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DeafDigest Blue – June 14, 2009

DeafDigest Blue - June 14, 2009

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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 Stan Benowitz
who departed us last week. He was a long time teacher
at several schools for the deaf and his influence on
students was profound.
   It is not generally known that he is the Father
of Modern Gallaudet football; it is a long story, but
to make it short, he crafted a funding proposal during
his Gallaudet student days in 1947 that made possible
the restarting of football as a varsity sport on the
campus. Simply put, no Benowitz, no restarting of
Gallaudet football in 1947.


   DeafDigest also dedicates this edition to Bob
Dillman, who departed us this week. Bob, a resident
of Maryland, made quite an impression in the Deaf
Community with his outspoken views regarding an
unpopular choice of the Gallaudet board as the
next president. Another issue he spoke up was
the need for Video Relay Services.
   As a much younger man, Bob was the Gallaudet
quarterback, no big deal, except that he made
a successful transition from 6-man quarterback
to 11-man quarterback. 6-man quarterbacks cannot
hand off the ball; they must pitch out the ball,
and so his transition to 11-man football was
successful. He was from South Dakota School for
the Deaf.


   With the analog to digital switchover already
taking place last Friday, today's edition is
the last one on "Crash course on the Digital 
Television Transition."
   Said David Pierce, Davideo Productions:

I personally witnessed the death of analog starting 
at 11:30pm to Midnight last night. Last images were 
Grayscale Charts....then snow.

The digital channels on my 13 inch analog TV with 
converter box and amplified rabbit ears in my guest 
bedroom look great. Looks like cable/satellite. This 
TV is backup for emergencies if my cable or dish get 
cut off during a storm.


   We have deaf participants in Extreme Sports, 
and now this - Brenda Lussier hopes to be an 
Extreme Swimmer, being the first deaf swimmer 
to swim across Lake Ontario.
   A resident of Ontario, she will be making the
big swimming effort soon.   


   Will a judge in a bankruptcy proceedings
prevent Georgia School for the Deaf and
Atlanta Area School for the Deaf from getting
one million dollars as promised by state
education director Kathy Cox?
   She won one million dollars on a TV show
and pledged her winnings to these deaf
programs. Then sometime later her husband
filed bankruptcy because of business debts.
   The judge's decision will be watched by the
Deaf Community in Georgia.


   Tom Galey is leaving his position as CEO with
the Georgia Council for the Hearing Impaired (GACHI).
The deaf community is staging a farewell party to
honor Tom for his work with the GACHI.   


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   Few years ago, Gallaudet struggled with the
budget. Increases in salaries and health
insurance messed up the budget.
   But after struggling, the budget was approved.
Gallaudet was glad.
   Gallaudet University? No, it was Denny Gallaudet,
the past superintendent of the Richmond School
System in Maine!
   Is Gallaudet part of the famous Gallaudet family?
Some think so, but not sure.

- for ASL News version, please click on:

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


Advocates Inc Fundraising Event
- July 11th 2009 7:00pm Saturday Evening

Fraser Field, Lynn, MA
North Shore Navigators vs. Newport Gulls

Baseball game, National Anthem Performed in American Sign Language by a
Deaf person! Purchase tickets in advance, $6.00 each. All proceeds
benefit Deaf Services, can't attend? Sponsor someone else to attend in
your name! Contact

Sharon MacLean 508-283-1006 VP to purchase


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- Friday September 18th 2009 2:00 - 8:00pm

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- Friday September 18th 2009 2:00 - 8:00pm
89 Edgell Road, Framingham, MA

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Adaptive equipment, technology, Deaf owned businesses encouraged to

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508-628-6670 Voice 508-283-1006 for more information


Save the Date! Deaf Awareness Day
- Friday September 18th 2009 2:00 - 8:00pm
Plymouth Church
89 Edgell Road Framingham, MA

Raffles, prizes, vendors and entertain
Lets celebrate Deaf Culture!


   Some schools for the deaf have tunnels under
their properties.
   A past student at Arkansas School for the 
Deaf was curious about the tunnel under the school
   He went into the tunnel and walked all the way
to the end, which was four miles long. He saw
rats and some sewer stuff before he reached the
   That tunnel has been closed.

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

   We, the deaf, cannot hear invisible noise.
There is noise that is visible, and there is
noise that is invisible.
   An example of a visible noise is a car
that passes us by. We cannot hear the car
coming by but we know that cars generate
   What is an example of an invisible noise?
A dog that cries. Just because a dog may not
bark does not mean it may not cry. And the
dog cries when you try to clip his nails
and he fiercely resists you!
   Ah, these visible and invisible noises.

