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Deafdigest Gold – April 5, 2009

DeafDigest Gold – April 5, 2009

Gold edition            Barry Strassler, Editor
http://www.deafdigest.com – updated every Monday

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ASL Videos of the Week:
http://www.deafdigest.com/barcaptions.htm
http://www.deafdigest.com/disney.htm

Deaf Cartoon (Fogey) of the week:
http://www.deafdigest.com/davideo.html

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DeafDigest welcomes unique deafnews tips; do email:
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always
anonymous

weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:

http://www.deafdigest.com (updated every Monday)

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Four Deaf Cartoons (Fogeys) are shown every week on:
http://www.deafdigest.com/davideo.html

Go there to look at the latest Cartoon

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The DeafDigest is divided into Blue and Gold sections, both
ranked equal in contents, features and ads. This is the
Gold section.

weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:

http://www.deafdigest.com (updated every Monday)

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News of the Week

AgBell vs Audism Free America (AFA). The
AFA leaders staged a rally on the grounds of the
AgBell headquarters few days ago.
Approximately 50-60 AFA people were present,
and they presented AgBell with a list of demands.
Members of DC’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing police
unit were present to maintain peace and order.
Was AgBell swayed by AFA’s demands? No. And in
the ending, AFA members were left to shout chants
outside of the AgBell headquarters.
Was the media present to make news on these
AFA demands? Yes, the Deaf Media; no, not the
Hearing Media. Said an observer:

there was no media there, and their “message” was simply
repeated to those that already agreed with them

What does DeafDigest have to feel about it?
First of all, we are Americans, and what is cherished
is our basic rights to choices, as long as these
do not break American laws nor threaten American
security.

When the cities all over the world went dark for
one hour to create climate change awareness, were
we, the deaf, involved?
At Gallaudet, yes. The campus lights went out for
one hour last week.

Budgetary woes have certainly impacted on many of
us, the deaf.
Take Arizona as an example. Deaf residents applying
for telecommunications equipment have been placed on
a waiting list. Reason is that Arizona Telecommunications
Equipment Distribution Program is short on funds.
Hopefully on or around April, of next year, funds
will be available.

For the past two weeks DeafDigest has cast
GEICO in a negative light.
And a GEICO horror tale has surfaced. Not only GEICO
would not issue automobile insurance for the
deaf in the past, but presently, would not hire
deaf to work for them.
A deaf applicant wanted to take an entry level
test for a GEICO job. GEICO said no, but relented
when an activist argued on her behalf. Then GEICO
said an interpreter is not needed. Again, when the
activist argued, GEICO relented for the second
time.
And making matters more absurd, GEICO accused
the interpreter of “feeding” answers to the
deaf test-taker.
Go, figure!

Deaf Group Home

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for Deaf Youth

– education support services
– clinical services
– job skills training
– employment support
– life skills training
– school to work transition planning
– community involvement
– recreational outings & entertainment

for more information, email mailto:asl@nm.net

or click on:

http://www.deafdigest.com/lafamilia.doc

2009 SUMMER SPORT CAMP @ GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY

http://www.gallaudetathletics.com/insideathletics/SummerCamp/index

– Volleyball Setter Camp (Girls)
– Volleyball Fundamentals Camp (Girls)
– Girls’ and Boys’ Soccer Camp
– Girls’ Shooting Camp, basketball
– Girls’ Basketball Camp
– Boys’ Football Camp (Age 13-18)
– Boys’ Shooting Camp, basketball
– Boys’ Basketball Camp

Age for all sports except football: 10-18
Age for football: 13-18

for more information (dates, fees, etc), go to the
above web site

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please email mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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http://www.deafdigest.com

updated every Monday

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ALL TTYs ON SALE!

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WCI. Your Single Source for Assistive Technology

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Digital TV Transition by June 12

Are you confused about what is required to make the switch to
digital TV?

Are you having trouble with closed captioning?

You can get your answers and assistance through CSD’s Digital TV
(DTV) Help Center. DTV Help Center is specially designed to handle
calls from deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind communities.

You can reach us through videophone with signing representatives,
TTY, AIM, e-mail or simply call our voice number through any relay
service, including Captel.

CSD’s DTV Help Center is open 18 hours a day, 7 days a week.

