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DeafDigest Blue – September 11, 2011

DeafDigest Blue – September 11, 2011

Blue Edition              Barry Strassler, Editor – updated every Monday

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Last week’s ASL Videos with captions:

This week’s ASL Videos with captions:


New DVD Celebrates American Sign Language Poetry

Now available at Harris Communications, “The Heart of the Hydrogen
Jukebox” is a DVD that celebrates American Sign Language poetry and
includes interviews with poets and clips of historic poetry

Be enriched by the poetry from these well-known poets: Robert Panara,
Bernard Bragg, Dorothy Miles, Patrick Graybill, Ella Mae Lentz,
Clayton Valli, Peter Cook, Jim Cohn, Allen Ginsberg, and Debbie

“The Heart of the Hydrogen Jukebox” (DVD377) is available at Harris
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DeafDigest welcomes unique deafnews tips;

sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always


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In addition, numerous information and resources, including training
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In April AT&T Video Relay Service launched VL5 for Mac, PC, iPhone 4, iPod Touch, and iPad 2.

AT&T VRS partnered with Yellow Pages to provide new search features in video calling.

The AT&T VL5 app for the iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4th Generation, and iPad 2 allows Deaf and hard of hearing individuals to place and receive VRS and Point-to-Point (P2P) calls – wherever WiFi or mobile broadband is available. The VL5 app includes one-click calling and direct access to YPmobile.

Learn more about VL5 at:


The Z offers the best in videophone technology, providing equipment
options to meet customers’ individual needs and offering features not
available through other VRS providers.

Professional, nationally certified interpreters follow standards of
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Dedicated to a spirit of innovation and commitment to excellence,
The Z continues to set the industry standard as the nation’s
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You can still join The Z Life by calling 888.888.1116 to connect
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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.


– Dedication

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Leon Grant,
North Carolina, who departed us. During the sixties
and seventies, he was a Deaf Basketball Immortal.
Standing 6’8 tall, he led his deaf teams to six
national tournament championships. Among all time
deaf basketball greats on all levels over the
years, Leon was #1.

– What the stories are saying about the deaf?

Geoff Tunstalls, a deaf Scot, is an ambitious businessman,
operating his successful bicycle repairing shop in Carlisle that employs a number of deaf people. Not stopping at it,
he is planning to establish a different second business –
a scallop-processing plant. He pays no attention to these
gloomy economic times and goes ahead with his plans. While
he is deaf, he does not use sign language.

Does it pay to mention the word deaf? This is the frustration
Quinn Cruise, a deaf woman faced when she attempted to find
an apartment to rent in Toronto. She sent over 30 emails
querying about an apartment to rent, explaining that she
was deaf. Total responses from landlords – zero!  She then
removed the word deaf, and got some responses. Currently
the Toronto Federation of Metro Tenants Associations is
investigating this discrimination issue.

– Very Hot News

Is there a connection between deafness and football
concussions? Do not know, but Utah State University
is working with its own Communicative Disorders and
Deaf Education Department on concussions tests
of its athletes, football included. Said John Ribera,
director of Audiology:

Since balance and hearing are so interconnected, it only made sense to collaborate with our colleagues in the
athletics fields here at USU

Keep in mind NFL as well as other major sports leagues
are also concerned with concussions.

– Sunday September 4th

A Texas newspaper ran an article on winners and losers with
these new TV shows. A winner, the newspaper said is
Switched at Birth because it made the public aware of issues
the deaf people face

– Monday September 5th

For the Scranton School for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Children,
the first day of classes was far from routine, as it is with
other deaf schools. It was the first day of classes on the
new campus the students could call their own. While Western
Pennsylvania School for the Deaf took over the operations
of the Scranton school two years ago, classes continued on the old Scranton campus until renovations were completed.

– Tuesday September 6th

Movie houses in the Vancouver area (Canada) do not make
things easier for the deaf that wish to view movie captions.
This is what Lisa Anderson-Kellet, a deaf activist and an
avid movie goer is accusing. When movie houses mess up with
the captions they give Lisa a “free movie pass” – but what
good is it if she has already collected 10 such freebie passes
in one year!

– Wednesday September 7th

Late deafness among senior citizens may lead to brain issues.
This is the claim that researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine (U of PA) are saying. Their work has been featured in the latest
edition of The Journal of Neuroscience.

– Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

Deaf people, wishing to enjoy the rugged outdoors at the
Yosemite National Park, will be able to have services
of interpreters. It was announced by The National Park Service,
but there is a piece of advice. They need make requests in


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


7th Annual World Deaf Poker Tournament

Saturday, October 8, 2011


Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Hosted by Southern Nevada Silver Knights, a 501-C3 non profit
organization. All net proceeds go to Deaf Charities

more information on tournament and rules:


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Is Rear Window Captioning System worth it? Yes, it gives
us captions – but because of wear and tear over years of use
by deaf viewers, the equipment has become worn out.
Deaf viewers have complained about display screen showing
faded captions, the stand becoming wobbly, etc, etc.
Why cannot moviehouses replace old equipment with new
equipment? Costs may be the reason why moviehouses continue
with old equipment!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:

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


The Art and Rhetoric of Captioning

February 20, 2012

Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

more information at:


The Deaf Seniors of America conference was supposed to take
place at Chicago recently, but it was canceled. DeafDigest
announced the cancelation few weeks ago.
But there was a big surprise. Many deaf people, already
made flight reservations and hotel reservations in advance,
did not stay home. They flew to Chicago to meet up with their
old friends and to have a good time.
Said a friend:

Many of us still come to Chicago even though the DSA
was canceled. Some of us went to watch Chicago Cubs play

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:

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

From time to time DeafDigest reminds everyone of
deaf swindlers.
Here is another one – The Securities and Exchange Commission
filed charges against Jody Dunn, a deaf Texan, of swindling
over 7,000 people out of their $3.4 millon. He promised them
big yields on life-insurance policies.
He pocketed nearly $354,000 and deposited the rest in offshore
Sad to say, there will be more deaf swindlers in the months
to come. Just say no to promises that are suspicious.

BAER can tell if the dog is deaf, BAER? Not, the name
of a person, but an acronym for
brainstem-auditory-evoked-response testing, which is
said to be 100 percent perfect.
Possibly BAER will work on human beings that play-pretend
to be deaf?


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A deaf man, golfing alone, asked a hearing golfer
if he could golf ahead because of his deafness.
The hearing golfer refused and then golfed first.
The hearing golfer hit the ball towards the green and was going to putt it.
Suddenly the hearing golfer was hit on the head
and was knocked out. When the hearing golfer regained
consciousness and got up on the ground, the deaf
golfer faced him and showed him four fingers.
Four fingers means fore. Hearing golfers shout it
out, while this deaf golfer flashes it out!


complained a dedicated interpreter

interpreters that forgot why they became interpreters in
the first place!

if you have these “hate” or “horror” stories, please


With computer-aided transcription (CAT), more and more court
reporters found things that they wrote on their steno machines
that would not translate with the correct spelling when written

New ways of writing had to be developed.

One of the things reporters found they had to change was how
they wrote certain vowel sounds.

What is a reporter to do with the words “pare,” “pair,” and

Before using the computer to translate their notes, most court
reporters wrote them all the same.  Even after using the computer,
many reporters still found it easier to just let the computer
translate it as “pare/pair/pear,” and then pick 1, 2, or 3 when
editing the transcript.

Some reporters found they could write “pair” differently, but
they chose to let the computer translate “pare/pear,” and then
the reporter would choose between those two words when editing
the transcript.

It can still be a challenge for even the best court reporter or
captioner when writing at over 200 words a minute to remember
how to differentiate among these words.

Go to any big supermarket and look at the barbeque bottles
on the shelf. There are so many of them.
Any of them deaf-made? Probably not but there is a new
barbeque sold independently by a deaf man.
It is called “Deaf Man’s BBQ” and the deaf man is
Raheem (his last name since his first name has not been
disclosed) and he started getting into business last year
in Los Angeles.


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There are newspaper stories saying that technology will
render obsolete our sign language  – and that the future
deaf will prefer to mingle with hearing than with their
peers – and that deafness will be completely eradicated
thanks to the CI and genetical engineering.

True or false?

