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DeafDigest Blue – May 3, 2009

DeafDigest Blue – May 3, 2009

Blue Edition Barry Strassler, Editor
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ASL Videos of the Week:

http://deafdigest.com/videos/video-bribe/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/video-accident/

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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.

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News of the Week:
It is a rule in the business world that every web site
needs to get a facelift every 2-3 years just to keep things
interesting.
DeafDigest is pleased to announce its facelift,
which is so completely different from the old web site
that many of you have gotten used to.
It contains many new features. Please jump to:

http://deafdigest.com

Happy surfing, all of you!

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Swine flu is very scary. We, the deaf, need to know
more about what it is. A video is available. Do click on:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5t1r7yG7rM&feature=featured

Just make sure to turn on the captions; the icon that
turns on captions is an arrow that points upwards and is
located at the bottom right corner of the youtube screen.
Just click on it to make sure captions are turned on.

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Peter Seiler, a veteran educator and administrator,
will be wearing a new hat, come July 1st.
He will be retiring from Kansas School for the Deaf
and move to Nebraska to start a new position as executive
director of the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and
Hard of Hearing.
This is not his first foray into the state of
Nebraska. He formerly served as an administrator at
the now-closed Nebraska School for the Deaf.
This time, he will be working out of an office in
Lincoln, not in Omaha.

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David Souter, the Supreme Court justice, is retiring.
How and to what extent would his replacement impact on
the ADA regulations (interpret it strictly according
to the language or interpret it loosely?
A deaf attorney put it this way:

Souter was only moderately liberal. He came down the
wrong way on a few ADA cases, If Obama replaces
him with someone who is really liberal, then it could
potentially impact the court.

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National Deaf Academy and Gallaudet Southeast Regional
Center resent a conference on deafness and mental health:

CONNECTIONS: CULTURE, COLLABORATION & CREATIVITY

Working with Deaf Individuals with Mental Illness

June 11-12 — International Plaza Resort and Spa
— Orlando, FL

Keynote Presenters:
* Liz Hill, National Association of the Deaf
– Chair of the Committee on Mental Health

* Neil Glickman, Ph.D., Westborough State Hospital
* Robert Pollard, Ph.D., University of Rochester

Continuing Education Units will be requested from:
* American Psychological Association
* National Association of Social Workers
* National Board of Certified Counselors
* Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

For registration and additional information visit:
http://www.nda.com

Questions?? Contact Anne Wiechec at
mailto:anne.wiechec@psysolutions.com

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– note: it takes place Sunday night, May 3rd –

The DeafYoga Foundation (DYF) presents the world’s first-ever
DeafYoga Day on Sunday, May 3rd. It marks the day that people
around the globe will come together to help open the door
for the deaf community to gain equal access to yoga.

This ground-breaking event is for all of you who have wanted
to learn more about yoga or simply believe in equal access
for the Deaf community.

We will have city-wide yoga classes in New York City and an
evening Fundraiser & Celebration Gala that will be streamed
live over the internet. Meet Hollywood actor Tyrone
Giordano and listen to lectures by senior Yogis and DYF founder
Lila Lolling.

There will also be amazing food, yoga lectures, Indian dancers and
a silent auction.

If you have ever been curious about yoga Sunday, May 3rd evening
is your night!!

Don’t live in NYC? NO PROBLEM! Our evening Gala will be an
internet live-streamed event where you can view people sharing
their yoga stories and watch our entire Gala online.

Visit http://www.deafyoga.org/DYday for more information.

– note: it takes place Sunday night, May 3rd –

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A HEARING AID BRIBE
Almost all bribes involve money. But a hearing aid
bribe?
Yes, it took place in Florida three years ago.
A political group wanted state legislators to pass
a bill for them.
This political group bribed state legislators
with free hearing aids. It did not matter if legislators
were hearing or deaf.
125 legislators accepted hearing aids. Two “honest”
legislators turned it down.
It is not fair; poor deaf people in Florida cannot
afford hearing aids; rich hearing legislators that
do not need hearing aids still accept it as a bribe!

