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DeafDigest Gold – February 7, 2010

DeafDigest Gold - February 7, 2010

Gold edition            Barry Strassler, Editor - updated every Monday

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This is the Gold section. .. weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at: (updated every Monday) -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Hot Deaf News during the week: - Hot Newspaper stories during the week: Scranton Deaf School helping the homeless Deaf Sheetz employee popular in the community - Very Hot News The owner of Harrods, a famous department store in London, is Mohamed Al Fayed. He has a deaf son, Karim Fayed, who is a photographer. Karim is featuring his own photographic exhibition at a high profile gallery in London next month. - Thursday February 4th Is there such a thing as bill of rights for deaf? Well, a group of deaf students from East High School in Des Moines, Iowa presented state legislators with a bill of rights. Being stressed are ASL rights, health insurance coverage on hearing aids, among others. Legislators being what they are, this suggestion will be given a low priority. This is not to say bill of rights is unimportant, but that legislators are more worried about other things - such as budget problems. - Friday February 5th 99.9 percent of the time, Miss Deaf Pageants do not attract notice of governments. That 0.01 percent did - the government of Swaziland is looking into the recently held Miss Deaf Swaziland pageant. Seems the government was not too pleased by the fact that the winner was begging for funds to allow her to take part at the upcoming Miss Deaf World pageant to take place in Las Vegas. - Saturday February 6th The unsung heroes behind every legislative session, both federal and state, are pages. These pages do everything possible to keep things running - delivering messages, filling glasses with water, making photocopies, handling telephone calls, etc. You name it, the pages have done it. Anyway one of the pages at the Mississippi legislature is Derek Schmitz. He is deaf and a student at Mississippi School for the Deaf. (please go back to the Blue edition for the Sunday-Wednesday Hot Deaf News) .. Deaf Miscellaneous stuff: An experiment is going on with the deaf of Japan that watch theatrical performances. They use a portable device (just like a text pager) which displays captions of the play they are watching. DeafDigest has these concerns: - cost of such a device; it is said to be expensive - could one follow the captions in a darkened theater? - would one's hands get tired of holding up the device for a long time? - would fixating eyes on the device cause one to miss something on stage? .. 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The easiest way to connect to family, friends, and business: LifeLinks - No Wait VRS Just instruct your hearing caller to say the name of his/her language in English and to have your ten digit number available. Visit us online at Fast, Reliable, Personal .............................................................. .............................................................. WRONG SPY This is a true story. During World War I years, a deaf person wanted to use the telephone to communicate with a hearing person. He tapped on the telephone receiver with a pencil. The hearing person would listen to the number of taps to know what he is saying in a coded language. The federal agents thought the deaf person was a World War I spy and they arrested him. They realized it was just a telephone communication between the deaf and the hearing, and they let him go free. - for ASL News version, please click on: (for your convenience, video links are posted on top of each DeafDigest edition) .............................................................. Camp Isola Bella 2010 Berkshire Mountains, Connecticut High in the Berkshire Mountains, there is a shining lake with a beautiful island in the middle with the name of "Isola Bella" which means beautiful Island in Italian. It's a scenic island estate that has been turned into a recreational/residential summer camp for deaf and hard of hearing children from all over the country. The camp provides a wide variety of educational and recreational activities which are designed first and foremost to be FUN - but it is fun with purpose. The camp's philosophy, "learning through experience," is put into effect in three ways: self-esteem, physical fitness, and knowledge/skills. Campers, ranging in age from 8 years to 17 years old, have expressed many wonderful memories of past camp experiences. A wide range of activities are offered to provide appropriate challenges for the campers. Some of these activities include: swimming, boating, archery, arts & crafts, nature study, hiking, overnight camping, field trips, and more. New session: Leadership and Literacy Camp Camp Isola Bella is excited to offer a two-week fun-filled session devoted to enhancing leadership and literacy for students in the 5th-8th grades. In this program, there will be a strong emphasis on literacy activities and leadership challenges while fostering a positive and cooperative atmosphere that will allow each camper to thrive. Criteria for eligibility: - Deaf/Hard of hearing student in grades 5-8 - In good academic standing with leadership potential - Letter of recommendation from an academic teacher and an administrator Dates and prices: - Leadership & Literacy * (grades 5-8) runs from June 27 to July 9 Cost: $750 plus deposit $50 non-refundable application processing fee * Letter of recommendation needed from an academic teacher and school administrator - Youth Recreation * (ages 8-12) runs from July 11 to July 17 Cost: $400 plus deposit $50 non-refundable application processing fee * CODA welcome - Teen Adventure * (ages 13-17) runs from July 25 to August 7 Cost $750 plus deposit $50 non-refundable application processing fee * CODA welcome Note: Spaces are limited for CODAs based on first come, first serve. We have counselor