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DeafDigest Blue – September 26, 2010

DeafDigest Blue - September 26, 2010

Blue Edition              Barry Strassler, Editor
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(to unsubscribe, please click on unsubscribe link at bottom or go to http://deafdigest.com/ and click on subscribe and follow instructions ) -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Last week's ASL Videos: http://deafdigest.com/videos/publicsigning/ http://deafdigest.com/videos/crazyhumanresourcesdirector/ This week's ASL Videos: http://deafdigest.com/videos/whattime/ http://deafdigest.com/videos/dyslexia/ (please click on the arrow to start the video) -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- What's New at Harris Communications? Harris Communications has added many new products to their website including alarm clocks, signaling systems, books, DVDs and novelties. Check our website frequently for the latest products available for deaf and hard of hearing people. So, what's new? "Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy", (DVD353), a DVD based on the award-winning children's book of the same name. Includes visual presentation of the book and sign language interpretation. "Little Deaf Spies", (DVD360), a heartwarming film presented in American Sign Language. It was created, written and produced by students at the Texas School of the Deaf. TCL 200 Amplicom Alarm Clock with Wireless Bed Shaker (HC-TCL200), one of the first amplified clocks to come with a wireless bed shaker. To find out about all our new products, go to http://bit.ly/harriscomm_ddb092610 or contact us at: mailto:info@harriscomm.com -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- * DeafDigest is an independent weekly national on-line newsletter emailed free to anyone interested in the deaf * On subscription matters, click on above web site and click on subscribe * DeafDigest is subsidized by paid ads and by paid announcements The employment ads are located in the rear of this newsletter * The DeafDigest thanks all advertisers for making it free for all * Only DeafDigest subscribers could subscribe to DeafDigest Sports -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- DeafDigest welcomes unique deafnews tips; do email: mailto:barry@deafdigest.com sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always anonymous ..... weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at: http://deafdigest.com/ (updated every Monday) -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Use Hamilton Web Relay® along with a locally-based, 10-digit Hamilton HomeTown Number[tm] to make and receive calls without the interruptions that come from using instant messaging programs! 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Some of the firm's clients have suffered multiple implant surgeries due to a defective implant being surgically removed and replaced with a second defective implant that later failed. If you or your child has been implanted with a defective cochlear implant, we encourage you to contact Weitz & Luxenberg - we have a Deaf attorney and VP available. To find out more, please click on: http://www.weitzlux.com/failed-cochlear-implants_1937570.html and follow instructions on the screen. -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- The DeafDigest is divided into Blue and Gold sections, both ranked equal in contents, features and ads. This is the Blue section. -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- - Hot Newspaper stories during the week: Fired for refusing to wear earmuffs on the job http://deafdigest.com/ceanpriest/ Deaf medical resident's serious interpreting issues http://deafdigest.com/wendystueck/ - Very Hot News One of the nation's last surviving manual bookbinding businesses was deaf owned, the Atlantic Bookbinding Company in Atlantic, Iowa. It was owned by Soren Petersen, who has been in the field for 50 years. He is closing the shop at the end of this month, weary of these 12-14 hour, 6 days a week grind. - Sunday September 19th Synetic Theatre is a physical theater company in Rosslyn Virginia. Anyway Hector Reynoso, a Gallaudet student, has been cast in the role of Percival and Holy Grail in the theater's upcoming production of "King Arthur." The play is visual and wordless, a perfect fit for deaf actors. - Monday September 20th Cricket is a popular sport in Australia, not that so in USA, except with some immigrant groups. Anyway, Nick Watkins, who is deaf but makes use of his hearing aid to communicate with others, achieved a lifetime dream - to become a captain of his hearing cricket team in Australia. Is cricket captain a big deal? Yes. The captain is the boss, more or less the team's head coach, making decisions with players and strategy that would hopefully decide the matches in his team's favor. When not busy with cricket, he is a partner with a transport company. - Tuesday September 21st Lance Allred, who played few games for Cleveland Cavaliers two seasons ago as the first deaf player in the