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DeafDigest Blue – September 20, 2009

DeafDigest Blue - September 20, 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:
   Trying not to be a mouthful with SSDHHC
(Scranton State School for Deaf and Hard of
Hearing Children), superintendent Don Rhoten
is simply referring it as The Scranton School.
   After a summer of much activity at the
original Scranton State School for the Deaf,
closed by the state but reorganized under
the auspices of Western Pennsylvania School
for the Deaf, he has this to say:

We started with 78 students and 4 more are
on the way; 13 families are in our parent-
infant program. Also I have to say that our
staff have been incredible in creating this
new school, working on this 24/7 since
June. But the looks on faces of the Scranton
students on the first day of school made all
efforts worthwhile. And we are thrilled so
many students returned after the turmoil.
I heard rumors of mass departures but it
didn't happen.

   Don now splits his time between Pittsburgh
and Scranton, supervising both schools.


   From time to time, reporters from mass media
(Washington Post, Washington City Paper, USA Today,
ESPN, and other local newspapers, have contacted 
DeafDigest for questions on deaf-related issues.
   Well, USA Today ran a piece on deaf athletes
on college teams, and mentioned DeafDigest as
the source. Almost instantly, DeafDigest was
also mentioned in the CEC news sweep-Council 
for Exceptional Children (the very large North 
American professional special education 
   To read the story, it is at:

   The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard 
of Hearing, which had been without executive
director, finally found one.
   It is Virginia L. Moore, who simply moves up
from deputy executive director.
   The last executive director was Bobbie Beth
Scoggins, who now works for CSD.


   An announcement posted by University of
Wisconsin at Eau Claire is curious.
   It went like this -

A presentation by astronomy professor Lauren Likkel:
Deaf Astronomers and Their Research on Variable Stars

(this session took place earlier in the week)

   We have a list of prominent deaf astronomers:

   DeafDigest is not sure if the presentation has
focused on past deaf astronomers or if it is focused
on current deaf astronomers (DeafDigest does not know
of any).


looking for adoptive families for 5 deaf/hoh children in

Alliance For Children, a US-based international adoption agency, 
is looking for adoptive families for 5 Deaf/HOH children
currently living in an orphanage in China: 

- Gui, an incredibly bright, inquisitive, engaging 12 year old 

- Fu, an easygoing, playful, adaptable 9 year old boy 

- Hong, a sweet, shy, lovable 9 year old girl 

- Ling, a smart, happy, wonderful 9 year old girl

- Tie, an affectionate, charming 5 year old boy. 

These children are in great need of permanent, loving homes, 
positive Deaf role models, and opportunities they are not 
likely to have in their current situation. 

Medical reports, photos, and videos are available. 

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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.
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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

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
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


   Is acting more dangerous than football? Many deaf actors
go to hospitals because of broken foot, leg infection,
bad shoulder, muscle pulls, etc.
   Said a former deaf actor:

our deaf actors visit hospital emergency rooms often   

- for ASL News version, please click on:

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

   We have many audiologists that are good and
respect their deaf patients.
   We also have some audiologists that have bad
attitude and treat deaf patients badly!
   A subscriber told DeafDigest editor that he went
to seven different audiologists and all of them
had bad attitudes.
   Hard to believe!

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

   A college hired an interpreter for a deaf awareness
class. The interpreter was not certified by the RID;
he was a school teacher, moonlighting as an interpreter
during his free moments.
   The rationale was that a moonlighting interpreter
was much cheaper than a RID-certified interpreter.
   Good idea? No way! The class was a disaster, and
the lecturer, who knew sign language often had to
interrupt the interpreter to clean up his errors!

   Within one week, we have witnessed:

- Kanye West's bad behavior
- Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst
- Serena Williams' loud arguing

   Can't happen to the deaf. Wrong! It has
happened to the deaf. Leaving out specifics
to spare embarrassment, DeafDigest editor
has witnessed:

- a deaf board member of a national organization
losing his temper on being bypassed for a prize

- a CEO of a national organization berating
a deaf volunteer in front of everyone

- a deaf board member throwing a chair at a
CEO of a national organization

   Hearing tempers. Deaf tempers. Not good!


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    Still continuing with the topic of tempers (see
story above the UnitedTTY ad), a deaf tennis official
could have tamed Serena Williams!
   Taming Serena Williams? Yes, Michael Baruch, could.
He is deaf, a graduate from NTID/RIT, and has been
officiating tennis matches for 23 years. In fact he
spent this week officiating a pro tennis tournament
in Tulsa.
   He seems to be the only deaf tennis official that
DeafDigest knows of.
   He has done US Open, Canadian Open and other big
tournaments in the past. Not any more as he prefers
to focus on smaller, lower level junior, collegiate 
and professional tournaments.
   Two questions.