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

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

A CAR ACCIDENT
What is a half hit-run accident. It is when a
hearing driver has an automobile accident with a
deaf driver.
The hearing driver got out of the car and
said something to the deaf driver.
The deaf driver told the hearing driver that he
is deaf and to please write down on a pad.
The panicked hearing driver got back into the
car and drove away!
DeafDigest editor hopes the surprised deaf
driver copied the license number of the
half hit-run hearing driver!

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

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

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12th Biennial Deaf Women United Conference
July 22-26, 2009
Portland, Oregon

Come to the City of Roses for the national Deaf Women
United (DWU) conference! It’s not too late to register!
Go to http:www.dwu.org or http://www.dwow.org to find
the conference registration form. We accept payments by
check, pay pal or credit card. This will be a great
opportunity to together with deaf, deaf-blind and hard
of hearing women from all over the USA and Canada.
Registration includes meals, entertainment, workshops
and exhibits. The DWU conference is hosted by the Deaf
Women of Oregon and SW Washington in partnership with
DWU. Here are some great events offered at the conference:

Keynote Speaker:
Miriam Richards, famed deaf high point
climber, and author of The High Point of Persistence: The
Miriam Richards Story, will be our keynote presenter. You
will be inspired by her story of overcoming Multiple
Scleroses while conquering mountains in the USA.

Entertainment:
The DWU Conference has great entertainment lined up with
Pinky Aiello, Ruthie Jordan and the Deaf Women Pioneer
Troupe. A lunch cruise is planned on the beautiful
Columbia River and you can sign up for tours at Mt. St.
Helens, Multnomah Falls and OMSI or go to Portland’s
famous Saturday Market.

Workshops:
A wide variety of workshops are offered including
“Staying Optimistic in a Volatile Market” by Stephanie
Summers, “Adoption” by Maureen Behrens and Lisa
Peters, “Lessons Learned about Interpersonal Violence:
Importance of Collaboration” by Deirdre Schlehofer, Vicki
T. Hurwitz, Sharon Haynes, and Mary Mowl and many more
workshops focusing on eating healthy, parenting styles,
going green and finding your leadership style. More
information about this can be found at the http://www.dwu.org
or http://www.dwow.org website.

Sponsors/Exhibits:
Our sponsors include Sprint, OTRS, Purple Communications,
Viable, Sorenson, CSDVRS, Gallaudet and NTID. We also
have exhibitors including Creative Memories, Pure
Romance, Scensy Wickless Candles, Chestnut Lane, a
massage table offered by Washington Licensed Massage
Therapist Tish Randolph, just to name a few! You can
still be a sponsor, exhibitor or place a program book for
a very low price.

Hotel
The conference will take place at the Red Lion in the
Jantzen Beach area of Portland. The hotel is situated
right on the Columbia River! In fact, the lunch cruise
will dock at the hotel and tour the river for 2 hours.
Those of you who are reserving a hotel room, please do so
by May 22nd (extended deadline) to take advantage of the
special conference rate. You can contact the hotel at
calling 503-283-4466 or 1-800-Red-Lion. Please give the
hotel the conference code DEAF WOMEN UNITED. If you are
looking for a roommate at the conference go to
http://dwuconferenceroommates.messageforums.net/ , register
your login and then post on the DWU conference roommate
forum.

For more information on registration, sponsorships, or
program book ads, contact mailto:DWU2009@aol.com or go
to the DWU and DWOW web sites. We hope to see you in July!

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DEAFNESS FOR NO REASON
Many of us were born deaf and do not know why we
became deaf; this is true of a deaf child of hearing
parents, with no deaf members on both sides of the
family tree.
Also, there have been cases of young people becoming
deaf for no reason, not being exposed to noise pollution
or sickness or something. This may be called Sudden
Deafness Syndrome.
There is another name for Sudden Deafness Syndrome;
it is called Asymptomatic Deafness. The word
asymptomatic means “without symptoms.”

