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DeafDigest Blue – July 18, 2010

DeafDigest Blue - July 18, 2010

Blue Edition              Barry Strassler, Editor
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(to unsubscribe, please click on unsubscribe link at bottom or go to http://deafdigest.com/ and click on subscribe and follow instructions ) -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Last week's ASL Videos: http://deafdigest.com/videos/mediation/ http://deafdigest.com/videos/ex-oralist/ This week's ASL Videos: http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-hearingcommunications/ http://deafdigest.com/videos/perfectscore/ (please click on the arrow to start the video) -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Meet us in Las Vegas at DeafNation! Will you be in Las Vegas for the DeafNation World Expo on July 19-22? Stop by and see Harris Communications at the Sands Expo & Convention Center. We are at booths 25, 26 and 27. Admission to the World Expo is free, but you can skip the long lines and pre-register online at: http://bit.ly/DeafNationExpo_ddb071810 We will be offering exclusive show specials and previewing new products like Clarity's® REDESIGNED AlertMaster Notification system. The official product launch is still over a month away, but we'll have a limited supply of the new AlertMaster system available for purchase - first come first serve! Marlee Matlin will be signing books at the show! We will have a limited number of her books available for purchase including her autobiography, "I'll Scream Later". Afterwards, head over to her booth for the book signing. We're excited to be at the DeafNation World Expo to see some familiar faces, make new friends, and show off some great new products. See you at the show! For more information on Marlee Matlin's books, go to http://bit.ly/harriscomm_MarleeMatlin_ddb071810 or contact us at: mailto:info@harriscomm.com -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- * DeafDigest is an independent weekly national on-line newsletter emailed free to anyone interested in the deaf * On subscription matters, click on above web site and click on subscribe * DeafDigest is subsidized by paid ads and by paid announcements The employment ads are located in the rear of this newsletter * The DeafDigest thanks all advertisers for making it free for all * Only DeafDigest subscribers could subscribe to DeafDigest Sports -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- DeafDigest welcomes unique deafnews tips; do email: mailto:barry@deafdigest.com sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always anonymous ..... weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at: http://deafdigest.com/ (updated every Monday) -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Use Hamilton Web Relay® along with a locally-based, 10-digit Hamilton HomeTown Number[tm] to make and receive calls without the interruptions that come from using instant messaging programs! 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The firm has played leading roles in national and local litigations involving defective medicines and medical devices. Our law firm is expanding its litigation against Advanced Bionics related to defective cochlear implants implanted in young children and adults. 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: 30-year history of SWCID and its growth http://deafdigest.com/swcidhistory/ ASL happy hour http://deafdigest.com/boulderaslhappyhour/ - Very Hot News Ashley Fiolek, who is deaf, is the world's best female motocross racer. She has won championships in the past and is hoping to pick up another championship this season. Anyway she has been nominated for the ESPN ESPY Awards in the female category for Best Action Sports Athlete. She, however, didn't get it as the honor went to a snowboarder. - Sunday July 11th The FCC has announced that its Disability Rights Office web site has been set up. Everything you wanted to know about your rights, but were afraid to ask, will be found on that web site. - Monday July 12th Up and coming British deaf performer Genevieve Barr has revealed a secret. Normally a hearing aid user in real life, she had to take it off while playing her role as Amelia in the TV show "The Silence." As a result she had to rely on her lipreading skills to cue her around. - Tuesday July 13th Another hospital deaf discrimination case has been settled. The Office for Civil Rights reached agreement with New York to provide equal access at its medical facilities anywhere in the state. This was prompted by discrimination that surfaced at the Ramapo Manor Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing facility - Wednesday July 14th George Steinbrenner, not deaf, who departed us last week, was a person we all either love or hate. Was he good to the deaf? Well, a deaf kid came up to him asking for an