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DeafDigest – 26 April 2009

DeafDigest Gold – April 26, 2009

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

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serving the Deaf Community since 1996; 13th year

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ASL Videos of the Week:
Two Half Deaf Actors
Locating a TTY

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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It offers a wide array of services and products including:

Investments
Life Insurance
Long Term Care Insurance
Retirement Planning
Education Planning
Tax Planning
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For further information or to make an appointment, click into
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240-379-6908 VP/TTY
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Kramer Financial is not affiliated with FSC Securities Corporation or
registered  as a broker/dealer or investment advisor.

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Refinance your adjustable rate mortgage into a low fixed-rate mortgage.

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rate!

Call us for a quick mortgage review to see if it makes sense to refinance.

Kramer Financial
usa@kramerfinancial.com
240-379-6908 (TTY/VP)
240-379-6929 (V)

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Register and obtain a 10-digit number to receive calls
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Staying Connected:

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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
A DeafDigest subscriber, while driving his car,
saw a sign that was insulting to the deaf.
He took a picture of the sign and sent it to
DeafDigest.
What is the insult? Do click on:

http://www.deafdigest.com/insult.jpg

We have a professional deaf athlete that has
over 1,500 career wins and is being featured
as a “Fab Five” celebrity harness drivers.
This person is Rick Macomber. Do read more
about him and to look at his picture at:

http://www.harnesslink.com/www/Article.cgi?ID=71742

In the picture, he stands on the left side.

In our Deaf Drama world, our actors normally come from
either Gallaudet, or NTID or possibly from residential
schools for the deaf.
Nicholas Stargall may be one of these few deaf exceptions.
He attends classes at Georgia Perimeter College, majoring
in Philosophy and minoring in Theater. And he has been
cast in a role in a Tom Stoppard play.
He does not think it is unusual, even though
DeafDigest thinks it is.

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

Don’t Miss It – World Premiere of Universal Signs!
http://www.universalsignsmovie.com
Keswick Theater, Glenside, PA

A groundbreaking “silent” film, presented in mesmerizing American
Sign Language (ASL) with English subtitles, Universal Signs
touches the hearts and minds of hearing and Deaf audiences alike.

It was the winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature Film
at the Philadelphia Film Festival.

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2009 at two special screenings
Time: Matinee at 1PM and Evening at 7PM
Location: Keswick Theater, Glenside, PA 19038

Meet the Stars! Opportunities to get autographs and candid photos
with your favorite Deaf actors: Anthony Natale, Deanne Bray and
Troy Kotsur!

Visit http://www.universalsignsmovie.com for all the details and
to Reserve your Tickets Today!

The film was a sell-out at the Philadelphia Film Festival.  We are
hoping to repeat its success at the World Premiere!

Universal Signs Story Synopsis:
After the death of his fiancée’s daughter while in his care, Andrew
(Anthony Natale, Mr. Holland’s Opus), a Deaf artist, becomes a
prisoner of his own mind.

Tormented day and night by memories and self-blame, Andrew falls in
a downward spiral of depression and anger that alienates everyone
around him.

It is only through a serendipitous friendship and new love with Mary
(Sabrina Lloyd, Sports Night) that Andrew is able to sense the life
around him, forgive himself, rediscover his muse and experience the
transformative power of love.

An original score by Academy Award® winner Joseph Renzetti propels
the story along with stellar supporting performances from Margot
Kidder (Superman), Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager), Deanne Bray
(Sue Thomas: FBEye) and Ashlyn Sanchez (Crash).

Visit us at http://www.universalsignsmovie.com to find out more!

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updated every Monday

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ALL TTYs ON SALE!

At WCI, April brings “showers” of savings to you with 10% off every
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Having closed captioning issues?

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Hours of Operation:

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TWO HALF-DEAF ACTORS IN A MOVIE
Many years ago, famous actor Richard Widmark
was deaf in one ear. Also, another famous actor
Jimmy Stewart was deaf in one ear.
Making it worse was that director John Ford
was late deafened.
Both Widmark and Stewart worked together on
one movie, directed by Ford.
It was confusing. In one scene, Stewart and
Widmark were placed across the room. Stewart’s
deaf ear was opposite Widmark’s deaf ear – and
they could not easily communicate with each
other. And they could not hear the commands
by Ford!
The cameraman had to use hand signals
to tell these two actors what to do!

– for ASL News version, please click on:
http://www.deafdigest.com/half.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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LOOKING FOR A TTY IN A HOSPITAL
About 25 years ago, DeafDigest editor was
visiting his mother, who was in a hospital. He
needed to use a TTY to make a telephone call.
There was a TTY sign on the hospital wall,
but the hospital people did not know where
the TTY was located.
The hospital people had to make many phone
calls to try to locate the TTY. The wait was
about an half hour. Finally they found the
TTY – but it was located in one building
on the huge hospital grounds. It took a very
long walk from one hospital building to another
hospital building to locate the TTY.
Altogether, it took about an hour. That was
25 years ago; we are lucky we have pagers and
laptops that make communications much easier
for us!

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

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

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Dear High School Boys & Coaches:

The United States of Deaf America Deaf Basketball (USADB), a National
Sports Organization under the auspices of the USA Deaf Sports Federation,
is establishing and sponsoring the fourth Annual Boys Elite Basketball
Camp for our nation’s top basketball players. This camp will be held
at Alabama School for the Deaf in Talladega on July 6th to 11th, 2009.

The purpose of this new basketball camp is to develop our deaf youth in
building an outstanding program to prepare them for international competitions
such as the Pan America Games, World Championships and Deaflympics, as well as
preparation for college level competition and Deaf club participation for our
future generations.

The camp will be limited to the top 24-32 Deaf basketball players from across
the nation, from freshmen to seniors Graduated). Those participants are
required to be highly skilled, motivated and show desire to improve.

Invitations to the camp will be sent out by the staff committee.

The criteria the boys must meet for this camp are:  recent starter on his
2008-09 high school varsity team, hard worker looking to improve his all-around
skills, attendance at previous basketball fundamental camp(s), high school
coach’s recommendation, and consideration for competition/potential to be
a college athlete.

Highly skilled coaches from across the nation will be instructors and a full
plethora of daily practices, scrimmages, guest speakers, daily scrimmages
against AAU teams and more will be included in the camp package.

The deadline for registration is June 6, 2009.

If you have any question regarding the camp, please e-mail at
kwesthoelter@gmail.com to get registration form.

Keith Westhoelter
USADB Elite Basketball Camp Director

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A HARD OF HEARING GOLFER
We have many, many golfers that are either deaf or
hard of hearing.
One hard of hearing golfer was hit on his head by an
errant hearing golfer. The deaf golfer didn’t see the
shot as he was busy locating his own ball. The hearing
golfer shouted out the name instead of fore, hoping
the hard of hearing golfer would duck.
A shouted fore means to duck, a shouted name would
mean a raised hand to acknowledge the call.
The hard of hearing golfer said he does not always
play with his hearing aid as he wanted to be aware of
the surroundings.
This hard of hearing golfer is one of the nation’s
few golf professionals, by the way.

NATIONS WITH “ADA” LAWS
Very few nations have ADA laws that are as strong
as USA; again many nations have some type of
anti-discrimination laws.
The list is at:

http://www.dredf.org/international/lawindex.shtml

DEAF ATHLETE: CHEERING OR TAUNTING
Some sports fans are crazy. When one cheers, other
calls it taunting!
When Michael Lizarraga, the deaf member of the
CSUN basketball team, made an appearance at a NCAA
tournament game with just 11 seconds to go, the
fans stood up and cheered him on.
One fan was upset – said it is taunting Michael’s
deafness.
So could cheering be considered the same as
taunting?

AN ERRONEOUS ASSUMPTION
DeafDigest editor could not believe his eyes when he
read the statement on one deaf-related web site. It said:

I do not believe that Federal and State tax dollars should
be supporting free college education for deaf citizens
simply because they are deaf

Gallaudet and NTID both get federal funds; these
federal funds do not subsidize students’ tuition costs.
College education is not free at Gallaudet or at NTID,
or at other colleges, unless these deaf students are
on a 100 percent, full ride scholarships that pay for
everything – tuition, board, books, activity fees, etc.

This statement is erroneous.

A DISHONEST INTERPRETER CHARGED WITH THEFT
99.9 percent of our interpreters are honest; they
work hard and get paid for their work.
It is the 00.1 percent that makes our interpreters
look bad.
The police charged an interpreter with felony
theft. That interpreter, for the past 10 years,
would pose as a deaf person and contact a city
agency, demanding an interpreter for some city
events. The city would hire that interpreter
without realizing it was all a ruse.
It is akin to a dishonest fireman starting a fire
so that he, and his fire department, can be kept
busy!

A NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO STORY ON CI
We are forever reading newspapers about CI
making a hearing person out of a deaf person, that
CI is something miraculous, that a deaf person’s
life has changed for the better, and so on.
DeafDigest has always felt that we read all
about the CI successes, but do not read stories
on CI failures.
It was interesting to read a recent National Public
Radio story about a CI. It said:

cochlear implants provide the deaf with at least some
sense of sound

This is absolutely correct – this “at least some sense of
sound” statement. A CI as well as with a hearing aid
will allow the deaf person to hear sounds. Deciphering
sounds, however, is another thing.

THE VALUE OF OUR JOB COACHES
Job coaching is a relatively new profession. And
it plays an important role in helping the deaf
continue gainfully employed in the work place.
A former deaf agency administrator said:

job coaches are very helpful in getting deaf people
jobs and in providing training for them. Sometimes,
they are able to communicate better with companies
that are leery about hiring a deaf person. The job coach
helps the company get adjusted to having a deaf
employee, and in fact, encourage the company to hire
more deaf employees. The job coach makes the employers
aware of tax benefits of hiring the deaf. The deaf
employees, however, must understand that the role of the
job coach, is not a “personal assistant” for them.

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email mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

for Special Notes, please go to the bottom of this
section

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WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN?

Anti-Social Behaviour Order

it is the name of a special police force in
Great Britain.

One of its responsibilities is to tone down excessive
noise that threatens to make people deaf

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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!
Researchers from Tel Aviv University in Israel and
Purdue University are saying that lack of tiny molecules
may be the reason for progressive hearing losses
in individuals.

Deaf Picture of the Week:

David Buxton
elected councilman in United Kingdom; he is deaf and uses
British Sign Language

http://www.epsom-ewell-libdems.org.uk/news/000193/bbc2s_see_hear_features_epsoms_lib_dem_councillor_david_buxton.html

Question of the week:

Q. I notice that Netflix doesn’t have too much of
DVDs in English subtitles and/or captions. Is that
true?

A. False because I see more and more DVDs are available
in English Subtitles aka SDH (Subtitled for Deaf and Hard of
Hearing.) Closed-Captioning system is not available on
Blu-Ray movies because most of them are in English Subtitle
only

(this response was provided by a regular Netflix subscriber)

He also added:

If he is talking about downloading through Netflix to watch
an “instant movie” on Internet, then he is right that
there none is available with either subtitling or captioning
features. Netflix has promised that captions and subtitles
will be available in the future

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 we will see a deaf theatrical director work
with a hearing, non-deaf theme play

(one deaf director did and quit – that was some time
ago)

DeafHistory – Looking Back:

year 1917 – James Logan passes away; he modified
a microscope and won a patent for it.

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Deaf and the Money:

In 1965, a group of Gallaudet students established
baseball as a club sport. What was the total
costs needed to fund baseball as a club sport?

Just $149.34

The club saved a lot of money by using abandoned
uniforms, bats, and catcher’s gear. The players
paid for their caps and had to provide their
own cleats. The team had to share just one
batting helmet!

Nowadays it is costly to operate a college
baseball program everywhere in USA and
$149.34 would not be enough to purchase
a new baseball glove.

Gallaudet, of course, operates a first class
baseball program nowadays.

DeafNumbers of the Week:

– close to 1,000 deaf individuals

that would be the number of deaf individuals employed
in the TTY relay/VRS relay/TTY distribution field
everywhere in USA

DeafDigest Sports

DeafDigest Sports is a no-cost subscription available only for DeafDigest
subscribers; e-mail mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

there is no web page postings with DeafDigest Sports;
you have to subscribe to keep up with deafsports!

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position opening
Teacher of the Deaf – English/Language Arts
Western PA School for the Deaf
Pittsburgh, PA

DEPARTMENT: High School

REPORTS TO: Principal and/or High School Assistant Principal

JOB DESCRIPTION:                
This is an exempt, full-time 187-day position.  Responsible for                                         
instructional programming in academics, language development                                    
and communication, in addition to guiding students toward healthy                               
social, emotional and vocational adjustment.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:                 
PA Instructional I or Instructional II certification in Deaf
Education with a dual certification in English/Language Arts
required. Information on PA teaching certification may be found
on the PDE website ( http://www.pde.state.pa.us ).                      
website (www.pde.state.pa.us).

Sign language skills of applicants will be rated using the SLPI.
“Advanced” level skills preferred at hire.

FBI, PA Act 34, and 151 Child Abuse clearances required.

SALARY:                         
Dependent on education and experience, with full benefits including
membership in the State’s teacher retirement system, medical,
dental, vision, long term disability and life insurance.

10 medical, dental, vision, long term disability and life insurance;
10 sick days and 3 personal days annually.

DEADLINE TO APPLY:      
May 29, 2009

STARTING DATE:          
August 17, 2009

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: 
Send letter of application and resume to:

Helen K. Shirey
Director of Human Resources
Western PA School for the Deaf
300 East Swissvale Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15218

It is the policy of the Western PA School for the Deaf not to
discriminate in its programs of education, employment, and all other
activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry,
gender, age, religion, disability, or gender preference.

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positions openings
Teachers of the Deaf
Western PA School for the Deaf
Pittsburgh, PA

REPORTS TO: Principal and/or Assistant Principal

JOB DESCRIPTION:
This is an exempt, full-time 187-day position.  Responsible for
instructional programming in academics, language development
and communication, in addition to guiding students toward healthy
social, emotional and vocational adjustment.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
To be considered, an applicant must possess a PA Instructional I
or Instructional II certification in Deaf Education.  A dual
certification in content area is preferred. (Information on PA
teaching certification may be found on the website
http://www.pde.state.pa.us ). Sign language skills of applicants
will be rated using the SLPI; “Advanced” level skills preferred
at time of hire. FBI, PA Act 34 and 151 Child Abuse clearances
required.

SALARY:
Dependent on education and experience, with full benefits including
membership in the State’s teacher retirement system, medical,
dental, vision, long term disability and life insurance.

10 medical, dental, vision, long term disability and life insurance;
10 sick days and 3 personal days annually.

DEADLINE TO APPLY:
May 29, 2009

STARTING DATE:
August 17, 2009

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
Send letter of application and resume to:

Helen K. Shirey
Director of Human Resources
Western PA School for the Deaf
300 East Swissvale Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15218

It is the policy of the Western PA School for the Deaf not to
discriminate in its programs of education, employment, and all other
activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry,
gender, age, religion, disability, or gender preference.

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position opening
Case Management Specialist
Nevada Association of the Deaf/Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy
Resource Center
Las Vegas, Nevada

for position description & application procedures, click on:
http://www.deafdigest.com/casemanagement.doc

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now hiring
Athletic Director/Extra Curricular Activities Director
Metro Deaf School/Minnesota North Star Academy
St. Paul, MN

Candidate would be responsible for Extra Curricular and Athletic
programs at our PreK-12 charter school for Deaf students.

This is Part time to Full time employment for the ’09-’10 school
year calendar with an annual salary commensurate with
experience and/or degree.

