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DeafDigest Gold – February 21, 2010

DeafDigest Gold - February 21, 2010

Gold edition            Barry Strassler, Editor
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This is the Gold section. .. weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at: http://deafdigest.com (updated every Monday) -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Hot Deaf News during the week: - Hot Newspaper stories during the week: Q & A on deafness with an audiologist http://deafdigest.com/tararoney/ How do deaf people read if they can't hear? http://deafdigest.com/phillipmilano/ - Very Hot News DeafDigest mentioned this story few months ago and is mentioning it again. The state of Wisconsin has required insurance carriers to cover hearing aids, CIs and deafness-related stuff for younger children. That law has already kicked in on January 1st. The loophole is that the insurers can cover such expenses once every three years, and that they could use pre-existing conditions to get off the hook. What a Pandora's box it is! - Thursday February 11th Much furor ensued over a British airline refusing to allow a deaf woman to come on board, "on account of her deafness." The first wave of newspaper stories mentioned this incident as is. Alas, the second wave of newspaper stories mentioned that the airline challenged her right to bring a hearing ear dog on the plane. DeafDigest found it extremely puzzling that the dog was not mentioned in the first wave of stories but in the second wave of stories. Completely changes the situation 360 degrees. - Friday February 12th >From time to time radio talk show hosts, for lack of something better to talk about, would make crazy comments - that utterly make no sense at all. This applies to Mike McConnell, the radio talk show host in Texas. He made these anti-deaf comments, such as: - why would we, the deaf, want football scoreboard captions - why would we, the deaf, be allowed to drive Will the radio station fire Mike? No, because ratings are important to these stations. Very sad. - Saturday February 13th If a person with a pro-deaf clout wins an election for a high political office, would that person do everything possible to help us the deaf? This refers to Rhonda Sivarajah, not deaf, but whose son is deaf. She was selected by Minnesota Republican gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert to be her running mate as the lieutenant governor. Just stay tuned as politics are notorious for being unpredictable. Anyway she has been involved with deafness related issues. (please go back to the Blue edition for the Sunday-Wednesday Hot Deaf News) .. Deaf Miscellaneous stuff: Looking for HIV+ volunteers $15.00 paid participation for more information, go to: http://deafdigest.com/paidparticipation/ .............................................................. 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The legislators saw him and told him to go home because they already passed the bill before he arrived. Was the deaf man happy? No, he was very upset because he felt he wasted his time doing his homework! And he drove more than 2 hours from his home for nothing. - for ASL News version, please click on: http://deafdigest.com/videos/legislators/ (for your convenience, video links are posted on top of each DeafDigest edition) .............................................................. SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY MASTERS OF SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK SPECIALIZATION The MSW Program in the Department of Social Work at Gallaudet University is happy to announce that is has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for "Training School Social Workers to Meet the Educational and Emotional Needs of Diverse Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children." Graduate students in the School Social Work specialization will learn to work with diverse groups of deaf and hard of hearing children in educational programs throughout the United States. Each school social work trainee will receive 1/2 tuition waiver and a generous stipend. During the first year of the program, students are involved in an internship two days a week. The final semester includes a "block" internship that can be done anywhere in the country. Students must first be accepted to the MSW program, and then may apply to the School Social Work specialization track and the grant. Applications are now being accepted for academic year 2010-2011. For more information please visit our website at: http://socialwork.gallaudet.edu/Social_Work/MSW_Program/School_Social_Work_Grant/About_The_Grant.html or contact mailto:Beth.Betman@gallaudet.edu or mailto:Martha.Sheridan@gallaudet.edu You may apply online at: http://aaweb.gallaudet.edu/GradAdmissions.xml .............................................................. RIGHT WAY OR WRONG WAY TO DESCRIBE DEAF There was a convention last week by American Psychiatric Association. There was a hot debate on right or wrong way to describe a person - fat person, blind person, very short person, person with criminal mind, person with limited intelligence, etc. The convention delegates did not discuss right or wrong way to describe a deaf person - such as deaf-mute, deaf-dumb, etc. Maybe we, the deaf, are not important to psychiatrists? - for ASL News version, please click on: http://deafdigest.com/videos/psychiatrists/ (for your convenience, video links are posted on top of each DeafDigest edition) USA MOVIES, AUSTRALIAN MOVIES Deaf people in Australia love movies, just about the same as we, the deaf in USA, do. The only difference is that we do have a percentage