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DeafDigest – 29 December 2010

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 29, 2010

– a big thrill for a deaf 14-year old sugar cane cutter
in Fiji

Aselemo Drotini, a 14-year old deaf boy from Fiji,
is a sugar cane cutter. The money he earns supports his
hearing family. Two hearing women from Australia were so impressed
with his work ethic, that they decided to give him a Holiday
Season gift – a free airplane ride from one island to another
island in Fiji.

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– the “Annie” non-captioned movie in Texas interpreted
by sign language students

the sign language students at Houston Community College, for
their final exam, had to stand up and interpret the full “Annie”
movie!

Watching the movie, and the interpreting, was the students’
toughest critics – the deaf audience.

Not only the students had to interpret, they had to dress up for
characters in the film – Daddy Warbucks, in black tuxedo and
the orphans in gray or white shirts.

And these interpreters had to play out the music in the film.

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– a fat Texas ex-governor tries to play deaf

Jim Hogg was a popular governor of Texas (1890-1895). He was not deaf.
And he was fat, weighing over 300 lbs.

He loved to play jokes. After he finished his term as the governor,
he went to New York on a business trip. Before his business meeting,
he went to a shoe stand to have his shoes shined.

The bootblack loved to talk. Hogg was not in the mood to talk and
told the bootblack, in gestures, that he was deaf. The bootblack
shut up.

A little boy came to the bootblack to sell him a newspaper.
The bootblack told the little boy not to talk to Hogg because of
his “deafness”.

The kid said:

Well, say, he’s a fat old hog, ain’t he?

Hogg heard the word “hog” which was pronounced the same as his
last name! Hogg had to shut up.

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– a deaf student wins microcomputer car racing contest

The Japan Microcomputer Car Contest took place at Sapporo
two weeks ago.

Hearing students from 23 high schools in the Sapporo area
took part in the race. Almost 190 microcomputer cars were
entered in the race that is the lenth of half of the
football field.

The #1 winner was Ueda Yuki. He is deaf.

He will be entered in the national contest next month against
winners of other Japanese regions.

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– an interpreter in trouble with the boss

An interpreter got into trouble with her boss, and it has nothing
to do with Code of Ethics.

Rather, the boss told the interpreter to leave her work with
the first deaf client and to go to another deaf client.

The interpreter refused because her work with the first client
was not finished (2 hour interpreting assignment)

The boss accused the interpreter of disobedience!

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DeafDigest – 27 December 2010

DeafDigest Gold – December 26, 2010

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

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Last week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/finnishsubtitles/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/factoryaccidents/

This week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaftwilightzone/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/soccertickets/

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Deaf Cartoon (Fogey) of the week:
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Video Chat Never Looked So Good!

Video chat with America’s newest 4G smartphone, the Samsung Epic[tm]
4G now at the Deaf Pager Store.

Powered by Android[tm], the Samsung Epic includes a Super AMOLED 4″
screen and two cameras: one 5 megapixel camera/camcorder and a
forward facing VGA camera for making video calls via Qik and Fring

The Deaf Pager Store is the store with the devices and low-cost data
plan for deaf and hard of hearing people.

See the Samsung Epic at: http://bit.ly/DeafPagerStore_DDG122610

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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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Go there to look at the latest Cartoon

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and local litigations involving defective medicines and medical
devices.  Our law firm is expanding its litigation against Advanced
Bionics related to defective cochlear implants implanted in young
children and adults.

Some of the firm’s clients have suffered multiple implant surgeries
due to a defective implant being surgically removed and replaced
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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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– What the best newspaper stories are saying about the deaf?

Singapore
One of the charms of Singapore is the food market, just like
the Food Court in many American shopping malls. Food in
Singapore is fascinating if one gets an idea by watching
these cable TV travel shows.

A question comes to mind – do we have deaf people selling
food in Singapore?

Yes, two deaf individuals work one food stall, selling
nasi lemak, desserts, vegetarian food, sandwiches,
salad and soups.

They use hand and body gestures to communicate with
customers and to make sales.

Georgia
Frank Lala was written up in a local newspaper as the vocational
rehabilitation counselor serving the needs of the deaf in the
Savannah area.

The article features the extent of his involvement in the
community and the high honors he has won.

Frank is not all-work, no-fun person. He is involved with the martial arts organization of the deaf.

– Very Hot News

During a protest rally at Belarus, a deaf man was arrested
for shouting anti-government comments at an unapproved
rally.

Unable to understand the court room proceedings, the
judge sent him back to prison.

Possibly if he had an interpreter he could have been
set free.

– Thursday December 23rd

Life for the deaf in Russia is not great, according
to a web story – sign language not recognized, negative
public attitude, no interpreters, no TV captions, etc

– Friday December 24th

Deaf athletes have been asked to attend the anti-doping
class in Japan, so they could learn for themselves what
is banned and what is not banned. This is in reference
to the Deaflympics and the Deaf World Championship
events.

– Saturday November 25th

Jeff Smith, who is deaf-blind, was honored for overcoming
his disabilities, to achieve his successful path.

Years ago, as a deaf person he was employed as an engineer.

Vision problems set in, and he became deaf-blind. Forced
to change careers with the assistance of the
Michigan Commission of the Blind, he has become a successful
employee with the IRS!

IRS? Yes, as a tax examiner, he chases people that don’t pay
taxes.

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Deaf Actor/Actress with Spanish Sign Language.

DM Multimedia is developing an upcoming website project and is looking for an actor or actress with fluently Spanish Sign Language.  

Video-shooting sessions will be held in either New York City or Baltimore/Washington DC area depending on actor/actresses’ residency.  

Interview with candidates via a videophone is required for evaluation.  

If interested, please contact at mailto:ari@dmmmedia.com

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Outstanding Individuals that departed us in 2010

go to:
http://deafdigest.com/2010deaths/

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Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

Yiqiao Wang is a talented deaf illustrator, and a
graduate of Gallaudet University. She is currently
taking classes at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.

Examples of her work can be found at:
http://yiqiaowang.com/muralpainting.html

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RIT Sponsors Math Competition for Middle School Students
Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing

Rochester Institute of Technology’s Math Competition for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students welcomes 6th, 7th and 8th graders to RIT in Rochester, New York, for a weekend of math competition and fun April 8 – 10, 2011.

Now in its fifth year, this math competition for middle school students makes math fun and engaging. Participants solve a variety of math problems within designated time periods. Trophies and cash prizes go to the winners in several categories.

The first 25 schools that submit completed registration forms and payment, or payment authorizations, will be accepted to participate in the competition.

Registration will be closed when the 25 school limit is reached.

The final registration deadline is January 15, 2011.

The math problems featured in the competition are from the MATHCOUNTS© Foundation, a national enrichment, club and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement all across the United States.

For more information, visit the RIT Math Competition website at http://www.rit.edu/NTID/MathCompetition or contact us at mailto:sesnca@rit.edu
call 585-475-7695 or by videophone at 585-286-4625.

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DEAF COMMUNITY’S TWILIGHT ZONE
The “Twilight Zone” was a popular TV program during
the late fifties and early sixties. And we see reruns
from time to time on cable TV.
Do we have a Deaf Twilight Zone? No, but there
was a joke about an interpreter involved with the
Deaf Twilight Zone.
The interpreter, on TV, was located in a small box
in the corner of the TV set. When the program ended,
the interpreter was still stuck in that small box,
unable to escape!
It is just a joke.

– for ASL News version, please click on the arrow at:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaftwilightzone/

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

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A Nostalgic Evening at the Riviera, hosted by the
Greater Palm Springs Deaf Seniors

(December 31st deadline to beat admission price increase)

go to:
http://deafdigest.com/palmspringsdeaf/

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A SOCCER GAME IN AFRICA
Soccer is a popular sport in Africa. Many Africans watch
soccer games. Some of them try to watch the game free
without paying for the game tickets.
This was a problem with one soccer team. The ticket
sellers are always arguing with the fans that wanted free
tickets.
The team had an idea. They hired deaf people to sell
tickets.
The hearing fans were stuck. They could not argue about
free tickets with these deaf ticket sellers. As a result
there were no free tickets.

– for ASL News version, please click on the arrow at:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/soccertickets/

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

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Check out http://www.healthbridges.info

A new website about advocacy, social service and behavioral health
care for persons who are Deaf

The website was designed by people who are Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of
hearing in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Topics change monthly!

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A POSTING THAT WE HATE
There was a recent posting on a deaf yahoogroup.
This is the type of posting that we hate.
Here it goes:

I am looking for an actress that knows ASL to perform
in a play. Because of budget limitations, it is preferable
that the actress be hearing – only because there is no
money in the budget to pay for an interpreter

Do we hate this posting? Very certainly so.

A CERTIFIED DEAF INTERPRETER’S WORKLOAD
We have Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDI). Exactly what
does a CDI do? The following link offers the best description:

http://www.rid.org/UserFiles/File/pdfs/120.pdf

Anyway a CDI was asked this question:

How often do you do Video Relay Interpreting?

The response was 2 or 3 times a month.

GALLAUDET’S NOISES OFF THEATRICAL PLAY SELECTED FOR KENNEDY FESTIVAL
Gallaudet University, over the years, have traditionally
featured outstanding theatrical plays that have won honors and
plaudits.
This year is no exception. The play “Noises Off” has been
selected to compete at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
The Gallaudet theatrical troupe will compete at Kennedy’s
Region 2 section at Towson University on January 15th. The winner
may advance to the Kennedy Center final event in April.
This is not the Kennedy first for Gallaudet. The 2008
Gallaudet theatrical group made it to the nationals (Goya: en la Quinta del Sordo).

LOOKING BACK AT A PAST DEAFDIGEST VIDEO

http://deafdigest.com/videos/video-barrymore/

Do enjoy viewing that video!

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

Capital District Deaf Center, Inc (Schenectady, NY)

For the organization goals and objectives, click on:

http://deafdigest.com/cddc/

BEETHOVEN AND MANDY HARVEY HAVE A THING IN COMMON
What does Beethoven and Mandy Harvey have in common.
They became deaf late in life, and continued with music
despite their deafness.
Mandy Harvey? She majored in Jazz Voice at Colorado State University, when she became deaf in 2006.
Devastated, she left school and thought her musical career
was in tatters. She, however, never left music and continued
to sing in jazz with a fellow pianist.
One thing led to another and she has cut a new album, a
collection of several songs.
She is planning to do two more albums in 2011.

AN EXCUSE FOR NOT WEARING A HEARING AID

I know what you are going to tell me before you say something

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WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN?

An advocate said:

dealing with regulators was like trying to teach a
foreign language to a deaf person

Huh!

is he saying a deaf person cannot learn a foreign
language. If so, he should speak with professors
that teach foreign languages at Gallaudet
University!

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Weitz & Luxenberg P.C., a leading plaintiffs’ litigation law firm,
is expanding litigation against Advanced Bionics related to defective
cochlear implants. If you believe that you may have received an
“Important Notification” letter from Advanced Bionics about your
HiRes90k or Clarion II cochlear implant in either 2004 or 2006, we urge
you to contact us to receive important legal information – even if you
CI is working. Many of our clients’ cochlear implants stopped working
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32nd World’s Largest Silent Weekend for Interpreters, ITP and ASL Teachers
and Students June 23-26, 2011 in Orlando, Florida

We are scheduled yearly until at least 2020 and have over 120 hours
of classes for all levels.  Last two years, we had 1,100 people attend and
have space for 2,000 people with the entire conference floor for our exclusive
use.

The Florida Hotel offers
free parking (some conferences charge up to $36 per day) and free in-room
internet (some hotels charge $12.95 per day).   The huge Florida Mall has an
enormous food court offering you complete meals for as little as $5.99
(some conference hotels charge $8 just for a hot dog).

Frequent presenters include Peter Cook, Crom Saunders, Trix Bruce,
Faith Powell, Shannon Simon, and almost 20 other highly regarded
presenters.  Last year, the lowest rated presenters were only 0.22 point
behind the highest rated ones showing the across-the-board equality in
excellent quality of instructors.

For the advanced group, there will be language-focused and
interpreting-focused CEU classes.

There should be two dozen exhibitors with a huge variety of items
available.  With many classes having breaks hourly, there will be an
exciting and dynamic all-day flow of participants in the exhibit area.

The decadent chocolate fountain refreshment will be offered again!

See www.DrSign.com for more information and for registration plus a video
clip of last year’s Silent Weekend.

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ASL and Interpreting DVDs

Go to www.DrSign.com for DVDs to help ASL students and beginning
interpreters.  Exciting titles include “When ‘Duck’ Is Not Enough”; “Oh,
See, Can You Say?”; “Languishing in a Linear Language is Lethal!”, as
well as ASL and classifiers and storytelling DVDs.

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10th Annual Florida-Alaska Motorcycle Benefit Run

This is the World’s Longest Group Motorcycle Benefit Run.  Purpose of
funds is to help families of deaf babies served by SKIHI.  The 2011 trip
will begin July 16, 2011.

See www.AlaskaBikeRun.com

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

The Royal National Institute for Deaf People, in Great
Britain, is staging a public campaign to make lipreading
an “essential” skill!

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Deaf Picture:

L.J. Helbig, a promising deaf sophomore wrestler
at University of Wyoming

http://deafdigest.com/helbig/

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Rene Pellerin’s corner: 

Usher’s Syndrome (Deaf and Retinitis Pigmetosa) – Is there any cure?

Right now there is no cure.  Researchers have been working hard
trying to find a cure.

One recommendation was to take high doses of Vitamin A – Our eyes
needs vitamin A and we are not getting enough of it. 

There been trials with vitamin A but there are issues with side
effect which could include liver damage.

Most recently there have been some promising outcomes using Valproic
Acid, a medicine that has been used for Bipolar disorder.

There is some evidence that this medicine could halt further loss of
vision.  See the link below to the article explaining this new research and maybe some of you and your loved ones might be interested in participating.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100721151256.htm

Please note: This is just for your information about what has been
found.  Contact your doctor with this article if you want to
investigate further.

Merry Christmas!

Rene has started a new show business, focusing on
the Deaf-Blind.

The web site is at:
http://renetheunstoppable.com/

Rene welcomes comments and feedback; his email address is:
mailto:renegp@comcast.net

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A Deaf Fantasy Game:

DeafDigest subscribers

vs

Deaf College Bowl participating teams
(Gallaudet, NTID and CSUN)

at 2010 NAD Conference

A warning – some questions are not deaf-related and are tough
to answer.

Round 2 – Question #3

Correct Answer = Three Points

Incorrect Answer = 0

Challenge = +6 or -6

Q. This eastern border region of France, located on the Rhine River, is often paired with its neighbor, Lorraine. Control of this region switched between France and Germany four times between 1870 and 1945

A. Alsace

The ownership of Alsace has changed often since 800 AD.

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Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. What is the biggest dilemma ASL students face when they
really want to be proficient with signs rather than just
“passing” the course?

A. They need to use their ASL, if at all possible, on a
24/7 basis. It is difficult if there are no deaf people
around to practice ASL with – not just signing but
with receiving signs.

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:

This being the Holiday Season, DeafDigest wishes all of you
Happy Holidays, and for respect for everyone in the Deaf
Community regardless of their views and opinions.

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DeafHistory – Looking Back:

Year 1868 – First Baptist Church, Deaf Congregation,
admitted four deaf worshippers, and since then has
continued to this day, its services for the deaf in
Knoxville, Tennessee

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Deaf and the Money:

A couple of weeks ago there was a report on “best careers”

it mentioned Interpreter/Translator as one of these “best
careers”

Salaries?

median – $40,860 or $19.65 per hour

lowest range – $22,810

highest range – $74,150

(caution – this is not to say ASL interpreters will earn
these salaries, just an estimate, and which may vary,
region by region or even job by job)

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

2

the number of married deaf couples in Botswanna

(hard to believe but this was what a recent newspaper
story said; there are many deaf couples in Botswanna,
but they have never been married, one way or other)

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DeafDigest Sports

is at:
http://deafdigestsports.com

do visit that site to take a look for yourself

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3 openings
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deafness Program
positions located at Macon, Dublin and Columbus areas in Georgia

Georgia Department of Labor, Vocational Rehabilitation Program Deafness Services Unit has 3 immediate openings for Certified Rehabilitation Counselors in the South Deafness Unit in the Macon area, Dublin area and the Columbus area.

Please following the URL to formally apply: http://www.dol.state.ga.us/Access/Service/GDOLJobDescr?position_num=00081635&entry_timestamp=2010-12-21-14.35.59.305181

or:
http://referer.us/1/Idswy4

The deadline to apply is: January 24, 2011.

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immediate opening
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deafness Program
position located at Decatur, Georgia

Georgia Department of Labor, Vocational Rehabilitation Deaf Services has
an immediate opening for:

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deafness Program

– Please follow the URL to formally apply for the job opening:
http://www.dol.state.ga.us/Access/Service/GDOLJobDescr?position_num=00084071&entry_timestamp=2010-12-03-16.02.18.563857

same link is at:
http://referer.us/3/4jIcd4

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Job announcements
DCARA

– Director of Employment Services (full time)
Fremont and San Leandro, CA

click on:
http://deafdigest.com/dcara-es/

– Director of Client Support Services
San Leandro, CA

click on:
http://deafdigest.com/dcara-css/

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position opening
Company: The Z® / CSDVRS
Title: National Account Manager
Locations: Southeast Region and Northwest Region

Summary: The National Account Manager will be responsible for introducing CSDVRS to new business customers, while also strengthening CSDVRS’ relationship with current business customers. Responsible for sharing new exciting products and features with customers who desire to use video relay service in their place of employment by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate supervisors

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
* Plans and directs sales and service programs to promote new markets, improve competitive position in area, and provide fast and efficient customer service.
* Primary POC for Business users in assigned region.
* Prospect assigned region for new customers.
* Suggesting and implementing creative and practical methods for selling CSDVRS, strengthening client relationships, and increasing visibility.
* Coordinating aspects of CSDVRS marketing efforts.
* Work with other Regional Account Managers to plan and implement state and region-wide events and promotions.
* Coordinate referrals of installations of CSDVRS equipment in homes, agencies, and/or businesses through our installation program; Confers with potential customer to ascertain equipment, supplies, and service needs.
* Work closely with local interpreting agencies.
* Communicate with and submit regular activity reports to the General Manager of BVS.
* Perform additional sales related responsibilities and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
* Must have strong knowledge of Telecommunications Relay Service Industry.
* Must have excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work successfully with a variety of people.
* Must have the ability to communicate fluently in American Sign Language
* Must have a good understanding of Deaf Culture.
* Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.
* Must have extensive customer service experience.
* Must be willing to work a variety of hours and to travel frequently.
* Must have knowledge of Video applications.

Requirements:

Education and/or Experience:
* 1 -2 years of sales experience preferred.
* Bachelor’s Degree in related field strongly preferred.
* Computer knowledge and Microsoft office

Salary:
Commensurate with experience and qualifications. Please send salary requirements to be considered.

Benefits:
Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, Paid Time Off, Short/Long Term Disability, 401K and matching, Paid Holidays and Employee Assistance Program

Application Deadline:
Open until filled.

Send Resume and Cover Letter to:
mailto:jobs@zvrs.com

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(application deadline – December 31, 2010)

Employment vacancies
Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf,
Wilson, NC
http://osp.its.state.nc.us/dhhssearchresults3a.asp?vacancykey=4421

School Dir Oes Res School
http://osp.its.state.nc.us/positiondetail.asp?vacancykey=4421-60039125&DHHSNUMBER=&printit=no

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

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– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD !! –

*  Community Interpreter – Los Angeles
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Pacoima
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Crenshaw
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Santa Ana
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim
*  Program Assistant/Interpreter & Quality Management Assistant – Los Angeles
*  Outreach Coordinator – Bakersfield

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

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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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job announcement
Extended Learning Weekend (ELW) Supplemental Staff
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position description & application procedures,
click on:

http://deafdigest.com/gsdjob/

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Georgia Department of Education – Job Announcement
Speech Language Pathologist
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

Position:  00055445

Location:
Georgia School for the Deaf
232 Perry Farm Road SW
Cave Spring, GA  30124    Program/Unit:

Office of Policy and External Affairs

Description of Duties: Under general supervision, provides speech therapy services to support objectives on students. Individualized Education Plans and placement in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Act. Duties include providing support to teachers and complete evaluations; providing written reports on the services provided and evaluations and will submit them quarterly; assessing, diagnosing, treating, and helping to prevent speech, language, cognitive, communication, voice, swallowing, fluency, and other related disorders.

Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree in speech language pathology and eligibility for Georgia Professional Educator certification in speech language pathology.

Preferred Qualifications:
Preference will be given to applicants who, in addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, possess the following:

– Experience in completing audiological evaluations

– Experience working with students with varying degrees of ability levels

– Three years of experience as a Speech Language Pathologist

Salary/Benefits:
Salary is based on Teacher Salary Schedule with years of experience and type of certification. This is a 10-month position paid on a 12-month basis.  Salary will be based on the number of days worked.  Benefit options include life, disability, dental and health insurance; annual/sick leave; and Employees. Retirement/Teachers. Retirement.

Submit a Georgia School for the Deaf Application* form or State of Georgia Application form to:

Personnel Office
Attn:  Denise Clark
Georgia School for the Deaf
232 Perry Farm Road, SW
Cave Spring, GA  30124

Telephone: 706-777-2286
Fax: 706-777-2240
Internet address:  http://www.gsdweb.org
E-mail: mailto:dclark@doe.k12.ga.us

Consideration/interviews will begin as soon as a list of applicants is established.  Applications/resumes will be evaluated and only those meeting the qualifications will be considered.  Top candidates will be contacted for interviews.

In accordance with Public Law 99-603, also known as the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the Department of Education employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.  All persons hired by the Georgia School for the Deaf are required to verify identity and employment eligibility and will undergo a criminal background investigation.

*An employment application may be obtained from the Personnel Office of the Georgia School for the Deaf. Resume/application should include daytime telephone number and prior employment history with addresses and telephone numbers.  If a resume is submitted, it must be accompanied by a cover letter.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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Georgia Department of Education – Job Announcement
Residential Advisor (DOE)
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

Office of Policy and External Affairs

Description of Duties:
Under general supervision, monitors students in a residential/home life environment; observes, documents, and reports children behavior/progress on an ongoing basis; trains and assists students in basic daily living skills; and maintains a clean, healthy, and safe environment.

Minimum Qualifications:
Any combination of training and experience which would allow the applicant to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities.

Preferred Qualifications:
Preference will be given to applicants who, in addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, possess one or more of the following:

– High school diploma or equivalent
– Two years post secondary education

– Two years experience in a childcare, educational or residential setting

– Sign language proficiency at the .Intermediate Level. as measured by the Sign Communication Instrument

Salary/Benefits:
Pay grade 7 – Minimum $15,168.94 to Maximum $17,520.13 Annually. This is a 10-month position paid on 12-month basis.  Salary will be based on the number of days worked.    Benefit options include life, disability, dental and health insurance; annual/sick leave; and Employees Retirement or Teachers Retirement.

Submit a Georgia School for the Deaf Application* or State of Georgia Application to:

Personnel Office
Attn: Denise Clark
Georgia School for the Deaf
232 Perry Farm Road, SW
Cave Spring, GA  30124

Telephone: 706-777-2286
Fax: 706-777-2240
E-mail: mailto:dclark@doe.k12.ga.us

Consideration/interviews will begin as soon as a list of applicants is established.  Applications/resumes will be evaluated and only those meeting the qualifications will be considered.  Top candidates will be contacted for interviews.

In accordance with Public Law 99-603, also known as the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the Department of Education employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.  All persons hired by the Georgia School for the Deaf are required to verify identity and employment eligibility and will undergo a criminal background investigation.

