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DeafDigest Blue – June 21, 2009

DeafDigest Blue - June 21, 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:

   According to the ADA Watch Campaign for Fair Judges,
Supreme Court justice-nominee Sonia Sotomayor has 
the full support of the ADA community.
   They relate to her because, as a diabetic, she is
"one of them."


   A new group has been formed in United Kingdom to
encourage aspiring deaf writers to write and publish
their deaf-related books.
   Do click on:

   Do we have this type of arrangement in USA? Sadly, no!


   Members of the armed forces run into risk of
deafness while on combat duty. Once discharged
honorably, they need to deal with their deafness.
   Some of them wish to attend classes in colleges.
Gallaudet University is developing programs to help
deafened veterans while they attend classes on
the campus.
   DeafDigest editor remembers two late-deafened 
veterans of the Vietnam war that enrolled at 
Gallaudet during the sixties. They got involved 
in campus life and varsity sports.
   One of them became a psychologist, working
with deaf patients.


   The Association of Art Museum Directors is
upset. Reason was that the Orange County Museum of Art,
on the sly, sold pieces of art works by famed deaf
artist Granville Redmond.
   The anger was that the paintings were sold without
being publicly advertised through normal procedures.
And to make the whole thing insulting was that the
private collector paid little for these works.
   Who was Granville Redmond? Do click on:


   The Gallaudet University athletic department
has an opening for Assistant Head Football Coach 
/ Strength &  Conditioning Coordinator.
   It is a full time position. If you are interested,
please scroll all the way down to the Employment Ads
section in this edition.


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   If an older deaf person came to you and told you
he graduated from SFVSC, would you know what SFVSC
means? You probably will be confused.
   It means San Fernando Valley State College. This
name was changed to CSUN (California State University
at Northridge).
   It was at SFVSC when National Leadership Training 
Program (NLTP) started. It died at CSUN because of
lack of federal funding. Many NLTP graduates became
deaf agency CEOs and deaf school superintendents.
   Currently CSUN has a large number of deaf students
attending classes on the campus, and challenges
Gallaudet and NTID during Deaf Collegiate Bowls.


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

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Deaf Awareness Day
- Friday September 18th 2009 2:00 - 8:00pm

89 Edgell Road, Framingham,  MA

Seeking Performers to entertain, have a special skill? Join us and

Apply by August 3rd 2009


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

Seeking Vendors to showcase their exhibit to the Deaf Community

Adaptive equipment, technology, Deaf owned businesses encouraged to

Space is limited, $75.00 and $100.00 tables

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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!


   We have some deaf dentists, some deaf doctors,
some deaf architects, etc.
   We should try to give business to these deaf
professionals. but sometimes it is hard or
impossible. Why?
   This is an example. A deaf person wanted a
deaf architect to design and build a house for
him and his family.
   The deaf architect turned him down. Reason
was that the architect was not familiar with
the town's zoning regulations and construction
license requirements. He told the deaf person
to find a hearing architect that knows the
town's laws and regulations.
   So, the deaf architect lost business but
was honest about it.

   There was a story of a deaf man in the Australian
Outback who was stuck for hours in the lobby of a 
government building. He was not able to get inside
because no one was around to be of assistance to 
   There was a button on the wall, asking people to
call out who they wanted.
   According to the government spokesperson the
deaf man had "no ability to push the button and
ask for who he wanted".
   The embarrassed government agency promised to
look into this matter.
   The "no ability" comment is vague. Could mean
many things.

   Many hearing celebrities say the wrong thing
when subjected to hard ball questioning by famous
TV commentators such as David Letterman, Katie
Couric and Charlie Gibson. Comments by Sarah
Palin come to mind.
   We, the deaf, are not safe. During these two
Gallaudet presidential protests, certain
deaf individuals have said wrong things when 
subjected to questions by the media. 
   And even a smooth hearing spokesperson on
behalf of Gallaudet - Jane Bassett Spilman,
the past chairperson of the Gallaudet board of
trustees, said:

Deaf people are not ready to function in a hearing world

   She denied making that statement, saying it was
all twisted out of context, but the damage was done!