Further Information about our available positions can be reviewed
at our websites —
http://metrodeafschool.org/Job_Opportunities.html
http://www.mnnorthstaracademy.org/employment.html

To apply, send letter of interest and current resume to:

Metro Deaf School
ATTN: Director
1471 Brewster St.
St. Paul, MN 55108-2612

mailto:contact.us@metrodeafschool.org

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position opening
Lecturer – ASLIE; Instructional/Support Faculty
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester, NY

REQUIRED:
– MS/MA in appropriate discipline related to the field of ASL
instruction

– Currently pursuing ASLTA Certification from the American Sign
Language Teachers Association

– Native or native-like proficiency in ASL

PREFERRED:           
– Qualified level Certification from the American Sign Language
Teachers Association

– At least three years teaching experience at the secondary
and/or post-secondary level

– Experience with curriculum development

– Demonstrated knowledge and sensitivity to the characteristics
of second language teaching/learning and adult learners

– Demonstrated ability to contribute to the field of ASL
instruction

– Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s
continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism and
individual differences

– Earned doctorate or ABD in appropriate discipline related to
the field of ASL instruction

Rochester Institute of Technology is an EO/AA Employer. We are
seeking individuals who are committed to contributing to RIT’s
core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.

Resume deadline May 1st

For more details and to apply on line please go to:                                                                    
https://mycareer.rit.edu

KEYWORD SEARCH: IRC#29817

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(updated – one additional position added – 4/26/09)

position openings at Department of Education
Gallaudet University
Washington, DC

– expertise in Elementary Education

– expertise in Early Childhood Education (Birth through age 8)

– expertise in ASL/Bilingual Education, Early Childhood Education,
Elementary Education, Secondary Education, or Students with
Disabilities

(below just added to the list)
– expertise in Literary Education

to read position descriptions and application procedures on
either of these three positions, please click on:

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

and click on either of four Department of Education links

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(updated 4/26/09 – 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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(updated April 26th)

Exciting Career Opportunities at GLAD:

– Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim, Pacoima, 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:

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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News of the Week:

DeafDigest does not know what to make of the
possible new law in Wisconsin to require insurance
companies to pay for cochlear implants.
Two things may or may not happen:

– more and more families, with deaf children, will
move to Wisconsin just to take advantage of free
implants

– that insurance carriers will stop doing business
in Wisconsin

The famous (Hearing) Monopoly board game involves
properties such as Kentucky Ave, Pennsylvania Ave,
Vermont Ave, New York Ave, etc.
What about Deaf Avenues? This may be possible
because of efforts of the Deaf Awareness Group of
SW Missouri which is building and marketing their
own Deaf Monopoly game!
Deaf-related businesses and groups have been
contacted, and as a result, there are a few
open properties available.
DeafDigest hopes this Deaf Monopoly game will be
successful.

Jackie Chan, the famous “fighting martial arts” actor
has lost his “deaf” job – as goodwill ambassador to the
upcoming Deaflympics.
He lost his job because of his outburst that hit the
newspapers all week.
In a way, DeafDigest understands his frustrations.
He wants to be a full fledged actor, playing speaking
roles and serious roles – but producers continue to
typecast him as a “fighter” – which frustrates him.
How many of us, the deaf, have been frustrated
in being constantly underemployed all our lives?

The “Children of a Lesser God” is the most famous
deaf-themed play.
And approximately ten deaf actors, over the years,
have directed these local Children of a Lesser God
plays.
And the latest one is Steve Baldwin who will be
directing this play in Corpus Christi, Texas.

National Deaf Academy and Gallaudet Southeast Regional
Center resent a conference on deafness and mental health:

CONNECTIONS: CULTURE, COLLABORATION & CREATIVITY

Working with Deaf Individuals with Mental Illness

June 11-12 — International Plaza Resort and Spa
— Orlando, FL

Keynote Presenters:
*         Liz Hill, National Association of the Deaf
–          Chair of the Committee on Mental Health

*         Neil Glickman, Ph.D., Westborough State Hospital
*         Robert Pollard, Ph.D.,  University of Rochester

Continuing Education Units will be requested from:
*         American Psychological Association
*         National Association of Social Workers
*         National Board of Certified Counselors
*         Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

For registration and additional information visit:
http://www.nda.com

Questions??  Contact Anne Wiechec at
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The DeafYoga Foundation (DYF) presents the world’s first-ever
DeafYoga Day on Sunday, May 3rd. It marks the day that people
around the globe will come together to help open the door
for the deaf community to gain equal access to yoga.

This ground-breaking event is for all of you who have wanted
to learn more about yoga or simply believe in equal access
for the Deaf community.

We will have city-wide yoga classes in New York City and an
evening Fundraiser & Celebration Gala that will be streamed
live over the internet.  Meet Hollywood actor Tyrone
Giordano and listen to lectures by senior Yogis and DYF founder
Lila Lolling.

There will also be amazing food, yoga lectures, Indian dancers and
a silent auction.

If you have ever been curious about yoga Sunday, May 3rd evening
is your night!!

Don’t live in NYC?  NO PROBLEM!  Our evening Gala will be an
internet live-streamed event where you can view people sharing
their yoga stories and watch our entire Gala online.

Visit http://www.deafyoga.org/DYday for more information.

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A LAWSUIT IRONY
There is an irony with a lawsuit a deaf woman filed
against an Ear, Nose and Throat medical clinic.
That clinic refused to provide her with an interpreter;
she sued and won.
The irony is that the Ear, Nose and Throat medical clinic
works with many deaf patients, and they should be familiar
with their interpreting needs!
Why did they refuse? We will never know.

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

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

MAKING POLITICAL CONTACTS
Every deaf service agency needs a lot of money.
Also, every school for the deaf needs a lot of money.
Political contacts with the state legislators are
very important.
One superintendent of a deaf school made his
own political contacts. He visited the offices of
all legislators in his home state. That state has
almost 200 legislators. This means 200 visits
with legislators’ offices.
He would not talk about his school for the
deaf. He would just introduce himself as the
deaf school superintendent, and then they would
talk about anything – baseball, fishing, lousy
weather, great restaurants, etc, etc.
Every year when the legislators vote on
the school budget, they all remember who the
superintendent is!

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

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12th Biennial Deaf Women United Conference
July 22-26, 2009
Portland, Oregon

Come to the City of Roses for the national Deaf Women
United (DWU) conference! It’s not too late to register!
Go to http:www.dwu.org or http://www.dwow.org to find
the conference registration form. We accept payments by
check, pay pal or credit card. This will be a great
opportunity to together with deaf, deaf-blind and hard
of hearing women from all over the USA and Canada.
Registration includes meals, entertainment, workshops
and exhibits. The DWU conference is hosted by the Deaf
Women of Oregon and SW Washington in partnership with
DWU. Here are some great events offered at the conference:

Keynote Speaker:
Miriam Richards, famed deaf high point
climber, and author of The High Point of Persistence: The
Miriam Richards Story, will be our keynote presenter. You
will be inspired by her story of overcoming Multiple
Scleroses while conquering mountains in the USA.

Entertainment:
The DWU Conference has great entertainment lined up with
Pinky Aiello, Ruthie Jordan and the Deaf Women Pioneer
Troupe. A lunch cruise is planned on the beautiful
Columbia River and you can sign up for tours at Mt. St.
Helens, Multnomah Falls and OMSI or go to Portland’s
famous Saturday Market.

Workshops:
A wide variety of workshops are offered including
“Staying Optimistic in a Volatile Market” by Stephanie
Summers, “Adoption” by Maureen Behrens and Lisa
Peters, “Lessons Learned about Interpersonal Violence:
Importance of Collaboration” by Deirdre Schlehofer, Vicki
T. Hurwitz, Sharon Haynes, and Mary Mowl and many more
workshops focusing on eating healthy, parenting styles,
going green and finding your leadership style. More
information about this can be found at the http://www.dwu.org
or http://www.dwow.org website.

Sponsors/Exhibits:
Our sponsors include Sprint, OTRS, Purple Communications,
Viable, Sorenson, CSDVRS, Gallaudet and NTID. We also
have exhibitors including Creative Memories, Pure
Romance, Scensy Wickless Candles, Chestnut Lane, a
massage table offered by Washington Licensed Massage
Therapist Tish Randolph, just to name a few! You can
still be a sponsor, exhibitor or place a program book for
a very low price.

Hotel
The conference will take place at the Red Lion in the
Jantzen Beach area of Portland. The hotel is situated
right on the Columbia River! In fact, the lunch cruise
will dock at the hotel and tour the river for 2 hours.
Those of you who are reserving a hotel room, please do so
by May 22nd (extended deadline) to take advantage of the
special conference rate. You can contact the hotel at
calling 503-283-4466 or 1-800-Red-Lion.  Please give the
hotel the conference code DEAF WOMEN UNITED.  If you are
looking for a roommate at the conference go to
http://dwuconferenceroommates.messageforums.net/ , register
your login and then post on the DWU conference roommate
forum.

For more information on registration, sponsorships, or
program book ads, contact mailto:DWU2009@aol.com or go
to the DWU and DWOW web sites. We hope to see you in July!

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POPCORN DISCRIMINATION
What is Popcorn Discrimination against the deaf?
The famous Orville Redenbacher microwavable popcorn
says:

1. Listen to the Pop: to know when to stop
2. one sec pop..two sec..pop stop

Is Mr. Redenbacher saying that we, the deaf,
must listen to the number of pops before stopping
the microwave?
Fortunately, we just use our eyes or just turn on
the timer.

DEALING BETTER WITH REJECTIONS
There was a blog run by USA Today this week about
Harvard graduates having problems dealing with rejections?
It does not matter if it is a job application or a
graduate school application or a research grant.
Well, what this blog does not mention is that
we, the deaf, because of our deafness, are so
used to rejections.
These Harvard rejections bother these students
whereas Deaf rejections only enable us to just
move on and try to get our foot in the
employment door.

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A SCHOOL FOUNDER
A month ago, Edgar A. Smith Jr, a Texan, passed away
and the newspapers ran a piece on him, citing his long
list of accomplishment.
One such accomplishment was founding a school for
the deaf.
The newspaper did not say which school it was.
A google search failed to come up with that school.
A genuine claim or a bogus claim, no one knows?

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* Staff Trained in Sign Language Efficiency

If you have any more questions, contact us at
mailto:doctorbyun@hotmail.com for Dr. Bo Byun or
mailto:SRattner@aol.com 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 http://www.drrattner.com

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CSI PROGRAMS SPURRING INTEREST AMONG THE DEAF
Do deaf students show interest in forensics
as a result of watching TV programs? An example
is the CSD programs.
Career counselors at Gallaudet and NTID
both say so.
Todd Pagano, who teaches science at NTID. said:

Absolutely!  Students talk about CSI all of the time. 
ALL students seem to arrive to science programs here
because they want to be forensic scientists (due in
part to CSI, crimes shows, movies, etc.).

Both Gallaudet and NTID will make course
accommodations to help students who want to make
forensics their career.

MANY FAMOUS PEOPLE HAVE A LINK WITH THE DEAF

– General Douglas MacArthur, famous World War II military leader

A club for the deaf was formed in Buffalo, NY, and it was named
MacArthur Club of the Deaf. It sort of competed against another
newly formed deaf club – Buffalo Club for the Deaf. Fortunately
for the Deaf Community of Buffalo, both clubs merged. Buffalo
Club for the Deaf stands very strong these days.

WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

a question asked of many, many interpreters:

Why did you learn sign language?

if you have these “hate” or “horror” stories, please
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

There are more situations these days where sign language
interpreters and CART providers are working together to
provide access for people with a hearing loss.

There are conventions, seminars, and meetings where there
are Deaf, late-deafened, and hard-of-hearing participants.

What people need to realize is that the most important
thing is that all participants need access to what is
taking place.  For people who learned sign language as
their first language, they will not be comfortable reading
CART from a computer screen.  However, there are people
who are late-deafened or hard of hearing who do not know
sign language well enough to be able to understand what
is going on by relying on a sign language interpreter.

It is important to remember that CART providers and
interpreters have different roles, but they have a common goal
of providing communication access to all participants.

if you have a question on any of the CART issues, do email:
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

it will be forwarded to the CART operator for a possible response
in this weekly DeafDigest section.

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(new series)

WHO IS IN CHARGE OF A MAINSTREAMED PROGRAM IN A SCHOOL DISTRICT?

– in one district, it is the registered nurse!

(in many school districts we would expect a principal,
or a director or a coordinator or a supervisor or someone
with an appropriate title would direct their mainstreaming
programs; some districts are different and this reflects in
a startling title above. Be surprised or shocked every week
until series run out)

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Crash course on the Digital Television Transition

This is a continuation of our weekly educational column on
addressing concerns about the analog TV shutoff and the final
transition to digital TV which is scheduled to occur on or
before June 12, 2009.

Question this week:

I just bought a brand-new digital television. I’m now having problems
with captions. What do I do?”

Answer:

There is no simple answer to that as captioning problems are
widespread. Each equipment set-up is unique to the person who
installs it. Caption problems could be caused by the TV,
cable/dish receiver, or the broadcast signal itself.

Here is a link to help you with captioning problems which is
provided by VITAC, a major captioning provider:

http://www.captionson.com/

More Questions? Email them to DeafDigest at mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

For more information on digital television, visit http://www.dtv.gov

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Copyright Notice: All Rights Reserved. Since this is an important
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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!
Researchers at University of East Anglia in United
Kingdom said they have come up with a Lip Reading
machine that can lipread different languages.
As usual DeafDigest is skeptical. Every language
has their own accents; no two hearing people speak with
the same lip movements.
Are these scientists saying we now will be having a
one-size-fits-all Lip Reading machine?

The Deaf and the Law

location:
New Jersey

case:
a group of deaf employees in a factory filed charges of
discrimination, saying they were not provided with
interpreters and TTY machines

result:
case was thrown out of court

comment:
it was a case of claims being twisted all around by
deaf plaintiffs saying the employer didn’t provide
such accommodations. Factory owners’ testimony said
they did – and the judge sided with them.

DeafADA Issue of the Week:

Many corporations hire attorneys that specialize in
disability issues, whose sole job is to look for
loopholes in these confusing ADA regulations!

Shirley Glassman’s Captioning Blooper of the Week:

he was found dead in miss (his) Brooklyn apartment

…..

What became of?

Shane Dundas

– past
worked behind the scenes on TV production crews in
a variety of jobs

– present
part owner
Closed Captioning of the Plains
the only closed captioning company in Wichita, KS

mailto:barry@deafdigest.com with “past” and
“present” details

News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

More and more State Association Pageants have
difficulties in lining up contestants. In one
state, the Pageant was cancelled.
Sign of times? Bashful contestants? Or it is
not a “cool” thing to enter such contests?
Perhaps State Associations need to beef up
their incentives to attract contestants – college
scholarships, prize money, future employment
opportunities, etc?

News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Dear Abby addresses the issue of a deaf guest ignored
at a party.
Happens to all of us – that we, the deaf, are pretty
much ignored at all-hearing parties.
What does Abby have to say in her column that addressed
this issue recently?
She says the hostess should have made it a point to
check on the deaf guest and to tell everyone that the
guest is capable of lipreading. Lacking that, to make
a joke that the deaf guest is related to either
Warren Buffett or Bill Gates.

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Why is it that we always assume that a private school
offers better educational services for the deaf than a
public school?
The cruel reality is that when interpreters are
requested at a private school, then administrators
plead poverty.
And what about the public school? The request for
interpreters are almost always accommodated!

A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor’s pet peeve:

Your students/clients want interpreters one day before
class starts, signing up at the last minute.