*An employment application may be obtained from the Personnel Office of the Georgia School for the Deaf. Resume/application should include daytime telephone number and prior employment history with addresses and telephone numbers.  If a resume is submitted, it must be accompanied by a cover letter.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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other deaf-related jobs
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DeafDigest – 27 December 2010

DeafDigest Blue – December 26, 2010

Blue Edition              Barry Strassler, Editor
http://www.deafdigest.com – updated every Monday

America’s Unique Deaf Stories; free subscription
serving the Deaf Community since 1996; 14th year

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Last week’s ASL Videos:
http://35.182.75.222/videos/highsalarydemand/
http://35.182.75.222/videos/tvcommercial/

This week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/capitald/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/lamarsigns/

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Harris Communications Holiday Sale Extended

The Harris Communications Holiday Sale has been extended until the
end of the year! Now is the time to buy yourself a gift.

Save 15% on everything in the store!*

Save on equipment products from well-known manufacturers such as
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Check out the Deaf Author Corner and CODA Author links. We have
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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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Call CSD’s Project Endeavor Contact Center Today!

For only $230, qualified deaf/hard of hearing consumers can purchase
a Dell 11z notebook computer bundled with one year FREE 3G/4G
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Contact Project Endeavor today so you can watch videos on YouTube,
connect with friends/family via MySpace/Twitter/FaceBook, look for
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To qualify for Project Endeavor, call VOICE: 877-NET-ME77, e-mail
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Register today and share your number with friends and colleagues!

Visit http://www.hamiltonrelay.com and click on the

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New AT&T Instant Message Relay

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

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options to meet customers’ individual needs and offering features not
available through other VRS providers.

Professional, nationally certified interpreters follow standards of
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Dedicated to a spirit of innovation and commitment to excellence,
The Z continues to set the industry standard as the nation’s
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Go to http://www.zvrs.com for more information on all of our
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You can still join The Z Life by calling 888.888.1116 to connect
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Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. is one of the leading plaintiffs’ litigation
law firms in America. The firm has played leading roles in national
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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
due to a defective implant being surgically removed and replaced with a second defective implant that later failed.

If you or your child has been implanted with a defective cochlear
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The DeafDigest is divided into Blue and Gold sections, both
ranked equal in contents, features and ads. This is the
Blue section.

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– What the best newspaper stories are saying about the deaf?

Great Britain:
Deaf athletes need to raise their own funds to pay their
way to take part in the international competition. The
British national deaf badminton team raised funds by
playing badminton for 24 hours and encouraging fans
to make donations.

Botswanna
Kagiso Morapedi and Gaone Mokoto, both deaf, became the
second deaf couple to get married in Botswana.

It is hard to believe.

The pastor has married many, many deaf couples in Zambia.
Not that so in Botswana. The first deaf couple was married
by the pastor 10 years ago!

– Very Hot News

Which of these Great Britain cities – Bristol, London, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Swansea, Belfast and Dundee are
most deaf-unfriendly?

Bristol, according to the Royal National Institute for Deaf People. This organization surveyed these cities with a
check-off list. And Bristol “won” this Most Deaf-Unfriendly
championship!

– Sunday December 19th

In Uganda, there is a cost war between several
telecommunication carriers, in hopes of attracting
more customers.

This cost war is not helping the deaf because text
messages are priced higher than voice messages.

This issue was raised by Joseph Mbulamwana, an
officer with the Uganda National Association of the Deaf

– Monday December 20th

If this is to be interpreted as great news for us, then
the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers
has endorsed our captioning needs and will be pushing
it in the TV and media industry

– Tuesday December 21st

Kinect evolving from a game and entertainment device
to a sign language device? Yes, if a Georgia Tech
research team has its way. They are saying sign language
results is just about 99 percent accurate.

Of what practical use would ASL Kinect be? Researchers
are saying it may have medical, academic and accessibility
uses.

Oh, well, time will tell.

– Wednesday December 22nd

The Michigan Deaf Community staged a vigil by the candlelight in
hopes of staving off the governor’s signing of the bill that
would OK the sale of the campus to a private developer.

The governor eventually ignored the vigil and went ahead to sign the bill!

– Top News of 2010

http://deafdigest.com/2010topnews/

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

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Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

Any difference in developing good grammar if the child is
identified as early as possible as deaf or if they were
discovered few years later?

This is why a research team at the University of Southampton
in Great Britain is trying to find out.

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RIT’s Digital Arts, Film and Animation Competition for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students

High school students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can express themselves through art and win exciting prizes by entering Rochester Institute of Technology’s fifth annual Digital Arts, Film and Animation Competition for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students.

Ninth through 12th grade students may enter in several categories, including Web design, graphic media, film, 3-D animation, interactive media and photo illustration.

To qualify, students must submit the following by postal mail: an entry form, a 150 – 300 word descriptive essay about their work, and the artwork itself on CD or DVD.

Students may submit up to two entries in two different art categories.

Winners will receive cash prizes at an awards ceremony in the spring and have their winning work exhibited in the Dyer Arts Center on the RIT campus.

The deadline to register is January 15, 2011.

For an entry form or more information, visit http://www.rit.edu/NTID/Arts or call 585-475-7695 (voice/TTY.)

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

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CAPITAL D OR LOWERCASE d
Many years ago there was no such a thing as a
capital case D.
Capital case D means Deaf, not deaf. Good or bad?
Well, DeafDigest editor never forgot the story of
a deaf husband and deaf wife, both from very long
generations of deafness in their family trees.
When they got married, everyone expected their
children to be deaf. But all of their children
were hearing.
What did these Deaf (Capital D) do with their
hearing children? Loved them very much and raised
them the best they could to lead good lives for
themselves.

– for ASL News version, please click on the arrow at:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/capitald/

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

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A message from Ronald Hirano, Long-Time California Bay Area Deaf Community Leader & former DCARA Board member

http://deafdigest.com/hiranomessage/

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A SIGN MAKING COMPANY IN MISSISSIPPI
There is a sign company in Lamar, Mississippi. It
makes signs that we see on streets, stores, shops and
buildings.
The company’s name is Lamar Sign Company. Their
sign, outside of their office, says

We know Sign Language

And name Lamar was fingerspelled.

Do these people know ASL? No.

– for ASL News version, please click on the arrow at:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/lamarsigns/

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

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AT&T INTRODUCES VIDEO RELAY SERVICE APP FOR DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
USERS ON THE APP STORE

App Allows Users To Make Video Relay Service Calls With iPhone 4 

DALLAS – DECEMBER 21, 2010 – AT&T* today announced a new video relay
service (VRS) app for iPhone 4 that allows deaf and hard of hearing
customers to make VRS calls. The AT&T VRS app is available today on
the App Store. 

AT&T VRS is a service that allows a person who uses American Sign
Language (ASL) to place a relay call to a hearing person by
communicating through a certified ASL interpreter. AT&T has offered
video relay services to customers for many years, but the new AT&T
VRS app provides a more flexible and convenient way for users to make
VRS calls on the go. iPhone 4 customers can make unlimited VRS calls
using the AT&T VRS app at no additional cost.

“AT&T is committed to serving the deaf and hard of hearing
communities, and our new AT&T VRS app is one more way we’re enhancing
our offerings,” said Susan Johnson, senior vice president of AT&T
Customer Information Services. “Now our customers can make a VRS call
at Wi-Fi hotspots using iPhone 4, which makes VRS easier and more
accessible for everyone.”   

The AT&T VRS app is simple and easy to use. Users launch the app,
log-in, and then can either choose to place a VRS call by selecting
someone from their contact list or by manually dialing a number. The
app contacts an AT&T ASL interpreter who then initiates a FaceTime
video call with the user.** The interpreter will connect the ASL user
to the hearing person they are calling, and relays the conversation
between the two parties through ASL. 

In addition to the app, AT&T VRS also offers a free software download
called AT&T Video Link that turns a computer or laptop into a video
phone. This software works on certain Macs and PCs enabled with a web
cam and a broadband connection. 

AT&T VRS will also provide users with a ten-digit telephone number
and supports all the FCC required 911 emergency capabilities. 

The AT&T VRS app is available for free from the App Store on iPhone
or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.  For additional information about
AT&T VRS, please visit www.att.com/vrs, or access AT&T VRS via video
phone at ATTVRS.tv or 877-642-0877. 

*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.
** FaceTime works over Wi-Fi.

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 mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also 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-verse® and AT&T |DIRECTV 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 Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.

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.  This AT&T news release and other announcements are available at http://www.att.com/newsroom and as part of an RSS feed at http://www.att.com/rss. Or follow our news on Twitter at @ATT. Find us on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/ATT to discover more about our consumer and wireless services or at http://www.Facebook.com/ATTSmallBiz to discover more about our small business services.

© 2010 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. Mobile broadband not available in all areas. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

SOURCE AT&T Inc.

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A MOVIE IN A RESTAURANT
DeafDigest editor and his wife went to a restaurant
in Washington, DC.
That restaurant shows DVD movies for the benefit
of its patrons that prefer to watch a film than to
read a newspaper or to get into a conversation.
That movie always shows captions. It is not only
because the restaurant is noisy, but because patrons
that eat at a long distance from the screen may not
be able to hear the sound.
This would be perfect for deaf patrons.

DON’T FOLLOW ARLEN SPECTER’S EXAMPLE
Outgoing senator Arlen Specter made the news
by badmouthing everything about the Congress.
This is a poor example of being a sore loser.
Why is DeafDigest mentioning it.
About 25 years ago, DeafDigest editor worked
for a deaf service agency. Because of budget
problems, a deaf IT employee was laid off.
The CEO privately told DeafDigest editor he
hoped the deaf IT man would be rehired when
things got better.
Anyway, during the exit interview, the deaf
IT man badmouthed everything about the deaf
service agency.
A week later. The computer system crashed;
this breakdown was serious.
Naturally the deaf IT mean was not asked
to come back to fix the crashed system!
It just does not pay to badmouth the
employer, be it deaf or hearing.

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FAX: (301) 963-0785
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E-Mail: info@hearworldusa.com
Web: http://www.unitedtty.com or http://www.hearworldusa.com
Live Online Support — AIM: UnitedTTY or HearWorld

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A NFL GAME COIN FLIP
If you are watching the Indianapolis Colts-Tennessee Titans
game on TV on January 2nd, hopefully you will catch the glimpse
of Zachary Foster flipping the pre-game coin.
The winner of the pre-game coin flip decides whether to
receive the kick off or to kick off.
Zachary is deaf and is a 6th grader at the Indiana School
for the Deaf.
And as a sidebar, Jeff Fisher, the Tennessee coach, is deaf
in one ear and has been known to be sympathetic to the needs
of the deaf.

WHAT SOME INTERPRETERS MAY NOT KNOW!
There was a posting on a deaf yahoogroup that interpreters
working in San Diego, California, may need to file papers to
get a Business Tax Certificate. This is especially if they
get 1099 forms for income earned.
Those that do not file may be subject to additional
penalties. And that other cities may also require these
Business Tax Certificates!

WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

being asked:

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

As we celebrate this holiday season, it is fun to occasionally
reflect on our lives and the people whose lives we have touched, like
George Bailey did in the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.” 

Realtime captioners, CART providers, and court reporters use their
talents and skills to touch the lives of many people on a daily
basis.  Without them, things would be very different for people who
rely upon their services.

If court reporters were not in the courtroom, there would be no
record of the important proceedings that take place.  They preserve
the record for appeals and provide a vital service for judges,
attorneys, and people involved in litigation.

If CART providers were not in the classrooms, meetings, offices, and
other places they provide services, many people with a hearing loss
would not be able to participate in the activities that are very
important to their lives.

If realtime captioners were not available to cover news, sports, and
other live broadcasts, people around the world would miss information
that is necessary to function in this ever-changing world we live in.

These people touch the lives of millions of people every day.  It
truly is a wonderful life.  

FIXING PRESSURE HORNS
We, the deaf, may not always be able to hear pressure horns
mounted on vehicles.
Don’t say that to Mohammed Shamin and Ishan Shamin, the father
and son team of Allahabad, a regional city in the northern part
of India.
They are deaf and they own a shop which repairs defective
pressure horns. While they cannot hear, they feel the vibrations
and know what is wrong and what is needed to fix.
They are considered to be one of the best pressure horn
mechanics in the city!

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weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:

http://deafdigest.com

updated every Monday

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DEAF POLITICAL AWARENESS

Q. In a certain politically-charged state, a deaf advocate
could not make headways with the state legislative body.
The replacement person, who was hard of hearing, was
more successful. Why?

A. Sad to say, the legislators had no patience dealing with a deaf person, via interpreters! In some states, it works, in other states it didn’t.

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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 the Gold section

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introducing a new book

My Yesterdays
In A Changing World of the Deaf

by Mervin D. Garretson

A lifestory of a totally deaf educator and advocate about growing up
in an anti-sign world dominated by oralists and professional
audists.  Includes bits of deaf history, commentaries on ASL, deaf
culture, presidents of Gallaudet University, and other notable people
in the field.   Available from Xlibris Marketing Service, 1663
Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403,   Toll-free phone 888-795-4274
Hardback $29.99  Paperback $19.99.

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– flash – latest announcement on Alaska Wilderness Vacation cruise

“Alaska Wilderness Vacation” Cruise-tour May 27 – June 11, 2011 Great
8 days of land tour (May 27-June 4) plus 7 additional cruising days
(June 4-11) for a full 15 days of explorations is already SOLD OUT
except only for one more left for a non-smoking male to room with another
male.  After the land tour, we offer a separate 7 days cruise from
near Anchorage, AK to Vancouver, BC which still has plentiful rooms
left.

For more details, go to http://www.DeafCruise.com/alaska and see our pre-land
tour and post cruise tour for you to experience your extra pioneering
spirit! Why go there with only a short plan? Go for as many days as
you can until few years later which we will offer it again. It will
not be biennial since we are now offering more world-wide tours each
year, and for Alaska, it may be next 3 years or so, meaning take
advantage now and give yourself a full shot with as many days as you
can this time!

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“Hawaii’s Independence Day Week” Cruise July 2-9, 2011

— HISTORICALLY MOST POPULAR! — 3rd Anniversary “Deaf Cruise Hawaii 2011.”  Escape now to visit 4-Islands, include seeing famous Pearl Harbor, Pineapple, Hawaii dancers, surf, and much more!  You will love it!  NCL made a special offer for 50% less deposit with only $125 per person instead of $250 to reserve. Pre and Post Cruise excursions available.  For more detail, www.DeafCruise.com/hawaii.

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“Thanksgiving Family Week in the Caribbean” Cruise November 19-26, 2011

— BEST COST-EFFECTIVE DEAL! —  Great for families and singles, get on a brand new ship, NCL EPIC, one of the largest freestyle cruise ever built. Incredible and true, your lowest room rate starts at $809 per person for this 7-days Eastern Caribbean trip!  Another Bonus from NCL with 50% less deposit with only $125 per person instead of $250 to reserve.  Check us out at www.DeafCruise.com/caribbean for more detail.

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“Deaf World Cruise 2013” July 14-27, 2013 (Tentative Date & Itinerary)

— WORLD’S ALL DEAF CRUISE! —  Prior Deaflympic (July 31-Aug 13) in Greece, we offer FABULOUS opportunity for “All Deaf Cruise” event in which we partner with Miss Deaf International!  All girls will have various contests for all to see on board throughout the trip.  One great low price, no extra cost for MDI!  We start from Italy, ends at Greece with 5 countries in between.  For more exciting one-time event’s detail, check out www.DeafWorldCruise.com.  New www.DeafWorldCruiseMDI.com will be added soon for all countries’ key leaders, chaperones, and friends to sign up and support MDI and our cruise’s event.

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For any question, please contact mailto:sales@deafcruise.com or VP 866-922-3090

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(updated posting)

Deaf Remodeling Company serves only in Northern Virginia, DC, and
Maryland.

The choice of your home remodeling contractor is one of the most
crucial choices you will ever make. If you choose the right
contractor, your chances of being satisfied are 100%. All of our work
carries one year warranty. We will be happy to explain the details in
our conversation with you. We believe in making life more comfortable
through quality remodels.

Our remodeling service includes Kitchen, Attic, Basement, Bathroom,
New Addition, Deck, Siding and many more.

Do you need a home improvement loan? We have a network of lenders
that will provide unsecured home improvement loans. Month to month
payment loans, installation loans, and same as cash loans are
available. Home Improvement Loan amounts can be as high as $75,000
and the applicant FICO can have a credit score as low as 580. Contact
us for more information.

Elijah Gold, deaf owner        
Surdus, LLC Remodeling
Based in Washington, DC
http://www.surdusremodeling.com
202-540-8750 VP
Licensed, Insured, and Bonded
VA# 134097
DC# 68004119
MHIC# 127587 

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Weitz & Luxenberg P.C., a leading plaintiffs’ litigation law firm, is expanding litigation against Advanced Bionics related to defective
cochlear implants. If you believe that you may have received an
“Important Notification” letter from Advanced Bionics about your
HiRes90k or Clarion II cochlear implant in either 2004 or 2006, we urge
you to contact us to receive important legal information – even if you
CI is working. Many of our clients’ cochlear implants stopped working
prematurely as described in the letter. We have a Deaf attorney and VP
available.

To find out more, please click here and follow instructions
on the screen or go to:
http://www.weitzlux.com/failed-cochlear-implants_1937570.html

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What:  A national study for counselors who serve the Deaf funded by
AHRQ

Why: Counseling and behavioral health services for persons who
are Deaf, Deaf-blind or hard of hearing are scarce, and many
individuals are underserved. We hope to learn and share the results
with all who provide counseling services across the nation

If you are a counselor please take the time to complete the survey or
if you know counselors in your region who work with this population
please forward this survey to them at:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5DYG2XF

The questionnaire takes about 30 minutes to complete. After completing
the survey, the respondent will receive a small token of appreciation
for their  time. If you want a paper copy instead to complete please
let us know.

The study is being conducted by Drs. Kim Mathos and Beth Nolan
address ( mailto:kkmathos@gmail.com )

Thank you very much for completing the survey or helping us to
identify appropriate providers. We very much appreciate your help!

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

Researchers from the National Institute on Deafness and Other
Communication Disorders, the National Institute for Occupational
Safety and Health and University of Texas Health Science Center
at San Antonio have jointly agreed on one thing.

It is that Americans hear better now than 40 years ago!

Huh, with all these stories of noise pollution causing many
Americans to become deaf, these research groups are saying
the opposite.

Cannot figure it out, DeafDigest declares.

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The Deaf and the Law:

the ADA specifically deals with such issues, as follows:

– when a hearing impairment is a disability under the ADA;

– when an employer may ask an applicant or employee about a hearing impairment;

– how employers can ensure the confidentiality of applicants’ and employees’ medical information;

– what types of reasonable accommodations an individual with a hearing disability may need;

– to what extent an employer must provide a reasonable accommodation to an individual with a hearing disability;

– how an employer should handle safety concerns and harassment issues; and,

– how an individual with a hearing impairment can file a claim against an employer under the ADA or the Rehabilitation Act.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

First it was Jack Gannon, who took time off from regular
duties at Gallaudet, to write the book “Deaf Heritage”
which debuted at the 1980 NAD Conference.
Now it is Larry Puthoff, who also took time off from
regular duties at Communication Service for the Deaf,
Sioux Falls, SD to write the book “The Transcendent Territory”
which rightfully is the encyclopedia of anything you wanted
to know about the deaf in South Dakota. This book is now
hot off the presses and the DeafDigest editor will be ordering
his personal copy.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Today is Christmas. And is Vonage discriminating
against Deaf Children?
Well, Vonage, a web telephone service, has come up
with an innovation that allows Hearing Children
to keep track of the whereabouts of the Santa Claus.
Vonage is not captioned, hence discrimination
against Deaf Children!
Deaf Children and Hearing Children equally love the
Santa Claus.

(DeafDigest is not sure if there is such a thing as
a Captioned Vonage?)

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Why is it that we get more TV captions but less video
captions?

Yes, we have this Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010.

But this piece of legislation has a loophole. If the program
has never been aired on TV or cable or satellite, then
the provider does not have to caption it on the internet.

This loophole kills the Act of 2010.

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A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

Do you want……?
Do you want……?
Do you want……?
Do you want……?

you reply:

no
no
no
no

At your local Starbucks outlet you know the
lipreading drill, and you automatically say
no to these following questions:

#1 Do you want it ground?
#2 Do you want a free coffee?
#3 Do you want a bag?
#4 Do you want a receipt?

Makes life so much easier at that Starbucks
outlet!

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

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DeafBook of the Week

The Deaf Mute Howls

by Albert Ballin

Gallaudet University Press

growing up as a deaf person in the late 19th century
and early 20th century; book was reprinted in 1998

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
Job Title/Rank: Instructional/Support Faculty
Rochester Institute of Technology, National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester, NY

PC#: 0211 IRC42856

Department: Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting
Education
Job Category: Faculty, Tenure Track*
Starting Date: Fall 2011

This position is subject to available funding.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION
– Teach American Sign Language to students in variety of programs at
NTID and RIT (Bachelor degree program in ASL/English Interpretation,
College of Liberal Arts, ASL/Deaf Cultural Studies, Faculty/Staff
Sign Language Education Program, Master of Science in Secondary
Education of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students, etc.)
– Provide leadership in curriculum design and materials development
for American Sign Language courses
– Participate and contribute to professional organizations in the
field of ASL instruction
– Fulfill traditional faculty expectations, including, in particular,
those related to scholarship, required for tenure and promotion in
rank

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
Ten-month, full-time, tenure track or lecturer position

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:
All applicants should apply online at http://apptrkr.com/172097
Search for IRC42856.

Application deadline: Review of applications will begin February 1,
2011 and will continue until an acceptable candidate is found.

EOE

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position opening
Job Title/Rank: Instructional/Support Faculty
Rochester Institute of Technology,
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester, NY

PC#: 0375 IRC42875

Department: Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting
Education
Job Category: Faculty, Tenure Track*
Starting Date: Late August 2011

This position is subject to available funding.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION
– Teach ASL-English Interpretation courses to students in the
American Sign Language and Interpreting Education Program at NTID and
RIT
– Provide leadership in curriculum design and materials development
for ASL-English Interpretation courses
– Participate and contribute to professional organizations in the
field of Interpreting education
– Fulfill traditional faculty expectations, including, in particular,
those related to scholarship, required for tenure and promotion in
rank

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
Ten-month, full-time, tenure track or lecturer position

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:
All applicants should apply online at http://apptrkr.com/172105
Search for IRC42875. Applications should include cover letter
detailing your technical, teaching and scholarship qualifications and
achievements; a vita; and the names, addresses and phone numbers of
three references.

Application deadline: Review of applications will begin February 1,
2011 and will continue until an acceptable candidate is found.

EOE

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position opening
Director, Public Safety
Gallaudet University
Washington, DC

Gallaudet University is looking for a Director of Public Safety to: direct the efficient and effective operation of the Department of Public Safety; maintain a safe and secure university and Clerc Center campus for residents and visitors; implement community policing and public relations initiatives, and educational and outreach public safety programs for students, staff, and visitors; develop training programs for all DPS personnel; manage the departmental budget; supervise or direct the supervision of all DPS managers or other supervisory personnel;  manage parking and traffic control, and student, faculty and staff identification; and manage all aspects of fire safety on campus.

Minimum requirements:  Bachelor’s degree and ten years experience in increasingly demanding management positions in complex institutions or in police or public safety field. (Master’s degree may be substituted for some of the experience.)  Familiarity with working in an educational setting and an understanding of student development.  Excellent customer relations skills.  Significant leadership, administrative, and budgetary experience.  Demonstrated ability to work effectively with disciplinary issues in a K-12 and university environment.  Valid driver’s license required. Sign language skills required at time of application.

Excellent benefits package including health, dental and life insurance, educational assistance, and annual/sick leave accrual.  Competitive salary range starting at $81K.

To apply, send cover letter, resume and Gallaudet University application to:
Gallaudet University, Human Resources Services, Job #10073, 800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002.

Faxes (202-651-5344) or emailed documents ( mailto:personnel.office@gallaudet.edu ) are accepted.

We are EOE.

Deadline: 12/31/2010.