PICTURE PHONE NOW AND THEN
We, the deaf, use videos to communicate with
each other in the past.
This is not a new innovation. In fact, it is an
old innovation.
The old innovation was the TV phone, introduced
by the AT&T several times, taken off the market
and then re-introduced only to be pulled out again.
Why did it flop? Several reasons, but the biggest
reason was cost of use. It would cost the user $16.00
per 3-minute units at TV phone public booths.
We should consider ourselves so lucky these days!

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BUGS BUNNY LOVING US
The famous cartoon “The Big Snooze” showed Bugs Bunny,
the lovable rabbit character, using ILY to tell us that
he loves us.
When a cartoon character flashes this ILY sign, it is
no longer a big deal. Famous people do that all the
time – but this cartoon was produced in 1946!
The ILY sign was not universally used until
the early seventies, or even of the late sixties.
Did the cartoonist know something that we didn’t
or if it was a coincidence?
Always a mystery.

A SCHOOL FOUNDER
A month ago, Edgar A. Smith Jr, a Texan, passed away
and the newspapers ran a piece on him, citing his long
list of accomplishment.
One such accomplishment was founding a school for
the deaf.
The newspaper did not say which school it was.
A google search failed to come up with that school.
A genuine claim or a bogus claim, no one knows?

MANY FAMOUS PEOPLE HAVE A LINK WITH THE DEAF

– Al Pacino, famous actor

His biggest professional regret was not being able to play
opposite Marlee Matlin in the movie “Children of a Lesser God”
because two of his aunts were deaf.

WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

a question asked of many, many interpreters:

what is your full-time and real job?

if you have these “hate” or “horror” stories, please
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

People who use closed captioning need to be aware of what is
good and bad captioning. There are producers of programs and
television stations that are trying to save money without
regard to the quality of captioning that they are providing.

In order to tell if captioning is good or bad, first of all,
we need to understand the difference between realtime
and post-production captioning.

If a program has been pre-recorded, then the captioning should
be done ahead of time. The captioning for a pre-recorded
program should be nearly 100% perfect.

If a program is occurring live, then realtime captioning is
used. The captioner will instantaneously create the captions
while hearing the broadcast as it is occurring. Because
it is being done live, some mistakes will occur.

In order to save money, some producers are using realtime
captioning for pre-recorded programs. This means that
there will be errors in the captioning that should not be
there. In order to have quality captions, the captioning
for pre-recorded programs should be done in advance.

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WHO IS IN CHARGE OF A MAINSTREAMED PROGRAM IN A SCHOOL DISTRICT?

– in one district, it is the clinician!

(not sure what does the clinician specialize in)

(in many school districts we would expect a principal,
or a director or a coordinator or a supervisor or someone
with an appropriate title would direct their mainstreaming
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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Crash course on the Digital Television Transition

This is a continuation of our weekly educational column on
addressing concerns about the analog TV shutoff and the final
transition to digital TV which is scheduled to occur on or
before June 12, 2009.

Question this week:

I’ve been having captioning problems on my new HDTV. I’ve written
the FCC and wondering if they are going to do anything about it?”

Answer:

Good news! The FCC knows about all these problems happening
everywhere and they just announced the establishment of a DTV
captioning work group to study these problems. It is made up of
both consumer and industry representatives.

Their first meeting is on May 18th.

For more details, read this document:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-995A1.txt

More Questions? Email them to DeafDigest at mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

For more information on digital television, visit http://www.dtv.gov

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

Theories as to why we, the deaf, have become deaf,
may possibly have been thrown out of the window, thanks
to findings of a team of scientists from Stanford, University
of Wisconsin, and Oregon Health and Science University.
In the past they thought something in the inner ear
was causing deafness. Now they are saying it is all wrong!
And they still have not identified precisely where inside
the ear is causing deafness but it definitely is not
in where they thought it was!

