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DeafDigest Blue – September 13, 2009

DeafDigest Blue - September 13, 2009

Blue Edition              Barry Strassler, Editor
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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:

   When there is a public release announcing something
(in the deaf community) sometimes a misunderstanding
takes place.
   It was announced that Shane Feldman is the new NAD
CEO, as if he is the top person, "replacing" Nancy
Bloch, whose impending retirement was announced a bit
ago.
   The release says:

In his new role, Feldman will direct all aspects of the
NAD under the oversight of Bloch, who will place greater
focus on fundraising and donor relations.  

   The key word is "oversight." At any rate, he moves
over to NAD, his old stomping grounds after being with
the www.deafdc.com.   

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   Football season is already here. What about our
Gallaudet football team?
   Last week Gallaudet lost to US Merchant Marine
Academy 35-14, and they traveled to Hiram College
in Ohio today. Last year Hiram beat Gallaudet
20-14 in overtime on Gallaudet grounds.
   So, what did Gallaudet do today? Gallaudet
won 35-7! 

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   When things can go wrong, it will. The Deaflympics
is not exempt from this malady, witness:

- complaints of chaos with transportation and logistics
- two athletes stricken with H1N1 illness
- scrapping of water polo and team handball from future Deaflympics
- limited access to web browsing by media journalists
- the host nation's Team Handball squad was disqualified because
  one player faked his deafness!

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   When we read in the newspapers of a deaf student
filing a lawsuit against his college for failing to
provide him with interpreters, it is routine news.
   It is not routine news if the college challenges
the litigating student to prove her deafness!
   This is the case filed by Mariana Crvenkovic,
a pharmaceutical student, against La Trobe University
of Australia.

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   Hearing aids are costly. To make hearing aids
affordable for low income people overseas, Solar
Ear, a company in Brazil, is working on a $100.00
solar-based hearing aid.
   Solar means no need to purchase batteries!
Will this concept work? Time will tell.

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  Over the past weekend DeafDigest editor was in
the Buffalo, NY area, to attend a family wedding.
  If some of the articles you are reading refers
to Buffalo, at least you will know why.

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Deaf-REACH is hosting its 5th Annual Crab Feast & Silent Auction

September 26th 2009
2:00pm - 6:00pm
8712 Beaver Dam Rd
Beltsville, MD 20705

Tickets
$35.00 by 9/11/09
$40.00 after 9/11/09 or at gate
Kids under 12 free

order by visiting our website http://www.deaf-reach.org
or by mailing a check with the number of tickets you need to:

Deaf-REACH
3521 12th St NE
Washington DC 20017
Attn: Crab Feast

** all you can eat crabs plus hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers

**play ground for the kids** ** silent auction for the adults**

to volunteer for this event please contact us at: 

mailto:terps@deaf-reach.org

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Attention - Deaf and Hearing Poker Players

The 5th Annual Las Vegas World Deaf Poker Tournament

Saturday, October 10, 2009, 10 am, at the world's famous and
historical Binion's Gambling Hall. 

The popular "no limit, Texas hold'em" will be played. 

Hearing players are invited.

Binion's Gambling Hall is known to be the first to host the
World Series of Poker. They have two floors of poker
tables which indicates they are the best in what they do. 

They have installed up to date TV monitors and other features
to make this tournament a dream.

Ask any of the previous players and fans from the past 4 years
how they enjoyed the experience. They will tell you how exciting
it was.

This year will be better. For example, based on 300 entries,
1st place winner will receive $27,000.

Las Vegas is designated as the Poker Capital of the world. There
is no place in the world like it.

Southern Nevada Silver Knights is a non-profit 501 c-3
organization and all of the volunteers are serving without
pay. 

All net proceeds will go to charities to provide aid and welfare
to the deaf communities in need.

To access our web site for registrations, etc, go to
http://www.lasvegasdeaf.org/poker

Doors will be open for pre-paid and on site payments and
registration on Friday at 6 pm and Saturday at 6 am.

Tournament will start at 10 am Saturday, October 10, 2009.

We are looking forward to see all of you in Las Vegas for
many exciting poker experiences

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CLEAR HANDWRITING IS IMPORTANT
   A deaf man, with sloppy handwriting, went to a
restaurant. He wrote down his order. The waitress
could not believe it, and asked the deaf man if
the order was right.
   The stubborn deaf man said his order was
right.
   The waitress then delivered 8 milk shakes to
his table.
   8 milk shakes?  He wrote down "light milk shake"
but the waitress thought letter L was E and it
looked like "eight milk shake".
   It is very important for a deaf person to have
clear handwriting!

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

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

OLD DEAF BOOKS AT OLD BOOKSTORES
   From time to time DeafDigest editor likes to go
to private bookstores (not Barnes & Noble or Borders)
to look for interesting used books to buy.
   And it is surprising to find deaf books at these
old bookstores.
   He bought a deaf sports book at Cooperstown, NY
bookstore, which is near the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Also an old AAAD basketball tournament program
book at a Los Angeles bookstore. And also Doug Bullard's
novel - Islay at a Philadelphia bookstore.