As many people are finding out, they turn on the TV one day, and
there is nothing to watch except white noise – where did the
channels go?

Also, people are finding closed captioning problems after they
make the switch to digital TV – what went wrong?

If you have questions, concerns or are frustrated about the DTV
transition or closed captioning, call the CSD DTV Help
Center.

Don’t be left with just static on your TV – call today!

Voice: 1-877-DTV-4YOU (1-877-388-4968)

TTY: 1-877-TTY-4CSD (1-877-889-4273)

Email: mailto:DTVHelp@c-s-d.org

Direct Videophone via Number: 866-351-1950 or 866-401-3519
Direct Videophone via IP Address: DTV03.CSD.TV or DTV04.CSD.TV

AIM: DTVCSR07 or DTVCSR008
For information about CSD, go to http://www.c-s-d.org

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CAPTIONS AT A BAR
Two deaf men went to a bar. The bartender knew
them, and he immediately turned on TV captions
for them.
The basketball game was on TV, but the captions
blocked the game score and the game time because
both were on the top of the screen.
The deaf person asked the bartender to turn off
the captions. The bartender did.
And suddenly hearing people clapped and thanked
the deaf man for requesting that captions be turned off!

– for ASL News version, please click on:
http://www.deafdigest.com/barcaptions.htm

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

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DiiT / Deaf Initiative in Technology – 2009 Summer Workshop Schedule

The Deaf Initiative in Technology (DiiT) is very excited to introduce its
2009 Summer Workshop Schedule!

DiiT is offering many new workshops this year including Basic Business
Correspondence and a series on Engineering related topics!

DiiT provides up-to-the-minute technical training in an all sign
environment.  Workshop participants get the benefit of direct interaction
with the instructors without the need for interpreters that most
professional workshops require.

All workshops are held at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (
http://www.ntid.rit.edu/ ) at the Rochester Institute of Technology in
Rochester, New York ( http://www.rit.edu/ )

To register, download the DiiT Workshop Registration Form or call
585-475-7545 (Voice or TTY)
http://www.rit.edu/diit/workshops/registration.html

The 2009 DiiT Summer Workshop Schedule:

DiiT Workshop Series on Business

1. Is It For You: Starting Your Own Business; June 8-12, 2009
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/business.html

(newly added, 2/1/09)
2. Microsoft Access 2007; Create a Database; June 15-15, 2009
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/access.html

3. Microsoft Office 2007: A Professional Approach; July 13-17, 2009
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/word.html

DiiT Workshop Series on Workplace Writing — (NEW!!!)

4. Basic Workplace Correspondence; June 22-26, 2009
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/correspondence.html

5. Basic Report Writing in the Workplace; August (TBD)
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/report.html

DiiT Workshop Series on Engineering —  (NEW!!!)
6. Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt; June 8-12, 2009
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/SixSigma.html

7. Intro to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s); June 8-10, 2009
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/PLC.html

8. Intro to Computer Numerical Control Programming; June 15-19, 2009
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/CNCP.html

9. Migrating from 2D CAD to 3D CAD using Revit Architecture June 15-19,
2009
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/cad.html

10. Solid Modeling with SolidWorks; June 22-26, 2009
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/SolidWorks.html

DiiT Workshop Series on Graphic Communication:
11. Web Site Development Using Dreamweaver CS4; June 8-12, 2009
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/dreamweaver.html

12. Self-Publishing a Book; June 15-19, 2009
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/book.html

13. Adobe Flash CS4; June 22-26, 2009
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/flash.html

14. Wide Format Printing; June 22-26, 2009
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/wide.html

15. Adobe Acrobat 9 Professional; July 13-17, 2009
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/Arobat.html

DiiT Workshop Series on Information Technology:
16. Introduction to Microsoft Visual Basic.NET; June 8-12, 2009
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/VB.html

17. JavaScript Made Easy with JQuery; June 15-19, 2009
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/JavaScript.html

18.  PHP 6 and MySQL 5;    July 13-17, 2009
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/php.html

19. PC Assembly, Maintenance, and Repair; July 13-17, 2009
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/Hardware.html

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ALMOST A DEAF MEMBER OF SNOW WHITE’S SEVEN DWARFS
We know that Snow White was friends with seven
dwarfs – Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sneezy, Sleepy, Grumpy 
and Dopey.
The seventh dwarf was almost a Deaf Dwarf! Famous
cartoonist Walt Disney wanted to name the dwarf
as Deafy! At the last minute Disney changed his
mind and changed the name from Deafy to Dopey.

