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DeafDigest Gold – January 13 2013

DeafDigest Gold – January 13 2013

Gold 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:

(if you have iPad, click on top video; if you have another
computer, click on bottom video)


New! Native Fingerspelling DVD

If you struggle with understanding or using native ASL
fingerspelling, this DVD is for you. “Native Fingerspelling” by Dr.
Byron Bridges (DVD407) will help you improve your receptive and
expressive fingerspelling skills in new and creative ways. There are
240 words for receptive practice and 250 words for expressive
practice and three games. You can also earn CEUs!

The DVD has 160 minutes of practice content, 94 minutes of
instruction and practice videos, and is presented in ASL and English
with subtitles.

“Native Fingerspelling” is available at Harris Communications for
only $29.99.

To see a video about the DVD, go to:

Contact us at: if you have questions.


Deaf Cartoon (Fogey) of the week:


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ranked equal in contents, features and ads. This is the
Gold section.


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Top stories about the deaf:

A story was written up in the newspapers about the owner of the
Fulton Theatre (Lancaster, PA) reaching out to the deaf and
the deaf and the  disabled – captions and listening system.

Du Chengyan, a deaf Chinese man, had a goal – to become a
software engineer. Despite graduating from school with
credentials, the path was not easy – thanks to discrimination.
It took him 10 years and 10 different jobs before he was
able to reach this goal – yet it was bittersweet. Why
bittersweet? He is paid much less than his hearing peers
at the workplace!

Rapid Solicitors, an Australian law firm, is advertising
for business, no big deal since we see a lot of attorney
ads in USA. But this one is with a twist, their web ad
has an interpreter on the bottom part of the screen.

Deafville in Dublin, Ireland, or to be more specific, Deaf Village Ireland? Yes, a new development is taking
place, and is owned by the Catholic Institute for Deaf People (CIDP). The school received money from the
government to have its building razed to make way for
a new metro railway station. The money was invested into a new development on the campus of the deaf schools in Cabra, Dublin. One can see the cafe, sports center,
swimming pool, conference quarters, offices, etc, etc. It is expected to be a magnet for deaf people visiting

From time to time we read of a deaf lifeguard lawsuit.
Many pools do not want deaf lifeguards no matter how
well qualified they are. The latest is Nicholas Keith
getting the OK from the appeals court to proceed with
his lawsuit. He was offered a job, which was pulled
back when Oakland County (Michigan) officials learned
of his deafness.


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Many of us describe our deafness in one word –
There are many deaf people that refuse to use
one word. They describe themselves as:

hearing loss is profound in one ear and severe in
another ear; I wear binaural hearing aids. And I
do not use ASL

This is blah, blah, blah, blah. Just better to
use one word – deaf!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:

if you have iPad, click on top video; if you have another
computer, click on bottom video


Golden Era of Deafness, Fifties thru Seventies


It is common but sad – that hearing and deaf members
of a family have a bad argument about 50 years ago
with insults and accusations, etc.
Deaf and hearing family members don’t see each other
for 50 years until they meet again in a family reunion.
What is sad? That many of them (deaf and hearing)
don’t remember what the argument was all about!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:

if you have iPad, click on top video; if you have another
computer, click on bottom video


Curious how to connect with your Spirit Guide or do Yoga properly,
or even learn how to do those fun paranormal activities, we offer you
awe-inspiring, life-changing ASL Spirit Quest Cruise experience

more information at:


Do You See Yourself As A Counselor With Deaf and Hard Of
Hearing Clients?

Are you a bright and motivated student who wants a M.S. degree?
Would a scholarship help to offset the rising cost of tuition
to make this dream come true?*

Western Oregon University’s Rehabilitation Counselor Education
program prepares Master’s level counselors to work with Deaf and
hard of hearing clients. The need for qualified rehabilitation
counselors is at an all time high. Graduates from this program
find employment in such professional areas as state vocational
rehabilitation, community mental health, and other partnering
agencies. The placement rate nation-wide for recent graduates
is 96 – 100%

A Bachelor’s (B.S. or B.A.) degree is required to apply, as
well as proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL).

* Scholarship support may be available to qualified students contingent upon continued federal funding. *

Individuals who are Deaf, hard of hearing, deaf blind, or members
of traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged
to apply.

We will begin reviewing applications on February 15, 2013 (although we will accept applications until all the slots are

Note: Applicants who are residents of WICHE states will be
charged tuition at Oregon student rates. These states include
Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana,
Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

For more information and application materials visit

You may also contact:

Julia Smith, Ph.D., CRC, LPC
Rehabilitation Counselor Education
Western Oregon University
Monmouth, OR 97361


Some time years back DeafDigest asked if we had a deaf
actuarian. This position is with a bank or an insurance
company or even with an agency – responsibility is to
crunch financial and statistical numbers and to advise
on risks and possibility of successes.
The old National Fraternal Society of the Deaf
had to hire hearing actuarians only because there were no
deaf actuarians around.
Australia seems to have a deaf actuarian – Simon Andersson
who works for the Victorian Council of Deaf People. Not sure if
it is a full time job, though!