and nurse position available. Go to: and select employment to fill out the application forms. For more information about Camp Isola Bella please contact Camp Director Steve Borsotti at or visit the American School for the Deaf website at Your children will thank you! .............................................................. GARBAGE IS MONEY Garbage smells awful, but it is money for some deaf schools and some deaf service agencies. At some big events (Indianapolis 500, Kentucky Derby, Talladega 500, etc), deaf groups come to clean up garbage. Money from the garbage goes to deaf groups. So, when hearing people complain that garbage smells bad, it smells sweet for the deaf! - for ASL News version, please click on: (for your convenience, video links are posted on top of each DeafDigest edition) MORE ON LUIS ENRIQUE ERRO WHO WAS HONORED BY A POSTAGE STAMP Last week's DeafDigest featured a postage stamp in honor of Luis Enrique Erro, a Mexican astronomer who was either deaf or late-deafened. In 1940, after he became deaf, he ran for presidency of Mexico, but lost. Manuel ?vila Camacho, the winner, offered him a government position. Erro turned it down but asked the winner to found an observatory in Astrophysics. At the age of 40 he had an operation, hoping it would restore his hearing in his right ear. The operation was not a success. His deafness was hereditary, in which he told the interviewer that it was not easy to be deaf, and he had an issue with the police in Havana. May have something to do with him not following the orders of the police because of his deafness. USHER SYNDROME MANY OF US DO NOT KNOW ABOUT We associate Usher Syndrome with a narrowing range of vision. What many of us may not realize is that Usher Syndrome is the leading cause of combined hearing and vision loss. Deafness as the cause of Usher Syndrome? DeafDigest editor had an interesting discussion with Jeanne Glidden Prickett, superintendent, Iowa School for the Deaf regarding this subject. Her comments are interesting. For reasons of space, her comments are being posted on a web page: .............................................................. Dr. Steven L. Rattner, P.A. & Associates Are you concerned about yellow teeth and you have important events coming up soon like wedding day or lecturing seminars? * Britesmile - Same Day Whitening Technique in Office Do you dislike braces that has wires? * Invisalign - Clear Orthodontic Treatment to Straighten Your Minor Crooked Teeth Are your dentures loose? Does your denture tooth break off? 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Two Full Time Deaf Dentists Proficient in American Sign Language: Dr. Steven Rattner and Dr. Bo Byun * Staff Trained in Sign Language Efficiency If you have any more questions, contact us at for Dr. Bo Byun or for Dr. Steven Rattner. Our dental offices are located in College Park, MD and Rockville/Gaithersburg, MD. Our phone number for TTY is 301-474-8278. Our website is .............................................................. NEWSPAPER ARTICLE SAYING EASY TO LEARN SIGNS A newspaper ran a feature on a local college sign language program. The article said: Have you ever seen a group of people in public communicating with sign language and thought, "I wish I knew what they were saying?" Well, you are in luck. The college offers a sign language course that can open your eyes to a new form of communication That easy to follow ASL in one semester? No way! 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: National Deaf Business Institute For the organization goals and objectives and its web site, click on: AN EXCUSE FOR NOT WEARING A HEARING AID I couldn't remember where I placed it last night after I took it off for the night A GLARING NEWSPAPER CONTRADICTION Every day newspapers run features on these "success" CI stories. Of course, newspapers may not run stories on CI failures, but this is besides the point. One newspaper, within the same story, said: Children with cochlear implants have quality of life equal to normal hearing peers Yet, in that same story, several lines below, said: A cochlear implant is an electronic device, which restores partial hearing to the deaf Is the newspaper saying that those with partial hearing will have quality of life equal to normal hearing peers? DeafDigest is not, however, saying that deaf people have quality of life lower than those that can hear. A CONFESSION OF A LATE DEAFENED PERSON A late deafened person has this confession. I wear my hearing aid when people are around me at home. But when I am alone at home, I take off my hearing aid and turn on the volume to full blast on my TV and on my music! .............................................................. .............................................................. For postings, announcements and employment ad rates, please email for Special Notes, please go to the bottom of this section .............................................................. .............................................................. WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN? he is profoundly deaf without the implants Not every CI person becomes a "hearing" person with the implants. There are many deaf people that are still profoundly deaf even with the implants. Depends on the individual. .............................................................. .............................................................. 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 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: VP: (866) 669-9616 Pager: Email: .............................................................. .............................................................. 