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DeafDigest Blue – March 11, 2012

DeafDigest Blue – March 11, 2012

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

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Last week’s ASL Videos with captions:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-frustration-in-jury-waiting-room/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/hearing-boss-gives-interpreters-for-deaf-employees/

This week’s ASL Videos with captions:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-attending-colleges-without-interpreters/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/famous-neighbors-deaf-person-knows-nothing/

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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?

Terri Goldstein wrote an article in the Los Angeles
Times, explaining her predicament as a hard of hearing
person, but not deaf. She does not read lips, nor sign
nor wear a hearing aid or a CI. She copes with her
hearing losses via different strategies depending
on her plans for each day and each venue.

Gene therapy for Usher syndrome becoming a reality?
This is what the research team, at the Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health & Science University, is
hoping. They are working with the British
biopharmaceutical company – Oxford BioMedica. This method works with Usher syndrome type 1B.

– Very Hot News

New Zealand parliament speaker Lockwood Smith was
vilified for refusing to pay for electronic
notetaking needs of deaf MP Mojo Mathers. For three
weeks he ignored the outrage the nation heaped on
him. And in the meantime Mojo’s party – Green Party
had to fight him tooth and nail. Then suddenly, it
was all over – Smith agreed to pay, and hopefully
everyone is happy now!

– Sunday March 4th

Nevada is one of the few states without a deaf
school. The Las Vegas Charter School of the Deaf,
had hoped to make a difference in education of
the deaf. Sadly, it was not to be, as the school,
after filing bankruptcy, has been closed for good.
Blamed for the bankruptcy was insufficient state
funding. It is not the deaf problem but the
charter school problem in the state – the state
“starves” all of their charter schools to death!

– Monday March 5th

Lloyd Coleman, a Briton, will be composing music
for the upcoming Olympics in London. He is
deaf-blind and is only 19 years old.

– Tuesday March 6th

Disabled and deafness groups in Alabama are massing
together to urge legislators not to cut funds earmarked
for them. This rally was orchestrated by the
Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Network.

– Wednesday March 7th

The Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission (IDHHC) has released a new video – Emergency Preparedness:
Together We Prepare

– Deaf Miscellaneous stuff

The worry among the deaf in United Kingdom is the budget axe
impacting Remploy Ltd, and its 54 factories. Remploy hires
the deaf and the disabled. If deaf people lose their factory
jobs the fear is that they may never again find another job –
since employment discrimination is pretty much everywhere.

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

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Seeking Deaf People & Interpreters to evaluate the
National Interpreter Certification exam

With the enhancements to the NAD-RID National
Interpreter Certification exam, RID is now
accepting applications for both deaf and hearing
exam raters- those who can successfully evaluate
the competency of potential interpreters.

All applications due March 14, 2012.

For more information, including the ASL version of
the call for raters, please visit http://www.rid.org/NICNews

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DEAF COLLEGE STUDENTS EARNING DEGREES WITHOUT INTERPRETED CLASSES!

Many deaf students attend hearing colleges. Quality of interpreting
services at these colleges range from poor to excellent.
This is one way to avoid worrying about interpreting services
at hearing colleges. It is to attend college classes online!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-attending-colleges-without-interpreters/

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

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Workshop for Emerging Deaf and Hard of Hearing Scientists

Gallaudet University
Washington, DC

May 17-18, 2012

Deadline: April 1, 2012

more information at:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-young-scientists-workshop/

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FAMOUS HEARING NEIGHBORS A DEAF PERSON KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT
Deaf people often do not mingle with hearing neighbors.
The same can be said for hearing neighbors that do not mingle
with the deaf.
Years ago, DeafDigest editor lived in a nice neighborhood in
Annapolis, MD. The editor did not realize till years later that
four neighbors, on the same street, are famous.
These neighbors were:

– a former Washington Redskins football player
– a former Washington Wizards basketball head coach
– a former horse racing jockey
– a former athletic director at US Naval Academy (Navy)

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/famous-neighbors-deaf-person-knows-nothing/

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

ELECTED PUBLIC OFFICIAL’S AGENDA
From time to time we see deaf individuals win
elections to public office.
We would question what are their agendas during
legislative sessions. Do they address deaf-related
issues or do they address issues of public concerns?
Almost all deaf elected public officials deal
with public issues and rarely on deaf issues.
This the reality of political life.