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Open positions
The Learning Center for the Deaf
Framingham, MA

Residential Counselor (Female Dorm)
Classroom Teacher, Walden School
Classroom Teacher
Child Care Worker – Day and Residential Wraparound Family Partner (Part-Time)
Overnight Residential Counselor (Female Dorm)
Educational Audiologist

For all of above positions, for descriptions & application procedures, go to:

http://deafdigest.com/tlcjobs/

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– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD !! –

*  Community Interpreter – Los Angeles
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Pacoima
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Crenshaw
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Santa Ana
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim
*  Program Assistant/Interpreter & Quality Management Assistant – Los Angeles
*  Outreach Coordinator – Bakersfield

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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other deaf-related jobs
http://deafdigest.com/jobs/

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DeafDigest – 22 December 2010

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 22, 2010

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a 5-year old deaf kid giving Santa Claus his special wish

5-year old deaf child Antonio Sarnelli, of Jacksonville, Florida,
sat on Santa Claus’ lap and gave him his special wish.

What was that special wish?

A cochlear implant!

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A deaf employee of a hospital makes hearing patients happy

Arturo Reyes, a deaf landscaper with the Sharp Grossmont Hospital
in San Diego, has his way of making hearing patients happy.

He cuts flower boquets from the hospital gardens and personally
delivers these to the patients in their rooms.

Arturo’s supervisor said the patients feel great about getting
these flower boquets.

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What is the NAD asking Netflix to do?

* caption all Watch Instantly videos
* create quick search access for other captioned videos
* set reasonable fee rates

NAD urges you to email Catherine Fisher, Director,
Communications, Netflix, Inc with your concerns.
Her email address is cafisher@netflix.com

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Marlee Matlin wants more deaf episodes on CSI

We have CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the
CSI: Miami and the CSI: NY, but Marlee wants
more deaf episodes to come up after the
Feb. 3rd episode of The Two Mrs. Grissoms.

Marlee has her supporters that agree with her
on more deaf episides within the CSI programs.

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Hearing actor Steve Landesberg passes away;
he made history with a deaf character on a
TV episode

Steve Landesberg, the detective on the
famed captioned TV series Barney Miller,
has passed away. The series was popular
during the early eighties as one of the
earliest captioned TV programs.

In one Barney Miller episode, he arrested
a deaf woman for soliciting. That deaf
woman was acted by Phyllis Frelich. And
at the end of the story the deaf woman was
set free. Landesberg, as the cop, then
asked her out for a date!

It was probably the first time that a
TV story included a hearing character
ask a deaf character for a date.


DeafDigest – 19 December 2010

DeafDigest Gold – December 19, 2010

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

America’s Unique Deaf Stories; free subscription
serving the Deaf Community since 1996; 14th year

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Last week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/hairstylemagazine/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/oralinterpreter/

This week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/finnishsubtitles/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/factoryaccidents/

(please click on the arrow to start the video)

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

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The Sprint Relay Data Only Plan for only $29.99 per month at the Deaf
Pager Store*

Shop at the Deaf Pager Store for a unique data-only plan available
only through Sprint Relay. Pricing is only $29.99 a month with a
2-year Agreement. Plus, select from many devices, including the
Blackberry® Curve[tm] 9330 Smartphone with 3G, Wi-Fi, 2MP camera and
dedicated media keys.

For more information, go to the Deaf Pager Store, the store with the
devices and low-cost data plan for deaf and hard of hearing people.

*Other monthly charges apply. For more information, go to:
http://bit.ly/DeafPagerStore_DDG121910

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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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weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:

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

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

Go there to look at the latest Cartoon

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Call CSD’s Project Endeavor Contact Center Today!

For only $230, qualified deaf/hard of hearing consumers can purchase
a Dell 11z notebook computer bundled with one year FREE 3G/4G
wireless Internet access!

Contact Project Endeavor today so you can watch videos on YouTube,
connect with friends/family via MySpace/Twitter/FaceBook, look for
employment, shop online, use VRS or point to point, and more! Don’t
wait, because there’s a limited number of packages available in each
state.

To qualify for Project Endeavor, call VOICE: 877-NET-ME77, e-mail
mailto:info@projectendeavor.com , VP (605) 550-4056/(605) 644-7399, or
go to http://www.projectendeavor.com

(Made possible by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.)

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Use Hamilton Web Relay® along with a locally-based, 10-digit
Hamilton HomeTown Number[tm] to make and receive calls without
the interruptions that come from using instant messaging
programs!  Don’t have a HomeTown Number?

Register today and share your number with friends and colleagues!

Visit http://www.hamiltonrelay.com and click on the

“Make & Receive Calls Now” icon to check it out.

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Wireless IP-Relay for BlackBerry TM, go to:
http://www.ip-relay.com/wireless_blackberry.html

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(updated AT&T posting)

New AT&T Instant Message Relay

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

http://att.com/relay

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The Z offers the best in videophone technology, providing equipment
options to meet customers’ individual needs and offering features not
available through other VRS providers.

Professional, nationally certified interpreters follow standards of
service excellence above and beyond FCC requirements.

Dedicated to a spirit of innovation and commitment to excellence,
The Z continues to set the industry standard as the nation’s
premier VRS provider.

Go to http://www.zvrs.com for more information on all of our
products, services and features.

Don’t have a Z phone?

You can still join The Z Life by calling 888.888.1116 to connect
to ZVRS from any videophone!

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Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. is one of the leading plaintiffs’ litigation
law firms in America. The firm has played leading roles in national
and local litigations involving defective medicines and medical
devices.  Our law firm is expanding its litigation against Advanced
Bionics related to defective cochlear implants implanted in young
children and adults.

Some of the firm’s clients have suffered multiple implant surgeries
due to a defective implant being surgically removed and replaced
with a second defective implant that later failed.

If you or your child has been implanted with a defective cochlear
implant, we encourage you to contact Weitz & Luxenberg – we have a
Deaf attorney and VP available. To find out more, please click on:
http://www.weitzlux.com/failed-cochlear-implants_1937570.html and
follow instructions on the screen.

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

……

weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:

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

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– What the best newspaper stories are saying about the deaf?

Florida:
A sign language teacher, who is deaf, said that
lipreading is not just reading the lips alone, but
also the face and the body language and even
the eye brows!

California:
Deaf students at Imperial Valley College use sign
language to make friends with hearing students; one
of the deaf students grew up using Mexican and Spanish
Sign Languages (both different sign languages) and
did not learn ASL until she was in seventh grade.

– Very Hot News

A big thing in high school football, especially for
the hard working and overarchieving football players
is the High School Football Rudy Awards.

We have two deaf players!

One is Dakota Dir, from the state of Georgia,
and Axel Martan from Arizona School for the Deaf
and Blind.

They are in the running for the national Rudy
award.

To take a look and to cast your vote, go to
http://www.highschoolrudyawards.com/semifinalists.aspx

You need to scroll sideways at the arrow to look at
these pictures

– Thursday December 16th

Last year deaf Luke Adams and his mother appeared on
the TV show, The Amazing Race.

Luke became quickly popular among the deaf people
that watched this TV program.

While he and his mother did not win, they may be
invited to race again. There is a new program called
“Unfinished Business” and there is much talk in the
media that Luke and his mother will be part of that
race.

– Friday December 17th

A 111-text emergency service for the deaf in New Zealand
still needs more tweaking, according to a newspaper
story.

It will not work beyond the scope of a neighborhood
because of the mobile network limitations.

And the cut off time is two minutes. If the police does not
respond within two minutes then the deaf household must
find a different way of making an emergency call.

Still, Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand said they are pleased
with the service so far.

– Saturday November 18th

Elizabeth Spiers, a long time advocate of the deaf-blind,
has been appointed Program Director for state of Virginia
Deaf-Blind Services

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Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

A Purdue basketball player with a hearing loss

Drey Mingo, a junior, was the 2nd leading scorer on
the Purdue women’s basketball team last year.

She suffered from acute bacterial meningitis last
month which has cost her much of her hearing.

A coach of a deaf basketball team sent Mingo a
sign language book and DVD for her to learn some
sign language. The coaches also got a DVD so they
could use basketball signs with her.

She is hoping to return to play at some point this
season.

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RIT Sponsors Math Competition for Middle School Students
Who Are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing

Rochester Institute of Technology’s Math Competition for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students welcomes 6th, 7th and 8th graders to RIT in Rochester, New York, for a weekend of math competition and fun April 8 – 10, 2011.

Now in its fifth year, this math competition for middle school students makes math fun and engaging. Participants solve a variety of math problems within designated time periods. Trophies and cash prizes go to the winners in several categories.

The first 25 schools that submit completed registration forms and payment, or payment authorizations, will be accepted to participate in the competition.

Registration will be closed when the 25 school limit is reached.

The final registration deadline is January 15, 2011.

The math problems featured in the competition are from the MATHCOUNTS© Foundation, a national enrichment, club and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement all across the United States.

For more information, visit the RIT Math Competition website at http://www.rit.edu/NTID/MathCompetition or contact us at mailto:sesnca@rit.edu
call 585-475-7695 or by videophone at 585-286-4625.

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FREE GROUND SHIPPING IN DECEMBER

Holiday shopping is a breeze at WCI!

We’re here to help you find just the right gifts for all your
family and friends.

FREE GROUND SHIPPING on orders over $50.00!
(excludes both CapTel 200 and 800i, dealers or programs)

Call us at 1-800-233-9130 (V/TTY) or visit us at
http://www.weitbrecht.com/onsale.php?utm_source=dd

To receive a copy of our WCI catalog, email sales@weitbrecht.com to
request it.

We’re now on Facebook and Twitter! Come visit us!

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Easily Program Lifelinks VRS using your remote:

For VRS: VRS-SIGN-414 or 877-744-6414
For Spanish: 877-508-7726(VRS-508-SPAN)

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Also, Select your interpreter by gender, preference, previous
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Dial:
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to be connected with a LifeLinks VRS ASL sign language
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LifeLinks will complete the call and translation at no charge.
The easiest way to connect to family, friends, and business:

LifeLinks – No Wait VRS

Just instruct your hearing caller to say the name of his/her
language in English and to have their IP address available.

Visit us online at
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WATCHING MOVIES IN FINLAND
If you are deaf and live in Finland, you may
probably hate the movies.
These movies are subtitled – but it is double
subtitled. The first row of subtitles is in Finnish language
and the second row of subtitles is in Swedish language.
Both subtitles are on the bottom half of the movie
screen – making it almost impossible to watch the
full screen!
We are lucky that subtitles in USA are in English.

– for ASL News version, please click on the arrow at:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/finnishsubtitles/

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

A SAD WORLD WAR II STORY
It was easy for the deaf to find jobs during
World War II. Many hearing employees in factories
had to fight in the US military. These factories
needed new employees and they hired many deaf
workers.
For some of these deaf employees, it was a
sad story. Many of them were not properly trained
to run and operate the factory machines and
factory equipment.
There were many factory accidents and some of
these deaf employees were hurt, some limbs were
amputated and some went blind.
These accidents would not have happened if they
were properly trained, but they weren’t trained.

– for ASL News version, please click on the arrow at:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/factoryaccidents/

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

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Check out http://www.healthbridges.info

A new website about advocacy, social service and behavioral health
care for persons who are Deaf

The website was designed by people who are Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of
hearing in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Topics change monthly!

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A SCARY TREND IN DEAF EDUCATION
There is a trend that is scary when it comes to
Education of the Deaf, and of schools and programs
of the deaf.
In many school districts, the itinerant teachers of
the deaf do not have the Deaf Education background nor
a general understanding of what deafness is all about.
As a result, the deaf kids suffer because of lack of
real support in the classroom.
This is not all. In rural states the shortage of teachers
of the deaf is critical. The shortage is so bad that the
few students taking Deaf Education programs are quickly
offered jobs before the ink is dry on their degrees.
And the third bad trend is huge mass retirements among
older teachers of the deaf.
Said an educator of the deaf:

Yes, the demand for special educators is big.  Deaf educators are included in the number.  But, the shortage in deaf education continues to be a concern for more than one reason!

A COMMENT ABOUT THE DEAF IN THE 19TH CENTURY
A writer wrote on a web site as follows:

American society became an increasingly hostile place
for deaf people during the 19th century

Hostile place? Deaf students attended state schools
for the deaf whereas many hearing students were
shut out of schools for one reason or other, Gallaudet
was founded. Politicians fought to allow the deaf to
work in the Civil Service. Though misguided, Alexander
Graham Bell hoped the telephone would help the deaf
to hear. Deaf people worked as printers in many small
shops, thanks to vocational training at schools
for the deaf. It can go on and on.
Hostile? No. Things were looking up at the end of
the tunnel as 20th century came up on the horizon.

LOOKING BACK AT A PAST DEAFDIGEST VIDEO

http://deafdigest.com/videos/video-angry-counselor/

Do enjoy viewing that video!

IMPACT OF BUDGET CUTS ON THE DEAF
How bad is the impact of budget cuts on the agencies
serving the deaf?
Said John Pirone, a deaf president of Disability
Policy Consortium in Boston:

the cuts have already been too much. Since 2008 the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has experienced a loss of 15 percent of its budget. More of a loss means fewer interpreters, fewer case workers, and fewer deaf residents living independently. The bottom line is that the more budget cuts we endure, the more our
civil rights are reduced

What is happening in Massachusetts stands to be true
of other agencies in other states serving the needs
of the deaf.

A LETTER TO THE DEAF COMMUNITY FROM THE VEDITZ CENTER
Last week’s DeafDigest mentioned Veditz Center, in
Colorado.
The Center wishes to issue a clarification. Do
click on:

http://deafdigest.com/veditzcenter/

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

Oswego County Association of the Deaf (New York)

For the organization goals and objectives, click on:

http://deafdigest.com/ocad/

AN EXCUSE FOR NOT WEARING A HEARING AID

The hearing aid costs me my self-esteem

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WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN?

someone said:

I was clinically deaf until I was three years old and went to speech therapy for three years before starting school

does this mean:

Speech therapy helping cure a person out of his deafness
before he started school???????

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Weitz & Luxenberg P.C., a leading plaintiffs’ litigation law firm,
is expanding litigation against Advanced Bionics related to defective
cochlear implants. If you believe that you may have received an
“Important Notification” letter from Advanced Bionics about your
HiRes90k or Clarion II cochlear implant in either 2004 or 2006, we urge
you to contact us to receive important legal information – even if you
CI is working. Many of our clients’ cochlear implants stopped working
prematurely as described in the letter. We have a Deaf attorney and VP
available.

To find out more, please click here and follow instructions
on the screen or go to:
http://www.weitzlux.com/failed-cochlear-implants_1937570.html

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32nd World’s Largest Silent Weekend for Interpreters, ITP and ASL Teachers
and Students June 23-26, 2011 in Orlando, Florida

We are scheduled yearly until at least 2020 and have over 120 hours
of classes for all levels.  Last two years, we had 1,100 people attend and
have space for 2,000 people with the entire conference floor for our exclusive
use.

The Florida Hotel offers
free parking (some conferences charge up to $36 per day) and free in-room
internet (some hotels charge $12.95 per day).   The huge Florida Mall has an
enormous food court offering you complete meals for as little as $5.99
(some conference hotels charge $8 just for a hot dog).

Frequent presenters include Peter Cook, Crom Saunders, Trix Bruce,
Faith Powell, Shannon Simon, and almost 20 other highly regarded
presenters.  Last year, the lowest rated presenters were only 0.22 point
behind the highest rated ones showing the across-the-board equality in
excellent quality of instructors.

For the advanced group, there will be language-focused and
interpreting-focused CEU classes.

There should be two dozen exhibitors with a huge variety of items
available.  With many classes having breaks hourly, there will be an
exciting and dynamic all-day flow of participants in the exhibit area.

The decadent chocolate fountain refreshment will be offered again!

See www.DrSign.com for more information and for registration plus a video
clip of last year’s Silent Weekend.

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ASL and Interpreting DVDs

Go to www.DrSign.com for DVDs to help ASL students and beginning
interpreters.  Exciting titles include “When ‘Duck’ Is Not Enough”; “Oh,
See, Can You Say?”; “Languishing in a Linear Language is Lethal!”, as
well as ASL and classifiers and storytelling DVDs.

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10th Annual Florida-Alaska Motorcycle Benefit Run

This is the World’s Longest Group Motorcycle Benefit Run.  Purpose of
funds is to help families of deaf babies served by SKIHI.  The 2011 trip
will begin July 16, 2011.

See www.AlaskaBikeRun.com

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

The Department of Justice is asking for your input on how
to improve the ADA regs in these areas:

– Accessibility of Web Information and Services Provided by Entities
Covered by the ADA

– Movie Captioning and Video Description
– Accessibility of Next Generation 9-1-1
– Equipment and Furniture

For input, the deadline is January 26, 2011. Information
is at http://www.regulations.gov – you need to follow the
instructions on the site
Another web site is:
http://www.ada.gov/anprm2010/anprm2010_comment.htm

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Rene Pellerin’s corner: 

Holidays parties or family get-togethers can be a difficult time for
people who have Usher Syndrome.

Many friends and family members tend to come close to my face.  I can
not tell who it is.

Use a funnel and place the large opening to your eye,  now ask
someone to come close to your face.

You will see how difficult it is to recognize someone with so little
visual information.

It is important that you don’t require people with Usher Syndrome to
guess who you are.  It is getting more difficult for me to identify
people.

Just remember to touch your friend’s shoulder.  Keep your hand there
until the deaf-blind individual can position him/herself in the best
place to view you.

Enjoy your holidays!

Rene has started a new show business, focusing on
the Deaf-Blind.

The web site is at:
http://renetheunstoppable.com/

Rene welcomes comments and feedback; his email address is:
mailto:renegp@comcast.net

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A Deaf Fantasy Game:

DeafDigest subscribers

vs

Deaf College Bowl participating teams
(Gallaudet, NTID and CSUN)

at 2010 NAD Conference

A warning – some questions are not deaf-related and are tough
to answer.

Round 2 – Question #2

Correct Answer = Three Points

Incorrect Answer = 0

Challenge = +6 or -6

Q. In the 1840s, this daughter of Lord Byron developed an algorithm to be used for Charles Babbage’s proposed, but never built, Analytical Engine.  As a result of her work, she is widely considered the first computer programmer?

A. Ada Lovelace

There is a programming language called Ada.

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Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. We have a number of deaf individuals that want to go
into business for themselves dealing with the public. Some have enough capital to get started. Some have experience and knowledge of their products and/or services. Then what is the next most important thing?

A. Communications with the hearing. No communications,
the business goes dead.

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 the Association of National Advertisers would follow up
on their talk.

Their talk was their recent recommendation that all TV
commercials be captioned, the upcoming Super Bowl included.

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DeafHistory – Looking Back:

Year 1889 – the Royal Commission on the Blind, Deaf and Dumb,
in Great Britain, made the recommendation that marriage among
these groups be discouraged. This recommendation came after
Alexander Graham Bell felt that the deaf should not learn
to fall in love with each other.

Fortunately, Bell’s advice and the Commission’s recommendation
both went nowhere.

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Deaf and the Money:

$1.3 million

to be paid by Lurvey White Ventures, LLC, to purchase
the campus of Michigan School for the Deaf

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

1,300

deaf children of Galway, in Ireland, put on waiting list
to get audiological exams. The city has not been able to
find an audiologist to do the tests.

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DeafDigest Sports

is at:
http://deafdigestsports.com

do visit that site to take a look for yourself

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Job announcements
DCARA

– Director of Employment Services (full time)
Fremont and San Leandro, CA

click on:
http://deafdigest.com/dcara-es/

– Director of Client Support Services
San Leandro, CA

click on:
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position opening
Company: The Z® / CSDVRS
Title: National Account Manager
Locations: Southeast Region and Northwest Region

Summary: The National Account Manager will be responsible for introducing CSDVRS to new business customers, while also strengthening CSDVRS’ relationship with current business customers. Responsible for sharing new exciting products and features with customers who desire to use video relay service in their place of employment by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate supervisors

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
* Plans and directs sales and service programs to promote new markets, improve competitive position in area, and provide fast and efficient customer service.
* Primary POC for Business users in assigned region.
* Prospect assigned region for new customers.
* Suggesting and implementing creative and practical methods for selling CSDVRS, strengthening client relationships, and increasing visibility.
* Coordinating aspects of CSDVRS marketing efforts.
* Work with other Regional Account Managers to plan and implement state and region-wide events and promotions.
* Coordinate referrals of installations of CSDVRS equipment in homes, agencies, and/or businesses through our installation program; Confers with potential customer to ascertain equipment, supplies, and service needs.
* Work closely with local interpreting agencies.
* Communicate with and submit regular activity reports to the General Manager of BVS.
* Perform additional sales related responsibilities and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
* Must have strong knowledge of Telecommunications Relay Service Industry.
* Must have excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work successfully with a variety of people.
* Must have the ability to communicate fluently in American Sign Language
* Must have a good understanding of Deaf Culture.
* Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.
* Must have extensive customer service experience.
* Must be willing to work a variety of hours and to travel frequently.
* Must have knowledge of Video applications.

Requirements:

Education and/or Experience:
* 1 -2 years of sales experience preferred.
* Bachelor’s Degree in related field strongly preferred.
* Computer knowledge and Microsoft office

Salary:
Commensurate with experience and qualifications. Please send salary requirements to be considered.

Benefits:
Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Plan, Vision Plan, Paid Time Off, Short/Long Term Disability, 401K and matching, Paid Holidays and Employee Assistance Program

Application Deadline:
Open until filled.

Send Resume and Cover Letter to:
mailto:jobs@zvrs.com

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immediate opening
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deafness Program
position located at Decatur, Georgia

Georgia Department of Labor, Vocational Rehabilitation Deaf Services has an immediate opening for:

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deafness Program

– Please follow the URL to formally apply for the job opening:
http://www.dol.state.ga.us/Access/Service/GDOLJobDescr?position_num=00084071&entry_timestamp=2010-12-03-16.02.18.563857

same link is at:
http://referer.us/3/4jIcd4

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(application deadline – December 31, 2010)

Employment vacancies
Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf,
Wilson, NC
http://osp.its.state.nc.us/dhhssearchresults3a.asp?vacancykey=4421

School Dir Oes Res School
http://osp.its.state.nc.us/positiondetail.asp?vacancykey=4421-60039125&DHHSNUMBER=&printit=no

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

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VRI – Interpreter
Language Services Associates
Horsham, PA

Since 1991, Language Services Associates (LSA) has been facilitating foreign language communication and eliminating multicultural communication barriers across a variety of settings and industry segments, including healthcare, government, utilities, insurance and financial services.

LSA offers a full suite of interpretation, translation and multicultural solutions to more than 2,000 clients worldwide in over 200 language offerings. The company has quickly become one of the largest and fastest-growing language service providers in the world with an impressive growth rate of 30 percent in 2009.

LSA is actively seeking experienced VRI Interpreters to work in our state-of-art call center located in Horsham, PA.  Candidates must possess American Sign Language (ASL) and/or English transliteration as well as spoken English skills. We have both full time and part time positions working on-site in our Horsham office.

Job Responsibilities:
* Interpret between American Sign Language (ASL), and/or English transliteration and spoken English, through web-based VRI system

* Answering inbound calls in a timely manner

* Assist clients with basic troubleshooting (refer to manager or IT department if necessary)

* Provide superior customer service

* All other duties as assigned by Manager (may include, but not limited to, video and web based ASL recorded translations)

Requirements:
* Maintain, as applicable, compliance with any national, state, or local licensure and/or certification requirements

* Adhere to the RID Code of Professional Conduct

* Strong attention to detail

* Strong oral and written communication skills

* Professional and positive phone manner with clients from all types of businesses

* Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the 24/7/365 demands of VRI

* Familiarity working in a windows environment (MS Office suite, remote connections-gotomypc, etc.).

