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DeafDigest Gold – July 31, 2011

DeafDigest Gold – July 31, 2011

Gold edition            Barry Strassler, Editor
http://deafdigest.com – updated every Monday

America’s Unique Deaf Stories; subscription
at no cost to you

serving the Deaf Community since 1996; 15th year

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Last week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/freehearingaid/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/computers/

This week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/bank/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/video-tennis/

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Latest Google Apps with the Nexus S[tm] 4G

The Nexus S[tm] 4G comes pre-installed with the best of Google apps,
including Google Search, Google Maps with Navigation (Beta), Gmail,
Google Earth and more. Be the first to receive upgrades, features and
new apps as they become available.

Now priced at $99.99 after $400 Instant Savings and $50 mail-in
rebate via American Express Prepaid Reward Card. (Eligible upgrade or
new line activation and 2 year agreement.) Other monthly charges
apply.

Offer ends 9/08/11.

Find the Nexus S[tm] 4G from Google[tm] at the Deaf Pager Store, the
store with the devices and low-cost data plan only for deaf and hard
of hearing people.

For more information, go to: http://bit.ly/DeafPagerStore_DDG073111

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Deaf Cartoon (Fogey) of the week:
http://deafdigest.com/category/comics/

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DeafDigest welcomes unique deafnews tips; mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always
anonymous

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weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:

http://deafdigest.com/ (updated every Monday)

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Four Deaf Cartoons (Fogeys) are shown every week on:
http://deafdigest.com/davideo.html

Go there to look at the latest Cartoon

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Dedicated to the inclusion of deaf and hard of hearing Americans
into today’s digital society, Project Endeavor, a program of CSD
(www.c-s-d.org), is a public investment made by the U.S. Government
as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Project Endeavor provides qualified individuals with access to high
speed internet through free video communications equipment and
discounted internet services.

In addition, numerous information and resources, including training
videos, are available on the Project Endeavor website.

To apply for discounted internet and free equipment or to learn from
our resources, check us out at:

http://www.projectendeavor.com

Contact us today!

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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!  Don’t have a HomeTown
Number?

Register today and share your number with friends and colleagues!

Visit http://www.hamiltonrelay.com and click on the

“Make & Receive Calls Now” icon to check it out.

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Wireless IP-Relay for BlackBerry TM, go to:
http://www.ip-relay.com/wireless_blackberry.html

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AT&T INTRODUCES VL5

In April AT&T Video Relay Service launched VL5 for Mac, PC,
iPhone 4, iPod Touch, and iPad 2.

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

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

Learn more about VL5 at:
http://www.att.com/vl5

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

Professional, nationally certified interpreters follow standards of
service excellence above and beyond FCC requirements.

Dedicated to a spirit of innovation and commitment to excellence,
The Z continues to set the industry standard as the nation’s
premier VRS provider.

Go to http://www.zvrs.com for more information on all of our
products, services and features.

Don’t have a Z phone?

You can still join The Z Life by calling 888.888.1116 to connect
to ZVRS from any videophone!

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The DeafDigest is divided into Blue and Gold sections, both
ranked equal in contents, features and ads. This is the
Gold section.

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weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:

http://deafdigest.com (updated every Monday)

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– What the stories are saying about the deaf?

A tornado hit Sabinal Canyon, a rural county in Texas.
One home was blown apart by the tornado’s impact,
and very little was left of it. Worried neighbors ran
to the house to see if there was a survivor. Upon
checking they found the senior citizen still asleep.
They woke him up, and the senior citizen did not realize
what took place while he was sleeping. This senior
citizen was deaf!

A sad testimony to today’s changing times is the possible
closing of Toledo Deaf Club (in Ohio), once one of the nation’s most solidly run deaf social clubs. The club owns property where it rents out to several businesses. Property vacancies lead to loss of rental income, which impacts on the club finances. DeafDigest hopes this club will quickly
find a new business tenant.

