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DeafDigest Blue – November 28, 2010

DeafDigest Blue – November 28, 2010

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

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Last week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/schoolsuperintendents/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/dangerousactivity/

This week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/creditcards/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/costinterpreter/

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Holiday Gift Guide and Discounts from Harris Communications

This holiday season, Harris Communications has put together a Gift
Guide to help you save time and money. Included in the Gift Guide are
some of our most popular signalers, clocks, TV listeners, personal
amplifiers, and amplified phones at 20% savings!

The Gift Guide will be available through the holidays but check back
every week for discounts on other products in our store.

This week, save 15% on all books, DVDs and novelties.* Shop now for
sign language Christmas ornaments and unique ILY jewelry. Find
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*Sale ends December 5, 2010. Certain products exclusions may apply.

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mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always
anonymous

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CSD Brings Discounted Broadband and Equipment to Nation’s Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Do you want high-speed Internet access but can’t afford it? Are you
interested in high-speed Internet access at discounted rate? And, are
you interested in a discounted video-capable netbook as well?

CSD and Project Endeavor are bringing high speed Internet/broadband
services to the nation’s deaf and hard of hearing community! If you
are income eligible and qualify for the program, you can receive
high-speed Internet, a netbook, training on how to use both, and even
more!

To find out more about Project Endeavor, call VOICE: 877-NET-ME77,
e-mail mailto:info@projectendeavor.com, VP at (605) 496-0738 or go to
http://www.projectendeavor.com

(Made possible by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.)

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law firms in America. 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
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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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– Hot Newspaper stories during the week:

Youtube’s struggles with captions
http://deafdigest.com/devries/

Fanwood’s first deaf woman director
http://deafdigest.com/rubin/

– Very Hot News

The new executive director of Gallaudet Public and Media
Relations office is Catherine Murphy. She moves over to
Gallaudet from her position with the AgBell.

Said an acquaintance who has worked with her professionally:

She was A.G. Bell’s media point person during the Deaf Bilingual Coalition protests and similar events at A.G. Bell’s Convention. She did a very good job of working the media to ensure that A.G. Bell came across looking better than its detractors. Gallaudet should be pleased with this hire.  She’s very good at what she
does

– Sunday November 21st

Maryland School for the Deaf has two campuses, the
well known Frederick campus, and the relatively
newer campus at Columbia.

Past superintendent David M Denton was instrumental
in securing state funds to build the Columbia
campus which opened in 1973.

37 years later Denton was honored with the naming of
the main building after him. The ceremony took
place recently.

– Monday November 22nd

Deaf artist Hideto Noritomi, of Kumamoto City in Japan,
featured his art works at an art gallery in the same city.

His exhibit includes 63 oil paintings; he was taught orally,
but signed on the sly. He has lived in USA and then in France
before coming back home.

His message for his deaf friends is this:

I want you to be proud of being Deaf and of using sign language

– Tuesday November 23rd

Which college is harder for the deaf – Oxford or Cambridge,
these two prestigious institutions of higher learning in
Great Britain?

Anastasia Fedotova, a deaf woman, who aced all her courses
with perfect grades, has been turned down by Oxford because
of her deafness. The legislator representing her home area
is upset and has demanded an explanation.

Undeterred, Anastasia is focusing her sights on Cambridge.

Keep in mind Oxford and Cambridge are bitter rivals, just
the same as Harvard and Yale here in USA! And we’ve had
deaf graduates from both universities.

– Wednesday November 24th

We have a number of deaf pharmacists. One of them is Barbara
Jane Howard; in what should be a landmark case for future
deaf pharmacists she won a court case.

The Alabama Board of Pharmacy would not allow her to accept
pharmaceutical orders from patients via relay service. Fighting
back, the court agreed with her, and so, she will be able to
perform her normal duties just like with other hearing
pharmacists on telephone calls.

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

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Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

Gallaudet is right up there with the big players as far as
Fulbright scholars are concerned. The Institute of International
Education has honored Gallaudet for producing a good share of
deaf Fulbright scholars.

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FRUSTRATED DEAF BUSINESS OWNER
This is a true story. A deaf man owned a small store
in a small town.
He accepts credit cards. One day the credit card
machine was not working.
His video relay machine was in his office, at the back
of the store. The customer was at the front counter,
waiting to get his purchase processed.
He cannot run back and forth between front of the
store and the back of the store. Instead, he gambled
by writing down the customer’s credit card number
and allowed the customer to leave the store with the
stuff that was purchased.
Luckily, all the credit card numbers were good
and he did not lose money.