DeafDigest wishes to point out this following example:

A star deaf athlete, who formerly played in the pros,
stopped at a bar for some beers after a game. A
chance encounter with a group of deaf people, forever
changed the deaf athlete’s life. They told the star
athlete, who did not know signs at that time, of sports
that are being played by the deaf with national deaf tournaments in basketball, flag football and softball. And that there is Deaf Culture in the Deaf Community.
To this day, this star athlete has blessed a chance
encounter with the deaf at a bar!

next week – another example


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


Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

Why do some late-deafened individuals accept their
hearing loss and do something about it. And why do
others deny and continue to deny forever? According
to a recent web posting, it is a matter of individual
attitude. Some are too proud to admit their hearing
loss whereas others are not too embarrassed to seek


The Deaf and the Law:

According to a recent newspaper story, there is
a JALA – which stands for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid
in Florida. This newspaper says that JALA has a Legal Aid program for deaf or hard-of-hearing persons.


News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Al Pimentel took early retirement and is no longer the
headmaster at the New York School for the Deaf. He planned
to retire “in a couple of years,” but had a change of heart.


News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

A deaf doctor at Anderson University in South
Carolina? Not quite, but as far as athletes are
concerned, it may be pretty much quite so.
Charlie Weir is the full time assistant trainer,
himself deaf and also very deaf to these wailing and
moaning aches and pains of his wounded athletes.

(editor’s note: he is no longer at the university)


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

A deaf person in the travel business told DeafDigest editor:

Cruise companies need to pay several thousand dollars per
interpreter. If we hire 3 interpreters for a deaf cruise
of some 100 people, then the cruise company loses money
on the trip


A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

A doctor examining a deaf patient (without an interpreter) asked:

suffering much?

The deaf patient got very upset, thinking the doctor said:

son of b_ _ _ _


Press Release of the Week

NTID Reaches Out to Local Employers to Participate in Job Fair

more information at:



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recruiting for applicants
Pre-K Teacher
The Louisiana Schools for the Deaf & Visually Impaired
Baton Rouge, LA

The LA Schools for the Deaf & Visually Impaired is recruiting Pre-K Teacher applicants.  For more information go to

or contact Scarlett Ross at 225-757-3213.


position opening
Overnight Residential Counselor (Girls Dorm)
The Learning Center for the Deaf
Framingham, MA 01701

more information at:

Contact Info:
The Learning Center for the Deaf
848 Central Street
Framingham, MA 01701
fax: 508-875-3355


Deaf Youth Program Coordinator
Deaf Services Center, Inc
Worthington, Ohio

Position is open until filled.

The Deaf Youth Leadership Program is a unique and exciting program of Deaf Services Center.   This program serves Deaf/Hard of Hearing youth living in the Central Ohio area, ages 9 to 18.  The program aims to assist youth in acquiring self-confidence, positive self-esteem, team work and leadership skills through Deaf Kids & Teens Club; Deaf Adventure Camp, Career Mentorship for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students and school visits.

Youth Program Coordinator, Part-time, 20 hours per week

Pay Range: $12.50 – $17.50 an hour, dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Qualifications: –    Bachelor degree in Deaf Education, Child Psychology, Social Work, Recreation and/or related field and at least one year paid experience working with children who are Deaf /Hard of Hearing OR High School Diploma with three years paid experience working with children who are Deaf /Hard of Hearing.
–    An in-depth understanding of deafness, Deaf culture, and the issues for children who are deaf and their families.
–    Exceptional communication skills and fluent in American Sign Language. –    Computer skills- Email, Internet, MS Word, MS Publisher, MS Power Point, and Excel. –    Demonstrate ability to work as part of a team, self-directed, well-organized and goal oriented.
–    A valid Ohio drivers license.
Duties: –    Responsible for the planning, scheduling and supervising of all youth program activities.
–    Responsible for overseeing the creation of program event and news flyers that are to be distributed through mail and posted on the agency web site.
–    Responsible for overseeing the creation and updating information, flyers and photos of the youth program on agency website. –    Promote, educate and collaborate with youth related organizations, schools, parents and the community about the youth program within Central Ohio. –    Coordinate, utilize and seek volunteers to participate in the youth program. –    Responsible for and working with the Director on the ongoing development, maintenance and expansion of the program, activities, meetings, reports and resources for the benefit of the success of the youth programs.