– Very Hot News

After some back and forth settlement discussions that went on
for months that went nowhere regarding movie house captions in the Seattle and Bellevue (Washington state), the judge ruled in favor of the deaf. Said an elated deaf attorney:

the deaf won a knockout punch in this captioning lawsuit

– Thursday July 28th

MassHealth is being slapped with a lawsuit by a disabilities
advocates group. This statewide health system has been accused
of ignoring the needs of deaf patients.

– Friday July 29th

Barbara “BJ” Wood has resigned as Executive Director of the
New Mexico Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, after
serving in this capacity for nearly three years. The
commission is conducting a search for her replacement.

– Saturday July 30th

ASL on its way out? This was the topic at a Boston radio talk show.
They are saying that CI and parental pressure to “normalize” their
deaf children may doom ASL to extinction. What was not mentioned
during that emotional talk show was that educators of the deaf tried
so hard to kill ASL at the 1880 Milan Convention – and failed! ASL
simply went underground and thrived for years and years.

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Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

A very good resource for employers that need assistance
on complying with the needs of the deaf

http://www.dpnavigator.net/pages/accessible_30_sec/_EMPLOYER_TRAININGS/Employer_Resource_Guide_2010_05_11.pdf

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Live in a NEW home designed just for YOU. 

APACHE ASL TRAILS is designed for the Deaf, Hard of
Hearing & Deaf/Blind. 

Located at 2428 E. Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ, it is under
construction and will be completed this summer 2011. 

Visit our website – http://www.apacheasltrails.com
for more information and details. 

APPLY NOW for occupancy in summer 2011. 

Contact Katie Voss at 414.937.5903, Darlene Piszczek
at 414.615.0109 and Judy Mohan who will be the Apache ASL Trails
manager at 480.305.0221. 

Also, for more photos, visit us at Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Apache-ASL-Trails/124427560910082

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For postings, announcements and employment ad rates,
please email mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:

http://deafdigest.com

updated every Monday

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SUPER HOT SAVINGS! – 25% OFF MINICOM IV TTY AT WCI!

It’s the super hot savings deal of the month!

Take 25% off Minicom IV TTY!

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For more information call us at 1-800-233-9130 (V/TTY) or visit us at
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For a copy of our catalog, email your request to:
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SOME BANKS ARE AFRAID OF THE DEAF
This is a true story; a deaf person went to a bank
and gave the teller a note.
The teller got scared and pressed the “bank robbery”
button to alert the police.
The police came to the bank, looking for the bank
robber. The teller pointed to the deaf person.
It was realized that the deaf person was not a
bank robber but wanted to ask the teller a question
about a banking matter.
Many bank robbers pass notes to the tellers
demanding money. Not that deaf person!

– for ASL News version, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/bank/

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

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a group picture of deaf golfers at the recent
annual tournament hosted by the
Southeastern Deaf Golfers Association at
Orlando, Florida

http://deafdigest.com/sedga/

DeafDigest thanks Hal Deuel for providing the
picture

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SIGN LANGUAGE ON TENNIS COURT
Belgium had two famous hearing tennis players –
Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters.
Belgium has 3 languages –  Dutch, French and German.
Justine spoke French. Kim spoke Dutch. They met
each other for the first time at the age of 10.
When they were on the same doubles team, they
had to communicate with each other in sign language.
Both women are now older and they both can
speak English, and they have stopped signing to
each other!

– for ASL News version, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/video-tennis/

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

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Workshops for Deaf Professionals Offered in ASL
Rochester, New York  http://www.rit.edu/diit

*NEW* blended online/on-campus workshop added to the summer schedule “Preparing for the Comp TIA A+ Certification Exams!”

Technical training workshops related to Business, English, Engineering, Graphic Communication, and Information Technology offered in sign language at RIT/NTID in Rochester, New York.

Financial assistance is available for RIT/NTID alumni.  Please email project leader, Donna Lange at mailto:dalndp@rit.edu for more information.

Click on any of the workshop titles for more information.