During the fifties, one of the most popular singers in the world was Johnnie Ray. He was deaf.
We now may have a promising deaf singer – 16 year old Jérémy Gabriel.
He has already sung for Céline Dion and the Pope, and has recorded two
He is from Canada, the same nation where Justin Bieber came from!

(video with captions; may not work with iPads)

Do enjoy viewing that video! Sorry, this video may
not work with iPad.


Phoenix Association of the Deaf

do visit it at:


For postings, announcements and employment ad rates, please

for Special Notes, please go to the bottom of this



he is hearing-handicapped

hearing-handicapped? Why not just simply say he is deaf?

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

Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. I am not getting video captions on the AOL browser.
What should I do?

A. FCC has strict rules about video providers captioning
their videos. AOL knows about it. If you are not seeing
captions with AOL (or with other browsers) it is because
of loopholes that allow them to show some videos without

send your questions to

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Rene Pellerin’s corner:


I went snowshoeing in this awesome snow, up in the Green Mountains.

A program here in Vermont provided support for my needs.

I arranged for a “snowshoe buddy” through this program.  The guide
was Deaf himself!

Two other friends decided to join me for the outing.

The guide led first and a friend followed behind me.

It was not easy for me to see the trail markings or even the snowshoe tracks in front of me.

I could follow my guide in front of me pretty well.

The friend behind me used her trekking poles to “steer” me.

With her pole she will tap my right arm to move left and left to move right.

Poles on both arms to stay straight.

It was a very challenging trail!  We went back country!

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

You can email him at


Deaf Wish List of the Week:

That hearing people be taught “Gesture Language” in order
to communicate with the deaf.

Many hearing people do not know ASL but they know how to
gesture – making communications easier with the deaf. Yet,
many other hearing people do not know how to gesture or
to understand gestures – making communications impossible!



sometime during the 1830’s – the Comité des Sourds in
France hosted events, sort of akin to National
Association of the Deaf. This probably led to the
growth of Deaf Culture, not just in France but elsewhere.


DeafNumbers of the Week:

Rick Macomber, the deaf professional trotters driver,
completed the 2012 season with 180 wins, 179 2nd place
finishes and 188 3rd place finishes in 1594 races
for a total of $2,334,346 in purse winnings. He raced
at race tracks in Indiana.


Deaf Collegiate Athletes:

– Ohio Wesleyan – Greg White, SR, basketball; played all 12 games, starting
none; 3.6 points per game; not a priority player in the coach’s rotation
of players coming off the bench

– Old Westbury – Raven Pentz, FR, women’s basketball; leads the team in most
minutes played per game; averaging 7.9 points per game

– Olivet Nazarene – Samanatha Elam, JR, women’s swimming; was part of a
400 free relay that finished 2nd in the team’s most recent swimming meet

– Purdue – Drew Mingo, SR, women’s basketball; started all 15 games;
11.8 points per game, 3rd best on team

– Salve Regina – Peter Gintoli, FR, hockey; team’s leading goal scorer
at 8 goals despite missing 4 games (team has played 15 to date)


Elite Deaf Athletes:

– David Chiu, professional poker player, Colorado; no longer an elite
poker player

– Derrick Coleman, practice roster, Seattle Seahawks, NFL; is on the
practice squad as running back, playing on the scout team during

– Chris Colwill, USA diving, no updates on him since his participation
in the 2012 Olympics

– Lilly Cook, Australia, greyhound racing trainer; still in business

– Matt Cook, Albury-Wodonga Steamers, Australian rugby minor league;
not able to get an update


Deaf Sports Library (new feature)

Rick Macomber’s annual horse race driving stats


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–  Case Manager – Los Angeles, CA (part-time)

–  Health Educator – Los Angeles, CA (part-time)

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

–  Staff Interpreter – Riverside, CA  (Two positions)

–  Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim, CA

–  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 opening
Rehabilitation Counselor II
Maine Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
position based at Bangor, Maine

Equal Employment Opportunity
Person with Disabilities Encouraged to Apply

REHABILITATION COUNSELOR II for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (RCD) II Class Code 3082RCDB for the Bangor position

3082RCDL for the Lewiston position


Value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $13.42 biweekly
Value* of State-paid Health Insurance:
Level 1:  100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing):  $363.77 biweekly
Level 2:  95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%):  $345.58 biweekly
Level 3:  90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%):  $327.39 biweekly
Level 4:  85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%):  $309.20 biweekly

*The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program as of July 1, 2010.