   DeafDigest editor spotted an ad on a web site
from a deaf person advertising her services as
"deaf independent provider" taking care of
deaf individuals in need.
   Services offered are transportation, home
care and meals preparation.
   The deaf person advertising these services
will show license and certifications upon
   It is great that the deaf-in-need could
rely on sign language providers.


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   It was disclosed this week in the newspapers that
famous, but reclusive author JD Salinger (The Catcher in 
the Rye) is "totally deaf."
   At first glance we wonder why is it a big deal? He
is 90 years old and many senior citizens his age
have lost much, if not all, of their hearing.
   But it seems that there is more to it than what
we are reading. He is embroiled in a copy infringement
lawsuit, and people are thinking that his "deafness
announcement" is a strategy to try to win the case.
   How is this a strategy? This case is getting
as stranger as Salinger's long time reclusiveness.

   Many deaf kids play on youth teams in football,
soccer, basketball, baseball and other sports.
   Many of them are discriminated by their coaches,
getting minimal playing time on the field, barely
complying with the league mandate that all kids
get equal playing time.
   There is a way to allow deaf kids to get
maximum playing time. This is when a parent
of the deaf child becomes the team's coach!
   Happens to some lucky deaf kids here and
there over the years.


- Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

She may have had her father, Thomas J. D'Alesandro III, the late
legendary mayor of Baltimore to thank for in understanding
facial expressions, eye movements and body language. The mayor
grew up with a deaf friend, and learned these "deaf"
traits from him, that he could possibly have passed them on
to his daughter! 


complained an interpreter:

being asked this question -

are you a volunteer, interpreting out of the goodness 
of your heart?

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


I recently heard about a captioner who was having a hard 
time distinguishing between two players on the Washington
Nationals named Zimmermann and Zimmerman.  

Because of the variety of names that may be encountered, 
some of the most challenging assignments that realtime 
captioners may face are sports broadcasts. 

One of the most confusing situations that I have ever heard 
about for captioners in sports occurred during the 2004 

There were athletes with the names Kirstin, Kirsten, 
Kristin, Kristen, and Christin.  Just a few of these athletes 
were Kirstin Lewis, Kirsten Lawton, Kirsten van Der Kolk, 
Kristin Heaston, Kristin Armstrong, Kristin Wagner, Kristen 
Caverly, Kristen Karanzias, and Christin Steuer. 

Because captioners write phonetically and do not spell names 
letter by letter, they have to make dictionary entries for 
all these names, and then they have to try to remember which 
first names go with which last names.  As an announcer quickly 
pronounces a first or last name, to try to figure out which 
spelling to use can be difficult.  

Unless the captioner is familiar with the sport or team, 
there is no way to know which spelling to use.

In addition to those names, there were athletes competing in 
those Olympics with these similar first names:

Kris, Kristine, Kristina, Krisna, Kristjan, Kristian, Krisztian, 
Krisztina, Kristyna, Krystina, Krystyna, Khrystsina, Khristina, 
Kristel, Kristi, Christi, Christie, Christy, Christine, 
Christina, Cristina, Cristiana, Cristian, Christian, Christel, 
Christal, Christiane, Christos, Chris.  


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an IEP advisor

(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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(final insert)

Crash course on the Digital Television Transition

This is the series finale of our weekly educational column on 
addressing concerns about the analog TV shutoff and the
final transition to digital TV which occurred on 
June 12, 2009.

We hope you have found our information about the DTV 
transition to be helpful and we trust that by now you are 
receiving digital television broadcasts successfully, 
whether it be cable, satellite, or over-the-air via rabbit ears.

If you still need more information on digital television, 
please visit the excellent site by the Federal Communications
Commission at

Sponsored by Davideo Productions ( ) 
and DeafDigest (

Copyright Notice: All Rights Reserved. Since this is an important 
community service message, you may share this column with family 
and friends as long as you credit Deaf Digest and Davideo 


Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

   A report issued by Consumer Reports has said that
hearing aid prices are too high and that the hearing
aid users do not get properly fitted for their
hearing aids.
   Well, declares DeafDigest, it is an old, old
issue. People have been complaining for years and
years on these hearing aid issues. Perhaps, this may
be the reason why many fed-up hearing aid users
switch to CI, only to come with these different
CI issues!


The Deaf and the Law


a deaf man, who shot his mother to death, wanted to withdraw
his guilty plea on grounds that he did not understand the
phrase - intentional murder, when asked by the judge.
The judge refused to allow him to withdraw the plea, and the
inmate has filed an appeal

he has been asking deaf attorneys across USA to take over
the case

were the words "intentional murder" interpreted clearly
to him in ASL or in such a language that he would have
fully understood the meaning?