autograph at a ball game in Tampa some years back. Upon realizing the kid's deafness, Steinbrenner did something about it. Depending on which tale is accurate, he either: - paid for the kid's new hearing aid or - paid for the kid's CI Did he give jobs for aspiring deaf sports executives in his Yankees organization? No, but that is a separate issue. (Thursday-Saturday Hot Deaf News will be in the Gold edition) ..... Deaf Miscellaneous stuff: The Charleston RiverDogs is a minor league baseball team in the South Atlantic League. This team will be featuring an advertising campaign, these 30-second shots on TV. One of these shots will feature "Sign Language." It is not ASL sign language but Baseball Sign Language (BSL). All teams use BSL to convey signals that they do not want opponents to catch. While BSL is different from ASL, it would be fun for us, the deaf, to try to catch and understand what these signs stand for. Do keep in mind these teams change BSL all the time. ............................................................... ............................................................... 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. Call us at 1-800-233-9130 (V/TTY) or visit us at http://www.weitbrecht.com/onsale.php?utm_source=dd for details on this special and all our other products. For a copy of our catalog, email your request to: mailto:sales@weitbrecht.com We're on Facebook! Become a fan and get a free gift! WCI. 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COMMUNICATING WITH A HEARING PERSON There are four different ways for a deaf person to communicate with a hearing person. - gesturing, but some hearing people can't follow gestures - sign language, but some hearing people can't sign - body language, but some hearing people can't follow body language The fourth way is the best - use pen and pad! - for ASL News version, please click on the arrow at: http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-hearingcommunications/ (for your convenience, video links are posted on top of each DeafDigest edition) ............................................................... Below Market Rate Housing for Adults 55 and older - Fremont Oak Gardens A picture of this apartment community is at: http://deafdigest.com/fremontoakgardens/ Live in this BEAUTIFUL, newer, BELOW MARKET RATE apartment community for adults that want to have fun and enjoy life. One Bedroom Apartment (Approximately 550 sq ft) available Conveniently located at 2681 Driscoll Rd, Fremont CA 94539 - Below Market Rate housing for seniors age of 55 or older - Extensive design features for deaf & hard of hearing - Bus stop 50 ft from complex & future Bart expansion - Coin-Operated laundry facility - Free high-speed internet computer lab with video cameras - Full kitchen with modern appliances - Professional management with ongoing onsite & offsite services & programs - Indoor/Outdoor Community areas - Community Gardens - Conveniently located to shopping and entertainment areas - Minutes away from Fremont Senior Center, Lake Elizabeth, Mission District Historic Area etc. - Controlled access - Small pets are welcome! To QUALIFY for an apartment at Fremont Oak Gardens, applicants must be 55 years of age or older & meet income guidelines (Min Income: 1 1/2 times the rent). Monthly Rent: $925.00. Section 8 welcome! 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 ............................................................... A JOB-HUNTING FRUSTRATION A deaf man, with a college degree in Computer Science, was a frustrated job hunter. At one computer firm, he took the exam and got a perfect score with no errors. He was introduced to the company Human Resources person. That person knew sign language; he learned signs as a former dormitory counselor at a residential school for the deaf. A deaf man with a perfect exam score and a Human Resources man that knows ASL. This should be great news for the deaf job hunter. But the company did not offer him a job! This deaf man later found a new job but it was not with computers. - for ASL News version, please click on the arrow at: http://deafdigest.com/videos/perfectscore/ (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). ............................................................... THE AFGHAN CUP AND OUR DEAF TOURNAMENTS The Afghan Cup is an annual soccer tournament involving 12 teams from everywhere in USA. All of these players are immigrants and refugees from Afghanistan. During the tournament, which took place last weekend in Northern Virginia, there were recruiters that were ready to offer these players jobs as Afghan language translators. In today's bad economy, it may not be surprising if some of the players accepted the job offers. We have our own national deaf basketball and national deaf softball tournaments. Do we see job recruiters at our own deaf tournaments? 