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The Deaf and the Law

location:
Australia

case:
a group of deaf travelers were not allowed to board an
airline unless a hearing person accompanies them.

result:
while the airline spokesperson apologized, the group has
filed a formal complaint with the Human Rights and Equal
Opportunity Commission under the Disability Discrimination
Act.

comment:
this is puzzling because deaf Australians have traveled
alone everywhere in the world and especially in
Australia with no problems.

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DeafADA Issue of the Week:

making ADA a law in USA was not easy. It was a
marathon process, consisting of 14 congressional
hearings, 63 field hearings by the special ADA
task force before the bill was written up for
review by both sides of the Congress

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Shirley Glassman’s Captioning Blooper of the Week:

as the family perhaps (prepares) her funeral

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What became of?

Jon Green, hard of hearing

– past
superintendent, 10 years, South Dakota School for the Deaf

– present
research professor, Sanford U.S.D. Medical Center in Sioux Falls
and is currently one of 3 finalists for the Tea, SD Area
Superintendent (hearing district)

mailto:barry@deafdigest.com with “past” and
“present” details

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Deafness may cause dyslexia! This is what a group of
scientists from the University of California at San
Francisco have reported at a conference of the
National Academy of Sciences.
They said a group of adults, in a test study, had
problems identifying different sounds while relating to
the printed words.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Newspaper stories could be utterly misleading. One recent story
ran a piece titled “Did sign language increase deaf population?”
Huh! Meaning more people are becoming deaf because of their
growing use of sign language?
It would be much more accurate to just say that sign language
has helped deafness-in-denial individuals acknowledge their own
hearing loss.

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

At your workplace there is a fellow that you have
never communicated, in any which way possible – lipreading,
note writing, gesturing, etc.
There was no actual reason to communicate because your
work chores are different from his, and there was no reason
to cross paths professionally.
One day you need to communicate with him and he
overreacts with a weird series of gestures that you do not
understand!

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A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor’s pet peeve:

The interpreters working as a team spend time talking
to each other during a conference instead of the job at
hand.

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position opening
Service Coordinator/ Deaf Medicaid
Center for Disability Rights, Inc
Rochester, NY

for job description & application procedures, please click at:
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positions open
Managers (2 positions)
NTID Department of Access Services
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester, NY

Description:
– Supervise, provide direction and guide non-exempt professional
and general staff, temporary staff, student employees and
Coordinators of Interpreting. Responsibilities include
hiring, termination, performance appraisal, professional
development, determination of wage/salary merit increments,
establishment of annual POWs, and providing consultation
regarding health and safety issues. Skillfully manage the
administration and resolution of all HR and employee relations
activities such as performance management, disciplinary
actions, Worker’s Comp and injury reports,
time & attendance and payroll.

Job Requirements:
– Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree preferred.

– Certification, professional license or credential: Registry
of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).

– 5 years of expert/master skill level interpreting experience,
3 years service coordination and supervisory experience.

– Organizational skills.
– Excellent verbal, written, and sign communication skills.
– Management skills.
– Leadership skills.
– Computer skills.

The Rochester Institute of Technology is an EO/AA employer.

For detailed description and to apply on line please go to:
http://mycareer.rit.edu

– For College of Liberal Arts position use KEYWORD SEARCH IRC#29517

– For College of Science and Kate Gleason College of Engineering
position use KEYWORD SEARCH IRC#29503

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(updated 5/03/09)

list of employment openings
DCARA
various locations in Northern California

all positions open until filled

– Job Developer & Interpreter for EDD
San Francisco

please click on:
http://www.dcara.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=55&Itemid=51

and click on Job Developer & Interpreter, San Francisco

E-Mail All Applications to mailto:hr@dcara.org

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(updated 5/03/09)

Employment vacancies
Spanish Trans/interpreter
Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf,
Wilson, NC

closing date – 05/07/2009

to view these vacancies please visit our website at:

http://osp.its.state.nc.us/dhhssearchresults3a.asp?vacancykey=4421

contact person:
mailto:cynthia.johnson@ncmail.net

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position openings
Child Care Workers – Overnight and Residential
Walden School at The Learning Center for the Deaf
Framingham, MA

Walden School, a residential therapeutic program located on
our Framingham campus, provides services to emotionally,
behaviorally and psychiatrically disabled Deaf youth.