THE WORST POSSIBLE NEWSPAPER HEADLINE
DeafDigest editor surfs the web every morning,
looking for deaf-related newspaper stories.
Just this week, the worst possible newspaper
headline was this:

Bionic boy saved from a life of sign language reliance

Bionic? As in CI? Yes, but the remainder of the
headline says that it is so terrible for us, the deaf,
to rely on sign language.
Is it that so terrible to use ASL?

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WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

complaints about “bad” interpreting, though not the
interpreter’s fault. The client never specified if
he wanted ASL, or Signed English. The interpreter
shows up and the client complains he cannot understand
the signing.

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

AN OLD PICTURE OF A SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
What did the Oregon School for the Deaf look like
in the good, old days? Do visit:

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20120304/COLUMN0107/203040327/College-moves-former-institute-site-1969

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

As viewers of closed captioning, we are very concerned that TV shows,
movies, and online videos are captioned for accessibility.  Lately
there have been many individuals and organizations advocating for
captioning in movie theaters, at live political events, and on the
Internet.

What we need to remember is that it is not the just the quantity of
captioning that is important, but it is very important that the
quality of captioning be maintained.  Captioning must be accurate in
order to provide meaningful accessibility.  If an organization says
that they caption their videos, yet the accuracy rate is only 60-70%,
that is not good enough to be considered accessible.

We must educate ourselves on what is considered good captioning, and
we must not accept captioning that does not truly provide access.  It
is up to all of us, as viewers of captioning, to provide feedback to
the companies and organizations providing captioning so that they
know where their captioning efforts are succeeding and where they are
failing.  Inaccurate captions are not providing equal access.

OUR BASIC DEAF NEEDS (short series)

– Our rights to a quality education

what does that mean?

Not every school is right for every deaf person; must find
a school that is a right fit for the deaf person. Not that
easy – look at the plight of education of the deaf in
Indiana. The governor wants parental options; the Deaf
Community opposes it.

A parental educational mistake may mess up the deaf child for the rest of his life!

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STRUGGLES OF A DEAF PERSON IN AN ISOLATED BRITISH TOWN

(continuing series)

While deaf people get free public transportation,
it is not an advantage because of long distance
rides to bigger towns and cities from my small town.
It would take practically half of the day on these
rides alone.

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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:

ADA has 5 sections, Title I through Title V

I – private employers, 15 or more employees
II – state and local governments
III – accessibility of facilities and services
IV – telecommunications (relays, captions, etc)
V – 10 Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

DC Comics ran through a 2nd printing of its Supergirl #65
edition. It was pointed out through DEAFDIGEST subscribers
that the original printing had the “R” fingerspelled letter
done all wrong.
The 2nd printing, however, corrected the error.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

It does not pay to utter a joke regarding the
deaf as far as a town council in New Hampshire
is concerned.
The council was addressing a deaf-related
issue when a couple of council members made
a remark, thinking it would make everyone
in the room laugh.
It backfired as one irate deaf resident
demanded and won a public apology from the
council.

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

A true story nearly 40 years ago. At a deaf banquet
in New Jersey, two Gallaudet individuals were invited
to give keynote speeches. The first individual, who
shall remain unnamed, gave a long winded speech
that lasted nearly two hours. The audience was restless.
The banquet chairperson gave the speaker body language
hints – as to say “that is enough” only to be ignored.
The first speech finally ended. The second speaker,
Mervyn Garretson, sensing the audience restlessness,
gave a speech that lasted only two seconds – and was met
with a thunderous applause. What about it?

Well, the next time we are stuck with a boring keynote
speech that just won’t stop, we could use speech-jamming gun! This device was announced last week as a new invention by Japanese researchers. It is supposed to be
painless and would target the speaker’s brain, making
him dizzy and then making him stop signing!

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A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

I thought the person said:
This makes no scene

Makes no scene?