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(updated 4/26/09)

list of employment openings
DCARA
various locations in Northern California

all positions open until filled

– Job Developer & Interpreter
San Francisco

please click on:
http://www.dcara.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=55&Itemid=51

and click on Job Developer & Interpreter, San Francisco

E-Mail All Applications to mailto:hr@dcara.org

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Employment vacancies
Spanish Trans/interpreter
Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf,
Wilson, NC

closing date – 05/07/2009

to view these vacancies please visit our website at:

http://osp.its.state.nc.us/dhhssearchresults3a.asp?vacancykey=4421

contact person:
mailto:cynthia.johnson@ncmail.net

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position openings
Child Care Workers – Overnight and Residential
Walden School at The Learning Center for the Deaf
Framingham, MA

Walden School, a residential therapeutic program located on
our Framingham campus, provides services to emotionally,
behaviorally and psychiatrically disabled Deaf youth.

Minimum high school diploma, some college course work
preferred.

Must be mature and dependable with strong interpersonal
skills.

Experience working with children a must.

ASL fluency required. 
NOTE: Overnight child care workers without knowledge of ASL
must be willing to learn.

Send Resume, cover letter and references to:
Judi Broderick
The Learning Center for the Deaf
848 Central Street
Framingham, MA 01701

mailto:judi_broderick@tlcdeaf.org
(508) 879-5110 extension 306
http://www.tlcdeaf.org

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position opening
Wraparound Family Partner
Walden School at The Learning Center for the Deaf
Framingham, MA

The Family Partner works as part of a team in the Walden School
Wraparound Program, a strength-based family centered program
serving families in their communities.

The Family Partner is responsible for support and advocacy to
parents/caregivers, providing some direct services and
helping families identify and access community resources.

The right candidate should have experience providing supportive
services to families or to individuals with emotional or behavioral
disturbance, preferably as a caregiver.

ASL fluency and bicultural competency are required.

Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Must be able to work collaboratively with a team and posses effective
interpersonal and communication skills.

Time flexibility and some availability during evening/weekend hours
is required as is a valid Massachusetts drivers license.

Walden School, a residential therapeutic treatment program located
on our Framingham campus, provides comprehensive services to
emotionally, behaviorally, and psychiatrically disabled Deaf youth

Send Resume, Cover Letter and references to:

Lynn Marshall
The Learning Center for the Deaf
848 Central Street
Framingham MA 01701

mailto:lynn_marshall@tlcdeaf.org
http://www.tlcdeaf.org

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position opening
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE FACULTY
Front Range Community College
Westminster, Colorado

Front Range Community College is now accepting applications for
a full time ASL Faculty member to start Fall 2009.

This position teaches a full range of ASL and Deaf Culture
courses as a part of the Interpreter Preparation Program.

Masters degree in ASL, Deaf Studies Education or related
field.

For a complete position description and to apply, please visit:
http://www.frontrange.edu/employment

EOE

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position opening
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE/INTERPRETER PREP.
PROGRAM CAMPUS LAB COORDINATOR II
Front Range Community College
Westminster, Colorado

This position works directly with students to reinforce classroom
instruction. Coordinates and assists ASL/IPP faculty, staff and
students with lab assignments and develops activities to support
instruction.

Native fluency in American Sign Language with competency in
written English required.

For complete job announcement and to apply please visit:
http://www.frontrange.edu/employment

EOE

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Jobs Available, http://www.tsd.jobs
Texas School for the Deaf
Austin, Texas

Texas School for the Deaf is the oldest continuously operating
publicly funded school in Texas. Since 1857, over 10,000 students
have graced the halls of TSD and have contributed to our standing
as a leader in deaf education.

It is our educational excellence, our belief in a culture and
community that embraces deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing individuals
alike, and our commitment to helping each child reach his or her
potential that drives our mission to provide an environment where deaf
and hard of hearing children can learn, grow, and belong.

Texas School for the Deaf currently has various jobs available. Some of
our current openings include:

– Teacher
– Day or Night Residential Educator
– Interpreter
– Teacher Assistant
– Student Life Specialist
– Job Coach.

The full list of our job openings can be viewed on our website at
http://www.tsd.jobs – Positions include full State benefits including
paid vacation, sick leave, health insurance, holidays, longevity pay,
and retirement plan.

About Austin: Austin is consistently voted one of the country’s best
cities to live, work, and play. Austin is also included in top-10
lists of healthiest cities, best vacation destinations, best big
cities, best “chill” cities, most educated cities, top rated cities,
and the list continues.

Between its low cost of living and zero state income tax,
Austinites have the benefit of big-city living with small-city costs

TSD is an EEO employer.

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positions available
Metro Deaf School/Minnesota North Star Academy
St Paul, MN

Metro Deaf School/Minnesota North Star Academy, a PreK-12
Charter School for Deaf/Hard of Hearing students, has the
following positions available for the 2009-2010 school year:

– Athletic Director/Extra Curricular Activities Director (K-12)
– ASL Specialist (K-12)
– Primary Classroom Teacher (K-3)
– Special Needs Teacher (Grades 6-8)
– Secondary Math Teacher (Grades 7-12)
– Speech and Language Pathologist

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher and have
fluency in American Sign Language and written English.

Teacher positions also require completed or in progress licensure
with State of Minnesota.

Candidates should also have knowledge of bilingual education for
the Deaf/Hard of Hearing and a commitment to working as a team
member and implementing the educational program in a charter
PreK-12 school.

Visit our website at http://www.mnnorthstaracademy.org to apply
or send letter of interest, current resume (including reference
contacts), official college transcripts, and completed application
form to:

Metro Deaf School
ATTN: Director
1471 Brewster St.
St. Paul, MN 55108-2612

mailto:contact.us@metrodeafschool.org

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announcing an opening for
Residential Counselors – PACES
American School for the Deaf
West Hartford, CT

The American School for the Deaf is a residential and day program
located in West Hartford, Connecticut.  The program is a
comprehensive center-based and community-based educational program
serving deaf and hard-of-hearing students from preschool through
high school.

ASD operates the PACES Program, a special educational/residential
unit for emotionally/behaviorally disordered students, who need
educational, social, and psychological services beyond those
offered in traditional school settings.  The program’s goals are
to maximize students’ potential and return them to the least
restrictive educational environment.

SCOPE OF DUTIES:
Supervision of adolescents during out-of-school hours and the
assumption of other responsibilities as designated by the Director
of the PACES Program.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
High School Diploma.  Prior experience working with
emotionally/behaviorally-disordered children and youth in a
residential setting.  CPI/CPR Training/Certification required or
ability to secure. Ability to write reports, work as a team member,
communicate with parents and other staff.  Intermediate sign
language SLPI rating required

HOW TO APPLY:
Visit our website:   http://www.asd-1817.org for more information
and to download an application.

Resumes/applications may be sent to:

Human Resources
American School for the Deaf
139 North Main Street
West Hartford, CT  06107-1269

FAX (860) 570-1832

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position opening
Smoky Mountain Center
Clinical Counselor
Central Region/ Morganton, NC

Clinical counselor is part of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program
that provides behavioral health assessment, clinical treatment,
case management and advocacy services to deaf and hard of hearing
persons in a 27-county service area.

Clients served will be children, adolescents and adults with a
broad range of diagnoses of hearing. Clients will be referred from
throughout the 27-county catchment area by any of a wide array of
organizations and agencies that have identified the need for the
specialized services delivered by this program.

Master’s degree from an accredited school of social work or an
appropriate human services field and must have a professional
license or be license eligible.

Due to the population served by this position, applicants must be
proficient in American Sign Language.

Prefer experience working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Grade/Step to be determined by qualifications and classification
of applicant

Position is 100% FTE with comprehensive benefits. This is a non –
exempt position

Open until filled

Send a NC State Application to:
Smoky Mountain Center,
Department of Human Resources,
44 Bonnie Lane,
Sylva, NC 28779.

to get the NC State application form, click on:
http://www.smokymountaincenter.com/employment.asp

and click again on:
Microsoft Word Application Extension

Smoky Mountain Center is an EO, AA employer.

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Special notes:

(located at the bottom of the Gold section)

http://www.deafdigest.com

DeafDigest – 19 April 2009

DeafDigest Gold – April 19, 2009

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

America’s Unique Deaf Stories; free subscription

serving the Deaf Community since 1996; 13th year

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ASL Videos of the Week:
Thomas Edison
Zoo

Deaf Cartoon (Fogey) of the week:
Hazards of Lipreading

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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:

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Four Deaf Cartoons (Fogeys) are shown every week on:
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Kramer Financial is a deaf financial services firm with representatives
licensed and registered in 49 states and the District of Columbia.

It offers a wide array of services and products including:

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Kramer Financial is not affiliated with FSC Securities Corporation or
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Call us for a quick mortgage review to see if it makes sense to refinance.

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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
Hollywood Gallaudet? Well, a movie is being
planned and scenes will be filmed on the
campus, and there is a “casting call” for
300 extras!

World’s best vibrator? Do we need a perfect
vibrator to help us, the deaf, feel the
music?
There is a contest going on at University
of Michigan – “Feel the Music”. Contestants
are encouraged to develop the “best” or the
“perfect” music-feeling vibrator that is
supposed to help the deaf.
A genuine device or simply a Rube Goldberg
device?
To get an idea of what Rube Goldberg is
all about, do click on:

http://www.rubegoldberg.com/

A TV show for the deaf in the Boston area?
Do click on:

http://cpmtv.org/

Unfortunately, information is rather
scant. Last names of actors involved are
missing.

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

Don’t Miss It – World Premiere of Universal Signs!
http://www.universalsignsmovie.com
Keswick Theater, Glenside, PA

A groundbreaking “silent” film, presented in mesmerizing American
Sign Language (ASL) with English subtitles, Universal Signs
touches the hearts and minds of hearing and Deaf audiences alike.

It was the winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature Film
at the Philadelphia Film Festival.

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2009 at two special screenings
Time: Matinee at 1PM and Evening at 7PM
Location: Keswick Theater, Glenside, PA 19038

Meet the Stars! Opportunities to get autographs and candid photos
with your favorite Deaf actors: Anthony Natale, Deanne Bray and
Troy Kotsur!

Visit http://www.universalsignsmovie.com for all the details and
to Reserve your Tickets Today!

The film was a sell-out at the Philadelphia Film Festival.  We are
hoping to repeat its success at the World Premiere!

Universal Signs Story Synopsis:
After the death of his fiancée’s daughter while in his care, Andrew
(Anthony Natale, Mr. Holland’s Opus), a Deaf artist, becomes a
prisoner of his own mind.

Tormented day and night by memories and self-blame, Andrew falls in
a downward spiral of depression and anger that alienates everyone
around him.

It is only through a serendipitous friendship and new love with Mary
(Sabrina Lloyd, Sports Night) that Andrew is able to sense the life
around him, forgive himself, rediscover his muse and experience the
transformative power of love.

An original score by Academy Award® winner Joseph Renzetti propels
the story along with stellar supporting performances from Margot
Kidder (Superman), Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager), Deanne Bray
(Sue Thomas: FBEye) and Ashlyn Sanchez (Crash).

Visit us at http://www.universalsignsmovie.com to find out more!

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EDISON: TRUE OR FALSE
Thomas A. Edison, who was deaf, was the world’s
best inventor. He had over 1,000 patents.
He invented the phonograph. He could not hear
the phonograph, but wanted to make sure it worked.
He put his teeth on the table next to phonograph
to feel the vibration to make sure it worked!
True or false?

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

(for your convenience, video links are posted on top
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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
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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
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DEAF ZOO IN PAKISTAN
Is there a Deaf Zoo in Pakistan? A silly
question, yes!
But a hotel in Pakistan has many deaf employees
and there was an advertisement in newspapers and
magazines, asking tourists to come and stay at
the hotel.
The ad asks the tourists to watch the deaf
in action at the hotel.
This ad is very insulting. We, the deaf, do
not live in a zoo.

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

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

LANGUAGE OR CULTURE?
Is American Sign Language considered a language
or considered a culture at Tufts University in
Massachusetts?
ASL is not allowed to be used as a foreign language
credit, but instead is allowed to be used as a
credit to meet culture requirements.
DeafDigest does not understand this culture rationale.
There is much more to culture than just using the
language involved, and so ASL by itself, is a language
and not as a culture.

AN ISOLATED DEAF CHILD’S CATCH 22 SITUATION
This is a sad situation, but not unique;
in fact, it is pretty much common everywhere.
A deaf child is the only deaf student in
a huge public school. The only person he could
sign with is his interpreter that follows
him all day, everywhere.
He was not comfortable about being followed
all day, and wanted to see a school counselor
to complain about it. But who would interpret
the student’s complaint – the very same
interpreter that shadows him all day!
A Catch 22 situation.

WE ARE NOT AN ALTERNATIVE
A newspaper story was like this:

The Deaflympics are an alternative to the Olympics
for athletes who are deaf.

This is wrong. The correct statement should be
like this:

The Olympics are an alternative to our Deaflympics
for athletes who are not deaf

THE DEAF IN A BARBER SHOP
In many neighborhoods, the barber shop serves
as the center of social life, much more so than
the local coffee house or the local watering
hole.
Do deaf people get together in a barber
shop? Not really, but there is an interesting
story.
In Buffalo, NY way back in 1939, a group of
deaf men met at a barber shop, owned by a
deaf barber. They agreed to start a new social
club for the deaf called Buffalo Club of
the Deaf.
This club continues to exist to this day!

CHANGE OF TIMES: A DIFFERENCE OF 9 YEARS

Nine years ago, DeafDigest asked this question:

Do we have too many national deaf newspapers?

At that time, we had as many as a half dozen
deaf tabloid newspapers.
Times have changed. We only have one national
deaf newspaper.
The most famous deaf newspaper – The Silent
News is no longer in existence.

MYSTERY DONORS
There was a story about mystery donors donating
millions of dollars to a select group of colleges.
These donors wanted to keep their identities
a secret (for whatever reasons of their own).
Not that so at Gallaudet. Twice in recent years
Gallaudet has been the beneficiary of multi-million
dollar donations by individuals’ estates. And
these individuals have had no connection, whatsoever
to Gallaudet and of deafness!

AN ELECTRICAL COCHLEAR IMPLANT
Is there such a thing as an electrical
cochlear implant?
Of course not, and it was quite unsettling
to see a newspaper story saying that a deaf
child received an electrical implant.
If the implant is electrical, the person
may be “electrocuted” to death! Implant
devices are electronic, not electrical –
two different things.
Ah, so, these careless newspaper reporting!

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a hearing person is a…..

profound bilateral sensorineural hearing

double definitions? Yes.

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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:
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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

Parallel research teams, one in Spain, working on families with
hearing losses, and the other one in England, working on
mice with hearing loss, have come up with a joint
conclusion.
To read what this is all about, do click on:

http://www.miller-mccune.com//mice/of-hearing-loss-in-mice-and-men-1149

Deaf Picture of the Week:

A “perfect” hearing aid
http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2009/01/31/diminutive-super-ear-for-deaf/

Question of the week:

Q. Why don’t we have Deaf Monopoly or other Deaf Games?

A. Several deaf entrepreneurs have attempted to market
their Deaf Games but with mixed results. It is expensive
to develop and to market a Deaf Game and such games must
be sold in bulk volumes to reap a decent profit.

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 hearing people in the world would explain
clearly via hand written notes when dealing with
deaf people on complex issues – instead of just
saying “just do this” or “just do that”. Reluctance
from deaf people on being robots often gets hearing
people angry.