Value of State’s Share of Employee Retirement 11.54%

Opening: January 07, 2013              Closing: January 18, 2013

Typical duties include determining eligibility for rehabilitation services and supporting individuals with disabilities in a vocational program leading to an employment outcome.  Strong interpersonal and organizational skills are necessary.  These positions may serve persons with a broad range of disabilities and ages, including transition services from school to work, mental health rehabilitation, and rehabilitation counseling for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These are two year time limited positions.  One position will be based in the Lewiston Career Center, and the other position will be based in the Bangor Career Center. Occasional statewide travel will be required. Please state preference of location on your application.

Minimum qualifications: A six (6) year combination of training, experience, and or education providing knowledge and abilities relating to vocational rehabilitation placement.
After meeting the above minimum qualifications, preference will be given to applicants with a Bachelors Degree and two years of experience in rehabilitation counseling. Additional preference will be given to those applicants having a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling, related field or a C.R.C.

A necessary special requirement for this position is proficiency in American Sign Language (ASL).

Interested persons must complete the State of Maine Direct Hire Application.  Applications are available at Career Centers, the Employment & Security Service Center, Human Resources Office in Augusta, or online at:

Completed applications including a copy of CRC certification (If applicable) and copies of post-secondary transcripts are required. The completed application packet must be postmarked on or January 18, 2013 to the:

Employment and Security Service Center, Office of Human Resources, 45 Commerce Drive, State House Station #108, Augusta, Me 04333-0108.

Telephone: 207 623-6739, TTY 1-800-794-1110 or can be emailed to: ( )


position opening
Staff Interpreter Position
Knoxville, Tennessee

General Description
Responsibilities include but limited to:

1. Provides expressive and voice interpreting (may include ASL, PSE, oral, or tactile interpreting)

2. Records and reports all necessary data for interpreting
assignments and monthly statistics, in a timely manner.

3. Assists in office operations when in office and not committed to other duties.

4. Other duties as assigned by the CEO and/or the COO.

General Activities of the Position:
The Staff Interpreter provides interpreting in a wide range of interpreting environments and works as a team member in a multi-faceted service center.  The Staff Interpreter provides consumers with the highest quality interpreting/transliterating services possible in accordance with the RID Code of Ethics and KCD.s interpreting policies and procedures. The Staff Interpreter also strives to improve individual interpreting/ transliterating skills, increase professional knowledge of deaf culture, and seek an increased level of professional certification.

Qualifications:  Bachelor’s Degree in Interpreting preferred; RID Certification preferred; Community interpreting experience desired but not required

Salary Range: $27,000-$32,000 with benefits

Application deadline: 1/21/13.

Send resume and letter of interest to:

or send to KCD, 3731 Martin Mill Pike, Knoxville, TN 37920

KCD is an equal opportunity employer.


position opening
Lecturer II: American Sign Language (ASL)
The University of New Mexico
Department of Linguistics
Lecturer II: American Sign Language (ASL)
Albuquerque, NM

The University of New Mexico Department of Linguistics seeks applications for a full-time Lecturer II position in the Signed Language Interpreting Program to begin August 2013. Responsibilities will include teaching undergraduate courses in American Sign Language (ASL) and signed language studies, and service.

The UNM Bachelor of Science degree in Signed Language Interpreting has been meeting the needs of the deaf citizens of New Mexico, the region, and indeed the country since 1983, having trained and graduated 326 professional interpreters in that period. The program is a part of the Department of Linguistics. The Department of Linguistics specializes in cognitive-functional approaches to the study of language, including corpus and empirically-based studies, cross-linguistic research, and typology. In addition to the linguistic study of signed languages, we have special strength in Native American linguistics and language revitalization, and Spanish linguistics.

Minimum Qualifications: –    Master’s Degree in ASL, deaf studies, linguistics, or related field
–    Native or near-native ASL competence

Preferred Qualifications: –    A strong record of teaching ASL or related studies in a university or college setting
–    Ability to teach courses in the interpreter education program
–    Ability to work effectively with students and colleagues
–    Bicultural; ability to interact comfortably in Deaf and hearing communities; deaf applicants preferred
–    Desire and ability to assume administrative duties as needed
–    ASLTA and/or RID certification
–    Experience with instructional media (video, digital media, computer technology for signed language learning)

UNM provides a diversified package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. For a more complete explanation of the benefits, please go to and click on the Benefits link.

Date for best consideration:    February 8, 2013

Closing Date: Open until filled

Please provide a CV and a list of three references with contact information. The cover letter should address the preferred qualifications for the position.

Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to provide a copy of their college or university transcripts.

Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to present a lecture in ASL.

Enquiries about this position can be addressed to:
Yvonne Martinez-Ingram, or (505) 277-6353.

For details on application requirements or to apply, visit the UNMJobs website: Please reference Posting Number 0818845.

