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DeafDigest Gold – June 14, 2009

DeafDigest Gold - June 14, 2009

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News of the Week

   Football is being restarted as a varsity sport at
Michigan School for the Deaf. They dropped football 
way back in the eighties.
   The school already has a schedule of opponents
to play this fall, including an October 17th
homecoming day game with Ohio School for the Deaf.


   A show, Carmen Mota's Fuego, is being featured in
a Seoul theater.
   The dance choreographer is Joaquin Marcelo.
He is deaf.
   How did he get the job as the choreographer?
Very simple - the show producer Carmen Mota is
Joaquin's mother and she was anxious to give
her son a break.


   Is the Hearing Aid Compatibility Act of 1988
coming back to haunt members in the Deaf Community?
   This was the issue among the CI people regarding 
the Act's lack of coverage of Cochlear Implants! 
   The Act lacks CI amendments.


   Bad economy apparently has not impacted on the
upcoming convention of the Hearing Loss Association of 
   This relatively new organization, in business for
just a few decades, has signed up 49 exhibitors.


   Many clubs for the deaf allow gambling on its premises,
but it is not known if local authorities are unaware 
of these activities or look the other way.
   It will be different at the Deaf Service Bureau of West 
Central Florida (Port Richey). The city authorities have
allowed the agency to install slot machines, with proceeds
accruing to the agency treasury.
   No one will go broke or even get rich with these slot
machines. The most one can spend is seventy five cents.
And their winnings would be in $25.00 gift cards to be
used at local Big Box stores.
   This agency is pointing at another agency nearby that
earns $3,500 per month via these slot machines.


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   We use the trash can to throw out junk and
stuff we don't need.
   And for some Deaf Historians, the trash can
is important.
   A Deaf Church was closing up for good. Everything
was thrown dumped into trash cans and trash bins.
   A Deaf Historian went through the trash cans
and saved important pictures and important
documents about the Deaf Church's past and as saved
it for Deaf Historical Research. 
   Without the trash cans, future deaf people will
know nothing about that Deaf Church's past.   

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(revised posting, June 14th)

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   We have a few deaf physicians. All of them are afraid
of the masks that surgeons use while in the operating
   It is impossible for a deaf doctor to lipread other
doctors if masks hide their lips.
   For one deaf doctor, he was surprised when other
doctors told him that in the operating room they don't
talk about the operation itself, but talk about sports,
dogs, weather, politics, etc!

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   This is a true story that took place at a recent
high school graduation ceremony.
   The school superintendent gave a long winded
speech that he spoke so fast without stopping for a
   As a result, the interpreter gave up, her hands
up in the air and shoulders giving a shrug.
   DeafDigest does not think it is funny. Possibly
it was a volunteer interpreter, that the school
district wanted to save money by not hiring a
certified interpreter.

   Is it that so amazing that the deaf could
play competitive sports?
   Apparently a newspaper in New Zealand thinks
so. A recent story was titled:

Being deaf doesn't stop girls enjoying netball

   The story gives the impression that deafness
is a barrier in sports. Maybe hearing New Zealanders
are so clueless as to what the deaf could do in
sports. This nation hosted the Deaflympics in
1989. And there is a national deaf sports
federation in New Zealand, which is at:

   Netball? It is a form of basketball and
is popular everywhere in the world, except USA!

   A newspaper in Scotland said that Ross
Grant is the first deaf person to win the
Duke of Edinburgh Award.
   The Duke of Edinburgh Award is given to
young people that get involved in a range
of activities. For more information about
the award, click on:'s_Award

   Anyway, two things stand out. Ross as
the first deaf person to win the award?
Is this a fact or an assumption? 
   And the person behind the award is Prince
Philip, who is notorious for making
insensitive remarks about the deaf and
the disabled.
   An insensitive individual giving out the
award to a deaf person? Interesting!

