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DeafDigest Gold – December 16, 2012

DeafDigest Gold – December 16, 2012

Gold edition            Barry Strassler, Editor – updated every Monday

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Top stories about the deaf:

Sarah Davies, a deaf Australian woman, is having her
dream vacation – working with wildlife gorillas at the
Borneo’s Travellers Worldwide Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Project. An interpreter will accompany her on the
8-week trip.

DBS China Bank has a public service mission – to give out
grants to social service agencies. One of the beneficiaries
is the Shanghai’s Puki Deaf Coordination Agency. This agency
trains the deaf to become graphic designers.

The National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee
is a group in Australia. This group honors the history, culture and achievements of its people. And they selected Max McLeod,
who is deaf, as the Apprentice of the Year. He is a house painter
employed by the Wreck Bay Community Council.

A deaf man in Wales has complained that he does not know the
group that is supposed to “represent” the deaf with their
rights and needs. He said everytime there is a deaf-related
issue, a stranger, out of the blue, would show up and speak out,
claiming to represent the needs of the deaf. He was referring to
the BBC Democracy Live, an organization no one knows about!

New Zealand’s TVNZ is shutting down its Telexext service.
It is going to impact on the older deaf New Zealanders that
depend on it for news and information. They lack the means
for internet access, hence the dependency on the Teletext.


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You have a choice as a deaf patron. Which
restaurant would you go to?
A restaurant next door to your home that
is not deaf friendly – waiters no patience
with the deaf, cannot read the cash register,
menus hard to point to, etc.
Or would you walk 6 blocks to a restaurant
that is very deaf-friendly!
Your choice.

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Do you qualify for a CI? A short list of


Always a sad story – that some young hard of
hearing person would reject friendship with the
deaf. They think they are better off with hearing.
But years later, these hard of hearing people
lose their hearing and become deaf. And it is
hard to make friends with the deaf at late age.

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a deaf carpenter job opening at deaf school in Framingham, MA

more information at:


Japanese deaf people, hungry for a hamburger at McDonald’s
would point at the menu on the check out counter.
No more. For some reason, the menu on the check out counters
at all McDonald’s outlets in Japan was removed.
The deaf people are saying it makes ordering of food more difficult. And they are threatening to take their business
elsewhere (at other menu-friendly fast food outlets).
The McDonald’s management, not sensitive to the needs
of the deaf, said that they could just point to their cell
phones the name and the number of the meal they want. The
management also said the deaf could simply point to the
menu posted on the wall.

A sign language linguist made this comment, which has puzzled
DeafDigest editor. He said:

Sign language does not represent spoken language

Huh, don’t we have Signed Essential English? While it
has several versions, if it does not represent spoken language then what exactly is it?

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not work with iPad.


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a newspaper headline ran this –

CI’s and speech therapy can make deaf normal.

all normal people have disabilities, the deaf included.
This headline implies that we are not normal without
CI and without speech therapy

…………………………………………………….. ……………………………………………………..

Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. Why is there a high rate of hearing loss among

A. Constant exposure to loud music (with no ear protection).

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Rene Pellerin’s corner:

Holiday parties

For us with Usher Syndrome, attending parties is not easy.

Many of us see our friends and relatives very few times a year.

They are not aware that our vision keeps changing year after year.

It is emotional and frustrating for us to attend these parties.

Friends and relatives used to viewing us as “Deaf” not “Blind”

Here is a good way to get our attention at the beginning of an event.

Touch our shoulder and keep your hand there until we find your face.

Let us get communication ready.

Remember, each of us have different ways to communicate.

Thank you

Happy Holidays

Rene’s show business is now entering its 3rd year and it
focuses on the Deaf-Blind.

