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DeafDigest Blue – July 19, 2009

DeafDigest Blue - July 19, 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:

   A device that is being developed is supposed to
help the blind.
   It is something like a headphone presenting
acoustic maps of sights (trees, streets, cars,
people, etc). The blind person would be able to
navigate his way around after hearing these
"acoustic images."
   A team from University of Laguna in Spain
is working on that project  
   Bottom line is - how is this going to help
the deaf-blind? 

   We may be seeing a new trend that would benefit
world travelers that are deaf.
   It is an on-line travel guide that comes up with
everything, meaning scripts and imagery. It is
supposed to help the deaf pre-plan their tours.
   A requirement is a credit card that would allow
the deaf travelers to download these guides and
to pick the sites. A tab would be run on the
credit card.
   DeafDigest fears that clicking errors would
create hassles with the credit card companies
and the tour operators. Or even those that
change their minds after selecting their
paid-for tours.


   Over the years we've had a few deaf professional
dancers. One of them, the late Sam Edwards gave
a dance performance on TV, way back in the seventies.
   What about Europe? There is a new deaf dancer 
in Armenia, of all the places - Hayk Hobosyan.
   Hayk is now a lead dancer of his troupe that
performs at concerts in Armenia. He specializes
in hip hop, break dancing and Latino.


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   When we mention Tiger, almost all of us will
know it is Tiger Woods, the most famous golfer
in the world.
   What about Deaf Tiger? Yes. Tiger Holland,
was a deaf man in Australia. No, he was not
a golfer, but he was involved with horse
racing for many years as jockey and trainer.
   When he died last year, Australian horse
racing people gave him great honors at his
   He did not know ASL (Australian Sign

- for ASL News version, please click on:

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

   When a deaf member of a family is invited to
a reunion, he is often surprised when family members
tell him secrets he never knew in the past.
   A deaf person often grows up in a hearing family
without knowing secrets such as a brother being
arrested, a close cousin was actually adopted,
etc, etc.
   Hearing family members know about these secrets
but they often do not share these with the deaf
family member.
   But it is always that many years later they will
tell him the secrets that they never told him in
the past.
   Are these hearing people afraid that "bad family
news" is not good for the deaf to know?

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

   Tyson Gillies is deaf and is a professional
baseball player. He recently took part at the recent
minor all star game between the best minor league
players from USA and the best from the world.
   After the game, a newspaper reporter wrote:

he will speak to the National Association of the Deaf 
in Seattle

   This statement was puzzling. Tyson is a Canadian,
and why would he be speaking to the NAD? And
especially at Seattle?
   The next NAD Conference takes place in Philadelphia
in 2010. Washington State Association of the Deaf is
one of the NAD state chapters, but this group is
meeting next month at Vancouver.
   Sigh! Some newspaper statements make no sense.

   You name the profession - barber, auto mechanic,
accountant, etc - and these professionals have
credentials to show for.
   What about hearing aid dispensers or hearing
aid dealers?
   There is a national organization, called
the National Board for Certification in Hearing 
Instrument Sciences. It provides certificates
for qualified hearing aid people.
   Next time you are shopping around for a hearing
aid, do ask for the certificate. If the dispenser
does not have it or gives excuses, just walk away!


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   Years ago a deaf person took a hearing test,
to prove his deafness at the army draft board.
    He passed despite not hearing anything
at all.
   The army officer said that if the deaf 
person could hear thunder, see lightning 
and feel rain, then he "passed" the test.
   This deaf person, however, was not drafted
at all because of his other medical issues!

   When people come up with something new that
helps to improve the way we live, there is an
item that is always missing.
   This item is:

will it work with the deaf?

   We are always reading in the newspapers of
inventions, innovations and ideas. And just almost
all of them do not work with the deaf!


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

most school districts lack teachers that know how
to work with the deaf

(series to continue until it runs out)


being complimented for great interpreting and being asked
how long would it take to learn Braille?

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


As you are considering whether to use remote CART or onsite 
CART in a high school or university setting, you will
find that remote CART also has many advantages. 

