf
Tucson, AZ

Enjoy a rewarding career working with the Deaf, Deaf/Blind, and Hard of Hearing population in beautiful, sunny southern Arizona! Our Vocational Director will supervise and direct COPD’s Vocational/Placement Department in the areas of competitive placement, job site training, job placement services and contract maintenance. This individual oversees Ability One, WIA and VR placement services, develops training programs and placement options, markets program and ensures program compliance.

We require a Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling, Rehabilitation, Education or related field, proficiency in American Sign Language, and experience with either employment services, rehabilitation work programs and/or mental health/deafness.

Salary is $17.35 – $21.69 depending on experience and educational background plus excellent benefits.

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

Resume to: Community Outreach Program for the Deaf,
Attn:  Human Resources Department, 268 West Adams Street, Tucson, AZ 85705.

Email mailto:scotty@copdaz.org or fax to 520-770-8544.

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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– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPENINGS AT GLAD !! –

–  HIV Educator – Los Angeles, CA

–  Staff Interpreter – Los Angeles, CA

–  Job Developer/Interpreter – Norwalk, CA

–  Job Developer/Interpreter – Pacoima, 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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