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DeafDigest – 22 February 2010

DeafDigest Gold - February 21, 2010

Gold edition            Barry Strassler, Editor
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ASL Videos of the Week:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/legislators/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/psychiatrists/

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Deaf Cartoon (Fogey) of the week:
http://deafdigest.com/comics/

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mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always
anonymous

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Four Deaf Cartoons (Fogeys) are shown every week on:
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Go there to look at the latest Cartoon

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

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Hot Deaf News during the week:

- Hot Newspaper stories during the week:

Q & A on deafness with an audiologist
http://deafdigest.com/tararoney/

How do deaf people read if they can't hear?
http://deafdigest.com/phillipmilano/


- Very Hot News 

DeafDigest mentioned this story few months ago and is
mentioning it again. The state of Wisconsin has required
insurance carriers to cover hearing aids, CIs and
deafness-related stuff for younger children. That
law has already kicked in on January 1st. The loophole
is that the insurers can cover such expenses once
every three years, and that they could use pre-existing
conditions to get off the hook.  What a Pandora's box
it is!


- Thursday February 11th

Much furor ensued over a British airline refusing to
allow a deaf woman to come on board, "on account of
her deafness." The first wave of newspaper stories
mentioned this incident as is. Alas, the second wave
of newspaper stories mentioned that the airline challenged
her right to bring a hearing ear dog on the plane.
DeafDigest found it extremely puzzling that the dog
was not mentioned in the first wave of stories but
in the second wave of stories. Completely changes the
situation 360 degrees. 


- Friday February 12th

>From time to time radio talk show hosts, for lack of
something better to talk about, would make crazy
comments - that utterly make no sense at all.
This applies to Mike McConnell, the radio talk show
host in Texas. He made these anti-deaf comments,
such as:

- why would we, the deaf, want football scoreboard captions
- why would we, the deaf, be allowed to drive

Will the radio station fire Mike? No, because ratings
are important to these stations. Very sad.


- Saturday February 13th

If a person with a pro-deaf clout wins an election for a
high political office, would that person do everything
possible to help us the deaf? This refers to Rhonda Sivarajah,
not deaf, but whose son is deaf. She was selected by
Minnesota Republican gubernatorial candidate Marty Seifert 
to be her running mate as the lieutenant governor.
Just stay tuned as politics are notorious for being
unpredictable. Anyway she has been involved with deafness
related issues.


(please go back to the Blue edition for the Sunday-Wednesday 
Hot Deaf News)


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SOME STATE LEGISLATORS ARE FUNNY
   This is a true story. Years ago, a deaf political
advocate wanted his home state to pass a bill to give
discounts for deaf people that use TTY to make long
distance calls.
   People told him that the legislators will vote
against the bill. This deaf leader did his homework,
practicing with friends on debates, reading on legislative
rules, making contacts with deaf community, etc.
   He arrived at the state capitol ready for a fight;
his arms were carrying materials to show the
legislators.
   The legislators saw him and told him to go home
because they already passed the bill before he
arrived.
   Was the deaf man happy? No, he was very upset
because he felt he wasted his time doing his
homework! And he drove more than 2 hours from his
home for nothing.

- for ASL News version, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/legislators/

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

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SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: 
GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY MASTERS OF SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM
SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK SPECIALIZATION

The MSW Program in the Department of Social Work at Gallaudet University 
is happy to announce that is has received a grant from the U.S. Department 
of Education for "Training School Social Workers to Meet the Educational 
and Emotional Needs of Diverse Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children."
 
Graduate students in the School Social Work specialization will learn to 
work with diverse groups of deaf and hard of hearing children in 
educational programs throughout the United States. Each school social work 
trainee will receive 1/2 tuition waiver and a generous stipend. 

During the first year of the program, students are involved in an 
internship two days a week. The final semester includes a "block" 
internship that can be done anywhere in the country. Students must first 
be accepted to the MSW program, and then may apply to the School Social 
Work specialization track and the grant.

Applications are now being accepted for academic year 2010-2011.
 
For more information please visit our website at: 
http://socialwork.gallaudet.edu/Social_Work/MSW_Program/School_Social_Work_Grant/About_The_Grant.html


or contact mailto:Beth.Betman@gallaudet.edu 
or mailto:Martha.Sheridan@gallaudet.edu

You may apply online at: http://aaweb.gallaudet.edu/GradAdmissions.xml 

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RIGHT WAY OR WRONG WAY TO DESCRIBE DEAF
   There was a convention last week by American
Psychiatric Association. There was a hot debate
on right or wrong way to describe a person -
fat person, blind person, very short person,
person with criminal mind, person with limited
intelligence, etc.
   The convention delegates did not discuss
right or wrong way to describe a deaf person -
such as deaf-mute, deaf-dumb, etc. 
   Maybe we, the deaf, are not important to
psychiatrists?


- for ASL News version, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/psychiatrists/

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


USA MOVIES, AUSTRALIAN MOVIES
   Deaf people in Australia love movies, just about the
same as we, the deaf in USA, do.
   The only difference is that we do have a percentage
of movies captioned, one way or other in American
movie houses. Not that so in Australia - only one
percent is captioned.
   To correct this deficiency, a new group has
been founded - Action On Cinema Access, and they're
planning protests in major Australian cities to
demand captions.
   Interestingly enough one of the protest leaders is
Dean Barton-Smith, a former Olympics participant
(hearing Olympics, as well as with Deaflympics). We
do not see high profile deaf professional athletes
leading us in protests here in USA. But in Australia
they have one in Dean Barton-Smith. 
   Dean was one of the world's best in the decathlon
during his younger days.


GOOD OR BAD NEWS AT A COLLEGE IN MILWAUKEE
   A group has shown frustration on lack of recognition
at the Milwaukee Area Technical College with the deaf
as a cultural group.
   The group demanded face to meetings with the dean of
the Liberal Arts and Sciences Division. For reasons
of her own, the dean was a no-show at these meetings.
   Good news? The dean is no longer on the job - and
the hope is that her replacement will give recognition
to the deaf.


THE DEAF AND THE RUBIK
   Is Rubik just a party conversational piece, to kill
time among partygoers or is it something more serious?
   Well, coming up soon are Collegiate Rubik Competition
taking place at Drexel University and at MIT; colleges
are sending their teams to these events.
   Gallaudet? Yes! Students Kristoffer Lauderbaugh,
Shane Rowland, Marcus Terry, Bharat Madaparthi,
Christopher Mohney, Christopher Phillips, Oscar Serna,
and Nicolas Garcia will represent the Buff and Blue.
   Go, Gallaudet, go!


PRICELESS OR JUNK
   What may be junk to the hearing may be priceless
to the deaf.
   It concerns a book "The Sign Language A Manual of Signs"
written in 1910 by Dr. Schuyler Long, educator of the deaf
during these early 20th century years. This book was
important for it preserved sign language during the years
when it was being suppressed by oral education of the deaf.
   This book was found in someone's attic for a number of
years before a former student of an interpreting program
came across it at a garage sale. He bought it and gave it
to his former interpreting program instructor.
   This book may be in the process of being appraised for
insurance purposes. Hopefully it will be preserved for
centuries to come! 


LOS ANGELES NOT INTERESTED IN THE NEEDS OF THE DEAF?
   Is Los Angeles city fathers thinking the needs of
the deaf are not important?
   Well, the city council, because of budgetary concerns,
has considered abolishing the Los Angeles Department on 
Disability.
   To address this concern, a meeting is taking place this
week by the Los Angeles City Council Arts, Parks, Health and 
Aging committee.
   Deaf people are being alerted, and urged to push the
city council to prevent this from happening.



OUR ORGANIZATIONS SERVING THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
   We have many, many organizations, both national and
local, that serve deaf and hard of hearing people.
   One such organization is:

Association of Medical Professionals With Hearing Losses 


For the organization goals and objectives and its web site, click on:
http://deafdigest.com/amphl/




AN EXCUSE FOR NOT WEARING A HEARING AID

the hearing aid mold is uncomfortable

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WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN?

he's deaf with an inefficient hearing aid


Not sure what is this supposed to mean. Is the hearing
aid inefficient because the batteries are dead? Or is
it because the deaf person cannot decipher voices and
sounds that come through his hearing aid? Or is it
because the hearing aid model is a poor fit for that
person and he needs to get the hearing aid that is the
right fit?

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Eastern Canada (Canadian Maritimes) & Fall Foliage Tour

Tour leaves from and returns to Boston, MA
12-days, September 18-September 29, 2010

For more info contact:
Joy Carney
mailto:joyfulcarney@comcast.net
302-436-5384 (FAX)

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Interpreters and ASL & ITP Students and Teachers Deserve More 
from a Conference

Hi ... We are the 31st World's Largest Silent Weekend

The venue for the June 24-27, 2010 event will handle 700-1000
participants and include a medical interpreting track. Novice,
beginning, intermediate and advanced ASL and ITP students, as
well as interpreters (CEUs offered) will have around 150 hours
of seminars to choose from.

The 31st Silent Weekend is at the Florida Hotel at the Florida
Mall in Orlando with its huge food court allowing you to have
a complete meal for $5.99 instead of paying $20-30 at other
conferences' hotel prices.  The room costs are even lower than
last year ... just $105 with free parking and unlimited free
internet!

Students, teachers and interpreters seeking to improve their
skills can bring family members and they can take novice sign
language classes!  Many of our current interpreters started out
as novice ASL students at the Silent Weekend!

There are simply no other local, regional or national venues
offering you so many hours of classes as inexpensively as the
Silent Weekends. Just check them out and register at
http://www.DrSign.com  Regular registration deadline is March 15.

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

Join us for the 9th Florida/Alaska Motorcycle Benefit Run to help
deaf babies!  This is the world's longest group motorcycle benefit
run.  Some people are planning to fly to Calgary, Alberta and rent
cars and follow us to and from Alaska and enjoy bed and breakfast
inns!

See http://www.AlaskaBikeRun.com for updates and photos.

These trips will take place every year so why not make plans
to join us now in July 17, 2010?

Please browse our selection of signing greeting cards at:
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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

A report by Indiana University School of Medicine 
Department of Otolaryngology says that the earlier
the deaf kid is implanted, the better their vocabulary
range would be. DeafDigest is a bit skeptical because
when a deaf kid reads a lot, his vocabulary would be
better.

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Deaf Picture of the Week:

Kevin Cook, women's basketball coach, Gallaudet University

http://www.gallaudetathletics.com/sports/wbkb/2009-10/releases/recap_smc2

see him in his pink suit (in honor of women's breast cancer
awareness) high fiving the Gallaudet athletic director
Mike Weinstock after squeezing out a win in the dying
seconds of a vital league game. Perhaps the pink suit is
his "Superman" suit for he has coached his women to its
best season in a decade! Before coming to Gallaudet
he has coached in the Women's National Basketball Association,
the world's #1 women's professional basketball league.

He has achieved a double goal this season; a winning record,
for the first time in a decade, and his team qualifying for
the conference playoffs.

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Question of the week:

Q. Do deaf people lead isolated lives?

A. Yes and no, all depends. Mostly it is up to the
deaf person; if the deaf person is sociable, he
should not have problems making friends, no matter if
he is with the deaf or with the hearing. If he is
a loner, then he will face isolation issues - but
being a loner is a personality issue and not a
deafness/hearing issue.


send your questions to mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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

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Wish List of the Week:

stupid comments should be banned; examples are

why do they have Braille on the doors at baseball 
stadiums and hockey arenas and why would a
deaf person go to a rock concert?

this was found on a web blog this week !


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DeafHistory - Looking Back:

Year 1850 - the Census had this question on the form:


Is the person deaf, dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, a 
pauper or convict?


in these days political correctness did not exist.

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Deaf and the Money:

there are two sure things in life, both of which are
unavoidable - death and, ugh, taxes.

Tax season continues until midnight April 15th.

The IRS, however, has tips for us, the deaf, to
save money on taxes.

Do click on:


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DeafNumbers of the Week:

113

number of House representatives that have become
co-sponsors of a deaf-related bill - the
Hearing Aid Tax Credit.

It is said that 113 is the record for any bill
introduced in the House

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DeafResources

Deafness definitions (long list)
http://deafdigest.com/definitionsofdeafness/

for a listing of deaf reference & library resources,
http://deafdigest.com/deafresources/

(examples are listing of elected deaf officials, listing of
deaf Nobel Prize winners, etc; list will be added on a
gradual basis - so do check this site from time to time)

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Selected top deaf sports stories from DeafDigest Sports

story of a mainstreamed 12th man on basketball team
http://deafdigest.com/joeysavarese/

a promising deaf rugby player in England
http://deafdigest.com/peteraltham/



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Position Announcement
Executive Advisor
Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Frankfort, KY

The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) seeks an
experienced, creative individual to fill the position of Executive
Advisor. KCDHH, a state agency within the Education and Workforce
Development Cabinet, is charged to advise the Governor and General
Assembly concerning policy and programs needed to enhance the quality
and coordination of services for deaf and hard of hearing persons. The
agency also assists local, state and federal governments and public and
private agencies in the development of programs for deaf and hard of
hearing persons, oversees the provision of interpreter services for
state agencies and operates the telecommunications access program to
ensure equal access to telecommunications services. This staff position
works directly with the Executive Director in carrying out the mandates
of the agency.  Desired qualifications include:

* Extensive knowledge of issues affecting the deaf and hard or
hearing; ability to recognize and support individual choices relative to
communication options and to foster inclusivity among individuals with
diverse communication modalities;

* Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills,
including competency in American Sign Language; demonstrated ability to
effectively and tactfully communicate with people at many levels;
demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective and positive
relationships within an organization and with the public;

* An keen understanding of executive agencies, the Kentucky state
legislative process and negotiating budget allocations from funding
sources;

* Ability to lead, plan and support an organized environment for
staff working on a wide variety of activities; ability to think
strategically while assisting in the management of operations;

* Posses leadership skills including the ability to forge
partnerships with consumers, families and other government and advocacy
agencies; demonstrated commitment to public service and a record of
accomplishment in disability advocacy;

* Knowledge of emerging technology; ability to set priorities and
demonstrate success in securing funding through competitive grants; and

* The successful candidate must have a minimum of a bachelors'
degree in a relevant field and prior experience as an administrator.

Send resume and letter of interest to:

Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
C/O  Virginia Moore, Executive Director
632 Versailles Road
Frankfort, KY  40601
 
800-372-2907 V/T
mailto:Virginia.Moore@ky.gov

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

This position does not confer merit system status.  It is our policy to
provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified employees and
applicants for employment and not to discriminate on any basis
prohibited by law, including race, color, sex, age, religion, national
origin, disability, marital status or status as a veteran.

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applications invited
ASL-English Interpreting Educator Position
Keuka College
Keuka Park, NY

Keuka College, located in the Finger Lakes region of central New York, 
is an independent liberal arts-based college and a national leader in 
experiential education.  We invite applications for an Assistant 
Professor of ASL & ASL-English Interpreting.  

Position:  Full-time (10 month) tenure-track position (pending budget
approval); teaching load of 12 credit hours per semester.

Starting Date: August 16, 2010.

Rank:  Assistant Professor

Responsibilities
- Teach ASL & ASL-English interpreting courses

- Participate in curriculum development, assessment, and program
planning with the ASL and ASL-English Interpreting Programs Director
and colleagues

- Work closely with the ASL & ASL-English Interpreting Program
Director and colleagues.

- Provide academic advising to students in the major 

- Develop internship and practicum opportunities for pre-service
interpreters

- Participate actively in recruitment and retention of ASL &
ASL-English Interpreting students 

- Contribute to the College and Humanities and Fine Arts Division
through participation in College and Division functions, activities,
committees

- Demonstrate continuing professional and educational growth and
maintain expertise in areas of teaching responsibility

Qualifications:
- Master's degree in ASL Linguistics, Interpreting, Deaf Studies, Deaf
Education, or related field required

- Native/near-native proficiency in ASL required.

- Possession of the ASLTA Certification, Certificate of Interpreting
(CI), or NIC from the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
or Certification from the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment
(EIPA).

- Teaching experience related to ASL, Deaf Studies, & Interpreting
programs for at least 5 years at the post secondary level.

- Skill in establishing and maintaining effective professional/working
relationships with faculty and students

- Leadership & teamwork skills

- Skill in the use of SANS Sony Soloist and other ASL lab equipment
and software

- Skill in the use of multiple forms of electronic communication, such
as pager, email, & VP 

Salary:  commensurate with credentials and experience.

Application process (please send electronic copies of material whenever
possible)
- Letter of application (outlining interest in the position,
qualifications, and approach to teaching)

- Current Curriculum Vitae

- Names of current professional references with VP, cell phone numbers
and e-mail contact information

- Three letters of recommendation

- Transcripts of all academic work (unofficial copies acceptable at
this time)

- Video of ASL skills and interpreting skills (see guidelines below)

Video of ASL skills and interpreting skills guidelines
- You may use DVD/CD or USB using quick time or media player. Label
the work with your name, topic and date.

- Video of ASL Skills: The video should begin with a signed
introduction (approx. 5-minutes in length) that includes your name,
background, your experience teaching ASL & Interpreting in the higher
education settings, why you are applying for an Assistant Professor in ASL &
ASL-English Interpreting faculty position, and what your teaching philosophy
is. Please provide the transcript of your signed information for those who
have no ASL skills.

- Video of Interpreting Skills (Deaf or hearing): You should provide
two un-rehearsed segments that include Spoken English to ASL / Deaf
Interpreting (5 minutes) and ASL to Spoken English Interpreting / Deaf
Interpreting (5 minutes).


Send materials to:
Ms. Janice Folts, jfolts@keuka.edu 
Keuka College Human Resources, 
141 Central Avenue, 
Keuka Park, NY 14478-0068

Review of application will begin immediately; preference will be given 
to applications received by March 5, 2010.

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position vacancy
Supervising Head Teacher - Elementary
Kansas School for the Deaf
Olathe, KS

The Kansas School for the Deaf, 450 East Park St., Olathe, KS  66061, is 
currently seeking qualified individuals for the following position opening 
effective July 1, 2010.

- Supervising Head Teacher - Elementary

Placement made within agency guidelines on salary schedule depending upon 
professional background and experience. KSD offers excellent benefits 
(Full Time Positions Only).  Applicants will be screened and the most 
highly qualified applicants will be invited for an interview session. The 
position is open until filled.  KSD is located in the Heartland of the 
USA, part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.  For area info on 
excellent schools and affordable housing check out: 
http://www.kcmo.org/ and http://www.olatheks.org/   

For an application and a job announcement on this position, please refer 
to our website at www.ksdeaf.org or contact Teresa Chandler, Human 
Resources Office, at (913) 791-0501 (V/TTY) for further details on the 
position.  E-mail:  mailto:tchandler@ksd.state.ks.us  
Fax #:  913/780-6563

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looking for
Behavioral Health Team Leader
Center for Hearing & Deaf Services
Pittsburgh, PA

Looking for  Enthusiastic Behavioral Health Team Leader/
for Outpatient/Adult Behavioral health Treatment team  to work 
with and supervise a team of clinicians who work in a well 
established team that serves Deaf citizens of Pittsburgh, 
Pennsylvania
 

Where:
Center for Hearing & Deaf Services, Inc. (HDS)
5th Avenue
Downtown Pittsburgh

Monday - Friday
37.5 hours per week.

Master's Degree in Human Services AND 1 year of paid experience Working 
with Deaf population. American Sign Language fluency REQUIRED. Requires 
Act 33/34 Clearances, valid PA driver's license and access to a vehicle.

You will be responsible for Oversight of the Outpatient component at HDS 
including clinical supervision of all the Outpatient services. You will 
have the opportunity to work with program planners to build community 
services for the Deaf.   
 
In addition, the Team Leader/Mobile therapist will provide 
community-based mobile mental health individual and group therapy to an 
adult behavioral health population that includes mental health disorders 
with the deaf, hard of hearing, and/or deaf/blind population. 
 
The Team Leader/Therapist is responsible to work with other therapist, 
the consulting psychiatrist, office of vocational rehabilitation 
counselors and case managers in a collaborative model.  

The Team Leader/Therapist will also provide oversight of clinical 
documentation and charting according to Federal, State, County and 
Organizational polices and procedures. 
 
Send resume to:

Karen Tarasenkov
Human Resource Recruitment & Training Specialist
Mercy Behavioral Health
1200 Reedsdale Street
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15233

Phone:  412-697-6504
Fax:    412-323-6985

mailto:KKTarasenkov@mercybh.org

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$5,000 Sign On Bonus
CLINICIAN
St. Joseph's Healthcare System
New Jersey

Inspired Care

At St. Joseph's Healthcare System, our inspiration comes from a 
tightly knit team of accomplished professionals that help give 
people in our care every opportunity to live life to the fullest. 

Through our commitment to support, technology and training, we 
think you will find one of the most rewarding and satisfying 
experiences of your career.

As a key member of our ACCESS Program, a statewide program 
providing behavioral health services to Deaf and hard of hearing 
people throughout NJ, you will provide psychotherapy and clinical 
case management, along with ongoing psychosocial assessments and 
treatment planning to consumers within a variety of therapeutic 
settings and specialty areas.  