   We have the RID, which is the Registry of
Interpreters for the Deaf. We also have the
WASLI which is the World Association of Sign 
Language Interpreters.
   RID focuses on interpreters in USA; WASLI
is world wide.
   The WASLI idea originated in 1975, but it
took thirty long years for it to get started.
   Not always that easy to get different
sign language interpreters from different
nations on the same page.
   The web site is at:

   Many of us have hobbies. Some hobbies are
common; some other hobbies are unusual.
   An example of an unusual hobby is collecting
quartz crystal, which can be found by digging
out the Earth in some places.
   Dominic Ferrante, is the deaf man with this
quartz crystal hobby.
   And to keep up with his hobby, he attends
Che-Hanna Rock and Mineral Club monthly meetings
in Sayre, New Jersey.
   An interpreter? Yes, he brings his own
interpreter to these meetings.

   A deaf veteran of theatrical productions told
DeafDigest that we have a number of deaf directors
that are capable of directing non-deaf, non-sign
language plays, consisting of hearing actors
with theer customary speaking roles.
   What is holding them back is lack of production
interpreters. Without such interpreters, deaf
directing the hearing becomes an impossibility.

   The newspapers, on a daily basis, are full of these
early infant CI success stories.
   Is there such a thing as a 100 percent CI batting
average rate among all deaf babies that are quickly
implanted? Are there any early infant CI failures?
   This is the burning question right now. Doctors
brag about their successes, but do not brag about
their failures!


(series to be run on a weekly basis until list of
tales run out)

A hearing woman ordered pizza, but specifically
asked for a deaf driver. Since I was deaf I was
given an address to deliver the pizza to. The
woman who ordered the pizza was Tonya Harding,
(of the famous Winter Olympics figure skating 
knee-capping case) who was in hiding from the 

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A newspaper story was titled:

A mainstreamed student defies the odds to get his diploma

Defying the odds, as if it is almost impossible for any
deaf student to graduate from high school with a diploma?


31st World's Largest ASL Silent Weekend in 2010
Signing Greeting Cards
ASL and Interpreting DVDs 

Registration for this year's 30th Silent Weekend is closed 
with over 600 attending.  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) 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 
Students and professionals seeking to improve their skills can 
bring family members and they can take novice sign language 
classes for just $89 per person!
There will be group registration opportunities online after 
July 1 at  There are simply no other local, 
regional or national conferences offering you so many hours 
of classes as inexpensively as the Silent Weekends.

For example, a local RID affiliate charges $245 to $285 with 
exhibit tables at $200 with hotel at $124; ASLTA has a combo
package at $425 and exhibit tables $300 to $500 and hotel at 
$189 and RID has early bird at $450 to $575 late for non-members 
and exhibit booths are $300 to $500 and the hotel is $149.

Final details will be online beginning in August but the cost 
per person may be as low as $149 per person and exhibit tables
at $150.

Sign language DVDs are available online at -
A brand new DVD "When 'Duck' is not Enough" to show you how to
represent inanimate objects is now available.

The 8th Florida/Alaska Motorcycle Charity Run for deaf babies 
is scheduled July 1-26, 2009.

See for updates and photos.
These trips will take place every year so why not make plans 
to join us now in 2009?

Please browse our selection of signing greeting cards at:


Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

   A deaf student in a high school in South Africa
has filed a lawsuit against the nation's school
authorities to have sign language classes counted
towards graduation requirements.

DeafLibrary Page of the Week

(on a rotating basis, a different DeafLibrary Page topic 
will be featured every week) 


Deaf Picture of the Week:

Rick McClain
deaf pastor, Alabama


Question of the week:

Q. What states permit the deaf to become truck drivers?

A. Probably none; if we see a deaf truck driver around,
he probably fell through the cracks in the state and
federal regulations.

send your questions to

the most interesting questions may be answered
in future DeafDigest editions. Thank you.


Wish List of the Week:

on the NASCAR racing circuit, the tire changing
crew are valuable members of racing team; they
earn top salaries for their 14 seconds of work.

This being said, DeafDigest wishes we will have
a deaf member of one of these NASCAR tire changing


DeafHistory - Looking Back:

right up to 17th century, religion groups considered
deaf people to be "unsavable" until the first
deaf person received his communion


Deaf and the Money:

Rick Macomber, who races horses professionally, is
part of the Charity Chariots group that will be
contributing funds to a charity of their choices.