– for ASL News version, please click on the arrow at:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/creditcards/

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

INTERPRETING COSTS AT A SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
One school for the deaf has a budget of $100,000
for interpreters.
All of that money for ASL interpreters? No. It is
for interpreters for parents of deaf students. These
parents do not speak English. They speak in many
different languages such as French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, etc.

– for ASL News version, please click on the arrow at:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/costinterpreter/

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

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A DUBIOUS CLAIM
A newspaper in Canada featured five most ingenious
Canadian inventions.
Holding the top #1 slot is “Music for the Deaf”

The caption said:

It’s music to their backs – thanks to psychology professor Frank Russo of Ryerson University, people who are deaf or hard of hearing can enjoy specially composed songs by sitting in a chair that allows them to feel the melodies through vibrations. Russo says the chair is designed to act like the basilar membrane of the inner ear.

DeafDigest considers the invention dubious; while we have many
deaf people that enjoy music, how many of them own such vibrating
chairs?
And besides, there may have been other better inventions invented
by Canadians that have greatly benefited the deaf, but which may have
been overlooked by the writer of that article.

IRISH JURY: JULY AND NOVEMBER
This past July, the Irish High Court ruled that a deaf person
could serve on the jury.
This November, just a few days ago, a Circuit Court judge
in Ireland told a deaf person that he cannot serve on the jury.
A contradiction? Yes. Why? The judge said Irish law does not permit a 13th person, an interpreter, to be present in the jury room!
Please – the High Court judge and the Circuit judge, get
your acts together!

A DEAF WIFE TELLS A HEARING HUSBAND TO LEARN SIGN LANGUAGE
Peadar Owens, a hearing husband, and deaf wife Maggie
both have been married for a number of years. And both
were able to communicate without using sign language.
This time, Maggie, who signs fluently, nominated
Paedar to learn signs in a 16-week course, and he has
accepted the challenge.
16-week course? It was part of the challenge by Irish TV program “Hands On” for hearing people to learn signs.
The wife said she was tired of having to interpret
for her husband at deaf events. And besides, the mother
has been teaching their child some signs!

WINNER AT A STARTUP WEEKEND IN LEBANON
The Startup Weekend was an event in Beirut,
Lebanon, to encourage entrepreneurs to start new
companies to help the nation’s economy.
The #1 winner was Mimix software that was built
by three entrepreneurs. This software is supposed to
convert text to sign language.
These three entrepreneurs are hearing.

WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

being told by a hearing person:

that’s really nice of you to interpret for your client

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

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

Another question I frequently hear is: 

Aren’t you going to be replaced soon by tape recorders or other newer
technology?

This has been a question that has been asked for over 40 years.  As
far back as the 1960s, people were predicting that court reporting
was a doomed profession because tape recorders would soon replace
court reporters.  When videotape came upon the scene, some people
were sure that videotaping proceedings would soon take the place of
court reporting.

The key to success for court reporters, CART providers, and realtime
captioners has been that they have embraced technology over the
years.  Rather than simply fearing that they would be replaced by
technology, they have used technology to change the way that they do
their jobs.

When you see a realtime reporter writing on a steno machine today,
the one thing that remains basically the same is the layout of the
steno keyboard.  Other than that, the look is quite different. 
Instead of steno paper flowing out of the back of their steno
machines, for realtime reporters you will find computers connected to
their steno machines.

Court reporters can synchronize their transcripts with the video or
audio that has been recorded, and they can provide compressed and
e-mailed transcripts.  Captioners and CART providers provide an
instantaneous translation of what is being said to provide access for
the consumers who rely upon their services. Court reporting is a
career that has taken advantage of changes in technology to make sure
that their profession continues to stay in demand.

A FLOAT WINNER AT MILTON, ONTARIO
A fund raising float event took place at Milton, Ontario.
The winner was the float team of students from the
E.C. Drury School for the Deaf. It featured signed Christmas
music with student performers.

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DEAF POLITICAL AWARENESS

Q. Sometimes a service agency or a state commission of the
deaf and hard of hearing do not get along with the
Deaf Community. Why?

A. Deaf Community, as a whole, represents a strong
political voice, demanding its own rights – captions,
employment, interpreters, etc.