If interested send resume to: Kassandra Schrienk, Director, Community Resource Department
Deaf Services Center, Inc. 5830 N. High Street, Worthington, OH 43085

Or by fax to: (614) 841-4909 addressed to Kassandra Schrienk

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 614-841-1991 phone or 614-515-6065 Videophone or

For more information on DSC, visit http://WWW.DSC.ORG

Deaf Services Center, Inc. is a non-profit, 501 C-3 private organization. DSC does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, marital status, veteran status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender orientation, or non-disqualifying mental or physical disability.


position opening
Large Accounts Director, VRS
Rocklin, CA

The right candidate must meet or exceed the requirements listed below with a very strong emphasis on marketing services and products to the deaf and hard of hearing communities. Must be fluent in ASL.

*To apply for this position, please send your resume to our Purple Careers site at the following link:

Under minimal supervision; the Director of Education and Large Accounts will represent the company’s products and services to large organizations within assigned vertical industries. This job manages the entire sales process from prospecting and qualifying customers, to closing business agreements and successful product installations. Participates on the Strategic Accounts Team to develop nationwide sales strategies; and works with Product Management on launches. This job requires in-depth knowledge of sales channels for products and services that support deaf and hard of hearing people, strong familiarity with deaf communities and culture; and proven large-account sales skills.

Required Skills:
•    Responsible for direct sales of the company’s products and services to enterprises and organizations within an assigned industry that train, educate or employ deaf people. •    Develop in-depth industry expertise, including familiarity wit
sales channels, challenges and nuances, and apply expertise to sales efforts. •    Identify potential accounts, generate leads, and collaborate with Strategic Marketing Team on strategies. •    Seek presentation opportunities to introduce products and services to decision-makers. •    Assess client requirements and prepare proposals that support their company goals and help them envision new product solutions. •    Deliver live product and service demonstrations, showing practical as well as technical features. •    Close new business and negotiate with customers for product roll-out and distribution. •      Build strategic partnerships with industry organizations. •    Maintain sales objectives and monitor key competitor activities.
•    Maintain close relationship with existing accounts by developing in-depth knowledge of their businesses needs. Identify additional sales opportunities, using a creative, consultative approach over the products’ life cycle. •    Reintroduce products and services to keep existing accounts up-to-date with product improvements and enhancements. •    Evaluate opportunities for participation in sponsorships, events and conferences, and provide budgetary approvals. Negotiate with organizations on sponsorship quotes and sales plans. •    Communicate with Customer Care Support to address customers’ technical questions or for product maintenance. •    Perform other duties and special projects as assigned.

Required Experience:
•    Associate’s degree (A.A.) in Business Management, Communications, or comparable related experience; Bachelor’s Degree strongly preferred. •    At least five years of large account sales experience, with a demonstrated successful track record. Broad knowledge of networking and marketing within the deaf community. •      Knowledge of deaf and hard of hearing assistive technologies, including practical and technical aspects of Video Relay products and services. •    Familiarity with telecommunications, distribution environments and computer manufacturing industry preferred. •    American Sign Language (ASL) proficiency and extensive knowledge of the deaf culture. •    Ability to interact with people of varying communications levels, and modify language for audience needs. •      Knowledge of information technology infrastructure and product implementation challenges. •      Excellent oral/signing communication, negotiation and closing skills. •    Fluent writing skills and the ability to prepare and deliver high level presentations to senior management in client organizations, and respond to questions. •    Initiative to work independently without close supervision, and follow project and sales plans. •    Highly motivated and self confident sales professional, comfortable approaching people in a variety of settings. •    Technical knowledge of internet Marketing techniques and functions. Skilled in using specialized software related to departmental operations including database, Internet, spreadsheet, instant messaging, presentation, and word processing programs. •    Familiarity with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Regulations and Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) standards. •    Time management skills to handle multiple, competing priorities and work effectively under pressure. •    Basic mathematical skills including the ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, and percentages. •    Excellent human relations skills to build effective working relationships with company staff, prospective customers, community groups and individuals.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Employees may experience the following physical demands for extended periods of time:
•    Sitting, standing and walking (95-100%) •      Keyboarding (40-60%) •    Signing (40-60%) •    Viewing computer monitor, videophone, and pager requiring close vision •    May be required to set up booths at events, requiring balance and lifting up to 50 pounds. •    May lift or move boxes (up to 10 pounds)

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Frequent travel to company, customer and vendor sites, including some that are out of state is required.


position opening
Human Resources Generalist
Rocklin, CA

Please note that fluency in America Sign Language (ASL) and extensive knowledge and experience with the deaf culture and community are critical for the ideal candidate for this role.

