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DeafDigest Blue – August 23 2009

DeafDigest Blue - August 23 2009

Blue Edition              Barry Strassler, Editor - updated every Monday

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


News of the Week:

   DeafDigest dedicates this edition to 
Walter R. Bloomquist Sr, who departed us. A
graduate of Rochester School for the Deaf, he
relocated to California and owned two printing
shops, the Ken-Ton Printing Company and then
the Bloomquist Printing Co.
   DeafDigest always admires deaf individuals that
are able to operate businesses, and Bloomquist
is one of them.


   Nancy J. Bloch, the NAD CEO, will be stepping down
from her position on March 31, 2011. By then she will
have served for 19 years, which is unusually long
for a CEO position anywhere.
   The challenge facing the NAD board of directors
is the same as the challenge facing the Gallaudet
board of trustees - to find someone that will 
skillfully steer the ship through rocky waters. 
Some CEOs can do the job, some CEOs can't. 


   The producers of the planned movie "Hamill"
have been scouting the campus of the Rochester
School for the Deaf. They want to see if the
campus is the right fit for some scenes in the
   No, Hamill never attended Rochester School
for the Deaf, but we all know what Hollywood
is all about.
   Matt Hamill is a ranking contender in the
Ultimate Fighter ranks and while wrestling
at RIT, he achieved an unusual feat - winning
three NCAA championships in three different
weight classes in three different years! 


   South Carolina is probably the Mecca for
golfers, as this state has many, many golf
   If you are planning to golf at South
Carolina, then maybe stopping at the
Dataw Island Club would be a good idea.
   The assistant pro at this course is
Heather Weil.
   She is deaf. DeafDigest, however, is not
sure if she can sign.



Deaf & Hard of Hearing Current or Former United Parcel
Service, Inc (UPS) employees

If you use sign language, worked for UPS or applied for
a driving position at UPS at any time since June 25, 1997,
please read the announcement posted below in this edition.

There is a proposed final settlement in a class action
lawsuit brought on behalf of deaf and hard of hearing
current and former UPS employees and applicants for driving
positions who failed or would fail the hearing standard
established by DOT for drivers of commercial motor vehicles. 


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   Many deaf people argue about this issue - "for" or
"of" in a name of a deaf organization - such as
National Association of the Deaf  or  National Association
for the Deaf.
   What about "with"? Some years back there was a new group
that called itself:

Northern Michigan Association with the Deaf

   For or of or with? Your choice

- for ASL News version, please click on:

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

   If a hearing person was with a deaf group 
all day for five months without using voice and
without being with hearing people, will he become
an ASL expert?
   Five months? Well, a hearing person wanted to
speak perfect Spanish. He went to a small town in
Mexico for five months and did not speak English
for five months. After 5 months he spoke good
   ASL-learning, Spanish-learning - same thing??

- for ASL News version, please click on:

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

   The BBC, in Great Britain, is featuring a TV series
titled "The Wire" which is a series of drama based
in Baltimore.
   A deaf person would turn on the subtitles in order
to understand the plot.
   A hearing person would also turn on the subtitles,
but for a different reason. The dialogue, based on
Baltimore street talk, has become so difficult for
the average hearing person to understand. The subtitles,
as turned on, helps the hearing person follow the plots.
   Subtitles for the deaf; subtitles for the hearing,
two different reasons!

   What is geophysicist? Too complex to explain, but in
short, it means study of earth sciences (earthquakes,
oil fossils, shifting of land mass, etc).
   And do we have a deaf person in the geophysics field?
There is one - Kyle Sterry, a Briton, who has been at
this field for years.
   And like with other deaf scientists and engineers,
he had to deal with resistance and barriers because
of his deafness at the work place. 


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   A new law has been passed in Louisiana,
specifically aimed at noisy cars.
   Drivers of cars will be fined $500 or higher
if their vehicles are outfitted with sound systems
with outside speakers.
   Part of the fine will be earmarked for the
Louisiana Commission for the Deaf!