of movies captioned, one way or other in American movie houses. Not that so in Australia - only one percent is captioned. To correct this deficiency, a new group has been founded - Action On Cinema Access, and they're planning protests in major Australian cities to demand captions. Interestingly enough one of the protest leaders is Dean Barton-Smith, a former Olympics participant (hearing Olympics, as well as with Deaflympics). We do not see high profile deaf professional athletes leading us in protests here in USA. But in Australia they have one in Dean Barton-Smith. Dean was one of the world's best in the decathlon during his younger days. GOOD OR BAD NEWS AT A COLLEGE IN MILWAUKEE A group has shown frustration on lack of recognition at the Milwaukee Area Technical College with the deaf as a cultural group. The group demanded face to meetings with the dean of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Division. For reasons of her own, the dean was a no-show at these meetings. Good news? The dean is no longer on the job - and the hope is that her replacement will give recognition to the deaf. THE DEAF AND THE RUBIK Is Rubik just a party conversational piece, to kill time among partygoers or is it something more serious? Well, coming up soon are Collegiate Rubik Competition taking place at Drexel University and at MIT; colleges are sending their teams to these events. Gallaudet? Yes! Students Kristoffer Lauderbaugh, Shane Rowland, Marcus Terry, Bharat Madaparthi, Christopher Mohney, Christopher Phillips, Oscar Serna, and Nicolas Garcia will represent the Buff and Blue. Go, Gallaudet, go! PRICELESS OR JUNK What may be junk to the hearing may be priceless to the deaf. It concerns a book "The Sign Language A Manual of Signs" written in 1910 by Dr. Schuyler Long, educator of the deaf during these early 20th century years. This book was important for it preserved sign language during the years when it was being suppressed by oral education of the deaf. This book was found in someone's attic for a number of years before a former student of an interpreting program came across it at a garage sale. He bought it and gave it to his former interpreting program instructor. This book may be in the process of being appraised for insurance purposes. Hopefully it will be preserved for centuries to come! LOS ANGELES NOT INTERESTED IN THE NEEDS OF THE DEAF? Is Los Angeles city fathers thinking the needs of the deaf are not important? Well, the city council, because of budgetary concerns, has considered abolishing the Los Angeles Department on Disability. To address this concern, a meeting is taking place this week by the Los Angeles City Council Arts, Parks, Health and Aging committee. Deaf people are being alerted, and urged to push the city council to prevent this from happening. OUR ORGANIZATIONS SERVING THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING We have many, many organizations, both national and local, that serve deaf and hard of hearing people. One such organization is: Association of Medical Professionals With Hearing Losses For the organization goals and objectives and its web site, click on: http://deafdigest.com/amphl/ AN EXCUSE FOR NOT WEARING A HEARING AID the hearing aid mold is uncomfortable .............................................................. .............................................................. For postings, announcements and employment ad rates, please email mailto:barry@deafdigest.com for Special Notes, please go to the bottom of this section .............................................................. .............................................................. WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN? he's deaf with an inefficient hearing aid Not sure what is this supposed to mean. Is the hearing aid inefficient because the batteries are dead? Or is it because the deaf person cannot decipher voices and sounds that come through his hearing aid? Or is it because the hearing aid model is a poor fit for that person and he needs to get the hearing aid that is the right fit? .............................................................. .............................................................. Eastern Canada (Canadian Maritimes) & Fall Foliage Tour Tour leaves from and returns to Boston, MA 12-days, September 18-September 29, 2010 For more info contact: Joy Carney mailto:joyfulcarney@comcast.net 302-436-5384 (FAX) .............................................................. .............................................................. Berrigan's Tax and Bookkeeping Service If you are looking for someone with tax and bookkeeping background who is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) to provide bookkeeping & tax service for your personal, business or organization, I can provide the service. My bookkeeping service can be customized in any way to meet your financial needs and goals. It includes general bookkeeping, taxes, payroll, financial reporting, training and much more. To have accurate financial information will empower you to make wise and more accurate financial decisions. My tax service provides you with the preparation of individual federal and state tax returns and to answer questions that will help you get a better understanding of how the adjustments, deductions or credits may affect your tax situations in other possible ways. My firm is based on professionalism and confidentiality with a guarantee of complete satisfaction. Please feel free to contact me to make an appointment. Thank you. Terence Berrigan Berrigan's Tax & Bookkeeping Service Web Page: http://www.berrigans-taxbookkeeping.com VP: (866) 669-9616 Pager: mailto:TBerrigan@sprint.blackberry.net Email: mailto:Terry@berrigans-taxbookkeeping.com .............................................................. .............................................................. Interpreters and ASL & ITP Students and Teachers Deserve More from a Conference Hi ... We are the 31st World's Largest Silent Weekend The venue for the June 24-27, 2010 event will handle 700-1000 participants and include a medical interpreting track. Novice, beginning, intermediate and advanced ASL and ITP students, as well as interpreters (CEUs offered) will have around 150 hours of seminars to choose from. The 31st Silent Weekend is at the Florida Hotel at the Florida Mall in Orlando with its huge food court allowing you to have a complete meal for $5.99 instead of paying $20-30 at other conferences' hotel prices. The room costs are even lower than last year ... just $105 with free parking and unlimited free internet! Students, teachers and interpreters seeking to improve their skills can bring family members and they can take novice sign language classes! Many of our current interpreters started out as novice ASL students at the Silent Weekend! There are simply no other local, regional or national venues offering you so many hours of classes as inexpensively as the Silent Weekends. Just check them out and register at http://www.DrSign.com Regular registration deadline is March 15. Sign language DVDs are available online at http://www.DrSign.com - A DVD "When 'Duck' is not Enough" to show you how to represent inanimate objects is now available Join us for the 9th Florida/Alaska Motorcycle Benefit Run to help deaf babies! This is the world's longest group motorcycle benefit run. Some people are planning to fly to Calgary, Alberta and rent cars and follow us to and from Alaska and enjoy bed and breakfast inns! See http://www.AlaskaBikeRun.com for updates and photos. These trips will take place every year so why not make plans to join us now in July 17, 2010? Please browse our selection of signing greeting cards at: http://www.DrSign.com .............................................................. .............................................................. Hot DeafNews boring, but important! A report by Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology says that the earlier the deaf kid is implanted, the better their vocabulary range would be. DeafDigest is a bit skeptical because when a deaf kid reads a lot, his vocabulary would be better. .. Deaf Picture of the Week: Kevin Cook, women's basketball coach, Gallaudet University http://www.gallaudetathletics.com/sports/wbkb/2009-10/releases/recap_smc2 see him in his pink suit (in honor of women's breast cancer awareness) high fiving the Gallaudet athletic director Mike Weinstock after squeezing out a win in the dying seconds of a vital league game. Perhaps the pink suit is his "Superman" suit for he has coached his women to its best season in a decade! Before coming to Gallaudet he has coached in the Women's National Basketball Association, the world's #1 women's professional basketball league. He has achieved a double goal this season; a winning record, for the first time in a decade, and his team qualifying for the conference playoffs. .. Question of the week: Q. Do deaf people lead isolated lives? A. Yes and no, all depends. Mostly it is up to the deaf person; if the deaf person is sociable, he should not have problems making friends, no matter if he is with the deaf or with the hearing. If he is a loner, then he will face isolation issues - but being a loner is a personality issue and not a deafness/hearing issue. send your questions to mailto:barry@deafdigest.com the most interesting questions may be answered in future DeafDigest editions. Thank you. .. Wish List of the Week: stupid comments should be banned; examples are why do they have Braille on the doors at baseball stadiums and hockey arenas and why would a deaf person go to a rock concert? this was found on a web blog this week ! .. DeafHistory - Looking Back: Year 1850 - the Census had this question on the form: Is the person deaf, dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, a pauper or convict? in these days political correctness did not exist. .. Deaf and the Money: there are two sure things in life, both of which are unavoidable - death and, ugh, taxes. Tax season continues until midnight April 15th. The IRS, however, has tips for us, the deaf, to save money on taxes. Do click on: .. DeafNumbers of the Week: 113 number of House representatives that have become co-sponsors of a deaf-related bill - the Hearing Aid Tax Credit. It is said that 113 is the record for any bill introduced in the House .. DeafResources Deafness definitions (long list) http://deafdigest.com/definitionsofdeafness/ for a listing of deaf reference & library resources, http://deafdigest.com/deafresources/ (examples are listing of elected deaf officials, listing of deaf Nobel Prize winners, etc; list will be added on a gradual basis - so do check this site from time to time) .. Selected top deaf sports stories from DeafDigest Sports story of a mainstreamed 12th man on basketball team http://deafdigest.com/joeysavarese/ a promising deaf rugby player in England http://deafdigest.com/peteraltham/ DeafDigest Sports is also distributed by DeafDigest To subscribe, e-mail mailto:barry@deafdigest.com - DeafDigest Sports archives: http://deafdigest.com/deafdigestsportsarchives/ -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- * 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 mailto:barry@deafdigest.com -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Position Announcement Executive