– for ASL News version, please click on:
http://www.deafdigest.com/disney.htm

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact:
Judi Victor
602.264.7100 X 125
mailto:jvfly@theproducersinc.com

Holly Lim
602.264.7100 X 129
mailto:hlim@theproducersinc.com

Technical Contact:Tina Hunt
Marketing Communications Manager
Hamilton CapTel
402.694.3656 v/TTY
mailto:tina.hunt@hamiltonrelay.com

HAMILTON CapTel® ALIGNS WITH OAKTREE PRODUCTS, INC.
Hearing Professionals Now Able to Recommend CapTel Service in Their
Offices

DALLAS (April 2, 2009) – Today, from the American Academy of Audiologists
conference, AudiologyNOW!, Hamilton CapTel announced a distribution
relationship with Oaktree Products, Inc., one of the largest suppliers of
hearing aid supplies, accessories and audiology equipment in the United
States.

Historically, patients have looked to their audiologist to resolve
their difficulties hearing on the telephone. As a result of this new
relationship, audiologists who are affiliated with Oaktree are able to
extend the benefits of Hamilton CapTel directly to their patients.

“In surveys conducted by audiology and hearing aid publications, the
most often reported concern from people with hearing loss is difficulty
using the telephone. It is a consistent patient issue,” said Bob Kemp,
founder and owner of Oaktree Products. “The most common solutions
previously recommended by audiologists have included telecoil-equipped
hearing aids and amplified telephones. These solutions are viable for
many, but not for all. CapTel is a great service for those who may not
benefit from other solutions.”

Hamilton CapTel allows people with hearing loss to read captioned
transcriptions of what the other party is saying during telephone
conversations. Using advanced voice-recognition technology, a
specially-trained operator re-voices everything the other party says,
allowing the Hamilton CapTel user to effectively use the phone.

Frank Endres, national CapTel program manager for Hamilton CapTel,
believes the relationship between Hamilton and Oaktree paves the way for
affiliated audiologists across the country to easily recommend Hamilton
CapTel services to their patients.

“Oaktree is a knowledgeable and respected resource for audiologists
throughout the United States, and we’re pleased to align ourselves with
them,” Endres said.

John Nelson, president of Hamilton Relay, stated, “Now, as a result of
this new relationship, when people with difficulty hearing over the phone
seek resolution in their audiologists’ office, Oaktree hearing healthcare
professionals are able to offer the benefits of Hamilton CapTel
directly.”

About Hamilton CapTel Hamilton CapTel is a service of Hamilton Relay,
a division of Hamilton Telecommunications, a diversified
communications and technology services provider based in Aurora, Neb.
Founded in 1901, Hamilton Telecommunications has grown to encompass
eight primary company divisions allowing Hamilton to operate on a local,
regional and national basis. For more information about Hamilton CapTel,
please visit http://www.hamiltoncaptel.com

About Oaktree Products, Inc:
For over 17 years, Oaktree Products, Inc. has been a well-known
supplier of audiology and hearing aid supplies, accessories and
equipment. Oaktree serves as a resource for speech-language
pathologists and audiologists. Its comprehensive catalog and
user-friendly website offer over 3,000 products, providing a
one-stop-shop for busy clinicians. As an infection control and
ALD authority, Oaktree provides education, training, and business
development guidance to help speech-language pathologists and
audiologists to grow their business. For more information, visit
http://www.oaktreeproducts.com

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A DEAF FACT OR AN EXAGGERATION
Last week there was a mention in the newspapers of
B. Leonard Liepman, a resident of Baltimore. It said
that he “was quite deaf” and invented the aluminum
horseshoe. He owned the company, named Victory Racing
Company, that manufactured these aluminum horseshoes.
Three issues:

– quite deaf. Is it as in functionally hearing but struggling
to hear or “deaf” to opinions of everyone around him?

– invented the aluminum horseshoe? A google search
revealed a different person that won the patent for
that invention

– Victory Racing Company? Did it really exist. A google
search came up with nothing

The person who spun this tale is a college professor
and an editor for a national magazine. For Deaf Researchers
of Deaf History, would this story alone qualify as a
niche in the Deaf History Books?