NBA, has been offered a contract with the Indiana Pacers. - Wednesday September 22nd What has become of Kenny Walker, a deaf football player that played for Denver Broncos for two seasons and also played one season in the Canadian Football League - during the nineties? He is now a new assistant coach with the Gallaudet football team. He came on board few weeks ago. .. (Thursday-Saturday Hot Deaf News will be in the Gold edition) ..... Deaf Miscellaneous stuff: 6th Annual World Deaf Poker Tournament Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada November 6, 2010 Two Texas Hold'Em, All In, tournaments The Southern Nevada Silver Knights (SNSK) AND American Society for The Deaf Children (ASDC) welcomes everyone to this event We are proud to announce that the American Society For Deaf Children, a non-profit organization, have joined us as part of the Sixth Annual World Deaf Poker Tournament. We, at SNSK, acknowledge their important mission regarding the advancement of deaf children. We feel that this organization deserved to be our joint partner in this fund raising event. SNSK is an organization run by the deaf and hard of hearing men whose mission is to provide assistance to deaf and deaf related services. The membership meets here in Las Vegas once a week and function similar to the Elk's Club, Kiwanis Club, Lions Club, etc. Southern Nevada Silver Knights and the American Society For Deaf Children wish to urge those who plan to attend and to make this fund raiser a success. Net proceeds will go equally to both organizations. Come and join us for an unique experience of big time poker. Please go to our web site, http://WWW.LASVEGASDEAF.ORG/POKER, for more information ............................................................... ............................................................... Mill Neck Family's Fall Harvest Festival annually brings the best of the autumn season to Long Island. This year's Festival, to be held on October 9 and 10, 2010, from 9 am to 5 pm, at 40 Frost Mill Rd. in Mill Neck, NY, will be better than ever. Also known as the Apple Fest, the event features a wide variety of apples, crafts, grilled bratwurst, a "Cheese House," baked goods, fudge and strudels, a full-line of famous Karl Ehmer wurst and bacon products, a "Gourmet Shop," apple cider, a popular children's activities area and more. Legendary Sportscaster and Author Len Berman will join us on Saturday and children's authors will read books in the pumpkin patch on both days. In addition, visitors can also participate in a 50/50 Raffle. Tickets are $10 each, and the winner receives half of all money collected. Past winners have taken home over $10,000! There will also be opportunities to learn about the Deaf, Mill Neck Manor School and the organization's programs and services. The Festival showcases the latest in Deaf technology, sign language novelty items and books. For more information, call (516) 922-4100 (V/TDD) or visit http://www.millneck.org ............................................................... ............................................................... For postings, announcements and employment ad rates, please email mailto:barry@deafdigest.com ..... weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at: http://deafdigest.com (updated every Monday) ............................................................... ............................................................... HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL ALL SONIC ALERT PRODUCTS 15% OFF! Save 10% on all Sonic Alert products during the month of September! That means every sound, telephone and doorbell signaler or receiver is on sale Call us at 1-800-233-9130 (V/TTY) or visit us at: http://www.weitbrecht.com/onsale.php?utm_source=dd for details on this special and all our other products. For a copy of our catalog, email your request to: mailto:sales@weitbrecht.com We're on Facebook! WCI. Your Single Source for Assistive Technology ............................................................... ............................................................... Lifelinks Video Relay speaks your language! Any Language! Over 150 languages available, including: Afrikaans Albanian Arabic Armenian Azerbaijani Belorussian Bengali Bosnian Bulgarian Chechen Chinese Croatian Czech Danish Dutch English Estonian Farsi Finnish French Georgian German Greek Haitian Creole Hausa Hebrew Hindi Hungarian Icelandic Indonesian Irish Italian Japanese Kazakh Korean Latin Lithuanian Luxembourgish Macedonian Malay Mongolian Norwegian Pashto Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Serbian Slovak Spanish Swahili Swedish Tagalog Thai Turkish Turkmen Tuvan Ukrainian Urdu Uzbek Vietnamese Also, Select your interpreter by gender, preference, previous experience, etc Dial: LLVRS.tv IP address 209.123.87.228 using a P-3 software, VP-100(tm), VP-200(tm) or D-Link(tm) system or Call: 877 744 6111 to be connected with a LifeLinks VRS ASL sign language interpreter for your chosen language. LifeLinks will complete the call and