He actually said:
This makes no sense

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position opening
Director of Outreach Services
Montana School for the Deaf and Blind
Great Falls, MT

MONTANA SCHOOL for the Deaf & Blind
giving kids the building blocks to independence

DEPARTMENT:  Montana School for the Deaf and Blind
Division:  Education
JOB TITLE:  Director of Outreach Services
START DATE:  July 1, 2012
STARTING SALARY:  Dependent on education and years of experience LOCATION OF JOB:  Great Falls
STATUS: Permanent, Full-time (230 duty days) SUPPLEMENT REQUIRED:  Yes
PAY BAND:  Exempt ungraded
SALARY: $50,000 – $70,000, depending on education and experience
POSITION NUMBER:  51300327
BARGAINING UNIT:  N/A

CLOSING DATE:  March 30, 2012 or until filled

TYPICAL DUTIES: Administration
–    Serves as a member of the administration team.
–    Assists in development and management of the Outreach program budget.
–    Ensures that the outreach program policies and procedures comply with best practices. –    Communicates with the campus-based program administrators and human resource/payroll staff on a regular basis regarding outreach operations.
–    Works with other school administrators to develop grants and other sources of program funding, measures project outcomes, and prepares reports for grants related to outreach services.

Management –    Hires, trains, supervises, and leads outreach staff.
–    Manages daily operations of the Outreach program and resolves problems related to providing statewide services to students who are DHH or BLV.
–    Maintains records and documentation of all outreach activities; including weekly logs, contact reports, time sheets, leave requests, travel vouchers and makes caseload assignments.
–    Performs effective staff evaluations for outreach consultants and program staff.
–    Researches and coordinates staff development and training and performs effective staff evaluations for outreach consultants and program staff.
–    Manages implementation of goals and strategies from strategic and school improvement plans. –    Develops manuals, guidelines other resources needed by program staff in the performance of their work. –    Ensures that program staff has the resources and support necessary to complete their work tasks effectively and efficiently. –    Work collaboratively with the consulting audiologist to process referrals for program services from parents, schools, early intervention and medical providers, Children’s Special Health Services (CSHS), and other agencies and service providers and facilitates referrals, evaluations and placement of students at MSDB.
–    Participates in IEP/IFSP meetings as requested.
–    Analyzes data from the Children’s Health Referral Information System (CHRIS) to make recommendations about program services and delivery, and oversees consultant’s use of CHRIS.
–    Schedules and facilitates regular outreach department meetings and participates in additional MSDB staff meetings as needed.
–    Travels extensively statewide on a regular basis, typically one to two days per week.

Communication and Relations
–    Provides leadership, training, and support to program staff in maintaining positive, supportive, and constructive working relationships with parents. –    Develops and maintains positive, supportive, and constructive working relationships with consultants. –    Develops and maintains on-going relationships between MSDB and special education directors, the Office of Public Instruction, CSHS, and collaborates with education partners such as Vocational Rehabilitation, Blind and Low Vision Services, the Montana Association for the Blind, the Montana Association of the Deaf, the Montana Council ASE, APH, AER, NAPVI, and other organizations related to DHH or BLV.
–    Develops and maintains memorandums of understanding with Part C providers as needed to support infants and preschool students who are DHH or BLV.
–    Works with consultants to provide and coordinate statewide conferences, workshops and in-service opportunities for educators and families.
–    Participates in professional development activities and attends regional, state, and national conferences and represents MSDB in statewide and national initiatives and projects to maintain contemporary knowledge and skills.
–    Serves on advisory councils and state level task forces. –    Assumes other duties as assigned by the superintendent.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  A bachelor’s or master’s degree in education, special education, or specialist degree required.  Completion of a course of study in special education required with completion of a course of study in the area of deaf or blind education preferred.  Ability to obtain a Montana Class 3 Administrator License with supervisor’s endorsement within 3 years of date of hire is required.  Five years experience as a classroom teacher, special education program manager, itinerant consultant, or any combination of experience in these positions is required.

Experience working in a special purpose school for the deaf or the blind preferred.  Experience managing an outreach/itinerant services program or working as a consultant or itinerant teacher or specialist in deaf or blind education preferred.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: –    Ability to manage budgets and data programs.
–    Ability to interpret and apply policies, rules and regulations for state and federal programs.
–    Ability to supervise, schedule and perform evaluations for program staff.
–    Knowledge of consultation protocol and process for calling on LEAs, Cooperatives, and parents.
–    Ability to organize workload, lead and train others, work cooperatively as a member of a team. –    Knowledge of accommodations, technology and adaptive devices needed by children that are DHH or BLV.
–    Knowledge of methods and techniques for assessing children with DHH or BLV and ability to interpret assessment data and write meaningful reports.
–    Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively with educators, administrators, parents, and the public, on controversial or complex topics. –    Ability to operate Windows operating system; Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook. –    Demonstrates a working knowledge of the Braille code and /or sign language systems necessary for some students to access communication and develop literacy skills.