Rick's choice is Indiana School for the Deaf. Rick
is deaf and a Gallaudet graduate.

Read the story at:


DeafNumbers of the Week:

8 hours - TTY business call between an East Coast
deaf businessman and a West Coast deaf businessman,
both trying to reach agreement on a business deal!

That was before the internet, the fax, the video chats


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open positions
The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
 on campus of Gallaudet University
Washington, DC

We are recruiting for these positions:

- Principal
- Manager, Planning and Organization Development
- Manager, Public Relations and Publications
- Audiologist
- Speech Language Pathologist
Please apply if you are interested in any of these positions. 

To apply, mail a resume and Gallaudet University job 
application form to: 

Gallaudet University 
Personnel Office
College Hall - Room 106
800 Florida Avenue, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002

Or Fax resume and Gallaudet University Employment job application 
to: 202-651-5344

Email address:

Any questions regarding to these positions, contact Personnel 
office at 202-651-5352

**For details on these vacancies, please click on this link:

Locate "Job Listing", click on "Professional Staff", and 
then click on specific position you are interested in.

Gallaudet University is an EOE/educational institution and does 
not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, national origin, 
religion, age, hearing status, disability, covered veteran 
status, marital status, personal appearance, gender orientation, 
family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, 
source of income, place of business or residence, pregnancy, 
childbirth, or any other unlawful basis.  

Employees and recruiting sources are encouraged to refer 
qualified individuals from protected classes for available 

Individuals who may have inquiries regarding the University's 
policy and procedures or who may wish to file a complaint 
should contact the University's EEO Office, Gallaudet University, 
800 Florida Avenue NE, Washington DC 20002-3695, 202-651-5075.


open positions
Full Time Residential Counselors
The Learning Center for the Deaf
Framingham, MA

The Learning Center for the Deaf has openings for Full Time Residential 
Counselors, Male and Female

Overnight and Residential - 1-2 years direct care experience in residential 
program with Deaf and HOH children preferred.               

ASL Fluency required.

Please send resume, cover letter and 3 references to:

Judi Broderick
The Learning Center for the Deaf
848 Central Street
Framingham, MA 01701
FAX: (508) 875-9203


position available
Therapist II (Signing)
Regional Mental Health Center
Lake County, Indiana

Masters degree in Social Work or related field. Must be able to use 
ASL to communicate with deaf clients. Ability to work with children, 
adolescents and adults. 

Practice offers individual, couples family and group therapy modalities. 

Minimum of two years of experience required. License preferred.

You May mail, fax, or e-mail your resume to:

Geminus Corporation
Attn: Recruiting                         
8400 Louisiana Street
Merrillville, IN 46410



Fax: 219-757-1810


Position Vacancy Notice
Total Communication/Auditory Oral Early Childhood
  Instructor of the Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind
position located at Nampa, Idaho

Begin Date:        August 2009

Nature of Work:        Develop and implement a continuum of educational 
activities for D/HH preschool age children; develop IEP goals and 
attend other meetings required for the delivery of educational 
services; teach one session of total communication and one session 
of auditory oral preschool; other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:        Idaho Standard Exceptional Child 
Certification with a Hearing Impaired Endorsement; Early Childhood 
Endorsement preferred; Experience teaching deaf children in Total 
Communication/Auditory Oral
Settings; Bachelor's degree required, Master?s degree preferred.

Salary:        Commensurate with education and experience.

Benefits: Comprehensive fringe benefit package included.

To Apply:        
Interested persons are to submit a letter of application, resume, 
official transcripts, copies of certification and three letters of 
recommendations to:

Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind
ATTN: Human Resources
1450 Main St
Gooding, ID  83330

Location:        Parkview Early Learning Center, Nampa, Idaho  
Closing Date:        Open until filled.

Successful candidate will be required to furnish a background check 
within three months of employment per Idaho Code 33-130.


Position Vacancy Notice
Department Chair: American Sign Language and Interpreting Education
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester, NY

NTID is one of the eight colleges within Rochester Institute of 
Technology (RIT), a national center of educational excellence.  