You can email him at


Wish List of the Week:

that hearing people stop apologizing upon realizing
that the person they are talking to is deaf



Year 1976 – deaf speed driver Kitty O’Neil clocks 512 mph on a desert strip,
breaking the world’s land speed record by a female driver


DeafNumbers of the Week:

60 percent
SSDI applications turned down

80 percent
SSDI turned-down appeals turned down again


Deaf College Athletes:

– Stonehill – Tori Faieta, SO, women’s basketball; started all 9
of her team’s 9 games; 11.3 points per game average

– Texas A & M – Jordan King, SR, women’s swimming; as a junior
posted Big 12 B cut in the 200 I.M. (2:00.92)

– Tulane – Kristen Ates, SR, women’s swimming; posted her
best time last season 100 breast: 1:22.88 at San Diego State

– Western Oregon – Janna Vander Meulen, SR, indoor track; waiting
for the indoor season to start next month

– Wyoming – L.J. Helbig, SR, wrestling; Oklahoma State’s top-ranked
Chris Perry defeated Wyoming’s L.J. Helbig at 174 pounds in a 15-3
major decision.

Elite Deaf Athletes:

– Brett Wanner, pro micro-midget car racing, Pennsylvania; won
a Rookie of the Year award at his local racing track

– Josh Waterman, motocross racer, United Kingdom; has been
racing on a regular schedule, with varying degrees of success

– Scotty Williams, auto racing, Florida tracks; no recent updates

– Tracy Willis, mixed martial arts fighter, Oklahoma; after a
promising start, he has lost his last seven fights

– Scott Woodward, Los Angeles Dodgers farm; no idea if he is still
in the Dodgers’ farm system; he only hit .219 last season in
the low class A classification

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–  Staff Interpreter –  Los Angeles, CA   (Three positions)

–  Staff Interpreter – Bakersfield, CA

–  Staff Interpreter – Riverside, CA  (Two positions)

–  Job Developer/Interpreter – Rancho Cucamonga, CA

–  Community Advocate – Los Angeles, CA

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



position openings
The Learning Center for the Deaf
Framingham, MA

Preschool/Kindergarten Classroom Teacher

Preschool/Kindergarten Classroom Assistant

If you are interested in applying please submit a cover letter, resume,
application (found on website – ), as well as three
professional references and/or three letters of recommendation to

All documents must be present in application packet to be considered for the

please scroll down in this employment section for more position
openings at The Learning Center for the Deaf


high-performing. innovative. committed.

position opening
Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Deaf School
Golden, CO

Executive Director of a bilingual charter school

Nature of work:
Provide innovative leadership to guide RMDS in its vision and assume responsibilities to ensure accountability of school’s rigorous academics, finances, and overall school management.

Responsible for building partnerships with parents and community; supervising and establishing working relationships with staff, the general public and other government agencies; and implementing new and current research in the field of Deaf education. Represents and advocates on behalf of the school with governmental bodies, private agencies, and the community about issues pertaining to Deaf education. Accountable for annual School Improvement Plan and other documentation required by the district and state.

Master’s Degree with licensure in Deaf Education required. Administrative and leadership credentials, such as Director of Special Education or Principal license, preferred. Proficiency in American Sign Language and written English; excellent communication skills; knowledge of Bilingual Education practices, financial management, and applicable Special Education laws, codes, regulations and procedures; experience in leadership roles, public relations, fundraising and recruitment.

Commensurate with education and experience (11 month administrative position).

To apply:
Interested persons should submit a letter of application, resume or curriculum vitae, official transcripts, and three recent employment references to:

Search Committee
Rocky Mountain Deaf School
1921 Youngfield St., #204
Golden, CO 80401

Closing date:
Completed applications must be received on or before February 1, 2013.
Applications will be pre-screened before candidates are invited for an interview.

Rocky Mountain Deaf School is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, gender orientation, age, disability, or genetic information.


position opening
Interpreting Services Lead Technician
San Diego Community College District
San Diego, CA

Closing Date: 01/07/2013
Open Until Filled: No

Pay Information: Range 29*, ($3,520 ? $5,605) per month based on the
current AFT Office Technical Salary Schedule. All new employees will
begin on Step C ($3,881). Promoted or transferred employees will be
placed as specified in the CBA. This position is FLSA Non-Exempt (can
accrue overtime). Excellent benefits are provided to employees with
assignments equal to or greater than 50%, and all eligible
dependents. Employees hired after 1/1/13 will be required to pay 50%
of their PERS Retirement costs. A temporary probationary period will
be applied to the employee entering this assignment. The SDCCD
Employment Web Page provides a link to employee collective bargaining
agreements/handbooks, and more information about terms and conditions
of employment to include salary and benefits.