DeafHistory – Looking Back:

Year 1948 – first TV broadcast of a sign language
church service took place at St. Matthew’s Lutheran
Church for the Deaf in New York

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Deaf and the Money:

cost to win votes in a political campaign

– for a hearing candidate for Congress – approximately 2 (or more)
millions of dollars

– for Gary Malkowski, that won a MPP seat in Canada –
approximately few Canadian dollars!

DeafNumbers of the Week:

for interpreters that take RID retraining programs, they
earn .75 CEUs per class.

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position opening
Case Management Specialist
Nevada Association of the Deaf/Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy
Resource Center
Las Vegas, Nevada

for position description & application procedures, click on:
http://www.deafdigest.com/casemanagement.doc

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now hiring
Athletic Director/Extra Curricular Activities Director
Metro Deaf School/Minnesota North Star Academy
St. Paul, MN

Candidate would be responsible for Extra Curricular and Athletic
programs at our PreK-12 charter school for Deaf students.

This is Part time to Full time employment for the ’09-’10 school
year calendar with an annual salary commensurate with
experience and/or degree.

Further Information about our available positions can be reviewed
at our websites —
http://metrodeafschool.org/Job_Opportunities.html
http://www.mnnorthstaracademy.org/employment.html

To apply, send letter of interest and current resume to:

Metro Deaf School
ATTN: Director
1471 Brewster St.
St. Paul, MN 55108-2612

mailto:contact.us@metrodeafschool.org

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position opening
Lecturer – ASLIE; Instructional/Support Faculty
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester, NY

REQUIRED:
– MS/MA in appropriate discipline related to the field of ASL
instruction

– Currently pursuing ASLTA Certification from the American Sign
Language Teachers Association

– Native or native-like proficiency in ASL

PREFERRED:           
– Qualified level Certification from the American Sign Language
Teachers Association

– At least three years teaching experience at the secondary
and/or post-secondary level

– Experience with curriculum development

– Demonstrated knowledge and sensitivity to the characteristics
of second language teaching/learning and adult learners

– Demonstrated ability to contribute to the field of ASL
instruction

– Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s
continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism and
individual differences

– Earned doctorate or ABD in appropriate discipline related to
the field of ASL instruction

Rochester Institute of Technology is an EO/AA Employer. We are
seeking individuals who are committed to contributing to RIT’s
core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.

Resume deadline May 1st

For more details and to apply on line please go to:                                                                    
https://mycareer.rit.edu

KEYWORD SEARCH: IRC#29817

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position announcement
Athletic Director
Indiana School for the Deaf
Indianapolis, IN

for position description & application procedures, click on:

http://www.deafdigest.com/athleticdirector.pdf

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position openings at Department of Education
Gallaudet University
Washington, DC

– expertise in Elementary Education

– expertise in Early Childhood Education (Birth through age 8)

– expertise in ASL/Bilingual Education, Early Childhood Education,
Elementary Education, Secondary Education, or Students with
Disabilities

to read position descriptions and application procedures on
either of these three positions, please click on:

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

and click on either of three Department of Education links

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(updated 4/19/09 – 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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(updated April 19th)

Exciting Career Opportunities at GLAD:

– Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim, Pacoima, 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:

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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News of the Week:
In Canada, are we seeing history repeating itself?
In 1980, California School for the Deaf moved from
Berkeley to its present site at Fremont. The move
was forced because the state government powers
were saying the school campus sat on an earthquake
fault.
It probably was a smokescreen because University
of California at Berkeley needed land to grow,
and the deaf campus was in the way.
And now this – University of Alberta, at Edmonton,
is coveting the land that belongs to Alberta
School for the Deaf. The university people is now
raising a big stink about it, which has hit the
newspapers this week.

In the state of Maryland if a hearing person
taunts a person’s deafness, it is a crime!
Maryland has become the 32nd state with these
such laws.
To read what it is all about, do click on:

Read at http://mlis.state.md.us/2009rs/fnotes/bil_0000/hb0560.pdf

To be deaf and to live in Saudi Arabia is to be
unlucky, at least in the case of Ali Abdulla.
Ali wants to go to college; he cannot because
the colleges in Saudi Arabia discriminate against
the deaf.
Ali also has not been able to find employment,
for the same reasons.
His plight was featured in a recent story in
a newspaper in Saudi Arabia.

National Deaf Academy and Gallaudet Southeast Regional
Center resent a conference on deafness and mental health:

CONNECTIONS: CULTURE, COLLABORATION & CREATIVITY

Working with Deaf Individuals with Mental Illness

June 11-12 — International Plaza Resort and Spa
— Orlando, FL

Keynote Presenters:
*         Liz Hill, National Association of the Deaf
–          Chair of the Committee on Mental Health

*         Neil Glickman, Ph.D., Westborough State Hospital
*         Robert Pollard, Ph.D.,  University of Rochester

Continuing Education Units will be requested from:
*         American Psychological Association
*         National Association of Social Workers
*         National Board of Certified Counselors
*         Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

For registration and additional information visit:
http://www.nda.com

Questions??  Contact Anne Wiechec at
mailto:anne.wiechec@psysolutions.com

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TO FAKE A PERFECT VISION
Drivers have to take vision tests at department of
motor vehicle offices in order to get their drivers’
licenses.
Wondering if it is possible for a deaf person, with
bad vision, and also with bad speech, to fake perfect
vision?
Many inspectors do not understand deaf speech and
if there are no interpreters, a deaf person could just
speak each letter fast. Inspectors could just then
give the deaf a passing grade without trying to
understand each letter that is spoken by the deaf
person?

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

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

THESE BIG DEAF LIES
Hearing people believe in these
big deaf lies. These lies are:

– every oral person speaks perfectly
– every deaf person is skilled lipreader
– every deaf person is unemployed
– deaf people don’t need interpreters because of lipreading
– deaf people don’t need TV captions because of lipreading

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

(for your convenience, video links are posted on top
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Poker Tournament

No-Limit Texas Hold’Em

Host:
Deaf Seniors of America

Event:
Poker Tournament; No Limit-Texas Hold’Em/ all in,
for all comers; deaf and hearing players; must be 21 years or
older to play.

When?
June 23, 2009 – 7 pm

Where?
Binion’s Horseshoe Gambling Hall & Hotel
128 East Fremont
Las Vegas, Nevada

entry fees?
$200 per player,(no buy in), $140 prize pool,
$40 to Binion’s for administration and $20 to DSA.

Comments:
This tournament will be hosted at Binion’s Gambling Hall where
it made poker famous. It is located in historical heart of
downtown. Binion’s is where the famous “World Series of Poker”
originated. Since Las Vegas is the poker capital of the world,
you will feel the magnitude of this one as it has the
“major league” status. no wonder it is so popular here.

committee:
We are anxious to have you enjoy the unique and exciting
experience in the world of poker. It is your chance to
come home as a winner. See you all in “Viva Las Vegas”.

For more information, go to:

http://www.dsa2009.us/poker.pdf

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CHANGING THE PERCEPTION OF MARLEE MATLIN
Way back in the late eighties, DeafDigest editor, at
that time, was employed by the NAD.
He attended a formal event at the Kennedy Center
in Washington, DC on behalf of NAD. Marlee was honored
with an award presented by a national organization.
The attire was formal, but Marlee wore jeans. She
made a very bad impression; snapping at questions asked
by members of the media and slouching against the wall
instead of standing up in a graceful and dignified
manner.
To her credit, she invited the DeafDigest editor
to sit next to her so both could share the same
interpreter.
Fast forward. Hitting the newspapers this week is
a new book on Marlee where she revealed the sordid
details of her past.
It figures; when a person has problems, then it
is reflected in negative public behavior.
Now that we know why, Marlee is quickly
forgiven and may she move on to many more years
of outstanding movie roles!

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WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION AGAINST THE DEAF
We have a number of deaf individuals that
have earned graduate degrees in the sciences.
Instead of becoming scientists, they end up
teaching sciences in schools and programs
for the deaf.
Why? Possibly workplace discrimination
blocked their upward mobility. Or possibly
communications is much better at the
classroom instead of at the labs.
This is a brain drain that American
labs do not realize they are suffering
from!

DRACULA EVERYWHERE
Dracula is the world’s most famous, and most
popular horror movie character.
He is everywhere – hawks products on TV commercials,
appeared in 170 different movies.
And these movies touch on everything – blacks,
gays, porn, senior citizen, cowboys, clowns, etc.
And one more thing – the deaf. The sole deaf-themed
Dracula movie was the Deafula, shown in 1975 and directed
by Peter Wolf.

INTERPRETING STUDENTS – A DILEMMA
If a person wants to become an interpreter,
in many cases, they need to become full time
students.
At one junior college, the interpreting
students either had to attend classes full time
or to forget it.
Many of these students need to hold down full
time jobs, preventing them from attending
classes full time.
As a result, we, the deaf, lose out on many
potential interpreters.
Said an instructor at one of these junior
college interpreting programs:

I do not understand why the junior college
administrators would not allow these students
to attend classes part time

MANY FAMOUS PEOPLE HAVE A LINK WITH THE DEAF

– Jim Plunkett, famous NFL quarterback, long retired

during one Super Bowl week, a reporter asked him:

Is it your mother who’s blind, and your father who’s deaf,
or the other way around?”

this question has qualified as one of the dumbest Super Bowl
questions in history!

WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

muttered one interpreter:

agencies, already awarded with grants, would scrimp on interpreting
costs, hiring inexperienced and non-certified interpreters instead
of experienced and certified interpreters

if you have these “hate” or “horror” stories, please
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) is a relatively new
profession, and people may not know some of the differences from and
similarities to using sign language interpreters.

What people need to remember is that most of the time CART providers
are attempting to write everything that is going on as close to
verbatim as they possibly can.

Many times people speak quickly and on top of one another.  If a
speaker says, “I had a wonderful, fantastic, magnificent, awesome
trip,” the CART provider is usually trying to write all four of those
words, “wonderful, fantastic, magnificent, awesome.”

Because ASL interpreters primarily are interpreting concepts, they may
only use one sign for all four of those words.

Sometimes a speaker is speaking in sentence fragments and not completing
his sentences.  The CART provider is still trying to write it verbatim,
so the text may appear a little difficult to read or confusing on the
screen.

Once again, an ASL interpreter would be conveying the concept, so people
may not realize that the speaker is speaking in fragments.

if you have a question on any of the CART issues, do email:
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

it will be forwarded to the CART operator for a possible response
in this weekly DeafDigest section.

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THINGS ABOUT TO GO EXTINCT IN AMERICA

the family farm

we do have a few deaf-owned farms, but not that too many

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Crash course on the Digital Television Transition

This is a continuation of our weekly educational column on
addressing concerns about the analog TV shutoff and the final
transition to digital TV which is scheduled to occur on or
before June 12, 2009.

Question this week:

I don’t have a battery-operated TV to use during power outages
to watch weather reports. What’s an alternative?

Answer:

If you have a laptop computer, you can buy a USB TV tuner
(between $30 to $200 depending on its features), connect it
to a regular TV antenna and you can watch TV using the
laptop’s battery power. You can also buy a car adapter
to plug your laptop into your car’s cigarette lighter if
the laptop battery gets low. Before you buy the USB tuner,
check the tech specs to make sure it supports closed
captioning. Many, but not all, do support it.

More Questions? Email them to DeafDigest at mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!
The US Access Board has established standards that would
make auditory conditions much better in the classrooms.
Information is at:

http://www.access-board.gov/acoustic/

location:
Texas

case:
A deaf woman came home and found her boyfriend limp
on the sofa. According to her, the police did not
provide her with an interpreter nor communicate
with her. As a result, she filed lawsuit, alleging
loss of self esteem, emotional distress, mistrust
of the police, continued feelings of isolation and
segregation

result:
since monetary damages was not part of the lawsuit,
the town agreed to establish a policy to deal
with such situations

comment:
a difficult situation because of the woman’s
low level of expertise in reading and writing
inasmuch as an interpreter was not present

DeafADA Issue of the Week:
In one corner is a set of ADA regulations;
in another corner is a group of deaf people
that do not know who their local ADA officials
are.
In many towns, efforts to pull the deaf and
the ADA officials together are lacking.

Shirley Glassman’s Captioning Blooper of the Week:

I was the grand (martial) marshal in the parade

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What became of?

Ryan Horan
Ohio

– past
member of USA Deaflympics basketball team; subsequent
illnesses prevented him from playing basketball at
Gettysburg College

– present
finishing up work for his doctoral degree in audiology
from the George S. Osborne College of Audiology at Salus
University in Elkins Park, PA.

mailto:barry@deafdigest.com with “past” and
“present” details

News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Deaf voice operators of TTY relay centers? Well,
a British survey has disclosed varying degrees
of hearing losses by telephone operators in
business places. Do our TTY relay center operators
face the same problem here in USA?

News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Phil Bravin came in third in a bid for a spot for one of the two
vacant seats on the Sioux Falls Board of Education. This was a
typical “public indifference” city election because only 19
percent of registered voters voted that day.

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

What is a win-win situation?

It is when two parties agree to something that makes both
of them happy. Each of them can say they won something
out of it.

Well, was the AgBell/AFA fracas a win-win situation?
No, but both parties are satisfied with the outcome
of the fracas two weeks ago! AFA continues to say
they won whereas AgBell has reaffirmed the rights
of deaf individuals that want to use sign language.

A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor’s pet peeve:

You are told to redo an Individualized Plan of Employment
(IPE) even though your supervisor had just approved
it five minutes ago…and you put six hours into
efforts of that IPE!!!

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position opening
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE FACULTY
Front Range Community College
Westminster, Colorado

Front Range Community College is now accepting applications for
a full time ASL Faculty member to start Fall 2009.

This position teaches a full range of ASL and Deaf Culture
courses as a part of the Interpreter Preparation Program.

Masters degree in ASL, Deaf Studies Education or related
field.

For a complete position description and to apply, please visit:
http://www.frontrange.edu/employment

EOE

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position opening
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE/INTERPRETER PREP.
PROGRAM CAMPUS LAB COORDINATOR II
Front Range Community College
Westminster, Colorado

This position works directly with students to reinforce classroom
instruction. Coordinates and assists ASL/IPP faculty, staff and
students with lab assignments and develops activities to support
instruction.

Native fluency in American Sign Language with competency in
written English required.

For complete job announcement and to apply please visit:
http://www.frontrange.edu/employment

EOE

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full-time and part-time openings
– Residential Counselors
– Counselor Aides
– Night Watch people
The Pressley Ridge School for the Deaf
Pittsburgh, PA

The Pressley Ridge School for the Deaf in Pittsburgh, PA has
full-time and part-time openings for ASL fluent individuals
in the residential component of the program.

Experience working with troubled youth and autism preferred.

Openings include Residential Counselor, Counselor Aide,
and Night Watch.

Requirements vary depending on position and may range from
High School Diploma/GED to Bachelor’s degree.

All positions require appropriate FBI & PA state checks.

Detailed information can be found on our web site:
http://www.pressleyridge.org/careers

or by contacting Bryan Gibbons; Staffing Coordinator
mailto:bgibbons@pressleyridge.org, (voice) 412-872-9449, or
(fax) 412-872-9469.

EOE

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Jobs Available, http://www.tsd.jobs
Texas School for the Deaf
Austin, Texas

Texas School for the Deaf is the oldest continuously operating
publicly funded school in Texas. Since 1857, over 10,000 students
have graced the halls of TSD and have contributed to our standing
as a leader in deaf education.

It is our educational excellence, our belief in a culture and
community that embraces deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing individuals
alike, and our commitment to helping each child reach his or her
potential that drives our mission to provide an environment where deaf
and hard of hearing children can learn, grow, and belong.