For remote CART, the student would bring a laptop into 
the classroom and connect via the Internet with a CART
provider who is located at some other location.  There 
would be a microphone or microphones in the classroom so
that the CART provider could hear what was going on over 
a phone line or Internet connection.

One of the advantages of remote CART is that it is sometimes 
more affordable because you do not have the travel time and 
setup involved as you would with onsite CART. 

If a student is moving from classroom to classroom, sometimes 
remote CART is easier because the CART provider does not have 
to move all of the CART equipment from one location to 
another location.  Everything onsite is done by the student, 
so there is no outside person involved onsite.

Another advantage is if you do not have an experienced CART 
provider in your area, any CART provider anywhere in the country 
could cover the assignment.  It could be especially helpful in 
a rural area where there are no CART providers.  


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updated every Monday



program manager

(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!

   iPods are no longer permitted at Marshalls Aerospace,
a British aircraft manufacturer. The management felt 
this device would lead to deafness among its employees.


The Deaf and the Law


a deaf man and a hearing woman wanted to get married.
Judge said no, because she wanted to hear the deaf man
speak out his vows by voice and not by sign.

the bickering between the judge, the couple and the court room
clerks went on back and forth for a while before the judge
relented and approved their marriage.

this incident took place near Staunton, Virginia. One would
think that people that live near Staunton would be familiar
with the deaf. Apparently this was not the case.


DeafADA Issue of the Week:

   Always when the deaf travel, there are issues
(interpreters, captions, signalers, etc).
   Keep in mind ADA regulations do not apply
when travelers are not on American soil or on
American waters.
   The cruise operators are always saying:

we are not registered under American flag and 
therefore ADA regulations do not apply to us


The Captioning Blunder of the Week:

only in small towns we find town scares (squares)


What became of?

Joey Kutcka

- Past

as a member of Gallaudet basketball team in the
early nineties, was one of the nation's top
3-point shooters

- Present

faculty member, teaching ASL, Bethel College, Indiana with "past" and
"present" details


News of the Week - Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

     Lack of vitamins causing hearing loss? This is what
a magazine "New Choices: Living Even Better After 50"
(July/August issue) is saying. It blames lack of Vitamin
B 12 and folate for the hearing loss.


News of the Week - Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

   Many of us, for the sake of thrills, would love to ride in a Goodyear
   How easy is it to hitch up a ride? No! Rides are only extended at the
invitation of the Goodyear Tires company, and normally extended only to
important customers, assorted VIPs and winners of local charity auctions.
   Well, for 14-year old Katherine "Kat" Fuscolda, a student at the
Horace Mann School for the Deaf (Allston, MA) she had a dream ride
guaranteed to last a lifetime.
   A local store, Sullivan Tire, donated the blimp ride to the school's
annual fund raiser. It was through a silent auction win that enabled Kat
to get that prized ride.
   When school reopens this fall after a summer recess, Kat surely will
be asked to give a tale of her once-in-a-lifetime blimp ride.


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

   One would think that the doctors know best on the issue
on noise-induced deafness.
   Wrong! The media knows the best. This was the finding
by a team at the University of Vanderbilt!


A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor's great news:

A past customer who has an excellent record with you 
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position announcement
Itinerant Field Operations Support II
Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program
position is in Northern California area

starting salary: $51,937 with benefits

for position description & application procedures,
click on:


open positions
Spurwink Services
Portland, Maine

- Therapeutic Couple for 6-8 Hearing Impaired Children 12-18 
years of age - American Sign Language fluent
Location: Portland, Maine
Schedule: The work schedule is from Sunday to Friday

Full Time Person: $12.00 per hour - annual wage 
$25,080 a year

Part Time Person: $12.00 per hour - annual wage 
$10,944 a year

Position: Come join us in providing a natural home setting for 
our clients with hearing impairment in our agency-owned home 
in Portland, Maine. 