**To apply, please send your resume through our Careers site at the following link:

Purple Communications is one of the nation’s largest providers of communication services for the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech-disabled communities. As a leading provider of onsite interpreting services, video relay and text relay services, and video remote interpreting, the Company delivers a wide array of options designed to meet the varied communication needs of its customers.

Brief Summary of Duties:
The Human Resource Generalist is to provide employee’s relations advice and expertise to managers and employees,, administer select HR programs such as workers compensation, leaves of absence, benefits, communication, and implementation of human resource activities for the company.  They will provide advice, assistance and follow-up on company policies, procedures, and documentation.  The Human Resources Generalist acts as a liaison between employees and internal and external customers. They will support the HR Manager in a variety of projects.

Areas of Responsibility: 1.    Supports Human Resources department in all human resource activities to include employment, employee relations, benefits, training and development.
2.    Provides advice, assistance and follow-up on company policies, procedures, and practices to employee and Management Teams.
3.    Assist employees with individual employee relations issues; makes independent decisions to resolve situations.
4.    Receives or initiates communication to and from managers, supervisors and employees about various HR functions.  Documents, analyzes, and takes appropriate action based upon all available and relevant information under general direction of Human Resources Manager. 5.    Undertakes special projects involving accumulations and compilations of data, research, and preparations of reports. Will involve researching current legal developments related to employee relations, update company policies, and implementation of revised practices. 6.    Participate in the development of performance review documents and monitor completion.  Research and analyze competencies as appropriate per job function.
7.    Handles sensitive and confidential situations involving company personnel.  Receives and accesses confidential personnel information from manual and computerized employee files.  Must exercise discretion and confidentiality in dealing with personnel and applicant information. 8.    Stays abreast of changing legislation impacting Human Resources functions, through information gained from seminars, printed regulations, reference books, and trade journals. 9.    Strong understanding of workers compensation processes and laws.
10.    Assist in researching, developing, and implementing human resources policies and procedures; maintains Employee Handbook, and various HR programs.
11.    Promote employee involvement and excitement about business and culture.
12.    Actively participates and leads training programs including new hire orientation. 13.    Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualification Requirements: –    4-7 years of successful experience in human resources. 2+ years in HR Generalist Role with a focus in employee relations.
–    BA/BS desired.
–    Knowledge of multiple human resource disciplines. –    Knowledge of federal and state employment laws; experience with multi-state locations law desired
–    Knowledge and experience in employee health benefits.
–    Must have in-depth knowledge of all major categories of employment relationship, including employee relations, safety and work environment, training, recruitment, statistical analysis, workers compensation and benefits. –    Strong interpersonal and communication skills
.    Ability to effectively analyze data and provide recommendations.
.    Computer Proficient using MS Office

Experience with the following is a plus:   Knowledge of American Sign Language and Deaf Culture preferred.

Certificate Required:  Professional in Human Resources (PHR) preferred.

Physical Requirements:  Employees may experience the following physical demands for extended periods of time:
–    Sitting, standing and walking (100%)
–    Keyboarding (70%)
–    Viewing computer monitor and videophone requiring close vision (70%)
–    May be required to set up booths at events, requiring balance and lifting up to (50 pounds), and may lift or move boxes (up to 10 pounds)

Work Environment:  Work is performed in a business office environment. Travel to company, customer and vendor sites, including some that are out of state is required.

Disclaimer: The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to this job.  Employees are expected to follow their supervisor’s instructions and to perform the tasks requested by their supervisors.


position opening
Part-Time Deaf Independent Living Specialist
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Independent Living Program
Center for Living & Working, Inc
Worcester, MA

more information at:


Senior Coordinator & Program Supervisor
Pressley Ridge School for the Deaf
Pittsburgh, PA

more information at:


position opening
Medicaid Service Coordinator
The Center for Disability Rights, Inc.
Rochester, NY

more information at:


Position Description
Director of Curriculum & Assessment
New York School for the Deaf
White Plains, NY

more information at:



*  Director of LIFESIGNS – Los Angeles
*  Regional Director – Cypress (OCDEAF)
*  Staff Interpreter  – Los Angeles

To learn more about the above positions at GLAD, please go
to our website:

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



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