THE VOLCANO AND THE DEAF
Could a deaf person hear the volcano erupt?
Yes, unless the deaf person is stone-deaf, cannot
hear anything at all.
The volcano is so loud that people 250 miles
away can hear it.

A DEAF STREET VENDOR
All big cities all over the world have street vendors
that sell everything from food to clothing and electronic
apparel.
Do we have deaf street vendors? There is one in
Austin, Texas. The Giterman husband and wife team
operate a crepes vending stand – serving up
a variety of sweet crepes. They said that their
secret recipe has been passed down in the Giterman
family for generations.

FAKING DEAFNESS FOR A REASON
There are hearing people, for reasons of their own,
that fake deafness.
One 80-year old man had a reason for it. He wanted to
hear all the bad things his family had to say about him
(not behind his back, but in front of him).
As a sweet revenge, he cut out all of these bad-mouthing
family members from his will!

A BREAKTHROUGH IN INDIA
Newspapers in India, when carrying stories on the
deaf, will always either label them deaf-mute or
deaf-dumb.
A breakthrough? A story this week mentioned the
deaf as hearing impaired.
Always better to be called hearing impaired than
to be called deaf-dumb or deaf-mute.

COMMUNICATION BETWEEN A DEAF CHILD AND HEARING PARENTS
Many hearing parents do not communicate with their
deaf children. Yes, they use hand gestures but that
is about it.
Some of these deaf children, in order to communicate
with their parents, would use the video relay service!
This service is being used even if the deaf child is in
his bedroom and the parents are sitting in the living
room.

APRIL FOOLS STORY INSULTING GALLAUDET
A student newspaper at University of Missouri
at St Louis said that SLUM lost a women’s softball
game with University of the Blind and Deaf. And
that they were playing in a Special Education
Universities Conference.
SLUM was in reference to University of Missouri
at St Louis being abbreviated backwards.
Were the student writers thinking of Gallaudet
when they named the other team as University of
the Blind and Deaf?
It may be an April Fools spoof, but this story
is insulting to Gallaudet University.
If you wish to read the spoofed story, it is
at:

http://media.www.thecurrentonline.com/media/paper304/sections/20090329Sports.html

and just click on the header at:
Entire softball team sleeps through double header

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for Special Notes, please go to the bottom of this
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WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN?

a comment like this:

he attends classes, majoring in Defectology

the “defectology” phrase is common among the
Pathological, Audiological, and Medical professionals
that work with the deaf in Russia

While we, the Americans, define deafness in many other
different ways, defectology is not one of them!

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30th World’s Largest ASL Silent Weekend in 2009

Signing Greeting Cards
ASL and Interpreting DVDs

The 30th Silent Weekend in June 2009 will offer interpreters
more than 2 CEUs. A Legal Interpreting track is being featured.     

Over 100 hours of classes also ASL and ITP teachers, and beginning,
intermediate and advanced sign language and ITP students. Many
interpreters use this to get all of their RID required CEUs in a one-stop
venue at significant cost savings.  Get a group as small as five to
register at huge savings of $140 each!

Crom Saunders, Keith Wann, Trix Bruce and many nationally
known presenters are featured.

Check http://www.DrSign.com for details

Sign language DVDs are available online at http://www.DrSign.com
Consider “Oh See, Can You Say?” by Maureen Longo Tuccelli.  She shows how
to make an excellent voicing product using a clip of Peter Cook.  This
75-minute DVD  is excellent for ITP teachers and students!

“Oh See, Can You See? shows dozens of grammatical principles
and will help ITP and ASL students understand what they see. This
is a 55-minute DVD.

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

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 2009?

Please browse our selection of signing greeting cards at:
http://www.DrSign.com

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

Not for us, the profoundly deaf, but for the moderate
to severely deaf, an implantable hearing aid may be for
them.
Something like a device inserted into a patient’s ear,
under the skin. Sound-induced vibrations are supposed to
tell the brain what the words are for the wearer to
decipher.
Must have a battery, which must be rechargeable
every other day.
A company in Colorado created the device. And is
this being used for the mildly deaf? Do not know.    

