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DeafDigest Blue – July 11, 2010

DeafDigest Blue - July 11, 2010

Blue Edition              Barry Strassler, Editor
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Some of the firm's clients have suffered multiple implant surgeries due to a defective implant being surgically removed and replaced with a second defective implant that later failed. If you or your child has been implanted with a defective cochlear implant, we encourage you to contact Weitz & Luxenberg - we have a Deaf attorney and VP available. To find out more, please click on: http://www.weitzlux.com/failed-cochlear-implants_1937570.html and follow instructions on the screen. -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- The DeafDigest is divided into Blue and Gold sections, both ranked equal in contents, features and ads. This is the Blue section. -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- - Hot Newspaper stories during the week: Win-win deaf hiring for a New York company http://deafdigest.com/darraghworland/ a story of a deaf fortune teller of years way back http://deafdigest.com/silviapettem/ - NAD Conference hot news * From an observer: >From what I see, the conference appeared to be well organized. The hotel was prepared with signage everywhere and patrons were comfortable. What hit me at this conference is the number of young people participating, which is unheard of at previous conferences. Looks like NAD has attracted a new generation * Gallaudet won the College Bowl by a whisker over NTID, helped by a double-points gamble. It was to be Gallaudet's fourth consecutive win. * The hotel charges $13.00 per day for internet use, forcing the conventioneers to go to Starbucks, which does not charge a penny. * All three CEO candidates met with the convention crowd and all three made good impressions. * Rachel Mazique is the Miss Deaf America winner; she is from Illinois * from another observer: Most of my business at NAD was on advocacy and state commissions for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. * from another observer: This conference did not have a daily newspaper like past NAD conferences did * from another observer: Estimated attendance was announced at 1800 but that was on Thursday. Did more come on Friday and today, I don't know? * Deaf Lawyers' Convention at NAD Conference? Possibly pretty much like it - deaf attorneys Bob Mather, Claudia Gordon, Jeff Rosen, Howard Rosenblum, Josh Mendelsohn, Michael Stein, Sheila Mentkowski and Suzy Rosen Singleton were part of a panel at one of these sessions - discussions on civil rights somehow steered towards our captioning rights * As this edition is being distributed, announcement of the new NAD CEO has not yet been made. - Very Hot News The world's most famous inventor, Thomas A. Edison, a deaf man, may be honored with a statue at the National Statuary Hall Collection in Washington, DC. It is up to the National Statuary Collection Study Committee which may or may not accept the vote from residents of Ohio. And then there is always the matter of fund raising to have the actual statue erected on the grounds. Another deaf man was considered, but did not make the final cut - baseball's Dummy Hoy - Sunday July 4th Fed up, the FCC has issued another angry warning at the media companies who continue to drag their feet with respect to full captioning of emergency announcements. This is not the first time and it is not going to be the last time. - Monday July 5th A couple that became deaf after being exposed to the loud rock music at a 2003 Boston performance will be awarded just $40,000. The amount was what the Appeals Court have awarded. The couple's argument was that they were seated closer to the stage by the event ushers, against their wishes. It held a little sway with the Appeals court. - Tuesday July 6th A concern has been raised among interpreters regarding the NAD-RID National Interpreter Certification (NIC exam. They are saying it is uncharted waters for them and they do not know how to go about it. - Wednesday July 7th Yet another hospital has been hauled to the court for not providing a deaf couple with an interpreter during child birth. The offending hospital is the Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia. The baby, after birth, needed a life-saving operation. Without a full interpreting service, and with inadequate handwritten notes, the couple was not made fully aware of what was going on. The hospital is denying they were not in compliance with the ADA regulations. (Thursday-Saturday Hot Deaf News will be in the Gold edition) ..... Deaf Miscellaneous stuff: Is it possible to revise a policy that was enacted way back in 1880, the infamous Milan Convention that declared sign language a no-no in classrooms for the deaf? This is that the NAD is trying to do, in a letter sent to the 21st International Congress on the Education of the Deaf, asking that sign language be officially recognized. Will the ICED people honor our request? Very much doubt it, but they know that the right to sign or not to sign belongs to the deaf people, and not with these ICED educators! ............................................................... ............................................................... For postings, announcements and employment ad rates, please email mailto:barry@deafdigest.com ..... weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at: http://deafdigest.com (updated every Monday) ............................................................... ............................................................... 