Responsibilities include:
- performing comprehensive clinical assessments
- interpreting data to formulate diagnosis
- developing/implementing treatment strategies

- providing clinical case management services, including the 
coordination of service delivery, referrals and linkage to medical 
and community services

- maintaining documents and medical records
- report writing
- providing crisis intervention
- developing discharge plans

- advising consumers on major psychotropic medications and their side 
effects

- handling other related duties as assigned

To qualify, you must have a Master's Degree in Social Work, Counseling or 
related field, appropriate NJ State licensure or eligibility, along with 
the ability to prepare detailed assessments of patient referrals, and 
counsel individuals, groups or family members. Ability to provide direct, 
age specific patient care as appropriate to treatment setting will also be 
expected, as will superior oral/written communication, analytical, 
organizational and problem-solving skills. Proficiency in American Sign 
Language is required.

We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. For 
immediate consideration, please fax 973.754.4511, or e-mail your resume 
to: mailto:kimbelle@sjhmc.org 

When e-mailing, put "Clinician - ACCESS Program" in the e-mail subject 
line.  

EOE M/F/D/V

Faith, Care and Medicine…Working Together

ST. JOSEPH'S HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center - St. Joseph's Children's Hospital
St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital - St. Vincent's Nursing Home
Visiting Health Services of New Jersey, Inc.

A Ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth
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Job Announcement
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Accommodation Specialist
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

Work in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin at a Big Ten campus full of 
academic, athletic, and cultural activity. More information about 
campus and the Madison area can be found by visiting the Visitor 
and Information Programs link at:

http://www.wisc.edu/about/location.php

Job Duties:
Recommend and facilitate appropriate and effective services for students 
who are DHH to ensure their access to the physical, educational, and 
social activities of the University of Wisconsin. The DHH Accommodation 
Specialist is the primary point person for students, faculty and staff in 
the delivery of services and accommodations in the classroom.

Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree and recent and significant professional experience with 
individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in an educational setting is 
required. A master's degree in education, counseling, social work or a 
related field and professional experience with individuals who are Deaf 
and Hard of Hearing preferred.

Salary:
MINIMUM  $37,000

For a complete job description qualifications listing, and application 
procedures see:

http://www.ohr.wisc.edu/pvl/pv_063796.html

Applications must be received by  March 8, 2010

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position opening
Deaf Services Children's Case Manager
Community Counseling Center
Westbrook, ME (Portland metropolitan area)

Community Counseling Center, a leading nonprofit provider of family
services and behavioral health, is seeking a Case Manager for Deaf
Services Children's Case Management.

The Case Manager will work with children, adolescents and their
families in accordance with agency, community, and program needs in
the Deaf Services Children's Case Management program.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing,
implementing, and monitoring service plans that are tailored to
individual client needs, as well as support increased client and
family functioning, and ensure that each client receives services
that are sensitive to his/her cultural needs.

The successful candidate will support comprehensive and ongoing
coordination of services received from various providers and ensure
effective communication and appropriate service delivery. In addition,
our case managers advocate for and support clients to ensure access
to community services.

The Case Manager will effectively utilize the Agency's electronic
consumer software system.

With roots dating back to 1874, CCC is one of Maine's oldest and most
comprehensive private, nonprofit family service agencies, making a
difference in the lives of more than 6,000 individuals and families
each year.  In addition to providing high quality family, individual
and group therapies to help children, adults and senior citizens from
all incomes and backgrounds, CCC offers a diverse array of programs.

CCC is a member of the Alliance for Children and Families, the
National Council for Community Behavioral Health, and is a United Way
Partner Agency.  The agency is accredited by the National Council on
Accreditation.

The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in Social Work
or a closely related field and a minimum of 1 year experience in
either psychology, behavioral health, social work, special education,
counseling, rehabilitation, or related field.

Candidate must be fluent in American Sign Language.

If interested, please apply by February 28, 2010:

Please submit letter of interest and resume to:

Kimberly Lefebvre
Employment Specialist
Maine Mental Health Partners
123 Andover Road
Westbrook, ME  04092

mailto:recruitment@memhp.org

Fax:  207-761-2388

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position opening
Mental Health - Community Resource Specialist
Family Service Foundation, Inc
position located in Frederick, MD

Mental Health - Community Resource Specialist in Frederick, 
Maryland:

Provide psychiatric rehabilitation services to Deaf and Hard of 
Hearing people with chronic behavioral health challenges in the 
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP).  

Responsibilities are: to teach and assist with groups that address 
rehab needs of the people we serve.  Assist and advocate for those 
on the caseload. 

Hours: 8:00am-4:00pm. 

BA degree or experience in the mental health field. 

Valid driver's license, professional writing skills, ability to 
empower others, person-centered planning skills. 

$12.50/hour with benefits. 

If interested, please contact mailto:aklassen@fsfinc.org

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job announcement
Teacher (High School English/Language Arts)
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position description and application procedures, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/english/

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job announcement
Teacher (Middle School English/Language Arts) 
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position description and application procedures, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/englishmiddle/

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job announcement
Teacher (High School Math)
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position description and application procedures, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/hsmath

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job announcement
Substitute Teacher (Part-Time/Hourly)
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position description and application procedures, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/subteach

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ASL instructor
Burlington, MA

http://deafdigest.com/jobsb/

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independent living center
Mobile, Alabama

http://deafdigest.com/jobsd/

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(updated February 21st)

- EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD !! -

- Job Developer/Interpreter - Crenshaw, CA

- Community Interpreter - Los Angeles, CA

-  HIV Educator (WSR) - 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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- Hot Newspaper stories during the week:

Late-deafened architect deals with his own hearing loss
http://deafdigest.com/kennethedwards/

Importance of deaf regional schools basketball tournaments
http://deafdigest.com/basketballtournaments/


- Very Hot News

Expedia to the rescue of disabled travelers was what their recent
press release is all about. One example is the listing of hotels that
have equipment for the deaf. The press release is at:
http://deafdigest.com/deaftravel/


- Sunday February 14th

Is White House captioning or not captioning their
web videos? This was the complaint raised by some
deaf advocates. Some days these videos were
captioned whereas on other days these weren't.
DeafDigest is not sure why is it that?


- Monday February 15th

We had our own Deaf American, these monthly
slick deaf magazines. Not any more, but in
Japan, the Deaf Community will be receiving
their own slick deaf magazine, titled
Deaf Life Japan. It is 87- pages thick,
worked on by an all-deaf editorial staff.


- Tuesday February 16th

Stephen Dering, a deaf Briton, hoped to make
a go out of it with his employment agency,
finding jobs for the deaf and the disabled.
At first he was successful, but expanded too
fast into several nations before it crashed.
It is probably the first case of a promising
deaf international business that fell through!


- Wednesday February 17th

A contrast of two colleges in Michigan. Michigan State
University wants to shut down its deaf education program.
On the other hand, University of Michigan at Flint has
allowed ASL as a foreign language credit. Would
Michigan State University have shut it down if the
late David Stewart, eminent deaf educator, was
still alive and was around, exerting his influence? 


(Thursday-Saturday Hot Deaf News will be in the Gold edition)

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Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

Cuba made this announcement that the disabled, the deaf
included, are guaranteed employment - only that their
150 special workshops across the island nation.
Cuba also said that "differently abled people" are
allowed to freelance and at home.

As DeafDigest looks at it, pay is so low, the same
as with hearing workers. And opportunities are limited
for the more-ambitious deaf individuals. And exactly
what does freelance and work at home mean - because
Cuba is a Communist nation.

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A DEAF OWNER OF FUNERAL HOMES
   When a person dies, the funeral home takes care of
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   Could a deaf person own a funeral home. Yes, we
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Basic Workplace Correspondence  -- June 7-11, 2010
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/correspondence.html

Basic Report Writing in the Workplace -- June 21-25, 2010
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/report.html


- DiiT Workshop Series on Engineering
5S/6S For Employees  -- June 10-11, 2010
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/FiveS.html

Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt -- June 14-18, 2010
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/SixSigma.html

Intro to Computer Numerical Control Programming -- June 21-25, 2010
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/CNCP.html
  

- DiiT Workshop Series on Graphic Communication
Intro to Web Site Development Using Dreamweaver CS4  -- June 7-11, 2010
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/dreamweaver.html

Advanced Web Site Development Using Dreamweaver CS4 -- June 21-25, 2010

Adobe Flash CS4 -- June 14-18, 2010
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/flash.html

Digital Photography -- June 14-18, 2010 
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/digitalPhoto.html


- DiiT Workshop Series on Information Technology
Mac OS X Support Essentials  -- June 21-25, 2010
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/Mac.html

Introduction to Windows 7 -- Date TBD 

Introduction to Network Security -- July 12-16, 2010
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/security.html

Introduction to Network+(tm) Certification -- July 26-30, 2010
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/ics/diit/workshops/CurrentWorkshops/NetworkPlus.html

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 
at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.  

To register for any of the workshops listed above, download a Workshop 
Registration Form by visiting http://www.rit.edu/diit 
or call 585-475-7545 (Voice or TTY).  

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INTERPRETER AT AN EVENT
   There was an announcement of an event, saying
the interpreter would be available. It read like
this:

Non-Certified Interpreter, a CODA, will provide
free interpreting service

   DeafDigest does not know what to make out
of this announcement. Is it the same as a 
Non-Certified Barber to provide free barbering
services?
   Will never know till a deaf person shows up
at the event to know if he is getting his
"money's worth."


A DEAF CORRECTIONS OFFICER
   For a hearing person, working in a prison-like
atmosphere is a dangerous scene. There are many
horror stories where prisoners physically attack
their corrections officer.
   That means a deaf person should not ever work
in a prison? Well, DeafDigest understands that
Lois Price, who is deaf, is a corrections officer
in one Arizona prison system.
   This is, indeed, amazing.
   

A YOUNG BERNARD BRAGG REMEMBERS A SHOW
   Bernard Bragg, who spent a lifetime in the
entertainment world, vividly recalls a special
show way back in the late fifties.
   At Backstage, a popular San Francisco nightclub,
he had his own mime performance. He worked with
singer Joanna Beretta, teaching her signs and
encouraging her to sign while singing. She
succeeded with the "One Hand, One Heart" song,
which skyrocketed her to fame in New York.
   He said:

Who am I to say that Liza Minnelli had never 
been exposed to Beretta's work?    

   Anyway, here is a picture of Bragg's solo
mime performance that was featured in one
Life Magazine edition. The picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/bragg/

   At that time he was a full time teacher at
California School for the Deaf at Berkeley
while moonlighting as a professional entertainer.
He has since then left the teaching profession to
become a full time entertainer/actor.

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  members !

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WHAT IS OTOACOUSTIC EMISSIONS?
   We all know what early birth hearing testing is
all about? But many of us do not know what
Otoacoustic Emissions means, except for those
in the PAM field (Pathological, Audiological, 
and Medical specialists).
   Well, Otoacoustic Emissions is early birth 
hearing testing ! It is just a difficult to 
remember, difficult to spell phrase.



A QUESTION ABOUT VIDEO RELAY THAT YOU WERE AFRAID TO ASK

Q. If FCC requires that relay providers be certified
to make sure that standards are met, then what is the
downside?

A. Not every relay provider is certified; to get around
the FCC certification standards, these providers become
subcontractors.



WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

a question like this - 

can your client read lips?





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


COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR - continuing series

In an earlier comment, I spoke about stenocaptioners
sometimes having difficulty with "stacking."  That is
when the keys from one steno stroke are not totally
released, and the keys from the next steno stroke
are depressed. One common stacking error that people
can learn to read through is when a captioner is
attempting to make a word past tense with a final
"D," and that captioner depresses an "A" in the same
stroke.  Sometimes captioners end up with the words
"ad" or "add" instead of the appropriate word.  Here
are some examples that may help you read through
these mistakes. "The band play ad a march." This
should be "The band played a march."  "He adjust
add cable."  This should be "He adjusted a cable."
Whenever you see "ad" or "add" and it doesn't
make sense, see if you can use this to help you
read through the captioning.


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I THOUGHT THE DEAF COULD.......

hear like a hearing person when he puts on his hearing aid


yes and no. A hearing aid may be of a much better value to a
late deafened person or a hard of hearing person or a deaf 
person capable of deciphering voices and sounds.  If a deaf
person has never learned how to decipher voices and sounds,
then hearing aid only produces unintelligible noise to his
ears!


when a hearing person never meets a deaf person in his life
his knowledge of the deaf are often wrong

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or my website at http://www.DrAlisonFreeman.net 

or VP at 1-866-481-4502

or voice mail 310- 712-1200

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Surdus Remodeling LLC is one of Washington, DC and Maryland's 
premier Deaf Owned remodeling contractors. 

We have been renovating residential homes in the metro area.

Is it safe to hire an unlicensed contractor? We are a licensed home
improvement contractor and carry a surety bond and general liability
insurance. Ask us why you need a licensed contractor.

All of our work carries one year warranty. We will be happy to
explain the details in our conversation with you.

Our remodeling service includes:

- Basement
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Are you thinking of remodeling your existing bathroom? We will 
finish your bathroom in one week or we will pay you $100 per day 
for every day we are late.

We believe in making life more comfortable through quality remodels

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http://www.healthbridges.info  announcement

HEALTH AND ADVOCACY INFORMATION
FOR PERSON WHO ARE DEAF, DEAF-BLIND, AND HARD OF HEARING:

Persons who are Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing are
grossly underserved by both the physical health and the
behavioral health care system.  

In many  cases, the patient as well as the health care 
provider who may provide service to them, is unaware of 
laws that mandate the provision of accommodations in the 
health care setting so that all persons have equal access 
to health related information.

A new web site called http://www.healthbridges.info
was created by people who are Deaf, DeafBlind and hard
of hearing.

Features Include:
 
 *  An Accommodation card for you to print and carry that you can
    make for yourself that tells health care providers where to call
    for an interpreter in case of emergency

 *  Live videos about hospital accommodations

 *  Wellness topics that change each month

 *  Links to information about counseling services

 *  Resources and valuable links about how to find important
    information about emotional and substance abuse topics

Please visit the site and let us know about topics that you
want to learn more about.

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

The FCC at it again - this commission is hosting an
all-day workshop on March 4th in Washington, DC
to focus on our informational needs during this
digital era. It is not deaf-related, but for all
purposes, it would be - if captions are thrown in
everywhere in these media outlets.

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The Deaf and the Law

Location:
Illinois

Case:
a municipal government employee was fired, and she
filed a lawsuit claiming her late-deafness 
was the reason for the dismissal

Result:
she won the case

Comment: 
that municipal government just doesn't get it
because ADA specifically states that the employee
cannot lose jobs because of their deafness

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DeafADA Issue of the Week:

What's the Real Cost of accommodation?

ADA compliance often comes with a price, the 
question is, how much?

to read this article, click on:
http://deafdigest.com/adacost/
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The Captioning Blunder of the Week:

the Indianapolis Cults (Colts) lost in the Super Bowl


(this captioner continued to key in Cults several times
in that news segment)

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What became of?

Dimitri Kanevsky

- past
student in Ukraine, inventor in Israel, researcher in
several American cities

- present

researcher at IBM near New York City, with 82 patents
to his credit; interested in developing deaf-related
high tech innovations


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


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News of the Week - Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

   Excessive usage of cell phones could be hazardous to the health
of hearing users - headaches, fatigue, etc. These symptoms afflict
approximately 20 percent of cell phone users, according to findings
at the recent Bioelectromagnetics Society symposium in Washington, DC.
   Well, guess deaf people, not able to use cell phones, are the
healthier for it!

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News of the Week - Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

    California School for the Deaf at Fremont has
expressed its heartfelt thanks to Gus Morrison.
And it is for a list of good reasons.
   Gus, who is not deaf and is not related to
staff member Brian Morrison, is a retired
mayor of the city of Fremont.
   He personally helped the school relocate from
Berkeley to Fremont. Not stopping there, he
appointed Ron Stern (now superintendent of
New Mexico School for the Deaf) as the first
deaf member of a city board - the Recreation
Commission.
   Still moving on, Gus helped secure funds
for the Fremont Oak Gardens, which is slated
to become a residential apartment complex
for deaf senior citizens.
   For his work on behalf of the deaf, Gus
was honored recently at a school event.
   Many politicians are adept in paying
lip service on the needs of the deaf.
Not Gus.


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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

A story ran this week of Stanley Philander, a deaf
man in South Africa, winning nearly 12 million
dollars in power ball lottery, and having to
escape demands for money from his family
members. It was discovered that while he
had the winning number, it was for a different
drawing date, and the winner was someone else.

Well, if a hearing man won the lottery it is not
a front page news anywhere. But because it was
thought the winner was deaf, it has to be "front
page" news.

Why?

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A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor's great news:

You are awarded bonus pay simply for being able to 
communicate in ASL.

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A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

You purchase dog food at a pet shop. Your leashed 
dog is with you at the check out counter.

the clerk asks:

are you parking?

you thought she said:

are you barking?


association with the pet shop was the reason why
you thought she was asking that your dog was barking 

actually the clerk was asking if you wanted your
parking lot ticket stamped and validated


if you have lipreading tales, please share these with
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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DeafBook of the Week

Forbidden Signs: American Culture and the Campaign 
Against Sign Language

by Douglas C. Baynton

it is all about how audism operated in the past
(years before that phrase was invented)




DeafDigest editor has many deaf-related book in his
private home library. Some books are still in print;
some books are out of print. Some books are old;
some books are recent. 

Happy reading !

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position opening
Engineering Studies Instructional/Support Faculty
Rochester Institute of Technology/NTID
Rochester, NY

National Technical Institute for the Deaf Engineering Studies 
Instructional/Support Faculty

As the Director of the Center on Access Technology Innovation 
Laboratory, the successful applicant will lead and oversee
research, prototype development and testing for technology that 
improves access to information and participation in society for 
individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

All applicants should apply online at http://apptrkr.com/138243 
Search for IRC35672. 

Applications should include cover letter detailing your technical, 
teaching and scholarship qualifications and achievements; a vita; 
and the names, addresses and phone numbers for three references.

All applicants must be legally eligible to work in the United States

Review of applications will begin 2/1/10, and will continue until 
position is filled.

EO/AAE

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position opening
Executive Director
The New York School for the Deaf (Fanwood)
White Plains, NY

The Board of Trustees of the New York School for the Deaf, known as 
Fanwood, seeks an experienced and visionary leader to assume the role of 
Executive Director on or about July 1, 2010.  Fanwood, established in 
1817, is the oldest school for the deaf in New York and the second oldest 
in the United States. 

With support of the Board of Trustees, primary responsibilities of the 
Head of School include:

- Visionary leadership for continuous improvement , enhancement, and 
expansion of instructional and support programs for students and families

- With the Comptroller, preparing budgets and corresponding 
recommendations and submitting them to the Board for approval

- With Board-designated attorneys, representing the school in labor 
negotiations.

- Advocating the school’s interests to state legislators and 
maintaining a close relationship with the State Education Department to 
support the school's objectives

- Representing the school through active participation in local and 
state activities and organizations related to the mission of NYSD

- Collaborating with like schools for the Deaf to share best 
practices and ensure sustainability of schools serving Deaf students

- Encouraging financial support through friend building and fund 
raising activities from individuals, foundations, businesses, 
professionals, and educational communities

- Promoting the school to the Deaf community and other supporters 
and friends through social and educational events, gatherings and 
performances

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS
- Graduate degree in Deaf Education, Educational Administration or a 
closely related field.

- Minimum of five years of demonstrated successful administrative 
experience in an educational setting for Deaf individuals

- Articulate in American Sign Language and English 

- Possession of or eligibility for appropriate New York State 
Administration Certification is preferred 

Qualified candidates should submit resumes by April 1, 2010 to:
mailto:searchcommittee@nysd.net

Names of prospective candidates can also be submitted to 
search committee Co-Chair Alexis Kashar at: 
mailto:searchcommittee@nysd.net

All resumes will be treated confidentially

New York School for the Deaf is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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job announcement
Coordinator of Northern Vermont Regional Program
Time Base: Full Time
Location: Northern Vermont

Qualifications:
* Masters Degree in Deaf Education
* Knowledge of Special Education laws  & procedures
* Knowledge of Child Development
* Proficiency in ASL
* Planning, organization, motivation & management skills
* Knowledge of curriculum and assessment

Responsibilities:
* Oversees all aspects of operation including Special Education
compliance for Northern VT Regional Program for the Deaf and Hard of
Hearing.

* Facilitate IEP and 3 year evaluation meetings 
* Supervise and evaluate VCDHH staff working in a public school
* Provide LEA/school district with Medicaid paperwork monthly
* Develop and implement school budgets

Please send letter of interest to Kelly Therieau
at mailto: ktherieau@vcdhh.org

or

mail: 
Kelly Therieau
VCDHH
209 Austine Dr
Brattleboro, VT 05301

802-258-9510   
fax # 802-9574

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job announcement
Coordinator of Deaf Adult Services (S.VT) ACCESS  Program
Time Base:   Part Time
Location:    Brattleboro VT

Qualifications:
- BA and two years experience or alternative experience
considered.
        