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THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS AND THE DEAF We have had several deaf individuals that have operated their own restaurants. The restaurant business is a tough one for any one, no matter if the owner is deaf or hearing. One well known deaf person wanted to own a restaurant. He did one smart thing - hired a restaurant consultant. The consultant told him that the restaurant business does not fit his own lifestyle. Based on that advice, he decided not to open a restaurant. He has become a success, however, in a different business venture. THE FCC AND THE DEAF The FCC is very important to us. This being said, the FCC dynamics is always changing. FCC commissioners come and go. Some FCC commissioners are pro-deaf, meaning they favor us, the deaf, when issuing mandates. Some FCC commissioners do not always favor us, the deaf, on some of their mandates. This is why we are grateful to have a FCC Consumer Advisory Committee as well as a "deaf staff" on the FCC payroll. They are there to remind the FCC commissioners that our needs must be addressed, and not ignored. A REASON FOR CHANGE OF SEATING ARRANGMENTS IN A CITY COUNCIL We know of jokes about rival factions spending more time arguing over seating arrangements at a council meeting, rather than to argue over goals and objectives. Well, there was a reason for a change of seating arrangements at Kilgore, Texas council meetings. Normally, the council members sat at one side and the city officers sat on the other side. Well, there was a slight switch of seating arrangements. Randy Renshaw, a council member, is deaf in one ear. In the past his better ear was away from the council speaker with his deaf ear closer to it. The council members overcame their grumblings to allow Renshaw to make the seating change. WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE? being told by a hearing person: did you know there is a new medical operation that will cure deafness? if you have these "hate" or "horror" stories, please mailto:barry@deafdigest.com A LAWN CARE BUSINESS IN THE INDIANAPOLIS AREA It does not matter if the person is hearing or deaf, if that person lacks entrepreneurial spirit, he would be content to be working for someone else. But if that person is entrepreneurial, then he is not afraid to take risks while starting his own business. Andye Taylor, who is deaf, is one such entrepreneurial individual, operating his own Andys Lawn Care business. This business specializes in lawn care and snow removal, and he has people working for him. It his been in business for some six years, fanning out in the Indianapolis area neighborhoods. And like many business people, giving back to the community is important. Andye sponsors a deaf/Coda youth baseball team. DeafDigest feels every community should have more deaf-owned, deaf-operated businesses. COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR - continuing series I often read articles and comments by people who really do not understand how realtime captioning is done, and they can be very critical of even minor mistakes. They sometimes cannot imagine how captioners make certain errors. What people need to understand is that captioners are using steno machines, and so their errors may look totally different from the errors made when using a typewriter. A slight fingering error can change a word into something totally different. Steno writers are basically writing "chords" on their steno machines, and it is possible to add an extra key or what steno writers call "dragging" a key. It is also possible to miss a key or what steno writers call "dropping" the letter. Many steno writers struggle with dragging the L key with the right hand. That key is depressed with the ring finger, and it can be difficult to depress keys with the middle finger and pinky finger without also dragging the ring finger. A steno writer could mean to stroke the steno APT, which is the word "apartment" for many people, and instead the steno APLT could come up, which is the word "amount" for some steno writers. If the nonsensical question, "How long did you live in the amount?" came up on the screen, it may just be a slight fingering error for the captioner or CART provider who meant to stroke, "How long did you live in the apartment?" ............................................................... ............................................................... weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at: http://deafdigest.com updated every Monday ............................................................... ............................................................... I THOUGHT THE DEAF COULD....... not afford video relay services and captioning services and, in some cases, CI operations The deaf person does not pay a cent for video relay services and also for captioning services. In many cases insurance covers CI operations. 