Relevant experience helpful; ability to be nurturing and provide 
firm limit setting necessary. Team approach, training, supervision 
and on-call support provided. The couple MUST live in our agency 
home. Unfortunately, this position CANNOT accommodate couples who 
would wish to bring their own children to live with them in
our home.

This position requires that one person be a full time employee of 
50 hours a week and fluent in American Sign Language and the other 
person be a part time employee of 24 hours and fluent in American 
Sign Language, which allows this person to work at another job 
during the day. The couple do not work Friday afternoon to Sunday 
afternoon and do not work during July and August. The couple can 
reside rent free and utility free at the house all year round, 
during the weekends and school breaks. 

Spurwink provides a vehicle for work related responsibilities, 
household expenses and food during the school year. 

Position to start August 2009.

- Awake Night Counselor for 6-8 Hearing Impaired Children 12-18 
years of age - American Sign Language fluent
Location: Portland, Maine

Schedule: The work schedule is 40 hours per week, from Sunday to 
Friday.  The Awake Night Counselor does not work weekends, and 
does not work during the months of July or August.
Wage: $12.00 per hour - annual wage $18,240 a year

- Position: Direct Care position to work with deaf/hard of hearing 
children within our residential home.

Must be fluent in American Sign Language.

Position to start August 2009.

- Per Diem Workers to provide back up coverage for Therapeutic 
House Couple and Awake Night Counselor.
Location: Portland, Maine

Schedule: As needed, Sunday through Thursday evenings. Per Diem 
staff do not work weekends and do not work during the months of 
July or August.

Wage: $12.00 an hour

- Position: Direct Care positions to work with deaf/hard of 
hearing children within our residential home providing .
fill in coverage for Therapeutic Couple and Awake Night 
Counselor. Must be fluent in American Sign Language.

For more information, please call either Dan Hibbs or 
Kim Wilson at (207) 871-1200. To apply, please visit


position opening (contingent on funding)
Tenure Track Faculty position
Gallaudet University
Washington, DC

seeking full time tenure track faculty member who will be
assigned to one of the following departments:

- Psychology
- Linguistics
- Education
- ASL/Deaf Studies

to read the position description and on application procedures,
please click on:


position announcement
Domestic Violence Advocate
Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center
Reno/Sparks, Nevada (also includes rural areas)

ORGANIZATION: Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center (DHHARC) 
is a statewide advocacy, resource, telecommunications distribution, 
and direct service center offering advocacy, referral and community 
education services throughout Nevada.  

DHHARC has two offices in Reno/Sparks and Las Vegas.  

Type of appointment: Full-Time/40 hrs a week/non-exempt
Location: Reno/Sparks and Rural areas
Posting date: July 7, 2009
Closing date: July 20, 2009

The Domestic Violence Advocate will provide case management services 
to survivors, technical assistance to member programs of Sexual 
Assault and Domestic Violence, education to professionals, law 
enforcement and service providers outside of this field, and outreach 
to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. The Advocate will also 
provide education such as dating violence and stalking.  Will go with 
the survivors to court, will support the survivors in the hospital 
and will support the survivors in advocating for communication 
rights.  An integral part of the job is to conduct outreach/education 
responsibilities as assigned.  Willingness to travel is essential as 
well as work evening and weekend hours when needed that may include 
24/7 hours on call.  Ability to work independently as well as a 
team is essential.  Do other duties as assigned by Regional Office 
Supervisor.  Require to attend 60 hours training of domestic violence 
and sexual assault.

SALARY: $36,244 - $37,694 DOE, plus customary benefits.

- Knowledge of case management techniques
- Basic knowledge of the domestic violence, sexual assault field, 
and criminal justice systems

- Empathy for survivors of domestic and sexual violence

- Comfortable with sexual assault terminology and working with 
clients from diverse backgrounds 

- Two years experience working with deaf and hard of hearing 
populations in a social service sector setting

- Knowledgeable about diversity and needs within the Deaf and HOH 

- Knowledge of a deaf person?s legal rights to accessibility under 
state and federal law

- Familiar with (or willing to learn) Case-management practices.
- Knowledge of  MS Word, Excel and Database
- Ability to articulate (via ASL, verbally, and/or in writing) the 
needs of a survivor

- Bachelor's of Arts Degree Preferred, but will accept Associate of 
Arts Degree with 3 years of experience working with Deaf and HOH 

All applicants must submit a resume and an application form to: 

999 Pyramid Way, 
Sparks, NV 89431.  

Contact DHHARC office for the application form.