Texas School for the Deaf currently has various jobs available. Some of
our current openings include:

– Teacher
– Day or Night Residential Educator
– Interpreter
– Teacher Assistant
– Student Life Specialist
– Job Coach.

The full list of our job openings can be viewed on our website at
http://www.tsd.jobs – Positions include full State benefits including
paid vacation, sick leave, health insurance, holidays, longevity pay,
and retirement plan.

About Austin: Austin is consistently voted one of the country’s best
cities to live, work, and play. Austin is also included in top-10
lists of healthiest cities, best vacation destinations, best big
cities, best “chill” cities, most educated cities, top rated cities,
and the list continues.

Between its low cost of living and zero state income tax,
Austinites have the benefit of big-city living with small-city costs

TSD is an EEO employer.

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positions available
Metro Deaf School/Minnesota North Star Academy
St Paul, MN

Metro Deaf School/Minnesota North Star Academy, a PreK-12
Charter School for Deaf/Hard of Hearing students, has the
following positions available for the 2009-2010 school year:

– Athletic Director/Extra Curricular Activities Director (K-12)
– ASL Specialist (K-12)
– Primary Classroom Teacher (K-3)
– Special Needs Teacher (Grades 6-8)
– Secondary Math Teacher (Grades 7-12)
– Speech and Language Pathologist

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher and have
fluency in American Sign Language and written English.

Teacher positions also require completed or in progress licensure
with State of Minnesota.

Candidates should also have knowledge of bilingual education for
the Deaf/Hard of Hearing and a commitment to working as a team
member and implementing the educational program in a charter
PreK-12 school.

Visit our website at http://www.mnnorthstaracademy.org to apply
or send letter of interest, current resume (including reference
contacts), official college transcripts, and completed application
form to:

Metro Deaf School
ATTN: Director
1471 Brewster St.
St. Paul, MN 55108-2612

mailto:contact.us@metrodeafschool.org

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announcing an opening for
Residential Counselors – PACES
American School for the Deaf
West Hartford, CT

The American School for the Deaf is a residential and day program
located in West Hartford, Connecticut.  The program is a
comprehensive center-based and community-based educational program
serving deaf and hard-of-hearing students from preschool through
high school.

ASD operates the PACES Program, a special educational/residential
unit for emotionally/behaviorally disordered students, who need
educational, social, and psychological services beyond those
offered in traditional school settings.  The program’s goals are
to maximize students’ potential and return them to the least
restrictive educational environment.

SCOPE OF DUTIES:
Supervision of adolescents during out-of-school hours and the
assumption of other responsibilities as designated by the Director
of the PACES Program.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
High School Diploma.  Prior experience working with
emotionally/behaviorally-disordered children and youth in a
residential setting.  CPI/CPR Training/Certification required or
ability to secure. Ability to write reports, work as a team member,
communicate with parents and other staff.  Intermediate sign
language SLPI rating required

HOW TO APPLY:
Visit our website:   http://www.asd-1817.org for more information
and to download an application.

Resumes/applications may be sent to:

Human Resources
American School for the Deaf
139 North Main Street
West Hartford, CT  06107-1269

FAX (860) 570-1832

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Job Announcements
Indiana School for the Deaf
Indianapolis, Indiana

The Indiana School for the Deaf currently has job openings/postings
for the following positions:

Job Title                       Posting #     Posting Dates

Supv Teacher                    562545        3/20/09-5/24/09
Audiologist                     562766        4/6/09-4/20/09
Interpreter Deaf (F/T)          562956        4/17/09-5/3/09
Interpreter Deaf (intermittent) 562955        4/17/09-5/3/09

Applicants must submit an Indiana State Application via the Indiana
State Personnel website at http://www.in.gov/jobs

If you have any questions please contact Carole Morgan in our Human
Resources Department via telephone (317/920-6340 v/tty) or E-Mail:
mailto:cmorgan@isd.k12.in.us
Website:  http://www.deafhoosiers.com/

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.

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immediate opening
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapist (CTRS)
National Deaf Academy
Mt. Dora, FL

National Deaf Academy a 132 bed residential treatment center serving
Deaf, hard of hearing and autistic children, adolescents and adults
has an immediate opening for a Certified Therapeutic Recreation
Therapist (CTRS).

Responsibilities include planning, directing and organizing
recreational programs, assessments and documentation.

Fluent in American Sign Language preferred, however willing to train
the right candidate. BA in Therapeutic Recreation or related field
& current CTRS required.

Competitive salary and excellent benefit package.

Send resume to:
Director of Human Resources,
National Deaf Academy
19650 US Hwy 441
Mt. Dora, FL 32757

Email: mailto:btashlein@nda.com
Phone: 352-735-9500
Fax:   352-735-4939

EOE

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position opening
Smoky Mountain Center
Clinical Counselor
Central Region/ Morganton, NC

Clinical counselor is part of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program
that provides behavioral health assessment, clinical treatment,
case management and advocacy services to deaf and hard of hearing
persons in a 27-county service area.

Clients served will be children, adolescents and adults with a
broad range of diagnoses of hearing. Clients will be referred from
throughout the 27-county catchment area by any of a wide array of
organizations and agencies that have identified the need for the
specialized services delivered by this program.

Master’s degree from an accredited school of social work or an
appropriate human services field and must have a professional
license or be license eligible.

Due to the population served by this position, applicants must be
proficient in American Sign Language.

Prefer experience working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Grade/Step to be determined by qualifications and classification
of applicant

Position is 100% FTE with comprehensive benefits. This is a non –
exempt position

Open until filled

Send a NC State Application to:
Smoky Mountain Center,
Department of Human Resources,
44 Bonnie Lane,
Sylva, NC 28779.

to get the NC State application form, click on:
http://www.smokymountaincenter.com/employment.asp

and click again on:
Microsoft Word Application Extension

Smoky Mountain Center is an EO, AA employer.

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DeafDigest – 19 April 2009

Thomas Edison who relies on teeth to listen to sound of phonograph.

[FLOWPLAYER=http://www.deafdigest.com/videos/edison.flv,400,400]

DeafDigest – 12 April 2009

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New AT&T Instant Message Relay

Register and obtain a 10-digit number to receive calls
directly from your friends and family

http://relayservices.att.com/

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THE Z: THE NEXT GENERATION IN VIDEOPHONES

Frustrated with poor videophone quality, bulky videophones,
and unreliable video relay services?

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With three sleek versions of The Z videophone offered by CSDVRS,
you’ll get nothing but the very best in videophone technology
and video relay services quality. Order your The Z TODAY!

For more information, visit http://www.csdvrs.com

CSDVRS is the clear choice for top-notch video relay services,
with 24/7 access to certified, qualified video interpreters.

Dial csdvrs.tv to make your call today!

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LifeLinks Video Relay Service

Now has a 10-digit personal phone number for you – free!

Go to http://www.lifelinks.net/account.html

and fill out the “Create An Account” screen and click submit!

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http://www.georgiarelay.org/

Staying Connected:

Telecommunication Choices that are Simple, Dependable and Convenient

To make a Georgia Relay call, just dial 7-1-1

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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

Marilyn Smith, a long time deaf women’s rights
advocate, has received another honor – as
the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century”.
She will accept the honor at a ceremony
hosted by Women’s eNews, a non-profit online news
agency, on May 7th in New York.

In Kochi, India, there is a phenomenon called
medical tourism.
It means patients, seeking medical care
or medical attention overseas, would visit the
city for that purpose, thus helping the local
economy (hotels, meals, transportation,
entertainment, tourist sites, etc).
As far as the residents of Kochi are
concerned, they have the CI to thank for.
People come to Kochi to get implanted and
on the side, spend some money.
This story was highlighted in a newspaper
posted on a web site.

Nine European nations are working together
on a new online sign language dictionary.
Nine European nations means nine different
languages and therefore nine different
sign languages.
Will it work? It may be a challenge.
The word “computer” may have different
sign language translations – within – the
same national language, never mind these
other different national languages.
And even worse, some certain national
words may have different ways of expressions.
Will it be a Tower of Babel? Or to be
more specific, a Tower of Sign Language
Babel?

Will Google help us with out of print deaf
books?
Ever so ambitious Google is planning to
publish online every single book on Earth.
A hot issue is ownership of rights to millions
of these out of print books, never mind these
out of print deaf books.
Would be mighty interesting to see if
Google succeeds in overcoming legal
barriers – so that we could access these
out of print deaf books.

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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http://www.deafdigest.com

updated every Monday

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ALL TTYs ON SALE!

At WCI, April brings “showers” of savings to you with 10% off every
TTY for the entire month!

Choose from several different models and take 10% off.

With superior quality and state-of-the art technology we’ve got a
TTY that is right for you.

Call us at 1-800-233-9130 (V/TTY) or visit us at:
http://www.weitbrecht.com to get the details on our TTYs and all
our other products.

(Use code WCID409 when ordering)

For a copy of our catalog, email your request to:
mailto:sales@weitbrecht.com

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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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:
http://www.deafdigest.com/wrongspy.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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BEST OR WORST ACTOR?
Many years ago people said the world’s best actor
was John Barrymore.
Again, people said he was the world’s worst actor!
Why?
Barrymore could act very well in silent movies,
but could not act well with talkie movies!
We have wished we had a deaf actor that was much
better than Barrymore during silent movie years!

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

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

A NEWSPAPER HEADLINE: CHANGING OF THE TIMES
When a deaf student enrolls at Gallaudet or at
NTID, it rarely merits a newspaper headline,
unless it is a small town newspaper.
But in a mid-sized American city, there
was a newspaper headline of a hearing student
enrolling at Gallaudet this coming fall as
a HUG (hearing undergraduate student).
Definitely times have changed.

ANOTHER DEAF MANAGER AT TARGET
Sometime ago Target had another deaf manager.
How did he deal with his own employees and with
some customers.
Just pen and pad. Or sometimes with a computer
keyboard!
He said for training and staff meetings,
interpreters were hired, but for day to day
matters, he was on his own.
If a customer came up to him and he could
not understand, he would ask for help. The
customer would be pleased that he would go an
extra mile for them.
In summary, he said:

It was mostly positive and most people were receptive
to communicating via paper and pen. That is
basically how I managed my team

A PANIC BLOOPER
What is a Panic Blooper? It is when a captioner
makes a typing error saying that a certain agency
serving the deaf was due for a 50 percent cut
in its budget. The correct percentage was 15
percent.
We all hate these Panic Bloopers!

BEST JOBS FOR THE DEAF
Many people are losing their jobs. And many
young graduates are having a hard time finding
jobs.
Still, there are jobs that are available.
And for the deaf, what are the best jobs?

– health care (health aide is an example)
– teachers (always a demand for deaf teachers)
– teaching assistants (same as above)
– accountants (Gallaudet and RIT both offer degrees)
– carpenters (skilled deaf could look for it)
– landscapers (ditto)
– computer-related positions (Gallaudet & RIT offer degrees)

Says who? Says the most recent edition of
The Kiplinger Letter.

WHAT IS A CODA?
What is a CODA? That is easy – Children of Deaf
Adults.
Not always! At Harvard University, CODA stands
for Committee on Deaf Awareness.
A Coda, do meet another Coda – and we are talking
about two different things but both related to
deafness!

A CI DISCUSSION BETWEEN AN EDUCATOR OF DEAF AND AN OTOLARYNGOLOGIST
A superintendent of a school for the deaf had a meeting with
an otolaryngologist, who specializes in the CI.
Issues raised during the discussion, which was cordial, by the
way, were:

– data shows the language successes of CI children
– CI children still need sign language support
– CI children are visual learners that also need auditory support
– CI children are capable of speaking very well
– not every child will be a CI candidate
– there are many CI children that “failed”
– children that failed are not failures in life
– CI failures are adept with ASL

Bottom line is that we read all about CI successes in the
press but never read about CI failures!
These above facts were shared with DeafDigest editor.

LEGALLY DEAF PHRASE IN THE LAW BOOKS
We are always reading in the newspapers about a person
being “legally deaf” – as if the person registered with
the government as a recognized deaf individual.
Is there such a thing as “legally deaf” in law books?
Well, do click on:

http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/124.231

It says:

“legally deaf person” means any person who qualifies as
being deaf under any Ohio or federal statute, or any rule
adopted thereunder.

What if a deaf person does not qualify as deaf?

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WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN?

deaf spelled as death, instead of deaf

an angry college professor, tired of hearing
students spelling “death” when it was meant
to be spelled as “deaf” came up with a perfect
method.

Each time he sees the word “death” on a homework
assignment or a term paper assignment, he would
automatically grade it with a zero !

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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!
A deaf driver was stopped by the police in Fort
Worth, Texas. This is nothing new – all drivers,
both deaf and hearing, are stopped by the police
all the time.
Two things went wrong. First, the deaf man reached
over to pick up a card intending to tell the police
of his deafness. He should have immediately pointed
to his ear, and shout “I am deaf” or something
to that effect.
Secondly, the police officer overreacted, thinking
the deaf man was reaching for his hidden gun.
This was a hot topic in Fort Worth this week.

Deaf Picture of the Week:

Bill Ramborger
recently inducted into South Carolina track coaches’ hall of fame

http://www.goupstate.com/article/20090331/NEWS/904019983/1088/sports04?Title=SCSDB-s-Ramborger-named-to-SCACA-s-Hall-of-Fame

Question of the week:

Q. I do not understand what is “10-digit number” is
all about. The video relay services have been
telling all of us to get our own 10-digit numbers.
Please explain?

A. It is exactly like your own 10-digit telephone
number that you may have at home. With a 10-digit
video relay number (not the same as the 10-digit
telephone number), it will be accessed by ALL
video relay services. This was the rule laid
down recently by the FCC.

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 deaf drivers, stopped by the police,
would know how to inform the police of their
deafness without having to “reach out” for
something – like a card or a note and pen

Police often interpret reaching out as in
trying to get a gun

easiest way is to open the windows,
set your finger towards the ear and
wait for the police to come over to
you from his car. And when he comes over,
tell him (or shout) of your deafness
several times until he acknowledges it

DeafHistory – Looking Back:

our telephone – datelines

1876 – Alexander Graham Bell invents the telephone, that is
useless for us

1964 – Weitbrecht’s TTY modem allows us to use the telephone
for the first time

1991 – ADA says every state must have a relay service

2003 – our telephones are slowly finding its way into
the junk box, thanks to these video devices

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Deaf and the Money:

A deaf agency wins a grant that is valued at one
million dollars. That deaf agency makes no money
on it.

Another deaf agency wins a contract that is valued
at $100,000 and makes money on it.

Why?

A grant obligates a winning agency to spend every
cent of the grant amount.

A contract allows a certain margin of contract
money to be earmarked as a profit margin.

This was why the NAD grew rapidly during the
sixties and early seventies as the late Executive
Director leaned towards contracts and not grants.

DeafNumbers of the Week:

we have around 880,000 hard of hearing students in
public schools

and

over 90 percent of them are not being given
adequate services

what this is implying is that deaf students
are served more than the hard of hearing
students

DeafDigest Sports

DeafDigest Sports is a no-cost subscription available only for DeafDigest
subscribers; e-mail mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

there is no web page postings with DeafDigest Sports;
you have to subscribe to keep up with deafsports!

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best in the nation.