20% OFF GENTEX SMOKE DETECTORS AT WCI! Super Summer Savings at WCI! Safeguard your home with a Gentex Smoke Detector and save 20% off the price in July. Choose from either hardwired or portable units. Each one offers a reliable, early warning to the presence of smoke. 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APPLICATIONS for apartments at Fremont Oak Gardens are available Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:00am-5:00pm at: Fremont Oak Gardens 2681 Driscoll Rd Fremont, CA 94539 VP 1866 774 7140 Satellite Housing 1521 University Ave Berkeley, CA 94703 Or download at: http://satellitehousing.org/pages/Building%20Applications/fogapplication.pdf For more information, please call: 510.490.4013 ............................................................... WHAT IS AN EX-ORALIST? is it a person that graduated from oral school but finally learned ASL at Gallaudet or NTID? or is it a person that always hid his signs at the oral school that he graduated from? You decide! - for ASL News version, please click on the arrow at: http://deafdigest.com/videos/ex-oralist/ (for your convenience, video links are posted on top of each DeafDigest edition) ............................................................... Workshops for Deaf Professionals Offered in ASL Rochester, New York It is not too late to register for any of the remaining workshops... REGISTER TODAY! http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/registration.html Featured Summer Workshops: - PC Introduction to Network+TM Certification -- July 26-30, 2010 http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/NetworkPlus.html This workshop will help you prepare for the "Network+. Certification" test that is offered by CompTIA. This is a test that you can study for and take on your own after this workshop. You will be given a supplemental book and a testing engine that you can use after the workshop to prepare to obtain this vendor-independent networking certificate. DiiT provides up-to-the-minute technical training in an all sign environment. Workshop participants get the benefit of direct interaction with the instructors without the need for interpreters that most professional workshops require. All workshops are held at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. To register for any of the workshops listed below, download a Workshop Registration Form by visiting www.rit.edu/diit or call 585-475-7545 (Voice or TTY). Discounts Still Apply: 10% Off -- Single Registration 20% Off -- Register with a Friend or Co-worker 30% Off -- Register with TWO Friends or Co-workers For more information, visit the DiiT Web site at www.rit.edu/diit or contact the project director, Donna Lange at mailto:dalndp@rit.edu or 585-475-5620 (Voice or TTY). ............................................................... GALLAUDET ALMOST FOUGHT IN WORLD WAR I There was a posting on one of these web sites which said that Gallaudet almost fought in World War I, but didn't. Gallaudet was the name of a aircraft fighter. The actual name was Gallaudet DB-1, and several prototypes of that model was tested. 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Here is one negative comment: I am a deaf person trapped in a hearing person's body It is sad to hear of such an attitude. WHAT WE DO NOT KNOW WOULD NOT HURT US We have heard of this phrase - that what we do not know would not hurt us. Well, because of bad economy, many stores are cutting down on costs in order to stay alive. In the example of the Dollar Tree chain, music in all of its stores have been stopped. Hearing customers may be made immediately aware of no music, but we, the deaf, continue to shop, fully unaware of this fact! Stores save money by not paying fees to the music licensing companies (Muzak, Trusonic or Sirius) to play their music. WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE? being asked by a hearing person: is the deaf person capable of working at a job? if you have these "hate" or "horror" stories, please mailto:barry@deafdigest.com THE WORLD CUP AND THE SOUTH AFRICAN DEAF COMMUNITY The World Cup is nearing the end, and DeafDigest cannot help but wonder about the deaf in South Africa. Is there such a thing as a South African Deaf Community? The reason for asking is the recent newspaper comment which said: The Deaf community is one of the most marginalized groups in South Africa To be marginalized means for the deaf to be isolated from the regular South African society or even to be isolated from other small deaf groups. DeafDigest editor remembers bumping into a group of South African athletes during one Deaflympics. They did not sign and would not understand these simple body language gestures! This is sad. COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR - continuing series People often comment to me that there are no letters designated on the steno keyboard. They wonder how we know what the keys are. In fact, some people think the steno keyboard looks more like a piano keyboard than a traditional computer keyboard. When students are learning steno theory, they must memorize where the keys are. Then they must memorize what combinations of letters to use to make other letters. For example, to write the sound of an initial "N" as in the word "nap," the steno student must learn that N is written using the index, middle, and ring finger of the left hand on the top bank of steno keys. It just so happens that the keys associated with that stroke are T, P, and H. When a steno writer sees "TPH," they will begin to see the letter "N." Since all initial consonants are written with the left hand, all consonant sounds at the beginning of words must be written using different combinations of the letters STKPWHR. These seven letters must be used together in different