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introducing a new book

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In A Changing World of the Deaf

by Mervin D. Garretson

A lifestory of a totally deaf educator and advocate about growing up
in an anti-sign world dominated by oralists and professional
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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:
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What:  A national study for counselors who serve the Deaf funded by
AHRQ

Why: Counseling and behavioral health services for persons who
are Deaf, Deaf-blind or hard of hearing are scarce, and many
individuals are underserved. We hope to learn and share the results
with all who provide counseling services across the nation

If you are a counselor please take the time to complete the survey or
if you know counselors in your region who work with this population
please forward this survey to them at:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5DYG2XF

The questionnaire takes about 30 minutes to complete. After completing
the survey, the respondent will receive a small token of appreciation
for their  time. If you want a paper copy instead to complete please
let us know.

The study is being conducted by Drs. Kim Mathos and Beth Nolan
address ( mailto:kkmathos@gmail.com )

Thank you very much for completing the survey or helping us to
identify appropriate providers. We very much appreciate your help!

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

Product recalls are a way of life. And, unfortunately,
cochlear implants are no exception.

Advanced Bionics is recalling the HiRes 90K cochlear implant.
Reason is that a few of these models have caused pain in
the implanted ear.

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The Deaf and the Law:

– location
Minneapolis

– case
lack of interpreters provided during a biohazard emergency

– result
thrown out by the judge

– comment
judge said there was no proof that it was the county’s
responsibility to provide interpreters

Well, the judge is anti-ADA!

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Not right now but in the future – who knows! You can look up
a mail order catalog to purchase some implant embryos to cure
a deaf patient! The matter of implant embryos has been brought up
as an issue at the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Fannie
H. Lang, a greater Philadelphia woman, who departed
us recently. She was a pioneer in the interpreting
profession. A Coda, it was her lifetime profession,
and she interpreted for years before RID was born
and before we dared to demand that interpreting
standards be upgraded. In these pre-RID days she
was one-woman interpreting standards board!
A tough woman, Fannie was as far as Carpal
Tunnel syndrome was concerned. She scoffed at this
malady, telling DeafDigest editor “it does not
bother me because I am a tough person.”

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

still on the topic of airport scanners, a deaf administrator
of a state agency serving the deaf and hard of hearing, said:

Another issue is the lack of communication with the scanners. They are supposed to explain what they are doing but, if you are deaf, (and even if you are oral deaf, there is no way to understand them.  Also, when I travel, I try to tell them that I am deaf and may not respond accordingly.  Big mistake because the scanners get very hyper and call the security police. Why is no one telling these people about the deaf coming through the scanners?

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A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

A hearing person was talking about private schools
with a deaf person.

The deaf person thought the hearing person said:
it is a poor school

A poor school, meaning low quality education or
a school that is broke?

No.

The hearing person actually said:
it is a boys school

if you have lipreading tales, please share these with
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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DeafBook of the Week

The Deaf Experience

An Anthology of Literature by and about the Deaf

edited by Trenton W Batson and Eugene Bergman

The Merriam-Eddy Company
1973 & 1976

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 !

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Job opening
Rhode Island Outreach Coordinator Hamilton Relay, Inc.
Location:  Rhode Island Area

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

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 Rhode Island Relay.

Preferred education, experience and skills:
– Excellent presentation skills

– Familiarity with the user communities that can benefit from relay services:

– Senior Community

– Hard of Hearing Community

– Speech Disabled

– Deaf Community

– Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users

– Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people who have differing hearing and speech abilities

– Understanding of Deaf Culture

– Fluency in American Sign Language is preferred

– Ability to promote all relay services and to educate/train users of the services

– Direct work experience with Telecommunication Relay Service or experience with Captioned Telephone Relay Service is helpful

– Experience in public relations activities

– Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines

– Strong writing, analytical, and interpersonal skills

– Associate’s Degree with 2 years experience or a Bachelor’s Degree required

– Hold a valid driver’s license

– Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing are encouraged to apply

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications based in Aurora, NE. Hamilton offers a competitive wage and a full time paid benefit package.

Apply online at: http://www.hamilton.net/employment.html to the attention of Cindy Blase in Human Resource Department by December 6, 2010.