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

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

MAKING CONTACTS AT A BUFFALO WEDDING
   DeafDigest editor and his wife attended a family
wedding in the Buffalo, NY area.
   At the wedding and mingling with each other were:

- 3 public officials (a mayor (NY), an assistant city manager
(CT) and a MD county circuit court judge)

- a major college athletic department administrator

- a professional photographer with many contacts in the
Buffalo area

- a group of railroad company executives

   A young, ambitious hearing individual could be able
to mingle with these individuals and make contacts that
could benefit him in the long run.
   A young, ambitious deaf individual may be clueless about
these powerful contacts!

A FAMILY SECRET IN BUFFALO
    Attending the Buffalo wedding were members of an extended
family tree on both sides of the bridal party. Everyone knew
about a woman, a distant family cousin, that is deaf. Only that
no one told DeafDigest editor about that deaf member of that
extended family tree.
   At any rate, it was a nice surprise and also nice to chat
in signs with that woman, herself a NTID/RIT graduate.

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DEAF EYES, HEARING EYES, DIFFERENT VIEWPOINTS
   DeafDigest editor and a hearing friend were at the
Buffalo wedding.
   They were observing, and making private comments,
about certain family members that caught their attention.
   The DeafDigest editor would make a comment. The
friend would make another comment about the same person.
   Both comments were opposites of each other.
   Is there such a thing as a Deaf Eye looking at things
differently from a Hearing Eye?

DRIVING ON ROUTE 400 IN NEW YORK
   While on Route 400 in New York, DeafDigest
editor was amazed to find a sign that informed
motorists that there was a club.
   That is the Buffalo Club of the Deaf!
There are many signs in many highways in USA
that point to a school for the deaf. But a sign
pointing to a club of the deaf is unusual.

DEAF ISSUES

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

The counselors get more involved with personal
issues of their deaf students only because many
parents do not want to get involved!

(series to continue until it runs out)

WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

during a nasty divorce case, each spouse, with their
own interpreter, would watch what other spouse was
saying instead of watching what their own interpreter
was saying

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

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR - continuing series

As we have seen, CART providers are working in classrooms
to provide communication access.  

What sometimes happens is that the people involved in the
classroom forget that the CART provider is a human being who
needs to hear and understand what is being said in order for
it to translate properly on the screen.

A CART provider may be asked to sit in the far back corner
of a room in order not to disturb what is going on, but
then the CART provider may not be able to hear what is being
said.

Sometimes in a classroom the students may get in a small group
and turn their backs on the CART provider.  

If the CART provider cannot hear or understand what is being
said, the text cannot come up on the screen even if the
screen is right in the center of the group.  

Sometimes people look at the screen as being the point of access
for the CART consumer and forget that it's the person who now
may be located outside of the group who is actually
providing the access.  

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A DEAF SCIENTIST FUNCTIONING IN ALL-HEARING ENVIRONMENT

Very important to create your own personal contacts with
colleagues, and do stay in touch with them even if you
leave the company for new job with another company.

I've bumped into scientists that I've not seen in years,
from my old place of employment, when they have joined
my company!

(series to continue for a number of weeks)

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

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Each month the topics discussed will change.

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

   A team of researchers at University of East Anglia,
in Great Britain, is implying that computers can do
a better job of lipreading, than us, the humans.
   They are claiming a computer recognition rate of
80 percent as opposed to the 32 percent success
rate that we, the humans, perform.
   As usual, DeafDigest is skeptical. How could
lisped lips be read? How could nonmovable lips
be read?

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The Deaf and the Law

location
New Jersey

case
a deaf man wanted a set of printed proceedings of his
past court case. It was available only in audio tapes
and the court refused to hire a transcriber to convert
voice to text.

result
court rules in favor of the deaf man

comment
it cost the state $75,000 in legal fees; cost of audio
tape was $10.00 and possibly few hundred dollars in
transcribing fees 

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DeafADA Issue of the Week:

Q. Do deaf students in hearing colleges access audio visual
material that are captioned?

A. Do not know, but in California there is a bill that would require
publishers to caption audio visual material for the benefit of
the deaf or to permit colleges to do the captions themselves.

If this bill is passed, California may be the first state in USA
with such a law.

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The Captioning Blunder of the Week:

I started to wright (write) a letter

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What became of?

Patrick Southern

- past
champion pole vaulter, University of Nebraska

- present
successfully defended his pole vaulting gold medal
at the Deaflympics

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

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News of the Week - Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

    Oh, so cruelly ironic. Kansas State University graduated
a deaf veterinary student about a decade ago - Dr Tom McDavitt.
The last DEAFDIGEST editor heard about him he was practicing in
Illinois. You would think because of good experience with McDavitt
the university would welcome another deaf veterinary student
with open arms.
   Wrong! The veterinary professors put up a resistance when a
deaf veterinary student enrolled in the program - and eventually
"flunked" her two weeks before her graduation! The deaf woman
fought back and got herself readmitted, but resistance continues.
   For confidential reasons, the student's name is not being
disclosed.