DeafADA Issue of the Week:

If a police officer stops you on a traffic violation,
he must provide a communications aids and services
to allow you to understand why you are being stopped.

What is a communication aid? Is it an interpreter?
Is it notepad and pen?

This is why we have attorneys that argue this ADA


The Captioning Blunder of the Week:

the oil lem pigs (Olympics) will take place in 2012 in London


What became of?

Catherine Sweet-Windham

- Past
former Executive Director, Gallaudet Institutional Advancement
(which covers Offices of Development, Public Relations, Media 
Relations, and Alumni Relations)

- Present
Vice President, Institutional Advancement, University of
Maryland, University College with "past" and
"present" details


News of the Week - Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

   Wilma Newhoudt, a Gallaudet graduate, won election for
a seat in the South African parliament. She joins a
slowly growing list of deaf individuals that have won
election to public offices this century.


News of the Week - Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

   The "we do not accept relay calls" statement uttered by a
hotel reservations clerk last week came with a cruel twist.
That very hotel, which refused to accept relay calls, has a
deaf employee!
   This particular hotel is in the New England region.


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

The switchover from analog to digital TV has been
completed. DeafDigest along with other deaf agencies
have been mass-educating the Deaf Community re the
switch over FAQ's. Yet there will still always be
some deaf individuals ever so clueless to the
Big Switchover.



A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor's great news:

You do not attend the deaf club.  The day after a regular 
club meeting, you find out that 500 people at the deaf 
club and elsewhere (all done without your knowledge!) have 
signed a petition urging the governor to allow you
to keep your job.  A well known relative of a state 
legislature gets wind of what happened and the legislature
schedules an appointment with the governor.  The second 
day, the governor tells your state director not to cut
your job.  Your job is spared from the chopping block.



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Position Available
ASL/Literacy Teacher, Early Childhood
The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf                  
Philadelphia, PA

ASL/Literacy Teacher, Early Childhood:   

The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf is seeking an ASL/Literacy 
Teacher in our Early Childhood Program. 

The purpose of this position is to provide group and integrated 
class instruction in ASL/Literacy within the Early Childhood 
cluster for students to gain the language and skills necessary 
to promote cognitive, social and educational development. 

Master's Degree in Deaf Education, Linguistics, Deaf Studies, 
or related field preferred.  

Bachelor's degree in one of the above areas required. 

Eligible for Pennsylvania teacher certification or willingness 
to obtain full certification within three years. 

Knowledge of L1 Instruction for Deaf students and the 
BICS/CALP theories of language. 

Superior sign language skills with native or native-like fluency 
in ASL as measured by the SCPI/ASLPI or other validated measure.

Send letter of interest and resume to:
Jane Homka
Executive Secretary
The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
100 W. School House Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19144

215-951-4700 (voice)
215-951-4703 (TTY)


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


announcing openings
Occupational & Physical Therapists, full-time
American School for the Deaf
West Hartford, CT

The American School for the Deaf (ASD) is located on a 54 acre campus 
in West Hartford, Connecticut.  It is a residential and day program 
operating as a state-aided private school.  

Under the supervision of the building Principal, provide individual 
therapy treatments, and accurate record keeping on a daily basis.

Applicants must possess a Bachelor's Degree in Occupational or Physical 
Therapy.  Current Connecticut license in occupational or physical 
therapy and Connecticut, Department of Public Health license required.  
Must possess sign language skills with SCPI rating level of 
Intermediate preferred or must be committed to develop such skills.  
Pediatric occupational or physical therapy experience is preferred.

(a) Compensation based on union contract.

(b) Retirement, group health insurance, and other fringe benefits are 

Send resume and letter of application to:

Human Resources Office
American School for the Deaf
139 North Main Street
West Hartford, CT  06107-1269
FAX (860) 570-1832

The American School for the Deaf is an EOE:

All applicants will be screened and the most highly qualified 
applicants will be invited to interview.


Anticipated Position, beginning August 6, 2009
Physical Education Teacher, K-12
The Charter School at National Deaf Academy
Mount Dora, FL 32757


*  Fluent in American Sign Language

*  Florida certifications in Physical Education and Hearing Impaired

*  Experience in teaching children with emotional challenges,

Please send your resume, transcripts and 3 letters of reference to:

Rebecca Hilding
The Charter School at National Deaf Academy
19650 US Highway 441
Mount Dora, FL 32757
352-385-3019 (voice)
352-735-4939 (fax) (IP)


2009-2010 School Year Vacancy
Teacher of the Deaf
Nashua School District
Nashua, New Hampshire

Please visit our web-site at  
for an employment application.


(updated 6/14/09)

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