Hamilton Relay is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

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Employment vacancies
Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf,
Wilson, NC

School Dir Oes Res School (09/24/2010 closing date)
http://osp.its.state.nc.us/positiondetail.asp?vacancykey=4421-60039125&DHHSNUMBER=&printit=no

contact person:
mailto:cynthia.johnson@ncmail.net

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seeking individuals
Residential Care
Tucson Residence Foundation
Tucson, Arizona

T.R.F. is seeking individuals for Full-time & Part-time positions providing direct care to individuals with developmental & hearing disabilities. American Sign Language knowledge preferred but not required. Must be 21 years of age and have a high school diploma/ GED. Evening & weekend hours avail. EOE.

Starting wage – $8.50 – $8.76/hr

Paid training for new employees

Benefits at 90 days

Apply at: Tucson Residence Foundation 115 S. Sherwood Village Dr.
Tucson, AZ

Mon. – Fri.  8:30a – 4:30p e-mail: mailto:c_winkler@qwestoffice.net

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POTHOS Inc employment posting
email resumes to: mailto:chiefbrink@pothos.us
One Position in Northern CA

Position title: California Relay Service Outreach Coordinator

Position summary:  This full-time position at POTHOS is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) and Captioned Telephone for California Relay Service (CRS) for our client Hamilton Relay.

Essential functions:

– Develops Annual Outreach Plan designed to promote California Relay Service; raising awareness and increasing the use of relay services.

– Plans and implements outreach activities and marketing programs that support the Outreach Plan.

– Designs, coordinates and conducts demonstrations and training programs on how to access and use California Relay services.

– Coordinates and delivers training programs about relay services for businesses, agencies and organizations.

– Delivers/conducts outreach activities/presentations focused on current and potential customers on all relay services using presentation skills, visual aids and written proposals.

– Works collaboratively with CPUC and DDTP to implement outreach activities throughout California.

– Participates in Outreach and California Relay Council meetings, scheduled Outreach activities and Marketing Summits.

Preferred experience and skills:

– Prior work experience with the user communities that can benefit from relay services
– Deaf – Senior – Hard of Hearing

– Excellent presentation skills

– Fluency in American Sign Language & Spanish.

– Knowledge/ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users.

– Direct work experience with Telecommunication Relay Service and/or knowledge of Captioned Telephone Relay Services.

– Deaf or Hard of Hearing individuals are encouraged to apply.

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position openings
School for the Deaf (Pittsburgh)
Location(s): Pressley Ridge School for the Deaf
Pennsylvania

– Title: Teacher/Special Education
Location(s): Pressley Ridge School for the Deaf
Status: Full-Time

Description:
The Teacher/Special Education Teacher (SET) is responsible for developing,
implementing, and monitoring effective individualized academic programs
for each assigned student. The Teacher/SET also assists the mental health
specialist in the development, implementation, and monitoring of the
individualized mental health treatment plan for each assigned student.
The Teacher/SET is a member of a classroom team.

Responsible for academic programming for up to 18 students. Assists in
development of mental health programming for up to 18 students.

Requirements:
1. Education/Credentials/Licensure. Bachelor’s degree in Special Education
and/or Education and Specific State Teacher Certification.
2. Experience. Fluency in Sign Language (PRSD)
3. Clearances. Necessary State and FBI Clearances
4. Pennsylvania Driver’s License and safe driving record

– Teacher/Counselor: Deaf Services (Pittsburgh)
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Status: Full-Time
Posted: 9/15/2010

Based in the residential component of our Pressley Ridge Services for the Deaf, we have various shifts for residential and non residential staff. The T/C is responsible for providing primary care for the youth in the program. The T/C is involved in all phases of the development of the child and acts as a mentor, teacher, and role model. The T/C also provides therapeutic counseling and direction on a one-on-one and group basis and provides appropriate socialization and therapeutic activities toward the development and social and interpersonal
functioning of the child. Applicant must be a strong advocate of children and teenagers in the community, school, and placement to ensure success.

Requirements: BA/BS degree is required. Applicant must have a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and proper clearances. MUST have Sign Language proficiency (ASL).

For either position, click on:
http://www.pressleyridge.org/index.php?pID=121

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– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD !! –

*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Santa Ana
*  Program Assistant/Interpreter & Quality Management Assistant – Los Angeles
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim
*  Placement Coordinator – Anaheim
*  Outreach Coordinator – Bakersfield

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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position openings
Austine School for the Deaf
Brattleboro, VT

– Residential Advisor:
Location: Brattleboro, VT

Time base: 2nd Shift – Monday-Thursday 2pm-11:15 pm

Qualifications: High School Graduate

Effective communication skills to include American Sign Language. Willingness to receive CPR, First Aid
and Restraint Training. Willingness to learn behavior management techniques. Understands the uniqueness and
development of Deaf & Hard of Hearing students.