* RID CI, CT, CI/CT, CSC; or NIC, NIC Advanced, NIC Master; or NAD (Level IV or V), certification and proof of current Pennsylvania registration

* Experience with VRS or VRI systems(preferred)

* PC Trouble shooting skills preferred

* Minimum of at least a high school diploma

* Willingness to learn and take on more responsibilities as needed

* Attention to detail, while working in a fast paced environment

* At least 5 years of interpreting experience

* “Can-Do” attitude

* Must have the ability to provide VRI services from home, when required

* Candidate must be available to start training 12/20/10

To see a full job description (for full and part time positions) please visit our career website: http://tbe.taleo.net/NA12/ats/careers/searchResults.jsp?org=LSAWEB&cws=1

Or send resume directly to:  mailto:DEhrenberg@LSAweb.com

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– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD !! –

*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Pacoima
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Crenshaw
*  Community Interpreter – Los Angeles
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Santa Ana
*  Program Assistant/Interpreter & Quality Management Assistant – Los Angeles
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim
*  Outreach Coordinator – Bakersfield

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
Sign Therapist II
Regional Mental Health Center
East Chicago, Indiana

Sign Therapist II

Master’s degree in Social Work or related field.

Must be able to use ASL to communicate with deaf clients.

Ability to work with children, adolescents and adults.

Practice offers individual, couples family and group therapy modalities.

Minimum of two years of experience required.

License preferred.

You may mail/fax or email your resume to:

Geminus Corporation
8400 Louisiana Street
Merrillville IN 46410-6353

Fax:219-757-1810
mailto:Diane.johnson@geminus.org

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job announcement
Extended Learning Weekend (ELW) Supplemental Staff
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position description & application procedures,
click on:

http://deafdigest.com/gsdjob/

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Georgia Department of Education – Job Announcement
Speech Language Pathologist
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

Position:  00055445

Location:
Georgia School for the Deaf
232 Perry Farm Road SW
Cave Spring, GA  30124    Program/Unit:

Office of Policy and External Affairs

Description of Duties: Under general supervision, provides speech therapy services to support objectives on students. Individualized Education Plans and placement in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Act. Duties include providing support to teachers and complete evaluations; providing written reports on the services provided and evaluations and will submit them quarterly; assessing, diagnosing, treating, and helping to prevent speech, language, cognitive, communication, voice, swallowing, fluency, and other related disorders.

Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree in speech language pathology and eligibility for Georgia Professional Educator certification in speech language pathology.

Preferred Qualifications:
Preference will be given to applicants who, in addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, possess the following:

– Experience in completing audiological evaluations

– Experience working with students with varying degrees of ability levels

– Three years of experience as a Speech Language Pathologist

Salary/Benefits:
Salary is based on Teacher Salary Schedule with years of experience and type of certification. This is a 10-month position paid on a 12-month basis.  Salary will be based on the number of days worked.  Benefit options include life, disability, dental and health insurance; annual/sick leave; and Employees. Retirement/Teachers. Retirement.

Submit a Georgia School for the Deaf Application* form or State of Georgia Application form to:

Personnel Office
Attn:  Denise Clark
Georgia School for the Deaf
232 Perry Farm Road, SW
Cave Spring, GA  30124

Telephone: 706-777-2286
Fax: 706-777-2240
Internet address:  http://www.gsdweb.org
E-mail: mailto:dclark@doe.k12.ga.us

Consideration/interviews will begin as soon as a list of applicants is established.  Applications/resumes will be evaluated and only those meeting the qualifications will be considered.  Top candidates will be contacted for interviews.

In accordance with Public Law 99-603, also known as the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the Department of Education employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.  All persons hired by the Georgia School for the Deaf are required to verify identity and employment eligibility and will undergo a criminal background investigation.

*An employment application may be obtained from the Personnel Office of the Georgia School for the Deaf. Resume/application should include daytime telephone number and prior employment history with addresses and telephone numbers.  If a resume is submitted, it must be accompanied by a cover letter.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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Georgia Department of Education – Job Announcement
Residential Advisor (DOE)
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

Office of Policy and External Affairs

Description of Duties:
Under general supervision, monitors students in a residential/home life environment; observes, documents, and reports children behavior/progress on an ongoing basis; trains and assists students in basic daily living skills; and maintains a clean, healthy, and safe environment.

Minimum Qualifications:
Any combination of training and experience which would allow the applicant to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities.

Preferred Qualifications:
Preference will be given to applicants who, in addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, possess one or more of the following:

– High school diploma or equivalent
– Two years post secondary education

– Two years experience in a childcare, educational or residential setting

– Sign language proficiency at the .Intermediate Level. as measured by the Sign Communication Instrument

Salary/Benefits:
Pay grade 7 – Minimum $15,168.94 to Maximum $17,520.13 Annually. This is a 10-month position paid on 12-month basis.  Salary will be based on the number of days worked.    Benefit options include life, disability, dental and health insurance; annual/sick leave; and Employees Retirement or Teachers Retirement.

Submit a Georgia School for the Deaf Application* or State of Georgia Application to:

Personnel Office
Attn: Denise Clark
Georgia School for the Deaf
232 Perry Farm Road, SW
Cave Spring, GA  30124

Telephone: 706-777-2286
Fax: 706-777-2240
E-mail: mailto:dclark@doe.k12.ga.us

Consideration/interviews will begin as soon as a list of applicants is established.  Applications/resumes will be evaluated and only those meeting the qualifications will be considered.  Top candidates will be contacted for interviews.

In accordance with Public Law 99-603, also known as the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the Department of Education employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.  All persons hired by the Georgia School for the Deaf are required to verify identity and employment eligibility and will undergo a criminal background investigation.

*An employment application may be obtained from the Personnel Office of the Georgia School for the Deaf. Resume/application should include daytime telephone number and prior employment history with addresses and telephone numbers.  If a resume is submitted, it must be accompanied by a cover letter.

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– What the best newspaper stories are saying about the deaf?

Florida:
an interpreter said half of sign language is facial
expressions and body language

England:
Lloyd Coleman, a deaf teenager with musical skills, has
been invited to perform at the National Orchestra of Wales in 2012

– Very Hot News

A deaf message in the outer space has become a reality!

At the International Space Station, astronaut Tracy
Caldwell Dyson, answered in ASL, the questions from students
at Texas School for the Deaf.

Making all this possible was David Coco, of the TSD staff
and himself a former NASA intern with background in space
physics.

– Sunday December 12th

the Old Kentish Sign Language may become extinct some day.

What is the big deal? Well, the roots of the ASL that we
use, came from British’s Old Kentish Sign Language.

Why is it dying? Because the British Sign Language is
“killing” it off!

This issue was raised by the online linguistics journal Ethnologue, the Unesco Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger and the conservation biologist Professor William Sutherland, himself not deaf.

– Monday December 13th

Was famous comedian Leslie Nielsen a strong supporter of
deaf-related organizations? As we all know, this comedian
passed away last week.

According to an article that was written up recently,
it said he was a supporter of deaf-related groups.

With no disrespect whatsoever to this comedian who made
all of us laugh, DeafDigest is dubious of this claim
made by the writer of that article.

– Tuesday December 14th

Kayode Ogundana, a deaf man in Nigeria, has been appointed
by the Ekiti State government to oversee the needs of the
disabled, the deaf included, in the region.

– Wednesday December 15th

Jae Brown, who is deaf, was fired by Shasta
College, a community college in Redding, California.

Why was she fired? A student protested that she
was using an inappropriate gesture in the
class room.

Her supporters say that the gesture was appropriate,
but the college administration would not agree.

She will continue to teach until her contract runs out.

Her supporters are getting together for a big fight
to have her restored to the faculty.

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

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Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

The popular TV series – CSI – will feature deaf performers
Phyllis Frelich and Marlee Matlin in an episode on
February 3rd.

It has something to do with a murder case at the school
and it will find the Frelich and the Matlin characters
getting into heated arguments!

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RIT’s Digital Arts, Film and Animation Competition for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students

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To qualify, students must submit the following by postal mail: an entry form, a 150 – 300 word descriptive essay about their work, and the artwork itself on CD or DVD.

Students may submit up to two entries in two different art categories.

Winners will receive cash prizes at an awards ceremony in the spring and have their winning work exhibited in the Dyer Arts Center on the RIT campus.

The deadline to register is January 15, 2011.

For an entry form or more information, visit http://www.rit.edu/NTID/Arts or call 585-475-7695 (voice/TTY.)

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HOW TO KILL A JOB INTERVIEW?
This is a true story. A national deaf organization
was advertising for a job as a receptionist/typist.
One hearing woman, ok with her ASL signs, demanded
a very high salary. It was almost equal to the
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Of course, she did not get the job.

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HUMOR OR AN INSULT
One TV commercial, in the past, showed an interpreter taking aspirin, explaining that it helps remove pain in the wrists.
Many interpreters suffer pain in the wrists
and arms for many years.
Is the TV commercial funny or an insult?
You decide!

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THE DICKINSON CONFUSION
Way back in 1949, the Gallaudet football team
had two quarterbacks; the first quarterback was
Marvin Tuttle. The second quarterback was
Marvin Tuttle. Confusing? Yes, one Tuttle was
from Iowa and the other Tuttle was from
North Carolina.
And now this, Janet Dickinson is the director
of the Austine School for the Deaf in Vermont.
And Janet Dickinson is the director of the
New York School for the Deaf!

Said Austine’s Janet:
There actually are two of us, and ironically, I worked at Fanwood many years ago and grew up in the area.
I’ve been at Austine since the year 2000 and at New Jersey School for the Deaf before that

Said New York’s Janet:
Yes, isn’t it such a coincidence about there being two Janet Dickinson’s in similar positions in the Deaf Educational setting.

This confusion was caused by DeafDigest editor
thinking the Austine Janet left her position at
Austine to take over the reins at the New York
School for the Deaf.
Fortunately, the Austine Janet quickly corrected
the confused DeafDigest editor!

HIRING THE DEAF IN CONSTRUCTION TRADES
A deaf civil engineer lamented the fact that
not too many deaf people are hired to work in the
construction trades.
This is true, not just in USA but anywhere in
the world.
There is an exception – Macform Ltd, a small
construction company in Great Britain, already has
three deaf people in working for them.
Said the company spokesperson:

It is unusual in the construction industry to employ people with a hearing impairment because of the perceived health and safety issues. But with every new employee you have to undertake risk assessments and plan appropriately.

Perception that the deaf cannot do construction work
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A MICHIGAN UPDATE
The legislature had to hold one more session, after the
official one ended – to fix the language in the bill that
would permit the state to sell the campus of Michigan
School for the Deaf.
The developer – Lurvey White Ventures LLC – would
then keep the school open with some construction thrown
in.
Would the developer keep his word? Funny stuff has happened
in the past everywhere.

A LATE-DEAFNESS FACT
According to the Department of Health and Human Services,
over 40 percent of senior citizens lose their hearing.
This would mean, according to DHHS, that over 28 million
Americans would be deaf by the year 2030.

WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

A comment like this –

I guess you learn a lot about the topic from interpreting the
professor’s lecture

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

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

One factor to keep in mind when you are working with CART providers
is that they have the ability to provide a transcript.  However, it
must be determined before an assignment if the CART provider will
provide a transcript and who would have access to that
transcript.

CART providers use the same skills and software that court reporters
use.  For most court reporters, the majority of their income comes
from transcript sales.  They charge a per-page fee for their
transcripts.  Their transcripts are required to be certified as
verbatim.

However, for CART providers, the main goal is to provide
communication access for the users or consumers of their services. 

They do not certify their transcripts as verbatim.

CART providers may or may not charge extra for a transcript.  It
depends on the policies of the CART provider.  In college or
university settings, many times transcripts are provided to the
students using the CART services. 

Some speakers will not allow a CART provider to produce a transcript
of an event because they believe that the information that is being
communicated is the work product of the person speaking.  For most
large events, CART providers cannot produce transcripts of those
events without the consent of the people speaking and hosting the
events.   A transcript should not be distributed without the
permission of the party who hired the CART provider.

SIRT3 IS SENIOR CITIZENS’ BEST FRIEND
If senior citizens do not want to become deaf, due to the
aging process, they need to have Sirt3.
Sirt3? According to research teams at University of
Florida and University of Wisconsin working together,
Sirt3 is a protein in the human body that blocks the dreaded
aging process that leads to deafness, among other things.
Their findings have been published in a recent edition of
the journal Cell.

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DEAF POLITICAL AWARENESS

Q. Why cannot we have deaf political workshops to help us
understand politics?

A. We did – on the Capitol Hill in 1978 and the results were
not too encouraging.

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left.

For more details, go to http://www.DeafCruise.com/alaska and see our pre-land
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you can until few years later which we will offer it again. It will
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year, and for Alaska, it may be next 3 years or so, meaning take
advantage now and give yourself a full shot with as many days as you
can this time!

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Weitz & Luxenberg P.C., a leading plaintiffs’ litigation law firm, is expanding litigation against Advanced Bionics related to defective
cochlear implants. If you believe that you may have received an
“Important Notification” letter from Advanced Bionics about your
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you to contact us to receive important legal information – even if you
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What:  A national study for counselors who serve the Deaf funded by
AHRQ

Why: Counseling and behavioral health services for persons who
are Deaf, Deaf-blind or hard of hearing are scarce, and many
individuals are underserved. We hope to learn and share the results
with all who provide counseling services across the nation

If you are a counselor please take the time to complete the survey or
if you know counselors in your region who work with this population
please forward this survey to them at:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5DYG2XF

The questionnaire takes about 30 minutes to complete. After completing
the survey, the respondent will receive a small token of appreciation
for their  time. If you want a paper copy instead to complete please
let us know.

The study is being conducted by Drs. Kim Mathos and Beth Nolan
address ( mailto:kkmathos@gmail.com )

Thank you very much for completing the survey or helping us to
identify appropriate providers. We very much appreciate your help!

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

The U.S. Department of Labor has made available
a database that relates to employment of the
disabled, the deaf included.

The database is at:
http://www.earnworks.com

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The Deaf and the Law:

Suppose you requested an interpreter or a CART at
the court, and was turned down, what to do?

The courts are supposed to have local ADA coordinators.

Ask the court clerk for the name and the number of their
ADA coordinator.

And most important of all, keep copies of your letters.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Deaf people normally speak louder than hearing people, but
which is understandable since they cannot hear well enough to
control their speaking volume.  There is a twist in the case
of Michael Hill, a deaf student at University of Tennessee.
Michael is one of the finalists for the “America’s Loudest
College Football Fan” contest sponsored by Hall’s Cough
Medicines.
He is competing against 12 other vocally-endowed
fans for the national honor.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

A surprise visitor on the RIT campus few days ago was
President Bill Clinton.
Speaking of deaf students that attend classes at NTID
and RIT, Clinton said:

I think the fact that you have all these hearing-impaired
people here who are doing terrifically well at school and
are going to get jobs is a classic example of what America
can do. You’re basically saying that it’s wrong to waste
anybody’s brain power. It’s wrong to deny any one the chance
to live up to their full potential. And if you do it, your
country pays a price. If you have a chance to do public good
as private citizens, this school proves it.”

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Why is it that when a hearing person meets a deaf person
for the first time in his life, he makes this quick
assumption that deaf people’s intelligence is low?

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A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

James Dibble, the legendary Australian TV newscaster,
passed away recently.

He received many honors during his 30-year career
in the TV industry.

He was especially proud of one honor – the one given
by the Better Hearing Australia for his “easy to read”
lips.

Maybe the deaf, in the past, would need to lipread
on TV because of no signed news or no captions. But
would this honor be obsolete if 24/7 captions are
available in Australia?

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

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DeafBook of the Week

Deafness

David Wright

personal account of deafness

1969

Stein & Day Publishers

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
Director, Public Safety
Gallaudet University
Washington, DC

Gallaudet University is looking for a Director of Public Safety to: direct the efficient and effective operation of the Department of Public Safety; maintain a safe and secure university and Clerc Center campus for residents and visitors; implement community policing and public relations initiatives, and educational and outreach public safety programs for students, staff, and visitors; develop training programs for all DPS personnel; manage the departmental budget; supervise or direct the supervision of all DPS managers or other supervisory personnel;  manage parking and traffic control, and student, faculty and staff identification; and manage all aspects of fire safety on campus.

Minimum requirements:  Bachelor’s degree and ten years experience in increasingly demanding management positions in complex institutions or in police or public safety field. (Master’s degree may be substituted for some of the experience.)  Familiarity with working in an educational setting and an understanding of student development.  Excellent customer relations skills.  Significant leadership, administrative, and budgetary experience.  Demonstrated ability to work effectively with disciplinary issues in a K-12 and university environment.  Valid driver’s license required. Sign language skills required at time of application.

Excellent benefits package including health, dental and life insurance, educational assistance, and annual/sick leave accrual.  Competitive salary range starting at $81K.

To apply, send cover letter, resume and Gallaudet University application to:
Gallaudet University, Human Resources Services, Job #10073, 800 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002.

Faxes (202-651-5344) or emailed documents ( mailto:personnel.office@gallaudet.edu ) are accepted.

We are EOE.

Deadline: 12/31/2010.

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Open positions
The Learning Center for the Deaf
Framingham, MA

– Position:       Residential Counselor (Female Dorm)

Definition:     
Residential Counselor will provide leadership to residential students
to develop, implement and monitor all residential activities, which
support residential students’ social, physical, intellectual,
communication and emotional development.

Requirements:   
BA/BS degree in Human Services or equivalent preferred. High School
diploma with 2 years of experience in residential setting or
supervisory level may be equivalent. Fluent in American Sign
Language. Ability to communicate and work effectively as part of a
team. Knowledge of issues and priorities important to the students’
needs in residential program preferred. Competency in Microsoft
Office software programs. Willingness to work a varied schedule. MA
Driver License must be secured and in good standings. Experience and
skill in developing, implementing and/or planning activities for
residential students.

– POSITION:                       Classroom Teacher, Walden School

DEFINITION:     
The classroom teacher is responsible for providing quality
educational service to Walden School students.  This includes
planning creative lessons and classes that satisfy IEP goals,
maintaining a classroom environment that fosters learning, and
implementing behavior or treatment plans as they apply to the
classroom setting.

REQUIREMENTS:           
Masters Degree in Education/Deaf Education
Massachusetts State Certification (or certification from a Reciprocal
state)
2 – 4 years teaching experience in an elementary or secondary
classroom
A second language fluency in ASL
Verbal and written communication skills are at sufficient level to
ensure effective communication
Expertise in child/adolescent mental health
Interpersonal skills developed to a level which will allow the smooth
cooperation at all levels within the agency

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Must be physically able to perform all duties of the job including
restraining assaultive students when necessary, pursuing running
students, and participating in sports and recreation activities with
students.  Job may also include prolonged standing, frequently
lifting up to 50 pounds, pushing, pulling, bending, stooping,
twisting, reaching above shoulder level as well as reacting quickly
to minimize escalating behavioral outbursts.

– Position:               Classroom Teacher

Definition:
Classroom teachers create, with the students, a community of learners
where students feel respected and honored. Teachers set instructional
objectives, design and prepare instruction and plan and implement
various supportive activities that meet age appropriate emotional,
physical and instructional needs of students. Teachers communicate
learning goals and high standards and expectations to students.
Teachers build positive relationships with parents and colleagues, in
order to enhance each student’s ability to learn effectively.

Requirements:   
– MA degree in Deaf Education preferred
– ASL fluency
– Written language competency
– Licensed or able to be licensed by Massachusetts DESE
– Ability to work effectively as part of an
educational team

– POSITION:            Child Care Worker – Day and Residential Residential

DEFINITION:     
Responsible for implementing treatment plans and for the direct care
and safety of the children residing at Walden School.

REQUIREMENTS:           
Training or degree in Human Service Field       
Understanding of mental health and children’s issues
1 to 2 years in direct child care experience
A second language fluency in ASL

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Must be physically able to perform all duties of the job including
restraining assaultive students when necessary, pursuing running
students, and participating in sports and recreation activities with
students.  Job may also include prolonged standing, frequently
lifting up to 50 pounds, pushing, pulling, bending, stooping,
twisting, reaching above shoulder level as well as reacting quickly
to minimize escalating behavioral outbursts.

– Position:               Wraparound Family Partner (Part-Time)

Definition:     
The Family Partner works in the community support Wraparound program,
a specialized agency within the statewide Child Behavioral Health
Initiative.  She/he is responsible for support and advocacy to
parents/caregivers, providing some direct services and helping
families identify strengths, needs and access to community resources.

Requirements:   
Experience as a caregiver of a youth with emotional or behavioral
health needs.  Bachelor’s degree in a human service field is
preferred but experience working with youth with Serious Emotional
Disturbance and their families can substitute. ASL skills and
bicultural competency are required. The Family Partner must be able
to work collaboratively with a team and possess effective
interpersonal and communication skills. Time flexibility and some
availability during evening/weekend hours are required as well as a
valid Massachusetts drivers’ license.

– Position:               Overnight Residential Counselor (Female Dorm)

Definition:     
Residential Counselor will provide surveillance over a group of
students in a residential setting just before, during and after
sleeping periods until the first class begins or staff coverage.
He/she may also monitor all residential activities, which support
their residential students’ social, physical, intellectual,
communication and emotional development.

Requirements:   
BA/BS degree in Human Services or equivalent preferred. High School
diploma with 2 years of experience in residential setting may be
equivalent. Fluent in American Sign Language. Ability to communicate
and work effectively as part of a team. Knowledge of issues and
priorities important to the students’ needs in residential program
preferred. Competency in Microsoft Office software programs.
Willingness to work a varied schedule. MA Driver License must be
secured and in good standing.

– Position:       Educational Audiologist

Definition:     
Provide comprehensive audiological services to TLC students at the
Framingham and Randolph campuses.

Requirements:   
A degree in audiology (Masters, AuD), experience as a pediatric
audiologist and licensure from the Board of Registration of
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. CCC-A is preferred.

Prior experience with Deaf and hard of hearing children is preferred.
American Sign Language (ASL) knowledge or a willingness to improve
skills.

For ALL Positions:
Please visit our website http://(www.tlcdeaf.org for more information.

If interested in applying please send resume to:

Cristin Houlihan
Personnel Assistant
The Learning Center for the Deaf
848 Central Street
Framingham, MA 01701

508-879-5110 ext. 306
508-875-3355 (fax)
http://www.tlcdeaf.org (apply online)
mailto:cristin_houlihan@tlcdeaf.org

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*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Pacoima
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*  Community Interpreter – Los Angeles
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Santa Ana
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*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim
*  Outreach Coordinator – Bakersfield

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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seeking individuals
Residential Care
Tucson Residence Foundation
Tucson, Arizona

T.R.F. is seeking individuals for Full-time & Part-time positions providing direct care to individuals with developmental & hearing disabilities. American Sign Language knowledge preferred but not required. Must be 21 years of age and have a high school diploma/ GED. Evening & weekend hours avail. EOE.

Starting wage – $8.50 – $8.76/hr

Paid training for new employees

Benefits at 90 days

Apply at: Tucson Residence Foundation 115 S. Sherwood Village Dr.
Tucson, AZ

Mon. – Fri.  8:30a – 4:30p e-mail: mailto:c_winkler@qwestoffice.net

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POTHOS Inc employment posting
email resumes to: mailto:chiefbrink@pothos.us
One Position in Northern CA

Position title: California Relay Service Outreach Coordinator

Position summary:  This full-time position at POTHOS is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) and Captioned Telephone for California Relay Service (CRS) for our client Hamilton Relay.

Essential functions:

– Develops Annual Outreach Plan designed to promote California Relay Service; raising awareness and increasing the use of relay services.

– Plans and implements outreach activities and marketing programs that support the Outreach Plan.

– Designs, coordinates and conducts demonstrations and training programs on how to access and use California Relay services.

– Coordinates and delivers training programs about relay services for businesses, agencies and organizations.

– Delivers/conducts outreach activities/presentations focused on current and potential customers on all relay services using presentation skills, visual aids and written proposals.

– Works collaboratively with CPUC and DDTP to implement outreach activities throughout California.

– Participates in Outreach and California Relay Council meetings, scheduled Outreach activities and Marketing Summits.