Applications must be received by 5:00 PM on or before the closing date
(July 20, 2009)

DHHARC selects applicants for employment based on job related knowledge, 
skills and abilities without regard to race, color, gender, national 
origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or political 

For further information contact Executive Director Edina Jambor at or 775-355-8994 V/TTY or 775-355-8996 
FAX or 775-434-0290 VP


(ad has been updated, 7/19/09)

open positions
Austine School for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
Brattleboro, Vermont

The Austine School for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing is a state 
approved pre-k through 12th grade comprehensive educational program 
promoting excellence and life-long learning.  

Due to expanding programs, we are looking for quality people with 
the abilities to serve our students with compassion and energy.  

- Educational Interpreter
Part-time (possible Full time)
Location: Brattleboro, VT


Interpret for the Deaf &  Hard of Hearing students at local high 
Work   w/ individual students to promote desirable academic and 
behavioral progress.
Promote Deaf Culture  & the social, emotional & physical growth of 

Fluency in ASL
Educational Interpreting Experience
Successful completion of an Interpreter Training Program
If not already RID certified, willingness to become certified 
within 3 years. 

- Director of Little Arrows Daycare-Brattleboro, VT
Full time (40 hrs) 12 months
BA in Early Childhood Ed, MA preferred
3 yrs teaching experience
Fluency in ASL
Develop and direct exciting new program to serve both Deaf and 
   hearing children 
- Teacher of the Deaf at Brattleboro, VT
Full-time (40 hrs/week) with benefits-10 month 
Proficiency in ASL & English
Master Degree in Deaf Education
VT License in Special Ed or Deaf Ed within 1 year of employment
Apply knowledge of child development, special needs, curriculum, 
assessment, classroom management and discipline techniques, 
   utilize technology in instruction 
position available in several subjects

- Teacher of the Deaf/Blind at Brattleboro, VT
Part-time (30hrs. /week) with benefits-10 month 

- Classroom Paraprofessional at Brattleboro, VT
Part-time or full-time

- Occupational Therapist/ Physical Therapist-Brattleboro, VT
Part-time position, 4 -5 hrs a week - 
Knowledge of ASL preferred

- Nursing Position-Brattleboro, VT
VT state Licensure required
Willingness to learn ASL
CPR cert. preferred
Per-Diem, some holiday/weekend resp.

Application procedures:

Interested persons are to apply in person at Austine School 
for the Deaf, off Maple Street (Building- Holton Hall, 2nd 
floor) in Brattleboro, VT or submit a resume or letter of 
interest to Kelly Therieau. Her email address is:


position announcement
Secondary Math Teacher
Tennessee School for the Deaf
Knoxville, Tennessee

Minimum qualifications:
Licensure in Mathematics required; must be NCLB Highly
Qualified; Deaf Education preferred; Tennessee License
with endorsement in Secondary Mathematics.

Elaine Alexander
Director of Instruction
Tennessee School for the Deaf
2725 Island Home Blvd
Knoxville, Tennessee 37920

865.579.2428 FAX


position opening
Relay New Mexico Outreach Coordinator
Hamilton Relay, Inc
located in Albuquerque, NM, with required travel

Relay New Mexico Outreach Coordinator: 

Hamilton Relay, Inc. currently has a full time position 
open for Relay New Mexico Outreach Coordinator.  

This position is responsible for promoting Relay New Mexico, 
thereby increasing the number of relay customers as well as 
educating individuals, organizations, agencies and businesses 
on the benefits of using relay services.  