DiiT Workshop Series on Business
1.  Is It For You: Starting Your Own Business – August 1-5, 2011 ** Date Change
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/business.html

7.  *NEW* Preparing for the Comp TIA A+ Certification Exams – Blended Workshop
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/Aplus.html

Online: July 11-August 12, 2011
On-Campus: August 15-18, 2011, daily from 8:30am to 4:00pm at
RIT/NTID, Rochester, NY
Online:    August 22-September 16, 2011

DiiT provides up-to-the-minute technical training in an all sign environment.  Workshop participants get the benefit of direct interaction with the instructors without the need for interpreters that most professional workshops require.  All workshops are held at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.  To register for any of the workshops listed below, download a Workshop Registration Form by visiting www.rit.edu/diit or call 585-475-7545 (Voice or TTY).  For more information, visit the DiiT Web site at www.rit.edu/diit or contact the project director, Donna Lange at mailto:dalndp@rit.edu or 585-475-5620 (Voice or TTY).

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DEAF HAS MANY DIFFERENT MEANINGS
Deaf means a person cannot hear. Yes, but there are also
different meanings of this word.
Take a look at:

http://thesaurus.com/browse/DEAF

IGNORING THE DEAFENED MILITARY VETERANS
The USOC Paralympic Military Program ran a web posting
that said:

The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Paralympic Military Program provides post-rehabilitation support and mentoring to American servicemen and women who’ve sustained physical injuries such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, visual impairment/blindness and stroke.

This statement is great – except that it mentions nothing about military veterans that have suffered hearing losses.
The USA Deaf Sports Federation has been asked to work on this
via political channels.

SRI LANKA DEAF COMMUNITY GETS MORE ASSERTIVE
Tired of years of oppression and being denied
their rights, the deaf of Sra Lanka have been
making their demands heard in downtown Colombo.
They are asking for more interpreters and official
recognition of their needs and rights, among other
things.
There are only four interpreters serving the deaf
in the entire nation!

LOOKING BACK AT A PAST DEAFDIGEST VIDEO

http://deafdigest.com/videos/video-tty/

Do enjoy viewing that video! All videos,
old and new, are always captioned.

OUR ORGANIZATIONS SERVING THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
We have many, many organizations, international,
national and local that serve deaf and hard of hearing people.
One such organization is:

World Federation of the Deaf

visit http://deafdigest.com/wfdupdate/

AN EXCUSE FOR NOT WEARING A HEARING AID

only senior citizens wear hearing aids

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For postings, announcements and employment ad rates, please
email mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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

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WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN?

Previously Deaf Children

meaning CI’s all make these children no longer deaf?

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*Year-round American Sign Language Master Tutor Lessons via Web-Cam or VP*

Certified American Sign Language Master Deaf Tutor available to any long
distance ASL student who has a high speed internet and a web-cam or a
video-phone (Ojo, VP-200).

Local students in Colorado are welcome also.

– Letter Writing Service also available through videophone for Deaf
customers needing assistance in writing informal or formal letters to
friends, families or business.

$10 per page.

Monday to Friday . 10am to 6pm. (MST)

For more information and rates go to: www.ASLmasterTutor.com

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Private Tarot Readings done via IM or VP-200 in ASL!

3 Card Reading – $20.00
Full Card Reading – $47.00
One Question per reading only.

*Entertainment only – age 18 and up only.

(new web site)
http://asltarotreader.weebly.com/

Advanced appointments required – first come, first served.

If you refer a new ASL student – you’ll get $5.00 off in your next lesson!

Email: ASLtarot@ gmail.com

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33rd World’s Largest Silent Weekend / Interpreter Conference
June 28-July 1, 2012 in Orlando, Florida — 180 hours of classes
for interpreters, ASL & ITP teachers and students.

The Florida Hotel offers free parking (some conferences
charge up to $36 per day) and free in-room internet (some hotels
charge $12.95 per day).

The huge Florida Mall has an enormous food court offering
you complete meals for as little as $5.99 (some conference hotels
charge $8 just for a hot dog).

Frequent presenters include Peter Cook, Crom Saunders,
Trix Bruce, Keith Wann, Shannon Simon, and 20 other highly
regarded presenters.

There will be language-focused and interpreting-focused classes with
most having RID CEUs applied for.