The salary range for this 80% position is $2816 ? $4484 per month,
for 11 months of each year.

*The salary range for this classification reflects the market
adjustment additive.

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Position Type: Classified
Bargaining Unit: AFT / Office Technical
Range: 23
Location: District
Department: DSPS

The Position: Applications are currently being accepted for
Interpreting Services Lead Technician located at the District
Administrative Office in Student Services-Disability Support Programs
and Services. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 1:30 pm OR
Monday through Thursday, 7:00 am to 2:30 pm and Friday, 7:00 am to 11
am. Selected candidate must be willing to adjust work days/hours
based on the department’s needs.

Please note that an employee may be transferred to any site at the
option of the Chancellor.

Commitment to Diversity: All applicants must have demonstrated
cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse
academic, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds of community college
students and staff.

Special Instructions to Applicants: To ensure full consideration,
qualified candidates must submit a complete online application that
includes the items listed (extraneous material will not be reviewed).
References to résumés or other uploaded documents within the online
application will be considered an incomplete application; please
enter N/A if any section does not apply.

1. Complete online application;
2. Supplemental Question No. 12: (please see Supplemental Questions
section below) – you will need to create a table and upload to your
documents screen. [Upload using Other document label.]

Important: To ensure consistency and fairness to all candidates,
please do not submit materials other than those requested (i.e.,
personal photo, articles you’ve written, etc). Please only upload
requested documents using respective document name labels. Uploading
extraneous materials, unless specifically requested within this
posting, may result in your application not being reviewed. Only
complete application packets will be forwarded to the committee.

Application materials sent via mail, fax, or e-mail will not be

Note that correspondence, including interview invitations, will be
sent to you via e-mail.

All inquiries, nominations and applications will be held in the
strictest confidence.

Conditions of Employment:


– Submit ?official? college transcripts as stated on application
(even if a degree is not a requirement for this position);
– Pass a pre-employment physical exam at the District’s expense;
– Provide a Certificate of Tuberculosis Exam for initial appointment
(Note: The certificate must be renewed every 4 years as a condition
of continuing employment);
– Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer at the candidate’s
expense (Clearance must be received prior to first day of
– Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the
United States; AND
– Attend a new hire processing appointment in Human Resources located
at the District Administrative Offices.

Additional Information:

SDCCD provides a comprehensive fringe benefit package for its
full-time classified employees. The District contributes toward the
cost of the premium (including dependent coverage) for the
medical insurance plan options. Additional benefits include dental,
vision, sick leave, vacation and opportunities for professional
development. Contract employees become members of the California
Public Employees? Retirement System (CalPERS) upon appointment.

For more information and to apply,


position openings
The Learning Center for the Deaf
Framingham, MA

Quality Assurance Coordinator

Elementary Teacher

Secondary Job Coach (Part-time)

Awake Overnight Residential Counselor – Girls Dorm

Elementary Classroom Assistant

Secondary Classroom Assistant

Substitute Child Care Center Teacher

Substitute Child Care Center Classroom Assistant

Walden School Teacher

Walden School Awake Overnight Child Care Worker

Walden School Residential Child Care Worker

Walden School Substitute Child Care Worker

Therapeutic Mentor (Part-time)

If you are interested in applying please submit a cover letter, resume, application (found on website – ), as well as three professional references and/or three letters of recommendation to

All documents must be present in application packet to be considered for the position.


vacancy notice
Long-Term Substitute Teacher of the Deaf: Pre-School
Rhode Island School for the Deaf
Providence, Rhode Island

*Long-Term Substitute Teacher of the Deaf: Pre-School

Application Period: November 29, 2012 until filled.

Applications: Send resume, ASL proficiency, transcripts, certification(s) and two current letters of reference to:

Sharon M. Salisbury, Personnel Specialist
Rhode Island School for the Deaf
One Corliss Park
Providence, Rhode Island 02908

Reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities can be arranged in order to perform the essential functions of the job.

The Rhode Island School for the Deaf is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

*Salary pro-rated from Teachers. Salary Schedule – No Benefits

Position: Teacher – Rhode Island School for the Deaf
General Duties: Teachers provide instruction to deaf, hard-of-hearing, and/or language delayed children.