Deaf Picture of the Week:

Chris Colwill
USA deaf diver, Beijing Olympics

http://www.daylife.com/search?q=Chris+Colwill

Question of the week:

Q & A with Matt Hamill in a newspaper write up

http://www.mpnnow.com/news/x543787497/Q-and-A-with-RIT-NTID-grad-The-Hammer

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:

that all us, the deaf, reaffirm our rights as Americans,
to choices in life, as long as no laws are broken and
no threats are made to public safety. This being said,
all of us, the deaf, have rights to communications modes –
be it ASL, SEE, Cued, oral and other variations of
sign languages.

(hint – is this in reference to AgBell vs AFA? Yes!)

DeafHistory – Looking Back:

Year 1926 – Edwin M. Hazel, a deaf man, came up with
a law chart that would answer 1,500 questions asked of
parliamentarians during meetings, both deaf and hearing.
In 1950 he upgraded the law chart to include 3,000
questions.

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Deaf and the Money:

deaf professional standardbred (trotters) driver stats
of Rick Macomber in 2009 through March 31st

138 races
23  won
20  2nd place finishes
15  3rd place finishes

$149,299 won so far in 2009 up to March 31st

Last year he led all drivers with race purse earnings
at Hoosier Park in Indiana

He is Gallaudet’s boast of a full time professional
athlete among its alumni, the same as NTID’s boast
of a full time professional athlete (Matt Hamill).

DeafNumbers of the Week:

Which is bigger – Gallaudet University or Vatican
City?

Gallaudet sits on land that is 96 acres; the Vatican
City sits on 109 acres.

DeafDigest Sports

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position announcement
Principal
Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf

At the Western PA School for the Deaf (WPSD), “Our kids come
first.” 

We are looking for someone to join our staff who shares this
commitment and is willing to work with the goal of providing
our students with the best education possible. 

If you share our commitment to students and want to make a
career at a school committed to being the best, WPSD is the
place for you. 

Please visit our web site at http://www.wpsd.org for the
position description for the Principal opening. 

Excellent salary and benefit package available.  Sign Language
skills, FBI clearance, PA Act 34 and 151 Child Abuse
clearances are required.

Send letter and resume to:

Director of Human Resources
Western PA School for the Deaf
300 East Swissvale Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15218-1469

Fax:   412-233-3211
Email: mailto:hshirey@wpsd.org

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position opening
Employment Specialist
Partnership Development Group
position based both in Frederick, MD & Montgomery County, MD

Partnership Development Group
804 Landmark Drive
Suite 118
Glen Burnie, MD  21061

An exciting opportunity for caring, dynamic individuals to
provide vocational counseling, job development and long term
job coaching for Deaf adults with disabilities. 

This is cutting edge human services organization prides itself
on providing the best in services to its consumers.

Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree preferred, fluent in ASL,
two years job development experience, excellent communication
skills, computer literacy, and valid driver’s license.

Send resume and writing sample.

– Location: Baltimore, Montgomery County, Anne Arundel County
– Compensation: $28,000 to $31,000 plus benefits
– Telecommuting is ok.
– This is at a non-profit organization.
– OK to highlight this job opening for persons with disabilities
– Please, no phone calls about this job!

Please forward cover letter, resume and writing sample to: 
mailto:ehawthorn@pdgrehab.com

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seeking
Interpreter Services Consultant
North Carolina Division of Services for the Deaf & HOH
Greensboro, North Carolina

Vacancy #60089706, Closing Date:  April 13, 2009
Salary Grade: 68, Salary Range:  $35,337 – $56,330

Description:
The Interpreter Support Services Consultant position is located at
the Greensboro Regional Center.  The position provides and / or
coordinates direct interpreting services for the Regional Center,
consultation to agencies and organizations in catchment area
pertaining to communication access for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and
Deaf-Blind individuals, and the development of local interpreter
training and skill development opportunities.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
Must be/have:

– Skills in receptive and expressive interpreting / transliterating
in a variety of settings. 

– Ability to assess communication skill level or special needs (i.e.
low vision) of client and provide appropriate services.

– Knowledge related to the Professional Code of Conduct for
interpreters, the general business practices (including laws that
govern or impact consumer services) and Deaf Culture. 

– Ability to provide guidance, information and education in the area
of interpreting.

– Ability to establish rapport with deaf populations, professional
colleagues, community, and business officials. 

– Excellent English skills, both spoken and written. Public Speaking
skills. 