Many vendors will have a huge variety of items available.  With many
classes having breaks hourly, there will be an exciting and dynamic
all-day flow of participants in the exhibit area.

See www.DrSign.com for more information and for
registration plus a video clip of last year’s Silent Weekend.
You can register for 2012 at only $149!

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ASL and Interpreting DVDs

Go to www.DrSign.com for DVDs for ASL students and
interpreters.  Over 30 titles include two brand new ones — Math
Signs and Science Signs by Shannon Simon!   Other DVDS include stories
in ASL, ASL grammar, songs, interpreter information, etc.

10th Annual Florida-Alaska Motorcycle Benefit Run

This is the World’s Longest Group Motorcycle Benefit
Run. Purpose of funds is to help families of deaf babies
served by SKIHI.  The 2011 trip will begin July 16, 2011.

See www.AlaskaBikeRun.com for daily videos!

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

Activists in Eastern Uganda have been complaining that the government
makes decisions on behalf of the deaf – without – consulting the
deaf on what is the best for themselves!

It is boring news only because it happens all the time everywhere,
and is a case of Déjà vu

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Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. There has been considerable talk on whether the deaf
can serve in the military. Have we ever had deaf individuals
fighting in the real wars?

A. Yes, take a look at:
http://deafdigest.com/civilwar/

send your questions to mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

the most interesting questions may be answered in future DeafDigest editions. Thank you.

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Rene Pellerin’s corner: 

Family vacation! 

One year we rented kayaks and made our way through the marsh and around the bay to the ocean.

For me, with very limited side vision, I needed to turn my kayak 180 degrees to check for others.

Anyway, at one point I turned to check the others and found them waving from land!

The message was not clear.

It happened that it was the beginning of low tide and water was rushing fast into the mouth of the ocean!

To my surprise, I saw a big ship returning to dock. (I later learned that the captain had used the PA system to tell me move!)

The big ship passed me, while family imagined I would never be seen again!

Lesson Learned?  Get a tandem kayak (seat for two)!

Don’t forget the life safety vest!

Rene has started a new show business, focusing on
the Deaf-Blind.

You can email him at mailto:renegp@comcast.net

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Wish List of the Week:

that all condominium associations in Florida have full
accessibility needs of the deaf (captions, visual displays
and interpreters). There are horror stories of condominium
associations fighting the deaf.

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DeafHistory:

Year 1964 – the concept of a National Technical Institute for the Deaf was proposed and then endorsed at a
workshop at University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Workshop
participants discussed better vocational needs for the deaf

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

13 lakh deaf and hearing impaired persons in India
according to their 2001 Census

13 lakh? An ethnic group? No.

one lakh means 100,000. Multiply that by 13 and
India says they have 1,300,000 deaf and hearing
impaired people

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DeafLibrary Resources

(see deaf question above)

deaf fighters in the Civil War

http://deafdigest.com/civilwar/

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DeafDigest Sports

is at:
http://deafdigestsports.com

do visit that site to take a look for yourself

To subscribe, e-mail mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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position opening
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communication Access Case Advocate
Hearing Loss Center
Yakima, WA

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communication Access Case Advocate position open in Yakima, WA.  Provide case management services as needed to the deaf and hard of hearing community, provide training to various local, state and federal programs to ensure communication accessibility and do outreach to three counties.  Should possess some American Sign Language skills and an ability to use various modes of communication when working with persons with a hearing loss.  Master’s Degree in the helping profession or a Bachelor’s degree with several years of case management experience is required.

Resumes with references accepted: Hearing Loss Center, 1206 N. Howard, Spokane, WA 99201.

Open until filled.

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2 immediate openings
Certified Rehabilitation Counselors
Georgia Department of Labor, Vocational Rehabilitation Program Deafness Unit
positions in Dalton, GA & Dublin, GA

Georgia Department of Labor, Vocational Rehabilitation Program Deafness Unit has 2 immediate openings for Certified Rehabilitation Counselors in the Dalton
and Dublin areas. 

http://www.dol.state.ga.us/Access/Service/GDOLJobDescr?position_num=00082276&entry_timestamp=2011-07-29-12.07.07.655461

http://www.dol.state.ga.us/Access/Service/GDOLJobDescr?position_num=00082333&entry_timestamp=2011-07-29-11.50.52.103461

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Employment Opening
Employment Director
Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc.
Salisbury, MD

Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc. is a growing organization that promotes access to services and resources and provides direct residential and employment services to individuals of various disabilities, primarily deafness, living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware. Services are provided in individual homes and within the community.