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News of the Week - Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

   Not fair is what some deaf leaders are saying when
video relay and paging devices both do not have 911
capabilities. Only the soon-to-be obsolete TTY
has this full 911 capability.
   It was learned that the Sacramento (CA) Police
Department is working on a solution to these
911-less pagers and video relay devices.

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Times have changed regarding American participants
in the Deaflympics

1969 Deaflympics - two oral athletes and two hard of
hearing athletes that do not know ASL. Rest were
ASL athletes

1977 Deaflympics - a Deaflympics coach was asked to
teach ASL for benefit of athletes that knew no ASL

1981 and 1985 Deaflympics - majority knew ASL;
minority didn't

2009 Deaflympics - more mainstreamed athletes that
knows signs for one-on-one and small group discussions,
but are lost during assembly hall discussions, or
during rapidfire team meeting discussions

(comments made by a past Deaflympics participant)

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A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor's great news:

you have problems with one of the agencies you work
with and they freely admit they messed up.

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A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

the restaurant cashier, at a restaurant near Penn State
University, asked DeafDigest editor, after he gave her
his credit card:

credit or debit

DeafDigest editor thought the cashier was asking:

credit limit

Fortunately the misunderstanding was straightened out

(both words look the same when you try to lipread)

if you have lipreading tales, please share these with
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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position opening
Independent Living Advisor
Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc
Salisbury, Maryland

Full/Part Time

Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc. is a growing organization
that promotes access to services and resources for residents of the
Eastern Shore of Maryland who are deaf or hard of hearing and
provides opportunities for full participation in all aspects of
community life.

Responsibilities: Provide training in independent living skills,
such as: teaching personal and household management, budgeting
skills, TTY training, accessing and utilizing communication
resources, medication administration and developing community
relationships.

Requirements: Fluency in American Sign Language and written
English, High School degree required. Demonstrates competency
in independent living skills, Valid driver's license required
and good driving record. Flexibility in working hours required.

Benefits: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Pension, Life,
Vacation, sick and personal leave, Healthy Lifestyle Benefit

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume and three letters of
references to :          

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

or fax to 410-543-4874.

Position is open until filled

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

closing date - 09/14/2009

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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open positions
- Teacher
- Wraparound Family Partner

- Teacher
Walden School at The Learning Center for the Deaf
Framingham, MA

Walden School at The Learning Center for the Deaf is seeking a
classroom teacher who will be responsible for providing quality
educational service to Walden School students.  This includes
planning creative lessons and classes that satisfy IEP goals,
maintaining a classroom environment that fosters learning, and
implementing behavior or treatment plans as they apply to the
classroom setting.

Walden School, a residential therapeutic treatment program
located on our Framingham campus, provides comprehensive
services to emotionally, behaviorally, and psychiatrically
challenged deaf youth.  With a team of consultants offering
support and learning opportunities as well as a management
team with extensive experience and longevity with the program,
Walden School provides effective, positive approaches to
helping children change and grow.  

Additionally, Walden School provides extensive training programs
for staff (at least 75% of whom are Deaf) and career
advancement opportunities.

- Wraparound Family Partner
Walden School

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.

If you are interested in the positions listed above, please
contact with cover letter, resume, 3 written references and
employment application forms to:

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

mailto:lynn_marshall@tlcdeaf.org
Fax: 508/875-9203

The Learning Center for the Deaf is an Equal Employment
Opportunity Employer. All employees and applicants for
employment are afforded equal opportunity in every area of
hiring and employment without regard to race, color, religion,
age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status,
disability, handicap or veteran's status.

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seeking qualified candidates
Teacher's Assistant
Indiana School for the Deaf
Indianapolis, IN

The Indiana School for the Deaf is seeking qualified candidates
to interview for the position as a Teacher's Assistant in our
Outreach Division. 

ISD seeks individuals who possess the following
qualifications/qualities:

- Must be fluent in ASL (American Sign Language) and English.
- It is a full time school year (9-10 months) intermittent position.
- High School diploma
- Must be at least 21 years old. 

Position Summary:
To assist in the education of Deaf/Hard of hearing students aged
birth to 21 years old and their families in the Outreach Division.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:
A person will assist with educational programming for the toddler
class and playgroups, supervises students and works with families
outside of the classroom, completes necessary forms and reports,
demonstrates initiative, resourcefulness and professionalism,
performs related and additional duties as assigned.

Teacher Assistant will interact with a variety of people. Such
as and but not limited to; students, parents, teachers, their
immediate supervisors, other administrators, various department
personnel, interns, paraprofessionals through out the Deaf school,
other members of the school community, family members through
home visits and general public. 

Physical efforts vary depending on assignment and age/ability
of the students serving.  Duties could include, but are not
limited to, teaching in the classroom setting,  cafeteria,
playground, restrooms, changing diapers, transporting and caring
for some students? general hygiene and/or feeding as needed.
Duties also include cleaning rooms used by families, and monitoring
the lending library as well as assisting with inventory and check
in/out procedures and filing.

Applicants must submit a resume via email, fax or regular mail to:

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

Fax # (317) 920-6214
mailto:cmorgan@isd.k12.in.us 

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

Last day we will be accepting resumes is September 14.

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  

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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