translation at no charge. The easiest way to connect to family, friends, and business: LifeLinks - No Wait VRS Just instruct your hearing caller to say the name of his/her language in English and to have their IP address available. Visit us online at http://www.lifelinks.net Fast, Reliable, Personal ............................................................... ............................................................... ASKING FOR TIME Many times a stranger would come to you and ask "what time is it?" You look at your watch; if it is 9:50 AM, you would show him 10 fingers; if it is 3:15 PM, you would show three fingers. It is much easier than saying "ten to 10" or "nine fifty" or "three fifteen." Sometimes, it is much easier to show him your watch and let the hearing person look at it. - for ASL News version, please click on the arrow at: http://deafdigest.com/videos/whattime/ (for your convenience, video links are posted on top of each DeafDigest edition) ............................................................... 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! ............................................................... DYSLEXIA AND THE DEAF Dyslexia is a disability that prevents people from reading normally. These people are not stupid, just that they have problems reading. Many years ago, schools never heard of dyslexia and placed all dyslexic children into "slow learning" classrooms, There are some deaf people with dyslexia, and again, they are not stupid. DeafDigest editor knew of an old deaf classmate that had dyslexia; he was a smart person but suffered for years in classes with other slow learners. High schools for the deaf would not accept that classmate. Forced to find a job as a young man, he struggled for years in many low paying jobs. Then he found luck - finding a job in a rich men's private club as masseur. He became a rich man from tips that these wealthy men gave him. - for ASL News version, please click on the arrow at: http://deafdigest.com/videos/dyslexia/ (for your convenience, video links are posted on top of each DeafDigest edition) A COMMENT BY A LATE-DEAFENED PERSON Many late-deafened people still retain "perfect" speaking skills. This can be a problem when hearing people don't believe that these late-deafened people are really deaf because of their excellent speech. One late-deafened person said: My voice works; my ears don't He said this helps hearing people realize his deafness. TO BE CAPTAIN OF A CRICKET TEAM Cricket is a sport that is not largely played in USA, except among immigrants. But it is a popular sport in many other nations. There was a story of Nick Watkins, a deaf man, being selected as the captain of a hearing cricket team in Australia. DeafDigest wondered what was the big deal about being a team captain? Well, in cricket, it is much different from being captain of a softball team. A cricket captain has much more responsibilities as opposed to softball. To get an idea of the captain's responsibilities, click on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_%28cricket%29 ...................................................... ............................................................... Meet and chat with deaf singles and friends worldwide on the largest deaf network on the Internet....Deaf Match International ! Become a member and you can access all the great features of DMI ! * Find out why Deaf Match International works....since 2001 * Sign up and list your profile for FREE * Find the most Deaf and Hard of Hearing singles online - thousands of members ! Visit: http://www.DeafMatchInternational.com ....................................................................... ....................................................................... Discover the New Leader in Hearing Assistive Technology ! Visit and bookmark this NEW web site right now: http://www.HearWorldUSA.com "Hear World Communications"......A One-Stop Online Shopping Source of Assistive Devices for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.......sponsored by UnitedTTY.com Free Shipping and Low Price Guarantee....everyday ! Why go anywhere else?......For the best selection of Assistive Devices for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (pagers, clocks, vibrators, doorbell/phone/baby cry signalers, fire alarms, amplified & VCO phones, listening systems, etc)....go to http://www.HearWorldUSA.com EXPANDED New Free Catalog of Hearing Devices Available....You'll find hundreds of the latest, "state-of-the-art" hearing products and devices to choose from ! Most orders shipped out within 24 hours....Toll-Free Customer Service/Order Line (1-866-889-4872) open until Midnight 7 Days a Week For more information....contact: United TTY Sales and Service / Hear World Communications TOLL FREE: 1-866-889-4872 (Voice or TTY) In MD, DC and VA --- Call: (301) 926-2365 (Voice or TTY) FAX: (301) 963-0785 VP: (866) 536-6781 E-Mail: info@hearworldusa.com Web: http://www.unitedtty.com or http://www.hearworldusa.com Live Online Support --- AIM: UnitedTTY or