- Experience with deafness and Deaf Culture required
- Basic fluency in American Sign Language and written English
- Valid Driver's license and personal car required
- Must be flexible …some evening work may be required

- Participates in community and employment with client, to
include light physical tasks (walking, standing, assisting 
deaf/blind clients as needed for mobility issues, etc.) 

Responsibilities:
- Coordinate program services and supervise staff

- Teaching clients independent living skills (home management)
and accessing of community resources, transitioning skills, 
employment community networking and on the job coaching, helps 
coordinate communication between client, referral agency, 
client's family, home care provider, and VCDHH  

Please send letter of interest to Kelly Therieau
at mailto: ktherieau@vcdhh.org

or

mail:
Kelly Therieau
VCDHH
209 Austine Dr
Brattleboro, VT 05301

802-258-9510  
fax # 802-9574

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job announcement
Director of Alternative Programs
Time Base:     Full time position
Location:      Brattleboro, VT

Qualifications:
- Vermont State Administrative license
- Masters Degree of Deaf Education or related field
- Minimum of 5 years teaching and administrative experience
- Training/experience in instruction improvement
- Proficiency in American Sign Language

Responsibilities:
- Direct all aspects of Operation for the William Center and
Autism Program in compliance with state and federal regulations

- Oversee the supervision and development of all staff
- Communicate effectively with all stakeholder
- Develop and implement program budget

- Work closely with the directors of Special Education, Related
Services, and Student Life

Please send letter of interest to Kelly Therieau
at mailto: ktherieau@vcdhh.org

or

mail:
Kelly Therieau
VCDHH
209 Austine Dr
Brattleboro, VT 05301

802-258-9510  
fax # 802-9574

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(updated February 21st)

- EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD !! -

- Job Developer/Interpreter - Crenshaw, CA

- Community Interpreter - Los Angeles, CA

-  HIV Educator (WSR) - 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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Teaching Specialist Position 
American Sign Language Program
Department of Educational Psychology
College of Education and Human Development
University of Minnesota

The American Sign Language Program, Department of Educational 
Psychology, College of Education and Human Development, 
University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time 
Teaching Specialist position in the area of American Sign Language  

Description:  This is a 9 month, Professional Academic (P&A) 
appointment, 100% time, annually renewable, non-tenured position 
that involves fulltime teaching, but includes time for course 
content preparation, student performance evaluation, professional 
development projects and meeting with individual students as needed  

This position focuses on teaching American Sign Language at the 
undergraduate level with responsibilities that include, but are not 
limited to:

Teaching (90%: Provide instruction at the undergraduate levels, 
teaching courses in American Sign Language (ASL 1701, 1702, 3703, 
3704, and 3705).
  
The individual appointed will prepare course content; evaluate 
student performance, meet with individual students as needed and 
complete professional development assignments.  

Other Duties (10%) Participate in internal program/department 
meetings. Provide external support services/outreach.  Other 
duties as assigned.

Responsibilities:
- Teach 6 sections of American Sign Language at the undergraduate 
level per Academic year.

- Prepare course content
- Evaluate student performance
- Meet with individual students as needed

Minimum qualifications for Teaching Specialist Position:
- BA/BS degree in ASL Studies, Deaf Studies, Linguistics or related 
fields (candidates with BA/BS in other fields will be considered only if 
that individual can provide evidence of three years full-time teaching ASL 
using the Signing Naturally Curriculum)

- Native or Native-like fluency in ASL

Desired qualifications 
- MA/MS degree in ASL Studies, Deaf Studies, Linguistics or related 
fields.

- Two or more years teaching ASL using Signing Naturally curriculum, 
Levels I, II, and III.

Appointment Details:        
The person hired will be appointed to a full time position as a Teaching 
Specialist beginning August 30, 2010 and ending May 
29, 2011.

Application Process:   This position will remain open until filled, 
however the search committee will begin its review of complete 
applications on March 11, 2010.  Applicants must apply on-line through 
the University of Minnesota Job Center at 
http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/index.html - requisition #165041.  

Complete applications will consist of a letter of application, 
curriculum vita, official transcripts that substantiate degree, two 
letters of recommendation by individuals who are familiar with the 
applicant's teaching experience and qualifications for this position, 
and a 10 minute videotaped introduction of applicant.  For a list of 
criteria to be included in your applicant videotape, please send an 
email request to mailto:sarab@umn.edu  

Send transcripts and videotape to:

ASL Program Office c/o Sara Burrington
240 Vocational and Technical Education Building
1954 Buford Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108

(612) 624-1274 v/tty
mailto:asl@umn.edu

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all 
persons have equal access to its programs, facilities, and 
employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national 
origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance, 
veteran status, or gender orientation.

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position opening
Independent Living Advisor
Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc
Salisbury, Maryland

Full/Part Time

Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc. is a growing organization 
that promotes access to services and resources for residents of the
Eastern Shore of Maryland who are deaf or hard of hearing and 
provides opportunities for full participation in all aspects of
community life.

Responsibilities: Provide training in independent living skills, 
such as: teaching personal and household management, budgeting 
skills, TTY training, accessing and utilizing communication 
resources, medication administration and developing community 
relationships.

Requirements: Fluency in American Sign Language and written 
English, High School degree required. Demonstrates competency 
in independent living skills, Valid driver's license required 
and good driving record. Flexibility in working hours required.

Benefits: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Pension, Life, 
Vacation, sick and personal leave, Healthy Lifestyle Benefit

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume and three letters of 
references to :          

Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc.
Human Resources Department
806 Snow Hill Road
Salisbury, Maryland 21804

or fax to 410-543-4874.

Position is open until filled

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Health Aide
Austin, TX

http://deafdigest.com/jobsa/

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several openings in education-related field
Cambridge, MA

http://deafdigest.com/jobsc/

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counselor
Minneapolis, MN

http://deafdigest.com/jobse/

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Special notes:

(located at the bottom of the Gold section)

http://deafdigest.com

DeafDigest – 15 February 2010

DeafDigest Gold - February 14, 2010

Gold edition            Barry Strassler, Editor
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ASL Videos of the Week:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deafprisoners/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/hug/

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Deaf Cartoon (Fogey) of the week:
http://deafdigest.com/comics/

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

sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always
anonymous

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Hot Deaf News during the week:

- Hot Newspaper stories during the week:

deaf patient never told she was dying
http://deafdigest.com/maryannnelson/

catching up with our deaf veterinarians
http://deafdigest.com/deafveterinarians/


- Very Hot News 

What Goes Around Comes Around? When Heather Whitestone
was crowned Miss America in 1995, she used the honor
as a platform to promote CI, much to the anger of
the Deaf Community. And now this, Caroline Masia,
a deaf 5th grader, won the NFL-sponsored Super Bowl
essay contest by stressing her CI views. Deaf people
are screaming audism.  



- Thursday February 11th

The Dutch government has proposed setting up a
Video Relay service for the benefit of the deaf.
The government, however, has not yet addressed the
issue - who will pay for it!


- Friday February 12th

Effective with the academic year beginning 2013, RIT
will be switching to the semester system, abandoning
its quarter system. This will be quite an adjustment for
all RIT students, including deaf students at NTID and
those at RIT.


- Saturday February 13th

February 23rd is an important day in the Massachusetts
deaf community. Deaf people will be in force at the
state capitol. They will meet up with the legislators
to protest the proposed merger of several agencies
to save money. The Massachusetts Commission for the
Deaf and Hard of Hearing would be snuffed out if the
governor has his way.


(please go back to the Blue edition for the Sunday-Wednesday 
Hot Deaf News)


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Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

SWCID Provost's 4th Vlog is at

http://www.swcidvlog.net/vlog04.html
 
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please email mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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KNOW WHEN YOUR SWEETIE COMES CALLING

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DEAF VIRGINIA PRISONERS FILE LAWSUIT
   Many years ago very few deaf people were in
prisons. Times have changed, unfortunately, and
we have many deaf people in prisons.
   These deaf prisoners are complaining - no
interpreters, no TTY devices, no flashing
signalers, etc.
   A group of deaf prisoners in Virginia have
filed a lawsuit against the state for these
reasons.
    Very sad.

- for ASL News version, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deafprisoners/

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

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SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: 
GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY MASTERS OF SOCIAL WORK PROGRAM
SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK SPECIALIZATION

The MSW Program in the Department of Social Work at Gallaudet University 
is happy to announce that is has received a grant from the U.S. Department 
of Education for "Training School Social Workers to Meet the Educational 
and Emotional Needs of Diverse Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children."
 
Graduate students in the School Social Work specialization will learn to 
work with diverse groups of deaf and hard of hearing children in 
educational programs throughout the United States. Each school social work 
trainee will receive 1/2 tuition waiver and a generous stipend. 

During the first year of the program, students are involved in an 
internship two days a week. The final semester includes a "block" 
internship that can be done anywhere in the country. Students must first 
be accepted to the MSW program, and then may apply to the School Social 
Work specialization track and the grant.

Applications are now being accepted for academic year 2010-2011.
 
For more information please visit our website at: 
http://socialwork.gallaudet.edu/Social_Work/MSW_Program/School_Social_Work_Grant/About_The_Grant.html


or contact mailto:Beth.Betman@gallaudet.edu 
or mailto:Martha.Sheridan@gallaudet.edu

You may apply online at: http://aaweb.gallaudet.edu/GradAdmissions.xml 

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HARD TO LEARN SIGNS AND TO HEAR VOICES
   One former Gallaudet HUG (hearing) student told
DeafDigest editor that he had a hard time in
Gallaudet classes.
   In classes with deaf teachers that do not use
voice, he would struggle to pick up signs.
   In classes with hearing teachers that voice-sign
he would not look at the teacher because he would
hear the voice. The hearing teacher got upset
and turned off his voice when the HUG was in class.
   The HUG then left Gallaudet very frustrated,
and transferred to hearing college to get his degree.


- for ASL News version, please click on:
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(for your convenience, video links are posted on top
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AT&T AWARDED CONTRACT WITH STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO OFFER RELAY
SERVICES

DALLAS, Texas, Feb. 11, 2010 - AT&T* was awarded the majority share
of the competitively bid, California traditional Telecommunications
Relay Services (TRS) contract this week. This California Relay
Services 3 contract is the largest in the nation, based on the total
number of relay services minutes.

"We are proud of our long history of providing relay services and
look forward to serving the deaf, hard-of-hearing, and speech
challenged community in California," said Susan A. Johnson, senior
vice president, AT&T Customer Information Services.  "With more than
40,000 AT&T employees living and working in the state, our commitment
to the citizens of California is deep," Johnson said.

The contract, which is expected to begin in June, spans three years
with options to extend. The contract award for AT&T covers TTY Relay
Service only and does not involve areas such as IP-based or video
relay services.

"We are making a significant investment in employee resources and
network infrastructure to enable new enhancements and features, in
accordance with our vision to connect people with their world,
everywhere they live and work," Johnson said. 

 "AT&T has committed to a host of enhancements in relay service that
citizens of California have been asking for," said Jonathan Lakritz,
manager of the California Public Utilities Commission's
Communications Division, which has oversight of the State of
California's Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program. "We are
excited to be working with AT&T in this critical service delivery
area," Lakritz said.

Relay users in California will be able to choose their service
provider and will be encouraged to complete a customer profile to
establish calling preferences, greetings, select a long distance
provider, and more.

AT&T TTY Relay Service, offered since 1987, uses a special device
that connects to a standard phone line and includes a keyboard and
screen to display messages. It relies on a communication assistant to
connect calls to standard voice users.

While not included in this contract, AT&T also offers the following
relay services:

?         AT&T IM Relay, offered since 2009, provides a
specially-trained relay operator to read AOL AIM? instant messaging
service IMs to hearing callers and types IMs which are displayed
word-by-word as they are typed - making conversations feel more like
calls experienced by hearing customers.

?         AT&T Video Relay Service (VRS), offered since 2003, uses a
high speed Internet connection and a web camera or video phone to
connect users via a Video Interpreter. This allows users to
experience facial expressions and gestures on both ends of the
conversation and provides a natural fit for the use of sign language.

For more information on AT&T Relay Services, please visit
www.att.com/relay.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries
and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its
subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the
providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world.
With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's
fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi,
high speed Internet and voice services. AT&T offers the best wireless
coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in
the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the
AT&T U-verseSM and AT&T | DIRECTVSM brands. The company's suite of
IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced
in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T's Yellow Pages and
YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations are known for their leadership in
directory publishing and advertising sales. In 2009, AT&T again
ranked No. 1 in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE?
magazine's list of the World's Most Admired Companies. Additional
information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by
AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com.

? 2010 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the
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Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services
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Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ATT to discover more about
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NEW ZEALAND'S SIGN LANGUAGE CRISIS
   A crisis is going on with the national New Zealand
sign language. It is a recognized language in the
nation, but it is also a problem.
   The nation lacks interpreters, lacks sign language
teachers and lacks deaf teachers.
   As a result, the deaf children teach themselves
the sign language.
   This is not good because the children will invent
their own signs that is not officially part of the
national sign language "dictionary."


A PRESIDENTIAL POSER
   At historical events, we see look-alikes pose as
a past American president, such as a thin, tall
bearded man posing as Abe Lincoln.
   We have a deaf poser, Craig Schermer, Cleveland, Ohio 
who poses as President Franklin Pierce. For some
reason he also poses as one of our past first ladies,
including Grace Coolidge!
   Speaking of his deafness, he said:

Mrs. Coolidge taught at a school for the deaf. I have 
been hard of hearing all my life and learned lip-reading 
early on. 

   When not posing, he works as a retail associate.


THESE FIVE SENSES
   Human beings have these five senses - sight,
hearing, taste, smell and touch.
   A newspaper article, writing about these five
senses, described deafness as this:

deafness is the most common disorder of the senses

   Come to think of it, this is an interesting
perspective.



A BUNCH OF GREAT NEWS FROM A RETIRED VR COUNSELOR
   DeafDigest runs a weekly series titled:

A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor's great news

   It is found in the Blue edition. Anyway a retired
vocational rehabilitation counselor reads that feature
every week. He emailed DeafDigest editor few days ago.
The email said:

Good news that makes a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor 
happy is coming across old clients that you served and helped 
them find their first job and how they now thank you - 
one recently retired from his job and saw me and thanked me 
in front of a lot of people. Another one is a deaf woman 
telling you "you saved my life"  you got me the help I needed 
and the position with the Federal Government - thank you so 
much - she had retired from the job recently. 

   This vocational rehabilitation counselor, by the way,
is a Gallaudet graduate, and served in that field for
many years until he retired.



OUR ORGANIZATIONS SERVING THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
   We have many, many organizations, both national and
local, that serve deaf and hard of hearing people.
   One such organization is:

National Exchange Carrier Association 

For the organization goals and objectives and its web site, click on:
http://deafdigest.com/neca/


AN EXCUSE FOR NOT WEARING A HEARING AID


a hearing aid is too loud for me


OUR DEAF BLOGGERS
   DeafDigest is not a blog, nor does it pretend to be
a blog. We, however, have many deaf blogs out there.
   A student, pursuing masters degree, wrote a thesis
on deaf blogs.
   It is at: http://deafdigest.com/blogthesis

   A warning; do not print it out because it will use up
the paper supply. And the reading is long.

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email mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN?

he is deaf and wears a CI


it is the same thing as saying:

he is hearing and wears eyeglasses

or

he is hearing and wears clothes

or

he is hearing and drives a car

etc

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Eastern Canada (Canadian Maritimes) & Fall Foliage Tour

Tour leaves from and returns to Boston, MA
12-days, September 18-September 29, 2010

For more info contact:
Joy Carney
mailto:joyfulcarney@comcast.net
302-436-5384 (FAX)

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Berrigan's Tax and Bookkeeping Service

If you are looking for someone with tax and bookkeeping background 
who is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) to provide bookkeeping 
& tax service for your personal, business or organization, I can 
provide the service.

My bookkeeping service can be customized in any way to meet your 
financial needs and goals. It includes general bookkeeping, taxes, 
payroll, financial reporting, training and much more. To have accurate 
financial information will empower you to make wise and more accurate 
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My tax service provides you with the preparation of individual 
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Interpreters and ASL & ITP Students and Teachers Deserve More from 
a Conference

Hi ... We are the 31st World's Largest Silent Weekend

The venue for the June 24-27, 2010 event will handle 700-1000
participants and include a medical interpreting track. Novice,
beginning, intermediate and advanced ASL and ITP students, as
well as interpreters (CEUs offered) will have around 150 hours
of seminars to choose from.

The 31st Silent Weekend is at the Florida Hotel at the Florida
Mall in Orlando with its huge food court allowing you to have
a complete meal for $5.99 instead of paying $20-30 at other
conferences' hotel prices.  The room costs are even lower
next year ... just $105 with free parking and unlimited free
internet!

Students, teachers and interpreters seeking to improve their 
skills can bring family members and they can take novice sign
language classes!  Many of our current interpreters started out 
as novice ASL students at the Silent Weekend!

There are simply no other local, regional or national conferences
offering you so many hours of classes as inexpensively as the
Silent Weekends. Just check them out and register at 
http://www.DrSign.com

Sign language DVDs are available online at
http://www.DrSign.com -

A DVD "When 'Duck' is not Enough"
to show you how to represent inanimate objects is now available

Join us for the 9th Florida/Alaska Motorcycle Benefit Run to help 
deaf babies!  This is the world's longest group motorcycle benefit 
run.  Some people are planning to fly to Calgary, Alberta and rent 
cars and follow us to and from Alaska and enjoy bed and breakfast 
inns!

See http://www.AlaskaBikeRun.com for updates and photos.

These trips will take place every year so why not make plans
to join us now in July 17, 2010?

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

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

   Could deaf spouses raise deaf children?
Of course they could, and in Singapore, the 
media people felt the same way that we do.
   A recent Singaporean TV program touched
on that issue. The producers, however, made 
an implication - that the deaf couple featured 
should not be raising a family of deaf children.
   Forced to clarify after dealing with adverse
reaction, the producers said that the deaf can
raise deaf children but that the particular deaf
couple shouldn't because of their economic
conditions (unemployment and struggling with
finances).
   This is interesting - because no one makes an
issue out of poor hearing spouses raising hearing
children on their own!

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Deaf Picture of the Week:

Garrett Scott, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Texas

http://twitpic.com/tdp6c

he's the one on the right with eyeglasses

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Question of the week:

Q. Why are state commissions of the deaf & hard of
hearing very important?

A. Because many hearing people know nothing about
the deaf; the job of the commission is to tell
them what deafness is all about and on how treat
the deaf as first class citizens. Actually there
are many other important functions that the
commissions carry. No two state commissions, however,
operate the same.


send your questions to mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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

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Wish List of the Week:

that all state commissions cannot be cut out of
state budgets

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DeafHistory - Looking Back:

Year 1952 - the last deaf person living in
Martha's Vineyard passes away, putting to an end
a 200-year run where people used sign language
to communicate with each other

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Deaf and the Money:

?30,000

given to the deaf in Malvern in United Kingdom for
their recreational activities

?30,000 is a bit over $47,000 

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

200

number of deaf students on the waiting list to be
enrolled at the Butare School of the Deaf in
Rwanda, a nation on the African continent

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DeafResources

Deaf Standard of Living
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-standard-of-living/

for a listing of deaf reference & library resources,
http://deafdigest.com/deafresources/

(examples are listing of elected deaf officials, listing of
deaf Nobel Prize winners, etc; list will be added on a
gradual basis - so do check this site from time to time)

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Selected top deaf sports stories from DeafDigest Sports

- David Hamilton in the news
http://deafdigest.com/davidhamilton/

- Melinda Vernon, long distance runner, Australia
hopes to qualify for Commonwealth Games
http://deafdigest.com/melindavernon/



DeafDigest Sports is also distributed by DeafDigest

To subscribe, e-mail mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

- DeafDigest Sports archives:
http://deafdigest.com/deafdigestsportsarchives/

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looking for
Behavioral Health Team Leader
Center for Hearing & Deaf Services
Pittsburgh, PA

Looking for  Enthusiastic Behavioral Health Team Leader/
for Outpatient/Adult Behavioral health Treatment team  to work 
with and supervise a team of clinicians who work in a well 
established team that serves Deaf citizens of Pittsburgh, 
Pennsylvania
 

Where:
Center for Hearing & Deaf Services, Inc. (HDS)
5th Avenue
Downtown Pittsburgh

Monday - Friday
37.5 hours per week.

Master's Degree in Human Services AND 1 year of paid experience Working 
with Deaf population. American Sign Language fluency REQUIRED. Requires 
Act 33/34 Clearances, valid PA driver's license and access to a vehicle.

You will be responsible for Oversight of the Outpatient component at HDS 
including clinical supervision of all the Outpatient services. You will 
have the opportunity to work with program planners to build community 
services for the Deaf.   
 
In addition, the Team Leader/Mobile therapist will provide 
community-based mobile mental health individual and group therapy to an 
adult behavioral health population that includes mental health disorders 
with the deaf, hard of hearing, and/or deaf/blind population. 
 
The Team Leader/Therapist is responsible to work with other therapist, 
the consulting psychiatrist, office of vocational rehabilitation 
counselors and case managers in a collaborative model.  

The Team Leader/Therapist will also provide oversight of clinical 
documentation and charting according to Federal, State, County and 
Organizational polices and procedures. 
 