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS:   This position requires a “Survival Plus” rating on the Sign Language Proficiency Interview within three years of date of hire.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS:  Selection procedures to be used in evaluating applicant’s qualifications include an evaluation of the Montana State Application form, application supplement, interview, and reference checks.  Late, incomplete or unsigned applications will be rejected.

Application materials required are:
1.    Signed and completed State of Montana Employment Application (PD-25, revised 04/09). Portions of the application may be photocopied if legible.  (A resume or vitae may not be substituted for any portion of the application.)
2.    Resume or curriculum vitae.
3.    Three letters of reference.
4.    Transcripts of all coursework leading to degrees or licensure. 5.    Copies of professional licenses which are applicable to the requirements of the position.
6.    Applicants claiming the Handicapped Person’s Employment Preference must provide verification of eligibility with the application materials by the closing date.  The required documentation includes a completed Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Certification of Disability form.
7.    Signed and dated Applicant Release of Information form.
8.    Application supplement.

INQUIRIES AND REQUEST FOR APPLICATION:  MSDB 406-771-6000 V/TTY, 406-205-0060 VP, any Montana Job Service.  Locally 1018 7th Street South, Great Falls, Montana, 406-791-5800 or the website: http://www.msdb.mt.gov

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:  This position is a contracted position 230 days. Salary is dependant on qualifications and experience.  Other benefits include a deferred compensation program and retirement.  The employee is also eligible for all leave benefits which includes sick leave, annual leave, and up to 15 days military leave with full pay.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and sit.  The employee is occasionally required to operate word processing software that requires repetitive motion of hands and arms, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, or run.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The work environment consists of an 18 acre campus with 4 buildings housing the education program and 3 buildings housing the residential program.  This position requires frequent and independent travel between all buildings.

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS:  Under state and federal law qualified applicants with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations. Modifications or adjustments may be provided to assist applicants to compete in the recruitment and selection process, to perform the essential duties of the job or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment available to other employees.  An applicant must request an accommodation when needed.  If you need any such accommodation, contact the Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind using the information provided above.

IMMIGRATION REFORM AND CONTROL ACT:  In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three (3) days of hire, documentation that he/she is authorized to work in the United States.  Examples of such documentation include a birth certificate or social security card along with a driver’s license or other picture I.D., a United States passport, a Permanent Resident Card or an Alien Registration Card (Green Card).

EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE – The Veterans Public Employment Preference Act and the Persons with Disabilities Public Employment Preference Act provide preference in public employment for certain military veterans and people with disabilities or their eligible relatives. An applicant claiming employment preference must complete an Employment Preference Form, PD-25A, available through your local Montana Job Service Workforce Center or the State of Montana Employment Information Website at: https://jobs.mt.gov/jobs/login.seek  You must also provide the appropriate documentation of eligibility with the application. The required documentation may include a DD~214; a document issued by the Office of the Adjutant General of the Montana National Guard certifying service; or a PHHS Certifications of Disability form. Contact your local Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Services Office, Department of Public Health and Human Services for details on obtaining persons with disabilities preference certification. For more information, contact your local Job Service Workforce Center

SPECIAL INFORMATION: This agency has been declared a non-smoking environment extending to the entire campus; there are no authorized smoking areas and smoke breaks are not given.  All successful candidates must possess a Montana Drivers License; submit to a background check, which includes a criminal record review, and must not possess any felony or DUI convictions. It is the policy of the Board that any finalist recommended for hire to a paid or volunteer position with this agency, involving regular unsupervised access to students in schools, as determined by the Superintendent, shall submit to a fingerprint-based national criminal history background check conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation prior to consideration of the recommendation for employment.  Additionally, an “Applicant Release Form” must be completed and signed as part of the application.

The Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).  MSDB will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership or any other legally protected classification.  Announcement of this policy is in accordance with state and federal laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  Students, parents, employees and participants who have an inquiry or complaint of harassment or discrimination, or who need information about accommodations for persons with disabilities, should contact the School Compliance Officer and Title IX/EEO Coordinator, Montana School for the Deaf and Blind, 3911 Central Avenue, Great Falls, Montana 59405. Phone (406) 771-6000.

Montana School for the Deaf and Blind – Application Supplement

Division:  Education
JOB TITLE:  Director of Outreach Services
POSITION NUMBER:  51300327

CLOSING DATE:  March 30, 2012 or until filled

This supplement must accompany the application.  Use additional space to answer questions if necessary.

1.     What program components and characteristics are critical to providing an effective statewide outreach services through the Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind?

2.    What processes or strategies would you use to ensure that MSDB.s outreach program and staff are providing effective services to their constituents?

3.     In your experience as a program administrator what have you found to be the most effective styles or strategies for leadership and why?

4.    What strategies do you recommend to ensure that children with vision or hearing loss, educated in local school districts, receive services that are appropriate and meet their identified educational needs.

5.    Define the .least restrictive environment. as it applies to the educational placement of children with vision or hearing loss.

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job opening
Outreach Coordinator (Utah) Hamilton Relay, Inc
position based in Salt Lake City area

Hamilton Relay, Inc. currently has a full-time position open for Outreach Coordinator-Utah

Location:  Salt Lake City area

Position summary:  This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) and Captioned Telephone Relay Service (CapTel®) for Relay Utah.

Preferred education, experience and skills:
Knowledge of:
–    Effective communication and public outreach techniques.
–    Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users.
–    Familiarity with the users communities that could benefit from relay services:
– Senior Community
– Hard of Hearing Community
– Deaf Community

Skill in:
–    Organizing outreach and educational campaigns.
–    Developing clear written content for technical and non-technical audiences for use on Relay Utah Facebook and Twitter sites.
–    Public speaking and confidently communicating verbally to a wide variety of audiences.

Ability to:
–    Maintain effective working relationships with Relay Administrator and non-profit and for profit partners, the public and other agencies.
–    Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
–    Plan, schedule and organize multiple priorities and a high volume of work.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
–    Completion of an undergraduate degree and two or more years of experience in the design and implementation of public outreach program or related marketing experience are required. Experience in the telecommunications field, Traditional Relay Service or Captioned Telephone Service is a strong plus. –    Excellent presentation skills –    Experience in public relations activities.
–    Hold a valid driver’s license. –    Fluency in English and American Sign Language.
–    Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing are encouraged to apply.

Apply online at:  http://www.workforhamilton.com  or contact our HR Corporate office at: (800) 821-1831 by March 16, 2012.

Hamilton Relay is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin or disability.

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Job opening
Outreach Coordinator (Georgia)
Hamilton Relay, Inc

Hamilton Relay, Inc. currently has a full-time position open for Georgia Relay Outreach Coordinator

Position summary:  This full-time position is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Telecommunication Relay Services (TRS) and Captioned Telephone Relay Service (CapTel®) for Georgia Relay.

Preferred education, experience and skills:

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Knowledge of:
–    Effective communication and public outreach techniques.
–    Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users.
–    Familiarity with the users communities that could benefit from relay services:
– Senior Community
– Hard of Hearing Community
– Deaf Community

Skill in:
–    Organizing outreach and educational campaigns.
–    Public speaking and confidently communicating verbally to a wide variety of audiences.

Ability to:
–    Maintain effective working relationships with Relay Administrator and non-profit and for profit partners, the public and other agencies.
–    Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
–    Plan, schedule and organize multiple priorities and a high volume of work.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
–    Completion of an undergraduate degree and two or more years of experience in the design and implementation of public outreach program or related marketing experience are required. Experience in the telecommunication field, Traditional Relay Service or Captioned Telephone Service is a strong plus. –    Excellent presentation skills. –    Experience in public relations activities.
–    Hold a valid driver’s license. –    Fluency in English and American Sign Language.
–    Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing are encouraged to apply.

Apply online at:  http://www.workforhamilton.com  or contact our HR Corporate office at: (800) 821-1831 by March 19, 2012.

Hamilton Relay is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin or disability.