Teachers create, with the students, a community of learners where students feel respected and honored.

Teachers set instructional objectives, design and prepare instruction, and plan and implement various supportive activities that meet age-appropriate emotional, physical and instructional needs of students.

Teachers communicate learning goals, high standards, and expected outcomes to students. Teachers build positive relationships with parents and collaborate with colleagues, in order to enhance each student’s ability to
learn most effectively.

Requirements: – Advanced Degree in Deaf Education or Special Education preferred.
– ASL proficiency required
– Written language competency
– Must possess or be eligible to possess upon appointment Rhode Island Certification as a Teacher of the Deaf/Pre-School Teacher

Highly qualified credentials, as established by RI Department of Educator Certification
– Ability to work effectively as part of an educational team
– Knowledge and respect for the cultural norms and language of the Deaf community.
Supervision: Works under the general supervision of the Director
Functions and Responsibilities:
– Establishes an organized physical space and a creative classroom environment that is positive for student
learning and involvement.
– Complies with school, state, and federal policies and procedures and supports the mission of the school at
all times.
– Communicates clearly with students in their identified language of instruction.
– Maintains a current working knowledge of the Common Core Standards, the RI Standards, and state
testing procedures.
– Plans instruction effectively, engages learners. and uses appropriate instructional techniques for deaf and
hard-of-hearing learners.
– Monitors student understanding of the curriculum and adjusts instruction, materials, or assessments,
where appropriate.
– Maintains appropriate classroom standards of behavior, mutual respect, and safety.
– Makes learning goals clear to the students and maintains high standards and expectations.
– Demonstrates flexibility and responsiveness to the needs of the students, the department, and the school.
– Promotes confidence and perseverance in the students, while stimulating increased personal
responsibility and independence for achieving individual goals.
– Demonstrates appreciation for and sensitivity to the diversity among individual students.
– Cooperates in a constructive relationship with parents and is receptive to their contributions.
– Maintains professional boundaries and refrains from gossip. Maintains student and staff confidentiality
– Works collaboratively with other school staff on planning and implementing interdisciplinary curriculum
and works constructively to suggest improvements and possible approaches.
– Uses available resources to analyze, expand, reflect upon, and refine professional knowledge and skills.
– Develops and uses authentic assessment of student learning and uses assessment to drive classroom
instruction (formative and summative assessments).
– Plans and completes necessary testing or data collection, documentation, and interpretation of data.
– Maintains a professional appearance in accordance with RISD.s handbook.
– Contributes to self-growth and continuous improvement of the school through active
participation in professional development activities and meetings.
– Writes annual IEP student goals and works steadily to ensure that students attain these goals.
– Monitors and reports IEP progress quarterly; Attends IEP meetings.
– Integrates the implementation of behavior plans designed for individual students.
– Prepares lesson plans, maintains accurate records and submits required paperwork on time.
– Participates in diagnostic and other planning meetings.
– May occasionally be delegated medication administration duties or certain health care responsibilities by
the school nurse, if needed.
– Performs other tasks, as directed by the Director or Educational Supervisor.

Reasonable accommodations can be made for qualified individuals with a disability.


Career Opportunities
PAHrtners Deaf Services
Glenside, PA

PAHrtners Deaf Services 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.

PAHrtners 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:


This position provides resources and support to clients and their
families who reside in the community and in our residential
programs.  Responsibilities include:  assessing service needs of
consumers to ensure continuum of care; develop service plans;
independent living skills instructions, advocate for access to public
and 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 college credit hours in
social science with two (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

position) This position provides therapeutic and psycho-educational
workshops and group sessions for consumers who are deaf.  The
qualified candidate shall possess:  BA in psychology, counseling or
any other human services field; must have 2 years’ experience with
individuals with mental illness and/or mental retardation including
treatment planning and progress notes; advanced fluency in ASL
required; must be innovative, creative and be able to work in a team
environment.  Duties:  Develop, coordinate and provide
group/individual therapy for wellness maintenance and
psycho-educational workshops.

– 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; valid drivers’
license; advanced fluency in ASL; demonstrated competency in
independent living skills; ability to teach, advise and motivate Deaf
Consumers; strong interpersonal skills.