Send resume to:

Karen Tarasenkov
Human Resource Recruitment & Training Specialist
Mercy Behavioral Health
1200 Reedsdale Street
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15233

Phone:  412-697-6504
Fax:    412-323-6985

mailto:KKTarasenkov@mercybh.org

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$5,000 Sign On Bonus
CLINICIAN
St. Joseph's Healthcare System
New Jersey

Inspired Care

At St. Joseph's Healthcare System, our inspiration comes from a 
tightly knit team of accomplished professionals that help give 
people in our care every opportunity to live life to the fullest. 

Through our commitment to support, technology and training, we 
think you will find one of the most rewarding and satisfying 
experiences of your career.

As a key member of our ACCESS Program, a statewide program 
providing behavioral health services to Deaf and hard of hearing 
people throughout NJ, you will provide psychotherapy and clinical 
case management, along with ongoing psychosocial assessments and 
treatment planning to consumers within a variety of therapeutic 
settings and specialty areas.  

Responsibilities include:
- performing comprehensive clinical assessments
- interpreting data to formulate diagnosis
- developing/implementing treatment strategies

- providing clinical case management services, including the 
coordination of service delivery, referrals and linkage to medical 
and community services

- maintaining documents and medical records
- report writing
- providing crisis intervention
- developing discharge plans

- advising consumers on major psychotropic medications and their side 
effects

- handling other related duties as assigned

To qualify, you must have a Master's Degree in Social Work, Counseling or 
related field, appropriate NJ State licensure or eligibility, along with 
the ability to prepare detailed assessments of patient referrals, and 
counsel individuals, groups or family members. Ability to provide direct, 
age specific patient care as appropriate to treatment setting will also be 
expected, as will superior oral/written communication, analytical, 
organizational and problem-solving skills. Proficiency in American Sign 
Language is required.

We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. For 
immediate consideration, please fax 973.754.4511, or e-mail your resume 
to: mailto:kimbelle@sjhmc.org 

When e-mailing, put "Clinician - ACCESS Program" in the e-mail subject 
line.  

EOE M/F/D/V

Faith, Care and Medicine?Working Together

ST. JOSEPH'S HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center - St. Joseph's Children's Hospital
St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital - St. Vincent's Nursing Home
Visiting Health Services of New Jersey, Inc.

A Ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth
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Job Announcement
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Accommodation Specialist
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

Work in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin at a Big Ten campus full of 
academic, athletic, and cultural activity. More information about 
campus and the Madison area can be found by visiting the Visitor 
and Information Programs link at:

http://www.wisc.edu/about/location.php

Job Duties:
Recommend and facilitate appropriate and effective services for students 
who are DHH to ensure their access to the physical, educational, and 
social activities of the University of Wisconsin. The DHH Accommodation 
Specialist is the primary point person for students, faculty and staff in 
the delivery of services and accommodations in the classroom.

Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree and recent and significant professional experience with 
individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in an educational setting is 
required. A master's degree in education, counseling, social work or a 
related field and professional experience with individuals who are Deaf 
and Hard of Hearing preferred.

Salary:
MINIMUM  $37,000

For a complete job description qualifications listing, and application 
procedures see:

http://www.ohr.wisc.edu/pvl/pv_063796.html

Applications must be received by  March 8, 2010

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position opening
Deaf Services Children's Case Manager
Community Counseling Center
Westbrook, ME (Portland metropolitan area)

Community Counseling Center, a leading nonprofit provider of family
services and behavioral health, is seeking a Case Manager for Deaf
Services Children's Case Management.

The Case Manager will work with children, adolescents and their
families in accordance with agency, community, and program needs in
the Deaf Services Children's Case Management program.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing,
implementing, and monitoring service plans that are tailored to
individual client needs, as well as support increased client and
family functioning, and ensure that each client receives services
that are sensitive to his/her cultural needs.

The successful candidate will support comprehensive and ongoing
coordination of services received from various providers and ensure
effective communication and appropriate service delivery. In addition,
our case managers advocate for and support clients to ensure access
to community services.

The Case Manager will effectively utilize the Agency's electronic
consumer software system.

With roots dating back to 1874, CCC is one of Maine's oldest and most
comprehensive private, nonprofit family service agencies, making a
difference in the lives of more than 6,000 individuals and families
each year.  In addition to providing high quality family, individual
and group therapies to help children, adults and senior citizens from
all incomes and backgrounds, CCC offers a diverse array of programs.

CCC is a member of the Alliance for Children and Families, the
National Council for Community Behavioral Health, and is a United Way
Partner Agency.  The agency is accredited by the National Council on
Accreditation.

The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in Social Work
or a closely related field and a minimum of 1 year experience in
either psychology, behavioral health, social work, special education,
counseling, rehabilitation, or related field.

Candidate must be fluent in American Sign Language.

If interested, please apply by February 28, 2010:

Please submit letter of interest and resume to:

Kimberly Lefebvre
Employment Specialist
Maine Mental Health Partners
123 Andover Road
Westbrook, ME  04092

mailto:recruitment@memhp.org

Fax:  207-761-2388

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position opening
Mental Health - Community Resource Specialist
Family Service Foundation, Inc
position located in Frederick, MD

Mental Health - Community Resource Specialist in Frederick, 
Maryland:

Provide psychiatric rehabilitation services to Deaf and Hard of 
Hearing people with chronic behavioral health challenges in the 
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP).  

Responsibilities are: to teach and assist with groups that address 
rehab needs of the people we serve.  Assist and advocate for those 
on the caseload. 

Hours: 8:00am-4:00pm. 

BA degree or experience in the mental health field. 

Valid driver's license, professional writing skills, ability to 
empower others, person-centered planning skills. 

$12.50/hour with benefits. 

If interested, please contact mailto:aklassen@fsfinc.org

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job announcement
Teacher (High School English/Language Arts)
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position description and application procedures, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/english/

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job announcement
Teacher (Middle School English/Language Arts) 
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position description and application procedures, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/englishmiddle/

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job announcement
Teacher (High School Math)
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position description and application procedures, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/hsmath

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job announcement
Substitute Teacher (Part-Time/Hourly)
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position description and application procedures, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/subteach

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Accessibility Coordinator
state of Washington

http://deafdigest.com/jobs2/

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Executive Director 
Powder Springs, Ga

http://deafdigest.com/jobs4/

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dishwasthers, busers, prep crew
restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama

http://deafdigest.com/jobs6/

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sign language teaching position
Richmond, Kentucky

http://deafdigest.com/jobs8/

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superintendent
West Trenton, NJ

http://deafdigest.com/jobs10/

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(updated February 14th)

- EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD !! -

- Job Developer/Interpreter - Crenshaw, CA

- Community Interpreter - Los Angeles, CA


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

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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– Dedication

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Marcia B. Dugan, who
departed us. After becoming deaf late in life, she
involved herself with a range of deaf and hard of hearing
related activities, and also worked at NTID.

Said Gallaudet president Alan Hurwitz:

“Marcia was the ‘rock’ in the hard of hearing community. 
She was an outstanding leader different organizations at
all levels — local, state-wide, national and, even,
international — having served as a  President, an officer
and an active member of these hard of hearing organizations. 
She was a key person in building coalition of organizations
serving individuals with disabilities.  She was an
outstanding member of the RIT/NTID community and played a
crucial role in public relations as Director of Marketing and
Communications.  She authored several books about her life
experiences, accessibility needs of hard of hearing people,
and the hard of hearing community.  She will be sorely missed
by all of us.”

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Harley Helms, a deaf
shoemaker, who departed us. His shoe repair shop was a
landmark in Blacksburg, VA where Virginia Tech is
located. A link to an interesting newspaper story
is found just below.

– Hot Newspaper stories during the week:

a legendary Virginia small town deaf shoe repairman passes away
http://deafdigest.com/harleyhelms/

an interpreter taken away from a 4-year old deaf child
http://deafdigest.com/jonahvanspronsen/

– Very Hot News

A while back controversy swirled over Netflix’s captioning
issues. Netflix is now saying that their future HD streaming
videos will be captioned. Do we trust or believe Netflix?

There are tales going on that Gregor Schlierenzauer, the
Austrian ski-jumper is deaf and participating in the
Winter Olympics. Yes, he is deaf but in ONE ear. We,
however, have a deaf participant in Meghan Agosta,
who plays on Canada’s women hockey team. She took leave
from Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania to participate
in the Winter Olympics.

– Sunday February 7th

The Saints won; the Colts lost; now we shall focus on the
hottest issue in the Deaf Community – the captioning or
the lack of it with the Super Bowl commercials.

Before we move on, it was learned that Flo TV and MobiTV
did not do any captioning of the commercials for “reasons”
of their own.

Now what about the commercials?

The hottest commercials were:

ANHEUSER-BUSCH – captioned
BOOST MOBILE – captioned
COCA-COLA – captioned
DENNY’S – captioned
DOCKERS – captioned
KIA – not captioned
HOMEAWAY.COM – captioned
SNICKERS – captioned
VOLKSWAGEN – captioned
TACO BELL – captioned

Only Kia wasn’t captioned.

As usual, the pre-game ASL signer was “hidden”
somewhere on the screen.

What does DeafDigest have to feel about the whole
thing? Mixed feelings. Lets’ just move on to the
2011 Super Bowl.

– Monday February 8th

the state of Connecticut has proposed merging its
Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired with the
Department of Social Services. The deaf community is
not too happy about it.

– Tuesday February 9th

Paul Kagame, president of Rwanda, personally donated 12
hand knitting machines to the Butare School of the Deaf.
These machines would be part of the vocational program
that the school offers to its deaf students. This was
a follow up of the pledge the president made way
back in year 2003. Why has it taken the president
SEVEN years is something DeafDigest does not understand!

– Wednesday February 10th

What would become of South Dakota School for the Deaf
main campus which only has five students? If the
state Board of Regents has its way, these remaining
students would be shipped off to other schools,
and the portions of the campus to house hearing
high school and hearing college classes. As
always, stay tuned.

(Thursday-Saturday Hot Deaf News will be in the Gold edition)

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Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

The Touchdown Club of Columbus (Ohio) has named Ashley Fiolek
as its 2009 Professional Female Athlete of the Year, and
she was honored during its recent banquet.

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A SURPRISE RESEARCH
Many people thought young hearing people become
deaf fast because of loud noise, loud music, etc.
University of Wisconsin research group compared
group of young hearing people and older hearing
people. The research group was surprised to find
that older hearing people lose hearing faster
than younger hearing people.
They think loud noise and loud music will not
cause young hearing people to become deaf.
This is a big surprise to us.

– for ASL News version, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/surpriseresearch/

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

FIVE MOVIE OSCAR WINNERS
Every year the best actors and actresses win
Oscars for their best acting roles in movies.
We all know about Marlee Matlin, our famous
deaf actress who won an Oscar while she was
a young woman.
She is the only disabled (deaf) actress
to win an Oscar for playing a disabled
(deaf) role in a movie.
The other four Oscar winners played
disabled roles in their movies. They were
not disabled but played disabled roles.
Discrimination against disabled and
deaf actors and actresses in Hollywood?
Of course!

– for ASL News version, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/oscar/

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ONE SIDE OR DIFFERENT SIDES OF DEAFNESS?
The National Deaf Children’s Society will be hosting a weekend
in Edinburgh, Scotland. Invited are parents of newly born deaf.
The goal is to educate these parents about the deaf and of
deafness.
This is great OR this is bad? Would the organization explain
to these parents these different sides – sign language, oralism,
CI, hearing aids, Cued Speech, residential schools, mainstreamed
programs, etc. Or would the parents be exposed only to one
side – like oralism, but shutting them out on information on other
sides of deafness?
DeafDigest knows of one parent, in a midwestern state, who
became her own resource center on deafness, inviting parents to
consult with her regarding their deaf children.
The parent would not explain to them what other sides were
all about – just told these parents what oralism was all about.
The parent paid the ultimate price. Her deaf daughter “discovered”
sign language in her twenties, and has since then involved
herself with the sign language community. Her deaf son, sheltered
all his life, has suffered issues that requires lifetime
counseling.

A FAMOUS PERSON INTO SELF-DENIAL
Tamika Catchings is a famous women’s basketball
player, probably one of the world’s top three women
basketball players.
She grew up denying her hearing loss and avoiding
any use of the hearing aids. It was not until when she
got older that she came to terms with her deafness.
Yet, she recently made this comment:

I am not deaf, but I wear hearing aids and along with the
hearing problem, most people have a speech problem

The question is – if she is not deaf, then why is she
wearing hearing aids? People who wear hearing aids may
either be mildly deaf or moderately deaf or severely deaf
or profoundly deaf.
It is very likely that Tamika is either mildly deaf or
moderately deaf, thus necessitating use of her hearing aids.
To wear a hearing and and to deny one’s own deafness?
An interesting case of contradiction !

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REFUSING THESE POWER PLANT CONSTRUCTION JOBS
Some years back, there were three power plants
under construction in the state of Maryland. A deaf
engineer was involved and he had contacts with the
construction foremen. They wanted to hire the deaf
for these construction jobs.
The deaf engineer made contacts in the deaf communities
in the metropolitan areas of Washington, DC and
Baltimore – inviting the deaf to sign up for these
construction jobs.
Result? Not just one deaf person signed up. Said
the engineer:

They would have made one hundred thousand a year easily

Why wouldn’t the deaf want to sign up for these jobs?
Good question! 

A QUESTION ABOUT VIDEO RELAY THAT YOU WERE AFRAID TO ASK

Q. Why does the FCC have the need to certify our relay
providers?

A. to make sure providers adhere to FCC regulations,
as well as to implement E911 emergency procedures
and to ensure that 10-digit numbers will work with
all providers, asides from the users’ preferred provider

WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

a question like this –

are you deaf or hearing?

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

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

One of the major problems that closed-captioning advocates still
face is lack of public awareness about closed captioning. 

Most people have seen closed captioning on TVs at a gym, a bar,
or an airport, but there is still a lack of knowledge about how
it is done.

I have heard people say, “Just turn on the captioning,” when a
video is being played that has not been captioned.  They just
can’t quite understand that until someone puts the captions on
that tape or DVD, there are NO captions to turn on. 

Captions do not magically appear. Someone must be responsible
for encoding the captions on the video.

I have also heard people say, “Oh, this is just a VHS tape, so there
must not be captioning,” or “This DVD must have captioning.” 

Both VHS tapes and DVDs may or may not have captioning.  The
producers of videos must take the time and go through the expense
of arranging for captioning of each video, or there will be no
captioning. 

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a VHS tape or DVD; someone must do
the captioning. 

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I THOUGHT THE DEAF COULD…….

hear when one speaks very loud next to his ear

a late deafened person may hear the loud voice because he
has been hearing all his life; a deaf person who has never
learned to discriminate sounds will render the loud voice
useless. Not only that, it is embarrassing, and such loud
shouting should be refrained from!

when a hearing person never meets a deaf person in his life
his knowledge of the deaf are often wrong

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Rusty Wales’ Wine of the Month

Deaf Grapevine eNewsletter First Quarter, 2010

Salute, Wine Enthusiasts!
Here’s the link to the new edition this year:

http://www.deafwalrus.com/newsletter/deaf-grapevine-2010-01.htm

Bonus: We had the pleasure of visiting Bob Nichols’ Vineyard
last year.  As mentioned in our previous DG newsletter, Bob is
the deaf owner of this awesome vineyard in Napa Valley, America’s
most prestige wine region.

Enjoy virtual tour at this Facebook album:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=78263&id=791619795&l=82a931f9bf

Cheers,
Rusty & Bobby

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

Spokane Falls Community College, in Washington, will be
establishing a Peace Studies program. While it is not
totally deaf-related, input towards establishing the
program came from Deaf Studies faculty members. They
wanted Peace Studies “to focus on human rights issues
dealing with the deaf community around the world.”

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The Deaf and the Law

Location:
United Kingdom

Case:
a deaf man has been banned from entering a store because of
his loud voice while speaking

Result:
may take the case to the European Court of Human Rights

Comment:
a strange case; maybe more to it than what is seems to be?

do read it at:
http://deafdigest.com/kennethvoss/

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DeafADA Issue of the Week:

Q. Is there such a thing as statute of limitations
on ADA-related lawsuits?

A. Good question. Some attorneys say yes; some attorneys
say no!

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The Captioning Blunder of the Week:

a case of double blooper

roar (more) projects to make it saver (safer)

….

What became of?

Montana School for the Deaf and Blind

– past

shut down at Boulder in 1940; relocated to Great Falls

– present

the 22-acre Boulder campus is still standing but still vacant
after these 70 years! A developer recently wanted to buy the
campus to convert it to a new school of Culinary Arts. So
far it has been all talk and no action

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

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

M. Thomasine Hardy has been named as the new
superintendent of Eastern North Carolina School for
the Deaf. She replaces Steve Witchey.
Does she know sign language? No.

(editor’s note: she only stayed on the job for a short
time and the school replaced her with another
superintendent)

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Many of us drink Miller beer; many of us drive Fords.
These two and other products had their commercials
captioned at the Super Bowl.
To satisfy our hunger pangs, many of us stop at the
KFC, and we also rent DVDs at the Blockbuster; these
two were not captioned along with other products. It
probably is a huge irony since many, if not all, of
Blockbuster DVDs are captioned!

(editor’s note: pretty much sounds familiar!)

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

There was a story on the web about 40 percent of the
workforce at a computer factory being either deaf
or disabled.

This is great since deaf people are employed. But
the question is – are there opportunities for
promotion for deaf employees in that factory?

No one likes to be stuck in dead end jobs even if
they’re gainfully employed.

..

A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor’s great news:

You are given half day off, with pay, so you can learn
Spanish to be able to communicate with Spanish speaking
customers.

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A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

the boss says:
Sergio is here and wants to see you

you thought the boss said:
Giorgio is here and wants to see you

you prepare yourself to face Sergio only to be
shocked it is Giorgio !

if you have lipreading tales, please share these with
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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DeafBook of the Week

The Deaf Population of the United States
by Jerome D. Schein & Marcus T. Delk, Jr
1974

Census is coming up; our Deaf Census was way back in
the seventies and this was the only book to show our
1970’s Deaf Stats. We’ve not had a Deaf Census
since then.

DeafDigest editor has many deaf-related book in his
private home library. Some books are still in print;
some books are out of print. Some books are old;
some books are recent.

Happy reading !

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position opening
Executive Director
The New York School for the Deaf (Fanwood)

The Board of Trustees of the New York School for the Deaf, known as
Fanwood, seeks an experienced and visionary leader to assume the role of
Executive Director on or about July 1, 2010.  Fanwood, established in
1817, is the oldest school for the deaf in New York and the second oldest
in the United States.

With support of the Board of Trustees, primary responsibilities of the
Head of School include:

– Visionary leadership for continuous improvement , enhancement, and
expansion of instructional and support programs for students and families

– With the Comptroller, preparing budgets and corresponding
recommendations and submitting them to the Board for approval

– With Board-designated attorneys, representing the school in labor
negotiations.

– Advocating the school’s interests to state legislators and
maintaining a close relationship with the State Education Department to
support the school’s objectives

– Representing the school through active participation in local and
state activities and organizations related to the mission of NYSD

– Collaborating with like schools for the Deaf to share best
practices and ensure sustainability of schools serving Deaf students

– Encouraging financial support through friend building and fund
raising activities from individuals, foundations, businesses,
professionals, and educational communities

– Promoting the school to the Deaf community and other supporters
and friends through social and educational events, gatherings and
performances

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS
– Graduate degree in Deaf Education, Educational Administration or a
closely related field.

– Minimum of five years of demonstrated successful administrative
experience in an educational setting for Deaf individuals

– Articulate in American Sign Language and English

– Possession of or eligibility for appropriate New York State
Administration Certification is preferred

Qualified candidates should submit resumes by April 1, 2010 to:
mailto:searchcommittee@nysd.net

Names of prospective candidates can also be submitted to
search committee Co-Chair Alexis Kashar at:
mailto:searchcommittee@nysd.net

All resumes will be treated confidentially

New York School for the Deaf is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD !! –

– Job Developer/Interpreter – Crenshaw, CA

– Community Interpreter – Los Angeles, CA

To learn more about the above positions at GLAD, please go
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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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Teaching Specialist Position
American Sign Language Program
Department of Educational Psychology
College of Education and Human Development
University of Minnesota

The American Sign Language Program, Department of Educational
Psychology, College of Education and Human Development,
University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time
Teaching Specialist position in the area of American Sign Language 

Description:  This is a 9 month, Professional Academic (P&A)
appointment, 100% time, annually renewable, non-tenured position
that involves fulltime teaching, but includes time for course
content preparation, student performance evaluation, professional
development projects and meeting with individual students as needed 

This position focuses on teaching American Sign Language at the
undergraduate level with responsibilities that include, but are not
limited to:

Teaching (90%: Provide instruction at the undergraduate levels,
teaching courses in American Sign Language (ASL 1701, 1702, 3703,
3704, and 3705).

The individual appointed will prepare course content; evaluate
student performance, meet with individual students as needed and
complete professional development assignments. 

Other Duties (10%) Participate in internal program/department
meetings. Provide external support services/outreach.  Other
duties as assigned.