– Ability to organize, train and evaluate the work of others.

– Interpersonal communication and team building skills.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
– Experience working with Deaf-Blind consumers
– Basic Computer Skills

Training and Experience:
– An Associates Degree from a two year interpreter training program
AND two years of professional interpreting experience;

OR

– High school diploma AND four years of professional interpreting
experience;

OR

– An equivalent combination of training and experience.

Interested persons should submit a complete North Carolina State
application (PF107) http://www.osp.state.nc.us/jobs/gnrlinfo.htm#app
to the Human Resource office by 5 pm on the closing date. 

Resumes in lieu of State applications ARE NOT accepted. 

For more information please visit the DSDHH website at:
http://dsdhh.dhhs.state.nc.us/

or contact DSDHH at 919-874-2212.

Applications must be mailed to: 

DSDHH,
Attn:  Brenda Raing,
2301 Mail Service Center,
Raleigh, NC 27699-2301

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Job opening
Position: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Deaf Adult Services, Inc
Buffalo, NY

Reports To: Board of Directors

Salary: Full time and commensurate with experience

Qualifications: Masters Degree in Business, Human Service or relevant
field, or equivalent. Must have a minimum of three years management
experience in a non-profit organization. Experience with fundraising and
grant writing, budget and financial management, thorough knowledge of
Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Hearing Cultures, fluent in American Sign
Language. Diplomacy and strong people skills, as well as public speaking
ability.

Function:
– Along with the Board of Directors, formulate the plan for achieving the
philosophy, mission, strategy, annual goals and objectives of Deaf Adult
Services.

– With the Chair of the Board, enable the Board of Directors to fulfill
its governance function.

Responsibilities to Organization Personnel and Programs:
– Ensure the organization’s philosophy and mission is pertinent and
practiced throughout the organization.

– Assume responsibility for the organization’s consistent achievement of
mission and financial objectives. Financial, tax, risk and facilities
management; works with the Financial Committee to recommend a yearly
budget for Board approval and prudently manages organization’s resources
within those budget guidelines.

– Responsible for all staff and organization operations.

– Serve as the chief spokesperson for the organization and ensure proper
representation to its various constituencies.

Responsibility to Community:
– Maintains active involvement in, and close relationship to, the Deaf and
Interpreting Community and in selected community activities related to the
agency’s area of practice. Responsible to address concerns or issues that
affect agency, staff or community.

– Develop and maintain liaisons with other community agencies and
organizations.

– Maintains up to date ASL and Interpreting Curriculum and class schedules
for community sign language classes, oversees and evaluates ASL
Instructors.

Send cover letter and resumes, by Wednesday, May 1, 2009, to:

Deaf Adult Services, Inc.
Attention: Executive Director, Search Committee, CONFIDENTIAL
2495 Main St,. Suite 347,
Buffalo, NY 14214

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Position Available
Supervising Teacher of the Deaf
Indiana School for the Deaf
Indianapolis, IN

The Indiana School for the Deaf is seeking qualified candidates to
interview for a Supervising Teacher of the Deaf position for the
2009-2010 school year. 

The Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD) is a co-educational, residential
school, founded in 1843, which serves a student population of 390+
students with 40% living in the residential halls. 

ISD is nationally recognized for its on-going commitment to
bilingual/bicultural education for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
students.

ISD seeks Supervising Teacher candidate who possesses the following
qualifications/qualities:

– Indiana (or equivalent) Teacher’s License
– 5 years teaching experience REQUIRED
– License in subject area
– Commitment to bilingual/bicultural education
– Ability to deliver curriculum utilizing a variety of teaching methods
– Individuals who love working with children/adolescents/young adults

– 3.0 or above score on the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview
(Arrangements can be made for candidates to take the test at ISD.)

– Knowledge of child development and successful educational techniques
– Excellent communication and human-relations skills
– Individuals who excel in both leadership and teamwork roles
– PREFERRED: Administration License K-12

Applicants must submit an Indiana State Application via the Indiana
State Personnel website at http://www.in.gov/jobs – Use the “Employment
and Careers” link.