Send your letter of intent and resumes to:

Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
PAHrtners Deaf Services, 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038

Email:  Fax: 215-884-6301


position opening
Substance Abuse Counselor/Therapist
CaringWorks, Inc
Atlanta, GA

Substance Abuse Counselor/Therapist Needed for New Residential Addiction Treatment program in Georgia.

CaringWorks, Inc. in Atlanta, GA is currently seeking a full-time licensed Substance Abuse Counselor/Therapist fluent in ASL to work in a residential addiction treatment program.  A Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work or related field from an accredited school required.  A minimum of (3) years addictive disease experience is required. Experience working with homeless and or offender population(s) helpful. Must be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends. Please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to or fax to 404-371-8928.


The Mental Health/Substance Abuse Therapist will be responsible for providing mental health and substance abuse treatment services. Must be fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). The specific duties will include:

1.    Contributes to improving program development for CaringWorks.

2.    Complete comprehensive behavioral assessments and write treatment plans that include and reflect full client involvement. 3.    Utilize evidence-based interventions including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral strategies, relapse prevention planning, and recovery skills development
4.    Provide psycho-education on issues related to addiction and mental illness for clients, and families as needed to facilitate.
5.    Evaluate the individual and family systems as well as assess client’s functioning within work, family and routines of daily living and identifies areas needing continued support, resources and treatment in order to assist clients.
6.    Complete daily progress notes and discharge summaries. 7.    Develop, implement, and maintain partnerships with other community providers.
8.    Provide follow-up and aftercare planning services as needed. Expeditiously discharges inactive clients.
9.    Provide emergency services during work hours and after hours as assigned.
10.    Attend staff meetings, supervisory conferences, and other activities, which ensure the smooth functioning of clinical operations.
11.    Other duties as determined by the Clinical Director. All services shall be provided in accordance with the established licensing and accreditation standards governing the agency as well as within the scope of practice of the individual.

SUPERVISION: The Clinical Director supervises this position. Supervision is exercised over all assigned program staff.

1.    A Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work, Counseling or related field from an accredited school required.

2.    A current Georgia License is required. Acceptable licenses are: LCSW, LMFT and LPC. Must maintain a professional license and stay current (not revoked, suspended, or lapsed), valid and unrestricted.

3.    A minimum of (3) years addictive disease experience is required. Experience working with homeless and or offender population(s) helpful.

4.    Fluent in American Sign Language (ASL).

5.    Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends as needed.

6.    Knowledge of laws governing the rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals including ADA a plus.

7.    Effective verbal and written communication skills.

8.    Strong team/consensus building skills.

9.    Ability to use holistic, client-centered approach to treating behavioral health disorders.

10.    Ability to effectively resolve conflict and cope with crisis situations.

11.    Strong and timely documentation and assessment skills. Familiarity with ETO database software and/or Medicaid billing protocols preferred.


seeking applicants
MOST Program Counselor
Rockville, Maryland


JFGH is currently looking to hire a MOST Program Counselor fluent in ASL.
Please see the job description below for details.  The hours are 9a – 3p
Monday – Friday.  The pay rate would be between $10.00 – $15.00 per hour
depending on education and experience.  If you know of any good candidates
that might be interested, please share my contact information with them,
or ask them fill out a job application on our website

Resumes can also be faxed to 240.715.9139 Attn: Human Resources.

Job description:
The MOST Program Counselor is responsible for transition programming for MOST
program participants. The MOST Program Counselor will initiate and promote
individuals’ participation in activities necessary to support their Individualized
Transition Plans (ITP), on which each participants goals toward
Self-Sufficiency, Community, and Vocation are identified.

This includes but is not limited to:
– Teaching and facilitating participants’ independence in self-help,
activities of daily living, and safety skills
– Identifying and introducing participants to social, recreational, and
transportation resources in the community, and promoting development of social
– Assisting in determining work readiness, abilities, interests, and preferences,
conducting work readiness training, assisting with completion of
applications and job interviews, and providing job development and job coaching.
Candidates with background in special education, vocational rehabilitation, or
job coaching are encouraged to apply.