Current or Former United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) employees

Read this notice if you use sign language, worked for UPS or
applied for a driving position at UPS at any time since June 25, 2997,
and failed or would fail the hearing standard established by the
Department of Transportation (DOT)


The purpose of this notice is to inform you of a proposed final 
settlement in a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of deaf and hard 
of hearing current and former United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) 
employees and applicants for driving positions who use sign language as 
a primary means of communication due to hearing loss or limitation and 
who failed or would fail the hearing standard established by the DOT 
for drivers of commercial motor vehicles.  

The class action settlement, which must be approved by the Court, was 
reached in connection with a lawsuit, Bates v. UPS, N.D. Cal. Case No. 
C99-2216 TEH.  

The lawsuit, which was filed in 1999, alleges that UPS engaged in 
discrimination in violation of the federal Americans with Disabilities 
Act and various California laws, by requiring all drivers and driver 
applicants for positions involving driving UPS delivery vehicles on 
the public roads to pass the DOT hearing standard for drivers 
of commercial motor vehicles ("Driving Claims").  

UPS has denied any liability or wrongdoing.
If you are a current employee of UPS, or you were employed by UPS or 
applied for a driving position at UPS at any time beginning June 25, 
1997, use sign language as a primary means of non-written communication 
due to a  hearing loss or limitation, and failed or would fail the 
hearing standard established by DOT for drivers of commercial motor 
vehicles, you may be a member of the class affected by this lawsuit 
and entitled to object to the proposed settlement.  

The proposed settlement Agreement is available on-line at .  If you would like additional information 
about this lawsuit and the settlement, including a copy of the 
Settlement Agreement, you can also contact Class Counsel at:

Laurence Paradis
2001 Center Street, Fourth Floor
Berkeley, California 94704-1204

Telephone: (510) 665-8644
Facsimile: (510) 665-8511
TTY: (510) 665-8716

If you would like to object, you or your attorney must notify the 
Settlement Administrator by a letter, postmarked by November 26, 2009 
and addressed to:

Bates v. UPS Settlement Administrator 
c/o Rust Consulting, Inc.
P.O. Box 9427
Minneapolis, MN  55440-9427


   A newspaper story posted on a web site mentioned
"Wa School for the Deaf".
   DeafDigest editor stared at the name of the school,
confused about it.
   It was a Ghanaian newspaper and why would it mention
"Wa School for the Deaf"? It was as if it was in reference
to the Washington School for the Deaf in Vancouver, WA
with Wa abbreviated as Washington.
   But it was realized that Wa School for the Deaf
is in Ghana whereas WA (or Washington) School for the
Deaf is in Vancouver, Washington.  


(short series; based on comments by educators
and deaf service professionals)

Most of the deaf education majors do not realize the
realities of teaching the deaf in the classroom

(series to continue until it runs out)


being asked by someone in the audience:

are you deaf or hearing?

if you have these "hate" or "horror" stories, please


As the new school year begins, many CART providers will find 
themselves working in college classrooms throughout the 

People have asked if these CART providers are eligible to 
receive college credit for the classes where they provide 

Unfortunately, CART providers cannot participate in the 
class.  They are there to provide a service.  It would be
against the professional ethics of the National Court Reporters 
Association to be an active participant in the class and to 
provide the services of a CART provider. 

According to Article VIII of the NCRA CART Consumer Bill of 
Rights, which is "Staying in Role," "ART consumers have a 
right to expect CART providers to refrain from commenting, 
interjecting, advising, or in any way becoming involved in 
the assignment outside the role of communication access."

CART providers review the class materials to enter terms 
and proper names for the course into their computerized
dictionaries, but they don' have to take the tests or 
do the homework.