This position will be posted from:  3/22/09 – 5/24/09

If you have any questions please contact our Human Resources Department
via telephone (317/920-6218 v/tty) or E-Mail: 

mailto:mbetzold@isd.k12.in.us

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

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(updated 4/5/09 – 3 new positions)

position openings
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

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

(new)
– Instructor I
http://www.deafdigest.com/instr.doc

(new)
–  Micro Systems Support Tech
http://www.deafdigest.com/micro.doc

(new)
– Residential Advisor
http://www.deafdigest.com/resid.doc

– High School Graduation Coach
http://www.deafdigest.com/coach.doc

– Teacher (Blind/Deaf)
http://www.deafdigest.com/lcs.doc

– Reading Content Specialist
http://www.deafdigest.com/rcs.doc

– Substitute Teacher (P/T-Hourly)
http://www.deafdigest.com/sub.doc

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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
http://www.deafdigest.com/hsmath.doc

– Middle School Language Arts Teacher
http://www.deafdigest.com/lang.doc

– Speech Language Pathologist
http://www.deafdigest.com/slp.doc

– Assistant Director for Instruction
http://www.deafdigest.com/asstdir.doc

– Teacher – Middle School Science
http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/pea_hr_jobsearch.aspx
http://www.spa.ga.gov/word/jobinfo/stateapp-emp.doc

– Teacher – Reading Content Specialist
http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/pea_hr_jobsearch.aspx
http://www.spa.ga.gov/word/jobinfo/stateapp-emp.doc

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position opening
Telecommunications Program Administrator
North Carolina Division of Services for the Deaf and
the Hard of Hearing
Raleigh, NC

Vacancy #4451-0067-2500-032, Closing Date:  April 3, 2009
Salary Grade:  72, Salary Range:  $41,173 – $67,369
Description

This position is located in the North Carolina Division of Services
for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (DSDHH) Administration Office in
Raleigh, North Carolina.

This position serves as a telecommunications relay service (TRS)
administrator and develops/monitors the contract with a Relay Vendor
ensuring full compliance with the terms of the contract and state and
federal regulations.  This position also administers the
Telecommunication equipment Distribution Program (TEDP) that provides
telecommunication equipment to eligible North Carolina residents. This
position supervises six employees (One TEDP Coordinator and Five
Assistants).  As a member of the Division’s Executive Management team,
this position participates in the Division’s policy development and
strategic planning process for Relay, Equipment Distribution and
Outreach Services.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
– Experience in the areas of Management and Supervision, Budget
Management, Strategic Planning, Policy and Contract Development,
Contract Administration, Training and Public Speaking Knowledge.

– Knowledge of State and Federal Laws pertaining to Relay and
Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Services.

– Extensive Knowledge and Experience with Deaf, Hard of Hearing,
Deaf-Blind and Speech-Impaired Service Needs and Provision.

– Extensive Knowledge of Telecommunications Needs and Resources for
Service Population.

– Experience with the Operation and Use of Relay Services.
– Strong Interpersonal and Team Work Skills Critical
– Management Preference
– Ability to Communicate in Sign Language

– Experience with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) processes,
including Filing Comments and Complaints.

Training and Experience:
– Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling for the Deaf OR
Education for the Deaf AND
Two Years of Experience in a Deaf AND/OR Rehabilitation Program AND
having Total Manual Communications Skills OR
Graduation from a Four Year College or University with a Degree in
Rehabilitation Counseling OR Education for the Deaf and Four Years
Experience in a Deaf AND/OR Rehabilitation Program AND
Having Total Manual Communications skills; OR an Equivalent
Combination of Training AND Experience with Total Manual
Communication Skills

Interested persons should submit the following to the Human Resource
office by 5:00pm on the closing date:

The official posting can be found at DSDHH’s website:
http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dsdhh/
Click on “Job Vacancies” in the Hot Topics box.

A complete North Carolina State application (PDF107)
http://www.osp.state.nc.us/jobs/gnrlinfo.htm#app, “Resumes” in lieu of
State applications ARE NOT accepted.

Applications may be mailed to:
DSDHH,
Attn:  Brenda Raing,
2301 Mail Service Center,
Raleigh, NC  27699-2301

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(updated April 5th)

Exciting Career Opportunities at GLAD:

– Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim, Norwalk, Pacoima,
Santa Ana, CA

– Placement Coordinator – Riverside, CA

– Community Interpreter – Los Angeles, CA

To learn more about the above positions at GLAD, please go to our website:

http://www.gladinc.org

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: mailto:jfetterman@gladinc.org

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