–       Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education/experience.
–       Fluent in ASL
–       Experience with behavior management and task analysis.
–       Experience with job coaching and job development.
–       Excellent interpersonal communication and problem solving skills.
–       Experience working with individuals with disabilities.
–       Valid MD, VA, or DC driver’s license.
–       Must pass all background checks.
–       Must successfully pass required Drug Screening test.
–       Must be able to lift 50-100 pounds and be capable of kneeling on the floor
to provide assistance to participants.
–       Must be familiar with computers.


DEAF, Inc.

Job Opening Announcement

Title: Contracted Project HOPE Health Specialist, approx. 16 hours/week,
to begin Jan. 2013

Duties: The contracted Project HOPE Health Specialist will provide light
case management for Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, or Late-Deafened
(.Deaf.) individuals living with cancer, diabetes, or heart disease,
including communication access advocacy and educating providers as needed;
and provide health education to older Deaf adults aged 55 and up in Newton,
Taunton, and Danvers, MA.

Specific duties are as follows:

§ Outreach to the older Deaf community and encourage behaviors and choices
that promote healthy aging and healthy living;

§ Develop and provide educational workshops about healthy aging, nutrition,
and fitness for older Deaf adults;

§ Create educational ASL-based Vlogs about healthy aging;

§ Develop flyers to recruit older Deaf adults to workshops and events;

§ Prepare monthly summaries of healthy aging activities, collect
demographic and attendance information, and assist with preparation of
progress reports.

§ Provide case management services that include assessments of consumers.
health needs, development and monitoring of individualized service plans,
coordinating referrals for support services, provision of support related to
utilizing resources for self-help and health maintenance, and document
progress towards goals;

§ Assist in collaborating with health and medical service providers to
promote and advocate for Deaf-accessible services;

§ Be available to work some evenings and weekend hours as needed.

§ Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications: Bachelor.s degree in a related field preferred, but not
required. Preferred qualifications include: strong interpersonal skills,
ability to prepare written reports and articles and meet deadlines, and
experience working with older adults. Required qualifications include:
strong knowledge of health topics related to diabetes, cancer, high blood
pressure, heart disease, nutrition, exercise and fitness, and disease
prevention; basic healthy cooking skills; knowledge of exercise/fitness;
minimum 2 years. experience in human services working with Deaf and Hard of
Hearing people, and conversational fluency in ASL. Must have own car and be
willing to travel.

Supervision: Reports to the Project HOPE Director.

To Apply: E-mail updated resume, cover letter, and 3 work-related references
no later than Friday, December 14th to Ann Thompson, HR/Administrative
Coordinator, at

DEAF, Inc. is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer. Deaf,

Hard of Hearing and Late-Deafened persons, women, veterans, minorities,

and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Jennifer Glinos

Executive Assistant

DEAF, Inc.

215 Brighton Avenue

Allston, MA 02134

617-254-4041 ext. 102

617-254-7091, Fax

SafePlace Employment Opening

DEAF SERVICES ADVOCATE/EDUCATOR – $28,810 – $34,500/year

The Deaf Services Advocate/Educator serves as a resource person/caseworker to clients who are Deaf, hard of hearing, Deaf/blind or have disabilities requesting services from SafePlace to help with their immediate safety needs; conducting targeted outreach to raise awareness about SafePlace services within the Deaf community, and providing training/education on topics related to domestic/sexual violence against persons who are Deaf. This position is expected to work collaboratively with the Deaf Services team to achieve program goals.

Requirements: Bachelor.s degree in Social Work, Counseling or related field and 3-4 years relevant experience; fluency in American Sign Language and life experience or knowledge of Deaf culture; experience in planning and conducting trainings/presentations; knowledge of the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence; knowledge of social service, social welfare, mental health, and criminal justice agencies as well as entities that specifically serve individuals who are Deaf or people with disabilities in the Austin area.