HearWorld ............................................................... ............................................................... A DEAF GHOST IN FLORIDA At Wendell's Ocala Ghost Walks & Historical Tours in Florida, there is a Deaf Ghost. Said the tour owner: The Deaf Ghost's name is Mr Rao; he leaves an earthy smell when he is around. Halloween is a month from now. Just keep that in mind. THE DEAF AND THE DANGEROUS JOBS A deaf writer wrote on a web site regarding these dangerous jobs: It depends on the kind of work you do, but being deaf in the workplace often comes with risks All jobs come with risks, and it has nothing to do with ability to hear. Deaf people have eyes, and while hearing people have ears, there are many accidents that involve hearing workers. And when a deaf worker is hurt in a dangerous job accident, people will blame it on deafness. But no one blames "hearingness" when a hearing person is hurt in a job accident! WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE? a comment by a hearing person - even though I don't understand sign language, your signs look much better than other interpreters! if you have these "hate" or "horror" stories, please mailto:barry@deafdigest.com COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR - continuing series When you are watching the output of a CART provider or a realtime captioner, there may be times when something comes up on the screen that makes no sense. Unfortunately, with technology, there is always an opportunity for a glitch to take place. One of the most difficult parts of the process for consumers is figuring out what the problem is. Is it a problem with the equipment of the television station or distributor? Is it a problem with a telephone or Internet connection? Is it a problem with the equipment of the captioner? Even though you may not know exactly what the problem is, it is important that you communicate with the people providing the services to let them know that there is a problem. There are times when people providing captioning services do not know that there is a glitch in the system. If the people watching captioning do not communicate with them, the people providing the captioning think everything is fine and continue to do what they have always done. Unfortunately, there are also people who may know that there is some sort of problem, but they may not want to spend the time or the money to fix the problem. Again, it is extremely important that you continue to communicate with them until the problem is fixed. It can be very frustrating dealing with a situation like this, and it might be tempting to just ignore it. The problem is that if you ignore it, the people providing the captioning think no one is watching captioning, and they think that providing captioning is not important. It is very important that we all learn to be educated consumers and advocate for quality captioning. AN OLD TIME DEAF STREET PERFORMER Years ago at Dalton, Georgia, a small town, there was a deaf man, who was a street performer. Said an old timer: He could just make guttural noises. He walked around and put on little shows. He would dance for you. He worked some for a farm but mostly he walked around town collecting nickels and dimes. His main trick was to turn up a bottle of Coca-Cola and glug, glug, glug, glug and it would be all gone. He could do it in one swallow. While it may be funny, pretty much does not make us, the deaf, look good. ............................................................... ............................................................... weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at: http://deafdigest.com updated every Monday ............................................................... ............................................................... I THOUGHT THE DEAF COULD....... safely drive and sign to their deaf passengers at the same time No. This is just as dangerous as texting while driving! when a hearing person never meets a deaf person in his life his knowledge of the deaf are often wrong ............................................................... ............................................................... For postings, announcements and employment ad rates, please email mailto:barry@deafdigest.com for Special Notes, please go to the bottom of the Gold section ............................................................... ............................................................... Norway Fjord Cruise - April 2011 Great cruise for those with walking limitations the beauty of Norway can be seen from the ship For more info, contact: Joy Carney mailto:joyfulcarney@comcast.net ............................................................... Deaf Remodeling Company serves only in Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland The choice of your home remodeling contractor is one of the most crucial choices you will ever make. If you choose the right contractor, your chances of being satisfied are 100%. All of our work carries one year warranty. We will