Q. Have any tennis players blown up at him? 
A. Yes, in foreign languages!

Q. Did he play tennis at NTID/RIT?
A. No, but he is a late bloomer to this sport!

   DeafDigest editor recently made the acquaintance
of a deaf person that earned a MBA in marketing.
   Is that deaf person employed in the marketing
   No, that deaf person works with computers. This
makes DeafDigest editor wonder if certain job
aspirations could be unrealistic?
   Yes, we all know this adage - the deaf could
do anything except to hear.


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

when counselors get involved with the lives
of their deaf students, it creates the impression
that it is all what counselors of the deaf do
because counselors of hearing students do not
get involved with their lives

(series to continue until it runs out)


being asked:

is it the first time you interpreted for your deaf client?

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


When you are working with a CART provider in a classroom, 
one thing you need to remember is that CART providers do
not know everything about all subjects.  

They don't have the knowledge of the instructor about the 

All of the unusual terms, words, and names that come up in 
a class need to be added to a CART provider's computer 
dictionary in order for them to translate properly. 

If CART providers are unfamiliar with names or terms, they 
may attempt to fingerspell them, but if the CART provider 
doesn't know how the words are spelled, the words will 
probably not come up on the screen correctly.

When handouts are being passed out in a class, sometimes 
the CART provider is skipped, almost as if everyone just
assumes that the CART provider already knows everything 
about the course. 

The CART provider needs access to the same information as 
the students because sometimes he or she is learning
right along with the students.


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I could have become a teacher of science in a school
for the deaf; I had no interest in teaching; I liked
to be out there on the field or in the labs. I was
aware my choice of career was an employment risk.

(series to continue for a number of weeks)


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................................................................  announcement


Persons who are Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing are
grossly underserved by both the physical health and the 
behavioral health care system.  In many  cases, the patient 
as well as the health care provider who may provide service 
to them, is unaware of laws that mandate the provision of 
accommodations in the health care setting so that all
persons have equal access to health related information.

A new web site called
was created by people who are Deaf, DeafBlind and hard 
of hearing.  

Each month the topics discussed will change.
Please visit the site and let us know about topics that you 
want to learn more about.


Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

   Hard of hearing theatrical lovers of
Edinburg, Scotland, may be out of luck when
attending shows.
   It was learned that a low percentage of
theaters are outfitted with induction loops
that would allow their hearing aids to pick
up stuff that is said on the stage.


The Deaf and the Law

If a deaf husband and deaf wife go through mediation
in a divorce case, make sure interpreters are provided.

In one case, the husband signed papers to waive his
rights to an interpreter, whereas the wife refused
to sign papers. The court would not provide interpreters
for a mediation case but only for criminal cases.

The ruling in the mediation case (without interpreters)
went against both of them.

The wife, not giving up, hired an attorney to reverse
the mediator's decision in that case.

Bottom line - do not sign papers, but to hire an attorney
if the courts refuse your request for an interpreter.


DeafADA Issue of the Week:

A college refused to provide CART services for a deaf student.

The college argued that ADA does not require CART if a
reasonable alternative is offered.

Reasonable alternatives the college suggested was
volunteer note takers and volunteer interpreters!

Additionally the college argued the student was already
getting good grades on classes without CART in the past.


The Captioning Blunder of the Week:

Now at bat is Osama bin Laden (Felipe Lopez),
facing the pitcher


What became of?

Janice Barton; she is deaf

- past
principal, Oak Grove Central Elementary School, 
Hernando, Mississippi

- present
Director of Elementary and Secondary Education,
DeSoto County Schools, Mississippi with "past" and
"present" details


News of the Week - Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

   If Steve Forbes wins the candidacy for the Presidency
then do keep in mind it was his $$$$ that holds Peter
Singer to his professorship post at Princeton University.
   As reported in the DeafDigest several weeks ago
Singer has supported infanticide. What this means,
according to Singer's views, deaf-born children have
no right to life.

(note: Forbes is ancient history as far as presidential
candidacy is concerned)


News of the Week - Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

   S. David Levy, not deaf, passed away
just recently. He operated several movie houses in the
Washington, DC area - and was a board member of the
Alexander Graham Bell Association of the Deaf. He would
have done something about these captions for the simple
fact that his daughter is deaf.


Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

The Taiwan newspaper headline said:

Deaflympics a success, not flawless

Well, if it is not flawless, then how could it be
a success?  Aw, shucks, perfection is impossible!


A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor's great news:

The new supervisor you get turns out to be a supervisor you knew
previously from elsewhere, is familiar to you, and someone you 
truly like working for.