Preferred experience and skills:

– Prior work experience with the user communities that can benefit from relay services
– Deaf – Senior – Hard of Hearing

– Excellent presentation skills

– Fluency in American Sign Language & Spanish.

– Knowledge/ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users.

– Direct work experience with Telecommunication Relay Service and/or knowledge of Captioned Telephone Relay Services.

– Deaf or Hard of Hearing individuals are encouraged to apply.

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DeafDigest – 16 December 2010

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 16, 2010

This is the latest short, no-ads, Mid-Week edition.

Enjoy reading it.

– number of students taking ASL classes grow fast and faster

According to the Modern Language Association of America, ASL
is the fourth most popular language in the classroom.

Look at this growth in number of ASL students:

1990 – 1,602
1995 – 4,304
1998 – 11,420
2002 – 60,781
2006 – 78,829
2009 – 91,763

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– Speed Dating at Gallaudet !

Speed Dating among the hearing has been going on for
a while.

What about Deaf Speed Dating? This event took place recently
at Gallaudet.

The rules?
Just one rule – speaking is not permitted

All of these Speed Daters were deaf? No. There were some
hearing Speed Daters, but they all had to sign.

The disadvantage was that there were too many nosey
people on the campus that were curious as to what was
going on!

……..

– a deaf uniformed officer, with K-9 dog, deals with agricultural
products at the Philadelphia Airport

If you happen to be at the Philadelphia Airport, be on the
look out for Melissa Wallace, a deaf woman who is an
uniformed agent with the US Customs & Border Protection Patrol.
She deals with agricultural products in the airplane
cargo section

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– Back and forth between Chef and ASL interpreter

Rena Hobbs, a Coda fluent with ASL, is a chef at
the Heritage Hotel Resort and Conference Center
at Southbury, CT.

The Deaf Women of New England Conference took
place at the hotel last week. She then became
the conference interpreter.

When the conference ended, she went back to her
regular job as the hotel chef!

If you are at that hotel and order fish tacos,
these were cooked to perfection by her.

……

– another race for Luke Adams and his mother

Last year deaf Luke Adams and his mother appeared on
the TV show, The Amazing Race.

Luke became quickly popular among the deaf people
that watched this TV program.

While he and his mother did not win, they may be
invited to race again. There is a new program called
“Unfinished Business” and there is much talk in the
media that Luke and his mother will be part of that
race.

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DeafDigest – 13 December 2010

DeafDigest Gold – December 12, 2010

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

America’s Unique Deaf Stories; free subscription
serving the Deaf Community since 1996; 14th year

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Last week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/wrongcaptions/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/bigoffices/

This week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/hairstylemagazine/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/oralinterpreter/

(please click on the arrow to start the video)

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

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Video Chat Never Looked So Good!

Video chat with America’s newest 4G smartphone, the Samsung Epic[tm]
4G now at the Deaf Pager Store.

Powered by Android[tm], the Samsung Epic includes a Super AMOLED 4″
screen and two cameras: one 5 megapixel camera/camcorder and a
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The Deaf Pager Store is the store with the devices and low-cost data
plan for deaf and hard of hearing people.

See the Samsung Epic at: http://bit.ly/DeafPagerStore_DDG121210

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

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

Go there to look at the latest Cartoon

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Contact Project Endeavor today so you can watch videos on YouTube,
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To qualify for Project Endeavor, call VOICE: 877-NET-ME77, e-mail
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The DeafDigest is divided into Blue and Gold sections, both
ranked equal in contents, features and ads. This is the
Gold section.

……

weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:

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

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Hot Deaf News during the week:

– Hot Newspaper stories during the week:

moving from Pakistan to Canada for better Deaf Quality of Life
http://deafdigest.com/belford/

a deaf teacher teaching Earth Sciences in a hearing classroom
http://deafdigest.com/borchers/

– Very Hot News

Deaf advocates in the province of Quebec are saying
the same thing that we, the deaf in USA complain –
shortage of interpreters.

This complaint was the focus of a news program.

Reason for shortage, in some ways, is attributed to
lack of interpreter training programs in Quebec.
This province, by the way, is bilingual, meaning
need for ASL interpreters and French language
interpreters.

– Thursday December 9th

While the sale of property on the campus at Michigan
School for the Deaf is messy – public opposition and
the refusal of the governor to sign the bill, there is
another piece of legislation that may move well.

It is the Hearing Aid Tax Credit. The Senate passed
it and it is up to the House.

– Friday December 10th

Do deaf teenagers develop better command of language
if their deafness were detected immediately after birth?

This is what University of Southampton researchers
in Great Britain are trying to figure out.

– Saturday November 11th

Deaf people in Massachusetts think that the state
government is cutting more money out of Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing than
with other such state agencies and commissions.

…..

Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

We, in USA and Canada, argue which is best for the
deaf child – oral education or education via sign
language.

Pretty much stands true everywhere in the world,
Ireland included.

This issue was raised in a major Irish newspaper.

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(deadline December 14, 2010; winner of drawing gets a $250 Amazon gift certificate)

Please take the 2010 Survey on Hearing Aid Compatibility of Cellphones!

All participants entered into a drawing for a $250 Amazon gift certificate

About 7 years ago the FCC approved rules requiring cellphone manufacturers and cellphone service providers to make a certain proportion of their mobile devices with shielding that would minimize electromagnetic emissions that interfere with hearing aids and cochlear implants.

We’ve been tracking the impact of these regulations for the past 5 years with our annual Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) survey. And, we need your help!

Please take a moment to complete this quick survey. It only takes 2 minutes. All who take it will be entered into a drawing for a $250 Amazon gift certificate.

The survey will run through December 14, 2010. So, please take the survey now!

The link to the survey is:
http://www.wirelessrerc.org/news/take-the-2010-hac-survey

Web posting of this announcement with Wireless RERC logo at:
http://deafdigest.com/hearingaidcompatibility/

Contact information:
John Morris, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center
Shepherd Center
Atlanta, GA 30309

mailto:john_morris@shepherd.org

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please email mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

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updated every Monday

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WHAT IS THE DEAF HAIRSTYLIST’S BEST FRIEND?
We have a few deaf hairstylists. Some of them
are great and earn a lot of money in tips from
happy customers.
For one deaf hairstylist, what is her best
friend?
Is it an interpreter? No. Is it deaf customers?
No. Is it a boss that is easy to read lips? No.
The best friend is the hairstyling magazines.
She would show the magazine to the hearing
customers and ask them to point to the picture
of the hairstyle they want!
This is communication in pictures.

– for ASL News version, please click on the arrow at:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/hairstylemagazine/

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

IS ORAL INTERPRETING DEAD?
Is oral interpreting now old fashioned and now dead?
Many oral people get tired of reading the lips of oral
interpreters. Some of them “sneak” a look at ASL
interpreters and can follow their signs because of
easier lipreading.
And also, most oral people prefer CART instead of
lipreading.
This is why DeafDigest wonders if oral interpreting
is dead?

– for ASL News version, please click on the arrow at:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/oralinterpreter/

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

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Check out http://www.healthbridges.info

A new website about advocacy, social service and behavioral health
care for persons who are Deaf

The website was designed by people who are Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of
hearing in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Topics change monthly!

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A LIBRARY ACCOMMODATING THE NEEDS OF THE DEAF
There was an announcement in the local newspaper
that the Manitowoc-Calumet Library System (Wisconsin)
now can accommodate the needs of patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Great! But after reading the announcement,
DeafDigest editor is confused.
It said:

Patrons can place a request for assistive sound system equipment for meetings and events that take place within the libraries in Brillion, Chilton, Kiel, Manitowoc, New Holstein and Two Rivers. The request can be
made by phone or in person at the front desk.

Huh! What good is a sound system for the deaf?
For the hard of hearing, probably yes, but the deaf?

A LIPREADING CLASS DROPPED
A lipreading class for late deafened individuals
in a town was dropped.
Why was it dropped? Low enrollment numbers, lack of
interest.
Sad that these people consider it a stigma to be
late deafened.
DeafDigest editor, years ago, had a late deafened
uncle. He refused to avail himself of resources
to help the late deafened. As a result he became
withdrawn for the rest of his life.

THE DEAF AND THE SPELLING BEE SEASON
Spelling Bee contests is for every student, not
just hearing only. We’ve had many deaf participants
in these spelling bee contests.
Said an interpreter:

I sign the word as it is being said for the hearing
contestants. I know that some interpreters mouth the
word without fingerspelling it, whereas others don’t

AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM HAMPTON, VIRGINIA
For years the state of Virginia had two schools for the
deaf, one at Staunton and at Hampton.
During the peak years the Hampton campus had 500 students.
Times changed and enrollment dwindled to less than 40 in
2007 when the state closed the school once and for all.
What has become of the school campus? Last week, the
Hampton City Council agreed to purchase 50 acres. The
city, however, has not yet decided what to do with the
purchase.
The school’s remaining 25 acre plot may be given to
a non-profit agency that works with the disabled.

OUR ORGANIZATIONS SERVING THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING

We have many, many organizations, international,
national and local that serve deaf and hard of hearing people.
One such organization is:

Rochester Recreation Club for the Deaf

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

http://deafdigest.com/rrcd/

A SPEAKER AT A GRADUATION CEREMONY IN CALIFORNIA
Kirstie Kampen, who is deaf, has given a speech this past
Saturday at the graduation ceremony at the University of California at
Davis.
Her goal is to attend medical school and become a cardiac
surgeon.
She uses “everything” to get around – ASL, lip reading, hearing
aid and a CI.
To speak at Davis is a huge deal – for this university is
considered to be one of the best public universities in USA.

AN EXCUSE FOR NOT WEARING A HEARING AID

earmolds and batteries are too expensive

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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?

part of a newspaper story last week read like this:

She was born half-deaf in both ears

Half-deaf as in half-hearing?

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Weitz & Luxenberg P.C., a leading plaintiffs’ litigation law firm,
is expanding litigation against Advanced Bionics related to defective
cochlear implants. If you believe that you may have received an
“Important Notification” letter from Advanced Bionics about your
HiRes90k or Clarion II cochlear implant in either 2004 or 2006, we urge
you to contact us to receive important legal information – even if you
CI is working. Many of our clients’ cochlear implants stopped working
prematurely as described in the letter. We have a Deaf attorney and VP
available.

To find out more, please click here and follow instructions
on the screen or go to:
http://www.weitzlux.com/failed-cochlear-implants_1937570.html

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32nd World’s Largest Silent Weekend for Interpreters, ITP and ASL Teachers
and Students June 23-26, 2011 in Orlando, Florida

We are scheduled yearly until at least 2020 and have over 120 hours
of classes for all levels.  Last two years, we had 1,100 people attend and
have space for 2,000 people with the entire conference floor for our exclusive
use.

The Florida Hotel offers
free parking (some conferences charge up to $36 per day) and free in-room
internet (some hotels charge $12.95 per day).   The huge Florida Mall has an
enormous food court offering you complete meals for as little as $5.99
(some conference hotels charge $8 just for a hot dog).

Frequent presenters include Peter Cook, Crom Saunders, Trix Bruce,
Faith Powell, Shannon Simon, and almost 20 other highly regarded
presenters.  Last year, the lowest rated presenters were only 0.22 point
behind the highest rated ones showing the across-the-board equality in
excellent quality of instructors.

For the advanced group, there will be language-focused and
interpreting-focused CEU classes.

There should be two dozen exhibitors with a huge variety of items
available.  With many classes having breaks hourly, there will be an
exciting and dynamic all-day flow of participants in the exhibit area.

The decadent chocolate fountain refreshment will be offered again!

See www.DrSign.com for more information and for registration plus a video
clip of last year’s Silent Weekend.

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ASL and Interpreting DVDs

Go to www.DrSign.com for DVDs to help ASL students and beginning
interpreters.  Exciting titles include “When ‘Duck’ Is Not Enough”; “Oh,
See, Can You Say?”; “Languishing in a Linear Language is Lethal!”, as
well as ASL and classifiers and storytelling DVDs.

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10th Annual Florida-Alaska Motorcycle Benefit Run

This is the World’s Longest Group Motorcycle Benefit Run.  Purpose of
funds is to help families of deaf babies served by SKIHI.  The 2011 trip
will begin July 16, 2011.

See www.AlaskaBikeRun.com

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

We, unfortunately, have many deaf individuals in
prisons.

And access to interpreters and video relay devices
are hot issues at prisons everywhere in USA.

Yet, there is a twist – a deaf person wanted to visit
a prisoner and asked for an interpreter and he was
turned down.

He sued and the judge agreed with him, saying that
that prison officials had not presented any evidence to
show that accommodating him would impose any burden.

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Rene Pellerin’s corner: 

Every year at Christmas, I get something nice and weird gadgets to
meet my vision needs.

Most often I get a variety of lights.   Camping headband lights,
clamp on lights, flashlights and even a battery operated clamp on
light for the barbeque grill!

Anyway, if you are thinking of getting something for your loved one
who has Usher Syndrome or low vision, check out these links.

Some neat stuff is available at reasonable prices. 

ZoomText Keyboard – http://www.aisquared.com/zoomtext_keyboard

Some everyday living items for around the kitchen (careful some of
the products are in voice only for blind who are hearing)

http://www.independentliving.com/searchprods.asp?txtsearch=Kitchen

Getting new appliances?  For example, microwave ovens are typically
not accessible for low vision.  You can use raised dots to add to
keypad. –

http://www.independentliving.com/prodinfo.asp?number=730175

For my microwave oven the raised dots are placed on odd numbers (1,
3, 5, 7, 9 and 0) and a black square is used for “stop”.  Feel free
to modify the pattern to meet individual needs and preferences.

Happy Holidays!  

Rene has started a new show business, focusing on
the Deaf-Blind.

The web site is at:
http://renetheunstoppable.com/

Rene welcomes comments and feedback; his email address is:
mailto:renegp@comcast.net

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A Deaf Fantasy Game:

DeafDigest subscribers

vs

Deaf College Bowl participating teams
(Gallaudet, NTID and CSUN)

at 2010 NAD Conference

A warning – some questions are not deaf-related and are tough
to answer.

Round 2 – Question #1

Correct Answer = Three Points

Incorrect Answer = 0

Challenge = +6 or -6

Q. On August 8, 2009, Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in as an Associate Justice the court?

A. David Souter

Elena Kagan has been nominated to replace Justice John Paul Stevens

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Deaf Picture of the Week:

4 pictures of Senior Citizens Christmas party with
girls’ basketball team from California School
for the Deaf at Fremont

http://deafdigest.com/fremontgirls1/
http://deafdigest.com/fremontgirls2/
http://deafdigest.com/fremontgirls3/
http://deafdigest.com/fremontgirls4/

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Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. Why was there a high incidence of deafness among
European royal families of years way back?

A. Intermarriage is suspected as the prime reason.

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 sign language interpreters are NEVER considered as the
13th person in the court jury rooms. There is a fierce debate
going on in Irish legal circles – some say impartial interpreters
are not considered 13th person whereas others say it is.

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DeafHistory – Looking Back:

Among them are Old Kentish Sign Language, a forerunner to the standard British Sign Language which was documented by Samuel Pepys in his diaries when he noted a silent conversation between a friend and his deaf servant about a fire in Whitehall in November 1666.

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Deaf and the Money:

$36 million

to build a new Michigan School for the Deaf building plus
another school in Flint – which has already hit a legislative
snag

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

CI and hearing percentage games?

http://deafdigest.com/felicitybleckly/

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DeafResources

TSA’s Deaf Travel rules
http://deafdigest.com/tsa-deaftravel-rules/

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)

…..

DeafDigest Sports

is at:
http://deafdigestsports.com

do visit that site to take a look for yourself

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

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immediate opening
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deafness Program
position located at Decatur, Georgia

Georgia Department of Labor, Vocational Rehabilitation Deaf Services has an immediate opening for:

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deafness Program

– Please follow the URL to formally apply for the job opening:
http://www.dol.state.ga.us/Access/Service/GDOLJobDescr?position_num=00084071&entry_timestamp=2010-12-03-16.02.18.563857

same link is at:
http://referer.us/3/4jIcd4

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(application deadline – December 31, 2010)

Employment vacancies
Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf,
Wilson, NC
http://osp.its.state.nc.us/dhhssearchresults3a.asp?vacancykey=4421

School Dir Oes Res School
http://osp.its.state.nc.us/positiondetail.asp?vacancykey=4421-60039125&DHHSNUMBER=&printit=no

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

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VRI – Interpreter
Language Services Associates
Horsham, PA

Since 1991, Language Services Associates (LSA) has been facilitating foreign language communication and eliminating multicultural communication barriers across a variety of settings and industry segments, including healthcare, government, utilities, insurance and financial services.

LSA offers a full suite of interpretation, translation and multicultural solutions to more than 2,000 clients worldwide in over 200 language offerings. The company has quickly become one of the largest and fastest-growing language service providers in the world with an impressive growth rate of 30 percent in 2009.

LSA is actively seeking experienced VRI Interpreters to work in our state-of-art call center located in Horsham, PA.  Candidates must possess American Sign Language (ASL) and/or English transliteration as well as spoken English skills. We have both full time and part time positions working on-site in our Horsham office.

Job Responsibilities:
* Interpret between American Sign Language (ASL), and/or English transliteration and spoken English, through web-based VRI system

* Answering inbound calls in a timely manner

* Assist clients with basic troubleshooting (refer to manager or IT department if necessary)

* Provide superior customer service

* All other duties as assigned by Manager (may include, but not limited to, video and web based ASL recorded translations)

Requirements:
* Maintain, as applicable, compliance with any national, state, or local licensure and/or certification requirements

* Adhere to the RID Code of Professional Conduct

* Strong attention to detail

* Strong oral and written communication skills

* Professional and positive phone manner with clients from all types of businesses

* Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the 24/7/365 demands of VRI

* Familiarity working in a windows environment (MS Office suite, remote connections-gotomypc, etc.).

* RID CI, CT, CI/CT, CSC; or NIC, NIC Advanced, NIC Master; or NAD (Level IV or V), certification and proof of current Pennsylvania registration

* Experience with VRS or VRI systems(preferred)

* PC Trouble shooting skills preferred

* Minimum of at least a high school diploma

* Willingness to learn and take on more responsibilities as needed

* Attention to detail, while working in a fast paced environment

* At least 5 years of interpreting experience

* “Can-Do” attitude

* Must have the ability to provide VRI services from home, when required

* Candidate must be available to start training 12/20/10

To see a full job description (for full and part time positions) please visit our career website: http://tbe.taleo.net/NA12/ats/careers/searchResults.jsp?org=LSAWEB&cws=1

Or send resume directly to:  mailto:DEhrenberg@LSAweb.com

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Job announcements
DCARA

– JOB DEVELOPER / INTERPRETER
Full-Time, Non-Exempt
Campbell, California

– JOB DEVELOPER / INTERPRETER
Full-Time, Non-Exempt
San Francisco, California

click on:
http://deafdigest.com/dcara-sf/

click on:
http://deafdigest.com/dcara-css/

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Executive Director Search
Georgia Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Decatur, GA

Position Summary:
– To serve as the Executive Director – To serve as the primary spokesperson in all areas of media, public relations, and marketing. – To oversee the implementation of strategic goals and objectives, programs and services delivery, budget and fiscal management, personnel, and human resources. – To secure adequate state, federal, unrestricted and restricted funding to support the operation . – To keep abreast of legislation related to the Deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened and deaf-blind community.. – To oversee contracts from state and private foundations. – To provide direction and leadership toward the achievement of  our philosophy, mission, strategy, goals and objectives.

Qualifications:
– Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services or related field, Master’s preferred.
– Strong background in multiple programs and services for the Deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened and deaf-blind community. –  Five years of experience in non-profit, community-based management and supervision of a large staff. – Three years of professional experience with grant procurement, project management and fundraising efforts. – Must have good organizational and time management skills. – Must have excellent writing, communication, and public speaking skills. – Must be able to problem solve, make sound decisions, and collaborate with other agencies.

http://www.GACHI.org

Please submit Resumes:
Via E-mail
mailto:gachiboard@gmail.com

GACHI IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD !! –

*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Pacoima
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Crenshaw
*  Community Interpreter – Los Angeles
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Santa Ana
*  Program Assistant/Interpreter & Quality Management Assistant – Los Angeles
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim
*  Placement Coordinator – Anaheim
*  Outreach Coordinator – Bakersfield

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
Sign Therapist II
Regional Mental Health Center
East Chicago, Indiana

Sign Therapist II

Master’s degree in Social Work or related field.

Must be able to use ASL to communicate with deaf clients.

Ability to work with children, adolescents and adults.

Practice offers individual, couples family and group therapy modalities.

Minimum of two years of experience required.

License preferred.

You may mail/fax or email your resume to:

Geminus Corporation
8400 Louisiana Street
Merrillville IN 46410-6353

Fax:219-757-1810
mailto:Diane.johnson@geminus.org

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job announcement
Extended Learning Weekend (ELW) Supplemental Staff
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position description & application procedures,
click on:

http://deafdigest.com/gsdjob/

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Georgia Department of Education – Job Announcement
Speech Language Pathologist
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

Position:  00055445

Location:
Georgia School for the Deaf
232 Perry Farm Road SW
Cave Spring, GA  30124    Program/Unit:

Office of Policy and External Affairs

Description of Duties: Under general supervision, provides speech therapy services to support objectives on students. Individualized Education Plans and placement in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Act. Duties include providing support to teachers and complete evaluations; providing written reports on the services provided and evaluations and will submit them quarterly; assessing, diagnosing, treating, and helping to prevent speech, language, cognitive, communication, voice, swallowing, fluency, and other related disorders.

Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree in speech language pathology and eligibility for Georgia Professional Educator certification in speech language pathology.

Preferred Qualifications:
Preference will be given to applicants who, in addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, possess the following:

– Experience in completing audiological evaluations

– Experience working with students with varying degrees of ability levels

– Three years of experience as a Speech Language Pathologist

Salary/Benefits:
Salary is based on Teacher Salary Schedule with years of experience and type of certification. This is a 10-month position paid on a 12-month basis.  Salary will be based on the number of days worked.  Benefit options include life, disability, dental and health insurance; annual/sick leave; and Employees. Retirement/Teachers. Retirement.

Submit a Georgia School for the Deaf Application* form or State of Georgia Application form to:

Personnel Office
Attn:  Denise Clark
Georgia School for the Deaf
232 Perry Farm Road, SW
Cave Spring, GA  30124

Telephone: 706-777-2286
Fax: 706-777-2240
Internet address:  http://www.gsdweb.org
E-mail: mailto:dclark@doe.k12.ga.us

Consideration/interviews will begin as soon as a list of applicants is established.  Applications/resumes will be evaluated and only those meeting the qualifications will be considered.  Top candidates will be contacted for interviews.

In accordance with Public Law 99-603, also known as the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the Department of Education employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.  All persons hired by the Georgia School for the Deaf are required to verify identity and employment eligibility and will undergo a criminal background investigation.

*An employment application may be obtained from the Personnel Office of the Georgia School for the Deaf. Resume/application should include daytime telephone number and prior employment history with addresses and telephone numbers.  If a resume is submitted, it must be accompanied by a cover letter.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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Georgia Department of Education – Job Announcement
Residential Advisor (DOE)
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

Office of Policy and External Affairs

Description of Duties:
Under general supervision, monitors students in a residential/home life environment; observes, documents, and reports children behavior/progress on an ongoing basis; trains and assists students in basic daily living skills; and maintains a clean, healthy, and safe environment.

Minimum Qualifications:
Any combination of training and experience which would allow the applicant to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities.

Preferred Qualifications:
Preference will be given to applicants who, in addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, possess one or more of the following:

– High school diploma or equivalent
– Two years post secondary education

– Two years experience in a childcare, educational or residential setting

– Sign language proficiency at the .Intermediate Level. as measured by the Sign Communication Instrument

Salary/Benefits:
Pay grade 7 – Minimum $15,168.94 to Maximum $17,520.13 Annually. This is a 10-month position paid on 12-month basis.  Salary will be based on the number of days worked.    Benefit options include life, disability, dental and health insurance; annual/sick leave; and Employees Retirement or Teachers Retirement.