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 next 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 conferences offering you so many hours of classes as inexpensively as the Silent Weekends. Just check them out and register at Sign language DVDs are available online at - 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 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: .............................................................. .............................................................. Hot DeafNews boring, but important! The US Senate was introduced a new bill - Rosa's Law, S. 2781, which prohibits use of phrases "mental retardation" and "mentally retarded" on federal books, and to replace these with "intellectual disability". Only one thing wrong with the bill - it does not include prohibiting of "deaf-dumb" and "deaf-mute." .. Deaf Picture of the Week: Michael Lizarraga deaf basketball player, plays for CSUN basketball team .. Question of the week: Q. Which is better, a CI or a stem cell therapy? A. DeafDigest will not decide for you - but stem cell therapy is so new. It seems to be promising, but stem cell researchers are still learning about what it is all about. send your questions to the most interesting questions may be answered in future DeafDigest editions. Thank you. .. Wish List of the Week: that our senators would amend the bill, prohibiting use of words, mentally retarded and mental retardation to include deaf-dumb and deaf-mute. .. DeafHistory - Looking Back: Year 1887 - the school for the deaf in Minnesota changed its name from Minnesota Deaf, Dumb and Blind Institute to Minnesota Institute for Defectives. Luckily, it was later on renamed as Minnesota School for the Deaf and then later as Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf. .. Deaf and the Money: Year 1897 - New Mexico School for the Deaf was closed for four months. Why? The state legislature did not give enough money to keep the school running! .. DeafNumbers of the Week: 19 "surviving" staff members at California School for the Deaf at Fremont that started their careers at the school's previous campus at Berkeley. The school moved from Berkeley to Fremont in 1980 That was 30 years ago! .. DeafResources (updated 2/7/10) Deaf Acronyms for a listing of deaf reference & library resources, (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 - Baseball America's write up on deaf ball player Scott Woodward - Another Gillies story DeafDigest Sports is also distributed by DeafDigest To subscribe, e-mail DeafDigest Sports archives: -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- * 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 -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- 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 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. If interested, please contact -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- job announcement Teacher (High School English/Language Arts) Georgia School for the Deaf Cave Spring, GA for position description and application procedures, please click on: -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- job announcement Teacher (Middle School English/Language Arts) Georgia School for the Deaf Cave Spring, GA for position description and application procedures, please click on: -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- job announcement Teacher (High School Math) Georgia School for the Deaf Cave Spring, GA for position description and application procedures, please click on: -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- job announcement Substitute Teacher (Part-Time/Hourly) Georgia School for the Deaf Cave Spring, GA for position description and application procedures, please click on: -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- open positions Deaf Services Center Glenside, PA Deaf Services Center (DSC) is a dynamic team of behavioral health professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults. We take great pride that our program is strongly Deaf/HOH centered with about 85% of our staff being Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Our staff environment is one of incredible teamwork and mutual support. As a result, we are rapidly growing with new programs and expansions of our existing programs. Whether you are a high school graduate, recent college graduate or have many years experience in the field of human services we have a career building position waiting for you! DSC is looking for dedicated, motivated, energetic individuals who are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community to fill the following positions: WE ARE SOON OPENING A NEW PROGRAM - PROGRAM DIRECTOR: INTENSIVE CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR CHILDREN: (Full time) This position oversees the case management services for children who reside in the community. Responsibilities include: day to day management and supervision of children case management; coordination of services and programs with other service agencies; manage program expenses accordingly with budget; provide supervision, crisis management, training and coordinate scheduling for case managers; participate in meetings with Deaf Services Center programs as well as other programming service providers. Qualifications: a bachelor's degree in sociology, social work, psychology, gerontology, anthropology, political science, history, criminal justice, theology, counseling, education, or be a registered nurse and 5 years of mental health direct care experience preferably in a case management setting, must have 2 years of supervisory experience. Fluency in American Sign Language required. - RESIDENTIAL ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTOR: (Full time requires working evenings and weekends) This position provides leadership role for our residential program for Deaf individuals with Mental Retardation (known as Community Living Arrangement or CLA). This position oversees staff and directs client services. Qualifications: One year experience as a Resident Advisor; OR two years experience in the human services field working with individuals with developmental disabilities and/or mental health disorders; valid drivers' license; advanced fluency in ASL; demonstrated an ability to supervise, teach, advise and motivate staff members as well as Deaf Consumers; must possess