ways to make all the consonant sounds that we use to start words in English. Having the letters printed on the tops of those keys really would not help a steno writer remember all the different ways these letters are mixed together to make other letters. ............................................................... ............................................................... weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at: http://deafdigest.com updated every Monday ............................................................... ............................................................... I THOUGHT THE DEAF COULD....... read Braille Braille is for some blind people, as well as for the Deaf-Blind when a hearing person never meets a deaf person in his life his knowledge of the deaf are often wrong ............................................................... ............................................................... For postings, announcements and employment ad rates, please email mailto:barry@deafdigest.com for Special Notes, please go to the bottom of the Gold section ............................................................... ............................................................... 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 ............................................................... ............................................................... Deaf Cruise Canada and New England 2010 3 Days Pre-cruise Events. 3 Popular Tours! Canada & New England Cruise October 16th to 23rd, 2010 http://www.DeafCruise.com/canada Deaf Cruise Caribbean 2011 3 Days Pre-cruise Events. 3 Popular Tours and Prizes! 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Deaf Remodeling Company serves only in Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland The choice of your home remodeling contractor is one of the most crucial choices you will ever make. If you choose the right contractor, your chances of being satisfied are 100% All of our work carries one year warranty. We will be happy to explain the details in our conversation with you. Our remodeling service includes: - Kitchen - Attic - Basement - Bathroom - New Addition - Deck - Siding Are you thinking of remodeling your existing bathroom? We will finish your bathroom in one week or we will pay you $100 per day for every day we are late. We believe in making life more comfortable through quality remodels Elijah Gold, deaf owner Surdus, LLC Remodeling Based in Washington, DC http://www.surdusremodeling.com 202-540-8750 VP Licensed, Insured, and Bonded VA# 134097 DC# 68004119 MHIC# 127587 ............................................................... ............................................................... Hot DeafNews boring, but important! The University of Havana (Cuba) has conferred degrees in Sign Language to a group of graduates from Latin America. Eleven of them were Cubans. Said Alejandro Marzo, the president of Cuba's NAD: They recognize the work of professionals in order to strengthen and preserve sign language .... The Deaf and the Law: The Americans with Disabilities Act requires most facilities with 50 seats or more to provide assistive listening devices. Except from this law are places of worship. This is the reason why there are so many postings in deaf yahoogroups begging for volunteers to interpret at services! ..... The Captioning Blunder of the Week: the famous football player Dick Bunt Kist (Butkus) is here ... News of the Week - Looking Back 10 Years Ago: An irony took place at the NAD Conference at Norfolk, VA. The Conference was a success with over 2,000 registrants; the exhibit area was loaded with exhibitors; the program book was thick with listed events and workshops, etc; the hotel staff went out of their way to make their facilities accessible to the deaf - sign language staff, TTY installations, captions in TV sets, etc. And the Norfolk newspaper estimated a $19.2 million impact on the local economy generated by the Conference (or $1,000 per visitor). Just one thing went wrong - and it is embarrassing - the giant-screen TV set in the hotel hospitality room was not captioned! The hotel engineers struggled to get captioning - but TV set was manufactured before the law on built-in decoder chip kicked in. No one bothered to tell the hotel staff that all they needed was a good, old fashioned decoder box! Not even the struggling hotel engineers would listen when the DEAFDIGEST editor told them they needed a decoder box. (editor's note: the decoder has since then have become obsolete) ..... News of the Week - Looking Back 5 Years Ago: Is Bill Gates speaking from both sides of his mouth? On one side, he brags about Microsoft's sensitivity to the needs of the disabled, the deaf included. And on the other side, he is saying that in the future it will be common for computers to be operated by voice. ... Deaf Apocalypse of the Week: The Office for the Disabled, the Public Health Dept and Office of Emergency Management of Mercer County (NJ) have been working together in emergency planning for the disabled - but the deaf is not included among the disabled! No one there seems to know the best way to keep the deaf advised on these emergency procedures. Said an exasperated official: Whenever I get to work on these areas, other agencies keep getting referring us back to my own office, and we have no suggestions. It is sort of the dog chasing his own tail and getting nowhere ..... A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say? Your boss comes to your office and asks something you thought the boss said: do you have a striker? Of course you are puzzled, and not making sense out of the question. You then realize