Submit a Georgia School for the Deaf Application* or State of Georgia Application to:

Personnel Office
Attn: Denise Clark
Georgia School for the Deaf
232 Perry Farm Road, SW
Cave Spring, GA  30124

Telephone: 706-777-2286
Fax: 706-777-2240
E-mail: mailto:dclark@doe.k12.ga.us

Consideration/interviews will begin as soon as a list of applicants is established.  Applications/resumes will be evaluated and only those meeting the qualifications will be considered.  Top candidates will be contacted for interviews.

In accordance with Public Law 99-603, also known as the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the Department of Education employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.  All persons hired by the Georgia School for the Deaf are required to verify identity and employment eligibility and will undergo a criminal background investigation.

*An employment application may be obtained from the Personnel Office of the Georgia School for the Deaf. Resume/application should include daytime telephone number and prior employment history with addresses and telephone numbers.  If a resume is submitted, it must be accompanied by a cover letter.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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DeafDigest – 13 December 2010

DeafDigest Blue – December 12, 2010

Blue Edition              Barry Strassler, Editor
http://www.deafdigest.com – updated every Monday
America’s Unique Deaf Stories; free subscription

serving the Deaf Community since 1996; 14th year
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Last week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/wrong_alarm/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/comcastoffice/

This week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaffilmmakers/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/luckytheater/

(please click on the arrow to start the video)

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Storewide Savings at Harris Communications

Take advantage of Storewide Savings at Harris Communications.

Save 20% on all products in our Holiday Gift Guide. Save 15% on all
other products in the store.*

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– The new Clarity Alertmaster AL10 System Package (CL-ALCOMBO), now
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DeafDigest welcomes unique deafnews tips; do email:
mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always
anonymous

…..

weekly DeafDigest Blue & Gold editions also posted at:

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

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Call CSD’s Project Endeavor Contact Center Today!

For only $230, qualified deaf/hard of hearing consumers can purchase
a Dell 11z notebook computer bundled with one year FREE 3G/4G
wireless Internet access!

Contact Project Endeavor today so you can watch videos on YouTube,
connect with friends/family via MySpace/Twitter/FaceBook, look for
employment, shop online, use VRS or point to point, and more! Don’t
wait, because there’s a limited number of packages available in each
state.

To qualify for Project Endeavor, call VOICE: 877-NET-ME77, e-mail
mailto:info@projectendeavor.com , VP (605) 550-4056/(605) 644-7399, or
go to http://www.projectendeavor.com

(Made possible by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.)

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Use Hamilton Web Relay® along with a locally-based, 10-digit Hamilton HomeTown Number[tm] to make and receive calls without the interruptions that come from using instant messaging programs!  Don’t have a HomeTown Number?

Register today and share your number with friends and colleagues!

Visit http://www.hamiltonrelay.com and click on the

“Make & Receive Calls Now” icon to check it out.

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Wireless IP-Relay for BlackBerry TM, go to:
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(updated AT&T posting)

New AT&T Instant Message Relay

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

http://att.com/relay

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The Z offers the best in videophone technology, providing equipment
options to meet customers’ individual needs and offering features not
available through other VRS providers.

Professional, nationally certified interpreters follow standards of
service excellence above and beyond FCC requirements.

Dedicated to a spirit of innovation and commitment to excellence,
The Z continues to set the industry standard as the nation’s
premier VRS provider.

Go to http://www.zvrs.com for more information on all of our
products, services and features.

Don’t have a Z phone?

You can still join The Z Life by calling 888.888.1116 to connect
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Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. is one of the leading plaintiffs’ litigation
law firms in America. The firm has played leading roles in national
and local litigations involving defective medicines and medical
devices.  Our law firm is expanding its litigation against Advanced
Bionics related to defective cochlear implants implanted in young
children and adults.

Some of the firm’s clients have suffered multiple implant surgeries
due to a defective implant being surgically removed and replaced with a second defective implant that later failed.

If you or your child has been implanted with a defective cochlear
implant, we encourage you to contact Weitz & Luxenberg – we have a Deaf attorney and VP available. To find out more, please click on:
http://www.weitzlux.com/failed-cochlear-implants_1937570.html and
follow instructions on the screen.

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

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– Dedication

DeafDigest dedicates this edition to Thomas C. Sprinkle,
Santa Clara, CA, who departed us.

He had an interesting background – an oral school graduate
who taught at California School for the Deaf at Fremont;
a civil engineer who became a teacher; an East Coast person
who became a West Coast person; a world traveler; member of
a list of national organizations of the deaf.

Said a friend:
Tom Sprinkle was a huge part of the American Association
of the Deaf & Blind

– Hot Newspaper stories during the week:

urging support for the deaf in Jamaica
http://deafdigest.com/gallimore/

a deaf man taking orders at a deli counter
http://deafdigest.com/erskine/

– Very Hot News

Barry Critchfield’s last day on the job as
executive director of Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is December 31st.

He has accepted a new position as Director of Deaf Services with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
in Atlanta

He said:
My professional career has been in the field of Mental Health, and I am excited to be moving back into this area where I feel I may be able to
make a difference in the lives of Deaf people who have serious mental health problems, substance abuse challenges or developmental disabilities.

– Sunday December 5th

About 20 percent of the American population has
a disability

Says who?

the Census Bureau

And they are also saying that over 80 percent of
businesses do not know how to hire, nor deal with
a disabled employee.

Of course, the deaf part of these percentages

– Monday December 6th

How bad are NASCAR races as far as noise levels
are concerned?

Very bad, according to John Howard of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

Not just the drivers and pit crews are being
exposed to constant noise, but so are the fans.

They all risk deafness.

– Tuesday December 7th

The US News ran a piece on best careers in 2011.

One of the best careers is Special Education
teacher. Teaching the deaf was included as part of
Special Education

– Wednesday December 8th

Deaf people cannot hear sirens.

But there is a special device that could help the deaf
“hear” the siren.

It is the heavy base speaker, a sub-woofer in police cars
and ambulances that would “vibrate” the cars to alert
them to the sirens.

This information was broadcast on a Houston news program.
Unfortunately, the Houston police department is not
interested in buying these devices.

Yes, it is not just the deaf, but also the hearing
that would know when their cars vibrate that there
is a siren.

……

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

…..

Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

The Veditz Center, in Colorado, will need to find a new
director, if it wishes to reach its dream of becoming
a non-profit Deaf Community Center.

The founder, Justin Buckhold, has left the Center to
pursue other options.

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DEBATE AMONG DEAF FILMMAKERS
We have many deaf people involved with filmmaking.
And there is an interesting debate with them.
Some deaf filmmakers want to make film about
Deaf Culture. Some deaf filmmakers want to make
film about the hearing world.
One deaf film maker said “it is important to make
a film, involving deaf actors, that is not about
the deaf”
Who is right?

– for ASL News version, please click on the arrow at:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaffilmmakers/

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

A LUCKY THEATER
Few years ago, there was a Spanish-speaking
play in Florida for the hearing people.
That play had English captions on a screen
near the front of the stage.
A deaf person told his deaf friends about
the “captioned play” – many of his friends
came to the play. They loved the play, even
though it was about the hearing, not about the
deaf.
The theater group made a lot of money, and
the theater manager was happy about it.

– for ASL News version, please click on the arrow at:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/luckytheater/

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

PLENTY OF THIEVES TARGETTING THE ON-LINE DEAF COMMUNITY
Every day DeafDigest editor gets emails from the “deaf” promising easy riches.
These emails are spam. The rules are:

rule #1
don’t open the email if it is from a stranger and the header looks fishy

rule #2
if there are easy money promises, it is 100 percent
false

Follow these rules and you will sleep comfortably
at night.

THE POWER OF CONTACTS
A hearing acquaintance of DeafDigest editor
was about to lose his job because his company
lost the contract. He was a long time veteran
in the industry and made many contacts everywhere. And among these contacts, he continued
to stay in touch with them on a regular basis.
One of these contacts came to him with the
best Christmas gift ever – a job offer.
What about the deaf subcontractors? Do they
stay in touch with their hearing peers at
previous subcontracting jobs?
DeafDigest editor knows only of just one
deaf subcontractor, who worked in the field
for some 40 years, and was continually
able to get new jobs and new contracts. He
never lost track of his contacts and was
always touching bases with them.
The power of the contacts, that is.

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WHAT IS GOING ON IN MICHIGAN?
Amid much pushing and shouting for the state to sell off the
Michigan School for the Deaf campus and to spend $36 million to
build two “state-of-the-art” schools, the governor won’t sign
the bill even though he was in favor of it.
The bill contained language that the governor found to be
contradictory.
In Washington, DC the house and the senate, in mark up
sessions, work out the differences between two versions of
a bill – before it goes to the president for his signature.
Are things supposed to be that different in Michigan?

OPERA SINGERS AND ASL INTERPRETERS
Opera songs come in different languages like Italian,
Greek, Latin, etc.
These opera singers do not always know these languages
fluently in order to sing beautifully. These songs are
already scripted for them.
Not always that so for inexperienced interpreters,
attempting to sign an opera song!

A COMMOTION AND IGNORING THE DEAF
A deaf person is employed at a workplace that is
friendly. Everyone likes that deaf person.
One day recently, there was a commotion outside
of the workplace building. Employees rushed to the
window, and were yelling for others to come, too.
It was an automobile accident that just took
place.
Everyone was gesticulating about that automobile
accident.
What about the deaf person? Of course, everyone
ignored him.
The deaf person got wise to the commotion and walked
to the window to see what happened.
Discrimination against the deaf?

WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

being asked:

Do you abbreviate what the speaker said because I noticed you do not sign everything>

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

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

A question that I often hear is:  “Who hired you to be here?” 

What they are really usually asking is:  “Who is paying you?”

Some people think that the users or consumers of our services have to
pay for a CART provider to be present at an event.  However, usually
a college, university, court, company, or agency will hire the CART
provider because they are required to provide accommodations or equal
access under the law.

There are a number of laws that govern accessibility for people with
a hearing loss, including the American with Disabilities Act (ADA),
the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Some people with a hearing loss think that they could not use the
services of a CART provider because they could not afford to pay for
them.  But most public and many private entities are obligated to
provide communication access.  These include places of employment,
public and private educational institutions, and performances and
events open to the public.

If you or someone you know could benefit from the services of a CART
provider, you may want to investigate your rights to equal access
under the law.   

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DEAF POLITICAL AWARENESS

Q. Why cannot we, the deaf as a voting bloc, exhibit our clout
at the polling place?

A. Because we are too fragmented and do not agree on too many
different issues (oral vs ASL, mainstream vs state schools, etc)

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introducing a new book

My Yesterdays
In A Changing World of the Deaf

by Mervin D. Garretson

A lifestory of a totally deaf educator and advocate about growing up
in an anti-sign world dominated by oralists and professional
audists.  Includes bits of deaf history, commentaries on ASL, deaf
culture, presidents of Gallaudet University, and other notable people
in the field.   Available from Xlibris Marketing Service, 1663
Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403,   Toll-free phone 888-795-4274
Hardback $29.99  Paperback $19.99.

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– flash – latest announcement on Alaska Wilderness Vacation cruise

“Alaska Wilderness Vacation” Cruise-tour May 27 – June 11, 2011 Great
8 days of land tour (May 27-June 4) plus 7 additional cruising days
(June 4-11) for a full 15 days of explorations is already SOLD OUT
except only for one more left for a non-smoking male to room with another
male.  After the land tour, we offer a separate 7 days cruise from
near Anchorage, AK to Vancouver, BC which still has plentiful rooms
left.

For more details, go to http://www.DeafCruise.com/alaska and see our pre-land
tour and post cruise tour for you to experience your extra pioneering
spirit! Why go there with only a short plan? Go for as many days as
you can until few years later which we will offer it again. It will
not be biennial since we are now offering more world-wide tours each
year, and for Alaska, it may be next 3 years or so, meaning take
advantage now and give yourself a full shot with as many days as you
can this time!

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“Hawaii’s Independence Day Week” Cruise July 2-9, 2011

— HISTORICALLY MOST POPULAR! — 3rd Anniversary “Deaf Cruise Hawaii 2011.”  Escape now to visit 4-Islands, include seeing famous Pearl Harbor, Pineapple, Hawaii dancers, surf, and much more!  You will love it!  NCL made a special offer for 50% less deposit with only $125 per person instead of $250 to reserve. Pre and Post Cruise excursions available.  For more detail, www.DeafCruise.com/hawaii.

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“Thanksgiving Family Week in the Caribbean” Cruise November 19-26, 2011

— BEST COST-EFFECTIVE DEAL! —  Great for families and singles, get on a brand new ship, NCL EPIC, one of the largest freestyle cruise ever built. Incredible and true, your lowest room rate starts at $809 per person for this 7-days Eastern Caribbean trip!  Another Bonus from NCL with 50% less deposit with only $125 per person instead of $250 to reserve.  Check us out at www.DeafCruise.com/caribbean for more detail.

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“Deaf World Cruise 2013” July 14-27, 2013 (Tentative Date & Itinerary)

— WORLD’S ALL DEAF CRUISE! —  Prior Deaflympic (July 31-Aug 13) in Greece, we offer FABULOUS opportunity for “All Deaf Cruise” event in which we partner with Miss Deaf International!  All girls will have various contests for all to see on board throughout the trip.  One great low price, no extra cost for MDI!  We start from Italy, ends at Greece with 5 countries in between.  For more exciting one-time event’s detail, check out www.DeafWorldCruise.com.  New www.DeafWorldCruiseMDI.com will be added soon for all countries’ key leaders, chaperones, and friends to sign up and support MDI and our cruise’s event.

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(updated posting)

Deaf Remodeling Company serves only in Northern Virginia, DC, and
Maryland.

The choice of your home remodeling contractor is one of the most
crucial choices you will ever make. If you choose the right
contractor, your chances of being satisfied are 100%. All of our work
carries one year warranty. We will be happy to explain the details in
our conversation with you. We believe in making life more comfortable
through quality remodels.

Our remodeling service includes Kitchen, Attic, Basement, Bathroom,
New Addition, Deck, Siding and many more.

Do you need a home improvement loan? We have a network of lenders
that will provide unsecured home improvement loans. Month to month
payment loans, installation loans, and same as cash loans are
available. Home Improvement Loan amounts can be as high as $75,000
and the applicant FICO can have a credit score as low as 580. Contact
us for more information.

Elijah Gold, deaf owner        
Surdus, LLC Remodeling
Based in Washington, DC
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Weitz & Luxenberg P.C., a leading plaintiffs’ litigation law firm, is expanding litigation against Advanced Bionics related to defective
cochlear implants. If you believe that you may have received an
“Important Notification” letter from Advanced Bionics about your
HiRes90k or Clarion II cochlear implant in either 2004 or 2006, we urge
you to contact us to receive important legal information – even if you
CI is working. Many of our clients’ cochlear implants stopped working
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What:  A national study for counselors who serve the Deaf funded by
AHRQ

Why: Counseling and behavioral health services for persons who
are Deaf, Deaf-blind or hard of hearing are scarce, and many
individuals are underserved. We hope to learn and share the results
with all who provide counseling services across the nation

If you are a counselor please take the time to complete the survey or
if you know counselors in your region who work with this population
please forward this survey to them at:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5DYG2XF

The questionnaire takes about 30 minutes to complete. After completing
the survey, the respondent will receive a small token of appreciation
for their  time. If you want a paper copy instead to complete please
let us know.

The study is being conducted by Drs. Kim Mathos and Beth Nolan
address ( mailto:kkmathos@gmail.com )

Thank you very much for completing the survey or helping us to
identify appropriate providers. We very much appreciate your help!

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

Are we seeing a captioning paradox as far as 3D
is concerned?

According to José M. Salgado, president and CEO,
SoftNI, there is little, if any, demand by the
deaf for 3D captions!

He said he does not want to invest money in
captioning development if the deaf do not want it.

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The Deaf and the Law:

A deaf woman was arrested for resisting police.

The Deaf Community is upset because she could
not hear the police office yelling at her and
thought she was ignoring him.

The full story is at:
http://deafdigest.com/smith/

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

When Phil Bravin was president of National Captioning Institute
his goal was 100 percent captioning of all TV programs. It has not
happened yet – but perhaps it is happening in Canada, thanks to
Henry Vlug.
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ordered the CBC to provide
100 percent closed captioning on all of its TV programs ASAP.
The CBC screamed “undue financial hardship” but the Human
Rights Commission wouldn’t buy that argument.
By a coincidence, both Vlug and Bravin were Gallaudet classmates.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

We have heard of jokes of people getting angry
at their TV set or at their computer and then
tossing the stuff out through the window.
In the case of Charles Carver, Biloxi,
Mississippi, it was not a laughing matter. He was
disgusted at the lack of captioning of a special
2-hour program on Hurricane Katrina. While he did
not throw the TV set out of the window, he simply
dumped the set outside in his front lawn.

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

What is going on?

Professors at Deaf Education programs at some colleges
have privately told DeafDigest editor that enrollment
and interest in teaching the deaf has dwindled during
past two decades.

Yet we are seeing this story in usnews.com that
Special Education, which includes deaf education,
is one of these 50 best careers come year 2011?

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A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

from a DeafDigest subscriber –

A friend was showing me her early Christmas present, a male kitten

I asked her the name of her kitten and she said, “Siamese”.

I said, “yeah, it’s a Siamese but what’s his name?”

She said “Simon”. 

Oh…

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

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DeafBook of the Week

The Challenge of Educating Together
Deaf and Hearing Youth
Making Mainstreaming work

Paul C Higgins

Charles C Thomas publishing
1990

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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Open positions
The Learning Center for the Deaf
Framingham, MA

– Position:       Residential Counselor (Female Dorm)

Definition:     
Residential Counselor will provide leadership to residential students
to develop, implement and monitor all residential activities, which
support residential students’ social, physical, intellectual,
communication and emotional development.

Requirements:   
BA/BS degree in Human Services or equivalent preferred. High School
diploma with 2 years of experience in residential setting or
supervisory level may be equivalent. Fluent in American Sign
Language. Ability to communicate and work effectively as part of a
team. Knowledge of issues and priorities important to the students’
needs in residential program preferred. Competency in Microsoft
Office software programs. Willingness to work a varied schedule. MA
Driver License must be secured and in good standings. Experience and
skill in developing, implementing and/or planning activities for
residential students.

– POSITION:                       Classroom Teacher, Walden School

DEFINITION:     
The classroom teacher is responsible for providing quality
educational service to Walden School students.  This includes
planning creative lessons and classes that satisfy IEP goals,
maintaining a classroom environment that fosters learning, and
implementing behavior or treatment plans as they apply to the
classroom setting.

REQUIREMENTS:           
Masters Degree in Education/Deaf Education
Massachusetts State Certification (or certification from a Reciprocal
state)
2 – 4 years teaching experience in an elementary or secondary
classroom
A second language fluency in ASL
Verbal and written communication skills are at sufficient level to
ensure effective communication
Expertise in child/adolescent mental health
Interpersonal skills developed to a level which will allow the smooth
cooperation at all levels within the agency

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Must be physically able to perform all duties of the job including
restraining assaultive students when necessary, pursuing running
students, and participating in sports and recreation activities with
students.  Job may also include prolonged standing, frequently
lifting up to 50 pounds, pushing, pulling, bending, stooping,
twisting, reaching above shoulder level as well as reacting quickly
to minimize escalating behavioral outbursts.

– Position:               Classroom Teacher

Definition:
Classroom teachers create, with the students, a community of learners
where students feel respected and honored. Teachers set instructional
objectives, design and prepare instruction and plan and implement
various supportive activities that meet age appropriate emotional,
physical and instructional needs of students. Teachers communicate
learning goals and high standards and expectations to students.
Teachers build positive relationships with parents and colleagues, in
order to enhance each student’s ability to learn effectively.

Requirements:   
– MA degree in Deaf Education preferred
– ASL fluency
– Written language competency
– Licensed or able to be licensed by Massachusetts DESE
– Ability to work effectively as part of an
educational team

– POSITION:            Child Care Worker – Day and Residential Residential

DEFINITION:     
Responsible for implementing treatment plans and for the direct care
and safety of the children residing at Walden School.

REQUIREMENTS:           
Training or degree in Human Service Field       
Understanding of mental health and children’s issues
1 to 2 years in direct child care experience
A second language fluency in ASL

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Must be physically able to perform all duties of the job including
restraining assaultive students when necessary, pursuing running
students, and participating in sports and recreation activities with
students.  Job may also include prolonged standing, frequently
lifting up to 50 pounds, pushing, pulling, bending, stooping,
twisting, reaching above shoulder level as well as reacting quickly
to minimize escalating behavioral outbursts.

– Position:               Wraparound Family Partner (Part-Time)

Definition:     
The Family Partner works in the community support Wraparound program,
a specialized agency within the statewide Child Behavioral Health
Initiative.  She/he is responsible for support and advocacy to
parents/caregivers, providing some direct services and helping
families identify strengths, needs and access to community resources.

Requirements:   
Experience as a caregiver of a youth with emotional or behavioral
health needs.  Bachelor’s degree in a human service field is
preferred but experience working with youth with Serious Emotional
Disturbance and their families can substitute. ASL skills and
bicultural competency are required. The Family Partner must be able
to work collaboratively with a team and possess effective
interpersonal and communication skills. Time flexibility and some
availability during evening/weekend hours are required as well as a
valid Massachusetts drivers’ license.

– Position:               Overnight Residential Counselor (Female Dorm)

Definition:     
Residential Counselor will provide surveillance over a group of
students in a residential setting just before, during and after
sleeping periods until the first class begins or staff coverage.
He/she may also monitor all residential activities, which support
their residential students’ social, physical, intellectual,
communication and emotional development.

Requirements:   
BA/BS degree in Human Services or equivalent preferred. High School
diploma with 2 years of experience in residential setting may be
equivalent. Fluent in American Sign Language. Ability to communicate
and work effectively as part of a team. Knowledge of issues and
priorities important to the students’ needs in residential program
preferred. Competency in Microsoft Office software programs.
Willingness to work a varied schedule. MA Driver License must be
secured and in good standing.

– Position:       Educational Audiologist

Definition:     
Provide comprehensive audiological services to TLC students at the
Framingham and Randolph campuses.

Requirements:   
A degree in audiology (Masters, AuD), experience as a pediatric
audiologist and licensure from the Board of Registration of
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. CCC-A is preferred.

Prior experience with Deaf and hard of hearing children is preferred.
American Sign Language (ASL) knowledge or a willingness to improve
skills.

For ALL Positions:
Please visit our website http://(www.tlcdeaf.org for more information.

If interested in applying please send resume to:

Cristin Houlihan
Personnel Assistant
The Learning Center for the Deaf
848 Central Street
Framingham, MA 01701

508-879-5110 ext. 306
508-875-3355 (fax)
http://www.tlcdeaf.org (apply online)
mailto:cristin_houlihan@tlcdeaf.org

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– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD !! –

*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Pacoima
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Crenshaw
*  Community Interpreter – Los Angeles
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Santa Ana
*  Program Assistant/Interpreter & Quality Management Assistant – Los Angeles
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim
*  Placement Coordinator – Anaheim
*  Outreach Coordinator – Bakersfield

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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seeking individuals
Residential Care
Tucson Residence Foundation
Tucson, Arizona

T.R.F. is seeking individuals for Full-time & Part-time positions providing direct care to individuals with developmental & hearing disabilities. American Sign Language knowledge preferred but not required. Must be 21 years of age and have a high school diploma/ GED. Evening & weekend hours avail. EOE.

Starting wage – $8.50 – $8.76/hr

Paid training for new employees

Benefits at 90 days

Apply at: Tucson Residence Foundation 115 S. Sherwood Village Dr.
Tucson, AZ

Mon. – Fri.  8:30a – 4:30p e-mail: mailto:c_winkler@qwestoffice.net

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POTHOS Inc employment posting
email resumes to: mailto:chiefbrink@pothos.us
One Position in Northern CA

Position title: California Relay Service Outreach Coordinator

Position summary:  This full-time position at POTHOS is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) and Captioned Telephone for California Relay Service (CRS) for our client Hamilton Relay.