Responsibilities: Manages all aspects of the employment program, a program designed to match our clients, people with disabilities, with potential employers, including providing guidance, supervision and support to various personnel. Identifies and markets the program to potential employers and related agencies. Ensures compliance with all funding agents and agency policies and procedures.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred, with emphasis in rehabilitation counseling, guidance and counseling, special education, social work psychology or occupational therapy. Strong vocational skills and knowledge of vocational grants and their reporting requirements is a must. Experience with marketing, development and relationship building is preferred. Five years of supervisory experience including experience in vocational employment services is required. Must be fluent in sign language or willing to learn. Valid Driver’s License is required.
Position Classification: Full Time Exempt.

To Apply: Send resume with cover letter and salary requirements to Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc., attn: Human Resources, 806 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD 21804 or email to mailto:dila@dila.org

Applications can also be completed on line at http://www.dila.org

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seeking qualified applicants
Deaf Services Community Relations Coordinator
Office of Deaf Services
Atlanta, GA

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Community Relations Coordinator in the Office of Deaf Services, located in Atlanta, GA.

Under general supervision, directs and coordinates state-wide service provision for DBHDD consumers who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind or hard of hearing and who communicate primarily through a non-English modality. This includes services to adults, children, adolescents and their families from all three Divisions.

Job Responsibilities: 1. Assists the State Director of Deaf Services in planning and implementing programs for DBHDD consumers who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing to assure continuity of care and quality of treatment through providers who are fluent in American Sign Language. 2. Monitors the development and implementation of Personal Recovery Plans for Deaf, Deaf-blind and hard of hearing consumers in collaboration with Regional Offices. 3. Identifies program enhancement needs, sets goals and develops programs focused upon meeting those special needs across the state. 4. Coordinates DBHDD services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing consumers with other local, state and national agencies, public and private to ensure collaboration and continuity of care. 5. Advocates for the needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing consumers with the Director of Deaf Services and with other local, state and national agencies. 6. Coordinates the Department’s response to the disaster mental health needs of individuals who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind and hard of hearing. 7. Initiates and monitors provider contracts, and provides oversight of provider services, providing input to the recruiting, hiring, supervising and evaluating of staff by providers. 8. Acts as the focal point of information for individuals and family members seeking DBHDD services for individuals who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind or hard of hearing. 9. Oversees the training of Peer Support Specialists who are Deaf, in collaboration with the provider responsible for such training. 10. Provides in-service training and individual case consultation on the specific needs of individual consumers as requested. 11. Monitors program effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction in treatment, outpatient and community residential settings. 12. Assures compliance with program standards and court-ordered agreements. 13. Assists with the development and maintenance of the Deaf Services website, hosted on the DBHDD internet servers, ensuring access to information by consumers who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind and hard of hearing. 14. Provides input into program or staffing enhancements as may be requested by contract providers or state entities. 15. This position will function with considerable independence as a key decision maker, but in close collaboration and consultation with the Director of Deaf Services. 16. Other duties as assigned.

NOTE: A moderate amount of in-state and out-of-state travel will be required.

Minimum Qualifications: Masters degree in a Human Services field, with at least seven years experience in program design, implementation, management and evaluation.

OR

Doctoral degree and at least four years experience in Deafness/Mental Health

NOTE: Applicants who are Deaf, Deaf-blind or hard of hearing are especially encouraged to apply.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to those applicants who, in addition to meeting the qualifications above, possess the following: – Native or near-native fluency in American Sign Language, with extensive knowledge of Deaf Culture and systems theory. – Thorough knowledge of mental health practices, addictions recovery and the needs of people with developmental disabilities as it relates to Deaf culture and experience. – A valid Georgia driver’s license is required.