Interested applicants should email cover letters and resumes to

Or Mail to:
HR Director
PO Box 19454
Austin Texas, 78760

Or Fax to HR Director at 512-356-1673

NAD Seeks Director of Communications

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) seeks a Director of
Communications to work at its Silver Spring office and oversee the
organization’s communications as well as engage in marketing efforts. The
Director will ensure that all communications are timely, compelling,
effective, and representative of the organization’s mission, vision, and

The Director leads the development and implementation of the NAD
communications and brand strategies in order to strengthen the
organization’s engagement with its members, stakeholders, and the general

The Director is responsible for creating and coordinating written content,
videos, graphic design & layout, look & feel, and brand management across
all NAD communication channels including print (including the NADmag),
eNewsletters, web, social media (Twitter, Facebook, Google+), and all
public/media relations.


Develop and implement an integrated communications and brand strategy to
engage current and future members;

Create compelling, persuasive, relevant, and accurate communications
content that will increase engagement with the organization’s members and
build community support for the NAD;

Develop and execute a comprehensive and effective communications strategy
in collaboration with the NAD CEO;

Cultivate and maintain local, state, and national media contacts for
disseminating press releases and leveraging public relations opportunities;

Engage in direct communications with state associations and affiliates of
the NAD, and coordinate political, legislative, and media efforts within
local, regional, and national areas.

Create awareness campaigns that utilize innovative social media tools to
engage members of the community most effectively;

Oversee the creative and editorial direction, development, production and
execution of all public communications (website, NADmag, eNewsletters,
social media, exhibit booths, marketing and advertising);

Script, choreograph, produce, edit, caption, and disseminate videos and
vlogs on a regular basis to maximize communications to NAD members and
stakeholders, including ASL videos of content on the NAD website;

Provide strategic oversight and support for membership and development
materials, conferences and campaigns, and fundraising events and
activities; and

Promote media communications on important legal and political developments.


Strong commitment to the NAD mission of promoting, protecting, and
preserving the civil, human, and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of
hearing people;

Experience, at least four years preferred, in a communications role
(general writing, online writing, or marketing-related writing experience a
plus), and prior experience with digital communications;

Knowledge and expertise with social media;

Experience with content management systems and contact relationship

Skilled at developing content including ability to translate policy issues
into communications that  resonate with a diverse range of stakeholders;

Experience with fast-paced advocacy campaigns;

Comprehensive strategic thinking and rapid problem-solving skills to
effectively handle crisis communications;

Fluent in ASL and in English, with an ability to write and edit quickly and

Familiar with the deaf and hard of hearing community, its culture and

Versed in video production and editing, captioning, and graphic design

Ability to set and adhere to strict deadlines, and comfortable working in a
fast-paced, ever-shifting environment;

Excellent planning and organizational skills; and

Exceptional attention to detail.


Salary will be commensurate with candidate’s experience. This position
includes generous benefits.

The successful candidate will take the position at the Silver Spring, MD
office of the NAD, with flexibility given for transition from out of state.

Deadline for submission is January 9, 2013, with a goal of hiring before
the end of January 2013.

Please send your cover letter, resume, list of references, sample and any
other relevant materials via email to:

Job Opening for Director of
Minnesota Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Dear Members, There is a job opening available as the Director of the Minnesota Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services.  See below for more information regarding this available position.

Job Class Option:
Working Title: Division Director
Salary Range: $ 32.42-$ 46.56 hourly, $ 67,693-$ 97,217 annually
Location: St. Paul
Hiring Agency: Human Services Dept
Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
Employment Conditions: Permanent, Full-time
Posting Number: 12DHS002009
Closing Date: 12/18/2012
Go to to see the full listing about this job, such as minimum and preferred qualifications, selection process, how to apply, and contact information.

Job Description:   The Director of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services manages, directs, and oversees administrative and program functions of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division of the Minnesota Department of Human Services. This position oversees a budget of $6.7 million and a division of approximately 47 staff located at the central office and in six regional offices across the state. Responsibilities include:
– Organizing, directing and managing the resources provided to DHS for deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing services in order to meet state mandates.
– Providing supervision to managers and professional staff.
– Serving as a member of the Continuing Care administration Senior Management team: participating in departmental and administration-level strategic planning and leadership.
– Promoting stakeholder relations by developing and fostering working relationships with a variety of agencies, advocacy groups, and consumers so the complete array of services available to deaf and hard of hearing persons is understood and utilized.
– Providing leadership in policy and program development and service delivery for Minnesota?s deaf services statewide.
– Ensuring that program performance is measured, evaluated, and improved.


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