be happy to explain the details in our conversation with you. Our remodeling service includes Kitchen, Attic, Basement, Bathroom, New Addition, Deck, and Siding. We believe in making life more comfortable through quality remodels ***Attention Real Estate Investors*** Surdus, LLC is expanding with a new division that will specialize in buying undervalued, foreclosed, and bank-owned residential property. We fix it up and market it for profit. We take care of everything. There is good opportunity in the market in the metro DC, VA, and MD area. We are looking for passive investors from anywhere who are interested in profit sharing while they pursue other priorities. For more information, contact us at surdusllc@gmail.com Elijah Gold, deaf owner Surdus, LLC Remodeling Based in Washington, DC http://www.surdusremodeling.com 202-540-8750 VP Licensed, Insured, and Bonded VA# 134097 DC# 68004119 MHIC# 127587 ............................................................... ............................................................... Weitz & Luxenberg P.C., a leading plaintiffs' litigation law firm, is expanding litigation against Advanced Bionics related to defective cochlear implants. If you believe that you may have received an "Important Notification" letter from Advanced Bionics about your HiRes90k or Clarion II cochlear implant in either 2004 or 2006, we urge you to contact us to receive important legal information - even if you CI is working. Many of our clients' cochlear implants stopped working prematurely as described in the letter. We have a Deaf attorney and VP available. To find out more, please click here and follow instructions on the screen or go to: http://www.weitzlux.com/failed-cochlear-implants_1937570.html ............................................................... ............................................................... Hot DeafNews boring, but important! Many deaf people are angry at Nottingham University Hospitals hearing aid repair service in England. Repairs take a long time and seemingly forever. They used to drop off the broken hearing aid and pick it up later. Not any more. The service spokesperson said: Since newer digital hearing aids were introduced in 2005 they take longer to repair. Because the centre deals with 22,000 patients a year appointments are now the only way staff can deal with repairs. .... The Deaf and the Law: - location Los Angeles - case Ventura County accused of violating ADA by refusing to hire a qualified deaf applicant - result the rejected deaf applicant received $45,000 in settlement and the county officials agreed to train supervisors to observe the ADA regulations on job applications - comment did the deaf applicant win? Yes, $45,000 was paid - but the applicant did not get the job, which was given to someone else. And the county would still not admit wrongdoing, despite the settlement agreement! ..... The Captioning Blunder of the Week: the next batter hate (hit) a home run ... News of the Week - Looking Back 10 Years Ago: Terence Parkin, the sole deaf participant at the Olympics in Sydney, Australia, will come home with a medal. Terence, who hails from South Africa, is a silver medalist in the 200 meter breaststroke swimming event. (editor's note: It was the Hearing Olympics, not the Deaflympics) ..... News of the Week - Looking Back 5 Years Ago: The FCC, in a recent decision, ruled that relay services cannot block calls to a telephone number just because the party whose number it has asked them to do so. Confusing? Well, it is not the same as the Do Not Call list that prohibits telemarketing calls. Yet, if we are using the relay service to call a number that is already on the Do Not Call list, the relay cannot stop us but we can be prosecuted for placing such calls. Meaning relay is allowing us to commit a "crime"? Yes. Ever so paradoxical. ... Deaf Apocalypse of the Week: The spokesperson, for the Weherenberg Campbell 16 theater, based in Springfield, MO, said: Open-captioned movies are not cost effective. They were not well attended; hearing people would not usually attend unless they were with a hearing-impaired person. Even with just subtitles, it's very distracting. But - this theater scheduled an open captioned movie on Sundays at 1 PM, at the same time the town deaf church starts their weekly services! ..... A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say? did he say: safe? or did he say: save? if you have lipreading tales, please share these with mailto:barry@deafdigest.com ...... A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor's great news: You find out that your state agency observes Washington Birthday the day after Christmas, which is strange. However, strangeness pays off when you find out that in certain years, Christmas and the day after Christmas falls on a Monday and Tuesday...permitting you to have a four day long weekend. ...... DeafBook of the Week Deaf Peddler (Confessions of an Inside Man) by Dennis S Buck Gallaudet University Press 2000 DeafDigest editor has many deaf-related book in