The position is located in Albuquerque and travel is required 

Preferred education, experience and skills: Fluent in American 
Sign Language and written English, additional fluency in 
Spanish a benefit; experience in public relations activities; 
direct work experience with TRS is helpful.  

Hamilton offers competitive wages with Full-Time Company Paid 

To apply, contact our corporate HR Dept at 800.821.1831 


apply online at 


position opening
Interpreter/ Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent
Indiana School for the Deaf
Indianapolis, IN

The Indiana School for the Deaf is seeking qualified candidates 
to interview for an Interpreter/ Administrative Assistant to the 
Superintendent position.  

The Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD) is a co-educational, 
residential school, founded in 1843, which serves a student 
population of 425+ students with more the 25% living in the 
residential halls.  ISD is nationally recognized for its on-going 
commitment to bilingual/bicultural education for Deaf students.

This is a non-exempt, full-time 12-month position. Provides 
interpreting, administrative and secretarial support for the 
Superintendent.  In addition to interpreting, typing, filing, 
scheduling, and making copies, the administrative assistant 
performs other duties such as coordinating meetings and 
conferences, making travel arrangements, ordering supplies 
and general office management. Strong computer skills required. 
Must have a high level of interpersonal skills. Excellent 
computer skills and good overall organizational skills required 

Applicants must have Possession of an Indiana Interpreter 
Certification (IIC) and four (4) years full-time interpreting 
experience. (Provisional certifications will not be accepted. 
Proof of the certificate must accompany the application.) 
Substitution: Valid possession of at least one of the following: 
Certificate of Interpretation (CI), Certificate of Transliteration 
(CT), Comprehensive Skills Certification (CSC) from the 
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID); Level IV or Level V 
from the National Association of the Deaf (NAD); National 
Interpreter Certification from NAD-RID and four (4) years full-time 
interpreting experience. (Proof of the certificate must accompany 
the application.) Special Requirement: Interpreter must be able to 
interpret from American Sign Language (ASL) to spoken English and 
from spoken English to American Sign Language (ASL) effectively, 
accurately and impartially, both receptively and expressively, 
using any necessary specialized vocabulary. The interpreter 
must also have the ability to interpret context to facilitate 
effective communication between sign language users and non-sign 
language users. 

Individual must have a valid driver's license. Advanced level 
skills are required at time of hire. Expanded criminal history 
(ISP & FBI) clearance required.


The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package which 
includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement plans 
and accrued leave.

Application Procedure:

Applicants can submit a cover letter and resume to:

Indiana School for the Deaf
Attn: Human Resources
1200 E 42nd St
Indianapolis, IN 46205

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

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.  



vacancy announcement in Hawaii
Teachers of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing 
Current vacancies are on Oahu and Hawaii

Job Description:
Teachers of the deaf and hard-of-hearing provide specially designed 
instruction for students using ASL or total communication.  The 
settings can be in either a school for the deaf, a resource classroom 
on a public school campus, or as an itinerant teacher.  

Current vacancies are on Oahu and Hawaii.

Minimum Qualifications:
* Bachelor's Degree in Special Education with emphasis on teaching the 
deaf and hard-of-hearing (must include student teaching in a K-12 setting)

* Certified Teacher of the Hard-of-Hearing

* Authorized to work in the U.S.

* Proficient in ASL

* Familiar with Cochlear implants and other assistive devices for the deaf 
and hard-of-hearing

* Knowledgeable in IEP procedures

$43,157 - 57,243/year

Anyone hired must be committed to getting a valid Hawaii teacher 

For more information on licensing requirements and procedures, please 
visit the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board website at:

Incentives and Bonuses:
Pending the availability of funding, a relocation bonus is available for 
qualified teachers:

Application Procedures: 

Closing Date:
Until Filled

Additional information: 

Jeff Hoover, Personnel Specialist
Teacher Recruitment
Department of Education
680 Iwilei Road, Suite 490
Honolulu, HI 96817

1-800-305-5104 Toll Free
(808) 586-4050 Fax


Special notes:

(located at the bottom of the Gold section)

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