Essential functions:

– Develops Annual Outreach Plan designed to promote California Relay Service; raising awareness and increasing the use of relay services.

– Plans and implements outreach activities and marketing programs that support the Outreach Plan.

– Designs, coordinates and conducts demonstrations and training programs on how to access and use California Relay services.

– Coordinates and delivers training programs about relay services for businesses, agencies and organizations.

– Delivers/conducts outreach activities/presentations focused on current and potential customers on all relay services using presentation skills, visual aids and written proposals.

– Works collaboratively with CPUC and DDTP to implement outreach activities throughout California.

– Participates in Outreach and California Relay Council meetings, scheduled Outreach activities and Marketing Summits.

Preferred experience and skills:

– Prior work experience with the user communities that can benefit from relay services
– Deaf – Senior – Hard of Hearing

– Excellent presentation skills

– Fluency in American Sign Language & Spanish.

– Knowledge/ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users.

– Direct work experience with Telecommunication Relay Service and/or knowledge of Captioned Telephone Relay Services.

– Deaf or Hard of Hearing individuals are encouraged to apply.

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DeafDigest – 08 December 2010

– Gallaudet honors “Class of 1952” for being pioneers

Class of 1952 at Gallaudet has nothing to do with the real
graduating class of 1952. Instead it honors a very special
group of Kendall School students that enrolled that year.

Why? The mother of the three Miller deaf boys (Kenneth,
Gerald and Justin) filed an won a lawsuit to have
Kendall School enroll these three African-Americans.
A new school, the Kendall School Division II, was
established on the Gallaudet campus. This new school,
however, lasted only two years before both Kendall
and Kendall II schools were combined for good.

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– a deaf internet cafe in Great Britain

Norwich cafe provides gateway for deaf people

Just like hearing Starbucks, the deaf internet cafe
in Norwich, a city in Great Britain, will function
as the Deaf Starbucks. There is nothing in the Deaf
Starbucks that you will not see at any hearing
Starbucks.

This Deaf Starbucks is said to be the first for
the deaf in this Norwich region of Grat Britain.

This cafe is open daily in the late mornings through
mid-afternoons.

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– a deaf woman in a nail salon in Kentucky

Carla Staten, who is deaf, was job hunting. She completed training
classes on manicures and pedicures, hoping for a career in a
nail salon.

The salon boss was looking for a good person. Aware that Carla
was deaf, the boss was not interested in an interview. He wanted
to see how good she was with manicures and pedicures. After
watching her work on a patron, Carla was immediately hired and
told to start work ASAP! The salon is located in Covington,
Kentucky.

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– over 20 deaf students attend a college in
Taiwan

National Cheng Kung University is one of the most
respected universities in Taiwan. It is like
Harvard in USA. This university has over 20
deaf students.

There are no interpreters for these deaf students.
Instead there is a pool of 15-20 real time
captioners that type on screen what the professors
are saying in the classroom.

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– captioned map program at a museum near Washington, DC

If you are visiting the Manassas Battlefield,
which is about 30-35 miles away from Washington, DC
then you will be pleasantly surprised.

The museum has a captioned battle map program that
you can easily understand and follow how the battle
took place.

DeafDigest – 06 December 2010

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sources of unique deafnews are never revealed; always
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CSD Brings Discounted Broadband and Equipment to Nation’s
Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Do you want high-speed Internet access but can’t afford it? Are you
interested in high-speed Internet access at discounted rate? And, are
you interested in a discounted video-capable netbook as well?

CSD and Project Endeavor are bringing high speed Internet/broadband
services to the nation’s deaf and hard of hearing community! If you
are income eligible and qualify for the program, you can receive
high-speed Internet, a netbook, training on how to use both, and even
more!

To find out more about Project Endeavor, call VOICE: 877-NET-ME77,
e-mail mailto:info@projectendeavor.com, VP at (605) 496-0738 or go to
http://www.projectendeavor.com

(Made possible by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.)

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Hot Deaf News during the week:

– Hot Newspaper stories during the week:

deafness of a baseball legend we didn’t know about
http://deafdigestsports.com/reisler/

deaf British man not permitted to become a doorman
http://deafdigest.com/bayliss/

– Very Hot News

Exactly what is Deafhood, at least in Great Britain?

Well, the Leverhulme Trust has funded the Centre for Deaf Studies,
based at University of Bristol, just to research what
Deafhood is all about. The funding is $225,000 in USA dollars.

Leverhulme Trust? What is it? It provides scholarships for the purposes of research and education.

– Thursday December 2nd

Is it language evolution when deaf children gesture out their
body language signs to express their comments?

Dougal Sutherland, not deaf and student at Swarthmore
College (PA), brought up this possibility.

While he is a Computer Science major, he also minors
in math AND in Linguistics. He feels that body language
signs is the first step towards a more formal sign language

– Friday December 3rd

If you are deaf and rely on sign language and get into trouble
in Utah, it may be tough luck as far the state’s judicial leaders
may be concerned.

They are suggesting that those in trouble PAY for interpreters!

Gulp, says DeafDigest.

– Saturday November 4th

Every city has it richest piece of land. Where is it in Flint, Michigan?

A developer is drooling over his plans to convert part of Flint’s
Michigan School of the Deaf property for a private school that
needs land and building.

There was a quote, which is this:

Its price tag would be the biggest of any one construction project in
Flint in at least a decade.

Needless to say, the state employees union is fighting back.

Stay tuned!

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Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

Just to make it official, the 2011 Winter Deaflympics, to take
place in Slovakia in February, has been saved.

The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf originally
pulled the plug when the Slovakia group could not comply with
financial conditions. When the Slovakia group screamed, the Deaflympics was put back on the agenda. And this is just
to make everything official.

Now may the best nation win in hockey and the best individual
win in various winter events.

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WRONG CITY CAPTIONS
If you live in USA, you are interested in USA
news. If you live in Canada, you are interested in
Canadian news.
Well, a deaf American lives near the USA-Canada
border. The captioned TV news in his American city
showed lousy captions. The captioned TV news in
the Canadian city showed much better news.
Every morning he turns his TV set to watch the
captioned Canadian news instead of watching the
captioned American news.
Crazy? Yes!

– for ASL News version, please click on the arrow at:
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FANCY OFFICE OR SMALL, UGLY OFFICE
Important people like to work in a big office
with a big, beautiful desk and with private
bathroom, etc.
Are big and fancy offices important? Well,
let us talk about Mac Norwood. He was a big
and powerful deaf man in federal government,
responsible for captioned movies and captioned
TV programs. He was a busy man, traveling all
over USA for meetings with TV and movie people.
He was well known in the Deaf Community and
many people respected him.
His office in federal government? A tiny
room with no windows and an old, beat up
desk.
Are big and fancy offices important?
You decide!

– for ASL News version, please click on the arrow at:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/bigoffices/

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Check out http://www.healthbridges.info

A new website about advocacy, social service and behavioral health
care for persons who are Deaf

The website was designed by people who are Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of
hearing in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Topics change monthly!

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LESLIE NIELSEN AS A CLIENT
We know now by then that famous comedian Leslie Nielsen has passed away and that we did not
know of his deafness.
Said Jonathan B. Weiss, deaf chef/owner of his Big Mango, Inc, a special events catering
business in California:

He was one of my clients and while I knew he
was wearing a hearing aid, he never told me that
he was “legally deaf.” It shocked me because
he never discussed anything out of the ordinary

His catering business is at:
http://WWW.Bigmangocatering.Com

ANOTHER WEISS IN THE CALIFORNIA RESTAURANT BUSINESS
Above article is about Jonathan B. Weiss. He is
not the only Deaf Weiss in the restaurant business.
There is another one – Darren Weiss. And both
of them are NOT brothers, just happens to have
the same last name.
Said Jonathan:

he has a great Asian California Fusion Cuisine in
Manhattan Beach

The web site is at:
http://darrensrestaurant.com/aboutus.html

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WE ARE BEHIND EUROPE?
A hard of hearing person, who is a DeafDigest subscriber,
said he loves touring museums anywhere in the world.
And that the American museums, despite these ADA regs,
are not so great with hearing aid compatible listening
devices. But the museums in Europe are so far ahead of
USA!
Do keep in mind that not every European nation has
their version of our own ADA.

SUGGESTIONS FROM A TRANSITIONAL TEAM MEMBER
Nevada Governor-elect Brian Sandoval had a meeting
with members of his Transition Team members.
One Transition Team member suggested:

1. Starting state lottery to offset another round of budget cuts on education next fiscal year

2. Suggesting that importing groundwater from Great Basin Region to continue providing water for Las Vegas

3. Suggesting Maglev (magnetic levitation train) between
Las Vegas and southern California, to reduce transportation
time to one hour

What about it? These suggestions were made by
Denny Dvoreck, the deaf member of the  Nevada Governor’s
Transition Team.
Deaf agenda. Hearing agenda. No matter, if Las Vegas
rebounds from its issues, it means one thing – jobs for
the deaf!

OUR ORGANIZATIONS SERVING THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING

We have many, many organizations, international,
national and local that serve deaf and hard of hearing people.
One such organization is:

Buffalo Club of the Deaf

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

http://deafdigest.com/bcd/

GAME DAY PROGRAMS AND INTERPRETERS
GameDay is a popular ESPN program for those that love
college football.
For years, deaf fans were stuck with no interpreters
when the GameDay event took place at their home towns.
Not any more, if ESPN has its way. Six times so far this
football season, the host schools, at the urging of the ESPN,
were able to get interpreters – even if the wake up calls
were not normal – meaning getting up at 2:45 a.m. and the
conditions were terrible – freezing weather outside, making
signing a bit difficult.
Equal Sports Opportunities – for the deaf!

AN EXCUSE FOR NOT WEARING A HEARING AID

with a hearing aid, the wife will always nag me

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WHAT IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN?

a short newspaper headline read like this:

Deaf Man Hears for First Time at American Film Market

Is the story telling us that a deaf man heard for the
first time while attending the American Film Market?

or

Is the story just being titled “Deaf Man Hears for First Time”?

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Weitz & Luxenberg P.C., a leading plaintiffs’ litigation law firm,
is expanding litigation against Advanced Bionics related to defective
cochlear implants. If you believe that you may have received an
“Important Notification” letter from Advanced Bionics about your
HiRes90k or Clarion II cochlear implant in either 2004 or 2006, we urge
you to contact us to receive important legal information – even if you
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32nd World’s Largest Silent Weekend for Interpreters, ITP and ASL Teachers
and Students June 23-26, 2011 in Orlando, Florida

We are scheduled yearly until at least 2020 and have over 120 hours
of classes for all levels.  Last two years, we had 1,100 people attend and
have space for 2,000 people with the entire conference floor for our exclusive
use.

The Florida Hotel offers
free parking (some conferences charge up to $36 per day) and free in-room
internet (some hotels charge $12.95 per day).   The huge Florida Mall has an
enormous food court offering you complete meals for as little as $5.99
(some conference hotels charge $8 just for a hot dog).

Frequent presenters include Peter Cook, Crom Saunders, Trix Bruce,
Faith Powell, Shannon Simon, and almost 20 other highly regarded
presenters.  Last year, the lowest rated presenters were only 0.22 point
behind the highest rated ones showing the across-the-board equality in
excellent quality of instructors.

For the advanced group, there will be language-focused and
interpreting-focused CEU classes.

There should be two dozen exhibitors with a huge variety of items
available.  With many classes having breaks hourly, there will be an
exciting and dynamic all-day flow of participants in the exhibit area.

The decadent chocolate fountain refreshment will be offered again!

See www.DrSign.com for more information and for registration plus a video
clip of last year’s Silent Weekend.

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ASL and Interpreting DVDs

Go to www.DrSign.com for DVDs to help ASL students and beginning
interpreters.  Exciting titles include “When ‘Duck’ Is Not Enough”; “Oh,
See, Can You Say?”; “Languishing in a Linear Language is Lethal!”, as
well as ASL and classifiers and storytelling DVDs.

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10th Annual Florida-Alaska Motorcycle Benefit Run

This is the World’s Longest Group Motorcycle Benefit Run.  Purpose of
funds is to help families of deaf babies served by SKIHI.  The 2011 trip
will begin July 16, 2011.

See www.AlaskaBikeRun.com

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

To tell the prospective employer that you are deaf, while
job seeking or to keep it quiet and let him find out?

This has always been an issue for many years among
deaf job-seekers – to tell or don’t tell

Well, Ernst & Young, this famous accounting and auditing firm,
has issued a new guidebook, titled “Support, Supporting Others”

DeafDigest wonders – would Ernst & Young, after giving advice,
actually hire deaf applicants for jobs in their firm?

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Rene Pellerin’s corner: 

When my grandson was 3 years old,  he said, “Grandpa is blind”.  

His Mommy asked, “What does blind mean?”  My grandson said, “Grandpa
steps on me.”

Now now…. Mommy and grandma you need to stop saying, “Watch out,
Grandpa’s gonna step on you!”

Anyway, the holidays are coming and we get to visit or have guests. 

It is important that you check the floor below your knees.  Example:
Toys, grandpa steps on them….oops, CRUNCH!!!

You can provide some education to your children to help them
understand relatives or friends with Usher Syndrome.

Adults, can you scan the environment for obstacles that are outside
of our visual field?  Being sabotaged by toys and laundry baskets is
not fun! (smile)

Happy Holidays! 

Rene has started a new show business, focusing on
the Deaf-Blind.

The web site is at:
http://renetheunstoppable.com/

Rene welcomes comments and feedback; his email address is:
mailto:renegp@comcast.net

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A Deaf Fantasy Game:

DeafDigest subscribers

vs

Deaf College Bowl participating teams
(Gallaudet, NTID and CSUN)

at 2010 NAD Conference

A warning – some questions are not deaf-related and are tough
to answer.

Question #18

Q. This name for a group of veins located in the human neck was derived from the prefix for the Latin words for “throat or collarbone” and “yoke”. 

A. Jugular

It derives from the Latin word “jugulum” meaning throat or collarbone and the Latin word “jugum” meaning yoke.

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Deaf Picture of the Week:

football at New York School for the Deaf in 1940

http://deafdigest.com/fanwoodfootball1/
http://deafdigest.com/fanwoodfootball2/
http://deafdigest.com/fanwoodfootball3/

New York School for the Deaf dropped football
sometime in the early eighties

DeafDigest thanks Joel Silberstein for
providing the pictures

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Deaf Question of the Week:

Q. Exactly what is “legally deaf?” Where is
that definition found?

A. A figment of one’s imagination – but it is
becoming more frequent in newspaper stories
written by clueless reporters.

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 the state of Missouri will find a new director of the
Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing on January 1st
to replace Barry Critchfield who is making December 31st his last
day on the job.

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DeafHistory – Looking Back:

Year 1877 – a Chicago newspaper described a deaf person as this:

Deaf, demented, and hideous in appearance

We are grateful that newspapers no longer print these words
these days

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Deaf and the Money:

the relay service in Missouri has been funded with a per line surcharge of $0.13.

This will drop to $0.11 on  March 3, 2011

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DeafNumbers of the Week:

147,000

deaf and hard of hearing people that reside in the Louisville, KY area

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DeafResources

Elected Deaf Officials
http://deafdigest.com/elected-deaf-officials/

(updated to add Kathleen Ollerenshaw to the list)

Councillor for Rusholme for twenty-six years (1956-1981), was Lord Mayor of Manchester (Great Britain)

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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DeafDigest Sports

is at:
http://deafdigestsports.com

do visit that site to take a look for yourself

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Employment vacancies
Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf,
Wilson, NC
http://osp.its.state.nc.us/dhhssearchresults3a.asp?vacancykey=4421

School Dir Oes Res School
http://osp.its.state.nc.us/positiondetail.asp?vacancykey=4421-60039125&DHHSNUMBER=&printit=no

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

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LSA offers a full suite of interpretation, translation and multicultural solutions to more than 2,000 clients worldwide in over 200 language offerings. The company has quickly become one of the largest and fastest-growing language service providers in the world with an impressive growth rate of 30 percent in 2009.

LSA is actively seeking experienced VRI Interpreters to work in our state-of-art call center located in Horsham, PA.  Candidates must possess American Sign Language (ASL) and/or English transliteration as well as spoken English skills. We have both full time and part time positions working on-site in our Horsham office.

Job Responsibilities:
* Interpret between American Sign Language (ASL), and/or English transliteration and spoken English, through web-based VRI system

* Answering inbound calls in a timely manner

* Assist clients with basic troubleshooting (refer to manager or IT department if necessary)

* Provide superior customer service

* All other duties as assigned by Manager (may include, but not limited to, video and web based ASL recorded translations)

Requirements:
* Maintain, as applicable, compliance with any national, state, or local licensure and/or certification requirements

* Adhere to the RID Code of Professional Conduct

* Strong attention to detail

* Strong oral and written communication skills

* Professional and positive phone manner with clients from all types of businesses

* Maintain a flexible work schedule to meet the 24/7/365 demands of VRI

* Familiarity working in a windows environment (MS Office suite, remote connections-gotomypc, etc.).

* RID CI, CT, CI/CT, CSC; or NIC, NIC Advanced, NIC Master; or NAD (Level IV or V), certification and proof of current Pennsylvania registration

* Experience with VRS or VRI systems(preferred)

* PC Trouble shooting skills preferred

* Minimum of at least a high school diploma

* Willingness to learn and take on more responsibilities as needed

* Attention to detail, while working in a fast paced environment

* At least 5 years of interpreting experience

* “Can-Do” attitude

* Must have the ability to provide VRI services from home, when required

* Candidate must be available to start training 12/20/10

To see a full job description (for full and part time positions) please visit our career website: http://tbe.taleo.net/NA12/ats/careers/searchResults.jsp?org=LSAWEB&cws=1

Or send resume directly to:  mailto:DEhrenberg@LSAweb.com

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Job announcements
DCARA

– JOB DEVELOPER / INTERPRETER
Full-Time, Non-Exempt
Campbell, California

– JOB DEVELOPER / INTERPRETER
Full-Time, Non-Exempt
San Francisco, California

click on:
http://deafdigest.com/dcara-sf/

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Executive Director Search
Georgia Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Decatur, GA

Position Summary:
– To serve as the Executive Director – To serve as the primary spokesperson in all areas of media, public relations, and marketing. – To oversee the implementation of strategic goals and objectives, programs and services delivery, budget and fiscal management, personnel, and human resources. – To secure adequate state, federal, unrestricted and restricted funding to support the operation . – To keep abreast of legislation related to the Deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened and deaf-blind community.. – To oversee contracts from state and private foundations. – To provide direction and leadership toward the achievement of  our philosophy, mission, strategy, goals and objectives.

Qualifications:
– Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services or related field, Master’s preferred.
– Strong background in multiple programs and services for the Deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened and deaf-blind community. –  Five years of experience in non-profit, community-based management and supervision of a large staff. – Three years of professional experience with grant procurement, project management and fundraising efforts. – Must have good organizational and time management skills. – Must have excellent writing, communication, and public speaking skills. – Must be able to problem solve, make sound decisions, and collaborate with other agencies.

http://www.GACHI.org

Please submit Resumes:
Via E-mail
mailto:gachiboard@gmail.com

GACHI IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD !! –

*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Crenshaw
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Pacoima
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Santa Ana
*  Program Assistant/Interpreter & Quality Management Assistant – Los Angeles
*  Placement Coordinator – Anaheim
*  Outreach Coordinator – Bakersfield

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

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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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position opening
Sign Therapist II
Regional Mental Health Center
East Chicago, Indiana

Sign Therapist II

Master’s degree in Social Work or related field.

Must be able to use ASL to communicate with deaf clients.

Ability to work with children, adolescents and adults.

Practice offers individual, couples family and group therapy modalities.

Minimum of two years of experience required.

License preferred.

You may mail/fax or email your resume to:

Geminus Corporation
8400 Louisiana Street
Merrillville IN 46410-6353

Fax:219-757-1810
mailto:Diane.johnson@geminus.org

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job announcement
Extended Learning Weekend (ELW) Supplemental Staff
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

for position description & application procedures,
click on:

http://deafdigest.com/gsdjob/

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Georgia Department of Education – Job Announcement
Speech Language Pathologist
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

Position:  00055445

Location:
Georgia School for the Deaf
232 Perry Farm Road SW
Cave Spring, GA  30124    Program/Unit:

Office of Policy and External Affairs

Description of Duties: Under general supervision, provides speech therapy services to support objectives on students. Individualized Education Plans and placement in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Act. Duties include providing support to teachers and complete evaluations; providing written reports on the services provided and evaluations and will submit them quarterly; assessing, diagnosing, treating, and helping to prevent speech, language, cognitive, communication, voice, swallowing, fluency, and other related disorders.

Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree in speech language pathology and eligibility for Georgia Professional Educator certification in speech language pathology.

Preferred Qualifications:
Preference will be given to applicants who, in addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, possess the following:

– Experience in completing audiological evaluations

– Experience working with students with varying degrees of ability levels

– Three years of experience as a Speech Language Pathologist

Salary/Benefits:
Salary is based on Teacher Salary Schedule with years of experience and type of certification. This is a 10-month position paid on a 12-month basis.  Salary will be based on the number of days worked.  Benefit options include life, disability, dental and health insurance; annual/sick leave; and Employees. Retirement/Teachers. Retirement.

Submit a Georgia School for the Deaf Application* form or State of Georgia Application form to:

Personnel Office
Attn:  Denise Clark
Georgia School for the Deaf
232 Perry Farm Road, SW
Cave Spring, GA  30124

Telephone: 706-777-2286
Fax: 706-777-2240
Internet address:  http://www.gsdweb.org
E-mail: mailto:dclark@doe.k12.ga.us

Consideration/interviews will begin as soon as a list of applicants is established.  Applications/resumes will be evaluated and only those meeting the qualifications will be considered.  Top candidates will be contacted for interviews.

In accordance with Public Law 99-603, also known as the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the Department of Education employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.  All persons hired by the Georgia School for the Deaf are required to verify identity and employment eligibility and will undergo a criminal background investigation.

*An employment application may be obtained from the Personnel Office of the Georgia School for the Deaf. Resume/application should include daytime telephone number and prior employment history with addresses and telephone numbers.  If a resume is submitted, it must be accompanied by a cover letter.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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Georgia Department of Education – Job Announcement
Residential Advisor (DOE)
Georgia School for the Deaf
Cave Spring, GA

Office of Policy and External Affairs

Description of Duties:
Under general supervision, monitors students in a residential/home life environment; observes, documents, and reports children behavior/progress on an ongoing basis; trains and assists students in basic daily living skills; and maintains a clean, healthy, and safe environment.

Minimum Qualifications:
Any combination of training and experience which would allow the applicant to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities.

Preferred Qualifications:
Preference will be given to applicants who, in addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, possess one or more of the following:

– High school diploma or equivalent
– Two years post secondary education

– Two years experience in a childcare, educational or residential setting

– Sign language proficiency at the .Intermediate Level. as measured by the Sign Communication Instrument

Salary/Benefits:
Pay grade 7 – Minimum $15,168.94 to Maximum $17,520.13 Annually. This is a 10-month position paid on 12-month basis.  Salary will be based on the number of days worked.    Benefit options include life, disability, dental and health insurance; annual/sick leave; and Employees Retirement or Teachers Retirement.

Submit a Georgia School for the Deaf Application* or State of Georgia Application to:

Personnel Office
Attn: Denise Clark
Georgia School for the Deaf
232 Perry Farm Road, SW
Cave Spring, GA  30124

Telephone: 706-777-2286
Fax: 706-777-2240
E-mail: mailto:dclark@doe.k12.ga.us

Consideration/interviews will begin as soon as a list of applicants is established.  Applications/resumes will be evaluated and only those meeting the qualifications will be considered.  Top candidates will be contacted for interviews.