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position announcement
Athletic Director
Indiana School for the Deaf
Indianapolis, IN

for position description & application procedures, click on:

http://www.deafdigest.com/athleticdirector.pdf

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position openings at Department of Education
Gallaudet University
Washington, DC

– expertise in Elementary Education

– expertise in Early Childhood Education (Birth through age 8)

– expertise in ASL/Bilingual Education, Early Childhood Education,
Elementary Education, Secondary Education, or Students with
Disabilities

to read position descriptions and application procedures on
either of these three positions, please click on:

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

and click on either of three Department of Education links

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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 4/12/09 – 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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Exciting Career Opportunities at GLAD:

– Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim, Norwalk, Pacoima,
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:

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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News of the Week:

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Thomas R. Behrens,
not deaf, who departed us this week.
One item in his long list of accomplishments in
Education of the Deaf is pushing for screening of all
newborns for hearing loss.
Thank you, Thomas, for serving us so well over the
years.

Employers that want to hire the deaf might very well
best use this link:

http://www.dol.gov/odep/documents/Flip%20Guide_FINAL_3%2030_508%20compliant2.pdf

Following these guidelines will make things much
easier for prospective deaf employees in the work place
with hearing employees and hearing employers.

This is old news but which has kicked up again
this week. There is a serious issue of imbalance
between males and females in the Deaf Studies
major and the Speech Language Pathology and
Audiology major at Towson University in
Maryland.
Deaf Studies has 8 males and 122 females;
the other major has 3 males and 162 females.
This issue was brought up several years
ago before kicking up again this week by
Towson students..

When people bring up the issue of disabled, hopefully
deafness is included.
Anyway there was a discussion at Boston University
regarding the film titled “”Labeled Disabled” that
took place last week.
This film was supposed to help students understand
the attitudes towards the disabled.
Again, the question is – deafness is either being
addressed or is not addressed at all.

In Scotland, all police officers have received
a handbook titled “”diversity handbook” in an effort
to appropriately deal with the disabled.
One such advice is not to handcuff the deaf
behind their backs, that would prevent them
from communicating via pad and pen or even
in sign language with an interpreter.
This handbook was prepared by the
Association Of Chief Police Officers.

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A DIFFERENT JOB FOR A DEAF MAN
A deaf man in Canada has a different type of
job.
His job is to knock on doors of homes.
When hearing people open the doors, he gives
them papers to sign and to collect fees.
This is for people’s dog tag licenses!
He had a card with them that he shows to
hearing people to explain what it is.
In USA, most people pay for dog licenses
in vet’s offices, but it is different in
Canada.

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

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

TINNITUS: A CHOICE
In Scotland few years ago, a hearing woman was
suffering from tinnitus. It is stubborn ringing
of noise in a person’s head that almost never stops.
The doctor told the woman that she had a
choice – to have an operation to cure tinnitus but
to become deaf for good or to ignore the operation
and suffer tinnitus for life but to remain
hearing.
An awful choice!

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

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Host:
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Event:
Poker Tournament; No Limit-Texas Hold’Em/ all in,
for all comers; deaf and hearing players; must be 21 years or
older to play.

When?
June 23, 2009 – 7 pm

Where?
Binion’s Horseshoe Gambling Hall & Hotel
128 East Fremont
Las Vegas, Nevada

entry fees?
$200 per player,(no buy in), $140 prize pool,
$40 to Binion’s for administration and $20 to DSA.

Comments:
This tournament will be hosted at Binion’s Gambling Hall where
it made poker famous. It is located in historical heart of
downtown. Binion’s is where the famous “World Series of Poker”
originated. Since Las Vegas is the poker capital of the world,
you will feel the magnitude of this one as it has the
“major league” status. no wonder it is so popular here.

committee:
We are anxious to have you enjoy the unique and exciting
experience in the world of poker. It is your chance to
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For more information, go to:

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BAPTISM BY FIRE
For Rep. Kevin P. Murphy, D-Lackawanna, Pennsylvania,
a first-time politician, it is Baptism by Fire.
Not deaf, he was thrown into the battle to save
the Scranton State School for the Deaf. It was not
exactly what he expected to do after winning the
election and being introduced as a rookie in
the Pennsylvania legislative body.
He said the battle to save the school has consumed
his time and energy on a daily basis.

BUSINESS RUN BY A DISABLED PERSON
Joe Steffy, not deaf, operates a business, selling
popcorn, and he has a goal – grossing $100,000 in
sales in 3 years in the Overland, Kansas area.
He is an autistic and also has Down syndrome.
These disabilities have not diminished his
drive to succeed.
He did get assistance from his parents and from
an organization that advocates self-employment for
people with disabilities. The family learned to write
up a business plan, getting grants from SSA’s
Plan to Achieve Self-Support program.
This is great – and this leads to a question –
while we have many deaf individuals with a desire
to operate self-supporting businesses, why aren’t
they getting assistance on the same level that
Steffy got?

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VALUE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
How important is public relations? The rule of thumb
by Fortune 500 companies is to spend 5 to 10 percent
of their budget on public relations.
This being said, many nonprofit agencies spend
much, much less on public relations. This is understandable
because when money is tight, then there are spending
priorities.
Yet, when the public thinks the deaf cannot drive
or cannot read or cannot go to college, this is where
public relations come in!

A SPEED CLASS FOR THE DEAF
Is there a speed class for the deaf and the hard of
hearing?
First of all, what does a speed class mean?
DeafDigest has no idea what it is. Is it a joke?
Possibly.
The story in blog went like this:

Avallone himself plays Herby, one of the four main characters
– a major slacker who cares more about whether his jokes
are funny than his grades. At one point, he even hires a live
studio audience to follow him around the campus and laugh,
sigh and awww at all he says. There’s plenty to laugh at.
Faced with losing his parent-provided health insurance
if he drops below full-time status, Herby takes the only class
available – a speed class for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Speed as in a certain drug? Speed as in sign language
signing speed?
Just no idea what the story implies.

MANY FAMOUS PEOPLE HAVE A LINK WITH THE DEAF

– Arnold Schwarzenegger, governor, state of California

After retiring from a body building career, he set out to
become a movie actor. His second film was titled “The Long Goodbye”
where he played a deaf character, as a mob hit man!

WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

muttered one interpreter:

interpreters that finish off deaf clients’ sentences!

if you have these “hate” or “horror” stories, please
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

One thing that I think some people don’t consider when they
are working with CART providers is where the CART providers
will sit or how they will position themselves to the proceedings
so that they can hear what is going on.

I read somewhere that a person who was a CART consumer thought
that, as a group, sign language interpreters had better hearing
than CART providers.  I really don’t believe that that’s true.

I think, as a group, our hearing is about the same.  I believe
that one of the differences might be that interpreters are many
times right in the middle of what is being said, but a CART
provider might be positioned over to the side.

Sometimes a CART provider might be more looked upon as a machine
rather than as a person that has to be able to see and hear what
is going on.

People have to remember that just because a CART provider is using
a machine, it is not the machine that is inputting the information
to be translated; it is the person sitting behind the keys who has
to hear, understand, and input what is happening.

if you have a question on any of the CART issues, do email:
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

it will be forwarded to the CART operator for a possible response
in this weekly DeafDigest section.

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Crash course on the Digital Television Transition

This is a continuation of our weekly educational column on
addressing concerns about the analog TV shutoff and the final
transition to digital TV which is scheduled to occur on or
before June 12, 2009.

Question this week:
What’s the difference between UHF and VHF?

Answer:
Channels 2 to 13 are VHF (Very High Frequency) and channels 14 to 51
are UHF (Ultra High Frequency). Many stations converting to DTV are
using UHF, but some will still use VHF. A combination UHF/VHF antenna
is recommended.

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

Efforts by Time Warner to meter the pricing on
broadband use has encountered livid reaction among
deaf consumers.
Reason is heavy use of the video phone to facilitate
communications via the broadband.
When confronted with this issue, the Time Warner
management has not made a comment.

The Deaf and the Law

location:
Ontario, Canada

case:
a woman, not deaf, was given summons for talking too loud

result:
case was dismissed; the woman said she talked loud because
her husband was deaf

comment:
in a way it is a twist – because deaf people tend to
talk louder!

DeafADA Issue of the Week:

A consultant on ADA issues said that only 20 percent
of American hotels comply with ADA regulations.
For the deaf it means:

– do captions work on TV? It failed in several hotels
that DeafDigest editor stayed over the years

– does the internet connection work? This may be an issue
because the front desk people would ask hotel patrons to
call a 800 number to get the connection to work, and it
is tricky when trying to use the TTY

– does the hotel have a “deaf box” available for
deaf patrons?

Shirley Glassman’s Captioning Blooper of the Week:

they blame illegals for taking scare (scarce) jobs

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What became of?

Earl Hollinshead III
West Virginia

– past
Freelance TV technician for NBC, ESPN and other networks

– present
moved to West Virginia from Pittsburgh, and worked behind
the scenes with the technical support staff at the
recent Presidential inauguration

mailto:barry@deafdigest.com with “past” and
“present” details

News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

The DEAF-L newsgroup, the granddaddy of many
deaf-related newsgroups that thrive on the Internet
nowadays, may undergo a change of owners. Roy Miller,
the current TDI president, and the DEAF-L listowner,
is not able to continue in his present role.

(editor’s note: DEAF-L was the first of many, many
deaf newsgroups over the years; in its heyday
it was wildly popular. It currently leads a quiet
life among these deaf-related yahoogroups, and
the subscription base is low)

News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Fast backwards years ago. High profile TV personality Regis
Philbin announced that deaf Heather Whitestone was to be
the Miss America. He knew she was deaf.
Fast forward towards today. This same high profile
individual along with Kelly Ripa, on a recent TV program,
mocked our needs to have TV and movies captioned and subtitled.
This same Regis praising Heather Whitestone years ago
and mocking our captioning needs nowadays?

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

– Year 1997
AMERICAN MEDICAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION ENACTS A RESOLUTION
At the American Medical Student Association Convention that
took place recently at Orlando, the convention delegates passed a
resolution that recognized the medical rights and the needs of
the deaf, the hard of hearing and the late deafened.

– Year 2009
We are still filing lawsuits against doctors and
hospitals for their refusal to provide interpreters.

Apparently the American Medical Student Association
resolution, now 12 years old, has had no impact
on many doctors and many hospitals!

A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor’s pet peeve:

You are instructed to reduce your caseload by 15 people,
but unfortunately, you cannot remove the worst customers
from your caseload.

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Charter School for Deaf/Hard of Hearing students, has the
following positions available for the 2009-2010 school year:

– Athletic Director/Extra Curricular Activities Director (K-12)
– ASL Specialist (K-12)
– Primary Classroom Teacher (K-3)
– Special Needs Teacher (Grades 6-8)
– Secondary Math Teacher (Grades 7-12)
– Speech and Language Pathologist

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher and have
fluency in American Sign Language and written English.

Teacher positions also require completed or in progress licensure
with State of Minnesota.

Candidates should also have knowledge of bilingual education for
the Deaf/Hard of Hearing and a commitment to working as a team
member and implementing the educational program in a charter
PreK-12 school.

Visit our website at http://www.mnnorthstaracademy.org to apply
or send letter of interest, current resume (including reference
contacts), official college transcripts, and completed application
form to:

Metro Deaf School
ATTN: Director
1471 Brewster St.
St. Paul, MN 55108-2612

mailto:contact.us@metrodeafschool.org

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Job Announcements
Indiana School for the Deaf
Indianapolis, Indiana

The Indiana School for the Deaf currently has job openings/postings
for the following positions:

Job Title         Posting #          Posting Dates

Supv Teacher      562545             3/20/09-5/24/09
Audiologist       562766             4/6/09-4/20/09

Applicants must submit an Indiana State Application via the Indiana
State Personnel website at http://www.in.gov/jobs

If you have any questions please contact Carole Morgan in our Human
Resources Department via telephone (317/920-6340 v/tty) or E-Mail:
mailto:cmorgan@isd.k12.in.us
Website:  http://www.deafhoosiers.com/

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 EOE

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position opening
Assistant professor (tenure track)
(computer related field)
Rochester Institute of Technology                                                                                                                           
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester, NY

Instructional/Support Faculty

QUALIFICATIONS:
REQUIRED/MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

– Masters of Science in Information Technology, Computer Science,
Information Systems, or other computer related field.

– Three years full-time work experience in high level scripting,
multimedia/web and database development

– Some teaching/training experience

– Expertise in object-oriented programming (i.e. minimally Java
or C++).

– Organizational skills and the ability to work as part of a team

Rochester Institute of Technology is an Equal O/AA Employer. We
are seeking individuals who are committed to contributing to RIT’s
core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.

For more details and to apply on line please go to:                                                                    
https://mycareer.rit.edu

KEYWORD SEARCH: IRC#29117

You may contact the search committee with questions:

David Lawrence
Search Committee Chairperson
Rochester Institute of Technology
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Department of Information and Computing Studies
20 Lomb Memorial Drive, Golisano-1511
Rochester, New York 14623

Application deadline: April 15, 2009

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position opening
Overnight Residential Counselor
The Learning Center for the Deaf
Framingham, MA

1-2 years direct care experience in residential program with
Deaf and HOH children preferred. ASL Fluency required.

Please send cover letter, resume, 3 written references to:

Lynn Marshall
Personnel Coordinator
The Learning Center for the Deaf
848 Central Street,
Framingham, MA 01701

fax # 508.875.3355
phone # 508.879.5110 v/tty
or email: mailto:Lynn_marshall@tlcdeaf.org

The Learning Center for the Deaf is an EOE

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immediate opening
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapist (CTRS)
National Deaf Academy
Mt. Dora, FL

National Deaf Academy a 132 bed residential treatment center serving
Deaf, hard of hearing and autistic children, adolescents and adults
has an immediate opening for a Certified Therapeutic Recreation
Therapist (CTRS).

Responsibilities include planning, directing and organizing
recreational programs, assessments and documentation.

Fluent in American Sign Language preferred, however willing to train
the right candidate. BA in Therapeutic Recreation or related field
& current CTRS required.

Competitive salary and excellent benefit package.

Send resume to:
Director of Human Resources,
National Deaf Academy
19650 US Hwy 441
Mt. Dora, FL 32757

Email: mailto:btashlein@nda.com
Phone: 352-735-9500
Fax:   352-735-4939

EOE

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position opening
Clinical Social Worker – Deaf Unit
Westborough State Hospital
Metro Suburban Area; about an hour west of Boston

Full-time opportunity exists for a caring and compassionate
hearing or deaf individual to join the clinical team on a
unique deaf unit within Westborough State Hospital, a JCAHO
accredited facility.

The deaf unit at Westborough is a state-wide resource with
rapid admissions and discharges.

Specialty Social Work services are needed. Social Workers on
this unit must be fluent in ASL and culturally competent in
the Deaf Culture.

In addition, incumbents in this position must have specialized
knowledge of the clinical needs of deaf persons with psychiatric
problems including competence in providing psychotherapy to
deaf individuals and their families. Takes initiative in
formulating and implementing comprehensive treatment plans.
Provides family services as needed including family assessments,
living/home assessments, family therapy and counseling.

Excellent benefits including health, dental, vision, tuition
remission, vacation, retirement, free parking.

Salary Range:  $45,353 – $61,873

Resumes to:
Office of Health, Human Resources,
Metro Suburban Area,
Attn: Carolyn Burnett,
Box 288, Lyman St.,
Westborough, MA  01581

or Email:
mailto:dmhhrms@massmail.state.ma.us

EEO/AA/MF/V/D Employer

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position opening
Interpreter, Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Westborough State Hospital
Metro Suburban Area; about an hour west of Boston

Seeking  part-time sign language interpreter (20 hrs./wk) for
a specialty psychiatric inpatient unit for deaf persons in  
Westborough, Massachusetts, about an hour west of Boston.