Responsibilities:
– Teach 6 sections of American Sign Language at the undergraduate
level per Academic year.

– Prepare course content
– Evaluate student performance
– Meet with individual students as needed

Minimum qualifications for Teaching Specialist Position:
– BA/BS degree in ASL Studies, Deaf Studies, Linguistics or related
fields (candidates with BA/BS in other fields will be considered only if
that individual can provide evidence of three years full-time teaching ASL
using the Signing Naturally Curriculum)

– Native or Native-like fluency in ASL

Desired qualifications
– MA/MS degree in ASL Studies, Deaf Studies, Linguistics or related
fields.

– Two or more years teaching ASL using Signing Naturally curriculum,
Levels I, II, and III.

Appointment Details:   
The person hired will be appointed to a full time position as a Teaching
Specialist beginning August 30, 2010 and ending May
29, 2011.

Application Process:  This position will remain open until filled,
however the search committee will begin its review of complete
applications on March 11, 2010.  Applicants must apply on-line through
the University of Minnesota Job Center at
http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/index.html – requisition #165041. 

Complete applications will consist of a letter of application,
curriculum vita, official transcripts that substantiate degree, two
letters of recommendation by individuals who are familiar with the
applicant’s teaching experience and qualifications for this position,
and a 10 minute videotaped introduction of applicant.  For a list of
criteria to be included in your applicant videotape, please send an
email request to mailto:sarab@umn.edu

Send transcripts and videotape to:

ASL Program Office c/o Sara Burrington
240 Vocational and Technical Education Building
1954 Buford Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108

(612) 624-1274 v/tty
mailto:asl@umn.edu

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all
persons have equal access to its programs, facilities, and
employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national
origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance,
veteran status, or gender orientation.

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position opening
Independent Living Advisor
Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc
Salisbury, Maryland

Full/Part Time

Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc. is a growing organization
that promotes access to services and resources for residents of the
Eastern Shore of Maryland who are deaf or hard of hearing and
provides opportunities for full participation in all aspects of
community life.

Responsibilities: Provide training in independent living skills,
such as: teaching personal and household management, budgeting
skills, TTY training, accessing and utilizing communication
resources, medication administration and developing community
relationships.

Requirements: Fluency in American Sign Language and written
English, High School degree required. Demonstrates competency
in independent living skills, Valid driver’s license required
and good driving record. Flexibility in working hours required.

Benefits: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Pension, Life,
Vacation, sick and personal leave, Healthy Lifestyle Benefit

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume and three letters of
references to :         

Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc.
Human Resources Department
806 Snow Hill Road
Salisbury, Maryland 21804

or fax to 410-543-4874.

Position is open until filled

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Interpreter
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

http://deafdigest.com/jobs1/

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dual language position
Thurston County, WA

http://deafdigest.com/jobs3/

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web designer

http://deafdigest.com/jobs5/

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sign language assistant professor
Sacramento, CA

http://deafdigest.com/jobs7/

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many open school jobs
Albuquerque, NM

http://deafdigest.com/jobs9/

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vocational rehabilitation director
Washington

http://deafdigest.com/jobs11/

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DeafDigest – 07 February 2010

DeafDigest Blue - February 7, 2010

Blue Edition              Barry Strassler, Editor
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Some of the firm's clients have suffered multiple implant surgeries
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If you or your child has been implanted with a defective cochlear
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- Dedication

   DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Jack Holt who departed
us. After graduating from Ohio School for the Deaf, he took
engineering courses at Youngstown University and then
spent his lifetime at the Leetonia Tool Company, moving
up the ranks, becoming a plant superintendent and then as
company secretary/treasurer. This tool company, still
in business, delivers its products to many shops across
the country.


- Hot Newspaper stories during the week:

Gerald "Bummy " Burstein honored at Riverside
http://deafdigest.com/burstein/

Nice newspaper story about captioners
http://deafdigest.com/captioners 



- Very Hot News

   Stoke-on-Trent (population 260,000), a British city 
within the boundaries of Staffordshire, in United 
Kingdom, is coming up with its Citizen of the Century 
honors. One of the nominees is Jack Ashley. Late 
deafened at the age of 45, he served as the nation's 
first completely deaf MP (1966-1992). Upon becoming 
deaf, he fought for the rights of the deaf. During 
his peak years, he was honored by Gallaudet and by 
the NAD. The Deaf American magazine (no longer in
existence) ran numerous articles on him.

- Sunday January 31st

   In Japan, a company is working on a fire alarm
for the deaf, and it is not a strobe but a "stink
odor" alarm! The stink comes from the wasabi, which is
a popular Japanese horseradish. Will it be better
than the strobe?
   Good question!


- Monday February 1st

   She left William Woods University, Fulton, Missouri
12 years ago and is now back at the same university.
This refers to Dr. Barbara O'Brian Garrett, past
ASL English interpreting department chair and 
associate professor of ASL. In these 12 years she
has been around - North Central University, 
been in private practice, and as professional
mentor at various agencies in Minneapolis. 


- Tuesday February 2nd

   A Kentucky state senator introduced a bill requiring
that multi-screen movie houses (5 more screens) must
reserve one screen for captioning. Will it pass?
Stay tuned.


- Wednesday February 3rd

   Jay Alan Zimmerman, the deaf composer, will convert 
singers' voices into graphics at the Times Square Gallery
in Manhattan between February 23rd and March 16th. He 
will be using special computer software to accomplish 
this feat.


(Thursday-Saturday Hot Deaf News will be in the Gold edition)

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Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:
  
   It is Super Bowl time this weekend. If you are not seeing
captions on any of these Super Bowl commercials, do report
these to DeafDigest at mailto:barry@deafdigest.com
   Thank you very much.

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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.

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who have disabilities or who are Deaf or hard of hearing.  

The program includes two cohorts: 

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These two cohorts take most of their classes together throughout 
the two year program. The need for qualified rehabilitation 
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Graduates from this program find employment in such professional 
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and other partnering agencies.
  
The placement rate nation-wide for recent graduates is 96 - 100%.

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Individuals who have a disability, who are Deaf, hard of hearing, deaf 
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Coordinator
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Western Oregon University
Monmouth, OR 97361

mailto:RCEInfo@wou.edu

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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!


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of each DeafDigest edition)

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BLESSED TO BE DEAF?
   DeafDigest editor and his wife live in a Washington, DC
condominium.
   Posted on the condominium bulletin board was this:

Were you bothered by the noise last weekend. This issue
will be discussed at the meeting

   The noise was because of overnight construction
outside on the streets.
   A blessing to be deaf?

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SOMETIMES TWO INTERPRETERS ARE NOT ENOUGH
   Interpreters normally work in a team, where one
interpreter replaces the other every 15-20 minutes.
   Sometimes two interpreters is not enough - and
in that case we may need as many as three or even
four interpreters working as a single team!
   Said an observer after a fast paced city council
meeting with deaf observers in attendance:

the pace was so fast that the interpreters worked like 
a tag team and were still both mentally and physically 
exhausted

   Why not three or four interpreters? Money, of course!



DOMINOES AND POKER
   Last week's DeafDigest asked if deaf people play
dominoes.
   A DeafDigest subscriber from South Florida said
that deaf immigrants of the Caribbean islands (Haiti,
Dominican Republic and Jamaica) play dominoes. The
Americans, he said, on the other hand, play poker!


PERSPECTIVE OF A DEAF COMEDIAN
   Steve Day, the famous British comedian, is deaf.
His skits focus on one theme - the dilemma of being
a deaf man in a hearing world.
   Dilemma? No, Steve is totally wrong. The dictionary
defines dilemma as facing two choices, both of which
are unacceptable.
   The correct word would be inconvenienced but that
we work our way around these daily inconveniences that
are second nature to us.


A QUESTION ABOUT VIDEO RELAY THAT YOU WERE AFRAID TO ASK

Q. Is FCC doing a good job with our video relay services?

A. Depends. FCC has to deal with finances, regulations
and corporation officers.



WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

a comment like this - 

I guess you learn a lot from the subject matter from 
interpreting this lecture





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



COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR - continuing series

People who become court reporters, captioners, and CART providers
come from many different backgrounds.  Some go to court reporting
school immediately after high school, but there are increasing
numbers of people in the profession who have followed other paths 
to get there. 

There are some who have bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and
even Ph.D.s and other advanced degrees who have decided that their
real love is captioning, CART providing, or court reporting.  They
have returned to court reporting school and learned steno theory 
and practiced in order to achieve their goal.  

Even for people with advanced degrees, becoming a court reporter,
CART provider, or captioner takes a lot of practice.  In order to
achieve their goals faster, people with great determination may write
on their steno machines all day in school and then go home in the
evening and practice some more.  Some very determined people end up
spending more than eight hours a day practicing in order to increase
their speed. 

The faster one achieves the high speeds necessary to graduate from 
a court reporting program, the quicker he or she will be able to
achieve the goal of being a CART provider, captioner, or a court
reporter.  

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I THOUGHT THE DEAF COULD.......

all be speech readers




we all get easily confused between lip reading and
speech reading as the line of distinction between
both are somewhat blurred


when a hearing person never meets a deaf person in his life
his knowledge of the deaf are often wrong

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HEALTH AND ADVOCACY INFORMATION
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Persons who are Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing are
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In many  cases, the patient as well as the health care 
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A new web site called http://www.healthbridges.info
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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

   The Baltimore Examiner, a free daily handout newspaper,
ran an article saying that continued exposure to excessive
noise will not only make you deaf but make you more sick.
   To read the article, click on:
http://deafdigest.com/noiseillness/

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The Deaf and the Law

Location:
New York

Case:
In 1997 a federal judge said the city's plan to remove
all fire alarm boxes would violate civil rights of
the deaf. 

Result:
Since the city wants to remove all fire alarm
boxes to save money, the city council is considering
ways to change the law and to meet the approval
of the federal courts.


Comment: 
the city is arguing that we, the deaf, have new
technology that makes fire boxes unnecessary

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DeafADA Issue of the Week:

If your doctor tells you to bring your own
interpreter, he is wrong - and would be
liable under ADA regulations

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The Captioning Blunder of the Week:

the Hot males (meals) on Wheels program

....

What became of?

Claudia Gordon

- past

basketball star, Lexington School for the Deaf

- present

attorney & senior policy advisor, Department of 
Homeland Security, Washington, DC



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


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News of the Week - Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

   Peter Bailey, the dean of students at the American School
for the Deaf, is a pager coach in basketball.
   Pager coaching? Yes. He coaches the men's basketball
team at the Greater Hartford Club of the Deaf. He couldn't
coach his team's big game against Worcester because of a
birthday party conflict (his son's). The assistant
coach couldn't make it either.
   With neither coach on hand the team struggled against
Worcester. Out of desperation the team paged him, asking
him what to do during half time. Taking remote control charge
Peter made some strategical moves. It helped as his
team exploded in the second half to win easily.
   Said Peter "Can you believe how much the technology
means to this world?"
   Oh, yes, his son's birthday party went well!

(editor's note: Peter is now at The Learning Center 
for the Deaf, Framingham, MA)

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News of the Week - Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

   Doug Bullard passed away of cancer. He was the
author of a novel "Islay", a satire of a Deaf man
founding a nation, of which a majority of residents
were deaf. This novel was published in 1986.
   It was the only novel he wrote. And he was years
ahead of his time - because there is a current
movement in South Dakota to establish a "sign
language town".

(editor's note: the plans to establish a sign
language town in South Dakota has since then
been abandoned)

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Rahm Emanuel, the White House Chief of Staff,
called the proposal from a group of Democrats
"retarded."

This word got the Special Olympics people upset.
Rahm immediately apologized for saying that
word. Rahm even promised to help to make that
word obsolete.

Suppose Rahm called us deaf-mute or deaf-dumb,
would he apologize to us? Doubt it since our
deaf organizations do not have that much of
a clout, if any, with the White House.

Special Olympics, of course, has the clout.

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A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor's great news:

You are offered early retirement with a higher than normal
retirement check...even though you are only three years away to
qualify for retirement.

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A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

The Subway sandwich chain now offers breakfast 
specials

you write in your order for eggs and cheese

the immigrant counterman says something like

no arghs

You just do not understand what he is saying,
and insist he write it down on paper. He
continues to say "no arghs" despite you telling
him of your deafness and your inability to
understand him. The line gets longer and
longer.

The counterman gives up and asks an American,
standing next in line, to interpret for him.

The American says "no eggs are available"


The letter e and the letters argh both require
different mouth and lip movements.

if you have lipreading tales, please share these with
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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position opening
Executive Director
The New York School for the Deaf (Fanwood)

The Board of Trustees of the New York School for the Deaf, known as 
Fanwood, seeks an experienced and visionary leader to assume the role of 
Executive Director on or about July 1, 2010.  Fanwood, established in 
1817, is the oldest school for the deaf in New York and the second oldest 
in the United States. 

With support of the Board of Trustees, primary responsibilities of the 
Head of School include:

- Visionary leadership for continuous improvement , enhancement, and 
expansion of instructional and support programs for students and families

- With the Comptroller, preparing budgets and corresponding 
recommendations and submitting them to the Board for approval

- With Board-designated attorneys, representing the school in labor 
negotiations.

- Advocating the school?s interests to state legislators and 
maintaining a close relationship with the State Education Department to 
support the school's objectives

- Representing the school through active participation in local and 
state activities and organizations related to the mission of NYSD

- Collaborating with like schools for the Deaf to share best 
practices and ensure sustainability of schools serving Deaf students

- Encouraging financial support through friend building and fund 
raising activities from individuals, foundations, businesses, 
professionals, and educational communities

- Promoting the school to the Deaf community and other supporters 
and friends through social and educational events, gatherings and 
performances

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS
- Graduate degree in Deaf Education, Educational Administration or a 
closely related field.

- Minimum of five years of demonstrated successful administrative 
experience in an educational setting for Deaf individuals

- Articulate in American Sign Language and English 

- Possession of or eligibility for appropriate New York State 
Administration Certification is preferred 

Qualified candidates should submit resumes by April 1, 2010 to:
mailto:searchcommittee@nysd.net

Names of prospective candidates can also be submitted to 
search committee Co-Chair Alexis Kashar at: 
mailto:searchcommittee@nysd.net

All resumes will be treated confidentially

New York School for the Deaf is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Employment Opportunities
Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
Pittsburgh, PA & Central PA

At WPSD, "Our kids come first."  We are looking for people to join
our staff who share this commitment and are willing to work with the
goal of providing our students with the best education, residential
and support services possible.

If you share our commitment to students, please visit
our web site at http://www.wpsd.org for descriptions of the following
job openings at WPSD

- ASL Teacher
- Early Intervention Teacher (Part Time) at  Central PA

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

Send letter and resume to:

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

Email:  mailto:hshirey@wpsd.org

EOE

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position opening
Deaf Services Manager 
BJC Behavioral Health
St Louis, MO

for position description and application procedures,
please click on:

http://deafdigest.com/bjcdeaf/

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(2/7/10 updated closing dates)

Employment vacancies
Sch Spch-lang Pathologist
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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- EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD !! -

- Job Developer/Interpreter - Crenshaw, CA

- Community Interpreter - Los Angeles, CA


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

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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position opening
Independent Living Advisor
Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc
Salisbury, Maryland

Full/Part Time

Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc. is a growing organization 
that promotes access to services and resources for residents of the
Eastern Shore of Maryland who are deaf or hard of hearing and 
provides opportunities for full participation in all aspects of
community life.

Responsibilities: Provide training in independent living skills, 
such as: teaching personal and household management, budgeting 
skills, TTY training, accessing and utilizing communication 
resources, medication administration and developing community 
relationships.

Requirements: Fluency in American Sign Language and written 
English, High School degree required. Demonstrates competency 
in independent living skills, Valid driver's license required 
and good driving record. Flexibility in working hours required.

Benefits: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Pension, Life, 
Vacation, sick and personal leave, Healthy Lifestyle Benefit

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume and three letters of 
references to :          

Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc.
Human Resources Department
806 Snow Hill Road
Salisbury, Maryland 21804

or fax to 410-543-4874.

Position is open until filled

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IT jobs
Dubuque, IA

http://deafdigest.com/jobsa/

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International Consultant
Republic of Georgia 

not to be confused with Georgia, USA

http://deafdigest.com/jobsb/

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Audiology Support
Seattle, WA

http://deafdigest.com/jobsc/

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Personal Support - developmentally disabled adults
Seattle, WA

http://deafdigest.com/jobsd/

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Special notes:

(located at the bottom of the Gold section)

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DeafDigest – 07 February 2010

DeafDigest Gold - February 7, 2010

Gold edition            Barry Strassler, Editor
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Deaf Cartoon (Fogey) of the week:
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DeafDigest welcomes unique deafnews tips; do email:
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always
anonymous

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ranked equal in contents, features and ads. This is the
Gold section.

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Hot Deaf News during the week:

- Hot Newspaper stories during the week:

Scranton Deaf School helping the homeless
http://deafdigest.com/scrantonhomeless/

Deaf Sheetz employee popular in the community
http://deafdigest.com/sheetzpopular/



- Very Hot News 

The owner of Harrods, a famous department store in London,
is Mohamed Al Fayed. He has a deaf son, Karim Fayed, who
is a photographer. Karim is featuring his own photographic
exhibition at a high profile gallery in London next month.


- Thursday February 4th

   Is there such a thing as bill of rights for deaf? Well,
a group of deaf students from East High School in 
Des Moines, Iowa presented state legislators with
a bill of rights.
   Being stressed are ASL rights, health insurance
coverage on hearing aids, among others.
   Legislators being what they are, this suggestion
will be given a low priority. This is not to say
bill of rights is unimportant, but that legislators are
more worried about other things - such as budget problems.   


- Friday February 5th

   99.9 percent of the time, Miss Deaf Pageants do not
attract notice of governments. That 0.01 percent did -
the government of Swaziland is looking into the recently
held Miss Deaf Swaziland pageant.
   Seems the government was not too pleased by the fact
that the winner was begging for funds to allow her to
take part at the upcoming Miss Deaf World pageant 
to take place in Las Vegas.


- Saturday February 6th

   The unsung heroes behind every legislative session,
both federal and state, are pages. These pages do everything
possible to keep things running - delivering messages,
filling glasses with water, making photocopies, handling
telephone calls, etc. You name it, the pages have done it.
Anyway one of the pages at the Mississippi legislature is
Derek Schmitz. He is deaf and a student at Mississippi
School for the Deaf.


(please go back to the Blue edition for the Sunday-Wednesday 
Hot Deaf News)


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Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

   An experiment is going on with the deaf of Japan
that watch theatrical performances. They use a portable 
device (just like a text pager) which displays captions 
of the play they are watching.
   DeafDigest has these concerns:

- cost of such a device; it is said to be expensive
- could one follow the captions in a darkened theater?
- would one's hands get tired of holding up the device for a long time?
- would fixating eyes on the device cause one to miss something on stage?

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Deaf Group Home

at La Familia, near Albuquerque, NM
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for Deaf Youth

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

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

or click on:

http://deafdigest.com/lafamilia

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

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updated every Monday

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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://deafdigest.com/videos/video-wrong-spy/

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


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Camp Isola Bella 2010
Berkshire Mountains, Connecticut

High in the Berkshire Mountains, there is a shining lake with a 
beautiful island in the middle with the name of "Isola Bella" 
which means beautiful Island in Italian.  

It's a scenic island estate that has been turned into a 
recreational/residential summer camp for deaf and hard of hearing 
children from all over the country.  

The camp provides a wide variety of educational and recreational 
activities which are designed first and foremost to be FUN - but 
it is fun with purpose.  

The camp's philosophy, "learning through experience," is put into 
effect in three ways: self-esteem, physical fitness, and 
knowledge/skills.    

Campers, ranging in age from 8 years to 17 years old, have expressed 
many wonderful memories of past camp experiences.  A wide range of 
activities are offered to provide appropriate challenges for the 
campers.  Some of these activities include:  swimming, boating, 
archery, arts & crafts, nature study, hiking, overnight camping, 
field trips, and more. 

New session:  Leadership and Literacy Camp
Camp Isola Bella is excited to offer a two-week fun-filled session 
devoted to enhancing leadership and literacy for students in the 
5th-8th grades.  

In this program, there will be a strong emphasis on literacy 
activities and leadership challenges while fostering a positive and 
cooperative atmosphere that will allow each camper to thrive.  
Criteria for eligibility:

- Deaf/Hard of hearing student in grades 5-8

- In good academic standing with leadership potential

- Letter of recommendation from an academic teacher and an 
administrator

Dates and prices:

- Leadership & Literacy * (grades 5-8) runs from June 27 to July 9
Cost: $750 plus deposit $50 non-refundable application processing fee
* Letter of recommendation needed from an academic teacher and school 
administrator

- Youth Recreation * (ages 8-12) runs from July 11 to July 17
Cost: $400 plus deposit $50 non-refundable application processing fee
* CODA welcome

- Teen Adventure * (ages 13-17) runs from July 25 to August 7
Cost $750 plus deposit $50 non-refundable application processing fee
* CODA welcome

Note:  Spaces are limited for CODAs based on first come, first serve.

We have counselor and nurse position available.  Go to: 
http://www.ASD-1817.org and select employment to fill out the 
application forms.