the boss was asking: do you have a shredder? if you have lipreading tales, please share these with mailto:barry@deafdigest.com ...... DeafBook of the Week Reading Between the Signs Anna Mindess Intercultural Press 2006 focuses on intercultural community for sign language interpretation 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 ! -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- * YOU COULD PLACE YOUR PAID EMPLOYMENT ADS IN THIS SECTION * on a per-subscriber basis, the DeafDigest ad rates are the best in the nation. * For more information, send E-mail to mailto:barry@deafdigest.com -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- position opening EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Deaf Adult Services, Inc Buffalo, NY Qualifications: BA/BS in Business/Non-Profit Administration or Human Services or equivalent with a minimum of five years management experience required or Masters Degree in Business/Non Profit Administration with a minimum of three years management experience. Proven experience with fundraising, grant writing, marketing, budget and financial management strongly desired. Thorough knowledge of Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Hearing cultures required as well as Sign Language proficiency. Strong people skills, diplomacy and public speaking abilities are necessary. DAS encourages qualified applicants with Deaf culture and ASL experience to apply. Buffalo, NY/Western NY offers a vibrant Deaf community with affordable living, access to arts and culture, sporting venues, lakefront activities and continuing education opportunities. Salary: $45-60K DOE/E and excellent benefits package. Relocation funds may be available dependent on candidate selection. Deaf Adult Services, Inc. of Buffalo, NY is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Application, ASL v-log and full job description can be downloaded at http://www.wnydas.org Please send cover letter and resume with completed application to: Deaf Adult Services, Inc. Attn: Executive Director Search Committee, 2495 Main St. Suite 446, Buffalo, NY 14214 or e-mail to mailto:EDSEARCH@wnydas.org by Monday, August 16, 2010 -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Job openings sComm Kansas City, Missouri ~~ JOB OPENINGS AT SCOMM, KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI ~~ sComm, a growing company who develops, manufactures and distributes UbiDuo, the face-to-face communicator, has the following job opportunities: (1) Sales Representative We are seeking an outgoing and energetic candidate with sales experience and proven track record and an understanding of the sales process. The candidate should be familiar and current on availability of technology products and services in the deaf/hard of hearing/assistive technology markets. (2) Product Managers We are seeking candidates with administrative, marketing and management experiences, proven track record in managing projects, sales and distribution of services or products, customer support, troubleshooting and fulfillment, delegating, coordinating, and supervising a team of deaf and hearing members. More details on both job opportunities is available at www.scomm.com/content/job_openings Please submit resume, cover letter and references to: sComm 6238 Hadley Street Raytown, Missouri 64311 Email: mailto:jobs@scomm.com http://www.scomm.com -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- position opening Longmeadow Campus Director Willie Ross School for the Deaf Longmeadow, MA The Willie Ross School for the Deaf is seeking an experienced Administrator to lead its Longmeadow Campus programs located in Longmeadow, MA. The Longmeadow Campus serves deaf and hard-of-hearing students ages 3-22 years of age. Willie Ross School for the Deaf is one of the most uniquely structured schools for the deaf and hard-of-hearing students in the United States. WRSD constantly strives to achieve an instructional environment which will meet the needs of all our students as they develop. WRSD.s educational model offers an array of instructional environments to our students. WRSD's approach, which recognizes the value of many different methods, is intended to provide our students with an appropriate and contemporary instructional model, communication methodology, and additional related services. This position is a 12 month Administrative position. Duties will include oversight of Faculty and the Transition: School-to-Work program and related staff needs. Responsibilities also include development of I.E.P.'s supervision of direct care staff, and facilities oversight. Search reopened - position available upon hire. Qualifications: - MA Licensure - Teacher of the Deaf - Fluency in Sign Language - Comfortable using Simcom Approach Competitive Benefits: - Health Insurance - 403(b) Retirement Plan - Short-term Disability - Life Insurance - Cafeteria Plan that offers pretax savings on health insurance premiums, health costs and dependent care Also available for those who wish to augment their benefits: - Supplemental life insurance - Disability insurance - Accident insurance - 100% voluntary dental plan If interested in applying for the position: Please send resume to Veronica Miller, Coordinator of Student & Administrative Services ( mailto:vmiller@willierossschool.org ) or mail to: Veronica Miller Willie Ross School for the Deaf 32 Norway Street, Longmeadow, MA 01106. No phone calls please. -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Position Available Teacher of the Deaf Indiana School for the Deaf Indianapolis, IN The Indiana School for the Deaf is seeking qualified candidates to interview for a teacher of the deaf position for the 2010-2011 