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Call for nominations
Provost
Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf
Big Spring, Texas

HOWARD COLLEGE
Office of the President
“Education. . . For Learning, For Earning, For Life”

February 25, 2012

To the Deaf Education Community:

We are seeking nominations for the Provost position at the Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf in Big Spring, Texas.  After three years of successful service, Dr. Mark Myers is returning to the East Coast to be closer to family.  We are requesting nominations to this crucial position for the future of our institution.  You may refer to our website at www.howardcollege.edu for the complete position notice.

To propose a candidate for this program, please submit a letter of recommendation to Dr. Cheryl T. Sparks, President, Howard County Junior College District, 1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, TX  79720. The letter should summarize the candidate’s qualifications for the position. Please include a curriculum vitae and names of individuals who may be willing to comment upon the candidate’s fitness for the position.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

“Education – For Learning, For Earning, For Life”

Cheryl T. Sparks, Ed.D.
President

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position opening
Residence Education Manager (Boys Dorm)
Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD)

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center  on of Gallaudet
University, Washington D.C.

We are recruiting for this position and only male applicants may
apply for the jobs in the boy’s dorm.

For detailed job description and application information, please go
to this website address:
http://jobs.gallaudet.edu/?select=Professional+Staff+(exempt)#HR-12001

Please apply if you are interested in this position. To apply, e-mail
a resume and Gallaudet University job application form to:

Gallaudet University
Personnel Office
College Hall- Room 106
800 Florida Avenue, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002

Or Fax resume and Gallaudet University Employment job application to:
202-651-5344

Email address: mailto:Personnel.Office@gallaudet.edu

Any questions regarding to these positions, contact Personnel office
at 202-651-5352

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position opening
ASL Mental Health Counselor/Practitioner
VOA-MN Mental Health Clinics Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program Faribault, MN

Salary range: $13.10 – $18.34 hourly / $27,248 – $38,147 annually

Are you are passionate about combining your expertise in ASL, Deaf Culture, and mental health with youth? If so, we have an exciting opportunity in Faribault, MN for an innovative mental health practitioner to provide therapeutic skill sessions serving deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind children. This unique position is a collaborative effort between the highly acclaimed MN State Academy for the Deaf (MSAD) and VOA-MN Mental Health Clinics Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program. Working under the direct supervision of a licensed mental health professional, this role will facilitate individual, group, and family sessions in order to help clients develop appropriate psychosocial skills to enrich their interpersonal relationships and prosper in the community. This position offers growth and career development for the practitioner as well as significant home / work life balance. This role will work full-time during the academic year with school breaks and summers off. Relocation costs reimbursed up to $2,000.00.

Faribault, MN:
Founded in 1852, this historical and dynamic community is known as .Athens of the West. due to its national recognition as an educational and religious center.  With over 29,000 residents, the community enjoys the proximity of being just 25 minutes south of the Twin Cities metropolitan area while being surrounded by comforts such as a relaxed lifestyle, main street connections, and the serenity of nature. Faribault successfully blends the small town experience with the excitement of growth and prosperity. Minnesota, also known as the .Land of the Lakes., ranks at or near the top in quality-of-life ratings including education, medical facilities, social services, and cultural amenities such as entertainment and recreation.

Qualifications:
–    M.A. in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology, Social Work or related Behavioral Health field –    Licensed (or working toward licensure) as a mental health professional in the state of MN –    Fluent in ASL and written English –    Ability to develop and maintain relationships in a diverse-rich environment
–    Ability to complete required reports, case files, and other paperwork  in a timely manner

Preferred Qualifications:
–    Experience in programming for children with mental health disorders
–    Knowledge of video technology used by deaf and hard-of-hearing people

Benefits:
VOA-MN staff makes the difference in the quality of services we provide our clients. We value the expertise they bring to our organization as well as the compassion, integrity, and innovation that help us live our mission daily. VOA-MN provides competitive salaries as well as a range of benefits including:

–    Medical Insurance –    Dental Insurance –    Earn up to 15 paid vacation days per year –    Earn up to 6 sick days per year
–    10 paid holidays –    Vision Plan –    Company-sponsored wellness initiatives –    403 (b) retirement savings plan
–    Life insurance –    Short-term disability
–    Long-term disability –    Flexible Spending Account
–    Ongoing educational opportunities –    Credit union membership available