Benefits In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a generous benefits package that includes a flexible schedule, training opportunities, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 12 paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance.

Location Information: This position is located in downtown Atlanta.
A sprawling metropolis of over four million people today, metro Atlanta has the vibrancy of the world’s great urban centers combined with the Southern charm of small town centers such as Roswell and Decatur. Here you’ll find historic sites from the Civil War through the Civil Rights era, as well as world-class shopping, entertainment, and nightlife. We’re located across from Underground Atlanta. Parking is nearby as well as direct access to MARTA’s rail and bus system. Come to Georgia’s capital city and experience first-hand our historic charm and hospitality.

How to Apply:
Please email your cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word format to: mailto:recruiting@dbhdd.ga.gov

To ensure proper routing/handling of your credentials, copy/paste or type the following title in the subject line of your email: Deaf Services Community Relations Coordinator

You may also visit our website, http://www.dbhddjobs.com for more information or contact Monique Jenkins, recruiter, at 404-232-1165.

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seeking qualified applicants
Deaf Services Sign Language Interpreter Coordinator
Office of Deaf Services
Atlanta, GA

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD seeks qualified candidates for the position of Deaf Services Sign Language Interpreter Coordinator in the Office of Deaf Services, located in Atlanta, GA.

The primary purpose of this position is to coordinate interpreter services statewide in all DBHDD programs and services, and as needed, provide sign language interpreting services to DBHDD Central Office staff who are Deaf or Deaf Blind. This person will also serve as the expert in all matters related to interpreting services throughout the DBHDD system.

Job Responsibilities:
1.    Manage a statewide interpreting data base, organizing interpreting assignments, utilizing Georgia Office of Administrative Services contracts and approved providers.
2.    Serve as a contact point for all DBHDD providers and staff needing to schedule interpreting services.
3.    Ensure qualified interpreters are used in all DBHDD and provider settings, thus enabling access to all DBHDD services to individuals who are Deaf, Deaf-blind or hard of hearing.
4.    Provide information and training to all DBHDD staff and providers regarding the appropriate use of interpreters, and the limitations of interpreters’ scope of practice.
5.    Participate in the training of Deaf Peer Support Specialists, especially as this relates to the development of Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDI’s) to work in the DBHDD system.
6.    As requested, conduct communication/language assessments of individuals receiving DBHDD services, and collaborate with local treatment teams regarding the communication needs of specific consumers and the development of Individual Recovery Plans.
7.    Coordinate interpreter training activities to ensure the delivery of quality interpreting services statewide.
8.    Coordinate the processing of invoices for interpreting services within DBHDD.
9.    Collaborate with national training and certification programs, to enable Georgia’s mental health interpreting team have access to the most current research and quality assurance guidelines.
10.    Receive and investigate allegations of interpreter errors or violations of standards of professional conduct, from Deaf consumers, family members, advocates and DBHDD service providers.
11.    Participate in corrective actions involving possible interpreter errors or communication failures involving DBHDD consumers.
12.    Maintain high standards of personal and professional integrity and interpreting excellence, as a role model for other interpreters in Georgia.
13.    Maintain national certification with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf as well as Mental Health Interpreter certification and Continuing Education requirements.
14.    Maintain sensitivity and respect for cultural and linguistic differences observed in the Deaf, Deaf-Blind and hard of hearing communities.
15.    Exemplify excellence in compliance with interpreting codes of professional conduct, including confidentiality and appropriate disclosure of information as may be required in treatment settings. Assure that all interpreters working in the DBHDD system are aware of and adhere to such standards of professional conduct.
16.    Function as the identified DBHDD expert in matters involving scheduling, planning, technical assistance, information/referral, consultation and training for other interpreters as needs dictate, and function as the DBHDD expert in matters involving interpreter needs and assessments.
17.    Conduct ongoing research and information gathering activities related to mental health interpreting, and develop a formal means of sharing this information with Georgia’s interpreting community. This may involve workshops, internet communications, online training (webinars, for example), etc.
18.    Serve as a technical assistance expert in all matters related to interpreting and translation of DBHDD materials, utilizing available technologies to effectively reach audiences throughout the state. This will necessarily involve the development and promulgation of web-based videos and training materials.

Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in Interpreting, Linguistics, Deaf Studies, Psychology, Sociology or a related human services field, plus 36 months or more of paid experience interpreting in a variety of settings with some familiarity working in mental health settings is required. Applicants not possessing a Bachelor’s degree but with extensive interpreting experience will be considered. This position requires knowledge and fluency in a variety of communication methods, including American Sign Language, English-like sign systems, and tactile forms of communication. The successful applicant will possess Certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (for example: CSC, NIC, NIC-Advanced, NIC-Master) or Certification from another recognized interpreter certification body, and will maintain certification throughout their tenure with DBHDD. Certification as a Mental Health Interpreter (MHIT) is also required. Fluency in written and spoken English is vital to the success of this position. A valid Georgia Driver’s License is required, and moderate state-wide travel will be involved in this position.

Preferred Qualifications:
– Familiarity/experience with interpreter scheduling/management software packages will be viewed as a plus. – Experience with Video Interpreting (including work in VRI) will also be considered an advantage for this position. – Must be willing to work flexible hours.

Benefits: In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a generous benefits package that includes a flexible schedule, training opportunities, employee retirement plan, deferred compensation, 12 paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, dental, vision, long term care, and life insurance.

Location Information: This position is located in downtown Atlanta.
A sprawling metropolis of over four million people today, metro Atlanta has the vibrancy of the world’s great urban centers combined with the Southern charm of small town centers such as Roswell and Decatur. Here you’ll find historic sites from the Civil War through the Civil Rights era, as well as world-class shopping, entertainment, and nightlife. We’re located across from Underground Atlanta. Parking is nearby as well as direct access to MARTA’s rail and bus system. Come to Georgia’s capital city and experience first-hand our historic charm and hospitality.

How to Apply:
Please email your cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word format to: mailto:recruiting@dbhdd.ga.gov

To ensure proper routing/handling of your credentials, copy/paste or type the following title in the subject line of your email: Deaf Services Community Relations Coordinator

You may also visit our website, http://www.dbhddjobs.com for more information or contact Monique Jenkins, recruiter, at 404-232-1165.

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job title
Business Account Executive
The Z® / CSDVRS
Location  TBD

Department: Video Communication Solutions
Reports To: Senior Director of Sales
FLSA Status: Exempt
Location  TBD

Summary:   The Business Account Executive will be responsible for introducing ZVRS to new business customers and residential customers. Also responsible for sharing new exciting products and features with customers who desire to use video relay service in their place of employment by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate supervisors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
– Planning and directing sales and service programs to promote new markets, improve competitive position in area, and provide fast and efficient customer service.
– Prospecting assigned region for new customers.
– Suggesting and implementing creative and practical methods for selling ZVRS, strengthening client relationships, and increasing visibility.
– Coordinating aspects of ZVRS marketing efforts.
– Working with other Business Account Executives to plan and implement state and region-wide events and promotions.
– Overseeing a group of Z sales specialists within the region
– Coordinating installations of ZVRS equipment in homes, agencies, and/or businesses through our National Sales Engineers and installation program; Conferring with potential customer to ascertain equipment, supplies, and service needs.
– Communicating with and submitting regular activity reports to the Senior Sales Director.
– Performing additional sales related responsibilities and other duties as assigned.

Education and/or Experience:
– 1 -2 years of sales experience preferred.
– Bachelor’s Degree in related field strongly preferred.
– Computer knowledge and Microsoft office

Qualifications:
– Must have strong knowledge of Telecommunications Relay Service Industry.
– Must have excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work successfully with a variety of people.
– Must have the ability to communicate fluently in American Sign Language
– Must have a good understanding of Deaf Culture.
– Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.
– Must have extensive customer service experience.
– Must be willing to work a variety of hours and to travel frequently.
– Must have knowledge of Video applications.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications. Please send salary requirements to be considered.