This is  an excellent position for an experienced interpreter
with excellent ASL skills who has, (or wants to develop), a
specialization in mental health interpreting.

Candidates must be state screened for interpreting and
transliterating or hold national certification. RID or NAD
certification preferred.

Excellent benefits including health, dental, vision, tuition
remission, vacation, retirement, free parking.

Salary Range:  $21,669 to $29,440

Resumes to:
Office of Health, Human Resources,
Attn: Carolyn Burnett,
Metro Suburban Area,
Box 288, Lyman St.,
Westborough, MA 01581

or Email mailto:dmhhrms@massmail.state.ma.us

EEO/AA M/F/V/D Employer

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position opening
Smoky Mountain Center
Clinical Counselor
Central Region/ Morganton, NC

Clinical counselor is part of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program
that provides behavioral health assessment, clinical treatment,
case management and advocacy services to deaf and hard of hearing
persons in a 27-county service area.

Clients served will be children, adolescents and adults with a
broad range of diagnoses of hearing. Clients will be referred from
throughout the 27-county catchment area by any of a wide array of
organizations and agencies that have identified the need for the
specialized services delivered by this program.

Master’s degree from an accredited school of social work or an
appropriate human services field and must have a professional
license or be license eligible.

Due to the population served by this position, applicants must be
proficient in American Sign Language.

Prefer experience working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Grade/Step to be determined by qualifications and classification
of applicant

Position is 100% FTE with comprehensive benefits. This is a non –
exempt position

Open until filled

Send a NC State Application to:
Smoky Mountain Center,
Department of Human Resources,
44 Bonnie Lane,
Sylva, NC 28779.

to get the NC State application form, click on:
http://www.smokymountaincenter.com/employment.asp

and click again on:
Microsoft Word Application Extension

Smoky Mountain Center is an EO, AA employer.

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position opening
Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf
State of Georgia
location of vacancy – Macon, Dublin, Valdosta, Columbus and
the Metro Atlanta area

for position description and application procedures, click on:

http://www.deafdigest.com/gavr.DOC

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(updated 4/12/09)

list of employment openings
DCARA
various locations in Northern California

all positions open until filled

– Job Developer & Interpreter
San Francisco

for any of the above positions, please click on:
http://www.dcara.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=55&Itemid=51

and click on the position you are seeking

CLIENT SUPPORT SPECIALIST/FAMILY LIFE EDUCATOR (FULL-TIME)
DCARA SAN LEANDRO OFFICE

E-Mail All Applications to mailto:hr@dcara.org

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Special notes:

(located at the bottom of the Gold section)

http://www.deafdigest.com

DeafDigest – 05 April 2009

DeafDigest Gold – April 5, 2009

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

America’s Unique Deaf Stories; free subscription

serving the Deaf Community since 1996; 13th year

(to unsubscribe, please click on unsubscribe link
at bottom or go to http://www.deafdigest.com )

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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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Kramer Financial is a deaf financial services firm with representatives
licensed and registered in 49 states and the District of Columbia.

It offers a wide array of services and products including:

Investments
Life Insurance
Long Term Care Insurance
Retirement Planning
Education Planning
Tax Planning
Estate Planning

Two office locations, four financial advisors, and four staff members –
working together as ONE team to help you work toward your financial goals.

For further information or to make an appointment, click into
http://www.kramerfinancial.com

Kramer Financial
9099 Ridgefield Drive, Suite 101
Frederick, MD 21701

240-379-6908 VP/TTY
240-379-6929 voice

Securities and advisory services offered through FSC Securities
Corporation, Member FINRA/SIPC, and a registered investment advisor.
Kramer Financial is not affiliated with FSC Securities Corporation or
registered  as a broker/dealer or investment advisor.

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about your adjustable rate mortgage now is the time to lock in a low fixed
rate!

Call us for a quick mortgage review to see if it makes sense to refinance.

Kramer Financial
usa@kramerfinancial.com
240-379-6908 (TTY/VP)
240-379-6929 (V)

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CSDVRS is the clear choice for top-notch video relay services,
with 24/7 access to certified, qualified video interpreters.

Dial csdvrs.tv to make your call today!

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Now has a 10-digit personal phone number for you – free!

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and fill out the “Create An Account” screen and click submit!

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Staying Connected:

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To make a Georgia Relay call, just dial 7-1-1

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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

at La Familia, near Albuquerque, NM
Deaf Group Home

at La Familia, near Albuquerque, NM

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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For postings, announcements and employment ad rates,
please email mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:

http://www.deafdigest.com

updated every Monday

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ALL TTYs ON SALE!

At WCI, April brings “showers” of savings to you with 10% off every
TTY for the entire month!

Choose from several different models and take 10% off.

With superior quality and state-of-the art technology we’ve got a
TTY that is right for you.

Call us at 1-800-233-9130 (V/TTY) or visit us at:
http://www.weitbrecht.com to get the details on our TTYs and all
our other products.

(Use code WCID409 when ordering)

For a copy of our catalog, email your request to:
mailto:sales@weitbrecht.com

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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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.

..

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.

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

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News of the Week:

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Jerome W. Freeman, Sr,
who departed us.
Jerome was everywhere in the field of Deaf Education and
Deaf Services. After graduating from Gallaudet, he embarked
on a long career that spanned 48 years, reaching out to 8
different states, in different capacities – teacher,
administrator, professor and director.
Thank you, Jerome, for your 48 years of service on
our behalf, making our lives better.

Many American cities are well served with agencies
serving the deaf. But again, many other American
cities are not.
Houston, Texas, is as big a city as other big
American cities go – it has “everything” – yet
a deaf activist pointed out a serious lack of
services for the deaf in that locale!
DeafDigest hopes that Houston will grow to be
on par with other American cities with respect to
agencies serving the deaf.

Is Economic Stimulus money helping the deaf?
Time will tell, but U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)
has seen to that disabled-owned businesses are given
priority when stimulus contracts are given out by
Department of Treasury.
DeafDigest hopes disabled includes deaf, and that
more will be coming in favor of the deaf.

Gallaudet University’s Theatre Arts Department presents
URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL

on April 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18 at 8:00 pm.

and

April 11, 12, 18, and 19 at 2:00 pm.

in Elstad Auditorium.  All performances are open captioned.

URINETOWN, directed by Monique Holt, is a hilarious tale of
greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when
water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city,
a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year draught, has
led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The
citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single
malevolent company that profits by charging admission for
one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero
decides he’s had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them
all to freedom! 

Appropriate for patrons 12 years old and up.

Tickets: 
– Full-time Gallaudet students who have paid the unit fee – one
free ticket with ID;

– non-Gallaudet students with ID: $10 online, $12 at the Box Office
Window;

– adults: $15 online, $20 at the Box Office Window;

– groups of 10 or more people, send email or call.  For more
information, visit the Theatre Arts Dept. website.

Phone:          (202) 651-5500 / (202) 651-5502 TTY
Email:          mailto:theatre.tickets@gallaudet.edu
Website:        http://theatrearts.gallaudet.edu
Buy Tickets:    http://theatre-arts-department.ticketleap.com

URINETOWN (Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollman/Book and Lyrics Greg
Kotis) is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre
International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are
also supplied by MTI.  421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019; 
www.MTIShows.com

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A DEAF PERSON AS A SPY?
The CIA is looking for new spies. Could a deaf person
become a spy?
Rocky Stone, who was deaf, was a spy for the Federal
government. He could communicate with his hearing aid,
but without it he was very deaf.
After he retired from Federal government, he founded
SHHH, which changed its name to Hearing Loss Association
of America.

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

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

A MANAGER AT TARGET

(a reprint from last week – video had technical difficulties)

We shop often at Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Sears, etc.
These stores have different departments. These departments
have supervisory managers.
Do we know of a deaf person that is a supervisory
manager at any of these department stores?
There is a deaf supervisory manager of a Target store
in California. He graduated from a school for the deaf
and did not go to college, but he was able to get
promoted to supervisory manager.
It is not an easy job. He supervises three different
departments at Target. He orders merchandise; he takes
inventory and also supervises his own employees in these
three departments.

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

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

THE NICARAGUAN SIGN LANGUAGE
For many years the deaf of Nicaragua had no
sign language. They communicated with each other
by gestures and by body language.
There is a new Nicaraguan Sign Language (NSL).
Who helped create NSL? It was not linguists
or deaf leaders?
It was a group of young deaf children!

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

(for your convenience, video links are posted on top
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Poker Tournament

No-Limit Texas Hold’Em

Host:
Deaf Seniors of America

Event:
Poker Tournament; No Limit-Texas Hold’Em/ all in,
for all comers; deaf and hearing players; must be 21 years or
older to play.

When?
June 23, 2009 – 7 pm

Where?
Binion’s Horseshoe Gambling Hall & Hotel
128 East Fremont
Las Vegas, Nevada

entry fees?
$200 per player,(no buy in), $140 prize pool,
$40 to Binion’s for administration and $20 to DSA.

Comments:
This tournament will be hosted at Binion’s Gambling Hall where
it made poker famous. It is located in historical heart of
downtown. Binion’s is where the famous “World Series of Poker”
originated. Since Las Vegas is the poker capital of the world,
you will feel the magnitude of this one as it has the
“major league” status. no wonder it is so popular here.

committee:
We are anxious to have you enjoy the unique and exciting
experience in the world of poker. It is your chance to
come home as a winner. See you all in “Viva Las Vegas”.

For more information, go to:

http://www.dsa2009.us/poker.pdf

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WHICH IS WORSE?
Which is worse? A baseball game on TV that is
not captioned? Or a baseball game on TV that is
not voice-broadcast?
A recent Baltimore Orioles pre-season game,
supposedly aired on the radio, was not voice-broadcast
after the first inning.
Rain interrupted the game, and the delay
after the first inning of play, got too long.
As a result, the broadcasters’ boss told them
to go home.
Suddenly, weather got better and the game
was resumed. Hearing fans had to suffer through
8 remaining non-broadcast innings!
Well, what about us the deaf? How many times
have we suffered when captions disappeared on
TV programs? Captions conveniently find a way of
disappearing just as when the punch line was about
to be shown!

USES A CI
A newspaper story featured a headline that said:

He uses Cochlear Implants

Is it tacky?  Should we describe a person that,
in any one of the below?

– uses eyeglasses
– use a wheelchair
– uses a hearing aid
– uses crutches
– is a cancer survivor
– is a heart attack survivor

We should not, hence the CI to describe the person
is tacky.
DeafDigest editor wears eyeglasses. Should a newspaper
story be headlined like this?

DeafDigest editor uses eyeglasses

A DEAF-OWNED PRINTING SHOP IN KNOXVILLE
We have always had deaf owned printing shops
in the past, often in small towns where everyone
knew everyone.
Printing has changed a lot in the past 30
years. DeafDigest is not sure if we have too
many of these deaf-owned printing shops
around. But there is one in Knoxville –
Owen Printing.
Said an acquaintance who knows the deaf
owner, Albert Owen “it is a full blown business;
most of his workers are deaf; he publishes
newsletters and brochures. And a large volume
of orders come from local hospitals and
large companies.”

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THE SCREAM FACTOR AND THE DEAF COMMUNITY
Those that scream the loudest will win?
Every year we see schools for the deaf and
agencies serving the deaf being threatened
with budget cutbacks.
Why do some programs survive? And why
do some programs die?
This is where the scream factor comes
in. The Deaf Community that screams the
loudest normally wins. Politicians, not wanting
to be screamed at, will vote to keep funds
coming for these Deaf Programs.
DeafDigest has, over the years, seen
outstanding Deaf Programs die because very
few, if any, deaf people in the community
have screamed the loudest – together!

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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
mailto:tina.hunt@hamiltonrelay.com
402-694-3656 v/TTY

Hamilton CapTel® announces alliance with the Ear Professionals
INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (EPIC, Inc.)

Hearing Professionals Now Able to Recommend CapTel Service in
Their Offices

DALLAS (April 2, 2009) – Hamilton CapTel announced a distribution
relationship with Ear Professionals International Corporation
(EPIC, Inc.) today during the American Academy of Audiologists
AudiologyNOW! conference.

This new relationship extends the family of Hamilton CapTel
solutions to consumers through their audiologist: the person on
whom they depend to resolve their hearing difficulties.

Hamilton CapTel allows those 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,
thus allowing the Hamilton CapTel user to effectively use the phone.

Brad Volkmer, EPIC president and CEO said, “EPIC’s network of
hearing healthcare physicians and audiologists distinguish themselves
by providing total diagnostic hearing assessments and complete
solutions for their patients, and still many patients report having
difficulty hearing over the phone. While there are many tools
currently available to address this concern, some patients have not
found satisfactory resolution. With the ability to recommend Hamilton
CapTel, our audiologists round out their list of viable solutions
for patients.”

EPIC unites physicians and hearing health specialists with the best
diagnostic and rehabilitative audiologists in the country. Currently,
EPIC has several thousand audiologists in its network who provide
comprehensive hearing health care services for their patients. The
company has the distinction of introducing the first national hearing
health care plan adopted by numerous companies across the country.

“Hamilton CapTel and EPIC, Inc., will work together closely to create
awareness in the professional community about Hamilton CapTel services,”
said Susan Ramirez, director of business development and operations for
EPIC. “Many people aren’t yet aware of the benefits CapTel offers, and
this relationship will allow us to promote an effective solution
directly to both hearing professionals and consumers across the
country.”

John Nelson, president of Hamilton Relay, stated, “Often, people who
have difficulty hearing over the phone seek resolution for this
concern in the office of their audiologists. This relationship with
EPIC allows its network members to now offer this solution directly
to the people who can most benefit.”

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 EPIC:
Established in 1997, EPIC (Ear Professionals International Corporation)
is a broad network of audiologists and otolaryngologists (e.g., Ears,
Nose & Throat specialists), and healthcare administrators. Formed in
1997, the organization operates in 50 states and promotes and provides
a variety of hearing care services to people with hearing loss through
its first-of-a-kind EPIC Hearing Service Plan (HSP).

For more information, please visit http://www.epichearing.com

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MANY FAMOUS PEOPLE HAVE A LINK WITH THE DEAF

– William Jennings Bryan, famous attorney who lost three
times while campaigning for president (19th century)

may have bumped into many deaf students at Jacksonville,
Illinois where Illinois School for the Deaf is located.
He was a student at a private school and at Illinois
College, both located in Jacksonville

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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® ANNOUNCES AN ADDITION TO THE FAMILY OF CAPTIONED
TELEPHONE PRODUCTS

New CapTel 800i® Available Soon Nationwide
DALLAS (April 2, 2009) – Today, from the American Academy of
Audiologists conference, AudiologyNOW!, Hamilton CapTel introduced
the CapTel 800i® captioned telephone. Designed for individuals who
have difficulty hearing on the phone, Hamilton CapTel is a free
service which will soon be available across the United States on
the CapTel 800i.

Developed by Ultratec, Inc., Captioned Telephone (“CapTel”) allows
people with significant hearing loss to read captioned
transcriptions of their telephone conversations. Captions are
provided by a service that connects to each call. Using advanced
voice-recognition technology, a specially-trained operator at the
service re-voices everything the other party says to transcribe the
captions, allowing the CapTel user to effectively use the phone.

The latest addition to the Hamilton CapTel family of solutions
– the CapTel 800i – uses an existing phone service (either analog
or digital) for the voice portion of the call, combined with a
high-speed Internet connection to deliver captions on incoming and
outgoing calls. The CapTel 800i will soon be available through
participating audiologists.