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director, pupil services

(in many school districts we would expect a principal,
or a director or a coordinator or a supervisor or someone
with an appropriate title that would direct their mainstreamed 
programs; some districts are different and this reflects in 
a startling title above. Be surprised or shocked every week 
until series run out)


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


Tour of America's National Parks
Glacier National Park, Montana to Las Vegas
July 11 - 30, 2010

For more info contact:
Joy Carney at


Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

   The police officer, who used his Taser to
restrain a deaf man who stayed in the bathroom
too long in a store in Alabama, was
disciplined for this incident.
   His superior said the deaf man should have
been taken home to the care of his parents
instead of being arrested.
   The judge, by the way, would not sign off
on arrest papers, and the case was quickly


The Deaf and the Law

   In 2000, "The Replacements" movie was produced.
It was a football comedy. One of the actors in the
movie portrayed a deaf football player, played by
a hearing actor.
   Gallaudet was mentioned in a dialogue - which said
that he could have played pro football, if not for
his deafness.
   Did Gallaudet University lose out on its monetary
interests because of the sole dialogue that mentioned
   More and more universities are hiring agencies to
oversee its rights and interests for that reason
   It is a complex issue that only attorneys can
deal with.


DeafADA Issue of the Week:

   A bookstore in Washington, DC posted this sign,
which said:

Please ask if you have difficulty in our store because of a
special need, please ask any employee for assistance.
  Would this imply that if a deaf person entered the
store he would have the right to request an interpreter
because of a special need?


  This is for the attorneys and the courts to figure
this one out!

The Captioning Blunder of the Week:

his estments (teammates) mobbed him at the home plate


What became of?

Jeff Float

- Past
a deaf swimmer winning the gold medal at the 1984
Olympics in Los Angeles

- Present

swimming coach at the Fountain of Youth in Sacramento with "past" and
"present" details


News of the Week - Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

   Last week's DEAFDIGEST mentioned that Greg Livadas
covered the deaf beat for the Rochester Democrat &
Chronicle newspaper.
   Well, Greg was the most surprised person around when
the RID, at its recent convention in Boston, bestowed
a honorary membership on him. He was in Boston to cover
the convention for his newspaper and his articles about
the deaf were duly noted by the RID.
   Congrats, Greg!

(editor's note: Greg is now at NTID)


News of the Week - Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

   Sen. Tom Harkin, whose brother was deaf, is considered to be our
best friend on the Capitol Hill.
   Harkin, however, has a penchant for getting himself on newspaper
front pages because of his comments on political issues.
   Writer James M. Perry, not deaf, has accused Harkin of stretching
the truth on a given issue - saying that reporters have been
mislead about the troubles of his deaf brother.


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Why is it that when a clueless hearing employee is told of his
associate's deafness, he is prompted to talk faster and faster,
making his unlipreadable lips even more unlipreadable?

Panic attack? Possibly!


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Job Announcements
Indiana School for the Deaf
Indianapolis, IN

The Indiana School for the Deaf currently has job 
openings/postings for the following positions:

Job                                       Posting #   Closing Date
Sub Teachers (5)                          564869      09/08/2009                    
Spoken English Specialist                 564757      09/09/2009                       
Early Intervention Specialist             564871      09/01/2009                    
Audiologist                               564868      09/01/2009                  
Supervising Teacher for Willard School ST 564794      08/25/2009

(#) = number of jobs available for that position.

Applicants must submit an Indiana State Application via the Indiana
State Personnel website at  

If you have any questions please contact Carole Morgan in our Human
Resources Department via telephone (317/920-6340 v/tty) or E-Mail:   Website:

Mission Statement: The Indiana School for the Deaf Community promotes
academic and social excellence for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students
through a Bilingual/Bicultural environment. 



position announcement
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Clearwater, FL

Description: Growing, high-tech video relay service company overlooking 
the Gulf in Clearwater seeking Controller with 10+ years experience 
reporting to the CFO. 

- Full responsibility for monthly financial statements
- Oversee daily operations of the finance department
- Review monthly account reconciliations
- Prepare various operational and financial analyses
- Prepare annual budget and periodic forecasts
- Inventory analysis

- Recommend benchmarks and track operational and financial 

- Prepare annual and periodic reports required by regulatory 

- Monitoring and implementing internal control and processes 
throughout the company

- Direct external financial audits and provide recommendations for 

- Prepare and monitor MBOs for executives
- Monitor and analyze monthly operating results against budget
- Oversee all state reporting requirements 
(approximately 30 states)
Additional adhoc projects as required by the CFO and/or CEO

- BA degree in accounting and CPA required. 
- Public accounting experience preferred.