For more information about Camp Isola Bella please contact Camp Director 
Steve Borsotti at mailto:steve.borsotti@asd-1817.org or visit the 
American School for the Deaf website at http://www.asd-1817.org  

Your children will thank you!

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GARBAGE IS MONEY
   Garbage smells awful, but it is money for some deaf schools
and some deaf service agencies.
   At some big events (Indianapolis 500, Kentucky Derby,
Talladega 500, etc), deaf groups come to clean up garbage.
Money from the garbage goes to deaf groups.
   So, when hearing people complain that garbage smells
bad, it smells sweet for the deaf!

- for ASL News version, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/video-garbage/

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



MORE ON LUIS ENRIQUE ERRO WHO WAS HONORED BY A POSTAGE STAMP
   Last week's DeafDigest featured a postage stamp in
honor of Luis Enrique Erro, a Mexican astronomer
who was either deaf or late-deafened.
   In 1940, after he became deaf, he ran for presidency of
Mexico, but lost. Manuel ?vila Camacho, the winner, offered
him a government position. Erro turned it down but asked
the winner to found an observatory in Astrophysics.   
   At the age of 40 he had an operation, hoping it would restore
his hearing in his right ear. The operation was not a success.
   His deafness was hereditary, in which he told the interviewer
that it was not easy to be deaf, and he had an issue with the
police in Havana. May have something to do with him not following
the orders of the police because of his deafness.


USHER SYNDROME MANY OF US DO NOT KNOW ABOUT
   We associate Usher Syndrome with a narrowing range of
vision.
   What many of us may not realize is that Usher Syndrome
is the leading cause of combined hearing and vision loss.
   Deafness as the cause of Usher Syndrome? DeafDigest editor
had an interesting discussion with Jeanne Glidden Prickett,
superintendent, Iowa School for the Deaf regarding this subject.
   Her comments are interesting. For reasons of space, her
comments are being posted on a web page:  

http://deafdigest.com/ushersyndrome/

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Our phone number for TTY is 301-474-8278. 
Our website is http://www.drrattner.com

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NEWSPAPER ARTICLE SAYING EASY TO LEARN SIGNS
   A newspaper ran a feature on a local college
sign language program.
   The article said:

Have you ever seen a group of people in public communicating 
with sign language and thought, "I wish I knew what they
were saying?" Well, you are in luck. The college offers a 
sign language course that can open your eyes to a new
form of communication

   That easy to follow ASL in one semester? No way!



OUR ORGANIZATIONS SERVING THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
   We have many, many organizations, both national and
local, that serve deaf and hard of hearing people.
   One such organization is:

National Deaf Business Institute

For the organization goals and objectives and its web site, click on:
http://deafdigest.com/ndbi/


AN EXCUSE FOR NOT WEARING A HEARING AID

I couldn't remember where I placed it last night
after I took it off for the night


A GLARING NEWSPAPER CONTRADICTION
   Every day newspapers run features on these "success"
CI stories. Of course, newspapers may not run stories
on CI failures, but this is besides the point.
   One newspaper, within the same story, said:

Children with cochlear implants have quality of life equal 
to normal hearing peers

   Yet, in that same story, several lines below, said:

A cochlear implant is an electronic device, which restores 
partial hearing to the deaf

   Is the newspaper saying that those with partial
hearing will have quality of life equal to normal
hearing peers?
   DeafDigest is not, however, saying that deaf people
have quality of life lower than those that can hear.




A CONFESSION OF A LATE DEAFENED PERSON
   A late deafened person has this confession.
I wear my hearing aid when people are around
me at home.
   But when I am alone at home, I take off my
hearing aid and turn on the volume to full 
blast on my TV and on my music!

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For postings, announcements and employment ad rates, please
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?

he is profoundly deaf without the implants


Not every CI person becomes a "hearing" person
with the implants. There are many deaf people
that are still profoundly deaf even with the
implants. Depends on the individual.


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Eastern Canada (Canadian Maritimes) & Fall Foliage Tour

Tour leaves from and returns to Boston, MA
12-days, September 18-September 29, 2010

For more info contact:
Joy Carney
mailto:joyfulcarney@comcast.net
302-436-5384 (FAX)

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My bookkeeping service can be customized in any way to meet your 
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Interpreters and ASL & ITP Students and Teachers Deserve More from 
a Conference

Hi ... We are the 31st World's Largest Silent Weekend

The venue for the June 24-27, 2010 event will handle 700-1000
participants and include a medical interpreting track. Novice,
beginning, intermediate and advanced ASL and ITP students, as
well as interpreters (CEUs offered) will have around 150 hours
of seminars to choose from.

The 31st Silent Weekend is at the Florida Hotel at the Florida
Mall in Orlando with its huge food court allowing you to have
a complete meal for $5.99 instead of paying $20-30 at other
conferences' hotel prices.  The room costs are even lower
next year ... just $105 with free parking and unlimited free
internet!

Students, teachers and interpreters seeking to improve their 
skills can bring family members and they can take novice sign
language classes!  Many of our current interpreters started out 
as novice ASL students at the Silent Weekend!

There are simply no other local, regional or national conferences
offering you so many hours of classes as inexpensively as the
Silent Weekends. Just check them out and register at 
http://www.DrSign.com

Sign language DVDs are available online at
http://www.DrSign.com -

A DVD "When 'Duck' is not Enough"
to show you how to represent inanimate objects is now available

Join us for the 9th Florida/Alaska Motorcycle Benefit Run to help 
deaf babies!  This is the world's longest group motorcycle benefit 
run.  Some people are planning to fly to Calgary, Alberta and rent 
cars and follow us to and from Alaska and enjoy bed and breakfast 
inns!

See http://www.AlaskaBikeRun.com for updates and photos.

These trips will take place every year so why not make plans
to join us now in July 17, 2010?

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

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

   The US Senate was introduced a new bill - Rosa's Law, S. 2781,
which prohibits use of phrases "mental retardation" and
"mentally retarded" on federal books, and to replace these
with "intellectual disability". Only one thing wrong with
the bill - it does not include prohibiting of "deaf-dumb"
and "deaf-mute."

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Deaf Picture of the Week:

Michael Lizarraga
deaf basketball player, plays for CSUN basketball team

http://www.dailynews.com/ci_14328765

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Question of the week:

Q. Which is better, a CI or a stem cell therapy?

A. DeafDigest will not decide for you - but 
stem cell therapy is so new. It seems to be
promising, but stem cell researchers are
still learning about what it is all about. 



send your questions to mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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

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Wish List of the Week:

that our senators would amend the bill, prohibiting
use of words, mentally retarded and mental retardation
to include deaf-dumb and deaf-mute.

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DeafHistory - Looking Back:

Year 1887 - the school for the deaf in Minnesota
changed its name from Minnesota Deaf, Dumb and
Blind Institute to Minnesota Institute for
Defectives. Luckily, it was later on renamed
as Minnesota School for the Deaf and then later
as Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf. 

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Deaf and the Money:

Year 1897 - New Mexico School for the Deaf was closed
for four months.

Why?

The state legislature did not give enough money to keep
the school running!

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

19

"surviving" staff members at California School
for the Deaf at Fremont that started their careers
at the school's previous campus at Berkeley.

The school moved from Berkeley to Fremont in 1980
That was 30 years ago!

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DeafResources

(updated 2/7/10)

Deaf Acronyms
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-acronyms/

for a listing of deaf reference & library resources,
http://deafdigest.com/deafresources/

(examples are listing of elected deaf officials, listing of
deaf Nobel Prize winners, etc; list will be added on a
gradual basis - so do check this site from time to time)

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Selected top deaf sports stories from DeafDigest Sports

- Baseball America's write up on deaf ball player Scott Woodward
http://deafdigest.com/woodward/

- Another Gillies story
http://deafdigest.com/anothergilliesstory/


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position opening
Deaf Services Children's Case Manager
Community Counseling Center
Westbrook, ME (Portland metropolitan area)

Community Counseling Center, a leading nonprofit provider of family
services and behavioral health, is seeking a Case Manager for Deaf
Services Children's Case Management.

The Case Manager will work with children, adolescents and their
families in accordance with agency, community, and program needs in
the Deaf Services Children's Case Management program.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing,
implementing, and monitoring service plans that are tailored to
individual client needs, as well as support increased client and
family functioning, and ensure that each client receives services
that are sensitive to his/her cultural needs.

The successful candidate will support comprehensive and ongoing
coordination of services received from various providers and ensure
effective communication and appropriate service delivery. In addition,
our case managers advocate for and support clients to ensure access
to community services.

The Case Manager will effectively utilize the Agency's electronic
consumer software system.

With roots dating back to 1874, CCC is one of Maine's oldest and most
comprehensive private, nonprofit family service agencies, making a
difference in the lives of more than 6,000 individuals and families
each year.  In addition to providing high quality family, individual
and group therapies to help children, adults and senior citizens from
all incomes and backgrounds, CCC offers a diverse array of programs.

CCC is a member of the Alliance for Children and Families, the
National Council for Community Behavioral Health, and is a United Way
Partner Agency.  The agency is accredited by the National Council on
Accreditation.

The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in Social Work
or a closely related field and a minimum of 1 year experience in
either psychology, behavioral health, social work, special education,
counseling, rehabilitation, or related field.

Candidate must be fluent in American Sign Language.

If interested, please apply by February 28, 2010:

Please submit letter of interest and resume to:

Kimberly Lefebvre
Employment Specialist
Maine Mental Health Partners
123 Andover Road
Westbrook, ME  04092

mailto:recruitment@memhp.org

Fax:  207-761-2388

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position opening
Mental Health - Community Resource Specialist
Family Service Foundation, Inc
position located in Frederick, MD

Mental Health - Community Resource Specialist in Frederick, 
Maryland:

Provide psychiatric rehabilitation services to Deaf and Hard of 
Hearing people with chronic behavioral health challenges in the 
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP).  

Responsibilities are: to teach and assist with groups that address 
rehab needs of the people we serve.  Assist and advocate for those 
on the caseload. 

Hours: 8:00am-4:00pm. 

BA degree or experience in the mental health field. 

Valid driver's license, professional writing skills, ability to 
empower others, person-centered planning skills. 

$12.50/hour with benefits. 

If interested, please contact mailto:aklassen@fsfinc.org

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job announcement
Teacher (High School English/Language Arts)
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position description and application procedures, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/english/

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job announcement
Teacher (Middle School English/Language Arts) 
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position description and application procedures, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/englishmiddle/

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job announcement
Teacher (High School Math)
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position description and application procedures, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/hsmath

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job announcement
Substitute Teacher (Part-Time/Hourly)
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position description and application procedures, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/subteach

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open positions
Deaf Services Center
Glenside, PA

Deaf Services Center (DSC) is a dynamic team of behavioral health
professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults. 
We take great pride that our program is strongly Deaf/HOH centered
with about 85% of our staff being Deaf or Hard of Hearing.  Our staff
environment is one of incredible teamwork and mutual support.  As a
result, we are rapidly growing with new programs and expansions of
our existing programs.  Whether you are a high school graduate,
recent college graduate or have many years experience in the field of
human services we have a career building position waiting for you! 

DSC is looking for dedicated, motivated, energetic individuals who
are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf
Culture and the Deaf Community to fill the following positions:

WE ARE SOON OPENING A NEW PROGRAM 
 

- PROGRAM DIRECTOR: INTENSIVE CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR CHILDREN:
(Full time) This position oversees the case management services for
children who reside in the community. Responsibilities include: day
to day management and supervision of children case management;
coordination of services and programs with other service agencies;
manage program expenses accordingly with budget; provide supervision,
crisis management, training and coordinate scheduling for case
managers; participate in meetings with Deaf Services Center programs
as well as other programming service providers. Qualifications: a
bachelor's degree in sociology, social work, psychology, gerontology,
anthropology, political science, history, criminal justice, theology,
counseling, education, or be a registered nurse and 5 years of mental
health direct care experience preferably in a case management
setting, must have 2 years of supervisory experience. Fluency in
American Sign Language required.


- RESIDENTIAL ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTOR: (Full time requires working
evenings and weekends) This position provides leadership role for our
residential program for Deaf individuals with Mental Retardation
(known as Community Living Arrangement or CLA).  This position
oversees staff and directs client services. Qualifications: One year
experience as a Resident Advisor; OR two years experience in the
human services field working with individuals with developmental
disabilities and/or mental health disorders; valid drivers' license;
advanced fluency in ASL; demonstrated an ability to supervise, teach,
advise and motivate staff members as well as Deaf Consumers; must
possess strong interpersonal skills.  Duties: Provide guidance and
training for staff and support to Deaf consumers with developmental
disabilities living in the community; promote consumers' independence
and social relationships.


- STAFF INTERPRETER: (Full time) Responsibilities include: Interpret
for emergencies (physical and psychiatric), mental health
evaluations, groups, staff meetings and sessions, home visits with
deaf adults and children.  Also interpret for in internal office and
community meetings with both hearing and deaf professional staff.
Must be able to work with a team of hearing and/or deaf interpreters
and be a team player. Qualifications: AA degree with minimum 3 years
of Interpreting experience with Deaf individuals or BA Interpreting
degree with 1 year experience. Knowledge of mental illness and/or
developmental disabilities is a plus. Must be willing to travel
throughout the SE counties and be flexible to do some evenings and
weekends when needed. Current national certification and PA State
Registered through ODHH are preferred.

- BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST: We are seeking a clinical professional with
experience in utilizing the principles of applied behavior analysis;
assessment and evaluation of behavior, and the application of
interventions that result in behavior change.   Strong interpersonal
skills are also essential.  The behavior specialist will be working
with the treatment team to provide supports to clients who are Deaf
or Hard of Hearing, and their families. Must have the ability to
provide clinical supervision/guidance for staff in providing
therapeutic techniques and approaches and assist in treatment
planning process and documentation. Qualifications: Licensed Clinical
Psychologist; Board Certified Behavior Analyst; Certificate in
Applied Behavioral Analysis or Other Master's Level Mental Health
Clinician with documented training in the field of Behavioral
Modification techniques.  Fluency in American Sign Language
preferred, but will consider candidates with an open mindedness to
learning about this population.

- RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS: (various positions available) This position
provides direct client services including encouraging client
independence in areas such as skills in daily living and community
integration.  Qualifications:  HS + 1 year related experience or AA;
valid drivers' license; advanced fluency in ASL; minimum of 2 years
experience with Deaf Community; demonstrated competency in
independent living skills; ability to teach, advise and motivate Deaf
Consumers; strong interpersonal skills.  Duties: Provide supported
living and training to Deaf consumers with mental illness and/or
developmental disabilities living in the community; promote
consumers' independence and social relationships. Positions open for
weekend and evening shifts.


We are anticipating opening a Residential Treatment Facility for Deaf
adolescents early Spring 2010! We are interviewing now.  Please see
below for open positions:


- MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST: (Part time) This position is to provide
clinical support to adolescents and their family members.
Qualifications: Masters in Social Work or Counseling and license
(LCSW or LPC) eligible in the state of Pennsylvania;  ASL fluency and
Deaf Culture sensitivity; knowledge of impact of hearing loss,
assistive technology and needs of persons who are hard of hearing;
ability to work with both adults and children. Responsibilities
include:  Assessment and intervention for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
individuals, families and groups, utilizing a variety of
communication modalities to accommodate the need.  Progress notes,
treatment plans, discharge summaries and other reports as required.

 
- RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS: (various positions available) This position
provides direct client services to adolescents in areas such as daily
living and community integration.  Qualifications:  HS + 3 year
related experience or AA degree; valid drivers' license; advanced
fluency in ASL; minimum of 2 years experience required with Deaf
Community working with children or adolescents; demonstrated
competency in independent living skills; ability to teach, advise and
motivate Deaf Consumers; strong interpersonal skills.  Duties:
Provide supported living and training to teenage Deaf consumers with
mental illness and/or developmental disabilities living in the
community; promote consumers' growth, goals and social relationships.
Positions require some weekend and evening shifts.


Come be a part of our exciting growing professional TEAM!

Send your letter of intent and resumes to:

Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
Deaf Services Center
614 N. Easton Road, 
Glenside, PA 19038

Email: mailto:lclaypool@salisb.com 
or Fax: 215-884-6301                             

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Assist deaf DD Ddults
Jacksonville, IL

http://deafdigest.com/jobse/

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Speech Language pathologist
Wauwatosa, WI

http://deafdigest.com/jobsf/

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Interpreter
Andover, MA

http://deafdigest.com/jobsg/

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Interpreter & Coordinator
Knoxville, TN

http://deafdigest.com/jobsh/

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(updated February 7th)

- EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD !! -

- Job Developer/Interpreter - Crenshaw, CA

- Community Interpreter - Los Angeles, CA


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

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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and local litigations involving defective medicines and medical
devices.  Our law firm is expanding its litigation against Advanced
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Some of the firm’s clients have suffered multiple implant surgeries
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If you or your child has been implanted with a defective cochlear
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Hot Deaf News during the week:

– Hot Newspaper stories during the week:

Teaching the police to deal with the deaf
http://deafdigest.com/teachingthepolice/

Late-deafened military officer refusing his disability pension
http://deafdigest.com/disabilitypensionrefusal/

– Very Hot News

If SightCine has its way, we, the deaf will be able to watch
movie subtitles in different languages, English included.
That start-up company refused to disclose the amount of
seed money it got from investors. Movie-goers would wear
special glasses to watch subtitles of their choice of
language. These subtitles, however, would be invisible
to those that do not wear special glasses.

– Thursday January 28th

Are you happy with the services the IRS have been giving
the deaf? If you are, fine; if you are not, then
IRS wants to know more about it. Were you happy or
unhappy with attempts to reach IRS, with TTY messages,
with the videophone, etc? How did the IRS treat your
relay operators? How long did you have to wait to
reach IRS? Did the IRS answers satisfy you?
Do email Jean Bell at mailtojean.bell@tigta.treas.gov

– Friday January 29th

Many deaf drivers drive over the Petty Island from either
the Benjamin Franklin Bridge or the Betsy Ross Bridge unaware
that the island is deaf-related.
This island sits on the Delaware River between Philadelphia,
PA and Camden, NJ.
What about it? Well, Ralston Laird moved his family to the island
and lived on it for about 60 years. Ralston is not deaf, but four of
his daughters were deaf. And there is talk of dedicating the island
to the memory of these deaf sisters.
There is a complication; Venezuela, because of its oil dealings
in the area, owns the island. Hugh Chavez, who hates USA, has
talked about giving away the island to the state of New Jersey.

– Saturday January 30th

Because of video relay issues, the FCC has withheld payment
on these relay providers on some relay calls. In fact FCC
has been holding the money bag since July! 
The concern is that some providers, denied payments, may
cease video relay calls.
DeafDigest hopes there will be a quick solution to this
mess. Directly involved is the National Exchange Carriers
Association (NECA).

(please go back to the Blue edition for the Sunday-Wednesday
Hot Deaf News)

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Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

A new book, hitting the bookstores, has a main deaf
character. The book is “Moon Craving” that is written by
Lucy Monroe. It is for those that enjoy reading about
werewolf tales. The character Abigail is deaf and she
married Talorc, a werewolf, and they have marital issues.

..

sComm, engineer and manufacturer of the UbiDuo,  is
looking for a experienced Sales Account Manager.

Qualified candidate must have demonstrated knowledge and
background with implementing effective sales strategies and
territory management.
This position requires extensive monthly travel that includes
working at the sComm booth of national and regional conferences
as well as face to face sales presentations with key
customers.

Experience with assistive devices and Deaf and Hard of Hearing
culture a plus.

If you are independent and goal oriented please contact John Effinger
at mailto:jeffinger@scommonline.com or 951-202-9884.

For more information about sComm visit http://www.scommonline.com

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SCHOOLS FOR THE DEAF IN AFRICA
Andrew Foster, a famous deaf man, established 31
schools for the deaf and 2 centers for the deaf
in Africa. He died in 1987 in a plane crash.
Anyway, one of these former students of a
school for the deaf in Africa, said that his
school had a few hearing students!
Hearing students in a school for the deaf in
Africa! Why?
Good question.

– for ASL News version, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/africanschools/

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The University of Tennessee Rehabilitation Counseling Program
is seeking Master’s students to apply for the Deafness
Concentration. 

****Funding is available in the form of RSA Traineeships.****

Students in the Deafness Concentration will pursue 48-hours of
coursework in rehabilitation counseling and are also expected
to fulfill the following requirements:

1) Completion of the non-credit Orientation to Deafness (OTD)
program offered in summer term by the UT Center on Deafness. 

2) Demonstration of American Sign Language (ASL) skills at an
Intermediate level or above on the Sign Language Proficiency
Interview (SLPI) prior to graduation.

3) Completion of all practicum, internship, external course
writing assignments, and independent research in settings or
topics related to persons who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Students are admitted to the on-campus program each fall and
complete the program in approximately 16 months. 

Distance Education students are admitted every other year
(with the next cohort beginning in August, 2010)
and complete the program in two years.

The application deadline is April 15. 

Admission decisions are made by May 15.

A number of RSA Traineeships are available to students.