“With the revolutionary way this phone delivers captions over the
Internet, we are thrilled to add the CapTel 800i to our family of
solutions. For some individuals who have not been able to use
captioned telephone in the past, the CapTel 800i allows us to
deliver the life changing benefits of Hamilton CapTel,” said
Anne Girard, director of marketing for Hamilton CapTel. “For
individuals with difficulty hearing over the phone, seeing what’s
said restores their functional ability to effectively use the phone.”
“The text-based capabilities of the Internet make it an ideal way to
deliver the captions for a CapTel call,” stated Robert Engelke,
President of Ultratec, Inc. “”As more and more options become
available for telephone services, we are pleased to offer CapTel
solutions that take advantage of these latest technologies.”

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 Ultratec, Inc:
Located in Madison, Wis., Ultratec, Inc. is the world’s leading
manufacturer of text telecommunications equipment for people who
are deaf or hard of hearing. Since 1978, the company has been
instrumental in developing new technologies that allow people with
hearing loss to communicate over the phone. For more information
about Ultratec, please visit http://www.Ultratec.com

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WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

muttered one interpreter:

too much politics involved between agencies that certify
interpreters

if you have these “hate” or “horror” stories, please
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

When I tell people that I am a CART provider, many times they
look at me with a quizzical look. 

Some of them might be thinking shopping carts.  Others could be
thinking golf carts.   Even members of my family do not understand
what I do.  Some of them still think I use sign language rather
than a steno machine.  

After I explain that CART is an acronym for Communication Access
Realtime Translation, I usually still have a lot of explaining to
do. 

I almost always have to use the example of realtime captioning to
explain it.  I try to tell them that it’s captioning without the
pictures.   I explain that a CART provider supplies realtime
translation of speech to text on a computer monitor or another
display. 

The best way to understand it is to see a CART provider in action. 
If you or someone you know hasn’t seen the work of a CART provider,
I invite you to check it out at the next conference, meeting, or
other event where a CART provider is present.

if you have a question on any of the CART issues, do email:
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

it will be forwarded to the CART operator for a possible response
in this weekly DeafDigest section.

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THINGS ABOUT TO GO EXTINCT IN AMERICA

Newspapers and magazines

Hmm! Silent News and NAD Broadcaster, these well known
deaf newspapers, have closed up

Deaf American magazine, The Frat and few other deaf
magazines have closed up

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Crash course on the Digital Television Transition

This is a continuation of our weekly educational column on
addressing concerns about the analog TV shutoff and the final
transition to digital TV which is scheduled to occur on or
before June 12, 2009.

Question this week:

I just bought a DTV converter box. I want to know how to hook it
up to my cable company’s box or TV

Answer:

People who subscribe to cable or satellite TV are not affected by
the digital transition and those services have built-in conversion
technology to work with your analog televisions so you don’t really
need the DTV converter box. The transition affects people who rely
only on over-the-air broadcasts using rabbit ear antennas. Since
you already bought a converter box, you can still use it on an
analog TV in another part of your house that’s not connected to
cable service. This would be good for emergencies if your cable
service gets cut off unexpectedly from bad weather.

More Questions? Email them to DeafDigest at mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

For more information on digital television, visit http://www.dtv.gov

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Rusty Wales’ Wine of the Month

Salute, DG Readers/Wine Enthusiasts!

In this new eNewsletter edition, you may find one article very
interesting that discusses wine making (or wine tasting) as a
hobby that is a perfect fit for the Deaf. 

It may present a hot topic for discussion which we will have the
opportunity to discuss during the workshop where I have been
invited to be a speaker during the Deaf Senior of America
conference in Las Vegas this June. 

Happy reading!

http://deafwalrus.com/newsletter/deaf-grapevine-2009-04.htm

Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

Thanks to increasing number of scams created
through relay services, merchants are fighting
back.
They are using the “behavior screening” profile
to study customers’ buying patterns. In other
words if someone orders 15 pairs of same shoes,
it sounds fishy.
And also “device fingerprinting” method will
be used, and then cryptographic signatures
may be needed.

The Deaf and the Law

location:
Florida

case:
a deaf man was arrested for stealing. He was not
provided with an interpreter nor were efforts
made to help him understand the case he was
facing.

result:
pending – weaving its way through the court
system

comment:
a very flagrant violation in Florida of prisoners’
rights.

DeafADA Issue of the Week:

Q. Are deaf pro athletes entitled to sign language
interpreters?

A. Yes – but look at this situation –
when Kenny Walker played NFL football for Denver Broncos
during the very early years of ADA, he had a full time
interpreter that shadowed him everywhere.  When the Broncos
cut him he went North to play football in the Canadian Football
League – and his team refused to provide him with an interpreter!

Different nation, different laws!

Shirley Glassman’s Captioning Blooper of the Week:

it’s costing America A For Soon (fortune)

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What became of?

Angela Lee Foreman
Rochester, NY

– past
Regulatory Affairs Officer with a biotech company
in Davis, California, and about to go for her
doctorate in biology

– present
Assistant Professor of Biology, NTID/RIT

mailto:barry@deafdigest.com with “past” and
“present” details

News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

CSUN, one of the Big 3 collegiate programs for the deaf
(Gallaudet, NTID/RIT and CSUN) is suffering from an
acute shortage of interpreters according to a Los Angeles
Times story.
How bad is it? Well, one student said interpreters are
lacking for half of her classes!

News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Excessive noise will not make a person deaf. This statement
was made recently by Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway.
The institute spokesperson said there is no difference between
being exposed to noise and among those that lead quiet lives.
Going one up, that spokesperson said that people of Norway
know how to deal with noise – ie turning down the radio volume,
protecting their ears, walking away from the noise source, etc.
Interesting.

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Years ago a Baltimore radio program announced that a state
agency is seeking deaf people to apply for jobs.
Luckily for one deaf woman, her mother pointed her to the
state agency making that announcement and she got the job.
Fast forward. We are seeing commercials on TV that hawk
deaf related products but which are not captioned. Or even
of deaf personalities interviewed on TV talk shows, but
which are not captioned at all!

A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor’s pet peeve:

Your supervisor suddenly gets promoted but in the rush to
assume the promotion, she leaves paperwork you left for her
to be unsigned for three weeks.

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Assistant professor (tenure track)
(computer related field)
Rochester Institute of Technology                                                                                                                           
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester, NY

Instructional/Support Faculty

QUALIFICATIONS:
REQUIRED/MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:       

– Masters of Science in Information Technology, Computer Science,
Information Systems, or other computer related field.

– Three years full-time work experience in high level scripting,
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– Some teaching/training experience

– Expertise in object-oriented programming (i.e. minimally Java
or C++).

– Organizational skills and the ability to work as part of a team

Rochester Institute of Technology is an EO/AA Employer. We
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For more details and to apply on line please go to:                                                                    
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KEYWORD SEARCH: IRC#29117

You may contact the search committee with questions:

David Lawrence
Search Committee Chairperson
Rochester Institute of Technology
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Department of Information and Computing Studies
20 Lomb Memorial Drive, Golisano-1511
Rochester, New York 14623

Application deadline: April 15, 2009

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position opening
Overnight Residential Counselor
The Learning Center for the Deaf
Framingham, MA

1-2 years direct care experience in residential program with
Deaf and HOH children preferred. ASL Fluency required. 

Please send cover letter, resume, 3 written references to:

Lynn Marshall
Personnel Coordinator
The Learning Center for the Deaf
848 Central Street,
Framingham, MA 01701

fax # 508.875.3355
phone # 508.879.5110 v/tty
or email: mailto:Lynn_marshall@tlcdeaf.org

The Learning Center for the Deaf is an EOE

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immediate opening
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapist (CTRS)
National Deaf Academy
Mt. Dora, FL

National Deaf Academy a 132 bed residential treatment center serving
Deaf, hard of hearing and autistic children, adolescents and adults
has an immediate opening for a Certified Therapeutic Recreation
Therapist (CTRS).

Responsibilities include planning, directing and organizing
recreational programs, assessments and documentation.

Fluent in American Sign Language preferred, however willing to train
the right candidate. BA in Therapeutic Recreation or related field
& current CTRS required.

Competitive salary and excellent benefit package.

Send resume to:
Director of Human Resources,
National Deaf Academy
19650 US Hwy 441
Mt. Dora, FL 32757

Email: mailto:btashlein@nda.com
Phone: 352-735-9500
Fax:   352-735-4939

EOE

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position opening
Clinical Social Worker – Deaf Unit
Westborough State Hospital
Metro Suburban Area; about an hour west of Boston

Full-time opportunity exists for a caring and compassionate
hearing or deaf individual to join the clinical team on a
unique deaf unit within Westborough State Hospital, a JCAHO
accredited facility.

The deaf unit at Westborough is a state-wide resource with
rapid admissions and discharges.

Specialty Social Work services are needed. Social Workers on
this unit must be fluent in ASL and culturally competent in
the Deaf Culture.

In addition, incumbents in this position must have specialized
knowledge of the clinical needs of deaf persons with psychiatric
problems including competence in providing psychotherapy to
deaf individuals and their families. Takes initiative in
formulating and implementing comprehensive treatment plans.
Provides family services as needed including family assessments,
living/home assessments, family therapy and counseling.

Excellent benefits including health, dental, vision, tuition
remission, vacation, retirement, free parking.

Salary Range:  $45,353 – $61,873

Resumes to:
Office of Health, Human Resources,
Metro Suburban Area,
Attn: Carolyn Burnett,
Box 288, Lyman St.,
Westborough, MA  01581

or Email:
mailto:dmhhrms@massmail.state.ma.us

EEO/AA/MF/V/D Employer

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position opening
Interpreter, Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Westborough State Hospital
Metro Suburban Area; about an hour west of Boston

Seeking  part-time sign language interpreter (20 hrs./wk) for
a specialty psychiatric inpatient unit for deaf persons in  
Westborough, Massachusetts, about an hour west of Boston.

This is  an excellent position for an experienced interpreter
with excellent ASL skills who has, (or wants to develop), a
specialization in mental health interpreting.

Candidates must be state screened for interpreting and
transliterating or hold national certification. RID or NAD
certification preferred.

Excellent benefits including health, dental, vision, tuition
remission, vacation, retirement, free parking.

Salary Range:  $21,669 to $29,440

Resumes to:
Office of Health, Human Resources,
Attn: Carolyn Burnett,
Metro Suburban Area,
Box 288, Lyman St.,
Westborough, MA 01581

or Email mailto:dmhhrms@massmail.state.ma.us

EEO/AA M/F/V/D Employer

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position opening
Manager, Disability Services
William Rainey Harper College
Palatine, IL

What if inspiring students was part of your workday?

Renowned for excellence in teaching and learning, William Rainey
Harper College has been enriching lives through learning for more
than 40 years.

Located in Palatine, IL, Harper is the community college for
Chicago’s northwest suburbs.

We’re looking for dynamic administrators who appreciate our respect
for innovation in the classroom. You’ll be recognized and rewarded
for your creativity, vision, and drive. Employees at Harper thrive
in a supportive, diverse environment; enjoy excellent benefits; and
find inspiration in our ever changing campus setting which features
a center for multicultural learning, library, full calendar of cultural
events, and a wellness/fitness center.

Most importantly, you’ll be empowered to affect positively our
students’ educations, and possibly change some lives in the process.

It’s time to inspire.

Harper College is currently seeking applications for the Manager,
Disability Services position.

The successful candidate will manage and direct the daily work and
future directions of the operational components of Access and
Disability Services, including accommodations (note takers, readers,
scribes, interpreters and business functions).

You will also develop, revise and implement procedures and standards;
monitor and recommend budget proposals and staffing patterns needed
to meet department/College objectives; and provide institutional
consultation about academic and physical accommodation needs.

Requirements:

* Masters Degree in Higher Education, Disability Services,
Rehabilitation or Counseling.

* 3-5 years previous work experience in an educational/college
setting in Disability Services

* Knowledge of key legislation (Rehab Act, ADA, state regulations)
related to disability and of the functional impact of various
disabling conditions

* Excellent written and oral communication skills

* Prior grant management experience is desirable

* Knowledge of the Deaf community and American Sign Language
fluency are highly desirable

View additional job duties, benefit details and complete our required
online application at: https://jobs.harpercollege.edu

Harper College is an EOE. Women, ethnic minorities and people with
disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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position openings
– Residential Counselors
– Case Managers
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 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:

– RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS: (FT & PT positions) This position provides
direct client services including encouraging client independence in
areas such as skills in daily living and community integration.  The
candidate shall possess:  HS + 1 year related experience; 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.

– CASE MANAGERS: (FT position) This position provides resources and
support to clients and their families who reside in the community.
The qualified candidate shall possess: BA/BS degree in a Human
Services field preferred; or High school diploma & 12 credit hours in
social science with 2 years mental health direct care experience.
Must have strong organizational skills; fluency in ASL, familiarity
with other visual communication modes and language levels. Must be
willing to work some evenings and weekends as needed and travel
various areas in the community. Knowledge of laws governing the
rights of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals including IDEA and ADA
a plus; and must have a valid driver’s license.  Duties:  Assess
service needs of consumers, primarily children, to insure continuum
of care; develop service plans; independent living skills
instructions, advocate for access to public & private services and
programs such as medical, vocational and other services.

Send your letter of intent and resumes to:
Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
Deaf Services Center
614 N. Easton Road,
Glenside, PA 19038

Email: mailto:lclaypool@salisb.com
or Fax: 215-884-9774

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(updated 4/5/09)

Employment vacancies
– Interpreter for the Deaf (2 open positions)
– School Educator I
Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf,
Wilson, NC

to view these vacancies please visit our website at:

http://osp.its.state.nc.us/dhhssearchresults3a.asp?vacancykey=4421

contact person:
mailto:cynthia.johnson@ncmail.net

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position opening
Smoky Mountain Center
Clinical Counselor
Central Region/ Morganton, NC

Clinical counselor is part of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program
that provides behavioral health assessment, clinical treatment,
case management and advocacy services to deaf and hard of hearing
persons in a 27-county service area.

Clients served will be children, adolescents and adults with a
broad range of diagnoses of hearing. Clients will be referred from
throughout the 27-county catchment area by any of a wide array of
organizations and agencies that have identified the need for the
specialized services delivered by this program.

Master’s degree from an accredited school of social work or an
appropriate human services field and must have a professional
license or be license eligible.

Due to the population served by this position, applicants must be
proficient in American Sign Language.

Prefer experience working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Grade/Step to be determined by qualifications and classification
of applicant

Position is 100% FTE with comprehensive benefits. This is a non –
exempt position

Open until filled

Send a NC State Application to:
Smoky Mountain Center,
Department of Human Resources,
44 Bonnie Lane,
Sylva, NC 28779.

to get the NC State application form, click on:
http://www.smokymountaincenter.com/employment.asp

and click again on:
Microsoft Word Application Extension            

Smoky Mountain Center is an EO, AA employer.

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position opening
Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf
State of Georgia
location of vacancy – Macon, Dublin, Valdosta, Columbus and
the Metro Atlanta area

for position description and application procedures, click on:

http://www.deafdigest.com/gavr.DOC

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(updated 4/5/09)

list of employment openings
DCARA
various locations in Northern California

all positions open until filled

– Job Developer & Interpreter
San Francisco

for any of the above positions, please click on:
http://www.dcara.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=55&Itemid=51

and click on the position you are seeking

CLIENT SUPPORT SPECIALIST/FAMILY LIFE EDUCATOR (FULL-TIME)
DCARA SAN LEANDRO OFFICE

E-Mail All Applications to mailto:hr@dcara.org

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Special notes:

(located at the bottom of the Gold section)

http://www.deafdigest.com

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