   How important is the archives? Or even of a
   Very important - especially to national organizations
of the deaf.
   Leaders come and go. Board members come and go.
And no one remembers what happened 5 years ago, 10
years ago, or even 25 years ago.
   This is where archives or a library comes in.
For a certain organization of the deaf, this is a
painful lesson. This organization has had a library
in the past, but for some reason, it fell into disuse
and out of favor.
   This current organization president has been asking
around, among past board members to fill in historical
   This should have never happened, but it happened.


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   Which is more important - giving away free hearing
aids for the deaf, or establishing free education
for the deaf?
   Both are equally important. Not always that so
in Brunei. Hearing aids are freely given out to
the deaf residents of Brunei. But the nation would
not pour money to train teachers of the deaf nor to
improve the schools for the deaf.
   Misguided spending priorities? Yes.


- Elizabeth Taylor, famous movie star

She and her ex-husband John Warner, senator from Virginia,
was featured on the front cover of one of these past
editions of NAD Broadcaster


complained an interpreter:

being told, after an interpreting assignment -

you are a wonderful interpreter. 

I would then ask -

do you know sign language? And the response is always no!

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


In the last ten days, the big change from analog TV to digital 
TV has taken place.  Many people who waited until the last 
minute to make the change have been scrambling to get their 
televisions ready to receive digital

If you recently have gotten a converter box and you are 
experiencing problems with closed captioning, here are a
couple problems that other people have reported having with 
closed captioning and what you should do about them.

If you turn on the converter box and see a double row of 
overlapping captions, it may mean that you are seeing
captions through both your television and your converter box.  
You should turn off the closed captioning function
either on your television or on the converter box.

If you are using the converter box with an analog TV set 
and cannot see any captions at all, you should contact
the manufacturer of the converter box.

If you are able to get captions when you tune to one station, 
but not another, most likely this is not a problem
with your converter box. You should contact the television 
station airing the program that does not have captions.


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an itinerant teacher

(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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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

   Afraid of being a party to scams, the huge Wells
Fargo financial institution is refusing to accept
relay calls from deaf clients.
   They are insisting that we, the deaf, use the
TTY. Many of us have junked the TTY, and yet they
continue to repeat this insistence!


The Deaf and the Law

Q. Why do some attorneys affix the word "Esquire"
to their names whereas others don't?

A. Said a deaf attorney:

"Esquire" usually denotes a licensed attorney.
If you just see "J.D." next to a title, that usually 
means that the person has a law degree, but is not 
licensed to practice. But in my case,  only time I've 
ever used it was to write letters to college 
administrators who aren't providing deaf students with 
interpreting as a subtle way of intimidating them.  


DeafADA Issue of the Week:

   When the ADA Restoration Act came up two years
ago, no deaf organization surfaced as supporters,
except for the Hearing Loss Association of America.
   Lack of cohesion between national organizations
of the deaf and of the hard of hearing has always
been a problem from Day One.


The Captioning Blunder of the Week:

when hutong (Bhutto) was alive, she would....


What became of?

Brian Baell

- Past
Gallaudet football quarterback, early nineties; was
praised for his gutty play, playing through injuries

- Present
Deaf pastor, Camelback Church of Christ, Phoenix, Arizona with "past" and
"present" details


News of the Week - Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

   The David Bruton update in North Carolina;

*  the rally was well attended by the deaf all demanding
the ouster of the state Secretary of Health and Human

*  Bruton, who did not face the protesters, has continued
to defend his statement that teaching ASL to deaf kids
is child abuse

*  Bruton's defenders said the statement was a misunderstanding

*  Bruton's statement contradicts the federal law that allows
parents to select speech or sign language for their deaf

*  the state governor is not planning to ask Bruton to resign
but is asking that all parties work together


News of the Week - Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

   The National Fraternal Society of the Deaf, established
in 1901, signed a merger agreement with the Catholic Order
of Foresters. This means the Frat is getting out of the
insurance business but will continue in a new direction,
as a fraternal society.