Minimum high school diploma, some college course work
preferred.

Must be mature and dependable with strong interpersonal
skills.

Experience working with children a must.

ASL fluency required.
NOTE: Overnight child care workers without knowledge of ASL
must be willing to learn.

Send Resume, cover letter and references to:
Judi Broderick
The Learning Center for the Deaf
848 Central Street
Framingham, MA 01701

mailto:judi_broderick@tlcdeaf.org
(508) 879-5110 extension 306
http://www.tlcdeaf.org

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position opening
Wraparound Family Partner
Walden School at The Learning Center for the Deaf
Framingham, MA

The Family Partner works as part of a team in the Walden School
Wraparound Program, a strength-based family centered program
serving families in their communities.

The Family Partner is responsible for support and advocacy to
parents/caregivers, providing some direct services and
helping families identify and access community resources.

The right candidate should have experience providing supportive
services to families or to individuals with emotional or behavioral
disturbance, preferably as a caregiver.

ASL fluency and bicultural competency are required.

Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Must be able to work collaboratively with a team and posses effective
interpersonal and communication skills.

Time flexibility and some availability during evening/weekend hours
is required as is a valid Massachusetts drivers license.

Walden School, a residential therapeutic treatment program located
on our Framingham campus, provides comprehensive services to
emotionally, behaviorally, and psychiatrically disabled Deaf youth

Send Resume, Cover Letter and references to:

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

mailto:lynn_marshall@tlcdeaf.org
http://www.tlcdeaf.org

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position opening
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE FACULTY
Front Range Community College
Westminster, Colorado

Front Range Community College is now accepting applications for
a full time ASL Faculty member to start Fall 2009.

This position teaches a full range of ASL and Deaf Culture
courses as a part of the Interpreter Preparation Program.

Masters degree in ASL, Deaf Studies Education or related
field.

For a complete position description and to apply, please visit:
http://www.frontrange.edu/employment

EOE

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position opening
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE/INTERPRETER PREP.
PROGRAM CAMPUS LAB COORDINATOR II
Front Range Community College
Westminster, Colorado

This position works directly with students to reinforce classroom
instruction. Coordinates and assists ASL/IPP faculty, staff and
students with lab assignments and develops activities to support
instruction.

Native fluency in American Sign Language with competency in
written English required.

For complete job announcement and to apply please visit:
http://www.frontrange.edu/employment

EOE

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position opening
Smoky Mountain Center
Clinical Counselor
Central Region/ Morganton, NC

Clinical counselor is part of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program
that provides behavioral health assessment, clinical treatment,
case management and advocacy services to deaf and hard of hearing
persons in a 27-county service area.

Clients served will be children, adolescents and adults with a
broad range of diagnoses of hearing. Clients will be referred from
throughout the 27-county catchment area by any of a wide array of
organizations and agencies that have identified the need for the
specialized services delivered by this program.

Master’s degree from an accredited school of social work or an
appropriate human services field and must have a professional
license or be license eligible.

Due to the population served by this position, applicants must be
proficient in American Sign Language.

Prefer experience working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Grade/Step to be determined by qualifications and classification
of applicant

Position is 100% FTE with comprehensive benefits. This is a non –
exempt position

Open until filled

Send a NC State Application to:
Smoky Mountain Center,
Department of Human Resources,
44 Bonnie Lane,
Sylva, NC 28779.

to get the NC State application form, click on:
http://www.smokymountaincenter.com/employment.asp

and click again on:
Microsoft Word Application Extension

Smoky Mountain Center is an EO, AA employer.

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