school year. Available position is: High School - English The Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD) is a co-educational, residential school, founded in 1843, which serves a student population of 350+ students with more the 50% living in the residential halls. ISD is nationally recognized for its on-going commitment to bilingual/bicultural education for Deaf students. ISD seeks Teaching candidates who possess the following qualifications/qualities: - Indiana (or equivalent) Teacher's License - Certification in subject area (English- High School) - The possibility of a secondary licensure in a World Language preferred, but not required - Commitment to bilingual/bicultural education - Ability to deliver curriculum utilizing a variety of teaching methods - Individuals who love working with children/adolescents/young adults - 3.0 or above score on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (Arrangements can be made for candidates to take the test at ISD.) - Knowledge of child development and successful educational techniques - Excellent communication and human-relations skills - Individuals who excel in both leadership and teamwork roles Applicants must submit an Indiana State Application via the Indiana State Personnel website at http://www.in.gov/spd Use the "Employment Opportunity" link - Posting # 568909 This position will be posted from: 7/2/10-7/18/10 If you have any questions please contact Missy Betzold in our Human Resources Department via telephone (317/920-6218 v/tty) or E-Mail: mailto:mbetzold@isd.k12.in.us Mission Statement - The Indiana School for the Deaf Community promotes academic and social excellence for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students through a Bilingual/Bicultural environment. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- position opening Deputy to the President & Associate Provost for Diversity, Faculty/Staff Recruitment & Training and Inclusion Gallaudet University Washington, DC Gallaudet University, the world leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard of hearing undergraduate students and outstanding graduate programs for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students, is recruiting for Deputy to the President and Associate Provost for Diversity, Faculty/Staff Recruitment and Training and Inclusion. As the Chief Diversity Officer, incumbent will be responsible for leadership to foster and advance a strategic and integrated approach to diversity in all aspects of university life; will be responsible for overall planning, budgeting, organizing, and coordinating of diversity activities required for campus-wide diversity efforts; will establish and monitor guidelines that assists units in identifying, recruiting and retaining employees, both faculty and staff, to increase diversity and to ensure equity, inclusion and social justice; will develop policies and practices to guide the University toward its vision of an inclusive living and learning environment; will provide leadership for the development and coordination of diversity activities which are inclusive for the campus community; will provide extensive leadership to (a) promote a learning community in which all major programs, activities and organizational bodies involve+ students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds and life experiences; (b) create an inclusive campus climate through focus groups and dialogues for persons who differ based on their race/ethnicity, religion, gender, abilities, language, sexual orientation, social class, economic strata and other human differences; establish diversity goals for each academic year; and will monitor and report to the University community progress made toward the achievement of diversity goals. Interested persons must meet the following requirements: Must hold an earned terminal degree or minimum of a Master's degree and five years related experience. Demonstrated experience in higher education or a learning environment. Demonstrated skills in project management, organization dynamics, budget planning and collaboration. Demonstrated ability to build effective cross-departmental teams with diverse constituencies. Must be able to provide counsel and advice at both a strategic and daily operational level. Proven work on diversity initiatives by working with committees, task forces and other organizations. Exceptional interpersonal diplomatic skills; a team oriented philosophy, optimism, confidence and excitement about change. Proven skills dealing with the complexity of diverse cultures, backgrounds and perspectives at all levels within a complex organization. Knowledge of and experience working with Deaf and hard of hearing individuals or willingness to learn. Demonstrated knowledge and skills in developing and implementing innovative programs to meet institutional needs. American Sign Language skills or willingness to learn within a reasonable amount of time. Excellent benefits package and competitive salary range. Check our web site at http://www.gallaudet.edu To apply, send cover letter, resume and Gallaudet application to: Gallaudet University, Human Resources Services, 800 Florida Avenue, NE, College Hall, #106, Washington, DC 20002. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Position closes on July 15, 2010. -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- (revised deadline) position opening classroom teacher St Mary's School for the Deaf Buffalo, NY Reference #548 DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: Preference will be given to candidates who possess the following: (1) Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master's degree in Deaf Education; AND (2) Eligibility for NYS certification as a Teacher of the Deaf; AND (3) NYS certification in at least one other area or subject; AND (4) Commitment to the School=s Total Communication Philosophy and the ability to communicate with deaf persons using sign language and finger spelling, plus the ability to pass the Sign Communication Proficiency Interview (SCPI). NOTE: Employees in this classification hired after 7/1/2001 will be required to complete the SCPI requirements pursuant to Board Policy The School may also require employees in this classification to complete successful training in behavior management programs including but not limited to TCI (Therapeutic Crisis Intervention) which will be provided by St. Mary's School for the Deaf. MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: (Illustrative only) Plans and prepares lessons and other instructional materials following curriculum guidelines; Instructs students in various subjects using Total Communication; Confers with parents, testing specialists, and other administrators to develop individual educational plans for students; Encourages students to participate in class discussions and activities; Prepares, administers, and scores academic tests and records results; Meets and confers with parents and with supervisor to discuss students' academic and behavioral attitudes and achievements; Assists in selecting appropriate textbooks and learning materials; Participates in curriculum development; Maintains updated lesson plans as prescribed by the curriculum; Intercedes in emergency situations as required; Attends departmental and faculty meetings; Maintains order in the classroom; Performs other duties as assigned. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications may be obtained from the Human Resources Office. Please submit application, resume, and all appropriate information to document qualifications: Mrs. Laura Dudley, Director of Human Resources St. Mary's School for the Deaf 2253 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14214 APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 30, 2010 Discussion concerning salary, benefits and working conditions do not constitute a commitment on the part of the school and should not be misconstrued as binding until a recommendation of appointment is approved by the Superintendent. All benefits are subject to the respective collective bargaining agreements and policies of St. Mary=s School for the Deaf. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- (revised) position opening Speech Pathologist St Mary's School for the Deaf Buffalo, NY Reference #549 DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: Preference will be given to candidates who possess the following: (1) Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master's degree; AND (2) NYS certification for speech pathologist; AND (3) Eligibility for NYS certification as a Teacher of the Deaf; AND (4) Commitment to the School's Total Communication Philosophy and the ability to communicate with deaf persons using sign language and finger spelling, plus the ability to pass the Sign Communication Proficiency Interview (SCPI). NOTE: Employees in this classification hired after 7/1/2001 will be required to complete the SCPI requirements pursuant to Board Policy. The School may also require employees in this classification to complete successful training in behavior management programs including but not limited to TCI (Therapeutic Crisis Intervention) which will be provided by St. Mary's School for the Deaf. MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: (Illustrative only) Plans and prepares for therapy sessions following IEP goals and curriculum guidelines; Instructs students using Total Communication; Confers with teachers, parents, testing specialists, and other administrators to develop individual educational plans for students; Encourages students to participate in group discussions and activities; Prepares, administers, and scores evaluations and records results; Maintains documentation of therapeutic progress following IEP benchmarks; Meets and confers with parents and with supervisor to discuss students= academic and behavioral attitudes and achievements; Assists in selecting appropriate learning materials, therapeutic materials and evaluation instruments; Participates in curriculum development; Maintains updated lesson plans as prescribed by the curriculum and therapeutic IEP goals; Intercedes in emergency situations as required; Attends departmental and faculty meetings; Performs other duties as assigned. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications may be obtained from the Human Resources Office. Please submit application, resume, and all appropriate information to document qualifications to: Mrs. Laura Dudley, Director of Human Resources St. Mary's School for the Deaf 2253 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14214 APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 30, 2010 Discussion concerning salary, benefits and working conditions do not constitute a commitment on the part of the school and should not be misconstrued as binding until a recommendation of appointment is approved by the Superintendent. All benefits are subject to the respective collective bargaining agreements and policies of St. Mary=s School for the Deaf. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- (updated July 11th) - EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD !! - - Community Advocate -- Riverside, CA - HIV Educator - Los Angeles, 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 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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