- Expert excel skills required
- Proficient in Word and PowerPoint
- Navision software experience preferred

Commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

Group Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, 
Paid Time Off (PTO), Short / Long Term Disability, Paid Holidays 
and 401(K).

Application Deadline:  Open until filled.

Contact E-Mail:


Employment Opportunities
Mississippi School for the Deaf
Jackson, MS

- Secondary Principal
- Assistant Principal (Elementary Principal)
- Elementary Dorm Director

Go to for job descriptions

Top candidates will be contacted for interviews. 

If interested please contact Sandra G. Edwards, 
Superintendent at:

The Mississippi Department of Education does not discriminate 
on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, 
age, or disability in employment or the provision of 


position opening
Girls Overnight Residential Counselor
The Learning Center for the Deaf
Framingham, MA

*  Girls Overnight Residential Counselor 
Residential Counselor will provide surveillance over a group of
students in a residential setting just before, during and after 
sleeping periods until the first class begins or staff coverage. 

He/she may also monitor all residential activities, which support 
their residential students' social, physical, intellectual, 
communication and emotional development. 
High School diploma with 2 years of experience in residential. 
Fluent in American Sign Language. Ability to communicate and work 
effectively as part of a team. Knowledge of issues and priorities 
important to the students' needs in residential program preferred. 
Competency in Microsoft Office software programs.
Willingness to work a varied schedule. MA Driver License must be 
secured and in good standings.

* Reports to Peter Bailey, Director of Student Life
Please contact with cover letter, resume, 3 written references 
and employment application forms to:

Judi Broderick
Personnel Assistant
The Learning Center for the Deaf
848 Central Street, 
Framingham, MA 01701

The Learning Center for the Deaf is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Our mission is to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing students 
achieve their full potential in an educational environment where 
language and communication are keys to building competence,
character and community.


open positions
Deaf Service Center
Glenside, PA
Deaf Services Center (DSC) is a dynamic team of behavioral health
professionals serving Deaf and hard of hearing children and adults. 
We take great pride that our program is strongly Deaf 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! 
DSC is looking for dedicated, motivated, energetic individuals who
are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf
Culture and the Deaf Community to fill the following positions:

This position oversees the case management services for clients who
reside in the community. Responsibilities include: day to day
management and supervision of case management; coordination of
services and programs with other service agencies; manage program
expenses accordingly with budget; provide supervision, crisis
management, training and coordinate scheduling for case managers;
participate in meetings with Deaf Services Center programs as well as
other programming service providers. Qualifications: a bachelor's
degree in sociology, social work, psychology, gerontology,
anthropology, political science, history, criminal justice, theology,
counseling, education, or be a registered nurse and 5 years of mental
health direct care experience preferably in a case management
setting, must have 2 years of supervisory experience. Fluency in
American Sign Language required.

- STAFF INTERPRETER: (Full time preferred) Responsibilities include:
Interpret for emergencies (physical and psychiatric), mental health
evaluations, groups, staff meetings and sessions, home visits with
deaf adults and children.  Also interpret for in internal office and
community meetings with both hearing and deaf professional staff.
Must be able to work with a team of hearing and/or deaf interpreters
and be a team player. The qualified candidate shall possess: AA
degree with minimum 2 years  of Interpreting experience with Deaf
individuals. Knowledge of  mental illness and/or developmental
disabilities is a plus. Must be willing to travel throughout the SE
counties and be flexible to do some evenings and weekends when
needed. Current national certification and PA State Registered through
ODHH are preferred. Full/part time position available (Note: Full
time includes complete benefits package, pt does not include

- OFFICE COORDINATOR: (Full time) Responsibilities include: Prepare and
process personnel files, organize & monitor training activities,
maintain training records, compile various reports, memos and
minutes, maintain HR database, and complete payroll items. Provide
technical assistance with various office equipment and trouble shoot
facility/maintenance issues when needed. Assist with providing
consultation to supervisory staff on issues surrounding human
resources related issues, policies and procedures. Assist in
licensure/audit activities for all programs. Assist with supervising
& training support staff. The qualified candidate shall possess:
Bachelors Degree in business administration, human resources
management or related field with 6 years of administrative
experience. Must have strong skills in Microsoft office software.