Responsibilities:  Enhance social and interpersonal relationships among the students

Attend professional and staff development seminars/workshops in child development and behavior management techniques.

Assist in the development and implementation of proactive, preventative residential programs which help students develop into healthy well-rounded individuals.

– Weekend Residential Advisor:
Location: Brattleboro, VT

Time base: 35-38 hrs

Friday: 11 am-10 pm
Saturday 8 am-10 pm
Sunday 8 am-10 pm

Qualifications: High School Graduate

Effective communication skills to include American
Sign Language. Willingness to receive CPR, First Aid
and Restraint Training. Willingness to learn behavior
management techniques. Understands the uniqueness and
development of Deaf & Hard of Hearing students.

Responsibilities:  Enhance social and interpersonal
relationships among the students

Attend professional and staff development seminars/workshops
in child development and behavior management techniques.

Assist in the development and implementation of proactive,
preventative residential programs which help students
develop into healthy well-rounded individuals.

– Teacher for an oral/Deaf child

Location: Enosburg, VT public high school

Time Base : Full time

Please send letter of interest & resume to:

Kelly Therieau
Austine School for the Deaf
209 Austine Dr
Brattleboro, VT 05301

mailto:ktherieau@vcdhh.org
Fax # 802-258-9574

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position opening
Assistant/Associate Professor of American Sign Language
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX

Assistant/Associate Professor of American Sign Language (ASL), Fall 2011. PhD in American Sign Language, Deaf Education, Special Education, Linguistics or related field required. In-depth knowledge of deaf culture, comparative linguistics, deafness, and communication issues. Native or near-native ASL speaker. ASLTA or Texas teaching in ASL certification. Five years experience in teaching American Sign Language (linguistic and communicative components) at post-secondary level. Experience using Vista Signing Naturally curriculum. Scholarly accomplishment/promise required, publications, service. Letter of interest, CV, referee list or 3 letters of recommendation, teaching evaluations.

All electronic applications to: https://shsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/1543

Email Dr. Debra D. Andrist, chair, at mailto:andrist@shsu.edu with questions

Sam Houston State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace.

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job openings
Deaf Services Center
Glenside, PA

Deaf Services Center (DSC) is a dynamic team of behavioral health
professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults. We take great pride that our program is strongly Deaf/HOH centered
with about 85% of our staff being Deaf or Hard of Hearing.  Our staff
environment is one of incredible teamwork and mutual support.  As a
result, we are rapidly growing with new programs and expansions of
our existing programs.  Whether you are a high school graduate,
recent college graduate or have many years’ experience in the field
of human services we have a career building position waiting for
you!  E.O.E.

DSC is looking for dedicated, motivated, energetic individuals who
are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf
Culture and the Deaf Community to fill the following positions:

WE ARE SOON OPENING A NEW PROGRAM – SEE BELOW FOR MORE OPPORTUNITIES.

– STAFF INTERPRETER: (Full time) The Interpreter Department is looking
for an addition to our current team of 2 full time interpreters.
Responsibilities include: Interpret for emergencies (physical and
psychiatric), mental health evaluations, groups, staff meetings and
sessions, home visits with deaf adults and children.  Also interpret
for in internal office and community meetings with both hearing and
deaf professional staff. Must be able to work with a team of hearing
and/or deaf interpreters and be a team player. Qualifications: AA
degree with minimum 3 years of Interpreting experience with Deaf
individuals or BA Interpreting degree with 1 year experience.
Knowledge of mental illness and/or developmental disabilities is a
plus. Must be willing to travel throughout the SE counties and be
flexible to do some evenings and weekends when needed. Compliance
with PA Act 57 is required.

– PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT COORDINATOR:  (Full time) We are seeking a
team player with a proven background working with quality improvement
and system integration activities which includes: developing,
implementing and monitoring PI initiatives & quality control
activities of program regulations such as CARF standards to ensure
high standards are being met. Responsible to monitor, collect, input
various data into database systems as well as analysis to provide
data reports. Qualifications: BA degree in the field of health/human
services with 5 years of experience in human services field,
preference someone with a strong clinical background, must have
excellent time management, writing and organizational skills. Fluency in American Sign Language preferred.

– BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST: (Full time/ Part time) We are seeking a clinical
professional with experience in utilizing the principles of applied
behavior analysis; assessment and evaluation of behavior, and the
application of interventions that result in behavior change.   Strong
interpersonal skills are also essential.  The behavior specialist
will be working with the treatment team to provide supports to
clients who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, and their families. Must
have the ability to provide clinical supervision/guidance for staff
in providing therapeutic techniques and approaches and assist in
treatment planning process and documentation. Qualifications:
Licensed Clinical Psychologist; Board Certified Behavior Analyst;
Certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis or Other Master’s Level
Mental Health Clinician with documented training in the field of
Behavioral Modification techniques.  Fluency in American Sign
Language preferred, but will consider candidates with an open
mindedness to learning about this population.

– NURSE: (Full time) This position is to provide medical support for
staff and clients in need, training and coordinate medical care.
Qualifications: BSN/RN current licensed; family and psychiatric
medicine experience preferred; 2 years’ experience with Deaf and Hard
of Hearing consumers preferred; ASL skills a plus. Duties: Coordinate
health care and management of Deaf and Hard of Hearing residential
consumers; coordinate care with health care providers; provide
information and training on health and management to program staff
and residential consumers. Collaborate with Program Psychiatrist and
DSC team. Insure performance improvement activities regarding health
care are implemented.

– INTENSIVE CASE MANAGERS: (Full time position) This position provides
resources and support to clients and their families who reside in the
community and in our residential programs.  Duties: Responsibilities
include assessing services needs of consumers, primarily children, to
insure continuum of care; develop service plans; independent living
skills instructions, advocate for access to public & private services
and programs such as medical, vocational and other services.
Qualifications: BA/BS degree in a Human Services field preferred; or
High school diploma & 12 credit hours in social science with 2 years
mental health direct care experience. Must have strong organizational
skills; fluency in ASL, familiarity with other visual communication
modes and language levels. Must be willing to work some evenings and
weekends as needed and travel various areas in the community.
Knowledge of laws governing the rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing
individuals including IDEA and ADA a plus; and must have a valid
driver’s license.

– RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS: (various positions available) This position
provides direct client services including encouraging client
independence in areas such as skills in daily living and community
integration.  Duties: Provide supported living and training to Deaf
consumers with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities
living in the community; promote consumers’ independence and social
relationships. Positions open for weekend and evening shifts.
Qualifications:  HS + 1 year related experience or AA; valid drivers’
license; advanced fluency in ASL; minimum of 2 years’ experience with
Deaf Community; demonstrated competency in independent living skills;
ability to teach, advise and motivate Deaf Consumers; strong
interpersonal skills.

We are anticipating opening a Residential Treatment Facility for Deaf
adolescents! We are interviewing now.  Please see below for open
positions:

– MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST: This position is to provide clinical support
to adolescents and their family members. Qualifications: Masters in
Social Work or Counseling and license (LCSW or LPC) eligible in the
state of Pennsylvania;  ASL fluency and Deaf Culture sensitivity;
knowledge of impact of hearing loss, assistive technology and needs
of persons who are hard of hearing; ability to work with both adults
and children. Responsibilities include:  Assessment and intervention
for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals, families and groups,
utilizing a variety of communication modalities to accommodate the
need.  Progress notes, treatment plans, discharge summaries and other
reports as required.

– RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT FACILITY STAFF: (Full Time positions available)
The  responsibilities for this position is working with adolescent
consumers implementing and following behavior modification system,
teaching independent living skills, and focusing on helping them
achieve their treatment goals. Qualifications:  HS + 3 year related
experience or AA degree; valid drivers’ license; advanced fluency in
ASL; minimum of 2 years’ experience required with Deaf Community
working with children or adolescents; demonstrated competency in
independent living skills; ability to teach, advise and motivate Deaf
Consumers; strong interpersonal skills.  Duties: Assist with
admission of consumers, assessment/treatment of goals, provide
therapeutic counseling/case management, crisis intervention, teach
coping skills, and daily living/recreational activities to teenage
Deaf consumers with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities;
maintain a safe, clean, and healthy environment; promote consumers’
growth and goals and social/ family relationships. Positions are
available for day, evenings, overnight and weekend shifts.

Send your letter of intent and resumes to:
Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
Deaf Services Center, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038

Email: mailto:lclaypool@salisb.com or Fax: 215-884-6301

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