his private home library. Some books are still in print; some books are out of print. Some books are old; some books are recent. Happy reading ! -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- * YOU COULD PLACE YOUR PAID EMPLOYMENT ADS IN THIS SECTION * on a per-subscriber basis, the DeafDigest ad rates are the best in the nation. * For more information, send E-mail to mailto:barry@deafdigest.com -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- job opening Information, Referral and Advocacy Program Manager The Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) Olympia, WA The Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) serves deaf, hard of hearing and deaf blind individuals throughout Washington State. For more information about ODHH, go to http://odhh.dshs.wa.gov/ ODHH seeks applicants for the Information, Referral and Advocacy Program Manager. The IRA program manager is responsible for the statewide program providing information, referral, advocacy, education & training and outreach services. Applicants can apply online here: http://careers.wa.gov/index.html and type "01266" in the keyword search. -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- job posting Clinician / Therapist - Social Worker, Day Treatment Deaf/HH program Victor Treatment Center Santa Rosa, CA http:://www.victor.org RESPONSIBILITIES: As a member of the Day Treatment team, the Clinician is responsible for establishing and implementing quality clinical treatment and case management for severely emotionally disturbed children and adolescents in the Residential and Day Treatment programs. Development of needs and services plan; development of discharge plan; ongoing assessment to identify changing needs of the residents on their caseload. Consult with the residential program in the implementation of the plans. Counseling with assigned clients aimed at preparing the client to analyze and better understand the reason for placement and to handle associated emotional problems, resolving the difficulties between child and family that led to the need for placement, and planning for the return of the child. Act as the liaison between the program and community agencies and individuals such as Case managers, County Social Workers, and Probation Officers. Shall consult with the school setting to assure quality education services are available and provided. Assures the quality of care and behavior management program in the residence through training, consultation, and direction of residential milieu. ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS: * Completion of a clinical program with Masters or Ph.D. degree in a field of behavioral science from an accredited educational institutional. * Registered MFT OR LCSW, or Registered ASW or MFT-Intern (in State of California) * Valid driver's license/clean DMV. Be willing to complete physical fitness health screening physical examination that includes a drug screen and a back screen; and must have the unrestricted capacity to employee physical restraint techniques in a professionally safe manner. Must be willing to complete a personal background investigation conducted by the State of California; and must meet Community Care Licensing standards for employment. Must be able to interact and communicate in a timely, friendly and cooperative manner with other professionals working within the mental health child care industry both in public and private agencies while traveling, meeting, presenting, participating in workshops and training sessions, or performing clinical services pertaining to the Agency's clients. Must be able to work safely with seriously emotionally disturbed children who may become violent, and physically and verbally offensive, without reacting in a negative, cruel or hostile manner towards the client DESIRED REQUIREMENTS * Two years experience in a clinical position in residential treatment. * Experience with severely emotionally disturbed children or adolescents. Salary: DOE with FULL BENEFITS (medical, dental, vision, paid vacation). To Apply: Please fax your resume with cover letter to 707-360-1958 or email to mailto:JP.VTC.SantaRosa@victor.org -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Vacancy announcement Voc Rehab Counselor I - Deaf and Hard of Hearing State of Vermont Southeastern region of Vermont The State of Vermont is seeking a dynamic Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor to assist Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals in attaining training and career goals. Position is based in Southeastern region covering Brattleboro, White River Junction and Springfield. Master's Degree and fluency in American Sign Language required. For additional information, contact Bill Hudson, Senior Rehabilitation Counselor for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services at: mailto:bill.hudson@ahs.state.vt.us The State of Vermont offers an excellent total compensation package. To apply you must use the online job application at http://www.careers.vermont.gov Job reference is #27490. For