Advisor Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Frankfort, KY The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) seeks an experienced, creative individual to fill the position of Executive Advisor. KCDHH, a state agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, is charged to advise the Governor and General Assembly concerning policy and programs needed to enhance the quality and coordination of services for deaf and hard of hearing persons. The agency also assists local, state and federal governments and public and private agencies in the development of programs for deaf and hard of hearing persons, oversees the provision of interpreter services for state agencies and operates the telecommunications access program to ensure equal access to telecommunications services. This staff position works directly with the Executive Director in carrying out the mandates of the agency. Desired qualifications include: * Extensive knowledge of issues affecting the deaf and hard or hearing; ability to recognize and support individual choices relative to communication options and to foster inclusivity among individuals with diverse communication modalities; * Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, including competency in American Sign Language; demonstrated ability to effectively and tactfully communicate with people at many levels; demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective and positive relationships within an organization and with the public; * An keen understanding of executive agencies, the Kentucky state legislative process and negotiating budget allocations from funding sources; * Ability to lead, plan and support an organized environment for staff working on a wide variety of activities; ability to think strategically while assisting in the management of operations; * Posses leadership skills including the ability to forge partnerships with consumers, families and other government and advocacy agencies; demonstrated commitment to public service and a record of accomplishment in disability advocacy; * Knowledge of emerging technology; ability to set priorities and demonstrate success in securing funding through competitive grants; and * The successful candidate must have a minimum of a bachelors' degree in a relevant field and prior experience as an administrator. Send resume and letter of interest to: Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing C/O Virginia Moore, Executive Director 632 Versailles Road Frankfort, KY 40601 800-372-2907 V/T mailto:Virginia.Moore@ky.gov Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. This position does not confer merit system status. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants for employment and not to discriminate on any basis prohibited by law, including race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, marital status or status as a veteran. -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- applications invited ASL-English Interpreting Educator Position Keuka College Keuka Park, NY Keuka College, located in the Finger Lakes region of central New York, is an independent liberal arts-based college and a national leader in experiential education. We invite applications for an Assistant Professor of ASL & ASL-English Interpreting. Position: Full-time (10 month) tenure-track position (pending budget approval); teaching load of 12 credit hours per semester. Starting Date: August 16, 2010. Rank: Assistant Professor Responsibilities - Teach ASL & ASL-English interpreting courses - Participate in curriculum development, assessment, and program planning with the ASL and ASL-English Interpreting Programs Director and colleagues - Work closely with the ASL & ASL-English Interpreting Program Director and colleagues. - Provide academic advising to students in the major - Develop internship and practicum opportunities for pre-service interpreters - Participate actively in recruitment and retention of ASL & ASL-English Interpreting students - Contribute to the College and Humanities and Fine Arts Division through participation in College and Division functions, activities, committees - Demonstrate continuing professional and educational growth and maintain expertise in areas of teaching responsibility Qualifications: - Master's degree in ASL Linguistics, Interpreting, Deaf Studies, Deaf Education, or related field required - Native/near-native proficiency in ASL required. - Possession of the ASLTA Certification, Certificate of Interpreting (CI), or NIC from the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) or Certification from the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA). - Teaching experience related to ASL, Deaf Studies, & Interpreting programs for at least 5 years at the post secondary level. - Skill in establishing and maintaining effective professional/working relationships with faculty and students - Leadership & teamwork skills - Skill in the use of SANS Sony Soloist and other ASL lab equipment and software - Skill in the use of multiple forms of electronic communication, such as pager, email, & VP Salary: commensurate with credentials and experience. Application process (please send electronic copies of material whenever possible) - Letter of application (outlining interest in the position, qualifications, and approach to teaching) - Current Curriculum Vitae - Names of current professional references with VP, cell phone numbers and e-mail contact information - Three letters of recommendation - Transcripts of all academic work (unofficial copies acceptable at this time) - Video of ASL skills and interpreting skills (see guidelines below) Video of ASL skills and interpreting skills guidelines - You may use DVD/CD or USB using quick time or media player. Label the work with your name, topic and date. - Video of ASL Skills: The video should begin with a signed introduction (approx. 