In accordance with Public Law 99-603, also known as the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the Department of Education employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.  All persons hired by the Georgia School for the Deaf are required to verify identity and employment eligibility and will undergo a criminal background investigation.

*An employment application may be obtained from the Personnel Office of the Georgia School for the Deaf. Resume/application should include daytime telephone number and prior employment history with addresses and telephone numbers.  If a resume is submitted, it must be accompanied by a cover letter.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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DeafDigest – 06 December 2010

DeafDigest Blue – December 5, 2010

Blue Edition              Barry Strassler, Editor
http://www.deafdigest.com – updated every Monday

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Last week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/creditcards/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/costinterpreter/

This week’s ASL Videos:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/wrong_alarm/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/comcastoffice/

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CSD Brings Discounted Broadband and Equipment to Nation’s Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Do you want high-speed Internet access but can’t afford it? Are you
interested in high-speed Internet access at discounted rate? And, are
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CSD and Project Endeavor are bringing high speed Internet/broadband
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are income eligible and qualify for the program, you can receive
high-speed Internet, a netbook, training on how to use both, and even
more!

To find out more about Project Endeavor, call VOICE: 877-NET-ME77,
e-mail mailto:info@projectendeavor.com, VP at (605) 496-0738 or go to
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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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The DeafDigest is divided into Blue and Gold sections, both
ranked equal in contents, features and ads. This is the
Blue section.

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– Dedication

DeafDigest wishes to dedicate this edition to two
individuals that departed us. They were deaf but functioned
as hearing.

Famous comedian Leslie Nielsen, who made us laugh in many of
his slapstick movies, was deaf all his life; yet he joined
the Canadian military. After getting out, he made comedy
his lifetime career. The obit said he was legally deaf

Famous New York Yankee baseball player Gil MacDougald, of
these 1950’s glorious championship teams, became deaf because
of a head injury in a ball game. He suffered for years in
silence until a CI rescued him.

– Hot Newspaper stories during the week:

The bank CEO is deaf
http://deafdigest.com/dullum/

Man who relies on hearing aid alleges police discrimination
http://deafdigest.com/ganim/

– Very Hot News

We have a Deaf Wine!

It is The Three Deaf Musketeers, a label by
deaf winemaker Rusty Wales, which earned
honorable mention honors in the WineMaker
Magazine.

His wine was considered one of the 20 best
in a 4,000 entry field!

– Sunday November 28th

Deaf Aotearoa, a deaf lobbying group in New Zealand, has
complained that the nation’s social service system
is failing the deaf by not meeting their needs.

Cited as examples are police, employment and social
security not responsive to what the deaf people need.

– Monday November 29th

Are deaf referees better than hearing referees?

This is what researchers at University of Sheffield
in England are saying.

They are saying that the deaf eyes observe much better
than hearing eyes and therefore are capable of making
better calls.

Opportunities for deaf referees in big time sports
are limited, even though we do have a deaf referee here
and there in NCAA-II, NCAA-I basketball and even at
NAIA national championship tournaments.

– Tuesday November 30 2010

Ireland has backed off on its ruling not to allow
the deaf to serve on the jury. DeafDigest mentioned
it in last week’s edition.

Senan Dunne has become the first deaf person in
Ireland to get permission to serve on the jury.

The sticking point was interpreter considered to
be the 13th person in the jury room.

It was then determined that if the interpreter takes
an oath of confidentiality then this 13th person issue
becomes moot.

– Wednesday December 1st

Seems state lawsuits against anti-captioning movie
houses are becoming an epidemic

The latest one is the filing in the Alameda County
courts (California) accusing Cinemark of being
anti-captioning.

A point raised was that of the three largest movie
chains, Regal and AMC and Cinemark, the latter
is the only one that has refused to provide captioning
equipment.

As with these captioning lawsuits, stay tuned. These
lawsuits take time weaving way through the court
system.

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

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Deaf Miscellaneous stuff:

A lawsuit has been filed against the Commonwealth of
Kentucky by Kentucky Education Association on behalf
of some teachers at Kentucky School for the Deaf.

The issue is the furloughing of state employees.

Attorneys representing the plaintiffs are saying that
the furlough law is unconstitutional and being unlawfully imposed. The state disagrees and wants
the lawsuit thrown out.

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WRONG SMOKE DETECTOR
Last week a deaf woman was sleeping when there was a
fire in the apartment next to hers.
She could have died because of smoke poisoning, but
was saved by firemen that woke her up.
She had a smoke detector but it did not wake her up.
Why?
Because it was the wrong one – it only showed tiny
flashing lights. The right one is a strobe, and she did not
have it.
The city found a new strobe alarm and has already
placed it in her apartment.

– for ASL News version, please click on the arrow at:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/wrong_alarm/

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

STRANGE WAITING LINES AT COMCAST OFFICE
DeafDigest editor went to the Comcast office
this week to get a new TV digital remote.
There were three window signs – one for
disabled customers, one for senior citizens
and the other for regular customers.
There was a long line at the disabled customers
window. There also was a long line at the senior
citizens window. But there was no waiting line
at the window for regular customers.
Guess where did DeafDigest editor go to?
Of course, for the regular customers.
Why? DeafDigest editor hates to wait in a long
line!

– for ASL News version, please click on the arrow at:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/comcastoffice/

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

AN ORAL DEAF BUSINESSMAN AND AN ASL DEAF BUSINESSMAN
An oral deaf businessman, who knew no sign language,
contacted an ASL deaf businessman to see if a business
deal could be made.
Communication between both businessmen was painful
and difficult. It was impossible for the ASL businessman
to read the lips.
How did they communicate? They had to use the UbiDuo
to communicate with each other.

CONGRESS: WHAT WILL YOU MISS THE LEAST?
The question “What will you miss the least?” was
asked of lame duck congressmen, those that would not
return when the Congress gets together next year.
The responses were posted in “The Hill” which is
a must reading for those that follow politics.
Anyway, if DeafDigest wishes to include a response
from a deaf staffer, whose boss lost his reelection
and would not be returning, then the response is this:

I will not miss the high pile of letters from
constituents to answer and to respond to a long list
of constituents’ emails!

Sorry, the identity of the deaf staffer and her
Congressman boss shall be confidential.

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A NEW PHRASE TO DESCRIBE OUR SCHOOLS
For years we have called our schools for the deaf as
residential schools. Then it has become state schools
for the deaf.
And now this –

center schools

If you catch a deaf person saying he went to a
Center School, then you would know what he is talking
about!

WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

being asked:

is sign language universal?

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

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

Because court reporters, realtime captioners, and CART providers have
embraced technology in order to make sure their profession remains in
demand, they now rely on technology to do their job.

Just like many other professions, on a daily basis captioners depend
on technology that functions properly.  Their steno machines are no
longer mechanical machines, but are computers with intricate
designs.  They use laptop or desktop computers in order to translate
their steno notes, and all the necessary programs must work in order
to provide an accurate output. 

There are modems, encoders, projectors, and other pieces of equipment
that can malfunction.   Captioners and the people working with them
must be able to troubleshoot the problem quickly in order to make
sure that everything that is being said is being recorded correctly.

If you see captioning errors, they may not be human error, but there
are times when a computer or another electronic component
malfunctions.  As in other areas of modern society, one little
computer glitch can cause big problems. 

When gibberish appears on a computer monitor or a television screen,
the court reporter, CART provider, or realtime captioner may be
stroking all the right keys on the steno machine, but there may be a
problem with a piece of equipment.

EMPLOYMENT TREND AMONG THE DEAF IN WASHINGTON, DC
DeafDigest editor is not sure if the deaf employment trend in
Washington, DC is the same as in any major metro area, including
Rochester?
Years ago, practically every other deaf person in the Washington,
DC area was employed by the federal government or worked in the
printing field (Washington Post, Government Printing Office, etc).
Seems every other deaf person newly introduced to DeafDigest
editor is employed as a sub-contractor with the federal
government in the Washington, DC area.
Again, not sure if this is the same trend anywhere?

A CONVERSATION AT DR RATTNER’S DENTAL SUITE
DeafDigest editor kept his dental appointment with
Dr. Steven Rattner’s office in Gaithersburg, MD.
The editor likes to keep his dental appointments for
one reason – the dentist has a high number of dental
patients that are deaf, and there is always a chance
of bumping into a long lost acquaintance or making a new
acquaintance.
Anyway, while sitting in the waiting room, the editor got
into a conversation with a deaf man, whom he has never met
before.
This deaf man is a graduate of a small college that has
a number of deaf students. He said:

– the deaf student numbers dwindled from 35 to five because
of high tuition costs

– he chose to attend that college instead of Gallaudet or
NTID, because after graduating from Model Secondary School
for the Deaf, he tired of the Gallaudet campus. It was a
decision he regretted to this day!

– the college he attended was lacking in social life opportunities
for the deaf but it was offset by the opportunity to intermingle
with the hearing

– intermingling with the hearing, he said, is the reason for
his success in the hearing employment sector

Suddenly the editor was called in by the dental assistant
and the conversation ended.
The editor will be having an appointment next March and
hopefully another productive conversation will take place
with someone else !
Oh, by the way, Dr. Rattner has another suite in College
Park, MD. It is a convenient arrangement for the deaf community –
the College Park suite serves the deaf in the Washington, DC
area whereas the Gaithersburg suite serves the deaf in the
Frederick, MD area – the best of two worlds!

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updated every Monday

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DEAF POLITICAL AWARENESS

Q. Have we ever had elected deaf officials?

A. Yes. Look at:
http://deafdigest.com/elected-deaf-officials/

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introducing a new book

My Yesterdays
In A Changing World of the Deaf

by Mervin D. Garretson

A lifestory of a totally deaf educator and advocate about growing up
in an anti-sign world dominated by oralists and professional
audists.  Includes bits of deaf history, commentaries on ASL, deaf
culture, presidents of Gallaudet University, and other notable people
in the field.   Available from Xlibris Marketing Service, 1663
Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403,   Toll-free phone 888-795-4274
Hardback $29.99  Paperback $19.99.

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– flash – latest announcement on Alaska Wilderness Vacation cruise

“Alaska Wilderness Vacation” Cruise-tour May 27 – June 11, 2011 Great
8 days of land tour (May 27-June 4) plus 7 additional cruising days
(June 4-11) for a full 15 days of explorations is already SOLD OUT
except only for one more left for a non-smoking male to room with another
male.  After the land tour, we offer a separate 7 days cruise from
near Anchorage, AK to Vancouver, BC which still has plentiful rooms
left.

For more details, go to http://www.DeafCruise.com/alaska and see our pre-land
tour and post cruise tour for you to experience your extra pioneering
spirit! Why go there with only a short plan? Go for as many days as
you can until few years later which we will offer it again. It will
not be biennial since we are now offering more world-wide tours each
year, and for Alaska, it may be next 3 years or so, meaning take
advantage now and give yourself a full shot with as many days as you
can this time!

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“Hawaii’s Independence Day Week” Cruise July 2-9, 2011

— HISTORICALLY MOST POPULAR! — 3rd Anniversary “Deaf Cruise Hawaii 2011.”  Escape now to visit 4-Islands, include seeing famous Pearl Harbor, Pineapple, Hawaii dancers, surf, and much more!  You will love it!  NCL made a special offer for 50% less deposit with only $125 per person instead of $250 to reserve. Pre and Post Cruise excursions available.  For more detail, www.DeafCruise.com/hawaii.

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“Thanksgiving Family Week in the Caribbean” Cruise November 19-26, 2011

— BEST COST-EFFECTIVE DEAL! —  Great for families and singles, get on a brand new ship, NCL EPIC, one of the largest freestyle cruise ever built. Incredible and true, your lowest room rate starts at $809 per person for this 7-days Eastern Caribbean trip!  Another Bonus from NCL with 50% less deposit with only $125 per person instead of $250 to reserve.  Check us out at www.DeafCruise.com/caribbean for more detail.

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“Deaf World Cruise 2013” July 14-27, 2013 (Tentative Date & Itinerary)

— WORLD’S ALL DEAF CRUISE! —  Prior Deaflympic (July 31-Aug 13) in Greece, we offer FABULOUS opportunity for “All Deaf Cruise” event in which we partner with Miss Deaf International!  All girls will have various contests for all to see on board throughout the trip.  One great low price, no extra cost for MDI!  We start from Italy, ends at Greece with 5 countries in between.  For more exciting one-time event’s detail, check out www.DeafWorldCruise.com.  New www.DeafWorldCruiseMDI.com will be added soon for all countries’ key leaders, chaperones, and friends to sign up and support MDI and our cruise’s event.

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For any question, please contact mailto:sales@deafcruise.com or VP 866-922-3090

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(updated posting)

Deaf Remodeling Company serves only in Northern Virginia, DC, and
Maryland.

The choice of your home remodeling contractor is one of the most
crucial choices you will ever make. If you choose the right
contractor, your chances of being satisfied are 100%. All of our work
carries one year warranty. We will be happy to explain the details in
our conversation with you. We believe in making life more comfortable
through quality remodels.

Our remodeling service includes Kitchen, Attic, Basement, Bathroom,
New Addition, Deck, Siding and many more.

Do you need a home improvement loan? We have a network of lenders
that will provide unsecured home improvement loans. Month to month
payment loans, installation loans, and same as cash loans are
available. Home Improvement Loan amounts can be as high as $75,000
and the applicant FICO can have a credit score as low as 580. Contact
us for more information.

Elijah Gold, deaf owner        
Surdus, LLC Remodeling
Based in Washington, DC
http://www.surdusremodeling.com
202-540-8750 VP
Licensed, Insured, and Bonded
VA# 134097
DC# 68004119
MHIC# 127587 

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Weitz & Luxenberg P.C., a leading plaintiffs’ litigation law firm, is expanding litigation against Advanced Bionics related to defective
cochlear implants. If you believe that you may have received an
“Important Notification” letter from Advanced Bionics about your
HiRes90k or Clarion II cochlear implant in either 2004 or 2006, we urge
you to contact us to receive important legal information – even if you
CI is working. Many of our clients’ cochlear implants stopped working
prematurely as described in the letter. We have a Deaf attorney and VP
available.

To find out more, please click here and follow instructions
on the screen or go to:
http://www.weitzlux.com/failed-cochlear-implants_1937570.html

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What:  A national study for counselors who serve the Deaf funded by
AHRQ

Why: Counseling and behavioral health services for persons who
are Deaf, Deaf-blind or hard of hearing are scarce, and many
individuals are underserved. We hope to learn and share the results
with all who provide counseling services across the nation

If you are a counselor please take the time to complete the survey or
if you know counselors in your region who work with this population
please forward this survey to them at:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5DYG2XF

The questionnaire takes about 30 minutes to complete. After completing
the survey, the respondent will receive a small token of appreciation
for their  time. If you want a paper copy instead to complete please
let us know.

The study is being conducted by Drs. Kim Mathos and Beth Nolan
address ( mailto:kkmathos@gmail.com )

Thank you very much for completing the survey or helping us to
identify appropriate providers. We very much appreciate your help!

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Hot DeafNews boring, but important!

A stink has been raised concerning the inaccessibility for deaf patrons of the Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum
in Alabama. Simply put, no captions anywhere at the
museum.

And to make it even more insulting was that the university
president who approved plans for the museum used to be the
president of Alabama School for the Deaf and Blind.

To serve the needs of the deaf at the school and to ignore
the needs of the deaf at the museum was a sticking point
in this complaint that was printed in a local newspaper.

….

The Deaf and the Law:

Last week’s DeafDigest mentioned a deaf couple in Georgia
requesting interpreters and being turned down in school
conferences involving their hearing children.

A similar court case took place in 1990.

Go to:
http://deafdigest.com/interpretercase/

there are two comments; the first one is brief; the second
one is long

Keep in mind this case took place before the ADA, which
has more clout

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is so concerned
about genetics that he is calling for scientists, attorneys
economists and biotech professionals to advise judges on
how genetics work, but also how could future court decisions
create an impact?
Interesting to see what they would also have to say about
deaf genetics, if they do say something at all.

(DeafDigest does not know if anything came out of it?)

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

Podcasting possibly helping the deaf? Yes, and it has
nothing to do with music downloading.
Hearing students attending classes use the iPod to
record the lectures for replay later in the day. Of
course, we, the deaf, find iPod useless for that
purpose – unless – a deaf inventor comes up with a
100 percent accurate voice-to-text version of the
professors’ lectures.
Quipped a DeafDigest subscriber:

voice-to-text versions would also help the hearing
student, tired of using the iPod all day!

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Deaf Apocalypse of the Week:

Why is it that for years we have enjoyed and
laughed at the slapstick antics of Leslie Nielson
without realizing he was really deaf just like all
of us?

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A Lipreading Problem: What did that person say?

Last week DeafDigest editor and his wife with
family members went to a restaurant in Elmira, NY.
Just as when DeafDigest editor left the restaurant,
a hearing patron ran after him and started talking
non-stop for few minutes.
What did that person say? Impossible to understand
and it was an ordeal to smile and just nod, wishing
the hearing person would go away.
It was learned that DeafDigest resembled the
person’s deceased brother that she misses him to
this day. So the one-way conversation was to focus
on the near resemblance!

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

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DeafBook of the Week

Deaf Way II 2002

An International Celebration

by Harvey Goodstein & Laura Brown

Gallaudet University Press
published in 2004

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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Employment vacancies
Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf,
Wilson, NC

School Dir Oes Res School (09/24/2010 closing date)
http://osp.its.state.nc.us/positiondetail.asp?vacancykey=4421-60039125&DHHSNUMBER=&printit=no

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

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position opening

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
NTID Cultural & Creative Studies Department
Instructional/Support Faculty
Faculty Non-Tenure Track (Lecturer)

Description:
Applications are now being accepted for a candidate that can teach
technical theater courses in scenic, lighting, and/or costume
technology and serve as technical director for two productions per
quarter/semester. This is a one-year appointment with possibility of
annual renewal, contingent on performance and enrollment.

Qualifications:
REQUIRED: BA/BF in technical theater or related field, Two years of
professional experience in technical directing and scenic technology
for theater.

PREFERRED: MFA in technical direction or technical theater,
Experience in teaching technical theater courses to undergraduates,
Evidence of strong planning and organization skills; Knowledge of
American Sign Language and Deaf Culture, Experience working in Deaf
theater.

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

For full description and to apply on-line please submit a letter of
interest, Curriculum Vita; and the names, addresses, and phone
numbers of three references to us at: http://apptrkr.com/169167 go to
faculty positions KEYWORD Search IRC39116

Review of applications will begin February 1, 2011, and will continue
until an acceptable candidate is determine.

AA/EOE

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Rochester Institute of Technology
National Technical Institute for the Deaf Student Life Team
Assistant Director

NTID Student Life Team is seeking an Assistant Director. The NTID
Student Life Team (SLT) coordinates co-curricular programming for
deaf and hard-of-hearing students attending the National Technical
Institute for the Deaf.  

The Assistant Director oversees designs and implements and evaluates
CSD/Student Development Center building facilities, operations,
policies and services. The Assistant Director directs the SLT
partnership with NTID’s summer outreach programs for high school and
middle school deaf and hard of hearing students on campus.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Minimum of  a Master’s degree in student affairs, higher education
administration, human and social services, facilities management,
business administration, communications or related fields.

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

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR IRC43074:

For full description and to apply on-line please submit any relevant
documentation such as resume and cover letter should be uploaded via
this website http://apptrkr.com/169275 go to staff positions. 

AA/EOE

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– EXCITING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT GLAD !! –

*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Anaheim
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Crenshaw
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Pacoima
*  Job Developer/Interpreter – Santa Ana
*  Program Assistant/Interpreter & Quality Management Assistant – Los Angeles
*  Placement Coordinator – Anaheim
*  Outreach Coordinator – Bakersfield

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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seeking individuals
Residential Care
Tucson Residence Foundation
Tucson, Arizona

T.R.F. is seeking individuals for Full-time & Part-time positions providing direct care to individuals with developmental & hearing disabilities. American Sign Language knowledge preferred but not required. Must be 21 years of age and have a high school diploma/ GED. Evening & weekend hours avail. EOE.

Starting wage – $8.50 – $8.76/hr

Paid training for new employees

Benefits at 90 days

Apply at: Tucson Residence Foundation 115 S. Sherwood Village Dr.
Tucson, AZ

Mon. – Fri.  8:30a – 4:30p e-mail: mailto:c_winkler@qwestoffice.net

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POTHOS Inc employment posting
email resumes to: mailto:chiefbrink@pothos.us
One Position in Northern CA

Position title: California Relay Service Outreach Coordinator

Position summary:  This full-time position at POTHOS is responsible for coordinating and implementing outreach activities designed to promote Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) and Captioned Telephone for California Relay Service (CRS) for our client Hamilton Relay.

Essential functions:

– Develops Annual Outreach Plan designed to promote California Relay Service; raising awareness and increasing the use of relay services.

– Plans and implements outreach activities and marketing programs that support the Outreach Plan.

– Designs, coordinates and conducts demonstrations and training programs on how to access and use California Relay services.

– Coordinates and delivers training programs about relay services for businesses, agencies and organizations.

– Delivers/conducts outreach activities/presentations focused on current and potential customers on all relay services using presentation skills, visual aids and written proposals.

– Works collaboratively with CPUC and DDTP to implement outreach activities throughout California.

– Participates in Outreach and California Relay Council meetings, scheduled Outreach activities and Marketing Summits.

Preferred experience and skills:

– Prior work experience with the user communities that can benefit from relay services
– Deaf – Senior – Hard of Hearing

– Excellent presentation skills

– Fluency in American Sign Language & Spanish.

– Knowledge/ability to understand various communication modes used by current and potential relay users.

– Direct work experience with Telecommunication Relay Service and/or knowledge of Captioned Telephone Relay Services.

– Deaf or Hard of Hearing individuals are encouraged to apply.

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other deaf-related jobs
http://deafdigest.com/jobs/

DeafDigest – 01 December 2010

– A collection of more than 350 Santa Claus dolls in
a deaf household

Byron and Shirley Zimmerman, of the Villages, Florida,
share a fascinating hobby, a collection of over
350 Santa Claus dolls. They were featured in a local
newspaper recently.

The Zimmermans formerly lived in Maryland and were
fixtures in the Deaf Community before moving to
Florida

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– an all-deaf workforce in India

From time to time we read in the newspapers about European
and Asian employers hiring only the deaf – an example is
an all-deaf fast food restaurant staff.

The latest one is an all-deaf package delivery company
in Mumbai, India. Mumbai is the financial capital of
India – the same way New York’s Wall Street is the
financial capital of USA

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– finally, after 11 years, the CI works in one ear

A British woman had her CI 11 years ago. The CI did not work
in one ear. She had to wait 11 years before finally getting
an appointment with a CI center.

Why 11 years? The CI doctor did not have the CI serial
number or the CI information, or the software was wrong,
etc, etc.

Finally after 11 years of different excuses she was
able to get an appointment to finally turn on the CI.

Hard to believe? Yes!

……

– YouTube finally captioning its videos???

Is Youtube finally captioning its videos?

Youtube gave this announcement as follows:

Google is rolling out big improvements to its YouTube automatic captions.
The search giant says the changes have already cut errors by one-fifth.
You can access the tool by clicking on the little .cc. button on most
YouTube videos and selecting Transcribe Audio.Google software engineer Ken
Harrenstien, who is deaf, says the software was released before it was
perfected because there are some situations in which it is very accurate
or at least very helpful. Google says people have watched video with
automatic captions more than 23 million times. If your do a Google search
on a phrase that happens to be in the middle of a video, Google will take
you directly to that place in the video.

Does DeafDigest believe Youtube?

Just wait and see.

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– New Hampshire hospital fined $100,000 for not providing
interpreters

The Portsmouth Regional Hospital in New Hampshire
reached agreement with Department of Justice to pay
$100,000 for not providing interpreters for deaf patients.

The hospital ignored its own policy to provide for
interpreters! This is why the fine was so high.

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