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DeafDigest Blue – September 20, 2009

DeafDigest Blue - September 20, 2009

Blue Edition              Barry Strassler, Editor - updated every Monday

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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 organization). 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 China 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 boy - 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. For further info, including process, time frames, costs, requirements, please contact Renee Lubowich at: ................................................................ ................................................................ For postings, announcements and employment ad rates, please email .. weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at: (updated every Monday) ................................................................ ................................................................ HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL ALL SIMPLICITY PRODUCTS 10% OFF! Save 10% on all Simplicity Signalers during the month of September! That means every sound, telephone and doorbell signaler or receiver is on sale. Call 1-800-233-9130 (V/TTY) or visit us at: for more details. (Use code WCID909 to order) For a copy of our NEW catalog, email your request to: WCI. Your Single Source for Assistive Technology ................................................................ ................................................................ 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 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 ................................................................ ACTING IS DANGEROUS 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) ATTITUDE OF AUDIOLOGISTS 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! - for ASL News version, please click on: (for your convenience, video links are posted on top of each DeafDigest edition) NOT WISE TO HIRE LOW COST INTERPRETERS 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! HEARING TEMPERS, DEAF TEMPERS 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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For more United TTY Sales and Service (UTSS) TOLL FREE: 1-866-TTY-4USA (1-866-889-4872) (Voice or TTY) In MD, DC and VA --- Call: (301) 926-2365 (Voice or TTY) FAX: (301) 963-0785 VP: (866) 536-6781 E-Mail: Web: Live Online Support --- AIM: UnitedTTY ................................................................ A DEAF TENNIS OFFICIAL COULD HAVE TAMED SERENA WILLIAMS 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! REALISTIC OR UNREALISTIC JOB AMBITIONS DeafDigest editor recently made the acquaintance of a deaf person that earned a MBA in marketing. Is that deaf person employed in the marketing field? 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. DEAF ISSUES (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) WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE? being asked: is it the first time you interpreted for your deaf client? if you have these "hate" or "horror" stories, please COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR - continuing series 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 subject. 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. ................................................................ ................................................................ weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at: updated every Monday ................................................................ ................................................................ A DEAF SCIENTIST FUNCTIONING IN ALL-HEARING ENVIRONMENT 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) ................................................................ ................................................................ For postings, announcements and employment ad rates, please email for Special Notes, please go to the bottom of the Gold section ................................................................ ................................................................ announcement HEALTH AND ADVOCACY INFORMATION FOR PERSON WHO ARE DEAF, DEAF-BLIND, AND HARD OF HEARING: 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 -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- * YOU COULD PLACE YOUR PAID EMPLOYMENT ADS IN THIS SECTION * on a per-subscriber basis, the DeafDigest ad rates are the best in the nation. * For more information, send E-mail to -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- 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 565219 (#) = 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: Website: 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 -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- 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 employer. 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 Email: -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- 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 writing. 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 Mail: ATTN: Search Committee - Executive Committee % SWCDHH PO Box 871268 Vancouver, WA 98687 Email: 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 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 -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Special notes: (located at the bottom of the Gold section)

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