Patrick L. Dunn, Ph.D., CRC
Associate Professor, Counselor Education
Coordinator, Rehabilitation Counseling Program
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
A523 Bailey Education Complex
Knoxville, TN  37996

Phone:  (865) 974-8013
Email: mailto:pdunn4@utk.edu

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POLITICAL FUND RAISING
People who want to run for political offices must
raise a lot of money to pay for political ads on
TV, radio, newspapers and to pay for campaign workers,
etc.
Famous hearing politicians have fund raising events
where they can raise money for them to run for
governor or senator or even president.
We have many deaf people that tried to run for a
political office but have lost – they have tried
to raise funds but only got very little money.
One person, not deaf, was able to raise one
million dollars to run for governor in one state.
That person did not host fund raising events. How?
The money was raised on-line via internet donations.
This is a hint for our future deaf politicians!

– for ASL News version, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/fundraising/

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

A DEAF VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER IN FLORIDA
We have a number of volunteer firefighters that
are deaf everywhere in USA.
The most notable one is Mark Kite who is the
Fire Chief of the Yukon Volunteer Fire Department
near Pittsburgh, PA. His story is at:
http://deafdigest.com/kite/
Anyway John Buccieri became a volunteer firefighter in
Marion County (Florida) in 2008. His goal is to become
a full time professional firefighter.
He is aware of discrimination against deaf firemen
but is going to fight these discriminatory regulations.

A JOB DESCRIPTION
A deaf advocate for a deaf service agency has a job
description that says:

travel to small towns to locate deaf residents and establish
communications with them

DeafDigest editor remembers, way back in the seventies, when
he and a friend visited the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown,
New York. He and the friend entered a restaurant and sat down
for a meal.
Word got around, and all of a sudden a lonely deaf man
entered the restaurant and joined the company, just for
conversation. He introduced himself as a graduate of New
York State School for the Deaf, Rome, NY and has been steadily,
but lonely, employed in a Cooperstown business place.

THE DEAF AND THE NOTES
Many banks are nervous because of robbers that
hand notes to the tellers telling them it is a
robbery.
A deaf person may innocently hand in a note,
thus making a teller nervous and jumpy.
To prevent this from happening, just tell
the teller first that you are deaf. And when
the teller acknowledges it, then do hand in
the note.

DOMINOES AND THE DEAF
Dominoes is a game popular in many parts of the
world.
Do deaf people play dominoes? DeafDigest assumes
they do, even though he has never seen them playing
that game.
Anyway it was interesting to see a deafyahoo group
posting, announcing a deaf domino championship
event in Miami, Florida.
Deaf Dominoes, anyone?

OUR ORGANIZATIONS SERVING THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
We have many, many organizations, both national and
local, that serve deaf and hard of hearing people.
One such organization is:

Conference of Educational Adminstrators of Schools and
Programs for the Deaf

For the organization goals and objectives and its web site, click on:

http://deafdigest.com/ceasd/

ROCHESTER SCHOOL’S CANCER AWARENESS WEEK
To raise awareness regarding cancer, staff and students
at Rochester School for the Deaf successfully raised over
$3,000.
They collected money in person, sold snacks and
during the Coaches vs. Cancer basketball game with
St Mary’s School for the Deaf.
Said a proud administrator

This is truly giving from the heart

AN EXCUSE FOR NOT WEARING A HEARING AID

forgot to put it on this morning

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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?

he knows how to perform sign language

huh! To perform is to act on a stage in front
of audience. The more appropriate phrase
would be this:

he knows sign language

or

he uses sign language

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Eastern Canada (Canadian Maritimes) & Fall Foliage Tour

Tour leaves from and returns to Boston, MA
12-days, September 18-September 29, 2010

For more info contact:
Joy Carney
mailto:joyfulcarney@comcast.net
302-436-5384 (FAX)

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Berrigan’s Tax and Bookkeeping Service

If you are looking for someone with tax and bookkeeping background
who is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) to provide bookkeeping
& tax service for your personal, business or organization, I can
provide the service.

My bookkeeping service can be customized in any way to meet your
financial needs and goals. It includes general bookkeeping, taxes,
payroll, financial reporting, training and much more. To have accurate
financial information will empower you to make wise and more accurate
financial decisions.

My tax service provides you with the preparation of individual
federal and state tax returns and to answer questions that will help you
get a better understanding of how the adjustments, deductions or credits
may affect your tax situations in other possible ways.

My firm is based on professionalism and confidentiality with a
guarantee of complete satisfaction. Please feel free to contact me to
make an appointment. Thank you.

Terence Berrigan

Berrigan’s Tax & Bookkeeping Service
Web Page: http://www.berrigans-taxbookkeeping.com
VP: (866) 669-9616
Pager: mailto:TBerrigan@sprint.blackberry.net
Email: mailto:Terry@berrigans-taxbookkeeping.com

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Interpreters and ASL & ITP Students and Teachers Deserve More from
a Conference

Hi … We are the 31st World’s Largest Silent Weekend

The venue for the June 24-27, 2010 event will handle 700-1000
participants and include a medical interpreting track. Novice,
beginning, intermediate and advanced ASL and ITP students, as
well as interpreters (CEUs offered) will have around 150 hours
of seminars to choose from.

The 31st Silent Weekend is at the Florida Hotel at the Florida
Mall in Orlando with its huge food court allowing you to have
a complete meal for $5.99 instead of paying $20-30 at other
conferences’ hotel prices.  The room costs are even lower
next year … just $105 with free parking and unlimited free
internet!

Students, teachers and interpreters seeking to improve their
skills can bring family members and they can take novice sign
language classes!  Many of our current interpreters started out
as novice ASL students at the Silent Weekend!

There are simply no other local, regional or national conferences
offering you so many hours of classes as inexpensively as the
Silent Weekends. Just check them out and register at
http://www.DrSign.com

Sign language DVDs are available online at
http://www.DrSign.com

A DVD “When ‘Duck’ is not Enough”
to show you how to represent inanimate objects is now available

Join us for the 9th Florida/Alaska Motorcycle Benefit Run to help
deaf babies!  This is the world’s longest group motorcycle benefit
run.  Some people are planning to fly to Calgary, Alberta and rent
cars and follow us to and from Alaska and enjoy bed and breakfast
inns!

See http://www.AlaskaBikeRun.com for updates and photos.

These trips will take place every year so why not make plans
to join us now in July 17, 2010?

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

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

India just cannot make up its mind regarding the deaf
that want to drive cars. First the government said the
deaf could drive; then the government said the deaf
cannot drive. And now this – the government is
considering allowing the deaf to drive. Pushing the
government is the directive from the courts saying
the deaf deserve drivers’ license. The government
is being tugged in two directions – by those that
want the deaf to drive and by those that do not
want deaf drivers.

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Deaf Picture of the Week:

Luis Enrique Erro
deaf astronomer, Mexico
(January 7, 1897 – January 18, 1955)

honored with a postage stamp which is at:
http://deafdigest.com/erro/

it shows him with his hearing aid

the extent of his hearing loss was not known – was he
deaf all his life or was he late-deafened?

DeafDigest thanks Kenneth S. Rothschild for this
piece of information

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Question of the week:

Q. Do we have deaf attorneys that argue cases in
the courtroom?

A. Yes. They either use interpreters or CART to
state their cases.

send your questions to mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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

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Wish List of the Week:

While we have a few deaf-owned wineries in Italy,
we wish we have some deaf-owned wineries in USA.

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DeafHistory – Looking Back:

Year 1988 – the Department of Veterans Affairs
selected 120 late-deafened veterans to be
implanted. It paved the way for the upsurge
in CIs in years to come.

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Deaf and the Money:

Soldiers in India that become deaf are entitled to a
disability pension which is 20 per cent to 200 per cent
above the regular pension plus being exempt from
paying income taxes

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

26

nations in the world that do not allow the deaf to drive!

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DeafResources

(updated 1/31/10)

Johnnie Ray, famous deaf singer, 1950’s through 1980’s

for a listing of deaf reference & library resources,
http://deafdigest.com/deafresources/

(examples are listing of elected deaf officials, listing of
deaf Nobel Prize winners, etc; list will be added on a
gradual basis – so do check this site from time to time)

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Selected top deaf sports stories from DeafDigest Sports

A write up on Phillies’ deaf prospect Gillies
http://deafdigest.com/gillies/

Hamill to resume training
http://deafdigest.com/hamilltraining/

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

it is not available online, only by email

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position opening
Mental Health – Community Resource Specialist
Family Service Foundation, Inc
position located in Frederick, MD

Mental Health – Community Resource Specialist in Frederick,
Maryland:

Provide psychiatric rehabilitation services to Deaf and Hard of
Hearing people with chronic behavioral health challenges in the
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP). 

Responsibilities are: to teach and assist with groups that address
rehab needs of the people we serve.  Assist and advocate for those
on the caseload.

Hours: 8:00am-4:00pm.

BA degree or experience in the mental health field.

Valid driver’s license, professional writing skills, ability to
empower others, person-centered planning skills.

$12.50/hour with benefits.

If interested, please contact mailto:aklassen@fsfinc.org

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Faculty position announcement
undergraduate psychology
Gallaudet University
Washington, DC

The Psychology Department at Gallaudet University is recruiting for a
faculty position in undergraduate psychology.

The position description and  application information can be found at
http://gallaudet.edu/af/jobs/

For  additional information about these positions, contact Dr. Irene
W. Leigh,  Department Chair, at mailto:irene.leigh@gallaudet.edu

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job announcement
Teacher (High School English/Language Arts)
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position description and application procedures, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/english/

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job announcement
Teacher (Middle School English/Language Arts)
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position description and application procedures, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/englishmiddle/

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job announcement
Teacher (High School Math)
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position description and application procedures, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/hsmath

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job announcement
Substitute Teacher (Part-Time/Hourly)
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position description and application procedures, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/subteach

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Job Opening
Outreach Coordinator
Hamilton Relay, Inc
Salt Lake City area, Utah

Hamilton Relay, Inc. currently has a full-time position open for
Outreach Coordinator – Utah

Location:  Salt Lake City area

Position summary:  This full-time position is responsible for
coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote
Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) and Captioned Telephone Relay
Service (CapTel®) for Relay Utah. 

Preferred education, experience and skills:
– Direct work experience with Telecommunication Relay Service or
knowledge of Captioned Telephone Relay Services is helpful

– Experience in public relations activities

– Knowledge of and ability to understand various communication modes
used by current and potential relay users

– Knowledge of American Sign Language is preferred

– Strong written, analytical and interpersonal skills

– Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines

– Hold a valid driver’s license

– Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing are encouraged to
apply

Interested individuals may send inquiries and/or resumes to
http://www.hamilton.net/employment.html to the attention of
Cindy Blase in the Human Resource Department by January 27, 2010

Hamilton Relay is an equal opportunity employer and does not
discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age,
national origin or disability.

Hamilton Relay, Inc. is a division of Hamilton Telecommunications
based in Aurora, NE.  Hamilton offers a competitive wage. 

Contact our HR Dept. at: 800.821.1831 or at:
http://www.hamilton.net/employment.html

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position openings
– School Psychologist, School for the Deaf
– Teachers (all core content areas)
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
Colorado Springs, CO

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), located in
Colorado Springs at the foot of the beautiful Rocky Mountains,
invites you to consider our employment opportunities. 

Applications are being accepted for current and anticipated
vacancies for the 2010/11 School Year, including:

– School Psychologist, School for the Deaf

– All core content areas: (Elementary Education;
English/Language Arts; Science; Math; Social Studies)

Please visit CSDB’s website at:
http://www.csdb.org

where the official job announcement(s) may be found under
Non-Classified Employment.  Positions are open until filled. 

Salary based on appropriate education and experience.  Excellent
benefits.

Interviews to be conducted on-site at CSDB.

Interested persons are invited to send a letter of interest, current
resume, completed Employment Application (including salary history
and references), recent letters of recommendation, copies of
transcripts, and a copy of current teacher certification or special
services certification to:

ATTENTION:  Chelle Lutz, Human Resources Office
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
33 North Institute Street
Colorado Springs, CO  80903

(719) 578-2114 (phone)
(719) 578-2239 (fax)
E-mail:  mailto:clutz@csdb.org

CSDB is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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position opening
Jr. Video Production Specialist
Purple
Rocklin, CA

Reports to:    Sr. Director of Marketing Communications
Department:    Marketing Communications
FLSA Status:    Hourly, Non-Exempt
Location:      Rocklin, CA

for position description and application procedures,
please click on:

http://deafdigest.com/purple-job/

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open positions
Deaf Services Center
Glenside, PA

Deaf Services Center (DSC) is a dynamic team of behavioral health
professionals serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults.
We take great pride that our program is strongly Deaf/HOH centered
with about 85% of our staff being Deaf or Hard of Hearing.  Our staff
environment is one of incredible teamwork and mutual support.  As a
result, we are rapidly growing with new programs and expansions of
our existing programs.  Whether you are a high school graduate,
recent college graduate or have many years experience in the field of
human services we have a career building position waiting for you!

DSC is looking for dedicated, motivated, energetic individuals who
are fluent in American Sign Language and knowledgeable about Deaf
Culture and the Deaf Community to fill the following positions:

WE ARE SOON OPENING A NEW PROGRAM

– PROGRAM DIRECTOR: INTENSIVE CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR CHILDREN:
(Full time) This position oversees the case management services for
children who reside in the community. Responsibilities include: day
to day management and supervision of children case management;
coordination of services and programs with other service agencies;
manage program expenses accordingly with budget; provide supervision,
crisis management, training and coordinate scheduling for case
managers; participate in meetings with Deaf Services Center programs
as well as other programming service providers. Qualifications: a
bachelor’s degree in sociology, social work, psychology, gerontology,
anthropology, political science, history, criminal justice, theology,
counseling, education, or be a registered nurse and 5 years of mental
health direct care experience preferably in a case management
setting, must have 2 years of supervisory experience. Fluency in
American Sign Language required.

– RESIDENTIAL ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTOR: (Full time requires working
evenings and weekends) This position provides leadership role for our
residential program for Deaf individuals with Mental Retardation
(known as Community Living Arrangement or CLA).  This position
oversees staff and directs client services. Qualifications: One year
experience as a Resident Advisor; OR two years experience in the
human services field working with individuals with developmental
disabilities and/or mental health disorders; valid drivers’ license;
advanced fluency in ASL; demonstrated an ability to supervise, teach,
advise and motivate staff members as well as Deaf Consumers; must
possess strong interpersonal skills.  Duties: Provide guidance and
training for staff and support to Deaf consumers with developmental
disabilities living in the community; promote consumers’ independence
and social relationships.

– STAFF INTERPRETER: (Full time) Responsibilities include: Interpret
for emergencies (physical and psychiatric), mental health
evaluations, groups, staff meetings and sessions, home visits with
deaf adults and children.  Also interpret for in internal office and
community meetings with both hearing and deaf professional staff.
Must be able to work with a team of hearing and/or deaf interpreters
and be a team player. Qualifications: AA degree with minimum 3 years
of Interpreting experience with Deaf individuals or BA Interpreting
degree with 1 year experience. Knowledge of mental illness and/or
developmental disabilities is a plus. Must be willing to travel
throughout the SE counties and be flexible to do some evenings and
weekends when needed. Current national certification and PA State
Registered through ODHH are preferred.

– BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST: We are seeking a clinical professional with
experience in utilizing the principles of applied behavior analysis;
assessment and evaluation of behavior, and the application of
interventions that result in behavior change.  Strong interpersonal
skills are also essential.  The behavior specialist will be working
with the treatment team to provide supports to clients who are Deaf
or Hard of Hearing, and their families. Must have the ability to
provide clinical supervision/guidance for staff in providing
therapeutic techniques and approaches and assist in treatment
planning process and documentation. Qualifications: Licensed Clinical
Psychologist; Board Certified Behavior Analyst; Certificate in
Applied Behavioral Analysis or Other Master’s Level Mental Health
Clinician with documented training in the field of Behavioral
Modification techniques.  Fluency in American Sign Language
preferred, but will consider candidates with an open mindedness to
learning about this population.

– RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS: (various positions available) This position
provides direct client services including encouraging client
independence in areas such as skills in daily living and community
integration.  Qualifications:  HS + 1 year related experience or AA;
valid drivers’ license; advanced fluency in ASL; minimum of 2 years
experience with Deaf Community; demonstrated competency in
independent living skills; ability to teach, advise and motivate Deaf
Consumers; strong interpersonal skills.  Duties: Provide supported
living and training to Deaf consumers with mental illness and/or
developmental disabilities living in the community; promote
consumers’ independence and social relationships. Positions open for
weekend and evening shifts.

We are anticipating opening a Residential Treatment Facility for Deaf
adolescents early Spring 2010! We are interviewing now.  Please see
below for open positions:

– MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST: (Part time) This position is to provide
clinical support to adolescents and their family members.
Qualifications: Masters in Social Work or Counseling and license
(LCSW or LPC) eligible in the state of Pennsylvania;  ASL fluency and
Deaf Culture sensitivity; knowledge of impact of hearing loss,
assistive technology and needs of persons who are hard of hearing;
ability to work with both adults and children. Responsibilities
include:  Assessment and intervention for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
individuals, families and groups, utilizing a variety of
communication modalities to accommodate the need.  Progress notes,
treatment plans, discharge summaries and other reports as required.

– RESIDENTIAL COUNSELORS: (various positions available) This position
provides direct client services to adolescents in areas such as daily
living and community integration.  Qualifications:  HS + 3 year
related experience or AA degree; valid drivers’ license; advanced
fluency in ASL; minimum of 2 years experience required with Deaf
Community working with children or adolescents; demonstrated
competency in independent living skills; ability to teach, advise and
motivate Deaf Consumers; strong interpersonal skills.  Duties:
Provide supported living and training to teenage Deaf consumers with
mental illness and/or developmental disabilities living in the
community; promote consumers’ growth, goals and social relationships.
Positions require some weekend and evening shifts.

Come be a part of our exciting growing professional TEAM!

Send your letter of intent and resumes to:

Linda Claypool, Office Manager/HR
Deaf Services Center
614 N. Easton Road,
Glenside, PA 19038

Email: mailto:lclaypool@salisb.com
or Fax: 215-884-6301                           

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position opening
Clinical Instructor of American Sign Language
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI

School of Education
Department of Exceptional Education

Clinical Instructor of American Sign Language

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee seeks an Instructor to join our
American Sign Language Studies Program in School of Education’s
Department of Exceptional Education.  Minimum requirements of this
position are a Masters degree in a related field of study, at least
3 years ASL teaching experience at the secondary/post secondary level,
American Sign Language Teacher Association Certification, native or
near-native competency in American Sign Language, knowledge of
American Sign Language linguistics, Deaf history and Deaf culture. 

This is a 12 month probationary appointment. Salary is commensurate
with experience. 

To apply, visit:
http://www.jobs.uwm.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=51121

A completed application will include letter of application,
vita/resume, transcripts, a list of three references.  Additionally,
submit name and email of individual who has supervised you and can
evaluate your teaching.

We will email this individual a teaching evaluation form upon receipt
of all application materials. The following documents must be submitted
online.

Dr. Amy Otis-Wilborn, Chair, Search and Screen Committee, School of
Education, Department of Exceptional Education, University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee, P.O. Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201. Review of
applications will begin January 30th, 2010 and will continue until
position is filled.  The position start date is August 1, 2010.

Employment will require a criminal background check.  The University of
Wisconsin- Milwaukee is an affirmative action, equal employment
opportunity employer. 

For UWM’s Campus Security Report, which includes statistics about reported
crimes and information about campus security policies, see
http://www.cleryact.uwm.edu or call the Office of Student Life at
414-229-4632 to request a paper copy.

The Department of Exceptional Education offers a full range of
Deafness related programs including:

–  ASL courses to meet university foreign language requirements
– Major and Minor areas of study in American Sign Language Studies
– Interpreter Training,
– ASL Teacher Certification
– Teacher Certification in Deaf/Hard of Hearing

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position announcement
American Sign Language/Deaf Studies Instructor (Fall 2010) 
College of Southern Nevada
Las Vegas metropolitan area

College of Southern Nevada recognizes that embracing diversity maximizes
faculty and staff contribution to our goals and provides the best
opportunity for student achievement. CSN is an equal
opportunity/affirmative action employer. CSN is responsive to serving the
educational needs of a diverse and ever-changing community.
CSN employs only U.S. citizens and aliens authorized to work in the U.S.
AA/EOE/ADA. 

Job description:
1. Teach ASL courses (all levels)

2. Teach courses within the Deaf Studies Program degree including Deaf
Culture, Deaf History, Structure of ASL, and new courses that might be
added to the existing program.

3. Develop syllabi, course outlines, curriculum, assessment plans and
reports for all courses.

4. Evaluate student outcomes

5. Assess students’ language competency levels.

6. Provide student advisement and recruitment services

7. Participate in program/division meetings

8. Serve on department and college committees

9. Travel to multi campus locations possibly on a day, evening or weekend
schedule

10. Mentor adjunct faculty within the Deaf Studies Unit 

Note: Application review will begin on January 16, 2010. For full
consideration, all application materials must be received no later than
January 15, 2010.

Required qualifications:
1. Bachelor’s Degree: preferably in Deafness and/or ASL from a regionally
accredited College or University.