It is located in Rochester, New York, which is home to a large and 
vibrant Deaf community and has been named as one of the top 100 
American cities in which to raise a family.  

The RIT community is diverse, dynamic, and excellence-driven.  
Within the college of NTID, the ASLIE department provides American 
Sign Language instruction to the university's faculty, staff, and 
students.  In addition, the ASLIE department educates students 
seeking a baccalaureate degree in the field of ASL/English 

Chair responsibilities, in addition to traditional faculty 
responsibilities, include: Provide strategic direction for the 
design, delivery, and on-going evaluation of curricula; manage the 
composition, evaluation, and development of the department's human 
resources; monitor budget and maintain departmentally-assigned 
resources; represent the department to internal RIT and NTID 
stakeholders as well as national stakeholders;  and provide 
programmatic and curricular leadership to a nationally recognized 
faculty in the fields of American Sign Language instruction and 
ASL/English Interpreting education.

Review of applications will begin Sept 30th and will continue until 
position is filled.

For a complete job description and to apply online, visit the RIT Career 

Candidate must be eligible to work in the United States

Rochester Institute of Technology is an EO/AA Employer.


position openings
Assisted Living Aides
Elwyn, Inc
Media, PA (suburban Philadelphia)

Elwyn Inc, a nonprofit human services organization located in
suburban Philadelphia (Media) PA is currently accepting
applications for the following full time and part time positions:

- Assisted Living Aides:
Assist elderly individuals with activities of daily living and
socialization in Valley View Assisted Living Community for the
Deaf, a retirement home for the elderly Deaf

Minimum requirements: A high school diploma or equivalent and a
current driver's license with a safe driving record.

All positions require sign language fluency and a true desire to help

Elwyn provides an excellent benefits package including tuition
reimbursement, life insurance, pension plan, tax sheltered annuity,
credit union, paid training and free parking in a supportive, caring

Please visit to find out more about Elwyn
(click on Deaf Services).

Resumes can be sent to Carole Surdyke at:


Fax: 610-891-2623


position opening
Phoenix Day School for the Deaf
Phoenix, Arizona

to read position description and application procedures, 
please click on:


position announcement
Technology Teacher
Rochester School for the Deaf
Rochester, NY 

DATE POSITION TO BE FILLED:        September 1, 2009

Teach a variety of courses to Deaf students, with technology 
as the primary focus.  Serve as a resource to teachers and 
students in the area of technology.  Serve on Technology 
Curriculum Committee.  Participate in weekly team meetings 
with other staff members to plan programs, behavior management 
techniques, and strategies for student success.  Follow 
required NYS curriculum standards and prepare students for 
required NYS assessment tests.  Write and implement student 

Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Education of the Deaf or 
computer technology.  New York State certification as a 
teacher or the ability to obtain same. Previous experience 
working with Deaf students and classroom integration of 
technology.  Advanced Rating on the SCPI.

Harold Mowl, Jr., Superintendent/CEO
Rochester School for the Deaf
1545 St. Paul Street
Rochester, New York 14621

Applications received will be screened and the most highly 
qualified will be asked to interview.

CLOSING DATE:        Open until filled

RSD is an EOE and does not discriminate in employment on the 
basis of non-qualifying disability, race, religion, color, 
gender, marital status, age, national origin, and veteran 


(updated 6/14/09 - 1 new position)

position openings
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position descriptions and application procedures
please click on any of below:

(newest announcement - 5/31/09)
- Assistant Director of Residential Services

- Instructor I

-  Micro Systems Support Tech

- Residential Advisor

- High School Graduation Coach

- Teacher (Blind/Deaf)

- Reading Content Specialist

- Substitute Teacher (P/T-Hourly)


more position openings
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position descriptions and application procedures
please click on any of below:

- HS Math Teacher

- Middle School Language Arts Teacher

- Speech Language Pathologist

- Assistant Director for Instruction

- Teacher - Middle School Science

- Teacher - Reading Content Specialist


(updated June 14th)


*  Job Developer/Interpreter - Anaheim, Pacoima, Riverside, 
Santa Ana, CA

*  Community Interpreter (Two positions open) - 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



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