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! Caribbean Cruise February 27th to March 6th, 2011 4 Most Popular Port of Calls 2 Days Post Cruise Events. 2 Fun Tours!! For more information http://www.DeafCruise.com/caribbean Deaf Cruise Alaska 2011 2 Options: 7 Days cruise only or 15 Days cruise-tours. 3 Days Pre-cruise Events. 2 Most Adventure Tours! Alaska Deluxe Tours May 2011 2 Days Post Cruise Events. 2 Tours in Canada and 1 in Seattle, WA For more information, http://www.DeafCruise.com/alaska Deaf Cruise Hawaii 2011 3 Days Pre-cruise Events. 5 Popular Tours and Prizes! Hawaii Cruise July 2nd to 9th, 2011. 7 Days of Fun Sailing & Islands! 2 Days Post-cruise Events. 4 More Tours!! More Sightseeing!! Almost 2 weeks non-stop of adventures! For more information, http://www.DeafCruise.com/hawaii Contact Us: VP 866.922.3090 Fax: 480.657.0744 Email: mailto:customercare@deafcruise.com ............................................................... ............................................................... 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! Another gene mutation deafness-causing discovery has been reported, this time by researchers at University of Michigan. They are saying the mutation, named DIAPH3, causes some kind of deafness. This finding was recently shared with the National Academy of Sciences. .... The Deaf and the Law: An ugly deaf prisoner denial-of-interpreter lawsuit surfaced recently in Missouri. It went like this - A deaf inmate in Prison A filed a lawsuit saying his rights to an interpreter was denied. The case was filed against Prison A. While the lawsuit was brewing, this deaf inmate, for some reason, was transferred to Prison B. The trial court threw out the case, saying since he was transferred to Prison B, then it was rendered moot. This ruling was appealed. The Court of Appeals reversed the ruling, saying the defendant should be the state Department of Corrections, and not Prison A. This suit is now live. ..... The Captioning Blunder of the Week: he inhurted (inherited) a lot of money ... News of the Week - Looking Back 10 Years Ago: The deaf Cuban baseball team came and went home after playing in the deaf world deaf baseball championships (won by the Americans) in Washington, DC. To raise funds to purchase American consumer goods (VCRs, camcorders, etc) they reportedly sold $3,000 worth of Cuban cigars - for much as $125 per box of 20 cigars each! Despite political differences players from both teams mingled freely as did players from Japan, Venezuela and Canada. (editor's note: the world deaf baseball championship was a one-time event. The late Larry Fleischer had hoped to make this tournament a regular event every two or four years but it was not to be - because of visa hassles, monetary hassles, diplomatic hassles, etc) ..... News of the Week - Looking Back 5 Years Ago: Heather Nicole Jackelen, who is not deaf, was crowned Miss Wyoming 2005 recently. What is the big deal? She gave a sign language performance and her platform was "Awareness of Importance of Education for Our Deaf Youth." How many state pageant winners give deaf-related performances and make a deafness-related issue as a platform? Do not know, but Heather did. ... Deaf Apocalypse of the Week: A newspaper story said that Northern Illinois University (NIU) has a "deaf floor" at one of its dormitories. Deaf floor? Implies that the entire dormitory floor is 100 percent deaf. We are talking about maybe 50-100 deaf students on that floor. Does NIU, at any one time, ever had 50-100 deaf students? DeafDigest does not know. ..... A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say? You walk the dog through busy city sidewalks; people gawk at the dog and ask you questions. Depending on how the question is being lipread, you categorize these questions as: 1. does he bite? 2. can I pet him? 3. what breed is he? 4. what is his name? 5. is he friendly? 6. is he a pit bull? 7. does he fight? 99 percent of questions fall within the above categories. That one percent stumps you! if you have lipreading tales, please share these with mailto:barry@deafdigest.com ...... A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor's great news: you get time off from your VR duties with pay, and even allowed to go home early on certain days of the week due to your religious beliefs. ...... DeafBook of the Week Black and Deaf in America "are we that different" TJ Publishers co-written by Ernest Hairston & Linwood Smith 1983 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 -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- closing date - 07/19/2010 Employment vacancy Residential Life Trainer Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf, Wilson, NC to view this vacancy please visit our website at: http://osp.its.state.nc.us/positiondetail.asp?vacancykey=4421-60039244&DHHSNUMBER=&printit=no