University of New Mexico is committed to promoting and supporting the diversity of our campuses. UNM is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator.  Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

The University of New Mexico
Department of Linguistics
Albuquerque, NM 87131


position opening
Educational Interpreter
The Learning Center for the Deaf
Framingham, MA

for position description, please visit:

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.


position opening
Residential Counselor – Girls Dorm (2nd Shift)
The Learning Center for the Deaf
Framingham, MA

for position description, visit:

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.


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                                                     



Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – RCDHH
Qual Voc Rehab Counselor (C)
Agency Name: Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Official Title: Qual Voc Rehab Counselor (C)
Functional Title: Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – RCDHH
Occupational Group: Social Service
Position Type: Civil Service
Full-Time or Part-Time: Full-Time
Salary Range: $50,065.08 to $68,301.74 Annually
Bargaining Unit: 08
Shift: Day
Confidential: No
Number Of Vacancies: 1
City/Town: Quincy
Facility Location: 275 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02171
Application Deadline: 01-17-2013
Apply Online: Yes
Posting ID: J33595

This position is funded from federal grant funds.


Employees will have sign off authority for individual caseload once there is a record of satisfactory compliance. Employees in this series manage a caseload of 85-100 consumers with disabilities of hearing loss, including deaf, late deafened and hard of hearing covering the geographical areas of Boston and South Shore. Work as a member of a statewide Deaf Services team and with a staff interpreter. Strong employment focus and commitment to teamwork required. Evaluate individuals with physical, mental, emotional or other impairments to determine eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services; review and analyze diagnostic consumer information through different resources. Serves as liaison between public and private high school programs that have deaf and hard of hearing students (junior and senior level). Coordinate private high school services, referral to appropriate resources, attend team meetings and work with guidance counselors to meet needs of students. Advocate for access to career centers, post secondary programs, and other training sites for deaf and hard of hearing consumers. Work with staff to educate them regarding accommodations for deaf and hard of hearing consumers. The purpose of this position is to approach teaching with disabilities in maximizing vocational potential and to maintain employment.

REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE: At least two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in rehabilitation counseling.

LICENSES AND REQUIRED EDUCATION: One of the following is required:

– A Master’s degree or higher with a minimum of 48 semester hours in Rehabilitation Counseling from a Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) accredited university program; OR

– A Master’s degree or higher with a minimum of 48 semester hours in an approved related field (Counselor Education, Psychology, Counseling, Psychology, Education with a concentration in Counseling, or Education with a concentration in Psychology) with the completion of graduate coursework at a CORE accredited university program in all of the following: Job Placement/Development/ Vocational Analysis/Transferable Skills Development; Vocational Assessment and Evaluation; Vocational and Affective Counseling; Rehabilitation Plan Development; and Medical Aspects of Disabilities; or as determined by CORE and as specified in the Licensed Rehabilitation Counselor statute; OR

– Certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification with the completion of graduate coursework at a CORE accredited university program in all of the following: Job Placement/ Development/ Vocational Analysis/Transferable Skills Development; Vocational Assessment and Evaluation; Vocational and Affective Counseling; Rehabilitation Plan Development; and Medical Aspects of Disabilities; or as determined by CORE and as specified in the Licensed Rehabilitation Counselor statute; OR

– Licensure as a Licensed Rehabilitation Counselor by the Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health Professionals; OR

– A Bachelor’s degree, commitment to obtain a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling under the terms of the hiring agency’s Individual Education Plan and possession of requirements determined by the hiring agency and consistent with the Rehabilitation Act. Based on assignment as a Qualified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, one of the following as evidence of proficiency in American Sign Language is required:

. In addition, based on assignment, travel may be required. Those employees who elect to use a motor vehicle for travel must have a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator’s license or the equivalent from another state.

Preferred Qualifications:
Proficiency in American Sign Language required and applicants should be able to communicate effectively in the mode of communication most comfortable for the full range of consumers served by rehabilitation counselors for the deaf and hard of hearing. Also must have knowledge of deaf culture and of the deaf community; knowledge of resources and adaptive technologies used by individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or late deafened; knowledge and understanding of developmental issues related to hearing loss. ASL skills proficiency will be screened by the Deaf professionals on the Interview Team.

This is a Civil Service position.

Subject to the rules and regulations of Civil Service and Collective Bargaining, preference for this position will be given to those candidates who are eligible for Civil Service, Reinstatement/Re-employment or Recall as applicable.

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit
How To Apply:

If you are applying for this position on-line, you must create a profile and log in . If you do not wish to apply for this position on-line, and would prefer to send your resume and cover letter by mail or fax please forward it to:

Tawanya Sanders, Hiring Coordinator
Disabilities and Community Services
Employment and Staffing
600 Washington Street, 7th Flr. Boston, MA 02111

Fax# (617) 348-5266



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