Learn more about our organization or to apply, visit http://www.voamn.org
We are happy to assist you if you have any questions. Please contact us by email (please reference ASL Mental Practitioner in the subject line):
Email: mailto:kbaltzer@voamn.org

An EOE and Veteran Friendly Employer

Mental Health Program Consultant (Mental Health Specialist)
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division Minnesota Department of Human Services

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Two positions are available
Mental Health Specialist
Minnesota Department of Human Services/
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division

Positions based at:
1.    St. Cloud 2.    Mankato

$ 46,312-$ 68,257 annually/ Full benefits

Contact: Dr. John Gournaris e-mail: mailto:john.gournaris@state.mn.us

Job Description: This position provides culturally affirmative mental health services to deaf and hard of hearing adults coping with mental health issues. The main responsibility of the Mental Health Specialist is to provide psychotherapy/ counseling services and the remaining of time will include clinical case management/coordination, consultation, training, aftercare planning, and community placement assistance for deaf and hard of hearing adults.

– The St. Cloud position will be housed in St. Cloud, MN and will travel in Central Minnesota on a regular basis.

– The Mankato position will be housed in Mankato, MN and will travel in South Minnesota on a regular basis.

Responsibilities include: Provide direct mental health services (independently or with supervision) to deaf and hard-of-hearing adults and their families. Responsibilities include: individual/couples/family/group psychotherapy, intake evaluation, treatment planning, some clinical case management, inter-agency coordination, and psycho-education. Complete intake evaluations, treatment plans, progress notes, discharge summaries, and other reports as required. Some consultation duties are also involved (in-services and workshops on Deaf culture and mental health). Maintain close contact with local acute psychiatric units and group homes ensuring that their services are accessible for deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Assist in client capacity building in the regions covered.

Minimum Qualifications: – Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL) – At least 2 years advanced profession experience, OR 1 year advanced professional experience plus 2 years professional experience providing direct mental health services to deaf and hard of hearing individuals. – Master’s Degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work or behavioral-health related field – Licensed or license-eligible for LPC, LPCC, LP, LICSW or LMFT in the state of Minnesota – Knowledge of clinical/crisis interventions and psychiatric medications – Ability to provide consultation services to mental health care organizations – Ability to complete required reports, case files, and other paperwork duties accurately and in a timely manner – Ability to multi-task and cope under stressful circumstances – Excellent client advocacy and interpersonal skills – Thorough knowledge of relevant professional codes of ethics and DSM diagnoses – Through knowledge in Deaf and hearing cross-cultures – Willingness to perform some duties at remote work sites, involving some statewide travel

Preferred Qualifications: – Experienced or familiar with a statewide system of mental health services – Knowledge of the video technology used by deaf and hard-of-hearing people

Note: To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that your resume clearly describes your experience in the areas listed above and indicates the beginning and ending month and year for each job held.

Reference/background checks – The Department of Human Services will conduct reference checks to verify job-related credentials and a criminal background check prior to appointment.

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position opening
Rehabilitation Specialist-Part Time
Arundel Lodge, Inc
Edgewater, MD

Arundel Lodge, Inc. is a mental health agency located in Edgewater, MD. We provide psychiatric rehabilitation services to mentally ill adults. Rehabilitation Specialist (20 hours per week) will provide daily living skills support to deaf or hard of hearing clients in a classroom setting and in the community.  Duties also include; medication monitoring, transporting to appointments, and applying crisis intervention when needed.  Must be fluent in American Sign Language.  Minimum qualifications are high school diploma or equivalent, related work experience and education in Human Services or related field preferred. Send resume to; Arundel Lodge, Inc., Human Resources, 2600 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, MD  21037; Email; mailto:Lmurphy@arundellodge.org , Fax: (410) 841-6045, http://www.arundellodge.org

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notice of vacancy
District-wide Special Education Teacher (anticipated)
Nashua School District
Nashua, New Hampshire

For students with moderate to severe disabilities including visual and hearing impairments
WORK YEAR:        School year 2012-2013
STARTING:          August 2012
SALARY RANGE:        $39,034 – $72,657

QUALIFICATIONS:         NH certified or eligible for Blind and Vision and Deaf and Hearing Disabilities, HQT in Elementary Ed. Must have experience working with students with moderate to severe disabilities presenting with visual and hearing impairments.

SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES: This position provides instruction for students with moderate to severe disabilities, including visual and hearing impairments by developing, selecting and modifying instructional plans and materials to meet the needs of students utilizing Braille, large print and technological devices.    Responsibilities of this position include conducting assessments, consult and collaborate with peers regarding the planning of instructional goals, objectives and methods of service delivery, and assist in the development of student IEP.s so that students are actively engaged in meaningful learning experiences.  Assist teachers to become familiar with the unique educational needs and learning characteristics of students with these impairments to enhance the instructional environment and demonstrate a gain in student performance. Meet professional obligations through efficient work habits such as: meeting deadlines, honoring schedules, coordinating and professional development.

This notice should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position or that this is the exclusive list of job functions associated with this position.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
External applicants should submit a completed application, a letter of interest, resume, copies of official college transcripts, three letters of professional recommendation, copy of NH certification or a statement of eligibility for the appropriate endorsement area and HQT documentation.

Please submit a completed application packet to: Nashua School District, Attn: Dana O.Gara, Human Resource Director, 141 Ledge Street, Nashua, NH 03060.

Applications are available on our website at http://www.nashua.edu

The Nashua Board of Education reaffirms its position of compliance with applicable State and Federal laws of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender orientation, physical or mental disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information and age in admission to, access to, treatment in or employment in the services, programs and activities of the Nashua School District.

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position opening
Rehab Counselor for the Deaf/HOH (RCD) position
Vermont State Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Barre, Vermont

http://humanresources.vermont.gov/career_center

Vermont State Vocational Rehabilitation services has a full time Rehab Counselor for the Deaf/HOH (RCD) position to fill here in beautiful Vermont.

The position number is #760155, “VR counselor I AC: Deaf&HOH”.

The home office is based in Barre, which is central Vermont off interstate 89.  The position covers 3 other offices in the northeastern part of the state, “the northeast kingdom”.

Substantial traveling is required.  Fluency in ASL. Master’s degree requirement is explained in the job description.

Attractive office space in Barre.  Dedicated, professional staff to work with. There are several certified Interpreters nearby, Sorenson Ntouch VP in Barre, and Zphone in other 3 office locations.  Qualified candidate will have access to an iPhone 4.

Any questions, contact Bill Hudson, Senior Rehab Counselor Deaf/Hard of Hearing:  mailto:bill.hudson@state.vt.us   http://www.vocrehab.vermont.org

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employment openings
Therapeutic Staff Support/TSS Professionals
Warwick Family Services
Bensalem, Pennsylvania

Looking for an enticing job that challenges your character and skills? Look no further!  Working with children in an apprenticeship role will instill you with new skills that can be used in fields such as: psychology, education, business and government.

You will learn the magical art of healthy working relationships in the classroom, conjuring boundaries with children and learn the valuable trade of managing children’s behaviors.

You will be provided with resources and support from the behavior specialist on a weekly basis.  Have strong “people’s person skills?  You will find this job to be a good fit, and for those who strive to be a “people’s person” the behavior specialist s will teach you valuable skills to help you be successful in the workplace environment.

TSS  candidates must possess a bachelors degree in Psychology, Social Work, Human Services or related field and one year previous work experience with children or at minimum 60 college credits and three years work experience with children.

TSS Aide candidates must possess a high school diploma and two years of verified volunteer or paid work experience with children.

All applicants must be proficient in American Sign Language (ASL).

Case assignments are generally in a school setting, however some clients require services in the home.  Work hours vary from ten to thirty hours per week based on approved client hours and staff flexibility to accept more than one assignment.  Work is available in Philadelphia and Bucks County.

For immediate consideration please email your resume to mailto:mstoll@warwickfamilyservices.com or via fax to 267-525-7014.

For additional information about our company log on to our website
http://www.warwickfamilyservices.com

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(revised posting – February 26, 2012)

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:

– 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

An EEO/Educational Opportunities Agency

Tobacco Free Campus

KSD Embraces Diversity

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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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– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPENINGS AT GLAD !! –

– Staff Interpreter – Los Angeles, CA

– Staff Interpreter – Riverside, CA

– Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim, 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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