strong interpersonal skills. Duties: Provide guidance and training for staff and support to Deaf consumers with developmental disabilities living in the community; promote consumers' independence and social relationships. - STAFF INTERPRETER: (Full time) Responsibilities include: Interpret for emergencies (physical and psychiatric), mental health evaluations, groups, staff meetings and sessions, home visits with deaf adults and children. Also interpret for in internal office and community meetings with both hearing and deaf professional staff. Must be able to work with a team of hearing and/or deaf interpreters and be a team player. Qualifications: AA degree with minimum 3 years of Interpreting experience with Deaf individuals or BA Interpreting degree with 1 year experience. Knowledge of mental illness and/or developmental disabilities is a plus. Must be willing to travel throughout the SE counties and be flexible to do some evenings and weekends when needed. Current national certification and PA State Registered through ODHH are preferred. - BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST: We are seeking a clinical professional with experience in utilizing the principles of applied behavior analysis; assessment and evaluation of behavior, and the application of interventions that result in behavior change. Strong interpersonal skills are also essential. The behavior specialist will be working with the treatment team to provide supports to clients who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, and their families. Must have the ability to provide clinical supervision/guidance for staff in providing therapeutic techniques and approaches and assist in treatment planning process and documentation. Qualifications: Licensed Clinical Psychologist; Board Certified Behavior Analyst; Certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis or Other Master's Level Mental Health Clinician with documented training in the field of Behavioral Modification techniques. Fluency in American Sign Language preferred, but will consider candidates with an open mindedness to learning about this population. - RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS: (various positions available) This position provides direct client services including encouraging client independence in areas such as skills in daily living and community integration. Qualifications: HS + 1 year related experience or AA; valid drivers' license; advanced fluency in ASL; minimum of 2 years experience with Deaf Community; demonstrated competency in independent living skills; ability to teach, advise and motivate Deaf Consumers; strong interpersonal skills. Duties: Provide supported living and training to Deaf consumers with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities living in the community; promote consumers' independence and social relationships. Positions open for weekend and evening shifts. We are anticipating opening a Residential Treatment Facility for Deaf adolescents early Spring 2010! We are interviewing now. Please see below for open positions: - MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST: (Part time) This position is to provide clinical support to adolescents and their family members. Qualifications: Masters in Social Work or Counseling and license (LCSW or LPC) eligible in the state of Pennsylvania; ASL fluency and Deaf Culture sensitivity; knowledge of impact of hearing loss, assistive technology and needs of persons who are hard of hearing; ability to work with both adults and children. Responsibilities include: Assessment and intervention for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals, families and groups, utilizing a variety of communication modalities to accommodate the need. Progress notes, treatment plans, discharge summaries and other reports as required. - RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS: (various positions available) This position provides direct client services to adolescents in areas such as daily living and community integration. Qualifications: HS + 3 year related experience or AA degree; valid drivers' license; advanced fluency in ASL; minimum of 2 years experience required with Deaf Community working with children or adolescents; demonstrated competency in independent living skills; ability to teach, advise and motivate Deaf Consumers; strong interpersonal skills. Duties: Provide supported living and training to teenage Deaf consumers with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities living in the community; promote consumers' growth, goals and social relationships. Positions require some weekend and evening shifts. Come be a part of our exciting growing professional TEAM! Send your letter of intent and resumes to: Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR Deaf Services Center 614 N. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038 Email: or Fax: 215-884-6301 -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Assist deaf DD Ddults Jacksonville, IL -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Speech Language pathologist Wauwatosa, WI -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Interpreter Andover, MA -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Interpreter & Coordinator Knoxville, TN -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- (updated February 7th) - EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD !! - - Job Developer/Interpreter - Crenshaw, CA - Community Interpreter - Los Angeles, CA To learn more about the above positions at GLAD, please go to our website: If interested for any of these positions then please submit resume and application to: Jeff Fetterman Human Resources Specialist Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc. 2222 Laverna Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90041 V/TDD: (323) 550-4207 Fax #: (323) 550-4204 E-mail: -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- Special Notes: Copyright 2010 by Barry Strassler, DeafDigest. 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