- 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.  The qualified candidate shall possess:  HS + 1 year
related experience or AA; valid drivers' license; advanced fluency in
ASL; minimum of 2 years experience with Deaf Community; demonstrated
competency in independent living skills; ability to teach, advise and
motivate Deaf Consumers; strong interpersonal skills.  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.

Send your letter of intent and resumes to:

Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
Deaf Services Center
614 N. Easton Road, 2nd Floor
Glenside PA 19038

or Fax: 215-884-9774                                             


position opening
Interpreter Coordinator - Full Time
Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc
Salisbury, Maryland

Responsibilities: Coordinates all aspects of the Interpreting 
Program to include, scheduling and providing interpreting services 
for a variety of situations for staff, individuals, healthcare 
providers, businesses, etc. through the Eastern Shore; assigns 
and manages the contractual interpreters with various assignments; 
coordinates, manages and facilitates the Interpreter Network 
Committee to assist with planning and promoting workshops for 
local interpreters, Adheres to the Code of Ethics established
by RID.

Qualifications: Fluency in American Sign Language and written 
English, Certification from the Registry of Interpreters (RID) 
or other certification agent preferred, High School degree 
required.  Excellent interpersonal, typing and computer skills. 
Ability to keep confidentiality.  Valid driver's license required 
and good driving record.

Benefits: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Pension, Life, 
Vacation, sick and personal leave.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume to:

Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc.
Human Resources Department
806 Snow Hill Road
Salisbury, Maryland 21804

or fax to 410-543-4874
Or email

You may also apply on line at

Position is open until filled


position announcement
Coordinator / P.R.I.D.E. Program (Full-time grant position)
Rochester School for the Deaf
Rochester, NY

As soon as possible
The Coordinator will assume and perform duties and 
responsibilities to provide employment training and job coaching 
to deaf adults who have additional disabilities.  The Coordinator 
will supervise full-time staff; hire, assign, and supervise job 
coaches; develops and maintains interagency cooperation; develops 
consumer service plans; complete monthly, quarterly, annual reports 
required by RSD and VESID; administer program funds, check requests, 
purchase orders;  and attend and lead meetings as necessary.

Minimum Bachelor's degree in Human Service, Social Work, Counseling, 
Special Education, or Vocational Rehabilitation Prior experience in 
Employment Services

Proficiency in American Sign Language required

Prior experience with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds

Harold Mowl, Jr., Superintendent/CEO
Rochester School for the Deaf
1545 St. Paul Street
Rochester, New York 14621

Applications received will be screened and the most highly qualified 
will be asked to interview.

Open until filled

RSD is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in 
employment on the basis of non-qualifying disability, race, religion, 
color, sex, marital status, age, national origin, and veteran status


seeking applicants
Campus Dean of Academic Affairs
Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf
Big Spring, TX

Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (SWCID) is seeking 

Position available September 1, 2009.  

Masters degree required, Doctorate degree recognized.  Five (5) 
years related experience in personnel and fiscal management and 
planning and three (3) years teaching experience in higher 
education required.  

Fluency in American Sign Language required.   

The Campus Dean of Academic Affairs is responsible for planning, 
directing,  developing, administering, and supervising the General 
Studies, Career and Technical Education, and Preparatory Studies 

Excellent benefits.  Please visit our website at: 

for application and complete position notice.


seeking applicants
Career Placement Counselor
Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf
Big Spring, TX

Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (SWCID) is seeking 

Position available September 1, 2009.  

Masters degree in Counseling, Vocational Rehabilitation, Social 
Work or Psychology or other related field. LPC, LMSW, CRC, LPC-I 
or a participant in a pre-licensure supervision program.  

Three years related experience required. 

Fluency in American Sign Language required. 

The Career Placement Counselor will provide career development, 
personal counseling services, and career and academic 
assessments to deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

Will assist students and faculty in student internship placement 
opportunities. Must have the ability to work flexible 
hours based on the demand of services and student schedules.

Excellent benefits.  

Please visit our website at 

for application and complete position notice.


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