5-minutes in length) that includes your name, background, your experience teaching ASL & Interpreting in the higher education settings, why you are applying for an Assistant Professor in ASL & ASL-English Interpreting faculty position, and what your teaching philosophy is. Please provide the transcript of your signed information for those who have no ASL skills. - Video of Interpreting Skills (Deaf or hearing): You should provide two un-rehearsed segments that include Spoken English to ASL / Deaf Interpreting (5 minutes) and ASL to Spoken English Interpreting / Deaf Interpreting (5 minutes). Send materials to: Ms. Janice Folts, jfolts@keuka.edu Keuka College Human Resources, 141 Central Avenue, Keuka Park, NY 14478-0068 Review of application will begin immediately; preference will be given to applications received by March 5, 2010. -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- position vacancy Supervising Head Teacher - Elementary Kansas School for the Deaf Olathe, KS The Kansas School for the Deaf, 450 East Park St., Olathe, KS 66061, is currently seeking qualified individuals for the following position opening effective July 1, 2010. - Supervising Head Teacher - Elementary Placement made within agency guidelines on salary schedule depending upon professional background and experience. KSD offers excellent benefits (Full Time Positions Only). Applicants will be screened and the most highly qualified applicants will be invited for an interview session. The position is open until filled. KSD is located in the Heartland of the USA, part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. For area info on excellent schools and affordable housing check out: http://www.kcmo.org/ and http://www.olatheks.org/ For an application and a job announcement on this position, please refer to our website at www.ksdeaf.org or contact Teresa Chandler, Human Resources Office, at (913) 791-0501 (V/TTY) for further details on the position. E-mail: mailto:tchandler@ksd.state.ks.us Fax #: 913/780-6563 An Equal Employment/Educational Opportunities Agency Tobacco Free Campus KSD Embraces Diversity -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- looking for Behavioral Health Team Leader Center for Hearing & Deaf Services Pittsburgh, PA Looking for Enthusiastic Behavioral Health Team Leader/ for Outpatient/Adult Behavioral health Treatment team to work with and supervise a team of clinicians who work in a well established team that serves Deaf citizens of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Where: Center for Hearing & Deaf Services, Inc. (HDS) 5th Avenue Downtown Pittsburgh Monday - Friday 37.5 hours per week. Master's Degree in Human Services AND 1 year of paid experience Working with Deaf population. American Sign Language fluency REQUIRED. Requires Act 33/34 Clearances, valid PA driver's license and access to a vehicle. You will be responsible for Oversight of the Outpatient component at HDS including clinical supervision of all the Outpatient services. You will have the opportunity to work with program planners to build community services for the Deaf. In addition, the Team Leader/Mobile therapist will provide community-based mobile mental health individual and group therapy to an adult behavioral health population that includes mental health disorders with the deaf, hard of hearing, and/or deaf/blind population. The Team Leader/Therapist is responsible to work with other therapist, the consulting psychiatrist, office of vocational rehabilitation counselors and case managers in a collaborative model. The Team Leader/Therapist will also provide oversight of clinical documentation and charting according to Federal, State, County and Organizational polices and procedures. Send resume to: Karen Tarasenkov Human Resource Recruitment & Training Specialist Mercy Behavioral Health 1200 Reedsdale Street Pittsburgh, Pa. 15233 Phone: 412-697-6504 Fax: 412-323-6985 mailto:KKTarasenkov@mercybh.org -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- $5,000 Sign On Bonus CLINICIAN St. Joseph's Healthcare System New Jersey Inspired Care At St. Joseph's Healthcare System, our inspiration comes from a tightly knit team of accomplished professionals that help give people in our care every opportunity to live life to the fullest. Through our commitment to support, technology and training, we think you will find one of the most rewarding and satisfying experiences of your career. As a key member of our ACCESS Program, a statewide program providing behavioral health services to Deaf and hard of hearing people throughout NJ, you will provide psychotherapy and clinical case management, along with ongoing psychosocial assessments and treatment planning to consumers within a variety of therapeutic settings and specialty areas. Responsibilities include: - performing comprehensive clinical assessments - interpreting data to formulate diagnosis - developing/implementing treatment strategies - providing clinical case management services, including the coordination of service delivery, referrals and linkage to medical and community services - maintaining documents and medical records - report writing - providing crisis intervention - developing discharge plans - advising consumers on major psychotropic medications and their side effects - handling other related duties as assigned To qualify, you must have a Master's Degree in Social Work, Counseling or related field, appropriate NJ State licensure or eligibility, along with