questions related to your application, please contact the Department of Human Resources, Recruitment Services at (800) 640-1657 (voice) or (800) 253-0191 (TTY/Relay Service). The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- position announcement School Psychologist The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf Philadelphia, PA Full-time, 10-month position in a center school for the Deaf program. Requires Master's Degree in School Psychology and at least two years experience in a program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. Knowledge of deafness and experience working in a multi-cultural/multi-ethnic educational setting. Proficiency in sign language required. Responsible for coordinating the development of comprehensive Evaluation Reports for students. Provide consultation services to school personnel and/or students and their families. Assist in the planning and administration of the required state assessments and/or the school-wide student achievement testing program. Some collaboration with community behavioral health agencies. Send letter of interest and resume to: Jane Homka Executive Secretary The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf 100 W. School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- position opening Residential Counselor - Bayhouse North Suffolk Mental Health Association Revere, MA Mobilizing Communities, Building Careers. North Suffolk Mental Health Association has a common vision for improving the communities we serve. For more than 50 years, we've been helping individuals with mental health, disability, substance abuse, and other daily challenges achieve independence and explore possibilities. A career here is a commitment to opportunity, with a focus on a future of progress and change. Join our dedicated employees to help shape the future of the community we care so deeply for. We are currently looking for Residential Counselors and Awake/Overnight Counselors to work in our Residential Home in Revere, MA. This position is responsible for the health, safety and quality of life of individuals in a residential setting through advocacy, teaching, and service planning. A High school degree or GED required; Bachelor's in related field preferred. One (1) to Two (2) years human services experience with similar population preferred. Must be fluent in American Sign Language. Valid Massachusetts driver's license required. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally. Must be or have the ability to become medication, SFA and CPR certified. North Suffolk offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes medical/dental insurance, 403(b), FSA, and generous paid time off. Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to: North Suffolk Mental Health Association, Attn: Recruiter, 301 Broadway, Chelsea, MA 02150; Fax 617-912-7971, Email: mailto:gethired@northsuffolk.org Equal Opportunity Employer -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- (revised posting - 9/19/10) open positions Deaf Services Center Glenside, PA 19038 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 of 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: 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: 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. INTENSIVE CASE MANAGERS: (Full time position) This position provides resources and support to clients and their families who reside in residential program. 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 of experience with Deaf Community; demonstrated competency in independent living skills; ability to teach, advise and motivate Deaf Consumers; strong interpersonal skills. ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: (Full time position) We are adding to our administrative team! Qualifications: a minimum of a HS diploma with 3 years of administrative experience with computer proficiency in MS word and excel; Must possess strong writing/proof reading skills and excellent organizational skills; Fluency in American Sign Language required. Duties: Responsible for maintaining primary consumer charts for all programs ensuring information is kept in a confidential systematic filing and tracking manner. Responsible to set up new and discharge charts, conduct chart utilization reviews, maintain/update release of information (ROI's), answer all phones/TTYs/VPs and provide some assistance with translation with voice calls, track and maintain company vehicle information, and troubleshoot computers, copier machines and other technical equipment. We are anticipating opening a Residential Treatment Facility for Deaf adolescents early Spring 2010! We are interviewing now. Please see below for open positions: MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST: (Part time) 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 of 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. Come be a part of our exciting growing professional TEAM! 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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