Benefits: Group Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, Paid Time Off, Short/Long Term Disability, 401K and matching, Paid Holidays and Employee Assistance Program

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Send Resume and Cover Letter to: mailto:jobs@zvrs.com

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job title
Telesales Specialist
The Z® / CSDVRS
Clearwater, Florida

Department: Telesales
Reports To: Team Leader
FLSA Status: Part-Time

Summary:   As a telesales agent you will create interest to potential customers to switch their current provider and becoming a ZVRS customer.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
– Pro-actively call individuals listed on the company “Hot List”
– Educate the individual about CSDVRS’s product offerings
– “Sell” the CSDVRS product and features to the individual
– Convert the “Individual” into a CSDVRS “Customer”
– End of call should result in the “Customer” placing a confirmation call to CSDVRS audio customer service.
– Close at least one “verified” customer per hour while working.
– Maintain up-to-date knowledge on all of CSDVRS’s product offerings through a combination of product demonstrations, Tele-Sales meetings, and marketing materials)
– Transfer all business leads to the Director Internal Ops.
– Provide clear communication to the Tele-Sales Lead and work all open items to closure

Telesales Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the Team Leader, effectively carries out the duties listed above in order to create a work environment that is an efficient operation that supports customer satisfaction demands.

Education and/or Experience:
– Ability to foster a positive work environment
– Ability to multi-task and problem solve

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
– Demonstrates attention to detail; support customers’ satisfaction.
– Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Assist in developing alternative solutions; Completes projects on time.
– Responds promptly to customer needs
– Balances team and individual responsibilities; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.
– Assist in improving processes, products and services.
– Available to work a flexible shift based on scheduling needs

Qualifications:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

– Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
– Must have a good understanding of Deaf Culture.
– Must have excellent signing skills.

Send Resume and Cover Letter to: mailto:jobs@zvrs.com

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announces an opening for
Occupational Skills Training Program Specialist
American School for the Deaf/Adult Vocational Services
West Hartford, CT

more information at:
http://deafdigest.com/occskills/

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Job postings
– Position:  Program Manager
– Position:  Registered Nurse
People Incorporated
Minneapolis/Saint Paul metro area

more information at:
http://deafdigest.com/peopleinc/

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position opening
Teacher of the Deaf
Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
Scranton, PA

more information at:
http://deafdigest.com/scranton-2/

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Job opening
Outreach Coordinator
Relay New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

more information at:
http://deafdigest.com/nmoutreach/

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Faculty position posting form
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (AVPAA)
Rochester Institute of Technology
College of Research and Teacher Education
Rochester, NY

more information at:
http://deafdigest.com/avpaa/

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position opening
Director of Admissions
Gallaudet University
Washington, DC

more information at:
http://deafdigest.com/gallaudetadmissions/

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position opening
Secondary Department Secretary
The Learning Center for the Deaf
Framingham, MA

more information at:
http://deafdigest.com/tlcsecretary/

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position opening
Counselor II – Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf &
Hard of Hearing
Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services
Portsmouth, VA

more information at:
http://deafdigest.com/virginiavr/

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Announcement of vacant position
Director, Research and Evaluation – Clerc Center
on campus of Gallaudet University.
Washington, DC

more information at:
http://deafdigest.com/gallaudetdirector/

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position openings
The Learning Center for the Deaf
Framingham, MA

– Overnight Residential Counselor (Boys Dorm)
http://deafdigest.com/tlc-orc/

– Residential Counselor (Boys Dorm)
http://deafdigest.com/tlc-rc/

If you are interested in any of the above positions, please send cover letter, resume, 3 written references and employment application form to:

Lynn Marshall
Personnel Coordinator
The Learning Center for the Deaf
848 Central Street,
Framingham, MA 01701

or email: Inquiries@tlcdeaf.org

The Learning Center for the Deaf is an EOE

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position openings
– DBA – Senior UI Engineer
– Website and Social Media Graphic Designer
Purple Rocklin, CA

more information at http://deafdigest.com/purplejobs/

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– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPENINGS AT GLAD !! –

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

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

http://www.gladinc.org

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

E-mail: mailto:jfetterman@gladinc.org

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