the ability to prepare detailed assessments of patient referrals, and counsel individuals, groups or family members. Ability to provide direct, age specific patient care as appropriate to treatment setting will also be expected, as will superior oral/written communication, analytical, organizational and problem-solving skills. Proficiency in American Sign Language is required. We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. For immediate consideration, please fax 973.754.4511, or e-mail your resume to: mailto:kimbelle@sjhmc.org When e-mailing, put "Clinician - ACCESS Program" in the e-mail subject line. EOE M/F/D/V Faith, Care and Medicine…Working Together ST. JOSEPH'S HEALTHCARE SYSTEM St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center - St. Joseph's Children's Hospital St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital - St. Vincent's Nursing Home Visiting Health Services of New Jersey, Inc. A Ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth http://www.stjosephshealth.org -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Job Announcement Deaf and Hard of Hearing Accommodation Specialist University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI Work in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin at a Big Ten campus full of academic, athletic, and cultural activity. More information about campus and the Madison area can be found by visiting the Visitor and Information Programs link at: http://www.wisc.edu/about/location.php Job Duties: Recommend and facilitate appropriate and effective services for students who are DHH to ensure their access to the physical, educational, and social activities of the University of Wisconsin. The DHH Accommodation Specialist is the primary point person for students, faculty and staff in the delivery of services and accommodations in the classroom. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and recent and significant professional experience with individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in an educational setting is required. A master's degree in education, counseling, social work or a related field and professional experience with individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing preferred. Salary: MINIMUM $37,000 For a complete job description qualifications listing, and application procedures see: http://www.ohr.wisc.edu/pvl/pv_063796.html Applications must be received by March 8, 2010 -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- position opening Deaf Services Children's Case Manager Community Counseling Center Westbrook, ME (Portland metropolitan area) Community Counseling Center, a leading nonprofit provider of family services and behavioral health, is seeking a Case Manager for Deaf Services Children's Case Management. The Case Manager will work with children, adolescents and their families in accordance with agency, community, and program needs in the Deaf Services Children's Case Management program. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring service plans that are tailored to individual client needs, as well as support increased client and family functioning, and ensure that each client receives services that are sensitive to his/her cultural needs. The successful candidate will support comprehensive and ongoing coordination of services received from various providers and ensure effective communication and appropriate service delivery. In addition, our case managers advocate for and support clients to ensure access to community services. The Case Manager will effectively utilize the Agency's electronic consumer software system. With roots dating back to 1874, CCC is one of Maine's oldest and most comprehensive private, nonprofit family service agencies, making a difference in the lives of more than 6,000 individuals and families each year. In addition to providing high quality family, individual and group therapies to help children, adults and senior citizens from all incomes and backgrounds, CCC offers a diverse array of programs. CCC is a member of the Alliance for Children and Families, the National Council for Community Behavioral Health, and is a United Way Partner Agency. The agency is accredited by the National Council on Accreditation. The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in Social Work or a closely related field and a minimum of 1 year experience in either psychology, behavioral health, social work, special education, counseling, rehabilitation, or related field. Candidate must be fluent in American Sign Language. If interested, please apply by February 28, 2010: Please submit letter of interest and resume to: Kimberly Lefebvre Employment Specialist Maine Mental Health Partners 123 Andover Road Westbrook, ME 04092 mailto:recruitment@memhp.org Fax: 207-761-2388 -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- position opening Mental Health - Community Resource Specialist Family Service Foundation, Inc position located in Frederick, MD Mental Health - Community Resource Specialist in Frederick, Maryland: Provide psychiatric rehabilitation services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing people with chronic behavioral health challenges in the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP). Responsibilities are: to teach and assist with groups that address rehab needs of the people we serve. Assist and advocate for those on the caseload. Hours: 8:00am-4:00pm. BA degree or experience in the mental health field. Valid driver's license, professional writing skills, ability to empower others, person-centered planning skills. $12.50/hour with benefits. 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