(editor's note: the Frat has since then closed down)


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

At an office building where a deaf person is employed,
the building management issued an announcement. It said:

The fire life safety system will be tested tomorrow morning
and the alarm will sound for approximately one minute. 
Please disregard the alarm. In the event of a true 
emergency during the testing, you will be notified via the 
PA system and required to evacuate the building

Now, let us suppose the deaf person is the only person
in the room, and he ignores the alarm, as instructed,
and a real fire takes place. How will he know the real
thing from the fake thing?


A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor's great news:

One of your customers secures receipts for you to prove 
that the bookstore had fraudulently billed you for
books that the customer never used, and the customer 
testifies to your supervisor that she didn't buy some 
of the books. The following week, other people step 
forward and tell your supervisor that you could not 
have known the fraudulent billings.   As a result, 
you are cleared of any wrong doing.



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Job posting
Assistant Head Football Coach / Strength & 
  Conditioning Coordinator
Gallaudet University
Washington, DC 

Department: Athletics Department
Job Number: HR-09051
Date Posted: 6/12/2009
Salary Range: $51,974 to $93,408 (11 months)
Status: Accepting applications
Assists the head football coach as the assistant football 
coach; administers all facets of strength and conditioning 
facilities; serves as department leader in the field of 
strength, conditioning, and fitness; schedules strength 
and conditioning workouts in cooperation with the head 
coach of each of Gallaudet University's 14 varsity sports; 
strives for excellence within the University's mission; 
assists the equipment coordinator in coordinating the 
purchase, maintenance, and distribution of equipment for 
the Athletics Department as related to strength, 
conditioning and fitness; improves on court/field 
performance, reducing the potential for injuries, and
performs rehabilitative activities as needed; updates 
athletic administration on equipment needs and/or upgrades
recommended to provide Gallaudet University athletes with 
the best possible training equipment.
Bachelor's degree required and four years related 
experience. Significant coaching experience required. 
Experience must include minimum two years experience 
with strength and conditioning training. Thorough 
knowledge and understanding of NCAA and ECFC guidelines 
required. Demonstrated skills in developing and motivating 
students both athletically and academically. Strong 
commitment to the values of a liberal arts education and an 
understanding of teacher/coach model in a NCAA Division 
III athletics program. National Strength and Conditioning 
Association or National Council on Strength and Fitness 
certification or the ability to attain certification within 
three years of date of hire. 

American Sign Language skills or a willingness to learn 
within a reasonable time.

To apply, click on:


position opening
Staff Interpreter
Western Oregon University
Monmouth, Oregon

Interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing in Disability 
Services at WOU in Monmouth. 

Full-time, Academic Year position (Sept to June). 

Salary competitive, plus excellent benefits. 

Must have Associate's Degree. Bachelor's degree preferred

Successful completion of two year interpreting program 
or RID Certification required. 

Review of applications begins July 7, 2009. 

Open until filled. 

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position openings
Customer Recruiting Representative (3 different positions)
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work sites vary, depending on the position

for position description and application procedures,
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Employment Openings
Scranton School for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children  
Scranton, PA

We are looking for people to join our staff at the Scranton 
School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children which is a 
program of the Western PA School for the Deaf.  

Applicants must be willing to work with the goal of providing 
our students with the best education, residential and support 
services possible.  

If you share our commitment to students please visit the WPSD 
website at for position descriptions for 
the following openings at the Scranton 

- Dean of Students
- Residential Supervisor 
- Nurse
- Business Manager

Excellent salary and benefit packages available.  

Sign Language skills, FBI, PA Act 34, and 151 Child Abuse 
clearances are required for all positions.  

Send letter and resume to:          
Director of Human Resources
Western PA School for the Deaf
300 East Swissvale Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15218-1469

Fax:   412-244-4211


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 6/21/09)

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Special notes:

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