2. ASLTA qualifications 

Preferred qualifications:
1. Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited College or University:
preferably in Deaf Studies/ASL or a related field

2. A minimum of 2 years of experience in a post-secondary setting.

3. ASLTA certification or RID certification

4. Additional Skills: experience with interactive lab instruction;
experience with technology specific to Deaf individuals.

Quick link:
http://jobs.csn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=51296

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Itinerant teacher
Boulder/Fort Collins, Colorado

http://deafdigest.com/jobs-2/

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school interpreter
Mount Pleasant, Texas

http://deafdigest.com/jobs4/

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(updated January 31st)

– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD !! –

– Job Developer/Interpreter – Crenshaw, CA

– Community Interpreter – Los Angeles, CA

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

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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– Dedication

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Robert Sheak, Buffalo, NY
who departed us. His claim to fame was that he was a member
of the pioneering Buffalo Club for the Deaf basketball team
that won the first national deaf basketball tournament that
took place at Akron, Ohio in 1945. This begs the question –
are there other surviving deaf basketball players that took
part at the 1945 national deaf tournament?

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Betty Jean Battle,
Knoxville, TN, who departed us. She heavily involved herself
with the Knoxville deaf community over the years. Name a
single committee or a single board of directors or a single
community event, the chances were high that she was involved.
The high point was being the finalist for the 2008 Volunteer
Community Service Award by the YWCA.

– Hot Newspaper stories during the week:

a successful deafblind entrepreneur
http://deafdigest.com/dbentrepreneur/

Guide to Flying for the Hearing-Impaired
http://deafdigest.com/flying/

– Very Hot News

The late Douglas Burke founded the SouthWest Collegiate
Institute for the Deaf. It was his dream and his vision.
He shared his vision during the early eighties with
DeafDigest editor, whom at that time, was the TDI executive
director.
The SWCID, in paying homage to Burke’s efforts, has
named the administration building, The Douglas Burke Education
and Administration Building. It was part of the SWCID 30 year
anniversary celebrations.

– Sunday January 24th

Devices come and go – today’s hot device becomes
tomorrow’s old fashioned device. Would the next
hot device for the deaf be the Visual Sound?
Details are sketchy but it has something to do
with a touch-screen portable device that the
user taps on, and it is converted to voices for
the benefit of hearing users on the other end
of the line. It is supposed to be an alternative
to back and forth text messaging.

– Monday January 25th

Gerald “Bummy Burstein” will be honored for his
“lifetime” service to California School for the
Deaf at Riverside. Not quite lifetime because
he served for a considerable number of years
at Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf before
relocating to Riverside. Anyway, the ceremony
takes place on February 4th as a way to thank
him for his great donation to The Community
Foundation. This will enable students to take
on future leadership activities.

– Tuesday January 26th

We often run to the 7-Eleven for a quickie
convenience purchase. We never stop to think if
7-Eleven is deaf friendly. Many of these
7-Eleven clerks are immigrants with English-
speaking problems, and we use gestures when
we need to communicate with them. And now
this – the FCC has scolded 7-Eleven for not
being “deaf friendly.” Not deaf friendly?
It has something to do with their cellphones
and pre-paid minutes not being deaf friendly!
7-Eleven is saying they are just a vendor and
not a manufacturer and therefore should not
be slapped with a citation. Stay tuned!

– Wednesday January 27th

The battle was won in South Dakota but the war
is not over. The issue is to keep open or to
close the South Dakota School for the Deaf.
The governor wants it closed; the parents
want it open. The senate education committee
killed the bill that was to close the
school. The bill’s sponsor, however, said that
the parties have come up with an education
plan that makes the bill unnecessary. What
is that supposed to mean? Just stay tuned.

(Thursday-Saturday Hot Deaf News will be in the Gold edition)

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Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

The school for the deaf at Siteki, Swaziland, recently
enrolled a new deaf student in its pre-school class one
(sort of kindergarten). That new student is 18 years
old! He was placed at this level because he never went
to school in his life and had to start anew!

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This position requires extensive monthly travel that includes
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Experience with assistive devices and Deaf and Hard of Hearing
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If you are independent and goal oriented please contact John Effinger
at mailto:jeffinger@scommonline.com or 951-202-9884.

For more information about sComm visit http://www.scommonline.com

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THE SUPER BOWL AND THE DEAF SUPER BOWL
The Super Bowl is coming up next week. It is the most
important event for football fans and for advertisers
that advertise on TV (with captions, we hope).
What is the Deaf Super Bowl? It is the NAD Conference,
every two years.
Why? Because deaf vendors and deaf businesses show
their most important products and services at the NAD
Conference exhibit booths!
The Super Bowl and the Deaf Super Bowl – same thing!

– for ASL News version, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/comics/superbowlevent/

(for your convenience, video links are posted on top
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Do you see yourself as a rehabilitation counselor with clients
who have a disability or who are Deaf or hard of hearing?

Are you a bright and motivated student who wants a M.S. degree?
Would a scholarship help make this dream come true?*

Western Oregon University’s Rehabilitation Counselor Education
program prepares Master’s level counselors to work with clients
who have disabilities or who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

The program includes two cohorts:

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2) rehabilitation with a Deaf and hard of hearing focus (RCD).

These two cohorts take most of their classes together throughout
the two year program. The need for qualified rehabilitation
counselors is at an all time high.

Graduates from this program find employment in such professional
areas as state vocational rehabilitation, community mental health,
and other partnering agencies.

The placement rate nation-wide for recent graduates is 96 – 100%.

A Bachelor’s (B.S. or B.A.) degree is required of all who apply to
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Applicants to the RCD option must also be proficient in American Sign
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Individuals who have a disability, who are Deaf, hard of hearing, deaf
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strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants are being accepted now for the Fall, 2010 school year.

Note: RCD applicants who are residents of WICHE states will be charged
tuition at Oregon resident student rates.  Those states include Alaska,
Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico,
North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

For more information and application materials visit:

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and click on Rehabilitation Counselor Education.

You may also contact:
Julia Smith, Ph.D., CRC, LPC
Coordinator
Rehabilitation Counselor Education
Western Oregon University
Monmouth, OR 97361

mailto:RCEInfo@wou.edu

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HEARING AND DEAF BEAUTY PAGEANTS
Do we have too many hearing beauty pageants?
We have Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International, etc.
Too many? Good question, but it is the same thing
with the deaf!
We have Miss Deaf International, Miss Deaf World,
Miss Deaf Pageant, etc.
Confusing with hearing? Yes. Confusing with deaf,
of course, yes!

– for ASL News version, please click on:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/pageants/

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

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN A SMALL TOWN
All towns and cities have their own Chambers of Commerce.
Objective is to promote businesses in their towns via
networking and contacts.
Do Chambers of Commerce promote the needs of deaf-owned
businesses?
This question was asked of a small town (30,000 population)
Chamber of Commerce. The response was this:

– they do not have a plan to help deaf owned businesses

– they have never faced a situation where a deaf person wanted to
start a business in their town

– they would help deaf owned businesses if asked

– the small town deaf community and the chamber of commerce both
do not communicate

We do have a Chamber of Commerce, sort of – but it is national
in scope. And DeafDigest thinks most deaf-owned businesses never
heard of it.
It is the National Deaf Business Institute.

THE DEAF IN THE FITNESS BUSINESS
We watch all these fitness TV shows and “lose weight”
TV shows. And sometimes we wonder if we have deaf individuals
in the fitness instructor field?
DeafDigest editor knows of a few of them. Are they steadily
employed and earning a comfortable living, DeafDigest does
not know. Two of them were former Gallaudet football players.
But what about deaf-owned fitness centers? There is one –
in Vaughan, Ontario. The owner, Rick Evans, is quite deaf but
uses his CI to communicate with his fitness clients. He, however,
does not know sign language.

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A DEAF CONVENTION IN MARYLAND AND IN FLORIDA
DeafDigest editor had an interesting discussion
with a deaf Maryland leader.
The leader said that for a deaf convention in
Florida, it is easy to get volunteers whereas
it was much harder to get volunteers in Maryland.
The reason is that many deaf people in Florida
are retired with plenty of time on their hands.
In Maryland, however, many deaf people are employed
and thusly have less free time.

THE FIRST DEAF PERSON TO LEAD A COLLEGE
Who was the first deaf person to lead a higher
educational program for the deaf? Of course, it
was King Jordan at Gallaudet. Wrong!
It was Doug Burke, who led the SouthWest Collegiate
Institute for the Deaf. Yes, Jordan was the first
deaf president of Gallaudet University.
Burke only led the college for a short time.

A QUESTION ABOUT VIDEO RELAY THAT YOU WERE AFRAID TO ASK

Q. We read a lot about these relay scams. What does
DeafDigest has to say about these scams?

A. The relay services, the hearing merchants and the
deaf customers are more aware and have been more
careful in relay communications.

WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

after taking the deaf student to the school library,
a hearing student would ask:

do you read these books to him?

the interpreter would respond:
No; he reads these books himself

The hearing student’s response was:
I didn’t know deaf people could read!

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

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

When people see me providing CART services, I am frequently asked how
someone becomes a CART provider or realtime captioner and how long it
takes.

CART providers and realtime captioners use the same basic skills as
court reporters, so you would attend a school that teaches court
reporting.  The National Court Reporters Association has a list of
NCRA certified schools and participating programs.  You can get that
information on their website at www.ncraonline.org.

As far as how long it will take you to get through court reporting
school, that is a more difficult question to answer.  Every person is
different.  First you will learn the shorthand theory, and then you
will spend time building your speed.  It is essentially up to you how
long it will take.  It may take between two to five years, depending
on what school you attend.

The programs in the schools are set up so that you must pass one
speed to progress to the next higher speed.  For example, you must
pass tests at 100 words a minute in order to progress to the next
class at 120 words per minute.  If that takes you six weeks or six
months, it is totally up to you.  Most schools require that you pass
tests at 225 words a minute in order to complete your training.

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I THOUGHT THE DEAF COULD…….

tolerate “free interpreting” services by volunteer but
unqualified interpreters

the analogy is – would a person in need of medical services
attend an illegal clinic operated by a medical school
flunk out?

when a hearing person never meets a deaf person in his life
his knowledge of the deaf are often wrong

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We have been renovating residential homes in the metro area.

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http://www.healthbridges.info announcement

HEALTH AND ADVOCACY INFORMATION
FOR PERSON WHO ARE DEAF, DEAF-BLIND, AND HARD OF HEARING:

Persons who are Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing are
grossly underserved by both the physical health and the
behavioral health care system.

In many  cases, the patient as well as the health care
provider who may provide service to them, is unaware of
laws that mandate the provision of accommodations in the
health care setting so that all persons have equal access
to health related information.

A new web site called http://www.healthbridges.info
was created by people who are Deaf, DeafBlind and hard
of hearing.

Features Include:

*  An Accommodation card for you to print and carry that you can
make for yourself that tells health care providers where to call
for an interpreter in case of emergency

*  Live videos about hospital accommodations

*  Wellness topics that change each month

*  Links to information about counseling services

*  Resources and valuable links about how to find important
information about emotional and substance abuse topics

Please visit the site and let us know about topics that you
want to learn more about.

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services scolded the
Florida Department of Children and Families for not providing
interpreters for deaf clients in need of services. As a result
the Florida agency agreed to comply with the directive.

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The Deaf and the Law

Location:
Ohio

Case:
A deaf man, summoned for jury duty, wanted to serve, but
the court officials, upon learning of his deafness,
gave him the run around, playing waiting games with him.
They said interpreters cannot work in the jury room
because of confidentiality concerns.

Result:
This deaf man will have an appointment with a court
official next week. He sought and obtained advice
from an attorney, well versed with jury issues.

Comment:
the attorney said this is the old “13th juror”
issue, court officials being leery of the interpreter
serving as the “13th juror.” He furnished the deaf man
with precedents that have allowed interpreters
to work the jury room.

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DeafADA Issue of the Week:

If you are discriminated in your job because of
your deafness and you quit, could you sue?

An attorney, specializing in disability rights,
said:

First, voluntarily quitting may raise a serious
hurdle to an employment discrimination or
failure-to-accommodate claim, because although
there is such a thing as a “constructive discharge”
(i.e., being forced to quit), it is very difficult
to prove. Second, the 9th Circuit has recently said
that although you can get your job back and recover
lost pay if you win in an ADA retaliation claim, you
cannot get monetary damages (e.g., for mental anguish)
in ADA retaliation claims.

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The Captioning Blunder of the Week:

a batter (banner) was taken down

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What became of?

Kirsten Cummings

– past

a hard of hearing woman who enjoyed a long
pro women’s basketball career overseas plus
a season of play with the defunct American
Basketball Association; she had a great
collegiate career at Long Beach State
University

– present

Still involved in basketball, but as an
administrator with the National Senior Women’s
Basketball Association; this group helps
set up 3 on 3 basketball leagues for women,
over 40 years of age.

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

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

How bad was the blizzard hitting the East coast?
Well, it succeeded in shutting down the Baltimore TTY relay
center. Not to despair – all TTY relay calls earmarked
for Baltimore were rerouted to other “warm weather”
sites.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

We have a good number of deaf pilots; we also
know of one deaf helicopter operator. And possibly
another first – Deaf Hot Air Balloon pilot.
Rodney and Tanya Dinkins, Phoenix, Arizona
just passed their FAA exams to become balloon
pilots.

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

A deaf man was the best cattle herder around.
He lost his job, not because of cattle herding
issues, but because he got too friendly with
the ranch owner’s son. The son, as a result, was
not able to learn how to speak; instead he spoke
in grunts and in signs! Said the ranch owner –
the dismissal was regretful.

While this anecdote is true, the country was
not specified in the story posted on a web site.

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A Vocational Rehabilitation counselor’s great news:

You have a trainee, a new counselor you are supposed
to train, and it turns out she brings so many helpful
ideas to a certain case that your problems with that
customer are solved.

..

A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

A hearing employee, severely afflicted with a case
of deafphobia, pointed out to the packing crates
and said:

boxes, boxes, boxes

The deaf employee was puzzled at this request. He
was wondering if she meant that the shipping boxes
need to be stuffed and filled with office documents

Actually, the hearing employee wanted to ask the
deaf employee to just set up these shipping
boxes for future packing.

if you have lipreading tales, please share these with
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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Employment Opportunities
Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
Pittsburgh, PA & Central PA

At WPSD, “Our kids come first.”  We are looking for people to join
our staff who share this commitment and are willing to work with the
goal of providing our students with the best education, residential
and support services possible.

If you share our commitment to students, please visit
our web site at http://www.wpsd.org for descriptions of the following
job openings at WPSD

– ASL Teacher
– Early Intervention Teacher (Part Time) at  Central PA

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

Send letter and resume to:

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

Email:  mailto:hshirey@wpsd.org

EOE

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position opening
Team Leader
Center for Hearing & Deaf Services, Inc.
Pittsburgh, PA

for Outpatient/Adult Treatment to work with a well established
behavioral health team that serves Deaf citizens of Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania

Where:
Center for Hearing & Deaf Services, Inc. (HDS)
5th Avenue
Downtown Pittsburgh

Monday – Friday
37.5 hours per week.

Master’s Degree in Human Services AND 1 year of paid experience
Working with Deaf population.

American Sign Language fluency REQUIRED. Requires Act 33/34
Clearances, valid PA driver’s license and access to a vehicle.

You will be responsible for Oversight of the Outpatient component
at HDS including clinical supervision of all the Outpatient
services. Coordination of community outreach activities (including
networking and marketing of available services to the community at
large), service coordination as well as support services such as
vocational rehabilitation counsels, housing and peer support
services will be possible.

In addition, the Team Leader/Mobile therapist will provide
community-based mobile mental health individual and group
psychotherapy to an adult behavioral health population that
includes mental health disorders with the deaf, hard of
hearing, and/or deaf/blind population.

The Team Leader/Therapist is responsible to evaluate, plan and
provide clinical services across the continuum of care
within the community in a variety of settings.  The Team
Leader/Therapist
will also provide oversight of clinical documentation and charting
according to Federal, State, County and Organizational polices and
procedures.  The Team Leader/Mobile MH Therapist will coordinate
Treatment Team meetings including collaboration with psychiatric
and other organization staff.

Karen Tarasenkov
Human Resource Recruitment & Training Specialist
Mercy Behavioral Health
1200 Reedsdale Street
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15233

Phone:  412-697-6504
Fax:  412-323-6985

mailto:KTarasenkov@mercybh.org

Mercy Behavioral Health is a part of the Pittsburgh Mercy Health
System – http://www.pmhs.org

You can also apply on line

We look forward to hearing from you!!

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position opening
Executive Director
The New York School for the Deaf (Fanwood)

The Board of Trustees of the New York School for the Deaf, known as
Fanwood, seeks an experienced and visionary leader to assume the role of
Executive Director on or about July 1, 2010.  Fanwood, established in
1817, is the oldest school for the deaf in New York and the second oldest
in the United States.

With support of the Board of Trustees, primary responsibilities of the
Head of School include:

– Visionary leadership for continuous improvement , enhancement, and
expansion of instructional and support programs for students and families

– With the Comptroller, preparing budgets and corresponding
recommendations and submitting them to the Board for approval

– With Board-designated attorneys, representing the school in labor
negotiations.

– Advocating the school’s interests to state legislators and
maintaining a close relationship with the State Education Department to
support the school’s objectives

– Representing the school through active participation in local and
state activities and organizations related to the mission of NYSD

– Collaborating with like schools for the Deaf to share best
practices and ensure sustainability of schools serving Deaf students

– Encouraging financial support through friend building and fund
raising activities from individuals, foundations, businesses,
professionals, and educational communities

– Promoting the school to the Deaf community and other supporters
and friends through social and educational events, gatherings and
performances

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS
– Graduate degree in Deaf Education, Educational Administration or a
closely related field.

– Minimum of five years of demonstrated successful administrative
experience in an educational setting for Deaf individuals

– Articulate in American Sign Language and English

– Possession of or eligibility for appropriate New York State
Administration Certification is preferred

Qualified candidates should submit resumes by April 1, 2010 to:
mailto:searchcommittee@nysd.net

Names of prospective candidates can also be submitted to
search committee Co-Chair Alexis Kashar at:
mailto:searchcommittee@nysd.net

All resumes will be treated confidentially

New York School for the Deaf is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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position opening
Jr. Video Production Specialist
Purple
Rocklin, CA

Reports to:    Sr. Director of Marketing Communications
Department:    Marketing Communications
FLSA Status:    Hourly, Non-Exempt
Location:      Rocklin, CA

for position description and application procedures,
please click on:

http://deafdigest.com/purple-job/

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position opening
Deaf Services Manager
BJC Behavioral Health
St Louis, MO

for position description and application procedures,
please click on:

http://deafdigest.com/bjcdeaf/

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position opening
Teacher of the Deaf
St Albans Regional Program
St Albans, VT

Time Base: Full time

Qualifications: 
– Degree in Deaf Education, MA preferred.  ASL fluency and English
proficiency

– VT Teaching license in Special Education and /or area of
teaching assignment.

– Knowledge of child development. Knowledge of curriculum and
assessment.

– Ability to apply classroom management and discipline techniques

Responsibilities: 
– Teach all levels/content areas of elementary education.

– Prepare lesson plans/curricula to meet IEP goals and objectives
in accordance with the VT Framework of Standards and Learning
Opportunities.

– Maintain an effective, orderly attractive and appropriately
stimulating classroom.

– Promote social, cognitive, emotional and physical growth in
students.

Please send letter of interest and resume to  Jen Bostwick at
mailto:jbostwick@vcdhh.org

Or mail to:
Jen Bostwick
St Albans Regional Program
147 Knight Lane
Williston, VT 05495

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(1/31/10 updated closing dates)

Employment vacancies
Sch Spch-lang Pathologist
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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(updated January 31st)

– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD !! –

– Job Developer/Interpreter – Crenshaw, CA

– Community Interpreter – Los Angeles, CA

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

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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position opening
Independent Living Advisor
Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc
Salisbury, Maryland

Full/Part Time

Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc. is a growing organization
that promotes access to services and resources for residents of the
Eastern Shore of Maryland who are deaf or hard of hearing and
provides opportunities for full participation in all aspects of
community life.

Responsibilities: Provide training in independent living skills,
such as: teaching personal and household management, budgeting
skills, TTY training, accessing and utilizing communication
resources, medication administration and developing community
relationships.

Requirements: Fluency in American Sign Language and written
English, High School degree required. Demonstrates competency
in independent living skills, Valid driver’s license required
and good driving record. Flexibility in working hours required.

Benefits: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Pension, Life,
Vacation, sick and personal leave, Healthy Lifestyle Benefit

To Apply: Submit a cover letter, resume and three letters of
references to :

Deaf Independent Living Association, Inc.
Human Resources Department
806 Snow Hill Road
Salisbury, Maryland 21804

or fax to 410-543-4874.

Position is open until filled

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Teacher
Eugene, Oregon

click on:
http://deafdigest.com/jobs1/

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Crisis Intervention/On Call Specialist
Columbus, Ohio

click on:
http://deafdigest.com/jobs3/

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Teacher
Davenport, Iowa

http://deafdigest.com/jobs5/

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