or http://referer.us/3/9yKAi contact person: mailto:cynthia.johnson@ncmail.net -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- position opening Assistant Program Coordinator, Deaf/ASL Education/Vision and Orientation & Mobility Department Monroe #1 BOCES Monroe county (Rochester area), New York LOCATION OF POSITION: Monroe #1 BOCES, Building 9 TERM OF EMPLOYMENT: Full-time, 12 month, Probationary STARTING DATE: On or about August 9, 2010 DUTIES: 1. Provide general support to the Deaf/ASL Education/Vision and Orientation & Mobility Department. - Work with other leadership staff in the department to maintain quality support services. - Communicate with school districts with regard to service needs. - Help oversee the substitute process to ensure coverage is provided as effectively as possible. - Represent the department in BOCES-wide initiatives as needed. 2. Provide leadership and share supervision of the entire Deaf/ASL Education/Vision and Orientation & Mobility Department staff at their work sites. - Provide supervision, observations, and evaluation of staff. - Recruit, interview, assign and train new employees. - Assist staff with problem solving. - Provide on-going staff support and staff development. - Help to maintain a substitute pool. - Help to identify areas of need and implement change. 3. Utilize fiscal responsibility in overseeing one or more budget areas. Ensure staff has the necessary materials and resources to successfully provide quality service. 4. Complete paperwork related to BOCES Human Resource policies and procedures. 5. Assist with Extended School Year and Summer School scheduling. 6. Perform related duties as assigned by the Deaf/ASL Education/Vision and Orientation & Mobility Department. QUALIFICATIONS: 1. NYS Certification as a School District Administrator (SDA)/School District Leader (SDL) or School Administration & Supervision (SAS). 2. NYS and/or National Certifications in at least one, preferably two or more of the following: Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Teacher of ASL, Sign Language Interpreting, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Orientation & Mobility. 3. Fluency in American Sign Language. 4. Experience with Support Services for Deaf/Hard of Hearing and/or Visually Impaired children. 5. Knowledgeable of current trends in assistive technology. 6. Knowledge of data driven program development. 7. Experience with curriculum writing. 8. Outstanding leadership skills. 9. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. 10. Valid New York State Driver's License. Application Procedure: Contact Nancy J Carr at 585-249-7010 -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- announcing an opening Residential Counselors - PACES program American School for the Deaf West Hartford, CT 1at, 2nd , 3rd and weekend shifts available The American School for the Deaf encompasses a comprehensive center-based and community-based educational program serving deaf and hard-of-hearing students from preschool through high school, utilizing a total communication philosophy. SCOPE OF DUTIES: The Residential Counselor is responsible for the supervision of adolescents during out-of-school hours and the assumption of other responsibilities as designated by the Dean of Students, PACES Program. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Applicants should possess a High School Diploma, two years of College preferred. Applicants should have prior experience in working with emotionally/behaviorally-disordered children and youth in a residential setting. Knowledge of behavior management techniques is desirable. CPI Certification or a willingness to secure. Public Service License or CDL License or a willingness to secure one or the other. CEASD Dormitory Counselor Certificate or willingness to secure same. Ability to write reports, work as a team member, communicate with parents and other staff. Good to excellent ASL skills. HOW TO APPLY: Send resume and letter of application to: Human Resources, American School for the Deaf 139 North Main Street West Hartford, CT 06107-1269 For more information, visit our website at: http://www.asd-1817.org -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- announcing an opening Teacher - Career Academy and Transition Services American School for the Deaf West Hartford, CT Full Time 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. 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 -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- 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 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 18th) - EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD !! - - Outreach Coordinator - Bakersfield, CA - HIV Educator - Los Angeles, CA - Case Manager - 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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