A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

a favor was asked:
will you give this to Ed for me?

actually it was said as:
will you give this to Ann for me?

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

if you have lipreading tales, please share these with



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Job Announcements
Indiana School for the Deaf
Indianapolis, IN

The Indiana School for the Deaf currently has job 
openings/postings for the following positions:

Job                                   Posting #        Closing Date 

Spoken English Specialist            565220     09/28/2009             
Residential Adviser Intermittent (2) 565218 &   09/28/2009

 (#) = number of jobs available for that position.

Applicants must submit an Indiana State Application via the Indiana
State Personnel website at  

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. 



Job Announcements
The Mill Neck Manor Family of Organizations
Mill Neck, NY

The Mill Neck Manor Family of Organizations provides services to 
people who are Deaf and/or communicatively impaired in the areas of 
education, employment, and ministry.  We are seeking bright, energetic 
professionals to become part of our team.  We are an equal opportunity 

The following positions are available:

- Physical Therapist
Leave Replacement
Position Available, 9/8/09 to 1/29/10

Candidate must possess a valid Physical Therapist License from the 
State of New York, Excellent communication skills, proven ability to 
work as part of a team. Knowledge of Sign Language a plus. Candidate 
will plan, organize, and conduct physical therapy in a school setting 
to facilitate development and rehabilitation with school-age children.

- School Psychologist P/T (Three days per week)

Part time position available.  Candidate must possess a MA degree in 
School Psychology and hold certification.  Prior experience in 
testing pre-school to high-school children.  Excellent writing skills 
and proven ability to work as part of a team.  Knowledge of American 
Sign Language a plus.

- Art Teacher

Candidate must possess a MA in Special Education or Deaf Education, 
Certification in Art, excellent communication skills, and fluency in 
American Sign Language.  Successful prior experience working in a 
school setting a plus.  

- Employment Consultant/Job Coach

Mill Neck Services is looking for qualified full-time/part-time job 
coaches to provide supportive employment services for multiply 
disabled deaf adults.  Work with clients through all phases of job 
search through on-the-job training.  Must be fluent in American Sign 
Language.  Provide case management services as needed.  Assumes 
responsibility for consumer files, maintaining appropriate records, 
and relevant materials. Communicate with employers and other parties 
on an as-needed basis. Candidate must possess at least an AA/AS 
degree. Fluency in American Sign Language required. Valid driver's 
license and dependable car needed.

- Part Time Rehabilitation Workers

Provide one-on-one training to Deaf, developmentally disabled adults.  
Responsibilities include working on individualized goals with the 
consumer in his/her community; writing brief case notes describing 
habilitation contacts and attending trainings as required.  All 
contacts are generally in the evening or on weekends.  Some college 
desirable. Driver's license and dependable car a must.

Please send resume and letter of intent to:        

Kathleen Lagalante
Mill Neck Manor Family of Organizations 
Frost Mill Road, 
P.O. Box 12 
Mill Neck, N.Y.  11765

Or fax to: (516) 922-0093


Job Announcement
Job Title:  Executive Director
Employer:   Southwest Washington Center of the Deaf and Hard of
            Hearing, Inc. (SWCDHH) 
Vancouver, Washington

Job Description:

These responsibilities include management of personnel and
services: implementation of Board policies; communication with the
public, Board and community; program development; fundraising; data
collection and fulfilling state reporting requirements; and direct
client services to provide mentoring, advocacy, community access, and
information and referral.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Knowledge and Abilities Desired:
- Thorough familiarity with the American Deaf culture and issues
facing Deaf and Deaf-Blind consumers is required.

- Full knowledge of the special needs and issues of those who are
Hard of Hearing.

- An understanding of the current issues related to Deaf,
Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing consumers accessing public and social
services, in addition to familiarity with laws and regulations
pertaining to Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing consumers.

- Demonstrated knowledge of budgeting concepts and practices,
knowledge of personnel management practices and knowledge of the
social service delivery system.

- Proven ability/skills with grant writing.

Minimum Qualifications/Required Skills:
- A Bachelor's degree in Social Services, Counseling,
Psychology, or a related field; a Master's degree is preferred

- Experience in providing social services to the Deaf, Deaf-Blind
and Hard of Hearing (3 years) with supervisory experience (1 year)

- Fluency in American Sign Language

- Good communication skills including presentations and report

Salary and benefits based upon qualifications and experience.

SWCDHH is an equal opportunity employer; people with disabilities 
and minorities are encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY:  Please submit cover letter, resume, and list of 3
professional references by regular mail or email.

Deadline:  October 15, 2009


ATTN: Search Committee - Executive Committee
PO Box 871268
Vancouver, WA 98687


For more information, contact John Burke (Board Chairman) at


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 

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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